This guy may be crazy—he’s written extensively about the Federal Reserve system, vitamin B-17 as a cure for cancer, and Noah’s Ark—but he’s close to the mark about government.
He argues that systems are either favoring individual freedom or favoring collectivism. He also argues that collectivism is a lie—there are no groups, only individuals. (No forests, only trees.) This is true in the sense that policies that favor groups tend to harm the individuals of those groups, but not true in the sense that we (humans) do have a very real desire to promote the survival of our tribe and species. (Unless you’re PETA.)
Also, it’s not really true that systems ever favor individualism. I mean, sure, they do in writing. But the system favors itself, and that favor transcends anything written or stated about the system. Almost as if systems were themselves organic.
Basically, you can draw a line, like this:
Now, the thing is, you can’t have complete anarchy. I mean, it’s theoretically possible, and if men were free in spirit (say, free of sin?) it would probably be an optimal set-up. But, under such circumstances, Communism could also work.
But nature abhors a vacuum, and anarchy (white) leads to the void being filled by black—the first strong-armed dictator who sees easy prey. And it’s far from the absolute end where trouble occurs. Our Founding Fathers felt the need to override the Articles of Confederation to create the Constitution. (Which area of history I need to study more. How weak was the Confederacy? How much of the Constitution was a power play?)
“But Blake,” you say, “you’re always advocating pushing to the right as far as possible.”
Why, that’s very astute of you. Yes. Yes, I am. That’s because the state—any state, at any given time—will move to the left, toward more power and less freedom. And we’re in about as much chance of getting anywhere near anarchy as we are of getting pizza raining from the sky.
So, yeah, I push toward ever smaller government. I’ve long maintained there only need to be two parties at any given time: One arguing that the government should handle a particular issue, and one arguing that they shouldn’t. The ones arguing that government shouldn’t should usually be in power.
And forever banished should be the argument that just because one doesn’t want the government to handle something, one doesn’t want the situations handled. If anything, the reverse should be argued, as there is a lot more evidence to support it.