I may not always agree with the people at the Center For a Stateless Society, but there are times when there is common ground, and we can agree on something in a substantial way. It is funny, in a sense, that in cases such as these i can find more common ground with left-anarchists than i can with some supposed right-wing “libertarians” who call the likes of Ed Snowden traitors, and which would likely include Rand Paul (hey, as long as many libertarians keep seeing him as some sort of hero, they must identify him as sort of ‘libertarian’).
For while Rand Paul’s mealy mouth claims that Ed Snowden does not deserve harsh punishment for revealing what Rand himself admits was “illegal activity” by the U.S. government, he believes that Snowden does deserve some time in jail. One wonders, of course, why someone who reveals illegal activity deserves any time in jail. Do witnesses to crimes get jail time for revealing criminal activity?
This all is, of course, the result of the statist fallacy that when you commit some kind of offense to the state (even when the state acts criminally) you should be punished. Because the state is above the law. And so the people responsible for the illegal activity of spying on the American people do not serve any jail time (just some harsh words from some politicians), yet the man who reveals this illegal activity ‘should’. Rand Paul as usual tries to have his cake and eat it too, by claiming that while Snowden deserves some time in the slammer, he should be joined there by James Clapper. Trying to appeal to both sides is Rand’s game. But what can be established here is that Rand Paul, concerning Ed Snowden, proved again the utter hypocrite; the man who regards the government to be above the law when it comes to criminal activity, simply by virtue that he believes Ed Snowden deserves punishment for having the gall to reveal secrets about the government’s criminal activitity. If Snowden didn’t want to run the risk of going to jail for what he did, then even according to Rand Paul’s position, he simply should not have revealed the illegal actions of the government. Such a mentality by a politician of course has a certain chilling effect on someone’s desire to be a whistle blower. Rand Paul has this mentality because he is, in no specific order: a politician, an opportunist, a statist, and a nationalist, long before any libertarian virtue ever enters into his brain.
So then there are some left-anarchists, which i can disagree with on a lot of issues (mostly concerning ‘social justice’ fanaticism and beliefs about the market), that appeal to me a lot more on this issue than a glorified Pied Piper like Rand Paul, or other assorted nationalistic ‘libertarians’ ever could.
The Center for a Stateless Society, through Kevin Carson, says “We Need More Treason, Not Less.”
And i couldn’t agree more. Your own state is not more virtuous just because it is yours.