"Wherefore We must interrupt a silence which it would be criminal to prolong, that We may point out...as they really are, men who are badly disguised." Pope St. Pius X, September 8, 1907, Pascendi Dominici Gregis

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

So What’s This All About?

For anyone who’s not well versed in the contemporary American libertarian perspective, a website like this one can be a little overwhelming or even put-offish. That’s understandable; and even for most, it will be acceptable. Because they have no interest in recognizing anything, however legitimate, that threatens their worldview. But, from time to time, for the honest truth-seekers it will be necessary to summarize and tie everything that appears in this blog together.

We began with an indication that the world is, indeed, already in a state of anarchy. This is true in many respects, but it also true in one key respect that even the most superficial libertarians have overlooked. We should be clear about what anarchy means. The world is not chaotic, indeed, in absence of human malevolence, or from the theological perspective, sin, it is indeed well ordered. God’s natural law abounds everywhere and easily usurps and punishes man’s attempts to override it. Indeed, judged by these criteria even today the world is well-governed. 

However, like for the Jews in the 1st Samuel book of the Bible, this is not sufficient and the superficiality of man demands that we have worldly rulers. But unlike God, such earthly rulers do not and never can have ultimate sovereignty. Whether they be Saul of the Jews, the Monarchs of older Europe, the presidents and legislatures established by constitutional contract, or puppet dictators established by outsiders (and what truly is the difference in all of these?), they reign at the behest, or at a minimum the acquiescence, of their domestic populations and ultimately, of course, God’s law itself. At few times in history is it as easy to realize this as today, when the withdrawal of popular consent toppled the governments of Tunisia and Egypt in a month’s time and threatens to do so comprehensively in the Middle East. As we pointed out, this has implications not only for Arab populations but ours as well.

Ultimately, then, no one holds a monopoly on the use of force over a geographic area, as is required in the Weberian and contemporary libertarian political theory’s definition of the state. Thus, we are in a state of actual anarchy.

The remainder of our most recent posts has mostly consisted of empirical attempts to show the futility of government’s actions in light of economic law and the real costs of the Faustian bargain that is trading a consciousness of our true anarchic state for the pretense of human government.

Finally, of course, and hopefully towards which the most of our future effort will be directed, we have endeavored to show the advantages of coming to terms with the inherent anarchy of the world and what actions we must take in order to further this realization in our fellow men, to realize in our own lives the advantages of ending the pretense of human governance, and finally, as the imminent French political theorist Étienne de la Boétie says, to “resolve to serve no more, and [be] at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces.”

You can run on for a long time,

run on for a long time,

run on for a long time…

…sooner or later God'll cut you down.

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