We are continually told that every country must have an activist government. No economy nor society can be allowed to just bumble along by itself, the firm smack of political control is necessary for the world to continue to turn on its axis. This is not really what the empirical evidence tells us of course.
“Who will build the roads without the state?”
The statists say this as if it is some incredibly difficult question that no one has ever considered.
The same people who build the roads now can also build them in the future, and those people are not the state. They are private contractors with a workforce of roughly 235,000 people, who are merely paid by the state with your tax dollars minus the cost of the bureaucracy. We can eliminate the middleman and directly pay them without the state.
The state is the only thing currently stopping you, me, or a group of us, from paying those same private contractors to build all of the roads that we could ever want.
“But who will engineer the roads?” Continue reading “Who Will Build The Roads?”
But without the state, who would pay rich dairy farmers to produce cheese that no one wants?
In contrast to dire predictions of chaos, everything is proceeding smoothly and some Spaniards are learning a valuable lesson about the resilience of society when left to its own (voluntary) devices. The lesson has been pithily summed up by Felix Pastor, a language teacher, who states:
No government, no thieves.
Dan K, brought up several great questions in the comments of the Constitutional War Amendment, and I thought I would re-post my response here.
DK: Interesting approach, but I would be concerned about misapplication by Congress to justify maintaining the current military machine, especially with the shift in warfare to conflicts involving violent non-state actors.
RSW: Misapplication will certainly occur as the state cannot be trusted to obey its limits. After all, if the state stayed within its constitutional limits, this amendment wouldn’t be necessary.
Congress is hesitant to declare war; otherwise they would be doing it. A recorded vote on a war declaration is something the opposition can run against in the next election, and individual members of congress don’t want that.
Violation of the amendment is also grounds for impeachment, which means the congress will always be looking for overstep by the executive as long as they are not the same party. I believe that Bush and Obama would both have been impeached under this amendment at the points in their presidencies when they lost the super majority.
DK: If Congress declares war on North Korea, where would deployment of armed forces be okay? North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, Russia, etc.? Non-local regions/nations, e.g. Iran, Syria? What’s the limit? Continue reading “Constitutional War Amendment Questions”
As I have said HERE, I believe that there are several amendments that could be made to the US Constitution to reverse the course of destruction and tyranny travelled over the last several decades and clear a path for future liberty.
I believe that these amendments are worth working for even if you believe that the ideal society is voluntary and not constitutional, because they confront the government as it exists today, speak to a large segment of the population using a method they already accept as valid, and bring us closer to the liberty that we hold as ideal. Continue reading “Constitutional War Amendment”
Lysander Spooner once said “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.”
I tend to agree with Spooner, except I would add the words “in its current form” to the end of the quote, because I do not dismiss the use of constitutional amendments to move us closer to liberty, as I have previously mentioned HERE.
I believe that passing new amendments to limit some of the evils of the current regime is significantly more achievable than convincing the indoctrinated masses to embrace Rothbardianism.