Obviously, the tyranny advocates of the world, like Obama and his collectivist buddies, are getting a little scared that the philosophy of freedom has been growing by leaps and bounds recently. So the megalomaniac brigade has ratcheted up its Orwellian propaganda, trying to tell everyone that freedom is slavery, peaceful coexistence is hateful and intolerant, and massive extortion and violent domination is compassionate and noble.
Van Jones, a collectivist state-worshiper comrade of Obama’s, recently referred to libertarianism as a “despicable ideology,” claiming that libertarians “hate” various groups of minorities, and generally trying to paint people like Ron Paul as Satan. Now, if the average couch potato had said these things, I would guess that he was merely an unthinking parrot of the usual statist propaganda. But in the case of Van Jones, he can’t plead ignorance. He says what he says because what he desires above all else is to violently force others to be whatever he thinks they should be, and the idea of freedom interferes with that agenda. He is not alone in his megalomania; almost everyone in “high” public office, of any color, religion, or party affiliation, is there because he wants to dominate his fellow man. Despite being black, Van Jones is, just like Obama, an aspiring slave-master. If you think I exaggerate, read on.
If Mr. Jones was merely stupid, I could believe that he really can’t tell the difference between right-wing statist control freaks, and those who believe in the non-aggression principle (libertarians). But he’s not that stupid. He is intentionally trying to make his audience accept the idiotic lie that believing that everyone should be allowed to run his own life, make his own decisions, and spend his own money (a.k.a. libertarianism), is the same as hating everyone who isn’t like you, and wanting to oppress and enslave everyone else.
Mr. Jones seems to be doing quite a bit of psychological projecting in his accusations. If you want to see an intolerant, hateful, pack-mentality control freak, look no further than Van Jones. Or Obama, for that matter. It is really sad that anyone would believe, based on the color of Obama’s skin, that he actually cares about black people. Obama doesn’t care about the average American black any more than George Bush cares about me. Despite the patently idiotic tripe we’re all taught to the contrary, people don’t seek positions of power and control in order to help and serve those whom they seek to control. Do you think Van Jones, or Obama, wanted to be where they are so they could leave you alone? They wanted the “Ring of Power” so they could USE it. And the only way anyone can use the power of “government” is to violently control people. That’s all “laws” are: threats of violence.
Let’s take an example Van Jones brought up, which even makes many pro-freedom advocates tread softly, for fear of offending anyone. (Don’t expect any soft-treading here.) Many of the so-called “anti-discrimination” laws are unjustified and evil. People who grasp the principles of liberty and self-ownership understand this. Take the example Van Jones used, of some racist restaurant owner who refuses to serve blacks, or some other minority group. This makes a fine example of why the belief in “government” is such a horribly dangerous and destructive superstition. If you accept the notion that “government” has the right to violently impose “fairness” and “rightness” upon everyone, then the tyrants (like Obama and his collectivist buddies) can always find a way to trick you into advocating thuggery and oppression.
Imagine, for example, that some white guy went up to Van Jones, and said, “I’m going to follow you around for a few days, to make sure that you’re spending enough money at white-owned establishments.” How do you suppose he would react? I’m guessing he would have a temporary fit of righteous indignation and moral clarity, and say, “You have no right to tell me how to spend my money!” And he’d be right.
And, for the exact same reason, no one has the right to force some Aryan Nation member to hire a black man. Incidentally, there’s a word for forcing someone to serve someone else–which is what Van Jones is advocating. That word is “slavery.” I realize that in a country governed mainly by meaningless, emotional, rhetorical mush, that might sound strange to most people. But it’s called a principle. Each person owns himself, and owns the fruits of his labors. No one owns anyone else, and no one has the right to take what anyone else has earned without his consent. Freedom means freedom. If someone wants to spend his own money in a way that I think is racist, rude, or economically idiotic, I have no right whatsoever to interfere.
If, for example, some black store owner refuses to serve me because I’m white, or because I have reddish hair, or because I said nasty things about Fuhrer Obama, it is his absolute right to choose not to trade with me. And being someone who actually understands and abides by principles, if anyone tried to forcethe store owner to serve me–whether via the state violence of “legislation” or by any other means–I would be first in line to defend the store owner’s right to be a rude, racist dumbass, by not allowing me in his store.
Why? Because I have moral principles, and I value peaceful coexistence. And peaceful coexistence doesn’t mean a giant love-in where everyone is the same. It doesn’t mean everyone will like everyone else, or everyone will agree on everything. It doesn’t mean everyone will approve of each other’s choices or lifestyles. It doesn’t mean everyone will say nice things about each other. It means only that people–whatever religious, racial, economic, philosophical, or any other differences they may have–will tolerate the existence of each other, and not initiate violence against each other. That’s what it means to be civilized.
Despite how the collectivists have mangled the term, that is what “tolerance” actually means. It doesn’t mean you like something, or approve of it–it means that you allow it to be, you don’t attempt to violently eradicate it just because you don’t like it. It means that, whatever you might think of it, you tolerate its existence. Libertarians do that. Obama and Van Jones do not. Instead, they seek to use the power of the state to violently impose their ideas of fairness and politeness upon the rest of humanity.
The real reason Van Jones hates libertarians–and yes, I do mean “hates”–is because if they get their way, he will become as irrelevant and powerless as he should be. Of course those who crave dominion over their fellow man hate libertarianism, and find it “despicable,” because in a world where the principles of self-ownership and non-aggression are understood and embraced, there will be nothing for tyrants like Van Jones to do, no way for them to trick people into giving them power. Libertarianism will always pose a threat to megalomaniacs like Van Jones, because megalomaniacs will always pose a threat to peaceful coexistence, i.e., rational and moral civilization.