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  1. I have yet to watch the video, but I will very shortly. I think it should be mentioned that David Friedman https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_D._Friedman
    , son of famous late economist Milton Friedman, wrote a book called “The Machinery of Freedom”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Machinery_of_Freedom .
    It was first published in 1973, but rewritten and republished in 1989, and again republished (with amendments) in 2014.
    Friedman described what he called “The Hard Problem”, the apparent difficulty (or impossibility???) of an anarchist or Libertarian region defending itself against surrounding non-anarchist nations. http://www.daviddfriedman.com/Machinery_3d_Edition/The%20Hard%20Problem%20II.htm

    My history: In about 1975, at about age 17, I was exposed to libertarian literature. (The American Libertarian Party was formed in about 1972, I think.). The literature didn’t convince me: I realized that I had been always libertarian. I was already “there”.
    At that time, and until well after 1995, I was unaware of David Friedman’s existence, and was also unaware that Friedman had labelled something “The Hard Problem”.
    Nevertheless, I was already aware, in the late 1973, that there was a problem with having an anarchist or libertarian region surrounded by other, traditional states.
    That is why, from 1975 through 1994, I labelled myself as a “minarchist libertarian”, rather than an “anarchist libertarian”. I couldn’t, and wouldn’t , claim to be in favor of what I figured was ‘impossible’.
    So, in January 1995, I invented (discovered?) the principle which, I believed and still believe, makes anarchy stable: I wrote the essay, “Assassination Politics”. https://cryptome.org/ap.htm

  2. Okay, I’ve listened to 10 minutes of the recording. It’s quite frustrating, because I described my solution to the problem, https://cryptome.org/ap.htm written in 1995-96, yet you are STILL talking about the problem in 2018.
    What happened?
    Evidently, you know about David Friedman and his 1973 book, “The Machinery of Freedom”, but that’s about it.
    Do you want a solution, or don’t know?

      • Well, it’s important, because prior to January 1995 anarchism was properly seen as being impossible, unstable against foreign attacks. See David Friedman’s “Hard Problem”.

        Apparently, virtually every other anarchist didn’t realize this.
        I cannot tell for sure, because the availability of the Internet to a large percentage of the public didn’t begin until approximately 1995.

        During the period of 1975 through 1994, I knew that anarchism had this ‘fatal’ problem, though I had determined that independently of Friedman and everyone else. Nobody told me of that problem, let alone Friedman’s label for it; I don’t know whether I should have labelled it “obvious”, but it was at least a straightforward conclusion given logic.

        I would like to see people, anarchists especially, acknowledge that Friedman was right, when he defined the “Hard Problem” in 1973, and also acknowledge that I described the solution to that “Hard Problem” in 1995.

      • Have you ever heard the joke which includes the punchline, “He sent you two boats and a helicopter, what more did you want?”

        Google-search ‘two boats and a helicopter’ and see what I mean.

      • I remain hopeful that you will absorb the concept, and realize that in order for “anarchism” to actually work, somebody had to figure out how to solve David Friedman’s “Hard Problem”. I did that.

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