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Modern Day Anarchy

Updated on January 29, 2012

Modern Day Anarchy

People have always come to understand anrachists as either these plotting revolutionaries secretly meeting in the back of quiet coffee shops, or young punks throwing rocks at windows in a downtown Seattle riot while wearing bandannas on their faces. Most of the ones I've encountered at least are just regular people that want government to leave them alone. That's all.

Most of the philosophy behind them is based on the fact that governments need to use the threat of violence to get people to cooperate with them. Also, the United States supreme court has ruled that the government has no obligation to protect you, therefore the contract of "citizen swearing alegiance in exchange for protection" is null and void. One side does not reciprocate it's consideration.

Everyone is more or less an anarchist. If you were guaranteed that the IRS wouldn't steal your bank account, kick your door in, and put you in jail, would you diligently pay ALL of your taxes? I think most people would not. In fact, many cut corners and “cheat” if you will, and that is with the current IRS door kicking, gun pointing, asset freezing tactics. This is not a voluntary society. This is brute force.

Don't think of it as “nonarchy” or complete lack of government. Think of it more like “selfarchy” or self government. It could actually work if a vast majority of the people actually police themselves and behave in a way that violates no one else's rights. The ones who do not, will be lynched. Unfortunately, innocent people can and will be lynched quite often.

The solution I've come up with is “minarchy” which will last about as long as the first minarchy The United States of America lasted. This was originally until the Civil War. The old common law was replaced by martial law special maritime jurisdiction, or admiralty. That gave government the right to enforce statutory crimes in which there is no victim, and so spiraled out of control the transformation from a population of subject-less sovereigns in a republic, to a pure democracy where 51 people take away the rights of 49.

Minarchy is a much more balanced approach. If there is a victim, there is a right violated and governments should be here to protect our rights, yet we find rights being violated by governments all the time. I'll give you several undisputed examples.

  • Right to bear arms: Generally in the United States the right to bear arms is recognized, yet many cities and states restrict it so much that it's not even a right any more. It becomes a privilege granted by the authorities. A right is not a right when you have to ask permission for it.

  • Right to a jury trial: I went to municipal court in Telluride Colorado for a traffic ticket I was disputing. I asked the judge plain flat out “Do I have the right to a trial by jury?” The judge said “Not in this court.” So it's not a right anymore.

  • Freedom of religion: In order to be recognized as a religion and practice freely, you must register a 5013C (or something like that.) Then you lose your 5013C if you practice your religion outside of the scope the government allows. Again, not a right when you can have it taken away.

The list goes on and on. Government believes they rule every aspect of your life and incrementally have taken rights and reduced them to privileges. Having to work harder to pay taxes, buy permits, pay government fees and fines reduces our right to our own labor. No wonder the anrachists' ranks are growing. You expect anything else to happen? I do. I see what I call the “repression feedback loop” happening. It's where the government restrictions cause people to push back. Then the government can justify the repression they enforced in the first place. So, the people push back even harder. Then the government shortens the leash even more. This is never going to end until the breaking point happens. I'm not sure I want to be here to see that. Maybe I'll die of an aneurysm the week before there is blood running in the streets. One thing is certain. It is coming.


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    • Portamenteff profile image

      Portamenteff 4 years ago from Western Colorado, USA

      sorry it takes so long to respond to everyone's comments. I've been busy with personal matters.

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      SangueSujo 5 years ago from Florida

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      Kitk33 5 years ago from Iowa

      Great points. I have been looking itno this more and more these days. The actual definition of the word, root meaning, is "without ruler." I am thinking that it does not mean no governing, but relies on an Individual to govern themselves and their family. I have a theory that the founders intended for this country to eventually 'evolve' if you will, to a 'voluntaryist' society. Hard to do that when the 'moral' foundation of society seems to be eroding away.



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      Laura Deibel 6 years ago from Aurora

      Interesting issues.

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      TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      I just read a great hub on something that sounds very similar to this, do a search on "Eco-Tribalism".

      I'll say that it does at times seem that the real anarchists are on the right. I can see why when you see where 'anarchy' often leads, look at Germany and Italy after World War I

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      Portamenteff 6 years ago from Western Colorado, USA

      Right. The judge makes a living if people are found guilty. A jury just wants to go home, to work, the bar....

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      againsttheodds 6 years ago

      Nice article, I like your point about guns and that a right is not a right if you have to ask permission. As far as jury trials, I know in many states (perhaps all) you will often have to go before a judge for the initial "trial" for misdemeanors and violations like the ticket. Then upon appeal you can ask for a jury. It may take longer and cost a little more but always take the jury appeal and never trust your fate to a man in a robe.