Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

"Give Me Your Shit, Or I Will Kill You."

The Season Six final episode of The Walking Dead introduced the character Negan, and in that scene (see clip below) he utters these words at just after the 2-minute mark:
Give me your shit, or I will kill you.
And at about 3:20 he says:
You are not safe. Not even close. In fact, you are pegged. More pegged if you don't do what I want, and what I want is half your shit.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is government distilled to its very essence: You are not safe. Give me the portion of your shit that I want, or I will kill you or have you killed.  And I won't take it all, because if you're dead I can't keep taking your shit.

You'll note that expressing this fact will result in a lot of protest, objecting that that is not the role of government at all!

Bullshit.  Thank you government-schooling for obscuring the raw facts, for whitewashing reality.

The earliest form of government is the tribe, sort of an extended family, but tribes have a HMFIC, and that HMFIC can decide to strand you, kill you outright, or banish you to near-certain death.  Each step up the ladder of government complexity has, as its base, the tax collectors who will take your shit or kill you if you don't pay up.

"But might doesn't make right!" you may object.  No, it doesn't.  Might makes right irrelevant, though.

Coercion as a founding principle of government works, because people want to feel safe more than they want to be free.  Here's another clip:


Loki states,
It's the unspoken truth of humanity, that you crave subjugation.  The bright lure of freedom diminishes life's joy in a mad scramble for power, for identity.  You were made to be ruled.  In the end, you will always kneel.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but "Oh, bullshit." But the man who stands to face him? He does serve as an object lesson. Just as Negan will kill one of Rick's people to cow the rest into submission, Loki attempts to kill the man who opposes him to accomplish the same end - rule by fear.

It isn't that humanity is "made to be ruled," it's that humanity contains rat-bastards willing to kill TO rule. And they will recruit followers who will kill at their instruction, and those followers will kill anyone who opposes them. Recent examples: Saddam Hussein & Sons, North Korea's Kim family dynasty, Robert Mugabe, etc. History is replete with examples.  In fact, it is only historically recently that such rat-bastards have been displaced with democratic forms of government, and as I wrote in 2004's Those Without Swords Can Still Die Upon Them, I believe that the reason for this is in large part due to the firearm.  While watching that last episode of The Walking Dead, I kept asking myself, "What happens if someone blows Negan's head off?"  His is a cult of personality.  Cut the head off the snake, who takes over?

As I also said in Those Without Swords, the ability to reason and the ability to exchange ideas leads to a belief in freedom, one shared among people.  But only if those people are armed do they have a chance to break out of rule by fear.  It's not a given, but it's a chance.

But one thing that people need to understand is - at its base - government is "give me what I want, or I will kill you."  We forget that at our peril.

And April 15 is fast approaching.

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