The purpose of this blog is to develop an understanding of what the libertarian (or post-libertarian) ideal actually is, looking at multiple philosophies, pathways and organisational forms that provide different degrees of voice and exit, producing a multi-faceted patchwork of governance that allows for these relations to grow and scale outwards.
My name is Chris Shaw. I am an independent researcher and writer, publishing with a number of outlets. I would describe myself as a decentralist and post-libertarian.
My main research interests surround governance; organisation theory; state formation; market formation/creation; non-capitalist markets; state-market relations; network theory; accelerationism; patchwork theories; identity/meaning-making; deconstructing socio-political forms and functions; libertarian/post-libertarian political theory; and the dynamics of group formation.
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My Libertarian Ideals
It is only recently that I have described myself as a libertarian (or post-libertarian), previously identifying with far-left ideologies such as communism and Maoism. This change in political views mainly came about as a result of extensive reading into the ideas of the Austrian school and its offshoots. As well as this I’m influenced by left-libertarian and libertarian socialist thinkers who have a good critique of modern state capitalism and its ills. I’ve also become interested in post-Keynesian monetary ideas, and their compatibility with free banking. Further, Marxian economics, Ricardian socialism, Mutualism and general anarchist political economy are significant influences on my thought and ideas. Finally, I’ve recently been influenced by accelerationist philosophies that advocate accelerating the tendencies of modern capitalism toward their inevitable contradictions, which provides the potential for new societies and realities to be born from these latent crises and failures.
My social views tend toward a neo-reactionary traditionalism influenced by Anglican and Catholic traditions and informed by Nietzsche’s understanding of the will to power and the Ubermensch. I see social hierarchies, a radical aristocracy and the developing of mutual relations of social cohesion as important variables in constructing a society of tradition and liberty. In this sense, I believe that understanding our moral intuitions and ingrained axiomatic positions of law and ethics as the fruits of God’s patronage are important in inculcating responsibility and cohesiveness in our wider society.
These influences have led me to believe in a society based not around centralised control, but rather one based around multiple forms of governance, cooperation and exchange, that emphasises the ability for power to be variable and flexible, rather than concrete and calcified. In this vein, I believe there needs to be a push for the decentralisation of societal dynamics and governance structures, as well as working both inside and outside the current governing systems, through multiplicitous forms of secession, decentralism, mutualism and organic tradition.