by Scott Lazarowitz: The
‘Right to Health Care’
"Independence" Day has come and gone. Yet, each year that
goes by, we have less independence and less freedom to direct and
control our own lives and destinies.
Just what happened
to the passion for self-determination of the Revolutionaries who
from the dictatorial King George’s rule?
Abe Lincoln used the armed forces to punish people for separating
from his rule, that reversed
achieved by the earlier Revolutionaries. The idea
of self-determination had been stomped by the boot of federal
the American Revolutionaries who questioned and challenged creepy
King George’s laws, dictates and intrusions, most current Americans
seem to be uncritically and unthinkingly accepting of government’s
abuses. How can we reverse this trend?
In fact, many
Americans are calling for more laws, more
bureaucracies, and more police. Worse, those who openly question
or criticize government’s incompetent, corrupt or criminal actions
are referred to by the authoritarian majority as "unpatriotic"
or "conspiracy theorists."
It is an uphill
battle for those of us who want to restore our freedom and our right
It seems to
me that many of these American authoritarians – left and right,
liberal and conservative – are products of government schools.
ranking has dipped from #1 to the double digits.
But what have
dragged the schools down, in my opinion, are the federal government,
teachers’ unions, political correctness, and the cultural degenerates
who have taken control over the schools.
are authoritarian and punitive, and many of the teachers unions
won’t allow competency testing of teachers. Critical thinking amongst
the youths is punished, as a child’s natural expressions of curiosity
get diagnosed as "hyperactive," or "oppositional
defiant disorder," and many
of the schools are outright prisons
method of teaching that is contrary to the statists’ authoritarian,
top-down approach is the Montessori
method, a program founded by Italian physician Maria Montessori.
The Montessori method allows the individual child’s education to
be directed from the natural impulses and interests of the child,
within the framework of some set limits. The teachers respect and
encourage the child’s self-direction. Within classrooms, the ages
of the children are usually within about three years, but not necessarily
all the same age.
is similar to the political concepts of individual liberty and self-determination,
and "government by the consent of the governed."
Here is an
article by Stephan Kinsella on the Montessori program. And,
as this Montessori school notes,
"classrooms are child-centered, not teacher-centered,"
and "emphasis is on individual learning, not group learning."
current control freak bureaucrats and teachers unions would not
accept such a program in which the natural, self-directed learning
impulses of an individual child are encouraged.
college my interests in psychology have been specifically in self
psychology. I am very much influenced by Swiss psychologist
Alice Miller, especially her book Drama
of the Gifted Child. (That Scribd link is to the original
1979 version, which I recommend. In the1996 revision, however, Miller
made too many changes, and for the worse.)
Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of
Violence and Thou
Shalt Not Be Aware: Society’s Betrayal of the Child,
have also influenced me. Other theorists similar to Alice Miller
Winnicott and Heinz
One of Alice
Miller’s main ideas is that of narcissistic disturbance.
Montessori child-centered education program, some readers may be
concluding that such a program only encourages narcissism (and selfishness).
On the contrary,
as Alice Miller has noted, when the child’s own natural, individual
impulses and self-direction are respected, encouraged and loved
by the teachers and caretakers, then the child’s real inner self
is what is being nurtured.
disturbance occurs, however, when the child’s true
self and self-direction are not tolerated by the adults
in the child’s world, and, as a reaction, the child takes on a false
self identity, becomes conforming to the group at the expense of
one’s individuality, or can become anti-social or abusive.
It is this
"disturbance" that characterizes our authoritarian government
schools. Government school teachers and bureaucrats seem to be very
demanding that their students follow meaningless rules and regulations
to satisfy the teachers’ and bureaucrats’ insatiable need for control.
And that kind
of narcissistic disturbance is how I view our current top-down,
authoritarian political system. Members of the "false-self,"
power-craving ruling class climb over others and spend millions
to get to the highest positions of power. And their agendas are
to expand the power of the State and enrich themselves at the expense
of others, and at the expense of our freedom. They do not want people
to have more freedom, only less, and they want themselves to have
is the Soviet, authoritarian Amerika in which we now suffer. Such
a banana republic has been officially confirmed by the Chief Banana
Republican of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, in his vote-switching,
Orwellian judicial contortionist ObamaCare acrobatics.
Thanks to the
Roberts, the Supreme Court has empowered the federal government
to enslave all Americans even further by calling a mandate a "tax."
authoritarian worship of the State has also been brought to us by
professional journalists, the Press, those whose role it was supposed
to be to challenge the rulers, and expose their corruption,
incompetence and criminality. Unfortunately, mainstream news media
reporters, editors, commentators and pundits are by and large propagandists
and shills for the State now.
The State stenographer
mainstreamers have enmeshed themselves and their false identities
with the collective and with the State and power, and they now view
the ideas of self-determination, self-direction, individualism and
independence with suspicion and contempt.
Bureaucrat Roberts’s judicial acrobatics were "conservative"
Krauthammer and George
Will as further self-contorting State apologists. The so-called
conservatives seemed to join Roberts’s attempt to save the "legitimacy,
reputation and stature" of the high court (but not saving our
this ObamaCare decision has further reduced the court’s "legitimacy
and stature." People with actual common sense can now see how
absurd the Supreme Court’s rulings have been. Each one of the Justices
(sic) is clearly just another government bureaucrat, and
apologists amongst the Press have increasingly become more appendages
of the State than its watchdogs. That correlates, in my view, with
how Americans in general have grown more in deference
to authority, especially governmental authority.
depressing recent showing of such authoritarianism was a
column by David Brooks of the New York Times (which I
haven’t gotten since
1987, by the way). Brooks believes that America does not have
a "leadership problem," but a "follower problem."
people who "reject hierarchies and leaders" believe that
the "whole world should be like the Internet a disbursed
semianarchy in which authority is suspect and each individual is
majorities of Americans don’t trust their institutions," says
Brooks. But he says it’s because of vanity, because we pretend
that we are better than everyone else around us.
Are these statists
too caught up in their emotional enmeshment with the State to understand
that it is they who think
they’re better than everyone else?
And could our
"distrust of our institutions" possibly be because of
the wars that our "leaders" have started for no good reason?
And all the anti-American retaliation they have caused? Or because
of the Bush-Obama police state that is turning
America into Nazi Germany right before our very eyes?
spending like drunken sailors and forcing our grandchildren to have
to pay for their selfishness?
No, there aren’t
enough blind, obedient followers of authority who should get on
their knees for the State, according to Brooks, apparently.
choices for "leaders" include incompetents such as Premier
Obama and Premier-Wannabe Romney, and other
warmongers and moonbats, but it’s not enough for Brooks, it
But from the
alternative media such as the Internet, there are real journalists
who not only point out how authoritarian America has become, but
just how subservient to the State today’s so-called journalists
Greenwald, for example, has recently pointed
out how the New York Times acted as a State-propagandist
sheet in helping the Obama Administration whitewash its murders
of innocent civilians overseas.
has also highlighted a Newsweek/Daily
Beast video that glorified President Obama’s drone
bombing of innocents overseas, and Hollywood producer Davis Guggenheim’s
"documentary" of Obama the great leader with great
accomplishments that shouldn’t be questioned. (David Boaz recently
those great accomplishments.)
And let’s not
forget those ghastly
from a few years ago, those "left-leaning" news reporters
who intentionally omitted certain things about Barack Obama in their
news stories, in an attempt to sway the 2008 election.
And more recently
a smilingly biased George Snuffleupagus celebrated
the Roberts Mandate-Tax ruling with Vicki Reggie Kennedy, widow
of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
selfs," artificial elites and false intellectuals obediently
defend the State’s further expansion.
Hoppe explains here how
the natural elites and intellectuals of the past became replaced
by these current artificial elites.
And the artificial
elites and false intellectuals do their best to suppress the speech
of those who oppose the State. (Here is Jon
Stewart’s exposé of "journalists" Chris Wallace
et al. and their very unprofessionally ignoring of Ron Paul last
Propagandists for Unnecessary Wars
And the one
main way of the authoritarians – left and right – to further propagandize
for further State power and control, and further encroachments and
usurpation of our liberty and right of self-determination, has been
and war propaganda
on Scott Pelley’s 60 Minutes profile of Defense Sec.
Leon Panetta, described as "13 uninterrupted minutes of drooling
also written about NBC’s Brian
Williams and Jim Miklaszewski, CNN’s Erin
Burnett and ABC’s Diane
Sawyer and Brian Ross as fear-mongers and State-propagandists
for war with Iran.
And, as Alice
Miller noted (via Arthur
Silber) in her book, The
Untouched Key, "In the fact of mobilization for war
… the questions of the younger generation are silenced. To doubt
the wisdom of the state is regarded as treason. Any discussion or
consideration of alternative possibilities is eliminated at a single
on the origins of dictators’ evil and the dynamics of cruelty (with
by Arthur Silber). With people whose real self was suppressed in
their earliest days, and having internalized the cruelty, humiliations,
neglectfulness, abuse or violence of their early primary caretakers,
their denial of the suffering of others is easier. They are
more prone to believing the lies and propaganda of their "authorities,"
more accepting of the criminality of those in charge, such as the
warmongering Bush and Obama Administrations, and more accepting
of the State’s intrusions against them, such as due process-destroying
Patriot Act and NDAA,
and TSA groping, molesting and cancer-scanners.
refer to such unquestioning support and blind obedience to the criminal
State as a form of "Stockholm
A further example:
When WikiLeaks revealed how incompetent, corrupt or criminal our
government "leaders" really are, many Americans including
journalists were more
upset with WikiLeaks than about how corrupt and incompetent
the government criminals are.
CNN contributor LZ Granderson suggested
that Americans and the Press should stop being so "nosy"
about what the government is up to. Stop investigating, stop exposing
government and military corruption and crimes, stop challenging
bureaucrats’ actions and assertions. And don’t question the
State’s intrusive and illegal surveillance of innocent people either!
Let the State intrude into our lives, but how dare we know what
they’re up to!
And the zeal
with which U.S. military hacks have persecuted
alleged whistleblower soldier Bradley Manning would make the
bureaucrats of SAVAK
and the current Iranian
in charge who hate individual liberty and self-determination – and
the authoritarian Americans who support them – are the ones who
support the U.S. government’s provoking of foreigners overseas,
but "boo" someone who advocates peace, personal responsibility
and the Golden Rule.
just don’t seem to understand how much of a police state the U.S.
has become. There’s something
in the news every day, but people don’t want to see it, because
it’s so horrifying a thought, even though it’s a reality now.
How Do We
Restore Our Right to Self-Determination?
we restore our right to self-determination when control-freak bureaucrat
police after those who wish to remain independent, or "off
the grid"? How do we stop the Gestapo-like
tactics that government agents are using against homeowners?
When people try to exercise their right to self-determination,
they are punished.
Obama and his
ilk are going right along with the UN’s
campaign to disarm
innocent, law-abiding civilians, which coincides with the apparent
gun control intentions of his administration’s Fast and Furious
criminal scheme. And U.S. Army manuals are training the troops to
are we to protect ourselves against government-police encroachments?
That very kind of self-protection was the very
reason for the 2nd Amendment! Just as a child has
the God-given right to gouge the eyes out of or kick in the balls
any bigger person who abuses, molests, or threatens to harm, abduct
or kill him.
preparing for some kind of military
law to rule American streets, and his latest
Executive Order among many now gives himself the power to seize
control over all communications networks including our phones and
Obama has given
himself the power to have innocent civilians detained
indefinitely or killed
by military soldiers, without due process, without Obama
or his minions being required to present evidence against the
accused. With his murder of Anwar al-Awlaki, Obama has shown that
he will use this power against people whose only crime was being
critical of Obama and the U.S. government.
of Homeland Security has ordered 400
million rounds of ammunition, and new
weaponry as well, and is clearly preparing for something.
So, as the
Republican Conventioneers prepare to replace the current socialist-fascist-communist
with another authoritarian puppet (and NATO
troops prepare for a possible false flag op), it seems to be
an uphill battle to convince people to question and challenge government
bureaucrats’ lies and disbelieve their propaganda. (Unless Ron Paul
abandons the GOP and runs for President as
a third-party candidate, of course.)
go of their faith in an inherently failed system of central
Hoppe explained in his book, Democracy,
The God That Failed, just how the structures of central
planning, publicly-owned government, a government with a monopoly
in territorial protection, and the abandonment of private property
and contract rights could very well lead to our current situation.
system inherently breeds the authoritarianism under which we are
that need to be considered (and soon) include:
1. Our dissolving
the U.S. government even more decisively than the Soviet Union was
dissolved. (More here,
2. States seceding
and restoring independence and freedom from authoritarian federal
dictatorial rule. (More here,
Thomas Woods’s book, Nullification:
How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century,
is helpful to understand how to unshackle ourselves from the federal
Leviathan slave master. Woods responds to nullification skeptics
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