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Entry from December 15, 2012
“What’s the difference between a minarchist and an anarchist? Six months”

A popular libertarian joke is:

“What’s the difference between a minarchist and an anarchist? Six months”

Minarchists believe in a minimum amount of government, such as the security of an army and police. Anarchists reject the state completely. Anarcho-capitalists or anarchists believe that it might take a while, but minarchists will be won over eventually.

An older libertarian joke (from at least 1995) is:

Q:What’s the difference between a libertarian and an anarchist?
A:About 20,000 dollars a year.


Ernest Hancock as possibly the one who changed the punchline, adding “A: About 6 to 7 years, if you’re paying attention !!” by about 2005.


ErnestHancock.com
By Ernest Hancock
A Case for Anarchy
(...)
Q: What’s the difference between a libertarian and an anarchist?
A: About 6 to 7 years, if you’re paying attention !!

Google Groups: talk.politics.libertarian
Libertarian jokes! (join the conspiracy!)
Lizard
2/1/95
You forgot the two classics.
Q:What’s the difference between a libertarian and an anarchist?
A:About 20,000 dollars a year.

MarcStevens.net Forum
Calvin
05-06-2009, 10:16 AM Post: #15
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Ernest Hancock once asked; “What’s the difference between a libertarian and an anarchist (voluntarist)? Six to seven years if you are paying attention.” In my case it took five.

When Falls the Coliseum
Henry Bowman // Feb 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm
Q. What’s the difference between a libertarian and an anarchist?
A: Six years — if he pays close attention.

Gault’s Gulch or Bust 2.0
Friday, August 5, 2011
The Ron Paul Dilemma
Political Libertarianism vs Voluntaryism / Minarchism vs Anarchism

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A standing joke in the voluntaryist community is, “The only difference between a libertarian and a voluntaryist is about seven years.” Political libertarians have already taken the first step in thinking outside the box.  They see the illogic of the status quo, two party system; but they still hold on to some of the minor trappings of politics as usual.  Once they are provided with enough evidence of state violence or the potential for state violence, they begin to see the total illegitimacy of the state.
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The only difference between a libertarian and an anarchist is seven years.

Free Broccoli
November 11, 2011
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MINARCHIST AND AN ANARCHO-CAPITALIST?
About two years.

Twitter
Adam Kokesh
‏@adamkokesh
What’s the difference between a minarchist & an anarchist? About 6 months!
4:20 PM - 4 May 12

Daily Paul
Reminds me of one of my
Submitted by Evan42 on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 14:08.
Reminds me of one of my favorite liberty jokes:
Q: What’s the difference between a minarchist and an an anarchist?
A: About 6 months.

Alex and Liberty
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2012
When will you take the next step?
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As a libertarian I eventually went to the belief in minarchism, which essentially states that the only role for government in society is to protect private property and contract. There’s a joke that’s told about minarchists that goes like so “What’s the difference between a minarchist and an anarchist? 6 months.” It’s true because I left minarchism and that’s because it’ll take you about that much time to learn about the beauty that is the Non-Aggression Principle. It is wrong to breach the Non-Aggression Principle and the State can only exist by breaching it, so its very existence is based on a foundation of immorality.

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hawks5999
‏@hawks5999
@jaseliberty @wupton Q: what’s the difference between a minarchist and an anarchist? A: about six months
8:31 PM - 21 Aug 12

PowerBot
Saiga
Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:34 PM
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On top of that, we don’t get representation because 51% imposes it’s will on 49%. The 49% still has to pay taxes so therefore do not get representation. The difference between a statist and a minarchist about 2 months… The difference between a minarchist and anarcho-capitalist, about 3 weeks. Once you see the truth and dig a little deeper, the pieces fall together.

NathanKleffman.com
10/31/2012
Should Libertarians Vote Libertarian?
(...)
A Message to Principled Anarchists
A friend who volunteers for the Libertarian Party once asked me, “if libertarians make up 5 - 10% of the United States population, then why can we never get more than 1% of the vote for the presidential election?”.  I can answer his question with a joke, “What is the difference between a minarchist and an anarchist?” “About 6 months.”

BodyBuilding.com
JonnyIRL
11-02-2012, 07:27 AM
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I’m a Libertarian of the anarchist kind (Anarcho-Capitalism, Voluntaryism) but not a Minarchist (limited state) because Minarchism has one massive contradiction..... if Libertarianism is centered around the principles of private property and non-aggression how do you fund a limited government (just for defense, roads) without the theft of taxation?

There’s this old joke among the libertarian movement: “What’s the difference between a minarchist and an anarchist?” “About 6 months”. Because after a while minarchists realize we really don’t need a government for anything.

Daily Anarchist Forum
Title: Minarchy vs Anarchy
Post by: MAM on November 18, 2012, 09:08:30 pm
“The difference between minarchy and anarchy is two months..."- Aaron Mathis
Thought that was funny.

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Difference Between Minarchist and Anarchist?
ABillyRock
Published on Dec 14, 2012
What’s the difference between a minarchist and an anarchist? On average, they say, six months. I beat the curve.
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