Understanding that terms such as “anarchy” and “libertarian” have today been grossly distorted, and therefore commonly misconceived by the general populace, a few years ago I coined the term “Sovereigntarian”.
“A Sovereigntarian is one who believes that the individual is sovereign, being the sole and final authority over his or her life, mind, body, labor, property, & wealth.”
And because the term “natural rights” or “natural law” prompts debate, I avoid those terms, and instead have broken the concept of human rights & liberty down into four primary elements:
1. Human Rights
2. Personal Liberty
3. Individual Sovereignty
3. Property Rights
The order, or hierarchy, could well be reversed, as in all actuality, human rights are based upon property rights—the primary concept of self ownership—not the other way around, and individual sovereignty ascribes the boundaries—both physical, and conceptual—by which individuals, and civll societies, should properly order themselves.
Thus, the concept of property rights—establishing boundaries of order based on recognition of self-ownership and justly acquired property—rises to the top as the primary element.
The state, on the other hand, violates these principles; therefore, it is the state that prevents order. It is the state which initiates conflict, divides people, spawns disorder, and conducts, endorses, and encourages violence. It is the existence of the state which causes riots in the streets, civil unrest, war.
In my blog article The Fundamental Flaw in Non-Anarchistic Libertarian Thought, I wrote:
“America’s constitutionally-limited, representative republic failed for precisely the same reason that other political systems such as Socialism and Communism always fail: they all neglect to account for human nature, which dictates that individuals will generally act in their own best interest—including those individuals which comprise the institution of government—which ultimately translates to the government acting in the best interest of the government.”
It is the nature of government to divide people and initiate force and violence; therefore, it is government that causes the rampant disorder most people mistakenly ascribe to anarchy.
Anarchy doesn’t mean no rules; it simply means no monopolized institution which is granted authority over an entire populace—along with, frighteningly, a high degree of legal immunity—and which is also not even subject to market forces, as the rest of us are. Yeah, that’ll work.
So, by implementing true anarchy, and thereby eliminating the handy tool of the state with which to bring force and threat of violence to the equation, people must then, by definition, interact with each other in a peaceful, voluntary, cooperative manner.
Which means in reality, it is anarchy which prompts order, and government which prompts disorder.
The video below, Anarchy is Order, by Julia Tourianski of Brave The World eloquently breaks this irrefutable idea down, based on the Anarchist Manifesto by individualist anarchist philosopher Anselme Bellegarrigue, published in 1850. It’s a beautiful thing.
Definitely worth a watch:
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