Not the chess piece, but a king in real life.
This thought-provoking video presents a thought experiment that challenges you to come up with just one good thing that you could do with your power if you were King--or President or Prime Minister or Senator, etc.
For my full post on this video see
If You Were King on my blog.
As Roderick T. Long said in his short (3-4 minutes to read)
An Open Letter to the Peace Movement, "A consistent peace activist must be an anarchist."
I recommend reading
Gustave de Molinari's "The Production of Security" for an introduction to what a society might look like without a monopoly on security, i.e. a government.
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to mention them below. Thank you.
UPDATE: With 26 comments this discussion has become pretty long. So far I have not seen anyone give an example of a good (just) way that you could use your power if you were king. My view is that such a just use of government power does not exist. Why? Because: 1. All acts of aggression are unjust. 2. All uses of government power are acts of aggression. 3. Therefore all uses of government power are unjust. Note that the argument is clearly valid and the first premise is essentially a truism. Therefore, the argument depends on the truth of the second premise. To determine whether the second premise is true or not requires determing: 1. Whether a particular act is an act of aggression or not 2. Whether a particular act is a use of government power or not The first task above requires a further examination of property rights and the second task requires a detailed definition of government and what it means for that government to exercise power. Some progress was made in the comments below regarding these two tasks, but there is certainly much more to discuss. It is my hope that you will consider looking into this very important subject more in the future. "Market Anarchism is the doctrine that the legislative, adjudicative, and protective functions unjustly and inefficiently monopolised by the coercive State should be entirely turned over to the voluntary, consensual forces of market society." -- About Market Anarchism
thought-provoking video: Monday's If You Were King Tuesday's thought-provoking video: Government Explained Wednesday's thought-provoking video: George Ought to Help Thursday's thought-provoking article: An Open Letter to the Peace Movement Friday's anarchist chess game: Tom Woods vs Walter Block