The mere idea of a stateless society may cause some discomfort as well as perplexed looks on the faces of those who’ve never taken the time to consider such a notion. I mean, is a stateless society even possible? Isn’t this just anarchy (remember V for Vendetta), and don’t we “need” the government (you know, for all the things we obviously can’t decide for ourselves like who can get married, what foods we can eat, and how much of our paycheck should we really get to keep)? I’ve been examining this issue lately, delving into the relation of the individual to society in such abstractions as that of “social contract theory”. To begin, I think it is helpful to have a point of reference from which to build, and since I do not wish to “reinvent the wheel” on this matter I turn now to James Corbett. The following is an excellent primer for this conversation. Please watch this video in its entirety to gain a good fundamental starting point:
Now that you’ve watched the video, I’m sure you have many questions. Perhaps you’ve formed some objections or counter points. Great! Now you’ve begun the search for truth, fact, and rationality. Keep digging! I next found myself watching a debate between attorney Tom Willcutts and philosopher Stephan Molyneux on the question “Is Government Immoral?”. Here’s the video:
As a follow up to the debate video, Corbett posted the following video which I found essential in this ongoing discussion:
In 1867, a man by the name of Lysander Spooner went so far to argue and demonstrate in his essay that the U.S. Constitution actually has no binding authority over anyone other than the signers of the original document! We didn’t consent to it, we are FREE! For more discussion on Mr. Spooner, and the relevance his arguments have today, please watch this extremely informative video:
After watching and/or reading through these many resources along with works by Ayn Rand such as Atlas Shrugged, and then witnessing current events unfold, the corruption and aggression of the state is without question the single greatest threat to liberty throughout the world! It is the existence of the state that props up corrupt and evil corporations like Monsanto– the latest “fit to hit the shan” is President Obama signing into law the Monsanto Protection Act, which in essence grants this reckless organization with immunity from the federal court system even if the US Government suspects Monsanto’s actions of endangering human health and/or the environment! In a stateless society this could not, and would not happen. Devilish corporations like Monsanto would go out of business rather than be insulated by the statists it buys off through its lobbying efforts. And no, it doesn’t matter if a Republican or a Democrat is president, because all previous administrations dating back to Reagan have been in bed with the likes of Monsanto…and this is just one example. For more on the farcical, right-left paradigm, listen to this podcast interview with Charlie McGrath of WideAwakeNews.com, in which he discusses how this political divide-and-conquer tactic has been used to keep like-minded people apart for generations and what we can do to help break down the barriers to new ways of thinking that we all erect around our political ideologies.
Ask yourself, would you be better off with or without the government? Do you want to be free, I mean really, truly, and irrevocably free? You can’t be, and aren’t, in a state-dominated society. Why not construct an alternative paradigm?
I’m sure this blog post raises more questions than it answers, and this is intentionally done. Are you thinking for yourself? Are you asking questions, or have you simply subjected yourself to the system? Live free friend, live free.
If you want more resources, you’ll find them. Here are a few to add to the mix:
Tragedy and Hope
Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici
(“By the power of truth, I while living have conquered the universe“)