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To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

From Pollard's Mouth to God's Ears

As regular readers of these pages know, I am predicting that, at some point in this century, the large political and economic structures (state governments and multi-national corporations) that currently govern much of our lives will collapse, probably due to a combination of total dysfunction in the new wired world and economic bankruptcy. This will leave a vacuum that will be filled, I predict, by community-based organizations.


Blogger Paul said...

A "Brave New World," I guess.

I know statism doesn't fly around many parts of the blogosphere -- your space being no exception, Kevin -- but I guess I don't share the same enthusiasm in this prospect as yourself and Mr. Pollard.

In so far as justice is in any way desirable for society, you need the rule of law, and enforcement of that law. I suppose there are alternatives to our current justice system that libertarians would like to see implemented, but basing it in any way on the market sounds problematic.

I suppose anarchists feel absolute freedom from state intrusion is, in itself, justifiable and the only appropriate way of running a society. From a purely logical standpoint, I cannot disagree with that conclusion. However, if this results in more evil taking place in society against those who cannot defend themselves, I'd like to think that this equation is fundamentally flawed.

I've been reading your blog for a while, now, and I can say if anyone has been able to paint a face on libertarianism that I find much more palatable than the 'vulgar libertarianism' I come across all too often, it's been you. I guess I need to read more of your stuff before I can conclude that my concerns have been adequately addressed by your writings.

November 15, 2005 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Community-based organisations? As in people turning off television and shutting off the computer in order to help their neighbours? Ah-hahahahaha

- Josh, part of the problem

November 16, 2005 6:48 AM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

Not to mention putting down their cell phones. I hear you.

Of course, if the big media and communications companies go belly-up, most of the content on the local TV system may be community generated.

November 16, 2005 12:16 PM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...


Whether "rule of law" requires the state, or is something that can be supplied by voluntary association, is one of the points at issue between anarchists and others.

November 16, 2005 12:17 PM  

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