My main purpose with my writing and this blog has been to try to convince people that real freedom is what we need in a society for it to be remain as civilized as possible, and thus safe to live in, and prosper.
Without freedom, the society in general becomes less civilized, and less prosperous. And by freedom I mean the freedom from the aggression of others. And that includes the State. Too many people do not seem to see the relationship between the State and aggression.
But over the past year it has been frustrating to write these things, given that so many people have been raised to love the State. They love their government, no matter how bad it is, no matter how evil it is or how criminal its acts are toward the people.
But most of the emails I have received in the past have been positive, particularly responding to this article on martial law, and this one on civil unrest, and this one on the descent of America and the impending internment camps for political dissidents and “undesirables.” (i.e. if you question the legitimacy of the so-called war on terror, or if you oppose ObamaCare, etc.)
And many people seem to have the mistaken belief that an institution of monopoly and compulsion over others – the State – can possibly secure or protect that freedom. It just doesn’t work. It can’t work. You can’t have “law,” and say that the State is “The Law.”
And you can’t employ some people and give them some official authority over others, non-consensually, and say that those State-employed authorities are “the law.” It just doesn’t work. But that is what we have now, and that is why the ones on the side of the State so easily commit criminal acts against innocent people, and get away with it with impunity. The system of monopoly and compulsion over others is inherently set up to do that.
But it really is difficult to convince people of the reality of what the State is. While it is frustrating, I must say that at times I read something that is inspiring, such as Lew Rockwell’s recent article on the Libertarian Paradox. He quotes Murray Rothbard especially regarding how the “intellectuals” of our time align themselves with the State (rather than with the truth). And Lew Rockwell points out some more truths when he asks:
What if the free market, the most extraordinary creator of wealth and innovation ever known, and the most reliable and efficient allocation mechanism of scarce resources, is also better at producing the goods for which we have been told we must rely on government? And what if the state, the greatest mass-murderer in history, the great drag on economic progress, and the institution that pits us against each other in a zero-sum game of mutual plunder, is retarding rather than advancing human welfare?
The people really need to overcome their denial of the criminal racket that is the State. It’s everywhere, it’s in-your-face now. One thing after another, day after day with the police, local and state government bureaucrats, federal kleptocrats and spies criminally invading and trespassing into the private lives of their own innocent neighbors.
But I will keep up with my efforts. Perhaps I should reduce my sarcasm and cynicism, though, my referring to people as “brainwashed sheeple” regardless how naïve and gullible so many people seem to be now. I don’t even talk to people that much anymore, like in the laundromat, out of fear that my opinions could be misinterpreted and thus I’d become the victim of an “If you see something, say something” brownshirt-stasi-parasite.
And already we have seen an increase in how the criminal State and its apparatchiks have been attempting to smear and silence those who expose the State’s true nature. Brandon Smith has this article up on just that, with examples such as the planting of false evidence to frame certain people, e.g. Oath Keepers, for things they have nothing to do with, simply because they believe that government officials who swore an oath to obey the Constitution must actually be loyal to their oaths.
But regarding the recent vote on Congressman Justin Amash’s amendment to defund the NSA’s fishing expeditions and criminal spying, Glenn Greenwald has this great analysis. Among other things, he notes how the true argument really is now:
What one sees in this debate is not Democrat v. Republican or left v. right. One sees authoritarianism v. individualism, fealty to The National Security State v. a belief in the need to constrain and check it, insider Washington loyalty v. outsider independence.
That’s why the only defenders of the NSA at this point are the decaying establishment leadership of both political parties whose allegiance is to the sprawling permanent power faction in Washington and the private industry that owns and controls it.
But all this increasing totalitarianism is the natural route that centralization of a society and a compulsory dependence on the centralized State will take.
Many people are willing to recognize the evils of the State and the criminal central planners, but they nevertheless remain faithful. It is difficult to convince people that to restore our freedom, the dismantling – not reforming – of the State is necessary. Or, at least the dismantling of the centralized government in DC.
In his lengthy and exhaustive essay on the Evil of the National-Security State, Jacob Hornberger refers to many events in history, particularly the JFK assassination, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Operation Northwoods, as well as references to Iran and Chile among other things.
While his past writings haven’t particularly favored the total dismantling of the entire State apparatus root and branch, Hornberger’s conclusion here is the right one: “The national-security state is a cancer on the body politic. It’s time to dismantle it.”
But how to persuade the millions of people amongst the population who believe their Rulers, who believe the State-stenographers in the mainstream media and the propagandists of the so-called “intelligentsia,” and who remain faithful despite the in-your-face crimes of the government and its enforcers?
I don’t know, but I’ll keep on trying.