Using force to preserve freedom

If we are not in power, someone else is.  Think about that for a moment.  We libertarians stand by our principles with suicidal dedication.  That is one of the things that I like most about the libertarian movement.  We are honest, principled and dedicated not only to our freedom, but to yours as well. 

But the truth does not matter to the enemies of liberty.

Nor do principles, nor our freedom and certainly not yours either.  ‘They’ the enemies of freedom, the killers of liberty, want power and get it.  They then use that power to enslave us and take away our freedom.  They use the power of the state, granted to them by force (China) or by Republican Democracy (The United States).  Even dictators and terrorists can use democracy (Hitler and Hamas) to obtain power.

As I discussed in a previous article, we libertarians who believe in self-ownership and the non-aggression principle hog tie ourselves and our communities and countries.  We believe in open borders (most of us, I actually don’t), without recognizing the political nature of immigration and its long term impact on democracy, crime and corruption.  We believe it is wrong to use the force of the state to impose a set of values or morals, but the police officer who comes to arrest you for whatever crime is popular this week, isn’t a libertarian.  He doesn’t care about your freedom.

Imagine you, helpless and unarmed; (or even armed, it doesn’t matter) go up to a policeman and say, ‘OK, I’ve had it with this war on drugs, I’m ordering you to stop arresting people for drugs.”

What will the response be?

And if by some chance, we are successful at establishing a free state with a great libertarian constitution in Puerto Rico or anywhere else for that matter and then we hold elections; how long will it be before the same idiots who put us in the mess we are in now, regain power?  And when they regain power, what will they do with that power?

It is the greatest of ironies, the most bitter of poetic injustices; but the only way to maintain freedom is to maintain organized force.  In other words, we have to obtain power and guard it jealously.  This means we must exclude those whose sole purpose is to take freedom from others.  That means prohibiting communists and Islamo-fascists from entering, staying or voting.

 I am not the first, nor the only person to recognize this concept.  Darth Stirner wrote in ‘The Right Stuff’ – “…exclusion is necessary. The disenfranchisement of degenerates is necessary. The average man is not a libertarian. By empowering every individual you will be mainly empowering progressives.”

I don’t like the idea of going after ‘degenerates’ necessarily; because the term can mean a lot of things to a lot of people.  People should have a right to choose what they do in their private lives, degenerate or moral; that is not a matter for the state to determine.  The rest of his statement is spot on.  He continues:

“By empowering every individual you will be mainly empowering progressives.

Libertarians want the average man to have more autonomy, but they must realize that with this freedom the common man will only advocate more leftism, more insanity.

Our democratic constitutions are tantamount to a suicide pact for the Western world.”

I don’t advocate taking freedom from others, but I do advocate the acquisition of power and the use of that power to enforce Liberty.  What a terrible contradiction in terms, yet what other option is there?  Whenever governments exist and everyone is included in the system, there will be those who will seek to use that system to their benefit, and politicians who will cater to them.

Empower the socialists and they will dis-empower you.

So how do you stop socialists from ruling?  You use force to stop them.  You expel them, you shun them you throw them out.  You arrest them, you imprison them and you kick their butts out of the country, which ever country we establish. 

They will not abide by the fundamental rules of a society, they will not obey the constitution, they will not respect your liberty and they will not be truthful about their aims or goals.

So is this ‘Libertarian Fascism?’  No.  This is libertarian pragmatism.  Use the force of government to enforce freedom, so that the police officer in the earlier scenario would be YOU, telling the people who want to ban smoking or drugs or prostitution or some form of marriage or another, to butt the hell out of other people’s lives.


About worleyf

Semi-retired Media Relations guy, former radio and TV reporter and legislative aide. Middle of the road Libertarian (as if that actually existed) who reviews current news items and stories, and offers an alternative point of view.
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