This is a long one so I don’t mind if you get bored halfway through and bugger off! if you read it all thanks.
As a Human race we all want the same things in life. We all have the same common goals. We all want our children to be educated. We want our sick to be looked after. We want our elderly to be taken care of in old age with respect and dignity.We want forced poverty eradicated. We want peace and freedom. We want liberty and virtue. We want all of this free from coercion and force
Who could argue we don’t want all the things above i just said? maybe a few people out there would say they don’t, but as far as im concerned they are evil! Yes if you don’t want sick people to be made well you are evil! if you don’t want our elderly to be looked after with some respect and dignity then you are evil!
the absence of virtue or kindness or compassion just makes a person evil in my book. If you can’t show or express it then piss off! I don’t want to associate with you and I would urge others not to associate with you. I will ostracize you and encourage others to do so in the veiled hope that you give up such vile opinions.
Sometimes people don’t even realise they are supporting evil, and it is up to kind, virtuous and compassionate people to point this out to them. Sure some people are evil but others don’t realise that they think that some evils are good and it is up to others to point this out to them. Not coerce with orce, but to persuade.
So we want all those things from my first paragraph. not a few of them, not half of them. ALL OF THEM!!! as a human race this is what we should all hope to achieve. if we can solve the above social problems, then everything else should just naturally follow right?
So how do we solve all these problems? I couldn’t possibly know really. If I knew all the answers I wouldn’t be blogging, i’d be running things wouldn’t I? so here is my theory. Here is my equation. its simplistic i know but then the problem and end result are the simple parts. its the solution that gets you from the problem to the end result thats complicated.
Here is your problem. You need to get from A (not your workplace) to B (your workplace), so list the ways you can get from A to B.
Drive yourself. Have someone drive you. Get a bus. Get the train. Cycle. Walk. Fly.
There you have seven ideas and I think im right in saying that all these options are available right now! so getting from A to B is actually quite easy for anyone because there are so many options. There is a plurality of solutions!
Each solution to the A to B problem has its differences and costs associated that’s why there are so many options. Drive yourself. You need to buy a car. that’s expensive but you have the advantage of being able to use it again for your next A to B problem. Have someone drive you. Cheap if you have a friend and it solves your problem with minimum expenditure. Get a bus or train or fly. Depending on the A to B locations this might require a bit of walking. Cycling would require not only a bicycle but the ability to ride it especially if the A to B is a great distance.
Now im not saying you can do this all the time but in the abstract getting from A to B can be used for practically everything, and as long as the person or persons you are discussing it with has an open mind then we should all be able to figure out multiple solutions for the A to B scenarios we discuss. There is one rule though and it’s the only rule you can’t break. It’s the morally virtuous rule! a solution is not allowed to be considered that involves the initiation of force or the threat of violence which im sure most people would agree with.
for example A = hole in the roof and B = roof with no hole in it. You want to get from A to B as quickly and efficiently as possible without breaking the rule, so before you start your list you must note that you can’t force your neighbour to do the work or steal money from him to do the work as it would involve coercion and violence to achieve. Its easier but it’s fundamentally wrong and evil to use force to get what you want.
so i have given you your example. now all you need to do is apply a bit of imagination and off we go. solving the worlds problems.
Sounds like the perfect plan but there is one tiny flaw! the solutions already be provided need to be gotten rid of because since the 60’s they have slowly declined and are now not working. It’s obvious to all of us that the current solutions to the worlds problems are not working because we still have the same problems. So lets change the equation.
To get from A to B you require one of your solutions. so we call this X. If X didn’t work wouldn’t you get rid of it and switch to another solution. lets say you chose the bus option but the bus was constantly late or didn’t show at all sometimes. you would stop using the bus and move to an alternate solution. You throw X out the Window and go looking for your new X. the problem hasn’t changed. You still need to get from A to B. that is your constant. its the X that changes.
So we are clear X cannot involve the initiation of force or the threat of violence, but you can have as many X’s as you like. you can have thousands if you want. the more X’s there are to solve all the A to B problems the better we all are.
So these A to B problems that have got progressively worse since the 60’s. Does anyone have any X’s that don’t involve force or violence? For most people it’s not very easy to think of a non-violent way to solve the social problems that we currently have and the sad part is they dont even realise the solution they advocate involves violence. Most people I speak with start their X’s with ‘the government should do this’ until I point out to them that, that is breaking the rule! and the X they have come up with is invalid. when they ask how it breaks the rule I simply point out that any X that involves the state is automatically disqualified because the state gets its money through the initiation of force.
Let me explain briefly why X’s involving the state are not valid and breaking the rule.
If you work you pay taxes. The amount is irrelevant, if you pay income taxes that money goes to the state. that money then goes to paying for the schools, care for the elderly and oh yes WAR. So the government is the X for a lot of these problems. Here is why the state X is breaking the rule.
You can’t choose what you want to support. You cant. If you think don’t support the wars, think again because you do, as your tax money goes to it. shock horror you already knew this right? If you tried to withhold that money, lets say you refused to pay income tax because you wanted to withdraw your support for all the wars and the bombing, first you would receive a letter, not asking for the money but asking why you haven’t paid. You could respond if you wanted. you could tell them the reason why you are withholding your economic support for wars and bombing. then you get more letters. The rhetoric in the letters starts to get nasty and you start getting threats. Then you are ordered to court, and if you still refuse your economic support they send around people dressed in uniforms to kidnap you and take away your freedom. Heres the big bad news. If you resist. if you calmly say ‘no you are not taking me away. I have not committed a crime against anyone. I havent hurt, harmed, damaged or stolen anything. why do you want to kidnap me’ then the gun comes out. that imaginary gun in the room becomes a reality and you will be shot.
don’t discount this. This is not a ridiculous proposition. If you resisted forceful arrest with force weapons are going to be used against you. The bottom line here is there is always a gun in the room. The issue only arrises when someone picks it up. it doesn’t matter what the issue is. if the state wants something from you they will use force to get it no matter how unfair or how ridiculous they will ultimately use a gun to get you to comply. If the police turned up at your door and told you they were about to cart you off to jail for refusing to comply to a letter and you physically resist them they will come back with GUN’S!!!!!!!!!
That is the brief explanation why state X’s are not allowed, despite the fact that the majority of the problems we have today could be solved in a non-violent way we are stuck with multiple failing X’s enforced with violence by the state and supported by YOU!
This is what plurality of ideas is all about. That one single solution of the state is morally wrong because it uses violence to get what it wants. where plurality is concerned you can come up with multiple X’s and none of them involve violence. Lets come up with some non-violent X’s.
Comments from people saying ‘the state is the only way’ really havent thought it through and are supporting the use of violence. If you support the use of violence i will not engage with you. If you are willing to pick up the gun in the room and point it at me! then it will be a very cold day hell before i engage in debate with you, so really think about your comment before you post it. If you are prepared to point a gun at someone in order to solve a social problem you may not realise it but you are the problem.
Special thanks to Stefan Molyneux.