Over the last year, I've almost completely lost faith in the political system. This has happened mostly thanks to one very influential individual that I met online, and since then many authors of a similar mindset whom I have searched out.
I've been spending some time on LewRockwell.com and the Ludwig von Mises Institute and have come to identify with many of the opinions presented there.
Most of them are of the anarcho-capitalist persuasion. At a very basic level, the idea is that coercive government is corrupt and harmful and should be abolished, and that the free market will thereby be permitted to assert itself and (in both a moral and efficient way) serve legitimately the common good.
I don't want to talk about anarcho-capitalism right at this moment though. I would rather outline the reasons I have lost faith in Government (as we see it today).
Morally speaking, I simply cannot find a way to justify or legitimize in my own mind any modern government.
I agree very strongly with St. Augustine when he said that "an unjust law is no law at all." I believe that we are not morally compelled to obey an unjust law, and may in fact be obligated to disobey.
The modern theory of government seems to be based on the concept that the majority opinion lends legitimacy to an organization that may thereby act with more authority than the sum authority of it individual members. Well my first problem with this is the majority opinion. A majority opinion gave us the Nazi Party and the Holocaust. A majority opinion gave us (in the past) slavery and segregation.
The majority opinion has no moral authority.
No organization, governments included, can possibly have more authority than any individual. I cannot take thirty percent of your income to use for whatever projects I think it is best suited for, and nor can the government. I have no authority to tell you what you can and can't drink, what goods you can buy, and what associations you may join, but the government has decided that it may. This is wrong. This idea of legitimate governmental authority is in fact moral relativism under one of its most subtle guises. It tells us that what is wrong for us becomes right when it comes from higher up. It's crap.
Our governments have no moral authority. Our governments have told us that it is perfectly right to murder an unborn child. Our governments razed cities full of civilians during the Second World War. Some of our governments have told their citizens that public expressions of their opinions are illegal. Of course only opinions that the government disagrees with are illegal. Our governments have for years been directly laying claim to our incomes for as long as anyone can remember, and for decades have been indirectly stealing still more of our purchasing power through inflationary tax.
After recognizing all this and processing it, I've been forced to conclude that our modern system of government has zero authority in and of itself. It does not derive authority from itself, and it does not exercise legitimate moral authority which comes from outside itself. Once recognizing this, everything else just slowly fell apart. That's where I am now. In every issue I've examined so far, the radical libertarianism has beat out the traditional statist arguments. One of the first to go was the fractional reserve banking system, then the drinking age, then minimum wages, then copyright... No telling what's next.
So what do we do with an illegitimate and corrupt power system? Well I don't know yet. Passive resistance? One thing I know for sure is that we as individuals must assert our own moral authority. We have the authority to educate and raise our children, to defend ourselves, to enjoy the fruits of our labour, and to hold and express any opinion we please. We should never submit to The State just because The State said so. We submit to moral law and legitimate authority (which always go hand in hand) and nothing else.