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Article posted Nov 14 2013, 8:43 AM Category: Commentary Source: Jacob G. Hornberger Print

The Cause of Our Violent and Drug-Ridden Society

by Jacob G. Hornberger

We Americans live in a violent society, one in which there are lots of homicides, family abuse, mass murders of people, and other acts of violence.

We also live in a drug-ridden society. The war on drugs has been an absolute failure when it comes to dissuading Americans from using drugs. The number of people taking illicit drugs has to be inordinately high. Otherwise there would be no reason to continue the drug war. Add to that the countless Americans suffering from alcoholism. And now the feds are cracking down on prescription drug abuse, given the large numbers of Americans moving in that direction.

Statists say that the reason for all the violence is the ease by which Americans can acquire guns. But there is a problem with that reasoning. The Swiss are among the most armed people in the world. If widespread gun ownership is the cause of America's culture of violence, why wouldn't the same thing happen in Switzerland?

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Posted: Nov 14 2013, 10:37 PM

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7147 Interesting to watch him draw all the wrong conclusions.

There are more guns in Switzerland because owning a gun is MANDATORY. Your duty to the state there is omipresent; you won't be a citizen there and be saying, "Duh: I never signed no Constitution!" Responsibility to the state is inculcated from the earliest age and, if you breach your responsibility, the penalties are worse socially than criminally. If our government is the antithesis of freedom, that government is even more so.

Compare our free wheeling, "I am ENTITLED TO A GUN and to use it any DAMN WAY I WANT, and the government has no business telling me WHAT TO DO WITH MY GUN," mentality.

Probably the widest used drugs, cocaine and meth, are predominately used in our society because of our capitalist, you must be responsible for yourself, do for your self, no one will do it but you mentality. The result of that mentality is 3-4 hours of sleep a night, exaustion, and self-medication to try to fix that with the stimulants. For most of the others, "I don't trust the government, nor does it have the right to TELL ME WHAT TO DO. I'LL TAKE ANY DAMN DRUG I WANT!"

Rather than supporting Libertarianism (much less anarchism) the article stupidly supports the statist view, with the better results in other countries being due to better integration of their citizens into a social fabric.

Our problems are due to lack of that social fabric, which really doesn't have anything to do with libertarianism or statism. A libertarian society could only work if citizens widely accepted responsibility not only to themselves, but to their role within the whole, without coercion. With the idiots we have in this country, that is not going to happen. You can't build any kind of a society on a bunch of people who care nothing for the Rights of others and take anything they want at gunpoint.

Which brings us to my last point: Rather than the violence in our society being a result of violence by the state, I would say it's a corollary. Take a violent person, put them in government, and you have a violent government. If I can take what I want at gunpoint, then being in charge of government just gives me more guns to point. So violence, in governement and out, is a result of our societal violent attitude; it has far more to do with our desire to do whatever the hell we want without consideration for the Rights of anyone else.

Because: ME!


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