The Tithe State - An anarchist defense of minarchySubmitted by Faithkills on Sun, 08/10/2014 - 20:36
I'm not going to pretend here that the state can be defended on deontological grounds. Notable minarchists, here and elsewhere, have not pretended to do so and I respect this. This is addressed to them, as well as some, whose motivations I respect, but who seem to remain mired in the concept of human temporal authority.
The concept is simple.
Political democracy (the vote) decides the amount of government.
Real democracy (the dollar) decides what it does.
You vote for the % of the tax.
You decide how it is spent on your tax bill.
Astute anarchists, and many minarchists, will immediately see the flaws attendant to this system. They should bear in mind that for all the flaws, they are fewer and less salient than the present system.
As a thought experiment however I think it is instructive. If people received a 1040 that said not only what they must pay, but what it must be paid for, how do we suspect that would work out?
Farm bill? Foreign aid? FDA? Dept of Ed?
I don't think these would stand. But maybe some others would. DoD probably would.
And if nothing on the menu appealed to them, they should be able to spend on whatever they wish. Supporting Micheal Jackson's cryogenic suspension or anti global warming efforts.
To minarchists: This would be closer to government by consent. People may not be perfectly allowed to decide how much government, but within a democratically decided amount, they could decide what the amount from them is spent for.
I'm not suggesting this as achievable, statists would never allow this to happen, any more than any other reduction of the state, but to honest minarchists, like Jan and Marc, would this be acceptable at least broadly?