I am, as of this writing, seventeen years old. I am also an Anarchist. Now do away with all your preconceived notions of a hooded teenager looking for a way to rebel against his parents. I came to be an Anarchist the same way most of you did. I did my research and saw that the state was not only woefully inadequate, but harmful and immoral as well. And as how I came to this conclusion? Well It seemed the only right course.
I was (and still to a degree am) raised in a moderate Christian household (and yes I am still a Christian, but Christian Anarchism can be explained in a later article perhaps) by two loving parents. They taught me to view the world with an open mind and a loving spirit. And with those words in my head, I set off on my own exploratory venture into alternate political and religious views. It was during this time (around age 14-15) that I discovered Libertarianism. Libertarian thought naturally drew me in with its ideas of a free market and free people. It promised me a world where war is fought only in self defense, and never to harm another. During this time I espoused my Libertarian viewpoint to any open mind within earshot. It was as if I had discovered a utopia and I had to let the world know.
But then that love fizzled. I saw my beloved Libertarians either not win elections, get mocked mercilessly or simply fizzle out and join one of the “Big Two” parties. I also saw that even a small government would oppress the people. It would still wage wars and levy high taxes and ignore its people. I looked all around for an idea that could so capture my mind as Libertarianism had once done. And then, by total mistake, I found it.
One day while doing research on political parties for a school assignment I happened upon a link to a site discussing “Anarcho-Capitalism.” “Ha, let’s see how these stupid anarchists plan to run a country sans Government,” I thought as I clicked the link. I spent the next three hours pouring over An-Cap thought and ideas. I was astonished at a system that not only had a way to work without a government, but thrive without one. That very next day, I expressed my concerted belief in the Anarcho-Capitalist system to a friend. He too became intrigued, and I hope to one day convert him to the cause.
I know I have a lot to learn, and I look forward to expanding my knowledge. But once again I feel that fire that I had missed for so long. I have long thought myself someone who used thought and reason in decision making. And on that day I saw why they call Anarcho-Capitalism “Reasonable Anarchism.” And as a Christian, I have found a system that does not oppress and wage war, but that encourages individual and economic freedom. It is a system not only based on reason, but tolerance as well. This is how I became an Anarcho-Capitalist. And I thank (my) God every day for it.