Jesus Is an Anarchist
Defended the Right to Freely Contract and Private Property Rights
Besides the Golden
Rule which Jesus commanded as the ultimate social ethic, another Biblical
account of Jesus's teachings which clearly demonstrates His attitude
toward the institution of private property and the free and voluntary
trade thereof is given in His below Parable of the Workers in the
Matthew 20:1-16: "For
the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the
morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. Now when he had agreed with the
laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went
out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
and said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I
will give you.' So they went. Again he went out about the sixth and the
ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out and
found others standing idle, and said to them, 'Why have you been standing
here idle all day?' They said to him, 'Because no one hired us.' He said
to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will
receive.' So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his
steward, 'Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the
last to the first.' And when those came who were hired about the eleventh
hour, they each received a denarius. But when the first came, they
supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a
denarius. And when they had received it, they complained against the
landowner, saying, 'These last men have worked only one hour, and you made
them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.' But
he answered one of them and said, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did
you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go your way.
I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for
me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am
good? So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called,
but few chosen."
It never ceases to
amaze me when Socialists sometimes try to claim that Jesus was some sort
of proto-Socialist or Communist.
Anyone who is the
least bit familiar with the Socialists' attitude toward such matters would
know that the typical Socialist response to such a landowner's actions
towards his workers would be to scream bloody murder!
Of course, a Socialist
government's response to such a land owner would be to exterminate him.
Yet here Jesus reinforces the correctness of the libertarian creed on the
absoluteness of lawfully being able to do what one wishes with their own
possessions, as well as being able to freely and voluntarily contract said
possessions as one sees fit – even if doing so greatly upsets others!
So long as one has
kept one's word in the contracts in which one has agreed to – and so long
as one's actions pertain to their own property – then the right of the
individual to make decisions concerning their property remains absolute!