"Wherefore We must interrupt a silence which it would be criminal to prolong, that We may point out...as they really are, men who are badly disguised." Pope St. Pius X, September 8, 1907, Pascendi Dominici Gregis


Monday, February 6, 2017

Podcast Names Itself "Actual Anarchy," Causes Actual Anarchy

The folks over at ReadRothbard have recently launched a new podcast, re-branding themselves as the "ActualAnarchy" podcast. In so doing they have actually demonstrated anarchy thereby enacting an entirely new concept, meta-actual anarchy. We will endeavor to explain.

While we firmly assert that the ActualAnarchy blog has been in existence since at least February 9, 2011 (Happy Birthday! - just around the corner) and therefore the originality of our use of this name supersedes that of the new kids on the block, we are also of the conviction a la Stephan Kinsella that ideas, words and branding are not, per se, scarce and therefore no such thing as an "intellectual" property right exists. We'll let Stephan make this a teaching moment. And while we don't even have to use quotes, we will do so out of courtesy instead of compulsion:
  

"Like the magically-reproducible lawnmower, ideas are
not scarce. If I invent a technique for harvesting cotton,
your harvesting cotton in this way would not take away the
technique from me. I still have my technique (as well as my
cotton). Your use does not exclude my use; we could both
use my technique to harvest cotton. There is no economic
scarcity, and no possibility of conflict over the use of a
scarce resource. Thus, there is no need for exclusivity."

And because we actually do believe in the merits of a natural law based social order, we will stand by this conviction by not attempting to disallow the homonymity of the podcast with our own esteemed blog. We will not even express any snobbish resentment. Though, we will standby our superior originality.

This assertion of rights by the podcast in using the same name as the blog will be respected by the blog of the same name, and both will live up to their libertarian ethos, demonstrating indeed that actual anarchy in this sense is both an objective intellectual concept recognizable by society and a fully attainable reality.

We must become the actual anarchy we wish to see in the world.

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