By Ronald C. Tobin
I would guess that it comes as no surprise that my time as describing myself as being a libertarian royalist came to an abrupt end when the Philosophers Guild ended its formal alliance with the Free Territory.  In
fact, I have resigned from every post that I held in the Free Territory because I no longer support the goals of the Regent and his Royal Government.  On several occasions during the time I was a royalist, I warned the Regent that his support for some form of public education would be his undoing among libertarians, but he would not back down on the matter.  Frankly, supporting the continuation of government run schools, no matter what the rationale, is about as un-libertarian as one can get.
At any rate, I found myself on the horns of a dilemma.No longer comfortable as a royalist, what political philosophy could I wholeheartedly support?  It is not just royalism  I now realize that it is imprudent to support any form of formal government.  In the end, none of them can be trusted to defend the rights of individuals.  Further, I still have certain misgivings about the ability of the masses to live in a stateless society.  Nonetheless, in the end the correct path to take really became obvious to me the only system that is fully consistent with individual liberty, the only way to have true freedom, is to support anarchism.
In the long run, it was the only path that made sense to me.  Libertarian anarchism gives people what no formal government ever will  individual freedom.  People will always create groupings to accomplish various ends that may well best be described as an informal form of government, but those systems work only with the consent of the participants.  In English, anarchy simply means no government, no state.  The Greek root the Regent kept bringing up simply has no validity in the modern world.  I have indeed returned to libertarian anarchism.  I am once again turning my back on, in fact denouncing, all forms of statism.
Those who know me well know that I am a member of the Arizona Libertarian Party.  Does this not represent a contradiction of my previous statements?  If I had any intentions of running for elected office, or desire to hold a position of authority within the Party, it certainly would be hypocritical to the extreme.  However, all that I am doing now is attending monthly meetings and the occasional convention for the purposes of socializing (all the big libertarian supper clubs in the Phoenix area have folded) with people who share some, even most, of my basic principles.  I also go to show others that anarchism is a viable option, that party politics are indeed a futile way to bring about social change.  I do spend a lot of time there listening to others, which I believe to be wise.  Simply put, I am looking for fellow travelers.
Now that I am again an anarchist, readers can expect to see more material by me to represent a radical libertarian viewpoint.  When I was a royalist, I felt constrained to tone down on some of my views, but as an anarchist I no longer feel that way.  It is indeed very liberating, and I will take full advantage of it.  Once again I can proudly say  my flag is black.  Long may it wave.
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