Burden of proof lies with the statists

Anarchists did not try to carry out genocide against the Armenians in Turkey; they did not deliberately starve millions of Ukrainians; they did not create a system of death camps to kill Jews, gypsies, and Slavs in Europe; they did not fire-bomb scores of large German and Japanese cities and drop nuclear bombs on two of them; they did not carry out a Great Leap Forward that killed scores of millions of Chinese; they did not attempt to kill everybody with any appreciable education in Cambodia; they did not launch one aggressive war after another; they did not implement trade sanctions that killed perhaps 500,000 Iraqi children.

In debates between anarchists and statists, the burden of proof clearly should rest on those who place their trust in the state. Anarchy’s mayhem is wholly conjectural; the state’s mayhem is undeniably, factually horrendous.— Robert Higgs

This is yet one more post set off by a tweet on Twitter. Glenn Greenwald once said that Twitter was like crack and he was correct. I have met so many wonderful people through that media. A tweet led me to look for the above Robert Higgs quote. I had seen it before but today it struck me as very important since I am always seeing state worshipers claim that anarchy (or voluntarism) would lead to violence. Violence? What is one supposed to call the violent record of the State?

Anarchy is simply when the gang of thieves writ large called the state does not exist. Every single person can be freed to buy and sell in a voluntary manner. Everyone is able to seek the protections services that they want from whatever firm they want. Everyone is freed to concentrate on being productive and being socially responsible. It is in man’s nature to cooperate and with no state you will see even more cooperation than with the predatory state spreading violence and envy.

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. ~Lord Acton

I have heard people claim that the State is necessary since men are not angels. They think that men in charge of other men is somehow better than men being in charge of themselves. The truth is that since men are definitely not angels we need to destroy that agent of great power, force, fraud, violence, and domination — The State. There never was a man alive who should be entrusted with the power of the state.

Experience has shown me that people should be on guard to protect liberty precisely when the Government’s purposes seem to be beneficial. We are normally alert to invasions of our liberty by evil rulers; but we allow usurpations of our liberties often when we think that government is trying to be helpful. Never trust the government when they tell you they are trying to help you!

It is beyond belief that some people think that government, which is raw force, is somehow better than voluntary cooperation; and yet, I read many progressives and “liberals” who say that the government is the fount of all progress. How did they get that deluded when the evidence of government evil is all around them?



3 thoughts on “Burden of proof lies with the statists

  1. “It is beyond belief that some people think that government, which is raw force, is somehow better than voluntary cooperation”

    I think it’s important not to forget that voluntaryists believes that force can justly be used for defense and proportionally in retaliation to acts of aggression. The vast majority of us are not pacifists. The distinction to be made then is that all governments use aggressive force, whereas we voluntaryists support a society in which people interact voluntarily, i.e. they only use force in response to aggressive uses of force.

    • You have a point and I have written about that in the past. Agression may be dealt with as we have the right to defend ourselves. My point was that government is raw force and never voluntary coopersation. Government is aggression in its purest essence.

      Thanks for the comment.

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