Know Your Enemy

It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle. – Sun Tzu

I decided to take some of Sun Tzu’s advice (or Rage Against the Machine’s if you prefer) and visited the MoveOn.org Facebook page.  It was a painful experience and measurably reduced my optimism for the future.  Once I started reading some of the comments, it didn’t take long to find a lot of hatred directed towards us Liberty types.

Let me try to break this down.  Leftists apparently hate liberty-loving folks because we do not wish to be complicit in their efforts to plunder property in order to execute their ill-conceived schemes.  Libertarians who have studied economics and history realize that these schemes are doomed to fail because the principles on which they are based are faulty and unworkable.  We do not want mistakes that have caused so much suffering in the past to be repeated – for this we are labeled selfish, heartless, or worse.

F.A. Hayek. One of the fathers of Austrian Economics.

The reality is, we don’t ask for anything but to be left the hell alone.  They, in turn, want our property, our obedience, and our lives.  Our resistance to picking up the hammer and sickle on their behalf is, in their eyes, the ultimate sin.  What does this tell you about their character?

Those of us who believe in Liberty and wish to see our fellow man achieve and flourish, unencumbered by a tyrannical state and the people who support it, are the evil ones?  No my friends, your desire to appropriate the property of others with the goal of improving society reveals nothing less than your contempt for economics, history, and human dignity.  Society advances when each actor is free to pursue his own individual interests – not when he is harnessed to your yoke and forced to sow the seeds of his own destruction.

None of this should be taken to imply that I believe Republicans are any better.  I simply find the average Democrat especially noxious simply because they advocate evil but are too ignorant to realize it – on the contrary, they honestly believe that the very things that make them evil are actually virtues.  At least Republicans make little attempt to conceal their corruption – they more or less revel in it.  Just about everyone knows Republicans are creeps, but for some reason, Democrats have been largely successful at marketing themselves as the party that cares.  As usual, facts don’t really matter.  Besides, I think there’s a fairly good chance that the GOP’s days are numbered anyway.  Given Ron Paul’s tremendous success in attracting young people to the cause of Liberty, I think it’s likely that the main rivalry going forward will be Leftists vs. Libertarians.

I created a little flow chart to help you determine if you are an advocate of evil:

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