Is The Judge an anarchist??Submitted by AF on Thu, 04/08/2010 - 21:18
I just saw him on Stossel. He said ALL taxation was theft and opposes all taxation. Someone in the audience asked him how the military would be funded. He replied, who says we need a military? Then he added, and who says it has to be funded by taxes?
Belief in "natural rights" sometimes leads people to extremes like this, because if you believe all initiation of force is immoral and that it should never be done then you can't support the existence of the State (note that "government" is not necessarily the same thing as the state. An anarchist can support "government" but not the State which is a monopoly government). The reason you can't be an anarchist and support the State is because even if the State didn't tax, it would still be the initiator of force because it initiates force to prevent competing police, jail, and court systems. That is, it estalishes a coercive monopoly on force. This is the most fundamental definition of the State, a monopoly on force. This is why Lew Rockwell is an anarchist, for example. The very existence of the State violates natural law, if initiation of force is against natural law. It's also called "anarcho-capitalism," the view that there should be no monopoly in force but a competitive free market in force (some would call this "competing governments"). Anarcho-capitalists believe in no taxes and no State. I'm wondering if this is The Judge's view as well, since he's such a staunch proponent of natural rights and because of this very radical statement by him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT2NpPpNZE8 The question starts at 1:17