Stop Trying to Control One Another

Most conservatives think I’m a liberal because I oppose the death penalty, war, the draft, censorship, drug laws, and other state interference in people’s personal lives.

Most liberals think I’m a conservative because I oppose obamacare, welfare, food stamps, taxes, environmental regulations, and other state interference in business and the economy.

Most libertarians think I’m an anarchist because I refuse to engage in the game of voting for people to run the state rather than agitating for its abolition.

Most anarchists think I’m a statist because I still vote against levies and tax increases (if you ask my opinion on robbing me, I’ll voice my objection) and because I support a free market and private property rights.

In reality, I’m just a guy who believes it’s wrong to hurt people or take their stuff and who realizes that all claimed authority is illegitimate. I don’t have the right to control other people and they don’t have the right to control me.

Believe what you want. Call me what you will. I just want people to live in peace and stop trying to control one another.

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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.