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  • What they don't realize is that liberty (another word for the true meaning of anarchy, which is simply Greek for "no ruler") results in order.

    I am pretty sure that history would prove that wrong over and over again. Anarchy does not in any way result in order. Which is probably why the dictionary definition means disorder.

    Or maybe I didn't get what you were trying to say.

    • Nope, I don't jest at all. I'm quite serious, and it looks like you did understand what I meant. Spontaneous order does result from liberty.

      It's strange to me that we accept as a religious axiom that the spontaneous order which nature produces is more ecologically balanced than what we produce when we interfere, but we don't feel that spontaneous social order emerges in the absence of coercive rule.

      Anyway, even if you don't accept the generalization I make at the end, I've got two examples of spontaneous order emerging from liberty: ecology, and high quality Perl programming. The point about high quality Perl programming was the main point of my journal entry. You may not accept that all order which emerges from liberty is superior, but I hope you'll agree with me that there are many really good Perl programmers for whom looking for the Right Way to do a particular task is an important value, despite the value of TMTOWTDI, and I think there's a relationship between those two values.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers