Friday, August 14, 2020

Libertarians for theft and Big Government?

How can libertarians be seriously discussing how "best" to use "tax" money to fund government schooling or even any schooling? I don't think they can.

"Taxation" is theft.
Government schooling is not education. Even if it were education, government has no business getting involved in education and stolen money shouldn't be funding it.

Yet, over and over I see "serious", "credible", "libertarians" discussing how to direct government to spend that stolen money to fund schooling.

Recently some have been advocating tying the funds to individual "students" rather than to the schools.  I can see, in a world of false dichotomies, why that seems better. Yet we don't live in that world. Thieves do have the choice to stop stealing. Thugs do have the choice to stop advocating compulsory school and the "Prussian" indoctrination model.

Why does anyone who claims to value liberty gloss over those facts as if they aren't there? My suspicion is that they see this as necessary to try to be politically relevant-- I suspect this is the reason for a lot of inconsistency.

I can't take them seriously at that point. At least, not as libertarians, but only as threats to liberty.

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  1. The problem with your position is it makes too much sense. Lol.

  2. This view may be regarded by ‘society’ as a ‘crime’ but never forget that a crime is just a violation of law and that the law has nothing beyond chance accident to do with truth or justice which are the true palladiums of the person of honor and reason. You are not alone in this opinion and while it may seem the ‘voice in the wilderness’ it still needs to be stated, often and repeatedly.

    “You say, "there are persons who lack education," and you turn to the law. But the law is not, in itself, a torch of learning which shines its light abroad. The law extends over a society where some persons have knowledge and others do not; where some citizens need to learn, and others can teach. In this matter of education, the law has only two alternatives: It can permit this transaction of teaching-and-learning to operate freely and without the use of force, or it can force human wills in this matter by taking from some of them enough to pay the teachers who are appointed by government to instruct others, without charge. But in this second case, the law commits legal plunder by violating liberty and property.”
    – Frédéric Bastiat

    “The aim of totalitarian education has never been to instill convictions but to destroy the capacity to form any.”
    ---Hannah Arendt, (The Origins of Totalitarianism)

    "Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."
    ~ Mark Twain

    “The truth, indeed, is something that mankind, for some mysterious reason, instinctively dislikes. Every man who tries to tell it is unpopular, and even when, by the sheer strength of his case, he prevails, he is put down as a scoundrel.”
    —H. L. Mencken

    "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
    -- Krishnamurti