Publisher’s Note: I wrote the Foreword for my friend Jim Rawles’ latest book, Land of Promise, which is now available for order on Amazon. This is the global release day for the book, December 1st. He is really stepping up his game.
In other news, I have just completed all six parts of a series I did with ProfCJ at the Dangerous History Podcast on Irregular Warfare. Indeed, we started with one part anticipated and ended with six and potentially more. We are pretty proud of the end product.
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“We must ask, not whether an anarcho-capitalist society would be safe from a power grab by the men with the guns (safety is not an available option), but whether it would be safer than our society is from a comparable seizure of power by the men with the guns. I think the answer is yes. In our society, the men who must engineer such a coup are politicians, military officers, and policemen, men selected precisely for the characteristic of desiring power and being good at using it. They are men who already believe that they have a right to push other men around – that is their job. They are particularly well qualified for the job of seizing power. Under anarcho-capitalism the men in control of protection agencies are selected for their ability to run an efficient business and please their customers. It is always possible that some will turn out to be secret power freaks as well, but it is surely less likely than under our system where the corresponding jobs are labeled ‘non-power freaks need not apply’.”
– Friedman, David. The Machinery of Freedom Guide to a Radical Capitalism 2nd Edition, Chapter: “The Stability Problem”
- a state of society without government or law.
- political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control: The death of the king was followed by a year of anarchy.
- a theory that regards the absence of all direct or coercive government as a political ideal and that proposes the cooperative and voluntary association of individuals and groups as the principal mode of organized society.
- confusion; chaos; disorder: Intellectual and moral anarchy followed his loss of faith.
Again and again, people are shocked and frightened by even the hint of the elimination of large swaths, wholesale portions and the complete abolition of government at every level. I do not advocate for reduction or cost effectiveness, I advocate for the complete withdrawal of government and its attendant violence out of lives. I have mentioned before that there is no such thing as limited government; that is simply the hothouse for the future prosperity of the expansion of government after the last totalitarian enterprise has collapsed of its own contradictions.
I do advocate self-government but that is the only self-limiting government in human affairs. Mind you, this is a dystopian vision in which the individuals, businesses and entities will fail and even perish but is nothing compared to the bureaucratized slaughter that has been the story of man for time immemorial under the illusion that GOVERNMENT COERCION AND VIOLENCE IS THE SOLE ORGANIZING PRINCIPLE OF HUMANITY.
I want to take the time today to illustrate why anarchy is no stranger in human affairs and is, in fact, the ordinary everyday principle by which most of us conduct our business. Turn the usual question on its head: the state is the unnatural shackling of your friends and neighbors to the verities of the ruling classes and their armaments to enforce obedience and create fear for non-compliance.
John wakes up in the morning and prepares to go to work in the house he purchased for an extraordinarily inflated price due to the fiat currency, building regulations and property taxes forcibly extracted from him to turn the community’s children into shambling illiterate and innumerate morons who will respond obediently to the beat of the government society they are yoked to.
In spite of this, John elects to pursue a career to bring the forty percent of his total earned income home and do the right thing with it. He is a middle class American struggling to make ends meet. John is proud to be a producer and resents mightily the high taxation and regulatory tangle that has become life in America.
He goes on to eat his healthful breakfast, which is the direct opposite of the Food and Drug Administration’s soothing recommendations to ensure he does not truncate the end of his life. After breakfast, he takes the prescription drug illegally stored in an unmarked container on his way out the door. The children are home-educated so there is no necessity to wake them up from their slumber. He is eager to ensure the government does not get their claws into his children to turn them into to the aforementioned urchins of the state.
He grabs his briefcase and pack and heads out to his truck. Under Arizona law, he is practically unrestricted in his travel with a weapon and ensures that the Glock stored in the truck is fully operable and ready for social work knowing that the cops are far more interested in ticketing drivers than catching genuine criminals. By their nature and incentives, the police cannot protect him in 99% of circumstances and he is on his own. He dials the cell-phone and sets up his meetings for the day and ensures his lunch appointment is still on. He pulls the truck onto the unimproved road and drives to the highway to head for work. He drives as he wishes on his private road but knows that once he has hit the pavement on the government built road he will be in constant danger of being stopped by the armed tax-eaters for violations as minor as having a license plate light out to provide the impetus for a fishing expedition by the constabulary to exact new monies or escort him into the prison system.
When he gets to the intersection, the entire signal system is inoperable due to a power outage but he simply waits his turn and eventually motors onto the interstate. He is a polite driver not because of the law but because he realizes that cautious and defensive driving is in his own self-interest. A woman on the side of the road is having to change a tire so he stops to render assistance.