Why Anarchism?

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    Why are so many libertarians drawn to Anarchism? It seems to me that Anarchism is simply the extreme opposite, Utopian dream to the Utopian dream of the socialists, communists,i.e. all the Collectivists. One extreme seeks a Utopian society through total government, while the other extreme seeks it through no government or state at all. I haven’t read any articles or quotes by any of the Founders regarding Anarchism, but don’t you think they would have been as opposed to it as they were to total Democracy and Monarchism? The leading libertarian of our time, Ron Paul, is both a Christian and an advocate of having a Constitutional Republic (at least I assume he is by all the references he makes to “getting back to the Constitution). Both of these traits would seem to put him at odds with the majority of modern-day libertarians.

    Jason Jewell

    I can’t speak for random libertarians off the street, but it’s certainly not the case that the leading theorists of anarchocapitalism (or market anarchism, if you prefer) are utopian thinkers.

    These writers are of the moral conviction that voluntary social interactions are preferable to coerced social interactions. So they think that if there are methods of accomplishing an essential social function in a voluntary way, that’s preferable to the state’s handling of that function.

    In any event, I don’t think it’s true that “the majority of modern-day libertarians” are anarchists. I’m willing to be proven wrong, though.

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