THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 559, February 28, 2010
"I have sworn upon the altar of god,
eternal hostility against every form
of tyranny over the mind of man."
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise
There are a lot more Joe Stack incidents out there waiting to happen. The country is a powder keg and there are lots and lots of angry people. As the calendar winds around again to 15 April, many taxpayers are fed up, out of work, unable to make ends meet.
Individuals interested in a stateless society can find the incipient Joe Stacks and talk to them about agorism. What if Joe Stack had withdrawn? What if he had picked up stakes, disappeared, gotten help getting off the grid? What if he had been persuaded not to kill, but to live? What if, in short, John Galt had gotten to him first?
It seems to me that more than talking about policies, more than expressing outrage about politicians or legislators, the work of the stateless society is in your neighbourhoods, in your schools, in your pubs, around your town, where you can meet people. Who do you know who is already disgruntled? Who do you know who is being audited? Who do you know who is upset?
The answer to the system is not to attack it with violence, even in retribution, even in defense. Because doing so won't work all at once. And whatever one would attack with force the system will resistit is adept at doing so. It is great at finding scapegoats to blame, magic bullet theories to focus attention, and stirring up the mindlessly patriotic and gung ho "our team forever" types. Attacking the system is certainly tempting, but it is very unlikely to succeed.
Whereas withdrawing from the system has proven merit. It has worked for tens of millions already. Last count, in testimony the IRS gave to Congress in 1998, there were over 60 million Americans who should have been filing who were not. The police state would like to find them. I do my part to help them stay secret.
I mean to confound these buggers. I mean to share the possibilities of agorism with the frustrated, the pissed off, the "touched by government" who are in my community. Wherever that happens to be.
I say let Joe Stack's choices not be in vain, but also let them not be repeated. It is time to do more than go to Galt's Gulch, it is time to share the ideas of Galt with the productive and frustrated.