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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Clark Bent's picture

Nah, they are righteously advancing anti-racist, anti-homophobic, anti-sexist modalities. It's gotta be done now, people in the past were so icky. 

earleflorida's picture

nice read... thankyou :-))

CVfriendship's picture

Wish this would surface in the Times, WSJ, FT, Guardian, etc...... You won't "wake up the masses" but you might wake up the echoes...I'll take either.

Arbysauce's picture

The statists are turning up the heat gradually. Will the frog jump or not?

RockyRacoon's picture

The "masses" don't wake up.  That is the nature of being for such an entity.  If they were to "wake up" they would be something else.  

Those who are already awake are the Remnant.  ZH is a place where one may make a transition, but it is the maintenance of that position, away from the ZH forum, that separates the entities more distinctly.

A. J. Nock again:

"The mass-man is one who has neither the force of intellect to apprehend the principles issuing in what we know as the humane life, nor the force of character to adhere to those principles steadily and strictly as laws of conduct; and because such people make up the great and overwhelming majority of mankind, they are called collectively the masses. The line of differentiation between the masses and the Remnant is set invariably by quality, not by circumstance. The Remnant are those who by force of intellect are able to apprehend these principles, and by force of character are able, at least measurably, to cleave to them. The masses are those who are unable to do either."

Ident 7777 economy's picture

" The "masses" don't wake up. "


The so-called masses NEVER wake up! Truth be told, not everyone was, or fought for, independence back in 177x - what was it?

Venerability's picture

Rocky at Zero Hedge!

So now we have the complete merger of Zero Hedge with Yahoo Finance?

Can another BSC tips board be far behind?

(I actually remember the days before Yahoo allowed themselves to be totally corrupted, when the prop desk folks used to send messages via teeny bopper rock boards at Yahoo. Remember the Natalie Whatsherface board - that singer from Australia? First stop on the cookie crumb trail.) 

jim249's picture

This sounds like the people wall street likes to recruit.

loveyajimbo's picture

It's over... the percentage of moronic, toxic drones, including illegals will skyrocket during Obongo's 2nd term... a GOP majority is now a thing of the past.  Buy guns, gold, high quality protien powder and lysol (they mostly smell really bad).

oddjob's picture

Statist thugs are inherently lazy, if your driveway is uphill I doubt they bother you.

aerojet's picture

I knew this thread would bring out the crazies, and I wasn't disappointed!  The trouble is, most of what I just read applies to statists now, aside from the brutal violence part, which most of them can't get away with.  There are already hundreds of thousands of these people, if not millions, in the US, and you never have to look very far to encounter one.  Some few work as cops or occupy other types of roles that allow them to be overtly violent towards certain people, but mostly these petty fools are just sitting around waiting, probably hoping, that something will go down.  I read various gun-related message forums and those places are full of such Walter Mitty types, and plenty of those same people post on here whenever some gun-related topic comes up.  Luckily, most of these fucking idiots self-identify and can be avoided.  But it does make me wonder just how bad things could get for me if ever these losers become somehow empowered to act out their control fatnasies because I'm sure to be targeted.  I don't get along with these types during good times, under even worse circumstances, I'm sure to be taken out eventually because I can't help but vehemently and overtly disagree with them.  What burns me is that many institutions provide cover for thugs, not just government, but also religion, corprations, you name it.  All can become a misconstrued religion to the statist and empower violence.

woggie's picture

the beast is on the gobble and all that matters is we're all headed for it's belly

Jack Burton's picture

I learned about these types at a young age, 17 in fact. Though there are any number of good people in military service, I think all veterans know the OTHER type. The time server who stays in in order to pregress in rank by just time serving. One learns the type very quickly. In some cases you can not avoid them as they may be a senior enlisted man or a complete jerk of an officer. They are both encountered in uniform, the military provides a home , after a few years at the bottom, you advance just by time in rank and a few mild tests and evaluations to advance in rank.


RockyRacoon's picture

Sho 'nuff.  I only spent 4 years in the Air Force, with a very nice bonus for reenlisting which I declined.  The "Lifers" were the ones with a permanent crook in the forefinger where the coffee cup hangs.  Then there were what I respectfully accepted as "Career Airmen".  Those were the folks who did a good job in in opposition to those who would downgrade performance where possible.  Sort of like the prototypical "union" types.  Sad really.  I loved the job but couldn't take the constant BS.

MSimon's picture

I'm encouraged that ZHers support the People's Republic of Gaza where they hang gays in the public squarre. We should all be looking to that libertarian paradise for good ideas. And the Jews? Them SOBs take in the gays running from Hamas. How evil can you get? Sharia is the answer. Especially when the alternative is Jews.

Aurora Ex Machina's picture

The Earth is not dying - it is being killed. And the people who are killing it have names and addresses. - U. Utah Phillips


Just a little warning: States will put police under-cover for eight years just to inflitrate radically soppy left-wing hippies like Green Peace. For Earth First! they planted pipe-bombs. The FBI doesn't play checkers, it plays Chess. And they get convictions. So, if you're posting in a thread like this, make damn sure you're willing to play Chess; all media is anaylsed now. Even if IDOL was a bust, you don't think they didn't fill that contract, did you?

Now for some Science Fiction:

The personal, as everyone's so fucking fond of saying, is political.  So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute  policies that harm you or those you care about, take it personally. Get  angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here – it is slow and  cold, and it is theirs, hardware and soft-. Only the little people  suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide out from  under with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw  it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. Get your  message across. That way you stand a far better chance of being taken  seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake  about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous, marks the  difference – the only difference in their eyes – between players and  little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they  liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your  displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult  that it's just business, it's politics, it's the way of the world, it's  a tough life, and that it's nothing personal. Well, fuck them. Make it  personal.

Things I Should Have Learnt by Now, Volume II


Be very aware of how big, rough n tough the system is before pretending you'll challenge it.


True, you’re not a slave. You’re worse off than that by a long, long way. You’re a predatory beast shut up in a cage of which the bars aren’t fixed, solid objects you can gnaw at or in despair batter against with your head until you get punch-drunk and stop worrying. No, those bars are the competing members of your own species, at least as cunning as you on average, forever shifting around so you can’t pin them down, liable to get in your way without the least warning, disorienting your personal environment until you want to grab a gun or an axe and turn mucker.

Stand on Zanzibar



There are smarter ways of processing this frustration.

Dr. Acula's picture

I was a statist when I was young and "educated" in public shools. The cognitive dissonance is an incredible impediment to clear thinking. Since ridding myself of statist nonsense, I am happier and can think more rapidly and clearly and can see much that others cannot see.

Statists suffer primarily from a severe deprivation of knowledge:

-A lack of knowledge of human nature

-A lack of knowledge of the spontaneous organizing power of markets

-A lack of understanding of their own limitations and ignorance

Reading von Mises (e.g. Human Action) is a wonderful remedy.

WarPony's picture

never doubt that a small group of dedicated people can change the world

we traded our lead role in a cage for a walk on part in the war and the Montana Freemen (attempting to expose the fraud of the FED) didn't get Wacoed

'course the 100s of "tourists," the night vision and the ARs helped

hawk nation's picture

Great article and I think “statist thug” should be the new term for union members or at least the majority of them

Joining a union requires one to stop thinkng for themselves and following the group think of the union management

Ident 7777 economy's picture

Interesting proposed application for the term.

americanspirit's picture

This essay is, taken as a whole, an excellent description of Satan, who is as much a reality as God, because both are an aspect of human nature. There should be no confusion - Satan and God are both Human. Choose for yourself.

dickizinya's picture

i make more money because i did my homework.  if you didn't--fuck you,too bad.

Arbysauce's picture

Not fair! All that fair shit gets my blood boiling. The US has become a f*cking kindergarten.

ZeroFreedom's picture

Great article. Would like to see a follow on since my question is what are the next steps or course of action to take.

Basically what to do.

Cathartes Aura's picture

continue to educate yourself, become increasingly aware of the reality you exist in, until you can answer that question on your own.

meant sincerely - don't look for a herd, know what makes a leader.


tongue.stan's picture

Every boss I've ever had was a "statist" as described. Many of my teachers and profs. Practically every single govt worker, local and federal. Absolutely every cop imo. Every banker. Soul-less borg all. Bricks in the wall.

Nick Jihad's picture

What surprises me is that, universally, commenters here take tyranny ("statist thugs") to have a male face. Nobody recognizes that the political base for tyranny is women. Guys fall all over the political spectrum, but on average, they are pro-freedom. There are good reasons for this, if you think about it, but i don't have time to make the arguments in this post.

Women, on the other hand, prosper under tyranny. Feminism and socialism are really the same thing, and women, on average, will show a political preference for tyranny. It is not an accident, that the 20th century was the first time in recorded history that female suffrage was widespread in advanced economies, and that the 20th was also the bloodiest century in recorded history.

Violent men are the sharp, visible end of tyranny, but also merely the tip of the iceberg - tyranny draws political support from women. This has been written out of history, because you cannot say not-nice things about women. For all of the 20th century's most murderous regimes - the nazis, the soviets, the maoists or the khmer rouge, the feminine element of their political support has been dropped down the memory hole. Look at any Nazi propaganda film on youtube, with Hitler leading a parade: the streets are lined with cheering, adoring women. Yet today, when you think "Nazi", who thinks of a woman? Nobody. This is our blind spot, and we will not be able to resist tyranny until we recognize it.


Cathartes Aura's picture


There are good reasons for this, if you think about it, but i don't have time to make the arguments in this post.

that's a fucking shame, I could use a good laugh about now. . .

though equating "female suffrage" with the "bloodiest century in recorded history" is a deep chuckle.

do keep us updated on your crusade.

Cathartes Aura's picture

ahhh, once again, the unargued tantrum.

bitchez, Fight Club.

Venerability's picture

Yes, Tyler, we are finally entering what is going to be a period of Mass Rebellion in the US - Rebellion by the Sane Middle against the"Thugs" at all extremes - Right, Left, and - most importantly - the Nihilist Libertarian fringe, which has taken way too much control of our national dialogue.

If you think Centrism is NOT now the Way Forward, just look at Chris Christie's latest approval ratings - wallowing in the upper 30s when he, however reluctantly, seemed to be drinking the Ryan-Romney Nihilist Kool-aid - and now suddenly up to 67 percent, after he told the Nihilists to shove it somewhere or other and came out of the closet as a born-again Moderate.

This is going to be the PATTERN now - among Republicans, among Democrats, among Independents.

We are entering a new age of consensus-building, horse trading, and compromise in this country.

If you don't like it, lose your base. (And just possibly, within the Markets as well.)

Future Jim's picture

So the "Sane Middle" wants a moderate amount of wealth redistribution, a moderate amount of QE, a moderate amount of inflation, a moderate amount of cronyism, a moderate amount of indefinitely detaining Americans, a moderate amount of gun bans, a moderate amount of war, a moderate amount of government surveillance, a moderate amount of control of dangerous speech ... ?

You know who else thinks they're sane and moderate? Every dictator. Every communist. Every Fascist.

toomanyfakeconservatives's picture

A moderate amount of liberty perhaps?


"Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice." -Barry Goldwater

Future Jim's picture

"Rebellion by the Sane Middle against the"Thugs" at all extremes - Right, Left, and - most importantly - the Nihilist Libertarian fringe, which has taken way too much control of our national dialogue."

Oh those LIBERTARIANS ... Those ... THUGS.

So extreme. ALWAYS minding their own business! NEVER cooperating with those who interfere in other people's business.

Those ... THUGS.


HalinCA's picture

I don't think any party leadership will release power to people who want to solve problems rather than protect their special interests. Goes against organic chemistry, and by the way and what is a political party if not an organic entity?

And how can useful laws and compromises occur when every committee hearing has a audience with cell phones and any politician who antagonizes a special interest group gets a complaint about their 'performance' before they get back to their office?

Useful ideas for change/problem solving get shot down by the status quo.

And "Nihilist Libertarian"??? As opposed to what, "Statist Libertarian" maybe?

How many shades of grey are useful between liberty and enslavement?





Mary Wilbur's picture

You don't know what a Libertarian is.

Venerability's picture

As you well know, I have not much against Classical Libertarians, who confined their activities to the realm of philosophy and were therefore harmless.

But the new kind - the new Cult - of Nihilist Libertarianism, which has infested both our Markets and our Politics the past few years has had a purely Negative purpose: Tear down, tear down, destroy, destroy, kill, kill - without rebuilding anything whatsoever in its place.

In the Markets, a very cynical, very crazy group of mostly young male Short sellers has avidly embraced the "Libertarian" banner for purposes of pure, unadulterated Greed - Tear down everything we possibly can for fun and profit.

In Politics, less damage has, of course, been done. But not for lack of trying.

Meanwhile, Birchers like the Kochs and other frighteningly soulless and immoral billionaires pull the Demon-Kiddies' marionette strings, laughing at their naivete and ignorance, while having no qualms whatsoever at amassing more and more ill-gotten booty with their help.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

"In Politics, less damage has, of course, been done. But not for lack of trying."

TSA and HLS w drones across the land, would indicate that statement is on it's face false.

Cable 54's picture

Million Dollar Loogie, is that you?

therearetoomanyidiots's picture

*Ehhhnt* wrong answer.

there is no majority behind the tyranny unleashed this last election.   According to latest US Census Data, as of 2010, there are 235 million voting age americans.   59 mil voted for Obama.   This is slightly over one quarter of the voting population.  We can adjust for the increase of popultion since 2010 by the number of people not voting (mentally challenged, felons, etc) and call it even.   Further, it's 19% of the population in general.   Considering most of the folks here on zerohedge and at least 3 million repbublicans stayed home because they didn't want to support Dumb, or Dumber, it can hardly be suggested there is anything near 'consensus-bulding' as you quote. 

It's more a Goebel-esque opinon shaping.   Clearly you're a fool of the Jonesian type drinking the last cup of kool-aid available as you watch everyone else die.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

thereare, your numbers did not count the soros diebold fraud ..the number voting for O dummer was much smaller.

can I prove it yes by occams razor..if your vote is not documented by some thing other than 1 and 0's in a program- you never voted.

therearetoomanyidiots's picture

Oh, this is true.  Good point.  So it's more like 17% voted for this asshat.

Venerability's picture

Aw! I knew the Psychopathic KochBots would be all over this one - which is why I posted it.

No matter.

We in the Sane Middle ARE going to win this time.

We've been bullied by the Worst and the Dullest - and those who pull their strings - for far, far too long.




overmedicatedundersexed's picture

the sane middle could use a little more clarification don't you think? you know you are insane right? so I think you refer to the INSANE MIDDLE.

toomanyfakeconservatives's picture

Rosin up yer gun, they're coming to git ya!


Kidding... nobody wants to see what millions of armed citizens and veterans could do in a fight.

Arbysauce's picture

Want to see some REAL performance art? Light up a cigarette in the library.