We’ve often wondered in the Saloon why people insist upon enslaving themselves to government. Why are people wired to have a blind faith in the necessity of government? Is it a genetic mental deficiency inherited throughout the generations? Or are we born free of this curse and it is it simply a false god that dominates the human psyche in the culture within which we grow?
Can belief in this false god be disproven or is it simply another belief that people unfortunately hold on to with blind faith? Surely past incidents of democide, genocide and war which have caused more unnatural deaths than any disease or natural cause combined would have been enough evidence to humans that belief in the goodness of government should be akin to belief in the tooth fairy. Shouldn’t the past examples of extremely limited government and the wealth and property that have risen from these circumstances been enough to cause humans to evolve and throw off this mental dysfunction?
Perhaps it is in fact something more sinister and biological in nature. If we haven’t been able to rid ourselves of the innate desire towards self destruction and enslavement, perhaps we are infected by something that can’t be cured. A virus perhaps? Let’s define the term with the relevant descriptions for our purposes:
3. a corrupting influence on morals or the intellect; poison.
4. a segment of self-replicating code planted illegally in a computer program, often to damage or shut down a system or network.
We can see that this idea and tendency towards enslavement is corrupting and certainly influences the morals and intellect of the people in a negative way, acting as a poison to their souls. No question there. It can further be reckoned that this idea is itself a mental code that self replicates through human procreation from generation to generation, whether or not we know it or want it. It can be said that at certain dark periods in history this idea has in fact gone viral.
As has been said, this virus forces mankind to destroy itself through its own enslavement. It achieves this by convincing mankind that creating a government is necessary for survival. Of course this government can only exist by plundering the wealth of man through force from the very people it is ostensibly there to protect from force and plunder in the first place. Thus this virus’s effect forces man to create an entity that can be more accurately described as a parasite. Let define this term:
1. an organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment.
2. a person who receives support, advantage, or the like, from another or others without giving any useful or proper return, as one who lives on the hospitality of others.
It appears government is a parasite as the first definition fits our description of it. The second definition can certainly describe all government employees.
So now that we’ve defined what humanity is dealing with, let us apply this to history and analyze the success or failure of the virus. Lets see how this human mental virus has consistently influenced mankind towards self enslavement through forcing the creation of the parasite that is government.
History shows us times when the virus has appeared to flare up with varying intensity and then gone semi-dormant, but it has never fully gone away. One peculiar trait of the parasite created through the influence of the virus has been its inherent ability to get wildly out of control and eventually destroy itself. Once created by the virus the parasite is unable to control its growth and strength so in the end its actions force it into retreat, all effects that act in the betterment of mankind. Of course this is not the desire of the virus nor of the parasite which it has created but it is an unintended consequence that ends up being beneficial to mankind. This is not without mankind going through massive pain in the process towards recovery though.
Looking back at a few historical examples of the virus at work we can see these ebbs and flows, but also disconcerting is that we can also see a subtle pattern of evolution. Against attempts by mankind to rein in the effects of the virus, the virus seems to be mutating in an effort to protect itself at all costs. It is learning how to create a more efficient parasite, one that will not grow too fast to catch the attention of its host but grow slow enough so that once the host realizes it is infected by the parasite, it is too late to get rid of it lest the host die as well.
Looking to relatively recent history we can begin with the Roman Empire. The foundations began in Greece as a democracy in which people had a nominal say in the everyday government. This lead into the Roman Republic that was ruled by a senate where the people nominally had power through senators as well. It didn’t take long for the Republic to degenerate and become decadent and corrupt. This corruption laid the groundwork for the evolution to empire with the birth of the age of the totalitarian emperor.
The emperors ruled for hundreds of years but the whole time the morality of the people was gradually corrupted and as a result the size of the government grew way beyond the capacity of the people, and those it conquered, to support it. Eventually the imperial government collapsed and the world went through a dark age. This dark age was necessary to cleanse the system of the great size of past government corruption. Unfortunately, while this period could have lead to the greatest period of personal independence from learning the lessons from the failure of big government, it instead lead to the establishment of the kingdoms of Europe which over the next 1,500 years conquered and colonized a majority of the planet. During this time, many people were enslaved and murdered in numerous wars for territory, wealth and prestige. All violations of personal property rights.
With the breakdown of the legacy totalitarian monarchies came the transition to modern day fascist/socialist government. The period of the American, French, Spanish and Russian revolutions as well as the fall of the German monarchy and Ottoman Empire at the end of WWI gave rise to this modern form of government. The last couple hundred years gives two extreme examples of the evolution of the virus.
One, the Russian revolution and the rise of communism, was an attempt by the virus to gain immediate total control over the people in hopes of preventing any dissension that would threaten its life. This evolutionary experiment of course failed due to its own weight and over zealous growth. But the virus appears to have stumbled upon its greatest success to date and the other example of the evolution of the virus, the American experience.
The American revolution might be viewed as the best effort to date to rein in the control of the virus over the people, but that view would be wrong. This has in fact been the greatest of all the mutations of the virus. This mutation began as very subtle and non-intrusive. It chose to slowly grow its parasite, almost imperceptibly enough that the host people upon which it grew had no idea it was growing. In fact, several hundred years later the virus has been so successful that it has convinced a great majority of the hosts that it still is the same small, liberty-loving, freedom and property-protecting parasite that it was designed to be when it was born.
This mutation of the virus has been so powerful and successful that the people upon which its parasite feeds still believe they are free. They believe that paying upwards of 50% plus of their income per year to the parasite government is the price they gladly pay for “civilization.” They believe that stationing their government’s soldiers (read: obedient contract murderers) in over 150 countries around the world and invading countries aren’t or ever will be a threat protects them from what some boogie man somewhere might do to them someday is a good thing.
They believe that allowing this government to sexually molest them at airports and in increasingly other areas in violation of their constitutional rights is OK in order to protect them. They believe that its right for the government to arrest and indefinitely detain people if the government thinks they are some “threat” in order to protect the general welfare of the people. They believe that whatever the government says through its pronouncements to micro manage their lives is welcome in an effort to protect them from themselves. They truly believe it is right for the government to protect so called “important American companies” and socialize losses all at the expense of taxpayer. All these things exists while people still spout platitudes about liberty, free markets and capitalism in America. This is the essence of fascism.
The virus has mutated in such as way that it has achieved its greatest accomplishment, the creation of soft grown fascism in America. The government is bigger and more powerful than any in the history of the world. That makes us ask: Will history repeat itself? Will the government parasite inevitability destroy itself as it is has done every time in the past? We believe it will but we can only hope it does sooner rather than later.
We conclude from the evidence of history that humans may indeed be infected with a communicable virus that we’ll call ‘Governmentitus.’ This virus then causes humanity to create ‘Government’, our parasitic slave master.
Only an understanding and an injection of Anarchy can be the cure.
Is the tendency to seek a master an inherent human trait? As our friend and spiritual father, Doug Casey, often posits: are anarchists, individualist and libertarians a genetic mutation?
It’s possible. If we are a mutation, then we must do our duty like the fitter mutations before us and simply out-compete and out-breed the older, shabbier models. Before the sensitive, egalitarian types attack their keyboards to send indignant messages, let me be clear: I’m not saying anyone is “superior” or “better” than anyone else. Those are subjective and loaded terms. The objective truth is that individualists are just better suited to succeed and win mates. The individualists are the kind of people who understand that wealth is created by individual initiative to add value to raw materials. They understand that wealth isn’t created by the non-market decrees of politicians backed by armies of soldiers, police and assorted lowlife killers.
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