Guest Post: Statist Thugs And The Rocks They Crawl Out From Under

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market blog,

A mass exodus from ignorance and organized opposition to tyranny is the dream of every freedom loving person within the Liberty Movement today.  We would like nothing better than to put an end to the expanding establishment police state in the most peaceful manner possible.  We dream of a day when a transition back to the Constitutional values that once made America brilliantly unique in the world is possible, and can be accomplished without incredible pain or terrible bloodshed.  We long for that once-in-a-century uprising, that great march, that spontaneous eruption of the citizenry demanding a more truthful government.  At the same time, though, we realize that such events are rare, and few if any great changes in the history of man are made without sacrifice, and without direct confrontation.

The reason why peaceful and popular activism almost never occurs successfully, the reason why good people are made to stand and suffer, falls not only to the establishment elites who seek out and abuse power; there are others who share in the blame.  Regardless of the age, the culture, or the social conditions, there is ALWAYS a percentage of the general populace that embraces the totalitarian dynamic.  There is always someone in our neighborhood, in our workplace, and within our family that finds vindication or advantage in supporting the state, even if the state has turned viciously criminal.  They are not only useful idiots; they are conscious participants in the process of pacification and enslavement of their own society.  They understand their role perfectly, and they enjoy what they do.

The psychologist Carl Jung in his examination of the rise of violent fascism in Germany as well as the collectivist surveillance state in communist Russia theorized that there is in fact a certain percentage of people in any given epoch that carry within them a latent ability to abandon conscience.  That is to say, there is always hidden within a portion of the multitude an inborn potential for sociopathic and psychopathic tendencies.  These tendencies remain dormant for many under most circumstances, but every once in a while a society falters to the point where such diseases of the soul are encouraged, and the monsters in millions are allowed to come out and play.  

Is it possible that some men are more apt towards truth and freedom while others take more naturally to dominance and deceit?  Perhaps.  I find that under certain circumstances even the best human beings can make catastrophic errors in judgment.  However, there is a difference between those who misstep in life, and those who savor destruction.  For these people I reserve the label of the “statist thug”; a ghoul in common man’s drag just waiting for the opportunity to scrape out a spoonful of petty authority and assert his will over others.  These folks are the day’s damned.  And what’s worse; though they may have been born with a predisposition towards despotism, they still had a choice, and they chose villainy.  They deserve no special treatment and no quarter from us.

As America faces down wave after wave of fiscal difficulties, a government gone rogue with false left/right politics, and policies that disregard civil liberties for the sake of centralized authority, I believe the statist thugs of our time will soon flow out of the dark recesses and rotten sputtering gutters of our society like a river of septic putrescence.  We all know them when we see them, but do we really understand what makes them tick?  Here are some common psychological attributes of the overzealous statist; the failings and inadequacies that make him what he is…  

Statist Thugs Thrive During Immoral Times

The worst statists are utter screw-ups and failures in normal or semi-normal environments.  They barely have the ability to function without constant surrounding chaos and desperation which they use to camouflage their spastic and childish characters.  They are often seen as the dregs of a culture during peaceful years, and only climb to prominence when crisis overtakes the nation.  When a social environment turns tenuous or explosive, the statist excels.  Corrupt governments require the aid of questionable individuals in order to tighten control at the local level, and so anyone willing to set aside morality and principle automatically becomes a highly valued commodity.  Statists will flock to government employment during national “emergencies” or unjust wars, and use the inbred system to their advantage.

Statist Thugs Want Respect, Even If They Don’t Deserve It

Statists demand respect, and they will pursue authoritative positions just so they can remind people of the respect they are supposedly owed.  Some of them do realize that legitimate respect is earned through valuable works, knowledge, experience, and generous creativity.  They know it cannot be bought, and that it cannot be conned through clever talk, boastful discussion, and theatrical chest beating.  And so, instead of attempting real achievement, or taking the risk of falsely playing a part and being exposed, they look for a title and a uniform to fill the void.  They eventually attain respect derived by force through institutions within the system.  This title will likely be a miniscule part of the overall government conglomerate, but the statist will act as if he is the emperor of Earth once you wander into his narrow jurisdiction.  The slightest hint of defiance will send him into fits of rage.

Statist Thugs Only Understand Violence

Keep in mind that not every person in a uniform is a statist, and identifying them is more a matter of behavior than outward appearance.  There is no such thing as reason, logic, or even law in the realm of the statist thug.  You cannot discuss a matter of conflict with him.  You cannot point out that the legal structure he claims to represent does not support his views.  You cannot calm him using words and solid philosophy.  The only thing he understands is power, and the only thing that he regards is strength.  When faced with overwhelming reason, the statist will attack rather than think.  This attack, unfortunately, will only be silenced by an equal or greater display of force…

Statist Thugs Savor Weakness In Others

Show any signs of fear or weakness and you have given the statist exactly what he has always wanted.  He does not desire an equal fight.  In truth, he avoids situations in which his opponents are fairly matched.  This is because, deep down, all statists and power monger are cowards.  Anyone who is so desperate to control every aspect of his environment even to the point of hurting and enslaving others is obviously afraid of a great many things.  Attempting to be quietly diplomatic or grasping for mercy only encourages them to take their maliciousness to the next level.  Statists seek easy prey to satiate their thirst for dominance.  They will abuse women, children, the elderly and disabled, anyone that cannot defend themselves.  As soon as the goon encounters a person willing and able to fight back, however, his smug façade disappears and the hidden coward emerges.

Statist Thugs Love Law For The Law’s Sake

Statists revel in bureaucracy and red tape.  They love laws and regulations regardless of application.  They feel safe within a highly structured and contained system because most of them are followers, not leaders.  The idea that they may one day have to blaze their own path without the aid of a vast government machine cradling them like lost infants is terrifying to them.  Statists are not able to survive without someone telling them what to do and when to do it.  On the other side of the coin, they also enjoy the manner in which the modern legal framework can be twisted to fit whatever disturbed logic happens to strike them.  The more a society is cluttered with overt legalities, the easier it is to misinterpret and exploit the distraction and confusion they create.

Statists Believe Government Should Parent Society

The goal of a statist is to impress his will upon others by any means necessary.  Government simply offers the most expedient and convenient tool for them to do the job.  Of course, in their minds many of them will try to rationalize the abuse of government power by asserting that it is ultimately for the good of everyone.  It is not enough for them to live life the way they see fit for themselves; all people must be “shown the light” for the betterment of the group as a whole.  When confronted with someone who dissents against their oppressive world view, they usually respond by accusing the activist of “not caring about other people’s well being, or the well being of the country”.   You will almost always hear the Statist talk about the group, or the collective, over the individual, because the easiest way to dominate the citizenry is to erase the concept of unique individualism and condition them towards herd behavior.  Individuals with strong characters infuriate statists. 

Anyone Can Be A Statist

Many people (myself included) have never found much solace in the establishment and its parade of self-importance.  For me, most methodologies of government have always been a sick kind of joke.  Elaborate buildings and ceremonies, nice suits and uniforms, the money and the celebrity, the news shows and talking heads; it’s all costume.  It’s a parade of drunken clowns and carneys dipped in glamour and glitter and pomp.

The very concept of government is in itself an abstraction.  It is an artificial social edifice that seems to give weaker men a sense of security (or false security), even when it is at bottom a threat to them.  The assumption is that the establishment (meaning the power elite) must exist at all costs.  The statist cannot imagine otherwise.  He is at once a fan of the totalitarian game and an avid bouncing giggling cheerleader.  His greatest dream is to be a part of the beast; to share in the “glory” of the empire and live vicariously through its conquests.

A statist thug can be anyone, from the overweight and overzealous TSA agent at the airport to the brutally nosy and vicious old lady next door.  Some participate in tyranny directly by wearing the uniform and wielding the baton, while others participate behind closed doors and curtains by informing on their neighbors.  Regardless of their demeanor, each statist has one thing in common; an obsession with the continuance of the system to the point of madness.  There is absolutely nothing the state can do to make them second guess their love affair.  No crime too shocking,no attack too unjust.  During the blackest moments of mankind, they are the willing tools of oppression.  They make revolution - physical revolution, necessary.  With them, oligarchs take root.  Without them, oligarchs take shelter, or disappear altogether...

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RockyRacoon's picture

They just don't teach good English no more.  Sad.

It's interesting to note the similarities in the sentiment of the article and some of the older, classic libertarian philosophies.  Albert Jay Nock comes to mind.

"If a regime of complete economic freedom be established, social and political freedom will follow automatically; and until it is established neither social nor political freedom can exist. Here one comes in sight of the reason why the State will never tolerate the establishment of economic freedom. In a spirit of sheer conscious fraud, the State will at any time offer its people 'four freedoms,' or six, or any number; but it will never let them have economic freedom. If it did, it would be signing its own death-warrant, for as Lenin pointed out, 'it is nonsense to make any pretence of reconciling the State and liberty.' Our economic system being what it is, and the State being what it is, all the mass verbiage about 'the free peoples' and 'the free democracies' is merely so much obscene buffoonery."

Go Tribe's picture

Shouldn't it be: A mass exodus from ignorance and organized opposition to tyranny ARE the dream of every freedom loving person. ?

RockyRacoon's picture

The compound subject describes a state of being which can be construed to be singular.   It's not a strict construction nor rule.  It's all in the interpretation.

NidStyles's picture

Better off to insert the transitive and eliminate all doubt about what you mean. May I suggest you learn logic application and axiomatic theory from Liberty Classrom?

not fat not stupid's picture

All hyperbole and bile. zero information.

Dumpster Fire's picture

It still felt good.  I was going to close the drapes anyway

akak's picture


All hyperbole and bile. zero information.

Agreed --- much like any of the 100,000 mindlessly anti-American rants of AnAnnoyingUs.

XitSam's picture

Ha ha. Even when he's not here, you mock him.  Good job.

akak's picture

The spirit of hypocritizenistic blobbing-up Chinese 'american' citizenism is always with us, alas, alas, triple alas!

A Lunatic's picture

Must have been written while in the crash cycle brought about from yesterday's Twinkie binge................

Dr. Engali's picture

Yet you bothered to read it and fail to recognize the irony of your post.

Ayreos's picture

Not only bile and hyperbole, also wrong in many ways. Assuming inherently "evil" humans hide among the mass like the servants of some evil lord in a fantasy novel can only be the comical perception of a childish sociopath.

The dynamics and sociological ramifications of the class conflict which occurs in an economic recession are something far less mystical. A policy will always benefit one group and damage another. All humans have tendencies to violence and obedience to authority and in a situation of perceived general inequality humans will always find enemies to fight. A superficial reasoning, an authority on two opposing sides: that's enough to begin war. Both sides always perceive rightfulness in their actions. The losers of the conflict get labelled evil. This is common knowledge.

Currently, the  consequences of cyclic economic disregulation has people ready to wage wars on each other once more. This one even invented "evil non-humans hidden among us" we should look out for.

The political class and financial elite are simply doing what is in their interest, like everyone else. What should follow is united pressure on the political organs to tightly regulate the financial world once more, but here we're busy making monsters out of men. 

Clark Bent's picture

I can tell by the way you use your talk that you are vile. Do you suppose you control chaos by embracing it as pragmatic? Who among us indeed can judge salt from strychnine? 

Winston Churchill's picture

See something,say something.

Yes they are out there,sons daughters,neighbors......

Let them eat iPads's picture

A thought provoking and detailed analysis of FOX news.

Seasmoke's picture

The good thing is all statist like to dress up in costumes, thus sticking out like sore thumbs

slaughterer's picture

Stop it. Stop it.  Otherwise I will see statist thugs wherever I look.  My friends.  My family.  My neighbors.  My wife.   My children.  There is no end.  

lincolnsteffens's picture

Why should you be luckier than pre-WWII in Germany?

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

I wouldn't say luckier yet.  We might be in pre-WWIII America.

michaelsuede's picture

Awesome article.


Burticus's picture

Throughout history, rich & powerful people always have paid poor people to murder & rob other poor people.

History also shows us that tyrants never relinquish power voluntarily and always pay minions to maintain control and the status quo.

Ask yourself whether you care whether the criminal gang murdering and robbing your family is wearing a badge or uniform?

Law enforcement and the military must decide which way will they shoot, at their masters giving the orders or at their families, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Oathkeepers? Are you serious? 

Oathkeepers is nothing but a hypocritical front, fake, weak, pussy organization which poses as strong Constitutionalists.  Yea, right.  I was banned from OK by actually posting the following news artincle from Washington's BLOG:

Israel and the U.S. CREATED Hamas, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda

In retrospect, my feeling is I should have not joined OathKeepers as I see the freedom of expression and individual critical thinking skills is not tolerated.  The site is hypocritical of the very essence of what the OathKeeper mission is.  To  defend the Freedom of speech/expression and The Constitution For The United States of Amercia. 




There's more freedom of speech at ZeroHedge than Oathfakers.  Go figure. 

cossack55's picture

Had similar experience. They couldn't take my positive spin on Iceland telling the banksters to shove it. Useless group of wannabes.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Absolutely!!!  What's more chilling is the reason given for my ban.

You have been banned for the following reason:
Insulting members. Constant anti-Israel posts.

Date the ban will be lifted: 02-18-2013, 08:00 PM

Pathetic group of lying, useless Zombies. 

akak's picture

Sounds like the Kitco forum, a virtual gulag of intellectual repression and politically-correct hypersensitive intolerance if ever there was one.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The ignorance at that forum is mind boggling. You had to read the responses to my explaining the Political Creed of Zionism.  Jeez.  To think, it's founder Stewart Rhodes is actually a Yale Grad.  At least, that's what he claims.   

Cathartes Aura's picture

a Yale grad?

did he room with Dubya or Kerry?


ITrustMyGut's picture

I originally was drawn to them as well, but your right,,,  they are quasi evangelical christian  statists... religion in all its ugly forms, is the origination of all statism...

Anusocracy's picture

"religion in all its ugly forms, is the origination of all statism..."

Pretty close. Religion, in the form of personal Gods, was used by the early sedentist cultures (townsfolk) to meld competing hunter-gatherer tribes into a functioning community. It was a tool of psychological control of warlike tribes to keep them from reverting to their nasty habit of trying to kill each other off.

Control the gangs so you can expand the power of the city-state and direct their aggressive behavior towards outsiders - those who have a different personal God.

Mary Wilbur's picture

There is more freedom of speech and thinking out of the box at ZH than anywhere I have read or heard people talk and write.

Overfed's picture

I have to ask, how many so-called "oathkeepers" participate in serving no-knock drug warrants? Kickin' in the door in the middle of the night, shooting the dog, pointing a machine gun in the faces of women and children, trashing the home, seizing everything under forfeiture 'law'? How many "oathkeepers" are manning DUI checkpoints? "Immigration" checkpoints? How many are in the money laundering, drug importing DEA? The patsy setting up, overtly murdering FBI? How many are in the local, county, and state revenue generating machines all over the country?

I call bullshit on the whole "oathkeeper" thing. They're all thugs, otherwise they would do something else for a living.

roadhazard's picture

You forgot to add the "true the vote" thugs.

XitSam's picture

I've been thinking on this recently. It seems to me there will be a full spectrum of what LE/military will choose.  New Orleans PD/Katrina: pretty much went rogue. Greek police: during austerity riots were fighting each other but mostly supporting the state (so far).  

DEA/FBI & Ruby Ridge/Waco: Under certain circumstances they can all be persuaded that the statist course is correct. The trick is to gradually warm the water so their actions seem consistent with defending the Republic. The War on Terror is a large part of the warming. DHS is a statist police force from the beginning.  The US military is a mixed bag all by itself. The state promise of food and shelter for the families is a motivating factor many do not take into account and there are a lot of young families in the military without support mechanisms except for the government paycheck. Senior NCOs and Company and Field grade officers are a toss up, much like the FBI, can they be tricked that their actions are proper?  There are no hard and fast rules and there will be many local exceptions.

In the end, there seems to always be a ready supply of applicants for the position of Statist Minion.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Disagree; you are seeing what you want to see in toto (while I do not doubt there were sporadic incidents of rouge cops in New Orleans, it wasn't to the scale you think it was)

slaughterer's picture

"Statist thug."  In Germany, this is the "Beamte."

tmosley's picture

Hey, why all the insult for drunken clowns and carneys?

A Lunatic's picture

Your only defense against a Statist Thug. Learn it while there is still time.........




slaughterer's picture

+1 for "A Lunatic" for sinister use of YouTube in the context of his post.

Tedster's picture

Authoritarian control-freak boot lickers. The brainwashing is pretty well complete, take a look around. Government is seen mainly as a source for free goodies, or, a club with which to beat people into submission over the latest cause célèbre.

Hence, it is illegal to smoke in a bar, our showers and toilets are restricted,
the Easter Bunny is considered offensive, certain light bulbs are prohibited, etc etc ad infinitum ad nauseum.

Arbysauce's picture

TSA. I suspect they sought out the sociopathic.

Wave-Tech's picture

Well-written piece - bravo Brandon!

dexter_morgan's picture

You were a little rough on and insulting to clowns and carneys there, but other than that spot on.

slackrabbit's picture

Thanks for They Live Icon - terribly true...Black Friday will testify to that.

John Carpenter is a genious.



Dr. Engali's picture

It's a good thing we don't have statist thugs here in the land of the governed and the home of the feeble