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Book Journal 2: Anarchism and Anthropology

Paleo Retiree writes: “Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play” by James C. Scott. I love the work of the Yale prof James C. Scott and consider him in a class with … Continue reading

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Who Needs Architects?

Blowhard, Esq. writes: A few weeks ago, inspired by the book Buildings Without Architects, I put together a number posts about vernacular architecture. That book was no doubt inspired by another, Bernard Rudofsky’s Architecture Without Architects. Have any of you read it? I … Continue reading

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Was Ayn Rand Secretly a Statist?

Eddie Pensier writes: John Humphreys of the Australian Libertarian Society starts a whopper of an argument on the ALS’ Facebook page: There is an apparent contradiction at the heart of objectivism. Ayn Rand said that she opposed the initiation of … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Blowhard, Esq. writes: With the rise of the state all of this [economic and political freedom] was swept away. For the past five or six millennia, nine-tenths of all people who ever lived did so as peasants or as members … Continue reading

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The Law Rock

Blowhard, Esq. writes: From 930 until 1262, medieval Icelanders lived in a society with no national government — no king, no army, no taxes. Hell, there wasn’t much local government either. The basic unit of organization was the family farmstead. There … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The weakening of the state, the progressive development of its imperfections, is a social necessity. The strengthening of other loyalties, of alternative foci of power, of different modes of human behaviour, is an essential for survival. But … Continue reading

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Getting the Best Out of People: Freedom v. Control

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Seth Roberts, formerly of Berkeley and now professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, decided to stop grading his students. He writes: The more freedom I gave my students, the more difficult it became to grade them. At … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Blowhard, Esq. writes: “Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.” — Edward Abbey

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