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"Authority" is the most dangerous superstition

Larken Rose wrote it. Highly recommended. One of the key points is that I cannot give someone else the right to do something that I myself do not have the right to do. So for instance I cannot hire someone to steal from, kidnap, or murder someone else. Yet we grant "government" that right (taxation, imprisonment, and capital punishment, respectively).

He puts a lot of words in quotes, which can be somewhat annoying but I really enjoyed it, as a way of constantly reminding the reader that these words are make-believe, at least in their effect.

Another neat analogy is that government is like Santa Claus. We don't have debates about how we can make Christmas more efficient; similarly, debates about making government more efficient are just as silly, because the whole purpose of government is to bloat itself.

Great book, I highly recommend it.

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