If Someone Chooses to Archate

One of the most common objections to a free society is that some won’t go along with the principles. Some people will choose to be bad guys. When this objection is brought up, the objector seems to believe no one has ever pointed this out before, and that this is the final nail in the coffin.

That’s dumb.

Yes, in a free society there will be thieves, murderers, rapists, con men, and every type of bad guy you might run across here and now. The only difference is that they won’t be justified by a badge, a title, or a “job”. If they mean to make excuses for their behavior, they are on their own, with nothing to hide behind.

This is a pitiful objection. So, when someone chooses to archate, what will you do about it?

The solution for such behavior is the same here or there– but there wouldn’t be unethical obstacles erected to protect the bad guys from the consequences of their behavior there, as is the case here.

But, in either situation, when someone does archate, then what?  Do you just give up? Lie down and die? Beg for a gang of thugs to save your pathetic self?

I hope not!

You still have no right to archate by attacking anyone who didn’t do it. You have no right to archate by making (or enforcing) a “law“, or otherwise governing others. Their archation doesn’t justify yours.

What you can do is to defend yourself (or your property) against the person doing the violating. You can defend other people from their molester. When they “start it”, you don’t archate by responding, as long as you don’t go beyond what you have a right to do. Don’t cause “collateral damage”, and if you accidentally do, pay up (figuratively and literally).

Self defense isn’t archation. Self defense is a fundamental human right; one which can’t be eliminated by “laws” or cops. Those nasty things can make self defense more costly– more dangerous. But the right can’t go away.

I understand if someone chooses to not defend themselves and others in this governed “society” which basically criminalizes self defense, but there would be fewer excuses in a free society.

So, yes, there will still be bad guys, but they shouldn’t be much of a problem unless you refuse to take responsibility. And if you won’t take responsibility, you are part of the problem anyway. Here and now, as well as in a future free society.

Save as PDFPrint
Liked it? Support this contributor on Patreon!
Kent McManigal

Written by 

Leave a Reply

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of