Thursday, June 25, 2020

The one person qualified to govern you

The route to a free society will vary according to the history of a region, and consequently no single description will do. The path taken by North Korean market anarchists will no doubt differ from the course of similarly minded individuals in the United States. In the former, violent overthrow of unjust regimes may occur, while in the latter, a gradual and orderly erosion of the State is a wonderful possibility. The one thing all such revolutions would share is a commitment by the overwhelming majority to a total respect of property rights. [emphasis in original] — Chaos Theory, Robert P. Murphy
Most people don’t vote in government elections, and the ones who do regard that fact as shameful, disgusting, deplorable, and downright unAmerican.  They accuse nonvoters as too lazy to care about “their country.”  How can we make government the voice of the people if most of them stay home on Election Day?  Maybe the US should follow Australia and make Americans vote at the point of a gun.  When people don’t do what everyone knows they’re supposed to do, make them pay.  Force them to be moral.  Give voting the power of the law, or more precisely, threaten the slackers with fines and incarceration if they don’t vote.

No doubt there are a lot of people who care little or nothing about the government we have.  I am not one of them.  

We need government but not one built on a scheme of monopoly and coercion. Such a government wrings the life out of its citizens before collapsing completely.  Common sense tells us that monopoly and coercion provide a bad foundation for a peaceful, productive society. 

I have written a book that explains how the “gradual and orderly erosion of the State” can come about.  It requires “voting.”  The only requirement for voting is access to YouTube and the ability to understand English.  

Unlike the State’s elections you won’t be voting for a person some political gang has put on the ballot.  You won’t be voting for a candidate you hope is the least likely to make your life miserable with higher taxes, increased regulations, and war — along with lies to cover it all.  You won’t be voting on one day only as specified by the State.  Once the voting booth opens it will stay open indefinitely, unless YouTube shuts it down.

In a real sense you will be voting for the only person qualified to govern you — the guy you see in the mirror.  Without the State standing over you, you’re on your own.  You will be taking full responsibility for your life.

Scary?  If you’re looking for scary check this out.  Robert Higgs:
Anarchists did not try to carry out genocide against the Armenians in Turkey; they did not deliberately starve millions of Ukrainians; they did not create a system of death camps to kill Jews, gypsies, and Slavs in Europe; they did not fire-bomb scores of large German and Japanese cities and drop nuclear bombs on two of them; they did not carry out a ‘Great Leap Forward’ that killed scores of millions of Chinese; they did not attempt to kill everybody with any appreciable education in Cambodia; they did not launch one aggressive war after another; they did not implement trade sanctions that killed perhaps 500,000 Iraqi children. 
Anarchy’s mayhem is wholly conjectural; the state’s mayhem is undeniably, factually horrendous.
And it wasn’t anarchists who shut down countless businesses and churches during this overblown pandemic.

The YouTube “voting booth” will open at the end of July when my movie is released.  Voting is simple. If you agree with the presentation in the movie (which follows my book), give it a thumb’s up.  If not, don’t.  That’s it.

In the meantime, those interested in the arguments for ending the state can consult my book, Do Not Consent: Think OUTSIDE the voting booth.


George Ford Smith is the author of nine books, father of twin daughters, and grandfather of an active grandson.  He's also a filmmaker whose short movies are available on Amazon Prime.

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