Radical Agenda EP116 – None of this is Peaceful
I was half tempted to cancel today’s show. Seems all the headlines are election related and I’m sorta sick of doing “The Donald Trump Show” three days a week. The guy was right, I’m bored of winning.
So let’s rewind a bit, and go back to basics, shall we? It may seem repetitive to some long time listeners/readers, but this bears repeating given the current political climate and new audience members. Watching all of these talking heads complain about violence and divisive language is really frustrating to me, because violence and divisive language is really the entire point of State politics. They only seem to care when someone they disagree with gains some advantage over them, and understandably so.
No matter the cuddly language it is dressed up in, politics is about violently oppressing one’s rivals. I have an opinion, you have an opinion, and if our opinions differ in civil society we simply live our lives according to our beliefs separately. In politics it is remarkably different. Whoever can get more people to agree with them on that opinion, will win an election. That election will determine who wields the power of the State, and the power of the State will be used to force that opinion on the entirety of the populace.
It matters not whether that opinion is correct or incorrect. It matters not if forcing that opinion on the populace results in catastrophic outcomes. It matters not if we all die. Those are the simple physics of the machine of the democratic State.
So when people resort to violence outside of that mechanism, we shouldn’t act surprised. People realize on some level that their political opponents are a threat to their safety, and they react accordingly. Assaulting one’s political rival, depending on the circumstances, can be seen as a simple and righteous act of self defense.
This misguided notion that we peacefully discuss our political differences is nonsense. The entire thing is a threat of violence and sooner or later people take the violence into their own hands. The collective wisdom of hundreds of millions of idiots is no way to make decisions, and the sooner people figure that out, the sooner we dispense with the popularity contests and vanity of democracy.
All political contests are violent ones, and I for one look forward to the day when a large enough number of people come to grips with this. A democratic election grants no special legitimacy to State or interpersonal violence. A coup d’état, revolution, or ruthless dictatorship of some variety is arguably better in this sense, because it at least demonstrates understanding of this reality. It is perhaps the best thing we can hope for then, and maybe, if we’re lucky, that realization will give way to a more rational preference for private property rights and government by contract.
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