September 29, 2011
Wendy McElroy has another great article up at the Mises Institute today, Divided, We Stand. McElroy asserts that the concept of “We, the People” is an obstacle to decentralizing away from centralized government control.
Until the concept is thoroughly discredited and disgraced, the US government will draw upon the legitimacy being transmitted by the concept. It will pretend to be in a partnership with “the people” who will render to it obedience and respect.
And Eric Blair has this thought-provoking essay up at Activist Post, Humanity’s Main Event, What a Show!
The Internet is so powerful for human freedom that the controllers are stuck with three choices: leave it be and lose their control; censor it heavily so only sanctioned ideas are allowed; or shut it down all together. I would argue each one of these options will ultimately end in their demise. They don’t have time to censor it heavily before a critical mass of awareness is reached resulting in huge public outcry and overthrow. If they shut it down, they expose their tyranny for the rest of the sleeping masses to see, also bringing an end to their game.
Surely they know this, and a threat to Internet security is being manufactured accordingly to justify their censorship ambitions. Similarly, the definition of a “terrorist” is being expanded to anyone who expresses dissenting views of the controllers malevolent agenda. The great showdown is rapidly approaching.
As this society progressed from the beginning of America through the end of the 19th Century, there was still a lot of freedom, and the Industrial Revolution raised Americans’ standard of living a great deal. That was despite the stifling centralization and monopolization of certain activities that “honest” Abe Lincoln imposed. Lincoln followed the Big Government mentality of Alexander Hamilton by pushing for the National Bank Act and legal tender laws, forcing all Americans to have to use the government-issued paper currency.
At the same time was the continued growth of compulsory government, especially the centralized federal regime in Washington. Starting with the mid-19th Century, the statists began to use the force of government to intrude itself in the education of children, which had been a private matter, and real education (as opposed to political indoctrination to love the State) flourished. Americans were very well-read and well informed back then, but now, not so much. The Founders did not get their education from government, but from books.
The Enlightenment encouraged people to expand their minds. But After the USA was formed, the statists and centralists (a.k.a. “federalists”) rammed through a Constitution that removed the recognized individual rights that the Revolutionaries fought so hard to protect, and instead created and empowered a federal government. Oh, well. There goes the neighborhood, as they say.
And now we have the current banana republic third world dictatorship, the totalitarian police state that Republicans and Democrats defend until they have tears in their eyes. The way for the statists to have been getting their agenda pushed down our throats has been through fear and envy. The warmongers who want to expand the trespassing on foreign lands by our federal government in search of monsters to destroy (and in search of more Federal Reserve funny money and your tax money to give to the military contractors), have used their fear mongering and false flags to finagle their statist agenda and police state onto the people, while the Left have used envy and guilt for being successful to enslave the productive to serve the unproductive. Actually, the warmongers and fear mongers could be considered to have also been enslaving the productive to serve the unproductive. Yes, the merchants of death are “productive,” but what they produce are bombs and guns to unjustifiably murder innocent civilians, so that cancels out whatever productivity that was enabled by the tax dollars and Fed funny money they received.
Creating compulsory government programs, policies, legislation, intrusions, violations and usurpations our of fear and envy is quite a regressive way for a society to be carrying on. The warmongers have been pushing fear especially for the past 20 years since the end of the Cold War, and solely for the sake of expanding the federal government’s size, power and control over the people and to provide redistributive welfare for the warmongering elite. (Did Cheney ever work for the private sector since he graduated from college? Oh, he was CEO of Halliburton for a few years. He climbed the ladder up to the top of that company all right! But I digress…) And the “Progressives” have been pushing envy, which they have been doing for the past century.
For example, most recently, Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren have been telling us about the “social contract” that I never signed, and you probably didn’t either. Obama said that everyone who’s been successful has to pay his “fair share.” (However, knowing how Barry’s mind wanders, perhaps he was thinking about Cher at the time.) This is why the more successful must have more earnings taken away from them (so that fewer businesses will expand, fewer investments will be made, fewer jobs will be created and more currently existing jobs will be eliminated). However, those who have become successful already have been paying their fair share during their climb “up the ladder” (that is, those who haven’t been climbing via government redistributive welfare, like Dick Cheney). Doesn’t Barry know this? (No, he’s too busy thinking about Cher.)
All that envy and resentment toward the successful, taking the rewards that someone else earned from one’s hard work, taking not out of one’s own greed, or even one’s own needs, but mainly out of resentment and envy. We didn’t really see that from people before the 20th Century. (Except for “Honest” Abe: he resented people trying to “leave the nest” and become independent, free people, away from Abe’s centralized control, but that’s for a different discussion.)
So, if we step back and make an analysis of the past century of Western government interventions and intrusions into and aggressions against “developing” countries, particularly in the Middle East and Asia, we can say that the officials and bureaucrats of these Western governments — from Wilson and Churchill and FDR to Bush and Blair and Obama — have been acting out the envy and resentment of the West toward other peoples who had been trying to grow and develop as societies, and who have been trying to make use of their own abilities and their own natural resources (that is, the natural resources that the Western government interventionists and aggressors haven’t stolen from them) to better their own societies. Through the West’s aggressions and intrusions, the politicians and bureaucrats have been grandiosely obstructing the “developing” peoples’ own “upward mobility,” in the same way that, domestically here in the U.S., the economic regulatory fascists have been taxing and regulating everyone to the point that it’s almost impossible for anyone to progress and grow economically in America.
The central banksters and the professional, life-long politicians in Washington, through their aggressions into the lives of the American people, have screwed up the country to the point that there’s no way to repair the damage with the current system in place. America must decentralize itself for any prevention of further disaster and for restoring our freedom and prosperity. The really sick part of what the professional, life-long political parasites have done to our country is that they know how badly they have damaged America, and they know that the dollar is collapsing and that, unless we change and decentralize soon, the system will collapse, and there will be chaos and civil unrest, and violence.
Now, if it is true, this stuff about some huge underground federal government facility beneath the Denver airport (that Jesse Ventura has documented), and others like it throughout the U.S., and that it exists to serve the government bureaucrats to protect themselves during a possible crisis, civil unrest, and so forth, as well as to be possible detention centers for dissenters of the regime, then it really shows just how grandiosely selfish those who are drawn toward centralized power really are. It is just sick, in my view, if all this is true. Another sick thing is the possibility of U.S. government experimentation on the American people, such as with this “chemtrail” stuff. Remember, denial ain’t just a river in Egypt, as Stuart Smalley (D-Minn.) would say. Just look at what the U.S. government did to the people of Iraq throughout the 1990s and more throughout the past ten years, as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, etc. And people really would rather not believe that a political leader would start a war in Iraq, based on lies, propaganda, fabricated evidence and plagiarized documents, and fear mongering, solely for the sake of the war being “political capital” for that political leader’s reelection campaign.
When people are in denial of what crimes our own government officials would do against us, just look at what our own government officials and their hired guns, the police, have been doing to innocent Americans who may have defaulted on student loans or who produced raw milk, and look what local police neanderthals do to innocent civilians on a daily basis. Jeepers.
The more centralized government’s compulsory power and authority is over the people, the more such power will attract the worst amongst us. But the people rationalize their own enslavement and they defend their abusers. People would rather not acknowledge that Lyndon Johnson took troops into Vietnam also based on lies. Ah, what’s 50 or 60,000 dead young Americans? Oh, well. After Vietnam, you would think that the people would have wised up and made the assumption that, whenever post-Johnson/Nixon presidents would whine for some new war, they were lying and that it was not only unnecessary but would be counter-productive. The elder Bush’s first Iraq war of 1991 and subsequent sanctions caused widespread anti-Americanism and blowback that led to 9/11. But socialist central-planner bureaucrats like the elder Bush only think narcissistically and in the short term. It wouldn’t occur to them to think, “Hmmm, if I commit aggressions against this country that was of no threat to my country, bomb their water and sewage treatment centers and then prevent them from rebuilding and force them to use untreated water that would lead to skyrocketing disease and cancer rates, do you think that might boomerang back against us at some later point? Oh, well.”
And while many people including Ron Paul have pointed out the truth about blowback, and that it’s immoral to invade other countries that were of no threat to us, and that such aggressions would lead to 9/11, such people are labeled, “kooks,” “conspiracy theorists,” and so forth. If you just look at all the post-9/11 hysterics, the huge increase in federal government powers and usurpations, and the diminishing of civil liberties in America, and what a police state the U.S. has become, perhaps we might be right to question such leaders who have been starting wars of aggression and committing atrocities abroad and creating blowback against America.
Sorry, the real kooks and crackpots are those government people, not the “conspiracy theorists” and truth-seekers. It’s those statists who have “mental health issues.” Many of them are literally crazy people. They are psychopaths who have a lust for committing acts of aggression against others, using the military to commit aggressions against foreigners and using domestic police forces to commit aggression against their own fellow Americans. They’re nuts. They do NOT want the people to have their freedom. The last thing these politicians and bureaucrats, welfare redistributionists and militarists want is for the people over whom they rule to be free. But why do the people, all these people responding to Zogby polls, Rasmussen polls etc., give loathsome statists and centralists like Willard Romney and ghastly militarists like Rick Perry such high numbers? All these Republicrats support the statist quo of big government intrusions into our lives, Wall Street banksters control over our wealth, and continued bombing and murdering of foreigners. What is wrong with those people supporting these gangsters? (Perhaps there really is a sucker born every minute.)
People need to realize that, as an institution whose agents are allowed to be above the law and have legally-sanctioned compulsory monopolies over the rest of the population, the State is merely an institution of criminality, pure and simple. And the more centralized, the more heinous and atrocious its crimes. What’s worse is that these government criminals themselves continue to criminalize just about every aspect of daily life, activities that are NOT crimes! But these people of the State — THEY are the real criminals! Jeepers!
At the very least, we really need to decentralize America, end the federal government so that its criminals won’t deliberately provoke foreigners to act against us, and we need to allow the people or the states to provide their own defenses and produce their own currencies to compete on the open market. We need decentralization, de-monopolization, but most of all, we need freedom. Government bureaucrats, politicians and their bankster corporate cronies do not want the people to have their freedom.
And, regarding all the envy and resentment toward those who are successful, get rid of that too. Americans need to grow up and get rid of those emotions that are really of immature brats.