Youse all know by now that your Beloved GT thinks that we ought all to withdraw our consent from the parasitic vermin who purport to 'run' the 'country'.. .whichever country it be. Although some might call this viewpoint 'anarchist' (and your Beloved GT does so himself, betimes), it's not really correct – which is why I try to discipline myself to always use the moniker 'akratist' or 'voluntaryist'.

The problem with discipline is that I'm not naturally given to having much of it. I'm what you might call 'talented': skills that I would like to possess – be it kicking left footed or writing PHP code – I find are reasonably easily acquired. It is no mistake to say that the thing that has most often characterised your Beloved GT has been the tendency to think that he would be able to leave a thing until the very last minute, then excel despite putting in minimal effort.

I greatly admire people who exhibit 'grit' – because I don't have much of it: if I can't coast through a thing, I would rather have a nice lie down.

 

Anyhow… I was babbling about anarchy/akraty/voluntaryism.

Many very bright minds – perhaps as bright as me, even – have turned their brains to thinking about this subject.

Now here's the thing: anybody who reaches any conclusion other than the one I reached, is not as smart as me – because I have thought on this as hard as I have thought on anything in my life. I re-examine my premises for this conclusion every day, because it is a critical conclusion that – if held with conviction – requires coherent, radical action.

The conclusion is this: we have the right to ignore the State, and if we wish to live as moral beings, we have an obligation to ignore the State. In other words, we should live in relation to the State as most of us live in relation to, say, the Catholic death-cult, the Jewish genital-mutilation cult, or voodoo or Freemasonry: we should let those who want to be involved in such silliness do so (and we should mock them if we think it fit), but we are not obliged to ever let them foist their silly doctrines on us or mulct us out of one farthing.

And so it should be with the State. We are presently, in our relationship to the State, slightly further along than we were in the late 1800s when Spencer wrote "The Right To Ignore The State"; the salient paragraph will make you think hard…

The time was when a man's faith and his mode of worship were as much determinable by law as his secular acts; and, according to provisions extant in our statute-book, are so still. Thanks to the growth of a Protestant spirit, however, we have ignored the state in this matter — wholly in theory, and partly in practice. But how have we done so? By assuming an attitude which, if consistently maintained, implies a right to ignore the state entirely. Observe the positions of the two parties. "This is your creed," says the legislator; "you must believe and openly profess what is here set down for you." "I shall not do any thing of the kind," answers the non-conformist, "I will go to prison rather." "Your religious ordinances," pursues the legislator, "shall be such as we have prescribed. You shall attend the churches we have endowed, and adopt the ceremonies used in them." "Nothing shall induce me to do so," is the reply; "I altogether deny your power to dictate to me in such matters, and mean to resist to the uttermost." "Lastly," adds the legislator, "we shall require you to pay such sums of money toward the support of these religious institutions, as we may see fit to ask." "Not a farthing will you have from me," exclaims our sturdy Independent: "even did I believe in the doctrines of your church (which I do not), I should still rebel against your interference; and if you take my property, it shall be by force and under protest."

Some of youse will know full well that your Beloved GT is a Freemason (albeit a highly heterodox form that does not observe the 1720s 'Anderson's Constitutions' injunction exhorting the brethren to respect the offices of the State). Even so, youse all have every right to poke fun at it, and if the political class ever tried to steal out of your paypackets to fund the building of a Lodge, we would take to the barricades together to prevent it.