Guest Post: The End Of History

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The next in a continuing series (most recently: Security in a Free Society).  

Submitted by Free Radical

The End of History

There is properly no history, only biography. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, it was famously proclaimed that what we were likely witnessing was

… not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of postwar history, but the end of history as such; that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.

In reality, however, what we are witnessing is the ideological exhaustion of “Western liberal democracy” and therefore the last gasp of the fraud upon which it rests: the state, even its best form.  No longer able to hide behind the Jeffersonian dream of constitutional freedom and order or the Lincolnian myth that the dream could be preserved at the expense of the principle upon which it was founded, the American state’s demise proves that “the final form of human government” has not yet arrived – not because a final form shouldn’t have arrived but because, for those who have had so much fun during historical times, the aftermath won’t be any fun.  On the contrary, it will be “a very sad time”:

The struggle for recognition, the willingness to risk one’s life for a purely abstract goal, the worldwide ideological struggle that called forth daring, courage, imagination, and idealism, will be replaced by economic calculation, the endless solving of technical problems, environmental concerns, and the satisfaction of sophisticated consumer demands.

How sad, in other words, that if people were in fact freed from “the worldwide ideological struggle” (though of course they have not been), they would at long last be able to live their lives on their own terms. How sad that without “the struggle for recognition,” people would not have to endure another Pharoah, Caesar, Alexander, Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Clinton, Bush, or Obama, and would instead be left to while away the hours in the peaceful pursuit of their own happiness. How sad that without the “purely abstract goal” of one or another statist ideology, grandparents, parents, spouses, children, and grandchildren would not know the “daring, courage, imagination, and idealism” that continues to send their loved ones home in flag-draped cartons. How sad that “environmental concerns” could actually be solved, rather than perpetrated by governments and perpetuated by their bloated “regulatory” agencies. And how sad that “economic calculation and the endless solving of technical problems” – i.e., the day-by-day work of an increasingly complex and thus more richly rewarding world – would not be complicated by the relentless onslaught of the state.

Yes, there is the hope that “centuries of boredom at the end of history might serve to get history started once again,” so that murder and mayhem can once again spice up the dreary “satisfaction of sophisticated consumer demands.” What is a cell phone, after all, compared to a land mine? What is communication compared to mutilation? With “no struggle over ‘large’ issues and consequently no need for generals or statesmen,” how much attraction can life hold?  What’s the use of living, in other words, if you can’t make a killing killing people?

And a twofold killing it is – over 15 billion people “since the beginning of authentic history,” at a cost of over a thousand trillion dollarsi  – according to the research published in a 1914 New York Times piece that also makes the following observation:

Brilliant deeds on the battlefield are done by the man who will take the greatest risks in support of an ideal; the man who will take the greatest risks is, ordinarily, the best of men. So these are least likely to escape. …

… And even though large numbers of the best of men are left, many are destroyed, and of those remaining many have been deteriorated physically by the effort, by the wounds, by the diseases, of wartime; while the economic course of every man participating in a war is interrupted by his service, and, in the majority of cases, such an interruption harms his industrial or professional or mercantile future, thus directly affecting the opportunities that he may offer to the rising generation, which, for a time, depends upon him.

And thus does the killing of the best in war also kill “a certain portion of the incalculable social and educational effort of the ages.”

But no matter. For as war is its very health, the state will have a war if it wants one, never mind how much the people, understandably, do not:

Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece.  … But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger. It works the same in any country.

But why? The answer is as old as Plato’s Dorians:

[I]t is immaterial for the citizens of any nation where the frontiers of their country are drawn. It is of no concern for anyone whether his country is big or small, and whether it conquers a province or not. The individual citizens do not derive any profit from the conquest of a territory.

It is different with the princes or ruling aristocracies. They can increase their power and their tax revenues by expanding the size of their realms. They can profit from conquest. They are bellicose, while the citizenry is peace loving.

The “princes and ruling aristocracies” will object, of course, that they are not bellicose at all and only want to increase their power in order to be of greater service to humanity. They are public servants, after all, seeking only to do good on their constituents’ behalf. What they do not understand, however – what they dare not even contemplate – is that because Men are cruel, but Man is kind, no men are more cruel than those who would do good with mankind’s money – with the proceeds, that is, of the legalized theft by which “Western liberal democracy” and every other manifestation of the state perpetuate themselves. For as easy as it is to make this theft legal, it is impossible to make it moral, the resulting assault on society being all the worse for the pretence upon which it is based: namely, that legalized theft is the price that must be paid for a civilized society.

And it is because of this vast charade – the biggest of all big lies – that its perpetrators fail to realize that they are but the latest incarnation of the iniquity that has prevailed from time immemorial, that however much the forces of history have been debated over the centuries – are they blind, cyclical, progressive, eschatological, dialectical, etc. – there are actually no forces of history; there is only the history of force. In fact, there is only history as force, the absence of which is not history but biography – the ability to graph, as it were, one’s own bio in cooperative association with one’s fellow human beings.

Its perpetrators do not understand, that is, that their role in history is history, for history is nothing more than the biographies of those who have used the political means to trump the economic means, the producers of which have had their biographies expropriated in the process. As such, history is merely a chronicle of conquest, subjugation, and confiscation, and therefore a glorification of perpetual war for perpetual war. And just as war and the state are one, so, then, are the state and history one.

Therefore, the end of the state will be the end of history.



i Inflation-adjusted as follows: 15 billion battlefield deaths x $3,677 per death in 1914 dollars (see footnote 138) x 20 to correct for the dollar’s lost purchasing power since then (see here) = $1,103,100,000,000,000.My next submission: “The Final Form of Human Government.”


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Dan The Man's picture

i liked it.  But to put a finer point on it... Taxation encourages suspicion in your neighbour.  That in turn, encourages politicians to abuse that suspicion for his popularity.

Carl Spackler's picture

Wait no longer !

Some crystal ball gazers say the rapture is due this week.

Other Mayan cultists say 2012 (of the Roman calendar).

Michael's picture

I have the perfect countermeasure to thwart the Indiana police breaking down your door if they smell pot coming from your home and will put an end to the war on drugs.

This invention is my latest free gift to the world in addition to getting the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, to intervene in ending chemtrail pollution spraying over the Sunshine state. Since we sell sunshine to our tourists and want our visitors to go home with a good feeling from their vacation here, and it is our number one industry, the governor stopped the air force from their geo-engineering/radar enhancement exercises. I said to him, we don't care if they do it in other states, just have them stop making our Florida skies disgusting with all the pollution they are spraying on our heads, but I digress.

The narco-police state countermeasure invention I have came up with is "Pot Aroma Flavored Incense". If everyone buys Cannabis smelling punk incense that has no THC in it, the people will have a plausible deniability weapon against the DEA and Indiana police.

Expect the Chinese to sell this product to us in a matter of weeks. 


Alex Kintner's picture

If that is your answer to disguising pot usage, I thank gawd it is still legal to take a crap.

FIAT_FixItAgainTony's picture

yep, and we need to take these f-krs out before the al gore global poop tax takes effect.

High Plains Drifter's picture

there is a answer to indiana police making illegal searches and seizures. simple put a claymore by your front door. i promise you, if they break it down, they will never bother anyone again......

High Plains Drifter's picture

some preacher is making a lot of press lately going around saying there will be massive earthquakes starting on may 21 at 6:00 PM.  God told him so.

Antarctico's picture

...the rapture is due this week.

Man, bring that shit on.  The sudden disappearance of so many Christians would take a huge slice of traffic off the roads, commute times would plummet, and driving might become a pleasure again. Talk about blissful relief.

Number 156's picture

The decline is now inevitable and it will be violent. Its what happens when you lever up to pay your bills.

SP666_IsComing's picture

The decline to come will be because of Elenin.

All news everywhere now is completely worthless and irrelevant except for ONE!

The truth will finally come crashing down in October of this year. There is no escape. It will be impossible to prop these markets through October, impossible.

Comet Elenin is going to be a real nasty little bitch.  The earth will pass through its comet tail in October.  The solar winds will be cut in half for days.  It’s impact will be ENORMOUS.  It will cause the earth’s mantle to vibrate, it will create unimaginable weather of wind and rain.  It will cause destruction beyond comprehension.  Dust particles from the tail will create enormous rainclouds on a global scale.  Sea levels everywhere will rise, a great deal higher than right now.

How many Fukushima type nuclear power plants are sitting in the US? All of them are designed to blow sky-high when they lose power.  Elenin is going to cause a worldwide blackout and hell will fall on the earth when power is lost everywhere.  How many Fukushima’s in the US are priced into this market right now?

SP666 is going to be taken out when Elenin passes, there is no doubt.

We are about to start the perilous journey down the other side of the human population growth impulse spike.  Literally billions of people are going to die when Elenin strikes, and world population will continue to tumble when all infrastructure is destroyed and food becomes as scarce as gold. 

Bankster criminal elite families have been planning for this event for millennium.  They’ve used their central banking thievery machines to steal the world’s gold, created paper mountains of bullshit, all for this event and its all about to go up in smoke, as planned.  This comet is old.  Only those “elect” few have known of its existence and timing.  The old books of Enoch for example, and the old stories of the great flood, the Epic of Gilgamesh, etc. Even some old jewish texts allude to this comet as being the coming “Messiah”. 

It is going to be downplayed by the lying ass media till it smashes everything. There is no stopping it. The destruction to come is not a joke. It will be very very real.

SP-666 is coming, and very soon.

Wake up world. Protect yourselves.

ElvisDog's picture

"Sea levels everywhere will rise, a great deal higher than right now"

This was a joke, right? The amount of water on Earth is constant. The only way for sea levels to rise a great deal higher is if the ice caps melt.

LFMayor's picture

This reads a lot like how the Jehovah's Witnesses got started.  Sell your shit and meet on the hill outside of town next Tuesday.

Things that go bump's picture

Better known as the Great Disappointment.

zaknick's picture

Those massive rainstorm causing cosmic space dust won't burn while entering the earth's atmosphere?

Protect yourself? How????


This guy's even crazier than Johnny Bravo!

BigJim's picture


Your disaster shtick seems well practiced. Is this the first 'event' you've thought would be our doom, or have their been others? If so, how many? How many came to pass as you had thought they would?

And when Elenin passes us by, and we experience no more than our usual number of earthquakes and disasters, will you feel very, very stupid? Or just move onto proselytising the next end-of-the-world calamity?

High Plains Drifter's picture

i don't believe a word of it.........

mtomato2's picture

How come when I go to see how long you've been a member here, it says I don't have the authorization to view that page?

Triggernometry's picture

So do we have to wait until october for you to play a game of hide and go fuck yourself, or would you care to start now?

Coldfire's picture

...the last gasp of the fraud upon which [Western liberal democracy] rests: the state.


silberblick's picture

Click below to read if DSK was set up--as he claimed he would be--in response to his outspoken policies against the dollar and Fed:

topcallingtroll's picture

DSK was set up by his own hubris and poor judgment. This was not his first episode.

Those that the gods wish to destroy they first make mad with power.

dark pools of soros's picture

For a time, until there will no longer be any risk in entrusting responsible posts in our States to our brother-

Jews, we shall put them in the hands of persons whose past and reputation are such that between them and the

people lies an abyss, persons who, if they disobey our instructions, must face criminal charges or disappear—

this in order to make them defend our interests to their last gasp

TBT or not TBT's picture

"Those that the gods wish to destroy they first make mad with power."

Um, that sounds right at first glance, but only because we only read about people who have done dramatic things or had power. The gods also make the powerless mad before destroying them. That sort of madness is, contrary to the saying, widely and evenly distributed when viewed by incomes..and outcomes.

"It's a Mr Death or something. He's come about the reaping."

High Plains Drifter's picture

the corroborating evidence is that he has done this many times before. obviously the man is sick

Silvarouvres's picture

He wasn't set up in the classical, operational sense of the word. But strategically, yes sir. I'm sure that the powers behind the curtain took notice of his aberration, and shelved it for future use. Just in case he went off the desired path. Just like he/the IMF did in Ireland:

"The IMF, which believes that lenders should pay for their stupidity before it has to reach into its pocket, presented the Irish with a plan to haircut €30 billion of unguaranteed bonds by two-thirds on average. Lenihan was overjoyed, according to a source who was there, telling the IMF team: “You are Ireland’s salvation.”

The deal was torpedoed from an unexpected direction. At a conference call with the G7 finance ministers, the haircut was vetoed by US treasury secretary Timothy Geithner who, as his payment of $13 billion from government-owned AIG to Goldman Sachs showed, believes that bankers take priority over taxpayers. The only one to speak up for the Irish was UK chancellor George Osborne, but Geithner, as always, got his way."

We might never know what he was going to propose the very next day to Frau Merkel, but if this would go against the intentions of the Fed/ECB/GS, his inclination to violent seduction was just the remote kill switch they needed. Maybe Spitzer fell prey to the same concept. Maybe you don't even get to rise to positions like this unless they have a card like this up their sleeve

dark pools of soros's picture


For a time, until there will no longer be any risk in entrusting responsible posts in our States to our brother-

Jews, we shall put them in the hands of persons whose past and reputation are such that between them and the

people lies an abyss, persons who, if they disobey our instructions, must face criminal charges or disappear—

this in order to make them defend our interests to their last gasp

silberblick's picture

Ah yes, Spitzer ... thanks for reminding of him. He challenged the upper echelon and he came down too ... apparently of his own making however.

A Man without Qualities's picture

Great comment Silvarouvres.  The banking syndicate will not be diverted from their plan for currency devaluation.  The ups and downs, the scares, the market sell offs (one of which is kicking off now) are merely diversions on the path to debasing the currency in order to preserve the banking system.  DSKs proposal was logically for society, but not for the banks, so he had to be stopped.


tip e. canoe's picture

totally off-topic, but did anyone notice how teeny-tiny they're making those spy cameras these days?  

BigJim's picture

Maybe you don't even get to rise to positions like this unless they have a card like this up their sleeve

I think you've nailed it, right there.

VyseLegendaire's picture

This is really good.  And its true – history is written by the winners.  If there are no winners, there won't be a narrative justifying any particular political ideology/social organization that otherwise would make little sense.  For instance, to obfuscate the slavery that the US brings to its people, the story of escaping the evil Brits is told to the youth.  States are completely reliant on the youth as any adult who has reach maturity without sufficient brainwashing will never fight their wars.  Thats why its paramount to inform and free the youth.  Only abused children become abusive adults and the cycle of violence begins at home. 

Quixotic_Not's picture

I hate to tell ya, but the children have been abusing themselves for quite awhile now:

FIAT_FixItAgainTony's picture

having been in a few pits myself, it is hard to explain to the unexpirienced the actual sense of unity that exists.  it just looks abusive.

Orly's picture

No, this is not true.

In its most idealised form, the state is the protector of the people and the great equaliser between the haves and the have-nots.

When the state gets perverted for whatever reason, the ideals of the state also get perverted and no longer function as intended.  The author is confusing rampant corruption and the rearing of fascism as the true function of the state, whereas I would submit that the perversion we are now seeing in Western culture is not the true ideal of the Founders' intent, which is to say that all citizens are equal before the law.

In other words, if we had enforced the laws that were written into the Constitution, none of this mess would have happened in the first place.

One can argue then that it was the state that failed to uphold the ideals of the state and allowed the perversion to occur.  I am afraid there is no real argument for that point except to say that if ideal men had acted ideally, the state would be the great shining city on the hill we all see in our dreams.  It can therefore be extrapolated that as long as there are men to govern others, the perversions will happen amongst men, leaving no form of government ideally pristine.

Men are corruptible.  Politicians are corruptible absolutely.

pan-the-ist's picture

A newb troll.

Before we get side tracked, what system do you propose replaces the state?  100 words or less otherwise I won't be able to read it.

oddjob's picture

Your glowing insecurity about what comes next is entirely what this article is about.....why should it matter?

VyseLegendaire's picture

"Men are corruptible.  Politicians are corruptible absolutely."

Precisely why the state is immoral.  Since the state has a monopoly on force, only corruptible people can take charge of it – and they get to tax everyone else who doesn't get to have their own military! And lets not forget that each new generation doesn't get to choose whether to pledge fealty to the state – instead they are automatically subsumed into the borg at birth. 

Orly's picture

Exactly my point.  It is not "western liberal democracy" (as the author contends...) or "communism" or any other "...ism" out there that is at fault.  No matter what ...ism government becomes, there will always be men to run it, and so and therefore, always dystopia.

akak's picture

Governmental power: the irresistable lure of the sociopath, and the unresistable sword of the sociopathic gang who wears the costume of the State.

TBT or not TBT's picture

In technocratic, uber-elitist France, that goes double.

tip e. canoe's picture

which is exactly why, in the words of hakim bey, smaller is better.

topcallingtroll's picture

That is why our form of government was set up. If the state has a monopoly on force, but the state is ruled by the people who also rule over, and compose, those groups authorized to use force, then we have the least worse compromise.

Vic Vinegar's picture

All government = bullshit.  Why does anyone pretend otherwise?