What is Freedom?….

•November 1, 2008 • Leave a Comment

A major criticism of libertarian thought is that it is all doom and gloom and that it cannot accept compromise of any sort. That it is an all or nothing mantra espoused by a dank and less than cheerful minority. Now I can agree that indeed there are those within Libertarian circles that seem to be wracked by fury and bluster that to the average man would naturally seem quite irrational and indeed somewhat unproductive. However, I can clearly understand the frustration of the Libertarian in a world for which is gathering moss on any kind of revolutionary ideas or philosophical thought. Freedom is clearly a concept that has improved our lot, as this has been clearly shown by the wealth of nations within Europe and the US. The free market has brought with it many freedoms to our lives unthought-of in our parent’s day, let alone our grandparents. One can only imagine the world our children could inhabit with true freedom.

‘get the fuck out of here, or I’ll throw you out the window’….
Peter Stark (US senator)

However, it is clear that we are not really free in the very real sense of free. Yes we are freer than most Chinese, Muslim or African people are. We are indeed much freer than our ancestors were. But just because we are freer than at any other time in our history does not mean that we are actually free. The word ‘freedom’ is used in the vernacular by all democratic govt’s. They have stolen its meaning so as to reinforce the idea that govt, taxation and the use of force are all arcane to us. As one can see from the interview that Jan has with this US senator, we see them become visibly angered by his questioning of the govt’s moral veracity. Clearly these questions hit nerves most of us wouldn’t dare touch. In this case Peter Stark tells Jan, ‘get the fuck out of here, or I’ll throw you out the window’. Clearly a violent statement made by someone reacting irrationally to a line of reasonable questioning. It clearly illustrates the tight hold that the state has on the minds of the majority.

So can we call this freedom then? Well as I said earlier, it may well be freedom compared to women in Muslim countries looking for equality. It may well be freedom compared to an African trying to feed his family or a Chinese man writing his blog. However our freedom is not real freedom, because real freedom would not use force against us. Real freedom would be to volunteer to pay your taxes without threat of fines, prison and violence if you so decided not to. Real freedom would be to choose your children’s education. Real freedom would be to choose your health provider. Real freedom would be to choose where you lived and not be confined by imaginary borders created by the state.

I understand that these thoughts create a sense of fear in most people. The reaction of the senator was a clear example of this. We have been told for so long that it is only the state that can manage our affairs and no one else. We somehow bestow meaningless virtue upon our politicians and public servants as if they do everything out of altruist desire alone. Govt is very similar to the comforting warm feeling people experience when they imagine a God that loves them. To challenge these thoughts is bound to create anxiety and uncertainty within most individuals. Therefore it is only natural for them to feel fear once this lie has been exposed.

I often ponder whether politicians are as unaware of the states use of violent threat. Is it possible that even our leaders have sedated themselves from its reality? Perhaps this is just me trying to make sense of what I consider to be such an obvious flaw in our system. However, I think they are only too aware of this threat as they feel a constant need to sugar coat everything with generalisations and hyperbole. Their constant use of rhetoric is a clear example of the smoke and mirrors politicians like to employ as a means to less constraint on their eventual decision making. Let’s face it, whenever has a politician made any real sense?

No, the freedom I dream of is a freedom to not be dictated to by individuals or a collective thereof that tells me to do what they say, not as they do. Real freedom is possible and indeed so are real ethics alike. But only without the mechanism that allows us to be manipulated, cajoled and frightened into subservience, which in turn allows this corruption to seep within the consciousness of us all.  For too long the instrument of govt have been convincing us that ethics can only come from statehood and dogmatic acquiescence to it. It’s like saying we must support Everton football club and no other, come what may, however better the other sides maybe. The state is seared within us from childhood. We are told to take sides and indeed to praise all things state like. These ideas are permeated within us from a young age, whether by school, parenting or media, as a means to making us willing slaves that accept our plight as being for the greater good.

So when George Bush talks about freedom he understands only to clearly the need and desire each of us has have for such a notion. However, he goes about defacing its true meaning by expecting us to live within the confines of freedom under a benevolent dictator. However, it is unclear how long people can live within the twilight of religion and statehood. Indeed, I have no doubt that it will change at some good time in the future. Whether I’m here to see it or not, mankind has always striven for freedom and freedom is what he will get when he is good and ready for it.

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More wine… copper?..

•November 1, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Government Porn (inflation)…..

•August 14, 2008 • Leave a Comment

The latest news regarding the inflation rate of 4.4% for the month of July is yet more evidence of Gordon Browns thievery since the debacle surrounding the Northern Rock bank bail out. Indeed more evidence of the govt pumping the money supply harder to provide the financial industry with a bigger cushion regarding the lending of money. These asinine robbers are now asking all employers to hold off the increasing of people’s wages as a means to holding this figure down further.

What infuriates me in all this is the govt gladly overspends in the good times and in the bad expects everyone else to swallow the bitter pill instead. Never has there been a more clearer need to throw the state system into the garbage than at this time. Never would they consider slashing tax to give the economy a boost like no other. Oh no, they cause the mess and they compound it yet further by inflicting inflation on us. These economic cycles are always filthy with grubby govt interference and the best of the financial industry know it. But will they admit it? Of course not, that would be career suicide wouldn’t it. No these economic arguments are left to a few fringe radicals from the Mises institute to complain and bluster about. And who has heard of them? A handful of economists and of course people who have worked out how these thieving cartels (govt’s) work. Apart from that, buggar all frankly.

Of course having been state educated the general populace these days can barely read and their only financial knowledge is limited to how big their overdraft is with the bank. In true govt fashion they blame global economics for the downturn. Indeed global, because all govts are at it, but they blame each other of course. Clever that.

Of course their pornographic waste is left for us the slaves to pick up, whilst they drive around in their chauffeured Jaguars and sip Chardonnay with heads of state pretending to be clever. Insisting that their non productive arses will indeed find answers some sunny day. Of course sunny days only arrive once the free market gets driven by some new productivity savings. I believe Windows 95 was the reason for the last economic recovery.

Frankly I’ve found the answer, and that’s to lock them all up in a cage (politicians) and dangle them in the middle of the ocean above shark infested waters and drop them in one at a time. The rest of the world could get along in blissful harmony, whilst the sharks get a fatty if not chewy treat.

I think I've bitten off more than I can chew

I Have a Dream….

•August 11, 2008 • 1 Comment
Looking on the latest military conflict to hit the news in South Ossetia, a small region of Georgia on the southern borders of Russia. Yet again we see the gargantuan misuse of a state military, bought and paid for, off the backs of individual hard labour. One can only imagine the death and carnage that is going on over there. The systematic use of sophisticated modern weaponry still leaves us gaping into a pit of contemporary human barbarity and despair.

Almost predictably, corny expressions of unease regarding this war are emanating from the west. President Bush has demanded that the Russians go no further than South Ossetia in an almost tacit acceptance of the violence inflicted thus far. It’s at these times that governments show their true colours behind their rhetoric. The west of course is only concerned with the oil pipeline that links Azerbaijan to Europe. As a result Russia sees this part of its old territory as an important pawn in its ever growing power regarding the worlds future energy resources. So the west sits on the fence and throws light criticism at the Russians as a means to shrouding their true position on the matter.

Of course the images we see to our left are far worse than we would ever see in Iraq or Afghanistan and are liberally displayed throughout most western newspapers. This is Russia after all, for whom the western press is free to condemn and criticise at will. The cursed hypocrisy of the west is as virulent to see as at any other time before. They use politics as a means to hoodwinking their relevant populaces into believing their stories through vague gestures and sound bites. Now I also include the Georgians in this duplicity, as they are hardly without blood on their hands. As liberal as the west has been in its coverage of Russian aggression, it has shown scant regard to Georgia’s mister minors.

‘LET FREEDOM REIGN’

As a result of all this I was left imagining a world free of conflict and unnecessary violence. ‘I have a dream’, a phrase that was used by the late Martin Luther King, was steeped in imagery. That imagery was of a future where oppression would no longer be the norm and that freedom would at last reign. Of course, as most modern anarchists, we always have our doubts regarding the eventual shift in the zeitgeist and no more so than when we see these behemoth governments acting in such a wantonly destructive manner, such as we see in this conflict. Our gut tells us, ‘how on earth do we stop these enormous bullies?’ How and when as individuals do we ever see the moment when we can stand up to these tormentors and face them head on in a fair and equal manner?

Stefan Molyneux wrote a wonderful blog recently regarding the safety of a free state society. It may not answer all the questions regarding personal defence, but it’s by far the broadest and most in depth challenge to the assertion that only a state can protect us militarily. It did of course allow me to dream of a society free of the tyranny of state control and coercion. A place in which voluntaryists would roam with complete protection from any force that felt a need to attack them. A world in which freedom would indeed reign and that culpability would be placed upon the individual or entity that committed any act of violence against them.

An overwhelming sense of sadness fills me now, not just for the poor innocent lives being destroyed through this current conflict. Indeed I feel a sadness that grows from my yearning for such a society, for which I am sure I’m unlikely to experience within my lifetime. However I am quite sure it is a vision of a future, whether near or far, that will at some dawn be seen as the only possible future worth having.

The Religion of Nihilism

•August 10, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I was brought up in a christian household, for which many years this voodoo was foisted on me until my mid to late teens. It rarely ever made sense to me and even though for a brief period between 15 & 17 in which I fully embraced this myth I believe it was merely a survival mechanism until such time as I was able to leave the parental home.

my biggest concern with religion is its primary ownership of all that is moral and ethical. As a result my ethics were owned by my parents and religion of course. In other words I mean, in my mind, they OWNED morality. I was of course completely unaware of this for many years. Of course morality neither belongs to me, them or anyone for that matter.
As secularists or perhaps more accurately as agnostics, we give religion a distinct amount of breadth and authority when it comes to morality. In fact I would say that for most people whom religion is not an important part of their lives, would indeed equate religion with morality. They would even feel that religion plays an important part in the world at dampening down what in their minds could otherwise be outright immorality by the masses. Unfortunately for the most part agnostics are completely unaware of the contradictions that exist within religious texts, these include many hypocrisies within them as well. Religion has a history of brutality that has used violence as a means to controlling their subjects. Even Kings, Queens and governments rarely dared to criticise them, for fear of vicious retribution. Of course this has to a large extent changed in these more modern times, with the exception of Muslim countries for which retrograde religiosity is regretfully the current flavour.

We have of course secularism and rational thought to thank for the modern day western peaceful Christian demeanour. However religion is still viewed as the purveyor of all that is moral and as a result stultifies the growth of the human mind and experience. This is why the debating of Christians is generally a categoric disaster for them that use the scientific method. Once you remove the agnostic view that possesses no answers, thus providing the Christian with an easy escape route, the debate becomes decidedly rocky. Using empirical evidence to erode their mythologies, they will soon flounder and inevitably either close down the debate immediately, or, they become extremely angry. There is a third reaction of course, that of them completely agreeing with you. However this is most rare, having invested so much time and resources into such a myth, they are unlikely to change their view without a struggle.

As banal as these religious beliefs may appear to you and me, they do indeed influence the next generation negatively. If we allow our thoughts to be possessed by any mythology, rather than the evidence of science, how are we to ever know the truth? Nihilism is I’m sure a reaction to mythology, religion being a major part of that for most people, even for agnostics. Nihilism allows us to have no belief in anything because religion makes no sense in reality and offers no tangible morality. We thus become moral relativists, which in reality is a state of confusion for which there is no right or wrong, thus allowing the more extreme of mystics to have moral authority above us. This is why I feel strongly that good, honest, reciprocal and voluntary relationships with people are fundamental to our well being.

The Myth of the Middle Classes….

•August 10, 2008 • Leave a Comment

An interesting blog by the devils kitchen  recently regarding the divide and rule method used by our present govt… About the ONLY thing that is efficient about govt is the way it can so efficiently deflect all negativity onto something or someone else… They do this with such erudite precision that it is almost seemingly magical… However, if the only thing that keeps govt’s in power is the use of myth, then myths ye shall receive…

Govts understand only too well the myths and prejudices people hold and they use them as cunningly as they can to avoid any culpability… As long as people have enemies other than govt itself, they are hands free to throw their weight about as they please… perhaps the most hardest hit of all are the middle classes.. They are the largest taxpayers by far, for who receive the least handouts or tax breaks… They are indeed the more likely to be fined for speeding or parking illegally… Are  more likely to pay fines in general for fear of losing their jobs… They work the longest hours… Their partners have to work and pay for child care in full… And they are the least likely to complain…

The socialist has always considered the middle classes as the parasites that enjoy far too much of the good life. Govts have continually hit them the hardest as they are such a soft target for whom complaints are rare… they are good little slaves that take their slapping with a sense of dignity unseen in any other groups throughout society…

The irony is that many of the middle classes these days have been so indoctrinated by state education that they themselves believe they are undeserving and should indeed pay their tax graciously… People like Tony Robins a filthy state whore that demands us to give even more as a means to ridding ourselves from selfishness only compound this stupidity… Of course pricks like him have no need to rely on the states capriciousness… He can afford to send his children to private school and avoid his income being halved by the state… But that’s another blog of course…

The middle class are the most productive by a whole, but they are truly shat upon at a great height, even made to feel guilty about their few indulgences.. I look forward to the day the middle class rise up and say NO MORE!!..

If only?…