that there are many dangerous flaws in the concept of government -
mainly that it has "first dibs" on your earnings, your property, even
your life, aren't we stuck with it? Isn't
it the least evil of all alternatives?
as you, have been told all my life that only government can provide us
with roads, police, fire protection, utilities. That only
government could do this for us. That its coercion,
and protection of big, greedy monopolies were all necessary "for our
own good." Somehow, this never rang true.
educated by the State, I still was resigned to that
However, with a little bit of
thought and some research, I found out that there already
exists a peaceful, non-coercive alternative.
This alternative has been around for centuries, quietly
all those things without confiscatory taxation, eminent domain, wars or
the death penalty.
like to find out what this peaceful, yet powerful organization is?
Some people have
the misconception that a co-op is a socialistic, commune-like entity.
they do exist in that form. However, an even older form is a
voluntary, capitalistic form.
might have even studied these in school. Remember Rural
Electrification? Grain elevator and Dairy Co-Ops? Telephone
Co-Ops? These were started in sparsely populated areas.
They came about precisely because tax-funded governments didn't
provide for these things out in the sticks. In fact,
electrification, even schooling, only came about in the 20th century.
probably heard of volunteer fire departments. They are easily
more efficient and at least as responsive as their socialist
(government-provided) equivalents. By definition, they run
less expensively and more efficiently. They cannot
their way out of spending deficits or lavish, overspending pension plans.
you know that "public" (socialized) education is relatively new
in the US? It really didn't start here in a general way until
The US government didn't get fully involved until the early 19th
century. The US enjoyed high literacy and economic growth for
almost two centuries before this!
it a coincidence that the best schools are still private? That
"public" education does not provide equal schooling for all? That
it still matters where you live as to how good your schools are?
usual, government did not solve the problems it promised to. It
just created a lot more problems, and continues to charge us more to do
less and less.
The only way to make a system accountable to its
clients is for the clients to actively control the purse strings.
In this tax-funded system, the government just takes more from
all, including those who don't benefit, by promising "freebies" to the
smaller class of those who would benefit. The fact that
government hasn't delivered on its promises in the past does not
matter. Government educates us that there is no alternative -
that we are trapped into an "imperfect" (corrupt) system.
Is there a
current system that doesn't force us to pay into something that
benefits mainly the bureaucratic class? Which is responsive to,
and owned by those who benefit?
Yes, there is! Check out: Co-Op Schools.
For general information about the Co-Op Concept, see: Wikipedia.
To see how co-ops provide affordable food and food processing, see: TopFlight Grain Co-Op.
To see how international Co-Ops already work, see: International Co-Op Association.
(Careful: There are some socialistic co-ops sprinkled among the free ones!)
Groups with a socialist/communist agenda have co-opted the co-op label. They confuse the term "collective" with co-op.
Don't be fooled!
To see what Co-Ops are NOT, see this socialist/communist propaganda site: Co-Op Amerika
(my spelling). Note that they push forward every one-world,
collectivist agenda currently in vogue (e.g. "Global Warming").
is NOT what Co-Ops really do! They adopt a common goal and strive
for it non-coercively. They help find and disseminate honest
information to help their members, not enslave them to the "Fear o' the Week (tm)!"
for more discussion!
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May 31, 2008