a possibly apocryphal story as to how governments came about.
the days when societies were just small nomadic tribes, there arose
robber bands which swept across the land, plundering crops, livestock
and even women from each tribe. Over time, so many of these
arose that tribes began to die out. The parasites were
their hosts. This wouldn't do! So, some warrior
to stay with a particularly productive tribe and exact a "duty" of,
say, 10% of crops, tools, livestock, etc in return for "protecting" the
tribe from robbers... like themselves!
bands evolved into kings, their courts, and the knights and armies
which enforced their rule... always at a cost to the productive
citizens. Royalty, in turn, gave rise to government.
or not the above is strictly true, it certainly would explain the
actions of governments, and certainly the mind-set of those in
it's true that government provided a measure of law and order, it has
grown ever bigger. Those in it see the "rest of us" as mere
"sheeple," there to be shorn of our peacefully earned bounty to satisfy
their desire for ever more "booty." Yes, "booty" in the
old and the new meanings!
the question is, "Has government outgrown its usefulness and become too
powerful to continue to grow?" If so, is there a peaceful
alternative which we should start to build?"
Governments have become powerful, and people in it so jealous
of losing their grip. The question which then
"How dangerous would it be to start on this new path?"
Reading the below is
equivalent to taking the "Blue Pill" in the movie The Matrix.
Once you start to notice these things, you can never again
automatically accept what "Authority" tells you.
What's wrong with|
as an early concept was beneficial. However, given the
human nature, it is being misused with more and more harm to its
people. About twelve times as many people have been killed by
their own governments as have been killed by foreign enemy forces.
Post-WWII Soviet Union is one of the worst examples.
Stalin's people killed more Soviet citizens than did Hitler.
Our own government is walking down the same
statist/fascist/socialist path, just more slowly.
|Country - Definition|
I refer to "country," I mean the land and people themselves.
Purple Mountains' Majesty, Amber Waves of Grain, etc. I
differentiate that from a government, which sits atop those things, and
the people, and taxes and controls them. The "country" exists
with or without the government.
|Constitution - Definition||
A document which
defines and controls a government.
A common fallacy
in the U.S. is that the Bill of Rights grants
us certain rights, such as free speech, freedom of religion, right to
keep and bear arms, etc. However, read the amendments
as well as the Preamble to the Constitution and the Declaration of
Independence. You will find that these writings assume
we are born with these rights.
The writings only prohibit government from infringing on
them! Did they teach you
that in school? I've heard several purportedly learned
figures and talk-show hosts totally misrepresent this concept.
They say that government has granted
rights. If so, it's easy to accept the notion that government
then legally take those rights away. In government-speak,
actually say you forfeit these rights by
some un-approved action. See the problem?
are some of the ways we are trained to accept the worsening actions of
government against us:|
when we are small, we are guided into accepting these false assumptions:|
Collective is More Important than You Are. Example:
You are constantly harangued that "our school" is better than "their
school." Schools actually have rivalries, probably
arbitrarily assigned. "Pep Rallies" are more important than
academic activities, which they pre-empt. This continues
through adulthood, where somehow "home" teams, which are just sports
corporations, even get the benefit of tax-collected monie and
government (taxpayer) guaranteed bonds to build stadia. Thus,
you are working part of the year to profit a sports team owner.
The extreme form of this is a military draft, where people
are enslaved to defend government's forays beyond its borders... for
its "interests." Such interests are usually economic
interests of groups which benefit hugely from the military action taken.
Government Equals the Country You Live In.
By implication and by news reporting, every supposed problem
becomes a crisis, emergency or "war" on something. From this,
we can only be saved by government action. Each such action
costs us more in taxes and often means giving up more of our
freedoms. The freedoms we were born with, not dispensed by
government. More often than not, the problem (e.g.
homelessness, pollution) is blown out of proportion, or has been
exacerbated, even caused by government's action or dispensation of
3. You are only Safe as Long as
Government Keeps You So. Dispassionate review
usually shows that whatever government and its media outlets are
scaring you about are either nonexistent, not as bad as claimed, or
even caused by governmental oppression.
Media: In the U.S., news outlets need ratings. They
will only maintain competitive ratings if they can give softball|
to governmental officials. Such interviews will be withheld
if the news organization is hostile to the
point of view. Result: Usually, the "news" consists
of reading governmental press releases with only
"analysis." See Below:
|Their Tricks||1. Paint
with a Broad Brush: If someone disagrees with the
official position, portray them as being against a larger|
generally accepted position. True-Life example.
Owners of a prospective baseball team in Austin, Tx wanted to
get the city council to use tax-funded bonds to
build a stadium. Councilmen were happy to oblige... they
free skybox seats!
Citizens decried the use of tax collection to enrich the
owner of a private corporation
(sports team). The company heads got the local
newspaper (who would also profit from a team's ads) to decry
the opponents as being "against baseball."
Similarly, if you criticized the attack on Iraq, you were
our troops" or
"hating George Bush."
2. Beg the
Question: This term is often misused. Its
true meaning is to pose a question in a way that
its assumptions include elements which themselves
should first be questioned. For example, "We
attacked Iraq because they had weapons of mass
destruction." This begs several questions:
a. Does the U.S. have the right to dictate which
countries may have which weapons?
b. Is it moral to attack a country which poses no threat to
c. Does the mere
possessions of a certain kind of weapon mean the country has the means
to deliver it?
d. How many of
the weapons were sold or given to Iraq by the U.S. government during
the short windows
during which Iraq was "our friend?" For example,
U.S. newspapers actually reported when Iraqi military
officials toured U.S.
chemical weapons factories in Texas in the early 1990s. As
one official later said,
"We know they have these weapons... we have the
3. The Bandwagon:
Create the image that "everyone" is on board with whatever
action is being taken. If you don't
join in, you're missing out.
Polarization - Us vs. Them:
People like "us" naturally would be against "them."
If you're not with "us" you're
against "us." This is also the
Collective at work,
again. This misuses the natural human tendency to want
to belong, to be part of a benign group.
|Talk Show Posers||Remember: The true
job of every talk-show host is to deliver ears (or
eyes) to advertisers. It's the one thing that|
doesn't achieve, he will be fired. So, take their
opinions and points of view with a grain of salt. If
began to get ratings tomorrow, watch
the "opinions" of the hosts follow suit!
|The Big Show||Just like the high-school pep
rallies, government puts on its own big shows. These are
designed to maintain excitement|
and fervor for
whatever the current big program is. For example, take a good
look at the next Presidential State of
speech. In the audience, you will see that the First Lady is
the only one wearing a blue dress. You will also see
wearing red sprinkled throughout the audience. They will always
be the first to applaud or stand up to begin an
These kind of visual cues are no accident. They
have been used for thousands of years, and were perfected
Hitler and the choreographers of his public spectacles.
you notice this, you will never
again look at a political speech the same way!
Corporations Really the Problem?
leftists - excuse me - "progressives" - decry that corporations need
more control. That is only the symptom of the real problem as
1. Corporations act as many individuals
would if they
had protection from the consequences of their actions. These
weaknesses, but have wider scope of damage due to government's ability
to confiscate, tax (same thing)
the rules mid-game.
For more on
this, see the book Something
for Nothing by Brian Tracy -
2. In many cases,
corporations act as they do due to access to government policy
These will help companies
goals using tax money or legalized monopoly
Examples are cable companies, local telephone companies, broad-
cast media, medicine, to an extent oil companies,
huge farm conglomerates.
Of course, the insiders of the War Machine are the
offenders: Their constant "need" is sated with
human lives. All these industries soak the
taxpayer/consumer and ignore moralities we as individuals must
Government has protected them from the consequences of their
as loss of
customers and in many cases, negligence lawsuits.
Politicians help and protect these entities for
"campaign contributions" and other perks.
Do I have to explain in more detail?
I'm sure you've seen the results in your own life.
for more discussion!|
Updated: May 30,