But What About the Children?

Consider a debate between an anti-slavery advocate (ASA) and a standard citizen (SC), maybe about 200 years ago or so…

The ASA is talking about the immorality of slavery, the impossibility of human ownership, the humiliation and degradation of the slaves, and possibly even the damage it does to slaveowners, and the SC retorts with:

“But how will children be clothed if plantations cannot produce cotton?”

Looking at this conversation from today’s perspective, it seems totally absurd and a complete non-sequitur. You really have to wonder if the SC really values slaves so little that pieces of cloth rank higher.

However, another issue about looking back on that interaction from today is that we live in a world where cotton is distributed without chattel slavery. We “know,” in a general sense, not only how cotton could be distributed without slavery, but there is a working system in place that does not involve slave ships and whips and chains and all the other vile ugliness that attends slavery.

(Technology and science are not arguments as to why our society does not keep such slaves since other societies contemporary with our debaters 200 years ago had already abolished slavery. [I would also add, without starting a war to do so.])

So perhaps the ASA takes on a different tack.

The ASA asks the SC: “If I was working to free slaves, would you support me being arrested and thrown in jail, and killed if I tried to resist?”

At this point, the SC has to make a choice. What does he value more: conformity or morality?

The above debate is the same as what goes on today when somebody asks you:

“How will the children be educated?”
“How will the roads be maintained and built?”
“How will the poor be taken care of?”
“How will we protect ourselves from criminals?”

It’s not that these are unimportant questions–since they come up so often, they are most important! However, they are so often asked when the question of violence comes up. They distract from the core issue, which is that governments are nothing more than the most powerful mafias. Subservience to a government isn’t honor, it is survival.

A slave bows his head because he knows he will be destroyed if he does not.

Written by James Pyrich in: Government |

The Biggest–and Oldest–Government Program

While I was standing in line at the grocery store the other day, I saw the latest Newsweek magazine, which had several headlines.

On the top, there were, right next to each other:


The main headline, underneath a blue hand clasping a red hand in a handshake, was:


The first two headlines are kind of funny in terms of juxtaposition. The first thought that comes to my mind is that they’re saying the president is no longer a thug, look how civilized he is!

But of course… even presidents cannot escape reality. If you’re the leader of a gang that shakes people down, you are a thug, it doesn’t matter how many gadgets you have or how many flowery speeches you make.

In any case, the main headline was even “better”. They’ve put this story on the front page as if it is a serious debating topic, or a serious thought-provoking article.

However, there truly aren’t any serious thoughts that get provoked in the course of this article, and there really isn’t anything to debate. Big government as a way of solving social problems has failed again and again and again throughout human history, and it has killed hundreds of millions of people even in this current century.

Blame is never put on the fact that the system has its roots in violence. It’s always that the wrong people were at the head of this system, which means that the populace chose bad leaders. Or, that the masses are too greedy, too stupid, too lazy, too whatever, to make the system work.

You never hear anyone in the media say, “The system is failing because, at its core, it threatens people with imprisonment and death if they do not comply.”

That is the biggest government program in existence.

Finally, they use the expression “new era” in the headline, as if now that Obama has been elected, something has fundamentally changed in the government.

The only things that are changing, however, are those which essentially are maintaining the status quo of expanding government power more and more and more. It’s not a real significant change for the mafia to demand 25% of your profits when, in the past, it demanded 20%.

No, this “new era” is nothing more than a dry continuation of the old–one that has been around for millennia.

The oldest government program: threatening people with imprisonment and death if they do not comply…

Or, in a word:


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