Larken Rose's latest newsletter, Although it's very disappointing, he does make some valid pointsSubmitted by krkruse1 on Mon, 09/07/2009 - 13:28
Although it's very disappointing, he does make some valid points
One Road to Freedom
The "Campaign for Liberty" is about to have a huge event in Valley
Forge, Pennsylvania, in just a couple of weeks. I'm not sure yet
whether I'll be there (as a spectator), but I know I won't be
Being faced with the tyrannical monstrosity that now resides in
Washington, a lot of pro-freedom folks are talking about how
everyone who loves liberty should do whatever it takes to "get
along" and to "work together" toward our common goals. The question
is, what ARE those supposed common goals?
Let me start by saying that I have a lot of respect for people like
Ron Paul, Andrew Napolitano, Adam Kokesh, and many others, for
their vocal opposition to tyranny. And it's great to see so many
people, with the numbers growing every day, aware enough of what is
going on that they want to do something about it. But what is it
that "C4L" (Campaign for Liberty) is actually doing? I hate to be a
stick in the mud, but can we pause the comradery and excitement
long enough to ask what the game plan is? What is the end goal of
all the time and effort being put into things such as C4L?
I know people will get mad at me for saying this, but most of the
effort is, by its very nature, doomed to fail. The reason for this
is quite simple: any effort to take over "the system," in order to
make it be pro-freedom, is utterly pointless. Not only is it
impossible for "government" to be used to support freedom, but
playing the tyrants' games, by supporting this or that candidate,
or pushing for this or that legislation, only LEGITIMIZES the
notion that politicians have some divine right to rule.
In fact, it's one of the most brilliant tyrant tricks of all times,
and I discuss it in my first book, "How To Be a Successful Tyrant."
If the tyrant builds into his regime the ILLUSION that the peasants
have some say in the matter, some recourse within the tyrant's own
"system," by which they can beg for freedom and justice, they will
rarely actually resist. They will instead waste all of their time
and effort trying to influence a system of control that is made
entirely of the tyrants, by the tyrants, and for the tyrants.
A lot of liberty-minded people "run for office" with the best of
intentions, when what they should be doing is running FROM "office"
as fast as they possibly can. What they fail to understand is that
the problem is not the particular lying crook that happens to
currently occupy that office; THE PROBLEM IS THE OFFICE ITSELF.
Every "election" is nothing but a ritual designed to legitimize a
ruling class, to make it look like the master somehow has the
"consent" of his victims, or somehow "represents" them. It's
nothing but a show, designed to redirect any discontent among the
peasants into completely ineffectual and fruitless endeavors
(voting and lobbying). In other words, it offers the slaves a means
of "redress" that never accomplishes anything, but gives them an
outlet for their displeasure with the masters, so they don't resort
to actual resistance.
Even if it were possible to take over the system (and it isn't),
you can't achieve freedom by BECOMING the ruler; you can only
achieve freedom by tearing down the entire notion that the Divine
Right of Politicians is valid to begin with. To put it another way,
you can't show your support for the concept of unalienable rights
by ASKING THE TYRANTS to let you do something. Playing that game
implicitly acknowledges that you DO NOT HAVE any unalienable
rights, because it implies that you need "legal" PERMISSION to do
something. (My Fourth of July rant*, which has caused quite a stir,
touched on that point.)
In short, the entire concept of a "Libertarian Party" is a
contradiction. The principle of non-aggression is absolutely
incompatible with any "government," no matter how small and
"limited" you try to make it. The very premise that some group has
the right to enact and enforce "laws" on the rest of us is
logically incompatible with self-ownership and individual rights.
And by running for office, or voting, or begging your congressman
to vote for or against some piece of "legislation," you are
CONDONING the notion of a ruling class, and REINFORCING the myth
that such pseudo-religious political rituals are in any way
legitimate, and that they can actually bestow upon anyone--even a
good guy--the right to rule. In other words, instead of trying to
tear down the authoritarian superstitions that allow for tyranny,
most supposedly pro-freedom folk are trying to co-op it, in the
hopes of somehow using the power cult as a tool for freedom.
Sorry, but it can't be done. We all know how hard it is for someone
who likes freedom to compete with the collectivist liars. Ron Paul
showed just how hard the establishment will work to protect its
power from outsiders. But even when a miracle occurs, and "limited
government" folk get into office, what good does it do? Do we all
remember the 1994 "Republican Revolution," where a bunch of
libertarian-leaning conservatives got into Congress? Remember all
their promises to shut down a bunch of bureaucracies, slash taxes
and dramatically reduce regulation and oppression? And what was the
result? "Government" grew, freedom shrank.
I even believe that some of the people who ran in 1994 meant what
they said (while others were just exploiting the anti-socialist
fervor of the day). But they quickly learned that the show put on
for the cameras is NOT how things actually work in Washington, and
that reducing government power is something the system CANNOT be
I hope that no one is still so silly to believe that the United
States government is even trying to "represent" us. Like every
other "government," it is nothing more than a control machine, that
cares about its subjects as much as a butcher cares about cows.
It's not that there is some miscommunication, or that a good idea
was spoiled with some "corruption"; it's that the entire system
exists for one purpose: the subjugation of mankind. As such, the
only people it will ever serve are those who love to dominate their
fellow man. (This reminds me a lot of the "One Ring" in The Lord of
the Rings. Any attempt to use it for good is doomed to backfire.)
How much of history consists of the downtrodden masses desperately
trying to get THEIR guy onto the throne? And how often does it
work? Hardly ever. And even when it DOES work--when the people DO
manage to replace the current tyrant with their own guy--then what
happens? He becomes the NEW tyrant, even if he's not trying to. (As
an example, I believe that Ronald Reagan actually believed in
limited government, and yet the system STILL found a way to turn
his presidency into an expanding "government," by way of the
military and the immoral "war on drugs.")
Government is not your friend. It never will be. It cannot be. You
can't co-op a system of extortion and oppression and use it as a
tool for freedom. There can't be such thing as a good slave-master.
As long as the slaves invest their time and effort begging the
slave-master to be nice, or trying to appoint a new slave-master,
they will STILL BE SLAVES. Only when the slaves stop THINKING like
slaves, and realize they don't NEED the master's permission to be
free, can they be free in mind. And if their minds are never free,
their bodies will never be, either.
I will keep saying that, and conservatives and Libertarians will
keep criticizing me for it. And they will keep demonstrating, with
all their well-intentioned, Herculean efforts, that "authority"
cannot be used as a tool for freedom.
Instead of continually trying to get freedom "legalized," those who
value individual liberty should be working to come up with ways to
outwit, escape, resist or defeat the tentacles of "government."
Yes, I mean they should be figuring out ways to be free, despite
the fact that freedom is, and always has been, "illegal."