Butler Shaffer (in 2005)

My social and political philosophy comes down to a very simple proposition: to not trespass upon the person or property of another. The playing out of that principle does, of course, bode ill for all political systems. The state is nothing more than organized theft, trespass, and killing, all of which are attacks upon privately-owned property. To support my proposition is to be an anarchist. No matter how deftly one tries to tap-dance around the subject – as with delusions of ‘limited government’ – political systems are inherently at war with private property. If ‘government’ is defined as a system with a monopoly on the lawful use of force, such force can only be exercised against the lives and property of individuals.