Thursday, February 19, 2009

You are going to die! Part XV

I have mentioned these guys before and it should be obvious for most people with some brain activity, but the ones who you really need to look out for and the ones who are the biggest threat to your very existence is your own government.

A government might be the king and his knights, a Pharos court, some Tsar or those elected politicians, but they all share the same faith and reality; they can’t make money! Every government that ever existed has lived on, partied on and build on their people’s money. They have only done so in different ways and in different amounts. To some extent, even though very subtle, people know this and to keep the citizen from figuring out what really goes on, the government needs to come up with some kind of defense for their existence. This has often been through religion. A ruler is proclaimed: “The son of God” or get some other nice holy title. In exchange for the particular religions and its priests support, the government gives them the power of people’s souls or they outlaw writing for non religious types or some other solution. So if you oppose your leader, you are not only committing a rebellion, you also violate the “laws of nature (=God)”. This has not always worked perfectly. The priests might not be completely reliable, they might find another ruler that gives them more power, but also some people have seen through this charade and rebelled against their governments anyway. So governments need other and more viable solutions and these have varied throughout the ages. One common solution has been to outlaw weapons, except for the ruler’s armies; people without weapons are easier to control. Another solution has been to increase the gifts to the people to keep them happy. Give them free healthcare, free slaves or less working hours and they might not be so inclined to overthrow you. Entertainment is another way to go. If people are busy with watching gladiators fight or are happy with theaters or other forms of entertainment they are not really too eager to destroy the ones giving them this, especially if it’s “free”.

But all the way governments need to show the public that they care, they need to act upon injustice and help the poor (whoever they are). And they need to impose laws to protect, help and serve the people. If many get killed by riding horses, the government needs to show they are worried and preferably make laws to outlaw riding until a certain age or that people need helmets or something of that nature. All the time doing all of it with the people’s money.

And here comes the first catch: All those laws that cost money could have been used to pay for new inventions or be used in many other different ways that actually would have benefited the people more than what the government comes up with. What the government does might sound good, it might even (very seldom) work to some extent, but still the alternative would have been better to all involved. Sometimes (most of the time) the government’s solution might even increase the suffering. And this leads to the next catch: governments need to justify these laws or public solutions with banning the alternative; otherwise, what’s the point with the government? So if the government sees and hears about a new drug that might cause people to act in a certain way and there is a public outcry to ban this drug and do something about it, the government goes to work. They outlaw that substance and presto: they have created a bunch of outlaws! These will be taken care of by going to jail, handled by the police and maybe even getting some “free” medical help. The law causes a high cost of the substance which in turn makes people to turn to the mafia, which will kill, meme and bribe their way through society and the government has another reason to exist, to fight crime! People can’t fight crime, they don’t have weapons (courtesy of laws) and a mob defending themselves against aggressive muggers or whatnot cannot go about their business, the government is needed to impose the respectability and non partisan point of view.

And this just goes on and on. Often very subtle and very non harmful to the naked eye. People drown? Let’s have public swimming lessons so they all learn how to not drown. People are not educated? Lets impose laws so all kids need to go to certain schools, on certain times, with certain teachers and with certain curriculums. People can’t afford healthcare? Let’s make it “free” for all. All of these and many many more solutions make it seem like the government cares, it might even sound good or great. Who doesn’t want to be able to swim? And get their kids to learn things? And that doctor is expensive, excellent that the government cares and makes it “free of charge”. But you are the one paying for it. Did you think about that you stupid idiot? And the government does not do this carity work for free, no, they cost money. Politician’s costs money, the administrators, the teachers and even those who collect your money and then put it “were it belongs” cost money. Some economists have counted that using the government solution instead of paying for it yourself might be 3 times more expensive. I think its way more than that. So in supporting this idiocy you lose money and this might cause you and your children to starve. But even if it doesn’t, you have given up your right to choice for yourself.

All this is just a couple of the many ways a government might do you harm. I choice to write about the non obvious ones because the others you might know about, probably not, but you might. Most governments have other, more understandable ways to kill and harm you. They have been more open about it, killing at random. Every war that ever been started have been started by governments, not the people, not companies or something else, only governments. Witches have been burned, non believers have been massacred, and those not paying taxes will be executed. It might have someone saying/writing the wrong thing or it might have been someone having the wrong color of the skin, but the government has killed it. Pretty much anything you can think of from wearing classes to being an atheist has made governments kill. And they are still doing it today!

Without a doubt government have been and are still today the main reason why you might get killed. But they are soooo nice, giving you “free” roads to drive on with your government approved car imposed with different taxes, all of which you pay for, so they must be good… Idiot.

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