Sept 19, 2010
Lots of people hold the delusional idea in their mind the government is somehow legitimate. They see the pillars and statues of government buildings and think it’s some sort of physical entity with all sorts of “powers” unto itself.
In reality, the government is hardly different than a bunch of children playing dress up.
Putting on a cop uniform doesn’t give you the power to violate some strangers rights anymore than putting on a vampire costume gives you eternal life and fangs.
Government as a whole is nothing more than a collection of serial rights violators who believe themselves to have some super-human right to go around telling people what to do and threatening them if they don’t comply.
Some strangers voted for them to do it, or some strangers wrote some nonsense on a piece of paper and that gives them the right to tell you what to do.
Sorry, but that is just not going to fly. Simply that people bow before them and act as though their rule is legitimate counts for nothing.
No doubt if some savage in the woods came upon a child in a vampire costume he would probably assume the child was some sort of vampire and that was “just the way things are.” Same goes for everyone in our society who was born into this particular system where one group claims the right to violate the rights of others. They have costumes on, so therefor they must have some authority, right?
It’s about time people woke up and stopping believing in this utter delusion. The only thing separating you from the government is the costumes they wear and the guns they brandish. Just because they violate people’s rights every hour of every day doesn’t mean we have to endow them with some aura of legitimacy. If the government does not have the consent of the governed, they’re nothing more than a gang of thugs.
Once people recognize this fact we can start creating a civil society in which no group harbors the imaginary right to violate the rights of others.
Chris is an anarcho-capitalist and voluntarist who runs the website InformationLiberation.com, you can contact him here. You can read more of his commentary here.
This article was posted: Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 4:15 am