Today is the start of a new, worldwide, Truly Human Society.
Many of you have already developed your own smaller, more individual Truly Human societies. Now we can go ahead and take the idea global.
As you may recall, what makes us Truly Human is to follow one simple rule, “Thou Shalt Not Steal”.
We often think of ‘ownership‘ as a legal or financial concept, but in practical terms, to own means to control. What you own, you control.
So, to take control of something is, in effect, to take ownership. To take control of anything without the current owner’s consent is to steal.
What makes “Thou Shalt Not Steal” the key to defining a Truly Human Society is that for anyone to take control of another person’s life without their consent is to steal from, and to take ownership of, that other person.
Our Truly Human Society, then, is based on the belief that no people should be owned by other people. In practical terms, that means no people should have control over other people. All Truly Human interactions should be voluntary.
Most of us already live our everyday lives as ‘voluntaryists’. Do you use force or threats against others as you go through your day? Probably not. For most of us, being controlled and forced to do this, or not do that, generally only occurs in our relationships with government.
And that brings us to the 800 pound gorilla – involuntary government – that has continually blocked our path to a voluntary, Truly Human Society.
Today we realize – we’ve been on the wrong path!
We have been stopped by the gorilla only because we believed we had to retake the path he sits astride.
We have assumed that we can only have a voluntary society in the absence of an existing government.
But a government isn’t a society. A government is a parasite living off of a society. A government is simply a “bandit gang writ large“.
Libertarians have developed and documented all kinds of practical strategies for how a voluntary society could be effectively organized without coercive government. But we never seem to get beyond the idea stage because we see no practical way to be rid of government.
The gorilla owns that path.
Let us travel another path.
To counter claims of being utopian, libertarians have always insisted that a voluntary society would be able to deal with the reality of criminal gangs – small and large.
So, if libertarians think that the presence of criminal gangs is not a showstopper, and that government is simply a criminal gang writ large…
…then now is a great time to start a libertarian society.