Staples has been running an advertising cmpaign for some time now featuring the “Easy Button”. They even sell actual Easy Buttons that can be purchased and placed on your desk for when work just gets too stressful. The whole concept is that whatever problem you’re having in your business, you just have to push the Easy Button and Staples will solve your problem for you. I’ve often seen these ads and wished there was an Easy Button for politics. One push and the government would be gone. In fact, I’ve been trying to write a post to that effect for quite some time. Alas, Francois Tremblay beat me to the punch (and did a much better job then I will probably do) at his Check Your Premises blog. He started out by quoting famous (or is that infamous?) Libertarian Harry Browne-
Suppose there were a magic button sitting in front of you. And suppose that button would instantly reduce the federal government to only, say, $200 billion.
Would you refuse to push the button — even if you want the federal government to be 0 dollars? Would you refuse to push the button — even if you think the federal government should be $500 billion?
Obviously the answer is yes. Smaller government is smaller government and that’s always a good thing. But Francois takes things to the next level with the following question whose answer is not as clear as it first seems-
But now let’s turn the question to us. If there was a magic button that would instantly make the State disappear, would you press it?
He then answers that question in the same manner I would: no – I (and he) would refuse to push the button. Not because we don’t want the size of government reduced to zero. But because we recognize that instant removal of government without first educating the masses would create the exact form of chaos that anti-anarchists claim we support. I highly recommend you read Francois’ post on the subject (here’s the link again), but here’s one of the best lines I’ve seen on any anarchist blog to date-
Anarchy is not just a desire to eliminate the State: it is a moral commitment to voluntary interactions and non-violent principles. The Anarchist is a person committed to helping his fellow man, not hurting him through either political means or more mundane criminal means.
That’s why I’m proud to display his Voluntary Victory symbol in the header of Philaahzophy. I don’t think I could have explained the basic premise of anarchy as I understand it any better than that.
The reason we lack freedom is the government, plain and simple. But in order to move towards a free society we need to do so much more than remove government. We need to reeducate as many people as possible into understanding that government is the one thing standing in the way of freedom. As long as the general populace continues to see government as the solution instead of the problem we will continue to be slaves.
That’s what all of my posts on anarchy are about: educating as many as possible. Showing them the truth that government is standing in the way of their freedom and is incapable of doing anything but constricting it. Every step we take away from government is a step towards freedom. Francois ends his post with the following paragraph-
As for the magic button: if there was a magic button that could undo the indoctrination of the State in everyone’s minds, I would press it with no hesitation whatsoever. The next day, there would be no more government, no more religion, no more hierarchies or authorities. Just people living their lives as they see fit. Isn’t that a dream?
Now that’s a dream I share. I know that were the indoctrination gone, then the government would be as well. Stop fighting the state and start fighting the government indoctination. Freedom starts in your own mind and it spreads from one person to another through communicating the truth.
The Complete Applied Anarchy Series-
- What Is Applied Anarchy?
- Applied Anarchy – One Way I Legally Avoid Taxes
- Applied Anarchy: Financial Security Without Fiat Currency
- Practicing What We Preach
- Applied Anarchy: Why Anarchists Should Vote For Ron Paul
- Applied Anarchy – Parking Meters
- Applied Anarchy – Minimizing Your Income Tax Burden
- Sales Tax and Couponing For Cash
- Applied Anarchy – 12 Steps To Recovery
- Money Makes The World Go Round
- Doing Away With Fiat Currency
- Applied Anarchy – Free Market Health Care
- Applied Anarchy – How Would It Work?
- Applied Anarchy – Listen To Your Kids
- Happy Birthday Comrade Kropotkin!
- The Market Finally Takes Down DRM – Copyright Quivers In Boots
- Pushing The Political Easy Button
- A Call To Arms For Anarchist Bloggers
- Applied Anarchy – Voting As Self-Defense
- Applied Anarchy: Why Taxes Are Theft
- I’m Now A Silver AMPlifier for Free Talk Live!
- Applied Anarchy: You CAN Trust Politicians…
- How The Market Can Enforce Intellectual Property
- Applied Anarchy – Make Freedom A Bestseller
- Why Seek Liberation?