What do you do when you wake up and realize that you are an anarchist? What will people think? Will visions of Molotov cocktail-tossing terrorists fill their minds? Will they think you have finally lost your mind? After all, no reasonable person can reject the idea of government. Without government, all of society would erupt into chaos and barbarism!
Who is to blame for societal ills? It’s always tempting to look for someone to blame. After all, as Rush sings in their song, Free Will, “Blame is better to give than to receive.” When it comes to the ills of society, “progressives” are very fond of blaming “greedy capitalists,” businessmen, and free markets. On the other hand, libertarians like myself are quite fond of placing all of the blame in the lap of the State. As much as I despise the State and all it’s works, I am convinced that the truth lies between these two extremes, or rather, within them both.
Can slavery be so complete that life is no longer worth living? Is “live free or die” a reasonable motto? Or are there times when living with a bit of servitude is better than death?
To vote or not to vote? This is the question: Whether it is nobler to take part in the political system in hopes of dismantling it, or to withdraw from the system, and so withdraw my consent. Ay, there’s the rub; for in voting to overthrow the power that oppresses me, I am giving my consent to the system that empowers it–majority rule. And I cannot consent to that.
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