vonluntary vs mandatory

A couple of addendums.

There is no reason at all to assume that the people in any government are going to be any better than the bad guys. Most people will not understand this point fully.

We don’t trust people we don’t know personally, without really good reason. Teens always complain that their parents don’t trust them. But trust is earned, it’s not a free “commodity” or “general condition of (all) mankind” as Rothbard expressed it.

The guy on the street says “Lend me $5,000, Trust me”. You’ll tell him to get lost, or leave his Mercedes Benz as collateral, right? What if he says “Give me 40 percent of your annual salary to help the poor, Trust me.” You’d laugh at him, right?

But that’s not what government does. Whoever is the king of the day, he does not ask. He sits in a room with a bunch of other guys and decides they’ll just take that 40% and spend it on whatever favorite cause they like at the time. Their favorite projects include welfare, warfare, special projects for their friends and sponsors, and so on; with a bit for themselves and their children. They don’t even ask you to trust them, they tell you you don’t have a choice.

People are blaming the legislators for the country’s woes, even though it’s been presidents and courts and some civilian groups planting psy-war operatives to guide the culture.

The message of freedom is gaining ground. But…

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

It’s not that we can trust other people and their charity in a libertarian society, the thing is that we cannot trust anybody with monopoly power. To put it another way, we cannot support even our own selves in government. There are exceptions who have internalized the principle of respecting their neighbors, but the contrast in numbers between Congressmen like Ron Paul versus the rest of them is revealing.


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