“You Should Thank Bullies, They Keep the Playground Safe and Free”

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A good demonstration of the attitude people have towards government. People are bad, so we need a government made of people. (I took that last line from a business card for ancapfaq.com. It reads in a circle, so when you get back to “people”, it continues on to say “are bad so we need a government made of people are bad”…. etc.)

So the first frame, “move to another bully’s playground”. I hear people say this all the time, “you have a choice, move to another country”. Yea, and shop-keeps can move to a neighborhood controlled by a rival mafia family. And slaves can just move to another plantation, with different masters. There is nowhere to go, and that is why we fight so hard for America, because it started pretty libertarian, pretty free market. If there was an anarcho-capitalist society just over the border, you could say “move to a different playground”, but there isn’t. That decentralization of government, and of power, is exactly what I strive for, so that I can have the option to move somewhere else, and the competition will create better societies.

Living within the borders of a place controlled by force, where I was born, does not mean I consent to being governed, bullied, or enslaved. Again, there’s nowhere else to go. Just pick my bully? I don’t think so. I have the right to stay on the playground I was born on. That bully doesn’t own it just because he has carved out a little geographical area where no one can challenge his force, because he’s got the biggest muscles.

And obviously we cannot agree to disagree if that “agreement” includes the government taking half of the wealth I create each year, and using it at best wastefully, and at worst to keep me enslaved.

Every time someone tells me the worst possible outcome of an anarcho-capitalist society, it involves someone taking over and creating a government. Correct! We are living in the worst possible outcome for free people. And lets not pretend every government is like America’s (how sad that I must use American government as an example of relatively good government). We could just as easily wind up with the Russian, Venezuelan, or North Korean government.

The relatively free market here, and market pressure on politicians and government, is the only thing that makes this government tolerable. So get the unresponsive government out of the way, and we simply have the markets regulating how bad or good things get. Since even with these slave masters we have thus far managed to keep our lives not-so-bad, just imagine how great the market forces would make this geographical area if we didn’t have government obstructing us at every turn.

Thank you so much bullies, for making sure you’re the only one who will break my arm, shove my face in the dirt, and take my money!

Dezinformatsia!

Do you picture propaganda as a distant tool of authoritarian governments? Do you assume that information you receive is generally accurate, only perhaps otherwise influenced by an individual’s personal bias or worldview? Do you reject the idea that there is a coherent movement in our government to shape our views in particular ways that make us dance like puppets to fulfill the government’s purpose? Well unfortunately today propaganda in the Soviet dezinformatsia style is alive and well in America.

I’m currently reading the book “American Betrayal” by Diana West about the far reaching effects of Soviet propaganda on Americans, forced on us by collusive agents in our own government and American media. So well orchestrated and effective was this propaganda, that we still think of McCarthy as the perpetrator of a “witch hunt”. But witches aren’t real, and communist spies infiltrating the American government and media was real.

To this day, because of Soviet propaganda, we think that McCarthy was just some nut who wanted to suppress freedom of speech by blacklisting people who called themselves communist, and had committed no crime. In reality McCarthy was seeking to root out actual communist spies on the payroll of the Soviet Union who had infiltrated every branch of government and every element of the media. At one time these spies controlled Hollywood, the CIA, newspapers, and even the White House. Because of this, America’s would be savior is considered a pariah, and the communist spies fulfilled their mission, all while playing the victim.

Today it may no longer be the Soviets who are infiltrating our government and media, but there are forces at work beyond personal biases in the media and incompetence in the government. The Daily Caller interviewed Ronald Rychlak who co-authored the book Disinformation “with the highest ranking Soviet bloc defector to come to the United States, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa”. He says that after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya he was amazed at the propaganda to come out of the White House that was then promoted by media for weeks before part of the real story came out—and we are still waiting for real answers on what happened that night, whose failures allowed the attack to take place, and the extent of the cover-up.

“The fact that there was even an effort to put forth that false story is a little bit shocking to me,” he said. “I don’t think they needed to do that. But it does suggest that there are folks in Washington, D.C. who were trying very hard to cover up some stuff that we still probably haven’t gotten completely to the bottom of.”

Rychlak also expressed concerns over Christians being labeled terrorists by certain elements in the American government, simply because of the social views they express. Yet though a disproportionate amount of recent terrorists have been Muslim, today our media and government tells us it is wrong to “profile”. But our own government has profiled Tea Party folks as terrorists, despite their ideas being taken directly from the founders of this country!

“It’s wrong for an individual to discredit people on that basis” of social issues, he said. “It’s really wrong for the government to label those folks as terrorists, deny them benefits, to spy upon them, to do a lot of things that have been happening and that really are very disconcerting about the United States today.”

The first step to recovery is realizing we have a problem. Turn off the TV, view multiple sources online, and critically think for yourself.