On the Isle of Man complaining about Government seems to be the national sport. Whether it's toilet taxes, hotel bailouts or ridiculous over expenditure on capital projects, we all love a good moan about the Gov. But have you ever considered if the problem is not the individuals running government, but rather the very concept of government itself? Do we really need a government at all? Would society fall into chaos without its guiding hand? Would big corporations end up owning everything? Who would provide essential services? Is a stateless society just a utopian fantasy?
On Saturday 22nd of March Professor Gerard Casey will be visiting the Island to present his case that society does not need government to function and in fact we would be much better off without it. Far from being a utopian fantasy, a stateless society based on voluntary interactions and exchanges would be both more moral and functional than our current system of taxation based on violent coercion, and such a society is achievable any time we choose it.
To quote from Professor Casey's book Libertarian Anarchy -
are criminal organizations. All states, not just the obviously
totalitarian or repressive ones. I intend this statement to be
understood literally and not as some form of rhetorical exaggeration.
argument is simple. Theft, robbery, kidnapping and murder are all
crimes. Those who engage in such activities, whether on their own
behalf or on behalf of others are, by definition, criminals. In
taxing the people of a country, the state engages in an activity that
is morally equivalent to theft or robbery; in putting some people in
prison, especially those who are convicted of so-called victimless
crimes or when it drafts people into the armed services, the state is
guilty of kidnapping or false imprisonment; in engaging in wars that
are other than purely defensive or, even if defensive, when the means
of defence employed are disproportionate
and indiscriminate, the state is guilty of manslaughter or murder.
is the position in which the members of a society naturally find
themselves when they are not subject to the power of a state."
Casey is Associate Professor of Philosophy at University College
Dublin, Ireland, Adjunct Professor at the Maryvale Institute,
Birmingham, UK, and Adjunct Scholar at the Ludwig Von Mises Institute
, Alabama, USA.
The lecture will be highly interactive with audience participation strongly encouraged, so bring your questions criticisms and concerns along.
In the two weeks running up to the event I'll be regularly blogging accessible libertarian anarchist material to help put people in the picture.
22nd March, 7:30pm, Hydro Hotel Douglas. Event Funded Solely by Donations.For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Richard on 476370.
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