Publisher’s Note: Please read Paul’s brilliant post on Peak Obedience at his site. It dovetails nicely with the screed below.
You can buy both of my books at Amazon. Just published the second volume on 24 August, the anniversary of the British burning down of the Offal Office, an appropriate date to launch on. -BB
“But this theory of our government is wholly different from the practical fact. The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: Your money, or your life. And many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat.
“The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the road side, and, holding a pistol to his head, proceed to rifle his pockets. But the robbery is none the less a robbery on that account; and it is far more dastardly and shameful.”
– Lysander Spooner
Don’t hit and don’t steal. Absent these two things, no government on Earth could exist for an hour much less centuries. Once the state has secured the means to threaten or initiate violence, this prerogative becomes the exclusive preserve of the monopolistic state. Political science is not about elegant ways for humanity to co-exist
an·ar·chy ˈanərkē/ noun noun: anarchy absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.
The definition means that rulers don’t exist but rules do. This is not paradoxical but makes perfect sense.
I am the first to admit I embrace a dystopic vision in which human society will be rife with failures, mistakes and foibles, we’re only human after all. And freedom will yield results not endorsed by everyone. But this barking mad idea of taking the worst of humanity and giving them the reigns of power over millions when they can’t even govern their own misbehavior. Th is is insanity.
But the notion of anarchy scares the shit out of Americans across the fetid plain. The notion of not having legions of armed busybodies ready with the bat to apply the wood shampoo or worse at the behest of the ruler de jure makes most American men shiver in terror.
I know the A-word makes most humans quiver in fear and loathing so I employ a less charged word – abolition. I am an abolitionist and opposed to all forms of human slavery whether it be chattel, bondage, indentured, taxation or regulatory.
All of it.
It’s a bit disconcerting to think that one would have to defend the notion of abolition in polite conversation but that is the American salon today. Quivering women of both sexes shaking in trepidation at the thought of not having a master across the political spectrum. Fortunately, I have no place on that spectrum since politician is a nice colloquialism for violence broker and I will not participate in selecting the latest psychotic kakocrat to parade into the Offal Office or its subsidiary satraps.
Think about that.
Absent he FAA, would corporations go out of their way to ensure that their aircraft plummet out of the sky to attract customers?
So if government didn’t exist, no market actors would step in to build roads? Here’s a pop quiz for you: name one government-held paving company in the United States. Just one.
So people would die of food poisoning because the state wouldn’t police restaurants? Food interests would go out of their way to drive customers from favorite brands by doing shoddy business?
Every time private security is used instead of state police forces, violence goes down and individual liberty thrives.
The sickening trend for all of this is the increasingly brutal and Third World nature of statist policing on US soil. The cops kill with impunity and sustain laws that have no victim save the state. Government roads and arterials are simply a locus for high-grade banditry where speedometer readings don’t happen to coincide with random numbers on signs leading to a pretext to further ensnare the populace in searches and seizures of possessions and freedom and even life.
Those trillions of dollars wasted in the past, today and surely tomorrow never had to leave the pockets of a single human being to make the world more civilized. The government is nothing more than a criminal gang with flags and exceedingly bad music.
There is not a single government enterprise that couldn’t be done better by the private sector and free market actors save one. War. But this is the exclusive province of the state because it is the primary vector for growth and strangulation of its host populations and the legions of victims abroad.
Absent the Pentagram and the Department of Offense, America may be a peaceful player on the world stage instead of the barbarous bully that has plowed a blood-red path planet-wide since the first abortive and amateurish action in Korea in 1871. Unfortunately, this was merely the prelude to meddling around the Earth once the aboriginal problem had been solved per the interests in DC through the remainder of the 19th century.
Many of the usual suspects mewl about the absence of government turning the world into chaos. Why, who would build the roads, who would feed the people, who would protect us from the bad people?
Ironically, these same people happily assent to a mystical implied social contract and participate in the largest Stockholm Syndrome passion play in the history of mankind by voting for a new psychopath every few years to ensure that huge government apparatus remains in place with no accountability whatsoever demanded of the rulers but unlimited accountability demanded of the hapless ruled who consent to the nonsense through acceptance, acquiescence and fear.
Fear mostly. For fear and obedience are the brick and mortar of the state and the collectivists and freedom assassins who run the government are the stonemasons.
Absent obedience, how could any state function?
The totality of the obedience baffles me but clearly many people are in a moral hazard. They are Helots in a tax jurisdiction that effectively taxes them in excess of 100 percent and use a fiat currently employing their unborn as implied collateral for the funded debt.
Curiouser and curiouser.
Imagine if you will that RedDR in the 1930s opines that food is so important the entire production apparatus must be nationalized to ensure that the food gets to the table. From farm to table, everything isn’t only regulated but owned lock, stock and barrel by the extraordinarily effective Federal government.
Fast forward to today where the government farms as efficiently as Robert Mugabe’s agricultural geniuses, place the brilliance of government management into the whole process and you have a hybrid of the DMV and USPS in charge of distributing the food at government supermarkets (the horror!). The entire process is dragooned in a macabre variation of the US Postal Service marrying a Soviet-style collectivization process.
Malnourished American kulaks would be grousing today about the opulent dining habits of government apparatchiks and the stupendous waste and abuse of a government cartel in food delivery. Imagine eating in a restaurant the government runs, not through contractors but genuine Government Service employees complete with incredibly high salaries, wealthy pension plans and the usual attitude for customer service one finds universally at government facilities.
Some worthies propose that the free market may be able to better provision the entire food manufacturing and delivery process with possibly quaint names like Albertsons, Safeway or Publix. Liberals and so-called conservatives alike would clamor to defend the government program or at least just modestly reduce. Why, people would starve!
The voluntaryists, anarchists and abolitionists would be accused of the cruelest conspiracies and roundly condemned for suggesting such a thing. The clamor and din would match that of the national ripostes to abolitionist conceit in the 19th century when the usual political hostages would exclaim in high and tender voices but who will pick the cotton? Who will build the roads? Who will take care of us? Millennia back the Greeks and Romans raised the same hue and cry whenever the rulers were questioned in their wisdom.
You, dear reader, practice anarchy every day. You don’t murder or maim your friends and family because the law would bring you to justice but because your moral compass is far higher than that of the politician and their cronies. You rear your children, take up hobbies and work for your families not because of the lash but your own decency.
If not, you should run for office, you’re a perfect fit.
Otherwise, don’t hit and don’t steal, the government will resent you for it.