Domestic Imperialism: Nine Reasons I Left Progressivism

by Keith Knight

About The Book

Imagine the Catholic Church (or any person or group of people) doing what the government does every day:

Everyone who doesn’t give the Catholic Church 25% of his annual income every year will be put in jail. If he resists the Jesuit officer, the officer has the right to shoot him. Everyone by law must contribute to the Catholic Church Fund, and if parents don’t send their kids to Catholic Church School, they will be jailed for a truancy law violation. Most people need a license by force of law from the Catholic Church in order to work, this way the Church can keep you and other customers safe. And all humans have a nine-digit Catholic Security Number so the Church knows who’s who. If the Catholic Church decides to wage war on the Church of Scientology, everyone must be forced to fund the war, and men ages 18–45 will be conscripted to perform forced labor against their will.

The problem with this situation is not that we don’t get to vote on who the Pope is once every four years, or that the votes need accurate counting; it’s that some people claim an exemption from common sense morality by engaging in non-consensual activity.

Progressivism is the most widely accepted form of statism, and it’s long past time we reject it.

About the author

Keith Knight is Managing Editor at the Libertarian Institute, host of the Don't Tread on Anyone podcast and editor of The Voluntaryist Handbook: A Collection of Essays, Excerpts, and Quotes.
Keith Knight

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