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  •  As I pointed out upthread... (1+ / 0-)
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    there is actually no such thing as anarcho-capitalism.

    Read the link if you're interested in an accurate understanding that fits historical usage.

    http://www.infoshop.org/...

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

    by ZhenRen on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:56:36 AM PDT

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    •  But do what word would you use to describe them? (0+ / 0-)

      Do you have a word that would accurately describe the defined political philosophy that Grover Norquist espouses?  Could you suggest a better word?

      •  Kleptocracy (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Ayn Randian (0+ / 0-)

        free market extremists. Anarchism is not a logical choice.

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

        by ZhenRen on Sun May 12, 2013 at 12:32:56 PM PDT

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      •  that's why Grover gets a free pass (1+ / 0-)
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        Kleptocracy is normally associated with corruption, and Ayn Rand presents a much more complicated vision of things than Grover Norquist's simple-to-use simple-to-implement policies.

        He has won the war of linguistics because there is no simple way to point out the effect of his politics...but there sure is a simple way for him to explain what it is.

        •  It's a problem, to be sure. (0+ / 0-)

          I sometimes wonder if real anarchism were explained well to redneck anti-government types, they might go for it.

          I had a conversion the other day with a guy like that, and he blurted out to me, when I told him I'm fighting a lender over my enormous student loans, that "education should not have to be paid for!!"

          I've gotta say, that surprised me. This is a guy who has "don't tread on me" flags (popular with the tea party) hung on his wall.

          The problem is the die hard support for private ownership of the means of production. If only they would realize how this enslaves them and makes them poor and owned by the Norquist crowd.

          Anarchism used to far more widespread and popular, until the cold war and McCarthyism and anti-socialism stopped all conversation.

          But if people could understand how their kids would be better off, with jobs, training, education, pensions, health care, AND they would have the benefit of being able to participate in managing the political and economic structure of their own communities for the first time in their lives, I could see them going for it. They would still keep their personal possession and homes... but they would not be slaves to the corporate class OR a central government.

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

          by ZhenRen on Sun May 12, 2013 at 02:43:11 PM PDT

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