Who are the real anarchist today? Is it the Libertarians, Objectivists, independents, and liberty Republicans? Are those who are creating the problems the same people who want to limit the power of government and eliminate any injection of political influence on all honest and voluntary interactions? Or is it the Establishment Democrats and Republicans, as well as socialist and Greens who believe they can attain order in society by imposing regulations and rules to guide people’s decision making?
In this day and age when the meaning of words are distorted by those looking to cloak their true efforts under the guise of linguistic deceit, it is necessary to secure proper vernacular to limit confusion and secure a clear debate. This is no less true in regard to the word anarchy. Objective individuals who advocate for a society based upon freedom and liberty, a society unregulated by the whims of the majority or politicians, are sometimes misclassified as anarchist. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The absence of control by government is not Anarchy.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines anarchy as the absence of any form of political authority. Defenders of freedom and liberty understand that governance and law must be a tool used to protect the equal rights of all individuals. Our own Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men.” John Locke, one of the greatest advocates of freedom, wrote that “where there is no law there is no freedom.”
What these quotes underscore is the fact that just and proper governments enforce laws that protect the equal rights of all individuals. Nothing more, and nothing less.
The second and third definitions of anarchy cited by the American Heritage Dictionary are “political disorder and confusion” and the “absence of any cohesive principle, such as a common standard or purpose.” Anarchy in regard to this part of its definition is the epitome of the modern Democrat and Republican Establishment.
When we look at the entire Democrat and Green Parties, as well as Establishment Republicans in America today, their advocacy is that of their own personal preference – not reason, order, standard, or principle.
For example, a Democrat and Green Party member will agree on principle that a person should never be treated differently because of their race, creed, or color. Yet when it comes to affirmative action, they will advocate passionately for the complete opposite.
Similarly, an Establishment Republicans will agree on principle that the redistribution of wealth is wrong. Yet a Republican will advocate for social security, welfare, and/or a prescription drug program; all of which favors wealth distribution to a particular voting demographic.
Subjectivity in Governance is Anarchy, Not the Absence of Control by Government
The aforementioned examples are only a fraction of the subjectivity inherent throughout all major political parties today. Their advocacy is not based upon logic or cohesive principle, but on personal preference and the whims of anyone who can capture the spotlight.
All logical people who understand the tenants America was founded must conclude this subjective application of law, the imposing of the whims of one group on the lives of others, is the basis of disorder and confusion – in other words, anarchy.
The Absence of Law is Order
When people are allowed to live without the arbitrary rules of others, their ability to reason will guide their decision making. There is no need to labor over which subjective rule or regulation must be followed to accomplish one’s goals. This maintains order in society, while the alternative, volumes and volumes of laws and regulations that are politically driven, impose disorder and anarchy on society.
The level of anarchy within a society is perfectly correlated with the amount of subjectivity its laws are based. Everyone on some level would like to change the world to fit their preferences. Yet only true Americans, those who place their country first, set aside those preferences knowing that in order for one to be protected from the whims of others, others must be protected from the whims of oneself.