So the idea that you should have know (or may have, maybe you’re reading this and still not convinced, this is fine and I don’t expect this littler series on a hardly known blog to convince you that the main form of organization in society currently is wrong but I do implore you to at least think of alternatives when the state doesn’t seem to go your way) is that the market place should be the main form of organization bearing in mind that such organizations result from a freed market that comes in the form of voluntary organizations, that up to (not not limited to) mutual-aid organizations, communist associations, private groups, and so forth. But what do you do with this knowledge? What do you do to make sure this vision may succeed? Well I have three suggestions for you, better understand the knowledge, spread the knowledge, reevaluate the knowledge.
Better understand the knowledge
So first of all, make sure you’ve understood what I’ve said (And I’ve got to do this too obviously, I’ve got to go back what I’m writing and make sure it’s in line with what I believe, the phrasing of it, the wording, and so forth to make sure it fits me just right) because if you don’t even understand what you’re saying or the implications you’ll be at a big disadvantage in the world. I should probably take this advice myself, I find myself sometimes saying things I do not realize the implications of, but that’s just being human, making mistakes in our estimations. So by better understanding the knowledge I and other anti-statists may have given you do not feel like you need to be perfect at it to get it right. Even an above average job will take care of the message you’re trying to get across, for example in a recent current event at the school I still (for a few more times anyways) go to I openly advocated no borders and no such thing as illegal immigration. Now I was no expert on the subject but thanks to people like Charles Johnson and other no border types I understood the arguments and used the ones I agreed with the most and used them with moderate success. In the end I succeeded at getting my message across, now of course almost no one agreed but that wasn’t the point, I didn’t expect for acceptence, right now I hope for tolerance and understanding and to ask any more is asking too much of the current society.
But let’s compare that to a different time in which my thoughts were all jumbled up and I had no real idea what I was going to say weeks prior when the issue of illegal immigration was brought up and was not so confident in myself. I created a firestorm in the classroom and most people ganged up on me and lashed out on me and I was not prepared for it and thus could make hardly convincing arguments against them. If (in that case) I had stuck to the subject matter and left I my deeper thoughts to better understanding I may have been better off. But there is a positive of course, that being that I learned and was better at it the next time around as I’ve already shown through my first example. So understanding what you advocate and the implications and saying it in the right words and right way is very important.
Spread the knowledge
Of course once you actually understand the knowledge, why not spread it along? This one is a lot easier then it may seem (or rather is easier in your mind then it is in practice) all you have to do is start a conversation with someone you know (or maybe a complete stranger if you feel alright with that) and talk about something you have a strong opinion on and try to discuss it with them. You’ll probably disagree on a lot of things (especially if you’re me talking to indoctrinated kids in schools) but perhaps you’ll make headway, or perhaps better yet you may not. Why is this better? Well it’s good to know who’s actually open to alternatives to begin with, but be warned that you can’t just walk up to somebody and ask if they’re open to alternatives, because chances are most people will say yes. What you want to do is engage in conversation and see in practice how open minded they are, see if they can walk the walk as well as talk the talk. If they can then perhaps you can engage in more conversations with them and with enough evidence, empirical findings and persuasive language you could get them to see things your way a bit more, not even necessarily agree with you but at least tolerate and understand your view.
Now someone out there may ask, “Well why can’t anarchists tolerate and understand people who support government?” It may seem like a double standard but anarchists really do understand their arguments for what they are, it’s actually the pro-government people who don’t understand what they advocate and so we as anarchists attempt to talk to them in order for them to understand where the anarchists are coming from. Because, in point of fact, statists of all stripes believe anarchists are childish, they’re utopian, they’re too idealistic (who knew there was something wrong with having ideas and wanting them to be as good as possible?) they’re unrealistic, they support chaos, violence, murder, or if they don’t that’s what would happen, I’ve heard this many times from personal experience and it’s hard to deal with such lack of an understanding of a philosophy that dates back to the Cynics of Greece and possible further. So what do you do with these people? Well the best thing to do is to refer them to popularly supported anti-statist readings, perhaps go back to basics and ask them some basic questions, such as, is force and theft wrong? If so then taxation which amounts to basically theft as it is the government taking the product of your labor whether you want them to or not means the government is funded through force and theft, both of which the person will almost undoubtedly say is wrong! But what if they don’t say it’s wrong? Then you ask them what they do think is wrong, or if they think this criticism does not apply to governments for some reason, call them out on it, demand to know why governments are exempt. And sometimes debates can go absolutely nowhere and both people are left in disgust at one another, if this is the case, back away from the argument, ask the person if they’d like to discuss this matter another time when both of you have your thoughts better in place and move on for now, discussing important topics shouldn’t be something that gives you a hernia in other words.
Reevaluate the knowledge
And after it all what do you do with your knowledge? Make sure you got it right! After all that hard work of understanding it and spreading it, you don’t want to find out that you’ve been spreading the wrong knowledge the whole time! But even if you have it’s not the biggest deal in the world, you can still do some cleanup, you can work on telling people that you have changed positions and explain why and say why you’re previous stance is inferior to your current one. It’d be a bit of luck but if it means enough to you you’ll go for it.
Some final thoughts
Now, on the topic of arguments I recommend Stefan Molyneux for some good debating tactics, his official website freedomainradio.com is here. And there are many different podcasts on there for varying topics and how to talk to people, I’m not sure which to exactly recommend but if there’s one person I could recommend for having pleasant and fulfilling conversations it’d probably be Mr. Molyneux.
Overview of series: Introduction to Market Anarchism
This was my first series, more are to come in the coming weeks, I plan on making a few different series’s before I start blogging about whatever, I shall usually update from week to week but sometimes more. But for this seres three things should be put in mind:
1. The market and a stateless society go together in the context of a freed market free of government regulations.
2. Figure out what you are, take quizzes, ask yourself questions and others and so on, then decide if market anarchism is what you really believe, if not find out why if it’s something you’re truly interested in, redouble your efforts!
3. Once you have the knowledge to call yourself a market anarchist, there are three important parts, understand it better, spread it as far as you want to and feel comfortable with and then reevaluate it to make sure you’re not sending the wrong message out there.