Preferences Give Zero Authority

I find myself becoming increasingly less tolerant of people who attempt to use violence (including leveraging the violence of the state) to impose their preferences on others. In fact, I am fast approaching zero tolerance.

Let me be clear, your preferences give you exactly zero authority over anyone other than yourself. It doesn’t matter how you feel, what you like, what frightens you, what actions you consider ‘degenerate,’ or at what words or actions you choose to take offense.

You have absolutely no right to control what other people think, say, or do; and you most certainly never have the right to kill, kidnap, or rob someone who ignores your preferences (or to ask the state to do so on your behalf).

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Parrish Miller has worked as a web designer, policy analyst, blogger, journalist, digital media manager, and social media marketing consultant. Having been largely cured of his political inclinations, he now finds philosophy more interesting than politics and is focused particularly on alternative ideas such as counter-economics, agorism, voluntaryism, and unschooling.

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