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A lot of what seems to happen on this board turns into ridiculous nonsense, I think, but I have a serious criticism to put forward that, hopefully, will help clarify my understanding of anarchism.
It's not that I'm against anarchism, it's just that I feel as if I've either misunderstood something or there is some kind of ludicrously obvious flaw in some theories.
Anyway, let's get down to it: in a "gift economy," in which goods and services are freely distributed based on the principal of trusting that the individual receiving the goods will somehow come back to return the favor (unlike a barter system, as I understand it, because there does not necessarily have to be a direct exchange), what's to stop someone from consuming everything and exhausting the scarce resources we have?
I ask this, particularly, because I find it hard to imagine that people living in a consumerist society (including myself) would ever be able to consume a small enough amount so that everyone would be semi-equal or at least so that everyone would be able to survive.
Rich_Mahogany wrote:...what's to stop someone from consuming everything and exhausting the scarce resources we have?
Rich_Mahogany wrote:...I think that if suddenly there are no "legally enforced" boundaries people wouldn't know what to do.
In response, I suppose I picture people going to grocery stores and just pigging out in the most insane and fiendish way possible, I think that if suddenly there are no "legally enforced" boundaries people wouldn't know what to do. But then again, I tend to be a little more cynical about people than I should be.
Yeah, it's all very plausible, I guess, the real question is how do we get there? Anarchism seems so... rational to me, yet it is such a minority view. It sort of fakes me out as though, there must be something wrong here .
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