Friday, April 15, 2016

Methods Of Control

Aristotle teaches that true freedom is not the license to do whatever we please. True freedom is the ability to act in accordance with reason. If we are unable to do what is good, we are slaves no matter how much empowering language we use to dress up the fact of our servitude.

Liberating ourselves from elite control may not topple them in the short term, but it will make our individual lives better. That alone makes it worth the effort.

1. One of the obvious ways that the elite control the populace is through the threat of violence. State violence is sanctified and blessed by the state and the elite insure that state-approved violence is the only legal violence there is. In most places in the US, the right to carry a weapon isn't a right at all. You have to pay for it through fees and state registration and the burden of a lengthy list of associated rules and regulations. If you're a cop, it's a whole different ball game. Heck, you can even shoot and kill somebody on accident or through poor judgement and get away with it. Not so with the rest of the sheep.

2. Governments have used welfare to placate the unwashed masses for thousands of years. And what, exactly, have we taught the masses? The state has taught them to ask for more and to establish a dependency on the government. It works every time. That dependency, and the government's response, creates a nation of idiots who cannot take care of themselves.

3. The elite use tax policy to prevent others from becoming wealthy and thus entering the ranks of the elite themselves. The elite don't want competition and that is why most elections in the US are fixed. The political system is broken. The US is a fake democracy ruled by plutocrats.

4. Unfortunately, religion plays a minor role in the lives of most people. Rather, the more powerful opiate in the lives of modern men is watching sports. Hyperthyroidal blacks on a basketball court hold the attention span of American men far longer than a review of the crimes committed by the ruling class. We are distracted by cheerleaders, high scores, athletic ability, and sheer competition. Which, by the way, would be fine if we could keep it all in perspective, but the problem is, we can't. Especially, with organizations like the NFL taking up progressive social issues and adopting unpopular social and immoral views.

5. With the advent of the internet, porn became ubiquitous. It's everywhere. It's impossible to surf the web without running across numerous instances of flesh and in-your-face sex. While my fellow libertarians may celebrate this as the triumph of personal freedom, the reality is that it has become one of the most powerful forms of control of the masses. Any perversion one can imagine can be found for free on the internet. Feeling randy?

6. Like porn or sports, getting too involved with entertainment can blind us to what is happening in the real world. The playoffs are on and who cares what's going on in Libya, right? That's so far away, it's probably not even real anyway. Besides, I don't know any of those people over there, so why should I care?

7. Social media could be used as a tool for good. Yet, with the amount of government propagandizing on these platforms, what we're getting is a society that is more akin to the builders of the Tower of Babel. The public is more fragmented than ever. Has Facebook saved the world? Hardly. Does Facebook pass along government lies, censor opposing opinions, and attempt to control the discussion? Why, yes, it does.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

-- Thomas Jefferson

1 comment:

  1. We work 2000 hours a year for paper or digital credit and give the government 25% or 500 hours of labor. Is this not indentured servitude?