by Jim Davies
by Jim Davies: About
That $20 Billion
no shortage of accounts of the devastation governments cause, and
Lew Rockwell's own The
Fascist Threat is one of the strongest and most recent. However
I've not read many that suggest what can be done to fix it. Given
then that government is so utterly destructive of civilized society
that it clearly has to be eliminated, how can that be done?
I suggest the
first essential step is to recognize that nothing else will cut
it. Partial pregnancy is not an option; "limited government" is
an oxymoron and two and a quarter centuries of malignant growth
confirm that even in America, it's impossible. Government will always
use such power as it has, to acquire more power; as fast as it can
without provoking the fatal question "Government – who needs it?"
So that must
be the aim: total abolition.
vital objective: resurrection must be prevented. Imagine all government
disappeared, today at 9.00 am. By noon, the shrieks will resound:
Where's my welfare check? By evening, Pols will be rushing to fill
the void, respond to the demand, and by next week government will
be back in place. Additionally, the will to govern is so powerful
that Pols would strive to resurrect the corpse of government even
if there were not a strident, popular demand for it. For
both reasons, a plan for liberty must include a lock on the tomb.
Once government is dead, it must stay dead.
The fix for
these huge tasks is surprisingly simple: to abolish government,
all of its ordinary employees must be motivated to quit their jobs,
and to prevent resurrection all its clients and beneficiaries must
be shown they can do better without it, and one program will suffice
for both these vital tasks: universal re-education.
As de la Boëtie
said, the one thing indispensable to government is support; and
now that it can print its own money that doesn't mean financial
support, it means labor. Take away its employees, and it
is totally helpless; in fact it ceases to exist, for it consists
of nobody else. That's the sine qua non of abolition; while
there are soldiers willing to do grunt work for this monstrous Mafia,
it will get by; when they are no longer willing, it will evaporate.
That single change will do the whole job.
has come to learn the real nature of government and of individual
liberty, the motivation to work for it will evaporate and the habit
of begging it for goodies will disappear; self-reliance will be
understood and a restored sense of morality and self-interest will
cause employees to find honest work instead. It is quite easy to
test this: assuming you, gentle Reader, are already convinced of
the destructive and evil nature of government, would you
work for it? – would you demand of it handouts, knowing how
much wealthier you can become by honest trading in a free market?
Of course not. So all that's needed is to bring everyone else to
the same level of understanding that you have now.
one may ask, how can one possibly motivate a ninja-suited cop, with
adrenaline pumping every time he makes a bust, enjoying the thrill
of power every time he intimidates a mere civilian, to leave all
that well-paid excitement? Or a tax collector, likewise? Or a War
President, disposing of thousands of human lives as the "Leader
of the Free World"? Power is massively intoxicating!
again is to undermine the support, on which they depend. Those kinds
of people will admittedly be the last to tell their bosses to take
those jobs and shove them; but all of them rely upon other government
employees, whose minds are less tightly shut. They depend too upon
the acceptance of others in society. Let's imagine:
of all government workers have quit. Government money is imploding;
banks are closing or drastically changing their nature; many folks
are shopping with real money such as silver. A cop goes to buy groceries,
with wages that arrived late because the payroll department was
short staffed, and frazzled because his uniform had not been laundered
(the Town check to the laundry bounced) and his automatic was short
an ammunition clip because the inventory clerk had quit two months
we no longer accept government paper here."
"But you must!
It says so, look: 'This note is legal tender...'"
"Then I guess
I'll break the law. But if you give me a ticket for that, notice
what will happen. Word will get around, and nobody in this town
will sell you any food, any liquor, any doughnuts, any gasoline.
When they see you on the street, they will cross to the other side.
And when my case comes to your court, assuming there's still a janitor
to open its doors, my jury will nullify your law. Now, will you
really ticket me for not accepting your worthless piece of paper?"
All the fun
of kicking people around, armed with a government uniform and weapon,
will disappear. Front-line enforcers will be the last to quit, but
they will quit.
what kind of program could re-educate everyone? Three hundred million
hard, provided everyone undertakes a very light task: just find
one friend a year, introduce him to a re-educational facility
and help him to graduate and do the same – and then, of course,
to quit any government job he may hold. It's called "exponential
growth", or sometimes "going viral." Do the math.
less will do the job, but nothing more is needed – least of
all violence, either that of bullets or ballots. Here
is one good place to start.
Davies [send him mail] is
a retired businessman in New Hampshire who led the development of
an on-line school of liberty in 2006,
who expects to experience a free society in his lifetime, and who
in 2008 wrote the books A
Vision of Liberty,
Transition to Liberty,
and, in 2010, Denial
of Liberty and To
FREEDOM from Fascism, America!
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