posted by Rhysw somewhere above:
"Were you converted by a harsh truth teller who thought of you as cattle? Doubt it"
The answer is: Absolutely Yes!
Spooner's No Treason did it for me. We were all born as cows trained to worship the state god. And only the hardest medicine cures this condition.
Ron Paul may not use the harsh contemptuous language of Rose or Spooner, but his content contains the same strong medicine and that's why Benton and Olson cringe whenever he opens his mouth and why their main strategy was to keep him from ever delving into the details of his program for transitioning us to a free society. Virtually every Libertarian Party campaign for the last 40 years did the same thing: Hide the full brilliance of our ideas under a bushel and pretend to be warmed over Republicans--lest we frighten the cattle.
Spooner from No Treason:
The ostensible supporters of the Constitution, like the ostensible supporters of most other governments, are made up of three classes, viz.:
1. Knaves, a numerous and active class, who see in the government an instrument which they can use for their own aggrandizement or wealth.
2. Dupes --- a large class, no [*12] doubt --- each of whom, because he is allowed one voice out of millions in deciding what he may do with his own person and his own property, and because he is permitted to have the same voice in robbing, enslaving, and murdering others, that others have in robbing, enslaving, and murdering himself, is stupid enough to imagine that he is a "free man," a "sovereign"; that this is "a free government"; "a government of equal rights," "the best government on earth," and such like absurdities.
3. A class who have some appreciation of the evils of government, but either do not see how to get rid of them, or do not choose to so far sacrifice their private interests as to give themselves seriously and earnestly to the work of making a change.
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