Posts Tagged ‘civilization’

Hosni Mubarak

February 11, 2011 Leave a comment

The resignation of the dictator Mubarak in Egypt is meaningless.  The people have won a change in the personnel of government.  The system survives.

When people understand that it is the system, not the specific people running the system, that keeps them impoverished then, and only then, can we have real change.

Until that time the delusion that we need leaders and governments will ensure our freedom and standard of living will continue to deteriorate.

Ultimately all civilisations are destroyed by the excesses of its government.  They are never content just to live the life of Riley off the productive but uninformed taxpayers.  Eventually their greed utterly destroys not only themselves, but ‘their’ people whose lives they blight.

Only then, in the complete absence of government, can a new civilisation be built.  That time is not now in Egypt, thus the people will continue to get poorer until eventually they start to starve.  And will they then realize that it is the system that is fucked?  Not a bit of it, they will start to demand the return of Hosni Mubarak.

I really do get a little frustrated at times :-0)

More on the Queensland Floods

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment

From Joel Bowman of the Daily Reckoning.  Nicely put Joel.

Joel Bowman, from Buenos Aires, Argentina…

Left alone, good people tend to do good things. And, when unobstructed by coercion, force, violence or any other tool employed by the state in order to foster and maintain a more “responsible,” “socially conscious” citizenship, most people tend toward being good people…all on their very own.

Nowhere was this sentiment better expressed during the past few weeks than in the flood-stricken state of Queensland, Australia (and, more lately, in the state of Victoria, to Queensland’s south).

The rains that inundated an area the size of France and Germany (combined!) across the Sunshine State wrought havoc and destruction upon its people. Lives were lost, property damaged and industry crippled.

When the worst of Mother Nature’s wrath had subsided, Queensland residents were left with a monumental clean up.

To their credit, these individuals, in the face of near-immeasurable disaster, performed admirably. They did what came naturally. Contrary to the patriotic rally cries of politicians, they didn’t do what Queenslanders do; they did what good people do. And it was beautiful.

The general feeling was perhaps best summed up by Wally “The King” Lewis, a retired national football hero, who spent the last week of his holidays helping his fellow Brisbane residents prepare sandbags and to bail rising flood waters out of their homes. (It is worth pointing out here that, for many Australians, there is no higher office to be attained in the land than that of venerated sporting legend.)

Speaking to National Nine News from the waterlogged front yard of a neighbor – whom he had never met – Wally said, “If someone’s doing it tough, I think it’s the right thing to do to put the hand up and ask them if they want any help.”

The interviewer then turned his microphone to another volunteer. “What was your reaction when Wally Lewis turned up?”

Typifying the laid back disposition of the crowd, the young man casually replied, “[Laughs] Yeah, I was a little surprised but…you know…people help out. It’s all good.”

The Australian people appeared to be perilously close to discovering something very important about themselves; something, perhaps, they’ve always known; an instinctual tendency toward human solidarity, the natural urge to help a neighbor in distress, to lend a hand; in short, to volunteer.

Alas, barely had the first piece of debris been cleared away when the media, as it typically does, lost sight of the bigger picture. Alongside inspirational stories of non-violent, voluntary cooperation, the local papers turned their attention to the state’s role in the cleanup. Should the state and federal governments remain focused on returning “their” budgets to surplus, or should they deploy funds to assist those in need of help? In other words, how “best” should the state spend its citizens’ money…as if the only just, honest option had not already expired on point of expropriation in the first place? [The answer, in other words, is not to steal it.]

While sifting through the news reports and reading comments about what the state “should” do, we wondered how people who are so ready to do what is natural, to cooperate freely with neighbors and “mates down the street,” could so miss the overarching lesson in all this tragedy. Why do hostages of the state turn to their captor when it comes to arbitrating issues of freedom, issues they are, individually and through voluntary cooperation, demonstrably capable of resolving for themselves?

Perhaps it has to do, at least in part, with the misrepresentation of the concept of anarchy itself; a misrepresentation that serves not the interests of individuals, but of the state itself. We are taught that “anarchy” means violence, looting and the aggressive form of chaos that all-too-often flourishes in the wake of natural disasters. We are told that this is what happens given the absence of state control. Nothing could be further from the truth. The state IS control. It is the very incarnation of force and violence from which it purports to protect us.

As Murray Rothbard, the man credited with having coined the term anarcho-capitalism, expressed in Society and the State:

“I define anarchist society as one where there is no legal possibility for coercive aggression against the person or property of any individual. Anarchists oppose the State because it has its very being in such aggression, namely, the expropriation of private property through taxation, the coercive exclusion of other providers of defense service from its territory, and all of the other depredations and coercions that are built upon these twin foci of invasions of individual rights.”

We can expect nothing more from an agent of force than that which is its primary, defining characteristic; namely, more force. A mule is no more capable of giving birth to a unicorn than the state is capable of “granting” freedom.

Last night, with all this in mind, your editor telephoned his father. Dad lives about an hour south of Brisbane, where the post disaster clean up continues. In the aftermath of the flood, volunteer posts were set up around the city where groups of concerned individuals could assemble to donate their time and/or resources to help get the place back on its feet.

“Sixteen thousand people turned up to help on the first day,” Dad told us. “They came with their own equipment and made their own way there. In the end, they had to turn people away.

“I put my name down to lend a hand,” he continued, before adding, with sincere disappointment in his voice, “but I haven’t been called up yet.”

Then, as a man who has spent his life helping people, he added, enthusiastically, “but I’ve still got two more days of holiday left, Sunday and Monday. Hopefully I’ll have the chance to get up there and help out then.”

To those who would argue that coercion is necessary to foster freedom, that force is a prerequisite for peace and that the expropriation of individuals’ property on threat of violence is compulsory to fund an agency that, alone, is capable of guaranteeing safety and prosperity, we say: you don’t know the real meaning of anarchy, you don’t know what voluntarism is and, until you do, you will never know what it means to be truly free.

Thank you to all the people in Queensland – and around the world – who do understand these concepts and, through their fine example, prove statists everywhere and always wrong on a daily basis.

Joel Bowman
for The Daily Reckoning

The Anarchistic Professor

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Understanding Money

October 16, 2010 Leave a comment

This is a great series of DVDs which explain simply what money is and why it is so. These are worth 20 minutes of your time.

The End of Civilization?

August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

No solution can be found to any problem until the correct cause is identified.  The cause of the current meltdown is the fact that we are using paper quasi-money issued by The State instead of money.

Real money cannot be manipulated, paper ‘money’ can… and has been and is.

Those who understand that gold is money yet also predict that civilization is on the verge of coming to an end are well wide of the mark.

The collapse of the latest experiment with paper ‘money’ will be quickly followed by the clarion call of the bugles as the gold standard cavalry rides to the rescue… yet again.

If you believe that the 20th century with its rampant political corruption and abuse of power, unprecedented wars, massacres, starvation on a massive scale and destruction of whole cultures and races was civilization then… words fail me.

The emergence of the gold standard will once again herald the start of civilization, not the end.