I had the great pleasure of working with Elliot and Associates Architects this summer as I was filling in for an acquaintance of mine who was on vacation.
Elliot and Associates specializes in Salvation Army projects. I did some light office work including email correspondence for them while their regular office assistant was in Ireland.
I was reminded of how I wanted to be an architect when I was a child. I enjoyed being in an office environment and commuting there each day. I was happy that it was flexible and accommodated my existing commitment to teach at Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
What impressed me most about my time there was how much research is done before a plan is even proposed. I was also unaware of how much correspondence goes back and forth before and after a project is underway.
Various theorists have differing, though similar, legal philosophies which have been considered to fall under “anarcho-capitalism”. However, the first person to coin the term and widely regarded as its founder, and its most well-known version, was formulated by Austrian School economist and libertarian Murray Rothbard in the mid-20th century, synthesizing elements from the Austrian School of economics, classical liberalism, and 19th-century American individualist anarchists Lysander Spooner and Benjamin Tucker (while rejecting their labor theory of value and the normative implications they derived from it). A Rothbardian anarcho-capitalist society would operate under a mutually agreed-upon libertarian “legal code which would be generally accepted, and which the courts would pledge themselves to follow.” This pact would recognize sovereignty of the individual and the principle of non-aggression.