Are society and community the same thing as The State?

Society and Community

Our previous Mental Lever showed that statists wrongly assume The State is the same thing as the country.  Statists make a similar mistake when it comes to society and community. Statists assume that society and community are the same thing as the State. But how could that possibly be true? For one thing…
Societies and communities are always larger than the state institutions that rule them. This suggests that a State is merely a part of a society, or a community. More importantly…
The State’s use of initiated force is inherently antisocial and anti-community.

  • Society and community are words that describe peaceful, voluntary relationships
  • The State operates on the opposite principle, using threats of violence to compel submission.  

Libertarians believe that to optimize society and community we must reject initiated force. We must feel empathy for others, and respect individual conscience. We must use persuasion and peaceful cooperation.

Libertarians believe governments must obey the Zero Aggression Principle. Governments must not initiate force. They must only use force defensively. 

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Jim Babka

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Jim Babka

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Jim Babka is co-founder of the Zero Aggression Project and President of, Inc. He’s an author and former talk show host.
Previously, he was the President of, Inc., defending free press rights all the way to the Supreme Court. He and Susie are the proud, home-schooling parents of three teenagers. He enjoys theology, UFC, target practice, and Tai Chi.

Perry Willis

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Perry Willis is the co-founder of the Zero Aggression Project and Downsize DC. He was the National Director of the Libertarian National Committee on two occasions, and ran two Libertarian Party presidential campaigns. He has an extensive background in marketing and fundraising, and has ghost written direct mail appeals for numerous luminaries, including Karl Hess, Ron Paul, Charlton Heston and Harry Browne.

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  1. It would be nice if this were true. But society and community are not really voluntary things. You’re born into one and have a limited set of choices of which to belong to. “None” isn’t one of those choices. That’s not voluntary; in fact, it works the same as our “choice” of which State to live under.

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