"[T]here are, at bottom, basically two ways to order social affairs, Coercively, through the mechanisms of the state -- what we can call political society. And voluntarily, through the private interaction of individuals and associations -- what we can call civil society. ... In a civil society, you make the decision. In a political society, someone else does. ... Civil society is based on reason, eloquence, and persuasion, which is to say voluntarism. Political society, on the other hand, is based on force." ~ Ed Crane
Statism Is a Poisoned Mind
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May 18, 2009
To fully appreciate and understand the hurdles we voluntaryists face in imparting the rational truth about government to the general public, observe this particular spectacle: an excerpt from an article written by Leon Wieseltier, titled 'Washington Diarist: Love Me I'm a Liberal,' published in the March 4, 2009 edition of The New Republic:
'I want the president to tell the American people that, contrary to what they have been taught for many years, government is a jewel of human association and an heirloom of human reason; that government, though it may do ill, does good; that a lot of the good that government does only it can do; that the size of government must be fitted to the size of its tasks, and so, for a polity such as ours, big government is the only government; that strong government comports well with strong freedom, unless Madison was wrong; that a government based on rights cannot exclude from its concern the adversities of the people who confer upon it its legitimacy, or consign their remediation to the charitable moods of a preferred and decadent few; that Ronald Reagan, when he proclaimed that 'government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem,' was a fool; and that nobody was ever rescued, or enlarged, by being left alone. For all its grotesqueness, American government is a beautiful thing.'
Leon , your 'jewel' is violence, that heirloom is of a sick mind, and Madison was wrong ' very, very wrong. There are no such things as 'rights,' not really, and no amount of people, realistically, can ever confer one shred of legitimacy upon the monstrosity whose alleged virtues you choose to extol. Ronald Reagan, I agree, was in many and varied ways a fool ' but I'd still, for all of that, rather not be 'rescued' or 'enlarged' by you or anyone else. I prefer ' hell, demand ' to be left alone. Dig it? And nothing grotesque is ever beautiful. Your entire thought processes Leon , in spite of the flowery prose, are distortions. They're backwards, Orwellian. They make Bavarian pretzels look like slide rules.
Such thinking is what has brought us to this sorry fix; this downward spiral that is increasingly tantamount to the total destruction of everything that has ever made life worth living. We're just a hair's breadth away from the cattle cars and concentration camps. Then apocalypse. This is where Wieseltier wants to take us, whether he realizes it or not. Dogma has made him blind, and as such, he's now incapable of living with logic. He's a creature of pure scatalogical emotion. Dangerous. Deadly.
This is by no means limited to crackpot, authoritarian-minded journalists. In a recent speech about torture and mistreatment of combat detainees in Amerikan custody, given by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy before a congressional subcommittee, and published in the May 14, 2009 Rutland Herald titled, 'What Went Wrong?', the good Senator said:
'Most importantly, we need to re-establish the trust of the American people in their government. They deserve to know and understand what happened and why so that we can do our best to ensure that we do not make the same tragic mistakes, again.'
Well Leahy, as to the first sentence in the above quote, when engaging anyone who has even the slightest inkling of anything that's actually going on, you've got one motherfucker of a task in front of you. I'd say you're at least several decades too late to be ideating about that. There's not a single reason anywhere to be found why anyone in their right mind should trust you, or any of your thieving, murdering cohorts. To believe there is only reveals in stark obscenity your visceral arrogance. You, and those of your bureaucratic ilk, possess poisoned minds. You are diseased, infected, and as feral as the blackest and most sinister of all possible vampires.
I am, however, quite interested in exploring the second sentence in your quote:
'They deserve to know and understand what happened and why so that we can do our best to ensure that we do not make the same tragic mistakes, again.'
If you had been talking about the American people in relation to the government that was first formed by a group of short-sighted presumptuous fools in 1776 (the mere shadow of which you are currently a part), then you'd be doing a rare and wondrous thing ' for a politician.
You'd be exercising logic, and telling the truth.