The purpose of this blog is to develop an understanding of what the libertarian ideal actually is, looking at multiple philosophies, pathways and organisational forms that provide different forms of freedom and ground-up power relations, allowing individuals and communities to fight against all forms of centralised power, including states and capitalist institutions.
My name is Chris Shaw. I am an independent researcher and writer, publishing with a number of outlets. I would describe myself as a an anarcho-pluralist and libertarian.
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My Libertarian Ideals
It is only recently that I have described myself as a 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 state control and unfettered regulation, but rather one based around voluntary cooperation and exchange, removed from the spectre of big government and state control. To achieve such a society, I believe we as libertarians need to push for the decentralisation of political power, as well as working both inside and outside the current governing systems, thus achieving true freedom and forms of secession, decentralism, mutualism and organic tradition.