I've been researching and learning about anarchy for about a year now. I like to have debates/conversations with my friends (Libertarian/minarchist/constitutionalist) and put forth the anarchists philosophy. Only problem is that one of my friends likes to point out the hypocrisy when i advocate for a stateless society while working for a state university. I work in the IT department for a state university.
I certainly do see the hypocrisy in that. And i try to justify it by putting forth the following arguments:
- I'm just trying to make a living in the statist society I've been given. A squirrel trying to get a nut as it were.
- I think the university could easily become privatized. I think a lot of the university is already funded by student tuition, alumni donations, etc.. Really, the state tax money that is brought in is to offset the discounted tuition that in-state students receive. Increase their tuition and i think the university could no longer be dependent on tax dollars.
- Wouldn't you rather have someone working there who opposes the state and would be willing to privatize the university if given the chance. Or would you rather i leave my job for a private company and allow a true statist to fill my position. Its not as if me leaving my job would lessen the tax burden on the citizens.
So i guess my question is, are my arguments valid or are they bullshit? Should i be ashamed to work for a state university? Am i at a crossroads where i need to either leave my job for the private sector or stop advocating a stateless society?