Definitions of words found on Bad Quaker
Clear thought and reason cannot be expressed nor explored unless there is both an agreement and an understanding of the definitions of the primary words used. Dictionaries fall short on their ability to define words for at least two primary reasons. One being that dictionaries are a static snap-shot of a language that is constantly evolving. The second being the conflict of interest that exists when the dictionary’s primary purchaser is the State through so called “Public” libraries and schools. A dictionary cannot logically be assumed to be pure and unbiased as long as its primary purpose is to serve the State in the ongoing brainwashing of children.
The Main Stream Media obviously cannot be trusted to define politically inclined words, as they are entirely dependent upon and complaisant to the State. An example of why the MSM can’t be trusted is in their use of the word “conservative” to describe both Newt Gingrich and Pat Buchanan. Both self described conservatives have a completely different starting point in how they look at politics. They are both recognized knowledgeable historians, yet Pat Buchanan lays out a very good case against involvement in the World Wars in his recent book, whereas Gingrich takes quite the opposite position. The reason for this difference is that Pat views the world through an almost text book perfect set of conservative eyes while Newt is looking at the world with right wing statist eyes and conservative glasses. That is to say, Pat is consistent in his beliefs and statements and Gingrich is adjustable and self-serving.
Therefore this list of common words is presented. You may not agree with these definitions, but this is how they will be expressed on Bad Quaker dot com.
Definition of property:
That which is in limited supply and is or can be rightfully owned by a person. By nature, a person owns their life and their body. In addition to this, a person may acquire property through Lockean homesteading, through voluntary trade, by gift, and by inheritance. No other ownership of property is legitimate, moral, or practical.
Definition of anarchy:
My dictionary says this; “A theory that regards the absence of all coercive government as a political ideal and that proposes the cooperative and voluntary association of individuals and groups as the principal mode of organized society.”
I’m comfortable with that definition but in one respect I disagree with the dictionary. They say that the word anarchy comes from the Greek for “against law” or “against government” and that’s wrong. In Greek, anarchy is closer to “self law”.
Consider this: “An~Archy” Lets look at the “Archy” part first. “Hierarchy” refers to those people or objects who “do” by “law” (or function), not authority or government. So then a system of organizing files can have a hierarchy without having a government. Authority or government are not derived from the word “archy”, it simply means a functioning order or set of rules. Now consider the “An” part. An “atheist” is a person who rejects theism. Theism being the concept or belief in a “theo” or god. a=rejects theist=god. Now we don’t say someone is an “Aarchist” (rejects law or order) and we don’t call them an “Antiarchist” (against law or order) we call them “anarchist” (self law or order) the “an” used like android or animated.
Now that said, modern anarcho-capitalists believe in property rights and natural law, not self law, whereas modern anarcho-socialists believe in no property rights and self law. Anarcho-socialists are the people (usually rich kids) we see burning dumpsters and smashing windows at the G-20 summits.
Definition of chaos:
Now we have the “against law” or “against authority” definition. Chaos is what happens when civil authority breaks down and socio-anarchists have their way. You have the “dog-eat-dog and let the strong survive” mentality that we see in big cities when the hand of authority is removed. Funny, that almost never happens outside big cities.
Definition of free market:
The open voluntary exchange of goods or services without force, coercion, or third party interference.
Special Note: Please pay attention to the part that says, “open voluntary exchange of goods or services without force, coercion, or third party interference“. That means any involvement in the market by the State negates the possibility of a Free Market. There can be no exceptions. Either a market is free or it is not. A mostly free market is not a free market.
Definition of leadership:
In any voluntary setting where people interact, leaders will rise to positions of authority. This is the natural result of social interaction and can be viewed in every group of humans as well as most upper level mammals. As long as the relationship and all interactions associated with the relationship remain voluntary, the leadership is legitimate. The moment the leadership resorts to violence, theft, and/or lies it is no longer legitimate leadership. It is tyranny. (see tyranny below)
Definition of tyranny:
Any time a person or a group of people use violence, theft, and/or lies to dominate, control, manage, or profit from other people, a condition of tyranny exists.
Definition of government:
A group of people given the task of managing the safety and representing the interests of a larger group of people. A government representative or employee should manage the internal and/or foreign interests of those represented and manage and mitigate their interests and relations with other governments. A legitimate government can only function by voluntary association. If/when a government resorts to violence, theft, and/or lies it ceases to be a legitimate government and simply becomes a violent crime gang and a tool of the State.
Special Note: Please notice that I value the distinction between the words “government” and “State”. (see below)
Definition of the State:
The State is the entity that exists when people believe that a tyrannical government is legitimate. Governments can exist without the State, but the State cannot exist without a host government. A government is a collection of people, whereas the State is the entity that posses a government when it begins to act in a way that assumes it has ownership over people and/or property. The State is a faith based product of human imagination.
Definition of statist:
A statist is a person who believes the power and authority of the State are legitimate, and is willing to use or tolerate the use of violence, theft, and/or lies to enforce their view.
Definition of Socialism:
The belief that a State can and should manage the exchange of goods or services by the use of violence, theft, and/or lies. Generally socialism falls into one of two categories; communism, where the State itself directly controls the exchange of goods or services, or fascism where the State controls the exchange of goods and/or services through a relationship with business.
Definition of libertarian:
One who wishes for a society ruled by natural law and individual property rights. A libertarian society would be one where there would be a true free market and the activities of government would be restricted to defined parameters. Many anarcho-capitalists consider themselves libertarian and many libertarians consider themselves anarcho-capitalists, however not all of either.
This is not to be confused with any political party that may be known as The Libertarian Party. A libertarian may or may not support a political party.
Definition of democracy:
In principle, it means almost the same as anarcho-socialists. It is defined as “people rule” but I can’t seem to make a philosophical distinction from mob rule. Or perhaps mob law. If government or law or society are defined as “whatever most people want at any particular time”, I can’t see how that can end in anything other than the chaos of “dog-eat-dog and let the strong survive”. It’s been said that democracy is defined as two wolves and one lamb voting on what’s for dinner. I don’t know that I can define it better.
Definition of republic:
The rule by a few over many without a supreme head of State. We are expected to believe said rule is for the benefit of the many. However there is no example that I know of where this has ever worked. The leaders turn the restricted government into a State and a power grab ensues.
Definition of conservative:
A conservative, as a political position, is a somewhat libertarian person who believes a republic can work if sufficiently held in check. Often, the conservative looks back to some notion of a previous time as an example of when a republic worked, and wishes to return to those policies. Typically these notions of a previous time are based on historical fallacies or fantasies.
Definition of liberal:
A somewhat libertarian person who believes a democracy and/or a republic could work with sufficient socialist aspects added to protect the weaker members of society.
Definition of Right-Wing or right wing:
A Statist philosophy utilizing conservative terminology with the goal of supporting/establishing a fascist State. (see “socialism” above) The term originally referred to the seating arrangement of the ruling body of nineteenth century France, but that has nothing to do with the modern term.
Definition of Left-Wing or left wing:
A Statist philosophy utilizing liberal terminology with the goal of supporting/establishing a communist State. (see “socialism” above) The term originally referred to the seating arrangement of the ruling body of nineteenth century France, but that has nothing to do with the modern term.
Definition of economics:
The technicalities of how a person views the exchange of goods and/or services and measures the impact thereof.
Economic theory is broken down into three types.
1) Keynesian theory (named after John M. Keynes) in brief is what Obama and GW Bush have been following. Usually liberals and the left wing prefer Keynesian economics. This method uses a lot of big words and extended mathematical calculations to confuse the average person. It is based on the assumption that the State can operate the market.
2) Chicago School (developed at the University of Chicago and based on Keynesian theory) is what most American economists today are such as Greenspan and the late Milton Friedman. Usually conservatives and right wing politicians prefer the Chicago School. This method also uses big words and lots and lots of chalk on chalkboards to come to the conclusion that the State can operate the market.
3) Austrian School economics is based on the teachings of three notable economists, all Austrian by birth. Libertarians are typically of the Austrian School. Austrians support free markets. They believe that any interference in the free market by the State will always produce a negative result. They believe complicated mathematical equations are useless in forecasting or predicting markets. They believe only through the study of human behavior (praxeology) can one understand market behavior. Austrian economists have accurately predicted every boom/bust cycle since the 1920′s.
Definition of agorism:
Agorism, and specifically the strategy of counter-economics, is the use of black and gray markets to undermine the taxing and regulatory ability of the State.