I’ve been enjoying the “DownsizeDC" newsletter for a while, but I had not previously noticed the “Zero Aggression Project” website mention, which immediately raised a red flag in my mind. So I went there to investigate more about what I originally presumed to be a libertarian organization called “DownsizeDC”.
I quickly discovered that “DownsizeDC” is another outreach attempt at luring and indoctrinating ignorant liberty lovers into the folly of anarchism, for behind the alluring name we find more anarchists calling themselves “libertarian”!
You see, those of us libertarians who have experience in trying to work with “voluntarists”, voluntaryists”, “anarcho-capitalists” (or by any other deceptive name), fully recognize what you really are — anarchists.
We have witnessed and tolerated your foolish slogans, like “VOTING IS VIOLENCE!” and “ALL TAXATION IS THEFT!” while trying to grow a liberty movement of actual libertarians within the Libertarian Party.
However, the effort proved to be useless, so myself and many others like me who were told it was a political party for “LIBERTARIANS” left the “go nowhere party” because we ultimately realized that working along side of anarchists was counterproductive in that the two opposing agendas simply do not work together. The ongoing churn within the LP is quite telling, indicating to those of us who have been through the “LP Bait & Switch” process that the blame for the continued stunted growth of the liberty movement rests squarely upon the anarchists.
For quite a while the anarchists have been using their problematic “NAP” (Non-Aggression Principle) or now “ZAP” (Zero-Aggresion Principle — apparently rebranded to sound more “vibrant and electrifying” by “DownsizeDC”, and approved by anarchist/aggressive hate-monger, L. Neil Smith) as their absolute basis of principle.
Using this concept as an absolute, they argue that all Civil Laws equal aggression because they force one against their will to comply — as if a 30MPH speed limit is some kind of act of aggression upon us while driving around neighborhoods. Thus, they conclude that there can only be liberty in a society which has no laws and/or no government.
This is a very interesting (and insane) agenda for a supposed “political party” to adopt, but it did. To further illustrate the absurdity and hypocrisy of this adoption, the LP mandates its voting members sign a pledge denouncing the initiation of force — get that? The LP forces its voting members to sign a pledge denouncing force!
Oh, they will say to its members, “No one is putting a gun to your head!” I can say this unequivocally because when I questioned this apparent hypocrisy, this was said verbatim to me. Regardless, the LP’s bylaws prohibit members from voting unless they sign the pledge (unless this has recently changed). By the typical standards of NAP/ZAP advocates, mandating the signing of such a pledge in order to vote would be an example of “aggression” in any other arena.
So the LP continues to ignore logical, rational, and practical Natural Rights libertarian ideas for solutions to various problems within our society, as it simultaneously repels countless individuals who would otherwise positively contribute to a real liberty movement which could grow large enough to displace one of duopoly parties.
Ironically, anarchists of course allow for government within their fanciful arguments. They just call it something different, or privatize it falsely thinking doing so would somehow prevent collectivist corruption, in order to perpetuate their anarchistic deceit that it is possible for peace, prosperity, and liberty to thrive in a society without government.
This agenda exemplifies ignorance at best, and deceit at worst. It also exemplifies one of the flaws of the so called “NAP/ZAP", because this flawed principle apparently doesn’t really take into consideration ignorant or even willful deceit when accounting for “aggression”.
NEWSFLASH for anarchists: Deceit is also against the Golden Rule! Thus, you are all violating your precious NAP/ZAP!
It’s not as if we true libertarians — we who believe that Civil Law must honor Natural Law, and protect our Natural Rights by extension — in any way advocate aggression or violence. It’s just that we don’t have such a far reaching concept of “aggression" being anything with which we might find personal disagreement.
Perhaps we libertarians could somehow find some way to work together with anarchists. After all, we do agree on more than we do with collectivists on either side of the false “left/liberal — right/conservative” political dichotomy.
However, in order for us to do so the anarchists would have to dispense with the deceit of calling themselves “libertarian” and start being honest, calling themselves precisely what they are — anarchists. This seems only practical, for if you believe in your chosen ideology regardless how fantastical it is, why not just call yourself by name in such accordance?
The only reason I can imagine for not doing so would be to consider that at some point in time the anarchist movement advocated this most deceitful method of alluring the ignorant into considering anarchism as the only remedy for the massive indoctrination of Collectivism which runs rampant throughout our “Neo-Amerikan” society, calling themselves “libertarian”, simultaneously usurping the non-anarchist Natural Rights libertarian ideology which is rooted in the philosophy of Individualism.
Therefore, since the anarchists continue to advocate such a foolish ideology in a deceitful way, we libertarians will continue to reveal it for the folly it truly is.
Anarchy VS Liberty