Non-Territorial Freedom

Cyberspace and the Internet

The 15 enemies of the Internet - and other countries to watch
November 25, 2005
by Reporters Without Borders
"Reporters Without Borders marks the World Summit on the Information Society by presenting 15 countries that are “enemies of the Internet” and pointing to a dozen others whose attitude to it is worrying."

Anarchy in the American Amazon
by Karen De Coster
"By way of his technology revolution, Bezos has effectively created an anarcho-libertarian "society" online, as people cooperate in markets unhindered by political correctness, "consumer protection" guardians, and most noticeably, its customers pay no government taxes."

Bridge to a Free Nation
by Robert Klassen
Cyberspace is the bridge.

Can the Internet Promote Open Global Societies?
by Douglas A. Houston
"The widespread belief that the Internet will ensure dramatic and continuous economic growth and social progress owes more to wishful thinking than to a dispassionate analysis of the facts. Overcoming the technical obstacles of cyberspace is one thing; overcoming the political obstacles erected by special-interest groups is another matter."

Cryptography Versus Big Brother
May 15, 1999
by Alexander Tabarrok
"Communication cannot promote liberty if it is not private. The effectiveness of government eavesdropping shows why everyone should have full access to super strong cryptography techniques. The US government has tried to suppress such techniques by trying to force its own citizens (and the rest of the world) to use its clipper chip and key escrow systems. Microsoft, IBM, and other firms have been instructed to make sure that the US government can break into any transmission of data using their products sold overseas."

Defending the Last Free Place on Earth
by Jeff Berwick
"The internet is the most perfect example of an anarchic environment. In some ways it is like America 300 years ago... a new frontier, initially free."

Freedom of broadcasting and Internet
October 18, 2004
by Chris Tame and Sean Gabb
"Broadcasting should be totally free. It is up to broadcasters to decide what they want to broadcast, and for to viewers to be free to listen or watch, or not to do so. "Diversity" will probably, indeed, almost certainly, result from the free choices of broadcasters and audiences, and certainly does not need to be "promoted" by any state appointed body. However, if "diversity" does not result, then so be it. The State has no right to impose "diversity" upon others."

The Free-Market Lesson of the Web
June 23, 2011
by Gerard Docherty
"There are many examples like the web, where government either does not or cannot intervene, and things work out just fine. The success of the web, and the clear role the consuming public has played in developing it along lines that it approves of, demonstrates the ability of society to get what it needs from a free market."

From Crossbows to Cryptography: Thwarting the State Via Technology
by Chuck Hammill

Home, Home on the Internet
November 1996
by Thomas Boustead
"The future of the Internet will not be an entirely open range. There's just too much potential for creating value. People will seize that potential and then build fences to protect it. Unsightly, perhaps, but greater value from the Internet will be gained."

Information Technology as a Universal Solvent for Removing State Stains
by David R. Henderson
"Will the new information technology abet government repression, à la Big Brother, or will it mostly promote individual liberty, as the old information technology helped to do in the Soviet Union? Hint: Even without the widespread use of encryption software, the Internet is already helping people shrug off the crushing yoke of the state."

Law and Disorder in Cyberspace by Peter W. Huber
by Solveig Singleton
"Huber proposes a free-market revolution for telephone, broadcasting, cable television, satellite, and Internet services, tempered with a few compromises. The book is well worth reading, particularly for his dramatic conclusion—that the Constitution has failed."

The Mojo solution
by Damien Cave
Jim McCoy left Yahoo in May in search of a libertarian utopia. Is Mojo Nation, the first-ever encryption-protected, user-run, open-source, file-sharing marketplace with its own currency, it? An interview with its founder.

Muzzling the Internet
September 6, 2009
by Jim Davidson
"There are things to be concerned about, especially for prominent individuals who are engaged in actual journalism, or whistle blowing, or innovating. And there are tools these people can use to protect themselves.
But there is no "the Internet" to be shut down. It isn't that simple, and it certainly isn't that centralised. It is not like the electrical power grid for some city that might be shut down by throwing a giant Frankenstein film style blade switch."

The New Frontier
by David MacGregor
"What is happening on the internet has never happened before. We are seeing the birth of a completely new world-view, a new culture. We are seeing the true globalisation of the planet - not according to "one-world-government" views, or the "New World Order," but according to the self-interested actions of millions of independent human beings - all going about their business, and creating a revolution while they are at it."

The Ongoing Struggle for Liberty: Reasons for Optimism
July 1990
by Dwight R. Lee and Richard B. McKenzie
"The same technology that is driving the production and rapid distribution of goods, services, and information in those countries that are plugged into the global market is ensuring that those who live in economically stagnant and politically repressive regimes are becoming increasingly aware of their plight. All regimes based on central economic and political control are being under mined by 'the three most powerful political factors at work in the world today: democracy, market economies, and the microchip.'”

Technology and War Against Freedom
March 30, 2003
by Rod D. Martin
"Just as our government is in a race to stop a nuclear 9/11, we are all racing the criminals, terrorists and foreign governments who would create chaos in any system dependent on computers -- from air traffic control to nuclear power plants to police databases -- all for the cost of a cheap PC."

Virtual Liberty
February 1996
by Matthew R. Estabrook
"Some commentators, like Wired magazine contributor Jay Kinney, seem to believe that technology could make government more or less irrelevant. Kinney suggests that nationalism “will [come to] have the character—the strength and relative weight—of brand loyalty.” This may not be far-fetched. After all, the state's regulatory machine is likely to run at least a step behind an adaptive spontaneous order that taps the knowledge of all its participants. That is a sight, no doubt, that Hayek might well have applauded."

Wikipedia: Freedom in Community
by Kevin E. Schmiesing Ph.D.
"But Wikipedia’s bet on the potential of free human interaction in an online community paid off. By 2008, it boasted more than 2 million articles in English, and millions more in some 250 other languages. By almost any measure it was a spectacular success."

The Wild West Meets Cyberspace
July 1998
by Andrew P. Morriss
"Today a new gold rush is beginning. Entrepreneurs are using the Internet and other technological breakthroughs to create new wealth, build new business empires, and revolutionize communications. Just as happened in the nineteenth century, however, politicians are frightened by the entrepreneurial forces these opportunities unleash. One of the most widespread and powerful metaphors being invoked in the debate over whether we stand on the verge of a new era of unlimited prosperity or on the brink of societal collapse is that of the nineteenth-century American west. Hundreds of news stories and editorials compare the Internet to the "Wild West," some to illustrate the opportunities available in cyberspace, most to warn of the dangers."

Witness the Freest Economy: the Internet
October 16, 2009
by Dan O'Connor
"One of the few places in the world not yet plagued by government intervention is the internet. Although some governments in certain parts of the world have infiltrated the activities of the internet to varying degrees, it remains the closest thing to a purely free economy that we can identify in the modern world."

Extraterritoriality

Extraterritoriality: Its Rise and Its Decline
by Shih Shun Liu
"In this book, Extraterritoriality: Its Rise and Its Decline, Shih Shun Liu describes a system of governance that we have had almost everywhere on earth and thus forms an important part of mankind’s legacy. Yet almost nobody seems to know about it today, less discusses it." - Richard CB Johnsson

Non-Territorial Governance – Mankind’s Forgotten Legacy
A Review of Extraterritoriality: Its Rise and Its Decline, by Shih Shun Liu, Ph.D.

by Richard CB Johnsson, Ph.D.
"Extraterritoriality originally was a system of non-territorial governance. The laws followed the person, instead of the territory. Thus, in one and the same place, people could submit to various systems of laws. Just as religious tolerance rejects uniformity of faith, this non-territorial governance rejects the uniformity of laws (and thus also uniformity of faith). After all, it remains to be explained how tolerance can be good only in one sphere of life, and not in others. Extraterritoriality, or non-territorial governance, does not stop at religious tolerance but extends it to all spheres of life."

Panarchy, Polyarchy, or Multiple Governments

Further Notes on Panarchism and Anarchism
by John Zube
"Anarchists want the State ABOLISHED, either by revolutions or by reforms or non-violent actions. Panarchists want to abolish only 2 of its most important and coercive features: Territorialism and compulsory membership. They would leave the rest up to individual choice."

The Northridge Incident
by Le Grand E. Day
"An attempt to describe Multigovernment concepts in a readable form."

Notes on panarchy and post-territorialism
edited by John Zube
Alphabatized quotations, mostly from John Zube, related to panarchy.

On Diversity and Variety
by John Zube
"Nobody can know and rule and regulate all this diversity rightfully and efficiently. Only self-management at the lowest possible level works well enough."

Panarchy: A Forgotten Idea of 1860
by Max Nettlau
"Do I want to propose my own system? Not at all! I am an advocate of all systems, i. e. of all forms of government that find followers."

Panarchy – Polyarchy – Personarchy
by Gian Piero de Bellis
More words coined to use instead of anarchy.

Polyarchy: a manifesto
by Gian Piero de Bellis
"A virus has sprung up and spread throughout the world during the 20th century.
It has taken hold of people's minds and bodies, it has affected attitudes and directed actions, it has dominated the life and marked the death of individuals and communities.
The name of this virus is statism."

Polyarchy: a paradigm
by Gian Piero de Bellis
Replace the nation-state paradigm with polyarchy.

Polyarchy: essays on post-statism
by Gian Piero de Bellis
"On the Social Sciences as Social Scam and the Social Scientists as Social Scoundrels"

Some Notes for a Talk on Panarchism to Anarchists
by John Zube
"Panarchist are receptive to anarchist notions but: are anarchists receptive to panarchist notions? They ought to be! For panarchism embodies the best of the anarchist notions without being authoritarian about it! It remains tolerant towards dissenters and lets them do their on thing. Even those panarchists who prefer anarchism for themselves, do not want to impose it upon others."

Some Panarchistic Notions
by John Zube
"Panarchism means "laissez faire, laissez passer" for governmental and non-governmental services and organizations, as many as different people and their groups desire, in any territory and right across all territories and their borders, world-wide."

The Theory of Multigovernment
by Le Grand E. Day
"Multigovernment will present to every individual the right to expand the choice of options in every aspect of his lifestyle. It will introduce a new dimension of freedom not yet experienced by mankind. Not only is Multigovernment workable, but with the advent of sophisticated atomic weapons, it is necessary to save civilization as we know it."

Thoughts for Liberty
by John Zube
Alphabetized thoughts by the leading panarchist.

A Utopia? Government Without Territorial Monopoly
by Bruno S. Frey
"Governments have not always had territorial monopolies on the creation and enforcement of law. Functional, overlapping, competing jurisdictions have been important exceptions to the identification of government with territory and could play a greater role in the future."

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