Never the Statist

Out of all the reasons to hate the state, which one is the most important to me as a libertarian?

Without question, it’s how it takes people who otherwise would exist in relative peace and turn them into bitter enemies. Because politics is violence when the state encompass an aspect of life that means the issue is dealt with violently. Coercion creates strife. Aggression inspires animosity and resentment.

As someone who has interacted with more than his fair share of lawmakers and legislators and political activists I can tell you that apart from the state many of them (certainly not all) would be friendly neighbors.

Those who understand the political system know that it’s not the people involved; it’s the very system that brings out the worst in people. All people are imperfect. It’s why it’s important for people to realize that power doesn’t corrupt. Power merely leaves people susceptible to their own imperfect nature.

Good intentions or not, power causes people to do things they normally wouldn’t do.

The political strife reminds me of what Shifty Powers of Band of Brothers fame once said of the Germans he fought; in another life we might have been good friends.

The same with so many whose politics I bitterly oppose. Additionally, there are people whose politics are aligned with mine in many ways but aside from that we have nothing substantial in common. What unites is our shared opposition to something else.

I’m sure there are some who come here, read a sentence or two, and flee moments later think I’m full of blind, irrational hate towards those who remain plugged into the Matrix.

The reality is that I grieve for those who have yet to take the libertarian Red Pill. I hate what politics has done to divide son against father, daughter against mother, friend against friend. I hate how politics gives enemies the illusion of commonality. I hate how it makes strangers intimately knowledgeable of others only in the hopes of using it against each other.

I’m anti-war and appall the use of violence inherent in our political process. Were I to be give the means to secure a lasting peace without the bloodshed I see on the horizon I would use them without hesitation. And if and when real conflict comes to this nation in whatever form it does I will not be the one to carry it out. I refuse to give in to my baser self instincts – even if this means I stand alone.

Doing the right thing usually means being alone.

Too many friendships, too many bonds have been destroyed over political differences that in a libertarian society would be a moot point. You would do your thing and they would do theirs. But in a highly political world like ours everyone has to do A or B or else they hate the people who do A or B.

The more politicized the society is, the more emphasized the differences are.

I hate how people who normally would use other means to achieve their ends use the state because that’s all they know and all they’ve been taught. I hate how I have to oppose them because of it. But I don’t hate them or anyone else.

Libertarians should hate the state, but never the statist.

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2 Responses to Never the Statist

  1. Thanks for the post. I value your small, yet faithful and most excellent blog.

    I certainly agree with you, and ultimately with Rothbard, that we should not have overdue hatred to statists, because ultimately the State is against the people at large. This being so, I do have little to no respect for those statists who connect their beliefs to a virtue-signalling pharisaical self-righteousness, those groups being Jewish neoconservatives, evangelical conservative types, Cruzbots, cuckservatives, SJWs (though in all fairness many SJWs can be reasonable and one can find good writing from even SJWs; you just have to look in the right place), neo-Marxists (at least the old Marxists and Leninists, IMO, have their good points).

    This being so, I do think that we shouldn’t throw out the opinions and ideas of people who are statist, even with the case of SJWs and hard leftists (in this respect, I vary with Cantwell, who likes nothing but to throw them out of helicopters; I have some of the same impulse, but with more caution and more breadth). For while many of these people are bedazzled by the state and the Vision, they are in many ways good people who would otherwise be more productive and satisfied than they are now.

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    • The Question says:

      Agreed.

      Mind you, I have no compunction saying that there are more than handful of people out there in the Establishment who are evil and deserve to die. My problem is it’s impossible to separate them from those who are in the Matrix but not maintaining it or wouldn’t be aside from external factors. The fashist nationalists will no doubt see little reason to do this when they begin campaigns of violence against the Left. I see nothing good coming from playing judge, jury and executioner. All I see in that is a viscous cycle.

      At the same time, I shed no tear either way.

      One of the consequences of war is that inevitably innocent people will die. Anybody who thinks a revolution or revolt or any kind of violent resistance would end without lots of innocent casualties on both sides are kidding themselves. Chances are they will be friends, acquaintances, family relatives, those whom they would not ever think of harming in any way.

      If you’re going to fight at least acknowledge this and be prepared to accept the consequences. As one former IRA man said in a documentary, if you’re going to fight a war you should give it all you got or get out of the game.

      Having said that, keep in mind that Shifty Powers would have preferred to go fishing and hunting with those Germans soldiers. He hated Nazism but didn’t hate those fighting on its behalf. But that didn’t stop him from pulling the trigger

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