Posted: March 1st, 2011 by Militant Libertarian
“Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. ”Patriotism” is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by ”patriotism” I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one’s own nation, which is the concern with the nation’s spiritual as much as with its material welfare /never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one’s country which is not part of one’s love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.”
– Erich Fromm
There is no religion, mantra, life choice, sexual orientation, food, race, martial art, philosophy, tradition or other that can rightly claim supremacy without becoming a cult meme, a cult by definition is a negative thing. Devotion without compromise while admirable for the cultist is in the end something that will restrict knowledge, trample others, and cause pain and great suffering. The idea embodied within the desire for government is that each person is subject to what the others around them desire, either through regulation, restriction or coercion running the gamut from fining to death.
Self-rule (freedom) calls for respect for all other opinions and beliefs as long as those of others do not cause them to threaten or cause harm to others, in that they are restricted by virtue of the need for self-preservation. Self-rule allows others to practice what they will without restriction or the desire to “regulate” said actions. Self-rule is perfectly embodied in society, which calls for peaceful cohabitation without restriction.
For every approach there are hundreds of alternative views, and they are limited only by natural law which follows the simple maxim of “do no harm,” those who truly desire freedom will not deign to cause others harm or restrict their actions. In a truly free society, everyone is allowed to be who they are, and must learn to live with others and their differences. Freedom requires nothing but allows everything as long as those actions taken do no harm to another.
In a truly free society, there is no reason for war, prisons or the initiation of force and violence.
In a truly free society, peace is taken for granted because there is no greater meme to follow, or promote.
Within a free society each can choose what they will and sit down for coffee with anyone they wish to.
In a legislated or a “gun-run” society, be it democracy, socialism, communism, fascism, theocracy or monarchy, there is only the greater meme, there is no real thought for the individual because the individual is a threat to the safety and goals of the legislated society. This is government, and this is why government cannot in any way ever be good. Government is incapable of righting wrongs because the wrongs committed are exclusively the province of the government. Outside of the natural law, or the simply followed “do no harm” there is no law that is just. Government divides, society rebuilds, government restricts, society advances, government kills, society births new life.
Many will argue that without government we would have nothing, however, I argue that historically it has been free society and not government that has given us advancement. There is no advancement that was not first initiated by the single thoughtful man, government historically has not created or advanced anything without harnessing through force the labor and intellectual wealth of individuals.
It was not government that discovered washing would keep one from becoming ill regularly; in fact, government at the direction of religion (another form of government) burned those who would advance medicinal practices for “witchcraft.” It was not government that discovered nuclear power, originally meant for peaceful clean energy solutions it was government that caused it to be vilified and treated as evil through its military uses. It was not government that created gunpowder, originally used to mine in China, it was government that later discovered that it made a better weapon to murder millions. It was not government that dreamed of flight, rockets, and submarines. It was government that made those platforms of war and through their use in military applications reduces the potential for true space travel. It was not government that initiated any positive thing, it was government that has stolen, coerced and “required” all to further its goals.
Government is treated as a supreme being by some, venerated by many and reviled by few. In the end, government is simply an entity, one that can easily be discarded and need not exist. Government exists solely as a result of the support given it by the adherents of the cult that is it. Be free, and withdraw support. There is no real need for government, everything that is supposedly accomplished by government can and is accomplished better by each of us. Break the cult meme hold government has on you, and remember we are all humans, only under government are we divided by anything.
“It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.”
– Robert A. Heinlein
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