On the State

The state claims a monopoly on the provision of law and order, of government. Monopolizing the provision of law and order gives one the pseudo-authority to claim what is or is not legal, and the pseudo-authority of enforcement. Theoretically, any conceivable action we could take can be made illegal by the state. Therefore, any conceivable action we do take is only allowed because the state permits it. In other words, the state’s monopoly on the provision of law and order is actually a monopoly on the provision of everything, which necessarily includes goods, services, relationships, feelings, happiness, et cetera. The state is not just an illegitimate monopolizer of government, it is also an illegitimate master of the very life, liberty, and property of its subjects; a master I wholeheartedly reject. And that’s today’s two cents.

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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.