Saturday, September 02, 2023

Government bad tool for the job

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for July 30, 2023)

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence-it is force! Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."

This quote is often attributed to George Washington, but scholars insist he never said it. Scholars consistently fact-check away intelligent quotes which support liberty. The most accurate quips and observations are usually denied as ever having been said. That's too bad; if Washington had said this it would have been one of the smarter things he said.

Yet, it's still not quite right.

If government is like fire, it's like a wildfire engulfing a stack of propane tanks under a daycare full of children.

Government is a tool-- a tool invariably used as an offensive weapon.  I've seen some try to compare government to firearms; a tool which is neither good nor bad. Government is much more like a bomb-- a nuclear bomb. It isn't possible to aim it accurately enough to avoid destroying the life, liberty, and property of innocent bystanders. The intention may be to only use it defensively, but this isn't possible in the real world.

Those who founded America tried to establish a defensive government which would do the one and only thing a legitimate government can do: defend the rights of the people from any who would violate them. Yet it took no time for even their young government to start being used to violate people's rights rather than protect them. Even the Constitution rejected pure defense of rights for enshrined government powers which harm life, liberty, and property. The power to tax being one of the worst.

The idea of defensive government is one which fools most people into going along with the institution which is the single greatest threat to their liberty. The tiny risk of terrorism pales in comparison to the real, everyday violations you are subjected to by the government you might believe protects you from the terrorists. You'd be better off without it.

This idea of government to protect your rights has failed every single time it has been tried. Like it or not, government remains the biggest threat to your life, liberty, and property.

When choosing a tool for defense, reach for one which, like a firearm, can be aimed at the threat with surgical precision, not for a weapon of random destruction like the Molotov Cocktail of political government.
I couldn't do this without your support.

The solution is known

The solution to every issue under the Sun is to get politics-- government-- out of the way. Completely.

As L. Neil Smith used to say, crime is a solved problem. Government just doesn't want to let it be solved. Government relies on problems; it has no incentive to fix anything (other than elections and trials, I mean).

Get rid of legislation, then stop preventing people from defending themselves-- their life, liberty, and property-- from all violators, foreign and (the source of the real threats) domestic.

If you want to keep the problems around and make them worse, then keep throwing legislation at them. That will be the result.

People who propose political/governmental/legislative "solutions" take themselves very seriously. They hope you mistake them for "the adults in the room" just like they envision themselves to be.

They don’t want, and will not accept or truly consider, any solution unless it is a government “solution”.

They are the most foolish, misguided people in society. I simply can't see them as credible anymore. They are spoiled toddlers-- hopped up on "authority"... with weapons. 

They'll dream up every insane "what if" they think might fool you into giving them power. And many, maybe most, people will be fooled. That's how we got where we are.

It's time to reverse the trend. It's time to treat the enemies of individual liberty as exactly what they are, and NOT as sensible, reasonable people who simply have different values.


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