Originally Posted by Minister_of_Information
The choice to defend the nation is a collective one, delegated to the government to which we have delegated the administration of that which is collectively necessary. And the defense of the nation is collectively necessary.
I disagree. The choice to defend the nation is an individual one, and it's a choice freely made by each and every member of the nation. It's a choice no different than the one involved in renouncing citizenship, as far as I am concerned.
"Do I want to be a part of this nation?"
"Do I want to live within the borders of this nation?"
"Do I want to defend this nation?"
"Do I want to kill or be killed for this nation?"
All the same.
The connotation of those terms seem too ideologically strident to me, though I've always believed that the dignity of the individual is an end in itself. The point of society ought to be to empower and liberate the individual. Yet I do not imagine that I am free from the violence of nature merely by my individual will: that requires the collaborative efforts of a society of the like-minded to ensure. And the organization of those collaborative efforts will require some sort of administration, and that administration will have to be empowered to make decisions.
I disagree again. I see no reason to believe society is dependent on any form of higher, monopolistic administration to make "decisions" (government). I also see no reason to believe that individual human beings need to be ruled by anyone but themselves.