Monday, July 13, 2020

Comments by MaryMaryVoluntary

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  • I really appreciated this article. But I, too, like the person who previously commented about libertarianism, feel like you are giving some anti-authoritarians short shrift.

    “There is another group of freedom-loving young people who hate the coercion of parents, schools, and the state but lack an egalitarian moral streak, and are very much into money and capitalism. Some of them may have been dragged into the mental health system after having been caught drug dealing, and are labeled with conduct disorder and/or a personality disorder. While these young people rebel against being controlled and exploited themselves, many of them are not averse to controlling and exploiting others and so are not anarchists: but some have spiritual transformations and become so.”

    Not only could this refer to potential libertarians, but also to potential anarcho-capitalists or voluntaryists. Contrary to your explanation, however, anarcho-capitalists and voluntaryists are always averse to controlling or exploiting others. The difference between a left anarchist and a right anarchist is not in their willingness to control or exploit; it is in their ideas of what constitutes exploitation. In the anarcho-capitalist’s or voluntaryist’s view, involuntary authority (like the state) is always differentiated from voluntary authority (like where you voluntarily place yourself in a position of subordination within a particular realm of your life, like to your boss at work.) You are not forced to comply in situations of voluntary authority. Also, right anarchists value the principle of property ownership as an inherent right and necessary to peaceful human interaction. An anarcho-capitalist or voluntaryist believes that every individual ought to be free to do as he pleases with his body and his property, as long as he does not initiate aggression (or coercion) against another person. Do right anarchists have an “egalitarian moral streak”? Yes, but perhaps not in the way you mean. We recognize that true, economic equality is impossible to obtain without the use of force and coercion, and therefore we support equal freedom for every individual in a society without the force of authority. This line of thinking has often been characterized as “equality of opportunity” as opposed to “equality of outcome”, and I think it’s an apt characterization, except that when we say it, we do not mean that a government ought to enforce the equality of opportunity through use of coercion.

    Again, I appreciate your insights. I’ve been reading a lot of your articles lately, and I find them all to be, for the most part, voicing reason in the wilderness of socio-political confusion. But as an anarcho-capitalist, I felt I must chime in to correct your ungenerous and less-than-factual summarization of “those other anarchists”.

    Anyway, thank you for the article, and keep them coming!