Gary Z McGee, Employees Author
“The system cannot be fixed by the system.” ~Tom Morello
It’s of the primary order of significance to keep in mind this: “the system cannot be fixed by the system.” It will probably solely be fastened by the resistance of wholesome, affordable, imaginative, educated, compassionate and non-violent people. It will possibly solely be fastened by individuals who have re-conditioned their cultural conditioning, un-matrixed the Matrix, ninjaneered their statist indoctrination, and unwashed their political brainwash.
All of this regardless of uncomfortable cognitive dissonance, myopic tribal affiliation, and blind nationalism.
Briefly: the system can solely be fastened by individuals who have dared to take a leap of braveness outdoors the field of the system itself, after which double-dogged dared themselves to achieve information that undermines the unhealthy system whereas proactively constructing a more healthy system.
1.) The enlargement of imperial conflict undermines freedom:
“At the end of the cold war we could have diverted tax dollars to the quality of our lives, things like health care, education, infrastructure, eliminating poverty, and protecting against climate change. Alas, the peace dividend never happened. Why not? Because the military, and persons profiting from the military, like weapons manufacturers and their lobbyists in Congress didn’t want to. That’s why. Only 8 percent of Americans polled in 2014 wanted the United States to lead the world military. But that 8 percent won out. That’s plutocracy.” ~Ted Stanford, WWII Navy Veteran
If slavery is the other of freedom, then struggle might be its inverse. It’s easy: human beings can’t be free when different human beings are threatening them with weapons and bombs.
To the extent that weapons and bombs are needed is simply in a defense-minded sense. In any other case, using weapons and bombs is simply chilly, calculated, murderous and offensive, warfare. It is just essential if the Non-aggression precept has been violated and the lack of human life is at stake. Then, and solely in a defensive sense, is using bombs and weapons essential.
The issue with conflict at this time is that it isn’t defense-minded however offense-minded. It’s constructed upon an imperialist agenda and a money-making warfare machine that’s bolstered by a struggle towards phantom-terrorism that can’t be gained. It seeks energy and the management of pure assets, often on the expense of harmless lives. Briefly: it’s offensive and overreaching and never conducive to wholesome and free human beings.
2.) The bloated army finances undermines freedom:
“Once weapons were manufactured to fight wars. Now wars are manufactured to sell weapons.” ~Arundhati Roy
The primary cause the conflict machine is so offensive and overreaching is due to the bloated army price range. Exacerbated by war-profiteering corporations like Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, the U.S. army is bigger than the subsequent seven militaries on the planet, mixed!
Let that sink in. World army spending totaled greater than $1.6 trillion in 2015. The U.S. accounted for 37 % of that complete. If that’s not a bloated army, I don’t know what’s. It’s time to reduce. It’s time to see the army industrial complicated for what it truly is: a terrorist producing warfare machine propped up by profiting weapons producers.
The propaganda machine that the army industrial complicated makes use of to persuade its residents that it wants extra money is predicated on myopic nationalistic satisfaction that imagines the cash goes to our courageous army women and men. Nothing might be farther from the reality. It goes towards $200 million B-52 bombers and defective F-35 fighter jets costing $400 billion every. Every! That’s the peak of madness. Simply think about what use that cash might go in the direction of.
And but all of us simply go about our day imagining that the federal government is aware of greatest. In the meantime, our schooling system falters, our well being care is being eroded, and our infrastructure crumbles. We will not see the error of our methods. As Noam Chomsky stated, “The general population doesn’t know what’s happening, and it doesn’t even know that it doesn’t know.”And right here we’re, not even caring that we don’t know.
three.) The continuous bailing out of Huge Banks undermines freedom:
“The federal rescue of Wall Street didn’t fix the economy – it created a permanent bailout state based on a Ponzi-like confidence scheme. And the worst may be yet to come.” ~Matt Taibbi
Bailing out Wall Road was the last word bait-and-switch. It seems that we’ve all been bamboozled. This mafia-esc, multi-layered, lie-upon-lie shit-cake goes so deep that it fooled congress twice into consuming it –hook, line, and sinker. This text goes into element about it.
The most important drawback with the bail out, aside from that it has additional entrenched the Too Massive to Fail banking system, is that it has made mendacity on behalf of probably the most corrupt banks the official coverage of america authorities.
This undermines freedom as a result of it not solely permits energy to turn into absolute, it permits energy to corrupt completely. There have to be checks and balances on energy. Particularly energy over individuals’s lives. Unchecked energy tends to turn into tyrannical energy. Tyrannical energy tends to grow to be evil. Failed techniques ought to be allowed to fail lest failure be confused with success in some Orwellian double-spoken means.
four.) Overreaching offense-minded policing undermines freedom:
“The law is an opinion with a gun.” ~Stefan Molyneux
Wholesome policing is an extension of wholesome self-defense. Self-defense turned violent and overreaching is not about self-preservation. Equally, policing turned violent and overreaching is not about defending and serving. Violence ought to solely ever be utilized in self-defense and by no means as a way towards implementing one’s values, guidelines, or legal guidelines onto others, regardless of how common they’re.
Protection-minded policing should stay a core philosophy if a police drive intends to be an ethical establishment. The answer shouldn’t be extra ill-trained offense-minded police with an excessive amount of energy, however extra well-trained defense-minded police with simply sufficient energy (an influence with built-in checks and balances in place to forestall energy from corrupting). Briefly: an entire eradication of the Skinny Blue Line is so as.
The underside line is that no single individual ought to have as a lot energy as a cop has. No one ought to be allowed to be decide jury and executioner on the street. To the extent that a defense-minded cop has energy, it must be checked and balanced by the individuals who pay for the policing, first, and by different defense-minded cops, second. And all cops must be held to a better normal exactly due to the immense energy that they wield.
Till we will obtain a degree of civilization the place we now have all advanced to some extent the place voluntarism and the non-aggression precept are second nature, the most effective various is defense-minded policing that doesn’t offensively overreach its energy by shoving its gun down everybody’s throat.
5.) The corrupt electoral system undermines freedom:
“If you vote, you have no right to complain.” ~George Carlin
The electoral course of has cemented into place a system of legalized bribery. Elections have develop into auctions. They’re ridiculously overrated and flawed to start with. They appeal to power-hungry egomaniacs at greatest and warmongering sociopaths at worst. It’s time to usher in a brand new system of appointing leaders.
The issue is our decisions are restricted due to bi-partisan claptrap. Our determination appears to be “vote” or “not vote” which is influenced by state manipulation, cultural conditioning, and entrenched political propaganda with corrupt lobbying that creates divisiveness.
However there’s a third choice. We will “elect” to assume outdoors the poll field. We will “elect” to take cash out of politics. We will “elect” to have an entire electoral system reboot. We will “elect” to implement a sortition system that lotteries-in leaders from an meeting of genuine leaders and prestigious elders and votes-out dangerous leaders. We will “elect” to devise a system that makes use of impeachment extra typically than it makes use of aggrandizement.
Certainly. We will “elect” to not elect a president in any respect, as a result of we don’t want a scapegoat-puppet who’s hamstrung by lobbyists, firms, and bankers for a “leader.” We simply want genuine leaders and prestigious elders –plural; chosen randomly from a aggressive meeting of different genuine leaders and prestigious elders. That may get the job carried out simply positive, whereas additionally stopping scapegoating and the rise of psychopaths.
6.) Despotic management undermines freedom:
“The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.” ~Tom Clancy
The chain of command. The chain of obedience. Allegiance to authoritative hierarchies. Prime-down management. These types of “leadership” have completely failed us as a species. They’ve solely ever led to unhealthy inflexible order – creating robots, pawns, and sheep; which has solely ever led to pointless wars waged between robots, pawns, and sheep who by no means had the braveness to query authority. As Mark Passio surmised, “Order followers are the people who keep the system of slavery in place.”
The chain of command isn’t even management. It’s despotic followership. It’s grossly outdated. They don’t practice followers how to develop into leaders, they practice followers how to stay followers by way of rank and file. A real chief should break rank sooner or later so as to grow to be such, in any other case he/she is simply a “leader” by authoritarian dictate, or in accordance to some myopic and vacuous rank.
True leaders can’t be managed; they study, by means of self-mastery, by means of the teachings of different leaders, from Ache and Nature, how to self-discipline themselves. True leaders don’t comply with energy; they find out how to flip the tables on energy, even their very own, in order that energy doesn’t corrupt.
True leaders don’t kowtow to tyranny or authoritarian rule; they try to dismantle it, regardless of the “rank and order” that props it up. Subsequently, a real chief is a bottom-up chief who has the braveness and the wherewithal to query the despotic top-down chain of obedience.
Strict obedience to authority on the expense of private freedom have to be thwarted. This requires brave bottom-up leaders to throw a wrench into the equipment of the so-called “chain of command.”
7.) Hoarding and shortsighted distribution undermines freedom:
“The problem with the Western world is surplus production. We’re in surplus production in almost every area. But there is a terrible distribution system where people around the globe suffer and die from starvation. This is a distribution problem, not a production problem.”~John Ralston Saul
Excessive poverty and hunger are avoidable on this age of utmost surplus. The utter failure of our distribution system undermines freedom. It prevents individuals from thriving as a result of they’re expending all their very important power on merely surviving.
If, as Harry Frankfurt stated, “From the point of view of morality, it is not important that everyone should have the same. What is morally important is that each should have enough,” then it behooves us, as each affordable and ethical human beings, to be sure that we every have sufficient by fixing the corrupt system of distribution.
The deeper psychological drawback is that we consider that our sense of value is wrapped up in how expert we’re at one thing, as a result of we have been raised and conditioned in a tradition that values competitors over cooperation. This creates ego-centric specialists involved solely with narrow-minded one-upmanship over open-minded compassion.
However we’re social creatures, firstly. We’d like one another to survive. Competitors has all the time been secondary to cooperation; in any other case we wouldn’t have survived as a species (Darwin).
So, our value is definitely wrapped up in how a lot we look after one another. The issue is that we’ve had the cart (competitors) in entrance of the horse (compassion) for too lengthy. It’s time we obtained the horse again in entrance of the cart. This will probably be an arduously Herculean process, contemplating our cultural conditioning. However it is rather necessary, for the survival of our species, that we get it proper.
8.) Statism itself undermines freedom:
“At the core of all well-founded belief, lies belief that is unfounded.”~Ludwig Wittgenstein
How have you learnt in case you are a statist? You are a statist for those who consider that you simply want a ruler to rule over you, when you consider that you simply require permission to be free, in case you blindly worship a flag, and in case you consider that violence is the reply to fixing issues.
Because it stands, the USA lives in an oligarchic state disguised as a democratic republic. Since an enormous quantity of wealth is concentrated within the arms of some, we’re unable to keep a wholesome horizontal democracy. As an alternative, we’re pressured to cope with the snake of an unhealthy vertical democracy which has the diabolical snakehead of oligarchic plutocracy.
If we lived inside a horizontal democracy, we might have a greater probability at being free. No masters, no rulers, and no probability for energy to develop into concentrated within the palms of some. As Edward Abbey stated, “Since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.” Simpler stated than executed, positive, however as Spinoza stated, “All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.”
When it comes down to it, it’s unattainable to stay freely inside a plutocratic state. The plutocrats will merely proceed shopping for up energy by creating oppressive legal guidelines and “legal”extortion rackets that hold the individuals with out wealth and energy in a everlasting state of poverty and powerlessness. Add to that using lobbyists and a fiat foreign money based mostly on debt, and you’ve got a nation of hoodwinked debt slaves (smooth slavery) beneath the delusion that they reside in a free democratic republic.
It’s time to determine upon the one selection that basically issues: Free human, or indoctrinated statist; uncomfortable freedom, or snug slavery. The selection is yours.
And if the overreaching state ought to proceed to use violence towards us, then we plant our heels deep into the bottom, we lay our shields low, and we declare to the Powers That Be, as Henry David Thoreau did: “I was not designed to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.”
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Concerning the Writer
Gary Z McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned thinker, is the writer of Birthday Go well with of God and The Wanting Glass Man. His works are impressed by the good philosophers of the ages and his wakeful view of the fashionable world.
This text (8 Things You Need to Know (However Probably Don’t)) was initially created for The Thoughts Unleashed and is revealed right here with permission. It might be re-posted freely with correct attribution and writer bio.
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