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  1. Griffin Smith says:

    Jeremiah,

    I love that you’ve endeavored to do a podcast on this subject. It’s a resource for me and my friends.

    I would ask you though: regarding your justice system episode and “roads” episode, I gather that you see an agora or anarchist free market as the most legitimate realm of fulfilling needs better-faster-cheaper.

    In the justice system episode (part 2) you do bring up that there is still the issue though that those with lots of money would have greater access to justice/security services than those with less. This to me isn’t just a gloss, but a chief issue of *literally any justice system*. If justice can only be meted out for those who can fork over the fee for good justice, that is morally and I think Christianly unjust, even if its sound economics!

    My comment then is, and I’m sure you get this a lot, that a Christian anarchism cannot be wholly free-market driven, and neither can it be wholly collectivist (especially because collectivism tends to be a coercive thing), but instead a synthesis of the two.

    Putting aside the obvious fact that you can’t literally analyze the whole issue per podcast because each episode would be 5 years long, you didn’t seem to consider a really Christian response, which would be for a whole community to come to know an injustice done toward their brother or sister, and then decide together that they should pool together their own resources to assist in securing full restorative justice. You *did* mention charities, but I think the minor gloss about them doesn’t really vivify the sort of interpersonalism that could be such an asset in a Christian Anarchist world. Charities seem to me, and maybe to a lot of people, as these very distant, detached constructs that give money without being connected to the issue. But if a victim was my neighbor, and the perpetrator was also my neighbor, in a paradigm that calls for love and community and compassion, this would immediately be *my struggle to*.

    I recognize that in some ways this isn’t really your point, that instead the point was “this is entirely possible without a state”. But I think if in your analyses you considered community-based responses to the condition of statelessness *in tandem with* creative solutions from the free market, you could 1) net in those anarchists with a more syndicalist/communist leanings 2) show the wide spectrum appeal for anarchism 3) show that the Kingdom of God isn’t a school of economics or political science, but is just a place where the weak, sick, meek, oppressed, wronged, and mourning are lifted up by the love and compassion of their brothers and sisters, and the God who loves them as well.

    Just a thought. I know it’s just your opinion, and I really do deeply appreciate the podcast. Maybe you should do an episode on charity and community, and how vivid and connected it could actually be in a free society?

    Khaire,
    Griffin

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