According to the average statist, "justice" involves preemptively hurting someone because their actions might possibly, theoretically hurt someone else in the future, maybe, according to someone else's opinion. Examples of this abound, but the issuing of speeding tickets is an excellent example. … Read this article
When someone talks about or alludes to the so-called 'proper role in government,' they are saying there are times when the initiation of force against peaceful people is justified. They are claiming that sometimes theft is okay. They are arguing that violating individual rights is acceptable under certain circumstances. … Read this article
My recipe for peaceful coexistence is pretty simple. Don't hurt people and don't take their stuff. Additionally, don't be a dick. While that last part may not be mandatory, it's still a good rule of thumb.
The argument for engaging in politics as a means of weakening the state's power is undercut by the reality of political ambition. If there were politicians who endeavored steadfastly to reduce the pain and plunder inflicted by the state in all sectors, such incrementalism might have a chance of success, but such principled people do not attain power in a political system. … Read this article
Do you hate Donald Trump (or Barack Obama or the Bushes or the Clintons, etc.)? Do you think these people are evil? Did you hate them and consider them to be evil before they became politicians? Chances are, your answer to that last question is no, or at least not nearly as much as you do now. … Read this article
Although it's common for conservatives to look back to the 'progressive era' as the 'beginning of the end' of what they consider constitutional and therefore good government, they're not looking back far enough. The willingness of the federal government to abandon its supposed constitutional restraints is evident in the creation of the whiskey tax and the violent suppression of the resulting Whiskey Rebellion (1791); the Alien and Sedition Acts (1798); the Tariff of Abominations and the accompanying "Force Bill" (1828); and Lincoln's invasion of seceded states, violently enforced conscription, suspension of habeas corpus, and issuance of unbacked paper currency (1860-1865). … Read this article
It is nearly impossible to calculate the amount of harm for which the state is responsible. Sure, you can theoretically count the dollars stolen, the people kidnapped and locked in state cages, and the individuals killed directly, but what is much more difficult to grasp is the scale of the harm caused indirectly by statism. … Read this article
2016 was largely a year of confusion around the globe. It was a year in which the deadly horrors of statism were on full display, yet most people misidentified them and instead blamed immigrants, refugees, and anarchists for these statist evils. … Read this article
It has been said that if men were angels, they wouldn't need government. The truth is that it is because men aren't angels that the state is so dangerous.
Most people are decent and good. They do not want to control, hurt, or extort their fellow man. … Read this article
Hating Donald Trump has become the new national pass time. You can't watch the news, check Facebook, or even gossip around the water cooler without someone expressing why they hate Donald Trump. He's regularly compared to Hitler, denigrated as a racist, and mocked for his hair, his name, his family, and everything else you can possibly imagine. … Read this article