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.

http://mises.org/etexts/mises/anticap.asp

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.

http://www.erichoffer.net/books.html

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.

http://mises.org/book/boetie.pdf

Salut.

Thanks for the references!