In this 16-minute video Stefan Molyneux delivers a powerhouse argument for the destructive nature that government has had all throughout humanity. Our so called government institutions are merely factory farms raising human livestock for milking and subsequent slaughter when no longer necessary. When it seems physical slavery has been alleviated it has been replaced by economic slavery, or an enslavement of the mind, a most insidious form that is without physical chains. We are moving not towards free-dom but towards becoming free-range chattel. The difference is clear.
No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people.” William Howard Taft, 27th President of the United States
There is no need for a revolution since the problem is not government but rather the belief in government. Just like when one discovers that there is no Santa Claus, one does not embark on a crusade to abolish Santa Claus but rather simply stops believing in him; so too must we collectively stop believing in the State and it will automatically cease to exist and cease to have any power over us.
No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.”
It was not Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, or Mao Zedong that committed the horrid atrocities we read about in the history books. They were committed by those who blindly obeyed and believed in their moral right to rule. Without the support of a willing people these sociopaths are merely madmen shouting their threats and commands in solitary confinement.
Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
I love it when people say to me “In that country they have ‘free’ healthcare for their citizens. Why don’t we have that here?” Do they ever wonder how real goods and services can ever be “free” in the real world? Some people are too blindly enamored by this amorphous entity known as “government” and that it somehow has the capacity to save us from our many sins so long as we just give up as much of our extorted money as possible. Many Statists fall into this socialistic trap every time they talk of the European countries who are themselves drowning in debt as well.
The ‘anarchist/voluntarist’ point of view is that government is an irrational concept, which boils down to people telling other people what to do at the point of a gun, or using the circular logic that their code applies because their code says so.”
I challenge you to an interesting thought experiment. Type in the Google search box “government subsidy (any large mega corporation)” Regardless of what mega corporation you type in, you will find reams of articles on how the US has poured billions of dollars of tax payer money to artificially propping them up. It is not a level playing field! The government clearly plays favorites through these taxpayer funded bailouts, subsidies, grants etc. on a frequent basis. That’s the last thing you will see on the news. How can the small business owner compete with such blatant governmental favoritism? Get rid of the State and you will see such enormous monstrosities immediately collapse under the weight of their own inefficiency. I assert that monopolies and cartels cannot exist without the support of State funds and the protection of State laws passed through the bribery of lobbying and campaign contributions.
To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.”
For someone to claim that monopolies who run rampant among the business world if it were not for the valiant efforts by the State to curtail it, is equivalent to one claiming a particular predator would multiply incessantly in Nature, devouring all available prey if it were not for a central authority of control monitoring the predator/prey ratio that naturally exists. True these ratios experience minor fluctuations but they must always revert back to a standard medium or homeostasis. If, perchance, this situation would come about in Nature, not only would it wipe out all the prey that a particular predator feeds upon, but, through a lack of prey, this would lead to an immediate collapse of the “monopoly” of predators that will abound. The massive die off of excessive predators and the resultant flourishing of prey would re-establish the homeostasis once again. Of course this phenomenon is nonsense, as we can all clearly understand in Nature. Why does this become an extraordinarily dense concept to comprehend when it is applied to the business world of finances and economics?
The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”
The boldness of the State to fund these mega corporations is limitless. Essentially what they are doing is arbitrarily deciding which business should thrive and which should collapse. I would assume this decision would be made on the grounds of self-preservation and self-interest of the State. The corporations chosen to benefit the State the most will be showered with subsidies, tax breaks, favorable legislation, and bailouts at the direct expense of the taxpayer, small business owner, and all savers. The collusion of the State and the mega corporations/large financial institutions it supports is wretched to its core! Capitalism is not to blame. It is because of the mutant crony capitalism today that people have grown to feel intense hatred for the essence of true Capitalism, which is fundamentally just the voluntary exchange of goods and services for other goods and services completely divorced from all governmental intervention. More aptly put, it is voluntary anarchy or Anarcho-Capitalism.
There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want, merely because you think it would be good for him.”
Opt out of the system in any way you can. Tell your friends, family, and anyone you hold to be most dear to do the same. Write about it on your social media sites, post blogs about it, and speak it from the mountaintops! No longer must we live in trembling fear of what our oppressors might do to us! Live your own life and claim your individual sovereignty in every sense of the phrase. We are not subjects to be monitored, economic slaves to be milked, chattel to be claimed, or sheep to be herded according to the capricious whims of merciless overlords. Renounce the legitimacy of the State and it will cease to have power. Its authority is primarily derived from consent and acquiescence of the governed. We are its milk and honey, the nourishment for its propagation. Remove the nourishment and its illusory essence is exposed and naked. The notion that humanity needs the State in order to function and live peaceably is one of the oldest and most dangerous of superstitious lies that have been faithfully passed down throughout the generations as if being a proud family heirloom. The extent that this putrid ill begotten bastard notion has poisoned the human psyche is tragic and reprehensible and fundamentally indicative of the ease of manipulating the masses into docile submission.
Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to liberty.”
You say you are happy and do not wish to “stir the pot”? I ask you, how many sovereign rights will you allow them to fraudulently take from you before you say “No more! I am a sovereign human being with sovereign inalienable rights and they are not for the taking!”? Assume the self-respect and dignity necessary before this task slips from the improbable to the impossible.
The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.”
We must protest everything “compulsory” regarding government which includes education, healthcare, taxation etc. We must de-legitimize and nullify its power! It has no power! We give it all the power! It is a hollow entity that does not exist in its own right. We can destroy it and free ourselves anytime we wish. However first in order to do so we must understand the nature of our own slavery.
The limitation of tyrants is the endurance of those they oppose.”
Here is an excellent John Stossel 11-minute piece on, what’s known as, the “Tragedy of the Commons”. This dictates that a public property will necessarily plunge into decay and be subjected to massive societal exploitation due to its public nature and that private property will always be superior in quality, efficiency, and beauty for the very reason that the owner has an incentive to keep it so. The unfounded principle that sharing produces abundance is finely illustrated in the fact that the Pilgrims through the “Tragedy of the Commons” concept almost starved to death and that the only abundance that was produced, wherefrom the sharing with the Natives story originated, came from the private stewardship of the land.
Noncooperation with evil is as much a duty as cooperation with good.”
In one way socialism does exist in the basic family structure. We all work for the common good of those we love in our household. This is only natural. However when central planners strive to force this sentiment to larger proportions, such as to society as a whole, fundamental flaws begin to abound. This socialistic relationship is not at the expense of respecting the sovereign inalienable rights to self and property of each family member.
The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime.”
The whole point of Voluntary Anarchy is that we are all Sovereign individual born with certain inalienable rights that no government can give to us through any piece of paper, such as the Bill of Rights, the US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, nor can any government take them away. To assert that human made laws and statutes can produce any semblance of peace or prosperity is the same as saying “Nature requires laws made by man to function or else all ecosystems will collapse.” To live in a society devoid of the formal institution, known as the State, we have come to believe is necessary is frightening only because through tradition and government indoctrination camps known as public schools they incessantly drill into young impressionistic minds the Statist view. Even Democracy is flawed through and through, unable to be remedied by any noble minded ruler or philosopher king. This is primarily due to the fact that any government, including our beloved democratic government, is not a producing sector of society. Rather it procures it’s sustenance through the systematic pillaging of the fruits of other people’s labor and thrift. It is a parasite on the back of humanity, which without us will simply wither away and die. We can most certainly prosper and thrive without the State. The State is entirely dependent on us. Production always precedes predation therefore criminal gangs, known as government, are the parasites that have historically attached themselves to productive societies in order to suck and drain them dry of their prosperity.
The times call for courage. The times call for hard work. But if the demands are high, it is because the stakes are even higher. They are nothing less than the future of human liberty, which means the future of civilization.”
No government on Earth composed of a small elite group of imperfect human beings can ever hope to “rule justly” over the throng. Why do we continue to delude ourselves that if only we elect the correct sociopath everything will improve for us, justice will rain on the land, and there will be peace for all? Expecting those that rule us to solve all our problems is the proverbial carrot dangling in front of us that, as long as we maintain this delusion, will always elude us. I do not believe there is such a thing as an incorruptible government. It is a contradiction in terms.
Sending in good men to reform the State is like sending virgins to reform a whorehouse.” Anonymous
Obama is currently seeking a 3rd a third term that would be unconstitutional according to, the US Constitution, the ancient piece of magical paper on which is formed the basis of our “representative government”. This is just another example of the complete disregard and utter contempt our “elected” politicians hold for their subjects. In the end they will do what they please and their limits will be dictated by what the people, through their collective ignorance, allow them to do. This clearly demonstrates the absurdity of such notions as “elected representatives”, “representative democracy”, and “public servants” as serving the will of the people. The master can never become servant to the slave, for if he does he is clearly no longer the master, but an equal. Giving god-like power to any one person or small group of people will immediately invite corruption, abuse, exploitation, and inevitable murder of the masses as that power is steadily increased to the point of totalitarianism if assassination or overthrow of the regime does not come first.
There comes a time when a moral man can’t obey a law which his conscience tells him is unjust.”
Martin Luther King
It is the duty of the State to fabricate its own demand. It is a self licking ice cream cone. It employs the circular and thoroughly illogical argument that we should obey the law because the law is written as such. Once this is realized the illusion is revealed for what it is, an old man behind the scenes pulling the strings from which emerges smoke and flashing lights that do nothing in the real world but strive to inspire fear and intimidation in the hearts of men. Only children are afraid of ghosts in the closet and monsters under the bed, so why does this fallacy persist? What does that say about the mental state of adult Statists?
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
Here is an excellent 5-minute video blowing the myth of the evils of sweatshops right out of the water! The argument here is similar to that of why the minimum wage law produces more unemployment, layoffs, crime, and violence. Sweatshops, although largely reviled by society, provide significant employment opportunities to lower skilled workers who would not otherwise be able to earn a wage due to prevailing unjust laws. Although many of these sweatshops function illegally in the sense that they pay their workers lower than the State mandated minimum wage, they nevertheless provide options for the poor of a given nation State that would not otherwise have been available. Getting paid below minimum wage is better than not getting paid at all. Also it must be emphasized that the relationship between the employee and the sweatshop employer is voluntary and mutually beneficial. The employee of a sweatshop is not forced to work there in any sense. On the contrary such employees choose to work there after reaching the conclusion that it is best choice amongst lesser options. Therefore in a very real sense sweatshops do much to lift a given population out of abject poverty and help them to provide for themselves. Oppressive legislation and regulation would only function to hamper such positive benefits. Please let us change this biased vernacular that obviously skews their significant aspects to any listener who is not so initially acquainted.
If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”
Please enjoy this wonderfully satirical but entirely accurate 3-minute video on equating the absurdity of “Without government who will build the roads?” to “Without slavery who will pick the cotton?” Just because we have been exploited, pillaged, abused, molested, and robbed by government for centuries still does not make it right or just. It simply illustrates how painfully complacent the people become when their true intellectual faculties have been relaxed to the point of atrophy. Is it such a radical assertion that people should not have a portion of their wealth systematically stolen, be entitled to self-ownership, and be responsible for their own lives? One who disagrees with this should thoroughly examine the socialistic idealism one harbors in the artificial institution of a perfect utopia.
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
Henry David Thoreau
This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.”
“When in the course of human history, it becomes time to free oneself from governmental tyranny, it is necessary to state the reasons for such liberation.
1) All taxation is theft and a violation of individual rights and self-ownership.
2) All laws are tools of enslavement designed to keep us in a mental prison.
3) Voting is a joke and gives no authority for one person or group of people to rule another group.
4) Statism, like all religions, is about submission to authority, not the elevation of one’s own value as a human being.
5) Violence is a barbaric way to control people and should only be used in self-defense.
We are not sheep to be corralled, prodded, and slaughtered. We are free human beings with the rights to self-ownership, self-determination, and self-respect. We declare that we are the owners of this planet and shall treat it and each other with respect and love.
No more wars, no more disease, no more death, no more hatred. Only peace and voluntary cooperation. Amen.”
Declaration of Freedom/Anarchist Manifesto
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