Comment: The problem with “I didn’t

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The problem with “I didn’t

The problem with “I didn’t sign this contract” type argument is its heavy stress on defining pretty much everything in terms of a contract; it is the hogwash of the social contract. Unfortunately, many who agree that the social contract is bogus carry the assumption that if only everyone did agree all would be fine. But this has the further assumption that the social contract is valid to begin with. It is not. No society has ever had such an arrangement. The social contract was and is a fiction. You are born into a preexisting society, with certain rules, customs, and standards. I never agreed to my parents. I never agreed to the distribution of property that existed when I was born. I never agreed to the rules of grammar. In fact, there are a host of examples one does not agree to and yet is pervasive.

Of course, a standard reply could say that the state uses force, through taxation, and thus is different in most respects. But this too is not going to work. Imagine being born into a home owner’s association. You didn’t agree to their rules and stipulations. You are free to leave, when of age, if you like.

The point is that using this line of argument gets you nowhere because it is based on faulty history and anthropology.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality. - John Randolph of Roanoke