Welcome to the new format! This show started as the Fallacy Friday Podcast and now you get MORE show. It is now Logical Anarchy Today and it is a Monday through Friday half hour show tackling the fallacies in the news.
One today’s show, Jon tackles Turkey shooting down a Russian plane as well as the end of bulk data collection at the NSA due to the “USA Freedom Act”.
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So lets talk about refugees and immigration. That question shouldn’t affect us as anarchists. Why? Because immigration and laws surrounding it have to do with government, which we of course seek to abolish (peacefully) since it is fundamentally immoral. No single person has the right to rule over the life of another. In a free society, there would be no issue with immigration and the ability to move where work and business is more prosperous means life is better. However, I see a lot of “anarchists” on both sides of the argument making a fatal error that sacrifices principles.
The first side wants to use government to keep people from entering the country. It’s funny to hear anarchists talk this way. “We hate the state but we must use the state to defend our country.” If you believe this, you never really understood the message of freedom and voluntaryism. The state is terrible at protecting anything and I don’t think protecting you is even anywhere close to the top of their list of things to do. Anarchists that seek to use the coercion of government to keep people from moving freely simply have no business calling themselves anarchists or voluntaryists. How are these borders going to be enforced? Through taxation and theft of private property. That’s a big no no if you are a voluntaryist.
The other side says that the government should accept refugees. This is a no no as well. Anarchists that want to use the state to force people to accept others and inevitably support them on welfare, also fundamentally do not understand voluntaryism. How are these people going to make it here under this premise? They will be supported through taxation and theft of property, just like the other side.
What is the solution? Private property. If an individual wants to take someone in, hire them or whatever, they can do so. The government has no right to tell them that they cannot do so on their property. On the flip-side the government has not right to steal from people in order to subsidize someone that want’s to help the refugees or the refugees themselves.
This brings up another point. Why are the European nations spelling out their own disaster by having state subsidized immigration with the refugees? Well it’s their welfare state and socialism that is the real culprit here. If you enter a country as a refugee that has no welfare, you must integrate into the local society and culture. You have to participate in the economy. If a refugee enters a country like France or Germany, they know that they will get government handouts. This means they do not have to integrate into society by taking part in the economy. They can create a cultural bubble around themselves because they get free money from the government. This means that they can out breed the producers and thus bring about the collapse anyone with half a brain can see coming.
Why not just try freedom and respect for private property? It can and will solve all of these problems.
Well it’s happened, another terrorist attack on a western nation from Islamic extremists. Is anyone really shocked? No, probably not, we are all numb to this violence. It’s interesting to note how with each successive act of violence, the public has become more and more lazy with their responses. Their statism grows even larger by it too. They think changing their profile picture to that of the flag of France is somehow enough to show they care.
Let’s all be honest with each other though, no one cares.
Harsh? Yes. But we all live in a culture of laziness. Look at these students in Missouri protesting for free everything. We live in a culture completely devoid of any semblance of responsibility. Everything should be given to us and the American arrogance heaped on top of it all does nothing to solve the problem. America feels entitled to cause a death toll much larger than what occurred in France yesterday everyday in the middle east. We all remember (I hope) how the US bombed a Doctors without Borders hospital and killing around 20 people. There was little to no media attention about that. There was a bombing in Beirut that killed about 40 people and the media cares very little about that as well. American’s have a filter and the filter is composed of “the scary terrorists are everywhere and they hate us for our freedom.” Anything that does not fit this narrative is thrown aside and considered irrelevant to the conversation.
The average American ignores that fact that the US supported the Jihadists in the 70’s in order to fight the Russians. The US gave these people weapons and training. They forget how every secular dictator they have toppled (or attempted to topple) in the middle east created a power vacuum ripe for extremism to take hold in. Al Qaeda had little to no presence in Iraq prior to the war but once Saddam was disposed of, the jihadists flooded in. Libya and Syria are also prime examples of a pattern of destabilization that lead to a breading ground for Jihadists. None of these people want to talk about the fact that trade sanctions against Iraq caused hundreds of thousands of innocent deaths (mostly women and children). No one want’s to discuss this. Instead you have morons like Rubio claiming the US is shinning beacon of hope in the world when it is destroying and destabilizing nations. This narrative is largely left untouched and instead we are left with the moronic explanation that these attacks are unprovoked and that the Terrorists “hate us for our freedom.”
I’m not a fan of Assad or any government and figure head, but he’s right on this point. “The West deals with terrorism in a hypocritical way. they call it terrorism when it hits them, and revolution, freedom, democracy and human rights when it hits us”.
But sure, change your profile picture to show that you care even though you really don’t. If you really did care, you would vocalize your displeasure with your government and it’s cycle of war and supporting terrorist organizations when it suites the political elites needs (like in Libya and Syria). Give yourself a pat on the back for giving a hollow gesture while, at the same time, you support policies that create tragedies like this in the first place every day. Just know that your lack of understanding causes death. Your passive acceptance of the status quo feeds tragedy and your support of governments engaged in destructive foreign interventions lead to destruction and pain. Your new profile picture and a few hollow words on your profile are more than enough make up for it. Don’t worry about getting up and actually doing something about it, that’s not needed. Just know that if you really cared, you wouldn’t be supporting your criminal government that has been at the root of these tragedies.