Anarchocapitalism and Statism – The static and the dynamic perspective

Introduction of terminology:

Anarchocapitalism and the Non-Agression Principle:

Anarchocapitalism is a worldview that states that every human interaction should take place on a mutually voluntary base, in short the „Non-Aggression Principle“(NAP), this NAP can also be seen as a fundamental Moral belief among its adherents, it has been tried to justify this Principle from several grounds, e.g. the „argumentation Ethics“ of Prof. Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe (Uni Las Vegas), which is mainly based on neokantian thought and the ideas of discourse ethics as developed by the two Uni Frankfurt scholars Jürgen Habermas and Karl-Otto Apel. Alternative paths have been taken e.g. by basing the NAP on the critical rationalism of Karl Popper, while Karl Popper himself holds political positions that are incompatible with the NAP.

„The State“:

Anarchocapitalists perceive the world in which states exist as immoral, since any interaction with agents of the state or other individuals that takes place voluntarily, would also take place in a free market, and therefore doesn’t need a state, the only interactions that are specific to the state are the ones based on coercion, and thus contradictory to the NAP.


The term for any thought that supports and for any policy that is applying centralized coercion applying *social contracts* or similar fictions as justification is usually refere to as „statism“.

Which is a translation of „Etatismus“ as used e.g. in „Buerocracy“ by Ludwig von Mises.

Originally a term not universally rejecting a public buerocracy, only trying to restrict it to a small field of human interaction, among Anarchocapitalists this term has been generalized.


The Anarchocapitalist assumptions I will further use take as *given*:

#1 Non-Aggression principle is the *right* fundamental moral principle.

#2 Statist action is coercion therefor it is inconsistent with the Non-Aggression Principle, therefor it is wrong and needs to end

#3 An Anarchocapitalist social order is both viable and it is desireable to replace the current statist order.

#4 There is an existing consistent ideological framework on these matters rooted on the Austrian School of National Economy

What so far mainly is done, is describing two states of social order, the Statist one, and the Anarchocapitalist one, study them in detail, understand them.

Reject the former(existing), root for the later(desireable)

In physical terms would would speak about a *static theory*.

What is lacking, is a *dynamic theory*, a theory of progress from Statist to Anarchocapitalist order.

And this is what my first blog entry is really dedicated to:

The dynamic Question of Anarchocapitalism

The dynamic Question of Anarchocapitalism is the question on the Method/Process of transformation from Statism to Anarchocapitalism.

I don’t have a consistent theory on that and made up my mind on the approach myself so far. Hence I want to rather ask questions:

The fundamental dynamic Question of Anarchocapitalism:

There are Theoretical paths to Anarchocapitalism and my short view to that:

Agorism/Counter-establishment economics: people simply ignore the state, and/or make it rot from the inside, engage in any activity that the state perceives as illegal, but that are not against NAP („victimless crimes“) such as prostution, drug dealing, ownership of fireweapons, avoidance of taxes…

Revolution: abolishing a state, *hoping* that no new coercive powers become accepted (sounds not too plausible, without large swathes of the population understanding the theory)

Secession: a bunch of dedicated ancaps secede a territory from an existing state/found their own *anarchist territory*, founding here would mean: manage to keep out a statist order.

Democratic progress: using the political process to transform a country.

Democratic Progress to Anarchocapitalism:

If democratic progress should be chosen, this leaves much open yet:

State sector/Time:

– Slow progress over Minarchism

– Progress in jumps

– Right away abolishment of the state

Further Questions:

Should Anarchocapitalists join political Partys that go in the right direction, even if those don’t support Anarchocapitalism itself?

How to multiply the number of followers?

What to do about former injustices?

Non-NAP actions are a kind of *heridetary sin*, any ancap society would inherit from a state, obvious things like the expropriation of Jews in Germany or the slavery and expropriation of native americans in USA aside, the public „owns“ Streets, Parks, Forrests, etc. pp.

Who is the rightful owner?

How should the property rights be established?


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