Guest Post: People Of The Lie: The Psychopathology Of The “Public Servant” And The Sociopathology Of The State

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People of the Lie:

The Psychopathology of the
“Public Servant”

and the Sociopathology of
the State

 

“We hang the petty
thieves and appoint the great ones to high office.”

– Aesop

 

As the recent
Pentagon scandal makes all too clear, truth is treason in the empire
of lies
.  Which is why
attempting to shoot the messenger – by imprisoning the whistleblower
and/or slandering the publisher
– makes perfect sense for an arm – indeed, the very arms – of the United States government.  So if we are to understand its logic (as all
of its actions, however insane, are perfectly logical to it), we must
understand the pathology that lies at its core. 
For unless and until we do, we cannot understand why government per se – i.e., the state, defined as “a monopoly on
the use of force within its borders”
– does what it does; why its
functionaries lie so shamelessly on its behalf; and, most importantly, why its
presumed masters – We the People – put up with it.

We begin by
amending Friedrich Nietzsche’s blunt statement – “Everything the State says is
a lie, and everything it has it has stolen” – with a simple substitution of one
word with another – i.e., “Everything the State says is a lie because everything it has it has
stolen.”  Being no less blunt, let us
examine this statement to determine its verity. 

First of all,
every thief is by definition a liar, since thievery – the dishonest taking of property
belonging to another person
– is itself a lie.  It follows, then, that if one steals for a living, one also lies for a living, the question being
why the state is not condemned by the general public for this reason, given
that it has nothing beyond that which extracts from society under threat of
fines and/or imprisonment.  The answer is
that a particular lie has been told,
so well and for so long, that for all practical purposes the question is not
even asked.  Yes, the application of the lie is questioned –
is such-and-such amount in such-and-such form appropriate – but the fact, the existence, of the lie is not questioned, no further proof needed
than that it stands side-by-side with death as one of the two certainties of
life.

We are talking,
in other words, about a lie so big that it constitutes the biggest lie ever
told, finding perhaps its clearest expression in the following statement by
former Chief Justice of the United States, Oliver Wendell Holmes:

 

Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.

 

That is to
say, without the taking of property by a
territorial monopoly, civil society is not possible
.  No matter that humanity long ago established
the immorality of it, theft – as long
as it is committed by said monopolist
is necessary if human society is to rise out of, and remain out of, barbarism.

But how can
this be?  How can that which is
universally recognized as immoral be necessary?  And what does the entrenched belief that it is necessary do to us? 

To answer
these questions, we begin by confronting the fact that the general public
interacts with the state in two contradictory ways.  On the one hand, it fully accepts the concept
of public service, which is to say,
of functionaries charged, in one capacity or another, with the delivery of
“public goods” that are by definition presumed to be inappropriate,
insufficient, or impossible for the “private sector” – i.e., for the people themselves,
via their mutual cooperation – to deliver. 
Portraying themselves as servants of the public trust, these
functionaries ask only to be treated with the same respect with which any servant should be treated, while
doing as they are instructed and in turn treating their masters, the general
public, with the respect that they
deserve.

On the other
hand, even as the lower ranks of these functionaries treat the general public
with a combination of indifference, disdain, and outright abuse – openly admitting that
it’s not about service but about
getting this or that title – this same
public heaps adoration upon these titleholders to the point of divine worship,
building monuments to their
supposedly heroic acts; carving their images in mountainsides;
engraving their likenesses on our money; naming all
manner of roads, bridges, buildings, and towns after them; ensconcing them in magnificent mansions;
draping them in regalia; waiting on
them hat and glove; and
sending them hither and yon in magnificent flying machines
accompanied by entourages that
would rival the combined excesses of every king, queen, emperor, empress,
pharaoh, caesar, czar, kaiser, and sultan in human history. 

Not
surprisingly, the result has been to turn “public service” on its head, the servants
becoming the masters and the masters
the servants, the only question being why
the adoration
, especially since approval ratings are so low that many of these functionaries
are utterly despised, their
ridicule, at least where our own country is concerned, dating back to its founding?

The answer is
that while the individual officeholders are often held in contempt, the offices
themselves are not.  Why? 
Because the general public is in thrall to the same mysterious force
that the officeholders are: political
power.
 

And what is that power?  We think we know, of course, but do we really? 
Do we know, that is, that the term is derived from the Latin imperium, the dictionary definition of
which is (1) “supreme power or absolute dominion” and (2) “the right
to command or to employ the force of the state”?  And if we do
know this, do we seriously believe that We
the People
are that power and that we accordingly command those who
supposedly serve us?  Or do we know,
however unconsciously, that political power – being not a complement to but the inverse of economic power – is something over which we have no command at all
and, on the contrary, are so mesmerized by it that even as we build
Corinthian corridors
for our “servants” to roam, we then build even more expensive indoctrination centers for the purpose of keeping us away?

Is it perhaps,
returning to the aforementioned lie, that the real power of political power is
simply that it’s a license to steal,
said license deriving its power from the assumption, so long ingrained in us as
not to questioned, that if we don’t
grant it, we can’t be civilized?  That
despite our unique ability to “truck and barter and exchange
to our mutual benefit, we cannot do so without ever larger portions of the wealth that we
create in this manner being taken from us against our will?[i] 

But if true –
if taxes are indeed the price we pay for a civilized society – then does it not
follow that the more we are taxed, the more civilized we will be?  And does it not then follow that if we are taxed 100%, we will be civilized 100%, never mind that we’ve
already tried this, not just over there but right here?

Moreover,
isn’t the grip that a license to steal has at the highest levels precisely what
one of its foremost practitioners famously said
it is – the ultimate aphrodisiac
– which, translated into action, it is nothing less than the power to screw,
with both abandon and impunity, those who granted it?  For every time We the Licensors elect the
next round of licensees – and even more when we reelect them, over and over again – are we not quite literally
“asking for it”?  And should we not be
surprised, then, when those most inclined to “give it to us” do so? 
Is legalized theft,[ii]
after all, not only a power that few humans can bear but a power that the
barest humans – those with the fewest moral scruples – lust after the most?  And
therefore isn’t offering it at all
much less with an aura of selfless devotion to the “public good” – to offer to
the worst among us that to which they are least suited, while the best merely
give testimony to the fact that “Sending good people in to reform the state is like
sending virgins in to reform the whorehouse”
?  Is it not the nature of the state, in other
words, that good people do not change it
but that it changes them, their high ideals sundered by that
which is inherently immoral and therefore incapable of reform?  And is it not true, therefore, that the
giving of oneself over to that immorality is to inevitably succumb to it? 

Of course it is.  And thus is a license to steal not only an
all-too-prevalent gateway to licentiousness
but the means, more
importantly, by which the coercive power of politics trumps the cooperative
power of economics:

 

There are two fundamentally opposed means whereby man, requiring
sustenance, is impelled to obtain the necessary means for satisfying his desires.
These are work and robbery, one's own labor and the forcible appropriation of
the labor of others . . . [such that we] call one's own labor and the
equivalent exchange of one's own labor for the labor of others, the "economic
means" for the satisfaction of needs, while the unrequited appropriation
of the labor of others [we call] the "political means”…

The state is an organization of the political means. No state,
therefore, can come into being until the economic means has created a definite
number of objects for the satisfaction of needs, which objects may be taken
away or appropriated by warlike robbery.

 

Thus, via its
collectivity in the state, does the psychopathology that either attracts the
worst or infects the best result in a sociopathology that is by definition inimical
to the best interests of society and therefore to the human enterprise as a
whole.  For the cognitive dissonance that
arises from the concept of “public service,” on the one hand, and from the
perversion of the master-servant relationship, on the other, divides the public
mind to the point of defenselessness against those to whom it has granted the
license to steal.  Being literally of two minds, the licensing public is
bipolar vis-à-vis its licensees, at
once delighted when its preferred ones are elected and despondent when they are
not – or, as is increasingly the case, despondent after its delight, the failure of its licensees to live up to their
promises resulting in the desire to “throw the bums out,” never mind that they
will only be replaced with a new batch
of bums.  It never occurs to the general
public, in other words, that licenses to steal are ipso fact the cause of the problem and that until it stops granting
them, it will continue to effectively put a gun to its own head. 

Moreover,
having forgotten (if it ever knew) the profound wisdom that Jefferson articulated
– “It is sometime said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself.
Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?” – the general public
is oblivious of the fact that its granting of licenses to steal is the source
and sustenance of elitism.  For while, in
his willingness to “let history answer this question,” Jefferson was asking
what was obviously a rhetorical question, the elitist’s answer to it is as
follows:

 

While the vast
majority of men cannot be trusted
with the government of themselves, a tiny few not only can; they can also be trusted with the government of others. 
And, conveniently, we are that
tiny few. 

 

The result is
that the licensees are not content to use their stolen property within its
constitutional confines – almost exclusively for the protection of the lives,
liberty, and property of the licensors. 
Rather, with the gun still pointed at the licensors’ head, the licensees
cock the hammer and command that they do this, that, and the other, ad infinitum, on the presumption that
the licensors are no better than the grandmother in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good
Man Is Hard to Find,” about whom The Misfit (after gunning her down) said: “She would of been a good woman if it had been somebody there to shoot
her every minute of her life.”  Which is
to say that, all pretensions to the contrary, the licensees have nothing but
contempt for their licensors.  And why shouldn’t they?  What are the We the Licensors, after all, but
sheep waiting to be sheared – over and over and over again – having been
conditioned by the licensing process to externalize our locus of control, foolishly believing
that by giving up our powers, we magically increase
them?

And just as
importantly, lest we delude ourselves into believing that the licensees are the
ones doing the shearing, let us also be clear in understanding that it is not
them, but their overlords – the monetary fascists of centralized, fractional-reserve banking and
the financial fascists of the Washington-Wall Street nexus – who actually wield
the shears, this Happy Conspiracy “spreading
a contagious pathological mutation of capitalism” that is nothing less than “a
war to totally control” the essentials of the American way of life.  That is to say, those with licenses to steal
are themselves bought and sold, as
the nexus’s revolving door
sends the most pathological among them shuttling between Washington and Wall Street
in a veritable relay race to fleece the American people – i.e., to privatize
gains and socialize losses as fully as possible and as fast as possible.

But as obscene
– as utterly barbaric – as this state
of affairs is, the Big Lie doesn’t
stop there.  For as history has gone out
of its way to prove, a license to steal
is also a license to kill
– a permission slip, if you will, to commit that
which in any other context is murder – mass
murder being the inevitable result, not just of the enemy combatants and
innocent civilians of opposing states but of the state’s own civilians, this democide accounting
for nearly 170 million deaths in the last
century alone.  And simply put, given that psychopathology
and sociopathology both manifest “a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and
violation of, the rights of others,” it is the warfare state that renders the pattern all-pervasive, war being the
very health of the state.  And as every state is founded on the
injustice of legalized theft, all of its wars, no less than its other actions,
are unjust.  Which is to say that insofar
as they are fought between and among states, there is no such thing as a just war; there is just war, its cumulative
losses in blood and treasure – over 15 billion battlefield deaths “since the
beginning of authentic history,”[iii]
at a cost of over a thousand trillion dollars[iv]
being beyond comprehension.  Yet on and on it goes.

Let us
conclude, then, by confronting the people of the lie with who and what they
are: perpetrators, in the name of service to humanity, of virtually every known
evil against it.  And as the title of
this essay is taken from a book of the same name by the late M. Scott Peck, we do well to quote from
it:

 

I
have spent a good deal of time working in prisons with designated
criminals.  Almost never have I
experienced them as evil people.  Obviously
they are destructive, and usually repetitively so.  But there is a kind of randomness to their
destructiveness.  Moreover, although to
the authorities they generally deny responsibility for their evil deeds, there
is still a quality of openness to their wickedness.  They themselves are quick to point this out,
claiming that they have been caught precisely because they are the “honest
criminals.”  The truly evil, they will tell
you, always reside outside of jail. 
Clearly these proclamations are self-justifying.  They are also, I believe, generally accurate.

 

Indeed they
are.  For to bear witness, not only as we
are to the present Pentagon scandal (which of course is as much a White House
and Congress scandal as it is of the Department of  Defense”) but to
the fact that not a single perpetrator of the housing debacle, or of the socioeconomic catastrophe
it will soon loose upon the land,[v]
has been indicted (much less arrested, tried, convicted, sentenced, and
incarcerated) is to confront the ugly truth of Dr. Peck’s words: The truly evil
do reside outside of jail, primarily
in the conspiratorial embrace of the political means, its perpetrators only too
happy to imprison the rest of us in their collective self-deceit[vi]
a deceit that is all the more evil for its ability to deceive us, whether as wards of the welfare
state, as cannon fodder for the warfare state, or as victims of the political
rape that perpetuates them.

While it
remains to be seen how long We the People will lie there and take it, be assured
that we don’t need to and that
whenever we decide that we’ve had enough, all we have to do is stand up and say
so.  For while truth is indeed treason in
the empire of lies, the naked fact is that it is the emperor who has no clothes on. 
Let us then work for the day when, shriveled to the point of impotence,
he scurries off and, cloaked in the fine cloth of freedom, we are at long last
able to get on with the business of civilization the only way we ever have: through the free and
voluntary exchange of goods, services, and ideas that ceaselessly works to our
mutual benefit.

 


[i] Notwithstanding those who
insist otherwise, taxes most assuredly are
taken against our will.  How easy is
it, after all, to say that one does voluntarily what one can only refuse to do
in the face of a prison sentence?

[ii] Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
must be counted among the most honest of modern-day politicians for defending
the pork-barrel spending of a colleague with these immortal words: “We legally steal.”

[iii] See a photocopy, just as the horror of World War I was beginning to unfold, of the
research published in a September 1914 issue of the New York Times.

[iv] Inflation-adjusted as
follows: 15 billion deaths x $3,677 per death x 21 to correct for inflation = $1,158,255,000,000,000.  And again, these are battlefield deaths, which accordingly does not account for
“collateral damage,” a term for unintended death and destruction that only the
state could come up with.

[v] In truth, the crisis has
been in the making since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, during
which time the dollar has lost over 96%
of its value
and is doomed, due to the debt-based nature of the
Fed’s literal monopoly money, to lose the rest of its value in far less time,
quite possibly before it reaches its hundredth birthday.

[vi] As laden as the word is with
theological content, the following quote replaces sin with wrongdoing as it
relates to the hyperlinked reference to Madeleine Albright and to government
functionaries in general.  Thus, in Dr.
Peck’s definition of evil, “It is not their wrongdoing that characterizes evil
people; rather, it is the subtlety and persistence and consistency of their
wrongdoing.  This is because the central defect of the evil is not the
wrongdoing but the refusal to
acknowledge
it”
[emphasis added].

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Orly's picture

The difference between most common criminals and the professional politician, i.e., the legal thief, as you say, is that common criminals, in general, know that they are doing wrong.  They know they are harming other people when they commit their crimes, yet they do it anyway.

The career politician, on the other hand firmly believes that he is on the right side of history by pushing an overall agenda.  When one moves giant blocks of money around for a living, via "appropriations," it may be much easier to justify picking up a crumb or two along the way.

Truthfully, most of these criminals in government and the banking system see themselves as saviors, not thieves.

RoRoTrader's picture

How do you know that deep thinking Orly?........saviors, not thieves.

Getting back to more imporatant issues; forget about BK.......think about us, Orly.

I can see you are artistic.

Love Roro

mophead's picture

Invest in lamp posts bitchez!

Fred Hayek's picture

Chapter 8 of The Road to Serfdom covers much of this same ground.

And, Lord Acton said it well, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely."

In many ways our Constitution ignoring government has adorned itself with aspects of absolute power.

Incubus's picture

Power isn't some great corrupting force, all power does is allow flawed individuals to manifest whatever corruptive qualities they already had.

I've said it before, I'll say it again: these politicians and CEOs don't come from mars, or jupiter, or that goldilocks planet--no, they come from neighborhoods and families just like every other person in this society.  And if they're all mostly corrupt, what does that say about us? 

All isn't well in Amerika; we're rotten to the core. 

 

TuesdayBen's picture

We are rottenest at the top

Catullus's picture

I've said it before, I'll say it again: these politicians and CEOs don't come from mars, or jupiter, or that goldilocks planet--no, they come from neighborhoods and families just like every other person in this society.  And if they're all mostly corrupt, what does that say about us?

I'd stop saying this.  It's just not true.  The people at the top are not from the same class of people.  They are not a representation of the society at large.  Even if they were a respresentation of the rest of society, through their actions in government, they're attempting to carve out a special exemption to all the rules they throw onto society. That means the state apparatus itself is the corrupting process.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

Power isn't some great corrupting force

It will ruin the strongest of men...History, philosophy and literature all contain many good examples of the phenomenon.

Hephasteus's picture

Absolutely. I don't care who you are. Too much power and influence will only make you hurt people.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

Occasionally a man can walk away from proffered power. George Washington comes to mind. Not that he wasn't a son-of-a-bitch in some ways but he could have been king and he rejected the role.

RoRoTrader's picture

Lord Ashton huh?.........I always thought it was the Pope, but what the fuck do I know?

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

The author is not the same David White who portrayed Larry Tate on Bewitched, I assume. I can find nothing in this article with which to disagree. It is well reasoned and well written. Let's rock...

Gimme Some Truth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlzrNKN3rZI

nmewn's picture

Refreshingly...brutally...honest wasn't it?

In the words of one of our most trustworthy and noble pols...it is a big effing deal ;-)

gwar5's picture

Politicians are blue collar criminals with white collar mouths and a government pension plan.

Kali's picture

yes.  I got bitch slapped at a public meeting (re: raising professional fees, the only thing fee increase was doing was giving raises and maintaining bennies for very bad service) when I said "you aren't public servants, you are self servants".  The primary purpose of any bureacracy, public or private, is to perpetuate itself.  In the gov case, that usually results in more regulation and more fees.

Hephasteus's picture

When you suck really bad you have to adopt self rewarding as "other" rewarding stops working. IE the filim and music industry. They are so interested in achieving self rewarding because once they get to that point they are self punishing. And they don't think what they did is that big of a deal.

msjimmied's picture

http://townhall.com/columnists/VirginiaFoxx/2010/09/15/the_truth_behind_...

http://www.care2.com/causes/politics/blog/virginia-foxx-apologize-or-res...

http://politicalcorrection.org/factcheck/200907280007

 

You lost me there David. Your preamble did a marvelous job till I got to your FOXX fix. This is not the Appalachian vote you are skewing for. This is ZH. Get your bearings.

Dick Buttkiss's picture

Um, what?  She said what she said in the context cited.  She and her partners in crime do legally steal.  What more bearing does one need?

Coldfire's picture

True and wise words. The state is manifestly evil. On a practical note I recommend starving the beast by going and staying on strike. Escaping the US plantation by transferring assets overseas and renouncing citizenship was the empowering event of my life. The America of 1789 is dead but the ideal of America lives on in all right-thinking people. Perhaps someday to rise again.

New_Meat's picture

Cold-

"On a practical note I recommend starving the beast by going and staying on strike."

I'd say that we get to watch Spain and see how your recommendation works out--I'll bring the popcorn.

- Ned

No More Bubbles's picture

Lies ARE "the Core" ----

 

we must understand the pathology that lies at its core.

 


JR's picture

Although I refuse to call America’s present paper money tyranny “capitalism,” just imagine, that without the Fed’s power to generate money out of thin air, Congress would be obliged to go to the people and say, We need some additional taxes from you to help out the bankers and also to fund our global wars of empire and to subsidize corporate welfare for its low-wage workforce, so would you mind dropping by the courthouse in the morning and leaving the money on the counter. And remember, this month there’ll be an additional increase for bank bailouts.

The American people have no idea of how much value is being taken from them by taxation and inflation via a fiat currency, or where that value is going.  The corporations collect the monies and the value, but the people never see the breakdown—except in their standard of living.

Without a Fed-issued, unlimited money supply there’d be none of this light oh-hum banter we’re hearing about today between Bank of America and Rosenberg on how to solve the bankers’ little challenge of when and how all this QEII money can be diverted into risk-lite for massive profits amongst the bankers and friends.

As Ron Paul said, “No one would welcome a counterfeiter to town, yet this same authority is blindly given to our central bank without any serious oversight by the Congress.

“When the government [and Wall Street] can replicate the monetary unit at will without regard to cost, whether it’s paper currency or a computer entry, it’s morally identical to the counterfeiter who illegally prints currency.  Both ways, it’s fraud.”


Says Paul, “If unchecked, the economic and political chaos that comes from currency destruction inevitably leads to tyranny.”

 

 

StarvingLion's picture

I think "The People" should own the printing press.  Then the NFL would take over.

WaterWings's picture

JR I feel that you are my wise, older brother.

CD is the cool uncle my parents don't get but us kids love him.

---

CD, reading Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago forever burned into my heart and mind the immense evil perpetually waiting to slip into the breach.

We are approaching a mass horror.  

"What's wrong with Socialism anyway?"

YOU HAVE NO IDEA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Solzhenitsyn

Voluntary Exchange's picture

Even if the entire world were to be covered in concrete, cracks would appear, and up through the cracks a flower would grow, and that flower is a Solzhenitsyn.

sbenard's picture

The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If `Thou shalt not covet' and `Thou shalt not steal' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free." -- John Adams (A Defense of the American Constitutions, 1787)

GoinFawr's picture

This is quite loud. And carries many expletives. Perhaps you can relate:

"...I got f'd by__________ .... Now _______ can go f' themselves!"

For Whitey Houston, it was apparently 'Liberty Mutual'.

"Please calm down. Calm down, mister! Calm down! This conversation is over."

 

http://old.thesixtyone.com/s/MMd7WhFDstJ/#/s/MMd7WhFDstJ/

Regards

 

williambanzai7's picture

THE REBELLION HAS BEGUN

GoinFawr's picture

Heh, thank goodness they aren't armed... oh, wait.

Regards

RoRoTrader's picture

william.......what the fuck........were you kicked out of disinformation school?

RoRoTrader's picture

thx, and best ever........amazing talent......if, they only knew.

WaterWings's picture

That looks like my hat!

******g brilliancy!

JR's picture

Artistic hilarity!!  At last, a cause to unify the people.

Kreditanstalt's picture

Because they governments have the guns, and because they are able to pay extensive retinues of retainers, cops, the military, jailers and courts, it is next-to-impossible imagining the people  rising up against them.

In addition, the majority of the people are net gainers from the system, paying less in taxes (if any) than they consume in services.  They won't bite the hand that protects and succors them.

But all over western social welfare states, growing numbers of people are quietly and perniciously withdrawing their consent to be governed.  They are undermining the legitimacy of the state, just as Soviet and East Europen citizens did years ago.  Underground economies are growing. The legitimacy of taxation is being questioned.   Trust in government has evaporated.  Petty tax evasion is rife.  The police are more widely seen now wholly for what they are - not "public servants" but enforcers for government.  Even here in investment-land, gold and other subversive monies are eating away at the soft underbelly of government - finances.

When some of my government employee neighbours lose their jobs, perhaps their attitudes will change too.  

It's heartening to see that people today - of necessity - seem to spend a lot of their time finding ways to avoid government restrictions and get things done and a lot LESS time trying to comply... 

StarvingLion's picture

Underground economies are growing

Oh you mean grow-ops.  Too late.  The government has taken over that biz...they too will soon be in jail.  But hey you just stop paying property taxes and let me know about that avoiding government notion...

Kreditanstalt's picture

Agreed on property taxes...but more people are not licensing their cars, not registering their guns, selling under the table, becoming self-employed, retiring, become speculators, emigrating,  working only part-time, eating only untaxed basic groceries, doing illegal alterations to their property, selling online, avoiding the banking system, hiding or investing money overseas, operating businesses out of their homes, hiring "illegals", working mostly on weekends for cash, deliberately concealing income at tax time, shopping out of state or province, buying only untaxed second-hand appliances, repairing instead of buying new, refusing to buy the newest tech gadgets, bartering, saving in precious metals, paying cash for everything, growing their own (everything), omitting to register for health insurance schemes, not voting, buying & selling at flea markets and farmer's markets, exchanging services, keeping ("illegal") chickens, networking online...

    

Minion's picture

The public serpents would panic if people operated like that on a national scale.  It worked in India.......

MarketTruth's picture

"And I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property -- until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered... The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." -- Thomas Jefferson wrote on May 28, 1816

 

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." -- Thomas Jefferson

 

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." -- Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776

doggings's picture

Agreed on property taxes...but more people are not licensing their cars, not registering their guns, selling under the table, becoming self-employed, retiring, become speculators, emigrating,  working only part-time, eating only untaxed basic groceries, doing illegal alterations to their property, selling online, avoiding the banking system, hiding or investing money overseas, operating businesses out of their homes, hiring "illegals", working mostly on weekends for cash, deliberately concealing income at tax time, shopping out of state or province, buying only untaxed second-hand appliances, repairing instead of buying new, refusing to buy the newest tech gadgets, bartering, saving in precious metals, paying cash for everything, growing their own (everything), omitting to register for health insurance schemes, not voting, buying & selling at flea markets and farmer's markets, exchanging services, keeping ("illegal") chickens, networking online...

+100

this is the way to hurt them, jus step aside and dont play

RockyRacoon's picture

"Citizens! In all times, two political systems have been in existence, and each may be maintained by good reasons. According to one of them, Government ought to do much, but then it ought to take much. According to the other, this two-fold activity ought to be little felt. We have to choose between these two systems. But as regards the third system, which partakes of both the others, and which consists in exacting everything from Government, without giving it anything, it is chimerical, absurd, childish, contradictory, and dangerous. Those who parade it, for the sake of the pleasure of accusing all governments of weakness, and thus exposing them to your attacks, are only flattering and deceiving you, while they are deceiving themselves."
Frederic Bastiat

mophead's picture

The majority pay less in taxes? Not true. Taxes at the top always trickle down to the bottom. Just look at the latest 3.8% tax on investment income (part of the health care bill). If your net rental profits fall by $200/monthly due to higher taxes, what are you gonna do? Raise rents. Obviously.

Voluntary Exchange's picture

I think it is important for people that when they think  the word "state" that they think of certain key services, notably security and adjudication.  It is important not to PURCHASE (voluntary transaction) your "state" type of services from a monopoly or you will end up with tyranny. This is the inherent nature of monopolies of force or adjudication.They always eventually attract the sociopaths and psychopaths (those who use force or fraud to get what they want).

Non monopoly security and adjudication worked for over 1000 years in Ireland. Please see:

Stateless Societies: Ancient Ireland by Joseph R. Peden (page 3):
http://mises.org/journals/lf/1971/1971_04.pdf

Property Rights in Celtic Irish Law by Joseph R. Peden:
http://mises.org/journals/jls/1_2/1_2_1.pdf

For a New Liberty by Murray Rothbard, Pg. 215:
http://www.mises.org/rothbard/newlibertywhole.asp#p215

Anarchy and the Law By Edward Stringham, Page 565:
Preview Here:
http://books.google.com/books?id=nft4e62nicsC&printsec=frontcover

Medieval Ireland, An Encyclopedia by Seán Duffy, Ailbhe MacShamhráin, James Moynes, Pg. 383:
http://books.google.com/books?id=kVslRbrSH7QC&printsec=frontcover
450,000 to 960,000

Irish History - Brehon Law by Pat Flannery:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN52LnC020g

 

Here are additional links to help cure people of the illusion of the utility of monopoly services by monopolies of force or adjudication:

http://www.libertarianstandard.com/articles/david-j-heinrich/justice-for...

http://faculty.msb.edu/hasnasj/GTWebSite/MythWeb.htm

 

WaterWings's picture

Wonderful resources.

"It's my island!"

Voluntary Exchange's picture

Sure didn't the Almighty send me to watch your back? The Irish (especially pre-Catholic) show us a way back to  freedom. NO wonder their history has been so strongly suppressed or twisted.

 

I didn't like him (the tyrant/traitor) anyway, he wasn't right in the head.

RockyRacoon's picture

Thank you for the valuable resources!

Catullus's picture

Anatomy of the State is a great one as well.