Belief in AuthorityPosted: June 17, 2011
The Third Reich was made possible by millions of German “taxpayers” who felt an obligation to pay up. The Soviet empire was made possible by millions of people who felt an obligation to give to the state whatever it demanded. Every invading army, every conquering empire, has been constructed out of wealth that was taken from productive people. The destroyers have always been funded by the creators; the thieves have always been funded by the producers; through the belief in “authority,” the agendas of the evil have always been funded by the efforts of the good.
Yep. What to do? Even though more people than ever are feeling the chafe of chains, most people are still unwilling to let go their belief in government. “Limited” government, constrained by the Constitution, that’s the ticket. Nobody seems to notice that it didn’t work the first time. Lysander Spooner wasted his ink.
We should all question our beliefs, especially our most closely-held beliefs. I know how hard that can be. I struggle with it myself. Only recently I reluctantly let go of my strongest belief; that given a clear choice, all people preferred freedom over slavery.
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