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Jan 18

Radical Agenda EP091 – Against Commons

Whether it’s a question of freedom of speech, immigration, public nudity, drug use, drunk driving, or just about any other political question, the source of the problem is almost universally overlooked. People talk about abstract concepts like “rights” and “morality” and “law” and “equality” and “fairness” but whatever meaning or value we each may or may not assign to any of these terms, they do not exist in the physical universe. I’m a big fan of the concept of morality, but agreement on the nature of the term is lacking. Fairness and equality are wildly popular ideas, yet I assign negative value to these terms. So whatever our own personal value assignments, they are of little practical use in political discourse.

Radical Agenda EP091 - Against Commons

Radical Agenda EP091 – Against Commons

The contest we are met with perpetually in politics, and all other things, is a contest for control over resources. Conflicts arise when more than one individual attempts to exercise control over a resource with contrary purposes. Due to our nature and the physics of the universe, these conflicts will often become violent.

Once upon a time, people thought a democratic vote would be a good way to resolve these conflicts peacefully. How’s that workin out for ya? Not so well, as it turns out.

As more of us realize this, we entertain ideas other than democratically elected governments, and we find ourselves with still more conflicts. I’d like very much for people to operate according to a Rothbardian Anarcho-Capitalist model. Private ownership of all resources, homesteading, exchange of title by consensual trade, that sort of thing. You know, the correct libertarian position.

This understandably scares some people, uninformed libertarians most of all. People have become quite used to visiting the expense of their behavior upon their neighbor. Everything done in a common space or with a public resource is an act of aggression by its very nature. Every inch traveled upon a public highway, every demonstration in a public park, every child who builds a sand castle on the beach, and yes, every immigrant who crosses a geopolitical boundary, and every left wing group on a college campus.

Commons are imposed upon us by governments, they are not libertarian freeforalls where anything goes. They are impositions of the State apparatus which should be abolished and privatized along with all its other functions. Until that day comes, the contest for control over those resources will continue and there is no proper libertarian position on how they ought to be used outside of their privatization.

The absurd notion which has been allowed to run rampant in libertarian circles is a predictably leftist idea more nonsensical than that of the State itself. Their idea is that in the absence of the State, highly desirable resources would simply remain unowned and available for all to use in any manner they saw fit, and that this would somehow not result in violent disputes. Democratically elected governments murdered 260 million of their own citizens in the 20th century alone, not including war, not exactly the most spotless of records. But that seems downright reasonable compared to the idiotic notion that highly desirable resources would remain unowned common spaces where people peacefully exploited them without conflict.

Where a community of families wants to use a public beach to let their children play, and outsiders come into that community to engage in provocative sexual displays, their purposes are in conflict and both seek to do so at taxpayer expense. The pervasively common position amongst most self described libertarians is that the topless demonstrators from outside the community have to be given free run to do as they see fit. The desires of the families who live in that community have absolutely zero standing. These so called libertarians would claim that this is in the name of free speech, but libertarianism recognizes no such thing, only property rights. The only libertarian answer here is to privatize the beach, and even that presents a huge conflict over how the beach is privatized since the State’s obfuscation of titles makes just allocation of resources all but impossible.

Same goes for state universities and community colleges. Institutions which are subsidized by taxation and inflation, are the property of the people who pay for them. They are not perpetually unowned resources where anything goes. Attempts to turn them into some kind of common space where everybody can do whatever they want, or for that matter, even to say whatever they want, leads to conflicts. Those conflicts are violent in nature, and will continue for the duration of the public university system.

One group wants to ban “racism” and “sexism” and “homophobia”. This is seen as wholly uncontroversial. Anyone who challenges that idea is seen as a racist, a sexist, and a homophobe. They redefine “rape” and make insane claims about a rape epidemic and a “rape culture” and form rules of sexual conduct based around these completely false perceptions. Those rules get men expelled from school and even thrown in prison.

Suggest that these behaviors should themselves be sanctioned, and you will be accused of diminishing free speech.

Why the double standard? Because we are surrounded by left wing idiots who insist that they get their way while everyone else suffers. It is just that simple. It is not a reasonable discussion, it is not an exchange of ideas, it is nothing more than leftists violently oppressing sane and decent people.

And it has to stop.

In other news, the Democratic Party had another debate last night but it was completely devoid of value and substance as usual. A woman spent all her family’s money on PowerBall tickets, then started a GoFundMe to recover the losses. Portland Community College will devote an entire month to ‘whiteness’-shaming. A man decided to go hunting for cops, and bagged himself one. All that and much more plus your calls at 218-936-0815 or Radical Agenda on Skype.

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