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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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Blind faith in States

December 1, 2016

People sure have a lot of blind faith in the States of the planet.

They seem to believe the States are the only things keeping humans from killing each other. They seem to believe people are one whim away from mass murder- and only the State keeps us from carrying it out.

What about the State does this? Its ability to punish? Its ability to watch everyone all the time? Or some other even more mystical property?

How do these people act when no employee of the State is present? Do they either cower in fear, or start running amok? Or, is it all an act on their part? A comfortable lie?

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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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Craving trouble?

November 28, 2016

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No reason to fear liberty

November 27, 2016

(My Clovis News Journal column for October 26, 2016)

 Don’t be scared of liberty (my chosen headline)

Real liberty can be scary. It feels safer to hand your responsibilities to someone else.

Don’t educate your children; hand them over to be schooled instead. Don’t protect yourself and your property; live as a distracted lamb and let the police protect you. Don’t watch yourself and your surroundings as you drive; depend on checkpoints, traffic signs, signals, and “laws” to catch all the dangerous people so you can drive around in a daze. Don’t think for yourself or observe the world and come to difficult conclusions; let the authorities tell you what they want you to know, and how you should feel about the information you are fed. Feel better yet?

Very few people realize this is how they are living. They believe anyone pointing this out is being outrageous or extreme.

But, you can do it! There’s no reason to be scared. You can live in liberty while respecting the liberty of those around you. All the supposed protections and services you believe you are getting by handing over your rights, property, and responsibilities are inferior to those you could provide for yourself. Often, the results are the opposite of what you are told you are getting for the tax money and compliance, anyway. You can do better, or find better providers, on your own.

Observe what goes on and draw your own conclusions. Humans have been doing so with varying degrees of success for a very long time. Be willing to let go of bad ideas and false beliefs– especially the ones with real-world bad consequences– and accept the truth even when it upsets you. You will be fine. At least as fine as you would have been if you continued on your previous path of dependency. There are never any guarantees, either way.

Even if you don’t want the responsibility for your own life, no one will force you to give up your comfort. They can’t force you to be free, nor can you continue to force them to be your slave. Live and let live, in mutual consent.

If you have trouble there are people who will lend a helping hand. Surround yourself with good people who understand liberty against that day. The aggressors and thieves support one another against the outside threat of liberty to their gangs’ activities; how much more helpful do you think those who actually support each other against the bad guys can afford to be?

Don’t be scared. Take the first step now.

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