I will begin this debate by stating that I am an anarchist, meaning that I do not believe a ruling class should exist. I will explain what I view as a ruling class, but I will address anarchy first.
A lot of people confuse anarchy as chaos and disorder, but true philosophical anarchists see anarchy as the following:
As I just mentioned, many people use the word "anarchy" in this context:Originally Posted by dictionary.reference.com
The important distinction between the two definitions is that one of them assumes there will be chaos and disorder without government, while the other only acknowledges a society without government.Originally Posted by dictionary.reference.com
What is a ruling class? A ruling class is a person or group of people perceived to have rights that people who are not in the ruling class do not have. Government is an example of a ruling class, as the group of people that comprise the body of government are the only ones perceived to have the right to pass laws. Government is also the only group of people believed to have the moral right to force people to give part of their earned wealth to government (taxation).
Now that I have briefly described what a ruling class is, I will elaborate on the meaning of my title.
Government is immoral because it uses force in order to intimidate people into complying with its demands, regardless of whether the demands are fair or morally legitimate. For example, people who do not pay their taxes because they believe it is funding an immoral and/or unnecessary act, such as a war that does not serve the nation's security interests, will be fined or imprisoned regardless of the reason for refusing to pay their taxes.
Another example is imprisoning people for choosing to smoke a substance that is classified as "illegal", even if they are not hurting or affecting anyone but themselves. Not taking into account whether it is wise or not to smoke said substance, a person should have the right to choose what to put into his or her own body. A person or group of people does not have the right to tell another person or group of people what they can or can not do if the action does not affect or seriously harm anyone.
Government is irrational because it requires the belief that a group of people have more rights than the rest, despite the fact that humans are all equal. If my group of 500 friends can not go door to door demanding money at gun point in return for services, such as building a road, what gives the group of people labeled as government the right to demand taxes?
If 500 friends went around declaring that certain soda sizes were banned because the sodas contributed to the obesity epidemic, and that they would force any person who broke this edict to pay a fine of $100, they would not be taken seriously. However, if Bloomberg's failed attempt at a similar law actually succeeded, it would be considered as legitimate and would be enforced.
As I mentioned previously, rights that people do not have can not be magically delegated to another group of people and suddenly become legitimate because of a label named "government".
Government is unnecessary because everything can be achieved through voluntary cooperation among fellow human beings. To believe that government is the reason why beneficial outcomes occur for society is to believe that people would not attempt to do something helpful for society unless they were forced or paid by the government to do so.
The same thing can be said about believing that government is needed to prevent evil or harmful actions from occurring. Believing this implies that people choose not to do evil acts or harm because they were told not to, rather than understanding it is wrong and not wanting to inflict harm on another person out of virtue.
To be blunt and to the point, government has and always will cause more harm than good due to its very nature and the power it obtains.
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