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We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—-That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.
The Declaration of Independence, 1776
It is disheartening how many people are pinning their hopes on the next two elections. We still don’t know exactly how the last one was stolen—the thieves were never charged, evidence was never presented, there was no discovery, cross-examination, or verdict in a court of law—but stolen it was. Yet, many believe Lucy won’t pull the football away this time.
In 2020, no one showed up for Joe and Kamala’s appearances while Trump was pulling them in by the tens of thousands. Trump got more votes than any sitting president had ever received, but Biden supposedly beat him by 7 million votes. There were myriad inconsistencies and irregularities, many connected with procedures concocted to deal with the overhyped Covid threat. However, the election was pronounced free and fair, January 6 protestors were arrested and jailed, Trump relinquished the presidency, and that was that, a bipartisan-endorsed end of story.
Everything the Democrats have done since Biden halted the Keystone XL pipeline on inauguration day seems designed to lose votes, and the polls register fading support. Yet, the Democrats are acting as if they have this year’s elections in the bag, just as they did in 2020.
Politicians interested in winning legitimate elections don’t appropriate $80 billion three months before the election to hire 87,0000 new IRS agents, some of whom will be armed, to harass tax-paying voters. They don’t conduct a raid on the home of their hated opponent, handing him an issue which solidifies his support. They don’t engage in a Quixotic proxy war on the doorstep of a nuclear power. Their nominal leader doesn’t disparage half the population in a creepy, neo-Nazi setting and speech. Is it because the vote doesn’t matter, only, per Joseph Stalin, who counts the votes?
On that score not much has changed. The documentary 2000 Mules came and went; once in a while someone mumbles something about election integrity, and a few states have passed a few laws purportedly ensuring fairer votes (“restricting voter access” in Democratic parlance).
The “who” counting the votes will be, for the most part, the same officials who counted them the last time. Many states will continue to use programmable and internet-connected voting machines. Ranked choice voting is the newest scheme. The Biden administration has opened the southern border for millions of sure-thing Democratic voters. No one will be surprised if a manufactured emergency requires mail-in voting and the rest of the 2020 rigamarole. And no one should be surprised if the Democrats “miraculously” hold on to the House and Senate. Republicans, of course, will shout, “Just wait until 2024!”
The professed faith in elections dismays. The notion that changing from blue to red will change anything substantive dismays still more. The delusion that government can solve problems created by government, the lack of understanding that it is the mortal enemy of the honest and the productive, dismays the most.
Neither party cares about fair elections because together they constitute the Corruptocracy. The U.S. government is the largest criminal enterprise in history and there’s enough booty to go around. Regardless of who is nominally in power, warfare and welfare-state rackets rake it in. Nothing says “Republican” quite like their failure to repeal Obamacare when they controlled the House, Senate, and presidency, although they voted seven times to do so when Obama was president (and they knew he’d veto the legislation). It’s all for show.
Trump was a welcome rhetorical hand grenade, but nothing fundamental changed during his presidency. The government got bigger, more powerful, and more indebted, as it has under every president since Hoover. The warfare and welfare states thrived. The same deep staters who controlled the permanent bureaucracy in 2016 control it now. Trump’s Covid response was a totalitarian expansion of power for politicians and medical bureaucrats. He warp-speeded gene-altering agents that will injure and kill more people than the virus and its variants. And he still brags about it! Trump is all about Trump.
Faith in government is the deepest and most misguided faith in human experience. At root, it’s faith in violence. Every human confronts two unalterable truths. From Francis Bacon: “Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.” Nature—reality—operates according to its own laws. The second verity: we all live and interact with other human beings.
Violence has no place in the discovery and employment of nature’s laws. Pounding the earth with a club won’t free you from gravity. Discovering the principles governing flight might. Ritual human sacrifice to the rain gods won’t produce water for crops. Devising systems of irrigation and water storage might. Nature is a trove of secrets, but they’re only revealed through inquiry and experimentation, not violence.
Violence has no place in human interaction, except in self-defense. It is fundamentally immoral for one person to initiate violence against another. A supposed right to do so cannot be exercised by everyone and thus, being non-universal, is not a right. It doesn’t become right or moral when someone in government is pointing the gun. Ayn Rand argued that the immoral is also impractical, it is contrary to human survival. Violence destroys progress, happiness, and life itself.
The foundation of government is violence. The only conceivable justification for it is as an agent that uses violence solely in furtherance of its principals’—the people—right of self-defense. That’s not what today’s believers in government have in mind.
Governments’ record of destruction and death is there for all to see. Whatever rationale those who seek to control governments offer, at core they want to force those they subjugate to comply with their whims and dictates, and to eliminate those who won’t. Volumes have been written on the motives and psychology of such people, although it’s not a particularly interesting subject. For our purposes, it’s enough to say that they are intellectually, psychologically, and morally deficient. They have failed to reach the “live and let live” stage of human maturation, with its implicit commitment to the Golden Rule.
To expect the Deficient to reform the systems that confer their power is the ultimate triumph of hope over experience. The next election will not change anything, nor will the election after that one nor the one after that, not even if we elect “our” people rather than “their” people. Governments guided by might makes right don’t improve from within, regardless of who runs them.
Resting on violence and run by the Deficient, governments invariably fail. The ones that haven’t are in the process of doing so. Failure is ascribed to insolvency, rebellion, or invasion, but no system based on violence is sustainable; it is always the base cause of failure.
Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. So far the evils have been sufferable, however, tyranny-fueled rage builds to a point where a spark ignites a conflagration. That point may be closer than anyone thinks.
Covid tyranny has made it clear to the subjugated that the Deficient have a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, a design that will impoverish, immiserate, and further tyrannize. We are in the design’s collapse phase, followed by chaos, followed by the imposition of totalitarian order. No estimates of the total body count are available.
Collapse is coming as the Deficient egg it on. Although the full ramifications of chaos can’t be predicted, the financial and economic aspects loom large. Most financial assets are debt or equity, and most real assets are collateral for one or more loans. Nominal global debt is multiples of global GDP, and that doesn’t include unfunded pension and medical liabilities and financial derivatives. The unraveling has begun and most promises to pay aren’t going to be kept. Future production is mortgaged to past consumption, and the world will be one big foreclosure sale.
Full unraveling will leave billions impoverished and enraged. The Deficient are gambling that rage can be diverted from those responsible—themselves—and directed such that we beg for their totalitarian order. Skeptics, critics, and refuseniks will be eliminated. It’s a huge gamble, considering the Deficient have so publicly promoted their design. We know who they are and where they live.
One deficiency of the Deficient is real world acuity. Totalitarianism is an expensive proposition, what with all that monitoring, incarcerating, and executing. It eliminates many of the most productive people. When debt-collapsed markets wipe out much of what was reckoned wealth, from where do the resources for totalitarian order come? Other Deficient deficiencies are competence and productive ability. They are gambling that they and their artificially intelligent machines can replace the productive class and they’ll continue to live in splendor. Anyone with that much faith in artificial intelligence has never used Autocorrect.
Such gambles should be causing the Deficient sleepless nights, but do they even realize the danger? They like to blather about order from chaos. Order is rarely imposed on chaos—their plan—but it may well emerge from it. Some of the subjugated are going to realize that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
The order that will emerge from the coming chaos is that of organized resistance, guerrilla war, and rebellion, not the Deficients’ reset. There is little chance that present governments and political subdivisions will be sustained. When the rebels are at the gate and the Deficient realize that they and the few praetorians who haven’t deserted them are outmatched, they’ll do what the Deficient have always done under such circumstances—scatter like cockroaches in a dirty kitchen when the lights go on. Another Deficient deficiency is courage.
This may seem unlikely, but it’s far more likely than the fantasy in which elections and wise politicians lead governments to dramatically reduce their size, shed their powers, and restore a semblance of freedom. When has that ever happened?
But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American War? The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people.”
John Adams, 1818
The revolution has been effected. The Deficient, clinging to their copies of The Great Reset, their woke praetorians, and their F-15s, feel it as creeping, nameless fear. The rebels already know in their minds and hearts—it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. They’ll miss an historic opportunity if they replace old despotism with new. It’s time to give freedom—the system most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness—its chance.