Chapter 16 Zomia and the Art Of Not Being Governed

Throughout this book we have suggested that people of various cultures, ethnicities, religions and philosophical backgrounds can share the same geography in relative peace without a government for long periods of time. This is no fairy tale or utopian pipe dream, but a documented historical fact. Until recently, a mountainous region of Southeast Asia the […]

Chapter 15 Intersections of Taoism and Anarchism

Taoism is an ancient Chinese tradition which emphasizes living in harmony with what is referred to as Tao. The term Tao means “way”, “path” or “principle”. It can be found in Chinese philosophies and religions other than Taoism. In Taoism, however, Tao is believed to be both the source and the force behind everything that […]

Chapter 14 Intersections of Buddhism and Anarchism

This chapter will focus on the philosophy of Buddhism, specifically Zen, and Anarchy, specifically Agorism. Zen is the Japanese pronunciation for Chan or Dhyana, which translates roughly to “meditation”. It is also the name for the school of Mahayana Buddhism that began in China and spread to the south and east around the 6th century […]

Chapter 13 Intersections of Islam and Anarchism

The following are two guest essays selected from Davi Barker’s excellent book “Voluntary Islam” Islam and the discovery of freedom I read the entirety of “Islam and the Discovery of Freedom” by Rose Wilder Lane on a direct flight from San Francisco to New Hampshire. I literally cried as she chronicled the great liberty of […]

Chapter 12 Intersections of Christianity and Anarchism

There is no doubt that unimaginable suffering and division have been caused by the political organizations that formed around Christianity, Judaism, Islam and the other religions of the world. However, as we intend to explore in the following chapters, there is ample evidence suggesting that these religions all carry knowledge from similar ancient teachings, but […]

Chapter 11 Intersections of Shamanism and Anarchism

A discussion on the concepts of freedom would not be complete without an understanding of the Shaman and his spiritual teachings. A Shaman is quite simply a teacher and a student. A shaman is an individual who uses a variety of methods to communicate with the universe and the spiritual world. Shamans have been known […]