“That government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which we will have.”
– Henry David Thoreau
How a driver parks demonstrates the character of the individual.
Parking is the clearest form of self-government, anarchy, and voluntarism, because rooted within the individual, are Immanuel Kant’s work on Deontological Ethics, known as Kantianism, which seeks to set the moral example for others out of obligation and duty, however, not through force.
In anticipation of the counter-argument, the parking lines are not government, they represent social cooperation. Reserved parking for special interest groups and parking meters on “public” land are an extension of the state, but it is the collection and violent propensity to enforce malum prohibitum law that is the state, it is coercion and force.
Now go out and look at the parking situation in your neighborhood. If you double-park in a crowded parking lot because you believe you are entitled, you are the reason people believe government is necessary. You ARE the problem! The same goes for drivers who park over the line. Inconsiderate equals non-cooperative. If we want to see voluntarism, we must first learn how to park.
Despite the economic collapse, with the holidays in full swing, and businesses and shopping plazas at their busiest, observe people’s parking habits… it’s an indication of whether they are ready for Voluntaryism.
The true anarchist is the model for others not the exception; for it’s the exception in society that people believe they need government in the first place.
The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all. – H.L. Mencken
If this describes your parking behavior perhaps you should first assess your own behavior… show people you can live free of government and encourage others to do the same.
There is a day coming when the convenient lapse of the average person’s memory will lead them to believe they need a government to replace the one that is collapsing along with their fiat dollar, rather than the culprit for this mess staring us in the face. Will they also see a band of anarchists and voluntaryists setting out to maintain services and voluntary cooperation in the government’s absence?
When most people envision a world free of government, sadly, they do not share our spontaneous voluntary dystopian vision. They picture the unfortunate result of poorly educated men who plan to rove the streets like the gang of thugs we call government today… one thug commented to me once, “I will take what you have, I will shoot you in your face! When the government is gone, there is no law!”
It is this lack of intellect we must engage, and ironically, the individual mentioned above works for the government.
Prepare yourselves for this thuggish new world indeed, but in the meantime, learn how to park! The alternative is to see the same thugs back in business within a decade.
“The ultimate consequence of protecting men from the results of their own folly is to fill the world with fools.”
– Herbert Spencer