Rule by Scorpions
by David Calderwood
by David Calderwood: The
Cold Turkey Bust
Amidst a continuous
multimedia assault on legal civilian gun ownership, one paradox
studiously ignored by the gun-banners is the penchant for Domestic
Agencies of the State to arm their staff members with firearms
deemed (rhetorically) appropriate for warfare.
as this cognitive dissonance may be, it still betrays conditioned
blindness to the staggeringly larger institution of mass destruction
in whose shadow we live our daily lives.
live in a village at the foot of a volcano undoubtedly become accustomed
to the occasional tremor or sign of steam rising from the cone above.
The longer they live there without any significant sign of danger
from the mountain, the more unconcerned they become regarding the
threat it represents. They regard its contribution to fertile soil
a blessing, and as time passes give ever less thought to the mere
possibility that conditions could rapidly change.
particularly vulnerable to this false sense of security. The founding
myths of the country are taught as history to children and adults
alike, leaving the typical citizen smug in his or her belief that
the USA enjoys the best system of governance, and that "we’re
the biggest kid on the block." "We" have the fastest
war planes, the biggest Navy, "our" nuclear submarines
ring the globe and "our" troops have boots on the ground
in nearly every nation on the planet, all part of a force for "good."
If this is
in doubt, imagine what would occur if you loudly opined at work
or a family gathering that the USA is the Evil Empire? Given the
stridency with which most people identify with the State, you might
risk physical violence by making such a bold statement.
to some worrisome observations.
people understand modern technology. How many people do you know
who actually could describe the scientific basis for how cell phones
or microwave ovens work? Could any of them roughly sketch out the
parts of these marvels?
These are but
two of many items we use in daily life which for all practical purposes
are magic. We may laugh at documentaries that recorded how primitive
peoples reacted to modernity when first exposed, but in truth the
vast majority of us cannot tell modern mechanisms from magic.
In such an
environment, is it difficult to understand why many people seem
to regard our modern "expert" rulers as wizards able to
repeal laws of nature and deliver on promises that are arithmetically
impossible? Most people clearly regard the political state as an
Earthly God, a supra-human organization that elevates its human
members to the level of infallible and not-to-be-questioned demigods
who have divined the General Will and guide the rest of us from
their seat of Wisdom.
worrisome observation is made by Professor
Hoppe, who helps illustrate why in a democracy where elected
rulers are but temporary caretakers, and elections have become media-saturated
popularity contests driven by $50,000 per plate "fundraisers,"
we must acknowledge that the people who are elected are the most
cunning, facile con artists among us. The "lying" candidate,
upon winning the election, becomes someone handed the power to order…almost
for our politician-rulers might be "sociopaths," and if
author is correct, then the 5% figure she offers for the population
at large must be ten times, if not nearly twenty times higher when
considering public officeholders.
worrisome observation is that the US military is a political
organization, at least within its upper ranks.
to think about that for a moment.
American knows someone who is or was in the military. Mom or Dad,
brother or sister, an aunt, an uncle, a neighbor, a coworker, those
who currently wear a uniform or did so in the past are present almost
everywhere we look.
represent the "military-as-normal" in our lives. They
are people just like us (for the most part) and would never hurt
us, their family, friends and neighbors.
They are what
make living in the shadow of a Krakatau or Iceland’s Katla seem
so safe and normal. The U.S. military is so…pedestrian…or
so it seems. It is made up of people just like us, who would never
collectively act to harm anyone in this land of the free and home
of the brave, right?
It is this
overly-sanguine condition that has led to handing technologies of
nearly unlimited destructive power to people who are 1) politician-sociopaths,
2) drunk on power, and 3) operate in near total secrecy, surrounded
by absolute obedience
to authority inculcated on a 24/7 basis.
worrying about Bubba’s AR15 that he uses to shoot cardboard targets
a couple times a summer, why aren’t we wet-our-pants terrified of
the sociopaths to whom our best and brightest have handed atomic
bombs, biological weapons, nerve gasses, and more modern, secrecy-shrouded
could prove even more mass-murderous than those of fiction and horror
is simple: If those hellish technological marvels were unleashed
on us, then the sociopaths who rule us would insure their own self-destruction,
right? They would destroy their wives and husbands, their children
and parents, their brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. No sane
persons would contemplate such things.
and final worrisome observation ties all this together.
In the ancient
fable of The
Scorpion and the Frog, the frog was of the same belief,
that imminent self-destruction would stay the "hand" of
the scorpion and allow the frog to safely convey them both across
of the scorpion, however, was to sting. The frog forgot that the
scorpion was not a frog; it was by nature something entirely
different and always a deadly threat.
We, as a society,
let our optimism, society-level Chauvinism, our confusion over technology
and experience with the familiar lull us into creating a titanic
threat to our lives and our future, one we seem to understand as
little as did the residents of Pompeii prior to the historic eruption
of nearby Mount Vesuvius.
As usual, it
is not the small and foreign (small arms like an AR15, in this case,
to the person who doesn’t own one) that threatens our children sitting
at their school desks, it is the monstrous and familiar, whose incalculable
destructive power rests cradled in the hands of megalomaniacs who
have spent their entire adult lives steeping in human blood. They
are not like us, despite appearances, and any belief to the
contrary is childish, naïve, and self-destructively stupid.
if such scorpions decide that the USA (or world) must be destroyed
in order to save it?
February 4, 2013
Calderwood [send him mail]
a businessman, artist, and author of the novel Revolutionary
Language, selected January 2000 Freedom Book of the Month
at gone-but-not-forgotten Free-market.net.
© 2013 by David C. Calderwood
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