Q) If there were a button you could press that would immediately end government would you do so?
A) This is a fairly common thought experiment amongst anarchists, voluntaryists, libertarians, and freedom lovers in general. Literally hundreds of hours a year are spent debating and discussing the wisdom of this question, with (as usual) as many viewpoints as there are participants in the discussion (if not more). But I’ve yet to hear such a discussion that really addresses the issue in a rational or “realistic” manner (with realistic in quotes simply because one has to accept the reality of such a button in the first place).
What’s missing from these discussions is the specifics of what the button would actually do. Because my answer (and many others I believe) will vary greatly based on the definition of terms. There are two terms in particular that need to be pinned down in this case: “government” and “end”.
The Complete Ask An Anarchist Series-
- Ask An Anarchist: Cheat Out Of A Ticket
- Ask An Anarchist: What About “The Poor”
- How Can I Become A Winner When I Believe I’m A Loser?
- Should Prisoners Pay For Their Own Incarceration?
- Should I vote?
- Ask An Anarchist – Pushing the Button To End Government