what is the nature of GOVERNMENT?
personally, i went through years of political and law study. i studied history until i knew the patterns. i worked in finance, before i knew what that meant. i spoke to lawyers and i spoke to ex-soldiers. i know all the political theories, from anarchofeminism to LaRoucheism. i read my Kropotkin, Marx, Rothbard, Smith, Hobbes, Dante, Virgil, Ovid, and i read my Jesus, my Buddha, my Muhammed, and my random African folklore and random Native American folklore. i heard what the idiots have to say and read what the wise men have to say. and make no mistake about it - the wisest writers in history were the ones who were able to put human behavior in the abstract, and say, this is what's right, and this is what's wrong, and this is whats smart, and this is what is stupid. writers like Edgar Allen Poe or Dante tried to describe the nightmares that evil brings into our lives, while teachers like Buddha, Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr., etc., tried to show us better alternatives.
a well-informed and HAPPY person is a well-studied person. almost all of our problems come from ignorance, in one way or another. it is only because we accept the shape of our society as timeless absolutes that we forget their origins, and who conceived the myths our society follows.
what is going on? why are things the way they are? what is 'government' and how does it change our society?
we have a theory. our theory is that we need to 'pay' a portion of our society to keep everybody in line, no matter what, or everything will fall into chaos. that was the first part, before FDR - now we also say that those people have to make sure our economy works at all. that's the New Deal they gave us. i'll put that in lowercase for clarity's sake - that's the new deal they gave us. that's how they decided the story would go from then on.
and just before the New Deal, they put in their new system for micromanaging the economy - the Federal Reserve, whose entire business is to make all the money we work for grow continually more worthless. that's the law of supply and demand. more money gets printed, and all the other goods stay the same in quantity, so money decreases in value relative to them. we could be sitting on a million dollars, but it wouldn't mean anything, because they'd just printed 3 trillion more and devalued the entire existing supply of money. that's what happens when you inflate a currency, and anyone who paid attention in history classes knows it.
and our theory, beyond those fundamentals, is that we need to be able to vote to control what this 'government' portion of society spends its time doing - in order to keep them in line, and so they will help us in the absolutely perfect way, which we blindly assume is their intention at all.
we think that, because we have that power to vote, that we are the pride of the world, and the best living standard on the planet. we think that Obama is a great politician who has to compromise because of stubborn Republicans, and that Bush was an idiot with too many ties to industry, and that Clinton was a great guy who they hung out to dry because of totally private sex he was having in his office.
but what is really going on with them? past this superficial tabloid bullshit - what is this thing that they're running, called 'government'?
to answer that question, we have to look at the theories they use to describe why it exists. and the fundamental assumption of the theory of government i just described? it's completely wrong.
we don't need to 'pay' a portion of society to do ANYTHING. our theory of specialization is wrong - we don't need to divide our entire society into economic sectors. life is simple enough that, even with our incredible science and technology, we can rapidly learn everything we could possibly need to know.
i know for myself that i can live with or without society, and i can move between sectors without blinking an eye, because the sciences are simple enough, and because the business 'game' works the same everywhere, and survival is simple enough. the old and infirm may not be able to defend themselves from an armed gunman, but this alone is no excuse to set up a 'defense force' as the police pretend to be. the so-called "Supreme Court" said the police don't even have a duty to protect us, even if we've taken a restraining order out on somebody! it is within our power to defend ourselves, but this is a power that the 'government' seeks to take away from us, by having its lapdog media report endlessly on violent incidents that pose absolutely no threat compared to our greater problems, like starvation, poverty, disease, and oppression. one day it's Casey Anthony, the next day it's Sandy Hook or Fort Hood. some of the events don't even seem to be REAL, like in the case of Sandy Hook, while other events like 9/11 appear to have occurred in a way that bears no resemblance to how the 'government' and their press described it - something that shows that they were complicit with the actual criminals involved. but regardless of the incident in question, the response is the same - the government cracks down on the population.
so not only does the government reject the idea it has to protect us, and strip us of our rights to defend ourselves, but also literally attacks us in order to promote fear, so that we fall back on them and trust them to protect us from the dangers they've created. it's diabolical, and the plan of a complete madman, but it's exactly what the evidence shows to be happening.
way too often, people fall into the trap of thinking that it sounds so insane that anyone who perceives it must be imagining it. it's the people who don't perceive it that are living in their imaginations - they take the lies that they're told and run with them, inventing a whole world to rationalize their behavior and their surroundings. meanwhile, the people who are derogatorily labelled "conspiracy theorists" and "anarchists" are the only ones who have exercised the analytic skills of scientists to discover that our society is built on top of a lie. in the end, it's the dissidents who are forced to put up with all the scorn and hatred people can pile upon them for warning that we're not going the right way as a society. it's completely fucked to think of the countless centuries this has been happening for.
these functions of 'protecting' society - to the degree which we even need to 'protect' anything (which is not at all, if we even come close to realizing the potential of the technology we have at this very second, which is more than enough to prevent anyone from even wanting to commit crime) - this sort of 'protection' is something we can handle on our own. we are only at each other's throats to begin with because the structure of society has made us so poor that it's become a necessity. criminality is not an innate evil - cruelty in all its forms is something that we learn, and the worst criminality comes from people whose hearts have been blackened from pain and suffering. and that's a fact...
but do the police - the agents of the state, the people who use their guns, nightsticks, radios, cars, badges, uniforms, and legal trickery (and i mean 'trickery') to enforce the government's "law" - do these people actually protect us?
more often than not, they are the people we need protection from.
even if you ignore the direct offenses to our rights that the police engage in - the random shootings, the midnight house raids, the dead pets, the political trials, the 'drug war', the 'open container' laws, the harassment, the culture of subjugation they push onto us as the 'enforcers of the law', that we must unquestioningly obey and submit to, the high speed chases, the offensive driving, the tear gas, the rubber bullets, the beanbag guns, the chemical weapons, the protest suppression, the brutality, the arrests, the abduction, the imprisonment, and even the murders that they engage in - even if you ignore all of those, what are you left with?
the fundamental function of the police. they are the defenders of the unjust outcome. after we have divided up the profits of our labor, and the rich have made off with the lion's share of the profits, leaving the rest of us to suffer, the police stand in between us and the rich, and tell us that they will do anything up to killing us, if we try to take back what is rightfully ours, and defend ourselves.
and then - with a straight face - they tell us that they are the defenders of law and order. that they are the ones who make society peaceful and livable - that they ensure stability.
now, this business of the rich taking the lion's share of the profits - this is the rest of the nature of 'government', besides the tools of government which exist for their own amusement, and the tools of government which exist to preserve the social status quo. it is in the hundreds of thousands of pages in the endless volumes of federal law, and the millions of pages of state and local law - these endless pages and pages that no single human being has ever fully comprehended - that the true secret of our shared suffering, that the government and state have created, resides. most of this rigging takes the form of 'corporate ownership' law, corporate 'regulations', 'eminent domain' acquisitions and auctions by the state, subsidies of corporations, and any other tools the government has at its disposal to rig the distribution of the goods and services produced by society.
it is the rules we are made to live by. the business of Congresses, and Parliaments, and city councils, are to decide the rules for the game that we live in. only a true fool blames anyone else for the outcome of the game. and the failure in that outcome is obvious - the destruction of the environment, the destruction of our happiness, the destruction of our rights, and the subjugation and impoverishment of virtually every living thing on the planet. it is the outcome we've all been cursed with because we fell in line with the rules these vultures created.
that is the nature of government. the rulers are the people who have claimed the right to make an endlessly increasing list of rules that we must live by, and the rest of the staff of 'government' are the people who are stupid enough to help them. all the teachers, the firefighters, the social workers, the police, the bureaucrats, the politicians - all of them, very likely, at one point told themselves that they're trying to make the world a better place, and that accordingly, they're justified in how they live. failing that, they just told themselves that it doesn't matter what they do to get ahead. it seems that once you base the ability to live in society on paychecks, people will do next to anything to get one - even far worse things than they actually have to do.
so, as long as the idea that money is the ideal basis of an economy persists - the idea that our labor and goods should be sold and bought for money - these government employees take their money from a public treasury, and that public treasury gets its funds from taxation. and what is taxation?
taxation is, besides government-recognized crime, the only form of fundraising that involves a direct threat. it's both legal and illegal under the government's own laws. it is illegal under the 5th amendment, and legal under the 16th amendment. it is illegal as a RICO predicate, and as extortion and racketeering, but legal under Title 26 of the U.S. Code. it is maybe the ultimate example of an illegal act that is sanctioned by those in power, and not prosecuted.
so these people, who say that they're justified in taking a government paycheck - possibly because they think they're doing the right thing, but more likely, because of their own economic fears or insecurities - what is the right way to think about them?
it's simple. imagine a lifeboat. there are 20 people on the lifeboat. 10 of them say, "hey, look, there are pieces of our sunken ship floating around. we can simply nail those to the lifeboat and we can all stay afloat and make it to safety".
but the other 10 people don't believe them. they throw them overboard, and forcibly drown them, to save themselves. and that is what money is - the tool they use to hold us under the water, so that they might satisfy their fear that they will sink. money is what allows some people to excuse their wealth while others seek a way out of their poverty, because it is through money that the excuse of having "earned" that wealth privilege gains its believability. and money - beyond the unfairness it exists to mediate - is built on a sinking foundation to begin with, because money is created and then distributed to banks.
the currency inflates every single year, but the people never see the increase - banks are the only ones who see that money. and we are left to wonder why the bankers are the richest members of society.
our entire economy is a system - authored by our rulers in "government" - where we measure our legal wealth in numerical amounts, and where some people have learned to increase their wealth without increasing what they give. that is why the richest people in the world spend so much of their time associating with politicians - not to mention funneling money towards them. they know how the game works, because they wrote the rules, and they want the rules to be just a little more favorable to them, with each passing year.
so that is what government is. (a) people with so much avarice for mankind that they will subject everyone to hellfire just to make themselves rich, powerful, famous, or whatever else, (b) people who are stupid enough to think they're doing the right thing in 'government', and (c) people who participate reluctantly. and then, all the guns and nuclear weapons and high-security buildings they've hired us private sector workers to build for them, that they use in the name of 'government'. it is true that there are awful criminals in the corporate world, rivalling the controllers of government - who do control corporations as well - but they are merely players in the game for which the government has written the rules.
and that is why there is an upper class and a lower class. our society was not built with universal wellbeing as a goal - the entire structure of our society, constructed through the government's "laws", was always an attempt for the authors of the rules to benefit from the suffering of those subject to the rules. our entire legal system dates back not only to English monarchy, but pre-A.D. Roman monarchy - so is it really surprising?