Since I’m (quite probably) NZ’s only Austro-Rothbardian market anarchist (or, perhaps more accurately, agorist), I need somewhere to vent. Somewhere to download all this crap out of my head so that it doesn’t drive me insane. This is it.
Market anarchist? Ok, I explain in more detail here, but basically I hold a libertarian philosophical ethical position for freedom and against the initiation of force. A bit like Ghandi, just with less emphasis on all the nationalism and civil disobedience stuff. I hold the same general ethical principles as most people but I try to apply those principles consistently, even in situations where others would say it’s impractical. For instance like most sane and civilised people I reject criminals who initiate or threaten force or fraud, but unlike most people I include the state in that group (and for good reason). Indeed the state is by far the largest and most dangerous aggressor you are ever likely to meet.
Since I reject the state I’m technically an anarchist (from the Greek anarchos: without master/ruler). This definition is quite specific: it doesn’t say without law (which would be anomy, from the Greek anomos ), and neither does it say without leader. Despite the popular image of Hobbesian violent chaos, anarchism is about rejecting the predation of one upon another, of master upon slave. I believe that human interaction is only ethical when it is voluntary, and that ideally humans would move towards completely voluntary self-organising societies. For those that say that government (particularly in the form of our much vaunted liberal democracy) is ethical as it’s the ‘mechanism of civilisation’ or some other such nonsense, I would question their use of the word ‘civilisation’ when they would choose coercion over voluntary interaction.
Although the ‘anarchist’ label tends to scare old ladies and middle-class civil servants, who immediately jump to the conclusion that I can’t be allowed near a McDonalds in case I react violently, the truth is sadly rather more pedestrian: I don’t actually dislike McDonalds that much, at least not to the point where I’d put a dustbin through their windows to save the planet. I have been known to wear trenchcoats, but not ones that have been spray painted with skulls or worn while hurling eco-friendly invective at world leaders (despite disliking them far more than McDonalds, which is at least trying to earn an honest crust). Nor do I have any radical revolutionary Che Guevara underwear or tattoos, and all of my current piercings are of the vaccination kind. I can even wear a tie without feeling like an oppressed foot-soldier in the class war.
So just a normal guy really, but one with a head so full of passion and craziness that some of it was bound to leak out. For those who are interested in my obsession or who simply want to experience a viewpoint they may not have seen before, the other ‘about’ pages give more detail on what I believe and why it drives me, (and drives those around me mad), starting with wtf am I talking about?
Feel free to debate, but in return expect to be exposed to stuff you might find difficult to agree with and (probably) won’t like. It took me a long time to accept where this line of thinking was taking me, with a lot of uncomfortable readjustment of my world view after taking the ‘red pill’ so it’s not like I’ve just pulled this stuff out of my backside without giving it any thought. However now that I’ve grown with it and understand the concepts better, it seems unnatural to think any other way. But it’s all a journey, and perhaps next year I’ll think something completely different. So before you turn the heavy artillery on me remember I’m not crazy, I believe I have good reasons for thinking what I do and you’re going to need strong arguments to convince me otherwise. Be as forthright as you like in comments, I don’t care. I just won’t engage with anyone who uses ad-hominems or refuses to follow a reasonable discussion.
Oh, and why ‘Gekkonomics’? Well basically because I grew bored of the NZ ‘tall-poppy’ syndrome: the hand-wringing, suspicion and faux-guilt about success in general but business success in particular. The idea that to be successful in any kind of substantial business you must look like the moustachioed chap from the lid of the Monopoly box and be making a profit by conning money out of the sackcloth pocket of some poor, oppressed and hardworking ‘ordinary kiwi’. So I picked Gordon Gekko, the most wonderfully overstated nasty, conniving, unethical, profit-obsessed caricature I could think of that matches what the left-liberal kiwi appears to believe is representative of ‘capitalism’ and adopted him as my dark anti-hero.
So that’s me. Have at it.