Does Safety Justify Aggression?

For the sake of our safety, it’s necessary to have government agents initiating force against entire categories of people, limiting the individual freedom of many based upon what some of those people are likely to do in the future.

If you believe in that principle when it comes to guns, you are a statist. If you believe in that principle when it comes to national borders, you are a statist. If you believe in that principle for one and not the other (in either direction), you are a statist and a hypocrite.

More specifically, don’t pretend to have any principles if you are a Trump supporter who wants “government” violence used to prevent people from stepping over the arbitrary, imaginary line known as the country’s “border,” based on what you think some people stepping over that line might do in the future, and then bitch about leftists using the exact same premise and crappy reasoning to justify “gun control”: “We need to disarm everyone based on what some gun owners might do in the future!”

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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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Don Duncan
5 years ago

Yes, of course when you identify a principle that governs a belief or action, it clarifies, simplifies. Unfortunately we live in a world where most are cognitively impaired. Analysis by principle is difficult for most and not done. What little reasoning ability an individual may posscess is used to rationalize superstition or emotion based prejudices. The completely rational individual is rare and often frustrated in communication with others who do not appreciate reason or logic as the only valid path to knowledge. Thus, society is dangerous and delusional. But we deal with each other on an individual basis day-day. That… Read more »