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Rethinking Government: Is It Really Necessary?
Why Anarchy Seems Reasonable
Everyone learned 8th-grade civics. We were given this rose-colored view of government as this institution for the people, by the people. It had faults, but the institution would ultimately serve our virtuous ends if we voted hard enough.
Of course, this isn’t the case. In nearly every metric, the government is a complete failure of an institution. It does not provide for those in need. It does not curtail the powerful. It does not crush corruption. It does not respect individual rights. It does not yield results at a reasonable price.
Yet people argue for the state with a passion brighter than the sun. They say with absolute conviction that the government is necessary. But is it?
I’ve rarely seen people argue that the state is effective. I’ve never seen anyone insist that the state is moral or just.
The arguments for the state are restricted to pragmaticism and inevitability. “There will always be a government,” or “How would we take care of the roads?” Arguments like these denote defeatism and a lack of imagination.
Firstly, the government's vast majority of services, such as road maintenance and education, can be provided cheaply and more effectively by private means. The government only introduces corruption and bloat when it steps in.
Secondly, for the services that the government may have a legit role in, such as regulating nuclear energy or keeping a standing army, these roles can be fulfilled at a fraction of the size. For example, the military is grossly overinflated and doesn’t need to be as large as it currently is. It’s bloated, and that bloat bleeds money.
Anarchy has always interested me, but I am skeptical. However, I default to pragmaticism and inevitability whenever I support the state. I don’t argue morals or efficiency; I support the state out of fear and a lack of imagination.
If we are to argue for the state, we need better arguments. I doubt they will come.
And as an individual, you should look to yourself as your master. You are your own tyrant, and it is through aggressive self-control that you find the solutions to your challenges and pains.
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YOU MUST THINK BEYOND 8TH GRADE CIVICS - Most people have an immature opinion of the government. They view it through the lens of goodness first given to us in 8th grade. But the government is a violent, corrupt institution that constantly fails to help those in need. Read this post to learn more about the reality of government and what you should rely on instead.
RESISTING THE RULING CLASSES, ELITES, AND MOBS: A GUIDE TO INDIVIDUALISM - Your enslavement is necessary for the state. I don’t like the government because of how little it thrives from strong individuals. You have to free yourself from the state. I don’t advocate altogether avoiding politics, but you should focus on yourself. Learn more about resisting the ruling classes by reading this article.
THE RULING CLASSES, MOBS, AND ELITES DO NOT WANT YOU STRONG - Government wants you weak. Only a small government thrives with strong individuals. Our large, overbearing state needs you broken and dependent. Read this post to learn more about why and how you can resist.
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