"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it." -John Adams

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Chain of Obedience

Power exists only when there is obedience.

Humans exist in perfect freedom. Obedience is a choice. Government is therefore an illusion.
It is daft to moan about crime. Government cannot stop a thief, a lunatic, or a kid playing with matches. It took the Nazis twenty years to flatter and frighten the German nation into collective obedience -- and still someone shoved a bomb under the Fuhrer's conference table. The state does not and cannot triumph by coercion. Ayn Rand was correct: Evil requires the sanction of the victim.
The practical enterprise of coercive government is to take life, liberty, and property for the enrichment and satisfaction of government officials. Motives are another story. Tyrants always think well of themselves and explain their activities as some kind of public service. Hitler certainly did.

-Wolf DeVoon

Read DeVoon's complete essay: Government is a Quack Faith Healer

Read also - Etienne de la Boeite's revolutionary work The Politics of Obedience


  1. DeVoon's latest
    The Constitution of Government in Galt's Gulch

  2. Thank you. I'll have to check that out!