Everyone knows that without the state we would be brutes in a state of nature, right?
Everyone knows that Anarchy is chaos, bad for everyone, and anyone who advocates it is crazy.
But does the absence of government necessarily mean chaos, and are its advocates crazy?
Most people don’t think the state is evil or corrupt. They think it is a force for good. And yet almost every one of them can cite examples of state corruption, and acts of evil committed by the state. Or if you present them a factual description of such a case, they will admit that it’s an example of state corruption or evil.
In spite of this, most people think absence of government is the craziest idea they've ever heard. America isn't perfect, they'll say, we need maybe a tweak of the tax code here, or adjustment of a benefit program there, but what we have is a pretty darn good system, why in fact it’s the best in the world. On the other hand, a society without authority, without a ruler, without a government? Why that is so off-the-charts crazy that only a Martian would think it was a good idea. Or maybe Charlie Sheen.
But reality is less black and white than that. History has shown us over and over again that it is a dangerous thing to give people power over others. Even through “free and democratic” elections. When you look closely at the services that government claims to provide, you see that the apparatus set up to deliver the service often causes more damage than the service is worth. And that the service is either contrary to the rule of law or can be provided much more effectively and efficiently by non-government organizations.
If you look under the covers of most government institutions, you will find many disagreeable things. Corruption. Destruction of values. Denigration of people. In addition to the confiscation of property and denial of liberty.
Most of what government does, and possibly ALL of what government does, is corrosive to the human soul. It robs us of our liberty, and it makes us dependent.
We need an awful lot less government than we have today. And it’s possible that we just don’t need government at all.
You have to think outside the box to handle the assertions made in this show. Slay a few sacred cows in your mental pasture, and give this one a listen. Comments welcome.
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