A government that has power greater than the people it rules, by any logical standard, is illegitimate. If you can’t steal from your neighbors or benefit at their expense, neither can the state. If you can’t dictate how a businessman runs his business, neither can the state. If you can’t invade a foreign country, neither can the state. If you can’t raid your neighbor’s hemp fields, neither can the state. If you can’t debase the currency to fund your retirement, neither can the state — at least not legitimately. Obviously, the state is engaging in all those things, which to me is a big problem.
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Read the preamble of our Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
According to the Constitution, power originates from the people — individual citizens.
Now, the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”
Capitalism (TRUE Capitalism) and Conservative principles are the only sustainable structure of governance because it is the only pure system of voluntary cooperation that does not grant illegitimate power to a political class. It is the only system that prevents monopolies of currency, security, and justice from forming. We have anti-trust laws in this country that supposedly protect us from evil villains like Big Oil. Well, perhaps it’s time we applied those anti-trust laws to our political, justice, and currency systems.
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The universe only allows prosperity when people cooperate peacefully with one another. The state is anything but peaceful. Every dictate, down to the lowliest parking ticket, is ultimately enforced at the point of gun. Government takes great pains to hide the gun in the room, but it’s there, waiting for the moment someone refuses to pay that ticket, waiting for the moment someone refuses to pony up their savings to fuel the welfare/warfare state.
We are responsible for buying our own clothes, shoes, food, beauty products, computers, houses, and every other necessity of life. It seems reasonable to me that we should also be responsible for voluntarily paying for our own security and justice systems as well. When government has control of the money, when the government has control of justice, and when the government has control of our wallets, it will eventually turn against the very citizens it supposedly protects, just as all monopolies do. Only through voluntarism and the equality of power and competition can the human condition be improved.
Nowadays, less people understand the true role of government and think of government as their “leader.” Our elected officials are supposed to SERVE us, not rule over us. The last President who understood personal liberty and the government’s real purpose was Ronald Reagan.
Lets look at some of his quotes:
“The rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.”
“Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.”
“Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”
“Welfare’s purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence.”
“Government cannot be everything to anyone.”
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