Re: Private armies
Mon, 14 Dec 1998 12:57:50 -0700

I wrote:
>Too bad the revolution has been consistently betrayed by the government
>that was set up specifically to perpetuate it.

den Otter replied:
>And there you have it: a power vacuum will *always* be filled by some
>new form of government. Anarchy is inherently unstable due to human
>nature (we freedom-loving individualists are a small minority).

I disagree. Anarchy will arise and endure when and where the majority of people understand that governmentalism is never to honest people's advantage. It's a matter of increased knowledge and ethical rigor, which are certainly within the purview of human nature.

The "power vacuum" can only be breached if enough people allow it to be. "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance." We just haven't been vigilant enough to date.