January 29

Voting is Violence

Lysander Spooner put forth the concept of voting as violence in No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority (though I would argue that Thomas Paine in Rights of Man – and before him John Locke – were most likely the originators of that idea). Specifically, he equated it to pointing a gun at someone, going as far as to say that some would justify it as a defensive thing, given that his fellow man was also using the ballot box. However Spooner wasn’t trying to justify voting, only explaining why other people justify it, that is to say: People – if they are honest with themselves – inherently identify voting as an act of violence. They are forcefully trying to inflict their will upon others, and because of this, there are people who specifically vote as a quasi-defensive action, voting opposite the way they see the vote potentially going as a means of either preserving what they already have or at the very least, preventing what they see as a worse option.

I call so-called ‘defensive voting’ ‘quasi-defensive’ because you aren’t actually accomplishing anything, and in fact are just continuing to feed the beast that pitted us against each other. You are lending credence to the belief that so long as you voted on something, and so long as you wound up voting with the majority that you somehow now have a right to see your ideas forced upon those who would otherwise do the same, that you are indeed no better then they are. You are as much a tyrant as a single king, though in reality, I would say you are worse than a single king because now we all act as individual little self-important petty tin-pot dictator wannabes, each trying to inflict upon others what they believe should be the standard for an entire nation of people. However, just like with a single king, inflicting your will upon people without their consent (and, honestly, often with it) is not valid. Not because of issues of consent but because no human has the moral or ethical standing to inflict their will upon others, not to mention there is no “right to rule”.

To imply that one has a right to rule you first have to accept that someone else (whether it be a single someone in a fancy hat or many someone’s at the ballot box) has a higher claim on your life than you do. That’s the only way you can logically resolve allowing someone to rule over you. You are saying, “You have more of a right to my life, therefore you get to tell me what to do, how to live, and even how to die” than you yourself have. Fortunately, that’s utter horse shit and should be immediately treated as such. To agree to that is to say you not only have a lower claim to yourself, but you now have a lower claim to that which you produce through the application of skill, time, and energy. You have, in fact, enslaved yourself and it comes across as a desperate attempt to justify it by saying that everyone else has to enslave themselves too, or they somehow don’t love Jesus, America, and freedom. That is actually funny because the only one who doesn’t love freedom is the person who has willingly enslaved themselves to someone else.

In an interesting aside, I have personally found those so enamored with “working within the system”, regardless of what side of the left-right dichotomy they are on, are the quickest to ‘other’ those who won’t bend the knee to their belief in government, whether they support or oppose the Constitution (or any other document relevant to their country of origin) they both equally support inflicting their will upon others (for whatever reason they try to justify it with) in a near (or, in some cases, actual) jingoist philosophy. They are so stuck inside the box that even the idea that there might be a better way of interacting with other people (such as leaving other people to their own ends) is anathema to them and it will be rejected out of hand.

I feel like we’re living out the beginning of our own Weimar Republic and not too many people can see the writing on the wall. For fuck’s sake people, learn some history.

July 8

I Have A Problem With the World

I have a problem with the world. People look at my country (the Federal Republic of the United States of America) and complain about the outrageous amount of gun violence (at least, outrageous to them since they let their own governments effectively disarm them and turn them all into potential victims). I tend to agree, there are a lot of people who do not value the rights of others. They want to make other people victims and – in some places in the USA, they have succeeded in doing so, one must assume that they have the government’s blessing as the local and state governments where this is a problem continue to try and disarm the other potential victims.

I also know that we don’t have brazen grooming and rape gangs (also obviously supported by the local governments where they are a problem, seeing as how they do not do anything substantial to stop it). I know that sex crime against at least women is generally not tolerated, and against children? Let’s just say that I hope that you have good friends in prison if you are ever convicted over here. We still have our issues with sex trafficking, it’s true. People like Eliza Bleu are a testament to that. However, it isn’t so brazen because it is such a despicable thing. While you good folks elsewhere are focused on some random tool, there are people here who are more concerned with the root cause of crime. While you people, some of you who have to show government issued identification to buy kitchen cutlery designed for toddlers, claim to be morally superior while we are interested in actually protecting ourselves and those around us from the very sorts of people that would love to have roving rape gangs running unchecked. We will be able to at least have a fighting chance of not being a victim, but you keep telling us how you are morally superior while you ignore women in your own countries being a target for rape because no one is really going to do anything about it.

I have a problem with the world. Instead of minding your own business, you are constantly attacking people who hold different opinions, some of which may even be truly vile. Yet you have the gall to look over here and tell us that we have a hate problem. At least we can still have – sometimes, admittedly – civil discussions about otherwise troubling topics. You would rather us, however, just toe the party line (whatever it may be at the moment). Instead of open discussion to try and change minds, you would rather stifle anything you don’t explicitly agree with. All the while some of you will continue to be jailed, fined, or canceled because of an opinion from 10 seconds ago or 10 years ago. Don’t worry though. When the party line changes to something that you disagree with, you’ll be spared, right? You who would deny people the right to believe and speak as they want today will be the same ones that the powers that be will come after tomorrow. History promises us at least that much.

I also have a problem with the United States. I have a problem with the constant abuses heaped upon the people for some imaginary reasons. I have a problem with the theft of wealth from everyone in the country. The constant misappropriation of resources never gets fixed until the government gets out of the way. I have a problem with forcing people to act against their own wishes for some made-up “common good“. The only common good is the loosening of the chains of slavery heaped upon us all by those we trusted to keep us safe. Just vote harder, amirght?

I have a problem with the United States. With the constant aiding of people who would rather see us dead just because they are useful idiots for whatever inane, disgusting, nebulous goal that our overlords politicians have in mind for the benefit of themselves and their “friends”. I have a problem with the endless wars, fighting in countries we have no business in, interfering with their own culture and government setup, and for what? Revenge? 20 years in Afghanistan, killing people who had nothing to do with anything over here but they just happened to be in the wrong club? I have a problem with the funding and aiding of terrorists for any purpose. I have a problem with the funding of regimes engaged in apartheid. I have a problem with putting foreign nations onto our welfare rolls when they hate us as much as anyone else (and if you think that they don’t, cut off the funding). I have a problem with putting foreign nations on our welfare rolls whether or not they like us!

I have a problem with the entire world. No one seems to really care about being responsible for themselves and letting other people being self-deterministic. Living as they want so long as they let others do the same. No one wants to be responsible for their own business, their own personal life, and their own health and well-being yet they want to tell me that they know better so I better listen or else. I have a problem with forcing people to act against their own wishes, even if it may be detrimental to themselves, yet somehow I am the one trying to force my way of life upon others. I suggest that you look in the mirror.

I have a problem, but the only thing I can do is to share my thoughts with you and hope that you would rather discuss this with me. Maybe you can change my mind, or I can change yours. Or neither of us change and we both walk away, peacefully. I have a problem, and all I want to do is live my life. Freely and fully. Fear is not something any of us can remove from life. There will always be people who don’t care about anything. There will always be people who think that life should be easy and they will work harder to make sure that we support them instead of living peacefully one with another.

Life is hard, and scary. We can make it harder and continue to fight against each other, or we can do our part to make it a little bit easier, a little less scary, a little bit better. That latter option means working together, it means tolerating ideas we don’t like, it means that, at the end of the day, we are only responsible for ourselves and those that we voluntarily pledge ourselves to.

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