I fell short.
In frustration I called a statist a parasite.
Really, he is much much worse than a mere parasite. I was being gentle. But I still shouldn’t have lost my composure with him.
He was making the argument that a cop was right to ticket a man who didn’t have a front “license plate”, and that the guy deserved it because he broke the “law” and was being a jerk to the nice cop- who then lost his temper.I had nicely pointed out that such a “law” is counterfeit, and I asked where the cop got this supposed right to stop and molest people over a bit of metal, and where the State got the right to require you pay for and attach this piece of metal.
The guy started in with saying “we” have a Constitution and “laws” that we are required to follow, and … “we”/”our” “society” “social contract” blah blah blah. He was justifying every kind of law, and any amount of violence to enforce them, with his superstitions and collectivism. And this was in a liberty-oriented, individualist group.
I should have just walked away and ignored the vermin. But, no, I called it a parasite. Which is true: all statists are parasites to some extent. But it’s probably not helpful (in most cases) to point this fact out to them.
So, yeah, I failed. I strive to do better next time.