Before the 1970s birthed pro-state and minarchist strands of “right” libertarians (including the Libertarian Party) there was a libertarianism of another sort, the original sort. These libertarians had no left/right prefix, and they were called “anarchists” or “libertarians.” These terms were synonymous since the 1850s (see 150 years of Libertarian). “Real” makes a statement about the name-game situation of “real” libertarians (anarchists/left libertarians) vs. right-wing libertarians (and The Libertarian Party), not to mention voluntarism. The co-opted libertarian designation now needs a prefix to distinguish left from right, or just what someone means when they say “libertarian.” The right-libs typically embrace (laissez-faire) “capitalism” and politics/government (albeit minimal), but real libertarians embrace the anarcho-socialist tradition.
The purpose of this site is to reverse the panopticon, and serve as a repository for:
- left-libertarian or anarchist/anti-capitalist ideas and commentary
- apolitical and political ideas and realities
- economic ideas and realities
- analysis and commentary here*, and at the site of the source if comments are permitted
- Some of the posts here are from live/active sites. Rather than lose these posts if sites disappear (as they often do), they are housed here…not that this site will last more than a few centuries itself.
- If you have suggestions of what to post, or would like to do a guest post, please use the contact page to explain.
“Liberty is the mother, not the daughter, of order” — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
►The ideas expressed in posts, pages, and comments are the sole responsibility of their author, not this site or its associates.
►Bias? of course, but as seen, both sides or multiple interpretations are housed here (within the confines of the bias of course). Make your own thesis and anti-thesis to synthesize something new as a way to seek “human relations beyond and outside of any notions of practicing “superiority” over others for whatever political-social exploitative purposes or beliefs.” Bobby Seale
David Graeber and J. K. Gibson-Graham, like Marcel Mauss, contend that we encounter a mixed-economy with individualistic and communistic elements. The latter happens frequently as we often encounter the communist mantra in our daily lives: “from each according to their ability, to each according to their needs.” Graeber argues that we experience “individualistic-communism” (here and here). Is a mixed-economy or libertarian-socialism/communism with markets possible? Mutualism perhaps?
It’s hard to say what an anarchist society “will” look like, as that seems as impossible as determining the trajectory and outcome of the current ‘order’ and disorder unfolding from governments. This site houses some ideas on what it “might” look like based on 1, 2, and 3 above (e.g. democratic failure).
Through what lens should these matters be examined? Yours. This site reveals the spectacle through the posted author’s vision, with a lean towards writings that are libertarian and/or socialist in nature, in other words anarchist (anti-authoritarianism, the equality of of power, the elimination of hierarchy).
Anarchy is Order, like a fractal in Chaos Theoy, Order generated from the ‘Chaos’ of the many paths crossing to seek Order. If the paths are libertarian in nature they will shed minimal turbulence to disturb others, and find order via liberty if they have also shed the fetters of Authority in their wake. Anarchism is more process and ethic than final solutions to land a monopoly in control of process and the outlook. The solution is in an evolution around moving forward as needed to preserve a better world with liberty justice in tow.
“Anarchism, to me, means not only the denial of authority, not only a new economy, but a revision of the principles of morality. It means the development of the individual as well as the assertion of the individual. It means self-responsibility, and not leader worship.” —Voltairine de Cleyre
“The real revolution is the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character. The only real emancipation is individual…” —Will Durant
“There is nothing intrinsically wrong about utopias, the problem is if you just have one of them, we need as many utopian visions as possible…” David Graeber
Good luck on your journey. Leave us some bread crumbs in your wake.
►This site is not affiliated with nor advocating Andrew Reeve and Andrew Williams’ book on Philippe Van Parijs called “Real Libertarianism Assessed.”
►*Most commentary that is RL’s is signified with a cat silhouette. In addition, the cats sometimes have something to say. On a desk/laptop you can see a message if you hover over it with the mouse arrow. On a phone or tablet without a mouse you have to hold your finger on the image as if you want to save it to see the message. The cats usually offer a Yodaism or something unique pertaining to the post. This is not an endorsement of animal domestication, pets, or Yoda-like speech. Not all posts and pages have them, but this began late in the RL game, and is slowly proliferating to pages and posts throughout the site.
This post started this site.