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Three Disproofs of Authority
When discussing politics with non-anarchists, the subject of authority often comes up as an objection to accepting any ideas of liberty. Indeed, authority is that pesky stumbling block that we must overcome if ideas of liberty and freedom are to be successfully communicated and understood. Consider the following statements that often come up when discussing authority:
- We need to have authority otherwise there’d be chaos; thus we need a group that has authority.
- Authority is limited to those things the people allow through their consent.
- It allows people in government to set moral rules for society; otherwise there would be chaos!!!Whenever people vote they give authority to politicians to make certain decisions that we can’t do.
And so on…
Howdy folks. I decided to display more tallented writings from my friend Ken here. Anytime I post somebody’s article it is from either a message board, personal correspondance, website article, or other. Today we are going to talk about the groups informally known as elephants and donkeys and formally as the two gangs comprised of lawyers, con-artists, and thugs competing with one another to operate a protection racket, as well as other wannabe rulers *cough* minarchists *cough*. Enjoy and leave a comment.
Howdy folks! It has been a long time since I last posted here. I am currently busy with some stuff offline but I thought I would drop a gem that my friend Ken sent to me. First a little preamble rant and then a parable. See if you can figure out what each character represents:
This is a fascinating speech by Malcom Gladwell.
Often, what people say, know and feel can be wildly divergent.
Malcolm explores why we can’t trust people’s opinions — because we don’t have the language to express our feelings. His examples include the story of New Coke and how Coke’s market research misled them, and the development of Herman-Miller’s Aeron chair, the best-selling chair in the history of office chairs, which succeeded in spite of research that suggested it would fail.
Gladwell goes to show how preferences are inherently unstable. Unless there is some heavy and known factor to influence decisions, very often people can’t express what they want or what makes them happy.
This can also tell us one thing or two about democracy. A vote is the expression of an opinion with little to no weight, an aesthetical act subject to the same wild swings of fashion.
But go ahead and listen to it. You should find it interesting.
If you don’t have the time to spare, here is a quick overview:
(Shamelessly stolen from here)