05 May Fear is the Liar by Jim Klein
Publisher’s Note: Jim Klein wrote this short but pithy response to this essay published on STHF: https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/the-reason-why-there-will-be-a-second-american-civil-war-american-citizens-are-soon-to-become-an-endangered-species_05012014. I highly recommend SHTF as a website source. Jim is the Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at zerogov.com and the senior graybeard. Enjoy. -BB
Obama has almost nothing to do with any of this. How could he…he’s got almost nothing to do with anything. You could say he’s single-handedly the Commander-in-Chief, and so theoretically has sole control over the strongest military in the world, but even that doesn’t amount to so much these days, for the reasons the author noted. Besides, that guy could no more command a military than I could design a space shuttle.
We’re here because virtually everyone wants us to be here. If you took a sincere vote door-to-door, nearly every person would say, “I don’t really want this and I know there’s some deep problem, but the idea of doing anything differently is so overwhelming and frightening, that I choose to stay the course.”
That’s it, isn’t it? As uncomfortable as people are, they’re more afraid of what it could be otherwise. That’s what keeps them going. That’s what happens when you’re emotionally driven—the fear is greater than the want.
What gets me is the plain denial. It’s no secret what Tyranny is, and it’s no secret to where it leads. Always. No exceptions. How could it not? Even if we had no evidence, the logic of it is plainly clear…Tyranny can’t stop, for then at some point it would be defeated. It must grow. Since the essence of Tyranny is to incentivize thuggery–thuggery on behalf of the State where it gets removed from Individual Responsibility–how could it not continue to grow? What in the world would cause it to stop?
That’s the logic of it. It stands on its own, but unsurprisingly the evidence supports the logic 100%. Evidence always will, when the logic is tight. Correspondence, we might call it.
So most everyone knows where this goes, and everyone even knows that the next time is inevitably worse than the last time. We can pull data point after data point to demonstrate in plain reality what has happened. We know about the lack of production, we know about the unfunded liabilities, we know that there is an immense force sucking away every drop of production that’s left, into the service of the “Public.” We know who does the actual sucking and what they actually do with that wealth; we know about the contracts and the subsidies and the Free Shit Army and the retirees and on and on and on. It never ends with places to distribute the loot. Even now, they’re working on ever more, from immigration to more war on terrorism, to starting WWIII. Anything to keep the Machine ever-growing.
But none of that matters to people. What matters is what they feel, and what they feel is terror…the kind of terror that freezes you into inaction. Terror, terrorism, Tyranny…it’s all the same; it’s a way to incapacitate free-willed thinking humans. It’s done by denying the “thinking” and enhancing the “feeling.” And by doing that, it causes otherwise rational people to ignore what they know and go with what they feel instead.
I think that for an organism that has a mind capable of abstracting the nature of the reality in which it finds itself, that’s a huge error…one that can only possibly, at some point in time, lead to the death of that organism. Seems to me that the choice amounts to, “Wake the fuck up and do something about it,” or “Ignore the facts and try to pass the time feeling as comfortable as possible, and wait to see how death will come.”