By Adam Kokesh – The Libertarian Enterprise –
Governments on this planet are operated solely
by the most evil, stupid, and insane among us,
That’s the final sad result, the last, ironic
reward, of democracy, plain and simple.
Many people, despite our evolved state and position as the dominant species on our little spaceship Earth, live their lives like animals.
We have given a myriad of opportunities made available by the “evolutionary brain explosion” and still, many people CHOOSE (due in part to social conditioning) to use only a fraction of the 10% of our brains we supposedly use.
While it would be arrogant to say that libertarians have ALL the answers, we do have something valuable to share that seems to go in line with the general intellectual approach shared by most of us.
Freedom is simply one conclusion of a rational analysis of the human condition, but it has many implications. It is not simply a political conclusion—that without the force and coercion of government, we will all be better off—it is also a moral code and a higher calling.
The message of freedom is simple: You as a free, beautiful, independent human being, own yourself, and therefor it is wrong to forcibly violate the rights of others.
It would seem we could present this not just as a nice idea that will just so happen to completely upend the social order when embraced, but as a scientific principle: human relationships are better overall for everyone involved by any metric when they are free of violence and coercion.
Hearing people debate this must sound like the flat earth vs round earth arguments. It’s funny that despite our intelligence and unique capacity for rational analysis, we still routinely reject science on behalf of our insecurities and fears.
The opposite of freedom is slavery—supposedly complete control by others.
Under modern governments, we live a state of semi-slavery.
Governments certainly act like they own their citizens like tax cows. The reason they get away with it is that most people deny or avoid this. Those who simply chafe against control and avoid it often do so with a certain cognitive dissonance because of feelings of guilt imposed by their fellow tax cows demanding that everyone “pay their fair share.”
Regardless of how much people avoid taxation, most of us give up or have stolen from us large chunks of our productivity to support governments, but far more is being stolen.
We can all be placed on a scale from zero to autonomous for how we choose to live.
When a child is born, he or she is in a state of zero autonomy, completely dependent and incapable of making decisions far beyond his or her own bodily functions. Most people only partially grow out of this state and maintain a degree of subversion to the authorities of their lives. In a sense, we all do this to some degree to the extent that we allow the emotional manipulations and bullying of others to compromise our respect for our own individual will.
Those of us who embrace the moral message of freedom tend to treat ourselves with more respect.