It used to be that I was all fired up in support of “restoring the Constitution.” It wasn’t until I considered the philosophical arguments against constitutions in general that I came to realize that support for the US Constitution is like supporting your own enslavement.
Consider that constitutions are pieces of paper that purport to give some arbitrary body of men the legitimacy to rob people at the point of a gun in order to supposedly secure “their liberties.” I don’t know about you, but armed robbery seems like a ridiculous way to secure someone’s “liberty”.
The Constitution codifies and legitimizes mass theft, war and the imposition of regulations upon commercial enterprise that ought not to exist in the first place. Constitutions, no matter how they are written, ALWAYS reduce individual liberty because they always seek to legitimize coercively funded State power and centralize it within some governing body.
Constitutions are not voluntary contracts that people agree to. If you happen to disagree with being robbed at the point of a gun, you have no recourse other than to die at the hands of an army of costumed men defending your property from them. Either you pay or you can resist and die. Why anyone would want to support a document that legitimizes this situation is beyond me.
Governments do not need constitutions if they are voluntarily funded in the first place. People will not voluntarily pay for the enforcement of laws that violate their ability to act freely as long as they aren’t harming others. How many people do you know would voluntarily pay to fund the drug war out of their own pockets if they had a choice of keeping the money for themselves? – May be a handful of holy rollers and soccer moms, but that’s about it. On the flip side, how many people would pay a subscription fee to a private security agency in order to protect their person and property in the absence of State run police forces? – Just about everyone I imagine.
If you have a belief that the US Constitution can somehow magically protect you from the excesses of government, at this late stage in the game, I have to question your sanity. Who interprets the US Constitution? – You? – Your family? – Your friends? – Your community? Of course not. The US Federal Government interprets the US Constitution for itself. Unsurprisingly, it consistently interprets the US Constitution to say that it can do any god damn thing it likes. It is a ridiculous leap of logic to conclude that somehow such a system can be salvaged to “protect individual liberties.”
Constitutions are documents created by powerful people who seek to acquire and legitimize more power unto themselves. Constitutions legitimize mass theft, extortion, war and other heinous crimes against humanity. Constitutions centralize power. Constitutions violate the non-aggression principle as they are imposed upon everyone regardless of their consent.
Listen to Professor Hans Herman Hoppe discuss the dangers of centralized State power: