30 December 2014

Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin Auberon

Facebook, aside from being a perpetual "what I've been up to" letter to friends and family (saves one money that would otherwise be spent on Christmas cards and whatnot), occasionally helps me discover things that pertain to my interests. One such find of the year now ending was the statesman and philosopher, Auberon Herbert. I don't know how it could be that I'd not heard of this man years ago, given my past academic work on the very topics he expounded upon, but that is neither here nor there. Here's a small example of his work, a selection fairly representative of the whole, one of many served up daily via a Facebook page I've been following:
"[Compulsory taxation rests on] the belief that one man and his property may be used by another man against his own convictions and his own interests. It therefore divides us into those who are only tools and those who are the users of tools; and perpetuates a modern form—though more subtle and concealed than the old forms—of slave owning." —Auberon Herbert
 I like it. Blunt, to the point, but eloquently stated. It's the kind of statement that in my own experience is a breadcrumb perched at the edge of the rabbit hole, one that grabs the attention of a sleeper, just for a moment drawing their gaze away from the shadows on the cave wall, the slight skip in the record that inserts a seed of doubt about the soundness of things as they are.

Get your daily Auberon via Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuberonEWMHerbert?fref=nf

Further reading:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auberon_Herbert

Voluntaryism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voluntaryism

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