An Anthology of
Wisdom & Common Sense
On the personal and social changes required to achieve
freedom, peace, justice, enlightenment, progress & prosperity in our time
Index - P3 (Pow - Py)
(1973 - 2012)
POWER & DEMOCRACY VS. INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES: Popular “people” power is the territorial power of other voters, of politicians and bureaucrats power over yourself. It is directed against your individual rights, liberties and opportunities and those of all other peaceful and productive people, just to please the territorial power addicts and always under the pretence of it being for your own good. You are not their child or their property. They do not know any better. They do not have any real solutions to offer. But with still more of your money, extorted from you, these territorial power addicts do continuously increase the problems they have already created for you, doing it quite legally, constitutionally and juridically. Examine the individual and group secessionist alternatives and those of exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers and, finally, gain the decisive vote, that for your own kind of voluntary and a-territorially autonomous community. To each his own. – Until then you are, essentially, disfranchised under the pretence or delusion that you have “the” right to vote. - JZ, 29.12.04, 14.7.12.
POWER & INTOLERANCE: With power comes the exercise of intolerance" - said Mises in "Socialism", p. 189.
POWER & POPULAR PREJUDICES: Persistence for all Popular Platitudes and their derived Powers and institutions – but only for all those still believing in them. - JZ
POWER & SALVATION, INTERNATIONALISM & INDIVIDUALS: The United States has the power to destroy the world, but not the power to save it alone." - Margaret Mead. - Only: "No power for anyone over any peaceful dissenters" can save the world. - JZ 8.7.91, 7.1.93, 14.7.12. - The first individuals freely and consciously and quite publicly seceding from any State, any time and anywhere, might set off an avalanche of similar secessions and of alternative exterritorially autonomous associations of volunteers and these few might thus come to save the world. However, the nation-wide and world-wide repetition of absurdities and wrongs like territorial sovereignties, will not and cannot save us. Sudden and unexpected changes, starting from small beginnings, have often happened in world history and even in our times. A listing of such cases, with references, might be helpful. - JZ 12.7.92, 7.1.93, 10.12.03. – It was not a representative committee that invented the making of artificially ignited fire or money – and millions of other tools. – JZ, 14.7.12.
POWER & TERRITORIALISM: Those who exercise power and those subject to its exercise – the rulers and the ruled – stand in antagonistic relations to each other.” – John C. Calhoun, A Disquisition on Government, in the selection by C. Gordon Post, page 11. That is true for territorial governments with compulsory membership and subordination but untrue for governments that are only exterritorially autonomous and have only voluntary members. – JZ, 17.1.05. – DIS.
POWER & WAR: We see that, as every advance of Power is useful for war, so war is useful for the advance of Power." - Bertrand de Jouvenel, On Power, 1945. - Quoted by Gian Piero de Bellis in his "Waiting for the bomb." - Appendix: Waiting for the Bomb?- STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
POWER ADDITION: Panarchism means: Power addiction only among power addicts and freedom “addiction” only among freedom addicts. The power-addiction is then self-limiting, while the freedom-addiction will then automatically extend to all capable of it. – JZ, 27.1.05. - PANARCHISM
POWER OR AUTONOMY? Not by revolution or protest but by autonomy, the old slogan becomes a surprising fact: POWER TO THE PEOPLE. One by one by one." - M. Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, 263. - Panarchism aims to realize the dropping out option as well as quite free associationism in every sphere. - JZ, 20.9.04.
POWER, Exercising tolerance is the opposite of exercising power. - While tolerance means: no power over the affairs of others, it also means: full power over the own affairs. - JZ, in pamphlet TOLERANCE. - However, a tolerant ruler or government, like a tolerant society, CAN become very influential. - JZ, 15.10.11. - "With power comes the exercise of intolerance" - said Mises in "Socialism", p.189. – TERRITORIALISM, INFLUENCE, INTOLERANCE, TOLERANCE
POWER, LIMIT, ACCEPTANCE, CONSENT: The ultimate limit of the power of any government is what the citizen will accept." - John Hyde. - The citizen ought to be free to accept or reject, as an individual, as opposed to a mere territorial political subject, any policy, law and institution, including the territorial State itself, by individually seceding from them. Conscription, taxation and legal monopolies are not imposed upon consenting victims. - JZ, 7.4.91, 12.1.93, 14.7.12.
POWER, OPPORTUNITY & IDEAS TO CHANGE THE WORLD: We have it in our power to begin the world again." - Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776. - That starts with re-thinking territorial powers and examining exterritorial and voluntary options and influences, consumer sovereignty and freedom to experiment in this sphere, together with like-minded people. Ideas know no borders and can spread very fast and can also lead to better institutions and rules very fast - among volunteers. We have already brought all too many human sacrifices to the gods of territorialism. - JZ, 20.9.04, 14.7.12.
POWER, PEOPLE, INDIVIDUALS & PANARCHISM: Power to all individuals and their voluntary associations, regarding all their own affairs, rather than any power to “the people” or the supposed “representatives” of “the people”, territorially defined. “People power” or “power to the people” can rightly and rationally only mean: Power to individuals over their own affairs, not power of anonymous voters over the affairs of other individuals and their groups of volunteers. Pandering to “the people”, territorially defined and “politically represented” costs individuals their rights and liberties, to a very large extent and can, all too easily, lead to new dictatorships and tyrannies. – JZ, n.d. & 23.1.12.
POWER, POLITICS & PANARCHY: Panarchist, polyarchic and personal power, exterritorially quite autonomous, together with like-minded volunteers, rather than power for the politics of parties, politicians, parliaments and “the” people or for territorial politics as usual, with all its inbuilt wrongs, irrationalities, crises, disasters and their costs in freedom, rights, lives, health and property. – JZ, 29.12.04, 14.7,12.
POWER, POPULAR POWER: Phase out popular power over your own life. – JZ, 29.12.04. See: DEMOCRACY, SECESSION, INDIVIDUAL, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY.
POWER: A society literally “hooked” on power.” – W. Marina, Egalitarianism and Empire, p.9. – Territorial States and their governments are hooked on power – but are free societies? Are their subjects? (At most they will become addicted to self-management power, self-responsibility, self-ownership, individual sovereignty, voluntarism and all their genuine individual rights and liberties. – JZ, 14.7.12.) Do the voters feel powerful with their one vote among millions – or, rather, helpless and powerless, especially when they are also disarmed? – JZ, 7.3.08. 12.4.08. – POWER ADDICTION, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: A surf board and a tanned hide could be a better solution than politics and armies, Henery, they don’t cry out for the ruin of the world.” – Don Crick, A Different Drummer, p.11. – Alas, the territorial power addicts do not allow us to drop out completely from under their rule, even when the survival of mankind is at stake. – The dropping out of e.g. surfers, into their favorite activity, won’t save us or them. It makes them, just like other hobbyists in pursuit of their hobbies, forget about their basic individual rights and liberties and their duty, as somewhat reasonable beings, a duty towards themselves, as somewhat reasonable beings and towards others, namely, not to let these rights and liberties remain suppressed or infringed, neither by individual private criminals nor by territorial, official and legalized ones. – JZ, 18.3.09, 16.1.12, 14.7.12. - WAR, NUCLEAR STRENGTH, PEACE, AIMS, PURPOSES, POLITICIANS, DROPPING OUT, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT.
POWER: According to Herbert, no man’s integrity or moral or intellectual selfhood can withstand participation in the battle of power politics.” – Mack, Auberon Herbert, p.24. – I hold that this holds true mainly only for territorial politics, in which too many compromises have to be made with too many diverse ideologies and special interests, which are largely absent in communities made up of like-minded volunteers only and from which dissenters are free to secede. We already have entrusted to voluntary action and competition the provision of most of the necessities and wants of our lives: the consumer goods and services. Only with regard to whole political, economic and social systems, legislation and institutions have we not yet become sovereign consumers and competitive entrepreneurs and organizers, voluntary members or abstainers or secessionists. – JZ, 22.3.08, 16.1.12. – PANARCHISM, PEACE, HARMONY, VOLUNTARISM., TERRITORIALISM, POLITICS, POWER
POWER: All authority belongs to the people.” – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Spencer Roane, 1821. – Individually, not collectively. JZ, 12.2.86. Also to societies and communities of volunteers, all without a territorial monopoly. Never does it rightfully belong, territorially, and collectively centralized, to the fiction of a united people or nation. – JZ, 29.3.08. – We are all individuals and different and do have the right to associate or to dissociate ourselves or to secede or separate our affairs from those of others. No one and no group of people has a rightful claim to any territorial monopoly, far less to any whole country or even continent. Privately and rightfully acquired real estate, of individuals and their various groups of volunteers, is quite another matter, a part of property rights, not of territorial privileges and powers towards other individuals and their groups of volunteers. – JZ, 16.1.12. – PROPERTY, DIS., TERRITORIALISM, REAL ESTATE, LAND OWNERSHIP, PANARCHISM, SELF-HELP, VOLUNTARISM, TERRITORIALISM VS. PERSONAL LAW, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
POWER: All governments enlarge upon and extend their powers. Under government, the rights of individuals diminish.” – THE MATCH, June 75. – What is true for territorial monopoly governments is not necessarily true for voluntary governments and societies. - All rights of individuals were never fully and clearly enough declared and published and thus sufficiently known. There exists, so far, not even sufficient interest in attempting to provide such a declaration. If these rights and liberties had all been generally known and appreciated then territorial government would never have gained power anywhere. – JZ, 8.3.08. – GOVERNMENT, INDIVIDUALS, HUMAN RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
POWER: All power to the government? No power to any territorial government! Power only to exterritorially autonomous governments, societies and communities and this to the extent that it is voluntarily transferred to them, for the time being, by individuals and applied only to these individuals, who remain free to secede from it. – JZ, 14.10.83, 21.3.08. – DIS., PANARCHISM, SECESSIONISM
POWER: All power to the individual.” – U.S. libertarian bumper-sticker in the early 70’s. – Including the power to start a nuclear war, which the USA president has? – No wrongful power over the lives of others to anyone! – JZ, 18.3.09. - DIS., DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
POWER: All power only to the man in the moon. No power over others (peaceful people, not aggressors or criminals) without their individual consent, to anybody else! - JZ, 76, 18.3.09, 14.7.12. - JOKES
POWER: All power to the people? As long as “the people” are defined as the population of a whole territory, this means, in practice, all power to the rulers, the politicians, the bureaucrats, the people’s supposed representatives. And this at best and at worst means only rule by a majority or a minority. All power to individuals, in the meaning of: all individual rights and liberties to all, who want to claim and use them for themselves, would be something quite different. Under this freedom and right volunteers would have as much or as little political power in their communities of volunteers, among themselves, as they like to have and, at the same time, no power at all over outsiders, who are not aggressors or criminals. – JZ, 21.3.08, 16.1.12. – Granting the majority in a direct democracy referendum the right to deprive the minorities of any individual rights and liberties would not be a step towards freedom but towards despotism, absolutism, authoritarianism, tyranny and totalitarianism. However, the majority anywhere should also be free to introduce and uphold individual rights and liberties for all those, who do claim them for themselves, partly or completely and do practise these rights among their voluntary members to the extent that they wish to do so. – JZ, 18.3.09, 16.1.12. – REFERENDUM, MAJORITIES, VOTING, MINORITY AUTONOMY, DEMOCRACY, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, SELF-GOVERNMENT, SELF-DETERMINATION, DIS., NOBODY FOR PRESIDENT
POWER: all power to the persons.” – David Friedman, in The Machinery of Freedom. – All powers over themselves to adult and responsible individuals! – JZ, 7.3.08. – That would also mean no power to any territorial politician over any of his present territorial subjects – any longer! – The dissenters wrongfully ruled by him are not free to hold him responsible or to secede from him and his system. - JZ, 18.3.09, 16.1.12, 14.7.12. - SELF-GOVERNMENT, SELF-DETERMINATION, PANARCHISM, SECESSIONISM, RESPONSIBILITY
POWER: All too often the misleading term “economic power” is given to influence, respect, authority, fame, high positions, wealth, capital assets etc., thus mixing up decision-making powers over volunteers with territorial dictatorial powers over conscripts and other involuntary subjects and against other involuntary victims. – JZ, 1.11.81, 8.2.11. – ECONOMIC POWER? VOLUNTARISM, FREE EXCHANGE, ABILITY TO PAY VS. INABILITY TO PAY – UNDER MONETARY FREEDOM & UNDER MONETARY DESPOTISM, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: All unlimited powers over others are to be annihilated. All powers are to be based upon individual consent by those, over whom the power is exercised. – JZ, after reading, in 1982, a segment on p.214 of Jonathan Schell, The Fate of the Earth, which runs: “all powers are to be annihilated”. - UNLIMITED, OVER OTHERS, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
POWER: And then you complain that your leaders “misuse their power”. No, my friend, they don’t misuse it; they only use it, for it is the use of power which is itself the worst misuse.” – Alexander Berkman, What Is Communist Anarchism? 1928. – If it is introduced against the will of some to most peaceful people, then it is one of the worst kinds of abuses of power. If it is only introduced among volunteers only, then the results serve them right. – JZ, 7.3.08, 16.1.12. – That also applies to communist anarchism. – JZ, 12.4.08.
POWER: And thus Bureaucracy, the giant power wielded by pigmies, came into the world.” - Honore de Balzac, Bureaucracy (vol. 12 in The Works of Honoré de Balzac), p.13 (1901, reprinted 1971). - How it and they originated is less important for us now than to find out how we can escape from its and their territorial power or to get rid of them altogether or how deprive them of their most dangerous power, namely territorialism. - JZ, 24.11.02, 16.1.12. - INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSION, PANARCHISM, MILITIA, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, PUBLIC SERVANTS, OFFICIALS, BUREAUCRACY, POLITICIANS
POWER: Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people.” - Jean de la Fontaine. - Even the best intentions and the best character get corrupted under the influence of territorial political power. - JZ, 13.10.02. - Exterritorial autonomy "power" has enough positive feedback from its volunteers to achieve business-like self-responsibility for its leaders, executives or administrators, managers, kings or despots, even its anarchistic gurus or prophets. Membership and revenues will decline when their customers or members experience dissatisfaction and grow only by becoming more satisfactory. - JZ, 26.11.02, 8.2.11, 16.1.12. – EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY OR PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM
POWER: As one perennial opposition leader in another country once put it, “while power corrupts, being out of power corrupts absolutely.” - THE ECONOMIST, London, 1959, quoted in C. Bingham, Men & Affairs, p.37. – Under territorialism they usually do not even try to explore and advocate quite different, just and rational ideas instead. All major parties operate on the lowest common denominator. Majority voting sees to that. – JZ, 7.3.08. – Being deprived of power over the own affairs is also very corrupting for human nature and behavior. – JZ, 16.1.12. - VOTING, MAJORITIES, DEMOCRACY, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: at the very time when modern governments have accumulated enormous powers and fantastic weapons, their very powerlessness is beginning to appear.” – John A. Lukacs, The Monstrosity of Government, in Templeton, The Politicization of Society, p.405. – One ought to distinguish between the power to make war, commit other kinds of aggression and destruction, mass murder and exploitation and robberies on the largest scale, quite legally - and the power to achieve and preserve peace, protect and defend individual rights and liberties, power to create, produce and exchange freely. Territorial governments are powerful in the former sense but powerless for the latter purposes. – JZ, 4.6.92, 28.3.08. – NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
POWER: Barbarism still exists – in the power of territorial power politics. – JZ, 22.6.92, 28.3.08, 14.7.12.
POWER: Because of the nature of their game is power, it is a safe bet that those who make it to the top in gangs are the most powerful. And, as we have seen many times in political scandals, powerful men rarely possess the virtues of honesty, integrity and moral courage. It has been said that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. It would be more accurate to say that only the absolutely corrupt seek absolute power. If someone comes to you and asks for the power to run your life, or to run the lives of other people, chances are good that he is not to be trusted and that turning your back on him is a risky venture.” – Sy Leon, None of the Above, p.120. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Because we rightly fear power in anyone’s hands, we recognize the foolhardiness of establishing a government with a monopoly of power and then expecting that government not to abuse that power. If it’s dangerous to allow individuals to protect themselves, how much more dangerous is it to give power to government.” – Michael E. Coughlin, in THE DANDELION, Summer 77, p.16. – TERRITORIALISM, Q., STATISM
POWER: become distrustful of the kind of men and women who are interested in holding this kind of power at all. – John A. Lukacs, The Monstrosity of Government, in Templeton, The Politicization of Society, p.400. – Or in gaining it. – J.Z., 14.7.12. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Bookchin firmly established himself among libertarians as one to take notice of when he made the important observation that “If we define ‘power’ as the power of man over man, power can only be destroyed by the very process in which man acquires power over his own life and in which he not only ‘discovers’ himself but, more meaningfully, formulates his selfhood in all its social dimensions.” (*) – American anarchists, to be sure, had been voicing this crucial insight over the years with regularity, but never before had the general public tuned to a frequency [??? – JZ.] that permitted them to fully appreciate its meaning or its importance in the process of social change. - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom. A Study in American Anarchism, p.551, on Murray Bookchin. - - (*) Do these general terms explain the individual sovereignty, individual secessionist, personal law and exterritorial autonomy organization options for volunteers and this clearly enough? Not in my opinion. – Has the general public been sufficiently enlightened by Murray Bookchin? – How many of those, who involved themselves during the last few decades with various “self-discovery” methods, did, thereby, arrive at sufficient political, economic and social enlightenment and tolerance for other tolerant people, doing their own things only for and to themselves? If M. B. has gone more and more clearly in the panarchistic or polyarchic direction than in the above hint, in any of his writings or talks, then I would like to hear about this. – How many of his followers have simply grown up and matured into sovereign individuals and panarchists or voluntarists? – How many managed to liberate themselves from all or many of the popular errors, myths, prejudices and fallacies that are obstacles to progress? I do not even know of one academics, who e.g. frankly and publicly criticized nonsensical phrases like e.g. “Buy Australian!” or “Buy American!” – JZ, 2.3.08, 9.2.11.
POWER: Both Bastiat and Tocqueville warned that, although the failure of middle-class democracy had brought on a revolution allegedly motivated by lower-class democracy, the real failing, the rabid insistence that great political power could somehow benefit the lives of men, still remained to plague French society. In Bastiat’s words: You call this the triumph of liberty, when it is its final defeat. I tell you that the people which you so artlessly admire has just succeeded in proving that it is unfit and unworthy to live a life of freedom. Show me what experience has taught it! Where are the new virtues it has gained, the old vices it has laid aside? No, I tell you, it is always the same, as impatient, as thoughtless, as contemptuous of law and order, as easily led and as cowardly in the presence of danger as its fathers were before it. Time has altered it in no way, and has left it as frivolous in serious matters as it used to be in trifles. - G. C. Roche III: Frederic Bastiat, A Man Alone, p.80. – However, to my knowledge even Bastiat and Roche did not advocate, clearly enough, the radical alternative to territorially imposed power. - The contempt for genuine law has been supplemented by faith in disorder producing territorial "positive" legislation. - Genuine individual rights and liberties stand so much in contempt that so far almost no one and no group or movement has attempted to produce a comprehensive declaration of all of them. My own draft and over 130 other private drafts of this kind, in PEACE PLANS 589/590, as attempts to achieve this, have so far been ignored for all too many years. - Publishing them online at www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd2 - has also failed to arouse interest in this libertarian project. - JZ, 9.2.11. – Typically, even a libertarian projects list is also still missing online. – J.Z., 14.7.12. - PEOPLE, DEMOCRACY, PROPERTY, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: But so long as the function of social order is left up to individuals, Tucker held, power can never become highly concentrated, for the natural laws of social balance militate against this. It is only when a monopoly of power is held by the state that power becomes and evil.” - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom. A Study in American Anarchism, p.164. – PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUALISM, VOLUNTARISM, TERRITORIALISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY& SECESSIONISM
POWER: But the most elementary lesson of political experience, which each generation has had to learn the hard way ever since the beginning of recorded history, is precisely that no one can be trusted with the power of government.” – Joseph F. Johnston, Jr., The Limits of Government, Regnery Gateway, Chicago, 1984, p.310. – I would have confined that statement to territorial governments. Governments confined to voluntary members and exterritorial autonomy will be kept in check mainly by individual secessionism and by the competition from better systems in the same territory, just like bad businessmen are kept in check by voluntary workers, investors and customers and by their competitors, combined with sufficient publicity and an effective justice systems for fraud. The territorial State hasn’t supplied the latter service well enough, either. – JZ, 2.10.07. - TRUST & GOVERNMENT
POWER: But we are obliged to recognize that no group of men can be completely trusted with power. All power is liable to be abused, and the greater the power the greater the likelihood of abuse. For that reason, only minimum powers should be granted to government. But the tendency of government everywhere has been to use even minimum powers to increase its powers. And any government is certain to use great powers to usurp still greater powers. There is no doubt that the two great World Wars since 1914 brought on the present prevalence of the quasi-omnipotent State.” – Henry Hazlitt, in THE FREEMAN, 11/75. - I doubt that this tendency would persist once all governments are confined to their volunteers and exterritorial autonomy, i.e. their members can secede from them and establish or join competing societies and communities, all without any territorial monopoly. - JZ, 9.2.11.
POWER: But, insists Tolstoi, a man is free in proportion to his non-possession of power. And the most powerful are the most unfree.” – R. V. Sampson, The Discovery of Peace, p.124. – Imagine the “freedom” and “security” of a man who may be subjected to a tyrannicide attempt at any moment, from almost anyone. – JZ, 12.4.08. - Even his children and grandchildren are continuously under threat. - JZ, 9.2.11. – “Any leash has two ends.” - FREEDOM, LIBERTY, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: But, surely, the legitimate concern of a friend of liberty, even if it is not directed frontally toward the ideal of no state at all, cannot be directed in conscience toward any action that would enhance rather than diminish the power of the state; (*) that would free from power, rather than limit it.” – Karl Hess, The Lawless State, p.22. – (*) Rather: but, instead, towards any action … ? - JZ, 9.3.08. - Here he seemed to advocate merely anarchism or a limited but still territorial State rather than voluntary and exterritorially autonomous governments and societies, which would have left all to their own individual choices of whatever kind, as long as they make no territorial claims and leave others to their own choices. - JZ, 9.2.11, 16.1.12.
POWER: But, Tucker retorted, the true friends of liberty understand that power is always socially negative, whoever may wield it.” - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom. A Study in American Anarchism, p.165. – I do completely deny that full power over the own affairs is socially a negative factor rather than a positive one. However, under territorialism that kind of power cannot be realized, in the same way that e.g. full monetary freedom cannot be realized under monetary despotism or freedom of expression and information under censorship. Perhaps the different concepts and practices of power should be numbered, so that such mix-ups will become rare. – JZ, 22.3.08.
POWER: Competition is the social hallmark of freedom, but it is a social serendipity arising from the fundamental positions that individuals, although often misguided, are the best judges (*) of what they should do with their lives and that power should be dispersed among many individuals.” (**) - Richard B. McKenzie, Bound to Be Free, Hoover Institute Press, 1982, p.63. - - (*) Not necessarily the best but the only rightful judges! - - (**) All rational adults, I hold. – They should all enjoy even free choice of governments, societies and communities for individuals, not only consumer sovereignty and free enterprise for ordinary consumer goods and services. No non-criminal and non-aggressor are to be confined to a territory-wide State “prison” and its rules. – Free competition in every sphere for every service wanted by volunteers, even if that requires full exterritorial autonomy for them. – Experimental freedom is beneficial not only in sports, arts, technology and natural sciences. - JZ, 6.10.07, 9.2.11. - ITS DISPERSAL, INDIVIDUALS, DIS., FREEDOM & COMPETITION, PANARCHISM, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY & FREE ENTERPRISE IN EVERY SPHERE
POWER: Concentrated political power is the most dangerous thing on earth.” - Rudolf Rummel. - And individual secessionism and exterritorial autonomy for communities of volunteers form the greatest solution to this greatest danger! - JZ, 11.2.02. - TERRITORIALISM, CENTRALIZATION, PANARCHISM, SECESSIONISM
POWER: Confiding unlimited power to government is the same as giving a casual acquaintance a signed blank check! It is not fair, either to the receiver of the check, who is subjected to temptation, or to the giver, who might find himself painfully defrauded.” – Ben Moreell, Log II, p.146. - However, by unanimous consent or by majority decision-making, which is accepted by voluntary members, even that should be permissible, as long as it is practised only exterritorially and the right of individuals and of groups to secede from these non-territorial statists and governmentalists, without making themselves any territorial claims, does remain untouched. - JZ, 9.2.11, 16.1.12, 14.7.12. - VOLUNTARISM VS. TERRITORIALISM
POWER: David Thoreau Wieck virtually called for “participatory democracy” (*) when he suggested to the youth of the country that the real evil we face in America is “power, and the remedy for the evil of power is, not the half-step of Democracy, but the whole step of Freedom.” - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom. A Study in American Anarchism, p.546. - - (*) Participatory democracy does not go far enough in the freedom direction, either. Panarchism does, to the extent that anyone wants to be free or unfree. It would be wrongful for any “participatory democrats” to interfere with the affairs of any community or society or “competing government” of volunteers, regardless of how much or how little freedom its members practise among themselves, at their own risk and expense. – If however, any community of volunteer were immoral and irrational enough to construct ABC mass murder devices, and keep them in readiness for almost instant “use”, then there would be a case for intervention, by outside volunteers or all kinds of voluntary communities, perhaps best organized in an international federation of ideal local militia forces for the protection of individual rights and liberties. This is a subject that needs much more discussion still than Ulrich von Beckerath and I could provide in my two peace books, which are online at: www.butterbach.net/epinfo/peace.htm & www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm - JZ, 22.3.08, 14.7.12. - PANARCHISM, MILITIA, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
POWER: Democratic nations often hate those in whose hands the central power is invested; but they always love that power itself.” – Tocqueville, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 9/75, p.519. – Democracy as well as nations are, largely, fictions - and, nevertheless, coercively and territorially upheld, like formerly church hierarchies were. - JZ, 9.2.11. - DEMOCRACY, TERRITORIALISM, NATIONS
POWER: Do not consider Collectivists as "sincere but deluded idealists". The proposal to enslave some men for the sake of others is not an ideal; brutality is not "idealistic," no matter what its purpose. Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.” – Ayn Rand. - However, the ignorant, stupid, prejudiced and misled people should be free to do their things to themselves, i.e., at their own cost and expense. Panarchies even for them! - JZ, 23. 11. 06. - POWER LUST & STUPIDITY ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH MOTIVES, COLLECTIVISM, IDEALISM, COMMUNISM, PANARCHISM
POWER: Don't you see, … that's been the whole trouble? That people have power over other people, or want it, or are afraid others want it? Ahasuerus didn't come here to put a new yoke on human necks.” - Poul Anderson, The Byworlder, Gollancz, ISBN 0 575 01574 8, p.189. - PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, GENUINE SELF-GOVERNMENT OR SELF-DETERMINATION
POWER: economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men reward, an incentive … political power is exercised by means of a negative, by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction.” – Ayn Rand, America’s Persecuted Minority, Big Business, p.6. – Even Ayn Rand's supposedly ideal limited but territorial government still needs exterritorial competition from voluntary societies and communities - to keep it sufficiently limited by being confined to exterritorial autonomy and its voluntary supporters. - Only then would it constitute a truly limited government. - JZ, 9.2.11. - ECONOMIC VS. POLITICAL POWER, BIG BUSINESS, INCENTIVES, TERRITORIALISM, MONOPOLISM, VOLUNTARISM, BUSINESSMEN, CORPORATIONS, FREE ENTERPRISE, BOSSES, PROPRIETORS, PROPERTY RIGHTS, VOLUNTARISM
POWER: even a saint should never be given coercive power over others.” – Laurance Labdie, Selected Essays, p.43. - Should not masochists and flagellants be free to choose a sadist or whipping leader for themselves, fools a "great" fool, to "give" them what they are asking for? - However, they should remain free to secede and to seek asylum. - JZ, 9.2.11. - DIS., VOLUNTARISM
POWER: Even weak men when united are powerful.” - Friedrich Schiller. - Minorities united by a platform of exterritorial autonomy for all of them, could, indeed, become the most powerful force. So could employees, determined to purchase the enterprises they work in, on terms, largely paid for through the additional productivity they could thus attain. This additional productivity could be anticipated by the industrial bonds they would pay with and thus the additional productivity due to this change of ownership could come to pay the full purchase price, in installments, plus the interest charges involved. - Volunteers for the protection of individual rights could form the most powerful military force ever. - The presently all too dispersed knowledge, ideas and skills among libertarians, effectively united and made cheaply and permanently accessible, could constitute the greatest power for enlightenment ever. Nevertheless, all too few libertarians strive so far to realize these projects. - JZ, 13.10.02, 16.1.12. - Even weak people will be stronger if not territorially united but remaining separate and diverse, united only within their volunteer communities, doing their own things, for and to themselves. - As consumers, as well as producers they still have unused immense powers of possible fruitful collaboration. Even the dozens to hundreds of millions of unemployed and underemployed in the world could, if they wanted to, raise, annually, immense amounts for research into the causes and cures for unemployment, with each contributing, say, $ 10 p.a. In the average they waste much more on tobacco, alcohol, other drugs and junk foods. - Who among the poor could not afford the raw material for a special freedom library containing up from 3,000 to 15,000 freedom books, with a CD or DVD-blank costing, sometimes, as little as 30 cents? - As unemployed they would have time to fill it. Some of them have computer systems or could get them cheap second-hand, enough to fill e.g. a 1.4 Mbs. floppy disk. Or they could utilize systems of their friends, who are busy making a living. - But, as a rule, the poor are least represented among the poverty-fighters and the unemployed are least to be found among those searching for the causes and cures of involuntary unemployment and poverty. - JZ, 26.11.02, 16.1.12. - UNITY, DIS., STRENGTH, WEAKNESS, PANARCHISM, WAR & PEACE AIMS, MILITIA, PURCHASE OF ENTERPRISES, MONETARY FREEDOM, FINANCIAL FREEDOM, CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, INTERNATIONAL FEDERATIONS OF PANARCHISTS
POWER: Every (*) power is animated by the wish to be the only power, because in the nature of its being it deems itself absolute and consequently opposes any bar which reminds it of the limits of its influence. Power is active consciousness of authority. Like God, it cannot endure any other God beside it.” – Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism and Culture, 1933. - (*) territorial! – JZ, 1975. ) – At the same time it is, usually, too stupid, ignorant or prejudiced to realize its own limitations. Another election, revolution, civil war or military insurrection could overthrow it, while once it confines itself to voluntary members it could last as long as it manages to retain or get any volunteers. However, territorial politicians have so far been too short-sighted in this respect as well. - JZ, 9.2.11. - THE DIVINITY SPLEEN, GOD-COMPLEX, POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Every man in power is a dictator to those who oppose him.” – Gary Alan Ruse, Nanda, ANALOG, Aug. 72, p.132. – DICTATORSHIP, TERRITORIALISM, MINORITIES, DISSENTERS, GOVERNMENT, RULERS
POWER: Every man invested with (*) power is apt to abuse it. – Montesquieu, The Spirit of Laws, 1748, bk. ii, ch.6. - (*) territorial - JZ
POWER: Every power presupposes some form of human slavery, for the division of society into higher and lower classes is one of the first conditions of its existence.” - Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism and Culture, 1933. – TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Every power you give to a politician is a blank cheques drawn on you! – JZ, free after a remark by Admiral Ben Moreell, in The Admiral’s Log II, p.146. - If only we were already free, as individuals, to either give or refuse them power over us. But our individual secessionism and individual sovereignty is not yet recognized to that extent. - Regarding your own affairs, politicians and their institutions and legislation, you should have an absolute veto. - JZ, 9.2.11.
POWER: Every power, exceeding a certain degree, has its most dangerous enemy within itself, for even before their fighting group has heard the command we will already have executed what we want.” – Diodor, vol. VI. („Jede Macht, welche das Maβ uebersteigt, hat ihren gefaehrlichsten Feind in sich selber; denn bevor noch ihre Phalanx (das Kommando) gehoert hat, werden wir schon ausgefuehrt haben, was wir wollen.“) – Tolstoy, in „War and Peace“ makes a similar remark on orders by Napoleon I at the battle of Borodino. The soldiers did what they thought needed to be done. The orders of Napoleon never reached them or only afterwards. The central administration often does not know enough of what is really going on in a firm. One executive of a cable company became aware of it when he asked once how many different cables were produced by his firm and got in reply: Over 200 000! Central management has its limits. At least degrees of self-management - if not full self-management - are needed everywhere. Hyacinthe Dubreuil, in his “A Chance for Everybody” where he advocates autonomous work groups, refers also to the military experience with self-managing commando units. – JZ, 23.8.08, 16.1.12. – CENTRALIZATION, SELF-MANAGEMENT, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, DECENTRALIZATION, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PERSONAL LAW, SELF-MANAGEMENT
POWER: Everyone has to do what is in his power. - How many people know what is really in their power? – JZ, 12/76. – We still have no comprehensive declaration of individual rights and liberties, thus not a sufficient understanding of all of them. Most people, even libertarians and anarchists, do not even have a sufficient interest in providing, between them, such a declaration. – JZ, 8.3.08. – To my knowledge, there exists still no libertarians ideas archive or projects list online, as a standing invitation to participate in their realization, in accordance with one’s own knowledge, special interests and abilities. – JZ, 16.12.11. - DUTY, DIS., INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
POWER: Exercising tolerance is the opposite of exercising power. - JZ, On Tolerance. – Now online at www.panarchy.org - Nevertheless, it can make you very influential, e.g. in defence, liberation, resistance and revolution efforts. - JZ, 22.9.04.
POWER: Experience [has] shown that, even under the best forms [of government], those entrusted with (territorial - JZ) power have, in time and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1779 - GOVERNMENT & TYRANNY, POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIP
POWER: Experience constantly proves that every man who has power (territorial - JZ) is impelled to abuse it.” – Montesquieu, De l’Esprit de Lois (The Spirit of the Laws), xi.c.4. Quoted in Seldes: The Great Quotations & in: O. V. Garrison, The Dictocrats, p.39.
POWER: experience has shewn, that even under the best forms (of government), those entrusted with (territorial - JZ) power have, in time, and by slow operations perverted it into tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson.
POWER: Faith in (territorial - JZ) political power is a comforting flight from reality.” - Frank Chodorov, The Rise and Fall of Society, p.93.
POWER: Find … and apply a remedy to the ruthless reach for power.” – Willis E. Stone, May 75. – End the territorial monopolies. Power over voluntary victims only. The others to be free to secede and to do their own things for or to themselves. – JZ, 8.3.08. – PANARCHISM, FREE CHOICE OF GOVERNMENTS OR SOCIETIES FOR INDIVIDUALS. ARM, ORGANIZE & TRAIN ALL THOSE WHO KNOW & APPRECIATE THEIR INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, IN IDEAL MILITIA FORCES OF VOLUNTEERS, LOCALLY ORGANIZED & INTERNATIONALLY FEDERATED.
POWER: Fire cannot be bound up in paper.” - Alfred Bester, Deceivers, p.215. Individually contracted-for power and authority, a full vote on the own affairs only, constitutions, treaties, laws and model contracts individually chosen for oneself and optional and competitively issued paper money, refusable, discountable and market-rated by all but the issuer, are quite other matters and are self-limiting, rather than inviting and making possible great abuses. – J.Z, 17.9.07, 16.1.12. - The enlightened, organized, armed and trained voter, prepared to uphold his genuine individual rights and liberties, is no longer a mere number or plaything for territorial politicians. - However, many “fires” can be started and continued with exclusive and forced paper currencies? - JZ, 9.2.11. – How many troubles could be ended or avoided, how many lives and limbs saved, how much misery ended, through the introduction of e.g. full monetary and financial freedom and of voluntary membership in States, societies and communities? – JZ, 16.1.12. – Q., DIS., MILITIA, VOTING, CONSTITUTIONS, TREATIES, CONTRACTS, LAWS, MONEY, TERRITORIALISM, LEGAL TENDER PAPER INFLATION, LEGAL TENDER, PANARCHISM
POWER: First, the person who uses political power to force others to conform to his ideas seems inevitably corrupted by the power he holds. In due course he comes to believe that power and wisdom are the same thing and, since he has power, he must also have wisdom. At this point he begins to lose his ability to distinguish between what is morally right and what is politically expedient. His fallacious reasoning, unless curbed, can lead only to dictatorship and ultimate disaster.” - Ben Moreell, Log I, p. 5. – “Wem Gott ein Amt gibt, dem gibt er auch Verstand.” (Whoever is given an office by God, is also given the ability to fill it.) – German proverb, probably going back to the assertion in the Bible that every authority would be instituted by God. – Their “God” must also be supposed to be behind every stupid, prejudiced, criminal and atrocious government. - JZ, 16.2.12. - WISDOM, TERRITORIALISM, GOD COMPLEX, AUTHORITY, DIVINE AUTHORITY, CHRISTIANITY, OBEDIENCE, STATISM
POWER: For as long as (territorial! – JZ) power exists, a tiny circle of men will have in their hands the right to decide the fate of a whole people.” – A. M. Shapiro, The Crisis of Power, in Paul Avrich: The Anarchists in the Russian Revolution, p.87. – ANARCHISM, DECISION ON WAR & PEACE, RULERS, TERRITORIALISM, CENTRALIZATION, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
POWER: For nobody can transfer to another more power than he has in himself. (135) – Locke, quoted in Jeffrie G. Murphy, Kant: The Philosophy of Right, p.115. - The territorial, collectivist, "free and equal" vote does amount to the renunciation of one's individual rights and liberties, under the wrong assumption or delusion that they could and would thus become protected by the elected. - JZ, 9.2.11, 14.7.12. - VOTING, HUMAN RIGHTS, DELEGATION OF POWER, REPRESENTATIVES, POLITICIANS, PARLIAMENTS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: For nobody is qualified to wield fairly unlimited power.” – Ben Moreell, Log II, p.200. – I think that commas should be inserted before and after “fairly”, to avoid the “meaning” of “fairly unlimited power”. – JZ) – QUALIFICATIONS, CHARACTER, HUMAN NATURE, LEADERSHIP, POLITICIANS, REPRESENTATIVES, RULERS, PRESIDENTS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: For the ordinary person, what's more important: economic power or political power? I think it nearly goes without saying that economic power empowers the individual; it gives him the power of self-determination. Political power empowers, and even enriches, the political elite ..." - Walter Williams, Town Hall, (4/10/03) http://www.free-market.net/rd/794915256.html - He, too, seems to take territorial power for granted, as if the alternatives, exterritorial autonomy, for volunteers only, did not exist in history and were not possible for our future. – JZ, 11.1.08. - ECONOMIC POWER VS. POLITICAL POWER, TERRITORIALISM VS. PANARCHISM
POWER: For the Twentieth Century is the century of Power, a century where State coercion and violence have become commonplace. - Roy Childs, Liberty Against Power. - Among the consequences of its territorialism are over 200 million people mass-murdered in the last century and we are still living under the nuclear holocaust threat. - JZ, 9.2.11, 14.7.12.
POWER: For those who suffer in subjection there is some hope, some glimmering of light, some teachings that come from the passionate desire for the liberty denied to them; but for those who cling to and believe in possessing power there is only darkness of soul, where no light enters, until at last, through a long bitter experience, they learn how that for which they sacrificed so much has only turned to their own deepest injury. See how power hardens and brutalizes all of us. It not only makes us selfish, unscrupulous, and intriguing, scornful and intolerant, corrupt in our motives, but it veils our eyes and takes from us the gift of seeing and understanding.” - Auberon Herbert, A Plea for Voluntaryism, essay nine in the Mack edition, p.319. – It has certainly taken from the politicians, bottom to top, and even from most political scientists, the knowledge of and understanding of the voluntary, exterritorial and personal law alternatives to territorial politics as usual, with its monopolism, centralism and coercion, even in its best democratic or libertarian “limited” government forms. – Underlining by me, to indicate his own summary of his usual brilliant but, rather, long phrasing, a shortening, which is much more like a “slogan for liberty”. - Hopefully, someone will do the same for some of my all own and often too long sentences and paragraphs. - JZ, 22.3.08, 9.2.11, 16.1.12, 14.7.12. - BRUTALIZATION THROUGH POWER, TERRITORIALISM VS. VOLUNTARISM, SELF-HELP, PERSONAL LAW, PANARCHISM, TERRITORIAL FREEDOM, GENUINE SELF-GOVERNMENT
POWER: Force is the equivalent of slavery and a denial of rights. If A has power over B, you must assume that in the first instance he has power over himself; no man can be the master of another man and not master over himself. (*) But if so, then B. (unless you assume unequal rights as the basis of social order) is also master of himself, which entirely destroys any rightful power on the part of A to be his master and make him act against his will. “(**) – Auberon Herbert, A Politician in Sight of Heaven. - - (*) He may be masterful in power but not in self-control. – - (**) The rightful power may be destroyed or not exist at all, while the wrongful power persists. - JZ, 23.2.08. - - COERCION, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, COMPULSION, FORCE VS. RIGHTS
POWER: Freedom is not just a matter of social structure; it is also a habit. The concentration of power makes followers of us all. We not only do not have the opportunities to learn how to act autonomously; we are constantly rehearsing our repertory of compliance, passivity and subordination. Having removed the constraints of oppressive institutions doesn’t automatically free people. That comes only with a practice now denied to most people.” – Howard J. Ehrlich, Anarchism and Formal Organizations …, in Reinventing Anarchy, p.8. – Panarchies, too, will spread their lessons only gradually, individual by individual and panarchy by panarchy, just like business enterprises, succeeding or failing, according to the degrees of consumer satisfaction or dissatisfaction they provide. Biological life does not advance or fail in great jumps, either, but via many and diverse small steps. We are all creatures of habits and new and better habits take time to develop. – JZ, 22.3.08. – PANARCHISM, HABITS, CUSTOMS, TRADITIONS, PROGRESS, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, FREEDOM OF ACTION, VOLUNTARISM VS. COMPULSION, NATURAL GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT, GRADUALISM, STEP BY STEP PROGRESS
POWER: Freedom is only obtained when power lacks the capacity to do evil. And that can not be brought about within a (*) political system. Action within a (*) political system only increases its power …” - Craig Spencer, Minister – Temple of Reason, quoted in FREEDOM TODAY, Jan. 76. (*) territorial! – JZ – TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM
POWER: From the smallest personal decision, through local community action, and on to the National Elections, every move that takes power out of government hands and puts it back in the grip of those for whom governments were instituted, is a step in the right direction. Enough steps make a mile. Let’s start walking.” – Ruth F. Hampton, THE FREEMAN, 11/75, p.645. – Were territorial States really instituted for the benefit of the ruled or, rather, for the benefit of the rulers? – See e.g. Robert Oppenheimer’s famous book: The State. - The most important first and seemingly only small step, but one with a giant potential, should be individual secessionism. It does not require the overthrow of the existing regime. It only deprives it, one by one, of subjects and victims, all those that it did not sufficiently represent and satisfy. Nor does it require the conversion of the rest of the population to the beliefs and convictions of the secessionist. They just lose one subject or fellow member, just as if he had emigrated. Nothing to get upset and angry about. The rest might even say: “Good riddance!” However, that individual would have only dropped out of the nation-wide club, not out of the territory which this club had, quite wrongfully, monopolized for itself. The first secessionists could prepare his own personal laws and institutions, together with other individual secessionists, just as if he had started a new enterprise, a new and different club. But it would be one no longer subject to territorial laws and institutions previously constitutionally, legally, juridically or militarily imposed upon the whole population. He could rightfully claim full experimental freedom for himself and like-minded other secessionists, all only under exterritorial autonomy and at his own risk and expense. Again, no reason for the others to complain. They could continue their status quo as long as they want to – or engage in their own kinds of reforms. So, let’s start seceding – leaving the others to do their own things for or to themselves. Each secession would be something like a one-man or one-women “revolution”, a quite non-violent one, offending against no one’s genuine rights and liberties. – JZ, 8.3.08, 16.1.12, 14.7.12. – INDIVIDUAL & EXTERRITORIAL SECESSIONISM
POWER: George Orwell’s remark on Lenin’s Bolsheviks: “Power is not a means, it is an end”, could be reworded, after the invention of nuclear “weapons”: “Territorial power is not a means, it is the end.” – The continuance of nuclear power, combined with territorial power, assures sooner or later the end of mankind, even if only by accident or computer flaw. - Thus we must destroy all power of man over man, certainly all nuclear “weapons”. – JZ, n.d., & 9.3.08, 9.2.11, 16.1.12. – NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
POWER: Give a good man great powers and crooks grab his job.” – Rick Gaber. - So we should abolish all powers and positions that can and will be striven for and abused by less than perfect men. And who is perfect enough to always resist such temptations? - JZ, 23. 11. 06. - Anyhow, perfect men shine by their absence. - In panarchies flawed men could only mislead their voluntary victims. - JZ, 9.2.11. - TERRITORIALISM, POSITIONS, JOBS & LEADERSHIP, POWER-MONGERS, CRIMINALS, VOLUNTARISM VS. COMPULSION
POWER: Great power isn't great. - D., 77. - It's a great problem instead. - JZ, 77. - To nobody any power. - JZ, 77. - To nobody any coercive and exclusive territorial powers over dissenters. - JZ, 5.11.02. At the same time: To everybody all powers over his own affairs! – J.Z., 14.7.12.
POWER: He consistently opposed the old evils of the French monarchy and the newer evils of the French democracy, realizing that (territorial- JZ) political power was likely to be abused by anyone who held too much of it.” – G. C. Roche III, Frederic Bastiat, A Man Alone, p.186/187, on Tocqueville. - Any degree of territorial power, i.e. power going beyond genuine property rights, is too much power, even when e.g. miniature States appear to be relatively harmless. By now even they could turn themselves into nuclear powers, like e.g. the small-State of Israel did. - JZ, 9.2.11, 16.1.12.
POWER: He distrusts political power “no matter who uses it”. – From cover of Frank Chodorov: Out of Step. – In communities of volunteers only there exists no power, in the usual territorial sense, over other and dissenting people. Especially seeing that their members are free to opt out. – JZ, 7.3.08, 16.1.12. - POLITICS, TERRITORIALISM.
POWER: Here we may point to Albert Jay Nock’s penetrating distinction between “social power” – the fruits of voluntary interchange in the economy and in civilization – and “State power”, the coercive interference and exploitation of those fruits. In that light, Nock showed that human history is basically a race between State power and social power, between the beneficent fruits of peaceful and voluntary production and creativity on one hand, and the crippling and parasitic blight of State power upon the voluntary and productive social process. All of the services commonly thought to require the State – from the coining of money to police protection, to the development of law in defence of the rights of person and property – can be and have been supplied far more efficiently, and certainly more morally, by private persons. The State is in no sense required by the nature of man; quite the contrary.” – Murray N. Rothbard, The Ethics of Liberty, p.187. – VOLUNTARISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, STATE, MONETARY FREEDOM, SOCIAL POWER, VOLUNTARISM, FREE EXCHANGE, PRIVATE SUPPLY OF PUBLIC SERVICES
POWER: History is only a tiresome repetition of one story. Persons and classes have sought to win possession of the power of the State in order to live luxuriously out of the earnings of others. Autocracies, aristocracies, theocracies, and all other organizations for holding political power, have exhibited only the same line of action.” – W. G. Sumner, What Social Classes Owe to Each Other, p.27. - We should not ignore the historical experience with voluntary, exterritorial and personal law societies and communities. If we continue to do so, e.g. under the "nuclear umbrella", and ever more multiplied and heavier taxation, laws and regulations, we do so only at a very great continuing burden and risk. - JZ, 9.2.11. – HISTORY, REPEATING ANCIENT MISTAKES & WRONGS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: History told me that the urgency to acquire power is inherent in the State, any State.” - Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.126. – Here we should not forget that the common definition of a State is an organization that holds a territorial monopoly. – Frank Chodorov, like most other libertarians, had not yet sufficiently considered the alternative, namely of States, societies and communities that are only exterritorially autonomous and confined to their own volunteers, just like enterprises, churches and sports clubs etc. – Whilst such groups of volunteers might also aspire to power, they are in competition with each other, like thousands of churches, sects, and hundreds of millions of enterprises and clubs are. Thus their abuses are, as a rule, only limited ones, of their voluntary victims. Mostly autonomous societies of communities would not fight each other, at least not openly or extensively although e.g. frauds and espionage and theft would still happens among them. – From all of the latter types of organizations one can freely secede. One can also freely establish more of them, new competitors to them. Try this with regard to the monopolies that territorial States claim for themselves, in the name of “the people”, even while they deprive most of the population of “their” territory of some of their most important individual rights and liberties, i.e., many to most of their genuine self-government and self-management options. - JZ, 21.3.08, 9.2.11. – DIS., TERRITORIALISM, STATE, GOVERNMENTS
POWER: honest people in power will be as incapable there as the dishonest are harmful and that it is impossible for liberty ever to be allied with any power whatever.” – Louise Michael, quoted in DANDELION, Winter 79. - She, too, ignored the potential power, which volunteers could and should have - over their own affairs. – JZ, 22.3.08. – VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
POWER: How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.” – Adolf Hitler. - Under panarchism the thinking one would be free to realize good practices among themselves and thereby also set good examples to the others. - JZ, 26. 11. 06. - GOVERNMENT, THINKING, PEOPLE, STATISM, PANARCHISM
POWER: However ‘natural” (and this is a proposition open to endless disputation) power, that is the domination of man by man, is not, never has been and never can be legitimate.” – R. V. Sampson, The Discovery of Peace, p.195. - TERRITORIALISM, LEGITIMACY
POWER: However sugarcoated and ambiguous, every form of authoritarianism must start with a belief in some group’s greater right to power, whether that right is justified by sex, race, religion or all four.” – Gloria Steinem, American feminist. - I would say "excused" instead of "justified", or put "justified" in quotation marks. - JZ, 23. 11. 06. - & AUTHORITARIANISM, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: However, the lessons of history show us that, without exception, the more powerful the government, the more tyrannical its behavior.”– Brian Wilshire, The Fine Print, published by Brian Wilshire, PO Box 209, Round Corner, NSW 2158, Australia., 1992., p.155/56. - & TYRANNY, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Human beings will generally exercise power when they can get it; and they will exercise it most undoubtedly, in popular governments, under pretense of public safety.” - Daniel Webster, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. - PUBLIC SAFETY, SECURITY, DEFENCE, TERRITORIALISM, DEMOCRACY
POWER: I am convinced that what we call a lust for power does not stem from any of these “causes” but, basically, from unawareness. It is a weakness more than a lust; men resort to force for a very simple and an easily observable reason: they do not know any better!” – Leonard E. Read, The Miracle of the Market, in Champions of Freedom, p.59. - How many people in the world are so far sufficiently informed about their exterritorialist alternatives? - JZ, 9.2.11. – TERRITORIALISM, Q.
POWER: I am in total opposition to any institutional power.” – Karl Hess, in PLAYBOY, 7/76. - Even that of volunteers over volunteers, all only doing their own things for or to themselves? – He should have spoken thus only about monopolistic, aggressive and territorial power over others than volunteers. – Add to the statement by K. H.: Apart from voluntary communities of intolerant fanatics, fundamentalists and “true believers”. - JZ, 25.10.75, 8.3.08. – PANARCHISM & VOLUNTARISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, DIS., Q., INSTITUTIONALIZATION, INSTITUTIONS, VOLUNTARISM VS. COERCION
POWER: I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature; and that power, whether vested in many or few, is ever grasping.” – Abigail Adams, quoted in: Alfred Bester, Deceivers, p.59. – Territorial power over involuntary members and subjects should be clearly distinguished from power or authority granted in exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers, who are free to secede from it. – JZ – TERRITORIALISM VS. EXTERRITORIALLY AUTONOMOUS PANARCHIES OF VOLUNTEERS, DIS.
POWER: I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.” – Edward Everett Hale. - Imagine how much could be achieved via free experimentation among volunteers, initially, perhaps, only very few of them, but all of them under personal law and full exterritorial autonomy! Progress might become as rapid and radical as it happened in our time e.g. in science, technology and especially in the sphere of computers. - JZ, 9.2.11. - INFLUENCE, INDIVIDUALS, POWERLESSNESS, SELF-HELP, LIBERATION, PROGRESS, DEVELOPMENT, EXTERRITORIALISM & VOLUNTARISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, INDIVIDUALISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-RELIANCE, SELF-DETERMINATION, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM
POWER: I am very doubtful whether history shows us one example of a man who, having stepped outside rational morality and attained power, has used that power benevolently.” – C. S. Lewis – Even the relatively enlightened Frederick II, 1712-1786, when he became king in 1740, used this opportunity to start a war with Austria, prompted by his self-confessed “desire of glory, even curiosity” and “a means of acquiring reputation and of increasing the power of the State.” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1958.) – JZ, 22.3.08. - At most they ended or reduced prior wrongful territorial powers. - Not one of them knew and respected all genuine individual human rights and liberties. Very few did abdicate voluntarily. - JZ, 9.2.11. - BENEVOLENCE, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: I aspire exclusively to those forms of power, which I readily concede to all other human beings. What may they be? The power to exercise and improve my own faculties, to grow intellectually, morally, spiritually. What power will I not willingly concede to any other person and – by the same token – refuse to use myself? The power to interfere with or to control in any respect the creative activity of anyone, whoever or wherever he may be. The lack of such power simply leaves me in my place, makes a non-interfering citizen of me, forces me to attend to my own business. – Leonard E. Read, Having My Way, p. 149. – NON-INTERVENTION, NON-INTERFERENCE, AGGRESSION, CRIME
POWER: I believe that anyone embracing political power should agree to have his life abbreviated. In other words, the more power you lust for, the shorter your life.” – Phillip Adams, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 26.7.75. - Kill them all after one election period? There would then, certainly, be less people eager to become powerful, at least for a while. They would have to bet their lives on their system being a good one, one worth the sacrifice of their own life. And the next martyrs would then lay down their life for quite a different system, territorially imposed by them upon a whole population, for a while. – Under this system even politicians might soon come to advocate merely full exterritorial autonomy for all communities of volunteers. Among their own followers they could then rule as long as they live, provided they manage to continue to please them. – I do not care how and how long somebody rules – over others! - JZ, 8.3.08, 16.1.12. – PANARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM
POWER: I came to recognize that power, of whatever kind, must work out to be a curse. That is why I avow anarchism.” – Louse Michel, speech on return to France from exile, 1881. - Power granted only by volunteers and only over themselves, while they retain the right to secede, should be distinguished from territorial power over dissenters. - JZ, 9.2.11. - TERRITORIALISM, DIS.
POWER: I don't want power but independence. - JZ, 73. - INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISTIC ASSOCIATIONISM & VOLUNTARISM
POWER: I have been increasingly impressed by the manner in which power and folly often go hand in hand.” – R. M. MacIver, Power Transformed, p.3. MACMILLAN, 1964. - Any man can only inform himself quite insufficiently about the affairs of all, many or even a few other people, other people in the same territory. Some still discover unknown traits in their marriage partner or friends - after many years. And if he is, territorially, very powerful, then he will also be insufficiently informed or even misinformed by his underlings. Thus folly, insufficient knowledge or ignorance is inbuilt into his position. – It is always quite wrongfully presumptuous to pretend or to believe that one knows better how others should conduct their lives than they do themselves. Maintaining this kind of superiority complex towards the whole population of a country indicates already a kind of madness, not only an addiction to power. - JZ, 9.2.11, 16.1.12. - & FOLLY, IGNORANCE, KNOWLEDGE, STUPIDITY, PREJUDICE, TERRITORIALISM, LEADERSHIP, PRIME MINISTERS, PRESIDENTS, RULERS, REPRESENTATIVES
POWER: I have been unable to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826 – Quoted in THE FREEMAN, 4/75, p. 247. – Another version: “I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.” - Thomas Jefferson, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. - Territorialism and its loot are there, ready and waiting, for any crooked character to come along and abuse them. Without it the power addicts could at most lord it over those volunteers they managed to attract and retain. They would deserve each other. – JZ, 8.1.08. - But then what percentage of the people are, at least so far, really rational beings? – JZ, 23.2.08. - POLITICS, RATIONALITY, MORALITY & HAPPINESS, RULERS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS LEADERSHIP, POLITICIANS, REPRESENTATIVES, HAPPINESS, RATIONALITY, REASON, Q.
POWER: I have no duty towards others. I will no longer humble myself before any power.” – John Henry Mackay: Max Stirner, p.146. – Is there not a quite basic duty to respect the genuine individual rights and liberties of others? – JZ, 18.3.09. – Alas, there are still all too many who have not even clearly understood the basic concept of genuine rights and its relationship to freedom and genuine duties. – They fell for any of the many errors, misunderstandings and prejudices on the subject. Stirner was one of them and my father followed in his footsteps in this respect, until his death at 86. – JZ, 16.1.12. - DUTY, EGOISM, SELFISHNESS, RIGHT & INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
POWER: I hope one day they'll find a way out of the blind alley that is power politics.” - Poul Anderson, The Long Night, p.130. - Alas, he didn't, even when it was pointed out to him. All he did get was some glimpses of panarchistic views, which he did not manage to comprehend and describe as a framework for all voluntary self-government options. He retained too many imperialistic and limited government notions, all territorial ones, and imagined that voluntary and competitive associations or leagues would, inevitably, also engage in "empire building" and its wars and repressions. - JZ, 9.2.02. - POLITICS, TERRITORIALISM, STATES, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHY, POUL ANDERSON
POWER: I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves.” – Thomas Jefferson. – What he said applies only to people as sovereign individuals, not to more or less conscripted, subdued, taxed and ruled inhabitants of a territory. – JZ, 12.9.92. - The people, as a territorialist and collectivist notion, is a fiction. In his time, certainly, at least the Negroes, Chinese, Eskimos, Japanese, Mexicans and Red Indians did not consider themselves as part of “the” American “people” and, by most Americans, were not considered to be such. Peoples, to be rightful concepts and institutions must be like-minded volunteers, not accidental or compulsorily assembled and held together aggregates, chance populations of a territory, people who have all too little in common with each other. In how many cases do “the people” not embrace, coercively, all too many dissenting minorities? – The touchstones to determine whether one people exists or several peoples, largely different from each other, would be the practice of individual secessionism and of personal law communities of volunteers. If these option existed, were well known and no one made use of them – only then would it be correct to speak of one people in a territory. – To entrust power to an imagined "being" seems to me to be even worse than to entrust it to one existing human being, a monarch or dictator, no matter what his or her faults may be. – It would, obviously, be a quite irrational act. - Somewhat comparable to appointing a "ghost" to be the ruler of a whole country and its population. - JZ, 23.2.08, 9.2.11, 16.1.12. – PEOPLE, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, TERRITORIALISM, POPULATION, NATIONALISM, Q.
POWER: I never could believe that Providence had sent a few men into the world, ready booted and spurred to ride, and millions ready saddled and bridled to be ridden.” – Richard Rumbold, Speech on the scaffold, 1685. – Volunteers, who are foolish enough to appoint someone as a rider or ruler for all of them, do deserve him or her. All the others in a country do not. - JZ, 9.2.11.
POWER: I never ruled Russia. Ten thousand clerks ruled Russia! - Thus spoke Czar Alexander on his deathbed. Was he right? Of course he was! And at what a price he purchased that deep and depressing insight? There was a system designed, if any system ever was, to be a tool in the hands of one man, to permit that one man to carry into effect his slightest whim. And what happened? The system would not work. Worse yet, Alexander, with all his absolute authority, was unable to make it work. (1) –– (1) Impotent Potentate Syndrome – a rather straightforward example. Additional examples: Mohammed commanding the mountain to come to him; King Canute desiring to sea to recede; President Nixon ordering the Watergate mess to disappear.” – John Gall, Systemantics, p.47. – What have been the rightful and positive results of tyrannies, dictatorships, totalitarian regimes, even territorial democracies and Welfare States, anywhere and at any time, compared with all the wrong and harm they did? This book contains a chapter on panarchism for which he coined some unique term. - JZ, 9.2.11, 16.1.12. - CENTRALIZATION, PRESIDENTS, BUREAUCRACY, RULERS, POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM, JOHN GALL, PANARCHISM, TERMS, NAMES
POWER: I object to power without constructive purpose.” – Dr. Spock, in Startreck. – I object to power over me, even if it has a constructive purpose, but when this is not my constructive purpose. Let all those in favor of any constructive purpose support it and leave all others to work towards their own constructive purposes. – JZ, 8.3.08. – If some people believe in constructing more pyramids, on their land, with their own labor, contributions, materials and capital, I would not obstruct them. – or at most laugh about them. - JZ, 22.4.08. - PLANNING, NATIONAL PURPOSE, NATIONAL AIMS, GOVERNMENT AIMS, PANARCHISM, FREEDOM IN DIVERSITY, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
POWER: I only want the power to exercise counter controls against adverse controls of me by other human organisms.” – Joe Fulks, THE CONNECTION 115, p.39. – If one had to fight every old and new law that infringes one’s liberty, then not much time and energy would be left to live one’s own life. One has to become free to opt out from under the lot of them and their institutions, privileges and powers. – JZ, 22.2.08, 9.2.11. – SECESSIONISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM
POWER: I suppose any body of men gets … excessive … when it has power. … When power isn’t restricted, at least.” – Poul Anderson, Shield, p.63. - When its power is not confined to its voluntary victims. - JZ, 9.2.11.
POWER: I think little of the direct influence of governments. I think with Guizot, that “it is a gross delusion to believe in the sovereign power of political machinery.” To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places. - Let History close the record. Let her allow that “on the side of the oppressor there was power”, - power “to frame mischief by a law”; that on that side were all the forms of law, and behind those forms, most of the elements of control: wealth, greedy of increase, and anxious for order, at any sacrifice of principle, - priests prophesying smooth things, and arrogating to themselves the name of Christianity, - ambition, baptizing itself statesmanship, - and that unthinking patriotism, child of habit and not of reason, which mistakes government for liberty and law for justice.” - Wendell Phillips, quoted in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.163/64. – LAWS, JUSTICE, LIBERTY, PATRIOTISM, ORDER, ESTABLISHMENT, AMBITION, GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM
POWER: I thought that leads to capitalist monopolies.” – “If it does, then you don’t have free enterprise. But the answer to too much private power isn’t to have too much state power. Too much power concentrated anywhere is bad. Period.” – James P. Hogan, The Mirror Maze, p.393. - All territorial power over involuntary victims of it means too much power. - JZ, 9.2.11. - LAWS, MONOPOLISM, COMPETITION, FREE ENTERPRISE, FREE EXCHANGE, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, DIS.
POWER: I want power decentralized, to the utmost, not centralized. - JZ, 75. – But on a quite voluntary basis and quite competitively with centralized powers of others, all only over their volunteers and with no territorial monopoly, even centralization can be quite useful, too, at least in some spheres. – JZ, 18.3.09, 14.7.12. – E.g., when it comes to a comprehensive libertarian library, bibliography, abstracts and review compilation, encyclopedia, ideas archive, directory to libertarians, indicating their special interests, an online libertarian projects list, collection of the best refutations, definitions, ways of wording ideas and proposals, etc. Some of them I described shortly in my “New Draft” digitized libertarian book manuscript, so for only reviewed at www.panarchy.org - JZ, 16.1.12.
POWER: I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit.” – W. F. Buckley, Up From Liberalism, p 202/03. – SELF-GOVERNMENT, SELF-DETERMINATION, SELF-OWNERSHIP
POWER: I write for those who never mislead and for the bleeding of power.” – Konstantin Wecker, Das Konstantin Wecker Buch, S.139. (“Ich schreib fuer die, die nie verfuehren, und fuer den Aderlass der Macht.”) Tr. JZ
POWER: I, who deny any power to be just that is not founded upon consent.” – Algernon Sidney, Discourses Concerning Government, 1698. (Thomas G. West, ed., Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1990.) - CONSENT, JUSTICE & TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARY STATE MEMBERSHIP & SUBORDINATION
POWER: If all power corrupts and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely, then freedom consists in the diffusion of political power, so that there is no absolute power anywhere to be found. – Lord Hailsham, quoted in THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 13.5.78. – Territorialism by itself does already constitute an absolute power. Thus the best diffusion agent in this respect is individual secessionism and voluntary membership in States, societies and communities, all without any territorial privileges. – But I doubt that Lord Hailsham discussed this option. - JZ, 21.3.08. - FREEDOM, DIFFUSION OF POLITICAL POWER VS. TERRITORIALISM, DECENTRALIZATION, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM IN EVERY SPHERE
POWER: If great power is uncontrollable it isn’t great. – D.Z., 16.7.77. GREATNESS, CONTROL
POWER: If slavery, rudeness, and desolation are to be called peace, then is peace the most wretched state of mankind. Truly there are more and sharper disputes between parents and children than between masters and slaves; and yet it were no good house-keeping to make the father into a master, and hold the children for slaves. It makes for slavery, not for peace, to confer unlimited power on one man.” – Spinoza, Tractus Theologico-Politicus, ch.5. - Or to a bunch of them, supposedly territorial representatives, in parliament. - JZ, 9.2.11. - PEACE, SLAVERY, PARENTS CHILDREN, TERRITORIALISM, PARLIAMENTARISM, REPRESENTATION, VOTING
POWER: if so many are potentially evil, it follows that we cannot afford government. It is easier to deal with evil in a private person than to deal with evil in a person who holds power.” – Robert LeFevre, LEFEVRE’S JOURNAL, Winter 77, p.6. – EVILS, CRIMES, PRIVATE & PUBLIC ONES, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: if the attempt to have and to exercise power over each other has been the most fruitful cause both of the past and the present misery of the world; if force has never permanently bettered and never can permanently better any of us, but only unfits us for our struggle in a world … Auberon Herbert, in the Mack edition, p.150. - TERRITORIALISM, MONOPOLY, WARS, CIVIL WARS, VIOLENT REVOLUTIONS, TERRORISM, MISERY, POVERTY, PROGRESS, DISABLING POWER, TERRITORIAL LIFE-LONG NURSERIES FOR ADULTS, NATION STATES
POWER: If we can accept the evidence of history as established by Acton – and I do not think anyone can question Acton’s unrivalled learning and scientific integrity – then power as a means of attaining moral ends stands condemned, without any possibility of doubt or remission. And Acton does not stand alone in his condemnation of power. Some twenty years before Acton wrote the article from which I have quoted, another great historian, Jakob Burckhardt, was giving a course of lectures at Basle entitled “Introduction to the Study of History’; and in one of these lectures he condemned power in words which anticipate Acton’s. ‘Power’, Burckhardt said, ‘is of its nature evil, whoever wields it. It is not stability, but a lust, and ipso facto insatiable; therefore unhappy in itself and doomed to make others unhappy.’ - Burckhardt and Acton do not qualify their statements. They deduce a universal law from the evidence of history: power is evil, power corrupts, always and absolutely. Now a universal law such as this must rest on some inherent human weakness, and I think we can say that the historical evidence is fully supported by the psychological probabilities. The aggressive instinct, the will to assert the self against others, against society, if it is not born in us, is certainly developed in the earliest days of infancy.” – Herbert Read, Anarchism and Order, p.212. - Underlining by me: JZ, 22.3.08. - Alas, they did not clearly distinguish between territorial power over involuntary victims and exterritorial power over voluntary victims - or followers only, who do share the ideal of their leader, for their own affairs. - JZ, 9.2.11. – DIS.
POWER: If we grant power to anybody to order us about, we soon find that their notion of what is good for us is very different from our notion.” – John Beverley Robinson, quoted in Reichert, Partisans of Freedom. A Study in American Anarchism, p.186. - Under territorialism and its coercion and monopoly we cannot then secede from them. Under exterritorialism and its voluntarism we could. - JZ, 9.2.11.
POWER: If we have learned anything in the past quarter century, it is that we cannot Federalize Virtue.” – George Bush. - He would not admit, either, that only the immoral would strive to attain and maintain territorial federal, State or local power. - JZ 22. 11. 06, 9.2.11. - FEDERAL, VIRTUE & MORALITY, PRESIDENTS
POWER: If your repeated experience is that you’re in motion and everyone else is frozen on the side of the road, it is only reasonable to conclude that you are a more important person than they, that they expect you to run the universe for them. You don’t feel as though you are being corrupted by power. You feel as though you are intelligently responding to empirical evidence. And that is power’s greatest corruption: the tragic and universal misconception by the wielder of power that it isn’t corrupting him.” – Karl Hess, in PLAYBOY, 7/76. – To end this wrongful, dangerous, harmful and corruptive power of territorialism, all politicians and their governments should be put into the position of peacefully competing businessmen, striving to satisfy and thus retain voluntary customers, who at any time may boycott them and transfer their orders or subscriptions or special contracts to another business or may even start a competing business or service provider. - JZ, 9.2.11, 16.1.12. - CORRUPTION, DELUSIONS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Immense hidden powers lurk in the unconscious of the most common men – indeed, of all people without exception.” - Dr. Fritz Kunkel, quoted in Leonard E. Read, Castles in the Air, p.115. - Creative powers but, alas, at least potentially, also destructive powers, with the latter much more encouraged by territorialism than the former. – JZ, 22.3.08. – CREATIVITY, POWER URGE, COMMON MEN, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, LEADERSHIP MANIA, ABILITIES, TALENTS
POWER: In a competitive market, power and privilege are not confirmed by political power as they are in a state economy, but sought out and destroyed. That is the equalizing force of the market. – Ralph Harris & Arthur Seldon, Not From Benevolence … p.118. – In a fully free market there are no territorial power privileges, either, which can legally establish and uphold other, secondary monopolies and privileges. In a fully free market, even for political, economic and social systems, there are only voluntary victims, and these will remain in this situation only as long as they are individually prepared to let themselves be victimized. Under individual secessionism none of them will have to wait for or prepare for an election victory or a successful revolution. Instead, one by one, the victims will seek out or establish themselves better “social contracts” or competing societies and communities or protective or insurance agencies. Just like they do now when they change jobs, suppliers or investments or another residence. By these defections and less and less new volunteers, the less enlightened communities, still practising monopolies and privileges, will gradually disappear. While they do still exist, even in panarchies, they will at least have no longer any involuntary victims. The gradual “equalization” that will take place - towards equal liberties and equal rights, will occur one by one: by individuals recognizing them as most just, profitable and beneficial for themselves. Precisely because all individual rights and liberties will be involved, this will also assure a great diversity of practices and institutions and personal laws, just like religious freedom did and the degrees of free enterprise that we did achieve. - The insufficiently satisfying political “businesses” or firms will gradually be driven out of business - for lack of willing partners, cooperators, contractors, workers, investors and customers. Sometimes this will happen rather fast. Instead of having to fight and destroy privileges – they will simply become deserted by dissenters, defectors and refugees, seeking more freedom and “asylum” or simply better economic chances for themselves in more advanced societies. (They will be free to opt out without having to emigrate, without having to change their residence or jobs. - JZ, 9.2.11.) - That this trend is very strong is already indicated by the immigration restrictions practised today by the more advanced countries. Such restrictions are practised only because even these somewhat more free countries are not yet sufficiently liberated and enlightened to know how to fully employ or achieve self-employment for a sudden influx of tens of thousands to millions of people into a really free enterprise and free exchange economy. They manage to cause involuntary mass unemployment but do not know how to end it. That would require, mainly, knowledge and application of full monetary and financial freedom and their sound techniques. This freedom is today largely still suppressed, even in the otherwise most free territories. If the panarchistic freedom were introduced in them, then the required monetary freedom knowledge could either become developed or freely applied, soon and spread fast, bringing down, among other things, also the immigration barriers and replacing compulsory taxes by various voluntary contribution schemes and “welfare states” by numerous and attractive self-help options. – JZ, 22.3.08, 9.2.11. – How many people are so far satisfied with their tax burdens, bureaucracies, avalanches of legislation and regulations and the many crises, wars, and other wrongful actions caused by their territorial governments, which are, obviously, unable to cope with all the problems they have caused? Once genuine ways-out can be freely offered and taken, there might even be great rushes towards them, comparable to the gold- and land-rushes of the past, and of massive refugee streams, large mutinies, military insurrections and spontaneous revolutions. - JZ, 9.2.11, 12.1.12 - PANARCHISM, EXTERRITORIALISM & VOLUNTARISM VS. TERRITORIALISM & ITS COMPULSORY MEMBERSHIP OR SUBORDINATION, IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS, FULL EMPLOYMENT & MONETARY & FINANCIAL FREEDOM, COMPETITION VS. MONOPOLY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, QUITE FREE ASSOCIATIONISM
POWER: In matters of Power, let no more be heard of confidence in men, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson. Power needs more than paper constitutions to restrain it. Even the US National Guard has been brought under government control, while during the American Revolution, at least initially, it was still somewhat autonomous. - JZ, 22. 11. 06. - Territorial States do not even allow territorial secessionism to be undertaken quite freely, far less individual and groups secessionism and exterritorially autonomous alternatives for these secessionists. - JZ, 9.2.11. - CONSTITUTIONS & CITIZEN SOLDIERS INDEPENDENTLY DEFENDING THEIR RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
POWER: In modern times we are quick to ‘throw the rascals out’, but it never occurs to us that rascality is imbedded in the office (*) or that the power invested in it can make a rascal of an honest man.” – Frank Chodorov, The Rise and Fall of Society, p.94. – (*) territorial power office! – JZ – DIS.
POWER: In saying, that without the power of the state evil men would rule over the good, it is taken for granted that the good are precisely those, who at the present time have power, and the bad the same who are now subjugated. But it is precisely this that has to be proved. - In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness, but with qualities which are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning and cruelty.” – Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God Is Within You. – (Leon Nikolaevich Tolstoi. Leo Tolstoy) - The power addicts must be confined to their voluntary victims. - JZ, 9.2.11. - & THE LOVE OF IT, POLITICIANS, CUNNING, CRUELTY, PRIDE, POWER ADDICTION, AMBITION, IGNORANCE & IRRATIONALITY, TERRITORIALISM, GOODNESS, EVIL, GOVERNMENT, STATE, STATISM, LEADERSHIP, RULERS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, CHANCELLORS
POWER: In spite of their ever-growing power, political institutions are impotent to deal with the consequences of their own policies; indeed, these policies merely result in new problems.” – Roy A. Childs, Jr., Liberty Against Power, Fox & Wilkes, San Francisco, 1994, p.5. - Territorial politics means the absence of experimental freedom for its subjects. Thus we cannot expect any more progress from it than we could expect in the natural sciences and in technology in the absence of experimental freedom for scientists and technicians. - JZ, 9.2.11. - POLICIES, POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS & PROBLEMS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: In the judgment of Fénelon, power is poison.” – Lord Action, Lectures on the French Revolution, ed. by Figgis & Laurence, MacMillan, 1932, p.4. – However, the freedom of action, experimental freedom, secessionism and voluntary associationism of panarchism or polyarchy will soon offer cures for the of poisoning or suppression of free societies and communities by territorial power and for the many problems which territorial domination ignorant, prejudiced and foolish power addicts has caused. - JZ, 9.2.11, 16.1.1. - POWER - A POISON, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: In the last book of the New Testament it is said to the community of Philadelphia, that they would have only a small power, but even with this small power, which is also a power and not mere tiredness or resignation, they do belong to the victors. …” - Otto Dibelius, Reden – Briefe, 1933-1967, tr. JZ – Philadelphia in the N.T.? – JZ, 16.1.12. - Compare: “A steady drip hollows a stone.” - INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
POWER: In the long run, power tends to flow towards the bureaucracy administering the state, and away from the politicians. – W. Marina, Egalitarianism and Empire, p.12. – With both, politicians and bureaucrats, it is largely removed from the people, the population, i.e., almost every individual and from numerous voluntary and rightful groups of it, i.e., none of them striving for privileges at the expense of others, instead, all of them satisfied with genuine self-government and self-determination. With individual secessionism and exterritorial autonomy for communities and societies of volunteers (even competing governments of volunteers only), it will flow back to the people, to every individual and every voluntary group within a population, excepting only criminals and other aggressors with victims. - Could anything be more just, more freedom and peace as well as progress promoting? Or more tolerant? Could anything else promote more free and useful experiments, all at the least costs and risks, those of their volunteers? Could anything else be more educational and progressive? - Territorial rulers and their bureaucrats have held us back, exploited and otherwise abused us, even murdered masses of us, for thousands of years. Should we not finally put an end to their misrule, which is inevitable under territorialism? – JZ, 21.3.08, 16.1.12, 14.7.12. – BUREAUCRACY, POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIPS, PRIME MINISTERS, PRECEDENTS, CZARS, DICTATORS, TYRANTS, TOTALITARIANISM, RULERS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Indeed, it is (*) power itself and its corrupting effects which are the direct cause of most of these problems and is now standing squarely in the way of their solution.” – Roy Childs, Liberty Against Power. - (*) territorial - JZ
POWER: Indeed, the exercising of State Power is nothing less than an attempt to subvert the basic fact of people’s fundamental responsibility for their own lives, to deliver to some people responsibility for and power over others.” – Roy Childs, Liberty Against Power. – PEOPLE, INDIVIDUALS, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, TERRITORIALISM VS. GENUINE SELF-DETERMINATION & SELF-GOVERNMENT
POWER: Indeed, the worship of power is still so deeply ingrained in almost everyone, so automatic, so unconscious, that the mere suggestion to the victims of organized power that they should not seek redress of grievance by means of “power” since “power” itself is the disease, inevitably arouses the indignant suspicion that they are being invited to abandon the struggle, to sell the pass, to appease or capitulate to the oppressor.” – Ronald Sampson, Power, the Enshrined Heresy. – Sampson’s remark could, perhaps, be summed up with: Do not seek redress of grievance by means of “power” since “power” itself is the disease. - Or: Do not seek redress of grievance by means of territorialism, since territorialism itself is the disease. – “To each the government or non-governmental society of his or her choice!” What rightful complaints would remain then? - It is rather the notion of territorial monopoly power that is too deeply ingrained still, taken for granted, as if it were quite natural and inevitable, so that the alternative to it has so far been considered only by a few. – JZ, 21.3.08. - TERRITORIALISM, DIS.
POWER: Individual contracts rather than territorial powers. Voluntary memberships rather than territorial subjects. Personal laws rather than imposed laws. Freely chosen rather than imposed institutions. – JZ, 23.6.99, 14.2.08. - CENTRALIZED & TERRITORIAL VS. INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, LIBERTIES & CHOICES, CONTRACTS & PERSONAL LAWS, VOLUNTARY COMMUNITIES
POWER: Irresponsible power is inconsistent with liberty, and must corrupt those who exercise it.” - John C. Calhoun. - Territorial power is irresponsible power, in spite of all the supposedly sufficient "checks and balances". Essential checks like individual secessionism, competition from exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers, monetary freedom, militias for the protection of individual rights, voluntary taxation, disarmament, negotiations and treaties by the people of volunteer communities, separation of the economy from the State, free migration, ideal declarations of all genuine individual rights and liberties, full monetary and financial freedom, etc., are all still largely unrealized. - JZ, 13.10.02. - & ITS CORRUPTION VS. LIBERTY, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: It has become an all-pervading organization of power without responsibility – a dangerous development which threatens the foundations of our society.” – Roland Gribben, The Civil Service. – Even if powerful leaders could be held responsible with their lives, what good would that do, after they had already messed up or even ended the lives of millions? – JZ, 21.4.89, 22.2.08. - RESPONSIBILITY, IRRESPONSIBILITY, ACCOUNTABILITY, DECISION ON WAR & PEACE, TERRITORIALISM, CIVIL SERVICE, PUBLIC SERVANTS, BUREAUCRACY, MILITARY COMPLEX, NWT
POWER: It has been often said that power corrupts. But perhaps it is equally important to realize that weakness, too, corrupts. Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. Hatred, malice, rudeness, intolerance, and suspicion are the fruits of weakness. The resentment of the weak does not spring from any injustice done to them but from the sense of their inadequacy and impotence. … Our healing gift to the weak is the capacity for self-help. We must learn how to impart to them the technical, social, and political skills (*) which would enable them to get bread, human dignity, freedom and strength by their own efforts.” – Eric Hoffer, quoted in THE FREE MAN’S ALMANACH, for October 19. - (*) And economic, social and political rights and liberties! – How many of these remained largely unknown or unappreciated even to Eric Hoffer and many other great libertarian thinkers? – We will find out only once a complete declaration of individual rights and liberties if finally compiled and published. - JZ, 8.3.08. - WEAKNESS, RESENTMENT, SELF-HELP, Q., CORRUPTION, TERRITORIALISM, POWERLESSNESS
POWER: It is … hardly forgivable naiveté to believe that a state can be all-powerful in the economic sphere without also being autocratic in the political and intellectual domain and vice versa.” – Wilhelm Roepke – POLITICAL & ECONOMIC POWER, STATE, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: It is a strange desire to seek power and to lose liberty.” – Francis Bacon, 1561-1626., Of Great Place. - A. Andrews Quotations, p.21. – LIBERTY, AMBITION, POWER ADDICTION, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: It is a well-known fact that during a war the state acquires powers which it does not relinquish when hostilities are over. …” - Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p.333. – WAR, EMERGENCY POWERS, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, WARFARE STATES
POWER: It is better to be the head of a mouse than the tail of a lion.” – Spanish proverb. - INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, GENUINE SELF-MANAGEMENT, SELF-DETERMINATION, SELF-GOVERNMENT, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY
POWER: It is dismaying to realize that even those supposedly at the centres of power generally know little and understand less of what is going on around them.” - Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter: The Light of Other Days, p.266. - IGNORANCE & PREJUDICE, KNOWLEDGE, RULERS, GOVERNMENTS, POLITICIANS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, MINISTERS, LEADERSHIP, GOVERNMENTS, KNOWLEDGE
POWER: It is easier to deal with evil in a private person than to deal with evil in a person who holds power.” – Robert LeFevre, LEFEVRE’S JOURNAL, Winter 77, p.6. - EVIL, PRIVATE LIVES, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: It is equally dangerous giving a madman a knife and a villain power.” - Socrates - POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: It is far more likely (*) that there will be one owner of all food if things are owned by government than if they are owned by private individuals; there are so many fewer governments. (**) Power is diminished when it is divided. If one man owns all the food, he can make me do almost anything. If it is divided among a hundred men, no one can make me do very much for him; if one tries, I can get a better deal from another.” – David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom, p.23. - (*) Not only likely but almost certain. – (**) Governments, too, have not only their imperialistic but also their multiplication tendencies. See the growth of new territorial governments in our time. - JZ – Empires do also have the tendency to dissolve after a while. – J.Z., 14.7.12. - DIVISION OF POWER, DECENTRALIZATION, CENTRALIZATION, COMPETITION, GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: It is important to realize that since 1914 a new power, the Public Service, has emerged.” – Edgar Berry, GOOD GOVERNMENT, 12/75. - PUBLIC SERVICE, CIVIL SERVICE, BUREAUCRACY, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: It is in losing power that government improves. Each time the governed gain some ground is made. We do not accept the balance of power and privileged opposition as a means to liberty.” – French historian Augustin Thierry, quoted in LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, Jan./Feb. 78. – Let them gain liberties and rights via exterritorial secessionism and voluntary associationism. - JZ, 9.2.11. - LIBERTY, GOVERNMENT, BALANCE OF POWER
POWER: It is lack of a common motivating factor that makes the actual power still present useless.” – Frank A Javor, Patriot, in ANALOG, 8/63. – Territorialism has little power to provide really united, common or uniting motives, apart from some verbal delusions. – JZ, 7.3.08. – Only the voluntarism, i.e., the like-mindedness of the members of panarchies, can provide their communities with a genuine unity, and since they do have their way for themselves, although only at their own expense and risk, they will also tend to be more understanding and tolerant towards other such communities and their diverse attempts at self-management. – However diverse they may be, against territorial authoritarians or totalitarians they will tend to stand united or in solidarity, since territorial domination will be their common enemy. – JZ, 12.4. 08, 9.2.11, 14.7.12.
POWER: It is necessary to abolish completely, in principle and in practice, everything which may be called political power. (Another version has a “;” here instead. – JZ) (*)As long as political power exists there will always be rulers and ruled, masters and slaves, exploiters and exploited.” - Mikhail A. Bakunin, Gesammelte Werke, Golos Trude edition, III, p.22. – Not the power of volunteers over their own affairs! – JZ, 10.3.09. - Bakunin, too, does not seem to have distinguished between territorial power over involuntary victims and exterritorial power over volunteers only, powers from which one can freely secede and powers from which one cannot freely secede. - (*) territorial power! – JZ, 21.3.08, 9.2.11. - TERRITORIALISM, POLITICAL POWER, STATES, GOVERNMENTS, LEGISLATION, MONOPOLISM, DOMINATION, RULE, MAJORITARIANISM, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, GENUINE SELF-GOVERNMENT OR SELF-MANAGEMENT, DIS.
POWER: It is necessary to free man from the curse of power, from the cannibalism of exploitation, in order to release in him those creative forces which can continually give his life new meaning.” – Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism and Culture, p.256. - VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM & EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY VS. TERRITORIALISM, ITS POWER, MONOPOLY & COERCION
POWER: It is not how the government gets its power but the amount of power it gets that determines the fate of each and every individual John Doe who lives under its jurisdiction. – Clarence Manion, The Key to Peace, p.37/38. – TERRITORIALISM – It makes a great difference whether that power is territorially imposed upon a whole population or voluntarily chosen by individuals for their own affairs, under personal laws and exterritorial autonomy. If, e.g., even fundamentalist terrorists and fanatics had and enjoyed exterritorial autonomy, would they remain terrorists for long, in most cases? Who could continue to consider any organization to be a great oppressor or exploiter when one could freely secede from it and apply any self-help measure or reform that one desires among small or large numbers, even of masses of like-minded volunteers? When no one could claim any territorial monopoly any longer and no involuntary membership or subordination to such territorial monopolies, then emotions and hatreds would not be massively provoked in most cases. – I firmly believe that a new renaissance would begin then and a genuine enlightenment. – If you pondered many results of historical events, you might come to the same conclusions. – Even one’s own and inevitably limited experience leads to this conclusion. It is coercive association, e.g. under compulsory schooling, that leads to frequent bullying. - JZ, 22.3.08, 16.1.12, 14.7.12.
POWER: It is not only that the means have become the end, but that one element of the means, power, has become the end.” - Norman Angell, Human Nature and the Peace Problem, 1925, p.159. - MEANS & ENDS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: It is not power or much money that is needed for most reforms but good sense and freedom to experiment, at the own expense and risk. – JZ, 28.5.88. – Everyone should have power only over the own affairs. – JZ, 22.2.08., 16.1.12.
POWER: It is not the powers that they conferred upon the government, but the powers that they prohibited to the government which makes the Constitution a charter of liberty.” – Frank I. Cob, LA FOLLETTE’S MAGAZINE, January 1920, quoted in Seldes, The Great Quotations. - Many libertarians forget too easily that their supposedly ideal limited and constitutional, but still territorial monopoly government, developed into an almost unlimited government, largely ignoring constitutional clauses, which were supposed to restrict its powers. – Moreover, it never fully knew, proclaimed and respected all individual rights and liberties. – Their constitutional and limited government did, territory-wide, limit or outlaw all too many liberties and rights for all too many people. Should we forget that? – Limited and constitutional but territorial government has always limited all too many rights and liberties and still does. – It did not permit free competition from free societies and communities of volunteers. - JZ, 8.3.08. - CONSTITUTIONALISM, LIBERTY, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, PERSONAL LAW, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARY & COMPETING GOVERNMENTS, NONE WITH A TERRITORIAL MONOPOLY. NO MORE CLOSED MINDS AGAINST SUCH FREEDOM & JUSTICE OPTIONS.
POWER: It is the human drive for power that harnesses whatever tools we have to destructive ends, and it is the success in that drive that pushes the drive to insane heights, with “insane” defined by Nazi ovens and, more recent, nuclear weapons.” – Tom Easton, The Reference Library, ANALOG, 5/98. - Power confined to volunteers and at their expense and risk tends to become enlightened, responsible and harmless to non-members. - JZ, 9.2.11. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: It is the nature of power to be ever encroaching, and converting every extraordinary power, granted at particular times … into an ordinary power, to be used at all times. … – Trenchard and Gordon, Cato’s Letters, quoted by Murray N. Rothbard in THE LIBERTARIAN FORUM, August 77. - Power confined to volunteers and their affairs only tends to become self-limiting, via individual secessionism and competition from other institutions of volunteers, just like genuine free enterprises, without any legalized monopolies, tend to be self-limiting. - JZ, 9.2.11. - EMERGENCY POWERS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: It is the nature of primitive society to know that violence is the essence of power. – P. Clastres, Society against the State: The Leader as Servant and the Humane Uses of Power among the Indians of the Americas, quoted in LIBERTARIAN REVIEW, 3/79, p.35. - Even the Red Indians practised territorialism and its wrongs and violence, driving peaceful Hopis into hot desert areas and Eskimos into icy deserts. - JZ, 9.2.11. - VIOLENCE, COERCION, FORCE, COMPULSION, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: It is the secret curse of every power that it becomes fatal, not only to its victims but to its possessors.” – Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism and Culture, 1933. – Alas, usually only all too late for these victimizers, i.e., after they have victimized already thousands to millions. – JZ, 9.3.08. – And is it a “secret curse” or, rather, an “open flaw”? – JZ, 1976. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: It is true that nobody is dangerous who has no power. Consequently, it is true that everybody is dangerous who is in power. It has been proven to excess that there is no other public enemy than power.” – A. Bellagarrigue, Manifest. - What he, too, meant, was territorial power. Exterritorial power only over the own affairs, the own volunteers, combined with knowledge of and respect for the genuine individual rights and liberties of others, is not a threat to the exterritorially practised affairs of others. However, it is a long-term, possibly even a short term threat, to all territorial powers. If it were to fully mobilize its liberating powers, then it could succeed very fast, almost without or quite without bloodshed. But to achieve that, a great "revolution" has to take place first, in most heads. To promote it we have now better and more powerful recording and communication options than ever before. Much more could soon be offered - of truly liberating information - than most people could rapidly read and comprehend. However, the usual popular errors, prejudices, false definitions, wrong assumptions and conclusions, which are great obstacles to any genuine progress, could also be overcome, e.g. by being encyclopedically confronted with their best refutations and definitions and with striking slogans, persuasive wordings and much better ideas, arguments and references. - JZ, 9.2.11, 16.1.12. - LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT, POWER OF ATTRACTION, EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE, IDEAS ARCHIVE, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DEFINITIONS, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE BEST REFUTATIONS, IDEAS ARCHIVE, LIBERTARIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA, LIBRARY, BIBLIOGRAPHY, ABSTRACTS, REVIEWS, COMPLETE PUBLISHING IN AFFORDABLE MEDIA
POWER: it made possible the establishment of a government based on a new and untried principle, namely, that the government has no power except what the governed have granted it. That was a shift in power that had never occurred before.” – Frank Chodorov: The Income Tax, p.119. - It was still a territorial monopoly government, not just one exterritorially autonomous community formed only by volunteers, i.e. by each individual for himself and one among many other such communities, all freely competing with each other in the same country and in the rest of the world and all without any exclusive territory. At best it represented on the majority of the male voters. Slaves and women were excluded as voters and, naturally, also from political offices. – JZ, 8.3.08. - LIMITED GOVERNMENT, ALL TOO LIMITED BILLS OF RIGHTS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: It should be remembered as an axiom of eternal truth in politics, that whatever power in any government is independent, is absolute also; in theory only at first while the spirit of the people is up, but in practice as fast as that relaxes.” - Thomas Jefferson. – How many were there ever and how many are left, who really appreciate all genuine individual rights and liberties? E.g., even famous “libertarians” have argued against free migration! – J.Z., 15.7.12. - & THE PEOPLE, GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, TERRITORIALISM, MILITIA, ENLIGHTENMENT, DEMOCRACY, STATISM
POWER: It usually takes a year or so for a new administration to come to the surprising realization that an American president’s principal power – in domestic affairs – is the power to take blame, and that his power to manage the federal establishment is largely an illusion. “Power?” asked Lyndon Johnson. “The only power I have is nuclear and I can’t use that.” - Richard Cornuelle, Healing America, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1983, p.109. – Among volunteers only, exterritorially and at the own risk and expense, almost anything could be tried. However, no president or prime minister has so far tried to achieve this kind of self-responsible power. They are even unaware of is possibility, tradition and future potential. Possibly, none of their advisors or of the mass media has ever pointed it out to them. - They, too, are victims, as an old proverb states clearly: "Every leash has two ends." - Pity them e.g. for the amount of reading they are supposed to undertake and the number of meetings they must attend. How much time and energy is left to them for independent thinking and for conducting their own private lives? - They, too, have only one head and their day has only 24 hours as well. - JZ, 9.2.11. - PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, LEADERSHIP, TERRITORIALISM, IMPOTENCE OF POWER
POWER: It was not only Mr. Wilson who was peculiarly ill-fitted to exercise the vast powers government had accumulated in Britain by 1970. None but saints could be so trusted. And they would not take the job, or last long if they did.” – Ralph Harris, in Dr. Rhodes Boyson, editor, Right Turn, p.26. - No one could cope constructively with all territorial powers because no one is a superman or a God. - JZ, 9.2.11. - DIS., TERRITORIALISM, LEADERSHIP OVER OTHERS THAN LIKE-MINDED VOLUNTEERS, PRIME MINISTERS, PRESIDENTS, REPRESENTATIVES
POWER: Just as primitive man sought the answers to all his questions in the totem pole, so does modern man look to political power to solve the problems of life. In both cases we have the same flight from self-reliance, the same escape from individual responsibility, the same mother complex. That is the only way one can explain this blind faith in the efficacy of political power. The superstate idea is the most advanced form of this religion. The psychological identity of primitivism and statism is only obscured by the ritualism of charters, constitutions, and protocol. …” - Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p.121/22. - However, not all of us are territorial statists. Once the non-territorialists aimed at and gained full experimental freedom for themselves, their successes could and would sooner or later enlighten the others to follow their examples. It would almost be like one UFO landing on Earth, with its visitors peacefully communicating with us, under full mass media coverage. The skepticism against their existence would almost disappear within a day. Would we refuse to accept their knowledge of e.g. of FTL travel, of the nullification of gravity and of the nullification of acceleration and deceleration effects upon our bodies and spaceships and of significant life extension information that they might be able and willing to offer us? - STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, RELIGION, SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-THINKING, Q., EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, SETTING BETTER OR EVEN VERY ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLES OF ALTERNATIVES, Q.
POWER: Knowledge is power, power is knowledge.” – Karl Liebknecht, 1872 speech. – Rather: Territorial power is personified and established ignorance, prejudice, immorality and stupidity. – JZ, 25.5.94, 16.1.12. - Usually, those in territorial power do not posses the required knowledge and those with the required knowledge do not get into power, at least not under territorialism. Under full experimental freedom for volunteers it would be quite different. – JZ, 16.2.08. – Actually, no one has or can have enough knowledge to handle reasonably and morally all the powers that the power-mongers possess. And if they were sufficiently informed, reasonable and moral beings, they would not have strive for their power positions in the first place. – JZ, 18.3.09. - Did e.g. Hitler, Stalin and Mao know enough about individual rights and liberties to appreciate them for themselves and all others? - JZ, 9.2.11, 16.1.12. - KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM, RULERS, LEADERSHIP, GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM, TOLERANCE, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, PANARCHISM, DIS., Q.
POWER: Lack of power corrupts and absolute lack of power corrupts absolutely.” – Pierre Trudeau, quoted in THE BULLETIN, 29.3.75. - The required equality of rights and liberties and thus self-management and self-responsibility powers or genuine self-government and self-determination or self-management can only be closely approached via the free individual choices offered by individual sovereignty, individual secessionism and voluntary associationism under full exterritorial autonomy. - JZ, 9.2.11. – Territorialism corrupts its power holders and its powerless victims as well. – J.Z. 15.7.12.
POWER: Law! What do I care about the law? Ain’t I got the power?” – Cornelius Vanderbilt. - Alas, all too often the territorial law or ruler is the power, the worst power not the rich man. - The rich man cannot take his money into his grave. He has to spend it or invest it. His spending options are somewhat limited, since he, too, is just one consumer. Even he has to struggle with the tax department or pay some tribute to it and cannot get away with breaking all rightful and all wrongful territorial laws. He may spend much on luxuries. But even they, not only his sensible investments, will benefit poor people. - If he does not manage to redistribute his riches then, mostly, his heirs will. - Even he is not free to secede and live under full exterritorial autonomy and personal law. Even he suffers under the deflations and inflations of monetary and financial despotism, which are part of territorial despotism. - JZ, 26. 11. 06, 9.2.11. - & LAW, ECONOMIC "POWER", DIS., WEALTH, RICHES, INDEPENDENCE, TERRITORIALISM,
POWER: Leave government without power! – JZ, n.d. – No territorial monopoly power over whole populations for any government. All to be confined to their own volunteers. – JZ, 21.3.08. – TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM, GOVERNMENTS, VOLUNTARISM
POWER: Leave parliament without power. Turn it just into an advisory body, one among many other think tanks. - JZ, 76. - - By now there are numerous think tanks. Most of them do, probably, offer sounder ideas and advice than most parliaments do, held back by their party politics and power urges. To each the think tank or parliament, leadership, government, society, community, personal law and institutions of his own individual free choice. Merely free choice of doctors, plumbers, hobbies, sports and professions is not yet sufficient. - JZ, 9.2.11. – Free choice for individuals among parties and politicians should be added. All their voting, laws, actions and institutions should be confined to their volunteers. – J.Z., 15.7.12. - PARLIAMENTS, PARTIES, REPRESENTATIVES, POLITICIANS, THINK TANKS, SECESSIONISM & ASSOCIATIONISM IN EVERY SPHERE, CONGRESS, PERSONAL LAW, VOLUNTARISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
POWER: LeFevre claims that political power is an addictive which overwhelms even the most well-intentioned people with megalomania and lust for more power.” – Diogenes of Panarchia, THE CONNECTION, 125, p.19. - It also asks more from any man or woman than anyone can possibly deliver. At most one can, somewhat, satisfy like-minded volunteers, when trying to realizing one's ideals that one has in common with them. – TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM
POWER: Let the delusion be trampled under foot which gives one individual power over millions; which reduces millions to the subjection of one; which would teach that one possesses the power to make others happy.” – Richard Wagner, The Creative Force, 1849. – quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations. – PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, CHANCELLORS, RULERS, TERRITORIALISM, NATURAL LIMITATIONS OF INDIVIDUALS
POWER: Let us consider, my Lords, that arbitrary power has seldom, or never, been introduced into any country at once. It must be introduced by slow degrees, and, as it were, step-by-step, lest the people should see it approach. The barriers and fences of the people's liberty must be plucked one-by-one, and some plausible pretences must be found for removing or hoodwinking, one after another, those sentries who are posted by the constitution of a free country for warning the people of their danger. When these preparatory steps are once made, the people may then indeed, with regret, see slavery and arbitrary power making long strides over their land; but it will be too late to think of preventing or avoiding the impending ruin.” - Philip Dormer Stanhope, Fourth Earl of Chesterfield, (1694-1773), Miscellaneous Works, Vol. IV, 1779, Against Licensing the Stage, (speech written for delivery, House of Lord, 1737). - Another version: Let us consider that arbitrary power has seldom or never been introduced into any country at once. It must be introduced by slow degrees, and as it were step by step, lest the people should see its approach.” – Lord Chesterfield - Almost every territorial law is a more or less gradualist step towards less liberty for almost all in a territory. It's a snowflake of a whole avalanche, a drop of a flooding river, a speck of ice making up a glacier to cover and bury liberty and rights. - JZ, 24.11.02, 16.1.12, 15.7.12. - GRADUALISM, SALAMI SLICE TACTICS, ENCROACHMENTS, LIBERTY, GRADUALISM, GROWTH OF POWER, LAWS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Let us not be unmindful that liberty is power, that the nation blessed with the largest portion of liberty must, in proportion to its numbers, be the most powerful nation upon earth.” – John Quincy Adams, 1821. - Powerful only in setting a good example and in defensive and liberating strength. For it would have even most of the conscripts and tax-victims of an enemy regime as its natural and secret allies, if only it treats them as such in every respect. –JZ, n.d. - LIBERTY IS POWER, LIBERATION, DEFENCE, SECRET ALLIES, GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, POWER OF ATTRACTION, OF VOLUNTARISM, DESERTION, MASS FRATERNIZATION, SEPARATE PEACE TREATIES, MILITARY INSURRECTIONS, WAR AIMS, POW TREATMENT, LIBERATION, SECRET ALLIES, LIBERTARIAN DEFENCE, CAPTIVE NATIONS
POWER: Liberals who believe that power can be used for good ends delude themselves, Tucker argued, for public regulation invariable necessitates the invasion of the rights of others. The only way power can be trusted is to confine its use to individuals in their private affairs, which means that no large concentration of force can exist within society. … It might occasionally be necessary to combine one’s resources with that (those? – JZ) of others to create a more efficient instrument of self-defence.” - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom. A Study in American Anarchism, p.163/64. - - Here, too, centralized and exclusive territorial power and coercion is not clearly enough distinguished from the power of volunteers to manage and defend their own affairs, under full exterritorial autonomy and personal laws. – JZ, 22.3.08.
POWER: Liberty Against Power, title of an essay by Roy Childs, published by Laissez Faire Books.
POWER: Liberty is power.” - John Quincy Adams, 1821.
POWER: Liberty is the power to do whatever does not injure another.” – Rights of Man, approved by the National Assembly of France, 1790. – The term “injure” or “harm” should be replaced by “wrong”. – If I do no longer work for you or buy from you or when I start a competing business, then I would, somewhat, harm your business but I would not commit any wrong towards you. – Even now this difference is still all too often overlooked. - JZ, 22.3.08.
POWER: Look back in history. It takes a powerful foe to build a powerful nation. Rome might never have attained its greatness had it not been for Carthage. Carthage posed a threat, the Romans were told. England might not have attained its greatness had it not been for Spain and, later France. You have to have the opposition to scare your people.” – Robert LeFevre, Good Government, p.22. – Would not e.g. Free Trade, Free Immigration, Free Investments and Monetary Freedom have worked much better for all of them? Then the “losses” would have consisted merely in territorial power. What good is that for, except for aggressive wars and acquiring still more territorial power? – All people should be free to make their own enemies – and friends and allies. - JZ, 22.3.08. - ENEMIES AS ALLIES IN THE STRUGGLE FOR TERRITORIAL POWER, HISTORY
POWER: Majorities often decree folly and inequity. Power oftener corrupts its possessor, than benefits the powerless.” (*) – Adin Ballou, point of view, according to Peter Marshall, Demanding the Impossible, p.82. - (*) But powerlessness, over the own affairs, does also corrupt. – JZ, 18.2.08. - The own affairs can only be managed exterritorially and by self-responsible volunteers. - JZ, 9.2.11. – That can already be a difficult enough job. To properly manage the affairs of a whole population is impossible for anyone and for any particular group. – J.Z., 15.7.12. - MAJORITIES, POWER, CORRUPTION, POWERLESSNESS, LAWS, JUSTICE, INJUSTICE, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.” - Chinese proverb. - To join you voluntarily or to imitate your successes. - JZ, 9.2.11. - POWER OF ATTRACTION, BUSINESS, ENTERPRISE, MAKING FRIENDS & ALLIES RATHER THAN ENEMIES
POWER: Man needs power over himself and understanding of his own nature, far more than he needs power over his environment. He needs to know how to hold himself together.” – Gerald Heard, The Human Venture, Harper, N.Y., 1955, quoted by Admiral Ben Moreell, The Admiral’s Log II, p.30. – Moreell commented: “The implied question is this: How can man achieve that power and understanding without which he will surely blow himself to bits?” – Can he acquire that knowledge without full experimental freedom for volunteers with all kinds of political, economic and social systems? – JZ, 8.3.08. – PANARCHISM, PERSONAL LAWS, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, UNDERSTANDING, KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE, PREJUDICES, SELF-KNOWLEDGE, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, QUESTIONS
POWER: Many of the greatest tyrants on the records of history have begun their reigns in the fairest manner. But the truth is, this unnatural power corrupts both the heart and the understanding. And to prevent the least hope of amendment, a king is ever surrounded by a crowd of infamous flatterers, who find their account in keeping him from the least light of reason, till all ideas of rectitude and justice are utterly erased from his mind.” – Edmund Burke, in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.62. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Men have not succeeded in creating a feeling of unit and avoiding divisions; we have not learned fully the art of working together without conflict (*), so we try to get things done by the power of the state instead; we try to do by punishment what can only be done by educating the community.” – Vinoba Bhave, quoted in GOOD GOVERNMENT, 8/75. - One does not have to work together with all others in a territory but one should be able to learn to leave others alone, especially those, who do want to work together on their own projects, in their own communities. - (*) Why should they? These are not primary values. They are merely prejudices arising from attempts to impose territorial unity upon very diverse individuals and groups. – Only volunteers can form genuine communities. - JZ, 8.3.08. – TERRITORIALISM & ITS PREJUDICES
POWER: Men of power have not time to read; yet men who do not read are unfit for power.” – Michael Foot, Debts of Honour. – Even those who have managed to read much are unfit for power over others than themselves, with the exception of their own volunteers, who follow because their ideas and opinions are very similar. – JZ, 28.3.08, 16.1.12. - TERRITORIALISM, LEADERSHIP, READING, VOLUNTARISM
POWER: Men rise from one ambition to another – first they seek to secure themselves from attack, and then they attack others.” – Machiavelli - POWER MONGERS; POLITICIANS, LEADERS, PROPHETS – Not all people are ambitions and power-hungry – although still all too many are. That would be relatively harmless only if they were confined to voluntary victims and exterritorial autonomy. – JZ, 10.3.09, 16.1.12 – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM
POWER: Millions entertain no other idea of the legality of power, than that it is founded on the exercise of power. They voluntarily fastened their chains, by adopting the pusillanimous opinion ‘that there will be too much danger in attempting a remedy’.” – John Dickinson, delegate to the Constitutional Convention from Pennsylvania, 1768, quoted by Willis E. Stone, May 75, in one of his Liberty Amendment Committee letters. - Libertarians and anarchists have still not come to agree upon a genuine and workable liberation program, one that would do justice to all the diverse groups of mankind. I have not even found sufficient hints or readiness to collaborate in the production of such a platform. - Most of their movements still resemble territorial political parties with their inherent faction fighting, or the diversity of sectarians, with their lasting disagreements. Violent clashes between them can only be avoided by the adoption of full exterritorial autonomy for all kinds of societies and communities of volunteers. - JZ, 9.2.11, 16.1.12. - CONSENT OF THE VICTIMS, FEAR OF FREEDOM, IGNORANCE OF FREEDOM, PREJUDICES, STATISM, LACK OF LIBERATION PROGRAM, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: More power than any good man should want, and more power than any other kind of man ought to have.” - Senator Daniel O. Hastings, remark in the Senate on the power to be given President Franklin D. Roosevelt by the proposed work-relief program, March 23, 1935. Hastings said the bill as passed by the House was remarkable in two ways. "First, the huge amount involved, it being probably the largest appropriation ever made by any legislative body. Second, the amount was not only shocking to the average American citizen, but what was more alarming was the fact that its expenditure was left entirely in the discretion of the Executive." - CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, vol.79, p.4353. - His platform, too, should have been confined to its voluntary victims. But this alternative was not part of the public debate. It was not even considered by most of his enemies. If they had considered it, then a coalition of all movements, all of them satisfied with exterritorial autonomy and conceding it to all other peaceful people, could soon have become politically more influential than FDR's all too thoughtless territorial statism. The first successful experiments among these volunteers in abolishing involuntary unemployment, bankruptcies and international trade difficulties and greatly reducing or even abolishing compulsory taxation or tax slavery, would have attracted the attention of millions, just like moths tend to fly towards a light. But there was no one else able to offer or to get sufficiently published or get accepted genuine solutions, which were and still are contrary to most of the numerous popular errors, myths and prejudices etc., which are all tied to territorialism, statism and their preservation. The encyclopedia to refute all these errors etc. has still not been compiled or published - An ideas archive for positive ideas and talents still does not exist. There is not even a comprehensive list of all libertarian projects requiring further participants for their development and realization. - Many of the still required enlightenment projects and methods are still not fully realized or even systematically tackled. - JZ, 9.2.11, 16.1.12. – The first libertarian digitized argument map on any of the remaining libertarian controversies may still have to be compiled. [See: “argument mapping” + “Paul Monk” online. Also my “New Draft” digitized book manuscript of 2010. The old enlightenment methods are to slow or uncertain in their effects.] – J.Z., 15.7.12. - BUDGET, TAXATION, EXECUTIVE POWER, REPRESENTATION, TERRITORIALISM.
POWER: More power to the federal government? Abolition of the States and of Local governments? – The Federal government, like any other government, should have less power, not more! – JZ, 74. – The most important point is: All presently territorial governments should become reduced to rule only over their own volunteers, which could be realized via personal laws and full exterritorial autonomy for all communities of volunteers. Nothing less would serve to satisfy almost all people, excepting only the incurably intolerant and aggressive ones. – JZ, 21.3.08, 15.7.12. – Q.
POWER: Moreover, the exercise of government power is relatively inflexible, in the sense that it allows for a comparatively small number of alternatives, thus requiring substantial uniformity. By contrast, the ‘consumer plebiscite” of the market – to use Ludwig von Mises’ phrase – allows wide variations of choice.” – Daniel Carl Peterson, THE FREEMAN, 3/77. – Alas, Mises did not want to apply this choice e.g. to full monetary freedom, including free choice of value standards and alternative exchange media to gold coins and gold certificates, legally established as just another exclusive currency. Nor did he stand up for whole political, economic and social systems that differ from those he preferred – all only for their volunteers. – JZ, 21.3.08, 16.1.12, 15.7.12. – INDIVIDUAL CHOICE VS. TERRITORIALLY IMPOSED UNIFORMITY
POWER: Mr. Jefferson said that if a centralization of power were ever effected at Washington, the United States would have the most corrupt government on earth." - Albert Jay Nock, Anarchist's Progress - Possibly, it has become the most corrupt government on earth - but it is still not the most despotic one, apart from its nuclear power. - JZ, 9.2.11. - CENTRALIZATION, WASHINGTON & CORRUPTION, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Much of the force of government power reaches the individual today indirectly by way of his employer and the other business and financial institutions with which he is involved.” – C. B. Carson, THE FREEMAN, 8/78. – Thus, for instance, the businessmen are blamed for inflation instead of the government, with its money issue monopoly, its forced and exclusive currency. – The employer as well as all shopkeepers and shopping centers are even forced to act as a tax gathering agents for the government. –Taxes and the government's inflated or deflated currency reach the victims of territorial governments rather directly, even if somewhat hidden in consumer prices. Governments are also unable to hide all of their wrongful and published laws and regulations, unless once considers the fact that there are so many of them than no one can possibly read all of them during his life-span. The compulsory tax declaration for individuals amounts also to unpaid slave labor. If one delegates this job then one has to pay an accountant highly for this chore. How many different government actions do reach their victims directly, like e.g. the passport requirements and other compulsory licensing? If you are still free to act in one sphere, use that freedom very soon - for tomorrow it may be outlawed, as one saying has it. A list of all the actions that are wrongfully prohibited for us would be very long. A list of those actions, which are not yet prohibited, controlled or regulated should be kept secret - because it might give our "representatives" some more wrong ideas. - JZ, 21.3.08, 9.2.11, 16.1.12, 15.7.12. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.” – Bertrand Russell, The Springs of Human Action, ATLANTIC MONTHLY, January 1952. – Quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations. - IDEALISM, HATRED, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: My opinion is that power should always be distrusted, in whatever hands it is placed.” – Sir William Jones, Letter to Lord Althorpe, 5.10.1782. Quoted in C. Bingham, Men & Affairs, p.252. - That does also and especially apply to nuclear power. – JZ, 7.3.08. – It does not apply to power over the own and self-chosen affairs only. – JZ, 12.4.08. - It does apply to every territorial power. - JZ, 9.2.11. - TRUST, DISTRUST, POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIP, REPRESENTATIVES
POWER: Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.” - Abraham Lincoln – That is far too dangerous a test when it is done territorially, for a whole population. For this Lincoln was himself one of the best examples. Confine all leadership to volunteers only and exterritorial autonomy. Then they can’t do too much harm and those who are harmed do then largely deserve it. – JZ, 7.8.08. – To give anyone power over other men, who are not criminals or aggressors, is rather risky. Should whole countries and their populations be sacrificed to the testing urges of psychologists? – Compare the mess that resulted when Lincoln was given power. – JZ, 8.8.08 - PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM VS. COMPULSION
POWER: Neither is it any answer … to say that the particular individuals holding this power can be changed once in two or six years; for the power of each set of men is absolute during the term for which they hold it; and when they can hold it no longer, they are succeeded only by men whose power will be equally absolute and irresponsible.” – Lysander Spooner, No Treason, VI/23 in Works, I. – DEMOCRACY, VOTING, ELECTIONS, POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Never advocate any more power for your best friend than you would willingly see wielded by your worst enemy.” – Edmund A. Opitz – Quoted in THE FREE MAN’S ALMANACH for Nov. 16. - Compare: “Never concede to a friend any more power over the lives of others than you would to your worst enemy!” Leonard E. Read, Meditations on Freedom, p.27. – Never trust more power to a friend than to an enemy. – Leonard E. Read, Talking to Myself, p.VII. - I do not know who of these two friends expressed this thought first. – Not that this really matters. - JZ, 8.3.08. - TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM RATHER THAN POWER OVER DISSENTERS
POWER: no body of persons is to be clothed with power exceeding those of the individual; …” - Auberon Herbert, in the Mack edition, p.159. – Except when this is done with the freely given consent of every individual subjected to it, excluding only criminals with victims and other aggressors. – JZ, 22.3.08.
POWER: No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power.” – P. J. O'Rourke (1992) - ADDICTION, DRUGS, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, IGNORANCE, PREJUDICES, STUPIDITY, GREED, DIS.
POWER: No extraordinary power should be lodged in any one individual.” - Thomas Paine, 1809. - - No power over peaceful and self-supporting individuals and minorities or majorities should be lodged in any individual or group - except by those who voluntarily submit, for the time being, to these individuals or groups. - JZ, 13.10.02. - Full individual sovereignty or consumer sovereignty even towards governmental or public service enterprises should be lodged with every individual. That does, naturally, preclude any territorial or other power over other individuals without their full and free consent. - JZ, 26.11.02. – Individual sovereignty and individual secessionism, combined with voluntary associationism into panarchies, would lodge extraordinary power with individuals, even the power to engage in one-man-revolutions of the own affairs. This kind of extraordinary power should be lodged in every peaceful adult who is rational and moral enough for it. – JZ, 10.3.09. – POWER, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM
POWER: No government has ever combined so passionate a lust for power with such incurable impotence in its exercise.” – Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965. – in Andrews Quotes. - The degrees impotence and mutual frustration of all territorial governments have, possibly, not yet been listed and described as inherent in territorial power. Can they ever achieve more than temporarily satisfy their volunteers and thus, usually, only by wronging and harming many of their involuntary victims? - JZ, 9.2.11.
POWER: No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited powers.” – Caleb C. Colton, or Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon, 1825, 1.522. Quoted in THE FREE MAN’S ALMANACH. Also in: LEONARD E. READ: Having My Way, p.148 and in his The Love of Liberty, p.3. – WISDOM, GOODNESS, VIRTUE, CHARACTER, DICTATORSHIP, TERRITORIALISM, TRUST, LEADERSHIP, RULERS
POWER: No one with power over others.” – Supposedly Marxist platform slogan, quoted by Dagobert D. Runes, Treasury of Thought, p.39/40.
POWER: No power any more to any territorial government – except what their voluntary members and subjects are willing to grant them over themselves – and, provided, that these powers are not an obvious threat to their neighbors. – JZ, 74 & 8.3.08. – PANARCHISM, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: No power for anybody. – JZ, 27.1.77. - No territorial power for anybody. – But exterritorial power over the own affairs – to everybody! - 21.3.08. – DIS.
POWER: No power for me! I am dangerous!“ – Sponti Spezial, Eichborn Verlag.
POWER: No power should endure, lest it corrupt.” – Andrew M. Greeley, The Final Planet, p.71.
POWER: No power strikes – but strikes against political power and trade union power – by giving notice to both, resigning from the territorial State as well as the monopolistic and coercive trade unions. – JZ, 2/75, 21.3.08. – STRIKES, UNIONS
POWER: No power to anybody.” – Erich Muehsam, quoted in MITTEILUNGEN DER MACKAY GESELLSCHAFT, 7/77. – Not even power over the own affairs? – JZ, 7.3.08. – DIS.
POWER: No power to the Federal Government! – JZ, 74. – No territorial monopoly power to the Federal Government. It, too, should be confined to power over its own volunteers, all those, who volunteered for it, individually, and only as long as they do. – JZ, 21.3.08. - None to a State or Local Government, either, except over their volunteers. - JZ, 1.1.12.
POWER: Nobody can be trusted with ALL the power.” – Ben Bova, editorial in ANALOG, Oct. 72. - Except over himself. – JZ, 18.4.92. - Least of all with any territorial power over whole populations. – JZ, 28.3.08, 15.7.12.
POWER: Nobody can be trusted with unlimited power. The more power a regime has, the more likely people will be killed. This is a major reason for promoting freedom.” – Rudolph Rummel – The killing may be even be done unintentionally and with the best intentions, e.g. by upholding a very powerful FDA, which delays the release of life-saving drugs. – JZ, 10.3.09. - VS. FREEDOM & THE RIGHT TO LIFE, GOVERNMENT, POLITICIANS, FREEDOM, LEADERSHIP & TRUST, DECISION-MAKING, WAR, MASS MURDERS & FREEDOM
POWER: Nobody should ever be able to feel safe in power. - JZ, 75. (Territorial power over dissenters that are not aggressors or private criminals with victims. – JZ, 22.4.08.)
POWER: Nor can the desire for power be reduced sufficiently by education and exhortation. As Montesquieu said, ‘… constant experience shows us that every man invested with power is apt to abuse it, and to carry his authority as far as it will go. …’.” - Walter Lippmann, The Public Philosophy, A Mentor Book, 1955, p.121. - Territorial power should no longer be up for grabs – but totally abolished! – JZ, 11.9.08. - Voluntary victims of non-territorial leadership do still have to learn their lessons. We should not prevent them from learning them, except by offering good advice or warnings and pointing out deterring precedents. - JZ, 9.2.11, 15.7.12.
POWER: Not by revolution or protest but by autonomy, the old slogan becomes a surprising fact: POWER TO THE PEOPLE. One by one by one.” - Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, p.263. - Panarchism aims to realize the dropping-out option as well as quite free associationism in every sphere. - JZ, 20.9.04. – POWER, TERRITORIAL POWER OR EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS – PANARCHISM, PEOPLE, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARY STATE OR SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP
POWER: Not the powerful are guilty but power is. – JZ, 10.3.83. – After reading Ulrich von Beckerath’s letter to Mr. Traeger, 27.4.54. – Rather: The territorial institutionalization and legalization of power over others than volunteers. – JZ, 22.4.08. – Rather, the granting of territorial power and the acceptance of such power are wrongful acts. Otherwise political power can no more be guilty and responsible than e.g. electric or chemical power is. – I have to keep on correcting myself. Then I might finally get somewhere. Unless others do me this favor. - JZ, 18.3.09, 9.2.11.
POWER: Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo. – Panarchism has at least the potential to become such an idea. – JZ, 22.3.08.
POWER: Now, political power is in exact ration to the amount of money at the disposal of the politician. This is so because the programs he institutes all involve restraints on the people and must be enforced; they are not self-enforcing. And the enforcement agencies, the bureaucracy, must be paid.” – Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.61. – Within panarchies of like-minded volunteers not much enforcement would be needed. Their decisions, at least on fundamental points, would tend to be unanimous. If they are able and willing to spend much money, then it would merely be their own purchasing power in the realization of their own ideals among themselves. Even their volunteer militia-force - to defend their genuine rights and liberties - could be self-financed by its members. The more they are ready to defend only genuine rights and liberties, the less enemies they would have, and the more secret allies they would have. Thus the less they would have to fight and to spend on defence. - Their taxation or contribution scheme would be, essentially, quite voluntary - through their voluntary membership, including the individual secession option. - JZ, 9.2.11, 17.1.12. - TAXATION, POLITICIANS, COERCION, COMPULSION, ENFORCEMENT, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it." - George Washington, Farewell Address. – He should have known almost all about this, from his personal experience. – JZ, 5.1.08. - Like Lincoln, later, Washington, too, had great flaws. The worst of both was their territorialism. - Not to speak about the other US presidents. - POWER ADDICTS, OFFICE HOLDERS, POWER ABUSES, AT ALL LEVELS, FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE LOWEST REPRESENTATIVE OR BUREAUCRAT, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Oh, the conceit of those in power and the delusions of those subjected to them and thus correspondingly powerless.” – JZ, 11.12.04, 23.10.07, 15.7.12. - & STATISM, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: On February 26, 1970, Richard Nixon, as head of what was then the strongest nation in the world, set out to abolish a single federal agency. “Too often in the past,” he said, “’sacred cows’ that have outlived their usefulness … have been perpetuated because of the influence of small interest groups.” He announced his resolve to exterminate not anything as formidable as the Federal Trade Commission or the Small Business Administration but only the seventy-three-year-old “Board of Tea Tasters”. (Later it turned out he had the name wrong; he had meant the Board of Tea Experts, established by the Tea Importation Act of 1897.) Less than three months later he backed down. His secretary of Health, Education and Welfare reappointed the Board of Tea Experts and restored its money.” - Richard Cornuelle, Healing America, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1983, p.109. – Inserting a “sunset clause” into all laws and regulations, limiting their validity to 20 and 10 years, would have been more effective. But not as good and right as people becoming free to secede from territorial governments and all their bureaucracies. – JZ, 1.9.08. - PRESIDENTS, BUREAUCRACY, SUNSET LAWS, DEREGULATION, SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM
POWER: On the bragging of children: The will to power is hidden everywhere.” - Christian Morgenstern, Stufen, 1918, S.165, written years before. - Let us confine it, among adults, to voluntary victims. - JZ, 9.2.11. - ADDICTION
POWER: One fell back upon power because one could not find out what is just.” – Pascal, “Gedanken” (Thoughts), in Dietrich edition, S.258, tr. by JZ (“Darum ist man auf die Macht verfallen, da man das Gerechte nicht finden konnte.”) Did the territorial power addicts even look for it? – JZ, 14.4.08, 9.2.11. – Q.
POWER: one of the most important themes of anarchism is that all relations based on power are imperfect.” – Peter Marshall, Demanding the Impossible, p.647. – But this does not mean that one should not distinguish between power based upon individual consent from that which is territorially imposed upon all inhabitants, especially when dissent can also be freely expressed via individual and group secessionism and competition from exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers, not only hierarchically owned and run or cooperatively managed private enterprises. – JZ, 18.2.08, 9.2.11. – ANARCHISM
POWER: One tended to believe power could overcome any barrier … including one’s own ignorance.” - Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah, Berkley Medallion Book, 1969, p.140. – Think of the image of King Canute, trying to whip the waves into submission. – As some interpreted it: Perhaps he merely wanted to give his subject a lesson on how limited human power actually is. - JZ - DELUSIONS OF POWER, IGNORANCE OF THE POWERFUL
POWER: One thing, however, is plain. No further powers should be allowed to municipalities to take property compulsorily of any kind or for any purpose, or to compel any citizen to consume either its gas or its water or any other product against their will, or to raise any kind of rate compulsorily. The services it renders must be voluntarily rendered and voluntarily accepted. We shall gradually find our way out of the tangle, in which we are at present, by steadily insisting that (with the one exception) no body of persons is to be clothed with powers exceeding those of the individual.” - Auberon Herbert, in the Mack edition, p.159. - Or granted by every individual member, as a voluntary member. - JZ, 9.2.11. – Should there really be any exception to that rule? I do not have this text readily on hand at present. – JZ, 17.1.12. - LOCAL GOVERNMENT, MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT, COMPETITION, COMPULSION,
POWER: One would think that the horrible examples of Mussolini, Hitler, Mossadegh, Peron, etc., would give pause to our own advocates of more and more executive power. … It is the only illusion that “it can’t happen here”. – Henry Hazlitt, On Freedom and Free Enterprise – The Road to Totalitarianism. - Should it rather end with e.g.: It is only an illusion to believe that “it can’t happen here”? – There are also many other illusions involved. - JZ, 21.2.08. - TERRITORIALISM, DIS., DESPOTISM, PREJUDICES
POWER: only by delegating responsibilities can any social organization be innovative, resist rot and, as is today demanded, figure its way out of the disasters caused directly by the inevitable miscalculations and misperceptions of central power. Central power is preoccupied, in every known instance, with the preservation of privilege and not with innovation and creativity, things that inevitably challenge accreted and self-serving, noncreative authority.” – Karl Hess, Dear America, p.235. – One exception would be a genuine ideas archive, one for the whole world. Naturally, for preservation purposes it should be duplicated in several locations, an option which becomes easier and cheaper all the time, e.g. with electronic media with their ever increasing capacity and longer “life”-spans. If a single electronic ideas archive were ever destroyed then it could, probably, be largely reconstructed from downloads and printouts. – Decentralization can also go too far: E.g. not every individual could be an effective issuer of local currency but at most only of his own cheques or clearing certificates or clearing accounts credits might be locally widely enough accepted. When each educational or cultural association in a city advocates its events separately, then publicity for it is expensive and inefficient. A central calendar of upcoming events, especially educational ones, is needed for every city. Now it could be offered, quite cheaply, electronically and it could also offer for sale electronic records of past events. One of the many free market opportunities that libertarians have not yet sufficiently used for their purposes. – There is also some value in large central libraries. However, with current HD options comprehensive special libraries could already be offered very cheaply on a single HD and could thus be duplicated and decentralized down to private reference libraries of individuals, containing millions of titles – sized like a single large book. – Officeworks, in THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, www.dailytelegraph.com.au Friday, Feb. 29, 08, p. 20, advertised a Western Digital 1 TB External Hard Drive for just A $ 299. (*) – It would have room for at least 3 million digitized and zipped freedom books or their page equivalent, if that many pages were ever written on this and related subjects. - JZ, 22.3.08. – Remember the old saw: “Knowledge is power!” – At least it means influence over the own affairs and numerous self-help options. – JZ, 22.4.08. – (*) I recently bought a Maxtor Basic model, 500 GBs., for only A$ 99. – JZ, 18.3.09. - By now the 2 TB ones are down to ca. $ 99! (Samsung 2 TB Desktop HD, at Harvey Normans, a few days ago. It had offered even a 16 GB Lexar USB key for only $ 19. - I came too late for them. - However, within a year such options will be widely made and may even be cheaper still. – (Now the flash memories are already offered widely at less than A$ 1 per G.B. – J.Z., 15.7.12.) Where are the libertarians willing to fill such "shelves" with all libertarian writings? - Could such a disc not be more valuable to mankind than all the parliaments combined? - No single territorial government could know and appreciate as much freedom knowledge and would be able to spread it and to realize it, even with its huge tribute revenue and bureaucracy. The only positive thing that it could do instead would be to resign or abdicate, as, obviously, being too ignorant and impotent. - From then on everything should all be up to like-minded volunteers, doing their own things for or to themselves, with as much knowledge as they do want to acquire and realize among themselves. - JZ, 9.2.11, 15.7.12. - DELEGATION, DECENTRALIZATION, CENTRALIZATION, TERRITORIALISM, IDEAS ARCHIVE, ELECTRONIC LIBRARIES, SELF-HELP, KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE, REPRESENTATION, VOLUNTARISM, GENUINE SELF-GOVERNMENT & SELF-DETERMINATION.
POWER: Only by dispersion or fragmentation of power can we avoid the great hazards of its explosive force.” – Ben Moreell, Log II, p.166. - DISPERSAL, FRAGMENTATION, SCHISMS, SEPARATISM, VOLUNTARY SEGREGATION, DECENTRALIZATION, DOWN TO INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDICATED BY INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM & VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATION IN PANARCHIES, VOLUNTARISM VS. COMPULSION, EXTERRITORIALISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM VS. MONOPOLISM, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
POWER: Only freaks and madmen want power over others. Rational and moral people want only power over their own affairs. – JZ, 5.2.92, 28.3.08. – LEADERSHIP, TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAWS, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PANARCHISM
POWER: Only now and then in history can we find a person who had power and who did not become drunk with it. Lorenzo the Magnificent inherited the headship of Florence. But he was not a ruler in the authoritarian sense. Like the chief executive officer of a well-managed company, he accorded everyone a wide latitude of choice; he gave them their heads, so to speak … there was an outburst of creative energy and the Florentines led the Renaissance.” – Leonard E. Read, Elements of Libertarian Leadership, p.86/98. - LEADERSHIP, CHOICE,
POWER: only those who despise power altogether can be steadfast friends of liberty.” – Benjamin R. Tucker, quoted in Reichert, Partisans of Freedom. A Study in American Anarchism, p.165.
POWER: Organized legal territorial power is not only a greater threat than arbitrary power, which is, usually, limited and temporary only, but it amounts to the largest, most long-lasting and altogether the worst arbitrary power under the mantle or camouflage of legitimacy and popular approval. - Its central banking, taxation and nuclear "strength" powers are good examples for this. - How many tyrannies, totalitarian regimes and dictatorships have been overthrown during the last century? But these territorial and wrongful but, supposedly, "free" governments and "their" "peoples" and powers have persisted, based upon public ignorance, prejudices or apathy or even approval. One of the worst instances that I remember was that people in Pakistan danced in the streets when their government, too, had acquired nuclear anti-people mass murder devices. - I never saw or heard or read about e.g. a popular march, demonstration of protest against Legal Tender and the money issue monopoly of the government's central banking system, i.e. against monetary despotism and for monetary freedom. - Much against them is now online but remains unread by most of the population. - JZ, 9.2.11. – The street demonstrators and occupiers usually only demonstrate their ignorance and prejudices and lack of judgment. – JZ, 15.7.12. – TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, PUBLIC OPINION
POWER: Organized madness is the greatest power in the world.” – Gerhard Hauptmann. - (“Der organisierte Wahnsinn ist die groesste Macht in der Welt.”) – Reason, rights, knowledge and liberties, sound ideas, programs, platforms, have not yet been sufficiently assembled, organized and made readily accessible to all. – JZ, 22.4.08. – If they were, then optimally informed reason, morality and ideal military force for the protection of individual rights and liberties could become the greatest power on Earth. – So far territorialism gives even madmen too many chances to abuse great powers. Totalitarian territorialism has not yet encountered the potential power of exterritorially autonomous panarchies of volunteers and their kind of protection and defence forces, weapons and methods. – JZ, 18.3.09, 9.2.11. - IDEOLOGIES, TRUE BELIEVERS, FANATICS, FUNDAMENTALISTS, INTOLERANCE, NUCLEAR STRENGTH POLICIES, TERRITORIALISM.
POWER: Our lives are more and more determined by forces which overwhelm the individual.” – Robert Redford, in film: The Candidate. – HELPLESSNESS OR POWERLESSNESS OF INDIVIDUALS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Panarchist, polyarchic and personal power, exterritorially quite autonomous, together with like-minded volunteers, rather than power for the politics of parties, politicians, parliaments and “the” people or, territorial politics as usual, with all its inbuilt disasters and costs. – JZ, 29.12.04, 15.7.12. - POLITICS & PANARCHY
POWER: Party Power – over Party People only! - JZ, 04-11.
POWER: People always think that each exchange of power is the last that will ever take place.” – C. M. Kornbluth, The Syndic, p.35. – That would much less apply to the panarchies of like-minded volunteers than it does to territorial States. The territorial States could be compared to monopolistic religious hierarchies or one-party States or coercively "united" and maintained uniform societies or communities, composed to a large extent of involuntary victims. – Panarchies would change constantly, individual by individual but in balance rather fast, unless all their volunteers are fully satisfied with their achievements so far. - They would have no causes for wars, revolutions, civil wars, freedom fighting, resistance, terrorism or "nuclear strength". Nor would they offer targets for such "weapons", funds or motives. - JZ, 8.3.08, 9.2.11. - VOTING, DEMOCRACY
POWER: People possessed by the power urge are the most dangerous animals or mentally defectives – but they are not considered as such and thus do not get treated as such. – Obedience to them by their territorial subjects is also a kind of madness. -JZ, 13.7.93, 18.2.08, 9.2.11. - POWER ADDICTION, POWER MADNESS, MANIACS, LEADERS, RULERS, PRIME MINISTERS, CHANCELLORS, PREMIERS, PRESIDENTS, MINISTERS, LEADERSHIP, POLITICIANS, PARTY LEADERS
POWER: people who have come to realize that their lives are threatened by the toleration of delinquents in office.” – Page 100 of: PUBLIC OPINION, GOVERNMENTS, AGGRESSION & WORLD -GOVERNMENT: Public social sense which transcends frontiers is a fact, and it persists, but it has so far failed to restrain local (*) governments from aggressive actions. Who is to repress the world authority when it, too, falls into the wrong hands? –: Alex Comfort, “Authority and Delinquency. A study in the psychology of power”, 1950, 1970, p.85 of a book largely on the delinquency of authority. – Alas, kept out of print & off the Web for all too long. – (*) national, territorial – JZ, 15.5.06. - There should no longer be any territorial offices for them to occupy. - JZ, 9.2.11. - CRIMINALS IN OFFICES, GOVERNMENTS
POWER: Perhaps the power to run the lives of other people tops the list of things a majority believe to be worth looking at. Rare, indeed, are the moments when these individuals are capable of seeing the futility of their way.” – Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 7/74. – True, indeed, under territorialism and within the limits of territorialist “thinking”. Rarer, indeed, are the moments and people who see that any supposedly ideal system can be optimally applied only among volunteers and that, moreover, for this purpose, all communities and societies of volunteers should be exterritorially autonomous under their own kind of personal laws. With that kind of option conceded to them, they would largely concentrate on minding their own business, as well as they can, thus making their own affairs, their own system, as successful as they can be, and becoming, thereby, influential upon other communities and societies of volunteers, without any compulsion or political campaigning, just letting their facts, their achievements speak for themselves. Whenever they do fail, even under these most favorable conditions, whom could they then blame except themselves and their own ideas, opinions and systems? – JZ, 8.3.08.9.2.11, 15.7.12 – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAWS
POWER: Persistence for all popular platitudes and their derived powers and institutions – but only for all those still believing in them. - JZ, n.d. - POPULAR PREJUDICES, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM
POWER: Phase out popular power over your own life. – JZ, 29.12.04. - DEMOCRACY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY VS. TERRITORIALISM & MAJORITARIANISM & THEIR DESPOTISM
POWER: place men at the mercy of a centralized bureaucracy directed by an ideologically committed elite who see the country ‘as a carte blanche on which they may scribble what the please’, and you will end up, according to Burke, with a society fit only for slaves and tyrants.” – Robert Moss, in “In Defence of Freedom”, ed. by K. W. Watkins. – One should not forget about the extensive black market activities that exist even in totalitarian States and in spite of the harshest penalties for them. – JZ, 29.3.08. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Political corruption: One result of the all-powerful government and centralized power.” – Allan C. Brownfeld, article title in THE FREEMAN, 11/73. – CORRUPTION, CENTRALIZATION, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” – Mao Zedong (1938). (Mao Tse Tung) - Panarchies, as a rule, would not need guns to maintain their kind of self-governments of voluntary members only. Once all the territorial governments had been replaced by panarchies then they would not have to be afraid and would not have to defend themselves against the other panarchies, as a rule. The few totalitarians and fundamentalists - remaining or developing again - would tend to remain or become sectarians and criminal exceptions, gradually vanishing, much easier to cope with than are present-day unofficial and official criminals, especially when one considers competitive police forces having to earn their living and when ideal local militias of volunteers, ONLY for the protection of individual rights, has been established everywhere. - JZ, 22. 11. 06, 9.3.09, 18.12.12, 15.7.12. – How easily, if at all, could wrongful power grow under panarchism? – I cannot imagine it. For centuries no religion, business or profession has peacefully grown to become a threat to all others without any legalized monopoly. - JZ, 12.3.09, 9.2.11. & TERRITORIALISM, GUNS FOR OFFICIAL GOONS & CRIMINAL GANGS, DIS., Q.
POWER: political power is born and thrives on taxation.” – Frank Chodorov, Fugitive Essays, p.280. - Compulsory taxation depends upon territorialism. - JZ, 9.2.11. – TAXATION, VOLUNTARY TAXATION
POWER: Political power is the power to oppress others.” – Lin Pao, Chinese revolutionary leader. - Territorial power that is, not that established by volunteers among themselves. – JZ, 29.3.08.
POWER: Political scientists almost everywhere have promoted the expansion of government power. They have functioned as the clergy of oppression.” - Rudolph Rummel. – This is almost inevitable as long as territorialism is widely believed to be the only option. – JZ, 23.1.08. - & POLITICAL SCIENTISTS, ALMOST ALL TERRITORIALISTS
POWER: Politicians seem oblivious to change. They understand neither globalization nor the triumph of the individual. (*) – It has to do with the deployment of power and that is shifting from the state to the individual. From vertical to horizontal. From hierarchy to networking. - Politics is less and less important in people’s lives as they get more and more control over their lives. – Power is flowing in all directions – unpredictable, in little, chaotic, certainly messy – not well-ordered hierarchical, top-down arrangements. – In post-representative democracy, people represent themselves and ultimately everyone becomes a politician.” - John Naisbitt, Global Paradox, p.51. – But only under individual sovereignty, individual secessionism and in voluntary communities of like-minded people, agreeing, as long as they can, upon their own common and personal laws and institutions. – JZ, 31.7.03. - - (*) Alas, not yet! – JZ, 16.9.07. As territorialists they may never fully understand them, for they see in themselves the only force for change. – JZ, 18.1.12. - HIERARCHIES & NETWORKING, INDIVIDUALISM, STATE, TERRITORIALISM, POLITICIANS & CHANGE, REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY, PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM
POWER: Politics is becoming obsolete. Its swollen importance in the public consciousness is based on the myth of the effectiveness of power. It is certainly true that people of all sorts are just now seeking political power more feverishly than ever. But I suspect this may be due to a subliminal suspicion that political power may soon have little value.” – Cornuelle, Demanaging America, p.143. - I do not share the hypothesis he expresses in his last sentence here. - JZ, 9.2.11. – It always had little objective value for the whole population subjected to it. On the contrary, it demanded wrongful human sacrifices, of all kinds. And this for WHAT – or for WHOM? – JZ, 18.1.12. – Q.
POWER: Popular “people” power is the territorial power of other voters, of politicians and bureaucrats power over yourself. It is directed against your individual rights, liberties and opportunities and those of all other peaceful and productive people, just to please the territorial power addicts and always under the pretence of it being for your own good. You are not their child or their property. They do not know any better. They do not have any real solutions to offer. But with still more of your money, extorted from you, these territorial power addicts do continuously increase the problems they have already created for you, doing it, mostly, quite legally, constitutionally and juridically. Examine the individual and group secessionist alternatives and those of exterritorially autonomous communities of volunteers and, finally, gain the decisive vote, that for your own kind of voluntary and exterritorially autonomous community. “To each his own.” – Until then you are, essentially, disfranchised under the delusion that you have “the” right to vote. - JZ, 29.12.04, 15.7.12. - DEMOCRACY VS. INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, TERRITORIALISM, VOTING, GENERAL FRANCHISE, DEMOCRACY, REPRESENTATION
POWER: Power – but for power addicts only! - And only over their voluntary followers and their own affairs. – JZ, 9.4.08. – I.e. only over those, who want to be led or misled. - JZ, 04-11. - Only over their own kind of voluntary victims! - JZ, 21.10.11, 15.7.12.
POWER: Power – the worst crime. – JZ, 26.9.99. – Territorial political power, that is! – JZ, 14.2.08. – The worst opportunity and authority to commit major crimes against masses of people. - JZ, 18.3.09. – TERRITORIALISM, STATISM
POWER: Power addicts are the worst addicts. – JZ, 10.2.77. – Those addicted to power over others are the worst addicts. Those addicted to power only over themselves are the best addicts. – JZ, 17.11.78. – I suppose some internal, natural and biological “drugs” are involved and give their "highs". Are they already known? And do they differ for these two types of addiction? – JZ, 7.3.08, 9.2.11. - ADDICTION, DRUGS, Q.
POWER: Power always acts destructively, for its possessors are ever striving to lace all phenomena of social life into a corset of their laws to fit (*) them a definite shape. Its mental expression is dead dogma; its physical manifestation of life, brute force. This lack of intelligence in its endeavors leaves its imprint likewise on the persons of its representatives, gradually making them inferior and brutal, even though they were originally excellently endowed. Nothing dulls the mind and the soul of man as does the eternal monotony of routine, and power is essentially routine.” – Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism and Culture. (*) There was a typo here. I choose “fit” as the most likely term. – “give” might be another. – If it is already online then the correct wording in the original could be easily found. - JZ - I should not be or remain the only one making corrections in this collection of quotes and notes. - JZ, 9.2.11. - I do not favor the wide-spread mentality or attitude of: “Let George do it!”. – JZ, 18.1.12.
POWER: Power and domination, the evils of mankind.” – MITTEILUNGEN DER MACKAY-GESELLSCHAFT, Nr. 5, Feb. 76. – Probably by K.H.Z. - Full power over the own affairs only would, at least gradually if not fast, bring the solutions to most of the remaining man-made problems, as the fruits of free experimentation and the “release of all creative energies”. – JZ, 18.1.12. - Over the years I have often come to disagree with myself, hopefully always advancing. - JZ, 9.2.11.
POWER: power and irresponsibility have always tended to be synonymous; …” - Stanton A. Coblentz, The Long Road to Humanity, p.441. - Especially under territorialism. Exterritorial autonomy for volunteers means optimally organized responsibility for them. - JZ, 9.2.11.
POWER: Power and stupidity are forever wedded together.” – Auberon Herbert, A Plea for Voluntaryism, essay nine in the Mack edition, p.319. – Until, in this sphere, for the largely involuntary “marriages” between rulers and their subjects, divorce is also introduced, and made quite easy, not only by mutual consent, or through a legal battle in a court, but upon demand and mere public declaration of one of the partners only. All too many legalized “rapes” are to be replaced by free love and free contract relationships in this sphere, too. – Power, ignorance, prejudices and stupidity, are so “wedded”, especially if combined with lack of interest in sound and workable principles, theories, ideas and projects. - JZ, 22.3.08, 24.4.08, 9.2.11, 15.7.12. – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, DIVORCE, SECESSION, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM, STUPIDITY, IGNORANCE, PREJUDICES
POWER: Power attracts and corrupts the corruptible. It does not attract and thus does not corrupt the incorruptible, i.e. men who would rather rule themselves only, together with other and like-minded volunteers, than dominate dissenters (criminals with victims and other aggressors excepted). – JZ, 4.12.04, 22.10.07. & CORRUPTION
POWER: Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect all who seek it. – Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, p.151. – Compare also, ibid, p.359: “Power attracts the corruptible. Absolute power attracts the absolutely corruptible.” - Better still: Do away with all territorial powers, all powers over others than volunteers. – JZ, 23.3.08. – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM
POWER: Power bases are very dangerous because they attract people who are truly insane, people who seek power only for the sake of power.” - Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune, p.124. - POLITICIANS, RULERS, GOVERNMENTS, INSANITY, POWER ADDICTION, TERRITORIALISM, LEADERSHIP, MADNESS, PARLIAMENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS
POWER: Power buries those who wield it.” – The Talmud, Yoma, 86 b. - Seldes: The Great Quotations. – Not fast enough for my liking! – JZ, 18.3.09. - Self-management power or consistent voluntarism under full self-responsibility, is naturally quite different from territorial power over involuntary victims. - 9.2.11. – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, SELF-GOVERNANCE, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power by definition means the ability to force someone to do that which he would not do of his own free will and it is precisely this that is not justifiable. It is this element of force, of coercion, that triggers all the resentment and counterirritants and desires for vengeance – in short, all the evil. Previous power, a legacy of countless acts of power, has made the present oppressor or aggressor what he is; and more power can only add to the evil ingredients of the existing situation. The only reply to power and its evil consequences is not counter-power, which is simply more power, but anti-power, which is the opposite of power, namely, courageous, unyielding powerlessness, or love.” – Ronald Sampson, Power, the Enshrined Heresy, p.3/4. - This “Gordic Knot” can be cut, probably, only through the “sword” of voluntarism, in the form of individual and group secessionism on the basis of exterritorial autonomy and personal law for communities of volunteers. And yet this alternative is still only rarely discussed as an alternative, and, to my knowledge, never at summit conferences, where territorialism is still taken for granted, as it once was for religions. Only territorial monopoly power will have to be “sacrificed”. Love is not required for this (excepting only rational self-love, self-appreciation and self-respect or selfishness and self-ownership) but justice and knowledge of and respect for individual human rights and liberties are. – JZ, 21.3.08. - PANARCHISM
POWER: Power can only be resisted by power …” John C. Calhoun, A Disquisition on Government, C. G. Post edition, p.11. – How difficult and often bloody and destructive resistance to territorial power by other territorial powers is, has been all too often demonstrated by wars, civil wars and revolutions, with all their fighting factions also striving for exclusive territorial power. Another kind of power is required to effectively resist and abolish territorial power, namely the power to secede from all territorial and other power structures and the right, liberty and power of individuals to associate with other volunteers under full exterritorial autonomy in any of numerous kinds of structures that please these volunteers. In other words, the right, power and freedom to live under their own rules and institutions, not tied to any territory, and without infringing the rights and liberties of outsiders. This would be genuine self-responsibility, self-reliance, self-governance, self-determination, in accordance with individual sovereignty. With this is meant, obviously, not merely the already existing associational freedom to establish or join different sports or music clubs etc. etc., of which millions do already exist and from which one can also peacefully secede and which do peacefully coexist. The same kind of power to disassociate and to associate must become established, for individuals and minorities in the political, economic and social spheres as well, which were so far monopolized, preempted and abused by territorial governments, even those with the best intentions and some democratic or republican voting practices. – JZ 1.10.07, 18.1.12, 15.7.12. - & RESISTANCE, TERRITORIALISM, SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR COMPETING COMMUNITIES & SOCIETIES, ALL WITHOUT A TERRITORIAL MONOPOLY CLAIM, DIS., LIBERATION
POWER: Power can’t be lastingly virtuous and just. – JZ, 4.6.92. - Territorial power can't, exterritorial power over the own affairs can be virtuous and just. How could I have over looked that, even temporarily? - Or I meant only territorial power but failed to make that clear enough. - JZ, 9.2.11. – DIS.
POWER: Power corrupts even the intellect.” – Herbert Read. – Every territorial power finds many apologists and propagandists. – JZ, 21.4.89, 9.2.11. – If only individual rights and liberties had as many! – JZ, 9.4.08.
POWER: Power corrupts, that’s the basic law of politics. Maybe the only law.” – Kim Stanley Robinson, Blue Mars, p.162. – It applies much more so to territorial hierarchies than the hierarchies that volunteers may permit among themselves, as long as they can stand them or think them to be beneficial. – JZ, 11.9.07. - & CORRUPTION, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM
POWER: Power creeps always from the many to the few, because the few are more alert and consistent.” – Johnson. (Which Johnson? – JZ – My translation from: “Die Macht stiehlt sich immer von den Vielen weg zu den Wenigen, weil die Wenigen wachsamer sind und consequenter.“) – What would happen under exterritorial autonomy and voluntarism when the dissatisfied can make different choices? Will they always decide for more power over others for themselves and more taxes or tribute revenues for themselves or, rather, tend to join and stay in communities, which concentrate on doing only their own things among themselves and do impose less burdens upon their voluntary members? I think that most people see and recognize as well as make use of bargains for themselves and when it comes to relatively large spending and obligations for themselves, then they will do some bargain shopping, quite systematically, just like they tend to do when looking for e.g. another car or house or another partner to live with. Great profits are made by those, who really satisfy their consumers, listeners, readers or spectators, according to their own and often odd preferences, e.g. for horror movies or books. – JZ, 23.2.08. – Free choice among societies, communities and governance systems of volunteers – and free pricing for their services. – JZ, 18.1.12.
POWER: Power dements even more than it corrupts, lowering the guard of foresight and raising the haste of action.” – Will and Ariel Durant. - Power over the own affairs enlightens, saves, liberates, pacifies and makes people more tolerant. - JZ, 9.2.11, 15.7.12.
POWER: Power dumbs down both, those who hold it over others and those who are deprived of it over their own affairs. –It makes both sides more demanding, regardless of their merit and service to others. - JZ, 19.11.93. – While true or correct for territorial power over others, this is not correct for the power to undertake freely undertake all kinds of panarchistic or polyarchic experimental among volunteers. - JZ, 9.2.11, 18.1.12, 15.7.12.
POWER: Power enslaves. Absolute power enslaves absolutely.” – Contractual Mutual Defence League, paraphrasing Lord Acton, in reason, 6/73. - Absolute power over the own affairs could free individuals as much as they wish to be free. - JZ, 9.2.11.
POWER: power exercised otherwise than by consent, power that does not emanate from those for whose use it exists, is a usurpation, …” - Sieyès’ view, ascribed by Lord Action, Lectures on the French Revolution, ed. by Figgis & Laurence, MacMillan, 1932, p.160. Alas, S. had only territorial and collective consent in mind, not individual consent. – JZ, 1.10.07. – S. is also supposed to have drafted a human rights declaration – which I have not yet seen. – JZ, 11.3.09. - Can anyone supply me with it? - JZ, 9.2.11. - WITHOUT CONSENT A USURPATION
POWER: Power feeds on its spoils, and dies when its victims refuse to be despoiled. They can’t persuade it to death; they can’t vote it to death; they can’t shout it to death; but they can always starve it to death.” – Benjamin R. Tucker, Instead of a Book, 1893. – TAX STRIKE, COMBINED WITH A MONETARY FREEDOM REVOLUTION & AN IDEAL MILITIA FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL GENUINE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES (With all of them finally and for the first time compiled in an ideal declaration - the best so far possible for our times), one still to be provided – provided only anyone is really interested in helping to compile it. - I thought that I had made a start in this direction with my anthology of over 130 PRIVATE human rights drafts, in PEACE PLANS 589/590, offered now on www.butterbach.net/lmp/cd2. But, it appears, that almost no one is interested in such an effort. – I have also discussed “perfect” tax strikes and militias in my writings – but, nobody seems to be interested. - JZ, 28.3.08. - A really efficient tax strike seems to be so difficult that it may never as yet have occurred. It is one of many all too neglected topics among libertarians. - JZ, 9.2.11. – Most tax refusers neglect that it would have to include a refusal to accept the government’s forced currency and the private financing of all those public services which are still wanted. – J.Z., 15.7.12.
POWER: Power for the people means power for the (*) people who shout ‘Power for the people!’ - “In Defence of Freedom”, ed. by K. W. Watkins, p.164. – (*) leaders of the – JZ, 29.3.08. – Such demonstrators are among the least suitable people to get any power over the lives and affairs of others. They are even likely to mismanage their own affairs, once they are free to do so. – JZ, 18.1.12, 15.7.12. – See the quote from Anthony Flew in the next paragraph. – J.Z. - JOKES PEOPLE, LEADERSHIP
POWER: Power for the People?” - “It is the friends of the educational voucher, and of the market generally, who are in truth the friends of individual liberty and of individual choice as well as being protagonists of, in the most genuine sense, power for the people. Those who shout ‘Power for the people!’ in practice advance the power only of the leaders and directors of those who shout ‘Power for the people’!” – Anthony Flew, The Politics of Procrustes, Epilogue, p.186. - The territorialist myth of uniform or united people and nations brings power only to their territorial rulers. Panarchism would really bring self-governing powers to all kind of people: “ To each the government or non-governmental society of his or her own free choice.” – JZ, n.d.
POWER: Power goes to the head - and empties it. - JZ, 11.11.02.
POWER: Power goes to the head and makes the empty-headed, ignorant and prejudiced powerful. – JZ, 10.11.02, 18.1.12.
POWER: Power gradually extirpates from the mind every humane and gentle virtue. Pity, benevolence, friendship, are things almost unknown in higher stations. - Edmund Burke, 1729-1797, A Vindication of Natural Society, 1756, p. 71. – This work is so radical that for 200 years, at least, it was widely held to be a mere satire. See e.g. the opinion of the Encyclopedia Britannica, 1958 on it, under Burke. - VS. VIRTUE, MORALITY, ETHICS, RESPONSIBILITY, FREEDOM, RIGHTS, DUTIES, OBLIGATIONS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power has now been extended from politicians and generals to hackers. All seem to be driven mainly by power-madness or power-addiction. – JZ, 16.2.08.
POWER: power has only caused famine, terror, disorder, suffering and confusion.” – Andre Maurois, Les Nouveaux Discours du Docteur O’Grady. - Not the power over one's own affairs. - JZ, 9.2.11.
POWER: Power holders do not even remain faithful towards their marriage partners, so we should not expect them to be faithful to their mere subjects. - JZ, 1.1.12.
POWER: Power in the hands of the State is less inhibited morally and more destructive physically than in society.” – Felix Morley, State and Society, in Templeton, The Politicization of Society, p.82. – STATE, SOCIETY, WARFARE STATE, DESPOTISM, TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM
POWER: Power in the meaning of power of a man over men is not only a dirty but an obscene word, for it describes an unnatural and dehumanizing state of affairs, a condition which deteriorates both, the power-holder and the subject. – JZ, 9/72, 20.3.08.
POWER: Power intoxicates men. When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers.” – James F. Byrnes. – POLITICIANS, POWER ADDICTION
POWER: Power is (*) always used to acquire wealth.” – Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty, I, p.91. – (*) almost! – JZ – Robespierre acquired power – but did he acquire wealth as well? Are there many other such exceptions? – JZ, 9.4.08.
POWER: Power is a “fatal gift”. – If you mean to have and to hold power, you must do whatever is necessary for the having and holding of it. You may have doubts and hesitations and scruples, but power is the hardest of all taskmasters, and you must either lay these aside, when you once stand on that dangerous, dizzy height, or yield your place to others, and renounce your part in the great conflict. (*) And when power is won, don’t suppose that you are a free man, able to choose your path and do as you like. From the moment you possess power, you are but its slave, fast bound by its many tyrant necessities.” - Auberon Herbert, A Plea for Voluntaryism, in Mack edition, p.25. – Compare: “Any leash has two ends.” - - (*) Territorialism, too, like Hyacinthe Dubreuil said, regarding the employer-employee relationship, is a kind of “organized antagonism”. It is, almost permanently, engaged in a kind of cold war or cold civil war, “class war” if you like, if not an armed clash with enemies inside and outside the territory which it claims, monopolistically, as its own. It clashes, mainly, just with other territorialists, who, everywhere, still constitute the vast majority, unaware of what that system does to them and makes them do. – JZ, 21.3.08, 18.1.12.
POWER: Power is a drug capable of producing the most violent forms of despotism.” – C. R. Viola in EQUALITY, 7/68. – The same could be said on the ideology of egalitarianism. – JZ, 15.2.08.
POWER: Power is a kind of drug and addiction to it is worse than any other addiction. – JZ, 21.12.84.
POWER: Power is a means – the most evil and inefficient means – and only leads to more of it. – JZ, 12.10.76. - TERRITORIAL POWER AS OPPOSED TO THE POWER OF EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS.
POWER: Power is a poor substitute for reason.” – Ralph Courtney, 4/64. - Under the self-management power of full exterritorial autonomy the reasonable people can, finally, apply reason to their own affairs and avoid the unreasonable messes that other people are still engaged in. - JZ, 9.2.11. - REASON, JUSTICE, FREEDOM, PEACE, PROGRESS, PROSPERITY
POWER: Power is a vision that drive men mad.” – Jack Williamson & James E. Gunn, Star Bridge, p.130. - TERRITORIALISM & ITS POWER
POWER: Power is best defined through its opposite: The powerlessness of those ruled.” – Gerhard Uhlenbruck. – JZ tr. Of: “Macht wird durch ihre Gegenteil am besten definiert: Die Ohnmacht der Beherrschten.” - Exterritorially autonomous volunteers would be powerful regarding their own affairs. - JZ, 9.2.11. - POWERLESSNESS
POWER: Power is chiefly a mechanism for the discharge of aggression.” – Alex Comfort, Authority and Delinquency, p.113. - Under free choice of exterritorial autonomy for volunteers most people could and would demonstrate their natural peacefulness. The suppression of crimes and aggression could and would then also be competitively supplied. - The incidence of it would be greatly diminished, as I tried to demonstrate in an article back in PEACE PLANS 15 and in my two libertarian peace books. (on www.butterbach.net) - JZ, 9.2.11. - CRIME WITH VICTIMS, AGGRESSION, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power is ever stealing from the many to the few.” - Wendell Phillips. – It also allows the majority voters to steal from various minority groups. – JZ, 10.3.09. - TERRITORIALISM, TAXATION, POVERTY, THEFT, WAR AGAINST POVERTY, PRIVILEGES, DIS., DEMOCRACY, VOTING, TAXATION
POWER: Power is everywhere impotent in the face of … problems.” - Roy Childs, Liberty Against Power. - Power to determine, exterritorially, with other and like-minded people, the own affairs, in the own free experiments, at the own risk and expense, would rapidly unearth or develop real solution and help to spread them fast by voluntary acceptance of them. - JZ, 9.2.11.
POWER: Power is gradually stealing away from the many to the few, because the few are more vigilant and consistent.” – Samuel Johnston, The Adventurer. Quoted in Seldes: The Great Quotations. - TERRITORIALISM, LOBBIES, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, LEGISLATIVE POWER UNDER TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power is impotence.” – Charles de Gaulle. – Yes, with regard to creativity, positive reforms, changing human nature, changing the nature of territorialism, establishing peace, security, freedom and prosperity, maximizing technical, scientific and moral progress etc. But it can produce wars, totalitarianism, despotism, poverty, mass murders, wars, violent revolutions, civil wars, terrorism, inflations, mass unemployment, one crisis after the other and also prolong each of them. – JZ, 21.4.89, 22.2.08, 15.7.12. - So why did he strive for it and try to maintain it for himself? I wish it were generally true, but, alas, power is, negatively, all too potent and only positively all too impotent. – JZ, 22.2.08.
POWER: Power is in many respects powerless, especially when confronted by natural laws. – JZ, 3.8.91. – Or by men and women who know and appreciate all their individual rights and liberties and able and willing to make the fullest possible use of them to liberate themselves. – JZ, 28.3.08, 15.7.12.
POWER: Power is necessarily used for the benefit of those who have it and for the disadvantage of those who do not have it. It is not possible to apply it without harming one side and favouring the other.” – A Bellagarrigue, Anarchy Is Order, in LIBERTY XIII, 1897, S.3 or: Oberlaender, Anarchism, Manifeste, S.87.
POWER: Power is never stable when it is boundless.” – Tacitus, History, II, c.100.
POWER: Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.” – George Orwell, 1984. – This does almost always apply to revolutions that have only a new territorial establishment as their aim, with their own party on top. – JZ, 21.3.08. - - Usually, they are only territorialist revolutions for another territorial dictatorship under all kinds of false pretences. If exterritorial autonomy were already an option, which individuals and groups could simply accept and realize for themselves, then one would not need to engage in a violent revolution and under such a condition any dictatorship would be very limited because its victims could opt out. – JZ, 23.2.08, 19.1.12. – POLITICIANS, STATES, DICTATORSHIPS, REVOLUTIONS, TERRITORIALISM, MEANS & ENDS
POWER: power is not anymore a means to achieve a useful end, but rather a means to subjugate people and impose on them a condition of incontestable and permanent servitude. Humanity is in fact in such a state of servitude at present and has, for all practical purposes, accepted this as a foregone arrangement that is endorsed by all civilized societies. Such an attitude of tacit submission, on the part of men, to the seemingly legal misapplication of power is tantamount to inviting oppression or encouraging it.” - Kevork Ajemian, The Fallacy of Modern Politics, Books International, PO Box 6096, McLean, Virginia 22106, 1986, Tel. (703) 821-8900, p.198. – Alas, he does not demand individual and group secessions from this monster, as the practice of basic rights and liberties and as and means to control them, when combined with the right to establish all kinds of peacefully competing communities of like-minded volunteers, all only exterritorially autonomous and thus with no power over dissenters. – JZ, 7.10.07, 15.7.12. – TERRITORIALISM, STATE, STATISM, SECESSIONISM, ASSOCIATIONISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM
POWER: power is nothing but a convention maintained by those who want to be dominated. – Hans Habe, Aftermath, p. 243. - I could only wish that every territorial rule would be reduced to just that, a.s.a.p. – Alas, it is territorially imposed upon all those, who either do not want to be dominated by the current power-holders, or not in their present territorial ways or even not at all. – Such distinctions are so important that they cannot be repeated too often – until they are, finally, widely enough comprehended and applied. - JZ, 22.3.08, 5.7.12. - The seemingly obvious is all too often and for all too long overlooked by all too many. - JZ, 9.2.11. - DIS.
POWER: Power is of its nature evil, whoever wields it. It is not a stability but a lust.” - Jacob Burckhardt, quoted in C. Bingham, Men and Affairs, p.253. - He, too, could, obviously, not imagine that some people might lust only after power over their own affairs, not over the affairs of others. The former they might come to really enjoy, as civilized and enlightened people, who would consider power over others only as an unjustified and unbearable burden for themselves. - JZ, 9.2.11.
POWER: power is one of the chief factors in greater and greater disasters.” – Jack Robinson, in FREEDOM, U.K., vol. 39, No.11, p.3. – [Also in more and more man-made or governmentally produced disasters. – J.Z., 15.7.12.] Territorial power, that is. Most anarchists and libertarians have not yet clearly recognized that, although it belongs to the dictionary definition of States. – JZ, 22.3.08.
POWER: power is one of the worst, the most fatal and demoralizing of all gifts you can place in the hands of men.” – Auberon Herbert, A Plea for Voluntaryism, essay nine in the Mack edition, p.319. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power is poison. – Fénelon - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents has been always tragic.” – Henry Brook Adams, 1838-1918, 1907, in “The Education of Henry Adams”. – Tragic much more for their subjects than for them! – JZ, 18.3.09. – But often also for them. It can corrupt otherwise decent people into monsters, committing atrocious crimes on a vast scale. – J.Z., 15.7.12. - PRESIDENTS, RULERS, PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, CHANCELLORS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power is power, whether sanctioned by divine rights or authorized by the popular will. Power is not liberty; liberty operates in another dimension and has other requirements. …” - Edmund Opitz, THE FREEMAN, 12/75. - Territorial power over involuntary victims is very different from wanted power- or leadership-positions among like-minded volunteers. How can anyone overlook such a difference? Vive la difference! - JZ, 9.2.11. – Q.
POWER: Power is precarious.” – Herodotus, Histories, III, c. 430 B.C. – The power of full exterritorial autonomy for volunteers has, instead, the potential to lead to a lasting peace, sufficient tolerance, harmony, progress, enlightenment and prosperity. Nevertheless, only few people have so far seriously considered this alternative to territorial power, even when faced by the threat of a nuclear general holocaust. Is man really a thinking or thoughtful enough animal? – JZ, 28.3.08, 19.1.12.
POWER: Power is safe in nobody’s hands, not even those of a ‘saint’ or of a world police force.” – Robert Carnaghan, in FREEDOM REVIEW. – I hold that it would be safe enough if confined A) to the self-government or self-management arrangements of like-minded volunteers under full exterritorial autonomy and B) to the protection of genuine individual rights and liberties through an ideal militia of volunteers, sufficiently motivated, educated, trained, organized and armed for this purpose only and to the extent that these rights are claimed within communities of volunteers. Alas, the world has not yet seen such a force. There was as yet not even an attempt to set it up. It presupposes a complete declaration of all such rights and liberties and not even freedom lovers have as yet shown a sufficient interest in providing, between them, such a declaration. - Compare the over 130 private drafts of this kind in PEACE PLANS 589/590. – JZ, 9.3.08. - DIS., MILITIA, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM
POWER: Power is so far from being desirable in itself, that it sometimes ought to be refused, and sometimes to be resigned.” – Cicero, De Officiis, Bk. I, ch. 20, sec. 68. - TERRITORIAL POWER AS OPPOSED TO THE EXTERRITORIAL POWER AMONG VOLUNTEERS.
POWER: Power is sweet; it is a drug, the desire for which increases with a habit.” - Bertrand Russell, Came the Revolution. – A Review of Crossman’s The God That Failed, in: SATURDAY REVIEW, 1951& in SATURDAY REVIEW READER, No. I, p.128. Also in: George Seldes: The Great Quotations. - Power over the affairs of dissenting others should be distinguished from power over individually consenting volunteers. - JZ, 9.2.11. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power is the enemy. … And since every party strives for power, every party is the enemy of the people.” - A. Bellagarrigue, Manifeste. – Political power, in the wrongful and harmful sense, exists, largely, only under territorialism, apart from private criminals with victims and other intolerant, fanatic and fundamentalist aggressors. – JZ, 21.3.08. – DEMOCRACIES, PARTIES, VOTING, PEOPLE, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power is the great enemy of freedom.” – Henry C. Wallich. – Except power over oneself. – JZ, 4.4.89, 2.2.08. - I would rather say: territorial power. For the exterritorial autonomy option, once open to individuals and minorities, would give freedom lovers their greatest and immediate chance to demonstrate their beliefs by practising them freely among themselves, to their own advantage or to learn from their errors and failures. – JZ, 26.12.07, 19.1.12. 15.7.12. – PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” – Henry Kissinger, quoted in GUARDIAN, 28.11.1976. – Is that the way how much of the territorial power-madness gets spread over many generations? – JZ, 28.3.08, 9.2.11. – With it the power-mad “rape” all of us. – JZ, 15.4.08.
POWER: Power kills; absolute power kills absolutely.” – Prof. R. J. Rummel, Death by Government, first sentence. - While territorial power is wrong, oppressive and deadly, power over the own affairs is right, liberating and peace promoting. The same term should not be used for as different conditions. - JZ, 9.2.11. - POWER KILLS, INDIVIDUAL RATHER THAN TERRITORIAL SELF-GOVERNMENT, SELF-DETERMINATION
POWER: Power largely prevents people from acting productively, creatively and self-responsibly. – JZ, 19.11.93. - TERRITORIALISM. - Exterritorial power over the own affairs and those of voluntary associates does the opposite. - JZ, 9.2.11. - EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY
POWER: Power lessens control. – JZ, 14.6.80. Power lessens rather than increases control. – Why? Because, as Rose Wilder Lane has clearly pointed out, perhaps as the first writer, that individual people are self-controlling entities. Any attempt to control them from the outside renders them less effective. Extreme case: Slaves. Only full control of an individual over his own affairs will maximize his own powers and his own effectiveness in dealing with the world around him. – JZ, 21.3.08. (In comment to Stephen Vizinczy, The Rules of Chaos, whose similar remark is quoted in DIAGONAL RELATIONSHIP No. 5, p. 17: “Power involves its lucky” (unlucky? – JZ) “possessors in ever-expanding situations over which they can exercise ever-decreasing control.” – However, power over others can be very effective in “achieving” mass murders and mass destruction. – J.Z., 15.7.12. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power makes stupid.” – Friedrich Nietzsche. (*) – Quoted in Peter Marshall, Demanding the Impossible. - Only the essentially ignorant, prejudiced and stupid people, however clever they might otherwise be, try to become powerful. Hitler, for example, was clever on ways to attain power and to retain power but stupid economically, politically, socially, militarily and ignorant of or not appreciative of morality or ethics. ethically. He was quite ignorant, stupid and prejudiced e.g. in his racism. But he was a good example of how, under territorialism even the worst types can get to the top. - JZ, 18.2.08, 1.7.12. – (*) Power makes men stupid. - Tr. by JZ of: „Die Macht verdummt.“ – Nietzsche, Goetzen-Daemmerung. – Territorialism itself is a stupid but very simple idea and thus very wide-spread. In other versions it is expressed by the remarks that one can only be either a hammer or an amboss, a leader or a follower, that there can be only one captain in a ship or that someone has to “run “a country. – JZ, 26.1.12. - STUPIDITY, IGNORANCE, LEADERSHIP, POWER ADDICTION, TERRITORIALISM, UNCHECKED PREMISES, DOGMAS, MERE ASSERTIONS, DIS., PREJUDICES, POPULAR ERRORS & MYTHS
POWER: Power may justly be compared to a great river; while kept within its bounds it is both beautiful and useful, but when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed; it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it comes.” - Andrew Hamilton. - The only beneficial and benevolent power is the power over the own self. - JZ, 26.11.02. – Its wrongful and harmful flooding does already occur when it is imposed even upon a single peaceful victim. - JZ, 9.2.11, 19.1.12. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power must be kept small and strictly limited …” - Murray N. Rothbard in LAISSEZ FAIRE REVIEW, May-June 74. – I would add: “to the individual.” – JZ, 10/74. - Competing panarchies could be world-wide, each with its voluntary members only and peacefully coexisting, like many religions already do. - JZ, 9.2.11. - INDIVIDUALISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM
POWER: Power operates only destructively, bent always on forcing every manifestation of life into the straightjacket of its laws. Its intellectual form of oppression is dead dogma, its physical form brute force. And this unintelligence of its objectives sets its stamp on its supporters also and renders them stupid and brutal, even when they were originally endowed with the best of talents. One who is constantly striving to force everything into a mechanical order at last becomes a machine himself and loses all human feeling.” - Rudolf Rocker, Anarcho-Syndicalism, 1938. - Doesn’t that also apply to most of the anarcho-syndicalists? – JZ, 9.3.08. It would replace free market relationships by trade-union despotism, with trade union bosses becoming the new and despotic bureaucrats. They would become the new monopolists and coercers, at the expense of e.g. consumers, proprietors and entrepreneurs. – JZ, 19.1.12. - TERRITORIALISM, AUTHORITARIAN ANARCHISM, UNIONS, ANARCHO SYNDICALISM.
POWER: Power over others is abolished or neutralized by all genuine individual rights and liberties finally becoming sufficiently known, appreciated and consistently applied and thus becoming might. – At least among volunteers and to the extent that they do want to apply them among themselves. JZ, 21.11.82, 22.3.08.
POWER: Power over others seems to be desired mainly only by some of those, who have good reasons for lack of self-respect. – JZ, 31.3.99. Or they are foolish enough to imagine that they could rule the affairs of millions better than these millions could themselves. – JZ, 14.2.08. - POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power pollutes politics and polls. - JZ, 77. - It obviously pollutes election campaigns and voting: "The advance auction sale of stolen goods!" – VOTING, ELECTION CAMPAIGNS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power relations involve double standards by nature – one standard for the powerful, another for the weak. Hence, if there has to be any power in a society it must be spread as widely as possible.” – Bob Dickens in review in ANARCHY 8 of Giovanni Baldelli’s Social Anarchism, Chicago, Aldine Atherton, 1971. - Power can be rightful only among volunteers who have, individually, chosen it for themselves. It cannot be rightfully imposed upon peaceful dissenters. - JZ, 9.2.11. - DOUBLE STANDARDS, RULERS & RULED, VICTIMIZERS & VICTIMS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power should shed its meaning related to the imposition of will, and assume the broader meaning of having to do with increasing man’s ability to control the consequences of choice.” – Silvert, Man’s Power, p.163. – Rather, to control his own affairs. Not “increasing” his “ability” to do so but giving him right away the fully free choice to do so. Naturally, many would make many mistakes at first. But that is their right, too. They would tend to live and learn, especially when they see successful examples by other secessionists around them. – However, some of them might want to drop out only from under one particular territorial law and institutions and otherwise continue under all the rest – perhaps only in their own panarchy or polyarchy. Whatever suits them is right for them, if practised at the own expense and risk. – JZ, 8.3.08, 9.2.11.
POWER: Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.” - John E. E. Acton, Lord Acton, 1834-1902, letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, April 5, 1887. — Acton, Essays on Freedom and Power, ed. Gertrude Himmelfarb, p.365. (Beacon Press, 1948.) 335/36 (1972). - - Another version: Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. … There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. – Historical Essays and Studies, Appendix, Letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton. – Hyman, A Dictionary of Famous Quotations, p.9. – If this is true, then we should at least do away with all territorial powers. - Has Acton ever proposed to do that or has he described enough of the historical precedents, in which this was at least partly done already? - JZ, 26. 11. 06. Underlining by me. – JZ - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power tends to isolate those who hold too much of it.” - Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah, Berkley Medaillon Book, 1969, p.102. – The bringers of bad news are still not popular with them. Formerly they used to be killed in anger! – Now those, who publish them (whistle-blowers) are often severely dealt with. – JZ, 12.3.09.
POWER: Power thrives on secrecy (*), market thrives on publicity.” – Orrin E. Klapp, Modes of Sociological Theory, p.182. - (*) Except for the terrorism which it practises, in some cases, quite openly! – JZ, 18.2.08, 15.7.12. – The Soviets had the nerve to speak and write about their territorial integrity! – The Nazis kept their mass slaughters as secret as they could, even from their victims, up to their last moments. - JZ, 18.3.09. - SECRECY, PUBLICITY, MARKET, AIR RAIDS AGAINST CITIES, TOTALITARIANISM, TERRITORIALISM.
POWER: Power to all individuals and their voluntary associations, regarding all their own affairs, rather than any power to “the people” or the supposed “representatives” of “the people”, territorially defined. “People power” or “power to the people” can rightly and rationally only mean: Power to individuals over their own affairs, not power of anonymous voters over the affairs of dissenting individuals and groups. Pandering to “the people”, territorially defined and “politically represented” costs individuals and minorities their rights and liberties, to a very large extent and can, all too easily, lead to new dictatorships and tyrannies. – JZ, n.d. & 9.2.11. - PEOPLE, INDIVIDUALS & PANARCHISM
POWER: Power to eliminate the bureaucratic power of big government.” – Advertisement in OUTLOOK, Oct. 72. - Also power to individuals and their groups, societies and communities of volunteers to opt out from under the "protection", "aid" and imposed burdens of State and local territorial governments. - JZ, 9.2.11.
POWER: Power to no one, and to everyone; to each the power over his/her own life, and no other.” – Carol Ehrlich, in H. J. Ehrlich et al, Reinventing Anarchy, p.265.
POWER: Power to the individual.” – Source? – Full power to the individual over all his own affairs! – JZ, 8.3.08. – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, QUITE VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONISM, EVEN TOWARDS STATES, SOCIETIES & COMMUNITIES: PANARCHISM
POWER: Power to the Members! – Research Group One: Anarchism and Formal Organization, p.19. – If all members are volunteers then that, on its own, if they use it only over their own affairs, is good enough, if they use it only thus or defensively, rather than to intervene with the peaceful and tolerant practices of other groups of volunteers. Then they do not have to organize themselves in accordance with e.g. democratic or egalitarian principles. Then, at least for their own internal affairs, they may follow e.g. their authoritarian ruler or guru and would thus wrong or harm at most themselves, as rational beings, just as if they were e.g. addicted to alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. There is no moral obligation for non-anarchists to live as anarchists. They do have the right to rule themselves, as they like, but have simply no right to territorially rule over anarchists or other dissenters. – JZ, 21.3.08, 18.3.09, 19.1.12. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM
POWER: Power to the people!” – YAF convention slogan. – Another YAF convention slogan: “Power to the people … Sock it to the State!” - Power only to groups of volunteers among the people! Nowhere do all the people living in a territory constitute a single, uniform or unified voluntary society, community or a single “people”. They constitute merely a population, usually of great diversity. Should not all freedom, peace and justice lovers finally become aware of that? – The diverse groups in any population have often to mostly more in common with similar groups in other countries than with their very neighbors, who do belong to other groups. – “The State” is also too much of a generalization. A State without a territorial monopoly and with voluntary members and subjects only, would not automatically be an enemy of non-members and could wrong and harm only its own members. – It would be as relatively harmless to outsiders as most churches and sects are, and most sports and hobby clubs. – Territorial powers should be distinguished from self-management powers of volunteers, doing their own things for or to themselves. - JZ, 8.3.08, 19.1.12. – PANARCHISM VS. TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wines the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.” – Caleb C. Colton. – Quoted by Leonard E. Read, The Path of Duty, p.112. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power without responsibility is tyranny.” - Jerry Pournelle, ANALOG, 3/74. – It can be responsible only among volunteers who do, largely, agree with each other. If they don't agree then they are free to secede, individually or in whole groups. - JZ, 9.2.11. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lot of an empty mind.” - Ayn Rand. – And in the vast fields prepared for such “minds” through territorialism. – JZ, 23.1.08. - POWER-LUST, POWER-ADDICTION, MINDS, INTELLIGENCE, KNOWLEDGE, RATIONALITY, MORALITY, TERRITORIALISM, POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIP
POWER: Power-politics is power-mad. – JZ, 14.1.05. – Addiction to power constitutes probably the most wrongful and harmful addiction of all. – JZ, 29.10.07. - & POWER-MADNESS & POLITICIANS
POWER: Power-worship blurs political judgment because it leads, almost unavoidably, to the belief that the present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.” – George Orwell, “Second Thoughts on James Burnham”, in Shooting an Elephant, 1950. – Compare the proverb: “The higher they rise, the deeper they fall.” – Only sometimes it takes too long for the fall to come, e.g. in case of Hitler, Mao, Stalin and Castro. - All too powerful men should never be allowed to reach and die of old age. - JZ, 29.3.08. – TYRANNICIDE. - PERSONALITY CULT, LEADERSHIP, HERO-WORSHIP, GREAT MEN
POWER: Power, like a desolating pestilence, // Pollutes what’ver it touches.” – Shelley, Queen Mab, 1813, 3, quoted in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.41. A more complete version: Power, like a desolating pestilence, // Pollutes whate’er it touches; and obedience, // Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, // Makes slaves of men and of the human frame // A mechanized automation. // - Power tends to corrupt and absolute power absolutely. – Lord Acton, in letter, 1887. – Underlining by me. – JZ - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power, like a desolating pestilence, withers all it touches; …” - Josiah Warren, Notebook of Josiah Warren, 1840, unpublished. – Has it been put online by now, by someone? – JZ, 22.3.08. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Power, like the diamond, dazzles the beholder, and also the wearer; it dignifies meanness; it magnifies littleness; to what is contemptible, it gives authority; to what is low, exaltation.” - Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832), The Lacon (1829). One should distinguish between the monopolistic territorial power of modern States and the competitive authority of the leaders of volunteer communities, who, like businessmen, have to satisfy their voluntary members, investors and customers or lose them. - JZ, 13.10.02. - PANARCHISM, AUTHORITIES, SELF-MANAGEMENT POWER
POWER: Power, when exercised in education or religion, tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Leonard E. Read, Vision. Alas, power is still mixed up even with education in all countries and in religion still in too many countries. – JZ, 22.3.08, 18.3.09.
POWER: Power? You mean the chance to make laws and compel others to do what you want them to do? Why, good heavens, who in his right mind would want that?” – Frederik Pohl. – MADMEN, POLITICIANS, LEGISLATION, LAWS
POWER: Powerful people (with power over others) become misinformed, aggressive, immoral, careless to ruthless in their actions towards others, while powerless people (powerless over their own affairs) tend to become ignorant, apathetic and submissive. – JZ, 19.11.93, 15.2.08.
POWER: Powerlessness and the sense of powerlessness may be the environmental disease of the age.” – Russell Baker, “Observer”, THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 1, 1969. – Powerlessness of the many and excess power in the hands of a few. – JZ, 21.11.85. – But precisely that excess power has not enabled them to solve problems but only to make more problems for themselves and for their victims. - The powerlessness of all the civilian and military victims of territorial power is largely the result of trying to establish, enlarge or merely to maintain territorial power. – It has rendered even the seemingly powerful relatively powerless to do any good. As an old proverb has it: “Every leash has two ends.” Even the American President has no power over the bureaucracy and vested interest groups. As President Johnson once said, he has only nuclear power and that he can’t use. – Richard Cornuelle quotes this and other case in “Healing America, What Can Be Done About the Continuing Economic Crisis.” - JZ, 29.3.08.
POWER: powers … will ever prove sufficient to aggrandize those who control it at the expense of the rest of the community.” - John C. Calhoun, A Disquisition on Government, C. G. Post edition, p.9. – But territorial government power is all the power that Calhoun discussed, the only power he knew. The power of self-chosen experts is something quite different and much more manageable and refusable by its individual customers, in the political, economic and social spheres as well, at least in our liberated future, under panarchism: To each the government or non-governmental system of his or her own free and individual choice. – JZ, 1.10.07, 10.2.11, 19.1.12. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: prevent power from arising. – Piers Anthony, Sos the Rope, (*) p.172. – Only power over others. We need more, even full power over our own lives. – JZ, 13.2.08, 10.2.11. - (*) Misprint or slang for “toss” the rope? – JZ - Territorialism breeds wrongful powers and upholds it. - JZ, 1.1.12. - INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR COMMUNITIES OF VOLUNTEERS, PERSONAL LAW
POWER: Return the power to the people.” – W. Allen Wallis, THE FREEMAN, August 74. – The “people” is too vague a concept and does assume, wrongly, that “the people”, meaning almost the adult whole population of a country, are really a united or uniform entity. Not even the majorities of a population do constitute such an entity. – Eliminate all territorial powers and transfer, what remains, to the diverse communities and societies of volunteers, which would then form and develop quite naturally, under full exterritorial autonomy and personal law, guided or misguided by their own ideologies, opinions, convictions or beliefs or other common characteristics. Perhaps starting with large international corporations but not confining this freedom option to them. – JZ, 8.3.08, 10.2.11. – The remark also assumes that during historically recorded periods “the people” ever had all the power. – At least territorial power was probably known to man only for a fraction of his total development period. It was a very great step backwards from the personal law and largely voluntary membership in tribes, with little centralized powers, if any. Territorial statism is still forced upon people not yet sufficiently informed, organized, armed and trained against it. At worst all too many have given it the "sanction of the victim", i.e. they have accepted it, all too thoughtlessly or apathetically and helped to impose it upon the rest, under a variety of territorialist errors, prejudices and slogans. – JZ, 18.3.09, 10.2.11, 19.1.12. - PANARCHISM, PEOPLE, SELF-GOVERNMENT, VOLUNTARISM, DIS.
POWER: Rights and liberties rather than power. – JZ, 21.3.08. - Genuine individual rights and liberties rather any rule by politicians and bureaucrats, expecting them to declare and protect all such rights. So why should we expect them to do so in the future? - JZ 1.1.12, 19.1.12. - RIGHTS VS. TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Roosevelt, with a vastly smaller bureaucracy (*), compared efforts to rouse or reform it to ‘pushing a feather bed’. Harry Truman said it was like pushing a wet noodle. Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, at a lower level, compared trying to make things work in government to sewing a button on a custard pie. …” - Richard Cornuelle, Healing America, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1983, p. 109/10. – (*) than Nixon's, who was mentioned above this passage – Nevertheless, territorial power is not so inefficient that it could not do much wrong and harm! - JZ, 10.3.09. - PRESIDENTS, REFORMS, GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM, DIS., RULERS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Seeing the opposite meanings and consequences of power there exists something like powerful (or influential in its helplessness) powerlessness and a powerless power under territorialism. – JZ, n.d., & 9.3.08, 10.2.11.
POWER: Self-management powers among volunteers only, without any territorial claims over whole populations or claims over whole industries, are quite another matter. – JZ, 9.2.11, 15.7.12.
POWER: She couldn’t respect power when it created victims.” – Kevin O’Donnell Jr., Tears for Emily, in DESTINIES, Vol. 3/1. – Among the first victims of territorial power is the power-holder himself. He gets possessed by the worst superiority complex, forgets his individual limitations, and that all individuals are, by their nature, rather self-governing entities. The more he treats them as children, the more childish and less productive they will become. - A leash between an individual power holder and his subject ties both of them down. – JZ, 19.1.12.
POWER: Show me a person seeking power over his fellows and I’ll show you one who will abuse it.” – Joe Labadie – Individuals who can freely secede and join other communities of volunteers, peacefully existing in the same territory, cannot be extensively and for a long period abused, against their will, except merely verbally. - JZ, 10.2.11, 19.1.12. - TERRITORIALISM, VOLUNTARISM, SECESSIONISM, POLITICIANS, ABUSE, RULERS, CANDIDATES, ELECTIONS, DIS.
POWER: Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.” - James Madison, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. – As long as this is possible, largely through territorialism, no true civilization does as yet exist. – JZ, 10.1.08. - GRADUAL ENCROACHMENT, SALAMI TACTICS
POWER: Slavery is slavery as long as the power of the State can be wielded against any people.” – Chuck Brookes, 9/72. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Small souls who seek power over others, first destroy the faith those others might have in themselves.” - Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune, p.389. - POLITICIANS, SELF-CONFIDENCE
POWER: So widespread is the practice of plunder that what were at one time devised as special grants of political power – and were more or less clearly recognized as such – are now claimed as the inalienable rights of the special class spawned by such privileges.” – NOTES FROM FEE, 7/78. - "Was" instead of "were"? - JZ - PRIVILEGES, PLUNDER, TAXATION, RIGHTS, RULERS, RULING CLASS, POLITICIANS, WELFARE STATE, WELFARE RIGHTS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: So, what is in my power? It is in my power not to be taken in by catchwords and shibboleths invented by designing partisans; it is in my power to arrive at a just understanding by observation and reason; it is in my power to share my findings with anyone who cares to listen. All else not in my power I refuse to fret about.” – Leonard E. Read, Then Truth Will Out, p.43. - In other words, he did not bother to develop a libertarian declaration of individual rights and liberties, a libertarian enlightenment-, revolution-, defence- and liberation-program and to think about alternative and freely competing societies and communities of volunteers, all peacefully coexisting in the same territory, instead of merely his preferred limited but still territorial government, simply because to realize them was not yet in his power. That does also amount also to a kind of wrongful apathy and submissiveness. - JZ, 10.2.11, 19.1.12.
POWER: social power decreases as political power increases.” – Frank Chodorov: The Income Tax, p.78. – Genuine societies and communities and their “powers” are exterritorial and merely those of volunteers over their own affairs. – JZ, 18.3.09, 10.2.11. - SOCIAL POWER & POLITICAL POWER, STATE VS. SOCIETY, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Societies are free according as the people in them are free (*) would certainly be self-governed, political freedom being a very important freedom; but in a free society the people would cherish a self-denying ordinance under which they would never use their political power in such a fashion as to diminish the area of human freedom. (**) That is to say, in an ideally free society, the use of one’s political freedom would be highly restricted. That, of course, is the idea behind constitutionalism. (***) – W. F. Buckley, Up from Liberalism, p.123. - - (*) That all of them are volunteers and do not meddle with the affairs of the members of other societies is quite enough, as a starting point and as a process to finally achieve more and more societies of ever more and greater individual liberties and rights – with individuals, gradually, person by person, making their own choices, independent of local or country-wide majorities and other minorities. Under that condition each individual can engage in one-man revolutions of the kind he or she likes, regarding all of the own affairs. - - (**) Or that of other choices than freedom choices, which the members of other communities of volunteers have made, quite freely, for themselves, as long as they, as individuals, do want to do this. - - (***) Alas, so far the constitutionalists have not included the exterritorial autonomy and personal law options for volunteers. They still try to construct and maintain their territorial utopias on the “earth-quake-prone”, wrongful, irrational and self-defeating foundation of territorial monopolism, centralization and coercion for dissenters. No wonder that they run into numerous political, including military, economic and social troubles. They do not permit free experimentation, freedom of contract, free enterprise, peaceful competition, fully free choice and consumer sovereignty in these spheres. - JZ, 21.3.08. – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, TERRITORIALISM, POLITICAL & ECONOMIC CRISES
POWER: Some men wield power; some are tools.” – Orson Scott Card, ANALOG 5/78. – Both groups are presently all too satisfied with their roles under territorialism. - JZ, 10.2.11. - PEOPLE, STATISM, PEOPLE AS PROPERTY
POWER: State power necessarily separates its possessors from the people, even in systems where politicians are elected.” – Libertarian Socialist Organization Queensland, “Revolution Re-Assessed”, p.8/9. – PEOPLE, STATE, POLITICIANS, TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENT, DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS, VOTING, CLASS RULE, RULERS
POWER: State power threatens, wealth rewards.” – Benjamin Constant, Der Geist der Usurpation, S.26.
POWER: State power, apparently legitimatized by periodic approval by the masses, led to a 'natural resource' concept of citizenship, where the individual is considered a commodity in service to the wielders of power.” - James Dale Davidson, in INDIVIDUALIST, June 72, p.16. - STATE, PEOPLE & CITIZENS AS PROPERTY OR RESOURCES OF THE STATE
POWER: Strike political power down, desert it, withdraw from it or ignore it. - JZ, 75.
POWER: suspect power more than vice …” – Lord Acton, Lectures on Modern History, p.37. – “Suspect power more than vice.” – Acton, to his history students at Cambridge. - David Nicholls, The Pluralist State, p.28. – From: Acton: Essays, p.49. - The urge for power is the worst vice. – JZ, 29.6.92. – Addiction to power is the worst vice. – JZ, 15.7.12. - VICE
POWER: Take all political and military power buttons and positions apart! – JZ, 19.7.73, 8.3.08.
POWER: taking power from the people under the pretext of giving it to the people.” – Anthony Fisher, The Case for Freedom, p.54. – It cannot be given to “the people” – because they do not exists, it is only a word, an abstract concept or idea, without any reality of its own except the various territorialist, nationalist and governmental fictions. – JZ, 21.3.08. – PEOPLE, DEMOCRACY, VOTING, REPRESENTATIVES, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, POLITICIANS, GOVERNMENT
POWER: Territorial government power and nuclear power form an explosive mixture which could be set off anytime, a mixture which could be dissolved into harmless constituents only by the full realization of all individual liberties and rights. - Whosoever, after the invention of nuclear power, still believes in territorial political power does deserve to be certified as insane. - Nuclear power renders most people more powerless than ever before and grants mass murderous and suicidal powers to a few men. - Every territorial system is inseparably tied to power, excessive power in the hands of a few and it means powerlessness for most of its victims. This is one of the reasons why territorial States of the present territorial and thus more or less totalitarian or authoritarian type must disappear, including those, which are wrongly called democracies. - What renders this situation desperate is that the men in power, as well as the academics and opinion makers in the mass media, are almost blind to the impotence of territorial power, whilst those, who are powerless, are almost blind to the remaining avenues to achieve self-determination and thereby peace, freedom, justice, security and wealth. - Nuclear armament brings its own power concentration with it. Decisions must be made so fast in a nuclear war that there is barely time for any consultation or even notification of allies, far less for parliamentary discussions or for a referendum. A mere handful of men do then hold an almost arbitrary power over the fate of man. - Such power should not be tolerated but rather must be eliminated by the direct democratic process, individual secessionism, and exterritorially autonomous volunteer communities and ideal militia forces, revolutions, military insurrections, international police actions to liberate people from territorialism, quite rightful government and societies in exile, all only for their present and future volunteers, all initiated only after a genuinely cultural revolution that would correct and improve public opinion in many ways. Sufficient enlightenment before any unenlightened "actions"! ("Nothing is more terrible to behold than ignorance in action." - said W. v. Goethe.) - Alternative and non-territorially decentralized institutions, including and alternative defence and liberation must be used and organizations corresponding to quite rightful war- and peace aims, especially panarchies and polyarchies as governments in exile as alternatives to all existing territorial statist monopoly organizations. They would put all remaining and rightful powers in the hands of the population, even its individuals and minority groups. They would thus really protect them instead of endangering them. - How do we know that there is no new Nero, Caligula, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Idi Amin, or Castro among the new rulers? - How can we tolerate nuclear devices in the hands of another "chairman" Mao who had presided over the "liquidation" of between 32 and 64 million of his own countrymen? He was mad enough to have believed and to publicly declare that it would be possible for him to remain victorious after a nuclear war! (By now even many more innocents may have been killed in forced abortions in Red China. But they are murdered, by the millions, in the rest of the world as well, by their own parents, with the aid of trained medical persons.) - Did those who voted for Nixon foresee what accusations would be levied against him and what could one expect of politicians like him in the future, if they remain in power? - Curiously enough, the only presidential candidate who had at least some libertarian aspirations was the only candidate who was, rightly, feared as a nuclear war monger. (Barry Goldwater) In office he might have been much safer than the rest. However, nuclear strength is not safe enough in anyone's hands! - When I first heard about the assassination of President J. F. Kennedy, I assumed that another journalist had got his facts wrong and that he meant the Khrushchev had been assassinated. Then I remembered that under J. F. K. the nuclear "arsenal" of the U.S. had been doubled. There are no innocents in power. - Political power is the target of all too many ambitious men - and it can be conquered much more easily than widely dispersed power. - The power urge can express itself most dangerously in any territorial and statist constitution. In a just organization it could not flourish, no more so than any other anti-social instinct, like the lust to kill. - Compare, for instance, the preference of German navy officers during World War I for large surface ships compared with the rather small submarines. The former gave them more chances for promotion! The same tendency was observed in the US Navy, according to a report in: "DAS BESTE AUS READERS DIGEST", April 1958, page 63. - Naturally, exterritorial communities of volunteers would still have their power-seekers, great leaders and gurus - but only among their volunteers. They would have to supply them, almost daily, with sufficient consumer satisfactions, at competitive prices, to retain them as their customers, subscribers and followers. They would, largely, have to put up or shut up. Competition by other and often better systems, organizations and leaders would be all around them and the opportunities for their members to shop around would be immense. Powers and their games are costly and voluntary taxpayers or contributors cannot be much imposed upon. - Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, both the powerful and the powerless. Nuclear devices are perhaps the best instances. Bismarck is said to have remarked that a liberal may become a minister - but this would not mean that he would become a liberal minister. - "Politicians pride themselves in being able to blow up a city - and at most you could get them to say: 'What a pity!"' (Suggested by D.Z., 31.12.73.) - To preserve their power, or in an attempt to preserve it, every means is right in the eyes of politicians, even nuclear mass murder devices. Thus one of our guiding principles must be: No more territorial political powers or any stepladders to such powers for anyone. - As long as there remains political power in the old sense, namely territorially organized, monopolized and centralized coercion, and compulsory membership in its organizations, an effective control of disarmament becomes impossible. - Moreover, all motives for "nuclear strength" would remain. Everybody would be rightly afraid of any nuclear power - except the mad power addicts and their statist followers. - We must now resist and destroy all institutions which cater to the ancient power urge found in many most men. The pecking order has become so self-destructive for humans that we must discontinue it, at least for all territorial organizations offering dangerous powers over others, i.e., powers other than those of e.g. presidents of national and international football leagues. - All unequal power, of which nuclear power is perhaps the worst, because it means absolute power over others, must be destroyed. All adult and somewhat rational individuals must gain the full power of self-determination, or individual sovereignty, no more and no less. Any sharing of that power with others must completely depend upon their individual consent and the continuance of that consent. - - Only this most severe limitation of territorial State powers could ban the danger of nuclear war everywhere and permanently, at least while individuals cannot as yet, easily and cheaply construct nuclear weapons as a craft or hobby. Even then the wrongful motives for their use would largely be absent, as well as targets for them and disarmament forces against such devices would be maximized. - There would be no secrecy or privacy for the construction of ABC mass murder devices. Towards them everybody with a minimum or morality and rationality could then be an armed disarmament inspector. - All political powers must be limited to the extent of being "atomized" or exploded and should never again be allowed to reach the critical territorial mass. - No political power should be allowed to persist, which is not based on individual consent, i.e., which does not confine its activities to voluntary followers, their own affairs - and to aggressors against them. - - This would exclude all economic and political territorial policy powers binding upon peaceful dissenters. - It would require exterritorial organization, voluntarism, minority autonomy and personal law. - If the present territorial political powers are continued, nuclear war becomes inevitable in the not so long run. - ACUTENESS, ARMS RACE, BALANCE OF POWER: CENTRALIZATION, DECENTRALIZATION, DECISION DEFENCE, DEMOCRACY, DICTATORSHIPS, DISARMAMENT EXTERRITORIAL IMPERATIVE, MONOPOLIES, MOTIVES, NATIONALISM, NUCLEAR STRENGTH, REFERENDUM, RESPONSIBILITY, SECESSION, TARGETS, TYRANNICIDE, WAR AIMS. - JZ, An ABC Against Nuclear War, in PEACE PLANS Nos. 16 & 17, on www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm - Rev., 10.2.11, 15.7.12. - POWER, TERRITORIAL, COERCIVE, CENTRALIZED & MONOPOLIZED, IN THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC & SOCIAL SPHERES
POWER: Territorial power corrupts. Why? With this power you can always blame somebody else for the results of your own mistakes and thus stop learning from them. This power will almost automatically render you irresponsible. – JZ, 26.4.73, 21.3.08. – Even IF a territorial misleader were held responsible with his own life for the lives of millions that he had recklessly squandered, then this could hardly make up for all these lost lives, killed upon his decision. – J.Z., 15.7.12. - Q.
POWER: Territorial power outlaws all other utopian attempts to improve the present situation by all those diverse groups of volunteers in a population, who do not agree with the current utopian ideal of the ruling territorial government. Any such government is thus a great obstacle to further enlightenment, experimentation and progress. – In its present absurdity as the “great machine”, the “Welfare State” and “protector” it even threatens the survival of whole populations, even that of the whole of mankind, with its ABC mass extermination devices. – JZ, 22.3.08, 15.7.12. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: That "power corrupts" is an unfair generalization and misquotes Lord Acton. What the English historian actually wrote (in a letter to Madell Creighton dated 5 April 1887) was that 'power tends to corrupt. …' One of the significant qualifications is therefore omitted. His statement claimed that power was conducive to corruption, a dangerous possibility but certainly not - as the misquotation assumes - an inevitable effect.” - R. Brasch, Mistakes, Misnomers & Misconceptions, 1983, Fontana Books, p.207. – But what percentage tends to remain uncorrupted, even by the notions and practices of territorialism? – JZ, 10.3.09. – CORRUPTION, DIS., Q., TERRITORIALISM
POWER: that power, wealth and opportunity must be in the hands of the many, not the few – if we make that our guiding light for the global economy, then it will be a force for good …” - UK prime minister Tony Blair, speaking at the Labour Party Conference, THE TIMES, 3.10.01. - WEALTH & OPPORTUNITY
POWER: The “people” who exercise the power are not always the same people over whom it is exercised.” – John Stuart Mill, On Liberty. – Not always or rarely ever? – JZ, 23.2.08. – Politicians at least try to stand over the people, territorially, although they are only a tiny part of the population and cannot rightfully represent all of them without their individual consent. - JZ, 10.2.11. – PEOPLE, TERRITORILISM
POWER: the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may be justly pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” - James Madison. - Division of power among "Representatives" and their institutions (governments and judiciary) is still a tyrannical centralization of monopolistic, and coercive territorial powers in their hands, the hands of a few. - JZ, 18.2.02, 10.2.11, 15.7.12. - DEMOCRACY, REPRESENTATION, TYRANNY, DIVISION OF POWER
POWER: The advancement of freedom is not a matter of who wields political power over creative actions; rather, it depends upon the disassembling of such power.” - Leonard E. Read, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. - ELECTIONS, VOTING, PARTIES
POWER: The apex of political power hasn't got room for any "angels" but has much room for "devils". - JZ, 76. - Even Parliaments are assemblies of power addicts. - JZ, 1.1.12.
POWER: The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks its victim; denounces it; and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments.” – Henry Clay (1777-1852), US Senator. – So what was he doing in office? – JZ, 3.1.08. - POLITICS, VICTIMIZATION, ANTISEMITISM, POGROMS, HATRED FOR FOREIGNERS, GOVERNMENTALLY INSPIRED & GOING EVEN TO WARS & ORGANIZED MASS MURDERS AGAINST THEM, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.” – Albert Einstein: Aphorisms for Leo Baeck. – Quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations. - He, too, considered only territorial power - and was prepared to recommend wiping it out, in some cases, together with its involuntary victims, with the help nuclear "weapons" or mass murder devices. - He should have stuck to his lathe, his physics and astronomy speculations. - When it came to the social sciences he was just another ignoramus or even barbarian, an instance of the barbarism of the specialists. - JZ, 10.2.11. - WISDOM
POWER: The best way to control power – is to abstain from it. – JZ, 5.12.04. – Easier said than done. So far we have not even gained the right to secede from it and to form our own communities of volunteers and militias for the protection of our rights and liberties, to produce and use our own exchange media and value standards, to engage in tax strikes and voluntary taxation and establish exterritorially autonomous alternative institutions and communities for ourselves. The right to resist and disobey wrongful orders and actions, is rarely recognized in constitutions and when it is, usually misinterpreted and all too restricted. – Territorial power must not be controlled and perhaps cannot be controlled - it must be abolished. - JZ, 22.10.07. - & ITS CONTROL, TERRITORIALISM VS. VOLUNTARISM & EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, SECESSIONISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM
POWER: The bigger their power, the deeper they sink into the morass and draw us with them. At present and still - even into the danger of a general nuclear holocaust. Would even the worst of the modern Popes have even thought of arming himself with nuclear, chemical or mass murder devices? I deny that and my main reason for this is that he constitutes an exterritorial power over volunteers only and his volunteers are spread all over the world, in all territories and he does not want to lose them in this way. – That unstated but practised wisdom of the Roman Catholic Church has still to be adopted by the territorialist power mongers, still threatening, and prepared, however unintentionally, to wipe out all of mankind with their mass murder devices. They have to be eliminated or converted to exterritorialism, voluntarism or panarchism or polyarchism. – The main thing is to eliminate their territorial offices and powers. - JZ, 5.6.91, 15.6.91. 28.3.08, 10.2.11, 19.1.12 - NUCLEAR WAR THREAT, TERRITORIALISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM
POWER: The businessman, as such, has no power to coerce. He cannot force people to buy his goods or services. (*) He may call upon government for special privilege and thus obtain a coercive monopoly. But by doing so he forfeits his status as purely a businessman and becomes in part a politician, or at least the junior partner of a politician.” – Edmund Opitz, THE FREEMAN, 10/75, p.607. - (*) Or to work for him or to invest with him. – JZ, 8.3.08. - BUSINESSMEN, EMPLOYERS, MIXED ECONOMY, WELFARE STATE, LEGALIZED MONOPOLIES & PRIVILEGES, FORCE, COERCION
POWER: the chance to make laws and compel others to do what you want them to do? Why; good heavens, … who in his right mind would want that?” – Frederick Pohl, Servant of the People, ANALOG 2/83, p.105. – TERRITORIALISM, Q., LAWS,
POWER: The clumsiness of power spoils the key, // and uses the pickaxe.” – Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928. - WARFARE STATES, NWT
POWER: the Columbia University professor R. M. MacIver spoke of the state as “the authority which alone has compulsive power.” The English writer, Alfred Cobban, says that “the essence of the state and of all political organizations, is power.” – Edmund Opitz, in THE FREEMAN, I/77, p. 34/35. – Or what I call the territorial monopoly or territorialism, a statist utopia still all too widely believed in, even by most political “scientists”. – JZ, 28.3.08. – TERRITORIALISM VS. EXTERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAW
POWER: The concentrating [of powers] in the same hands is precisely the definition of despotic government. It will be no alleviation that these powers will be exercised by a plurality of hands, and not by a single one.” - Thomas Jefferson - GOVERNMENT, DEMOCRACY
POWER: The condition of freedom in any state is always a widespread and consistent scepticism of the canons upon which power insists.” – Harold Laski. - SOUTHERN LIBERTARIAN MESSENGER, 3/78. – FREEDOM, SKEPTICISM
POWER: The country that had been so proud of its kings, of its nobles, and of its chains, could not learn without teaching that popular power may be tainted with the same poison as personal power.” - Lord Acton, Lectures on the French Revolution, ed. by Figgis & Laurence, MacMillan, 1932, p.108. - AUTHORITARIANISM, POPULARITY, STATISM, DEMOCRACY, PEOPLE, POPULISM, DEMOCRACY, MAJORITARIANISM
POWER: The crimes of history may be summed up in the words - abuse of power.” – Robert G. Ingersoll
POWER: The delegation of authority is, along with economic pressure and force by arms, the major method of human enslavement in the world today. – The power is wrested from the people and the people bow down. – The people bow down at the ballot box as if to say: ‘I agree to obey your laws and follow your decisions, and if I don’t I give you herewith the authority to punish me.’ – Judith Malina, Anarchists and the Pro-Hierarchical Left, in Reinventing Anarchy, p.338. - They certainly do not clearly reserve to themselves the right to secede from the newly elected government, as individuals or as members of societies and communities of volunteers. As for their present political voting being consensual, read the comments on this by Herbert Spencer in chapter 19 of his 1850 book “Social Statics”, called “The Right to Ignore the State”, where he demolishes the notion that participation in elections constitutes a real consent to the results of it. – JZ, 22.3.08. – DIS., TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, VOTING, DEMOCRACY, OBEDIENCE, REPRESENTATION, CONSENT, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM
POWER: The difference between political power and any other kind of social ‘power’, between a government and any private organization, is the fact that the government holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force.” – O’Neil, Ayn Rand, p.47. – TERRITORIALISM, MONOPOLY OF FORCE
POWER: The education of men close to immense power could be very expensive. And one could never be certain how many human beings, all across the world, might have to pay the cost.” – Alfred Coppel, Thirtyfour East, p.76. – Why should we have to rely on the very limited and costly attempts to influence, educate, bribe, threaten or blackmail those in territorial power or close to the power-holders, as their advisors? Free enterprise and free competition, free choice and freedom of contract in this sphere would means something very different, namely, independence from the present territorial power holders, or the complete abolition or destruction of all territorial and thus monopolistic and coercive powers of some men over others, who are not their voluntary followers. – JZ, 31.3.08. –TERRITORIALISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
POWER: The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim's sympathies; a diseased appetite, like a passion for drink or perverted tastes; one can scarcely use expressions too strong to describe the violence of egotism it stimulates; and Thurlow Weed was one of the exceptions; a rare immune.” - Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907. - POLITICIANS, EGOTISM, CORRUPTION
POWER: The English kings were powerful, but never absolute. Probably there never was and never could be an absolute monarch, for a king must act through agents, and then what he calls his absolute power is really theirs.” – Source? – Power does not have to be absolute or in the hands of a single person to do already much wrong and harm. A little power over others, rather than self, can already go a long way – in the wrong direction. – JZ, 11.9.08. - RULERS, LEADERSHIP, PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, PRESIDENTS, CHANCELLORS, DICTATORS, TYRANTS, BUREAUCRACY, ABSOLUTE POWER, PUBLIC SERVANTS
POWER: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.” - James Madison, speech in the Virginia constitutional convention, Richmond, Virginia, December 2, 1829. - The Writings of James Madison, ed. Gaillard Hunt, vol. 9, p.361 (1910). - These words are inscribed in the Madison Memorial Hall, Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building. – And they are still and habitually ignored by most of the members Congress. – JZ, 19.1.12. - GOVERNMENT, ABUSES, CORRUPTION
POWER: the formulas “left” and “right” have no meaning, if anything they are equal because both are supported by a false alibi and both aim at an identical goal, the Power that crushes, …” Oriana Fallaci, A Man, p.446. – TERRITORIALISM, CLASSIFICATION SCHEMES, LEFT & RIGHT, RULE, GOVERNMENT
POWER: The government used its power to take away almost all our freedom.” – John Singleton, 20.10.76. – FREEDOM, GOVERNMENT
POWER: the great powers of the moment hold a more imposing overbalance of brute might than any former great power has held in all history.” – David Cort, Social Astonishments, p.100. – ABC mass murder devices cannot be effectively used e.g. against single tyrants or despots only. To that extent they are useless. By also threatening the victims of tyrants they do rather support, however unintentionally, than threaten their regimes. – People threatened with total annihilation will even support a tyrannical leader patriotically or nationalistically. – Nuclear strength amounts thus to a nuclear weakness. – It forgets the old Roman saying: “Divide and rule!” A saying which now should be revised into: Let people divide themselves into the kind of communities that they prefer for themselves, all fully exterritorially autonomous, under personal laws, and thereby liberate them, as much as they want to be liberated, by individual choice, – rather than imposing a territorial “unified” democracy upon them. - JZ, 12.4.08. – Such a liberation could be started by recognizing all kinds of governments and societies in exile, all only for their present and future volunteers. Such a program, already partly realized in the host countries and thus demonstrating its successes with practical examples, could come to sufficiently unite all resistance movements and potentials in despotically ruled countries and turn their members into our secret and finally open allies. - JZ, 10.2.11. - PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PERSONAL LAW, WAR AIMS, GOVERNMENTS-IN-EXILE, VOLUNTARISM, IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN
POWER: The great question which, in all ages, has disturbed mankind, and brought on them the greatest part of those mischiefs which have ruined cities, depopulated countries, and disordered the peace of the world, has been, not whether there be power in the world, nor whence it came but who should have it.” – John Locke, Treatises on Government, I, 1690 - - Instead of asking, whether there should be any territorial powers at all, instead of merely the self-management “powers” of communities of volunteers, all without any territorial monopoly! – Only very few historians and political scientists have even considered the latter possibility - so far. - JZ, 3.11.85, 28.3.08, 10.2.11, 15.7.12.
POWER: The greater the degrees of power, and the wider the gap between governors and governed, the stronger the appeal of office to those who are likely to abuse it, and the less the response which can be expected from the individual. Super-governments have succeeded, as the Roman Church succeeded for a while, when they could appeal directly to the mores of the public. Public social sense which transcends frontiers is a fact, and it persists, but it has so far failed to restrain local governments from aggressive actions. Who is to repress the world authority when it, too, falls into the wrong hands?” – Alex Comfort, Authority and Delinquency, p.85. – Why has this book been kept out of print for decades? Has someone at least put it online or on a disk? – JZ, 21.3.08. - WORLD STATE, WORLD GOVERNMENT, WORLD FEDERATION, CENTRALIZATION, DECENTRALIZATION, TERRITORIALISM, UNITED NATIONS
POWER: The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.” – Edmund Burke, (1729-1797), speech, House of Commons, “On the Middlesex Elections”, 7.2.1771. – Hyman Quotations, p.78. – DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY ON WAR & PEACE, CENTRAL BANKING, TERRITORIALISM, WAR, TAXATION, INFLATION, ABUSE
POWER: The Greatest Threat to Freedom Everywhere is the Unlimited Concentration of Power Anywhere.” – Edmund Burke. –– All territorial power, except that of miniature States, hardly larger than some private real estates, is, by its very nature, largely centralized, even when merely in form of local and State governments, not only in form of federal governments. The trend towards more centralization is observable also in moves to amalgamate local governments and even abolish State governments and in the development of mass murder devices, wrongly called “weapons” and very different from those that can be used defensively and discriminatingly against the real aggressors. Large territorial governments are, largely, Warfare States or mass murder institutions, all too well prepared only for this wrongful and irrational objective, under all kinds of false pretences, assumptions and conclusions. – JZ, 22.308, 19.1.12. - CONCENTRATION OF POWER, WEAPONS, MASS MURDER DEVICES, DETERRENCE, NWT
POWER: the heresy of the age: that government with enough power can cure almost any economic disease under the sun.” – Ralph Harris, The End of Government … ? – Even the most powerful government cannot cure but only cause and prolong economic troubles by its usual governmental interventionist measures. No territorial government is as yet ready to repeal all prior meddling laws and institutions and then simply step aside or abdicate as well or to confine all its future activities to its remaining volunteers under personal law or exterritorial autonomy. – JZ, 25.7.92, 28.3.08, 19.1.12, 1.47.12. - Thus we have to rely upon the realization of individual and group secessionism combined with the establishment of alternative institutions, societies and communities, all for volunteers only and under personal law, freely and peacefully competing with each other under full exterritorial autonomy, not claiming any territorial monopoly for any of them but united in their aim to abolish all existing territorial monopolies, i.e., the existing States, thereby transforming them into statist communities of their remaining volunteers and thus making them relatively harmless to outsiders. - JZ, 10.2.11, 19.1.12. - STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM, TERRITORIALISM, ECONOMICS, MEDDLING, LAWS, INTERVENTIONISM, PLANNING, POLITICS, CRISES
POWER: The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental powers, not the increase of it. When we resist, therefore, the concentration of power, we are resisting the processes of death, because concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human liberties.” – President Woodrow Wilson– The first sentence was quoted in THE FREEMAN, 9/75, p.566. - He, too, did not renounce the centralized and concentrated power that allowed him to lead the U.S.A. into the slaughters of WW I. - What for? It was certainly not a war to end all wars. And the post-war democracies did continue this kind of centralization of power and finally allowed the Mussolini and Hitler types to rise and to rule for all too long and bring about WW II and the further rise of the Soviet Regime and that of Mao Tse Tung. - all with the same kind of centralized territorial powers. With territorial power in his hands, Wilson, too, became a warmonger in WW I. - However, at last he woke up, after a while and attempted to declare what to him were just war aims. Most other leaders still fail to do so and, to my knowledge, none of them - or any anarchist or libertarian movement - has so far managed to declare exclusively just and liberating war and peace aims. - JZ, 24.11.06. – 9.3.08, 10.2.11, 27.1.12. – DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY ON WAR & PEACE, LIMITATIONS, LIBERTY, CONCENTRATION & CENTRALIZATION, WAR AIMS
POWER: The history of the human race is one long story of attempts by certain persons and classes to obtain control of the power of the State, so as to win earthly gratifications at the expense of others.” – W. G. Sumner, What Social Classes Owe to Each Other, p.88.
POWER: The ideas of economics and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else.” – John Maynard Keynes. – Keynsianism provided proof of that for decades and to large extent does still. He recommended what the central bankers did and wanted to do, anyhow. Perhaps, without his teachings, central banking would already have been overthrown by now. – JZ, 23.2.08, 15.7.12. - IDEAS, ECONOMISTS, TERRITORIALISM, CENTRAL BANKING, MONETARY DESPOTISM
POWER: The imbecility of men is always inviting the impudence of power.” – R. W. Emerson, Representative Men, I, 1850. – This situation could be rapidly changed with the introduction of individual and group secessionism and full exterritorial autonomy for communities and societies of volunteers. Alas, the imbecility of most political scientists, not to speak of politicians and journalists or other writers on politics, consists in not even having considered this political alternative. So addicted are they to territorialism. – JZ, 28.3.08. – I would gladly hear of all exceptions to this rule. – J.Z., 15.7.12. – firstname.lastname@example.org
POWER: the important thing. That is, of course, how to avoid power.” – Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus II, p. 33. – Alas, he, too, did not provide a good enough program for this. – Who has, if anyone? – I do admit that my own is still incomplete and flawed – but then who offers a better one or bothered to correct the flaws and omissions in mine? – Insufficient interest is to blame, I believe, in what are really the own affairs as well, those going e.g. beyond the daily decision-making in jobs, as consumers, family people, and as individuals just pursuing fun, entertainment and xyz hobbies, sports, arts etc. Most are still, so do speak, “dancing” at the edge of a volcano about to erupt at any moment. They demonstrate the horizon of an insect on a drive-way about to be crushed. Or, as someone once said, they do have a “horizon” with a zero radius and they call that their “point of view” or they defend their apathy towards important public affairs with platitudes like: “everybody is entitled to his opinion!” - JZ, 19.1.12, 15.7.12. – PEOPLE, MAN, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, LACK OF INTEREST IN THE OWN AFFAIRS, OBEDIENCE, ADAPTATION TO POWERLESSNESS, DECIDOPHOBIA, DIS.
POWER: The instinct to command others, and its primitive essence, is a carnivorous, altogether bestial and savage instinct. Under the influence of the mental development of man, it takes on a somewhat more ideal form and becomes somewhat ennobled, presenting itself as the instrument of reason and the devoting [devoted? – J.Z.] servant of that abstraction, or political fiction, which is called the public good. But in its essence it remains just as baneful, and it becomes even more so when, with the application of science, it extends its scope and intensifies the power of its action. If there is a devil in history, it is this power principle.” - Michael Bakunin, Protestation of the Alliance, 1871. – He felt or wished to become the leader of all anarchists and was thus, also, a power addict. Like Marx, he was also in denial of private property rights and ignored the importance of the rights and liberties of free exchange. – JZ, 9.3.08, 10.2.11. - STATE, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, WELFARE STATE, COMMON GOOD, PUBLIC WELFARE, PUBLIC INTEREST, LEADERSHIP, COMMAND, INSTINCT, HISTORY, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES
POWER: The interference of one man with another, of society with its members, of the state with the subject, must be brought down to the lowest dimension. Power intervenes only to restrict intervention, to guard the individual from oppression, that is from regulation in an interest not his own.” - Lord Action, Lectures on the French Revolution, ed. by Figgis & Laurence, MacMillan, 1932, p.11. – This job is so important that it should, certainly, not be left to territorial monopolists! – JZ, 1.10.07. – For they are usually power addicts! – J.Z., 15.7.12. - INTERVENTION, POLITICIANS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, REPRESENTATIVES, INTERFERENCE, STATE & SOCIETY VS. INDIVIDUALS, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY VS. TERRITORIALISM
POWER: The kind of economic organization that provides economic freedom directly, namely, competitive capitalism, also promotes political freedom because it separates economic power from political power and this way enables the one to offset the other.” - Milton Friedman, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. - The laissez-faire tolerance and competition without a territorial monopoly, first introduced in the sphere of religion, then at least partly seen as the ideal in economics and somewhat practised in the 19th century, must now become extended to whole political, social and economic systems, all only for their volunteers and all of them without any territorial monopoly. Merely laissez faire in economics, under a limited but still territorial government, does not go far enough. We need laissez faire for all kinds of libertarians as well as for all kinds of statists, all without any territorial monopoly, to finally establish peace and as much justice and freedom as individuals and their groups are presently prepared for, with all of them doing their own things only among themselves and at their own risk and expense. - Thereby progress would be speeded up and finally maximized. - We can lead the horses to the water but we cannot make them drink, as an old proverb has it. Even full freedom should not be forced upon anybody. But wherever it is already established it should be protected against any attacker. - Full awareness of all genuine rights and liberties and their utilization makes this job relatively easy, when there is also an optimal military organization to introduce and uphold them, to the extent that they are appreciated and wanted by any community of volunteers. - JZ, 10.2.11, 19.1.12. - COMPETITION, ECONOMIC POLITICAL FREEDOM, MILITIA, INDIVIDUAL HUMAN RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SECESSIONISM & PANARCHISM
POWER: The King said, ‘Power does not corrupt, Fear corrupts, perhaps the fear of a loss of power.” – John Steinbeck, The Short Reign of Pippin IV, quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations. – The suppressed own subjects as well as other territorial regimes are rightly feared, by all territorial power-holders. – How many bodyguards do they have and need, compared with the number of official policemen per 10,000 people in their population? If they ruled only over volunteers, would they have to be so afraid of assassins or tyrannicide attempts? - JZ, 10.2.11, 19.1.12, 15.7.12. - CORRUPTION, FEAR OF LOSS OF POWER, FEAR OF THE OWN TERRITORIAL SUBJECTS
POWER: the less power it (the state) has, to exert compulsion on human choices between good and evil, the less likelihood that it will be able to impose on people a total mistake.” – John Chamberlain, The Morality of Free Enterprise, quoted in WESTERN WORLD REVIEW, Summer 67. – Or any quite wrongful action, policy, system or institution. – JZ, 19.1.12.
POWER: the little men who feel the need of power to relieve them from their smallness.” – Clifford Simak, Time Is the Simplest Thing, p.166, PAN 1964, Methuen 1977, Magnum Books 1980. – That may also be a reason for spectator sport and the appeal of movies and books with heroes. The observers identify with the athletes and heroes and try to enjoy their supposedly reflected glory by proxy or mere proximity, imagining themselves in their place. – There may be better explanations but this one does me for the time being. – JZ, 25.10.07. - The individual sovereignty expressed by individual secessionism and the options to establish or join alternative societies and communities of volunteers, all peacefully coexisting in the same territory, may be enough to satisfy the limited power urges of most people. - JZ, 10.2.11. - POWER URGE, POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRATS, STATISM, LITTLE MEN, POWERLESSNESS, HERO-CULT, PERSONALITY CULT, SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM
POWER: The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves." - William Hazlitt, (1778-1830) - THE TIMES. - Sent by C. B. – The love of liberty does not require the love of others but merely the love of justice towards others, i.e., respect of all their genuine individual rights and liberties – to the extent that they want to make use of them in their panarchistic communities of volunteers. – One could even dislike or hate others – and still be just towards them. - JZ, 9.3.09. – POWER ADDICTION VS. LOVE OF LIBERTY, LOVE OF POWER, JUSTICE, SELFISHNESS & ALTRUISM, DIS.
POWER: the love of power … is generally an embodiment of fear. Men desire to be in control because they are afraid that the control of others will be used unjustly to their detriment.” – Bertrand Russell. – Do people merely love power merely because they fear coming under the control of other power-holders? – While this motive is involved in the mutual nuclear war threats, I do hold that other motives are involved. – JZ, 21.3.08. – TERRITORIALISM, DIS., FEAR
POWER: The love of power is natural, it is insatiable; it is whetted, not cloyed by possession … Power is of an elastic nature, ever extending itself and encroaching on the liberties of the subjects.” – James Burgh, Political Disquisitions, quoted in THE FREEMAN, 10/74. - Panarchies would grow in membership by their power of attraction, rather than by any territorial power to dominate or terrorize dissenters. - JZ, 10.2.11. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: The lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness.” – Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom, 1941. – It may be so rooted but it is expressed with all too much strength. – JZ, 21.3.08. – STRENGTH, WEAKNESS – Quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations & in READER’S DIGEST, 5/82.
POWER: the magistrate’s power ‘consists only in outward force’, …” John Locke, 1689, in his letter on tolerance, quoted by Russell Lewis in K.W. Watkins, In Defence of Freedom, p.90. – SELF-CONTROL, EXTERNAL VS. INTERNAL CONTROLS, SELF-DISCIPLINE
POWER: The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys: // Power, like a desolating pestilence, Pollutes whate'er it touches, and obedience // Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, // Makes slaves of men, and, of the human frame, A mechanized automaton.” - Percy Bysshe Shelley
POWER: The measure of man is what he does with power.” - Pittacus. - Rather: The measure of a man is whether he strives, in any way, for power over involuntary victims or, rather, for freedom for himself and for others. - JZ, 13.10.02. - & MAN, CHARACTER, DIS., FREEDOM
POWER: The mere redistribution of territorial power is not enough. Only its abolition will satisfy me – and could satisfy most other honest people. – JZ, 21.5.73, 21.3.08. - DECENTRALIZATION
POWER: the mighty power of those who know where they are going.” – Douglas Darby, Slovakia’s Quest for Freedom, p.94. – Alas, he, too, had only territorial “freedom” in mind, not full exterritorial autonomy for communities of volunteers. – JZ, 28.3.08. – PROGRAM, IDEAS, KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE, PREJUDICES
POWER: The more power a government has the more it can act arbitrarily according to the whims and desires of the elite, and the more it will make war on others and murder its foreign and domestic subjects. The more constrained the power of governments, the more power is diffused, checked, and balanced, the less it will aggress on others and commit democide.” – R. J. Rummel, Death by Government. - ELITE, WAR, DESPOTISM, DEATH BY GOVERNMENTS
POWER: the old adage is wrong: money is not power in the political sense, it is the alternative to power.” – John Gouriet, Freedom and Enterprise, p.40 of K. W. Watkins, ed., In Defence of Freedom. – And even here one should distinguish between the money of monetary despotism and that of monetary freedom. The former supports territorial power, the latter would be very influential in demolishing it. – JZ, 29.3.08. – MONETARY FREEDOM VS. MONETARY DESPOTISM, MONEY POWER VS. POLITICAL & TERRITORIAL POWER, PROPERTY, CAPITALISM, MONOPOLY CAPITALISM, CAPITALISM OF THE MANY, WIDE-SPREAD EARNED PROPERTY, FINANCIAL FREEDOM
POWER: The old struggle for power goes on. For the purpose of that struggle we are prepared to transform our society in any way that it may demand. For the purposes of the war for power we will accept anything that the strength of the enemy imposes: we will be socialist, autocratic, democratic, or communist; we will conscribe the bodies, souls, wealth of our people; we will proscribe, as we do, the Christian doctrine, and all mercy and humanity; we will organize falsehood and deceit, and call it statecraft and strategy; lie for the purpose of inflaming hate, and rejoice at the effectiveness of our propaganda; we will torture helpless millions by pestilence and famine – as we have done – and look on unmoved; our priests, in the name of Christ, will reprove misplaced pity, and call for the further punishment of the wicked, still greater efforts in the Fight for Right. We shall not care what transformations take place in our society or our natures; or what happens to the human spirit. Obediently, at the behest of the enemy – because, that is, his power demands that conduct of us – shall we do all those things, or anything, save only one: we will not negotiate or make a contract with him. That would limit our ‘independence’; by which we mean that his submission to our mastery would be less complete.” - Norman Angell, Human Nature and the Peace Problem, 1925, p.134/35. – Negotiations with the “enemy” are still a monopoly of territorial governments, which do all suppress attempts by civilians and soldiers (all of them victims of the warring territorial governments) to negotiate separate peace treaties, between them, over the heads of their territorial governments. – JZ, 8.10.08, 10.2.11, 19.1.12. - POWER STRUGGLES WAR, WARFARE, SEPARATE PEACE TREATIES BETWEEN THE SUBJECTS, UNILATERAL PEACE DECLARATIONS, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY, WAR AIMS. UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER DEMANDS, WAR CRIMES, ATROCITIES, TERRITORIALISM, INDISCRIMINATE BOMBING ETC., TREASON, MUTINY, MILITARY INSURRECTIONS, REVOLUTIONS, DISOBEDIENCE
POWER: The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power. The prize of the general is not a bigger tent, but command.” – Oliver Wendell Holms, Jr.
POWER: The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. (*) His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.” - John Stuart Mill - (*) wrongs towards others. - JZ, n.d. - Territorially monopolizing institutions for the protection of justice, genuine individual rights and liberties does certainly not maximize justice or helps to introduce and uphold all such rights and liberties. - JZ, 11.2.11, 19.1.12.
POWER: The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community against his will, is to prevent harm to others. Over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign. – Harriet and John Mill, On Liberty, 1859. - The term “injure” or “harm” should be replaced by “wrong”. – If I do no longer work for you or buy from you or when I start a competing business, then I would, somewhat, harm your business but I would not commit any wrong towards you. – Even now this difference is still all too often overlooked. - JZ, 22.3.08.
POWER: the only safe form of power is shared power.” – Fourth World Declaration, VIII. – The best form of power sharing consists in letting everybody have power over himself and groups of volunteers managing themselves, under their own profit and loss accounts. People should not be forced and ruled in territorial and enforced “units”, “countries”, “nations” or States but should become free to sort themselves out into like-minded and compatible groups, to maximize their performance. No power over others and full power over self! - Compare: “Shared responsibility is none!” Only when responsibility is also shared at the lowest level, at the work place, will real and individual responsibility come fully into operation in every enterprise. – With regard to territorial power, it should not be shared but, rather destroyed and replaced by voluntary societies, communities and experimental groups doing their own things for or to themselves, at their own cost and risk. – JZ, 13.6.82, 23.3.08, 19.1.12. - DIS., DEMOCRACY, VOTING, REPRESENTATION, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY, CENTRALIZATION, COMMITTEES, HIERARCHIES, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PERSONAL LAW, DECENTRALIZATION, PRODUCTIVE COOPS, SELF-MANAGEMENT SCHEMES
POWER: the only sane course of action open to us, according to [Paul] Goodman, “is to stop thinking in terms of power altogether”, and hence it was that he rejected the revolutionary solutions offered by Lenin along with the pseudo-democratic proposals of the Trumans and Eisenhowers and turned toward the brilliant truths of the Jeffersonian philosophy.” - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom. A Study in American Anarchism, p.576. – Did Jefferson develop the freedom philosophy sufficiently? – JZ, 22.3.08. – Q., JEFFERSON
POWER: The only thing you can do with power is to abuse it.” – Ascribed, without quotation marks, to Thomas Szasz.
POWER: The only way to get rid of the abuse of government power is to get rid of government power.” – Frank Chodorov. – I hold that it will be enough to reduce it to power over its remaining volunteers and to exterritorial autonomy or personal law only. – JZ, 20.3.08, 19.1.12. – GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM, PANARCHISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM, PERSONAL LAWS
POWER: The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.” – Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954, p.78. – He should rather have spoken of the right and freedom to shape one’s own future. - Power should become greatly extended as power over the own affairs and abolished as imposed power over the affairs of others, leaving only powers that groups of volunteers establish and maintain among themselves over their own common affairs. – No power over others. Only power over oneself and one’s own affairs! - JZ, 20.11.85, 29.3.08. – INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, PANARCHISM
POWER: The only way to remove their power is to dry up the tax fountain.” – FREEDOM MAGAZINE, Sum. 74. – TAX STRIKE, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PERSONAL LAWS, PANARCHISM, MINORITY AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARY STATE MEMBERSHIP VS. TERRITORIALISM
POWER: The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind – not the fiend or the sadist,” warned Erich Fromm. – Quoted in Robert J. Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p. 66/67. – MAN, COMMON MAN, RULERS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, “ELITES”, GOVERNMENTS, POLITICIANS, VOTING, REPRESENTATIVES, DEMOCRACY, STATISM
POWER: The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves." - John Locke, 1632-1704; Second (?) Treatise Concerning Civil Government. - RIGHTS, LIBERTIES, PEOPLE, DELEGATION, REPRESENTATION, DECISION-MAKING, DEMOCRACY
POWER: The people in power always feel that the needs of the society (*) outweigh the desires (**) of the individual. – Wayne Barton, ANALOG, 3/74. – (*) As determined by them! - - (**) and the rights and liberties! – JZ, 8.3.08. - - PUBLIC INTEREST, NEEDS, SECURITY OF THE STATE, COMMON GOOD, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, DIS.
POWER: The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their possession any swords, short swords, bows, spears, firearms, or other types of arms. The possession of unnecessary implements makes difficult the collection of taxes and dues and tends to foment uprisings.” - Toyotomi Hideyoshi, dictator of Japan, August 1588. - CENTRALIZED & EXCLUSIVE, DICTATORSHIPS, TYRANNIES, DESPOTISMS, GUN CONTROL LAWS OR VICTIM DISARMAMENT
POWER: the person or persons who, standing on the very summit of the social cone, have no one to submit to, nor anywhere to rise to, and have no motive for action except ambition and love of power. These are generally so depraved and stupefied by their insane power over life and death, and by the flattery and servility from those around them, which is connected with such power, that while doing evil, they feel convinced they are the benefactors of the human race. It is the people themselves who, by sacrificing their human dignity for material profits (*), produce these men, and are afterwards angry with them for their stupid and cruel acts; …” - Tolstoy, in Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.318. – (*) Actually, by not claiming and realizing all their economic rights and liberties they do not profit but rather suffer great losses. - JZ, 10.2.11. - STATISM, RULERS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: The person who used political power to force others to conform to his ideas seems inevitably to become corrupted by the power he holds. In due course he comes to believe that power and wisdom are the same thing and, since he has power, he must also have wisdom. At this point he begins to lose his ability to distinguish between what is morally right and what is politically expedient.” - Ben Moreell, ISIL LIBERTY QUOTE LIBRARY 03. - & WISDOM, CORRUPTION
POWER: The philosophy of power is barbaric, inhuman and absurd philosophy.” – Edvard Benes. – It hardly deserves the term “philosophy”. – JZ, 21.2.08. - Full power over the own affairs, full realization of all genuine individual rights and liberties, even if, initially, only among groups of volunteers, means the so far remaining territorial statist barbarism is replaced by a peaceful and prosperous civilization. - However small its beginnings may be, if not suppressed, then it might spread rather fast, by imitation or people individually joining and accepting it. - JZ, 10.2.11, 15.7.12. – Suitable timing for all such attempts is most important, e.g. times of very high unemployment and rapid inflations. – JZ, 19.1.12. – TERRITORIALISM, TIMING, LIBERATION, SECESSIONISM
POWER: The poor and the weak are a greater support for those in power than the wealthy and strong. Perhaps the poor and weak like to identify with their powerful hero, just like they do with actors, athletes and heroes in novels? – JZ, 9.3.08. – PERSONALITY CULT, HEROES, TERRITORIALISM, OBEDIENCE, FOLLOWERS
POWER: The possession of power over others is inherently destructive both to the possessor of the power and to those over whom it is exercised.” – G. D. Herron, in: Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.532. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: The possession of unlimited power not only corrupts people over whom power is exercised, but ‘corrodes the conscience, hardens the heart, and confounds the understanding of monarchs.’ – Lord Acton, Essays, p.63. – RULERS, POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIP, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, PREMIERS, MINISTERS, BUREAUCRATS, CORRUPTION
POWER: The possession of unlimited power will make a despot of almost any man. There is a possible Nero in the gentlest human creature that walks.” – Thomas Bailey Aldrich, “Leaves from a Notebook”, Poncapog Papers, 1903.
POWER: the power game of power politics with the whole of humanity as the stakes is not a game we should be part of, and we will shout this from the roof-tops till the sun stops shining.” – From the paper of Australia Party, “Reform”, quoted in PROGRESS, May 75. – NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
POWER: The power of government is self-intoxicating.” – GOOD GOVERNMENT, 12/74.
POWER: The power of Kings and Magistrates is nothing else, but what is only derivative, transferr'd and committed to them in trust from the People, to the common good of them all, in whom the power yet remaines fundamentally, and cannot be tak'n from them, without a violation of thir natural birthright.” - John Milton, "The Tenure of Kings," The Works of John Milton, vol.5, p.10 (1932). - In other words, the people, as a whole, or in any voluntary segment, down to the individual dissenters, should remain quite free to secede and to form alternative and exterritorially autonomous associations and communities for themselves. – JZ, 13.10.02. - PEOPLE, POLITICS, NATURAL LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS, SECESSIONISM, PANARCHISM
POWER: The Power of the Market: Through the market and to the degree that it is unregulated, we draw power from each other. That is the strength of America – past, present and future – the power of the American idea. Vision, intelligence, and capability multiplied again and again by the efforts of people freely doing what they do best.” – Joan Marie Leonard, in THE FREEMAN, Sept. 76, p.562. – Even if, in the beginning, they would merely combine all their freedom information, i.e., all their writings and references, lecture transcripts, ideas, talents, addresses, contacts, tips, platforms, drafts, slogans, etc. which would now fit onto a single external 1 to 3 TB HD, to the equivalent of the pages of over 3 million books on a disk, which is now sometimes offered in Australia for about A $ 300. (Down to $ 99 for 2 TBs by now. - 10.2.11.) (Lowest price in Australia, for a 3TBs one, I found so far: A$ 165. – J.Z., 15.7.12.) - Between them freedom lovers do already have hundreds of thousands of PCs and scanners for this purpose – and their email connection ability and their small freedom libraries. Could they not and should they not use their networking options for this? – So far not even a single complete freedom library or comprehensive freedom bookshop exists in the whole world – and this in the face of such electronic freedom options! – Recently I bought for only A $11, in a Camden bookshop, a Eurekamultimedia and Windows & Macintosh CD containing over 4000 Works of Literature, including some pro-freedom writings, www.nodtronics.com.au – as an example to help inspire libertarians to do something similar for their output. – As an old proverb has it: “Knowledge is Power”. Lets combine all our knowledge thus, electronically, with an inbuilt search engine. - JZ, 29.3.08, 19.1.12. – CD-PROJECT, LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY ON A SINGLE EXTERNAL HD., AMERICANISM, LIBERTARIAN LIBRARY
POWER: The power of the state must be reduced to a level where individual peaceful acts, love of fellowman, and trust of one’s neighbor can come shining through in fact, internationally. To reduce that power is the challenge facing peace-loving people everywhere.” – John C, Sparks, THE FREEMAN, 4/73. – Genuine individual rights and liberties require for their realization and protection also the kind of organizations and methods that are based, not only upon the private initiatives of some concerned individuals. All their members must be volunteers and must seriously collaborate to achieve and extend liberties and rights to their limits, at least for themselves. However, even the practice of all individual rights and liberties should not be imposed upon anyone, only respect for them when applied by others among themselves. Numerous charities diverse other associations have already been organized. Free, just, peaceful, productive and exchange activities must be freely and properly organized, too, in their various peacefully competing and coexisting free market enterprises and organizations, societies and communities, all without a territorial monopoly. - JZ, 10.2.11, 19.1.12, 15.7.12. - PEACE, TERRITORIALISM, WARFARE STATE, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM
POWER: The power to enforce absolute evil on a population becomes tremendous – and tremendously tempting – when the entire economic apparatus of a nation becomes an integral part of is machinery of rule. When the state possesses the power to deny bread to a man’s family, even potential martyrs will hesitate to go against its edicts.” – John Chamberlain, The Morality of Free Enterprise, quoted in WESTERN WORLD REVIEW, Summer 67. - TOTALITARIANISM, ECONOMIC POWER OF THE COLLECTIVIST-NATIONALIST TERRITORIAL STATE, OFFICIAL TERRORISM
POWER: The power to tax is the power to destroy.” – John Marshall – Seeing the multitude of taxes is should be no surprise that much of the economy, of the market, of trade and private property and of individual rights and liberties has been infringed or even destroyed. Even free banking was sometimes taxed rather than legislated out of existence. – JZ, 10.3.09. - TAXATION & DESTRUCTION OF RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, VOLUNTARY TAXATION OR SUBSCRIPTIONS
POWER: The power to tax is the power to destroy’ and nothing can be more important than limiting governmental power.” – Charles R. La Dow, in THE FREEMAN, 2/75. - Merely limiting territorial power is not enough. It must be abolished. - JZ, 10.2.11.
POWER: The power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest "functionaire" possesses who wields the coercive power of the state, and on whose desecration it depends whether and how I am allowed to live or to work.” – Friederich von Hayek, The Road to Serfdom. - PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE POWER, CAPITALISM, CORPORATIONS, WEALTH, BUREAUCRACY, PUBLIC SERVANTS, CIVIL SERVANTS, OFFICIALS
POWER: The powers of governments are acquired by delegation from the individual citizens (*) and, therefore, government cannot properly exercise any power which the individual himself did not first possess.” – Ben Moreell, Log II, p.167. - (*) At most from majorities, not from individual citizens, at least not as far as territorial governments are concerned. His remark would be correct only for communities of volunteers. – However, volunteers could also grant extraordinary privileges to their leaders, as long as they are prepared to put up with the consequences. – Compare the position of e.g. the Pope for Roman Catholics. – Such power grants are also applications of the advice: “Love thy enemy!” and of the phenomenon of “the sanction of the victims”. - JZ, 8.3.08, 15.7.12. - DELEGATION OF POWER, INDIVIDUALISM, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES, STATISM, OBEDIENCE, SUBMISSIVENESS, SLAVE- OR SERF-MENTALITY
POWER: The powers that the state acquires are not often surrendered.” – A. H. Meltzer, Why Government Grows, p.6. – Territorial power does produce addicts to it. Abdications are rare under territorialism. – JZ, 12.4.08, 19.1.12, 15.7.12. - All the more urgent is the development of a sound libertarian liberation, defence and revolution program as well as one for the speeding-up of the process of enlightenment, especially seeing how long we have already continued to exist, by much luck, under the "nuclear umbrella". Our luck in this respect will not last indefinitely. - JZ, 10.2.11. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: The privacy and dignity of our citizens [are] being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we have seen – a society in which government may intrude into the secret regions of a [person’s] life.” – William O. Douglas (1898-1980), U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Osborne v. United States. - We have not yet adopted the principles, methods and institutions to gradually extend liberties, via volunteers, one by one. - JZ, 10.2.11. - TERRITORIAL ONES, ARE GRADUALLY EXTENDED, EXTERRITORIAL OPTIONS ARE STILL INSUFFICIENTLY DISCUSSED, FAR LESS REALIZED. PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM ETC.
POWER: The real key to an information-age opportunity society is true power to the people - not phony liberalist-populist cries of power to the people which really mean power to the bureaucracy, and not phony big-business conservative cries of decentralized power in Washington when they secretly want decentralized (*) power in the board room and the country club.” - Newt Gingrich, Window of Opportunity, A Blueprint for the Future, p.262. – Under people in this sense should only be understood communities and societies of volunteers, not whole populations penned into territories and misruled by territorial governments. – JZ, 10.3.09. – (*) largely centralized? – JZ - TO THE PEOPLE? LIBERALISM, BUREAUCRACY, POLITICIANS, REPRESENTATION, TERRITORIALISM, DEMOCRACY, REFERENDUM, VOTING, SECESSIONISM FOR DISSENTERS, DIS.
POWER: The revolutionary spirit had been handed down from the seventeenth-century sects, through the colonial charters. As early as 1638 a Connecticut preacher said: “The choice of public magistrates belongs unto the people, by God’s own allowance. They have the power to appoint officers and magistrates, it is in their power, also, to set the bounds and limitations of the power and place unto which they call them.” – In Rhode Island, where the Royal Charter was so liberal that it lasted until 1842, all power reverted annually to the people, and the authorities had to undergo re-election. Connecticut possessed so finished a system of self-government in the towns; that it served as a model for the federal Constitution.” – Lord Acton, Lectures on Modern History, p.292. - Mere associations and societies of volunteers with different ideas on political, economic and social systems, do form the only genuine "peoples". A territorial uniformity of realized views in these spheres can only be achieved temporarily, either by unsatisfactory compromises or by wrongful coercion. - JZ, 10.2.11. - PEOPLE, DEMOCRACY, AMERICAN REVOLUTION, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: The run to the top (of territorial power) is also the quickest run downhill. – JZ, 18.12.76, 21.3.08. – Alas, not necessarily for the power holders but, rather for their victims. – The greater the power of the few – the lower the living standard of the many, and the less liberties and rights can be they freely practise. - JZ, 15.7.12.
POWER: The saying 'power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely' is accurate enough for many cases, but more often applicable is the amended principle: power draws the corrupted, absolute power would draw the absolutely corrupted." - Promethea by Phoenix, 2/12/03. - http://www.free-market.net/rd/396710598.html & CORRUPTION
POWER: The scarlet thread running thru the thoughts and actions of people all over the world is the delegation of great problems to the all-absorbing leviathan - the state - Every time that we try to lift a problem to the government to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of the people.” - John F. Kennedy. - In a confession of his own and greatest sins. His sexual conquests were trivial compared with his political ones - and they usually had voluntary victims only. - I read recently that he was also a very sick and drug-ridden man. (*) He doubled the nuclear arsenal of the U.S. - and for that alone he probably deserved to be executed - but not by a communist, who favored the same wrongful power for a still more wrongful other regime. - JZ, 24.11.02. – (*) Thus he would, probably, not have been accepted as an airline pilot. But it seems that anybody can become a president, especially when he can spend much on his election campaign. – JZ, 10.3.09. - DELEGATION, STATISM, GOVERNMENT
POWER: The separation of powers is only maximized when it rests upon individuals, with each individual retaining individual sovereignty, each reserving to himself the right to secede and to establish or join a competing kind of government, society or community, all only exterritorially autonomous. This minimum of power in form of genuine self-government, self-determination or genuine independence, would be enough to provide peace, if generally established. Each would then have power only over himself and not over others, unless they are his voluntary supporters and had granted him that power over themselves, as long as they wanted to. – JZ, 3/88, 22.2.08, 19.1.12, 15.7.12. – The separation of territorial bureaucracy into three and supposedly quite separate branches, was just another one of the all too flawed and limited statists utopias. It never fulfilled its initial promises, hopes and expectations. – JZ, 19.3.09. - SEPARATION OF POWERS, POW's: DESERTION, WAR AIMS, GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, SEPARATE PEACE, SECESSION, ALLIANCES, MILITIAS, FREE BANKING, MONETARY FREEDOM, PRISONERS OF WAR, LIBERATION, WARFARE, MILITIAS. - DESERTERS & PANARCHISM, PRISONERS OF WAR
POWER: The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many masters as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortune.” – J. de la Bruyère, quoted in: Dr. Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Prescription, p.15. - POWER SEEKING, AMBITION, POLITICIANS, TRYING TO PLEASE THE MASSES OR MOST VOTERS, LEADERSHIP
POWER: the sorrow and the curse of the world.” – Auberon Herbert, A Plea for Voluntaryism, in Mack edition of Auberon Herbert’s essays, p. 23. – Did A. H. clearly distinguish, anywhere, between monopolistic and coercive territorial power and voluntaristic self-management power only over the own affairs and those of like-minded individuals, even regarding whole political, economic and social systems? – JZ, 21.3.08. – Q.
POWER: The state rules through words, not guns.” – David V. J. Bell, Power, Influence and Authority, Introduction, p.13. - Not only through guns but also through words, misconceived and misleading ones. – JZ, n.d. & 28.3.08. – Add popular errors, myths and prejudices to this list and the usual governmentally controlled mis-education and propaganda. – J.Z., 15.7.12. - WORDS, TERMS, DEFINITIONS, TERMS, PREJUDICES
POWER: The struggle for existence describes an exceptional condition. The rule consists rather in the fight for power.“ – Nietzsche (“Der Kampf ums Dasein” – bezeichnet einen Ausnahmezustand. Die Regel ist vielmehr der Kampf um die Macht.”) – N. overlooked here that most people do not even struggle for power, political or other power, but just try to live as easily and well as they can under the existing conditions, which are largely determined by territorial power-holders. – Their political involvement consists often only in somewhat following the mass media news and occasionally casting their vote. That is hardly a struggle for power. - JZ, 23.2.08. – Only the territorial politicians can be said to struggle for power, not the voters. – JZ, 9.4.08. – VOTING, POLITICIANS, DIS.
POWER: The supreme law of the State is the augmentation of its power to the detriment of internal liberty and external justice.” – Michael Bakunin, The Bear of Berne and the Bear of St. Petersburg, 1870. – STATE, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: The surest way to limit state power is to keep it separate from the people’s livelihoods.” – John Chamberlain, on “The Morality of Free Enterprise”, quoted in WESTERN WORLD REVIEW, Summer 67. – That becomes quite feasible only once individuals and groups of dissenters become quite free to secede from the State and rule themselves under personal laws and full exterritorial autonomy. – Otherwise, they will remain more or less captives of “the great machine”. – JZ, 8.3.08. - SEPARATION OF THE STATE FROM THE ECONOMY, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM
POWER: The system of private property is the most important guarantee (guaranty? - JZ) of freedom, not only for those who own property but scarcely less for those who do not.” – Friedrich August von Hayek, The Road to Serfdom. - Property presupposes self-ownership or individual sovereignty and this implies individual secessionism and voluntary exterritorial autonomy for those individuals who desire it for themselves. Hayek's thinking did not go far enough in this direction. - JZ, 10.2.11.
POWER: the theory of human rights has a refreshingly clear answer: restore power to individuals!”(*) – Tibor R. Machan, NEW GUARD, 7/78. – (*) Only self-management, self-government, self-determination power, alone or in free association with other volunteers, under full exterritorial autonomy or personal law. In other words, full freedom of contracts, of association and disassociation or secession, full freedom to experiment, always at the own risk and expense, without making any territorial claims. - JZ, 10.2.11. - DIS., HUMAN RIGHTS, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
POWER: The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.” – James Madison (1751-1836). – Quoted in TRIBUNE, London. – Also in George Seldes, The Great Quotations & in C. Bingham, Men and Affairs. - All territorial power deserves distrust. - Distrust of it, on its own is not enough. Power given only voluntarily by individuals and from whose grasp individuals can individually withdraw - is quite another matter. -JZ, 26. 11. 06, 10.2.11. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: The ultimate limit of the power of any government is what the citizen will accept.” - John Hyde. - The citizen ought to be free to accept or reject, as an individual, not as a political subject, any policy, law and institution. (*) Conscription, taxation and legal monopolies are not imposed upon consenting victims. - JZ, 7.4.91, 12.1.93. – (*) As long as he does not infringe anyone’s genuine individual liberties and rights, who has not volunteered to be under such a power. – JZ, 19.1.12. - LIMIT, ACCEPTANCE, CONSENT, VOLUNTARISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM
POWER: the unbridled used of arbitrary power, maintained through force and fear, always has a demoralizing and degenerating effect on those who use it. It breeds arrogance, intolerance, and sadism. Like the dope habit, it may start out innocently enough; but it feeds on itself, and things go from bad to worse. The more a person relies on it, the greater the temptation to increase the dose. Thus the “temporary” remedy becomes a pernicious habit, and it is almost impossible to turn back.” - Henry Grady Weaver, The Mainspring of Human Progress, revised edition, FEE, 1953, p.58. - TERRITORIALISM. EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY IS LIMITED BY ITSELF & ITS VOLUNTARISM, ALSO BY THE RESPECT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & LIBERTIES OF OTHERS THAT IT REQUIRES. - JZ, 20.2.11.
POWER: The unceasing chorus of adulation dulls the superman’s faculty of self-criticism; the plenitude of power undermines the instinct of self-control.” – G. P. Gooch: Dictatorship in Theory and Practice.
POWER: The United States has the power to destroy the world, but not the power to save it alone." - Margaret Mead. - Only: "No power for anyone over any dissenter" can save the world. - JZ 8.7.91, 7.1.93. - The first individuals freely and consciously and also quite publicly seceding, from any State, any time and anywhere, might set off an avalanche of similar secessions and of alternative exterritorially autonomous associations of volunteers and these few might thus come to save the world. However, the nation-wide and world-wide repetition of absurdities and wrongs like territorial sovereignty, will not and cannot save us. Sudden and unexpected changes, starting from small beginnings, have often happened in world history and even in our times. A listing of such cases, with references, might be helpful. - JZ 12.7.92, 7.1.93, 10.12.03. - All kinds of lists of more or less trivial actions or happenings are already published. Those of significant alternatives may still have to be compiled or published. - JZ, 10.2.11. - SALVATION, INDIVIDUALS. INTERNATIONALISM, TERRITORIALISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONS, PANARCHISM, PEACE, SAVING THE WORLD, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
POWER: the vicious circle of power is created which in all ages prevents men from developing the fundamental social aspects of their nature. Not only does individualism lead to greater cooperation within society, according to [Stephen Pearl] Andrews, but it equips the individual with the psychological vigor and strength to live in real social solidarity with others.” - Reichert, Partisans of Freedom. A Study in American Anarchism, p.90. – Again, I cannot find the panarchistic, polyarchistic, voluntaristic, experimental freedom, personal law and exterritorial autonomy options clearly enough expressed in this formulation. Do you? Do you know better wordings? – JZ, 22.3.08.
POWER: the widespread false impression that any government is safe and good so long as the people choose it themselves. The truth is that tyranny depends entirely upon the extent of government power and is in no way related to the source of that power.” – Clarence Manion, The Key to Peace, p.62/53. – DEMOCRACY, VOTING, CONSENT, ELECTIONS, TYRANNY, POPULAR GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM, DIS.
POWER: The worst rise to the top but even lower ranks of the bureaucracy can and do already much wrong and harm with their legalized powers and, sometimes, with powers assumed beyond their legal backing. - JZ, 16.3.02, 20.8.02. - PUBLIC SERVANTS, BUREAUCRACY, LEADERSHIP
POWER: The worst threat of concentration of power doesn’t come from business but from politics. – JZ, 16.2.77. – No business threatens me with nuclear weapons but several territorial governments do, directly or indirectly. – JZ, 7.3.08. - CONCENTRATION OF BUSINESS & GOVERNMENT, CENTRALIZATION
POWER: The wrong sort of people are always in power because they would not be in power if they were not the wrong sort of people.” – Jon Wynne-Tyson - TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT - POLITICIANS, RULERS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, LEADERSHIP, GOVERNMENTS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: Their (the Athenians') history furnishes the classic example of the peril of Democracy under conditions singularly favourable ... They were the most religious of the Greeks. They venerated the constitution which had given them prosperity, and equality, and freedom … They tolerated considerable variety of opinion and great licence of speech ... They became the only people of antiquity that grew great by democratic institutions. But the possession of unlimited power, which corrodes the conscience, hardens the heart, and confounds the understanding of monarchs, exercised its demoralizing influence on the illustrious democracy of Athens.” - Lord Acton (John E. E. Dalberg), The History of Freedom in Antiquity, 1877. - They, too, did not sufficiently appreciate and realize freedom to secede and to organize voluntarily in internal and external politics. – They did not abolish slavery, either - JZ, 24.11.02, 15.7.12. - GREECE, ATHENS, DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, CONSTITUTIONALISM, FREEDOM
POWER: There are many kinds of power – physical power, the power to make money, the power to persuade people – but the power I am referring to here is pure, unadulterated, raw power – power over other people.” - Robert J. Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.40. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.” - James Madison. – VS. FREEDOM, GRADUALISM, ENCROACHMENTS, SALAMI TACTICS
POWER: There are similarities between absolute power and absolute faith: a demand for absolute obedience, a readiness to attempt the impossible, a bias for simple solutions - to cut the knot rather than unravel it, the viewing of compromise as surrender. Both absolute power and absolute faith are instruments of dehumanization. Hence, absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.” - Eric Hoffer, "Thoughts of Eric Hoffer”, including: “Absolute Faith Corrupts Absolutely." THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, April 25, 1971, p.24. & CORRUPTION, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: There are two powers by which chiefly this world is ruled: the sacred authority of the priesthood and the authority of kings. And of these, the authority of the priests is so much the weightier, as they must render before the tribunal of God an account even for the kings of men.” - Gelasius I, Pope from 492(?-496), Letter to Byzantine Emperor Anastasius I, C.E. 494. - The ideologues of today are the equivalent of the religions of the priesthoods of old. - JZ, 13.10.02, 15.7.12. - HIERARCHIES, TERRITORIALISM, ABSOLUTISM
POWER: there has never been power with purity – anywhere.” – Arthur Hailey, In High Places, p. 209.
POWER: There is no more contemptible poison than power over one’s fellow men.” – Maxim Gorki, Novaya Zhism. – Quoted by Wendell Willkie. – Quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations.
POWER: There is no power but from God.” – Bible, Romans XIII, 1, c. 55. – If that were really true, assuming that a God exists, then that God could be blamed for a lot of abuses of wrongful powers. – Over 200 million mass murder victims of various powers in the 20th century alone! - JZ, 28.3.08. – GOD, BIBLE
POWER: There is no power, other than the power to rule oneself, and that can be neither given, nor taken away.” – Robert Heinlein, Assignment in Eternity, vol. 2, p.57. – Alas, this only real and rightful power can be taken away or suppressed - constitutionally, legally and juridically, territorially, although not morally. And it cannot be simply regained merely by wishing it or proclaiming it, although both attempts would help somewhat to steer public opinion in the right direction. – JZ, 21.3.08, 10.2.11.
POWER: there is no such thing as revolutionary power, for all power is reactionary by nature: power corrupts both those who exercise it and those over whom it is exercised. …” - Albert Meltzer, A New World in Our Hearts, p.60. - Territorial revolutionaries are, through their territorialism, merely conservatives or reactionaries. Only if they engaged in diverse voluntary revolutions, down to one-man revolutions, all wanted by at least some or one, with none of them claiming any territorial monopoly, would they be genuine, pure, just, fully liberating and radical revolutionaries. Alas, such a revolution has not yet happened but ought to be prepared for - in the interest and for the rights and liberties of almost everyone. – JZ, n.d. & 27.1.12, 15.7.12. - TERRITORIALISM, VIOLENT TERRITORIAL REVOLUTIONS
POWER: There is no way to give a politician power that can only be used to do good. If he gives food to someone, he must take if from someone else; food does not appear from thin air.” – David Friedman, The Machinery of Freedom, p.21. – However, all of them should be given the power to repeal all wrongful interventionist legislation and to veto, on their own, with their single vote, any further such interventionist law. - Individual and group secessionism combined with panarchies would work even better. - JZ, 10.2.11. - WELFARE STATE, REDISTRIBUTIONISM, TERRITORIALISM, VETO, POLITICIANS
POWER: There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.” - Lord Acton, letter to Mandell Creighton, April 5, 1887. - Acton, Essays on Freedom and Power, ed. Gertrude Himmelfarb, p.336 (1972).
POWER: There is not one power system that really cares about civilians.” – From the film “The Killer Elite”, on channel 9, 8.30 pm, 7.1.86. - Territorial systems use their soldiers as well as expendable resources, as their property, to be used and abused. - JZ, 1.1.12.
POWER: There is nothing, absolutely nothing, which needs to be more carefully guarded against than that one man should be allowed to become more powerful than the people.” - Demosthenes (384?-322? B.C.). - Rather than sovereignty over non-consenting victims only individual sovereignty and exterritorial autonomy for all the voluntary associations, communities and governance systems of sovereign individuals. - JZ, 26.11.02, 15.7.12. – RULERS, PRESIDENTS, TYRANTS, DICTATORS, PRIME MINISTERS, CHANCELLORS
POWER: There's something about power that tempts people to push its limits a little further out each time they exercise it. Look at the way presidents have started wars, even though the Constitution clearly gives that power to the Congress.” - Michael F. Flynn, The Washer at the Ford, ANALOG, 6/89, p.49. - PRESIDENTS, CONGRESS, DECISION ON WAR & PEACE, CONSTITUTIONALISM
POWER: There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws.” – Ayn Rand – Regarding her first sentence: As if innocent people had not had their rights and liberties all too often violated. – They need to organize themselves in voluntary panarchies and in ideal militia forces to uphold all the individual rights and liberties that they want to practise among themselves. – She was more realistic in the second and third sentence. - JZ, 10.3.09, 10.2.11. – POWER & TYRANNY OF TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENTS, ITS VICTIMIZATION OF ARTIFICIALLY MADE CRIMINALS (“CRIMES” WITHOUT VICTIMS), DRUG WARS, ENVIRONMENT LAWS, ECOLOGY & CONSERVATION IN GOVERNMENT HANDS, CRIMES & LAW BREAKING, LEGISLATION, DIS.
POWER: They can do anything to you that you can’t stop them from doing.” – Joseph Heller, Catch 22. - How can they effectively resist when even the National Guard is statized or nationalized, i.e. under government control, as in the U.S.A. and when even the best governmental bills of rights are still very flawed and incomplete and the science of resistance, revolution and liberation has not yet been fully developed, not even by anarchists and libertarians? - JZ, 10.2.11. - RESISTANCE, TERRITORIALISM, Q.
POWER: They can do just what they want.” – Solzhenitsyn, First Circle, p.297. – to and with you. – JZ, n.d. - TERRITORIALISM & INDIVIDUAL HELPLESSNESS UNDER IT
POWER: They create a new kind of Government, which has no power that individuals do not grant to it.” – Rose Wilder Lane, The Discovery of Freedom, p.192. – Rather: No kind of government with any power that individuals did not grant to it. – JZ, 1976. – Territorial and collectivist elections, realizing at best only the will of the majority, are no substitute for this. – JZ, 8.3.08. - She, too, seems to have thought only of a single territorial government, a supposedly ideal because it is a “limited” one by the usual and quite insufficient libertarian standards. – JZ, 12.4.08, 19.1.12.
POWER: they feel and recognize that they can find in the concentration of State power and force neither security nor freedom.” – LERNZIEL ANARCHIE, Nr. 3.
POWER: They have lost the knowledge “born of long ages of suffering under man’s dominion over man … that the exercise of unlimited power by men with limited minds and self-regarding prejudices is soon oppressive, reactionary and corrupt.” – Simon, A Time for Truth, p.215/6, in attacking Lippmann’s “heresy” of the 1930’s – the belief that “there are no limits to man’s capacity to govern others and that therefore no limitation ought to be imposed on government.” – Lippman was certainly not always a consistent classical liberal or even a libertarian, although many of his writings are also of some interest to libertarians. - JZ, 22.3.08.
POWER: They held to the notion that government ought to intervene in the market place, for the “social good”, that political power could be exercised for the benefit of mankind. They were socialists in spite of themselves.” – Frank Chodorov, Out of Step, p.92. - DIS., GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, WELFARE STATE, POLITICS, COMMON GOOD, PUBLIC INTEREST, STATE SOCIALISM
POWER: They knew of Power’s clever usurpation of everything that stands in its way.” – William D. Burt, on the Founding Fathers of the USA. – Why aren’t the lovers of individual rights and liberties as active? Why don’t they simply practise all their rights and liberties? Why don’t they even bother to finally compile and publish, between them, a complete declaration of individual rights and liberties – instead of always merely falling back upon the far from perfect one of the Founding Fathers - and upon the few subsequent Amendments or upon other governmental “bills of rights”? – Why don’t they prepare an ideal militia force of volunteers, organized, armed and trained for nothing but the defence of all genuine individual rights and liberties, primarily against their own territorial governments? - JZ, 8.3.08, 10.2.11, 19.1.12. – Q. TERRITORIALISM
POWER: They search for power in the wrong place. … Reckless fools.” – From film: The Secret Amulet. - Rightful self-management power is suppressed rather than realized under territorialism. - JZ, 10.2.11.
POWER: They’re people, dig, people, is all, but, baby, they’re junkies. All of ‘em power-junkies. That’s what power does to you, a fucking monkey on your back – just like junk. First shot’s free, kiddies, but after that you’ve gotta go out and cop more and more and more to feed the monkey. … And a junkie don’t give a shit about anything but junk. Power and smack – it’s all the same junk.” – Norman Spinrad, Bug Jack Barron, p.95. - ADDICTION TO POWER, TERRITORIALISM, POLITICIANS
POWER: this game of power politics for the annihilation of human rights. …” - Franklin Dix, FREEDOM (Lib. Am.), Spring 73. – POLITICS
POWER: This world is not safe for any power yet, be it nuclear or any other power.” - JZ, 76. – Except the power over oneself or the power which volunteers grant over themselves and this only as long as they do. – JZ, 18.3.09. – PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM
POWER: those in power had always been men of guns and destruction.” – Dean R. Koontz, A Darkness in my Soul, Daw Books, N.Y, 1972, p.15.
POWER: Those who exercise power and those subject to its exercise – the rulers and the ruled – stand in antagonistic relations to each other.” - John C. Calhoun, A Disquisition on Government, C. G. Post edition, p.11. – That is true for territorial governments with compulsory membership and subordination but untrue for governments that are only exterritorially autonomous and have only voluntary members. – JZ, 17.1.05. - All too true for all too many and all too long periods of territorial governments and their territorial and involuntary subjects. But not true for communities, societies and competing governments, all only formed by and for volunteers under full exterritorial autonomy. In that personal law situation the like-minded people can sort themselves out and separate themselves, peacefully, from minorities or majorities that so far ruled territorially. Then they could establish and maintain their alternative institutions and rules for themselves, free also from all other kinds of minorities and their communities, in true forms of self-government or self-management, in accordance with their own knowledge, faith, belief or conviction, even under their own form of radical and idealistic wisdom or conviction. No desperate, prolonged and often bloody and destructive fight is necessary to achieve their full autonomy then, one in full accordance with their own choices or dreams, independent of the choices that others would make for themselves. Political ”science” ought to finally explore that alternative, especially since it promotes peace, justice, prosperity, progress and enlightenment. When I can have my choices for myself and my neighbor can have his, both of us only at the own risk and expense, then he and I can be friends, good neighbors or at least polite to each other. – JZ, 1.10. 07, 19.1.12. - RULES & RULED UNDER TERRITORIALISM & UNDER EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY
POWER: Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any emolument from it, even though but for one year, can never willingly abandon it.” - Edmund Burke, Letter to a Member of the National Assembly. – We should not forget that abdications and resignations are rare – but that they do occur occasionally. Mostly under some kind of pressure. Rarely from insight in the own limitations. - JZ, 22.2.08. – ABDICATIONS, RESIGNATIONS OF RULERS, ADDICTION TO POWER, RULERS, POLITICIANS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS
POWER: Those who seek education in the paths of duty are always deceived by the illusion that power in the hands of friends is an advantage to them … Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents has always been tragic, chiefly as an almost insane excitement at first, and a worse reaction afterward; but also because no mind is so well balanced as to bear the strain of seizing unlimited force without habit or knowledge of it; and finding it disputed with him by hungry packs of wolves and hounds whose lives depend on snatching the carrion.” – H .B. Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations, p.759. - Underlining by me. – JZ – Whether Presidents have too little or too much power is still controversial among libertarians. I hold that they do have too much territorial power and should have none of that power at all. They should rule only over volunteers. As long as a single peaceful dissenter cannot freely secede from their federal State and rule, they do have too much power. Of the exterritorial power over volunteers only, which would make their job so much easier, safer and pleasant, they have presently none at all. They, too, are victims and not only beneficiaries of territorialism. – J.Z., 15.7.12.
POWER: Those who voluntarily put power into the hands of a tyrant or an enemy must not wonder if it be at last turned against themselves.” – Aesop. –. – But let it happen, among volunteers. Deterrent examples are needed, too. – JZ, 28.3.08. - SANCTION OF THE VICTIMS, VOLUNTARISM
POWER: Though the erosion of the American Dream began over two hundred years ago, a tremendous acceleration in the rate of that erosion occurred in the 1930’s under Franklin Roosevelt. Said FDR: “Government has the definite duty to use all its power and resources to meet new social problems with new social controls.” - - With those words, FDR took it upon himself, in effect, to throw out the Constitution of the United States and to redefine the function of government. His statement was, at best, unintelligible, and, at worst, immoral – a dangerous combination. - - First, government has no “power” (i.e. legitimate power) except that granted to it by the individuals who explicitly consent to be represented by it. – Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.116. – Underlining by me. – JZ - STATISM, TERRITORIALISM WELFARE STATE, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, CONSENT, REPRESENTATION, SOCIAL CONTROL, LAWS, DIS., LEGITIMACY, CONSTITUTIONALISM, NEW DEAL, FDR, STATE SOCIALISM, STATISM
POWER: Thousands of experiences had to be gathered and must still be gathered to make men ready for the thought that it is not the form of power, but power (*) itself, which is the source of all evil (**) and that it must be abolished to open to man new outlooks for the future. Even the slightest achievement along this tedious (***) path was a step forward in the direction of the loosing of all those bonds of political power which have always crippled the creative forces of cultural life (****) and hindered their natural development. …” - Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism and Culture, p.143. - - (*) over others, involuntary victims! – (**) death, sicknesses, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tidal wakes, comet strikes etc. excepted! - - (***) Not so tedious, but rather adventurous and exciting, if undertaken by volunteers, panarchistically, in their own free experiments under personal laws! – JZ - - (****) especially of economic relationships! – - Panarchists, essentially, do not propose anything more or anything less. – JZ, 29.3.08.
POWER: Through a hierarchy of control it is possible to reduce men to paralyzed automats. Military conscription, for instance, has hitherto represented the ultimate length to which arbitrary power could go in the total subjugation of free men.” - Ronald Sampson, Power, the Enshrined Heresy.
POWER: To be a great autocrat you must be a great barbarian.” – Joseph Conrad, The Mirror of the Sea, 1906.
POWER: To control the consciousness of others becomes his only passion; power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.970.
POWER: To expect self-denial from men, when they have a majority in their favour and consequently power to gratify themselves, is to disbelieve all history and universal experience.” – John Adams, quoted in GOOD GOVERNMENT, Dec. 75. – CORRUPTION, REPRESENTATION, PARLIAMENTS, PARTIES
POWER: To love one’s country and its people doesn’t entail power over them.” - Robert LeFevre, LEFEVRE’S JOURNAL, Fall 75.
POWER: To prevent chaos, violence, rapine, or rule by the gangsters, somebody must be trusted with some power; but nobody can be completely trusted with much power.” – Henry Hazlitt, THE FREEMAN, Oct. 77. – Everybody must be trusted with power over himself. No one should be trusted with any power over others – except within societies and communities of volunteers. – JZ, 1.8.92, 28.3.08. – PANARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARISM, GENUINE SELF-GOVERNMENT
POWER: To seize power is to go outside the libertarian realm.” – David Wiek, ANARCHY 8. – Libertarians should aim only at libertarianism for libertarians, anarchists only at anarchism for anarchists. Any type of libertarian should aim only at any type of libertarianism for any type of libertarian, and any anarchist only at any type of anarchism for any type of anarchists. At the same time, both groups should become tolerant also towards any kind of statism that is practised only among any kind of statists. All should be confined, exterritorially, to their individual choices and limited by individual secessionism. No one has the right to rule peaceful dissenters or impose his system upon them. – JZ, 8.3.08, 19.1.12. – PANARCHISM, FREEDOM OF ACTION, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, PERSONAL LAW
POWER: To the best of my knowledge, having read history back and forth for four decades, no ruling elite has ever encouraged the pluralist paradigm. All power structures try to brainwash everybody into a single tunnel-reality, with State education, Holy Inquisitions, FBIs, Gestapos, Drug Administrations, etc., and anybody who questions that tunnel-reality gets the hemlock (Socrates, 4th century B.C.), burning at the stake (Bruno, 17th century), the bottom cell in the basement at Folsom (Leary, 1973), or some similar discouragement. “Communication is only possible between equals”, as Hagbard Celine and I keep telling people, and no (territorially – JZ) ruling elite is ready, willing, or able to receive dissenting signals from independents or mavericks. Once you accept a pluralist universe, you are logically compelled to accept a pluralist society – i.e., a decentralized, libertarian, or outright anarchist society – and no (territorially – JZ) ruling class can accept that idea. …” - Robert Anton Wilson, The Illuminati Papers, p.114. - Copyright 1977, CONSPIRACY DIGEST, Box 766, Dearborn, MI 48121. - BRAIN-WASHING, EDUCATION, TUNNEL VISION, PREJUDICES, STATISM, TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, PANARCHISM, PLURALISM, ANARCHISM, LIBERTARIANISM, TOLERANCE FOR DIVERSITY, DECENTRALIZATION, CENTRALIZATION
POWER: Today, however, in a dangerous world, we cannot afford to delegate total power to anyone, we cannot surrender even the weak popular influence that exists under majoritarian systems, and we cannot allow tiny minorities to make vast decisions that tyrannize all other minorities.” (*) - Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave, Pan Books & Collins, 1980/81, p.431. - - (*) And even the territorial majority in the own country and in other countries, like e.g. protectionist policies and mass murder devices inevitably do, by threat or use. – JZ, 24.9.07. - DELEGATION & REPRESENTATION, VOTING, DIS.
POWER: unbounded power proceeds step by step, until it has eradicated every laudable principle.” – Edmund Burke, A Vindication of Natural Society, 1756, p.37. - TERRITORIALISM
POWER: under capitalism, the power of any one individual over his fellow man is relatively small. You take the richest capitalist in the world; his power over you and me is trivial compared with the power that a Brezhnev or a Kosygin has in Russia. Or even compared in the United States with the power that an official of the Internal Revenue Service has over you.” – Milton Friedman, PLAYBOY, 2/74. - CAPITALISM, BUSINESS, ENTERPRISE, RICHES, WEALTH, TAX OFFICIALS
POWER: Under present territorial conditions the powerful get more powerful and the powerless more powerless. No wonder, for the powerful prescribe the conditions and this, alas, so far even with the consent of most of their victims, who are also territorialists and statists and never seriously considered the voluntary and exterritorial alternatives to territorial statism. – JZ, 12.2.84 & 22.3.08.
POWER: unless the monopoly of power can be check-mated, freedom is always in danger.” - Frank Chodorov: The Income Tax, p.88. – Only territorial powers can be truly monopolized. – JZ, 12.4.08. - TERRITORIALISM, MONOPOLY, STATISM
POWER: Unlike fire, power over others cannot even be a good friend but only a fearful master. Only power over self or, rather, independence from the power of others, is worthwhile having. – JZ, 5.7.82.
POWER: Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it. – And this I know, my lords, that where laws end, tyranny begins.” - William Pitt, the Elder, Earl of Chatham1708-1778, speech in House of Lords, on the case of Wilkes, January 9, 1770, quoted in C. Bingham, Men and Affairs, p.252. – Also in George Seldes: The Great Quotations & Hyman quotations, p.246. - Where genuine law ends and mere "positive" legislation starts we have the beginning of territorial tyranny. - JZ, 10.2.11.
POWER: unlimited power is usually exercised under the guise of legality.” - John C. Grover, The Hellmakers, Veritas Publishing Co., PO Box 42, Cranbrook, WA 6321, 1993, p.275. - & LEGALITY
POWER: unnatural power corrupts both the heart and the understanding.” – Edmund Burke, A Vindication of Natural Society, 1756, p.36.
POWER: Unrestrained power leads to human degradation.” – Robert G. Bearce, THE FREEMAN, Jan. 76.
POWER: until the great principle of no compulsory powers is carried out we cannot hope to discover the best form of local government. Where an existing body is clothed with compulsory powers there can be no real competition between other forms and itself. To discover what is really in the interest of men there must be free competition between all systems; and free competition there cannot be where one system can enforce its own methods, and keep all rivals out of the field.” - Auberon Herbert, in the Mack edition, p.160. – PANARCHISM, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC INTEREST & FREE COMPETITION
POWER: Unused power slips imperceptibly into the hands of another.” – Konrad Heiden, fl. 1933-1939. – The power over others than volunteers should be done away with, not just the current power holder or power user. – JZ, 12.4.08, 15.7.12. - LEADERSHIP, VACUUM, TRANSFER OF POWER
POWER: Use power to curb power.” – Chinese proverb. – Rather, use individual secessionism and panarchism and their liberation, revolution and military insurrection potential to curb or even abolish excess powers. – JZ, 29.3.08. – I consider all territorial powers to be excessive, but not any power that is confined only to its own volunteers and makes no territorial monopoly claims and acts towards other communities never aggressively but merely defensively. – JZ, 18.3.09.
POWER: Vested interest has more power over most people, especially the unenlightened ones, than have moral and rational arguments. Thus people should never be granted any powers, not even voting powers, over other people, except in societies and communities of volunteers and their internal affairs only. – JZ, 15.4.85, 13.2.86, 29.3.08. - How many more times will I get around to revise this and other such drafts? – They are all only considered by me to be parts of a work or some thinking in progress. - JZ, 29.3.08, 15.7.12.
POWER: we are too inclined to give power to people who misuse it, and do very well out of promoting conflict.” – John Taylor, THE AUSTRALIAN, 19/20 July 1986. – Do we, all of us, really do very well out of promoting conflict? – JZ, 15.7.12.
POWER: We can clearly identify the authoritarian as one who coercively interferes with the creative side of people’s lives. Of what, then, is such authoritarian power composed? - Individual liberty itself is a power: it is the power to choose, the power of personal decision. But since no man gains liberty by denying it to another, it follows that individual liberty is a voluntary, non-interfering power.” – Leonard E. Read, Deeper Than You Think, p.128. - - LIBERTY, NON-INTERFERENCE, NON-VIOLENCE, NON-AUTHORITARIAN POWER, INDIVIDUAL FREE CHOICE, FREEDOM OF CONTRACT, SELF-MANAGEMENT, SELF-CONTROL, SELF-DETERMINATION, SELF-GOVERNMENT – FOR INDIVIDUALS & GROUPS OF VOLUNTEERS, INSTEAD OF TERRITORIAL COLLECTIVES OF SOME VOLUNTEERS, MIXED WITH NUMEROUS DISSENTERS. – PANARCHISM & EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY & VOLUNTARISM AS THE ALTERNATIVE. MILITIA.
POWER: We had better not aim at seizing power but at eroding, undermining, dissolving, democratizing, decentralizing, and distributing it. But when this becomes our goal, it becomes clear that there can be no single sector of the society that will make the revolution.” – Dave Dellinger, quoted by Brian Martin, “Changing the Cogs”, p.81. - ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING EXTERRITORIALLY AUTONOMOUS ONES OF VOLUNTEERS, DECENTRALIZATION
POWER: We have experienced how harmful the unlimited power is to the true interests of a nation. The art to levy rather crafty taxes, the power of terrible extortions, which were more and more multiplied, the confused laws, which contradict each other, the chicanery which swallows the possessions of citizens, the towns filled with privileged tyrants … that was the effect of this alert despotism, … this authorized system of general plunder.” - Louis-Sebastian Mercier, L’an 2440, 1772, p.252/253. - in German, 1772: Das Jahr 2440, in Der Traum vom besten Staat, 1972, 1975, p.244 ff, Dokumente, dtv. Wissenschaftliche Reihe, Herausgeber Helmut Swoboda, born 1924. Mercier envisioned a primitive system of voluntary taxation. (*) The motto of his book is: “The presence is pregnant with the future.“ - - (*) But who cares to acquire that kind of knowledge? Who cares, even today, to acquire full knowledge of all individual rights and liberties and to spread that knowledge? – JZ, 12.9.07. - TAXATION, LAWS, PRIVILEGES
POWER: we have grown too tolerant of the powers that be.” – Edward Coleson, THE FREEMAN, 10/73.
POWER: We have it in our power to begin the world again.” - Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776. - That starts with re-thinking territorial powers and examining exterritorial and voluntarist options and influences, consumer sovereignty and freedom to experiment in this sphere among like-minded people. Ideas know no borders and can spread very fast and can also lead to better institutions and rules very fast - among volunteers. We have already brought all too many human sacrifices to the gods of territorialism. - JZ, 20.9.04. For all too long, too. JZ, 15.7.12. – We do not have to repeat all the old wrongs and mistakes over and over again. – JZ, 9.4.08. – TERRITORIALISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS, OPPORTUNITY & IDEAS TO CHANGE THE WORLD
POWER: We have never sought power. We have sought to disperse power, to set men and women free. That really means: to help them discover that they are free. Everybody’s free. The slave is free. The ultimate weapon isn’t this plague out in Vegas, or any new super H-bomb. The ultimate weapon has always existed. Every man, every woman, and every child owns it. It’s the ability to say No and to take the consequences. “Fear is failure”. “The fear of death is the beginning of slavery.” “Thou hast no right but to do they will” … Socrates took the hemlock to prove it. Jesus went to the cross to prove it. It’s in all history, all myth, all poetry. It’s right out in the open all the time.” – Wilson/Shea, Illuminatus III, p.142/43. – An all too poetic and impractical or self-defeating view of the matter, not sufficiently concerned with the details and techniques of successful resistance and liberation efforts. – JZ, 7.3.08. – DIS., SAY NO, WISHFUL THINKING, WORD MAGIC
POWER: We have power and more power, and everywhere it is being used to blow our world to pieces.” – H. G. Wells, The Common Sense of War and Peace, p.29.
POWER: We have seen more human misery caused by the wielding of political power, more cruelty and destruction of human lives, than ever before in our history.” - Roy Childs, Liberty Against Power. - POLITICS
POWER: We have seen that as a fact of history man only abandons power and force over others when it fails. At present, almost everywhere, we refuse to face the failure of the old forms of political power. We don’t believe that we need the co-operation of the foreigner, or we believe that we can coerce him.” - Norman Angell, Human Nature and the Peace Problem, 1925, p.135. – We have adopted the same territorialist stance towards internal dissenters. – Territorialism has failed and had to fail numerous times, and yet it is still widely subscribed to. Most people do not know anything better and cannot even imagine it so far and this in spite of some historical precedents for exterritorial autonomy and personal law associations. – Even political “scientists” do still mostly ignore that alternative and its tradition and future possibilities. - JZ, 8.10.08. – TERRITORIALISM, DISSENTERS, INTOLERANCE, VS. PANARCHISM
POWER: We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to do it about every 10 minutes.” – J. William Fulbright. - Under exterritorial autonomy for all communities of volunteers all matters, institutions and practices of “public affairs” would be very different. Foolish actions would become greatly and rapidly reduced and could not be endlessly repeated, financed out e.g. out of compulsory taxation revenues. Under territorialism the costs of the own mistakes can and are, all too often, put on the shoulders of those, who did not make the mistakes. - JZ, 26. 11. 06, 19.1.12, 15.7.12. - & FOOLISHNESS, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIALISM VS. TERRITORIALISM, RIGHT TO MAKE MISTAKES, PANARCHISM
POWER: We have the whole universe to live in, if we can break past the power-mongers.” – Poul Anderson, The Avatars, p.29.
POWER: We intend, in short, not to establish another form of Power over human beings, but to give individuals full liberty to live their own lives in communities of peace and voluntary social relations.” - Roy Childs, Liberty Against Power. – POLITICS, INDIVIDUALS, LIBERTY, PEACE, VOLUNTARISM
POWER: We know that all power tends to be abused, and that the greater the power the greater the liability to abuse. We know that power begets power – that the more power a government already has over the lives and activities of its citizens, the more they can be intimidated, and the more easily can it seize still further powers.” – Henry Hazlitt, The Conquest of Poverty, p.189.
POWER: We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. … The object of power is power.” – George Orwell, 1984, quoted in Robert J. Ringer, Restoring the American Dream, p.44. – DICTATORSHIP, REVOLUTION
POWER: We know, by infinite Examples and Experience, that Men possessed of Power, rather than part with it, will do any thing, even the worst and the blackest, to keep it; and scarce ever any Man upon Earth went out of it as long as he could carry every thing his own way in it. … This seems certain, That the Good of the World, or of their People, was not one of their Motives either for continuing in Power, or for quitting it. - - It is the Nature of Power to be ever encroaching, and converting every extraordinary Power, granted at particular Times, and upon particular Occasions, into an ordinary Power to be used at all Times, and when there is no Occasion, nor does it ever part willingly with any Advantage. … Alas! Power encroaches daily upon Liberty, with a Success to evident, and the Balance between them is almost lost. Tyranny has engrossed almost the whole Earth, and striking Mankind Root and Branch, makes the World a Slaughterhouse, and will certainly go on to destroy it, till it is either destroyed itself, or, which is most likely, has left nothing else to destroy.” - John Trenchard & Thomas Gordon, in “Cato’s letters”, quoted in p.4 of: Murray N. Rothbard, For a New Liberty, revised edition, Collier Books, 1978, ISBN 0-02-074690-3. – Partly also in THE LIBERTARIAN FORUM, August 77. - TERRITORIALISM, GOVERNMENT, LIBERTY, DESPOTISM, TOTALITARIANISM, MAJORITIES, RULERS, ABDICATIONS REMAIN RARE, NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
POWER: We savor power not when we move mountains and tell rivers whither to flow, but when we can turn men into objects, robots, puppets, automata or veritable animals. Power is power to dehumanize.” – Eric Hoffer. - POWER URGE, POWER ADDICTION, POWER MADNESS, PEOPLE AS PROPERTY
POWER: We should grant power over our affairs only to those who are reluctant to hold it and then only under conditions that increase that reluctance.” – Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, p.151.
POWER: We should have no territorial political power over each other.” – A remark by Prof. Jan Narveson. - somewhat reworded me. - JZ, 25.7.04. – The original may have been: “We should have no political power over each other.” - Someone will find it and give its source. – Sorry folks, I cannot do everything for you and this quite correctly! – This collection needs, anyhow, the input of at least thousands of others, including, naturally, the correction of my many mistakes, errors and omissions. - JZ, 10.3.09. - For this second edition I have found and eliminated many of my mistakes but certainly not yet all of them. - JZ, 10.2.11. & PANARCHISM, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom. – Stephen Vincent Benét, Litany for Dictatorship, 1935.
POWER: We wish to be assured that we are something, and that we can produce notable effects upon other beings out of ourselves. It is this principle which instigates a child to destroy his play things and to torment and kill the animals around him.” - Godwin, On Man. - Those without the power to create want to have and use the power to annoy and to destroy. - JZ, 14.2.02.
POWER: Weakness corrupts and absolute weakness corrupts absolutely.” – Andre Spies, W. H. I., 19.2.86. - CORRUPTION
POWER: Were I the wisest philosopher or politician who ever lived, there is not one of these meddlers who believes that I could run his life better than he. But he, unwise, has no doubt about his powers to run your life and mine. Why unwise? The very first step in wisdom is an awareness of how little one knows. Nor do such people see that power corrupts them.” – Leonard E. Read, THE FREEMAN, 7/74. - MEDDLING, WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, IGNORANCE
POWER: What do all the men with power want? Those powers!” – From film: Matrix Reloaded. - POLITICIANS, RULERS, PRIME MINISTERS, PRESIDENTS, PREMIERS, MINISTERS, POWER ADDICTS, POWER-MADNESS
POWER: What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government that has ever existed? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body.” – Thomas Jefferson - CENTRALIZATION
POWER: What is needed is protection from power, rather than the exercise of it.” – Otto von Habsburg, The Social Order of Tomorrow, p.108. – Or an escape hatch from it, like individual secession and exterritorial autonomy for communities of volunteers. – JZ, 20. 2.08. – PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
POWER: What stands in the way of every healthy human desire is a society corrupted by illicit powers. (*) The idea that institutions can or should have a power over and above the powers of men is found abhorrent. … As a result, Perry deems it necessary to interpret all rights in terms of the citizen of the State and not of the State itself. The State as a super-person is a legal fiction, …” - Irving Louis Horowitz, War and Peace in Contemporary Social and Philosophical Theory, a condor book, 1957, 1973, Chapter 12: Ralph Barton Perry: Universal Individualism, p.177. – (*) territorial powers. – JZ - & RIGHTS, STATE, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: What we see in the Western world today is a most evil and vicious perversion of the original idea of democracy. Instead of being limited to keeping the peace, to protect individual rights, the State has become an instrument of tyranny. It is when the State has this power, that we see the inherent immorality of the democratic process, the domination of one group of men by, in theory, at least, a larger group. The solution of this dilemma is not necessarily to rid ourselves of democracy. Rather, what we have to do is to strip the State of its excess power and regain the original idea of democracy: that is, to have a government, elected by the people, which only has the power to protect the rights of all the people, and has no power to grant privileges to some people at the expense of others.” –John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia, p.80. - There is still too much wishful thinking involved here. Any territorial monopoly organization, even a limited government, may be the least suitable organization for this purpose. It is, by itself, by its very nature, the essence of any excess power. – A territorial monopoly is the precondition for any tyranny and totalitarianism. – It is not rendered rightful and harmless even when in the hands of a “limited” government. - JZ, 21.3.08. - LIMITED GOVERNMENT, TERRITORIALISM, HUMAN RIGHTS, PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY
POWER: What we urge is the complete elimination of the power principle from the life of society and, consequently, the supplanting of the state in every form by a higher social culture founded on the freedom of man and his free union with his fellow men.” - Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism and Culture, p.433. - But he wanted to get there in one great utopian jump (instead of in an evolutionary, voluntaristic and individualistic way, i.e. panarchistically), an almost absurd attempt when one is faced by a majority of statists. – Anarchism, in its diverse types, is an almost immediate possibility (once the battle of panarchist ideas is won) only exterritorially, i.e., only voluntarily for all of the various kinds of anarchists, as long as they are sufficiently tolerant towards the remaining statists, but not towards the territorial governmentalists. The latter should be free to submit, individually, to the governments of their own individual free choice. Once the anarchists demand that, then they will find many allies even among the statists, who also consist of numerous diverse minorities. - JZ, 29.3.08, 19.1.12.
POWER: Whatever does not kill power is killed by it.” – OPEN ROAD, Summer 82, p.14. – Apparently, even territorial power has not yet been as deadly, for it prevails in all countries and, while it has murdered hundreds of millions of innocent people, it has not yet wiped out all of us, although it is all too well prepared for this - with ABC mass murder devices. Moreover, tyrannicide and other resistance methods are not yet popular enough. But the situation, resting on the “nuclear deterrence” hypothesis, and the continuance of territorial rule, is all too unstable. We are all living in “target” areas and on borrowed time. – Only territorial organization and power needs “killing”. – The tin-pot dictators or gurus who would then remain or arise again, for a few volunteers, would be relatively harmless. – They could not safely acquire or keep in readiness ABC mass murder devices and would have no targets for them. – Moreover, they would have all sane people as their enemies, if they tried to acquire or use such a power. - JZ, 22.3.08, 10.2.11, 19.1.12. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY VS. TERRITORIAL TYRANNY, DIS.
POWER: Whatever other faults it may possibly possess, anarchism, unlike liberalism, cannot be criticized on the grounds that it accommodates its dedication to the principle of individual freedom to the demands of power and public order. Anarchism is distinguished from other political ideologies, in fact, precisely because of its rejection of power and formal organization. (*) Anarchists recognize that power is a definite and necessary characteristic of all social situations but they draw a careful distinction between social and political power. So long as there are human beings there will naturally exist subtle forces of social control which make collective social action and cooperation possible. Anarchists deny, however, that this control must be exercised by government over the individuals of whom society is composed. Viewing the world from a position of libertarian concern, anarchists maintain that political power wielded by government can never be acceptable in their eyes as a legitimate mode of social control because it crushes out individual freedom. And where individual freedom is absent, social life becomes impossible, for society is nothing more than the sum total of the free acts of the individuals of which it is composed.” – Reichert, Partisans of Freedom, p.4. - - (*) Only the territorial part of power is completely objectionable. Formal organization among volunteers is not. Anarchism, as a whole, has still has not fully recognized that voluntarism is its essential characteristic and that complete absence of all rule, even of rule only over volunteers only, is not. Only imposed governments are objectionable and all territorial governments are at least to some extent imposed upon many and diverse dissenters, quite inevitably, according to their very nature. For instance: Roman Catholicism, although it is also rather authoritarian and dogmatic in many respects - is not imposed but based upon individual consent. One can secede from it. From territorial governments one cannot secede, at least not yet, because their animosity towards individual and group secessionism is usually even stronger than that towards their external enemies, namely the other territorial governments. – JZ, 21.3.08. - SOCIAL CONTROL VS. POLITICAL POWER, SOCIETIES VS. TERRITORIAL STATES, ANARCHISM, DIS., VOLUNTARISM
POWER: When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the Center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.” – Thomas Jefferson - CENTRALIZATION, FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS - Thomas Jefferson
POWER: When asked why he wanted to become President, JFK replied: “Because that’s were the power is!” – Just like Willy Sutton, the famous bank robber, when asked by the judge: “Why do you rob banks?” – Sutton replied: “Don’t you know, your honor, that this is where all the money is?” – Sutton’s answer is here quoted by me only from my flawed memory. – JZ - PRESIDENTS
POWER: When I resist, therefore, when I as a Democrat resist the concentration of power, I am resisting the processes of death, because the concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human initiative, and, therefore of human energy.” - Woodrow Wilson, governor of New Jersey, speech, New York City, September 4, 1912. - The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, ed. Arthur S. Link, vol. 25, p.100 (1978). This speech was delivered to the Woodrow Wilson Workingmen's League "dollar dinner," at the Yorkville Casino. - The most wrongful and worst concentration of power is the territorial concentration of power. - JZ, 26.11.02. - Wilson aspired to it and did not resign from it. - JZ, 10.2.11. - CONCENTRATION OF POWER, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: when it is a question of power, backslapping and low scheming may be even more important than the most detailed knowledge of all the fine points of political philosophy.” - Max Nomad, Apostles of Revolution, p.359. - This, too, applies only to territorial politics. The situation becomes changed once individuals and minorities become free to opt out and practise among themselves and thus also free to set better examples to all others who are interested. - JZ, 24.1.02, 15.7.12. - KNOWLEDGE
POWER: When once you have plunged into the strife for power, it is the fear of those who are seeking for power over you that so easily persuades to all the great crimes. Who shall count up the evil brood that is born from power – the pitiful fear, the madness, the despair, the overpowering craving for revenge, the treachery, the unmeasured cruelty? It is liberty alone, broad as the sky above our heads, and planted deep and strong as the great mountains, that allows the better and higher part of our nature to rule in us, and subdues those passions that we share with the animals.” – Auberon Herbert, WESTMINSTER GAZETTE, London, November 22, 1893, quoted in: Sprading, Liberty and the Great Libertarians, p.410. – Partly quoted in George Seldes, The Great Quotations. – LIBERTY, FREEDOM
POWER: When power over others becomes a passion – is it ever exerted otherwise? – the seeker after power inevitably finds ways to justify what at best is a psychosis: “I am doing it for their own good”, or “they are too dumb to recognize their own interests”, or “I know what our national goals should be”. There is simply no limit to these trumped up excuses.” – Leonard E. Read, Then Truth Will Out, p.36. – DIS.
POWER: When the same man, or set of men, holds the sword and the purse, there is an end of liberty.” – George Mason – Unless he and they hold only their own sword and purse! – Holding many hired swords over others, after robbing them of much of what has been in their purses, or what was directly or forcefully diverted from them, is quite another matter. – JZ, 10.3.09, 15.7.12. - SWORD & PURSE, GOVERNMENT, RULERS, BUREAUCRATS, PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS, PUBLIC SERVANTS
POWER: When you take a benevolent man and make him a despot, his despotism survives but his benevolence rather fades away.” – Bertrand Russell, b. 1872, in Andrews Quotes. – DESPOTISM, BENEVOLENCE, GOOD MEN, CORRUPTION
POWER: Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.” – Thomas Jefferson. - At best powers are delegated only by and for majorities. They are never rightly delegated by and over peaceful minorities of dissenters and nonconformists only, at least no longer in our territorialist times. - JZ, 26. 11. 06. – MINORITIES, MAJORITIES, UNDELEGATED POWERS, TERRITORIALISM
POWER: where political power is permitted to concentrate in the hands of an unapproachable sovereign, there tyranny and oppression inevitably follow.” – William O. Reichert, Partisans of Freedom. A Study in American Anarchism, p.3. – The sovereign does not have to be an absolutist and single person kind. It can e.g. be an absolutist parliament. And it may not be unapproachable – but may be approachable only with popular prejudices, errors and spleens or with bribes or by influential lobby groups. Even the so-called “limited government” of some libertarians still intends to uphold a territorial monopoly for itself, which is absurd when one considers the majority of the population consist still of statists. Even when such a limited government did much good by introducing and upholding economic freedom for a while, mere facts do not convince all statists and they would collaborate to overthrow such a government again. Thus, let the statists have their statism – among themselves. Limited governments only for advocates of limited governments. Other societies, more free or more un-free than the projected limited governments, should also get their chance at self-rule, but only under their own personal laws, confined to their volunteers and exterritorial autonomy, i.e. without any territorial monopoly. – JZ, 21.3.08.
POWER: Whereas individuals in particular occupations recognize an affinity with individuals in similar occupations in other countries, the existence of an exclusive nation is the vested interest of national governments. Experience shows that the more powerful governments become, the more they tend to encourage a spirit of exclusive nationalism and a hatred and suspicion of anything foreign or multi-national.” – H.R.H. Prince Philip, QUADRANT, 1/78. - Has anyone ever put all the sound statements of this prince together? As far as I can remember, I never encountered one of his statements that I disliked. - I have not yet made a Google search for his speeches and writings. I do suppose that they are all online. They may constitute the best that this monarchy has to offer. - JZ, 10.2.11. TERRITORIALISM, NATIONALISM, GOVERNMENTS, FOREIGNERS, MULTI-NATIONALISM, GLOBALISM, Q.
POWER: Whether territorial power is exercised over non-criminal and non-aggressive dissenters by A, B, or C. and whether by system X, Y, or Z, does not matter. But that no such power over others should exist at all, and that it should be totally abolished, that does matter very much, indeed. – JZ, 5.10.74, 21.3.08. – PANARCHISM, VOLUNTARISM, POLYARCHY, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM
POWER: While men today associate with “power” the idea of organized compulsion and force, they have to learn to perceive power as an act of voluntary cooperation which is directed towards creative actions. The concept of power has, as Erich Fromm pointed out, a double meaning. - W. O. Reichert, in Anarchism, Freedom and Power, - re-translated by me from the German version. – JZ - VOLUNTARISM, COOPERATION, SELF-HELP
POWER: while no sane tyrant will look with favour on a plan to end human history, the modern politician may do so – he needs a threat of this caliber to satisfy his own sense of importance and to enable him to compete with Superman and space fiction, but at the same time the tin soldiers and the imaginary bombs from which he derives such profound satisfaction in fantasy are being translated into real weapons by a minority of technicians who are uninterested in, or fail to recognize, the instability of the finger on the trigger.” – Alex Comfort, “Authority and Delinquency. A study in the psychology of power”, 1950, 1970, p.43, a book largely on the delinquency of authority. – Alas, kept out of print & off the Web for all too long. - JZ, 15.5.06. - POWER-MADNESS TECHNICIANS, SCIENTISTS, POLITICIANS & THE NUCLEAR WAR THREAT
POWER: Whoever has power does often not reason and act rationally, reasonable and morally but, rather, tends to use and abuse the “big stick”. – JZ, 18.8.07. – That, ultimately, will lead to his downfall. - With his victims becoming sufficiently enlightened his downfall can be greatly accelerated. – JZ, 18.8.07, 19.10.07. – POWER, REASON & COERCION, ENLIGHTENMENT, A GENUINELY CULTURAL REVOLUTION, NEW DRAFT (My 2010, digitized book manuscript, not yet online. – Will anybody, please, be a host to it? Free copying is invited, preferably with your comments. Naturally, I will include it, if I ever get around to fill a CD with libertarian files. - J.Z., 15.7.12.)
POWER: Whoever says political power says domination.” - Michael Bakunin, The Bear of Berne and the Bear of St. Petersburg, 1870. – STATE, TERRITORIALISM, DOMINATION
POWER: Whosoever, after the invention of nuclear power, still believes in political power, deserves to be certified as insane! - JZ, 73.
POWER: Why do we feel so powerless regarding the threat of nuclear holocaust? Because we are! All relevant powers are concentrated in the hands of governments - which by their very nature cannot solve but only prolong the problem. - JZ, 76. – So the first necessary step consists in getting freedom of action again, for individuals, minorities and also for suppressed majorities. – JZ, 22.4.08.
POWER: Why should mobile, self-repairing and self-learning biological computer No.1 have any power over mobile, self-repairing and self-learning biological computer No.2? – JZ, 20.12.82 & 22.3.08, 10.2.11. - MAN, SELF-GOVERNMENT, SELF-DETERMINATION, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, SELF-MANAGEMENT, SELF-CONTROL, INDIVIDUALISM, Q.
POWER: Why, Proudhon asks, do men worship power when it is (thus) contrary to Justice and therefore to their own real interest?” – R. V. Sampson, The Discovery of Peace, p.97. – Q., STATISM
POWER: Wielders of power are destroying the world in the mistaken belief that they are improving it.” – George C. Roche III, quoted in LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, 15.2.73.
POWER: With power comes the exercise of intolerance - said Mises in "Socialism", p.189. – INTOLERANCE
POWER: You are as powerful as you choose to be.” – Sharon Presley, 22.7.04. - Alas, PRESENTLY only within narrow limits. However, these limits should become fully explored and utilized. Within these limits much can already be achieved by active individuals and their teams and collaborating societies and communities of like-minded other individuals. (Provided they make optimal use of the present communication and storage as well as publishing options. – JZ, 15.7.12.) – And yet many of these labors and freedom options remain still largely unused or unrealized. – JZ, 23.10.07. – E.g., we can still scan-in all pro-freedom texts that are not or no longer copyrighted and offer them online or on discs. – A complete libertarian projects list, online, could, possibly, list tens of thousands of similar still legal and useful projects. The moral but still illegal projects would better be kept off line. - JZ, 9.3.09, 15.7.12. - & POWERLESSNESS
POWER: You can never have too much power over yourself - but easily too much power over others. - JZ, 75.
POWER: You can’t fight City Hall” … “Surely the saddest sentence in the American language.” – Brian C. Coad, Everybody’s Hamlet, ANALOG, July 92, p.201. – Actually, after WW II, returned American veterans, encountering local government corruption, literally threw out at least one town government, saying, that “this was not the liberty we fought for!” Then they assured a free and honest election, of others, not known to be corrupt. - Some details are described in John Gunther: “Inside USA.” – An ideal militia would institutionalize such a citizen power. – JZ, 11.3.09. - & CITY HALL, DIS.
POWER: You can’t give the government the power to do good without also giving it the power to do bad – in fact, to do anything it wants.” – Harry Browne - & ARBITRARINESS, LICENTIOUSNESS, ABUSES
POWER: You provincials are all alike. … Filled with impossible dreams of order and perfection, which are mere idealized projections of your own incompletion. You should know by now that life is a sloppy affair, that power tends to break things up rather than put things together, … Robert Sheckley, Dimensions of Miracles, p. 16. – LAW & ORDER, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, ANARCHISM, DEMOCRACY, PANARCHISM, IDEOLOGIES, IDEALISM, FAITHS, BELIEFS, FUNDAMENTALISM, FANATICISM, INTOLERANCE
POWER: you saw no difference between economic and political power, between the power of money and the power of guns – no difference between reward and punishment, no difference between purchase and plunder, no difference between pleasure and fear, no difference between life and death.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p.990. – She had a way with words that I do greatly admire, even though I do not share all of her ideas and philosophy. – J.Z., 15.7.12. - ECONOMIC “POWER” & INFLUENCE VS. POLITICAL POWER
POWER: You think you are pushing, but it is you who are being pushed.” – (Du glaubst zu schieben, und du wirst geschoben.) - Goethe. Compare: "Any leash has two ends." and Lenin: “You think you are running the machine but it is running you, and suddenly there are other hands at the wheel." - However, such bipolar views cannot express more than a section of the whole spectrum of the problem of power. - JZ, 24.1.02. - POLITICIANS, LEADERSHIP, TERRITORIALISM, PRIME MINISTERS, PRESIDENTS
POWER: you’re a Power junkie.” – Jim Downard, THE CONNECTION 106, p.19.
POWERIST: Anyone believing central authority to be necessary or desirable in human (and by extension, sentient) affairs.” – L. Neil Smith, The Wardove, p.220. – I dare to say that he would exempt from this definition full power over the own affairs, under full exterritorial autonomy, or individual sovereignty, voluntary associations and individual secessionism and that he is critical only of wrongful power over any involuntary victims. – JZ, 16.7.12. - TERRITORIALISM, STATISM, CENTRALISM, PLANNING, POWER ADDICTS, AUTHORITARIANISM, WARFARE STATE, GOVERNMENTALISM,
POWERLESSNESS: B. Violence Resulting from “Powerlessness” – But the failure of the state to perform his “hygienic” function is not the only way in which the action of the state may lead to violence. The “structuring” function, by limiting, regulating, or prohibiting various types of human conduct, creates in the mind of the person so affected a sense of “powerlessness”, an inability to control or influence his immediate environment in order to make decisions meaningful to his basic life goals. This is perhaps the ultimate sense of frustration: the inability to achieve a sense of efficacy over one’s own life, due, in large part, to the imposition of barriers and restrictions by the very institutions that one was told would eliminate such negative influences. The relationship between powerlessness and violence has been pointed out by Rollo May: “Violence comes from powerlessness; … it is the explosion of impotence.” … “As we make people powerless, we promote their violence rather than its control.” (May, of course, speaks of “power” in terms of the ability to make decisions, not in the sense of the use of force or coercion.)” – Butler D. Shaffer, Violence as a Product of Imposed Order, p.18. - - Compare the feeling of helplessness that, under territorialism, moves some always outvoted minority groups to commit terrorist act and the cases of wives, beaten by their drunken husbands once too often and leading them, finally, to killing these monsters, in self-defence. – With secession and divorce made easy, also with full employment, such cases would become much rarer. - JZ, 9.3.08. – Everything is different in a closed system. – Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars, p 63. – I have often compared nation-States to country-wide prisons, mostly for innocents rather than criminals with victims, - JZ, 20.1.12, 16.7.12. - TERRORISM, KILLING IN SELF-DEFENCE, LEGALISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & SECESSIONISM, TERRITORIALISM, IMPOSED ORDER, INSTEAD OF NATURAL OR SPONTANEOUS ORDER, COMPULSORY MEMBERSHIP OR SUBORDINATION INSTEAD OF VOLUNTARISM, INSTITUTIONALIZATION, TERRORISM, VIOLENCE, HELPLESSNESS
POWERLESSNESS: If a being were perfectly satisfied, it would do nothing." (*)"What's more, it would do nothing if it thought purposeful behaviour didn't have the power to change the state of its affairs.” - Ray Brow, Getting Even, ANALOG, Nov. 82, p.31. - In the latter case there is probably not sufficient freedom for purposive action. Then one ought to ponder and then act to establish that freedom. - JZ, 3.4.91, 10.1.93, 20.1.12. - Freedom of action for all self-concerned actions will lead to the abolition of aggressive actions against the lives of dissenters. Power over the fate of others ought to be replaced by power over the own life and affairs. - JZ, 20.9.04. - In other words, R. B. did not enjoy freedom for purposeful action. – JZ, 3.4.93. – But should not that condition induce us to at least seriously think about how we could or should obtain freedom of action, rather than meekly submitting to the present powerlessness and helplessness? – JZ, 20.2.08. - (*) Unless a particular action would constitute his satisfaction, as e.g. in eating, drinking, sex and association. - JZ - SATISFACTION, FREEDOM OF ACTION, PANARCHISM, HELPLESSNESS, FREEDOM OF ACTION, FREEDOM OF CHOICE, COERCION, DESPOTISM, TERRITORIALISM, DIS.
POWERLESSNESS: The result of all this is that most of us – when we are honest with ourselves – feel utterly helpless to affect public policy by the orthodox channels. The feeling is justified.” – Howard Zinn, Disobedience and Democracy, p.66. – Compare the present occupation and street protests movement of people feeling helpless individually but getting some comfort from the awareness that there are so many of them. – Alas, they have no rightful ideas on what freedom of action could or should mean for them and do not demonstrate any wish to learn. (They rather stick to their ignorance, errors and prejudices, wrong assumptions and conclusions and there exists as yet no effective enlightenment resource to demolish these.) Instead, they attack scapegoats. - JZ, 16.7.12. - HELPLESSNESS, POLITICS, VOTING, ELECTIONS, DEMOCRACY, TERRITORIALISM
POWERLESSNESS: We are not powerless unless we choose the self-indulgent path of passive complaint, sterile indignation and all-or-nothing utopianism. We must be both, bold and realistic. We cannot do everything but what we can do we should.” – Ronald Higgins, PROGRESS, 5/81. – So far, libertarians and anarchists have not even bothered to compile and publish online a list of all the proposed or already begun projects, most of which can still be quite legally undertaken in the somewhat free countries. With it, sufficient collaborators for each project could be gained. – JZ, 9.3.08.
POWERLESSNESS: What can I do? I am powerless! I cannot change the world!” – The very least thing one could and should do is to become quite clear about the real causes of one’s powerlessness, causes which one would have to change or abolish, in order to obtain freedom of action and experimentation for oneself and like-minded people. Such thinking begins with examining the natural right and liberty of individuals and of groups to secede and to organize themselves under exterritorial autonomy, instead of merely going on to thoughtlessly submit to the power of organized, coercive and collectivistic territorialism, with all its wrongs and flaws and numerous wrongful and harmful consequences or merely somewhat protest against them. The self-liberation from this territorial power begins in one’s mind. Once it is achieved, a program for external liberation will also become obvious, rather soon, among the thinkers on this subject. – Here fits on of the very few, perhaps the only one, saying of Billy Graham, that I liked: “Commitment to great causes makes great men.” – It can provide great influence and attract many right-thinking people. But continued thoughtlessness about great wrongful institutions makes sure that one remains powerless and without influence upon a rightful and better future. It indicates that one has given up – without even having seriously started. The immediate action required is a thorough re-thinking of all one’s unchecked premises and assumptions. – I do not believe that Billy Graham’s cause is a great one. Religious liberty is the best option for it, with all its flaws, like for the, perhaps, over 30 000 other religious faiths. - JZ, 21.3.08. – Anyhow, no one should be intolerant and domineering enough to try to change the whole world for the better. At most he should try, by himself or together with like-minded people, to set a better example, which the rest of the world population would then be free to copy - if and when they are ready for it. That is the tolerant panarchistic way rather than the national, imperialistic, intolerant and coercive territorial way. However, that would first require that one recognizes the rightfulness and reasonableness of this kind of freedom of action and thus tries to establish it, not only for oneself and like-minded people but also for all other suppressed or outvoted minorities or even majorities as well. That could turn some of the former enemies into allies. Even many of them, with a very large total in numbers, for it would be the only system that would offer to all a chance for the realization of their own choices at least among their volunteers, if they are realizable at all. Experimental freedom for all: Who could morally and rationally object against that? – We have already accepted it in so many spheres. Only in those monopolized by territorial governments is it still restricted. 90% of the required and, largely, non-violent and very tolerant “revolution” is already realized. (A frequent remark by Ulrich von Beckerath, 1882-1969) There exists not a single moral or rational reason or motive for this territorial restriction or monopoly. On the contrary! - JZ, 19.3.09, 16.7.12. - DIS., COMMITMENT, GREAT MEN, CAUSES, IDEAS, PANARCHISM, SECESSIONISM, VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONISM, EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM UNDER FULL EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR ALL – BUT CRIMINALS WITH VICTIMS & OTHER AGGRESSORS.
POWERLESSNESS: Why do we feel powerless regarding nuclear war? Because we are! All relevant powers are concentrated in the hands of our rulers, who, as exclusive and territorial rulers are unable to solve this problem. - To undercut this powerlessness, and the apathy which it causes, people and individuals must gain certain powers. Only when powers to run the own life become transferred back to the individual does the nuclear war problem become solvable. - ALTERNATIVE INSTITUTIONS, DECISION, DESERTION, FREEDOM, FREE TRADE, INDIVIDUALISM, MILITIA, MINORITY AUTONOMY, MONETARY FREEDOM, PERSONAL LAW, SECESSION, SOVEREIGNTY, VOLUNTARY TAXATION. - JZ, An ABC Against Nuclear War, in PEACE PLANS Nos. 16 & 17, on www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm - POWERLESSNESS OF INDIVIDUALS UNDER THE PRESENT SYSTEM
PRACTICE & PRINCIPLES, THEORIES, APPLICATIONS, ACTIONS: It is the practice of the principles that is the key to freedom". - Kenneth W. Ryker, "THE FREEMAN", 9/77, p. 522. - Territorialism so far suppressed all practices not undertaken or licensed by territorial governments, in all spheres, which have been monopolized by them. - JZ, 31.7.92, 9.1.93.
PRASAD, RAYASAM V.: Communal Politics in India, 2pp, THE FREEMAN, I/90, 205, in ON PANARCHY XVII, in PP 1,051.
PRECEDENTS FOR PANARCHISM: Religious liberty or religious tolerance. There exists also a great variety and number of private associations, organizations and clubs, and a great variety of private, cooperative and self-managed businesses and enterprises, all peacefully doing their own things, however limited their autonomy still is, at present. Only when they engage, like political parties or some intolerant sects, in struggles to obtain a territorial monopoly, do they become intolerant of each other and not only argue but also fight against each other in some way. Compare the special interest or lobby groups all trying to extract privileges from legislators at the expense of the general population. Regarding hobbies, fashions, holiday activities, crafts, sports, professions, tourist options, entertainment, hair styles, health fads, diets, gardening, interior decorations, household utensils, styles of our houses, internal business arrangements, reading matter, videos, films, music, theatres, CDs, computer software and hardware, scientific and technical experiments, business arrangements, philosophies, world views, discussion and conversation topics, marriage and love partners, writing and lecturing activities, research engagements, publishing activities, alternative media, altogether in hundreds to thousands of different private activities, we are already largely individually autonomous, regardless of the opinions or prejudices of our rulers, who dare no longer to interfere, very extensively, with such individual choices. But they have still monopolized what they declare to be "public interest spheres", in politics, economics and social relations and try to rule them more or less despotically for all people in a whole country. - Conquering and occupation forces do also operate, in other countries, under their own laws. (That would cause no troubles, as occur presently in Iraq, if they were not, at the same time, trying to territorially impose a new public system, one that is not individually chosen by all people in that territory. This "liberation war", too, is not fought for the genuine liberation of all of the diverse minorities and of the majority in Iraq but, instead, for a new territorial imposition, that does, inevitably, provoke extensive dissent and resistance. This imposition is better than the previous regime but still has not got the consent of all the numerous dissenters. Only full exterritorial autonomy for their own communities could possibly satisfy them. But this is not even publicly discussed as an option. Only territorialism, with all its inherent problems, is on the official agenda among the contestants. - JZ, 20.9.04.) - Only to the above indicated and all too limited extent do occupation forces represent exterritorialism or extraterritorialism. Mostly they do not possess a panarchistic platform. At best they support one or the other alternative and a not as despotic but still territorial government-in-exile or newly imposed territorial government. In worse cases they merely support a puppet regime that acts as their ally or local mouthpiece. - Anarchists and libertarians should be among the first to take an interest in the exterritorialist alternatives and to discuss them in full, including all its historical precedents (personal law, capitulations, consular jurisdiction, extraterritorial treaties, the millet system, the cof or sof of the Berbers, governments in exile, autonomous trading posts), the large present analogies of religious freedom and freedom of the high seas and the remaining traces of personal law and of the original diplomatic immunity. (The latter, alas, has been deteriorated, by more or less criminal governments, to a state of affairs where it grants immunity even for crimes with victims. At worst the offenders are sent home! I believe that the practice of diplomatic immunity under competing personal law systems rarely went that far away from justice. If I am wrong on this, please do correct me.) - JZ, n.d. & 20.9.04, 16.7.12. – IRAQ - See: BECKERATH, ULRICH VON: On Panarchy.
PRECEDENTS, MILITARY UNITS OF OTHER POWERS STATIONED IN EUROPE: die in Europa befindlichen Kasernen anderer Maechte exterritorial sind, …” “… the military camps of other powers in Europa are exterritorial, …” – Heinrich Rittershausen, “Wirtschaft”, Das Fischer Lexikon, Feb. 1976 edition, page 21.
PREGENTIL, XAVIER: From: "John Zube", email@example.com - To: PREGENTIL@aol.com - Subject: 010301 Re: Costa Rica, elections, limited governments, territorialism, panarchism, experimental freedom. Let all parties win - for their members - the realization for their own programme - among themselves! Fri, 2 Mar 2001, Organization: Libertarian Microfiche Publishing. - Original Message: From: <PREGENTIL@aol.com>To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2001. Subject: Costa Rica. - - Hi John, Whatever the results and the unfairness of the democratic process I don't think we are to disapprove the impetus given to a Libertarian movement in a presidential election issue. - WHILE IT IS UP TO EACH FREEDOM LOVER TO SUPPORT THOSE FREEDOM PROJECTS THAT HE LIKES MOST, I HAVE COME TO DOUBT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PARTY POLITICS AND ELECTION CAMPAIGNS. THEY TEND TO EDUCATE NEITHER THE VOTERS NOR THE CANDIDATES SUFFICIENTLY AND TEND TO COST MORE THAN THEY ARE WORTH. A PROPER EVALUATION OF SUCH EFFORTS COMPARED WITH OTHERS, IS STILL MISSING. INDEED, IT WOULD BE DESIRABLE TO SEE A SOMEWHAT LIBERTARIAN GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHED SOMEWHERE AND REMAINING SOMEWHAT LIBERTARIAN RATHER THAN BECOMING MORE AND MORE AUTHORITARIAN, LIKE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION. BUT PARTY POLITICS IS NOT NECESSARILY THE BEST, CHEAPEST, EASIEST AND FASTEST WAY TO ACHIEVE THAT. ALL THE ALTERNATIVES TO IT SHOULD BE FULLY EXPLORED AND PUBLICIZED. - Myself I can't find any other way for freedom but in a revolutionary or secessionist movement, as a result I strongly condemned Harry Browne for the mildest of his libertarianism : he dared acknowledge a role for a government ! - REVOLUTIONS AND SECESSIONS DO NOT NECESSARILY PROMOTE LIBERTY WHEN SUFFICIENT ENLIGHTENMENT IS MISSING. I WAS TOLD THAT H. B. IS INVOLVED IN A GENERAL ENLIGHTENMENT CAMPAIGN NOW. BUT, LIKE MOST LIBERTARIANS, HE STILL FAVORS AT LEAST A LIMITED AND TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENT. I FAVOR IT ONLY FOR VOLUNTEERS AND ON AN EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY BASIS - AND NOT FOR MYSELF, EITHER, ALTHOUGH I WOULD PREFER IT TO ANY PRESENT TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENT. - But Otto Guevara in Costa Rica is much different and his success gives hope and widely spreads our ideals, so we are to support them. - IF HE WINS MAINLY THROUGH EXTERNAL SUPPORT THEN IT BECOMES SOMEWHAT DOUBTFUL THAT HIS VICTORY WILL REMAIN SECURE. THE EXTERNAL SUPPORT SHOULD NOT JUST GAIN TEMPORARY VOTES FOR HIM BUT LASTING CONVICTIONS AMONG THE VOTERS. CAN THIS BE ACHIEVED MAINLY BY A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN? I WOULD EXPECT MORE FROM E.G. A SUCCESSFUL TAX STRIKE SOMEWHERE OR A LOCAL MONETARY REVOLUTION THAT ABOLISHED, LOCALLY, INFLATION AND UNEMPLOYMENT. BUT IT, TOO, HAS SUFFICIENT ENLIGHTENMENT AS A PREREQUISITE. - Deception is a milestone on the way to Anarcho-capitalism, the human nature hope in a simple way to be free. - DO YOU MEAN "DECEPTION" OR "GRADUALISM"? - First people do believe in the democratic process for obtaining more liberties, then they lose that hope and get more radical, that's maybe the way we grew anarcho-capitalist so what's important is not the ballots but the maturation of a libertarian mind. - DOES MAJORITY DEMOCRACY MATURE MINDS OR RATHER PUTS THEM TO SLEEP? AT LEAST THE ALTERNATIVE TO TERRITORIAL DECISION-MAKING SHOULD BE DESCRIBED - IF NOT AS AN IMMEDIATE OPTION THEN AS A FUTURE IDEAL: FULL EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR ALL VOLUNTEER COMMUNITIES OR EXPERIMENTAL FREEDOM OR FREEDOM OF ACTION FOR ALL - AT THE OWN RISK AND EXPENSE. SUCH A PROGRAM HAS ITS ATTRACTIONS NOT ONLY FOR LIBERTARIANS AND ANARCHISTS AND IT DOES NOT PROVOKE FEARS AND ANTAGONISM AS ANY TERRITORIAL ELECTION VICTORY DOES. LIBERTARIAN MINDS WILL NOT MATURE WHEN THEY ARE NOT CLEAR ABOUT THIS FINAL AIM: COMPLETE VOLUNTARISM, BASED UPON INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY & INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM, COMBINED WITH EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY FOR ALL WHO DESIRE IT FOR THEMSELVES, WHETHER THEY ARE LIBERTARIANS OR ADHERENTS OF ANY OTHER SYSTEM OR BELIEF OR CONVICTION. - ALL STATE SERVICES AND BURDENS TO BECOME OPTIONAL. EACH TO FILL HIS "SHOPPING CART" WITH THOSE ONLY THAT HE WANTS FOR HIMSELF AND EACH TO PAY ONLY FOR HIS OWN "SHOPPING" OF HIS KIND, IDEALLY ALSO IN AGREED UPON ALTERNATIVE, PRIVATELY OR COOPERATIVELY ISSUED ALTERNATIVE CURRENCIES, USING OPTIONAL VALUE STANDARDS. - ULRICH VON BECKERATH, 1882-1969, DEVELOPED THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF MONETARY FREEDOM DEEPLY AFTER HE HEARD, CA. 1908, A CGT FUNCTIONARY (NAMED LEVINE?) ASK: WITH WHAT WILL WE PAY FOR OUR BREAD AFTER THE REVOLUTION? THREE OF HIS CLASSICAL BOOKS ON THIS SUBJECT WERE ALSO PUBLISHED IN FRENCH, IN PROF. EDGARD MILHAUD'S "ANNALS OF COLLECTIVE ECONOMY". I ALSO MICROFICHED THEM, IN PEACE PLANS 9-11. (THE ARE NOW ON www.reinventingmoney.com) - MAXIMUM TOLERANCE FOR ALL TOLERANT ACTIONS! - LIBERTARIANS RUNNING FOR OFFICE SHOULD CLEARLY STATE THAT THEY WOULD WELCOME THE SECESSION AND FULL AUTONOMY OF THEIR OPPONENTS, SHOULD THE LIBERTARIANS WIN AN ELECTION. EVEN LIBERTARIANISM SHOULD NOT BE FORCED UPON ANYONE. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE SO IGNORANT AND PREJUDICED THAT THEY DO FEAR FULL LIBERTY IS RATHER LARGE AND WILL LEAD TO BACKLASHES. FREEDOM IS LIKELY TO BE BLAMED, ONCE AGAIN. FOR THE RESULTS OF ANY REMAINING STATE INTERVENTIONISM. THUS: LIBERTARIANISM ONLY FOR LIBERTARIANS AND ANY OTHER ISM, INCLUDING EVEN COMMUNISM, NAZISM, SOCIALISM, FOR ALL OTHERS WHO FAVOR THEM - AT THEIR OWN RISK AND EXPENSE. - LET US HAVE FULL AND INDIVIDUAL CONSUMER SOVEREIGNTY - FOR ALL "PUBLIC SERVICES", WHICH IMPLIES VOLUNTARY MEMBERSHIP AND VOLUNTARY TAXATION. THE LATTER, IF CLEARLY DESCRIBED AS A REALISTIC OPTION, COULD BE A VERY ATTRACTIVE PROGRAM POINT IN ANY CAMPAIGN. SO FAR, ALAS, LIBERTARIANS HAVE NOT EVEN BOTHERED TO SURVEY ALL VOLUNTARY TAXATION PROPOSALS EVERY MADE AND TO DISCUSS AND PUBLISH THEM. - UNDER LIBERTOCRACY AND POLYARCHY SOME PANARCHISTIC IDEAS ARE PRESENTLY PRESENTED ON THE INTERNET. I DO INTEND TO MICROFICHE THEM IN MY "ON PANARCHY" SERIES. - Friendly yours, Xavier - PIOT, JOHN ZUBE. - Slightly revised: JZ, 20.8.11.
PRESCRIPTIONISM, TERRITORIAL: It is not our task as politicians to make out prescriptions of other people's happiness against their will. That would be the end of freedom." - Franz-Josef Strauss, Speech in Augsburg, May 15, 1976. - But this is precisely what politicians of territorial States do - for all "their" dissenters. - JZ, 6.4.89.
PRESIDENTS, PRIME MINISTERS & MP's: No president, prime minister or MP or member of congress etc. can represent ALL citizens in a country, but each of them, now and while competing with other such officers of competing exterritorial and autonomous communities, can represent SOME citizens in a country and fairly well the voluntary members of his own exterritorial volunteer community. Panarchies would reduce pretences of universal representation to the realities of representing specific groups and communities. - JZ, 4.7.89. - And dissenting individuals could opt out from under their "representatives" - when they are no longer satisfied by their performances. - JZ, 20.9.04. Moreover, then they would not merely form lobbies or special interest groups, which seek legalized privileges and subsidies or bailouts at the expense of the rest of the population. – J.Z., 16.7.12.
PREVENT WORLD WAR III: No.75, Winter-Spring 1970, p.8: Kadis (Muslim religious courts or judges) in Israel condemned terrorist activities as harming Arab-Jewish coexistence. - Unless there is agreement on granting each other full exterritorial autonomy, many forms of "coexistence" resembles as somebody jokingly said, "the coexistence between a farmer and his turkeys - until Christmas." – JZ – They, too, do not subscribe to the maxim: “Thou shalt not kill!” In the original it did, probably, run: “Thou shalt not murder!” and referred only to human beings, not, e.g., to tyrants. – J.Z., 16.7.12.
PRIME MINISTERS, GO IT ALONE: P.M. told: stop going it alone." ... "... one of the Federal Government's electoral strategists has told a private meeting that the government needs proper consultation. ..." - He should allow us, too, to go it alone, i.e. without his let or hindrance. By all means, P.M., go it alone and leave us alone. All of us, except your voluntary victims. And they ought to declare this readiness explicitly and individually. - JZ, 29.6.92.
PRIME MINISTERS: TO EACH HIS OWN! H. as prime minister for the 49% who voted for him, F. as a prime minister for the 38 % who voted for him. Neither of them for the 13% who voted for neither of them. To each only the prime minister of his own choice. Thus everybody could win a rightful election or in a genuine choice of governments. - JZ, 20.2.83, 3.4.89. - Moreover, those, who believe that they could manage their lives without any prime minister or president - and all his baggage - should be free to try to do so. - JZ, 20.9.04. – PRESIDENTS, CHANCELLORS
PRIMITIVE & ENLIGHTENED PEOPLE VS. BARBARISM: Primitive and enlightened people do their kinds of things only to or for themselves. Barbarians try to do their things not only to and for themselves but attempt to impose them upon others. Thus none of them should be granted any territorial, coercive, monopolistic and central powers any longer – except among their own believers and voluntary victims. Sheeple volunteering to be shorn by their shepherds do deserve to be shorn. But there should be no tolerance for intolerant actions against peaceful dissenters. – JZ, 27.1.05.
PRINCE, TONY, Nov. 1970 draft, with some changes later adopted by AIR: Alliance for Individual Rights. T. P. was then living in Sydney. Later he moved to Taiwan and I lost contact with him. “DRAFT OF FIRST PRINCIPLES - - - 1.) That as man is a rational being, who learns by choosing courses of action and experiencing their consequences, freedom of choice and action is essential to his welfare and his very existence. - 2.) That each individual should therefore have the right to order his life as he sees fit, provided that in so doing he does not infringe the right of others to do likewise. - 3.) That, consequently, no individual or group may interfere with the lives of those who are not themselves infringing the liberties of others, and that such interference, whether by the deprivation of property, restriction of freedom of movement, or by the application of force in any way whatsoever, itself constitutes a basic infringement of liberty which may justifiably be opposed by any free individual. - 4.) That all social, political and economic relationships are, therefore, to be regarded as forms of contract, not valid unless freely accepted by both parties, and always revocable in terms of the original agreement.” - - - As a committee of the whole we spent all too many weeks on trying to improve the above draft and I am still not certain that we succeeded. There were persistent objections by people with a quite different mindset that wasted time, with the usual popular or debaters’ objections. One guy in his eighties recommended to me then: Never submit such a proposal to a prolonged general discussion. Declare that people either accept it as it is or leave the association, but with the provision, that a small committee, to be appointed, will continue to receive further suggestions for improvements and will from time to time report on those it has received, making these suggestions also accessible to all the members. Striving for perfection in general declarations can waste too much time and energy and prevent people from engaging in somewhat more productive actions. The striving for perfection can also turn many people off, who could be very productive members of an association. – JZ, 21.3.05. There is much truth in this advice. Nevertheless, I would still love to see large numbers of freedom and justice lovers collaborating, quite systematically, in the compilation and optimal wording of the best kind of declaration of genuine individual rights and liberties that could and should be produced by now, making use of all available references. Perhaps a small committee only should discuss and edit all these proposals and, periodically, report this input and their changes. – J.Z., 16.7.12. - ALLIANCE FOR INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS (AIR). PEACE PLANS 589/590, LATER ENLARGED & DIGITIZED, at www.butterbach.net PRIVATE HUMAN RIGHTS DECLARATIONS.
PRINCIPALITY OF NEW UTOPIA, THE: 8pp, aiming at more financial freedom via a virtual "country": 1028, in PEACE PLANS 1689-1693.
PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES OF PANARCHISM: They are already widely taken for granted in all spheres that are not, like political, economic and social systems, territorially preempted by States and their governments. - JZ, n.d. - FIRST PRINCIPLES, RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS, NATURAL LAW
PRISONERS OF WAR: See: BECKERATH, ULRICH VON: On Panarchy.
PRISONS, NATIONAL, TERRITORIAL: We are imprisoned by image of Big Daddy." - Heading of R. A. Wilson, in "Right Where You Are Sitting Now", 167. - TERRITORIALISM, NATIONS, NATIONALISM, BIG BROTHER, LEADERSHIP, STATISM, GOVERNMENTALISM
PRIVACY & PANARCHISM: We are no longer almost totally custom- or law-ridden in this sphere but already to a large extent free "to do our own things". To that extent this private practice constitutes an analogy to panarchy in the "public spheres", which are presently still monopolized by territorial governments. There is already much individual and free choice in marriage partners, lovers, jobs, housing, gardening, hobbies, crafts, entertainment, arts, tourism, interior decoration, fashions, studies, reading, friends, clubs and associations, consumer sovereignty in shopping, sports activities, active or passive, in radio, TV, videos, cinemas, theatres, diets, hair styles, tobacco, alcohol and soft drink varieties, fruits, vegetables, meats, household equipment, tools. The choices are almost endless and overwhelming. But they cause no street-fighting or oppression, no election campaigns and party struggles. Choices are peacefully and individually made and paid for rather than imposed. (Apart e.g. from unwanted presents from friends and relatives. But they, too, hardly ever cause strife.) It is astonishing that the principle of such varied private actions has not yet led to wide-spread demands for the same liberty in public affairs. Regarding these we are mostly dominated by fixed ideas like: "One law for all!", "Equality before the law!", "Unity!", etc. and still dominated by customs and traditions that only few dare to question, at least partly, in thought games. Even historical instance for exterritorial liberty and individual secessionism are largely and habitually overlooked. Almost everything on public affairs is viewed through the rosy and otherwise flawed glasses of territorialism. - The status quo has an enormous power over the ideas, opinions and actions of most people. - JZ, 29.8.04, 16.7.12. – DIS.
PRIVATE ARMIES, PROTECTION SERVICES & CONVENTIONAL & NEW MILITIAS: Not all kinds of militias are good enough for panarchism and the protection of individual rights and liberties. - JZ, n.d. & 5.11.11.
PRIVATE LAW IN IRELAND: Private Law in the Emerald Isle, MISES DAILY: Friday, June 08, 2012 by Finbar Feehan-Fitzgerald – “Brehon law was an ancient Irish legal system that survived until the early 17th century. This native legal system was fully developed prior to, and continued in spite of, Christian, Danish, and Anglo-Norman invasions of Ireland — although it was, somewhat, disrupted by each event.” – Facebook hint of 9.6.12, by Darren O'Connor and Ludwig von Mises Institute shared a link.
PRIVATE OR CIVIL INTERNATIONAL LAW: The whole system of private international law is an important exception to the exercise of territorial jurisdiction, but being founded in international comity and constituting, in fact, a part of municipal law, it does not fall within the province of public international law. See Phillimore, op. cit., vol. iv, pp. 1 et seq.; Westlake, A Treatise on Private International Law (6th. ed., London, 1922), p. 1. – A footnote in Liu’s book on Extraterritoriality, page 18.
PRIVATIZATION OF GOVERNMENTS, ABOLISHING ONLY THE TERRITORIALISM & COMPULSORY MEMBERSHIP OF THE EXISTING GOVERNMENTS: Already the first unrestricted individual secession from any territorial government would, in principle, achieve that. Naturally, most territorial powers would get alarmed only once thousands of individuals seceded from them every day. But that very fact would deprive them of the pretence of representation and of possessing a mandate. - JZ, 20.9.04.
PRIVATIZATION, COMPREHENSIVE, COMBINED WITH PANARCHISM: See especially PEACE PLANS 19c.
PRIVATIZE GOVERNMENTS: Privatize, cooperatize, voluntarize governments and, especially, deprive them of their territorial monopolies and powers to impose unasked-for services and disservices upon dissenters and to charge for them via compulsory taxation of the inflations of monetary despotism, or, indirectly, through government debts, covered by involuntary tax slaves. This means among other things that individual sovereignty and individual secessionism ought to be realized and that every secessionist has the right to a pay-out of his share in the remaining real public capital assets, not in cash but in the form of transferable securities. The sooner this kind of privatization is undertaken, the higher the individual share would be. For several years now governments have “privatized” many of their assets but did not hand over the proceeds to their individual tax victims and other subjects but, rather, to the politicians and bureaucrats, so that they can increase or continue their spending sprees. In a few more years many of the sales proceeds from these assets will thus be wrongfully wasted. – JZ, 27.10.98, 9.1.99. – Only nominally, through inflation, will the estimated per head amount of government debts still come to about A$ 1 million. –That is the kind of tax refund that I am looking for. – J.Z., 16.7.12. - See: PEACE PLANS 19c.
PRIVATIZED GOVERNMENTS: Reduce them to voluntary members and taxpayers only. And do not give them any territorial monopoly or any exclusive sovereign powers except those fully approved by ALL their voluntary members, who would have to remain individually free to secede from them. Let them try to function only under exterritorial autonomy and personal laws, in free competition with each other and with other societies and service organizations. - JZ, 7.9.89.
PRIVILEGE: I was told that the Privileged and the People formed Two Nations". - Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil. - Both claim territorial privileges. Both claim popular support. Let them separate, individually. Then they can and are likely to separate voluntarily. With this separation, exploitation and privilege are likely to disappear, unless and as long as they are not individually granted. - JZ, 12.11.82, 5.4.89, 8.4.89.
PRIVILEGES & PANARCHISM: Each to have as many privileges as he wants to have and as are granted to him by his own voluntary followers and at his and their expense and risk. - JZ, n.d.
PRIVILEGES: Privileges, special: Let all those, who do want to give special privileges, e.g. to special interest groups, give their own money, possessions, rights and liberties away, not ours. Allow us and them exterritorial autonomy within volunteer groups. Then they can grant or receive all the privileges they want and we all the rights and liberties we want for ourselves. - JZ, n.d. & 14.1.93, 16.7.12. – POLITICIANS, REPRESENTATION, TAXATION, BUDGET, GOVERNMENT-SPENDING
PRODUCTION OF SECURITY: HOPPE, HANS-HERMANN, Fallacies of the Public Goods Theory and the Production of Security. [November 2002] - - An interesting paper by Hans-Hermann Hoppe (Winter 1989) - DIS. - Link at www.panarchy.org http://libertarianstudies.org/journals/jls/pdfs/9_1/9_1_2.pdf -
PRODUCTS & SERVICES: Productions, Peaceful & Plural, any kind, but only for those People among whom they are Popular. - JZ, 04-11. - Compare Leonard E. Read's "Release all creative energies!"
PROGRAMS & THE VOLUNTARISM OF PANARCHISM: Programs, all kinds, but only for their subscribers! - JZ, 04-11.
PROGRESS & OPTING OUT: All progress that was ever achieved was achieved by opting out of predominant institutions, practices and theories. - JZ, 3.10.88.
PROGRESS & PANARCHISM: Among the worst aspects of exclusive territorial rule over voluntary and involuntary members is that it channels progress only in one direction, that approved by territorial politicians, bureaucrats and the majority, who are, certainly, not the most enlightened people. Sometimes two different aims are thus subsidized at the same time, even if they are opposites. But the complete range of possible choices is not permitted to all the diverse groups in a population, far less to individuals. Numerous already somewhat discovered and expressed, known or unknown alternatives and options are territorially prohibited from coming into existence here and now. - Imagine what would happen if we did the same regarding religion, philosophy, arts, science, technology, medicine and agriculture! - JZ, n.d. & 23.1.12. – Is there anything good about any bureaucracy? In my 79 years I haven’t discovered it as yet. – J.Z., 15.6.12. - BUREAUCRACY
PROGRESS & PEACE & JUSTICE & FREEDOM THROUGH EXTERRITORIALIST AUTONOMY FOR VOLUNTEERS: Most of that desirable progress towards a free, peaceful, just and prosperous society, which we have tried to achieve, quite vainly, collectively, coercively and monopolistically, in short, territorially, thousands of times, in large or small statist experiments, over not only hundreds but thousands of years, can be rapidly achieved, at least by a few pioneers, on the basis of exterritorial autonomy for volunteers. - JZ 18.10.87, 2.4.89. - Thereby, lastingly and immediately for all who come to appreciate it. At the same time, all others are free and invited to introduce these successful methods and means among themselves. – There will be no monopoly or copyrights established for them. - JZ, 20.9.04, 16.7.12.
PROGRESS & PEOPLE, COUNTRIES & NATIONS, INDIVIDUALISM: A people, it appears, may be progressive for a certain length of time, and then stop: when does it stop? When it ceases to possess individuality." - John Stuart Mill. - Speaking of people in this way denies already the individuality of those involved - more or less against their will. Never are all individuals within "a people" either all progressive or stagnating or regressing, even while some of them are, at all times and in all countries. Letting each individual make the choice for himself would maximize progress, at least in the long run, by setting many encouraging as well as discouraging examples, not only in countries across the border and in other historical periods but immediately and next door. - JZ, 6.4.89, 8.4.89.
PROGRESS PANARCHISM & THE WESTERN WORLD: Most people in the Western World are already as free as they want to be and without pondering much about it. They take some minimal democratic and classical liberties more or less for granted and few only dream of more. However, given the individualistic and minority autonomy options of panarchism regarding government taxation, spending, laws, jurisdiction, constitutions and membership, we would soon see radical and effective moves towards more liberty, based on “one-man-revolutions”, although they would, initially, be made and supported by only a few. From these they might come to spread as fast as e.g. fashions and pop tunes do. – JZ, 28.4.91, 7.1.99, 20.9.04.
PROGRESS, CHANGE & DEVELOPMENT: Progress, change and development takes time and more or less time for different people and their voluntary groupings: "We know how long it takes before a species of plant or animal disappears in face of a better adapted species. Ideas and customs, beliefs and institutions, have always lingered just as long in face of their successors, and the competition is not less keen nor less prolonged, because it is for one or other inevitably destined to be hopeless." - John Morley, "On Compromise", p. 235. - Territorial monopolization of change and its enforcement upon dissenters, or the forceful preservation of the status quo, make progress slow or even stop or reverse it. Thus all self-concerned actions should become voluntary actions. Only then will all-over progress proceed as rapidly as possible and with the least costs. JZ 12.6.92, 7.1.93. – VOLUNTARISM VS. TERRITORIALISM
PROGRESS, CONTROVERSY & PANARCHISM: It’s impossible to make progress without controversy.” – G. Harry Stine, ANALOG 1/91, p 184. – Correct, but one can reduce the controversy to a minimum - within a framework of tolerance for all diverse but tolerant actions, i.e., under panarchism, once this, itself, is no longer controversial. – JZ, 4.4.91, 9.1.99. – DIS.
PROGRESS, DIFFERENCE, HERBERT SPENCER: Progress is difference.” – Auberon Herbert, in his 1906 Herbert Spencer Lecture: “ … I come to what seems to me the very heart of Mr. Spencer’s social and political teaching. It is not often given to a man to sum up in three words a great truth, that is fated sooner or later to revolutionize the thought and action of all nations; and yet that is, I think, what Mr. Spencer happily achieved. The three words were – ‘progress is difference’ – that is, if you or I are to think more clearly, or to act more efficiently and more rightly than those who have preceded us, it can only be because at some point we leave the path which they followed, and enter a new path of our own - in other words, we must have the temper and courage to differ from accepted standards of thought and perception and action. If we are to improve in any direction, we must not be bound up with each other in inseparable bundles, we must have the power in ourselves to find and to take the new path of our own. Is not every improvement of machinery and method, every gain made in science and art, every choosing of the truer road and turning away from the false road what we have hitherto trodden – does it not all arise from those differences of thought and perception which, so long as freedom exists, even in its present imperfect form, are from time to time born amongst us? Whenever men become merely copies and echoes of each other, when they act and think according to fixed and sealed pattern, is not all growth arrested, all bettering of the world made more difficult, if not impossible? … Throughout the whole nation, we must let every man and woman, instead of looking to their parties and parliaments and governments, feel the full strength of the inspiring inducement to do something in their own individual capacities and to join with others in doing something – the smallest or the greatest thing – better than it has yet been done, and so make their own contribution to the great fund of general good. Only so can the far-reaching powers which lie in human nature, but which, like the talent, are so often wrapped in the napkin, hidden and unused, find their full scope and development; only so can our aims and ambitions be ennobled and purified; only so can the true respect for the individuality of others soften the strife of opinions, and the intolerant spirit in which we so often look upon all that is opposed to and different from ourselves. As we recognize and respect the individuality both of ourselves and others; as we realize that the bettering of the world depends upon our individual actions and perceptions; that this bettering can only be done by ourselves, acting together in free combination; that it depends upon the efforts of countless individuals, as the rain-drops make the streams, and the streams make the rivers, that it cannot be done for us by proxy, cannot be relegated, in our present indolent fashion, to systems of machinery, or handed over to an army of autocratic officials to do for us; and as we realize that we shall have failed in our part, have lived almost in vain, if in some direction, in some department of thought or action – whatever it may be – we have not individually striven to make the better take the place of the good; life will become for all of us a better and nobler thing, with more definite aims, and greater incentives to useful action. The work that we do will react on ourselves; and we shall react on the work. Each victory gained, each new thing well done will advance with bolder, swifter strides, invading in turn every highway and by-way of life. But this healthy reaction cannot be as long as we live under the depressing and dispiriting influence of the great machines, that take the work out of our hands, and encourage in us all a sense of personal uselessness. The appeal must be straight and direct to the individuals, to their own self-direction, their own self-sacrifice, to their own efforts in free unregulated combinations, their own willing gifts and services.” – Quoted from: HUTCHINSON HARRIS. S., The Doctrine of Personal Right, Barcelona, 1935, pages 208-210.
PROGRESSIVE PLURALISM: Progressive pluralism – another name for panarchism? - JZ
PROPAGANDA BY DEED: A-territorial autonomy of volunteers would constitute the best kind of "propaganda by deed" of those who are nihilists towards "establishment" values and institutions. It would constitute anarchy in action. – JZ
PROPAGANDA BY DEED: Propaganda by deed has got almost wholly negative connotations through anarchist assassinations, unionist anti-industrial actions and terrorist anarchist and other gangs of “freedom fighters”. Territorialism leads to bomb explosions, panarchism rather to implosions or extinctions of powers and of power mongers. Implosion and decentralization are given a new meaning through alternative or parallel institutions, freedom to experiment, freedom to act responsibly in all spheres, especially through full exterritorial autonomy for all volunteer communities and the individual secessionism and associationism that would exist in them. - J. Z., 27.1.99, 10.12.03, 16.7.12.
PROPAGANDA, EDUCATION & ENLIGHTENMENT OPTIONS FOR PANARCHISM: They are, essentially, the same as those for scientific experiments. Or, rather, they ought to be. - JZ, 5.11.11.
PROPERTY RIGHTS, VOTING, TAXATION, DEMOCRACY & PANARCHISM: Taxation in territorial democratic States mean that we have no right to our own property and earnings but that, via voting, we have a claim to the property and earnings of all other subjects of it. Panarchies would permit us to separate our interests and property rights from those of others to the extent desired by us. It would not have any compulsory collectivism. - JZ, 23.9.04. - VOTING
PROPERTY: create just property laws. - Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars, p.110. – LAND, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS? COPYRIGHTS, PATENTS, SELF-OWNERSHIP, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, TAXATION, VOLUNTARY TAXATION, NATIONALIZATION, ZONING LAWS, BUILDING RESTRICTIONS, EXPROPRIATIONS
PROPERTY: Private property (which may also be used as voluntarily pooled, collectivized or socialized property) forms the best basis for a tolerant and peaceful coexistence between the members of diverse ideological groups. To each his own, no more, no less! – JZ, n.d. - PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE, TOLERANCE
PROPERTY: private property creates for the individual a sphere in which he is free of the state. (*) It sets limits to the operation of the authoritarian will." As an intermediary between the individual and the state, "it allows other forces to arise side by side with and in opposition to political power. It thus becomes the basis for all those activities that are free from violent interference on the part of the state. - (*) It is the soil in which the seeds of freedom are nurtured and in which the autonomy of the individual and ultimately all intellectual and material progress are rooted." - Mises, Liberalism, rev. 1977, Anne Wortham, in "THE FREEMAN", 11/85, pp 67-68. - (*) And it leaves you currently, in the all too incomplete form of liberalism under territorialism, open to the State's robberies, called taxes, and to its largely lawless, wrongful and irrational “positive” legislation, regulations and controls. Only full exterritorial autonomy for volunteers could truly achieve what he claimed for private property. Propertarian and anti-propertarian and other voluntaristic societies ought to be free to compete the present territorial States out of existence or to reduce them to activities among their remaining voluntary supporters and victims only. - JZ, 31.7.92, 9.1.93, 23.1.12.
PROPHETS: Toleration for the followers of all prophets, be they Marx and Lenin or Mises and Rand. – JZ, n.d. – As long as they are tolerant, too, towards outsiders. None of their wrongful actions towards involuntary victims, all outsiders, should be tolerated. In this all the rest of the world population – as well as the many captive nations and societies under totalitarianism – do have a common interest, which should be properly organized, through enlightenment efforts, and all kinds of governments and societies in exile – all only for their present and future volunteers. – J.Z., 16.7.12. – GOVERNMENTS IN EXILE, PANARCHISM, POLYARCHISM, PUBLICITY, TOLERANCE, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY, VOLUNTARISM, ENLIGHTENMENT – VS. TERRITORIALISM
PROS & CONS: Cut the Gordian Knots by freedom of action and free experimentation: "My dear sir, I am sick of syllogisms, and probabilities, and pros and contras. What do I care if, on weighing both sides, the nineteen pounds' weight of questionable arguments against, are overbalanced by the twenty pounds' weight of equally questionable arguments for? ..." - Chas Kingsley, Hypatia, 166. - End the verbal diarrhea. Grant freedom for tolerant actions to all volunteer groups. That requires only the understanding that, on the basis of exterritorial autonomy, this is possible for all individuals, all their minority and majority groupings. - JZ, 12.1.93. – FREEDOM OF ACTION & EXPERIMENTATION
PROSPERITY, DEVELOPMENT, LIVING STANDARD & PANARCHISM: Exterritorial autonomy for volunteers would not only end oppression, civil wars and national wars but bring about prosperity for most productive people, too, since then all kinds of economic and social experiments could be freely tried by their supporters. What would work would be fast imitated. Progress in that sphere could become as fast as it became in natural sciences and technology, as well as in the arts, under experimental freedom. - JZ, n.d. – PROSPERITY, PROGRESS
PROSPERITY, DEVELOPMENT, LIVING STANDARD & PANARCHISM: Exterritorial autonomy for volunteers would not only end oppression, civil wars and national wars but bring about prosperity for most productive people, too, since then all kinds of economic and social experiments could be freely tried - by and among their supporters. What would work would be fast imitated. Progress in that sphere could become as fast as it became in natural sciences and technology, as well as in the arts, under experimental freedom. – JZ, n.d.
PROTECTION & PROTECTION AGENCIES: 32, 78, ON PANARCHY I, in PEACE PLANS 505.
PROTECTION THROUGH A PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANY IN CHINA: See: BECKERATH, ULRICH VON, ON PANARCHY.
PROTECTION, CONSENT, TAXATION & VOLUNTARY TAXATION, PANARCHISM: Protection and taxation without consent is itself invasion; hence Anarchism favors a system of voluntary taxation and protection.” – Benjamin R. Tucker, LIBERTY, 212-2. – There are and were thousands of taxation systems and preferences and at least dozens of voluntary taxation alternatives. The ultimate tax reform would be based upon individual choices or rejections. So would ultimate systems of protection, jurisdiction, currency and capital. – JZ, 21.11.82, 7.1.99, 20.9.04.
PROTECTIONISM & FREE TRADE: Allow people to individually choose for themselves all or any of the real or imagined benefits of free trade or protectionism. - JZ 25.12.92.
PROTECTIONISM & PANARCHISM: Protectionism - only for Protectionists! Free Trade - only for Free Traders! - JZ, n.d.
PROTÉGÉE-CITIZENSHIP: It existed, e.g., for Chinese with the Foreign Concessions in China. – See also: Tangier and Protégée Citizenship, an article in German. - Joesten, Joachim: Article on consular jurisdiction in Tangier, DIE WELT, 22.8.1953. - JZL.
PROTESTANTS IN FRANCE: Indeed, Crawford (1967, p. 6) notes that territorial domination was decisive for the leaders of France in the foreplay to The Thirty Years War: "Still later in French history, this political rather than religious determination of policy is clear in the case of [the? – JZ]Cardinal [Richelieu? – JZ]; for if he made war on the French Protestants, it was not to destroy their religious freedom, which he left untouched, but to draw the teeth of the political and military privileges allowed them by the Edict of Nantes, privileges (of private armies and fortified towns) which had made them a state within the state, the rallying-point of feudal disaffection, the major obstacle to Richelieu's policy of strengthening the central government of the Crown. It was perfectly in accord with this policy that Richelieu subsidized the Protestant armies of Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden in the Thirty Years War, for in doing so he was weakening the Hapsburgs [sic!], the most powerful enemies of France." Richelieu (1585-1642) was a French Cardinal, Duke, politician and a prominent theorist of nationalism. - RCBJ. - TOLERANCE, HUGUENOTS, TERRITORIALISM, STATES WITHIN STATES, EDICT OF NANTES, EXTERRITORIAL AUTONOMY OF MINORITIES, HISTORY OF FRANCE
PROUDHON & NATIONALISM: Proudhon shows a hostility to nationalism rare at the time. He cared nothing for Mazzini and Garibaldi, whose exploits dazzled his contemporaries; nothing for the wrongs of Poland and Hungary. For nationalism meant the glorification of the centralized state." - John Bowle, Politics & Opinion in the 19th Century, p. 162. - The exterritorial alternative to territorial nationalism existed for a long time and still exists in small remnants and could be brought to bloom again, with all the individual human rights and liberties, cultures and civilizations, religions, races, racial mixtures, ideologies and social science experiments that are wanted by some and to the extent that they are wanted and for those only, who do want them. Proudhon, in his notion of the dissolution of the State by contracts did already imply such a development. But I know not of any passage where he clearly spells out the constructive, voluntaristic and exterritorial consequences of such a dissolution and its consequences. - But then about half of his writings have still not been published, not even in French! - JZ, 7.1.93, 10.12.03, 20.9.04.
PROUDHON & PERSONAL LAW: If a concept of law is to accord with the way in which anarchists react to existing situations, its promise must be that the only rules, which will be obeyed are those which people have themselves imposed or with which they have agreed. In Proudhon's words: 'As long as I have not wanted this law, as long as I have not assented to it, voted for it or signed it, it binds me to nothing, it does not exist.' (Idee Generale, p. 313.) - Holterman, Law in Anarchism, 11. - Kant speaks of obedience towards self-given laws and by this he did not mean the assent given to laws by unenlightened mobs or majorities. He considered all States in which only the leaders decide on war and peace to be dictatorships. - JZ, 11. 12. 03. – CONSENT, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, VOTING, OBEDIENCE, LAWS, KANT, DECISION-MAKING MONOPOLY, DESPOTISM, DEMOCRACY
PROUDHON, PIERRE JOSEPH, Du Principe Fédératif, [chapitre VII] (1863) [Français]. - Pierre Joseph Proudhon, Du Principe Fédératif - Gian Piero de Bellis put this extract into his collection; Polyarchy - Polyarchie - Poliarchia - Poliarquia.
PROUDHON, PIERRE JOSEPH, Free association ... the only true form of society." – VOLUNTARISM, ASSOCIATIONISM, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY, INDIVIDUAL SECESSIONISM
PROUDHON, PIERRE JOSEPH, La Démocratie [Français] (1848)
PROUDHON, PIERRE-JOSEPH, Beyond Nationalism and Territorialism, (1851). www.panarchy.org/ - 13 KBs. - Note: These passages are taken from Idée générale de la revolution au XIXème siècle. - Proudhon seems anticipating some aspects proper of what is now called ‘globalization’ when he refers to an economic revolution that will be universal in getting rid of state-made borders and state-manufactured pretensions to control a specific territory. - Clearly that revolution did not take place in the XIX century and the results, forecasted by Proudhon, have been wars of unprecedented magnitude because state powers are “born … to war, educated to war, supported by war.” It is now time to implement the ideas advocated by Proudhon and to go beyond nationalism and territorialism doing away with political centralization, in a word with the territorial state. - GPdB. - A criticism also of statism and governmentalism and the addiction to power rather than free exchanges, free associations and free contracts, genuine individual rights and liberties. - JZ, 18.9.11.
PROUDHON, PIERRE-JOSEPH, General Idea of Revolution in the Nineteenth Century, first published in English in 1923, Haskell House Publishers, N.Y. 1969, 302 pp., H.C. - For individual contract governments and arbitration between them: 113ff, 206/7, 246, 258, 260, 262ff. - Proudhon said somewhere: "Whoever wants to be free must not be subjected to any other laws than his own." – PERSONAL LAW, INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
PROUDHON, PIERRE-JOSEPH, The State: Its Nature, Object, and Destiny - (1849)
PROUDHON'S ANARCHISM & VOLUNTARISM: For Proudhon, as for all anarchists, the only acceptable economic system is one that does not in the least lean upon coercive mechanisms exercised over people by any kind of organization other than their own voluntary social groupings. Hence the end toward which all economic activity must aim, according to the anarchist view, must be one that reflects natural right." - W. O. Reichert, in Holterman, Law in Anarchism, 146. - And yet how far are most anarchists still from fully recognizing natural and individual economic rights and the voluntaristic, social and individualistic and just relationships that result from them in a fully liberated free market? Anarchists have become opponents of the voluntarism of free markets and free marketeers have become addicted to the territorial monopoly of limited governments. On both sides a muddle of opinions and dogmas still prevents clear and consistent thinking - and a large degree of agreement between them. Both sides would only have to subscribe to the minimal requirements of panarchism, which should be almost self-evident for both sides, in order to become tolerant of or even supportive for each other and for all other voluntaristic aspirations. - JZ 15.1.93. - RECIPROCITY, MUTUALISM, VOLUNTARISM, EXTERRITORIALISM.
PROXEMICS: LAGEMAN, JOHN KORD: How Much Space Does a Man Need? READERS DIGEST, 9/67. It reviews the research of anthropologist Dr. Edward T. Hall on "proxemics" - the study of living in close quarters. Seems to me a rational approach towards the concept of a "territorial imperative", showing its close limits. Robert Ardrey’s “exterritorial imperative” is nothing but an extreme exaggeration of the natural proximity instincts and inclinations. – JZ, n.d. & 16.7.12.
PROXENOI OR PROXENUS, GREECE & EGYPT: In Athens and in other Greek cities, the institution of proxenia existed, the proxenus being appointed either by the foreign government which he represented or by the State in which he resided.4 The choice was made from among the citizens of the latter State, and had to be approved by them.5 The office of the proxenus was similar to the modern consulate and is even regarded by some as its earliest prototype.6 It is said that nearly all the Greek republics had proxenoi in Egypt.7 - 4 Phillipson, op. cit., vol. i, p. 150. The earliest evidence of the existence of proxenoi dates from the middle of the fifth century, ibid., p. 148. - - 5 Pardessus, op. cit., vol. i, p. 52; Hautefeuille, Histoire du droit maritime international (2d ed., Paris, 1869), p. 06, n. 1. - - 6 Phillipson, op. cit., vol. i, p. 149; Miltitz, Manuel des consuls (London and Berlin, 1837-41), vol. i, p. 11. - - 7 Hautefeuille, ibid. – Liu, Exterritoriality, page 24. (The whole book is accessible at www.panarchy.org )
PUBLIC AFFAIRS TO BECOME PRIVATE AFFAIRS: Privately we are already largely free to go our own ways and make our own individual choices, to the extent that we have consumer sovereignty and somewhat free markets for goods and services. Now let us extend this freedom into the sphere of political, economic and social systems and institutions, in order to free the rest of our lives from all the territorially imposed monopolies, tributes, oppression and exploitation, including even wars, revolutions, civil wars and terrorism. Even ordinary crime would be greatly reduced. Enlightenment and ethical behavior would spread faster and more widely. Only some private criminal activity with victims would remain and could be countered more effectively and rightfully by competing protection agencies of various panarchies and free enterprise services. – JZ, 27.1.05.
PUBLIC DEBT: I haven’t signed up for any public debt. Find voluntary tax slaves to pay it. – JZ, 8.3.05.
PUBLIC GOODS: HOPPE, HANS-HERMANN, Fallacies of the Public Goods Theory and the Production of Security. [November 2002] - http://libertarianstudies.org/journals/jls/pdfs/9_1/9_1_2.pdf - An interesting paper by Hans-Hermann Hoppe (Winter 1989) - Link at www.panarchy.org - DIS.
PUBLIC OPINION: Seek as one will, there is no substitute for an informed and enlightened public opinion. It is the only remedy." - Source? - That might be true for territorial politics, but also only within rather narrow limits, since that politics prevents sufficient enlightenment to occur. Opportunities for enlightenment to achieve an enlightened public opinion should not be confined to freedom of expression and information opportunities only. They must include freedom for tolerant actions and experiments, too, i.e. for exterritorial and autonomous communities of volunteers. Under that liberty all or the majority do not have to be sufficiently enlightened first of all. A few enlightened minorities, doing their things, will then, almost automatically and sufficiently enlighten the others, by their successful examples. Since enlightenment is first only achieved by individuals and minorities, this is the natural and effective way for them to go. And it is the only rightful one. - JZ, n.d. & 14.1.93, 20.9.04. – FREEDOM FOR TOLERANT ACTIONS & EXPERIMENTS, DOWN TO THOSE OF INDIVIDUALS, AGAINST MAJORITARIANISM, AUTHORITARIANISM & TERRITORIALISM.
PUBLIC SERVICES, PUBLIC NEEDS, PUBLIC MONOPOLIES: The mischievous idea that all (*) public needs should be satisfied by compulsory organization and that all the means that individuals are willing to devote to public purposes (**) should be under the control of government, is wholly alien to the basic principles of a free society." - F. A. Hayek, Law, Legislation and Liberty. - (*) I find the notion that ANY public needs should be coercively satisfied, even if only by a limited government, almost as offensive, in principle. - (**) That seems to leave the height of taxation already up to the individual and only the use of these means up to the State. This would already be a degree of voluntary taxation but would also require, probably, the rationing of public services. But compulsory taxation is usually coercive in two ways: In compelling tribute payments, arbitrarily imposed, even while under democratic or representative pretences and the arbitrary distribution of the "revenue" so collected, without the individual contributor having any significant vote on how his tax dollars are to be spent. Hayek isn't a panarchist but, at the same time, not all that much separates some of his thoughts from panarchism. The same applies to Ayn Rand and many others. - JZ, 5.4.89. – HAYEK, AYN RAND
PUBLICATION OF ALL PANARCHIST WRITINGS - AT LEAST ON CD-ROMs: My first panarchist and monetary freedom CD is out - but is still requires vast improvements and additions in future editions. - JZ, 20.9.04. – I still seek collaborators for this project. – J.Z., 16.7.12. – email@example.com
PUBLICITY, PEACE & PANARCHISM: Please recycle, re-word, duplicate and spread, as widely as possible, all panarchist ideas, opinions and proposals. You and your friends and family members need them much more than any new little luxuries, games and toys and they cost you almost nothing except some re-thinking. “Peace and Good Will on Earth” will come, not through “love” but through the peace, justice and freedom of panarchism. – JZ, n.d.
PUBLICITY: 51, ON PANARCHY I, in PP 505.
PURCHASE OP ENTERPRISES, by their employees, gradually, on terms: 35, 39, ON PANARCHY I, in PEACE PLANS 505.
PUYDT PAUL-EMILE de, Panarchie, sheets 177ff enlarged, photocopy of the original, 19pp: 291, in PP 1689-1693.
PUYDT PAUL-EMILE de, Panarchy, 1860, in PP 4, & in PP16-18, & in ON PANARCHY II, in PP 506. - Panarchy, July 1860. April 1998 version of the English translation, 12pp: 57-68, in PP 1540.
PUYDT, PAUL-EMILE de, Panarchie,  -http://www.panarchy.org/depuydt/1860.fr.html - English translation "Panarchy" at http://www.panarchy.org/depuydt/1860.eng.html - Introductory remarks by Gian Piero de Bellis, 2008, in black, interspersed by JZ comments in Red.: Premise Preface? - My personal discovery of this essay by Paul-Emile de Puydt, here reprinted for the first time after so many years from its first appearance, JZ: Rotaprint-duplicated it was early in my PEACE PLANS series, No. 4, in June 65, ... - In proper print it reappeared, after some correspondence with Robert LeFevre, in his journal “RAMPART JOURNAL of Individualist Thought”, Vol II, No. 3, Fall 1966. - I offset printed it in the appendix to my second peace book: “An ABC against Nuclear War” 1975. www.butterbach.net/epinfo/abc.htm - Online it also appeared in the appendix to my first peace book manuscript, which in my English translation got finally published, at least online, at www.butterbach.net/epinfo/peace.htm - The somewhat improved German version of this peace manuscript of ca. 1962 is also online, put there by Mr. Haupt. (Later that German web edition disappeared again. By now it may only be on the Web Archive. - JZ, 25.8.11.) I am not sure whether my father, Kurt H. Zube, also reproduced a German translation of the de Puydt essay in one of his post-WW II serials, e.g. in Lernziel Anarchie. But he definitely reviewed it in his book: K.H.Z. Solneman, “Das Manifest der Freiheit und des Friedens, Der Gegenpol zum Kommunistischen Manifest”, im letzten Teil des 5, Kapitels, S. 196-204, ueberschrieben: „Jedem der Staat seiner Traeume! („To each the State of his dreams!“) Mackay Gesellschaft, Freiburg, 1977. (GPdB later improved this slogan into: To each the State of his choice! By now one should, probably, say: To each the government or non-governmental society of his or her choice. - As I have done some time ago. - JZ, 25.8.11. - This Manifesto book appeared later also in an English translation, which is now on www.butterbach.net/epinfo/The_Manifesto.htm - (By the way, Adam Knott has recently produced, from the first batch of 3 recently digitized Slogans for Liberty on panarchism, that I had sent him, and to you as well, I believe, a neat little booklet of 25 pages: “Panarchist Notes and Scribblings”, John Zube, firstname.lastname@example.org August 2007 – just to put something into print on panarchism, which, as he wrote me, did not cost him much. - He intentionally provided no other references. - He does intend to publish in print some more writings in this subject and asked me for suggestions, which I have not yet provided. I do still have a “wait and see” attitude towards such printed output. Perhaps you want to make some such suggestions to him. He seems willing to lay out his money for such publishing efforts. He runs a shoe-selling business via the IN. - (See the offers of LULU PRESS. - Some only in print, some online. - JZ, 25.8.11.) - I was very much impressed by your quite independent discovery of panarchistic ideas and his essay on the subject. Until now I was not aware that you are another independent and still alive discoverer of panarchistic ideas, even of the term panarchism and came across de Puydt’s title only later. All the more do I respect you for what you have achieved, on your own, through independent thinking. I am in this respect only what Ayn Rand scornfully called a “second-hander”. - For a while I wrongly thought that Adam Knott was the only survivor of this kind of original thinkers. Now there are at least two, you and Adam Knott. - Perhaps there are some more among the numerous present writers about “polycentric law”. - (A complete list of those, who quite independently re-discovered this concept and its largely forgotten historical practice may still be amiss but this alphabetized compilation may lead to such an honours roll. - JZ, 25.8.11.) … is something that is worth recounting even very briefly because it gives an idea of the power of communicating ideas and uniting individuals that has been made possible by that wonderful tool that is the World Wide Web. - On January 2001 I received a very long e-mail by a person named John Zube writing from Australia, more precisely from Berrima, in South-Eastern Australia. - In that message, after having shown a certain interest for a writing I had put on the Web a few months earlier (Polyarchy: a manifesto), a text that he critically examined point by point, he asked if the term "panarchy" that I had used at the end of my essay was employed with the same meaning that it had received by Paul Emile De Puydt in his article of 1860. - At that time I was totally unaware of the fact that somebody else, well before me, had used the term "panarchy" that I considered a product of my creativity and of my inclination towards inventing new words. For a second I thought that he was taking the mickey out of me. (making a joke at my expense!) - However, after a very short moment of doubt and bafflement, I started searching for information about this De Puydt and his writings. At that time (I refer to some years ago and, precisely, to the beginning of 2001) there was no trace of this author not even in Belgian Web sites, and that seemed to me quite strange considering that the person was born in the Flanders. - As for the original version, in French, of the essay, again no trace whatsoever other than of a German and (in) an English translation made, some years earlier, by the same Error! MergeField was not found in header record of data source. and his then wife, E. M. Z., with the help of two Australians, Adrian Falk and his sister.. - In another message from him I learned that the photocopy of the French original that was in John Zube possession was left with Adrian Falk when the translation English was finished. - To order a photocopy from the library in Brussels was one of my last activities before I migrated from Germany to Australia in 1959. Ulrich von Beckerath, 1882-1969, hat often mentioned the article of de Puydt and we often discussed this and related ideas, but I was never able to get a copy. He had first read a hint about it in the economic and political writings of Wilhelm Roscher. I never got a copy of that section yet. U. v. B. himself, during WW I almost lost his life about de Puydt’s essay when, in Belgium, on a not urgent military message job, he deviated from the prescribed course - in the attempt to get to the article in Brussels and was arrested and almost shot as a spy. (Indeed, he wanted to “spy” out a very important text on how to end and prevent most wars, even nuclear wars!) - Two attempts later, by myself and by a correspondent, Andre Spies, to obtain another copy of the French original, did both fail. - My father, from the middle thirties, advocated an Ideas Archive and Ideas and Talents Market in two books and magazine issues and also tried to establish it in the late forties and early fifties in Austria and Germany - but did not succeed. A proper market for ideas and talents still does not exist, although these “resources” are, in reality, our most precious “possession” but we are, alas, not yet “possessed” by this “possession” and mostly not even aware of numerous very important ideas and talents for the solution of the many and large remaining problems of our times. - (got lost when he left Europe for Australia at the beginning of the sixties.) - Anyway, once reassured that the article was real, I wanted to read it in its original version, so I started my search. - At once I thought that the Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique was the surest place where to find some information. So I sent an e-mail to the person in charge of assisting the public in their searches. Some days went by and I hadn't received any reply. - So I wrote to the Belgium Libis-Net, that is the consortium of Belgium Libraries which manages the unified catalogue of all available documents. Even then, I had no immediate reply. - Quite discouraged by my unsuccessful search, finding myself at that time in Oxford, I enrolled for help a friend who is librarian at the Bodleian Library. A query conducted through the WorldCat database localized the text on microfilm at the Library of Congress in Washington. - I was going to write to them requesting a photocopy of it when, beginning of April 2001, a message reached me from Brussells sent by the librarian of the Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique asking for my postal address because they had located the text and could send me a photocopy of it. - In the meanwhile I was so taken by a first reading of the text as translated by John Zube that I decided to open a Web site (www.panarch.org) aiming specifically to present such a valuable document in many languages. (So far translations into German, English, Italian and Spanish and Greek are offered. Translations e.g. into Russian, Chinese, Japanese, are wanted. This article is still much more important for the world than the excellent free-market fable by ISIL director Ken Schoolland, “The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible”, which has so far appeared in 42 languages.) - To some who rush through the text it could appear queer, especially if they are used to think in terms of territorialism and State territorial sovereignty. The same effect, I imagine, did produce the first writings on religious tolerance upon those used to religious wars and to the exclusivity of religious faith within of a specific territory. What now appears self-evident and unquestionable in religious practices (i.e. many religions within the same territory) (Alas, not yet fully in all countries! – JZ ) was totally in(un)conceivable just a few centuries ago. In a similar way, it is quite likely that political tolerance, that means the acceptance of many governments (and also of non-governmental societies! – JZ) functioning and competing side by side (and intermixed, but separated, nevertheless, like members of different insurance companies or customers of different banks, in the same territory, will appear as a self-evidently (a) taken for granted reality - - sometime in the future, whereas now it is generally considered to be (now) a preposterous and impractical proposition. - As already remarked by Arthur Schopenhauer, truth, before emerging generally goes through three phases: first it is ridiculed, then it is violently attacked, and finally it is accepted as a forgone conclusion. - In the age of Internet, of virtual communities and of the global village, the concept and the practice of Panarchy are really a wonderful way of solving social, economic and political system complications and complexities, even military and peace-keeping problems and offer a way to prevent and counter terrorism much more effectively than it can be done in any other way. - It will also counter the still wide-spread abuse of the “principle” of “collective responsibility” and will confine it to voluntary members of communities of genuine criminals with involuntary victims. - The proposal put forward by De Puydt will apply especially, as a thorough? (prodigious) remedy, in all those cases (that are quite numerous, from Palestine to Iraq, just to mention the most acute current instances) where different cultural or ethnic groups live on the same territory. Each community could succeed in being administered by the government or societal administration of its own choice, without territorial partitions, separating walls or violent political (violent) feuds all on the basis of territorialist notions, made worse by errors on collective responsibility and on the practice of central banking with its forced and monopolistic currencies. - Already in the past, in the Middle East, merchants coming from different regions could keep the laws of their land of origin even while living and trading abroad, without experiencing or presenting insoluble problems or obstacles. (The traditions of “capitulations”, consular jurisdiction, personal laws, extra-territoriality, some degrees of autonomy of orders of knights, of religious communities in the Ottoman Empire, of federations of trading towns like the Hansa and the “Vhemic Courts” in Germany, the “Holy Hermandad” in Spain, the “Steel court” in the U.K., the foreign concessions in China, go back a long time and traces of personal law persist into our times, gathered in thick volumes of juridical textbooks. At least they do prove the practicability of such radical theories for human beings, as they are, with all their flaws and foibles. Panarchies or Polyarchies etc. would tend to bring out the best in all of them and to rapidly reduce the power and appeal of the worst communities. – Just imagine how few abuses, financed with revenue from compulsory taxes and compulsory members or subjects could be continued under voluntary taxation and voluntary membership. - JZ) - So, if we do not renew, in a radical way, the conceptions on how to re-organize our social, political and economic system relationships, we will find ourselves facing gigantic problems coming out of the technological development (with its constructive as well destructive potentialities) associated with the aspiration towards liberty and autonomy of a growing number of human beings. And all this while having at our disposal political, economic and social tools more appropriate to past feudalism than to the new millennium. (E.g. the monetary and currency despotism of central banks and the consequences of their all too common abuses of their power.) - Trapped in such a situation, we are likely to undergo a continuous personal and social, economic and political decay, helpless (idiotic) captives prisoners of old myths, errors, prejudices and ancient superstitions, which number into the ten-thousands and, nevertheless, are still not systematically collected and published together with their best refutations that were so far found or expressed. - So far, alas, panarchistic and polyarchic ideas have been embodied in hardly any statist declaration of human rights and liberties and only in a few of the private declarations of such rights, of which I collected and digitized over 130 in PEACE PLANS No 589/690 issue. (Now digitized on a CD reproduced at www.butterbach.net. - J.Z., 16.7.12) It was written in a so far still vain attempt to promote an extensive public discussion towards the development of an ideal declaration of individual human rights and liberties. - PIOT, John Zube, 27.8.07. - Slightly edited: JZ, 25.8.11, 23.1.12, 16.7.12. - Gian Piero de Bellis, Oxford, 2008 - …. I often make dating mistakes myself, typing in earlier or later years. Should I take them as proof for Kant’s and Schopenhauer’s views that time is not real but just a category of our own thinking? - PIOT, John. - "Books still have their fate!" - See also under BELLIS, GIAN PIERO de. - P.S.: In a pre-marriage honey-moon, with my later wife (a marriage for all too few years, in which she provided us with 3 sons), we went hitchhiking through France, with a prolonged stay in Paris, which was facilitated by the last friendly driver, who had given us a lift. Free of charge we had use of a small cottage in his back garden in a suburb of Paris, Gagny was its name, I believe. As a wise Jew, he had survived the Holocaust with his family by emigrating, in time, to France. When we met him, he was worried by some of the right radicals in France and could not persuade his grown up children to take this threat serious, while he was fearing the worst. From there we paid a railway visit to Brussels, if I remember right, instead of hitchhiking there, with the aim to get a copy of that article by De Puydt. When we arrived, the library was already closed. Being short of money and wanting to save the hotel costs, we spent the first part of the night on benches of the main railway station, until chased away by a friendly policeman, who was just doing his job. He said to us, that we were wise not to go to cheap local hotels - because some people had simply disappeared there. Outside, a cold wind was howling so we sought shelter in a telephone booth. Its ventilation openings permitted too much wind to come in, so we stuffed them with tissues, which gave a rather odd appearance to that booth from the outside, but helped to shelter us pretty well until the morning. Naturally, we removed this "decoration" before we left and then went to the library to apply for a copy of that article. - How much easier it is now already to get this article and many others and even whole books online or on disc! - JZ, 25.8.11.
PUYDT, PAUL EMILE de, Panarchie, REVUE TRIMESTRIELLE, Bruxelles, Juillet 1860, 11pp: 166, in PP 1689-1693. This text was e-mailed to me by de Bellis & corrected by me against a photocopy of the original, also supplied by him. The English version is appended to my main website. The German one is contained in PP 399- 401 but also available digitized from me, e-mail, in text, html or Word 97 and in future at least on the de Bellis website www.panarchy.org. An Italian version is being prepared by de Bellis. (Done. Also a Spanish version! - JZ, 23.8.04.) Photocopy of the French original text, in small print: 177. Enlarged on sheets 291ff - No other attempt has been made by me to make it more legible. My above version and the website version by De Bellis are legible enough. – JZ. The website version of the French original, prepared by De Bellis, 11pp: 216, in PP 1689-1693. - You can find P. E. de Puydt's original article on Panarchy in an English translation in 11pp of PP 16-18. Also in PEACE PLANS No 4, with some comments by me. That Nettlau summed it up approvingly in 1909 and Landauer reprinted this summary in 1920 and that the MACKAY GESELLSCHAFT discussed it in its publications, should be enough recommendation for any serious anarchist.
PUYDT, PAUL EMILE de, Panarchy. - P. E. De Puydt, Panarchie (1860) [Français] - P. E. De Puydt, Panarchy (1860) [English] - P. E. De Puydt, Panarchie (1860) [Deutsch] - P. E. De Puydt, Panarchia (1860) [Italiano] - P. E. De Puydt, Panarquia (1860) [Español] - Paul-Emile de Puydt, Panarquia (1860) [Portuguese] - Panarchy - by P. E. de Puydt - http://libertariannation.org/a/f72d1.html - - WIKIPEDIA entry: Paul Emile de Puydt, Born in Mons, March 6 1810 - Died in Mons, May 28 1888) was a many-talented character. He published a lot as a botanist, as an economist and as a writer. - As a botanist, he notably wrote on orchids. The standard botanical author abbreviation de Puydt is applied to species he described. - As a political economist, he is known as the inventor of panarchy.
PUYDT, PAUL-EMIL de: Biographical hints. See: Nettlau.
PUYDT, PAUL-EMILE de, Notes on his life and work by Gian Piero de Bellis: Note on Paul Emile de Puydt (life and work) - Paul Emile de Puydt was born at Mons, the main town of the province of Hainaut, in the Flanders (Belgium) and died there in 1891. - His cultural interests are various and encompass botany, literature, economics and political philosophy. A sign of this versatile personality is the fact hat he was elected president of the Society of Sciences, Arts and Literature of Hainaut. - His study and research work is concentrated mainly on botany. His writings on horticulture have been reputed of a certain value. Amongst them we have: - Traité théorique et pratique de la culture des plantes de serre froide, Bruxelles, 1860 (Treaty on theory and practice of the cultivation of plants in non-heated greenhouses.) - Les poires de Mons, Mons, 1860; Gand 1877 (The pears of Mons) - Les plantes de serre, Mons, 1866; 2 vol. (Plants for greenhouses.) - Les Orchidées, Histoire iconographique, organographie, classification, géographie, collections, commerce, emploi, culture, Paris, 1880 (The orchids, Iconographic history, organography, classification, geography, collections, commerce, use, cultivation). - De Puydt has also been part of the literary world, with writings that have appeared on many journals and reviews. - Some of his short stories and novels have been published with a resounding success and have been printed in various editions. Amongst them there are: - Chevreuse, 1859 (The small goat) - Maudit métier, 1883 (Damn trade) - Cent mille francs de dot, 1890 (One hundred francs of dowry). - - De Puydt has also explored social questions of his time in some essays like: - La charité et les institutions de bienfaisance, 1867 (Charity and charitable institutions) - Marche et progrès de la civilisation dans les temps modernes, 1870 (March and progress of civilization in modern times.) - La Grève, 1876 (The strike). - The activity of De Puydt as a writer has led him to collaborate [contribute? – JZ] to many cultural reviews and technical publications, amongst them: L'Etoile Belge - La Belgique horticole - Iconographie montoise - Flore des serres et jardins de l'Europe - L'Horticulteur belge - Patria Belgica - Revue Trimestrielle. - - It is in the Revue Trimestrielle, Bruxelles, that, in July 1860, the essay Panarchie (Panarchy) appeared. As rightly forecasted by the author, the essay did not find any notice or debating interest with any scholar of political philosophy. This is, at least, what can be inferred by the fact that no textbook of political sciences, past or present, quotes the name of de Puydt or analyses his proposals. - The only exception to this generalized lack of intellectual curiosity is represented by the historian of anarchy, Max Nettlau, who, on March 1909, published on the journal edited by Gustav Landauer, Der Sozialist, an article titled Panarchie. Eine verschollene Idee von 1860 (Panarchy. A forgotten idea of 1860). - - In that article, here included in its original German version and in its English translation, Nettlau affirms not to know the author of the essay declaring, at the same time, to be totally in favour of his proposals that he presents and comments in a certain [some? – JZ] detail. - The article by Nettlau has circulated in a quite subterraneous way amongst small circles of individual anarchists. It has been re-published, for example, in Berlin in 1920 in the review Der individualistische Anarchist (The individualist anarchist) edited by Benedikt Lachman. More recently (1985) it has been brought to the attention of the public by Kurt Zube and, in an English translation, by his son John Zube. - The text of de Puydt and that of Nettlau are reprinted here after having appeared on the Web and having attracted a certain interest, however still limited considering the extraordinary originality and fertility of the idea. - Introductory note by Gian Piero de Bellis. - See: www.panarchy.org
PUYDT, PAUL-EMILE de, Panarchie, sheets 177ff enlarged, photocopy of the original, 19pp: 291, in PP 1689-1693.
PUYDT, PAUL-EMILE de, Panarchy, 1860, abridged by Jim Stumm, transcribed by JZ, from THE LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, No. 41, 6 Dec. 1973, 3pp, with some comments by JZ, 46, in ON PANARCHY XIII, in PP 869.
PUYDT, PAUL-EMILE de, Panarchy, 1860, abridged by Jim Stumm, transcribed by JZ, from THE LIBERTARIAN CONNECTION, No. 41, 6 Dec. 1973, 3pp, with some comments by J. Zube, 46, in ON PANARCHY XIII, in PP 869. - Stumm’s abbreviation: PANARCHY (1860), by PAUL-EMILE de PUYDT, abridged by Jim Stumm: Anyone not content with the government as it is must look elsewhere for another. It is not a matter of emigration. I have no intention of resettling the population according to its convictions; relegating Catholics to the Flemish provinces, for example, or marking the liberalist frontier from Mars to Liege. I hope we can all go on living together wherever we are; apart from this, however one likes, but without discord, like brothers, each freely holding his opinions and submitting only to a power chosen & accepted by himself. - - I demand, for each & every member of human society, freedom of association according to inclination & of activity according to aptitude; in other words, the absolute right to choose the political surroundings in which to live. - - For instance, suppose you were a republican. Monarchy does not suit you; the air is too stifling for your lungs & your body does not have the free play & action your constitution demands. According to the present frame of mind you are inclined to tear down this edifice, you & your friends, & to build your own in its place. But to do that you would come up against the monarchists, who cling to their monument, & in general all those who do not share your convictions. Do better: assemble, declare your program, draw up your budget, open membership lists, take stock of yourself & if numerous enough to bear the costs, found your republic. - - Where, you ask? No, not off in the Pampas, but here, where you are, without moving. I agree that it is necessary, up to the present, to have the monarchists' consent. Otherwise, I am well aware of the difficulty of changing the state of affairs to the way it should be. - - On the civil level we provide against unworkable households by legal separation or divorce. I suggest an analogous solution for politics. My method differs from unjust & tyrannical procedures followed in the past in that I have no intention to do anyone violence. - - Those wishing to form their own political schism may be its founders, but on one condition, that is, to do so among themselves, within a group, affecting neither the rights nor the creed of others. To achieve this it is absolutely not necessary to subdivide the territory of the state into so many parts as there are known & approved forms of government. I leave everyone and everything in its place. - - To put this in practice is just a matter of a new application of a civil registry bureau. In each community is opened a new office, a "Bureau of Political Membership". This office would send every citizen a declaration form to fill in, just as for the income tax or dog registration. Your reply would be entered in a register arranged for this purpose; & once registered, unless you withdrew your declaration, you would thereby become either a royal subject or a citizen of the republic. - - Thereafter, you are in no way involved with anyone else's government - no more than a Prussian subject is with Belgian authorities. You would obey your own leaders, own laws, & own regulations; would be judged by your equals, taxed by your representatives. Ultimately, everyone would live in his own political community quite as if there were not another one near - nay, ten other political communities, coexisting with his, each having its own contributors, too. - - If a disagreement came about between the subjects of different governments, or between one government & the subjects of another, it would simply be a matter of observing the principles heretofore observed between neighboring, peaceful states. These legal disputes should interest all inhabitants of a certain district, no matter what their political allegiance is. Each government, in this case, would stand politically related to the whole nation almost as each of the Swiss cantons, or the states of the American Union stand to their federal government. - -Certainly, it will happen that some malicious spirits, incorrigible dreamers, & unsociable natures will not accommodate themselves to any known form of government. Also there will be minorities too weak to cover the costs of their ideal states. These odd few are free to propagate their ideas & to recruit up to the needs of their budget, after which all would resolve into a matter of finance. Until then they will have to opt for one of the established patterns. - - The problem rarely arises over extreme opinions. One fights more often, one struggles much harder, for shades of color than for the national flag. I have no doubt that the overwhelming majority would opt for the flourishing institutions, a few accepted shortcomings notwithstanding. But do we not have 2 or 3 million Catholics who follow only Mr. T., & 2 or 3 million liberals who owe allegiance only to themselves? How can they be reconciled? By not trying to reconcile them at all; by letting each party govern itself, in its own way, & at its own expense. Freedom should even include the right not to be free. - - My panacea is simply free competition in the business of government. Everyone has the right to look after his own welfare as he sees it, & to obtain security under his own conditions. On the other hand, this means progress through contests between governments forced to compete for followers. There would be no need to give up either national traditions or family ties, no need to learn a new language, no need at all to cross rivers or seas, carrying the bones of one's ancestors. It is simply a matter of declaration before one's local political commission for one to move from republic to monarchy, from representative government to autocracy, from oligarchy to democracy, or even to Mr. Proudhon's anarchy(stressed by me. - JZ), without so much as removing one's dressing grown & slippers. - - What is most admirable abut this innovation is that it does away forever with revolutions, mutinies & street fighting, down to the least tensions in the political atmosphere. Are you unsatisfied with your government? Change over to another! Four words, always associated with horror & bloodshed, words which all courts unanimously find guilty of inciting to rebellion; these four words become innocent. - - "Change over to another" means: Go to the Bureau for Political Membership, cap in hand, & ask politely for your name to be transferred to any list you please. The commissioner will put on his glasses, open the register, enter your decision, & give you a receipt. You take your leave, & the revolution is accomplished without spilling more than a drop of ink. As it affects you alone, I cannot disagree with it. Your change affects no one (else), that is its merit. It does not involve a victorious majority or a defeated minority. But nothing will prevent 5 million from following your example if they wish. - - Do you remember the times when people shouted religious opinions more loudly than anyone ever shouted political arguments? When the divine creator became the Lord of Hosts, the avenging & pitiless god in whose name blood flowed in rivers? What has become of such implacable hatred? The progress of the human spirit has swept it away like the autumn winds the dead leaves. The religions, in whose names were set up stakes & instruments of torture, survive and live together peacefully, under the same laws. If each sect preaches only its on excellence, it achieves more than were it to persist in condemning its rivals. And what has become possible in this obscure, unfathomable region of the conscience, what with the proselytism of some, the intolerance of others, the fanaticism & ignorance of the masses, must be all the more possible in the purely secular domain of politics, where all is so clear. - - Under the present conditions, a government exists only by the exclusion of some, one party can rule only after splitting its opponents; a majority is always harassed by a minority, which is impatient to govern. Under such conditions it is quite inevitable that the parties hate each other & live, if not at war, at least in a state of armed peace. Who would be surprised to see that the minorities intrigue & agitate & that governments put down by force aspiring political forms, which would be exclusive, too? So society ends up composed of ambitious, resentful men waiting for vengeance, & ambitious, satisfied men, complacent on the edge of a precipice. Erroneous principles never bring about just consequences, & force never leads to right or truth. - - Today we have ruling dynasties as well as forsaken ones, princes wearing a crown & others who certainly would not mind a chance of wearing one. Each has his party & each party is primarily interested in throwing sticks in the wheels of the Coach of the State until they have tipped it up, thus gaining the chance of taking it over themselves, risking the same fate. - - In our system there will be neither any more conspiracies or usurpations. The whole world is legitimate & everybody can be himself. One remains legitimate as long as one can keep it up & for one's adherents alone. Apart from this there will be neither divine nor secular right, no right except that to change, to perfect one's program & to make fresh appeals to one's followers. - - No exiles, banishments, confiscations, persecutions of any kind. A governor unable to meet the demands of his creditors may leave his palace with raised head if he has been honest. He may go out into the country to justify himself in his memoirs. Under other circumstances, when ideas have changed, a deficiency is felt in society, then one launches one's program quickly, recruits members, & if one thinks he has got enough - instead of going into the streets, as one would call it in a rebellion - one goes to the Bureau for Political Membership. One hands in one's declaration, supported by the statutes & a register for members to enter their names. Then one has a new government. The rest are internal problems, management affairs about which only the members need worry. - - All compulsion should cease. Every adult citizen should be & remain free to select from among the possible, offered governments, that which conforms to his will & satisfies his personal needs. Free not only on the day following some bloody revolution, but always, everywhere. Free to select, but not to force his choice on others. Then all disorder will cease, all fruitless struggle be avoided. - - This is only one side of the question; there remains another. From the moment when forms of government are subject to experimentation, free competition, they are bound to progress & perfect themselves. Everything is open to scrutiny. The subjects making & comparing observations, the governors will finally see this truth: that there is only one condition of a solid, lasting success, & that is, to govern better & more efficiently than others. Forces formerly wasted on useless labor, on friction & resistance, will unite to bring about an unprecedented impulse to the progress & happiness of humanity. - - - PUBLISHING HISTORY OF "PANARCHY" - This essay was first published in the REVUE TRIMESTRIELLE, in Brussels, Belgium, in July 1860 (sic). The first translation into English was done (refined, since our school French was not up to it. - JZ) by Adrian Falk, Canberra, Australia, June 1965. It was published in John Zube's journal PEACE PLANS, issue 4, dated June 1965 as plan No.109. The essay is quite verbose in the original form, so I have abridged it down to the meat, without, I hope, losing the meaning or feel of the original. - - (I found it rather a delightful dialogue form and coming to only ca. 10 pages. The very fact that panarchy is still so unknown or misunderstood seems to indicate that de Puydt has not said enough, rather than too much. - JZ) The author had in mind monarchy & the republic as the main competing forms of government to be reconciled, but the proposal is as relevant today as ever. - - I don't endorse this proposal without reservations, however, I'm not going to discuss it in detail just now. I thought that others might find it interesting that an idea that we might think is relatively new was put forward over 100 years ago. (The Philosophy of it goes back to Fichte, 1793, Spencer 1850 and some others, whose writings I have not yet obtained and the personal law and voluntary and exterritorial government tradition, all too insufficiently reported by modern historians, goes back not only hundreds but thousands of years and survives, in traces and limited spheres to today. - JZ, 2.7.89.) - Reproduced from PEACE PLANS 689 (ON PANARCHY XIII). - - Piet De Pauw, 29.12.11 email: Hello John, I now found the complete "revue trimestrielle" on internet. See link below. Revue Trimestrielle, Julliet 1860. - Can be found In Google docs http://books.google.es/books?id=8SIWAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=editions:NYPL33433081718599&hl=fr#v=onepage&q&f=false - He still seeks a photo or painting of P. E. de Puydt. - Can anyone help him acquire it, in a good enough copy? – Piet De Pauw: Meerhem 11 /B, B-9700 Oudenaarde, Belgium, tel and fax +32 55 497512. - E-mail: Piet.DePauw@telenet.be - JZ, 30.12.11. – By now he has also dug up many other details on de Puydt and his descendants. They will, probably, appear at www.panarchy.org. - JZ, 23.1.12.
PUYDT, PAUL-EMILE de, Panarchy, 1860, in PP 4, 16-18, in ON PANARCHY II, in PP 506. - April 1998 version of English translation, 12pp: 57–68, in PP 1540.
PUYDT, PAUL-EMILE de, Panarchie, REVUE TRIMESTRIELLE, BRUXELLES, Juillet 1860, 11pp: 166, in PP 1689-1693. This text was e-mailed to me by de Bellis and corrected by me against a photocopy of the original, also supplied by him. The English version is appended to my main website. The German one is contained in PP 399- 401 but also available digitized on the de Bellis website www.panarchy.org . Also several other major language translations can be found there. Photocopy of the French original text, in small print: 177, 19 pages. Enlarged on sheets 291ff, in PP 1689-1693. - No other attempt has been made by me to make it more legible. My above version and the website version by de Bellis are legible enough. – JZ. - The website version of the French original, prepared by de Bellis, 11pp: 216, in PP 1689-1693. - You can find P. E. de Puydt's original article on Panarchy in an English translation in 11pp of PP 16-17 & in PP 61-63. Both of these books are online: www.butterbach.net The English translation of this essay was first reproduced by me in PEACE PLANS No 4, with some comments. That Nettlau summed it up de Puydt’s essay, approvingly, in 1909 and Landauer reprinted this summary in 1920 and that the MACKAY GESELLSCHAFT discussed it in its publications, should be enough recommendation for any serious anarchist. Panarchy, July 1860, in PP 4, 16-18, in ON PANARCHY II, in PP 506. April 1998 version of English translation, 12pp: 57–68, in PP 1540. Biographical hints: See: Nettlau. The full article is online in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish on www.panarchy.org. Max Nettlau, David Taylor and Jim Stumm have produced abbreviated versions or this already short essay.
PYRRHO: On Panarchy, 5, 31, 42, 44, 66, 77, in PEACE PLANS No. 505. - 99, 111 -114, in ON PANARCHY III, in PEACE PLANS 507. - 2, 24, in ON PANARCHY V, in PP 554. - 43, 53, in ON PANARCHY VI, in PP 585. - In TC 105, pp 41 & 44, with some comments by JZ, July 89, 2pp, 31, in ON PANARCHY XIII, in PP 869. - In ON PANARCHY XIV, in PP 870. - 20, in ON PANARCHY XVI, in PP 901.
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