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Statism & Statist Myths

What do libertarians mean by the terms statist and statism?What do libertarians mean by the terms statist and statism?Statism is the belief that it's moral for The State to initiate force.
Statism holds that...
Who are the left-statists and right-statists?Who are the left-statists and right-statists?It's more accurate to describe liberals and conservatives as left-statists and right-statists.
People who go by the labels liberal and conservative advocate...
Do statists have a P-P problem?Do statists have a P-P problem?P-P problem
Left- and right-statists are united in a shared hypocrisy.
Should anyone have coercive authority over others?Should anyone have coercive authority over others?No one is qualified to rule or obey
The Milgram and Stanford experiments refute...
Is The State the country?Is The State the country?The State is NOT the country. The State is merely one institution among many.
Many people think...
Are society and community the same thing as The State?Are society and community the same thing as The State?The State's violence is inherently anti-social and anti-community?
Because Statists mistakenly assume that The State is the country, they also...
Is The State a form of cooperation?Is The State a form of cooperation?Initiated-force negates cooperation
Statists misunderstand cooperation for the same reason they...
Is statism actually compassionate?Is statism actually compassionate?Which is more compassionate, socialism or post-statism?
Actually compassionate
What is the central principle of politics today?What is the central principle of politics today?The Pro-Aggression Principle, but there's an alternative
Is it really accurate to call pro-aggression a principle?
Can statist policies be enforced without murder?Can statist policies be enforced without murder?Statists must be willing to destroy dissenters.
'I can't breathe'
What's the alternative to statist violence?What's the alternative to statist violence?Persuasion is pro-empathy, pro-social, pro-community, and pro-cooperation.
Statists have the same...
Is statism generous?Is statism generous?Donation vs Extortion
Does taxing others prove you're generous?
 Are statists robbing your charities?Are statists robbing your charities?Charity Robbing
Would you give more money to charity if you were taxed less?
Why should you oppose corporate tax increases?Why should you oppose corporate tax increases?Companies collect taxes, their customers pay them
Businesses never pay taxes
Can The State counteract selfishness and greed?Can The State counteract selfishness and greed?Statism is selfishness and greed
Selfishness and greed are normally self-punishing...
Do more laws make things better or worse?Do more laws make things better or worse?The Boomerang Effect
Some statist policies create problems, instead of solving them
Do free-riders justify initiated-force?Do free-riders justify initiated-force?Free-riders are NOT a problem, therefore no solution is needed.
Free riders are...
Do externalities justify initiated force?Do externalities justify initiated force?The ultimate negative externality
Get something pay nothing. Pay nothing get something. Statists see a problem.
Do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few?Do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few?You're too small
A license to murder individuals for the benefit of others.
Do some need to be monitored and disciplined by their 'betters?'Do some need to be monitored and disciplined by their 'betters?'You're too stupid
Statist argument from arrogance.
Can any particular good outcome justify The State?Can any particular good outcome justify The State?Using individual good outcomes to justify initiated-force is Cargo Cult Statism.
Statists justify...
Can initiated force be harnessed for good?Can initiated force be harnessed for good?When statists blame opposition for their failed policies.
Dictator Fallacy
How should The State be evaluated?How should The State be evaluated?You must learn to count all the costs.
Statists fail to evaluate The State correctly. They...
Can a cost-benefit analysis justify initiated force?Can a cost-benefit analysis justify initiated force?A Complete Accounting
No complete analysis is ever actually done.
 Can “social science” justify initiated force? Part 1Can “social science” justify initiated force? Part 1Social science failure 1
Science requires a controlled experiment.
Can “social science” justify initiated force? Part 2Can “social science” justify initiated force? Part 2Social science failure 2
You are more than a number.
Are fears of even modest State growth reasonable?Are fears of even modest State growth reasonable?Statism is creepy
A little expansion today becomes greater power tomorrow.
 Can initiated force be limited?Can initiated force be limited?The Limited State Myth
Constitutions contain the very powers that are used to shred the document.
Can The State be controlled?Can The State be controlled?The Constitution
The Constitution has NOT controlled The State’s criminality...
 Do more laws make things better or worse?Do more laws make things better or worse?The Boomerang Effect
Some statist policies create problems, instead of solving them
Does initiated force solve social problems or beget more violence?Does initiated force solve social problems or beget more violence?Pandora's Box
Initiated force, once unleashed, brings with it...
 Is corruption an accidental byproduct of statism?Is corruption an accidental byproduct of statism?Cronyism & failure baked-in
Three perverse incentives that guarantee bad outcomes.

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