Liberal the government. In the government, some abuse power

Liberal ideas were vital for the
ideals that shaped America and many other revolutions around the world because
they successfully challenge the status quo. John Locke is one of the first
enlightenment thinkers, he believed that people flourish when they are free to
peruse life, liberty and property without the government. In the government, some
abuse power while others receive rent and government contracts at the expense
of taxer payers. Taxation is involuntary and theft of property. Forcing your
beliefs onto others has always been questionable. Therefore, I believe, true
liberalism supports Voluntarism or Anarcho-Capitalism, is the best path to
human flourishing.

Kings believed they had the divine
right to be king during the enlightenment era in the early 1700s. Locke,
however, suggested the metaphor “white paper, void of all characters” which
goes completely against the divine right of kings or queens to rule other free
individuals. If everyone was equal when they are born, then God could not have
given certain people the right to be king. Locke went a step further to say
that all individuals are all born with permanent natural rights to life,
liberty and property. Locke’s view of the original state of humankind is,
according to him, violent, brutish and short. Therefore, we instinctively revert
to authority to form a defense system. Locke suggested the separation of power
to those who make the laws and those who inforce it. Lock says that we create
governments to protect people’s natural rights; the public always maintain
sovereignty over the state, and we can overthrow it if it steps outside its limited
powers. Locke heavily influenced the U. S. Declaration of Independence, written
by Thomas Jefferson a few decades later in the 1750s. 

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Bastiat, another classical liberal writer, later stated that law would always
become corrupt, bigger, and evil. Bastiat says; “Government is
the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of
everybody else”. He goes further to say that those in the government are like
those on welfare, both live on the expense of taxpayer. Bastiat says, “Everyone
wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to
live at the expense of everyone”. Taxation and vast government regulations
makes doing business harder and, according to Bastiat, when people cannot trade
or find a job they turn to violence. He famously said; “When goods do not cross
borders, soldiers will”. Therefore, concentrating power in the hands of the few
individuals who would profit off the public money. This would come in the form
of ever-rising taxes in the name of public good, which is not much different
from absolute monarchs who lived lavish lifestyles, at the expense of citizens.
Today, governments lie about spreading democracy and protecting national
security by invading poor nations and killing millions of civilians. They do
this by fear mongering, often in the form of made up terrorist groups. Kings also
used this strategy by using their religion to justify their divine rule and to
excuse their taxation of your money or property.

Anarcho-Capitalism replaces the government
with the free market and is an extreme form of liberalism. This ideology has
been more popular among millennials than any other generation. It has become a
major ideological rival to the more dominant form of Liberalism, which is Classical
Liberalism. Classical Liberalism advocates for the limited role of government
in protecting private property. Anarcho-Capitalists are working to replace all
government services with the private sector to establish a complete
laissez-fair economy.

Anarcho-Capitalists believe free-market
capitalism is consistent with human nature and natural law. This belief is
consistent because it leaves individuals free to reason and act productively in
order to sustain ones’ life and experience happiness. Outside
Anarcho-Capitalism, there is a tendency for people to use government to force
others to pay taxes towards your unemployment benefits, or buy your health
insurance where your company is the only health insurance provider so you can
charge whatever you wanted to. Instead, liberalism or Anarcho-Capitalism
creates opportunities to help you help yourself. Therefore, individuals are
free to work, produce anything they would like and exchange it for what they
want. As a result, the natural laws of economics will play its “invisible hand”
of the market to bring social order and public good.

Besides voluntary exchange being very
practical, it is a moral system. When we participate in a voluntary exchange,
we have true freedom. We have a moral right to the freedom of choice when it comes
to our own property. The freedom to choose how we lead our lives, and what to
do with our own property are moral necessities. This allows people to take
personal responsibility when they make rational decisions; they can engage in a
mutually beneficial exchange, at their own risk. Costs or benefits of the
exchange goes to the two parties, they have be careful where they invest their
own money. Whereas it not the case when you spend the public money. There are
no penalties for the bureaucrats to cover the costs. Using coercion to exploit
harmless individuals who cause no physical harm to other people or their property
is morally wrong, evil, and nasty to say the least.

U. S. President Ronald Reagan and U. K. Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher feared how democratic governments will always
increase its central power to advance its’ inherent tendency towards socialist
policies. Reagan famously said that the loss of our liberty is only one
generation away. Thatcher said she steered the “rudder” of the ship ever so slightly,
which greatly changed the direction UK toward a more free market economy. Reagan’s
legacy was for getting the “government off the people’s back” and Thatcher
argued, “That there is no such thing as society and she wishes to roll back the
frontier of the State”. Famous authors like Albert J. Nocks and Friedrich A.
Hayek also warned us about the danger of collectivism in their writing Our
Enemy The State and The Road to Serfdom respectively. Collectivism
gives rise to military despotism that leads to military industrial complex,
increased centralization, bureaucracy, fear mongering and political control of
the market.

David Friedman and Murray Rothbard, heavily
influenced by their skepticism of big governments, started writing about the abolishment
of the State. Many very strong arguments are proposed on how free-market is the
better replacement for government services. For example private police, private
arbitration service, private road system and private health care have proven
more efficient, affordable and with a higher quality than that of the
government’s. Experiences and historical facts have shown that private systems
have proven to be more innovative and the biggest contributors to human
progress and wellbeing.

Eliminating the State through political
process has produced very little results. Murray Rothbard established the
Libertarian Party and many libertarians like Tomas Massie, Ron and Rand Paul
have run for the Senate and have made little progress. Mainly because there is
a lot of lobbying in Washington D.C. that gave rise to military industrial
complex and crony capitalism, making it very hard to abolish the Federal
Reserve or cut government spending.

Now the question becomes how we can create a
voluntary and non-coercive society, given the power of government as it is
today. The answer to that lies in the private and independent city-state. Robert
Nozick the author of State, Anarchy and Utopia suggests forming an
independent city-state, organized according to the inhabitants’ preferences. He
advocates for capitalism for just entitlement of property because individuals
can acquire and transfer wealth justly in the absence of force or fraud.
Otherwise, force or fraud will arbitrarily taxes and redistribute the wealth of
the capitalist for them. Under no moral reason, human liberty compels anyone to
redistribute wealth to correct market forces. Nozick, therefore, accepts the
capitalist maxim “for each as they choose, to each as they are chosen”.

In conclusion, early Enlightenment liberalism
recognized that humans are born with inalienable rights to life, liberty and
property. However, the systems we put in place to secure those rights have
evolved from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy or separation of
power, and modern day democracy. What the future holds is hard to predict but
many millennials are leaning towards market-based society – towards private and
independent city-states. A true lockean believe of liberalism and true human
nature leads to anarcho-capitalism, which explain truly how people and society
function best in the absence of government. I genuinely believe independent
private city-state that maximizes freedom, eliminates taxation, and regulations
will lead to the greatest human flourishing.