“Folk Activism”

With a hat tip to Moldbug, here is an article from the Cato Institute in which the author decries the ineffectiveness of libertarian activism.

This goes back to my thesis that rightists can’t change the system because they don’t understand the system. That people are designed and programmed to function in small groups is an important point. Leftist activism is based on getting people to think they are part of a group where their action and opinion matters. It’s of course very much like those TV shows for little kids, where the action occasionally pauses and the young viewer is asked to do something to help the protagonist.

But leftism is a consumer product, just like Cheerios. General Mills doesn’t give a crap if you like Cheerios or not, and writing them an angry letter isn’t going to make any difference. Consumer products are geared to the average of an audience of millions. If some average person is willing to buy Cheerios that’s all that matters.

The purchaser and consumer don’t even have to be the same person. The Greeks lack the trust and respect for the Greek state to actually pay for it. Greeks who can avoid it just don’t pay taxes. A business that can’t sell its product ought to go out of business, but payment for the Greek state has simply been transferred to others, primarily German taxpayers, who now bear the responsibility for paying for it.

That people have completely lost trust and respect for a state does not mean it collapses. The monopoly of power is not hard to maintain. Most people have better things to do than start a revolution. And it’s easy to just leave. The only state that taxes citizens living outside it is the US.

Activism is simply the fan club of the state. Folk activism is the fan club of a state that does not exist, and probably cannot exist.

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I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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