“We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” ~ US Declaration of Independence
The single goal of Government is to secure the rights of Life, Liberty, and Happiness – apparently.
Do you honestly think that a “government” can protect individuals’ lives? Is that what governments are doing when they send millions of civilians to war against each other, to kill and kill and kill, to die and die and die, because one government is opposed to another government? Individuals don’t, can’t decide to go to war. War must be forced upon people, by some kind of government.
Do you feel in full possession of Liberty when the government decides that it can spend 30% of your income better than you can, and forcibly takes it? How about when the government forces your children to fight and die in a war that you morally disagree with? Or when the government forces you to buy certain kinds of insurance?
Does the existence of a government protect your Happiness? When you see a government wasting your hardly earned money, or spending billions of dollars to fight wars, does that make you Happy?
Even this short analysis should make it clear that even with a theoretically “good” constitution, the American government simply cannot fulfill the only reasons for it to exist. This isn’t a criticism of the PEOPLE in government. It is a criticism of GOVERNMENT itself. Of Statism. How can a government help individuals when the premise of government is to do single things that are good for everyone, which leaves them good for no one. What is best for individuals varies greatly, and a government cannot detect or provide what is best at all.
So, what is the solution? What is Anarcho-Capitalism?
Here is my summary of a ten minute video explanation:
1) Force/aggression by an individual/group against another individual/group is unethical/illegitimate.
2) The State (all governments are States) has a monopoly on force/aggression, and thus is illegitimate.
3) Anarcho-Capitalism, therefore, rejects the State as necessary to govern society.
Not only is there the ethical reason, but the economics of a State-less society are better.
Rather than a government with its inevitable billions of dollars of waste and debt, a Voluntary/Anarcho-Capitalist society would leave all economic “decisions” up to the free market. To true capitalism, with the perspective of Austrian Economics. No longer would there be a government to arbitrarily raise/lower taxes or money supply. Without the interference of a government, prices would allow individuals to receive immediate feedback on scarce resources. (If a resource is scarce, its price goes up, the things that are made out of it also get increased prices.) This tight free market protects scarce resources.
Anarcho-Capitalism would also prevent monopolies (unlike State societies, where monopolies have a symbiotic money-grabbing relationship with the State, to the detriment of all citizens). When one business grows too large or buys out other businesses, it often makes a deal with the government and is allowed to remain a monopoly or semi-monopoly, or just gets a patent. Copyrights are good since they simply protect your own work, but patents are bad since they eliminate competition and promote monopolies. But in a State-less society, monopolies would only survive for a very short time.
The only benefit of having a monopoly is to be able to raise prices without the fear of competition. But as soon as the business or cartel raises prices, everyone else gains incentive to jump into the market with slightly lower prices (which steadily decrease as the competition increases). Even the businesses that joined together to form the cartel benefit more from betraying the others and competing with lower prices.
Monopolies are artificial. They can only be sustained by outside force/violence (e.g. a government or badly envisioned laws).
Without a State, individuals would have more money (no taxes), would spend that money better, and because of more competition prices would be lower and efficient production higher.
There are numerous theoretical problems with Anarcho-Capitalism, such as National Defense, but most of them are just as problematic in a State-society, and many good solutions have already been proposed for the others.
There is no true Anarcho-Capitalist society yet, due to the massive affects of 2000 years of worldwide Statism. But we are getting closer and closer. The world can only be changed one mind at a time.