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On Anarchy V

Anarchy is the absence of rulers, but what “ruler” means depends on one’s theory of rulers. Likewise for theories of property, authority, coercion, autonomy, occupancy, use, abandonment, appropriation, and on and on. What’s important, I think, is to remember that for whatever our theories of these concepts amount to, rather than imposing them on others, we allow them to survive as a result of market forces. In other words, all we really need to commit to as anarchists is the non-imposition of our various theories, opting instead for approaching each other in the spirit of reason, persuasion, cooperation and negotiation. Let these be our primary tools for maintaining and building the anarchy between us. Can it really be done without them? And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series "One Voluntaryist's Perspective" and "One Improved Unit", and blog series "Two Cents" and "Items of Note". Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads.

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