The great American experiment of a perfected and limited civil government has gone terribly wrong. All but the most ardent statists now accept this. Many feel that drastic reform is needed. Others feel the present system is just too corrupt and the present beneficiaries too firmly entrenched for any meaningful improvement ever to take place. If that is so, then what is to follow? Some advocate the libertarian position of minarchism, that civil government should be small and strictly limited. But minarchism appears to have two major deficiencies. One is that the definition of "small" is arbitrary and is susceptible of gradually escalating inclusions as to what constitutes legitimate government activity. The other is that government by its very nature cannot be limited. As I have earlier pointed out, if civil government were somehow susceptible to earthly control, the entity exercising that control would in reality be the "government", and of course, that entity would not be susceptible to earthly control. The attribute of sovereignty is inherent in the institution of government. Thus the concept of "limited government" is a contradiction.
Is there no way out of this conundrum? There indeed is. It involves the concept of true self-government. Various names have been suggested for this alternative method of human organization. These names include such things as spontaneous order, the Non-Aggression Principle, and most commonly, anarchism. There appears to be some considerable reluctance on the part of many to accept the principle of spontaneous order. I believe a large part of this reluctance is due to the fact that we have allowed the advocates of statism to seize and occupy the rhetorical high ground. Thus, it is said, the supporters of a spontaneous order of social interaction are referred to as unrealistic, wild-eyed utopians. We are impossibly idealistic and ignore the lessons of history that humans, unrestrained, will prey upon one another until all is consumed in an orgy of destruction. I think it is high time the supporters of spontaneous order turn the tables, call a spade an spade, and appeal to the truly undecided as to which position has the most merit.