The Obviousness of Anarchy: The Question

Written by John Hasnas, Associate Professor, Georgetown University, J.D., Ph.D, LL.M.

“You see, but you do not observe.”
Sherlock Holmes to Dr. John Watson in A Scandal in Bohemia

I. Introduction

In this article, I have been asked to present an argument for anarchy. This is an absurdly easy thing to do. In fact, it is a task that can be discharged in two words–look around. However, because most of us, like Dr. Watson, see without observing the significance of what we see, some commentary is required.

Anarchy refers to a society without a central political authority. But it is also used to refer to disorder or chaos. This constitutes a textbook example of Orwellian newspeak in which assigning the same name to two different concepts effectively narrows the range of thought. For if lack of government is identified with the lack of order, no one will ask whether lack of government actually results in a lack of order. And this uninquisitive mental attitude is absolutely essential to the case for the state. For if people were ever to seriously question whether government actions are really productive of order, popular support for government would almost instantly collapse.

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Former bin Laden Hunter Condemns New Iraq Intervention

Written by Will Porter.

In recent media appearances, ex-chief of the CIA’s bin Laden unit, Michael Scheuer, came out strongly against the latest American military campaign in Iraq. Echoing past criticisms, thoroughly voiced in his books Through Our Enemies Eyes, Marching Toward Hell, and Imperial Hubris, Scheuer offers a case against the new Iraq intervention based on his 20+ years of experience as a US intelligence officer, as well as a detailed and intimate knowledge of Islamic extremism.

In his view, another US military intervention in the Middle East against groups such as the Islamic State will not meet the stated objectives, and will fall into the same errors made in past operations of a similar character, consistently executed in blunderous, ineffective ways. Continuing this policy, he says, will only help to motivate and radicalize Muslims the world over, expose America to the risk of future acts of terrorism, and further deplete the faltering US economy.

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Bitcoin Is A Currency of Equality

Written by Winter Trabex

Today on facebook, I stumbled across a post which read something like “Trans-inclusive bank.” The post was a link to an article describing a bank that was friendly to transgender people. For a moment, I had trouble seeing the point of it all. Why does anyone actually need to say that a bank is trans friendly? Any bank who turns a customer away with money in hand is a bank that is probably on the take from Uncle Sam, or ready to be bought up.


Then I remembered: not everyone uses or knows about bitcoin. What I had intuitively understood about the currency (for bitcoin is a currency) seems to be mentioned nowhere else. So I will mention here that bitcoin is the must inclusive, pro-equality currency that has ever existed. There are a handful of reasons- I suspect I’m only scratching the surface here.

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Crypto Bits with Susanne Tarkowski Templehof

Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, BitNation Founder and CEO, is an international entrepreneur, tech investor, and writer. She has worked in Sweden, France, Brazil, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, United States, Libya, Egypt and Indonesia in the past. In 2008 she started Wise Strategic Communication, the first Afghan strategic communication company, which she sold in February 2011 to a US contracting firm. In the wake of the Arab Spring, in 2011 she started Shabakat Corporation in Egypt and Libya to support local grassroots movements. After the end of the civil war in Libya she turned Shabakat into a technology company, to provide crypto investment consultancy, currency mining in Indonesia, and other frontier applications. She’s the author of the forthcoming book “The Googlement – The DIY Guide To Starting Your Own Nation (And Changing The World)” – Nortia Press, and a regular writer and speaker at conferences, having appeared in New York Times, Huffington Post, The PanamPost, CoinTelegraph, Swedish and French Television, TEDx, and many other venues.


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A Voting Epiphany

Written by Jim Cunagin

It recently occurred to me that the act of not-voting has a pragmatic purpose beyond the several philosophical objections to voting that many anarcho-libertarians have either written or spoken about.  Until recently, I believed that the political process could be used to move in the direction of freedom.

If incrementalism worked to bring us under this much tyranny, I reasoned, then it could also work in reverse.  The widespread passage of concealed carry laws seemed to support my hypothesis.  People thought there would be blood in the streets after the first few states legalized concealed carry, but the rivers of blood were notably absent, and so other states followed suit.  So, if the government stopped doing X, Y, and Z somewhere, and proved that society didn’t devolve into some Hobbesian nightmare, then eventually, statelessness might be achieved.  “Gosh, I wonder what else we don’t need the State for?  I’m going to vote for some more freedom in November and see what happens.” Someone in my hypothetical world would think to themselves, while watching the sunset from the back of his unicorn.


Hearing people say that all voting was aggression, and that voting just legitimatized the State all seemed hypothetical and borderline mystical.  I could understand and agree with it, in abstract.  But here in the real world, it seemed that a vote for Ron Paul would be a vote for freedom.

Then, I recently had two epiphanies.

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