I had several more points to add to my post describing socialism as a criminal racket. That post was perhaps a bit harsh, as I am really trying to get people to think about the current system of government monopoly control, which really is a criminal racket. And incidentally, is there any real difference between socialism and government (more accurately, compulsory government) in general?
The truth is, it would probably be better for all of us if we had a civilized society, in which people behaved peacefully. But as long as the agents of the monopoly ruling government are permitted to initiate aggression against peaceful people, then we do not have a civilized society.
Here I wanted to provide scenarios which describe how the current police state apparatus restricting the lives of the people, including immigrants, is immoral and uncivilized as well as being against free markets.
And I’m not advocating that people just disobey unjust laws, by the way, because you can really put your life in danger if you do that. I’m just pointing out the reality of the criminal and unjust socialist society in which we currently live.
Here’s a scenario regarding the immigration issue. Carlos lives in Mexico and applies for a job to work at a business in Phoenix. The businessman determines that Carlos is the best for the job and the one who would best serve the consumers. After Carlos travels to Phoenix, finds a place to live and begins work at his new place of employment, he is arrested and detained, charged with violating immigration laws. And the businessman is arrested and charged with hiring an “illegal.”
Now, already a lot of people have a problem with the first part of that, in which they say that Carlos can’t just go across the border willy-nilly and find a place to live and work at an American business. He’s a “Mexican,” or a foreigner. He’s not a “U.S. citizen” and so on. And so the complainers approve of Carlos’s arrest, detainment and deportation.
But Carlos committed no crime whatsoever. He acted peacefully. In fact, he offered his labor to the businessman which was needed and the businessman hired him. Such a voluntary employment contract was established peacefully and without violence or fraud on either part. So no actual crime was committed. There was no victim. But, the collectivists say, Americans are the victims of Carlos’s not following “our rules.”
The collectivists are not concerned with moral laws and private property and contract rights. They are more concerned with obedience to authority and adherence to a collectivistic ownership of the territory which must not be “trespassed.”
So what the collectivists are saying is that Americans as a group share in the ownership of the individual businesses including this one which hired Carlos. Funny how conservatives defend the right of businesses to freedom of association and contract not out of principle but in defense of social agendas, such as when a Christian baker refuses service to a lesbian couple. The moral principle here is freedom of association and contract and private property rights. It doesn’t matter where Carlos is from. He has an unalienable right to association and contract with an employer, period. The rules of a free society are “don’t trespass, don’t steal, don’t commit acts of aggression.” Contrary to what collectivists think, the community as a whole does not have the moral authority or right to take control over the private businessman’s business and contracts or the workers’ contracts. That is a thoroughly socialist construct.
I don’t understand the conservative collectivists’ desire to deprive total strangers of their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The socialist-minded “moral” self-righteous conservatives would forcibly send immigrants back to tyranny, drug lords and poverty, which in my view is itself a criminal act against them.
It really bothers me that Ted Cruz, the alleged Christian moral preacher-like politician, refers to “criminal aliens.” Cruz is really referring to foreigners who are trying to make a better life for themselves and their families, immigrants who haven’t harmed any actual people but are actually serving their fellow human beings by contributing to the manufacturing of goods and provision of services for consumers.
Contrary to the millions of productive immigrants in the private sector, exactly how has Ted Cruz productively served the consumers of America? Hmmm? While he has spent just a few years as a private attorney, most of his adult life has been spent as a government employee, from being an appeals court clerk to being Texas solicitor general, being an FTC bureaucrat, a George W. Bush campaign operative, and now U.S. senator. It’s a fair criticism, given this pol’s inflammatory rhetoric.
So, the workers are not “criminals,” as there are no victims. But it is indeed criminal when the armed agents of the government enforcing immigration laws violently uproot people, jail them, and commit other crimes against them.
Now, if you have a problem with the U.S. government welfare state which acts as a magnet for the riff-raffs, the dregs of foreign areas, then get rid of the welfare state! As I mentioned in my previous post, the entire U.S. system of taxation-theft and redistribution schemes is a thoroughly criminal operation, a racket. Get rid of it.
So, on the one hand we have peaceful people who move to a different area to find a better life. They are not criminals. They merely have disobeyed arbitrary, artificial rules made up by collectivists who oppose private property and contract rights and freedom of association and trade. On the other hand we have actual criminals, agents of the almighty State (that conservatives worship as much as the progressives), who on a daily basis criminally enforce unjust laws.
Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling, by the way, had a very thought-provoking discussion on the immorality of socialist immigration controls.
And if I haven’t convinced the anti-immigration collectivists that freedom and private property are the answer to society’s problems with the immigration issue, there are other issues. Here are some more situations:
First, the gun laws. To those who understand the idea of natural rights and moral principles, such as self-defense, this might seem a bit more clear-cut. A mugger attempted to rob some lady in the city, but a passerby who happened to have a gun then brandished the weapon and held the robber at bay while another person called police. When the police arrived, they arrested the life-saving passerby and charged him with violating gun restriction laws.
In another scenario, an anonymous tip to police brought the armed government goons to an innocent person’s home, and they broke into the home and arrested the person for “illegal possession of firearms.”
In the first scenario, the hero, non-criminal is the guy with the gun who saved the lady from the robber. His possessing a firearm without bureaucrats’ approval was not a real crime, only a phony made-up one, but really an act of disobedience toward bureaucrats’ unjust laws which violate the people’s right to self-defense and their right to keep and bear arms. The real criminals are the government enforcers who criminally manhandled and assaulted, kidnapped and threw into a cage the hero who saved the lady’s life.
And in the second scenario, the first actual criminal is the anonymous tipster who criminally endangered the life of an innocent human being by siccing government goons on him merely for possessing the means of self-defense he has a right to have. The other criminals are the ones who broke into his home (that’s “breaking and entering”), and committed the same criminal acts against an innocent human being as in the first scenario.
Government medical mandates and other intrusions. I can go on and on with these scenarios. A doctor and his patients choose not to follow the Affordable Care Act and all other medical-related government intrusions and diktats. Eventually, they are all arrested for not obeying the government’s authoritarian mandates, charged with racketeering, fraud, and other made-up “crimes” government prosecution bureaucrats typically make up in order to meet their enforcement and prosecution quotas. Who are the real criminals here? To those with a moral conscience and common sense, the question answers itself, no?
I’ll bet some of the conservatives who didn’t like my points on immigration did like my points on gun rights and ObamaCare. However, I don’t believe that their views are principled. Only based on certain social agendas. They still want the socialized State to have ultimate control and authority over the people’s lives.
And then there is the drug war, which most conservatives support. Yet, they don’t support alcohol prohibition. What’s the difference? And for a scenario I can just point to the above one regarding the government goons breaking into the home of the one accused of “illegal gun possession,” just in this case “illegal drugs.” Same thing. Some guy buying, selling, using, growing or possessing various chemicals made “illegal” by bureaucrats, even though the enforcers’ victim has not harmed anyone — no, that’s not a criminal. The real criminals are those who have broken into his home and taken him away to be caged, raped and so on. Laurence Vance has written on the moral case for drug freedom as well as in his book, The War on Drugs Is a War on Freedom.
But all these cases are examples of socialism: immigration central planning and controls, drug laws, gun restrictions, the Affordable Care Act, etc. The entire government apparatus, especially the centralized regime in Washington, is a socialist apparatus, every last bit of it. And it is an entirely criminal operation. That is what socialism is. Government bureaucrats seize ownership of your property, businesses, your lives and your bodies, yet they have convinced the masses that it’s for your own good.
Thus, socialism is a criminal racket, and it needs to be abolished and thrown into the dustbin of history. How could anyone with a moral conscience disagree with that?