Comment: Me, Bobby, and Johnny

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Me, Bobby, and Johnny

Me, Bobby, and Johnny are completely free individuals living in a small community. There is no government. It is bliss.

One day, some bad guys come and steal some of Bobby's stuff in the middle of the night. The next night, they steal some of Johnny's stuff and the next night they steal some of my stuff.

We don't know much about them except that there are several of them and they are heavily armed. Each of us knows that individually we could probably not resist them very well.

As free individuals that believe in the natural, God-given rights to life, liberty, and property, we collectively decide to resist them together. Knowing that it's better to have a leader in any size army, whether it's 3 men, or 10,000 men, we vote to make Johnny our leader and freely submit to his authority. Boom. Government created. This newly-formed government does use force, and for good reason. Just as an individual can use force to protect the natural rights of life, liberty, and property, so too can a collective of people use force. Me, Bobby, and Johnny are rightfully using force against the thieves.

In my belief, this is a valid form of government - a group of people using their collective efforts for the same purpose that an individual would legitimately be able to use his individual efforts.

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. -Thomas Jefferson