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A Balance of Power

Power is the ability to do work. Tyranny is a monopoly on power.

In my dealings with people of various statist ideologies, I have found that their primary vice is their belief in the idea that there are things that should be forbidden to The People, things that ought to be the sole province of governments. Almost every statist I’ve ever spoken with is primarily opposed to the nature of spontaneous order and seeks to impose order through a centralized authority. This arrangement is almost always intended to be utilitarian in purpose, and thus aimed at manufacturing the greatest good for the greatest number. Such an arrangement is supported by sociological arguments aimed at the non-social or anti-social behaviors demonstrated by unrestrained individuals.

Spontaneous order is something that occurs freely in nature. Therefore, to thwart it, one must devise equations and processes to constrain nature and to impose order for the purpose of attaining a desired result that, by definition, could not possibly exist naturally in the world. The Statist (and by statist I am referring to fascists, communists, liberals, socialists, progressives, monarchists, corporatists, and democrats) exist to undo, to prevent, to curb, what happens naturally.

I am a Libertarian, but I am not an anarchist. I believe that government has a place in the lives of a free people. I believe that a government should possess certain powers, but I do not believe that a government should possess a monopoly over these powers. Governments should have the ability to bare arms, but they should not have a monopoly on the ownership of weaponry. Governments should have the ability to build roads, but they should not have a monopoly over the construction of all transportation infrastructure. Governments should and must have power (the ability to do work), but it is a power that they must share with The People. A government and its’ agents should have the ability to use deadly force to prevent an act of force;  as any  individual living in a free country ought to be entitled.

Freedom is equal access to power and equal responsibility for the consequences of action. We now live in a society where individuals are held to account, while governments and corporations are not. In the event of any institution instituting a monopoly on any power of any kind, the only proper response is to fight against such unnatural abuses. These people that worship at the alters of government seek to deprive the individual of their power, to deprive a free society of naturally moving in the directions they choose. Instead, the seek to manufacture a reality unnatural to the people expected to live within it; and so tension, friction, and violence are always the end result, along with poverty, disorder, and discord.

We cannot curb nature without violence and freedom is our natural state. Our governments require force to subdue what is natural to its people. We cannot simply witness this and say nothing and do nothing. We have to fight within the political system, so long as our system allows us to fight.

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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