What is Cargo Cult Statism?

December 11, 2015
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What if you could furnish other minds with the same ideas your brain contains? Do you think people might start to think more like you do? With believe so. That’s why “sharing ideas” is a key strategic goal of the Zero Aggression Project. But…
There are easy ways to share, and hard ways.

  • Reading “Human Action” by Ludwig von Mises is hard.
  • Reading a policy study from the Cato Institute is less difficult.
  • Reading a 700 word article from FEE is easier.
  • But reading a 188 word article from the Zero Aggression Project’s Mental Lever collections is the easiest thing of all.

So, if you want to refurnish other minds, our Mental Levers may be the easiest way to do that. Here’s your chance to share another one. Learn about Cargo Cult Statism and then spread the idea to others…
Can any particular good outcome justify The State?
Statists justify initiated force by pointing to some good it achieves. But this is like the South Sea Cargo Cults that linked wealth with cargo-planes. The fact that a particular institution or method delivered a good outcome doesn’t mean that’s the only way it could be done. Using individual good outcomes to justify initiated force is Cargo Cult Statism. In reality…


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