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Report #TL07B: THE NATURE OF GOVERNMENT
VERSION 2 - October, 1998
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Essay On The Subject." -- Craig Green
I've often asked, "If freedom is so good, and so many great
minds have praised and promoted it, then why is freedom in danger of being wiped out?" One of my answers to this
question is that "government" is the main enemy of freedom, but nobody I know
of has come even close to accurately describing "government" and communicating such an accurate description
For about seventeen years I've been working on developing an
accurate description of "government" that could be communicated widely. My work in this respect is still very much
in the experimental stage. Every reader of this article is invited to provide me with comments and suggestions to
improve our description of "government" and its communication.
This article is aimed mainly at people who already know a
great deal about freedom - people who realize that in order to bring about general human well-being, peace,
happiness, health, prosperity, etc., we need to find a solution to the scourge of "government." However, it's
possible that people relatively new to freedom will grasp its main thrust without too much difficulty.
The "nature of government" is a very important issue. I
believe that achieving an accurate, communicable description of the nature of
"government" will bring about a major turning point in history. The fact that nobody (I know of) has
come even close to this achievement indicates that it's a very very major challenge.
As a preparation for studying this report, I highly
recommend the excellent article 'Lies Our Forefathers Told Us' by Victor Milan. Mr. Milan identifies some very
important basic aspects of "government." I also suggest you study the "Government Traps" section of 'Harry Browne's
Freedom Principles'. These materials will most likely help you to better understand what follows.
A Classic Description of the
"There are still peoples and
herds somewhere, but not with us, my brothers: here there are states.
The state? What is that? Well
then! Now open your ears, for now I shall speak to you of the death of peoples.
The state is the coldest of all
cold monsters. Coldly it lies, too; and this lie creeps from its mouth; 'I, the state, am the people.'
It is a lie! It was creators who
created peoples and hung a faith and a love over them: thus they served life.
It is destroyers who set snares
for many and call it the state: they hang a sword and a hundred desires over them.
Where a people still exists,
there the people do not understand the state and hate it as the evil eye and sin against custom and law.
I offer you this sign: every
people speaks its own language of good and evil: its neighbor does not understand this language. It invented this
language for itself in custom and law.
But the state lies in all
languages of good and evil; and whatever it says, it lies - and whatever it has, it has stolen.
Everything about it is false; it
bites with stolen teeth. Even its belly is false.
Confusion of the language of good and evil; I offer you this sign of the state. Truly, this sign indicates the will
to death! Truly, it beckons to the preachers of death!
Many too many are born: the
state was invented for the superfluous!
Just see how it lures them, the
many-too-many! How it devours them, and chews them, and re-chews them!
... It would like to range
heroes and honorable men about it, this new idol! It likes to sun itself in the sunshine of good consciences - this
It will give you everything if
you worship it, this new idol: thus it buys for itself the
luster of your virtues and the glance of your proud eyes.
It wants to use you to lure the
many-too-many. Yes, a cunning device of Hell has here been devised, a horse of death jingling with the trappings of
Yes, a death for many has here
been devised that glorifies itself as life: truly a heart-felt service to all preachers of death!
I call it the state where
everyone, good and bad, is a poison-drinker: the state where everyone, good and bad, loses himself: the state where
universal slow suicide is called - life."
This is how Friedrich Nietzsche described "the state" in his
classic Thus Spoke Zarathustra, in 1884. Typically, in the history classes taught in the last generation in
"government schools" in America, when Nietzsche is discussed, he is depicted as the forefather of Hitler's Nazi ideology. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nietzsche was probably the most
penetrative philosopher and psychologist there has ever been. He saw right through the falsehoods on which
"government" rests. Fifty years before Hitler came to power he was already disgusted at what he saw happening in
Germany. He predicted that Germany would suffer a horrible calamity. He was so disgusted that he renounced his
German roots and became a Swiss citizen. The Nazis did take some of Nietzsche's statements out of context and used
them as slogans. But to teach that Nietzsche inspired the Nazis is pure brainwashing. Nietzsche clearly saw what a
destructive disaster "the German state" was and expressed his view in unequivocal terms.
Maybe that's why "government
monopoly schoolteachers" try so hard to discredit him.
Nietzsche's is a pretty good description, but I doubt that
it's communicable to but a few. Although Nietzsche did make it to the front page of Time magazine with his
pronouncement "God is dead," he never got anywhere with "the state is dead." Nevertheless, he did
indicate that "everything the state says is a lie" and
"everything it has it has stolen." He did indicate that "the state" is
an idol and an instrument of death. He also pointed out the "confusion of the language of good and
First, I'm going to provide my comprehensive primary
description (or definition, if you like) of "government." Then I'll elaborate further on aspects of this
description. I'll also cover some secondary descriptions of "government." It'll also be necessary to explain
certain thinking skills that are necessary to grasp the descriptions. Finally, a few important related topics and
arguments will be briefly covered, as well as the benefits of understanding and applying the information in this
Primary Description of "Government"
"Government" is a granfalloon, a scam, a hoax, a
fraud, a swindle, a theatrical tragicomedy, and a form of parasitism or cannibalism kept in place by certain
fraud-words, by superstition, by idolatry, by gullibility, by lack of thinking skills, by brainwashing, by
mass hallucination, by terror, and by violence.
"Government" is a
Author Kurt Vonnegut coined the word "granfalloon" to
describe abstract concepts like "nation," "state," "country," "government," "society," "IBM," etc. He wrote, "To
discover the substance of a granfalloon, just prick a hole in a toy balloon." In his book The Incredible Secret
Money Machine, Don Lancaster explains:
granfalloon is any large bureaucratic figment of
people's imagination. For instance, there's really no such thing as the Feds or the
General Veeblefeltzer Corporation. There are a bunch of people out there that relate to each other, and
there's some structures, and some paper. In fact, there's lots and lots of paper. The people sit in the
structures and pass paper back and forth to each other and charge you to do so.
All these people, structures, and paper are real. But
nowhere can you point to the larger concept of "government" or "corporation" and say, "There it is, kiddies!"
The monolithic, big "they" is all in your
mind." [emphasis added]
A granfalloon is the lumping together of many diverse
elements into an abstract collection, and to then think and speak as if the abstract collection is one single entity capable of performing
actions. This phenomenon leads people to say things like "the government runs the country." I
hope you realize (or will soon) just how absurd the
previous sentence is
"Government" Consists of Individual Human
The human brain is an abstracting device. We might call the
first level of abstraction the "concrete abstract." Consider the concept "table." The concept or word corresponds
to and represents a physical object "table." However, the concept "table" is more general than the object "table" -
because the concept "table" can be applied to any of a large number of objects with flat surfaces and (usually)
four legs; whereas the physical object "table" is one specific object.
Our next level of abstraction we might call the "collective
abstract" - for example, "furniture." It's very useful to lump together a number of diverse but related objects and
use the abstract word or concept "furniture" to represent all of them. It makes thinking and communicating more
efficient. Instead of saying, "Clean the chairs, the tables, the shelves, the mirrors, the cupboards, etc.," you
can simply say, "Clean the furniture." It's much more efficient. But with the increase in efficiency comes a
potential lack of
"Government" can be described as a collection of
individuals, pieces of paper, buildings, weaponry, etc. Let's take a look at what becomes possible when we think in
terms of individual human beings, instead of the monolithic collective abstract "government" - a two-sentence
refutation of all the arguments for "government":
"Government" consists of individual human beings - or
When people say "government is necessary to do X
(whatever)," or "only government can do X," or "government must do for people what they can't do for
themselves" - what they're really saying is: "people are necessary to do X," or "only people can do X," or
"people must do for people what they can't do for themselves."
Compare this to all the books containing lengthy chapters on
why "the free market" is better at providing X (whatever) than "the government" is. Once you develop the ability to
think in terms of individual human beings, it takes just two sentences to demolish all the arguments for
This is a demonstration of the comparative power of
individualistic thinking as opposed to collectivist thinking.
Unfortunately, for most people - including many freedom
lovers - it seems impossible to grasp the above refutation because they are locked into the habit of thinking,
talking, and writing about "government" as a volitional
entity. They say "government does this and that" - as if "government" is some kind of living,
breathing entity capable of performing actions - collectivist thinking. Sometimes it seems that when you say to
these people, "Look at anything that "government" supposedly does, like running a school, and you'll find that all
the work is being done by individual human beings," - individualist thinking - they can't hear you. They seem so
brainwashed with the notion that "government does things," that their brains automatically shut out anything to the
We are dealing with a particular mental process here: when
the mind is confronted with a thought that is dangerous to the way its knowledge has been organized hitherto, it
tends to either "wipe out" the thought, or distort it into something more acceptable - as George Orwell wrote in
Nineteen-Eighty-Four: "Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the
threshold of any dangerous thought... crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity."
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"Government" is a Scam, a Hoax, a Fraud, and a
Nietzsche wrote that everything the state says is a lie. Of
course, it's really individuals who lie when they call themselves "the state" or "the government." Throughout
history, people have used all kinds of trickery to legitimize calling themselves "the King" or "the government" -
for example, "the divine right of Kings to rule" and in "modern" days, "the Constitution." Some of this trickery is
described in Terra Libra Report 'Discourse on Voluntary Servitude'.
The issue of the validity or legality of the so-called
"Constitution" is covered in Report The Constitution of No Authority. The essence of that report is that the
so-called "Constitution" was never signed or adopted by anybody to make it a valid legal contract or agreement.
That means that the so-called "U.S.A." has been a scam, hoax, fraud, and
swindle from the outset.
It also means that all the politicians and bureaucrats,
calling themselves "presidents," "secretaries," "judges," "generals," "congressmen," etc., have been liars and
impostors masquerading as "government" (so-called).
The people who signed the pretended "U.S. Constitution,"
called themselves "We The People... " They were lying. They signed it as individuals. And they never signed it in
any way to make it a binding contract.
It's a basic legal principle that for a contract to be
valid, it needs to be knowingly, intentionally, and explicitly signed by all the parties involved. For something
like a "U.S. Constitution" to be valid, it would have to be knowingly, intentionally, and explicitly signed by
every single person involved.
On the same grounds, every political system in the world, I know of, is a fraud and a hoax. In his
pamphlet, No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority, attorney (one of the good ones) Lysander Spooner
wrote in 1870:
"The constitution has no inherent authority or obligation.
It has no authority or obligation at all, unless as a contract between man and
man. And it does not so much as even purport to be a contract between persons now existing. It purports
at most, to be only a contract between persons living eighty years ago... we know, historically, that only a small
portion of the people then existing were consulted on the subject, or asked, or permitted to express either their
consent or dissent in any formal manner. Those people, if any, who did give their consent formally, are all dead
now... and the constitution, so far as it was their contract, died with them. They had no natural power or right to
make it obligatory upon their children... they did not even attempt to bind them. That is to say, the instrument
does not purport to be an agreement between anybody but "the people" then existing; nor does it... assert any
right, power, or disposition, on their part, to bind anybody but themselves...
The constitution itself, then, being of no authority, on
what authority does our government practically rest? On what ground can those who pretend to administer it, claim
the right to seize men's property, to restrain them in their natural liberty of action, industry and trade, and to
kill all those who deny their authority to dispose of men's properties, liberties and lives at their pleasure or
discretion?" [emphasis added]
Reading Spooner's pamphlet was an assault on my whole
knowledge structure. It triggered a process of questioning many concepts such as "constitution" (so-called) - what
does this word represent in reality? If Spooner was right, then it represented but an empty fraud. It also meant
that words did not necessarily correspond with reality. There were
"fraud-words" which served only to mislead. And if there is no valid
"constitution," then what does the word "country" mean? What does it really represent? Similar questions followed
about ''government," "state," "king," "law," etc. In the Introduction by James J. Martin to Spooner's No
Treason, I read:
"Since late Neolithic times, men in their political
capacity, have lived almost exclusively by myths [more appropriate: "fraudulent fabrications "or "murderous
misrepresentations!"] And these political myths have continued to evolve, proliferate, and grow more complex and
intricate, even though there has been a steady replacement of one by another over the centuries. A series of
entirely theoretical constructs, sometimes mystical, usually deductive and speculative, they seek to explain the
status and relationships in the community...
It is the assault upon the abstract and verbal underpinnings
of this institution which draws blood, so to speak... those who attack the
rationale of the game... are its most formidable adversaries." [emphasis added]
Spooner attacked words and phrases like "the government,"
"our country," "the United States," "member of congress," "King," "constitution of the United States," "nations",
"the people," "emperor," "divine right," "president," "monarch," "ambassador," "national debt," "senator," "judge,"
etc. He indicated that these were all fraud-words designed to dupe the gullible. In a letter to Thomas F. Bayard,
"In practice, the constitution has been an utter fraud from
the beginning. Professing to have been 'ordained and established' by we, the people of the United States, it has
never been submitted to them, as individuals, for their voluntary acceptance... very few of them have ever read, or
even seen it; or ever will read or see it. Of its legal meaning (if it can be said to have any) they really know
nothing; and never did. Nor ever will know anything."
Spooner indicated that the people who masqueraded as the
so-called "government" could be more accurately described as fraudulent impostors or a "secret band of thieves,
robbers and murderers." Rick Maybury wrote as follows in an article, "Profiting from the Constitutional
Convention," published in the November, 1984 issue of an investment newsletter, World Market
"On March 10, 1783, at the town of Newburgh, New York, a
group of generals met to plan a military coup. The generals offered the leadership to an officer the troops had
respected and admired for many years... for several days the officer pondered whether or not he would accept the
offer to become military dictator of America... finally, on March 15, 1783, he announced his decision to decline.
His name was George Washington...
... the First Constitutional Convention which commenced on
May 14, 1787 had George Washington presiding. This is the convention that created our current constitution. The
procedures and results of this convention have long been held to be legal, ethical, constitutional, patriotic and
in every other way proper... it was held in secret. It had a hidden agenda. It was surrounded by clandestine
meetings in which numerous deals were struck. The delegates intended to draw vast amounts of new power into the
hands of the federal government and they violated every restriction their legislatures tried to impose on them. The
First Constitutional Convention was actually a military coup. The history books do not describe it this way, but
that is what it was...
It may have been the slickest, smoothest, most
well-lubricated coup any nation has ever experienced. To this day, most Americans do not understand what was really
done to them. They look back on it all and smile wistfully."
"Government" is a Theatrical
My Webster's defines tragicomedy as "a drama or a
situation blending tragic and comic elements." The theme that "government" is theater is expounded by Ferdinand
Mount's excellent book The Theater of Politics - in the Introduction Max Lerner writes, "politics is shot
through with the theatric, and can be understood best only if we view the exchange between political actor and
political audience as theater... the element of theater on the American scene has gone beyond politics and pervaded
the entire society. It has become history-as-theater."
Let me suggest that when you watch TV, listen to the radio,
or read the newspaper and the topic is politics, either people are getting hurt or killed (tragedy), or some
political actor is openly joking or pretending to be serious (comedy). Alexis de Tocqueville in his
Recollections wrote about the 1848 French Revolution:
"The whole time I had the feeling that we had staged a play
about the French Revolution... Though I foresaw the terrible end to the piece well enough, I could not take the
actors very seriously; the whole thing seemed a vile tragedy played by a provincial troupe."
Some quotes from Mount's The Theater of Politics
"... [T]he political confidence trick, whether monarchic
or presidential, oligarchic or democratic, whether necessary or unnecessary, is at any rate effective,
because most people are foolish and
"Is political history the record of a mass of mugs being
taken for a series of rides?"
"We see the politician rather as an actor who takes on a
part; and we judge him according to whether he plays well or badly."
"The theory is comforting: they are our hired servants.
The practice is humiliating; we are their wayward wards, to be comforted, cajoled, bullied, but never to be
treated as equals, never to be told more of the truth than suits their present purposes, and too often to be
told off-white lies."
"He [Churchill] is, as all political actors must be, the
analyst of humbug, the humbugger and the humbugged all in one."
From Edmund Burke's Reflections on the French
Revolution, describing political rhetoric: "... a theatrical, bombastick, windy phraseology of heroick
virtue, blended and mingled up with a worse dissoluteness, and joined to a murderous and savage ferocity,
forms the tone and idiom of their language and their manners... Statesmen, like your present rulers, exist by
everything which is spurious, fictitious, and false; by everything which takes the man from his house, and
sets him in a stage, which makes him up an artificial creature, with painted theatrick sentiments, fit to be
seen by the glare of candle-light, and formed to be contemplated at a due distance... If the system of
institution recommended by the assembly is false and theatrick it is because their system of government is of
the same character."
Words Have Consequences
Of course, words in themselves don't have consequences, but
whenever a word is used, there are consequences. When you talk to a person, depending on the words you use, that
person may become happy, sad, or angry. Words have
If words have consequences, then it's obvious that different
words have different consequences. It's also obvious that we can observe the consequences of the words we use. We
can become aware of the consequences. We can experiment and learn to use different words to produce different
Also note that when the politicians and bureaucrats want
your money, they don't immediately point their guns at you. They send you words on paper or by phone. In general,
they only come after you with their guns if you repeatedly don't give them money. Because most people obey the
words of politicians and bureaucrats, they don't have to use their guns all that often.
In Terra Libra we talk a lot about Freedom Technology: the
practical knowledge, methods, and skills to live free. A major aspect of Freedom Technology is to learn how to use
the right words to counter the words of the politicians and bureaucrats, and to escape having to give them money -
without being jailed or shot.
Let me suggest to you that the destructive power of the
politician, the bureaucrat, and the lawyer stems much more from their words than from their guns... Take away their words, and what happens?
How can we take away their words?
In order to grasp the nature of "government" (so-called), it
may be necessary to master certain thinking skills that enable you to handle self-referencing syntax. English - and
probably languages in general - isn't particularly suited for handling self-referencing.
Consider the sentence: "government" consists of individual
human beings. The reason the word "government" is in quotation marks may indicate that the author questions the
validity of the term. To emphasize the challenge to the validity of the term or concept "government," the author
may say: so-called "government."
When I say - So-called "government" consists of individual
human beings - the sentence includes self-referencing syntax. The sentence says that part of itself is invalid -
the concept of "government."
There is also a problem with the use of "quotation marks."
They are used for at least a dozen different purposes. The reader has to figure out from the context for what
purpose quotation marks are being used. In his book How To Read A Page, I.A. Richard wrote:
"We all recognize - more or less unsystematically - that
quotation marks serve varied purposes:
1. Sometimes they show merely that we are quoting and where our quotation
begins and ends.
2. Sometimes they imply that the words within them are in some way open to
question and are only to be taken in some special sense with reference to some special definition.
3. Sometimes they suggest further that what is quoted is nonsense or that
there is really no such thing as the thing they profess to name.
4. Sometimes they suggest that the words are improperly used. The quotation
marks are equivalent to 'the so-called.'
5. Sometimes they only indicate that we are talking of the words as
distinguished from their meanings...
6. There are many other uses... "
Questioning Words or
Most people take it for granted that there is some kind of
one-to-one relationship between words and the things represented by those words. They assume that because practically everybody
uses a word like "government," therefore there's such a
thing as "government."
In order to develop an accurate description of the "nature
of government," it's absolutely vital to make a distinction between the word and the thing it supposedly
represents. The word is a noise that comes out of your mouth (or
some squiggles on paper). The thing is something you can touch or
feel - or discern otherwise. This is why semanticists are fond of saying, "Whatever you say something is, it's not
that." You see, the thing is what it is - and what you say it is, is a noise coming out your mouth.
Just because we use the word "government" doesn't automatically mean there's a thing "government." For the previous sentence to make any sense to you, you must be
able to question words or concepts. You must be able to recognize that "government" is an abstract concept. In contrast, "table" could be called a "concrete concept" - even though the concept "table" is an abstraction of the thing "table." There's a word in my Webster's for construing (regarding) a
conceptual entity as a real existent: hypostatization.
I speculate that for most people their consciousness is
rooted in a number of basic concepts, and that "government" is one of these basic concepts. When their "government"
concept is challenged it's as if their entire consciousness is
threatened and they run a mile.
Later I'll refer to "statist fraud words." Some years ago I had dinner with a libertarian intellectual
friend in the Atomium Restaurant in Brussels. We had an extensive discussion about libertarianism. Every time he
used a statist fraud word such as "government," "country," "nation," "prime minister," "law," etc., I challenged
that word. I asked him what he meant by it. I asked him for a referent. (The referent is the thing the word refers
to. In the case of "table," it's the physical object with a flat top and four legs.) After about 20 minutes of my
onslaught, my friend became sick and had to run to the restroom to puke his guts out! He blamed me. I speculate
that challenging people's basic concepts may threaten, not only their
consciousness, but also their metabolism!
Consider two different isolated tribes somewhere in the
jungles of South America. Call them Tribe 1 and Tribe 2. Each has its unique language with its own structure. The
language of tribe 1 (language 1) tends to be very literal. A man who fishes, for example, is called
"man-who-fishes." The same man, while sleeping, is called "man-who-sleeps"; while talking, "man-who-talks"; while
running, -"man-who-runs"; while eating, man-who-eats"; while writing, "man-who-writes"; while making a chair,
"man-who-makes-chair"; while giving orders, "man-who-gives-orders"; etc. In language 1, distinctions are made
between different kinds of words: "Thing-words," "Do-words," "How-words," "Story-words," "Funny-words,"
"order-words," "Panic-words," "What-words," "Who-words," "Why-words," "When-words," "Where-words," etc.
Abstractions are rare in language 1. To the people of tribe 1, any word that doesn't refer to something physically
perceivable, is highly suspect. Their test for reality is
The language of Tribe 2 (Language 2) is very different. A
man who obtains his wherewithal mostly by fishing, is called "fisherman." (This system of nomenclature would seem
absurd to the people of Tribe 1 - how can you call someone a "fisherman" when he is not fishing, but sleeping?)
Language 2 contains many abstractions - like "happiness." People from Tribe 2 can talk for hours about "happiness."
(To someone from Tribe 1, this would be incomprehensible - they only talk about "woman-who-is-happy" while she is
happy, and "woman-who-is-sad" while she is sad. The notion that you could separate "happiness" from a real person
being happy, and talk about "happiness" as if it existed by itself, would be completely unthinkable to someone from
To the people from Tribe 2, any word being used is automatically assumed to be part of existence, otherwise people
wouldn't use it. (To someone from Tribe 1, the word "existence" would be a meaningless absurdity,
because in their mentality only particular objects exist.) In Tribe 2, the test for reality is agreement. If other
people agree with a word and the way it seems to be used, then that word is automatically accepted as valid and
useful. They suffer from hypostatization.
One day a strange man arrives at the place where the people
of Tribe 1 live. They ask him: "Who you?" He: "I King". They: "your name King?". He: "No; my name John." They: "Why
call self King if name John?" He: "I special person, agent of God." They: "You look different but not special; who
God?" He: "God creator of world." They: "Where God?; How create world?" He: "God everywhere; God all-powerful."
They: "How we see God?" He: "Can't see God." They: "You speak crazy." He: "No; I special; I show you." Whereupon
the stranger performs various tricks like apparently making objects appear and disappear. They: "You clever man-who
tricks." He: "I special; I King." They: "You speak funny; you clever John-who-tricks." He: "I King; my word law."
They: "What law? - special word?" He: "Yes; my word law - you must obey." They: "Ah! You mean order-word!" He:
"Yes; I King; I make law." They: "No; you speak order-word?" He: "Yes; I special". They: "What special? - Anybody
speak order-word?" He: "You not understand." They: "No."
Eventually John-the-stranger gives up trying to convince the
people of Tribe 1 that he has a "special status" and that his words are different from the words of anyone else -
so he leaves, to search for more gullible and impressionable victims elsewhere...
For many days and nights he trudges through the jungle
before discovering the people of Tribe 2. They: "Who you?" He: "I King." They: "Your name King?" He: "No, my name
John." They: "Why call self King if name John?" He: "I special person, agent of God." They: "You look different;
what God?" He: "God creator of world." They: Where God?; How create world?" He "God everywhere; God all-powerful."
They: "Show special?" Whereupon the stranger performs various tricks like apparently making objects appear and
disappear. They: "You King, agent of God." He: "Yes, my word law." They: "What law?" He: "Law special word of God
through me; you must obey." Whereupon the people of Tribe 2 bow down and kiss the feet of John - they do not
habitually test abstractions against reality, so they readily accept John-the-stranger as their "King" and his word
as "law." Thereafter all he has to do to control and dominate them, is to open his mouth...
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"Government" is a Form of Parasitism or
The reason why people call themselves "government" is
because it provides them with advantages - if they can get away with it. In the case of tribe 1, John-the-stranger
called himself "King," but the people didn't buy it, so he left. However, the gullible people from tribe 2 believed
him, so they became his "subjects" - meaning he could live off their effort - like a parasite.
The "state" (so-called) has its origin in a gang of looters
making an agreement with a tribe: "We'll protect you from other gangs if you give us part of the food you produce."
("Government" is a Mafia-like protection racket.)
It's much easier to live off the values produced by others
than to create your own values. Being a parasite is easier than being a producer. Being a value destroyer is easier
than being a value creator. Now if we take it a step further, and regard the fruit of our labor as part of
ourselves, then we're talking about cannibalism. That's why the American Declaration of Independence talks about
"eating out our substance." "Government" is a form of cannibalism.
"Government" is also a form of "self-cannibalism." It
continuously eats out its own substance, eventually destroying itself. It may start off only moderately destructive
- like after the American Revolution - but gradually (but sometimes with big jumps) it becomes monstrously
degenerate and destructive - like in modern America.
"Government" is Kept in Place by Certain
Politicians and bureaucrats use mostly words to impose their
will upon others - even when physical violence is involved, they use words to attempt to justify their actions.
Thomas Szasz wrote in The Second Sin, "Man is the animal that speaks. Understanding language is thus the key
to understanding man; and the control of language, to the control of man." The language used to control and
dominate others I collectively lump together as "Newspeak." The word Newspeak was invented by George Orwell and
described in his book Nineteen-Eighty-Four. I use the word in essentially the same way that Orwell did, but
within its domain I subsume words that I don't think Orwell would have: "state," "government," "law," "king,"
"constitution," "queen," "president," "prime minister," etc. Newspeak, as I use the term, has developed over many
centuries. I contend that the use of Newspeak by freedom lovers as if valid (i.e., without questioning its
validity, and without considering its consequences), may easily become counter-productive. I specifically use
Newspeak in the sense of Orwell's "B vocabulary":
"The 'B vocabulary' consisted of words which had been deliberately constructed for political purposes: words, that
is to say, which not only had in every case a political implication, but were intended to impose a desirable mental attitude upon the person using them... the
'B' words were a sort of verbal shorthand, often packing whole ranges of ideas into a few syllables... even in the
early decades of the Twentieth Century, telescoped words and phrases had been one of the characteristic features of
political language; and it had been noticed that the tendency to use abbreviations of this kind was most marked in
totalitarian countries and totalitarian organizations... the intention being to
make speech, and especially speech on any subject not ideologically neutral, as nearly as possible
independent of consciousness... ultimately it was hoped to make
articulate speech issue from the larynx without involving the higher brain centers at all. This aim was frankly
admitted in the Newspeak word 'Duckspeak' meaning 'to quack like a duck.'" [emphasis added]
I'm also introducing here the concept of "fraud-word." I'm
saying that certain words are fraudulent in themselves. You don't
even have to use them in a sentence; the word itself is a lie. For
example, the word "King." We have a perfectly good word "man." When a man calls himself "King," he's lying as did
John-the-stranger above. The word itself is a fraud.
In his superb book Restoring the American Dream,
Robert Ringer devoted an entire chapter to how "government" is kept in place by certain words - Chapter 8: "Keeping
It All in Place." Here is my list of statist fraud-words: "government," "state," "country," "nation,"
"U.S.A.," "empire," "commonwealth," "republic," "society," "emperor," "king," "queen," "prince," "princess,"
"president," "prime minister," "law," "constitution," "public interest," "national interest," "fair share," "common
good," "national security," "social contract," "public policy," "mandate from the people," etc.
Two of the Worst Fraud-Words: "Constitution,"
If you think about it, you will realize the role of language
in practically all coercion: be it parents or teachers coercing the young; or those masquerading as (so-called)
"state" or "government" coercing (so-called) "subjects." Politicians and bureaucrats have an armory of weapons they
use to coerce their victims. I put it to you that fraud-words are the most formidable weapons in their armory - not
guns and explosives. Do politicians and bureaucrats use guns or words? I further put it to you that next to
"government," two of their most powerful fraud-words are "law" and "constitution."
Most people believe that some of the noises and scribbles
emanating from the mouths and pens of the lawyers, politicians, and bureaucrats (masquerading as "government"
so-called) are somehow special and constitute "the law." This
is a grotesque superstition.
The criminals who masquerade as "government" use "the
Constitution" as their shield - they claim that "the Constitution
authorizes or empowers them" to perpetrate their destructive acts. They use the word "law" as their
sword. Because you broke their so-called "law," therefore
they are authorized or empowered to punish you as they see fit.
"It is illusions and words that have influenced the mind of
the crowd, and especially words - words which are as powerful as they are chimeral, and whose astonishing sway we
shall shortly demonstrate," wrote Gustave le Bon in his classic The Crowd, a hundred years ago. About two
hundred years ago, Jeremy Bentham wrote, "Out of one foolish word may start a thousand daggers" - Bentham's
Theory of Fictions by C.K. Ogden. And 160 years ago Jonathan Swift wrote in Gulliver's
"There was another point which a little perplexed him... I
had said, that some of our crew left their country on account of being ruined by 'law'... but he was at a loss how
it should come to pass, that the 'law' which was intended for 'every' man's preservation, should be any man's ruin.
Therefore he desired to be further satisfied what I meant by 'law,' and the dispensers thereof...
because he thought nature and reason were sufficient guides for a
reasonable animal, as we pretended to be, in showing us what we ought to do, and what to avoid...
I said there was a society of men among us, bred up from their youth in the art of proving by words
multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black is white, accordingly as they are paid. To this
society all the rest of the people are slaves."
"Government" is Kept In Place by
The first superstition that keeps "government" in place is
the belief that because practically all of us use certain words without any thought as to their validity and the
consequences they produce - Duckspeak - therefore these words are valid and represent reality.
The second superstition is the notion that certain words
constitute "the law" (so-called). This is a most grotesque absurdity.
The third superstition is that because certain naive and
gullible people put pieces of paper into "ballot" boxes, this action transforms, transmutes, transubstantiates, or
transmogrifies, certain people into "presidents," "congressmen," etc. This is primitive magical
The fourth superstition is that because some people call
themselves "government" - or organize themselves into structures called "government" - therefore they acquire
magical powers to perform miracles.
"Government" is Kept in Place by
George Bernard Shaw wrote that "He who worships a King and
he who slays a King are idolaters alike." Shaw was greatly influenced by Nietzsche, who wrote a book called The
Twilight of the Idols. My Webster's definition of idol includes the following:
A representation or symbol of an object of
A false god;
A pretender or impostor;
A form of appearance visible but without
An object of passionate devotion;
A false conception or fallacy.
In my opinion, both worshipping and hating "government" can
be forms of idolatry. In the latter case, it depends on exactly what it is you hate, when you say, "I hate
government." Could it be that the libertarian or patriot who says vaguely, "I hate government," is as much an
idolater as the democrat or republican who says "I love my government," or "I love my country."
The Idols of Human
By Francis Bacon (condensed and edited):
"The idols and false notions which are now in possession of
the human understanding , and have taken deep root therein, not only so beset men's minds that truth can hardly
find entrance, but even after entrance obtained, they will again in the very instauration of the sciences meet and
trouble us, unless men being forewarned of the danger, fortify themselves as far as may be possible against their
There are four classes of idols which
beset men's minds. To these, for distinction's sake,
I have assigned names:
1. Idols of the tribe;
2. Idols of the cave;
3. Idols of the marketplace;
4. Idols of the theater.
The idols of the
tribe have their foundation in human nature
itself, and in the tribe, race, and culture of men. It is a false assertion that the measure of man is the measure
of things. On the contrary, all perceptions as well as the sense of the mind are according to the measure of the
individual and not according to the measure of the universe. And human understanding is like a false mirror, which,
receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with
The idols of the
cave are the idols of the individual man.
Everyone has a cave or a den of his own, which refracts and discolors the light of nature; owing to his personal
and peculiar nature; or to his education and conversation with others; or to the reading of books, and the
authority of those whom he esteems and admires; or to the differences of impressions, accordingly as they take
place in a mind preoccupied and predisposed, or in a mind indifferent and settled; or the like. So that the spirit
of man (according as it is meted out to different individuals) is in fact a thing variable and full of
perturbation, and governed as it were by chance. Whence it was well observed by Heraclitus that men look for
sciences in their own lesser worlds, and not in the greater or common world.
There are also idols formed by the intercourse and
association of men with each other, which I call idols of the marketplace, on account of the commerce and
consort of men there. For it is by discourse that men associate; and words are imposed according to the
apprehension of the vulgar. And therefore the ill and unfit choice of
words wonderfully obstructs the understanding.
Lastly, there are idols which have immigrated into men's
minds from the various dogmas of philosophies, and also from wrong laws of demonstration. These I call idols of the theater; because in my judgment all the
received systems are but so many stage-plays, representing worlds of their own creation after an unreal and scenic
Max Stirner: the Greatest Idol Smasher of All
Here is a brief "taste" of Stirner (edited from The Ego
and Its Own):
"I no longer humble myself before any supposed "power," and
I recognize that all powers are only my power, which I have to subject at once if they threaten to become a power
against or above me; each of them must be only one of my means to carry my point, as a hound is my power against
game, but is killed by me if it should attack me personally. All "powers" that attempt to dominate me I then reduce
to serving me. The idols exist through me; I need only refrain from creating them anew, then they exist no longer;
so-called "higher powers" exist only through my exalting them and abasing myself.
Man, your head is haunted; you have idols in your head! You
imagine great things, and depict to yourself a whole world of "gods" that has an existence for you, a
"spirit-realm" to which you suppose yourself to be called, an "ideal" that beckons to you. You have fixed
Do not think that I jest or speak figuratively when I regard
those persons who cling to the "higher" as veritable fools, fools in a madhouse. The vast majority belongs to this
category. What is it, then, that is called a "fixed idea"? An idea to which a man has subjected himself. When you
recognize such a fixed idea as folly, you lock its slave up in an asylum. And is the "truth of the faith," say,
which we are not to doubt; the "majesty of the people," which we are not to strike at; "virtue," against which the
censor is not to let a word pass, so that "morality" may be kept pure - are these not fixed ideas? Is not all the
stupid chatter of most of our newspapers the babble of fools who suffer from the fixed ideas of "morality,"
"legality," and so forth? Fools who only seem to go about free because the madhouse in which they walk takes in so
broad a space?
Touch the fixed idea of such a fool, and you will at once
have to guard your back against the lunatic's stealthy malice. These lunatics assail by stealth him who touches
their fixed idea. They first steal his weapon - free speech - and then they fall upon him with their nails. Every
day now lays bare the cowardice and vindictiveness of these maniacs, and the stupid populace hurrahs for their
crazy measures. One only has to read today's journals to get the horrible conviction that one is shut up in a house
with fools. But I do not fear their curses, and I say, my brothers are arch-fools.
Whether a poor (or rich) fool of this insane asylum is
possessed by the fancy that he is "god the father," the "emperor of japan," the "holy spirit," the "president of
the USA," or whatnot - or whether a poor fool in comfortable circumstances conceives his mission as being a "good
christian," a "faithful protestant," a "loyal citizen," or a "virtuous man" - these are all fixed ideas.
Just as the schoolmen philosophized only inside the
belief of the church; as "pope" (so-called) Benedict XIV wrote fat books inside the papist superstition,
without throwing a single doubt upon these beliefs; as authors fill whole folios on the supposed "state" without
calling into question the fixed idea of "the state" itself; as our newspapers are crammed with politics because
they are manacled to the fancy that man was created a political zombie - so also "subjects" wallow in "subjection,"
"virtuous" people in "virtue," and "liberals" in "humanity"; without ever putting to these fixed ideas of theirs
the searching knife of criticism. Undislodgeable, like a madman's delusion, those thoughts stand on a firm footing,
and he who doubts them - lays hands on the "sacred"! Yes, the fixed idea, that is the truly
The phenomenon of self-abasement warrants further
discussion. When you call someone "King" or "President," and yourself "their subject," you exalt him and debase
yourself. Similarly, when you regard someone's words as "the law." When you surrender your power to another - for
example, by political voting or paying taxes - you exalt another and debase yourself. Similarly, when you subject
yourself to an idol such as "government." These are all vile acts of self-abasement.
"Government" is Kept in Place by
To think of Slick Willy as "President of the U.S.A.," is
pure gullibility. The same applies to Washington, Jefferson, and all the others. They were all liars and impostors
- idols. The entire "U.S." political system has been a fraud and a hoax since the outset. The same applies to all
the other political systems I know of.
Why are people so gullible as to believe politicians,
bureaucrats, and lawyers? The first reason is that human consciousness
is in its infancy. In evolutionary terms, consciousness is a very recent development - as
Nietzsche indicated. Erving Goffman started his book Frame Analysis with:
"There is a venerable tradition in philosophy that argues
that what the reader assumes to be real is but a shadow, and that by attending to what the writer says about
perception, thought, the brain, language, culture, a new methodology, or novel social forces, the veil can be
lifted. That sort of line, of course, gives as much a role to the writer and his writings as is possible to imagine
and for that reason is pathetic."
Later in the same book - implying that it's impossible for
people to become more conscious? - Goffman wrote:
"I can only suggest that he who would combat false
consciousness and awaken people to their true interests has much to do, because the sleep is very deep. And
I do not intend here to provide a lullaby but merely to sneak in and watch the way people snore." [emphasis
The second reason is that many beliefs are culturally passed on from generation to generation. In general,
people who question cultural beliefs tend to be ridiculed, punished, cast out, or killed. Furthermore, the
politicians, bureaucrats, and lawyers have created concentration camps for brainwashing (euphemistically called
"schools" by the gullible) where the youth are coercively inculcated with cultural beliefs designed to perpetuate
and strengthen the political system.
The third reason why many people are so gullible is that few
have developed the thinking skills to question what they are taught and what they see, hear, and read in the
"Government" is Kept in Place by a Lack of
To see through political hoaxes requires thinking skills.
The most important one is probably the ability to question
everything. Robert Anton Wilson wrote as follows in his book Right Where You Are Sitting
"On a night in September 1927 when he contemplated suicide
at the age of 32, Buckminster Fuller decided to live the rest of his life as an experiment. He wouldn't believe
anything anybody told him - "golden rule," "dog-eat-dog," or any of it - and would try to find out by experience
only, what could be physically demonstrated to work.
In the year following that decision, Bucky stopped talking
entirely, like many mystics in the east. He insists that he had nothing "mystical" in mind. "I was simply trying to
free myself of conditioned reflexes," he said. He had met pioneer semanticist Alfred Korzybski shortly before and
was convinced that Korzybski was correct in his claim that language structures caused conditioned associations -
mechanical reactions that keep us locked into certain perceptual grids. Fuller tried to break these grids, to find
out what a person "of average intelligence" could accomplish if guided only by personal observation and
The language we use influences the thoughts we think much
more than the thoughts we think influence the language we use. We are encased in fossil metaphors; verbal chains
guide us through our daily reality-labyrinth.
Physicists, for example, spent nearly three centuries
looking for a substance, heat, to correspond to the substantive noun, "heat"; it took a revolution in chemistry and
thermodynamics before we realized that heat should not be thought of as a noun (a thing) but a verb (a process) - a
relationship between the motions of molecules.
Around the turn of this century - this is all old news, even
though most literary "intellectuals" still haven't heard about it - several mathematicians and philosophers who
were well versed in the physical sciences began to realize consciously that there is not necessarily a "thing" (a
static and block-like entity) corresponding to every noun in our vocabulary."
Fuller's many inventions and discoveries stem largely from
his ability to question everything. It's through the application of this and other thinking skills that we discover
that the most fundamental issue concerning "government" is the underlying thought patterns, consisting of statist
fraud-concepts like "government," "state," "nation," "king," "president," "law," etc. According to Robert Pirsig in
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance:
"But to tear down a factory or to
revolt against a government... is to attack effects rather than causes; and as long as the attack is upon effects
only, no change is possible. The true system, the real system, is our present construction of systematic thought
itself, rationality itself. And if a factory is torn down but the rationality which produced it is left standing,
then that rationality will simply produce another factory. If a revolution destroys a systematic government, but
the systematic patterns of thought that produced that government are left intact, then those patterns will repeat
themselves in the succeeding government..." [emphasis added]
Frank Herbert illustrates the same principle in his book
The White Plague:
"There's a lust for power in the Irish as there is in every people, a lusting after the ascendancy where you can
tell others how to behave. It has a peculiar shape with the Irish, though. It comes of having lost our ancient ways
- the simpler laws, the rath and the family at the core of society. Romanized governments dismay us. They always
resolve themselves into widely separated ascendants and subjects, the latter being more numerous than the former,
of course. Sometimes it's done with great subtlety as it was in America, the slow accumulations of power, law upon
law and all of it manipulated by an elite whose monopoly it is to understand the private language of injustice. Do
not blame the ascendants. Such separation requires docile subjects as well. This may be the lot of any government,
Marxist Russians included. There's a peculiar human susceptibility you see when you look at the Soviets, them
building an almost exact copy of the Czarist regimes, the same paranoia, the same secret police, the same
untouchable military, and the murder squads, the Siberian death camps, the lid of terror on creative imagination,
deportation of the ones who cannot be killed off or bought off. It's like some
terrible plastic memory sitting there in the dark of our minds, ready on the instant to reshape itself
into primitive patterns the moment the heat touches it." [emphasis added]
Let me suggest to you that the "terrible plastic memory"
consists of concepts like "government," "state," "nation," "king," "president," "law," etc. The tragedy of
organizing human affairs into structures called "government" will be resolved when the underlying structures of
words, and the thoughts that stem from the words, are changed. In The Virtue of Selfishness Ayn Rand
"If some men do not choose to think, but survive by
imitating and repeating, like trained animals, the routine sounds and motions they learned from others, never
making an effort to understand... they are the men who march into the abyss, trailing after any destroyer who
promises them to assume the responsibility they evade: the responsibility of being conscious."
"Government" is Kept in Place by
My book Wake Up America! The Dynamics of Human Power
(available from Terra Libra) includes a chapter titled "Are our Schools
Concentration Campuses for Mind Destruction?" in which I describe "education" in some
Ayn Rand's The New Left: The Anti-Industrial
Revolution, contains a chapter, "The Comprachicos." Comprachico is a Spanish word meaning "child-buyer." The
comprachicos were a nomadic association, notorious in the seventeenth century. They bought and sold children -
special children, children turned into deformed freaks, used in freak shows to amuse the public. At an early age
they placed a young child in a porcelain pot with a grotesque form. As the child's body grew, it had to assume the
shape of the pot. The result was a deformed freak for people to laugh at.
Rand uses the practice of the comprachicos as an analogy to describe American
"education." She refers to our "educators" as "the comprachicos of the mind." Children's minds are forced to assume
the shape of a grotesque "intellectual pot." Rand describes the result:
"The students' development is arrested, their minds are set
to respond to slogans, as animals respond to a trainer's whistle, their brains
are embalmed in the syrup of altruism as an automatic substitute for self-esteem... They would obey
anyone, they need a master, they need to be told what to do.
They are ready now to be used as cannon fodder - to attack, to bomb, to burn, to murder, to fight in the streets
and die in the gutters. They are a trained pack of miserably impotent freaks, ready to be unleashed
against anyone." [emphasis added]
In every part of the world, the monsters who masquerade as
"government," do their utmost to achieve monopoly control of the so-called "education system" - they try to make it
compulsory so all children will be subjected to government brainwashing. The result is that practically every
victim is degraded into an unthinking follower... or unthinking rebel.
"Government" is Kept in Place by Mass
My Webster's definition of hallucination includes the
Perception of objects with no reality;
A completely unfounded or mistaken impression or
We could also describe hallucination as "seeing" or
"perceiving" what's not there - or "seeing" or "perceiving" more than exists in reality.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) could be described as the
science of representational systems. In our brains we have "neural patterns" or "models" that attempt to represent
reality. For example, in my brain I have a "picture" of a table. If someone asks me to draw a picture of a table, I
access the "picture" or "model" in my head, from which I then draw a table. These "pictures," "models," or "neural
patterns" are called representational systems. They include intellectual, emotional, visual, auditory, and other
Our representational systems are more or less
"useful." To the extent that we use them to predict accurately and
produce desirable results, we regard them as useful. NLP people have
identified three major ways in which our representational systems differ from reality:
- e.g., the representational system
called "furniture" - or the "intellectual" neural pattern: "all women are the same."
- e.g., "the color of my car is blue" - the physicist
tells us this is a distortion; it's more accurate to say that my car's outer surface reflects light with the
wavelength we call "blue," while absorbing light with other wavelengths.
- e.g., "Tom is a wonderful, generous, happy, healthy
individual" - Tom has many other attributes, some of which have been ignored or "deleted" from my
I've identified a very important fourth way in which our
representational systems differ from reality:
- e.g., "John-the-stranger is a King, therefore he has
special powers; and the words that come out of his mouth are special and therefore are the law which must be
obeyed." John is really an ordinary man. By representing him as a "King" in our representational systems, we
have added something to what exists in reality. Similarly, John's words are ordinary like those of the
rest of us, and when we represent some of his words as "the law" in our representational systems, we have
added something to what occurs in reality.
The essence of hallucination is "seeing" or "perceiving"
what doesn't really exist or occur. The phenomenon of addition, as described above, is simply hallucination. To
have a neural patterns or mental models that say "the government runs the country," "government makes law," "Slick
Willy is President of the U.S.A.," all constitute hallucination.
It's these forms of hallucination that keep "government" in
place. Because practically all humans suffer from similar political hallucinations, they tend to all agree with
each other about certain fundamental political concepts and notions - such as "government," "state," "country,"
"nation," "constitution," "king," "president," "law," etc. If anybody questions or challenges these concepts or
nations, they tend to think he's crazy. The phenomenon is mass hallucination.
Here is one of my favorite sentences: "The notion of "law"
(so-called) is an hallawcinotion" - it sounds even better in French: "La notion de la "loi" (soi-disant) est une
halloicinotion." How's that for self-referencing?!
"Government" is Kept in Place by Terror and by
Ultimately, political power comes from the barrel of the gun
- as Mao said. The last resort of the monsters who masquerade as "government" is terror and violence. That's why
they need the IRS, the ATF, the FBI, the CIA, etc. They have to threaten, terrorize, punish, and kill to retain
their coercive power. Make examples out of those who question, threaten, or challenge their so-called
That's why it's appropriate to call them "territorial
gangsters" or "territorial criminals" or "terrocrats" - monsters who use fraud, coercion, and violence to claim
"jurisdiction" over a certain area, and the people who happen to be in that area. The monsters do so in order to
control and dominate, and to live like parasites or cannibals off the values created by their victims. The
foregoing is another very useful definition of "government!"
Download a PDF version of Frederick Mann's
essay, The Nature of Government, here:
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The Man Who Helped Me Open My
About 14 years ago I visited a Luxembourg bank to deposit
some paper money and buy gold coins. I had to wait in line. I started talking to the man behind me in the line.
After a while he told me he was a libertarian. After we'd concluded our business we met in a nearby café for
coffee. I told him that I was also a libertarian.
"Libertarian!" he snorted,
"practically all so-called libertarians are still so conditioned and so far from the truth, they don't know the
first thing about liberty."
I looked at him in surprise. I considered libertarians to be
the leading edge of human evolution. There followed a sometimes heated discussion about many aspects and principles
of libertarianism. Time and time again this most extreme radical questioned even the words I used, for example:
When I asked, "What about the laws of a country?" my new friend responded:
"Haw, haw, haw," laughing almost hysterically. I thought he
would fall off his chair. Several people in the café looked at him in bemusement. "What about the barking of
copulating baboons in the zoo?" he said.
I was bewildered: "What's so funny?"
"My friend," he said, "like most so-called libertarians, you
don't have the foggiest notion of what exists and what doesn't. You believe in magical "law" like a spiritualist
believes in supernatural "ghosts"... except... except that your belief is possibly even more absurd than that of
the spiritualist. You see, I've heard of people who claim that they have seen "ghosts"; there are even purported
photographs of "ghosts." But I've never heard of anyone who claims that he has seen a so-called "law," never mind
"Anyway," I said, "what does all this have to do with
"My aspirant-libertarian friend," he replied, "When you free
your mind from the false concepts and misconceptions that fixate your thinking within the mental grooves fashioned
by those who seek to enslave you, then you will discover what liberty really is, then you will be able to live
free. Most so-called libertarians are like pigs hopelessly floundering in a cesspool of statist concepts. Just as
it is almost impossible for a fish to imagine life on land, so it is very difficult, if at all possible, for an
aspirant-libertarian locked into statist concepts, to conceive of life outside his self-created
For a while we were both silent. Then he continued, "In
actuality, the whole world is libertarian. Individuals are supreme, whether they know it or not. We all have
virtually unlimited choice all the time - we may assume notions and beliefs that limit our choice, we may also get
ourselves into situations where choice is limited... but those are also choices... objectively, there are no
so-called "states," "governments," "kings," "queens," etc.; there never have been and there never will be - I have
asked many people to show me a "government" and to tell me what it looks like. Nobody has been able to do that. Of
course, there are hucksters and humbuggers who call themselves "government," "king," or "president"... just as
there are suckers who believe them - who blindly obey them - who blindly oppose them."
"One needs to live one's life in
accordance with actuality: what is, what exists, what occurs. So I live my life out of a context of liberty, a libertarian enclave, an
anarcho-libertarian enclave. I carry it with me like an aura. I have abilities: the ability called life, the
ability to own property, the ability to produce, the ability to exchange, the ability to communicate. And
my abilities do not depend on the agreement of others. I am supreme. I am
responsible for every aspect of my life. My self-esteem, my power, and my liberty can only be curbed by my own
limitations. There are of course those who think otherwise, who would seek to violate my abilities -
what you might call "rights." When making choices, I take that into consideration."
As we parted he gave me a poem he'd written... It really
made me think.
The Enemy Within
Why do you fear his "parliament,"
This all oppressive "government,"
When darker things lurk deep inside
Your mind; crawling, scuttling, they hide.
Worse by far than "police-state law,"
More corrupt than any "legislature,"
Taxing far above the progressive rate;
A self-made ghost does, your soul subjugate.
For the "rulers of men" are naught but
They rise, dictate, but fall they must.
Though out of sight, not out of mind, see?
The "ghost in the machine" saying - you're not free.
Oh deeply wounding psychoplasm.
Why hauntest thou in the mind's chasm?
Why crippleth thee what gives thee home,
Why soil thy nest like a common gnome?
Out, out damn spook, begone I say!
For I have resolved, myself, this day,
That I stand free in body and soul,
Not hindered by chains nor ghoul.
The Thinking Skill Called
Reframing is basically the ability to see things in a
different way. In his booklet Open to Change, Vincent Nolan wrote:
"Reframing means looking at a familiar phenomenon from a new
angle. Any situation can be looked at in a wide variety of different frameworks, and each one is capable of
throwing a new light on the subject... the ability and willingness to set aside the conventional framework
(temporarily) is one of the key skills of invention and discovery... these
pigeon holes into which we classify things and situations, events and people, are themselves arbitrary and
artificial: convenient and useful for some purposes - but one, not the only way to view the world. The
pigeon holes can be suspended (temporarily) and new ones brought to bear, without cost and with profit.
There is another important dimension to reframing. Once we
accept that the same thing can be viewed in many different ways, all of them potentially useful, it is no longer
necessary to impose our view of things on other people, we can accept theirs as alternative viewpoints, valid for
themselves, and potentially enriching our understanding of the situation."
Statist Fraud-Words Have Stupefying and
In Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal Ayn Rand discusses
what she calls "anti-concepts." As far as I'm concerned, concepts make it easier for us to understand and deal with
reality; while anti-concepts cause us to misunderstand and fail to deal with reality. According to Rand:
"The purpose of "anti-concepts" is to obliterate certain
concepts without public discussion; and, as a means to that end, to induce the
same disintegration in the mind of any man who accepts them, rendering him incapable of clear thinking
or rational judgment. No mind is better than the precision of its concepts." [emphasis added]
I contend that the statist fraud-concepts are all
anti-concepts. They misrepresent reality. They have a stupefying and debilitating effect on those who accept them
as valid. This is one of the main reasons for the slow results produced so far by most freedom
In his book The Ideas of Ayn Rand, Ronald E. Merrill
discusses Rand's essay "The Nature of Government" (from her book The Virtue of Selfishness). Rand did not
question anti-concepts like "state," "government," "society," etc. - did she blindly accept them, like a trained
animal? Merrill makes the following points:
Rand claimed that the use of physical force - even retaliatory force -
couldn't be left to the discretion of individuals; only government should have the exclusive power to
Rand dodged the issue of the source or origin of government.
Rand said that 'society' should provide organized protection against
force, but she never explained who this "society" was and how it would be decided what "geographical area"
her government would police. "Society" is just the sort of floating abstraction [what is the
referent?] Rand attacked so vigorously in her other work.
Rand proposed a stamp tax to finance government.
Rand claimed that "only a government" could enforce contracts.
The above raise some questions:
Did Rand think that because certain humans called
themselves "government," or organized themselves into a structure called "government," therefore these humans
acquired magical powers to do things other humans couldn't do?
Did Rand perpetrate vile acts of self-abasement in
respect of fixed political ideas?
Was Rand stupefied by blindly accepting and clinging to
Statist fraud-concepts like "government," "state," "law,"
etc. tend to have a debilitating effect. People who cling to these concepts often feel helpless and impotent
because they see themselves as small and insignificant compared to the enormous monolithic monster they call
"government" or "state" - collectivist thinking.
On the other hand, when you ditch the statist
fraud-concepts, you think in terms of individuals. You are almost never faced with a "huge unbeatable enemy";
instead you are faced with individuals - individual bureaucrats (including police) with much of their behavior
fairly predictable - making it relatively easy to organize your life and affairs so they are least likely to bother
you - individualistic thinking.
You'll be amazed by how much more powerful you'll become
when you ditch statist fraud-concepts and think individualistically. You'll be amazed at the additional options
that become available to you. So take off your blinkers and ditch the statist fraud-concepts!
How to Test Concepts Against
A concept is something we use to represent an aspect of
reality. It is a kind of "mind picture," or "mental image," or "set of associations." A concept is expressed and
communicated as a word. For example, the concept/word "table" usually represents an object with a flat surface and
four legs. The object is called the referent of the concept/word. The concept/word is the map (or menu) and the
object is the territory (or meal).
In those cases where the referent of the concept is a
physical object there are generally no problems. Nobody has a problem with the concept "table." However, when we
enter the domain of concepts that have no physical referents we find ourselves in a different territory. Concepts
can be used to misrepresent reality, to control and dominate others. For example, a mother might tell her child,
"Son, if you're naughty you'll go to hell where you'll burn forever." A precocious son would respond, "Mother, you
use the word "hell" - can you show me its referent?" Mother, "What?!" Son, "Sorry mother. I think "hell" is a
fraud-concept. It has no referent. It is simply used to manipulate the young, innocent, and gullible!"
Deception is a very powerful survival
mechanism. Among more primitive creatures deception
(or camouflage) is often used as a disguise to prevent being eaten by a predator; e.g., insects disguised to look
like leaves or twigs. And predators often use deception (or camouflage) to lure prey into their vicinity so they
can be snatched and eaten; eg, the crocodile that looks like a dead branch floating on the water, and the squid
whose tentacle looks like a worm. The fisherman uses bait to lure the fish onto his hook.
Much of "modern" human culture is based on similar deception
(and camouflage). Most parents use fraud-concepts to control and dominate their
children. Some preachers use fraud-concepts to obtain "tithes" from their prey - in return for a promise
of "paradise in the hereafter." Most politicians use fraud-concepts to obtain "taxes" from their prey - in return
for promises of "running the country," "defending the weak," "feeding the hungry," "healing the sick," "paying the
poor," "caring for the old," "building houses for the homeless," "teaching the young," "controlling inflation,"
"creating jobs," "preventing pollution," "fighting drugs," etc.
The difference between the primitive predator and the human
predator is that the latter is somewhat more sophisticated. The human predator doesn't usually eat the human prey
or victim (except where cannibalism is still practiced). Instead, the human predator uses deception and camouflage
to obtain values produced by the prey or victim. The human predator lives by consuming the values produced by his
or her victims, giving little more than promises in return. The victims are allowed to live so they can continue to
produce values for the predator to usurp and consume. It is a more sophisticated form of cannibalism.
In order to dupe their victims into parting with their
values, human predators use fraud-concepts like "king," "queen," "emperor," "pope," "government," "state,"
"country," "constitution," "law," etc. The fraud-concepts are the primary tool they use to subjugate their victims.
The secondary tools they use are fear and terror: "Bow down, kiss my feet, and call me king - or your head will be
chopped off!"; "Pay 25% of your income to the IRS - or they'll take your house, your furniture, your car, and all
the money in your bank account, and put you in jail!" To ensure that everyone will be brainwashed and indoctrinated
with such fraud-concepts, children are forced into so-called "schools" where they "learn" to recite the "pledge of
allegiance" like parrots, "respect the sacred flag" like idol-worshippers, and stand up for the "national anthem"
like puppets - where they will "learn" that if you don't believe,
conform, and obey you will be punished.
In order to become more conscious you need to throw away
most of what you "learned" from your parents, preachers, teachers, politicians, bureaucrats, and lawyers. You need
to personally test as much as possible against observable reality. There are a series of tests you can subject any
concept to, in order to determine if it is a fraud-concept or not:
1. Can the concept be used to manipulate and control people?
2. Does my acceptance of the concept place me at a
3. Can somebody gain an advantage by using the concept if it isn't
4. Does the concept have a referent?
5. If so, is there a better concept/word to describe the same
Note that the fact that
practically everyone you know agrees with a concept is not part of the test.
Let us subject the concept/word "pope" to the above
1. Can the concept "pope" be used to manipulate and control people? Yes,
because the so-called "pope" claims to be the "personal representative of god," therefore believers will obey him
and pay so-called "tithes" to him. Also, he claims to enjoy "papal infallibility," which means it is impossible for
him to make a mistake - therefore everything he says is true.
2. Does my acceptance of the concept "pope" place me at a disadvantage? Yes, I
have to pay for the "privilege" of obeying whatever absurdities flow from the "infallible" mouth and pen of the
3. Can somebody gain an advantage by using the concept if it isn't challenged?
Definitely, the supposed "pope" can live in splendor off the values created by his victims. And so can numerous
4. Does the concept "pope" have a referent? Yes, the referent is a
5. If so, is there a better concept/word to describe the same referent? Yes,
"man"; or "a man who lives by deception, misrepresentation, and fraud"; or "criminal."
Now let's put "government" (as
most people use the concept) to the test:
1. Can the concept "government" be used to manipulate and control people? Yes,
"The government is the authority we must obey."
2. Does my acceptance of the concept place me at a disadvantage? Yes, I have
to pay for the "privilege" of obeying the people who call themselves "government."
3. Can somebody gain an advantage by using the concept if it isn't challenged?
Definitely, the people who call themselves "government" enjoy the status of being masters financed by their
"subjects" or slaves.
4. Does the concept have a referent? Just what the referents are is not clear.
They could include: people, guns, bombs, buildings, systems, pieces of paper, etc.
5. If so, are there better concepts/words to describe the same referents? Yes,
territorial gangsters, guns, bombs, buildings, systems, pieces of paper, etc.
To discover the extent to which some concepts are bogus, it
may be necessary to dig into history (particularly revisionist history). For example, in the case of the so-called
"US Constitution" we find that the 70 odd people who signed it as "We the people of the United States of America"
signed it on their own behalf and made no attempt or even suggestion that it would apply to any descendants of
people then living.
The people who pretend to "govern" in the name of the
so-called "US Constitution" are liars and impostors. The people who kill in the name of the so-called "US
Constitution" are terrorists and murderers. The people who tax in the name of the so-called "US Constitution" are
thieves and robbers. Similar considerations apply to other political systems around the world.
The concepts and words we use have consequences. Concepts
can be "locks" that lock us into automatic unworkable thinking and behavior. Most humans cannot question their
concepts. Some advanced humans can and do. The consequences of fraud-concepts, such as "country," "constitution,"
"government," "law," "nation," etc., include war, poverty, crime, pollution, and a host of other apparently
intractable problems. Most humans cannot see this. So their "solution" is to "change the government," or to
advocate "new laws," or to "smash the state." They remain stuck in the same old conceptual framework that is at the
root of the problems. The results they have produced so far have been meager, to say the least. It remains to be
seen whether a sufficient number of humans can break through the conceptual frameworks of current primitive human
culture, in order to create new civilizations completely outside our current abominations. Terra Libra is such an
The Tenuous Power of Territorial
"Tenuous" means thin, slender, flimsy, having little
substance, easily dislodged.
Mahatma Gandhi defeated the armed might of the British
Empire without firing a shot. This was possible because of the nature of power. The Berlin Wall couldn't be kept
standing by the East German armed might bolstered by several hundred thousand Russian troops. This was because of
the nature of power. Suddenly one day the Soviets woke up to find that they had lost their power and that their
empire had collapsed. This was because of the nature of power.
The power of territorial criminals is based on
lies and victims believing those lies. Their power is also based on power relinquished to them by naive victims.
Expose the lies and wake up the victims, and the power of the territorial criminals collapses. When victims wake up
and become sufficiently dissatisfied, they become more powerful and cease to relinquish their power.
By questioning and challenging the statist fraud-concepts -
by exposing the territorial criminals as fraudulent impostors and liars and by ridiculing them, instead of taking
them seriously - you withdraw power from the territorial criminals. This is advanced freedom strategy. The power of
our territorial criminals is tenuous - thin, slender, flimsy, has little substance, and is easily
Implications of the Nature of
The words we use and the way we use them produce
"Government" is one of the biggest lies conceivable -
the bigger the lie, the easier it is to sell,
and the more difficult it is to question and challenge.
The power of the territorial criminals depend largely on
their victims accepting statist fraud-concepts without question - primarily, "government," "constitution,"
When you use statist fraud-concepts as if valid, you fail
to expose the "government" scam; in fact, you perpetuate and reinforce it.
Many people have not yet developed the thinking skills to
question concepts like "government," "constitution," "law," etc. If you try to communicate with these people
in a manner that demonstrates your questioning of statist fraudulent concepts, they'll only think you're
crazy. So you have to be careful and selective in how you communicate.
There is an "intermediate method" of communication.
Instead of "state," or "government," you use terms like "territorial criminals" or "territorial gangsters"
("TGs"). You're not directly challenging others' concepts, while at the same time you don't reinforce the
"government" scam. You could also use the term "terrocrat" - short for "terrorist bureaucrat." When you
explain to people why you use these terms, some will understand and follow suit. This could eventually become
a powerful tactic. Imagine what would happen if a few hundred libertarian and patriot communicators were to
use these terms over the airwaves and in print!
Some leading freedom advocates are bound to denounce this
article viciously - because they will see it as very threatening to their statist fraud-concepts and their
freedom strategies. To the extent that freedom activists cling to
their statist fraud-concepts, they remain statists at the conceptual
level. Was this the case with Ayn Rand?
As long as significant numbers of people cling to the old
statist fraud-concepts, there will continue to be huckster exploiters who organize themselves into structures
called "government," in order to perpetuate master-slave relationships.
Even if current political and/or financial structures
were to collapse, as long as so many people cling to their statist fraud-concepts, they will simply recreate
new master-slave structures.
In order to achieve widespread long-term freedom,
critical numbers of people will have to cleanse statist fraud-concepts from their brains.
As human consciousness evolves to higher levels, the rate
at which people cleanse statist fraud-concepts from their brains is likely to accelerate. It's quite
conceivable that as political disillusionment increases, more and more people will become open to ideas such
as those in this article.
The Benefits of Understanding the Nature of
What benefits do you receive from questioning your concepts,
smashing the destructive ones, increasing your understanding of the nature of "government," and taking personal
responsibility for your own freedom?
First, you'll drop hopeless, self-sacrificial,
unprofitable freedom strategies like "writing to congress," "financing political parties," etc. - based on
Second, you'll experience greater freedom of mind and
creativity. Through your freer mind you'll be able to see more options, more choices for achieving the
results you want. The wider range of options available to you will increase your probability of
Third, you'll become more conscious. Your mind-power will
increase - as a result of questioning what practically everyone else takes for granted, and through
individualistic thinking. Whatever personal problems you run
into, chances are you'll be more capable of resolving them.
Fourth, your greater freedom of mind, creativity, and
increasing level of consciousness will enable you to reverse the general tendency of accumulating more and
more mental garbage and eventually becoming senile. Instead, your mental alertness and intelligence will
increase day by day.
Fifth, you'll find ingenious and very satisfying ways to
greatly reduce the risk of being coerced by territorial gangsters (TGs). You no longer think in terms of some
huge overwhelming monolithic monster called "government" or "state" attacking you - collectivist thinking. Instead, you think in terms of the risk of being
attacked by individual TGs, what you have to do to minimize such risk, and how you can defend yourself if
attacked - individualistic thinking.
Sixth, you'll be able to earn more money and put more of
it in your own pocket. You'll waste less time on unprofitable activities.
Seventh, you'll find exciting ways to convert your far
greater knowledge and understanding of freedom and political systems into profits. If you want to, you'll
learn to sell freedom for profit.
Eighth, you'll open up powerful
freedom strategies - instead of fighting tyranny, you'll learn to build freedom for yourself and
others. You could make a fortune in the
statist fraud-concepts is like taking off your blinkers. Individualistic thinking is much more powerful than
collectivist thinking. Understanding the more fundamental nature of "government" will help you become more
optimistic and enthusiastic about the future. Getting your freedom under your own control is very satisfying.
All these factors are very empowering.
Finally, you'll be able to conceive bigger and more
exciting challenges to tackle. You'll experience greater achievements suddenly becoming within
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