Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Rothbard: On the Involuntary nature of the State

"It is also contended that, in democratic governments, the act of voting makes the government and all its works and powers truly 'voluntary.' Again, there are many fallacies with this popular argument. In the first place, even if the majority of the public specifically endorsed each and every particular act of the government, this would simply be majority tyranny rather than a voluntary act undergone by every person in the country."
"Murder is murder, theft is theft, whether undertaken by one man against another, or by a group, or even by the majority of people within a given territorial area. The fact that a majority might support or condone an act of theft does not diminish the criminal essence of the act or its grave injustice. Otherwise, we would have to say, for example, that any Jews murdered by the democratically elected Nazi government were not murdered, but only 'voluntarily committed suicide' – surely, the grotesque but logical implication of the "democracy as voluntary" doctrine."

Murray Rothbard

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