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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians?

Basically because your idea (assassination of corrupt politician) undermines rather than reinforces the rule of law. Usually the definition of corruption includes some kind of illegal activity. ...
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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians?

Interestingly, avoiding this is one of the reasons that the United States Constitution provides means for legal impeachment of the president. Dr. Franklin was for retaining the clause [on impeachment]...
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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians?

The question is whether the politician is corrupt or the whole society is corrupt. Often most corrupt politicians belong to corrupt societies. Therefore, if you kill a corrupt politician, another one ...
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Has there ever been a true instance of unregulated capitalism?

The word "True" in there gives this question all the hallmarks of a No True Scottsman question. I could say Somalia today (which has no effective government), but then I'm pretty certain some ...
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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians?

Suppose, as per the premise of the question, that the public is fond of sponsoring assassinations. A clever corrupt politician could use that to his own advantage, and the nation's detriment: A ...
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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians?

Letting aside the ethics, who gets to decide who is corrupt? Taking the USA's political state since 2015-2016, i.e. the last POTUS election we have: a large proportion of US voters who believe ...
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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians?

Apart from whether your approach would be conducive to justice or a better political system or even just any improvement whatsoever — it will not work. Do you think you are the first one who has the ...
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Why don't black people embrace anarcho-capitalism when it would encourage groups like the Black Panthers?

I think the premise of your question is broken You are working under an assumption that 'black people' want a Black Panther movement when the body of evidence doesn't support that there is a national ...
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Has there ever been a true instance of unregulated capitalism?

To answer this whimsically: there was laissez faire (as you defined it), but there's no agreement that that was capitalism. The main issue revolves around the definition of capitalism. To elaborate on ...
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Has there ever been a true instance of unregulated capitalism?

While relatively unrestricted capitalism was the norm in the early history of the US, it rose to a head in the late 1800's and early 1900's, with the Robber Barons, a group of industrialists in the US ...
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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians?

First of all, what's the problem you're trying to solve? You want better government? Then consider that corruption may not be as big a problem as incompetence, ideology or partisanship, in some ...
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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians?

The question is titled: Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman [to kill corrupt] politicians? Well, from a moral standpoint, it's wrong. It depends on your yardstick for corruption, but let's say as ...
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Why don't black people embrace anarcho-capitalism when it would encourage groups like the Black Panthers?

Anarcho-Capitalism is not ideologically representative of the Black Panters. Like. At all. We Want An End To The Robbery By The Capitalists Of Our Black Community. That's point number three of the ...
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Why don't black people embrace anarcho-capitalism when it would encourage groups like the Black Panthers?

There's also a very simple response to this question. Anarcho-capitalism is defined by a removal of regulations. Your argument is that it would remove the law enforcement activities that obstruct ...
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Is it permissible to kill a neighbor who financially supports a warlord out of self-defense?

No A basic principle of self-defense is that you should answer with similar force. So if one person is trying to kill you, you can kill that one person. If a group is, you can try to kill that ...
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Literature on Private Countries

I think I could recommend a few writings, although the list is by no means extensive. If you're interested in works by Anarcho-Capitalists in particular, one individual of interest is Hans-Hermann ...
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Has there ever been a true instance of unregulated capitalism?

No, at least not how you are defining "laissez-faire" All companies and people in functioning capitalist countries have to operate within a framework of law. Capitalism expects and requires a ...
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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians?

This would only work if you had some sort of infallible, morally pure, by everyone's standards (the disqualifying factor, right there), arbiter of right or wrong, that everyone else would defer to ...
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What are the most popular anarchist movements?

This heavily depends, but I believe one of the largest movements is anarcho-mutualism because there is a community actively practicing it called FEJUVE or The Federation of Neighborhood Councils-El ...
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How does anarcho-communism avoid turning into anarcho-capitalism?

Kropotkin is probably the single name most closely associated with anarchist communism. In his book, The Conquest of Bread, he addresses this concern (reproduced on the Anarchist Library here). Post-...
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Has there ever been a true instance of unregulated capitalism?

If a group of dairy farmers isn't allowed to hire soldiers to kill all other dairy farmers, that's regulation and thus not unregulated capitalism. If a group of dairy farmers is allowed to hire ...
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What are the most popular anarchist movements?

In addition to the other answers, I believe the most popular kind of anarchism is democratic confederalism: a political concept of having a society based on democratic self-organization with a ...
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How does anarcho-communism avoid turning into anarcho-capitalism?

If I understood it correctly, your question is the following: "How can a classless, moneyless, communistic society ensures that it stays that way and not fall back to a capitalistic one?" This is a ...
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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians?

There are two obvious problems beyond the ethical ones. 1) The practical problem of cost. Nobody has enough money to get them all, even if there were enough competent hit-persons to do the job. 2) ...
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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians?

Surprised I don't see this point made clear anywhere yet: In the United States (a simple example, but many others have similar divides), a sizable portion of the population thinks that most democrats ...
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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians?

Just to add to the discussion, killing a corrupt leader is a bad idea from the stand point of stable and sustainable governments to follow. Not only assassination, which is in my opinion a plan with a ...
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Has there ever been a true instance of unregulated capitalism?

Yes, any illegal transaction or illegal marketplace. One major example of this iw the Silk Road darknet website, which was central for drug dealing. Interestingly, according to Tom Wainright's ...
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