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Addicts Like Drugs
by   Richard   Rieben
First Posted – 1 January 2004
Reciprocian philosophy is difficult to hang a hat upon because it is not a domination variant and it repudiates domination structures, addictions and other paraphernalia.

To someone who is eating cooked, refined, genetically-engineered, antibiotic-laden, chemically-laced, preserved, enhanced, processed, taste-driven, addiction-driven non-foods, as a primary diet in a culture of people who eat similarly, wherein that diet is reinforced throughout every aspect of society, eating food would be perceived as bland, boring, unsatisfying, anti-social, and "risky." This is the same difference, and the same quandary, that Reciprocian philosophy – food – holds to people who are imbued with the values and routines of a domination, anti-life philosophy and its manifold applications.

The libertarians strive to make liberty "attractive" to collectivists and authoritarians. They do this mostly through compromising and misrepresenting liberty – and packaging it with cultural values which derive from domination, anti-liberty philosophy.

But liberty is not going to be satisfying to collectivists or authoritarians, any more than a fresh, raw carrot is going to be satisfying to people who are addicted to sugar, caffeine, deep-fried foods, or other junk/drugs.

I do not pretend that people will find liberty appealing or satisfying in a conventional manner. It will not answer their drug-induced insecurities, their dependency on the collective, nor their worship of authority. It will provide an environment for personal health and fulfillment. These are inherently good things to have, but they entail rationality, independence, and responsibility, which are not presently desirable virtues.

In a manner similar to eating a diet of food, wrapping your mind around the concept of liberty is not easy to do in a junk-food, collectivized, domination culture. Finding real, noncontaminated food in the USA is a challenge that few third-worlders would be able to believe. The hype of the health food industry does more to drive people away from real food than any other aspect of our culture. Similarly, the hype of the liberty movement does more to drive people into complacent acceptance of statism than the statists could ever hope to achieve on their own.

Supposed "health food" stores contain so much junk, that you might as well (with less inconvenience and expense) just eat a "regular" junk diet. Supposed "liberty" advocates propose so much that is underscored with authoritarianism, altruism, collectivism, corporatism and free-market schemes and scams, that you might as well (with a lot less hassle) just live in the "real" world (fascist though it may be).

Liberty, like food, isn't packaged in hype and bs. It's just food. And it is not addictive. You won't "get hooked" on it. You eat it. It gives you good health. End of story. I won't explore the idea that, living in a culture of domination, you probably don't really want to be healthy – you WANT to be drugged and zoned-out. I don't blame you. Here: have another piece of chemically-laced, health-destroying, addictive candy. Poor health is apropos for your cultural context – and you know it, instinctively.

A "cultural context" is a manifest of philosophical applications in force in a society, and, by extension, in the social indoctrination. This is a "real world" context, but it is composed of philosophical applications. Culture is a consequence of a philosophical foundation – with manifold applications in every area of life. It is a self-reinforcing value-system. It does not matter if it is predominantly unhealthy to the individual. It is what you have been reared to value – at the expense of your own health, if necessary.

Reciprocian philosophy, like a raw carrot, is only about health. The health of individual human beings. Your health and your well-being.

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