I have no interest in singling out Baron specifically. I have cut the excerpt out above solely because it shows so clearly what I am talking about when I say “you’ve been conned”.
Our entire generation has been conned into believing contradictions can exist in reality, and that good can be achieved by evil — especially when government is involved.
Baron demonstrates this by asking first and foremost: if we do not forcefully collect taxes, how do we fund government? I will presume he is asking this because he has thus far been unable to conceive of a way to fund government adequately, without forcefully collecting taxes.
What he fails to realize is that his, or an entire nation’s inability to conceive of a way to fund government without evil means (violence), is irrelevant. Forcefully collecting taxes, for any supposed reason, is evil, independent of what the alternatives are, and how efficient or inefficient they may be.
To put this bluntly, our generation has been conned to the level of becoming an intellectual brute or barbarian.
Because I cannot think of a non-violent way to achieve my good ends (funding government), I will resort to hurting, imprisoning, and even killing other people who refuse to hand me their money and property.
This is how low we have allowed our minds to sink. It is not just Baron. It is millions of young people around the world.
“I want to achieve good. And because I am currently unable to think of a way to achieve my values, I will immediately resort to violence.”
Evil can never achieve good. “Necessary evils” cannot and do not exist.
To put this in a context most will understand more clearly, if I am fat, and try “as many diets as I can think of”, remain fat, and give up searching for new diets that produce sustainable and positive results, it is illogical to conclude that a proper diet does not exist simply because I have been unable to find it and have given up searching for it.
Nature demands that a healthful diet exists, whether or not I am skilled or fortunate enough to discover it in my lifetime. The undefinable glob of “everyone” concluding that a lean healthy body is impossible to achieve through dietary means, does not make forcefully cutting off my body fat with a dull knife, the right and logical thing to do.
You would not be conned into sitting idly by and watching that happen to your fat neighbors because it is easy to observe how evil this is.
The question now is: why do you sit by and watch IRS agents steal money from your neighbors at gun point?
Why would you sit by and watch young men be hauled off to fight in foreign wars of aggression under the guise of a “duty to be drafted”?
You would sit by and watch these things because you have been conned into thinking like a mindless brute, which is to say, not thinking at all.
You would sit by because you are unable to think of an alternative, which is to cede that evil is right, that evil is good, that man is a slave to his brothers, that freedom is evil, and happiness is not possible.
But do you honestly believe these things to be true?
— Anthony Dream Johnson