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« on: 2008-December-28 06:26:39 PM »

Call Me an Anarchist Abolitionist Agorist AUTARCHIST, Please*
[2016-03-24] As can be seen by the strike thrus, it has been an extended journey--and it ends at Autarchy!!
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I make my views about "anarchy" and "anarchist" explicit in my TLE letter  More on " A personal journey… "

  • I do not see myself or define myself in terms of negatives, such as things that I am against. Rather, I define myself by positives, by what I am for, what I advocate. I place very little importance on being known as an anarchist or an atheist. Both “an-archist” and “a-theist” are--by definition--negative positions in their respective fields and I prefer to emphasize positives. Being against Statism does not automatically make a person in favor of freedom nor provide the knowledge needed to be free, nor the structure of a free society.

  • I am not so much an atheist as I am an advocate of reason, and I am not so much an anarchist as I am an advocate of the Covenant of Unanimous Consent. As it happens, being an advocate of reason and of the Covenant also fits within the definitions of atheist and anarchist, but not all atheists are rational or even pretend to be, and not all anarchists are Signatories to the Covenant of Unanimous Consent or even want to be.

However, I have recently had my mind changed by Glen Allport regarding using and defending the term "anarchist". In an article at Strike the Root, dated 2006-Dec-18, (which was finally called to my attention 2 years later) he presents an EXCELLENT CASE for choosing another term to describe my general political position (which, of course, is broader than my specific political position which is Signatory: Covenant of Unanimous Consent).

Perhaps he can change your mind also. His article is at

Henceforth, Call Me an Abolitionist, Please**

Dennis Wilson
Signatory: Covenant of Unanimous Consent

*All due respects to Glen Allport and his article with the same title.

** Going one step "beyond" abolitionist (because abolition IS--in reality--a negative position), I arrived at Agorism which is a positive position in that it describes interpersonal relationships and a manner of living  that is compatible with the Covenant of Unanimous Consent.


Well, it has been a little over 7 years and I discovered that my quest for personal "political" identity was not over.

Call Me an Autarchist, Please**

Some time ago I "converted", or more accurately, was convinced by rational arguments, from anarchy to agorism:

On 2016-March-12 I encountered an extremely rational and persuasive argument by Robert LeFerve from 1965 that has even more convincingly "converted" me to AUTARCHY.

Auto means self. Archy means rule. Autarchy *IS* self-rule. It means that each person rules himself, and no other. The autarchist not only rules himself but operates within a voluntary context respecting economic necessity--and personal relationships.

Anarchy means NO rulers whereas
Autarchy means SELF rule. It is a fine line but an important one.

Autarchy *IS* the proper foundation for the Covenant of Unanimous Consent. As it turns out, LeFevre and his "autarchy" were major influences on a young L. Neil Smith. Reading Smith's Covenant of Unanimous Consent is like reading a summary of LeFevre's articles on Autarchy. For a person who subscribes to "self-rule", if that person so chooses, the Covenant can be the unambiguous written rules by which that person chooses to conduct interpersonal relationships.

LeFevre's articles on Autarchy:

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