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Forum Post: Is Government Really Necessary? (video)

Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 11, 2012, 10:08 p.m. EST by darrenlobo (204)
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The lively Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society discussion happened on December 9, 2012. (http://www.meetup.com/thinkingsociety/events/85461612/) Below is the description of the event on the Meetup page:

Most discussions about government start from the assumption that we need a government, but is that really the case? Will society fall apart without it? At this Meetup we'll consider the issue using the following definition of government: an organization with a monopoly on the use of force within a specified geographical area.

Arguments will be heard pro and con while alternatives will be looked at.




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[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 5 years ago


[-] -1 points by Theeighthpieceuv8 (-32) from Seven Sisters, Wales 5 years ago

No one ever presents my side, which is really disturbing. I see anarchy as survival of the fittest and living fast and furious is fine with me.

[-] -2 points by darrenlobo (204) 5 years ago

Well now you've presented your side or is this a joke?

[-] 0 points by Theeighthpieceuv8 (-32) from Seven Sisters, Wales 5 years ago

It's the one element of anarchy that those who promote it more often overlook; give me anarchy and I'll own twenty square miles, supported by my own militia. And I'll own everything within that twenty miles. We would retreat, more or less, to a medieval state.

Collectivism? Definitely; I will be the collector and everyone shall share with me; they can call me "Lord of the Manor."

[-] -1 points by darrenlobo (204) 5 years ago

Where did this 20 mile idea come from? We advocate a world without borders & with worldwide networks.

[-] 1 points by Theeighthpieceuv8 (-32) from Seven Sisters, Wales 5 years ago

I think I could easily gain the influence of those within say, a ten mile circumference; twenty might be pushing it but I wouldn't rule it our entirely.

If you're advocating anarchy, then you advocate a world of many, many, borders.

By the way, I am infinitely opposed to all such notions of a world without borders.

[-] -1 points by darrenlobo (204) 5 years ago

No, I advocate a world of no borders & private property. What is lost on many is that it is through private property that we can peacefully share the world. "public" property is maintained through govt violence.