My View of PoliticsSubmitted by go213mph on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 06:53
by Laurence M. Vance
Please remove me from your mailing list, "I’m just totally uninterested in your view of politics," wrote a former student and friend.
I have been described (and dismissed) by some of my former friends as anti-war, libertarian, isolationist, or anti-government, not so much because they think that one word encapsulates my political philosophy, but because they are ignorant of U.S. history, the U.S. military, the U.S. government, U.S. foreign policy, and their own Bible that they profess to believe.
Although I am a student of, and a commentator on, politics, I am not political in any way. I don’t vote. I don’t donate to political campaigns. I don’t endorse candidates. I don’t campaign for anyone. I don’t frequent political events. I don’t watch political debates. I loathe politicians, and especially members of Congress, of whom Mark Twain said: "There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress."
But what’s not to like about my "view of politics"? What could possibly be so bad about it? And what is my "view of politics" that some conservatives, evangelicals, and Red-State Christian fascists find so uninteresting?
I have assembled this brief explanation of my "view of politics." I am using the word politics in its broadest sense, as is common. Some of my views are best explained by quotes from others that I like. Not in any particular order, here are twelve propositions that make up my "view of politics."
On the state, I believe with Lew Rockwell that the state is "a gang with a flag." I believe with Murray Rothbard that the state is "a bandit gang writ large." It is "a vast criminal organization far more formidable and successful than any ‘private’ Mafia in history." I agree with H. L. Mencken that "every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under" and that "all government is, in its essence, organized exploitation, and in virtually all of its existing forms it is the implacable enemy of every industrious and well-disposed man." I also agree with Voltaire that "the art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third."