Critical Thinking is Mandatory in the Quest for Enlightenment

As I scrolled through my Facebook memories, I discovered the following artwork here, being shared by the page, “Voluntaryism is Freedom,” which I originally posted to my own wall in June of 2016, and decidedly re-shared it, along with commentary…

“Statism: The brilliant idea that we give a small group of people the right to kidnap, steal from, and kill us, so that we can be ‘protected’ from people who kidnap, steal from, and kill us.”

My Commentary: Critical thinking is mandatory in the quest for enlightenment.

(note: though I previously shared a slightly different version of this artwork in April of 2014, within my post, “The Ridiculous Logic of Statism,” I still felt compelled to offer up an alternative commentary when I saw it again, due to the inspiring nature of these words)

Don’t Like Corporations? Well, Guess What? Governments Are Responsible for Legally Creating Them!

The following debate originally took place upon my Facebook wall, after I posted artwork being shared by the page, “V is for Voluntary”…

Rayn:

“Democide: if you support government, you’ve probably never heard of this.”

“Democide: if you support government, you’ve probably never heard of this.”

Daniel F.: And when corporations essentially have all the power of governments, what’s the difference?

Rayn: So, you’re telling me that you STILL haven’t realized that governments are the ones responsible for “legally” CREATING these “power[ful]” corporations you speak of? LOL!

Either way, both of these legal fictions essentially function as protective Straw-men, by LIMITING THE PERSONAL LIABILITY of those humans who operate them, while maximizing their personal profitability! But, alas, you’re missing the point of this post…

Did you even take a moment to notice the comment that originally came with this picture before posting your response to it? It says, “Statists be like, ‘but corporations are evil’.” In other words, your Red herring fallacy of a response is such a predictably off-topic digression, it might as well have been pre-programmed into you by an outside influence. As it stands, I view it as your means of quickly eliminating the cognitive dissonance you experienced when you attempted to reconcile your active support of Statism with the fact that it is WELL-ESTABLISHED as the number one murderer of human beings around the globe for the last century.

"Governments murdered 262,000,000 disarmed civilians in the 20th century. Anti-Statism is a life saver." (Artwork originally located here, where it was posted by the Facebook page, "Bastiat Institute")

“Governments murdered 262,000,000 disarmed civilians in the 20th century. Anti-Statism is a life saver.”
(Artwork originally located here, upon the Facebook page, “Bastiat Institute“)

I would suggest you engage in some deeply Critical thinking about the topic of hundreds of millions being murdered by their own governments, aka “Democide” and you’ll soon find yourself completely out of excuses for supporting the State, and might even feel ashamed that you ever even remotely consented to such an abominable system of coercion, exploitation and violence against your fellow man.

Otherwise, simply ignore me as a “lunatic fringe,” and keep on voting harder for more of that “necessary” evil (the lesser of two, of course) to keep you feeling safe and secure in your person. If that’s the case, then I wish you well in your journey, and hope that you are able to find some semblance of comfort in being “ruled” by an “elect”-caste of sociopathic, morally-inferior “betters.”

In the words of Samuel Adams:

“Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

Critical Thinking Protects the Mind Against Acceptance of Tyranny

As I scrolled through my Facebook news feed, I discovered the following artwork here, being shared by the page, “Freedom is a State of Mind,” and originally posted it to my own wall, along with commentary…

“It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.” – Albert Camus

My CommentaryCritical thinking!

Completely Missing the Point Behind the World’s Easiest Economics Quiz

The following correspondence originally took place on my Facebook wall, upon my post, “The World’s Easiest Economics Quiz”…

Rayn: Do you even critically think, bro? 😉

“The World’s Easiest Economics Quiz:
The government _____________ corporations.
a. charters
b. grants personhood to
c. mandates sales for
d. creates price floors for
e. regulates industries to eliminate competition for
f. allows former employees to regulate their own
g. responds to lobbying by
h. bails out
i. subsidizes
j. is comprised of politicians whose campaigns are financed by
k. all of the above
2. Therefore, corporations are best policed by _____________.
a. the government
b. none of the above”

Daniel F.: If anything it’s gotten to the point where it’s the corporations policing the government.

The World’s Easiest Economics Quiz

As I scrolled through my Facebook news feed, I discovered the following artwork here, being shared by the page, “Free Talk Live,” and originally posted it to my own wall, along with commentary…

“The World’s Easiest Economics Quiz:
The government _____________ corporations.
a. charters
b. grants personhood to
c. mandates sales for
d. creates price floors for
e. regulates industries to eliminate competition for
f. allows former employees to regulate their own
g. responds to lobbying by
h. bails out
i. subsidizes
j. is comprised of politicians whose campaigns are financed by
k. all of the above
2. Therefore, corporations are best policed by _____________.
a. the government
b. none of the above”

My Commentary: Do you even critically think, bro? 😉