Noor and I have come together to write a FAQ addressing the “anarcho”-capitalist objections to libsoc. Check it out here. Repost it widely, so we can finally clearly address the total lack of arguments on the ancap’s side without getting bogged down by ancap diversions.
11. What are you going to do when I claim something to be my property? Doesn’t your position necessarily imply coercion?
Typically, “anarcho-capitalists” believe that the only possible consequence to being against a process or mechanism is to advocate its eradication by coercion. This is the result of a “might makes right” mentality: if one has the “right values,” one must therefore use might to impose one’s values on others. But we do not believe that anyone has the “right values,” let alone that any truth deserves to be imposed by force (coercion is, obviously, the enemy of truth-seeking and its best deterrent). We believe that, as people come back to the fundamental idea that everyone is equally worthy of consideration and that we should all be responsible for our actions towards each other, they will rightly see property claims as an attempt to control others. In a mutualist court, such claims would simply be rejected for being logically invalid.
We can make a comparison with intellectual property. When ancaps oppose intellectual property, they are not advocating using coercion to end an IP contract. If someone wants to claim their ideas as their own and cut off anyone else, an ancap will reject the contract as invalid, but refrain from using force to end it. The contract would simply be viewed as invalid if it came up in a court case.