People sometimes reformulate the Golden Rule to say:
He who has the gold, makes the rules.
But this is not the most realistic rule. Gold (that is to say, wealth) does provide power, but not the most important form of power. Rather, it is the possibility to coerce people which provides the most power. This is why I would like to propose the Rule of Guns:
He who has the guns, makes the rules.
In practice, it is true that wealth and guns do tend to go together, if only because it is easier for the State- that organization which has most of the guns- to be a growing parasite on society if it co-opts the most influential elements of that society. This is why sports teams and big grocery chains get subsidies, while small non-profits and organizations aren’t important enough to warrant bribes. In short, rich people are generally powerful people: but without the guns of the State they would not have that power.
In Anarchy, the retaking of the guns goes hand-in-hand with the retaking of wealth. The more egalitarian rule-making becomes, the more egalitarian the wealth distribution becomes also.
This is counter-intuitive to many people, who believe that egalitarian rule-making (in short, a market in rule-making, where everyone is free to live the way they want) leads to greater inequality, and thus reject Anarchy (or try to create weird hybrids like “anarcho-syndicalism,” which is neither Anarchy nor syndicalism). But this is easily demolished by observing two basic fracts:
1. The State is this agency which centralizes rule-making into its own hands, and denies others the right to it.
2. The State centralizes wealth through taxation (which is almost completey regressive in nature except for the income tax), corporate deresponsibilization and subsidies, the absorption of risk, tarriffs and excises, coercion-backed unions and work regulations, the democratic process and interest group politics, and so on.
The rule of gold is not as accurate as the rule of guns. In our statist systems, the State’s agents hold the most power over everyone else, but they are not necessarily the richest members of society, even if we count their share of the State’s stolen property. But even people like Bill Gates owe some of their wealth to the State (DMCA, anyone?).
The error of the statist leftists is to confuse the symptom with the problem. They see economic inequality and pronounce it as being the problem that must be eradicated, when in fact economic inequality is a symptom of class inequality, which is caused by organized crime (which is to say, the State). Class systems cannot subsist without religious or political coercion.
This error pushes them to hate freely trading individuals more than they hate the State. But by fighting our freedom, they make themselves our enemies. If we reject the State for controlling wealth through guns, then we must also reject those who call the guns for help against wealth.