The Perverse Logic of Anarcho-Capitalism

I haven’t blogged in English about the latest development in the ongoing conflict between Israel and the terror groups that want to destroy it and chase away, or kill, every Jew in the area; but I have written a few blog posts in Swedish about it (follow the link, if you know Swedish). On one of those posts, I got the following anonymous comment[1]:

Your fascination for the state of Israel makes you completely irrelevant as a libertarian or anarcho-capitalist. Why do you advocate state violence, when it comes to the state of Israel?

Let’s leave aside the fact that I have never been an anarcho-capitalist, have certainly never claimed to be one, and have in fact been highly critical of anarcho-capitalism (and not minced my words about it either). The question here is why anarcho-capitalists side against Israel, when they should know as well as everybody else that Israel is the only semi-free country in the region, and that the terror groups (Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah – you name them) are all anti-Semitic to the core[2] and would establish some form of Islamic theocracy in the region, if they were to succeed in annihilating Israel? And why do they call themselves anarcho-capitalists, if, in fact, they are anarcho-Nazis?

The simple reason is that Israel is a state – and, according to anarcho-capitalism, a state is evil by its very nature. The distinction between a totalitarian state and a state that is at least semi-free is therefore, in their eyes, irrelevant. (As for the idea of a truly rights-respecting and rights-protecting state, they believe that this is impossible and that efforts to achieve it are just illusory.)

But Hamas and the other terror groups are certainly not states, and therefore, presumably, there is nothing in their very nature to make them evil. They are perfectly legitimate NGOs (non-governmental organizations) – they are in fact examples of the “private protection agencies” with which the anarcho-capitalists want to replace the state.

What is required to make the anarcho-capitalists reverse this view of Hamas and those other groups? One thing only: That a “two-state solution” is reached (or, alternatively, that they succeed in annihilating Israel). In that case, Hamas (or a coalition between Hamas and Fatah) would itself become the state in the region, and then it, too, would become evil by its very nature.

But to call them evil now, before this happens, would simply be preposterous to an anarcho-capitalist.


[1]) I do not allow anonymous comments on my blogs, but in this case I made an exception, because I wanted to tell the guy off, in no uncertain terms.

[2]) The anti-Semitism of Islam is not something new – it is as old as Islam itself. This is from the Prophet himself:

The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say “O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. …”

This is a “hadith”, i.e. something said by Muhammad and written down by his followers during his lifetime or shortly after his death. It is quoted in The Hamas Covenant.

So much, then, for the idea that the Moslems started to hate the Jews only in 1948.

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5 Responses to The Perverse Logic of Anarcho-Capitalism

  1. Gustav Ros says:

    “An error made on your own is safer than the ten truths accepted on faith, because the first leaves you the means to correct it, but the second destroys your capacity to distinguish truth from error.”

    So their logic is this, but applied to laws? Something like:

    Any moral code, or set of laws, reached through an armed struggle is better than one decreed by the state, because the first leaves you the means to correct it (more carnage), but the second, through monopoly of foce, destroys your capacity to implement a different set of laws.

  2. Brian McDaniel says:

    The United States had it right around 1890. The real problem is what the people believe. The government and the politicians will always reflect what the majority believes unless there is complete totalitarianism, which is of course evil on its face. Liberty cannot survive when the people don’t know what it is or what’s good about it. Government schools are not the answer because they will only enforce the status quo. The only solution is better intellectuals.

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  4. I remind you of my comment rules: No anonymous comments. And if you think I am an idiot and have misunderstood everything, publish that on you own blog, not on mine.

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