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A biblical defense of anarcho-capitalism

Posted by Jesse on January 15, 2008

Found here: http://members.aol.com/VFTfiles/thesis/summaryAT.htm
Definition: “Anarcho-Capitalism”
[From a Christian perspective, “anarchy”—when defined as violence or the absence of legal sovereignty—is not even a moral option. Obviously, Jesus Christ is the Christian’s “Archist,” (Colossians 1:18; cf. Acts 3:15; 5:31; Hebrews 2:10; 12:2; Revelation 1:5) and His Word is our “Archy” (He is the Word; John 1:1; I John 1:1; Revelation 19:13; cf. also Hebrews 3:14; 5:12).]

“Anarcho-Capitalism” is a relentlessly consistent form of “Laissez-faire capitalism.” It is capitalism without “the State.”

“Capitalism” is widely understood to be the opposite of “socialism.” Capitalism delegates economic functions to the private (rather than the public) sector, relying on the “invisible hand” of the free market to allocate resources in the most efficient way. “Anarcho-capitalism” is a radically consistent capitalism, seeing all human action as an economic function, and therefore appropriately directed by market forces.

Most generic capitalists reserve several economic functions to the public or governmental sector: National Defense, punishment of criminals, and resolution of contractual disputes. Some capitalists would also include certain utilities (water, electricity) as necessitating a public monopoly. Anarcho-capitalists would remove all of these functions from political monopoly and allow them to be provided by the free market.

Anarcho-capitalists, in short, advocate the abolition of the State.

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The Depravity of Man

“If men were angels we need not have a government.”

Madison’s words in Federalist 51 are often cited against anarcho-capitalists, who are quick to respond:

“If men are devils we dare not have a government.”

Ironically, Madison’s overall point was not that the government can be trusted (as opposed to the depraved masses), or even on the necessity for government, but the reverse: that “power corrupts,” and the People must fashion a government with sufficient checks and balances to oblige the government to control itself. “A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”

The Calvinist-sounding doctrine of “the depravity of man” is our presupposition. No man or men can be trusted with a monopoly of institutionalized force.

“But without a State to control the people, won’t the masses break out into lawlessness and violence?” They are more likely to do so if the society officially and publicly legitimizes force, which is what society does when it creates the State, which then models violence as an ethically legitimate response to the frustrations of life.

The Founding Fathers were virtually unanimous in their belief that the State was dangerous and could not inculcate virtue and self-control: this was the job of religion. The more we fear crime, the more we should strengthen those institutions of Gospel morality, and denounce the State, the Mafia, and all others who initiate force or violence.
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Why This Thesis is Really Not That Controversial

“Biblical Anarchism” sounds like a shocking doctrine at first. But if you were to be

transported back in time 1,000 years
into a prosperous urban center
among the greatest intellectual, religious, and political leaders of the day
armed with a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution,
and you politely suggested that people adopt the views of those documents concerning the civil magistrate,
you likely would have been executed by sundown. “The Divine Right of Kings” dominated political thinking in those days, a doctrine which

every priest and prince agreed was an essential doctrine of the Christian Faith,
the abandonment of which would result in the destruction of the social order,
a doctrine which has been universally repudiated in favor of the doctrine of “the consent of the governed,”
and is believed by virtually nobody in the 21st century.

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