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This article is addressed to people who “support the troops” and hate me for my anti-troops, anti-war positions.
I GENERALLY CUSHION MY HATRED IN ORDER TO TRY TO PERSUADE PEOPLE. IN THIS ARTICLE, I DID NOT. YOU ARE WARNED.
My name is Francois Tremblay, and I am a Market Anarchist. I am against the war in Iraq. I am against all troops everywhere, and that includes “your troops.” If you are a soldier or plan to become one, then I despise and loathe you.
Here is why.
I do not believe that wearing a uniform with a flag patch on it turns a trained murderer into a saint, or even a moderately moral person. I believe that anyone, such as yourself, who supports murderers is a lunatic, who deserves to be treated with the same contempt than anyone who supports Timothy McVeigh, Dylan Klebold or Valery Fabrikant.
Is this offensive to you? I don’t doubt it. Many warmongers have similar thoughts about me. I understand why they feel the way they do. But now you understand why I feel the way I do.
I believe, as most reasonable people now do, that the recent wars waged by the US military were propped up by campaigns of lies and distortions, to serve the interests of the ruling class and its plutocracy. I do not believe they were initiated in the name of any principle of freedom.
I do not believe that killing innocent mothers and children helps “my freedom.” I believe that many Iraqi people hate “your troops” because they have killed their father, mother, sister or husband. I believe they are justified in killing “your troops.” You would not think ONE SECOND against doing the same if the situation was reversed and your loved ones were exterminated by an army of Arabs. You are a hypocrite, and I hate the ignorance that you represent.
Never, ever say that they are killing for me or in my name. I NEVER asked anyone to kill anyone else. You know what that’s called? Contract killing. In most civilized societies, you can be accused of homicide if you contract someone to kill someone else. If you pay taxes willingly and vote for a government that orders murders in foreign “countries,” you make yourself GUILTY of murder, and the blood of more than 70,000 civilians is equally on YOUR hands.
I do not believe that my freedom necessitates anyone killing anyone else in order to exist and flourish. As often as you talk about “freedom,” you have absolutely no idea what that word means, or how freedom is maintained. I believe that each individual is free if he is left alone and allowed to cooperate with others as he desires. Indeed, that is why I am a Market Anarchist: because I believe that no one should be coerced into living the way other people want him to live, or be forced to support things he finds downright immoral.
I believe that what YOU preach for is the exact opposite of freedom: a crushing police state, the elimination of dissent, war and mass murder. What YOU preach is that the individual must be shackled to the needs for flesh and blood money of the American Empire, not freedom. What YOU preach is that money must be extorted from everyone in order to finance wars many of them find grossly immoral. Freedom and strong government is a contradiction in terms.
I do not believe that “they’re just doing what they’re ordered to” is an adequate rationalization for surrendering one’s moral responsibility to a group of thugs. It did not justify what the Nazi SS officers did, it did not justify what the Soviet gulag administrators did, and it does not justify what “the troops” do. I believe that if you WILLINGLY SURRENDER your moral autonomy and your moral compass to someone else, as you do when you join a cult-like organization like the Army (using brainwashing techniques, based on dissociation from friends/family and slavish obedience, believing themselves to attain a superior state of being), then you are responsible for every single order you obey. I believe that every single death at the hands of US forces is a murder committed by a criminal.
I am not a hypocrite, because I acknowledge that the same goes for all deaths at the hands of Iraqi “insurgents.” They are murderers too, although I believe their cause is more just than yours. No warmonger has ever been able to explain to me how they are any different from the American Revolutionaries, who were also fanatic “insurgents” fighting against a brutal foreign government for independence and religious dominion. If you indict the Iraqi “insurgents,” then you also indict the very foundation of your political ideology.
I do not believe that any war is justified. I do not believe the American Civil War was justified, or that the War of Northern Aggression was justified, or that World War 2 was justified. I may believe that the cause of one of the parties was more just than the other, but that does not mean I support organized murder.
Note that I do believe in self-defense. I recognize the right of every individual to defend his life. However, I do not recognize the right of people representing States and armies to attack others because they wear an opposing uniform, or because they live in the wrong place at the wrong time. For example, I do not recognize the nuclear bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki as anything but naked genocide.
I am not a pacifist, as I do not find a need to “believe in peace.” I simply believe that killing other people without rational motive (such as self-defense, or stopping a violent crime) is immoral and must be condemned. Since you also believe this (unless you are clinically insane), you are as much of a “pacifist” as I am, but unlike me you are also a disgusting hypocrite.
I do not believe that American Imperialism is justified, and I believe it is making the world LESS SAFE. I believe the US military and the political power of the US government to drag the leaders of other armies into its imperialist crusades are a threat to the people of the world, ESPECIALLY Americans and their freedoms. I believe that in any government program, murderous or not, the first and last victims are always the subjects of that government, and war is no different. In war, the first casualty is the truth: the second is civil liberties. As Joseph Sobran once wrote, “[w]ar is just another government program.”
I believe that anyone who preaches war and State power is anti-American in the most meaningful sense. Even though I was not born in the “correct” arbitrarily delimited piece of land, I consider myself more American than any warmonger will ever be. America was not born of “united states” or any State at all: it was born of people who saw injustice and wanted to be free. Powerful exploiters took that success and turned it into a virtually unlimited government, a mere twenty years afterwards. That is perhaps the greatest tragedy of modern times.
I am proud of the people in this society who preach and live freedom, as few of them are there are left. I spit in the face of those who preach against freedom and live like thralls.
Do I have any hope of convincing you of all this? Not really, no… at least, not any more than you do of convincing me that supporting organized murder is a good thing and that the government is our friend. But at least now you know what I believe in.
Dear Ms. Sheehan,
You have recently written an entry in your diary which, if you’ll pardon me the metaphor, hands in your resignation to the anti-war movement. Even though I have not gone through the same experiences, I strongly sympathize with everything you say in it, and I think I may help clarify some things you might not yet be aware of.
Your thoughtful disillusionment with left-wing and right-wing politics echoes the feeling that other reasonable people, who desire change for the better but realize that politics is always the same song-and-dance, are eventually faced with. You are far from being alone.
To me, the most poignant passage in your entry is this:
The most devastating conclusion that I reached this morning, however, was that Casey did indeed die for nothing. His precious lifeblood drained out in a country far away from his family who loves him, killed by his own country which is beholden to and run by a war machine that even controls what we think.
You, and at least three thousand other mothers of soldiers, as well as tens of thousands of Iraqi mothers, are justified in demanding justice. But such justice will never be granted you by the government, whether it be Republican or Democrat.
Sending young men to their deaths for the interests of the ruling class is a phenomena that has existed for as long as government has existed as a concept. Every empire, from the Roman Empire to the British Empire to the current “America, World Police,” has had its millions of youths willing to spill their own blood for their “homeland,” indoctrinated in believing in their “homeland” from day one.
You probably understand the impossibility of getting justice for the war through politics by now. Neither will the end of these unjust wars be granted, even when the Iraq War itself eventually ends. The fact of the matter is this:
Political means cannot give lasting freedom. All that can be achieved by political means is the sustenance of political means (in short: politics can only create more politics).
I do not blame you from not knowing this from the onset, as most people have been indoctrinated into believing that the only avenue for change is to “work within the system.” I also used to believe in “working the system.” However, no successful ideology or movement has ever achieved any lasting freedom through doing so, because the ruling class is always in control.
You say you want “peace with justice.” This is a laudable goal, and I agree with you. In your tumultuous association with the peace movement, have you found anyone who was actually willing to understand the root causes of war, and how to eradicate them? Or did you only find people willing to agitate against war, but with no binding force or principle?
I am sure you have thought about the causes of war. I can’t vouch for your reflexions on the topic. I will tell you what I know. There are many factors that cause war, and most of these are outside anyone’s reach. But I can point to one necessary and crucial cause that we can change: government power. And who says government, says taxation.
The 20th Century proved, if you were paying any attention, that taxation is the great enemy of civilization. How do you think Hitler paid for that army? With voluntary contributions? How did Stalin pay for the Gulag Archipelago? With baked goods sales?
Everyone is forced to comply and finance these wars, whether they like them or not, by taxation. By monopolizing the resources in a society, government has the power of waging war on a grand scale, in the name of interests which otherwise would not waste the money needed for such actions. Government has the power of luring our youth with free educations in order to do its bidding, or outright enslave them for a period of time (through the draft).
Activists love the government because they want to manipulate its power to their advantage. So it is a very hard fact to face for peace activists, but an inescapable fact, that government is necessary for large-scale war. Anyone who desires peace as a primary value of society must realize that lasting peace can only be achieved if there is no government.
In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful.
Leo Tolstoy (Christian Anarchist)
As a Market Anarchist, I believe that government, as the monopoly on law and force in a society, exploits people’s resources, children and moral integrity in the name of wars that only benefit itself and its powerful friends. I also believe that the only way to prevent governance abuse is to have a free competition of governance, on the market.
Right now, those who govern us are held accountable to no one. They will never be held accountable unless they have equally powerful competitors able to use the law to get recourse for the victims. They will never be held accountable until we can choose not support them, and support someone else instead, leaving us free to live our lives the way we intend.
It would be absurd for anyone to cooperate with their enemies (the ruling class) in order to try to achieve change! And yet that is what most peace activists do. The ideology of peace, like any other ideology or movement, can only be achieved by disengagement and principled resistance.
All successful improvements in man’s freedom and understanding have been brought about by such means. No positive movement in history has ever succeeded by any other means. And disengagement and principled resistance against government and its criminal monopoly is what we advocate.
You may think that the concepts we advocate sound radical. However, I truly believe they are the only solution to the problem of war. Historically, Market Anarchist societies did not wage war on other societies, simply because war is too costly to wage if you have to bear the cost yourself, and you can’t steal from others or enslave them in order to wage wars for you. Until we understand that having a monopoly of force able to finance war by stealing from our own pockets and enslaving our children is a bad idea, we will never solve the problem of war.
I hope I have been able to clarify some things for you, and perhaps spark some interest in our growing movement. Either way, good luck to you in your future endeavors.
Originally posted at Franc Tremblay’s blog. I give it a 10/10.
Do you have a blog that is related to market anarchy? Do you like reading blog carnivals? Then we’ve got a cool deal for you! Introducing the very first The Market Anarchist Blog Carnival that will be hosted by Francois Tremblay at Check Your Premises. Not sure if my co-host is up for this, but I will be throwing my hat in the ring for this inaugural carnival.
What to do? Click on the link above (or the picture above) and after reading the rules just write an article before the 29th of this month and then click on the submission link located on the carnival intro page and that’s it! Be sure you also make a post advertising who is hosting this carnival so others interested can submit if they wish.
If you have any questions leave comments on Tremblay’s post above or this post and we’ll be happy to answer them.
Thanks and see you at the carnival!
I recently made my debut on YouTube with a video talking about the Morality Test. Francois Tremblay and one other person came up with the test. I just thought I would post it in video form to help spread it around. Watch the video below and let me know what you think. You can answer the questions in the comments section if you would like.
This is the first installment from a series that shows good potential. It will be called “The Machinery of Freedom” (after David Friedman’s book) and it will attempt to illustrate anarchist theory, human incentives and how they relate with each other. What guides people to action, what is society, coercion, cooperation and markets.
Get more HERE.
Initially posted by Niels at Freedom Channel.