No Gods No Masters - A history of anarchism showing that it works.

in anarchism •  5 months ago

Well, it works if you don't count the fact that once you start showing it works every fascist/authoritarian government around the world conspires to expunge you so their people don't start to see what is going on.

If you've already seen this great. If not, it is well worth watching as there is a ton of great information in it.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

The next time someone claims it has never worked tell them they are mistaken and direct them to these videos. It has worked... until authoritarians of all stripes banded together to stamp it out.

Anywise, if you have the time this is a pretty interesting history of anarchism. I had no idea just how wide spread the ideas of anarchy actually were at one time.

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Yes, these anarchies proofed that it works but I still think they had a great flaw. They still made the mistake to act territorial. They assumed it would be needed to free a territory to build an anarchist society but territories are easy to attack for authoritarians because they are always limited to specific regions. It's unfortunately very easy to destroy a region and to end territorial anarchies if you have enough weapons and a big army like the authoritarians almost always did.

But if anarchists would instead create a global decentralized network not bound to specific territories and bypass the borders set by the nation-states authoritarians would have far greater problems to destroy them. A global decentralized network can't be shutdown so easily by authoritarians and today we even have the tools to create something like that.

Tools like the decentralized HTTP-alternative IPFS and the decentralized Steem-Blockchain. Tools like generally all free (as in "not bound to any nation-state or other central institution") cryptocurrencies whose usability in theory isn't bound to the approval of nation-states.

But the main problems of today are the currently not so wide spread adoption of these tools and the fact that most people unfortunately still believe in the absolute unquestionable authority of nation-states like many believe religions.

That's the reason why many people f.e. still panic when f.e. rumors spread that the nation-states of South Korea and China would possibly ban crypto-currencies. Most people unfortunately still fear the authority of nation-states although it is, like all normative structures humanity ever created, entirely faith-based.

Only as long as people believe in the authority of a nation-state the nation-state exists. If the majority of people would stop believing in the authority of a nation-state it would sooner or later cease to exist.

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But if anarchists would instead create a global decentralized network not bound to specific territories and bypass the borders set by the nation-states authoritarians would have far greater problems to destroy them. A global decentralized network can't be shutdown so easily by authoritarians and today we even have the tools to create something like that.

Complete agreement here. Doing this for digital trade is relatively simple with the tools you mention. However, doing this in the physical world becomes a lot more problematic. It can certainly be done but crossing an imaginary line without being the subject of scrunity and imprisonment becomes harder in most places year after year.

Only as long as people believe in the authority of a nation-state the nation-state exists

And as long as people continue to send their children to authoritarian citizen training camps ("public schools") people will continue to be brainwashed into believing in nation states.

I supposed the good news is that some people are wising up and learning about freedom has become much easier with the internet.

But the main problems of today are the currently not so wide spread adoption of these tools and the fact that most people unfortunately still believe in the absolute unquestionable authority of nation-states like many believe religions.

I completely agree.

One major problem is that most people are so "proof" oriented these days that until they see proof that something else could potentially work they won't even consider it.

Of course, if you start to provide proof you get bombed out of existence.

Nothing like a bit of anarchy in the morning! Thanks Il check these links out!