If every person has the right to defend—even by force—his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group
of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly.
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The State is that organization in society which attempts to maintain a monopoly of the use of force and violence in a given territorial area; in particular, it is the only organization in society that obtains its revenue not by voluntary contribution or payment for services rendered but by coercion.
Whenever the legislators endeavour to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrarypower, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God bath provided for all men against force and violence.
Since the U.S. went completely off gold in August 1971 and established the Friedmanite fluctuating fiat system in March 1973, the United States and the world have suffered the most intense and most sustained bout of peacetime inflation in the history of the world. It should be clear by now that this is scarcely a coincidence.
THE LIBERTARIAN CREED rests upon one central axiom: that no man or group of men may aggress against the person or property of anyone else. This may be called the “nonaggression axiom.” “Aggression” is defined as the initiation of the use or threat of physical violence against the person or property of anyone else. Aggression is therefore synonymous with invasion.
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All theft, including government-sanctioned theft; leads to violence. A homeowner will use the threat of violence to defend against armed robbery. This is a defensive use of force against illegal theft and it is just. Legal theft turns justice upside down by restricting our God given right to defend private property.
Self-righteous posturing from Washington politicians is comical. They frighten us with stories of corporate greed, accounting irregularities, lost investments, and criminal businessmen and women. They demand restitution and justice when talking about Enron, WorldCom, Global Crossing, and Martha Stewart. They never mention………
The power to forcefully collect and disburse money is the most dangerous power entrusted to a public official, legislature, or political appointee. While contributing public money to relieve one individual, they draw from millions. If politicians and appointees have the right to give taxpayer money to one individual or organization, they can give it to anybody.
Freedom used to mean freedom from coercion, freedom from the arbitrary power of other men, and freedom from obedience to those that attach themselves to us like leeches. Not today. Today’s politicians think freedom means freedom from want. They have confused freedom and security.
I would rather the Senators from Georgia crawl through my window and rob me at gun point. At least I would have a chance to defend my property.
Economies dominated by powerful central governments end up poverty stricken instead of prosperous. If government control of economic resources were good, socialist nations like North Korea would be dynamos instead of hollow bankrupt economies.
People doing stupid things like buying, selling, and using drugs are only harming themselves. Police should protect us from the evil being forced on us; not the evil we choose to do to ourselves.
I’m trying to understand why deaths caused by terrorists are any different than deaths caused by drunk drivers, stupid laws, or foreign wars.
Putting your hand on a bible and swearing to God, used to mean something. Not today, and certainly not with the current group of American political leaders.
How can the state do this, if we as citizens cannot do it ourselves? Isn’t the government supposed to be an extension of the people?
Since 1999, direct subsidies to farmers have soared to more than $20 BILLION per year from an average of $9 BILLION per year in the early 1990s. Each subsidy creates an incentive to overproduce. This increases supply, which depresses price levels. This creates more demand for additional subsidy.
Trading with neighbors is good for our economy. This is true whether the neighbors live next door, across town, or in the adjacent state. When governments artificially restrict trade, they eliminate choices and create barriers. Trade can be restricted naturally by geography, distance, or language. Throughout history, people have worked to overcome natural barriers.
What is occurring in Washington would be humorous if it wasn’t so pathetically ignorant of free market solutions and our God given rights.
I miss the good’ol days when thieves were ashamed of themselves and wore masks to cover their identity.
At the very least, our representatives should let us feel the tax needle’s pain while we’re strapped to the gurney.
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Fiat currency gains its legitimacy through government threat and the muzzle of a gun.
Whenever the legislators endeavour to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God hath provided for all men against force and violence.
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
It is particularly frightening that a group of people skilled mainly at feeble speechifying and crass fund-raising would consider itself qualified to stand in judgment of corporate accounting scandals. All members of Congress are direct participants in the biggest accounting fraud going-the federal government-and have never lifted a finger to bring it under control.
The natural tendency of every government is to grow steadily worse-that is, to grow more satisfactory to those who constitute it and less satisfactory to those who support it.
I once defined ‘government’ as ‘a system of murder, rape, extortion, coercion, theft, intimidation, and terror, the absence of which, it is said, would lead to disorder.’ If you doubt this characterization then confront these hard facts: during the 20th century, governments managed to kill 200 million men, women, and children in wars, genocides, and other acts of formalized violence. During that same century, how many people were killed by individuals acting without political authority?
All government is, in its essence, organized exploitation, and in virtually all of its existing forms it is the implacable enemy of every industrious and well-disposed man.
Americans had better wake up! It can happen to you. No federal agent was held accountable for murdering a mother and her child at Ruby Ridge. No federal agent was held accountable for the massacre of women and children at Waco. These same unaccountable and deadly forces have now been given unprecedented police powers in the name of ‘the war on terror.’
Theft is, of course, always most effectively perpetrated when disguised as law and underwritten by the threat of political violence – i.e., when it is committed by the State.
Levies used to be exacted by sheer brigandage and the overt threat of physical force; now, the means are more subtle. Laymen call them: Debt, Taxes, and Paper Money.
Why is it that Washington, D.C.–which is the producer and manager of much of the political violence in our world–also has the highest murder rate of any major American city? Is this only a matter of coincidence, or might it be that the coercive nature of this city’s activities has made it an attractor for violence in other forms?
Neither will we be intimidated and neither will we despair, because we are fighting the biggest of all big lies, the idea that the state is a means of security and salvation.
All things are subject to the law of cause and effect.
Obviously, governments should be abolished. No human institution has been so pernicious, so harmful, so successful at producing misery, poverty, and fear. Would that bring us heaven on earth? Of course not. We would still have ambitious men, willing to succeed at our expense; but they would no longer be able to hide behind the façade of government, which legitimizes the use of force. Absent that justification, they would be revealed for what they really are: brigands, thieves, and con men. Their futures would include, not handsome retirement benefits and honors, but tar and feathers, jail, and even shotguns.
America’s at the awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.
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I see history as centrally a race and conflict between “social power”— the productive consequence of voluntary interactions among men—and state power. In those eras of history when liberty—social power—has managed to race ahead of state power and control, the country and even mankind have flourished. In those eras when state power has managed to catch up with or surpass social power, mankind suffers and declines.
Instead of relying on voluntary charity and good will towards men, the federal government continues its welfare-state policy of using the IRS to forcibly take money from everyone in order to distribute the money to some, all in the name of morality and righteousness. But where is the morality in coercion, as compared to voluntary choices? Moreover, these coercive transfer programs have created a class of people who have been deprived of their sense of self-reliance and freedom of choice, and they have also seriously damaged the community of charity that at one time provided for all before socialistic welfare-state programs changed the nature of the federal government. It is time to repeal these programs and return to a society where charity is obtained from the heartfelt voluntary actions of individuals, not the hollow morality of government transfer programs.
Private property eliminates the possibility that resource arrangements will be random, for each resource owner chooses a course of action only if it promises rewards to the owner that exceed the rewards promised by all other available courses. For each consumer, this means spending money on those items that best satisfy his individual tastes. For each producer, this means finding those uses that promise the highest profit. Because profit in free markets comes from satisfying as many consumers as possible, each producer is forever on the lookout for better ways to use his resources to satisfy consumers.
If you have the right to give to one, you have the right to give to all; and, as the Constitution neither defines charity nor stipulates the amount, you are at liberty to give to any and everything which you may believe, or profess to believe is a charity, and to any amount you may think proper. You will very easily perceive what a wide door this would open for fraud and corruption and favoritism, on the one hand, and for robbing the people on the other.
The poor security of U.S. airlines is a predictable outcome of government regulations and subsidies. By preventing airlines from profiting from superior procedures, and by shielding them from losses resulting from incompetence, the government has left us vulnerable to further terrorist attacks. Only through complete privatization of the industry will consumers be able to fly cheaply and safely.