Guest Post: The Essential Rules Of Tyranny

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Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:05 | 1505739 Ahmeexnal
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keep them under submission.

easily done with religion.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:29 | 1505839 Spirit Of Truth
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Little do you know how right you are:

Tis a matter of self-fulfilling prophecy, especially in the case of Iran:

Fortunately, God's a step ahead of man.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 16:03 | 1506222 JW n FL
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Jesus is coming back with the God of Iran!


I never knew that Iran considered Jesus a Holy Man that would be traveling with their God to unite the World in Peace.. that is something that CNN / CNBC and / or other will NOT! be letting the America Public know! for all of you that think I am kidding becuase I more often than not do kids around.. this is really what the People (majority) beleive.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 18:24 | 1506639 TheFourthStooge-ing
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It's amazing what you can discover simply by doing a little bit of research instead of blindly accepting "what everyone knows to be true".


Fri, 07/29/2011 - 15:05 | 1505985 NidStyles
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You mean to say Organized Religion. Read some Nietzsche. He covered the topic very well. It's Organized Religion that put's people into the scope of being controllable.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 15:16 | 1506039 piceridu
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Read some Thomas Paine

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 15:55 | 1506187 AldousHuxley
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Abraham Lincoln believed that assassinating a leader is morally justified when a people has suffered under a tyrant for an extended period of time and has exhausted all legal and peaceful means of ouster

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 16:06 | 1506232 mayhem_korner
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He was a Godly man.  And God condoned - in fact ordered - the same on several occasions throughout the Scriptures.  See, e.g. 1 Samuel 15, where Saul loses favor with God for NOT annihilating all of the Amalekites as directed.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 17:01 | 1506442 falak pema
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Man's law and god's law are not compatible. Secular state law is the only way out. If we act according to God's law than we admit it is superior to our laws; which means that the Salafist charia and fundamentalist christian doctrine, the type that killed the infidel without fair trial for valid reasons, the kind that burnt the heretic similarly, takes prescience over Solon's laws and their heritage. This was the basis of theocratic rule proposed by the popes, now by the Ayatollahs and Salafists. 

Regression, negation of our civilization, where to know how to seek truth is our essence, not what that truth is according to preconcieved notions, but based on fact and logic, irrespective of age old custom or ingrained prejudice. 

So keep Saul out of the argument and assassination of tyrants a thing to be proscribed if the people have faith in their power, in their republic.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 17:16 | 1506492 sun tzu
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The USSR and Nazi Germany were full of secular laws. China has secular laws. 

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 21:49 | 1507083 GoinFawr
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Yeah, theocrazies are renowned for their civilized behavior towards those moving to the beat of another drum. (sarc)

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 16:08 | 1506243 JW n FL
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ALL of you professing that you have no belief in the Holy Bible and / or God are just scared that Home Land Security will kick your door in.. You can believe in the Bible or you can belive in the Constitution of the United States of America.. but if you believe in BOTH! You are a Home Grown Terrorist!


I understand why you cant say You Love God! its ok.. God knows you are scared of the Home Land Security People kicking in your door!

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 16:55 | 1506427 Sledge
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Fri, 07/29/2011 - 17:08 | 1506463 JW n FL
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America's Founding Documents


The Magna Carta

The Mayflower Compact

The Declaration of Independence

The Constitution of the United States of America

The Bill of Rights

The Federalist Papers

The Anti-Federalist Papers

The American Creed

Washington's Farewell Address

The Gettysburg Address


I am downloading copies of everything! I am then going to print out copies and maybe have some other copies made to pass around!

Home Grown Terrorist! Passing out copies of the Constitution! PLUS! PLUS!! PLUS!!! WOW! someone call crime stoppers and collect the reward! Hurry!

I may pass out Bibles at the same time! but I dont want to send the NSA / FBI over the edge! they may have to order a shoot on site for me if I keep this up!


Fri, 07/29/2011 - 17:18 | 1506496 sun tzu
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I may pass out Bibles at the same time! 


You better scratch that. I believe that people seen to be on the religious right would be considered possible terrorists by Mr Napolitano. In government we trust.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 17:20 | 1506498 JW n FL
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While passing out copies of the Constitution and the Bible.. I was thinking I would as well pass out these.. (to law enforcement / Nazi PIGS)

***** "A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence assessment was published to the Internet this week, warning that opposition to federal government policies could foment a resurgence of "rightwing extremism." The DHS report is the latest indication that many law enforcement agencies regard advocacy groups as intelligence targets and lawful political dissent as a potential sign of terrorism." *****

***** "

This is at least the fourth time in three months that government domestic intelligence reports have been leaked to the public. Earlier this month, a report entitled "The 2009 Terrorism Threat Assessment" leaked from the Virginia Fusion Center to the Internet. The Virginia Fusion Center's report lists a wide variety of groups (of which many are clearly associated with terrorism, but many others have terrorism connections that are speculative or nonexistent) and uniformly recommends that law enforcement investigate the groups and their affiliates. The Virginia report comes on the heels of a report leaked from the North Central Texas Fusion Center in February, and yet another from the Missouri Information Analysis Center in March. The Missouri and Texas reports have already been roundly criticized and retracted. None of these reports indicate a specific threat, just a never-ending array of potential hazards that are "likely to grow in strength." *****

Most of the links above are to the Home Land Nazi Hand Books that describe the Home Grown Terrorists.. like the guy in Norway who hated Muslims.. so he killed Christians and Christian Children.. becuase he hated Muslims.. Yeah, thats what happened.. more like.. this! Happened!! "Jews will be at the Center leading role of Multi cultrism or Europe will be destroyed / not survive" says her!

You hear that whitey! the jews are coming for you!



Fri, 07/29/2011 - 17:24 | 1506513 JW n FL
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Multiculturalism has Failed in Europe - And that's Official !

British PM: Multiculturalism has failed David Cameron’s remarks on West's policy draw fire from Muslim community

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 18:02 | 1506595 HarryHaller
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"I am then going to print out copies and maybe have some other copies made to pass around!"


In 1923 Upton Sinclair read the Bill of Rights in public as a protest and was summarily arrested.  The arresting offcier was quoted as saying "We'll have none of that Consitution stuff"...

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 18:02 | 1506596 HarryHaller
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"I am then going to print out copies and maybe have some other copies made to pass around!"


In 1923 Upton Sinclair read the Bill of Rights in public as a protest and was summarily arrested.  The arresting offcier was quoted as saying "We'll have none of that Consitution stuff"...

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 17:11 | 1506474 Ghordius
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Hello? This guy writes an excellent article about citizenship and the comments are about religion? I don't get it....

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 17:19 | 1506499 sun tzu
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All it takes is one douchebag to get it started

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 19:04 | 1506751 windcatcher
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In reply to Ghordius: 

This is exactly the diversion in thought and attention to the real world that the author is describing. The shallow discussion has turned away from the real issues to religion because the readers are afraid of discussing the real issues of tyranny that is starring them in the face.


Fri, 07/29/2011 - 21:52 | 1507087 GoinFawr
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Historically religion and tyranny go hand in hand.

Sat, 07/30/2011 - 07:22 | 1507462 Silver Dreamer
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Organized religion is tyranny.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 17:48 | 1506575 Cistercian
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Being anti-religion is in vogue today.Which is a shame, on multiple levels.Yet the rampant criminality of Wall St and the Gov continues apace.One has to organized religion worse than the scumbags currently looting the planet...probably not.Pol-Pot,Stalin and Mao killed more people together than any religion ever has.Organized religion isn't the problem...Evil is.And it's relentless minions.And yes, it has also infected organized religion.One has only to look at the fruit to discern the actor's intent.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 17:28 | 1506526 Sledge
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  Religion is not the same as having a relationship with God. Jesus said if you want to pray go into a closet. What I think He meant was you don't need a church, mosque, or synagogue; anywhere will do if you BELIEVE.  No Golden Mosque, or tall white castle in the sky church will bring you closer to God. You are getting lost in edifices, a pope or imman, not God. If you can't find God in a flower or blade of grass or in the eyes of a fellow human being than you are lost. If you are lost you will search for someone to lead you. That's how religion gets you. Once you give up that personal light speed connection to God and replace it with  a middle man you are subject to deception and political influences of the state.
  I TOTALLY understand how people hate religion. It has been used throughout history to kill brothers and sisters and spread hatred throughout the world. I could give a rat's ass what a "religious leader" has to say about that. I know that God would not approve and boy will these hypocrites pay!!! There is one God and the people of Earth are His children. To the degree which you do not understand this, we ALL will suffer.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 19:19 | 1506794 mayhem_korner
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Great post, Sledge.

Sat, 07/30/2011 - 05:52 | 1507430 falak pema
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That is spirituality and subjective vision of it. A man, his beliefs and his vision of eternal perfection. That has always existed and even Aristotle addressed it in his Metaphysics.

That has nothing to do with the religious creed, source of ideological tyranny, religious dogma that effectively says "you are with us or against us" the hegemonic mantra expressed in terms of ideology.

When there is a church, a Pope, to decide for the people and a multinational organistion to implement it, it is totalitarian in nature and has been since the Gregorian reforms and 'dictatus papae' in Occidental lands.  

Spirituality yes! One to one with God and free individual will, yes! But not a Pope, holy intermediary with the eternal. Not a clergy who decides who gets burnt at the stake.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 15:13 | 1506015 akak
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Exactly, Ahmeexnal!

I am always struck, even here on ZeroHedge, by how many can see through the absurdities and lies of statist mythology, even while fervently defending the absurdities and lies of religious mythology.  Both are just tools of social (and sociopathic) control, most especially the malignant monotheisms of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

If Jeebus REALLY existed as portrayed in the Bible (which I doubt), I would have gladly hammered the nails into the cross myself.

Free yourself from the absurdity of religion!

Meanwhile, junk away Christo-fascists!

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 15:20 | 1506056 cpnscarlet
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Too bad you and others have not learned the difference between religion and spirituality. His name is JESUS and you nailing him to the cross would not have changed the result of His sacrifice.

May God have mercy on your soul.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 15:26 | 1506077 akak
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I am fully aware of the difference between religion and spirituality, and I find precious little of the latter in the former, at least in the outrageously socially and morally destructive, perverted and twisted monotheistic religions.  More people have been killed in the name of Jahweh, Jesus and Allah/Mohammed than have been otherwise killed in all the wars throughout history.  To deny that Christianity, Judaism and Islam are finely-engineered tools of social and political control is to deny reality itself.  Christianity as practiced and believed today would have been considered a gross perversion to any first or second-century AD Christian, and with good reason.

But keep desperately and pathetically clutching your insane mythology if it makes you feel better.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 15:29 | 1506085 cpnscarlet
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Heard it all before, thanks.

Jesus Saves. Or is that to clutchy, pathetic, or insane for you?

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 15:41 | 1506123 faustian bargain
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Which Jesus? the gnostic one, the catholic one, the protestant one? the metaphorical one, or the historicist one? they are all different, with widely varying practical implications.

And I guess the Jews and Muslims are just out of luck, eh. Not to mention the millions of buddhists, hindus, and others.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 15:47 | 1506144 sun tzu
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Why do you care what Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists believe? It's none of your business. 

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 15:52 | 1506167 Ahmeexnal
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you forgot the gay jesus

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 16:28 | 1506312 GoinFawr
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And the Buddy Christ

Like cigarettes, you gotta "hook 'em while they're young."

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 16:45 | 1506385 piceridu
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How about Brian?

Brian: I'm not the Messiah! Will you please listen? I am not the Messiah, do you understand? Honestly! 
Girl: Only the true Messiah denies His divinity. 
Brian: What? Well, what sort of chance does that give me? All right! I am the Messiah! 
Followers: He is! He is the Messiah! 
Brian: Now, fuck off! 
Arthur: How shall we fuck off, O Lord? 

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 17:21 | 1506503 sun tzu
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I worked with the gay Jesus when I was in high school. He was the busboy. I think his last name was Lopez. Are you looking for him?

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 15:51 | 1506165 mayhem_korner
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There is only one Jesus.  The variants exist from perversions of the Scriptures or people that leverage the Scriptures for power by withholding information (that's what happened for the first 10 centuries AD). 

READ the Bible and then decide for yourself.  That will also answer your inquiry as to the Jews, Muslims, etc...

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 16:20 | 1506284 GoinFawr
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Yeah, no cross referencing allowed. In fact, ignore everything else altogether.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 16:24 | 1506298 mayhem_korner
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Cross reference all you want.  Read and study everything.  But if you don't know what the Bible says, don't pretend you do.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 16:26 | 1506306 GoinFawr
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Exactly. So, which version do you wanna play with?

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 16:37 | 1506350 mayhem_korner
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Why don't you start with a point, instead of an empty inference, and we can discuss it.

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 18:11 | 1506612 GoinFawr
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NP. I mean, I can understand your fascination with the bible (St.James' I'm guessing, you seem like a monoglot, New Testament kinda guy) but personally, when it comes to magic and fairytales, I prefer "The Two Towers" best; though admittedly some (goldbugs mostly) say that you can find deeper meaning in "The Philosopher's Stone". On the other hand, "The Fellowship of the Ring" introduces a nice contrast of good vs evil and it's here where we first encounter some original sin in the Gollum character ("Evil oft mars itself" and all that cal). But nothing beats the wealth of magic and miracles found in "The Goblet of Fire"...

Anyway, it's all here in Marcus Brigstocke's work:

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 18:31 | 1506666 mayhem_korner
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How can you understand my fascination with something you've never yourself read?

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 18:55 | 1506727 GoinFawr
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Heh, you're making assumptions about things you yourself don't know, again.


Fri, 07/29/2011 - 19:22 | 1506799 mayhem_korner
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So you've read the Bible cover to cover (pick a version), and have rejected it?

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 23:14 | 1507092 GoinFawr
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Do I stutter or something?

No, I don't wholly reject it.

The 'jesus' character is a gravely misinterpreted secular humanist. If he was a real person he was probably forced to at least pretend to adopt some of the doctrinal superstitions of the day, if he wanted anyone to take him seriously.

A recurring theme, the basic tenet at the heart of practically every religion is the 'treating of others as you yourself would like to be treated'.

I don't have a problem with that at all. But like Kropotkin says: practicing that doesn't require everyone to believe in some supernatural paternalistic unicorn overseeing all of existence (paraphrased, as I have no Russian).

Sat, 07/30/2011 - 10:49 | 1507613 mayhem_korner
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No I don't wholly reject it...If he was a real person he was probably forced to at least pretend to adopt some of the doctrinal superstitions of the day, if he wanted anyone to take him seriously.

If you do not accept Jesus as a real person, how is it that you do not wholly reject Christianity?  And BTW, the accounts of His life are pretty clear that He rejected the doctrinal superstitions of the day that were being imposed on people (i.e., "organized religion").

A recurring theme, the basic tenet at the heart of practically every religion is the 'treating of others as you yourself would like to be treated'.

Basic tenet of Christianity: we are each broken and enslaved to sin and unable to save ourselves from its consequences.  But God in His mercy saved us from that fate through Jesus.  Subordinately, is our response to love thy neighbor.  We are incapable of doing so absent God's mercy. 

Sat, 07/30/2011 - 14:40 | 1507849 GoinFawr
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"If you do not accept Jesus as a real person, how is it that you do not wholly reject Christianity? "

By your own arguments jesus wasn't/isn't a 'real person' anyway, he was/is a 'supernatural'. But that's just me showing you that I can quibble over gold leaf distinctions too. I can see how to a zealot someone not accepting any single piece of dogma as unquestionable fact automatically qualifies the offender as a blaspheming heretic, but from my perspective that's throwing the baby out with the baptismal bathwater.

"...the accounts of His life are pretty clear that He rejected the doctrinal superstitions of the day.."

Right, but that certainly doesn't negate the possibility that jesus feigned some of the more tightly held beliefs as a way to remain credible to his audience, as I said. Also, from a marketing standpoint, the anodyne of eternal paradise is a much better hook than the 'bane of mortal man' being offered by some other religions of that era.

"Basic tenet of Christianity: we are each broken and enslaved to sin and unable to save ourselves from its consequences. But God in His mercy saved us from that fate through Jesus. Subordinately, is our response to love thy neighbor. We are incapable of doing so absent God's mercy."

And here is where we arrive at my essential point: the dogma of the first two and last sentences is superfluous,  self promoting, and untrue. The sentiment of 'loving thy neighbour' is something inherent in humans and necessary for the success of all social beings, which is why it is the key tenet of such a large cross section of belief systems the world over and not exclusive to Christianity.  IE We are NOT born 'evil', we are taught that.

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