I recently stated to RWNJ that I did not believe in authority. He later explained to me that authority must be exercised in order to be a parent. I agreed because I could see how avoiding authority would end up letting the child die. I had to concede that I over stated my rejection of authority and restated it in the political sense. Political authority is one that demands obedience without explanation, without empathy, and one that is practiced arbitrarily with aggression.
All humans are created equal. Therefore no one human may have anymore or less power over any other man. Every person owns themselves, to declare otherwise is a self detonating statement. Humans then own their actions and what they produce with their actions. Thus no other person may control another or aggress against another person’s property which includes the self. To do so would falsely claim ownership over that person thus making them a slave.
The initiation of aggressive force against a peaceful person is immoral. If one has difficulty understanding this concept go to a crowded area and strike a person, steal their property and see how the other people in general area react. The concept of immorality is what hinders humans from flourishing and survival.
Morality is human action that is good. But what is considered good? What is considered bad? These concepts are intuitive to humans just as the physics of a ball bouncing against a wall is intuitive. What is not apparent is the why. Just as the equation for a projectile and newton’s law of motion are not readily apparent, the why of morality and immorality are not readily apparent. This confusion is where the state slips in and does it’s damage.
If we look at some examples of actions that are obviously immoral: theft, murder, rape these actions require the use of aggressive force. Without the use of aggressive force these actions can not possibly occur. To prove that these are immoral one must think of two people in the same room trying the same act. For an action to be moral it must be consistent. Thus both person’s must be able to steal from one another and remain moral. But this can not possibly happen because one must steal while the other is stolen from. The experiment self detonates. This can also be seen with murder, rape, or any actions that requires the use of aggressive force. This is how we can see the universality of the Non-aggression principle.
Returning to authority we can now see that the authority that uses aggressive force is immoral.
Authority that is valid are examples that are voluntary. Property owners have authority over their property because people voluntarily can enter and leave. A employer has authority over their workers because the employee voluntarily submits to the authority and can leave at any time etc.
A most difficult form of authority is that of the parent. Instances can be seen where it is necessary for the parent to use force against the will of the child to prevent their harm/death. For example a child must be stopped with force from running into traffic. It must be understood that children are not fully rational moral agents and must be taught to do so. They must also survive to attain this level within society. Children are thus in a period in their lives where their parents have partial ownership over them and thus a form of authority. Yet their future beings must be respected because it has been well established that the events experienced by the child has a formative affect on their brain development and future psychological well being. This authority to be legitimate must abide by morality. Therefore an act that uses force to save their lives is a moral one because of the partial ownership of the parent, the lack of reasoning by the child, and the survival of the future moral agent. But to use force against a child for any other reason becomes immoral. Any act that does not potentiate the future rational moral agent is immoral. This includes spanking, hitting, verbal abuse, arbitrary authority, etc. because these actions are not in the best interest of the future being that is being raised by the parent. All the actions formally mentioned do is teach the immorality that is authority backed up by the use of aggressive force. In essence, the parent is teaching the child the state.