THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 384, September 10, 2006
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Dear El (if I may be so familiar),
Re: "A Snot In The Dark", by L. Neil Smith
"That explains why libertarian thought dominates the Internet and why non-libertarians frequently hate, loathe, and despise it. Talk radio is the domain of conservatives, where they can shout their critics down, or even switch the mike off if an opponent is making too telling a point. Liberals prefer television and the movies, where the principal medium is phony, maudlin sentiment, rather than rational communication."
Your last line above misses the more important reason Liberals prefer TV and the movies: even more so than Conservative talk radio, their prefered medium is 100% one-way.
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Jim Davidson wrote:
> Dear Editor,
sigh Mr. Davidson is right. Colloquially, all too many people say "360 degree turnaround" when what they really mean (and what is really correct) is 180 degrees. I suppose I could pretend that I said "360 degree turnaround" because that's what many people understand, and that I personally knew better but was only trying to speak in a way that the most possible people would understand. The whole truth, though, is that that's only half right. I did know better. I'm embarrassed to say that the rest of the truth is that I just forged on ahead with what "everybody says" and what I'm sadly used to hearing without even thinking about it. Shame on me.
> Since looking around is never a bad idea in considering possible actions, it
That's one way of attempting to recover, and that I said what I meant. And it's such a good ideathe looking all around, I meanthat I'll likely use it in the future when I'm silly enough to say "360 degree turnaround."
> Really, any odd multiple of 180 works great. The even
Mr. Davidson is still right.
> Having more than a passing familiarity with the
LOL! For the record, please allow me to point out that I never once mentioned "decrepit" or "old" when I wrote what I did. The truth is that I agree with Mr. Davidson's principled stance then, and I still do. Even more importantly within the context here and now is the fact that I agree with his comment that "any improvements are a blessing." They are, however, all too often too small.
> However, in an earnest discussion of strategy with a
Agreed. And that's what we should all be working towards, though I don't accept that we must put ourselves in a position of "it's-all-or-nothing" where our efforts are concerned.
> (b) incrementalists are often pointed to by the
Ouch. That is, indeed, a danger. But the enemies of freedom gained so many blind followers by doing exactly the same thing. Those who are easily swayed can just as easily move toward freedom if they're not shocked into a stubborn refusal to budge. "I already know what I think; don't confuse me with the facts!" is a mantra that can only be countered incrementally (and unfortunately sometimes not at all).
I should add here that, in all fairness, those who are too easily swayed aren't going to make the best allies for obvious reasons.
> (c) thesis-antithesis-synthesis suggests that taking
No. I suggest that taking an extreme position, while often admirable in the living of one's own life, will serve as a shock at best to the systems of those less responsible, courageous, patriotic, or your-own-pro-freedom-adjective-here persons. And shocks tend to immobilize many, or worse, to engender retreat. Unfortunately, retreat in this case is 180 degrees (See? I'm not entirely mathematically challenged!) from the direction we're trying to go.
> (d) everyone has choices to take, some of which are
> (e) truly effective writers are a rare blessing, and
Thank you, Mr. Davidson, for your kind words. I still believe, however, that I'm not really writing exclusively for people like Mr. Davidson. He's already figured out that freedomdespite the hard work often involved and the sacrifices that must sometimes be madeis going to be the bellwether for his own life decisions. I don't need to gently nudge him to question big government and its self-stated altruism. And he certainly doesn't need any prodding from me or anybody else to get off his couch and DO something. He's far beyond that. In fact, even in the world of those who are already genuinely pro-freedom, he's well ahead of most.
I sincerely hope that Mr. Davidson thinks there's some possibility that I might be a truly effective writer when it comes to doing some of that gentle nudging and poking some of those little holes into much-beloved but erroneous belief systems in connection with those folks who are still of the opinion that the government is here to help them. If I give the already pro-freedom men and women a bit of a laugh now and then, or if I bolster their own commitments a little on occasion, or if I come up with some metaphor or argument they later find helpful in their own lives, that's icing on the cake.
> (f) as we are about to see violent rebellions and
Although I hate to say it because I hate the very idea of it, I'm deeply concerned that Mr. Davidson is once again right.
I've tried in many of my essays to convey why I do what I do because I can't believe that my own logical steps from ordinary citizen to pro-freedom activist make me all that unique. If certain facts convinced me, and if certain arguments swayed me, then I can only hope that laying those facts and arguments out in what I hope is a sensible format will act to convince and sway others.
> It remains my regret that in my candid letters and
I don't think that Mr. Davidson has much, if anything, to regret here. I can't speak for others, of course, but I can say that even when I've disagreed or been in some way disturbed by something he's said, he's never failed to make me think. (And if it matters to him, I'll also say that I've rarely disagreed with him.)
> Happily, something has come up which promises to
I wish Mr. Davidson every success in his new endeavor, and sincerely hope that whether we see less of him here or not, he also continues in some way to write and talk in such a way that he doesn't stop making other people think.
Yours for freedom,
Re: "Will the REAL Lady of Liberty please raise a Lighted Torch?", by Dennis Lee Wilson
A couple of points:
Emma Lazarus certainly wrote a persuasive piece about open borders for the US. Interesting that, as a Zionist, she took an absolutely contradictory position concerning other borders. Walt Whitman would have understood.
Also, as a general rule of thumb, I find that people who spell America with a 'k' and who call everybody who disagrees with them 'fascists' are hardly libertarian, but come from somewhere quite different on the spectrum.
Re.: Letter from Jay P. Hailey in the last issue.
I would argue your point only on the following:
I desire to make a salient point here: In no casein the USC, is a punishment to be meted out to whatever elected/appointed official for willfully violating his/her oath of office. Rather, such a thing is 'relegated' to the congress to address by way through whatever lawif any, in pursuance of what is spelled out. This embedded equivocation is the genesis of all that is wrong with the USC.
Dennisit would seem, desires to keep the document around, and dance with the devil in its details, while attempting to 'fix' what's wrong.
What we engage in here, is not Libertarians 'eating their own.'
Not a few times was I taken to task by the likes of J.Neil Schulman on the Noban discussion listas other places.
Well, let me say this about that: Only the strong survive; only those willing to go the distance will get there.
Individual liberty, on the other hand, speaks of no such limits, as in the main individual liberty requires nothing of anyone, save that they don't initiate force against another personin whatever way.
Insofar as Dennis is concerned: I do not take exception with him, but rather with his words. Heit would appear, seems to think that fixing what really isn't broken, is going to make things better. But that flies into the face of his own words: "To vote for a candidate is initiatory force."
If everything hangs on definition, then would it be fair for an inveterate Marxist to declare s/he is a dyed-in-the-wool libertarian, and be taken seriously? I will condition that with the declaration that a Marxist willing to live his/her politics, would do so without resorting to the use of any force against anyone else in pursuance of his/her life objectivemight be considered libertarian.
Would it be too much were I to declare that the only real litmus test is that which is predicated upon the fact of a person's actions regarding all others?
I very strongly desire to be left alone, and to suffer ONLY at my own devices.
As with Diogenes, I seek the truth, and an honest man.
E.J. Totty writes:
> Your latest in the TLE
Hey Mister Totty
I read your feed back, thank you very much.
What I took from your message was basically the Minarchist versus Anarchist debate.
My orignal reply was restatement of the Incrementalist versus. . . oh, er (Revolutionist?) Debate, and I was coming down as an Incrementalist.
Now in the hard core anarchist POV you're either a statist or not. The answer is to get rid of Statismat all period.
I get that. I am not sure I *agree* with it. I frankly, am not convinced that Humans could live in a non-state society or culture without making up a state for themselves.
In any casethis is a very serious philosophical divide.
The question isare you willing to tolerate someone who doesn't agree with you? What if I come out and say "Anarchy won't work. Humans aren't built that way. But I like Liberty and I want to increase it."
Despite the fact that this could be considered a self contradictory statement from the Hard Core anarchist POVcan you live with some one who really feels that way?
Is it possible? Is it desirableto disagree with someone who espouses this idea without telling me "You're not Libertarian enough!"?
Might I be a larval Anarchists?
About the Tent commentOnce upon a time I left a supposedly Libertarian E-mail list after that sort of semantic nit picking. We have plenty of ideas to bat across the floor without playing that sort of game. IMHO.
NowIf I am a Minarchist, (Alternate days) it would be safe to say that I am on a different philosophical basis than an Anarchist. Now, as a MinarchistI oppose the federal reserve Bank and Income taxes as an examplethe instruments of the revolution of 1913.
Now because we oppose those from Hypothetically different philosophical bases ("No government is legitimate", versus "that's too darned much!") Is our opposition to those institutions compatible? are we going in the same direction? Can we work together until our roads diverge?
Can we discuss where our two philosophies diverge and see if there can be a meeting of the minds?
Because to me, frankly you sound like a Fundie Anarchistsomeone for whom there is no half way and no shades of gray. Anarchist or Statist, pick one and then be it.
I am not going to slide into either of those two boxes. They do not fit me well.
And here we are again in one of the inevetible arguments one see when one shouts "Individualists Unite!"
Thank you for your e-mail, Sir.
Jay P. Hailey
> Your latest in the TLE
Who died and elected you the arbiter? There are two things in that paragraph above
1) There are a set of characteristic actions and attitudes which mark one as a Libertarian
2) EJ Totty gets to publicly declare if you have violated any of these characteristic sets of actions and/or attitudes.
I agree with 1in your example, if a raving socialist showed up and said "I'm a Libertarian!" and the proceeded to reason from Socialist assumptionsthen I wouldn't give a lot of creedence to this persons point of view. He or she would damage his credibility.
But I don't think I have any standing to say "You can't call yourself a Libertarian!"
Do you? I mean I can say "Boy, that statement seems to proceed from the idea that the State is superior to the Individual, and I can't agree with that." But what gives me.. the authority to say "Get out of here and don't call yourself a Libertarian AGAIN!"
In the final analysis, You can tell who's walking the walk and who's just talking the talk. But I don't consider myself qualified or entitled to act as any sort of a gate keeper.
If you do, I'd like to hear why you think so.
Jay P. Hailey
Jay, & Ken,
My remarks interposed below:
> At 3:46 AM -0700 9/5/06, Jay P. Hailey wrote:
No one that I know of! All I stated upfront were the essential facts of just what a Libertarian is. No equivocation here!
Why not? If someone is a liar, do you not have the right to publicly declare of the matter especially if you know what the truth is?
> Do you? I mean I can say "Boy, that statement seems
You'll forgive meI hope, for asking: Who told anybody "Get out of here and don't call yourself a Libertarian AGAIN!"
> In the final analysis, You can tell who's walking the
Your own words speak for you.
> But I don't consider myself qualified or entitled to
Neither do I. However, don't expect to me to take you seriouslyshould you happen to refer to yourself as a Libertarian.
> Your latest in the TLE
Interesting. What could possibly make a stateless society work if all people, most people or even a sizable minority of people were not trustworthy?
The principles in the Bill of Rights are predicated on trusting people to have and excercise adult judgement most of the timeabout ideas, about guns, about their property.
Anarchy, even more so is pedicated on the idea that most people are trustworthy.
My best friendhis main objection to Anarchism or Minarchism is that somewhere out there, nearby is someone who is so stupid and evil, that if he knew the full weight of the state wasn't restraining him, that evil moron would jump right up and start raping, pillaging and burning.
My best friend insists that, without men with guns and badges, the world would be set ablaze in an orgy of destruction.
I pointed out that there were no cops in evidence the last time we had that discussonand further that the dumb ass college students, who specialize in loud but incoherent music and durnken scenes of melodrama out in the street (Our own not-so-private soap opera while we sit on the porche debating politics. . . Lifes GOOD!) anyway, while no cops were in evidencethese morons were not, in fact pillaging, raping or buring us at that moment.
My friend replied that it was the awareness of heavy consequences that prevented them from murdering us right there.
What a depressing and Cynical View!
"But" I then point out "Why is it okay to let these guys vote? What if they get together and vote that all cops have to run to the county line and count to 100? If they're not trustworthy with guns or just running loose without the threat of massive retaliation, why do we trust these people with ballots?"
"That's different." My best friend says, but he never gets into a lot of specifics there.
In the end of these conversations I often wind up calling my best friend a Fascist. (And he really enjoys that, believe me.)
Because if most people are incompetentthen any random sampling of people is also incompetent. And picking people more or less at random to perform socially desirable tasks is bound to end up with incompetent people doing incompentent things.
But in an anarchy, anyone doing much of anything near you is effectively randomly picked. Anarchy means trusting people not to shoot at you, run you down with vehicles or start massive fires which burn your stuff or kick in your door and start raping you.
Sure a very small minority of people is going to come up with the amazing stupid idea that this is a good way to behaveand they'll get shot but it this is more than a tiny, teensy weensy minority, then anarch-topia comes apart in a wave of violence.
And the ones who survive that will be the ones who band together into units for mutual defenseHello! States!
Individuals are wonderful. I love them. But in a fight between one smart man filled with character and ten morons, my money is on the morons.
In order to believe that Liberty could workin order to believe that Anarchy could work I have to believe that most people don't want to burn and rape and pillage, at least most of the time.
If people are stupid and prone to violence without the threat of massive retaliationthen Liberty cannot work and Anarchy could never ever work. Human social organization would require some way to enforce order and order would have to come from the minority of smart people.
We'd have to design a way to filter for smart, ruthless people who don't mind stomping individuals here and there if it means the trains run on time. The vast majority of morons, wanting to be free from rape, pillage and burning would support these smart guys and their agents. After allif it means most folks get to sleep tight in a safe place, then it must be worth it, if it costs a few innocent folks now and again.
But. . . . What might this Moron-ocracy look like? Hmm.
In an earlier age, a cranky "I hate you all" Anarchist could run out into the woods and live by himself. These days you can't escape the herd. Humans are every where and we affect everything. Not to mention Nuclear Bombs. If humans contrive a way to go Easter Island with the whole world there will be no escape. (Unless there's a good space infrastructure in place and even then it wouldn't be any fun.)
If you can't trust the vast majority of human beingsthen eventually you'll find yourself being a fascist. There's no way around it. For Earth Itself and Cranky Anarchists standing on it, the herd must be controlled or it'll go over the cliff and take everything and everyone else with them.
I can't get behind that point of view.
Liking Jay was actually a struggle for me. A Hard won battle. And if I truly like myself, I cannot entirely dislike you. If I can trust myself, mostly, then by extension, I trust you.
I think we're made of better stuff than the cynics would have us believe.
And so I think Liberty can and will work.
I dunno about Anarchy But if we can stop the headlong stampede into Big Brother Ville, I am not averse to giving it a shot and seeing what happens.
Jay P. Hailey
Jay, & Ken,
My remarks interposed below:
At 4:19 AM -0700 9/5/06, Jay P. Hailey wrote:
That's illogicalespecially in light of what we know about people in general. Trust is earned, not published.
> The principles in the Bill of Rights are predicated on
Actually, no. You are most incorrect in that assertion.
> Anarchy, even more so is pedicated on the idea that most
Again, no. No condition of existence determines the actions of anyone.
> My best friendhis main objection to Anarchism or
And just as likely he would meet a quick and ignominious end as well!
> My best friend insists that, without men with guns and
Hmmm. Maybe you should introduce him to a certain set of people with 'guns and badges' who have done more harm in this world than any number of petty criminals? You knowgovernment men.
So, what's your point here? Are you for governmentor freedom?
Or, maybe he's just pulling your leg?
> Because if most people are incompetentthen any
Classic case: Constituted government.
> But in an anarchy, anyone doing much of anything near
I perceive that you are 'missing' something: What you describe above is happening now anyway, except that in most cases, the people have either been disarmed and can't do anything, or they have disarmed themselves because they have been brainwashed into believing that the cops will save them.
> Sure a very small minority of people is going to come
Illogical: If anarchy (meaning without a leader) is essentially chaos (by some modern definitions), then how does chaos come apart and become chaos?
> And the ones who survive that will be the ones who
Illogical once again. If what you propose above were true, then before there were 'states,' there would be whole families in unionan act itself which ensures the destruction of individual liberty.
> Individuals are wonderful. I love them. But in a
Illogical again. Smart money should be on the smart man, as morons lack the ability to cogitate at length. Of course, men of great mental ability often use those abilities in a perverted way.
It occurs to me, that you already have your mind made up.
As I've stated before, and as you've often pointed out, no matter what existence we live, there will always be those who will attack others. And, as has been stated innumerable timesin the TLE itself, government under fools with power acting in the stead of the electorate, is way more dangerous than any small group of ruffians having no constituted authority at all to operate in even a quasi-legal instance.
Government has the ability to both silence and disarm the entire populace.
> For Earth Itself and Cranky Anarchists standing on it,
So, your particular final solution is . . . ?
Jay, & Ken,
My remarks interposed below.
> At 3:37 AM -0700 9/5/06, Jay P. Hailey wrote:
I would remark only that incrementalismwith the idea of achieving liberty, is not unlike a snail placed upon a Teflon incline: You think you're going forward, but you're getting nowherefast.
> The answer is to get rid of Statismat all period.
I could not agree more.
> I get that. I am not sure I *agree* with it. I frankly,
Well, let's look at that.
> In any casethis is a very serious philosophical divide.
Only because not a lot of peopleI perceive, are willing to think outside the box they have been forced into. But, I have discovered that many peopleonce experiencing the freedom that exists outside that box, find the experience exhilarating and are reluctant to chain themselves back into the confining existence of the box.
> The question isare you willing to tolerate someone who
Why shouldn't I? People disagree with me daily. But, so what?
> What if I come out and say "Anarchy won't work. Humans
Just because you say a mode of living won't work, it does not follow that you are correct.
> Despite the fact that this could be considered a self
Why wouldn't I? As long as they're not jeopardizing my life, liberty, or property . . .
> Is it possible? Is it desirableto disagree with someone
I don't know about the accusation, as it's really not a valid one.
In the binary (digital) world, you areor you aren't.
Logically then, the criteria for being a thing would hinge upon all aspects being equal to a logical '1'or a logical '0' if the definition hinges on 'what you are not.'
So, by strict logical definition, you either are, or you are not; there is no gray area in which one may equivocate.
One might categorize the entire range of human political thought and ideology by way of a hexadecimal number.
> Might I be a larval Anarchists?
I can't reply to that, as I have insufficient data.
> About the Tent commentOnce upon a time I left a
I'm wanting to comment that merely because a group of people congregate to discuss their particular positionsregarding their own polites, it does not follow that just because they find themselves thinking along the same lines, that they are what they want everyone else to identify them as.
A group of socialists/communists (they are one and the same) bent upon taking-over a political party, might well define themselves as whatever that party calls itself. And that is the point here, that I want to make: Redefining what's already been clearly defined.
In the instance above, regarding those congregating, it would be quite one thing if those participating merely stated up-front, that they are (define yourself here), and desire to know more about what the discussion entailsLibertarianism.
BUTand a BIG one that is, it's when those who aren't what they say they are, pretend to be Libertarian, and then propose to make changes to the idea, in the attempt to corrupt the whole of the idea by way of gradualism (think: Fabian Socialists), that matters go down hill.
And further, it's those chameleons/doppelgängers who rile, chide and condemn the center/purists for not accepting small changes to the definition of Libertarianism, and then equivocate at great length as to what they're really up to: Redefinition.
Now, I realize that you have your ideas about where we should bepolitically speaking, but where I differed from your point of view was in the matter of a written constitution: We had a thing, but the buggers who dickered acceded to the buggers who bickered, and what we ended up with is fiat liberty controlledby the herd.
I also realize that you desire to get from where we are now to someplace less onerous, againpolitically speaking.
Well, you should knowby now, where I stand.
> Because to me, frankly you sound like a Fundie Anarchist
I do not believe in mixing a fine wine with any amount of sewage.
> I am not going to slide into either of those two boxes.
I would hope not!
> And here we are again in one of the inevetible arguments
Well, if one must shout a thing, then one must of necessity be familiar with the correct definition of the thing, lest one be misleading.
> Thank you for your e-mail, Sir.
And you are most welcome.
E.J. Totty wrote:
Illogicalif you go out and drive on the roadsyou're essentially trusting everyone who shares the road with you to react in certain predictavble ways.
When you turn on the lights in your houseyou're trusting that the Engineers and maintenance folks at the power plants have done their jobs properly
When you go the market and buy foodyou're trusting that the farmer is present with a fairly predictable set of behaviors he's not going to charge you for posioned food and then walk away laughing about what a "Sucker" you are.
By his being there with food to sell, you're both partaking in his trust in the people who built the infrastructure which allowed him to grow, harvest and transport the food to where he could sell it to you.
It's true that at each step the people who perform a social functionas an example, Jay's road Construction contactorswe promise to build you a fine, durable and well engineered road, easy to use and maintain for whatever commercial purposes you have in mind. Okay so a farmer's Coop hires me to build "Fame to Market Road"each person acts for what he percieves as his own self interest. The question isare people largely smart enough to see that their self interest lies in behvaing properly?
Suppose I take their deposit, sneer "Suckers" and walk away.
Sure if it's an isolated incident, they'll be pursuing me with private security, theft recover and arbitration companies.
But it if happens too many timesthey'll run out of money and the Farm to Market road will never be built.
And you won't see any food in the market
Our society is based on million, perhaps billions of one-on-one interactions between people, and social organization which emerges from the bottom up.
But all of this is predicated on our desires to be treated fairly and to make an advantageous deal.
In the short run it's easier to steal, but every child has to learn that stealing brings negative consequences in the longer term, from social pressure (Shame) Repatrations and possibly through Self Image and conscience
BUTif too many people take the easy way out, and lie, cheat or stealthis network, this emergent system will break down.
It hasn't yetGovernment is a thin overlay on all this stuff
By definitionif human beings weren't trustworthy. . . . Then civilization as we know it would NOT be here.
Your assertion that you don't trust human beings is bellied. You drove to the market bought foodreturned to a home that had not been vandalized or robbed (and this was unlikely enough to make it good risk to leave your home and go to the store) You cooked and ate your food probably using electricity or natural gas, then you turned on some lights, and your computer (both the products of complicated infrastructure) and typed me that message
And it would be safe to bet that you didn't get shot at or assaulted (except as the government does so almost continuously) or robbed on your way to and from the store.
You placed child-like utter trust in the society you are a part of of, which is composed of lots of individual human beings. Almost none of them felt it was in their interest to rob you, assault you or shoot at you. (again, except the government)
So your trust was well placed. It worked like a charm. You live in a house or apartment which is relatively warm, safe and stocked with food, water and electrity.
By definition humanity is trustworthyif People weren't largely trustworthy I assure you We would not be having this conversationfor I would not exist.
Jay P. Hailey
Jay, & Ken,
My remarks interposed below:
At 9:21 PM -0700 9/5/06, Jay P. Hailey wrote:
> That's illogicalespecially in light of what
> Illogicalif you go out and drive on the
Well, actually you've omitted that whole BIG part about a contract for services . . .
Ahem, well, there are contracts, and then there are 'contracts.'
I beg to differon several levels.
But, even then, farmers have brought good to market along the most arduous routes imaginable in times of old, and actually did so even up until the late 1950's right here in the good 'ole USofA. So, your argument is rather invalid on just that set of facts alone.
Oh, I see. So we really do NOT need government after all.
You've completely left out that part of the government acting as a thug, stealing large amounts of personal wealth to accomplish what the ordinary citizen could well accomplish by himself.
But wait: Ifas you say, that humans are so trustworthy, then why the need for government?
I sincerely believe that you have me confused with someone else. Yourself perhaps?
> You seem to have forgotten the edict of the living:
"A witty saying proves nothing."Voltaire
I don't know the source of that "edict" but I don't think it's true.
Reminds me of a Woody Allen book I read oncetalked about a Gangster so paranoid he never let anyone in the entire city of New york get behind him. He would walk down the street constantly pirouetting and spinning around.
Everyone has to sleep some time. Forgive my presumption but it would seem you have gotten away with being unconscious and unarmed several thousand times.
How do you do it without strusting someone? Or generally trusting the universe not to screw you when you have back turned on it?
Jay P. Hailey
Jay, & Ken,
> "A witty saying proves nothing."Voltaire
Well, allow me yet another witticism:
> Everyone has to sleep some time. Forgive my presumption but it would seem therhave gotten away with being unconscious and unarmed several thousand times.
You must be very fond of your presumptions.
> How do you do it without strusting someone? Or generally trusting the universe not to screw you when you have back turned on it?
Well, golly gee. It's like this: Just do it. Perhaps you've led a sheltered life?
Our lives are inconsequential when the larger aspects of that universe are considered. Therefore, it behoves any thinking person to pause and reflect upon that, for surely the ever smaller aspects are a reflection of the larger, and every bit as dangerous.
More arguments for Open Bordersthis time (unbeknownst to him) from the pen of Hans-Hermann Hoppe!
In conjunction with the views I expressed in previous articles, supporting the libertarian Non Aggression Principle and Open Borders, I was recently reading "Secession, the State, and the Immigration Problem" by Hans-Hermann Hoppe wherein he attempts to justify a rejection of the libertarian view of freedom of travel and open borders.
In an otherwise excellent article, there is a fatal flaw in his logic, just before he presents his conclusion that "the moral status of public property as expropriated private property" is "sufficient grounds for rejecting the open border proposal". The emphasized portions of Hoppe's presentation are mine.
"Public property is the result of state-government confiscationsof legislative expropriations and/or taxationof originally privately owned property. While the state does not recognize anyone as its private owner, all of government controlled public property has in fact been brought about by the tax-paying members of the domestic public. Austrians, Swiss, and Italians, in accordance with the amount of taxes paid by each citizen, have funded the Austrian, Swiss, and Italian public property. Hence, they must be considered its legitimate owners. Foreigners have not been subject to domestic taxation and expropriation; hence, they cannot be assumed to have any rights regarding Austrian, Swiss or Italian public property."
"The recognition of the moral status of public property as expropriated private property is not only sufficient grounds for rejecting the open border proposal. It is equally important for combatting the present semi-open "affirmative action" immigration policies of the Western welfare states."
If I am a legitimate owner of the public property in the U.S., then I have a say in how it is used and I want unrestricted access! I cannot trade with people who are excluded from reaching my property, especially "foreigners". As a legitimate owner of the "public property", and of private property within the territory commonly known as the United States, I issue a standing, open invitation to any and all individuals in the world to use the "public" property of which I am a legitimate owner! Furthermore, I know of other legitimate owners of this public property in the U.S. who hold the same view.
Mr Hoppe's argument is sufficient grounds for ENFORCING open borders!
Dear Lady Liberty,
Re.: your Freedom a la Carte in the last issue.
I consider that what you seek cannot be attained, by either brute force, or assent, as in either case only a subclass of citizen will agree with what you seekin the whole of the matter.
Liberty cannot be mandatedwhich is what the originators of the USC hoped to do: If a class of people are disposed to being enslaved, you can't order them to be free. Well, maybe you might try, but don't count on any measure of success! Classic case: The United States of America.
Liberty cannot be outlawed either, as has been done in the past, because it has arisen with spontaneity in even the most downtrodden of lands. 'No man-made law . . . '
Simply stated: I have no faith in my fellow man to do not much more than to acquiescewithout ordeal, to the demands made upon him by whatever government, for fear of losing his daily possessions, which he holds more dear than his own life.
Ask yourself this one question: What modern manor woman, would give up everything s/he holds dear, in the quest to be free from whatever form of government? If everything you owned was forfeit, and your loved ones estranged by your quest to be free, would you still pursue that goal?
The very largest majority of humanity deserve their condition of servitude, if only that they do not a thing to free themselves: They wait for the rest of us to die for them, and then suck-up the gravy they have no valid claim to, falling thence into yet another pit of self-inflicted miseryand expecting to be rescued yet again to boot!!
Reveal history to them, and they 'ho-hum,' remarking that your prognostications are without modern basis in fact, and declaring you to be some kind of 'alarmist.'
Want proof? Just look around you. How many people in this world are free to make their own decisions regarding their own liveswithout some hideous form of government control?
There are those few who are fighting . . .
The rest are the cheering crowds at the coliseum, watching the brave slaughtered, and receiving more bread and circuses to keep them placateduntil the next emperor arrives on the scene.
What you and I write about is simply a theory: humans desire to be free. I say theory, because it's just that. If it were fact, then we might use that fact to achieve our goal of liberty from whatever form of governmental oppression.
Simply stated: What you seek doesn't existregarding the USC.
I perceive that you are attempting to achieve the impossible dreamregarding the USC.
In your greatest effort, you might make a very big splash. But then I'm reminded that a rock tossed into a deep pool of water is soon enveloped by the ensuing return wave.
The sooner you come to the realization that the US Government will not honor any aspect of the USC you'd like them to, the sooner you'll come to know that the words scribbled upon that parchment in D.C., are not worth your time, effort, or acumen to make things rightregarding it.
Ultimately, the very best we can do is to keep talking. We won't achieve much in the way of actually becoming free, because that just won't be allowed. But, the longer an idea hangs around, the greater its ability to have affect.
I implore you: Don't waste your time on 'constituted government.' Speak instead, of 'self-government.'
Boy! If Jeffersonand the rest of that gang, could see things now. . .