Sunday, February 20, 2011

I don't believe in "terrorists"

I don't believe in terrorists. Not as generally thought of, anyway.

There are only people who initiate force, and everyone else.

The only people who initiate force who would possibly cause terror in me are those I can't adequately resist.

The only ones I would ever feel inadequate against are those who have State permission to initiate force against me. The inadequacy comes from my recognition that they have a lot more money than me (since they can steal or print "money" without constraint), and with that money can buy lots of fancy hardware and the cooperation and "loyalty" of a lot of principle-impaired people to keep sending after me.

So, I suppose that to me, the only possible "terrorist" would be a State employee. IF that employee were able to instill terror in me, which is unlikely.


  1. I'd suggest that the folks who are normally classified as terrorists (non-government folk who intend to cause fear through indiscriminate violence against civilians) ALSO qualify as force-initiators, and often with levels of hardware you can't hope to replicate.

    The state isn't the only source of violence-initiation, just the worst one.

  2. Yes, those also qualify as force initiators, but I find it dishonest to differentiate and set them apart from other force initiators.