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There are those who believe that to have judicial assemblies and legislative assemblies is necessarily to have an authoritarian state. But, if an anarcho-capitalist system can have judicial and legislative assemblies, without an authoritarian...

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Income is not always earned; but, income is distributed. Trade between primitive communities existed long before there was trade between individual persons.  In primitive communities, there was some division of labor, for ...

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Ideological anarcho-capitalists are very optimistic about the positive moral potential of human beings, of human nature, in a capitalist anarchism; and yet, they are so very pessimistic about the positive moral prospects of human beings, of human...

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If there are courts -- judicial assemblies -- with jurisdiction, and authorized to apply the law to some concrete case or other, then there must also be a parliament, or a congress -- legislative assemblies -- with recognized jurisdiction, and a...

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If it can be asserted that capitalism feeds, clothes, cures, and provisions workers, then it can also be asserted that slavery feeds, clothes, cures, etc. slaves. The slave's own efforts are enslaved, just as the worker's own efforts are...

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Some people claim that capitalism provides people with the goods they want.  But this is a contested, a disputed claim. If people, who need land, have no land, then capitalism has failed to provide landless people with the land they need. If...

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If the market can be said to feed, clothe, cure, and supply us, then that is only because we live in a market arrangement; but, this does not have to mean that the market is natural, necessary, or admirable. If slavery feeds the slave, then that...

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War is a social phenomenon. What is war good for? Absolutely nothing! So the Edwin Starr song says. What is the market good for? The market is nothing but the continuation of exchange by means which are other than fair and honest. Free trade and...

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In the real world, the overwhelming majority of human beings live very ordinary, predictable lives most of the time. A very, very large majority of people can live without an authoritarian state, without a disciplinarian and domineering state....

Free Will, Freedom and Other Thoughts

Free will means that we are free. I'm not telling anyone how they must think or write. I'm just telling everyone what I think in what I write. If we have disagreements about word usages, and word meanings, then we will have to...

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Fairness and freedom are not absolute concepts. They are relational concepts. Freedom is never absolute, because every free person lives vis-à-vis other free persons, lives in relation to other free individuals. Freedom is always an...

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Even if one imposes their will on another, the other must choose, the other is forced by the one to decide, to make a decision.  Whether or not the other is willing to allow the one to impose their will on him or her is a decision.  One person's...

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The subjugated allow themselves to be subjugated.  Of course, this does not justify subjugation, nor does this deny subjugation. I remember the scene in the movie Spartacus, when the black man made the choice to die rather than kill another....

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Every human being is free, always free. The idea of human freedom has always included the concept of human beings owning a will that is free. Those who deny human freedom are also those who will generally refuse to acknowledge...

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Coercion does nothing to my essential capacity of free will, although coercion does something to my operational/operative capability as a human being possessing free will. If one is placed within a prison cell, their essential capacity to be and...

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It is often said that wage-labor is not exploitation if the labor is freely volunteered.  It is also said that wage-work is not slavery, if a fair wage-contract is signed. Who defines "exploitation" such that its meaning and usage excludes and...

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I know of no respected Marxist who has believed, or does believe, that Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge were following the ideas and ideals of Karl Marx. Facts are historical things and events. Facts can exist as former facts, dead...

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There is one passage in holy writ which was often used to justify and absolve ecclesiastical methods of coercion, duress, persuasion, persecution, punishment, intimidation, terror, torture, etc.:  "The master said to the servant, 'Go out to the ...

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Dreams exist. Are dreams reality? Do things change? If a rock is itself, then is a person himself, or herself? Is a person now what he or she is becoming? Is there a human nature? Is it an act against human nature to do goodness, to do ...

Truth, Goodness and Other Thoughts

Is it possible that what is true has never been shown to be true? Must that be false which has never been shown to be true? What makes no sense to some can perhaps make good sense to others. Events in the real world show evil to be as...

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Are we to blame Jesus of Nazareth for what Tomás de Torquemada and the Inquisition did? Are we to blame Friedrich Nietzsche for what Adolf Hitler and the Nazis did?  Are we to blame Karl Marx for what Joseph Stalin did? "Many...

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What I write is what I believe to be true. What another writes is what they believe to be true. Both of us can be wrong. Both of us will write what others will regard as untruth. As long as we are communicating opinions, we will write both truth...

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Why must it be assumed that agreeing to a harmful contract must mean not reading and understanding that contract? If I must work for a wage in order to provide for my needs, for the needs of my family, then the choice of which wage job is best...

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If a person works for himself or herself, really and actually works, then it can be assumed that that person does not own sufficient capital to escape from having to actively engage in value-creating labor. Does a self-employed...

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If, by his or her own solitary labor, one individual can construct a factory, and equip it with machinery, then this product of one's own solitary labor ought to be the property of the solitary laborer.  However, one solitary person cannot...