Rule Yourself

Recently another sociopath took power of the greatest criminal institution in the world, the US federal government. Another megalomaniac sits on the throne and will attempt to dictate how you can live your life. The problem is not whether this person is black, white, male, female, Christian, Jewish, rich, poor etc. The problem is that the throne and the institution exists at all AKA the State. Its existence is a symptom of the underlying root mental disorder known as Statism or the belief in authority. It is the belief that gives some people superhuman rights over other people. It is the belief that most people are fundamentally evil, immoral, mendacious, and deceitful; such that they are incapable of governing themselves and must be forcefully governed by individuals acting in the name of the State. How can it be that the fundamental immoral nature of the individual changes to benevolence and magnanimity when great power is assumed? It is not only that power corrupts, but also that it attracts the corruptible. It is a magnet for that trivial insignificant minority that wishes to do harm to others. The State is the greatest and most effective manifestation of power. This is simultaneously its mighty danger and its seductive allure. Those who create value, interact with their fellow human beings on a voluntary and consensual basis. Those who cannot create value, interact with their fellow beings through violence and coercion.

Even if it can be proven that the person who assumes power is good intentioned, genuinely kindhearted, and noble, there is no way such a person can govern millions of people without causing massive harm. This is the case for many reasons; the economic calculation problem, individual free will cannot be predicted, circumstances change so quickly as to render archaic laws and regulations immediately obsolete, and morality cannot be dictated. Stop imagining some crooked politician can improve your life. Assume personal responsibility for all your failures and achievements. The only person who deserves credit for the effects of your actions is you. We are all thinking sentient human beings with the ability to learn new and amazing things that will improve our lives. Be the captain of your fate and the master of your destiny! Rule yourself!

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Voluntaryists Are Modern Day Abolitionists

Each of our lives is a message to future generations. Our thoughts, actions, and words are recorded in the ledger of history for those that will follow us long after we return to dust. What message do you want your life to say? When you are old, withered, and decrepit, what will you tell the younger generation when they ask you, “What did you do when the United States empire was in it’s death throes? What did you do when the US military was wreaking havoc throughout the world? What did you do when throngs of people were being kidnapped and caged for victimless crimes like having the wrong kind of plant in their pockets or feeding homeless? What did you do when people were being mass murdered by drone bombings for accidentally being born in the wrong geographical location? What did you do when at least half of every productive person’s earnings where being plundered away by the State to be spent on war, destruction, and death? What did you do when the State conducted mass surveillance on innocent people under the pretext of security?” I want to have a better answer than, “I just paid my taxes and followed the law.” My articles, videos, and interviews are a snapshot of my thoughts. I want to leave nothing to chance or interpretation.

Modern day Anarchists/Voluntaryists are equivalent to the Abolitionists of the 19th century. The Abolitionists did not oppose chain slavery because they knew how the future will turn out or how the cotton would be picked. They opposed chain slavery on moral grounds alone. They opposed chain slavery because they knew in their hearts that owning and controlling another human being by force is immoral and wrong. Consequentially modern day Anarchists/Voluntaryists oppose Statism AKA belief in authority AKA belief that the State is necessary for the healthy functioning of civilization on moral grounds primarily. The modern individual, like the slave of the 19th century, did not consent to even a small percentage of the laws, regulations, and taxes forcefully imposed upon him by his political masters.

To be a Voluntaryist is to plant one’s heels firmed in the ground and proudly proclaim, “I will not give my consent or support for an institution that uses violence and coercion to solve its problems in my name.” When one professes disgust for the State one is simultaneously professing adoration for the individual. One is professing a love for humanity. If one desires absolute freedom to live as one wishes, that very same freedom must be applied to one’s neighbor. This is the sublime magnificence of Voluntaryism and of the Free Market!

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Voluntaryists are Moral Agents, not Soothsayers

“Anarchy would not work on a large scale because how would you tear down the big corporations and organize society on a large scale?”

As a Voluntaryist, I do not claim to know how society will work without the state. I am not a central planner, fortuneteller, oracle, or soothsayer. The anarchist stance is only proclaiming that nobody has the moral right to rule and that my life is not owned by any politician or state. I live my life of my own accord and accept the consequences of my actions.

It is not the duty of Voluntaryists or Anarchists to explain away the intricacies of every societal problem. How much do people know of how the current society functions? How many people know what such concepts as quantitative easing, the Mandrake mechanism, deflation, inflation, hyperinflation, fractional reserve banking, and currency vs money are? How many people know how the monetary system and the Federal Reserve system works? How many people know the role that economics, the price mechanism, competition, supply/demand, and free trade play in the market economy? How many people intimately know how their smart phone, TV, laptop, car, lawnmower, or snowblower work? The level of ignorance that most people accept as self-evident regarding everyday items is astounding. Surprisingly this is not a source of distress for them.

However when moral agents express the deep passionate desire to consistently apply economics, philosophy and morality to all aspects of life, they are labeled as the extremists and radicals. If saying “There are no exemptions to the universal laws of morality” is radical than I am guilty as charged. If saying “The laws of morality are not altered by politician scribbles” is extremist then I am guilty as charged. If saying “The laws of morality do not depend on how many people vote on it” is subversive then I must be a revolutionary. Far better to be labeled insane in an insane world than to conform and in so doing execute one’s own conscience. Embracing moral integrity is not for the faint of heart.

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Voluntaryism is the Love for Humanity

As an individual I recognize that there are distinct groups of people including races, genders, creeds, ethnicities, religions, socioeconomic statuses etc. As a Voluntaryist these classifications are meaningless since I treat all people with their due respect and dignity. It is not the groups one ascribes to that determines their due respect but the rather the actions taken by that individual.

There are groups that one is born into involuntarily. This is as a result of no particular individual action and deserves no particular merit. It is not something to be proud of nor ashamed of. This includes nationality, religion, race, gender, ethnicity, creed, inherited wealth etc. These are just as beyond our control as is the color of our eyes, the color of our hair, or the propensity to develop certain illnesses due to family history. No intelligent human being would assign any importance to these attributes.

Then there are groups that one joins due entirely to one’s dedication and particular individual action, taken in totality these are what further define the nature and character of the individual. These are the direct results of particular effort and action taken by the individual. Examples of this include book club, chess club, music club etc. By these groups the individual can, more or less, be judged. However even still final judgement ought to be suspended until a frank discussion with the individual occurs. Every man deserves the ability to explain the motive behind his actions and those he willingly associates with before final judgement is rendered. In this manner, rash conclusions and hasty generalizations must be avoided at all costs. Every human being deserves his due respect and dignity until his actions dictate otherwise.

As a Voluntaryist my love and compassion extends to the totality of the human race. I make no preference or distinction towards any one group of people. We do not have women’s problems, black problems, rich problems, poor problems, Islamic problems, Christian problems, Hispanic problems, Mexican problems, Korean problems, or Russian problems. We have human problems because we are all human beings! Recognize your common heritage with your fellow human being. This is the source of true prosperity and peace.

“There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal.” – Friedrich Hayek

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Happy New Year 2017 Things I Wanna Spread

A new year is upon us. Many people wait until January to reform their lives. To many people, the arrival of the new year is the catalyst for change and improvement. Why wait for a socially acceptable time for taking steps towards the betterment of yourself? The future is not secured to any of us. Life carries with it no guarantee. Life is a gift granted us by the universe. The present is a gift. The manner in which we daily make use of this gift determines the nature and meaning of our lives.

What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want people to reminisce about you? What stories would you like to be told about you? What does success mean to you?

If you have earned your wealth legitimately through voluntary trade, if you have started a business and produced a good/service that has improved the life of others, if you have listened to the problems of another with unconditional compassion, if you have made those around you smile and laugh with pure joy, if people flock to you for the loving and gentle energy you exude, if you have helped one person to breathe easier, this is a success in my book. Be the bright candle in a dark room! Be the inextinguishable light that illuminates the abyss! Live such that the world is poorer because of your absence. We are here only for a brief eye blink in history. Make the most of it! Happy New Year!

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Obedience Is The Enemy Of Morality

It is very difficult to judge law enforcement officers and soldiers on the basis of their individual actions because they pride themselves on not acting as individuals, but rather as being the physical manifestations of the State. Nevertheless we must make the effort.

An order is just spoken words or ink on paper. It is the order followers who bring those orders into the real world where they have real consequences. At every point on the chain of obedience there is always a choice to continue obeying. Therefore every order follower must always assume personal responsibility for each and every action committed by their hands. There is no shirking responsibility. To attempt to do so is to pretend one is a soulless machine rather than a thinking sentient human being.

The beginning of wisdom is to be fully accountable for one’s actions no matter how egregious. Self-ownership involves claiming ownership of one’s physical body, the fruits of one’s labor, as well as the direct consequences of one’s actions. When every human being assumes this there will be no cowardly blaming of one’s superiors, the law, politicians, or one’s job. There will be no shameful diffusion of responsibility. The phrases “I’m just doing my job” or “I didn’t write the laws I just enforce them” denote a special degree of mind body separation that would make any spiritual adept green with envy. They are only used when justifying truly horrifying actions.

Teach your children what is right and wrong. Teach your children what is morality and to think for themselves. If you succeed in doing this you will not have to fear that they will rationalize future atrocities with such contemptible phrases. A child who internalizes a moral compass will not, as an adult, be swayed by the tempting allure of poisonous sophistry nor the forked tongue of political predators. The child is the father of the man. Raise your children in the manner you wish to see the world of tomorrow. Your words become their reality. Choose your words with great care.

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