The writings of Kent McManigal. Just about everything I write from my hard-core libertarian/anarchist perspective will end up here. I also write a weekly column for the Clovis News Journal, as well as sporadic columns elsewhere. Enjoy!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I saw this top map on Facebook. I can't verify its accuracy. I also won't debate whether a particular State is "better" than some other State. Are they based on "taxation" and coercion? That's all I need to know.
What that map does make me think of is another map, concerning someone else who was in a place first (and, no, no one was in either of these places in "the beginning", but migrated there at some point) and lost their land/property and freedom to someone else who decided that god had given the land to them, because of their obvious superiority and because they won god's favor. Or something.
It just doesn't smell right to me, in either case.
Of course, it wouldn't be an issue at all without governments behind it. People should be free to keep their property, or sell or trade it, to anyone for any reason. People should also be free to use any means at their disposal to defend their property from those who want to steal it. Neither of the illustrations show consensual property redistribution, but theft and aggression. And no one should ever be subject to some government or its "laws" simply because of where they live or because of who outnumbers them.