July 16, 2012 by galudwig
I’ve often been labeled a utopian because I think a society in which there is no government would be superior. An anarcho-capitalist society would never work, the argument goes, because people can’t be trusted to not kill and murder each other if there is no state to prevent this from happening.
The true utopia
A utopia is an ideal state or place where everything works perfectly, a state of affairs which is usually considered outsides the realms of reality.
Now, with this definition in mind, I ask you, what is more ‘utopian’: an absolutely perfect government which acts in the interests of the public good, provides added value everywhere it intervenes, without any unintended consequences, or a spontaneous order of voluntary cooperation where violence is not the basis for dealing with one another?
The original Utopia, as penned by Sir Thomas Moore, was in fact a vision of a more or less totalitarian state. Every utopia thought up ever since is in some way a plan for the reorganization of society according to the preferences and ideology of a single mind.
A perfect government is utopian. But can the same be said for the free market?
Is it really that utopian to assume that cooperation without violence is possible? Is the idea that people can deal with one another on a voluntary basis really that unthinkable and impossible?
I for one sincerely hope that is not the case. Because if the majority of people is right, and the above is in fact a recipe for disaster, then there is nothing to hope for anymore. Then the future will never be peaceful.