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I’m a libertarian market anarchist and network agorist.

What does this mean? First, I think the state is inherently wrong and deserves to be replaced by civilized organizations. A civilized organization is defined in a simple way: Any organization which accepts the Golden Rule. The state doesn’t – it requires monopolistic rights for himself. If I’m doing simply the same as the state (taxing other people, incarcerating criminals) I will be named a criminal and punished by the state. That’s a clear violation of the Golden Rule.

Unfortunately, many anarchists follow, traditionally, collectivist ideologies like socialism or communism. I’m not. I believe there should be complete freedom of contract, and that there should be private property rights. So I’m a market anarchist. Market anarchists are also named anarcho-capitalists. I have used this as a self-description in the past too, but today I think one should leave the word “capitalism” for the actual economic system – a system which is far away from a free market, and much closer to the economic system of fascism – corporatism.

What means agorist? It means that I do not propose any violent revolution, not even a democratic takeover of the state by some libertarian party. Instead, I propose a different way to get rid of the state – counter-economics, the black market.

In the past, there have always been black markets, but the state was, finally, more successful. But there is a new element in the game today – the informational revolution, the net. And the net will be the center of the new black market – a global reputational system outside the control of the state is possible. This reputational network can solve the problem of trust in a large society without a state, and this is, I believe, the main reason why anarchism has failed in the past in large societies.

So there is a reasonable hope that the network allows to solve the classical problems of black markets – the missing trust. I think this insight is of central importance, and, therefore, describe myself as a network agorist.

For the general, theoretical background, see my pages about anarchistic theory and the network society.

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