The Pragmatic Downsides of Government

It's easy enough to point out how governments are criminal organizations with no basis for their authority:

Why you should be an Anarchist

and usually a statist's reply isn't to contend with those arguments (they're too obviously correct) but to argue that government is somehow necessary. I already shot down that idea in the same article. In this article I just want to point out some additional pragmatic downsides of government, or at least of democracy.

Contrast how capitalism actively *dis*courages discrimination by depriving bigots of customers and employees.

Dirty argument tactics

Now, obviously, this happens to some extent in any system. But in anarchy this only gives you economic power, not more power over a monopoly on violence.

And that's not even to mention how it makes civility in disagreement far less likely since anyone who's voting for something you're voting against is directly contributing to the violation of your rights.

I got this last argument from Roderick Long's PDF:

Libertarian Anarchism: Responses to 10 Objections

It's a pretty good read in its own right, but I thought this point was so interesting I wanted to include it right here.


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