What you owe to the state

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What do you owe to the United States of America just because you were born here and are a citizen?

“Nobody is born with a mandatory obligation to invisible lines on a map. Our fundamental obligation is to ourselves, our families, and the people that we choose to let into our circles…not to a piece of dirt that’s controlled by mob-installed bureaucrats.” ~ Simon Black

The biggest problem with any state is that it is the one institution that we allow a most peculiar exemption from all of the moral laws that guide us in our dealings with one another. We all know that the world is a very complex place with billions of people reacting to each other every day. We can not predict all of the ramifications of our various actions and so we have moral rules to guide us all. We have a deep sense of what is right and what is fair as we observe individuals dealing with one another in their daily affairs. Do I have any right to impose my will on my neighbor, who is doing me no harm?  Of course not! And my neighbor has no right to do me harm as long as I do not aggress against him — not even if he joins with a majority and passes a law that says he may do so.

The state is not some magical entity but it is simply an organization of individual human beings. There is no reason to believe that “the end justifies the means” for the state when it is morally wrong for the single individual or for non-state groups. If we set out to do things “for the greater good” believing that the ends justify the means, then we may realize to our horror that we have ushered in great evils. Recall that the definition of “ironic evil” is the evil that good men do as they try their best to do good. It is a law of nature and a close cousin of “the law of unintended consequences”.

The state is nothing more than a group of men and women running a criminal monopoly that uses force, fraud, and coercion to make everyone else to buy services from them. Even if they are correct and their old document that you or I never signed, called the Constitution, gives them permission to rob and brutalize the population, does that give them to moral right to do so? Of course not. They have a monopoly on interpreting and applying the constitution which they claim is a contract, but I never agreed to that contract and there is no impartial court to go to with contractual disputes anyway.They enforce the constitution with bullets.

Ideas are the motive power that produces human progress (or lack of same) and shapes the world. Ideas are more powerful than armies. This is why the state spends so much effort propagandizing us to get us to believe they have some rightful monopoly on the use of force and that only the minions of the state can decide what everyone must do, say, and think. Government employees think they are an elite class; above everyone else. Their wishes and opinions become the law while our wishes become crimes without prior approval by the state. The laws of the state are a club to beat the population and not a shield of protection. As long as the American people continue to believe in the idea that their most formidable enemies are terrorists from distant lands or other countries rather than their own government here at home they will continue to lose freedom and wealth to the very entity they so wrongly believe exists for their protection.

Historically criminality was seen to mean that both intent and at least one victim was required, but today criminality means whatever the minions of the state say is not allowed. We all have a clear idea of what it means when one party commits aggression against another’s person or property and that is easy for everyone to understand, but no one can keep up with the millions of capricious and conflicting rules and regulation of the state. The state’s millions of rules and regulations means that each of us is a criminal in some way and the state could use some aspect of its millions of regulations to trip us up any time government minions choose to do so.

There is no state rule, regulation or economic calculus that can replace each individual’s plans for his daily needs and desires. The man left to freely make is own decisions is the best man for that task and there are no free men without self-ownership. The state is the largest stumbling block to the people’s welfare that there has ever been, so why do we think we owe anything other than our animosity to the very group who does us the most damage?

What do I owe the criminal state? Nothing, other than a lasting hatred for its uncountably many crimes against men, women, and children.

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4 thoughts on “What you owe to the state

  1. We live in the perceived land of the free. Your article points it out well, we have the illusion of freedom but cross someone that is politically connected and you just might find out your freedom was just that: an illusion.

  2. The state is certainly the most illusory and pervasive type of religion around, and is collectively responsible for more atrocities than any than other religion or organization in the world. I find it rather dumbfounding how for example the 14th amendment uses the language “persons” instead of people, leaving it to vaguely fall into deceptive word play. This language technically means that people born as a citizen are basically new corporations born into the parent corporation that is the U.S. That is how authorities are able to get away with wage slavery without human rights issues being brought forth into legal action. We’re all technically corporations employed by the parent corp. and we’re on duty 24/7/365, making all of your personal time and business on the watch of the state. No wonder 2013 was a record year of people denouncing their citizenship. Not that I would go that far personally as it would be one complex process just to come out of it still under the wing of coercion by the state’s aggressive policies and rule anyways in all reality. So at the end of the day I believe we only owe the state one thing, and that is it’s fiat money. That’s it. That’s the only real property that is truly owed, and they can keep it considering how much of an illusion money is anyways. Otherwise our actions, emotions, thoughts, and even time should be once again reclaimed in spite of the state and only shared amongst fellow community of real, genuine people.

    • Thanks for the comment. Rothbard’s take on money, the FED, and the shell game played by the gang of criminals writ large certainly agrees with you. A free society must have real private sector money.

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