"I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time."
– H.L. Mencken
"Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen."
– Friedrich Nietzsche
"Eve: All this riot and uproar, V… is this Anarchy? Is this the Land of Do-As-You-Please?
V: No. This is only the land of take-what-you-want. Anarchy means "without leaders", not "without order". With anarchy comes an age or ordnung, of true order, which is to say voluntary order… this age of ordung will begin when the mad and incoherent cycle of verwirrung that these bulletins reveal has run its course… This is not anarchy, Eve. This is chaos."
– Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
Why does this site exist and what will you get out of it?
Every blog is something of a vanity project and a catharsis for thinking out loud and this suits both for me. Aside from writing a book, a blog is a legacy that may last far longer than I do. Nothing really disappears from the Internet and I am certain there are folks in the government who are always interested in maintaining a watchful eye on blogs such as mine because they represent the most direct philosophical threat to their very existence.
My son discovered while he was dating a girl in the Dakota oilfields that DHS uses me as an example of a non-violent dissenter in the US. The young lady had aspirations to be a coproach and was taking a training seminar sponsored by DHS. Bully for me.
In an earlier phase of my intellectual development, I had been seduced by the heady siren song of limiting government which sounds like the most viable solution but on closer examination is the most silly and shallow of chimeras. There is no historical precedent in the Western world throughout its entire history of a government birthing from or calving off another or rising out of the ashes of extinction of the previous regime and containing themselves within the confines of power originally set forth at their germination.
There are plenty of empty promises and proclamations of purity but the usual suspects will be self-selected to seek to rule others; most of whom are socio- or psycho-pathic. Politics is nothing more than the nationalization of human transactions where the converse is the complete privatization of the planet; the latter is the charter of this blog. Nationalization is the government seizure (there is no polite term) of a product, service or behavior. This can happen with something as mundane as the circumference of grapefruit to something as epic in scope as the forfeiture of health care or the use of the innumerable malum prohibitum laws on the books.
For those who take a longer view of history, it becomes abundantly clear that governments in their life stages until their eventual deaths which are inevitable rarely seem to calculate second- and third-order effects of their meta-behaviors. I always presume that while good intentions may be the standard apologia for the lion's share of government action and behavior, this is simply an intellectual smokescreen with the same vapidity of hate crimes, hiding what is the nature of government which is the threat or use of violence against anyone or anything which either refuses to comply or pay the assessed tribute.
One should never measure a government's behavior by its intent but the fruits of its actions. And that is bitter fruit indeed for the totality of human history. It is almost as if we have been in a fever-dream surrounded by inmates in a vast prison state which has effectively through indoctrination trained people to consciously think that harming others through fining, jailing, maiming and killing is the only blueprint for any possible society. Think of that, a near consensus among thinking human beings that the only way to organize a just society is through terror. Terrorism is the use of politically motivated violence against non-combatants or innocents in a kinder parlance. One might say that the Global War on Terror or OCO or whatever new name has been applied to the 200 year war on the world America has waged has exponentially increased the size of government has been pointed in the wrong direction.
We have friends and relations who enjoy boasting of law and order. The tough guys who pronounce that the latest coproach beating was warranted and the prison rape the men will endure while caged for their sentence is perfectly justified for their crimes even if the offense were as banal as a paperwork violation, avoidance of taxes or an infraction against the tens of thousands of law no normal human could comprehend much less have an awareness of.
Remember that it is all about the law and not the human context because context is totally absent from government calculus. It is part of its power. I have mentioned before that every American is subject to indefinite detention in the "just-us" system the Federal government and its subsidiary political elements known as states have erected. It is another tool in the arsenal of democracy that is the fancy name for mob rule subject to the kakocrats at the top of the system.