Zürich Anarcho-Capitalism and Personal Growth Meetuphttp://www.meetup.com/Zurich-Anarcho-Capitalism-and-Personal-Growth-Meetup/http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/d/f/5/4/global_361137172.jpeg20140507
Anarchy and Capitalism: Two things we usually feel most ambivalent about. On the one hand we love anarchy (the absence of rulers) in our personal lives and would hate if someone would constantly tell us what to do and where to be all day, but on the other hand we may fear that if there was no ruler at all, chaos and mayhem would ensue. Similarly with Capitalism (the idea that you can own and trade property without interference from a third party), we love to be able to have our own stuff without anyone else being able to claim it their own all of a sudden and tell us what to do with it, but we may also fear that if there was no state to regulate and set boundaries we may end up in a situation where there's only ruthless competition for most of the population, while a few greedy monopolists hold all the recources and destroy the environment we live in for the sake of squeezing out some more money.
But how can this be, that what is considered some of the greatest good in our lives is also considered some of the greatest evils when applied to society as a whole?
The world isn't exactly in a good place right now. National debt makes sure people are already tens of thousands in debt right when they leave the womb. Schools don't teach us how to reason and argue for ourselves or how to live up to our potential, but merely have us sit still, listen and obey a teacher so that we can repeat the same thing afterwards. There's a large and increasing number of people that are dependent on welfare, a lot of young people who have a hard time getting a job and doing something productive with their lives, while on the other side we have huge corporations that almost enitrely control certain markets without much of any competition to challenge their position.
Now, the most important thing when we have a patient with a lot of symptoms is diagnosing the correct cause or causes, as, without that, any cure is not only unhelpful, but an active waste of recources. Furhtermore, if we are convinced that we have the right cure already we stop looking for another cure. In the last 70 years societies and states have tried to solve all sorts of social problems, from poverty to education to healthcare with most of these problems not only not vanishing but getting worse. So I think it's only reasonable to say that whatever has been tried has at the very least not worked and should be up to question.
So this group is primarily about two things: Challenging the assumption that there is a need for a central coercive authority (i.e. a state or government) to solve social problems (like security, justice, education, healthcare, just to name a few) and having conversations and debates about the reason why the state might not only not be a solution but part the problem itself. So anyone who's intersted and curious about diagnosing and maybe finding a cure for some of the worlds ills is very welcome here. The other thing the group is about is what we can do in our personal lives to make things better (both for us and others) and live according to the principles we value, what we can do to effectively affect change and how to face the challenge of communicating these ideas and the problems we face when arguing against the default position in society.
So I welcome everyone who's open to challenge their assumptions (and challenge mine of course) in a friendly and productive manner and also everyone who already accepts the AnCap ideals of non-aggression and wants to share their experience with living the AnCap life, talk about what we could effectively do to make the world a less violent place or just wants to hang out and enjoy some time with other AnCaps.