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  • Re: Why Anarchy Fails

    The cycle goes like this. In the beginning there is self-defense. In order to improve their security humans enter into protection relationships with noblemen. Noblemen obtain a monopoly on this relationship and become kings. Kings abuse their monopoly until this monopoly is replaced with some form of...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Torsten on Sat, Jul 7 2012
  • Re: Capitalism = Feudalism!

    [quote user="LogisticEarth"] I understand the arguments against various value theories, ie. Bohm-Barwerks critcism of exploitation theory, marginalism, etc. Thats not what I'm thinking about here. I can easily make the case against the LTV, "surplus labor", and the like.[/quote...
    Posted to General (Forum) by Torsten on Tue, Jun 14 2011
  • Re: How can anarcho-capitalism begin, and how can it protect itself against superior force?

    Feudalism does not necessarily mean serfdom. You have to recognize the situation was very different 800 years ago. At a time where might often meant right it is beneficial to put in place a strong leader that can defend your property. Hierarchical social structures were advantageous back then because...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Kenneth on Sun, Aug 15 2010
  • How Did Feudalism Arise?

    The official explanation I have been given for this in history class is that peasants sought protection from wealthy lords, and traded their freedom in exchange for protection. I am curious if there are any alternative explanations for the rise of Feudalism during the Middle Ages, and if the official...
    Posted to History (Forum) by shazam on Mon, Nov 16 2009
  • Political Definitions

    I would be interested in seeing a post, blog, website, etc that is devoted to defining political terms. I was at a Tea Party where I saw signs calling Obama a communist, a socialist, and a fascist. Which sign was correct? All three? What about Bush, what would we classify him as? I believe there are...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Gary Halpin on Sat, Apr 18 2009
  • Re: Is Ron Paul a racist?

    [quote user="krazy kaju"]If you're not an anarchist you're a statist.[/quote] What about tribalists, feudalists etc. ? I do not think one should limit the definitions to their positioning in current Western Thinking. There were political philosophies, before the rise of the modern state...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Torsten on Sun, Jul 13 2008
  • Re: Books on Feudalism

    [quote user="Brainpolice"]Seriously, what some of you people are doing is painting a pretty picture of an ugly system and idolizing the past. Romantisizing the past leads in the direction of primitivism .[/quote]Except that it doesn't have that much to do with "Romaticizing",...
    Posted to Political Theory (Forum) by Torsten on Sat, Oct 13 2007
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