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When gangsters extort protection money from small businessmenor organize and regulate forms of commerce like gambling, prostitution or drug dealingfor the benefit of those in the trades, so called legitimate business people frown,and make somber pronouncments that something should be done to repress organizedcrime. These very same good citizens also pay protection money, er, ah, taxes, that'sit, taxes to the police and politicians, these very same good business people enjoytrades and professions that are organized and regulated for the benefit of thosein the very same trades and professions by government. Protection rackets go on becausethe gangsters also pay taxes to those very same police and politicians, though thegangsters' taxes are paid in cash without written receipt.
Here's how you set up a protection racket, er, ah, governmenton Earth. Imagine if you would, a prediluvian community of free people without government--avillage if you will, or a rural area after the holocost, like Lane County, Oregon,where I lived when I wrote these words. Someone gets the idea that if they couldtrick everyone in the village or district so each would give them a small amountof money, they'd be rich and not have to work like everybody else.
To pull this deception off the very first step would be tomake Everybody afraid. That's not too hard to accomplish because 75 percent of everyoneon this planet is an Everybody--a timid person that doesn't confront well. "Theneighboring village, or Douglas County, is dangerous," the budding criminalwould suggest. "They want to take our land, women and cattle. We have to protectourselves against them." So this enterprising extortionist tries to organizea small army to 'protect' Everybody. If he can't get enough support because peopleare disinclined to become afraid of their neighbors in the next village or county,he'll inspire a few local thugs to make a raid on the neighbors. This will sure stirup some hostilities. So he gets his armed force, paid for by taxes. And what doeshe do with his army? Natually, he makes a few forrays against the "enemy,"stealing a few cattle, raping some women, burning a few homesteads along the border.
Now, on the other side of the border, there are some otherenterprisers who play the same game. They run the very same deceit, and likewiseorganize an armed force to get even and protect their territory. Sporadic raids happenon both sides. This makes life dangerous for the people, who then genuinely beginto feel the need for increased protection. "Pay us more taxes," the enterpriserssay, "and we'll raise a proper military force, set up border garrisons and ensurepeace within our borders. If they attack us again we'll punish them properly, sothe enemy will think twice about messing with us."
However, the garrisons of soldiers have another use, moreimportant to the enterpriser--they become police, and are useful to enforce the collectionof taxes.
So now there is an established government with the powerto enforce, a force it uses to disarm and disorganize the citizens. Once the Stategains a monopoly on domestic force, the situation rapidly worsens. Taxes are graduallyraised to the point where the people are driven into apathy, while the governorsand their military establishment live high on the hog. To maintain government power,it is essential that there always be a credible threat to protect their enslavedpopulation against, so rarely do governments engage in serious efforts to conquertheir neighbors. It almost seems they'll cooperate with their enemies to maintainperpetual belligerency. In the 19th century, this was called realpolitik.
Unfortunately military establishments gain strength and legitimacy,creating their own unique self-justifying cultures as they persist. Thus nationsoccasionally fight major, conclusive wars. When an enemy is totally vanquished--enslaved,exterminated or completely broken and incorporated into the victor's system--a newenemy must be created or there remains no justification for the grinding taxes andcontrols imposed by the govenment.
A very clear example of this occured about seventy yearsago. [Reader: please recall in what follows, this segment was written before thefall of the Soviet Union.] After fifty years of continual and highly useful tension,increasing government control, ever-steeper taxes and a growing military establishment,the major nations of Europe concluded four years of total war in 1918. One side--Germans,Turks and Austrians--was totally overwhelmed and at the mercy of the victors--French,English, Italians and Americans. And did the victors relax when there was no morethreat to their total world domination? No, not at all. As a result of the war'sconvulutions, a large, but weak nation to the east, Russia, had undergone a revolutionarychange in its social system, and was now operating on a formal ideology called Communism,an ideology that officially sought to change the entire planet, much as the AmericanRevolutionary ideology sought planetary improvement after our own revolution. Notthat the Russians were in any position to advance Communism beyond their own borders--theirown country was in a state of catastrophic disorganization and starvation.
So what did the victors do after 1918? First they aided theRussian Communists with food and loans to cover industrial start-up costs so thatRussia might appear to be a credible threat, while on the other hand, the victoriousnations threatened the Russians militarily, and proclaimed Russia to be the 'enemyof civilization.' Any internal dissent within the victors' territory was then labeled'Communist' and supressed. Today, the world is divided into "Communist"and "free" nations, with a continuation of tension, military buildup, occasionalinclusive conflict, increasingly strong social control in all countries involved,and don't forget the key issue--higher and higher taxes. [And now that that evilSoviet empire has gone, who will be the next enemy? Militiamen? Moslems?]
Though the "free" nations ostensibly feel so threatenedby Communists that they'll stockpile atomic weapons of mass destruction to discouragefurther "Communist aggression," the free nations also continue to feedthe Russians because a Communist economic system causes such gross inefficiency andnon-productivity that Russia cannot manage to produce enough food. After all, ifthe free nations did not feed the communist nations there would be no credible threatto protect their own people against.
Governments turn the same trick with street crime and criminaljustice. By failing to process and handle petty violent criminals in such a way asthey pose no further threat to daily social peace, the state can create a crisisof "danger on the streets" that demands more and more police, repressivelaws and especially, disarming the public so the criminals won't be "able"to obtain weapons. The sheeplike people on Earth are so intimidated by the magnitudeof the dangers their own governments have created that people no longer feel theycould survive without any help and control.
On the island of Jamaica, a protest religion has developedcalled Rastafarianism. The Rastas correctly call the current state of affairs onEarth The Babylon System. Rastafarians believe the whole third world as well as theworking and middle-classes in the industrial nations are currently enslaved, andcall for a revolutionary uplifting of mass consciousness, so that all might prosperin peace and love. The only ones who would be hurt would be the top rankin' slavemasters who skim the cream from The Babylon System for their own. Unfortunately,though praying for an uplift, the Rastas devote most of their energy destroying theirown awareness with huge overdoses of marijuana, whose continuous and heavy use theyconsider a sacrament. Like most everything else in this universe, the Rastafarianmovement seems to work towards its opposite and creates its own failure.
Now, one of the rulers of the actual ancient Empire of Babylonitself was the Persian king, Cyrus the Great, who invaded the tired old civilizationof Babylon with his conquering army. Being conquered is one experience common tomature civilizations, for the grinding taxes and apathy generated by maximum governmentalcontrol eventually makes such cultures unable to defend themselves, and historically,most were overwhelmed by a succession of vigorous and less-civilized peoples, aswere the Persians when Cyrus conceived the notion of making himself emperor of theknown, civilized world. The valuable taxpayers themselves have little to fear personallyfrom such a conquest, for they are in and of themselves the main plunder--the languageand style of the government may change while the culture and degredation of the lowerclasses continues virtually without alteration.
At any rate, this Cyrus came down from the mountains to effecthis goal of "lets go down and rip them off." Babylon's corruption-riddledmercenary army collapsed, and Cyrus found himself more successful than he had everdreamed. Before he ran into any serious resistence he had taken everything from theIndus River to the Aegean Sea, including those nations Earthpeople now call Turkey,Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Afganistan and Pakistan. Cyrus also had a remarkabletalent for political organization, and managed not only to conquer this extensiveterritory, but more important, to weld it together into a single administrative systemthat persisted for several hundred years.
A minor Greek king with expansionist ambitions himself, seeingCyrus march across most of Civilization, watching the Persians stop their expansion(only momentarily, he feared) across the narrow Aegean Sea between what is now Turkeyand Greece, sought to make friends with Cyrus, and perhaps to ally himself with thissuccessful enterpriser. So he got together the most magnificent gifts he could manageto assemble from a small rude city-state named Sparta, and sent them to Cyrus withhis emmisary.
After months of travel, the emmisary was received into Cyrus'palace and was granted an interview. The gifts were presented and accepted and Cyrustook the opportunity to learn something of the Greeks--whose territory he plannedto add to his empire as soon as it would be convenient. He and the emmisary got onpleasantly, when the emmisary made a demand. "Sire," he said, "mymaster, the king of Sparta, has only one request of you beyond your friendship. Hewonders if you would answer a single question for him."
"Of course I will if at all possible," said thegenerous emperor.
"Sire, what my master wants to know is how do you manageto weld so many distant and different peoples into one single nation. He too wouldlike to expand his power and conquer his own neighbors, if he only knew how to managethem once conquered."
Cyrus thought a moment, and then surprisingly, "Comewith me. The answer to your question lies outside the city."
Cyrus led the emmisary to the stables, where they mountedhorses and, accompanied by only a small guard detachment, rode out into the country.In a short time they came to a field of ripening grain. Cyrus dismounted, told theguards to remain on the road, and said the the Spartan, "Come with me, youranswer lies in that field. Watch carefully what I do here and report it to your master.It is his answer."
Cyrus then walked into the field. When he was in the middle,he squatted down and looked over the field, his eyes at the level of the heads ofwheat. Then he got up and walked quickly over to a single stalk of grain that wasquite a bit taller than the others. He drew his curved sword and snicked off thattaller head of grain. Then he squatted down and again scanned the field until hefound another head that stood above the others, repeating his action of cutting itoff. He did this several more times. "Tell your master what I have done here,"he said.
Education in American schools scythes down the able onesexactly like Cyrus. Three-quarters of all students are of very average intelligence--theirheads do not stand higher than each other. Being average does not make them particularlyable, keep in mind. About five percent of the students possess abilitities that placethem a whole level above the average in awareness and creative potential. To keepcontrol of society, the Masters of the Babylon System must snick off the heads ofthese able ones in some way.
First, the school divides the able ones into two groups;those with and those without academic abilities. In my opinion the great majorityof the intelligent ones do not possess academic abilities--while the force of theirhumaness is much stronger than the average Earthperson. The very bright non-academicrarely moves smoothly through an institution that systematically represses spontaneity.School destroys these gifted ones by invalidating their musical, spatial, social,emotional, ESP, physical or other abilities and shunts them into the lower part ofthe "average" group, defined as equal to those not expected to make a successof life. This has been called "tracking." These extraordinarily intelligentbeings either go into agreement with this invalidation and consider themselves tobe cannon fodder and blue collar workers or become embittered, antagonistic and anti-social.In either case, they are never going to get near the seat of power.
Now take the academically able students This group containssome few gifted with extraordinary intelligence and many more than that who are merelydilligent grinds. The brilliant are classified by the school system as equal to thedilligent average, the brilliant academics are educated to consider themselves notsignificantly better than all the others. Having no other standards, or means torealize that the difference in their abilities is of an order of magnitude so greatthat the able might as well be a different species compared to the average Earthperson,this group of able beings does not ever realize themselves, effectively cutting offtheir potential for changing the social system they are being trained to manage forthe Masters of Babylon.
The truely well-educated Founders of the American Republicwere adept political philosophers who were fully aware of the gloomy sociology ofgovernment. They wisely concluded that government of any kind was a necessary evil,which should be limited in scope as much as possible. In those days, understandingsociety at such a sophisticated level was common among the well-educated, becausefor one thing, well-educated people were not commonly found, while their educationwas quite different from that which passes for schooling today. The eighteenth-centuryperson who got past primary school studied the classics--Greek, Latin, and the wisdomof those ancients, a body of wisdom that included a mature political economy. Thiswas learned to gain an understanding of life, people and society, and how it reallyworks. The Founders and their peers also studied mathematics--to sharpen up conceptualability. Remember that well-learned geometry involves a great deal of visualizationof simple shapes and relationships between those shapes--making mental mockups. Themental visualization of shapes has long been a core technique of mystery schoolsand other esoteric practices for the development of mental acuity.
One group of politically aware Earthpeople called Libertarians,attack government for more or less the same reasons as did the Founders of the AmericanRepublic, and tend to label government as the source of our planets difficulties.Libertarians spend much time admiring the writings of the Founders, and work hardand hopelessly to limit the growing influence and power of the American State. However,they are not correct in blaming enslavement on the enslaver. It must not be forgottenthat the "victim" agrees to be victimized. Were people willing and ableand eager to be fully responsible for themselves, their families and their communties,they would not ask another to protect them, while abandoning their own ability toprotect themselves.
And how can Earthpeople ever become responsible when mostof them cannot even remember today what they decided yesterday?
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