Time is a fire in which we all burn, I forget where I heard that. I disagree, time can be a problem, no doubt but I think ignorance is the fire in which we all burn. In the area where I live this has become quite literal. Forest fires have been raging for weeks all around me and every day I see the smoke and smell the burning pines. It’s incredible to look up and see a blood red sun through the smoke, but this is nothing, a minor annoyance compared to what others in this messed up world are going through.
To try to tackle all the crises in the world in one blog post would make about as much sense as fighting the bear pictured above with a feather duster. But one has to start somewhere.
Oft repeated in minarchist, constitutionalist and mainline republican circles is a raw seething hatred of anyone on any kind of government welfare. Often referred to on a website I spend way too much time lurking on as the detestable FSA or free shit army. The reason for this is quite simple, they rightly conclude that various people have become shiftless and lazy due to years of handouts and are no longer contributing to society. More than that they are ticked that these people are quote, “living like a king on their dime.”
To dislike this state of affairs is perfectly rational, who wants to have their money stolen? But where things get rather absurd is all the proposals I have heard for welfare reform which range all the way from things that can’t even be called half measures like drug testing for recipients, voting the bastards out, and forcing all welfare monies to be spent on nothing but water and basic foodstuffs like bread or rice. To psychotic ideas of modern day reincarnations of indentured servitude or outright mass murder. I say again, this is repeatedly stated by people on public forums, that anyone who is collecting any kind of a government check and not working should be eliminated with extreme prejudice.
Of all of these measures I find the most amusing to be “voting the bastards out.” Has the issue of social security ever come up for a national vote? Or for that matter when did 51% of this country vote to give the NSA the power to record all of our electronic communications? Even when I was a militant socialist I saw the futility of solving problems of government overreach by voting. As far as I was concerned such things could only be resolved through fire and steel.
Which brings me to the root of the matter, I find it curious how much of modern society, especially American society runs on pure rage. In the United States we can laugh at the North Korean government blaming every problem they have, from economic stagnation to lice infestations on the actions of rapacious CIA agents while their government officials loot everything right down to their souls.
But if you bring up to a standard issue male, republican, right winger that our government is doing the exact same thing, just crossing out CIA agents and writing in Islamofacist terrorists you will probably be called some kind of liberal socialist traitor, and if this occurs over the Internet he will probably threaten to kill you. The Internet really is a fascinating engine for understanding human nature, if comments on various websites are to be believed then a fairly large chunk of the computer owning public are racist psychopaths. But that is the Internet, not real life, which last time I checked were 2 very different things.
Recently the Bad Quaker confronted a rather well known podcaster of a minarchist bent. I do not feel that I need to mention his name, I can honestly say that this fellow comes across as abrasive, rude and willfully ignorant. I stopped listening to him around the time I found out about the Feens, but not really because because I changed as a person. It was because I honestly couldn’t stand the sound of his voice anymore.
Side note, in the event that the fellow in question reads this, ahem. “FEMA camps are real, and you are an ignoramus for saying they don’t!” I believe you threatened to attack anyone who said that with a big mouth bass, I will be attending the Reno air races next month, you can leave a message below, we can meet there. Preferably in one of the parks near Stead airfield, hopefully I can talk some friends of mine into recording the confrontation for their amusement. But you should expect a vigorous pepper spraying if you come at me swinging a fish.
See what I mean about the Internet being different from real life.
Anyway back to the subject at hand, the argument as to wether we should take from the government has in my opinion been completely done to death. But what I find amusing is that there are still people out there who believe that in our current environment that anyone can go through life without taking something from the government. Even more silly is the thought some kind of benefit will accrue to anyone who does. Carroll Quigely noted in tragedy and hope that after World War Two the economic boom that occurred was largely due to government spending. Additionally he wrote that if these monies were to be taken out of the economy then an economic collapse would occur in this country the likes of which we could never imagine.
He wrote that in the sixties, government meddling in the economy has only gotten worse since then.
The ultimate joke here is that while both right wingers and left wingers are distracted by the horrible crime, or the shiny bauble of welfare, billions of dollars are vanishing down the toilet to who knows where. A subject that I feel needs to be talked about way more are C.A.F.R. reports. Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports. Every corporation in this country is legally mandated to submit one of these every year and the information presented therein often outlines shocking financial shenanigans. I wouldn’t claim to be an expert on this, it’s a very convoluted subject. But the one thing that keeps coming up is that our rapidly bankrupting governments aren’t bankrupt at all. Our tax dollars have been siphoned off and used for all sorts of corruption. It’s not really a secret, it’s just that we are all living in Plato’s allegory of the cave and we are too entertained by shadows dancing on the walls to bother with the wider world that waits.
If you don’t know what Plato’s cave is you can either look it up yourself, it’s in his book, the republic available from Gutenberg.org. Or you can watch the movie WallE, the humans in that movie are basically living in Plato’s cave. I saw it last night and I rate the movie as a 5/5