The non-consent of the victim

Yesterday Sheldon Richman posted a great short blog post that deserves getting quoted in its entirety:

I'm traveling again this week, so I have only have time for a quick thought, a teaser. Any libertarian strategy that has any hope of succeeding must seek fundamentally to delegitimize the state, that is, to persuade people that government does not deserve the unique and privileged moral status it has been accorded throughout history. This leads to the curious insight that even those who favor limited government should advocate statelessness (free-market anarchism) because people will move to severely restrict the power of the state only when they believe it is illegitimate. Conceding its legitimacy one iota inevitably works against liberty.

Getting Ron Paul as president would be better than John "100 Years in Iraq" McCain, no doubt, and I hope that those long, long, long odds get better.  For instance, it's a small victory convincing someone that the government doesn't have any legitimate role in controlling the money supply even if they still believe it should control something else.  But active support of Ron Paul seems counterproductive of the broader message I try to send that it's the powers of the office, period, not the person in the office that's the problem.

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