Monday, March 2, 2009

The State as Inimical to Man

The state is inherently inimical to man.  Human beings are characterized by the fact that they act. As Ludwig von Mises pointed out, we are just as much homo agens as homo sapiens. To act is to behave with purpose: that is, to deliberate upon and choose between means to achieve our ends. That part of us which deliberates is called our reason. That part of us which chooses is called our will.

Dead things don’t reason, choose, or act. They just react. They are mindless assemblages of particles which only respond slavishly to the impulses given them.

Dumb animals don’t reason, choose, or act. They just behave. They are non-rational expressions of genes which only serve reflexively the end of propagating those genes. 

Humans and any other animals who have evolved reason are also assemblages of particles; and we are also expressions of genes. But crowning all of this, we also have reason, will, and action. 

The raison d’être of the state is to crush action by supplanting individual ends with its own, to crush the will by supplanting individual choice with its own, and to crush reason by supplanting individual thought with its own. The necessary corollary to the rise of the state is the fall of humanity: for man to effectively devolve into dumb animals (livestock) and finally into dead machines (tools). Since the state is all about destroying all that is human, it is inherently anti-human. For humans, therefore, the state is inherently evil.

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