"Mistrust those in whom the urge to punish is strong." Friedrich Nietzche

"Any and all non-violent, non-coercive, non-larcenous, consensual adult behavior that does not physically harm other people or their property or directly and immediately endangers same, that does not disturb the peace or create a public nuisance, and that is done in private, especially on private property, is the inalienable right of all adults. In a truly free and liberty-loving society, ruled by a secular government, no laws should be passed to prohibit such behavior. Any laws now existing that are contrary to the above definition of inalienable rights are violations of the rights of adults and should be made null and void." D. M. Mitchell (from The Myth of Inalienable Rights, at: http://dowehaverights.blogspot.com/)

Monday, June 18, 2007

Government versus control

To govern means to control. In today's America, the government is controlling us more and more. Just how much control (rules, regulations, laws) do you need by a politician, policeman, or bureaucrat? How much do you want to be controlled by these government workers? How do they know what is best for you, where you actions do not physically harm others, the property of others, or otherwise interfere with their rights?

Our pioneering ancestors were independent people, strong and willing and able to do it themselves. Beware of what you ask for...from the government. It may come back (the law of unintended consequences) to bite you. People today are mostly dependent on the government. As Albert J. Nock said many years ago, the people today look to the government as the authority to answer all their problems, like the people in the 15th Century looked to the Catholic Church. And, truly, many of today's laws and legislation have to do with personal moral issues...which should be each adults right to decide, not the State's. Again, just so long as said adult is not violating the rights of others.

The government is not an entity unto itself. It is made up of and run by people. These people are no better and, quite often, much worse than the average person. Why else would they want to be in a position to control us? Other than to ride the "gravy train" of tax-paid jobs, with better pay and benefits than the average worker (who is supporting them) and who are almost impossible to fire no matter how bad they are.

The founding fathers warned us of the kind of government we now have. Remember the words of Thomas Jefferson, which go something like this: When the government is afraid of the people you have liberty. When the people are afraid of the government you have tyranny. Who among us is not afraid of the government in one way or another? The IRS alone is a major terror factor in many people's lives, but it is not the only government agency that interferes, controls, and terrorizes us.

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