Ancient Irish Anarchy at Hackers Congress 2016

September 30, 2023


For thousands of years Ireland lived under a native set of laws and customs, known today as the Brehon Law.


During this time, Ireland was ‘stateless’, there was no central authority making laws, issuing decrees or collecting taxes, there were no police force or prisons, and judges did not have the authority to enforce their decisions.


But still, at this time, Ireland was seen to be a great centre for advanced learning, the arts, and spirituality, so much so that it earned the title: Insular Sanctorum et Doctorum – the Island of 
Saints and Scholars; not a bad title for what was in effect ‘anarchy’. 


In this discussion Kevin will be making the case that principles of anarchy have been tried, there are historical examples that worked, and there are valuable lessons for today's world to be learned from the past.





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