Journal of the Association of Future Philosophers

The Early Weed

Government vs. Humanity, the 20th Century Scorecard
by Weed Boctor 7-14-1998

     As we look back on this century, we see the spectre of government menacing humanity -- murdering over 200,000,000 human beings, a horror otherwise unheard of in history.
     Government has committed every evil imaginable -- theft, assault, rape, and murder -- on a scale otherwise unimaginable. We saw government using every means imaginable to murder -- from the less advanced governments using sticks, guns and mines to the more advanced using nuclear bombs to murder babies.
     When government uncorked its genie on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the film footage of the disturbing mushroom cloud revealed the face of government.
     In the Vietnam and Cambodia police action, Richard Nixon joined the one million human being club. With modern government technology, this ominous club is becoming less and less exclusive.
     When people opposed government, it committed the Kent State Massacre, and hunted and murdered protesters after Tien-an-men Square, including the individual who stood in front of a column of government tanks.
     When government was not murdering people, it was napalming children, burning their skin off their bodies. And when government was not bombing human beings, it was starving them to death, or murdering people by obstructing access to life-saving drugs and medical care. Government has created millions of refugees.
     With the advent of television, some hoped public condemnation and moral suasion would modify government, but it has learned to manage the media. And when it couldn’t, it turned out government has no conscience.
     Contrary to those who believe in animism, government is not a person. It is a certain type of organization, and moral concepts apply only to persons. The same institution that murdered Jesus and Socrates so dramatically, now murders millions routinely, efficiently and without fanfare.
     Some statists, such as Plato, want government consistent with justice and peace. These statists fantasize about peaceful government that doesn’t violate justice. These are fantasy statists, and we don’t have to listen to their fantasies when we have ample empirical evidence that reveals the nature of government. In view of the reality of hundreds of millions murdered by government, we must ask whether statists have human feelings.
     As we look forward to the next century, we must wonder how many more will government murder. What monstrous evil will it unleash? Who will be the next Anne Frank? Who will be the next Truman? And, where will the face of government appear next?

This editorial was first published in 1996.
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