Saturday, February 16, 2013

Anarchism in the small and in the large

I like this take on anarchism, especially the following:
What Scott's book really seems to support is something different from anarchism writ large. It is anarchism writ small -- finding ways within a liberal and regulated society to expand the scope of free citizens coordinating their activities together for common purposes.
Before I had ever read anything about anarchism, I thought of anarchy in the sense the Sex Pistols used it: not just rejection of any coercive authority, but also endorsement of disorder.  It's interesting to speculate about the possibility of a well-ordered, peaceful anarchy, but I have yet to see a convincing argument that it could work on a large scale.

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