The Social Contract

A brief explanation of the problems involved in using the term “social contract”.

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The Mafia vs. The State

Imagine your average neighborhood mafia: A scary armed group of people who plan, organize, and undertake regular extortion runs (meaning money raised by means of threat or use of aggression) at local businesses, in exchange for the “protection” they afford them.

Now imagine this mafia allowing the people of its district to submit votes, allowing them to choose who will be the main guy or party in charge of all its extortion runs.

Now imagine this mafia extending their extortion runs to every single working resident within its territory, demanding a percentage of incomes earned.

Now imagine this mafia demanding that the residents pro-actively send in the tribute “owed” and supply every detail about how much they earned and how and where in order to avoid having someone knock on their doors to collect.

Now imagine this mafia borrowing money from local and remote investors, against the collateral of future extortion proceeds which they then use, among other things, to expand their scope of intrusion into the lives of the residents.

Now imagine this mafia setting up learning camps that it funds with money from increased extortion threats. For generations moving forward the mafia would determine the curriculum used to educate the children of residents and shape their beliefs accordingly.

Now imagine this mafia establishing a bank where it prints its own currency the use of which it makes compulsory by demanding it in extortion payments, and by threatening aggression against anyone who doesn’t accept it in the settlement of debts and anyone who dares to compete in the production of currency.

Now imagine this mafia establishing its own permanent standing army, equipped with tanks, grenades, nukes, fighter jets, aircraft carriers, bases, helicopters, etc.

Now imagine this mafia establishing an institution where it approves or denies drug producers the right to sell drugs to its residents. Producers need to pay fees and wait for years before they’re granted this right.

Now imagine this mafia using its arms to attack other mafia gangs of other adjacent and remote territories, year by year killing millions of non-mafia residents in the process, all funded by money from increased tribute demanded in extortion threats and money borrowed against the promise of payment from yet more future extortion threats.

Now imagine this mafia setting up buildings with giant cages where it locks away people who don’t follow its orders, such as the prohibition against owning or selling certain pieces of harmless vegetation, or resistance against extortion payments.

Now imagine this mafia using extorted money or money borrowed against future extorted money to reward connected businessmen who made bad or economically harmful decisions with other people’s money.

Now imagine this mafia setting up thousands upon thousands of regulatory boards, institutions, departments, sub-departments, and agencies, equipped with rules, decrees, and the police force necessary to enforce them by shaking down businesses or individuals who are in violation of any of such rules or decrees.

Now imagine this mafia operating on a nationwide scale.

Imagine people having been “educated” in those compulsory education camps over the decades, telling you with a straight face that it is this mafia that we need in order to protect us from people who may steal from or aggress against us!

Now imagine some of the residents in its territory supporting a group that proposes an increase in the mafia’s extortion proceeds and regulatory shake downs. This group of people is today commonly referred to as “Democrats”.

Now imagine some other residents supporting a group that proposes an increase in the mafia’s attacks on other mafias and murders of residents in other territories and an increase in the cagings of carriers and sellers of unwanted vegetation. This group of people is today commonly referred to as “Republicans”.

Imagine all these things and you get the largest and most dangerous mafia gang of all – the state.

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Less Than 1 in 5 Americans Believe that the Federal Government has the Consent of the Governed

A staggering Rassmussen poll confirms what’s been boiling under the surface – New Low: 17% Say U.S. Government Has Consent of the Governed:

Fewer voters than ever feel the federal government has the consent of the governed.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 17% of Likely U.S. Voters think the federal government today has the consent of the governed. Sixty-nine percent (69%) believe the government does not have that consent. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The number of voters who feel the government has the consent of the governed – a foundational principle, contained in the Declaration of Independence – is down from 23% in early May and has fallen to its lowest level measured yet.

This is excellent news. When a the supposedly moral foundation of a system erodes, and people begin to see that they’ve been lied to … that’s when true change is on the horizon.

In red see the part where Thomas Jefferson went wrong in 1776:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,…

Government is aggression. Nothing good can come out of aggression. The evidence is in, once again. Let’s not make the same mistake. We do not need to “alter” this government, and we don’t need a “new”, shinier government.

We need to get this cancer of statism out of the minds of the people around us, once and for all. Then, and only then, will there be true change.

This may be a good time to recall what one of the great contemporary philosophers already said almost 3 years ago:

There are no stronger societal forces than moral attitudes in public opinion. This ball has gotten rolling and it’s not going to stop until the beast of statism has been buried once and for all.

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Parks and Recreation – Ron on the Government

Parks and Recreation – Ron on the government from Shoaib Akhtar on Vimeo.

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! :)

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The State and Childhood Memories

The lofty fantasy of the State arises in the minds of most people out of childhood memories:

The “Home”land where they feel welcome, safe, and protected; the powerful Father figure embodied in the stern and sublime persona of the President of the country; Lady Justice, the Supreme Court, reviewing and approving of his actions, or rebuking him and his helpers with a wag of the finger when they step out of line; the dinner table of Congress where the children get to voice their demands through altruistic public servants.

What a beautiful, clean, and rational separation of powers we have ourselves there!

Its reality, however, is a lot simpler and a lot less lofty than that: It’s people taking advantage of those deranged fantasies, slipping into the camouflage of all those perfect and imaginary projections, in order to legally extort others at the threat of imprisonment and murder.

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