Government

“To be GOVERNED is to be kept in sight, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction, noted, registered, enrolled, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, trained, ransomed, exploited, monopolized, extorted, squeezed, mystified, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, despised, harassed, tracked, abused, clubbed, disarmed, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and, to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.” — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (French socialist), General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century [1923]

After centuries of experience most men continue to believe that “all good things flow from the compassionate nature of government.” Are they blind? Did the record of governments in the 20th century not show us the true nature of the beast?

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2 thoughts on “Government

  1. “indoctrinated” is the keyword here. It reminds me of that scene in the movie “They Live” where the main character tells his friend to put on the sunglasses and see what the world really looks like. Instead of giving it a try, he chooses to fight it.

    People have become so indoctrinated with the whole idea of being grateful to an almighty government that they no longer think for themselves. On of the most successful tactics that the state has used to accomplish this is “democracy”. It creates the illusion that the people somehow have a say in what the state decides and breaks down the natural opposition people used to have against violations of their rights.

    Another tactic they’ve used it publishing the “universal declaration of human rights”. It’s an absolutely sickening document. It reduces people to animals in a zoo with the government as their keeper.

    People have rights: property rights. Every individual owns his own body and those things he has homesteaded or acquired through voluntary exchange.

    The “universal declaration of human rights” has caused a kind of hyperinflation of pseudo rights. It pretends people have for example the right to education. They hereby imply that education must be free, that someone must provide it for free. But the real costs (of schoolbooks, buildings, teachers) don’t disappear because someone said they should be free (gratis). The state then uses this as an excuse to violate people’s real (property) rights in order to provide a (substandard) service that supposedly complies with this pseudo-right to education requirement.

    • Yes, absolutely. I agree 110%.

      The problem is: how do we inform and teach the population of this? When everyone agrees with what you just wrote we will be on our way to peace and prosperity.

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