The Alternative Currency of a 19th Century Abolitionist

Via The Daily Bell

Have you ever had the dream of starting your own society? What about introducing a new currency? Turns out Bitcoin was far from the first private currency.

Josiah Warren didn’t like the political system, and he didn’t like the economic system, so he started his own little alternative community, with a unique medium of exchange. Warren actually started multiple “anarchist” micro-societies, with varying levels of success. Although he never called himself an anarchist, he believed in individual freedom to the point that he argued government was inherently a violation of rights. Continue reading

Top 3 Reasons “The Right” Should go Anarchist

I remember a public school high school history teacher telling the class, “On one end of the political spectrum is Socialism, and on the other end is Fascism”. Wrong, he was so wrong. I could even see it then, as an energetic young Republican who hated all aspects of big government… or so I thought.

Socialism is actually right next to Fascism on the political spectrum, because they are both Statist ideologies. The state can solve all problems, and will never be big enough! Everything within the state, nothing outside of it!

So clearly the opposite of everything involving the state is nothing involving the state: anarchy. Not burning businesses and smashing windows, the absence of rulers; the end of subjugation. The sovereign individual, beholden by force to no one, beholden by mutual benefit to those with whom he chooses to associate.

And now that we cleared that up, here are the top 3 reasons for Republicans, Conservatives, libertarians or anyone else towards the right of the statist spectrum to just abandon all pretenses, and go full anarchist.

#1: You hate big government! And for good reason! You know your history, and have seen what happens when the state grows: it oppresses people. The internal police state that cracks the whip over the citizens, mixed with a fiercely nationalistic military that spreads the big government philosophy worldwide are constant and integral parts of a large oppressive government. And currently, just the American military, ignoring the multitude of internal policing agencies, is larger than the next ten militaries on earth.

The Second Amendment was not for hunting, it serves as a check to tyranny. So if guns in the hands of the average citizen can keep in check the largest military and police state on earth, why would we think those same armed citizens could not repel an invasion by the next ten largest armies put together?

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You wouldn’t call the exterminator and have him leave just one little cockroach, would you? No! She’ll have babies, and your house will once again be infested in a matter of weeks. So why would we leave “just a little government”? It’s not going to stay little! It is the camel’s nose under the tent. It doesn’t make sense to leave even a little government, because…

#2: You believe in the free market! The terrible consequences of crony capitalism are quite abundant, from billions wasted on subsidized green energy like Solyndra, to billions wasted in bailouts on failed companies like GM and banks like Bank of America. Then there’s regulations which favor big companies at the expense of the little ones, taxes which make some industries and investments unprofitable, and agencies like the EPA, FDA, USDA, IRS, DHS, etc. that harass the farmer and small businessman to the point of bankruptcy.

Why, why, WHY, would you trust that same government to perform such important tasks as keeping you safe, from threats at home, and abroad? You know that supermarkets have food on their shelves because of the free-ish market, you know that competition leads to better products and more choice, so why would we limit ourselves to Soviet-style rationing systems when it comes to solving crimes and preventing terrorism?

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We choose different restaurants, different books, different movies, clothes, cars, houses; but when it comes to responding to an emergency, we get the one local agency that handles that. When it comes to preventing terrorism, we have to use the FBI or CIA or NSA which we aren’t even allowed to see how they operate, must fund regardless of their success rates, and can’t even be sure they are not complicit in terrorism in order to keep their agencies relevant and well-funded. [This is an example of a private organization fighting ISIS]. Choice in the market is always a good thing, there is nothing magic about crime prevention and justice that makes the market unable to function.

#3: You wish you didn’t have to associate with all these idiots! Government causes all problems we face “as a nation” because otherwise we wouldn’t have to face them as a nation, and they would be solved by whoever they affect most. I don’t want to fund cotton growth in the Arizona desert, subsidizing the real cost of water to the point where there is a shortage. It has nothing to do with me, yet because of the farm bill, I have to pay for these farmers’ water, insurance, equipment, etc. I don’t want to pay for the bombs we are dropping, I don’t want to pay for anyone’s medical care but my own, or those who I voluntarily choose to help personally or through charity. The government forces us all into a group, and then makes more laws and regulations when our forced association–surprise–causes problems.

An open border is only a problem if the government is stealing your money to give to the people who hop the fence, or setting an arbitrary minimum wage which ensures a market for illegal work. Education standards in Arkansas don’t matter to me, unless one of those schmucks is going to grow up to become President and tell the rest of the world what to do. Why do I have a say in whether Coloradans smoke a joint? Why do they have a say in whether or not I wear a seatbelt?

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Stop the forced association of 300 million plus Americans, and there would be a lot fewer problems to solve! And they would be solved by the people that they matter to, and paid for by the people that they matter to, voluntarily. In the end, we would all have more individual control over our lives, (money), and circumstances, and get to choose which issues will be solved with our money. Instead, we are forced to “solve” problems we don’t care about, that don’t affect us, or that were caused in the first place by forced grouping!

So right-wingers, if you hate big government, if you believe in the free-market, and if you wish all these politicians, bureaucrats, and assholes in general would just leave you the hell alone: you may be a budding anarchist, ready to bloom!


Joe Jarvis weaves the anarchist philosophy into his fiction novel, “Anarchy in New England”, in much the same way Ayn Rand wove her anti-government philosophy into “Atlas Shrugged”.

For a gripping, fast paced fiction read that delves into the philosophy of no government, buy “Anarchy in New England” on E-book or Paperback now!

Voting. Do You Feel Empowered? I Feel More Hopeless than Usual.

Ah the ceremonial handing off of the whip. Every two years all us slaves get to choose a new master, or decide to keep the old one. And we all talk about how much change is needed on the plantation, and how my preferred slave master will change it for the better.

Two years and 540 posts, and I only feel I have accelerated the inevitable exasperated disenfranchisement I feel with our political system. And all the “freedom loving” Americans are thrilled the GOP might retake the Senate. And then… repeal Obamacare? Reduce the debt? Give power back to the states? Lower taxes? Reign in the corrupt police state? Get us out of world police duty? Look into the Federal Reserve? Get rid of the IRS? Repeal the NDAA? Cut the DHS?

Yeah, maybe! LOL. I know, Obama can still veto. But the last time we had a Republican House, Republican Senate, and Republican President, we got the Patriot Act, the TSA, the Department of Homeland Security, increased spending and debt, and bought enough military equipment for the US Military, ISIS, Al-qaeda, Syria, Egypt, Libya, and local police departments to all share.

To Vote or Not to Vote, That is the Question

So I am torn. Do I vote for the slave master who promises to shorten the fence, and make it easier to escape? Or do I refrain from voting, to show the slave masters that I do not sanction their force? The former may not even happen if I do vote: “Oh sorry, I tried to get the fence shortened, but half you slaves voted for that higher fence master, oh well, maybe next time if you vote for my friends”. But the latter could land me with an even higher fence, longer work hours, more lashings etcetera etcetera.

This is a debate anarcho-leaners have amongst themselves. Is it better to vote and hopefully change things for the better, or is it better to show you don’t approve of the system by not voting? It is indeed unlikely that anything will change for the better, and even if it does change, it may only prolong our slavery. Part of me thinks I should vote for my least favorite candidates just to hasten the process!

I’ve already decided, I will be voting this year. I don’t have enough time to fully debate this in my head in order to arrive at the best answer. Bill Buppert would say I am sanctioning my masters, and George Carlin would agree:

I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain,’ but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote — who did not even leave the house on Election Day — am in no way responsible for what these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created.

And honestly, it’s hard to argue with that. If you don’t vote, everything that happens is simply being done to you. It is the ultimate injustice. You have sanctioned no masters, you have agreed to no contract, yet people will bust down your door and take your money, maybe kill you, perhaps block you from pursuing happiness, but will certainly tell you what you can and cannot do, regardless of if you have wronged anyone. And by extension, you have done that to people if the politician you voted for puts that into action.

Of course this would all be solved if there was a “none of the above” option, or “middle finger” option on the ballot as I so eloquently worded it on Facebook. Then I would be happy to go down to the polls and tell them all, “I choose no master”. That is what I pathetically attempt to do with my vote. Vote for the guys who will reduce government. But that also begs the question, is there anyone who will really reduce government in my life?

I have this fantasy that someday anarchists will be running for office, and they will repeal, repeal, repeal until there is nothing left of our government, then sell the government property off, and rebate the money to the people from whom it was stolen.

Part of me wants to run for some office as an anarchist. In addition to being quite the laugh, I might get the message out to some people. And imagine the hilarity that would ensue if I actually got elected!

Sorry for the conversational tone and lack of continuity in this post, but this is what election day does to my head. It is like trying to trick me into thinking I could possible do something to attain more freedom today. And it is indeed possible. It is also possible that I win big next time I go to Foxwoods… but we all know the odds are stacked in favor of the house.

In closing, I’m going to borrow from the Facebook group Nobody For President.

Vote Nobody for President, 2016!

Nobody will keep their campaign promises!

Nobody will reduce the debt, stop the wars, and lower taxes!

Nobody puts the voter first!

Nobody really cares about you!

So vote for Nobody this election cycle, because with Nobody in office, we may finally get the change we need!

Forced Grouping versus Voluntary Collectives

“Oh what you belong to ___ group? I thought you libertarians and anarcho-capitalists hated collectives! Ha, everything you stand for is disproven.”

Ever heard that one, or some variation of it? Well I can’t say it much better than Bastiat himself, however I will expand on his rebuttal.

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I feel like a broken record: no we aren’t against helping the poor, we are against forced extortion to supposedly help the poor. No we are not against education, we are against forced indoctrination. No we are not against law and order, we are against forced grouping that makes us subservient to others to whom the law does not equally apply, and who can initiate force without the same consequences as the civilians.

Anarchists and libertarians are not against voluntary collectives, they are against forced collectives.

Yesterday I was walking in the woods with some friends. We had been hiking for a while and turned and twisted around many paths when we came to a four way intersection. Not wanting to turn back, we began to discuss which way would be best to take. In fact after some discussion, we all agreed to take the same path. But suppose I thought a different path was better. Should I attempt to force them to take the path I want? Or should they, being in the majority, attempt to force me to take the path they want? Of course not.

In a voluntary group, I am free to leave or stay. In the middle of the woods my options are to agree with the group, or be left alone. I see value in the group, and that is why I submit to the majority. Not because the majority has the right to force their will on the minority, and not even because the will of the majority is necessarily better in some way than the minority. No one claims that groups cannot be of great use and help. But they must be voluntary groups in order to serve this purpose best.

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In addition to the post I wrote on Sociopaths Among Us for this blog, I tailored a similar post for my other, non-political blog. A commenter brought up an awesome point, inspired by the book The Gift of Fear by Gavin Debecker. The book is non-fiction about how our intuition is actually picking up subconscious signals which logically lead us to be uneasy in certain situations when everything does not line up, even though we might not be able to pinpoint why.

Interestingly enough, I just thought about this book yesterday because the book discusses a tactic used by these types of people called “forced teaming” where they create a “we” or “us” when there really isn’t one. For example, a stranger approaches you and says “look at this rain we got ourselves stuck in, I guess we’re going to have to go into this dark abandoned structure together”. The point is is that there is no “WE”. The person is a stranger and this is a tactic that they use to get you to do something that you normally wouldn’t be comfortable with doing.

The reason why I thought of that is because I kept seeing political slander ads that said things like, “this candidate is not for us” and “this candidate doesn’t share our values”. I immediately thought, who is “us” and “our values”? It is scary the little things that people or groups do like that that the untrained or unsuspecting person might fall prey to.

Emphasis added. If forced pairing is a tactic used by dishonest people who are attempting to get someone from you, or victimize you, why would we think it is any different when politicians do it? The government is attempting to victimize you and me by getting us to feel apart of a team that does not exist. There is no us when it comes to government! Any “us” is a forced us, through arbitrary borders, or the IRS, or congressional districting, etcetera.

There is no “us” when it comes to a politician. They are attempting to steal your money, and give it away to their political donors after lining their pockets. They want to force you to comply with a new law, or get you to join in on the forced pairing, and benefit at the detriment of your “team mates”. Some want to make sure gay couples can force bakers to make them cakes, and force pastors to say they are married. Some want to throw you in jail if you smoke a joint, or take more of your money for bombing… I don’t know who, just pick a middle eastern country, I’m sure we are bombing them.

But the only legitimate collectives are voluntary, and all the others ones are for someone to gain while the forced members lose. When it is an individual sociopath trying to get you alone inside a dark building, we see the evils in forced pairing. But somehow when a politician does the same thing, so many are inclined to believe them: “Oh I like him, he looks me in the eye”. Great… great… have fun inside that creepy basement.

Any forced collective is bad, because it just means that some people are slaves, or caged to the desires of others. And when collectives are not forced, only the best ones form and persist. When a collective is voluntary, people only join for mutual gain, and can leave when they no longer value the group. And likewise, the group can expel a member who  takes and takes without contributing.

Debating Anarcho-Capitalism versus Limited Government

Today I decided to post a comment discussion between myself and a loyal reader, Kerri. She comes from a libertarian perspective, and actually entertains the idea of anarcho-capitalism (versus being against it without reason), which is why her criticisms of the system bring up excellent points about possible negative effects that could come out of having no government, versus a limited government. The following are unedited comments from Kerri, and my responses from a March post called Wars are Started by Governments.

Kerri: Anarcho-capitalism sounds great to me being a libertarian but I also can see problems developing. Let’s take a neighborhood association. There are usually fees associated with living in that type of neighborhood and a president/treasurer who runs it. They usually start because a group of neighbors have similar wants and needs, such as plowing. Things go accordingly as long as everyone is in agreement. Now Joe moves out and Rick moves in. Unlike a condo assoc where you have to sign a contract so you must meet the obligation, a neighborhood association is voluntary. Rick refuses to pay up. But he’s right in the middle of the neighborhood that gets plowed so he benefits. Now Lisa says, well, he’s not paying, so I’m not paying and so on. A libertarian response may be, well, so be it, no plowing. Or move. But civilized people want plowing and most don’t want to constantly uproot, so eventually they will pay and you will have freeloaders in the group unless you forcibly remove them or harass them into moving which should not be legal. The other option is to require that everyone in the neighborhood pay the plowing fee, which is how I’m guessing towns were started because the association expanded. The idea of towns makes sense to a lot of people because instead of constant trial and error by moving in and out, they can choose a town to live in that may have posted by-laws that they can examine before moving in, giving them a pretty good idea of what is expected of them and what will be done for them when they ante up (pay taxes). I would think under anarcho-capitalism towns that tax would be illegal because it’s force, not voluntary. Even as a libertarian, I do like government on a very limited, very small, town by town or state by state basis for it’s practical purpose of living my everyday life and letting the people who choose to run things (every town has them) do their thing and I can get on with my life until I feel the need to become involved which doesn’t involve an 8 hour ride to DC. My issue is with a centralized government that for all practical purposes has no need to be dictating from afar.

Joe: Thanks Kerri, good points. Theres a few ways that this issue could be solved without having to involve government, which at some level still amounts to force (taking the money to be used for plowing) as opposed to agreeing on how to get the neighborhood plowed. One thing that might happen is whoever owns the road would take care of plowing, included in the fee to access the road. When the new neighbor comes in, he would either have to access his land by helicopter, or pay for access to the road, and therefore also pay for plowing, but he would know this ahead of purchasing the home. (and fees for the road don’t need to be a toll booth, it could be a subscription).

But let’s say the neighborhood association owns the road, and buying a house buys you into that road, but that does not include plowing. The neighborhood associations made up of all the original people who all agreed that plowing was worth chipping in on would need those rules to be written into the deed of each home. That way the person buying the house would be required to pay a piece of the plowing costs, based on the product he is buying in the first place: the home, property, and all the stipulations that go with it. This is not force like the town would use, where everyone in a particular geographic area is forced to pay taxes; the option is entirely the association’s in the first place to make the rules (with homeowners agreeing to write rules into their deeds which could make the property harder to sell), and later the buyer, who can look at the deed and see that there is a perpetual yearly fee paid to the neighborhood association which is required under contract if that deed is purchased.

But let’s say there is a small dirt road and 2 people live on it (say, joint ownership of the actual road). One guy decides the road needs to be plowed, so he asks his neighbor for half the money. “No thanks, I drive a jeep!”. Should that jeep driver really be forced to subsidize his neighbors plowing, when he neither wants nor needs it? This is what a town does, just spread the cost of plowing out, versus having only those who want or need plowing paying for it. There are countless ways to cut costs by joining together, as in a town, but with the key difference being agreement instead of force.

And yes, under anarcho-capitalism towns that tax would be illegal simply because they would be initiating force when collecting the taxes. But say I want to start a “town” without force. I just simply need to buy up enough land, and put by-laws into any deed for each parcel of land I sell off, or include by-laws in any agreement for lease or rental. This could be yearly fees in order to cover things like plowing, roads etc., but again there would be no force because everything would be agreed upon in contracts.

Thanks for commenting!

Kerri: Everyone in a town is not required to pay taxes only homeowners because it’s part of the deed. Under anarcho-capitalism this would be illegal whether it was just for plowing in an association because you are forcing the person to accept services for simply buying a piece of property.

And what about beach front? I think it’d be sad if a select few could go and buy up all the beach front and no one else had access to it. These are reasons in my opinion anarcho-capitalism has issues even tho most of it I agree with.

Joe: It would not be illegal in anarcho-capitalism to write a requirement into your deed, and whoever bought that deed would be buying into that requirement. The reason people would not want to include stipulations on their deed is because it would make property harder to sell. So in the neighborhood association you would not be forced to accept the services, you would agree to accept them, for a fee, as designated by the deed which you can choose to purchase or not.

And currently someone could buy up all the beach front, I don’t really see the difference there. Since there would be a market for beaches, what are currently “public beaches” (meaning even the people who never go to the beach pay for them by force) would just charge a fee. I just think any issues that anarcho-capitalism has are already currently present with government, and indeed worse based on the monopolization of force.

Kerri: Isn’t a town just basically a big association? I don’t see the difference between the two. And I personally like the idea even though I might not personally use every single service I sign up for by purchasing the home and agreeing to the real estate taxes, I also want some things like street plowing, water, trash pickup to be dealt with in one lump instead of having a different bill for every service I want. And because town hall is right down the street I feel I have a reasonable chance of protecting my rights so I’m willing to have a little bit of government on a local level but still agree with the basics of AC.

And I think there are stretches of beach front that an individual couldn’t buy in massachusetts, that are under state jurisdiction. You are right though, no system is perfect and our current system of massive government at every level is unacceptable so alternative options should be explored. Thanks for listening

Joe: You hit the nail on the head, you WANT these things, I’m assuming other people do too, so there would be a market for “towns”, they would just be structured without force. The “town government” would allow you to pay for everything in one payment, and choose which ones u want. Some people would choose trash pickup, some wouldn’t. And if the town was structured as I mentioned earlier, with agreements on the deeds so that you would be agreeing to the services and fees up front, then no one could change the rules without your consent, which could happen in a town as it currently stands. So there would be the option of living in the exact same town as it currently is set up, but there would never be any surprises or force involved. The benefit, is never allowing the camel’s nose under the tent, so to speak. If things were structured to exclude force in the first place, it would be much harder to justify one small centralization of government at a time.

And as always, thanks so much for commenting, I really enjoy the discussions we have! 🙂

Kerri: Keep up the good work. Your posts bring up very good points on many interesting and important subjects that I wish more people were willing to discuss!

The Bad Quaker talks Abolition with Bill Buppert

At the time in 2013, I had no idea who “The Bad Quaker” was, and had just been introduced to anarcho-capitalism (or abolitionism) days earlier. It was the first PorcFest I attended, and my mind swirled with new ideas and excitement. The Bad Quaker’s talk was the best slap in the face I ever got. While David Freedman gave me the practical introduction to true liberty, the Bad Quaker gave me the philosophy of freedom. It would be another year before I realized the important role of that philosophy.

This is because I still thought that most people were interested in facts and truth. But when there is no philosophy behind a person’s beliefs, it gets harder to nail down what is a fact, and what is truth. That is why I have been shifting towards promoting the philosophy of freedom, rather than the facts of freedom.

And if listening to the Bad Quaker was a welcome slap in the face, listening to Bill Buppert this year was a needed kick in the butt. I had written about how all government is slavery, but it was more of a gimmick, an attempt to spur people’s thoughts based on the jabbing title that almost everyone is pro-slavery. Then I listened to Bill and was like… oh I get it, we really are all slaves. And on Bill’s website ZeroGov.com, he interviews Ben Stone, the Bad Quaker.

Ben Stone said in a moment of clarity he realized, “that coercive government wasn’t just a bad idea, but it was the actual source of evil in the human experience. You can’t have a coercive government and freedom at the same time. They are mutually exclusive concepts.”

And this is something that took me a long time to realize as well. People ask a lot of questions to anarchists about how negative human behaviors would be regulated without a coercive force called government. But even though there would be a market response to the demand for justice, this year I started to realize that many of those negative human behaviors are created by government, in examples set by the sociopaths who gain power. So while only a fraction of the population has no “conscience”, they are the ones teaching the rest of the population how to act.

Your podcasts draw from a deep well of historical knowledge and understanding, what lessons can be gleaned?

I think the most important thing to understand about history is that almost every aspect of the government-approved narrative is either an outright lie, or it’s so deeply twisted that it doesn’t even remotely resemble the actual events it depicts. State-approved schools intentionally teach history using a method that makes it as boring as possible while leaving a perverted view that almost always glorifies some government “Great Man” as the hero. But once you’re set free from that mind numbing schoolhouse history, and you start to view the human story as it actually happened, it becomes a never-ending journey into fascinating ages gone by.

And I think this point is often understated. I had seen the public school system as the machinery available to initiate indoctrination when the time came. I now realize it has long been indoctrinating kids into the type of citizens governments want. The fact that teachers are not “on board” with this indoctrination once convinced me that it was not yet happening, but I realized that teachers do not have to be willing tools of the state in order to carry their agenda forward.

Just the format of sitting in a classroom, being bored by history and literature and thus giving a negative pavlovian response to learning, has a large effect on the process of indoctrination. Public school teaches a student to spit out whatever was put in. The facts don’t matter, remembering what your teacher “taught” you is all that matters. This makes people vehemently against new ideas when they oppose what they have been taught by some “official”. It brings back the idea that “I will fail if I don’t spit back whatever was spit at me”.

Do you agree that Randolph Bourne’s “war is the health of the state” is a major theme of world history in the West?

I largely agree with Bourne. I would call war the vital signs of government, and I would extend that to the tyrants of the Far East as well as every other culture where coercive government has been tolerated. The fear that “Hannibal is at the gate” has been the excuse that tyrants have used throughout history. The key is to convince people that the devil you know is better tha[n] the potential of being conquered by a foreign devil. So long as people buy the lie, governments grow and war continues.

Mull that over. War is not in the best interest of anyone on the battlefield. The government actually concedes this point, why else would soldiers have to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. And this is also a good reminder that Statism is a religion where we still use human sacrifices as an offer to save us from evil. We at home only passively allow war because we have bought the lie, and don’t want to invite a worse slave-master onto our plantation, because we already have Stockholm Syndrome for our own captors.

I’ve never been interested in the quick easy answer to a question. My brother used to say about me, “Don’t ask Ben the time of day, he’ll tell you how to build a watch.” He meant that in a derogatory way, as an insult.

My answer to him was always; “If you have your own watch you won’t keep bothering me with stupid questions.”

When I try to have an engaging discussion with someone who has decided I’m wrong before the first word leaves my mouth, they generally interrupt every 5-10 words in an attempt to derail my point. They ask questions like, “who would punish criminals” and then interject, “how do you know that?” at every mention of how the market works. Is it bad to question what someone is telling you? No. But it is ignorant to not even hear out a full progression of one’s point before calling into question its basis.

Economics is a science, and there are sound principles that can be applied to certain situations. Telling me “You don’t know that” when I attempt to explain how a market would respond to a given problem is like telling a person discussing evolution that he doesn’t know for sure if natural selection created the opposable thumb. Are the ideas up for debate about how exactly they can be applied to a situation? Of course. But telling someone they don’t know something because you are too lazy to follow their logic is stupid. Instead, if you disagree, explain how the opposite could be true. But most of the “you don’t know that” people are not interested in truth, they want to prove you’re wrong without having the intellectual capacity to explain why they think your wrong.

And let me just say this is completely different from disagreeing after you have heard the argument, and offering a constructive rebuttal to the argument, based on more than the purported ignorance of the presenter. Not every idea can be explained in one sentence. The media has worked hard to make sure that no one pays attention long enough to have a thoughtful debate. In fact the definition of debate has changed to mean a competition between two people who each believe they can yell the loudest, and strategically compete to get in the last word, no matter how idiotic it may be.

I’ll let Ben Stone, the Bad Quaker wrap this one up:

I often say that coercive government exists because there is a current market demand for coercive government. I am a salesman for freedom, but currently governments prohibit freedom. I deeply believe that once the market for freedom reaches a point, no amount of aggression will be able to maintain this prohibition.

[Check out the original article for the full interview.]