Stockholm Syndrome on Steroids

“Of all Tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive… those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with approval of their consciences.”

-CS Lewis

Do you have “rights” because men, generations ago, wrote them down on paper? Or did they write them down on paper because they have always existed as part of natural law? Yes to the first question means you think you are a slave to your “betters”. By “betters” I mean those politicians and rulers that exercise authority over you. Saying yes to the first question means that “rights” are actually privileges given to you by your rulers. Privileges can be taken away at any time.

If you say “yes” to the second question, why did they need to write them down and form a government to begin with? What is government? It is only a monopoly on the initiation of violence within a given territory. Initiating violence and using threats of violence is how a state accomplishes anything. In order to do so, government must then violate this natural law and set of rights you feel man has regardless of what a piece of paper says. Statism, or advocating for the state and its leviathan like monopoly on our lives, is simply an irrational position to take. It’s Stockholm syndrome on steroids. You are either free or a slave, there is no in between.

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