My dear brothers, never forget, when you hear the progress of enlightenment vaunted, that the devil’s best trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist!”
Charles Baudelaire, Le Joueur généreux, February 7, 1864
Forget everything you think you know about politics. It’s probably wrong.
There is no left or right. Communist, Socialist, Liberal, Conservative, Progressive, Democrat, Republican, those are all meaningless terms. They are used to confuse people so they miss the point. The most important point about politics there is. That there are only two schools of political thought and they have predictable results. All the names and labels for them are just smoke and mirrors.
Political ideology is designed by elites to trick the masses into doing what they want. Each side tells you something designed to get your emotions going so they can play you. They get you to agree to give them more power, money and control over your lives by telling you some kind of story.
We need to put that vicious cycle to an end. It’s time to understand what their real goals are. But to free your mind, you need to be educated first. Only by seeing the road ahead can you avoid tripping on stones or falling off cliffs.
There are only two real political choices to make. And it has nothing to do with parties. It has to do with core beliefs. You are for one side or another. These sides are diametrically opposed. The best way I can describe the two choices is, freedom or slavery. That is what it boils down to. And the slave in question is you.
Do you want to be a slave or a free person? It’s your choice.
I’m sure some of you reading this have your guard up now. So take a deep breath and walk with me for a second. I am going to open your eyes.
There are only two forms of government. Every kind of government is a branch or variation of one of the two forms. All the side issues, are just window dressing because the root form of government determines a lot of crucial matters that affect everything else.
The first form has many branches and is called by many names. It is common. It is the oldest form. It is, in fact, ancient. It has many names because so many of those names have fallen into disrepute. So they keep re-branding it and try to sell it in a different package. But no matter what name it takes, it still leads to the same end result.
The second form has very few branches and is rarer than any precious stone. It is something many people want but few have had. The believers in the first form are always trying to destroy this second form. They lie about it. Try to corrupt and subvert it. Because they know it will always be more popular with the people if they knew they had a choice. So the second form must always be defended from the predators of the first, because it is precious. I like to refer to each system as the minus and plus system. But we’ll call them BG or LG here. Big Government or Limited Government.
Those who believe in BG go by many names, and many of these believers don’t even know that they’re supporting the same goals as people they think are bad. But they have been tricked into selling out their own freedoms to enrich someone else’s. All BG systems lead to the same result. I classify this as a minus system because it’s negative. The end result of a BG system is bad for most involved.
The BG system is designed to feed all resources to a few at the top. All else are diminished in power and wealth. But the citizens are told that they must support the government and its rules in order to receive some kind of “benefits.” In order to get the treats the government doles out, you have to give up your freedoms and your property. It sells the idea of some glorious future that is never attained and only gets worse over time. But it always maintains that it will lead to some kind of paradise.
It never does. It usually leads to some kind of hell. But it always finds people to subscribe to its ideas who become fanatical in defense of it, no matter how much the system abuses them. And it deludes many others into wanting it because it preys on their human nature, the very thing that destroys it in the end.
The LG or Limited Government system is the best system for human freedom. As a result it has been very rare in human history. Where it has been allowed to flourish, human beings have flourished. But those who believe in BG are always trying to corrupt and destroy LG societies. This is because LG denies ultimate power to those who seek it. An LG system is more fair because you get what you put in. You have the ability to advance to any level as long as you don’t abuse the success that you have made or use it against others.
Before we explore how each system works, we need to understand the mindset of the people who believe in either system. I once did a cartoon illustrating the philosophies in the form of two Greek Philosophers, Aristotle and Plato. Each philosopher created the groundwork for understanding these schools of thought.
LG (Plus) believers are Aristotlian. They are like engineers. If something is proven to work, then they believe in it. They are not opposed to experimentation, but only if it involves proven principles. Ideas that are demonstrated to fail are rejected. They understand that human beings are flawed creatures. Humans are born hungry and spend their lives seeking to fulfill those hungers. In scientific terms, humans are driven by genetic hard wiring. It is part of their nature. In religious terms, humans are born with “original sin”. We can’t radically change who we are and remain human. We can only seek to improve ourselves through discipline, education, reason and morality.
LG believers understand that humans are often given to a lust for power because we all want some kind of control. LG societies are designed to limit governance so the state can never become tyrannical. It realizes that human nature is a constant so you have to develop a system that works within its framework, and keeps its basic problems in check. That way a politician’s greed is limited by what they are allowed to do by laws. The less interference a government has in human affairs, the more free the people are to progress on their own and flourish. LG believers are for individual rights. They believe a perfect society may not be possible, but it can be best achieved by respect for others rights and liberties. They believe in a social contract and the rule of law. They want people to be free in order to live their life without interference, as long as they respect others rights. The LG is there to enable the society to function and keep the peace, but it is not there to dominate or dictate how one should live.
BG (Minus) believers are Platonic. They posit that there’s an ideal form of society somewhere in the future, a utopia populated by an idealized form of humanity. This can only be achieved by forcing people to change through rules, laws and governance. It wraps itself in good intentions, but it ignores human nature, believing people can be changed by rules. Making the public follow orders will correct their bad behavior as the state sees it. It does not believe it can be tyrannical because BG systems are always sure they’re correct, not matter what happens. Dissenters are ridiculed or punished. No matter how many mistakes a BG society makes or disasters it causes, it does not admit its fault. BG believers preach dependence on the state. It denies individual empowerment or freedom and instead promotes group think. It pushes the group over the individual to keep people in check. It does not want leaders so much as followers. Its leaders are usually the hungriest for power that make their way to the top by gaming the system.
BG societies are constantly creating diversions to keep the public focused on policies it wants to sell. So it often creates “crises” of some kind that the people are supposed to rally around. In order to get them to give up more freedom or personal wealth, it often uses scare tactics, such as threats of invasion, threats of nature, etc. The elites in a BG system always live vastly better than those at the bottom, but it always promises some kind of “equality” that never exists in reality. And because the BG system is large and complex it relies on bureaucracies to manage them. But because bureaucracies are made of humans, human nature always corrupts these systems. A bureaucracy becomes inefficient and corrupt in direct proportion to its size. The larger, the less effective, the more corrupt.
BG systems usually lead to economic collapse and stagnation. Usually with dire consequences for millions of people. That is why citizens in BG societies often yearn to go to LG societies. Many of them risk their lives to escape from BG societies that hold them captive. Because in worst case scenarios, BG systems imprison their citizens.
They are all, to some extent, anti-freedom. It’s a matter of degree.
“The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” Samuel Johnson
The earliest form of government is the tribe. The tribe had a chief of some kind who made all the big decisions. The tribe went out and gathered resources and the chief got the pick of the spoils. This system was expanded as civilization grew into villages, towns and cities. There was one person at the top, a ruler. Below them was his support group, a court. And they were the major beneficiaries of whatever wealth the society created. Everyone below them got diminishing returns. This system is still in use today in varying forms. It’s called a top down system. BG systems are all top down no matter how they try to spin it.
In order to motivate the people to agree to this arrangement, the rulers used soldiers to impose their will. But even an army isn’t enough to keep people in line. These rulers needed them to perform well, to be focused on producing goods to benefit the state. So they used the earliest form of ideology: religion.
The first cities were ruled by priest-kings who claimed to have a direct line of communication with the gods. Using religion as a tool, rulers were able to get their citizens in line and get them to do whatever they wanted. The system worked fairly well for thousands of years. Religion worked because it served a dual purpose. It created the first set of laws which governed behavior. And it gave people people a reason to follow orders besides the threat of the sword. Most people wanted to go along with the program because they believed in their faith.
But the problem with this system is the same reason Big Government systems always fail over time. Human nature. Human beings are flawed. Many of them are corrupt. In most top-down societies, you are stuck with whatever position you were born into. But religion offered a single path to power an ordinary citizen could aspire to. Those who craved power entered the temple for that purpose and corrupted it from within. The temple became a force unto itself and the rulers eventually had struggles with it.
Another problem with early religion is they had a god for every thing under the sun. This is because these religions were invented to explain things that people needed an answer for. Why where there storms? What caused illness? Why were there crop failures? If people didn’t like the explanation their religion gave them, they would move to another faith or invent their own. This made it harder for the temple and the state to keep people in line.
Then Christianity came along. It had one god, one unifying powerful message. It had a strong moral code. Roman Emperor Constantine saw the value in it. At that time Rome had an untold number of gods and religions. New ones were being created almost every day. It was out of control. So Constantine converted the Romans over to Christianity by law. The Eastern Roman Empire lasted for nearly 1000 years until the Muslims invaded it.
During the Dark Ages Viking King Harald converted the Vikings to Christianity to unify them more effectively. Christianity became the dominant religion in Europe and helped lead to a stabilization that brought about the Renaissance and the Age of Reason. But the power clashes between the church and rulers continued. Christianity started splitting off into different sects. Clashes between faiths caused divisions and wars.
When the industrial age came around, the old Agrarian model began to crumble. Since the dawn of civilization most people worked on farms with the rest living in cities. Now, people started moving to cities for factory jobs and the dynamic changed. Factory jobs gave people marginally more freedom than farm life. A more secure income.
Society was changing and two men named Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, perhaps thinking of the Platonic Utopia, saw a way for humanity to get out of the trap they’ve been in for thousands of years. Up till then, humans all worked for the benefit of a few elite. Marx and Engels developed Communism and refined Socialism (as a step toward communism) so that everyone could “benefit” from the wealth a society produced. It envisioned some kind of perfect society where kings and popes no longer ruled the masses. The people did. And everyone would get a “fair share” when the “wealth was spread around.”
To this end, Communist governments rejected religion and tried to replace it with their political ideology. But the problem with Marxism is it fails to understand that human nature would undermine any such society. It sounds good on paper, which is why it seduces so many academics and alleged intellectuals. But it lacks the moral core that religion provides. It tries to supplant them with laws. As a result, where Socialism and Communism have been attempted, more people died due to the vagrancies of its leaders and their policies than all the wars of the 20th century combined. The end result for the Soviet Union was economic collapse. For China, it had to move toward Capitalism to survive.
Despite the failings of these systems and the others, Marxism was seductive to many elites. Socialism provided a way for the state to control all the resources and production while appearing benign. By providing “benefits” to the people, they were tricked into thinking they were “sharing the wealth.” In truth, the leaders lived in wealth and excess while the rest were forced into a narrow kind of poverty of which there was no escape unless you “joined the party” and became part of the corrupt political class.
While communism has been largely discredited, the lovers of socialism keep trying to sell it under different guises, claiming it’s never worked because “it hasn’t been done right yet.” But they refuse to deal with the reality that it can’t work because it depends on bureaucracy which is ruled by an elite group, which creates a top down society. And bureaucracies are always corrupted by human nature.
Almost 100 years before Marx, another political revolution happened in America resulting in the formation of the Constitution and the United States. The people who formed this country wanted to escape the tyranny and oppression of the British monarchy. They also wanted free speech, religious freedom and the right to bear arms. This is why these three issues form the first two amendments to the Constitution’s “bill of rights”. Other rights were given as an answer to legal abuses the British had used against the people.
America based its government in part on the Roman Republic. But it was unique in the history of the world. The founders understood the problems of previous governments throughout human history. They knew that human nature, being what it is, leads people to try to corrupt the state to suit their own personal gain. The Roman Republic suffered that fate. So they created one of the greatest documents in human history: The U.S. Constitution. It creates the government and assigns power equally to three branches, Administration, Legislative and Judicial. It created the federal government and only have it a ten square mile plot of swamp land in Maryland to rule over. The rest was given to the states to rule themselves, as long as they guaranteed the rights and laws the U.S Constitution provides. Their own constitutions are subservient in that respect, but the states were semi-autonomous. This was an LG, bottom up form of government. So named because the people decided who their leaders would be and those leaders only had a limited run in office to prevent them from establishing a dynasty.
The United States operated under this LG model for 100 years, with no income tax and a limited Federal government. But when Marxism came along many elites found some appeal in the ideas. They did not want to make the mistakes the Soviets made by forcing it on the people through civil war and severe hardship. So they decided to apply some of the principles slowly through a “progressive” system that the people would gradually succumb to. One of the first Progressive presidents was Woodrow Wilson who gave us income tax, the Federal Reserve and the early form of the United Nations.
“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
– Alexis de Tocqueville
We’ve all heard the sordid history of Communism and hard socialist countries, which are all totalitarian dictatorships. Nations like North Korea and Zimbabwe are economic basket cases which have famines and moribund economies; police states in which human rights are non-existent. Cuba keeps its citizens prisoner and rations food. These are just a few examples of what happens when BG systems are taken to their extremes.
Human beings operate mostly out of self interest. BG systems allow an elite class to have complete control over every aspect of the public’s lives. Those who love power love to abuse it.
By contrast America has the longest running, continuous Democratic-style government in the world. As writer Mark Steyn put it: “After 215 years, the U.S. Constitution is not only older than the French, German, Italian, Belgian, Spanish and Greek constitutions, it’s older than all of them put together.” The U.S. is also wealthiest nation in the history of the human race. It has the freest economy (or did). We have liberated many millions of people around the world from tyranny and we’ve engaged in more charity and aid work outside our borders than any nation on earth.
But all of that is under the threat of ending. Ending due to a systematic erosion of the very principles that have made us great.
Our LG (Limited Government) system has been beset on several fronts. We know that in the past the BG Communists and Hard Socialists have been trying to undermine our society for almost 100 years. We now know that radical Islamists want to tear us down and have been at it for awhile. But the BG statists have failed in many of their goals. The worst threat to our country has come from within — from some of our own elite and political class.
Many American elites were enamored of the control that a Marxist government promised. It meant mastery over every aspect of society. In the minds of these elites, it could be used to create a utopia of their own devising. These people called themselves Progressives. They started in the 1880s before the Soviet revolution. They did not agree with Marx entirely, but they liked his theories overall. They wanted to break up the power structures in America in order to redirect industry toward their goals. They moved to prevent blacks, illiterates and immigrants from voting so they had more control over the results. They pushed political and moral reforms including prohibition, to try to control behavior and the direction of the country.
They saw the Constitution as a hindrance to their efforts because it limited the powers of the leaders. It promised rights that people would not want to lose without a fight. In order to convert the United States to the system they wanted, people would have to lose those rights. So they began to change the system from within.
The first progressive president was Theodore Roosevelt. He increased regulation of businesses, which was a progressive mandate. Many of these moves were good at the time, like the Meat Inspection Act of 1906 and the Pure Food and Drug Act which tried to shut down snake oil remedies. He also finished the Panama Canal and earned a Nobel Peace prize for helping to end the Russo-Japanese War. “Teddy” Roosevelt left office as a popular president and even has his face on Mt. Rushmore, But when he tried to run again for president later, against Republican William Taft, he split the vote and Democrat Woodrow Wilson was elected in 1912. That is where the problems really started.
Wilson gave us the Federal Reserve, which was designed to prevent depressions and bank problems. He gave us the “progressive” income tax which was designed to pay for the expansion of the federal government. He gave us the League of Nations, an the early form of the United Nations. It was designed to prevent wars. Only the income tax “worked,” but not as promised. It was originally supposed to be a marginal 7% tax on the rich. They promised that was as high as it would get. But they raised it to 75% on almost everyone in short order. The Federal Reserve was given unprecedented powers over the economy but it has not prevented depressions. The greatest one was to follow shortly after it was created. The income tax has been used to bribe citizens with their own money, and to pit Americans against each other in the name of “class.”
At the end of World War I there was the Treaty of Versailles that Wilson had a hand in crafting. The terms of the treaty made things very hard on Germany and Italy. In both countries it lead to economic depression which inspired the rise of the Fascist political movement. The term comes from an Ancient Roman symbol of authority called a Fasces, which was a bundle of rods, tied around an axe. Many historians want to put Fascism on the far right of the political spectrum, but the truth is, it is an extreme form of BG (statism) not far removed from Communism and Socialism. The difference is, fascism purported to be capitalist, but the government gave orders to the companies. They rejected individualism and stressed group-think like all BG systems. They targeted any cultural or ethnic groups that refused to assimilate or were out of favor with the state. Italy started it and Germany soon followed.
Many elites in America and other parts of Europe were impressed by the Fascists at first. The Fascists seemed to be getting their economies back on track. The racist polices of the National Socialists (Nazis) in Germany appealed to such luminaries as Henry Ford, Charles Lindberg and George Bernard Shaw. In fact, many leftists at the time praised the Fascists. They were allies with the Soviet Union and the left approved of the Nazi’s plans to eliminate the “undesirables” in society. We had our own version of that here.
One of the later mainstays of the Democrat’s platform is abortion and they heavily promote and defend Planned Parenthood, an organization founded by Margret Sanger. Sanger aimed to eliminate the “negro race.” She believed in forced sterilization of the poor and handicapped.
As Fascists rose to power, the world was suffering through the Great Depression. President Franklin D. Roosevelt is credited with ending the depression, but economists have found that he actually extended it by seven years. FDR in fact expended the federal government more than any president in history, up to that time. He created Social Security which was an ill conceived Ponzi scheme that promised money to people on retirement, but is not saved or invested. He created the Federal Communications Commission in order to have control of the state’s message. He wanted to institute a second bill of rights guaranteeing everyone a job and a house, etc. The government was already rationing food at this point. It put thousands of American citizens of Japanese descent in concentration camps. Whatever FDR would have done to make these “rights” happen would have likely been like something like Stalinist Russia. Many of FDR’s policies were draconian. But he died in office, having just been elected to an unprecedented fourth term, before he could fully implement them. His vice president, Harry Truman, abandoned many of FDR’s policies.
After the defeat of the Fascists in Europe, America became a world super-power. And in that time, the wealth of this country was turned against the people in a slow process of wearing us down through endless guilt and propaganda. The statists funded their excessive government expansion using the people’s money. The American statists, who had dropped the progressive name and erroneously referred to themselves as “liberals,” pushed for more statism. This lead to even greater expansion of the Federal bureaucracy and the erosion of the freedoms Americans once took for granted.
“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, not your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
Samuel Adams, 1776
You would think that everyone wants to be free. You would think no one wants to be ruled by tyrants of any kind. Yet so many people in the so called free world are not only selling themselves out, they are selling out the rest of us, and our descendants. And so many of them don’t even know they’re doing it. They’ve been lied to. Tricked, fooled, played. And the agents of statism intend to keep it that way.
For 100 years the Big Government (BG) loving statists have been trying to convert the bottom up United States into top down society. They have managed to bring it very far along this course. There are still some matters they have to resolve, but they are closer than they ever have been. They never sought to win through insurrection because war is too costly and the results of any conflict are unpredictable. They used an approach the Nazis did to great effect in Germany. They gamed the system.
Like our progressive statists, the Nazis came to power legally. They got elected and then, once in positions of authority, corrupted the system and turned it into what they wanted. The old fascists did this in a short amount of time because Germany did not have a LG constitution like the US. Our system makes it very hard to turn the state into an autocratic dictatorship. Those progressives of the 30s, who were at first enamored of the Fascists in Europe, wanted to take over the US in the same fashion. They had been doing it since Teddy Roosevelt was elected. Roosevelt began a war on corporations, including a bizarre crusade against Coca-Cola. It would echo later crusades by politicians against American industries, demonizing them and making them out to be evil incarnate.
The statists had an immense problem in turning the U.S. into a top down society. They needed the consent of the people, to give up their rights and freedoms. For a BG state to be powerful, it needed endless supplies of capital. The income tax was created to fund the expansion of government and to pit the classes against each other. In every election for the last 100 years you’ve heard about the rich “not paying their fair share” even though the top ten percent pays most of the taxes . But because America is so prosperous, people were too content with the status quo to want to change. So the statists turned to two schools of thought that were designed to subvert the west and turn it toward Marxism. The first was the writings of Antonio Gramsci, an Italian Communist of the early 20th century who was later imprisoned by the Fascists in Italy.
Gramsci saw that Marx was wrong. Capitalism wasn’t folding as he predicated and people weren’t flocking to Marxism. He theorized that there was something he called a “cultural hegemony” preventing this. People who lived in a common culture were unified and comfortable with the status quo, especially if there was a large middle class. So Gramsci suggested that their values had to be portrayed as wrong. That their culture was neither “natural” nor “inevitable”. He suggested that their culture be undermined and subverted. He saw that middle class cultural values were tied to religion, so religion had to be discredited and undermined. That is largely why you see a relentless attack on Christianity in Western Culture now. It is seen as a “glue” holding our culture together. And thus, it must be broken. Gramsci’s theories are also the reason you see so much effort to trash conventional American values. Middle America is portrayed as stupid, racist, etc. in an effort to de-legitimize it. “Progressive” values are portrayed as “right thinking.” Even though those values are constantly changing depending on what they consider good or bad at the time.
The second major influence on the modern statists is the Frankfurt School. Like Gramsci, they developed an approach to overthrowing Western Civilization so it could be replaced by Marxist thought. Their system is called “critical theory.” Critical Theory sought to destroy western culture by attacking every aspect of it and dividing everyone, setting them on each other so there is no unity. Multiculturalism is designed to destroy the dominant culture by suggesting that other cultures must be given a superior status than your own. It seeks to make everyone feel they’re part of an oppressed minority (except whites, the dominate ethnic group) which is why whites, especially white males, are made to be the villains. You are made to feel ashamed of your race if you’re white because “you killed the indians, you enslaved the blacks, etc.” even though you did no such thing. When those things happened, it was a minority of whites who did them and most Americans are descended from immigrants who came after those events occurred.
The statists push non-white immigration because they think it gives them more power, thus in the early 1960s immigration laws were changed to favor non Europeans. And in Britain, similar tactics were employed by the Labour party to flood the nation with immigrants from other cultures. Weaken the majority and you can more easily push your agenda. Or so the theory goes.
Political correctness is another invention of the Frankfurt School. It was designed to classify people into smaller groups and make it politically dangerous to criticize anyone in a “protected class”. This was done so that that could further undermine the power structure. Even though it was white people coming up with these schemes, race is only seen as a political tool. They didn’t think they would be disenfranchised in the end. The statists assumed they would end up the ruling class. The truth is, they really don’t care about other races or minority groups. They are only a means to an end. Nothing more. When the statists win, they will treat those classes they used as badly as everyone else.
Of course, in their minds they are the heroes of the people. Even though everywhere statists gain power, they make life hell for those below them on their new class structure. While they seek to destroy traditional classes, the truth is, they merely replace them with themselves at the top. The “political class” and those below, the “governed”. BG systems are always bad for human freedom. The only winners are the small group of elites at the top.
BG statists achieve consent by propaganda designed to anger their followers. They encourage everyone to be upset about whatever the successful are doing. They have to demonize whoever doesn’t follow their script. This is why you see so many corporations and rich people taking the progressive line. They don’t want to be turned into an enemy. The statists set groups against each other. They invent crises like “global warming” to scare people into giving up their freedoms in the name of “saving the planet.” Nothing they do is honest. They base everything on one lie stacked upon another. Many of them don’t even know what the truth us. They are not trained to think. They train others to follow them. To be mindless minions marching to the beat of their drums.
That is why you hear the same words come out of their mouths. Their talking points are created by a committee and passed down the line for everyone to recite like a catechism. Their followers are all so angry because they’re constantly being told to hate the opposition. To fear them. To see them as evil and stupid, so you will never seek to understand them. There is nothing “liberal” about progressives. They are illiberal. They are in fact, regressive because they all follow 19th century ideologies.
They have infiltrated every institution to ensure their ideology is the only accepted one. Any variance from that is attacked. Politicians like Sarah Palin are viewed as a return to classic American values and this is not to be tolerated. They want to destroy American values utterly. And, like the Fascists of old, who initially teamed up with the Communists so that one could play the right and the other could play the left. Now they’ve infiltrated both parties so they can control the debate. Each party plays to their respective side, but the progressives design the thesis and the antithesis in order to produce the synthesis. The Republicans took the thesis, in other words. The Democrats seem to be the opposition by taking the antithesis. But no matter which side wins to still see the country moving in the direction progressives want.
“We use the power of persuasion first. If it doesn’t work, we try the persuasion of power.” Andy Stern, SEIU
There are only two kinds of government. Limited Government (LG) which limits the powers of the people at the top, which limits their ability to corrupt the system and Big Government (BG) which is designed so a small elite group at the top reap all the benefits of a society and there is no limit on what they can do with their power.
All the names for forms of government like socialism, communism, fascism, etc. are merely definitions of style. BG systems all eventually drift toward some form of tyranny until they collapse from their own corruption or revolution. The most successful and stable form of government in modern times is the LG federalist model of the United States. But that has been corrupted and is changing into a BG system where it is doomed to fail unless things change it back.
I’ve tried to cover the history as much as I could in the limited space I had, but today I want to explore what it all means. First I highly recommend two documentaries that will help put a lot of things in perspective if you haven’t seen them. They were both made by Adam Curitis, a British film maker. The first is The Century of Self which talks about how elites have used psychology to help manufacture consent. The other is The Trap which talks about how liberal thinking helped create the nightmare bureaucratic world we live in today. Curtis has a leftward tilt, but he’s even handed. The information he relates is well worth your time.
To understand the world we live in, you have to understand the root nature of human behavior. Just as there are only two basic forms of government, human beings are motivated by only two basic drives: the desire to have something and the fear of losing something. We all are born with the desire to be loved, to eat, to own, to love someone else. We desire and desire drives us. But we also fear losing what we gain. We fear losing our loves, our money, our health, our life. Elites know this and they constantly seek to manipulate us through our feelings. They’ve made a science out of it. And the battle is between two opposing forces for control. Both think they are the good guys, because few people believe they’re evil. But all are really motivated by self interest on some level. As with anything, it’s the degrees that make things good or bad.
The proponents of big government think that human nature can be contained and controlled by laws administered by a wise elite. They believe a utopia can be achieved by “educating” people to think differently and behave as the elite wants them too. The fallacies of this argument are many. It assumes that the elite are wise. They rarely are, if ever. And because they’re human, they’re as flawed as the people below them. Since BG systems rely on bureaucracy, there are more people to delegate the authority which means there are more flawed humans to screw things up. This is why all bureaucracies turn corrupt and inefficient. Furthermore, if you change people so they are longer motivated by their natures, they aren’t human anymore. And since a non-human society is the stuff of fantasy, this entire premise is based on dreams not reality.
Humans need a comfortable reality to operate in, so they find an ideology to use as the basis for the way they look at the world. The BG philosophy sells the idea that we can reach paradise as long as we can get people to behave according to “the correct way” to think. But if you look at the people making these claims they’re often perfect examples of why human beings are flawed. They cling to their philosophy because it gives them hope that they can get to heaven by playing a game rather than paying their dues.
True limited government thinkers have an opposing view that comes down to this: “We accept that human beings are flawed. So how do we deal with it and create a society that works?” This is a philosophy that accepts reality rather than promotes fantasy. The US Constitution, the LG framework of our times, is the greatest legal document in history because it the founders figured out a way to checkmate every tendency of people who govern. It is not perfect, but it has worked for well over 200 years. It has the feature to evolve with society, but it wisely makes it incredibly hard to change, which prevents radical, quick fix alterations.
The reason I named this series “The New Fascists” isn’t to insult the progressives by calling them names. It’s to show that while everyone may operate under the assumption they’re the good guys, many people don’t understand the ideology they live by will lead them and others toward a dark and bitter end. The only way to make the world a better place is to deal with reality. And the only way to deal with reality is to stop following other people’s lead until you figure out what’s really going on. Too many people follow without really asking themselves why. You should always ask yourself why.
BG is the system is for followers, not individuals. It promotes group think. It punishes individual thought. That is why they attack and vilify anyone at variance with their beliefs. They want to keep people in line so they’ll do what the elites want. The elites have gamed the system by infiltrating the right and the left to produce the synthesis. Each side tells their followers what they want to hear (the thesis and the anti-thesis) but they keep marching them in the same general direction. The synthesis.
The old Fascists used group think to make their citizens march in the direction they wanted. Anyone who dissented was shot or sent to a camp. The new Fascists use a more subtle approach by demonizing those who don’t follow their agenda. Anyone who believes in individual rights over group rights, anyone for national sovereignty or who talks about things like liberty and freedom are painted as crazy or evil. Anyone who disagrees with the BG elites, are painted as stupid or villains. Anyone who believes in Christianity, which is a competing ideology, is made to be a fool or a sex criminal. There’s a reason for all this. They’re operating out of self interest and they want to win at all costs. They want to crush the opposition and make people embarrassed or afraid to talk back.
The character of a person is revealed under pressure. We can see what our leaders are made of in these hard times. What’s revealed is repugnant to anyone who understands that they are supposed to be our servants not our masters. There is a blatant contempt for the public’s will. And they are trying to force us to accept more control and bureaucracy whether we like it or not. They are the new fascists and rest assured more power only makes them uglier.
The new Fascists don’t shoot people yet. They aren’t powerful enough to get away with it. Only when they have complete control can they do that. But look at their words, look at their actions and you can see that they have no problem with doing away with those they can’t use. They freely talk about the need to reduce the population. They freely talk about how people need to be controlled and their behavior modified. They use rationales they invented, based largely on manufactured crises that they conceived.
Understand that their followers are not the enemy. They’ve been fooled. Some of them may dream of joining the elites and doing bad things to others. But many of them are just people who think they’re on the right side of history. They think they’re trying to make the world a better place and that conservatives, libertarians are trying to stop human progress. They haven’t figured out that they’re actually helping the side that’s against human progress and freedom. A side that wants to take the world back to the era of rulers and edicts.
I started this series with the quote that the greatest trick the devil ever played was to make people think he didn’t exist. The new fascists want you to sell them your souls by convincing you it’s really for your benefit.
Even if the elites themselves think they’re working for the public good, unless they’re willing to surrender their egos and understand that the rule of law starts with a limit on authority, things will always creep back to the big government system and true human progress will be stalled.
Some of the greatest advancements in thousands of years of human history happened in the last 200 years. Coincidental or not, those were the years America left its imprint on the world. American exceptionalism is a reality. And those who would deny it are dooming us to failure.
It is up to you to stop them.
(Originally published on Big Journalism)