To watch politics in America in a state of apathetic disconnection is really the only way to go. It is an amusing show, if it weren’t disheartening on so many levels. See, it is not that I am purely apathetic to the silly game. To the contrary, I am quite concerned with the dictates handed down by the ruling class, and with how my life will be affected by them. The apathy is toward which particular looter wins which particular race, which country we rescue next by blowing it to pieces, or how quickly our currency is turned into Monopoly money. To be sure; the looting, bombing, plotting, and planning will continue. As long as we continue to consent to the game, that is. The small percentage of the population that votes will continue voting for the lesser evil. Ergo, evil will continue to prevail.
The amusement comes primarily from people’s constant griping as the politicians run roughshod over family, freedom, and all else sacred. It’s much like watching children engage in a task that you know they will never accomplish, because there is a fundamental flaw in their approach. They’re pulling on the storm door handle before they push the button. Push the button, then pull the handle. If they understood the flaw, and changed that one little detail, they would see immediate success. But they won’t change it. They don’t see it.
The ban on sodas over 16 ounces (Is it 16? It doesn’t matter. It’s fiat policy. None of the government’s damn business) in New York is illustrative of this. There are a couple of angles that the ban is approached from. Some accept it, because corn syrup is unhealthy. Such slaves are helplessly lost, and should be rejected or forgotten about outright. As an aside, most of those are liberals who champion a woman’s right to “do what she will with her own body.” The really interesting ones are those who are upset by the ban. They call it an “assault on freedom,” and come up with a litany of reasons why the ban is wrong. But wait…
What about that social contract? Never mind which one, all governments are based on the spurious notion that we are all bound by a contract we neither agreed to, nor signed. We gave government the guns. We declared that they could steal our money, so long as they stole it in a limited capacity, using it in ways that most of us aren’t completely sickened by. Here’s your monopoly on power, government. Kidnap us, put us in cages, rule according to your grand schemes. Please, just “limit” this power we have vested in you.
What did we expect? We have bans on plants, sodas, light bulbs, and sex. We have a bankrupt “social security” system, the grandest Ponzi scheme ever perpetrated. We have government agents fondling the privates of women and children in airports, while others order bombings of aspirin factories or tribal villages, all in the name of national security. We have a currency almost destroyed by central planners, and a tax code so onerous that it comes with a compliance cost of over $80 billion annually. If you don’t comply with that code, you will be kidnapped and put in a cage. This is your civil society. This is your social contract at work.
If there is anything certain about politics in America (or anywhere else, for that matter), it is that no one is ever happy. It is an endless argument, a constant whine, and a perpetual fantasy that the shuffling of masters every couple of years will yield better results. In a grand stand against the evils of violence, theft, coercion, and monopoly; we have created a leviathan slug of a monopoly so large that it cannot be stopped through political action. We have institutionalized violence, theft, and coercion. Like little children, we whine that it isn’t working right.
What is the alternative? How can it be stopped?
The only moral alternative is nonaggression. If we truly believe that the initiation of force is wrong, then the solution is certainly not to heavily arm a centralized power and consent to that power initiating force. If we truly believe that theft is wrong, then the solution is certainly not to institutionalized “limited” theft in the form of confiscatory, obligatory taxes. There are countless works on how a voluntary society might work, and now is not the time to skim the surface of that subject. The point here is that the mystical creature we call “government” is fundamentally flawed and evil, and that its complete riddance is the proper place to begin. We chose true liberty first because it is the only moral choice. We do not argue about the practicalities of doing what is clearly right to do.
It is too late to stop the machine that has been created with political action. It is self-feeding, to the point of capitalizing on disaster to make itself more powerful and more intrusive. The only way to stop the leviathan is to withdraw consent, en masse, in every way possible. Contribute to the creation of counter-economies, and embrace those that operate outside the bounds of the state. The fall of the state is inevitable. Do not be in that tree when it comes crashing down, and do not be under it. Learn about agorism. Learn about the guiding principles of voluntarist philosophy. Root out the contradictions present in your own philosophy one-by-one, and see what you arrive at. Network with those who do the same. Above all, think for yourself; reject the paradigms set forth by those who wish only to divide and conquer. Do these things, and there is a chance of surviving this grand experiment gone awry.