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  •  I agree. Your main point is excellent, imo. (0+ / 0-)

    Despite how left anti-capitalist anarchists and black bloc-ers define themselves, most of society would define "anarchist" as meaning opposing governmental structure.  Pro-chaos, even.

    But the subject is rife with confusion, sensitivity, history, elitism, naivete, so it's not surprising you ran into criticism.

    Norquist, Paul, etc would have the state replaced with an individual- and family-based warlordism.  Little groups holed-up defending themselves or strutting around with weapons.  In their 18th-century imagination this equates with freedom.  Anarchy in the popular sense.

    •  Rand Paul... (1+ / 0-)
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      And the others, as I understand it, want a minimal government that defends rights (the "right" of private property especially).

      Employers would be free to exploit and enslave workers even worse than they do now. This does not logically fit the term anarchism, nor has that been the historical usage.

      Read the link I gave up thread for an understanding of what anarchism has historically meant. The public has misinterpreted the term in large part because most haven't bothered to read about anarchism and its history.

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:46:33 AM PDT

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      •  In Ursula LeGuin's The Dispossessed (1+ / 0-)
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        The opposite of "anarchist" is "propertarian".

        It's well worth a read for anyone interested in late 20th century ideas about anarchism.

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