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by Neville Kennard, veteran preaching and practising capitalist

“I am more than a libertarian;
I don’t believe in the right of the state to exist.
The state is unnecessary for society to exist.
Everything that needs to be done can be done by the market.”
~ Doug Casey

Anarchy, the dictionary tells us, means “chaos and disorder”; or, “without a king or ruler”.

The popular press uses it in its pejorative sense of chaos and confusion.

To say therefore, sweet anarchy, peaceful anarchy, gentle anarchy… ah, where do we go with this?

Anarchy means literally “without a ruler”. In our present-day context of civilisation as we know it, anarchy means without a coercive, over-arching government. It rests on the belief that people are mostly good, mostly honest, mostly co-operative and can work things out for themselves.

Anarchy is not utopian. It is realistic, appreciating the nature and the shortcomings of human beings, including (perhaps especially) politicians and bureaucrats.

I call myself an anarchist, or more precisely, an anarchocapitalist, to distinguish it from the mob who called themselves “anarchosyndicalists”, who were really communists — they are the ones who coined the expression “property is theft” — stupid expression, as how do you define “theft” except as “the unlawful taking of property”? Thus — “property is the unlawful taking of property” — a dumb and meaningless expression.

But I digress. Anarchy is not utopian; other systems of national or societal organisation are utopian. Communism is a utopian dream of an egalitarian, centrally-planned society where the government owns and runs everything. Under Communism The State is supreme and everything functions for the glory of The State.

The Nazis under Hitler had their National Socialism utopian dream of a Master Race running things in a very racial and fascist way.

Fascism is a form of Socialism where the government does not own everything, allowing nominal private ownership of the means of production and distribution, but with centrally planned control over the functions of business and companies. Under Fascism and Nazism utopias , The State is again supreme.

Social democracy is a mix of Socialism and Democracy; it allows a popularly elected government to govern a welfare state — lots of taxes and regulation and redistribution. To those who have experienced or witnessed the failure of Socialism, but who still like the idea of a fair bit of central-planning think that if you combine that with the popular idea of Democracy, it will be the best of both worlds. Another Utopian dream. The State under social democracy is big and powerful

Democracy is the cult of the century. And it is the New Utopia. The utopian ideal of democracy is that with popularly governments you can kick the bad bastards out at election time, and kick the good bastards in. Democracies operate, in theory, under a Constitution, and the parliaments are constrained by some rules and conventions. Under democratic rule the party (or coalition) in power calls the shots, deciding the tax rates, the property rights, the regulations. They also decide the wars they want the country to fight and how free they will let their citizens be with their lives and money.

Under democracy the party in power tries to stay in power and get re-elected, and the party not in power wants desperately to get into power, and stay in power. Apparently-opposed groups are really fairly similar and are comprised mostly of professional politicians whose sole purpose is to gain the perks of office. They gain the perks of office by promising things to the voters. The party who offers the most, and the most credible plan, gets the most votes. Typically the politician promises things that he or she does not have, but that he or she plans to take from someone else and give it back the voters.

“Democracy” promises freedom of speech, rule of law, separation of church and state, “free” education, “free” healthcare, and so on. When combined with a good degree of capitalism, democracies work for quite a long time, and people get used to the illusion of being free even if up to half their money is taken away in taxes and what they can do with their lives and property becomes severely circumscribed. After time under democracy The State becomes Leviathan and rules for its own sake and benefit.

So if not “Democracy” — what? “What will you replace it with?” they ask.

Try — Nothing!!

Anarchy — the gentle, non-coercive, way that people mostly behave towards each other most of the time and do business with each other most of the time. And what about law and order in such a society? Prof Hans-Hermann Hoppe discusses and explains the idea of private law in several works, books, papers and a YouTube video.

The anarchocapitalist idea simply takes what exists anyway, absent the over-arching authority of The State. It takes people for what they are — mostly self-organising, mostly pleasant, mostly responsible, and allows for voluntary organisation and behaviour to handle the shortcomings we humans are capable of.

There is much literature and writing on idea of life and society without “authority”. Here are some:

Start a journey down the road to anarchy. It is a joyous and stimulating non-utopian ride for the intellectually curious.

(in order of appearance on
  1. Welcome from Neville Kennard
  2. Think Tanks Don't Work
  3. "Market Failure": Just what the government ordered!
  4. The Tragedy of the Tax Pool Commons
  5. Corporate Welfare
  6. Citizenship for Sale?
  7. I Don't Vote
  8. Voting: Right or Privilege?
  9. Stockholm Syndrome and our Love-Hate Relationship with Government
  10. Civil Disobedience: The Rules of Engagement
  11. Should Respect for Law Extend to Bad Laws?
  12. Jaywalking as a Demonstration of Individuality
  13. Government Likes War
  14. Collusion is Our Right
  15. Why Not the Drug Olympics?
  16. Unconventional Wisdom
  17. Tiger Farming: An Alternative to Extinction
  18. Looking Backwards: Mont Pelerin Society Conference, Sydney, 2010
  19. Tax Avoidance is a Patriotic Duty
  20. Kennard Writes to IPA Review Editor
  21. Genocide by Welfare: A Tragedy from the Aboriginal Welfare Industry
  22. Separating Sport and State
  23. Your Home is Not an Investment
  24. Dick Smith, Celebrity Philanthropist
  25. A Libertarian's New Year's Resolution
  26. Extend Politicians' Holidays to Create Prosperity
  27. Entrepreneurs are Disruptive, and Bureaucrats Hate It
  28. What is a good Australian?
  29. Governments Like Employment But Hate Employers
  30. The Market Failure Industry
  31. Neville Kennard: The Tax Avoidance Imperative
  32. Wot if ...?
  33. The Tribal Chief and the Witch Doctor
  34. The Tannehills
  35. Democracy versus Property Rights and Prosperity
  36. Government Doesn't Work, and That's the Way They Like It
  37. Minarchy vs Anarchy
  38. Euthanasia and Self-Ownership
  39. The Right Policies to Fix a Depression
  40. Is Howard Our Best PM?
  41. Tax Producers vs Tax Consumers
  42. Where There's a Queue, There's a Business Opportunity
  43. Authoritarian Freedom
  44. Why Classical Liberals Should Debate Anarchocapitalists
  45. The Tyranny of the Majority
  46. If you could choose to whom you paid your tax
  47. Business Should Exploit Boat People
  48. The Immorality of Trade Unions
  49. "America" vs "The United States"
  50. Sweet Anarchy
  51. The Illusion of "Job Creation"
  52. Gold Is Money
  53. Guilty Capitalists
  54. Bureauphobia
  55. Prosperity vs Growth
  56. Capitalism vs Democracy
  57. More people = More fun
  58. Self-Ownership - the very idea!
  59. Government will murder Neville Kennard if he doesn't back away
  60. The Australian Dollar Has Been Cowardly and Criminally Devalued, Harming the Poor Particularly
  61. Is Taxation Theft and Government a Tax Cheat?
  62. My Journey to Anarchy:
    From political and economic agnostic to anarchocapitalist
  63. Government Needs Bad Guys –
    that's why they like wars
  64. What Is Obscene?
  65. Traffic Economics
  66. Wayne Swan stands on the shoulders of other intellectual pygmies
  67. Neville Kennard Obituary
  68. Neville Kennard in 1979 proposes new alliances to end penalty rates
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