The Dangers Of Collectivism


The dangers of collectivizing groups of people is never immediately apparent until one is in dire need of the help of individuals. Every moment of every day we are making decisions according to the information presented to us. Sometimes it is necessary to make decisions based on a quick assessment of the situation. Sometimes this assessment is based on sketchy details, previous beliefs, and previous experiences. This is called Heuristics and one must take care when to employ it. Quick assessments may prove to be beneficial when dealing with inanimate objects such as choosing what to eat for dinner, choosing what clothes to buy, choosing what car to buy, choosing what house to rent/buy etc. When applied to human beings this quick assessment may prove rash.


Unlike inanimate objects human beings have needs, wants and desires that vary based on gender, ethnicity, religion, culture, race, creed, and the individual. The same individual’s desires can change based on the year, month, week, and even day in question. After knowing an individual for a long period of time one may make certain general predictions based on previous behavioral patterns but even this may be risky.


Not only is it insurmountably difficult to thoroughly know another person, it is likewise quite difficult to fully know oneself. One is born and lives everyday in this human shell but that does not mean we are all masters of ourselves nor do we fully possess self knowledge.

Every day we are all incessantly learning about ourselves, others, and the world around us. This is exactly why one can never legitimately impose one’s beliefs onto another. It is impossible to have all the information. The future is both unknown and unknowable. The only way to act with moral consistency is to live and let live. Civilization is for the civilized.

Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.

Charlie Chaplin.

Thanksgiving Is A Celebration Of Free Market Capitalism


 Today is Thanksgiving, a time for giving thanks for what? According to history as taught in our government schooling we must be thankful for inhumane child labor laws, suffocating regulations, a violently redistributionist welfare State, degrading victimless crime laws, thieving taxation, and mendacious political predators. In short we are told we must be thankful we have the State for without its civilizing influence we would become vicious cannibals that would rob and exploit each other given the first opportunity. We are told it is central planning that has lifted humanity out of privation and suffering.



Ironically the true history of Thanksgiving is the complete opposite of this fairy tale narrative.


When the pilgrims first arrived in the new world in the early 1600s they enacted a Socialist Welfare State system under which the fruits of everyone’s labor was to be placed in a communal storage facility and divvied out to those who the authorities deem need them most.


As Karl Marx later famously said it two and half centuries later “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”


The economics of why Socialism and central planning fails every time has not changed.


When control of goods is placed in the hands of the very few who have not produced them, given human nature the result is always waste, corruption, inefficiency, and suffering.


The powerful elite who maintain control of the resources benefit greatly as do their family and close friends who are showered with doles.


When one understands that more resources can be acquired by ingratiating themselves to State authorities this, rather than actually producing more goods, will be the preferred mode of action.



When those who labor and toil to produce these goods are forcefully deprived of their industry to be distributed to the sloth and idle, there will be engendered resentment and bitterness.


There is no surer way to destroy the desire to create and produce than to not allow individuals to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Therefore as there were more and more people taking from the communal pot and less and less people producing goods to add, what resulted was starvation and mass die off.


The pilgrims were almost entirely wiped out due to the enactment of Socialist policies and the perversion of natural market incentives.


By 1623 they were reduced from a population of about 500 to just a measly 60 individuals.


This is when the policy shifted form that of Socialism to Free Market Capitalism with a firm focus on property rights. Each remaining family was given a parcel of land to work and the fruits of their labor were left to them.


What resulted was unimaginable abundance and surplus, so much that they were able to sell some of their goods to foreign markets.


This is a testament to the splendor of the market economy when left to function unhindered.


Thanksgiving is a celebration of the bountiful productivity that results when industrious human beings are left to their own devices. This is the finest expression of spontaneous order.


Do not seek to control your neighbor, through obsequiously appealing to the State, for in doing so you become the monster you fear others to be.




On this glorious day let us give thanks to the multitude of unsung heroes who daily participate in the voluntary interactions that comprise the market economy.


Let us give thanks to the intrepid entrepreneurs who risk capital and resources to overcome innumerable State obstacles to serve you with good and services to improve your life.


For without the wealth they have laboriously created over millennia we would not have a civilization to celebrate.


All who choose to interact with their fellow man voluntarily through consensual interaction; I am proud and honored to call my dear friend.


I hope you all have a peaceful and magnificent Thanksgiving! 🙂

I Think Therefore I Am Dangerous


Voluntaryism and Anarchy include leaders and voluntary organizations/groups. These entities are all consensual and voluntary therefore they are perfectly consistent with these principles. These institutions do not diminish the importance of individual human rights. If it is harmful for the individual it is automatically harmful for the institution. The individual always comes first. Such institutions claim no rights that the individual does not first possess.

Once you have an entity, such as “government”, that uses force or aggression to achieve it’s ends this is when the situation becomes distorted and mutates into the darker side of human relations known as politics and man-made law. This is when collectivist group think sets in and the people lose sight of their individuality and their moral conscience. This is the birth of legal plunder. This is the ideal climate for such destructive and counter productive notions as nationalism, patriotism, democracy, republic, communism, socialism etc. It is easier to hate people when you group them into a particular faceless herd than if you strive to understand the particular circumstances of each individual. To generalize large groups of people is to insult the individuals in those groups. If it is harmful for the individual, it is harmful for society.



Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.

Carl Gustav Jung

Bill Buppert: The Torture State and the American Inquisition

Please enjoy my recent conversation with Bill Buppert. Herein we discussed his recent article on Torture, the 1795 incident at Lexington and Concord, Prof CJ Dangerous History Podcast, enhanced interrogation, Guantanamo Bay, how many cops die of gunshot wounds, the most dangerous jobs, police killing civilians, the value of a college/university education, free college mirage, Austrian Economics, Milton Fraudman, politicians are violence brokers, voting is a serial killer beauty contest, the rule of law myth, Constitutional commerce clause and general welfare, French invasion of Algeria, Cuban Socialism, American Sniper, collectivism is a mental illness, legal plunder, sacred cows make the best burgers, major news stations are government cheerleaders, national parrot radio, unspoken messages of major news stations, democracy destroys the incentive to produce, Donald Trump fiasco and much more!




The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?

George Orwell, 1984


Seeds of Liberty Podcast Ep 12: The War on Drugs is a War on the Individual

Please enjoy our recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we were joined by Cynthia Wells, an anarchist from Texas who, among other things, runs the Single Anarchists and Voluntaryists Facebook group. Herein we discuss how Cynthia became an anarchist, how most people live their day-to-day lives in anarchy, the destructive nature of collectivism, religion as a consequence of geographical location, statheists, the training law enforcement goes through, the benefits of private security, planting seeds during traffic stops, the Church of Beardism, how laws against actual aggressive acts are redundant, the origins of the War on Drugs, the potential number of deaths caused by the War on Drugs vs. the drugs themselves, messing up the kumbaya rainbow, the insanity of suicide being illegal, how the War on Drugs is a war on people, and more!

The War on Drugs employs millions – politicians, bureaucrats, policemen, and now the military – that probably couldn’t find a place for their dubious talents in a free market, unless they were to sell pencils from a tin cup on street corners.

L. Neil Smith