The greatest weapon the oppressor has is the mind of the oppressed.Submitted by RonPaulWillNeverDie on Tue, 03/30/2010 - 17:51
I get regular complaints from people who say that, while they agree with many of my criticisms of how our "government" functions, I offer no solutions. In reality, I repeatedly offer the only solution there is. Trouble is, there is a range of solutions people are willing to consider, and when I tell them that nothing in that range will do any good, they declare that I have no solution to suggest. (And I'm not even talking about violent revolution. While that can, by itself, remove a particular set of tyrants, it doesn't remove the problem of tyranny. To wit, the American Revolution ended up creating the largest extortion racket and the most powerful standing army in the history of the world.)
What even many "limited government" folk don't see is that they have been TRAINED to focus on completely worthless, ineffective methods of "change." And the one thing--which is amazingly simple-- which actually WOULD unravel the tentacles of tyranny, existentially scares the heck out of all of the indoctrinated peasants. The slaves are taught that petitions or elections, or lobbying for this or that legislation, is the only CIVILIZED way to achieve "change," and to fight for freedom. In reality, those are all ways to solidify your own enslavement, because they all reinforce the idea that you need the PERMISSION of tyrants in order to be free. In other words, all such "solutions" are premised on the assumption that you are the PROPERTY of "government," and so must beg it to LET you be free.
Do we try to "vote out" carjackers and muggers? Do we politely petition and lobby common thugs to please not assault us and rob us? Of course not. Not only is it ineffective to ask crooks to please be nice, but there's no need to "win them over." We don't need their permission in order to have the right to defend ourselves and our property. And yet ALL "political reform" that you'll hear about from any but the most "extreme" corners consists of ASKING tyrants to please not oppress us so much. In short, the minds of the oppressed are stuck in a paradigm which renders futile all of their efforts to achieve freedom.
Imagine an island tribe that believes that the volcano on the island is a god, and whenever misfortune occurs, they attempt to appease that god by giving it a human sacrifice. After a while, those in the tribe get bummed out, not only because lots of innocent people are dying horrible deaths, but because the crops aren't improving, the weather is as bad as ever, and nothing else seems any better. So they keep tinkering with their method of god- appeasing, but nothing seems to work. They try giving sacrifices only during full moons; they try giving the volcano only pretty young women; they try all sorts of dances and chants while flinging people in--nothing seems to work. Of course, no amount of tinkering will do the slightest bit of good. Until they lose their irrational superstitions, and realize that throwing people into a volcano will NEVER improve the crops, all of their efforts will be not only useless, but horribly counter-productive (especially for those fed to the volcano).
So it is with modern statists. As long as their efforts are focused upon trying to reform "government"--in other words, trying to somehow create a NICE master, who will CHOOSE not to oppress his slaves--their efforts will be in vain. As long as they believe in irrational superstitions like "servant governments," "the consent of the governed," "elected representative government," and so on, they will remain enslaved. As long as they accept the notion that someone has to be "in charge," that someone has to be making and enforcing "the rules" for everyone, that someone has to be given huge, super-human rights and powers to keep us all in line--as long as the people believe that, they will be extorted, assaulted, controlled, enslaved and oppressed.
How To Be A Successful Tyrant
The following is an excerpt from "How to Be a Successful Tyrant":
"However, while the peasants will tolerate a lot, there are limits to their patience. But those limits can be all but eliminated simply by giving them some sort of outlet (completely ineffectual, of course) for their displeasure with you and your regime. As long as there is some system of "checks and balances" whereby the peasants can appeal to different levels and agencies of your regime, they will almost never resort to violence. "You have to work within the system." That should be your mantra, and it will quickly be echoed by most of the peasants. Of course, working within your "system" is never going to get the peasants freedom or justice, but even giving them the illusion of "due process" and some form of appeal will keep most of them forever banging their heads against a bureaucratic wall instead of actually resisting you."
So what is the solution? Stop throwing sacrifices into the volcano. In other words, stop treating "government" as if it has any "authority" over you. Of course, it does have the power to hurt people, and you'll have to take that into account. But stop thinking, talking, and acting as if its control of you is inherently legitimate or justified. Stop voting; stop calling its commands "laws"; stop treating its thugs with respect, as if what they do is justified or legitimate. Stop sending them the message that you AGREE that they are your rightful masters. Again, you may have to comply with much of their coercion just out of self- preservation, but don't ever give them the "sanction of the victim" (as Ayn Rand called it) by treating them as if they have the RIGHT to rule you.