Sheldon Richman on Opting Out of the State
If you think the freedom to speak out is important, you should give some thought to the freedom to opt out. Now there is a freedom!The freedom to opt out means that no one can force you to participate in any government activity that you object to. If you wanted to look after your own retirement pension, you could opt out of Social Security. If you wanted to arrange for your own medical care, you could opt out of Obamacare and Medicare. If you didn’t want to help agribusiness or Wall Street, you could opt out of subsidy and bailout programs. And so on.Think about it: If you were repulsed by drone warfare against the children of Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, you could refuse to pay for it. If you retched at the thought of monstrous-looking U.S. troops breaking down doors in nighttime raids in Afghanistan, you could withdraw your financial support. If you thought the war on certain drug makers, vendors, and consumers was immoral, you could just say no to those who perpetrate it.This would not get rid of the government immediately, as we market anarchists would like. But it would sure beat the hell out of what we have now.
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