Month: May 2016

Self-Defense and the Defense of Others

“Is it sin (evil) to kill in self-defense or in the defense one’s wife and child?” Before we can analyze the question, we must seek to understand the questioner’s assumptions. 1.  Determinism It is assumed that I alone have a decision to make.  My relationship with the other persons in the situation is supposed to be one which unfolds mechanically.   The attacker, for example, is preprogrammed to do the worst evil he can.  He is not expected to make any other decisions or act in any other way.  Nor does the question allow for any decision on the part...

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Five Statist Fallacies and Anarchist Responses

Be sure to click on all the links for more great videos and information! Fallacy #1: We are the State and the State is Us It’s not the state that is taxing you and coercing you; in a democracy “the state is us“, so we’re doing it to ourselves. Response: Since outright slavery has been discredited, “democracy” is the only remaining rationale for state compulsion that most people will accept. Democracy has proved only that the best way to gain power over people is to assure the people that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that, they make...

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Seven Arguments in Favor of Anarchy

The Epistemological Argument Violence is never a means to knowledge. As Isabel Paterson, explained in her book, The God of the Machine, “No edict of law can impart to an individual a faculty denied him by nature. A government order cannot mend a broken leg, but it can command the mutilation of a sound body. It cannot bestow intelligence, but it can forbid the use of intelligence.” Or, as Baldy Harper used to put it, “You cannot shoot a truth!” The advocate of any form of invasive violence is in a logically precarious situation. Coercion does not convince, nor...

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Stoicism: Our Patriarch the State

Stoicism holds that the State is an organization of human community life, which originates by reason of a social instinct implanted in men by nature; or else, under Epicureanism, is brought about by an irresistible impulse to end the “war of all against all,” to coerce the savage, who opposes organized effort, to a peaceable community life in place of the anti-social struggle in which all budding advancement are destroyed. These two apparently irreconcilable concepts were fused by the intermediation of medieval philosophy.  This, founded on theologic reasoning and belief in the Bible, developed the opinion that man, originally and by...

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Government: An Uncomfortable Situation

The official opinion of the Church is that secular authority was ordained for the benefit of mankind. The objective reality is that government serves as a benefit to man only as an object lesson of what not to do. The civil authority is a rejection of God’s good creation. The civil authority can only be said to have been instituted by God because God is the author of man’s agency. The civil authority arises out of rebellion against God. Did God institute government? If, by common consent, the members of the church can accept philosophies, opinions, personal beliefs and...

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