Democracy Without Government
By Arnold Kling
From an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The process is what scholars of anarchism call “direct action.” For example, instead of petitioning the government to build a well, members of a community might simply build it themselves. It is an example of anarchism’s philosophy, or what Mr. Graeber describes as “democracy without a government.”
That is David Graeber, who I quoted a while back on the origins of money. According to the article, he is one of the academic theorists behind the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The term I would use for “democracy without government” is mobocracy. I cannot imagine a worse society.
But all this theory is probably not relevant one way or the other. Think of this in terms of a status game. The academics want to use the OWS movement to enhance their status at the expense of people in business and finance. I predict that this attempt will fail. I think that the academics have worn out their welcome even worse than the bankers have.