Posts tagged with anarchy


This video is 13 minutes of traffic accidents in Russia and totally amazing.

  1. Show this to your teenagers before they take the wheel. If it doesn’t scare the p*ss out of them—or even worse, if it excites them—no more Grand Theft Auto and hide the car keys.
  2. Next time you complain about public services, boring orderliness and “safety first”, the desireability of risk, Panglossian everything-optimal economics, or forget how relatively safe you are on your German freeways, …. watch this.

    As someone else remarked (can’t remember the source), the difference between Somalia and the USA is the stuff everybody in the US completely forgets is even possible.
  3. Notice how many of the accidents are caused by people trying to zoom ahead of everyone else—off the side of the road, cutting down a tree without noticing it will land on somebody else, trying to pass on the left or on the right or across the lane. Is your time really that important relative to everyone else’s, people?
  4. Assumptions. You think you can make assumptions, like that someone won’t fell a tree on your head, or a military jet won’t fly over your head, that someone won’t spill military equipment near you, or that people from the other lane (or off the road) won’t drive completely orthogonal and attack your car. Sometimes those assumptions are wrong.
  5. How many of these people do you think actually accepted the blame on themselves for their reckless actions?

via @Alea_, @felixsalmon

  • "There’s always been an alliance between anarchy and anthropology, simply because anthropologists know that a society without a state is possible. There’s been plenty of them. They work fine.”
    —David Graeber
  • "Anthropology, I think, is the only discipline which really is about trying to understand the full range of what has been possible — politically, economically, socially, and so forth.”
    —David Graeber

(If I’ve botched the quotations, please correct me in the Disqus comments.)

So I come from a community with a lot of anarchists — and I never understood what they were about. I figured that

  • Libertarianism : Capitalism :: Anarchism :: Communism

but, communism is such a foreign and defunct idea to my experience. I understand anarchism a little better after watching this Charlie Rose interview with an ejected Yale professor.

However…this “The velocity of change is accelerating” grates on my ears. Is this Elliott Wave Theory? Are we worshiping the I Ching here? Give me a break (minute 15). By the way, this interview was in 2006, before the financial crisis and before tumblr — many students were using Facebook but I don’t think Charlie or David had heard of it at that point.