THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 767, April 20, 2014
Anarchists are persons who believe with
all their hearts that governments are
enemies of their own people.
Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
I have thought about this for a long time, and I believe it’s necessary to share my thoughts with you, in the interest of education and full disclosure.
First, some background.
I believe that defense of self and others is a 'natural right’—a biological imperative, if you will.
Such a fundamental imperative does not require approval from any person or group of persons. No individual or group has the authority to deny me the right to self-defense.
Any limitation on that right is an intolerable infringement.
I will use any tool that I—and I alone—deem essential to enhancing and preserving that right., without restriction, limitation, or infringement by any individual or group. This is the essence of man’s competitive advantage in the animal kingdom.
Now, to the point.
Because these truths stated above are self-evident to me, it is my intent to keep and bear such tools as I consider essential to my environment, regardless of statute or ordinance.
Because there are statutes and ordinances that infringe on my right, I am forced to "break the law" to do so. Lex iniusta non est lex.
Because I put myself in jeopardy—both of liberty and life—by breaking these laws, I am forced to make some hard decisions.
And here’s the nut. As long as we, as citizens, allow such laws to rule us, we live in peril. Because I see no real probability that such laws will be overthrown, we, as citizens, are complicit in their continued unjust execution.
Because I refuse to acknowledge them as just, and as long as I perceive that you generally do, a gulf arises between me and you with regard to my obligations to assist you if you are in peril.
Therefore, I hereby serve notice that, with a few limited exceptions, if you and I find ourselves in a situation where our lives are threatened by criminal act, I will not defend you. As far as I know, you have accepted the servitude that comes with obeying unjust laws without protest or resistance. Therefore, I have no obligation to defend you.
I will instead take every action I am able to protect myself and others I choose to protect, but I will go no further. Until such time as you stand with me in rejecting obedience to governments of those who seek to control you, you are on your own.
I am truly sorry to have to make these decisions, and I pray for your safety. But any other course would be maladaptive.
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