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Utopian Fantasyland

I've been having a bit of discussion here, that turned into a bit of discussion on "utopia" and "fantasyland" vis-a-vis anarchy. The standard set of arguments -- my interlocutors being unaware of how poor they are -- for the "necessity" of the state issue forth. Amongst other non-arguments, it is apparently "utopian" and "fantasyland" to imagine and argue for an eventual end to the monopoly of the state. But as I point out, it is the advocates of the state that are the utopians and those promoting a fantasy. They all use the same argument: the state is necessary because [blank], and they always, always insert some social or political phenomenon that the state doesn't actually prevent, like predatory behavior by a few, or produce, like safety and security. It promises plenty, and when it fails -- as it always does -- the call is for more money and more power, and the cycle repeats. "If there is no law, what is to stop them?" (predators), one asks. The answer, of course, is that nothing necessarily stops them, including laws and the state. Bad people -- predators -- are largely unpersuaded by so-called "deterrents," whether they take the form of...

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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