If You Don’t Like Being Ruled, Don’t Try to Rule Others!
If you don’t want people like Barack ruling over you, then don’t try to get people like Mitt to rule over others. You can each voluntarily submit to your own authority. Then Democrats can let Barack rule them and you Republicans can let Mitt rule you, or whatever weird thing you like to do to each other every few years when you vote. In this way, a plurality of values can be expressed rather than some 56 million Democrats telling the other 53 million Republicans and another 100 million eligible voters who didn’t vote what to do. Only 27 percent of eligible voters, voted this last guy into office. Anarchists don’t have a problem with rules or authority. We just insist that they be voluntary.
I’m not certain why, but it reminds me of that story about the two guys who raced to the sea, but each had bet that their camel was slower. Each rider would go slower and slower attempting to not be the fastest until they both came to a complete stop. They sat there on their camels for a very long time until a wise man passed through. The two riders asked the wise man how to solve their predicament. The wise man said, “That’s easy. Switch camels.” The men switch, and raced to the sea as fast as they could ride.
In our political world, each side is incentivized to try to impede the other. We want to force our ideas on others. There is,however, a negative utility to warring with each other. War is only profitable for those who have the power of coercive taxation. Rather than fight to rule over each other, we must allow for a world in which a plurality of values can be expressed such that we compete with each other through business and voluntary association among vocations, communities, philanthropic interests, or any other group. In this way, we can emerge organically and evolve as opposed to falling victim to a few social engineers.
Why should we impede each other’s progress, and not focus our efforts and labor toward ruling ourselves? In other words, don’t tell others how to live their lives. Show them how you live yours. How can we spend our time and toil toward having realized our own values and dreams in our short lives if we are busy trying to force our values and dreams on others?
If you don’t like being ruled, then don’t empower others by trying to rule them. Stop trying to rule others, and rule yourself.