Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Founding Fathers' Next Step

The Founding Fathers' Next Step
Bevin Chu
September 04, 2006

Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

A great part of that order which reigns among mankind is not the effect of government. It had its origin in the principles of society and the natural constitution of man. It existed prior to government, and would exist if the formality of government was abolished. The mutual dependence and reciprocal interest which man has upon man, and all parts of a civilized community upon each other, create that great chain of connection which holds it together. The landholder, the farmer, the manufacturer, the merchant, the tradesman, and every occupation, prospers by the aid which each receives from the other, and from the whole. Common interest regulates their concerns, and forms their laws; and the laws which common usage ordains, have a greater influence than the laws of government. In fine, society performs for itself almost every thing which is ascribed to government.
-- Thomas Paine, from the Rights of Man

Read what Paine wrote. I mean really read what Paine wrote.

"order ... is not the effect of government ... It existed prior to government, and would exist if the formality of government was abolished."

"the laws which common usage ordains, have a greater influence than the laws of government ... society performs for itself almost every thing which is ascribed to government."

Let's be sticklers for semantic precision. Anarchy means, literally, "no government." Anarchy does not mean "chaos." Anarchy does not mean "disorder." Anarchy means merely "the absence of government." Nothing more, nothing less.

As Paine pointed out, order existed prior to government, and would continue to exist even in the absence of government.

As Paine pointed out, civil society can do for itself essentially everything that we credit to government.

Sounds pretty damned anarchistic to me.

How does it sound to you?

Authoritarian conservatives in the GOP like to cast themselves as "defenders of traditional American values," even as "champions of democracy."

The problem with the authoritarian conservatives' ahistorical spin control is that the "traditional American values," i.e., the values held sacred by America's Founding Fathers, were never authoritarian, conservative, or democratic.

America's Founding Fathers were free-thinking radicals whose values were anything but authoritarian, anything but conservative, anything but "democratic."

As the above quote from Founding Father Thomas Paine makes quite clear, America's Founding Fathers were borderline anarchists.

Hell, forget the qualifier, "borderline." They were anarchists.

America's Founding Fathers settled for a constitutional republic only because they thought it was the most they could get away with. Had they been more familiar with the successful precedent of medieval Iceland and other anarchist societies, they would surely have authored a market anarchist constitution rather than a republican constitution.

Anyone who professes to champion the Founding Fathers' "traditional American values" is obligated to first acknowledge what the Founding Fathers valued, before blindly declaring that they are "champions of democracy" and "Jeffersonian democrats."

The Founding Fathers were not "champions of democracy." They despised democracy, and considered it the worst political system ever devised.

Benjamin Franklin, who said "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!" was certainly no democrat.

The Founding Fathers hoped that the structural safeguards embodied in a constitutional republic's basic law, its constitution, would prevent the emergence of mob rule, i.e, democracy.

They were pessimistic about the long term efficacy of the safeguards they created.

As George Washington wrote in his Farewell Address of 1796,

"In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels ... I dare not hope ... that they will ... prevent our nation from running the course which has hitherto marked the destiny of nations."

They were right to be pessimistic.

As we, their intellectual heirs have discovered,
constitutional republics gradually degenerate into democracies, and democracies rapidly degenerate into dictatorships.

To wit, George W. Bush's recent outburst before his cabinet members:

Stop throwing the Constitution in my face, It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"

Those of us who consider ourselves the Founding Fathers' intellectual heirs, must take up where the Founding Fathers left off.

We must do what the Founding Fathers would be doing if they were alive to see what has been done to the great republic they founded, often in their name.

We must take the Founding Fathers' underlying and overarching political agenda to its logical next step.

We must popularize, and in the course of time, implement market anarchism.


  1. Anonymous9:09 PM

    How does market anarchism protect its constituents from agressive foreign governments, religious radicals, enslaving despotism, or political terrorism? What's amazing is that this country, unlike any other country to date, has grown steadily as a single unified entity over 240 years while for the most part has been at peace with itself (except the civil war). Do you honestly believe market anarchism would have facilitated that the same way the constitutional republic has or could have prevented a complete fracture during the civil war? The kite falls when the string is cut.

  2. What's interesting is that people invariably demand nitty-gritty explanations about how market anarchism would work. To some degree this is understandable. But true intellectuals must have a commitment to thinking at the conceptual level. The real question everyone who considers himself an independent thinker must ask himself is: Why must I assume that a civilized society must be rooted in coercion from its inception? Do I really believe that it's impossible to establish a society that upholds individual rights and political liberty without first violating individual rights and political liberty? Ask yourself this question first, and think hard about the answer. As for the nitty-gritty of how a market anarchist society might work, I recommend that you check out the many online articles at the Molinari Institute. http://praxeology.net/anarcres.htm
    -- Bevin Chu

  3. Anonymous4:47 PM

    Bevin Chu is basically saying that all of Chinese such as himself HATE what American Founding Fathers have created for themselves and their descendants!

    Chinese, in his view, should all be ruled with a few privileged Chinese such himself and his cronies from KMT and CCP as the privileged classes to suck life and blood money out of the majority of poor and middle class Chinese!!

    Another word, this China spin doctor (or Ang Lee's dick sucking FAGGOT) is promoting his brand of OLIGARCHY for future China include Taiwan as conquest land to his QUEER Utopia!

    BTW, American Founding Fathers did created DEMOCRACY, and it is accurately called REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY (or a.k.a. LIBERAL DEMOCRACY)! They certain created something better than what a bunch of FAGGOT Mainlanders ever do in their life time!!

  4. I wasn't going to allow the above comment, but decided to let it through anyway.

    Why you ask?

    To let readers get a sense of the kind of people I and my comrades are up against.

    As you can see, it's hardly necessary to rebut such people. They do such a good job of discrediting themselves.