Social contract or individual responsibility?

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.” – Thomas Paine

Every time someone tells me that we have a social contract to uphold or that we need government to prevent chaos from occurring I cannot help but laugh.

It is a direct result of government and its bedfellow, organized religion, that we as a species have suffered numerous calamities. Historically government has been the chief factor behind every major war and every holocaust.

From the earliest written history of the world we see the result of government, not advancement, not a bolstering of individuals and humanity as a whole, but war, chaos and death. Egypt enslaved the Hebrew race and others to build their monuments to their Pharaohs and leaders. Greece, Persia (Iran), Rome, Spain, Germany, France, England, Holland, Portugal, Russia, China and every state on the planet has at some point in history used nationalism and state worship to violently expand its borders and enslave or murder millions upon millions. 20121203-092958.jpgThis is not just the ranting of a crazy anti-government lunatic, this is historical fact. Unfortunately, most people believe that we need centralized government.

The simple fact is that we do not need government; we do need a sense of responsibility for our individual actions, decisions and lives. We need more of the barn raising approach to life, neighbors helping neighbors to live, thrive and mutually benefit. The government wants to insure we follow orders, do as we are told and keep paying taxes. They even have plans drawn up to deal with those who may not agree with this approach. Sadly, people have become so used to not having to take responsibility for their actions that they avoid the very idea of mutual cooperation.

Instead of children playing with each other and building tree houses, the modern child engages in wild behavior and does exactly what they have been taught. They use force through overwhelming numbers and take property, destroy it and hurt people because they can. And instead of addressing the problem, adults would rather engage in pointless philosophical debates about violence and than turn to violent means to solve these problems. “If we believe something is wrong, make it illegal, arrest and prosecute the individuals doing this, that will solve everything!” Sadly, nothing really changes, crime continues to rise and people continue to act in violent ways towards others.

The true problem is the idea that we humans must have other humans to guide, legislate and force us to do what they want. Centralized Government is itself a broken system, it does not work, in fact more chaos exists wherever a central system of government is or has been than where it isn’t. it is time to start talking to our neighbors instead of talking about them while staring out of partially closed blinds. Maybe it is time to work with people to benefit ourselves and them, instead of using a petty political process to get our way at the cost of theirs.

Stop and think for a minute, why is our way the only right way? Why cant others have their own views, opinions and life approaches? Personally, I detest organized religion, I see it as a detriment to society. 20130116-024522.jpgHowever, why should my approach be correct? As long as an individuals actions do not cause another harm, why shouldn’t they be able to simply live as they wish? These are questions meant for each of us, remember, there is no reason to force our desires on others. Think about who you are, if you define yourself using others approaches, do you really have free will?

I am in favor of individual responsibility, and believe strongly that we do not need a federal government to take 60+% of our earned income, I also believe that we do not need hundreds of thousands of laws to guide every movement or breathe we take. Others may believe that, and if they do, than let them, All I ask is this, do not force or coerce me to follow your approach, do not act in aggression towards me, and I will not force or coerce you. A simple concept right?


Free the mind and the body will follow


About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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