by Gary 'Z' McGee
from TheMindUnleashed Website
to suggest to someone
that they have devoted their life
to a folly."
Because a massive amount
of wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few, we're unable to
maintain a healthy horizontal democracy. Instead we're forced to
deal with the snake of unhealthy vertical democracy which has the
diabolical snakehead of plutocracy.
As Edward Abbey said,
Easier said than done,
sure, but nothing worth doing was ever easy.
The plutocrats will simply continue buying up power by creating oppressive laws and "legal" extortion rackets that keep the people without wealth and power in a permanent state of poverty and powerlessness.
Add to that the use of lobbyists and a fiat currency based on debt, and you have a nation of hoodwinked debt slaves (soft slavery) under the delusion that they live in a free democratic republic.
lies belief that is unfounded."
democrat is parochial and outdated. It's high time we moved on
from this utterly adolescent and intellectually dismissive mindset.
It's time we found a more mature and responsible way of looking at
politics that goes beyond petty prejudice and whiny scapegoating.
The kind of politics that
launches us into a heightened state of perception, giving us a
bird's eye view over the bipartisan fuckery of it all. The kind of
politics that's cosmopolitan and open-minded.
And the best way to achieve the kind of politics that leaves partisanship behind on the shitheap of history is to embrace sortition over election.
you have no right to complain."
It's time to usher in a
new system of appointing democratic leaders.
There must be a way to
guard against this kind of unhealthy power-seeking personality type
in our democratic leadership while still maintaining a healthy
A lottery would balance out the system through simple probability, while empowering citizens and preventing power from corrupting, since voting-out would be the only time a majority vote would matter.
lottery, by way of voluntary assembly, would level the playing
field, make lobbyists obsolete, and prevent power from becoming
entrenched, all while educating the masses on civic-mindedness and
maintaining a healthy egalitarian ethos.
All of which would use the lottery to elect leaders and only use the popular vote to oust bad leaders.
so that others may simply live."
It's a process of trial and error at times, certainly. For tyranny and violence have always been ugly aspects of our history. But, ultimately, it has been the cornerstone of our healthy, progressively evolving, species.
Using a big-picture
perspective, what astronauts call the
Overview Effect, we can
see how silly and irrational the idea of borders, boundaries, and
disputed territories really are.
If we are to progressively evolve into a healthier species, we must be able to engage the Overview Effect to gain a higher perspective.
Otherwise, we're stuck, stagnating and devolving into the small-picture thinking of the monkey-mind.
and the greatest enjoyment from life
is to live dangerously."
Peaceful slavery is an all-too-comfortable state reinforced by extortion disguised as security and oppression disguised as safety. In order to snuff out the covert deceit, in order to reveal the Matrix for what it truly is, a little dangerous freedom must be acted out.
Risky vulnerability is healthier than safe invulnerability.
Our all-too-comfortable culture is like an unhealthy tank.
As a result, we are left with a culture that convinces itself that it needs to seek permission to be free.
It's the height of insanity...
The choice is ours...
"When freedom is outlawed
only outlaws will be free."
leads to militarized policing which inevitably leads to a police
state. And although we're not in
a police state quite yet, we're on
a slippery slope.
...then it stands to reason that we should check untenable opinions with a tenable solution.
policing is that solution.
It's only when the hired
police force (such as the state-driven police force we see in the
streets today) violates defense-mindedness by becoming an
oppressive, extorting, violent force with the monopoly on power,
forcing its values, ideals, rules, or laws on otherwise free people,
that it ceases to work well and becomes unreasonable and untenable.
Violence should only ever be used in self-defense and never as a means toward enforcing one's values, rules, or laws onto others, no matter how popular they are.
but if you want to test a man's character,
give him power."
What a person does with that power will define their character.
Governing the precept that humans are fallible, imperfect, and prone to make mistakes, especially when it comes to power, it stands to reason that confiding in a system made up of humans wielding power over others is absurd.
It's circular reasoning at its worst.
Speaking truth to power is making a declaration of interdependence in the face of entrenched power.
As Niels Bohr said,