Classical liberals have long debated whether they should support a minimal state or no state at all. Unfortunately that debate is usually framed as an all-or-nothing proposition. Either you believe that “a minimal state is everywhere and always necessary” or that a “state everywhere and always does more harm than good.” This polarization is a mistake. Everyone, at least sometimes, is an anarchist.Read more »
The use of aggression to compel obedience is the essence of the modern state. If an individual may not use aggressive violence against his neighbor, then neither can he delegate the right to such violence to another.Read more »
For the ancient Chinese masters, political awakening was complementary to spiritual awakening. In the martial arts, they saw more than a tool for war, that ultimate form of political conflict — they also saw a vehicle for reaching a superior state of consciousness, of connection with the cosmos that would spontaneously mold a virtuous character for the warrior. They called it the state of “effortless action” (wu wei), and was considered to be indispensable for reaching sociopolitical harmony, peace and prosperity among peoples.Read more »
The purpose of the Citadel is survival. Staying alive. Making it through an expected period of social/economic/political collapse. Coming out the other side with a civil society intact. One thing we would all ask af anyone coming here is to remember why we are considering such a venture: Rightful Liberty. We want to live with neighbors who live and let live. We want to live with neighbors who will allow us to be us, without running to the Nanny State.Read more »
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted a 20-year-old British citizen on charges related to attacks by the LulzSec hacking group against the Fox and PBS television networks and Sony's film and TV studio. Ryan Cleary, who is already in custody in the United Kingdom where he faces prosecution over similar charges, is accused of joining other members of LulzSec in using hacked computers, known as a "botnet", to steal confidential information, deface websites or attack servers. He was indicted on Tuesday. "Cleary is a skilled hacker.Read more »
Statists of all stripes should read this prior to arguing against anarcho-capitalism, agorism and voluntaryism.Read more »
Trailer for "Free is Beautiful: Why Catholics should be libertarian," a new book, by Randy England, based on the non-aggression principle and using the scriptures, the saints and the Catechism to show why Catholicism is essentially libertarian. Proves that Christianity is meaningless without liberty; and that the initiation of force renders any government illegitimate.Read more »
The Trouble With Socialist Anarchism
The new movie "V for Vendetta" has provoked public discussion of the meaning of anarchism. Murray Rothbard was an advocate of the stateless society, but he was never accepted by the anarchist movement and is still considered more a "capitalist lackey" than anarchist thinker. Indeed, anarcho-capitalism has always been considered an oxymoron by the self-proclaimed "true" anarchists.Read more »
The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo is an in depth study of mankind’s capacity for evil, beginning with the first complete treatise on the Stanford Prison Experiment ever published, and ending with the atrocities committed by US soldiers in Abu Ghraib. But as I was reading, I kept thinking of Ron Paul and the ongoing controversy between the libertarians and anarchists as to whether supporting his campaign is the right thing to do. I think this book has settled the issue for me.Read more »
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