Are You A Hypocrite?

If you believe that it is wrong to take that which does not belong to you by threats or by force, you must necessarily be an anarchist or a hypocrite.

If you believe that it is wrong to use violence against people who have harmed no one or damaged anyone else’s property, you must necessarily be an anarchist or a hypocrite.

If you believe that the only justifiable use of force is in self-defense or in defense of one’s property, you must necessarily be an anarchist or a hypocrite.

If you believe people are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor, you must necessarily be an anarchist or a hypocrite.

If you believe in equal justice for all and that ALL men are equals, no matter their position, rank, or title, then you must necessarily be an anarchist or a hypocrite.

Those statements are absolute.

Of course, most people don’t think about the fact that their internal logic MUST be flawed if they agree with those statements yet still want a coercively funded government.

Hypocrisy is there to alert us that our internal logic is wrong. That our core beliefs need to be adjusted until the hypocrisy is removed from our thinking.

Anarcho-capitalism is the only socio-economic system that is not hypocritical or internally self-contradictory. If you believe in private property and you believe in the principles of non-aggression, then there is only one socio-economic system you can agree with that does not make you a hypocrite.

Contrary to popular opinion, anarchy does not mean lawlessness. It means being devoid of the State. As far as the law is concerned, the law must necessarily be administered by private institutions, because private institutions are not above the law.  They are voluntarily funded institutions that are beholden to market forces on a daily basis, rather than once every four years.

If you believe all men are created equal, then you believe all men have a right to stop other men from harming others or damaging other people’s property. Police in a statist system are above the law. They get to carry arms, while the common man does not. They get to arrest people, while the common man can not. They get to use force against the innocent, while the common man can not. This necessarily means the police have more rights than the common citizen. This violates the principles of equality in a society.

It is impossible to have a just and free society if some men are more equal than others.

Hans Hoppe discusses the foundations of a private law society and the principles of liberty.