Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Best solution for problem: Get rid of it

(My Clovis News Journal column for October 2, 2015)

I am frequently confronted with people who wouldn’t want liberty if it fell in their lap.

They crave totalitarianism of one type or another.

They either love the idea of a theocracy based on their idea of God, or they want a nanny state making them feel safe from womb to tomb by taking away choices and — so they believe — chance.

Yet, these aren’t the people who make me feel most hopeless.

People who almost "get it" bother me more than those who are completely clueless. They see some of the problems, yet don't see how their support of destructive laws and institutions actually ensures the problems will continue and get worse with time.

There's one person who complains about congress, Muslims, and Cannabis, but who still believes government and more laws are where the solutions lie. His faith in this is immovable. He objects when I propose solutions which would require an examination of his faith.

If your problem is a snake which keeps biting you while you bathe, the solution isn't to put a muzzle on it, beg it to stop biting, feed it more often, swap out the snake for a different one, stop bathing, or add another bathroom to your house. No, the solution is to remove the snake from your bathtub.

People who are emotionally invested in victimhood, which depends on keeping the snake in their tub, will come up with every excuse imaginable for avoiding a permanent solution. After all, what if you remove the snake and rats take up residence in your tub? Or what if a worse snake shows up to fill the void? To me, the solution is obvious: deal the same way with the next snake or rat infestation. It is your responsibility.

You'll never fix government. The institution is founded upon theft and aggression. It feeds on belief in authority and in the belief that wrong can be made right by a majority vote or by writing a law. History shows you can't control government with constitutions or laws- it is not in the self interest of government employees to comply with either. You can't solve anything by hiring or electing different people, because the people drawn to government jobs are all cut from the same cloth: they all believe in authority, and seek out government jobs so they can have power with fewer consequences.

It's time for a change. You aren't throwing out the baby with the bathwater. There is no baby, and that's not water.


About borders and property lines

In which I dispel a few misconceptions about me which are apparently held by borderists.

I believe in private property, and I think shooting someone for trespassing is sometimes the right thing to do. I would never want to second guess a person who shoots a trespasser- especially an adult trespasser. Or a trespasser who is littering and damaging the property, or threatening the owners. Trespass should come with a price high enough to discourage it.

I would not sit still for people moving into my house and declaring they will live there. But I don't own your house and I know I have no say in who you invite into yours. To pretend otherwise is a form of theft.

I do not want to see "others" move into the area until they outnumber me and begin to push me around. In the same way, I don't like that I am outnumbered and surrounded by people who follow religions I find abhorrent even now. Religions very popular with mainstream America, including the world's most popular religion: statism. But, the only legitimate say I have in that ends at my property lines- even if I don't like it.

I do believe some religions are worse than others, and some cultures are sick and twisted.

I do not believe "The Country" negates private property of those living inside the government's imaginary borders, but that this belief directly violates private property rights in the most evil way imaginable- by utterly ignoring or denying them. Just like those the borderists want "government" to protect them from.

I do not believe violating your property rights to make myself more comfortable is right. I don't believe using the force of government to dictate who you can allow onto your property, or rent to or hire, is the answer. It is wrong.

I do not advocate stealing from you ("taxation") to finance a gang to patrol the "borders" and to molest people both along the "borders" and well away from those "borders". Theft is theft, and everything such a gang does- except in rare instances- is an initiation of force, and is founded upon theft. You can't do good through committing evil.

All government "jobs" are welfare. Money is stolen from the owners and handed out to people doing harmful busy-work the market won't fund. Those "jobs" are used to directly violate the life, liberty, and property of the people forced to pay. This is even worse than the migrants' (largely exaggerated) use of welfare. End all welfare- including government paychecks. Or be hypocritical and hate some people's use of welfare while celebrating those on other forms of welfare.

Borderism is socialism. Sometimes it is even communism. It is always collectivism, theft, and aggression- which is what statism is.

If those setting up an armed guard to repel trespassers are acting as though they believe in their own property rights, but advocating "borders" and "immigration control", they are acting as though they don't believe in anyone's private property at all, but only collective property administered by a State. In that case, what are they trying to protect? Is it "property for me, but none for you"? Their behavior makes me see them as being contradictory and deluded. I would gladly help protect my neighbor's property from invaders, using force or arms, unless he advocated taking my property from me under the guise of "government". In that case, he isn't acting as though he believes in my property rights, so why endanger myself protecting his?

If that's what you advocate, own it. Stop complaining when I or others point it out. If your position is right, why be ashamed and why get angry?

Rightful Liberty leaves no room for Borderism or other forms of communism- not even if you really, really want them. Protect and defend your personal property lines, and help your neighbors if they ask- I would- but keep your hands to yourself when it comes to stealing money to fund gangs to violate life, liberty, and property in the name of your State.