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Liberty Is Our Natural Condition – LewRockwell LewRockwell.com

Posted by M. C. on December 13, 2021

Mencken wrote, “The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.”

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/12/karen-kwiatkowski/liberty-is-our-natural-condition/

By Karen Kwiatkowski

Freedom’s Phoenix

The challenge facing us now, and in coming year, is about power – who will have it, how it will be wielded, and to what end.  The US government has spent literally trillions of dollars to concentrate its power, and to design systems with which to manage and control all materials, resources, human lives and activities. 

The COVID “response” is an excellent barometer of the real aim of government, and its proficiency at driving the human herd. H.L. Mencken’s observation from a century ago has certainly aged well.

Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.

Power is being extracted from individuals, families, and communities by a voracious federal government.  Many Americans, as Mencken would have predicted and did observe, are voluntarily ceding power to politicians and bureaucrats today, in a vain hope that “things” will get “better.”  A small minority have not and will not, and a growing number of people who were not paying close attention before are starting to reject and call out the ongoing power grab.

If our government is the enemy, it would pay not to underestimate its strengths, its greed, and its overwhelming desire to survive and grow.  The US Government has already labeled those of us who actually plan to survive in our little corner.  We are not just citizens busy planning next year’s garden, and looking to expand our independence in areas of food, shelter, energy, transportation, health and communication – we are terrorists and enemies of the state.

A strength of the USG is its ability to message, and to control the “message.”  It shares Stalin’s idea that a big lie repeated often enough becomes truth.  Again, the COVID era has been revealing of how far a nervous government, with the help of its allied and co-dependent cronies in the mainstream media and the non-profit organizations of billionaire “philanthropists” like Bill Gates, will go to control outcomes in their favor.

Hannah Arendt, in her The Origins of Totalitarianism wrote, “Before mass leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of man who can fabricate it.”

Government propaganda has evolved rapidly since Arendt fled Germany in 1933.  The goals remain the same, but the means and methods now include all of social media (Meta), global database and logistics companies (Amazon and Google), and communications and government subsidized electricity and energy industries integrated with a progressively intrusive and sophisticated surveillance state.  The target of government propaganda is mapped, studied, measured, and monitored.  That target is us.

How is such a situation resolved, contained, or eliminated?  Allowing centralization of power to the extent envisioned by our political leaders and their well-funded bureaucracies and agencies, is terminal for not just the antique idea of a Republic, but for life and the environment.  The rule of eventual disorder prevails, and when powerful totalitarian systems collapse, whether they are kingdoms, democracies or fascist states, millions of people are spiritually, economically and physically crushed, resources are squandered and destroyed, environments trashed and productive capacity abandoned to decay and destruction.  It’s in the history books, over and over again, but we somehow believe it can’t happen here.

So what can be done? So much is possible! Etienne De La Boetie as a young man in the 1500s came to the clear conclusion that we as individuals are not forced to submit to bad political leaders, and bad government, or any government. Instead we choose to submit, and we voluntarily give away our power because of what we believe about both the state, and our own capabilities.

I’m sure Etienne would cheer “Let’s Go Brandon” – millions of people speaking to power in an era of fear with this veiled repudiation of the current US President, and his coterie of fascists, communists and socialists.

De La Boetie, Arendt, and Mencken – and thousands more thinkers and historians around the world who have studied government practices and society with an eye to liberty as our natural condition – would probably recognize and support the growing minority in the country who are becoming, at various rates of speed, intellectual and material refuseniks.

I propose a five point plan. Many of us are already on it, and some of us are all over it.

1) Personal economic independence, and interdependence.

2) Prioritization of what is important.

3) Proclaiming our sincerely held beliefs, and keeping them simple.

4) Preparing for life in a collapsing state.

5) Pray without ceasing.

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