I know a lot of people have the idea that “their guy” (or gal) is going to help fix what’s wrong with (or at least make it better) America but maybe we ought to look at this idea a little more critically. Let’s start with an analogy: If you stick a pair of metal scissors into a wall plug you will get a nice shock. If you get a different pair of metal scissors and put them into a wall socket you will still get — a nice shock. You see, the problem is the nature of electricity so just because you put a different person into the White House doesn’t mean you’re going to get a different result. The problem is the nature of Government itself or more precisely – “The State”.
Statism, which most people seem to think of being as necessary to life as the air we breath, is not only NOT necessary but is in fact, the cause of all that ails us? The ideal of the “the State” has been pushed into our psyches almost from birth. From the moment we start school to the books we read and the movies we watch, the idea that there must be a “ruling class” because without them there would be chaos, becomes such a part of our normal thinking that any idea that it could be otherwise must be rejected as ludicrous.
But what are we missing here? Getting back to my analogy above, when you take away the electricity the scissors have no ability to conduct power and shock the crap out of you! Politicians and Corporatists, via the power of the State, are continually shocking the crap out of the citizenry but they’ve been doing it for so long, so often that people have become numb to it. It almost seems as though they’re addicted to the thrill of it and think that if they could get just the right person into office then that would make everything better. (of course, it never has)
The truth is the State is just a means for a class of people (also known as criminals) to rob and enslave the productive people in a territory of their wealth. Until people wake up and realize that this is what is really going on and that the Free-Market can accomplish everything the government allegedly does for them, in a much more efficient and equitable way and that people have the right to their persons and property to do with as they will so long as they don’t aggress against other people’s persons and property, we will continue to impoverish and enslave ourselves by supporting this, so called, democratic system.
If it’s immoral (and it is) for one person to use violence or the threat thereof, to get people to do what they want them to do and or to expropriate their property then it is likewise immoral for people to vote for others to do the same. Democracy is nothing more than gang rule and it has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. “The majority rules” while it sounds noble on the surface it is not. It’s really just another way for one group of people to force their will upon another group. Why not just let people live their own lives the way they want to so long as they don’t agress upon another’s person or property? What’s wrong with that? What’s wrong with liberty? Isn’t that what the American ideal was really about?
Maybe it’s time to rethink this whole idea of government “by and for the people”. It’s obvious that it has failed. Maybe it’s time to end statism and just let people and markets be free from government coercion and let’s see what happens. It surely could not turn out any worse than this experiment has.
I was recently watching an HBO presentation called “The Latin Explosion: A New America” and one part of the program delved into the political realm pointing out how desperate politicians are to get the “Latino vote” and how that gives latinos power and influence. Entertainers like Pitbull and other latino performers have ads encouraging their fellow Latino Americans to vote because that’s “power”.
Unfortunately, they, just as many other americans of any other ethnicity, have been fooled into believing that their vote counts, not realizing that what it counts for is not what they think it counts for. They are but pawns voting for their overlords just like all the other citizens of the Realm and they are simply being used by the political elite as a resource; another spigot of revenue pouring into the government coffers to feed to insatiable hunger of an ever growing and all powerful Leviathan that wants complete control over all its subjects within the Realm. (and outside the Realm as well)
So I would like only to say this to my fellow latino Americans; voting for others to rule over you will likely not turn out to be “power” for you but it will be for your overlords. But as long as you keep voting for the establishment candidate, whether Democrat or Republican (or other) and wave your Star Spangled Banner wildly overhead; cheer for the soldiers and above all be a good citizen by paying your taxes you should be just fine…. for a while anyway.
On the other hand, should you ever cross your overlords by standing up for your right to not be groped just because you want to travel by airliner; or your right to do with your own body what you want – drinking what you want, smoking what you want or even drinking RAW MILK if you want; or your right to raise your children and educate them how you think best; or your right to do as you wish with your own property; or your right to marry without getting permission from the government; or your right to keep what your earn and not have it stolen by the government under threat of violence; or your right to pass on your property to your posterity without being taxed out of it; or your right to not be conscripted or have your children conscripted to fight immoral wars for the government and kill people who have not attacked you; or your right to keep and bear arms to protect yourself and your family; or your right to keep your property and not have it stolen by thugs using “imminent domain” laws; or the right to not have your privacy invaded without justification or warrant; or the right to….. I could go on and on of course but anyway, things might not go so well for you then.
Is the right to vote really a power or is it the relinquishment of power? Something to ponder I think.
While it may be true, when it comes to the material world, that a picture is worth a thousand words, I doubt the same holds true when it comes to the realm of ideas and even when considering a picture there’s the inescapable fact that a picture must be created by something or someone and that a picture therefore, also begins with an idea.
Ideas are created in the mind by the act of thinking which is communicated by language even if it is only communicated in one’s own mind. The language by which an idea is communicated is made up of words that are defined by even more words to form the language that form the thoughts which create the ideas that create a picture.
So it seems evident that without all these factors the manifestation of a picture is not even possible and while a picture may show us something materially, a non material or philosophical idea can only find it’s ultimate expression and understanding in the form of words. Choosing the right words therefore, is ultimately critical in conveying an idea.
In the material or physical realm, concepts such as heat for example, are more fully understood when experienced. No matter how many times we told our five-year-old son that the boiling water is hot and will burn him, he did not fully understand the definition of Hot and Burn until he laid hold of the pot’s handle and poured the boiling water down his shoulder and arm. Now, as an adult, he is reminded of the very definite meaning of those terms every time he sees the scar tissue (a picture) left on his flesh by the boiling water.
As seen above, the transference of a material or physical concept isn’t really that difficult. However, the transference of an idea can be downright frustrating at times. First. All people are not of the same language. Second. Even those who are of the same language do not all possess equal quantities of the terminology of that language. Third. Of the words which they do have in common, each word does not likely have the exact same meaning or nuance to each and every person in that language group. So we can see that the communication of an idea from one mind to another in an exacting way can be a challenge to say the least.
Even if one has a great apologia and all other things are equal there’s another potential problem when trying to communicate an idea. Many people, having been educated in government schools, may lack critical thinking skills and or have underdeveloped skills in logic and sound reasoning and be unable to reach rational conclusions about the validity and or veracity of an idea. But even with all that, I’ve found that when people are presented with a logical, well reasoned idea, they are receptive.
What I’m trying to convey here is that communicating an idea effectively takes a lot of work! It takes consistency, patience, tact, choosing the right words, making the right analogies and everything else including the kitchen sink when trying to win the hearts and minds of others to a point of view. (e.g.libertarianism) A point of view that many may have almost no familiarity or may have a great deal of misinformation about.
The acceptance of ideas into a culture ultimately are responsible for whatever worldview the people in that culture may have and therefore, I would argue, are very determinate of the sort of world they end up with. That being the case, I’m really just attempting to point out the necessity of thoroughly fleshing out ideas before accepting them as legitimate. Even if they are wildly popular or generally accepted as being true, it’s still important to look at them from every possible angle, attempting to fully understand them and coming to the most rational conclusion possible with the information available at any given point in time.
While exploring and considering any idea it may be important also to understand what the motivation is behind an idea being propagated. Many have purported an idea or philosophy for their own nefarious purposes, as I think is evident in the realm of the political class, who rely upon the ideas and ideologies of the intellectual elite to maintain power over the masses. And in turn, the intellectual class is rewarded for their part, through the promotion of their ideas via book sales, positions in media, political advisories, other appointments to high positions and the like. All this is done, in my view, to make the average person believe in the legitimacy of both the political class’s and the intellectual elite’s authority and it has been largely effective for many centuries.
However, some ideas, I believe, may be purported for more ethical and moral reasons. Some of these ideas, as in the case of Libertarianism, while somewhat theoretical, can be shown logically (a priori) to be superior to any of the current or past systems of governmental authoritarianism which obviously haven’t worked out in favor of individual liberty and freedom to this point in history.
In the socio-political-economic realm an idea whose time has come, in my opinion, is Libertarianism and Anarcho-Capitalism. It’s not right/left – liberal/conservative – It’s liberty; it’s justice; it’s freedom; it’s property rights and the axiom that no one can aggress against anyone else’s person or property except in defense of their own person or property. It’s the idea that the “state” does not serve the people; never has and never will and therefore should not exist since the function that the state and it’s government now fulfills can be accomplished mush better, cheaper and more effectively by voluntary cooperation of individuals and groups of people without the coercion of the state.
Whether the “ruling class” has been appointed or taken power by force the results have always been the same. Maybe it’s time to consider that individuals may be able to run their own lives more effectively than the politicians. If we don’t like what the world has become maybe it’s time to consider another way of thinking about things that’s altogether different than what we’ve been taught through political institutions which have been run by those wishing to maintain their power and position over us. Maybe it’s time to create a new picture. A picture that doesn’t include overlords who make their living from the productive lives of others. A picture that depicts true liberty and true freedom by doing away with statism.
Now there’s a picture worth a thousand words and then some.
See also: “For A New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto” By Murray N. Rothbard