(I apologize for a lack of posts, I’ve been busy as of late but without further ado…)
So I’ve already explained how I became a market anarchist here and since I’ve explained how I’ve become a market anarchist I’d like to offer some reasons why you should too! (if you’re not already which most likely is the case if you’re reading this) I’d like to run down the main reasons people become market anarchists and how they get there to begin with, some founding principles of market anarchism that you might want (but not necessarily need) to become a market anarchist, some people to read on the subject and so forth.
From here to there
So now you know what market anarchism and you perhaps have a better understanding of it as well, so now you’re interested in becoming a market anarchist! Fantastic! But hold on, we’ve gotta get some principles, thinkers for reference, readings to recommend and rhetoric to advise on. First of all, where do you stand currently? I’ve got a few political quizes in mind that could help you out like The Smallest Political quiz or perhaps you’d like a more in depth quiz from C4ss.org that just came out? That quiz is located here. And finally a great and in depth quiz by Alex Strekal (Also known as Brain Police on Youtube and elsewhere) has this quiz that’s been around for a while located here.
Once you’ve got that figured out, how can you get to be a market anarchist?
Well it’s actually not too hard, all you really have to do is first of all figure out that all intervention in the market place, displaces the rational actors in the market place from making well informed choices with a good and reliable medium of exchange with reliable and accountable businesses. None of this can happen of course in a state-controlled society because the medium of exchange is propped up by some central banking organization which inflates the medium quickly. Murray N. Rothbard talked about this in Take Money Back (specifically from controlling the money supply to the end of central banks is my point of reference in this case)
For the business how can they be reliable, accountable, or even run well with all of the corporate bureaucracy involved in it that is subsidized by the state? How can such big organizations overcome the economic calculation problem that not only applies to state-controlled markets but big organizations in general as Kevin Carson explains here in the Freeman with all over the subsidies to the business how can they really feel compelled to satisfy the customer in the least? And with the bosses managing so much and the workers only slaving away at their jobs per the order of the managers who are propped up by the state it’s a lot of information for the bosses to handle, so much in fact that the calculation problem applies to a leader of any large organization though a top-down one in particular.
How can people make informed choices when the government is subsidizing costs of businesses? This makes he actual costs are hidden from the consumer and the inflation is hidden under high GDP rates which is actually only a small portion of the economy. A more sizable part is the investment and this is hard to do when there is so many companies tanking due to lack of government health that they’ve leeched off of the people to get and stay big. The use the state to make sure that their competitors can’t keep up and then reap monopoly profits at the expense of the consumers and the workers and make it look as if both groups would be lost with the all-knowing and seeing managers and bosses.
The general premise here is simple, government intervention in your life makes it more complex and hinders your experiences and does in no way helps the economy, this mostly solves the market problem. That is if you’re having trouble coming to grips with the free market or the idea of an unregulated market, a lot of people do and it’s a valid concern.But what must be remembered is that the market is related, market anarchists are only against governmental regulations and restrictions not such things that would happen naturally in the free market.
For example, due to prices being lowered via an influx of free competition it is believed by some market anarchists that the wages and so forth would reach their “equilibrium prices” or in other words would more or less equal out and give people more money for their labor. This empowers the laborer and gives him more of an incentive to work and a better life while the bosses will most likely in due time (with no force necessary) finding themselves either raising wages and conditions for the laborer drastically and stop relying on the state or he’ll be out of his position due to all of the free competition in the market place. The market place is a self-regulating and correcting apparatus, one that changes and adapts to new situations faster than the red tap of any governmental organization that may try to compete with it, such was the case with even emergencies private companies responded faster than governmental agencies reacted and saved lives. Granted such organizations are most likely helped out by the state but even when the market is distorted through government intervention the market can still provide services better than the government can even in emergencies.
Now that markets are (for the most part) out of the way how does it follow that then we need no government at all if the market can outdo the government even when extremely perverted by the forces of state-capitalism? Quite naturally, if the market can overcome in even the most adverse cases then one might imagine a world in which
“…property was widely distributed, capital was freely available to laborers through mutual banks, productive technology was freely available in every country without patents, and every people was free to develop locally without colonial robbery, is beyond our imagination…it would have been a world of decentralized, small-scale production for local use, owned and controlled by those who did the work…” [Kevin Carson, The Iron Fist Behind the Invisible Hand, P. 2]
With this all in mind it’s easy to see how one can progress from a market supporter to a supporter of anarchism, it’s easy enough to do, a few lines of cognitive dissonance must be broken, you may have some objections to anarchism and so to save time I shall point you in a few directions of responses to common objections to anarchism. One is by Alex Strekal on youtube and is a three part video series which is located here. and Roderick T. Long also did an article on it which is located here. For now I will not address them and I may not address them at all for (as said before) most people reading this will already be market anarchists so even this blog is a bit unnecessary but for me it’s a good exercise in arguing for market anarchism so I find it useful.
Speaking of useful here are some useful references for market anarchism that I’d recommend:
Kevin Carson, Benjamin Tucker, Josiah Warren, Roderick T. Long, Charles Johnson, Murray Rothbard, Lysander spooner, Linda & Morris Tannehill, Gary Chartier, and Brad Spangler just to name of a few.
I can recommend reads by any of these people, though of course it depends on what you’re looking for, for instance mutualistic or individualistic anarchism you can’t go wrong with Carson, Tucker, or Warren. For Left-Wing Libertarians/Market Anarchists I’d highly recommend Charles Johnson and also add Spangler and Chartier and Alex Strekal as well. The Tannehills may be a good starting read as well as The Machinery of Freedom by David Friedman for a more anarcho-capitalism side of things but nevertheless worthwhile information on how the market place can handle services better than the government can. There’s also a useful introduction by Gary Chartier using the Tannehill’s book in a lecture format here.
On the side of my blog is many of those people’s blog sites so please check them out if you want to know more about them, there are many other writers I could recommend but those 10 thinkers could keep you busy for quite a while just reading all of what they have to say so enjoy!
Market anarchism, what’s it all about?
If you’ve been convinced in some way to become a market anarchist and embrace these values that’s great! But again there’s a lot more to market anarchism then supporting a free self-regulating freed marketplace and opposition to governmental forces in society. It’s more thick than that and I think many market anarchists or soon to be market anarchists (even current market anarchists) would benefit from reading this piece by Charles Johnson, Towards a Dialectical Anarchism and another piece by Johnson called Libertarianism through thick and thin which calls for a thicker libertarianism that advocates social justice and more egalitarian ends with free market libertatrians means in mind.
Needless to say there are plenty of ways to get to market anarchism but what to do from there? This will be talked about in the next post. I’d like to think of these three posts as a series on market anarchism, explaining what it is, why you should be one and then where to go from there. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.