Quotes, Notes, Comments & Slogans
for Individual Liberty & Rights
against Popular Statist Errors & Prejudices
Index - O
(2013 - 2014)
OATHS: An oath that is not to be made is not to be kept.” – George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum. – When any allegiance or loyalty is compulsory then any enforced oath to keep it, is, obviously, not morally binding. Individuals are sovereign and thus ought to be free to secede and live under personal law. They are merely obliged to respect the sovereignty of others, as long as the others do not act aggressively or oppressively towards people, who are not their voluntary members. Only the “sovereignty” of aggressors and criminals can be rightfully infringed by defenders upholding their own rights against them. – Any genuine right is associated with the authority to enforce it. - JZ, 3.6.13, 17.11.13.
OATHS: By (the market, individual liberty, the goddess of liberty) this is nothing but the truth. – Suggestions for a libertarian kind of oath. – JZ, 31.4.73.
OATHS: By forcing an individual to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, it violates the ideals of justice and liberty that the flag is meant to represent.” – ACLU. - Only for members of a voluntary community can an allegiance oath make some sense. But a withdrawal or secession or divorce clause should be applied even then. - JZ 25.11.06. - COMPULSORY OATHS
OATHS: How many more wrongful actions than rightful ones are committed under oaths? – JZ, 17.5.92. – OBEDIENCE, LOYALTY, DUTY FALSELY UNDERSTOOD, QUESTIONS
OATHS: I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…." – Congressional Oath of Office. Under territorialist statism it, too, has become a meaningless ritual. - What chances has the individual citizens to hold officials to their words, promises and oaths? Only the very small and limited territorial statist options and they are by far not enough or effective enough. - JZ, 23. 11. 06. - OF US PUBLIC OFFICIALS
OATHS: Spooner argues further that oaths of office and loyalty, international treaties, and national debts are all invalid because one or more of the parties involved consist of unidentifiable individuals.” – Fred D. Miller, reason, 5/76. – Even if they were identifiable, they might be dissenters, not allowed to opt out. – JZ, 4.2.08. – To whom or what should such dissenters be loyal and bound by an oath? – JZ, 2.3.09
OATHS: The military oath is morally not binding, at least not when used to force someone to engage in mass murder with nuclear "weapons". An oath of obedience and allegiance to a nuclear armed regime is not better but worse than one to an absolutist monarch or totalitarian dictator. All such oaths must be publicly declared as invalid, as binding no one. Whosoever would persist in obeying them and showed any readiness or to use any opportunity to use nuclear “weapons” should be outlawed. He should get a chance for amnesty only if he destroyed or surrendered at least one such device. - All present oaths in armed forces ought to be replaced by oaths to defend nothing but genuine individual human rights and liberties. One cannot defend them with nuclear devices. When all human rights are realized, no one will wield nuclear power over anyone any longer. Those unwilling to give this oath ought to be disarmed and kept disarmed. - All members of all armed forces, including policemen, are to swear this new oath. - Everyone will have to swear neither to give nor to obey any order whose execution would offend against individual human rights. Equal to such orders are general regulations and instructions. (Freely translated note by U. v. Beckerath, 23.3.55.) ALLEGIANCE, AMNESTY, DISCRIMINATING WARFARE, DISOBEDIENCE, ELECTION OF OFFICERS, INDISCRIMINATE WARFARE, HUMAN RIGHTS, LOYALTY, MILITARY INSURRECTIONS , MILITIA, OBEDIENCE, OUTLAWRY, RESISTANCE, SUBORDINATION, TERRORISM, TYRANNICIDE, WAR AIMS, WEAPONS. – JZ in An ABC Against Nuclear War. www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm - TO DEFEND NOTHING BUT INDIVIDUAL HUMAN RIGHTS
OBEDIENCE: A common and natural result of an undue respect for law is, that you may see a file of soldiers, colonels, captains, corporals, privates, powder-monkeys, and all, marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences, which makes it very steep marching indeed, and produces a palpitation of the heart.” – Henry David Thoreau. – SOLDIERS, MILITARY DISCIPLINE, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY, STANDING ARMIES
OBEDIENCE: a government’s moral claim on the obedience of its citizens disappears when that government begins to control its citizens in an unjust fashion – through a purely arbitrary exercise of power rather than through just rules and fair procedures.” – Jeffrey G. Murphy, Kant: The Philosophy of Right, 139. – Any territorial government does that already merely through being a territorial government, at least for all its involuntary members and subjects. – JZ, 4.2.08.
OBEDIENCE: A murderer not acting on orders is still superior to one only following orders, at least in one respect: He shows initiative. – JZ, 14.1.77. – SOLDIERS & MURDERERS, ORDERS, DISOBEDIENCE, DUTY
OBEDIENCE: A regulation can be for a fool to obey and a wise man to break.” – Sir Hugh Trenchard, Founder of the Royal Air Force. - DISOBEDIENCE & REGULATIONS
OBEDIENCE: All governments demand blind obedience, even the divine.” – Friedrich Hebbel. - (Alle Regierungen fordern blinden Gehorsam, sogar die göttliche.) – GOVERNMENTS, GOD
OBEDIENCE: Almighty God. - And it will be no satisfaction at all to his justice, when he shall call you to an account for the killing and slaying of men, for you to say that you did it in obedience to the Commands of your General and Officers; for you must note that it is those just ends, the rights and liberties of the people, that only can acquit you from being murderers in all you have done, so that you may at once highly please your commanders in killing and slaying of men, to make way for their greatness, wealth, and domination; and more highly displease God in being murderers in so doing; nor can you escape his heavy Judgments, except you persevere and go on to those just ends, unto which you have made your way as through a Sea of Blood, and to be no respecters of persons, but to take whomsoever for an enemy that shall oppose you therein.” – A. L. Morton, Freedom in Arms, p.234, quoting from The English Soldiers’ Standard, 1549. – As if they would have had quite rightful war- and peace aims. All individual rights and liberties are not even generally recognized and respected today. – JZ, 17.11.13. - MILITARY OBEDIENCE, WAR AIMS, WAR CRIMES, WARFARE METHODS.
OBEDIENCE: As long as a man is held in the trammels of obedience, and habituated to look for some foreign guidance for the direction of his conduct, his understanding and the vigor of his mind will sleep. Do I desire to raise him to the energy of which he is capable? I must teach him to feel himself, to bow to no authority, to examine the principles he entertains, and render to his mind the reason of his conduct.” – Godwin, quoted in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.104. – ENLIGHTENMENT, COMMANDS, AUTHORITY
OBEDIENCE: Authority seems to command a devotion that morality can’t match.” – Gloria Sturzenacker. – There is as yet no sufficient agreement on morality. (*) If there were and people were thus motivated, armed and trained, then they would no longer be under authority and no longer excessively obedient to any official authority. – JZ, 3.6.80. – (*) E.g., no ideal declaration of individual rights and liberties has so far been agreed upon. – JZ, 4.2.08. – STATISM, LOYALTY, MORALITY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AUTHORITY,
OBEDIENCE: But this makes the law of nature what I, or we, may like; and that leads to a chaos of liberty. Such a chaos was what the House of Lords had already feared, in 1776, when it protested against the dangerous doctrine that the obedience of the subject went no further than he, in his private judgment, should think conformable to his own ideas. It is what a South Carolina delegate to the Continental Congress described in a letter of 1776: ‘the inhabitants of every colony consider themselves at liberty to do as they please upon almost every occasion.’ – Sir Ernest Barker, Traditions of Civility. – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, CHOICE OF GOVERNMENT, SECESSIONISM, DISOBEDIENCE
OBEDIENCE: But when a prince is in the wrong, are his people bound to follow him then too? I answer, No, for it is not one’s duty to do wrong.” – Martin Luther, Secular Authority: To What Extent It Should Be Obeyed. - To what extent should any territorial government be obeyed? - JZ, 13.1.11. - Q.
OBEDIENCE: Daumier … had recognized clearly that here we have to deal with a special state of mind which, once it is artificially bred (*) in him, transforms man into an unfeeling automaton that obeys every command blindly and takes no account of the consequences of his deed. This artificial crippling of the conscience and of individual reflection, which breaks down in man all moral control, all sense of personality, is the first presupposition of every militarism, without distinction of flag or uniform. By expressing in his pictures just this Daumier went far beyond the narrow bounds of nationally conditions situations …” - Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism & Culture, p.512. – (*) instilled? – JZ - SUBORDINATION, STATISM, MAN, MILITARISM, SOLDIERS
OBEDIENCE: Docility: is one of the major social crimes cultivated in the average man and woman.” – Dagobert D. Runes, Treasury of Thought, p.35. – DOCILITY. SUBORDINATION
OBEDIENCE: Everyone must obey the State authorities: for no authority exists without God’s permission, and the existing authorities have been put there by God.” (*) - The above extract is from a recent (15/9/75) news item in the “NEW ZEALAND HERALD” which will have caused the raising of many eyebrows. The words were spoken by Prince Charles at Port Moresby on the occasion of the Papuan New Guinea independence celebrations. We quote further from the same item: “Prince Charles was driven to St. Mary’s Cathedral … for an ecumenical service where he read a lesson which was broadcast … in a lightly veiled warning to secessionist movements. (**). The prince said that ‘rulers are not to be feared by those who do good but by those who do evil ...’ (***) Reading from the epistle of St. Paul to the Romans (****) he said ‘whoever opposes the existing authority opposes what God has ordered; and anyone who does not will bring judgment on himself.’ ” - - (****) – We do not know how the Papuans received these words, but we can guess what the reaction of Rationalists would be. Those who have not forgotten their history will know that an almost identical doctrine – the “divine right of kings” – was propounded by Prince Charles’ forbear, King Charles I of England. And they will remember what happened to him.” (*** ***) – Probably from THE NEW ZEALAND RATIONALIST AND HUMANIST. - – (*) So e.g. Fidel Castro, Idi Amin, Mao Tse Tung, Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, the Pol Pot Regime, etc., were all God’s appointments and should have been obeyed by all pious Christians! - (**) And this in a country of a thousand tribes! - (***) As if the greatest wrong-doers were not territorial governments! - (****) Compare Bible, Romans 13. - (*****) It does not appear as if this prince is much of a self-thinker. – I read many thoughtful statements by his father, Prince Philip, who, I believe, also spoke up for members of the German resistance against Hitler. - (*** ***) The Hanoverian English kings came later and they were the ancestors of the present Queen and her sons - JZ, 4.2.08. - AUTHORITY, GOVERNMENT, SECESSIONISM, BIBLE
OBEDIENCE: For “Power”, like a desolating pestilence, withers all it touches; and obedience, bare of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, makes slaves of men, and of the human frame a mechanized automation.” - Josiah Warren, Notebook, 1840, quoted in Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.68. POWER
OBEDIENCE: Good men must not obey the laws too well.” – Emerson, Essays, Second Series: Politics, quoted in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.143. – GOVERNMENTS, LAWS
OBEDIENCE: if either the Pope or the Queen demanded of me an ‘absolute obedience’, he or she would be transgressing the laws of human nature and human society. I give an absolute obedience to neither.” – J. H. Newman, discussion of conscience in his Letter to the Duke of Norfolk, p.53, quoted in David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, p.22.
OBEDIENCE: If people can be made to obey a good law, they can be made to obey a bad one as well.” – H. J. Ehrlich et al, Re-inventing Anarchy, p.327. – A really good law would hardly need any enforcement. A really bad law would need much enforcement and should encounter strong opposition. – JZ, 4.2.08. – LAWS, MILITIA FOR THE PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
OBEDIENCE: Is it more criminal to obey a wrongful order than to give it?” – JZ, 5.2.93. – Q.
OBEDIENCE: Is Obedience a Crime? – Hans Habe, Off Limits, p.127. – Yes, sometimes it is and you would better make sure you know when. – JZ, 10/78.
OBEDIENCE: Is there any moral obligation to obey politicians and bureaucrats, their laws, regulations, boards, country-wide institutions, processes and systems and to pay their imposed tributes called taxes at all? – JZ, 24.1.97. The supposed consent given by “votes” in “free” elections is mostly fictitious. No one, not even the legislators themselves, have given their consent to all the laws. They, too, have not even read them in full and are quite unable to do so. There are just too many of them. – JZ, 2.2.08. - LAWS, STATES, LEADERS, MORALITY, TAXATION, BUREAUCRACY, STATISM, POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM, PARLIAMENTS, REPRESENTATION, LAWFULNESS (OR AWFULNESS?), Q.
OBEDIENCE: It is always a great mistake to command when you are not sure you will be obeyed.” – Honoré Comte de Mirabeau, 1749-1791. – It is never a mistake to prepare oneself for a situation where one can and will effectively disobey wrongful orders, alone or in association with other and like-minded people. – JZ, 4.2.08. - Once an ideal militia force is fully developed, also enlightened about its only and primary duty, to protect genuine individual rights, which have still to be clearly declared, then any officer, whose command is not obeyed, can be presumed to have given a wrongful order. Thus he should either withdraw it or resign on the spot and be immediately replaced by his deputy or next inline. One thing is certain, wrongful orders should not be obeyed, whenever possible. In the assumed militia force the officers would also be elected, which would tend to minimize disagreements between them and their men. Who is to decide what are wrongful orders? Much of the training of such militia volunteers should exactly consist out of thorough discussions of ethical problems involved in their job. They should know the rightful principles as well as their weapons and tactics, in every rank. – In Cromwell's militia, the "ironsides", discipline during battles was severe. But after the battle doubtful or wrong orders could be and were freely criticized then and there. That procedure may have reduced wrongful orders. The ironsides were the most successful soldiers of their time, according to Macaulay. - JZ, 13.1.11. - LEADERSHIP, OFFICERS, COMMANDS, DISOBEDIENCE, WRONGFUL ORDERS, INSURRECTION, RESISTANCE, REVOLUTION, TYRANNICIDE
OBEDIENCE: It is immoral to obey an unjust law.” – The debate is discomfiting not only because its issues have long since been thoroughly considered in political thought, but also because the protagonists are virtually unable to understand or even “hear” each other. …” - Silvert, Man’s Power, p.64. – Here, too, the electronic “argument mapping” of Paul Monk et al could do much good. – JZ, 4.2.08. - Probably we disobey numerous wrongful laws quite unconsciously, because no one knows or even can know them all. - Rightful laws are much easier to recognize as such, because of their obvious agreement with a complete declaration of all genuine individual rights and liberties, of which every rational adult should not only have a copy of but which he should also come to know by heart. - JZ, 13.1.11, 4.6.13. – INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES VS. LAWS
OBEDIENCE: It is only people who know how to obey for the right reasons who will not obey for the wrong ones, and who will not press the torturer’s switch, no matter who orders them to press it.” – John Holt, Instead of Education, p.193.
OBEDIENCE: Liberty without obedience is confusion and obedience without liberty is slavery.” – Penn, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 2/75. – SLAVERY, LIBERTY, ORDER
OBEDIENCE: like the Founders, we should adopt the attitude that “there is one thing in the world more wicked than the desire to command, and that is the will to obey.” - Walter E. Williams, More Liberty Means Less Government. Our Founders Knew This Well, Hoover Institution Press, 1999, http://www-hoover.stanford.edu – p.187. - & STATISM, SUBMISSION
OBEDIENCE: Military discipline enforces obedience not only when it is sensible but also against all sense. – Military insurrections are thus harder to prepare but, on the other hand, easier to carry out, once they are well prepared. The knowledge for rightful and efficient military insurrections against wrongful regimes should be made readily accessible to almost all on the Internet. - Who would not be entitled to such knowledge? It should be the duty of all members of armed forces to acquire it. For wrongful rulers and regimes are a recurring phenomenon of history, at least under territorialism. - Knowledge and appreciation of the exterritorial autonomy options for volunteers and of all genuine individual rights and liberties should be part of the militia training. Without that knowledge one would all too often not know who the real enemy is. Maps, borders and uniforms would not indicate them any longer sufficiently or wrongly. - The militia soldiers would have to distinguish them in the same way as sound policemen have to distinguish between private criminals with victims and honest and decent citizens. - JZ, 11.9.77, 13.1.11, 17.11.13. - MILITARY DISCIPLINE, MILITARY LAW, MILITARY JURISDICTION, MILITARY INSURRECTIONS, MILITIA
OBEDIENCE: Military obedience has more often been a vice than a virtue. – JZ, 15.8.95. – In an ideal and self-managed militia of volunteers (one only for the protection of individual rights and liberties) it will be limited e.g. by the obligation to disobey wrongful orders. – JZ, 2.2.08. – I assume that these militias will also form an exterritorially autonomous community of volunteers, locally organized but country-wide or even internationally federated. - It would also be an arbitrator between the diverse panarchies and also a kind of supreme court, comparable to the ancient folk assemblies, but constituted out of the soundest citizens of all the diverse panarchies. - Is this hope or expectation comparable to faith in "the" party and its current party line? - Which political party is committed to natural law, natural rights and all genuine individual rights and liberties, to the extent that people do already claim them for themselves? - I believe that so far one could not even claim this for the LP. - JZ, 13.1.11. - MILITARY OBEDIENCE, MILITIA, HUMAN RIGHTS, DISOBEDIENCE, RESISTANCE, REVOLUTION, MILITARY INSURRECTIONS, DESERTION, MASS FRATERNIZATION, SEPARATE PEACE TREATIES OVER THE HEADS OF THE RULERS.
OBEDIENCE: No one rules if no one obeys. – Tao Do, quoted on Facebook.
OBEDIENCE: Nothing is so loved by tyrants as obedient subjects.” – Clarence Darrow, quoted in Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.355. – TYRANTS, SUBJECTS
OBEDIENCE: Now that I look back, I realize that a life predicated on being obedient is a very comfortable life indeed. Living in such a way reduces to a minimum one's own need to think. –Adolf Eichmann, Memoirs, written after his 1960 capture by Israeli agents. - RATHER THAN THINKING & THOUGHTFUL ACTIONS
OBEDIENCE: Obedience in modern societies is more often a hideous vice than a Christian virtue.” – Alex Comfort, Authority & Delinquency, p.94. – Who has the authority to keep such an important work out of print? – His books on sex are readily available. - JZ, 4.2.08. It should be offered online or cheaply as an e-book. – JZ, 4.6.13.
OBEDIENCE: Obedience is more often a vice rather than a virtue. It is a virtue only when it is obedience to reason, to justice or respect for the genuine individual rights and liberties of others, i.e., it expresses sufficient self-discipline, self-responsibility, self-control or self-governance. – JZ, 13.5.82, 18.4.98, 2.2.08, 13.1.11, 17.11.13.
OBEDIENCE: Obedience is the main vice of citizens. – JZ, 20.10.81. – In exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers, who had subscribed to a particular personal law system, abidance by the agreed-upon rules would be as general and automatic as it is in sports and card games. – Obedience to these rules would also not be considered as a particular virtue but taken for granted. - JZ, 2.4.08. - PANARCHISM
OBEDIENCE: Obedience to authority is … archaic and immature.” – Laissez-Faire Books catalogue, 1976, Spring, p. 44, on Eric Frank Russell’s book The Great Explosion. – Depends upon the type of authority. A territorial and a tyrannical one is always by its very nature unauthorized by all its involuntary victims. A self-selected one may be obeyed like a self-chosen good doctor, dentist or tradesman. The pious Roman Catholics do still widely obey their Pope. - Obedience of those people, who know and appreciate all their individual rights and liberties, will be different from those, who don't. - Likewise the orders given by enlightened people, to their like-minded voluntary followers, will tend to be very different from the orders given by territorial officers or authorities. - JZ, 13.1.11. - AUTHORITY, GOVERNMENT, STATE.
OBEDIENCE: Obedience to Authority stops the effective working of human energy to satisfy normal human needs.” – Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.225. – I.e. obedience to wrongful authorities, which now abounds, under territorialism. - JZ, 13.1.11.
OBEDIENCE: Obedience to the rule of the tyrant is nothing but rationalization by the moral slave.” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Book of Contemplation. – Also in his: A Dictionary of Thought. Who has supplied us so far with a rightful and practicable program for a liberation campaign against tyrants, a revolution or a military uprising against them? In some respects resistance against them is as difficult as it is for inmates of concentration camps or extermination camps. Disobedience can often lead to long-term imprisonment or one’s murder or formal execution. Militarily useful obedience requires extensive training and preparation. So does useful disobedience for xyz situations. Good will is not enough. – JZ, 2.2.08, 13.1.11. – It may also require wise precautions and patience, until one gets the chance to rid oneself of a tyrant or despotic regime. – JZ, 4.2.08, 17.11.13. – A tyrant should be distinguished from an official elected by many, perhaps all too many and from those, who can also become unelected during the next relatively free election or even recalled or forced to resign before that election. – A duty to disobey wrongful orders would be part of the military code of an ideal militia. In training, such mock cases could and should be extensively explored and clarified, until sufficient agreement is achieved. - I would even expect every militia member to be trained as a sharp shooter. - Those who cannot might still serve e.g. in transport or communications. - Almost every bullet should hit its target. I should not require up to 100,000 bullets, as was often the case in governmental armies, to wound or kill one enemy soldier. For militias indiscriminate artillery fire and bombing would also be out, obviously. They should be able to induce more conscripts of an enemy regime to defect to their side than they would have to kill. - Precedents for this ability, in a better or even good case, do exist, although for a quite ideal case they are still absent, because the quite ideal defence case did not yet exist anywhere and at any time, to my knowledge. - JZ, 1.3.09, 13.1.11. - RIGHTFUL WAR & PEACE AIMS.
OBEDIENCE: Obedience, // Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, // Makes slaves of man, and, of the human frame, // A mechanized automaton.” – P. B. Shelley, Queen Mab, III, i. 177, 1813.
OBEDIENCE: Obey or get killed? Tolerate or get killed! - JZ, 28.7.01. – Tolerance only towards the tolerant! Intolerance only towards the intolerant! – JZ, 2.3.09. - TOLERANCE, DEATH THREATS
OBEDIENCE: Other animals resort to violence, in a sense make war, but only man aspires to make out of his physical superiority an OBLIGATION for others to obey.” – R. V. Sampson, The Discovery of Peace, p.85. – DUTY, STRENGTH, RIGHT, MIGHT
OBEDIENCE: raised in the cult of discipline and obedience …” - Poul Anderson, The Avator, p. 57.
OBEDIENCE: Rightful obedience ends where nuclear war would begin. Obedience towards men with nuclear weapons is a vice - unless a whole country is threatened with nuclear terror. Then a moral and rational man must be prepared to submit, outwardly, officially, and then wait and use his next chance, for which he should be very well prepared. A desperate stand would only lead to still more mass murder. "Live and fight another day” is an old military motto, justifying tactical or strategic retreats before superior forces. - Appeals, Control, Decision, Declarations, Disarmament, Disobedience, Immorality, MILITARY INSURRECTIONS, MILITIA, OATHS, PEOPLE, PRIZES, RED/DEAD, REFERENDUMS, RESISTANCE, REVOLUTION, SECESSION, SEPARATE PEACE, SUBORDINATION SURRENDER, TYRANNICIDE. – JZ in An ABC Against Nuclear War. – NUCLEAR WAR THREAT www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm
OBEDIENCE: Since there can be no such thing as an obligation to assist in one’s victimization, there can be no such thing as an obligation to obey aggressive laws.” – Jarret B. Wollstein, The Case Against Victimless Crimes, leaflet. – OBLIGATION, DUTY, LAWS, AGGRESSION, INTERVENTIONS
OBEDIENCE: Since true righteousness is never even approximated, the answer would seem obvious and our obligation to obey the laws of the state would be similar to our duty, if any, to observe the laws of a robber band which has made us captive. Is one really obliged to obey the rules of a pirate chief? And is not the ruler of a “Great Power” very much like a pirate chief, in that he preys on lesser powers, seeks a disproportionate share of the economic resources of the earth, and is forever disturbing the tranquility of others.”– Mulford Q. Sibley, The Obligation to Disobey, p.21. – As if tranquility were the characteristic of all the lesser powers. Under territorialism many of the lesser powers can be very aggressive, too. History has all too many examples to show for that. – Moreover, the USA also produces much more and not only consumes more than do most other powers. And is there another State that has, for so long, given away so much of the production of its subjects in foreign aid? - JZ, 4.2.08, 17.11.13. – TERRITORIALISM, FOREIGN AID
OBEDIENCE: Socrates does not specify what conditions must be present to make a regime worthy of obedience.’ – William M. Evers, JLS, Sum. 77, 185. – Panarchism does: Voluntary membership, personal law, exterritorial autonomy only and the possibility to secede, even individually. – JZ, 21.11.82, 4.2.08. - PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM
OBEDIENCE: some would let themselves be led and others would choose their way, blazing a trail towards their goal … some fell in line, submissively, while others stole a march on fate and grasped it.” - Martin Gray, For Those I Loved, p.274.
OBEDIENCE: Taxpayers, conscripted soldiers and all other innocent victims have been obedient to nuclear and other territorial power wielders for all too long. – JZ, 14.3.04. - It is high time for them to assert their natural human rights via disobedience, secessionism, voluntary alternative organizations, societies and communities and all kinds of self-help steps. – JZ, 19.10.07, 13.1.11. - DISOBEDIENCE & POWER WIELDERS, TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS
OBEDIENCE: TEST YOURSELF: Do you 1. Meekly give the government up to 2/3 or your income? – 2. Obey all regulations controlling what you can eat, drink, smoke, read, watch, hear, buy, sell …? – 3. Actually believe what government official say? - - CONGRATULATIONS, you win our ‘Blind Obedience to Authority’ Award.” – A libertarian sticker - by?
OBEDIENCE: The cause of the calamities people suffer is obedience to power.” - Tolstoy, “The End of an Age”, quoted in: Henry W. Nevinson, Essays in Freedom, London, Duckworth & Co, 1909, 1911, p.272. – To render power relatively harmless, it should become confined to power over volunteers. As volunteers they should be free to secede at any time from any power or other association or community. That would be the most important limitation of power, combined with the competition all remaining powers would then be exposed to from other communities of volunteers with less or no wrongful powers over their members. – JZ, 29.9.07. – POWER, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM
OBEDIENCE: The chapters that follow should be read against a background of thoughts about the Hungarian uprising and its suppression, about H-bombs, about the cost of what every nation refers to as ‘defence’, about those endless columns of uniformed boys, white, black, brown, yellow, marching obediently towards the common grave.” – Aldous Huxley, ‘Brave New World Revisited, Foreword. – SOLDIERS, DEFENCE, AGGRESSION, MARCHING, TERRITORIALISM
OBEDIENCE: The chief could not dismiss the council of elders since their offices were hereditary and were restricted to non-royal lineages. Therefore, he could not use family ties to suborn them. - If the chief overran the council of elders, the people themselves could still rebel against his despotism by calling a village strike or ceasing to pay tributes to the chief. If these measures still did not remedy the situation, the people would leave the village. The chief lacked the means to stop them from abandoning him. - The Removal of African Chiefs. Although it took time for each line of defense against despotism to be tested, the despotic chief would usually be removed long before the people needed to consider a rebellion. Thus, although in theory the chief ruled for life, in practice and under normal circumstances he ruled only as long as his people allowed it – a distinction many observers failed to note. He could be destooled (removed) at any time if he failed to perform his traditional duties or if is people so wished, irrespective of how long he had been in office.” - George B. N. Ayittey, Africa Betrayed, St. Martin’s Press, A Cato Institute Book, 1992, p. 47. - Did he idealize African government conditions or were they, actually, in some respects better than our own? It wasn't white European or American people, who introduced e.g. slavery in Africa. Judging by my limited reading and only regarding modern times, they often seemed to be even worse, and mostly are so still, with the exception of e.g. Pygmies and Bushmen. However, can we be proud of our recent traditions, as set by e.g. Nazis and Soviets for all too many years, by and over all too many "white" people? - Was secessionism among them as common as it was once among Arabic and other Nomads? - JZ, 13.1.11, 4.6.13. - DISOBEDIENCE & RESISTANCE IN AFRICA
OBEDIENCE: The doctrine of blind obedience and unqualified submission to any human power, whether civil or ecclesiastical, is the doctrine of despotism, and ought to have no place among Republicans and Christians. – Angelica Grimke (1805-1879),ANTI-SLAVERY EXAMINER, September 1836. – SUBMISSION, STATISM, POWER, DESPOTISM, TERROR, TYRANNY, COMPULSION, COERCION, WRONGFUL USE OF FORCE, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
OBEDIENCE: The essence of democracy is obedience to elected governments.” – Robert Menzies, former Prime Minister of Australia, heard on radio. – People have the right to obey their conscience before they obey politicians. – Opinion from the “Pig Iron Bob” controversy, in which Menzies was blamed for having supplied Japan with pig iron before WW II, when its government was already committing aggression in China. - No wonder that top politicians are of that opinion, because they think of obedience towards them. – Even today democratic governments are the greatest arms dealers in the world, and involved in many wars and as such are also Warfare States. – But they do not like competition from private arms dealers and arms in the hands of their subjects, when they are not subordinated in the State’s armed forces. – JZ, 4.2.08. Already their decision-making monopoly on war and peace, armament and disarmament, does turn them into despotisms, as Kant pointed out, in 1795, in his “Eternal Peace”. – JZ, 4.6.13, 17.11.13.
OBEDIENCE: The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villagers. – Banksy, quoted by Nizam Ahmad sharing Mandie Cunningham Ⓐ's photo. – Facebook, 26.3.13
OBEDIENCE: The individual act of obedience is the cornerstone not only of the strength of authoritarian society but also of its weakness.” – Robert Anton Wilson & Robert Shea, Illuminatus I, 239, quoting from a privately circulated little book by Hagbard Celine, Never Whistle While You’re Pissing.
OBEDIENCE: The limits of Tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” – Frederick Douglas. – TYRANTS, OPPRESSION, ENDURANCE, PATIENCE, SUBORDINATION, VOLUNTARISM
OBEDIENCE: The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys. // Power, like a desolating pestilence, // Pollutes whate’er it touches; // …. And obedience, // Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, // Makes slaves of men, and, of the human frame, // A mechanized automaton.” – P. B. Shelley. – MAN, SUBJECTS, DISOBEDIENCE, SLAVERY, ROBOTS, COMMANDS
OBEDIENCE: The Nature of Obedience: Government implies obedience. The reigning school of thought in Germany has magnified obedience to the point of virtue, and transformed it into an ideal, which is worthy of pursuit for its own sake alone. Liberty, it is argued, is a vain, inglorious thing, liable to be nothing better than licence and devoid of the soul-saving qualities of obedience, self-suppression, and discipline. The whole difference between democracy and dictatorship consists in the balance of liberty and obedience, the importance given to each, and their relations one to the other. - If there exists an absolute rule of good government, it is a matter of indifference whether it be enforced by a despotic emperor, a bloodthirsty dictator, or the popular premier of a perfect democracy. Since the existence of such a rule is always denied in practice, and there is a constant necessity for change and adaptation in the use of government, its form, nature, and principles should be the subject of constant and never-ending study. Government implies obedience, but self-government involves the added responsibility of understanding the principles upon which the right to obedience is asserted. A self-governing people, imposes obedience upon itself for reasons which it, itself, believes to be good; that obedience is a means to a higher end, and is a very different thing from blind obedience …” - Sir Ernest Benn, Modern Government, p.87. – Underlining by me. My version would be: Territorialgovernment implies enforced obedience even from peaceful and productive citizens. – JZ, 4.2.08. - GOVERNMENT, SELF-GOVERNMENT, DICTATORSHIP, TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM STATISM, SELF-DETERMINATION, COMPULSION
OBEDIENCE: The obedient always think of themselves as virtuous rather than cowardly.” – Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus III. – Hitler was an obedient and courageous soldier in WW I – but, hardly, a virtuous man, except in his own eyes and those of his followers. – Even the suicide-bombers are courageous when going to their deaths upon commands of their gurus, but, hardly virtuous but, rather, all too indiscriminately mass murderous. - JZ, 4.2.08. – TERRORISM, COURAGE, SUICIDE BOMBERS
OBEDIENCE: The obligation of subjects to the sovereign is understood to last as long, and no longer, than the power lasteth by which he is able to protect them.” – Thomas Hobbes, 1588-1679. – Andrews Quotations, p.305. – Can any territorial ruler really discharge his protection promise and formal obligation? – By now almost all territorial governments are more a threat than a protection for their subjects, at least through their nuclear “weapons” or alliances with nuclear powers and, as a rule, through their territorially imposed legislation, jurisdiction and policing monopolies. - JZ, 4.2.08, 17.11.13. - SOVEREIGN, GOVERNMENT, STATES, DEFENCE, PROTECTION, LOYALTY, DUTY
OBEDIENCE: The path of freedom is blocked much more by those who wish to obey than by those who desire to command.” – M. D. Petre. – (Inge, Wit and Wisdom: Preface.) - Those who wish neither to obey nor to command, should see to it that they are separating themselves from those who do wish to obey and those, who wish to command, largely leaving them to their fate, apart from setting them a rightful example of proper human behavior. – Self-determination to all kinds of people, societies, communities & governments of volunteers, but none of them to be conceded any territorial monopoly. – JZ, 4.2.08. – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, COMMAND, FREE CHOICE, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM
OBEDIENCE: The power to command and the weakness to obey are the essence of government and the quintessence of slavery.” – Charles T. Sprading, Introduction, Liberty and the Great Libertarians. – POWER, SLAVERY, GOVERNMENT, WEAKNESS
OBEDIENCE: The road to freedom is blocked more by those who would obey than by those who would command.” – Ching Chow, THE CONNECTION 105, p.52.
OBEDIENCE: The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum." - Noam Chomsky (1928- ) Institute Professor Emeritus of Linguistics – Emailed in by C. B. – STATISM, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, PUBLIC OPINION
OBEDIENCE: The soldier in war is like a grain of sand on the beach. The waves wash over it – suck it out – throw it back to it, out it out again – it disappears without anyone noticing it or caring about it.” – Sven Hassel, Wheels of Terror, p.137. – Except his few surviving comrades. – JZ, 4.2.08. – MILITARY OBEDIENCE OR DISCIPLINE, SOLDIERS
OBEDIENCE: The strict obligation, binding upon all, to obey the lawful commands of the official class is, in my opinion, a political fiction of the same general character as the ecclesiastical fiction of papal infallibility.” - Theo P. Perkins, in Tucker's LIBERTY, 1892. - LAWS, CITIZENSHIP, STATES, TERRITORIALISM, OBLIGATION, DUTY
OBEDIENCE: The world suffers from too much obedience towards wrongful laws and commands.” – JZ, 24.2.97. – Rather: All of mankind. – JZ, 17.11.13.
OBEDIENCE: There is one thing in the world more wicked than the desire to command, and that is the will to obey.” – William Kingdon Clifford. – I see nothing wrong with voluntary obedience at the own expense and risk. - JZ, 13.1.11. - STATISM, POWER – a Byington Sticker. – ORDERS, COMMANDS,
OBEDIENCE: There is too much emotional and unquestioning obedience in this world. – JZ, 25.4.96. – Even towards the greatest wrong-doers and their “measures”, “methods” or “weapons”. – JZ, 2.2.08. – RESISTANCE, REVOLUTION, DISOBEDIENCE, MILITARY INSURRECTIONS, MILITIA, GUN CONTROL OR VICTIM DISARMAMENT
OBEDIENCE: They “will carry out their orders and there won’t be any human race pretty soon.” – George H. Smith, The Four Day Weekend, end of chapter 10.
OBEDIENCE: They get an order to kill – and they simply obey! – JZ, 6.5.85. – SECRET SERVICES, CIA, KILLER AGENTS OF GOVERNMENTS, SOLDIERS
OBEDIENCE: They kiss the hand by which they are oppressed.” - (Iliam osculantur, qua sunt oppressi, manum.) – Phaedrus, Fables, Bk. v, fab. I,1.5. - Compare however: “Many kiss the hand they wish cut off.” – George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum. – Alas, mostly they do not cut it off - or the head of its owner. – JZ, 4.2.08. – SUBMISSIVENESS, SLAVE MENTALITY, TYRANNICIDE
OBEDIENCE: This is surely the main problem of the twentieth century: is it permissible merely to carry out orders and commit one’s conscience to someone else’s keeping? Can a man do without ideas of his own about good and evil, and merely derive them from the printed instructions and verbal orders of his superiors? Oaths! Those solemn pledges pronounced with a tremor in the voice and intended to defend the people against evildoers; see how easily they can be misdirected to the service of evildoers and against the people!” – Sozhenitsyn: Gulag 3, P.224. - CONSCIENCE, ORDERS, POWER ABUSE, CONSCIENCE, MORALITY, SELF-DETERMINATION, DECISION-MAKING
OBEDIENCE: Those who bow to the man above will invariably step on the man below.” - Dagobert D. Runes, A Dictionary of Thought.
OBEDIENCE: Those who know the least obey the best.” – George Farquar, 1678-1707. – STATISM, SLAVE MENTALITY, KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE, PREJUDICES, DISOBEDIENCE, EDUCATION – Those who know most do disobey most. – JZ, 26.5.78. – At least when they get a chance to do so. – JZ, 4.2.08.
OBEDIENCE: To a greater or lesser degree, then, all the civilized communities of the modern world are made up of a small class of rulers, corrupted by too much power, and of a large class of subjects, corrupted by too much and irresponsible obedience.” – Aldous Huxley, Ends and Means, p.58. - To that extent they are also uncivilized. Their warfare methods, even those with conventional weapons, not only with modern mass murder devices, characterize them even as barbaric and inhuman. As territorial, coercive, collectivist, centralistic and monopolistic States we do have to get rid of them and replace them by exterritorially autonomous communities and societies of individuals only, starting with individual and group secessionism, all without any territorial monopoly claims. Within such societies etc. one would merely obey or submit or adapt to one's own best choices, as long as they remain one's best choices. Personal law means obedience to self-given or self-chosen rules. Historically, it meant the law system one was born into, regardless of where one later lived on this planet. But already at the time of the declining Roman Empire one could switch from one legal system to the other, as Gibbon reports in his chapter 38, The Laws of the Barbarians. In this respect they were much more civilized than we are, being conditioned, for all too long by feudalism and absolute monarchies. - Republicans and Democrats failed to revive these old freedom traditions and rights and came to likewise insist on territorial domination and unification attempts, even empires. - JZ, 14.1.11.
OBEDIENCE: To assume that because some laws may serve democratic purposes all laws must always be obeyed, is to give a blank check to government – something that citizens in a democracy should never do. – Howard Zinn, Disobedience and Democracy, 12. – LAWS, DEMOCRACY
OBEDIENCE: To obey any territorial government any longer is treason to yourself and to mankind. – JZ, 9.11.97. – Especially with regard to nuclear weapons and alliances with powers that possess them and are prepared to use them. – Who of us is not yet guilty of this kind of treason? – JZ, 2.2.08. – TREASON, TERRITORIALISM, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, MASS MURDER PREPARATIONS. TRADE RESTRICTIONS, PASSPORT IMPOSITIONS, IMMIGRATION BARRIERS, MONETARY & FINANCIAL DESPOTISM
OBEDIENCE: Unconditional obedience presupposed ignorance among those who obey. – Montesquieu. - ABSOLUTE OBEDIENCE, UNCONDITIONAL OBEDIENCE, IGNORANCE, PREJUDICES, POPULAR ERRORS & FALSE PREMISES, LEADERSHIP, GOVERNMENT, RULERS, STATES, SUBORDINATION
OBEDIENCE: unjust laws and practices survive because men obey and conform to them.” – A. J. Muste, quoted in Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.493.
OBEDIENCE: Unquestioning obedience is not even good for those who are obeyed, not as a rule, anyhow, although sometimes it is a survival requirement. – JZ, 13.5.82. - E.g., when a good captain steers a ship in a storm. However, those who attempt to steer, what they call the "ship of the State", can in most instances only pretend to be good captains and, usually, steer it into difficulties or even disasters, while monopolistically and coercively exploiting involuntary passengers and crews, all treated as territorial subjects, without the full range of genuine individual rights and liberties. Their false analogy also seems to justify their suppression of mutinies, insurrections, revolutions and secessions. - In territorialism the opposite of the "freedom of the high seas" is claimed. It can rightly only be claimed for communities of volunteers. - JZ, 14.1.11.
OBEDIENCE: we totter along behind our politicians like lambs to the slaughter-house.” – Henry Meulen, THE INDIVIDUALIST, August 1978. - In war times this is made even more obvious. - We should become much more conscientious objectors than the present and all too limited conscientious objectors are. - Military servitude is a great wrong - but there are many other kinds of legally imposed servitude. The all-over sum of them I call "territorialism". We can no longer risk it in times of mass extermination devices. - Last century it costs us already over 200 million lives, apart from the war victims. - JZ, 14.1.11. - TERRITORIALISM, WARS, DESPOTISM, TOTALITARIANISM, TYRANNIES, AUTHORITARIAN DEMOCRACIES, WARFARE STATES, NWT
OBEDIENCE: When one sees how people let themselves be used and abused as soldiers, one should not be surprised seeing how they let themselves be abused as taxpayers. – JZ, 17.5.79. We still act all too much like descendants of serfs and slaves. - JZ, 14.1.11. – TAXATION, SUBORDINATION, SLAVE MENTALITY, STATISM
OBEDIENCE: Where justice reigns, ‘tis freedom to obey.” – Montgomery, Greenland, Canto iv, 1.88. – JUSTICE, FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM
OBEDIENCE: Wherever blind obedience is preached, there is danger of moral corruption.” – Figgis, Churches, p.154, quoted in David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, 1975, p.97. - Not only the danger of it but all too many instances. - JZ, 14.1.11. - LEGALISM, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, BUREAUCRACY, POWER, SUBORDINATION
OBEDIENCE: Why obey a nuclear armed government? – JZ, 20.2.74. – Or one that has allies who are thus “armed”? – Are nuclear “weapons” better than portable extermination camps, which can indiscriminately wipe out hundreds of thousands of human beings in seconds? – JZ, 4.2.08. - Q.
OBEDIENCE: Within one’s own sphere one should obey oneself more than others, unless one submits, temporarily, for learning purposes. – JZ, 25.11.80.
OBEDIENCE: Yet he believed that it is the duty of the individual to follow his conscience ultimately, after having given due weight to the relevant authorities. Blind obedience to any authority, however, leads to a corruption of the conscience.” – David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, 22, on Figgis and conscientious objectors. – Leads to corruption of the conscience or constitutes already its corruption? – JZ, 28.2.88.
OBEDIENCE: Your souls are in the grip of priests, and your bodies are in the closing jaws of the rulers.” – Hahlil Gibran, Spirits Rebellious, p.98. – RULERS, GOVERNMENTS, STATISM, RELIGION, PRIESTS
OBESITY: Obesity is a condition, which proves that the Lord does not help those who help themselves and help themselves and help themselves. - Author Unknown. –SELF-CONTROL, APPETITES, OVER-WEIGHT, FOOD, EATING. SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, GLUTTONY
OBJECTIONS AGAINST TOLERANCE: I for one am intolerant even of mere objections against tolerance. People who would argue even against tolerance should be stopped with a big stick! Or at least ignored and ostracized and he should never be given any offices and powers with one's consent. - JZ, On Tolerance. Pan AZ, rev. 4.6.13.
OBJECTIONS TO FREE BANKING: "Freedom of issue cannot be tolerated because this would inevitably depreciate the government's currency, thereby disproving the notion that without legal tender and the money monopoly there could be no inflation." - One has to distinguish between depreciating something that is inherently or subjectively (or by contract) valuable and something that obtains all or much of its value only through coercion, deception and monopoly - as does the forced and exclusive currency of the government's central bank. Competition in this sphere would merely reveal the insufficient foundation of the government's or its central bank money and bring this forced currency back to whatever market value it can then still manage to retain. (E.g., through its “tax foundation”.) It would be the same process as a free stock market properly evaluating a formerly privileged and compulsorily issued and accepted government security (insecurity is here a better name) and from then on noting and trading it, if at all, at a much reduced rate, far below its par value. One might also compare this "depreciation" with the reduction of a monopoly goods or service price to its market value, e.g. the price of a monopoly telephone call or a monopoly letter charge to their free market rate charges. As for the competitive and privately or cooperatively issued currencies, without any monopoly, privilege or legal tender powers, they would, indeed, be inflation and deflation-proof, which governmental currencies, in spite of their privileges, monopolies and legal tender powers - and because of them - never were. - The marking down of any overpriced goods or service to its true market value is not an act of depreciation of any real but only of any fictitious, fraudulent and imposed value. Government currencies do not have to be depreciated by others. They can manage this quite well on their own. Through legalized coercion and monopolies. They will shrink to their true size and value in the full light of publicity and effective legal or illegal free competition. - J. Z., 4.10.96, 19.3.97, 14.1.11.
OBJECTIONS TO PANARCHISM: One is frequently reminded of the old legend (on Hercules?) of the Hydra, a monster equipped not only with many dangerous heads but the ability to fast re-grow and even double each of them as soon as it was chopped off. Similarly do popular prejudices, myths and errors obstruct the fight for truths like the panarchistic ones. In the legend it was sufficient to immediately burn the neck cut to prevent re-growth of the cut off head. An as efficient encyclopedia of the best refutations of popular errors etc. has still to be provided. Laws and bureaucrats have similar powers to the Hydra, at least until individuals are free to secede from them, chopping off their individual support and escaping their special and wrongful territorial powers, permanently. We need full liberty for all those, who would rather do without these burdens and monsters. – JZ, 22.8.93, 9.1.99, 14.1.11, 17.11.13. - While panarchism is contrary to many long established prejudices, it does have the advantage that specific objections against it are still rare, simply because panarchism is not yet widely known. But all of the usual old saws against any innovative proposal are bound to be advanced against it as well. - JZ, 7.9.04. Pan AZ
OBJECTIONS TO PANARCHISM: Seeing that these ideas and practices are so old, also so right and useful, why haven’t they conquered the world as yet? See my recent letter on this to Richard C. B. Johnsson and also my presently still unfinished paper on panarchism and peace. In our world, alas, rightful and rational ideas were never the only and main guides to actions. – We still live in an age where even religious freedom is still not fully realized everywhere, where national or aggressions by territorial governments still happen and genocidal civil wars, where not even sexual freedom is fully realized and where tribute gathering and loot sharing are legalized and institutionalized. We have not even collected and cheaply published all the best libertarian ideas and experiences as yet. We are still very far from living in an enlightened age, since e.g. “ideas” of Big Brother or of a God still dominate all too many heads. - JZ, 7.1.05. - Pan AZ
OBJECTIONS TO PANARCHISM: Uniformity, Unity or Strength are required. Equality of all before THE Law. One Law for All. One Government for All. It would mean Anarchy or Chaos. Centralization vs. Decentralization. Majority Decisions Seen as Justified by Collectivized, Monopolistic and Territorial Voting. Representation Fallacies. "A country must be run." Common Interest. Public Interest. Public Affairs vs. Private Affairs. National Security. The Law. The Constitution. The Courts. The Country. The People. The Enemy. Limited Government. Anarchism. Libertarianism. All such ideals are seen as being suitable for all and as having to be applied to all people living in a territory, e.g. free choice for abortions or prohibition of abortions. Wars against drug use or alcohol or tobacco. Freedom of action, freedom to experiment seen only in limited forms. Statism. Fear of Freedom. History seen only as a history of Territorialism. - See letter by Amber Pawlik [Capitalist], January 16, 2002, from an objectivist point of view, quoted in letter by Christian Butterbach, of 6 July 04. - Pan AZ
OBJECTIONS: People would not make use of monetary freedom." - Indeed, most people would not, not at all or not soon or would not immediately make use of all the options that monetary freedom offers. That would also be one of the safeguards against initial mistakes in monetary freedom experiments, which would be harmful to their practitioners and the acceptors of their notes. Then the flawed schemes could at most only harm the small groups of their true believers. Many of these experiments would fail but a few others would succeed and the intelligence of most people is enough to permit them to imitate these, if they are unable or unwilling to initiate sound monetary innovations themselves. Consider how rapidly e.g., ball point pens, digital watches, computers and mobiles spread. (It is also not difficult to make a test of shop foundation money, whether it really has shop foundation, e.g. in the nearest shop. - JZ, 14.1.11.) For many centuries all of us have been the victims of repressive monetary legislation and conditioned to accept its evils as unavoidable. Being neither the decision-makers of monetary despotism, nor grasping its wrongs and evils, and their consequences, most people rather blamed other victims of the system rather than the victimisers themselves, e.g. by blaming shop keepers for price rises due to inflation or wage earners for claiming higher wages, adapted to the inflation that has already occurred. Such false positions are supported by governmental mis-education and propaganda and misleading terminology and the monetary ignorance and prejudices of most academics, journalists and writers on this subject, even of most economists and bankers and financiers. Thus enlightenment is not easy to achieve or cannot be achieved very fast in this sphere, at least not when we confine ourselves largely to traditional, costly and insufficient communication channels. But there are now powerful and affordable alternative media that can offer all the accumulated wisdom, facts and opinions in this sphere, in combination and sufficiently ordered as well as cross-referenced. Moreover, autonomous monetary experiments among volunteers and at their expense and costs only, would be newsworthy and their successes - and failures - would speak for themselves. They could, e.g., either be undertaken in countries that are already up in arms against an oppressive governments, or, properly timed for effectiveness, as civil disobedience actions in democracies, during acute economic crises, which would prevent the rulers from strictly applying the laws of monetary despotism, since they do want to become re-elected. Thus it would not need to take centuries, decades or even years to spread monetary enlightenment, sufficiently, to permit almost everyone to enjoy the benefits of full monetary and financial freedom. - Central banking, on the other hand, legally and juridically upheld and not overthrown by a monetary freedom revolution (one that really and lastingly emancipated us in this sphere), could come to last centuries. The powers of evil, ignorance, apathy and prejudices are still great and our territorial, coercive and monopolistic institutions have institutionalised them and directed our discontent towards "bread and circuses". When despotic monetary laws have long existed, then they become finally and very widely perceived as inevitable, as laws of nature, and their natural consequences as natural catastrophes, not to be blamed upon monetary despotism. - J. Z., 4.7.93, 24.4.97, 12.2.08, 14.1.11. – MONETARY FREEDOM, FREE BANKINGOBJECTIONS: There is especially the fear that too much or too little currency would then be issued, assuming that acceptors could not refuse or discount it, while persisting in using sound value standards in their contracts, wage agreements and goods and service pricing. Consumer sovereignty in the monetary sphere has never been considered seriously by the man in the street, who, otherwise, might be able and willing to haggle with the best of them for each of his major purchases. The real causes of inflation and deflation are so little known, even after all too many experiences with them, that inflation- and deflation-proof currencies are simply not comprehended as being possible. People simply delegate all their monetary responsibilities to the government. They did this although few of them could point out a single politician, bureaucrat, policeman or judge, whose views on money would make much sense and whose views, if realized, would fully and soon solve monetary problems, in their opinion. When they think of money-issuers then they have only the model of monopolistic and legal tender paper money issues in mind. Indeed, if everyone could issue legal tender money, then, everyone could inflate. It is hard for most to keep more than one thought or condition in mind at the same time. Sweeping generalisations are so much easier to state and to believe in. However, when e.g. optional acceptance, optional value standards, free market rating and freedom to refuse acceptance of unknown or suspected private banknotes etc. are taken into consideration, together with note exchanges and balances from clearing transactions and full publicity for the market rating of exchange media and value standards, are all taken into consideration, as well as the ease with which the soundness of suspected local currencies can be checked – (One takes them to the nearest store, and asks there whether there they would be accepted at par.) - then fear of inflation will tend to evaporate. Likewise, with awareness of the number of potential issuers in the future and of their great variety in past monetary freedom experiments, the fear of deflations will become reduced. That understanding will be helped along by a proper understanding of Gresham's Law: In the absence of legal tender the good money will drive out the bad. Furthermore, by the understanding that all the principles of free market pricing and exchanges do apply to the commodity "money" and the service of banking as well. - The most evil or misguided issuer might attempt an inflationary issue. But he cannot undertake it one-sidedly. He has to find acceptors, who do accept his notes at par. He needs their collaboration and he has no powers to make them accept his depreciated and depreciating notes at par. (Those not sufficiently covered by his credits, goods, services and labour.) It takes two to dance tango. Sovereign consumers would decide for themselves how much of any competing currency they would be willing to accept at any particular time and under any particular circumstances. Just like they do now with cheques, which have no legal tender power, either. It would be a mutual convenience relationship, not a single convenience one. - One has to be able to see beyond the forced and exclusive legal paper money, to which we are all habituated to, to competitive offers of notes, to consider the optional acceptances by sovereign individual consumers (or users of competing currencies), their ratings or refusals to accept. – Alas, so far most people haven't even fully realized as yet the self-management options in the sphere of free enterprise and competition in the sphere of goods production and service supplies. Far less have most of us so far seriously considered all the options for competitively and cooperatively supplying (or rating or refusing) alternative exchange media and value standards and the free market, free contract, consumer sovereignty limitations upon any note issues. – While most people have not yet gained full confidence in competition, free markets, free enterprise, free trade, private property, self-regulation etc. in other spheres, we should not expect knowledge and appreciation of such relationships to dominate in the monetary sphere, either, especially seeing that this sphere, much more than others ever were and for much longer, was ruled and regulated by States. Not even the frequently repeated messes, which governments have made out of their "monetary authority" have been enough to achieve a popular demand for relieving governments or their central banks of this responsibility, no more so than the persistent wars have made their victims aware that territorial States are not able and willing to achieve peace but are Warfare States, that they are the problem, not the solution. Thus the monetary aspect of territorialism continues to be accepted as well as its military aspect. All too many of us have still the slave or serf mentality and let ourselves be distracted by hand-outs and circus performances. How can one break out of that mind-set oneself and induce others to do so? One of the first requirements seems to be to assemble all relevant facts, ideas and opinions and make them permanently, easily and cheaply accessible and then to demand experimental freedom for volunteers in this sphere as well as in all other creative or tolerant spheres of human activities. - J. Z., 4/97, 8.9.02. – The image of “ticket money” or “goods warrants” or “service vouchers” will help to dispel clouded thinking or, rather, non-thinking” in this sphere. Everyone should, obviously, be free to oblige himself in this way – while no one would be obliged to accept his written or digital obligation at its nominal value, while he has little or no use of any particular “ticket money” offered to him in payment or is in doubt about it or suspicious of it. People are already cautious in the acceptance of cheques and other promises or of foreign currencies that are unknown to them. – JZ, 12.2.08. 14.1.11. – At least two long files, as beginnings of the job to provide a handbook on free banking and one on panarchism, are now online at www.panarchy.org . But they will turn into good enough handbooks only by input from many others. – JZ, 4.6.13. - FREE BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM, FEAR OF IMAGINED INFLATIONARY OR DEFLATIONARY CONSEQUENCES, FEAR OF FRAUD & FORGERY, PRIVATE POWER & MONOPOLY, FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN, FEAR OF NEW EXPERIMENTS
OBJECTIVISM: demonstrates that rights are neither arbitrary nor ‘stipulations’ nor provisional, but are logically derivable from man’s nature and needs as a living being … the source of man’s rights is … the law of identity. A is A – and Man is Man. – Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead, quoted in For the New Intellectual, p.81. – RIGHTS, MAN, HUMAN RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
OBJECTIVISM: Rand upholds a philosophy of rational self-interest she calls ‘Objectivism”, which maintains that altruism is the essential seed of tyranny and collectivism. Each individual’s moral purpose in life is his or her happiness, …” - LIBERTARIAN HANDBOOK, 1973. – It does not say much for the libertarian movement that this handbook, apparently, appeared only for two years, 1972 & 1973. I micro-fiched both issues. – JZ, 5.2.08. – Now such an annual handbook could be cheaply offered online, as e-book or on disc and their combined contents could, gradually, become combined into a libertarian encyclopedia. – JZ, 4.6.13. - SELF-INTEREST, COLLECTIVISM, ALTRUISM
OBJECTIVISTS: We are not Objectivists, we are Objectionists. We are not, even necessarily objective rather than subjective. But we object to confiscatory taxes, to law enforcement agencies that violate the laws, to laws mandating victimless “crimes”, to state slavery, and the countless other atrocities committed in the name of the State. Let us then OBJECT!” – SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 9/76. – OBJECT, PROTEST, WITHHOLD YOUR SANCTION, CRITICIZE, SPEAK UP
OBJECTIVITY: I like the way Karl Popper expresses it. What is objective “kicks back”. We trip over a rock. We didn’t happen to see it and so we tripped. But it told us it was there.” – Robert LeFevre, LEFEVRE’S JOURNAL, Spring 78, p. 2. – REALITY, FACTS
OBJECTIVITY: It is not justice or equal treatment that you grant to men when you abstain equally from praising men’s virtues and from condemning men’s vices …” – Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness, p.71. – I see in it true justice and equal treatment of men in accordance with their individual rights and liberties. – What use they make of them is up to them, as long as they respect the same rights in others. - JZ, 5.2.08. – JUSTICE, RIGHTS, LIBERTIES
OBJECTIVITY: It is significant that the word “objectivity”, which to all free artists and scientists means a necessary precondition of their work, meant in Nazi Germany and means in the Soviet Union a vice implying loyalty to the state." – Rebecca West, The New Meaning of Treason, 189. - Typo, scanning or printing error? Not loyalty but disloyalty? - JZ
OBLIGATION: A man can be obliged to do something, so the theory runs, only if he has in some way willed it himself." – David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, p 39. - INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, CHOICE, SELF-OBLIGATION, VOLUNTARISM, AUTONOMY, DUTY, RESPONSIBILITY
OBLIGATION: Every man and woman in society has one big duty. That is to take care of his or her own self. This is a social duty." - W. G. Sumner, What Social Classes Owe To Each Other, 98. - DUTY, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-INTEREST, SELF-HELP, SELF-SUPPORT, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY
OBLIGATION: Moral obligation, Green asserted, must be self-imposed and the laws of a state are binding only because they are thought to have been willed by the subjects. Will, rather than force, is the main basis of the state. Thus, by a fiction of consent, made plausible through the distinction between a real and an apparent will, a halo is placed above the state, which is given an authority that is absolutely binding upon the consciences of citizens." – David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, p.41. – The laws and State membership and subordination to the State have not been willed by individuals, separately, each for himself. – JZ, 4.2.08. - That is most clearly indicated by the suppression of individual and group secessionism. - JZ, 14.1.11. Territorially imposed law ought to be abolished and replaced by individually chosen personal law, within diverse communities of volunteers, who do agree upon it for their own affairs. – JZ, 4.6.13. – PERSONAL LAW, VOLUNTARISM, INDIVIDUAL CHOICE, TERRITORIALISM, CONSENT
OBLIGATION: obligation to do justice, or abstain from injustice." – Lysander Spooner, A Letter to Grover Cleveland, 5, in Works, I. – DUTY, JUSTICE
OBLIGATION: One has to cultivate one's garden." - (Il faut cultiver notre jardin.) - Voltaire. - One has to do one's self-chosen job, almost all the time. - That might require neglecting one's garden. "Whoever wants to read and write has to let the grass grow long." - JZ, 17.11.02. - There are more important jobs in our time than to keep a beautiful and tidy garden, at least for me. - JZ, 2.3.09. - Or even a clean house, an orderly library and files. - For each the own priorities! - JZ, 14.1.11. - AIM, LIFE, DUTY, JOBS, PURPOSE, TARGET
OBLIGATION: The belief that you have a duty to obey laws. The “obligation to obey laws” is a good example of one person trying to manipulate another through the use of moral dictums. Your obedience doesn’t even perform a socially useful function; it only enhances coercion and disorder." – Harry Browne, How I Found Freedom, p.98. - What is the percentage of all laws among the flood of legislation, of which one could quite rightly say that it would be morally obligatory to obey it, or, rather, the moral law which this law may also express and try to confirm? – JZ, 5.2.08. – Perhaps libertarians ought to compile and publish, between them, two lists of laws, those they ought to obey and those, they ought to evade, if they can. However, they should always stress towards all statists, that they are in favor of all the statist laws, which the statists would only apply to themselves, as their personal law, in their own communities of volunteers. Maybe they should also clearly state that they would not accept any statists in their communities of volunteers. The advocates of limited governments would then declare that they would accept only believers in limited government in their personal law community of this kind. – JZ, 4.6.13. - DUTY, OBEDIENCE, LAWS
OBLIGATION: The only obligation the individual has to an unjust law is to “disobedience, resistance, destruction.” – Reichert, in Partisans of Freedom, p.136, quoting Lysander Spooner. - DUTY, LAW, OBEDIENCE, RESISTANCE, DISOBEDIENCE
OBLIGATION: The only obligation which I have a right to assume, is to do at any time what I think is right." - Thoreau, Civil Disobedience. - Good intentions are not enough. Whatever one thinks to be right must also be right. Correct thinking is involved, rather than errors, fallacies, prejudices, wrong conclusions etc. – JZ, 5.2.08. – A comprehensive declaration of all genuine individual rights and liberties, as a sufficiently reliable guide for moral or ethical behavior, is long overdue. Even among anarchists and libertarians too few seem to be aware of this so far. Some, like the Stirner followers, even reject the very concept of rights, because they have never sufficiently understood it. – JZ, 4.6.13. - DUTY, CONSCIENCE, GOOD INTENTIONS, GOOD WILL, THINKING RATIONALLY, PREJUDICES, HUMAN RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
OBLIGATION: There has long existed and still exists a terrible superstition, which has done men more harm, perhaps, than the most awful religious superstitions, and it is this superstition, which with all its might and perseverance the so-called political science upholds. The superstition is similar in every respect to religious superstitions. It consists in the affirmation that, besides the duties of man to man, there are still more important obligations to an imaginary being. In theology the imaginary being is God, and in political science the imaginary being is Government." – Tolstoy, quoted in Sprading, 324. - DUTY, GOVERNMENT, GOD, STATE, LAWS, STATISM, POLITICAL SCIENCE, PREJUDICES, SUPERSTITION, RELIGIONS, TERRITORIALISM
OBLIGATION: Unchosen obligations constitute slavery." – Paul Lepanto, Return to Reason, 141 (151?) - VOLUNTARISM
OBLIGATION: Whoever subjects me to the law in this State contract? ... Obviously, I do it myself. No one can be obliged except through himself. To no one can a law be given by someone else. If he would permit the imposition of a law upon him by someone else, then he would renounce his humanity and reduce himself to an animal. And that he may not do." - (Wer legt mir nun in diesem Vertrag (dem Staatsvertrag) das Gesetz auf? ...Offenbar ich selbst. ... Kein Mensch kann verbunden werden, ohne durch sich selbst: keinem Menschen kann ein Gesetz gegeben werden, ohne von sich selbst. Laesst er durch einen fremden Willen sich ein Gesetz auferlegen, so tut er auf seine Menschheit Verzicht und macht sich zum Tiere; und das darf er nicht.) - Fichte, Beitrag zur Berichtigung der Urteile des Publikums ueber die Franzoesische Revolution, 1793, S.79. – JZ, Pan AZ. – In this book F. stood up quite clearly for the right of individuals and groups to secede from the State. – JZ, 17.11.13. - WILL, LAW, CONSENT, CONTRACT, INDIVIDUALISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & PANARCHISM, PERSONAL LAW, SELF-PRESPONSIBILITY
OBLIGATIONS: Compulsion can't establish obligations. - JZ, 2.6.84. – Compulsion is always wrong when not defensive. – JZ, n.d. – It is the aggressors, who ought to stop using force and become non-violent. Let them try to set better examples among themselves and thereby to spread their “ideals”. – JZ, 4.6.13. – PANARCHIES OR PERSONAL LAW FOR ALL, DUTY, COMPULSION, TERRITORIALISM, STATE MEMBERSHIP OR SUBJUGATION, IMPERIALISM ON THE NATIONAL SCALE, DEFENSIVE FORCE VS. AGGRESSIVE FORCE
OBLIGATIONS: Don't be a slave to a misconceived duty. The others do not own you. - Or your services. - JZ, 2.6.84. - RIGHTS, SANCTION OF THE VICTIMS, SLAVERY, SELF-OWNERSHIP, DUTY, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
OBNOXIOUSNESS: Bottlenecks: If you are a victim of perpetual time binds because of an inept boss or an immovable bureaucracy, there may be little you can do about it, but at least you can try. Sqawk. Nag. Cajole. Remind. Phone. Write memos. Keep in mind that to get anything done in this world you often must be willing to be a bit obnoxious.” – SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 3/78. – If already free to secede and to live under personal law, you would best do so and thereby set, if you can, a better an attractive example to others. – JZ, 4.6.13. - NUISANCE, TROUBLE-MAKERS, COMPLAINERS, QUERULANTS, PROTESTORS, DIFFICULT INDIVIDUALS, PERSONAL LAW, SECESSIONISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY OR EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM FOR ALL, IN ALL SPHERES
OBSCENITY LAWS: Offensive literature – a free market decision between seller and buyer." – THE LIBERTARIAN FORUM, 1.5.70. – Obscenity laws are an “obscenity” themselves. The naked human body and its functions are not obscene. But it and some of its actions can be very ugly and also very wrong and irrational. – JZ, 3.6.13.
OBSCENITY: if you think the human body is obscene, complain to the manufacturer." – St. Lenny, quoted in THE DIAGONAL RELATIONSHIP, No. 4. Another version: If the human body's obscene, complain to the manufacturer not to me." - Larry Flynt – GOD, JOKES, CHRISTIANITY, INDECENT EXPOSURE, NAKEDNESS, NUDITY, HUMAN BODY, CHRISTIANITY
OBSCENITY: Like witchcraft, obscenity will disappear, as we grow more healthily minded, mentally more mature, and more intelligent about sexual psychology. - Theodore Schroeder - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online.
OBSCENITY: Without an element of the obscene there can be no true and deep aesthetic or moral conception of life... It is only the great men who are truly obscene. If they had not dared to be obscene they could never have dared to be great." - Havelock Ellis. – In what way were e.g. Kant, Schopenhauer and Ayn Rand obscene? – JZ, 23.1.08. - DECENCY, NUDITY, NONCONFORMISM
OBSCURITY: Obscurity and a competence – that is the life that is best worth living." – Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935. - But it is not good to know valuable ideas and to find no market for them, not even an interest in establishing it, i.e., to be in a position where these ideas remain unknown, often for all too long. – JZ, 20.11.85, 4.2.08, 4.6.13. – IDEAS ARCHIVE,
OBSCURITY: Obscurity often brings safety." – Aesop, The Tree and the Reed, Fables, 6th c. B.C.?, tr. Joseph Jacobs. – But not from e.g. nuclear war. – Remain unknown – until you have become almost unbeatable or very widely copied. – JZ, 21.11.85. – Compare the character John Galt in Ayn Rand: Atlas Shrugged. – SAFETY, SECURITY, PERSECUTION
OBSOLESCENCE: Advertising also hastens the process of breaking up cartels, which try to restrict quality. In fact, advertising tends to prevent their formation in the first place. Advertising builds up brand names with attached good will. The brand name stands for a certain level of quality. If a firm allows the quality of its product to deteriorate, it loses the good will it has spent millions attaining." – Walter Block, Defending the Undefendable, p.219. - My cheap little Hyundai Getz, my first new car ever, bought in 2005, has a 300 000 km or 5 years guaranty, and all kinds of inbuilt luxury gadgets, which a few years ago one could only get in expensive luxury cars. With some luck I make it to the 5 year limit. I doubt that I will ever reach, afterwards, the 300 000 km limit. – JZ, 2.2.08. - CARTELS, INBUILT OBSOLESCENCE, QUALITY CONTROLS, SHODDY GOODS, ADVERTISING, BRAND NAMES
OBSOLESCENCE: Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence – those are the three pillars of Western prosperity." – Aldous Huxley, Island. – Armaments enrich at most the armament manufacturers and traders and impoverish the rest, whether they are used or not. They cannot possibly increase the general standard of living. Public debts do likewise impoverish, wasting current resources and impoverish future taxpayers forced to pay them off. I had expected better judgments from A. H. As for planned obsolescence: My little Hyundai Getz has a 5 year or 300 000 km warranty coming with it. It may last for my remaining life span. Ask yourself, honestly, how may people are willing to buy a car that would last them for 30 years? For some it is fashionable to buy a new one every year or two. One fridge, that I had bought second-hand, lasted me for about 30 years. – There are those who buy for cheapness and those who buy for quality. There are entrepreneurs for supplying either demand. – Who could or would buy a fashionable swim suit or hat for the next 30 years? - JZ, 22.6.92, 4.2.08. - Even great minds are not always great in every respect. - JZ, 2.3.09. - PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE, PROPERTY, POVERTY, QUALITY CONTROLS, GUARANTIES, PUBLIC DEBTS
OBSOLESCENCE: This doesn’t mean we don’t have planned obsolescence. We do; but here’s the rub. It’s planned by the consumers and not the producers. Surprised? Just consider a moment. Clothing can be made to last many years, but people insist on new styles for summer, fall, winter, and spring. The same with cars. The fact that relatively unchanging VWs exist alongside Fords, Chevies, and Cadillacs just shows that some people don’t value changing styles highly. In America this is a small minority, otherwise some U.S. car producers would provide us with the same style coffin year after year after year." – Angus Black: A New Radical’s Guide to Economic Reality, 76. – PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE
OBSTACLES: As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way." - Ralph Waldo Emerson. - SELF-LIBERATION, PREJUDICES, SECESSIONISM & PERSONAL LAW VS. TERRITORIALISM
OBSTACLES: I am no longer so enthusiastic about the (*) wonderfully beneficial effect of obstacles." – Bastiat. – (*) supposedly! – JZ
OBSTACLES: If a person fails to overcome his own obstacles – frustrations, superstitions, imperfections, ignorance, no will to strive – that’s his problem. But if the obstacles are put there by others – if the individual is compelled to live as others dictate – that is everyone’s problem. Freedom is everyone’s business!" – Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 7/74. – Territorial governments, dictators, tyrants and other authoritarians think otherwise. - JZ, 2.3.09. - FREEDOM, RIGHTS, DUTIES, TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, STATISM
OBSTACLES: If man didn’t obstruct man this earth could be almost a paradise. – JZ, 2.11.91. - OBSTRUCTIONISM, ARTIFICIAL BARRIERS, PROHIBITIONS, FRONTIERS, BORDERS, BOUNDARIES, LAWS, TERRITORIALISM, MAJORITY DESPOTISM
OBSTACLES: measuring freedom by taking an inventory of obstacles." – B. R. Barber, Superman and Common Men, p.10. – FREEDOM
OBSTACLES: Most people are better at becoming inert matter or even living obstacles to solutions than thinking of these solutions or helping them along. They have too many non-solutions in their minds to enable them to think straight towards the real solutions. And, not content with depriving themselves of the real solutions, they see no other way – and, territorially there is often none – than to depriving others of them as well. - JZ, 9.5.91, 4.2.08. - OBSTACLE PROVIDERS, PROBLEM MAKERS RATHER THAN SOLUTION PROVIDERS!
OBSTACLES: Never put an obstacle in another man's path." - American proverb. - Territorialism imposes them by the thousands. And charges us very highly for them. - JZ, 14.1.11. - RESTRICTIONS, LAISSEZ FAIRE, REGULATIONS, LICENSING, LAWS, TERRITORIALISM, BUREAUCRACY
OBSTACLES: The progress of human beings from a state of general impoverishment toward one of relative abundance is impeded by a series of obstacles. People who really serve society contribute to the overcoming of these obstacles, thereby creating abundance. Is it not precisely this kind of service whereby we may judge whether a business or a labor union or a government policy or official is social or anti-social? – Leonard E. Read, Having My Way, 113. – UNIONS, GOVERNMENT POLICIES, SOCIAL & ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR, FREEDOM, RIGHTS
OBSTACLES: There are only two kinds of people on this earth: Those who know how to overcome obstacles, and those who know only how to become obstacles." – William Windell, in GRYPHON No. 8, p. 12. – Or who produce, spread and uphold obstacles, like laws and legalized territorial monopoly institutions. – JZ, 5.2.08.
OBSTACLES: We always tell ourselves whenever there's an 'O' for obstacle, the 'O' also stands for opportunity.” - Alden McDonald, Jr. of Liberty Bank & Trust, New Orleans, LA. - http://www.voluntaryist.com/quotes/ – If the opportunities are only black market opportunities then they are not good enough opportunities. – JZ, 17.11.13. - OPPORTUNITIES, HINDRANCES, DIFFICULTIES, DANGERS, RISKS
OBSTINACY: Obstinacy is error in arms." – Source unknown. (Eigensinn ist Irrtum in Waffen.) - It may also be the insistence upon a particular truth, liberty or right. - JZ, 2.3.09, 14.1.11.
OBSTINACY: Obstinacy is the energy of stupidity." – (Eigensinn ist die Energie der Dummheit. – Aus den „Fliegenden Blaettern“.) - Also of ignorance and prejudices. – JZ, 4.2.08. - It may also be the persistent advocacy and defence of genuine individual rights and liberties. - JZ, 14.1.11. - We should obstinately resist any infringemets of our individual rights and liberties. - JZ, 2.3.09.
OBSTINACY: The will-power of the weak is called obstinacy." – (Die Willenskraft der Schwachen heist Eigensinn.) – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach.
OBSTRUCTIONISM: Government means obstruction. - JZ, 17.12.76. – I meant territorial governments over others than their own volunteers. – Governments over volunteers only, i.e., confined to exterritorial autonomy, would fulfill the wishes of their peoples, as long as they remain their voluntary subjects. - JZ, 5.2.08. – PANARCHISM. TERRITORIALISM
OBSTRUCTIONISM: It is unbefitting to run counter to another’s will." (*) – Asimov’s Choice, Extraterrestrials and Eclipses, p.186. Story: John Brunner: The Suicide of Man. (*) - Provided the will and actions of the other are quite rightful. We do have the right to resist criminals and other aggressors against our own rights and liberties, even when they are officials and their status is legalized. – JZ, 5.2.08.
OBSTRUCTIONISM: natural forces … can never be as perverse as the ones we humans create." – W. R. Thompson, Solving Problems, ANALOG, Mid Sep. 83, p.104. - PLANNING, LICENSING, BUREAUCRACY, LEGISLATION, PROCEDURES, REGULATIONS.
OBVIOUSNESS: Never assume the obvious is true." - William Safire. – Price control does not really control prices but, rather people. National defence does not really defend. Government protection does not really protect. – JZ, 17.11.13. - & TRUTH, RED.
OBVIOUSNESS: The obvious solution to a problem is not always the right solution." - Robert R. Chase, The Changeling Hunt, - ANALOG, July 87, p.14. – SOLUTIONS, PROBLEM, PREJUDICES , RED.
OCCAM’S RAZOR: I am a believer in Occam’s Razor Principle (also known as the Principle of Parsimony), which states: Never multiply explanations or make them more complicated than necessary. An explanation should be as simple and direct as possible. (*) Obviously, Occam’s Razor Principle is not popular with people who “earn” their livings by making simple problems appear complicated, by creating crises, that either do not or need not exist, and by talking in abstracts." – Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.24. - (*) However, sometimes there are really several factors involved and an over-simplified “explanation” of a problem is simply not good enough. – JZ, 5.2.08. - (Single factor hypothesis vs. multi-factor hypothesis.) - Anyhow, never resort to personal thinking when causal thinking already supplied the answer. - JZ, 14.1.11. - CONSPIRACY THEORIES, CAUSES, HYPOTHESES, EXPLANATION ATTEMPTS
OCCAM’S RAZOR: Pluralitas no est ponenda sine necessitate.” – William of Occam, 1280-1349. Assumptions introduced to explain a phenomenon should not be multiplied beyond necessity. - Informally: “The least complicated explanation is, probably, the right one.” – By that rule, it would be guns that kill, not people who abuse them, Malthus would be right and so would be the coercive distributionists, who believe that the poverty of some is caused by the riches of others. All the primitive “explanations” would be right. But it is necessary to weigh other possible factors as well and to gradually weed out all those, which are not involved. There still exists no general clarity about money, the causes of the fall of the Roman Empire, the causes of economic crises, and of wars. – JZ, 5.2.08. Primitive or incomplete ideas, false premises and "jumps to the wrong conclusions" do still predominate in the “social sciences”. - JZ, 2.3.09, 4.6.13. – TRUTHS, VERITIES, ERRORS, PREJUDICES, FALSE ASSUMPTIONS & CONCLUSIONS
OCCUPATION FORCES: Incredible Privileges … of occupation forces or allies, in 1966 in Germany & Taiwan: - The foreign troops … have their own police forces, their own courts, fiscal privileges, customs officials, postal services, even rights of the hunt, … Many … institutions & services are closed to Germans in their own country.” – Peace Research Abstracts Journal, ref. no. 32 399. – (That a whole country is a collectivist “property” of all its inhabitants is still believed by many libertarians. – JZ, 9.12.04. - E.g., those opposing free migration. To that extent they are still collectivist monopolists, nationalists, and territorialists, i.e. part of the problem. – JZ, 4.6.13.) “An agreement has been signed between the Chiang and the Johnson Governments settling the status of US forces on Taiwan, allowing extraterritorial rights, etc.” – Ibid, ref. no. 29902. – Pan AZ. - Why should occupation forces have to submit to the laws of a country or force the whole country to submit to the laws of the occupation force? At least in this respect some of the occupation forces have been sensible and tolerant. - JZ, 2.3.09. - THEIR EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PRECEDENTS FOR THE WORKABILITY OF EXTERRITORIALISM & PANARCHISM
OCCUPATION OF ENTERPRISES: I would be agreeable only with the “occupation” of one kind of buildings, those of government offices, in order to transform them from palaces of despotic and parasitic bureaucrats to economic usages, e.g. educational, productive, cultural use or accommodations for people. One night, very early in the morning … But the mere occupation attempt would, obviously, not be enough but would merely lead to clashes with State police and State courts, as long as these still exist as monopolistic organizations. E.g. an efficient tax strike carried out at the same time would force the bureaucrats thus rendered unemployed to look around for productive work. A monetary and financial freedom revolution, carried out at the same time, would make finding productive paid work easy. Naturally, this should be combined with all other economic liberties, already more or less recognized. A rightful, workable, efficient and comprehensive program of this kind should be developed, published and discussed far in advance of such actions. And the remaining statists should be allowed their systems at their own expense and risk, as long as they are willing to put up with them but without recognizing any of their territorial monopoly claims or raising any of one’s own. A fully developed self-help and liberation program, known to and adhered to by a sufficient number of people, could probably be peacefully carried out within hours to days. - In 1990, in Freiburg/Br., Germany, I was for a few days in touch with some squatters in a private building. Schwarzwaldhof? Alas, these squatters did not distinguish between private and public properties, and might even have preferred squatting in private properties. Insofar and otherwise we were poles apart. - A better and more rightful way to acquire buildings would be outright purchases, which is possible not only with cash but with industrial and agricultural obligations or with mortgage letters, ideally on a stable value basis and under other terms agreeable to both sides. However, government building and land are not always available on a free market under free market conditions, i.e., freely negotiable with politicians and bureaucrats. As far as government buildings, land etc. are concerned, one should be able to purchase them with one’s own certified shares in all government assets, by which a general privatization of all State properties could be arranged, rather than leaving the sales proceeds of privatization in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats. For details on this see PEACE PLANS 19 C. – 6.9.90. 21.10.07. - SQUATTING IN EMPTY BUILDINGS
OCCUPATION OF FACTORIES: There is nothing wrong with occupying a factory that you bought or leased but everything wrong with occupying a factory that belongs to someone else and who wants to run it in ways with which you disagree. Here your anarchist voluntarism ends and your totalitarian communist anarchism begins. – JZ, 16.12.94. – If only most workers in each enterprise realized that within a few years they could, mostly, purchase the enterprises that they work in, not with ready cash, which they often do not have for this, but, largely, only with the additional profits that they could achieve if they purchased them and run them properly themselves, paying for them immediately with industrial obligations, guaranteed by themselves and gradually repaid out of their profits. Then the world would soon be a better place and we would live at a much higher standard of living. The employer-employee relationship is largely an “organized antagonism”, which reduces productivity, not only by strikes. – JZ, n.d. & 14.1.11. - COOPERATIVES, SELF-MANAGEMENT, PURCHASE OF ENTERPRISES BY THEIR EMPLOYEES, UNIONS, STRIKES, CLASS WARFARE
OCCUPATION: After how long an occupation does one become a native?” - Paul-Loup Sulitzer, The Green King, Grafton Books, 1985/85, p.534. - It does not have to be an occupation. It could simply be a peaceful settlement. - JZ, 14.1.11. - TERRITORIALISM, NATIVES, COLONIALISM, Q.
OCCUPIERS VS. INDIVIDUALISM: The Occupiers are striving for unity because they believe that is what will make their movement strong. I value diversity, robust debate, disagreement, people going off to do their own projects if they don’t agree with the majority. That makes for strong and independent individuals, who will contribute even stronger social movements. - Joe Peacott, ANCHORAGE ANARCHY, DEC. 2011, email@example.com p.4. – SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, STRENGTH, DIVERSITY, INDIVIDUALISM, DOING THE OWN THING
OCR: Much of the old printing is so imperfect that significant texts ought to become automatically transcribed and then made at least electronically readily available to all. – JZ, 14.7.87, 4.2.08. – While the scanning - except with very expensive equipment, as employed by Google, is still rather labor intensive, the publishing, especially the on-demand publishing on discs, could be done with incredible cheapness per title or even per thousands of titles in special library collections. - JZ, 2.3.09. - While reproducing texts as images is also possible and saves in scanning errors, it does require much more in memory. However, if the available memory storage is vast, then this would mostly not matter much except for digital transmission. Snailmail transmission via discs would often be cheaper. For me the drawback of imaged texts, instead of OCR texts is that one cannot manipulate them easily, make notes, inserts, comment upon them. Important texts need this feedback at least for some seriously interested people. - A network of libertarian scanners should collaborate to scan in all libertarian texts. Those offered free online do even boost the sale of the printed editions, in many to most cases, thus responding to the claims of copyrights advocates, who wish to sell printed duplicates of their originals by the millions. - JZ, 14.1.11. - SCANNING & DIGITAL - PUBLISHING OF TEXTS ON DISCS -, ESPECIALLY ALL FREEDOM, PEACE & JUSTICE TEXTS, COULD OFFER THEM COMPLETELY & CHEAPLY
ODDS AGAINST: The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just." – Abraham Lincoln. – But his main cause, namely, to uphold the unity of the USA coercively, with him at the top, was not a just one. – He could have promoted genuine liberty more by e.g. introducing Free Trade in the North and also, in the long run, by recognizing all individual rights and liberties there, including full monetary and financial freedom and by granting free immigration rights or asylum to all slaves that managed to escape from the South and by abolishing all legalized discriminations against them in the North. - JZ, 5.2.08. - DIFFICULTIES, IDEAS ARCHIVE, TALENT CENTRE, SUFFICIENT PUBLICITY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM, CIVIL WAR, LINCOLN, SLAVERY ABOLITION
OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOUR: He who dares not offend cannot be honest." - Thomas Paine. - One can express an unpleasant truth without being unpleasant about it. - JZ, 22.8.02. - Some important truths can at least sometimes be politely or humorously conveyed. - JZ, 2.3.09. - HONESTY, FRANKNESS, POLITENESS, MANNERS, DIPLOMACY, RED.,
OFFENSIVE TACTICS: But when it comes to the economic and political verities that have so far been uncovered, we have two destructive influences to ward off: know-it-allness, plus the offensive tactics. – To qualify as a spokesman for freedom – judging by the thousands who speak “authoritatively” on the subject – apparently requires little more than to be out of favor with some aspect of socialistic practice. As a consequence, many of the utterances we hear “on behalf of freedom” range all the way from nonsense to a potpourri of inconsistencies. So awful is much of it that, were I a beginner in political economy, sitting on the fence while deciding which way to jump, most of the voices from “the right” would turn my head to “the left”. And I would have justification enough to hurl such disparagements as “old hat”, “reactionary”, and the like. – Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.97. - See also the writings of Michael Cloud. - ARGUMENTATION, PERSUASION, KNOW-IT-ALLNESS, DOGMATISM, RED, VERBAL INTOLERANCE & AGGRESSIVENESS, LIBERTARIANS, ARGUMENTATION, INCONSISTENCIES, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS.
OFFICE WORK: How can they stand life in this abattoir of the spirit? - Wilbur Smith, The Elephant Song, Pan Books, 1992, p.239. - BUREAUCRACY, PUBLIC SERVANTS, OFFICIALS, ADMINISTRATORS
OFFICE-HOLDING: Office-holding of all sorts from the president down to the constable, will, in a few years more, be ranked in the public mind as positively disreputable." – S. P. Andrews. – Here he was a bit too optimistic for his time. Even now we have not yet reached that stage. – But just think of the number of movies reporting about corrupt and criminal officials. – They, too, do their part in the enlightenment progress. So do the almost daily scandals involving high officials that one finds in the mass media. - JZ, 2.2.08. – Political offices stink. – JZ, 5.8.92. - Byington used this saying on one of his stickers. - PRESIDENTS, LEADERSHIP, POLITICIANS, POWER, CORRUPTION
OFFICE, PUBLIC OFFICES: Confucius said to Yen Hui, ‘Come here, Hui. Your family is poor and your position is low; why should you not take office?’ Hui replied, ‘I have no wish to be in office. …’." – From Texts of Taoism, II, 158. - PARTIES, POLITICS, POLITICIANS, PUBLIC SERVANTS, BUREAUCRATS, STATISM, POWER, TERRITORIALISM, REPRESENTATIVESOFFICEHOLDERS: There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it." – Lord Acton. – LEADERSHIP, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, BUREAUCRATS, RESPECT, SANCTION, OBEDIENCE
OFFICERS: Every officer learns how to function within the system that promoted him, … The system is still sick – it always has been and always will be. - Orson Scott Card, Ender in Exile, www.orbitbooks.net - p.111 - www.orbitbooks.co.uk 2009. – Do all officers of standing armies really function as genuine leaders and defenders or are all too many of them disfunctional and make the situation even worse? Do they only give rightful orders? What is really sick about standing armies is their obedience to wrongful territorial governments. Most officers have nothing better in mind than territorial governments and all too indiscriminate warfare for them and against those on the other side of the border. As puppets of territorial regimes they are hardly genuinely “functional” in any rightful sense. O. S. C. does not describe the rightful alternatives to territorial governments and their armed forces – in any of his books that I have read. – However, most of his heroes are not wasting their men or conduct indiscriminate warfare or aggressive wars. – But he aims at a world federation of territorial governments, in which only this federal government has any military power. – A prescription for man-made disasters on the largest scale. - JZ, 18.4.13. – Imagine the monetary despotism of a single central bank for the whole world. Nation-wide central banks are already bad enough. The Euro for Europe led to a worse currency for at least some European countries, like Germany. – JZ, 4.6.13. - STANDING ARMIES, PROMOTION, APPOINTED RATHER THAN ELECTED OFFICERS
OFFICERS: I would not voluntarily serve in any military force where I would have no direct say on who is to be my direct superior officer. – JZ, 2.8.73. - There are some successful historical precedents for elected officers, e.g. in the French Revolution. – JZ, 5.2.08. – I read that even under the Nazi regime, the Landsturm troops of Tyrol still served under their traditionally elected officers, e.g. as occupation troops in Norway. I would like to find out whether their conduct was better, the same or worse than that of the average German soldiers. – JZ, 4.6.13. - DEFENCE, MILITIA, ARMED FORCES, ELECTION OF OFFICERS
OFFICES, PUBLIC: Offices are acceptable here as elsewhere, and whenever a man has cast a longing eye on them, a rottenness begins in his conduct." – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Tench Coxe, May 21, 1799. - PUBLIC OFFICES, CENTRALIZED & MONOPOLIZED DECISION-MAKING, PUBLIC SERVANTS, PRESIDENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, CHANCELLORS, POLITICIANS, PARLIAMENTARIANS, MINISTERS
OFFICIAL CHANNELS: Official channels can be relied upon not to work. – Brian Martin et al, in Challenging the Bureaucratic Elites, p.19. - At least not to work optimally. - JZ, 2.3.09.
OFFICIAL RESPONSES: And no matter what the official response is, it can’t make anything better." – James Gunn, Touch of the Match, ANALOG, Feb. 85, p.138. - BUREAUCRACY, POLICIES, POLITICIANS, ESTABLISHMENT, STATES, GOVERNMENTS, PUBLIC SERVANTS
OFFICIAL STATEMENTS: Bureaucrats tend to drive out competing opinions that may be just as sound as they are. (*) Sometimes they drive out real facts. The more official an opinion becomes, the more carefully all of us, officials included, should examine it." – Editorial, MACLEAN’S REPORTS, quoted in Garrison, Dictocrats, "p.165. - (*) Sounder or as unsound as those of the officials are. - Official statements are all too often merely official lies, propaganda or false pretences. - JZ, 5.4.08, 14.1.11, 4.6.13. OFFICIAL SOURCES, OFFICIAL OPINIONS, BUREAUCRACY, POLITICIANS, RULERS, GOVERNMENTS
OFFICIAL STATEMENTS: The higher their origin, the emptier their contents or more evasive or full of lies and denials they are. – JZ, 7.8.85, 4.2.08.
OFFICIAL VERSIONS: challenging the official version of anything is a civic responsibility and great fun." – Joseph D. Harrington, Yankee Samurai, Detroit, 1979. - Taken from the jacket of the book. – Freedom to opt out from under territorial governments and freedom to establish or join exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers, not confined to any territory, would be even greater fun, for their participants and their observers. – JZ, 5.2.08. - PUBLICITY, CREDIBILITY GAP, CENSORSHIP, CRITICISM, EXPOSURE, PROPAGANDA, INVESTIGATING JOURNALISM, NEWS, PRESS, GOVERNMENT RELEASES, SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM
OFFICIALDOM: Officialdom gone mad." – Max Eastman, Reflections on the Failure of Socialism, p.98. – Should it be rather “has gone mad?” – JZ – Was is ever quite rightful, rational and wise enough. Can it be? Can it know the circumstances of individuals better than the individuals themselves do? Can their rule rightly and efficiently replace genuine self-rule? - Officials only for volunteers or voluntary victims! - JZ, 14.1.11, 4.6.13. - BUREAUCRACY, STATISM, LEGISLATION, RULERS, TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENTS, SELF-GOVERNMENT, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY ETC.
OFFICIALS: Are officials more wise and moral than their subjects?” - Ken Schoolland, The Adventure of Jonathan Gullible, Leap Publishing, Cape Town, with Commentaries by Ken Schoolland and Janette Eldridge, 1981 ff, 2004 ed., www.jonathangullible.com firstname.lastname@example.org p.29. – Do the best or the worst get to the top in territorial regimes? – JZ, 4.6.13. - PUBLIC SERVANTS, BUREAUCRATS, POLITICIANS, RULERS, Q.
OFFICIALS: City State: Where the populace rise at once (*) against the never-ending audacity of elected persons." – Walt Whitman, 1819-1892. – Andrews Quotes, p.78. - (*) Rather, can, could or should rise? – JZ, 5.2.08. – If only they would! – JZ, 4.6.13. - OFFICE BEARERS, BUREAUCRACY, POLITICIANS, REPRESENTATIVES, VOTING, ELECTIONS –– STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
OFFICIALS: judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favourable presumption that they did no wrong.” - If there is any presumption, it is the other way, against the holders of power, increasing as the power increases. Historic responsibility has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you super-add the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it." – Herbert Read, Anarchism and Order, p.211. - POWER BUREAUCRACY, RULERS, CORRUPTION, GREAT MEN, AUTHORITY, GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM, ACCOUNTABILITY, HISTORY, PUBLIC SERVANTS, RESPONSIBILITY
OFFICIALS: Someone with the arrogance and courage of his connections. – L. L. Levinson, Webster’s Unafraid Dictionary. - Also with the usual popular errors, myths, prejudices, false assumptions and conclusions in their heads. Moreover, the worst kinds of people do usually go to the top. - JZ, 14.1.11. See: Hayek, The Road to Serfdom.
OFFICIALS: The harm done by ordinary criminals, murderers, gangsters, and thieves is negligible in comparison with the agony inflicted upon human beings by the professional do-gooders, who attempt to set themselves up as gods on earth and who would ruthlessly force their views on all others – with the abiding assurance that the end justifies the means." – Henry Grady Weaver, author of a classic book on freedom, The Mainspring of Human Progress. - Private do-gooders or reformers do more harm and commit more wrongs, legalized, as a result of their efforts, via the territorial state model, than all the private criminals combined. - JZ, n.d. & 14.1.11. - LEGISLATORS, BUREAUCRATS, REPRESENTATIVES, PUBLIC SERVANTS, PRIME MINISTERS, PRESIDENTS, CRIMINALS, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, RULERS, LEADERSHIP, GOVERNMENTALISM, DO-GOODERS
OIL & WAR: With a misleading picture, Carrard Auban sharing World wide freedom's photo – suggested that modern wars are fought for the possession of oil – on Facebook, 8.3.13, saying “We get to the point.” - John Zube : Your point is another popular prejudice. Under free trade oil gets freely to where people are able and willing to pay the market price for it. They do not have to fight and kill for it. Under freedom people could also practise full monetary and clearing freedom and turn their ability, knowledge and readiness to work into money tokens or clearing certificates which they could issue themselves and use to pay for what they need or want and would only have to redeem them by accepting them in payment for their work or services, including their products, produce and export capacity. Thus, by issuing their own means of payment, they would also supply themselves with work, i.e. issue monetary demand for their labor or services. Naturally that is only one of many monetary and clearing options. Free market monies are, so to speak or write, the oil, which keeps the machinery of free exchanges continuously and effectively going, without friction and crises. – The monopoly money or forced currency of central banking is rather like sand, water or sugar put into the monetary petrol or oil of the economy. – JZ, 4.6.13.
OIL COMPANIES: When one realizes that the taxes on a gallon of gasoline are already 20 cents, while the oil company profit is about 3 cents, it is obvious that it is not the oil companies that are exploiting the American people but the government." – MERCURY, Nov. /Dec. 79, p.8. – Many years ago the NRMA found out that already a very small increase in the percentage of taxes on petrol that are used for road building and road maintenance, namely 7 % instead of 5 %, could provide Australia with a much better road network. Instead, most of these taxes go into general revenue. – JZ, 5.2.08. – In other words, petrol stations along private roads could come to finance the building and maintenance of private roads. – However, computerized and automatic registering of road usage and charging for it, could do it even better. - JZ, 4.6.13. - TAXATION, EXPLOITATION, CAPITALISM, GASOLINE, PETROL, PRIVATE FINANCE OF ROADS
OIL DRILLING: Oil drilling in Pennsylvania helped restore lakes that had become contaminated by natural petroleum leakage.” - Walter E. Williams, More Liberty Means Less Government. Our Founders Knew This Well, Hoover Institution Press, 1999, http://www-hoover.stanford.edu – p.203. & POLLUTION
OIL PRICE REGULATIONS: We must get out of the Oil Price Parity deal where we sell our gas at 5 cents/litre to Japan and 50 cents + to Aussies and sell our oil at $ 10 a barrel then import theirs at $ 60 a barrel.” – Tony Pitt, quoted in: SAVE AUSTRALIA ALLIANCE, August/September 1907, p.11, ed. by Dale Chorley, email@example.com - www.saveaustraliaalliance.com.au/ - We want OUT of the Oil Price Parity deal where we sell our gas at 5 cents/litre to Japan and 50 cents to Aussies and sell our oil at $ 10 a barrel then import theirs at $ 60 a barrel. – SAVE AUSTRALIA ALLIANCE, a newspaper, issue no.36 (12. 1. 06), p.1. – Only politicians and bureaucrats could come up with such a scheme! – JZ, 28.2.09. - A typical instance for governmental “economics”, morality, rationality, principles, measures, programs and legislation. Numerous wrongs and irrationalities and diseconomies piled upon each other. - JZ, 14.1.11. - IN AUSTRALIA
OIL SPILLS: I have nowhere seen hints towards efforts to bulldoze up polluted sands, gravel etc. and use them like oil shale and tar sands for oil extraction, nor of efficient methods that properly collect oil spots at sea, separate them from sea water and utilize this oil again. Is it really so much cheaper and responsible to chemically dilute or dissolve the oil or biologically degrade it without attempting to recover it? – Naturally, the best way would be the efficient prevention of such spills. – Here seems to be much scope for free enterprise – quite unobstructed by governmental regulations. – JZ, 24.1.90, 4.2.08. - ON COASTLINES & ON OCEANS
OIL: Territorial ownership claims on natural resources tends to lead to military clashes, especially among monopolists and protectionists. They could ultimately lead to nuclear war. Equal access for all to such resources, e.g. through open cooperatives and free trading, would avoid these clashes. See: Exterritorial Imperative, Free Trade, Free Migration, Nationalism, Natural Resources, Open Cooperatives, Territorial Organization, War Aims. . – JZ in An ABC Against Nuclear War. www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm - EXCLUSIVE TERRITORIAL POSSESSION
OLD AGE CARE: I don’t really care where it is going.” – Beatrice Muller, 82, who lives on the QE2, because it is cheaper than staying in an old people’s home in America. - THE TIMES Quotes of the Week, p.148, August 25, 2001. (QE2: Queen Elizabeth 2, one of the largest passenger ships.) - BY THE STATE, SOCIAL SECURITY, PENSIONS
OLD AGE PENSIONS: All such pensions and insurance contracts and investments should be 1.) tax free, - 2.) proofed against inflation, e.g. via value preserving clauses, - 3.) Safe from obligatory investments in governmental insecurities, - 4.) safe from prescribed interest rates, - 5.) free to invest their funds in spheres of the greatest productivity, but credit-insured as well, - 6.) free to engage in competitively offered credit insurance contracts for their investments, - 7.) Free to reduce risks by diversification in their investments, - 7.) free to invest all over the world and to pay out their contracts to people living all over the world. - 8.) Most of all, they should not be government-run or run by union-officials. – Under panarchism all these and other reforms could be gradually and easily achieved in at least some panarchies. – Once pensioners realized and their children and grandchildren as well, that governments have so far prevented them from becoming multi-millionaires in their old age, with no higher but rather less contributions than are presently levied from them, no present government will be respected and safe any longer. They will be recognized as thieves, robbers, scoundrels, confidence tricksters or, at least, as incompetents. - JZ, 28.5.95, 2.2.08, 17.11.13. - OLD AGE INSURANCE & INVESTMENTS FOR OLD AGE
OLD AGE SECURITY: A government really concerned with old age security would neither tax it several times nor inflate the currency it is paid in, nor misdirect investments for its own advantage, nor legislate anew on aspects of it every few months. – JZ, 29.5.95. – It would just leave it alone, in every respect. Then and soon much better old age security systems would be developed and voluntarily adopted, because they would have so much more to offer and would have none of the draw-backs of any governmentally mismanaged scheme. Under full economic freedom and with less than we are now forced to spend for an insufficient old age security run by the government, we could all become multi-millionaires in our old age, provided we live that long and pay our contributions for decades, with all these insurance contributions being very productively invested, at the highest possible interest rates, received as justified shares in the additional productivity achieved through these investments, all safe from taxes and safe from inflation, government-caused depressions and confiscations. It takes a territorial government to turn old-age security into a problem. – JZ, 2.2.08. – PENSIONS, SOCIAL SECURITY, SOCIAL INSURANCE
OLD AGE SECURITY: Old age pensioners should rather get their private share of the government’s real assets rather than a share of the continuously extracted tributes paid to politicians and bureaucrats and their institutions and favorites. – JZ, 17.5.89, 4.2.08. – Compare the finance plan for a libertarian party or movement in PEACE PLANS No.19 c. – www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd/ - JZ, 14.1.11.
OLD AGE SECURITY: The only such security really provided by governments is that for representatives, government ministers and other "public servants". The rest are largely robbed of their old age savings and insurance claims, via inflation and compulsory investment in governmental insecurities. - JZ, 22.11.06. - VIA GOVERNMENTS?
OLD AGE SECURITY: Via taxation, inflation, monopolies, investment and interest rate restrictions and compulsory investment in governmental “insecurities”, governments are engaged in a conspiracy against old age security, while pretending that the are its most important and sufficient providers. – JZ, 30.4.89. - SOCIAL SECURITY, PENSIONS, SOCIAL INSURANCE
OLD AGE, AGE: To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods." - Robert Heinlein - http://www.freedomsnest.com – That, too, should not only be an individual but a collective efforts, in which special encyclopedias, electronically compiled by many and widely and cheaply distributed, could and should contribute very much. Perhaps we need hundreds or even thousands of different and specialized WIKIPEDIAS for a genuine age of encyclopedists. – JZ, 12.1.08. - All health, anti-aging and rejuvenation information, with all pro and con evidence, should become push-button available to anyone interested. However, is anyone interested in helping to provide such a service? Today I received again a colored brochure, advertising the HSI Complete Encyclopedia of Healing Breakthroughs ... Free! - But the annual subscription to it is $149 and it is, probably, far from complete, because there are xyz such offer, all in the expensive old media instead of the much more powerful and cheap modern media, online or on dics or as email attachments. All such information should be offered combined and sufficiently criticized and evaluated. - Those merely advertising their own offers can't be safely relied upon. - JZ, 14.1.11. – DIGITAL HEALTH ENCYCLOPEDIA, STAYING YOUNG, ABILITY TO LEARN & UNLEARN, OPEN & ELASTIC MINDS, PREJUDICES, MYTHS, ERRORS, AGING, AGE
OLD PEOPLE: Old people are all too often not only “couch potatoes” but also “grouch potatoes”. And I do not except myself from this judgment. – JZ, 18.12.06, 18.9.08. – RED.
OLD PEOPLES' BANKS OF ISSUE: Penal laws would, most likely, be less severely enforced if e.g. people over 80 started a free bank of issue and achieved with it full employment for their children and grandchildren and even for themselves, to the extent that they are still able and willing to work. - JZ, 27.5.97. - MONETARY FREEDOM EXPERIMENT, A START-UP OPTION, FREE BANKING
OLIGARCHY: If Maine and Michels were right in claiming that the iron law of oligarchy applies as much to large organizations within the state as to the state itself, did the pluralists not see that large groups like trade unions and churches constitute a threat to individual freedom in the same way that the state does? Many of them did recognize that any large centralized organization would invariably be controlled by a small, often self-perpetuating and self-interested, oligarchy; these writers therefore extended their federal ideas to groups which composed the state." – David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, p.7. – Here, too, voluntary and merely exterritorially autonomous communities should be distinguished from those with compulsory membership and compulsory subordination and a territorial monopoly. – A yoke that one has self-chosen and can throw off is not unbearable. - JZ, 28.2.88, 4.2.08. - Voluntary and exterritorial bodies from which individuals may freely secede, which are in free competition with each other, should be distinguished from centralized and territorial organizations with compulsory membership. In panarchies abuses find a natural limit in the loss of members through individual or group secessions, whenever these members are sufficiently dissatisfied and do no longer hope to be able to reform the panarchy they secede from. - JZ, 28.2.88, 2.4.89. Pan AZ. - ELITES MINORITY RULE, PANARCHISM, THE IRON LAW OF OLIGARCHY
OLYMPIC GAMES: I would not be game to tax other people to support my favorite games. – JZ, 11.11.93.
OLYMPIC GAMES: I’d keep the Olympics, but get rid of the national uniforms – everyone represents themselves. No medal counts.” - Arthur C. Clarke & Michael Kube-McDowell, The Trigger, Harper/Collins Publishers, www.voyager-books.com 1999, p. 98. – I’d supplement it by an “Ideas Olympics”, if I could, started, perhaps, by the first CD or DVD that brings nothing but good ideas not yet realized and leading to a permanent and world-wide ideas archive, market and information for ideas and talents. – JZ, 29.9.07. - IDEAS ARCHIVE & TALENT CENTRE
OLYMPIC GAMES: In the original Olympics, I believe, athletes competed as individuals. The emphasis on national affiliation in the modern Olympics is a perversion. And not a nice one, either." – Robert Shea, NO GOVERNOR, Jan. 85, p. 23. - NATIONALISM, INDIVIDUALISM, SPORTS
OLYMPIC GAMES: We need an Olympics for freedom, justice and prosperity ideas, one of brains rather than merely of muscles, sinews, bones and nerves. – JZ, 24.9.93, 2.2.08. - Rather than an Olympics of sports, one of bodies, every 4 years, I favor a continuous “Olympics”, of minds, of ideas, of efforts to realize individual rights and liberties, peace, stable currencies, full employment and other rightful, rational and necessary advances. – JZ, 28.12.93, 2.2.08. – We need Olympics of ideas and talents rather than of muscles and reflexes. Maybe, if this idea were sufficiently discussed on the Internet, then it would finally be realized - at least there. The Internet, in its present form it does not realize this idea sufficiently but it would be a handy tool for it, properly used. So would CDs and DVDs. – JZ, 19.12.93, 2.2.08. – We need Olympics of minds, ideas and talents – against mass unemployment, inflation, war, taxation, oppression, poverty, bureaucracy. – JZ, 16.2.94. - IDEAS ARCHIVE
OMBUDSMAN: Everyone to be an Ombudsman on his own basic rights and liberties. – JZ, 6/75. – One more bureaucrat won’t set bureaucracy right. – JZ, 23.10.74. - We should not be made dependent on the wisdom, knowledge and discretion of still another bureaucrat. – JZ, 4.2.08.
OMNIARCHY: Although it is true that anarchy means ‘without’ government and that anemia means ‘without’ blood, I prefer to think of the former term as I regard the latter (from a clinical point of view): less than average in amount. As an illustration, the country of Liechtenstein must suffer from anarchy as it has less than a dozen policemen in service in the entire country. In the USA, we need at least that many policemen to do any assignment (other than arresting speeders and stop sign violators). - To illustrate I would draw a square and divide the square into four quadrants. The top line would be labeled ‘Constitutional Republic (isocracy or isonomocracy). The opposite or bottom line would be labeled ‘Democracy (polyarchy).’ The left line would be labeled ’interventionism (omniarchy)’, and the right-hand line would be labeled ‘Laissez-faire (anarchy)’." – Robert Hawkins, M.D., LEFEVRE’S JOURNAL, Fall 77. - Panarchism would allow many more options, all only for volunteers, all only under exterritorial autonomy and personal laws. - JZ, 2.3.09. – All the various classification systems so far proposed should be anthologized together with the criticism for each of them so far offered. – JZ, 4.6.13. - INTERVENTIONISM, CLASSIFICATION SCHEMES
OMNIPOTENCE: It is useless to ban the Bomb. What we must ban is the ideology of war, which means the ideology of governmental omnipotence, of aggressive nationalism, of interventionism run riot." - William H. Peterson, "THE FREEMAN", 8/76. - And we will not understand these and their peace-, justice- and freedom- promoting alternatives, until we have come to understood the difference between territorial and exterritorial individual sovereignty, i.e., between coercive and voluntary memberships in political bodies and economic and social systems. - JZ, 9.1.93. Pan AZ - OF GOVERNMENTS & TERRITORIALISM, WAR & INTERVENTIONISM, EXTERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM
OMNIPOTENCE: We are omnipotent in the most positive sense of the world.’ – ‘There is no positive sense to that word,’ replied Picard.” – Peter David, Star Trek, The Next Generation, Q-Squared, p.35. –POWER, MIGHT, STATISM, GOD
OMNISCIENCE: All other men are specialists, but his specialism is omniscience." – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859-1930. – Compare Gasset’s remark about the “barbarism of the specialists” and Leonard E. Read’s remarks on the “Know-it-alls”. - As it is, we haven’t even established a complete libertarian digital library as yet, not even an ever-growing large libertarian digital bibliography, ideas archive, abstracts and review collection, directory, collection of libertarian electronic argument maps, best refutations, best wordings to advance our case, an anthology of all private individual rights and liberties declarations, one of all crisis theories, with counter-arguments, a directory to all special libertarian interests and talents, a libertarian ideas projects list online, etc. – JZ, 5.2.08. - Specialty? - JZ - MAN, SPECIALISTS, AUTHORITIES, EXPERTS, NEW DRAFT, IDEAS ARCHIVE, LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY, BIBLIOGRPAHY, ABSTRACTS & REVIEWS
ON PANARCHY: Volumes I - XXIV, in the PEACE PLANS series of Libertarian Microfiche Publishing, on 24 microfiche. The contents list of this still incomplete series and a still incomplete list of supplementary panarchist works in the PEACE PLANS series has been integrated in my Pan A-Z listing, which I hope to see developed into a general alphabetized encyclopedia on Panarchism. – JZ, 12.2.08, 2.3.09. - By now, and especially thanks to the example set and efforts undertaken by of Peter Wraith, they have all been digitized by me. - He even paid a commercial agency to do the job. But it did not do it to my satisfaction. Without this example, I might have postponed the job for years or forever. So far available, probably still only through me, as email attachments. - JZ, 14.1.11. A first panarchy A to Z compilation, under another term, was put online at www.panarchy.org : “An Anthology of Wisdom & Common Sense”.
ONE MAN REVOLUTIONS: Every revolution evaporates, leaving behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy." - Franz Kafka. - Apparently, Kafka, too, had only considered territorial revolutions and ignored the option of one-man revolutions that are made possible by exterritorial autonomy for volunteers. - JZ, 12.6.92, 14.1.93. - Pan AZ. - EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS, OR FULL EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM OR PANARCHISM - INSTEAD OF TERRITORIAL SUBJECTION OF A WHOLE POPULATION WITH MANY VERY DIVERSE CONSTITUENTS.
ONE MAN REVOLUTIONS: I bid you to a one-man revolution. The only revolution that is coming." - Robert Frost, Build Soil - A Political Pastoral, 1932. - Did he anywhere become more explicit on this? Did he have only rural retreatism and self-sufficiency in mind? - JZ, 14.1.93, Pan AZ - Rather, the only revolution worth having and realizing for all individual whatever ideals they have, to the extent that they are practical and this only together with and among like-minded volunteers. - JZ, 2.3.09. - PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, ASSOCIATIONISM, CONTRACTARIANISM, EXPERIMETAL FREEDOM IN ALL SPHERES VS. TERRITORIALISM
ONE NATION PARTY: Suppose that the "One Nation" party, established by Pauline Hanson, had favored and achieved complete exterritorial autonomy for its leaders and followers, freedom to live under their own constitution, laws, jurisdiction and administration and to practise all their ideas, errors and myths among themselves, at their own expense and risk, rather than imposing them territorially upon all those, who disagree with many of its platform points (not all of them are 100% wrong or otherwise flawed!). Then it would have soon become obvious that it, too, really represents not one single and uniform nation but only a tiny fraction of what has been all too widely and long misconceived as one territorial nation, that of "Australia". Who, as a libertarian, would deny them this right to do their things to and for themselves? Only those still addicted, like the One Nation party, to the fallacy of territorial nationalism. Compulsory territorial membership and leadership, combined with compulsory subordination, do by themselves produce many wrongs and evils. - Many communities of volunteers, if exterritorially freed to act upon their program among themselves, to the extent that they could do so without interfering with the rights and liberties of the many, who disagree with them, would then merely produce "enough rope to hang themselves" or, simply, to disprove their case. - At least they would provide an entertaining spectacle for outsiders, something to laugh about. But the few, who are successful, at least with some of their platform points, would be closely watched on these and, sooner or later, their successful examples would be copied by many others. As it was, with the "One Nation" party, internal dissent, personality squabbles, perhaps some corruption, and strong resistance from outsiders and various court cases, have largely destroyed it and done away with the leadership of Pauline Hanson. (The usual political mess of party politics.) I regretted very much that some Australian libertarians supported her, just because of a few points in her party's platform, like opposition to gun control. Alas, some "libertarians" may even have supported her because of her opposition to free migration and others of her prejudices in favor of territorial nationalism and protectionism. Other libertarians indiscriminately condemned all of this party's platform, in spite of the few libertarian ideas it contained. The world is not just black and white only. One should not malign even the "devil". - JZ, 3.7.00, 1.2.02. - IN AUSTRALIA, VOLUNTARISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, CHOICE VS. COMPULSION, COMPETITION VS. MONOPOLISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM FOR ALL, NOT JUST “NATIONAL” LEADERS OR MISLEADERS
ONE WORLD CONSPIRACY: Even quite without a conscious conspiracy, any kind of territorial monopoly power tends towards growth by conquests of or amalgamation with other such powers - until the right of dissenting individuals, minorities and local majorities is recognized to secede and do their own things, at the own risk and expense, under personal law or full exterritorial autonomy, i.e. without a territorial monopoly claim, which is never rightful, but always fully of false promises, which it can never fulfill. On the contrary, it often achieves the contrary of what it promises and this at huge costs, in rights, liberties and lives. – JZ, 11.2.13. – Rightful unity comes from the recognition of individual rights and liberties, e.g. freedom to trade, migrate, invest, communicate, transportation options, freedom to association across frontiers for all groups of like-minded volunteers. That could result e.g. in a number of different world governance systems and federations, all peacefully competing with each other for more volunteers, while trying to continue to satisfy those, they have already gained. TERRITORIALISM, IMPERIALISM, CENTRALIZATION, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, STATE SOVEREIGNTY? UNITY SPLEEN COMBINED WITH POWER ADDICTION, VS. VOLUNTARISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM OR FREE CHOICE UNDER PERSONAL LAW, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE
ONE WORLD: Economically the world ought to be one, not the artificially, compulsorily and monopolistically divided, restricted and polluted messes which territorial and coercive governments have turned it into. – JZ, 20.5.93. - Let us opt out of all their messes and imposed schemes under power addicts and try again, in a great variety of free experiments, all only among their volunteers. – JZ, 2.2.08, 6.4.13. The same freedom is required for all political and social system experiments. As long as they are all only under self-chosen law for their volunteers, who else would have the right to complain? Experimental freedom for all! If any particular system could really satisfy all the diverse people, then this is the way in which it should be established, i.e. by all people gradually joining it, one by one or group by group, with not a single peaceful dissenter being forced to join it. – JZ, 18.11.13. - GOVERNMENTS, INTERVENTIONISM, STATISM, POLITICS, DESPOTISM, WARS, GLOBALIZATION, FREE TRADE, FREE MIGRATION. BORDERS, FRONTIERS, BOUNDARIES, NATIONALISM, TERRITORIALISM
ONE WORLD: Rather all the voluntary and autonomous worlds of 6,000 million sovereign individuals, however, wherever and to what extent and purposes they want to group and associate themselves, exterritorially autonomous, more or less concentrated in certain areas or decentralized in their own personal network systems and alternative societies. No one's supposedly ideal world scheme should be forced upon anybody, no more so than any religion, philosophy, fashion, art, hobby or sport. To each the government or free society of his or her dreams, provided it is merely a competitive world State or federation - each for its voluntary members only. - JZ, 15.8.91, 13.1.93, 17.9.04, 4.6.13, 18.11.13. - Pan AZ. - WORLD STATE, WORLD FEDERATION, WORLD UNITY?
ONE-MAN-CANTONS: The proposal for them was cheerfully received at a Libertarian Supper Club meeting in LA, 1990 or 1991, when "South Africa - the Solution", was discussed. - Pan AZ
ONE-MAN-REVOLUTIONS: Each member of the remaining and only exterritorially autonomous States, intentional communities and free societies could engage in a "one man revolution" regarding his own affairs via individual secessionism. - No one would have any longer a licence or authority to revolutionize or reform the affairs of any others against their will. - Thus, with each being free to live according to the own tastes, fashions, errors and prejudices, knowledge, ideas, wisdom and insights, the total amount of dissatisfaction, anger and frustration would be rapidly and continuously reduced. - JZ, Pan AZ. – rev., 4.6.13. - PANARCHISM
ONE-WAY DEALS: A one-way deal is one in which at least one of the parties feels that he is not satisfied by the deal … such as the unwilling gladiators in the Coliseum. – Yale Jay Lubkin, OPTION, 6/77. – Compare Don Werkheiser’s wording: “Mutual convenience relationships” vs. “single convenience relationships.”ONTOGENY: Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny." – E. H. Haeckel, 19th century German biologist & defender of evolution & development ideas. - The idea, simply put, is that the stages, through which an individual organism develops, correspond, at least approximately, to the states of evolution which led to its species. Human embryos, for example, are well known to go through steps with tails and gills. – Stanley Schmidt, ANALOG, editorial, May 83, p.8. – From this it seems to follow that we should let all creative activities evolve freely, voluntarily, in accordance with our nature, not wrongfully and coercively interfering with it, fully respecting individual sovereignty of all, who do respect it. Tolerance for all tolerant people and intolerance only for the intolerant ones. Let all volunteers do their things – among themselves. – JZ, 18.11.13. - BIOGENETIC LAW, EVOLUTION, DEVELOPMENT, MAN, EMBRYOS, CHILDREN, NATURAL EVOLUTION, LAISSEZ-FAIRE, TOLERANCE, NON-INTERVENTION, ZAP
OPEN AIR FREE SPEECH CENTERS: Berlin is united again – but it is still not free. The original assembly forms of democracy, those in its market or its forum, town hall democracy, direct democracy and free open air meetings, are still and largely as well as legally suppressed – by its supposed people’s representatives and “servants” of the public – there and in most other countries. This in spite of the fact that historically many most democracies started in open air meetings. In India there is just one legalized place for open air meetings. How many Indians will ever be able to attend it? – In 1990, in one Canadian town, Toronto? I just saw one such place set aside for it, fenced in, only about 10 by 10 meters and this next to a very busy and noisy street and intersection, with much car traffic. Thus I never saw anyone using it. – “The freedom, which I mean, is nowhere at home.” - German proverb. (Die Freiheit, die ich meine, ist nirgendwo zu Hause.) – A country-wide and an international association to promote such centers seems to be still amiss. We do have many online options now but the personal contact options through open air free speech centers, everywhere within relatively easy reach, in addition to special coffee shops for discussions, are still all too rare or even quite absent in some countries. The costs and labors of organizing other meetings, where one is still free to do so, are all too often a deterrent or prevent the growth of small personal contact friendship, hobby and idealist groups. A common meeting calendar for them is missing, in every city or district, although online it could now be cheaply produced and distributed. - JZ, 24.9.90, 4.2.08, 18.11.13.
OPEN AIR FREE SPEECH CENTERS: For public and well publicized appeals directly by people to the people on the other side of a frontier, for one-sided peace declarations, declarations of rightful war aims, separate peace treaty offers and for all kinds of external policies, declared and guaranteed, directly, by armed and organized people themselves, such places and opportunities are essential, in addition to all other opportunities and channels for freedom of expression and information for everybody. - Publicity for such appeals, declarations and offers should be maximized in order to reduce the risk of deceptions and misunderstandings and to maximize mutual trust, not between leaders but between their victimized subjects. - In this the old-fashioned open-air meetings could still play an important role, as they did in many democratic former revolutions. Anyone from the other side, who is still full of distrust, could easily mix anonymously with such crowds and convince himself of the seriousness and reliability of their intentions and proposals. Such meetings could and should thus be widely broadcast and permanently recorded online. As obviously democratic meetings they could be trusted. - If, moreover, the people were also free to assemble armed and then show their disobedience and resistance determination towards nuclear powers and their readiness is shown to engage in unilateral nuclear disarmament actions, then their promises are more likely to be trusted than those of diplomats or politicians, especially when it is known that they are also militarily organized and trained in militias for the protection of human rights. - Rarely would there be everywhere sufficient roofed space to shelter all those involved in such direct democracy meetings. Preferably the whole adult population should participate. – (Everyone’s survival is at stake. – JZ, 12.2.08.) Obviously, to bring about such popular meetings of sufficiently enlightened people, an enormous enlightenment effort would be required. We have now more and better alternative media to promote this than ever before. But open air meetings and special meeting places for such meetings could still play a significant role in achieving the required degree and spread of enlightenment. (In Canberra there probably still exists one building providing meeting rooms for a few dozen different groups. Many schools, after school hours, would also be suitable for this. – JZ, 18.11.3.) Decisive is not the present condition and use of such free speech places and their present bureaucratic repression - but what could and should be made out of such places. - By now these meetings could also be recorded and sent via discs and snail mail to anyone interested or could even be put online by anyone wishing to do so. - I trust in such meetings much more than in meetings by parliamentary representatives. - Provided only they are fully developed. Obviously, they would have no legislative power. But they could make appeals, declarations, proposals and, indirectly, they could reach the world's population, to the extent that it is interested. A federation of them could also produce an anthology of the best meetings of this kind. - And it could push for the sufficient improvement desirable for all such places. - JZ, 14.1.11. - APPEALS, BROADCASTING, DECISION, DECLARATIONS, DIPLOMACY, ENLIGHTENMENT, PEACE DECLARATIONS, PEOPLE, PUBLICITY, REFERENDUM, TRUST, UNILATERAL NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, WAR AIMS. – JZ in An ABC Against Nuclear War. www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm - SPEAKERS' CORNERS, STREET CORNER ORATORY, FOREIGN POLICY THROUGH OPEN AIR SPEECH CENTRES? MILITIA, TRUST
OPEN AIR FREE SPEECH CENTERS: How democratic is India? For all of its ca. 1 billion people there seems to be only “New Dehli’s officially designated protest zone. All other public spaces and government buildings are off limits.” That is the 500 meters of the Road Janta Mantar, near the Jantar Mantar Observatory in the bustling heart of New Dehli, according to a report by Madhur Singh, on p.17 of TIME, Sept. 1, 2008, under the heading: “Postcard: New Dehli. Protesters come from across the country to make their voices heard in the capital’s only designated free speech zone. …” – A free speech centre in the open air or a discussion coffee-house should be within walking distance of everyone, at least in towns and cities. Pubs are, obviously, not good enough substitutes. – But governments are afraid of these institutions and thus greatly restrict them – probably, because they know that most democratic revolutions started in them, whilst most citizens are still unaware of the potential power of such places. – There seem to be no legal restrictions against such coffee houses but, nevertheless, they seem to be extremely rare in our times, although they were of significance for much of modern history in the somewhat free countries. According to one report that I read long ago, many English and other newspapers were first perceived and then started by people meeting in such places. - Lack of free enterprise initiative? – To really express public opinion such centers are potentially much more suitable than territorial parliaments are. – Well, at least we have some electronic alternatives now and some two-way talks shows. But the potential for personal meetings is still greatly underdeveloped, partly through the absence of comprehensive local meeting calendars, although these, too, could now be offered cheaply almost everywhere online or via email attachments. - JZ, 9.9.08, 4.6.13. – FREE SPEECH FACILITIES, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, INDIA, DEMOCRACY, COFFEE HOUSES FOR INTELLECTUALS, MEETING CALENDARS
OPEN AIR FREE SPEECH CENTERS: Without sufficient advance advertising of specialized talks and a sufficient choice among many speakers at the same time and place, nothing but accidental small crowds can be expected and speakers will tend to be merely cranks, fanatics or entertainers, with mob appeal rather than worthwhile lecturers. Good speakers and good listeners will then abstain rather than attend. Finding them there will be a good luck happening and rarity rather than, due to a proper organization and publicity, a frequent and habitual occurrence. Such places, too, need their “classifieds”, their “directories” and curriculum to operate with maximum efficiency. – Moreover, for rainy days there should be agreed-upon and also advertised sheltered facilities nearby. – Ideally, their meetings, too, would be advertised in a general meeting calendar for every city. – Historically they played a great role in rightful revolutions and for democracies. They could become relatively important once again, even while there are now many other competitive means for communicating ideas. People still like to meet in person. Then the give and take is much more direct and lively. – They should be accompanied also by reviving the tradition of intellectual coffee houses, open every day and by the conduct of “salons” for intellectuals. – Optimally run (and advertised in a special contacts publication, now possible online or via email), they could become something like open-air meeting segments of free universities, together with all the other educational meetings in a city, likewise sufficiently advertised together, periodically and in advance. All lecturers should thus be able to find their kind of listeners and all kinds of listeners their kind of lecturers or debaters or other disputants and forums. – A special job for libertarians, which would also solve some of their own problems in spreading their ideas. - JZ, 5.11.95, 2.2.08. – MEETING CALENDAR FOR ALL EDUCATIONAL MEETINGS IN EVERY CITY, EITHER ONLINE OR EMAILED UPON REQUEST OR SUBSCRIPTION, SUITABLE ALSO FOR LIBERTARIAN PROPAGANDA, IF PUBLISHED BY LIBERTARIANS AS A SPECIAL FREE MARKET INFORMATION SERVICE.
OPEN BORDERS: We propose a five-word constitutional amendment: There shall be open borders. People are the great resource, and so long as we keep our economy free, more people means more growth, the more the merrier. Study after study shows that even the most recent immigrants give more than they take." - The Wall Street Journal. – Date? – How many open borders do by now exist, especially in Europe? – JZ, 5.1.08. - Formerly the totalitarians closed borders. Not it is the democratic governments doing it, with popular approval, because the governments with their central bank system of monetary despotism, on top of their financial despotism, are only able to produce involuntary unemployment but are unable to abolish and prevent it. All they can do is accelerate their inflations and continue their stagflations. - JZ, 14.1.11, 4.6.13, 18.11.13. - FREE MIGRATION, FREE TRADE, FRONTIERS, TERRITORIALISM, IMMIGRATION
OPEN CITIES: International conventions outlawed attacks against open cities; i.e. most nuclear attacks. Just check for yourself how well were and are governments prepared for the breaking of these conventions, risking even the lives of most of the world population in the process. - Nuclear war devices are primarily anti-city "weapons", even though some governments recently promised not to use them exclusively against cities. In any large scale-scale war, escalation would see to it that they would be so abused. (The “principle” of collective responsibility is still dominant in political and military “thinking” or, rather, non-thinking. – JZ, 12.2.08.) Only nuclear disarmament (in combination with panarchism and full monetary and financial freedom, an ideal militia, individual human rights code, libertarian defence, liberation, revolution and military insurrection program - against dictators - could prevent this. They might begin with unilateral nuclear disarmament, in full recognition of the weakness of nuclear strength and to make sure it begins at all. - AIR RAIDS, BOMBERS CITIES, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY, DETERRENCE, DISARMAMENT, DISCRIMINATING WARFARE, ENEMY, INDISCRIMINATE WARFARE, INTERNATIONAL LAWS, LIBERATION WAR, OVERKILL, REVOLUTIONARY WARFARE, SECRET ALLIES; TARGETS, WAR AIRS, WEAPONS. – JZ in An ABC Against Nuclear War. - Somewhat revised, 14.1.11, 4.6.13. - www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm
OPEN COOPERATIVES: Full exterritorial autonomy for volunteers of Aboriginal descent and open cooperatives regarding land use for them as well, but also only on a voluntary basis. – JZ, 7.12.93, 2.2.08. - LAND RIGHTS, RESERVES, ABORIGINES, LAND MONOPOLY, TERRITORIALISM
OPEN COOPERATIVES: In order to prevent all further fighting about exclusive national ownership of natural resources, equal access to them should be established. Everybody should have a free market access to them, as an investor and employee. No "closed shops" or legal monopolies for them. This means much more than merely free migration, free trading and privatization. - It could be achieved, for every individual, by organizing the exploitation of natural resources through "open cooperatives", i.e., productive enterprises which everybody may freely join but which would reward their members only according to their contributions in capital, labor and skills. - Everybody would also be free to join them as a voter in their general meetings. - Under such conditions nobody could, to any considerable degree or for any length of time, abuse any natural monopoly monopolistically and thus obtain an advantage that others would be willing to fight him for. - This idea has been elaborated in several books by Theodor Hertzka, especially in his recently reprinted social utopia; "Freeland", Gordon Press N. Y., 1972 and in the sequel: “Travel to Freeland.” (Both have been microfiched but not yet digitized by me. – JZ, 12.2.08.) - CLASS WARFARE IDEOLOGY, COMMUNISM, COOPERATIVES, INVESTMENTS, MONOPOLIES, NATURAL RESOURCES, OIL, PROPERTY, PURCHASE OF ENTERPRISES. – JZ in An ABC Against Nuclear War. www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm - To some extent, through free migration, every country that puts no longer any barriers up against free migration, would thereby become something like an open cooperative, one embracing numerous diverse and independent enterprises, so far most of them not cooperative or otherwise self-managed ones. - JZ, 14.1.11, 18.11.13.
OPEN COOPERATIVES: Informally, under full employment, the trend is anyhow to let people share in an enterprise according to their work and investment input. For natural resources, which in any way constitute a natural monopoly or privilege, that tendency should simply become formalized, so that no one can any longer feel quite excluded from them. – JZ, 8.11.92, 2.2.08, 14.1.11.
OPEN COOPERATIVES: Monopolistic territorial nations should be turned into open cooperatives, which individuals may freely establish, join or leave. Apart from their pooled private property investments, they should not possess any exclusive sovereignty over any territory but, nevertheless, full exterritorial autonomy over the affairs of their voluntary members, under personal constitutions, laws and jurisdictions of their choice. - JZ, n.d. & 14.1.93. (Returns in Theodor Hertzka's "open cooperatives" are shared according to the labor and the investment input of members.) - JZ in Pan AZ
OPEN DOORS: All ‘national” doors should be open – for all peaceful people. Only private doors may be willfully closed. – JZ, 12.2.88. – All known terrorists should be imprisoned. Of all those suspected to be terrorists or of sympathies for any kind of “jihad” against people of another religion or race, a least a declaration in favor of all individual rights and liberties should be demanded and a public declaration against all intolerant and aggressive actions. If a militia of volunteers for the protection of these rights were already in existence, these suspects would be kept under supervision, perhaps by electronic gadgets, until their peacefulness and tolerance is established. All individual rights and liberties are only for sufficiently rational, moral and tolerant beings, not for any kind of intolerant fanatics. Alas, not only some Islamic sectarians are still all too intolerant and either do not know or appreciate all individual rights and liberties, but, rather the majority of people of all religions, races and nationalities and this in an age of ABC mass murder devices! All enlightenment options have still to become fully utilized rather than being neglected or ignored all too much as well. – JZ, 18.11.13. - FREE MIGRATION, FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT, PRIVATE PROPERTY, HOUSE RIGHTS, VOLUNTARY SEGREGATION VS. COERCIVE SEGREGATION, VOLUNTARY INTEGRATION VS. COMPULSORY INTEGRATION, NEW DRAFT, ENLIGHTENMENT OPTIONS
OPEN EYES: One must open men’s eyes, not tear them out." – Bakunin, quoted by Alexander Herzen. – FORCE, COERCION, COMPULSION, VIOLENCE, REPRESSION, DESPOTISM, TYRANNY, DICTATORSHIP, ENLIGHTENMENT, CENSORSHIP, OPEN MINDS, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION & INFORMATION, PUBLICITY, IDEAS ARCHIVE, INTOLERANCE, FANATICISM
OPEN FIELD: using force only for its one clear, simple and rightful purpose of restraining all acts of force and fraud, committed by one citizen against another, of safeguarding the lives, the actions, the property of all, and thus making a fair open field for all honest effort; …" - Auberon Herbert, A Plea for Voluntarism, Essay Nine, p.365. - Compare: "Open field and no favor!" - Proverbial wisdom
OPEN MIND: If you open your mind too much, your brain may fall out.” – DAILY TELEGRAPH, comment when it had spotted the Roswell video of a supposed UFO landing as a fake. - FRANCIS WHEEN, How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World, A Short History of Modern Delusions, Harper Perennial, London, 2004, p.147. - KEEP AN OPEN MIND
OPEN MIND: Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid. - G. K. Chesterton - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online.
OPEN MINDS: always beware of the babies with Open Minds. They are open, all right – they are open at both ends." – Will Rogers. - RED.
OPEN MINDS: Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open." – Slogan quoted in SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER. – If they are open only to popular errors and prejudices rather than truths, then they are a handicap. – JZ, 6.4.00, 4.6.13.
OPEN MINDS: open your eyes and mind." – Eric Vinicoff, The Snake and the Staff, p.65, ANALOG, Nov. 82. – OBSERVATION, FACTS, THINK, PONDER, REASON
OPEN MINDS: The object of opening the mind as of opening the mouth is to close it again on something solid."- Gilbert Keith Chesterton - RED,
OPEN MINDS: While no one knows overmuch, each of us knows some things or he would perish from the earth. A good rule: Close the mind on what one knows and understands and keep it open to what is not known and understood. In either function, one’s mind serves him as a guide to life’s fulfillment, helping him to avoid the ditches and stay on the road toward his destination." – Leonard E. Read, Who’s Listening? p.151. – Alas, no one has so far access to an electronic encyclopedia of all popular errors, prejudices, myths, false assumptions and conclusions and there are so many of them that no individual can effectively cope with the avalanche of all of them, even if he were to live hundreds of years and would not have to do anything else. An effective enterprise and market for their refutations does still have to be established. The Internet would make this easier and cheaper than it was ever before possible, once enough people see the need for this and tackle this vast job in sufficient division of labor. – JZ, 18.11.13. - KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS OF POPULAR ERRORS, PREJUDICES ETC.
OPEN MINDS: You ought to have an open mind!” – An open mind is all very well in its way, but it ought not be so open that there is no keeping anything in or out of it. It should be capable of shutting its doors sometimes, or it may be found a little draughty." – English satirist Samuel Butler, quoted in READER’S DIGEST, 4/87. – A longer version begins this sentence with: Cursed is he that does not know when to shut his mind.- Samuel Butler, Note-Books. - & CLOSED MINDS, RED., , JOKES
OPEN PATH: Let the path be open to talent." – Napoleon Bonaparte, Sayings of Napoleon. – Should there be an open territorial path for military talents like his or demagogic ones like Hitler’s? All aspiring leaders should be confined to their voluntary victims and exposed to free competition from all other and especially all better systems, all only for their volunteers, also to the resistance that would be provided by a comprehensive declaration of all individual rights and liberties and a suitable militia of volunteers for their protection. – JZ, 18.11.13. - TALENTS, CREATIVE ENERGIES, IDEAS ARCHIVE, TALENT CENTRE, DECLARATION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, MILITIA, TYRANNICIDE, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, COMPETING GOVERNANCE, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, SECESSIONISM
OPEN SEAS: The open seas or high seas convention was never meant to be an open invitation to pirates and other aggressors to hide in and attack from but grants freedom for all peaceful activities from interventions by territorial States. - While placing nuclear devices into oceans might, to some extent, deter from aggression, because it ensures some counterstrike capability, it also keeps counter-strikes away from those who might want start a nuclear war and does to that extent make possible and encourages aggression. - Moreover, by hiding the identity of an attacker, a nuclear-armed submarine of a minor power might induce two major nuclear powers to make nuclear war against each other’s people - by pretending to be one of the major powers and hit the other with its mass murderous weapons. For instance, the Red Chinese regime might attempted to set the USSR and the US against each other. Several novels and films have explained these possibilities. When warning time is down to 15 minutes or even less, then verification of the identity of the attacker may be difficult to impossible. - Generally, an attack is considered to be all the more morally reprehensible the more it is undertaken from ambush or secret sanctuaries. We have here something like secret preparations for mass murder, for genocide, undertaken by the same people who outlawed the execution of a single tyrant, as if it were a murderous assassination, and sometimes outlawed even the execution of an ordinary murderous criminal. Moreover, they have usually outlawed self-defence with firearms, while being prepared to use nuclear devices to murder millions of innocents. They have good reasons to fear for their lives, when their victims are armed and their powers and laws create victims by the millions. - Nuclear weapons are immoral and they are no weapons. They hit neither the real enemy nor the proper target. They are neither defensive means and nor rightful retaliatory devices. Nor are they reliable deterrents or sufficiently fail-safe. Thus they should not only be kept off all land areas, out of the air and space, but also out of the open seas. The oceans ought to be kept free of all nuclear armed and nuclear powered ships and submarines and thus free from nuclear counter strikes and the pollution caused by their nuclear power plants. - All peacefully producing and trading people, everywhere, are threatened, wronged, harmed or endangered by this abuse - All people on Earth, no matter how far they live away from the point of impact of any nuclear weapons delivered from the high seas, are exposed to the radioactive pollution hazard involved. - The high seas will be freed from these monstrous "military" "defence" preparations once this whole anti-nuclear war program has been realized. These nuclear war ships and submarines, too, could be rendered harmless by induced mutinies or by taking over their bases on land. To wipe them out with nuclear weapons would be wrong and risky. It would still amount to an attack against the whole world population, by means of radioactive pollution, and it could lead to a counter-strike from these nuclear armed ships and submarines. – The principle of the open seas, namely that they remain open for all peaceful activities, but not for piracy, if applied to land, would mean the abolition of nuclear targets, the realization of the exterritorial imperative and would thus lead to nuclear disarmament and peace. - At present the seas have become attractive to defence planners by their ownerless status and their relative emptiness. Thus everybody should get access to this natural resource: Let the seas be "owned" by open cooperatives. These cooperatives would lead to an extensive international use and lastly even to settlement of the seas. The technology for this "ocean freedom" has been achieved. Thus the high seas could become eliminated as an unclaimed and empty battleground. The open cooperatives would stop this abuse of their property. - Individual sovereignty, thus applied to the high seas, would give every individual a veto against its abuse for nuclear power games. - ACCIDENTAL WAR, AGGRESSION, BASES, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY, COUNTERSTRIKE, DECISION, DEFENCE, DETERRENCE, DISARMAMENT, ENEMY, EXTERRITORIAL IMPERATIVE, IMMORALITY, INDIVIDUALISM, LIBERATION WARS, MILITARY INSURRECTIONS, MORALITY, NATIONALISM, NATURAL RESOURCES, OPEN COOPERATIVES, NUCLEAR STRENGTH, RADIATION HAZARD, REFERENDUM, SECRECY, SECRET ALLIES, SOVEREIGNTY, SOVEREIGNTY, SUBMARINES, TARGETS, TERRITORIAL ORGANIZATION, TERRORISM, UNILATERAL NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT, WAR AIMS, WEAPONS – JZ in An ABC Against Nuclear War. www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm - Somewhat revised here: 4.6.13, 18.11.13. - NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, OCEANS, HIGH SEAS
OPEN SPACE OR CAGES: Every man may cage himself, not others and he may opt out of his cage. - JZ, 8.4.89. Pan AZ - TO EACH AS HIS OWN, PANARCHISM, PERSONAL LAWS, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM
OPEN-MIND: His mind is open; yes, it is so open that nothing is retained; ideas simply pass through him. - Frances Herbert Bradley - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. – “In one ear and out the other!”
OPEN-MINDEDNESS: It’s possible for your mind to be so open that your brains falls out." – Dave Anderson, quoted in THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, Column 8, 17.8.96. - RED.
OPEN-MINDEDNESS: Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss nature leads, or you shall learn nothing." - Thomas Henry Huxley – However, not everybody can possibly learn everything he needs on his own. Sufficient good reference works are needed, especially an Ideas Archive and an Encyclopedia of the Best Refutations of Popular Errors and Prejudices. – So far, most minds were all too open to popular errors and prejudices and never encountered sufficient of the sound ideas and counter-arguments. No one has encountered as yet an as comprehensive declaration of all individual rights and liberties as could and should be compiled and published by now. We have no genuine social sciences as yet but merely xyz schools of them, some of them VERY unscientific, hardly better than some intolerant religions or ideologies. – JZ, 18.11.13. - LISTENING & READING WITHOUT PREJUDICES OR JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, ENLIGHTENMENT, SELF-EDUCATION VS. COMPULSORY SCHOOLINGOPEN-MINDEDNESS: Trying to see in everything something that no one has seen before and about which no one has thought before." – ("An jeder Sache etwas zu sehen suchen, was noch niemand gesehen und woran noch niemand gedacht hat.") - G. C. Lichtenberg: 1742-1799 - SEEING & UNDERSTANDING, SELF-THINKING, BUT WITH SUFFICIENT ACCESS TO ALL THE THOUGHTS & INSIGHTS OF OTHERS, INNOVATION, DISCOVERY, CREATIVITY
OPINION-MAKERS: The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by 500 readers or 500 000; if he can select the 500, he reaches the five hundred thousand." - H. R. Adams, 1863-1918. – A. Andrews Quotations, p.40. – That is only true if the selected 500 are the main opinion-makers in a country. Any enlightenment effort, e.g. by libertarians, should concentrate on these opinion makers rather than wasting much time, energy and money on attempting to enlighten the masses. (Especially as long as neither a libertarian Ideas Archive is online nor an Encyclopedia of the Best Refutations.) If, instead, the relatively few opinion makers were tackled, in a polite and helpful way, each by a group of collaborating libertarians, to make them lose their remaining errors and flawed opinions, much could be achieved by relatively few libertarians. See e.g. my notes in ON PANARCHY I, in PP 505, 27. – (ON PANARCHY 1-24 have been digitized by me & are offered free of charge and without any copyrights claims, as email attachments until they appear online or on a disc. - JZ, 18.11.13, firstname.lastname@example.org ) - OPINION MAKERS RATHER THAN "MASSES" TO BE ENLIGHTENED FIRST, WRITING & PUBLISHING, BOOKS, INFLUENCE, IDEAS, INTELLECTUALS, PROPAGANDA, ENLIGHTENMENT,
OPINION-MAKERS: The majority merely adopt the ideas created by others, he says, and “what is needed to turn the flood is to change the mentality of the intellectuals. Then the masses will follow suit." – Joseph R. Stromberg, The Political Economy of Liberal Corporatism, 31, on Mises, quoting Mises: Planning for Freedom, 1962, p.181. – Freedom of expression and information must be supplemented by freedom of action, freedom to experiment - in every sphere: PANARCHISM, MASSES, EDUCATION, ENLIGHTENMENT, MINORITY, INFLUENCE, PROPAGANDA, IDEAS, INTELLECTUALS
OPINION-MAKERS: What is called public opinion in France is the opinion of some 3000 persons; the rest of France is an inarticulate mob." – Author unidentified. - Thus every enlightenment effort should concentrate systematically upon the relatively few opinion-makers. If they are won-over, the rest of the people will follow them. - They are not an inarticulate mob but also still all too full of errors, prejudices, wrong premises etc., which they spout and repeat at every occasion. Those usually considered intellectuals are simply more full of them and more verbose. - JZ, 2.2.08. – However, in most cases they should only be “tackled” not aggressively or with ridicule, but politely, helpfully, increasing rather than reducing their influence and turning them into enemies. A handful of libertarians should thus systematically study and helpfully correct their remaining flawed views to make them more positively effective, winning them as allies and utilizing their communication talents in their own interest and that of libertarianism. Call it a conspiracy, if you like. I think of it as economizing in libertarian enlightenment efforts. – For each of them a table might be compiled, listing on the one side their main correct views and on the other their remaining flawed ones. Then, while criticizing the latter, one should always recognize their enlightenment on the former. - JZ, 18.11.13. - PUBLIC OPINION, LIBERTARIAN ENLIGHTENMENT EFFORTS, CONCENTRATED ON THE MOST PROMISING TARGETS, ADULT EDUCATION.
OPINION-MAKERS: Within every society, be it ever so democratic, there is a relatively small group of intellectuals who give that society its tone and character. What one thousand professors, writers, bishops think, write, preach, is handed on by three hundred thousand teachers, journalists and ministers to the 130,000,000 Americans (*), and forms the consciousness of the entire nation. The process is as conspicuous as it is overpowering. Just cut these thousand key intellectuals out of the national body politic and the nation will, within a few years, have a completely changed complexion … a book which has made an impression on 3,000 teachers and 2,000 journalists alters the essence of our national being more appreciatively and more enduringly than a novel which is read by two million housewives." – William S. Schlamm, in C. Bingham, Men and Affairs, 220. – Better still: List all the opinion-makers, sum up where each of them is right and where he is still wrong and then, with perhaps dozens to thousands of others, target only these opinion-makers, directly, pointing out to them their remaining errors, prejudices or omissions, with facts, figures and references, very politely, to make them still better, more enlightening opinion-makers, acting, so to speak, as their unpaid and voluntary assistants or secretaries, rather than attacking and criticizing them publicly. If they were publicly attacked for their remaining faults, then they might defend or uphold their errors etc. But if the correct facts and arguments and conclusions are merely privately suggested to them, then they are more likely to adopt them and use them in the future. That might be more effective than producing another best-selling book for intellectuals or in engaging in any campaign to attempt to enlighten the masses or all the other intellectuals directly. – JZ, 5.2.08, 6.4.13. - (*) Over 300 million by Jan. 08. – JZ
OPINION POLLS: In this world we live in, there are good ideas and there are bad ideas; those who can’t tell the difference conduct opinion polls.” - L. Neil Smith, Lever Action, A Mountain Media Book, 2001, email@example.com, p.168. – I would like pollsters going around asking only for good ideas or ideas thought to be good ideas – and then offering them combined on a CD, with all criticism received for them so far. A world-wide Ideas Archive should be prepared to accept and publish ideas merely presented via a post card or email. But it should as readily publish all sensible criticism of all new ideas and defences of them. The existing “Global Ideas Bank” is online , but by far not comprehensive enough. A start should be made with all freedom, peace and justice ideas. – JZ, 27.9.07, 14.1.11, 4.6.13. – & IDEAS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT
OPINIONS: A man convinced against his will // Is of the same opinion still." - Samuel Butler. - Let him have his own ideas and opinions, as well as his own way and actions - but only at his own expense and risk. In this way, if they are false, he will defeat himself fast enough. - JZ, 26.11.02. - CONVICTIONS, ARGUMENTS, DISPUTES, PERSONAL LAW, VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
OPINIONS: As many opinions as there are men." – Terence, Phormio, II, 4. c. 160 B.C. - (Quot homines, tot sententiae.) - (Soviel Leute, ebensoviel Ansichten.) - So let each follow his own, at his own expense and risk. - JZ, 10.7.86. – Only like-minded people should collaborate, to the extent that their interests and activities overlap and that they can thus assist each other. – JZ, 4.2.08. - DIVERSITY & MULTIPLICITY OF VIEWS, RED., EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PERSONAL LAW, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE
OPINIONS: Don’t let your opinions sway your judgment." – Sam Goldwyn, quoted by Sidney Skolsky. – JUDGMENT, PREJUDICES, RED., POPULAR ERRORS & PREJUDICES
OPINIONS: Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts." - Attributed to Bernard M. Baruch. - Distilled Wisdom, ed. Alfred A. Montapert, p. 145 (1964). - Unverified. Baruch placed such great importance on getting the facts, 'free from tips, inside dope or wishful thinking,' that President Wilson took to calling him "Dr. Facts. " - Baruch, vol.1 (My Own Story), p.131 (1957). - At their own risk and expense people should also be free to be wrong about facts. Often one is successful only once one has made enough mistakes and has pondered them sufficiently. - JZ, 2.3.09. - & FACTS, RED.
OPINIONS: Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." – Daniel Patrick Moynihan. - At his own risk and expense he is also entitled to his own selection and interpretation of facts. There is such a thing as the right to make mistakes, at the own expense. - JZ, 25.11.06. – He is also entitled to his own fact-finding attempts, via experimental freedom in every sphere, under personal law, i.e. at his own risk and expense, together with like-minded volunteers, in all spheres now monopolized by territorial governments. – JZ, 18.11.13. - & FACTS, RED., FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
OPINIONS: New opinions are always suspected and usually opposed, for no other reason than because they are not already common." – John Locke, Essay Concerning Human Understanding, dedication, 1690. – Nevertheless, the few who do share them should be at liberty to go ahead with them, at their own risk and expense, quite independent of public opinion, popular prejudices and laws expressing these. – JZ, n.d. & 4.2.08 - PANARCHISM, IDEAS ARCHIVE, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, TOLERANCE.
OPINIONS: Nobody is entitled to an opinion about something he is ignorant of." - Robert Heinlein, Requiem, 51. - He is entitled to his flawed or false opinion - also to act upon them, but only at the own expense and risk and no one is obliged to listen to or read his views. - JZ, 23.1.02, 14.1.11. - TOLERANCE, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, FREEDOM OF ACTION, RED.
OPINIONS: Of course you’re entitled to your opinion. Just keep it to yourself. – AUSTRALASIAN POST, 22.12.77. – RED., JOKES
OPINIONS: Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes." – Voltaire, Letter to an unknown correspondent. 1.5.1759. - Not so much mere opinions than intolerant popular prejudices. – JZ, 4.2.08. – This applies only to the intolerant imposition of opinions upon the lives of others, not to opinionated actions applied only in one’s own sphere. – JZ, 7.10.86. –PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM
OPINIONS: Opinion is a minimum of facts in connection with prejudices and emotions." – Unknown – (Meinung ist ein Minimum an Tatsachen in Verbindung mit Vorurteilen und Gefuehlen.)
OPINIONS: Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them." – Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain, 1924. – Opinions get tempered and developed in intellectual battles. But these ought to take place. Only doubts and controversies and free discussions can extract, clarify and stress the truths in them and give them a lasting and finally even popular form. – JZ, 21.6.92, 4.2.08. - For all potentially worthwhile ideas there ought to be a world-wide Ideas Archive, to preserve, develop, refute or spread them. – Also digitized argument mapping of the type developed by Paul Monk et al and described online, so that no aspect remains overlooked and under-developed for all too long. - JZ, 4.2.08, 18.11.13. - IDEAS ARCHIVE
OPINIONS: The fact that an opinion has been widely held is not evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd." – Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals, 1929. - PREJUDICES, PUBLIC OPINION, RED.
OPINIONS: The individual’s opinion is not up to the public to decide nor is the public’s opinion up to an individual to decide. – D.Z., 7.7.75. (At 11.)
OPINIONS: There is no more fundamental axiom of American freedom than the familiar statement: In a free country we punish men for the crimes they commit but never for the opinions they have." – Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. President, Message, Veto of the McCarran Act, 9/22/50 – What if they hold very intolerant opinions and are members of a terrorist group that might strike at any time, committing a single atrocity or even a mass murder? Should there be no discrimination against them at all? Think of the millions of communists in the Western World while the totalitarian regimes, which they favored, had already murdered dozens of millions of innocent people? What about the true believers of radical Islamic sects, who, in recent decades, have not stopped murdering each other and members of other religions, i.e. have not even recognized religious tolerance or religious liberty as yet? How many of each other and of other people have they murdered during the last few decades? Were e.g. Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Mao and Castro merely opinionated? – Can one be too liberal towards them? At least towards all of them all kinds of tolerant alternative governments and societies in exile should be fully recognized, as main allies against all kinds of totalitarian governments, groups and movements. All made up of the kind of people, who would recognize all individual rights and liberties of others, to the extent that they do rightly claim them for their affairs, institutions and experiments and who would also be prepared to join a militia of volunteers to uphold these rights. – Imagine, as a thought experiment, someone publicly declaring that he claims the right to rob, murder, rape or torture anyone he dislikes, as long as he believed that he would get away with this. Naturally, almost nobody would be so foolish as to make such a declaration. However, if anybody did, not just as a joke, should we respect all his supposed rights and liberties, which he obviously does not respect in others, or, rather, put him into prison or an asylum for mentally defective people? - JZ, 18.11.13. - SHOULD NOT BE PUNISHED? SHOULD ONE BE TOLERANT TOWARDS THE INTOLERANT? Q.
OPINIONS: Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making." – Milton, Areopagitica, 1644. – Has the enlightenment process been sufficiently assured and accelerated as yet? In my opinion not even by anarchists and libertarians as yet, as I tried to demonstrate in my digitized book draft of 2010, not yet online, not copyrighted and so far only available from me, free upon request, as a zipped email attachment of 306 KBs. firstname.lastname@example.org - 18.11.13. - ARGUMENTS, DISCUSSIONS, OPINION EXCHANGES, CONTROVERSIES, DIVERSITY OF OPINIONS
OPINIONS: Wise men change their opinions, fools don’t. – S. U. – CHANGING, IDEAS, WISDOM, RED.
OPPONENTS: He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. - Our antagonist is our helper.” – Another version: “He that wrestles with us strengthens our will, and sharpens our wits. Our antagonist is our helper.” – Edmund Burke. – Not when he deports us, puts us in prison or a forced labor concentration camp or even extermination camp or threatens us with nuclear “weapons”. – JZ, 2.2.08. –http://www.freedomsnest.com - As if no talent or innovator had ever been overcome by his opponents! Over 200 million murdered victims of totalitarian statism in the 20th century alone! And the victims of majoritarian democracies and of popular prejudices in democracies are numerous as well. The delays in the utilization of new medicines introduced in the USA by the FDA have already cost many people their lives. – And who does still believe that the territorial State is really our helper and our protector rather than our greatest and most powerful opponent, having suppressed individual rights and liberties for centuries and still suppressing all too many of them. Has it made us stronger and helped the cause of freedom, rights and peace? – With such “old saws” people manage to prevent self-thinking and rightful individual and collective actions. – It is true only within a rather limited sphere. - JZ, 12.1.08. - OPPOSITION, ANTAGONISTS, DEMOCIDE, ANTAGONISM, ENEMIES, POGROMS, PERSECUTIONS, SUPPRESSION, TERRORISM, DESPOTISM, RESISTANCE, TOTALITARIANISM, IDEAS ARCHIVE & TALENT CENTER, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS
OPPONENTS: I can sufficiently respect only those who do not attack my individual rights and liberties but merely try to realize their own, in their own ways, in their self-chosen and exterritorially autonomous communities, to the extent that they wish to do so. - JZ, 14. 1.93, 5.6.09. - Pan AZ – TOLERANCE, PANARCHISM
OPPONENTS: I respect only those who resist me; but I cannot tolerate them." - Charles de Gaulle, quoted N.Y. TIMES magazine, 12 May 1966. - I tolerate only those who do not wrongfully attack me but often I cannot respect the things they do to themselves or to others against their will - or forgive them for their wrongful actions. – I can only tolerate what volunteers do only to themselves. - JZ, 12.9.85, 5.3.09. – TOLERANCE, AGGRESSION, RESPECT, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM VS. INTERVENTIONISM, TERRITORIALISM, INTOLERANCE
OPPORTUNITIES: A resort used by a large Christian denomination for its church conferences has as its motto: “There are no problems, only opportunities.” Therefore, when a male guest presented himself at the hotel desk and stated that he had a problem, the receptionist responded with a smile, “Sir, here we do not have problems, only opportunities.” – “Call it what you like”, he said, “but there is a woman in my room.” – C. M. – READER’S DIGEST, 8/76. – JOKES
OPPORTUNITIES: A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” – Francis Bacon, quoted in ANALOG, July 95, p.228. – Yes, if he is free to do so. – JZ, 28.2.09. – And he should at least be able to recognize and utilize all the opportunities that do already exist. E.g.: For decades libertarians failed to use their microfilm options. After the computer revolution most libertarians have still failed to recognize that they could and should reproduce a complete freedom library on a few CDs, DVDs or on a single large external HDD. They haven’t even provided an English libertarian and ever growing digital encyclopedia, bibliography and abstracts and review collection in this format, a directory, an ideas archive, a libertarian current projects list and xyz other reference works that would be very helpful. – They didn’t even made extensive use of floppy disks to reproduce, very cheaply, up to 6 freedom books on them or of CDs and DVDS for thousands of libertarian titles. – Lack of imagination or of something else? - JZ, 18.10.07, 14.1.11, 18.11.13. – FREEDOM, CONTACTS PUBLICATION, IDEAS ARCHIVE, PANARCHISM, PEACE PLANS 19 C, CD PUBLISHING BY LIBERTARIANS, FREEDOM, NEW DRAFT, SUPER-COMPUTER PROJECT, PEACE PLANS 20
OPPORTUNITIES: All that any man can do for a people, all that any man can do for another man, is to set the man or the people free. Our work, whensoever and wheresoever we would do good, is to open for men the gates of life – to lift up the heavenly doors of opportunity … Give men opportunity and opportunity will give you men.” – George D. Herron, quoted by Sinclair, The Cry for Justice. - Also in George Seldes, The Great Quotations. - Did G. D. H. ever think of the opportunities that panarchies could provide for most people? - JZ, 14.1.11. – MAN, JUSTICE, FREEDOM, DOING GOOD, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PERSONAL LAW, VOLUNTARISM
OPPORTUNITIES: All that the free society can promise is maximum and equal opportunity – and this is all the guaranty we need.” – Rev. Edmund Opitz, THE FREEMAN, 6/76. - Panarchies provide such an opportunity, too. Limited governments provide it only for advocates of limited governments. - JZ, 14.1.11. – They are all too limited in their enlightening and liberation potential. As territorialist governments they would even be obstacles. Only as exterritorially autonomous governments of volunteer could they set their kind of good example to others and would they be quite rightfully based upon consent. – JZ, 4.6.13. - Equal opportunity – in the form of all individual rights and liberties for all kinds of ideologists, utopians, reformers, innovators - except the intolerant and territorial ones! - JZ, 14.1.11. – Equal job opportunities for alcoholics, other drug addicts, stupid, careless or lazy people, when it comes to all kinds of difficult jobs? – JZ, 18.11.13. - LIMITED GOVERNMENTS, VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREDOM, PERSONAL LAW, PANARCHISM
OPPORTUNITIES: America is only another name for opportunity.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson. (*) – Would it not be lovely if this were still true, to a large extent or even fully? Then America would be much more loved than hated and would be largely and happily imitated. – What made it disliked to despised was and is largely its remaining and growing degrees of governmental territorial interventionism, internally and externally which has also bred a lot of private interventionism, not only in the sphere of drug production and trading. - JZ, 5.3.09. – I find every day many such cases mentioned in my Facebook page. – JZ, 18.11.13. - Even the original USA Constitution was still all too flawed and incomplete, persisted with slavery for decades and has never included in its Amendments all individual rights and liberties and its original militias have been brought under State control. In spite of the 2nd. Amendment, there are over ten thousand “gun control” or victim disarmament laws. – Has any individual right and liberty there remained untouched by wrongful legislation, avalanches of it, in their total quantity not readable and knowable by anyone. – JZ, 18.11.12. - (*) Not yet for panarchists! - JZ, 14.1.11. – & AMERICANISM, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, IMPERIALISM, CONSTITUTIONALISM, LEGISLATION, LAWS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, MILITIA, SECESSIONISM, IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS, CENTRAL BANKING, TAX-SLAVERY, SCHOOL SLAVERY, CONSCRIPTION
OPPORTUNITIES: An egalitarianism among humans, which goes beyond the equalization of chances, amounts to the highest injustice.” – Jaspers. (Eine ueber die Gleichheit der Chancen hinausgehende Gleichmachung der Menschen ist die hoechste Ungerechtigkeit.) – EQUALITY, EGALITARIANISM VS. EQUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES & NATURAL INEQUALITY
OPPORTUNITIES: Anderson’s concept of freedom is positive – it is the presence of opportunity, not the absence of restraint.” – Sandra Miesel in The Book of Poul Anderson, 191. – I do hold that both must come together. – JZ, 5.2.08. – Opportunities for all rightful actions. Restraints for all wrongful actions towards dissenting victims. Sado-masochists may do each other harm – but do not do each other wrong. – At most they do offend against what Kant considered to be duties that a reasonable being has towards himself. – JZ, 5.3.09. – CHOICES, LIBERTIES, RIGHTS VS. WRONGFUL RESTRAINTS
OPPORTUNITIES: As Woodrow Wilson expressed it, America remained committed to “ideals of absolutely free opportunity, where no man is supposed to be under any limitations except the limitations of his character and of his mind … where men win or lose on their merits.” (*) - Joseph F. Johnston, Jr., The Limits of Government, Regnery Gateway, Chicago, 1984, p.35/36. - (*) Quoted in Hofstadter, The Age of Reform, p.225. - However, e.g. Free Trade, Free Banking, Taxation, War and Peace, Foreign Policy Choices, State Membership and even Slavery were not left up to the individual (here the enslaved victim), right from the beginning. The Rights Amendments were all too limited, incomplete and, nevertheless, were never fully realized up to their verbal limits, even by those sworn-in to uphold the constitution. Majority voting almost never determined real merits but rather expressed popular errors and prejudices and the resulting successes of political confidence tricksters. – JZ, 2.10.07, 18.11.13. - & MERIT, SOUND PLATFORMS OR PROGRAMS, IDEAS, VOTING, MAJORITIES, POLITICIANS, DEMOCRACY, POPULAR ERRORS & PREJUDICES, REPRESENTATION
OPPORTUNITIES: But without exception, every libertarian views government as it presently exists as a danger to liberty. - It follows that some wish government to be reduced in size; others hope that it will be remodeled and reformed. Still others suggest its elimination either by direct or indirect methods. - To sum up every libertarian yearns for larger opportunity and less restrictive conditions in which to pursue his own ambition, business, or life style.” – Robert LeFevre, The Libertarian, p.7. – The exterritorial and voluntary or experimental freedom or personal law alternatives for States, governments, societies, communities, for majorities and all kinds of minorities, have still to be taken into consideration by most people, if they are serious about wishing to see their solvable problems solved as soon as humanly possible. – JZ, 5.3.09. – PANARCHISM, ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAWS, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY VS. TERRITORIALISM
OPPORTUNITIES: Can the case be made that golden opportunities are in infinite supply? Yes, …” – Leonard E. Read, NOTE FROM FEE, 1/77. – And yet how rarely are they grabbed and by how few! – JZ, 21.11.82. – A common projects list for libertarians would also be a grab-bag of opportunities for every libertarian to collaborate with others on certain projects that are close to his heart. An Ideas Archive for libertarian ideas and talents would be a treasure chest of opportunities for libertarians. So would a directory of libertarians, indicating their special interests, a complete libertarian library, abstracts and review compilation and bibliography. Yet, even these opportunities for opportunities are not yet established. They are not even widely seen as important jobs still to be done. – JZ, 5.2.08. – Where is the handbook of golden, silver or bronze opportunities for all kinds of social reformers, revolutionaries and educators? – JZ, 5.3.09. – Q., NEW DRAFT, ENLIGHTENMENT, IDEAS ARCHIVE, LIBERTARIAN ENLIGHTENMENT OPPORTUNITIES STILL NEGLECTED
OPPORTUNITIES: Do you see difficulties in every opportunity or opportunities in every difficulty? - Author Unknown. - & DIFFICULTIES, CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM VS. DESTRUCTIVE CRITICISM, OPTIMISM, PESSIMISM
OPPORTUNITIES: Enlarge the opportunity and the person will expand to fill it.” - Eli Ginzberg. - Panarchies, too, will tend to make men grow to their potential. - J. Z., 13.10.02. - Man will grow with his higher purposes. - Free after Friedrich Schiller, from memory, having said: "Es waechst der Mensch mit seinen hoehern Zwecken." - YOU look it up! - JZ, 26.11.02. – Alas, still all too few dedicate at least some parts of their lives to worthwhile higher purposes and these few still do not collaborate sufficiently. – JZ, 18.11.13. - PURPOSES, AIMS, IDEAS, VALUES, PRINCIPLES, PANARCHISM, PERSONAL GROWTH, MATURITY, MAN, PERSONAL LAW, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM
OPPORTUNITIES: Equality of opportunity is freedom, but equality of outcome is repression.” – Dick Feagler - EQUALITY & FREEDOM, OUTCOMES
OPPORTUNITIES: Equality of opportunity means equal opportunity to be unequal.” – Iain McLeod, quoted by John Boyd Carpenter, Way of Life. – To be or to become unequal, advanced, superior in one way or the other or to stagnate or even decline. – JZ, 18.11.13. - EQUALITY & INEQUALITY
OPPORTUNITIES: Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just stand there.” - Arthur Godfrey. - INITIATIVE, ENTERPRISE, PASSIVITY, APATHY, INACTIVITYOPPORTUNITIES: everyone … should have the chance for something better. That's what civilization is all about.” - R. W. Thompson, Outlaw, part II, in ANALOG, 10/90, p.137. – Something better by his own standards, as long as he does not interfere with the lives and actions of dissenters doing their own things for or to themselves. – JZ, 5.3.09. – He has also the right to make mistakes – at the own risk and expense. - CHANCES, CHOICES, FREEDOM, CIVILIZATION, SUCCESSES & FAILURES, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT, OPT OUT, SECEDE, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM
OPPORTUNITIES: Freedom is the opportunity for continuous initiative.” - Graham Wallas. – If only all freedom lovers, at least between them, were to take all the initiatives they could already freely undertake, and could afford to effectively participate in, in a general division of labor scheme, with each selecting his own priorities in this, from a complete list of all proposed or already somewhat advancing pro-freedom projects. But so far they are still mostly unaware of what most other freedom lovers are already doing or proposing or have suggested in the past. – JZ, 26.12.07. – Territorialism has reduced experimental action opportunities to the few men in power and even they are largely dependent upon popular errors, myths and prejudices, whether they share them or not. – JZ, 5.3.09. - Panarchism would extend this freedom to anyone interested in it, whatever his ideology, as long as he claimed no territorial monopoly for his experiment, society or community. - JZ, 14.1.11. - FOR CONTINUOUS INITIATIVES OF ALL KINDS, FREEDOM, , INDIVIDUAL HUMAN RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, SECESSIONISM, PERSONAL LAW, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE VS. TERRITORIALISM, MONOPOLISM, COMPULSORY COLLECTIVISM
OPPORTUNITIES: God supplies us with the opportunity, but He cannot take advantage of it for us.” - Author Unknown. – I would rather rely on my small chances than rely on the existence of a non-existing and supposedly benevolent God. – Have we fully explored and publicized all our chances as yet, so that we can freely pick and choose among them, the ones we are prepared to take? – Why is betting on horses and dogs or on winning prizes in sports or lotteries, etc., so much better organized still, than the search for liberty, peace, justice and all that they could provide? - JZ, 5.3.09. - If we must bet, then we should rather do it on ideas and then test them in free experiments among volunteers. Thousands of them could be tried out at the same time in a large country, by different groups of volunteers. - JZ, 14.1.11. – Reliance only on the general WIKIPEDIA and Internet options will not advance libertarianism fast enough. – JZ, 126.96.36.199. - IDEAS ARCHIVE, LIBERTARIAN DIGITAL LIBRARY, BIBLIOGRAPHY, ABSTRACTS, INDEX, REVIEWS, PROJECTS LIST, DIRECTORY, DIGITIZED ENCYCLOPEDIA & XYZ OTHER SPECIAL REFERENCE WORKS, NEW DRAFT, ENLIGHTENMENT
OPPORTUNITIES: Government cannot provide opportunities without also violating man’s rights.” – Anne Wortham, THE FREEMAN, 7/75.
OPPORTUNITIES: Great Opportunities come disguised as insolvable problems.” – Taken from an advertisement. – PROBLEMS, SOLUTIONS, IDEAS
OPPORTUNITIES: I seek opportunity, not security.” – Dean Alfange, THE FREEMAN, 6/73. – There are also opportunities for much more security than any territorial government could provide. They are not necessarily opposites! Think of e.g. insurance companies and protective agencies, freely competing for satisfied customers and not interfered with by any territorial government! – 5.3.09. – SECURITY, PROTECTION, COMPETITION VS. TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM
OPPORTUNITIES: If government must insure security to everyone – a highly debatable proposition – then it should give the only gift that can safely be given – opportunity. Instead of giving people money, give them the opportunity to earn it. Always be certain that something is given in exchange, to enable the recipient to have the proud feeling of having earned his way. Such a government will be loved, not hated.” – John G. Marson, ANALOG 7/75, p.173. – He was here expecting too much of any territorial government. – Made up of all too limited and corruptible humans, they do have their inherent limits, especially through the monopolistic and coercive form that they adopted and maintain. – JZ, 5.3.09. - They are an obstacle to thousands of opportunities for associations of volunteers, which would like to compete with them in the sphere of social, political and economic systems, now territorially monopolized by governments. -– It is the territorial governments, which have largely monopolized not only e.g. postal services and school education but also exchange media, value standards and which interfered with financial freedom, not only by compulsory taxation and protectionism, also defence, jurisdiction, armament, disarmament, diplomacy and legislation and which restrict our lives with xyz bureaucratic interventions. – These restrictions are so numerous that nobody is aware of all of them or has the time and energy to read all the legislation and regulations. - JZ, 14.1.11, 18.11.13.
OPPORTUNITIES: If protectionism ever becomes policy, the opportunity society cannot prevail.” - Newt Gingrich, Window of Opportunity, A Blueprint for the Future, p.84. – When and where did e.g. Free Trade and a general opportunity society ever fully prevail? – JZ, 5.3.09, 18.11.13. - SOCIETY VS. PROTECTIONISM
OPPORTUNITIES: Luck is what happens when Preparation meets opportunity.” - Author Unknown. – If we had already produced good enough blueprints for every upcoming opportunity … In this respect the general staffs of the military are much superior to most libertarian individuals and organizations. Like chess player the better of the military men do systematically explore all their opportunities. Some informant I met in a photocopy shop in the USA, back in 1990, told me that there are about 15,000 chess books around. He was copying some to add to his library of about 5,000. Once libertarians took their job as serious … Then they would, probably, also make much use of the electronic “argument mapping” options. – JZ, 5.3.09, 18.11.13. - LUCK & FORTUNE, FATE, SELF-HELP, PREPAREDNESS, LEARNING, KNOWLEDGE, BLUEPRINTS, PROGRAMS, PLATFORMS, LIBERTARIANISM, LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY, INDEX, ABSTRACTS, REVIEWS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, REFUTAIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA, ARGUMENT MAPPING, NEW DRAFT, ENLIGHTENMENT
OPPORTUNITIES: Man’s freedom opens up to him an opportunity to become that which he can authentically be.” – Karl Jaspers. – Quoted in FREE MAN’S ALMANAC, by Leonard E. Read. SELF-REALIZATION, SELF-DEVELOPMENT, FREEDOM, GROWTH, MATURITY
OPPORTUNITIES: No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.” – R. W. Emerson. – True, for those, who succeeded against all the odds. But how many of equal or even greater abilities fell by the wayside, under present conditions? – JZ, 11.9.07. - IDEAS ARCHIVE & TALENT CENTRE, Q.
OPPORTUNITIES: One can present people with opportunities. One cannot make them equal to them.” – Rosamund Lehmann, The Ballad and the Source, 1945.
OPPORTUNITIES: Open the doors of opportunity to talent and virtue, and they will do themselves justice and property will not be in bad hands.”– Emerson. - Quoted in THE FREE MAN’S ALMANAC, by Leonard E. Read.
OPPORTUNITIES: Opportunities are favorable conditions of human existence but they are not unlimited. The opportunities of one man can extend no further than where the rights of another man begin. When one man trespasses another’s property to catch fish in his lake, what he perceives as an opportunity to catch a meal is not an opportunity to which he is entitled, …” - Anne Wortham, THE FREEMAN, 7/75.
OPPORTUNITIES: Opportunities are never "lost." Someone else will take the ones you miss.” - Author Unknown. – Another version: Opportunities are never lost; they are taken by others.” - Author Unknown. – If that were quite true, then mankind, as a whole, would have taken up all the opportunities that existed and exist – and our situation would already be very much improved. Alas, history is full of missed opportunities. – And all too many quite rightful opportunities are legally closed to us. – JZ, 5.3.09. – Anarchists and libertarians even managed to ignore or neglect too many still quite legal opportunities. – JZ, 18.11.13. – NEW DRAFT, TERRITORIALISM, LEGALIZED MONOPOLIES, REMAINING UNUSED OR NEGLECTED OPPORTUNITIES
OPPORTUNITIES: Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” – Ann Landers, quoted in Barbara Rowe, A Book of Quotes. – Or they neglect to tackle them in division of labor just because as individuals they cannot sufficiently cope with them on their own. – JZ, 18.11.13. – NEW DRAFT, ENLIGHTENMENT, LIBERTARIAN DIGITAL LIBRARY, BIBLIOGRAPHY, ABSTRACTS, REVIEWS, INDEXING, IDEAS ARCHIVE, REFUTATIONS ENCYCLOPEDIA, ARGUMENT MAPPING, LIBERTARIAN PROJECTS LIST ONLINE, DIRECTORY
OPPORTUNITIES: Opportunities multiply as they are seized; they die when neglected.” – John Wicker
OPPORTUNITIES: Opportunity favors the prepared mind.” – Quoted by Thomas Szasz, Heresies, p.6. – I have not yet seen this book. It and a few others, which I had no access to as yet, should be perused and extracted for this collection, thus getting them still better known than they are so far. – There are about 15,000 books of quotations. No one has the time and energy to peruse them all. But between them all llibertarian book lovers could and should extract pro-freedom and other quotes in special collections. – The aim is to make all wisdom of man more easily accessible to anyone interested in any special subject. – One should not have to stumble across it, by accident, or miss those parts altogether which would be of greatest interest to oneself. - JZ, 5.3.09. 4.6.13. - This job is also a great opportunity. - How many are ready to grasp it? I extracted myself a few quotation books - but on my own I can hardly cope with 15,000 of them. - JZ, 14.1.11. - CHANCES, LUCK, FATE
OPPORTUNITIES: Opportunity is more powerful even than conquerors and prophets.” – Disraeli. – But without all individual rights and liberties all opportunities will remain all too limited for most people. – JZ, 4.2.08. – He certainly did not open up all rightful opportunities, e.g. the panarchistic ones. Not that most other territorial politicians were much better in this respect or are now. – JZ, 5.3.09, 14.1.11. – How many have taken up the still legal opportunity to try to compile all individual rights and liberties into one clear declaration? But most are not short of excuses for not tackling this job. – JZ, 18.11.13.
OPPORTUNITIES: Opportunity knocks as often as a man has an ear trained to hear her, an eye trained to see her, a hand trained to grasp her, and a head trained to utilize her.” – B. C. Forbes – NEW DRAFT, ENLIGHTENMENT, LIBERATION
OPPORTUNITIES: When one door closes another door opens. But, we so often look so long … and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us.” - Alexander Graham Bell.
OPPORTUNITIES: OPPORTUNITY SOCIETY: Every step toward centralizing decisions in Washington undermines local opportunities to practice freedom.” - Newt Gingrich, Window of Opportunity, A Blueprint for the Future, p.142. - Not only all local decision-making but also all decision-making by volunteers under exterritorial autonomy and personal law. Too many freedom lovers do still overlook that aspect. - JZ, 15.1.11. - LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT, INITIATIVE, CENTRALIZATION, DECISION-MAKING, FREEDOM, STATISM, FEDERALISM, DECENTRALIZATION
OPPORTUNITIES: OPPORTUNITY SOCIETY: Our goal is to abolish poverty by helping everyone become productive, not to keep everyone now in poverty quiet by making it tolerable.” - Newt Gingrich, Window of Opportunity, A Blueprint for the Future, p.133. - Slaves were somewhat productive, too, although not as productive as free men equipped with good tools and machines. One might say that public works or emergency works organized and financed by the government, would also make the poor somewhat productive although not as productive as they can be under fully free market conditions. Does N. G. favor monetary and financial freedom, free trade and free migration? Not to speak of panarchism? I doubt it. - Perhaps for each politician a list should be published of all those genuine individual rights and liberties that they are still opposed to? It should be accompanied by a comprehensive declaration of them. Then behind the politicians name could simply be listed the number of articles that he is opposed to. Their pretence of mandate and representation could be greatly diminished thereby. - Then each might endeavor to reduce these black marks against his name. - To turn it into a personal and public opinion enlightenment service, each paragraph of this declaration should be accompanied by a URL, referring to the bibliography of writings that are backing up this article, to make it easier to catch up with one's important reading. - JZ, 15.1.11. - WELFARE STATE & POVERTY, HUMAN RIGHTS DECLARATION & POLITICIANS, PUBLICITY, ENLIGHTENENT, DECLARATION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, LINKS
OPPORTUNITIES: OPPORTUNITY SOCIETY: The transition from decay and violence to prosperity and peace requires a new approach to the structure of government and a reorganization of national activities - a fundamental 'paradigm shift' from the defeatist, welfare-state mentality to one of the focused determination to create an opportunity society.” - Newt Gingrich, Window of Opportunity, A Blueprint for the Future, p.116. - A single one, or the opportunity framework for diversity offered by panarchy, polyarchy, multi-archy etc.? Alas, those who cry for a new approach do rarely welcome it or seriously consider it when it is offered to them. - They still continue to think only in terms of territorialism, national sovereignty and collective decision-making for all. - JZ, 23.1.02. - PEACE, PROGRESS, PARADIGM SHIFT, STATISM, FREE SOCIETY, TERRITORIALISM, EXTERRITORIAL IMPERATIVE, SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, WELFARE STATE, STATISM, CONSERVATISM, REPUBLICANISM
OPPORTUNITIES: Our work, whensoever and wheresoever we would do good, is to open to men the gates of life – to lift up the heavenly doors of opportunity. … Give men opportunity and opportunity will give you men.” – George D. Herron, quoted in Sprading, p.522. – The greatest opportunities would be provided by the compilation of an ideal declaration of all individual rights and liberties and its sufficient publication. From then on opportunities would become, largely, self-realizing. – JZ, 5.2.08. – For then all would be free to take them up, which means that at least some people would. – JZ, 5.3.09. - Another great one for great reforms would be panarchism, polyarchism, competing governance or personal law systems for all kinds of volunteers, fully realizing freedom of association, contract, experimentation and secession. Financing them would be much easier under full monetary and financial freedom. A comprehensive projects list online could offer to all libertarians at least one project they would be very much interested to participate in. So would a libertarian ideas archive, and a directory to all libertarians, indicating their special interests. Cheap scanners and external HDDs do already allow every libertarian to work towards a complete freedom library, but how many do, collaboratively, avoiding duplicated efforts? I listed ca. 1,000 libertarian projects back in PEACE PLANS 20, digitized online at www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd2/ - but ALL such projects should be listed online, to reach many more libertarians, who would love to participate in some of them. - JZ, 14.1.11, 4.6.13.
OPPORTUNITIES: Sell the American way and buy the American way – not as presently practiced, but as once prevailed and ought to be reinstituted. Keep ours the land of opportunity for everyone. “A plowman on his legs is higher than a gentleman on his knees.” – Leonard E. Read, Having My Way, p.103. – The “American way”, “laissez faire”, Free Trade, all individual rights and liberties, including the exterritorial autonomy and secession of personal law options, full monetary and financial freedom, did never fully prevail, not even in North America. From still incomplete and flawed beginnings its people slid back, in all too many ways. Technological and scientific as well as medical progress were not sufficient substitutes. – In these spheres experimental freedom was already largely realized. In the political, economic and social spheres it remains largely territorially monopolized by governments – with predictable negative results. – JZ, 5.3.09, 18.11.13. – PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PROGRESS, VOLUNTARISM
OPPORTUNITIES: The difference between a problem and an opportunity is in the eye of the beholder.” – Bill Johnson, Streetwise, ANALOG, July 92, p.122. – I listed quite a few neglected enlightenment opportunities in my digitized New Draft book, not copyrighted, no yet online but available from me as a free email attachment of only 306 KBs zipped. – JZ, 18.3.11. email@example.com & PROBLEMS
OPPORTUNITIES: The door of opportunity is wide open if you are prepared.” - Author Unknown. – Where is the archive of all “blueprints” for liberty? – JZ, 5.3.09. – Q., IDEAS ARCHIVE, ARCHIVE OF LIBERTARIAN IDEAS, PLANS, PROJECTS, LUCK, PREPAREDNESS
OPPORTUNITIES: The office of government is not to confer happiness but to give men equal opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.” – William Ellery Channing, quoted by Leonard E. Read in NOTES FROM FEE, 1/77. - That is one of the numerous jobs that no territorial government can do properly or well enough. – JZ, 5.2.08. – HAPPINESS, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, WELFARE STATE, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, TERRITORIALISM,
OPPORTUNITIES: The opportunity society is gambling that the chance to have your child become an astronaut or a computer programmer is more powerful than the chance to get 8 % more in food stamps next year.” - Newt Gingrich, Window of Opportunity, A Blueprint for the Future, p.133. – I doubt that N. G. has as yet been made aware of the opportunities that panarchism would open up – for all kinds of people, to do their own things for or to themselves. – JZ, 5.3.09. - SOCIETY VS. WELFARE STATE, OPPORTUNITY SOCIETY, PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, SECESSIONISM
OPPORTUNITIES: The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.” – 1977 Collins Desk Calendar quote. – Elsewhere I found this remark ascribed to Thomas Alva Edison. - The Trouble with OPPORTUNITY is that It Always Comes Disguised As HARD WORK!” - Author Unknown. - WORK, EFFORT, INDUSTRY
OPPORTUNITIES: The wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” - Sir Francis Bacon. – So far we have even failed to list all libertarian projects proposed or already started by some – together, online. – JZ, 18.11.13. – LUCK, CHANCE, INSTEAD OF PUBLISHING ALL OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORTHWHILE LIBERTARIAN JOBS ONLINE, LIBERTARIAN PROJECTS LIST, IDEAS ARCHIVE, DIRECTORY
OPPORTUNITIES: There are two ways of looking at the world and there are two ways of leading one’s life: to do what is right, or to do what is opportune. By this proposition there are two types of persons, opportunists and the right kind of people.” – Dagobert D. Runes, A Book of Contemplation, p.97. – Probably we need more opportunists who take up opportunities for sound principles, e.g. important individual rights and liberties. – JZ, 5.3.09. - Also the opportunities that panarchism would provide in the spheres now monopolized by territorial governments. - JZ, 14.1.11. And those involved in full monetary and financial freedom – to be realized suddenly, well prepared, at a suitable opportunity. – JZ, 18.11.13. - RIGHTS, MORALITY, ETHICS, OPPORTUNISTS
OPPORTUNITIES: There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.” - William Shakespeare. – Are all the remaining freedom, peace and justice opportunities sufficiently listed and accessible as yet? – Should we expect all individuals to discover them for themselves? - JZ, 5.3.09. - That, too, is a so far neglected opportunity. - JZ, 14.1.11. - TIMING, TIDE, Q., LIBERTARIAN PROJECTS LIST, LOCAL CALENDARS OR ALL LIBERTARIAN LOCAL EVENTS ONLINE, TOGETHER WITH ALL OTHER ENLIGHTENMENT MEETINGS, LIBERTARIAN LIBRARIES & ENCYCLOPEDIAS, BIBLIOGRAPHIES, ABSTRACTS, REVIEWS, DIRECTORIES ETC. ONLINE OR ON DISC, NEW DRAFT
OPPORTUNITIES: There is an attempt by some egalitarians to equate opportunities with rights; but while rights give meaning to opportunities, they are not interchangeable concepts. An individual has no more right to opportunities than he has to happiness; but as in the case of happiness and all rewards of successful living, he does have the right to pursue opportunities.” - Anne Wortham, THE FREEMAN, 7/75. - Actually, even while we are still largely buried under avalanches of legislation, there are still more legal opportunities than any single person could effectively cope with. Most of them he is unaware of because they are not sufficiently published. Publishing all of them is also one of the many unused opportunities. - By fully developing this opportunity we will come much closer to opening up all those rightful and promising opportunities, which are still wrongfully, legally and territorially closed to us by our "beloved" territorial monopoly governments. - JZ, 14.1.11, 18.11.13.
OPPORTUNITIES: There is not security in this life. There is only opportunity.” – General Douglas MacArthur. Quoted in Courtney Whitney, MacArthur, His Rendevous with History. – Also quoted by Anja Hartleb, Facebook 1.4.12 as: There is no security on this earth. There is only opportunity. - Too many opportunities are outlawed or restricted. Only on very important jobs should one largely forget about risks and dangers – or take them sufficiently into consideration. – JZ, 5.3.09. Are the remaining ones sufficiently known or listed somewhere? Imagine the freedom to secede exterritorially from all these restrictions and being able to do your own things under personal law, enjoying full experimental freedom, freedom of contract and association. – John Zube - Facebook 1.4.12. – Which opportunities remain e.g. for the taxpayer and the conscript? – Are we, e.g. free to secede, to reject government money and to issue our own or to accept that issued by others? - JZ, 1.4.12. - SECURITY & FREEDOM
OPPORTUNITIES: There never was a day that did not bring its own opportunity for doing good, that never could have been done before, and never can be again.” - W. H. Burleigh.
OPPORTUNITIES: They who know how to employ opportunities will often find that they can create them; and what we can achieve depends less on the amount of time we possess than on the use we make of our time.” - John Stuart Mill.
OPPORTUNITIES: To be thrown upon one's own resources is to be cast into the lap of fortune.” - Benjamin Franklin. - As if there were not many very important jobs to be done that cannot be successfully tackled and completed by individuals. - Compile your own lists of dozens to thousands of them! - JZ, 14.1.11. – Here, in one of the most important spheres, most libertarians neglect their division of labor and free exchange options. – JZ, 18.11.13. – LIBERTARIAN IDEAS ARCHIVE, PROJECTS LIST, DIRECTORY, NEW DRAFT, FORTUNE, LUCK, SELF-HELP
OPPORTUNITIES: To improve the golden moment of opportunity and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.” – Samuel Johnson
OPPORTUNITIES: To recognize an opportunity and use it is the difference between success and failure.” - Author Unknown. - FAILURE, INITIATIVE, JUDGMENT, SUCCESS
OPPORTUNITIES: Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.” - Maurice Seitter.
OPPORTUNITIES: Two men look through the same set of bars, one sees the dirt, the other the stars.” – Source unknown to me. – Actually, we neither see all the stars nor all the dirt. I read, recently, that there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on earth. – JZ, 5.2.08. - And no on Earth has even seen all its grains of sand and it is unlikely that anyone ever will, even if our life span were extended to thousands of years. - JZ, 14.1.11.
OPPORTUNITIES: Wars and the threat of war. Revolutions and the threat of them. All kinds of minority groups. Terrorism and the threat of them. Religious intolerance. Economic crises, especially unemployment and inflation. Conscription. Taxation. – Revolutionary situations, mass unemployment, fast inflations, suppressed minorities in other countries, already existing “freedom-fighters” with all to limited and flawed programs. Exterritorial autonomy or freedom to experiment in the political, social and economic sphere do have so much more to offer than territorialism even in its limited government form. Alas, it is still outlawed and even insufficiently discussed as yet. They could be promoted via governments and societies in exile, as primary allies for democracies against despotisms. Almost “every problem is only a solution in disguise”. Compulsory taxation is an opportunity to introduce voluntary taxation, conscription is an opportunity to induce mass desertion, promoted by rightful war and peace aims, separate peace treaties, fraternization, turning armies against despotic or authoritarian governments. Have all the major remaining problems of today ever been fully listed, together with the best solutions for them so far found or proposed? - JZ, 5.3.09, 14.1.11, 18.13.13. - START-UP CHANCES FOR PANARCHISMOPPORTUNITIES: what the first United States of Americans really had in mind: a land of equal opportunity to seek, strive, and create – not just to submit and subsist – with liberty and justice for all - not just those following orders.” - Merritt Clifton, The Akwesasne’s Fight for Freedom, DANDELION, Fall 79. – Obviously, negro slaves and Red Indians were not included in this original ideal, nor were women given the (almost valueless) right to vote. The knowledge of or acknowledgement of individual rights and liberties in the Amendments to the Constitutions was very incomplete and left many points in doubt. – JZ, 5.2.08. – Moreover, all these rights have been infringed by numerous laws. - JZ, 14.1.11. - EQUALITY, RIGHTS, LIBERTIES, AMERICANISM
OPPOSITES: opposites should not destroy but should compensate each other, precisely because they are opposites.” – Steward Edwards, Proudhon, p.50. – DIVERSITY, TOLERANCE, COMPETITION, COEXISTENCE, PANARCHISM, FREEDOM, LIBERTY, LAISSEZ-FAIRE
OPPOSITION PARTIES: The Opposition: The dissenters, who know seem to know everything better because there is no danger that they have to prove their knowledge.” – Ron Kritzfeld. (Opposition: Andersdenkende, die allein deshalb alles besser koennen, weil keine Gefahr besteht, es beweisen zu muessen.) – The out-people, who know just as little do and who are as prejudiced as the in-people are. – Those party people who, after they have lost an election, are preparing themselves to further increase the mess, which the present victors are making. - JZ, 4.7.92, 14.1.11. – That does somewhat describes the territorialist opposition. Those panarchists or polyarchists, striving only for freedom for their own kinds of experiments, among themselves, are likely to set many worse ones - and to that extent make themselves ridiculous - but would also set some better examples, always only at their own risk and expense. Thereby they would promote progress as much as anyone could. Sometimes, they would do so contrary to their ideology, away from their own favorite ideas and institutions, which, during their free experimentation, they would have finally recognized as being flawed, clearly proven as such by their own free experiments, conducted under most favorable conditions, i.e. only among their like-minded volunteers. - Panarchies for political parties, instead of the usual fruitless party opposition, word battles and insults and territorial politics as usual. Everyone could have his or her way - but only with their followers. - The usual territorial elections could then be done away with. Daily some individuals would "vote" by either joining or leaving their free experiments. - JZ, 4.2.08, 11.1.11, 4.6.13. – PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, MINORITY AUTONOMY, PARTY POLITICS, OPPOSITON PARTIES, VOTING, ELECTIONS
OPPOSITION: A certain amount of opposition is a great help to man. Kites rise against, not with the wind.” – John Neal, READER’S DIGEST, 6/81. – Mere verbal opposition is not effective enough, in political, economic and social matters as well as in matters of natural sciences and in technology. Free experiments among volunteers are required to prove or disprove a case. - JZ, 14.1.11. - DIFFICULTIES, OBSTACLES, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT
OPPOSITION: Concerning the government and its opposition: The latter is only a second grade tyranny, which follows the first, that is practised now. How could I come to despise the second party less since both are only intent to build their pleasures and advancement upon my pains and my destruction?” – A Bellegarrigue, Manifesto. – Freedom of action and experimentation is needed for their victims, beginning with their individual or group secessions and then proceeding to new and exterritorially autonomous communities or societies, all of volunteers only. - Empowerment of people, former subjects, to do their own things! - JZ, 14.1.11. - PARTIES, OPPOSITION PARTIES, PANARCHISM, GENUINE SELF-GOVERNMENT & SELF-DETERMINATION VS. TERRITORIALISM, ESTABLISHMENT, POWER, SELF-LIBERATION, SELF-RESPONSIBILTY – UNDER PERSONAL LAW, FREELY CHOSEN BY INDIVIDUALS FOR THEMSELVES
OPPOSITION: He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.” - Edmund Burke – What about all those overcome by territorialist, collectivist and centralist as well as coercive legalized opposition, all the people not free to opt out and to try to realize their dreams in free experiments? Even when it comes to legally monopolized patents – only ca. 4 % are commercially utilized. Many of the others succumb to the usual opposing forces. This opposition did not give them the strength to succeed. – Were the victims of concentration camps, extermination camps, refugee camps, wars, inflations, unemployment, racial and religious prosecution – really strengthened? - JZ, 23.1.08, 5.3.09. - Once we are free to do our own things, then we can ignore the opposition and criticism and just do what we believe in, at our own risk and expense. For almost every sound enough case there are many volunteers and resources, at least world-wide. Through the Internet these could now become mobilized and, after achieving exterritorial autonomy also for themselves, and supporting it for all others, they could go on undisturbed, apart from their own remaining errors and failures. - JZ, 14.1.11, 4.6.13. - & STRENGTH, RESISTANCE, LIBERTARIAN PROJECTS LIST TO PROMOTE INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION UPON THEM AMONG LIBERTARIANS
OPPOSITION: To oppose something is to maintain it.” – Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness, 106. – Some said that the greatest support for Judaism and Jewish communities came from the intolerance towards them, i.e. from antisemitism. Without that opposition they might have almost completely integrated over many generations, as happened with Jews who, very early on, fled to China. - JZ, 5.2.08. – Individual and group secessionism, combined with panarchism, would oppose existing wrongs and evils by providing at least some rightful and better alternatives – which all dissatisfied with their present establishment would then be free to adopt for themselves, one by one. – JZ, 5.3.09. – PANARCHISM, SECESSIONISM, ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM
OPPOSITION: To strengthen a thing, oppose it.” – Frank Herbert, The God-Makers, 169. – To weaken some movement, which has many prejudiced supporters, demand, rather, full exterritorial autonomy for it, too. Thereupon it could wrong and harm only its supporters and the number of its adherents would tend to shrink. Instead of having continued the animosity between you, you would have made some - new friends or neutralized their former hostility. – You do not owe them love but merely justice and tolerance, as long as they leave you alone. – JZ, 5.2.08. – Rather seek and publicly expose, clearly, its ridiculous side (while upholding the right of fools to make fools of themselves), its irrational and wrongful sides and either seek freedom to ignore them or, by secessionism from them and free competition with them. Try to gradually introduce their replacement by converting their members to something better, giving them the chance to join better personal law societies – after they have convinced themselves by closely observing them – from the outside. – JZ, 5.3.09, 14.1.11, 11.11.13. - FORCE, FEEDBACK, STRENGTH, PROVOCATION, ATTACK, DEFENCE, PANARCHISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAWS, VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION, SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARY MEMBERSHIP, DEFECETION TO SOMETHING BETTER
OPPOSITION: You become like the worst in what you oppose.” – Frank Herbert, The God Makers, p.170. –– It depends entirely upon your way of opposing it. To oppose e.g. totalitarianism or despotism or terrorism with totalitarian, despotic or terrorist means is, indeed, not advisable and can lead to the realization of the above saying. – But true liberators, revolutionaries and crime fighters use means corresponding to their aims. – JZ, 5.2.08. – Territorialism should not be opposed by another form of territorialism, but, instead, by the exterritorialism of free experiments by and among volunteers only, who seceded from territorial regimes. - With that revolutionary and liberating step libertarians could get all the suppressed groups on their side, eager to engage in their own free experiments. Here we should consider that even every majority has its own dissenting minorities, which might also prefer freedom to experiment for themselves. - On that basis we can all peacefully coexist and become good neighbors, even with the vatious factions of the statists, as our allies against the remaining power mongers, official and private criminals with involuntary victims. - JZ, 1.1.11, 18.11.13. - FORCE, POWER, MEANS & ENDS, TERRITORIALISM. PANARCHISM, LIBERATION, REVOLUTION, GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, AN IDEAL DECLARATION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, AN IDEAL MILITIA FOR UPHOLDING THEM
OPPRESSION: Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.” – Napoleon I, Maxims, 1804-1815. – His censorship of the press was so severe that he himself remained unaware that before his final battle at Waterloo already ca. 10% of his conscripts had deserted, indicating a rather low morale among his soldiers. Not all were prepared to fight and die for his glory, while he pretended that they were doing so for France. – See e.g. the novels of Erckmann Chatrian about this. - JZ, 5.3.09. - What Napoleon I said is particularly true for all territorialists. - JZ, 14.1.11.
OPPRESSION: disseminate among the oppressed masses enough of good sense, information, and well-founded distrust, to render oppression more and more difficult and dangerous.” – Bastiat, Economic Sophisms, 132. – That might need spread of the knowledge and appreciation of the experimental freedom involved in panarchism, free banking, monetary freedom and all other genuine liberties and rights. - JZ, 14.1.11. - LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT, REVOLUTION, MILITARY INSURRECTION PROGRAM
OPPRESSION: He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression.” – Thomas Paine, Dissertation on First Principles of Government, p.242. – Most people have still not clearly realized that this requires the freedom to establish or to join panarchies even for their opponents. On that basis they could even become allies. – JZ, 5.2.08. – At least neutrality could be achieved between them. – The enemy, who does his things only to or for himself, at the own expense and risk, is no longer a real enemy by any moral and rational definition. - JZ, 5.3.09. – TURNING ENEMIES INTO ALLIES OR AT LEAST NEUTRALS, PANARCHISM
OPPRESSION: If oppression is a continuous aggression against mankind, then a war of America against the European tyrants would be a justified defensive war.” – Lajos Kossuth, in speech in Cincinnati. - There were wars caused by power-madness and personal greed, even those caused by the whim of a woman. Why should the world not be given the grand example of a war which a great nation unselfishly conducts itself in order to defend the eternal rights of truth, of the human and divine laws? Such a war would be the most glorious one, it would also be the last one.” – Lajos Kossuth, in his speech in New York. - Quoted by Hans Habe, Leben fuer den Journalismus, Band 2, Meilensteine, S.131. – When proposing another bloody “war to end war” (even one of liberation against oppressors) one should be more precise about one’s aims and means. Conventional and modern scientific warfare are not designed, suitable or conducted in a way to achieve quite rightful aims in a rightful way. They do inevitably murder many more innocents than tyrants and may even let the tyrants survive. Blinded by territorial and collective responsibility notions, governments cannot even see and define the enemy properly. - Neither can most of their subjects and involuntary victims among them. – JZ, 16.9.07, 14.1.11, 4.6.13. - TYRANNY, WAR, WAR AIMS, LIBERATION, ENEMY, INTERVENTIONISM
OPPRESSION: If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” – James Madison (1751-1836), 4th U.S. President - WAR, TYRANNY & ENEMIES
OPPRESSION: It is not conclusive proof of a doctrine's correctness that its adversaries use the police, the hangman, and violent mobs to fight it. But it is a proof of the fact that those taking recourse to violent oppression are, in their subconsciousness, convinced of the untenability of their own doctrines.” - Ludwig von Mises. – Whoever is truly convinced that he is right would welcome publicity not only for his ideas but also for their critics. – JZ, 23.1.08. - He would also welcome exterritorial autonomy for free experiments among their volunteers, thus, in his own opinion, giving them the chance to prove themselves wrong. - JZ, 14.1.11. - REPRESSION, SUPPRESSION, AUTHORITIES, VIOLENCE, MASSES, MOBS POLICE STATES, STATE, SUPPRESSION, INTOLERANCE, GOVERNMENTS, CENSORSHIP, VIOLENCE, DICTATORSHIPS
OPPRESSION: Men suffer from oppression, and to save themselves from this oppression, they are advised to invent common means for the improvement of their situation, to be applied by the authorities, while they themselves continue to submit to them. Obviously, nothing results from it but a strengthening of the power, and consequently the intensification of the oppression. – Not one of the errors of men removes them so much from the end which they have set for themselves as this one.” – Leo Tolstoy - They should not ask for reforms of any territorial government but aim at the abolition of the territorial monopoly of all governments, thus finally getting the chance to do their own things among themselves, under full exterritorial autonomy. - There is no territorial cure for territorialism. Under the continued suppression of experimental freedom for volunteers, volunteers cannot freely practise it. - JZ, 14.1.11. - STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, TERRITORIALISM, MAJORITIES, COUNTRIES, OBEDIENCE, SUBMISSION, CITIZENSHIP, NATIONALISM
OPPRESSION: Oppression cannot be stopped by oppressive means.” – Francis Ellingham, MINUS ONE, No.30. – In all such attempts at best only another form of territorial oppression results. - JZ, 14.1.11. - RESISTANCE, LIBERATION, REVOLUTION, INSURRECTION, TERRITORIALISM
OPPRESSION: Oppression dehumanizes the oppressor.” – Rob Chilson and William F. Wu, Be Ashamed to Die, ANALOG, 7/86, p.119. – Only a large degree of dehumanization can lead anybody into committing oppressive and aggressive actions. Alas, territorial oppression, exploitation, centralization, collectivism and monopolism do also largely dehumanize the oppressed and keep knowledge and visions of quite sound alternatives from most of their minds. – For instance: After decades of mass murder and suppression, Russian and Chinese opponents have, as a rule, come up with nothing better than majoritarian territorial democracies and their statism. - JZ, 7.5.91, 4.2.08, 14.1.11, 4.6.13, 19.11.13.
OPPRESSION: Oppression has now become a custom, and custom is the tyrant of kings.” – Winwood Reade: The Martyrdom of Man, p.84. - What he meant but did not state is territorial oppression. There remains no oppression once all are free to organize themselves under full exterritorial autonomy, in accordance with their knowledge, ideas, errors and spleens, at their own expense and risk. Those becoming critical could then opt out to make other and, hopefully, better choices for themselves, perhaps establishing new and better customs in this way. - JZ, 14.1.11.
OPPRESSION: The inevitable failure of slavery and peonage. You created a reservoir of hate. Implacable enemies. If you had no hope of exterminating all of these enemies, you dared not try. Temper your efforts by the sure awareness that oppression will make your enemies strong. The oppressed will have their day and heaven help the oppressor when that day comes. It was a two-edged blade. The oppressor always learned from and copied the oppressor. When the tables were turned, the stage was set for another round of revenge and violence - roles reversed. And reversed and reversed ad nauseam.” - Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, p.160. - We ought to liberate even our enemies - to the degrees of freedom - or lack of it - that they want for themselves. - JZ, 9.10.01, 14.1.11. - Well, our supposed enemies, i.e., the civilians and conscripts of a dictatorship who are not incurable fanatic adherents to a despotic ruler. - The real enemies can't be easily turned from wolves into lambs, if at all. They may have to be killed or indefinitely imprisoned, as long as they remain real enemies. - JZ, 7.2.02. - Like fanatic and murderous territorial terrorists. Even the democratic ones, as territorialists, can be quite mass murderous, as they have demonstrated in many of their wars. - JZ, 14.1.11. - VS. LIBERATION, PANARCHISM, ENEMIES, WARFARE, CONQUESTS, VICTORY, TERRITORIALISM, MASS MURDERS, REVENGE, CLASS WARFARE
OPPRESSION: The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper and render them more important. - Hosea Ballou - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. - CENSORSHIP
OPPRESSION: There is not a wisp of admonition against oppression in the Decalogue.” – Dagobert D. Runes, Handbook of Reason, p.56. – If there were a creator, in the terms of the Bible, then this would be rather an enemy of mankind, not a kind father, for he exposed mankind to a wild and dangerous planet for over 5,000 years! (By Bible reckoning or imagination, as opposed to the millions of years we were on Earth, developing all too slowly into genuinely humane humans. - JZ, 14.1.11.) Should that not be classed as an extreme kind of oppression? – According to the biblical story, man was driven out of paradise because of the “crime” or “sin” of acquiring knowledge and what the Christians still consider to be “sin”, namely sex, not government licenced or church-sanctioned, and this deportation penalty was imposed upon all their descendants, on the hypothesis that they were all bearers of “inherited sin”, just by practising the preservation actions required, according to their “creator” for their continuance! – (There is also no clear case for monogamy in the Bible. - JZ, 14.1.11.) In other words, this divinity also believed in the collective responsibility of innocents for the supposed “crime” or “sin” their ancestors committed thousands of years earlier – because they were created by him or her in that way! – Who is thus guilty? These sinners or the one who is supposed to have created them? - JZ, 5.3.09. - TEN COMMANDMENTS, DECALOGUE, CHRISTIANITY, JUDAISM, GOD, CREATOR, Q., BIBLE, SIN, MONOGAMOUS MARRIAGES SUPPOSED TO BE OBLIGATORY RATHER THAN A FREE CHOICE OF THE PARTNERS.
OPPRESSION: Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. You don't need anything else.” (*) - Malcolm X - Unless our territorial and power-mad rulers manage to wipe us out first, with their mass-extermination "devices" or anti-people "weapons". - The authorities or tyrants making such mad decisions, might then survive for years or decades in the safes bunkers. If only they and their descendants managed to survive, imagine what kind of future mankind they would produce. Killer apes or the "human" equivalent to tyrannosaurus. - At least then they would do no wrong to each other. - JZ, 14.1.11, 4.6.13. (*) That view manages to overlook the armies of popular errors, prejudices, myths, false assumptions and conclusions which are confronting and mostly defeating the truths by their sheer mass. Nevertheless, a comprehensive digitized encyclopedia of the best refutations has so far not yet been established and largely completed, with widespread participation in this important job. – JZ, 19.11.13. - TRUTHS & TIME, NWT., PREJUDICES, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF REFUTATIONS
OPPRESSION: To pardon the oppressor is to deal harshly with the oppressed.” - SA’DI, Gulistan, 1258, 8, 8, tr. James Ross. – One should not pardon them but also not necessarily execute them and leave them no other way than desperate resistance. – Amnesty, asylum and protection for dictators who abdicated and surrendered or destroyed at least one nuclear mass murder device may be preferable. Revenge and penal policies are not always wise - JZ, 2.2.08, 19.11.13. - RECOGNITION, POLITICAL, NEGOTIATING WITH THE OPPRESSED OR OFFERING THEM QUITE RIGHTFUL WAR- & PEACE AIMS, TURNING CAPTIVE PEOPLE INTO SECRET BUT ACTIVE ALLIES, DES.
OPPRESSION: You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.” – Booker. T. Washington, 1865-1915. – A. Andrews Quotations, p.223. - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. - FREEDOM, RESTRICTIONS, CONTROLS, MASTER-SLAVE RELATIONSHIPS. – Compare: “Every leash has two ends.”
OPPRESSIONS: Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day. But a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly proves a deliberate systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.” – Thomas Jefferson - & TYRANNY – Slavery can also be well intentioned, as e.g. compulsory schooling, central banking and the Welfare State are. – JZ, 20.11.13. – STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, COMPULSION & MONOPOLIES, LEGISLATION VS. COMPETITION, VOLUNTARISM, SESSIONISM, PERSONAL LAW, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY
OPT OUT: Don't remain clay or puppets in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats. Opt out. Do your own thing, to or for yourself. - JZ, 13.1.93, 11.12.03. - Pan AZ - FROM UNDER POLITICIANS & BUREAUCRATS, INDIVIDUAL & MINORITY SECESSIONISM & EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY – FOR VOLUNTEERS ONLY, POLYARCHISM
OPT OUT: Go West, young man!" "Grow up, young man!" "Opt out, young man!" - All of these and other aims of young men and others can best promoted via individual sovereignty and individual secessionism combined with individual associationism, on the basis of exterritorial autonomy. - JZ, 29.11.90, 10.1.93. - Pan AZ – PANARCHISM, SECESSIONSIM, EXTERRITORIALISM
OPT OUT: Opt out, into your favorite condition of freedom or the kind of unfree status that you prefer for yourself. - JZ, 27.11.91, 13.1.93. - Pan AZ. - OPT IN, MAKE IT YOUR OWN CHOICE, RATHER THAN THAT OF A BUREAUCRAT, POLITICIAN OR THE ACCIDENT OF BIRTHPLACE, PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM
OPTIMISM: A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties" - Harry Truman. – PESSIMISM, OPPORTUNITIES, LIBERATION, PROBLEMS, DIFFICULTIES
OPTIMISM: Don’t listen to the pessimists and the cynics. They are losers. They don’t even feel they deserve happiness. If we had listened to them, we would still be in caves. – Don’t listen to those who say it can’t be done. Remember the pessimists throughout the centuries, who were absolutely sure that the world was about to end. Remember those who were absolutely sure that conquests and colonialism would never end. That we could never have a United Nations, that Common Markets would never succeed, that global communication would never happen …. That we would never have a six-day workweek, that we would never have a five-day workweek, never a four-day workweek. … That life expectance could never go beyond forty, never beyond fifty, never beyond sixty, never beyond seventy … That we could never be like birds and fly, that we could never reach the moon.” - F. M. Esfandiary, Upwingers, 1973, p.19. - PESSIMISM, PROGRESS, DEVELOPMENT, POSITIVE SIGNS OF THE TIMES
OPTIMISM: It takes guts to be optimistic. It also takes monumental energy because the majority of humankind, traumatized by guilt, fear, self-doubt, lives off the life force of the visionary optimists. – Anger over our lingering problems is fine. Anger can be a positive force. But pessimism, defeatism – never. Pessimism is reactionary and leads to apathy. “What is the use”, the pessimist reasons, “human nature is hopelessly evil, the world is rotten – why try? The hell with the world, I will think only of myself.” - It is no accident that those, who complain the most about the world, are the ones who do the least. - If you are doing nothing for the world you have no moral right to complain. You have not even earned the right to be pessimistic.” – F. M. Esfandiary, Upwingers, 1973, p.18/19. - PESSIMISM
OPTIMISM: It’s a mania pretending everything is fine when everything is awful.” – From film “Candide”.
OPTIMISM: Many an optimist has become rich simply by buying out a pessimist.” – Dr. Laurance J. Peter, Peter’s Quotations, p.371.
OPTIMISM: Occasionally the pessimist gets a happy surprise. But you optimists are always disappointed.” – Source? – No, the optimists are forever hopeful and active and only temporarily disappointed. Moreover, they do “gamble: with their chances more often and for prolonged periods and thus have many more chances to win. – JZ, 31.1.80, 30.3.80, 5.2.08. – PESSIMISM, INITIATIVE, ENTERPRISE, EXPERIMENTATION, SUCCESS, FAILURES
OPTIMISM: Optimism approves of everything, submits to everything, believes everything; it is the virtue above all of the taxpayer.” – George Bernanos, France Before the World of Tomorrow, The Last Essays of Georges Bernanos, 1955, tr. Joan and Barry Ulanov. – A virtue or a vice of the taxpayer? – JZ, 20.11.85. - TAXATION
OPTIMISM: Optimism is a mania for maintaining that all is well when things are going badly.” – Voltaire, Candide. – Another version: “Optimism is the mania of maintaining that everything is well when we are wretched.” Candide, 1759, p.19.
OPTIMISM: Optimists and pessimists have one fault in common: they’re afraid of the truth.” – Tristan Bernard, quoted in READER’S DIGEST, 7/79, p.55. – PESSIMISMOPTIMISM: The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly, everything good, especially the bad, and everything right that is wrong.” – Ambrose Bierce, 1881-1911, The Devil’s Dictionary.
OPTIMISM: The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present (*) but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope when others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, After Ten Years, Letters and Papers from Prison, 1953, tr. Eberhard Bethge.. - (*) Rather, it does not over-estimate the power and persistence of the present. – JZ, 4.2.08.
OPTIMISM: The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. - James Branch Cabell - Roy Halliday, Quotations with an Attitude, online. – Neither examines closely all his chances and then picks the best one. – This attitude is as flawed as either to rely only on territorial statism or only on territorial anarchism, or insisting on total non-violence or on nuclear mass murder devices, or on an exclusive and redemptionist gold standard currency as the only alternative to the forced currency and monopoly money of the State’s central banking system, or believing only in the proletariat’s despotism as the answer to the power and centralization aspects of the employer-employee relationship, while ignoring all voluntary, rational and rightful alternatives to them. – This false polarization is, probably involved in numerous other remaining controversies, which should be listed together, pointing out their errors and fallacies. - JZ, 20.11.13. - & PESSIMISM, FULL EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM FOR BOTH – & ALL OTHERS!
OPTIMISM: The Optimist sees the doughnut, the pessimist sees the hole.” – Earl Prevette, How to Turn Your Ability Into Cash, p.227. – Let the optimist have the doughnut and let the pessimist have its hole! – The optimist plants his grain hoping for a good enough harvest. The pessimist does nothing and then expects to be fed by the optimist. – JZ, 5.3.09. - This whole debate is a good instance for how people can mislead themselves by adhering to one or the other of two abstract opposites, none of which can describe the real attitudes, beliefs and ideals of most people sufficiently. - JZ, 14.1.11. – Neither does it clearly describe all the remaining opportunities, all too often ignored by both groups. – JZ, 19.11.13.
OPTIMISM: The pessimist is optimistic about the victory of pessimism. - JZ, 12.4.00. - Or he is pessimistic even about the victory of pessimism, i.e., does he expects optimism to win out. - Both, optimists and pessimists are wrong a) in their mere twofold or bipolar view of reality and b) in their passivity, if their stand induces them to remain merely passive observers. They should rather be prepared to do something moral and rational towards the realization of whatever ideal they do hold - for themselves, and or among like-minded people only. Others they should leave alone, letting them set their examples in freedom. - Otherwise, they will remain people who do not really count in the long run, for the development of mankind into something better than it is today. - JZ, 2.2.02, 14.1.11, 19.11.13. - VS. PESSIMISM, ACTIVISM, FREEDOM OF ACTION VS. APATHY OR BEING A MERE SPECTATOR AND PROPHET, RED.
OPTIMISM: There is an optimism which nobly anticipates the eventual triumph of great moral laws, and there is an optimism which cheerfully tolerates unworthiness.” – Agnes Repplier, “Are Americans Timid?” Under Dispute (1924).
OPTIMISM: we are bound to win – we cannot help it – for it is we and not our adversaries, who are for truth and freedom in human society.” – J. N. Figgis, The Church and the Secular Theory of the State, in David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, p.143. –
OPTIMUM SIZE: Ethical decisions are unavoidably linked to size. Beyond a certain size all you have is expediency.” – Phillip Mann, Master of Paxwax, p.222. - BIG BUSINESS, BIG GOVERNMENT, BIG SOCIETIES & ETHICS, POWER-RELATIONSHIPS, VOLUNTARISM VS. COMPULSORY MEMBERSHIP & SUBORDINATION, TERRITORIALISM, ETHICS & EXPEDIENCY, DECISION-MAKING FOR OTHERS OR FOR ONESELF & LIKE-MIINDED PEOPLE, POLITICS AS USUAL, REPRESENTATIVES, DEMOCRACY, OPTIMAL SIZE VS. OVER-SIZE
OPTIMUM SIZE: In most economic activities, the efficiency of a firm increases with size up to some optimum size and then decreases. The increasing efficiency reflects the advantages of mass production. …” - David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom, p.40/41. – Mankind is also a kind of “firm” or “enterprise”. What is its optimum size? With increasing prosperity fertility does usually decline. So this optimum size might be reached quite naturally, at least for this planet. – But most governments have long exceeded their optimum size, if there is any for territorial governments. – Is there any for exterritorially autonomous communities, with members all over the world? The practice of panarchism will show whether it exists or not. Digital communications only and the occasional personal meetings would often not suffice, to hold them together. However, e.g. a community of Free Traders, by their very nature, could very well be world-wide. – JZ, 5.2.08. – PANARCHISM, TERRITORIALISM, STATES, CENTRALIZATION, BIG BUSINESS, BIG GOVERNMENT, POWER, POPULATION
OPTING OUT: Allow the unemployed, the tax victims, the inflation victims and any other deceived, oppressed or exploited or merely disappointed or dissatisfied individuals and groups in any country - to opt out of all the relevant federal, State and local government policies, laws, constitutions, jurisdictions and bureaucracies, to do their own alternative things to or for themselves. All kinds of self-help experiments to become quite free, liberated by exterritorial autonomy under their self-chosen personal laws. Then many of the man-made problems would very soon become solved - for the successful exterritorial autonomists, all volunteers. The solutions do often already exist, in historical records and in theoretical studies, largely unrecognized. Under the present system they cannot be freely tried or demonstrated by their believers. The wrongful approaches can, likewise, not be sufficiently demonstrated as such, by being confined to their voluntary supporters. - JZ, 10.10.91, 13.1.93. Among these the flawed systems would then operate under optimal conditions, with unanimous consent, i.e. without internal opposition and thus their failures would be much more convincing. - They would have far less excuses. Whom else could they blame then? - JZ 7.9.07, 14.1.11. - Pan AZ, OPT OUT, SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, IDEAS ARCHIVE, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, HISTORY
OPTING OUT: Don't be part of the nuclear war establishment Dissociate yourself completely from those engaged in it. Opt out of all beliefs and institutions making for nuclear war, including armies, national economies and territorial States. - ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS, AUTHORITARIANISM, AUTONOMY, CONSCRIPTION, CONSENT, COMPETING GOVERNMENTS, DECISION, DESERTION, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, EXTERRITORIAL IMPERATIVE, FREEDOM OF ACTION, GOVERNMENT, MINORITY AUTONOMY, PANARCHY, PARALLEL INSTITUTIONS, PLURALISM, REVOLUTION, SECESSION, SEPARATE PEACE, SOVEREIGNTY, STATE, TERRITORIAL ORGANIZATION, UNILATERAL NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT. - JZ in An ABC Against Nuclear War. www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm - OF THE NUCLEAR ARMS RACE, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
OPTING OUT: I’m all for opting out! – JZ, 23.3.76.
OPTING OUT: Let all nations, empires and other communities fail or succeed by the daily opting out and opting in of individuals, who are either dissatisfied with them or still hopeful for them. - JZ, 14.8.88. - Pan AZ - & IN! - VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM
OPTING OUT: Let people opt out of the Warfare States. – JZ, 3.8.75.
OPTING OUT: No penalties on opting out! – JZ, 23.3.76. – SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSION, PANARCHISM
OPTING OUT: Only the constitutional, legal, juridical and tax option to freely opt out of all costs and benefits of so far coercive government schemes, will drive the true costs of all "free" schemes home to the remaining believers in them and will, finally, educate most of the remaining voluntary participants, too, into become financially mature, informed and self-responsible people, i.e. true human beings, rather than human sheep ("sheeple") or cattle. - JZ, 7 Sep. 89, 10.10.89. – Pan AZ & SELF-RESPONSIBILITY & FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM
OPTING OUT: Opt Out Now.” – A BMS button, that was offered in the USA. - Tomorrow might be too late. - JZ, 14.11.11.
OPTING OUT: Opt out of the nuclear arms race. Dissociate yourself, as far as you can from all engaged in it, as far as possible, as a first step towards preventing nuclear war. Exterritorial secessionism and voluntary associationism under personal laws and full exterritorial autonomy would, among other things, eliminate nuclear targets. – JZ, 31.1.78, 5.2.08. – PANARCHISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, POLYARCHISM
OPTING OUT: Opt out of the Warfare States. – JZ, 23.11.76, 5.2.08. – That means, practically, out of almost every territorial State now in existence. – Alas, that is not yet a recognized free option. But we can work towards it, together with numerous other dissenters. – JZ, 5.2.08. – WARFARE STATE, TERRITORIALISM
OPTING OUT: Opt out or die out. - JZ, 19.5.75. – NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, NUCLEAR STATE
OPTING OUT: Opting out is concerned with freedom – your freedom here and now – freedom to live your own life as you see fit and to peacefully associate with others.” – El Ray and Dr. Naomi Gatherer, PROTOS, Nov. 70. – Opting out by retreating into a wilderness or underground-living or retreatism to primitive or simple lives, with no taxable incomes, may not be enough to escape e.g. nuclear powers and their actions. – JZ, 5.2.08. – RETREATISM, SURVIVALISM IN WILDERNESS, TERRITORIALSM
OPTING OUT: Politicians, judges and bureaucrats, quite unconstitutionally, illegally and unjustly, often do opt out from under the constitutions, laws and juridical precedents they are supposed to uphold - but do not grant ordinary citizens the right to opt out from under them. - JZ, 30.8.04. Pan AZ& - PANARCHISM, SECESSIONISM, PERSONAL LAW OR VOLUNTARISM VS. TERRITORIALISM
OPTING OUT: The abuse of alcohol, marijuana, and drugs is wrong. But so is the abuse of government-power …” - Paul Lepanto, Return to Reason, p.131. – Let us individually opt out of using and suffering under either. – JZ, 9/72. – DRUG ABUSE, ABUSIVE TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS, PANARCHISM
OPTING OUT: Vote A: you lose; vote B: you lose; don't vote at all: you lose. - Opt out! - JZ 10/74. - That's the decisive vote for everyone. - JZ, 7.9.04. - Pan AZ - VS. CONVENTIONAL VOTING
OPTING OUT: We don’t need a law against McDonald’s or a law against slaughterhouse abuse – we ask for too much salvation by legislation. All we need to do is empower individuals with the right philosophy and the right information to opt out en masse. – Joe Salatin, quoted by Stephen MacDuffy shared End U.S. Wars and Occupations's photo. – Facebook, 28.7.12. – LAWS, LEGISLATION, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM
OPTIONAL ASPECTS OF PANARCHIES: Quite optional for all the diverse panarchies would be e.g.: a) Whether their membership would be merely local or national or worldwide. b) The ism applied and organization forms, means and financial methods used. c) Whether they rule themselves by direct democracy, anarchist self-management, unanimity, egalitarian methods or various hierarchical systems or voting methods. d) Whether or not they make religions, race, customs or other features a condition of membership or consider them irrelevant. - Volunteer militias for the protection of individual rights and liberties, rightfully armed, organized, trained and motivated for rightful resistance methods only, locally organized, autonomous but also federated and fully respecting "soldier's rights", as well as trained in the duties of rightful resistance to wrongful orders, would at the same time be a common feature of most panarchies, with militia members recruiting themselves from most of them and, through the voluntary membership, also an optional feature for individuals and different panarchies. Some panarchies will hire or set up other protective associations. - In what is common to them and what is optional for them, internally and in their external relations, they differ so much that comprehension of a single of their rightful and necessary features and of their numerous optional ones does not lead, easily or soon, in most cases, to an understanding of their total differences, compared with existing States and of the potential of panarchies, now or in the future. Whoever favors e.g. religious liberty will not always understand every religious or atheistic etc. creed. Whoever favors e.g. free scientific experimentation (within the limits set by human rights and liberties of people who do not volunteer to participate), will not necessarily understand even a fraction of natural science, its philosophy, potential and past and current practices. With Panarchism and panarchy it is just about the same. It requires the same kind of revolution in our thinking, ideas, principles and actions as the introduction of religious tolerance and freedom for scientific enquiries once did. But the rewards of this revolution could, easily, be much greater and lead to a much higher development of philosophy and science, too - apart from the achievement of peace, freedom and prosperity, perhaps longevity and other space habitats. I would not believe anyone who declared himself fully converted to panarchism after being exposed to such ideas for a few minutes or hours only. Some discover some gaps in their knowledge of panarchism and remaining doubts and reservations only after months or even years and many never think themselves deeply enough into this alternative world to become fully converted - but merely superficially and out of curiosity play with it for a while and then suffer a relapse or are repelled from it through their continued adherence to one or several long-established and popular prejudices. - For a "slogan" this kind of description is certainly too long but as a summary or capsule description it may not yet be long or complete enough. - JZ, 3.7.89, 14.1.11. - Pan AZ – It is bound to establish, gradually, a new kind of social sciences, one verified by free experimentation among volunteers in this sphere as well. – JZ, 5.6.13. – SOCIAL SCIENCE, DIVERSITY OF PANARCHIES
OPTIONAL GOVERNMENTS & SOCIETIES: COMPETING GOVERNANCE, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARY GOVERNMENTS, PERSONAL LAW, POLYARCHISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM, FREE CHOICE FOR INDIVIDUALS AMONG GOVERNMENTS, SOCIETIES & COMMUNITIES, TERRITORIALISM, SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, CONTRACTARIANISM, ASSOCIATIONISM
OPTIONAL LAW: A term for “personal law” used in Rex Gordon's "Utopia 239", Heinemann, London, 1955, reproduced in the PEACE PLANS series as plan 236, and again on page 67, in ON PANARCHY III, in PEACE PLANS 507. - Pan AZ, PERSONAL LAW
OPTIONAL SOCIETIES: Religion is to be free from political interference, just as we hope the other areas of life shall some day be free." - A. EDMUND OPITZ, Painting Government into a Corner, Essays on Liberty XI, p.396-416, - JZL. Page: 408. – Ibid, page 412: "The totalitarian state must seek to destroy all lesser loyalties within it, just as it seeks to destroy religious loyalties above it; but in a free society, voluntary associations of all sorts flourish." - Even in democracies and republics all too many and very important individual and group choices have been preempted by territorialism. They have this in common with totalitarian regimes. - Underlining by me. - JZ, 1.2.1999, 14.1.11. Pan AZ – The first steps to peace are in the direction of a voluntary society in which each person is free to direct his own energy so long as he allows the same right to others. There is not utopia in this direction, but in striving for a voluntary society we may at least avoid such debacles as now plague our world." - EDMUND A. OPITZ, Peace and World Government, in Essays on Liberty, IV, 14pp, p.381. Also in PP 1012. - Any utopia can be developed in this way - for its supporters. And the voluntaristic framework, which also requires exterritorial autonomy, does itself constitute a kind of utopia, that of panarchism. In Nozick's point of view, still mixed up with geographical notions of an over-all limited government, it amounts to a "meta-utopia" for all kinds of utopias. - JZ, 1.2.99. - Pan AZ - The above may be three statements by A. E. Opitz in which he has come closest to panarchism. If there are others and better ones, by him or other religious people, please let me know. He was a Christian Reverend and the only one I know, who was able and willing to conclude from the experience with religious liberty upon the rightfulness of tolerance, choice, autonomy, freedom of contract, experimentation and association in the social sciences and their practice as well. I would be glad to hear of others. – JZ, 5.6.13. - FREE SOCIETIES, POLYARCHISM, COMPETING GOVERNANCE, PANARCHISM & RELIGIOUS LIBERTY OR RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE, PRIESTS & PREACHERS, META-UTOPIA
OPTIONS: All options for everybody! – JZ, 16.6.04. – Which means, naturally, no infringement of the different voluntarily chosen options of others. – JZ, 19.10.07. - All the options, for everybody, everywhere, all the time – but always only at the own risk and expense. – JZ, 16.6.04. - CHOICES, ALL FOR EVERYBODY, INDIVIDUAL & GROUP SECESSIONISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM UNDER FULL EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PANARCHISM
OPTIONS: Panarchies offer all options, not only left and right or central ones or mere compromises, not only conservatism, status quo stagnation, traditionalism or petrification, reactionary relapses or radical liberation for all, but these and all other options, all at the same time and in the same territories and even world-wide, but all of them only for all those, who individually declared that they want them, and all only at the risk and expense of the voluntary participants. What more could anyone rightly ask for? What lesser state of affairs should anyone be complacent about? - JZ, 27.9.91, 13.1.93, 7.9.04. - Pan AZ – FREE OPTIONS
OPTIONS: Peace requires the existence and availability of peaceful options for all dissenters. – JZ, 12.3.74. - OPPORTUNITIES, PEACE, DEVELOPMENT, WAR, PANARCHISM, NEUTRALITY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, SECESSIONISM, OPTING OUT
OPTIONS: Peace requires the existence of peaceful options. They are denied e.g. by censorship, the practice of collective responsibility, compulsory State membership, conscription, monopolies for decision making, diplomatic monopolies, immigration or emigration barriers, majority despotism, military discipline, monetary despotism, legally established monopolies, territorial nationalism, protectionism, repression of individual and minority group secessions and exterritorial autonomy, secrecy, coercive subordination, taxation, uniform territorial legislation, legalized and mass murder "weapons" systems. - See also under: Alternatives, Exterritorial Imperative, Secession. . – JZ in An ABC Against Nuclear War. www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm - PEACEFUL OPTIONS
OPTIONS: The president wants to keep his options open.” – His options to restrict further or even abolish our individual options. – JZ, 21.6.96, 2.2.08. – Just like all other territorial politicians, power-mongers and power addicts. – JZ, 5.6.13. – PRESIDENTS, TERRITORIALISM, POLITICIANS, RULERS, GOVERNMENTS, STATISM
ORATORS: Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” - Benjamin Franklin – DEMAGOGUES, SOPHISTS, ORATORY
ORBIT: But it is not impossible that the nation which was the first to put a man into orbit outside the earth may soon permit its citizens to choose their own orbits.” – H. E. Salisbury in After-Word to Andrei D. Sakharov’s Progress, Coexistence & Intellectual Freedom – Orbits, alas, are still all too much fixed, just like the territorial powers are, which force us into their orbits on the surface of this Earth. Man needs not only freedom of movement and exchange and communication all over this planet but also freedom of association, contract, action and experimentation, together with like-minded people, all over Earth, and thus under full exterritorial autonomy, in xyz communities, societies and governance systems of volunteers, all doing their own things for and to themselves only, always at their own expense and risk. – I doubt that these authors had this kind of panarchistic or polyarchic freedom in mind. – JZ, 5.2.08, 5.6.13. – SPUTNIK, PROGRESS, FREEDOM, SOVIET UNION, USSR, INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM. MERE SATELLITES INTO FREELY ORBITING INDIVIDUALS & MINORITIES, GENUINE SELF-GOVERNMENTS & SELF-DETERMINATION, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, MINORITY AUTONOMY, BOTH WITHOUT ANY TERRITORIAL MONOPOLY
ORDER & DISSENT: we wanted dissent and order, …” - W. R. Thompson, Second Contact, ANALOG, 4/88, 56. – Self-chosen exterritorial autonomy order vs. territorially imposed order, which all too often leads to all too many wrongs, irrationalities and disorders. - JZ, 14.1.11. - DISSENT, ORDER, PANARCHISM, SELF-SELECTED ORDER RATHER THAN TERRITORIALLY IMPOSED ORDER
ORDER WITHOUT DIRECTION: Order without direction”. - Slogan seen in the office of William A. Niskanen. - David Boaz, ed., The Libertarian Reader, The Free Press, 1997, p.243. - That means, if anything, individually chosen systems of order, which can only be realized together with all other such systems, exterritorially, by volunteers under personal law. I doubt that D. B. had then fully considered this option. - Does he now? One could find out, if one looks him up on Facebook. This is also possible now for many other famous libertarians, who are already listed there. But I have so far, after only recently entering it, not seen many references to panarchism, monetary and financial freedom, ideal human rights declarations and militias. Perhaps it is not yet centered enough on ideas rather than persons. - What I would like to see is an equivalent whole library or archive of libertarian ideas. - Who is willing and able to start it? – By now it could be offered on a large disc, with annual or online updates. - JZ, 14.1.11, 5.6.13. - IDEAS ARCHIVE & TALENT CENTER, SELF-CHOSEN OR SPONTANEOUS ORDER, PROTECTION, DEFENCE, SECURITY, JURISDICTION, MONETARY FREEDOM, GOVERNMENTS, SOCIETY, & COMMUNITIY SYSTEMS, LIBERTARIAN IDEAS ARCHIVE, LIBRARY, ABSTRACTS, REVIEW COLLECTIONS, ARGUMENT MAPPING, LIBERTARIAN LINKS LIST, PROJECTS LIST ONLINE, INTERNET
ORDER, SPONTANEOUS ORDER: For in fact we are able to bring about an ordering of the unknown ONLY BY CAUSING IT TO ORDER ITSELF. In dealing with our physical surroundings we sometimes can indeed achieve our ends by relying on the self-ordering forces of nature, but not be deliberately trying to arrange elements in the order that we wish them to assume. This is, for example, what we do when we initiate processes that produce crystals or new chemical substances (see previous section and also Appendix C). (*) In chemistry, and even more in biology, we must use self-ordering processes in an increasing measure; we can create the conditions under which they will operate, (**) but we cannot determine what will happen to any particular element. Most synthetic chemical compounds are not 'constructible' in the sense that we can create them by placing the individual elements composing them in the appropriate places. All we can do is induce their formation. (***) - A similar procedure must be followed to initiate processes that will coordinate individual actions transcending our observation. In order to induce the self-formation of certain abstract structures of inter-personal relations, we need to secure the assistance of some very general conditions, and then allow each individual element to find its own place within the large order. (****) The most we can do to assist the process is to admit only such elements as obey the required rules. This limitation of our powers necessarily grows with the complexity of the structure that we wish to bring into being." - Hayek, The Fatal Conceit, p.83. - Hayek on self-ordering processes but short of an understanding how they would work in a panarchistic framework for free human beings. I hold that to have overlooked the "exterritorial imperative" or freedom or social reform or revolution options constitutes our worst "fatal conceit" and it was shared by Hayek, although he came as close to the truth as he did in the above. (People, i.e. sovereign individuals, should become free to sort themselves out in the kind of associations, societies, communities and governance systems which they do prefer for themselves. This would bring order and peace in this sphere as well. At least Hayek did recognize this already for the monetary sphere, but unaware that he had many predecessors in this respect. – JZ, 5.6.13.) Adoption of the territorial monopoly and force model does inevitably muddle our thinking. - JZ, 9.1.93. - Adoption of the central bank paper money and even of the gold redemption currency as an exclusive exchange medium and value standard, leads to similar fallacies, wrongs and mistakes. - JZ, 7.9.04. – At least he did not share that fallacy. - JZ, 14.1.11. - (*) JZ: One can look differently at this, as working with rather than against the basic laws of nature of free human societies. - (**) For instance the panarchistic framework. - (***) After thousands of trial and error experiments, we might finally find the way in which it works well, to a sufficient degree, in most cases. That is a worthwhile knowledge and the experimental approach is worth knowing, too and how to largely replace it by mathematical formulas or computerized calculation and imitation. - (****) That is exactly what panarchism tries to do but what Hayek had not considered: exterritorially, autonomously and voluntarily competing diverse human societies within the all-embracing human society. – JZ, n.d.
ORDER: a certain amount of surface disorder is bound to appear where education is established on the principle of complete freedom. But this disorder, or “free order”, as Tolstoy called it, only appears chaotic because we do not understand it and thus have no confidence that things will work out as they should. Young people can be trusted with much more freedom than they ordinarily are given simply because they are naturally in “harmony with the true, the beautiful, and the good which we carry in us …” (*) The secret of successful teaching, according to Crosby, is not to guide the student to his goal but to turn him loose upon his own resources, for human creativity can only take place as the result of spontaneity and individual enthusiasm. Crosby’s first attempt at anarchist propaganda resulted in the publication of his Plain Talk in Psalm and Parable (1899), which Tolstoy liked “very, very much”. Benjamin Tucker, however, was unable to share Tolstoy’s unqualified enthusiasm, …” - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.332, on Ernest Howard Crosby. – Freedom in education as well as in everything else that really matters for mankind! - Maximum individual choice and experimental freedom. That requires exterritorial autonomy for volunteers. - JZ, 14.1.11. – (*) There are bullies among infants, children and teen-agers, too. – JZ, 5.6.13. - FREE ORDER, DISORDER, EDUCATION, FREEDOM IN EDUCATION, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, HARMONY, TEACHING, CREATIVITY, SPONTANEITY, ENTHUSIASM, YOUNG PEOPLE
ORDER: A continuation of the present order will surely lead to further chaos.” – Jerome Tuccille, Radical Libertarianism, p.69. – Did he advance from territorialism to exterritorial autonomy for volunteers in every sphere? - JZ, 14.1.11, 19.11.13. - CHAOS, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, LAWS
ORDER: A free society is not established by replacing the old order through a “new order”. It develops through the expansion of the sphere for free actions, until these determine the social life. (That such a liberation occurs step by step does not mean, that it can succeed without revolutionary breaches, because in many spheres, e.g. the military, economics, sexual education – a real liberation would mean a total change.) …“ Paul Goodman, in Blankertz/Goodman, Staatlichkeitswahn, p. 90. (Eine freie Gesellschaft entsteht nicht, indem die alte Ordnung durch eine “neue Ordnung” ersetzt wird. Sie entsteht vielmehr durch die Ausdehnung des Raumes fuer freie Handlungen, bis diese das soziale Leben bestimmen. (Das solche Befreiung Schritt fuer Schritt geschieht, heisst nicht, dass sie ohne revolutionaere Einbrueche geschehen kann, da in vielen Bereichen – z.B. Militaerwesen, Wirtschaft, Sexualerzieung – eine wirkliche Befreiung eine totale Veraenderung einschliesst.) - Each new order proposed, in order not to deteriorate into a new kind of despotic disorder, should be the free choice of individuals and groups of volunteers, a free choice maintained through individual and group secessionism. - JZ, 14.1.11.
ORDER: A great part of that order which reigns among mankind is not the effect of government. It had its origin in the principles of society, and the natural constitution of man. It existed prior to government and would exist if the formality of government was abolished. This mutual dependence and reciprocal interest, which man has in man, and all the parts of a civilized community upon each other, create that great chain of connection which holds it together.” – Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man. - GOVERNMENT, STATES, TERRITORIALISM, MAN, SOCIETY, CIVILIZATION MUTUAL DEPENDENCE, RECIPROCAL INTERESTS, VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, MUTUALISM, MUTUAL CONVENIENCE VS. SINGLE CONVENIENCE RELATIONSHIPS
ORDER: A living disorder is better than an ordered graveyard.” – Storm Jameson, “In the End”, in the pacifist essay collection “Challenge to Death”. - If it is an individually chosen disorder, then it will, ultimately, lead to as much and as many orderly kinds of autonomous orders or communities or societies of individuals, as man is capable of. Compare the historical orders of Knights, like e.g. the Templars and the Maltese. - When free enough only very few people choose death for themselves and for some others. - JZ, 14.1.11. - TERRORISM, MURDER, SUICIDE, MASS MURDER, PEACE, WAR, NWT.
ORDER: a social unity will be attained in comparison with which the so-called order of governmental societies will appear for what it is – ‘nothing but chaos, serving as a basis for endless tyranny’.” – George Woodcock: Proudhon, p.172. – Alas, Woodcock did not get around to translate more of Proudhon’s writings. – According to three hints, not all of them are published as yet, not even in France. - JZ, 6.2.08. – Compulsory territorial "order" leads to disorder, even chaos, oppression, exploitation, resentment, acts of revenge, wars, civil wars, violent revolutions, infighting and terrorism. Exterritorial autonomy as a matter for individual and group choice, leads to satisfaction, peaceful coexistence, tolerance and wanted kinds of order only. - Nevertheless, the former is still all too popular among governments and their voluntary victims, even their involuntary victims. Obviously, we need sound alternatives in the sphere of enlightenment as well. - JZ, 14.1.11. – DISORDER, CLASHES OF INTERESTS, WARS, CIVIL WARS, REVOLUTIONS, TERRORISM, GOVERNMENT, ANARCHY, TYRANNY, CHAOS, TERRITORIALISM, TOLERANCE, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM, PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE, VIOLENCE, COMPULSION, COERCION, FREE CHOICE
ORDER: A society that will trade a little order for a little freedom will lose both, and deserve neither.” - Thomas Jefferson. – Any such trade, like other trades, should be left to individuals, who have also the right to choose fetters for themselves. – JZ, 2.1.08. - SECURITY & FREEDOM
ORDER: A spontaneous economic order is more efficient than an imposed order … A spontaneous order is inconceivable without personal freedom and, in particular, without freedom of choice." - Lord Coleraine. - SPONTANEOUS ORDER VS. IMPOSED ORDER, FREEDOM, FREEDOM OF CHOICE
ORDER: Although I am a strong supporter of order, I am in the fullest sense of the term an anarchist.” – Proudhon, 1840, Memoir, p.335. – Quoted in D. S. Edwards, Proudhon, p.88. – Compare under ANARCHISM, ANARCHIST: “Although a firm friend of order, I am (in the full force of the term) an anarchist.” – P. J. Proudhon, What Is Property, 1840. - A genuine anarchist is a voluntaryist first and would not wish to impose his life's choices upon his enemies. He would, rather, let them suffer under their self-chosen systems and merely defend himself against them, should they try to extend their kind or authoritarianism or despotism to him. He could do this in a sensible alliance with all the other victims of despotic territorial systems, e.g. the "captive nations", fighting not them but merely their territorial mis-rulers as well as the voluntary followers of these rulers, with genuine self-government for the current aggressors as well as their current victims still being their rightful war- and peace aim for them. - JZ, 14.1.11, 5.6.13.
ORDER: Anarchists believe that the only adequate definition of freedom is one that stems from a spontaneous and trusting response to the natural order that surrounds us. To be free, in the anarchist view, is to be capable of living life according to the rational imperatives of nature that are prior to human intelligence and organization. Far from believing that there is no order in the universe, anarchists hold that there is a necessary universal order that obligates all reasonable creatures to acknowledge certain natural dictates as real.” - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.582. – Nevertheless, they would not impose their insights territorially upon their opponents but merely defend themselves against their further territorial oppressions and aggressions, being satisfied with full exterritorial autonomy for themselves. This limited aim they can achieve and defend, successfully, even in alliances with all those governmentalists, who would be satisfied with getting and keeping their system for their own volunteers. - Not "divide and rule!" - territorially, but "let them divide and let all groups of volunteers rule themselves, under personal law, i.e., exterritorially!"- JZ, 4.1.11. - NATURAL ORDER, NATURAL LAW, ANARCHISMORDER: Anarchy is order.” – Proudhon. - But it should be only one of the self-chosen kinds of order. Actually, there are many kinds of anarchism and of statism. All should be freely practised only among their own supporters. - What rightful complaints would then be left for anyone? - JZ, 14.1.11. - ANARCHISM, STATISM, TOLERANCE, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY
ORDER: And, behold, thusly was the Law formulated: IMPOSITION OF ORDER = ESCALATION OF CHAOS! – Lord Omar Khayaam Ravenhurst, “The Gospel According to Fred”, The Honest Book of Truth. – Quoted from Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus I. –Also in: Kerry Thornley, The Gospel According to Fred, as quoted by R. A. Wilson, Cosmic Trigger, p.65. - Territorialism is the essence of wrongful impositions. - JZ, 14.1.11. - FORCE, VIOLENCE, COMPULSION, IMPOSITIONS, DISORDER, CHAOS, LAW.
ORDER: As man seeks justice in equality, so society seeks order in anarchy.” – P. J. Proudhon, What Is Property? 1840. – Equality only in rights and liberties, to the extent that volunteers want them among themselves. – JZ, 6.2.08. – Each should be free to live under the kind of order, system, ideology, utopia, personal law, justice, equality, rights and liberty system that he prefers for himself. There are xyz different anarchist as well as statists systems. Exterritorially they can all peacefully coexist for their volunteers. - No one should be conscripted into any of the others. Individual choice, voluntarism and tolerance of the tolerant should be primary for all kinds of anarchists and libertarians as well. - JZ, 14.1.11. - ANARCHISM, SOCIETY, EQUALITY, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, PANARCHISM FOR ALL IDEOLOGIES, PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE VIA PERSONAL LAW, MUTUAL TOLERANCE, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM
ORDER: But while the order of the physical environment is given to us independently of human will, the order of our social environment is partly, but only partly, the result of human design. The temptation to regard it all as the intended product of human action is one of the main sources of error. The insight that not all order that results from the interplay of human actions is the result of design is indeed the beginning of social theory.” – F. A. Hayek, The Confusion of Language in Political Thought, p.10. - Our social environment should also be a choice for ourselves, regardless of who designed it or discovered it. XYZ alternatives are possible and all could and should be practised by their volunteers among themselves, peacefully, tolerantly, and under exterritorial autonomy. That would tend to be bring about a natural order for as diverse and antagonistic critters as human beings are. To each his own utopia or supposedly ideal society, whatever his convictions, faith, errors, myths or spleens are. Let him learn from his own experiences and those he observes being practised by others. Let each be his own cook, game-player, fair sportsman of one kind or the other, gambler or betting man in every sphere. Let him drink, digest or smoke his own preferred poison and follow his own kind of leader or authority if he must. Free choice among all the menus, systems, faiths, ideologies and their kinds of societies! No more territorial power to any of them than to any of the existing private clubs etc. No more impositions - except upon official and private criminals with involuntary victims. - JZ, 14.1.11, 5.6.13. – PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE IN MUTUAL TOLERANCE, UNDER PERSONAL LAW OR EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM, META-UTOPIA
ORDER: Do not give up your freedom in the expectation of order. You will lose both.” – Dr. H. L. Soper, LIBERTARIAN DIGEST, June 81. – Alas, he died a few years ago. – JZ, 5.2.08. – Good advice. However, even that choice (voluntary subordination or even slavery) should be open to individuals and groups, as long as they are prepared to put up with it, at their own risk and expense. - JZ, 15.1.11, 19.11.13. - FREEDOM
ORDER: Dr. Ulrich Klug pointed out that anarchy is an order according to the model of the “round table”, where the subjects are replaced by partners with equal rights. In this sense our family law would be “anarchically” ordered, our marriage laws would know neither rulers nor subject in a marriage but marriage partners possess equal rights. (*) Anarchic forms of order exist also in the economy, in voluntary associations, in the classical sense in cooperatives, for the leaders of a cooperative steer but do not dominate. Our traffic laws function in the sense of an ordered anarchy, apart from some exceptions. …” - Uwe Timm, Gesammelte Schriften, S.206. – (*) However, they would be free to agree not to practise all these rights, even to the extent of letting one or the other partner be the dominant one, as long as divorce remains optional. This kind of order should also be a matter of individual and group choice - for all their own affairs. - JZ, 15.1.11, 5.6.13. - ANARCHY, ROUND-TABLE MODEL, MARRIAGE CONTRACTS IN ALL THEIR DIVERSITY
ORDER: Economics has from its origins been concerned with how an extended order of human interaction comes into existence through a process of variation, winnowing and shifting far surpassing our vision or our capacities to design. Adam Smith was the first to perceive that we have stumbled upon methods of ordering human economic cooperation that exceed the limits of our knowledge and perception. His ‘invisible hand’ had perhaps better have been described as an invisible or unsurveyable pattern. We are led – for example by the pricing system in market exchange – to do things by circumstances of which we are largely unaware and which produce results that we do not intend. In our economic activities we do not know the needs, which we satisfy nor the sources of the things, which we get. Almost all of us serve people whom we do not know, and even of whose existence we are ignorant; and we in turn constantly live on the services of other people of whom we know nothing. All this is possible because we stand in a great framework of institutions and traditions – economic, legal, and moral – into which we fit ourselves by obeying certain rules of conduct that we never made, and which we have never understood in the sense in which we understand how the things that we manufacture function. - Modern economics explains how such an extended order can come into being, and how it itself constitutes an information-gathering process, able to call up, and to put to use, widely dispersed information that no central planning agency, let alone any individual, could know as a whole, possess or control. Man’s knowledge, as Smith knew, is dispersed.” – Hayek, The Fatal Conceit, p.15. – We need the same kind of free market, laissez faire free enterprise, free trade, consumer sovereignty, freedom of contract, and freedom of association, freedom of choice - for all political and economic systems, considered merely as competitively offered services, under competitive pricing, subscriptions and charges or voluntary taxation. Panarchism does not demand anything more but also not anything less. Thus the same degrees of harmony, peace and mutual satisfaction can be achieved in these other two spheres, that are frequently approached by laissez faire or free market economics and that are largely realized for religions, natural sciences, technology, the arts, crafts, hobbies, entertainment, reading, writing, travel, job- and profession choices, sports, foods, drinks and health preservation methods. - JZ, 15.1.11, 5.6.13. - MARKET, PLANNING, DESIGN, PRICING, CONTRACTS, VOLUNTARISM, RULES OF OWNERSHIP & TRADE, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, ECONOMICS, NATURAL ORDER, NATURAL HARMONY, NATURAL ORDER OR BY DESIGN? ORDER BY TERRITORIALLY IMPOSED PLANNING OR BY PRIVATE & FREE CHOICES?
ORDER: For every social order must ultimately be genuinely constructive. All its members must have a stake in its existence." - Otto von Habsburg, The Social Order of Tomorrow, p.21. – (It’s worth reading even for an anarchist. – JZ, 2.2.08.) - How could this be sufficiently realized without individual sovereignty, individual secessionism and voluntary associationism in exterritorially autonomous communities? - For their volunteers they could also be very conservative, reactionary, foolish and spleeny, always at their own expense and risk. - JZ, 15.1.93. - SOCIAL ORDER, Q., STAKE-HOLDING, PARTNERSHIP, PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY, VOLUNTARISM, SPREAD OF OWNERSHIP, SOCIETY, ORGANIZATIONS, ENTERPRISES, COOPERATIVES, SELF-MANAGEMENT, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, PROPERTY, CAPITALISM, OWNERSHIP
ORDER: Force and compulsion may well succeed in organizing men behind the plans imposed upon them by their leaders. They cannot, however, lead to the creation of a genuine social order. Only freedom and individual responsibility are capable of doing that.” – Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.57. – That requires full exterritorial autonomy for all the diverse movement of volunteers. No one should be granted a territorial monopoly. - JZ, 14.1.11. - FORCE, FREEDOM, COMPULSION, INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY, LEADERSHIP, DICTATORSHIP, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY VS. TERRITORIALISM
ORDER: Freedom is not possible without order, and order without freedom is valueless.” – Alain. – Compare Proudhon’s motto “Liberty is the mother, not the daughter of order”, and Hayek’s remarks on spontaneous and unplanned order. - NATURAL ORDER, NATURAL LAW, NATURAL HARMONIES, LAISSEZ FAIRE.
ORDER: Genuine order cannot be achieved with territorial governments. It can only be achieved without such governments. – JZ, 23.6.87, 4.2.08, 5.6.13.
ORDER: Good order results spontaneously when things are let alone. – Zhuangzi, 369 BCE – 286 BCE - The Rothbardian - Political Organisation · 1,303 likes – Facebook, 12.8.13. – LAISSEZ FAIRE, NON-INTERVENTIONS, ZAP: ZERO AGGRESSION PRINCIPLE, NON-INITIATION OF FORCE, CHAOS, ANARCHY
ORDER: Government is Chaos – Anarchy is Order.” – PUNCH, 3.9.75.
ORDER: governments, so far from always being the cause or means of order, are often the destruction of it.” – Thomas Paine, quoted in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.78. – This, too, is correct only for territorial governments with involuntary subjects. - JZ, 15.1.11, 5.6.13.
ORDER: Hayek says that we fail to distinguish between two kinds of order: the “made” or planned order, such as a business firm or other limited organization, and the “grown” or spontaneous order, such as the whole society or the market process. It is crucial to make this distinction, however, because the two kinds of order are very different. Notably, the made order is designed for a specific purpose, while the grown order reflects the different and often competing purposes of many individuals and enterprises.” - David Boaz, ed., The Libertarian Reader, The Free Press, 1997, p.203. - Even the limited territorial government represents only a case of the made or planned order. Only the various panarchies or polyarchies of volunteers, all only exterritorially autonomous, represent the grown or spontaneous natural order, corresponding to the diverse nature, interests, abilities, beliefs, convictions and preferences of men free to choose for themselves, even in the political, economic and social spheres, as well as in the job, enterprise and consumer spheres. – This order is made or chosen by their volunteers, in accordance with their genuine individual rights and liberties, which are natural rights, natural liberties, of the natural order for human beings. - JZ, 3.10.07. 15.1.11. - SPONTANEOUSLY GROWN RATHER THAN MADE, SOCIETY, MARKET, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM
ORDER: Henry Hazlitt has called economics a science of recognizing secondary consequences. What he and others who have taken the time to study the working of free markets have perceived is that there is a natural orderliness in uncoerced dealings between men, which tends to maximize the well-being of each individual and put resources to their best use. But to accomplish this, a market must be free, which means that each participant must be allowed to decide for himself how he will use his assets, whether personal skills, money, or physical property. …” - George C. Leaf, THE FREEMAN, 1/78. - That thought should also be applied to a free market for political and social services that are wanted by diverse consumers of them. - JZ, 15.1.11. - MARKET, FREEDOM, SECONDARY CONSEQUENCES, ECONOMICS, NON-COERCION, COMPULSION, LAWS, PROPERTY
ORDER: Hitler, too, kept order. Order is something completely negative.” – The General stood still. “My God”, he said, “you talk like an anarchist.” - “Not at all. I believe that order is necessary, of course. But it’s not a be-all and end-all. When somebody talks about order as his sole objective, then he hasn’t anything else to offer.” – Hans Habe, Aftermath, 91. – What is negative in the order of a library, an archive a databank or an encyclopedia? Or with making all libertarian, anarchist, health, anti-aging, monetary freedom and anarchist and panarchist information easily accessible in an orderly way? The "order" of the Nazi bullies was expressed in their slogan: "We do not argue. We have truncheons!" (“Gummiknueppel”, with a flexible steel wire core.) They did not have to add that they also had "orderly" concentration and extermination camps. - I wish all my books and files were in a proper order. - JZ, 15.1.11. - ANARCHISM, LAW,
ORDER: I want to combat the typical notion that freedom and order are antithetical. I belief the two are logically interrelated. I think effective human freedom generates its own spontaneous order.” Proudhon put this idea simply when he wrote, ‘Liberty is the mother, not the daughter of order’.” – John R. Lott, reason, 10/78, quoting Leif in the first quote. Leif could at least then be contacted at 303-831-9201, Denver Open Network, 762 Lafayette St., Denver Colorado 80218. – I visited him in 1990. – JZ, 5.2.08. Alas, by now I can’t even remember his family name. Old age may be our worst enemy. – Luckily, I have still a paper file on this network. His name is Leif Smith. – If only all anti-aging research would be sufficiently networked and all its finding published on disks, then we might get somewhere, fast. Networking should also be optimally utilized to raise funds for such research. Government allocation of such funds, out of taxes, won’t do it fast enough, sufficiently or not at all. - JZ, 6.3.09, 5.6.13 .
ORDER: In its best sense and by itself, order ought to mean the forms and conventions by which we live and work together; order ideally is freedom from disturbing interruptions of peace, physical safety which in turn gives the psychological security for the pursuit of intellectual, emotional, and spiritual aims. But when coupled with law, it implies a rigid clinging to old forms of acting, a prevention of the very changes made necessary by our transitional age.” – Rollo Mayer, Power and Innocence, 1972, quoted in Butler D. Shaffer, Violence as a Product of Imposed Order, p.40. - LAW, IMPOSITIONS, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY CHOICES VS. TERRITORIAL IMPOSITIONS
ORDER: In many instances “order” is “chaos” and “chaos” is “order”. This applies to both, territorially imposed and voluntarily chosen exterritorial relationships. However, chaos happens much more often under territorially imposed relationships and order system. – JZ, 19.6.80, 15.1.11. - I just finished reading Sozhenitsyn’s August 1914. The chaos, ignorance and prejudices as well as dishonesty that existed at the highest level of the Russian forces is almost unbelievable. – JZ, 19.11.13. - CHAOS, COMPULSION & MONOPOLY VS. NATURAL ORDER, CHOICE & COMPETITION, CENTRALIZATION, PLANNING, HIERARCHIES, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLIES, TERRITORIALISM, MILITARISM, STANDING ARMIES
ORDER: In other words, one of the chief tests for any social order should be the measure by which the satisfaction of man’s true personal ends would automatically serve corporate ends.” – Thomas Robertson, Social Relations & Freedom, p.13, Modern Publishers, Indore. – In the free market order of Free Trade, Free Enterprise and Consumer Sovereignty, as well as full Monetary and Financial Freedom, Freedom the demand for consumer goods and services and for productive jobs can be best satisfied. In the free market for societal and community and governmental services, for whole political, economic and social systems, panarchism, with its voluntarism, experimental freedom, personal laws and exterritorial autonomy, starting with individual and group secessionism, the other aspirations of man, from reasonable ones to still prejudiced ones, could also be satisfied, with the lasting trend of more and more people making more sensible choices in these spheres as well but always only for themselves and like-minded people. No more territorialist domination practices! – JZ, 6.3.09. - CORPORATIONS, CONSUMER SATISFACTION & SOVEREIGNTY IN EVERY SPHERE, PANARCHISM, INCENTIVES, PROPERTY, PROFIT, GAIN, WEALTH, RICHES – THROUGH SERVING VOLUNTARY CUSTOMERS TO THEIR SATISFACTION, FREE MARKET GOVERNANCE, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM
ORDER: In short, those who are truly concerned about the maintenance of social order, will attempt a reduction of governmental authority, since it is intervention which is the underlying cause of social disorder.” – G. C. Roche III, Frederic Bastiat, A Man Alone, p.229. – The reduction of territorial governmentalism, even down to "limited" but still territorial governments, is not enough. All territorial powers, coercion and monopolies must become abolished. If nuclear "weapons" and economic, political and social crises could speak and reason then they would convey this message very clearly. - JZ, 15.1.11. - INTERVENTIONISM, DISORDER, FREEDOM, NWT, CRISES.
ORDER: In short, while the political state continues to be presented to the public as a system of order designed to protect them from acts of victimization, in truth it functions as a mechanism for the ordering, regulation, and restriction of human conduct to the end of maintaining a “status quo” for the benefit of those who would stand most to lose whatever advantage they presently enjoy, were men permitted a greater degree of flexibility and opportunity for change in their economic and social relationships. Such “order”, enforced by the physical state, is reminiscent of the “order” existing within a cartel, in which, in the words of one observer, “the goal is to restrain disturbing influences, to stabilize prices, and to assure those in the business the comfortable feeling that their position is secure.” – Butler D. Shaffer, Violence as a Product of Imposed Order, p.11. - Mere degrees of flexibility and opportunity are not enough. Nothing but full exterritorial autonomy for volunteers will suffice. - JZ, 15.1.11. – Security for the territorial States means insecurity for their involuntary subjects. – JZ, 19.11.13. - STATE, STATUS QUO, PROTECTION, VICTIMIZATION, SECURITY, EXPLOITATION, VESTED INTERESTS, REGULATIONS, RESTRICTIONS, TERRITORIALISM
ORDER: In the tragic days of Mussolini, the trains in Italy ran on time as never before and I am told in their way, their horrible way, that the Nazi concentration-camp system in Germany was a model of horrible efficiency. (*) The really basic thing in government is policy. Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy, but good administration can never save bad policy.” - Adlai E. Stevenson, governor of Illinois, speech before the Los Angeles Town Club, Los Angeles, California, September 11, 1952. - Speeches of Adlai Stevenson, p. 36 (1952). – (*) It was also a case of extreme inefficiency. They did not even use or abuse all of these victims as forced laborers in the arms industry or in food production. Their rationing, price controls and inflation were not efficient. Despotism and terror never get maximum voluntary support from their victims. – JZ, 5.3.09, 5.6.13. - POLICY, JUSTICE & EFFICIENCY, FASCISM, NAZIS
ORDER: In the world of daily life, the world, which we perforce inhabit, there is much talk about order, particularly from statesmen and politicians. They tend, however, to confuse order with orders, just as they confuse creation with regulations. Order, I suggest, is something evolved from within, not imposed from without; it is an internal stability, a vital harmony, and, in the social and political category, it has never existed except for the convenience of historians.” – E. M. Forster, in ANALOG, 29.3.82. - REGULATIONS, LAWS, ORDER, STABILITY, HISTORY
ORDER: Law and Order!” – What order? What law? – JZ, 27.6.73. –
ORDER: Law and Order” are incompatible. Forced political law creates chaos. Order is harmony with natural, human principles.” – Stormy Mon, A Liberty Book, p.80. – LAW, HARMONY, NATURAL LAW
ORDER: Let me tell you, friend, that wherever there’s some sonofabitch giving orders and another taking them, whether those orders are the results of a leader’s ulcerated nightmares or a ‘vote of the People, the spirit of Alexander Hamilton is hovering.” – L. Neil Smith, The Nagasaki Vector. - It does make a difference whether the subjects are all volunteers, or, largely, territorial subjects and whether they can exterritorially secede, as individuals or in whole groups. Vive la difference! - JZ, 15.1.11.
ORDER: Liberty - the mother not the daughter of order" Pierre Joseph Proudhon - & LIBERTY
ORDER: Liberty creates order.” – Sprading, Freedom, p. 92. – LIBERTY
ORDER: Man has no affinity for social chaos; as a matter of fact, he will pay about any price for social order, and order there will be. But how? All history attests to the answer: The cleverest and most energetic know-nothing will take over, not on a mutual consent basis, because there is no mutuality of minds; the take-over will be achieved by the use of coercion. Some one know-nothing will forcibly impose his own concept of rightness on all the others.” – Leonard E. Read, Deeper Than You Think, p.20/21. – Libertarian thinkers and writers should not only take the territorial model into consideration. - JZ, 15.1.11. - CHAOS, DISORDER, INTOLERANCE, DESPOTISM, DICTATORSHIP, LEADERSHIP, TOTALITARIANISM, AUTHORITARIANISM, TERRITORIALISM, DESPOTISM, VS. INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, CHOICE, PERSONAL LAW, SELF-OWNERSHIP, SELF-DETERMINATION, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
ORDER: Modern Socialism declares for Liberty and against authority and Modern Socialists are working for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, which means, briefly, the absence of coercion, monopoly and social discord. Liberty … is not the outcome of order but actually the cause of it. Proudhon says “Liberty is the mother, not the daughter of Order, a brief statement of an eternal truth; and it is simply wonderful (*) that men will so steadily oppose liberty under the impression that it leads to social discord and barbarism.” – W. R. Winspear, quoted in Bob James, Australian Anarchism, 33. – (*) ? absurd, irrational, contradictory? – JZ - State socialism or State monopolism is still the most popular form among the hundreds of different kinds of socialism and, unfortunately, the only one most people are aware of. There are cooperative and voluntary forms of socialism that are more competitive, free and productive than the free enterprise capitalism that is merely represented by employer and employee relationships. - JZ, 15.1.11. - LIBERTARIAN SOCIALISM, ANARCHISM, LIBERTY, CHAOS, BARBARISM, COOPERATIVE & VOLUNTARY SOCIALISM VS. THE HIERARCHIES OF EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIPS
ORDER: Most of all chaos and disorder in human affairs is brought about by attempts of a few to impose their kinds of “order” territorially upon whole populations. Laissez faire, laissez passer! All people should be free only to manage their own affairs – not the affairs of others, who do disagree with them. – JZ, 14.7.97. – DISORDER, CHAOS, PANARCHISM, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT & ASSOCIATIONS, FREE EXPERIMENTATION UNDER PERSONAL LAW, INTERVENTIONISM, TERRITORIALISM VS. VOLUNTARISM & SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, LAISSEZ FAIRE
ORDER: Only on the concept of ‘order’ can the concept of ‘freedom’ rest.” – Metternich, Denkwuerdigkeiten. (Nur auf dem Begriff von ‘Ordnung’ kann jener der ‘Freiheit’ beruhen.) – Only based upon liberty can as much order be achieved as is possible for human beings. – JZ, 4.2.08. – Compare Proudhon: “Freedom is the mother, not the daughter of order.” – Today we are still all too much under the rule of proverbial errors, prejudices, false generalizations and “definitions”, fallacies, etc. and stupidities, frequently unthinkingly and uncritically uttered and applied. – JZ, 5.6.13. – FREEDOM, FALSE BUT POPULAR GENERALIZATIONS
ORDER: Opposition to political authority does not entail opposition to social order.” - Aeon J. Skoble, Deleting the State, 2008, p.6. - http://www.voluntaryist.com/quotes/ – SOCIAL ORDER VS. STATE, POLITICAL AUTHORITY, TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, STATISM
ORDER: Order and security by themselves are not so important as WHAT is ordered and WHAT is made secure.” – Carl J. Friedrich, p.61 of The New Belief in the Common Man. – SECURITY, KINDS OF ORDER. Compare: LAW & ORDER
ORDER: Order is desirable not for keeping everything in place but for generating new powers that would otherwise not exist. The degree of orderliness – the new powers that order creates and confers – depends more on the variety of elements than on their temporal or local position. …” – F. A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit, p.79.
ORDER: Order is not a pressure imposed upon society from without, but an equilibrium which is set up from within.” – Mirabeau, in José Ortega y Gasset, Mirabeau ó el politico. In Mirabeau: Obras completas, 1847, Vo. III, p. 603, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 3/74, p. 178. – Every territorially imposed order in human affairs leads to disorder. – JZ, 5.4.89, 4.2.08, 15.1.11. – VOLUNTARISM, CONSUMER & FREE ENTERPRISE SOVEREIGNTY IN EVERY SPHERE, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PERSONAL LAW SOCIETIES, COMPETING GOVERNANCE, EXTERRITORIAL SELF-DETERMINATION, ASSOCIATIONISM, CONTRACTARIANISM, OPTING OUT, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM
ORDER: Order is possible under decentralized authority.” – Miller Upton, THE FREEMAN, 9/74. – Maximum genuine order, self-selected, is possible only when individuals and their voluntary groups are free to live under the law and order systems of their own free choice and that cannot be achieved territorially but only exterritorially, apart from some private property arrangements, usually not amounting to whole territories, like gated communities, proprietary communities and company towns, where the landlord, which might be a cooperative, sets the rules. – Globalism, the Internet, friendship and family relationships, and xyz voluntary private associations of people with common interests, e.g. sports, music, arts, literature, hobbies like coin and stamp collections, fashions, scientific research, modern transport and communication facilities do already connect us, largely exterritorially, all over the world. – The monopolies for whole systems, upheld by territorial States, are the last holdouts for the territorialist, collectivist and coercive non-solutions, producing rather than curing or preventing wrongs and upholding harmful laws and establishments, without permitting the freedom for individuals and dissenting minorities to opt out from under them. - JZ, 6.3.09. – PANARCHISM, SECESSIONISM, PROGRESS, TERRITORIALISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS.
ORDER: order, without law to disturb it.” – Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p45. – Order through personal rather than territorial law associations. - JZ, 14.1.11. - LAWS, TERRITORIAL LAWS VS. PERSONAL LAW
ORDER: Our people do not want their lives ordered from Washington.” – House minority leader Charles Halleck of Indiana, quoted by Dean Smith, Conservatism, p.100. – However, those who do want to be ruled by Washington or some other center or central authority, should be free to so submit, individually or in whole groups of volunteers. – JZ, 6.3.09, 5.6.13. – PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUALISM, CENTRALIZATION, DECISION-MAKING, AUTONOMY, SELF-GOVERNMENT
ORDER: Panarchism will help us to escape the imposed "order" and the resulting chaos of territorialism into a natural order corresponding to the abilities, knowledge and ideals of all non-aggressive individuals trying to realize their own dreams at their own risk and expense. It will make political, economic and social experiments as voluntaristic and harmless as most artistic, culinary and scientific experiments are - to all but the voluntary participants. Precisely because the large-scale territorial experiments of conventional governments are so dangerous and expensive, in money and blood, all public affairs experiments should, in future, be confined to volunteers only. Then their believers could only harm themselves, not doubters and dissenters: any non-members, anyone who seceded from them in time. The process could become as peaceful as that of diverse people engaging in diverse card- or sports games or artistic competitions. Imagine the chaos that would result if parties struggled on the kind of uniform food rations for all, according to their various dietary beliefs or convictions, instead of letting everyone pick from a menu or from the shelves of a self-service store, to fill his shopping cart with the items he thinks he needs or which are good for him and then do his own cooking. - JZ, 17.9.04, 14.1.11. – “Too many cooks”, especially politicians and bureaucrats, “do spoil the broth”. - JZ, 15.1.11, supplementing an old proverb. - CHAOS & PANARCHISM
ORDER: Rather than wholesale destruction of today’s government, we advocate its replacement (preferably peaceful) with a natural system of order consistent with life and liberty for individuals.” – W. Robert Black, THE NEW BANNER, 18.2.72. – The natural system of order in this sphere would require free choice for individuals when it comes to their governmental or societal affiliations. Exterritorial autonomy for volunteers offers almost unlimited choices. – Freedom for experiments with different societal systems but no further experiments with territorial ones! Why not? Put your head into some history books! – How many bloody failures does it need to convince you? - JZ, 6.3.09. – ABOLITION OF GOVERNMENT? TOLERANCE, PANARCHISM, ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS, VOLUNTARISM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, NATURAL ORDER.
ORDER: Should we „keep order“ by taking away man’s liberties and rights? – JZ, n.d. & 15.1.11. E.g. his freedom of association, freedom of contract, freedom to experiment, freedom to secede, freedom to organize under personal law, monetary and financial freedom, freedom to migrate, right to privacy? Right to resist, right to defend his genuine individual rights and liberties in rightful ways, with rightful weapons? - JZ, 15.1.11.
ORDER: Silence reigned – at the point of a gun.” – From film: The Incredible Breadmachine. - - FORCE, VIOLENCE, ORDER & PEACE OF A GRAVEYARD, TERRORISM, LAW & ORDER, WRONGFUL LAWS & WRONGFUL ORDERS.
ORDER: Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.” - Marquis de Sade. - VS. LIBERTY, SOCIAL ORDER
ORDER: States are becoming disquietingly similar – and the language of politics is no mean clue to the content of disagreement. The strain between order and liberty is an old refrain in Latin politics; it is now a daily part of North American political talk, accompanied by the same political neuroses, the same head-shaking, and the same slogans. “There can be no freedom without order.” – “First we must see that the law is upheld, and then we can redress injustice.” – “Who wants order if there is no freedom?” - Silvert, Man’s Power, p.64. – There can be no real order without freedom. – JZ, 19.5.76. – FREEDOM,
ORDER: the anarchists … wanted … to bring a kind of order to the world for the first time. … The order desired by anarchists is different from the order, “Ordnung”, the Germans called it; “law and order” say the American politicians) of national governments. They want a voluntary forming of human relations, …” - Herbert Read, Anarchism & Order, ix. – But they have, mostly, not yet envisioned voluntary and tolerant governments as yet, on the basis of exterritorial autonomy, as neutrals at least or even as allies in the struggle for this kind of genuine self-management or self-government, always without any territorial monopoly claim. - JZ, 15.1.11. - ANARCHISM, PANARCHISM, TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISMORDER: The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.” – Alfred North Whithead. – Panarchies would solve this problem by making laws and experimental actions, societies and communities a matter of personal choice. – JZ, 21.11.95, 14.1.11. – Let each learn and advance at his own speed and his own risk and cost. – JZ, 7.1.99. – It introduces full consumer sovereignty and full free enterprise competition even in the spheres of providing whole political, economic and social systems, not only within the religious sphere, that of sports, arts, technology and science and for the production and consumption of consumer goods and services. – JZ, 5.3.09. - CHANGE, PANARCHISM & PROGRESS
ORDER: the best social order is not susceptible to being … scientifically constructed.” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn, quoted in Cornuelle, Demanaging America, chapter 11. – Nevertheless, under full experimental freedom for communities of volunteers, it would be gradually developed, at least each type that would be optimal for particular kinds of people at their stage of enlightenment. After all, the natural sciences and technologies were not all produced at once, in a scientific way, but developed gradually, often by accidents and as a result of numerous experiments, most of which resulted in failures. – From that point of view: The more “planned” and supposedly “scientific” “utopias” or experiments are set up, by volunteers, for themselves only, the better. - JZ, 6.2.08.
ORDER: The chaos that gave rise to us was created by you. From the order that you are setting up a new chaos will spring. You always call chaos order, and the fear of others you regard as greatness. We don’t want any share in it.” – Hans Habe, Off Limits, p.363. – Panarchists aim at letting everyone have his own kind of order or disorder in his own affairs, under his own rules or personal laws, in exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers, not confined to any territory but by their own personal laws and, naturally the individual rights and liberties of all non-members. – JZ, 6.2.08. – Only territorialism should become “off limits”! – JZ, 6.3.09. – Even the kind of order, which housewives establish in their own homes, is frequently changed by them. They would certainly not welcome chances forced upon them by their visitors or other housewives. – JZ, 5.6.13. - PANARCHISM, CHAOS, DISORDER.
ORDER: The highest perfection of society is found in the union of order and anarchy.” - Proudhon, quoted in Herbert Read, Anarchy & Order, p. 128. – ANARCHY, PERFECTION, SOCIETY, UNITY BASED UPON VOLUNTARISM, CHOICE, COMPETITION FOR ALTERNATIVES, SECESSIONISM, PERSONAL LAW OR EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY
ORDER: The imposition of order invariably results in chaos.” – Doug Casey
ORDER: the old impulse to follow inborn altruistic instincts actually hinders the formation of more extensive orders.” – F. A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit, p.81. - EGOISM, SELFISHNESS, MARKET-ORDER, PRICING, CONTRACTS, FREE EXCHANGE, CHOICE, FREEDOM, LIBERTY, RIGHTS.
ORDER: The only liberty I mean, is a liberty connected with order; that not only exists along with order and virtue, but which cannot exist at all without them." - Edmund Burke, Speech at Bristol, 1774. - But the order required may only consist, of the ordering principles of voluntarism, individual sovereignty, individual secessionism or panarchism, exterritoriality, full autonomy and recognition for the individual rights of others, to the extent that the others do claim them for themselves. - JZ, 12.11.82, 8.4.89. - (Naturally, to the extent that one does recognize and respect individual rights and liberties one would not intentionally infringe them among those people who do not yet recognize certain rights and liberties. - JZ, 15.1.11.) But the optimal ordering principle does not consist in territorially imposed uniformity but, rather, in free choices and contracts for individuals and their groups of volunteers, including individual sovereignty, individual secessionism, personal laws and exterritorial autonomy. – JZ, 12.11.82, 4.2.08. - FREEDOM
ORDER: The order we need is command over self.” – Leonard E. Read, Legacy of Truth, ch.10. –– Voluntary membership in States and societies is a primary requirement and this requires also freedom to dissociate oneself or to secede from any organization that no longer suits an individual at his stage of enlightenment and to associate anew with other, like-minded people, under full exterritorial autonomy. – JZ, 5.2.08 – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, SELF-COMMAND, SELF-DETERMINATION, SELF-GOVERNMENT.
ORDER: the ordering of society is antipathetic to liberty.” – John Anderson on Croce, History as the Story of Liberty, in The Servile State, “AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY”, 1943. - Correct for the imposed, coercive, monopolistic, collectivist and territorial ordering. - JZ, 15.1.11. - LIBERTY
ORDER: the prime ethical purpose of order, and its only long-term assurance, is the furthering of individual autonomy.” – Silvert, Man’s Power, XX. – AUTONOMY, FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNY
ORDER: the result of human action but not of human design.” – F. A. Hayek. – But there can also be a rationally created order in human knowledge, e.g. via alphabetized indexes, bibliographies, directories, ideas archives, clearing houses, free exchange, free enterprise, free communications, the full realization of all individual rights and liberties. – JZ, 27.4.89, 4.2.08. - Also possible are a designed orderly society or utopia or political, social and economic experiment, if all are for their kind of volunteers only. The only impossibility is for everyone to design the over-all society for all others, in details. For we do not know what rightful use others will make of all their genuine individual rights and liberties. They are entitled to make their own individual and group choices. - JZ, 15.1.11, 5.6.13.
ORDER: The same is in some measure true of the term ‘order’ itself. ‘Though one of the oldest terms of political theory, it has been somewhat out of fashion for some time. But it is an indispensable term which, on the definition we have given it – a condition of affairs in which we can successfully form expectations and hypotheses about the future – refers to objective facts and not to values. (*) Indeed, the first important difference between a spontaneous order or cosmos and an organization (arrangement) or taxis is that, not having been deliberately made by men, a cosmos has no purpose. This does not mean that its existence may not be exceedingly valuable in the pursuit of many purposes: …” – F. A. Hayek, The Confusion of Language in Political Thought, page.11, IEA Occasional Paper 20, 1968. - Even the basic distinctions between a) an imposed order, b) a voluntarily and intentionally arranged order and c) a spontaneously arrived at order, are usually not made. Except the order imposed upon criminals, aggressors, barbarians and primitives, when they endanger others (even here a great variety of deterrence, protection, punishment and rehabilitation systems exist), I favor only voluntarily arrived-at orderly arrangements, like e.g. panarchies and the spontaneous order among interacting free people. The voluntary orderly arrangements, like panarchies or polyarchies, are also part of a spontaneous order system, that of panarchism. – Territorial States are not. – Hayek, having only a supposedly ideal and limited territorial State in mind, did not discuss the panarchistic or polyarchic options. At least not to my knowledge. – The “taxis” order of territorial States, “deliberately made by men”, are only made by some men, the victimizers, not their victims, e.g., by the extermination camp mass murderers, not by their victims, in the extreme case. - JZ, 6.2.08. - (*) Most “orderly” systems, by their standards, which reformers and utopians desire for themselves, are not or not sufficiently based upon objective facts and correct observations of them and of natural laws. They are also mostly merely based upon subjective values, e.g. egalitarianism. – JZ, 5.6.13.
ORDER: The situation is, of course, that because it was not dependent on organization but grew as a spontaneous order, the structure of modern society (*) has attained a degree of complexity, which far exceeds that which it is possible to achieve by deliberate organization. Even the rules that made the growth of this complex order possible were not designed in anticipation of that result; but those peoples who happened to adopt suitable rules developed a complex civilization, which prevailed over others. It is thus a paradox, based on a complete misunderstanding of these connections, when it is sometimes contended that we must deliberately plan modern society because it has grown so complex. The fact is rather that we can preserve an order of such complexity only if we control it not by the method of “planning”, i.e. by direct orders, but, on the contrary, aim at the formation of a spontaneous order based on general rules.” – F. A. Hayek, Kinds of Order in Society. - (*) Only to the extent that it is a free market society! – But to the “simple rules” should belong: Voluntary membership or subordination, individual and group secessions as options, the option of full exterritorial autonomy for voluntary communities under personal laws, not confined to any territory. And, naturally, a fully developed declaration of all genuine individual rights and liberties (distinguished e.g. from Welfare State claims, posed as rights), which is still all too much amiss. – JZ, 6.2.08. – Also needed or desirable is an ideal militia for the protection of all genuine individual rights and liberties. I for one would greatly prefer both to any supposedly limited but still territorial government. – JZ, 15.1.11, 5.6.13, 18.11.13. - COMPLEXITY, UTOPIAS, LAWS, CENTRAL PLANNING, DICTATORSHIPS, DICTOCRACIES, SOCIETY, MILITIA, DECLARATION OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, CIVILIZATION, RULES, SOCIETY, ORDERS VS. SPONTANEOUS ORDER & HARMONY
ORDER: the time has come for the private property order. It needs no political plan, no economic legislation, no economic policy, only freedom.” – Hans F. Sennholz, THE FREEMAN, Nov. 1985, p.673: Classical Liberalism Reconsidered. – Would his private property order have outlawed voluntary or cooperative socialism and the practice of all kinds of statism and collectivism among volunteers only, who do not claim any territorial monopoly? - 15.1.11. - PROPERTY RIGHTS
ORDER: The untutored mind does not sense the magnificent and intricate order in a free society, which is the result of human action but not the consequence of human design. Merely enforce a few simple rules against theft, fraud and murder, enforce contracts, redress injury – and within these few rules people acting freely and productively will project an order so complicated that it defies human understanding. Could we fully understand it, economic calculation apart from a market would be feasible – which it is not.” – Edmund Opitz, THE FREEMAN, July 75, p.438. – Did he clearly enough envision the exterritorial autonomy options for volunteers, even when it comes to whole alternative social, political and economic systems and institutions? - JZ, 15.1.11. Above I quoted 3 relevant statements. Search under “Opitz”. – JZ, 5.6.13. - FREE SOCIETY, SIMPLE RULES, PANARCHISM, LAISSEZ FAIRE, NATURAL ORDER, VOLUNTARISM, MARKETS IN EVERY SPHERE, FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT, ASSOCIATE & SECEDE
ORDER: The utilization of the spontaneous ordering forces of the market to achieve this kind of optimum, and leaving the determination of the relative shares of the different individuals to what must appear as accident (*), are inseparable. Only because the market induces every individual to use his unique knowledge of particular opportunities and possibilities for his purposes - can an overall order be achieved that uses in its totality the dispersed knowledge, which is not accessible as a whole to anyone. The ‘maximisation’ of the total product in the above sense, and its distribution by the market, cannot be separated because it is through the determination of the prices of the factor of production that the overall order of the market is brought about. If incomes are not determined by factor pricing within the output, then output cannot be maximized relative to individual preferences.” – F. A. Hayek, The Confusion of Language in Political Thought, p.30, IEA Occasional Paper 20, 1968. - Should he have rather written: “factors of production and exchange”? – JZ, 5.6.13. - (*) Rather as the result of many free exchanges, made voluntarily by people believing to benefit from them. Each consumer, so to speak, voting with his dollars, in a free market and thus making, sometimes, extraordinary profits possible to some, who do satisfy many people with their goods or services. The outcome can hardly be called a mere accident. An accident may only be involved insofar as the supplier may have hit, by accident, on the kind of product or service that will satisfy many people. – The essential “prices” or costs of panarchies are 1.) The kind of special package deal that they offer, 2.) voluntary membership, 3. full exterritorial autonomy and 4.) the kind of charges they have to make for their kind of package-deal community services, offered to all of their members, comparable to insurance premiums in relation to insurance pay-outs. – However, there is no obligation to become or remain a member of a panarchy. – Individuals may rely for their lives entirely on free market relationships, buying or subscribing to goods and service deliveries by free contracts with a variety of suppliers, just like they do now as sovereign consumers for all but services presently exclusively supplied by territorial governments. - JZ, 6.2.08, 5.6.13. – PANARCHISM, AN EXTENSION OF CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY
ORDER: There is no course of life so weak and sottish as that which is managed by order, method, and discipline.” – Michel de Montaigne, Essays, III, 1588. – Is that true e.g. for all writing efforts, all scientific experiments and other researches, the management of every business and factory? – JZ, 2.2.08. - DISCIPLINE, METHOD, LIFE,
ORDER: they thought they were ordering their lives.” – Poul Anderson. Past Times, p.90. – All individuals and all groups have the right to do that but not to order the lives of other individuals and other groups of volunteers. – JZ, 4.2.08. - PANARCHISM
ORDER: think of deadly order." - (Source? - It got somehow lost in automatic sorting! - JZ), Think of the order, peace and security – of grave-yards. – JZ, 5.3.09. Or that of extermination camps! – JZ, 5.6.13. – NATURAL ORDER VS. MAN-MADE ORDER, SELF-CHOSEN ORDER VS. IMPOSED ORDER, CHAOS, LAW, OBEDIENCE, SYSTEMS, TERRITORIALISM, NUCLEAR STRENGTH, NUCLEAR DETERRENCE
ORDER: Those (who) seek to establish systems of Government based on the regimentation of all Human Beings by a handful of individual rulers … call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order." – Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of The United States. - He himself and his "New Deal" was one of the best proofs for his statement. - This was an involuntary joke on him. - JZ, 23. 11. 06. - REGIMENTATION, RULERS & ORDER, FDR & HIS NEW DEAL
ORDER: those who are truly concerned about the maintenance of social order, will attempt a reduction of governmental authority, since it is intervention which is the underlying cause of social disorder.” – G. C. Roche III, Frederic Bastiat, A Man Alone, p.229. – GOVERNMENT, AUTHORITARIANISM
ORDER: Thus, exactly at that moment when we have begun to suspect that law is congealed injustice, that the existing order hides an everyday violence against body and spirit, that our political structure is fossilized, and that the noise of change – however scary – may be necessary, a cry rises for ‘law and order’.” – Howard Zinn, Disobedience and Democracy, p.4. – LAWS, STATES TERRITORIALISM
ORDER: too much order … can be fatal.” – Frank Herbert, Children of Dune, p.69 in ANALOG 3/76.
ORDER: True order and system are found only within the individual sphere, or in proportion to the coincidences between different parties.” – Josiah Warren, True Civilization, p.154, Conclusion. – INDIVIDUALISM, VOLUNTARISM, ASSOCIATIONISM, SYSTEMS
ORDER: Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder.” - Paul Valéry, quoted in READER’S DIGEST, 1/77 – DISORDER, CHAOS
ORDER: Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control.” – Denis Diderot, Supplement to Bougainville’s “Voyage”, 1796. – Rather under his control, not permitting us to control our own affairs, keeping our own kinds of order or chaos. - JZ, 15.1.11. - LEADERSHIP, POLITICIANS, CONTROL, POWER, TERRITORIALISM, HIERARCHIES
ORDER: Where and when the artificial and territorial „law & order“ system ends the natural order arising from morality and human nature begins. – JZ, 13.1.79, 6.2.08, 15.1.11. – LAWS, ORDER, HARMONY, MAN, HUMAN NATURE, MORALITY, LAWS, PERSONAL LAW, VOLUNTARISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & CHOICES
ORDER: Where men are left to regulate themselves according to their own individual self-interests and their “native sense of equity”, social order inevitably asserts itself without any artificial assistance.” – Benjamin R. Tucker in Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.160.
ORDER: You may have heard Holgee’s Theorem; that Order is merely a primitive and arbitrary relational grouping of objects in the chaos of the universe, and that, if a being’s intelligence and power approached maximum, his coefficient of control (considered as the product of intelligence and power, and expressed by the symbol ing) would approach minimum – due to the disastrous geometric progression if objects to be comprehended and controlled outstripping the arithmetic progression of Grasp.” – Robert Sheckley, Dimensions of Miracles, p.16. - Nothing can be properly ordered from a center. At least, in one’s own affairs one should be free to achieve the own kind and degree of order that one can be somewhat satisfied with. – JZ, 4.2.08. - & THE LIMITS OF HUMAN KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE, HOLGEE’S THEOREM, PLANNING, RATIONING, DIRECTING, CONTROLLING, REGULATING, LEGISLATING, CENTRALIZING
ORDERLY MARKETING: any device to raise prices, particularly for food and other necessaries.” – I.E.A. – Often politicians find that its suits them to subsidize both, consumers and producers, so that consumers seem to pay less for goods or services while actually, via their taxes, they pay more for them. – JZ, 6.3.09 PRICE CONTROL, SUBSIDIES, TAXATION,
ORDERS: Anyway, why should one bunch of guys do all the order-giving and another all the order-taking?” - Eric Frank Russell, Call Him Dead, 84 of ASTOUNDING SF, Br. Ed., 3/56. - COMMAND SYSTEM, RULERS, POLITICIANS, CONTROL, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY, OFFICIALS, BUREAUCRACY VS. GENUINE SELF-GOVERNMENT UNDER PANARCHISM, FREE MARKET, FREE CONTRACT RELATIONSHIPS, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM
ORDERS: Give as few orders as possible … Once you've given orders on a subject, you must always give orders on that subject.” - Frank Herbert, Dune, The Prophet of Dune. Complete & unabridged edition, p.368. - Let people command themselves, in all their own affairs. – JZ, 5.2.08. - Our language often has still more sense than most people have under the statist ideology. See, for instance, how many terms, starting with "self-" have still positive connotations. - JZ, 15.1.11. - SELF-DETERMINATION, SELF-DISCIPLINE, SELF-CONTROL, SELF-MANAGEMENT, SELF-IMPROVEMENT, SELF-EDUCATION, SELF-HELP, ETC. - LEADERSHIP, INITIATIVE
ORDERS: It’s alright to follow orders – but this is suicide.” – From film: “Extraordinary Seaman”. - NWT.
ORDERS: No man has received from nature the right to give orders to others. – Denis Diderot – in www.strike-the-root.com - VS. RIGHTS
ORDERS: Orders were inexorable soulless things which temporarily divorced a man from rationality and made him an extension of another brain.” – L. Ron Hubbard, Ole Doc Methusalah, p.130. – What have even most of the best generals, officers and soldiers achieved, apart some temporary empires and all too many killings of supposed enemies and of soldiers of the own side? – What percentage of all military orders were quite rightful, defensive or liberating? – JZ, 5.6.13.
ORDERS: The Declaration of Independence is so lucid we’re afraid of it today. It scares the hell out of every modern bureaucrat, because it tells us there comes a time when we must stop taking orders.” – Karl Hess, in PLAYBOY interview, 7/76. – DISOBEDIENCE, INDEPENDENCE, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM, INSUBORDINATION, REVOLUTIONI, LIBERATION
ORDERS: There comes a time when you got to question your orders.” – “I Deal in Danger”, TV, Channel 4, NSW, 22.8.76.
ORDERS: Where there are orders, there are oppression, danger and disorder.” – Pelletier, LERNZIEL ANARCHIE, No. 3. – DISORDER, OPPRESSION
ORDERS: Wrongful orders should be disobeyed. – JZ, 17.5.92. 4.2.08.
ORDERS: you can’t conscript brains just by handing out orders.” – Robert Heinlein, The Day After Tomorrow, p.34. – BRAINS, MINDS, HEADS, IDEAS, FORCE, CONSCRIPTION, COOPERATION, SELF-THINKING, RESPONSIBILITY
ORGANIC CHANGE: To disdain anything short of an organic change in thought or institution is infatuation. To be willing to make such changes too frequently, even when they are possible, is foolhardiness." - John Morley, On Compromise, p.229. - Exterritorial, autonomous and individual and voluntary change is organic and natural change. - JZ, 26.6.89. – Territorialism is unnatural. Natural is only e.g. elbow-room, the privacy, home- and nesting instinct, which do not require as large real estates that they deserve the term “territory”. National territorialism infringes and exploits rather than protects house and home, and personal liberties and rights. – JZ, 6.3.09. – RATES & OTHER TAXES, AVALANCHES OF LAW, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY VS. TERRITORIALISM, NATURAL LIBERTY & RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
ORGANIC GROWTH: Often it is more imagined and wished for than real. Particularly regarding States, laws and borders one should not pretend that coercion, suppression, invasion, conquest, exploitation, deception, prejudices etc. played no role in them, while, supposedly, peaceful development did. Only under panarchism will there be something approaching natural and free organic growth in this sphere. – JZ, 20.6.92, 4.2.08. – DEVELOPMENT, TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM
ORGANIC LIFE: Man finds his instincts, already deformed by being defined, now altogether inhibited. The organic life of the group, a self-regulative life like the life of all organic entities, is stretched on the rigid frame of a code. It ceases to be life in any real sense, and only functions as convention, conformity, and discipline.” – Herbert Read, Anarchism and Order, p.40. – Is there and can there be or was there ever any inorganic life? – JZ, 3.6.13. - LAWS, RULES, REGULATIONS, DISCIPLINE, LIFE, CONFORMITY, TERRITORIALISM, STATES, CODES, LEGALISM, LEGALITY, NATION-BUILDING, UNIFICATION ATTEMPTS, EGALITARIANISM
ORGANIC: Disease is no less organic than is health.” – Blankertz/Goodman: Staatlichkeitswahn, p.83.
ORGANIZATIONS: Anarchists actually want much more organization, though organization without authority. The prejudice about anarchism derives from a prejudice about organization; people cannot see that organization does not depend on authority, that it actually works best without authority. – A moment’s thought will show that when compulsion is replaced by consent there will have to be more discussion and planning, not less.” – Nicolas Walter, About Anarchism. - But organizations should be as far as possible and desired decentralized also, not only centralized. They should have only voluntary members. And they should not be confined to territorial organizations but rest exclusively on exterritorially autonomous organization i.e., should be without any territorial monopoly, local or world-wide ones, in every sphere. – JZ, 2.2.08. - ANARCHISM & AUTHORITY
ORGANIZATIONS: And finally, consider two men acting in concert. Do they, by reason of their number and association have any greater rights than either of them alone? No. They may form alliances, plot and plan, but strive as they may, they cannot conjure up any greater rights than they possessed before they were organized. The reason for this is not difficult to ascertain: societies, alliances, and governments are only abstractions, conveniences of thought and speech and have no real, tangible existence in and of themselves. (*) They are but words representing interrelationships established among men through the exercise of their individual powers. – If a society or government had a palpable being of itself, it too would contain its own intrinsic source of rights; but all such are merely groups of purposes, rules, actions, and persons, only the last of which possess tangible being and its attendant rights. Therefore, no organization, regardless of the exalted or base nature of its goals, can correctly exercise any rights greater than those of its creator, man.” - Jack Pemberton, in THE FREEMAN, June 76. - (*) But their voluntary and cooperative relationships do have an existence, which, without that organization, would not exist. – One might as well say that e.g. a contract or a marriage does not exist. - JZ, 4.2.08. - SOCIETIES, RIGHTS, ABSTRACTIONS, MAJORITIES, MINORITIES, CHOICE, CONSENT, GROUPS, VOLUNTARISM, INDIVIDUALISM, GOVERNMENTS, CORPORATIONS,
ORGANIZATIONS: As the Sufis say, every organization eventually becomes a conditioning or brainwashing instrument.” – Robert Anton Wilson, The Illuminati Papers, p.109. - As if one should not distinguish coercive from voluntary organizations, monopolistic ones from competitive ones, organizations from which one can secede and those from which one cannot, territorial and exterritorial communities, those recognizing individual rights and liberties and those, which do not. They are like men and their characteristics and preferences are all different. Thus generalizations on one type do not necessarily fit all the other types. But since they are run by people and people are all too often power-mongers … And some organizations, including the democracies, give all too much scope to power-mad people and power-addicts. – Can and does a shopkeeper brainwash his customers, or any employer, being one among dozens of millions, his employees? They may try, but can they, really? - JZ, 6.2.08. – Churches and sects are not the only organizations which have been brainwashing their members for centuries. – JZ, 19.11.13. – TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, RULERS, PARLIAMENTS, POLITICIANS, REPRESENTATITIVES, GOVERNMENTS
ORGANIZATIONS: But act for yourself. Don’t organize, and don’t look to leaders to help you. Any activity big enough to require a leader is big enough to be noticed and attacked.” – Harry Browne, How I Found Freedom, p.178. – As if there were no jobs that are too big for individuals to tackle and complete. Could Harry Brown have built a sky scraper or prevented a war, an inflation or mass unemployment - on his own? – JZ, 6.2.08, 5.6.13. – SELF-HELP, LEADERSHIP, COOPERATION, COLLABORATION, INDIVIDUALS, MINIMUM SIZE, OVER-SIZE & OPTIMAL SIZE, NEW DRAFT, EDUCATION, ENLIGHTENMENT
ORGANIZATIONS: But size and complexity could not avert the doom that ultimately faces any human enterprise.” - Poul Anderson, The Long Night, p.42. - Some people draw no distinction between governments and private corporations and believe that both do equally suppress and mislead. One will arrive at another judgment if one considers all the features, e.g. the centralism, monopolism, coercion, compulsory membership and territorialism of territorial States, and the degrees of competitiveness, voluntarism (in finance, membership, custom), decentralization and exterritorialism involved in private corporations, which are not endowed with any legal privileges. The question of size also matters, from under-sized to oversized organizations and, finally, to optimally sized ones. Further, hierarchically organized bodies should be distinguished from those with various forms of self-management at every level, centralized from decentralized ones, anarchistic, democratic and partnership ones from authoritarian ones. Not every institution institutionalizes power, privilege, coercion and prejudice and each could and should be subjected to individual secessionism, competitive alternative institutions and sufficient publicity about its characteristics. - JZ, 9.2.02, 5.6.13. – Some enterprises, although, alas, not all of them, do already go far in releasing the creative energies of their members. All territorial governments are still very backwards in this respect. – Mostly they reduce them to signing petitions, and participating in protests and marches, beside the majority vote, hardly ever of significant value to an individual. - JZ, 19.11.13. - GOVERNMENTS, CORPORATIONS, EMPIRES, TERRITORIALISM, ASSOCIATIONS, COMPANIES, ENTERPRISES, BUSINESS, PANARCHISM, VOTING
ORGANIZATIONS: Every organization trespasses against the autonomous individual.” – Prof Kemp and Butler Shaffer. - The autonomous individual would join it and remain in it only for the advantages that his participation in it would bring him or her. Organization types should be distinguished. Cooperation restraints are not significant when the cooperative or corporation have no privileges or coercive powers and individuals may give notice, sell their shares, do not have to work in them or invest in them or buy their goods or services. – JZ, 7.4.91. - But they do hardly as much trespassing in private and voluntary corporations, without any government-granted privileges, as in official, compulsory, territorial or even totalitarian ones. – The individual can secede from the private and voluntary ones. - JZ, 4.2.08, 15.1.11, 5.6.13, 19.11.13. – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM
ORGANIZATIONS: Explain: (a) why no major organization has ever voluntarily disbanded itself.” – John Galt, Systemantics, p.96. – But if it was based on voluntary membership then all members may simply have left it. – JZ, 1981. – “Shareholders” of a community of volunteers may have sold all their shares. And finally there may be no more bidders for them. – That would be one of the natural ways of dissolving it. – JZ, 6.3.09. - Are there any or even many exceptions to this rule? As far as I know, many large corporations went bankrupt and were not bailed out by a national government. - JZ, 15.1.11. – At least most small organizations of “idealists”, because so far they mostly do not get sufficient publicity, e.g. through a meeting calendar for a whole city, do very often have only a short active lifespan. What remains of them is mostly only some friendships. – JZ, 5.6.13. - SYSTEMS, POWER
ORGANIZATIONS: Freedom needs special organizations and special markets that help to unleash and utilize creative energies rather than restrain them. They should bring demand and supply in their special spheres as fully together as is possible. – JZ, 24.9.88, 4.2.08. - FREEDOM, POLITICAL ORGANIZATION, IDEAS ARCHIVE, CONTACTS, LIBERTARIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA, LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY, DIRECTORIESORGANIZATIONS: I have no respect for organizations as such – be they labor unions, chambers of commerce, organized religions, educational organizations, governments, or whatever. Respect can be extended only to individual persons who uphold and practice the several virtues. A person’s membership in this organization or that may reveal much or nothing.” – Leonard E. Read, Who’s Listening? –As if organizations that would really “release all creative energies” of their members, were impossible. – Obviously, most territorial States are not such organizations. And all too many private and voluntary organizations, hierarchically structured and based also upon the leadership principle and those of public servants and their allocated bureaucratic functions, do rarely act like a successful business or cooperative or partnership. Already the mere employer-employee relationship is a major obstacle to success. Or foreign ownership may be or dependence upon donors. There is still no agreement on which kinds of alternative media, reference works, structures or institutions are required to become successful in a positive and rightful way. – The most talented and creative person can’t do much within most ordinary organizations and without the special help that is needed for all such persons to become almost certainly successful. See e.g. Ideas Archive and Talent Centre. - JZ, 6.2.08.
ORGANIZATIONS: If, as Nicholas Beryaev argued (*), all complex organization enslaves, then at certain points individuals must assert their claim for freedom by limiting the enslavement through rebellion – an important theme of Albert Camus’ great novel The Rebel.” – Milford Q. Sibley, The Obligation to Disobey, p.87. – They do not have to rebel - if they are free to secede, individually or in whole groups. – JZ, 6.2.08. - - (*) Nicolai Berdyaev, Slavery and Freedom, New York, 1944 and The Realm of Spirit and the Realm of Caesar, New York, 1952. – SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM
ORGANIZATIONS: It is organization, which gives birth to the domination of the elected over the electors, of the mandatories over the mandators, of the delegates over the delegator. Who says organization, says oligarchy.” – Robert Michels. – C. Bingham, in Men & Affairs, p.17, goes on: “This is the essence of Michel’s increasingly discussed ‘iron law of oligarchy’ – ‘the fundamental sociological law of political parties’.” - Michels emphasised that he was using “political” in its most comprehensive significance. – What both should have stressed is that their judgments apply mainly only to territorial States with an exclusive monopoly for a whole territory and all its population, legislative, juridical, police, defence and penal powers, and that individuals and minorities are not yet free to secede from them. Under that condition every territorial monopoly organization can be very much abused and often is. – Why did they not seriously consider the radical alternatives to these authoritarian systems? - JZ, 6.2.08.
ORGANIZATIONS: It is the law of all organization that as it becomes complete it becomes rigid.” – Herbert Spencer, Sociology, I, p.571. – Quoted in Durant: Herbert Spencer, p.43. – That is hardly completely true for all organizations of volunteers, although these, too, tend to develop “traditions” and habitually stick to them. They are all continuously exposed to members leaving them and new members with somewhat different ideas joining them and also to competition from numerous independent other associations of volunteers. The more rigid they are the more they are likely to become replaced by less rigid ones. – However, what he says is largely true for associations, which have almost nothing but traditions and rituals to offer, e.g. religions and free mason groups. - JZ, 5.6.13. - RIGIDITY, ESTABLISHMENT, HIERARCHIES
ORGANIZATIONS: it is usually impossible to get an organization to change its ways unless you drastically change the organization.” – ANALOG 5/77, editorial. – All institutions should have sufficient inbuilt self-change options. A quite basic one is their voluntarism and another one their exterritorialism. Both are maintained through individual secessionism. - Each secessionist is, so to speak, on a lasting and perhaps even permanent strike against the organization that he seceded from. - With enough following his example, the organization is likely to change, trying to improve itself. Otherwise it will simply disappear, one by one. - JZ, 15.1.11. - CHANGES, RADICALISM, REFORMS
ORGANIZATIONS: Large-scale organizations are noted for their inability to change. Traditionally, they ignore the need for change at least as long as possible, and then react with blind panic, often first discarding those assets which would help them survive.” – Arthur D. Hlavaty, in DIAGONAL RELATIONSHIP 10. – BIGNESS, LARGENESS, OVER-SIZE
ORGANIZATIONS: Many people, for example, equate government with almost any kind of organization. (*) And so, if they hear me say “I don’t think we need any government”, they think they heard me say, “We don’t have to organize” – human beings don’t have to organize. Well, that’s NOT what I mean. - I think it is a natural thing for human beings to organize. I think it is true that no one of us has enough brains or enough time or enough energy to put the pieces together that we have to put together, if we are going to live and live in relative comfort and happiness in this troubled world. So I am not at all opposed to organization.” – Robert LeFevre, Good Government, p.7. – To me it seems obvious and it was, probably, obvious for LeFevre as well, that there can be really good (or limited) governmental and self-management organization in every sphere, on a quite rightful and rational basis, for all the people in a territory, even world-wide, who do agree upon them, corresponding to their diversity, their statism, centralization, decentralization, their love of freedom or of something else. – (*) But so far most people do not demand as yet or even comprehend really free competition, under personal law or exterritorial autonomy, by all kinds of societies, communities and governance systems, just like it exists for all other organizations, which are not territorially monopolistic ones. - JZ, 6.2.08, 15.1.11, 5.6.13.
ORGANIZATIONS: Moreover, as the individualistic approach in economics makes clear, only individuals can think and act. Organizations, on the other hand, cannot think or, in a fundamental sense, act.” – William H. Peterson, THE FREEMAN, 2/75. – As if xyz private and voluntary societies of like-minded people could not sufficiently manage their own affairs, largely by consensus, with dissenters free to secede. – JZ, 19.11.13. – VOLUNTARISM, ASSOCIATIONISM, SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUALS, THINKING, ACTION
ORGANIZATIONS: Not more libertarian organizations are needed but more libertarian organization, liaison and publicity between libertarian organizations and libertarian individuals, more than the Internet, in its present form, has provided so far. The aim must be to achieve a world-wide division of labor between libertarians, and this based upon voluntary commitments of freedom lovers rather than merely being based upon paid-for services, researches, writings etc. These will also occur, but are not enough. Just like among hobbyists, collectors etc., the labor potentials of labors of love must become mobilized and all such present efforts sufficiently publicized, especially when more input from others is needed and wanted. E.g., a common libertarian projects list and ideas archive as well as a directory to people with special libertarian interests - could achieve already much in this direction. Free exchange and free communication between all like-minded people with the same high-priority interests must become much easier and more complete than it was so far, or if left to chance. The resources, special knowledge, skills and texts that thousands have to offer should not only be offered by them in their own websites, e-mail attachments, disks etc. but also in combination, e.g. upon an external hard disk of 320 Gbs, which has room for more than a million books or their equivalent pages, with an inbuilt search-engine, a disk annually updated and in-between updated on one special website, and be it only through a comprehensive updating URL directory. Once one ponders how many large libertarian projects still remain undone and should be tackled, one may arrive at thousands. Many years ago, in PEACE PLANS 20, then printed, later micro-fiched and later digitized, I offered already a list of 1000 projects. Online at: www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd2/ With input from others this could become enlarged, perhaps to tens of thousands of such projects. Then, perhaps, tens of thousands if not even hundreds of thousands of libertarians could, at the same time, work on them, each within the sphere of his highest interests. All these projects could thus become advanced fast and thoroughly. The electronic method of Paul Monk et al called “argument mapping” (see the reports online) could become very helpful for libertarians, to settle long-standing controversies among them. – Ponder, as I did myself, the details of “releasing all creative energies” (A Leonard E. Read slogan) among ourselves, in the sphere of promoting liberty, justice and peace in other than the conventional and already widely practised ways. - JZ, 25.9.95.
ORGANIZATIONS: One man may know how to build a skyscraper or a jet plane, a railway or a better highway system – but he can build neither by himself. I believe I know how to stop unemployment, inflation, prevent wars, revolutions, oppression, involuntary poverty and hunger – but I cannot realize these aims by myself, either. The worst thing about this is, that I find almost no one interested in these solutions – and no ready market for them. Even a proper market for the best kinds of ideas, the most important ones for our times, has still to be established first. – The three books that I offer on this subject do still not encounter sufficient interest. They are online at www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd2/ as Peace Plans 20 and Ideas Archive I & 2, the first of these 2 in English and German, the second only in German. The advocates of free markets are, apparently, not sufficiently interested in this kind of free market. To that extent the outlook is still very bleak. - JZ, 4.5.93, 2.2.98, 5.6.13. - MARKET, ALONE, INDIVIDUALS, DIVISION OF LABOR, SUCCESS, IDEAS, IDEAS ARCHIVE
ORGANIZATIONS: Organizations do not have to take over responsibilities – but can assist them in fulfilling them, in a division of labor process, arranged among volunteers, like on a free market. – JZ, 24.9.88, 4.2.08.
ORGANIZATIONS: Organizations have their own agenda, that of the people, whose livelihood it is.” – Michael Green, 28.12.90. – Well, at least some companies and corporations are well run for their members, workers, investors, and customers. But few production and business enterprises have so far got quite away from the employer-employee relationship. – JZ, 4.2.08, 5.6.13. – Moreover, under present conditions many companies or corporations are oversized and as such they do get special concessions and privileges, sometimes even bailouts from governments, afraid that their failure would add too many unemployed people or set of a chain-reaction of more failures. – JZ, 19.11.13.
ORGANIZATIONS: Organizations thrive in action and die in committees.” – Quoted by Bob Howard, 1.6.75. – Some thrive through productive actions, others through monopolies, subsidies, tax exemptions, ,protectionism, government contracts, – until these are effectively resisted. Rightful and innovative action options must be left aplenty for ordinary members and competing organizations, too, including international ones. Otherwise organizations will tend to stagnate or wither away. – JZ, 6.2.08, 19.11.13. – COMMITTEES, ACTIONS, FREEDOM OF ACTION & EXPERIMENTATION FOR ALL, RATHER THAN ITS MONOPOLIZATION.
ORGANIZATIONS: People often divide American organizations into three sectors: public, private, and nonprofit (or “independent”). Another division may be more fundamental: forced or free. There are essentially only two kinds of organizations, those that involve coercion and those that are entirely voluntary. The voluntary sector includes for-profit firms, clubs, churches and synagogues, and charitable organizations. All of these differ from government in one crucial way: They may not acquire resources or implement plans through coercion.” - David Boaz, ed., The Libertarian Reader, The Free Press, 1997. p.249. - Another characteristic is that they claim neither a territorial monopoly nor or territorial sovereignty, nor compulsory membership or subordination. And the voluntary sector does not only embrace the examples D. B. lists and similar ones but also exterritorially autonomous communities of all kinds, all only of volunteers under personal law. Advocates of limited governments or mini-governments, still being territorialists, usually find it hard to make this inclusion. – JZ, 3.10.07. - VOLUNTARISM VS. COERCION, TERRITORIALISM VS. PANARCHISM
ORGANIZATIONS: Social organizations have a natural tendency to become monopolistic and inflexible.” – Vernor Vinge, Conquest by Default, p.66 in ANALOG 5/68. – One should keep in mind that so far all of them were run by people habituated or conditioned to think in terms of power, especially exclusive and territorial powers and monopolies and the corresponding notions of statism and of “leadership” – Butler Shaffer makes the same above point e.g. in his “Calculated Chaos” but does not decide between voluntary associations and those with a territorial monopoly. The voluntary associations and autonomous communities are at least constantly exposed to free competition and individual secessionism. – JZ, n.d. & 2.2.08, 14.1.11. – INTOLERANCE, MONOPOLY, TERRITORIALISM, INFLEXIBILITY, POWER, STATISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW SOCIETIES
ORGANIZATIONS: Some types of organizations release and please creative energies, internally and externally and some do restrain them. The two types are so different in this respect that they should be distinguished and never attacked or defended together. – JZ, 25.9.88.
ORGANIZATIONS: The argument for liberty is not an argument against organisation, which is one of the most powerful tools human reason can employ, but an argument against all exclusive, privileged, monopolistic organisation, against the use of coercion to prevent others from doing better. … Organisation is likely to be beneficial and effective so long as it is voluntary and is embedded in a free sphere, either adjusting itself to circumstances not taken into account in its conception, or failing. To turn the whole of society into a single organisation built and directed according to a single plan would be to extinguish the forces that have formed the very reason that planned it. Friedrich Hayek, quoted by Liberty Quotations – Facebook, 18.9.13.
ORGANIZATIONS: The fundamental criticism of modern society is its lack of organic growth.” – Alex Comfort, Authority and Delinquency, p.116. – How can it grow organically, as long as it is based on a territorial monopoly and compulsory membership or subordination? – Only by population growth within its territory and by GNP can it grow, if it has sufficient liberties left for this. – Territorial States are not productive or organic as such. – And without individual and group secessionism they cannot organically shrink, either. - JZ, 6.2.08. – SOCIETY, GROWTH, FREEDOM.
ORGANIZATIONS: The good society rests on individuals having high moral scruples and ethical guidelines; no organizational gadgetry, however deftly devised, can overcome moral and ethical deficiencies.” – Leonard E. Read, Who’s Listening? - Apparently he had not read or not remembered Kant’s remarks in his “Eternal Peace” on the possibility of a society of devils. – When moral people and immoral people are forced to live together in the same territorial society, then the deficiencies of the immoral people are not, obviously, sufficiently overcome. But when all kinds of moral people are free to secede from a territorial State and to live exterritorially autonomous in their own kinds of more or less free societies, peacefully competing with each other then, only the immoral people would be left of the former territorial State. They would have to learn to live by their own efforts, at their own risk and expense, with the examples of members of more successful societies all around them. While at first they might be inclined to continue to turn to crimes against their peaceful and productive neighbors, they would soon experience that these other communities, free from territorialist shackles, will be able to defend their rights and liberties, especially their property rights, much more effectively than was ever done for them by any territorial State. So the criminal natures would soon be thrown upon their own resources (“Root, hog or die.”) for they could not survive for long merely by robbing and killing each other. They would have to find or discover a productive, peaceful, non-violent way of life – or perish. I think that there would be many and finally decent enough survivors, at least in their outward behavior. White Australia was originally largely settled by white convicts. Most of them learnt to become self-supporting and decent people not only the political "criminals", who were also deported to Australia. – JZ, 6.2.08.
ORGANIZATIONS: The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink.” – E. M. Forster, in “I Believe”, p.49. – Instance: “Democratic” governments “armed” with mass extermination devices! – JZ, 6.3.09. - MORALITY, RESPONSIBILITY, POWER, OFFICIALS, PUBLIC MEN, POLITICIANS, LEADERS, STATES, PUBLIC AFFAIRS, POLITICS, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, TERRITORIALISM
ORGANIZATIONS: The potency of social power is in proportion to the number who are of like mind, but that is a matter or education, not organization.” – Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.112. – The two factors can be combined in market-like organizations of volunteers, each doing its own things to or for itself. – When people are really free to do their own things for themselves, then their number need not be very large to enable them to set shiny examples for others to follow. - JZ, n.d., & 6.2.08.
ORGANIZATIONS: The socialists brand us with the name individualist. – We assure the socialists, however, that we repudiate only forced organization, not natural organization. We repudiate the forms of association that are forced upon us, not free association.” – Bastiat, in Dean Russell: Frederic Bastiat, p.12. – VOLUNTARISM, FORCE
ORGANIZATIONS: There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.” – Kurt Vonnegut Jr., The Sirens of Titan. - Actually, the Mafia does successfully organize some voluntary and free market activities that the territorial governments have wrongfully outlawed. To that extent, as an anarchist, libertarian and panarchist one can admire it, without approving all of their other activities, all their criminal ones, with involuntary victims. - JZ, 15.1.11. - MAN, ANGELS, DEVILS, GOOD, EVIL, SUCCESS, CRIMES, MAFIA, BLACK MARKET
ORGANIZATIONS: We find everywhere a type of organization (administrative, commercial, or academic) in which the higher officials are plodding and dull, those less senior are active only in intrigue against each other, and the junior men are frustrated to frivolous. Little is being attempted. Nothing is being achieved. …” - C. Northcote Parkinson: Parkinson’s Law, p.95. – I would rather have said: Too little is thus achieved. – Usually the leadership principle is practised rather than participatory democracy or any other system, which would release the creative energies of all members. Extreme cases: Territorial States and vast private corporations. – JZ, 6.2.08.
ORGANIZATIONS: When authority presents itself in the guise of organization it develops charms fascinating enough to convert communities of free people into totalitarian states.” – THE TIMES, London. – Quoted in C. Bingham, Men and Affairs, p.17. – Have we ever had communities of really free people? These could and would have done better for themselves than any territorial Welfare State could. – What is above stated about “charms” hardly fits territorial, coercive and centralized monopoly States that are largely Warfare States. As such they do not possess the charming characteristic of letting dissenters secede to do their own things among themselves. – However, based on numerous popular errors and prejudices, not efficiently countered by State education systems, many abuses can be continued by any territorial State for all too long periods. - JZ, 6.2.08. – AUTHORITY, TOTALITARIANISM, WELFARE STATE
ORGANIZED CRIME: In fact organized crime itself largely owes its existence to profits generated by such illegal activities as gambling, prostitution and drugs. In areas, such as Nevada, where gambling and prostitution are legal, the dominance of organized crime is greatly diminished. Full legalization of victimless crimes would break the power of organized crime completely, and along with it such comparatively minor organized crime enterprises as murder for hire. – Jarret B. Wollstein, The Causes of Aggression, p.45 in Vincent H. Miller, editor, Freedom In Our Time. A collection of Libertarian Essays, Libertarian International, 1984. - VICTIMLESS CRIMES
ORIGINALITY: A ‘new thinker’, when studied closely, is merely a man who does not know what other people have thought.” – F. M. Colby, 1865-1925. – NEWNESS, THINKERS, KNOWLEDGE, PRECEDENTS
ORIGINALITY: All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.” – John Stuart Mill, 1806-1873. – In Hyman Quotes, p.209. – IDEAS, INVENTIONS, CREATIVITY, INDIVIDUALS
ORIGINALITY: Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.” - Johann W. von Goethe.
ORIGINALITY: If anyone ever wrote anything completely original, no one would ever understand it.” – THE DIAGONAL RELATIONSHIP, No. 2, p.16. – Sometimes even the originator does not understand the full implications of his idea. – The one who fully realizes and effectively markets it may then be even more important for mankind. - JZ, 6.3.09.
ORIGINALITY: Not the man who just once expressed an important thought and never pursued it – is to be considered as the author – but the one who did the contrary and thereby enforced the attention of the world.” – Ulrich von Beckerath, 1882-1969, Die Durchfuehrung der Vorschlaege von Milhaud, 6. – IDEAS, CONSISTENT & PERSISTENT ADVOCACY
ORIGINALITY: Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with.” – Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881. – Andrews Quotes, 228. - IDEAS, INNOVATION – While people get bored with the old and tried, most don’t welcome new challenges, either, but consider them as personal attacks on cherished beliefs. – JZ, 28.5.08.
ORIGINALITY: Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of.” - John Stuart Mill, quoted in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.139. – But even unoriginal minds can easily learn to use the consumer products of originality. – JZ, 6.2.08. - Moreover, good suggestion box schemes have demonstrated how creative most people can be if one really listens to them on improvements in their work sphere. - That ordinary people can be quite creative in their homes, gardens, hobbies, arts and crafts is already well known. - As Leonard E. Read suggested, all creative energies should be released, especially while the coercive, monopolistic, collectivistic and territorial ones do lead us towards Doomsday, the general Holocaust. - JZ, 15.1.11.
ORIGINALITY: Our originality shows itself most strikingly not in what we wholly originate but in what we do with that which we borrow from others.” - Eric Hoffer. - INNOVATION, IDEAS
ORIGINALITY: The best sign of originality consists in so fruitfully developing a received thought that no one could have easily found how much was hidden in it.” - Goethe, “Sprueche in Prosa”. – JZ tr. of: “Daher ist das schoenste Zeichen der Originalitaet, wenn man einen empfangenen Gedanken dergestalt fruchtbar zu entwickeln weiss, dass Niemand leicht, wie viel in ihm verborgen lag, gefunden haette.” - SLOGANS, PANARCHISM, IDEAS, DEVELOPMENT OF THOUGHTS, CREATIVITY
ORIGINALITY: We stand, as Mr. Russell Kirk never tires of reminding us, on the shoulders of giants, and the moment we dispense with their support, we come crashing down to earth, where we live intellectual and moral lives circumscribed by drastically foreshortened horizons.” – W. F. Buckley, Up from Liberalism, p.65. – HORIZONS, KNOWLEDGE
ORIGINALITY: Why do editors always want new writings, written with their public in mind? What is so original about most of the new writings? Another shuffling of words about the same old ideas, mostly false or flawed ones! The best of the old ideas are contrary to most of today’s fashionable and false of flawed ideas, proposals and practices or abuses. Good old and good new ideas do not belong into the usual mass media but into their own kind of media and archives, where they will be sufficiently appreciated and further developed if that it possible. Digitally that could today be done very cheaply and effectively – but a start has to be made, from which the rest would automatically develop, once the breakthrough-point is reached. Until then it would still, possibly, remain a great struggle. One should not habitually submit them to fools, ignorant or prejudiced people at any level, expecting a good enough reception there. – JZ, 25.3.96, 2.2.08, 15.1.11. See: IDEAS ARCHIVE, LIBERTARIAN ELECTRONIC LIBRARY, LIBERTARIAN ELECTRONIC ENCYCLOPEDIA, ABSTRACTS, BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDEXES, LIBERTARIAN PROJECTS LIST, ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS, COMPREHENSIVE LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY ON A SINGLE LARGE DISC, NEW DRAFT, ENLIGHTENMENT
ORTHODOXY: Orthodoxy, of course, is an armor plate for insecure authoritarians.” – FREEDOM TODAY, April 1976, p.9.
ORTHODOXY: remember that the body of orthodoxy had been able to show the utter falseness and deliberate charlatanism of every step forward man had made in his slow climb towards comprehension. They were experts. Had any of these things been possible, it is natural that they, being the experts, would have known about it first.” – Mark Clifton & Frank Riley, They’d Rather Be Right, p.117. - FALSEHOODS, PROGRESS, CHARLATANISM, EXPERTS, AUTHORITY, OPPOSITION, POSSIBLE, IMPOSSIBLE, TRADITION. PREJUDICES, INNOVATIONS, REFORMS, LIBERATION STEPS, STATISM
ORWELLIAN NEWS-SPEAK: War is peace; freedom is slavery; ignorance is strength.” – George Orwell. - A new case: nuclear reactors are harmless, non-polluting, politically, economically and ecologically sound! - JZ, 26. 11. 06. - POLITICALLY CORRECT LANGUAGE, PROPAGANDA LIES
OSTRACISM: If a prominent politician hires a hall to make a speech, stay away; the absent audience will bring him to a realization of his nothingness. The speeches and the written statements of a political figure are designed to impress you with his importance, and if you do not listen to the one or read the other you will not be influenced and he will give up the effort. It is the applause, the adulation we accord political personages that registers our regard for the power they wield; the deflation of that power is in proportion to our disregard of these personages. Without a cheering crowd there is no parade. – Social ostracism alone can bring down the top layer of political skullduggery to its moral level. Those whose self-respect has not dropped to the vanishing point will get out of the business and put themselves to honest work, while the degenerates who remain will have to get along on what they can pick up from a reluctant public.” – Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.110. – In a number of countries voting has already been made compulsory. But unless it becomes open, one can always vote informal and somewhat protest thereby. – Alas, any fool can always find more fools to support him. What he must lose is his territorial monopoly or such a monopoly as something that he could acquire by becoming elected. - JZ, 6.2.08.
OSTRACISM: Ostracism within a market place framework is far more conducive to superior conduct than incarceration or other physical punishment.” – Robert LeFevre, in a reply in LeFevre’s Journal, Sum. 77.
OSTRACISM: So, let’s try social ostracism of politics and politicians. It should work. Reform through politics only strengthens the State.” – Frank Chodorov: Out of Step, p.112. - Individual and group secessionism and exterritorialist competition by communities of volunteers, under their own personal law systems, would go much beyond that – but is presently still outlawed. – JZ, 4.2.08. – Ostracize all territorialism, as soon as you can and already by word and in writing, as far as you can! - Help to make the case for panarchism complete and spread it as far as you can. - JZ, 15.1.11. - IGNORING THE STATE, SECEDING FROM IT, ESTABLISHING PERSONAL LAWS & EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, POLITICS, POLITICIANS, VOLUNTARISM
OTHER CONDITIONS, TIMES, COUNTRIES: To say that that which was true in the 17th century cannot possibly be true today, because we travel in jet planes while they traveled in horse carts – is like saying that modern men do not need food, as men did in the past, because they are wearing trenchcoats and slacks, instead of powdered whigs and hoop skirts. It is that sort of concrete-bound superficiality – or inability to distinguish the essential from the non-essential – that blinds people to the fact that the economic crisis of our day is the oldest and stalest one in history.” – Ayn Rand, Let Us Alone! In “The Ayn Rand Column”, revised edition, 1998, p 25, Second Renaissance Books, New Milford, Connecticut, www.rationalmind.com –
OTHERNESS: What is the fourth meme? You've heard me call it the dogma of otherness. A world-view that actually encourages an appetite for newness, hunger for diversity, eagerness for change. Tolerance plays a major role in the legends spread by this culture, plus a tradition of humorous self-criticism. (Look at the underlying message contained in most situation comedies. It is always the most intolerant or pompous character who gets comeuppance before the final curtain.)” - David Brin, Otherness, p.385. - PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE, DIVERSITY, CHANGE, AUTHORITARIANISM, EXPERTS
OUGHT: It ought to be so, therefore it is so.” – Chas Kingsley, Hypatia, p.69. - Rather, by rights it ought to be so. Therefore, it can be. - Moral principles oblige and are practical, even though sometimes not immediately, whenever organized and powerful immorality is well established. The remark by Kingsley and similar ones do often express intellectual blindness, wishful or hopeful thinking, excess optimism or pessimism - rather than realism. But as an ideal, to be approached, as far and as fast as possible, it is realistic and even powerful through its adherents. – The whole of territorial statism and of limited government notions rests on that fallacy. - JZ, n.d. & 4.2.08, 6.3.09, 5.6.13. - REALISM, OPTIMISM, WISHFUL THINKING, IDEALS,
OUGHT: It’s like the problem of deriving ‘ought’ from ‘is’. But there are two ways to do that. One is: if there is only one way of achieving a goal, then you can say, “IF you want that goal, THEN you ought to take that way.” The other is to day that “ought” is only a way of saying “I want”, and it is an objective fact that I want things; therefore I ought to do certain things.” – Steve Witham, THE CONNECTION 112, 30.5.83, p.82.
OUR COUNTRY: This is our country." - "This is a free country." and "It's a free country, isn't it?" - Such remarks constitute some of the greatest lies – by all who utter them. - JZ, 25.6.01, 6.10.01. – However, as an aspiration towards individual rights and liberties, independent of territorial rule, i.e. under full exterritorial autonomy, the remark makes some sense. As territorial nationalism it mostly led only to frequent clashes between the various groups in a population and with the territorial States of others. – JZ, 6.3.09, 5.6.13. – TERRITORIALISM VS. PANARCHISM OR EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY OR EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM FOR VOLUNTEERS
OUT OF THE WAY: get out of the way of all creative activities (*), an absence of authoritarianism, As a consequence of getting out of the way, there is a releasing, a flowering of creative energy. We refer to this as the free market, private ownership, limited government way of life.” – Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.46. – Did he ever say anything against a limited government having nuclear or other mass murder devices? - (*) Even in the political, social and economic spheres! – JZ, 6.2.08. – Q., AUTHORITARIANISM, STATISM, CREATIVITY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, OBSTACLES, TERRITORIALISM, MONOPOLIES, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM MINORITY AUTONOMY, FREE MIGRATION, MONETARY DESPOTISM VS. MONETARY FREEDOM, BORDERS, FRONTIERS, BOUNDARIES, LAWS, OBSTACLES, OBSTRUCTIONISMOUTCAST: I would be proud to be an outcast of this statist society. – JZ, 1.1.73. – On the other hand: I do have to make a living, somehow, and if I were not tolerated under my own kind of exterritorial autonomy, with like-minded volunteers, then I would be deported to another territorial monopoly State, possibly or even likely with an even worse territorial regime. My pensions would cease or become non-transferable. – I would probably lose many of my few local assets – and would be separated from my children and grand-children. – Territorial States do have us in their claws. - JZ, 6.2.08. - TERRITORIALISM
OUTDATED & PRIMITIVE NOTIONS ON MONEY: 1.) Money requires confidence. 2.) It has to be backed by rare metals or foreign exchange or securities. 3.) It must be convertible into rare metals, 100% or fractionally. 4.) It is a loan from the public. 5.) It is created out of nothing. 6.) It is valuable only when it is kept scarce and expensive. 7.) Money must never become cheap or soft. 8.) No one should be free to issue his own money. Then everybody could cause an inflation. 9.) Money must be centrally managed and monopolised. 10.) Money is a natural monopoly. 11.) Everything but rare metal commodity money is mere fiat money. 12.) The provision of exchange media and value standards is a government prerogative. 13.) Governments invented and must maintain and control money. 14.) Only governments can provide a sound currency. 15.) Money must be centrally managed and administered. 16.) Gresham's Law in the pop version: Bad money drives out the good money. 17.) The mercantilist concept of money as wealth. 18.) The notion of money as a means for capitalist exploitation. 19.) Money as a means to extort interest from others. 20.) Money as a means to manipulate people and to exert power over them. 21.) The provision of jobs needs capital rather than turnover credit. 22.) National debts do not matter, because we owe the money to ourselves. 23.) Government guaranties are good enough to assure quality note issues. 24.) Capital asset currencies could form sound currencies. 25.) Land could be a good cover for a sound currency, etc. - A full listing might need a volume. Full refutations would require many volumes. But it is high time to tackle this task. We cannot afford to suffer under the application of these prejudices, errors and myths much longer. Too many have already been victimised by them. - J. Z., 15.5.97. – A handbook of truths on money and a handbook of the best refutations of popular errors, myths and prejudices on the subject are both needed. In WIKIPEDIA fashion, online or on discs, they could be assembled fast, if enough people participated in these projects. – As much as I could contribute to such projects is online at www.butterbach.net/freebank.htm - Later, at greater length, in two files as www.panarchy.org. Much more input from many others is needed – once it is reorganized for free WIKIPEDIA-like entries. Christian Butterbach is poor like a church mouse struggling to keep online what he is offering, saving even in food expenses, and could not afford the costs of a large WIKIPEDIA site. – Probably most charity donations are misdirected and misused, while many worthy causes like his remain insufficiently supported or unsupported. - JZ, 6.3.09. – FREE BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM, MONETARY DESPOTISM, CENTRAL BANKING, MONEY
OUTLAWRY OF FREEDOM: When freedom is outlawed … Only outlaws will be free!” – Anon – The condition of outlawry or of being on the run from the law, or living underground or otherwise in hiding, is not really a condition of freedom. – Outlaws, who were wrongfully outlawed, have a big daily struggle ahead of them and many will fail or even die in the process unless they develop or adopt some quite rightful and rational resistance and liberation program. To do that, while one is outlawed, is extremely difficult if not even impossible for most. – An ideal and comprehensive liberation program remains to be developed or to be published. – My two peace books could supply only some input in this direction. - JZ, 6.3.09. – UNDERGROUND ECONOMY, BLACK MARKET
OUTLAWRY: Anyone persisting in nuclear research, production of nuclear weapons material (nuclear reactor by-products), nuclear weapons storing and stockpiling them, targeting, commanding them or ordering others to use them or retaining powers to do so, should be outlawed in the old meaning of the word, i.e., everyone should be free and under obligation to kill him, with impunity, when the opportunity arises. These criminals are even worse than most of the invading monsters from space, imagined by Science Fiction, and they should, after expiry of an amnesty period, become incapacitated or shot on sight. - During a well-published amnesty period they should be given an opportunity to surrender, provided they surrender also their weapons or weapon materials or production or research facilities. This radical and "illegal" procedure should become legalized and constitutionalized by initiative and referendum. The amnesty period, thus determined, might run for, let us say, 10 days after a referendum on this. Then its outlawry clause would come into force. - From then onwards the only chance for one of the outlawed to escape his execution would consist in surrendering a nuclear device or making it harmless. - Not only the officers, managers, administrators and scientists of nuclear weapons installations should be outlawed but everyone employed in such installations, down to the sweepers - provided they persisted in these employments beyond the amnesty period stated in the referendum. - On the other hand, alternative employment should be offered to those giving up their preoccupation with mass murder preparations and who do so within the stipulated period. - In short: Outlawry for those who keep nuclear weapons in readiness and amnesty for those who help to render them harmless. - What a change in mentality would be required: one from blind obedience to those with nuclear powers to one leading to active resistance against them! - AMNESTY, CULTURAL REVOLUTION, DECISION, DESERTION, DISARMAMENT, DISOBEDIENCE, EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, ENLIGHTENMENT, IDEAS ARCHIVE, MILITIA, OBEDIENCE, OPEN AIR SPEAKING, RESISTANCE, REVOLUTION, SELF-DEFENCE, SELF-HELP, STATISM, SUBORDINATION, TYRANNICIDE. . – JZ IN AN ABC AGAINST NUCLEAR WAR, here revised: 5.6.13. - www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm
OUTLAWRY: Instead of rulers declaring some of their victims to be outlaws, because they dared to resist, sometimes the victims of governments declared their rulers to be outlaws – and treated them as such. What a reversal of role-playing! See Vehmic Courts. Alas, due to their secrecy and lack of competition they did deteriorate, so that my old Encyclopedia Britannica mentions them only under lynch law! (*) See: BECKERATH, ULRICH VON: On Panarchy. – JZ, 27.12.04. – (*) Like all secret and powerful institutions they did later deteriorate. – JZ, 12.2.08.
OUTLAWRY: Outlawry makes some sense, if it is not meaningless “outlawry” of wars or of nuclear weapons but of certain culpable abusers, war criminals, power-mongers causing wars and preparing for ABC mass murders. – JZ, n.d. & 6.2.08.
OUTLAWS: As I have said before, outlaws are in command of the political and legal apparatus of the U.S. Federal state (and I am now saying various of its subsidiary units as well). The top outlaws (officials) are above the law. That is rampant statism, well on the way to becoming totalitarian statism!” – ERC WORLD MARKET PERSPECTIVE, 15.10.78. – CRIMINAL GOVERNMENTS, RULERS, PREMIERS, PRIME MINISTERS, PRESIDENTS, POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIP
OUTLAWS: I am not a criminal, I am an outlaw.” – From movie “Steelyard Blues”. – Quote supplied by Patrick Brookes.
OUTRAGE: God said, I am tired of kings, // I suffer them no more; // Up to my ear the morning brings // the outrage of the poor.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1863. – Since then most kingdoms have been abolished – but was it that which somewhat improved the fate of the poor in most countries – or something else? – Have we more or less government abuses now in democracies? Getting outraged leads at most to outrageous riots, arson and other destruction. We need to become outraged at certain laws and abuses, at what they do to us, instead of passively accepting them. But outrage and anger are obviously not enough. What should one do against nuclear war preparations, inflations, mass unemployment, immigration barriers, the continuance of some dictatorial and even totalitarian States and of territorialism in all States? – Perhaps we should become outraged about our ignorance and our lack of interest in what should be done and what could be done against all of the remaining abuses. – JZ, 28.10.76, 6.2.08, 15.1.11. – SUFFERING, STATISM, SUBORDINATION, INDIFFERENCE, IGNORANCE
OUTRAGE: If you are not outraged you are not paying attention.” – Unknown. - Reading, watching and listening to the daily news may dull one's sensibilities. Rationally one can respond only to a limited number of daily irritations and threats. In cities we are already conditioned to ignore every day ca. 5000 advertisements. The American is now exposed to 100,500 words per day in the average. (GOOD WEEKEND, 18.12.10, "Number Crunch".) And where would it get me if I became outraged about every unwanted spam and fraud message that gets through the defence program, instead of merely deleting it? (*) We have largely become conditioned to tacitly even accept nuclear overkill capacities in territorial governments and to pay our taxes rather than engaging in effective tax strikes or even pondering them, etc. - JZ, 25.11.06. – (*) No one has the time, energy or funds to become involved in every abuse of individuals reported in all too many Facebook messages. That would mean neglecting the major abuses of rights and liberties. – JZ, 5.6.13. - NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, OUTRAGE AGAINST WRONGS
OVER-COMMUNICATION: The communication/info network produced so much information that most people were over-communicated: they recalled only what directly concerned them. There wasn’t time to absorb the details of the entire world system.” – Lee Correy, Manna, ANALOG, May 83, p. 16. - Most of it is the wrong kind of information for individuals, information that is outside of their sphere of competence and special interest. In future, hopefully, individuals will have a chance to get only that kind of information. – JZ, 6.4.91, 4.2.08. – What is perhaps worse is that they are swamped with false or misleading information, in accordance with popular prejudices and are without a reliable guide out of that swamp or labyrinth. – JZ, 5.8.92. – The existing guides are also full of errors and prejudices and thus, largely, misleading. – JZ, 4.2.08. - INFORMATION EXPLOSION, READING; NEWS, INTERNET, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS
OVER-GOVERNMENT: Organization is indispensable; for liberty arises and has meaning only within a self-regulating community of freely co-operating individuals. But, though indispensable, organization can also be fatal. Too much organization transforms men and women into automata, suffocates the creative spirit and abolishes the very possibility of freedom. …” - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited, 296. – ORGANIZATION, MANAGEMENT, MISMANAGEMENT, COMMAND ECONOMIES, CENTRAL PLANNING, BIGNESS, OVER-SIZE, HIERARCHIES, CENTRALIZATION, EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP
OVER-GOVERNMENT: Over-organization could thwart inventiveness.” – Cornuelle, Demanaging America, p.77. – It not only could, it does. – JZ – INVENTIVENESS, CREATIVITY, PRODUCTIVITY, PROFITABILITY, STANDARD OF LIVING, CENTRALIZATION, TERRITORIALISM
OVER-GOVERNMENT: The more we are governed the less we are free.” – Albert Parsons, on being sentenced to hang, in 1886. – How does one “hang” a whole territorial government? – By quite peacefully leaving it quite alone, left to its own devices and the few remaining followers it may still have. Then, after a while, the secessionists might all claim their share in the remaining government assets, no longer defended against them. - Or the last-ever territorial election might be turned into an advance auction sale of all remaining government assets, with each voter and taxpayer getting already, in advance, a promise in certified and transferrable form, to his share in the territorial government’s assets, upon it being voted out of office, permanently, with only the winning trustee-party remaining, which would administer the distribution of these assets among the population. - See e.g. PEACE PLANS No.19c on this, online at www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd2/ - JZ, 6.2.08.
OVER-GOVERNMENT: There are, on the contrary, the strongest general reasons why every proposed extension of governmental interference or power should be scrutinized with jealous vigilance. We know that the more things a government, like an individual, attempts, to do, the worse it is likely to do any one of them.” – Henry Hazlitt, The Conquest of Poverty, p.189. – Is there really anything that any territorial government, even the best of them, can do quite rightfully and rationally, and that only such a government could do? – JZ, 6.2.08. – LAWS, TERRITORIALISM, Q., OVER-LEGISLATION, BUREAUCRACY, WELFARE STATE, LIMITED GOVERNMENT,
OVER-GOVERNMENT: We are over-governed.” – Enterprise Australia, quoted in READERS DIGEST. – Date?
OVER-GOVERNMENT: When the people are subjected to overmuch government, the land is thrown into confusion.” – Lao Tzu, in Lionel Giles translation. – From my point of view every territorial government, i.e. everyone with involuntary subjects, is already over-sized. – JZ, 19.11.13. - BIG GOVERNMENT, POWERFUL GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM.
OVER-ISSUES: Some Austrian economists believe in price adaptations and limitations for everything except for paper notes not covered fractionally or 100% by gold. Even in the face of gold clearing certificates only reckoning in gold weight value or of historical precedents for them, they would still be all too ready to condemn them as mere fiat money, although such certificates would have a very much larger redemption fund (namely in the world's gold-market), even though not at the issuer. (But their issuers would have their own self-interest and that of their potential acceptors to keep their issues are par with their nominal gold weight value.) The Austrian School's redemption funds would be required only for their own issues of gold certificates and limit these issues to the quantities of metallic gold they will be able to acquire and offer for this purpose. (This fixed and high cost for their issues would make them rather uncompetitive.) The gold clearing notes and certificates of monetary freedom (which would not exclude or suppress other freely chosen value standards) would not offer merely the limited gold redemption funds of these "gold-bug" issuers. They would not offer such limited funds at all. Instead, the issuers of gold-clearing notes or certificates, who would issue and keep them at par with their nominal gold value, through sound reflux, security, clearing or demand arrangements for them, would refer any of their note holders, who wanted gold coins or bullion, to the huge world market for gold - and its local agents. That would make all the gold in the world (that not used industrially, for art and jewellery, or buried in hidden treasures or in graves (in dentures), accessible to all possessing exchange media with a par value to gold or acceptable on the gold market at a discount. The very possibility that they could suffer a discount there would tend to keep their issues limited enough and thus close or close enough to par, at least locally, where they are issued, e.g. by shopping centers. - Gold bugs, who want to confine all our transactions to gold payments or payments in gold certificates, do not envision any other inherent limitations of issues and acceptances, not even for currencies that are competitively issued, optional and market rated and may be freely refused and which are likely to be freely refused, if not well founded and administered and if they do suffer a discount. - They are not fully aware that the reversal of Gresham's Law (in its popular version) into the correct one: that good money drives out bad money, when neither are legal tender, would also operate against their own favourite currency, with which they expect to win this competition. For those people, who can manage to keep their paper money at par with its nominal gold weight value, will always have a competitive edge against the issuers of the more expensive gold certificate (the 100% gold dollar) currency and also against one that that will only have to be fractionally covered in gold. Gold redemptionism by the issuer is comparable to the limited government notion, which attempts to substitute this form of government for all kinds of other governments, which statists want for themselves and all kinds of free societies, which non-governmentalists want for themselves. Monetary freedom would mean, instead: To each the exchange medium, value standard, clearing system and short-term credit system of his or her choice. - No one can rightly demand any more freedom in this sphere, either. - J. Z., 28.4.97. Somewhat corrected & revised, 12.2.08. - FIAT MONEY, GOLD STANDARDS, ADAPTATIONS TO THE MONEY SUPPLY & AUSTRIAN ECONOMISTS, SHOP FOUNDATION, READINESS TO ACCEPT FOUNDATION, CLEARING FOUNDATION, FREE BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM, CENTRAL BANKING, MONETARY DESPOTISM, INFLATION, MONOPOLY MONEY, LEGAL TENDER
OVER-ISSUES: Under a competitive and almost instant justice and arbitration system, the somewhat careless acceptors and holders (of wads of an over-issued private currency) might also successfully insist on an immediate forced sale of the irresponsible issuer's car, house, furniture and other valuables, paying with him with his notes, at their nominal value. And the mass media would love to widely report such cases. - JZ, 3/97. – At least to some extent the acceptors of a “currency” without sufficient “shop foundation” or “readiness to accept foundation” are, naturally, themselves to blame. Too much trust and corresponding thoughtlessness has developed in this sphere as a result of forced and exclusive currencies. Very much monetary enlightenment is still needed and it will develop only under full monetary freedom. – JZ, 6.3.09. – OVER-ISSUES & THEIR LIQUIDATION, MONETARY FREEDOM
OVER-ISSUES: Under completely free clearing and publicity and note exchanges, every deception and over-issue would inevitably discovered and mostly discovered very fast. - Solneman, Drei Kernfragen zur Vermoegensverteilung, p.20 & J. Z., 17.4.97. - MONETARY FREEDOM, FREE BANKING, OVER ISSUES WITHOUT AN ISSUE MONOPOLY & LEGAL TENDER FOR IT?
OVER-ISSUES: Would the issuer even be willing to continue issuing notes at a large discount - if he could still find acceptors for them at a large discount - when immediately afterwards he would have to accept them himself, at par, from any note-holder? - Pricing, justice, free exchanges, do work and function. Fraud, and coercion may for a short time pay some, at the expense of others, but are in the long run self-defeating, unless publicity, policing, courts and prisons are as ineffective or slow as they are now, all too often, because they are government-run and thus bureaucracy-ridden. - J. Z., 3/97. - MOTIVE FOR OVER-ISSUES UNDER MONETARY FREEDOM OR FREE BANKING?
OVER-LEGISLATION: A still further tendency of democracy to which Maine called attention was the over-legislation that it seemed inevitably to breed. “It is not often recognized how excessively rare in the world was sustained legislative activity till rather more than fifty years ago.” - Source? – LAWS, LEGISLATION
OVER-ORGANIZATION: I ran across a story about one of New York’s municipal unions, which was putting pressure on the city by employing a “rulebook slowdown”. In a flash, I realized that there was another reason why nothing works, and that while some people knew it well enough to use it, no one had yet formulated it. I call it THE OFFENSIVE HOLDING PRINCIPLE and it says: The rules of any sufficiently complex organization, if fairly and consistently applied, will bring that organization to a dead stop. – Perhaps a couple of bits of explanation are needed. The phrase “sufficiently complex” must be defined. Clearly, we will need empirical research to set precise limits, but I would guess that the dividing line is somewhere around twelve people.” – DIAGONAL RELATIONSHIP 5, p.16. – RULES, CENTRALIZATION, SIZE, COMPLEXITY, RESISTANCE, WORK ACCORDING TO RULES AS A STRIKE ACTION.
OVERESTIMATION: Habitual overestimation of the own strength and underestimation of that of the opposition makes for war. This tendency applies also to nuclear war and is supported by the usual servile reports of the own followers and the secrecy of the preparations for war on all sides. - ACCIDENTAL WAR, AGGRESSION, CENSORSHIP, DECISION, EXPERTS, GENERALS, MISCALCULATIONS, POLITICIANS, PUBLICITY, RULERS, REFERENDUMS, SECRECY, WAR AIMS, WEAPONS. – JZ in An ABC Against Nuclear War. www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm - MacNamara, then secretary for defence, in an interview now accompanying the DVD movie “Dr. Strangelove”, indicated that only decades after the Cuba Crisis, it was revealed that many nuclear-war heads were already in Cuba, so that the USA invasion of it, intended for the next two days, with the intention to prevent the arrival of these Soviet nuclear war heads there, would have led to a nuclear counter-strike against the invasion force, probably also to one against some USA cities and that this would have lead to a general nuclear war. – For our survival one cannot rely on governmental secrets, secret services and their surveillance technology, either. He also revealed that in 1961/62, in another of the Berlin crises, we came once again very close to nuclear war. We are still close to it with regard to governments like those of Iran and North Korea, preparing for nuclear war. Territorial governments are unable or unwilling to motivate and unleash the military forces and the captive people of despotic regimes against these regimes. Quite rightful war- and peace aims, sufficiently publicized and already practised by all kinds of governments and free societies in exile, all only for their present and future volunteers, could achieve that, without an invasion or open material assistance to genuine liberation efforts. But that would also require that Western governments cease to threaten whole peoples with ABC mass murder devices – by getting them destroyed through the Western peoples themselves, seeing that their rulers are unable or unwilling to engage in this kind of disarmament. – Governmental disarmament inspectors are rather useless under present territorial conditions. - JZ, 12.2.08. - WAR, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, DETERRENCE
OVEREXTENDED GOVERNMENT: Such, in barest outline, is our present situation as I see it – an overextended government, excessive taxation, politically engineered inflation, mistaken ideas about economics, moral confusion, personal liberty in decline, and a growing political idolatry. – More than sixty years ago, the great historian of Rome, Theodore Mommsen, visited our country. At a reception in his honor, he was asked, “Mr. Mommsen, what do you think of our country?” The great scholar replied: “With two thousand years of European experience before your eyes, you have repeated every one of Europe’s mistakes. I have no further interest in you.” – Admiral Ben Moreell, The Admiral’s Log II, p. 44.
OVERKILL: By 1960 we could destroy the world 23 times over. By 1776 - 67 times over – appeared a conservative estimate.” – Merritt Clifton, The Akwesasne’s Fight For Freedom, DANDELION, Fall 79. – Obviously, the people who bring about such a situation are not sane! – JZ, 6.3.09. - They are all territorial rulers and as such already insane. Uncounted times they have also proven their insanity by their anti-economic measures. - JZ, 15.1.11. - NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, TERRITORIALISM, LEAERSHIP, RULERS
OVERKILL: The miraculous capacity to kill people more than once.” – L. Z. Rollins, Lucifer’s Lexicon, p.92. – JOKES, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, NUCLEAR WEAPONS STOCKS.
OVERLORDSHIP: Overlordship could always be justified by minds that were not too critical. – A. E. van Vogt, The Pawns of Null-A, Sphere SF, 1970, p.75. – STATISM, POLITICIANS, LEGISLATION, DOMINATION, LEADERSHIP, UNCRITICAL MINDS, TERRITORIALISM, CONSTITUTIONALISM
OVERNIGHT: Freedom can be realized overnight – for all who want it – provided they succeed in fighting the opposition down or persuade it to leave them alone. And that is much easier if only full autonomy for freedom lovers is their limited aim. The statists, who fear freedom, would not be afraid of that and thus would not resist desperately. However, genuine freedom lovers should not confine themselves thus but demand also full exterritorial autonomy for all non-aggressive and no-criminal people, even if politically, economically and socially they are the opponents of the freedom lovers. One slogan says it all, how to win friends and influence people in this respect: To each the government or non-governmental society of his or her dreams. (Gian Piero de Bellis changed the last word into "choice". - JZ, 15.1.11.) Personal laws and exterritorial autonomy for voluntary communities could make this possible overnight, just by repealing all the clauses opposing this liberty and this right. – JZ, 2/75, 6.2.08. - PANARCHISM, TOLERANCE, SECESSIONISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, FREEDOM OF CHOICE & FREEDOM OF ACTION FOR ALL, ALSO FULL FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION & CONTRACT, REALIZATION OF FREEDOM, TRANSITION PERIOD, INSTANT FREEDOM? LIBERATION SPEED
OVERPOPULATION: A geographer, Dr. George F. Carter, feels that population “experts” are talking nonsense when they speak of over-population: “First, let’s consider how we are actually using our space. In the United States in the last census decade (1950-1960) one half of all the counties in the United States lost population … Men are leaving the land and pouring into the cities. …” - Rev. Rushdoony, Overpopulation, p.25, quoting: Dr. George F. Carter, Are Population Experts Running Wild? p.6,7,10,11, Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor, pamphlet no. 84.
OVERPOPULATION: an illusion; that the amount of sustenance provided by the earth is a fixed quantity so that what one nation can seize another loses, but it is an expanding quantity, its amount depending mainly upon the efficiency with which men co-operate in their exploitation of Nature. As already pointed out, a hundred thousand Red Indians starved in a country where a hundred million modern Americans have abundance.” - Norman Angell, Human Nature and the Peace Problem, 1925, p.140. - MALTHUSIANISM? POPULATION EXPLOSION? OBESITY-“EXPLOSION”
OVERPOPULATION: Any city is "over-populated", but so is any house without any garden. - JZ, 20.1.99, section 21, ON PANARCHY I, in PEACE PLANS 505. - As Jim Peron indicated, e.g. in "Exploding Population Myths" a real and coming threat is, rather: Under-population. - Full freedom will lead to prosperity for almost all and with it to a stable and optimum population. - JZ, 2.9.04. - Julian L. Simon wrote several excellent volumes against the overpopulation spleen and considers man to be the ultimate resource.
OVERPOPULATION: Ask yourself why more people move into cities than out of cities. – JZ, 2.4.97. – City people also tend to have less children, so without constant influx their populations would tend to decline rather than increase. – JZ, 2.2.98. – Q.
OVERPOPULATION: Both, the jayhawk and the man eat chickens, but the more jayhawks the fewer chickens, while the more men, the more chickens.” – Henry George, quoted in: Stephen Moore & Julian L. Simon: It’s Getting Better all the Time. Greatest Trends the Last 100 Years: p.17. - FOOD SHORTAGE? MAN’S PRODUCTIVITY
OVERPOPULATION? Did you know that the entire world population of 7 billion people could stand shoulder-to-shoulder on the island of Zanzibar? Zanzibar is a 1,554 square kilometer island of the coast of Tanzania. Check it out on a map! - Norman Thetruth Guy shared Overpopulation is a Myth's photo. – Facebook, 18.10.12.
OVERPOPULATION: For a long time now and already in many countries, where producers and traders are relatively free, man has produced or acquired by trade much more in food stuffs than he can consume. Thus much is now wasted or fed to pets. Pets consume already more food than babies do. Free agricultural producers are not complaining that they cannot produce more food but that there are not enough mouths and buyers for the food they do already produce. Where the economy is somewhat free and there are good enough transport facilities, there even crop failures and other natural catastrophes have not led to famines. Most famines are man-made, mostly caused by territorial governments with their command economies or anti-economic measures. – JZ, 25.5.06. 30.10.07. - MALTHUSIANISM
OVERPOPULATION: For every new mouth to feed, there are two hands to produce." - Peter T. Bauer. ‑ Ulrich von Beckerath, 1882-1969, said something very similar, approximately: With every additional mouth come two hands. He also remarked often that free farmers call for more mouths to feed. – JZ, n.d. - FOOD PRODUCTION, STARVATION, DEVELOPMENT, ECONOMIC FREEDOM, SELF-HELP,
OVERPOPULATION: How little we are overpopulated, food-starved and poor is, among other things, simply indicated by the small, if any areas of our gardens, that we do dedicate to the production of food. – JZ, 4.9.07. – Even the recipients of “social services” in the somewhat developed countries do rather suffer from over-weight than hunger. Unless they spend most of this income, like C. B. does, on computer gear and connections. – If you think that his work on www.butterbach.net is worthwhile, then you might be willing to help him a little. – JZ, 28.2.09. - HUNGER, STARVATION
OVERPOPULATION: How much food can intensive agriculture produce per acre, per square meter, per person on Earth, per day, week, month or year? How does the current food production compare with that? How much in food-stuffs is really necessary per person and period, to keep him healthy without overloading him? The biomass of all plants, insects, birds and animals should be compared with that of all humans. And one should compare how much this would amount to, if spread thinly and evenly over the land surfaces, at least over all agriculturally usable land and then one should compare how thin the biomass of all humans would be, if spread thinly and evenly over all the agriculturally usable land, excluding the waterways, lakes and oceans for the time being. I think that the biomass of all human is quite insignificant compared with the biomass of all other living things on the land surfaces. But I do not have figures for this on hand. Notions of over-population would disappear, I believe, if one compared such figures. We can still easily and cheaply produce much more in food than we can consume. Perhaps even for tenfold the present population. Moreover, the better fed a population is, the more its fertility declines. Maybe the total usable biomass of all harvests and of all food animals should be totaled up and compared with the biomass of human beings. And estimates should be made on how much is just wasted or eaten up by pests or not harvested at all or willfully destroyed or not planted at all, due to current restrictions and prohibitions. A figure for the average population density of the world would also be interesting – especially when then compared with areas, which were, formerly, largely desert or otherwise infertile and then rendered agriculturally productive and now supporting a large population per square kilometers. – One of the best recent refutations of Malthusianism can be found in a 13-page pamphlet “Exploded Population Myths” by Jim Peron, 2003, Institute for Liberal Values. This criticism is also offered in a longer form, in a paper back of the same title and author. – Maybe it is now online already, to promote its sale in print. Godwin’s classical 1820 critique of Malthusianism should, by now, also be fully online. - JZ, 6.9.95, 2.2.08. – Q.
OVERPOPULATION: How much food is still wasted, eaten by parasites or pests or is used to feed pets? And how much is eaten to excess, to produce obesity? Or systematically destroyed or not grown at all, as a result of government “policies”? – JZ, 26.5.06. - HUNGER & FOOD SHORTAGE?
OVERPOPULATION: If you are so ignorant as to believe in overpopulation, then you are probably so ignorant and prejudiced that you can barely support yourself and your family or you are one of those, who benefits from one monopoly or the other at the expense of others. – JZ, 2.4.97. – If you are not a monopolist and if you are living well and can support your family, then why do you suppose that others could not do the same, provided only they are free enough to do so? – Do all the poor people in the world enjoy all their individual rights and liberties? - JZ, 2.2.08.OVERPOPULATION: In reality, there are still in the world vast areas of land of first-rare quality that have not yet been cultivated, as the famous explorer Earl Parker Hanson shows in his very interesting book NEW WORLD EMERGING; … NEW YORK, DUELL, SLOAN AND PEARCE, 1949. - Faustino Ballvé, Essentials of Economics, 1956 in Mexico, from the English edition, D. Van NostrandCompany Inc., 1963, FEE edition, undated, p.83 & 101. - Actually, more and more people prefer to live in high concentrations in large towns and cities than on the land, producing food for themselves and many others. – And in all somewhat free countries obesity has become a health problem. – In almost all countries the somewhat free food producers complain about the shortage of mouths, supplied with useful purchasing power, to buy what they have to offer. – Thus much food still goes to waste, unsold. - JZ, 17.8.13. – MALTHUSIANISM, OBESITY, WASTED FOOD, OR FOOD EATEN BY RATS ETC.
OVERPOPULATION: Less farmland is producing more food. There has been a dramatic fall in the number of famines. Food surpluses are a major headache. Far from starving, more and more of the world is threatened by the ill effects of obesity. There are, of course, still natural disasters.” - Margaret Thatcher, Statecraft, 2002, p.448, HarperCollins, www.fireandwater.com.
OVERPOPULATION: Man, when free to produce and exchange can and will produce more food, more cheaply than so far, to supply an abundance food even for a greatly increased population. Even under the still all too limited economic liberties in the somewhat developed countries, obesity is more of a problem than is hunger. – JZ, 26.5.06, 30.10.07. – Foreign food aid supplied to some harbors, did not reach the starvation areas simply because of lack of transportation facilities! – JZ, 19.11.13. - FREE ENTERPRISE, FREE EXCHANGE, FREE PRICING, MONETARY FREEDOM, FREE CLEARING, FREE TRADE
OVERPOPULATION: Many people love to live in cities, with their many opportunities, rather in relative isolation or distance from them in the country-side. An ever-increasing percentage of the total population already lives in large towns or even cities. – JZ, 24.5.11, 3.3.12. – In suburban areas few homeowners bother to grow food in their backyards and are not free to produce it in their front yards. – JZ, 19.11.13. - CITIES, HIGH-RISES, POPULATION DENSITY, DIVISION OF LABOR, ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
OVERPOPULATION: Mass starvation is not made in bedchambers, but in council chambers.” – Quote from "Population, Resources, and the Future: Non-Malthusian Perspectives”, ed. by Howard M. Bahr, Bruce A. Chadwick, and Darwin L. Thomas, Brigham Young University Press, Provo, Utah, 1972, a then $ 3.95 in paperback, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 5/74, p.320.
OVERPOPULATION: Scotland is emptying out and the wild moors are wilder than ever. The Hebrides now have many uninhabited islands – islands where men have lived for more than 5,000 years, Ireland has half as many people as 100 years ago. Yucatan 500 years ago may have had several 100 people per square mile, but now has 1 per square mile. So, stop worrying so much about open spaces. We have more, not less than we had 100 years ago and we have better means of getting there in case you really crave the quiet of the wilderness. – Since 1957 the birth rate in the United States has declined every year. Should this trend continue, by the year 2000 deaths will outnumber births. Such things are possible. For instance, in Vienna, Austria, today, deaths are exceeding births at a rate of two to one. Every country in Europe, except seven, is failing to produce sufficient children to replace the adult population. Suppression of such facts amounts to scandalous treatment of the data on population.” - Dr. Georg F. Carter, quoted in Rushdoony, Overpopulation, 25.
OVERPOPULATION: The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death.” - Paul Ehrlich & EXPERTS, MALTHUSIANISM
OVERPOPULATION: The earth wasn't overpopulated at all. Far from it. It was simply that people packed themselves by the million into tiny corners of it, and then lost the ability to see beyond the boundaries to their perceptions which they had created.” - James P. Hogan, The Mirror Maze, p.389.
OVERPOPULATION: The most important benefit of population size and growth is the increase it brings to the stock of useful knowledge. Minds matter economically as much as, or more than, hands or mouths.” - Julian Simon. - True, but greater division of labour and its growth in productivity and wealth does also depend upon more hands and mouths becoming available and their freedom to produce and exchange. - JZ, 21.8.02.
OVERPOPULATION: The overpopulation hypothesis is wrong but popular and widely accepted. Thus it makes the vision of mass extermination appear as less horrible, at least to some people. Some might even consider it to be "desirable", for "humanitarian" reasons. We live in an age when "one child families" have been imposed by some governments and compulsory sterilizations and abortions. Refutations of this theory can be found e.g. in the works of Theodor Hertzka, in Henry George's "Progress and Poverty" and the pamphlet by R. A. Childs': "Laissez Faire in Population". William Godwin's very early pamphlet against these teachings by Malthus, 1820, should by now be completely online. - JZ, 2008. - ENCYCLOPEDIA OF REFUTATIONS, IDEAS/WRONG, MYTHS, PREJUDICES - JZ in An ABC Against Nuclear War. www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm - THEORY, HYPOTHESIS, MALTHUSIANISM
OVERPOPULATION: The world is overpopulated only by people who believe in overpopulation. There are not enough creative and productive people who offer solutions rather than produce problems, show ignorance, have merely doubts or offer false explanations. – JZ, 2.4.97, 2.2.98, 19.11.13.
OVERPOPULATION: There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth.” – ANARCHIST AGE WEEKLY REVIEW, No. 355, 21, 27.6.99. - We will not be confined to earth-like planets, either, but could build our own space habitats. – JZ, 2.2.08, 15.1.11. - STARS, PLANETS, UNIVERSE, SPACE
OVERPOPULATION: This world has always too many stupid, ignorant and intolerant people. It never has too many reasonable and ethical ones. – JZ, 5.8.91, 4.2.08. - POPULATION, MALTHUSIANISM
OVERPOPULATION: Those, who talk and write about overpopulation are a plague upon the earth and ignore the real problems and difficulties and their solutions. – JZ, 9.6.92, 4.2.08.
OVERPOPULATION: we could put 3 ½ billion people into Ohio and have it only as crowded as Hong Kong.” – Fritz Knese, THE CONNECTION, 135, p. 46.
OVERPOPULATION: We need no less laborers but more of them and more freedom for them and for all businessmen, producers and exchangers. – There is no limit to the wealth that free people can produce for each other. – JZ, 6.6.87, 4.2.08.
OVERPOPULATION: What do you mean by overpopulation? So many people that they would rather disperse than further concentrate in cities? So many people that under free migration they would spread out? So far they still concentrate in cities, i.e., they do like a higher population density and, in developed countries, they usually enjoy a higher standard of living in the cities than in the country areas. – JZ, 31.12.76, 31.7.78, 6.2.08.
OVERPOPULATION: When people are free to plan their children and free to support them, then there is no population problem. – JZ, 3.5.93. – In somewhat developed countries populations are already declining. In the less developed countries the population growth is declining. – Sometime we will reach the optimum population level for Earth – not for the universe. Then we will expand human population there. For the universe can never have too many minds. – For it has too much in mindless matter and mindless energies. - JZ, 2.2.08.
OVERPOPULATION: Where there is some economic freedom only the shelves etc. of grocery stores are “overpopulated” and the problem for most consumers is not hunger but obesity. – JZ, 23.1.04. - FOOD SHORTAGES?
OVERPRODUCTION: Over-production could not possibly exist as long as there were men suffering from hunger, wearing bad clothes, and living in ramshackle houses." - M. Beer, History of British Socialism, II/243.
OVERREGULATION: Dr. Murray I. Weidenbaum, director of the Center for the Study of American Business, notes a “second managerial revolution”. The first such revolution saw the rise of professional managers, as distinct from owners. “This new revolution is far more subtle (wrong or harmful? - JZ). It involves the shift of decision-making from managers, who represent the shareholders, to a cadre of government officials, government inspectors, government regulators.” - See: “Where Overregulation Can Lead”, NATION’S BUSINESS, June 1975.” – James J. Kilparick, The Age of the Regulators, THE FREEMAN, 12/75, p. 713.
OVERRULE: Governments don’t rule; they overrule.” – Harry Browne, How I Found Freedom, p.90. – Rule out governments that overrule! – JZ, 14.11.75. – How many territorial governments are there which do not do that? Perhaps some of the mini-states, Monaco etc. – But why not simply let all the various freedom lovers opt out to do their own things for themselves while all the various statist should remain free to do their things only to themselves? Then no one would have any longer a right to complain about his society or government – only over his own free choice – and he could change that. His next choice might be a much better one for him. – JZ, 6.2.08, 5.6.13.
OVERTHROW: Get away from ‘we vs. them’.” – David Shoemaker, 1990. - Get away from attempts to overthrow or abolish governments, go from territorial revolutions to exterritorial ones. Supplant the old, coercive and territorial institutions rather by alternative and voluntary ones, freely competing with the old ones for voluntary members only, demonstrating positive solutions that work or voluntary experiments that will cost and harm only their participants. – JZ, n.d. & 4.2.08. - ABOLITION, COMPETITION WITH, ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS, PANARCHISM, VIOLENT REVOLUTIONS OR INDIVIDUAL & GROUP SECESSIONISM & PERSONAL LAW SOCIETIES?
OVERTHROWING: No government, not even the worst, which is at least wanted by some, should be overthrown for these people - by people who dislike that government. In other words, only the monopolistic, coercive and territorial features of any government should be abolished, not their voluntary and exterritorial autonomous remnants. - JZ, 8.2.89, 3.4.89,, 5.6.13. - OR ABOLISHING ALL GOVERNMENTS OR ONLY TERRITORIALISM?
OVERTIME: No “double tax on overtime”! – John Curvers, election leaflet, 1976. (Double tax resulted often from tax progression. – In some years my earnings from overtime brought me into such a high tax bracket that with the total amount of taxes I had to pay all of my normal salary was taxed away! – To that extent I was then doing a normal 40 hours working week as a serf of the State and lived only on what was left, earnings from my overtime work. - JZ, 6.2.08.
OVERWORK: When all goods and services offered for sale can be expressed by their providers in circulating media, issued by themselves and obliging only themselves and when these can be used as liquid demand for labor, then there can be no mass-unemployment, unless people price themselves out of the market. Overwork of all willing to work would be the more likely result. - The need for labor exceeds its supply - when it can be transformed into effective demand and it would, under monetary freedom, drive up wages and other earnings to their maximum, dependent only on current productivity. - JZ, n.d. file: Unemployment incomplete comb of old files. – UNEMPLOYMENT, FULL EMPLOYMENT, MONETARY FREEDOM
OWN AFFAIRS: A man should manage his own affairs and should prosper or suffer as the result of his own choices.” – Dean Smith, Conservatism, p.76. – We should become concerned when anywhere on earth some people get away with infringing human rights on a massive scale. We might be the next victims, otherwise. – JZ, 6.2.08.
OWN AFFAIRS: A man who is unable to take care of his affairs is deserving only of pity as an imbecile.” – J. Toulmin Smith, Local Self-Government and Centralization, p.31. - He may just be too sick, crippled or too old. – JZ, n.d. – Or he may live under all too many legally imposed prohibitions of self-help options. – JZ, 6.3.09. – Or he may have insufficient insurance or credit arrangements. – JZ, 19.11.13. - OWN AFFAIRS, SELF-GOVERNMENT, SELF-MANAGEMENT, AUTONOMY,
OWN AFFAIRS: One should care more about the own affairs and less about of those of one’s neighbor. – No, one should not care at all, without being asked, about the affairs of others and in an emergency also only with all necessary caution.” - John Henry Mackay, Abrechung, S.161. (Man kuemmere sich mehr um seine eigenen Angelegenheiten und weniger um die seines Nachbarn. – Nein, man kuemmere sich ueberhaupt nicht unaufgefordert um fremde Angelegenheiten und im Notfall auch nur mit aller noetigen Vorsicht.) – Compare Voltaire: One ought to cultivate one’s own garden. – But I remember, at least from reliable hear-say, the attitude of some German anarchists, like Dr. Walter Borgius, who thought that the Nazis would do us the service of making all government ridiculous. For that motive he might even have voted for them. Which showed little foresight on his side. Wherever a totalitarian regime exists in the world or private terrorist groups try to get hold of ABC mass murder devices, such regimes and people should be our concern, even if they are foreigners. – JZ, 6.2.08. - CONCERN FOR THE OWN AFFAIRS
OWN AFFAIRS: You be the judge - on all your own affairs! – JZ, n.d.
OWN BEHALF: Act on your own behalf. JZ, 1/76, after reading ANARCHY 8: “What will persuade people to act on their own behalf?” – David Wiek, discussing Malatesta. – Freedom to do so will. – We should systematically strive for that freedom and not merely assume that it does already exist in all spheres in which it should exist. E.g. that of free choice among all kinds of political, economic and social systems, none of them with a territorial monopoly. – JZ, 6.2.08.
OWN BOSS: See: COOPERATIVES, SELF-MANAGEMENT, PURCHASE OF ENTERPRISES
OWN JUDGMENT: The Libertas Statement: “We, as libertarians, affirm: That full individual liberty is impossible in any society other than a voluntary one that aggresses on no one. - That men and women require the full and independent use of their own judgment in order to survive at an optimum level, and therefore have a natural right to do their own thing, provided that they do not physically harm or coercively restrict another individual’s live, liberty or property.” – Compare the common saying: “Use your own judgment”.
OWN LIFE: A man’s life is his own if he causes no harm to others.” – William Hjortsberg, Gray Matters, p. 134. (SF). - No wrong to others. He may harm others e.g. as a successful competitors for their business, but that would do them no wrong. – JZ, 6.2.08. – SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
OWN LIFE: Californians should reclaim the right to run their own lives.” – Ed Clark. – Individually, or only collectively as Californians, independent of the Federal Government in Washington? – And why does he recommend this only for Californians? – Reminds me of those Englishmen, in former centuries, concerned only about the rights of Englishmen. - JZ, 6.2.08.
OWN LIFE: I believe, as many say they believe, that everyone has the right to run his own life – to go to hell in his own fashion.” – David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom, XI. - SELF-OWNERSHIP, PROPERTY IN ONESELF, SELF-OWNERSHIP, TOLERANCE, PANARCHISM
OWN MAN: As noted earlier, our forefathers chose freedom not as a prognosis of better things to come but as a means by which each individual could be his own man. The theme or cause or goal or ideology that predominated was that here in America one could, regardless of the station into which he was born, rise in accord with his own abilities. This was a wholesome ideology which, combined with the dedication to it, gave our special brand of civilization survival prospects. It was a culture worthy of survival!” – Leonard E. Read, Let Freedom Reign, p.146. – AMERICANISM
OWN MAN: Each his own man!” – Leonard E. Read, Who’s Listening? p.123. – ON BEING MY OWN MAN: Let each individual be his own man rather than a reflector of “public opinion” – Leonard E. Read, Castles in the Air. – PUBLIC OPINION – You can be your own man. – JZ, 17.3.75. – If you are trying hard enough and are also somewhat lucky. – At least I was one after my retirement at 55. – Apart from the tax laws and xyz other wrongful laws I have still to obey. - JZ, 5.2.08. – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
OWN MAN: The greatest thing in the world is for a man to know that he is his own.” – Montaigne, quoted in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.58. – SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
OWN MIND: The second requirement, as I say, is that the student should have the impression that he is making up his own mind. In point of fact, very few people make up their own minds intellectually, for which we have Heaven and all the saints to thank. “Lean not on thine own understanding” is a Biblical injunction, and there is no mischief maker quite like the person who assumes himself a totally autonomous intellectual and moral being and proceeds, to inflict himself upon his fellow men.” – W. F. Buckley: Up from Liberalism, p.65. - Do make up your own mind - based upon the best information available to you. – JZ, 9.6.80, .15.1.11. - Apparently. Buckley did not even completely liberate himself from the official version of the Bible. – But I still do like his books for whatever pearls I find in his mud. - JZ, 6.2.08. - MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND
OWN PATH: A man must follow his own path… No one can choose it for him.” - George Lucas, Star Wars, p.160. – Conscription still exists in many countries. Also taxation and compulsory schooling and many other legalized restrictions upon individual rights and liberties. – JZ, 6.3.09.
OWN TERMS: And what the hell is life about if you don’t live it on your own terms?” – Hammond Innes, North Star, p.60. – FREEDOM, LIFE, OWN LIFE, SELF-OWNERSHIP, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-GOVERNMENT, SELF-DETERMINATION, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM, TOLERANCE, PANARCHISM
OWN THING: Each Does His Own.” – (Jeder macht seins.) - zitiert von Stefan Rabenau, 23.9.90. (Compare Stirner: The Ego and His Own. – Also Ayn Rand: The Virtue of Selfishness. - DOING THE OWN THING, INCLUDING GOVERNMENTAL & SOCIETAL INSTITUTIONS
OWN THING: seek … unlimited positive freedom to do one’s own thing.” – Bob Dickens, ANARCHY 8. – SELF-DETERMINATION, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
OWN THING: whatever a person does, short of physically harming another – his “own thing” – is okay, regardless of the consequences.” – Charles Goodman, All These Rights, THE FREEMAN, 1/78. - DO YOUR OWN THING
OWN WAY: Do it your own way and it will probably work for you; do it somebody else’s way and it probably won’t.” – The 1 Minute Sales Person, p.74, by Spencer Johnson & Larry Wilson, p.74.
OWN WAY: everyone has to make his own way on this day. No one can tell others what to do.” – Richard Matheson, The Last Day, AMAZING STORIES, April-May, 1953. – If that had been consistently done then “The Last Day” might not have occurred in this future, in accordance with this SF story. – JZ, n.d.
OWN WAY: He has to follow his own pattern. No one can choose it for him.” – George Lucas, Star Wars.
OWN WAY: Let each man have the wit to go his own way.” - (Unis quisque sua noverit ire via.) – Propertius, Elegies, Bk. ii, eleg. 25, I. 38.
OWN WAY: Like almost everyone else, I want to have my own way. Is this possible? Yes, if my way be right; indeed, having one’s own way is not only possible but certain if the way be right, and just as certainly impossible if the way be wrong. Thus, having one’s own way or not revolves around right and wrong behavior. While few matters stand more in contention than right and wrong, I have a way of drawing the line that suits me.” – Leonard E. Read, Having My Way, p.4.
OWN WAY: Make your own way on your own steam. – JZ, n.d., after reading Frank Chodorov: Out of Step, p.5: “… as did the earlier entrepreneur who made his way on his own steam.” - Compare, ibid, p.153: “They all came to make their way in life under their own steam, without let or hindrance, which is the condition of freedom.” - PAY YOUR WAY, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-MAINTENANCE
OWN: I’d rather be in a world of my own making.” – Alfred Bester, Starburst, p.104.
OWNERSHIP: A man is free precisely to the extent that his property rights are intact, because the condition of freedom and the condition of slavery are distinguished on the basis of the right of private property. A freeman owns himself and whatever he comes by lawfully. A slave owns nothing. - Ownership, however, means more than the possession of formal legal title to things. It means control. Control means authority over use, and over disposition as well. It means the condition in which one has the authority to follow his own preferences.” – Sylvester Petro. - MAN’S CONTROL
OWNERSHIP: If your house and land actually belong to you, how can your local government threaten to take them away simply because you refuse to pay them money each year?” – Claire Wolfe, Don’t Shoot the Bastards (YET), 101 More Ways To Salvage Freedom, p.1. - PROPERTY, LAND & HOUSE, LOCAL GOVERNMENT RATES
OWNERSHIP: In Australia we “enjoy” nominal ownership of our lives, our earnings and our property but, in fact, we own nothing. The State can resume ownership of our lives (through conscription), our earnings (through income taxation) and our property (through death duties, land taxes, etc.).” – Dr. Duncan Yuille, 4/76.
OWNERSHIP: Ownership without control is a contradiction in terms.” – Anderson/Miles, Constitution, p.33. – PROPERTY RIGHTS, CONTROL, NATIONALIZATION
OWNERSHIP: The important difference between socialism and fascism is ownership; the important similarity is in control. Ownership without control leaves the owner as a mere puppet on a string, with no rights to his “property”. The difference between fascism and socialism becomes irrelevant, being one of procedures only.” – Mark Tier, Tweedledum and Tweedledummy. – CONTROL, PROPERTY, FASCISM, STATE SOCIALISM.
OWNERSHIP: The man who cannot claim ownership over the things he produces has no control over the things on which his life depends; he is a slave, by definition.” – Edmund A. Opitz, THE FREEMAN, May 79, p.292.
OWNERSHIP: to find a way in which capitalism can be made more general, with the bulk of our people participating in individual ownership – not the collective ownership by way of government that is advocated by some and practised in some countries – is necessary.” - Ronald Reagan, p.105, in “Sincerely, Ronald Reagan”, a collection of his letters, compiled by his secretary Helene von Damm, 1976. - PROPERTY, CAPITALISM, COOPERATIVES, EMPLOYEE-SHAREHOLDING.