"Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society." ~ John Adams
A Proof of Anarchy: The Rulers Themselves
Column by Paul Bonneau.
Exclusive to STR
Day after day we read that cops or other minions of the ruling class never suffer any legal consequences for various and sundry vile actions on their part. No doubt you can find an example today and every day among the Strike The Root articles.
One working definition of government might as well be, “those people for whom the laws do not, in any real sense, apply.”
It struck me after reading one of these articles, that the rulers are themselves leading an anarchic existence! No law applies to them. Yet, they do not experience chaos in their personal lives. They do not murder their fellows over disagreements.
Of course this is not a perfect proof of anarchy, because there are in fact millions who have been murdered by the rulers, primarily those rulers in the United States in recent years. But let us not forget, this is an anarchic society of criminals, psychopaths and sociopaths. The worst do indeed get on top, as Hayek noted. It would be entirely unrealistic to expect such a society, full of evil bastards drunk on power, not to use it badly. Ordinary people in the same position probably would not be quite so lethal to innocent others.
Also, humans are tribal. Those outside the tribe do have to watch out. No matter who is in the tribe of rulers, those outside that tribe must always be at risk. The remedy is to join another tribe with some teeth....
But still, one gets some sense that the rulers do prove anarchy. They do not usually murder and rape their associates. For those others they do murder, rape and torture, it’s not anarchy that is at fault, but the power they have over others. Disparities in power seem to be the true enemies of an anarchic existence.
If this is so, it would behoove anarchists to get their hands on some, to start reducing this disparity.