How Should We Resolve Moral Disagreements?

I have a moral problem with the mass killing of innocent people; the casualties of the Iraq war being just one small portion of democide that has occurred throughout recorded history. So, the question remains as to what I should do about it.

Should I parade around in front of government office buildings with a peace sign? Should I write letters to my congressmen asking them to please stop killing people? Should I write news articles telling people that it is morally wrong to kill people? Should I donate my time and money to the political campaign of a politician that promises to end the wars?

I have a moral problem with the public indoctrination "education" system; the casualties of the U.S. education system being just one small portion of propagandized youth throughout recorded history.

Should I parade around in front of government office buildings with a sign that decries our public education system? Should I write letters to my congressmen asking them to support education reform? Should I write news articles telling people that it is morally wrong to support an education system with 50% graduation rates? Should I donate my time and money to the political campaign of a politician that promises to end the public education system?

As it turns out, I have moral problems with practically everything the state does. I morally disagree with conscription, drug laws, marriage licenses, permits to engage in commerce, wealth redistribution, fiat money, centrally planned interest rates, bank bailouts, cronyism, nepotism, etc.. etc.. etc..

I argue about these issues online. I run an editorial news web site. I submit articles to news websites. I donate money to political campaigns. I donate money to private organizations that promote libertarianism. I donate my time to various organizations that work to stop what I find to be morally repugnant. Yet nothing changes.

Nothing changes because I am prohibited from doing the ONE THING that will actually STOP morally repugnant behavior by the state.

You see, I can argue with a statist about the morality of war, public education, wealth redistribution, and all the rest; statists are perfectly fine and happy to argue with me about these issues. However, if I withdraw my funding from those things which I find to be morally repugnant, well that’s just going a bit too far. A statist will never really lose an argument to me, because in the end, they have a gun to my head.


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Michael Suede is an Austrian economist and author who holds a business degree from the University of Wisconsin. Michael's articles have appeared in numerous economics publications. Michael is also one of the few economists who is well versed in the economics of voluntary crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin. Michael is a veteran of the US Navy and an advocate of voluntarism. Michael authorizes the use of all his content under Public Domain copyright. Any organization or individual may freely republish, edit, modify and distribute Michael's works without restrictions.

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