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Dismantle the Welfare-Warfare State? Abolish It?

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Michael S. Rozeff
LRC Blog
January 29, 2014

No and No. I do not want to dismantle the welfare-warfare state. I do not want to abolish it. I want to make it voluntary. Each year (or some such period), those who wish to sign up to be members of that state and live under its existing constitution and laws could go to their local hamlet hall, village hall, town hall, city hall, county hall, parish hall or whatever, and do so. Or else they could mail in their affirmation. They would then be official members of that organization for the following year, subject to its laws, taxes, elections, wars, welfare system, health care system, lightbulbs, and on and on. Those who didn’t sign up could do what they pleased about their means of governing themselves.

I want to preserve everyone’s right to choose the government they want, to live by it, gain from it, or suffer by it. I don’t want to eliminate, destroy, abolish, dismantle or otherwise eliminate any government that anyone voluntarily wants. And if they want a welfare-warfare state, that’s their baby. But I don’t want them to impose it on me.

I do not consider that making the existing government voluntary dismantles it or abolishes it. To abolish something is formally to put an end to it. To dismantle it would be literally to pull it to pieces and take it apart. I don’t see that making the existing government voluntary formally puts an end to it, because the necessity of its disappearance is not created by making it voluntary. Nothing is pulled apart.

Making government voluntary sets those people free who wish not to be under that government. It allows for more options without formally destroying the existing option. It allows for the consent of the governed to become a reality.

The one thing that making government voluntary does abolish and dismantle is the forced slavery of those of its citizens who unwillingly are subject to that government’s constitution and laws. Is not that an unobjectionable, just and fair condition for any people or peoples to endorse? How can one object to ending slavery or involuntary bondage? Is there any more basic right than being free from being someone else’s serf, subject, or slave?

This article was posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 12:28 pm





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