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A new worldview in ten questions and answers

By Perry Willis 

1. What is crime?

Crime is the initiation of force or fraud against others.

2. What is government?

Government, properly understood, has one primary function -- to use force defensively to fight criminals, foreign or domestic.

3. What is The State?

The State is an institution that commits crimes (initiates force) under the guise of providing governance. As such, The State is the opposite of government. Therefore, to be pro-government you must be anti-state.

4. What is a statist?

statist is a person who advocates statism (see the next question).

5. What is statism?

Statism is the belief that it's okay for The State to commit crimes (initiate force) so long as the statist favors the purpose of the crime. In other words, to the statist, his or her good intentions justify the use of criminal means.

6. What do libertarians want?

Libertarians want legitimate government. That means institutions of governance that only use force defensively. To a voluntaryist libertarian this means...

All government must be voluntarily funded, and anyone can compete to provide governmental services. For instance…

  • You could pay the city police to patrol your neighborhood, or you could a hire a firm to do it.
  • You could decide to only use drugs that undergo FDA testing, or you could prefer products certified by Underwriters Laboratory, NSF, or some other testing company.
  • You could give your money to HUD, or Habitat for Humanity, or some other cause entirely.

7. Why would this work better?

Violence-based funding insulates statist institutions from the need to perform well. They get paid whether they do a good job or not. Even worse, they actually get increased budgets when they fail. Voluntary funding and competition would compel governmental institutions to do a good job. This approach would give us consumer controlled government, instead of political government.

8. What's the difference between political government and consumer controlled government?

You have far more power as a consumer than as a voter. You can fire any company at any time, but with political government you must gain the permission of a majority of your neighbors to cause any change. Consumer controlled government will give more people more of what they want more often. It will commit crimes against no one. Consumer controlled government is superior, both morally and practically.

9. What if voluntary funding doesn't provide enough money?

The question is backward. The amount of government needed should be determined by what people are willing to fund, NOT by what politicians want to impose.

10.. What is the path to such a society?

Resolve to initiate force against no one, personally or politically. Pursue your goals and promote your preferences using only non-violent persuasion and voluntary cooperation.

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