This has nothing to do with lawlessness and hoodies. The question being asked is whether we need government to rule our lives? Is there an alternative to a system which is very much in question at present. It promises to be an interesting discussion.
On the Isle of Man complaining about Government seems to be the national sport. Whether it’s toilet taxes, hotel bailouts or ridiculous over expenditure on capital projects, we all love a good moan about the Gov. But have you ever considered if the problem is not the individuals running government, but rather the very concept of government itself? Do we really need a government at all? Would society fall into chaos without its guiding hand? Would big corporations end up owning everything? Who would provide essential services? Is a stateless society just a utopian fantasy?
On Saturday 22nd of March Professor Gerard Casey will be visiting the Island to present his case that society does not need government to function and in fact we would be much better off without it. Far from being a utopian fantasy, a stateless society based on voluntary interactions and exchanges would be both more moral and functional than our current system of taxation based on violent coercion, and such a society is achievable any time we choose it.
To quote from Professor Casey’s book Libertarian Anarchy –
“States are criminal organizations. All states, not just the obviously totalitarian or repressive ones. I intend this statement to be understood literally and not as some form of rhetorical exaggeration.
The argument is simple. Theft, robbery, kidnapping and murder are all crimes. Those who engage in such activities, whether on their own behalf or on behalf of others are, by definition, criminals. In taxing the people of a country, the state engages in an activity that is morally equivalent to theft or robbery; in putting some people in prison, especially those who are convicted of so-called victimless crimes or when it drafts people into the armed services, the state is guilty of kidnapping or false imprisonment; in engaging in wars that are other than purely defensive or, even if defensive, when the means of defence employed are disproportionate and indiscriminate, the state is guilty of manslaughter or murder.
Anarchy is the position in which the members of a society naturally find themselves when they are not subject to the power of a state.”
Gerard Casey is Associate Professor of Philosophy at University College Dublin, Ireland, Adjunct Professor at the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, UK, and Adjunct Scholar at the Ludwig Von Mises Institute , Alabama, USA.
The lecture will be highly interactive with audience participation strongly encouraged, so bring your questions criticisms and concerns along.
In the two weeks running up to the event I’ll be regularly blogging accessible libertarian anarchist material to help put people in the picture.
Saturday 22nd March, 7:30pm, Hydro Hotel Douglas. Tickets £7 in advance, £10 on the door. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Richard on 476370.
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