We want to be free of government coercion because we don’t want to be slaves to others.

But the only way not to be a slave is to be entirely self-sufficient.

The moment we make an agreement with another person, we are a slave to that person (and they to us) for the duration of that agreement. If we don’t honor our agreements willingly, most agreements have recourse provisions that kick in to make us wish we had. Without teeth, agreements are mostly idle talk.

So, we are NOT really opposed to enslaving ourselves. We support and willingly submit ourselves to reciprocal ad hoc enslavement every time we trade voluntarily with others.

We oppose only top-down, lopsided, involuntary enslavement — for the most part, that’s the state and state-privileged organizations.

Our world is full of loud condemnation of slavery! Those same people will pile up credit card debt voluntarily and obligate themselves to work and pay it off.

Slavery (a personal obligation) per se is not a bad thing. Our survival largely depends on it.


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