On Envy, Equality and Noticeability

From Helmut Schoeck, Envy: “Man’s envy is at its most intense where all are almost equal; his calls for redistribution are loudest when there is virtually nothing to redistribute.” From de Tocqueville, The Old Regime and the French Revolution: “It is a singular fact that this steadily increasing prosperity, far from tranquilizing the population, everywhere …

Investment and savings

Only saved capital can be invested. That government cannot save without aggression is obviously true. Otherwise it would be just another firm competing. That government can invest is thereby made false. Government can employ force and initiate aggression against those it retains non-competitive domination over. Thereby it is able to take from some and give …

Speaking truth non-revolutionarily

I do not speak revolutionarily. I do not say what I say in order to initiate anything accept awareness. To know where one is comes after knowing what one is. I focus on the former here. The latter is more important and much of what I say about the former depends on the latter. But, …

Inheritance tax

It is quite something that “we” live under a regime that targets saving first, and then giving to our most cherished children second (or whoever stands to inherit), for extra confiscation. To disincentivize saving (not spending and not investing but what is required for investing), savings being the foundation of having something to give as …

Coercion and lack of demand

That an activity is coerced is EVIDENCE that it is not in demand. When I say coerced I refer to initiated aggression. Were the service or good produced in demand coercion would be unnecessary. The simplicity is part of what troubles the modern oppressed. But the simplicity is also what so immediately creates the discomfort. …

Can we do better than deep reality?

What deep reality “did” was to place the cure for ignorance and incompetence naturally in relation with those illnesses. What are the means? Inconvenience, discomfort, suffering, death. But you who claim to do better, you who proclaim that you will shelter the masses. “The masses cannot choose their doctors, teachers and cooks. We must license …

The analogy between state welfare and religion

The state-religionist who asserts the right of the state to aggress against the liberty of its citizens for their eternal welfare is only different in conception of welfare from the state-welfarist. The latter asserts the right of the state to aggress against the liberty of its citizens for their earthly welfare. According to Socrates one …

Argument for privatization

OBJECTION to liberty: “But, people are bad. People will lie, steal, assault.” Yes to consideration of lying, stealing and assaulting. But not only in the free market. Any market. Choice: EITHER ,those who have needs and can manipulate decide to trade with a provision for dispute arbitration (voluntarily agreed to by trading parties), OR those who …

Who is more attracted to government?

Government is by definition the initiation of force and the preventing of competition in whatever spheres the government sets up for itself. Who would, on average, be more attracted to such a position? The man who values liberty and property and limits on the assault and theft or the man who does not think he …