Please enjoy an excerpt of a casual conversation I got into with a friend during a recent camping trip. Herein we discussed economic reality of small businesses, a DuPont horror story, the problem with libertarians, the myth of the robber barons of the early 20th century, oil has raised the standard of living for billions of people, natural vs forced monopolies, consumer demand vs universal needs and more!
Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we were joined again by CJ of the Dangerous History Podcast. Herein we discussed the soothing sounds of Anarchism’s Smooth Operator, CJ’s speech on Abolitionism and Anarchism from the Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest, the New England Non-Resistance Society, radical abolitionism, CJ’s friendly version of guerrilla warfare, pulling instead of pushing, guerrilla gardening the seeds of liberty, Lewis Perry, Lyndon Johnson’s johnson, how cocaine and power produce the same rush, how there is no lesser evil, the alt-right, and more!
Those who claim that we need the State to take care of the environment, protect the lakes, streams, rivers, forests, and declare National/State Parks are unconsciously committing various logical fallacies such as the appeal to antiquity, appeal to authority, false dichotomy, and tragedy of the commons.
The tragedy of the commons is the brooch that characterizes all “public property”. It demonstrates how human action is directly affected with an alteration in the incentives. When everyone “owns” a particular piece of land, forest, lake, stream, or river, it is the same as if nobody owns it. When nobody owns something there is no vested interest towards preservation and conservation. Therefore everyone seeks to use that natural resource to its fullest capacity without thought of the future. The tragically inevitable result is waste and plunder until that resource is thoroughly barren and depleted.
Moreover when a natural resource is State owned and considered “public property” it still requires currency and resources to maintain. How can a monopoly on initiated aggression know exactly what is needed to maintain this natural resource when all currency is obtained at the barrel of a gun and there is no competition to establish the price equilibrium? Without allowing for open competition in the Free Market these factors cannot be adequately determined. The result is further waste and inefficiency.
If, however this natural resource becomes privately owned the incentives change dramatically. Some people may choose to homestead it by living there, erecting a home, and starting a family. Other people may respond to the demand for untouched wilderness for the purposes of hiking, camping, backpacking etc. Such wealthy investors might purchase these large swaths of wilderness for the express purpose of maintaining their pristine nature for those who appreciate the natural world. They would be in direct competition with other wilderness owners and indirect competition with any other activity that consumers might elect to do in their spare time. Their incentive would be to care for, ensure future survival, and maintain this natural resource as it is satisfying significant consumer demand. Free Market Capitalism is an elegant solution to a world of infinite desires and scare resources.
Please enjoy my recent conversation with Avital Schreiber-Levy. Herein we discussed how she became an advocate of Peaceful Parenting and Unschooling, peaceful parenting and unschooling comes from extreme humility, there is no one size fits all learning method, government school is like prison, focus on the positive, appeal to antiquity, progress is unprecedented, rendering government school obsolete, unschooling and screen time, raising children as friends, kids learn by example, the importance of trust, gaining feedback from our children, true strength is demonstrating vulnerability, recognizing one’s mortality, why I have a podcast and YouTube channel, Avital’s fears and more!
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We all live in a world of rules from which we cannot escape. This is not a tragedy, but rather a recognition of reality. Do not eat and you will starve. Do not drink and you will dehydrate. Do not respect the self-ownership of other individuals and you will pay the consequences. Do not respect the property rights of others and you will pay the consequences. Use violence to solve your daily problems and your life will come to a swift end. Rules are ubiquitous and omnipresent.
What is conspicuously absent is rulers, those individuals who claim an exemption from the laws of universal morality. They believe they can act in the name of the State and by doing so are beyond reproach. Just as the laws of mathematics, physics, and thermodynamics are universally applied to all and recognize no special status, badge, or uniform; so too do the laws of morality make no exception for any individual. When the people hallucinate a small group people to have this magical exemption, this is the prologue to actions of the most egregious human barbarism imaginable.
We already live most of our lives in Anarchy. For the most part we make our decisions voluntarily, not because someone told us to. This demonstrates that the large majority of the population act in an anarchic fashion, though they would not readily admit it. If something cannot be done voluntarily it should not be done at all. To say that we need the State to do X because the Free Market is insufficient is to say we need rape because then how would we make babies? Anarchy is all around us! Embrace it unconditionally!