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As long as there are immature/immoral people, laws will be needed. "Judged against democratic criteria our existing political institutions display many shortcomings." -- Robert Alan Dahl

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For immature human beings, the threat and fear of punishment is a restraint on crimes; but, for mature human beings, the threat and fear of disrespect and disregard from others becomes a restraint on crimes. Sooner or later, our own natural...

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The only difference between the nouns "democracy" and "republic" is that the first derives from the Greek language, and the second derives from the Latin language. The two nouns are only different names for the same very general and generic form...

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This is very important: we do not now live in a true democracy, we do not yet live in a real democracy. "Democracy is hard. They did not get it entirely right in Athens 2,500 years ago, and we do not have it right now, anywhere....

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I do not make claims concerning what governments would or should do, first and foremost, because I do not propose or presume a government above and against society. I do not posit or presuppose a statist form of government that is over and ...

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When I answer questions asked by the apologists of capitalism, I always understand that my answers will not be what they will want to be given. But, I also understand that when it comes to questions concerning an anarchist society, or a...

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In an anarchist arrangement, government is not alienated from the community. In a democratic organization of society, government is not divided from society; in a democracy, government and society are merged and united. In an anarchist society, ...

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I do not make a lot of claims as to what governments would, could or should do. I do not posit an alienated government, an isolated and estranged government. I do not propose a government divided from society, a government distant from ...

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Coercion must be abolished.  Every form of coercive government must be abolished. However, not every possible form of government is coercive.  We need self-government, both individually and collectively. An anarchist society, as a society, needs...

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Lord Acton, an English historian, once said that liberty is the right to do what we ought, not the right to do what we want.  This definition of freedom is one of the best definitions of freedom that has ever been suggested.  When I advocate...

Thoughts In Reply

 Quote: "There is no type of governmental control on any level that will bring peace and happiness to the world." I fully agree with this statement.  However, I must clarify my agreement by saying that I advocate self-control as concerns...

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Although there were, and are differences between the anarchists and the marxists, nevertheless the libertarian marxists believe that the possible, anticipated future they both desire and demand will be an anarchist future, not an authoritarian...

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I do not believe that democracy is only a tool for liberty, because I believe that democracy is itself social, political and economic freedom.  There can be no democracy without freedom; and, there can be no freedom without democracy. One is not...

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If I wish to be a virtuous, honorable, decent, respectable, noble and just human being, then I must freely govern my own self, my own acts, my own volition, by voluntarily observing and obeying those moral principles which I truly do believe,...

Quotation

"I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself." -- Pietro Aretino

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As a rule, in a capitalist political-economy -- where the competitive economic war of all  against all is played out -- contracts are precisely used as an instrument of private aggrandizement. The world of capitalism is replete with day-to-day...

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In real-world capitalism, contracts are a coercive instrument; and contracts are daily used as a hard and brutal means to legally divest the defeated party, the loser, of value and property. The party on the dire side of a contract is, as I see...

Contracts

We all know that contracts can be challenged in a court of law. But, we also know that those who use contracts to shake others down have some of the best lawyers which money can buy, to help them in their many crooked and acquisitive hustles....

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I had a newsgroup discussion with a Woodard R. Springstube, who  wrote these words: "What you don't understand is that most socialists seem to think that the world owes them a free ride as a reward for their (imagined) superiority." I...

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It is often said that the market existed well before modern-day capitalism as it is currently structured. This is a partially true statement, a relatively true assertion.  In my opinion, with the hegemony of capitalism came the primacy of...

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What is mathematically interesting and logically valid may be theoretically valuable, and yet also be empirically controversial, and experientially debatable. The Chicago School of economics -- with its fervently free-market economic...

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Capitalism involves a plutocratic form of government, which is a pluto-democracy, a liberal democracy, a bourgeois democracy, with the class of proprietors being both the citizens and the electors, as well as being the legislators and...

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I think it can be argued that Karl Marx did recognize that capitalism involves a form of government -- i.e., a liberal plutocracy with a bourgeois state. When Marx was alive and writing, only those with property could vote, and only those with...

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Perhaps the choice between individualism and communism is an extremist choice, a hardliner choice, or a fundamentalist choice.  Perhaps the choice between the two extremities is an extremist choice.  What if the choice is only a matter of...

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The most effective check on natural human evil is ever and always our natural human  goodness, kindness, and generosity. Communism is not statist. Communism is anarchist. We now have both statism and capitalism. ...