Questions

Why does a blog called No State No Problem have a post about Trump?Why do I talk about Politics on Twitter?

Why will I be writing posts that talk about the Constitution?

These are all good questions.

I decided to name my future blog No State No Problem while reading Lew Rockwell’s Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto and dreaming of a stateless society.The name is easy to remember, clear in its intention, and not taken. If you have never tried to register a website name, you may not be able to understand the importance of “not taken”, but I ensure you, it is the hardest to overcome. 

Against The State
I believe that an Anarcho-Capitalist society would fantastic.

Yet, I recognize that we live in a world where the majority of people believe that the state is not only necessary, but desirable.

We are a minority, and the uninitiated tend to dismiss our ideas when they are presented directly.

The only way to open some people up to our ideas might be to begin with a Constitutional argument.

The only way to reach others may be a political campaign.

Ron Paul introduced me to Rockwell and Rothbard, and he was a congressman running for president. His message first resonated with me because he spoke of what was constitutional, and those arguments opened me up to the others.

I also believe that we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

I think there are constitutional amendments that could make things better.

I believe that there are some candidates that will be better than others.

I believe that if the minarchists make progress, then we make progress, and minarchism is easier for the masses to accept.

So I will talk about the dream of a stateless society, and reference Rothbard, Hoppe, Rockwell, and others, but I will also try to deal with the reality of today, and try to find ways to improve it.

Winning Over Others

We have all become approval-junkies, always on the lookout for our next fix of external validation: for the next little rush of dopamine we get whenever we are patted on the head by others for being a “good boy” or a “good girl,” for exhibiting the right behavior, for giving the right answer, for expressing the right opinion.

This article from the Foundation for Economic Education discusses the idea that much of the political statements made online are not an attempt to actually persuade anyone, but are merely announcements to the world that you hold the proper positions on the issues of the day. More importantly, the article also talks about how to go about arguing for liberty in the midst of all of this signaling. It says that the best way to approach the argument is to talk about how Liberty can benefit each person individually, not by making statements that attack a general worldview.

Look at persuasion as a battle. Attacking the worldview is doomed to failure, because the other side is dug in, and has all of its defenses in place. When you appeal to the individual, you avoid Continue reading “Winning Over Others”

Six Ways to Make People Like You

Dale Carnegie lists six ways to make people like you in his 1936 bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People. These principles are as effective today as they were then, possibly even more so given the decline in human interaction and social niceties.1. Become genuinely interested in other people.

2. Smile

3. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.

4. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.

5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.

6. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.
Always remember that people who like you are more inclined to accept your arguments than people who don’t.

Add The Zeroes

There is a reason the big spenders in government and their supporters do not use zeroes in debt and spending figures outside the obvious answer that it is simpler to write. It also has the psychological effect of softening the blow and making large numbers seem less serious. For instance, while the sentence “The government’s debt is now 18 trillion dollars” conveys important information that the level of debt in this country is at a new, mind-boggling high, it does not have the same psychological impact as “The government’s debt is now $18,000,000,000,000”.

When discussing government spending or the deficit online, use the zeroes when possible.