Sunday, May 31, 2009

Who are the parasites?

This was blatantly stolen from the Mutualist FAQ at http://www.mutualist.org/id23.html:

In Volney's Ruins of Empire, the nation was divided between those who "by useful laborus contribute to the support and maintenance of society," and the parasites who lived off them: "none but priests, courtiers, public accountants, commanders of troops, in short, the civil, military, or religious agents of government."

People.... What labour do you perform in the society?

Privileged Class. None: we are not made to labour.

People. How then have you acquired your wealth?

Privileged Class. By taking the pains to govern you.

People. To govern us!... We toil, and you enjoy; we produce and you dissipate; wealth flows from us, and you absorb it. Privileged men, class distinct from the people, form a class apart and govern yourselves. [quoted in Ibid. 99]

Think about this for a moment. Who are the people who live off of the rest of us today? I'd say the state; government; politicians, the corporations with help from the political elite. Those would use a gun to remove the fruits of your labor from your wallet or purse; from the mouth of your child. Is it any different today than it was in the 1790s? If you think we are any more free than the peasants of the feudal past, think again. It's a different time, same kind of slavery.

Retake: What kind of libertarian are you?

Decided to re-take the "What kind of libertarian are you?" test again. Looking back I feel like my views on the subject are changing and it would be interesting to see if any thing has changed.


You Scored as Anarcho-capitalist

Anarcho-capitalists are libertarians who oppose the state entirely and propose to have a free market in the provision of security and arbitration. The term anarcho-capitalism derives from Murray Rothbard to describe a stateless society based on the principles of laissez-faire or the philosophy in support of such a proposition. Anarcho-capitalists may tend to still associate more with the political right and make use of the political process, unless they are agorists or left-libertarians at the same time.

While the results came up "anarcho-capitalist" both times, it's interesting to see the differences in the break down.
Whereas last time it was:

Anarcho-capitalist 100%
Agorist 100%
Left-libertarian 92%
"Small L" libertarian 67%

and this last time it was:

Left-libertarian 100%
Anarcho-capitalist 100%
Agorist 100%
"Small L" libertarian 83%

Not a whole lot of difference there, but to see what has changed after a months of reading is definitely interesting.

http://quizfarm.com/quizzes/new/Brainpolice/what-kind-of-libertarian-are-you

Letting old posts stand

I've been evaluating my political beliefs a lot recently. Within the last several months those beliefs have continued to evolve. Instead of deleting old posts that in my opinion are blatantly statist while at the same time calling others "statist", I've decided to keep them around so others may see the evolution. Of these decisions the one some might call more radical is to abstain from voting (I say abstain, as I'm not sure how to de-register). Instead of listing the reasons for non-voting, I'll direct the reader to http://www.voluntaryist.com/nonvoting/. While the decision to stop voting may be the most seemingly radical to some, I've chosen to learn more and invest more in the ideas of agorism and the libertarian-left(http://agorism.info/ and http://all-left.net/). Finally, in an attempt to expand my ideas of libertarian-anarchism, I've decided to invest some time in Mulualism (http://www.mutualist.org/id23.html). So as a testament to the evolution of ideas, let the old posts stand!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What is War? - Harry Browne

What Is War?

The politicians’ stirring phrases are meant to keep our eyes averted from the reality of war – to make us imagine heroic young men marching in parades, winning glorious battles, and bringing peace and democracy to the world.

But war is something quite different from that.

It is your children or your grandchildren dying before they’re even fully adults, or being maimed or mentally scarred for life. It is your brothers and sisters being taught to kill other people – and to hate people who are just like themselves and who don’t want to kill anyone either. It is your children seeing their buddies’ limbs blown off their bodies.

It is hundreds of thousands of human beings dying years before their time. It is millions of people separated forever from the ones they loved.

It is the destruction of homes for which people worked for decades. It is the end of careers that meant as much to others as your career means to you.

It is the imposition of heavy taxes on you and on other Americans and on people in other countries – taxes that remain long after the war is over. It is the suppression of free speech and the jailing of people who criticize the government.

It is the imposition of slavery by forcing young men to serve in the military.

It is goading the public to hate foreign people and races – whether Arabs or Japanese or Cubans. It is numbing our sensibilities to cruelties inflicted on foreigners.

It is cheering at the news of foreign pilots killed in their planes, of young men blown to bits while trapped inside tanks, of sailors drowned at sea.

Other tragedies inevitably trail in the wake of war. Politicians lie even more than usual. Secrecy and cover-ups become the rule rather than the exception. The press becomes even less reliable.

War is genocide, torture, cruelty, propaganda, dishonesty, and slavery.

War is the worst obscenity government can inflict upon its subjects. It makes every other political crime – corruption, bribery, favoritism, vote-buying, graft, dishonesty – seem petty.