Violence Will Not Lead to More Peace or LibertySubmitted by dwalters on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 12:47
Hatred only breeds more hatred, and the initiation of force – violence – is a primitive means resorted to out of frustration by those who are on the wrong side of a situation. When truth is communicated effectively, violence can be avoided in nearly all circumstances. Only when communication breaks down does violence occur.
People involved in the r3VOLution will be better served if they renounce violent means of achieving Our desired ends. Individuals that choose to do otherwise will find themselves marginalized and likely used as ammunition by the mainstream propaganda machine to convince the public that libertarian philosophy is to blame; thereby slowing Our ever increasing momentum towards greater individual liberty. Violence would only be detrimental to Our cause.
I am not particularly a religious person. However, I do view Jesus as a very successful philosopher that was slain at the hands of a government that realized the powerful nature of his message. But regardless if we may agree on Jesus' status, we can agree that his message was intended to be a peaceful one. As a testament, his philosophy still widely persists today. Unfortunately, due to elements of collectivism within Christian philosophy, it was able to be co-opted by the Roman Empire and used for violence. Modern governments have followed the Romans’ example. Nowadays, Christianity is used by demagogues to spawn hatred for Muslims, gays, and other religions. This is no secret.
The reason why Jesus’ message has been so successful is largely due to its peaceful approach towards human interaction. Violence is not natural to Man except in cases of self-defense. Children must be taught to lie. Children must be taught to use violence to achieve goals. Children learn to be “bad.” They are not born that way. To the contrary, children naturally tell the truth and seek to protect their own property. Children are very often taught to act against human nature. The philosophy Jesus professed was the most compatible with human nature, and so, it has persisted.
Violent philosophies tend not to persist as widely or as long. The philosophy of Genghis Khan has not lasted. The philosophy of justified cruel and unusual means of punishment employed by Vlad III of Wallachia (the impaler) continues to wane. The philosophy of Hitler has not persisted except in narrow, dwindling circles. More so, lasting communication of these figures and the philosophies that guided them serve to humanity as examples of philosophical pitfalls to be avoided. Philosophies that oppose human nature will always fail.
If followers of libertarian philosophy – non-aggression – wish to expedite Our eventual victory, violence should be avoided except in absolutely necessary cases of self-defense. For instance, We certainly should not tolerate confiscation of Our arms. In that situation, political demagoguery will not likely work in attempts to justify disarmament to the public. However, Our triumph will come more quickly if We adhere to the non-aggression principle and refuse to initiate violence to achieve Our ends. The truth is on Our side, and Our philosophy reflects human nature more than any of its predecessors. We will win. It is inevitable.
Leave the violence to those who are on the losing side of the ideological battle. Their use of force will only make it more clear to the masses where truth can be found. Effective communication is far superior to violence. The pen is mightier than the sword – undoubtedly.