6.6, Disassociation and law

The power of disassociation is hidden from view in our day. Forced association is prominent and gaining explicit visibility. "The enforcers of the land demand you hire me!"; "The enforcers of the land demand you produce a cake for me!"; "The enforcers of the land demand you accept this jab of toxins from me!"; "The …

6.5, Disassociation and Fear of -isms.

I have loosely tied the right to be racist or sexist in attitudes (not in attack or aggression) with reflections on four maybe-sages (Laotzu, Buddha, Socrates, Jesus). This right to be racist or sexist (or any other -ist one wants to add) is a part of the right to associate and disassociate. Often the reaction …

On Money and Currency and Fear and Trembling

Money, the status achieved by a commodity so tradeable and widely valued that it is universally tradeable and acceptable as payment for anything because it can be offered for payment of anything. Whether anything achieves this status in any measure of time and space (history) is a matter of the particularities of that time and …

7.2, Szaz, Values, Disorders and the Growth of the Therapeutic State

(Pg. 96) "Applied to behavior, especially sexual behavior, the disease label combines a description with a covert value judgment...Psychiatrists diagnose the person who eats too much as suffering from 'bulimia' and the person who eats to little as suffering from 'anorexia nervosa'. Similarly, the person who has too much sex suffers from 'sex addiction,' while …

7.1, Szaz, On resisting the therapeutic state

From The Medicalization of Everyday Life (2007) "The leading cause of death is being alive. The therapeutic state swallows all life on the seemingly rational ground that nothing falls outside the province of health and medicine, just as the theological state had swallowed up everything human on the ground that nothing falls outside the province …

6.4, Jesus, Disassociation and Living Well

Jesus chose to disassociate from much of the social (and so political) standards of his day. He repeatedly frustrated the Pharisees and Sadducees with the way in which he ignored the nuances of their rules and regulations. Jesus might engage in what counted as work on the sabbath. Jesus might spend time with the discriminated …

6.3, Socrates, Disassociation and Wisdom

Socrates, in his jail cell discoursing with Crito, dismisses as mere warm feelings Crito's multi-pronged attempt at argumentation that Socrates should break the law and escape into exile. Socrates reminds Crito, as if Crito had forgotten (Crito had not forgotten since Crito himself judges at the beginning of the dialogue what Socrates reminds him of …

6.2_Laotzu, Disassociation and Sage Status

Laotzu recommends not-striving. In fact, he recommends the achievement of non-action. The paradoxical language of Laotzu captured by achieving (an action if there were one) non-action invites the reader to look beyond a literalist fundamentalism. But like Buddha and the recommendation to cease craving, Laotzu employs the rhetoric of disassociation when characterizing the way. Let …

6.1_Buddha, Disassociation and Enlightenment

A return to the maybe-sages. Voluntary association grows less and less in most countries. Beginning with forced association with the territorial monopoly for services such as security (police) and dispute arbitration (courts) and price control of such services (taxation), and flowing from that source to the innumerable ways in which otherwise innocent citizens are caught …

5.17, On the Praxeology of Violence

Here we move toward an understanding of what the implications of violence are. The ultimate goal is to understand the systemic (an in vogue word these days) effects of government. By violence I mean to focus on initiated aggression. Initiated aggression is to be contrasted with defensive aggression. Initiated aggression, as a category, includes any …