Excellent interview–two brilliant men, a strong defender of the Constitution as it was intended and one an anarchist/libertarian who believes that all government ultimately trends towards tyranny, the loss of freedom and is inherently evil, in and of itself. Personally, I tend towards the Rockwellian perspective, but realizing the difficulty of getting to that blissful state of no State, would force a radical decentralization of America to a modified Articles of Confederation that incorporated the Bill of Rights.
Freedoms are inherently fragile. Not only the form of governance, but government itself will, by the nature if its functions, impinge on individual rights and freedoms. But, the larger the territory governed and the more distant the seat of even the most effectively constitutionally constrained government, the more rapid the rights of the people subject to that government will erode.
The idea that a “professional” bureaucracy in a city a thousand miles away knows how your children should be taught or what they should be forced to eat for lunch is an absurdity, let alone the massive array of rules and regulations annually promulgated by such that control our everyday lives. If there is to be government it must be at the local and community level. Even the states, as now comprised, might be too large geographically and filled with too much conflicting diversities to be a relatively more benign and community controlled polity.
If it were not for the moneyed interests and the backroom deals on the states debts during the process of what was originally intended as a modest restructuring of the Articles of Confederation, the American Constitution , with all of its inherent faults, would not have been. I believe that history proves that Americans and the world would have been better off in the long run if this had, indeed, been the outcome of that august gathering in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787.
All permanent capitals and seats of power become corrupted. Driven by absolute bureaucratic organizational imperatives, which are to live forever, justify existence through the continual expansion of essential resources of both human and financial capital, to create rationals for this growth and to always seek an ever larger, more encompassing role in the civilization upon which it lives. We are all aware of the corruption of local governments in communities across this nation, which of course is not a new phenomena, nor remotely unique to this land and this time. How can we be so delusional to think that somehow a piece of parchment, revered though it may be, could ever prevent corruption on scales that would dwarf anything imaginable at the local or even state level is beyond comprehension. Washington is inherently a magnate for the corrupt and a breeding ground for a strain of Homo Corruptus that virtually no politician, no matter how pure they once were, will not become infected.
There is no end to discussion of John Locke’s impact on the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence lists our inalienable rights to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” and the Constitution creates a relatively strong central government limited nonetheless by our fundamental freedoms. And so, Americans generally accept that our government is designed to protect our freedoms and natural rights. Llewellyn Harrison “Lew” Rockwell, Jr. challenges that assumption. An avowed anarcho-capitalist, he rejects statism entirely, believing that society would be better able to protect our freedoms if there were no government at all.
The founder and chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a libertarian organization in Auburn, Alabama, Lew Rockwell is also a prolific author and editor who regularly publishes articles denouncing government intervention in markets, war, American imperialism, and the police state. His new book, Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto, he proclaims that the state need not always have the powers it presently retains. He was also Ron Paul’s congressional chief of staff from 1978 to 1982, is Vice President of the Center for Libertarian Studies in Burlingame, California, and runs a libertarian website, LewRockwell.com.
Mr. Rockwell took some time from his busy schedule to speak to constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, author of A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, and Old Speak about his new book, his views on government, and his advice for Americans who want to know what they can do to rein in their runaway government.