Statists Smear Anarcho-Capitalists

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You may well say, Duh. As usual in their “Hate-Watch” emails, the agit-prop types at the Southern Poverty Law Center are confused as well as hateful. And see the comments! The whole episode is a reminder–as if we needed it–that Communists, Socialists, National Socialists, Fascists, Conservatives, Neoconservatives, and Modern Liberals are united in their love for the State, and their antipathy to anyone who thinks differently. Like their ancestors, some of these people want concentration camps for thought criminals. The SPLC also claims that Anarcho-Capitalists are “cousins” of  the Patriot movement. In fact, we despise nationalism, and far from adoring the Constitution, think that it was an oligarchical coup against the far more libertarian Articles of Confederation. As Hans Hoppe has noted, every adoption of a constitution in world history marks a step-up in centralization and power, and the US was certainly no exception. Anarcho-Capitalists are also anti-war and anti-empire. Domestically, we  see the threat or initiation of violence against the innocent as the province of criminals. It’s why we reject the State, root and branch. We agree with the founder of Libertarianism, Murray Rothbard, that the State is nothing but a “gang of thieves writ large.” How neat, BTW, to see Murray’s phrase, Anarcho-Capitalism, come back into use. He wanted to differentiate us from anti-private property types who call themselves anarchists. Rothbardianism is back in every sense, of course, especially among the young, and the State-lovers are worried.

8:57 am on December 17, 2012
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