Anarcho-Fictionalism. Tales of anarchy that might be.

Having hopefully stirred up some interest through my explanations of how anarchy might work, I thought I’d take a short break before delving into the complex world of the moral foundations of anarchy and point out some works of fiction that take place in evolving anarchist society. Many people find it easier to accept strange concepts in story form. This hopefully will stir up some thought around the idea of “Hey, this might work”.

First up I’d like to discuss Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. While Rand herself is not an anarchist, and in fact argues against the idea, the society she describes in part 3 is clearly in a state of anarchy. While this book is massive, and starts a little slow, it’s a great read, and the only book I have ever started over immediately after finishing it. The speech given by her character Francisco d’Anconia is one of the best parts, and reproduced with permission at Capitalism Magazine. This book was a vital part of my path to anarchism and I highly recommend it.

Alongside Night by J. Neil Schulman is the tale of a young man and his difficulties during the transition from government to anarchy. The transition occurs as the  black market grows to the point it overwhelms the government and formerly black market DRO’s are able to enforce their judgments against the former  government when it commits aggressive acts. . The philosophy behind this process is known as agorism. For a better introduction to agorism, which I myself am just beginning to learn, read An Agorist Primer by Samuel Edward Konkin III, also available in PDF form.

The last bit of fiction I’ve encountered is Escape from Terra by Sandy Sandfort, Scott Bieser, and Lee Oaks. This comic covers a anarchist asteroid mining colony and their conflicts with government back on earth. Over 250 strips have been written and the comic updates Monday through Friday. While I don’t agree with all the social structures presented in the comic, the point of anarchy is nobody is the ruler, not even me.

I hope some of these stories might interest you, and perhaps help you better envision a society free of government coercion and violence. While I realize these are just fiction, so was Star Trek and these days we have technology that in some ways surpasses Gene Roddenberry’s vision. Much of it inspired by the adventures of James T. Kirk and crew.

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