Why it's so hard to find consent for a new paradigmSubmitted by couvi on Sat, 03/23/2013 - 18:01
With few exceptions humans have lived under overwhelming rule since the dawn of modern civilization, so our experience-centric method of gathering knowledge makes the promising image of individual liberty difficult to portray. While humanity scrambles for the best position within our current system of servitude, it is easily overlooked that we should discard the servitude itself.
What is too often labeled human success is frequently found as the result of an environment which rewards those who are capable of overtaking the positions in society which grant one the power to make rules which are backed by the legal force to impose upon others. Such an unfortunate paradigm can be changed only with the realization that a change in the users of power, our elected politicians and those who they anoint, will not be helpful. It is, rather, the ability to hold such great power which must be eliminated.
Americans are plundered and oppressed. Our productivity is confiscated by the forceful implementation of direct taxation and by the burden of the perpetual devaluation of our most common good, our money. Overwhelming rule touches nearly every area of existence. The severity of these policies is not realized because it is too common that visions for a great human future make interpretations that rely only upon a consideration of the relative conditions of the past and present lives of observable people, instead of upon a consideration which supposes that everyone except the plunderers could find gain under an entirely new social realization. In other words, the well-being of a person or a people is generally measured against the conditions of another individual or group. There is a psychological difficulty in seeing beyond these relationships, and this leads to the short-sightedness described.
A popular understanding of our servitude is prevented because servitude, like the air we breathe, has been a general condition of life. Instead of giving the appropriate recognition to this violent force which is common to us all, attention is given to the contrast between those who have more and those who have less. One group is made the enemy of the other and a cause for confiscation, violence, comes about. The confiscation begins and the wealth is taken from those who have more; those who have less remain impoverished all the same--it is just that now they are joined by those who were robbed.
No one, aside from those few who are at the top of the takers, is better after the confiscation has run its course because the problem of human suffering does not lie in a discrepancy of prosperity--the problem lies, quite clearly, within the thing which has allowed the demonstrable and direct usurpation of prosperity itself. This is hard for some to see because there is little in human experience which offers an example of a free and non-violent society so that it may be compared to the ever-present system which has enforced compliance to arbitrary rules and fickle morality. As our existence continues to be judged based upon what is, rather than what could be, we are given the limits to existence which prolong our suffering.
In today’s world the resource divertor, the funneler of funds, the provider of life’s manufactured conditions, is Government. The great extent of the ill-effects on the whole brought upon by the fact that all live under the powerful rules of Government are uncommonly realized. It is strange reasoning that, upon observing one entity gain prosperity by voluntary exchange and another entity gain prosperity by the forceful confiscation of funds, the conclusion is made that more of the latter is needed. But in the minds of most of humanity the ideas which allow a narrow group so much influence over a broad group are a given when it comes to human social interaction.
The intervention by Government into what would
otherwise be natural human social relationships causes the general welfare of humanity to come and go according to whichever specific incentives are imposed by the coming and going of laws. And so our prosperity is like the rise and fall of the waves and tides. If only there would be a recognition that mutually beneficial cooperation amongst humans happens by nature, not by forceful imposition, then our prosperity could fall endlessly forward as sure as a slow stream which precedes a fast river.
Man is bound by the laws of nature because man is a part of nature, not apart from it. If this fact is fought against it will be to our detriment; if it is realized, we will prosper.