Offence is the dwelling of the feeble-minded and unthinking. An idea has no claws or barbs with which it can damage you, yet you get angry at it, as if it were a physical menace ready to attack you.
You say, but Kurt, some ideas are dangerous. Yet, that is exactly why it doesn’t serve you to get angry. A bomb doesn’t respond to shouting, threats, or passive-aggression. It can only be dismantled with calm, persistent, presence of mind.
Obviously, in anarchism, the rights of people will be protected by the private security industry. You won’t be entitled to protection unless it is paid for.
To me, that leaves a moral conflict. Sure, for the people that want no protection, that’s fine. I believe in a justice system where you should be able to “opt-out” from any police assistance, and not have to pay taxes to support them.
The problem is people who want protection, but are not able to get it. I feel that everybody deserves to have their rights protected, regardless of their ability to pay for it. Not all poor can even protect themselves, as they can be plagued by physical ailments.
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How is that any different from today? You’re assuming poor people get protection now. From who? The police? Even if the police cared about poor people, police can only chase a criminal, than do not prevent crimes. There are only two ways to “protect yourself”, the first way is to carry a weapon and defend yourself, and the second is to hire someone to follow you around and defend you.
In a market society where private security firms are utilized for personal protection, the security company has more of an incentive to help a random person being mugged in a dark ally than a cop does. Helping people, even if they are not a customer of their particular firm is likely to gain them new customers and also makes their company “look good” in the public eye by helping anyone they see in danger.
Rothbard has a really good essay on this but I can’t find it.
It might be in this one, it talks about courts and police in a free market. It’s also my favorite essay.
If people couldn’t afford to pay security firms, I’m sure they could organise something with their family or neighbours, at least to protect their home. There’s already that app that exists where you can get all your neighbours on it and alert them if something’s up. Much quicker than the police.
Anonymous said: Do you have any tips for grocery shopping on a super limited budget? like $10-15?
I used to only have $20 to last me the whole month in terms of groceries. What helped me get by those tough moments was making easy recipes that only had 2 or 3 ingredients that could last me for 4-5 days. And always buy the store’s brand and not top name brands. The stuff is usually a couple of dollars/cents cheaper and still just as good, if not better.
Obviously spaghetti is a great pick. I wouldn’t buy jarred marinara because it can get costly, but opt for canned marinara or tomato sauce instead.
I’d also highly suggest investing in (and this is only when you have the funds to) growing your own herbs. It can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Frozen vegetables and fruits can last you a lot longer than fresh usually.
Coupons can be helpful. I know a lot of people who actively coupon and it reduces their grocery bill. I’ve never had that good of luck. I always seem to find coupons for stuff I don’t need at the moment.
Also, never ever doubt the power of baked chickpeas. They satisfy your urge for potato chips (needing something crunchy with a bit of a salty kick) and are very filling. They make for a good snack and chickpeas can be inexpensive. “Baked chickpea recipe” on Google will open your eyes to a whole new world of epic snacking.
If available in your area, check out farmer’s markets. Sometimes you can get really good deals on fresh produce (if you’re not interested in the frozen route).
Avoid boxed cereals (because the prices on them are fucking ridiculous sometimes, even on store brand cereals) and opt for oatmeal or cream of wheat. Cream of wheat and butter is fucking heavenly. When in doubt, you wheat your cream.
I’d also like to add that I am not a nutritionist by any means. This is just my fall backs for when I was on an extremely tight budget.
Baked chick peas, what a great idea.
You can buy chick peas and other similar legumes like red kidney beans, black beans and lentils, for really cheap if you buy them dry, like $5 a kilo, which is probably enough to get about 10 meals. With a few spices and vegetables you can make something really tasty and nutritious.
I’ve heard that if you go to some markets when they’re closing, some of the stalls will be throwing out boxes of produce. A step up from dumpster diving I guess.
Some times people laugh or gasp when I tell them that Latin Americans have an intuitive understanding of liberty, yet I see it every day on the side of the road, in the garages, and the buses. Once upon a time, there was a common expression: “If you can’t find a job, make one.” People don’t say that any more, but here they still live it. If a Mexican or a Colombian needs to make money, he buys or makes what he can, walks out to the street and starts selling. Maybe he has enough money to pay the government kickbacks (a.k.a. “business permits”) or maybe he doesn’t. The entrepreneurial spirit of Latin America is unstoppable, the courage of the people.
Perhaps I am wrong to glorify this courage, as it might be the same courage that helps you find the will to overcome your fear of heights, jumping a hundred metres into water when you know there is a stampede of buffalo right behind you. Behind you is certain poverty, and in front of you is a jump into the unknown that’s known as “life”. And yet, that is the same spirit which means that not all humans live in the open air, subjected to the elements and natural perils, but instead enjoy a life under shelter, of health, security, and perhaps even prosperity.
The more I understand about governments, the more I know that they can never function efficiently. The more I know about free markets, the more I realise how they are already functioning efficiently.
Agents of governments are accountable to nobody. Agents in a free market are accountable to everybody.