Freedom is the absence of coercion

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Freedom is the absence of coercion
« on: December 10, 2012, 11:23:04 PM »

By Blackbird.
 Freedom is the absence of coercion.
 Coercion is where you choose to do the will of another, for the other person's benefit, at their demand.

The alternatives are chosen by the coercer. The coerced is deprived of the possibility of his using his knowledge for his own aims.

It is not that power is evil, it is the power to coerce, to force others to serve one's will by the threat of inflicting harm, that is evil.
To curb the coercive power of the state we have learned to demand that the state treats everyone alike, i.e. no privileges for special groups.
In socialist and Marxist states those who do not obey do not eat. In today's British totalitarian dictatorship those who are not politically correct lose their job or are prevented from practicing theoretical political freedoms.
True coercion is experienced when conquerors make new subject peoples work for them; gangsters extort protection money; when a knower of a secret blackmails a victim; when the state we live in threatens punishment or physical force to make us obey its demands.
Coercion can only be prevented by the creation of some private sphere where a person is protected from such interference, or by some authority that has the necessary power to protect.
The real answer is the recognition of general rules by a society that gives an individual protection.
The recognition of private property is the first step to the prevention of coercion. We must be certain of exclusive control of some material objects.
 No one is at liberty to attack property and to say at the same time that he values civilisation.

In a modern society it is imperative that the material means which allows him to pursue any plan of action is not in the exclusive control of one other agent.
Monopoly is the enemy of liberty.
 A protected individual sphere which permits freedom includes:
 a) A right to privacy,
 b) A right to secrecy,
 c) The conception that a man's house is his castle and that no one has a right to observe his activity within this private sphere.
Fraud and deception are also coercion and must be considered in the same light as coercion and dealt with in the same way.
 Totalitarian regimes identify the cause of moral values within the state and then seek to destroy that foundation.

In Britain today the state is destroying the Church by imposing immoral values on it with the intention of destroying our society.
 State coercion causes more harm than any other evil.

The state exists solely to administer traditional law and government should never impose new moral codes without approval by the people through national plebiscite.


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