The fact of the matter is, any state that assumes an iota of power greater than the people it rules, is by any logical standard, illegitimate. If you can’t steal from your neighbors or benefit at their expense, neither can the state. If you can’t dictate how a businessman runs his business, neither can the state. If you can’t invade a foreign country, neither can the state. If you can’t raid your neighbor’s hemp fields, neither can the state. If you can’t debase the currency to fund your retirement, neither can the state — at least not legitimately. Obviously, the state is engaging in all those things, which to me is a big problem.
I tell you this now as food for thought. This state will fail and fade into the long night, as have multitudes of other previously unsustainable structures of government that have dotted the Earth since time immemorial. Empires such as the Egyptians, the Romans, the British and on into the present day, have all failed. They failed because the natural laws of the universe are in conflict with mass theft, currency debasement, violent wars, wealth redistribution, cronyism, “regulatory” controls, and all the rest.
Anarcho-capitalism is the only sustainable structure of governance, because it is the only pure system of voluntary cooperation that does not grant illegitimate power to a political class. It is the only system that prevents monopolies of currency, security and justice from forming. We have anti-trust laws in this country that supposedly protect us from evil villains like Standard Oil, well perhaps it’s time we applied those anti-trust laws to our political, justice and currency systems.