I’m just kidding with the post title, but here’s what prompted it: Gene Callahan has bought his second (?) vacation/rental home in a private community in the Poconos, and finds that it is more oppressive than the local government he faces in the [edited to add:] rural U.S.:
[T]here were a number of small trees I could take down myself. About 10 minutes after I started my chainsaw, a security vehicle drove by my house and slowed to see what was going on: the tree police.
The community, for a place with low traffic volume, is also chock-full of stop signs, and has a low posted speed limit. When I stopped to register at the “government” office, I was told I would be fined for failing to stop at a stop sign or exceeding the speed limit. Oh, and while I was there, the community board president saw a newcomer, approached me, introduced himself, shook my hand, and told me his office was always open to me I had any problems or questions. Kind of like a… politician.
Today I had my house power-washed. Within a few minutes of the rather noisy power-washing machine starting up, a security vehicle was again passing my house, again slowing to have a look at what was going on. In two weeks, my house in a private community has already garnered more security attention than the two houses I have owned in rural areas under the control of “statist” governments had in a dozen years.
In short, private government looks a lot like plain-old government, except maybe a bit more intrusive than I am used to.
I am pretty sure only a white, upper middle class, heterosexual male would write the above with a straight face. That doesn’t mean Gene is wrong, I’m just making an observation that most people on planet Earth would not say, “These Nazis actually stopped to look at me while I was operating a chainsaw. Really! They stopped to look at me!”
UPDATE: Also, for what it’s worth, check out the comments at Gene’s post. I make a joke, and then “rob” (not me) makes another one. Gene apparently doesn’t even get our jokes–which is distinct from not thinking they are funny–which shows just how far his thinking has evolved. In contrast, I am pretty sure I understand exactly the points Gene is making in his anti-anarchist posts.