Voluntaryists are Moral Agents, not Soothsayers
“Anarchy would not work on a large scale because how would you tear down the big corporations and organize society on a large scale?”
As a Voluntaryist, I do not claim to know how society will work without the state. I am not a central planner, fortuneteller, oracle, or soothsayer. The anarchist stance is only proclaiming that nobody has the moral right to rule and that my life is not owned by any politician or state. I live my life of my own accord and accept the consequences of my actions.
It is not the duty of Voluntaryists or Anarchists to explain away the intricacies of every societal problem. How much do people know of how the current society functions? How many people know what such concepts as quantitative easing, the Mandrake mechanism, deflation, inflation, hyperinflation, fractional reserve banking, and currency vs money are? How many people know how the monetary system and the Federal Reserve system works? How many people know the role that economics, the price mechanism, competition, supply/demand, and free trade play in the market economy? How many people intimately know how their smart phone, TV, laptop, car, lawnmower, or snowblower work? The level of ignorance that most people accept as self-evident regarding everyday items is astounding. Surprisingly this is not a source of distress for them.
However when moral agents express the deep passionate desire to consistently apply economics, philosophy and morality to all aspects of life, they are labeled as the extremists and radicals. If saying “There are no exemptions to the universal laws of morality” is radical than I am guilty as charged. If saying “The laws of morality are not altered by politician scribbles” is extremist then I am guilty as charged. If saying “The laws of morality do not depend on how many people vote on it” is subversive then I must be a revolutionary. Far better to be labeled insane in an insane world than to conform and in so doing execute one’s own conscience. Embracing moral integrity is not for the faint of heart.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti