Comment: Leo Tolstoy

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Leo Tolstoy

and his variant of "Christian Anarchists" would say that Christ's admonition to "turn the other cheek" was an absolute commandment. With this perspective, it becomes immoral to ever use violence, even in self-defense.

Those who believe in limited government violence, as well as anarchocapitalists who believe in self defense, have nothing to fear from absolute pacifists. The pacifist's eschewing of violence makes it impossible for them to interfere with the institutions of law enforcement.

There is a lot of misunderstanding about absolute pacifism. One myth is that it is "pacifists" who are leading the charge for gun control. Nothing could be further from the truth. A true pacifist must necessarily be, not only an anarchist, but, also a political antinomian who cannot support ANY violence used for law enforcement.

Although I am NOT an absolute pacifist, I respect pacifists for their beliefs, and one of the reasons I am an anarchist is that anarchism is the only political system consistent with pacifism. I believe it would be immoral to force a pacifist to support an institution of violence, just as it would be immoral to force someone who believed abortion was murder to support abortion with their resources.