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About "The Tiny Dot"

Hi, Josh. Much as I love Larken Rose, I have to say that his argument in that video sucks. Here is a little story by David Friedman, (from his book Price Theory) illustrating why Larken is wrong:

Conan the Barbarian is being pursued across the desert by a hundred savage tribesmen, all armed with swords and spears. Conan has only a bow and arrows. All of them are afoot. How does Conan escape? Friedman gives an economic answer: Conan shoots the first/fastest pursuer. Then he shoots the next first/fastest pursuer. And the next. Soon the tribesmen begin to compete with one another NOT to be the first/fastest pursuer, and Conan walks away.

Larken correctly argues that most people "obey the law" because they've been trained to be unquestioning, obedient slaves in our wonderful free gunverment schools. But there is also REAL danger in being the first/fastest protester, when you go up against the real sociopaths who call themselves "government." Ask Irwin Schiff. Ask Larken himself -- he spent 15 months in prison for tax "crimes."

Larken says that a few thousand IRS agents can't possibly control millions of determined tax-resisters. But he's wrong. All the IRS has to do is SMASH the first/fastest tax-resister. And the next, and the next. And pretty soon nobody is in a hurry to become the next. They don't have to smash millions of us -- just a few hundred of the loudest and most prominent.

The IRS will continue to win until their victims learn the tricks of financial invisibility. Private markets and currencies like Bitcoin may prove impossible for the IRS to crack, and economic activity will migrate into private, encrypted cyberspace. I'd say that's the best hope for freedom in the real world. Fact is, unhappily, most people don't WANT all the responsibilities that come with freedom; they prefer paying taxes and letting government "run things" like education, roads, military, police, health care, etc.

Private markets and currencies allow those who do want freedom to have it. Making the IRS irrelevant is much to be preferred over the other practical option: implementing the "Conan strategy" against tax collectors themselves. Just a few irate folks hunting and killing random IRS employees for sport would very quickly result in mass resignations among the cowardly bullies, I figure. The problem is, simply getting rid of the IRS won't free people who don't want to be free. Violence will only beget more violence -- and people will demand MORE government for protection, not less.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...