Anarcho-Capitalists are like that guy you had a crush on in high school. Your friends all hated him, and even you knew he was kind of a douche, but every so often he would drop some tiny morsel of affection and you would overlook the glaring red flags. You marry him hoping he will change, but after years of emotional and physical abuse he comes home after being fired from his job at the foundry and murders you and your children before taking his own life.
Anarcho-Capitalists (Ancaps) are the black and yellow sheep of the anarchist family. Unlike the other branches of anarchism, Ancaps are only concerned about oppression and hierarchies when it comes from the government or the state. They are less anarchists and more anti-statists. They’re fine with oppression, discrimination, and rigid hierarchies when it springs from an economic basis. They embrace capitalism and suckle at the teat of Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard the way Anarcho-Communists (Ancoms) love Marx and Lenin. Ancaps are often in favor of a stateless society, which we love. They often support things like Balkanization, secession, and the elimination of government above the county level (if that!), which gets us all excited. Unfortunately, they eventually start talking about economics and our eyes kind of glaze over and we look around quickly, hoping no one we know has seen us associating with these rubes.
As Anti-Fascists we try to stay out of politics, but as we all know the personal is political and vice versa. Most of us here at Springs Anti-Fascists are black flag anarchists, some are tankie ancoms, but most of what we do is community self-defense against, as our name implies, fascism. Being a Trump supporter or an evangelical Christian might make you an asshole, but it doesn’t make you a fascist. Being a supporter of small government and individual rights definitely doesn’t make you a fascist. Unfortunately ancaps, despite their small government, individual liberty ethos have no problem whatsoever collaborating with actual fascists. We’ve seen it again and again.
Here in Colorado Springs the Ancaps have a newspaper, The Front Range Voluntaryist, which expounds their philosophy in much the same way the Socialists do with theirs, The Rocky Mountain Revolution. There has been a feud between the two groups for a while, which most of us at Springs Anti-Fascists have observed with disinterest. One group wants to replace the state with corporate oppression, the other with collective oppression. While one group’s oppression might actually improve people’s material conditions, it’s still a choice between two evils.
The ancaps decided to escalate their silly feud with the socialists by attempting to intimidate the socialists at one of their public meetings last month. A group of about 10-15 ancaps showed up outside Iron Bird Brewing with the intention of having some sort of confrontation with the socialists.
The physical intimidation of opposing political parties is kind of a hallmark of fascism, so we decided to look into this. The socialists are a bunch of bougie, craft beer-drinking armchair revolutionaries who aren’t willing to risk confrontation, but we sure are.
The ancaps have a closed Facebook group where they mostly complain about communists and share bad memes. Despite their claims of respect for individual liberty, they seem really bothered by the prospect of people finding an economic system more viable and efficient than capitalism. The group is led by a dude named Martin Meyers, a Denver-based Starbucks barista who has to bum rides down to the Springs (the efficiencies of the free market!). Most ancaps ascribe to what they call the “Non-Aggression Principle” (NAP), which is essentially live and let live. As long as no one violates the NAP, everyone should get along. You would think a bunch of bros drinking overpriced IPAs and talking about Marx in an increasingly-gentrifying part of town wouldn’t violate the NAP, right? Not according to Meyers:
Any actual ancaps who try to call him out on his bullshit get booted from the group:
The dudes who support Meyers and his terrible ideas are typical fascists:
Not only does Meyers want to stop communism, but he is willing to work with deplorable individuals in order to do so. He helped the Proud Boys organize their shit show in Boulder and he worked with the Proud Boys on the security detail for the “March Against Sharia” (he was so good at organizing the event was almost cancelled).
Despite his talk of free-markets, free-speech, and beating down the commies, Meyers public appearances largely consist of him standing behind rows of riot police quietly talking with his fascist buddies.
This is the first in a multi-part series, so be sure to come back for more on the ancaps of Colorado.