“Please don’t think that I am talking harshly; I am not. But neither am I going to be sentimental or emotional in order to rouse you to action. In fact, I am not interested in rousing you to action; you will rouse yourself to action when you understand. I am interested in showing you what is happening in the world. I want to awaken you to the cruelty, to the appalling oppression, and exploitation that is about you. Religion, politics, society are exploiting you, and you are being conditioned by them; you are being forced in a particular direction. You are not human beings; you are mere cogs in a machine. You suffer patiently, submitting to the cruelties of environment, when you, individually, have the possibilities of changing them.”
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
To understand Government, we must first distinguish it from Society.
Society, in its essence, is the unification of numerous individuals through a natural, mutually constructive synergy for growth and development in which people unite to accomplish greater achievements. From Society, we get culture, which comprises the prevailing collective traditions which, when unexamined, can become detrimental.
Government, on the other hand, is a fictionally contrived institution whose primary alleged purpose is to efficiently and systematically protect people from their own vices. As such, government has its origins in the notion of controlling “the inherent evil of humanity”. As such, it is an institution fundamentally based upon force and violence. In essence, it is government’s fundamental purpose to protect life, liberty, and property (the definitions and conditions of which vary widely depending on the scope of governance and social development).
For a moment, let’s set aside the underlying question regarding the morality and social impact of initiating violence to force control over others when they have not attacked you. Most people who believe in government don’t REALLY care about things like “excessive force”. They see it as “collateral damage” for “keeping the peace”. We’ll come back to this spurious notion later along with suggestions for betters ways to ensure social harmony.
According to the generally accepted social principles, government’s legitimacy must be judged solely on the basis of the extent to which it accomplishes the protection of life, liberty, and property. So let’s look at how government measures up to this, to determine whether government is either good for us, or is obsolete and should be dissolved. For the purposes of brevity, all corresponding examples are linked in the text.
Looking through history, the violent methods by which government asserts its control have fundamentally been in direct opposition to its purported aims (protecting life, liberty, and property), creating an inherent hypocrisy.
Property is essentially stolen through a multi-leveled myriad of coercively imposed “voluntary” taxation and confiscation, all “justified” in convoluted legalese to favor the richest people in society. This has started with “Manifest Destiny” and the invasion of this country to steal it from Native Americans. It continues to this day in numerous ways.
“The law is so complex and voluminous that no one, not even the most knowledgeable lawyer, can understand it all. Moreover, lawyers and legal scholars have not gone out of their way to make the law accessible to the ordinary person. Just the opposite: Legal professionals, like the priests of some obscure religion, too often try to keep the law mysterious and inaccessible.”
~ Professor Jay Feinman
Liberty is constrained by endless bureaucracy and regulations greatly skewed in favor to the interests of multinational banks and corporations.
Life is jeopardized around the world by governments poorly managing resources, allowing environmental desolation, and waging perpetual war, trying to “fix” violent problems, often created by government itself, with… (drumroll, please…) … MORE VIOLENCE!
In point of fact, social well-being is constantly threatened by, and paying for, rampant police brutality. Ecological negligence is largely overlooked. Systematic poverty is purposefully created. These few examples among many others indicate that the actions of government are often dictated not by directly informed public consensus, but by a subversive and imposed “rule by force” whose extensive abuses and usurpations are evidence indicating a design to ultimately subjugate the inherent rights of the individual under despotic control in the name of “safety” and “security”, mostly for those in positions of power.
Is this justifiable?
Let’s examine some common assumptions which are used to rationalize this social subjugation, such as “consent of the governed”.
“Today we know that our government has such profound disregard for our natural rights that it tramples them to extremes beyond which even George Orwell could have imagined in “1984”… If Thomas Jefferson was right and St. Thomas Aquinas was right, that these rights come from our humanity and not from the government, things like thought and speech and privacy and travel, how can the government trample them?
Well, the theory of government is that we have surrendered some of our rights to the government so that the government will protect the rights we have not surrendered. That’s the idea of ‘the government derives it powers from the consent of the governed’. Does anyone in this room know anyone now living who consented to the government? The answer is ‘NO’. It’s inconceivable that anybody still living was around when the Constitution was enacted and consented to it. So right off the bat, the idea that “the government derives its power from the consent of the governed’ is, like government itself, a fiction. The FICTION is that we have consented to the surrender of our rights. The REALITY is that our rights have been STOLEN from us because the government monopolizes force.”
~ Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
Government is the institution which claims itself to be the ultimate arbiter for the regulation of society, justifying itself fundamentally on “consent of the governed”. However, ask yourself: Were you ever thoroughly informed on “the law” and formally asked if you consented to it? Probably not. It was imposed upon us. As naive children, we were forced to subjugate ourselves to it through state-sponsored indoctrination and the threat of punishment for the sake of a fictional “social contract”.
“In regard to the so-called social contract, I have often had occasion to protest that I haven’t even seen the contract, much less been asked to consent to it. A valid contract requires voluntary offer, acceptance, and consideration. I’ve never received an offer from my rulers, so I certainly have not accepted one; and rather than consideration, I have received nothing but contempt from the rulers, who, notwithstanding the absence of any agreement, have indubitably threatened me with grave harm in the event that I fail to comply with their edicts.”
~ Robert Higgs
We are never encouraged to ask the question: “Is government ACTUALLY good or even NECESSARY for society?”
So let’s continue exploring this question.
If we relate government to parenting, government is the “parent” and society is essentially the “child”. In terms of proper parenting, it’s self-evident that when a parent raises a child well, the parent knows they’ve done a good job (and are therefore legitimate guardians) when the child matures to be responsible, healthy, psychologically-balanced, well-educated, and self-managing. Eventually, the child should no longer need the parent, and, in fact, it should progressively develop to become better than the parent, learning from their shortcomings and mistakes. Government’s function towards society should behave much the same way, but it doesn’t. So what does this say about government?
“No society wants you to become wise: it is against the investment of all societies. If people are wise they cannot be exploited. If they are intelligent they cannot be subjugated, they cannot be forced in a mechanical life, to live like robots. They will assert their individuality. They will have the fragrance of rebellion around them. They will like to live in freedom. Freedom comes with wisdom, intrinsically. They are inseparable, and no society wants people to be free. The communist society, the fascist society, the capitalist society, the Hindu, the Mohammedan, the Christian — no society — would like people to use their own intelligence because the moment they start using their intelligence they become dangerous — dangerous to the establishment, dangerous to the people who are in power, dangerous to the ‘haves’; dangerous to all kinds of oppression, exploitation, suppression; dangerous to the churches, dangerous to the states, dangerous to the nations. In fact, a wise man is afire, alive, aflame. He would like rather to die than to be enslaved.”
The “parental track record” of government is highlighted by the numerous wars it subversively instigates while marginalizing public well-being. It promotes social obedience through indoctrination and threats of violence, keeping society preoccupied and traumatized through a maze of mainstream media distractions, secrecy, lies, manipulation, fraudulent economics, marginalization of education, and rewards for conformity and consumer dependence.
“The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good.”
~ Harold Pinter, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech
Underneath it all, behind the masquerade of purported goodwill which could easily be accomplished through voluntary free associations, Government mostly delegates palliative social accommodations, such as deploying the National Guard in times of natural disasters, as well as private agencies (UNICEF, Peace Corps, Doctors Without Borders, etc.) to buffer and mitigate the inherent consequences of imperialism and poor management of society. Observing the fundamental conditions of society, we see that government really has one primary motivation: to maintain power and control, justifying, downplaying, and covering up the damage it creates in “keeping the machine going”. Like a sheep farmer, the herd is cared for just enough to harvest its wool (society’s labor/wages) and, eventually, flesh (war/obedience). Government has little care for empowering its citizens to be truly free. Government wants obedient workers, not truly free and sovereign individuals. When analyzing the pros and cons, we find that government essentially breaks the legs of the people and then merits itself a “humanitarian institution” by selling crutches to the wounded.
Government even goes insofar as to manufacture conflict by selling weapons to destabilized regions, and then outright lying about the reasons for war, such as America did with the Vietnam War, the 1953 Iran coup, and the Iraq invasion, to name a few recent major military operations out of a dizzying amount of other military interventions.
“Once a government resorts to terror against its own population to get what it wants, it must keep using terror against its own population to get what it wants. A government that terrorizes its own people can never stop. If such a government ever lets the fear subside and rational thought return to the populace, that government is finished.” ~ Michael Rivero
“When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find that far more, and far more hideous, crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.”
~ C.P. Snow
Government (being a self-invested power structure which, by its very nature, seeks to subjugate anything which it sees as a threat) has a long history of surveying, infiltrating, discrediting, disrupting, subverting, and even assassinating progressive social movements or elements of society which threaten its hegemony. Government has done this on its own, but it also works in tandem with other private institutions (religious and corporate) which contribute to this social degradation. In fact, when you look behind the curtain and start connecting the dots of converging interests, the institutions of religion, corporations, and government are so inexorably interwoven that they form a fundamentally inseparable oligarchy.
Throughout history, government has been intertwined with religion in an attempt to mutually reinforce their mutual control over society. Let’s look at a few of the more predominant examples:
In the early records of written history stretching back to Egypt, formal religious practice centered on the pharaoh, who was believed to possess a divine power by virtue of his kingship. The pharaoh acted as an “intermediary” between his people and the gods, and he was obligated to sustain favor with the gods through rituals and offerings so that they could maintain order in the universe. Therefore, the state dedicated enormous resources to the performance of these rituals and to the construction of temples where they were carried out. In the Dark Ages, the State and the Church worked together to terrorize and murder heretics and alleged witches in the name of “pleasing God” and maintaining their sole authority over all of society. Then, in the last century, the Vatican was awarded national sovereignty with 100% government support by the Italian dictator Mussolini in exchange for the Catholic church giving his totalitarian dictatorship public support.
Nowadays, government no longer needs the church’s public support to rampantly and virulently subjugate people (though the church’s silence to the massive injustices are support enough). The United States government has repeatedly overthrown democratically elected governments and destabilized impoverished regions to install puppet dictatorships which allowed for the exploitation of foreign lands. It has extensively worked to derail both foreign and domestic civil rights movements, through infiltration, spying, propaganda, mind control through drugging and torture, assassination, even largely co-creating and manipulating the psychedelic movement, and most recently, of course, the global spying programs of the NSA and CIA which have created a global web of infiltration and usurpation based on fear-driven, media-spun lies and distortions.
To assume that government will ever be honest, ethical, transparent, and act in the best interests of the citizenry which it purports to serve is to ignore thousands of years of continuous invasion, brutality, enslavement, domination, oppression, exploitation, and destruction of anything that gets in its way or it deems profitable. Since “authority” extols itself to have the right to forcibly dominate others, to think that adding “authority” to society will REDUCE the amount of violent usurpations and INCREASE justice is delusional at best. Since its inception, the worship of “government” has never been rational. It was a faith-based superstition imposed upon the individual to keep them obedient and docile. Thankfully, some of us have outgrown that lie.
Akin to government’s history of conspiring with religion, it’s well known that the government has long been in cahoots with big businesses and corporations. Governmental “powers that be” (judges, police, military, politicians, etc.) are, and have always been, directly and/or covertly influenced and corrupted by corporate, religious, and financial institutions with converging interests. This is typically done through indoctrination, lobbying (bribery) and Revolving Door Politics, which is where governments hire industry professionals for their private sector experience, their influence within corporations that the government is attempting to regulate or do business with, and in order to gain political support (donations and endorsements) from private firms. Industry, in turn, hires people out of government positions to gain personal access to government officials, seek favorable legislation/regulation and government contracts in exchange for high-paying employment offers, and get inside information on what is going on in government. This has created a corrupt Corporatocracy which has run rampant like wildfire throughout the most important agencies in society.
This privately elected form of state officializing of special interests has long led to the systematic manipulation of both government policy and public opinion through the systematically repeated propaganda spun through the distorted rhetoric and unconscious psychological manipulation of corporate mainstream media. Since the days of Edward Bernays- the father of modern propaganda and “public relations”, the systematic manipulation of public opinion has been the underlying method of social control– including the control of dissension in society through infiltration and manipulation, such as Hegelian Dialectics. This insidious system of coercion has been used to subconsciously persuade public interest in all aspects, often at the public’s own detriment, and is largely based on, to paraphrase Edward Bernays, the premise that all humanity is and should be primarily governed by external agencies, since all people operate not by conscious reason but by unconscious impulses, emotions, and desires. Despite his social prowess at the time, he was unable to see the flaws in his own logic: Government is also comprised of very pathological people led by the same “irrational” (and criminal) drives. Moreover, there can be no well-informed democracy when society is awash with government propaganda.
“(People) are rarely aware of the real reasons which motivate their actions. […] Many of man’s thoughts and actions are compensatory substitutes for desires which he has been obliged to suppress. A thing may be desired not for its intrinsic worth or usefulness, but because he has unconsciously come to see in it a symbol of something else, the desire for which he is ashamed to admit to himself. A man buying a car may think he wants it for purposes of locomotion, whereas the fact may be that he would really prefer not to be burdened with it, and would rather walk for the sake of his health. He may really want it because it is a symbol of social position, an evidence of his success in business, or a means of pleasing his wife. This general principle, that men are very largely actuated bv motives which they conceal from themselves, is as true of mass as of individual psychology.
Human desires are the steam which makes the social machine work. Only by understanding them can the propagandist control that vast, loose-jointed mechanism which is modern society.
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. In almost every act of our lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons […] who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.”
~ Edward L. Bernays, “Propaganda”, 1928
With regard to the legitimacy of government, Bernays remarks, “Governments, whether they are monarchical, constitutional, democratic or communist, depend upon acquiescent public opinion for the success of their efforts and, in fact, government is only government by virtue of public acquiescence.” Here within this assertion, we find the crippling crux of all democratic societies, a fundamental flaw which completely negates the efficacy of representative democracy in our society. For a democracy to truly work in society’s best interests, its people must be well educated, healthy, and free from the shackles of coercion. As we’ve seen, society has been, and is continuously, hindered by government in achieving these basic standards. Due to this, any democratic government has not, does not, and will not be a catalyst for society to significantly evolve when its population is largely comprised of poorly educated, unhealthy, and encumbered people. However, if society DOES meet this logical criteria and IS full of sovereign, healthy, well-informed people, the institution of government is completely unnecessary.
See the illogical impasse here?
Given that the present power structure fundamentally seeks to consolidate power for itself at the expense of society, government is not only unnecessary, it is detrimental to the individual, society, and, in fact, all life on earth. Government corruption, abuse, and violence ALWAYS runs rampant, regardless of what form it has taken. Yet, while most people know this on some level, the masses, indoctrinated since birth, surrender their sovereignty to privileged self-promoting megalomaniacs and well-manipulated mob.
“For you fancy that shepherds and rulers never think of their own interest, but only of their sheep or subjects, whereas the truth is that they fatten them for their use, sheep and subjects alike. And experience proves that in every relation of life, the just man is the loser and the unjust the gainer, especially where injustice is on the grand scale, which is quite another thing from the petty rogueries of swindlers and burglars and robbers of temples. The language of men proves this—our ‘gracious’ and ‘blessed’ tyrant and the like—all which tends to show (1) that justice is the interest of the stronger; and (2) that injustice is more profitable and also stronger than justice.”
~ Plato, “The Republic”
Despite all this, some people might still be clinging to some thin thread of rationalization for the justification of government. So let’s examine a practical example in order to determine the legitimacy and motivation of government. One simply has to ask the question: If government truly wants to protect and serve the well-being of society, then why doesn’t it publicly investigate and persecute the most harmful and insidious elements in society? These elements are well known with ample evidence: privatized Central Banking (such as the Federal Reserve) , tax schemes, and criminally parasitic Wall Street brokers, and ESPECIALLY the corporate Military-Industrial-Congressional complex which has instigated and perpetuated the greatest social injustice: systematic global injury and poverty on all levels- personally, socially, physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. With over $52 BILLION in “black budget” financing (and that’s just what’s publicly “on the books”, never mind the “under the table” money made from illegal drug trafficking) to spy on just about everybody on earth through the CIA, FBI, NSA, NRO, NGIP, and GDIP, to name a few, it would be a relatively quick and easy “house cleaning” to investigate, arraign, and correct these criminal elements. So, what’s the holdup?
There are a few reasons behind this lack of investigation and accountability. We’ve already mentioned the bribery and Revolving Door Politics which prevents true accountability and self-regulation. Another reason is that many politicians, judges, military, and police officers are just not sufficiently educated enough in law, history, or the inner workings of government and its manipulation by privatized institutions to understand that it is, in fact, government which creates and perpetuates the pervasive conditions for most social detriment and injustice. Here we see numerous examples of “normalized” abuses of power in direct contradiction to the fundamental principles upon which “the law” is based.
This ignorance by “law enforcement” is not coincidental; it is both systematic and necessary to get police officers to remain unquestioningly subservient to the greatest threats to society: the private banks, corporations, and corrupt politicians who instigate the causal conditions for most global crime and social suffering. The general justification for keeping a maximum limit on the permissible IQ for a police officer is that “Those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training”. By applying a little critical thinking, we see underlying facts that make this excuse absurd:
A.) Police officers that aren’t smart enough to study law are far more likely to commit abuses of power and police brutality.
B.) “Costly training” isn’t as expensive as the price the entirety of society pays (financially and psychologically) for having poorly educated police officers.
C.) There are already many long-term veterans in law enforcement with high IQ’s, showing that there is a place for more intelligent people.
D.) More intelligent people would make police work more peaceful, efficient, and less menial.
E.) The amount of public “money” spent on the prison system and the military industrial complex makes the expenses of police training absolutely negligible.
In light of the epidemic of police brutality and lack of police oversight, the response toward creating “oversight” against this abuse has been to equip officers with cameras. As the cases of Rodney King and Eric Garner (among many others) clearly show, cameras do little to maintain that justice will be served. Those in power rarely incarcerate each other, even when their excessive use of force are caught on film. Furthermore, the procedure for releasing footage caught on police cameras is tailored to favor police so that they can see the evidence first and then come up with a story to leverage any public inquiry in their favor. The policy for “public servants” to wear cameras instead of undergoing regular mandatory psychological screening, therapy, and training on empathy, is indicative of government’s ineptitude, preferring to fixate on symptoms instead of causes, perpetually placing the security of its own hegemony over the betterment of society.
By now, it’s evident that the government’s legitimacy is contingent upon maintaining a veil of secrecy, ignorance, disinformation, and rigidly controlled discussion, among both the public and among its own agents. After all, anyone with a conscience who is well-informed regarding the inner workings and transgressions of government would be outraged. To counteract and suppress the increasing knowledge coming out online, the government, now more than ever, goes after peaceful dissidents, whistleblowers, journalists, and reporters who raise awareness of the government’s crimes. It has even gone insofar as to propose legislation which would restrict the very egalitarian freedom upon which the internet was founded upon. In accordance with the majority of evidence, America has become a nation of oppressive tyranny which passes laws in obscurity, convolution, and secrecy, all hidden from the politicians who are meant to represent the people. Secretive, unaccountable agencies are making lethal decisions without due process and oversight which affect our most basic rights. They provide “secret evidence” to courts which cannot be checked and often withhold any such “evidence” even from the judges.
“In a decision signed Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon chided the Obama administration for refusing to provide the documents but said she had no authority to order them disclosed.
“I find myself stuck in a paradoxical situation in which I cannot solve a problem because of contradictory constraints and rules – a veritable Catch-22,” the judge wrote. “I can find no way around the thicket of laws and precedents that effectively allow the Executive Branch of our Government to proclaim as perfectly lawful certain actions that seem on their face incompatible with our Constitution and laws, while keeping the reasons for their conclusion a secret.” “ ~ David B. Caruso, “Judge: US can keep secrets on targeted killings”
“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification [with government], their trust [in it], made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.
This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised as a temporary emergency measure or Presidential Order associated with “patriotic allegiance” and “social necessity”. And all the crises and reforms so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.”
~ Milton Mayer, “They Thought They Were Free”
Psychologically, another reason for the lack of proper government self-regulation through agencies of mass surveillance is because the purpose of mass-surveillance, at its core, is to instill fear, not protection. While the NSA’s spying programs are allegedly used for “national security”, the apparent purpose of mass surveillance on civilians has more to do with creating an imposing, hostile environment for dissension and truth. Clearly, its primary interest is in protecting the powers that be, and not the people. It consistently drops the ball on its own self-investigation even when thousands of government officials are caught in the rampant purchase and viewing of child pornography. This ongoing ritual satanic child abuse by people in positions of power has been known for decades, but always swept under the rug. Internal investigations typically taper out in pitiful silence and rarely, if ever, lead to convictions and corrections.
In the end, beyond the trite rhetoric used to justify war crimes, the superficial two-faced glad-handing of political constituency, and palliative legislation used to placate the public, politicians are simply pathological corporate puppets masquerading as public servants, elected by a brainwashed, ignorant society, serving the global banking cartel through debt-based, privatized, unconstitutional, and completely fraudulent Fractional-Reserve systems of Centralized Banking which is controlled by an ultra-wealthy, multinational oligarchy hell-bent on controlling every thing and every one, no matter how many lies need to be sold through the corporate media, or innocent people need to be murdered to take over lands, ecosystems need to be irreversibly destroyed to maintain and consolidate control, or societies are put in to poverty through privately manipulated economics.
“A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men … [W]e have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated, governments in the civilized world—no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and the duress of small groups of dominant men. […] Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”
~ Woodrow Wilson, “The New Freedom: A Call for the Emancipation of the Generous Energies of a People”, written shortly after signing “The Federal Reserve Act of 1913”
Keep in mind that in our globally connected societies, the egregious consequences of Pathocracy (a system of government created by a small pathological minority that takes control over a society of normal people) affects not just domestic life, but also the entire world. Having lived through the carnage of the the First World War, seeing the political games and profiteering behind the headlines, author and intellectual Randolph Bourne was led to conclude that “War is the health of the State”, implying both that: A.) those who go to war the most often are the most sick and corrupt countries, and B.) those in power within these pathological, war-mongering countries are all intertwined, profiteering on various levels through the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex and the constant brainwashing of the public.
“The State is the organization of the herd to act offensively or defensively against another herd similarly organised. War sends the current of purpose and activity flowing down to the lowest level of the herd, and to its most remote branches . . . The slack is taken up, the crosscurrents fade out, and the nation moves lumberingly and slowly, but with ever accelerated speed and integration, towards the great end, towards that peacefulness of being at war.” -Randolph Bourne
“America [and its allies] lied and ran roughshod over the international community to get that war going [Operation Iraqi Freedom]. If an invasion and ten-year occupation isn’t annexation, then nothing is. Companies like Halliburton/KBR absolutely grabbed Iraq’s resources, because their oil was supposed to “pay for the war,” and there were gas lines in Iraq for years after the invasion, because those companies sat on that oil like it was their own private piggy bank… which it was, as it turns out. And as for the state we left Iraq in, thousands upon thousands of people have been killed in the sectarian strife left in our wake. They aren’t making decisions about their future. They’re running for their lives.
That this president [Obama] dared to attempt to paper over the horrific smash-and-grab war crime that was America’s invasion of Iraq is not merely disgusting and without conscience; it is dangerous in the extreme, because we are doomed to repeat what we allow ourselves to forget.”
~ William Rivers Pitt, “Selling a Lemon”
And collectively, we have forgotten, haven’t we? Not just the lineage of violence and injustice committed in the name of obedience to government, but we’ve forgotten the what it feels like to be truly free. We’ve collectively lost touch with the spirit of sovereignty which strives for higher knowledge, love, and growth to empower ourselves and others. We’ve become so disconnected from reality that we’ve forgotten our inherent social responsibility, not just to those around us, but to everyone around the world. Take a good look at the lives we lead. We have privileged lifestyles that were once reserved only for emperors, kings, queens, and great courts; yet we all too often squander and surrender our creative and intellectual potential by conforming to a fetishized culture of escapism, violence, superficial gratification, drugs, and a bombardment of feel-good disinformation that distracts and holds us back from truth and empowerment.
We must clearly see the system we were born in to so that we can surpass it and evolve. We must awaken more meaningful connections, to ourselves and others. We must be guided not by coercive, violent institutions, but by the light of inextinguishable love, knowledge, conscience, freedom, and the awareness of our amazing collective potential which has been held back for far too long.
So how do we begin to overcome and defend against this system of systematic enslavement now that we’ve identified it? We must fundamentally understand the pathological psychology behind it all.
(Continue to Part 3: “Psychology, Authoritarianism, and Statism”)