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The Product of The State is Chaos

The withdrawal of gold from the monetary system in 1914 resulted not only in the unprecedented destruction of human life, property, culture and wealth of World War 1, but the upheavals of the whole 20th century.  The distortions of paper money brought to power, for the first time in recorded history, those wielding an intellectual justification for the repression of humanity.

Socialism and Communism openly sought control over the lives of ‘their’ citizens to a degree that had never even been contemplated in previous centuries.  Family were set against family, children were set against parents and producers were re-classified and factioned into ‘workers’ and ‘bosses’.  The institutional pillars that had been volitionally built up and refined over thousands of years were defiled and pulled down.  The resultant chaos reached its zenith with a slaughter of innocents such had never been witnessed in the whole of history.  Hundreds of millions lost their lives in the 20th century wars, pogroms and famines caused by the strivings of The States for total control.

The idea of total control resonated with governments throughout the world.  What began in 1825 as a fringe political movement by the Saint-Simonites, had, less than 100 years later, become the template for international governance.  Democracies themselves adopted the notion that they existed to forcefully guide ‘their’ citizens in their day-to-day activities.  Substantial inducements were provided in the form of government handouts to those who conformed to the new orthodoxy.  State welfare, first developed by the Kaiser and Bismarck in Germany as a way of controlling the recently released serfs, was admired and imitated by other governments seeking to further control their own people.

Emergency measures, put into place in 1914, were never removed.  Security papers remained the norm.  It became impossible to travel without a passport (a hitherto unknown concept) and impossible to drive or open a business without a licence.  In much of Europe (including Vienna where I now live) even moving house or checking into a hotel requires registration with the police.

The people who had been liberated by the gold standard of the 19th century were demoted back to citizens, a much nicer sounding word than serfs.  As such they were bound to uphold standards dictated by The State; woe betide them if they didn’t.  No longer were actions governed by conscience… the voice of internal reason, but by the external iron-fist of The State’s security apparatus… the police and legal system.

The concept of individual rights, without which no freedom can exist, became a subversive, anti-State crime.  Individuality is of course inherently anti-State, but never before in history had this been admitted by those who would rule our every waking moment and reduce us to worker ants.  Everything became forbidden unless specifically permitted.  Never before had there been an attempt by any State to justify the repression of ‘its’ people.  Prior to this point they just did it because they could.

All States, no matter the announced brand, became underpinned by the delusion that as a governing group they held a superior wisdom to the masses.  All property became the de jure property of The State; even the family home could be legally confiscated in the name of the ‘public good’.  The International Socialist Movement gave the brute force of The State what it had always craved: the veneer of intellectual and philosophical respectability.

The stern dictates of gold had imposed its own disciplines, not only on individuals, but on governments.  The vast majority abided by its disciplines and lived free, decent, secure and civilised lives.  Absent the disciplines of gold, morality, education, responsibility, the concept of right and wrong and even spirituality began to break-down.  Without the natural laws that stem from an honest money, society began to collapse.

When the natural order and general prosperity, borne of the interaction of free people with an honest money, were dismantled, all hell broke loose.  The immediate failure of emergent State control of the economy and people was visibly demonstrated by social chaos and rising poverty.  Unemployment, a hitherto almost unknown phenomenon that did not even enter the dictionary until the late 19th century, grew alarmingly.  Riots and scenes of general disorder became regular occurrences.

These dismal results, brought about directly by the newly conceived State Almighty, were adroitly turned on their head to become the justification for The States’ existence.  “Look what would happen without us”  “Look how people would behave if we were not here to control them”.  “We must have The State otherwise there would be chaos”.  In that manner, control by The State for philosophical reasons, was joined at the hip of control by The State for the avoidance of social unrest.  The disease became the cure.

The political imperative of the 20th century was the attempt to turn back millennia of rising consciousness and social progress and to force mankind back to the level of obedient, Palaeolithic dirt-scratchers dependent for their survival upon great and mysterious forces that only experts could comprehend.  Needless to say the push was not initiated by the newly freed working people themselves, though the ignorant were quickly co-opted to the cause through welfare handouts.

Today we live in a world, where not only do we own nothing that cannot be taken from us by legislative whim and where even the product of our labour is confiscated in an amount finely judged to be just bearable, but where our mind itself can be confiscated.  The casualties are locked up in psychiatric wards or, when psychotropically neutralized, left to blindly ramble the streets of our inner cities in pursuit of their next handout.  With the mind no longer functioning properly all that is left is the urge of the body to survive.

That stumble-bum on the street corner with the blank, staring eyes is the logical conclusion to the mad dreams and schemes of The State.  Lest you look down on that bum, you would do well to remember that s/he was once an independent entity.  If you doubt this then, the next time you see one of these unfortunates, say: “psychiatric hospital” and see the eyes fill with fear before they lurch away.

Whether this has been an accident, or whether these actions have been outlined, designed and effectively implemented is beside the point.  The State is a primitive organization that knows only violence.  It passed its use-by date back at the dawn of the agricultural era.  Just keeping out of way of The State is no longer an honourable option.  It is time for active resistance; indeed the lack of resistance can only be understood in terms of people having already lost their minds; if not to psychotropic drugs, then to the erroneous perception of self-interest.  Where else does honour and decency and hope for the future reside if not in the mind of the individual?

Productive individuals are the last bastion of sanity in a world that is not going mad, but which has already gone mad.  The fully expressed horror of The State Almighty is already upon us.  North Korea is what awaits all of us if we do not quickly change the course of events.  Other than feebly awaiting the natural purge of a monetary and social apocalypse and futilely mumbling over one’s beer, what should one do?  Active resistance should not be violent.  Whilst the pent up frustration naturally tends to violence, violence cannot be the answer.  To do violence is to stoop to the level of The State.  If we do that then we have already lost and The State has won.  States that are violently overthrown are, of necessity, followed by equally repressive States.   Violence bears only more violence, witness the French and American Revolution.

It is not the people who occupy positions of power within the apparatus of The State who are the enemy.  It is the system of The State Almighty itself.  The people who inhabit such systems are just the mentally enfeebled representatives of normal human frailty.  The weakness cannot be eradicated, but the system that gives it succour can.  It is the monolithic beast of The State that is the enemy, not the people who give it life… contemptible though they may be.  The State cannot be destroyed by taking vengeance against its representatives, it can only be destroyed by the destruction of its support mechanism.

The answer is withdrawal from the system in such a manner that one’s property is out of the reach of those who consider it there’s to take and squander.  Those of us who are naturally productive have much resistance to this idea, but there is no other way.  It is in the area of surplus productivity that The State is most vulnerable, for it is our natural reluctance to cease producing that The State relies upon.  Without the activities of its productive citizens there is nothing to fill The State’s coffers.  This is the Achilles’ Heel of The State.  Without money in the coffers The State loses its ability to bribe and coerce which will almost immediately lead to its collapse.  It is that simple.  The State is a parasite.  Productive people and entrepreneurs are its host.  There is no other source of wealth.  It is time to withdraw our capital, wealth, property and surplus production from the marketplace.

It is time to refuse to produce real and valuable goods and services in exchange for silly pieces of government paper with numbers written on them.  It is time to stop being the backbone of a system that is despicable and can only lead to further ruin and human degradation.  In this life you do not get what you deserve, you get what you are prepared to put up with.  We have put up with this for almost a century… far too long.

Greek Tragedy

Greece is the spearhead in the final push for The State (Europe Inc.) takeover.  It is hard to know for sure who runs who, The State or the Banksters; what we do know is that The State holds the legislative power; that makes The State 100% culpable.

At a time when the Disunited States of America really needed someone able and willing to stand up to the banksters, they saw fit to elect a political Toy-Boy as president.  The loudest, and seemingly most influential, voice in Europe is a pip-squeak, pip-brain demagogue out of France.  The State has gone past the point of even realizing that it is the problem.  They now truly believe that the survival of The State equals the survival of the people.  The State has degraded to its most intellectually inbred, effete and dangerous low point.  It is now a completely unprincipled, blind force bent upon total subjugation of ‘its’ people and survival of The State for its own sake.

If the world really needed a further lesson in the misguided (let’s be kind) belief that it is wise and safe to hand over control of our lives to ‘leaders’ then the current situation is as good a lesson as history can provide.

Should the people of Greece attempt to pay the tribute being demanded then it will become ever more difficult to halt the march of international totalitarianism, which, unless repulsed at some point, is the logical and inevitable result of ANY form of government.

The Chinese, North Koreans et al are at least honest.  They give no pretence to democratic ideals.  They understand, as few in the west do, that government is simply the utilisation of legalised theft backed by a monopoly of force and waged by a small minority against the vast majority.

“It is the workers and the pensioners who are paying the debt”

Ioanna Lagonika – striking electrical engineer, Athens

It is always the workers and pensioners who pay for all debts of The State Mr Lagonika.  That is the nature and the modus operandi of The State.  Who else do you think is going to pay?  Who else do you think has ever paid?

The Greeks in the street are fighting for the freedom of every single one of us.  This is the first real salvo in a worldwide war of liberation… never mind the bleats from C.I.A.-controlled groups like Anonymous.  The real tragedy is that the Greeks still don’t understand what it is that they are fighting for.

Rationing

March 14, 2011 Leave a comment

All products at all times are subject to one of two types of rationing.

The first is the rationing caused by market price.  This rationing ensures that the product never runs out.

The second is the rationing caused by dictate of The State.  This rationing ensures that the product will run out.

No product can ever be unavailable without The State’s interference in the voluntary market.  It may become unaffordable to some, but it will never be unavailable.  There aren’t many Van Gogh’s around, but you never hear about a Van Gogh shortage.

The State’s attempts to keep a product affordable for all ensures that it will become unavailable to all, except the very rich.  The very rich of course includes the politicians. The very rich will still be able to afford to buy it on the black-market that will be created as an unintended consequence of The State’s actions.

The black-market price is always higher than the voluntary market price because the price has factored in to it the risk of doing business.  If the black-markets are effectively shut down then the product will be entirely unavailable.

At the point that it starts to become unavailable The State will usually take over the means of production.  Their justification for this is ‘to ensure supply’.

Once the voluntary market is removed from production then
a/ the quality of the product will deteriorate alarmingly,
b/ the product will fail to match consumer expectations    (wrong size or colour etc),
c/ you will have to queue for the product if it is available at all and
d/ the price will be considerably higher than the ‘high’ voluntary market price which caused The State to intervene in the first place.

A voluntary market operated by free people is like an angelically beautiful young child who just constantly does his or her best.  Market regulation is economic paedophilia.

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.

Regards,
Joel Bowman
for The Daily Reckoning

The State is an Entity

January 7, 2011 Leave a comment

The State is an entity. It exists for its own agendas, goals and interests. Rarely if ever do these coincide with the interests of ‘its’ people.

The people have to try to survive despite the taxation imposts of The State which is indifferent to the resultant hardships.

Under all and every circumstances The State is the enemy of the people.

Those people who live off The State are the worst of the worst. They knowingly live off the bread taken from the mouths of honest workers.

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.

http://goldstandardinstitute.org/GSI/2010/10/understanding-money-a-video-production-by-the-gold-standard-institute/