the voluntary state
A New Political Concept
 
 

NOW  that  the  Voluntary  State  has  had  its presentation as true self-government, let us contrast it with the reverse, that which we know  as  Socialism.


After thousands of years of efforts toward what was mostly called freedom, or liberty, the Western world was lured into socialism through false promises that equality for the material needs of each person was better than freedom  or  liberty.


What was it that caused people to accept such  a  false  bargain,  to  sell  their  birthright for a mess of pottage?  It was the idea of equality  _  making  everyone  equal.


What caused equality to have so much appeal  to  so  many  people?  It  was  the  envy  felt  by  those  who  had  less  than  others. 


The promise was that this feeling of envy would be assuaged by taking away from  some that which made them better _ bringing those with  more  down  to  equality _ making  everybody  the same, even though this could be accomplished only through government force.


People traded their freedom for equality, even though it meant government control of their lives _ so strong is the feeling we call envy.


Is the equality promised by the socialist state  the  same  as  the equality  intended  in the Declaration of Independence, in    its first  self- evident  truth  that  “all men are created equal”?


Of course not.  The Declaration meant that men were equal in the eyes of their Creator.  And nobody denies that all men must be equal before  the  law.  But  material  equality  is  not  possible  in life.  Is it thinkable that men willing to pledge “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor” to be free  of  government  force  would  agree  to  a condition  of  equal  material  worth  for  all  if   this   could   be   brought   about  only   through  government  force? 


No!    Nor   does   the   Preamble   of   the Constitution  list  any  such  intention.


Envy is the human weakness that corrupt politicians      play      upon     to     promote      the     idea    of equality by promising to tax some to give money  to  others  who  will  vote  for  them.


“Thou  shalt  not  covet . . .”  may  be  the commandment      most      ignored      by     the      many, perhaps because wanting something that belongs  to  someone  else  seems  to  do  no  visible  harm.  


But  covetousness  is  the  same  as  envy.  And  envy  is  the  root  of  the  evil  that  makes  the  demagogue  effective.   So  perhaps  the  seemingly  harmless  emotion  which  the  commandment  forbids  is  one  of  the  most  destructive  things  in  which  man  indulges. 


The demagogue’s remedy for envy is equality,     and    equality   is   the   condition  which this socialist-minded politician promises in every way the law  can  bring  to  pass.


Progressive  taxation,  forced  upon  those who        succeed       as      a     punishment       for       being  “better” than most, is the familiar tool. Its purpose is to confiscate  whatever  makes  anyone  more   than   equal.  Other  familiar  forms  of  taxation,  such  as inheritance taxes, operate similarly.  In the case of inheritance taxes, the necessity to pay them may compel the  destruction  of  what  took  a  lifetime  to build,  because  there  is  no  other  way  to  raise  the  money  to  pay  the  taxes.


The object is to make sure that no one can  start  out  with  an  inheritance  that  makes him more  than  equal _ everyone  must  be  equal,  that  is  what  is  proposed.


But a fantasy state created to satisfy envy, wherein all are equal, cannot exist in reality.  This  is   primarily   because  no  two  human   beings are alike.  Equality can exist only when two people are identical.   However,  some  are  taller,  more handsome, more talented artistically, more loved because of a loving personality, more successful because of a willingness to work harder or to save more and spend less for pleasure.  The list is endless, and even if each man started with the same number of dollars, men would shortly be unequal because of the manner in which they used their money.  Cutting some down to equality with others  does  not  satisfy  the  need  of  some  to  envy  others.


If each voter has a self-chosen purpose for his    life,    he   has   a    different    purpose    from   most others.  A different purpose has to imply a different  result       in      his      life,      and      a different  result  is  inherently unequal.  This  inevitable  consequence  of  each having a self-chosen purpose  would,  then,  arouse  the  envy  of those  who  want  everybody  to  be  the  same.


Different results, due to the self-chosen purposes of men, are the opposite of the sameness that results from equality.  The reality  of  the  nature  of  man  collides  head-on  with  the  stubborn  fantasy  of  equality.


So the demagogue’s way of breeding envy, because  it  cannot  bring  equality,  must  be seen for  what  it  is  _  a  means  of  corrupting  the  voters,  by  taxing  some  to  give  to  others,  in  order  to  buy  votes  to  remain  in  power.               


However,  that  there  has  been  so  little  critical     appraisal     of    the     idea    of    equality,     but only  a  concentration  on  how  to  achieve  it,  cries  out  for  us  to  ask,  Why?


Searching one’s soul, which is hard to do, the  only  answer  that  makes  any  sense  is  that we are caught in the trap of guilt.  We are, as sensitive  human  beings,  uncomfortable  with  the  envy that  we  sense  always  and  everywhere  from  others  at  any  sign  of  an  advantage  we  possess.    This  makes  us  feel  guilty.


It  is  no  wonder  that  the  commandment against  coveting  is  there.    Envy  can  be  such that  it  overwhelms  all  other  aspects  of  social relationships.


Can  we  pull  ourselves  up  out  of  the  quicksand    of    guilt    that    comes    from    that    envy  and  makes  us  so  vulnerable  to  the  idea  of  equality  _  and  thus  to  socialism?


The answer lies in the realization that we  can’t  shoot  an  idea.  Ideas rule the world.  The  only  way  to  get  rid  of  a  bad  idea  is  with  a  better  idea.


Living according to one’s free will is a better idea than making everyone alike.  Free will allows self-chosen purpose, the most  important  quality  of  man.


A  society  founded  on  the  free  will  of  its  individual  people  would  give  man  control  of his life,  at  last,  whereas  socialism  grinds  him  down  into  the  slavery  of  equality.


                                               


 

Chapter 7

ENVY