Why should you stop being an "anarcho-capitalist"?Submitted by Deducer on Sat, 08/16/2014 - 09:04
My main objection to "anarcho-capitalism" is the phrase itself. To call oneself an "anarcho-capitalist" is misleading to an overwhelming majority of people because they have no clue what it means, nor will they ever find out because they hold on to too many preconceived and ill-conceived notions regarding it. "Anarcho-capitalism", as far as useful discussions with an average person go, is a non-starter.
The promotion of anything "anarchy" is fruitless because it comes with too much negative connotation. Why continue to fight the battle with a word ("anarchy") that most people consider to be automatically bad--it's unnecessary; there are so many other more universally appealing descriptive possibilities. I find it more useful, less divisive, and more agreeable (but no less accurate) to say that I am for peace and individual liberty or, just the same, I like to say: "I think we ought to be governed by free and voluntary agreements".
"Anarcho-capitalists", as long as they call themselves such, will never overcome their marketing problem; you're using a phrase that only helps you identify one another, meanwhile you are misidentified and mischaracterized by nearly everyone else--I recommend that "anarcho-capitalists" end the marriage to their label. Words rule.