Beg, Borrow, And Steal

Rad Geek makes the simple yet radical claim: people should never be forced to pay debts that they never agreed to take on.

In fact, discussions of government debt should not focus on mediated settlements or relief from creditor governments, but rather on unilateral repudiation of so-called public debt by debtor governments. Not because enforcing the collection of these debts is scroogish or because it ought to be tempered by considerations of charity, but rather because the debts themselves are completely illegitimate and enforcing the collection of these debts is absolutely unjust. Whether that’s the debts of the governments in Ecuador, or in Tanzania, or, for that matter, in the United States of America — where we are all being extorted to pay off US$ 10,000,000,000,000 of debts that we never once agreed to. Debts that were taken out without our permission, then inflicted on us against our will, so that this government could pay for its murderous wars, its tyrannical surveillance and intelligence apparatus, its brain-dead federal programs, its byzantine busybodying regulation, and its multitrillion dollar preservation programs for endangered capitalists and their habitats in the economic status quo.

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This seems a very simple

This seems a very simple extension of the popular libertarian belief that "the state is not legitimate", sometimes with the caveat "unless its dominion is explicitly agreed to".

One would think that an anarchist burbclave would also borrow money. If its debt burden got too high, it would probably raise resident fees and cut back on services, balancing its desire to raise revenue with its citizen's desire to leave. It would likely choose the fee level that maximized its revenue, call it the "Liberaffer optimum level of fees" after the famous economic advisor to Noramerica govcorp CEO Libereagan, Art Liberaffer.

While the latter would be considered "legitimate" by libertarians and the former "illegitimate", the two cases are eerily similar.