By Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume
I recently received a book as a gift from one of my blog subscribers. The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose is a unique, in depth, eye opening look into how the world really works.
Mr. Rose’s primary thesis is that the idea of “authority” (used synonymously with “government”) is irrational and self-contradictory— a myth. His common sense reasoning is based upon the ancient concept of the “Law of Agency.”
But daily and on a massive scale, governments commit crimes for which they put their subjects into cages. They are guilty of extortion but get by with it by calling it “taxation.” They engage in armed robbery and justify it by calling it “traffic fines.” They engage in mass murder but call it “war.” They are slave-masters but call their slaves “draftees.” And they get by with it because their subjects believe in the myth of “authority”—if it is “legal” then it must also be “good.”
This myth is what causes otherwise good people to do horrible things. For example, Adolph Hitler, by himself, was little to no threat to humanity. Instead the damage was done by the millions that believed in his “authority.” In other words, the problem is not evil people believing in authority. Instead, it is good people believing in authority.
Mr. Rose takes an in-depth look at how the myth influences the various groups that he calls: The Masters (the ruling class, politicians); The Enforces (cops, judges and other paid mercenaries for the ruling class); The Targets (that would be us, “we the people”); and several others.
By coincidence, at the same time I was reading the section on “The Enforcers,” I read Kelly Davis’ letter to the editor published August 16, 2012.
A better real life illustration of the validity of Rose’s thesis could not be found anywhere.
Rose points out that, when acting in their “official” capacity, ”law enforcers” behave in ways they never otherwise would and do things they themselves recognize as uncivilized, violent and evil.
They inflict unpleasantness on others they would not do absent the myth of “authority.” When questioned about it, their response is almost always some variant of “I’m just doing my job” or “I don’t make the laws, I just enforce them.” They speak as if it would be impossible for them to do anything other than carry out the will of “authority.” By this they mean, “I am not responsible because ‘authority’ told me to do it.” Thus, the authoritarian thug falsely feels that he is relieved of any personal responsibility for his actions.
Mr. Davis’ letter repeats the “just doing our jobs” defense multiple times.
Rose continues: All “law enforcers” forcibly inflict the will of the ruling class upon the general public but imagine they are “serving the people.” The state’s mercenaries feel righteous because they are not portrayed as hired thugs but as noble “law enforcers” righteously protecting the public.
Judging from his letter Mr. Davis views himself as a “righteous and noble protector of the public.” And, due to his indoctrination with the myth of “authority,” he probably actually believes that. It was a brainwashing that started early and continued up through the “police academy” he attended.
“Law enforcers” do not work for “the people.” They are hired guns for “The Masters” and will do whatever our Masters tell them to do. Mr. Davis said so himself—several times.
They are actually taught in their “academies” to treat people as inferiors. They are trained to always gain control and told that they must, in every situation, use commands, intimidation, outright violence or whatever it takes to get everyone present to bow to their “authority.” In short, law enforcers are trained to be oppressive megalomaniacs and to treat everyone else as cattle.
The primary concept the enforcer must accept is that he is above the common folk and has the moral right to forcibly control them. His badge makes him the rightful master of all the “average” people. And so, he will treat the average citizen with contempt for the same reason a slave owner sees his slaves as property.
Many law enforcers become angry when and average citizen speaks as an equal instead of in the tone and demeanor of a subjugated underling. His reaction is the same as a slave master to an “uppity” slave speaking as an equal. State mercenaries refer to this lack of groveling as having an “attitude.”
Anyone who does not consent to be detained, questioned, or searched is automatically perceived as a troublemaker with something to hide. But the real reason is because people are treating them as humans instead of the superior beings they imagine themselves to be. If anyone was confronted by a stranger (without a badge) in such a way, he would be outraged.
“Authority’s” bidders believe that they can do things you can’t, have rights you don’t, that you must do as they say and treat them as your superior because the rules of human morality do not apply to them.
This “superiority complex” phenomenon is a spot on description of the tone and content of Mr. Davis’ letter.
Furthermore, the general attitude can be seen in hundreds of “police abuse” videos that permeate the internet—just Google (or search YouTube) for “police brutality.” What you will see is the direct result of edict enforcers believing they have the right to demand that everyone else treat them as superiors, grovel at their feet and un-questioningly obey their orders.
Mr. Davis, “just following orders” was not a valid defense at Nuremberg, and it won’t be next time either. But it is not too late for a peaceful solution and what is needed is totally in your (and your cohorts) hands.
As Henry David Thoreau admonished in his famous essay On Civil Disobedience:
“This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible. If the tax-gatherer, or any other public officer, asks me, as one has done, ‘But what shall I do?’ my answer is, ’If you really wish to do anything, resign your office.’ When the subject has refused allegiance, and the officer has resigned his office, then the revolution is accomplished.” But even suppose blood should flow. Is there not a sort of blood- shed when the conscience is wounded? Through this wound a man’s real manhood and immortality flow out, and he bleeds to an everlasting death. I see this blood flowing now.”
In other words, Mr. Davis, if the “subject” does not recognize a moral obligation to obey, and the “officer” does not recognize a right to rule, we can all go in peace. But, as long as they continue to believe in the master-slave relationship, we all will continue to bleed.
Mr. Davis, “We the Subjects” have never been obligated to obey extortionists, kidnappers, thieves or murderers. Now, all that is left to do is for you (plural) to resign your office. You and your cohorts, without delay, go into your supervisor’s office and lay your badge on his desk.
Dr Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume is a recovering Paid Assassin for the Federal Mafia where he remained until he finally figured out that he was a part of (“enforcer” for) the greatest evil to befall mankind in all of recorded history. Send him email at: email@example.com
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