There’s this weird thing where people say - “Well you know, a ‘free society’ is only going to work if everybody is perfect, if everybody is really good.” And they think that we’re going to be like these dreamy-eyed, dewy-eyed, rainbow-afro’d lambs - baaa-ing around, chewing on the cuds of liberty…but the moment a wolf comes in, AHHHH, it’s all over! The moment some bad guy comes along he’s just going to take over all of society, and we’re all just gonna go “baa-aa-aa-aa” and walk right back into the slaughterhouse.
And nothing, really, could be further from the truth. The idea of a voluntary society, or a stateless society, or an anarchic society, is not idealistic. What is idealistic is a statist society - that is naive, and dangerous… because a statist society carries with it the assumption that you’re going to create this incredible hierarchy, this blood-soaked pyramid - institutionalized hierarchical power - with the power to print money whenever it wants, the power to start wars, to incarcerate at-will, to create laws at will, to bribe friends and punish enemies… and not ONE SINGLE evil guy is ever going to be interested in running that system! Never! You’re only going to get really great guys at the top, and all the evil guys are going to be criminals in alleys, they’re never going to be congressmen or presidents or prime ministers, or anything like that!
It is the statist who is naive about human nature and the potential for evil. The anarchist, the voluntaryist, recognizes that human nature is corrupted by power - and to create a monolithic thing called “the state,” with all of the powers that it has, is only gonna draw - like flies to crap - the most evil people to the top of that pyramid structure. And so, we cannot have a state because human nature is prone to wanting something for nothing - ‘the desire for the unearned is the root of all evil.’ And so we recognize that you can’t create this monster machine called “the state,” and not end up with bad people driving it. The possibility of human evil is exactly why we can’t have a state.— Stefan Molyneux
- radicalginger reblogged this from iambinarymind
- ascii-70-85 likes this
- reincrafted reblogged this from iambinarymind
- benrfisher reblogged this from lordchuckle
- marcellasp likes this
- thegreatjackal likes this
- thedamsel likes this
- lordchuckle reblogged this from iambinarymind
- twoplustwoequalsfour likes this
- fae-ann likes this
- iambinarymind posted this