Reason TV: Free Domain Radio’s Stefan Molyneux on the Inevitable Growth of the State

I have to admit that I am intrigued by some of the ideas proposed by the anarcho-capitalists.

And, I do understand how it would work – for civilized people who would agree on impartial third party conflict resolution and all that.  I get it…

What I don’t understand is how it would function if the two parties in conflict did not agree on their conflict moderator – or if one of the parties never agreed to the process at all…how could conflicts be resolved then?

One Response to “Reason TV: Free Domain Radio’s Stefan Molyneux on the Inevitable Growth of the State”

  1. CodeSlinger Says:


    Well, the strongest would have his way. And that would be that.

    This is why we do need law courts and police and, well, the whole machinery of state.

    Those who claim otherwise are either carried away by their own rhetoric, or they have a hidden agenda.

    However, if the balance of power shifts too far in favour of the state, wholesale abuse of power inevitably results.

    What we need is a state whose only rightful function is to equally protect the equal rights of all individuals — a state which is strong enough to perform that function, but not strong enough to protect itself against the people as a whole in the event that it should overstep that function. Of course, this presupposes absolute transparency and accountability of the state.

    In order for this to work, we need two things. Firstly, we need individuals who are, in most cases, strong enough to defend their own rights. Otherwise the requisite state becomes too powerful. Secondly, we need markets which are truly free, meaning that corporations are kept too small to distort the law of supply and demand, and are prevented from forming cartels. Otherwise the private sector becomes too powerful.

    The result would have the bulk of the benefits of anarcho-capitalism, without the fatal flaws which come into stark relief when you push it to the purist extreme.

    Xanthippa says:

    I’m afraid that I will not be able to offer you any argument against your position because I have arrived at the same place, though through a different route…

    I was just hoping a proponent of anarcho-capitalism would have taken up the challenge of my question and tried to explain how they would envision overcoming these obvious shortcomings.

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