Je sens que j’existe, mais je ne sais pas ce que je suis.

I feel that I exist, but I do not know what I am.

Nicolas Malebranche

We should embrace the fact that many of the critics of our excessive states, which entitled themselves to monitor and intrude heavily against our persons today, are antistatists or even anarchists. Despite this, we must warn that humanity should not embrace a pendulum swing into chaos as we protest that order:

The world is tension. Tension between Order and Chaos. Too much order, and you wind up living in Nazi Germany or modern America. Not good. Too much Chaos, and you wind up sleeping with a shotgun, while roaming street gangs rape and pillage, until one gangster gets big enough and invents droit de seigneur.

These are the words of J. M. Porup, American dissident writer and blogger recently published at the web magazine ClubOfINFO, and are part of a view that I have found to be shared among all the other parties to the Mont Order journalistic club and coalition. Indeed, we use the name of this club for no trivial reasons. Order – the right order – is one name used for the sum the world cannot endure without. I respond to J. M. Porup’s article in a different article published also at ClubOfINFO, in which I affirm that I share his assessment. However, also in that response, I articulate what I have meant by antistatism in the past: a profound skepticism of the nation-state, its waning legitimacy, and what I have understood to be its deteriorating ability to justify its monopoly of force over both our internet and our persons. My sources have been a relative mix of books by Julian Assange (like Cypherpunks and When Google Met WikiLeaks) and great minds in sociology such as Immanuel Wallerstein, as well as other American intellectual dissidents such as Noam Chomsky.

We should consider ourselves to be the inheritors of the Mountain, the club that gave birth to the modern state through the acts of the French Revolution. We must also consider ourselves, as political agents, to be shaping an alternative order. By inheriting both of these legacies, the name of this Mont Order club is both fitting and iconic.

The Order is driven by those who are party to it, and the agenda of those who are party to the Order is the agenda of the Order. By such collaboration, we make our collective will a reality. We will use each other’s reach and leverage to increase one another’s reach and leverage throughout the world of online journalism and web politics, and as the club grows I hope we will watch the influence and authority of each party grow. This is what we agreed to be the mode of our growth and success, thus we do everything we can to understand, support and empower the other parties.

By Harry J. Bentham

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