• Divide and Conquer: A Government Agenda

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    In my opinion,
    government is at best, tolerated because there is no other recognizable
    option available at the time. At worst, it is an evil and tyrannical
    overlord of the individual, never ceasing in its desire for power,
    money, total control, brutality, war, and imperialism. This opinion
    obviously does not serve as a recommendation for any governing system,
    with the one exception of peaceful anarchy, or a society without
    the State.

    Government
    is always an instrument of force, as government has nothing, creates
    nothing, and produces nothing; it only steals from those who do.
    Therefore, politically based government should be avoided at all
    cost. Unfortunately, this has rarely happened in history.

    Although government
    is controlling and brutal in its efforts to remain in power, it
    can only retain that power over the rest of society given that the
    majority consents to be ruled. In many instances, this consent is
    simply implied.

    In order to
    gain the consent or implied consent of the people, the state uses
    many strategies that are steeped in lies and deceit. Government's
    most important and necessary strategy for retaining control is fear.
    Fear mongering therefore, is a constant weapon in the arsenal of
    the state. For if the people were not afraid, they would have little
    use for government's continuous assault on their liberty. Fear is
    a most powerful driver of emotions, and the illusion of safety a
    most coveted prize of the sheep. Rulers, whether elected or not,
    fully understand the importance of using fear tactics and the illusion
    of safety as weapons against the people. The desired effect is to
    at once purposely intimidate the population at large, while allowing
    for a state manufactured rescue. The result is an acceptance by
    the citizenry of less freedom for an imagined safety.

    To achieve
    these ends, the state has to create false enemies. In order for
    this strategy to be successful, one individual has to be pitted
    against another; one group against another group; one nation against
    another nation, and so the deception goes. This strategy is nothing
    new, but it has been forever effective. It is the strategy of divide
    and conquer, derived from the Latin saying, Divide et impera,
    which may refer also to divide and rule.

    This divisive
    agenda takes on many faces, and planned divisiveness and dissension
    is found virtually everywhere, this due to the stirring of the pot
    by political agitators. Consider white versus black, heterosexual
    versus homosexual, Christian versus Islam, men versus women, rich
    versus poor, and Republicans versus Democrats. Consider Wall Street
    versus Main Street, citizen versus immigrant, and the U.S. nation
    state versus the Middle East. As George W. Bush said after the 9/11
    attacks, a statement meant to divide if ever one was uttered, "Either
    you are with us or you are with the terrorists."

    Most are aware
    of this great divide in our country, but most don't understand that
    much of it came about by design. Division leads to separation. Separation
    leads to weakness. Weakness leads to serfdom, which of course is
    slavery!

    Those who seek
    to rule understand this concept very well, and use it in order to
    gain more power. Those in power control the mainstream media, and
    that media is a willing accomplice in the spread of hate. John C.
    Danforth once said:

    The loudest
    voices we hear are those who advocate conflict, divisiveness.

    This is a true
    statement, and it should serve to alert all to the fact that those
    who scream the most, those who spread fear, and those who would
    seek a platform to pit one against another, are nothing more than
    wolves in sheep's clothing. The U.S. government is just such a wolf,
    and constantly seeks to spread fear and hate among us.

    It is government
    that should stand in fear of the people. Government is afraid of
    an educated and intelligent populace. Government is threatened greatly
    by self-responsibility and self-reliance. Government becomes impotent
    in the presence of peace. Government cowers when confronted by a
    unified people. Government loses control when the people know the
    truth.

    But this government
    is not afraid. It is not impotent. It does not cower. It has not
    lost control of its power. It is a monster!

    So long as
    "we the people" continue to accept the government's plan
    for us, so long as the hate continues, so long as most continue
    to live in fear, so long as unholy war continues unabated, and so
    long as Americans hide from the truth, our future will be predestined.
    If we do not alter that now probable destiny, only a life of lost
    hope will remain!

    Government
    is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen,
    gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen. The essential feature
    of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing,
    and imprisoning. Those who are asking for more government interference
    are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

    ~ Ludwig von
    Mises, Human
    Action
    [1949]

    April
    14, 2012

    Gary
    D. Barnett [send him mail]
    is president of Barnett Financial Services, Inc., in Lewistown,
    Montana. Visit his website.

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