“That no government, so called, can reasonably be trusted, or reasonably be supposed to have honest purposes in view, any longer than it depends wholly upon voluntary support.”

                                                                                                -Lysander Spooner

This essay is an incendiary device.  My muse is Wilberforce and the subject is the abolition of the last existing institution of slavery in America – taxation.  Like Wilberforce, we may be generations from satisfaction of the dream of the end of the coercive state but if the seed is not planted, the goal will never be realized.

I despise the income tax.  I loathe the property, excise, gasoline, sin, estate, capital gains and every other tax.  I think the colonists got it backwards, I want representation without taxation. These are often derided as utopian but I would suggest they are dystopian notions.  I see no possibility of perfection in this mortal coil but risk and possible failure are the engines of progress and capitalism invigorates the most powerful economic engine of all –self-interest to serve others.  Mises claims “[t]he member of a contractual society is free because he serves others only in serving himself. What restrains him is only the inevitable natural phenomenon of scarcity.”

I think it is loathsome for one man to own another and the involuntary tribute demanded by government is simply another form of owning another man’s wealth and labor.  Taxation is the way collectivists practice their compassion by taking their neighbor’s money at gunpoint.  It also violates the zero-aggression principle shared by many libertarians.  Taxation and slavery have some very close confluences in definition.  According to www.investorwords.com, a tax is:

A fee charged (“levied”) by a government on a product, income, or activity. If tax is levied directly on personal or corporate income, then it is a direct tax. If tax is levied on the price of a good or service, then it is called an indirect tax. The purpose of taxation is to finance government expenditure. One of the most important uses of taxes is to finance public goods and services, such as street lighting and street cleaning. Since public goods and services do not allow a non-payer to be excluded, or allow exclusion by a consumer, there cannot be a market in the good or service, and so they need to be provided by the government or a quasi-government agency, which tend to finance themselves largely through taxes.

These words are illustrative but couched in polite terms.  Taxes are monies forcibly taken from individuals and whatever other entity they can be drained from by governments or organizations (tax farmers) chartered by governments to extract whatever wealth they can through force and threat of violence.  Taxation is theft. James Bovard writes:

“The U.S. Treasury Department defines a tax as ‘a compulsory payment for which no specific benefit it received in return.’ No matter how many taxes a person pays, or what politicians promise, the taxpayer is not irrevocably entitled to a single benefit from the government. The level of taxation is thus a stark measure of government’s financial power over the individual – a precise gauge of the subjugation of the citizen to the financial demands of the state.”

The government has monopolized this enterprise because if you or I go to our neighbor and steal his funds or mug him at gunpoint, we go to jail.  If you doubt the power of compulsion, notify the IRS personally that you will no longer pay any more of your income taxes…for life.

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“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”

– Mark Twain

Force ratios are usually on the side of the guerrilla aggressor in underground movements and resistance forces. The force calculus employed by government forces in preserving the statist quo are usually large but bereft of talent. Witness the US and coalition clown posse playing déjà vu in Afghanistan and Iraq. The employment of forces in combating a negligible threat in the Taliban and HQN in Afghanistan has cost trillions and over a decade of investment in what is a failed state riven by patronage networks and the patchwork assimilation of a faux government built on corruption, bribery, incompetence and external support of the most egregious malpractice in the region. But then again it is a simply a demonstration project at it most raw of what all government is without the fancy camouflage and bunting that adorns the Western kleptocrocies.

Two demonstration projects of the force calculus phenomenon are captured within a decade long span of the early twentieth century in Ireland and German East Africa between 1916 and 1922. Worlds and cultures apart, they share one common bond – a self-sufficient band of renegades manages to foil world powers and bring them to their knees.

The 1916 Rising in Ireland to throw off an 800 year occupation by a foreign power and German General Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck’s heroic resistance with potentially 65:1 force ratios besting 125 Allied generals and a peak Allied strength of 650,000 troops arrayed against his 10,000 minus Schutztruppe.

Over the years the IRA force calculus would reach a peak strength of 500 paramilitaries against the UK-Loyal Irish forces of up to 52,000.

Both of these exploits come with their own peculiar qualities that led to success. Collins and his Flying Columns would eventually best the British Empire through both feats of arms, selective surgery of the constabulary and a capitalization of imperial exhaustion and defeat on the part of the British. The only undefeated German General on Earth in 1918 would have to receive a cease and desist order from the German authorities in WWI to stop his successful guerrilla campaign that would ironically best the Boers who had become British poodles after giving the UK a run for its money in two bloody conflicts at the turn of the century.

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Your entire canon of history you were taught in government schools and the incessant mewling from the government media complex is a tissue of lies and deception so deep you will take years to extricate yourself from it. From militarist triumphalism to economic illiteracy to civics mythology, the whole morass of so-called education and mass media serves one purpose: to champion the volition of government supremacism disguised as democratic rule and to demonize all private and individual moral agency.

A mere three years after the political coup known as the Constitution had been ratified by the Founding Lawyers, the father of the country is at the head of standing army invading a state to put down national tax evaders in the Whiskey Rebellion and four years later the Federal government outlaws seditious speech. It all goes directly downhill from there.

What government education will say:

Cops are heroes and private defense is vigilantism.

All wars are just and moral to include the invasion of Hawaii in 1893 and the Philippines and Cuba in 1898 and the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan in 2001 and everything in between.

War crimes are what the West says they are.

The USSR was a flawed but triumphant effort to better mankind or say so most of the modern accredited institutions of higher learning in the US. Don’t read this book if you think that is a correct assertion.

The Federal highway system is the only means to bridge the transportation gap.

Income taxes will never exceed the single digit impost levied in the Income Tax Amendment.

The acknowledged debt is 17 trillion and not 205 trillion dollars.

The list of deceit, disinformation and nonsense from the government supremacist organs across the fetid plain is tortuously long and taken as holy script by most of the tax cattle bellowing and grunting in the fields distracted by the endless litany of self-congratulatory bloviations issuing from the Offal Office and all its subsidiary political agents across the tax jurisdiction known as America.

It comes down to one simple axiom: the glorification of threats or initiations of force against innocents and non-combatants to meet political goals.

It appears that government cannot exist unless it violates all Ten Commandments.

In other words, all collectivist government is terrorism.

Yet I thought there was a War on Terror?

Knowledge is a powerful antidote to tyranny and reading is fundamental. Read the real history and get your history outside of the government classroom. The rulers have a vested interest in your ignorance. Defy their wishes.

Resist.

“The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government, they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get and promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten, that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time it is made good by looting A to satisfy B. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of an advance auction of the sale of stolen goods.”

-H.L. Mencken

The police are the greatest threat to human liberty in history. Historically, they have been the instruments of oppression throughout the ages. Absent this enforcement mechanism, no member of the political class, that curious professional remora priesthood that plagues societies that usurps power and assumes “delegated powers” not permitted of the serfs that elect them to office or suffer under their dictatorial power could not exist.

The fear of a few bad men is not curbed by putting the worst men in charge.

Members of the same society become policemen who in America manage to make an industry of abuse, kidnapping, maiming and killing under exclusive licensure of the state powers. In other words, you cannot nor do you have the right to steal from your neighbor, physically accost him, kidnap him and murder him if he refuses to obey but a uniform and state-issued badge grants you the power to do so. Not only is the license granted but the full power of the state is brought to bear with funds and assets appropriated at gunpoint to protect the state agents who accost the citizenry that are drained for the monies to pay the occupying army.

Imagine, if you will, a mugger accosts you and you resist his insistence on surrendering your earnings and he beats you senseless, ties you up and hauls you off to a cage to await a decision by his boss who happens to wear a black robe with special powers who has the ability to force the wealth, time and resources from you for the rest of your life. He decides to be merciful and not cage you but applies a surcharge on your tax liability and threatens to “brand” you for life by charging you with resistance to pay your “fair share”. The threat would be a criminal record granted by the state that would greatly reduce your earning potential and most likely forever dim your prospects of procuring a good-paying job. A lifetime of misery for the audacity to resist unjust oppression. Only in America. Well, maybe not, look at the police state hall of fame in the twentieth century and the competition is keen.

Or drive on the roads you “paid” for and exceeding an arbitrary number on a sign in speed, getting stopped and accosted by another badged agent of the state who suspects you may possess some illegal vegetation or have ingested said substance. You are hauled in after a wood shampoo is applied per your apparent resistance to kidnapping. The ad hoc and perfunctory anal raping administered in New Mexico is a new spin before the institutionalized male rape winked and nodded at by the boys in blue in the US penal farms. After being stripped and dehumanized by the boys in blue, you get hauled before another robed government employee to await judgment that you never signed on to nor entered a tacit agreement.

There are 19,000 police agencies across America and a million badged state apparatchiks who enjoy a relatively trouble-free and safe work environment where less than 150 die a year and only a third of those in the conduct of their duties against people who fight back against their depredations. Many others in the blogosphere have provided all the gory details of police brutality, the daily dose of maiming and killing that is the bread and butter of the thin black and blue line who are under no obligation by their departments to protect individual citizens. They have detailed the anecdotal horrors of police misbehavior like James Bovard and Will Grigg. They have detailed the metric tons of regulations that make every tax victim in the US a felon on a daily basis and the amazing legal doctrine of “qualified immunity” that gives every statist cop a license to kill with impunity coddled by the police unions that, like the teachers unions, know exactly who their clients are and they are not citizens and parents.

It only gets worse with the War on Terror which is actually the War of Terror (on Americans). If the Utah formation of a DHS wet dream of Stasi unification like the Salt Lake Unified Police Department does not make you nervous, you are truly asleep.

I want to suggest that when you look at the office of the President with all its official bunting, polished tele-speeches, officialdom and party favors of power, the name is a misnomer.  He is not a president but actually a Police Commissioner because no virtuous human being would obey any of his diktats or prerogatives unless under the lash of threatened and initiated violence imposed by all the executive agencies that police the country to ensure compliance with the mountains of rules, regulations and directives that are vomited forth by Mordor on the Potomac on a consistent basis. He also acts as the Prison Warden to administer the millions of gulag residents in cages, on parole or on probation or simply recovering from one of those once the system has spit them out to wear the Scarlet Letter of being a convicted criminal.

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In Pournelle and Niven’s book, Lucifer’s Hammer, one of the best end of the world books written he introduces the mild-mannered character of astrophysicist Dan Forrester who puts together a library to rebuild civilization after the comet decimates the planet. Whether the USSA perishes from a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) or economic collapse, the end is nigh and a large part of good luck is meticulous planning. I recommend that you also check out the website here. -BB

Bucket # 1

Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers, Frederick S. Merritt, Second Edition, McGraw-Hill 1976

Tubular Steel Structures: Theory & Design, M.S. Troitsky, Arc Welding Foundation, 1982

Design of Welded Structures, O.W. Blodgett, Arc Welding Foundation, 1966

The Engineer’s Handbook Illustrated, Arthur Liebers, Key Publishing, NY, 1968

Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Manual, EPA, 2002

Smoleys Parallel Tables of Logarithms & Squares for Engineers, Architects and Students, C.P. Smoley, 1965

Bucket # 2

Gear Cutting Practice: Methods of Producing Gears for Commercial Use Including Wartime Data Supplement, Fred Colvin & Frank Stanley, McGraw-Hill, 1943

Punches and Dies: Layout, Construction and Use Including Wartime Data Supplement, Frank Stanley, McGraw-Hill, 1943

Turning and Boring Practice, Modern Machine Tools and Methods Used in Representative Plants, Fred Colvin & Frank Stanley, McGraw-Hill, 1943

Jigs and Fixtures, Fred Colvin & Lucius Haas, McGraw-Hill, 1943

Steam Power Plants, Philip J. Potter, Ronald Press, 1949

The Home Mechanic’s Handbook: Encyclopedia of Tools, Materials, Methods and Directions, Various Authors, D. Van Nostrand, 1945

Strength of Materials, Alfred Pourman, McGraw-Hill, 1937

Home Plumber’s Bible, Ramesh Singhai, McGraw-Hill, 1978

Electric Motor Repair, Robert Rosenberg, 1946

Interior Electric Wiring and Estimating, Albert Uhl, Arthur Nelson and Carl Dunlap, American Technical Society, 1947

Electrical Wiring: Residential, William J. Whitney, Wiley and Sons, 1979

Practical Electrical Wiring: Residential, Farm and Industrial, H.P. Richter, McGraw-Hill, 1947

Bucket # 3

The Backyard Builder, Edited by John Warde, Rodale, 1985

Residential Carpentry, Mortimer P. Reed, Wiley & Sons, 1980

Essential of Drafting, James D. Bethune, Prentice Hall, 1977

The Homeowner’s Book of Plumbing and Repair, K.W. Sessions, Wiley & Sons, 1978

Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery, Mildred Graves Ryan, Doubleday, 1979

The Practical Handyman’s Encyclopedia (3 volumes of 22 total)

Bucket # 4

The Timber Framing Book, Elliott and Wallas, Housesmith, 1977

Book of Bikes and Bicycling, Dick Teresi, Popular Mechanics, 1975

Readers Digest Complete Guide to Sewing, 1976

Readers Digest Back to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills, 1981

Readers Digest Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual, 1973

Reader’s Digest Practical Problem Solver, 1992

Earl Proux’s Yankee Home Hints, Yankee Books, 1993

Yankee Magazine’s Make It Last by Earl Proux, Yankee Books, 1996

Whittlin’, Whistles and Thingamajigs, Harlan G. Metcalfe, Castle, 1974

Bucket # 5

Basic Construction Techniques for Houses and Small Buildings Simply Explained, United States Navy, Bureau of Naval Personnel, Dover Press, 1972

Tools and How To Use Them, Jackson and Day, Wings Books, 1992

The Homestead Builder, CP Dwyer, Lyons Press, 1872/1998

Carpenter’s and Builder’s Library: Millwork, Power Tools and Painting, John E. Ball, Audells, 1976

Carpenter’s and Builder’s Library: Tools, Steel Square, and Joinery, John E. Ball, Audells, 1978

Carpenter’s and Builder’s Library:Builder’s Math, Plans and Specifications, John E. Ball, Audells, 1978

The Practical Handyman’s Encyclopedia (10 volumes of 22 total)

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My annual homage to yet another celebration of government violence in defense of…government. -BB

“Non-intervention does not mean that nothing happens. It means that something else happens.” 

– Christopher Hitchens

Politics is a death cult and war is its high priest.

Here are some numbers to celebrate:

During the Iraq War, 4,475 U.S. service members were killed and 32,220 were wounded; in Afghanistan, 2,165 have been killed and 18,230 wounded through Feb. 5, 2013.

Among service members deployed in these conflicts, 103,792 were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) over the period 2002 to December 2012.

Over that same period, 253,330 service members were diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) of some kind.

As a result of battle injuries in the Iraq War, 991 service members received wounds that required amputations; 797 lost major limbs, such as a leg. In Afghanistan, 724 have had to undergo amputations, with 696 losing a major limb. –

See more at: https://journalistsresource.org/studies/government/security-military/us-military-casualty-statistics-costs-war-iraq-afghanistan-post-911#sthash.uE0EawO4.dpuf

A hearty thanks to all the politicians and bureaucrats who made this government program possible.

“Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service” or “thanks for protecting our freedom.”

What!  I hear this familiar refrain again and again every November.  I am appalled whenever this unthinking salutation is proffered.

I am a retired career Army officer and like USMC General Smedley Butler before me, I find these sentiments to be hogwash.

The recent march on the monuments had the Emperor smiling beatifically as the war-worshippers provided the politician’s dream of providing popular justification for violence abroad so he could share the mem at home.

The only service rendered was to the American political power structure in the dishonorable hands of the Democrats or Republicans; the former, despite their protestations to peace, have gotten America involved in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Starting with the shameful expropriation of the Mexican territory from 1846-48 to the War of Northern Aggression from 1860-65; the United States went into hyper-colonial overdrive in 1893 in the Hawaiian Islands and has not stopped since. The entire history of American arms on Earth has been a shameful and expansionist enterprise culminating in the first ever post-WWII (the Japanese attack on American territories in the Aleutians during the War to Save Josef Stalin and the minor coastal skirmishes in Oregon) attack on American state soil in 2001 .  I am frankly astonished at the length of time it took for a substantive attack of any kind to be initiated on American soil with the breadth, ferocity and long sordid history of American mischief and mayhem abroad.

The sheer number of military expeditions the US has embarked on over time is breathtaking.  One worthy notes there have been 234 military expeditions from 1798-1993.  Another posits 159 instances of the use of United States armed forces abroad from October 1945 through December 2006. “This list does not include covert actions and numerous instances of US forces stationed abroad since World War II, in occupation forces, or for participation in mutual security organizations, base agreements, and routine military assistance or training operations.”

Good Gods, if I were a Martian who landed on Earth ten years ago and found myself attending government schools, to include college, and watching television for any additional cultural education,  I would not be aware of any of this.  The constant drumbeat emanating from the State is the Orwellian chorus about America making the world safe for freedom and liberty and never using force abroad except in self-defense.  The history proves otherwise.

America, next to Rome in the Western world, ranks as one of the world’s most aggressive nation states when one examines the evidence.  A country sheltered from the tempestuous and constant warring on the European continent by one ocean and the turbulence in Asia by another ocean yet it simply cannot mind its own business nor resist the temptation to maim and murder abroad for expansion of political power and control whether for mercantilism or colonial aspirations.

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Richard Wagner, Edward Snowden and the New World Order J. Anthony Patrick Two centuries ago, Richard Wagner, arguably, the most influential composer ever, was born in Leipzig, Germany. Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen is considered by many, next to J.S. Bach’s B-Minor Mass, to be at the summit of Western music. The British poet/writer, W.H. Auden, once said, “Wagner may well have been the greatest artist who ever lived.” Bicentennial celebrations of Wagner’s birth have taken place throughout Europe, America and across the globe.

The Ring, however, may have never been made had the composer lived in contemporary times. Early in his career, Wagner became involved in revolutionary activities in Dresden where he was nearly captured by the authorities and would have most likely faced imprisonment, execution or both. Fortunately for Western culture, Wagner was able to escape and eventually made his way to Bavaria where he found a devoted patron in King Ludwig II to finance the production of his magnum opus.

King Ludwig II’s lavish support of Wagner was not uncommon for monarchy and royalty in general. Most of the prominent musicians – Bach, Mozart, Beethoven – were funded by the aristocracy as were artists, writers, philosophers, and architects. Without such patronage, most of the West’s cultural achievements would have never been made. Despite the condemnation of “kingly rule” in the modern age, the culture of that maligned era completely dwarfs the present decadent and debauched epoch. For a positive look at monarchy compared to democracy see the insightful works of Hans-Hermann Hoppe especially, Democracy: The God That Failed.

Wagner was able to elude his captors largely because central Europe and much of the world at the time and to a much larger extent in an earlier period were not politically “unified,” but were comprised of a number of sovereign states. The composer and other political dissidents could thus “vote with their feet” and find environments conducive to their political outlooks and individual creativity. Today, Wagner would have never found a “home” in Bavaria since it is now, ultimately, under the suzerainty of the German central government.

The heroic “whistle blower,” Edward Snowden, who exposed the criminal domestic spying of the NSA, has had far more difficulties than Wagner in his plight since the world has become politically more centralized. Snowden has had less opportunities and places to flee and had it not been for the savvy Russian president, Vladimir Putin, he may still be languishing in an airport or, worse, been brought back and caged in an American torture center.

It should be obvious from the life of Richard Wagner and the persecution of Edward Snowden, that for the future of freedom and the revitalization of Western civilization, all global centralization schemes must be opposed. This, of course, includes any attempt to form a unitary monetary order under the auspices of a world central bank.

Concomitant with opposition to the New World Order, any and all secessionist movements should be encouraged. Societal decentralization will most likely develop along ethnic, religious, racial, economic and political lines with overlapping among all such groupings.

Of course, inspiration for decentralization is readily available in history as America’s founding was in essence an act of secession from empire as was the Southern Confederacy’s courageous attempt to secede from the Union. More recent examples of secession have been seen after the collapse of the Soviet Union, where a number of independent nations emerged.

Ultimately, however, if the New World Order is to be stopped and decentralization to begin, its ideological justification must first be made. People must be convinced that centralization leads to tyranny, economic ruin, cultural de-civilization and the enrichment of the political elites at the impoverishment of everyone else. By studying the lives of Richard Wagner and supporting heroes like Edward Snowden, Western society may one day throw off the shackles of the New World Order and begin a revitalization of its once magnificent culture.

“In the main it will be found that a power over a man’s salary is a power over his will.”

– Alexander Hamilton

The income tax turns 100 this year and no more malevolent and insidious a taxing scheme can be found. “The 1913 income tax was also low. An individual or married couple earning taxable income under $20,000 ($458,000 in 2011 dollars) paid only 1 percent of their income in taxes. Just about everybody then could truly say they were part of the “1 percent.” A mere 31 years later in 1944 this tax is at 94% on every penny unsheltered above 200,000 dollars and the lowest bracket at 23%, the highest book-ended bracketing in US history so far. It was not until 1982 that the heist existing bracket of 70% was reduced to 50%.  These are astonishingly hubristic takings but all Constitutional, of course because the two main functions of that storied document are central national control and unlimited taxing power.

Why an income tax when for the span of the first half of the nation’s history excepting the Lincolnian income levy during his prosecution of the War of Northern Aggression? I would suggest that the US was incapable of levying the tax during that time in a largely rural society with primitive accountancy standards and a failure of the first three central bankster schemes in the US. It was not for lack of trying but the linkage between a monopolized fiat currency and the capability to impose an income tax run hand in hand. Alexander Hamilton championed the idea of taxing citizens in the states as  a means to feed the national government.

It is no mean coincidence that the Income Tax Amendment in 1913 and the Federal Reserve were parallel creations.  The monopoly on the creation of a money cartel was the only effective means to finally tax income as a means to feed the central government and the rest is history.

All who visit my blog know that I think all taxation is theft and any rate above zero is scandalous. You will note that the government and the state are moral train-wrecks that refuse even every precept of the Ten Commandments and stand them on their head. Government ravages the seed-corn, subsidizes the looter and raises the parasite as the paragon of virtue; in other words, those who exist at the violent and coerced expense of the rest of humanity are not the wicked but the true and moral. The collectivist fever-dream would make the Borg blush in envy.

There is a reason that a tax and attacks are synonyms. They both mean the same thing.

Happy birthday, income tax.

Resist.

I just got finished watching the older movie, Red Dawn, the other day and it struck me how out of touch modern American teenagers are to the protagonists in the film.  I get it, the film is an homage to hyperbolic patriotism in the fight against a foreign invasion as unlikely as the scenario could be even in the heyday of US-USSR global bipolar disorder.

With dozens acknowledged insurgencies world-wide and realistically hundreds in reality (there are an estimated three hundred in India alone), these partisan scenarios played out against internecine rivalries for power within or around various nation-states are ubiquitous. Overwhelmingly, war is a young man’s endeavor ranging from the pre-pubescent fighters in the Lords Resistance Army to the twenty and thirty-somethings that made up the bulk of the fighters in Northern Ireland, Chechnya and Afghanistan among the innumerable ranks of trigger pullers battling for some cause world-wide.

But I have to wonder just how fit the modern American teenager is for this kind of fighting whether initiated by a foreign invasion or the far more likely notion of battling a brutal and repressive regime from DC visited against its own citizens resisting the increasingly totalitarian notions of Potomac America where freedom demands a license and laws are so legion that one can’t walk through a day without violating some obscure Federal statute.

America’s youth seem to be fatally tethered to a need for information which has become so addictive that it is hard to pry one’s children from the phones and computers that shadow, if not dominate, their every waking minute and hour.  One would think that a forward-looking mind that has access to the greatest store of knowledge ever in human civilization would render a new golden age peopled by superior thinkers, new inventions and new areas of cognition that would propel us forward into a brightly lit future of unlimited potential.

Not so much.

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“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

― Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn

Obey or else.

That may not be the meaning of life but it is the simplest explanation of all government.

Note that the only objective is abject surrender or whatever pain can be inflicted on the resister after the notions of non-compliance are made clear by the victim.

We have all heard the bromides and axioms about government being like fire, a dangerous servant and the usual platitudes about limiting the beast. Library shelves groan under the weight of hundreds of thousands of scribes, pundits and authors opining on how to temper the monster, how to steer the brute force in positive directions, how to control the perverse incentives that lead to the oceans of blood that seem to be both the birthing and death experiences of nations and states.

Over thousands of years, humans have wrestled with the problem of politically organizing society along peaceful and violent means and discover that the latter is a default of behavior.  Ignore all the library definitions; politics is a death cult. Ironically, the populations cry to have a defense against the predators among them and end up with the most empathetically crippled human beings in charge whose power at the larger level dwarfs the petty criminal excesses that drove the people to urge bondage upon themselves in the first place.

We keep the bad people at bay by putting the worst people in charge. Rinse and repeat. Over and over and over.

Whether the hijacking of the uneasy canton peace of pre-1791 North America by the Founding Lawyers shackling the country with the Constitution, the aggressive Westward absorption through aboriginal holocaust, the defeat of the Second American revolution in 1865 or the inauguration of the US predatory state abroad in 1893 and the continual war on the world that followed, you have been lied to.

Civics class is government obedience training and the metastasizing police state that emerged from the end of WWI has not stopped for a moment. Once the government got a taste of the national security state after 1916, there was no stopping it. Every war strengthened the state as it perversely screamed for domestic shackles and increasing surveillance and terror to fight…terror.

War is the health of the state as Bourne said and the mandarins in DC decided to take the war footing to the domestic front and the Volstead Amendment was born right on the heels of the income tax gestated in 1913.  A powerful hybrid brew was concocted: the power to tax not only individuals over the borders of states, in essence, nationalizing the tax cattle but using the era of Prohibition to weaponize the war on tax evasion and create a national policing organization in the Treasury Department which would expand enormously over time and have a corrosive effect on the relationship between the flock and its masters. The Treasury Department inspired the creation of legions of alphabet agencies to lord over the subjects captured in the tax jurisdiction known as the USA.

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