Despite any criticisms contained in this post I would like to assure everyone reading it that I have the utmost respect for all of the authors at LRC and the Mises Institute. Without their relentless mentoring I would surely still be worshiping the United States Constitution as a “libertarian document.”
But I have a small bone to pick with anarchists that write about what activities the government should, or more commonly should not, be doing. Quite often I will read blog posts by contributors on LRC or Mises.org calling for the legalization of drunk driving, or the abolition of the Federal Reserve, or even the importance of a non-interventionist foreign policy. And while all of this might sound good, it comes with unintended consequences, namely legitimizing the very institution one hopes to destroy.
This is because anytime one uses the word “should” in the same sentence as “government” they are applying a quality to government that simply does not exist: morality. This is highly problematic because as anarchists we recognize that government is merely the largest criminal organization for any geographical area. And as criminal organizations, their judgments inherently lack morality. Instead, its actions are determined solely by what it believes will help accrue more power for itself. Even seemingly altruistic moves are used to cloak truly sinister plots. Foreign interventionism is justified as fighting for freedom instead of resource acquisition. Food stamps and unemployment subsidies coincidentally help garner votes and legitimacy. Balancing approval with power is the hallmark of all violent gangs big and small. Even Al Capone established soup kitchens.
So when we anarchists write about what the state should do, we are really just kidding ourselves into believing that this evil organization can do good for goodness’ sake. The only things the state will do are what it can get away with. And what the criminal organization known as government can get away with is wholly dependent upon its resistance and its resources. If it had its druthers it would rape and pillage and murder every man, woman and child on this planet and horde every resource for itself. But what stops it from doing said things right now? Well, what stops Los Zetas, the Bloods and Crips, or the North Korean Army from conquering the world? Competition and lack of resources are the only things that prevent any given criminal organization from complete global domination.
As anarchists we need to stop pontificating about what governments should or should not do, as if their interests at all coincide with our own. What governments should do, like all criminal organizations, is work to bleed us dry of every bit of our wealth, rape our wives, and throw us in cages if we even so dare to complain. Writing about how the state should legalize drugs or abolish its money making machine is hopelessly academic. And it is for this reason you will likely never see me post articles complaining about some new government atrocity. It is merely a given.
Instead, my goal is to help equip those individuals who already understand the true nature of governments with the tools necessary to fight back and resist all criminal gangs the world over. I believe that once a person has established that governments are no different than all other criminal organizations, except in size, that endlessly counting its atrocities and acting surprised when it commits them is stunting one’s own growth, as well as that of the reader’s.
Deeds speak louder than words. There have been many a slave throughout history that grumbled about his poor treatment. I find that complaining to others about this system is rather demoralizing. The truth is that we live in a world whereby over ninety nine percent of its inhabitants are of the criminal class. This is because there are very few of us that understand and support the voluntaryist philosophy. All others condone the initiation of violence towards their fellow man.
So, what are we anarchists to do about it? Surely, we should still attempt outreach to those who have the heart and the mind to recognize reality for what it is and the passion for justice to make things better. For the rest our goal should be to undermine their system as much as humanly possible. Remember that all criminal gangs are limited by their resources and our resistance. The goal of this website is to share ideas and document ways in which we can decrease the resources of, and increase the resistance to, all criminal organizations, not just governments.
This brings me to my last point. There will always be criminals in the world and while we may be able to end institutionalized crime, we will never abolish it completely. Therefore, anarchists who claim that their goal is to achieve a free-market may suffer from erroneous thinking. I ask them, at what point do we achieve this so-called free-market? If government is nothing more than a criminal organization, and we will never completely eradicate all criminal organizations, at what point do we claim to have achieved a free-market? The answer must either surely be never, or always. For if a free-market is the absence of the initiation of aggression, then we can only ever hope for freer-markets and not the ever-illusive free-market. On the other hand, if the free-market can effectively deal with criminal organizations, and if the state is nothing more than an extremely large criminal organization, then I say that its past time the free-market started to eradicate this criminal organization known as “government.”
I tend to believe that the free-market is here right now. We’ve already got it. I’ve written before that as an anarchist I do not believe that we need to achieve a stateless society before we achieve anarchy. Anarchy is merely truth. It is an understanding about how the world works. Anarchy has always ruled, currently does rule, and always will rule until the end of time.
We’re all living in the free-market right now. If you want a bazooka, go get one. Want to snort some cocaine? It’s available. Want to hire a prostitute? They’re out there. But watch out! There are criminals on the prowl who will kidnap you. And if you think the free-market is about the rest of the world letting you do the things you want then you have a poor understanding of the philosophy of freedom. Because freedom isn’t about having to ask others to do what you want. Freedom does not require anybody else’s permission.
We live in a world full of criminals. An anarchist is one who recognizes the state for what it truly is: a criminal organization. And as anarchist activists our goal is to abolish institutionalized criminal organizations. But one thing we must never do if we are to truly undermine a criminal organization’s legitimacy is to theorize about what actions it should or should not take in a moral sense. That is the behavior of the surrendered. Our goal is nothing short of its complete abolition.