I’ve been thinking about anarchism for the last couple months. Thoreau captures my basic thought with the quote:
“That government is best which governs not at all” and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.
My interest is primarily the second part of that statement: “when men are prepared for it.”
This is essentially the question I asked about TI’s Whatever You Like: why do some people, like Singer not eat at restaurants so they can give their money to the poor while other people pay thousands of dollars for jeweled teeth?
How do those people come to be so different?
A life where no one tries to coerce me into doing something with the threat of jail or unemployment or violence sounds pretty nice. One where I wake up in the morning and think to myself “what would I like to do today?” and then I do that.
A world full of Singers (or Ghandis or Dali Lamas or whatever) could be that way. They’d probably like some general rules like traffic lights to avoid accidents, but these are people though who, when given absolute freedom, would still do the right thing. Some mornings they would wake up and want to do things to help the less fortunate simply because they’re moral people and the suffering of others bothers them.