lucky wrote:The Golden Rule by the way... if I understand correctly, it says something along the lines "treat others as you want to be treated". It doesn't say much about tax policy, just to give one example. I'm happy with how taxes are taken out of my paycheck along with everybody else's. This is much preferred to the alternatives of either no tax revenue, or to arbitrarily personalized tax collection without a uniform rule. So where does the Golden Rule come in? I do treat others as I want to be treated, in this case.
you consent to those taxes. there are others that do not. that means it is theft to those people. i doubt you want others to steal from you, so yours is not an example of the golden rule.
let's say that the Capitalist Pig Dogs of America(TM)
make a group. they say that you are a part of it, and must pay taxes to them. now the situation is reversed. how do you react?
you don't want to call yourself an ancap, but if it quacks like a duck I might just as well call it a duck
i'm a voluntaryist to be precise. voluntaryism allows consensual governments, so in some cases it doesn't necessarily equate to being an anarchist. as for my economic view, i'd like to be able to trade without any restriction. i think good trades are where both parties leave happy. my primary interest is not necessarily profit. if someone wants to shoe me into the capitalist position, it won't hurt my feelings, but i'm not sure how accurate it is.
Ha! Really? How about the time when you claimed that our support for a tax-funded government was "illegitimate"? That word implies we're violating some rules to live by.
it absolutely is illegitimate.
do you have any right or the authority to kill, maim, steal from, cage, and/or kidnap people? nope.
can you grant a right or authority to someone else that you do not have yourself? nope.
bingo, your government is a sham.