Why can't you all see the absurdity in this? Do you actually believe that if government is denied the authority to enforce laws, that those with the means will not promptly assume it upon themselves, and with a ruthlessness and brutality only your worst nightmares could project on our government? Throughout our history ranchers, mines and corporations have assumed the roles of government unto themselves, hiring thugs to enforce their own interests. Recall the early efforts of American workers to organize for the basic rights we take for granted today? You talk about eminent domain? Don't you recall the railroads of the 1800s - the gilded age of the great robber barons - securing their right of ways by brutally forcing people off their lands? No one was laughing at the absurdity then, Steve. Men of power and ambition will find a way, they always do. When the Soviet Union outlawed capital and the accumulation of wealth, men of power and ambition found a new form of capital... power itself. If you eliminate government, men of power and ambition will simply find a way to create government by some other name... the board room, the town hall, the friggin' homeowners association. Remember in infamous cattlemen's associations in the U.S. territories who became defacto governments unto themselves, and brutal ones at that. Without government, if miners, loggers, developers, ranchers, factory builders or land owners run into conflicts with an existing community, who's going to resolve the issue? I daresay the one with the money to hire impoverished locals as thugs to enforce their will, and they'll do it believing God is on their side. You think history hasn't shown this occurring again and again and again and again?Quote by: SteveA
You may not like government for their faults, but as the world has grown exponentially more crowded, complex, technological and sophisticated, government really is the only thing standing between us and a total chaos of a million and one overlapping and competing interests and ambitions. The presumption that we can step back to some fondly remembered pastoral time is what I keep saying... a navel gazing pipe dream.