An Anthology of
Wisdom & Common Sense
On the personal and social changes required to achieve
freedom, peace, justice, enlightenment, progress & prosperity in our time
Index - S2
(1973 - 2012)
STATECRAFT: Away with all your superstition of a state-craft worse than priest-craft!” – Ernest Howard Crosby, quoted in Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.333. - STATESMEN, WELFARE STATE, POLITICS, POLITICAL SCIENCE, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM
STATEHOOD: Statehood and nation-building are the problem, not the solution.” – JZ, n.d. & 5.6.08. - NATION-BUILDING, TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM
STATEHOOD: Statehood means the opposite to manhood. The stronger it is, the more the citizen is reduced to a mere pawn in the hands of others. At most he remains free to petition or protest, which, usually, don’t get him anywhere. – JZ, 30.7.82, 8.8.12. – He has little freedom of action left, except in some private spheres. He should become a sovereign individual and sovereign consumer towards competitively offered political, economic and social systems and his free enterprise rights should extend to the freedom to set up still another such system – all only for volunteers, under exterritorial autonomy and personal laws, introducing the equivalent of religious freedom in these spheres as well. – JZ, 5.7.08. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT, MANHOOD, FREEDOM, RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SECESSIONISM, ASSOCIATIONISM
STATELESS PERSONS: I have one advantage over you, a unique experience that supplied me with food for thought: I was declared stateless, as a an infant, together with my parents, were "excommunicated" by the Nazi regime, my mother and their two children also being held collectively responsible for the "crime" of some freedom of expression “actions” by my father. This fact, understood by me only much later, helped me to come to favor individual sovereignty and the individual secession option as well as individual responsibility. - JZ, 3.2.87, 22.9.04, 8.8.12. The small “society” of the Kurt & Hildegard Zube family had by then already broken up. My mother managed to regain the German nationality under the Nazi regime for herself and her two children – but only by formally joining the NSDAP. It was a precondition for her getting a job in Nazi Germany, a lowly secretary job, and thus to assure our survival, as far as she could. After the war she was formally denazified. Several people, who had lived underground, come forward as witnesses, that she had sheltered them. - My father regained permission to work only during the war and his German nationality only in 1952. In one of his booklets he proposed an international society for stateless persons, one that would give them an internationally recognized exterritorial status: K.H.Z. SOLNEMAN, Der Weltverband der Staatenlosen und Du!, 1946, 19pp, together with notes and clippings related to the above project, in German and English, with my comments rather in favor of protégée-citizenship with e.g. Haiti, at least for a start, towards complete exterritorial autonomy for a community of freedom-loving volunteers, 14 pages, in PEACE PLANS 388.
STATELESSNESS: You want to become what?” asked Tarras. – “A stateless person. I do not want to be a citizen of any country.” - The reply of a young survivor of an extermination camp, in: Paul-Loup Sulitzer, The Green King, Grafton Books, 1985/85, p.218. – Statelessness under full exterritorial autonomy and personal laws, together with other and like-minded volunteers, not subject to any territorial rules of any other government. - Alas, territorial States have made statelessness a very unpleasant experience, so far, never conceding their victims full exterritorial autonomy or at least the normal and limited civil liberties. – JZ, 9.9.08, 8.8.12. – This novel describes how one man realized this ideal for himself, making himself rich and influential, while remaining largely unknown and anonymous. Naturally, as an individual he could at best do away only with the effects of territorial despotism upon himself, not upon all others. – He does not show a way out for everybody. That riches make some people, to some extent, exterritorially autonomous was already known in ancient Rome. That fact has long motivated territorial rulers to try to highly tax rich people or even to altogether nationalize their properties. – Alas, it has not motivated all rich people to demand full exterritorial autonomy and personal laws for all volunteers. – Imagine all our small panarchistic enlightenment efforts being sponsored by all the rich people in the world! But it is not money so much that is needed for this enlightenment but, rather, an economical and full use of all the new and cheap media that are already available to us. For instance: A $ 119 external HD of 2 TB capacity, could come to offer already the page equivalent in freedom information of millions of books, once that information is properly gathered and assembled on such a disk. (Australian price in March 02) Then it could be endlessly and cheaply copied onto other such discs, each only the size of a single book. One on the desk of almost every freedom, peace and justice lover in all the already somewhat developed countries! Its acquisition might then cost no more than a good enough bicycle. And a good and free search engine could be built-in. – From my point of view an effective libertarian information explosion would begin with such disks. – Even relatively poor people could afford it! – Not rich sponsors but enough active electronic collaborators are required for this. The first general encyclopedias on discs and the first WIKIPEDIA online have set inspiring examples – but, nevertheless, have not yet inspired enough freedom lovers. - JZ, 13.4.09, 11.3.11, 8.8.12. - PANARCHISM, MONEY, RICHES, INDEPENDENCE, PRIVACY, A LIBERTY LIBRARY ON A DISC.
STATES & THEIR WRONG FEATURES, VS. PANARCHISM: What is really wrong with States, if one can consider them APART from their main present characteristic features, which are: Territorial domination, compulsory membership, uniform political structures for all, e.g. a monarchical or republican one, uniform laws imposed upon all, uniform jurisdiction for all inhabitants, uniform bureaucracies standing over all, monopolistic police and military forces, imposed economic systems, social systems and policies decided upon from the top, hierarchical decision-making for all, minority or majority despotism, unlimited power ambitions and addictions to power, going even to power-madness (e.g. nuclear over-kill “weapons”), corruption inevitably connected with such arrangements, compulsory taxation to finance even unwanted or overpriced services and disservices, factionalism, political campaigns, lies, cover-ups, terrorism, revolutions, civil and international wars. (What else could one expect from this territorially institutionalized intolerance, aggression and suppression? - JZ 8.12.03.) REMOVE all these features and others of a like kind, which you might care to enumerate and WHAT WOULD REMAIN? A territory in which all kinds of societies (including that of the remaining adherents of the former territorial State) could freely develop, fail or succeed, in accordance with the beliefs, convictions and efforts of their own voluntary members, all having the choice to be as free or un-free as they want to be. – How can one remove the territorial, coercive and monopolistic features? Well, a start could be made e.g. with individual secessionism, voluntary taxation and or monetary freedom, all preferably instituted at a most opportune moment, when a territorial State would be at its weakest to resist such a change and when the benefits from it would be the greatest. A great dam can be brought down by an initially small leak. The seemingly impregnable Berlin Wall might have been brought down by a mere misunderstanding of a limited permission, which rapidly became an almost unlimited one, as far as this freedom of movement for Germans was concerned. A stutterer’s talk, Demoulin’s call to arms, in a park in Paris, then a free speech corner, brought down the French absolute monarchy. Give individual liberties their chance. Use their Archimedean Leverage options at suitable times, places and occasions, in a rightful and rational way. Even the sky is no longer an absolute limit. Naturally, an extensive enlightenment process is a necessary precondition: Collect, archive, discuss and make easily, publicly and cheaply accessible all liberation ideas, knowledge, experiences, precedents, methods, resources, tools and talents, using all affordable, powerful and lasting alternative media as well, in their particular strengths. A rightful and rational resistance, protection, defence, liberation, revolution and military insurrection program, one that consistently embodied panarchistic ideas and practices, could prove to be irresistible. No despotism has something stronger to offer that could overcome them. Its armed slaves could be induced to desert, rise or fraternize and to destroy its ABC mass murder devices themselves. But that will not happen now or soon, if you leave them unpaid slaves, tax slaves and victims of monetary despotism and block your borders against their peaceful migration or escape attempts or give them only your own and all too limited territorial options. It will not happen if you leave them enslaved by new forms of territorial intolerance, at the tender mercies of new, although smaller, territorial empires. – JZ, 11.12.97, 9.9.04. – Q.
STATES FOR DEFENCE? 21, ON PANARCHY I, in PP 505.
STATES TO BE DESTROYED ONLY IN THEIR WRONGFUL FEATURES BUT THEN TO BE CONTINUED AMONG THEIR REMAINING VOLUNTEERS: States should be destroyed only as coercive and exclusive territorial organizations but without destroying whole territories and their inhabitants. They should all be given the chance for continuance - among their volunteers. - JZ, Feb. 89, 3.4.89. – In other words, they should become exterritorially autonomous personal law associations, just like all the diverse societies and communities as well as governance systems formed by the diverse secessionists. – JZ, 8.8.12.
STATES VS. PANARCHIES: NATURAL VS. FORCED GROWTH & FORCED DECLINE: States do not so much grow naturally and THEN decline but, rather, grow or decline explosively, via wars, revolutions and putsches. This is inherent in their territorial, monopolistic, collectivistic concentration of powers and subjugation of individuals. In this they are quite different from autonomous and exterritorial associations of volunteers. The latter would grow or decline only by the joining or secession of individuals and that would tend to be a gradual process, although it could have a revolutionary effect upon the thus freely acting individuals. - JZ, 24.2.89, 3.4.89, 8.8.12.
STATES, EXTERRITORIAL VS. TERRITORIAL ONES: Conventional territorial States "grow" or decline by compulsory membership, fraud, wars, revolutions, conquests or secessionism and mergers, by mass votes, by attempt to unite the irreconcilably different and by the suppression of dissent. Free, i.e. voluntaristic and exterritorial alternative societies of volunteers would grow or decline through individuals freely joining them or seceding from them. They would be controlled by like-minded people, who would themselves and exclusively have to suffer all the consequences of their mistakes but would also reap all the benefits of their rightful and useful actions. The old organizational form can harm and wrong all others in a territory, the new one only the voluntary followers. The one is parasitic, the other is self-supporting. The one is coercive and monopolistic, the other is voluntaristic and competitive. One rather prevents learning from experience the other maximizes it. - JZ, 24.2.89, 3.4.89, 12.12.03, 8.8.12.
STATES, TERRITORIAL & FEUDALISM: At present the subjects of territorial States have at most the choice between different territorial States, all essentially feudalistic through their territorialism, their imposed laws and systems and similarly exploitative through their compulsory taxation. - JZ, 9.9.04.
STATES, TOTALITARIANISM, TERRITORIALISM, MINORITY AUTONOMY: All present States are totalitarian to the extent that they do not permit individuals to secede from them and then to voluntarily associate in in exterritorially autonomous communities of their own. – JZ, 28.7.93, 7.1.99, 99.04.
STATES: All too many "citizens" are trapped in States they had not made and have no real chance in changing. - JZ, 1.4.88. - Individual secessionism and associationism would be the first steps required and they presuppose the free choice of the status of exterritorial autonomy for individuals and groups of like-minded secessionists and their diverse new communities of volunteers only. - JZ 2.4.89, 9.9.04, 8.8.12.
STATES: THE EXTERRITORIAL IMPERATIVE: States ought to be voluntary associations, privatized, individualized, cooperatized and only exterritorially autonomous rather than nationalized and collectivized on a territorial and monopolistic and compulsory basis. – JZ, 2.9.93, 7.1.99, 8.8.12.
STATESMEN: but statesmen never can acquire the requisite knowledge and wisdom. … The inadequacy of the State to regulate tasks is agreed upon, as a matter of fact, by all.” – W. G. Sumner, What Social Classes Owe to Each Other. – A fundamentally flawed and even criminal organization cannot suddenly be turned into an ideal one, not even by the hypothetically possible best possible man at its top. The best he could possibly do would be to veto any new legislation and repeal or declare null and void all the old territorial laws and constitutions and to allow all non-criminal and non-aggressive individuals and minority groups to opt out of the State, to do their own things. – But prejudiced voters expect something very different from those they believe to be great leaders and “statesmen”. – Just tell me one politician or one statesman who knows, appreciates and respects all genuine individual rights and liberties! - JZ, 5.7.08. – Does even Ron Paul come up to that standard? Does anyone as yet, in the absence of an agreed-upon declaration of that kind? JZ, 8.8.12. – KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, LEADERSHIP.
STATESMEN: When statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties (*) they lead their country by a short route to chaos.” – Robert Bolt, A Man For All Seasons, 1961. – All territorial politics is organized wrongfulness and chaos. Statesmanship is just another political delusion or pretence. - (*) Their supposed “public duties”, those of “Realpolitik”. – JZ, 6.6.08
STATISM & ANARCHISM IN PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE? NATURALLY, THAT IS ONLY POSSIBLE EXTERRITORIALLY, AN OPTION INSUFFICIENTLY CONSIDERED SO FAR BY MOST ANARCHISTS & STATISTS: Panarchism pleads for freedom for statists - as well as for all others - to do their own things only among themselves. Only narrow-minded anarchists would insist that all other people make the same choice, which these anarchists prefer. By rights, anarchists can demand no more than anarchism for anarchists - within a general voluntaryist system, one that would leave statists to their own choices on their own affairs. Then each could have the government or no-government of his choice and, to that extent, they would no longer have to fear and fight each other. – JZ, 1986, 2004, 8.8.12.
STATISM & PANARCHISM: Statism is territorially intolerant. Panarchism is exterritorially tolerant. Statism insists upon territorial laws for a compulsory membership. Panarchism provides a framework for personal laws for volunteer communities. Statism insists upon collective, e.g. national sovereignty, in reality practised by a few at the expense and risk of the many. Panarchism is based on individual sovereignty. Statism leads to innocents being held collectively responsible for the crimes of their "misleaders". Panarchies will lead to the spread of individual responsibility only for the own actions or for the individual support that one has voluntarily given to the criminal actions of other members of the same panarchy. (Pakistanis, who danced for joy in the streets when Pakistan got its own nuclear "weapons", may come to regret this action.) States insists upon compulsory taxation, panarchies only upon voluntary contributions towards the common choices of their members. States suppress individual and group secessions. Panarchies are based upon them. States are monopolistic, panarchies are competitive. States are coercive, panarchies are voluntaristic. - JZ, 22.9.04.
STATISM & PANARCHISM: STATISTS, PANARCHISM & DEFENCE: Once they have been won over, they will then CEASE TO ANTAGONIZE and can BEGIN TO BEFRIEND their present opponents and begin a COMMON STRUGGLE with them against INSTITUTIONALIZED INTOLERANCE, against the SUPPRESSION OF FREEDOM OF ACTION AND OF TOLERANCE in the most important social spheres, in politics and in economics. - Their close bond with their former enemies would then be an agreement on EACH OF THEM DOING THE OWN THINGS (for or to themselves only) and an awareness of the potential of voluntary and non-territorial autonomy. Their common enemies would be totalitarians, dictators etc. and their fanatic followers. Often that would mean merely a narrow upper crust and their secret police members. - Even towards these the aim ought to be not to exterminate them as PERSONS but merely to end their POWERS. Towards that aim panarchists ought to combine e.g. outlawry and tyrannicide threats (while e.g. communist dictators persistently threaten "proletarians" with "proletarian nuclear weapons") with amnesty, asylum, anonymity and protection offers - once they abdicate, flee and surrender to us, preferably after destroying at least one of the "modern" anti-people "weapons". - JZ, n.d. – CAPTIVE NATIONS, GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, LIBERATION, REFUGEES, DESERTERS, NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN PEOPLES RATHER THAN GOVERNMENTS, FRATERNIZATION, RIGHTFUL WAR & PEACE AIMS, UNILATERAL NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT & PEACE DECLARATIONS
STATISM VS. PANARCHISM. WHY DID STATISM PREVAIL, SO FAR? Why did territorial statism rather than panarchism prevail so far? Was the remaining over-lordship in instances of part-realizations of panarchic freedom a hindrance or a help to those involved? Historical records on these experiences are, perhaps, not complete enough to allow us to make a sufficiently informed judgment upon them. But on first principles one could conclude that any compromise with evil or wrong will benefit the evil or wrong while doing no good to the good or right side. – JZ, 1986, 2004. – Compare my article in progress on Peace and Panarchism, trying to answer why early panarchist practices did not establish peace, freedom and justice under the then prevailing conditions, ideas and practices. – JZ, 10.1.05.
STATISM, COMPULSORY & TERRITORIAL: Compulsory territorial statism must be ended to achieve freedom, peace, justice, prosperity, security and all the enlightenment and progress we want and are capable of. - JZ 17.9.92, 4.1.93, 8.8.12.
STATISM, EXTERRITORIAL VS. TERRITORIAL & INDIVIDUALS: Under territorialist statism most of the individuals and minorities are only allowed to exist for the State and remain dependent upon the State. Under panarchism any State and society is only allowed to exist for and remains dependent upon its individual volunteers. – JZ, 2.9.93, 7.1.99, 9.9.04, 8.8.12.
STATISM, TERRITORIAL & EXTERRITORIAL PANARCHISM: What can you expect of people who, under all kinds of pretences, deny themselves the right to private judgment and free private actions regarding their own most important affairs, including peace, justice, freedom, security, economic opportunities, and, thereby, truly and at least temporarily incapacitate themselves? What hope is there for social, economic and political “scientists”, who do support such denials and confine all their studies and teachings only to the territorial, exclusive and coercive alternatives? - JZ, 11.9.87, 6.12.87, 1.4.89. - TERRITORIALISM
STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, DEMOCRACY, CAPITALISM: What is common to all these cases of war under so-called capitalism, socialism, democracy, is the presence of territorial state rulers convinced that it is their right to enforce their will on everybody living within a certain territory and eager to expand further their sovereignty or sphere of influence over other territories. This is called statism, which is the current ideological and organizational form of territorialism. - The two main traits of statism are: Nationalism: waging war against social and political entities considered alien to a certain territory; Imperialism: waging war against social and political entities considered inferior in order to replace them in the administration of a certain territory. - - Historically, the territorial urge has fed a nationalism in which the strongest indigenous group has crushed the weaker ones. Nationalism has then begotten imperialism, in which the strongest states have subdued the weaker ones. All this has been carried out with the use of appealing slogans (the civilizing mission, the white man's burden) or supposedly compelling reasons (lebensraum, a place in the sun). - - The same dynamic is still active, with some new protagonists, some new slogans (fight for democracy, war on terror) but with the same underlying aim: to control territories in order to control people in view of exerting total power. - - We always come back then to the problem of territorialism (tyranny over a territory) as the real source of war, once we have dropped a series of other alleged causes that do not withstand even a superficial critical examination. - BELLIS, GIAN PIERO: Scenarios for the Future, 2006, http://www.butterbach.net/dimpress.htm http://www.panarchy.net/ - WAR, DESPOTISM, TERRITORIALISM, PROPAGANDA
STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM, LIBERTARIAN PARTY: Seeing the presently still predominant statist mentality of voters, not only in the US, most people are horrified at the thought that an LP might come to rule them. They rather put up with the worst territorial government! For most people anarchy is still nothing but chaos. Such attitudes and opinions do have to be taken into our calculations, quite realistically. It is their right to live under the government that they want for themselves. We have no right to deprive them of it! Not even if we succeeded in getting the majority vote on our side. - We have only the right to deprive them of their territorial monopoly, not of exterritorial autonomy for their volunteers. - The LP is still all too far from realizing this and changing its policy correspondingly. - In all too many respects these libertarians, too, are still territorial statists and thus trapped in this self-built and self-maintained trap, without being able or willing to think themselves out of it. - Even Ayn Rand did not comprehend the ideal and practice of freely competing governments and societies and imagined that only an anarchic and violent chaos would result. She remained blind to the inbuilt harmonies and satisfactions and limitations of voluntary exterritorial communities and their peace-promoting, liberating and enlightening effects. She, too, wore territorial statist blinders in this respect. No wonder that such prejudices still prevail among lesser libertarians. - Even Hayek could not perceive personal law communities and merely wanted to moderate and constitutionally reform territorial statism. - All territorial governments must not only be cut down to size but abolished - in their territorial essence. But as voluntary associations within former national borders they could remain and continue to play their political games among themselves. [Then they could even have members in many or all other countries. – JZ, 8.8.12.] - At least philosophically or in principle this abolition of territorialism, with its wrongful and irrational powers, is already achieved by the successful secession of the very first individual secessionist from any present territorial government. For then the remaining subjects are all volunteers. However, thereafter, many will not longer volunteer to remain subjects, given the most important votes: 1.) to vote to opt out of any territorial State and - 2.) the vote to organize themselves with other volunteers in full exterritorial autonomy in their own governmental and statist or non-governmental and non-statist societies and communities. - Then the remaining governments and aspiring governments can console themselves with the fact that they will retain numerous voluntary victims and can rule over them much more securely than they can when subject to periodical elections. They can do so at least as long as their subjects remain sufficiently unenlightened. Their enlightenment might take a long time, even under this kind of experimental freedom, if the persistence of religions is any guide for this. Under exterritorial autonomy they would get all the benefits of unanimous support - within their own communities of volunteers and, like the Catholic Church, they might come to last a very long time, precisely because they would have become tolerant were it really counts, however intolerant they might still be towards certain practices among their own members. - Governmental and private terrorism with ABC mass murder devices cannot be fully ended otherwise. They turn all nation States and all their population into potential targets for mass extermination devices and only territorial States and powerful terrorist groups can afford such devices and keep them in readiness and provide the motivation for using them against such targets. - Nor can conventional wars, civil wars, revolutions and despotism be prevented or ended otherwise. - Territorial governments must become disarmed, primarily of their mass murder weapons. Alas, with their remaining weapons and military organization monopoly and authoritarian practices they would still breed oppression, exploitation (real or imagined) and terrorism in retaliation and mass murder devices are now within reach of these private terrorists, too. Therefore, territorialism must be abolished with all its powers, weapons and despotic practices, even when it is, seemingly or really, to some extent, democratic and representative. Even such governments have often committed mass murders, e.g. via the indiscriminate air raids of WW II. - There would be nuclear and biological and chenical "weapons" “war hawks” even within a libertarian (limited) government. Few libertarians are as radical in this as Murray N. Rothbard was in his short article: War, Peace and the State. - - However, within the framework of panarchies statist communities could be formally continued - as exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers. Mere republican formalities were also retained for a long time under the Roman empire, which was, largely, a territorial despotism. - New empires, world states and word federations could also be freely started and practised - but always only for their own volunteers, in free and peaceful competition with other such empires, just like Microsoft and Linus struggle, peacefully, regardless of their contrary opinions and wordings, all over the world, for word "domination" or, rather, the largest share of the market, to be granted by their voluntary customers, who retain consumer sovereignty towards them. - We do need, most urgently, a corresponding consumer sovereignty towards all territorial governments and with them we would abolish their despotic territorialist features. - Otherwise, there would be nuclear and B- and C. "weapons" war hawks even within a libertarian (limited) government. - To that extent the LP libertarians, too, are part of the problem rather than the solution. Voting for them would continue the crime of territorialism - against all non-aggressive dissenters. - The LP must commit itself to many changes required by rightful tolerance for all tolerant actions and experiments undertaken at the own risk and expense, even by their enemies. - So far it has a long way to go into the direction of realizing the following short slogan: "To each the government or non-governmental society of his or her choice." - What it offers, instead, to the majority of voters, who are still statists, is merely: "For us and all of you only the limited government and society of OUR choice." - Their ideal may be the best one, which I would deny. But it is certainly not good enough to be imposed upon all those who do not share it. - With that exterritorialist, personal law, panarchistic, polyarchic, experimental freedom or minority autonomy program it could not only gain the votes of party members and sympathizers, who constitute so far and for the foreseeable future only a small fraction of all parties and of all voters, but it could then actually gain majority support - for this mutual tolerance among all dissenters and even for Republicans and Democrats - all being reduced to rule only over their voluntary members and supporters. All parties could then continue their kind of "circus performances" indefinitely, as long as they would find paying customers - and so could all other competing political movements or apolitical circus enterprises. - In free competition many "performers" would, obviously, produce more "bread". And thus we would get a new meaning to the old political advice to provide "bread and circus" for the masses. Hopefully, some of the worst performers would peacefully go bankrupt very fast, deserted by all their paying customers and even their working members. With a much better program they might try their luck again, just like any other new business enterprise does. - Their path is a dead end one, perhaps even literally, while there still exist any ABC mass murder devices in anyone's hands. We were lucky so far with them - but our luck may run out at any time. - Turn coercive and monopolistic, i.e. territorial politics into competing business enterprises and idealistic communities of volunteers only, all confined to exterritorial autonomy, in order to fully realize everybody's right to self-government and self-management and maximize satisfaction for political entrepreneurs and their customers. - For more details on this consult my ON PANARCHY series, 24 volumes so far or my 2 peace books, now accessible under www.exterritorial.info/ - Revised: JZ, 20.8.11. – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING SOCIETIES VS. TERRITORIALISM, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT FOR ALL IN ALL SPHERES.
STATISM, THE REMAINING STATISM EVEN AMONG LIBERTARIANS & ANARCHISTS: Why are most people only prepared to go so far and no further towards freedom? Precisely, because they are only so far educated and prepared. Why? Sources of further freedom knowledge are not easily and cheaply accessible, as is demonstrated e.g. by a) the rarity of freedom bookshops (At present, once again, only one in the world and it is not yet profitable! Jim Peron's, in Auckland, N.Z. - JZ, 9.9.04), b) the scarcity of freedom literature in private and public libraries, c) the scarcity of second-hand freedom literature, d) the incompleteness of most freedom writings, e) the incompleteness of most freedom talks, f) the incompleteness of most private freedom libraries, g) the partisan spirit and intolerance, dogmatism and single-track mindedness of most freedom advocates, h) their ignorance of or disinterest in the panarchistic approach. - JZ, 30.10.91, 9.9.04. – Not even a comprehensive declaration of all individual rights and liberties has so far been agreed–upon. – JZ, 8.8.12.
STATISM: [Statists] believe that government should make decisions for individuals. Since individuals usually prefer to make their own decisions, coercion and compulsion become necessary correctives.” – Theodore Forstmann. - From remarks delivered during the 1997 Shavano Institute for National Leadership. – We have allowed that kind of abuse of powers even for decisions on war and peace, armament and disarmament, international treaties, and yes, even for the stockpiling of mass murder devices. – In other words, public opinion has for all too long tolerated wrongful, irrational and intolerable legislation and defended it out of loyal but still all too ignorant and prejudiced territorial “constitutionalism”. – JZ, 3.1.08, 8.8.12. - VS. INDIVIDUALISM, CENTRALIZED & MONOPOLISTIC DECISION-MAKING, COERCION, COMPULSION TERRITORIALISM
STATISM: a fundamental change in people’s ideas … which glorified the concept of the state: a concept Kropotkin maintained, “not only includes the existence of a power situated above society, but also of a territorial concentration as well as the concentration of many functions of the life of societies in the hands of a few”, … - C. Cahm, Kropotkin and Law, in Holterman, Law in Anarchism, p.157.
STATISM: Away from totalitarian and territorialist statism – in East and West. – JZ, 15.6.91, 10.7.08.
STATISM: Believe in yourself rather than in territorial governments, their parties, politicians and bureaucrats. – Have faith in yourselves. – Explore and utilize all your individual rights and liberties and thereby eliminate your current dependence upon the territorial State. - JZ, 9.11.97, 27.5.08. – SELF-APPRECIATION, SELF-RESPECT, SELF-RELIANCE
STATISM: Both by choice and by default we have individually and collectively decided that government is to be responsible – and that we as individuals are not.” – Gregg B. Hughes, in THE FREEMAN, 8/77. – I have never individually granted this consent and I doubt that you have. Territorialism merely asserts that this consent exists via majority voting. There are numerous fallacies involved in this kind of “democratic” decision-making but it is obviously not individual decision-making. It is even the opposite of any genuine self-government or self-determination for individuals or of individual sovereignty, an attitude which leads, in practice, e.g. to the outlawry of full exterritorial autonomy and of personal laws for societies and communities of various secessionists. – JZ, 10.7.08, 11.3.11, 8.8.12. – DIS., PANARCHISM, TERRITORIALISM, CONSENT, VOTING.
STATISM: Despite the fact that men never have found a paradise on earth, many continue to hope for a Shangri-La here and now; and they seek a shepherd to guide them to it. They long for a god or goddess to dispense the “last word” on social, economic, political, moral, and spiritual matters – a source of certitude – a Leader.” – Leonard E. Read, Deeper Than You Think, p. XV. – That would be still relatively harmless, except to themselves, and rightful towards all those, who agree with them, if they did this only within societies and communities of volunteers, under personal law, i.e., without claiming a territorial monopoly for their kind of utopia. But if they are immoral and irrational enough then they try to impose a territorial model of their supposed paradise upon the population of a whole country. – And like all madmen, they remain unaware of their territorialist spleen, ignorance, errors, prejudices, intolerance and madness. - J.Z, 9.7.08, 8.8.12. - LEADERSHIP, FAITH, PARADISE, RULERS, GOVERNMENT, INTOLERANCE, TERRITORIALISM, INTOLERANCE, UTOPIANISM
STATISM: Do not consider Collectivists as "sincere but deluded idealists". The proposal to enslave some men for the sake of others is not an ideal; brutality is not "idealistic," no matter what its purpose. Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.” – Ayn Rand. – All territorialists, including the advocates of limited governments, constitutionalists, democrats, republicans, are essentially collectivists, authoritarians and coercers, too, whether they are aware of this or not – until they are ready to allow individual and group secessionism, personal laws and exterritorial autonomy to communities of volunteers, including competing governments. – JZ, 2.1.08. - STATE SOCIALISM, COLLECTIVISM, COMMUNISM, SOCIALISM & IDEALISM, INTOLERANCE, TERRITORIALISM
STATISM: Even with the best intentions any coercive, monopolistic, centralized and territorial government can always only achieve much less – in what is rightful and rational - than voluntary groups and agencies could. – JZ, 18.6.92, 8.8.12. – VOLUNTARISM, TERRITORIALISM, COMPETITION, PRIVATE OR COOPERATIVE ENTERPRISE IN EVERY SPHERE
STATISM: Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders, and shift that problem to the hands of the government, to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of our people.” – JFK. - He offered his hands all too readily for this. And by doubling the nuclear arsenal of the U.S.A., he did not secure the rights and liberties of the people of the world. – Entrusting professional and very well and territorially organized problem makers with the solution of political, economic and social problems is like entrusting the Mafia with the job of eliminating crime. - JZ, 3.1.08. - GOVERNMENTALISM, IRRESPONSIBLE TRUST IN TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS, SACRIFICING LIBERTIES & RIGHTS
STATISM: Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone.” – Frédéric Bastiat. - Precisely, because it lives at the expense of everybody can some gather from it privileges and powers for themselves, at the expense and risk of everybody else. - JZ, 22. 11. 06. - INHERENT CONTRADICTION
STATISM: Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.” - Sallust. - As if the very existence of masters from which one cannot freely secede would not already preclude the full realization of justice. - JZ, 22.8.02, 8.8.12. - SLAVE OR SERF MENTALITY, FREEDOM, LIBERTY, MASTERS, SUBORDINATION
STATISM: Given that some social processes must convey inherent constraints, the choice is among various mixtures of persuasion, force, and cultural inducement. The less of one, the more of the others. The degree of freedom that is possible is therefore tied to the extent to which people respond to persuasion or inducement.” - Thomas Sowell. – As if the territorial monopolies and their uniformity were the only rightful, rational and desirable options. – JZ, 23.1.08, 11.3.11. - TERRITORIALISM, AS UNCHECKED PREMISES
STATISM: Government can provide a subconsciously agreeable way out for those who wish to avoid responsibilities of self-ownership, and the responsibilities of respecting the self-ownership of others.” – Merilyn Fairskye, FREE ENTERPRISE, last issue, 1976.
STATISM: Government is not the solution, but rather the cause of our problems.” – Ronald Reagan – However, he did not abdicate, either. – JZ, 8.8.12. - TERRITORIALISM
STATISM: Government is the prevailing idea in modern society; it is the fallacious faith of the times that unwittingly seeks to overcome difficulties of its own creation.” – I. R. Ybarra & Fred Woodworth, THE MATCH, 6/75.
STATISM: Government, spelled with a capital G, has become our gold-plated calf. We revere it as the fount of all knowledge and all benevolence. …” – Admiral Ben Moreell, Log I, p.157. – GOVERNMENT, POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIP, RULERS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS
STATISM: have we come to look upon our own creature, government, as the all-knowing, all powerful deity at whose altar we must worship if we are to be fed, clothed and housed – all at the expense of each other?” – Admiral Ben Moreell, Log I, p.161/62. – STATISM, WELFARE STATE
STATISM: Have you ever noticed how statists are constantly "reforming" their own handiwork? Education reform. Health-care reform. Welfare reform. Tax reform. The very fact that they’re always busy "reforming" is an implicit admission that they didn’t get it right the first 50 times.” – Lawrence W. Reed, economist, in THE FREEMAN – STATIST REFORMS, TERRITORIALISM, LEGISLATION, REFORMS, POLITICIANS, REPRESENTATIVES
STATISM: he uses his freedom to enslave himself.” – B. R. Barber, Superman & Common Men, p.65. - If he did so only exterritorially, voluntarily, under his own personal laws, that would be tolerable for others. Alas, he does territorially enforce his statism also upon dissenters – and be it only by his vote. – JZ, 9.7.08. – TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM, STATISTS, VOTING, FREE ELECTIONS
STATISM: Herbert Spencer called our attention to another type of human frailty from which authoritarianism springs: “Alike to the citizen and to the legislator, home-experience daily supply proofs that the conduct of human beings baulks calculation. He has given up the thought of managing his wife and lets her manage him. Children on whom he has tried now reprimand, now punishment, now suasion, now reward, do not respond satisfactorily to any method; and no expostulation prevents their mother from treating them in ways he thinks mischievous. So, too, his dealings with his servants, whether by reasoning or by scolding, rarely succeed for long; the falling short of attention, or punctuality, or cleanliness, or sobriety, leads to constant changes. Yet, difficult as he finds it to deal with humanity in detail, he is confident of his ability to deal with embodied humanity. Citizens, not one-thousands of whom he knows, not one-hundredth of whom he ever saw, and the great mass of whom belong to classes having habits and modes of thought of which he has but a dim notion, he feels sure will act in ways he foresees, and fulfill ends he wishes. Is there not a marvelous incongruity between premises and conclusions?” (*) - Why is it that a person who obviously cannot manage himself, let alone those who are beholden to him, concludes that he is competent to direct a nation of people or the whole world when even the wisest of men would feel utterly incompetent for any such project? There appear to be at least two reasons. First, the inability to succeed in such “small things” as the management of self and of one’s intimates leads to frustration that can find no release except in affectations of grandeur. And, second, there are in any country countless thousands – often millions – of psychopathic cases who are ready and eager to follow such quackery. There are numberless people who are always looking for a shepherd, and only an incompetent and frustrated person would ever aspire to such a rule. In short, there is a vast market for Judas goats.” (**) – Leonard E. Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership, p.68-70. – (*) Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State, Caldwell, Idaho, The Caxton Printers, 1944, p.117. – (**) Goats used in packing plants to lead sheep to their slaughter. They are trained to betray their kind.
STATISM: Historical experience teaches that the faith in the State can be increased towards madness and senseless mass murders. Presently the statist super-powers endanger directly the existence of mankind. They arrived at a point in their development where either the governments bury their captive nations or the peoples themselves dissolve the guardianship of their governments and take their fate into their own hands. – The changing slogans of the politicians, e.g., “peace through the relaxation of tensions” or “peace through strength”, do merely camouflage the real situation and do not change the nature of statism.” - LERNZIEL ANARCHIE Nr. 3.
STATISM: How does it become a man to behave toward this American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.” – Henry David Thoreau. - GOVERNMENT
STATISM: I am more and more impressed in the last few years, with the need of specifically including “limited government” as indispensable in any true concept of liberty. (*) If there is one idea that is held in common by collectivists of every brand, it is the idea of unlimited government. (**) Their solution to every problem is a new law (***), a new handout, a new tax (****), a new dose of inflation (*****) – in brief, a new extension of government intervention and of government power. Every extension of government power is an increase in the scope of government coercion (*** ***), which always means a corresponding reduction in the scope of the liberty left to the individual.” (*** ****). – Henry Hazlitt, in NOTES FROM FEE, May 78. - - (*) Unfortunately, most “limited government” advocates, so far, have not considered separating their supposedly ideal “limited government” from one that is still “territorially unlimited” i.e., meant for the whole population of a particular territory, to one that is limited to its voluntary adherents only and to exterritorial autonomy for them, under personal law, thus leaving all other kinds of freedom lovers and all other kinds of governmentalists alone, to do their things for and to themselves only. - - (**) Another one is that their kind of supposedly ideal government, is to be territorially imposed, just like the “limited government” advocates want to territorially impose their ideal. - - (***) That would not matter, to others, if it is merely a “personal law” for them! – (****) Voluntary taxation is implied in the concept of individually chosen governments and societies, all for volunteers only! - - (*****) Voluntary and competing governments and societies (panarchies) do also mean e.g. monetary despotism only for those, who chose it for themselves and monetary freedom and self-chosen value standards for those, who chose them as part of their ideal. - - (*** ***) So what, if it is applied only exterritorially, among volunteers in favour or it? – - (*** *****) Why complain, once the statists can impose their coercions only upon their voluntary victims? – Limited government advocates have all too much limited the scope of the “limitations” that ought to be imposed on governments. - JZ, 9.7.08, 11.3.11.
STATISM: In a thousand ways, with wrong thoughts, arguments and ideas and numerous popular prejudices, the victims of statism almost ask to become victimized. – But the few remaining dissenters, once freed to secede and to compete freely under full exterritorial autonomy, would sooner rather than later set convincing example to enlighten the vast majority of the statists about their remaining errors, mistakes and prejudices. - JZ, 5.11.95, 28.5.08. – SANCTION OF THE VICTIMS.
STATISM: In his essay Discourse of Voluntary Servitude, the 16th-century French jurist Étienne de La Boétie probed the question of why people obey. The primary reason, he concluded, was custom. Through training, people gradually lost the habit of acting like free individuals. La Boétie observed that it is incredible how as soon as a people becomes subject, it promptly falls into such complete forgetfulness of its freedom that it can hardly be roused to the point of regaining it, obeying so easily and so willingly that one is led to say, on beholding such a situation, that this people has not so much lost its liberty as won its enslavement. - Wendy McElroy in a recent essay, "Forsaking Society for the State?" - pointed out by MISES DAILY INDEX, 24.8.11. - Several comments are offered on the site. Since they did not satisfy me, I added: We should, rather, forsake the territorial States in favor of the kind of alternative free societies that we would like for ourselves, all of them only under personal law or full exterritorial autonomy and all of them only for their volunteers. For the first time: full experimental freedom, even when it comes to whole political, economic and social systems. That would mean fulfilled laissez-faire, laissez-passer, fully free enterprise, the completion of freedom of association and freedom of contract, the realization of individual sovereignty and genuine free voting, free choice, self-government, self-determination, self-management regarding our own affairs. It would also deprive us of the territorial and wrongful power to vote on, regulate and decide the affairs of others, who are peaceful and self-responsible in their actions, i.e. not aggressors or criminals with involuntary victims. See e.g. www.panarchy.org - JZ, 25.8.11. – TERRITORIALISM
STATISM: It is just as difficult to try to free a people that wants to remain servile as it is to enslave a people that wants to remain free.” – Niccolò Machiavelli, quoted in Claire Wolfe, 101 Things to Do ‘til the Revolution, Breakout Productions, Port Townsend, Washington, 1999, rev. ed., ISBN 1-89.3626-13-X, p.V. – Both kinds of people should become or remain free to get their own choices. They should not be territorially forced to submit to either of them or any particular form of them. – JZ, 26.9.07. - SERVILITY, LIBERATION, FREEDOM, ENSLAVEMENT
STATISM: It is too little acknowledged that the traditional liberal and elitist critiques of democracy hinge not on the common man’s lack of potential wisdom, but on his lack of actual autonomy. The complaint is not that men cannot rule themselves, but that they do not.” - B. R. Barber, Superman & Common Men, p.121. - He should have added, that there are also those able and willing to rule themselves and to set such examples to the rest. But, under the system of territorial States they are simply not allowed to do so. – JZ, 9.7.08. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY VS. TERRITORIALISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM EVEN FOR THE FEW FIRST VOLUNTEERS, SELF-RULE, SELF-GOVERNMENT VS. MAJORITARIAN DEMOCRACY
STATISM: It is, indeed, difficult to conceive how men who have entirely given up the habit of self-government should succeed in making a proper choice of those by whom they are to be governed; and no one will ever believe that a liberal, wise and energetic government can spring from the suffrages of a subservient people.” - Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (New York, Barnes & Co., 1862), p.341/42. – Only those, who still believe that a liberal, wise and energetic government is possible and desirable should be subjected to it or free to choose it for themselves. – JZ 29.9.07. - SUBORDINATION, SUBMISSION, SUBSERVIENCE, OBEDIENCE, DEMOCRACY, VOTING, GOVERNMENT, PEOPLE, GENERAL SUFFRAGE, REPRESENTATION, SELF-GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM, REGULATIONS
STATISM: It rewards those who use coercive-inappropriate means in pursuing their ends; and it harasses and punishes those who use voluntary-appropriate means.” – ERC WORLD MARKET PERSPECTIVE, 15.10.75.
STATISM: It seems that in form of the statist belief in territorial and governments and “great leaders” the old demon cults and the belief in Satan or the Devil, as the “Prince of this World” are still alive. – JZ, 4.12.07. – LEADERSHIP, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS
STATISM: It should be noted that government is not physical. That is, government cannot be physically touched by human hands. Only individuals, which make up the governing body of the state, are physical in substance. Society and government are mere theories without material form. Unfortunately, many people place their faith, respect, patriotism and obedience into an institution which by conservative estimates has killed around one billion men and women in countless wars, prison camps, torture chambers, inquisitions, imperialistic ventures and so forth from Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Attila the Hun, Napoleon, Caesar to thousands of lesser known leaders who had the misfortune to rule in smaller, less powerful nations. … Never question the existence of government, just question who should run it or how it should be operated.” – SLL Leaflet: Who’s Afraid of No Government? - And whether it should exist at all - as a territorial government! - JZ, 11.3.11. - WARS, WARFARE STATE, LEADERSHIP
STATISM: Men and women, everywhere, nominally free, seem again to opt for chains. Systems of authoritarianism, even autocracy, begin to reappear and even to claim popular support. Why? What is the process of degeneration? How can it be avoided?” – Lord Hailsham, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 13.4.08. – Prior State interventions, their number probably still uncounted, caused numerous problems towards which individuals and families feel helpless. E.g., housing, goods and service shortages, mass unemployment, inflations and sales difficulties. Not knowing that territorial governments caused them, being brought up as statists in government schools or government-controlled private schools, they then call for the territorial State, i.e., the very cause of most remaining man-made problems, for their solution, instead of asking for the right of individuals and whole dissenting groups to secede and to experiment, freely, with alternative solutions among volunteers. From the successful experiments the real solutions would then spread rapidly to most other groups, communities and societies. The territorial States tend to repeat the same wrongs and mistakes over and over again, and charge all taxpayers for them and subject all their subjects to them, sometimes for thousands of years (history of price controls), often for centuries or decades. (e.g. rent controls.) The alternative all-over society of “panarchism”, one made up of diverse and individually chosen and exterritorially quite autonomies communities of volunteers, all without a territorial monopoly (“panarchies”, “polyarchies”, “personarchies” etc.), is so far seriously considered only by very few people. This has happened although panarchism, or free choice of governments or societies, is merely the equivalent to religious freedom, to experimental freedom in science and technology and to the remaining private liberties and personal choices that we still do enjoy. Once we become quite sovereign consumers for competitively supplied alternative "public" services, we will soon tend to make much better choices than we can make now, under territorial “free elections” and “free governments” with “the vote”, which only leads to more party politics and wars as usual. – JZ, 9.7.08, 11.3.11. – INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY, VOLUNTARISM
STATISM: Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few, and the implicit submission with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers.” – David Hume, Essays, Vol I, p.23, (London 1822.). - With interests largely confined to family, household, jobs and “news” selected by others, and amusements, games and sport, it is no wonder that they act largely like sheeple. – The old Roman saying for the plebs: “bread and circus” does, largely, still apply. But their amusement distractions have been greatly multiplied. So they would still even dance “at the edge of a volcano” or with the nuclear war threat hanging above them. But they are also, like infants, constitutionally and legally deprived of any major decision-making concerning their own affairs, not only regarding war and peace and also habituated to that condition, confined to petitions and at most mere protests. They are living all their lives in a territorial nursery or prison, apart from e.g. some government-licenced tourism, to gawk at others in similar subordinated conditions. – JZ 2.10.07. -GOVERNMENT, RULERS & RULED
STATISM: One of the never solved enigmas of life is the number of people that bear a commission from no one, who, as a rule, are least informed on the principles of government, but who insist in exercising the power of government to make their neighbors live the lives they desire to prescribe for them.” – Oscar W. Underwood, Drifting Sands of Party Politics, p. 365. – The worst feature of present governments, their territorialism, is upheld even by most anarchists and libertarians. No wonder they did not get anywhere as yet. How can they sufficiently enlighten others when they themselves are not yet sufficiently enlightened on this! – JZ, 9.7.08. - IGNORANCE, PREJUDICES, POWER, MAJORITIES, VOTING, DEMOCRACY, ANARCHISM, PANARCHISM, TERRITORIALISM, INTOLERANCE
STATISM: Reliance for all that is good is on government.” – W. F. Buckley, God and Man at Yale, p.109. – How can one come to rely for something that is good on something that is as wrong and irrational as a territorial government is? – JZ, 10.4.09. - Q.
STATISM: Seeing that hundreds of years of atheist argumentation have not yet shaken religious beliefs, e.g. in a God and a devil, out of most people’s heads, how can I hope to convert you to see your salvation for secular problems in individual rights and liberties instead of in the territorial State? – JZ, 16.8.95. – Enlightenment has to become much better organized and almost automated to get somewhere. Some of the tools for this would be an Ideas Archive, a Refutations Encyclopaedia and electronic argument mapping, an ideal declaration of individual rights and liberties. - The Internet, in its present form, operating already for over 2 decades, does not seem to have provided sufficient enlightenment as yet, but, instead, almost like the mass media, seems to have spread more errors and prejudices than truths. – JZ, 28.5.08, 8.8.12. – ATHEISM, INTERNET, LIBERTARIAN, RELIGION, ENLIGHTENMENT, Q., TERRITORIALISM, FAITH, CONVERSIONS
STATISM: Statism assumes that paying money to, receiving handouts from and obeying territorial government commands can solve any problem. Libertarians assert that it solves nothing but only enlarges older problems and creates new ones. – JZ, 25.5.93
STATISM: Statism exaggerates mistakes and institutionalizes failures.” – E.R.C. WORLD MARKET PERSPECTIVE, 15.10.75.
STATISM: Statism is a deadly disease. – JZ, 17.3.94. – How deadly? Just look at the nuclear arsenals of several territorial States, ready for almost instant use and, possibly to likely, sufficient to wipe out mankind. – JZ, 4.6.08. – NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, WARFARE STATE, TERRITORIALISM
STATISM: Statism is a disabling belief and attitude. – JZ, 17.3.93, 4.6.08.
STATISM: Statism is a system of institutionalized violence and perpetual civil war. It leaves men no choice but to fight to seize political power – to rob or be robbed, to kill or be killed. When brute force is the only criterion of social conduct, and unresisting surrender to destruction is the only alternative, even the lowest of men, even an animal – even a cornered rat – will fight. There can be no peace with an enslaved nation.” – Ayn Rand, “The Roots of War”. - I would mostly ascribe these characteristics to the territorialist feature of all present States. – And her conclusion is quite false: There can be no peace with the enslaver of any nations or other groups of peaceful people – but, precisely the captive nations and suppressed minorities are our natural allies, although, presently, only secretly. It is up to us to fully recognize and mobilize them as our allies, e.g., through recognizing corresponding governments in exile for all of them and concluding a treaty on quite rightful war and peace aims with them, against the common enemies: despotic and tyrannical territorial regimes. – But then Ayn Rand never really comprehended the concept of competing governments, competing societies or competing panarchies. See her flawed arguments against the concept in: “The Virtue of Selfishness”. – Roy Child criticized her stand once in an Open Letter to Ayn Rand, but, later, unfortunately, and without stating his reasons, he withdrew this criticism. I still uphold my criticism of it, in an early issue of PEACE PLANS. - JZ, 10.7.08.
STATISM: Statism is nothing more than gang rule.” - Ayn Rand, War & Peace, LA TIMES, June 24, 1962.
STATISM: Statism is the enemy of progress. It is the adversary of all growth except its own.” - Alexandro Castellanos, REASON, 6/99.
STATISM: Statism is the greatest bluff – played against you with your own cards, stakes, lives, rights and liberties. – JZ, 23.4.89, 20.7.08.
STATISM: Statism runs counter to human nature, since it consists of the systematic, monopolistic exercise of a coercion which, in all areas where it is felt (including those corresponding to the definition of law and the maintenance of public order), blocks the creativity and entrepreneurial coordination which are precisely the most typical and essential manifestations of human nature. Statism fosters and drives irresponsibility and moral corruption, as it diverts the focus of human behavior toward a privileged pulling on the reins of political power, within a context of ineradicable ignorance that makes it impossible to know the costs of each government action. - Jesus Huerta de Soto. Essay 19 in Property, Freedom, and Society: Essays in Honor of Hans-Hermann Hoppe - Ludwig von Mises Institute – Facebook, 8.8.12.
STATISM: Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production.” – Ayn Rand - Countries and territories are also statist and collectivist notions. Countries and territories don’t produce. People and their voluntary associations do, unless they are hindered by governmentally legalized monopolies or outright prohibitions. – JZ, 2.1.08. – It is not a country that is free and produces - but free people. – JZ, 5.4.09. - LOOTING IN FORM OF TAXES & OTHERWISE, VS. FREE SOCIETIES SURVIVING BY PRODUCTION
STATISM: Statists: Their visions include only pyramid building, slavery, feudalism, under fancy names and false pretences and mass obedience, mass destruction and mass slaughter to defend these “achievements”. – JZ, 3/77 10.7.08, 8.8.12.
STATISM: Taxes, laws, territorial political powers and decision-making monopolies and our numerous errors, prejudices and false assumptions, have turned almost all of us more or less into voluntary or involuntary slaves of a few masters and decision-makers, all pretending that they are protecting us and look after our interests. But their salaries and pensions clearly indicate that they take care mainly only of their own interests. If they offered us only clear benefits in balance, then why don’t they allow us to secede from them and their benefits – and burdens? If they were confined to volunteers, then their systems would collapse or shrink to powerlessness because of a shortage of voluntary victims remaining loyal to them. – JZ, 22.4.96, 8.8.12.
STATISM: Territorial governments constitute a highly addictive habit. Moreover, they are forced upon whole populations and cause more harm than any addictive drug. Nevertheless, they are everywhere legalized instead of outlawed. – JZ 24.10.05, 29.10.07. - ETATISMUS, GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIAL STATES
STATISM: Territorial governments got us penned in and treat us as their property and all too many people like it that way. – JZ, 17.7.87.
STATISM: Territorial statism impoverishes, exploits, dominates and incapacitates us, sickens, wounds, cripples and often even kills us. – And yet we have so far put up with it, simply because we did not imagine its opposite would be rightful, possible, practicable and adaptable to all rightful individual preferences. - 17.3.94, 4.6.08. – PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY
STATISM: Territorial statism is a destructive virus that has infected all our systems, beliefs and institutions.” - JZ, 24.5.00, 2.2.02. - TERRITORIALISM, COERCION, MONOPOLISM, CENTRALIZATION, COLLECTIVISM
STATISM: Territorialism or governmentalism (statism) is the "reformism" of the new Dark Ages. – JZ, 24.10.93. 11.3.11.
STATISM: the absurd supposition that by planning and control the State is able to relieve the citizen of his responsibilities.” - Sir Ernest Benn, The State the Enemy, p.59. – WELFARE STATE, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, PLANNING, CONTROL
STATISM: The absurdity of trying "to 'free' man by putting him in bondage." - Anderson/Miles, Constitution, p.23. , PROTECTIONISM, WELFARE, TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENT
STATISM: The American experiment has come and gone. Whatever freedoms the people still might have as their own, are monitored and registered and taxed at virtually every turn.” – Jeff Baxter - HAS SO FAR WON IN AMERICA
STATISM: The belief in a creation and maintenance of the world by a God has been largely replaced by a belief in the creation of society by the State and its maintenance by taxes and laws. – JZ, 2.6.77.
STATISM: The belief that ones values should be imposed on others through institutionalized coercion. – THE CONNECTION 124,p.87.
STATISM: The citizen got the impression that the State is a cow that is fed in heaven and milked on earth.” – Erika Herbst, Alle suchen nach Loesungen – wir haben sie, S.112.
STATISM: the compensations promised by religion in a future life have been replaced by the compensations in this life promised by this new religion founded on the belief in the divine right and infallibility of the State. This religion has gained such a hold that no failure, however clearly demonstrated, can shake the belief that it is possible “de refaire de sociétés à coups de décrets”. – S. Hutchinson Harris, The Doctrine of Personal Right, p.184. – LAWS, REGULATIONS, CONTROLS, BUREAUCRACY
STATISM: the concept that the government can do everything much cheaper and better – whether it be building houses, making and selling electric power, lending money, controlling the economy, or what not. But this faith in government as an economic wizard is founded on sand. … All it can do in the economic sphere is transfer wealth from one set of pockets into another.” – Admiral Ben Moreell, The Admiral’s Log II, p 73/74. – It can also prevent much wealth from coming into existence, destroy much wealth, depreciate its monopoly currency, cause inflations, deflations and stagflations and greatly reduce employment with it and hold up development in many other ways as well. – JZ, 9.7.08, 8.8.12. - TERRITORIALISM
STATISM: the dogma that the State is supreme, all-wise and all-powerful; that the State, alone, is fitted to direct the lives of men, that it is their protector, and that without it all would be chaos and evil. … their State-formed convictions that the State is good and omnipotent, that anything which would refute that is something wicked and dangerous, something to be destroyed.” - Tom Godwin, The Greater Thing, ASTOUNDING SF, July 1954, British edition, p.97. - STATE, MEN, CHAOS, EVIL, LAW, ORDER, FREEDOM
STATISM: The dogma that the State or government is the embodiment of all that is good and beneficial and that the individuals are wretched underlings, intent on inflicting harm on one another and badly in need of a guardian, is almost unchallenged. He who proclaims the goodness of the State and the infallibility of its priests, the bureaucrats, is considered an impartial student of the social sciences. All those raising objections are branded as biased and narrow-minded. The supporters of the new religion of statolatry are even more fanatical and intolerant than were the Mohammedan conquerors of Africa and Spain.” – Ludwig von Mises, in Planned Chaos, quoted by Frank Chodorov, in Out of Step, p.178.
STATISM: the ever-increasing willingness on the part of the public to relinquish their traditional responsibility to some state agency; …” - Arthur N. Chamberlin III, Mann, Dewey & Disaster, a CIE pamphlet. – And yet the same people often express their dissatisfaction with politicians, bureaucrats, their laws and regulations! – JZ, 9.7.08.
STATISM: the famous declaration of August 18, 1792: “A State that is truly free ought not to suffer within its bosom any corporation, not even such as, being dedicated to public instruction, have merited well of the country.” – David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, p.162/63. – In other words: When the State is free, the individuals and voluntary groups of individuals are not. – JZ, 5.3.88. - STATIST TERRITORIAL ABSOLUTISM, TERRITORIALISM, MONOPOLY STATE, CORPORATIONS, AUTONOMY, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PERSONAL LAWS, VOLUNTARISM, ASSOCIATIONISM
STATISM: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, // But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” – Shakespeare – How many, even today, are seriously interested in all their individual rights and liberties? – JZ, 5.4.09. - SLAVE MENTALITY, OBEDIENCE, SUBORDINATION, UNDERLINGS,
STATISM: The masochist lives by the maxim that it is better to be wanted as a victim than not to be wanted at all.” – Thomas Szasz, Heresies, p.62. – Let statists have their beloved States, exterritorially, for their kinds of volunteers, as long as e.g. anarchists and libertarians and all other faiths, convictions and ideologies or other groups can have their choices of alternative societies for themselves. – Panarchism, polyarchism, man-archism, person-archism etc. – for everybody! To each his own! – JZ, 10.7.08.
STATISM: The myth of legitimate authority is the secular reincarnation of that religious superstition which has finally ceased to pay a significant rule in the affairs of men. … the slow extinction of religious faith over the past two centuries may encourage us to hope that in time anarchism, like atheism, will become the accepted conviction of enlightened and rational men.” – Robert Paul Wolff, On Violence, JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY, Oct. 2, 1969, p.616. – Only if the anarchists and libertarians adopt the same policy that the religious and anti-religious people adopted, namely, religious freedom or religious tolerance – but now for all kinds of statists and anti-statists, all only with voluntary followers and without any territorial monopoly, i.e. panarchism or experimental and associational as well as secessionist freedom. – It is extremely unlikely that all will advance to libertarian or anarchist points of view and practices at the same time and soon. This is also quite unnecessary. Even now we have many religious groups doing their own things for or to themselves, mostly without bothering any humanists, rationalists, deists or atheists or each other. - JZ, 9.7.08. - ANARCHISM, RELIGION, ATHEISM, AUTHORITARIANISM, PANARCHISM
STATISM: The state exists not merely to make life possible but to make life good.” – Aristotle. – Limited government advocates still seem to believe that, in spite of all the experiences with territorial States since then.– And also with the experience of supposedly sufficiently limited and democratic or republican States. – JZ, 11.7.08, 31.1.12, 8.8.12.
STATISM: The Statist is one who believes in the common good and he favours the organization which is the greatest threat to it. – JZ, 3/73.
STATISM: The territorial State is based on the “principle” of the Old Testament: “I am the Lord thy God, and thou shalt have no other gods before me.” – Just replace “God” with “State” and “gods” with “States”. – JZ, 6.9.94, 8.8.12. – TERRITORIALISM, STATISM
STATISM: The thesis of statism that the members of the government and its assistants are more intelligent than the people, and that they know better what is good for the individual than he himself knows, is pure nonsense. The Fuehrers and the Duces are neither God nor God’s vicars. - Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government, p.47. - LEADERSHIP
STATISM: The trouble is, the statist aren't in doubt and so they do, between them, and as the majority, in a "democratic" system, hand over not only their own liberties and rights but our own as well - and do not permit us to secede as individuals and groups of dissenters.” - JZ, 29.1.02. - TERRITORIALISM, DOUBTS
STATISM: The worst addiction is that to government legislation, decision-making, institutions and actions. – JZ, 17.9.87, 31.1.12, 8.8.12.
STATISM: There are few places now for the ruthless vigor of British Statism to manifest itself except upon the person and property of individual Englishmen. The present Socialist Government of England lost no time in promptly cancelling the time-honored paroles which some of its more naïve subjects had come to regard as “English liberties”. To end this confusion once and for all the Attorney General of England, Sir Hartley Shawcross, M.P., in 1946 had to remind the English people that: “Parliament is sovereign; it may make any laws. It could ordain that all blue-eyed babies be destroyed at birth.” – But of course, the Attorney-General was merely restating the old absolutist doctrine against which Americans successfully rebelled in 1776.” - Clarence Manion, The Key to Peace, p.61. - BRITISH EMPIRE, COMMONWEALTH, PARLIAMENTARISM
STATISM: There is nothing new in state interventionism. It is as old and reactionary as societal organization itself. Always, when it permeates the body politic, it kills the nation.” - Spruille Braden, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. – Societal organization, when quite voluntary, is thereby not reactionary. And if all statist organizations were also not territorial but merely voluntary then, thereby, they would not be reactionary but part and parcel of an overall experimental freedom that would accelerate progress. – JZ, 5.4.09. – INTERVENTIONISM, DIS., VOLUNTARISM, COMPETING GOVERNMENTS, VOLUNTARY GOVERNMENTS, PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PROGRESS, SOCIETY
STATISM: They call it protection, justice, defence, welfare and security – while they produce neither. – JZ, 4.7.96. – Territorial, coercive, monopolistic and largely centralized States are, by their very nature unable even to approach these ideals close enough. – JZ, 4.7.96, 28.5.08.
STATISM: they want a government to govern FOR them, not against them; but that they should govern themselves is an idea wholly foreign to them; … - R. V. Sampson, The Discovery of Peace, p.63, on Alexander Herzen.
STATISM: Throughout society, the centralizing style of organization has been pushed so far as to become ineffectual, economically wasteful, humanly stultifying, and ruinous to democracy.” – Paul Goodman, People or Personnel, Random House, 1965, quoted in: Richard C. Cornuelle, Reclaiming the American Dream, A Vintage Book, p.18. – WELFARE STATE, CENTRALIZATION, TERRITORIALISM
STATISM: We are addicted to governments. That’s one addiction we do have to give up. – JZ, 3/77. - The worst addiction is that to governments. - D.Z., 3/71. – The worst addiction is that to territorial governments. – JZ, 10.7.08.
STATISM: We have been living amidst one of the great revolutions of human history, and we hardly know it: the penetration of the State into every aspect of human life and society. Some people regard this as good and "progressive," others regard it as tyrannical; but either way, it’s a fact, a transformation as great as, say, the Industrial Revolution. Absolutely nothing is now beyond the scope of State power.” – Joseph Sobran, 27.1.04. - Territorial State powers would soon collapse like the Berlin Wall, if only exterritorial autonomous voluntary communities under personal laws became seriously and widely discussed and, at least somewhere, set up as practical demonstrations. The conversion would go faster and with little if any blood sacrifices than the conversion of monarchies or dictatorships into democracies or republics. Only some flawed to wrong ideas, about the supposed necessity of territorial politics, laws, constitutions, administrations and jurisdictions do have to become rejected. That isn't much of a sacrifice but, rather, a job of clearing one's mind of dangerous rubbish. - JZ, 25. 11. 06.
STATISM: Who ever in his need to subordinate himself requires a federal president, chancellor, King (see the Swedish Opera) for the sake of his peace of mind, should associate with like-minded people and establish a corresponding organization to support and supply his self-selected guardians and parasites.” – LERNZIEL ANARCHIE Nr. 3. – Or allow the dissenters to opt out of the kind of despotism that he prefers for himself. – JZ, 11.7.08. – PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE, STATISM ONLY FOR STATISTS
STATISM: Why do people put up with constitutions, laws, jurisdiction, territorial politics as usual, bureaucracy, government courts of “justice”, lawyers, bureaucrats, laws and regulations, all interfering with their individual rights and liberties? Why do they imagine that such interferences would even be justified and benevolent and beneficial to themselves? Obviously, most had been mis-educated by government-controlled “education” systems and they do, naturally, share most of the popular errors, myths and prejudices of our times. Apart from their private lives, conducted with the earnings and property still left to them by territorial governments, they are only free to vote periodically for new territorial masters and to engage in some protests. Territorial democratic government is largely a mere farce. It leaves the own fate largely to the prejudices and vested interests of others. – JZ, 1. & 2.8.99. – Q., PEOPLE, EDUCATION, SUBMISSIVENESS, RIGHTS, LIBERTIES, DEMOCRACY, PREJUDICES
STATISM: With the destruction or undermining of the territorialist-statist ideas, prejudices, myths, errors and arguments – it will collapse like a house of cards. – JZ, 23.4.89.
STATISM: You do not realize with how much stupidity people let themselves be territorially governed. – JZ, 7.1.05, 29.10.07. - Reversing Count Oxenstierna’s remark to his son, during the negotiations to end the 30-year war, 1618-1648: You do not realize, my son, with how much stupidity this world is governed! - AMONG THE VICTIMS OF STATESMEN & POLITICIANS, STUPIDITY, IGNORANCE & PREJUDICES AMONG THE SUBJECTED
STATISM: You have voluntarily “come into society”, and have voluntarily “surrendered” to your government all your natural rights, of every name and nature whatsoever, for safe keeping; and now that these governments have, by your own consent, got possession of all your ntural rights, they have an “unquestionable right” to withhold them from you forever.” - Lysander Spooner, A Letter to Grover Cleveland, Works I, p.95, on Judge Marshall, putting these words into his mouth: “He virtually said to all the people of this country: …” - There are hardly any limits to the false pretences, lies and impertinence of governments that have usurped territorial sovereignty and domination. – JZ, 9.7.08.
STATISM: You will not convert those who feel no need for change.” - M. A. Bakunin. – Let them continue to suffer under their States – as long as you are free to opt out from them. – JZ, 7.8.08.
STATISM? Yes, but only among statists! - JZ, 04-11.
STATIST TOTALITARIANISM, ABSOLUTISM, TERRITORIALISM: A State that is truly free ought not to suffer within its bosom any corporation, not even such as, being dedicated to public instruction, have merited well of the country." - Declaration of August 18, 1792, of the revolutionary assembly. - David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, pp 162/3. Probably this declaration happened in response to the previous privileges of aristocrats and the clergy. However, this rule has become quite wrongly generalized. Consequently and by now, when the State is free, the individual and voluntary groups of individuals are not. - JZ, 5.3.88. - Panarchies do not enjoy privileges and monopolies at the expense of non-members but, at most, at the expense of their voluntary members. Thus the aversion towards the privileges of the aristocracy and the clergy should not have been applied to them. But then such non-monopolistic and non-coercive and non-exploitative alternatives were barely conceived then and this only in the minds of a few. Thus the popular condemnation of "States within States". - JZ, 22.9.04.
STATISTICS: Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.” – Aaron Levenstein.– When statistics are not governmentally manipulated then they tend to be kept secret, as far as a government can, whenever they are contrary to some governmental interest. – How often do governments publish their rising paper money circulation side by side with the rising price level? The possibility of truthful and truth-revealing statistics should not be denied. If rationally compiled and used, they could be one of the most powerful weapons against territorial statism. - JZ, 28.5.08. – DIS., JOKES
STATISTS, PANARCHISM & DEFENCE: Once territorial statists have been won over to exterritorialist panarchism, they will then CEASE TO ANTAGONIZE and can BEGIN TO BEFRIEND their present opponents and begin a COMMON STRUGGLE with them against INSTITUTIONALIZED INTOLERANCE, against the SUPPRESSION OF FREEDOM OF ACTION AND OF TOLERANCE in the most important social spheres, in politics and in economics. - Their close bond with their former enemies would then be an agreement on EACH OF THEM DOING THE OWN THINGS (for or to themselves only) and an awareness of the potential of voluntary and non-territorial autonomy. Their common enemies would then be totalitarians, dictators etc. and their fanatic followers. Often that would mean that their real enemies would merely be a narrow upper crust and their secret police members. - Even towards these the aim ought to be not to exterminate them as PERSONS but merely to end their POWERS. Towards that aim panarchists ought to combine e.g. outlawry and tyrannicide threats (while e.g. communist dictators persistently threaten "proletarians" with "proletarian nuclear weapons") with amnesty, asylum, anonymity and protection offers - once they abdicate, flee and surrender to us, preferably after destroying at least one of the "modern" anti-people "weapons". - JZ, n.d. & 22.9.04.
STATISTS: are structure freaks: they want to impose their concept of order on everybody else.” – Wilson/She, Illuminatus II, p.30. - One can be a tolerant structure freak as well, who does not want to impose a single structure upon all living in a territory but would welcome all kinds of structures, as long as they are designed, built, financed and lived in only by volunteers. – JZ, 12.7.08. – TOLERANCE, PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
STATOLATRY, STATISM & LIMITED GOVERNMENTS: Some people believe that statolatry and statism are not involved when their favored State is only a constitutional or "limited" State, no matter how exclusively it dominates whole territories and their whole population. They may have reduced other evils of States - but managed to retain the basic one. - JZ, 5.11.92, 4.1.93. (You may often find that I do repeat myself. Whenever you do, try to put down, instead, an original comment on this subject, rather than blaming me for my flawed notes or repetitions. - JZ, 9.12.03, 8.8.12.)
STATOLATRY: Some believe that worship of the State – statism – is not involved when their favoured form of State amounts only to a “limited” government, no matter how exclusively it still dominates a particular territory and all its inhabitants. – JZ, 5.11.92. – LIMITED GOVERNMENT & TERRITORIALISM, STATISM
STATUS & CONTRACT: It is perhaps as yet too early to insist, reversing a famous generalization of Sir Henry Maine, that the movement of our society is from contract to status; but there is at least one sense in which that remark is significant. Among much vague enthusiasm for the thing itself, every observer must note a decline in freedom. What we most greatly need to beware lest we lose that sense of spontaneity, which enabled Aristotle to define citizenship as the capacity to rule not less than to be ruled in turn. (16) We believe that this can be best achieved in a state of which the structure is not hierarchical but coordinate, in which, that is to say, sovereignty is partitioned upon some basis of function. For the division of power makes men more apt to responsibility than its accumulation. A man or even a legislature that is overburdened with a multiplicity of business, will not merely neglect that which he ought to do, he will, in actual experience, surrender his powers into the hands of forceful interests which know the way to compel his attention. He will treat the unseen as non-existent and the inarticulate as contented. The result may, indeed, be revolution; but experience suggests that it is more likely to be the parent of despotism.” – H.J. Laski, The Pluralist State, in David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, p.150. – The tendency of the territorial State is to move from contract to status. – The tendency of freely competing societies of volunteers, under personal laws, all exterritorially autonomous, is to move from status to contract. Alas, this difference is not fully explored in this valuable book. – Different forms of territorialism are still all too much taken for granted. - JZ, 4.8.92, 31.5.08. - To be either part of a territorialist hammer or of a territorialist anvil does not indicate all of freedom's choices. It is possible to be neither a slave master nor a slave, neither a ruler nor a subject. or, alternatively, one or the other. - All rightful choices should become open to us. Participatory democracy would still only be a form of territorialism. - JZ, 12.3.11. - FROM CONTRACT TO STATUS OR FROM STATUS TO CONTRACT? PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIAL MONOPOLIES & COERCION
STATUS LAW COMPETITION, FROM MEDIEVAL TIMES TO MODERN TIMES: To some extent the medieval status condition prevailed for a long time, e.g., with aristocratic privileges and codes of honor etc. for aristocrats, with special laws and courts for the clergy, also for the military and also e.g. for convicted criminals serving a sentence. Then there are also special rules and procedures for civil servants - the bureaucrats, special rules for top rulers (mostly with a gentlemen's agreement not to assassinate or imprison each other), even special rules at least for right-wing revolutionaries or putsch participants (Hitler served only a short time for his 1923 attempt, under very favorable conditions), and we have had also special rules for unionists, even when they engaged in violent actions. Orthodox Jews and Chinese, privately, also upheld their codes among themselves and so did and does e.g. the Mafia in its partly voluntaristic or black market activities and also in its aggressively criminal ones, with victims. Universities did also for a long time enjoy a special status. Usually government subsidies took care of them. As you point out: The decisive point is: Are individuals free to pick one code or the other for themselves? Status law or professional or trade affiliation law and jurisdiction should be distinguished from individually chosen systems. As for military slaves: Some gained a special status as "conscientious objectors" but not merely as a matter of individual choice, either, but very much hedged in and limited. The same applies to conscientious objector status for opponents to compulsory unionism. Regarding compulsory vaccination and x-rays such a status was usually not granted. – JZ to Richard Johnsson, 14.1.05. – Diplomatic immunity exists still, especially for ambassadors and visiting heads of State, although both may be criminals with victims and the latter even tyrants. Occupation forces still enjoy a special status and are often under the laws of their home countries. – JZ, 17.1.05.
STATUS QUO TYRANNY: Territorial politics is the essence of that tyranny. Let all peaceful dissenters (not aggressors and criminals with victims) secede to do their own things for or to themselves and the remaining animosities will soon become dissolved. No more enforced “unity”! – JZ, n.d
STATUS QUO: Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.” – L. Peter, Dr. Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Prescription, p.18. - & BUREAUCRACY COMBINED WITH COMPULSORY TAXATION, TERRITORIALISM
STATUS QUO: Every time a person cuts himself loose from the chains of the status quo, new vistas open before his eyes. … give yourself a chance.” – George Boardman
STATUS, VOLUNTARISM, CONSENT & PANARCHISM: The Commonwealth is the people’s affair; moreover, a people is not every group of men brought together in any way, but a group of many men associated by consent to law and by community of interest.” – Cicero, De Republica, I/25. – All too little progress occurred in political thought over the last 2,000 years! – JZ, 10.1.99. - At his time the personal law tradition was not largely forgotten already. - JZ, 22.9.04.
STATUS: In the Society of Status nobody has any rights. The individual is not recognized, a man is defined by his relation to the group, and is presumed to exist only by permission. The system of status is privilege and subjugation.” – LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, date? – INDIVIDUALISM, PRIVILEGE, SUBJUGATION, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY VS. TERRITORIALISM, RIGHTS, VOLUNTARISM
STAUNTON, Sir GEO. L.: Remarks on the British Relations with China, and the proposed plans for improving them, 2nd ed., London, E. Lloyd, 1836.
STAVRIANOS, L. S.: The Balkans since 1453, Rinehart & Co, N.Y. 1958, p. 383ff, brings some details on the Millet system, as having been under corrupt, exploitative and domineering clergymen, keeping people in ignorance and over-taxing them - just as much as the Ottoman Empire did towards its other subjects. In other words, it was not fully free competition between all kinds of panarchies, e.g. atheistic and humanistic ones included. - JZ, n.d.
STEELE, GEORGE R., INDIVIDUALIST JOURNAL, 1986, extract on GENUINE REPRIVATIZATION PROPOSED, with letter to Jean-Marie Le Pen by JZ, 115, in ON PANARCHY VII, in PP 672. - As many issues as I had, I micro-fiched in PEACE PLANS 754 & 929. We discussed monetary freedom, panarchism, computers and other subjects.
STEELE, GEORGE R.: Extract from letter to ZUBE, JOHN, 4.5.86, 125, in ON PANARCHY VIII, in PEACE PLANS 672. - My correspondence with him was microfiched in PEACE PLANS 644, 158 pages and is likely to contain more than one reference to panarchism.
STEELYARD, LONDON: See: Hanseatic League.
STEINER, GEORGE: Extraterritorial: Papers on Literature and the Language Revolution. (? - JZ) Atheneum, 1971, $3.95.
STEPS: If you take tiny steps towards a goal you will one day reach that goal.” – Walter Williams, 20.4.90. – But the tiny step may be as large as the first step on the moon or the first effective individual secession from the territorial State. – JZ, 5.8.92. - GRADUALISM, PERSISTENCE, REFORMS, AIMS, PURPOSES. Compare the Chinese proverb: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
STERN, M.: The Period of the Second Temple, in BEN-SASSON, Editor, A History of the Jewish People. It contains at least 2 relevant sections: The Social and Government Structure of Judea under the Ptolemies and Seleucids and: The Political and Social History of Judea under Roman Rule.
STERN, S.: Sosel of Rosheim, Philadelphia, 1965, on self-government.
STIEGLER, MARC: Variations in Dreampaint, 2 short extracts from this article in ANALOG, Oct. 97, on social etc. experiments in virtual reality, 1p: 165, in PP 1539. - Virtual reality options remind me of the old saying: First build castles in the air. Then put a sound foundation under them. - Science Fiction is supposedly the literature in which radical ideas can be tried out without sacrificing lives and property. Alas, there are few SF stories and novels, which do explore the panarchistic options. - JZ, 22.9.04.
STILLSCHWEIG, K.: Nationalism and Autonomy among Eastern European Jewry, HISTORIA JUDAICA, 6, 1944, 27-68.
STOBART, J. C.: The Grandeur that was Rome, first published in 1912, A Four Square Book in 1965, revised and edited by W. S. Maguiness & H. H. Scullard, JZL. At least pages 62 & 179 indicate the degree of local autonomy communities enjoyed when "subjected" to the Roman Empire. Page 177: Greek freedom under Rome. Extension of citizenship: 86 & 96. Secession: 37 & 47. The defeated remain largely independent: 61. Tyrannicide: 114, 115, 145. Assassination as a warfare method: 89, 100, 112. - It is still not sufficiently recognized why the Roman Republic and Empire and Pax Romana succeeded to some extent and why they failed and had to fail. There are dozens of theories on in, among them a monetary freedom one. But the degrees of panarchism that it practised and also that it failed to realize, had much to do both with its rise and its decline. The "barbarian" conquerors were more panarchistic and freedom loving in several respects. - The decisive factors are still more or less "buried" in thousands to ten thousands of volumes. I would like to see an encyclopaedia that would detail what ancient Romans did right and what they did wrong and listing their mistakes. Too many did just discuss the formal statist features and their military ones or their great leaders and battles. L. Sprague De Camp"s "Lest Darkness Fall", 1939, 1949, is a good but not a sufficient treatment of this subject. - JZ, n.d.
STODDARD, WILLIAM: In Search of Justice, "reason" 3/74, favors individual secession.
STOICISM: We Stoics are no monarch's subjects; each asserts his own freedom.” - Seneca, Letters, 33, p.79. - GOVERNMENT & FREEDOM, STOICISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUALISM
STOP: He was a man who had never accepted the creed that others had the right to stop him.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.63. – Well, in any creative, constructive activities, in the sense of Leonard E. Read’s “Release all creative energies!” – Criminals with victims do not want to be stopped or caught, either. - JZ, 11.7.08. - MAN, MANHOOD, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, DIS.
STOP: Stop whatever it is they’re trying to do to us!” – A MAD sticker. – Best, by seceding from them, a.s.a.p. – JZ, 1.8.08. - JOKES, GOVERNMENTS, POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRATS, LEADERS, LEGISLATORS
STOREY, DAVID, Territory. The claiming of space, Prentice Hall, 2001. - Hint by GPdB.
STORMY MON, 81/82, 103-105, in ON PANARCHY XV, in PP 879.
STRANGERS, ALIENS, FOREIGNERS, HUMANS, RATIONAL BEINGS, EXTRATERRESTRIALS: Some day we will be strangers in our own land." - Compare e.g. Hawaii, where the natives now constitute only about 5 % of the population. Aborigines in Australia come to less than 2 %. Red Indians in the U.S. to less than? %. All will be strangers in all lands, even those of their childhood, for all lands and all people change, all the time. And how much of our "own" areas do we ever know intimately, being confined to roads by fences and private properties, to public places and the private places of a few relatives and friends? How many of a country's people does one ever get to really know? And each should one day be able to claim equal and yet different rights status, even as a stranger, anywhere on this globe and to this extent come to feel at home all over this planet, but without being able to monopolize it and exclude others from more than his own private property and that of this associates. - JZ 20.1.90, 10.1.93, 9.9.094.
STRATEGIC ALLIANCES: They do not have to go it alone. They will benefit more from federations to protect their common interest in voluntary associationism and exterritorial autonomy than territorial States have from their alliances and federations, which do all too often rather promote than prevent wars, civil wars and revolutions, all of the wrongful types. Territorialism produces and tolerates power addicts, exterritorial autonomy confines them to their volunteers, towards whom they have to put up or shut up and resign. Perhaps the multinational corporations should extend their provision of goods and services to the provision of political, economic and social system package deals, all designed to satisfy the needs, wishes or prejudices of their voluntary customers. – JZ, 16.9.07. - & VARIOUS FORMS OF FEDERATION FOR PANARCHIES & POLYARCHIES, PANARCHISM, CORPORATIONS
STRATEGISTS, MODERN: The metaphysicians of mass murder. – JZ, 10.2.89. – DETERRENCE, NUCLEAR STRENGTH, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, WAR GAMES, NUCLEAR WAR GAMES, TERRITORIALISM
STRAUSS (ASHTOR), ELI: The History of the Jews in Egypt and Syria under Mameluke Rule. (The Jews of Egypt and Syria under the Mamluks), Jerusalem, vols. I-II, Mosad Kuk, Jerusalem, 1944-70, in Hebrew. - "Detailed and well-documented picture of some medieval Jewish communities under Muslim rule." - Goitein.
STRENGTH OF PANARCHY: 2-4, ON PANARCHY I, in PP 505. - DEFENCE, DESERTION, MILITIA, TYRANNICIDE
STRENGTH, GROWTH, INFLUENCE & POWER OF PANARCHISM: There is an unlimited growth potential for any voluntaristic, an-territorial, experimental, tolerant, peaceful and just reform movement that does do its only things only to and for its own members, always at the own risk and expense, as long as it can find and satisfy more voluntary members. It is news-worthy. It will have hardly any enemies except some zealots, fanaticism fundamentalists and other un-teachable people. Most people would, initially, either remain neutral or even sympathetic towards it. They will not feel threatened by it and would have no good reason to feel threatened. They would either join such a community or stay away from it. As sovereign consumers they would subscribe to its services or refuse to do so - as they do daily, towards other services, on a free market. Thus a federation between all the diverse but tolerant and exterritorial reform movements and their experiments would be possible (or several peacefully competing federations) and could become, rapidly, an overwhelming force for a better future for all, without forcing any individual or group to adopt any changes that they do strongly disagree with. - However, no reform movement would need large numbers, as it does in election campaigns to become established and maintained. Even with a few voluntary followers, true believers, it could realize its ideals among them and could maintain itself indefinitely, without encountering resistance or suppression, always with the hope that one day many others would come to subscribe to its ideals as well. It would not have to win any election or military campaigns, or any revolution or civil war. It would not have to engage in any arms races and police State actions. As long as it remained tolerant and self-concerned, merely minding its own business, its own affairs, it would find sympathizers and allies or at least neutrals almost everywhere. Its experiments, utopias and intentional communities might even become profitable tourist attractions, like e.g. tribal dances, festivals, songs, costumes and customs elsewhere. No one would have any good reason to fear such a community. At worst it might only be perceived as setting a bad example. But no sufficiently enlightened person is in any way forced to follow a bad example and for insufficiently enlightened people they do have a role to play as deterrents. - - Communities of abortionists would tend to wipe themselves out. Populations are already widely declining. The same would apply to communities of drug addicts. Those of homosexuals would, obviously, not grow in a natural way. The State socialists, confined to their volunteers, could harm only themselves. So the best policy is to leave these - and all other groups alone and let natural evolution do its own things towards the improvement of the human race. The fittest ones would not be the only ones to survive but they would survive at a higher standard of living - and this not at the expense of the less fit but as a result of their own labors, investments and innovations. - JZ, 11.1.99, 22.9.04, 15.10.04. - STRENGTH OF PANARCHY, 2-4, ON PANARCHY I, in PP 505. See also: DEFENCE, DESERTION, MILITIA, TYRANNICIDE, FEDERATION OF ALL MINORITIES
STRENGTH, POTENTIAL, OF PANARCHISM VS. VESTED INTERESTS, MONOPOLIES, TERRITORIAL STATISM: Even territorial monopolies, dictatorships and monetary and financial despotism were and still are all too much tolerated in our times, as if they were merely internal affairs, to be rightfully regulated by “the” people involved, along the usual territorial and collectivist lines. In such times even panarchism has a struggle and an uphill battle ahead, in spite of its inherent rightfulness, advantages and strengths. (Schiller, in “Die Jungfrau von Orleans” said somewhere: “Against stupidity even the Gods fight in vain.”) However, even in their seemingly hopeless and desperate situation, confronted by masses of organized and armed statists, panarchists still have good chances to win, e.g., with their voluntary taxation, voluntary membership and with monetary freedom actions, that would enable them e.g. to really solve minority problems, to productively employ, and this very fast, millions of refugees, displaced people, deserters and prisoners and really free them to live under constitutions of their own individual and very diverse choices. Panarchism offers the best program against wars, civil wars, violent revolutions and terrorism and other problems, which present governments obviously do not know how to solve but only to maintain. It is merely a question of being interested enough in its solutions to study all proposed solutions, finally comprehend and then apply them. The denationalization of collectively owned and mismanaged government assets could, at least some instances, make most of the former subjects relatively rich. See PEACE PLANS 19 c on this. Its anti-monopolism and voluntarism has at least the potential to attract many supporters and practitioners. It has also the potential to gain allies among the most diverse kinds of people, faiths, convictions and isms, since it promises, realistically, to set all of them free, as free as they want to be. Thus the usual internal struggles among the various opposition forces would tend to disappear. For instance, in the opposition against the extreme example set by the Nazi regime, its territorial totalitarianism, the most diverse people did often act in peaceful solidarity with each other against this regime. Under the banner of exterritorial autonomy for all voluntary communities all could sufficiently and lastingly ally themselves, form a really “united front” against all the remaining territorial despotisms of whatever kind. Religious tolerance is the greatest known precedence for this extension of freedom of choice and freedom of action. (The first Protestants only belatedly and reluctantly conceded it to their dissenters and burnt some heretics, too.) But already the numerous panarchistic and individual free choices in our private lives, by now taken for granted, form an even larger evidence for the practicability and rightfulness of panarchism and for the possibility of it being as suddenly applied as the Berlin Wall was one day opened up. However, the panarchistic standard has first to be raised in many minds and sufficiently comprehended to become almost instantly realized first only here and there in small societies and finally everywhere. (Compare e.g. how rapidly ball point pens, digital watches and electronic computers spread. When benefits become obvious and cheap enough, then they tend to be rapidly adopted.) It was said that at the beginning of the French Revolution there were only 12 Republicans in the National Convention. Not much later there were many of them. But their remaining territorialism, their intolerance towards monarchists, aristocrats and priests, the infighting of their diverse parties and leaders, also their monetary despotism, created many enemies and much resistance for them, leading to mass murders on all sides, which could have easily been avoided if the French Revolution had been undertaken with panarchistic tolerance and voluntarism. By repeating the basic wrongs and mistakes of territorial statism it, too, acted self-defeatingly rather consistently liberating and tolerant towards all tolerant people. What course would history have taken, how much more could we have achieved by now, if e.g. the American and the French Revolutions had been conducted panarchistically? – If modern revolutionaries and resistance fighters studied the territorialist mistakes of all their predecessors and avoided them with the exterritorialist alternatives, then they could win fast almost everywhere their particular ideal for themselves, while setting all others free to realize their ideals among themselves. A lasting peace would almost everywhere become very rapidly possible and practicable. – E.g., we might still then still have an American king for the monarchists in North America and a French King for the monarchists in France. But they would have to offer their voluntary subjects more, at least in persistent delusions, than the competing republics and democracies and other societies could offer to their voluntary members. - JZ, 27.1.05, 8.8.12. – Q.
STRENGTH: A few honest men are better than numbers.” – Oliver Cromwell, 1599-1658. - Always, in all situations, against armies of fools and fanatics, or against tax collectors? But e.g. quite rightful war and peace aims declarations and an ideal declaration of individual rights and liberties and a sensible full employment program, based on monetary and financial freedom, can become very influential upon subsequent events. – JZ, 11.7.08. - Rightful, rational, profitable and otherwise attractive examples set by a few can be very catching. - JZ, 12.3.11. - MAJORITY, NUMBERS, MILITARY STRENGTH, IDEAS, PROGRAMS, PLATFORMS, WAR AIMS, HUMAN RIGHTS DECLARATION
STRENGTH: A nation of men unanimously bent on freedom, or conquest, can easily confound the arithmetic of statists, and achieve extravagant actions, out of all proportions to their means; as the Greeks, the Saracens, the Swiss, the Americans, and the French have done.” – Emerson. –– Unanimity is too much to expect from territorial organizations. But it can exist, to a sufficient degree, in communities of volunteers, and if these are all only exterritorially autonomous then, on that basis, they could easily and effectively federate against common enemies. – JZ, 11.7.08. – TERRITORIALISM, STRENGTH THROUGH FREEDOM, STRENGTH THROUGH PANARCHISTIC SCHISMS, TOLERANCE, WAR AIMS, AN IDEAL MILITIA FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL GENUINE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES & AN IDEAL DECLARATION OF ALL OF THESE RIGHTS
STRENGTH: a nation’s strength comes largely from each citizen standing on his own feet, and that the paths of benevolent despotism and personal decadence lead eventually to the destruction of the privileges of free citizens.” – Clarence B. Carson, THE FREEMAN, July 76, p.422. – Associations of people ignorant of many of their liberties and rights, unarmed, unorganized and untrained to defend the rights and liberties they do not even fully know and appreciate, would be weak, too. Especially if they believe in and try to defend, instead, only privileges, monopolies and welfare “rights”. - National Strength? What is its purpose, its justification, if any? Territorially practised it always reduces individual strength. Not national territorial strength should be the primary aim but, instead, individual strengths, rights and liberties, even individual sovereignty and full exterritorial autonomy for communities and societies or competing governments of volunteers only. Let strength be confined to volunteers doing their own things for or to themselves. – When all individuals are free, to the extent of their individual own preferences, then their voluntary societies and voluntary governments will be strong, too, in a defensive way. Moreover, they would hardly have any enemies left then. Free citizens have no “privileges” but, instead, individual rights and liberties. - JZ, 31.7.92, 8.6.08. - DIS.
STRENGTH: All weakness tends to corrupt, and impotence corrupts absolutely.” - Edgar Z. Freidenberg - Territorialism results from statism and produces ever more statism and statists. - JZ, 12.3.11. - WEAKNESS, POWER, IMPOTENCE, POWERLESSNESS & CORRUPTION, HERO WORSHIP, PERSONALITY CULT, NATIONALISM, COLLECTIVISM
STRENGTH: Borders give the impression of unified and fully controlled countries and yet they do represent rather a precarious balance of power at the top rather than one solidly placed on the base of a pyramid structure. No territorial unity represents unanimous consent. That can only be achieved within exterritorially autonomous communities that contain only voluntary members. The unity of territorialists is that of fluctuating and temporarily dominating minorities or majorities. Even the minorities and the majorities have their internal factions in a kind of perpetual although mostly limited civil war against each other. Every ruling group does quite inevitably make numerous enemies and has no means to completely pacify them by any territorial system that it may offer them. It is a “can of worms”, a "rat-bag" "system". All are victims and victimizers of each other – and victims of the territorial system, although they do not know it and are unaware of the exterritorial way out for almost all of them except incurable criminals. Thus their borders could be likened to walls of glass, that hold all factions in and at endless strife with each other – while a single blow might shatter that glass and allow each formerly captive “member” of a “nation” to finally go his own way, leaving only some different and quite voluntary and only exterritorially autonomous national or nationalistic societies, which are no longer very harmful to others. If these nationalists were wise, they would have long ago expelled all those not of their own kind and set themselves up only exterritorially autonomous, with voluntary members only. But with the territorial model they could not do so effectively. Initially, the Nazis may have wished only to expel all Jewish people and might have, if others would have been prepared to accept all of them. Naturally, they would have robbed them first of most of their possessions. If they could have completely seceded from any State which contained some Jews, Gypsies or what they perceived to be a plutocratic international conspiracy then they could have blamed all their remaining difficulties only upon themselves. There would have been no scapegoats left for them. The Nazi vision of a unified Germany was a very false one, too and it needed censorship and terrorism to uphold it for a while. (*) But then so is the State of Israel and are all the other territorial States and those, which are in the dreams of the present resistance fighters and revolutionaries the world over. There are great differences even between close friends and relatives and lovers. No two people are alike, all are different. Nor do they always adhere to the same ideas and opinions. Individuals change, too. To speak of national unity on a territorial scale is sheer nonsense, part of a dream-world that has all too often led to nightmarish actions. As Caroline Chisholm, 1808-1877, said “Nothing but what is voluntary is deserving the name of ’national’.” – The A.B.C. of colonization in a series of letters, No. 1, 1850. - In short, each supposedly united nation, compulsorily held together, is in reality a severely disunited, but coercively combined conglomeration of a number of “nations”, “societies”, tribes and other groupings and the strong chains, that do presently hold them together, could be rapidly cut and reveal the reality behind the false image of territorial politics. But to cut these ties, effectively, the image of an alternative and exterritorial form of autonomous organization, for volunteers only, must be clearly realized in enough heads and, preferably, some examples of alternative and exterritorially autonomous communities should already be practised, perhaps best as e.g. self-help protective associations, self-help groups of victims of unemployment and inflation, and in forms of governments-in-exile confronting dictatorial regimes. Each dictatorship could and should become confronted by a variety of such alternative governments, all made up of volunteers only and aiming only at voluntary members and exterritorial autonomy. Upon such knowledge and demonstrations the “glasshouses” of dictatorships might come to collapse upon the first stones thrown against them. So great is their inherent weakness, which they tried to cover up with skillful tricks, propaganda, censorship and con-man- ship for all too long. - The Red Chinese rulers fear the example that a really free and independent Taiwan would set for their own victims. The strongest weapons and fortifications won’t serve a dictator if his soldiers are not prepared to man and use them effectively of if they are even ready to use them against his dictatorship. And why should they, if the opponents of a dictator do not give them any reason to fight them but many good reasons not to do so? Think of the tens of thousands of VOPOS (People’s Police, Volkspolizisten), who deserted their East Germany border positions and went to the West. More would have done so, if the West had been truly FREE or would provided an opportunity for all kinds of communities, all chosen freely by individuals for themselves onl. Millions of Stalin’s troopers deserted his forces or let themselves be taken prisoner. This only stopped when they heard how the Hitler regime tended to starve such prisoners to death, rather than liberate them and that it treated the Eastern European areas and people, that it had conquered, as bad as Stalin did or even worse. But the fact remains, that millions were prepared to thus change sides, even to an as bad side as that of the Nazi regime. To a really free and just alternative dozens of millions would have deserted, from Stalin and Hitler – but it was not offered to them or organized by the dissenters themselves. They confined themselves to very limited peaceful and mere armistice actions along parts of the Eastern Front, all too temporary, instead of establishing a sound and separate peace between them, on a just and rational basis, turning their weapons and skills rapidly against the remaining totalitarians on both sides and offering a just peace to all others. Panarchistic ideas and practices would soon lead to such alternative policies. At the time of the French Revolution they were once partly hinted at by the slogan: “Peace to the huts and war to the palaces.” But even then there was no serious attempt to consistently realize it. The French revolutionary armies were, initially even welcomed by many of the conquered people. However, they tended to indiscriminately plunder all, because they knew no better way to finance themselves. With that they contributed to the rise of extremist territorial nationalism in Europe since then. Worth reading is Holzhauer’s German study of cash payments in occupied territories (Barzahlun in besetzten Gebieten), fiched in my PEACE PLANS series. It shows that market-like actions do not add to one’s enemies but rather to the number of neutrals or even allies. At one stage, Nazi Germany had its borders extremely expanded. But this expansion did not signify a growing strength but a growing outside and inside resistance, one that finally helped to lead to the military defeat of this regime and to the reduction of “its” territory and to its carving up and, for a while, its demilitarization, to a larger extent than after WW I. – The Nazi regime, by its ends and means achieved the opposite of its objectives – and this at a huge price in lives, limbs and property among all the combatants and civilians. What a waste, all based on very flawed ideas and policies, on all sides. If Hitler, early on, would have had the chance to form his own panarchy – and all his opponents their own – then, and rather soon, he would have been revealed as an ignorant and prejudiced clown, who could not deliver anything positive to his followers, except the satisfactions violent criminals can derive from their actions in their own warped minds. Then, before he would have become a threat to all of Germany, Europe and the world, these thugs, and their initially small groups, would have been deserted by all their misled "idealists" and the rest of the criminal Nazi gang would have become effectively and fast suppressed. Nor would, under panarchism, e.g. the German Great Inflation of 1914-1923 have reached its extreme heights. (The first signs of depreciation would soon have led to a general refusal to accept this currency and to its replacement by soundly issued and competitive alternative currencies. – JZ, 2.1.12.) - A monetary revolution, started by some panarchies, would have ended it very early. The Great Depression would not have arisen in Germany, either. Both had delivered millions of impoverished followers to the Nazi movement, in the mistaken belief that German republicanism had caused both disasters, rather than German monetary and financial despotism, which rose again to new heights under the Hitler regime. Territorial “strengths” rest on myths, errors, ignorance and prejudices and thus they could be rapidly undermined by effective enlightenment efforts, and experimental freedom for volunteers, last not least by ideal militias formed to uphold individual rights and liberties. – JZ, 11.1.99. - (*) Nazis murdered not only Jews, Gypsies, mentally defectives and political opponents, first by hundreds of thousands, then by the millions, but had, at the end of the war, poisons enough stored up to gas to death about another 20 million people. I do not know which other kind of people they had on their extermination list. - JZ, 8.12.03. - STRONGLY FORTIFIED BORDERS & THE WEAKNESS THEY TRY TO HIDE, FRONTIER, STATES, TERRITORIALISM, NATIONALISM
STRENGTH: Every strengthening of the State machine means a weakening of the individual, but every improvement in the individual means a strengthening of the nation. We were at our strongest when we put the onus on the man and are now weak because the initiative has passed to the dead hand of the State.” - Sir Ernest Benn, The State the Enemy, p.17/18. – Without voluntarism and quite rightful war- and peace aims no national strength is justified and harmless. – JZ, 4.6.08, 12.3.11. - STATISM, INITIATIVE, LAWS BUREAUCRACY, CITIZENS VS. STATES, TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM
STRENGTH: Freedom is the issue. The freedom to exchange ideas, and the products of ideas (*), is the basis of America’s strength; denial of that freedom is her enemies’ weakness.” – Kenney Mc Donald, THE FREEMAN, 11/85. – To hell with America’s political and military strength! It is usually only used as a means to reduce the strength of individuals and their rights and liberties and replace them by privileges and monopolies of governments and their favourites. Thus it weakens most people in America and in the rest of the world. Its freedom to exchange goods and services has long been reduced. Other countries have become more free – from a low starting point, while the USA has become less free, from a high starting point. The strength of the State is based on the weakness of the people, the strength of the people is based on the weakness of the State. Only the people, all individuals and minority groups, should be strong regarding their own affairs. – (*) E.g. freedom to migrate and freedom to opt out from under territorial rule are not included here. We need an ideal declaration of all individual rights and liberties so that too many of them are not all too often overlooked. – JZ, 31.7.92, 8.6.08. - FREEDOM, WEAKNESS, PEOPLE, STATE, INDIVIDUAL & MINORITY GROUP AUTONOMY, EXTERRITORIALISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM VS. COMPULSION
STRENGTH: Gold can make its way through the midst of guards, and break through the strongest barriers more easily than the lightening bolt.” – Horace, Carmina, III, c. 20 B.C. - An ancient proverb expressed it thus: “A gold-laden jackass can climb over every wall.” – Strength can have many forms, apart from the obvious ones. Bribes and genuine freedom offers to military and civilian slaves can make supposed enemies change sides. Appeals with quite rightful war- and peace aims could be the most powerful weapons. – JZ, n.d., 2.6.08. – "It is ultimately ideas that determine which way the soldiers point their guns." - Mises, Human Action. - DESERTION, DEFECTION, REFUGEES, WAR AIMS, FULL EMPLOYMENT, FREE MIGRATION, DICTATORSHIPS, LIBERATION, IDEAS, DES., MILITARY INSURRECTIONS
STRENGTH: HOW STRONG ARE TERRITORIAL POLICE FORCES & MILITARY REGIMES EVEN WHEN CONFRONTED ONLY BY CONSIDERABLE DEGREES OF FREEDOM OR EVEN FULL LIBERTY? Many regimes have collapsed or been overthrown almost without bloodshed. Mussolini’s was, at one stage. When William of Orange conquered or liberated England, in 1688, with only the losses of one skirmish, which killed about 300 people. That is still 300 too many and this skirmish could and should have been avoided, too. - Napoleon’s triumphant return from Elba is worth studying, too, for better causes. And so are several French revolutions, in which the gendarmes and soldiers quickly surrendered and fraternized. So far, no despotism has ever been confronted by a consistent system of full liberty, for all those desiring it and all of its victims were not offered the degrees of liberty, which they desired for themselves. At least theoretically these freedom alternatives could lead to a chain reaction, by suddenly releasing all the dissenting forces into their own desired direction, when the “string” holding them to their despotic centre and in its orbit, is suddenly cut. Individual secessionism, tyrannicide, a well prepared tax revolt, governments in exile for volunteer communities and a monetary revolution are just 5 of such sudden "unchaining" options. Many others have been studied and designed. Study historical precedents on how often a powerful regime has ended with the death of the despot and an army has been dissolved with the death of its leader. The strengths of tyrants rests on the popular errors and prejudices in the minds of their victims and these can come to suffer a sudden death, too, or can be efficiently refuted. That requires new tools and reference works. There are military defence and insurrection methods that can practise a kind of military Jiu Jitsu (judo) that turns much of the military strength of a regime against it. Freedom lovers ought to study this method, too. Add to this the fact, that panarchism would destroy most of the motives, funds, and means for war, to the extent that it becomes realized or believed in. More of less obviously, for the serious student of liberty options, it would destroy the targets for the “modern and scientific” mass murder devices, with which one cannot distinguish between friends, neutrals, innocents and enemies and, instead, ruthlessly murders them all. Would e.g., the “dam busters” of WW II have been classed successful if there had been awareness of how many of the allied POWs their raids would kill? Would the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs have been dropped or ordered dropped by people aware how many tens of thousands of Japanese Christians and other peace lovers would be murdered by them? Would nuclear “weapons” ever have been targeted upon Russia, if in Russia all dissenters had been free to secede and to establish their own voluntary and only exterritorially autonomous communities? There would have been over 120 ethnic ones for a start, perhaps even more religious ones and the communists alone, with their communist dissenters, could have provided a dozens more. Full freedom, including the freedom not to be free, by individual choice, could prove to be an irresistible force or an immovable object. The potential of panarchies is so large and varied, that a short overview is hardly possible. And so are the inherent flaws and weaknesses of all territorial regimes, in spite of their seeming military strength (which for the Red Army had to be enforced by the severest military discipline in the world) and of their seeming ideological unity (which required one of the largest censorship and misinformation efforts ever undertaken). The Soviet propaganda even deceived all too many people in the West. - JZ, 11.1.99.
STRENGTH: In reality strength is supremely strong only if not strength, but justice, is the supreme standard.” - Jacques Maritain, Man & The State, ed. by Richard O’Sullivan, London, Hollis & Carter, 1954, p.56. – - Alas, there is nothing of a race or competition to be the more just or moral side, with only recognized and realized rights and liberties on the own side and only such war and peace aims for the other side as well. Compare the arms race for mere military strength, even if it is the extremely unjust strength of ABC mass murder devices. – JZ, 29.9.07. - It is territorialism and collective responsibility notions associated with it that seem to justify mass murder devices. Exterritorial voluntarism, once it is realized, would abolish nuclear targets, motives and finance for nuclear anti-people mass murder devices. - JZ, 12.3.11. - www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc/htm - JUSTICE
STRENGTH: Let your strength be in your gentleness – with those who deserve it. – JZ, 23.1.75. - Tolerance for tolerant people, but intolerance for intolerant people. - JZ, 12.3.11. - TOLERANCE, WAR AIMS
STRENGTH: Liberty is strength. – JZ, 8/75. – LIBERTY
STRENGTH: Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength.” – Ralph W. Sockman, NEW YORK MIRROR, June 8, 1952. – There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness. – From film: Love Is a Many Splendoured Thing. – Another version: Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.” – St. Francis De Sales - HUMAN RIGHTS, SECESSIONISM, DESERTION, GENTLENESS. COMPARE: DESERTION, REFUGEES, ASYLUM, LIBERATION, WAR AIMS, DEFENCE, MONETARY FREEDOM FOR FULL EMPLOYMENT, VOLUNTARISM, FREE CHOICE FOR INDIVIDUALS IN EVERY SPHERE, DIS., MASS MURDER DEVICES, NUCLEAR STRENGTH OR WEAKNESS?
STRENGTH: Only tolerance can make you strong enough for whatever you want to do - for it disarms your enemies. - JZ, in pamphlet on TOLERANCE. - It tends to make you strong, e.g. when you recognize as your allies all kinds of governments and societies in exile and when you tolerate panarchies also in your own country. - JZ, 15.10.11.
STRENGTH: Our great political trump is that large areas of our society are free of political control or influence. Freedom is strength.” – Willy Brandt, The Ordeal of Co-existence, Harvard University Press. – He was one of the powerful men, who saw to it that we did not get more liberty and thereby more strength. – Are these spheres large enough and expanding or, rather, shrinking? – JZ, 4.4.89, 9.6.08, 12.3.11, 9.8.12. - FREEDOM, COMPULSION, TERRITORIALISM, EXTERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM, COMPETITION VS. MONOPOLISM
STRENGTH: Our sins are what makes the barbarian strong … our vices are what bring about the defeat of Roman armies …” - St. Jerome. – There is some truth in this observation but “sin” and “vice” are too vague and also misleading terms to describe that truth. Our own wrongs and mistakes weaken us and strengthen the barbarians. – JZ, 6.4.89. - Especially those of our territorial governments. - JZ, 12.3.11. – BARBARISM, RIGHTS, LIBERTIES, IGNORANCE, PREJUDICES, WRONGS, HUMAN RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
STRENGTH: Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt, speech, Staunton, Va., May 4, 1941. – Alas, nuclear “strength” and “deterrence” has so far withstood it for all too many decades and there are still all too many dictatorships about. – Reason, rationality, morality, liberty and rights remain insufficiently supported by suitable appeals, declarations, platforms, references, easily accessible to all. – Popular errors, myths, prejudices and false premises and conclusions are thus still all too predominant and nowhere systematically collected and confronted with their best refutations. - JZ, 3.6.08, 12.3.11, 9.8.12. - FORCE, IDEAS, REASON, RATIONALITY, FORCE, COERCION, VIOLENCE, REPRESSION, DESPOTISM, HUMAN RIGHTS DECLARATION, AN ALMOST COMPLETE ONE, WITHOUT SERIOUS FLAWS, ENLIGHTENMENT, A GENUINELY CULTURAL REVOLUTION, QUITE RIGHTFUL WAR & PEACE AIMS, DIS.
STRENGTH: Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of those means which … nature has placed in our power.” – Patrick Henry, March 1775. – E.g., free banking and free choice of governments and societies were not realized and taxation, mainly via inflation, and slavery were continued. – Only a fraction of all genuine individual rights and liberties were belatedly declared in the Amendments to the new constitution. – An ideal militia for the protection of all individual rights and liberties is still missing. – JZ, 11.7.08, 20.4.09, 12.3.11. – Missing further, especially, are full monetary and financial freedom and the right to secede and to reorganize under full exterritorial autonomy. – JZ, 9.8.12.
STRENGTH: The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. …” Patrick Henry, 1736-1799. - How long would the American Revolution have taken and how much or how little blood might have been shed, if these revolutionaries and liberators had committed no wrongs and made no mistakes? Have we bothered as yet to develop a defence, liberation and revolution program which does not contain any of the wrongs and mistakes they or other revolutionaries committed? – JZ, 11.7.08, 3.4.09. - Much more than vigilance, activity and bravery is required. They are all too often applied to flawed or even wrongful causes. They should have claimed only an exterritorial republic for themselves and tolerated an exterritorial monarchy for the remaining monarchists. But since they were all territorialists, this idea did not even occur to them and so they fought a bloody revolution and later an even bloodier Civil War and became involved in two World Wars and xyz minor territorial wars. - JZ, 12.3.11. - SUCCESS, BATTLE, STRUGGLE, PERSISTENCE, VIGILANCE, COURAGE, BRAVERY, WAR AIMS, PROGRAMS, MORALE, KNOWLEDGE, LIBERATION, DIS.
STRENGTH: The dinosaurs died out because they have developed themselves wrongly: too much armor and not enough brains.” – Graffiti – (“Die Dinosaurier sind ausgestorblen, weil sie sich falsch entwickelt haben – zuviel Panzer, zuwenig Gehirn.” ) - Actually, not all dinosaurs were very well armored. There were small and fleet ones, too. - JZ, n.d. - General Omar Bradley, after WW II put it this way: "We are nuclear giants but ethical infants." - If I remember at least the essence of his remark correctly. - Quite rightful war and peace aims, as well as defence and liberation or revolution methods, including monetary and financial freedom, as well as panarchism, are still missing or mostly unknown. - JZ, 12.3.11. - DEFENCE, PROTECTION, BRAINS, NUCLEAR STRENGTH
STRENGTH: the strength of governments consists only in the ideas of which they dispose.” – H. J. Laski: The Pluralist State, in: David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, 1975, p.155, Appendix B. – If one could effectively dispose of these ideas in their heads and in those of all too many of their subjects … - The Fabian Society, with its State socialist ideas, was for many years pretty effective in its misinformation propaganda campaign. - JZ, 2.6.08, 12.3.11. – Can panarchists learn anything from the tactics and strategies of the Fabians? At least potentially they have many more allies than these Fabian State Socialists had. – JZ, 13.4.09. – The greatest weakness of all territorial States lies in its territorial ideas, laws and institutions. - JZ, 12.3.11. – By now libertarians have better and more affordable tools than ever before to record all errors, prejudices etc., together with their best refutations – and to make these refutations easily and fast accessible to almost anyone, at any time and anywhere. – JZ, 9.8.12. – DIS., FREEDOM, PEACE & JUSTICE IDEAS, SPREADING THEM THE WAY OF THE FABIAN SOCIETY? IN SOMETHING LIKE AN OPEN CONSPIRACY? WEAKNESS
STRENGTH: The strong fight the strong for the right to harness the meek to the plow.” – Matt Brown, Black Fox, p.183. Coronet Books, London, 1972. - TERRITORIALISM VS. EXTERRITORIALISM, MIGHT VIS. RIGHT, MONOPOLY VS. COMPETITION, COERCION VS. CHOICE
STRENGTH: The stronger the government, the weaker society. The weaker the government, the stronger the Society.” – Stormy Mon, A Liberty Book, p.30. – Also in his Imagine Freedom, No. 10. – GOVERNMENT, SOCIETY, TERRITORIALISM VS. INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SECESSION, CHOICE, COMPETITION & FREE ASSOCIATIONISM
STRENGTH: The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master, unless he transforms strength into right, and obedience into duty.” – Rousseau, The Social Contract, 1762, 1.3, tr. G. D. H. Cole. - Strength or might cannot be transformed into RIGHT, but RIGHT can be turned into a MIGHT. - Mostly only the voluntary adherence to a self-chosen or agreed-upon obligation can be a genuine duty. - In the pursuit of quite rightful ideas and with quite rightful methods, weapons and organizations, enlightened volunteers could become the mightiest force ever. - JZ, 12.3.11. - MILITIA, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, PANARCHISM, MONETARY & FINANCIAL FREEDOM, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY, EXTERRITORIALISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, TOLERANCE VS. INTOLERANCE, COMPETITION VS. MONOPOLISM, CHOICE VS. COERCION
STRENGTH: To measure strength, one can measure a man’s separate physical powers, such as his ability to run, jump, throw things, or lift weights; but a good runner may be a poor weight-lifer and vice versa. So “strength” is not one ability but many, and there is no standard way to add or average them.” – Sprague de Camp, ANALOG, 4/76. - The best standard, in my view, would be an excellent formulation and declaration of all genuine individual rights and liberties. Alas, it has still to be supplied or sufficiently published or its compilation has to be organized, world-wide, among all those interested in such a declaration, who are, so far only all too few, according to my own experience. See my anthology of over PRIVATE human rights declarations, as opposed to the statist bills of rights, in PEACE PLANS 589/590, at www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd2 - What corrections and contributions, if any, can I get from you for this project? - JZ, 12.3.11, 9.8.12.
STRENGTH: To strengthen a weak government one has to reduce its power. The State bunglers do not comprehend this.“ – Boerne, Fragmente und Aphorismen, Nr. 194. – JZ tr. of: “Eine schwache Regierung zu staerken, muss man ihre Macht vermindern. Die Staatspfuscher begreifen das nicht.“ - True self-government will thus become all-powerful – once coercive territorial rule and power have been altogether done away with. – JZ, 21.7.86. – The very diverse but internally free panarchies will greatly vary from each other but one thing they will have in common, namely the interest that their liberties and rights and the use they make of them are not interfered with - by any aggressor, by any power, any movement. That common interest would defensively unite them. And their very example will tend to dissolve the forces of any aggressors. Defectors and deserters will be welcomed with open arms by societies and communities of the kind they wish for themselves. – “To each the government or non-governmental society of his or her own choice!” – Who could offer them more? – Who should offer them less? - JZ, 2.6.08, 9.8.12. – PANARCHISM, DEFENCE, UNITY IN DIVERSITY. WEAKNESS, POWER, GOVERNMENT, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, FREE SOCIETIES, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM AS HANDICAPS EVEN FOR THE GOVERNMENTS
STRENGTH: We will make converts day by day; we will grow strong by the violence and injustice of our adversaries. And, unless truth be a mockery and justice a hollow lie, we will be in the majority after a while, and then the revolution which we will accomplish will be none the less radical from being the result of pacific measures. The battle of freedom is to be fought out on principle.” – Abraham Lincoln, Speech, May 19, 1856. – Alas, he did not recognize e.g. the principles and practices of individual secessionism, free trade and full monetary and financial freedom and fought a bloody civil war to retain his federal territorial government powers. – JZ, 11.7.08. – LINCOLN, CIVIL WAR
STRENGTH: Who is strong? He that can conquer bad habits.” – “Poor Richard”, 1744. – This does also apply to military strength and by now we should be able to compile a complete catalogue of bad military habits and of those of “revolutionaries”, “freedom fighters” and “liberators”. (*) – Some of the worst habits or traditions are habits of thought or opinion, popular errors, myths and prejudices. – JZ, 13.4.09. - (*) Supplemented by an archive of the best revolutionary, liberating and defensive ideas and practices as demonstrated by historical experiences. - JZ, 13.3.11. - See e.g. PEACE PLANS 61-63, online at www.butterbach.net/epinfo/peace.htm - With a full survey of the best and the worst revolutionary experiences of the past it would be easy to compile a program for quite rightful and successful revolutions, insurrections and resistance and liberation efforts. Nevertheless, I have not encountered enough interest in this project as yet among those, who consider themselves to be radicals, revolutionaries and freedom and justice lovers. Are you one of the exceptions? – JZ, 9.8.12. - HABITS, ADDICTIONS, ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, DIS., TERRITORIALISM, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY, NUCLEAR STRENGTH, ENEMY DEFINITION, SECRET ALLIES, PROGRAMS THAT DESERVE THE TERM, WAR & PEACE AIMS, REVOLUTION, LIBERATION, INSURRECTIONS
STRENGTHS OF PANARCHIES: HOW STRONG ARE TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS COMPARED WITH THE POTENTIAL MILITARY & OTHER STRENGTHS OF EXTERRITORIAL PANARCHIES? Territorial governments have covered the world – for all too long. They have immense military forces, with the most modern, scientific and mass murderous weapons, always ready to turn them against their own subjects and against the victims of foreign territorial governments rather than against their “leaders”. (There seems to be, mostly, a "gentlemen's" agreement between them not to hurt each other but only their subjects.) Via inflation, forced loans, confiscations and taxation they can utilize much of the earnings and properties of their subjects for their purposes. And, essentially, their strength rests also upon the statist popular prejudices of their subjects, upon the sanction of their victims, who never seem to learn enough from their experiences with all territorial governments and their politicians. Could such strengths be overcome by panarchists? And even if that were temporarily achieved and some panarchies were established in some country or in the world, could then the territorial governments smash them again, easily? The whole of military science, of policing State power, of totalitarian power and of resistance against them, revolutions, and of insurrections, as well as of anarchist and libertarian defence and liberation efforts - has so far been closely tied only to the territorial model. Thus the reformers and revolutionaries tried to fight statism with the essence of statism: territorialism. It's like fighting Christianity with Christianity, Marxism with Marxism, militarism with militarism, despotism with despotism and terror with terrorism. A new science has to be developed, one to achieve and defend liberty in unique pro-freedom ways that exclude the victimization of innocents, as far as that is humanly possible and that undermines the walls of despotism, so that they would finally tend to fall down of their own weight. In other words, panarchistic defence, revolution, resistance, liberation and protection methods have to be developed and their discussion has barely begun. It is obstructed by limited interests and an almost unlimited number of popular errors and prejudices “against which no herb has as yet been grown”. The task seems to be enormous, certainly overwhelming for an individual and yet an individual can gather together already many of the ideas and methods that would be required for panarchism to succeed against all odds and can start the building the tools, references and design the techniques that would be required and which have never as yet been brought systematically together, for all those able and willing to supply and apply them for the liberation of all people, to the extent that they want to be liberated and for the protection of their liberties, once they have achieved them. - As much as I could, I gathered such red threads from various sources, but especially from the mind and the writings of a German libertarian revolutionary and cooperative and voluntary socialist, who had gathered them for 54 years when I met him, Ulrich von Beckerath, 1882 – 1969, in Berlin, in 1952. I put this program together in two manuscripts that were published in my PEACE PLANS series, in PP 16-17 and 61-63 and they remained, particularly in their microfiched form, largely non-sellers. (Also little accessed on the Web: www.exterritorial.net or www.panarchism.net) Much intellectual labour is still required to further develop and correct these programs and to make them attractive not only to the best minds but also to popularize them. Many of the tools for enlightenment here described as required and of the revolutionary means and methods have to be established yet or even proven to be possible, desirable, rightful and necessary. Here these general hints can be no more than another short introduction to these two books of mine (www.panarchism.info/) and to the 3 works of Ulrich von Beckerath on the required monetary freedom, published in PEACE PLANS 9-11. (www.reinventingmoney.com) - U.v. Beckerath wrote a book manuscript on the proper financing of libertarian revolutions – but it was destroyed in Nov. 1943 by an air raid on Berlin. It could, perhaps, be partly reconstructed from his subsequent correspondence and short papers, but that would require first of all, that all his remaining writings are made easily accessible and translated at least into English. I have postponed that by now for all too long but have finally begun with the large scanning and proof-reading as well as translation job that is involved. My hope, that LMP (Libertarian Microfiche Publishing) experiment would help establish a ready market for such material, has not yet materialized, but it has kept me busy for ca. 27 years in the attempt and may do so, until I reach PEACE PLANS issue No. 2,000. – JZ, n.d. - Well, the final number, back in 2002, was only 1779. - Too few people shared my interest in this option freedom of expression and freedom of information option. And I must admit that some of the PC and Internet, especially CD options, are even better for publishing masses of libertarian texts very cheaply, while single digitized books can fast be transmitted via email attachments or downloadable from websites. - JZ, 22.10.11. – However, scanning and proofreading afterwards, when using only the affordable scanners and programs, are much more laborious than the microfilming techniques, which use automatic and computerized machines to make low costs per microfiched book possible. – J.Z., 9.8.12.
STRIKE: Strike against war, for without you no battles can be fought! Strike against manufacturing shrapnel and gas bombs and all other tools of murder! Strike against preparedness that means death and misery to millions of human beings! Be not dumb, obedient slaves in an army of destruction! Be heroes in an army of construction!” - Helen Keller - Emailed in by C. B. – As if strikes were the answer to every problem. – JZ, 22.3.09. – Giving notice and secession are permanent strikes against an employer and against a territorial State and as such much more effective than conventional strikes. – JZ, 5.4.09. UNIONISM, DISOBEDIENCE, RESISTANCE, WAR, DIS., TAX STRIKE
STRINGHAM, EDWARD, Market Chosen Law, JLS 14:1, Winter 98-99, pages 53-77. - It is full of essentially panarchistic ideas - but without a clue about the panarchistic tradition and writings. It is obviously high time to bring all this information together and published in at least one medium, as I try to do with my ON PANARCHY series. Those prepared to secede and fight for liberty, wishing for a genuinely liberating libertarian revolution, may have to revolutionize their reading and publishing habits, extending them to microfilm, floppies and CD-ROMs. The JOURNAL FOR LIBERTARIAN STUDIES contains possibly more such contributions but it is particular about copyrights and too expensive for me in print and on microfilm. - JZ, 7/02, in a letter. - Edward Stringham - Market Chosen Law (pdf) - Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 14, Num. 1, 1998-1999.
STRINGHAM, EDWARD: Working paper on private law: www.mises.org/journals/scholar/stringham3.pdf - firstname.lastname@example.org - Dear Ed, Regarding your new working paper at http://www.mises.org/journals/scholar/stringham3.pdf , I’d like to start by saying that I really appreciate the effort you put into issues like private law. Keep up the good work! - RCBJ, 20.9.07. - PRIVATE LAW
STROMBERG, JOSEPH R., Gustave de Molinari on States and Defense. - Joseph R. Stromberg - Gustave de Molinari on States and Defense - Antiwar.com, July 25, 2000.
STRUCTURES, INSTITUTIONS, VESTED INTERESTS: Challenges to structures are very threatening to those who defend and promote and benefit from those structures." - Brian Martin, Changing the Cogs, 11. - For that reason there should be less total challenges to their existence and more secessions from and more free competitions against them. - JZ, 4.12.82. - If they were really convinced of the qualities of their territorial statist offers then they would not fear such dissent and its experimental freedom among volunteers. - JZ, 22.9.04.
STRUGGLE: Some conflicts do not yield to compromise and can be solved only through struggle.” - Gene Sharp, Power & Struggle, p.3. - Many violent struggles can be ended or avoided through the introduction of free, tolerant and peaceful competition, on the basis of full exterritorial autonomy, which would also include full monetary and financial freedom and xyz self-management forms. - Quite rightful defence, liberation and revolution programs could also reduce violence to the degrees of rightful, forceful and efficient policing actions. - JZ, 12.3.11, 9.8.12. - WAR, LIFE, SURVIVAL, CONFLICTS, FORCE, STRENGTH, COMPROMISE, PEACE, DIS.
STRUGGLES: Struggles and fighting can largely be replaced by tolerance for difference practised only among volunteers and at their risk and expense, i.e. via full exterritorial autonomy under personal laws for all kinds of dissenters, who were freed to be able to secede and reorganized together with like-minded people. – Haven’t there been already enough wars, civil wars, violent revolutions, mass murders and terrorist actions in our histories? - JZ, 5.4.95, 28.5.08, 9.8.12. – DIS.
STUMM, JIM: On Panarchy, 5, 14, 15, 23, 40, 41, 55, 56, 58, 59, 64, 65, 73-75, in PEACE PLANS No. 505, in PEACE PLANS No. 505. - - 103, 124, in ON PANARCHY III, in PP 507. - - 5ff, in ON PANARCHY V, in PP 554. - - 29, 34, 49 (PAN), 54, on abortion & panarchy, in ON PANARCHY VI, in PP 585. - - On Super-Panarchy, 15, in ON PANARCHY VI, in PP 585. - - Panarchy's Progress (Regress), from THE CONNECTION, No. 138, 1, in ON PANARCHY VIII, in PP 672. - - to ZUBE, JOHN: October 6, 1986, 17, in ON PANARCHY VIII, in PP 672. - ON PANARCHY X, RANDOM WRITINGS, No. 14, Sept. 1987: Collectivists & Panarchy: page 33, in PP 755. - - in RANDOM WRITINGS, No. 13, July 1987, DIALOGUE WITH JOHN ZUBE CONCERNING PANARCHY AND A VOLUNTEER MILITIA, 1, in ON PANARCHY X, in PP 755. - - in RANDOM WRITINGS, No. 15, Nov. 1987, PANARCHY & A VOLUNTEER MILITIA, 37, in ON PANARCHY X, in PP 755..- - FINANCING A PANARCHIST MILITIA, Random Writings No. 20, Sept.88, pp, 75-77, in ON PANARCHY XII, in PP 833. - - in RANDOM WRITINGS, No. 16, Dec. 87: Dialogue with John Zube, continued, 47-50, in ON PANARCHY XII, in PP 833. - - In TC No. 93, of 17 Feb. 81, Panarchy/Competing "Governments", 3pp, with some handwritten notes by John Zube, 43, in ON PANARCHY XIII, in PP 869. - - In PANARCHY XIV, in PP 870. - - Grenada & Intervention, 83, in ON PANARCHY XV, in PP 879. - - 103, in ON PANARCHY XV, in PP 879. - - 12-13, 21-22, 44-45, 71, TC 153, 93, in ON PANARCHY XVI, in PP 901.
STUPIDITY: Everybody has the right to be stupid - at his own expense and risk. – JZ, n.d. – RIGHT TO MAKE MISTAKES, TO ERR, TO BE MISTAKEN, FAILURES
STUPIDITY: Oh, to have a world where imbecility wasn't entrenched!” - Anne Walter, A Matter of Proportion, p.93 of ASTOUNDING SF, Br. Ed., 1/60. - You don't need a world for this freedom but exterritorial autonomy among volunteers. It is stupid to insist that anything would or could better be realized only territorially, country-wide or even world-wide or not at all. - JZ, 17.8.02. – It is extremely immoral, irrational and even stupid to let the worst criminals, the power addicts and the power mad, rule territorially over whole populations and to call that self-government or democracy or republicanism, as if this were in the public and general interest rather than against it. – JZ, 2.2.12. - IMBECILITY, POWER, AUTHORITY, TERRITORIALISM, MAJORITY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM, TERRITORIALISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM FOR THE STUPID, IGNORANT & FOR THE ENLIGHTENED, TO EACH HIS OWN, DEMOCRACY, REPRESENTATION, PUBLIC INTEREST, GOVERNMENTS, RULERS
STUPIDITY: Stupid people are in the majority and they are so stupid as to reject even rights and liberties for themselves, although these offer them more opportunities than any other system – even opportunities to learn, as far as they can and want to learn anything. – JZ, 17.3.89. – They tend to appoint, constitute and support territorial rulers and all the crimes and other disasters these cause. On the other hand, the intelligent people are not intelligent enough to strive towards exterritorial autonomy for themselves, thereby setting convincing examples, much more persuasive than speeches, discussions, articles and books can be. – Many of them do even argue against the existence of genuine rights or seem to appreciate only intellectual liberties. - JZ, 17.3.89, 12.3.11. – PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, THE FLAWED INTELLECTUALS, FOOLISHNESS, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, RIGHTS, LIBERTIES
STUPIDITY: Stupidity is a blockage in the ability to receive, integrate and transmit new signals.” - Robert Anton Wilson, Illuminati Papers, p.134. – At least some intelligence expansion drugs are being developed now. Their use by our “great” leaders should be made compulsory. – Better still, we should become free to secede from them and leave them to suffer under their stupidities together with their remaining stupid or ignorant volunteers. - JZ 12.7.08, 9.8.12.
SUBJECTIVE VALUE THEORY: Menger's subjective value theory has still to be recognized as applicable to political systems, too. That would also lead to the appreciation of consumer sovereignty, freedom of contract, free enterprise, free competition, free pricing, laissez-faire, laissez-passer, a free market in this sphere. It would merely require individual secessionism and associationism, i.e. voluntary membership, voluntary taxation and autonomy for volunteer communities. All that is possible only on the basis of exterritorial autonomy for all minorities and majorities and individual sovereignty for those who think that in all respects they can stand on their own feet and would at most have to hire or subscribe to particular competitive service enterprises or to particular political leaders or shepherds, ideologues, prophets or gurus. - JZ, 24.7.91, 13.1.93, 9.8.12.
SUBJECTIVE VALUE THEORY: Panarchism is the application of the subjective value theory to political, economic and social organization, systems, methods and institutions. – JZ, 21.8.91, 1.6.08. - Panarchism is the ultimate application of the subjective value theory. – JZ, 25.10.93. - It applies not only to human beings but to all rational beings with whom we might come into contact in space exploration. – JZ, 9.1.99. - & PANARCHISM
SUBJECTIVE VALUE THEORY: Panarchism might be defined as an application of the subjective value theory to the services of politics and political organization. Since objective values in this sphere do not exist or are not yet generally recognized as such, but most people still suffer under a great variety of dearly held illusions, all people must become free in their consumer sovereignty towards them, and in their free enterprise options, to maximize their individual satisfactions, even if they are one or the other kind of statists. Thus the over-all satisfaction, in balance, corresponding to the present stage of enlightenment, would be maximized. Some would become quite free in their self-chosen communities, others would still suffer under their various hang-ups – until they finally drop them. None should be granted a territorial monopoly for their system. – Freedom to experiment for all! - JZ, 21.8.91, 9.1.93, 9.8.12. - The subjective value theory applies to government and public services, too. Thus allow individuals to make their own free choices and trades and contracts in this sphere as well. No price controls. No monopolies. No compulsory purchases. No imposed services or disservices. Full exterritorial liberty for all minority groups, lastly based on individual sovereignty or consumer sovereignty and free and competitive enterprise for the producers for all public services and goods. I am interested in all public choice theories and observations that go that far, for my ON PANARCHY series. - JZ 27.9.91, 13.1.93.
SUBJECTIVE VALUE THEORY: The subjective value theory applies not only to marketed goods and services but as well to governments, communities and societies – but only once they have become optional ones, i.e., once individual consumer sovereignty is re-established in this sphere by means of individual secessionism, voluntary associationism and exterritorial autonomy under personal laws – for all who desire it. Only then can each achieve, to the extent that it is possible, the ideal government (by the own definition) or the ideal non-governmental free society of his or her dreams, while these dreams last and if the individual is prepared to pay the costs and to take the risks upon his own shoulders. In this sphere, too, each will only be free to dream, act and pay for himself, but not able to impose, via a territorial statist system, his dreams upon others. Then, in every sphere, and to the limits of one’s abilities and resources and willingness to labor with them, one will be able to become the master of one’s own fate. Those who dream of becoming leaders will still find some fools or trusting people who follow them, at least for a while. Each one who wants to subordinate his life to commands by others will have a wide-ranging choice of leaders – and will have to pay the bills of the one he selects, until he or he secedes from him or her or a particular system. We will tend to become as tolerant of their statist or anarchist or libertarian dreams and actions as we are now of their private dreams and consumer actions. To use another analogy: Each will be free to fill his shopping cart with the government or societal services that he wants and is willing to pay for and will not have to accept or pay for any others. Consumer sovereignty towards competitively supplied and market priced governmental and societal service! The distinction between governments, insurance and protection services etc. and other enterprises will more and more disappear. They will all fall under free enterprises, businesses, corporations, self-help organizations, associations or institutions, all with limited authority and powers – only over the own voluntary members – and those criminally attacking them or their properties. – JZ, 22.9.95, 7.1.99, 22.9.04. - & PANARCHISM
SUBJECTIVE VALUE THEORY: The subjective value theory of the Austrian School of Economists has still to be applied by most of them to political and social services and disservices and their institutions. The subjectivists appreciate, in economics, free enterprise, free competition, free pricing, free contracts, free markets, free finance options, free trade and consumer sovereignty, but still have to apply such concepts and practices to politics and “social” matters, and their supposed services and real disservices. The remaining authoritarianism, even of anarchists and limited government libertarians, resting upon the essentially totalitarian model of territorial sovereignty, has to be challenged e.g. by more complete individual rights codes, those including e.g. individual secessionism, monetary and financial freedom and by the practice of alternative institutions among volunteers, at suitable occasions, based upon individual secessionism and exterritorial autonomy, to liberate or defend themselves or to solve one or the other problem for themselves which their present territorial governments apparently do not know how to solve, like e.g. mass unemployment, the threat of ABC mass murder devices, that of violent revolutions, civil wars, terrorism, international wars, inflation, under-development, wide-spread involuntary poverty, excess taxation and government spending, a flood of laws and regulations and an avalanche of bureaucracies. With the introduction of the freedom of choice of panarchism most of the remaining political, economic and social problems would tend to disappear soon, at least for all those able and willing to make rightful and rational choices for themselves. – JZ, 9.10.91, 7.1.99. - & PANARCHISM
SUBJECTIVE VALUE THEORY: The subjective value theory would find a new application - and would lead to the tolerant practice of all other value theories, too and of "value-free" philosophies - among their true believers, without any of them constituting any threat to the non-believers. - JZ to Joe Toscana on Pan, March 96.
SUBMARINE COMMUNITIES: Even submarine communities have been imagined, from the time of Jules Verne onwards. – JZ
SUBMISSION: Thus, as Hume stated, “Nothing appears more surprising … than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few and the implicit submission with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers. When we inquire by what means this wonder is effected, we shall find, that, as Force is always on the side of the governed (*), the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. It is, therefore on opinion that government is founded; and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments … “ – David Hume, Essays, Literary, Moral and Political, London, Ward, Locke, and Taylor, n.d, p.23. Compare: Étienne de La Boétie, The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude, New York, Free Life Editions, 1975; and Ludwig von Mises, Human Action, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1949, p.188ff. - Murray N. Rothbard, The Ethics of Liberty, Notes, p.172. - - Here we should consider: What chances has a dissenting individual or minority, as a rule, against any territorially organized power? Without the exterritorial autonomy and personal law option both are relatively helpless and submission is usually the wisest action. – (*) Is it, when they are disorganized, disarmed and untrained, when they have not yet formed ideal and voluntary militias for the protection of their individual rights and liberties, and when there exists as yet no ideal and complete declaration of their individual rights and liberties? – Here he wrote as if standing armies, monopoly police forces and secret services and their kind of terrorism, even totalitarianism, would be useless to governments. – Already Adam Smith provided some figures to show how easily an armed, trained and organized minority can control even a majority. – Only a tiny minority is so far aware of the panarchistic alternative. - JZ, 6.6.08. 9.8.12. - SUBORDINATION, STATISM, SERVILITY, SLAVE MENTALITY, TERRITORIALISM, DIS., EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PANARCHISM
SUBORDINATION, VOLUNTARY: Consensual, voluntary subordination would remain - but only as long as individuals found it attractive or tolerable for themselves. - JZ, n.d. & 9.8.12.
SUBORDINATION: A subordination of the individual under the “needs” of a collective is not a free community but merely a coercive union and an ideological demand for whose justification no proof is possible, namely, that it is a better one than other ideologies.” – LERNZIEL ANARCHIE, Nr. 5. – A voluntary subordination of individuals so inclined, to such a community, is quite another matter and should not be obstructed. For such individuals it still has its lessons to teach. (School of hard knocks.) Once they are sufficiently enlightened, they should be quite free to secede from them. – JZ, 12.7.08.
SUBORDINATION: I must set myself to acquire all the knowledge I possibly can, for otherwise how can I set a course and decide what to do? The worst thing of all is to wait until you are told what to do by someone else.” – Robin Cook, A State of Denmark, p.60. - And that someone else may be even more ignorant and prejudiced than you are – but just more powerful. – At least you should have individual free choice among all those offering themselves as leaders, gurus, guides, teachers and their systems and should remain free to opt out from under them. Consumer sovereignty towards political and social systems and communities and societies and institutions! – PANARCHISM! - JZ, 12.7.08.
SUBORDINATION: In a truly free society, there is no subordination of any citizen. Every citizen represents himself.” – Karl Hess, in PLAYBOY interview, 7/76. – Free societies of volunteers are also possible. Or societies only as free or unfree as all their individual members want to be. – JZ, 12.7.08. - INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, REPRESENTATION, EGOISM, SELFISHNESS, SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUALISM, DIS., PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM
SUBORDINATION: Millions of women are rejecting subordination in marriage. Marriages based on male authority – on the promise to “love, honor and obey” – are simply coming apart. Tracer’s Company, a firm which searches for run-aways, says that in 1963 it was asked to trace one runaway wife for every three hundred runaway husbands. But last year the ratio had plummeted to one to two. Tracer’s president, Ed, Goldfuder, says, “Women’s lib gives runaway wives the heart to do so.” – Children are becoming insubordinate. Parents didn’t need Rudolf Dreikurs, the popular child-rearing coach, to tell them:“You can no longer ‘make’ a child do anything for very long. Force simply does not work.” … The 1970 National Fertility Study conducted by Princeton’s Office of Population Research showed that 68 percent of Catholic women had rejected the Pople’s clear instruction to rely on rhythm for birth control. Among younger women the percentage was 78 percent.” – Cornuelle, Demanaging America, p.14. – There were and possibly still are some societies with a good relationship between parents and children. I think they should be studied and their methods published. As for marriages: It was always absurd to assume that just one kind of monopolistic and monogenic marriage would be the most suitable form for all kinds of couples. Free choice among dozens to thousands of different marriage options is one of the preconditions for many of them to be successful, supplemented by the possibilities of one-sided divorce declarations, as long as children are cared for by both sides and all contract promises are kept. – JZ, 12.7.08. – WOMEN’S LIBERATION, MARRIAGES, SEPARATIONS, DIVORCE, CHILDREN’S RIGHTS – & DUTIES, UNFORTUNATELY, ALSO NOT AS YET QUITE CLEARLY FORMULATED & DECLARED, FORCE, COMPULSION, COERCION, MONOPOLIES, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT, POSITIVE SIGNS OF THE TIMES
SUBORDINATION: The concept of a nation requires the subordination of the citizen because you must let someone else represent you. So your freedom is being exercised by another person.” – Karl Hess, in PLAYBOY interview, 7/76. – That applies largely only to the involuntary subjects of a territorial State. Under self-chosen governments and societies, all only exterritorially autonomous and ruling only over voluntary members, free to secede, the situation is quite different. There the subjects, while remaining voluntarily members, do largely or completely agree with their leaders or representatives. This difference is significant. E.g., a sports club has only voluntary members and thus can hardly tyrannize its members. – JZ, 12.7.08. – TERRITORIALISM VS. PANARCHISM, REPRESENTATION
SUBORDINATION: The ideal subject is a programmed robot, steerable from a distance. The ideal human subject is a contradiction in terms – for the ideal human would be no subject any longer but his own man. Admittedly, from the standpoint of the rulers the owned man, owned by the government is the ideal subject. Rulers are always inclined to treat people as if they owned them, e.g. via taxation and conscription and avalanches of laws for their behaviour, although they assert that they merely try to represent them and to act in the common or public interest. No thinking being should in any way be owned, other-directed, or enslaved except by contracts voluntarily entered and easily dissolvable. – JZ, 24.9.87, 31.5.08. – PEOPLE AS PROPERTY, GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM, RULERS, SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
SUBORDINATION: The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.” – U.S. Senator William Borah - & STATISM, OBEDIENCE, ALL TOO MUCH OBEDIENCE TO WRONGFUL LAWS, ORDERS & TRIBUTES, TERRITORIALISM
SUBORDINATION: We are “becoming subjects rather than citizens”. – Allan C. Brownfeld, THE FREEMAN, 9/75, p. 517.
SUBORDINATION: We are none of us content”, Herbert Spencer told us, “with quietly unfolding our own individualities; but have a restless craving to impress our individualities on others, and in some way to subordinate them”, a state of affairs which is tolerable only if the others are always free to escape the subordination, and wholly dangerous when the impress is performed in the name of authority and all are subordinated by force. - Interference is, of course, the essence of government.” – Sir Ernest Benn, Account Rendered, p.104/5. – Everybody is trying to make a good (by his standards) “impression” upon others. – JZ, 16.8.84. – Even loving parents do all too often try to produce mirror images of themselves in their children, ignoring their individual differences. – JZ, 9.8.12. - TERRITORIALISM, PECKING ORDER, DOMINANCE, RULE, INTERFERENCE, CONTROL, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY VS. PEOPLE AS PROPERTY
SUBORDINATION: We call ourselves the Zarr Sadus, those who refuse to submit to the priests. I am here to make formal announcement to an Atreides that I’ve removed myself to enemy territory.” – Frank Herbert, Children of Dune, ANALOG 3/76, p.57. – Alas, in that imagined future not even full religious tolerance or religious freedom was realized, far less the same kind of exterritorial autonomy and personal law freedom in the political, social and economic sphere. Territorial thinking, actions and institutions still predominated. – The ideal SF novel describing panarchism may still have to be unwritten. – Will you be able and willing to write it? - JZ, 12.7.08. Or can you point one or even several ones out to me? I am a science fiction fan from way back and, regretfully, find all too many popular errors and prejudices represented even in this branch of literature. – May be they should all be evaluated from the libertarian point of view with their plus and minus points. - JZ, 8.9.12. – RELIGIONS, PRIESTS, CHURCHES, TOLERANCE, PANARCHISM
SUBORDINATION: You need to know that you are fit for something better than slavery and cannon fodder.” – Eugene Debs, quoted by Howard Zinn, Disobedience and Democracy, p.70. – SELFISHNESS, SELF-RESPECT, SELF-APPRECIATION, LIVING THE OWN LIFE, PANARCHISM
SUBORDINATION: You want to be able to consult neighbours, friends, relatives and experts and to be able to freely exchange with strangers but you do not want, as a rule, to be dominated by their opinions, preferences, laws and institutions, just because, temporarily, they got a seeming majority on their side, which is in effect, at the last voting level, also only another minority trying to dominate the rest while making this appear as quite legitimate. – JZ, 6.1.95, 28.5.08. – VOTING, DEMOCRACY, MINORITY DESPOTISM OF “REPRESENTATIVES”, DEMOCRACY, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY, TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM, DISOBEDIENCE, FREEDOM, INDIVIDUALISM, TERRITORIALISM, SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM, MINDING THE OWN BUSINESS, GENUINE SELF-GOVERNMENT, DOMINATION, GOVERNMENT
SUBSIDIARITY PRINCIPLE: I do not believe that Washington should do for the people what they can do for themselves through local and private effort.” – John F. Kennedy, campaign address, Associated Business Publications Conference, New York City, Oct. 12, 1960. – However, even politicians in federal, State and local governments, who express this view, do not give their subjects the secessionist, associational, experimental freedom, personal law or exterritorial autonomy option to try to do their things for themselves. They act, instead, very much as a “disabling profession”, in their own interest, with their own addiction to power or even power-madness. – JZ, 9.8.12. – POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIP, POWER ADDICTIONS, TERRITORIALISM, FEDERALISM, DECENTRALIZATION, SELF-HELP, OBEDIENCE, STATISM, CENTRALIZATION
SUBSIDIARITY PRINCIPLE: If we have true subsidiarity in our large corporations, why not in our societies? In both instances, we now have the technology to facilitate the necessary communications and computers to keep track of the complexity (*) Technology now allows for widely and finely distributed activity. (**) - John Naisbitt, Global Paradox, p.358. - - (*) … and the spread-out membership, customers, investors, contractors, expert advisors etc. – JZ, 16.9.07. ). - - (**) E.g. astronomic radio-telescopes etc. are spread out all over the world and electronically linked for superior combined performance. – One day they will also link their observations, 6 months apart, on opposite sides of the sun. - JZ, 16.9.07. ) - REALIZED BY INDIVIDUAL & GROUPS SECESSIONISM & EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTARY COMMUNITIES
SUBSIDIARITY PRINCIPLE: it is wrong to withdraw from the individual and commit to the community at large what private enterprise and industry can accomplish; so, too, is it an injustice, a grave evil and a disturbance of right order for a larger and higher organization to arrogate to itself functions which can be performed efficiently by smaller and lower bodies. This is a fundamental principle of social philosophy, unshaken and unchangeable.” – Pope Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno, sec.79. Also see Mater et Magistra, esp. secs. 53, 1170121 and Summa Theologica, I-II, Q. 96, A. 2. – How many actions and institutions are there, really, which are more effective when they are quite centralized? Under voluntarism or individual sovereignty, there is not just e.g. one world market or one world-clearing centre but xyz lower market and clearing levels sort themselves out quite automatically and only their balances are settled, also largely automatically, at the top level, which should certainly not be run bureaucratically but respond to demand and supply under full publicity. So it seems that even the subsidiarity principle is not a sufficient excuse for federal powers. – No State or world federation of States has e.g. the right to force a war or a revolution upon the population of a country or a civil war upon the world’s population. Despotic absolutism, as expressed in territorialism, is wrongful at every level. – J.Z., 9.8.12.
SUBSIDIARITY PRINCIPLE: Subsidiarity merely refers to the normative rule that no higher or more general organ of government will issue a rule or determine an order when the same task can be established by a lower and more specialized form of government.” – Ridgway K. Foley Jr., THE FREEMAN, 5/79, p.309. - - Of government, society or community. So for individuals able and willing to rule themselves no law of any community, that he has not joined voluntarily or has seceded from, should be applied, as long as he or she does not interfere with the rights and liberties of any individual remaining in such a community. The last consequence of the subsidiarity principle is anarchism. It also requires the right of individuals to secede and to live with other volunteers under exterritorial autonomy and personal laws. – Who is to judge about the secessions? The secessionists themselves! Who is to judge about aggressive or criminal acts by members of a panarchy against other members of that panarchy? Its members as a whole or their delegated authorities. As for members of a panarchy committing offenders against members of other panarchies: Who is to judge: The pre-arranged judicial authorities agreed upon for their relationships. - Even a world federation should not be allowed a world-wide monopoly. It should have to share the world with other federations of volunteers. – And all these federations would have to tolerate all forms of voluntary secession and decentralization from them. - JZ, 12.7.08. 9.8.12. - PANARCHISM
SUBSIDIARITY PRINCIPLE: the government ought not to interfere” in all that the people can do for themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln, quoted in Seldes, The Great Quotations, xxxix. – However, wherever individuals and dissenting groups are not yet granted the right to secede, as e.g., presently in Zimbabwe, North Korea, Cuba – and in all other territorial States, interventionism is justified but only to realize the right to secede and to live under personal law, which the interventionists, to be recognized as serious and justified, should first introduce among themselves. – JZ, 12.7.08. - SELF-HELP, INTERFERENCE, GOVERNMENT, INTERVENTIONISM, WAR AIMS, GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM, ASSOCIATIONISM, VOLUNTARISM
SUBSIDIARITY PRINCIPLE: The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all in their separate and individual capacities.” - Abraham Lincoln - That is a job for voluntary associations not for territorial monopolies. - JZ, 11.10.02. - How could anyone fully know how much free people can achieve for themselves, if set free to help themselves, without having to engage in the territorial political process, merely by voluntary associations and their self-help steps and arrangements? - JZ, 24.11.02. – Q., GOVERNMENT, LEGITIMACY, SELF-HELP, PEOPLE, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, VOLUNTARISM
SUBSIDIES: Do libertarians support subsidies? No! All subsidies would be abolished as expeditiously as possible and the released funds channeled back to the rightful owners – the taxpayers.” – Arthur C. Sutton, What’s Libertarianism? p.15. - Do any politicians and bureaucrats deserve to be subsidized? Yes, but only those, who have voluntary supporters and who would be exclusively subsidized by these. - No more involuntary tax-based subsidies to ANYONE! - Voluntary taxation, voluntary State membership and subordination only, assured by individual and group secessionism and competition from exterritorially autonomous communities and societies. - JZ, 12.3.11.
SUBSIDIES: REASON: Why do your think that the amount of government spending should not be decided by elected representatives? NISKANEN: Well, there’s a fundamental asymmetry in the political process that leads to an overspending bias. It is primarily a consequence of the fact that political activity itself is costly. Any proposal, for example, which has concentrated benefits but very diffuse costs will be such that the people who bear the cost do not have sufficient incentives to register their concerns through the political authorities or change their votes among candidates on that basis. Any number of subsidy programs or concentrated special-interest programs would be of that character. That’s one important, and probably most important, general bias in this process – the proliferation of special-interest programs with concentrated benefits and diffuse costs. Ten cents per American family per year finances a $ 7 million subsidy, and if that subsidy only goes to a few people they have an enormous incentive to use the political process to achieve that subsidy, and no one has much concern about opposing it. That’s true of all levels of government, almost regardless of how the service is supplied. It’s true to the extent that the Constitution, either in fact or implicitly, authorizes those types of special-interest payments.” - William Niskanen in REASON interview, Nov.78. – How can one reduce such long statements to a short and hart-hitting slogan? Pay your way! - Pay your own bills yourself instead of forcing others to pay them? - How different would be the result if everyone were free to secede from all big spending States? The subsidy seekers might remain for a while – but would all the taxpayers? – All government services to be competitively supplied and priced. - JZ, 12.7.08. – TAXATION, PANARCHISM, OPTING OUT, SECESSIONISM, SPECIAL INTEREST LOBBIES, INCENTIVES, VOLUNTARISM
SUBSIDIES: Since the number of tax dollars in any one year is not only limited but is coming out of your pockets, you know that our government cannot subsidize everything.” – Angus Black, A New Radical’s Guide to Economic Reality, p.109. – Instead, it should subsidize nothing! – JZ, 0.11.76. And nobody but volunteers or voluntary victims should subsidize any government. – JZ, 12.7.08.
SUBSIDIES: The boon that could be given can be withdrawn.” - Seneca, Letters, VIII, p.46, quoting his correspondent Lucilius. - That may be the best part of all subsidies. However, those forced to pay these bills, are not free to refuse paying them or to withdraw from States which impose such unjustified burdens and do their own things, freely, with their property, earnings and lives, wherever they live. - JZ, n.d. & 9.8.12.
SUBSIDIES: The very fact that State sponsored activities need coerced support speaks out against their very existence. The fact that government assistance is needed to carry them on or sustain them is absolute proof of their inherent weakness. “If the work is desirable”, it will be done; if not, then it should not be done.” - Letter IV of Charles Lane, in Carl Watner, A Voluntary Political Government, p.37. – In letters to me, many years ago, Carl Watner had held that a “competing” or “voluntary” government” would be a contradiction in terms, for all governments would be territorial. – While that is true, for the existing territorial governments, it need not be true for some of the future governments, nor is it true for some of the historical ones, operating under personal laws. – JZ, 6.6.08. – With his definition he also managed to ignore the title of this booklet that he published. By his and other wide-spread flawed definitions of government he and others presume that they have already proven their case. In the meantime the definition of some governments as "voluntary governments", "competing governments", "panarchistic governments", "polyarchic governments", "multi-governments", exterritorially autonomous governments" etc. have been multiplying. The old definition is not longer quite generally taken for granted. - JZ, 12.3.11, 9.8.12. - TERRITORIALISM, PERSONAL LAWS, GOVERNMENT, GOVERNANCE, GENUINE SELF-GOVERNMENT, GOVERNMENT BY INDIVIDUAL CHOICE OR CONSENT.
SUBSIDIES: The worst, most wrong and harmful subsidy consists out of all the taxes extorted from subjects to continue the existence and activities of territorial States. – JZ, 10.4.09. - TAXATION
SUBSIDIES: While reading a monthly catalogue of Australian Government Publications placed on sale, I made the following note on subsidies: Minimum requirement to accompany each subsidy legislation should be: 1.) How many will benefit from this handout? 2.) Average hand-out per beneficiary. 3.) Range of “benefit” from the lowest to the highest. 4.) How many are above a certain level? 5.) What percentage of the total costs goes to its administration? – These and other details should be published in the daily papers. – For who has time and energy enough to read the full law texts? – JZ, 20.10.81, 12.7.08. – This would help to increase public awareness of this huge and largely counter-productive burden. But it should not be necessary to sufficiently enlighten the majority on this, to achieve their repeal. Under full freedom and, specifically, by individual and group secessionism, all dissenters could free themselves of this burden. – JZ, 10.4.09, 9.8.12. – SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM
SUBVERSION: make no attempt to subvert my minions! … I wouldn't dream of it. … I prefer minions who change sides on their own.” - Keith Laumer, Dam Nuisance, IF SF, March 66, p.75. - VOLUNTARISM, DESERTERS, DEFECTORS, REFUGEES, ESCAPISTS FROM DESPOTIC REGIMES, DIS.
SUBVERSION: reactionaries branded change as part of any enemy plot, labeled disagreement as subversion.” - Dean R. Koonts, A Darkness in my Soul, Daw Books, N.Y., 1972, p.92. – This is almost inevitable in territorial States. In exterritorial communities each gets only the system that he prefers for himself and is not threatened by the choices others make for themselves. – JZ, 9.6.08. – PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM
SUBVERSION: Subversion gets quite another meaning under panarchism. The old institutions are not to be abolished or destroyed for their believers but freedom is to be established for them as well, with their choices for themselves to be continued, indefinitely, by those who still do appreciate them, either for good reasons or out of delusions. To be subverted, under the ideology of panarchism, is only the territorial monopoly and compulsory membership in or subordination to territorial constitutional, legal and juridical systems, laws and institutions. Not domination but merely free competition with all existing institutions is the aim, a free competition in which none of them has the privilege of a territorial monopoly and compulsory membership. No democracy or republic should strive for such privileges. - JZ, 2.9.04. Any degree of statism and any degree of libertarianism – all only exterritorially and for their followers. – J.Z., 9.8.12.
SUBVERSION: Subversion is mainly a systematic, persistent, vast and multiple activity of territorial governments against their involuntary subjects, to keep them well subdued and to prevent not only armed resistance but even justified public criticism of their wrongful monopoly powers, their nasty secrets, their numerous corrupt and wrongful actions. It is practised by government controlled education, by language abuses (equating e.g. anarchism with chaos governmentally controlled education with real education, government “defence” with real defence, governmental welfarism and insurance with real welfare and insurance, by “political correctness”), by prosecuting whistle-blowers, by tens of-thousands of laws and millions of bureaucrats (46 million in Red China alone). And then those, who wish to end this official subversion, are called subversives! Governmental territorial powers do not deserve any kind or protection, security or secrecy. On the contrary! – JZ, 5.5.95, 28.5.08. – TERRITORIALISM, DIS.
SUBVERSION: Subversion should be considered as criminal only if it aims at reducing freedom and uses means, tools, powers and laws that infringe individual rights. – JZ, 13.8.93 - From that point of view the existing territorial States are the most subversive institutions ever. – JZ, 4.6.08, 9.8.12. – STATES, RIGHTS, TERRITORIALISM, LIBERTIES, POWER, LAWS
SUBVERSION: subversives do not accept any democratic limits to their action – in the long run they are bent on imposing a new political system that would deny most of the freedoms they are able to exploit. – Subversion works like judo: the basic principle is to use your opponent’s strength (in this case, liberal tolerance) against him. That is why democrats challenged by subversion will sooner or later find themselves in the classical dilemma: how far can they afford to allow a totalitarian movement the same rights and liberties as democratic parties?” - Robert Moss, in Dr. Rhodes Boyson, ed., “1985: An Escape from Orwell’s 1984”, p.110. – They do not have to put up with totalitarians in their own communities and they do not have to outlaw totalitarianism for totalitarians, either. - Alas, liberal tolerance does not go far enough in one way and in the other way it goes too far. 1.) It does not go far enough by being intolerant towards individual and group secessionism and exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers under personal law. 2.) On the other hand, it is going too far in being tolerant towards intolerant movements and “freedom fighters”. - The reason or motive is always that both, the “liberals” or “democrats” as well as the subversives and totalitarians, subscribe to territorial rule. If they were not, then the subversives or totalitarians would either opt out - to do their own things to themselves - or would be “excommunicated” and then free to do as they please among their own volunteers. Then the “subversives” and totalitarians alone would have to suffer under the flaws and wrongs of their ideologies, which would be very educational for most of them. – JZ, 12.7.08. – PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE, TERRITORIAL & EXTERRITORIAL
SUBVERSION: Subversives of the World Unite!” - Mack Reynolds, Trample an Empire Down, p.41. – They should only unite to introduce exterritorial autonomy for themselves and all others, to enable them to try to realize their own dreams at their own risk and expense. Rightfully, they cannot ask for any more and should not be allowed any more. Nor would world unification be required for that. Several kinds of world federations might very well result under consistent voluntarism, individual and minority group choices for themselves, all of them peacefully coexisting exterritorially and competing with each other, like e.g. the producers and distributors of brands of washing powder or toothpaste. – An international federation or merely propaganda league of all minority groups might become influential enough to bring about this reform. For even most majorities are only temporary ones and they are made up of several minority groups or factions. Individual group secessionism, combined with communities of volunteers under personal laws, could come to relatively easily and fast dissolve every territorial empire and nation State. – The victims of territorialism would have nothing to lose but their territorial chains, privileges and powers. Confined to their remaining volunteers, who agree with them on almost everything, they would have almost sinecures for their leaders, and other officials. Compare the longevity of the Catholic Church, after religious freedom was introduced. Now we have not only one kind of Christianity but thousands. Also dozens of kinds of deism, rationalism, humanism, atheism, scepticism etc. The best aspect of all of them is that no one is forced to join them. We should have the same individual free choice among all the diverse political, economic and social systems, including those of all the diverse kinds of anarchism and of libertarianism. - JZ, 12.7.08, 12.3.11.
SUBVERSION: The other signal characteristic of subversion is that it is a technique for acquiring power at every level of society.” - Robert Moss, in Dr. Rhodes Boyson, ed., “1985: An Escape from Orwell’s 1984”, p.110. – Every territorial State is an open invitation for such attempts by subversives and other territorial power mongers. Thus freedom lovers should not attempt to “smash the State” but merely its territorialism and that of all other societies, movements, ideologies etc., just like the advocates of different religions once smashed the territorial monopoly of a hierarchical church. That church still exists – for its believers, mostly quite peacefully and side by side with other churches or sects and their believers. – JZ, 12.67.08. - TERRITORIALISM, DIS., POWER, EXTERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM, ASSOCIATIONISM
SUCCESS: A dictatorship permits only three successful responses: help the oppressors, submit or resist. The last is made most difficult under territorialism. An independent existence, whether successful or unsuccessful, is not permitted. – JZ, 1.7.82. – We should open up and support any desertion, defection, refugee, asylum, insurrection, revolution and secession option for its victims. – JZ, 10.4.09. - At least by developing and spreading suitable programs for those, who have learnt enough from all the mistakes and wrongs of the past and of the present. – That could be done, e.g. by recognizing all kinds of governments in exile - for their present and future volunteers. Also by publishing all genuine individual rights and liberties sufficiently, for all peaceful people, as ideals which they should be free to adopt for their own affairs and relationships, completely or partly, in accordance with their level of enlightenment. Among their remaining volunteers, any authoritarian to totalitarian regime could be continued, at their expense and risk, under exterritorial autonomy, with the exception of those who are so fanatic and intolerant that they would e.g. try to retain or build and stockpile mass extermination devices. - In the absence of all territorial powers that would be more difficult than ever before. - JZ, 12.3.11, 2.2.12. - EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM UNDER EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR ALL GROUPS OF VOLUNTEERS. PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM
SUCCESS: Actually, I’m an overnight success. But it took twenty years.” – Monty Hall. – We should have institutions that would almost immediately recognize and publicize outstanding talents, ideas, discoveries and inventions and also help to develop them further. – JZ, 1.6.08. – IDEAS ARCHIVE & GENIUS & TALENT CENTRE, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM UNDER PERSONAL LAW OR EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PANARCHIES, POLYARCHIES
SUCCESS: All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.” - Mark Twain, 1835-1910. – Popular errors, fallacies, prejudices, false assumptions and conclusions, especially those of territorialism, will also be a great help, for a political career. – JZ, 7.8.09. - We should establish equal freedom, rights and opportunities for the practice of enlightened talents, ideas and institutions - all among volunteers, under personal laws, so that they are independent of misinformed or under-informed public opinion. - JZ, 12.3.11. – We also need an encyclopaedia of the best refutations of popular errors, prejudices, myths etc., which are obstacles to progress. – J.Z., 9.8.12. - VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM
SUCCESS: Are e.g. free trade, free migration, freedom of expression and information, free banking, all genuine individual rights and liberties, ideal militia forces, well organized and businesslike productive cooperatives and exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers, scientific laws and new inventions only correct once they are generally recognized and realized? Does sufficient experimental freedom already exist for all reformers and innovators? Have all positive ideas and talents been sufficiently assembled and published as yet? – Have all errors and prejudices been systematically refuted as yet? Even mere digital “argument mapping” as developed by Paul Monk et al, has not yet been sufficiently applied to the remaining controversies among freedom, peace and justice lovers. - JZ, 25.2.86, 12.7.08, 2.2.12, 9.8.12. – Q., DIS., IA, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, MONETARY FREEDOM, MILITIA, NEW DRAFT
SUCCESS: Before blaming individual freedom lovers for being unsuccessful in their efforts, one should consider how unsuccessful even the most popular, powerful and rich people are today in solving most of the major remaining problems of our times. - Not to speak of territorial politicians and bureaucrats. Using the wrong or flawed ideas and means (e.g., altruism, charity, subsidies) they almost had to be unsuccessful in this respect. Alas, they, too, as intolerant territorialists, tend to bar the way to many freedom experiments among volunteers. - JZ 1.7.82. - And be it only by copyrights and patent claims, based on territorial legislation. We are still very far from having mobilized, freed and published all significant ideas, talents, truths, refutations and opened a path for their tolerant, peaceful, creative and productive realization among their voluntary supporters. Only the "great walls" of territorialism have still to be broken down, while those around private or cooperative property and other genuine rights ought to become strengthened. - JZ, 12.3.11. - EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM UNDER PERSONAL LAWS, SECESSIONISM, EXTERRITORIALISM
SUCCESS: Blaming libertarians today for being unsuccessful is like blaming concentration camp inmates for being exterminated. The first steps towards success consist in recognizing what means are required for it and how these means can be acquired in the fastest possible way. The big breakout or breakthrough requires not only courage but knowledge, organization and tools. – J Z., 4.6.82. – Luckily, the potential enlightenment tools are now more powerful than they were ever before. – Alas, they are not yet sufficiently used in optimal and important ways. – JZ, 26.9.08. – For some details see my 2010 digitized book draft, so far still only called “New Draft”. – JZ., 2.2.12. - TERRITORIALISM, LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT, A GENUINELY CULTURAL REVOLUTION, SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM
SUCCESS: Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” – George E. Woodberry, ANALOG 7/89. - FAILURE, DEFEAT & NOT EVEN TRYING, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM, SECESSIONISM
SUCCESS: Es gibt nur einen Erfolg: auf deine Weise leben zu koennen. - Morley. (There is only one form of success: To be free to live in one's own way.) To that extent all have been unsuccessful so far, unless they set their targets very low and near and never tried to at least imagine their own full human and individual potential, rights and liberties. – JZ, 6.1.93, 9.8.12.
SUCCESS: Every success, which one achieves, creates an enemy for us. One has to be mediocre if one wants to be popular.” – Oscar Wilde, only in a JZ re-translation from the German version: “Jeder Erfolg, den man erzielt, schafft uns einen Feind. Man muss mittelmaessig sein, wenn man beliebt sein will.” – That wide-spread attitude might change once experimental freedom for all, under exterritorial autonomy, is recognized and already widely realized. - Free market institutions like an Ideas Archive and Talent Centre would also give most sound ideas and talents a much better chance. Add to this the positive effect of financial and monetary freedom, also e.g. the division of labor options achievable e.g. for libertarians, through a common online list of all their projects. - JZ, 12.3.11. - ENVY, ENEMIES, EGALITARIANISM, POPULARITY, DIS., MEDIOCRITY
SUCCESS: Experience has always shown, and reason also, that affairs which depend on many seldom succeed.” - Guicciardini, Storia d’Italia. - Unless they are sufficiently organized, in a market-like way! – Compare, for instance, how the WIKIPEDIA copes with the input from many people. – An Ideas Archive, as proposed by my father, could even be more successful than patent offices have been for inventions. - JZ, 25.9.08. - Exterritorial autonomy would even give small minorities their chance. - JZ, 12.3.11.
SUCCESS: For how long have the best minds fought war, poverty, oppression, disease, ignorance etc.? Even individual commitments to a lifelong struggle towards a rightful aim need not be conditional upon instant, rapid or any successes. - JZ, 4.6.82. - However, have all the best ideas, principles, arguments, facts and talents so far been sufficiently mobilized for these struggles? I believe that the process of general enlightenment could and should be greatly accelerated. For that they would need not only freedom of expression, information and association and xyz opportunities for them but also freedom of action and experimentation, under personal law and full use of all the powerful and affordable information storage and duplication options that are now available. - NEW DRAFT- digitized book manuscript, PANARCHISM, MONETARY & FINANCIAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, FREE BANKING, IDEAS ARCHIVE, CD PROJECT, PROJECTS LIST, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM, FREE MARKETS & LAISSEZ FAIRE IN EVERY SPHERE, ENLIGHTENMENT
SUCCESS: Full success requires not only knowledge and ability and resources but also free exchange! – JZ, 1.7.82. – Without e.g. full monetary and financial freedom success is often much harder to attain and often not gained at all. – JZ, 1.7.82. – We are not free to issue or accept competing sound free market monies or even to spend all our earnings ourselves, quite untaxed by direct and indirect taxes. – JZ, 9.8.12. - MONETARY & FINANCIAL FREEDOM
SUCCESS: I … wish you well, for your success is our success.” - Henry M. Boettinger, Moving Mountains, p.324. – The more successes there are in the world, the better off everybody will be, except, naturally, those successfully caught and convicted, who were trying to make their living at the expense of others, e.g., robbers, thieves, swindlers. – JZ, 6.6.08. - Thus freedom to experiment should be introduced in every sphere, confined only to volunteers and exterritorial autonomy. - JZ, 12.3.11. - PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE FOR TOLERANT ACTION, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREE ENTERPRISE IN EVERY SPHERE, VOLUNTARISM
SUCCESS: I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure - which is: Try to please everybody.” - Herbert Bayard Swope, Address, at dinner given in his honour by Interfaith in Action, 20.12.1950. - This does apply to individuals but, again, not to market-like institutions, which release and offer everybody's productive, creative and exchange services. - JZ, 1.7.82, 9.8.12. - Panarchism has at least the potential to please almost everybody, except criminals with victims, power mongers and other harmful parasites. - JZ, 12.3.11. - CRIMINALS, POLITICIANS, DIS., PARASITES, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, FAILURES
SUCCESS: I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” – Bill Cosby. - That is also one reason why most territorial governments are failures. Like in business enterprises, industries, agriculture and the academic, they should find their niche and act as sensibly as they can there, merely as panarchies of volunteers, which are only exterritorially autonomous and try to please only their volunteers or customers. - JZ, 25. 11. 06. - For a long time at least the territorialist mass media and political careerists were successful by trying to please everybody. But that brought them down to the lowest common level and prevented them from seeing and realizing genuine solutions that are contrary to popular errors, myths, prejudices etc. The did not find and realize the best solutions but rather helped to prevent them. - JZ, 12.3.11. - MASS MEDIA, POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM, TRYING TO PLEASE EVERYBODY, DIS.
SUCCESS: I know of no greater failure than the man who devotes his life to the achievement of success. – … The man who sets success as his goal is doomed to failure, since one desire for achievement succeeds another in the endless chain of human vanity.” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Book of Contemplation, p.125. – There are many kinds of success. D. D. R., probably, meant only financial success. But there are also more worthwhile and quite moral and rational aims one can try to reach successfully. E.g. the abolition of the territorial State, of war, of involuntary poverty, of unemployment, of inflation, of taxation, of dictatorships. Also a comprehensive reprivatization of all remaining governmental assets, monetary and financial freedom. An Ideas Archive and Talent Centre. Free Trade and Free Migration. The purchase of enterprises by their employees. Some of these attempts could be very profitable once they are successful. – JZ, 4.6.08. – How many of those, who became rich and famous, had mainly only right ideas in their heads rather than numerous popular errors, myths and prejudices? – JZ, 2.2.12. -DIS., FINANCIAL SUCCESS OR THE SUCCESS OF IDEAS, RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, PEACE, JUSTICE, FAME, RICHES, WEALTH
SUCCESS: I seldom see a spark ignited, but to stop trying is to surrender and die.” – Joe Fulks, THE CONNECTION 109, p.42, 22.1.83. - The free market preconditions for the easy spread of a good idea or the wide recognition of a new talent or genius do still have to be established. - Demand for and supply of good ideas and talents have still to be brought systematically together. - JZ, 13.3.11. - PANARCHISM, IDEAS ARCHIVE, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, DIS., NEW DRAFT.
SUCCESS: I would urge you to join the ranks of the common people in the private sector, where success is achieved by providing people with a service that they personally desire, and not by forcing people to follow a source of action that they deem to be against their best interests.” – Gary P. Courtney, Bridge Road, Hornsby, in a letter accompanying THE LIBERTARIAN NEWSLETTER No. 2, 1976. - That is a good enough approach for the production and distribution of most consumer goods and services, but not for new ideas and talents, especially not in the social sciences, which so far are all too restricted by territorialism. – JZ, 12.7.08. – IDEAS ARCHIVE & TALENT CENTRE, LIBERTARIAN IDEAS ARCHIVE, EXTERRITORIALLY AUTONOMOUS EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM FOR VOLUNTEERS, PANARCHISM, DIS.
SUCCESS: I’d rather succeed (in the meaning of becoming prosperous or even rich) in a future and free world than in this one. – I would count it as a personal major success to having helped somewhat to bring a future free, just and peaceful world a bit closer. - JZ, 4.2.91, 12.3.11. - Panarchism would greatly contribute to "release all creative energies" for the establishment of a better world, with freedom, and justice for volunteers, to the extent that they desire them in their communities, while peacefully coexisting with all other kinds of communities of volunteers, all under their own personal laws, individually chosen, limited to exterritorial autonomy and remaining with them, by not seceding from them. - In such free societies all could try to realize their own ideals undisturbed - as long as they do not disturb the other idealists in their efforts. - JZ, 12.3.11. - PERSONAL SUCCESS, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW
SUCCESS: If at first you don't succeed - you're perfectly normal.” - The 1975 Down Under Calendar. - FAILURES, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM
SUCCESS: If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average. DON'T QUIT.” - Author Unknown. - TRYING, PERSISTENCE, QUITTING
SUCCESS: If one does not have a worthwhile program then one does not deserve to succeed. – JZ, 1.7.82. - Nevertheless, one should be free to try to realize it - at one's own expense and risk. - JZ, 12.3.11.
SUCCESS: If you love wealth more than liberty, servitude more than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace, may your chains sit (*) light upon you and may posterity forget you were our country men.” - Samuel Adams, quoted on p.27 of Immortal Life of Genius. (*) I inserted “sit” where a word seemed to be missing, perhaps omitted by me in the transcription. – JZ)
SUCCESS: If you win very easily you aimed too low. - JZ 22.6.80.
SUCCESS: In fact, contrary to Marx, in a free-market economy, the rich get richer and the poor get progressively richer.” - Byron Fraser to Henry Rosenblum, 15.10.80. - Alas, we are still very far from having reached it. However, already with some degrees of economic rights and liberties much can be achieved. The realization of all of them would appear as an "economic wonder" to many. - JZ, 12.3.11. – Also some of the rich fall back into poverty. Some even manage to become bankrupt several times in their business careers. The market never supplies a guaranty for success, especially not when new ideas, talents, services or goods are offered. – The proper markets for all of these have still to be established. – Under Welfare State systems the poor can also get progressively poorer. - JZ, 9.8.12. – DIS.
SUCCESS: Instead of merely stating that someone has not been successful so far, one should rather enquire, thoroughly, why so many people, with at least some worthwhile ideas, knowledge and talents, remained without success while people with disastrous ideas were often very successful. – JZ, 4.6.82, 9.8.12. – Q.
SUCCESS: It is all a matter of proper leverage (Archimedean leverage story) - of the proper tools and training and ability for the job - and freedom to do it or to show the way. - JZ, 1.7.82, 12.3.11.
SUCCESS: It is difficult but often wise to hide one’s successes.” – Graff – (JZ tr. of: “Es ist schwer, aber oft klug, seine Erfolge zu bemaengeln.”) - Once all are quite free to become successful with their sound ideas and talents, and to fail only as the result of their flawed or false ideas and insufficient talents, while still earning on a quite free market whatever their productive or creative contributions are worth, then this risk or danger will be greatly diminished. So far we are all more or less victims of e.g. monetary and financial despotism, territorialism, wars, wide-spread ignorance and popular errors and prejudices. - JZ, 12.3.11.
SUCCESS: It is not necessary to hope in order to undertake, or to succeed in order to persevere. – William the Silent. – Compare: One does not need hope to begin nor success to continue the struggle for liberty.” - William of Orange, Liberator of the Netherlands – FREEDOM, INITIATIVE, PERSEVERANCE
SUCCESS: It takes twenty years to make an overnight success. “– Eddie Cantor. – It may take 20 years to develop an outstanding idea or talent. But should it take 20 years to get them recognized? Moreover, some people are already born with a great talent. Why should they have to struggle for 20 years? Proper marketing of talents – and ideas and inventions would solve this problem. – An Ideas Archive and a Talent Centre for finished ideas and developed talents could also greatly reduce the time required for their wide-spread acceptance. JZ, 1.6.08, 12.3.11. – For all remaining social science problems the abolition of territorial authoritarianism, monopolism and compulsion is required and full experimental freedom under personal law for volunteers. - In other words, panarchism as a "meta-utopia" (Nozick) with numerous diverse panarchies or intentional communities for their volunteers, with none of them confined to any territory or granted any territorial monopoly. - Then, at least in this sphere, successes would no longer require decades or even centuries of efforts. - JZ, 12.3.11. - IDEAS ARCHIVE, TALENT CENTRE, MARKETING, PUBLICITY
SUCCESS: Look at government programs for the past 50 years. Every single one - except for warfare - achieved the exact opposite of its announced goal.”- Peter Drucker. – GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, MEASURES, LAWS, SYSTEMS, BOARDS, BUREAUCRACIES, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, FAILURES
SUCCESS: Making myself known is not what is uppermost in my mind – it is something that can satisfy only the most mediocre vanity. I am aiming at something better: to please myself.” – Gustave Flaubert, Letter to Maxime du Camp, June 26, 1852. - Making certain freedom, peace, justice and economic ideas and institutions better known and to increase their chances for their realization is what is uppermost in my mind. That means also the provision of reference works, institutions and methods that would facilitate this job. – And the full utilization of the digital tools now available for this. - E.g., Ipod2 offers already more than 100 million books! - All libertarian titles and desirable reference works could be offered on a large HD. - JZ, 12.7.08, 12.3.11. – FAME, RICHES, WEALTH, SELF-ESTEEM, SELF-RESPECT
SUCCESS: Man is prepared to learn only that which confirms his beliefs.” – Ernst R. Hauschka. – JZ tr. of: “Der Mensch ist bereit, das zu lernen, was ihn bestaetigt.” - Consistent people would thus favour the use of all recording, publishing, viewing, listening and reading as well as duplicating and transmission options and experimental freedom in the sphere of social sciences, with only the last one so far suppressed through territorial politics. - JZ, 12.3.11. – Territorialism has never been exposed as yet to all the criticism, resistance, revolution, defence and liberation options which panarchism and polyarchism make possible. – JZ, 9.8.12.
SUCCESS: No rules for success will work if you don't.” - e-mail quote - & WORK
SUCCESS: Not what I have but what I do is my kingdom.” – Thomas Carlyle. – Also what I think and aim at. - I rather gain in self-respect than gain the respect of millions whom I do not respect. – JZ, 23.6.88, 12.3.11.
SUCCESS: Once success is achieved, it need no longer be striven for. Thus the question: Have you been successful? - does not make sense. Only a rational criticism of the aims and means would be helpful. - JZ, 4.6.82, DIS.
SUCCESS: One does not need hope to begin nor success to continue the struggle for liberty.” - Ascribed to William of Orange, liberator of the Netherlands.
SUCCESS: One may go wrong in many different ways, but right only in one, which is why it is easy to fail and difficult to succeed – easy to miss the target and difficult to hit it.” - Aristotle
SUCCESS: Only freedom could give ... success!” - Dan Henderson, ANALOG, 6/78. – By this I meant: Success to the largest degree, to the largest number of people, who are willing to learn and apply its lessons, including all its preconditions, including sufficient reference works and resistance, defence, liberation and revolution programs. – JZ, 2.2.12.
SUCCESS: Only the mediocre are always at their best.” – Graffito. - Quoted BBC Radio 4, Quote, Unquote, 29.5.80.
SUCCESS: People don’t want to do business with people who are not successful.” – Jim Elwood, ISIL. – Should we give up the freedom struggle simply because after more than 2000 years it is still not a paying proposition for most of its participants? Shouldn’t at least all libertarian pioneers be more than band-wagon-jumpers? – JZ, 5.8.92. – DIS., Q.
SUCCESS: People have the right to make mistakes – at their own risk and expense. If they are clever enough they will then be on their road to success, by learning from their failures and mistakes. Success should never be penalized, e.g. by taxation. – All should enjoy full freedom to experiment, without permission from any politician or bureaucrat. - JZ, 1/73, 6.6.08, 12.3.11.
SUCCESS: People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.” – Albert Einstein, quoted in Carl Seelig, Albert Einstein. (*) – Under panarchism one could expect to see results very soon, too, because one would be free to act unhindered and only among and with like-minded people. One would not have to engage in a prolonged struggle, for years to decades, to overcome legal and public opinion prejudices first. – JZ, 6.6.08. – (*) On my wood heap I have some hardwood or knotty big lumps that resist even dozens of hits with the axe. So far I hopefully let them age and develop some cracks. If that does not help enough, I might have to use a chain saw on them, or hammer and wedges. - JZ, 12.3.11, 2.2.12. - PANARCHISM, IDEAS ARCHIVE & TALENT CENTRE- FOR THE MARKETING OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCES
SUCCESS: People who create things nowadays can expect to be prosecuted by highly moralistic people who are incapable of creating anything. There is no way to measure the chilling effect on innovation that results from the threats of taxation, regulation and prosecution against anything that succeeds. We’ll never know how many ideas our government has aborted in the name protecting us.” – Joseph Sobran May 13, 1998, commenting on US vs. Microsoft. - PRODUCTIVITY & INNOVATION ARE BEING PENALIZED, OR GREATLY DELAYED IF NOT ALTOGETHER BLOCKED, TAXATION, LICENSING, REGULATIONS, PROSECUTIONS, PROTECTIONISM
SUCCESS: persistence in the face of obstacles.” – Henry M. Boettinger, Moving Mountains, p.324. - Political and legislated territorial obstacles can be too large for individuals and minorities, for decades to centuries. - They must become repealed, abolished or demolished with regard to self-responsible free experimentation among volunteers, which does not endanger genuine rights and liberties of those, who disagree with them and do not wish to participate in them.
SUCCESS: Pioneering does not pay.” - Andrew Carnegie (Hendrick, Life) - It can pay under full freedom for pioneers. - That would also include full monetary and financial freedom, and special markets for new ideas and talents. - JZ, 12.3.11. - DIS., PANARCHISM, IDEAS ARCHIVE
SUCCESS: Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” – Quoted in an advertisement.
SUCCESS: Rather no success than no attempt at it.” – JZ tr. of: “Lieber keinen Erfolg als keinen Entschluss.” – Source? Obscurity has also some individual freedom benefits. - JZ, 7.7.92. – Imagine being chased by journalists! – JZ, 12.7.08. - FAME, OBSCURITY, ATTEMPTS, EXPERIMENTS, RISK TAKING
SUCCESS: Should anarchists give up being anarchists because anarchism hasn’t been achieved yet? – JZ, 13.4.96. – Have they tried as yet to achieve anarchism merely for anarchists, while being tolerant towards tolerant and non-territorial statists, aiming at doing their own things only for or to themselves? It is as wrong for anarchists to territorially impose their faith or convictions upon statists as it is for statists to territorially impose their faith or convictions upon anarchists. Once anarchists come to realize and think and act accordingly, then they will have a better chance to reach their ideal for themselves. – JZ, 27.5.08, 9.8.12. – I means: under full experimental freedom, i.e. exterritorially autonomous, for their own kinds of diverse volunteers. It may be difficult for them to concede this kind of freedom, a freedom to choose a lack of freedom for themselves, to the statists, but no more difficult than it is for statists to concede this kind of freedom to anarchists. And for both it will be far less troublesome, time and energy wasting than continuing to try to impose their ideas and institutions - or the lack of them - upon the others. To each his own choices, always at the own risk and expense. That is the kind of non-compromising compromise that ought to satisfy all moral and rational beings. - JZ, 13.3.11. - TOLERANCE, VOLUNTARISM, FREE CHOICE, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PERSONAL LAW, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM
SUCCESS: Should e.g. Christians or freedom lovers give up their struggles because they were not successful enough for centuries or even thousands of years? – Everyone should be free to struggle towards the realization of his ideals, alone or in association with others, as long as he wants to, quite tolerantly, i.e. always at his own risk and expense and this even under full exterritorial autonomy, regardless of how wrongful or irrational outsiders may consider their actions and ideals to be, as long as they are practised only among their true believers. – Even the freedom lovers do not fully agree with each other, far less the religious people and the statists. – To each his own system. - JZ, n.d. & 11.6.08. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, TOLERANCE FOR ALL TOLERANT ACTIONS
SUCCESS: Should one blame doctors for not yet having succeeded in curing all kinds of cancer and colds or for preventing them? - JZ, 1.7.82. - Have their patients collaborated sufficiently, using digital avenues, to examine all the evidence for or against supposed cures and made it available to each other? Since there are xyz different cancers and colds, the effectiveness of the different cures and treatments proposed should be examined and recorded separately. It should also be made easier to find out which particular kind one is suffering under. Otherwise, if there are thousands of different diseases of this kind and thousands of different medicines, by trial and error going through all of them, might lead to one poisoning oneself to death with those medicines which are ineffective against one's particular sickness. All wanted health information that already exists somewhere should be made accessible and also constantly checked by many. The greatest single brain cannot understand, retain and recall all of it and use it whenever it is needed and yet we expect our medical doctors to do this yet or to achieve this knowledge via some short computer searches during a consultation period. A comprehensive health encyclopedia has either not yet been compiled or not yet put online, in Wikipedia form. - Nor have anarchists and libertarians made all their knowledge digitally accessible in an ordered and criticized form. With insufficient information only limited successes, if any, can be obtained. - JZ, 13.3.11.
SUCCESS: Social problems like war, unemployment, inflation, oppression etc. involve so many people, myths and vested interests and institutions that individual attempts to reverse current trends resemble attempts to swim against a strong current. At least the opinion-makers have to be won over and this requires new institutions and methods to promote enlightenment. See my program for a genuinely cultural revolution. The present institutions are not sufficient to automatically assure the success of worthwhile ideas and talents and inventions. This is the main reason for my father's proposal of an "Ideas Archive" and my and D.Z.'s "Super Computer Project" towards which "Libertarian Microfiche Publishing" has made some preliminary steps. – JZ, 1.7.82. - NEW DRAFT, a digitized book manuscript, offered by me as an email attachment to anyone, who wants it, until it is offered online or on a disc. Gian Piero de Bellis has reviewed it on www.panarchy.org. - JZ, 13.3.11.
SUCCESS: Some people tend to measure everything in terms of monetary success and fame already achieved. These aims do not interest me primarily. I measure everything rather subjectively by its importance and potential for success and work towards making it sufficiently known, by offering it as cheaply as I can, first in print, then on microfiche, now in form of digitized texts. – If others do not appreciate the ideas I try to pass on that is their loss rather than mine. - JZ, 13.1.90, 12.7.08, 13.3.11.
SUCCESS: Some people would deny the possibility of lightening or of being struck by it – until it strikes them. They deny the possibility of peace, freedom and justice, of life extension, intelligence expansion and of space exploration. They would deny the possibility of WW III until it strikes them and then it is too late to do anything to prevent it. They deny the possibility of serious nuclear accidents – until they suffer themselves under them. They deny the need for a proper free market for ideas and talents to give them their maximum chance to succeed, especially a free market for social science experiments among volunteers, all realized only panarchistically, i.e. tolerantly. Even radical freedom lovers like Murray N. Rothbard could not envision full monetary freedom but remained prejudiced against it, expecting the classical gold standard currency to be a sufficient substitute for it. We do not as yet live under conditions that would allow all good ideas and talents their maximum chance to become widely enough recognized and then to be realized. – JZ, 12.7.08, 9.8.12
SUCCESS: Some successes remain unrealized because of a quite unnecessarily included secondary aim.” – Graff. – JZ tr. of: “Manche Erfolge scheitern an einem voellig unnoetig einkalkulierten Nebenzweck.” Typical instances: Anarchists who combined their freedom demands with demands for equality and for many of them their egalitarianism is more important to them than voluntarism. To that extent they are not anarchists but intolerant authoritarians. - JZ, 13.3.11. – Others bind themselves down by an absolute commitment to non-violence or by rejecting money and free exchanges and private property rights, insisting, instead, on re-distributionism on the “principle” of “from the able to the needy! – JZ, 9.8.12.
SUCCESS: Succeed by really trying.” - Christopher Lucas. - Most libertarians give up much too early - after trying only a few superficial projects. - JZ, 24.5.80. - PERSISTENCE
SUCCESS: Success breeds success.” - Arthur Seldon, Right Turn, p.44. Or at last imitation or copycats. Anyhow, it increases the number of followers, if they do not merely satisfy or dissatisfy themselves with being envious or calling it exploitatioin. That is why panarchism or full experimental freedom can be so successful, in balance, in its all-over effect, in spite of the great number of failures that it would also lead do. (Less than the failures, wrongs and harm caused by territorialism.) The natural sciences and technology proceeded in this way, in our times especially the computer sciences and technology. We should apply the same method in the social sciences to overcome all the remaining and solvable problems for mankind. If we did, then not only freedom, prosperity, peace and justice might be achieved and this rather fast fast, but also enlightenment, longevity, intelligence expansion and space travel. The few jumps we made so far, in such directions, do hardly count, compared with what is possible – if we really tried and were quite free and sensible in working towards such aims. - JZ, 13.3.11, 9.8.12.
SUCCESS: Success does not come to those who sit back and wait for success to come to them.” - 1977 Collins Desk Calendar. Unless they are prepared to wait and suffer long enough, until a few pioneers finally succeed and their successes can be easily and cheaply copied. - JZ, 13.3.11. – DIS.
SUCCESS: Success in what? Selling some trivial gadget to fools or selling an important idea to the few people already interested in it, existing somewhere? Is any good idea or project really worthless until it is sold and realized? Van Gogh is said to have sold only a single picture during his whole life. Now they sell for millions. The fates of Socrates and Christ are better known. How may great men and women did never receive recognition? – The required optimal, special and free markets for new ideas and talents have still to be established. Anarchists and libertarians should know all about this – but have they learned enough from their own experience with their ideas and talents? - JZ, 7.7.08, 9.8.12. – Q., IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT
SUCCESS: Success is a journey, not a destination.” – Ben Sweetland. – True, if merely riches or fame are striven for, untrue is the aim is e.g. the abolition of war, inflation and unemployment, of cancer and of all too short life-spans. – Generalizations rarely cover all cases. - JZ, 1.6.08. – It requires the journey involved in full freedom to experiment for individuals and groups in every sphere. – JZ, 2.2.12.
SUCCESS: Success is failure turned inside out. // The silver tint of the cloud of doubt, // And you can never tell how close you are, // It may be near when it seems afar; // So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit, // It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit”. – Author unknown, quoted in STRAIGHT TALK, Dec. 29, 1977. – FAILURE, PERSISTENCE
SUCCESS: Success is found when preparation meets opportunity.” - Sister Brown. - PREPARATION & OPPORTUNITY
SUCCESS: Success is just about the last thing for which one is forgiven.” – Capote. (JZ tr. of: “Erfolg ist so ziemlich das letzte, was einem vergeben wird.”) - However, envy will be greatly reduced once everyone has a very good chance to sell whatever ideas and talents or readiness to work productively he or she has to offer. That requires experimental freedom in all spheres, also full monetary and financial freedom and new kinds of markets for ideas, talents and labour. - Territorialism assures more failures than successes. Exterritorialism and its voluntarism would give everyone a chance for at least some limited successes, corresponding to what one has to offer in a quite free market for goods, services, ideas and talents. - JZ, 13.3.11. - DIS, ENVY
SUCCESS: Success is not only measured in immediate dollar returns. I have published, although only on microfiche, ideas on how to end war, oppression, mass unemployment, civil wars, bloody revolutions, poverty, racism etc. and made them very cheaply available to anyone who wants them. I have also scanned-in many important freedom texts, offered online or free via email attachments upon request, until they appear on disk or online. If people refuse to make use of these texts that is their fault and failure, not mine. I have done my best to make such knowledge accessible but I cannot force anyone to accept it. – JZ, n.d. & 2.7.08. – The experimental freedom introduced by panarchism will, inevitably, lead to many successes and to their spread. – JZ, 31.1.12.
SUCCESS: Success is often just an idea away.” - Frank Tyger, READER’S. DIGEST. – IDEAS ARCHIVE
SUCCESS: Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill. - A slightly different version: Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” - Not really from failure to failure but going beyond past failures, sufficiently learning from them, towards successes, which cover all the losses of the previous learning experience and bring profits. The WRIGHTS brothers set an excellent example for this. - JZ, 25. 11. 06, 9.8.12. - FAILURES & ENTHUSIASM, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT IN ALL SPHERES FOR ALL PEOPLE, ALWAYS AT THE OWN RISK & EXPENSE ONLY.
SUCCESS: Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” – Earl Nightingale, quoted in THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 28.10.97, p.2E.
SUCCESS: Success is the teacher of the fools.” – Livius – JZ tr. of: “Der Erfolg ist der Lehrer der Toren.” - Failures and successes of free experiments in thought and actions are also teaching wise people. A mere financial or business success might not indicate great abilities and worthwhile services but merely the popularity of whatever one has to offer and be it merely new narcotics, gambling or betting options. - JZ, 13.3.11.
SUCCESS: Success must be measured in terms of eternal verities, And money and applause are both temporary things, of no lasting merit or importance. To achieve truly, one must be aware of the ages. One must so govern his thoughts and actions that he lives in terms of truth, rather than in terms of popular acceptability.” – Robert LeFevre, quoted as motto to chapter 5 of Carl Watner: LeFevre, p.36.
SUCCESS: Success should not be deemed a crime.” - Paul Lepanto, Return to Reason, p.141 – ENVY, WEALTH, PROFIT, “UNEARNED INCOME”, ANTI-CAPITALIST MENTALITY
SUCCESS: Success went to the unit of one.” - Robin Cook: A State of Denmark, p.167. - INDIVIDUALISM, INNOVATORS, PIONEERS, COMMITTEES, REPRESENTATIVES, SELF-MANAGEMENT, INITIATIVE
SUCCESS: Success will come if one keeps on trying. Anyway, that's the assumption that I'm operating on.” - David M. Brooks II, LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 8/11/75. – “May” rather than "will" is the operating phrase, I believe, at least under today's conditions. - JZ, 1.7.82. - These conditions could and should be greatly improved. See my digitized New Draft book manuscript. - JZ, 13.3.11. - PERSISTENCE
SUCCESS: Success, however, is not a good counsel, any more in the life of nations than in that of individuals.” - Hans Habe, Off Limits, p.124. - Success in what? In trivial pursuits? Like a new Guinness Book of Records entry, or in the pursuit of aims like peace, freedom, justice, enlightenment? - Success is so much of a sponge-word that has soaked up different meanings, so that one should always qualify the term. - JZ, 13.3.11.
SUCCESS: Success, the one unforgivable sin against your neighbour.” – Ambrose Bierce. – Only in a JZ re-tr. of the German version: “Erfolg: die eine unverzeihliche Suende gegen den Naechsten.” - While contemporaries, who did not succeed themselves, may never forgive one, one will be honoured by future genuine historians for whatever one has achieved for mankind. Anyhow, self-respect and self-satisfaction can be a sufficient reward. One should also work towards conditions that make one independent of one's neighbours, even of all of one's countrymen, when it comes to good innovations one conceives. They should be permanently recorded in an Ideas Archive and freely applicable in experiments among volunteers. That is more important than present majority approval. - JZ, 13.3.11.
SUCCESS: Success, unless earned, leads to failure. Faculties develop through struggle, not handouts.” - Leonard E. Read: Then Truth Will Out, p.X. - But there can be too much struggle, persecution and even murder threats for innovators and pioneers. - They need special self-help institutions, markets and free experimentation as well as credit and insurance options. Some innovations could even be sponsored by betting on them. - JZ, 1.7.82, 13.1.11, 9.8.12.
SUCCESS: The American Dream was not about government’s taking huge sums of money (under the label of "taxation") from citizens by force. The American Dream was about individualism and the opportunity to achieve success without interference from others.” – Robert Ringer - WITHOUT INTERFERENCE FROM OTHERS, THE AMERICAN DREAM
SUCCESS: The fame of little people is called success.” – Marie von Ebner Eschenbach - (JZ tr. of: “Der Ruhm der kleinen Leute heisst Erfolg.”) - High earnings and large capital assets serves them instead of other achievements. Under full freedom and competition they indicate at least honest economic services competitively supplied and rewarded by others, rightful work, business and professional successes, the profits of free exchanges. One should not expect everybody to work hard towards the achievement of mankind's highest ideals. Much work by others, freely exchanged, still keeps us alive and active, working towards our own ideals, going beyond merely making a living and becoming somewhat prosperous by one's own contribution to free market for goods and services. - JZ, 13.3.11.
SUCCESS: The history of success, as we can never too often repeat to ourselves, is the history of minorities.” – John Morley, On Compromise, p.226. - MINORITIES – And of the smallest minority, the individual. Their struggles could be greatly diminished and their success much more assured e.g. through an Ideas Archive and Panarchism. – JZ, 6.6.08.
SUCCESS: The intensity of your desire is directly related to your idea of the possibility of being able to achieve success in the end. No task, no undertaking, no battle seems too great an obstacle when you realize that you are going to win in the end.” – Zarlenga, The Orator. – What good is that if the success might come only in a thousand or a million years? We ought to develop methods to assure success for ideas and talents in the shortest possible time, during our life-time, without huge efforts by individuals, huge costs and sacrifices. – PIOT! – Panarchy In Our Time! Or: “FIOT”: Freedom In Our Time! - JZ, 29.5.08. – FAITH, CONFIDENCE, VICTORY, FREEDOM, IDEAS ARCHIVE, ENLIGHTENMENT, A GENUINELY CULTURAL REVOLUTION
SUCCESS: The modern Australian - His God is success. - His religion is comfort.” - Rev. C. P. Bradley. - PURPOSE OF LIFE
SUCCESS: The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” - Old Testament, Ecclesiastes, IX, 11. - Not to all but to some of them! - JZ, 1.7.82. – It is high time to finally establish the kinds of special markets that would help most of the ideas and talents, which deserve success, to achieve it relatively fast and easily. – JZ, 25.9.08, 9.8.12.
SUCCESS: The secret of success is constancy to purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli, speech, June 24, 1870. – That is only one of many requirements to assure it as soon as possible, when any particular project deserves to be successful. – JZ, 12.7.08.
SUCCESS: The secret of success is simplicity.” - John W. Campbell: The Cloak of Aesir. - While it is easier to achieve "success" with simple ideas, even with flawed but popular ones, a modern microchip is hardly an example of simplicity. Simple as all genuine individual rights and liberties seem to be and also the free, just, voluntary and very diverse relationships and institutions, actions and reactions that they do lead to, they are still so numerous, complicated and enormously diverse that not enough people understand them sufficiently to abstain from wrongfully trying to interfere with them, always, naturally, with the best intentions and, if they are legislators, after legalizing their wrongful interventions, undertaken our of ignorance, errors and prejudices. The invisible hand, the natural harmonies, rights and liberties, are still invisible and denied by all too many.- JZ, 23.3.11.
SUCCESS: The success of any free man depends on the objective value of his work and on the rationality of those who recognise that value.” - THE AUSTRALIAN GP, 9/74
SUCCESS: The success of any great, moral enterprise does not depend on numbers.” - William Lloyd Garrison, Life, Vol. III, p. 473. - Not large numbers but some numbers! - JZ - Moreover, the few, who do already appreciate them, must become free to practise them, exterritorially fully autonomous, at their expense and risk. - JZ, 13.3.11.
SUCCESS: The success should be a consequence, never should it be the aim.” – Gerhard Uhlenbruck. – (JZ tr. of: “Der Erfolg ist eine Folgeerscheinung, niemals darf er zum Ziel werden.”) - Even when e.g. freedom, peace and justice are the aims? - What he meant was, probably, mere financial success. However, even that can be a rightful aim. To achieve self-support and independence in one's old age is not only a basic right but a duty for individuals. - JZ, 18.3.11. - DIS.
SUCCESS: The way to success is plastered with the failures of others.” – Petan. – JZ tr. of the German version: “Der Weg zum Erfolg ist mit fremden Misserfolgen gepflastert.” - Not only the failures of others but also the own are lessons on how to become successful – e.g. in the ordinary efforts to provide consumer satisfactions. – JZ, 2.7.08.
SUCCESS: There are many different forms of success and failure. Fame and monetary returns are just two indicators of popularity. One has to distinguish e.g. between the achievement of a breakthrough, a new creation, invention or discovery, a thought, a successful experiment, a good proof or demonstration and their theoretical and practical general acceptance and utilization. These do not always go together or follow each other, although this would be desirable. E.g., most people would rather leave most liberty writings unpublished or out of print than publishing them on microfilms, floppies, CDs, DVDs or on a large external HD. This indicates not only a failure of conventional publishing and reading but also a failure of freedom lovers to adopt cost-efficient technologies for their supposedly beloved freedom texts. It also represents a failure of the advocates of microfilms and disks to persuade their potential customers to make use of such powerful and affordable alternative media for their texts. A few hundred microfiche publishers like myself could, perhaps, have produced all freedom writings on microfiche. A few thousand libertarian scanners could probably reproduce all freedom writings electronically. Why they haven’t done so as yet I do not know. Do you? – JZ, .9.2.90, 12.7.08.
SUCCESS: There is no man so successful as he who does not await the arrival of his opportunity, but sets out and makes it.” – Blake – OPPORTUNITY, IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, CONTACTS MEETING CALENDAR, OPEN AIR SPEAKING CENTRE, DISCUSSION CENTRE, ALTERNATIVE MEDIA LIKE MICROFICHE & DISKS
SUCCESS: There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.” - Christopher Morley, Where the Blue Begins, 1922. Page 85. - There is only one kind of success: To be able to live in your own way.” – Christopher Morley. – JZ tr. only of the German version: “Es gibt nur einen Erfolg: auf deine Weise leben zu koennen.” - Even the most successful people are not yet free to choose for themselves the kind of political, economic and social system that they would prefer for themselves. – At most they can relocate to somewhat less confiscatory and regulated countries. - JZ, 2.1.08. – As a gambler, drinker or Don Juan? – Worthy aims have some value, too. - JZ, 1.6.08. - PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, SELF-DETERMINATION, SELF-GOVERNMENT, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL CHOICE OF GOVERNMENTS & SOCIETIES& LIVING THE OWN LIFE, BEING THE MASTER OF ONE'S OWN FATE
SUCCESS: There was a deeper failure than incomplete success. 'That is a failure to attempt a worthy effort, a failure to try’." - President Carter, quoted in THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 1.5.80.
SUCCESS: Thomas Watson replied: “It’s no exactly my line, but would you like me to give you a formula for writing success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure.” – Arthur Gordon was stunned. – “You’re making a common mistake”, said Thomas Watson. “You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. Failure is a teacher – a harsh one, perhaps, but the best. … You can be discouraged from failure – or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember, that’s where you’’ find success. On the far side of failure.” – That is what Mary Kay Ash of Mary Kay Cosmetics meant when she said: “If failed my way to success.” Fail twice as often. Fail twice as fast. Then analyze your failures. Analyze your successes. Delete your failure patterns. Repeat your success patterns. Double your rate of failure. Frequently fail. Intelligently fail. What worked? What failed? Fail differently. Learn from each new kind of failure. You will trip over new ways to fail. Junk them. You will stumble into successes. Practise them. You will learn twice as fast. Twice as soon. Twice as much. And you will find persuasion success on the far side of failure.” - Michael Cloud, Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion, The Advocates for Self-Government, 2004, p.214 info@TheAdvocates.org www.TheAdvocates.org. – - However, I don’t think that everyone should try out all possible failures on his own. Good references would show already the failure experiences of others and the success methods of others, One can learn from them as well as from the own mistakes and successes only. – JZ, 30.9.07. - One must also be quite free to experiment, which is not true, under territorialism, for all actions territorially monopolized by governments. - JZ, 13.3.11. - & FAILURE, DIS., FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT
SUCCESS: those who were not successful hated success in others.” – Ingo Swann, Star Fire, Sphere Book Edition 1978, p.138. – With the free market institutions of an ideas archive and a talent centre every productive or creative person could reach the success that he deserves. – JZ, 10.9.08, 13.3.11. – When it comes to alternative political, economic and social systems, now monopolized by territorial States, individual and group secessionism is required, combined with full exterritorial autonomy or personal law for communities, governance organizations and societies, all of volunteers only. – JZ, 9.8.12. - HATE, ENVY, IDEAS ARCHIVE, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, SECESSIONISM, ASSOCIATIONISM,
SUCCESS: Tis not in mortals to command success, // But we’ll do more, Sempromius, - we’ll deserve it.” – Quoted by Burke Boyce, Man from Mt. Vernon, on George Washington, Harper & Brothers, New York, 1961, p.165. – According to this author, “He [George Washington] liked those lines. They expressed what he felt.” - From a play performed by his officers. - Under full freedom the degree of success that one does deserve, can be achieved, via various specialized free market institutions and methods. - JZ, 13.3.11.
SUCCESS: to be a winner was to be absolutely nothing. Like being the best flea, among all the fleas on a single dog.” - Harry Harrison, Sense of Obligation, p.18 in ANALOG, 9/61. - True only for some kinds of successes and winnings. - JZ, 13.3.11. - WINNING, VICTORY, SPORTS, RICHES, DIS.
SUCCESS: To be successful you have to wear the right set of prejudices. – JZ, 28.6.82. - Yes, for the marketing of services and goods which e.g. the ignorant and prejudiced masses wish for themselves, apart from survival goods and services. - JZ, 13.3.11.
SUCCESS: To become a financial and a popular success under present conditions is, I hold, not worth the effort, time, concessions and compromises required. – JZ, 1.7.82.
SUCCESS: To undertake great enterprises it is not necessary to live in hope; nor is perseverance dependent upon success.” - Free after William of Orange. – JZ, 1.7.82.
SUCCESS: Too many people still expect almost automatic successes for meritorious efforts, and this in a society that systematically penalizes successes and rewards failure, both on a massive scale, while it allows only a few to slip through these nets, with relatively insignificant efforts. Only radical and fundamental changes can improve this situation. - JZ. 4.6.82.
SUCCESS: Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.” - Albert Einstein, in Personal Memoir of William Miller, an editor, LIFE, May 2, 1955.
SUCCESS: Under majority rule some independent spheres - more or less trivial - are tolerated. Otherwise the situation is largely the same as in dictatorships. Financial Success goes largely to those catering to popular amusements, interests and beliefs and those providing mass consumer goods and services. – JZ, 1.7.82, 25.9.08, 13.3.11, 9.8.12.
SUCCESS: We have a rule in our shop: No problem accepted unless you have two proposed solutions to go along with it.” - Henry M. Boettinger, Moving Mountains, p.335. – SOLUTIONS, CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM, IDEAS, INNOVATIONS, REFORM PROPOSALS
SUCCESS: we have now reached the stage when trouble or failure is a positive asset. Political trouble-solving is now so popular that the sure road to comfort is to have plenty of troubles for the politicians to solve. So each day’s newspaper produces a new crop of difficulties. It is no longer merely a question of helping the poor alone. Everybody is entitled to help; almost everybody is asking for it; all the Governments of the world are providing it, and in consequence civilization is on its last legs.” – Sir Ernest Benn, Modern Government, p. 71. - ENVY, TROUBLE, FAILURE, HELP, CIVILIZATION, WELFARISM, STATISM
SUCCESS: We may succeed for a time by fraud, by surprise, by violence, but we can succeed permanently only by means directly opposite.” - Baron Dupin, quoted in Smiles, Self Help, p.335.
SUCCESS: We never know, believe me, when we have succeeded best.” - Unamuno, Essays and Soliloquies, p.144.
SUCCESS: What are the alternatives to a continuing struggle against the threats of a general nuclear holocaust, and totalitarianism, against poverty caused by wrongful meddling, confinement to this planet, limited intelligence, all too short life-spans etc.? - Vegetating? – JZ, 5.6.82.
SUCCESS: What makes the success of many books possible is the relation which exists between the mediocrity of the ideas of their authors and the mediocrity of the ideas of the public.” – Nicolas Chamfort, Gedanken und Maximen, p.22. – BESTSELLERS, BOOKS, MEDIOCRITY, PREJUDICES, PUBLIC OPINION, WRITERS, DIS.
SUCCESS: What successes have you got to show? – You seem to presuppose that success for every idea or talent is already possible under present conditions. A mere financial success certainly does not prove the correctness or significance of an idea or a talent. Human beasts came to rule whole countries and song-writers and actors can become world-famous and rich. In the present success lottery thousands of failures are common for each single success. And when it comes to social science experiments, then, in most cases, they are territorially outlawed and confined to those approved by the legislators. And there the failure rate is enormous. However, precisely because only legally approved experiments are allowed and they have “legal tender” power, they drive out the better alternatives, just like legal tender paper money drives out sound money. – JZ, n.d. & 12.7.08, 13.3.11. – EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM, IDEAS ARCHIVE, TERRITORIALISM, DIS.
SUCCESS: When I was a young man, I noticed that of ten things I attempted nine led to failures. I did not want to be a failure and thus I worked ten times as hard.” – G. B. Shaw, only in a JZ retranslation of the German version: “Als ich ein junger Mann war, merkte ich, dass von zehn Dingen, die ich tat, neun fehlschlugen. Ich wollte kein Versager sein und arbeitete deshalb zehnmal soviel.“ – Alas, apart from his short anarchist period, and his all too long state socialist period, he only aimed at literary success and popularity. That he achieved – and a number of good wisecracks and jokes. – JZ, 12.6.08.
SUFFERING: He is not a trier, he is just a sufferer. – JZ, 12.9.83. – He is not really trying but just suffering. – JZ, 12.7.08.
SUFFERING: It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.” - W. Somerset Maugham, English novelist. – The ability to prevent or avoid suffering should be admired rather than the ability to withstand suffering. – JZ, 8.8.08. - HAPPINESS, PETTINESS, VINDICTIVENESS, HATREDS
SUFFERING: Suffering as such is not a value; only man’s fight against suffering is.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.984. – The mere fight against suffering is not good enough, either, when nothing else, that is worthwhile, is achieved thereby. To achieve something worthwhile one has often to suffer hard and prolonged labours or at least hard and prolonged thinking. – An effective but mere pain killer achieves only that: no pain, nothing more. - JZ, 13.7.08. - In all spheres one should aim at the prevention of undeserved, i.e., not self-caused or self-chosen suffering, especially that territorially imposed by governments. - JZ, 13.3.11.
SUFFERING: Suffering does not lead – as the Christians like to assert – to God – but only to hell. It is already part of it. The means prepare the end. – JZ, 30.6.77. – Machiavelli remarked somewhere that all unarmed prophets were defeated and only the armed prophets gained victories. – If suffering constituted the greatest merit then we should, posthumously, provide e.g. all slaves with medals etc. – JZ, 12.7.08.
SUFFERING: Suffering will be minimized by individualizing it, by allowing and even encouraging free choice, voluntarism and individual responsibility in all spheres where this is possible and rightful, especially those now monopolized by territorial governments. We can and should do much about man-made catastrophes, like wars, but not anything to prevent natural catastrophes. At most we can prevent some of the damages they do and arrange for economically sound insurance against them. Here the levy principle would have to be applied to the insured, because the vast sums required cannot be suddenly withdrawn when they are productively invested. – JZ, n.d. & 13.3.11. – Pain teaches us what not to do. – JZ, 31.1.12. - PAIN, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY
SUFFRAGE: Besides, when the suffrage is exercised, it gives no guaranty for the repeal of existing laws that are oppressive, and no security against the enactment of new ones that are equally so.” – Lysander Spooner, Trial by Jury, Works II, p.13. – LAWS, LAW REPEAL, VOTING, GENERAL FRANCHISE, DEMOCRACY
SUICIDE Statistical evidence shows that the greater the intellectual freedom, and the higher the general average of intelligence in a community, the greater is also the number of suicides.” – Sven Banulf, The Jealousy of the Gods and Criminal Law at Athens, II, 1934. – One of the reasons for this high suicide rate among these people is that, alas, our world and our fates are not yet ruled by reason. Greater expectations lead to more disappointments. Full freedom, including freedom of action, experimental freedom among volunteers, would reduce these suicides. Under territorialism, as Hayek pointed out, the worst get to the top and intellectuals can often count themselves lucky if they manage to survive the “protection” granted them by governments.– JZ, 8/85, 3.6.08.
SUICIDE: a suitable end for those unable to face any sort of challenge.” – Anne McCaffrey, Decision at Doona, p.47. – That may be correct for most adults driven to that action but is it e.g. for most suicides of children as well? – JZ, 12.7.08. - DIS., Q.
SUICIDE: all persons who kill themselves are impotent in mind, and have been thoroughly overcome by external causes opposed to their nature.” - Spinoza, Ethics, part 4, On Virtue, p.427/28. - When they kill themselves because they think it possible that under torture they might betray others, then they are not impotent in mind but simply aware of human physical limitations. Only few cannot be broken by torture. Their own life is, most likely, already lost. By suicide they can then at least save some other lives. Thus in these cases the “and” should be replaced by “or”. – JZ, 6.6.08. - DIS.
SUICIDE: Don’t commit suicide. It’s illegal to destroy government property.” – Quoted in SLL leaflet. – JOKES, PEOPLE AS PROPERTY, SUBJECTS RATHER THAN CITIZENS.
SUICIDE: If I can’t live as I please, let me die when I choose.” – Last line spoken of Clark Gable in a screenplay, according to Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus III, p.245.
SUICIDE: Nor is allegiance to a religion always prompted by decidophobia. Perhaps this point is best made by choosing suicide as an illustration. I am not including this among the ten strategies because relatively few people have recourse to it. Still, it is often prompted by the inability to stand alone and make fateful decisions. Yet it need not be inspired by decidophobia. In many situations a human being may choose suicide with open eyes after considering what speaks against it and examining the major alternatives. Suicide can be wholly admirable. Nor need it be primarily an act of either fear or courage; it can also be an attempt at revenge or a form of protest. Similarly, not every member of every religion is a decidophobe.” – Walter Kaufmann, Without Guilt and Justice, p.8. - DECIDOPHOBIA
SUICIDE: Suicide is not a remedy.” – James A. Garfield, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1881. – In most cases it is not. But in some extreme cases it is. – E.g., if one is captured by the secret police and is to be tortured in order to incriminate friends or family members. - JZ, 20.9.08.
SUICIDE: There is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.” – Arthur Schopenhauer, On Suicide, 1851. – Precisely because of that a murderer and multiple murderers have lost their right to life. – But, obviously, this right has not yet been recognized to the extent of individual secessionism and voluntary membership in all political communities. Lack of this recognition can, in its consequences, bring about conditions which drive people to suicide. - JZ, 20.9.08. – Suicide can be a form of individual secessionism from the present territorial restrictions, while exterritorial secessionism for individuals and minorities is not yet achieved. However, suicide bombing, which would kill other innocent victims of territorialism, is not justified. - JZ, 13.3.11. - DIS., RIGHT TO LIFE, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, TYRANNICIDE, WAR, SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM
SUICIDE: When at the time of the Nazi invasion his daughter wondered why they did not all just kill themselves, Freud characteristically remarked, “Because that is exactly what they want us to do.” – Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death. – Those suicidally inclined should at least have killed some Nazis at the same time. – JZ, 31.5.08.
SUICIDE: You do not allow a palpable madman to leap over precipices; you violate his liberty, you that are wise.” – Carlyle, Past and Present. – If he is beyond the recovery option then he is without human rights and liberties, meant only for rational beings. If still somewhat aware of his condition then a quick jump to his death might be the greatest right or liberty still left to him. Preserving a mere hulk makes no sense. If he is only temporarily insane, through being drunk or drugged or in a desperate situation, then this is another matter. Also if he or she is a child or teenager, with some hope for his future. But how can one judge, fast enough, whether someone is permanently out of his mind or temporarily? If he is only temporarily insane, then his rational part has to be saved from his irrational part, if possible. If permanently and that can be definitely determined, then he will have other chances afterwards or one may even provide them. If he or she has a guardian, then they should also have a say on the matter. – Final steps should not be taken on the spur of the moment. - JZ, 23.4.89, 31.5.08. – DIS.
SUIT: Suit yourself!” – Common proverb in favour of tolerance for tolerant actions. – PANARCHISM
SUITS AT LAW: Litigation makes only lawyers fat.” – Wilbur Smith, Hungry as the Sea, 214. - COURTS, GOING TO COURT, JUSTICE, LITIGATION, JUDGES, SUING OTHERS, LAWYERS
SUMERIAN FREEDOM: We live, so Mr Read reminds us, on thrusts from the past. “The Sumerians, practicing the freedom philosophy, gave us the first schools, the first bicameral Congress, the first case of tax reduction and the first moral ideals. Sumerian freedom lasted for four centuries, until the city-state of Lagash had become a total bureaucracy – all parasites and no hosts.” – Then the world was pushed back into “the same old mess” until a “second exception occurred in Athens.” – The Venice of Marco Polo (1250-1325) was another exception, with a “freedom to produce and to exchange with others thousands of miles away.” – John Chamberlain, THE FREEMAN, Nov. 77, p.701. – At least two of the factors in destroying the Roman Empire were also taxes and welfare. – How often has this process occurred so far, always with the same results? We are lucky in that in that in our times science and technology have increased productivity greatly, so that much more could be extorted for this purpose, without greatly reducing our standard of living. Henry Meulen, in his THE INDIVIDUALIST, wrote once that all the economic progress results of economic development in England since 1900 had been taxed away by ever increasing taxes. He did not provide statistical proof for this but I think it possible that he was right in this statement. – But at the same time, further progress was held back by protectionism and monetary as well as despotism. – JZ, 8.6.08, 13.3.11, 10.8.12. - WELFARE STATE, TAXATION, BUREAUCRACY, Q., PARASITISM
SUMMIT CONFERENCES: Do you for one moment claim that a half or a dozen pompous idiots of a “summit” conference are going to or can reconcile the insane confrontation of which they are the embodiment? Or that this can be true because 2 billion imbeciles believe it to be true, and if only I say that it is not true?” – Laurance Labadie, Selected Essays, p.45. – POLITICIANS, PRIME MINISTERS, PRESIDENTS, LEADERSHIP, RULERS, REPRESENTATIVES, TERRITORIALISM, NATIONALISM, POWER STRUGGLES
SUMMIT CONFERENCES: He (Proudhon) also sees the resulting unreality in the pious working for peace through congresses attended by the very people who live by force and also in the vague aspirations towards greater concentration of force in the form of world empire.” – R. V. Sampson, The Discovery of Peace, p.86. – It is the victims of territorialism who ought to sufficiently confer with each other, not its victimizers. - JZ, 13.3.11, 10.8.12. - FORCE, WORLD STATE, WORLD FEDERATION, TERRITORIALISM
SUMMIT CONFERENCES: It was true that nothing had ever been settled at the Summit meetings except an agreement to have the next one.” – Stephen King-Hall, Men of Destiny, The Moment of No Return, K-H Service  Ltd., London, p.9. – But then no territorialist, as a territorialist, can settle the problems caused by territorialism. – JZ, 12.9.08. – TERRITORIALISM, LEADERSHIP, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, RULERS, GOVERNMENTS, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY
SUMMIT CONFERENCES: Summit, n. The height of diplomatic futility.” – L. A. Rollins, Lucifer’s Lexicon, p.118.
SUMMIT CONFERENCES: The only summit talks that make sense are those of alpinists.” – L. Tranker? Tranter? (My handwriting! – JZ) READER’S DIGEST, Sep. 70, p.37. - PEACE CONFERENCES, NEGOTIATIONS, DIPLOMACY
SUMMIT CONFERENCES: We have many good reasons not to expect anything positive any more from any further summit conferences of “great” leaders and their great “experts”. Namely, all the summit conferences that have already taken place and their “results”. And yet we still act as if their clowning, image opportunities, vague and empty promises and false pretences would matter and could really have moral and rational results. Let’s build up something much better and this from the bottom up, individual by individual, with none of them granted any territorial powers. – Decision-making and experimental freedom and freedom of action choices for all individuals – all in their own spheres only, at their own risk and expense, with combinations all confined to volunteers only, those, who sufficiently respect the rights of other communities of volunteers. – No territorial monopoly and mass murder devices for anyone any longer. No compulsory taxation power to anyone, either. – No conscription powers, no monetary despotism for anyone or any institution. - JZ, 12.8.86. – If there are to be any more victims at all, then they must all be volunteers only! – J.Z., 10.8.12. - LEADERSHIP, POLITICIANS, PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, RULERS, PRESIDENTS, GOVERNMENTS, VOLUNTARISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, SELF-LIBERATION, SECESSIONISM, ASSOCIAITONISM, CONTRACTARIANISM, PANARCHISM
SUMMIT CONFERENCES: What’s the good of putting the four biggest so and so’s in the world round a table if they can’t talk sense singly?” – Alex Comfort, Authority and Delinquency, p.121. – POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIP, RULERS, PRIME MINISTERS, PRESIDENTS
SUMMIT CONFERENCES: With reasonable men I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but with tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will be certainly be lost." - William Lloyd Garrison, NEGOTIATIONS, REASONING WITH OTHERS
SUMMIT MEETING: this Olympus of Supermen, which was to solve all other woes overnight. Oblivious of the disastrous effects of the Yalta and Teheran meetings, British Members of Parliament keep calling for a meeting ‘at the highest level’ as if the Supermen, in a hurried chance encounter, were to agree by some kind of inspiration of the Holy Ghost on points that have proved rebellious to patient study and informed and leisurely discussion. Hence the myth of summit meetings, one of the silliest in the history of mankind. The hurry, the strange surroundings, the lack of space, of staff, of leisure, of reflection, the excess of fuss and of publicity – are these circumstances to be considered as diplomatic assets? The supermen super-improvise super-decisions, and the outcome is more often than not some gross piece of stupidity such as the division of Germany, with Berlin isolated in the midst of the Soviet Zone. Nevertheless, the myth persists stronger than ever, and hope rises eternal in the incurable human breast.” – Salvador de Madariaga, The Blowing up of the Parthenon, p.6. The Supermen-Myth, p.38. - Moreover, precisely those top men, whose territorial powers cause the most problems, while bringing them the greatest privileges, are then expected to solve the problems inherent in their territorialism! – JZ, 29.10.07, 13.3.11. - LEADERSHIP, LEADERS CONSIDERED AS SUPERMEN, RULERS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, POLITICIANS
SUMNER, WILLIAM GRAHAM, Laissez-Faire - (1886)
SUMNER, WILLIAM GRAHAM, State Interference. - William Graham Sumner, State Interference (1887) - I usually sum it up now in a single word: territorialism. - JZ, 21.9.11. - TERRITORIALISM, INTERVENTIONISM, ECONOMIC & OTHER "POLICIES" OF TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS
SUN POWER: If one could build bombs out of sun rays, then we would have already long ago economically working sun-power plants.” – Helmar Nahr. – Actually, very large mirrors in space, which can be focused on particular spots, could work for both purposes. I can only hope that territorial governments won’t get their hands on them. – JZ, 7.7.92, 1.6.08. - If wars were fought with sunbeams, we would have had solar power years ago.” – Anon., quoted in Thomas N. Scortia, and Frank M. Robinson, The Prometheus Crisis, 1975/76, p. 319. – And the surface of this planet might already be scorched. – JZ, 9.7.08. - Actually, many of the conventional power sources are, at least indirectly, caused by sun-power, e.g. hydro-electric energy, wind-power, wave-power, firewood, oils from crops and coal power, possibly to likely also natural gas and oils. – We are also surviving only on foods that are directly or indirectly produced by sun power. – If, e.g., vast mirrors in space had been used for territorial warfare, then all life on earth might already be extinguished, even without nuclear, biological and chemical warfare and this might be a scorched and dead planet. Even nuclear power production is merely an imitation of our largest nuclear reactor, the Sun. – No power at all in the hands of any territorial government! - JZ, 11.6.08. WARS, TERRITORIALISM, POWER
SUN POWER: The utilities advertise continually that “solar power is at least forty years in the future” when my friend Karl Hess, and hundreds of others, already live in largely solar-powered houses. These propaganda advertisements are just a delaying action, because the utilities still haven’t figured out how to put a meter between us and the sun.” – Robert Anton Wilson, Right Where You Are Living Now, p.144. – Even coal power plants and hydroelectric power plants do essentially rely upon sun-power of the past and of the present, creating the materials for coal and evaporating and lifting water where it can be utilized after condensation into rain, in its down-run. – JZ, 7.6.08. - But its utilization should be entirely left to quite free competition, not subsidized out of tax funds. - JZ, 13.3.11. Governments and energy supply should become as separate as territorial governments should be from religions, philosophies, arts, sorts, education, raw material supply and the production and distribution of consumer goods. - JZ, 13.3.11. - ENERGY SUPPLY
SUNDAY OBSERVANCE LAWS: Each should be free to take his days off, in a free arrangement with his work mates and employer, on other days than Saturday and Sunday. If kids were advancing in schools individually, at their own speed, this would still not spoil family outings. It would facilitate shopping, especially for bachelors and would cut down the weekend road toll. Those, who really want to attend a church on Sunday mornings, are by now in most countries a small minority and could be catered for by flexible working time arrangements. If you want to base your Sunday observance laws on the Bible then you should also insist on working on Saturdays – as the Bible did not provide for this second day off in the week. – JZ, n.d.
SUNDAY OBSERVANCE LAWS: In Massachusetts, it is unlawful to deliver diapers on Sunday, regardless of emergencies. – Dick Hyman, The Trenton Pickle Ordinance, p.37. – LAWS, REGULATIONS, JOKES
SUNDAY OBSERVANCE LAWS: Some people have decided to spend Sunday in a certain way, and they want laws passed to make other people spend Sunday in the same way.” – W. G. Sumner, What Social Classes Owe to Each Other, p.100.
SUNSET LAWS: There are now 'sunset laws' which prescribe that government activities after a given time lapse, unless they are re-enacted. But legislatures rarely refuse to renew an activity no matter how obsolete or futile it has become. By that time it has become a vested interest.” - Peter F. Drucker, The New Realities, 1989, 1990, p.59. - They are only prepared to change trivial aspects of their laws - but not their inherent major wrongs and mistakes. Nothing less can help than the right of individuals and dissenting groups to opt out and to their own things for and to themselves. - JZ, 9.2.02. - REPRESENTATIVES, LEGISLATORS, POLITICIANS, VESTED INTERESTS, DIS.
SUNSET-LAWS: Sunset laws” were designed to deal with the tendency of government programs to survive the disappearance of the problems they were established to solve. Colorado was the first to pass a sunset law, which obliges state agencies to re-justify their existence from time to time or expire. A number of other states passed similar laws. – In its first year, Colorado reviewed and eliminated three agencies: the State Athletic Commission, established to regulate boxing (which did not exist in Colorado), the Board of Registration for Sanitarians, and the Board of Shorthand Reporters. The savings totaled $ 6810, but the review cost $212.000.” - Richard Cornuelle, Healing America, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1983, p.111/12. - What would happen if the payments to government commission members would have to come out of their cost cuttings? - JZ, 13.3.11. – Q., TERRITORIALISM, BUREAUCRACY, GOVERNMENT REFORMS, GOVERNMENT COST-CUTTING
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: And if, in a society being capable of transmitting to others what they have learned, the uniting of each individual’s capacity for perfection with that of all others does not insure collective perfectibility, then we must abandon all faith in philosophy and in moral and political science.” – Bastiat, Economic Harmonies. – Here even he should have been more tolerant. Statism for statists, as long as they are willing to put up with it. Obviously, they are backwards and need more experience or have not learnt their lessons well enough as yet. - It is unlikely that all people will ever be equally enlightened to the same stage of human development – and unnecessary as well. Just let all individuals and all groups of individuals accept, for their own affairs, as much or as little of the general enlightenment as they can comprehend and want to apply among themselves. As a result the all-over progress of mankind is likely to become as fast as possible. No artificial delays any longer for any more enlightened parts of it! – We should no more expect a general subscription to a single faith or conviction, or of non-belief or disbelief, than we should expect it in the sphere of religion. There may be even more utopias than there are religions and different churches and sects. - JZ, 7.7.08. – PIOT: PANARCHISM IN OUR TIME. – MINORITY AUTONOMY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM IN ALL SPHERES, FOR REFORMERS & PIONEERS
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: As Albert Jay Nock suggested, the Remnant – those who are seeking light, the ones who really count – will find true merit. It cannot be hidden for long. – Leonard E. Read, NOTES FROM FEE. – So why have e.g. all genuine individual rights and liberties not been sufficiently put together by them in a single and ideal declaration? Why do most of them appreciate at most only fragments of the full monetary freedom options and very few comprehend panarchism so far? Why are so many still addicted to copyrights claims? Why is there hardly any anarchist or libertarian without some popular errors and prejudices in his head? – JZ, 6.7.08. The above remark by L. E. Read expresses one of the most dangerous errors. While members of the Remnant may agree on a few ideas and may attempt to maintain and spread records of them, without a special and quite free market for their ideas and talents, one which really brings supply and demand in these fields together, they will learn to know only too few of their kinds of ideas and talents and remain, thus, largely insufficiently enlightened and thus un-influential, ignored, ridiculed or suppressed, as more or less an underground minority only, at least for all too long. As e.g. were the writers and readers in Ray Bradbury’s story ”Fahrenheit 451.” – JZ, 27.4.82. - To supplement that mental enlightenment they need also full, i.e. exterritorially autonomous freedom to experiment for their volunteers. It could be as productive in the social sciences as it has been in the natural sciences and in technology. - JZ, 13.3.11. – Q.
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: Here we have creativity at the human level by literally millions of people. As no one knows how to make a simple pencil, so no one knows how to make a ballpoint pen or any one of the many thousands of parts of a jet plane. The person who draws a blueprint or mines ore or operates a machine tool – each with his or her bit of unique expertise – is part of this flowing process. – Leonard E. Read, NOTES FROM FEE, 1/77. – Technologically, and in the natural sciences, this does already largely work, efficiently. But in the social sciences there we do not have the equivalent for initiative, enterprise, invention, communication and experimentation. Thus, in these “sciences” we do lag far behind. Panarchism would largely provide the same options for the social sciences with fast progress likely to follow as well. – No single person could fill the databanks of a complete electronic libertarian reference library, or network but a multitude of active libertarians could and it could do so relatively soon, e.g. in WIKIPEDIA fashion. On a large disk ten thousands of libertarian websites or files could be sufficiently integrated and such disks could be supplemented by websites or annual issued updated discs or emailed newsletters. - JZ, n.d. & 7.7.08, 11.4.09.
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: if we follow the truth it will bring us out safe at last. – Emerson, Self-Reliance. – We should at least try to follow the truths contained in all libertarian writings – by making all of them easily accessible to all of us and them, and by sufficiently reviewing them between us – and by working towards full experimental freedom for these truths and for all other convictions of other kinds of people, as long as the are done quite tolerantly and tolerably, among their volunteers. Free enterprise even for all kinds of statists, as long as they do not try to territorially imposed their systems but merely solicit converts. – We have certainly not yet collected and followed all truths about health, life extension, tolerance, peace, justice, liberty and economics. – JZ, 21.11.82, 7.7.08. – For that project no more seems to be required now than a large external disc, 1 TB to 3 TBs, only book sized and a disc search program, several of which are offered free of charge. The whole can be a small and light as a single large printed book. – J.Z., 10.8.12. – See PEACE PLANS No 20 for some details. It is also reproduced on a disc at www.butterbach.net. - PANARCHISM, FREE ENTERPRISE – EXTERRITORIALLY, LIBERTARIANISM, IDEAS ARCHIVE, LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY, BIBLIOGRAPHY, ABSTRACTS & REVIEW COMPILATIONS, LIBERTARIAN CD PROJECT, LIBERTARIAN PROJECTS LIST, LIBERTARIAN ENCYCLOPAEDIA, DIS., DEFINITIONS ENCYCLOPAEDIA, CULTURAL REVOLUTION
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: In a context of social unrest, the power of a clear and comprehensive set of social ideas, when mixed with another set of social traditions which are crumbling and on the defensive, can create an irresistible force and a process truly magnificent to behold. Only rarely does the confluence of ideology and circumstance combine in such a manner that radical transformation becomes a fact as well as a dream. (*) During those far-too-rare moments of history, one can almost never find more than a handful of individuals who can both capture the spirit of their age and at the same time render that spirit intelligible to the people. But in order for radical social change to in fact take place, there must be at the very least, one truly successful “broker of ideas”. (**) It is a great gift to be able to capture the imagination of people (***), to speak to their “common sense”, to disturb their social conscience, and finally to rouse them to a successful social action. (****) Tom Paine could do all of the above and even more.” – From a review, probably in a Laissez Faire Books catalogue, of Eric Foner, Tom Paine and Revolutionary America, $ 13.95. - Even Thomas Paine, on his own, was not enough to become a successful “broker of ideas”, although he contributed very much. The potential of all the lesser talents and all of those of equivalent talents must be released as well. As Leonard Read summed it up: “Release all creative energies!” For much of his life in England T. P. was confined to its civil service and for his radicalism he was imprisoned even during the French Revolution and almost executed. With his rationalism he was not appreciated in the all too pious new USA, either. – (*) Until “panarchism” becomes the main common feature of the new societies, all only of volunteers, all without any territorial monopoly! – (**) Not a bad term for the SCP or Ideas Archive and Talent Centre! – Put into bold by me. – (***) Special reference works could greatly facilitate that, including e.g. a well developed slogans collection, for which this one is only a small beginning. – (****) To increase its chance for success it should not be a territorial but an exterritorial autonomy action, tolerant towards the remaining conservatives and reactionaries, leaving them to the fate of their own things, their own preferences. - JZ, 8.7.08.
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: It is not enough to merely know something worthwhile. One must also be dedicated to record, communicate and apply important knowledge, ideas, facts, opportunities. And for this purpose one must either possess or create suitable recording and communication channels and also establish freedom of action or experimentation among volunteers. – Freedom of expression, information, publication and experimentation for innovators – to get out of the numerous current messes and problems. - JZ, 25.10.85, 7.7.08.
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: Perhaps the real reason why we have always been able to champion free speech in this country is that we know perfectly well that hardly anybody has got anything to say, and that no one will listen to anyone that has.” – Editorial in DAILY MAIL. Date? All the more important is it that the few who do have something worthwhile to say do not only get the chance to put it permanently on public record, but are also and almost automatically put into touch with other such people and with all potential supporters, whoever few they may be initially. Then, either alone or in association with volunteers, they must also become quite free to act upon their ideas, opinions, discoveries etc. – but always only at their own risk and expense. – JZ, 12.11.82, 10.6.08. – IDEAS ARCHIVE, TALENT CENTRE, FREEDOM OF ACTION & EXPERIMENTATION, PANARCHISM
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: Start a world-wide foundation or, better still, a business enterprise for the full realization of the most able and creative people and their best ideas, plans, proposals, all to be tolerantly realized only among volunteers. – JZ, n.d. & 8.7.08.
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: Take hope from the heart of men and you make him a beast of prey.” – Ouida, 1839-1908. – The Super-Computer Project, even if, initially, only as a mere ideal, could put hope back into the minds of men. –– But if, e.g., mass poverty, mass unemployment and massive inflations are allowed to be continued - by territorially imposed quite wrongful and irrational “policies”, programs, laws and institutions - then we are only steps away from totalitarianism, civil and international wars and now, due to ABC mass murder devices, from the extinction of mankind. – JZ, n.d. & 8.7.08.
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: The most bitter sorrow in the whole world consists in being powerless, in spite of all insights, to avoid what one has foreseen.” – Herodot, XI, 16. – (JZ translation of the German version: “Der bitterste Kummer auf der ganzen Welt ist der, wenn man bei aller Einsicht keine Macht in the Haenden hat, das Vorausgesehene abzuwenden.”) Or of one is not free to secede from the territorial governments, which are bringing about another man-made catastrophe and not free to experiment with sound alternatives to it, and be it only in the form of panarchistic governments or societies in exile, all of them under full exterritorial autonomy and only for their present and future volunteers. - JZ, 13.3.11. - GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, INDIVIDUAL & GROUP SECESSIONISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS.
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: The practical abolition of the State would be a very easy matter, if the State ‘idea’ were once abolished in the ‘minds’ of a considerable number of people.” – Victor Yarros, Tucker’s LIBERTY, No. 113, p.8. – Quoted by Carl Watner in JLS, Fall 77, p.312. – The authoritarians might come to accept as an authority a super-computer system or Ideas Archive that is programmed with all libertarian ideas, programs and platforms. It might become the “God in the machine” of the statists. However, panarchism provides an alternative to that utopia as well, namely, any form of statism for any kind of statist volunteers. – If the do their things only to themselves, who of us would really care? After further bitter experiences of decades to centuries at least some of them would finally join us as “repentant sinners”. But we would not have to wait for their conversion. – JZ, 21.11.82, 7.7.08.
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: The problem now? Raising our standard of thinking higher than ever before.” – Leonard E. Read, NOTES FROM FEE, 5/77. - Mobilizing also sound ideas and talents, all rightful interests, mentally and in rightful and free experiments with them, under full exterritorial autonomy for alternative societies and communities for volunteers. - JZ, 13.3.11.
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: the right to act creatively as one chooses.” – Leonard E. Read, NOTES FROM FEE, 1/82. – This is not enough if one is unknown and isolated and no proper market for one’s output exists, which would provide an opportunity to make the results of one’s creativity known. And when it comes to reforms or whole alternative political, economic and social system, then experimental freedom is monopolized by the territorial government. This monopoly must be broken first and so far it is even only quite rarely seen as a wrongful monopoly. – Mere freedom of expression and information, even after both have been maximized, have still to be supplemented by freedom of action and experimentation among volunteers, quite independent of existing majorities and territorial governments. Just remember how fast natural sciences and technology advanced after freedom to experiment was introduced for them. – With mere words one can persuade only a limited number of people – if one can get them to listen or read at all. – But if one can place these words on a general market for ideas and opinions, one that is well ordered and can be easily searched, for every specialty, every idea and talent and every important fact for a better world, then an important first step is done. – The Internet has not yet sufficiently solved that problem. Compare for instance the foolish “solutions” that governments currently practise against the current economic crisis, which they have caused, without knowing this. - JZ, 27.4.82. 6.7.08. 11.4.09. - PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM. EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM UNDER EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY – FOR VOLUNTEERS.
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: The world in the grip of the Super Computer project would get the world in its grip. Once we grasp this project we can, at least potentially, not only get this world into our grip but the universe and all its forces. However, if we leave the territorialists and the militarists and power addicts in charge, then only the repressive, exploitative and destructive forces will be fully developed – and will, finally, exterminate mankind. – Creative, productive and peaceful people must come to know – between them, almost everything. Destructive, exploitative and power-mad people and institutions must get to know and to receive nothing. They must be dissolved, destroyed or deprived of all powers over others or starved to death. Each should be free to secede from them at any time and to refuse to pay them or to supply them with anything. - Also free to engage with other volunteers in any exterritorially autonomous experiment at the own risk and cost. - Then we would come to see the fastest rate of progress possible for fallible men. - JZ, 9.4.77, 8.7.08, 13.3.11.
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: What then is your and my role as unique, independent members of society? It is to think through and share our best ideas as to government’s appropriate role. …” - Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p.3. – Rather, what is the preferable alternative to all territorial governments and societies? – J.Z, 5.7.08, 13.3.11. – DIS., GOVERNMENT, ALTERNATIVE SOCIETIES
SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT: When liberty prevails, every individual in the entire population is free to bring persons and other scarce resources into complementary and workable combinations.” - Leonard E. Read, The Love of Liberty, p.83.
SUPER-GOVERNMENTALISM: A term used by Ralph Bradford in THE FREEMAN, Aug. 74. – I would argue that even small scale territorialism contains already all too much of it. – JZ, 8.7.08.
SUPER-REGULATION: it is conceivable to fight regulations by super-regulations. For instance: if the Parliament moves that total taxation cannot exceed 20 % - as a regulation on all agencies acting to tax, this is a super-regulation: a regulation which serves not to chain individual freedom but to chain those who work to destroy it: the looters.” – Moshe Kroy (*), FREE ENTERPRISE, 4/76. - - I rather like the “super-regulation” of putting a time limit on all regulations and on laws (sun-set-laws) and turning all of them from territorial regulations and laws to personal laws – by allowing all dissenters to secede exterritorially to do their own things among themselves, under personal law. – But into the territorialist reform sphere, that M. K. made his proposal for, do also belong more referendum and initiative powers as well as veto powers for the people and for courts. – However, I do not believe that the territorial monsters can be sufficiently reformed while their territorialist monopoly is being continued. - JZ, 8.7.08. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM, PERSONAL LAWS – (*) Even a great talent or genius like him was driven to suicide! – JZ, 11.4.09.
SUPER-REGULATION: Regulations are designed to strangle and chain individual freedom. Super regulations are designed to strangle and chain the looters in their enslaving activities.” – Moshe Kroy, FREE ENTERPRISE, 4/76. – I hold that they would be sufficiently restrained if they were confined to voluntary supporters and exterritorial autonomy. Then only they would suffer under their wrongful and irrational actions, laws and statist institutions - and that is a “punishment” they do richly deserve. – JZ, 8.3.08. – PANARCHISM, STATISM FOR STATISTS, FREEDOM FOR FREEDOM LOVERS, TO EACH HIS OWN, TERRITORIALISM, REGULATIONS, LAWS
SUPERIOR MAN: The world … is only beginning to see that the wealth of a nation consists more than anything else in the number of superior men that is harbors. … Geniuses are ferments; and when they come together, as they have done in certain lands at certain times, the whole population seems to share in the higher energy which they awaken. The effects are incalculable and often not easy to trace in detail, but they are pervasive and momentous.” – William James. - But how often do they come sufficiently together and are also free enough to act? – Was there ever a State or society, which “released all of its creative energies”? - JZ, 31.5.08. - WEALTH, PROSPERITY, GENIUS. PANARCHISM, Q.
SUPERIORS: Be respectful to you superiors, if you have any.” – Mark Twain, in a talk, about 1882. – But make sure they are really superior to you. If not, make yourself independent of them and their formal authority over you. - How? Many people at any time change their jobs for other and better ones. It happens all the time. - But if you want to stay in the same enterprise and job: Compare e.g. its total wage and salary bill with its capital foundation. Then consider how many or how few years it would take a partnership of the employees to take over their enterprise, retaining the best managers, paying for the enterprise not with cash but with industrial obligations, gradually redeemed, with interest and value preserving clauses. Contemplate also how much the productivity of the enterprise could be increased under full self-management, i.e. without the permanent conflict caused by the employer-employee relationship, so that, in effect, the enterprise could actually be paid off with part of the additional productivity achieved through this change of ownership through a peaceful and businesslike take-over bid. Employees so motivated and organized could afford to make the present owners their best take-over bid. – JZ, 28.5.08. – Also consider exterritorial secession and experiments, i.e. your separation and independence from all present territorial regimes. That could, theoretically, lead to various kinds of paradise or heaven on earth, always by the standards of their voluntary creators and members. - JZ, 13.3.11. - LIBERATION AT WORK, ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE, CAPITAL ACQUISITION BY PRESENT EMPLOYEES, PANARCHIES UNDER PANARCHISM, POLYARCHIES, MULTI-GOVERNMENT, MEGA-UTOPIA, PURCHASE OF ENTERPRISES BY THEIR EMPLOYEES, PRODUCTIVE COOPERATIVES, SELF-MANAGEMENT SCHEMES
SUPERMAN: I have survived two bouts of polio. One of my daughters was gang-raped by three hoods in 1971; another, my youngest, was brutally murdered in 1976. Yet, to quote Faulkner’s Nobel Prize address, I still “decline to accept the end of man.” I firmly believe that we are entering an age that will make the Renaissance look like a tempest in a teapot, and that each of us can play a role in turning man into superman.” – Robert Anton Wilson, The Illuminati Papers, p.50. – I did not know about his personal tragedies. They certainly indicate that we should not leave health care in the hands of governmental health departments and the fight against crimes with victims to governmental institutions, either. All alternatives ways, means, methods and organizations to fighting diseases and private crimes with victims and the official crimes of territorial governments, have certainly not yet been fully examined, with the best becoming amobilized and made sufficiently known. – How much could even an individual achieve with all the accumulated knowledge and wisdom of man at his fingertips? - JZ, 8.7.08. - SUPERIOR MAN, IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER-PROJECT, DIGITAL LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY, DIGITAL LIBERTARIAN ENCYCLOPAEDIA
SUPERMEN: We need supermen to rule us – the job is so vast and the need for wise judgment is so urgent. But, alas, there are no supermen.” – Brooks Atkinson, “January 27.” – Reduced to self-government and self-management, over our own affairs only, the job is not too vast and complicated. Consequently, all of us should rather try to act like real men – and strive for the right and freedom to do so. That would release all creative energies and free us from the very limited creative energies of politicians and bureaucrats and their ignorance, prejudices and mis-judgments. We do not need supermen to rule us because, unless we are criminals with victims or other aggressors, we do not need to be ruled. What most of us really need is to finally become quite free men, associated with like-minded other free men, to act upon our common preferences, exterritorially quite autonomous and under personal law, without making any territorial claims, leaving all others to do their things among themselves. – 30.10.85, 20.11.05, 3.6.08, 13.3.11. - LEADERSHIP, RULERS, POLITICIANS, SAVIOURS, STATISM, DIS., PROPERTY RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, FREE COMMUNICATIONS, DIVISION OF LABOUR, FREE ENTERPRISE, FREE EXCHANGE, FREE COMPETITION, FREE MARKETS
SUPERPOWERS: No more super-powers! – JZ, 21.7.08. – Everyone to be free to opt out from under them! Their mass extermination devices are to be destroyed, their standing armies to be abolished. They should all become reduced to their volunteers and confined to personal laws and exterritorial autonomy and their own voluntary taxation, based upon their voluntary membership. That should soon reduce them to relative harmlessness, for the larger they still remain, the more costly they are for their members. – JZ, 13.9.08. – A single world government would be the most costly, economically most inefficient and politically the most dangerous one of all. – JZ, 10.8.12. – TERRITORIALISM, CENTRALIZATION, DECENTRALIZATION, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, NWT, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREE MARKETS, FREE CONTRACTS, FREE CHOICE, ASSOCIATIONISM, FREE ENTERPRISE IN EVERYTHING EVEN FOR STATISTS, AMONG THEMSELVES, FOR THEIR LEADERS & FOLLOWERS
SUPERVISION: In characterizing the anarchist idea in America primarily as a reflection of the conception of rational necessity developed by the Enlightenment, we have in effect defined anarchism as being synonymous with the philosophical outlook of radical libertarianism, which holds that human freedom derives from an unstructured and spontaneous response to the universal patterns of right order every man may discover for himself in the interstices of his own social bring. (*) Freedom, on this view, is dependent upon only one right – the right to determine one’s own actions without supervision or restriction from any imposed rule by others acting in an official capacity as agents of organized power.” – Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.581. - (*) Is that here clearly, concretely and attractively enough expressed? – Underlining by me. - JZ, 8.7.08. - Can we sufficiently discover and formulate all genuine individual rights and liberties or is that also a collective thinking project requiring participation from many of the better and best minds. I collected, micro-fiched and digitized over 130 PRIVATE human rights declarations, including my own attempts and those of the former wife, to combine and improve those of Ulrich von Beckerath, but I am aware, that even after x revisions, mainly only by myself, it still only very imperfect. To approach perfection or as much perfection as human beings are capable of, probably the input of millions of thinkers are required. This job is so important in my opinion, that this vast input should be systematically looked for and invited. See these drafts in PEACE PLANS 589/590 on www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd2/ - JZ, 13.3.11, 10.8.12. - SELF-DETERMINATION, SELF-MANAGEMENT, AUTONOMY, FREEDOM, RULE, RESTRICTIONS, LAWS, TERRITORIALISM, IMPOSITIONS VS. VOLUNTARISM, ANARCHISM, LIBERTARIANISM, PANARCHISM, HUMAN RIGHTS DECLARATIONS
SUPERVISION: It just looks like everything is doing fine but humans. Animals are having a great year, grass was never higher, flowers were never more in bloom, trees are throwing out an abundance of shade for us to loaf under. Everything the Lord has a hand in is going great, but the minute you notice anything that is in any way under the supervision of man, why, it’s ‘cockeyed’.” – Will Rogers, Autobiography, p.279. – As if there were not also natural catastrophes, not only man-made or government-made ones. – JZ 10.8.12. - POLITICS, MANAGEMENT, CONTROLS, RUNNING THE COUNTRY, DIRECTION OTHERS, JOKES, TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, PLANNING, LEGISLATION, CONTROLS, REGULATIONS
SUPPLIER SOVEREIGNTY: But when any industry finds itself able to enjoy supplier sovereignty (supplier sovereignty is the ability of the supplier to control its own total revenue) it goes unstable and flagrantly acts contrary to its customers’ desires. Government is just another industry. Remember, an industry defined in terms of its products, and governments are firms engaged in supplying certain kinds of products (sweeping streets, killing crooks, pushing papers). – But all existing governments are political governments. (*) Politics, the acme of supplier sovereignty, is counterproductive wherever it exists. The government problem exists because political governments enjoy supplier sovereignty. Similar projects would exist with any industry that enjoyed the same. This problem can be solved only by eliminating supplier sovereignty. In doing so no utopia will be created. (**) Governments will become no better than other kinds of firms. But they will be no worse, which is the important thing.” (***) – Michael E. Coughlin, DANDELION, Winter 78, p.22. - - (*) With a territorial monopoly as their main feature! – (**) But a “meta-utopia” will be created, as Robert Nozick called it in “Anarchy, State and Utopia”. - (***) In some respects some of them will be worse off even then they are under many present governments. But since the future governments will also be confined to voluntary victims and personal laws, this will harm only these volunteers. – The others suffer only the harm that such statist volunteers will not be among their good customers. – But then they do not have a right to have them or any others as good customers. - JZ, 8.7.08. - - PRODUCERS, SUPPLIERS, FREE ENTERPRISE , VOLUNTARISM, COMPETITION VS. TERRITORIALISM, PUBLIC SERVICES, MONOPOLIES, TAXATION, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY, PANARCHISM, META-UTOPIA
SUPPLY & DEMAND: The law of supply and demand always applies – i.e., it condemns all attempts to by-pass it - to failures. – JZ, n.d. - However, territorialism protects and continues these failures or repeats them again and again, never learning sufficiently from its own history. - JZ, 13.3.11. – VOLUNTARISM, DIVISION OF LABOUR, FREE EXCHANGE
SUPPLY & DEMAND: The laws of supply and demand should be allowed to operate freely. That can only be accomplished by abolishing virtually all governmental regulatory agencies and repealing virtually all laws regulating business. Among laws that should be repealed immediately are minimum wage laws, so-called antitrust and antimonopoly laws (which, in fact, protect monopolies), fair-pricing laws and rent-control laws. It goes without saying that all business subsidies of any kind should be outlawed.” – Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.351. - It should also be applied to the provision of and demand for all kind of governmental and societal services and package deals of them, which means panarchism, multi-archism, polyarchy or personarchy, manarchy or tolerance for all tolerant actions and institutions and with that, finally, peace on Earth, as much peace as man can provide for himself and his fellow men. – JZ, 8.7.08. – PANARCHISM, PERSONAL LAW, FREE CHOICE OF GOVERNMENTS, SOCIETIES, COMMUNITIES & PERSONAL LAW ORGANIZATIONS
SUPRANATIONAL COMMUNITY: See: BECKERATH, ULRICH VON: On Panarchy.
SUPREMACY: Should man aim to achieve supremacy over his fellow men, gain personal power, make others behave as he sees fit?” – Leonard E. Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership, p.36. POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIP, POWER, DOMINATION, GOVERNMENT, RULERS, LAWS, Q.
SUPREME COURT: As creatures and puppets of territorial governments, committed to uphold unjust constitutions and laws and with a legal training only, they should not be expected to dispense genuine justice and recognize all individual rights and liberties. – JZ, 26.8.91, 6.6.08.
SUPREME COURT: as John C. Calhoun pointed out, is to hand over sovereignty to the “black-robed deities of the Court” who disappear into their chambers and then tell us what orders we must obey, no matter now nonsensical or unpopular they may be. This, of course, is exactly the course that the American government has taken ever since 1865.” - Thomas J. Dilorenzo, The Real Lincoln, Forum, Prima Publishing, www.primapublishing.com - 2002, p.266.
SUPREME COURT: Hurray for the old Constitution! Nobody wants to see the old lady led astray. But wouldn’t this amendment to her be helpful? When Congress passes a law, or a President exceeds his authority, have some person notify the Supreme Court and get them to examine the medicine and see if it’s poison, before it’s given to the patient, and not at the funeral. This amendment would make the Supreme Court a preventative and not an autopsy jury.” – Will Rogers. - Alas, even the Supreme Court is not fully trustworthy. Rather authorize any court and jury to throw out all unconstitutional laws and administrative fiats, revive the right to resist and a citizen militia to uphold individual rights and liberties, including free banking, free trade and free migration, individual and minority secessionism and quite free associationism even for alternative institutions under full exterritorial autonomy and personal laws. Then we would see some worthwhile competition, through voluntary experiments, in place of the territorially and monopolistically imposed non-solutions of the territorial establishment. – JZ, 29.7.92, 8.6.08, 13.3.11. - TESTING CONSTITUTIONALISM BEFOREHAND, SUPREME COURT DECISIONS, JUDGES, LEGISLATION
SUPREME COURT: It is a supreme error, mistake, even wrong - to entrust our rights and liberties to a supreme court.” – JZ, 19.3.86, 13.3.11.
SUPREME COURT: It took about 150 years, starting with a Bill of Rights that reserved to the states and the people all powers not explicitly delegated to the federal government, to produce a Supreme Court willing to rule that growing corn to feed to your own hogs is interstate commerce and can therefore be regulated by Congress.” – David Friedman - FOR SUPREME WRONGS & IDIOCIES
SUPREME COURT: Justice Douglas, you must remember one thing. At the constitutional level where we work, ninety per cent of any decision is emotional. The rational part of us supplies the reasons for supporting our predilections.” – The late Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes as quoted by the late Associate Justice William O. Douglas in his autobiography “The Court Years, 1939-1975”, Random House, 1980, quoted by Allen Drury, “Decision”, Doubleday & Co., 1983, as motto. - So much for morality, justice, objectivity and rationality at the highest level of jurisdiction in a territorial State. – JZ, 9.9.08. – JUSTICE, MORALITY
SUPREME COURT: No matter whether th’ constitution follows th’ flag or not, th’ supreme court follow th’ iliction returns.” – Finley Peter Dunne, “The Supreme Court’s Decisions”, Mr. Dooley’s Opinions, 1901. - “The Supreme Court follows the election returns.” - TERRITORIALISM, POLITICS AS USUAL, CONSTITUTIONALISM
SUPREME COURT: People have been taught to believe that when the Supreme Court speaks it is not they [the justices] who speak but the Constitution, whereas, of course, in so many cases it is they who speak and not the Constitution.” – Cited in Lino A. Graglia, The Supreme Court’s Bussing Decision: A Study of Government by the Judiciary, Los Angeles, International Institute for Economic Research, 1978, p.7. - CONSTITUTION, TERRITORIALISM
SUPREME COURT: Some of the restrictions on the governing power were not fully established at first. - - The most important of these is the action of the Supreme Court in annulling unconstitutional laws. – The Duke of Wellington said to Bunsen that by this institution alone the United States made up for all the defects in their government.” – Lord Acton, Lectures on the French Revolution, ed. by Figgis & Laurence, MacMillan, 1932, p.35. – However, how often has the S.C. acted in this way and how often and for how long has it failed to do so? – How often has it been a blessing rather than a curse? - JZ, 1.10.07. - TERRITORIALISM, DEPENDENCE OF A WHOLE POPULATION UPON THE OPINIONS, NOTIONS AND IDEAS OF A HANDFUL OF INDIVIDUALS, Q.
SUPREME COURT: Supreme Courts are largely set up and run to back up supreme injustices committed by territorial governments. How often have Supreme Courts upheld rather than infringed constitutions, especially individual human rights clauses? – Can they really be more relied upon than the other and lower government courts? – Possibly only statists would believe that. - JZ, 20.7.91, 6.6.08. – A book on the supreme blunders, crimes, false pretences, assumptions and conclusions of Supreme Courts could become a best-seller. – JZ, 26.8.91. - JUSTICE, HUMAN RIGHTS
SUPREME COURT: Supreme courts often introduce or prolong extreme injustices. – JZ, 5.4.99. – For instance: All of them have so far upheld territorialism, taxation and monetary despotism and have allowed even the restriction of the few individual rights recognized in statist declarations to become largely legislated and “judged” away, even when it comes to the basic right to self-defence. – JZ, 11.6.08. - JUSTICE, INJUSTICES, COURTS
SUPREME COURT: The Supreme Court is biased in favor of government authority over individual rights.” – Stormy Mon, A Liberty Book.
SURRENDER: Other patriotisms have like justifications. Yet would defeat, submission, even to Germany, involve worse acts than those we have felt compelled to commit during the War and since, - in the work of making our power secure? Did the German ask of the Alsatian or the Pole worse than we have compelled to ask of our own soldiers in Russia, India, or Ireland?” – Norman Angell, Human Nature and the Peace Problem, 1925, p.134. – Or in Europe during WW I? – JZ, 8.10.08. – Q., SUBMISSION INSTEAD OF PATRIOTIC DEFENCE, SURRENDER INSTEAD OF CONTINUING A TOTAL WAR, WHILE OR WHEN HAVING SPREAD ALREADY SUFFICIENT INFORMATION ABOUT SUCCESSFUL REVOLUTIONS, LIBERATIONS & MILITARY UPRISINGS, ALL BASED UPON PANARCHISM, TOGETHER WITH THE SOLDIERS & OTHER VICTIMS OF THE VICTORIOUS REGIME IN THE HOME COUNTRY AND WITH ITS OCCUPYING MILITARY FORCES? - JZ, 13.3.11.
SURRENDER: Surrender towards a nuclear war threat would mean at least a chance to survive and to fight again, against the official or unofficial nuclear terrorists and to do so, successfully, without nuclear weapons – in a revolutionary and liberating (panarchistic) way. – JZ, 9.10.99, 13.3.11. – It does not mean guaranteeing the survival of those, who made such threats. – JZ, 11.6.08. - NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, TYRANNICIDE
SURRENDER: To fail is one thing. To surrender, another.” - Robert Bloch, The Covenant, in FANTASTIC, July 1960, p.43. - People skilled in libertarian revolutions and confronted by an enemy armed and threatening with mass extermination devices could formally surrender and still have the last laugh. - JZ, 6.10.01. - DEFENCE, LIBERATION, REVOLUTIONARY WARFARE, LIBERTARIAN REVOLUTIONS, FAILURE, PANARCHISM
SURVIVAL - TO EVALUATE PANARCHIES & STATES: No human institution survives in the long run which is not sufficiently supported by sound ideas, opinions and corresponding actions. Among the dumb, liars or prejudiced people many truths have no value or appeal and are thus not practised. The State's mis-education system does certainly not turn out many panarchists. - JZ, 20.1.99, 11.8.12.
SURVIVAL OF MAN ON EARTH: If man refuses to take up the discussion of the rightful alternatives, first in the alternative media, then, indeed, he may wipe himself off the face of the Earth. He may thereby have proven himself to be after all not a rational and moral enough animal - and would thus have vacated this precious planet for other species and their development. Man could and should do better, as he has, sometimes, proven. - JZ, n.d. & 5.11.11. - NWT
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: If we do not like the survival of the fittest, we have only one possible alternative, and that is the survival of the unfittest. The former is the law of civilization; the latter is the law of anti-civilization.” – William Graham Sumner, Essays, II, p.56. – Usually not the survival of the fittest is at stake but merely his higher standard of living. Even cripples and sick people are still capable of some productive work. – JZ, 25.6.92. – This is a case of false alternatives. If it were really true then in the extreme case always only one man and one woman would survive. To survive one has to be sufficiently fit, one does not have to be a gold medal winner. – The most unfit will not even be born or survive for long. - J.Z., 11.8.12. - DIS., SOCIAL DARWINISM, TERRITORIALISM PUTS & KEEPS THE WORST AT THE TOP. EXTERRITORIALISM & VOLUNTARISM, CONSISTENTLY APPLIED, COULD TOPPLE THEM WITH RELATIVE EASE.
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: Survival of the fittest is not always survival of the best.” - Ascribed to Herbert Spencer. – So far it was largely the bullies and the worst criminals who survived – and ruled. – JZ, 2.4.05. - What chances would territorial terrorists, power addicts and aggressors still have, once panarchism is already widely introduced and also knowledge of all other genuine individual rights and liberties? According to one writer, Macchiavelli?, any tyrant can be executed without a war, civil war or bloody revolution - once ca. 12 people are willing to risk their lives for this achievement. - JZ, 13.3.11, 11.8.12. – LEADERSHIP, TERRITORIALISM, TYRANNY, TYRANNICIDE
SURVIVAL: Can the individual survive government?” – SIL slogan. – Can we survive territorialism when it is “armed” with nuclear “weapons”? – JZ, 11.4.09. – NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, Q.
SURVIVAL: for on our liberty depends the life of our civilization.” – Herbert Read, Anarchy and Order, p.84. – And our liberty is still all too limited. – Each should have to choice to have as much liberty or as little of it as he wants to have in his life. – JZ, 8.7.08. - NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, CIVILIZATION, CHOICE, LIBERTY, PANARCHISM
SURVIVAL: free societies are better fitted to survive than closed societies.” – NOTES FROM FEE – Alas, we haven’t established the very first as yet, one that truly deserves the term, a quite “free society”. – JZ, 23.10.08, 11.8.12.
SURVIVAL: I still feel that working toward anarchy is the only long term path to survival.” – Fritz Knese in THE CONNECTION 115, p.105. – Our survival depends on letting all kinds of societies and communities survive that are tolerant towards other communities and societies. Intolerance should only be practised against the intolerant. The best that libertarians and anarchists could do for their ideal is to set practical examples for them – among themselves only and to demand the same liberty to experiment for all other kinds of idealists and reformers, also only at their own expense and risk. – This is the fastest way for libertarians and anarchists to get their ideals, finally, almost generally accepted. But the right to make mistakes, at the own expense and risk, will persist. As someone said: “Each new generation is a new invasion by barbarians.” – Let them do their things – to themselves! – JZ, 1.4.09. - NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM FOR ALL, PEACE
SURVIVAL: If you want peace, freedom, justice, security, prosperity and progress - prepare for exterritorial autonomy for all groups of volunteers everywhere, as long as they are only striving for such aims. - JZ 19.4.89, 11.8.12. This is a form of freedom of action and free experimentation that must be finally seriously discussed and experimented with - before man bound into territorial warfare States manages to wipe himself out. - JZ 4.7.89. - Even the decision on war and peace is monopolized by the territorial State instead of each man (and woman and even infants) being free to decide upon war or peace for themselves. The ideas on how to achieve this are far less utopian and impractical than the idea of preserving peace, freedom and justice by territorial powers. - JZ, 9.9.04.
SURVIVAL: those human beings who wish to survive AND WHO DO WISH TO SEE THEIR SPECIES SURVIVE, DO NEED TO AGREE TO DISAGREE. In that context, the only system that makes political sense is a coalition for the mutual respect of individual rights, so that people can disagree without bashing each other’s heads in, so that people can be as different from one another as possible and not try to force each other into choices they wouldn’t otherwise have made.” - L. Neil Smith, Lever Action, A Mountain Media Book, 2001, email@example.com, p.69. - DISAGREEMENTS, DIVERSITY, TOLERANCE & PANARCHISM, PEACE, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, NON-AGGRESSION PRINCIPLE, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY, SELF-DETERMINATION, TOLERANCE FOR TOLERANT PEOPLE
SURVIVAL: today there are no havens to escape to: survival must begin at home.” - Samuel Pisar, Of Blood and Hope, p.34. - But it must, ultimately, be extended to the whole world. The whole world should become our haven or oyster. We should not be confined by any territorial government to its national pen or be excluded by it from “its” territory. – Even if everyone would have a nuclear war shelter under his home, this would not assure his survival in a general nuclear war. Such threats require very much extended self-help, self-defence and self-preservation efforts. – JZ, 31.5.08, 11.8.12. - COSMOPOLITANISM, FREE MIGRATION VS. IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, PANARCHISM, SECESSIONISM, PERSONAL LAW, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS,
SUSA, NASIM: 1902 -, The capitulatory regime in Turkey, its history, origin and nature, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press, 1933, 378pp. (Ann Arbor)
SWARTZ, CLARENCE LEE, What Is Mutualism? (1927) [English] - Gian Piero de Bellis put this book into his collection; Polyarchy - Polyarchie - Poliarchia - Poliarquia. - Clarence Lee Swartz, What is Mutualism?
SWITZERLAND: Better limits: FOCJs have stronger incentives to set good examples for each other, making them less likely to engage in the excesses of traditional nation-states. Today, the examples closest to FOCJs are found in cyberspace (e.g., ICANN, the body that now administers Internet domain names) and in Switzerland. Switzerland has 2,940 political communes that define citizenship. In addition, there are 5,000 overlapping, functional special communes. “The most important are school communes offering education for the children of one or several political communes. They are public jurisdictions that levy their own tax, whose rate is determined by a citizen meeting.” - The churches have also established other functional, democratic and overlapping communes with voluntary membership. Then there are communal units for specific tasks, such as maintaining canals, hospitals, garbage collection etc. - See “A Utopia? Government without Territorial Monopoly,” by Bruno Frey (THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW, Summer 2001), at http://www.independent.org/tii/content/pubs/review/tir61_frey.html
SWITZERLAND: The Swiss government had prepared itself to build nuclear “weapons”, too and stockpiled material for 400 of them. – ABC News, 24.5.96. – I had forgotten about this until I came today across this old note. Here goes the supposed ideal of a territorial government. It, too, thinks itself entitled to build and use mass murder devices. – Well, should we be surprised when even the territorial State Israel, hosting the survivors and their descendants of one of the most gruesome mass murder of history, could think of no better way to defend itself than to acquire mass murder devices itself! – To such wrongful conclusions and actions are even the better ones of all territorial democracies driven, still quite unaware that this is one of the consequences of their territorialism, which they have still not closely enough examined, although it is the major characteristic that turns them into warfare States. - JZ, 28.5.08. – TERRITORIALISM, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, ISRAEL, DEMOCRACIES
SYKES, EDWARD I. & PRYLES, MICHAEL C.: Private International Law, 2nd. Ed., The Law Book Co., 1987, 772pp, indexed, $ 69.50. - At least some lawyers can afford such book prices. I could not. JZ
SYNDICALISM: I believe most union functionaries to be even more ignorant, prejudiced, irrational, corrupt, power-mad and inclined towards violence than are most territorial politicians. So I would not expect any genuine anarchism to be introduced and maintained by them. – JZ, 14.9.99. – However, they should be free to dominate their own volunteers, as long as they have any – Panarchies even for the various kinds of Syndicalists! – JZ, 11.6.08. - UNIONS, ANARCHISM, PANARCHISM, POLITICS, TERRITORIALISM
SYNDICALISM: Seeing how badly trade unionists run even their “own” affairs, wrongfully, inefficiently, counter-productively, corruptly, monopolistically and, sometimes, violently, and how rarely they do learn from their own mistakes, how could one wish to entrust to them the administration of whole countries and whole populations? – JZ, n.d.
SYNDICALISM: The syndicalists at heart had always believed in ‘centralization first and foremost’, declared their detractors …” - Paul Avrich, The Russian Anarchists, p.196.
SYNDICALISM: When all power is placed in the hands of trade unionists, then it is no safer there than it is in anybody else’s hands. Naturally, with the exception of those communities, societies and governments only consisting of volunteers and confined to exterritorial autonomy. – JZ, 22.2.98. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, UNIONS
SYSTEM MONGERS: System-mongers, as Mumford calls them, seek to enforce acceptance by an entire (*) community of some limiting principle and to design life in conformity to it. If Life will not go along, then so much the worse for Life. Which is, of course, crazy talk.” – Neil Postman, Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk, p.112. – The territorial population does not, as a rule, constitute a genuine community. Voluntarism is absent in all spheres monopolized by the government. – (*) territorial – JZ, 31.5.08.
SYSTEM MONGERS: Why is it necessary that all human life should point to one object, and be cultivated into a system of means to a single end?” – John Stuart Mill, Auguste Comte & Positivism, London, 1865, p.141. – UNIFORMITY, IMPOSITIONS, VARIETY, DIVERSITY, , FREEDOM DEVELOPMENT, CHOICE, TERRITORIALISM, NATIONALISM, CENTRALIZATION
SYSTEM-MONGERS: The man of systems … seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon the chess-board; he does not consider pieces upon the chess-board have no other principle of motion besides that which the hand impresses upon them; but that, in the great chess-board of human society, every single piece has a principle of motion of its own; altogether different from that which the legislature might choose to impress upon it.” – Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments. - TERRITORIALIST INTOLERANCE, STATES, CHESS ANALOGY, GOVERNMENTS, INDIVIDUALISM
SYSTEM-MONGERS: there was more to life than they had been taught under their rigid systems.” - A. E. van Vogt, The Voyage of the Space Beagle, p. 89. - LIFE, VARIETY, DIVERSITY, TOLERANCE, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, HIERARCHIES, TERRITORIALISM, AUTHORITARIANISM,
SYSTEMAPHILIA, SYSTEMS & UTOPIAS, TERRITORIAL ONES: Systemaphilia arises from the assumption that human beings are sufficiently clever, knowledgeable, and multi-perspectived to design complete and just about perfect systems of human activity. The much admired Buckminster Fuller suffered from systemaphilia. So did Karl Marx, John Dewey, Rousseau and Joseph Stalin. What these very different men had in common was a belief in the feasibility of total change. - Neil Postman, Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk, 109. - Full freedom would allow all possible positive and negative changes - for all who do, at least for a while, prefer them for themselves. It includes exterritorial autonomy for all volunteers. Then the systemaphilia of some old or new prophets would be harmless for all who would not follow them. Thus all systems can be tried out at the same time, in the same territory or even world-wide, wherever they do have some voluntary supporters. Being confined to volunteers, they will either succeed or fail or change them enough to finally succeed. – JZ, 30.6.92, 14.1.93, 1.6.08, 11.8.12. – PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, UTOPISM, TERRITORIALISM
SYSTEMS: A Complex System Designed From Scratch Never Works And Cannot Be Made To Work. You Have To Start Over, Beginning With A Working Simple System.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.50. – Sometimes there is only a screw or a nut loose or a spring has become weakened too much. I once successfully replaced a weakened spring in a Minolta photocopier - with a rubber band and that made the machine work, once again, properly. Car mechanics can probably supply dozens of such instances. They certainly do not always try to rebuild your whole car. – JZ, 8.7.08. – Should you be thrown on the scrap heap if you lose, e.g., a tooth, an ear or a leg? – J.Z., 11.8.12. - PLANNING, DESIGN, UTOPIAS, DIS., PERFECTION, FLAWS
SYSTEMS: A Complex System That Works Is Invariably Found To Have Evolved From A Simple System That Worked.” – John Gall, Systemantics, p.50. - Under free competition the complex system will be less efficient and more expensive and thus tend to fail, while the simple and cheap systems will tend to persist. – JZ, 8.7.08. – DEVELOPMENT, PLANNING, SIMPLICITY, COMPLEXITY
SYSTEMS: A Large System, Produced By Expanding The Dimensions Of A Smaller System, Does Not Behave Like The Smaller System.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.20. – A territorial government is not a family father or mother. - JZ, 13.3.11. - BIGNESS, UPSIZING, ADVANCING FROM LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS TO MASS PRODUCTION, TERRITORIALISM
SYSTEMS: A System Can Fail In An Infinite Number of Ways. – An extreme example is the government of Haiti, which, with one exception, appears to consist entirely of departments that do not function. (*) Dozens of national and international aid agencies, frustrated by the inability of the Haitian government to cope with outside assistance, have sent emergency representatives to Haiti, to teach government officials how to fill out requests for aid.” - John Gall, Systemantics. – Failures and creative destruction is also a way to progress. Competition provides both, failures and successes. – Would Haiti be a good starting country for the introduction of panarchies, at first, possibly, via protégée citizens, later turned into members of various panarchies? –– (*) Not that bureaucracies function well enough in any other country. - JZ, 8.7.08, 11.8.12.
SYSTEMS: A System Continues To Do Its Thing, Regardless Of Circumstances.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.100. - Not quite, for businesses do fail and so would States and societies once they have no longer a territorial monopoly and involuntary members and tax payers. – JZ
SYSTEMS: A System That Performs A Certain Function Or Operates In A Certain Way Will Continue To Operate In That Way Regardless Of The Need Or Of Changed Conditions.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.55. - Lack of competition and compulsory membership or taxes to finance it – will see to that. However, freely competing service institutions with voluntary subscribers will adapt to their conditions and limitations. – JZ, 8.7.08. - PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM
SYSTEMS: Although many of the world’s frustrations are rooted in the malfunctions of complex systems, it is important to remember that Some Complex Systems Actually Function. This statement is not an Axiom. It is an observation of a natural phenomenon.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.49. – E.g., some brains and some human bodies do actually function and this for a long time. – JZ, 8.7.08.
SYSTEMS: And now that the legislators and do-gooders have futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems. And try liberty …” – Frederic Bastiat, 1850. - - Volunteers should be freed to try out flawed systems once again - but only among themselves, in free competition with all the better ones. Then the best systems will soon win the largest number of voluntary supporters. - Liberty to tolerantly, rather than coercively, try all systems! - JZ, 22. 11. 06. - LAWS, CONSTITUTIONS, IMPOSED TERRITORIAL SYSTEMS EXPERIMENTS INSTEAD OF LIBERTY AND VOLUNTARISTIC EXPERIMENTS, DIS., TOLERANCE
SYSTEMS: Because of man’s creative nature, he is an incurable systems builder. Throughout his history, he has organized his observations into systems.” – L. J. Peter, The Peter Plan, p.11. – That is wrong and harmful on a large scale only if his plans are forced upon others, not when they are tolerantly practised among volunteers only, as their learning experiences. – JZ, 8.7.08, 11.8.12. – MAN, CREATIVITY, PROGRESS, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, TOLERANCE
SYSTEMS: Complex Systems Are Beyond Human Capacity to Evaluate.” – John Gall, Systemantics, p.54. - I believe the panarchism would provide a complex system of very diverse panarchies and that human beings are very well able to make their personal choice between them, just like they do between millions of products and personal services. Full consumer sovereignty towards all kinds of governmental and societal service offers! – The Free Market itself is a very complex system and man is the more free the more free choice he has within it. Are we really unable to evaluate or utilized the free market? We may not fully understand electricity and magnetism, either, or our computer systems, but we can turn on and off our electrical appliances and our computer systems and used them for our purposes. - John Gall, in this work, has a chapter in which he comes close to panarchism and its choices and coined his own unique terms for them. – JZ, 8.7.08. – Most actions and relationships can be reduced to relatively simple choices, including the “don’t touch!” rule and that of freedom to choose one’s doctor or other specialist whenever required. – JZ, 11.8.12. - COMPLEXITY, DIS.
SYSTEMS: Complex Systems Exhibit Unexpected Behavior.” – John Gall, Systemantics, p.17. – True already for my computer system. But the mis-behaviour of the complex territorial systems can largely be predicted and so can the behaviour of a quite free market or panarchistic system. Both the system of monetary despotism and that of monetary freedom are complex systems and, nevertheless, both can be rationally analysed and predicted in their effects. So can the results of complex systems like Free Trade and Protectionism. – JZ, 8.7.08.
SYSTEMS: Dangers lurk in all systems. Systems incorporate the unexamined beliefs of their creators. Adopt any system, accept its beliefs, and you help strengthen the resistance to change.” - Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune, p.367. - Panarchism avoids most of this danger by allowing experimental freedom to all, in the same country and at the same time, as long as it can be practised at the own risk and expense only. That kind of system of systems or "meta-utopia", as Nozick called it, can maximize change and, like a free market in other spheres, can also maximize consumer satisfaction, here expressed in citizen satisfaction with the kind of systematic arrangements they have chosen for themselves - at least as long as they can stand them. Afterwards, when finally quite disappointed with them, they can secede and join or form the kind of communities then preferred by them. - Inventors, utopists, pioneers and reformers are not sufficiently critical towards their own innovations. - JZ, 6.10.01, 13.3.11, 11.8.12. - BELIEFS, UNCHECKED PREMISES, SELF-EXAMINATION, DOUBT, SELF-CRITICISM, JUDGMENT
SYSTEMS: destroy every authoritarian or bureaucratic system.” – Slogan quoted by Paul Avrich, The Russian Anarchists, p.195. - It would be enough to abolish their territorial monopoly. - JZ, 13.3.11. - TERRITORIALISM, SECESSIONISM, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY, FREE ENTERPRISE COMPETITION IN EVERY SPHERE, BUREAUCRACY, AUTHORITARIANISM
SYSTEMS: Do It Without A System If You Can.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.66. – Choose the system which you prefer for yourself, like you choose your food, clothing, reading, amusements, friends etc.- J.Z., 11.8.12.
SYSTEMS: Every student of science is required at some point or other in his career to learn Le Chatelier’s Principle. Briefly, this law states that any natural process, whether physical or chemical, tends to set up conditions opposing the further operation of the process. Although the law has a very broad application, it is usually looked upon more as a curiosity than as a profound insight into the nature of the Universe. We, on the other hand, regard it as a cornerstone of General Systemantics. No one who has had any experience of the operation of large systems can fail to appreciate its force, …” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.21. - Does it apply to panarchism and its practice as well? - JZ, 13.3.11. – Disappointing and severely flawed systems will soon lose many of their members, more than they gain in new members. Their secession and voluntary membership will see to that. – J.Z., 11.8.12. - TERRITORIALISM
SYSTEMS: Everyone has the right to search for an economic system he considers to be right and, when he has found it, to try it out in practice, together with his followers. - Everyone may, together with his adherents, form a group practising at the own expense and risk whatever system he and they like for themselves. More cannot be demanded by any group, which does not want to be accused of attempting to set up an economic tyranny. Economists may say: Your system of typified clearing-house cheques will result in chaos and we do not have to put up with this. Answer: No, indeed, you do not have to put up with it. You have the right to be fools at your own expense and to consider our solution as chaotic. This is your right and it shall not be infringed. But it would go too far to legally stop us from applying among ourselves a system, which we found suitable. Be tolerant or the devil may take you by milligrams. Starve with your system - if you like. We will not hinder you. It will be a task of the future political science to describe the spheres in which one cannot be tolerant. – Ulrich von Beckerath, 1882-1969, to Dr Mann, 1.1.57. - JZ, in pamphlet: Tolerance. – TOLERANCE, MONETARY FREEDOM, CLEARING FREEDOM, FREE CHOICE OF VALUE STANDARDS, PRIVATE PAYMENT COMMUNITIES, PANARCHISM, FOOL’S LIBERTY, CHAOS, DIS.
SYSTEMS: Everyone has the right to search for an economic, political and social system he considers to be right and useful and, when he has found it, to try it out in practice, together with his followers. – Free after Ulrich von Beckerath, 1882-1969. – PANARCHISM, FREEDOM OF ACTION, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM, TOLERANCE
SYSTEMS: Everyone may, together with his followers, form a group practising at the own expense and risk whatever system they like for themselves. More cannot be demanded by any group which does not want to be accused of attempting to set up an economic tyranny.” - Ulrich von Beckerath, 1882-1969, - PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE
SYSTEMS: Free institutions run by free men under freedom’s principles - form the only general system that works well enough. – JZ, 2/75, 6.6.08. – VOLUNTARISM, FREEDOM, COMPETITION, PANARCHISM, LAISSEZ FAIRE, FREE MARKET INSTITUTIONS, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT
SYSTEMS: Great Advances Do Not Come Out of Systems Designed To Produce Great Advances.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.74. - I do believe that e.g. panarchism, monetary freedom, an as complete human rights draft as can and should be drafted at any stage of our development, an ideal militia for the protection these individual rights and liberties, a libertarian revolution, liberation and defence program (including a variety of governments in exile, all only for volunteers) and the Ideas Archive (Super-Computer System) and Talent listing (both of the latter 2 institutions as free market institutions, rather than governmental ones) would produce great advances. – Gall’s great book should be revised! - JZ, 8.7.08, 11.8.12. - PROGRESS
SYSTEMS: How many economic, political and social systems exist now, existed in the past and were proposed? How many utopias? How many monetary reform proposals, voting systems, constitutions and parliamentary reforms? They go certainly into the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, if all minor and major differences among them are counted. And all of them still do have at least some voluntary supporters, often imagining that their ideal would be quite new and distinct from all others. Their sheer number indicates already that territorial government experimentation with some of them, amounting only to one experiment per territory for a period, is not enough to sensibly and continuously evaluate all of them. New generations need to learn the political and apolitical lessons over and over again. Apart from this consideration, the compulsory participation in territorial government experiments tends to condemn them to failures. Imagine a compulsory mass marriage, a compulsory participation in concocting a soup for all ("Too many cooks spoil the broth!"), a compulsory participation in doctoring others (One prescribed medicine for all people and all their different illnesses!). Like in private lives, so in public life, nothing less than free and autonomous experimentation among volunteers could cope with the flood of different and more or less flawed or incomplete premises, ideas, prejudices, knowledge, experience, talent and training that do exist, in the search for better and the best ways of living. - JZ, 20.9.91, 13.1.93. - The kind of "solutions" we can expect from territorial governments were well demonstrated by their ca. 4000 years of attempting to control prices and by their even longer failure to provide sufficient security, efficient defence, prosperity and progress. They have been obstacles for almost all rightful and rational endeavors. Presently I can think of only one exception: "Flurbereinigung": the unification of all too wide-spread plots of land into unified and combined agricultural enterprises by swapping these titles around. That was possibly never done upon private initiative. I do not know why. But it may have much to do with the absence of an efficient system for land titles and their transfer, because generally such affairs are territorially "regulated" as well, regardless of the consequences. - JZ, 10.12.03, 22.9.04.
SYSTEMS: If A System Is Working, Leave It Alone. Don’t Change Anything!” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.49. - Never give up trying new experiments – but cautiously, tolerantly, only among volunteers, never risking everything, as e.g. with the nuclear “deterrent”. – JZ, 8.7.08, 11.8.12. – MEDDLING, INTERVENTIONISM, ENFORCED EXPERIMENTS, REFORMISM, LAISSEZ FAIRE, LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE
SYSTEMS: In Complex Systems, Malfunction And Even Total Non-Function May Not Be Detectable For Long Periods, If Ever.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.21. - True, if the system is territorially enforced and territorialism is taken for granted or as quite natural. Untrue when individuals have a choice, may secede from a system and subscribe to other ones. Then e.g. price and service competition between them would be noted and become effective. – JZ, 8.7.08. – PANARCHISM, FREE CHOICE OF GOVERNMENTS & SOCIETIES, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, STATES, PANARCHIES, COMPETITION IN EVERY CREATIVE OR VOLUNTARY SPHERE
SYSTEMS: In our hurry to act we have not seen how much life and movement is sacrificed to make place for an official system.” - Auberon Herbert, in Mack edition of his essays, p.76. - TERRITORIALISM VS. FULL EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM FOR VOLUNTEERS.
SYSTEMS: In the words of sociologist Snell Putney: “the basic problem is that large systems over a period of time take on objectives of their own, distinct from the objectives of the men who created the systems in the first place.” (*) Putney defines such a system as an “auto-system”: “A social system which comes to pursue its own objectives by its own means and ceases to be under the effective control of men.” These auto-systems, in order to guarantee their own continuation, “persuade their participants that there is no possible conflict of interest between man and system.” (**) – S. Putney, The Conquest of Society, quoted by Butler D. Shaffer, Violence as a Product of Imposed Order. - (*) Especially if they have legal monopolies, e.g. a territorial monopoly. – (**) Were all anarchists, libertarians and other dissenters persuaded as well or are the systems simply territorially imposed? - JZ, 8.7.08.
SYSTEMS: Individuals should become free to adopt for themselves and their own affairs whatever system they prefer – to minimize troubles between men with different beliefs or convictions. – JZ, 10.8.05, 3.10.07. - & INDIVIDUALS, PANARCHISM & POLYARCHISM, HARMONY & PEACE VIA FREE CHOICE
SYSTEMS: Instead of occupying our minds with the task of finding ways to make the system more tolerable, let’s use that time and energy to build a more human and logical system (or non-system) which cannot be controlled by a few.” – LITTLE FREE PRESS, 18.10.72. – Or a quite tolerant system, which allows all volunteers to do their own things for and to themselves, all in their own and very diverse panarchies. – JZ, 8.7.08. – PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE, REFORMS, TERRITORIALISM VS. EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY & VOLUNTARISM
SYSTEMS: Large System Usually Operate in Failure Mode.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.8. – They can get away with this, for a long time, only if they are enforced or have a legal monopoly. Full consumer sovereignty would rapidly lead to their disappearance or to their being taken over by efficient new owners and managers. – Panarchies could be world-wide and yet competitive and successful - JZ, 8.7.08. - STATES, TERRITORIALISM, BIGNESS, FAILURES, SUBSIDIES, TAXES, CENTRALIZATION, MONOPOLIES, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY, FREE ENTERPRISE COMPETITION IN EVERY SPHERE
SYSTEMS: Le Chatelier’s Principle (The System Tends To Oppose Its Own Proper Function), a basic law of very general application.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.8. - Every student of science is required at some point or other in his career to learn Le Chatelier’s Principle. Briefly, this law states that any natural process, whether physical or chemical, tends to set up conditions opposing the further operation of the process. Although the law has a very broad application, it is usually looked upon more as a curiosity than as a profound insight into the nature of the Universe. We, on the other hand, regard it as a cornerstone of General Systemantics. No one who has had any experience of the operation of large systems can fail to appreciate its force, …” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.21. -– A “law” that is, probably, also applying only to territorial and other monopolies. – JZ, 8.7.08. Or does it apply to panarchism and its practice as well? - Let us examine the possibility of panarchism not having enough self-correction features built in. This and other objections or doubts should be collected, published together and systematically replied to. - Not only in the Q & A method. Also in an Ideas Archive, an expanded Panarchism A to Z compilation, in argument maps etc. - JZ, 13.3.11. - TERRITORIALISM, COMPETITION, FREE MARKETS, PANARCHISM, MONOPOLIES, FEEDBACK, CONSUMER-SOVEREIGNTY, TAX STRIKES, CONSUMER BOYCOTTS, SUBSIDIES, TAXATION
SYSTEMS: Let us cast out all artificial systems and give freedom a chance.” – Frederic Bastiat, quoted by G. C. Roche III, Frederic Bastiat – A Man Alone, p.231. – I would fully agree if he meant by “artificial systems” only those with involuntary members, i.e., territorially and legally, constitutionally and juridically or despotically imposed ones. - Full freedom, laissez faire, a free market, do also form systems, but natural ones rather than territorially imposed ones. – JZ, 6.6.73, 8.7.08. – PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, HARMONY, NATURAL ORDER
SYSTEMS: Many Functions Are Intrinsically Unsuited To The Systems Approach. – Anyone who has tried to manipulate an umbrella in a high wind has an intuitive feel for what is involved here. Technically, it has something to do with rapid and irregular fluctuation in the parameters.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.67. – I for one doubt that the territorial system and the majority voting system can be made to work satisfactorily. – JZ, 8.7.08. - TERRITORIALISM
SYSTEMS: No system can help being a system. – JZ 19.9.81. – Territorial systems cannot help being territorial systems. – JZ, 8.7.08. - TERRITORIALISM
SYSTEMS: No universal system is a living thing: they all tend to become mere machines – machines of a rather perverse kind, that have incurable tricks of going their own way. We are apt to think that our machines dutifully serve and obey us; but in large measure we serve and obey them. They too have souls of their own, and command as well as obey. Unfortunately for us, progress and improvement are not amongst the things that great machines are able to supply at (on? – JZ) demand. Their soul lies in mechanical repetition, not in difference; whilst progress requires not only faculties in the highest state of vital activity, but I might almost say continual, mental dissatisfaction with what has been already achieved, and continual preparedness to invade new territory and attempt new victories.” – Auberon Herbert, Mr Spencer and the Great Machine, p.70. – I would expect panarchism to provide or greatly facilitate this service. – JZ, 8.7.08. - - MACHINES, BIGNESS, ORGANIZATION, PARTIES, MOVEMENTS, MASSES, PROGRESS, COMPETITION VS. IMPOSED FORMS & PROCEDURES, IMPROVEMENTS, PANARCHIES VS. TERRITORIAL STATISM
SYSTEMS: Nock adhered to the conviction that the only way any person can improve society is by presenting society with one improved unit.” – Edmund Opitz, on Nock, in INTERCOLLEGIATE REVIEW, Winter 75. - Was Henry Ford’s production line method for cars inefficient? Could it operate only with improved individuals? Merely personal thinking has largely to be replaced by institutional thinking that takes all individual rights and liberties into consideration and applies them. – Man makes institutions but institutions also shape men. E.g. military drill conditioning, territorialism, government schools, price controls and anti-drug laws leading to black markets. – Does one fight unemployment, war, the nuclear war threat, inflation, price controls and rationing, protectionism and any monopolies by improving one’s character? – We have ignored the wrongfulness and harmfulness of territorialism for all too long. - JZ, 8.7.08. DIS., PEOPLE, UTOPIAS, INSTITUTIONS, REFORMS, MILITARISM, TERRITORIALISM, STATES
SYSTEMS: Not Just Animal Behavior, But The Behavior Of Complex Systems Generally, Whether Living Or Nonliving, Is Unpredictable.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.17. - I would deny that, to a large extent, e.g. for sports and hobby associations and for panarchies as opposed to territorial States and, generally for free market systems as opposed to statist and bureaucratic systems. – JZ, 8.7.08. – UNPREDICTABILITY, COMPLEXITY, BIGNESS
SYSTEMS: People are more or less “possessed” by systems. Just as they are by religious beliefs. And ever new systems are being invented or “developed”, regardless of their truthfulness or untruthfulness and their economics and moral status. One system addict can almost never convert the addicted followers of another system, no matter how hard and long one tries. – JZ, 8.9.90. - Thus one should not even attempt to convert or persuade others, which is usually a waste of time, energy and money, but, rather, work towards full experimental freedom for oneself as well as for all the others, to the extent that their systems are capable of peaceful coexistence, among volunteers, under personal laws and full exterritorial autonomy, as far as their own affairs are concerned. Successful persuasion and conversion attempts are the exception rather than the rule, even for professional and very skilled advertisers and propagandists – unless they merely ride on the waves or popular prejudices, errors and myths, i.e., fail to enlighten. – JZ, 8.9.90, 21.10.07. - & THEIR INTOLERANT & TERRITORIALIST ADDICTS, PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE FOR TOLERANT ACTIONS, PERSONAL LAW COMMUNITIES OF VOLUNTEERS
SYSTEMS: People In Systems Do Not Do What The System Says They Are Doing.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.31. – Territorial States and large corporations with many legalized monopolies are not the only and certainly not the optimal forms of organizations. – JZ, 8.7.08.
SYSTEMS: Systems aligned with human motivational vectors will sometimes work. Systems opposing such vectors will work poorly or not at all.” – John Gall, Systemantics. – EMOTIONS, FEELINGS
SYSTEMS: Systems Develop Goals Of Their Own The Instant They Come Into Being.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.55. – Especially, if, like governments, they have a territorial monopoly and involuntary customers. – Systems dependent on consumer sovereignty are quite another matter. They either satisfy their customers or they fail. – JZ, 8.7.08. – PANARCHISM, COMPETITION, FREE MARKETS FOR ALL KINDS OF SYSTEMS & ORGANIZATIONS, INSTITUTIONS, VOLUNTARISM, TERRITORIALISM, SECESSIONISM
SYSTEMS: Systems Get In The Way.” – John Gall, Systemantics, p.21. - Especially territorial and enforced ones. Voluntarily used systems are quite another matter. – JZ, 8.7.08.
SYSTEMS: Systems Run Best When Designed To Run Downhill.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.67. – Instances: The wars between territorial States, The arms race towards the general nuclear holocaust, inflations caused by monetary despotism, taxation towards total economic breakdown, government debts towards total bankruptcy of the State, price controls until almost nothing can be legally bought any more, rent controls until the houses fall down. – Good systems have development and progress options built into them. – With monopolies, compulsory membership and territorialism this is hard to impossible to achieve. – JZ, 8.7.08, 11.4.09, 11.8.12. - DIS.
SYSTEMS: Systems Tend To Oppose Their Own Proper Functions.” – John Gall, Systemantics, p.21. – While true, e.g., for Central Banking and Government schools, is it also true for full monetary freedom and fully free competition in education? – JZ, 8.7.08. - And for all competition between exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers and their personal law? - JZ, 13.3.11. – Q.
SYSTEMS: The “Problem” Problem. For the practising Systems-manager, the greatest pitfall lies in the realm of Problems and Problem-solving. Systems can do many things, but one thing they emphatically cannot do is to Solve Problems. This is because Problem-solving is not a Systems-function, and there is no satisfactory Systems-approximation to the solution of a Problem. …” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.66. - I would assert that a system of archiving ideas and publishing them as well as the demand for them and doing the same for special talents, would greatly work to achieve and accelerate progress. Problem solving would exactly be the function of such a special market institution. – Electronic “argument mapping” is also a problem solving method for long-standing controversies. – I believe that the system of “brain-storming” can be very effective, also certain forms of conducting meetings. – Even plain suggestion-box systems can already be very productive. If accompanied by efficient follow-up procedures and bonus systems, their productivity can be enormous. – Systems can greatly help creative individuals (sufficient positive incentives for improvements) or greatly obstruct them (hierarchical systems and seniority systems). - JZ, 21.4.82, 8.7.08. - Are libraries and the Internet, encyclopaedias and especially the WIKIPEDIA, really useless for problem-solving? Most generalizations are generally false. A single fact can already refute them in their generality. But I do insist that e.g. territorial States, their governments, their laws, their parliaments are not good enough problem-solving systems. They do, probably, cause more problems than they solve. I know not of a single instance of a major problem, which they were able to solve almost perfectly. Do you? - JZ, 13.3.11.
SYSTEMS: the fundamental moral wrong that is committed, where some men coerce other men, where some men forcibly and by means of the state power construct systems for the rest of men to live under.” – Auberon Herbert, The Right and Wrong of Compulsion, Essay Four in Mack edition, p.179. - STATES, TERRITORIALISM, COMPULSORY MEMBERSHIP, LAWS, OBEDIENCE, SUBORDINATION, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM
SYSTEMS: the men who direct it vainly, miserably struggling, with their impossible task of their universal system to extinguish all differences of thought and action, …” - Auberon Herbert, in Mack edition of his essays, p.312. - PLANNING, DICTOCRACY, NATIONALIZATION, STATE SOCIALISM, TERRITORIALISM, POLITICIANS
SYSTEMS: The Mode of Failure Of A Complex System Cannot Ordinarily Be Predicted From Its Structure.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.60. – But one can predict that competitive private enterprises will be more successful than nationalized monopoly enterprises and one can state many causes for the successes and the failures involved. – The failure of over-sized enterprises can be predicted from their over-size and lack of internal decentralization. - JZ, 8.7.08, 11.8.12.
SYSTEMS: the more intelligent a nation becomes, the greater pains it must suffer from a system which forces its various parts to think and act alike when they would naturally be thinking and acting differently.” - Auberon Herbert, in Mack edition of his essays, p.61. – Neither intelligence nor stupidity or responsibility can be rightly ascribed to all members or subjects of a race, religion or territorial nation State. They are not real entities but imagined ones. – JZ, 11.8.12. - TERRITORIALISM, DIS, FALSE GENERALIZATIONS, ENFORCING UNITY, UNIFORMITY OR EQUALITY
SYSTEMS: The most ingenious way of becoming foolish is by a system.” – Shaftesbury – Compare the believers in astrology and system gambling. – And those thousands of millions still believing in territorialism and central banking. - JZ, 8.7.08. – FOOLISHNESS, TERRITORIALISM
SYSTEMS: The System Always Kicks Back.” - John Gall, Systemantics, p.21. – Do voluntary associations, freely competing with each other, provide as much in such and other kick-backs as do territorial States and monopolistic corporations? – JZ, 8.7.08.
SYSTEMS: The System Is Still Us.” – A. Seidenbaum, quoted in L. J. Peter, The Peter Plan, p.155. In other words, it has to operate with individuals, corresponding to the nature and interests of individuals. – JZ, 8.7.08. – Territorial systems certainly do not represent the whole population of peaceful citizens in a country. Communities of like-minded volunteers can represent all of them, as long as they remain like-minded enough not to secede from them. - JZ, 13.3.11 VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, DIS., REPRESENTATION, TERRITORIALISM, UNITY, NATIONALISM, STATISM
SYSTEMS: the very ease with which official power created huge systems was an evil and not an advantage, since they were created with insufficient discussion, experience and knowledge, as well as insufficient effort on the part of the individual, and each huge system so created not only involved terrible financial burdens but stood in the way of the future introduction of better systems.” – Auberon Herbert, The Ethics of Dynamite, Essay Five in the Mack edition, p.211. – COERCION, - TERRITORIALISM, LAWS, GOVERNMENT, MONOPOLIES, COMPULSION, STATISM, BUREAUCRACY, LAWS, SUPPRESSION OF COMPETING & ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS & OF FULL EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM IN EVERY CREATIVE SPHERE
SYSTEMS: To each his own system, in gambling, betting, work and in everything else. No system to be territorially imposed upon involuntary members. No more so than any religion, fashion, art, food, drink, hobby or craft. Let us finally become fully emancipated, grown up and self-responsible. Or, if we still prefer this, let us only individually transfer the responsibility for details of our lives to those whom we trust, individually. – JZ, 28.1.05. - FREE CHOICE BETWEEN THEM, FOR INDIVIDUALS, CHOICE, FREEDOM, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, LIVING THE OWN LIFE, DOING ONE’S OWN THINGS
SYSTEMS: We usually call this economic process the “free enterprise system”, or the “profit system”. But these labels distort the reality. It is not a system. It is – quite the opposite – the absence of a system, a non-system. It is neither managed nor planned. The Secretary of Commerce is in no sense in charge of it. It works as if it were “run” by a wonderfully keen intelligence with a marvellously enlightened comprehension of human psychology. It is in fact not run by anybody.” – Cornuelle, Demanaging America, p.82. – One might also say that it is run by individual producers, exchangers and consumers, i.e. by everybody, to the extent that he participates in the system, with his own labour, resources, ideas, earnings or investments. – JZ, 8.7.08. - In this respect it resembles as a free enterprise system, for xyz different enterprises, the diverse panarchies under panarchism, peacefully competing with each other and depending upon voluntary members, investors and customers, all of them sovereign individuals. - JZ, 13.3.11.
SYSTEMS: Z CONCLUSION: I close this segment now with a final offering of the wisdom of Adam Smith, this on the inherent error in all systems of control and coming not from The Wealth of Nations but from his first book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments: “The man of system, is apt to be very wise in his own conceit, and is often so enamoured with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government, that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it. He goes on to establish it completely and in all its parts, without any regard either to the great interests or to the strong prejudices which may oppose it: he seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board; he does not consider that the pieces upon the chess-board have no other principle of motion besides that which the hand impresses upon them; but that, in the great chess-board of human society, every single piece has a principle of motion of its own, altogether different from that which the legislature might choose to impress upon it. If those two principles coincide and act in the same direction, the game of human society will go on easily and harmoniously, and is very likely to be happy and successful. If they are opposite or different, the game will go on miserably, and the society must be at all times in the highest degree of disorder.” – LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, USA, Nov. 76. - INTOLERANCE, TERRITORIALISM – JZ, 11.4.09. – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, RIGHT OF PRIVATE JUDGMENT, SELF-OWNERSHIP, SELF-DETERMINATION, SELF-GOVERNANCE, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-MANAGEMENT, SELF-HELP, THE EGO & HIS OWN, TRUE BELIEVERS, FANATICS, SYSTEM-MONGERS