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Apr 1, 2010 12:53 pm

Anarchists for Big Government

When I saw that an anarchist website was urging its members to " crash" the tea party movement, my first thought was that they might perform a worthy service. The anarchists would be in an excellent position, for example, to expose the statist orientation of many tea partiers on war and immigration. Unfortunately, the main complaint of the"anarchists" is that the tea partiers are too anti-government! In its call to arms, the website warns:

If the tea party movement takes over this country they will really hurt poor people by getting rid of social programs like food stamps, unemployment benefits, disability benefits, student aid, free health care, etc

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David T. Beito - 4/2/2010

They are really socialists or Marxists or some sort. For some reason, however, they embrace a word which means rejection of government.

David T. Beito - 4/2/2010

Why do they even bother calling themselves anarchists?

Aeon J. Skoble - 4/2/2010

Yes, because I've pointed out a zillion times, labels mean nothing; these people are not even close to libertarianism, and not connected to what you or I would call anarchism. The fact that people use the l-word or the a-word doesn't mean they're actually committed to liberty, and the fact someone agrees with you about 2 or 3 issues doesn't make them allies if they disagree with you about 15 others, and in fact despise the underlying principles which have generated your positions.

Sean Hollad - 4/2/2010

You would think that true anarchists would find allies among those trying to restrict the size and scope of government. The idea that anarchists should be defending the state is insane on the face of it.

chris l pettit - 4/2/2010

except of course that Social Security is in no danger of collapse, as has been illustrated by Dean Baker, Neil Buchanan and countless other economists. The health care system is in danger because of private insurers and the problematic regulatory systems in place currently.

"milk them"...while no doubt there are those who do "milk" the system (and should be cut off), the majority of people served by these systems are fully deserving of their benefits.

Common sense? I think not...

Common Sense - 4/2/2010

Good observation. Regarding these claims by supposed "anarchists," I do not think the TBs would be against disability and related programs like social security or Medicare as many of them appear to be on those welfare roles already, and might be the last generation to milk them before those systems collapse or are sharply reduced.