A while back I was at Gainesville State here in Georgia helping Aaron Rainwater do outreach and recruitment. While doing Operation Politically Homeless there I noticed that his school, like mine, was also recognizing "Domestic Violence Awareness Month," and had placed yard signs with various facts about it around campus:
When I saw this sign, it inspired a few thoughts: Though they may not know the details or what actions to take, most people are against and at least a little aware of domestic violence as they know it — but all too few are aware of and against domestic government violence!
Then the idea hit me: YAL chapters should help spread "Domestic (Government) Violence Awareness"! We can cover our campuses with information that will make students aware of the countless ways that government initiates and threatens violence against its own citizens.
As Murray Rothbard wrote in his must-read article, "Anatomy of the State":
The State is … a monopoly of the use of force and violence in a given territorial area; in particular, it is the only organization in society that obtains its revenue not by voluntary contribution or payment for services rendered but by coercion. ... that is, by the use and the threat of the jailhouse and the bayonet. Having used force and violence to obtain its revenue, the State generally goes on to regulate and dictate the other actions of its individual subjects.
One thing we can do is put out our own signs (yard signs if possible) with facts and quotes promoting domestic government violence awareness, such as: "In the 20th century, governments of the world killed 262 million of their own citizens -- not including war."