End the War on Drugs III

Anonymous posted a reply to mine of his:

Skyler, you in NO WAY can claim that the views you hold "are in every particular the views of those men that established the foundation of the most prosperous nation in the history of the world, the Constitution." This is simply not the case. Your views on the constitution are so radical the Founding Fathers would be rolling in their graves if we were to abide by certain principles you hold.

[I'm not sure what version of history you heard but, yes, the Founding Fathers of the United States were libertarians and were radicals. Conservative (true meaning) radicals who believed in self-ownership and self-government, to be exact. This is indisputable and any perusing of the biographies of their lives and their first-hand accounts of what they believed about government will prove my point. For your benefit and the benefit of the rest of my readers, here's a few, telling quotes:
"Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive." - Thomas Jefferson

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." – George Washington

"Resistance to tyranny is service to God." – James Madison

"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests." – Patrick Henry
As you can see, with just a small sampling, the Founding Fathers were wisely distrustful of government and so established a Constitution to bind it down. Unfortunately, as Thomas Jefferson predicted, the natural course of the history of America has been a yielding of liberty as government has gained ground. The Constitution may well as not exist because it certainly is no obstacle for our "rulers" today.]

No, the people who run the government are far from perfect. But to say that you are aligning yourself with true and correct principles is bogus. Your view of self-ownership is nothing more than a selfish sense of entitlemet. Entitlement is NOT in lines with truth. And that is what you preach. You preach entitlement. "What's mine is mine. I won't work for anyone but myself. Any help given to an individual by the government or others is simply a way to make people lazy and take away others rights." Ridiculous.

[I'm not sure how you transformed the principle of self-ownership into a selfish sense of entitlement. Entitlement is believing that the world owes me something and that I deserve, sans merit, to be blessed. Nothing could be further than what the principle of self-ownership is about. Self-ownership is nothing more than the principle that I alone own my person, those faculties that extend from that person, and that production that extends from those faculties. It's not about entitlement. It's about ownership. Irrelevant in a free society is whether or not my God has purchased me through his sacrifice. In a free society, everyone owns themselves. If they don't, then who does? Am I equal parts owned by everyone else in the world? Preposterous! Obviously. You also seem to misunderstand that voluntary trade benefits both parties of a transaction. If it didn't, it wouldn't happen. The best way to make money and create prosperity is to have it as your primary focus to serve mankind and make others better off. That's what trade does.]

There is going to come a time when you discover that what is yours most certainly is not, and if I were in your shoes, that would make life miserable. Come on man. You hold such a double standard its sad.

[Double-standard? Do explain. The only double-standard I see among those whose chief aim is not advancing the cause of liberty, is their ignorance of where the prosperity they enjoy comes from. It wasn't created by government, but rather free individuals acting in regards to their own interests, without force, which is the foundation of the state.]


Jeff said…
Oh my gosh!! This is the kind of ridiculous diatribe I have come to expect from misguided media-fed people. How has this person fallen so out of touch with reality? You listed some great quotes by the way, and could have listed thousands more. Excellent work on your reply. Were this person's distorted view to become the view of the general populace, we would (not only be nearly ripe for destruction but also) be ready for another revolution. At least this time we already have a constitution to set the framework for a country founded on freedom.