Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Franc's deconversion

After listening to Stefan Molyneux's arguments and mulling them over, I have decided that my previous belief in a limited government as ideal was misguided. I also agree that anarchy, like atheism, is the only reasonable individualist position to take in order to affirm his personal values and try to improve society.

More specifically, I now classify myself as an anarcho-monarchist.

There have been many societies that existed as ordered anarchies for centuries. Examples : medieval Ireland and Iceland, the American Old West, the Papuans, Labrador and pre-Alfred Anglo-Saxon England.

Back to the blog in progress.


Aaron Kinney said...

Holy shit! When I first saw the title I thought "noooooooooooo!" But then I saw that it was some kind of political deconversion.

I got a question: can you not still be considered a libertarian while also being an anarcho-monarchist? Isnt Stefan an anarchist and libertarian at the same time?

Also, why anarcho-monarchism? Why not anarcho-capitalism?

Francois Tremblay said...

Why yes. I'm still libertarian in the general sense - I believe that less government is better. Zero is lower than any positive number except zero. ;)

BlackSun said...

Well Francois, now I understand why you responded the way you did to the carbon issue.

I can't say I agree with your methods, although your goals regarding individualism are still sound.

But there is no practical way a state of anarchy will ever exist again on the earth (unless the entire industrial system breaks down). There are too many people, with too many competing interests, and the systems involved are too complex.

Plus, the benefits of organized cooperation are worth the small tradeoffs we would make to keep things functioning. This is the essence also of my carbon argument. Risks of inaction are too great, and benefits of collective action are too large to allow for an ethically acceptable anarchy.

I think it is better to work for change within the system--which starts with education--and all of us bloggers play a role in that.

But I'm sorry, I think you could choose a better strategy. Because I hate to see intelligent people politically marginalized because their positions are too extreme.

Francois Tremblay said...

I'm sorry blacksun, but you don't get it at all.