Why do voluntaryists care what I watch, play or say?

Causative or correlative there can be a line drawn between all actions on the planet today. This is a simple fact, give the average conspiracy theorist enough time and they will connect any number of occurrences with individuals and “prove” responsibility. Is the connection, however, enough to allow reasonable people to make observations that have been made regarding violence, rape, murder and more in conjunction with comedy, television, music and games?20130113-191018.jpg

When it comes to comedy especially by self described voluntaryist or agorists I do find it difficult to see the humor in jokes about using violence as I do not see violence as humorous. That being said the following line is actually quite appropriate, “The IRS saying people are their “customers” is like a rapist calling victims “girlfriends/boyfriends.” Before everyone gets bent out of shape, I was sexually molested as a CHILD, I am a male. I do not find rape humorous, in fact, I find it detestable and one of the three real “crimes” for which I feel death at the hands of the family offended or person is an appropriate response. Just because others may be offended by one persons stance, does not immediately mean they are not in the “club.” For fucks sake, if it is a club then I want the fuck out anyhow.

Exploding an enemy's head using the GHOUL engine

Exploding an enemy’s head using the GHOUL engine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So here is the question we should all ask ourselves, if we believe in the non aggression principle should we then discard all forms of entertainment in which violence may exist? Should we never watch a movie, read a book or listen to rock or rap because some of the songs talk about gratuitous violence? A short while ago I chose to support the often rambunctious Christopher Cantwell when he made the statement regarding killing federal employees. I agreed with his stance, he doesnt need my agreement and I am sure could care less that I did, however, I chose to support him and in the resulting fallout several friends decided to support the Free State as an organization regardless right or wrong and more importantly regardless individual freedom.

My stance is simple, and as usual is based in science to the degree it is available. After all, my motto for personal growth has always been that which can be proved to exist or be true should always personally supersede that which is simply a desire or fantasy of some. Thanks to an overabundance of stolen money being given out for almost any reason at all to various educational institutions there is also a large amount of data to be had. According to one article recently published, “There were correlations between playing violent games and self-reported physical fights and delinquent behavior, particularly with greater amounts of time played. However, this was only true in a small percentage of children who already exhibited aggressive traits and a high stress level.” (Beresin et al. December 22, 2012) More importantly violence has been apart of our art and lives since before writing as we know it existed. The article went on to say, “On the other hand, the researcher found that parent involvement and parent/peer support seemed to be protective of these negative behaviors.” (Beresin et al. December 22, 2012)20130114-211936.jpg

Without even trying this statist researcher more then likely using stolen tax dollars showed that the fact is violent film, video games and music had no real causative affect on children. Instead the real cause seemed more then likely to stem from type and length of parental interaction. I would be willing to make a wager that bullies largely come from homes where the parents are regularly angry with each other and the children. I would also be willing to wager that these same children are likely mentally, physically or emotionally abused as well. While I have seen true psychopaths it is a truly rare thing, in fact in my experience most psychopath or sociopathic individuals have been nurtured into this by virtue of their upbringing or lack thereof.

So here is my input regarding this. I personally do not have network television and stopped having it in the home several years ago. I do however, read voraciously as do my children. We also watch movies, some with violence and some with none. We play video games occasionally as well, in fact a family favorite is Black Ops. Yet, neither of my kids kills little animals and both are better mannered then most. My children are among the best behaved at their schools and while they may have issues on occasion with curriculum, they have never been singled out as a result of negative action towards others. We as a family listen to music, allot of it, all types and genres. It has not once caused us to rape another individual or desire to murder anyone.

Arthur Rackham, illustration to Hansel and Gretel

Arthur Rackham, illustration to Hansel and Gretel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

However, you will find that among aggressively violent individuals a belief in state and the rightness of government is to be expected. Even the violent sides of anarchism almost always tend to desire the use of violence to promote their approach over others, making them effectively no different then state supporters. On a personal level I detest real violence and have personally been involved in my fair share. There are many who make rash assumptions regarding rape, murder and various other violent activities. In most cases these individuals will fall into one of two categories.

  1. They have never actually experienced real violence, possibly a small fight but never real violence.
  2. They experienced it and enjoyed it so much so that they endlessly look to reproduce the feelings associated mentally with that act, and the result is their obsession with it.

Here is the thing, on a personal level what I do is what I do. If I choose to write about rape or murder or assault that is up to me. I will not make light of these things simply because I know how terrible they really are. However, I also refuse to castigate others over their views. Sure I may ask them why they believe what they believe. However, it is not for me to take offense at every thing that causes me personal angst. After all, much of the time those who joke about these things have not actually seen them or experienced them personally. Therefore as humans commonly do, they tend to see through the eyes of others and will come to certain, generally incorrect, conclusions on their own.

We live in the global information era, we are connected like never before with an entire planet. To make such a large deal over one individuals like of action movies or novels or hard rock music is the epitome of ridiculousness and should be avoided if we truly believe in the individual. Of course if that individual states a belief in the non aggression principle and promotes the initiation of force against another, then we should expose them. However, if that person is simply making a comparative statement in their typically colorful way, is it really wrong?http://www.agoristmarketplace.com/

Again, before I go for the night, I was molested as a child. I have felt the agony of pure helplessness and the pain of knowing that those I believed were my protectors would do nothing. I clearly recall the breath, hands and feelings associated with these atrocious actions and regularly have night terrors and more. In my young adult years I engaged in several variations of activity of which I am not ashamed but through which I learned much. I learned first hand what bullets do and knives and bottles and bats and more. I smelled death and washed more blood from my body then most will ever see in a lifetime regardless their current jobs. I relate this for one small reason, because what I am saying is the result of a lifetime of thought and experience and even with all of that, I still prefer to look for facts and proof over my emotional state and or reactions to things. I would suggest that if you truly believe in freedom as well, you learn to do the same.

Maybe it is time to stop always reading and siding with the emotional actors and learn to live in the solid reality that surrounds us. I will continue to promote the idea that we as individuals must control our own destinies and that we can. I will continue to promote being an individual before all else. And more importantly I will continue to promote and advocate avoiding the state in all things whenever possible. I will also continue to listen to my hard rock and rap sometimes while watching violent fake hollywood movies and possibly playing Black Ops with my kids. Remember I am an individual, what are you?

Free the mind and the body will follow

 Citation used – Beresin, Eugene, and Steve Schlozman. Sussex Publishers, “Psychology Today.”Last modified December 22, 2012. Accessed October 25, 2013. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/inside-out-outside-in/201212/violent-video-games-and-movies-causing-violent-behavior.


About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, jessetalksback.com 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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8 Responses to Why do voluntaryists care what I watch, play or say?

  1. Pingback: Why as an anarchist you may be as wrong as the statist you detest | Jesse Talks Back

  2. Reblogged this on Dark Acts Bible: Glass Half Empty, Base Cracked… and commented:
    I recently wrote a post about rape and cited several other blogs in my ‘related reading’ section. It was only afterwards that I discovered this post which, while not solely about the topic of the sexual abuse of males, nonetheless addresses it head on as part and parcel of the author’s life. I’m reblogging this because it represents something still quite rare: actual male testimony of having experienced molestation, as well as being left to deal with it, alone. While it is a difficult topic to discuss, it is not uncommon for women to talk to each other about things like this. Men still talk about sports… That said, dialogue is key. If not talking is what it takes to be a “man,” then we need to reconfigure our conceptions of “manhood.” Bravo, Mr. Mathewson.


  3. I’m intrigued. Though I’m not a parent, I have taught on the k-12 and university levels. I couldn’t agree more that parental involvement is “key” to raising children and helping them to navigate all the violence that is part of our world. My parents read to me, as well. And I, myself, read to my little brother since before he was born. After I learned to read as a youngster, my mother required me to follow a daily schedule that required reading for at least an hour, after which we would discuss what I’d read — and I could pretty much read anything I wanted.

    That said, thank you so much for sharing that you were sexually abused. In comparison to what’s been written by women, there’s a paucity of literature, or simply direct-experience sharing by men who have been sexually abused. When this happens to men in prison, the public has a tendency to generalize and say, “Good, that’s what they deserve.” The us/them dichotomy is both cruel and convenient. Hopefully, as more men start talking, people will realize that this is not a gender-specific reality and that rather than ‘us’ and ‘them,’ there’s only ‘we.’

    And thank you, very much, for the reblog!



    • Thank you for taking the time to comment and do so in a great manner. I am a believer in the human spirit, though unfortunately, many times the bad seems to outweigh the good. This is why I choose to not have network telly in the house. After all, why deluge my children and self with all the negative when in reality the positive far outweighs it.


  4. jeffreycanthony says:

    Good article as usual. I rarely wonder directly about violence and such on television, but moreso I try to make sure my children have a perspective to understand what they see. We don’t do network TV. I try to read, but with the ages of the kids it doesn’t work.

    In the case of what we watch, what I DO fear, is the things pushed as factual that are reinforcing polarization. Perpetuating the good guy vs bad guy paradigm that causes a lot of our modern issues. But I have no reality to compare, and I wonder if there were less market for that, if things would shift… chicken or the egg.

    What I do like to read/watch is Japanese stuff. Manga/anime. In this, people can win against each other and still get along after it’s all over. There’s a lot more emphasis on responsibility and respect. Very interesting to contrast.


  5. Good article, I enjoyed the content.
    Really though, the grammatical errors, phrase misusage, formatting discrepancies, etc made this really hard to read.


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