When it comes right down to it, unless you’re just being a jerk who doesn’t want to admit the obvious, we’re all anarchists. Because what it comes down to is each us personally does not want to be forced to pay for services. We each want the freedom to choose, we don’t want to be slaves or thrown into a cage for no other reason than we didn’t want to pay someone’s salary.
It’s very easy to prove we’re all anarchists by just asking a few questions, get to the “first principals” and expand from there. Forget the political platitudes; start with a basic principal we all agree on. I usually start with:
Should a service or product be provided on a violent basis?
Pretty simple; most everyone admits no man should be forcing another man to pay for a service. Just about everyone I have spoken with about this will always say using violence to provide services is always wrong. Those who hesitate to answer usually have a vested interest in government, such as a lawyer. Well, it’s not really fair to use lawyers as an example as they generally won’t give you a straight answer anyway. But ask someone in the military or other occupation that relies on the government concept, if they personally want me or someone else using violence to get them to pay for a service they may or may not want and they will answer “No”, they don’t.
They’ll agree, as we all learn by the time we’re five years old, it’s wrong to initiate the use force against others. So once we understand that anarchy is voluntary interaction, the absence of government, then it’s easy to admit we’re anarchists. Once someone admits they are an anarchist, then they are by definition abolitionists, supporters of the abolition of governments, or rather the concept of governments, states, nations etc.
So in the video below, I went to a farmer’s market here in Mesa, Arizona to spend some time converting statists into anarchists; though it’s really not converting, just making people aware they already are. Turns out farmer’s markets are not a hotbed of statism. As you’ll see in the video, the first couple of people I spoke with were not statists.
I am going to make this a regular part of the show and encourage everyone to do the same. If you have video, post them online and I can embed them here. Since we’re all anarchists already, let’s work at helping the rest of society realize it. The more people who are aware they are anarchists, the less social pressure there will be to continue cooperating and supporting people who do business in violation of a principal we all believe in, at least for ourselves personally: Do no harm, or Primum non nocere..