Why It’s Important to Respect the Right to Relay Information
You’ll always see me praising Ron Paul’s Revolution: A Manifesto, and I’ll always critique Marx’s Communist Manifesto.
Before my foreign readers tell me that since I’m from America, I know no different and that socialism and communism works, I’ll be the first to state America’s economic policy stems from that of Benito Mussolini (corporate-government collusion), and we all know how that went down.
Further, I was a self-identified Marxist from high school to my sophomore year of college, from 2007 (junior year), to 2011 (junior year of college) before I discovered the Austrian School of Economics, Mises, Hayek, Rockwell, Rothbard, and others. After reading their works, my views changed, and I can now call myself a Ron Paul fanatic.
However, I see too many people calling for death sentences and brutal beatings for stating or writing about their views.
Guys, in America, anyone is free to write their views. Heck, even in the world, if one really looks to the Rule of Law, outlined by the United States Constitution, the First Amendment, while not guaranteeing us the right to do so, prevents another individual, or group of individuals, from taking a right given to them by a creator, be it a god or the universe itself. People are born with the natural right to speak out, and this is what writing is; the natural right to speak out.
Yet for writers, it’s our duty, our mission, to spread and share our ideas. Politically, I’m as anti-socialist as one can get, and I cite the Soviet Union and in modern times, Venezuela, for their economic hardships and subsequent collapse.
However, I’m also anti-corporate, because as predicted by Ludwig von Mises, corporatism leads to one thing: ownership of people and ultimately of resources, but to do so, they must be granted permission by the government. So, corporate lobbyists make deals with government officials, lawmakers, behind closed doors. This leads to socialism, but oftentimes the free market is blamed for such atrocities, something I call crony capitalism.
Yet, to keep everything as is, and do attain either a monopoly or a few giant corporate heads in power, these new laws passed by lawmakers must use executive power. Enter law enforcement, where if someone calls the police to locate say, a stolen item, more often than not the cops will be unable to do anything about it, but if you’re caught driving a mile or so over the speed limit, cops will go out of their way to cite you.
In this scenario, however, cops are being paid by the state, which is funded by taxpayers, to uphold and enforce existing laws, just or unjust, even victimless crimes which then, due to corporatism, upholds entities like the prison-industrial complex. In other words, you’re paying the state to fine you for minor, victimless violations, and if the crime is “bad” enough, will be thrown into a prison built by contracting companies which requires an endless supply of “criminals” to fill their prisons to build more prisons so the taxpayers must pay to “take care” of all prisoners within these prisons.
At the end of the day, the taxpayer is put over.
However, in this corporate-socialist world we live in, we must have more force to uphold perpetual war, where it’s our “patriotic” duty to give up our freedoms for more security so we can defeat the next “enemy” our own government likely created by intervening in the place they had no business intervening in.
So, spreading ideas, especially in my libertarian fashion, is what makes writing so important. Ideas must be spread through writing, and to do so, the First Amendment of the Constitution remains vital for us to carry out our views on the subject. If we lose not only the First Amendment, but the Bill of Rights, we lose the battle in spreading our ideas.
I like to point to Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 as a prime example of what happens when totalitarianism takes and holds.
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