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25 statist propaganda phrases and how to rebut them

Reblogged from Liberty.Me  
from Matthew’s Column link 

 

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In the discourse of statists, there is a group of phrases of which one or more tend to be present in nearly every argument. While this is not an exhaustive listing of that group, it does contain twenty-five of the most common phrases that statists use in their arguments. As propaganda has a tendency to be repetitive, some of these phrases contain the same logical fallacies, and will therefore have similar refutations. As such, the phrases are ordered so that earlier rebuttals also apply to some later phrases.

  1. Our government”

“Our” is the possessive form of “we.” This phrase assumes that a collective exists and has ownership of the government, which is another collective. To exist is to have a concrete, particular form in physical reality. To say that abstract objects exist is to beg the question of where they exist, to which there is no answer because there is no empirically observable entity. To say that collectives exist is beg the question of what physical form they take, as all available physical forms are occupied by the individuals which are said to comprise the collective. Thus, there is no “we”; there is only you, I, and every other individual person. By the same token, the government does not exist; each person, each building, each gun, etc. exists. As such, the phrase “our government” is meaningless. Additionally, to own something is to have a right of exclusive control over it. Part and parcel of this right is the right to physically destroy that which one owns. As governments use force to stop citizens who attempt to physically destroy the state, the citizens are not the de facto owners of a government.

  1. We are the government”

This phrase confuses society with government, which is as serious an error as confusing an entire human body with a malignant tumor growing inside of that body.

  1. The social contract”

A valid contract must be presented honestly and agreed to voluntarily, without duress or fraud. The social contract does not meet this standard because the state will initiate the use of force against anyone who does not voluntarily enter into the social contract. The state is also not automatically dissolved when it fails to uphold its obligations under the social contract, so the presentation is dishonest if it even occurs at all. Therefore, the social contract cannot be considered a legitimate contract.

  1. Our leader”

In the case of the state, we are not speaking of just any kind of leader, but a ruler. No one owns the ruler, and the ruler falsely claims to own those who are ruled, as the ruler claims a right to exclusive control over the ruled and has no logically defensible basis for doing so. Thus the leader is not “ours.”

  1. The leader of the free world”

“The free world” does not exist; each individual person exists. Again, we are speaking of rulers rather than all types of leaders. Free people do not have rulers; they rule themselves.

  1. You don’t have to like our leaders, but you should respect them”

Respect should be a response to virtue. Ordering the use of initiatory force against people to control them is not virtuous behavior, therefore it is unworthy of respect.

  1. You don’t have to like the president, but you should respect the office of the presidency”

The office of the presidency, like any part of any government, is a violent criminal institution. Violent criminality is unworthy of respect.

  1. Our military”

If the military is “ours,” then “we” should be able to exercise exclusive control over it. But “we” neither command the military nor have the freedom to destroy it. Thus it is not “ours”; it is a tool of the ruling classes used to make it very difficult for citizens to violently overthrow the government, provide a last line of defense for the state in the form of martial law should the citizens succeed in violently overthrowing the government, and present a deterrent to other rulers elsewhere in the world who might seek to take over the state and capture the tax base for themselves.

  1. We need to make the world safe for democracy”

Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on who gets eaten. This sort of behavior should not be made safe; it should be made dangerous by giving the sheep means to resist the wolves. Some will say that this is what a constitutional republic does, but this is false. A constitutional republic is three wolves and a sheep voting for a representative among them to decide who gets eaten. To claim that establishing a constitutional republic counters the negative aspects of democracy is to claim that simply by making a chocolate cake double-layered, one can magically turn it into something that is not chocolate.

  1. You don’t have to like what the police/military are doing, but you should support them”

Again, respect should be a response to virtue. Just as ordering the use of initiatory force against people to control them is not virtuous behavior, carrying out said orders is also not virtuous. Therefore it is unworthy of respect.

  1. The homeland/Our nation”

As only individuals are capable of action, only individuals may rightly own property. There is no such thing as public property; there is only privately owned property and property which has been stolen or otherwise interfered with by agents of the state. Thus, there is no homeland or nation because these require collective ownership.

  1. National defense/security”

There is no such thing as national security apart from each individual person’s security because there is no such thing as a nation apart from each individual person.

  1. It’s the law”

In a statist society, the laws are a collection of opinions written down by sociopaths who have managed to either win popularity contests or murder their competitors and enforced at gunpoint by thugs in costumes. The implication of the phrase “it’s the law” is that this state of affairs is both necessary and proper, rather than inherently illogical and immoral. Also implied is that the law is somehow sacrosanct and immutable, which is clearly false because the aforementioned sociopaths both frequently alter the laws and routinely disregard the laws they make for everyone else.

  1. Voting is your voice in government”

This statement assumes that there is no voter fraud, that votes are counted correctly, that vote results cannot be altered by courts, and that politicians will do what voters tell them to do. Each of these assumptions has an unfulfilled burden of proof at best, and is demonstrably false on several occasions at worst.

  1. Voting is a civic duty”

A legitimate duty can only come from a legitimate right or contract. There is no such right or contract that could create such a duty. In addition, there can be no legitimate duty to perform an immoral act. Voting is immoral because it helps to impose violent rulers upon peaceful people and gives the appearance of legitimacy to institutions which deserve none.

  1. If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain”

This is exactly wrong. People who do not vote are the only people who have a right to complain. Those who vote for people who win elections are endorsing politicians and their minions who will engage in activities under color of law that would be punished as crimes if you or I did them. Those who vote for people who lose elections may not be vicariously responsible for the crimes of state agents in the same degree, but participating in the system helps to create the appearance of legitimacy for that which is inherently illegitimate.

  1. The public good/The good of society”

Society, or “the public,” does not exist. Each individual person exists. As such, there is no such thing as the public good or the good of society. There is only what is good for each individual person.

  1. For the children”

Those who wield state power subject children to forced indoctrination that leaves them with few marketable skills and restrict the ability of suitable guardians to serve as their parents. They do not care about children as anything other than a means to shame and guilt people into handing over more liberty and property to the state.

  1. Government is necessary”

This is a positive claim which carries a burden of proof. By itself, this is a claim asserted without logic or evidence and may therefore be dismissed without logic or evidence.

  1. Anarchy is chaos”

The word “anarchy” comes from Greek αναρχος, meaning “without rulers,” or more accurately, “without beginning to take the lead.” It does not mean an absence of order, rules, or structure. The state, on the other hand, is chaos plus organization.

  1. Taxes are the price for a civilized society”

This is exactly wrong. Taxes are the price for failing to create a civilized society based on voluntary solutions, and the degree of taxation corresponds to the degree of failure.

  1. Paying taxes is a civic duty”

Taxation is immoral because it violates the non-aggression principle, private property rights, and freedom of association. There can be no legitimate duty to comply with immorality.

  1. We owe it to ourselves”

This would make one both a creditor and a debtor in the same transaction. This is a contradiction, therefore it is false.

  1. We’re going to hold them accountable”

This is contrary to the nature of the state. The state apparatus allows some people to do what is ordinarily forbidden for anyone to do. Thus, the objective is to avoid responsibility for the commission of crimes. Avoiding responsibility is the opposite of being held accountable.

  1. Who will build the roads?”

If we free the slaves, who will pick the cotton? It does not matter. What matters is that slavery is morally indefensible. So it is with government and who will provide services in its absence. Also, it is not necessary to know the correct answer to a question in order to know that a particular answer is incorrect. And who will build the death camps? The state also provides intolerable disservices which would almost certainly not occur in its absence.

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Ben Garrison Radio interview 2015

March of Tyranny

March of Tyranny

I am not a public speaker, but I  did my best to tell the real story behind my Pro Liberty cartoons. You can listen to my interview here  http://memoryholeblog.com/2015/02/24/the-internet-adventures-of-a-rogue-cartoonist/

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Obama’s “Moral compass” He “loves” America

 

Obama follows his moral compass

Obama follows his moral compass

Barack Obama is using a Cloward and Piven strategy to bring about (more) socialism for America. He feels no guilt for violating his oath of office. He lies to further his agenda, which is to bring destruction to the Republic as we know it. He’s also most likely a Muslim. He was raised as a Muslim and has often expressed admiration for that faith. He has bowed to Saudi Royalty. There’s nothing wrong with being a Muslim, but of course he has lied about that, too. He has no problem using a stolen social security number or releasing an obviously forged birth certificate document.

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Everything is Awesome!

The Fed's Fair Godmother

The Fed’s Fairy Godmother

The Federal Reserve’s Fairy Godmother

Janet Yellen’s job is to distort reality and keep people believing that the Federal Reserve is an egalitarian, competent entity necessary for stable, sound money. It’s precisely the opposite. The Fed is in place to empower and enrich a tiny elite at the expense of most Americans. Since 1913 when it was allowed to gain control of our money, it has orchestrated booms, bust and endless war to enrich and empower the globalist bankers who own the Fed. Most Americans were asleep and didn’t realize they were slowly turned into slaves via the Fed’s debt money. Now that they’re beginning to wake up to the greatest con game in world history, the Fed is anxious to proffer a counterfeit reality. They claim the economy is improving and, in fact, that it’s doing so well that they’ll need to raise interest rates ‘soon.’ This is a lie. The Fed can’t raise rates without making the rapidly expanding debt even more unmanageable.
Meanwhile, the Fed continues to pump money into the stock market, which continues to go so high up it’s ready to leave the solar system. Quantitative Easing, a fancy phrase for money printing, has never ended. The Fed uses that money to prop up ’their’ stock market while claiming it’s a sign of a booming economy. Who benefits the most? The 1 percenters who own most of the stocks. The central bank owners themselves are already unimaginably rich and they are enriching themselves still further. The 1 percent controls 40 percent of the nation’s wealth. They own most of the stocks while middle class America is going away. Most are living paycheck to paycheck while the rich get fabulously richer. The Fed would have us celebrate that fact. In fact, half of the wealth in the entire world is owned by 1 percent of the population.
Thanks to the Federal Reserve, the rich are getting incredibly richer. For them, things are ‘awesome.’ Bear that in mind during tax season. Your taxes aren’t needed. They could merely print up what they need. The national debt is beyond the point of no return. All taxes do is help pay for your own enslavement and globalist wars to protect the dollar hegemony. Taxes are in place as an enforcement tool. They’re there to waste your time and create fear. The tax code is impossible to understand. That’s intentional. Anyone could be painted as a tax cheat that way. They want us all to be criminals. If you don’t pay, the IRS can take your stuff. They can take your stuff on a whim anyway. You’re guilty until proven innocent. They claim the Income Tax is ‘voluntary,’ but few will refuse to volunteer because in realty the government has a gun to our collective heads. It’s a police state.
The Fed is anxious to prevent an ‘audit.’ No need to pull back the closed curtain to reveal their vast landscape of corruption. Remember this the next time the smiling Janet Yellen spouts her fairy tale of optimism to an obsequious Congress.
—Ben Garrison

 

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A Story with a Happy Ending, Troll Jailed

troll jailed

“I put a troll in jail using my Playstation”

“When you do unmask them, you realise what sad cases they are. They just want to get a rise out of their victims. They aren’t even playground bullies. They’re not strong, they don’t have any way of physically harming you.

“They all know the stuff they’re saying is awful. Really bad. They crumble. They realise they’re not the people they pretended to be online. They’re weak people who don’t stand by what they’ve said. You get the sense they had no idea what’s right and wrong online.

“Trolls need to realise that if even I can find you, the police will very easily find out how you are. Unless you’re some mastermind, it’s so straightforward.

“And the police are taking this increasingly seriously. Trolls need to think, ‘Do I want to lose my job? Do I want to be outed over this stupid abuse online?'”

 

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Game Day! Repost

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One of our favorites from 2014, #GoHawks

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So long M00T

Moot CEO of Troll INC

Moot CEO of Troll INC

Christopher “m00t” Poole is leaving 4chan. He leaves behind a wasteland of reckless hate and in my case, five long years of constant defamation and lies along with libel, copyright infringement and general apathy among his so-called ‘moderators.’

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. On second thought, I hope it hits you with great alacrity. OH–and don’t extend any apology or anything for using me to make your ill-gotten gains. I don’t expect one.

Here’s a souvenir poster I drew just for you, ‘m00t.’ –Ben Garrison

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Ben Garrison wins First Place in FAN Poster Competition

Ben Garrison FAN poster first place winner

Ben Garrison FAN poster first place winner

Happy! Ben Garrison won first place in the GREAT FAN Poster competition!! Very honored!

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Today we draw for Charlie Hebdo

attack on Charlie Hebdo

attack on Charlie Hebdo

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