Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Real Answer to "Who will build the roads?"

What statists of all types fail to understand is that anarchists don’t believe what they do from a utilitarian perspective. Although they realize that free people will do better in the world than ruled ones, anarchy is not adopted for a better ‘society’, or any other such collectivist notion. The belief in freedom is philosophical. It is held by men with the certain knowledge that they have a right to live their own lives, to pursue their own happiness, and no other man, or groups of men, has any moral right to rule them or impede their individual liberty.

So when you say ‘it won’t work’, it’s entirely irrelevant. There *are* answers to all your irrational fears about roads, police and armies. But, they are entirely beside the point. While anarchists understand that voluntary societies will always outperform ones where your options are limited by the arbitrary use of force, that is not why they believe what they do. Anarchists are anarchists because it is the only fully moral and non-contradictory position a man can hold about himself, and other men.

So, the *real* answer to ‘who will build the roads?’ is: ‘what does that have to do with my right to be free?’--- Gary Margetson

1 comment:

  1. So, if someone hands off shovel, will that dig itself?
    Hard to be smart, and dig past sundown.
    Short, brutal, and nasty. Things just need to be done.
    Try it, try living beyond fifty. Free will, but someone has to do it.
    Too much talk, not enough of the thing itself.
    Who is the free slave, these days?


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