First off, apologies for the lack of postings of late, I have been experiencing a malaise in creative thought and my leisure time has been mostly filled with what can best be described as dicking about, with the insides of my Android phone first of all, which re-kindled my love of dicking about in general… I’m now writing this from a Linux distro installed and running from the memory on my old phone… neatly by-passing the problem of deleting Windows from Mrs. Wh00ps’ old laptop.
I do intend to rectify this in the new year.
So where am I? Well, like Vladimir, the Coalition government took the wind out of my sails for a little while, acting almost completely as I expected (i.e. no different from Labour, just in nicer suits) and, like he I went into thought-experiment mode. The directions we took are somewhat different: his away from libertarianism and into Rule Of Law Statism and mine further away from statism and further into fully-fledged anarchism.
It has become apparent to me, that government -like a cancer or a parasite- needs to be entirely eradicated, rather than attempted to be contained as a minarchist would argue. You can’t have a minimal cancer or some constitutionally limited fleas and the idea of doing the same with the state will inevitably fail. The job of governance attracts bureaucrats, and bureaucrats like to expand their power and influence, and once the heady days of revolution fade and We The People stop paying attention (which is, after all, what they are supposedly paying the bureaucrats so that they can do) the slow-slow ratchet of increased governmental power will begin all over again. It may take a couple of centuries to progress from John Hancock to Barack Obama but the route is well-travelled.
Whether it is achievable is another question entirely. Certainly doing away with the state by method of revolution is a non-starter: the chaos and uncertainty inevitably attracts people to whoever promises stability, and that invariably will hand the reins to another kind of statist rather than doing away with the reins altogether. We’d end up in more or less the same place we are now (or worse) with the added disadvantages of thousands dead and massive destruction of infrastructure and property. How to get there is a question that still remains unanswered.
But where is “there?” Perhaps before we decide on our vehicle we should decide on our destination. My preferred place would be somewhere with no state whatsoever. No welfare, no NHS, no regulations and no police. I understand that this will be where I part company from many of the people I read and respect and while I understand why minimal-state people may wish to retain so-called “essential” functions such as courts, police and defence I am now firmly of the belief that even these functions put us firmly back on the road to total control by bureaucracies. How I envision society functioning in such a scenario will be the subject of my next post.