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Waking Up to the Nature of the State

Waking Up to the Nature of the State

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21.5.2014 Rothbards Red Pill LewRockwell.comhttp://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/05/dan-sanchez/rothbards-red-pill/ 1/2
Rothbard’s Red Pill
 Waking up to the nature of the State
By Dan SanchezMedium.comMay 21, 2014I remember when the scales fell from my eyes, and I saw the State for what it truly is, and hasalways been. I was sitting in my car in San Francisco, listening to a Mises.org audiobook of
 Fora New Liberty
 by Murray Rothbard. My perception of the world would never be the sameagain.The experience was similar to a great scene in the film
The Matrix.
 The character Neo knowsthat something is deeply wrong with the world, but is unable to identify it. He asks themysterious Morpheus about something that has been haunting him. What is the Matrix?Morpheus answers, “It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from thetruth.”“What truth?” asks Neo.“That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prisonfor your mind.”Morpheus then offers Neo a choice between two pills: one red, and one blue.“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill: the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill: you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”Neo takes the red pill, which awakens him from the virtual reality dream he had been living all his life: a dream that has been uploadeddirectly into his brain while, in reality, his body has been a host to parasitic machines. These machines cultivate and feed off of the bodies of  billions of dreaming humans in vast factory farms.Rothbard was my Morpheus, as he has been to countless libertarians, and his writings were my Red Pill. Reading them woke me up to the factthat I, like Neo, was born into bondage: bondage to the State, which is a life-sucking, human-farming parasite that hides its true nature undera veil of normalcy and legitimacy, and through lies that it has force-fed my mind since I was a little child.Rothbard’s analysis of the State followed in the tradition of Lysander Spooner, Franz Oppenheimer, Albert Jay Nock, and Frank Chodorov.This tradition built up a theory of justice that made no exceptions for the state, and a sociological analysis of the state that revealed its truenature and function. Whatever expansive and benign functions state-worshipers have granted it, and whatever limited function that even liberal “social contract”philosophers like Locke have allowed it, those who actually wield the apparatus of state power have their own purposes. It is their use anddevelopment of the state that determines its true function. And that function has
 been to, as Gouverneur Morris put it, take part of itscitizenry’s property “for the security of the remainder.”No, the state does not tax so it can protect. It (ineptly) protects so it can tax. It is an uncommon criminal who says to common criminals,“Hands off, those are
 victims.” It is a “monopoly of crime,” in the words of Nock: a “highwayman,” in the words of Spooner, except even worse than a highwayman, who, for all his faults, at least “does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or hisslave.” It is a conquering horde, as Oppenheimer explained, settling in and making itself at home, and prudentially limiting its extractions soas not to kill its host.Rothbard built on and systematized these analyses, especially in his
 For a New Liberty [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003NSC5XQ? tag=lewrockwell&camp=213381&creative=390973&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B003NSC5XQ&adid=0ZE2YYMXGYHGEMRPEKPY&&ref-refURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lewrockwell.com%2F%3Fpost_type%3Darticle%26p%3D491174%26preview%3Dtrue]
 Anatomy of the State [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005CRVFSM? tag=lewrockwell&camp=213381&creative=390973&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=B005CRVFSM&adid=10WFATWRS48T8FN81Z5G&&ref-refURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lewrockwell.com%2F%3Fpost_type%3Darticle%26p%3D491174%26preview%3Dtrue]
1974), and
The Ethicsof Liberty [http://www.amazon.com/dp/0814775594tag=lewrockwell&camp=213381&creative=390973&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=0814775594&adid=0MXNYVYBJ0RRGRMSCM7K&&ref-refURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lewrockwell.com%2F%3Fpost_type%3Darticle%26p%3D491174%26preview%3Dtrue]
1982). Rothbardshowed how “the State is nothing more nor less than a bandit gang writ large…” One of his most important contributions to this tradition wasto integrate with it the insights of Étienne de La Boétie, David Hume, and Ludwig von Mises to explain how such “bandit gangs” hide theircriminal nature with a veil of legitimacy weaved by Court Intellectuals and draped, Matrix-like, over our eyes by public schools and state-dominated media. These lackeys bamboozle and indoctrinate the public in exchange for a share in the pelf.Thus, the State is a provident predator, prudentially progressing to parasitism, propped up by propaganda.

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