Welcome to the May 29, 2007 edition of the Carnival of Market Anarchy.
Paul Birch, and his article "ANARCHO-CAPITALISM DISSOLVES INTO CITY STATES," eloquently demonstrates how one can mount an overly complex argument against a position, and not realize that one single wrong premise destroys the whole argument, making one's efforts worthless
David Gross presents "Off the Books: the Underground Economy of the Urban Poor" posted at The Picket Line, saying, "Author Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh’s "Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor" describes and analyzes the economic and political relationships in a poor section of Chicago. The underground economy there isn't a free market economy, but is squeezed by above- and under-ground governments."
So what seems at first to be an examination of an economic subculture that exists under the radar of government becomes instead a look also at an underground government that has evolved alongside the underground economy.
For fun, Thad Guy presents Feeling Important posted at Thad Guy. He says, "I don't know what the ideal motivation for action is. However, it seems that feeling important isn't it. I thought you might appreciate this comic about preventing self-importance from being a powerful motivation."
Ruby presents Vote with your dollars and your time posted at Frugal Aussie. See, there are ways of voicing your concerns rather than running to the courts or Big Brother.
zenofeller presents The Real Deal. posted at zenofeller.com. If you don't read this, the terrorists win. Or is the the other way around?
Take murder for instance. The only reason we have a law against murder is because one of the most important things about people is that they don't want to die, at least not too often. They do however want other people to die. Pretty often, actually. Interestingly, they don't want others to die as much as they want themselves to survive, as a rule.
I can sit here and offer the following, scary argument : There exists no American society, because the fundament of society is the contract, and Americans virtually never contract. When was the last time you shook hands with an absolute stranger over a matter of business ?
Uh...yesterday. So, he doesn't get it, but I thought I'd include it anyway. Perhaps to encourage more of you to contribute. I, in fact, deleted about 6 entries for irrelevance. Some thought this carnival was about "marketing." Some thought this was about protesters who throw things into Big Bad Corporations. But, the more carnivals, perhaps the larger they will get. Now might be a good time to post the link to the Carnival Blog Post and the guidelines for submission.
3. All posts must be related to MA (or agorism, or individualist anarchism) in some conceptual way. Narratives (fictional or not) are fine. Please no posts about how we must make government smaller, how the Constitution is great, who we should vote for, or how this or that specific law should be repealed. All entries by anarcho-leftists or paleo-conservatives will be laughed at, and may be posted for the purpose of public ridicule. Primitivist, Georgist and mutualist entries will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Market Anarchy ( on the blog No Third Solution, June 29th,) using the carnival submission form.
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