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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Anti-Capitalist Mentality of Joe Stack

A Humble Libertarian reader writes in regarding my appraisal of the anti-capitalist and terrorist Joe Stack, to say:

The Anti-Capitalist Mentality (of Joseph Stack)

If you've never perused the title, you might wish to do so. In Joseph Stack you'll find a textbook example of "the resentment of frustrated ambition". Joe Stack wasn't so specifically a Marxist, but a rather zealous, general anti-capitalist.

Regarding that zeal, another good title is "The True Believer" by Eric Hoffer which deals with the self-despising that drives individuals to lose their unwanted selves in a perceived nobler collective movement-- in Stack's case, the movement against our peculiar institution of indentured servitude to the federal state known as the 'voluntary' income tax. Unfortunately, I've been unable to locate Hoffer's writings online.

Expounding upon the epistemology of servitude, a historical title every American should read is "The Politics of Obedience:: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude" by Etienne de la Boetie, 1553.


Thanks for the references!