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Anarchists are bad guys?

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The lovely Miss Puddy accompanied me to the latest Sherlock Holmes movie last night.  In the movie a series of bombings supposedly by anarchist was terrorizing Europe.  This begs the question, what is an anarchist?


Webster defines anarchy as: a. absence of government, b. state of lawlessness due to absence of government or c. utopian society who enjoy complete freedom without government.


Therefore the opposite of communism (the 100% control of society by government) is anarchy (the 0% control of society by government).  Jefferson envisioned a society where freedom would flourish to be somewhere around 10% control of society by government.  In his vision government would act as a referee to arbitrate contracts in the courts and to provide for mutual defense as well as to secure private property rights.  This is an over simplification but it is all about what is the correct amount of government that is appropriate for freedom to exist. 


Socialism is probably somewhere around 50% to 90% government control of society.  Obama care put us somewhere around 65% government control of our society.  This past year alone tens of thousands of new laws were passed that further controlled and restricted society by our government.  Every time we pass a new law or a new rule we relinquish a little more freedom while we march a little further down the scale towards 100% government control.  God gave Moses only 10 commandments to live by.  Jesus simplified these to just one law with the golden rule.  Somehow government feels the need to expand these with hundreds of thousands of laws.


The most famous anarchist that immediately comes to mind is Guy Fawkes.  Fawkes was captured in 1605 while guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder that had been placed under the House of Lords.  The Gunpowder Plot called for the assassination of King James in order to bring back a catholic monarch in England.  In the movie “V for Vendetta” the main character wears a Guy Fawkes mask and overthrows a future fictional totalitarian government in the UK that controls every aspect of daily life.  V tells the people they can manage their own affairs without the help of such an all-controlling government.


Remember, remember the 5th of November

The gunpowder treason and plot,

I know of no reason why gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot.


Perhaps anarchists (people who believe in 0% government control) are not that bad if they can pull us back down the scale closer to Jefferson’s 10% government.  There are certainly a number of forces pulling us in the opposite direction.


Upon a little reflection there are several functions of government that could be done by the private sector.  Collection of trash is already done privately in many parts of the country.  Many water, gas and other utilities are privatized.  In some states there are private toll roads.  Why couldn’t insurance investigators look into property crimes?  Even space travel is now being privatized.  Money itself could easily be privatized if legal tender laws were abolished.  Private firms like that use digital gold banking accounts could easily facilitate trade without the use of government central banks.  The constitution itself even provides for letters of marqué that subcontract war itself to privateers. 


While extremism is usually bad on both ends of the spectrum I find myself aligned closer to the 10% government envisioned by Jefferson and therefore closer to anarchy than the present administration’s 65% control of society which is closer to communism.  Maybe anarchists aren’t all bad?


Governments around the world that are strapped with gigantic debts are cutting back on services.  Perhaps we don’t need such big governments after all.  Write down your suggestions where government functions can or should be privatized away from government and moved back to the private sector and send them to me.  I will publish the best ideas in a future article.


“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” - John F. Kennedy


“More law, Less justice” - Cicero


“The greater the number of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers there will be.”  Lao-tzu


“Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.”  Unknown



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Anarchist's are bad guys in the sense that they don't accept any objective standard of ethics, any governmental obligation not entered into by themselves. Lysander Spooner, American Anarchist, comes to mind -- Ron Paul's guiding light (Spooner's writings are available on Paul's website).

No government is not a matter of %. Even a 1% government, a bare basis of ethics for all, is head and shoulders above 0%.

What does anarchy, 0% government, really mean? Each individual not beholden to ANY standard but his own -- unless he agrees. And if he does agree to another's standard - others may not. When the issue comes to justice we have a plethora of private armies settling justice issues by force. We have the clan systems Somalia and many parts of the Middle East and the World.

So anarchists are, really, bad guys.
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65% control? Okay - what does that even mean? How did you measure that?
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Anarchist's are bad guys in the sense that they don't accept any objective standard of ethics, any governmental obligation not entered into by themselves. Lysander Spooner, American Anarchist, comes to mind -- Ron Paul's guiding light (Spooner's writing  Read more
Jim C. - 1/3/2012 at 11:33 PM GMT
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