Democracy is a Fraud

The founders of the U.S. were clear that they did not believe in “democracy”. In our modern system of “democratic” government you are allowed to vote but it does not make any real difference. No matter the outcome of the election, the power elites will get their way. Everyone gets to vote but all that does is to help ensure the compliance of the populace who are enslaved but think themselves free.

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable…”
H.L. Mencken, Prejudices: Third Series

The modern American democracy is dangerous to personal freedom. American democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and freedoms. I have seen every presidential race since Nixon and the winner does not make any real change in the course of the state. There has been no abatement in the growth of tyranny and cruelty by the state.

The State in the US has convinced almost the whole of the population that organized theft is the way to go rather than voluntary economic actions. The very idea of the non-aggression principle now seems foreign to most Americans.The government in America has merged the bureaucratic state with the large corporations; and that was called corporatism by Benito Mussolini. In other words, the American State is a fascist state. The corporate State will always end up enslaving its people. A small example is that a mother was recently arrested for allowing her children to play in a park across the street from her house by themselves. The State asserted its ownership of the children.

It is often claimed that governments (states) were originally established to protect the people’s freedoms. But it always turns out that the state works to gain ever more control over their citizens. The state becomes an overbearing tyrant. This is always true, but we never seem to learn from history. The whole idea that we need a government to take care of us is a false notion and a delusion. These supposed “protectors” have led to nothing but death, destruction, slavery, misery, and all the other evils the state brings.

In the United States, the instrument that controls almost everything, or at least tries to do so, is the State (the central government mostly). This power of the state is acknowledged even by those who love democracy, and they mistakenly believe (or falsely claim) that this great power is somehow controlled or at least shared by “the people”. The main way that “the people” are supposed to control the power of the state is by one of the two main political parties in the United States. One party is the Democratic Party which is the party of socialists. The other party is the Republican Party which is the party of fascists. Note that there is very little difference between socialism and fascism which may explain the old line that “there is not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties”. The two parties agree on virtually all of the fundamentals of totalitarianism starting with the belief in the supremacy of politicians, bureaucrats, and “experts” over the “the people”; and that the only good citizen is the obedient citizen. This is today’s  American Democracy.

While various minions of the state exercise their power over individuals like a school bully, they do not control the ship of state. Only a handful of the most powerful private citizens have any real say-so in respect to the large issues. These very rich and powerful men and women run the “democracy” and it is but illusion that “the people” control the state. Ordinary citizens naively believe they can fight the status quo though various action groups or getting involved in politics but they only contribute to the show that fools the populous into thinking that they are free when, in fact, they are slaves to the state. Some groups, giving the appearance of serious dissent, give “the people” hope that progress toward a more just society is possible and they thereby help the ruling elite even as they appear to be fighting them.

H.L. Mencken observed that the best teacher is not the one who knows most but the one who is most capable of reducing knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and wonderful. I believe that “best teacher” in my lifetime was Murray Rothbard. Read Rothbard and grow wise as to the nature of the state.

Radical Libertarians — What do we want?

A friend asked me the other day, “what in the hell do you people really want?” I promised a short answer and today I feel like providing it. Note; the emphasis is on a short answer. So many great thinkers have gone on at length about how real world libertarianism might work and there are complete books on every aspect of the issue: I only want to tell you what I think we radical libertarians want, not go into a long proof of how it would all work.

First, we ask that we not be the innocent victim of aggression. This is summed up in that old saying, “live and let live”. As long as I am not attacking you or your property then you should not be attacking me in any way. I don’t steal your stuff so why do you send armed men to take my stuff and abuse me if I decide to smoke a weed or drink big sugary soft drinks? (disclaimer: I don’t do any drugs — legal or not) Why does everyone think my city government has the right to demand I pay tribute (get a city permit) before I can put a new door on my house? Hell, I did not need the damn door until the city cops failed me and someone broke my old one. So I had to pay the thief, the city, and the door supply house! A damn ring of thieves.

I don’t want the state or its minions meddling in my life. I read recently that Tennessee will be investigating women to see if they took any illegal drugs during their pregnancy and may well take the child if they think there was any drug use. However, taking doctor proscribed dangerous drugs would be just fine apparently. I know from my years of experience that parents are often not ideal and some kids have a bad home life — but does the state own the children? I say the state does not.

“All we ask is to be left alone by those who would control or meddle; to live our lives as we see fit, harming no innocent person as we do. We will deal with any aggressors we encounter ourselves without asking to be “rescued” by other aggressors in silly suits. It is the only civilized way to live.” ~ Kent MacManiga

But the state sure does think they own the children. Take the horrifying story of a family who had their children kidnapped by the government after they took one child to the ER on the orders of their family doctor over a cut on his tongue. The state was not satisfied to steal just one kid; they took them all. A maddening tale of abuse by the state.

Another of the uncountable aspects of “meddling” by the state is that the state has made it illegal for many people to find work. By enacting various laws governing minimum wages, minimum age, and multitudes of requited employer paid expenses we have made millions of young men unemployable. I started with my first job at ninety cents an hour and I probably was not worth even that low wage. I worked in a processing plant and learned a lot about responsibility — much more than school ever taught me. In a way, I should have paid them the ninety cents an hour. I am lucky they did not think of it!

All the young men sitting around unable to get work due to the laws and regulations of the state are angry. They are on the “pipeline to prison” and they can be very dangerous to “normal” citizens. In a radical libertarian world they would be able to find work and earn money — and learn from the experience.

There is no case that can be made for the state (always in the guise of “society”) meddling in my choice of what drugs I choose to use or anything else I choose to do that is not an aggression against others. There is no case to be made that money should be stolen from one party and given to another party at the point of a gun; no matter if that theft is done by a private individual or by employees of the criminal gang writ large that we call the state.

I can hear my friend now: “get to the point Stoval; what the hell do you want?” I want a society where no man or group of men may aggress against the person or property of anyone else. I want a world were the initiation of the use or threat of physical violence against the person or property of anyone else is not legal. Aggression is synonymous with the state so I want no state. I want free people to cooperate by mutual voluntary agreement without the use of force or fraud being involved.

Do we need a state to be protected from “bad guys”? No. Let the private sector produce “protection agencies” and insurance agencies to protect people. Besides, people could protect themselves a hell of a lot better if the state did not make owning guns illegal in most instances. And armed populous along with a laissez-faire economy would go a long way to making for a polite society.

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable. ~ H. L. Mencken

I guess in the end, I just want people to be free.

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Government lies and the Sony hack

[Update — see: Sony Hack – Likely Inside Attacker Found – Obama Claim Discredited]

Sony Corporation, with offices in California, has been hacked. Several terrabytes of data were copied off its internal networks and some of it was shared with the world via file sharing sites on the internet. Some of the corporate executives had e-mails exposed that have been very embarrassing for the corporation. We have been told that the main reason for the hack attacks was a new comedy movie about killing the leader of North Korea. We have been told by countless news articles that the North Korean state is behind these attacks. As it turns out, there was a lot other data such as social security numbers and payroll data taken. These items might well be of high value to hackers.

The hackers seem to have not needed anything more than tools that were well known and in the public domain. It is also known that Sony was not the best in the world at corporate security and they had been hacked before. With a little inside information and skills held by hackers worldwide, any small group of hackers could well have pulled off this cyber crime. They seem to have used servers in Bolivia, China and South Korea as part of this plot, and that incriminates North Korea in what way? There is no public information as of this time that even indicates a State sponsored this crime, much less that North Korea specifically did.

Now we have the US Empire crying that this crime is a “national security matter”. How is e-mails by Sony executive being made public, to their embarrassment, a national security matter? Now the security of a private entertainment company is “national security”? Ah, where is H.L. Mencken when you need him?

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” ~ H.L. Mencken

Apparently it is the Obama administration’s position that accusing the state of North Korea of having done the hack is the only rational conclusion. They don’t see, apparently,  how private hackers might have done this for private financial gain. North Korea has denied any involvement with this crime, but the Empire continues to accuse them via the lapdog press anyway. The FBI and Sony say they have no evidence for such a claim but the White House claims mystical knowledge it looks like.

We have the editors of the New York Times editors claiming that North Korean hackers, seeking revenge for a silly little movie, stole millions of documents and released all to the world. The NYT has always been a reliable lapdog for any aggressive administration, Democratic or Republican, when they were busy demonizing another country and looking for the need for “regime change”.

So, how does the New York Times know that these were North Korean hackers? The same way they always know it is the fault of some new enemy that we can go to war with. Much like they knew that Saddam had “weapons of mass destruction” or that North Vietnam attacked our ship in the Gulf of Tonkin — they just know. Mysticism I guess.

The most bizarre thing about all this is that it makes no sense to satirize Kim Jong-un and North Korea as they are already a major joke in the world. Besides, the silly little movie was a ripoff of an older one by the boys who do “South Park”. Team America: World Police has already been done! So why the hack? I suspect private hackers of taking advantage of Sony’s lack of security and the Empire’s need to demonize other countries to keep the populous willing to shell out Trillions for “defense”.

In this country the default position of anyone who has been paying attention is to not believe whatever the US Empire says. The Empire may occasionally mess up and tell the truth but if the government issues a statement saying that the sun rises in the east, then I would advise you to get up at dawn and see for yourself before you believe them.

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The sociopath and the state

Murray Rothbard often told us that the state is defined as the system that enjoys a legal monopoly on the use of violence within a given territory. Even with all the media propaganda and the physiological conditioning of the government schools, one should be able to see that the state can only compel people through violence, threat of violence or fraud to force them to do what they would not have done on a free-will, voluntary basis. The rulers and their minions try to paint their various political actions as noble, morally principled, and above all else devoted to serving the “general welfare”. The truth is the opposite of what the state’s minions claim.

The reality of the situation is that the “We the People” in Constitution has never referred to all the people in the same way. All the people are equal but some people are far more equal than others. It is those who control the system that benefit from it, and the benefit comes from the system’s domination and brutality towards the “common” citizens. Many may also see that it is even worse for those unfortunates condemned to the lowest rung of society.

It is curious that people tend to regard government as a quasi-divine, selfless, Santa Claus organization. Government was constructed neither for ability nor for the exercise of loving care; government was built for the use of force and for necessarily demagogic appeals for votes. If individuals do not know their own interests in many cases, they are free to turn to private experts for guidance. It is absurd to say that they will be served better by a coercive, demagogic apparatus. ~ Murray N. Rothbard (Power and Market: Government and the Economy, 1970).

If the state is a brutal, demagogic and coercive apparatus then what sort of people do we suppose would most likely try to become part of that apparatus? What is the character of a man whose goal in life is to wield the violence of the state? What sort of morality can I expect from people who choose a career that allows them to use the arbitrary power and force of the government over other people?

H.L. Mencken once wrote that “All government, in its essence, is organized exploitation, and in virtually all of its existing forms it is the implacable enemy of every industrious and well-disposed man.” What about the men who enforce this organized exploitation upon the rest of us? What about the men and women who serve the implacable enemy of the well-disposed and industrious?

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It is my belief that service to the state attracts sociopaths. Since it is said that sociopaths become that way due to their environment verses the psychopath who suffers from an hereditary condition (this is controversial of course) it seems to me that not only does the state attract the sociopath but makes him even more sociopathic after he is inside the system wielding the power of the state.

A clerk at a DMV office may not exhibit the same traits as the brutal SWAT team member who is trained to shoot the family pets upon breaking into the citizen’s home, but this is but a matter of degree and not one of kind. The officials of the state whose functions are to enforce some government law are prepared to initiate violence against anyone regardless of the morality of the situation. This is the sort of thing that attracks the sociopath to service to the state in the first place.

The policeman has an appetite for ultimate power over others and that drives him toward becoming a cop in the first place. Then the unbelievable power and immunity of the job causes him to enjoy the mindless brutality that he dishes out on a daily basis. And the man who joins the war-machine to go overseas and kill innocent men, women, and children who have no power to threaten the U.S. mainland at all must be one of the most despicable sociopaths imaginable. Or consider the president himself who personally picks people to put on a “kill list” to have minions of the state bomb innocent men, women and children for his pleasure and amusement.

We may imagine that what happened in places like Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia and so on were aberrations caused by evil men and women, but there were no more sociopaths in those places than we have here in the U.S. — it is all a matter of opportunity to practice mindless brutality. On a per capita basis we have no more, or less, evil people today in the U.S. than were in those totalitarian nightmares: all that is needed is for the right conditions to let them bloom and unleash the brutality that is in their nature.  Consider the 50,000 people employed by the TSA to inspect and degrade you. They are mostly middle aged and for some reason they chose to change careers and to have the opportunity to spend their days degrading and humiliating innocent men, women, and children. Sociopaths all.

It is said that we need the state to control the evil among us, but all the state does is give the evil among us vast power over the rest of us. It is time to realize that the entity called the state is the enemy of humanity. We must seek the end of the state.

Unending national emergencies and the nature of the state

The unending national emergencies of the present age are the natural outcome of the doctrine that the President has near-dictatorial powers during and emergency. Even the U.S. Supreme Court recognized the danger of using emergences to give tyrannical power to the Executive and the court derided Lincoln’s theory of supposedly constitutional dictatorship by saying in Ex Parte Milligan (1866):

“The constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and peace, and it covers with its shield of protection all classes of men, at all times and under all circumstances.  No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of men that any of its great provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of Government.”

Even the Supreme Court in those days understood that if politicians can get away with declaring themselves dictators under the guise of a “national emergency” then there would be a never ending series of such emergencies. And what emergency is greater than war? Thus we have in the present day a never ending “war on terror” along with a series of other “wars” like the one the plant food CO2, the one on people using whatever drug they choose, and government’s new war on privacy.

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.” ~ H.L. Mencken

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The main hobgoblin of our present time is no longer the “evil empire” of the USSR as it was in my youth, but rather the “evil” Muslim and his so-called “desire to destroy America” (as if we were not already doing a bang-up job of it). Or at least that is what we are told over and over by the State and its minions. I am told that Disney World in Orlando, Florida would be ashes if it were not for our military killing innocent men, women and children in far away lands. Yes indeed, they would mount camels that can swim and cross the Atlantic and invade the USA. Horrors!

Government today has grown far too strong, interventionist, and invasive to be remotely safe for the people. There are no longer any citizens in the modern world, rather, it seems that there are only subjects to be ordered about, looted, and brutalized. The state consists of a gang of men and women exactly like you and me except they live by looting those who can produce to give to those who are parasites while taking a healthy cut themselves.

The most dangerous man to the US government is the one who is able to think things out for himself, like Edward Snowden did. These people can put aside the current myths and taboos to think rationally and then they inevitably come to the conclusion that the State is a gang of thieves writ large just as Murray Rothbard said years ago. These men will try to change the situation if they have the temperament and guts for that sort of thing, or they will try to spread discontent among those who do have that temperament. Either way, the discontent is growing and the state will fall before long. Ed Snowden and his NSA revelations did more to undermine the legitimacy of the State than most anyone in memory.

Modern Americans tend to regard the State as a quasi-divine, selfless organization from which all good things in life flow. The State by its very nature can not give you loving care as it was build to use force, fraud, and intimidation to loot the masses for the benefit of the few. It is know for demagogic appeals to the masses to frighten them for votes. Many individuals do need guidance from experts, but going to the state is like seeking advice from your wife’s lawyer in a nasty divorce case — it will always lead to a bad end.

It is absurd how many people think they are served by a coercive, demagogic apparatus when it exists to further its own. The ruling elite and their loyal minions will use fear, an endless series of imaginary hobgoblins, propaganda, and myth to keep you in line. The murder of millions and millions of innocent men, women, and children in country after country just to keep you subservient is the nature of the state.

You may test the hypothesis that the State is largely interested in protecting itself rather than its subjects in a manner first suggested by Murray Rothbard. Do this by asking: which category of crimes does the State pursue and punish most intensely—those against private citizens or those against itself? It is obvious that the state punishes crimes against itself far more often and far more harshly than crimes against mere people.

It is time to withdraw your consent to be governed by such an evil entity as the state.