Can Violence Solve Violence?
(image courtesy of Liberty Stickers)From Larken Rose via Bill St. Clair comes this provocative article; excerpt:
...In general, it's a bad idea to focus on treating the SYMPTOMS of a problem, instead of treating the problem itself. This is true in medicine, economics, philosophy, and just about everything else.
However, if the symptom of ONE person's problem is the SUFFERING of another, then treating the symptom is a worthwhile goal, for the sake of the innocent victim.
Suppose someone came up with a way to convince all 100,000 or so employees of the IRS that if they showed up for work the next day-- or ever again--they would all die horrible deaths. And suppose they could be made to believe that without any of them actually being harmed.
Frankly, I would be thrilled. Though it would do nothing to address the underlying problem--that the state's hired thieves believe "legal theft" to be morally righteous--it would, on a practical level, deter them from victimizing others as a result of their delusions.
So the question is, when do we focus our efforts on trying to enlighten the deluded, and when do we do whatever it takes to stop the deluded from hurting people? My answer is, we should continually focus on both. Those of us who know that we own ourselves have the absolute right to do whatever it takes to stop others from initiating violence against us, whether they fully understand what they're doing or not. At the same time, it sure would be nice if we could make it so they didn't WANT to initiate violence against us. But if fear of harm is all that will keep thieves from stealing, it's better than letting them rob people...
Read the rest.
Consider where you stand.
Are you amongst the so-called "freedom leaders" such as Glenn Beck who preemptively forswear violence, then go to their Masters as impotent supplicants?
Or do you believe, as did Malcolm X, that the following is a better rule?
That's our motto. We want freedom by any means necessary. We want justice by any means necessary. We want equality by any means necessary.
By any means necessary...