Monday, January 23, 2006

Inquiry into Anarchy

There are anarchistic lifestyles (certain types of communes, cooperative living situations, and intentional communities, for starters), and there are anarchistic organizations (such as Earth First! and ActUp), and they have different problems and face different issues. The tyranny of concensus looms large over leftist/anarchist organizations, but perhaps is less an issue when it comes to anarchistic lifestyles?

One danger of anarchy is chaos; another, countervailing, is that order is maintained through a sort of reflexive groupthink or through a tyranny of the majority. There's been some interesting research on mobbing, which, though its focus is on the individual in the workplace, may illuminate some of the pathologies of groups, to which anarchical groups, with their distrust of formal structures and leadership, may be particularly susceptible.

What does all this have to do with the law? Nothing, maybe, except insofar as I'm interested in it, and I'm going to law school.


At 2:58 PM, Blogger MT said...

Does your curiosity for theory extend to game theory and multi-agent modeling? Seems like that would be one way to test the possibility and dimensional limits of societies in which civility and stability had to emerge either by agreement or without an imposition of rules. I guess I'm thinking of the sort of thing Robert Wright wrote about in his evolutionary psychology book, The Moral Animal.


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