Is Anarchy Impossible?Submitted by His American Majesty on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 16:58
Minarchists say in order to preserve a limited government it requires an enlightened people. Yet these same people claim anarchy is impossible if it requires an enlightened people. Minarchy cars require enlightened gas to run but anarchy cars are impossible because they require enlightened gas. :/
Minarchists say separation of power will keep power in check. Setting aside history which has shown this theory to be entirely false, consider the math of the proposition. (Power / X = Some power) > Power of any people, especially any with no tanks, nukes, etc. How in the hell is that a balanced equation?
Minarchists say limited government can only be sustained with eternal vigilance. Again, setting aside history which has shown this theory also to be entirely false, let us instead turn to reason. Who is going to do all of the educating so people know what dangers to watch for? Who is going to do it forever in perpetual? Who is going to compel people to listen to their advice when history also demonstrates there has never been any shortage of individuals sounding alarms against power?
Nowadays minarchists have come up with a new expression ... a tireless minority. Setting aside common sense as we all know this proposition to be impossible because all men and women get tired, let us suppose for a moment that were not the case. Ok, a tireless minority of people is going to do what exactly? Set brush fires of liberty in the minds and hearts of men and women. Has it been mentioned minarchists assert anarchy is impossible if it requires any enlightened people whose minds or hearts are ablaze with liberty?
I might be able to stomach some hypocritical minarchist critique of anarchy if they could come up with one single comment that does not equally apply to minarchy. Just one ... that is all I am asking for.
There is one notable thing minarchists do not comment on and that is competition ... in justice for instance. Despite that competition has a proven track record of separating wheat from chaff the typical minarchist would claim competition in justice can't work. Despite that there are 50 competing state justice systems and many local political subdivisions within a state having unique ordinances they say it can't work. Despite that there are hundreds of international competing justice systems they say it can't work. They claim the only way justice can work is if one entity in any given geographic territory has a monopoly on this service. They claim people voting with their wallets will not provide any incentive for justice because justice would not be the same if everyone wasn't forced to pay for the same crappy injustice system. At least they get one point right, it wouldn't be the same ol crappy injustice system if everyone wasn't compelled to pay for or use it.
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Despite that anyone can walk out their front door and plainly see most people are not using violence against other people minarchists repeatedly claim there is good reason to live in fear of gangs. What they mean is that they do not want any personal responsibilities or obligations of freedom. What they mean is that as long as someone else is going to deal with these rogue gangs that is fine but it is not fine if they have to do it themselves.
Concepts like freedom and liberty only work if one is willing to trust other people. They are all or nothing proposals. Either all may enjoy freedom and liberty or it shall be enjoyed by none. By their own admissions minarchists claim they are unwilling to trust other people because some of them will form gangs. As long as they are not willing to trust in their fellow man ... they deserve neither freedom or liberty and there is no shame in pointing it out.