Monday, July 06, 2015

Glenn Reynolds: Revolutionary?

GHR claims that if the Declaration of Independence gave sufficient, persuasive reasons for rebellion in 1776, those claims still

Does our government now have, as its principal function, the protection of people's rights? Or is it more of a giant wealth-transfer machine, benefiting the connected at the expense of the outsiders? And, most important, does our government enjoy the consent of the governed? (According to a 2014 Rasmussen poll, only 21% think so.) What would the drafters of the declaration say?

So is a new American Revolution in order? As our Founding Fathers knew, revolutions are chancy things and often make things worse. And as the declaration itself notes, "All experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed." 
I have to admit that I found myself thinking along these lines when NPR did its perfunctory "reading of the Declaration."  They had all the talking voice-boxes take a turn.  And pretty much exactly none of them actually believed what they were reading.  Their conception of the state is pure Rousseau, and coercive "social contract" with no pretense of actual consent. 

The irony of having them read it every year is delightful...and painful.
ATSRTWT for the Reynolds piece


August said...

Have you noticed the tax on tea lately?

Tom said...

Surely, we are wise to be "disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than" to upset the entire apple-cart for the sorry prospect of installing a new statist regime in place of the old one.

The new "rebellion" will manufacture new, market based, voluntary institutions that will displace what is needful of the State. As examples already growing strong: binding arbitration instead of the rigid state courts and bitcoin (& sisters) instead of fiat money. No need for soldiers or bullets or rebellion "leaders".

Anonymous said...

Are you guys getting shriller, or am I just more sensitive lately?