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Anarchy already works

December 11, 2016

Do you only refrain from attacking people and stealing their stuff as long as someone is pointing a gun at you to stop you?

No?

Then anarchy already works.

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"Helping"

December 10, 2016

If you helped government (the State), you probably didn’t do the right thing. No matter what you did.

Yeah, it’s like this… only dumber:

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For your own sake- just don’t

December 8, 2016

If you hate (or fear) someone so much that you feel the need to advocate government to deal with them, you may not be on the side of liberty.

I see some do this with “immigrants“, “drug” users or dealers, bigots, etc.

You probably ought to realize that the State is a bigger threat than anything you might want to use it against. It’s like aiming a shotgun at your own head because you want to kill the fly on the other side of you. Using the State may seem like the only way, but it is ultimately suicidal in every case. Just don’t.

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Ignoring reality has consequences

December 7, 2016

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for December 7, 2016)

When you ignore the rules of reality, you get hurt.

Notice I don’t say when you break reality’s rules, because those rules can’t be broken. They can only be accepted or ignored. Ignore them at your peril… read the rest

Note- I’m not sure what happened today, but I think that soon the newspaper columns will only be available online for the paper’s subscribers. If/when that happens, I may stop posting the link that day, waiting until the exclusivity runs out after 30 days, and I can post the whole thing here. But, I’ll fall off that bridge when I come to it.

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The joy of being wrong

December 5, 2016

You know what? It’s actually kind of exciting and fun to be wrong.

I don’t usually learn too much from being right- other than how others will react to it. That’s kind of boring.

But, when I’m wrong, it opens up a whole world of possibilities to learn from. How can that not be thrilling?

Some of the times I have discovered I was wrong have led to some of the best things I’ve experienced. Some of the most mind-blowing revelations.

How can other people seem to not feel that way about the chance to learn more?

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Dependence on state an addiction

December 4, 2016

(My Clovis News Journal column for November 2, 2016)

Don’t live a life of dependence (my chosen headline)

Sometimes it seems we live in a culture of dependency. Some people are dependent on drugs, while others are dependent on prohibition. Some people are dependent on other people; some are dependent on distractions– electronic or otherwise. And more and more people today are dependent on government.

Being dependent is the opposite of being mature; of being responsible for yourself and accountable for your behavior.

Dependence on government, or its laws, is very similar to drug addiction. The long-term solution is the same, as well. Even if drugs are all around you, the choice of whether to partake is yours. You must personally make the move to take the drugs or to use the state, regardless of what anyone else is doing. Don’t blame others’ bad choices for your own. Even if everyone around you is an addict, you won’t be unless you make the first move.

Don’t imagine this will make you immune to the mess surrounding you; you just won’t be making it worse. Being surrounded by government junkies will always be unpleasant.

Don’t confuse dependency with necessities. You naturally rely on oxygen, food, water, and shelter. You can’t live without those things; it’s not an addiction. I suspect this natural dependence gets used as justification for pretending people require other, less helpful things as well. Becoming dependent on something unnecessary or harmful is tragic. It diminishes your life in ways you won’t understand until you break the addiction. Don’t trust those who claim relying on government is anything other than an unhealthy dependency spawned by weakness– they are lying.

Once you realize you are dependent on something harmful, the smart move is to begin breaking the addiction. Start now. Ask for help if you need to. Don’t wait for a free society, where government has been abolished, to take responsibility for yourself and get sober. Let your new realization give you motivation to begin exercising self reliance. If you can’t go cold-turkey, begin weaning yourself.

Maybe you can even help others avoid the addiction, or get clean if it’s too late to avoid. To be of any help, you must take care to not let yourself fall into the same trap. How can you expect to help others if you can’t keep your own life in order?

Government is coercion, and is always inferior to voluntary action. Break free of any dependence on inferior ways of getting through life. You’re better than that!

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How do you see reality?

December 4, 2016

Dilbert‘s Scott Adams says our brains are not good at seeing reality, but only at seeing a “movie” in our minds that is good enough to keep us alive long enough to reproduce. I’ll assume that’s true.

It’s why different people see the same thing in such different ways.

Well, that’s great but the “movie” playing in the heads of statists is incompatible with the movie playing inside healthy minds. Yes, it keeps them alive long enough to reproduce, so it “works”.

I would be perfectly fine leaving statists alone to play their statism game, but they can’t bother to return the favor. They are uncivilized brutes who demand everyone play the game their way or die. That just won’t work.

I don’t care what “movie” they see as long as they don’t put it into action by archating, and when they do initiate force and violate property rights, it doesn’t matter that the reason they do is because of the way they see reality. Anyone still has an absolute right to defend their life, liberty, and property from anyone seeking to violate it, for any reason.

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No one believes they do wrong

December 3, 2016

Everyone always believes they are doing the right thing.

Even as they murder, kidnap, govern, rape, steal, and trespass- as they archate.

If they truly believed they were doing wrong, they would stop. You aren’t going to convince them that what they want to do is wrong– except in exceptional cases. They have excuses and justifications for what they want to do handy and rehearsed.

So… what to do about it? (Short of killing them all, I mean.)

The best strategy I’ve found is to live by the Zero Aggression Principle. You may have other ideas.

(I’m adding random pictures to the posts for a while to see if it helps visibility. Feel free to ignore them.)

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All assistance should be voluntary

November 30, 2016

(My Eastern New Mexico News [formerly the Clovis News Journal] column for November 30, 2016)

Help one another, voluntarily (my chosen headline)

It is once again the season to remember the less fortunate. On one hand, you shouldn’t need an annual reminder to be good to other people, but on the other hand, sometimes it’s fortunate the calendar has a few such reminders built in.

If someone wants to help those in need, there is nothing stopping her from freely giving her own money and time to those she feels deserve help.

Yet most who feel more money should be spent on their favorite government programs are never content to simply chip in– they demand laws forcing everyone else to do the same…read the rest

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Surviving in a statist world, sanity intact

November 29, 2016

I often see two different views on how to live “libertarian” in this statist world:

“Don’t try to change the world to be more libertarian. You can’t change anyone other than yourself, anyway.”

Or…

“For the sake of your own liberty– and that of your children and grandchildren– you should do what you can to spread the message of Rightful Liberty any chance you get.”

Those may sound like opposing views, but I don’t think they really are.

I think most of us go back and forth from one to the other, withdrawing into their own little world when the exhaustion gets too much, and then striking out again when they’ve rested and re-energized.

I know some days I don’t have the energy to do anything but live my own life the best I can. But other days, I can also talk to those who are curious about how their own lives would be improved by dropping the lust to control everyone else.

I’m not going to criticize either approach- both have their time and place, and both are useful.

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