VOL. 38 -NO. 25

Monday, October 2, 2000

Reduce the size and scope of government

Libertarians often hear non-libertarians refer to “societal rights” or “what the community wants.” Those phrases are especially common during elections. Libertarians know that those phrases are used to destroy individual rights.

A "community" or "society" is simply a term used to describe a number of individuals. Individuals have rights, groups do not have rights. Collectivist terms are used to commit the fraud of quashing the rights of dissenting individuals within the group to which any collectivist refers.

Examine any tract distributed by socialists, statists, communists, or even the National Socialist Workers Party of Germany (Nazis) and you will see collectivist terms in overdrive. Most politicians and the mainstream media are disturbingly similar in their use of the terms.

People who rely on collectivist terms are simply too ashamed or too deceitful to admit their statist political agenda to themselves or to others.

The Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand, in her novella "Anthem," described a communistic future where the words “I” and “me” had been outlawed, in favor of the words “we,” “us,” and “society” to make everyone sacrifice himself for society and the government.

As a Libertarian, I say “reduce the size and scope of government.”

Socialism sucks. Vote Libertarian.

Rex Curry