The Bonobo Chimp And Their Intelligent Adoption Of The Non-Aggression Axiom

Like the Bonobo chimps of the Republic of Congo, many human beings around the world have accepted and adopted for their own lifestyles what they call the Non-Aggression Axiom for their individual code but, just as importantly, for their social code, how they treat others. Bonobo chimps, unlike the common chimpanzee, lives in total peace, harmony and prosperity within both their individual and various other troops. They do not fight or kill one another, like the common Chimp which kills other Chimpanzees both within their own and in other troops. Read more of this post

What’s Wrong with America; who’s stealing the money

governemnt corruptionGovernment contracting companies like Westat, Inc. out of Rockville MD, that what’s wrong with America. Read more of this post

Politics is a Dangerous and Destructive Game; why are we playing it?

Too many people are seeking the power to be able to Force and control others.  Too many people are willing to compromise their integrity and lives for the power to Force others.  Read more of this post

The Myth of the Rule of Law

THE MYTH OF THE RULE OF LAW – John Hasnas (1)

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Stop! Before reading this Article, please take the following quiz. Read more of this post

The Tyranny of Central Banking

This statement might paraphrase the source of a serious candidate’s dilemma who threatens the U.S. political establishment. Four of the five Presidents that opposed the Central Bankers were assassinated and Andrew Jackson luckily survived his assassination attempt. Read more of this post

The Competency of Human Nature

West Palm Beach, FL – (RSJ): I wrote this after reading a recent article by Peter Schiff in the Daily Bell. In this article he details his day at a Occupy Wall Street Protest. Not to quote, but his finding were that many  protesters do not understand even basic socio-economics, and therefore are protesting the wrong issues. See what you think. http://www.thedailybell.com/3177/Peter-Schiff-In-Defense-of-the-1 Read more of this post

The Imperial President

July 18, 2011 by Bob Livingston

The Imperial President

OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY PETE SOUZA
Barack Obama has become the Imperial President.

Having just shed the shackles of monarchy, the Founding Fathers were loath to establish a government with an all-powerful chief executive. To prevent it, they created a government divided into three equal branches. Their idea was that each branch would check the other in order to limit government’s growth.

But the anti-Federalist Cato, thought to be New York Governor George Clinton, warned in Letter V to the citizens of New York that the compact under consideration did not provide strong enough checks and balances. He wrote:

Before the existence of express political compacts it was reasonably implied that the magistrate should govern with wisdom and Justice, but mere implication was too feeble to restrain the unbridled ambition of a bad man, or afford security against negligence, cruelty, or any other defect of mind. It is alledged that the opinions and manners of the people of America, are capable to resist and prevent an extension of prerogative or oppression; but you must recollect that opinion and manners are mutable, and may not always be a permanent obstruction against the encroachments of government; that the progress of a commercial society begets luxury, the parent of inequality, the foe to virtue, and the enemy to restraint; and that ambition and voluptuousness aided by flattery, will teach magistrates, where limits are not explicitly fixed to have separate and distinct interests from the people, besides it will not be denied that government assimilates the manners and opinions of the community to it. Therefore, a general presumption that rulers will govern well is not a sufficient security. You are then under a sacred obligation to provide for the safety of your posterity, and would you now basely desert their interests, when by a small share of prudence you may transmit to them a beautiful political patrimony, that will prevent the necessity of their travelling through seas of blood to obtain that, which your wisdom might have secured: It is a duty you owe likewise to your own reputation, for you have a great name to lose; you are characterised as cautious, prudent and jealous in politics; whence is it therefore, that you are about to precipitate yourselves into a sea of uncertainty, and adopt a system so vague, and which has discarded so many of your valuable rights. Is it because you do not believe that an American can be a tyrant? If this be the case you rest on a weak basis; Americans are like other men in similar situations, when the manners and opinions of the community are changed by the causes I mentioned before, and your political compact inexplicit, your posterity will find that great power connected with ambition, luxury, and flattery, will as readily produce a Caesar, Caligula, Nero, and Domitian in America, as the same causes did in the Roman empire.

Sadly, it turns out he was correct. Congress has abdicated its responsibility, the Federal judiciary has become the oligarchy Thomas Jefferson warned about, and the result is we now have an imperial Presidency.

The imperial Presidency has its roots in 1861 and Abraham Lincoln, who had no regard for the Constitution and the rule of law.

The Southern States had every right to secede under the Constitution. In his inaugural address, President Thomas Jefferson said, “If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.”

As Judge Andrew P. Napolitano states in his book, The Constitution in Exile, in a later speech Jefferson, discussing the possibility of States seceding, said, “God bless them both and keep them in the union if it be for their good, but separate them if it be better.”

“Lincoln’s act of sending troops to Virginia triggered the armed conflict that became the Civil War,” Napolitano writes. “He did so under the premise that war was necessary to preserve the union. But the truth is that Lincoln had several other options to exhaust before resorting to warfare — and that’s only after we observe that the Southern states had the right to secede from the Union if they wished to do so.”

During the period from April 12, 1861 — when first engagement of the Civil War took place — until his death April 14, 1865, Lincoln ordered the murder of civilians, declared martial law, shut down convening State legislatures, arrested State politicians and journalists, closed newspapers, suspended habeas corpus, seized vast amounts of property without compensating the owners, imprisoned Northern citizens without trial, conducted a war without Congressional approval, ignored orders of the Supreme Court, consented in — and encouraged — the commission of war crimes by his generals, and oversaw the illegal creation of the State of West Virginia.

Even Lincoln historian apologists accuse Lincoln of being a dictator. They just seem to believe he was a “good” dictator because they support what he did during his dictatorship. But tyranny is tyranny.

“Lincoln took all of these actions in the name of preserving (emphasis in original) constitutional government. It’s hard to imagine something more tyrannical than a central government that suppresses life, speech, and political expression with such drastic measures,” Napolitano writes.

Lincoln’s actions effectively ended the prospect of nullification and gutted the 10th Amendment. And ever since Lincoln got away with trampling the Constitution, Presidents, Congresses and Federal judges have been writing laws and issuing edicts and orders in violation of the Constitution and its enumerated powers. In other words, they do what they want, ignoring the rule of law.

The three branches, envisioned by the Founders as a set of checks against one another, became partners in crime. They consolidated their power over those they governed and set about entrenching themselves and enriching themselves, their political parties and their cronies.

Following the events of 9/11, Congress granted President George W. Bush sweeping powers to make war on terrorists and imprison Americans without trail. Like Lincoln, Bush suspended habeas corpus. Congress also passed the liberty-crushing USA Patriot Act that gave law enforcement agencies broad powers to eavesdrop, search and surveil Americans.

As the economy crashed in 2008, Bush — under the guise of “saving” the economy — looted the Treasury to make sure his Treasury Secretary’s old firm, Goldman Sachs, made out like a bandit. It turns out all the big banksters, both domestic and foreign, got a slice of that pie. Congress helped and Judiciary sat on its hands and did nothing.

But as has been the case since his inauguration, whatever Bush did, Obama has doubled down. He has become the Imperial President.

Obama has appointed dozens of czars without the consent of Congress. These czars set policy for Obama’s regulatory agencies — the alphabet soup government agencies that create problems through regulation and then pass more regulations to solve the regulatory problems they created. These agencies are answerable to no one and nothing. Obama’s agenda of killing jobs, suppressing innovation and supporting unviable “green” technologies is their lone goal.

Sadly, not only does Congress not care, it is working posthaste to make it easier for the President to avoid Congress altogether. The Senate, by a roll call vote of 79-20, last week passed the President Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011. It’s set to go before the House soon. The bill’s aim is to eliminate Senate confirmation of 200 of the roughly 1,400 Presidential appointments that fall under Article II, Section 2, according to The Washington Examiner.

Then last week, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) floated the harebrained notion to give the President the authority to raise the debt ceiling on his own.

So it’s not enough that the President just ignores Congress, Congress has decided it wants to give the President carte blanche to ignore it even further.

Meanwhile, Obama morphs into more of a Third World-style dictator every day. Recognizing that the Federal government was abdicating its responsibility to control the border and guarantee every State a republican form of government, Arizona passed a comprehensive immigration law that virtually mirrored Federal law. The Obama Administration sued Arizona.

As the Texas Legislature grew close to passing a law that would make it a crime for agents of the Transportation Security Administration to fondle airline passengers and ogle their naked photographs, the Obama inJustice Department threatened to establish a no-fly zone over the State. This is the same inJustice Department that ignored voter intimidation by members of the New Black Panthers Party at Pennsylvania polling stations during the 2008 elections — charges the accused didn’t even bother to contest.

Other States that have passed sovereignty laws on issues from medical marijuana to funding abortions to intrastate ammunition and gun sales — oops, there’s the fallout from the first tyrant President’s actions — have also faced lawsuit and intimidation at the hands of the Mafia-style Federal government.

Inexplicably, unions give unqualified support to Obama even as he kicks them in the teeth while playing the liberal class-warfare game. Yachts and airplanes are symbols of the rich to Obama, so he denounces yachts and airplanes and threatens to change the tax code so that the rich can’t buy new yachts and airplanes. Who makes yachts and airplanes? Laborers and craftsman — many of them union members — who will be out of work by the thousands when the rich stop buying yachts and airplanes. So, too, will the engineers, marketing people, accountants, secretaries and all the others who are part of that industry, as will those who work in ancillary industries.

Not content with kicking the yacht and airplane laborers and craftsmen to the curb, Obama also attacks the oil and coal industries. Already, he’s ignored a court order to approve Gulf drilling. So tens of thousands of oil workers remain idle, oil and gas prices rise and thousands upon thousands of people struggling to get by are forced to struggle even harder. His Environmental Protection Agency has announced new rules which will kill coal-mining jobs by the thousands.

But for Obama, that’s OK because Americans are stupid. We cling to our guns and religion, he says. His dismally dimwitted Presidential ventriloquist doll Jay Carney said in a recent press conference that to most Americans, the term debt ceiling “sounds like gobbledygook.”

In another press conference, Carney dismissed a poll of a majority of the public saying the debt limit shouldn’t be raised by arguing that most people “don’t have a lot of time to focus on what is a debt ceiling.” And then he took a swipe at the press corps: “I mean, honestly, did anyone in this room, before they had to cover issues like this, have any idea what a debt ceiling was?”

Obama political hack David Plouffe said: “The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers. People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on: ‘How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?’”

When confronted by a reporter with the poll numbers showing 69 percent of Americans oppose raising the debt limit, Obama responded: “Well, let me distinguish between professional politicians and the public at large. The public is not paying close attention to the ins and outs of how a Treasury option goes. They shouldn’t. They’re worrying about their family; they’re worrying about their jobs; they’re worrying about their neighborhood. They’ve got a lot of other things on their plate. We’re paid to worry about it. I think, depending on how you phrase the question, if you said to the American people, is it a good idea for the United States not to pay its bills and potentially create another recession that could throw millions of more people out of work, I feel pretty confident I can get a majority on my side on that one.”

Since you’re not paying attention, Obama says you can just eat cake… or “peas.”

Ignoring the rule of law, Obama has — with Congressional complicity — turned the natural born citizen qualification for the President on its ear. He’s probably committed a felony or two by releasing a forged document that he claims is a birth certificate and by using a fraudulent Social Security number.

With a wink and a nod to Sarah Brady, Obama promised to work behind the scenes to pass stronger anti-gun legislation. He sat back while his appointee to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — and maybe even his Attorney General — pushed guns across the Mexican border. Then, he complained that American weapons were crossing the border and proposed marking that troubling 2nd Amendment off the Bill of Rights to stop it.

Seeking — successfully it turns out — to cow Republicans resisting raising taxes to seal a deal to raise the debt ceiling, Obama threatens to withhold Social Security checks. It’s a typical political ploy to threaten to cause the most pain on the largest number of people in order to get your way.

He lies with impunity, disregards the Constitution, ignores the laws he doesn’t agree with, does what he wishes, and has started three unConstitutional wars — two more than Bush started.

And Congress? Save for a few lone voices they stand by and pledge fealty to the Imperial Presidency.

CUTTING THE FEDERAL BUDGET – A Presidents Broken Promise

The Republican’s greatest hero in modern times, like almost all politicians, turned-out to be a liar. Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States (1981– 1989), did in fact lie on the stage, at least five times, with great applause each time from me and many others in the crowd, stated that he was going to cut the budget of the Federal Government of the United States, at Holiday Park in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on a sunny afternoon during his first campaign. Of course he did not and of course increased the budget over and above his Democratic predecessor Jimmy Carter. Apparently he was not a fiscal conservative that he had represented. It is the main reason I will never ever vote for a Democrat or Republican, except for Ron Paul who, as we all know, is really a libertarian, Almost all Republican and Democrats lie and therefore I cannot trust anything they promise or ever say. My membership in my younger and more naïve year in the Democratic Party, taught me just how undemocratic and unethical the Democrats also were. Sadly that is the state of our Union.    

Reagan of course had an excuse. The military was weakened by the Democrats under spending and therefore increasing the budget was “required” due to national defense threats during the cold war.  He apparently didn’t know that our military had weakened considerably, until after his campaign, and we still elected this putz? Of course, no rational libertarian or anyone else for that matter believed that our military was really that weak, but the military contractors loved it, swore to the world it was necessary to rebuild, and of course laughed all the way to the bank as they always have throughout history. They even came up with the cockamamie story that our spending ourselves into bankruptcy caused the Soviet Union to spend themselves into bankruptcy. It is amazing the lies that these people come up with, to redistribute wealth into the hands of the ruling class through the military industrial complex. General Butler after WWI and General and President Eisenhower after WWII both warned us about the Military industrial complex, as even Thomas Jefferson did. Obviously it must have been a problem throughout history. I guess we do not really learn from history.         

Is perpetual war for perpetual peace really the answer?  Does the U.S. really have to be the single largest military force in the world?  Do we have to be the policemen of the world? We are not first in education (23), we are not first in healthcare (43), however, we are interestingly enough, first in the number, on a per capita basis, of people incarcerated in the world. Many countries have virtually no military presence, yet survive somehow for generations. Why can’t we be normal like the rest of the world?  Military might has not provided prosperity for the more than 50 million people now on some form of government welfare to survive.     

Do we really need a Department of Education when there is a Department of Education already in every State? Does redundancy really have to exist in so many Federal Agencies? Do we need a Department of Transportation when every State already has one and we have the Army Corp of Engineers for Federal Projects?  How many government research labs do we need around the Country when there is both research labs in the private sector and on most University Campuses?  Do we need government employees studying windmills when we have 25 companies around the world doing research and development on a continuous basis on windmills? Do we need both the FBI and Homeland Security? Isn’t that what they are both doing in conjunction with the DEA, CIA, NSA, National Guard and of course our military. Oh that’s right, I forgot, our Military is out there defending the other governments round the world, so we cannot obviously count them for domestic security.   

Is the issue of raising taxes really on the table when so much could be cut from the Federal Budget that isn’t necessary? Couldn’t we take a break from the space program for a while until we get our domestic economy back in shape. But of course they are talking about cutting the necessary programs instead of the unnecessary ones.  We’ll hear of course, oh those programs don’t really account for that much of the budget. Frankly madam, I don’t really give a damn, cut them. Homelessness, foreclosures, bankruptcies  and unemployment are at a all time high, cut them and help our Citizens.   

Do you really want to cut the costs of government, try the war on drugs? Perpetual drug warfare for perpetual jobs in law enforcement, that do little to curtail drug use, trafficking of drugs by street gangs and cartels, money laundering by businesses and banks and of course police and government corruption in almost every agency within law enforcement. These taxable activities would take the drug control away from cartels and street gangs and give them to local business people which would pay for local law enforcement. Ask your neighbor, who would you feel better selling drugs in your community, local gang members or your local licensed druggist? And when the dodge the question, tell them not to be a unrealistic, these are the only two possible answers. People can put their head in the sand, pretend that law enforcement can stop drug use despite the historical facts ignore the real world, but that is really being irresponsible.

Just wait, you will see those in power, cut those things like public parks and rangers before they cut the drug units in local law enforcement.  Swat teams will continue to harass people for participating in the sale and distribution of drugs, which hasn’t ever worked in the 45 years I been watching it.

Just in the New York Times today they started setting people up for what is to come: Economy Faces a Jolt as Benefit Checks Run Out, By MOTOKO RICH Published: July 10, 2011 “Total government payments rose to $2.3 trillion in 2010, from $1.7 trillion in 2007, an increase of about 35 percent.”

They won’t be talking however about the vast spending on “war”fare through the military industrial complex and what they will do to cut that spending as they line the pockets with your money. They won’t be talking about the redundancy at the various levels of government or the drastic amount of unnecessary spending, waste and pork projects. They won’t be talking about the 770,000 Federal Employees who make more money than their respective Governors in the State which they reside.

Everyone knows that excessive taxation and excessive government spending is what got us into this mess in the first place. Just do the math. Nobody is willing to buy our Government debt any more as the inability to repay it is now clear to all.  Only governments using their fiat currency have been willing to any degree to buy our fiat currency in the recent past and even they have stopped the purchases, as sovereign debt and government defaults loom around the world. Those in political power are now faced with the inevitable decisions of what to cut from their spending and like Minnesota did, everybody knew that the budget needed to be cut, just not those that are near and dear to them themselves, so they made no decision and let the administration make the hard decisions. Hopefully the Governors of the various States will place pressure on the Federal Government to stop the redundancy and waste so that all government services are not cut off without a orderly scheduled downsizing, so to allow people to adapt to the drastic changes we face in coming years.

The Democratic Capitalist Illusion

For those that studied economics at the higher levels of our education system, it is true irony that we continue to hear major political pundits and the slew of economic consultants and leaders use the term capitalism when explaining our failing system.  Capitalism is being noted to have failed us once again and now government must step in and come to the rescue.

One can make a case that both democracy and capitalism does exist in our society.  The facts are that they however both operate at such significantly low levels that one should not constitute them as the predominate name and in fact, we really are in real terms a Fascist Oligarchy, as most countries really are today.  It has been quite the deception perpetrated over many years.  It is not democracy and capitalism that have failed because they have not been truly allowed
or promoted as our political system and financial markets are controlled and manipulated at the highest levels by a relatively small group of bankers, politicians, lawyers  and judges and they are using socialist and fascist strategies to maintain their controls. This is not new and was done by the Romans and just about every society in world history.

They control who gets the money, what groups get the government welfare, contracts, and how much the various classes and businesses are taxed and regulated.  They redistribute the wealth from the private sector, being predominantly the middle and upper middle classes who provide the largest levels of employment and productivity, through excessive taxation and an assortment of government fees, fines, mandatory requirements and numerous restrictions.  That my
friend is “not” capitalism.

Of course they use forms of democratic decision-making to make some decisions but that is not a democracy. The number of laws placed into effect by the citizens at-large in American is a pittance of the number of laws on the books.  The small number of democratically created laws is also continually under attack by the ruling oligarchy, such as property tax limiting laws like the Save Our Homes legislation in Florida or the various term limit laws enacted throughout the
country.  It is rare that a tax is either eliminated or significantly reduced.   The only real democratic legislation is the initiative petition process that the oligarchy utilizes just as effectively as the majority often times nullifying what would be in the best interest of the majority.  This does not necessarily support the pretence that Democracy is a viable system, as it has not shown to work for prolonged periods of time without various levels of chaos. But to use the word Democracy as a adjective for our society is quite misleading as it is obviously an oligarchy.  When the rule of law is primarily determined by between nine (9) Supreme Court Justices and 500+/- legislators acting for self and special interests with little regard for inalienable rights, that my friends, is not democracy.

So the truth be told, that we are actually a Democratic Republic? Nope, we are supposed to be, but we are not that either.  Our politicians are representing someone but neither you nor I believe that they are any longer representing the majority nor probably never have been. We know that they are representing self and special interest groups and those that contribute to their campaigns with the greatest amount of benefits to those that contribute the most. That’s
the way the system works, has always worked, and most likely will always work as long as we maintain this system.  Hopefully Barack Obama will be different as many are placing great hope on his administration, but the odds are against as much of the damage done to the system is either irreparable and the associations within his own party and oligarchy we make it difficult for him despite his perceived morays or desires.   It also appears that he is not changing the various legislation that would cure our problems but instead is continuing along the same social engineering strategies that has just brought us to our knees.

How can you have a democracy when most people are voting for what is in their own best interest rather than what is in the best interest of the majority.   No wonder political scientists have historically been afraid of what they majority would do if put in a position of determining the majority of our laws. Between the lack of understanding of many of the specifics of economics and law, people mostly vote their pocketbook.  You cannot trust the majority at least
in a collective sense.  Additionally many believe and it appears reasonable to conclude that the majority is to easily swayed by current events and situations nor has the time and inclination to be entrusted with such responsibility, so they are literally taken advantage of by the ruling oligarchy and they use the foregoing arguments to condone their actions.  Jefferson said “that Government is best which governs least” and he is one of the greatest proponents of free market capitalism and individual rights.

Fascism:  The use of taxation and regulation to controls the means of production. There are various definitions of fascism but to this author, all require heavy taxation and regulation to implement and maintain the power and authority of the ruling entity.  Most often fascism is associated with dictators like Mussolini and Hitler, but Hitler was appointed by an elected official and Mussolini was an elected Official.  However, one person on his own cannot maintain the
necessary power to enforce their economic policies and controls, so fascism is more an economic aspect of socio-economic s and how and who implements it is secondary.  Not one fascist society has existed without a powerful group working in collusion, perhaps led by a central figure, none the less an oligarchy.  Even the various Kings of the  historical and current Monarchs, have very tightly organized groups controlling all aspects of their societies. The degree of brutality used, to me, is secondary to the definition and all known Monarch have used various forms of fascism to maintain their power and all must use some degree of brutality to force the obeyence of their policies and controls .

Oligarchy:   Decision making by the few… and the number people involved would depends on how many people they are ruling.  In a country of 325 million, 2500 people is a few and that is my estimate of the number of people who truly rule our country through such organizations as Congress and the administration, The council on Foreign Relations and military industrial contractors, The Federal Reserve Bank, the major banks, the major mass Media outlets and the higher Judgeships within the Judicial branch. Consider that a vote of 4 to 3 of the Supreme Court can constitute a law.

Capitalism:  The unfettered liberty and freedom to participate in all economic activities without government approval or restrictions, as long as the rights of others are not usurped. Capitalism, where? For god sack our money isn’t even free market derived. The US$s are pieces of paper or computer blips, (fiat currency) forced on the Citizens of this county in 1933 by legal tender laws.  You can’t take anything else to the bank and receive just compensation despite what the money clauses of our Constitution say.  Any 6th grader can read the money clauses of the Constitution and ascertain the facts that gold and silver coins are the “only” lawful money allowed under the Constitution. Article I Section 10: No State shall…make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payments of Debts.

Most aspect of our lives are regulated and controlled by various Alphabet bureaucracies and regulations.  Every trade and business is licensed with tons or regulations and taxes.  There are different government fees and taxes heaped upon the Citizens of this country.  If you want to take you kid fishing, you’re supposed to buy a fishing license for him or her. If you want to dive for lobsters off Florida’s coast, “during those times that you’re allowed to dive for them” lobster season, you must have both a fishing and a lobster license.  Every ”Professional Occupation” whatever that means is licensed and highly regulated. I have three Licenses and it has truly been a huge waste of my time and money keeping them active and meeting all the regulatory requirements. Interestingly, the regulators  don’t really teach you how to conduct the realistic aspects of business in an ethically manner.  Basically, it’s most of the regulation comes down to don’t steal or lie to people and follow the hoards of regulations so we can make money off you.

We’ve have the largest “communist” county in the world, China buying the largest part of our government debt for the last 10 to 15 years. They used their fiat currency to buy our fiat currency.Without the purchase of our debt by other governments it would have been impossible to pay for ¾’s of our government programs over that same period.  Before that we have the world largest oligarchy, still controlled by a monarch and powerful families, Japan buying our government debt, to their own demise.   And people wonder why we have crashed and are getting ready to burn. From the time you wake up in the morning and take your shower with government regulated water, brush your teeth with government approved toothpaste and eliminate your prior days store of food into a government regulated sanitation system, every product that you use and very action you take is most likely regulated, taxed and/or controlled by the every present Uncle Sam.  That is not capitalism.

Remember who is controlling Uncle Sam; that small group which can be best defined as an oligarchy.  Remember that term; oligarchy, we are a fascist oligarchy as are most countries today.

New Year, New Paradigm

By Larkin Rose – 01-03-2011

So, the people are upset at what “government” is doing. The people are outraged, fit to be tied. This time, “government” has gone too far! This time it’s serious! And the people are hopping mad! They’re not going to take it anymore! The people are demanding change!

In other words, it’s business as usual.

The level of oppression and the intensity of the discontent may fluctuate, but it’s always been there, for all of my life and all of yours. “Government” has always been acting against the will of the people. Politicians have always been corrupt, and have always been violating the rights of individuals. It was happening before the ink was dry on the Constitution, it was happening for thousands of years before that, and it continues to happen today. And it keeps getting worse.

Whether it’s war-mongering, socialist wealth redistribution, police state fascism, or government take-overs of more and more aspects of our lives, the story is always the same: “government” power increases, liberty diminishes. Centuries of campaigning, voting, lobbying and protesting have been utterly powerless to stop it.

And here comes the part most people don’t want to hear. When I was actively and zealously campaigning and doing the whole political activism thing, this is the last thing I wanted to hear–but it’s exactly what I needed to hear:

For all the greed, nastiness and corruption of all of the political crooks, “left” and “right,” the primary problem does not reside in Washington. The main problem exists between the ears of several hundred million Americans, probably including you. Until what’s in your head changes, all of your determination, righteous indignation and hard work will accomplish nothing. Actually, it will accomplish less than nothing. Until your understanding changes, your efforts to preserve liberty will actually result in less freedom and less justice, for you and everyone else.

If, as I myself did years back, you’ve spent lots of time, effort and money trying to petition the system for justice, and trying to create a responsible, “lawful” and righteous “government,” then honestly ask yourself: what did you get for all of your noble efforts? What do you have to show for it? Are you more free, or less free, than when you started? We both know the answer to that.

(You might be tempted to claim that, if not for your efforts, things would be even worse today. Even if that were true, all that would mean is that you slightly slowed down the slide toward totalitarianism, but did nothing to actually prevent it. At best, you made it into a problem for our kids to deal with, after you and I are gone. Is that good enough for you?)

Good intentions are good. But without understanding, they are worthless. Like the brave soldier who eventually realizes that he isn’t actually fighting for freedom and justice, but is only acting as a mercenary for crooked politicians, most freedom advocates need to realize that their valiant efforts are not actually helping. The trouble is that, when people’s motives are good, their intentions honorable, and when they’ve been working hard for what they believe in, for years if not decades, the last thing they want to hear is, “What you’re doing is utterly pointless.”

But in most cases, it is.

The good news is that you do have the power to change the world for the better. Achieving liberty–yes, even in our lifetime–is possible. But as long as you focus only on the external manifestations of tyranny, you will get nowhere. Whether you’re talking about a sick body or a sick society, treating symptoms doesn’t make a problem go away. And all the “government” power-grabs, all the war-mongering, all the police state bunk, all the Orwellian garbage going on–while those are all extremely serious, they are mere symptoms of the underlying problem.

If you take a moment to step back from your righteous zeal, and reassess the situation honestly, you will find that the underlying problem, in the vast majority of cases, is to be found inside your own head. No matter how enthusiastically pro-freedom you consider yourself, you are probably a “carrier” of the real problem, and while you’re “demanding” freedom, you are unwittingly feeding oppression.

In the coming days and months, I’ll be elaborating on exactly what I mean by that. For now, I’m going to end this article like a cliff-hanger. Today, I’ll just end with the assertion that, with extremely rare exceptions, the primary problem is not the politicians or their jackbooted thugs; the problem is in your own head. The good news is that you have the power to fix it, if you really want to.

For the most complete and thorough explanation of the issue that I can give, go get yourself a copy of a book which has been over fifteen years in the making, and was just released two days ago: “The Most Dangerous Superstition.” It can be ordered HERE. Otherwise, just keep checking out FreedomsPhoenix, and eventually you’ll get the whole explanation in bits and pieces.

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