The Most Dangerous Superstition

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The Most Dangerous Superstition
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Cover of the 2012 Second Edition
Author(s) Larken Rose
Cover artist Larken Rose
Country United States of America
Language English
Genre(s) Politics
Publisher Platypress
Publication year 2012
Pages 212
ISBN 9781624071690

Cover Text

Most people, looking at our troubled world with its long history of injustice and human suffering, will attribute social evils to the greed, ignorance, hatred, or lack of compassion of others. Rarely does anyone consider the possibility that his own attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs may be the root cause of most of the world's suffering.

But in almost every case, they are.

The vast majority of theft, extortion, intimidation, harassment, assault, and even murder - the vast majority of man's inhumanity to man - comes not from greed, hatred, and intolerance that lurks in our hearts, but from one pernicious and almost universal assumption, one unquestioned belief, one irrational, self-contradictory superstition that infects all races, all religions, all nationalities, ages, and income levels.

If humankind could give up this one False idea, even without otherwise acquiring another scrap of wisdom or compassion, the vast majority of injustice and oppression would instantly cease. But this cannot happen until people are ready and willing to turn their judgmental eyes upon themselves - to objectively examine their own belief systems, to recognize and understand, and finally to abandon, the most dangerous superstition.

About the Author

Larken Rose is an anarcho-capitalist author best known for challenging the IRS to answer questions about the federal tax liability of citizens, and being put in prison with no questions answered.[1]

Table of Contents

  • Preparing the Reader 1

PART I: The Most Dangerous Superstition

  • Starting With The Punch Line 2
  • Overview 5
  • Identifying the Enemy 6
  • No Such Thing 9
  • Offshoots of the Superstition 11
  • Attempting to Rationalize the Irrational 15
  • The Myth of Consent 15
  • More Mythology18
  • The Secret Ingredient 21
  • The Excuse of Necessity 23

PART II: Disproving the Myth

  • Letting Go of the Myth 25
  • Why the Myth Is Tempting 26
  • The Religion of "Government" 28
  • Adding More Immoral Violence 32
  • Who Gave Them the Right? 35
  • Altering Morality 37
  • The Unavoidability of Judging 40

PART III: The Effects of the Superstition

  • Effects of the Myth 43

PART III(a): The Effects on the Masters

  • The Divine Right of Politicians 47

PART III(b): The Effects on the Enforcers

  • Following Orders 52
  • The Milgram Experiments 54
  • Teaching Blind Obedience 59
  • Making Monsters 62
  • Demonizing the Victim 68
  • What the Badge Means 73
  • Noble Motives, Evil Actions 74
  • Proudly Committing Evil 81

PART III(c): The Effects on the Targets

  • Proud to be Robbed 83
  • Proud to be Controlled 85
  • The Good Funding the Evil 87
  • Digging Their Own Graves 90
  • The Effects on Actual Criminals 93

PART III(d): The Effects on the Spectators

  • The Sin of Non-Resistance 95
  • Imagining "Legal" Evil to be Good 96
  • Obligation to Do Wrong 100
  • Double Standard on Violence 103
  • The Danger of Inaction 106

PART III(e): The Effects on the Advocates

  • "Legalized" Aggression 108
  • Excuses for Aggression 111
  • Charity Through Violence 113
  • Advocates of Brutality 114
  • Forced Benefits 117
  • Attacking to Defend 117
  • Violence by Default 118
  • How the Myth Defeats Virtue 121
  • "Liberal" Cowardice 124
  • "Conservative" Cowardice 126
  • True Tolerance 127
  • Big or Small, Let of Right, It's Still Evil 130
  • No Objective Standard 134
  • The Effects on Freedom Advocates 137
  • The Rules of the Game 141
  • Legitimizing Oppression 142
  • The Libertarian Contradiction 144
  • Same as the Old Boss 147
  • A Mix of Wisdom and Insanity 148
  • The Contract Myth 150

PART IV: Life Without the Superstition

  • The Solution 151
  • Reality is Anarchy 153
  • Fear of Freedom 156
  • Seeing a Different World 157
  • A World Without Rulers 160
  • Thinking Differently, Talking Differently 164
  • Teaching Morality vs. Teaching Authority 166
  • No Master Plan 168
  • You Rule you, I Rule Me 172
  • A Different Society 174
  • A Different Kind of Rules 175
  • Organization Without "Authority" 178
  • Defense Without "Authority" 179
  • Deterrents and Incentives 186
  • Anarchy in Action 188
  • Anti-Authoritarian Parenting 190
  • Halfway There 193
  • The Road to Justice 196
  • Side Effects of the Myth 199
  • What Society Could Be 204
  • Accepting Reality 209
  • The Punch Line Revisited 211

Other Works by this Author

Publication Data

The Most Dangerous Superstition, Larken Rose, 2012, Platypress, ISBN 9781624071690

External Links

The Most Dangerous Superstition at Barnes and Noble

References