Thursday, December 12, 2013

Avoiding the Painful Ambivalence of Questioning (The Need For) The State

" ... being told that 'anarchism' is just bad, bad, bad helps us avoid the anxiety and ambivalence we in fact feel about that which we both fear and love at the same time. Our educational and political leaders 'sell' us relief from ambivalence and uncomfortable exploration – inevitably, at the expense of truth – and so far, we have been relatively eager consumers."

- from Everyday Anarchy by Stefan Molyneux

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

In A Society ... Adventure, Property, and The State

In a society that has destroyed all adventure, the only adventure left is to destroy that society.
- "The Anti-Media" Facebook photo
I don't agree with that quote, but I believe in the sentiment. There could be multiple ways to reformulate that quote to better reflect an anarchocapitalist/libertarian ethic.

When __________ destroys all __________, the only __________ left is to destroy that __________.

But first, what is questionable about the quote? Well, has society really destroyed adventure? The easiest response is: no, and that the government is really the culprit. But in that interpretation one needs to address the culpability of society in the aggressive usurpation of power by the government. And what is "adventure?" Is it really the act of being alive? Has the society-enabled state deadened the adventure of being alive?


The quote is in your face, shocking, but to  be more accurate and hopefully constructive:

When a state destroys all property,
the only ethically act left is to destroy that state.

Of course, destroying the state does not require violence.  You can destroy a state simple through, for example, nullification, and similar nonviolent means.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Technocrat Myth

There was a collective myth during the '50s, and late '40s, at least among the Hollywood B-movie power "elite," that scientists should rule - or at least save - the world.

Well, it didn't actually turn out that way. It seems more like the technocrats have taken over. We have the rank-and-file bureaucrats. And all those damn Congress members that appear to be mostly brief-writing and gobbledygook-reading lawyers. They all fall to the feet of the "professional" and banking technocrats, and the occasional real-hard scientist, who are practicing their narrow areas of expertise, that the ignorant faithful see as their guiding light in the messy journey of life.

Technocrats place an artificial screen of "knowledge" over what is truly ruled by natural rights. YOU are the ruler of your life - more so than any technocrat - bound by the tenuous string that holds us here in this existence.

No bureaucrat, technocrat, statute maker, or self-important judge holds the high ground over your principles or morals.

Update (12/13/13)

So is my assertion factual about the deference of judgement to scientists and technocrats? More on that later.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Harry Reid Was So Prophetic

" ... the anarchists have taken over."
- Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, September 2013
Not quite, but we're working on it.

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