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To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

General Idea of the Revolution in the 21st Century

Patri Friedman at Catallarchy blog raises some interesting questions on the ethical dilemma involved in libertarians accepting money from the government.

Due to my son’s 3 month premature arrival, I recently applied for Social Security, which may give me some cash because of his long hospital stay.

As I commented there (without properly crediting Proudhon for the idea):

Here’s the way I look at it, Patri: to the extent that government engages in activities that would be legitimate if carried out through voluntary association and mutual aid, it is crowding out the alternatives. And its taxing system reduces your purchasing power for such voluntary alternatives. So long as a major part of the necessary activities of society are carried out through the state, there’s no shame in making use of them; all the while, of course, we try to destatize them as much as possible, shift their funding to a voluntary cost basis, and devolve them into the social body. Since the state preempts channels of voluntary cooperation, our strategy should be to seize the state’s functions and change their character, not to penalize ourselves by paying for them twice.


Blogger Christian Prophet said...

Maybe there is a definition difference, but over on The Christian Prophet blog the Holy Spirit has very favorable things to say about capitalism today.

November 22, 2005 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My attitude has always been one of pragmatism. As an anarchist I am operating behind enemy lines all the time and need to use every resource available against the enemy. Refusing a useful tool like extra cash because it is from a tainted source is like being in a fire-fight and refusing to take cover behind a tank because you disapprove of the military industrial complex. Every penny you take from the state is a penny you can use for your liberty and a penny they can't use to oppress you.

November 23, 2005 4:33 AM  
Blogger Fawkes said...

Dear Joe,


Awaiting your reply,


November 23, 2005 10:38 PM  

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