I want to make it 100% clear that I was a statist. I voted Democratic in the 2000 and 2004 elections. In 2008 I became a Libertarian, but I voted Republican. In 2012 I also voted Republican and served as an election judge for both the primary and general elections. I was highly involved in the “political process” and vehemently advocated the very things that I am about to shred to pieces.
While what I am about to write is going to offend, insult, and even enrage a lot of people, I am also attacking the very beliefs that I used to hold so dear. It wasn’t until early 2013 that I gave up the concept of statism and became an anarchist/voluntaryist. Prior to becoming an anarchist, I read many pieces similar to what I am posting and I reacted in the manner that I anticipate many of you reading this will.
Getting to where I am at today was one of the hardest transformations that I have ever undergone. Every anarchist that I’ve spoken to or read has described a different journey. My personal path was long and twisted, but I will never forget the AHA! moment when I unlocked the mental chain that forever changed my view on the world and, ultimately, made me a better person.
I made a post on Memorial Day. I made it extremely clear that it pains me to offend good people who believe they have done the right thing and are fighting on the side of truth and justice. I stated that my opposition was not out of disrespect, but because I do not believe the official government narrative about the necessity of all of this bloodshed. I was stating that I DO NOT WANT MORE PEOPLE TO DIE.
I’m not going to sugarcoat this. It is completely intentional.
To those of you who engaged in a rational and civil conversation with me, I thank you. This post isn’t for you.
Over time I have learned that the best way to discuss anarchy/voluntaryism with a statist is to have a respectful conversation regarding the principles behind the philosophy. I have not always taken this approach. When I was new to being an anarchist/voluntaryist, I was so excited about the very principles that I had discovered and how drastically they changed my worldview that I failed to approach people in a way that would lead them to want to have a rational discussion regarding it. I have been altering my approach, but unfortunately no matter how respectful I try to be there will always be individuals who respond with hatred, contempt, and thinly veiled threats and this is the intended audience of this post.
- This is for those of you who condemn the very thought of anarchy/voluntaryism without having the slightest idea on the principles behind it.
- This is for those of you who refuse to educate yourself on what you so fervently oppose.
- This is for those of you who are too terrified to consider that you have been taught false beliefs.
- This is for those of you who cowardly run away from any discussion that challenges what you cling to in spite of all evidence to the contrary.
- This is for those of you who scream and cry about all the injustice happening in the world, yet when someone offers a solution that doesn’t fit inside the very narrow set of beliefs indoctrination instilled you immediately discredit it.
- This is for those of you who chose to lob insults my way and go into complete conniptions over the fact that I would even suggest our soldiers should stop going overseas to die, murder and terrorize complete strangers, all because politicians told them to and that we should stop glorifying the killing.
“It’s a fact—everyone is ignorant in some way or another. Ignorance is our deepest secret. And it is one of the scariest things out there, because those of us who are most ignorant are also the ones who often don’t know it or don’t want to admit it. Here is a quick test: If you have never changed your mind about some fundamental tenet of your belief, if you have never questioned the basics, and if you have no wish to do so, then you are likely ignorant. Before it is too late, go out there and find someone who, in your opinion, believes, assumes, or considers certain things very strongly and very differently from you, and just have a basic honest conversation. It will do both of you good.” ― Vera Nazarian
Take a good hard look in the mirror. The world that you spend so much time fearing. The world you spend so much time complaining about. The world that you want to change. It’s all because of you. You fund it. You advocate for it. You vote in the politicians that give the orders that result in the deaths of countless people. You vehemently insist that we have the police force that kills the very citizens they are supposedly protecting. You demand the very laws that result in the deaths.
You take absolutely ZERO responsibility for the violence committed in your name, then have the audacity to complain about it, and when I come along to say that we shouldn’t initiate violence against peaceful people you insult me, and tell me that my beliefs are irrational and insane.
Some of you even call yourselves Christians. You must have read a different bible than I did because the bible I read told me not to covet, steal, and kill. Jesus taught that we should “treat others the way we want to be treated.” I must have missed the part where it said that if “government” or “authority” demands that we do so then we should throw morality out the window and obey the government gods (who are mere humans) instead.
Had any of you taken the time of day to understand the principles behind anarchy and voluntaryism you would realize that what we advocate is peaceful co-existence. We believe in the Non-Aggression Principle that initiating violence is ALWAYS wrong and the only valid use of force is defensive. We also believe in the Principle of Self-Ownership which is exactly what it sounds like: every human being owns themselves and thus can decide what to do with their own time, energy, and money. Please see the picture below:
What you advocate is “authority” and “government”. You advocate that everyone be forcibly robbed (taxation), controlled (via law), monitored, and regulated. You want the government to make people behave the way you think they should and you want the government to make them fund what you find important. You vote for the people who promise to forcibly control everyone and then act baffled and appalled when someone ends up dead at the hands of law enforcement who were enforcing the very laws you demanded be enacted in the first place.
And MY beliefs are irrational and insane? I’m the selfish one for wanting to keep what I earn, but you’re the kind and fair one because you want my income forcibly confiscated to pay for what you want? I’m the offensive one because I believe that we shouldn’t initiate violence against each other? I’m the immoral one because I believe morality applies equally to everyone and don’t give politicians, police, the military or any other government agent an exemption from morality? I’m wrong because I don’t believe in glorifying the violence committed by the state and think we should throw parades and barbecues to commemorate violent aggression?
This isn’t just a mere difference of opinion or a situation where we can agree to disagree. This is everything. We can disagree on whether Ford or Chevy is a better car. We can disagree on whether chocolate or vanilla ice cream is superior. The difference between us is you think it is acceptable to use violence or coercion against me to gain compliance or steal from me when I am acting peacefully and have hurt no one. You do not have the moral high ground if you believe that is acceptable. Your first principle begins with “lets initiate violence against otherwise peaceful people” and mine is “initiating violence is never ok.” Nothing after that matters.
Ironically, while you are all having your tantrums and condoning violence against me, I am trying to make you free. I’m trying to convince everyone that all of this fighting and violence is unnecessary. I’m most certainly not advocating that violence be used against all of you to make you do anything against your will.
What makes me so sad is that I don’t think this makes you bad people. I think it makes you very misguided people who have had this belief taught to you from birth. I don’t even think that you even recognize the violence that you condone and take part in. We all have undergone an immense amount of indoctrination to not only accept it, but to think that somehow morality is different for the people in government, and not even see violence when it is staring you in the face. In fact, it is so ingrained that when faced with a contrary opinion most of you react with insults, running away, denial, and fear. The inability to rationally even examine the belief is proof that you didn’t get there using logic or evidence. If your beliefs hold up then you can tear them apart inside and out and they will pass the test. I guarantee that they don’t; I’ve already been through that process. Anarchism/Voluntaryism does.
At the very least be honest about what you condone.
Look in the mirror and say “I advocate that everyone be forcibly controlled, to behave in the manner I think that they should for their own good, and to be caged, assaulted or killed if they resist. I also advocate that everyone be forcibly robbed to fund the things I believe are important, even if they find them horribly destructive and immoral, and to be caged, assaulted or killed if they resist”
If you cannot do that then you are lying to yourself. You are not doing yourself any favors by not acknowledging this.
If you can and are still okay with yourself, then clearly something is very, very wrong.
And, yes, I’m fully aware that this was harsh and that I was extremely blunt and insulting. Too bad, I don’t care. I tried a respectful conversation. When people condone violence against me and other innocent people it pisses me off. If you are one of them I hope you are offended. You should be.
You claim to want peace and an end to this violence and I want you to have that. Do you want it enough to really examine yourself and be willing to open your eyes and your mind? You can have it, but there will be a price. You’re going to have to give up statism and join those of us who oppose all initiation of force.
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ― Leo Tolstoy
We will be waiting for you with open arms to welcome you to humanity.