There are two barriers blocking people from taking the path of resistance: Respect for authority, and self-preservation. I have no respect for the concept of authority, since I believe it makes a moral claim of ownership on someone else's life that they do not have. That leaves self-preservation. To go up against the state is like going up against a fire breathing dragon. In one step I'm crushed, or in one breath I'm consumed. But this dragon is merely a projection of the people who support it. It doesn't exist in reality any more than Allah exists. Oh, sure, there are many Muslims who would disagree, and who would be willing to cut off my head if I insulted Allah, but Allah himself cannot rain hellfire upon me or strike me down, because Allah is merely a idea in the minds of people.klapauzius wrote:In that case, you have no rights, since you cannot possibly beat the state.
The state is merely an idea designed to support and legitimize the ruling and ownership of other humans and the fruit of their labor. And that's not to suggest there's some sinister motive behind it. It is to say, however, that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. My best offense strategy against the state is the same strategy I would use against Allah. I would target the believers, and not with acts of violence, but acts of persuasion. The only way, in my mind, to end the cult of state worship is to convince the cult members to stop worshiping it.
On the other hand, "Give me liberty or give me death" certainly has some truth to it. There's only so much abuse I can take from the state, but any such action would be suicide. I would have to love death more than being subservient to an abusive master. Frankly, the way I feel right now is that living in misery sucks marginally less than dying in it. I would rather take the peaceful approach of showing people the immorality of the actions people take in the name of the state- maybe start with something as simple as the Milgram Experiment to show the immorality of authority and work from there. Or just show them evidence of repulsive acts by agents of the state that would make any freedom loving individual sick.
So when rights are abused, or when someone violates the non-aggression principle, picking up a gun in defense may be morally justified- but it may also mean your end.