Sometimes lost amongst all the screeching, threatening, name-calling, hate-mongering, trolling and general odium that clogs the meme and theme streams of social media something meaningful and perceptive actually emerges. Consider the following.
Posted: Just because someone likes “the state” doesn’t mean they are a psychopath.
North Texas Libertarian: But “the state” everywhere and always uses coercion, intimidation and fraud. That’s the definition of “the state.” The fact that “someone likes” coercion, intimidation and fraud is the definition of psychopathy! How can someone support the state and not have some psychopathy buried deep in their value system?
Another Libertarian: Easily the smartest, most concise assessment on the viability of anarchy I’ve read. Nailed it.
Saying that the state may be evil but we still need some form of government is just another way of saying that we need evil. But do we really need evil? Some claim that we need some evil to keep even worse evil away. But that’s just an argument for a lesser evil which is still acceptance of evil.
By “the state” we always mean “governments.” But see what happens when “governments” is replaced by “governance.” Note the difference in the two spellings and their meanings. “Government” always refers to a small psychopathic group of people who claim monopoly control over a geographical area along with everything and everyone in it, to be exploited through the use of coercion, intimidation and fraud by the ruling group for the primary benefit of that ruling group.
However “governance” is a more generic, neutral term. Summarizing Wikipedia it refers to all means of governing, whether government, marketing or networking, whether exercised by or over a family, tribe, formal or informal organization or territory and whether through laws, norms, power or language. And other ways never dreamed of by Wikipedians. Further, it relates to “the processes of interaction and decision-making among the actors involved in a collective problem that lead to the creation, reinforcement, or reproduction of social norms and institutions.”
Now consider the libertarian Zero Aggression Principle which states that no one may use coercion, intimidation or fraud against others. This immediately disqualifies “governments” from any form of legitimacy while recognizing all forms of peaceful, mutual, cooperative “governance” among people. Even the much maligned term “collective” becomes benign when people voluntarily cooperate. Even socialist, communist, capitalist and all other forms of collaboration become acceptable when they are voluntarily pursued in a laissez-faire free market of goods, services and ideas.
Psychopaths and government go hand in hand. The only hope is that psychopaths can someday be quickly identified and dealt with before they can do their soulless harm. Psychopaths can be extremely cunning. If they learn that they can’t get away with violence, bullying and defrauding many would make excellent business people, heads of private defensive services, and so on. Not all psychopaths are coercive but they are manipulative so finding other ways to channel their lack of human compassion could actually be beneficial to everyone.
“The 2nd biggest problem is beating Anarchists about the head until they realize that psychopaths and sociopaths are the Grand Unified Theory of Statism.” – Aubrey Harper