Butler Shaffer

A Quote by Butler Shaffer on collectivism, individuality, and liberty

What you and I have in common with each other and with everyone else on this planet is a need to mutually protect one another’s individuality. All political systems thrive on collectivism, but liberty is dependent upon a shared love and respect for the inviolability of one another.

Butler Shaffer

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A Quote by Butler Shaffer on government, definition, and disorder

I once defined "government" as "a system of murder, rape, extortion, coercion, theft, intimidation, and terror, the absence of which, it is said, would lead to disorder."

If you doubt this characterization then confront these hard facts: during the 20th century, governments managed to kill 200 million men, women, and children in wars, genocides, and other acts of formalized violence. During that same century, how many people were killed by individuals acting without political authority?

 

Butler Shaffer

Source: http://www.lewrockwell.com/shaffer/ebook/25.html

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A Quote by Butler Shaffer on state and authority

The authority of the state is grounded in consensus-based definitions of reality, whose content the state insists on controlling. This is why so-called "public opinion polls," rather than factual analysis and reason, have become the modern epistemological standard, and why imagery – which the entertainment industry helps to foster – now takes priority over the substance of things.

 

Butler Shaffer

Source: http://www.lewrockwell.com/shaffer/ebook/19.html

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