Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Why I am an Anarchist (in Six Words or More)

The initiation of force is illegitimate.

That’s the non-aggression principle and that’s really all that needs to be said. I believe it to be true, I believe that it is a universal principle, and when that principle is extended outwards and applied to every imaginable component of society, the only possible conclusion about the proper role of government that can be reached is that legitimate government is impossible.

If such a scenario scares some people, well, they just have to decide if they want to follow principles or their own fears. I have made it a goal to never make a decision based on fear, so I’m all in for anarchy and the potential risks that come with it because of my principles. But, in case anyone was expecting more pragmatic arguments in favor of anarchy, here they are in no particular order:

Literally everyone has the same exact rights as everyone else. Therefore, we already live in a world of anarchy. In a free society, nobody’s rights will change, but people will simply recognize the world’s inherent anarchy.

Government constantly uses force to ruin lives so there must be a better alternative.

I believe that some people are evil. I do not want to give anyone the chance to rule over anyone else, because positions of power always attract evil people.

People can only truly develop and grow when they have choices. Government can only limit choices (unless you are politically well-connected).

The free market provides goods and services far superior to goods and services provided by government. The provision of emergency services, law, and other “public goods” would be no different.

Anarchy has worked before in Ireland and Iceland, among lots of other places.

Voluntary cooperation is always better than coercive relationships.

In a voluntary society, people would still be free to enter into relationships of unequal rights by contract if they wished. That means you would be free to set up your own society and government with like-minded people as long as you don’t bother anyone who hasn't contracted into it. Unfortunately, the reverse is not true since governments don’t allow societies without government.

In a completely free market, entrepreneurs would be free to invest a significant portion of their profits back into production, continually improving the efficiency of the process, lowering prices, and raising real wage rates for workers. Thus, goods and services would be relatively inexpensive and virtually all costs would only go down, ensuring a future of increased prosperity for everyone.

In a free society, people would be free to use whatever they wished to use as money. If your money continued to lose value due to inflation by a central authority, you would be free to abandon it for any other alternative.

The belief in authority has caused more destruction, death, and suffering than any other belief system in the world. Only the rejection of the belief in authority will reverse this pattern.

A government that does not exist cannot go into debt, go to war, tax you, make up and enforce unintelligible laws, outlaw your wage rate, outlaw your medicine, spy on you, limit your economic activity, tell you what you can build on your property, draft you, deport you, inflate your currency, plant false evidence, imprison you, steal your property, put you in internment camps, torture you, or kill you.

1 comment:

  1. But who would issue drivers licenses!? Riddle me that, silly anarchists.