An article by The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, "Musing the social Contract," essentially claims that people like libertarians who haven't voted with their feet by leaving this country have therefore in fact "signed" the progressive's social contract and should shut up about it.
But the article never actually nails down exactly what this social contract is.
For that we must apparently go to Elizabeth Warren since, according to people like the Minnesota Progressive Project, her "now-famous remarks on the rich, the social contract, and the role of government" represents "the absolute best articulation" of the subject.
However, that articulation, "the declaration heard ’round the Internet world," turns out to be nothing more than president Obama's now-famous "You didn't build that" assertion.
In short, government coercion builds infrastructure and creates everything good in society, allowing successful people in that society to be successful, who must therefore allow that coercive government to "take a hunk” of their profits and give it to others.
What this ignores, of course, is that big coercive government can build absolutely nothing unless it can first tax somebody who has successfully built something of value that can be taxed.
The Progressive's social contract can be summed up in six words: "Coercive government justifies more coercive government."
Another ignored fact is that social contracts are always written by society's ruling classes, or in this case today's wannabe progressive ruling class, for purposes of seducing the ruled.
Throughout much of European history, for example, Europe's royalty claimed that their social contract based on "royal blood" and "The divine right of kings" allowed them to rule as tyrants.
Progressives never want to acknowledge the elephant in the room, that their social contract justifies and is justified by naked government aggression.
The libertarian response to the progressive's social contract should always be: "No thanks, we already have one, and its better."
This is the social contract created by this nation's Founding Fathers and succinctly enunciated by Thomas Jefferson:
"But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."
The "absolute best articulation" of this social contract is the libertarian Non-aggression Principle:
"No one may initiate coercion, intimidation or fraud against another."
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