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Guest Post: Big Government: An Unnecessary Evil That Should Be Abolished

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Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market blog,

There are two types of people in this world; those who worship the ideal of centralized command authority, and those who do not.  Those who value freedom regardless of risk or pain, and those who value slavery in a desperate bid to avoid risk and pain.  When I consider the ultimate folly of man, in the end I look to the meek and unquestioning masses who strive to avoid risk, because it is they who always end up feeding the machines of war, despair, and tyranny.  The power thirsty halls of elitism surely instigate and manipulate the tides of this wretched ocean of quivering souls, but ultimately, the weak-hearted and weak minded make all terrible conquests possible.  

They live by the rule of fear, and their fear drives them to seek control; control of their environment, control of others, and by extension they believe, control of the future.  They attempt to mitigate their overwhelming fear by containing the world and sterilizing it of everything wild, untamed, and unknown.  They dream of a society of pure predictability, and zero responsibility.  They are willing to sacrifice almost anything to attain this position of artificial comfort.    

The concept of “big government” appeals to such people for many reasons…

Government in most cases is nothing but an abstraction.  It is merely a tool that serves the interests of a particular group of people at any given time.  Modern politics is an expression of the foolish cat fight between factions of people to decide who gets to wield the weapon of government and impose their ideology on the rest of us.  At least, that’s what it almost always devolves into.  The great illusion of the system, though, is that ANY group of average people ever actually wields any power.  The truth is, big governments are always operated by very small and exclusive clubs of root beneficiaries out of the sight of the population. 

The smaller this dominant group becomes, the more corrupt and criminal the government generally is.  A government reaches a state of despotism whenever its functions are twisted for the sake of an elite few to the detriment of the common man, and when it ignores the natural inborn rights of the individual for the sake of some fabricated collective .  If one were to closely examine the birth of every iron-fisted oligarchy throughout history, they would find a cyclical pattern of centralization; the removal of checks and balances, the removal of legitimate public involvement in the political process, a dependent and infantized citizenry, and the rise of a “bureaucratic class” which regards itself as superior and born to lead.  All steps taking place within Western societies today.  

Unfortunately, the masses tend to view big government as an inevitability of life; as a natural extension of culture.  Rarely if ever do they ask what tangible purpose it serves.  Are they really getting what they want out of their government?  Or, is the government taking what it wants from them?

I have always found the worshipful attitude that some citizens ascribe to government simultaneously fascinating and disturbing, because these people are not bowing down to a wise and benevolent entity.  Rather, they are bowing down to their own delusions of what they believe that entity to be.  The most dangerous and insidious of governments present themselves as a kind of social vanity mirror.  They allow the citizenry to project their collective desires, biases, shortcomings, and fears, and reflect back an image that entices and placates the majority.  The lies and manipulations of big government are designed to satiate our basest fantasies, but what we see as a concrete edifice of political and legal might, in the end, is a mirage mired in the fog of our own naïve expectations. 

So, the question again arises; if the structure of big government is built upon deceit and misrepresentation, what tangible purpose does it really serve?

The answer is no purpose…at least, no purpose that elevates and enriches the public at large.

Big government is not a “necessary evil”.  It is just evil.  Like the ring of Sauron, it lures in the weak with promises of power, but this power is a ruse.  Each side of our false left/right paradigm, Democrat and Republican, thinks that if only THEY were the bearers of the ring they would “finally use it for good”.  But once in their possession, they are overtaken, overwhelmed, and corrupted by personal temptation. 

The Democratic Party, with all of its proclamations of humanism and respect for civil liberties, is a perfect example.  How quickly did the rank and file Democrats turn away from their anti-war, anti-torture, anti-banker, anti-surveillance, anti-tyranny stance once Barack Obama, a self proclaimed Democrat, was placed in office?  Very quickly!     

And what about the common Republican?  How many of them utterly abandoned their ideals of limited government, reduced spending, Constitutional rights, and Christian understanding as soon as Bush and the Neo-Con regime was installed?  Most of them!

And when all is said and done, who has reaped profits and gained dominance during both disastrous administrations?  The corporate high priests and international banking cartels, not the oblivious participants of the fake political theater.  Yet, a masochistic cycle of misplaced trust in the system on the part of the masses continues... 

If these latest signs of big government corruption aren’t enough to make the public question the validity of the establishment, I’m not sure what will…

The Rape Of Cyprus

Even in the face of unmitigated government theft, I still hear the occasional rationalization of the Cyprus debacle.  Defenders of the bailout measures (which the EU demanded) allowing the confiscation of private citizen savings to pay off government mismanaged debt, argue two things:

1) The banks that were targeted contained “Russian blood money” and hidden funds, so confiscation really amounted to a “punishment of rich criminals” rather than the Cyprus public. 

2) It is “better” that the citizens go along with the confiscation of a percentage of their accounts, rather than lose everything through collapse. 

Just to be clear, any sizable Russian funds being stored in Cyprus were removed before the bailout measures were instituted.  Therefore, the assertion that such people were “punished” is a lie and a distraction.  The Russian scapegoat was merely being promoted by global financiers and political elites in order to con people around the world (not just those in Cyprus) to accept the concept of government theft of private funds as being “moral” under “certain extraneous circumstances”.  When a government wants you to set aside your conscience in support of an immoral action that serves their interests, they will almost always conjure a false villain and engineered consequences for you to direct your fear and anger at.  Once they can convince you to abandon your own principles to smite an imaginary enemy or avoid a manufactured threat, even if only one time, it will be much easier for them to convince you again a second time. 

Large and corrupt governments love to use the magic of the false choice.  For instance, “…it is better to sacrifice some of your money and your principles to the establishment than it is to live through total collapse of the nation…”  This false choice process, though, never ends.  The offending government will demand more property and more freedom from the citizenry everyday while constantly warning that if we do not submit, the alternative will be “far worse”.

The truth is, Cyprus is not the issue.  What the disaster in Cyprus reflects, however, concerns us all.  It is a moment of precedence; an action which sets the stage for the final destruction of the idea of private property.  It dissolves one of the final barriers to total government control.  Governments and elitists have always stolen from the public through misspent taxation and rampant inflation, but with Cyprus, we see a renewed feudalistic paradigm.  The EU and the banking hierarchy are sending a message to the Western world:  You are now their personal emergency fund, and nothing you own is actually yours anymore. 

When an institution confiscates property and capital at will from a subdued and frightened populace without consent, they are essentially exploiting the labor of that populace.  In any culture or language, this is called “slavery”.

Private Corporations Openly Dictating The Law

As most in the Liberty Movement know, the seeds of Fascism germinate in the soil where the corporate world meets the political world.  This is one of the primary reasons why we will stop at nothing to eliminate entities like the Federal Reserve; a privately run banking cartel that mingles with government yet answers to no one, including Congress or the people.  The Fed has existed since 1913, and has dominated the value and circulation of our currency ever since.  However, today, they are taking on new powers…

As a part of the recent bailout bonanza and the legislation surrounding it, the Fed has begun writing operational policy for other private banking institutions:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/26/us-citigroup-moneylaundering-idUSBRE92P0OO20130326

The transition has been subtle but the implications are dangerous.  The Fed is becoming a regulatory body with expanding influence outside of the electoral process.  It is preparing the ground for other private central banks to become fully unaccountable governing structures.  Right now, they are limited to the banking sector, but eventually, this dynamic will poison every aspect of the financial world until every economic decision will be made without any oversight from the public. 

Moving in a slightly different direction, the Federal Government is beginning to establish law which removes the ability of the public to have any means of redress against particular corporations.  The ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ hidden within the pages of the HR 933 spending bill creates special circumstances that protect the GMO producer from litigation and public examination over the dangerous genetic products it markets.  This legislation, in essence, builds a coalition between Monsanto and the government, and even allows Monsanto in some cases to dictate what the government can and cannot do when dealing with GMO’s. 

The Obama Administration’s support of this bill should be a shock to any environmentally inclined Democrat, and any Democrat who is still willing to defend Obama after learning of this legislation, in my opinion, is a lost cause. 

This move on the part of our government is striking because of its open criminality.  It shows that we have entered a new stage of the totalitarian process; one that will invariably lead us to catastrophe.

Legislation By Special Interest Group

In the halls of big government, politicians do not produce major legislation.  Rather, bureaucrats and think tanks fashion policy while elected officials serve as mouthpieces and middlemen.

How often do we discover after the passage of particularly nefarious pieces of legislation that the politicians who voted for them NEVER read the bills themselves?

This past week, sources within NY governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration claimed that he didn’t actually read the NY Safe Act before championing it, and blamed the vast mistakes and unconstitutional oversteps of the bill on Mayor Bloomberg and the Brady Center.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/gov_faking_care_of_business_execs_9uIcEq5lJPk96ayylaRAGL

Now, I do not believe that Cuomo was not aware of the implications of the Safe Act, even if he didn’t read the bill.  But I do believe that the bill was drafted purely by special interest groups like the Brady Center without any oversight from actual state legislators, who then passed it overnight without a second thought. 

In a big government system, legislative wrangling is non-stop.  A bureaucracy thrives on the endless introduction of new laws and new restrictions, and so it makes perfect sense that political representatives, who now act merely as mascots, never have the time to read all the paperwork.  Why would they read it, when they are no longer making decisions on such policies anyway?  All they have to do is vote how they are told to vote by their handlers, and trust that they will be protected by the establishment from public anger. 

Legislation by proxy is rampant in our government today, and it begs us to consider this - If our government has become so oversized and complex that our elected leaders can no longer oversee the actual writing of legislation and must use private think tanks to write it for them, perhaps we should cut the system down until their work load is manageable.  The alternative is a legal and political structure that is engineered entirely by obscure interest groups with an agenda, and this is highly unacceptable.

Complete Disregard For Individual Rights

In the evolution of big government, there comes a point at which the oligarchy has attained enough power that it feels safe in admitting its true intentions.  Usually, this is done in the name of the “greater good”.  Sometimes, they don’t even try to sugar coat it. 

This past week, NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an unguarded moment stated the underlying philosophy behind the impositions of government control over the people.  When questioned about the Constitutionality of the growing drone surveillance grid in American skies, Bloomberg had this to say:

“Everybody wants their privacy, but I don’t know how you’re going to maintain it.  It’s just we’re going into a different world, uncharted, and, like it or not, what people can do, what governments can do, is different. And you can to some extent control, but you can’t keep the tides from coming in.”

“The argument against using automation, it’s this craziness– oh, it’s Big Brother. Get used to it.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bloomberg-new-york-eventually-surveillance-city-article-1.1296103

And there you have it.  The new age (for Bloomberg and big government elites like him) is a place in which government is separate and above the people.  The government does not exist to serve the citizenry; the citizenry exists to serve the government.  Privacy is a privilege that governments can take anytime they wish.  Citizens, being slaves, should not expect such privileges.  And, this subjugated nightmare world is a place that we must accept as a natural extension of progress.  Big Brother is the future, so grow up and “get used to it”…

I will not be “getting used to it”, and neither will millions of Americans like me.  We'll tear the whole monstrosity down first.              

Institutions of law and order are supposed to reflect the highest inherent principles of humanity and defend those principles regardless of the nature of the times.  Honor and conscience do not suddenly become obsolete simply because danger looms, or catastrophe strikes.

Big government bastardizes the original intent of the founders, who formed a small subservient central federal structure to fulfill one purpose – as a protector of the natural freedoms of the population.  The federal system was never meant to have any domestic power beyond this task, nor should it.  Today, as we have shown over and over again, the centralized political behemoth we live under is absolutely unnecessary and completely destructive to the freedom and prosperity of the culture it was originally tasked to defend.  It can and must be dissolved, and it is time for average Americans to deeply and seriously ponder this option rather than ignorantly assume that because it exists, it should exist.  Otherwise, like a weaponized cancer, it will devour what is left of the healthy fabric of our society and destroy whatever good remains within us.

 

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Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:39 | 3389903 JLee2027
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America was not founded on the idea of Big Government.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:42 | 3389910 CH1
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America was not founded on the idea of Big Government.

That was broadly true, but Alexander Hamilton and his corrupt Congress-pals felt otherwise.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:23 | 3390018 kaiserhoff
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Brilliant piece, and wonderfully even handed.

What is difficult for the young to understand, is that this is a relatively recent problem.

When my father started out in 50s America, the total tax burden was 15% of his income.  Now, in many places, it is over 50%.  That's where our prosperity and our futures have gone, to the overpaid file clerks.

Government is never efficient.  It never willingly retreats, quite the opposite.  If we hanged all the banksters tomorrow (brief pause while Kaiser contemplates the orgasmic delight....) we would still have 300% too much gubbermint baggage. 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 19:03 | 3391715 papicek
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In that same time period, oil and electricity prices were capped. By law. Interest rates were set by that same government the author likes to diss here. What has deregulation done? Allowed energy companies to price-gouge. Furthermore, a few years after interest rates caps on what banks could offer depositors, interest rates went to zero. Never mind what other fraud and theft banks have gotten away with. The author doesn't know what in hell he's talking about.

See if you can spot the moment oil price controls were lifted:

http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/graph/?graph_id=110464&category_id=0

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And if you look hard, maybe you can spot when electricity was deregulated:

http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/graph/?graph_id=113742&category_id=0

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In 1982, Garn-St Germain lifted the caps on what banks could offer depositors. Here's what happened very shortly after:

http://www.bankrate.com/brm/images/EDART/20010418b.gif

Now we shop for banks, not on what they can offer us, but on which one takes the least from us in the form of fees. Ask your father about that.

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It was all sold to us like competition would offer savings, but how did that work out?

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Like most anti-government ranters, he hasn't a clue. Wonder why there's practically no steel industry left in America? Here's a steel company's testimony before the Pennylvania Utilities Commission telling regulators that deregulation was killing them, and that they were considering moving to states where regulation was STILL IN PLACE:

http://www.puc.state.pa.us/PcDocs/617128.pdf

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The enemy isn't government. It's the "public-private partnership" which always benefits those with the deepest pockets to begin with. Is America broken? Damn right it is. But we need to get our terms straight. People saying things very much like the author here are trying to steal revenues from Social Security which is a service your father and I PAID FOR. They're taking hard won benefits like paid sick days away. The capacity to bargain collectively. Your father also lived in the period which labor was strong, btw. The biggest year for strikes in the US? 1948. Even if he was a businessan, he benefited from from the growth a broader and deeper consumer base offered.

Have no illusions about where this goes. Grapes of Wrath all over again, and when workers rebel against the deplorable lot FORCED on them, people the author here will more than likely then love government intervention to put them down.

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In short. the author's POV is full of shit. Government has become the booster-club, sales-arm and enforcer for business interests. (It has been throughout most of our history, btw.) What do we do about that? Restrict the Koch Brothers and the AFL-CIO to use Twitter like the rest of us. Get the money out of politics. Re-examine GATT and the WTO. Redraft FCC rules on advertising - especially during that hour they use the PUBLIC airwaves to inform us about what's going on. Break up media conglomerates. Re-examine US labor law, especially Taft-Hartley, which needs to go.

That's just for starters. Then, and only then, can we begin to think about a comprehensive industrial policy, like Japan's MITI and then China's, which goes beyond Wall Street, oil companies and arms makers. We might begin by asking ourselves what parts of society do we think ought NOT to be monetized? Think education. What sectors, like banking, energy and transportation, do we want to run privately, but insulated from free market shennanigans? In other words, run like the utilities they once were - in your father's time.

Mon, 04/01/2013 - 18:02 | 3397466 dock351
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No. You are absolutely wrong. The government is now thouroughly and completely crony capitalist. Everything it touches benefits the few conected people at the top at the expense of all. It will die, and must die. The government is now the enemy of the People. 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 18:01 | 3392327 MeBizarro
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BS his marginal tax rate was 15% of his income in the 1950s.  That's only if he barely earned enough to survive. 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 18:59 | 3392433 papicek
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Another good point, and thanks for making it. Top tax bracket was north of 90% thoughout the 1950's:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t106/OnlyObvious/Tax_Rates/TopTaxBrac...

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:37 | 3390069 McMolotov
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"... the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize ...

"But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain — that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist."

—Lysander Spooner, The Constitution of No Authority, 1870

 

Just something to think about, considering he wrote that 143 years ago.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 21:09 | 3390110 earleflorida
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hamilton was washington's right hand-man... he [gw] was finished fighting war's and just wanted to enjoy what was left of his life in n.virginia. he left to hamilton all fiduciary responsibilities too settle-up accounts with the british west/east india trading co. [a rothschild enterprise] which was the the aggitator for the revolution from the get-go!

remember: the colonist were in favor of british rule by a ratio of 3:1 -- sound familiar

it didn't take long for the same west/east india trading co. to start the war of 1812, and the burning down of the white house by the british!-- and yet, we still look to the british as our beloved mother and a confused home country, yet  forgeting about all the german/ italian immigrants that were forced into WWI? 

 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 00:24 | 3390764 scrappy
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Notice the similarity of the flag to ours. Hmmmm.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_India_Company

 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 07:05 | 3391023 onewayticket2
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It's not how much govt you have, but how little you need ....

that determines a society's quality.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:50 | 3390118 jon dough
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Shame I can only give you one greenie.

Spooner rocks.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 21:17 | 3390262 Pseudo Anonym
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indeed

"... the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be;

the constitution is a treasonous document: http://tinyurl.com/dfztye

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 04:45 | 3390937 Disenchanted
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You'll get no argument from me PA. +1

This 'American experiment' went off the rails much longer ago than many think...

 

From your link(The Constitution Con), the caption underneath the pic of the Articles of Confederation:

 

The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was America's true Constitution before it was cunningly derided and overruled by self-serving traitors known, in today's parlance, as Globalists or Internationalists.

 

and a paragraph from the article(that's my addition in the brackets):

 

The men who undermined the Articles of the Confederation and hustled the Constitution had statues and portraits raised in their honor. Volumes have been written about their deeds, but rarely has the truth been told. Throughout America and the world the traitors are lauded as great revolutionaries, thinkers and humanitarians. Their ideological descendants openly and unashamedly work hand in hand with British and European oligarchs[Red Shield banksters and their agents and frontmen], using fear and panic to further their agendas. They continue to erode whatever is left of the privileges once bestowed upon their slaves.

 

btw PA's link is not the only source for arguments against the Constitution such as this one article. That's for those who will immediately try to change the focus to the author of the article at PA's link.

 

Here's another similar argument made @ dailypaul.com:  The Constitutional Coup

Here's another:

In the beginning: Let there be the Articles of Confederation

Which has this to say in the first paragraph:

 

The great deficiency in both the popular culture and academic education is that of distorted history. No other single erroneous national belief has greater importance than the notion that the Articles of Confederation were a blunder. All the contentions that the first governing body of the United States of America was a failure, avoids the central issue. Just because it was eventually superceded by the U.S Constitution, was it lacking in its attempt to fulfill the essential purpose of the 1776 Revolution?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 22:56 | 3390580 sun tzu
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Laws against murder have been powerless to prevent murder. Therefore, laws against murder are unfit to exist. 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 23:46 | 3390695 Crash Overide
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Each and every one of us has rights that no one can take away, but we have to stand up for those rights.

 

Burn it all down... 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 08:50 | 3391129 TeamDepends
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And why don't people stand?

"Fear is the mind killer"

Frank Herbert  "Dune"

 

 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 02:01 | 3390867 KickIce
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The Constitution is fine in and of itself but depends on the populace being well educated and actively involved in the the actions / decisions of our elected officials.  There would be tar, feathers and pitchforks involved if they attempted to pass this crap in the early days of our country.  Now, there's not much more than apathy and ignorance.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:43 | 3389914 mikla
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True dat.

Also, America was explicitly founded to *deny* the, "awarding of titles of nobility".  But, that's what we have:  Titles, of nobility, and riches for life, if you get admitted to the "proper position".

We do not have one society.  And, as a result, what we have is unstable:  Laws do not apply to royalty.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:46 | 3389922 Bicycle Repairman
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The original 13th amendment to the Constitution, since "lost", said explicitly: "no titles of nobility".  Period.  But that, along with other pieces of American history has been "misplaced" by court historians.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:18 | 3390006 Umh
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Why would need an amendment when this "No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State." is in the constitution?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 21:02 | 3390201 Bicycle Repairman
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The constitution says that.

The "missing" 13th expands to this:

“If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain any title of nobility or honour, or shall, without the consent of Congress accept and retain any present, pension, office or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.”

See the difference?  Now think about current members of congress.

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/07/27/why-some-republicans-wa...

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 22:38 | 3390541 hivekiller
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Titles of nobility are also monopolies given to those able to bribe the right legislator as well as members of the victim classes - ie women, minorities, queers, etc. Basically all the losers in society are receiving special privileges - masquerading as civil rights or equality issues - which others are guilted into providing. There are none so self-rightous or puffed up as those who steal from one group and give to another using the govt. as intermediary.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 08:48 | 3391128 KickIce
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+1   Lady justice must be blind for our system to worh.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:45 | 3389921 McMolotov
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People who prescribe more government in order to cure the problems caused by government itself should be laughed into obscurity, and their ideas should be dismissed as casually as one flushes a toilet — and for the same reason. Unfortunately these people seem to outnumber us.

I'll take the fucking Pepsi Challenge that what we started off with, for all its faults, is infinitely preferable to what we have now: a Frankensteinian corporate state that seems determined to stamp out every last barely-flickering ember of freedom we still have.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:58 | 3389950 espirit
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Nobody wants to stay at a Holiday Inn Express.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:30 | 3390051 kaiserhoff
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Depends..., on who is paying the bill.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:37 | 3390071 Go Tribe
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Well said mcjustice.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:55 | 3389945 freewolf7
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Keep taking our deposits, and see how that goes for you guys.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 22:11 | 3390480 A Nanny Moose
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Yet look where we ended up...

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 22:18 | 3390504 GOSPLAN HERO
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USA Big Government since 1865.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:39 | 3389905 adventuretime
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Should change the title to Government: An Unnecessary Evil That Should Be Abolished.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 22:13 | 3390481 A Nanny Moose
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Amen.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:43 | 3389913 Falconsixone
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Asian, Latino or Filipino?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:47 | 3389924 Falconsixone
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or Ukrainian?

 

All women want me to slave for them in exchange for skin pleasures and bitching?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:43 | 3389916 Bicycle Repairman
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“Everybody wants their privacy, but I don’t know how you’re going to maintain it.  It’s just we’re going into a different world, uncharted, and, like it or not, what people can do, what governments can do, is different. And you can to some extent control, but you can’t keep the tides from coming in.”

“The argument against using automation, it’s this craziness– oh, it’s Big Brother. Get used to it.”

If the topic was Nazi Germany and the Gestapo and "action squads" and camps, I just cannot picture Bloomberg saying this.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:52 | 3389938 CH1
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Bloomberg is a monster.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 02:20 | 3390882 Scarlett
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His words will be widespread on History books one day; but that's way after the imperial collapse.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 23:01 | 3390591 sun tzu
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Bloomturd is a totalitarian fascist elitist. 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 23:09 | 3390614 hivekiller
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No he's just another control freak Jew. Most of them are like that. Read Israel Shahak's book "Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of 3,000 Years" as he describes the role of rabbis in micromanaging the lives of their flock. Think Rabbi Bloombutt is any different?

 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:45 | 3389917 Hulk
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There are an infinite number of "there are two types of people in the world"

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:58 | 3389954 Yen Cross
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 Please Elaborate HULK.  " I'm Lovin it".   FWIW, My Apricots and Pomegranats are a bit late this year. 

   " Global Kooling"?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:33 | 3390059 kaiserhoff
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Yes, but the greatest of these is Producers vs. Parasites.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 00:15 | 3390742 Bohm Squad
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Producers vs. Looters

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:45 | 3389918 surf0766
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Now you pissed off the marxist. Big government is your friend. 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:47 | 3389927 dick cheneys ghost
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$6 Trillion to fight two wars.............Fuck you Bill Kristol, Drunkenmiller and Krathammer......all Jewish Neo-Cons..........These asswips want more wars and tell me that my 'entitlements' need to be cut..........

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/study-iraq-afghan-...

 

 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:40 | 3390081 Go Tribe
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You said it. I'm getting damned tired of the money changers. They've been a plagued on humanity since the beginning.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:48 | 3389929 booboo
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Sovereign citizen established the Feral government. Time to dismantle the Frankenstein and begin anew.
When a common civil servant sneers across the counter at me which in this day and age is always they get it back in spades. They get no leeway from me, fuck em. You cannot even get the fuckers to answer a phone call much less return one.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:58 | 3389951 CH1
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Please consider the strategy of walking away from the system and letting it fall of its own weight.

Go Galt and starve the beast.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 22:15 | 3390499 A Nanny Moose
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Wealth mustf first be generated, and free from boating accidents, before it can be stolen.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 00:18 | 3390752 Bohm Squad
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Tools used to create wealth can also be stolen...

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:53 | 3389939 espirit
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Never saw your source link where "russian blood money" was the root of this grab - ass dog and pony show.  Seems to me, there are boo-koo multinational corporations stashing cash outside the U.S. just waiting to repatriate it at lower rates if possible.

And all I ever hear is that it was Russian money that mattered the most...

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:55 | 3389944 ebworthen
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Well done.

The Demicans and the Republicrats are completely useless; they utter talking points and sound clips while colluding to fuck over the average citizen.

The whole thing needs to be torn down; it will cost at least half the population, but more than likely we will trundle and bumble along with the sheeple believing the lies and being distracted by the cotton candy and bright lights until it collapses in on itself.

I've always been against big government, but when the GOP has continued to support bailouts, lobbying, spending, war-mongering and the military/industrial complex what point is there in voting?

I'm better off voting for more government spending and taking whatever I can get from Uncle Spam because there is no alternative other than expatriation (and I'd kind of like to bleed the beast as I see killing it as the only way to end the charade that has become the U.S.S.A. and bring it to any possibility of a return to promise it once held).

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:58 | 3389953 MyBrothersKeeper
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Good read and very true in my opinion. Over time all supersized govt's overreach and overspend to the detriment of it's people.  They convinvce everyone they know what's best through either brute force, oppression, or progaganda.  In the end it collapses.  Roman empire, Hitler's Germany, Communist Russia etc....The founding fathers understood better than most and set freedom as the tenet to avoid the self destruction.  I pray we wake up BEFORE it's too late and not after.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:06 | 3389960 espirit
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Too late.  They're putting the blue pill in everything you eat or drink.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:11 | 3389976 thurstjo63
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Good to know that someone has grasp that fact. What's needed is social power. That doesn't come from demonstrating outside of some politician's office. That comes from taking back one's power to control one's life through direct democracy.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:11 | 3389977 Jim in MN
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Eh.  Not very good.  Shows little understanding of political economy, which in my opinion makes the author good for cannon fodder; which is handy so....carry on. 

But nothing to be learned from this post.  Friday night entertainment?  When's the game again?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 21:01 | 3390189 runningman18
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Jim, random opinionated criticism without any concrete presentation is boring  (that is to say, your pretentious attitude is boring us).  Do you have anything specific to argue?  What in particular was wrong with the author's essay?  Or do you even know...? 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 23:03 | 3390595 sun tzu
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Jim is a clueless big government asswipe

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 23:18 | 3390643 Jim in MN
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Big government or.....?????

Oh and you're a SLAVE if you don't wave the ????? flag.  Nice.  Sign me up Chuckles.

That's what's wrong with it.  Hardly anything there to critique, it's been said before, what is the point?  The poster doesn't have a theory of government, merely a whine in multiple keystrokes.  'If all men were angels no government would be necessary'?  Ever heard of that? 

People here at ZH understand the pointlessness of the Dem-Rep dichotomy, well here's a flash for you: the State-Utopia dichotomy is equally useless.  Or, let's say an immature state of political thought.  Rather like nihilism as an immature philosophical standpoint.  But it's OK for a good emotional/romantic stir, and I am on board for the anti-State party any time. 

The Randian, Thoreauian, and faux-Jeffersonian models of statelessness have been debated here plenty of times, I am sorry you missed it all.  Heck, I wrote papers on all that in the mid-1980s.  What would you like to learn about? 

And as an elementary school teacher liked to say: 'If you're bored you're boring.'  So, fuck you and Ben too.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 03:11 | 3390907 runningman18
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You're still boring, and still haven't presented any specific criticisms of the article.  Merely saying "oh, this article doesn't say anything" is a cop out.  If it "doesn't say anything", then why don't you tell us what you think it SHOULD SAY, rather than attacking it without ever qualifying any of your broad and baseless opinions.  Act like a man, don't act like a bitch... 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 08:22 | 3391100 Sean7k
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I think Jim's response is clear and concise. It presents exactly what you asked for. 

I have myself been castigated for being bored with the repeticious nature of these types of articles that offer little in regard to concrete steps towards a new resolution. Like he says, there is nothing wrong with the article, it is just boring without giving the reader something to chew on.

It is the how, why and because of an idea that gives one an incentive to argue its' merits. Stateless society is a difficult problem that must meet the needs of a great majority of the population. There is no doubt, theoreticlaly, it can be accompished, but there are always flies in the ointment: one, how do you effect the changeover and what happens when the ruling Elite go to war? Two, how do you change the public mindset, propagandized for over one hundred years, to accept a new rigourous protocol? Three, how do you keep the power vacuum being filled with a new Elite? Four, what will be the role of the rule of law? 

The list is long and should be. Without due consideration, many ideas sound like perfect solutions. Brandon is an excellent proponant of the Liberty Movement and these pieces are great for recruitment. However, they are a starting point and many of us here been climbing many years. There is a mountain ahead of us, and the slope gets sheerer as you approach its' summit. Articles that can give us handholds on the way to the top and shelter from the heavy storms are much more interesting than signs leading to the path at the bottom of the mountain.

 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 19:17 | 3392451 runningman18
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Actually, there is nothing clear or concise in his response.  All he did was pontificate using a broad brush, and arrogantly dismissed the essay without giving any specifics or offering a view of his own.  This is lazy and unconstructive criticism on his part.  If he really does hold the Zero Hedge audience in such high esteem, he should be willing to offer an adult level of commentary, rather than the adolescent display he has crapped out so far.

Just sayen...

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:15 | 3389993 Seasmoke
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Let me give you my perspective from a white guy .....

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:34 | 3390064 Sean7k
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"Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun." - Mao Zedong

Now, you just have ask, which end of the barrel are you looking at?

If it isn't voluntary, it's tyranny. 

Doesn't matter how many stars and stripes your wrap it up in, fascism is fascism is fascism.

America is just the guard dog of british totalitarianism and the Rothschilds zionist global holocaust.

Is this why you send your children to die, be mutilated and deal out murder and destruction?

The reason government exists, is because people are slaves and fools. 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:35 | 3390070 Bingfa
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CATS OUT OF THE BAG NOW....

FDIC and bank of England create resolution authority for unlimited bail ins for TBTF banks....

http://www.silverdoctors.com/fdic-bank-of-england-create-resolution-auth...

All we need to know.....

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 20:49 | 3390114 cherry picker
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Why not a virtual country like bitcoin is a virtual currency?

 

The country can issue passports, driver's licences, and so on for a small fee.  No taxation, no military, anyone can join from anywhere to unite against what is going on.  One World order by the people for the people.  No corporations or banks or governments allowed.  :)

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 23:04 | 3390602 sun tzu
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How will the masses get their welfare checks and free obamaphones? How will the super-criminals steal from the middle class retirement and bank accounts?

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 21:27 | 3390304 Jim B
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F'em bought another 100 OZ of SLV today! 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 21:43 | 3390371 Pseudo Anonym
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slv??  you exchanged one kind of confetti for another.  good luck with your further endeavours.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 23:27 | 3390659 RafterManFMJ
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F'em bought another 100 OZ of SLV today! 

^Somebody is paying, but not paying attention.

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 22:03 | 3390448 steve from virginia
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Wanna get rid of big government?

 

 - Get rid of Big Business, it cannot pay its own way, it needs bottomless debt subsidies. The debt service is paid by government deficits. Big deficits require big governments and big spending. The government isn't a charity, it's a component of the Big Business enterprise.

 

Keep in mind, the government can lose money every year perpetually, something business cannot do. The private sector cannot exist in anything like its present form without a spendthrift government.

 

 - Get rid of the goddamned cars. Massive auto fleets require massive road systems, massive fuel infrastructure, myriads of destinations, gigantic enterprises to keep these things functioning. Because none of it pays for itself, gigantic government enterprises -- states AND federal -- are necessary.

 

 - After getting rid of the cars, get rid of the wars. It's too bad we never seem to ever win any. What is that return on investment, again?

 

All this heavy breathing over firearms ... the problem is at the end of your driveway(s). Americans ... cowardly little worms ... enslaved by your machines ... too stupid to know you are slaves.

 

 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 22:16 | 3390483 ChanceIs
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I find Doug Casey compelling.  He says it is a shame that the North won the Civil War.  (Or would that be the War Between the States, or the War of Secession?)  What!?!?!?!  Who would ever think such a thought.  Every good American reveres the fact that the Union was preserved.  You know....a house divided.  Casey is cleary a cross burning, white robed racist.

But..........................

His argument is that the northern victory gave us big government.  I find that has merit.  And you won't hear that thought process in the grade schools.  I wonder why.  I would suppose that Casey finds slavery revolting.  It is a shame that it came to that.

Hmmmmmmm.  Any parallels between today's Teutons and the Greeks vis-a-vis the industrial North and agrarian South of the mid 19th century.  I should go borrow $100K to get a history Ph.D. and work it out.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 00:00 | 3390717 Lednbrass
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That is revered north of the Mason Dixon and west of the Mississippi perhaps, not as much on the other sides.  A very large number of those other people are quite aware of what total horseshit that is and are chuckling as the weight of the government they so adore in the north grinds the descendants of the Blue Horde into the dust.

You wanted it, you got it... now shut up and die quietly. Who has the manufacturing now? Who puts the combat soldiers into the military?

We'll have a good ol' barbecue one day over the embers of their cities.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 14:55 | 3391893 ChanceIs
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Hmmmmmm.  Just to be sure I am not misunderstood - and I did get one negative mark on what I hoped would be a neutral post - but I can roll with the punches:

1) Doug Casey is one of my favorites. The man thinks outside of the box,

2) I have never heard him address southern slavery directly, but he speaks of our pending economic slavery/serfdom with utter contempt.  I am sure he was/is totally against the concept of slavery,

3) I had never really thought about the notion that the northern victory was a watershed event in the march towards big government.  I would have pinned it on the Great depression and FDR.  You could go back to the founding of the Fed these 100 years ago, or slightly later to WWI where we drafted US citizens to go fight in Europe.  Did we have a federal draft before the Civil War?  For 1812?  Surely the federal government oversaw the "Reconstruction" of the south, a stomping on states' right to be sure.

4) From Casey's perspective I drew the observation that we were confronted with a choice between slavery, and a northern victory and concomitant big government.  It is a shame it came to that.  I would have to choose the abolition of slavery - with the hope that big government could later be taken into a bathtub and droned.

5) Slavery was/is abhorant.  Net/net I am sure that it did more to destroy the wealth and souls of those that practiced it than any psoobile benefit accrued over the 150 or so years it existed in the US.  We are about to have the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  I would say that there are still open wounds.

 

 

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 22:26 | 3390519 Neo1
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The people have it within their power to strip the Fed of its powers, rescind private credit and get the bankers to pay off the National Debt should Congress fail to act. The key to all this is 12 USC 411, which declares that Federal Reserve notes shall be redeemed in lawful money at any Federal Reserve bank. Lawful money is defined as all the coins, notes, bills, bonds and securities of the United States: 'Julliard v. Greenman' 110 U.S. 421, 448 (1884); whereas public money is the lawful money declared by Congress as a legal tender for debts (31 USC 5103); 524 F.2d 629 (1974). Anyone can present Federal Reserve notes to any Federal Reserve bank and demand redemption in public money -- i.e., legal tender United States notes and coins. A Federal Reserve note is a fixed obligation or evidence of indebtedness which pledges redemption (12 USC 411) in public money to the note holder. The Fed maintains a ready supply of United States notes in hundred dollar denominations for redemption purposes should it be required, and coins are available to satisfy claims for smaller amounts. However, should the general public decide to redeem large amounts of private credit for public money....
A Banksters defeatism (realization of defeat) nightmare, Being forced to Return to Real Money=United States Note=Lawful Money, Use the Remedy within the Federal Reserve Act. Redeemed 12USC411 – http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/12/411
Refusal Penalty 12USC501a – http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/12/501a
http://savingtosuitorsclub.net/index.php Stop being a Slave!!!!!! This is Tax Free Money!!!!!! http://stormthunder.com/ Convincing Congress to Abolish the Fed http://www.silverbearcafe.com/private/convincing.html

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 23:13 | 3390621 adr
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So when does the Liberty Movement march on Washington? Glenn Beck had 300k+ on the Mall andcould have easily sent 150k to the White House and 150k to the Capital and taken them over.

All he needed to do was say the word and I believe enough of the people there would have done it to make a difference.

At the time I think Beck still thought the message was enough to get enough people involved and awake to change the system through elections. A few people were elected to Congress because of the movement, but not enough to change one thing. Not with the power completely centered around lifers like Reid, who can pull a switch and turn a lost election into victory.

Beck became a threat and the government set out to destroy him. Prior to the rally, he was a nuisance. After, he was a major threat. Any man that can gather close to half a million people with the same thoughts and goals of breaking the stranglehold of big government, in the capital city, is going to be dealt with. Is it any wonder that soon after his show was attacked and he lost just about everything. I wonder if he lays awake at night wondering what if, what if he asked the people to act that day.

The Liberty movement is just a nuisance right now. Not really taken seriously. We all know the government has gone beyond treason, but nothing has been done. We have gone far beyond the events that led to a few men declaring independence from England, yet the people ask for more.

But like the late 1700s, the majority of the people will follow whoever seems to be in charge. There is an element to the majority that wishes to be controlled. I swear there are a vast number of people that can't spend money unless they are being scammed. There is something in their DNA that forces them to believe lies and look past truth. That even if they know the man is a thief, they will believe this time is different because the man said he would never steal from them.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 00:06 | 3390727 Lednbrass
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Beck is an idiot and a fraud, he is more concerned with kowtowing in Israel as anything going on here. 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 02:05 | 3390871 The Heart
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The tears always fall for those who will never know how and why the great country fell to babylonians within the walls. They are not being given the real truths to help them. Not by their own faulting, but by the fault of the outer stimuli they get from the only source of information they have. The blind only know what they are told. The babylonian media propaganda machine is the greatest weapon that has ever been used against the American people, and it continues to spew it's garbagic tripe every night in most American homes in the ongoing mind-control programming.

Truths are for futures...lies and deceptions are for the past.

The real awakening is on and there is much to experience yet still. Please take a listen to this good Police Chief Mark Kessler on the John Stadtmiller show today. Hear in his voice what America used to be. Hear a real man standing up as most should do. The only thing that allows this insanity to go on, is the refusal of good men to stand up and adhere to the oaths they took to defend this nation from enemies, foreign, and domestic. In this time, in this place, there are both to contend with. Imagine that.

JS 3-29-13

http://216.240.133.177/archives32/Stadtmiller/2013/03/Stadtmiller_2_0329...

http://216.240.133.177/archives32/Stadtmiller/2013/03/Stadtmiller_2_0329...

http://www.chiefkessler.com/

A VISITOR FROM THE PAST
by Thelen Paulk

I had a dream the other night, I didn't understand.
A figure walking through the mist, with flintlock in his hand.
His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by the bed,
He took off his three-cornered hat, and speaking low, he said:

"We fought a revolution, to secure our liberty.
We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny,
For future generations, this legacy we gave,
In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave."

"The freedom we secured for you, we hoped you'd always keep.
But tyrants labored endlessly, while your parents were asleep.
Your freedom gone, your courage lost, you're no more
than a slave,
In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave."

"You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun,
Permits to start a business, or to build a place for one.
On land that you believe you own, you pay a yearly rent,
Although you have no voice in choosing how the money's spent."

"Your children must attend a school that doesn't educate.
Your Christian values can't be taught, according to the state.
You read about the current news, in a regulated press.
You pay a tax you do not owe, to please the I.R.S."

"Your money is no longer made of silver or of gold.
You trade your wealth for paper, so your life can be controlled.
You pay for crimes that make our nation turn from God in shame,
You've taken Satan's number, as you've traded in your name."

"You've given government control to those who do you harm,
So they can padlock churches, and steal the family farm,
And keep the country deep in debt, put men of God in jail,
Harass your fellow countrymen, while corrupted courts prevail."

"Your public servants don't uphold the solemn oath they've sworn.
Your daughters visit doctors so their children won't be born.
Your leaders ship artillery and guns to foreign shores,
And send your sons to slaughter, fighting other people's wars."

"Can you regain freedom for which we fought and died?
Or don't you have the courage or the faith to stand with pride?
Are there no more values for which you'll fight to save?
Or do you wish your children to live in fear and be a slave?"

"Sons of the Republic, arise and take a stand!
Defend the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land!
Preserve our great republic and each God-given right,
And pray to God to keep the torch of freedom burning bright!"

As I awoke he vanished, in the mist from which he came.
His words were true, we are not free. We have ourselves to blame.
For even now as tyrants trample each God-given right,
We only watch and tremble, too afraid to stand and fight.

If he stood by your bedside, in a dream while you're asleep,
And wondered what remains of our rights he fought to keep,
What would be your answer, if he called out from the grave?
Is this still the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBVoeD5ZCs

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 03:04 | 3390904 Lord Koos
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There are two kinds of people in this world, the kind that believe there are only two kinds of people, and everyone else.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 04:42 | 3390934 Seer
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Here we go again with this notion that there can be a "small government."  The US has 300 MILLION people.  Not a chance in hell!

It's like this, arguing for "small government" is like arguing to be just a little pregnant.  ANYONE, show me where there has ever been a "small government" maintained (for any length of time).

EVERY fucking thing we do is based on GROWTH.  Governments get included into this premise.

So, one cannot be pushing growth AND "small government" and expect government to not expand.

Our "modern" notion of govt is assumed to be civil, er, a, sophisticated.  As George Carlin would say: It's all BULLSHIT, and it ain't good for ya.  Most of us have been programmed to believe that it's necessary, that "we're number 1!" because, well, because we've told ourselves that (which is exactly what ALL other peoples have ever done- it's always an issue of cultural/national exceptionalism- self-deluding!).

People are missing THE point for the American Revolution.  The BEEF was with the inability of governance from far away, governance that couldn't be responsive in adequate time: this appeared as taxation without representation- no one back then, as far as I know of, was laying blame on it being about "big government."  Now days we have instant transmissions, and while things might appear to move slowly, compared to back then things move REAL fast.

The ISSUE is the lack of local self-governance, not whether there should be some far away "big" or "small" government.  I want NO far-away government!  And while I care not for governments in general, it is not my place to tell others how they should form and manage their affairs- this should be determined at local community levels.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 04:52 | 3390939 foxenburg
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@seer: I understand that at the height of the Raj, the UK controlled all of India (incl current Pakistan) - far more than 300 million people, with a force of 5,000 civil servants. 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 07:44 | 3391053 falak pema
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Apparently in a context of 300 broken treaties with impotent local potentates, where the mosaic of endogenous feudal society had been torn asunder. Every feudal feared his neighbour more than the British civil servant or sipahi. There was NO nationalist sentiment in India when a superior and organised army of entrepreneurs and merchant warriors arrived under CLive. 

They arrived in the right place at the right time; a huge crumbling society two thousand year old, stultified in caste system, dying from the decay of previous central command society : Moghul Empire of imported moslem faith rejected by the locals.

COrtez and Pizarro were witnesses to similar non opposition as seed Conquistadors; right place right time when civilizations, Aztecs/Incas,  are in dying throes.

Today, with the technological revolution, the complexity of society and the aspirations of Bottom Up momentum since Enlightenment era, the options now are  : Strong central governance that recoginses the bottom up dialogue as VALID people's aspiration Globally, notably in third world where the current technology/economic meme has greatest potential, and the TOP down private Oligarchy control that sees globalisation as a power lever, for doing on a multiple fold basis, what the East India Company and the Conquistadors of old achieved locally in their on fields of conquest : big power and riches for their own fold in the new global village under technological imperialism; new cutting edge.

We are de facto heading towards world governance, like it or not, our ecosystem is NOW ONE, our increasingly Internet fed trade routes are instantaneous and integrated, like our money lines. There is no going back. These new Conquistadors have now made this IRREVERSIBLE.

Its time for the people meme to impose equivalent governance rules in the unified eco system; not in isolated eco system modes of marginal signifiance in this awesome technologically fed momentum. The marginal systems could be nodes of transition to a new people's meme of civil liberties and rights charter.

Times arrow today : technology and innovation, to destroy or to construct; either way it will lead the way.  

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 08:07 | 3391082 JOYFUL
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same ol tired worship of the same ol tired gods of your 'enlightened' illuminati forebears...

the arc of time is inevitably forwards...abandon your resistance to our superior verbal constructions, and see what crumbs will land pon your plates(but keep in mind that the plate belongs to us, to be rented or removed at our discretion!)...

Cortez and Pizarro were mistakenly seen by the 'natives' as a returning Viracocha\Quetzalcoatl, to whom god-like attributes were assigned because of the white skin. The red man was taken in by appearances because he was not aware that the race from over the sea had already been demeaned and deluded by the moneychanging cabbalist class amongst them, leaving them but a hollowed out version of their original spiritual and intellectual essence.

The adventures of the "Spanish" in the New World have been much documented under the Leyenda Negra: what is little known, and less understood, is that the pillaging ranks were heavily populated with the outcast marranos and cryptos who had been cast out as of '92, to seek their fortunes abroad...which they did, to the great discomfiture of the aboriginal populations of both Merika and Asia...

your inability to disassociate yourself from the febrile anti-Anglo emotions of your inculcated continental prejudices renders your analysis of both situations valueless...and culpable for being yet another attempt to impose your khazarian-sponsored NEWWORLDORDER onto the plebians. Nice try...but no cigar for you.

For your edification, I once again enclose this document: http://www.scribd.com/doc/123652605/Genome-Evolution-of-Jewish-Populatio... -so as to equip you with the means to make a positive contribution to the ongoing discussion here!

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 09:12 | 3391163 falak pema
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Whatever you feel about the Enlightenment meme and those who bow to it is your interpretation of history and/or the relevance of human philosophy constructs that it engenders. You cannot deny the facts but you can interpret them in the light of your own value systems.

I do not dispute that and accept debate based on alternative civilization constructs that have factual, historical roots.

Whereas, the meme you emphasise in your biased hatred of a designated bogeyman tribe is substantiated by NO FaCTS, its a figment of your imagination and of rancid prejudice shared with others as demented as yourself; a pernicious extract of those dark and festering times when Chrisatian faith expressed itself in hate and repressionary Inquistion. I have no ethnic or cultural reason to bow to supposed puppet masters of any elitist cult. 

You would have made a great Inquisitor, Joyful, your name a misnomer given your recurrent emphasis of devil's disciple rants targeting  a supposedly corrupt blood line; a manifest hat tipping by you in your blind prejudice to a HATEFUL knee jerk that apparently tickles your  narrow christian upbringing. The little mythological tale you tell of Conquistador tomfoolery is a good case study of non factual history telling; like Roland at Roncevaux pass; or the charge of the light brigade. 

That is basically the difference in our two approaches : mine is factual, yours is mythological based on creationist, rancidly potent extraction of a vitrified vision of the Virgin Mary's immaculate conception.

The rest is smoke and mirrors of a man who cannot accept he was born in a culture that is not pristine in its naure, but a recurrent song of superior values, forgetting its factual trace in history that portrays a decided inclination fed on two faced machiavellian greed; swan song of the Borgia's tradition dipped in innocent blood.  

You are in a civilization that has as genetically inherited character trait  the hubris of the house of Atreus. Get used to its as it documented abundantly in history; today as in yesteryears.

And, forget the bogeyman theme; its as tiresome to some as the Enlightenment meme is to you! 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 09:52 | 3391207 JOYFUL
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...mine is factual, yours is mythological based on creationist, rancidly potent extraction of a vitrified vision of the Virgin Mary's immaculate conception...

great to see you coming out, so to speak, and into your own!

In the last week we have seen you clearly identify yourself with the continuum of the gnostic\Bogomil\Paulician manichean school of thought, and now, straight up shillin for the Synarchist\Martinist school of One World Government and high-falutin fascism dressed up with the feathers of a canard of multi-coloured intellectual contortion!

Luckily enough, I'm in a civilization of my own choosing, and as it grows, in the space vacated by the dying exoskeleton of a poisoned west, it will incorporate all the best of both East & West, at the expense of hangers-on to who vainly attempt to secure themselves a position of influence with whatever authority seems ascendant in the fleeting moment.

Unlike yourself, I have no dog/God in the religion race...we dance to a different dreamer here...quite beyond your petrified imagination squire!

http://youtu.be/gGHMtRJjdOs \Music In Me - Sean Escoffery

Hey - dock party at my place to-night...we're only 20 minutes from Rhodes by seaplane, or two hours by high speed yacht...I know it's a bit out of your neighborhood, but maybe one of your 'oligarch' buddies can give you a lift! You need to chill a bit mon!

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 10:07 | 3391214 falak pema
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dream on, in confirmation bias, illusory correlation and attitude polarisation.

If you worshiped Lysenko's inheritence that would be the cherry on the pseudo scientific toxic cake. 

I don't believe in any globalist construct based on ideology. 

I look at facts and see what Pax Americana has built in the last thirty years. 

And what the Internet has done today like Gutenberg's press yesterday. And what the Chernobyl and Fuku clouds have left as trace of now integrated eco systems.

Facts LEAD in my world and theory follows in its footsteps. Its the other way round in your world.

You like to put people in little boxes of your concoction.

Hahaha! 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 06:22 | 3390991 stiler
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IMHO I think that TPTB, be they the Eurocrat preppies or whatever ubermensch they be; are all puppets and if they were removed some others would just step up. I am not a conspiracy theorist, because I believe the whole thing is one big snowjob. The one who pulls those strings is a person who was created good, but became bad, who lives as "the prince of the power of the air". If he lives in the air, invisibly, then he can get away with deception of the sons of disobedience.

'Merca was fortuneate to have had some truly moral, religious people in our founding. 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 06:39 | 3391001 Helvetico
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This is drivel. You're not going to convince gramps to give up his Social Security check, or to renounce his Medicare payments. You're not going to convince the Fox News crew that we should stop spending billions to blow shit up with our military around the world.

The only solution to big government would be the division of the country into several smaller nations which are easier to administrate. This sort of tectonic shift is not possible without the risk of a horrible civil war.

So, get used to it. You're powerless.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 07:03 | 3391022 Frummox
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Am I missing something here? Individuals put money into banks insured up to some limit. The Banks bought Greek bonds that blew up. The Banks are insolvent. So instead of a goverment bailout funded by taxpayers, the risk takers (the depositers with more than the insured limit) take the hit. Lessen learned is do not place all your eggs in one basket.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 07:11 | 3391032 jjsilver
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Unanimous Supreme Court Rules that Citizens Can Hold Federal Government Liable for Abuse by Law Enforcement Officers

This applies to any Public Officer. For if you act outside your authority you can be held personally liable. However, don't think some bar card attorney is going to help you, in fact they are part of problem. Did you know an attorney's loyalty is to the court, NOT YOU. And did you also know if hire one of these agents of the crown you are now considered  "NON COMPOS MENTIS", not mentally competent, and you are then considered a ward of the court. You LOSE all your Rights, and you will not be permitted to do anything herein.
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/secretoath.htm

https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/on_the_front_lines/vic...

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 07:39 | 3391054 Fix It Again Timmy
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Government thrives on corruption, waste and the usurpation of power and it is not the least bit concerned that it does.....

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 08:18 | 3391099 Obamananke
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Great article I thought the first paragraph was a bullseye.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 08:44 | 3391125 sbenard
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I would use slightly different terms: Those who worship government as god, and those who do not!

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 09:37 | 3391190 millus
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Over all nice article.  I disagree that big government can not be overturned.  They get away with what they do because the general public has been dummy down on their American history and responsiblities as a citizen in this republic.  It did not happen over night.  Society has been taught overtime that government is good and they have our best interests in mind.

A good example is the word I used above - republic.  You ask people what form of government we have and they will reply 99.99% of the time a democracy.  Wrong!  We are suppose to have a republic form of government.  There are signicant differences between the two.  If you do not know what the differences are, find out.  This is one small example of how the general public has been tricked.  If the American public was up on their history, do you think they would stand for the 13th amendment?  This amendment started the country down the wrong road of taking power/rights away from the states.

I can go on and on.  I know, please don't.  The bottom line is as a nation, we deserve the kind of government we have.  As a patriot, I always have my powder dry.  Jefferson stated every citizen is a soldier.  However, until that day comes, the current battlefield is the battlefield of ideas.  Nicely, in love, educate the people around you of the flawed concepts and principles that are common in our society today.  Unfortunately, the beast of tyranny is alive and well in America today.

 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 09:37 | 3391191 millus
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Over all nice article.  I disagree that big government can not be overturned.  They get away with what they do because the general public has been dummy down on their American history and responsiblities as a citizen in this republic.  It did not happen over night.  Society has been taught overtime that government is good and they have our best interests in mind.

A good example is the word I used above - republic.  You ask people what form of government we have and they will reply 99.99% of the time a democracy.  Wrong!  We are suppose to have a republic form of government.  There are signicant differences between the two.  If you do not know what the differences are, find out.  This is one small example of how the general public has been tricked.  If the American public was up on their history, do you think they would stand for the 13th amendment?  This amendment started the country down the wrong road of taking power/rights away from the states.

I can go on and on.  I know, please don't.  The bottom line is as a nation, we deserve the kind of government we have.  As a patriot, I always have my powder dry.  Jefferson stated every citizen is a soldier.  However, until that day comes, the current battlefield is the battlefield of ideas.  Nicely, in love, educate the people around you of the flawed concepts and principles that are common in our society today.  Unfortunately, the beast of tyranny is alive and well in America today.

 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 10:31 | 3391271 smacker
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A brilliant essay from Brandon Smith, one of my favourite thinkers and authors.

He articulates with great skill and eloquence the exact same thoughts and opinions which have been in my own mind for 40 odd years.

 

Like so many others, there was a time in my earlier life when I thought government was a necessary evil.

Not so nowadays!

I have learnt the expensive way that government is largely nothing more than organised criminality which has spent the duration of my life sucking up ever more powers and control over anything that breathes or moves. But it's made such a shambles of so much, it's actually presided over the destruction of the Rule of Law, free market capitalism and of course, society. It is now planning to plunder the private savings of ordinary people to pay off its debts and rescue its corporatist criminal bankers. Please notice that during all of this financial chaos how virtually no cuts have been made in central state spending by any government. A sure sign that it has no plans to downsize itself.

Who knows when the tipping point will be? Will there be a time, soon, when the words Enough Is Enough will mean something?

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 12:28 | 3391569 moneybots
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"The Democratic Party, with all of its proclamations of humanism and respect for civil liberties, is a perfect example.  How quickly did the rank and file Democrats turn away from their anti-war, anti-torture, anti-banker, anti-surveillance, anti-tyranny stance once Barack Obama, a self proclaimed Democrat, was placed in office?  Very quickly!     

And what about the common Republican?  How many of them utterly abandoned their ideals of limited government, reduced spending, Constitutional rights, and Christian understanding as soon as Bush and the Neo-Con regime was installed?  Most of them!"

 

The world of fraudulent politicians and their sycophant party cheerleaders.

 

In the last election, two then current congressmen from the same party ran against each other in my district, as one seat was being eliminated.  Prominant democrat politicians bashed my then current congressman.  Where were these people the whole time my congressman was a member of their party?

I don't remember how many times he previously ran for office, but it seems these prominent democrats should have publicly supported the republican running against him, if he was as poor a representative as he was made out to be in the last election.

 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 14:18 | 3391791 MagicMoney
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Politicians work for votes. They don't have any principles. Most of them don't at least. That's why you see anti-gay republicans soliciting gay sex in bathroom stalls. It's all about image. They only want you to see what they want you to see, thus believe. Similar to a child molester dressing up innocently in a clown costume in kid's birthday parties. Politics operates on the principle of deceit, theft,  Pandering for votes, and appealing to populous beliefs. Many anarchist (real anarchist), not dumb kids burning cars, and creating chaos in the streets, the anarcho-libertarian spectrum know all about this. They studied it, dissected it, anaylzed it. The "it" being the state. Politicians not reading bills is not surprising, because they are dumb, and lazy. They don't necessarily care what's in the bill, they only care about the "positive" publicity they can squeeze out of it. Corporations and politicians "working together" on legislation is nothing new either, because again politicians are dumb, and lazy, plus they get additional support from corporations. Corporations working with Federal Housing Authority, for example, give their "progessional advice" to Congress in shaping laws advised by the same corporations who are benefitting from them  is very common place. FHA gets corporations risk free money, poor people get houses, and the corporation gets money, the politician gets positive publicity from the public. It's a win-win situation as far as the bum politician is concerned. Corrupt government is nothing new. Been going on for ages. Government is easily susceptible to corruption, and when it is, it is not only corrupted absolutely, it corrupts others absolutely as well.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 15:13 | 3391932 Grin Bagel
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Thank you Tyler(s) and commenters for another BRAVO coupla hours read from my expat cabana in Southern Chile. It's your time young men, mine is past and my best wishes to you.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 15:31 | 3391973 Mephistopheles
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Many of us may join you before it worst of this comes down.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 16:51 | 3392181 Mototard at Large
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For God’s sake, please don’t tell anybody outside of the ZH forum, but I hacked into the Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) last night to find out their secret statistic making methods. I found an encrypted file marked “statistics production methods” and this was what was in it. They use:

Anthropomancy – the entrails of unemployed men are read to determine U6 figures

Gastromancy - stomach noises are used to determine U3 figures

Gyromancy - walking in a circle- they observe members of the White House staff to see what new laws might actually get passed that could affect the economy Myomancy - movements of mice – they watch Congress and lobbyists

Omphalomancy - knots on the umbilical cord are used to determine household formation

Onychomancy – fingernails – they look at worn and bleeding fingertips to see how many people are still scratching out a living in the heavy manufacturing sector.

Tyromancy – this one is about reading cheese; did not really understand it but looks like they stole it from the French

Belomancy – arrows, apparently as an emergency measure to determine markers. They shoot arrows into the air, but where they land they do not care.

Necromancy - you really do not want to know this one....

ZH readers can see the full report at: http://tinyurl.com/cwm8e3s

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 18:05 | 3392332 MeBizarro
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Worthless article and general commentary.  It's a shame because there use to be about 3-4 years ago a fair amount of traders/finance guys on here and you could get useful/insightful insights or things to read.  Now it is just mainly the same kind of generic commentary/ranting you find on the Internet.  There are some good posters but they get drown out and don't frequently comment. 

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 18:12 | 3392346 akak
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On the internet, likewise so often in the workplace nowadays as well, the shit invariably rises to the top.

Sat, 03/30/2013 - 19:55 | 3392504 batterycharged
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"There are two types of people in the world"

 

And we got them both, COUNTRY AND WESTERN!

 

Darrrrr!!  Everything is binary. Good, bad. Smart, dumb. People that agree with you, people that are the biggest fucking idiots.

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