Convicted for words, not deeds


Paul's picture

Now we see revealed what a fantasy it is, that there are such things as "rights", and that these are protected by some words on a piece of parchment. Also that government can protect us against the depredations of government. We'd better try to understand the world as it is, not as we'd like it to be.

Suverans2's picture

G'day Paul,

You knew I would weigh in on this one, didn't you? ;)

To say that "there's no such thing as a just claim to anything, which is what one is saying if they say "there is no such things as rights", is completely irrational by any sane man's standards. And, for anyone to say that these are "protected by some words on a piece of parchment", is less than irrational. "Also that government can protect us against the depredations of government.", is not a complete sentence. "Also that government can protect us against the depredations of government", is what? Idiotic? If so, I agree. Any agent, whether it be private or public [governmental], that is strong enough to defend your "just claims" against all comers, is strong enough to also trample those claims, which is why a "well regulated militia", made up solely of those wishing to protect their natural rights, is the only logical answer, IMO.

Happy holidays, my friend.

WhiteIndian's picture

He who needs the State to enforce his rights likely has an illegitimate claim.

Claiming monopoly "rights" to Land for agriculture is illegitimate on its face. No other specie does it; humans don't need to do it; cultures who do are tangled in government, war, sacrifice religions (like Xianity) and layer after layer of violence and agricultural city-Statist enforcement.

"Agriculture creates government." ~Richard Manning, Against the Grain, p. 73

"The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying This is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this imposter; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody." ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality

"An abrupt increase in corn agriculture brought with it the rapid elaboration of hierarchy and militarization in large parts of both continents." ~ John Zerzan, The Origins of War

Suverans2's picture

“I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” ~ George Mason