The pillars of the abolitionist community in the US and the world are deceptively simple and not much different from the anarcho-capitalist community with minor variations. The philosophical precepts do not require the enormous gyrations, intellectual sleight-of-hand and economic illiteracy that seems necessary to justify the collectivist regimes ranging from communism to socialism to democracy. One of the reasons for the relative simplicity is the necessity to provide a description of effective individual human action at the most atomistic level with an eye to self-interest and long-term return on behavior. The Buppert Variations require three standing notions for an effective (not necessarily efficient) means to preserve free moral agency and self-determination:
  • A total prohibition on all initiated aggression through force or fraud
  • The absolute sanctity of self-ownership and the inability of a state to force non-consensual action at the individual level
  • The supremacy of voluntary and volitional contract law to bind parties to action with zero implied consent to for more vague “social construct” legerdemain like the Constitution
The Larken Rose Laws are even more compelling in a more visceral and less legalistic perspective.  One of my colleagues, John, broke it down to this elegant but powerful list summary:
  • You own yourself.
  • You have a right to defend yourself.
  • It’s justified to defend yourself no matter who is aggressing against you
  • It is time to defend yourself from an out of control government at some time BEFORE the cattle car door slams shut.
I would suggest that Larken Rose is the most effective and potent voice for freedom in America today. The first list is more prescriptive of how the abolitionist society that forbids all slavery in all its permutations is operative while the Rose List describes the necessary embryonic conditions that force the function to follow. He delineates in sparkling simplicity the conditions that precede the liberation of all humanity from the fetters of the state.
I have returned from a year-long sojourn in the storied and legendary foothills of the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan making good specie from the latest money laundering operation for the Western military industrial complex.  Afghanistan is the most recent victim of a long American tradition of meddling, maiming and killing women and children and providing proof of concept to iatrogenic effect at a galactic level. I will be spending the holidays with all six of my children at home at the same time so this will be a particularly joyous Christmas for us. When I departed for the Lewis Carroll-inspired adventure in Kabul in January, I had assumed that things would be seriously awry and that the bureaucracy would be a sight to behold. I was not disappointed by a very expensive effort to fully embrace the axiom: to establish and defend mediocrity wherever it may be found and to institute where it is absent. Not only was the fabled American Strategic Deficit Disorder on display for the world to see but the amount of money wasted on everything from infrastructure to troop levels and training and everything in between.  There is no strategic roadmap for getting the Afghan National Army and its ancillaries up to speed even after a dozen years and trillions of dollars slung down the rat-hole and into Karzai’s crony complex.
  On July 22, 2008, Obama made the claim that he needed a civilian security force in America that would be a peer competitor to the capabilities and mission profiles of the DoD. One has to speculate what use he would put such an entity to but after years in office it becomes apparent that the president is simply another power-mad and narcissistic empty shell of a man whose existence is only made complete by wielding maximum power over others and using the threat and use of initiated violence to reshape society to his design. Since the War on Drugs went into overdrive in 1972 and the “War on Terror” superseded its power to make police power and security the paramount concern of ALL government activity with the unfortunate events of 9/11, the government has been unmasked to be nothing more than a gigantic perpetual motion machine that seeks to protect itself from the troubles of the world that it creates for itself through incompetence, hubristic foreign military violence planet-wide and the creation of a national security state at home that would be the envy of tyrants through the ages. Much like the officer safety nonsense that has left oceans of innocent blood on the streets and byways of America, the government seeks to erect a never-ending state of crisis, emergency and security paranoia which is a direct result of its institutional behavior. While the US has discovered since 1893 that war on the world is a terrific investment opportunity to incubate a larger and more intrusive state at home, the marriage of convenience between police and military means and technology has brought the possibilities of total state oppression to unprecedented levels. There are many research opportunities for the budding social scientist to examine some interesting but unplumbed questions. For instance: What is the actual cost amortized throughout the entire system to kidnap, process through the legal system and confine all the non-violent offenders whose lives have been utterly ruined by the War to Stop Humans From Altering Their Consciousness? What is the opportunity cost of post-confinement employment opportunities? What have lost in advancement of civilization with this unique form of national seppuku? What does a country produce that makes its primary foreign policy export the maiming and killing of men, women and children around the Earth to achieve a supremacy that has no coherent grand strategic framework except a penchant to bring Joe Haldeman’s notion of Forever War to reality.

 

"That no government, so called, can reasonably be trusted, or reasonably be supposed to have honest purposes in view, any longer than it depends wholly upon voluntary support."

  • Lysander Spooner
This essay is an incendiary device.  My muse is Wilberforce and the subject is the abolition of the last existing institution of slavery in America – taxation.  Like Wilberforce, we may be generations from satisfaction of the dream of the end of the coercive state but if the seed is not planted, the goal will never be realized. I despise the income tax.  I loathe the property, excise, gasoline, sin, estate, capital gains and every other tax.  I think the colonists got it backwards, I want representation without taxation. These are often derided as utopian but I would suggest they are dystopian notions.  I see no possibility of perfection in this mortal coil but risk and possible failure are the engines of progress and capitalism invigorates the most powerful economic engine of all –self-interest to serve others.  Mises claims “[t]he member of a contractual society is free because he serves others only in serving himself. What restrains him is only the inevitable natural phenomenon of scarcity.” I think it is loathsome for one man to own another and the involuntary tribute demanded by government is simply another form of owning another man’s wealth and labor.  Taxation is the way collectivists practice their compassion by taking their neighbor’s money at gunpoint.  It also violates the zero-aggression principle shared by many libertarians.  Taxation and slavery have some very close confluences in definition.  According to www.investorwords.com, a tax is: A fee charged ("levied") by a government on a product, income, or activity. If tax is levied directly on personal or corporate income, then it is a direct tax. If tax is levied on the price of a good or service, then it is called an indirect tax. The purpose of taxation is to finance government expenditure. One of the most important uses of taxes is to finance public goods and services, such as street lighting and street cleaning. Since public goods and services do not allow a non-payer to be excluded, or allow exclusion by a consumer, there cannot be a market in the good or service, and so they need to be provided by the government or a quasi-government agency, which tend to finance themselves largely through taxes. These words are illustrative but couched in polite terms.  Taxes are monies forcibly taken from individuals and whatever other entity they can be drained from by governments or organizations (tax farmers) chartered by governments to extract whatever wealth they can through force and threat of violence.  Taxation is theft. James Bovard writes: "The U.S. Treasury Department defines a tax as 'a compulsory payment for which no specific benefit it received in return.' No matter how many taxes a person pays, or what politicians promise, the taxpayer is not irrevocably entitled to a single benefit from the government. The level of taxation is thus a stark measure of government's financial power over the individual - a precise gauge of the subjugation of the citizen to the financial demands of the state." The government has monopolized this enterprise because if you or I go to our neighbor and steal his funds or mug him at gunpoint, we go to jail.  If you doubt the power of compulsion, notify the IRS personally that you will no longer pay any more of your income taxes…for life.