WHY WE NEED TO LET GO OF THE “NECESSARY EVIL”

by Erik Vollstädt

 

You might be wondering why I insist so much on abolishing mandatory citizenship and anything involuntary in general. Isn’t some evil necessary to maintain order and support the common good? Don’t we owe the state something for providing us with all the riches and conveniences we take for granted? Aren’t taxes just the price for being born in such a developed society?

 

One thing that has been left out of consideration here is that the state does not equal society. If we really were the government, every criminal act committed by government agents would have to be agreed upon by their victims. Murder would become voluntary suicide, incarceration would be every prisoners free choice. Either we are all masochists or we need to acknowledge that the citizens and their government do in fact represent different interests.

 

Moreover, the state’s legitimization – the social contract – is actually a a lie: In order for a contract to be valid, all parties involved need to voluntarily consent to it. No constitution has ever been implemented by a 100% consensus, and even if that was the case, the ones consenting to it are long dead and their contract cannot be binding upon forthcoming generations. Any other justification of the state’s authority is merely a camouflaged form of “might makes right” , no noble cause could ever justify the threat of violence – every law passed without the consent of the affected parties is just a form of blackmailing, either you obey or armed thugs will put you in a cage.

 

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Any voluntary agreement should include an opt-out stipulation, even the state’s social contract and all government services: Citizenship, education, health insurance, unemployment insurance, police, roads, etc. The claim that these services couldn’t be provided without customers being forced to pay for them is flawed, people’s desires are the cornerstone of every free market’s formula for success – and people are likely to still want the things government used to provide.

 

Furthermore, we are still living in the age of mercantilism. University text books and the government’s friends would like you to think that we are already living in a free market system and that all of our problems are due to a lack of government interventions. But that’s just part of their job, as the masses would realize that state’s uselesness and usurpatory nature if they didn’t blame the markets for all government failures.

 State capitalists make use of their government connections to destroy their competitors, the key mechanisms here are lobbyism, regulations and licencing – only big corporations can afford dealing with all the heavy taxes and bureaucratic hurdles small businesses die from, giving the remaining market protagonists oligopoly powers.

This way, we ought to believe we were free to choose, be it Republicans or Democrats, McDonald’s or Burger King, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson, Canon or Nikon. This is one of the many illusions set up to preserve the existing power structure. The main pillars of the statist paradigm are the government’s monopoly on education (all forms of private education require state certificates and are therefore ideologically aligned) and the state capitalists’ dominion over mainstream media.

 

It seems the majority of society is living in a state called “Stockholm Syndrome“: The system’s victims learned to worship their servitude and started perceiving everyone questioning their obediance as traitors and outlaws (e.g. tax evasion – a form of saving one’s property from legal plunder – is perceived as crime). This mental sickness is also known as statism and appears to have become the world’s biggest religion.

 

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The belief in authority as a necessary evil is literally the root of all evil. There is no way allowing humans to reign over the rest of society will not be abused. Power corrupts, and absolute power will bring about the worst kind of rulers. Politics is nothing but a competition of crooks and elections are an auction in advance for stolen goods.

 

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If you try to change the system from within you will find yourself forced to break your principles quite quickly: You will have to make compromises and join the game of political favours to find allies and sell out to cronies for funding. Even if you lie your way up to higher political ranks, you won’t be able to enforce any of your libertarian promises without giving up other liberties. There’s just no way you can convince predators to let go of their primary means of subsistence, the exploitation of good citizens.

 

To really change something, you need to give the state’s victims a viable alternative. Don’t try to make them understand what they aren’t willing to confront, just offer them a choice and they’ll make up their minds once the next big crisis hits them.

 

Bitnation is a collaborative platform for such alternatives. End the era of pseudo-freedom and help us create a new reality.

 

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Erik Vollstädt

Bitnation Lead Ambassador and Community Director. Born 1993, aspiring entrepreneur and champion of voluntary societies & private property ethics. Proponent of counter-economics and competing market currencies, such as cryptocurrencies. Represented Bitnation as Lead Ambassador since 2015 at the Riga Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies Meetup, the iBGEk basic income stage discussion in Klagenfurt (Austria), the Cointelegraph Blockchain Conference in Helsinki, the Zündfunk Netzkongress in Munich, at itnig for the Barcelona Bitcoin Community during the Mobile World Congress 2017 and at the Bitnation DevCon 2017 in Amsterdam. Author of the Bitnation blog. Media appearances include Shift (Deutsche Welle), Der Fehlende Part (RT Germany) and Zündfunk (BR2). Coordinates Bitnation's ambassador network globally and organizes meetups all over Europe. Graduated in Business Innovation & Technology Management (M.Sc.) in Girona (Catalunya, Spain). Wants to live an international lifestyle.

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