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From Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse by Thomas E. Wood..
In Anarchy, State, and Utopia (1974), Harvard philosopher Robert Nozick recounts what he calls the Tale of the Slave, and invites the reader to consider himself as the slave in the story. The story moves through nine stages.
First: You are a slave at the mercy of a brutal master, who forces you to work for his purposes and beats you arbitrarily.
Second: The master decides to beat you only for breaking the rules, and even grants you some free time.
Third: You are part of a group of slaves subject to this master. He decides, on grounds acceptable to everyone, how goods should be allocated among you all.
Fourth: The master requires his slaves to work only three days per week, granting them the other four days off. They can do as they wish during their free time.
Fifth: The master now allows the slaves to work wherever they wish. His main caveat is that they must send him three-sevenths of their wages, corresponding to the three days' worth of work they once had to do on his land every week. In an emergency he can force them to do his bidding once again, and he retains the power to alter the fraction of their wages to which he lays claim.
Sixth: The master grants all 10,000 of his slaves, except you, the right to vote. They can decide among themselves how much of their (and your) earnings to take and what outlets to fund with the money. They can decide what you are and are not allowed to do. We can suppose for the sake of argument that the master irrevocably grants this right to the 10,000 slaves. You now have 10,000 masters, or a single 10,000-headed master.
Seventh: You are granted the freedom to try and persuade the 10,000 to exercise their vast powers in a particular way. You still do not have the right to vote, but you can try to influence those who do.
Eighth: The 10,000 grant you the right to vote, but only to break a tie. You write down your vote, and if a tie should occur, they open it and record it. No tie has ever occurred.
Ninth: You are granted the right to vote. But functionally, it simply means, as in the eighth stage, that in case of a tie, which has never occurred, your vote carries the issue.
Nozick's question is this: at what stage between 1 and 9 did this become something other than the tale of a slave?
What does "freedom" mean? Does it mean to do whatever you want? To gratify your own ego? To participate in the the general "will" of the community?
So how does this work in reality? What if I believe I have a "right" to walk around nude, that to me being nude all the time is a freedom of mine?
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
a reply to: caterpillage
I suppose, but unless I'm being denied based on race, sex, creed --there is probably a legitimate reason for it.
EDIT: For example, I can't build a nuclear reactor in my back yard. I can't own a tank. I can't conduct human sacrifices, even if my "religion" calls for it. None of those things I want to do, and all of those things could cause a lot of harm to others.
It is scary for people to admit that those who are supposed to be their "leaders" protecting them may in fact be human beings with complicated motives who may not always have their best interests in mind. Indeed, long-term psychological studies show that approximately one-quarter of the American population has an "authoritarian personality", where they look for a "strong leader" to protect them.
Authoritarians not only don't want to hear that the most powerful people might be acting against their interest, they will aggressively defend against any such information. But it's not just the quarter of the population that can be said to clinically suffer from authoritarian personality disorder. All of us - to one degree or another - have invested tremendous hope in the idea that our leaders and institutions will protect us.
Why government shills & intellectual cowards LOVE the term "conspiracy theory"
But both the left and the right are still very timid about openly examining whether those in power in government and business are working to help us or to exploit us. By understanding that everyone - to varying degrees - has psychological resistance to such an examination, based upon the need to assume that the "big people in charge" will protect them and would never hurt them, we can begin to break through their defenses.
With the authoritarians, be prepared for passionate defense of their world-views. But for the other 75% of the population, you may break through by challenging their beliefs in benevolent parental figures and institutions. You might need to wake some people up by saying something like "Do you assume that Daddy will always protect you? Or do you think we may need to assume responsibility for helping to run things ourselves?"
But beware: you will be touching on very deep emotions, and may be met with a backlash. However, if done right, you might plant seeds for future reflection which will lead to real change.
You do understand that creator of the Authoritarian personality profile, Theodor Adorno, was a fascist?
Do also understand that as leader of the Frankfurt School he was instrumental in creating today's degenerate and dumb downed popular culture as well promoting the doctrine of political correctness?
I suggest that read Jeff Steinberg's paper entitled "The CCF: Making the Postwar World safe for a Fascist Kulturkampf".
Here is a book about the Authoritarian Personality written by Bob Altemeyer from the University of Manitoba. It's very interesting.