Ring of Free Trade

Forgot how much I love The Ring of Free Trade.

Oh yeah, Tolkien on anarchism:

“My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning the abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) — or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy. I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other than the inaminate real of England and its inhabitants, a thing that has neither power, rights nor mind); and after a chance of recantation, execute them if they remained obstinate! […] Government is an abstract noun meaning the art and process of governing and it should be an offence to write it with a capital G or so to refer to people. […] [T]he most improper job of any many, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity. At least it is done only to a small group of men who know who their master is. […] There is only one bright spot and that is the growing habit of disgruntled men of dynamating factories and power-stations; I hope that, encouraged now as ‘patriotism’, may remain a habit! But it won’t do any good, if it is not universal”

From J. R. R. Tolkien. The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien. ed. Humphrey Carpenter (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981), 63 -4.

2 thoughts on “Ring of Free Trade”

  1. so apparently Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine is putting out a graphic novel, which is kind of funny, but he had this good quote in an interview I read about it:
    “One of the things that I thought was missing from my favorite fantasy epics like Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Dune, or The Stand was a sense of class consciousness. It’s always about ‘Get the King back on the throne’ or ‘Get the Princess back.’ In the back of my mind, it occurred to me that the Orc slaves of Mordor had more in common with the vassals of Minas Tirith than they’d like to admit.”

    1. Yeah, I mean, there are sort of negative things one can say about LOTR, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to look at it as a diverse group of people fighting against an attempt to impose a singular worldview.

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