act (or the straw that broke the camel's back, so to speak)
that swayed me to market anarchy was my own introspection
and a thorough analysis of my own viewpoints. As a
libertarian, how could I oppose the initiation of force, yet
still condone force in the form of a government?
A government would have
to fund its operations in some manner and taxation is in all
likelihood the most efficient means of doing this. To
libertarians though, taxation is theft since it is a
forcible transfer of money from the individual to the state.
Clearly it would be contradictory for me to support the
existence of government, if government had to be funded in
this fashion. It would be like stating that cancer is bad,
but limited cancer is good.
Ultimately, my new
reasoning was based upon a logical and consistent
application of the principle of non-aggression. If no one
is to initiate force against others' person or property,
then this logically includes the government. Governments are
made up of individuals, after all. Tony Blair, Gordon Brown,
John Reid, Jack Straw, John Prescott, et al are ALL
Permitting the free
market to conduct the operations of the state would reduce
and eliminate force, since the free market is voluntary.
People can choose between providers in a free market. One
can choose whether to buy groceries at Tesco or Sainsbury's,
or whether to buy fast food from McDonald's or KFC. Under
the rule of the state, no one has the power to choose
whether they submit to the state or not.
Also, as a libertarian, I
believe that ALL human interactions should be voluntary. If
this is the case, then I possibly cannot support the
existence of the state. No government, even "tolerant"
liberal democracies, ever operates on voluntary means. All
governments are coercive in nature, irrespective of the
exact type and kind of government. If anything, this dilemma
has taught me that minarchism is an intrinsically
Despite my change, I am
still tolerant of minarchists at large, even if I suppose
their beliefs are contrary in nature. However, my
reformation means a lot to me, since I personally value
being able to reflect on one's views and holding the wisdom
to recognise whether one might be in error. I feel that true
wisdom comes from stating that you know nothing and are
eager to learn about the world around you.
As of mid 2006, I now
label myself as a market anarchist. As a libertarian, I
shall continue to combat the initiation of force in human
affairs and call for universal voluntary association. As a
libertarian, I believe this shall lead to more happiness for