25 statist propaganda phrases and how to rebut them, by Matthew Reece

They are phrase that are so commonplace that they are used without thought, and that’s the problem. From Matthew Reece at Liberty.me:

In the discourse of statists, there is a group of phrases of which one or more tend to be present in nearly every argument. While this is not an exhaustive listing of that group, it does contain twenty-five of the most common phrases that statists use in their arguments. As propaganda has a tendency to be repetitive, some of these phrases contain the same logical fallacies, and will therefore have similar refutations. As such, the phrases are ordered so that earlier rebuttals also apply to some later phrases.

“Our government”
“Our” is the possessive form of “we.” This phrase assumes that a collective exists and has ownership of the government, which is another collective. To exist is to have a concrete, particular form in physical reality. To say that abstract objects exist is to beg the question of where they exist, to which there is no answer because there is no empirically observable entity. To say that collectives exist is beg the question of what physical form they take, as all available physical forms are occupied by the individuals which are said to comprise the collective. Thus, there is no “we”; there is only you, I, and every other individual person. By the same token, the government does not exist; each person, each building, each gun, etc. exists. As such, the phrase “our government” is meaningless. Additionally, to own something is to have a right of exclusive control over it. Part and parcel of this right is the right to physically destroy that which one owns. As governments use force to stop citizens who attempt to physically destroy the state, the citizens are not the de facto owners of a government.

http://reece.liberty.me/2015/03/09/25-statist-propaganda-phrases-and-how-to-rebut-them/

To continue reading: 25 statist propaganda phases

One response to “25 statist propaganda phrases and how to rebut them, by Matthew Reece

  1. The list is a good starting point. Clearly, government = force, so I am always concerned. I have to wonder though what sort of support structure I would need, should ISIS be my next door neighbor.
    On another note, your “never underestimate…question” dictates that I send you the below link on “Socrates for survival”:
    https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/mosby-socrates-for-survival/

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