Moral justification for war
I promise this is not going to be solely a political blog, but that’s what’s on my mind today. Tomorrow I’ll do a movie review or something.
Because of the new war in Libya, I’ve heard a lot of political talk over the last couple of days. Certain people for years have reached out to me because they know I am very opinionated. But I’m not going to talk about Libya. Make up your own mind about it. But here’s my challenge if you agree with it: I do not agree with using military force of any kind in Libya (or Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Pakistan, or Yemen, or Oceania, or Eurasia, or Eastasia…) Is it morally right to take my hard-earned money to pay for an operation to which I am ethically and morally opposed? Think about it. Is it EVER morally correct to take by force the fruits of a man’s labor and give it to someone else? I believe that is called theft. A greater mind than mine once said, “The power to tax is the power to destroy.” Taking my money to fund the military puts blood on my hands as well.
I had a conversation with my girlfriend a few days ago about the genesis of our country and the basis of living in a society, and it lead me to a couple of revelations. Americans live in a republic based on the U.S. Constitution. There are a lot of arguments amongst Democrats, Republicans, and independents on the “constitutionality” of laws… The various wars we are involved in come to mind, as does Obamacare. I think it’s clear to anyone with a rational mind that the power elite have grossly overstepped their constitutional authority. But that’s not the point. The Constitution is a social contract. I reject both the ideas of a republican government as well as the notion of a social contract. Here’s why:
In a republic, the idea is that we elect representatives to make decisions for us on our behalf, in our best interests. One, this almost never happens. The Wall Street bailouts of 2008 are a great example. Ninety-five percent of the US population were against them, but the elite went through with them anyway. When supporters of government talk about corruption, they treat it like it is an anomaly. Corruption is the only way for any government to function, and it’s not always a bad thing. (If someone breaks the law by speeding in his car, and the policeman lets him go, is that not corruption? But this allows the driver to keep his money and his clean driving record.) Two, it is impossible. The only person who knows what is best for you is you. The notion that one person can make a decision in the best interest of thousands of constituents is laughable. The only person the representative can represent is himself.
I reject a social contract simply because I was born into it. I did not sign it, and neither did you. You were bound by it the moment you came into this country, either by birth or by immigration. Is that not tyranny to hold somebody accountable to a contract they did not sign, did not endorse, and had no say in producing? We are told from a young age that in America “we are the government”… This is just not true and it is despicable that we teach that to children who don’t know any better. I wish someone had told me the real deal.
“Well, Steve, what you’re talking about sounds like anarchy, and that will lead to chaos, guns and bombs and death.” Maybe you’re right. But look at the world today. We already have that. And the lusts of the state make it worse every year.
On that note, I’m going to bed. Something a bit lighter tomorrow I think.
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