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They grow up so fast 
Saturday, July 5th, 2008 | 08:26 pm [personal]
Steve
Today this humble haven of filth is two years old. I got myself a LiveJournal account on July 5, 2006 to publish a review I’d written of Superman Returns, and I’ve posted at least one article a day, every day for the last two years. I don’t say that to brag, just to reflect on what a blast it’s been.
 
The blog has been a valued and cathartic creative outlet for me, where I’ve been able to comment on current events, make fun of famous people I don’t like in a very mean-spirited way, and post the occasional dirty Star Trek comic (this most recent one is my favorite from the last year, I think). For that alone, I owe it a great deal. But it’s also put me in touch with people from all over the world, with whom I’ve had some fun and eye-opening conversations.
 
This past year has been especially good for that, as I finally managed to piss enough people off to generate some regular comments on my shit. The article I wrote about the poor science education given to many children in religious homeschools has drawn more of a response to the blog than anything I’ve ever written, and not only sent waves of opposition my way from defensive fundamentalist Christians, but also introduced to me a large segment of secular homeschoolers, like Dawn from Day By Day Discoveries, or religious homeschoolers who chose to teach their children genuine science rather than the creationist drivel espoused by the Apologia textbooks.
 
In the last few months, I’ve also been able to experience the indescribable feeling of being called a statist. Though it doesn’t make me feel too special — from the fuzzy definition of that term I’ve inferred from the responses of this particular anonymous commenter, pretty much everyone I know is a statist, too.
 
Thanks to everyone who has ever taken the time from their day to read this blog, and special thanks to all of you who have ever taken a few minutes to write a comment on something I’ve written. Having somewhere to post my profane, impious, irreverent rantings and ravings is pretty fucking sweet, but getting to meet (in a sense) all of you is what’s really made it a helluva lot of fun.
 
See y’all tomorrow.
Comments 
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 | 09:18 pm (UTC)
That could be it. Or it could be that I don't consider taxation by an elected representative government to be theft.
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 | 10:26 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
A duck is a duck, no matter what you call it. Taxation is sure not voluntary. In other words, the government has to use force (which they have many times) or the threat of force. You support that and are nothing more than a common thief.
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 | 10:38 pm (UTC)
I notice you don't draw a distinction between supporting something and doing something. I don't object to the concept of taxation by a democratic government, therefore in your mind I'm a thief, even though my definition of "thief" is very different than yours, and — most importantly — I haven't actually stolen anything. In fact, as a taxpayer I have been stolen from, according to your philosophy.

You also said in another comment (at least I'm assuming it was you) that anyone who supports government taxation, or theft as you call it, should hang from a rope. Anyone who supports it, not anyone who engages in it.

So we shouldn't collect taxes, but we should execute people who have committed no crimes because they advocate the wrong thing? That's one hell of a society you're proposing.

Edited at 2008-07-09 10:38 pm (UTC)
Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 | 11:40 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
So if we can just get over 50% of the people to agree to theft, that is a good thing?

In other words, yes, if you vote for someone who will steal from others you are just as guilty.

No matter how you dance around this issue, you support theft. Forcing others to give money is theft, plain and simple. A free society would not tolerate such things, as the thief would be shot of hung.
Thursday, July 10th, 2008 | 01:36 pm (UTC)
A free society would not tolerate such things, as the thief would be shot or hung.

Let me try to put this together. You don't approve of governments, especially those that tax their citizens to fund their operations, but you advocate the death penalty for theft, and for agreeing with theft even if one hasn't actually stolen anything oneself.

But since there is no government in your hypothetical society, who will decide the guilt or innocence of those accused of these crimes? Will there be any due process at all, any attempt at sober justice, or only the knee-jerk response driven by the passion of those wronged by the crime? Do you imagine we would be better off if the United States in 2008 was closer to the mythical vision of the Old West we see in movies and cowboy literature?

A thousand Dodge Cities with a collective population of over 300,000,000. That doesn't strike me as a good idea. Plus, I'm pretty sure even those wild, wild west towns had elected governments. If you want a society where the people are free and their rights are protected from those who would violate them, you must have a government of some kind.

Piss and moan about having to pay your taxes all you want; the federal government is a necessary evil, and I only call it evil because of how corrupt and disconnected from the people it's become. It need not be evil, or even all that bad.

It can be a lot better than it is, it needs massive reform, and I believe it can be reformed, but we need it there — to legislate, to adjudicate, to negotiate with the international community — and to keep mobs of pissed-off vigilantes from dragging every person guilty of a minor infraction (or perceived infraction) out into the street to be lynched. That isn't something a free society would tolerate.
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