Abandon hope. Take action.Submitted by dabooda on Fri, 05/14/2010 - 17:20
The Abyss Also Gazes
by Jim Davidson
146. He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.
—Beyond Good and Evil Friedrich Nietzsche, Chapter IV: Apophthegms and Interludes
Ask why are these wars? They benefit those who supply them. Ask, what of the children slaughtered? They aren't important to those who supply the wars. The people who make the profits from the multi-trillion-dollar war effort do not care about the children who are slaughtered, at all.
Ask why the drug war? It benefits those who supply it. Ask what of the families torn apart, the suffering of the imprisoned, the violence, the wasted lives. They aren't important to those who supply the war. The people who make the profits from the trillion-dollar-plus drug war do not care about the lives destroyed, at all.
Over the last year or so, I have asked people to divest from death, very directly at DivestfromDeath.Wordpress.com and in other places. There is very little interest in this project. Divesting from death would be a way of withdrawing your wealth from the war machines. Few people are interested, fewer are divesting. One follower of Rick Maybury's Chaostan newsletter derided the very idea—death merchants make profits, and people invest for profit.
Oh sure, there was divestment from the South during the civil rights movement, in an attempt to end Jim Crow. I think Malcolm X did more for ending segregation and racism by telling his followers to buy rifles and practice shooting than divestment. There was divestment from South Africa to attempt to end the apartheid regime. I think the violence of the rioters with their tire-fire "necklaces" did more to end apartheid than divestment. Anyway, no one is interested in this endeavour.
There is no keeping out of the abyss. It is everywhere, it is overwhelming. The investors in death profit from the slaughter of children in foreign countries. They are covered in blood. It never touches them, but they are drowning in it.
You look at the world and perhaps you ask why God allows it to be this way. God doesn't supervise you. God doesn't choose for you. God believes in free will. When will you start to believe in your free will? When will you take responsibility for your role in the world?
Believe in action, not hope. Hope is nothing. Hope does nothing. You sitting there hoping is nothing. It means nothing. Give up hope and take action. Action changes things. You acting is useful, you hoping is useless. Action that makes things worse can be corrected by other actions—you can learn from your mistakes if only you would act. Hoping does nothing, teaches nothing, paralyses you. Wake up and act. Free your mind from fear, doubt, uncertainty, and act. Believe in yourself. Believe that your actions, today, can make a difference. And tomorrow? Get up tomorrow and take more actions.
People keep asking how a system without rulers would work. It works every time you do what you choose without supervision. What makes you think government works?
If government works so well, why are there so many wars? Look at the dead people. Explain to me about the dead people. If government was such a great idea for keeping the economy humming, why did the economy fall apart in October 2008? Explain the unemployed people. About 22% of the country is unemployed, the overnight lending rate is back up, the stock market was thinly traded to its recent peak and just crashed, again. If these elitist banking gangsters on Wall Street are so clever, why aren't they trustworthy? And if their banks are too big to fail, why are they too fraudulent to function?
General Motors lost billions and went into bankruptcy selling 248,000 cars a month in 2008, as I recall (you could look it up). Government Motors emerged from bankruptcy, sold less than 100,000 cars a month on average in 2009, and guess what? Doesn't make any money. Government—externally imposed, coercive government of confiscatory taxation, redistribution, elitist management, and fiat money—is not solving the problems of surplus order caused by government. What a surprise.
In a pure system without rulers those who hurt others in acts of crime or in acts of neglect (also known as tort) would be expected to pay compensation. Many persons would only deal with those who had insurance or other proof of financial responsibility. Some who are unable to compensate their victims would be ostracised.
In a statist system such as the USA, how would those in government who hurt others be punished? Would those who supply the wars with munitions for profit be punished? Would those who blow up soldiers and civilians be punished? Would the pig who beats up a citizen be punished? Ever? The problem with the question about how criminals would be punished in a pure anarchy is that it presupposes that the questioner lives in a system which catches and punishes criminals. In fact you live in a system which gives badges and uniforms to criminals.
President Barack Obama has authorised the execution of an American citizen allegedly accused of seditious libel (?!) without a trial, without due process of law, without appeal, without the rights of the accused as delineated in the Bill of Rights. Doing so places the American people outside his protection, abdicates government, and imposes tyranny. Obama makes war on the American people. And what are you going to do about it?
Gaze into the abyss, knowing that the abyss also gazes into you. Then think about what you should do. Then take action.
I believe that directly assaulting the government, or those in power, would be a fruitless endeavour. I think it would waste your life if you were involved, it would fail, and it would be used to excuse reprisals. Smashing the state has failed again and again to end the state.
For hundreds of years there has been a proposal on the table from Etienne de la Boetie. Withdraw your support. The tyrants depend on your tax payments. The tyrants depend on you informing on your neighbours, for they cannot be everywhere to see everyone at all times. The tyrants depend on you to support the system, send your sons and daughters to join the military, create the value that they tax all along the way, run the businesses that employ people and pay payroll taxes, do all the things that make the system go. The banking gangsters have the same dependencies.
The banksters depend on your deposits, your investments, your money. They depend on you to invent new things and start new businesses, take them public, and put your money into their stock schemes and bond schemes and collateralised debt obligations and credit default swaps and mergers and acquisitions and idiocies. Withdraw your money from their banks and use a credit union near you. Withdraw your money from your 401K and put it in gold and silver one ounce coins in a vault in your home. Withdraw your money from other forms of investment—in oil companies, pharmaceutical companies, agribusinesses, defence contractors, treasury bonds, and everything else. Don't participate in their schemes. Form a separate economy.
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