Fear, Greed and the Gun

When people advocate for some form of government intervention to enact some policy agenda, what they are really arguing for is the use of weapons against those who disagree with them.

It is important to remember that the state has nothing that it did not first take from individual citizens.  The state produces nothing, it only takes that which others have produced.  In order for the state to take, it must use threats of violent force to acquire the property of those whom it seeks to rob.  The state can only redistribute wealth, it cannot actually produce more wealth through the use of its printing presses or through taxation.

All laws seek to control some aspect of human behavior through violent threats.  No matter how innocuous a law may seem, ultimately all laws are enforced through the point of a gun.  If I refuse to pay a parking ticket, eventually a bench warrant will be issued for my arrest.  If I resist arrest, I will be shot.  All laws introduce a gun into the room.  All policy comes from the point of a gun.

People naturally defend that which they have produced with their own two hands.  It is natural for us to view the product of our labor as our own property.  Attempts to rationalize away private property always stem from greed.  If I did not want to take that which others have produced against their will, I would never have a reason to argue against private property.  GREED is not the desire to keep that which one has produced; GREED is the desire to take that which others have produced against their will.

Greed is not good when it comes to public policy.  Greed causes people to advocate for more guns in the room.  Greed causes people to advocate for violence against their neighbor.  Greed causes people to worship the printing press and the theft of wealth through inflation.  Greed causes people to demand services from others while simultaneously demanding that others pay for those services.  Greed and the gun go hand in hand.

When people argue for “public education”, they are not arguing that all people should have the right to pursue an education.  What they are really arguing for is that people without children should be forced to pay for the education of other people’s children, and if they don’t, they should either be caged or shot for resisting being put in a cage.

When people argue for “public healthcare”, they are not arguing that all people should have the right to access healthcare.  What the are really arguing for is that people who are perfectly healthy should be forced to pay for the healthcare of others whom they don’t even personally know, and if they don’t, they should either be caged or shot for resisting being put in a cage.

I ask you, is our present model of the state the pinnacle of civilization?  Is this fear based society the height of human civilization?  Have we no more further to progress as a society?  Is democracy and its associated flavors of republics and fascist states the best way to organize society?  How many lives have been prematurely ended, either by direct state sponsored violence or by famine brought about by state control of resources, this past century?  If the goal of governance is to make society more peaceful and prosperous, can these goals be accomplished through the introduction of more rules, more weapons, and more violent threats? How many laws do we have on the books in America today?  Does anyone in the world know the exact answer to that question?  Has the quality of life in our society improved as more laws have been piled upon more laws?  Has the quality of life in our society improved as more and more money has been printed and redistributed?

Take a moment to reflect on this person who lives his life without fear and without greed:

Now ask yourself why the Chinese state barricades people like him into monasteries.  He doesn’t look very threatening to me.  He’s not demanding that others support him.  He’s not demanding that others adhere to his beliefs.  He’s not demanding an end to the state or begrudging other’s their violent fear based society.  So why does the state view him as a threat?

Perhaps its because when people stop being afraid and stop being greedy the state knows that will be the day it dies.