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Reason or Force?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on June 18th, 2007

“Markos” is a blogger, former Airborne Ranger and a fulltime dad. Some have mistakenly attributed the following to a retired Marine Major who forwarded it to a friend. It’s been around the web but you may have missed it. It’s a fresh point of view.

WHY THE GUN IS CIVILIZATION by Marko Kloos, “The Munchkin Wrangler.”

“Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another:
reason and force. If you want me to do something for you,
you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or
force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every
human interaction falls into one of those two categories,
without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.
 
In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively
interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid
method of social interaction, and the only thing that
removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as
paradoxical as it may sound to some.
 
When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You
have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have
a way to negate your threat or employment of force. The
gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound
woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger,
a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old
gang banger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a
carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes
the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers
between a potential attacker and a defender.
 
There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the
source of bad force equations. These are the people who
think that we’d be more civilized if all guns were removed
from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a
[armed] mugger to do his job. That, of course,

is only true if the mugger’s potential victims are mostly
disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat–it has
no validity when most of a mugger’s potential marks are
armed. People who argue for the banning of arms ask for
automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and
that’s the exact opposite of a civilized society. A
 mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful
living in a society where the state has granted him a
force monopoly.”

Link to original blog post (posted Friday, March 23, 2007) here. I tried to email Markos for permission through a link on his blog to post this article, but was unsuccessful in contacting his email address as shown. I post it will full attribution and a link to his blog.

Thanks to Don who sent me a copy of the article. I welcome any “heads up” emails or articles from readers. I don’t get out much any more.

 

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