why these socialist narratives thrive and what must be done to combat them
It's interesting to note that the change from Life, Liberty, and Property, to Life, Liberty, happiness was in part because of slavery. The founding fathers should have just stuck with LLP, and we'd have been much better off.
Also, we didn't have an income tax until WWII. Before that, corporations and counties built and maintained roads and infrastructure. The Federal Reserve didn't exist until 1913, prior to that the treasury department minted coins and made bills.
There were no property taxes until 1818, and in Texas until around 1979.
Cars didn't need registration or tags.
But now, everything has a fee.
Maybe it is just because I have been under the weather the last few days, but it feels like we are approaching an inflection point, imminently.
Constitution made of Paper, Blade made of Steel.
And ideas are mere words.
Categorically reject all but deeds.
By the way who would believe “ideas” now? We drown in ideas, the very universe shall be pulsing with our words for a billion light years, alien intelligences will be mystified by this race of gabbers long after we are gone.
Mises lost, they won. They won because we made the mistake of engaging them with words and paper instead of steel.
I think the focus on NAP is mistaken or perhaps just gets into the weeds of dorm room Libertarianism. I'd instead focus on the empowering the individual over the state, the American experiment was designed to see what freedom and liberty could do, if the individual could live and thrive without being a ward of the state. And while it lasted, the experiment worked. America throve like no other nation in history. As much as possible, the power of 'no' should be given to the individual, not 'the people' in a mass but for you and me. The freedom to make your own mistakes and live with those consequences and the freedom to profit from audacity, opportunity and acquired wisdom.
As Heinlein said, and I paraphrase, political labels (communist, democrat, fascist, liberal, conservative) miss the point: there are only two types of people - those who want people to be controlled and those who don't.
>I’ve heard otherwise highly intelligent people laugh at the idea of placing property alongside life and liberty in importance
Rashi ( https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashi ) - commenting on Deuteronomy 6:5
"You shall love your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might."
highlights the words
"AND WITH ALL THY MIGHT" and writes:
"i.e. with all thy property. You have people whose property is dearer to them than their bodies (life), and it is on this account that there is added, “and with all thy property"
The Ultimate Goal Of A Leftist Lunatic
Is To Become Their Own Victim.
- Of Course That They Start There
- - Doesn't Spoil The Journey.