Only Behaving “Good” Because Government Says To?

One of the creepiest things about statism is that it seems to actually convince a bunch of otherwise good, rational people that if there were not a political ruling class telling them how to behave, that they themselves wouldn’t behave as they should.

Consider how schizophrenic and weird that is. “I know that people should behave this way (e.g., not defrauding, assaulting, murdering, etc.), but I’m not sure that me believing that would make me not do it, unless I have politicians and their hired enforcers making me not do that.” If that is true of you, that’s both creepy and sad.

And if it’s just other people that you think need controlling, because they’re devious, nasty, selfish and malicious, I have some bad news for you: those are the people who will end up running whatever “government” you hoped was going to make people behave.

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Larken Rose

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Larken Rose is an anarchist author best known for challenging the IRS to answer questions about the federal tax liability of citizens, and being put in prison with no questions answered. He is the author of The Most Dangerous Superstition.

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