A gentle reminder

William Grigg reminds us:

Every government function, no matter how mundane or apparently harmless, carries with it the implied (and often overt) use of lethal force against those who do not submit. Stefan Molyneux perceptively describes this as the principle of the “Gun in the room”: Whenever anybody refers to the supposed virtue of a given government undertaking, Molyneux sagely observes, the central question is not whether the end is desirable, but rather “whether I am allowed to disagree with you without getting shot.”

An argument that can have great effect on a receptive listener.  It reminds me very much of another of my favorite blog posts, by Mike Gogulski:  The penalty is always death.

Read them both.

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One Response to “A gentle reminder”

  1. A really fine article from Grigg. Thanks for the props.

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