Friday, February 20, 2009

Brigands as Hunters of Men; Magistrates as Farmers

Hunting and livestock farming are both ways of coercively exploiting animals. The fundamental difference is that farming is stationary and involves the "breaking in" of the animal.

Aristotle thought of brigands as basically hunters.

Others support themselves by hunting, which is of different kinds. Some, for example, are brigands1

This makes perfect sense. And if brigands are hunters, then statesmen are farmers.
Watch the video below by Stefan Molyneux to see how:

  1. Nation-states are farms
  2. Citizens are livestock
  3. Public schools are training pens
  4. States allow certain freedoms only because of the greater productivity of "free-range livestock"

It is a crime against natural justice that we be treated as livestock. As Thomas Jefferson said,

"the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately."

1 Aristotle, Politics, Book 1

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