Poor Pragmatic George. He thinks politicians should do whatever they want as long as they believe the are “doing what they think is right!” The heck with that pesky Constitution! Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not so sure trusting the moral compass of elected officials is the best strategy.Details
“Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.” -Lord Acton
In his most recent book, historian Brion McClanahan highlights 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and Four Who Tried to Save Her. The names on each list will probably surprise you.Details
The left went all constitutional on Donald Trump after he took a swipe at the First Amendment. Isn’t it a little late for progressives to suddenly be concerned with constitutional limits on government?
Cross Posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center.
Bear with me. We need some background before I get to my point.
In the article, “On Violence, Government, and Self-Deception”, I offered three possible philosophical stances on violence. Those were,
1.) Pacifism: No violence under any circumstances; 2.) Non-Aggression: Defensive violence is allowed, aggressive violence is not; 3.) The end justifies the means. Aggressive use of violence is allowed, “for the right reasons”.
I also noted that,
In order to develop a personal philosophy about government, one of the first requirements is to come to an understanding of one’s beliefs about violence. When is it OK to use violence and when is it not? This understanding is necessary because at it’s core, all of government is violence.
At the time, I described my own personal philosophy towards violence as “non-aggression”. My understanding of that phrase is similar to how it is stated by Tom Woods, here, “nobody should initiate aggression against anybody else“. Alternatively, wikipedia describes it, thusly, “In contrast to nonviolence, the non-aggression principle does not preclude violence used in self-defense or defense of others“.
Of course, taken to its conclusion, strict adherence to the non-aggression principle requires elimination of the state because taxation is a form of aggression. Knowing that, I have been aware of the contradiction between my actions and my beliefs when I promote state level legislation and adherence to the US Constitution at the same time as believing in the principle of non-aggression. I don’t like it when there is inconsistency between my beliefs and actions, so the attempt to resolve this conflict has been a frequent area of thought for me during the last few years.
Eventually, I came up with this simple thought experiment:Details