TLDR; Read this FREE 30 minute booklet and never see the world the same again: https://mises.org/library/anatomy-state
Many of you who follow my posts (and follow other friends’ posts I comment on) know that for the past two months or so I’ve rigorously challenged and defended various non-aggression & Austrian Economics principles through dialectical discourse (also invited individuals to broadcast their views via video chat). In the background, I’ve spent 100+ hours contemplating all sides of the issue from various materials, including Marxist literature. I started from a Statist point of view, which comes naturally being thoroughly indoctrinated through mainstream media and public school. Even on a Political Science level at University of Washington, the views countering Statism were never taught or mentioned. Talk about biased education!
Then, the failed “War on Terror” and 2008 Financial Crisis, gave us all a jolt of the reality toward the Crony-Capitalist who control our corrupt government. And then, it comes to Ron Paul around 2012, to be the only politician who seems to be saying the truth we’ve all realized – that Government is the ultimate cause of these problems. And thus began my slow process of gaining a better understanding of what I always thought as “fringe” beliefs of the Libertarian philosophy. Being busy running my hotels, and making babies, I didn’t go too deep into the political philosophies.
I’ve recently received a “wake up” call. Within the past year or so, there’s been increase vocal support for $15/hour minimum wage, and essentially the “vilification” of employers as “exploiters.” It’s not enough to punish the perceived 1%, but to punish all other small business owners in the process. “Certainly, I am not one of THEM!” I exclaim, referring to crony-capitalists that have corrupted our government. Surely all the vitriol hate that is spewing from my friend’s Facebook feeds isn’t referring to me!?
But, oh wait. Guilty by association to Capitalism as a whole and individual liberty. And thus began my moral indignation toward spurring awareness that small business owners are NOT the enemy. Stop punishing the Asian immigrant Entrepreneurs for the sins of the crony-capitalists. Certainly, if there’s a form of “clean” Capitalism (of those who actually earn results of their blood, sweat, & tears), the Asian immigrant must embody it! If not them, then who?
Then, on August 13, 2015, all hell broke loose as I removed the last vestiges of my intellectual ignorance and become willing to explore “anarcho-capitalism.” The breadth of knowledge available to explore this previously profane area of “self-determination” and “non-aggression principle” for free has been staggering:
♦ Ron Paul
♦ Tom Woods
♦ Peter Schiff
♦ Penn Jillette
♦ Mises Institute
♦ Murray Rothbard
♦ Judge Napolitano
♦ Jason Stapleton
You can skip all the years of ignorance I did, and just spend 30 minutes or so reading this: https://mises.org/library/anatomy-state
In the process of my active engagement with Statists (and those who support Bernie Sanders), I’ve discovered that there are some who see Government-initiated violence as a moral VIRTUE. It’s not even that they see it as a “necessary evil” to achieve pragmatic ends (for which I have more intellectual understanding toward), but that there is a “social contract” that acts as a moral “blank check” which overrides your ownership to your own body and the labor that extends from your body. Meaning, they see this “social contract” to morally justify their theft of your justly owned personal property and labor at the point of a gun. And if they take their thought to the logical end, this would require a world government, and mandate that you are morally responsible for every other person in the world that has ever existed in the past, present, and future.
I know some could argue I’m making these “straw men” up, but I can assure you (and present numerous conversations), that many believe it is their moral DUTY to take away your Natural Rights at the point of the gun. They have no moral hesitation to put you in prison or murder you if you refuse to fulfill your “social obligation.” If they are not personally willing to enforce their theft, they will be the coward and contract the responsibility to some other party so they don’t have to personally face their moral conscience (AKA the Government).
Whether you’re willing to be aware of it, or not: this is a war of ideas, and the stakes are whether you live as a slave to these Statists, or as a free person to self-organize. The stakes are for your children’s future; of whether your children ultimately live for the benefit of whom they voluntarily choose, or as slaves to the State (though to different degrees). The Statists have no hesitation to put you in jail and completely ruin your life for disagreeing with them on this “social contract.”
My attempts to engage many of these “Progressives” and Statists can be roughly categorized as intellectually lazy and ignorant. Here are the typical responses:
♦ Personal insults or redirection without actually addressing the issue (ie. “Way to over explain a joke.” “You’re just greedy.”)
I want to be proven wrong through reason and intellect, but I also value my free time. I also realize that most individuals, in the end of the day, don’t operate with their intellect, but by some other means to justify their morality. I still desire to seek discourse to come to a better understanding of different ideologies, but I’m finding myself to have less patience for intellectual laziness, especially when information is so easily accessible through Wikipedia and Google.
(There is no benefit for me to publicly “call-out” these individuals since we are all guilty of these intellectual “sins” to one degree or another. And also, as being a former Statist myself, cognitive dissonance is a bitch. Though a necessary one.)