On the Mark

What do you think the primary social evil of our time is? So many choices and so little time! I am torn between two possibilities that are perhaps even more evil than the state itself. On one hand there is the evil of envy which empowers the State and its many minions and leads us into many intellectual errors. On the other hand there is our the overwhelming lack of respect for self-ownership rights. Today I am going to pick lack of self-ownership rights — which is really just a nice way of saying we still believe in slavery as long as the State does it.

Lack of respect for self ownership rights underlies both private crime and institutionalized crime perpetrated by the state. We will always have private crime with us until someone figures out how to change human nature, but the overwhelming lack of respect for a person…

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