Friday, April 21, 2023

I guess this is progress?

This is probably the oldest building in town. It used to be a lumber yard. My grandfather was a carpenter and he used to take my mom with him to get lumber there when she was a kid (back in the 1940s and early '50s). She says she used to run on the lumber "upstairs"-- it was laid across rafters and wasn't an actual floor. She figures it gave her dad stress when she did it.

I don't know when it was built, but I'm guessing it was in the 1920s or '30s. (Update: I found out it was built in 1916- see the news article I shared below.)

In recent years (decades?) it has served as storage for a tire shop next door. As well as shelter for stray cats and foxes.

As you can see, the roof recently caved in and the building is now being taken down. This makes me a little sad. It's the end of an era. I guess it will be replaced by a pre-fab metal box building.

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Childish, Utopian delusions

It's hilarious how statists are always trying to call libertarianism/Voluntaryism/anarchism/abolitionism "Utopian" or "childish".

As if to be a realist or an adult you have to embrace violating others in some way. No, you don't. That's just ridiculous.

But, to those whose minds have been numbed and damaged by years of gov-schooling, it's a comforting delusion.

In reality, there is no more Utopian belief than that government-- composed of the same type of people (or worse) that they say aren't good or smart enough to run their own life-- can "run society" for everyone else. Or that such a political government can be controlled or kept to a level that isn't too dangerous to be allowed to exist. Maybe a constitution could achieve this. 

There is no evidence for either superstitious belief.

Children who haven't yet figured out how the real world, and the flawed humans that make it up, work might still believe a good government is possible. Or that only the most qualified people will seek to have that kind of power over everyone else. Or that one human can actually "represent" millions of people with opposing values, goals, and worldviews.

That's what Utopian childishness really looks like. It's statism.

So, when they accuse you of either of those things, just pat them on the head and send them on their way. They aren't even worth worrying about. Just do your thing and be prepared to defend yourself from those childish Utopians who'll happily kill you to keep believing in the unbelievable.

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