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Government

or: Fear-based organization (involuntaryism)

or: The euphemization and legitimization of violence

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

Frédéric Bastiat

The dictionary definition of government is this:

government (n.)

  • the exercise of authority over a people or place
  • the group of people with the authority to govern a country or state; a particular ministry in office
  • a group of people who hold a monopoly on the legitimate use of force in a given territory

While an accurate definition, the real, original meaning is revealed in the etymology of the word. The etymology of 'government' is often disputed by fearful statists (supporters of slavery), who feel a need to argue that the -ment morpheme comes from -mentum ('instrument', 'medium') — yet -mentum also actually derives from the same Latin root -mens/-ment ('mind'). Government literally means 'to rule/control/lead the mind'.

But controlling the mind how? Mind-control via acting — pretending that one has "authority", i.e. the right to rule. The unconscious belief in the legitimacy of authority is the inverse of the concept of power. Political power exists only inasmuch as people believe that others can have rights that oneself does not.

It's not a perfect system, but it is the best one we've got

The only reason there is a (group of people referred to as) "government" is because people believe they have an obligation to obey the people who call themselves government.

An "elected government" is an agenda for the further centralization of power. The opposition party opposes the ever-growing centralization of power, until "elections" switch their roles, providing new perspectives/egos to improve the consolidation of the newly added elements that further the centralization of power, as well as create the crucial illusion of choice and expectation of positive change.

The illusion of choice

The illusion of choice, also expressed as "the lesser of two evils", is the assumption we go by that, because everyone else accepts the premise of democratic government, it must mean that it is what we — the society, the collective, the community — have chosen. Nothing could be further from the truth, because what is actually happening is that the "democratic system" and its sham known as "elections" is simply presented by the "news" media (which is the only reason we even know about people who believe they have rights that others don't, i.e. "politicians") as if it is what we chose, but we never actually chose it any more than chained slaves chose their condition.

The following video brilliantly illustrates the transition from unwilling slavery to willing slavery:

The Jones Plantation

One cannot change reality by changing the words you use to describe reality. Look beneath the rhetoric, and glimpse the truth.

Mark Passio on how our reality is built

Human behavior is entirely dependent on the information that one is exposed to (see right-hand side image). With that understanding, it can be clearly seen that the mainstream "news" media is a method of mind-control — an arm (subset) of the control system. The ability to control the flow of information and to filter contrary information and to set artificial parameters of acceptable discussion is an essential and foundational component to any empire.

Without the belief in "authority", people claiming to have the right to rule (by violent enforcement) would be seen as psychopathic and insane. Without the MSM, such people would be ignored to a much larger extent, their proclamations and actions taken far less seriously due to decreased exposure to the information.

Allow Larken Rose to elucidate:

Why Government can NEVER be Fixed!! feat: Larken Rose

Larken Rose unleashes a 2-hour barrage of common sense.

Government types

Government rights

From less to more authoritarian, goverments — be it democracy, fascism, communism, monarchy, etc — are nothing but livestock management approaches. They are all premised in the belief in authority — i.e. the elevation of rights of one human being above another by means of violent enforcement, i.e. the legitimization of master–slave relationships.

The only empirical difference between an "authoritarian" dictatorship and a "non-authoritarian" democracy is that the former is more honest — more brutally honest. They simply put up less of a show, i.e. less illusion of choice — though they often also hold "elections" (e.g. the Soviet Union) in order to regulate themselves to keep the system going. More often than not, they call themselves "democratic" and even have a "constitution" (i.e. a piece of paper that supposedly magically "grants" Rights that are by definition Wrongs). For example, the Khmer Rouge, a "government" that decimated 1/4 of the people of Cambodia — 2.5 million people — in less than 3 years, called itself "Democratic Kampuchea" and wrote a "constitution" that defined it (themselves) as a "State of the people, workers, peasants, and all other Kampuchean labourers". As Wikipedia notes, and as John Pilger thoroughly documented, "most Western nations continued to recognize Democratic Kampuchea as the legitimate government of the country."

Taxation

[Taxation] is "send me the money, or I will escalate force against you until you send me the money or die". That's what it is. It's a shakedown in uniform — that's what taxation is, always has been, always will be.

Stefan Molyneux

Mark Passio defines taxation

Taxation is a euphemism for extortion, which simply means "stealing by threat of violence".

No human being can delegate a right that one does not have to any other human being or group of human beings. One human being does not have the right to steal from another; therefore, a group of human beings do not have the right to steal from another. Stealing is by definition a Wrong (and never a Right) under Natural Law.

Tax law

A common argument by people who believe themselves to be "in the know" is that the actual man-made "law" (legislation) in the U.S. does not require that American citizens pay income tax. However, as Larken Rose personally discovered, that fact is completely irrelevant to the "justice system" and to the vast majority of unthinking Americans who are obligated to serve "jury duty":

What Happened to 861? - Larken Rose

On this 100th birthday of the federal slavery extortion racket, a word about why I rarely talk about tax law these days.

For a full explanation of the "861 tax argument", watch Theft By Deception - Deciphering The Federal Income Tax.

Intelligence agencies

The increase in the size of the so-called "intelligence community" (IC) working under the agendas and commands of any particular "state"/"government" correlates with the increase in degree of oppression of human liberty within the "jurisdiction" of said "state"/"government", whether examining the Soviet Union or the present-day United States of America or the Roman Empire of old.

How intelligent can one be if one is acting as a tool of oppression and control and destruction? This is the question that every Human being who has been brought into the fold of an "intelligence community" ought to ask him/herself. Some "intelligence agents" have done that and become "whistleblowers", but only a tiny minority of them have ever gotten any attention by the mainstream media.

Edward Snowden and NSA surveillance

Perhaps all the 16 different agencies composing the American IC are all intentionally aligned and following the same agenda, but the larger an organization conspiring to do evil or illegal deeds is, the more likely it is that infighting and feuds will occur. Given this observation, is it possible that the Snowden leaks could have been a bit of an anti-NSA CIA operation, moreso than merely the presented image of a patriotic concerned citizen? Are the Snowden leaks a limited hangout operation, as researcher Webster Tarpley suggests, with Snowden having been (wittingly or unwittingly) deployed by CIA (or perhaps by a criminal faction within CIA) to decelerate progression of the NSA's (or a rival NSA criminal faction's) capabilities? Is Snowden actually an actor? His consistent general calm demeanor and "everyday Joe" style, and perhaps moreso his careful manner of speaking with constant interjections of "uhh"s between sentences and words, seem to suggest that he may be acting ("Hello, uhh... this is, uh... Edward Snowden, uh... and I, uh... am an NSA whistleblower, uhh... and a CIA, uh, double agent, uhh...").

Perhaps the most famous IC whistleblower — or, alternatively, a very successful actor — the honest intentions of Edward Snowden seem difficult to dispute on face value, but is it possible that he and his partners (Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Bradley/Chelsea Manning, et al), have all been taken for a higher-dimensional negative-energy-generating ride, by triggering a general collective increase in paranoia and the sense of being controlled? The mainstream media — the energetic rollercoaster theme park that feeds information to its "consumers", which generates particular emotional states, which invoke thoughts that are representative of the aims of the control system, thus engendering false mainstream beliefs that sustain the illusory control system — jumped on Julian Assange of Wikileaks and subsequently on Snowden and 'cablegate', but the MSM has always ignored and continues to completely ignore [insert any relevant non-mainstream idea or leaks website or whistleblower]. It's important to realize that the MSM's biggest lies are always in the omission of relevant information.

As Tarpley put it, the reality is that despite the MSM's unusual coverage, "[a]part from a few obvious exaggerations and rhetorical flourishes, Greenwald and Snowden had thus managed to add virtually nothing to our awareness of institutionalized electronic eavesdropping." Snowden is also seemingly ideologically and philosophically incommensurably weak, supposedly believing in the "official" narratives of events, and rarely if ever speaking about or even hinting to higher-level deceptions such as false flag operations and the weaponization of the MSM.

Furthermore, the IC, at least in the United States, had apparently already achieved a state of operational unaccountability, to the degree that the exposure via Snowden of the NSA's spying programs probably slowed down their capability advancement only slightly. Senator Rand Paul explains the degree of lack of accountability that the "intelligence" agencies have achieved:

Sen. Rand Paul Speaks Out Against the PATRIOT Act - May 31, 2015

The positive side (or at least one positive aspect) to the Snowden leaks and the MSM's attention on it is a much expanded collective awareness of the activities and capabilities of the IC, and a resulting (unintended) increased focus by researchers and coders on creating secure uncontrollable self-sufficient decentralized cryptosystems.

Secrecy & the auto-cover-up mindset

The need to control and contain the spread of information leads to a mindset of secrecy of automatically hiding and covering up evidence and ideas that would be or might be contrary to the narrative that the "government" wants to let their subject citizens know about, or (more often than not) falsely believe.

Hence, the (people who call themselves) "government" will always provide as little truthful information as is possible about any event they are attempting to benefit from — yet the MSM treats "government" sources as the most "authoritative". It is no wonder then that large-scale deceptions and illusions, such as false flag operations, can happen seemlessly under the nose of the MSM (assuming there are any honest humans left within it at all), regardless of how much evidence may emerge from the work of independent Internet researchers — which often includes smoking gun evidence, but which the MSM invariably disregards by invoking the black-magical term "conspiracy theory".

How to change governments

Bashar explains how we are at the end of the cycle of disempowering belief systems and fear-based culture, in which we have given away our power to perceived authority figures:

Bashar - Time to change your governments

... But you have given your power over to people and told them to run your lives. So why berate them when they're doing such a good job of doing what you told them to do? Tell them to do something different; tell other people, then, to take their place who will do different things. Empower people. The way you have structured your culture is based on fear. So your government is based on the same. That shouldn't surprise you. So, develop a culture of joy. Develop a culture of self-empowerment, and then you will find you will not really need anyone to tell you what to do.

[...]

Understand that disempowerment has existed in your culture in your planet for thousands upon thousands of years — this idea of self-disempowerment has been a theme of exploration for generations, and generations and eons — but you're arriving at the end of that exploration, and that's why you're even considering that there can be something different.

Bashar

But evidently we'll be hanging onto the belief in the necessity of "government" for a few decades more, before we embrace self-sovereignty and organic heart-based synchronistic cooperative voluntary organization.

Quotes

Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.

Leo Tolstoy

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

William Pitt, British prime minister (1759-1806)

All political action is begging the masters to give us a little more of this or that or whatever we're begging for.

Larken Rose

Corruption is authority plus monopoly minus transparency.

Unknown

Every actual state is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Power attracts the corruptible. Absolute power attracts the absolutely corruptible.

Frank Herbert

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.

Plato

Whereas it appeareth that however certain forms of government are better calculated than others to protect individuals in the free exercise of their natural rights, and are at the same time themselves better guarded against degeneracy, yet experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny[.]

Thomas Jefferson

It might take an act of God to convince some Americans that parts of their government are corrupt, but at the same time, you cannot, under any circumstances, persuade an Iranian that his government is not corrupt!

Mahbod Seraji

It has often been said that power corrupts. But it is perhaps equally important to realize that weakness, too, corrupts. Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. Hatred, malice, rudeness, intolerance, and suspicion are the faults of weakness. The resentment of the weak does not spring from any injustice done to them but from their sense of inadequacy and impotence. We cannot win the weak by sharing our wealth with them. They feel our generosity as oppression.

Eric Hoffer

There are only two forces that unite men — fear and interest. All great revolutions originate in fear, for the play of interests does not lead to accomplishment.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Are there good governments and bad governments? No, there are only bad governments and worse governments.

Charles Bukowski

Why does a government agency that has no connection with my community have the right to dictate what is appropriate for it?

Simon S. Tam

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 invariably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And if he is not romantic personally, he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.

H.L. Mencken

Dear Government... I'm going to have a serious talk with you if I ever find anyone to talk to.

Stieg Larsson

The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.

Erich Fromm, psychoanalyst and author (1900-1980)

Just as no one is morally required to answer a robber truthfully when he asks if there are any valuables in one's house, so no one can be morally required to answer truthfully similar questions asked by the State, e.g., when filling out income tax returns.

Murray Rothbard

You will find, [that] your idea of what you term to be your governments, in a sense have been created by you — much in the same way that we spoke of that individual [a serial killer who said that God told him to do it] that created the consciousness that told him to go and do these things — because, you have not accepted your own responsibility for your own fears, and so you create the idea of organizations to handle that fear for you, so you will not have to deal with it.

Realize that once you create an organization based on fear, it will try to keep itself alive, as any consciousness will, and if it is created by fear, what will it have to create to live? [Audience: "Fear."] Thank you.

Take back your fear, be responsible for all of your emotions, and you will not need them.

Bashar, 1985

When peak idiocy has run its course, let us hope that whomever survives does not repeat the critical mistake in believing that centralized, tyrannical governments run by power-hungry, incompetent conformists can ever serve the interests of humanity. The real future belongs in the radical decentralization of all political power to the most “local” level possible. Only then can human civilization hope to live in anything resembling peace, sanity and sustainability.

Mike Adams [source]

Videos

Larken Rose takes on the task of challenging academia:

"Government On Trial"

[Published on Mar 24, 2015] It is high time that those in mainstream academia be challenged on the authoritarian mythology they continue to teach. So I am launching a Kickstarter project to do exactly that. (Watch the video for more details.) I encourage anyone who understands and embraces the concepts of self-ownership, non-aggression and voluntaryism to support and share this project. (If I exceed my funding goal--even far exceed it--I will simply include more and more teachers and professors in the campaign.) Here is the link to the project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1919817865/government-on-trial

Images

Murray Rothbard on taxation
Taxation is theft on a colossal scale


Corporate lobbying

If we grant for a moment the idea that a human being can be bestowed the moral right to rule over other human beings (under the threat of violence, by definition) and thus that "government" is a legitimate idea that those who are "governed" are giving their considerate consent to, the issue of influence peddling (lobbying) comes up:

The lobbying industry

Lobbyists in the EU infographic

Financial lobbying infographic

The shadow lobbying complex infographic