An Argument for AnarchismSubmitted by dwalters on Sun, 07/07/2013 - 22:24
Anarchism - the absence of government - is not utopian. As defined at Dictionary.com:
utopia - any visionary system of political or social perfection
Under anarchism violence against people and their property would still exist - just as it does under any form of statism. Anarchism is not utopian. Anarchism does not hail itself as social perfection.
Anarchism does not rest upon the ideal that man is perfectible. Anarchism rests upon the realization that man is not perfectible. History has shown that when man is given a monopoly on force, he will eventually use that monopoly for tyrannical purposes.
It is idealistic to assume that government can be perfected - that tyranny can be prevented when such an institution exists. The government should not be able to perform any action that is prohibited for the individual. Government should not be able to steal your money. Government should not be able to take your property. Government should not be able to murder you. Government should not be able to murder people in far off lands. However, as long as governments exist, they will perform these actions. It is unrealistic to think otherwise.
Where demand exists the market finds a way to supply it - given that the technological capacity exists to do so. People may ask, "who will build the roads?" Who builds the roads now? Answer: Construction companies. Would construction companies cease to exist if government ceased to exist? People may ask, "who would pay for the roads?" Who pays for the roads now? Answer: The people. Would people desiring roads refuse to pay for them if the government did not exist? All of the other possible "who would" questions could also be handled by the market.
One major "who would" question is, "who would protect us against foreign invasion?" Answer: The people - a well armed populace. It has been reported that Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy during WWII, once said:
"You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass."
One may rebut, "how can a well armed populace defend itself against a modernized army?" The united States military is the most technologically advanced military in the world. They have tanks, armored vehicles, advanced aircraft, superior body armor, superior weaponry, etc. How have they fared against the vastly less well trained, less well armored, and less well armed fighters in Afghanistan? At the apex of their power, the Russians failed there too.
To win a war, to take over a country, to govern a country successfully, it is not good enough to kill more of them than they kill of you. The consent (or complacency) of the people must be gained in the conqueror's favor. How hard do you suppose a free people fight? You can ask the British.
Government is not required - even for combating foreign invasion.
Why then do people allow government to rob them of 30%, 40%, 50%, ..., 99.999% of their labor? Why do people support a government that murders others at will across the globe? Answer: Complacency. People assume "this is how it always was, and this is how it always will be." What happens when "always" ends? What happens when the government collapses under its own weight? After all, history tells us that all governments eventually fall. Will the people ask for a king? Will the people ask the majority to enforce their will upon them once more? Will people forever seek to institute governments - even when it becomes known by all that tyranny will inevitably ensue?
Or, will people eventually break their chains and do away with government? Will people eventually service their needs solely through voluntary transactions in a free market?
Or, will people continue to keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results?
Anarchism is not utopian. However, limited government is an unachievable ideal that will always lead to tyranny.