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God is an Anarchist

Statists Steal

Written by Darrell Anderson.

One of the well-known concepts of the Bible is the Mosaic requirement that “Thou shalt not steal.” Few people embracing the Judeo-Christian philosophy will quibble much with the meaning or intent of this social principle. Rewritten in a positive manner that statement becomes, “All humans have an absolute right to their property.” Jesus taught that people should love their neighbors and the act of loving includes respecting property boundaries and not trespassing. Yet, many people do not realize that they directly and indirectly violate this principle on a regular basis.

Excluding the possibility of obtaining title to property by first possession, there are only two meaningful ways people can sustain energy flows. They can:

  1. Productively and voluntarily exchange their title to property in exchange for the title to property of other people.
  2. Steal.

Stealing is trespass and is a forced transfer of property without the titleholder’s explicit consent. People can steal in several ways. The most obvious way of capturing the labor of others is to steal directly from others. The direct method is predatory violence.

The economic means regulates human interactions using knowable boundaries. The political means creates the illusion of a boundary system and predatory violence uses no boundaries at all.

Like the word “society,” “the state” is merely a phrase describing a complex social system. Like all concepts, “the state” does not exist in the unconditional physical realm of matter and energy, but only in the conditional realm between our ears. As a social system the concept of “the state” represents a specific collection of people defined by its own elements and system relational rules. “The state” is not a mystical thing, or a science-fiction blob, but a collection of people.

Understanding that “the state” is only a descriptive collection of certain people is critical to understanding the defects of statism — the political means of sustaining energy flows. Specifically, “the state” today describes a collection of people who use the political means to satisfy self-interests.

Because the concepts of government (fundamental societal order) and society coexist and because humans prefer to satisfy their happiness with as little effort as possible, the seeds for statism always exist. Yet, statism is a philosophy of attempting to artificially create a privileged social system, a unique subsystem of society attempting to create virtual perpetual motion through the captured labor of other people. All artificially created privileges deny the concept of justice, because handfuls of people are allowed to trespass against others under the color of law. Statism is a philosophy of creating a social system of classes, an attempt to create superior and inferior social groups based upon distinctions of rank or property titles. The desire for government is a natural outgrowth of human interaction and is a natural result of wanting to protect self-interests. The philosophical and political process of statism is an outgrowth of wanting to promote self-interests at the expense of others. Statists are people who embrace the philosophy of statism, people who prefer the political means of sustaining energy flows rather than the economic means. Statism is a philosophy promoting class struggles and conflict, and of sanctioning trespass under the color of law.

To refine that often-used definition, statists are a collection of people who, with respect to a given arbitrary geographical territory, by fiat, “claim” standing to:

  • Enact dictatorial laws, even when those laws contradict ordinary and accepted customs.
  • Resolve all disputes and conflicts within that territory, and to do so with impunity.
  • Forcibly expropriate and redistribute wealth under the color of law.
  • Initiate force, coercion, and the threat of violence to maintain the illusion of jurisdiction.

Statists are people who proclaim their own fiat authoritative law as the supreme law of the land. Statists obtain their sustenance (revenues) through force and coercion rather than voluntary exchange of goods and services. Statists survive by demanding payment through the threat of incarceration, loss of property, or even loss of life.

Statists are a collection of people who use the political means to obtain that which they have no lawful property title. Although many people who “serve” in “the state” mean well, they are nonetheless participating in theft because their sustenance depends upon the involuntary expropriation of property.

Because statists use force and coercion to obtain property title to property not lawfully owned, and do not participate in the voluntary exchange of goods and services, by definition these people steal.

Therein lies a conflict of beliefs. Statism is a philosophy advocating and encouraging theft under the illusion and color of law. That such coerced transfers are etched into statutory books does not change the definition of theft. Nor do such acts modify the original meaning and intent of Moses’ and Jesus’ teachings. Statism and the teachings of Moses and Jesus are incompatible.

Joshua allegedly once said, “Choose you this day whom you will serve.” People embracing the Judeo-Christian philosophy must either abide by the social principles taught by Moses and Jesus or they do not. They steal or they do not regardless of how clever that theft is disguised. A choice is still a choice.


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