“It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.” –Richard Feynman
“Today, however, we have to say that a state is a human community that (successfully) claims the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory. Note that ‘territory’ is one of the characteristics of the state. Specifically, at the present time, the right to use physical force is ascribed to other institutions or to individuals only to the extent to which the state permits it.” –Max Weber (a socialist intellectual who thought ideal and egoistic were antonyms)
Libertarians seek to establish a laissez-faire, free market society using the ethical lessons of history. The failures of eugenic collectivism, mystical obscurantism and prohibitionist fanaticism got us into war, the Great Depression, and another war–one of genocidal extermination ended by nuclear weapons. All three events resulted from the initiation of force justified by appeals to altruism as an ideal that to this day is wrongly interpreted as the ethical border at which good ends and evil begins. A laissez-faire, Bill-of-Rights-upholding society in which Congress cannot make laws restricting the freedom of production and trade is exactly what anarchists DO NOT WANT.
As a theory, Socialism purports to offer an alternative to monarchic, mystical, slaveholding, monopolistic mercantilism. Yet any child could see that what Marx offered was dictatorial, slaveholding, monopolistic–and no less colonial than rule by the ecclesiastically-supported hereditary kings that had institutionalized torture and warfare in Europe, Africa and Asia over the preceding millennium. Marxist ideology replaced the Will of God with Historical Necessity and anarchists improved on that by adding extra violence. All anarchists have always operated through violence, no matter what their adjectival modifiers. See for yourself: (link)
The result, all around us, is a mixed economy running on two competing theories of predetermination, both requiring the initiation of deadly force whenever altruistic grounds can be interpreted as sufficient justification or pretext. From the 1790s until 12 days after Independence Day, 1945, these force-initiating ruts of circular fallacy could almost be ignored. But the initiation of force armed with the weapons created specifically to defeat it, has become an existential threat to survival and is no longer tenable.
Twenty months after the Nagasaki explosion, while war criminals who did not manage to defect from National Socialism to Soviet Socialism were tried and hanged at Nuremberg, a naturalized American philosopher wrote:
For a practical definition, if men merely agree that no man or number of men have the right to initiate the use of force against any human being (and that includes the forcible seizure of his property), that they have no such right for any purpose whatsoever, at any time whatsoever—that would be all we need, that would achieve a perfect Utopia on earth, that would include all the moral code we need.Ayn Rand, April 1947
Notice that the problem she identified was not the choice of weapons, but rather, a resolute dedication to coercive aggression, rather than a commitment to let people live their own lives in peace and harmony.
Anarchist communists–who have never won an election, much less successfully maintained a government–have attempted to retask the non-aggression agreement into an entering wedge for a return of totalitarian collectivism. But even a bird has sense enough not to allow a menacing snake into its nest. Observe the result of replacing “territory” with demands for “open borders” on the law-changing clout the LP once wielded through the spoiler votes our candidates earned:
Once the current mismanagement of the LNC has been replaced, affiliation might turn out to be a good idea. But the election returns show that the candidates with the least votes were the ones on the national ticket. Their panhandling for an “Affilate Fund” can only result in dragging state and county LPs down into the losing streak caused by mismanagement at the national level. If you support your LOCAL libertarian party you thwart ongoing infiltration of the national LP and bring effective pressure to bear for reform.
Support genuine, vote-getting, pro-freedom, unaffiliated State and Local LPs; accept no substituteskys.
Find out the juicy details behind the mother of all economic collapses. Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929 is available in two languages on Amazon Kindle, each at the cost of a pint of craft beer.
Brazilian Sci-fi from 1926 featuring the usual beautiful daughter of a scientist touting prohibition and racial collectivism in America’s Black President 2228 by Monteiro Lobato, translated by J Henry Phillips (link)
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