How big is the leap between Anarchism and Minarchism?Submitted by Ben Russell on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 10:35
As someone who is still young, my political views have been in a state of flux for a few years now. While I've been fairly libertarian as long as I've cared about politics, I'm still trying to figure some things out.
However, in the past few years, I'd like to think that I've learned a thing or two. First and foremost, I've come to realize that at work in the world are two diametrically opposed ideas: Statism and Individualism. While Statism (at best) seeks what a small group of people thinks is best for a large group of people, Individualism claims that to do this is both immoral and inefficient. The Individualist views coercion as the greatest evil. To coerce is to claim ownership of another's life, property, and all that come with these.
Therefore, I humbly ask you all your opinion on the question: "How far can this axiom be taken?" To be completely ideologically consistent, must one subscribe to an Anarchist or Voluntar(y)ist philosophy, or does Minarchism best protect the rights of the minority, perhaps similar to how a republic tempers a pure democracy?
If you'd like, feel free to also discuss any other implications of this divide, whether it be the effect on the Liberty movement, changing perceptions on Anarchism in society, or any other application. Thanks for your help, and I'm looking forward to the discussion!