Zero Government Blog http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/ Rational Refreshing Reflections on What's Happening Now en-en Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:25:41 +0000 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/recent.gif http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/ http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/ http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/index.html http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/index.html 18A032.htm   18A032 The Mind of a Statist by Jim Davies, 8/7/2018       Just to see what would happen, recently I exchanged emails with a gentleman I encountered on social media who had not told me he would like to consider some ideas about freedom. The good advice given in TOLFA is not to waste time debating with people but to invite them to join that Academy and if they decline, to move on to the next; but I was curious to test that. I found the advice was correct after all. To protect the guilty I'll change his name to David Lewis, and he is quite articulate and seemed courteous, at least initially, and he's even older than I am so is seasoned by a long life. I think the first topic we discussed was FDR's part in the eruption of WW2; as I see it he is a prime instigator, while David thought him a World Savior. We moved on to other subjects. I suggested we begin at the beginning and try to agree on what "government" is; how it is defined. Clearly, there's no point in discussing anything unless everyone agrees what it is. David offered this: "government is an institution that coordinates those who wish to live in a society". This rosy picture is probably rather popular. A third of a billion people have all sorts of interests, and like a large orchestra they need a conductor, who will benignly steer each to make good music together. But I pointed out to David that the stem word "govern" does not include such activity. I invited him to consider the dictionary definition, and pointed out that it is concerned with authoritative rule. Rule, clearly, means that choices are over-ruled. I added that we could reinforce the dictionary by observing what governments actually do in practice, and pointed him to those helpful pie-charts towards the end of the IRS' "1040 Instructions." Now, Mr Lewis is not so dumb as not to see where that would lead; but he would neither change his definition of "government" nor attempt to justify it further. This was an unmistakable indication of a fixed opinion, a prejudice fortified against the possibility of being changed by reasoned persuasion. That is perfectly consistent with the holding of a religious belief. I ought to have cut communication off right there, since we could not even agree on the definition of the terms being used; but wishing to explore the Statist mind further, I pointed him to TOLFA. After digressing into the 911 government emergency service (he thought it wonderful, I see it as highly sinister) he wrote. "Curiosity finally got the better of me. First thing I notice is 'Ayn Rand.' Strike one. Second: you have an absolute right to own and operate your own life, any way you wish That means my neighbor has the same absolute right. That could be tricky." Those familiar with the Academy will know that these appear in Segment 1, which ought not to be reached without having spent time on the Entrance page (to find how much study work is needed) and the Benefits page (to see whether it will be worth the effort) and the How Best to Use page (to avoid waste of time and gain the most.) So David had ignored the advice, bypassed these important preliminaries and plunged right into Seg 1 - in whose middle he spotted something he disliked: a mention of Ayn Rand. "Strike one", he called it. 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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:25:41 +0000 18A024: 1918, 6/12/2018 Government folly, piled upon government folly http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A024.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A024.htm Read more about '18A024: 1918, 6/12/2018 Government folly, piled upon government folly ' on the Zero Government blog... Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:25:41 +0000 18A023: Social Security in the ZGS, 6/5/2018 At long last, it will resume http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A023.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A023.htm Read more about '18A023: Social Security in the ZGS, 6/5/2018 At long last, it will resume ' on the Zero Government blog... Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:25:41 +0000 18A022: The Social Contract, 5/29/2018 Where is it? http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A022.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A022.htm Read more about '18A022: The Social Contract, 5/29/2018 Where is it? ' on the Zero Government blog... Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:25:41 +0000 18A021: Lesson from an Error, 5/22/2018 A great way to learn http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A021.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A021.htm Read more about '18A021: Lesson from an Error, 5/22/2018 A great way to learn ' on the Zero Government blog... Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:25:41 +0000 18A020: Moms, 5/15/2018 What ladies do best http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A020.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A020.htm Read more about '18A020: Moms, 5/15/2018 What ladies do best ' on the Zero Government blog... Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:25:41 +0000 18A019: Of Laws and Men, 5/8/2018 The only valid lawmakers http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A019.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A019.htm Read more about '18A019: Of Laws and Men, 5/8/2018 The only valid lawmakers ' on the Zero Government blog... Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:25:41 +0000 18A018: Gekko, 5/1/2018 Blindness on the Left http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A018.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A018.htm Read more about '18A018: Gekko, 5/1/2018 Blindness on the Left ' on the Zero Government blog... Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:25:41 +0000 18A017: Two Possible Futures, 4/24/2018 We choose http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A017.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A017.htm Read more about '18A017: Two Possible Futures, 4/24/2018 We choose ' on the Zero Government blog... Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:25:41 +0000 18A016: Babies for Sale?, 4/17/2018 Not in a free market http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A016.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/18A016.htm Read more about '18A016: Babies for Sale?, 4/17/2018 Not in a free market ' on the Zero Government blog... 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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:25:41 +0000 ZGBlogs for October - December 2016 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch4q16.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch4q16.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for October - December 2016 ' on the Zero Government blog... Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:25:41 +0000 ZGBlogs for July - September 2016 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch3q16.htm" http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/"http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/arch3q16.htm" Read more about 'ZGBlogs for July - September 2016 ' on the Zero Government blog... 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