by Chris Sullivan: 14
Signposts to Slavery
Back in 1973
there was a popular Paul Simon song called Kodachrome,
the first few lines of which are:
I think back
On all the crap I learned in high school
It's a wonder
I can think at all
And though my lack of education
Hasn't hurt me none
I can read the writing on the wall"
It really is
a wonder that anyone subjected to public schooling can think at
all since the purpose of public indoctrination seems to be to fill
the students' heads with error and carefully filtered information.
It isn't so much a lack of education that hurts anyone, it's the
errors that are taught as fact that do almost irremediable harm.
I don't recall
learning anything useful in high school about how our system of
government works. Even politically active people seem to believe
the malarkey that was taught them in civics class. Some examples
would be that we are a nation of laws, popular rule, a "democracy",
inalienable rights, etcetera, etc.
If anyone were
to publish a textbook explaining how government really works, no
school system would adopt it. If it did adopt it, it would probably
lose its accreditation. In the interest of assisting some would-be
writer/publisher I offer the following observations on how the system
The first rule
is that the government is not bound by the moral law. It can lie,
steal, murder, blackmail, torture (as long as you don't call it
torture), imprison, extort or do anything else that seems expedient
for achieving its ends. It's as Rod Serling said, "... it has
one iron rule: Logic is an enemy, and truth is a menace."
of these principles is emphasized by the assertion of their opposites.
Truth, honor, prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude, respect
for the individual are all fine until they get in the way of some
State objective. Initially, the student is taught by means of ritual.
Parades, patriotic music, military displays, the pledge of allegiance,
wreath layings and so on form a sort of liturgy of the State. Later
the student will be taught about how the State has made all good
things possible by means of the sacrifices of our forefathers.
Lying is the
first tool in the State's tool kit, but it is important to convey
the idea that everything the government says is true. If the agents
of the state were forced to tell the truth, the whole system would
break down. Some countries, such as the Soviet Union had official
news agencies to propagate their lies. Everybody everywhere knew
that nothing reported by TASS or Pravda could be believed, but in
the U.S. the private news organizations usually report uncritically
what the government tells them in its press releases.
One of the
things the government does over and over is to get some kind of
measure many times a tax passed by claiming that it is going
to be temporary. These things are temporary in the same way that
the pyramids in Egypt are temporary. The income tax withholding
during WW II was a temporary measure.
is another important technique used by the State to direct the populace
to identify with its goals. Osama bin Laden was a good guy when
he was on our side in fighting the Russians, but then he became
a bad guy. Saddam Hussein was also both a good guy and a bad guy,
but Muammar Gaddafi was a bad guy who became a good guy and then
a bad guy again.
If it were
decided that the U.S. needed Canadian oil fields and the Canadians
wouldn't agree to our terms, we would suddenly find that they were
killing babies and old people, and exporting drugs to our youth.
Pretty soon there would be an incident where they attacked one of
our border checkpoints or illegally seized a U.S. fishing boat.
By this means a friendly people would be transformed into "the
also useful to keep members of the government in line. It is a good
idea to never appoint someone to a high position such as a Supreme
Court Justice who can't be blackmailed into doing the "right
thing" when the need arises. It's also useful when the government
wants a private entity to do something it isn't required by law
to do, such as turn over phone records. The officials of the intransigent
company might find that they are being audited by the IRS or that
they are being investigated for SEC violations or that their bank
account is being seized for wire fraud or money laundering or any
number of things.
course is the bedrock of the State. Without the ability to steal,
the state could not exist. According to our system of income taxation,
the State has a prior claim on all income and it will decide how
much the rightful owner is allowed to keep. If the State decides
it wants your property it can seize it under its power of eminent
domain and pay you the supposed fair market value of it, which obviously
is less than you would have sold it for or you would have already
sold it. Maybe you wouldn't have sold it for 10 times fair market
value, if at all.
The State likes
to invoke the name of God in support of whatever it is it's doing,
but God should know his place. God cannot be allowed to countermand
the dictates of the State, whether it be forcing Jews to eat pork
under Antiochus IV Epiphanes, compelling Christians to sacrifice
to the Emperor under Domitian, Diocletian, et al., suppressing the
Church under Calles, executing dissenters like Jagerstatter under
Hitler, or requiring the violation of conscience under Obama. The
State is God the only true God and will have no strange gods
has made itself the interpreter and arbiter of its own powers, so
it should surprise no one that it usually finds for itself. It has
answered the question of "who will guard the guards themselves?"
that it will guard them. You might as well appeal to the protection
racket to adjudicate a complaint you have against it.
mentioned much in the context of civics lessons, but it is a time-honored
way of dealing with troublesome or meddlesome people. It's amazing
how many annoying to politicians people end up killing themselves
or dying in plane crashes. During the Clinton administration the
term "Arkancide" briefly came into the lexicon. Most Americans
think that our public officials are different from the way they
have been throughout recorded history. I previously wrote about
this public delusion here. As a wise man once said, "There
is nothing new under the sun." and we certainly have not developed
a new kind of government official. They are all concerned with the
acquisition and retention of power and will do anything to realize
believed that our "representatives" actually represent
the people should have been enlightened by the bailout of the banks
against overwhelming popular opposition to it, or the passage of
Obama's socialized medicine bill against popular opposition. Sometimes
writing your Congressman or Senator just doesn't seem to do any
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