Based on what you see on TV you would not know this but real anarchists are not insane. We know there will never at any time be no government. What we want is the least amount of government possible. That’s all. Anarchy is all around us. It is freedom and liberty expressed as an individual. Growing enough food to sustain you and your family is totally Anarchy. Disconnect and decentralize at every available opportunity my friends. Google Voluntaryism and kill your TV.
Tim Gillin, like me, would like to see a stateless society but does not expect to see one. He writes:
“The analogy I use is crime. We all would like to see a society free of crime — murder, theft, assault, rape, etc. — but few of us ever believe a crime-free society is likely or practical. Do we think a crime-free society is humanly possible? Presumably most of us would also answer ‘humanly possible yes, probable no.’ That’s how I think of a stateless society.” The analogy is precise, inasmuch as the state itself is a form of organized crime. If only more people recognized it for what it is. Tim adds, however, that unlike people in their rationalizations of the state, “very few people respond to the extreme improbability of a crimeless society by rationalizing in favor of crime or arguing that crime is a ‘public good’ or even ‘socially necessary.”
Although I believe the state is an inherently immoral institutional complex that ought not to exist, I totally oppose violent revolution against it. I favor instead the strategy for its destruction that Rj Jones articulately summaries as follows:
“if there is a politics of freedom, it is the politics of negation — political engagement only to the extent required to accelerate the delegitimization, defunding, and disempowering of confiscatory and coercive government. This is expressed as not only conscientious no-votism, or principled non-participation in electoral politics, but also as consistent no-saying in which principled participants in electoral politics reject every proposal, proposition and program that would do anything other than actually reduce the role and responsibilities of the various levels of government. It is seizing every opportunity to unplug the state as well as unplug from the state. It is not the conservative attempt to merely control government costs or contain government power; it is the death of statism through endless denials.” ~ Robert Higgs
Today is a fateful day in the history of the United States since the so called Civil War or War of Northern Aggression if you like. Today the college of electors meets in each individual state. So they have been asked to carry out the will of the people. We will see what they do. There are still many elements that are very strong in this world that will resist the president elect and they are well funded. We will see if liberty will rise or fall. If government will lose power over the individual or if liberty will exist at all. We have been through a long dark time in American history when we had to reckon a powerful secret infrastructure of mass surveillance bought and paid for with money printed from thin air that exists on a balance sheets with a bill destined for the mail boxes of our children in a far off time when we well may be dead.
Tyranny? Yes we live in a type of Tyranny. Our congress daily passes bills they can’t be bothered to read and votes on budgets that have black side balance sheets that no one can see because they are secret.
So we have a new president and he seems to be (WOKE) so let’s see what happens. I am going to keep pushing away from the grasp of the leviathan and look for more liberty where ever I can find it. No one can predict what will happen in the future but we can predict that change is coming. A change is near and I hear the rumble in my ears right now.
Sometimes I ask good enough questions to get the right answer. Here is the Robert Higgs way to understand information given to you in the press and by the government or other sources.
Robert Higgs @ Kevin, here is the list as recreated in recent years for a seminar I’ve taught for advanced students at the Mises University summer program:
1. Was (is) this reported information possible?
2. Was anyone in a position to know the reported facts?
3. Who reported this information first? Why? What incentives did this reporter have to take care and be accurate? Was this reporter likely to be biased? Did this reporter edit the data in any way?
4. If second, third, and other reporters passed along the data before the data reached the source from which they are now drawn, the same questions asked above about the first reporter must be asked about subsequent reporters.
5. How was the information compiled? Were basic data summed, averaged, or edited? Who, if anyone, checked the calculations performed on the information?
6. Is this evidence part of a larger whole or itself an aggregate of subsets of
reported data? Were the raw data edited or subject to exclusions of some kind?
7. Were the data corrected, interpolated, or projected from existing data to obtain missing data?
8. Were benchmarks employed to establish weights, levels, or other standardization measures? Where did the benchmarks come from? How reliable are they?
9. Are the data a whole population or a sample? If a sample, was it random? Stratified (if so, how)? Repeated (how often, when, by whom)?
10. How are measured concepts (e.g., a price index, national income, employment rate) defined? Who implemented the sampling or data collection projects? Why? Their capacity and incentives for accuracy? Their bias?
“To desire freedom is an instinct. To secure it requires intelligence. It must be comprehended and self—asserted. To petition for it is to stultify oneself, for a petitioner is a confessed subject and lacks the spirit of a freeman. To rail and rant against tyranny is to manifest inferiority, for there is no tyranny but ignorance; to be conscious of one’s powers is to lose consciousness of tyranny. Self government is not a remote aim. It is an intimate and inescapable fact. To govern oneself is a natural imperative, and all tyranny is the miscarriage of self government. The first requisite of freedom is to accept responsibility for the lack of it.”