I’m against slavery. That sounds pretty obvious; most of us think we’re against slavery. But almost every person on earth actually supports slavery. This is because almost every person on earth thinks we need government. So by definition, almost every person on earth thinks we need, at least a little, slavery.
Government is the monopolization of the initiation of force in a particular area. But it takes money to monopolize force, so money is extracted from the working population involuntarily and called taxes. We all must work for our money, a portion of which we are forced to hand over to government. And what do you call it when someone is forced to labor for another? Ah-hem, I believe that is called slavery.
The protest: “but the government provides us with services like roads, protection, and a safety net”. Slave owners have always provided their slaves with a shack to live in and scraps to eat. The mafia has long provided “protection” to businesses under their jurisdiction, and extorted the money to pay for it.
Even conceding that we need a little government is conceding that we need a little slavery. You are saying, we need force in order for society to work properly. Once this point is conceded the argument becomes how much force is properly applied to effectively run society. That is why conceding that we need any government means you have lost the debate against the initiation of force. You cannot simultaneously believe the initiation of force is never okay and believe government is okay–unless you’re practiced in doublethink.
Initiating force is immoral (in contrast to responding to force initiated against you); it essentially matches the golden rule, “Do to others as you would have them do to you”. How can we need something immoral, no matter how limited, in order to make the world run properly? The world would be best if no initiation of force was justified by “the system” or considered legitimate. So join me in my desire to end slavery once and for all, and abolish government in favor of free market organization of society.
To begin exploring the ideas of Anarcho-Capitalism, check out my posts Anarcho Capitalism, Without Government Who Would Build the Roads?, True Utopia: Communism versus Anarcho-Capitalism (Part I), and True Utopia: Communism versus Anarcho-Capitalism (Part II).
For anyone who is open to new ideas, and actually solving many problems humanity faces, the system of anarcho-capitalism is certainly intriguing enough to learn about and consider. It is unhealthy that most people never even think about a system without government; we’ve accepted as a premise that we as a society “need” government. Studying anarcho-capitalism is simply the practice of checking that premise, which I would argue, is a false assertion.