Without property rights, no other rights are possible
Applying self-ownership in a consistent fashion means complete liberty
Time for a Trim? by Jim Davies
The principle of self-ownership is axiomatic and irrefutable, for any attempt to deny it requires utilizing it
Government has been around for centuries, running on the pr scheme that they are our protectors and providers (as they violate individual rights)
So, it's important to strike at the root, i.e., dispense with the idea of government itself, so unjust coercion doesn't remain institutionalized
‘Going Galt’: Everyone’s Doing It! By Eric Etheridge
Who is John Galt? Modern intellectuals don't have a moral clue
Taxation and regulation are violations of your freedom to choose and act as an individual
Essentially, your mind should not be enslaved to other minds
The nature of romantic realism in fiction requires the portrayal of humans as they might be or ought to be (as Aristotle noted)
Galt's main message: Live for your own sake, based on reason and reality, not for the sake of "others"--don't sacrifice
What would make you want to stop paying a group of thugs extortion money and stop obeying their regulations?
Could Eddie Willers ever have taken a moral stand against tyranny and self-sacrifice like John Galt did?
Statism asks that we sacrifice ourselves to collectivistic abstractions that prevent people from taking responsibility for evil actions; communized anything is bad
Going John Galt basically entails focusing on what's going to enlighten fellow human beings and encourage them to stand up for their own dignity--and to defy "authority"
Something to ask "authorities": Other than threats of physical violence, what is the nature of the relationship between individuals and those in government?
"Conservatives" vs. "Liberals" by Ayn Rand
Both conservatives (mystics of spirit) and liberals (mystics of muscle) hold the lethal premise of the mind/body dichotomy
"...each camp wants to control the realm it regards as metaphysically important; each grants freedom only to the activities it despises." (A.R.)
Neither camp rejects the slave/master dynamic
Who Will Build the Slave Roads? by Dale Everett
What percent of a slave are you? Well, when you don't own yourself and property free and clear, you're one-hundred percent a slave!
"Until no one else has first dibs on your productivity, and until you are supporting yourself and making your own decisions about your own life, you are 100% a slave." (D.E.)
Successful businesspersons trick themselves into thinking that they aren't 100% slaves; yet, they continuously obey governmental edicts
"Government roads are a necessity for modern slaves. They are slave roads."
"When you’ve been trained to be a slave your entire life, it can be scary to imagine life as a free person, but I encourage you to try." (D.E.)
bumper music "Whose Authority" from "Lucky" (2008) album by Nada Surf
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