Me First!

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Individualist values

“From now on I’m thinking only of me.”
Major Danby replied indulgently with a superior smile: “But, Yossarian, suppose everyone felt that way.”
“Then,” said Yossarian, “I’d certainly be a damned fool to feel any other way, wouldn’t I?”–Catch 22

Concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind

Joseph Heller

1961 was a good year for individualism. Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, eight years in the making, was finally published.(link) Robert Heinlein thumbed his nose at the officious editor who’d persistently harried him on the silliest pretexts, and penned Stranger in a Strange Land, wherein Jubal Harshaw confesses: 

My dear, I used to think I was serving humanity… and I pleasured in the thought. Then I discovered that humanity does not want to be served; on the contrary it resents any attempt to serve it. –Robert Heinlein

Today we vividly remember 2001 as not at all like Arthur C. Clarke predicted. Instead of moon colonies we again got murdering religious fanatics on a rampage combining racial collectivism and mystical eugenics. Yet that was only 19 years ago. In 1961 people remembered with equal vividness the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor two decades earlier. Like when initiation of force and faith brought on the Prohibition and Capitation Tax Amendments, along with World War One. This was followed in two decades by the 1940s alliance of murdering religious fanatics on a rampage combining racial collectivism and mystical eugenics–and brought an eerily familiarity, disconcerting to grownups at the time.

Freedom is Slavery

Making the world safe for christian altruist eugenicism

In 1945 the true meaning of Positive Christian altruism, of “the common good before the individual good” was discovered amid starvation and lice. The value of the accepted Eugenic premise that altruism and good were the same thing suddenly had become way too clear when Russian and American troops discovered death camps in and all around Germany.  Many of them eventually read Atlas Shrugged, which included a non-aggression pledge penned by Ayn Rand while nazi war criminals were sorted out between the gallows and prison cells. That was at Chapter Ten of an eleven-year writing process. But in 1961, Atlas Shrugged was a new book people had only just read. That was 63 years ago. 

All those who place their faith in fire...

Blind faith, fanaticism and the initiation of deadly force, ergo this

In 2001 Soviet communism had collapsed ten years earlier. In 2020, the Libertarian Party approaches its 50th anniversary. American communism pervading the media and Democratic Party, and American nationalsocialist prohibitionism pervading the Republican Party, are dying.(link) Both chose altruism and the initiation of force as standards of value and correctness. Both are better off gone. 

Hockey stick for Libertarians!

Libertarian vote share after Bush asset-forfeiture crash

Just as oil replaced coal, wood and dead whales, and bytes replaced CDs, cassettes and vinyl records, the Libertarian Party is replacing dangerous fossils the way democracies replaced monarchies, sultanates and sheikdoms a century ago.(link) It is replacing the Kleptocracy with a government–not anarchism–to secure individual rights, and not a moment too soon. Heinlein noted that “Man, as a social animal, can no more escape government than the individual can escape bondage to his bowels.” He also observed in a very nuclear age that “Each sunrise is a precious jewel… for it may never be followed by its sunset.” I you vote for the initiation of force, you will probably get exactly what you voted for. 

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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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.

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The 25% v: Social Pressure

This is a simple, multiple-choice question

Scientific American NOV 1955

The Solomon Asch Experiment proved with the finality of a physics lab that 3/4 of educated Americans will lie about the length of a line just to go along with a crowd. That makes them easy prey for Republicans, Democrats and other coercive demagogues. This measured aspect of ordinary human nature makes it all the more crucial that those able to reason by reality exercise integrity and judgment in voting and discussing platform planks. Only one in four individuals is resistant to the influence of social pressure in overriding objective individual judgment. 

The experiment asked an individual to say which of three lines matched an original line off to the side. With no prompting, booing or hissing, three out of four ordinary college students lied rather than tell the truth to make their answer like everyone else’s. Two out of three do this consistently on average.  The same experiment also proved that a lone dissenter was enough to improve objectivity of choice by a solid 25% (p. 6).

Every time I vote libertarian I am mathematically certain that I am changing bad laws 6 to 36 (or 10,000 as in 1972) times as effectively as the same-old-kleptocracy alternative. When others puzzle at my bumper sticker or see my previous LP votes recorded in history, they will shed 75% of the cowardice that keeps them from passing independent judgment.

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“Subjects conformed to group pressure only one-fourth as often
in the presence of a supporting partner.” Remember that on election day!

This spoiler vote effect is a win-win situation for me, just as opposing the libertarian platform planks is a lose-lose proposition for prohibitionist kleptocracy candidates. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson (just one among the hundreds of LP candidates running in this election) is now polling HIGHER than the entire US Congress!

The Prohibition Party sets the agenda for the GOP, and the Communist Party USA sets the agenda for the Democratic Party. Visit their websites and see. There is but one nonviolent way to counteract their social pressure guiding application of the force of law as deadly coercion. That option is to support the political party that defends individual rights rather than drink the cyanide Kool-Aid altruism pushed by stale ideologies of Left and Right. Are these the people you want making decisions about government use of force on YOU?

More on second-hand opinions: http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/second-handers.html
More on The Few, The Independent, The Libertarian Party: http://www.jhenryphillips.com/caseforlp07.html
O mesmo argumento em português: https://libertariantranslator.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/em-defesa-do-voto-libertario/
Isso de decidir com mente alheia em português chamamos de “efeito manada”.

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If this helped you understand how bad policy decisions are made, remember that next time you need a translator.

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 blog