Is statism actually compassionate?

Which is more compassionate, socialism or post-statism?

Most left-statists act as if they have a monopoly on compassion. When voluntaryists disagree with a more “socialist” political agenda, they’re accused of being “privileged” or “selfish.”   

This happens even when post-statists can consistently produce evidence that socialism is unsuccessful at compassion. Here are just a few examples…

  • Compulsory state schooling steals the natural joy derived from learning.
  • Product safety regimes produce cartels that use the regulations to drive their competition out of business.
  • Prohibitions, of any material or substance, lead to black markets. Black markets birth criminal gangs.
  • Welfare frequently weakens the recipient, whether it be an individual or a corporation.

And inevitably, there are individuals who fail to comply with the statist plan to make things better. These persons believe the program robs their happiness or infringes on their conscience.

Statists, whether left or right, affectionately embrace jackboots, billy clubs, and machine guns, when used against their political opponents. They lack compassion for those who disagree. Dissenters are the enemies of progress who must be reformed or punished.

States have repeatedly, and to the tune of tens of millions of people, exterminated those who opposed their plans to improve society. The historical evidence is overwhelming…

The greater the statism, the more people are put in prisons or worker’s camps.

There’s no such thing as a voluntaryist concentration camp!

Perhaps when these statists stop imprisoning people for refusing to abide by their arbitrary edicts, they can come back and talk to us about their amazing compassion.

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Lisa Talcott

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  1. I don’t think the black market necessarily creates gangs. The so-called black market is actually the only true free market, where commerce happens without government interference of any kind. If you pay me to mow your lawn, or I trade my services as a writer or counselor for your services as, say, an auto mechanic, we have engaged in the black market. No gangs were created or involved in any way. The government created the term black market to make truly voluntary commerce sound immoral or unethical.

  2. Public school is considered an unquestionable social benefit by most. The U.S. gov act of Japanese-American mass property theft, arrest, and imprisonment in concentration camps was considered (sold as) “protection” from public abuse.
    Most want to believe “their gov” is a gentle giant who cares for them, so when it does something obviously horrible, e.g., openly steals cash (Asset Forfeiture Law) or steals children from parents and gives them away without keeping a record, they ignore it or rationalize it. This begs the question: Is the populace honest? And: Is there no limit to what the gov may do to them or “others” (foreigners)? This is a question most don’t want to think about and will strongly resist doing so. It was the same political attitude found in Nazi Germany. The difference is no anti-gov speech was allowed in Germany, and it is here. But where is it? NOT in the MSM. How many people read voluntaryist ideas, hear voluntaryist videos or get exposed to voluntaryist ideas anywhere? Not many.

    Some voluntaryist ideas appear in fiction literature, obliquely. How can exposure be increased?

  3. A government is a monopoly on power — the ability to *force* others to do your will — and power definitely does corrupt. It also addicts. This is why psychopaths and sociopaths are drawn to government work. “Statists” are definitely less “compassionate” than voluntaryists.

  4. Don Duncan has given some excellent examples of how this happens on the state level, on the federal level we have taxpayer funding of unjust wars (including the domestic wars on drugs and the undeclared war on pre-born babies initiated by abortionists but financed under color of law by all, with or without consent!) and dependent dictators. The recent events in New York, where taxpayers may foot the bill for a full term abortion, have drawn dissent from medical doctors and merchants alike, as they should. These are some of the best examples of the compassionless nature of statists and their policies.

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