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Daily Archives: August 18, 2011

Stopped clocks

As a libertarian, I’m not particularly enthused by any group who wishes to achieve world domination, whether it’s by the Left, Right, Center, or religious whackos of any persuasion. That being said, regardless of whackiness, you can occasionally find nuggets of truth in the streams of dross. The above-referenced R. J. Rushdoony seems to have described socialism perfectly when he said it “…tries to give the slave all the advantages of his security together with the benefits of freedom, and in the process, destroys both the free and the enslaved.” Socialism, as a political and economic system, involves State ownership of everything that is within the boundaries of the State, despite the high-sounding definition offered in Wikipedia: “…an economic system in which the means of production are publicly or commonly owned and controlled cooperatively, or a political philosophy advocating such a system. As a form of social organization, socialism is based on co-operative social relations and self-management; relatively equal power-relations and the reduction or elimination of hierarchy in the management of economic and political affairs.”

Yet anyone in Mao’s China or Stalin’s USSR would not describe their ability to control their own lives and properties as “relatively equal power relations.” State prohibitions and mandates were standard – just as the slave is controlled by his master. People were seen as slaves to the State, with some as overseers, but the very top acting as nothing but owners.

So, while the thought of the Religious Right (so to speak) attempting to dominate the world is not particularly attractive, neither is the current scenario of the Secular Left doing so. In either event personal freedom is destroyed and I fail to see any reason to become more outraged by one methodology over the other.

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