“Let injury by words be absent; let ill will be absent.” In other words, dear friends, I mean no offense. I welcome all intelligent and civil comments.
Much of this blog will be devoted to exploring philosophical anarchism. There are two basic schools of anarchism: left anarchism (called “communist”, “socialist”, or just “social” anarchism) and right anarchism (“individualist” anarchism or “anarcho-capitalism”), which are something of a mirror image of left and right statism. The current center is a statist center. I am interested in ideas which find an enlightened center between left and right, but moving the center away from the State to a point I like to call “Mere Anarchy”. The phrase is derived from Yeats, (but with a positive connotation rather than his negative one) and is used as he did in his poem “The Second Coming” to connote the older meaning of the word mere, meaning “pure”. Libertarian economist Murray Rothbard once called himself a “right-wing liberal”, while novelist Norman Mailer professed to be a “left-conservative”. I am interested in such hybrids, while refraining to identify with any particular one.
Secondly, I am interested, not in shifting, but rather expanding the focus into the cultural realm. There is a wealth of resources on libertarianism and anarchy on the web, (indeed, the internet may be the only place where anarchy may have not only a strong but even dominant voice) most of it dealing in terms of political economy. I learn more about politics and economics every day, but my first love is the humanities. My overarching concern is the question: “What is the culture of mere anarchy?”
Is this a bit much for a simple little blog? No doubt, but what the hell, it should be fun anyway.