To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. ~ Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
I was reading the anti-war journalist Glenn Greenwald the other day at The Guardian newspaper in the UK. Greenwald is one of those rare lefties who remains anti-war and anti-empire no matter which political party is in control of the US government.
“There seems to be this pervasive belief in the US that we can invade, bomb, drone, kill, occupy, and tyrannize whomever we want, and that they will never respond. That isn’t how human affairs function and it never has been.”
This part of Greenwald’s essay is absolutely true. It has always has been this way. It was true in Vietnam and it was true when we installed the Shah of Iran to brutally rule over the Iranians in 1953. It was true during the invasion of Afghanistan, of Iraq, and of so many other countries. It was true during the brutal occupations. The thing is, no matter how many times you point out that others will always react extremely negatively to unjustified aggression, and justifiably so, there are millions upon millions who just don’t believe or understand the idea. They don’t understand that others are just like themselves and react when attacked. The state-sponsored propaganda spewed out by the minions of the power elite has always been that the USA is good, kind, humane, generous, and always in the right. Sadly, far too many Americans believe that heifer dust.
“Otherwise intelligent people – far more capable of making life-enhancing decisions for themselves than can any cadre of well-intentioned philosopher kings, PhD recipients, social workers, or think-tank “experts” – abandon their lives to institutional authorities and their media/academic propagandizers. Such voices do more than simply answer questions that people have; they define the range of questions it is considered appropriate to ask. It is this process that created “politically-correct” thinking.”
You could do far worse today than to re-read that quote again. Rarely do you see the problem put so clearly and so briefly.
You can see the propagandizers at work on TV and other media day and night. You can see these minions of the state hard at work keeping the warfare part of the welfare/warfare state fat and ever so well fed.
What to do? What to do? Well, far too many think that you can fight a few of the symptoms of the disease rather than the cause much like the bad medical doctor does — that always seems to make people feel like they are doing something. One could go vote for more and better Democrats next time (or the other political party if you swing that way), but all you will get is more of the same old thing. Deep in your heart you know its true, after all, generation after generation of voting has led to where we are now! Of course, like in the movie, you could always tell your kids someday that you wrote a very sternly worded letter (or comment on a blog) and that you voted for a candidate who said he was for peace. (Ron Paul ain’t running again and that unreliable Rand Paul said he loved domestic drones the other day)
Political language . . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ~ George Orwell
What to do? Ignore the millions of whiny little cowards who always claim that we can not live without our government dictating our every move and that it is “all for your own good”. Withdraw your consent from this evil government in any way you can. It is the only decent and moral thing to do; plus it is pragmatic. We will see a day like the day the USSR fell. Yes, it can happen here. Yes, it will happen here and the sooner the better. There will be pain, no doubt about that, but that is unavoidable in any case. What is important is that we educate as many of the sheep as possible that voluntary cooperation among people is vastly preferable to the coercion, violence, and brutality of any state. Our most important task in the immediate future is educating the young as we fight the government of the US at every turn we can. It is well worth reading Dr. Gary North’s essay on “How To Gum Up Any Institution” as we fight the state.
Every system can be brought down. Every system is vulnerable. If you can spot the weak point in the system, you can exploit it. ~Dr. North
Remember, if your government tells you the sun rises in the east and sets in the west — get up before dawn to check it out; never believe the “official version” of anything without all the investigation you can muster. Oh, and always support the alternative media. Very few real journalists work inside the mainstream media. Worse, most mainstream journalists are just opinion shaping minions of the state; deacons of The Church of The State.