How I Became an Anarchist

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  “Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.”~ Edward Abbey

First let me define what one of the most misinterpreted terms actually means. Most folks think disorder, chaos, lawlessness, violence and communist punks throwing Molotov cocktails in buildings when they hear the word Anarchist. Nothing can be further from the truth. An individualist anarchist believes in the idea of living in a stateless atmosphere absent of political force. Anarchism is the crazy notion that life should be conducted through voluntary interactions with other individuals within one’s own community. Anarchists despise living under any system that uses threats and coercion as a way of governing. Anarchism, in short, is peacefully participating in the complexity of living and being who you are unhindered from institutional threats of force.

Right before the financial collapse of 2008, I was, what is so commonly referred to as a Neocon. This is a modern-day conservative who believes that the government is great when Republicans are in office and horrible when Democrats are in. I believed that all wars were just even though I didn’t know why the wars were being fought or with who. It didn’t’ matter. I voted for George W. Bush because he said Jesus was his hero. I watched Fox News and thought I was being fed the truth. And as a former veteran, I believed that we should of been funding the military industrial-complex infinitely. I also believed that the “terrorists” hated Americans because of our freedoms. I fell for the limited government lies the GOP peddled out to their gullible electorate. I was that guy.

Then the 2008 financial collapse happened. How come CNBC didn’t warn us about this housing collapse? How come nobody in the media had a clue this was about to happen? Aren’t they suppose to be our watchdogs? Why did the so-called conservative president state that “I’ve abandoned freemarket principles to save the freemarket system”? Wasn’t this collapse caused by government meddling in the free-market in the first place? Why is the Fed artificially pushing the interest rates down? Doesn’t this hurt savings? Why did the same financial gods that helped cause this mess get a bailout? Isn’t this fascism? This wasn’t capitalism.

Damn it all to hell. I finally came to the conclusion that it’s all a scam. Politics is bullshit. Thanks to Lewrockwell.com for opening my eyes.

But what I finally discovered was that there were a few people out there trying to warn everyone about this bust. They were the great Anarcho-Capitalists like Ron Paul, Peter Schiff, Jim Rogers and Marc Faber. Peter Schiff was warning about the collapse a few years before it happened only to get laughed at by a bunch of jackass talking heads. You can watch it here. I came to the realization that truthtellers were not welcomed on mainstream media outlets or in political office. Voters are so used to being told lies that any truths that they do hear are immediately ridiculed or ignored. It’s easier to be content in lies than it is to accept reality. When someone does tell some kind of uncomfortable truth, like Ron Paul did in the 2008 Republican debate, you can expect them to get either booed, censored or chastised. (Watch it here)

527339_366723706749026_261244590_nThe 2008 collapse alone, along with actions taken immediately following, put the final stamp on my skepticism of “government of the people, for the people and by the people.” So after a lot of reading and watching speeches from Ron Paul, I came to believe what the Irish philosopher, Gerald Casey, acknowledged in his wonderful little book called, Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State, that…

States are criminal organizations. All states, not just the obviously totalitarian or repressive ones…. I intend this statement to be understood literally and not as some form of rhetorical exaggeration. The argument is simple. Theft, robbery, kidnapping and murder are all crimes. Those who engage in such activities, whether on their own behalf or on behalf of others are, by definition, criminals. In taxing the people of a country, the state engages in an activity that is morally equivalent to theft or robbery; in putting some people in prison, especially those who are convicted of so-called victimless crimes or when it drafts people into the armed services, the state is guilty of kidnapping or false imprisonment; in engaging in wars that are other than purely defensive, or, even if defensive, when the means of defence employed are disproportionate and indiscriminate, the state is guilty of manslaughter or murder.

This sums up the essence of governments. We’ve been conditioned through government schools to believe that the State is good and we should obey its commands like good little citizens and never question their madness. People whose viewpoint falls outside the political parameter set by the Republican and Democrat vision are looked at with scornful eyes from the deluded masses. They look at Anarchism, Libertarianism and Voluntarism as a wicked and dangerous form of belief. And in an age of limited thinking and authoritarian worship,  it’s no wonder most put their full trust in the brutal entity of the state instead of the peaceful interactions among their fellow people. But as Butler Shaffer points out, we can’t…

ignore the history of the state in visiting upon humanity the very death and destruction that its defenders insist upon as a rationale for political power. Those who condemn anarchy should engage in some quantitative analysis. In the twentieth century alone, governments managed to kill — through wars, genocides, and other deadly practices — some 200,000,000 men, women, and children. How many people were killed by anarchists during this period? Governments, not anarchists, have been the deadly “bomb-throwers” of human history!

Another venture that took me down to my philosophical conclusion was reading Murray Rothbard. This man was a giant in the liberty movement and wrote many books and essays on about everything under the sun, including: History, Economics, Political Theory, Utilitarianism, Anarchism and Sociology. The book that transformed my world outlook was For a New Liberty. In this one book, Rothbard laid out the greatest, logical explanation for living in a stateless society. He also wrote hundreds of essays in which you can read here.

What we do when it comes to political power, is we compartmentalize our morality. We don’t hold a group of people, like the State, to the same moral standards as we do an individual person. If a certain person took a machine gun and wiped out a group of people, we’d call that mass murder. But if the State does this, we call it war. And we justify it through mentally convincing ourselves that the innocent people over there are just “collateral damage” to our noble cause.

Anarchists understand that wars are fought to expand the power of the State. History informs us that the first casualty of war is the truth. We also recognize that the State only exists through the consent of the governed. To keep the support of the people, the State deploys a massive propaganda campaign to make sure the masses believe that their overlords are representing them. So they put gasoline on the patriotic fire by creating enemies that we must go in and conquer. This gets the Flag-wavers, unable to critically analyze events, to blindly chant “USA, USA, USA” , while the government ravages their freedoms, bank accounts and future prosperity. The State also rally’s up some tedious difference that causes debate within the two parties as to blind eyes to the bigger picture. This always works, just turn on the boob tube and see for yourself.

Today’s world is filled with empty people walking along life’s journey stripped of a soul and of their own mind. We need to recapture what makes us human again. Institutions like the State, work in ways to dehumanize all of us and they reduce us to nothing more than robotic machines. We’re told from birth to act a certain way, think a certain way, believe in this, vote for that, support this, abide by that…etc. We have to stop this madness if we have any hope for the integrity of the sovereign individual. Anarchism holds the individual as a sacred being that should be fully free to peacefully interact with others. Anarchism is the only moral idea that holds true to the principles of non-aggression, private property, free and voluntary exchange, and self-responsibility. And again, Shaffer explains…

‘Anarchy’ is an expression of social behavior that reflects the individualized nature of life. Only as living beings are free to pursue their imagesparticular interests in the unique circumstances in which they find themselves, can conditions for the well-being of all be attained. Anarchy presumes decentralized and cooperative systems that serve the mutual interests of the individuals comprising them, without the systems ever becoming their own reasons for being. It is this thinking, and the practices that result therefrom, that is alone responsible for whatever peace and order exists in society.”

Governments have failed miserably in the past century. War, genocide, slavery, political corruption, backroom deals, inflating our hard-earned currency, taxation without representation, and I could go on and on. All these immoral actions are conducted while at the same time mortgaging our future. Do you honestly think that we’d be worse off without a government? All governments are the enemy to the individual and nothing short of a stateless society would let people thrive to their full potential. This is when we’d finally capture the true essence of who we were meant to be. And ending with the words of Emma Goldman, “People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.”

To get a better grasp and a more in-depth analysis on how living in a stateless society is possible, read this article here by the greatest Anarchist philosopher of all time, Murray Rothbard. He answers the common questions like–Who would teach our kids?  Who would build the roads? What would we do about criminals? Etc.

Here is a great reading list that every freedom loving person should devour. (Click Here)

Understanding the Coming Financial Crash

I think history will show that America has been in a financial depression since 2008. I believe we’re in a depression right now but its hard to see on the surface. 1 in 7 people in this country depend on the government to eat. We’ve all seen pictures of the long soup lines in the Great Depression era. That’s our reality now, but instead of waiting in lines, folks receive their food stamps by mail. The current depression though is masked over with a flood of fiat money and questionable government statistics. The debt bubble can no longer hide its impending fate. Even the central bank, which caused this debt disaster, is finally coming to grip with this reality. Kind of.

Main stream media and the highly misguided economists have been informing us lately that the so-called “recovery” is slowing. What they seem to misunderstand is that the “recovery” was created by printing money and running up an insane amount of debt. This works for a little bit. Just enough time to get politicians re-elected.  But right now we’re entering the stage of the inevitable bust. It cannot be stopped no matter what the experts are telling the public.

The artificially stimulation of the economy is what the government has been doing ever since the recession hit after September 11th. The housing boom was created by the Fed’s policies and the assumption that everyone should own their own home, even if they couldn’t afford it. Cheap money, low-interest rates and reduced lending standards all contributed to the boom and bust of the housing market. Now the Fed is doing the same exact thing to try to help the economy again. But the fundamental problems are still lingering. The artificial high that the fed injected into the economy is finally coming down. The “recovery” bust is lurking.

As the economically ignorant, from the President down to the news pundits, regurgitate some feel good rhetoric about the economy recovering, the reality is quite different. In the US, 6 million people are living in poverty. 76% of all Americans believe we’re still in a recession. Only 23% of US businesses plan on hiring in the near future. US retail as been on a steady decline for the past few months, along with manufacturing.  For the first time ever, Canadian households are wealthier than Americans. We as a nation don’t produce anything anymore. We live off borrowed money and consume more than we save. This is unsustainable for the future and the day of reckoning is near.

During the nearly 20 year Great Depression that was kicked off with the October market crash of 1929, there were times when the stock market and unemployment recovered for a bit, just to drop off again. As of writing this right now the stock market is down over 220 points. The media pundits inform me that the reason for the sell off is due to fear in Europe. But what they seem to neglect to tell their viewers is that the stock market is highly over inflated due to the Bernanke’s cheap money and artificial low-interest rates. It is sad to see that the stock market, which is what most Americans depend on for their retirement, is dictated on what the Federal Reserve is possible going to do. Are they going to unleash QE3 or are they not? The US media talks about how bad Greece is financially and are totally clueless that their own country is just as bad. Central bankers think they can manipulate the system,as they have been for years, and inflate their way out of the crisis. Printing money has worked artificially for a long time. It can’t last forever as we’ve seen in in 1923 Germany. A 15 trillion-dollar national debt cannot be paid, especially with a 1.2 trillion dollar deficit.

Understanding why the economy is in shambles is the first step to a recovery. If most people misplace blame and call for more of the medicine that made them sick in the first place, the economy has no chance. We have to understand that the Federal Reserve cannot inflate its way out of the mess. Printing money and setting interest rates artificially low is punishing anyone who wants to save. This act devalues the currency that Americans work so hard for. I can see nothing more immoral than cheapening one’s earnings…deliberately.

The only thing I can advise is that anyone who wants a better way of life for their kids must gain as much knowledge as you can about history and economics. Once you know what is happening and why it’s happening, you can prepare for the upcoming crises. Europe is the window to our foreseeable future.

Here are a list of books that will help you understand the crash of 2008 and how we can prepare for the next one.

  1. Meltdown by Thomas Woods Jr. This is by far the best book written on why the 2008 crash happened, who was responsible for it, and why bailouts will not work.
  2. The Real Crash by Peter Schiff. The author of this book was one of the economists trying to vehemently warn Americans of the housing crash only to be laughed at by news pundits. This new book warns of the upcoming crash and what we can do to prepare. We ignored him the first time; let’s not make that mistake again.
  3.  How and Economy Grows and Why It Crashes by Peter Schiff. Mr. Schiff offers a very readable explanation of how the economy is supposed to grow and what triggers the boom/bust cycle. A must read.
  4. Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt. One of the most important books I’ve read on economics. Hazlitt brings the most logical explanation of the fallacies of government intervention into the voluntary exchange of free and willing individuals.
  5. The Law by Frederic Bastiat. Published in 1850, this book is just as relevant today as back then. If every politician read and understood this book we’d eliminate most of the ills plaguing our once great country. The greatest case for liberty is written in this small and very readable book. Plus, it’s only .99 cents on kindle.

Why Men Make More Money than Women

A couple of days ago it was National Equal Pay Day. It’s one of those days the government uses to pit one group against another. This day is to show how women make less money than men. So along with this so-called discriminatory day comes some highly misguided Facebook posts and mass emails from the folks that fall for such propaganda. This post is to debunk such erroneous statistic used to show the pay gap between women and men as discriminatory.

From the White House’s own website it states this National Equal Pay Day…

Working women power America’s economy and sustain our middle class. For millions of families across our country, women’s wages mean food on the table, decent medical care, and timely mortgage payments. Yet, in 2010 — 47 years after President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 — women who worked full-time earned only 77 percent of what their male counterparts did. The pay gap was even greater for African American and Latina women, with African American women earning 64 cents and Latina women earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man. National Equal Pay Day represents the date in the current year through which women must work to match what men earned in the previous year, reminding us that we must keep striving for an America where everyone gets an equal day’s pay for an equal day’s work.

Now looking at this statistic on the surface without using any critical thinking, you’d think this was unfair and discriminatory. But the problem with this is that they don’t explain why men make 77% more than women. Deliberately of course. They just throw some imprudent stat up on its website and expect the sheep to regurgitate it up for their talking points. It works every time. The state loves to exploit unequal statistics.

There are a lot of sociological and psychological factors that contribute to the large pay gap between women and men. The government and media tend to leave these factors out when promoting such injustice.

What they don’t tell you is that women tend to pick careers for self-fulfillment rather than money. Men usually pick hazardous and more strenuous jobs while women usually settle for cushy and safer jobs. They don’t tell you that women are 9 times more than likely to drop out of work due to family reasons. Or that men have half the absenteeism rate of women. Men are also most likely to take jobs that require travel and paid commission while their counterparts take the 9 to 5 kind of jobs. Women look for job security while men tend to take higher risks (=higher rewards). The great Murray Rothbard explains it like this…

The lower average income for women can be explained on several grounds, none of which involve irrational “sexist” discrimination. One is the fact that the overwhelming majority of women work a few years, and then take a large chunk of their productive years to raise children, after which they may or may not decide to return to the labor force. As a result, they tend to enter, or to find, jobs largely in those industries and in that type of work that does not require a long-term commitment to a career. Furthermore, they tend to find jobs in those occupations where the cost of training new people, or of losing old ones, is relatively low. These tend to be lower-paying occupations than those that require a long-term commitment or where costs of training or turnover are high. This general tendency to take out years for child-raising also accounts for a good deal of the failure to promote women to higher-ranking, and therefore higher-paying jobs, and hence for the low female “quotas” in these areas. It is easy to hire secretaries who do not intend to make the job their continuing life work; it is not so easy to promote people up the academic or the corporate ladder who do not do so. How does a dropout for motherhood get to be a corporate president or a full professor?

Government statistics are very manipulative and are used to justify its expansion and intrusion in society. And usually with its unwarranted mandates come greater injustice than if they did nothing. The state and media created an illusion that businesses are sexist toward women. This is highly inaccurate and deliberately misleading.

A great book to pick up is Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap And What Women Can Do About It by Warren Farrell. He analyzes the social implications that cause women to get paid less than men and offers some solutions to tighten the gap. Though I don’t agree with everything in the book, it’s a great reference to intellectually expose the superficial talking points from some mindless MSNBC pundit.

By using the power of the state to increase wages for women is actually doing more harm to them. By raising the cost of women’s labor artificially through laws, regulations and mandates is actually lowering the demand for such work. Economics 101. The higher the price the lower the demand. Equal pay legislation will actually make women poorer and men richer in the long run. Legislators don’t consider any of these social or biological factors when forming laws. This is why they do more harm than good and leave society even more lopsided than before they intervened. Freedom and markets is what pulls people out of poverty, not the state.