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What Is Anarcho-Capitalism? A Concise Explanation.

The term “anarcho-capitalism” is unfortunate, in my opinion, as it is a contraction of 2 very contentious words which have come to mean all sorts of different things. I’ll do my best to explain what we actually mean when we talk about ancap.

  • anarcho-capitalists believe that self ownership is of primary concern…
  • that the right to control the fruits of our labor, or that which we are voluntarily given (inherited, traded, contracted, etc.) is the natural extension of this right to self ownership…
  • that the right to freely and voluntarily enter into contracts with others is another natural extension of the concept of self ownership…
  • that force is only justified in defense against an aggressor, be it upon a person, or upon their justly-acquired property (e.g. vandalism). We call this the non-aggression principle…
  • the “anarchism” in “anrcho-capitalism” is defined as the belief that the state is undesirable, and/or immoral, and/or unnecessary…
  • “the state” is defined as a coercive or aggressive monopoly…
  • “aggression” is defined as the initiation of the use of force, theft, or fraud, or threat thereof…
  • “capitalism” is defined as a market of voluntary exchange, free from aggression, from the state or otherwise (which is quite different than what is colloquially termed as “capitalism”, such as state/corporate cronyism, corporate welfare, and many other forms of aggression in the market)…
  • anarcho-capitalists believe that the free market is capable of providing protective and judicial services, in a vastly more just and efficient manner than the state…

So, to sum it up, we believe in self-ownership, property rights, and that all interactions between adult persons should be voluntary.

Surfers Understand Natural Property Rights

Another great video by LearnLiberty.org.

Professor Tom W. Bell of Chapman University School of Law explains how surfers almost universally observe a “natural law” propertarian ethic. A surfer who “homesteads”, or “mixes his labor” with (i.e.: begins surfing on) the wave first, has demonstrated a natural right to exclusive ownership of the wave for the duration of the break. Surfers who do not respect the property rights of other surfers are ostracized, or even retaliated against (justifiably in the minds of other surfers, so long as the retaliation is within reasonable proportion to the severity of the offense).