Capitalism is a word that most anarchists are opposed to. As an individualist anarchist, I embrace the word in an effort to related my socio(a)political views to average Americans. In truth, private ownership is no more a threat than collective ownership -no system of anything is free from corruption. I think that we have to be ever-vigilante and protecting of our personal power and freedom, lest we lose we lose both to some megalomaniacal slick-talker. All of this aside, there is a beauty that I see in what is called the “free-market” that even an authoritarian-statist can’t deny.
Despite the many efforts to regulate the market, we just can’t control it. People will do what they want, and there’s not much you can do to stop them… this is partially because we have trouble even controlling ourselves, let alone trying to control other people. It’s just not possible -there are too many factors involved in human decision making to effectively predict and/or control human action.
This case is traditionally made for the development of the “Black Market” in places were exchange is regulated and ESPECIALLY where that exchange is outright restricted. The thing I like about this idea is that it really goes for everything from regulating trade/business to total enslavement, and we have the entirety of human history as evidence to prove this.
The problem with applying this theory socially is that most people just don’t get this stuff -they don’t even think about it. But the fact that we share a common interest in a reasonably secure life is what keeps us from descending into chaos, now. Certainly, the threat of imprisonment or even death by the hands of the state keep many from acting out, but that common interest (though sometimes misguided…) is why we have the state in the first place (…case in point). In other words, government and heirarchical establishments are just a form of spontaneous order -they are subject to change, as well.
“The black market was a way of getting around government controls. It was a way of enabling the free market to work. It was a way of opening up, enabling people.”
WTF does all of this mean?!
Governments will rise, and they will fall… there is no final solution for mankind -even in the various forms of Anarchism. People will forget the value of freedom, and this whole mess could start back over again. Despite the social, political, and legal conditions that I may face -I will live my life the way that I see fit. Because of all of this, I’ve decided that calling myself a “black market capitalist” is not only a more appropriate/accurate description but is just a better term to use, in general.