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Philosophy

Throughout the Heroin helper website, you will see our political philosophy coloring the content. Although most people would consider our philosophy extremist and even “dangerous” (as if anything could be as dangerous as the collectivist thought that has dominated the twentieth century), it is nothing new. It used to be called “liberalism”, but today we call it “libertarianism” since the term liberalism has been taken by one of the dominant socialist philosophies of today.

The Purpose of Government

The government has only one valid purpose: to protect the property of individuals from injury by another. Here we define “property” broadly, to include a person's body. So laws against murder, assault, and theft are acceptable. Laws against drug use, prostitution, and gambling are not.

We Are Evil People

One issue that people will find hardest to accept is our position on the protection of children. We do not think that the government has a right to treat children differently from adults. (1) Just as adults, children should be protected from non-consensual harm. But the government should not pass laws designed to make society the parents of a child.

Turning Kids into Alcoholics

The best example of this is alcohol sales. The way the current laws are, a business that sells liquor cannot sell liquor to people under 21 years of age. In effect, the law is stating that it is the business' responsibility to raise the child "properly" (the government's idea of what this is). This is ridiculous.

Where Are Your Parents Little Boy?

It is the child's parent who is responsible for seeing that the child does not drink alcohol--if that is the way the parent thinks the child should be raised. Not the store owner's. But people have lived so long in a world where businesses are legislated, that it is now thought to be the only way a civilized society runs.

Real Civilization

The fact of the matter is that most store owners would not sale alcohol to minors anyway; most people share the predominant morals of the society. That is a sign of a civilized society. Punishing those who don't agree is just a sign that the government thinks its people are uncivilized. The only thing truly uncivilized is our government and the way it treats the people it is supposed to serve.

My Freedom's Good, Your Freedom's Bad

Most people fear our political philosophy because they do not trust others to act "responsibly" (which is just a euphemism for "the way I would"). But these same people think that the government will act responsibly, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Ironically, most people who fear liberty believe in supporting "diversity". (2) It doesn't take a lot of thinking to realize that the only way to promote diversity is to promote tolerance--tolerance of people who don't think as we do.

We do not think that a society based upon our philosophy would be perfect. It would have problems just like any applied philosophy. But history is clear: the more freedom a society has, the happier and more prosperous are the people. The more control a government has, the more repressive it is to its people.

Notes

  1. Perhaps the most outrageous "right" the government claims is the right to define a child. What's more, they aren't even consistent: children are people under 18 when smoking cigarettes; children are people under 21 when drinking alcohol; children are people under 18 when voting; children are people of any age when using heroin.

    This brings up an obvious question: if the government doesn't decide, when would we know how old a child must be before it can leave its parents? There would be no legal concept of "child" in our favored society. The child has full rights as soon as it leaves the mother's womb. "So a five-year-old could just decide he doesn't like his parents and leave home?" You bet! Any more questions?

  2. I quoted "diversity" because most people hate real diversity. The word has come to mean people of different ethnic backgrounds who wear different clothes, but who are in every other way exactly like us (whoever we are). Here in the great USA, freedom means the right to change the hat on your head, not the thoughts in your head.

by Dr. H
© 2002
Last Modified: 21 Jul 10


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