Dialogue with wilkox on anarchy, part IV

This is my response to part III of an ongoing dialogue with wilkox on the topic of anarchy. The start of the dialogue is here.

Any realistic plan for bringing about anarchy must involve widespread ideological change combined with peaceful action, or it is doomed to failure.

Or just let the current institution destroy itself I suppose.

Ultimately, I don’t think such a rebranding attempt would do any good; at worst it might do some damage to the cause. It could be perceived as underhanded – like anarchism has something shameful to hide. Many anarchists would probably resist it, as a concession or retreat, and hence it would be hard to make it catch on.

While there is somewhat of a rebranding for atheism, I would have to say that anarchy has a lot more to gain from doing so. For starters, anarchy has a vast historical notion of chaos, erstwhile you have plenty of those chaos-promoting anarchists still around. There’s nothing to hide for capitalist-anarchy insofar as the concept itself is far more recent than the old chaos ideas of anarchy, meaning that it could be fairly easy to remove itself from the older notions. If you agree with me in saying that culturally, anarchy is related to chaos and menace, then surely rebranding a more neutral title is going to be easier to promote in the long run? If you appreciate it’s just a matter of semantics (like you do in reference to banks) then like-minded anarchists will also appreciate it as such, and you can get your foot in the door for more converts.

I would disagree that the anarchy variant of schooling would be a better option. Employers are going to have a hard time differentiating between students when schools are so different, even if they are in the same subject matter; especially if there’s no national/worldwide system for controlling such a ‘system’. I know that you could come back with the free market schtick and that the better schools will improve while the worse ones will die off and so on, but the inherent nature of education means that this is going to be a long process, and the wastefulness of the bad schools teaching students poorly, potentially wasting their livelihoods and definitely their time is unlikely to be an improvement over the current education system, as flawed as it may be. With applied rigour, common sense and efficiency, there is no reason that the current education system could not be more effective as the most well run anarchy-based system.

One point of anarchy does confuse me somewhat. How does property, in particular land property, work? Is there a represented title-deed that can’t be exchanged unless consensual by the owner of that deed? How can you ensure in an anarchy that property lines are properly acknowledged?

Another thing is the judiciary system. How does one punish criminals? Let say that a murderer kills a member of a family- does that family have the right to kill the murderer? Is there a worthwhile court system that isn’t based on a judgement by the people or nationally-held laws?

Wilkox’s response to this article can be found here.

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~ by freeze43 on June 1, 2010.

One Response to “Dialogue with wilkox on anarchy, part IV”

  1. […] freeze43, justice, law, private justice, property, property rights This is my response to part IV of an ongoing dialogue with freeze43 on the topic of anarchy. Read freeze’s introductory post or […]

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