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Aug 28 2011

The Story of Your Enslavement

The government can help itself to as much of your property (and therefore time) as it pleases. This means that you are a slave. Here’s a brief history explaining the rise of the modern system of mass enslavement:

Our soft tyranny is dying, having spent itself to the point of implosion. Whether it is replaced by a hard tyranny or by liberty will be determined by whether liberals or patriots prevail.

On a tip from TheWrightWing.

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  • Maudie in Mandeville

    You’re sick

  • http://www.porcupinerim.wordpress.com chillguy33

    With no constitution, we are nothing more than slaves for every fast-talker. The message is really quite clear and much simpler than it may seem (in my opinion).

    America is distinct, to the extent that our constitution has remained in force (which is not much!)

    We need to get rid of Obama today by every and any legal means; and get our constitution back.

  • Katya Kakhov

    More on the repeated Gibson wood seizures . More zany antics from those wacky guys at Justice .

    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2011/08/ceo-of-gibson-guitars-main-competitor.html

    If I ever find me a real Gunwalker Rifle® I am gonna fit it with Indian rosewood furniture .

  • FreedomFox

    The main problem with this is it appears to be arguing against any and all civilization. It seems to oppose anything beyond the raw state of nature, which is well known to be “solitary, poor, brutish, nasty, and short.” to quote Hobbes.

    While its analysis of soft tyranny is useful and acute, it gets considerably overzealous and quickly dives into the realm of anarchist BS.

  • johnnosk

    Typical anarchist dribble

  • anon

    But here’s the error: that tyranny can only come from gov’t. Tyranny can come from the private sector too. Corporate power can be tyrannical, as can gov’t power.

    We need to limit the power of both. Limiting the power of only one is pointless.

  • Sgt Brock E Lee

    Tyranny can and does arise from individuals wishing to dominate their fellow man. Every form of oppressive government shares this trait and our founding documents took great care to restrict the powers of those who would abuse and enslave others. And here we are a mere 225 years or so later and we have allowed petty tyrants to slowly but surely extinguish our liberties one by one. And this tequila is making me thirsty.

  • Sam Adams

    Corporate power cannot be tyrannical so long as you are free to walk out the door and pursue happiness. Corporations only exercise tyrannical power when they are in bed with the government……such as when the government outlaws the products from one manufacturer, leaving you, the consumer with less choice…..or when a corporation is given access to taxpayer money.

  • Oiao

    Shout out to all the regulars and the Pinapple Cowboy. Been lurking a lot, but don’t have too much good to say these days.

    Semper Fi,

  • FreedomFox

    Can the corporate boogeyman confiscate your property for any reason or no reason, while providing nothing in return? Can the corporate boogeyman send armed men to drag you from your house and put you in jail? Can the corporate boogeyman pass arbitrary laws regulating every aspect of your life, and enforce them with the threat of death or imprisonment?

    Healthy competition keeps corporations in check naturally, but who competes with the Government? The reason the government needs artificial constraints is because there is no natural bound on its growth such as Competition provides the private sector. To this end the Government’s true responsibilities are as follows: to provide a baseline of trust for conducting business and to interfere as little as possible while ensuring that no other entity usurps its role.

    The baseline of trust is provided by enforcing laws against fraud, and acting as a trustworthy source of information (public service announcements, while annoying, are legitimate government functions). Preventing usurpation is accomplished with a strong national defense to keep out foreign powers (taking the fight to them as necessary, 2000lb diplomacy is remarkably effective) and fighting crime (robbing you is the Government’s job. :P).
    The only way a corporation could become tyrannical would be by becoming a government, and obviously it is in the government’s interest to keep that from happening under the “prevent usurpation” clause.

  • anon

    Yeah, the nature of the tyranny may not be the same between gov’t and corporations – gov’t is capable of worse. of course. But because we needn’t choose one or the other – this is a false choice argument – an argument over which is worse is pointless.

    This is why belief in Laissez Faire is as childish as belief in communism. It ignores human nature to employ a simple model that makes sense at a certain level, but does not work.

    To ignore that corporations – with nothing to oppose them – will manipulate information via media and marketing to do whatever they like is absurd. Corporations collude with each other to muscle out competition, lie about their finances to investors, lie about the actions of their company to consumers, etc. etc. Remember the jungle? The dude in the sausage? That’s Laissez Faire. The model breaks down when put into practice – unless we have a little regulation (GOOD regulation – not all regulation is created equally). Then markets can’t be beat, but they need a cop and sensible rules.

    We need corporations. We need capitalism. No other system is worth mentioning. But we need gov’t too. We just need better gov’t, smarter rules.

    Instead, we get vague minichean nonsense about gov’t and regulation being “good or bad”. It’s dopey and facile to the extreme.

    Though I do agree most strongly with what was mentioned above: gov’t and corporatons colluding is the worst. Maybe we should demand that stop rather than have retard arguments tailored by the two political parties engaging in the collusion.

  • ant

    I agree with the first few comments, the film is interesting but it’s un-mentioned solution implies anarchy. I think the trick is to create a system with checks and balances, limits on government power and recognizes the freedom inheritant from birth (but limited when it comes to imposing on others)..oh, wait..the United States. Maybe some Brits really still don’t get the concept..freedom requires vigilance and effort. It is this vigilance and effort that has the establishment and, by extension, the dependent class afraid and up in arms.

  • Apostle53

    My hope is to be reconciled to my Creator and my God who originally gave man (Adam) a perfect farm/garden,Eden. The world’s god Satan is the gardener of the perverted farm this clip describes. Choose this day which Master you will serve?

  • Momster

    Doesn’t anyone know the difference between “drivel” and “dribble.”

    Dribble (verb) = to leak out slowly, to drool
    Drivel (noun) = nonsensicle speech

  • Fiberal

    Arguing that the clip advocates anarchy or that corporations are the principle villain of oppression (ho, hum..once again..) is not just missing the point, but is illustrating the division in the livestock necessary to keep the livestock in check.

    The clip is saying that wealth of he government is what enslaves and keeps the taxpayer as livestock. We are tax slaves and recognizing that we are tax slaves should drive us to a solution.

    Which is to say, simply reduce the wealth of government and keep your own money.

    Obviously the appeal is to the masses. One person could not have any effect on his own.

    I think that rather than a bird flying off to freedom at the end, the author’s point would have been better made with a cow.

    Occasionally a cow gets to make a break for freedom from the slaughter line.

    But she runs into the streets alone, confused and in a panic to survive. But there is no sanctuary and she is inevitably brought back to the hammer and saw by her keepers.

    A lesson in futility for the herd.

    But also a lesson in freedom– some cows don’t surrender.

    Cows are in the slaughterhouse because of our economics; not theirs.

    You have to first know that you’re a cow and what you’ve been born into. Then you have a chance to change the course of the economic events that puts you in the slaughter line in the first place.

    Big government has always been a problem but now with the world economy in collapse, the problem is especially acute.

    This clip vividly makes the conservative message.

  • Louisiana Steve

    This video paints a bleak picture of over simplification. I submit that we are all willful slaves of humanity. “No man is an island”. We are all dependent upon others. It is only the willfully unproductive members of society who make us feel like slaves. Sure, there is a ruling class, but they are not the masters of our fate. Even in countries of tight controls on its citizens, the ruling elite are vulnerable and can suffer an overthrow. We see this happening even today. When the people get enough, they take action. That threshold varies from country to country, the result is the same…some good and some bad. I guess what I’m trying to say it that we are not mindless cattle as insinuated by the video. We are masters of our own fate and function within a society of laws as well as liberties…some more and some less.

  • Fiberal

    Okay Steve,

    We are not mindless, but we are cattle.

    Now get back to work.

  • Spider

    anon says:
    But here’s the error: that tyranny can only come from gov’t. Tyranny can come from the private sector too…

    True tyranny does not come from govt. or business. It comes from a weak people who allow themselves to be treated like slaves. The weaker the people get, the stronger the govt. gets. You can not enslave a strong people, nor can you intimidate them, or rule them.

    The American people have allowed themselves to become weak sheep, and their rulers treat them as such.

  • TrojanMan

    While i agree with this video, ultimately there is nothing that can be done to have long lasting effects. Free societies always go through cycles of tyranny and freedom. True freedom can never last long. Sad but true. Things will get worse before they get better.

  • chuck in st paul

    Best. Video. Ever.

    Only one major problem with it… the leftards will use it as an excuse for communism to replace Teh Ruling Class. Of course they will conveniently ignore how well that path has worked in the past. The Libertarians will also try to use it to ‘get rid of all government’. They will conveniently ignore how well THAT worked in the past.

    There is one surefire way to clamp control on it – stop those taking government money from voting. It’s a conflict of interest. Therefore it would be quite legal to enforce voters to recuse themselves if they take government money.

  • chuck in st paul

    Fiberal says: – August 29, 2011 at 5:52 am
    “I think that rather than a bird flying off to freedom at the end, the author’s point would have been better made with a cow.”

    Kung Fu Moo…??

  • Louisiana Steve

    Fiberal said: “Now get back to work.”

    Cattle I am not and neither are the millions who are hard working folks. I work for two reasons, I enjoy working and I do so willingly for myself and my family. No need to tell me to get back to work. I am already there. How about you?

  • Fiberal

    Do I really have to do a ;) or a on a comment like that? Apparently I do.

    Okay Steve, you’re not a cow.

    Is that better? ;)

  • Louisiana Steve

    Should have known you were a good guy. Just got a little edgy. All the overblown hype with hurricane Irene reminded me of the hell we went through with Betsy, Hilda, Andrew, Katrina and Gustave. Down here, a cat 1 hurricane is a blessing. Best to you my friend. Better now.

  • Fiberal

    Not a problem.

    I once went through an evacuation and it was hell.

    Actually, I think the New Yorkers called it right. If it’s below a 4, with a little boarding up, you can probably sit it out.

    Still, I know the anxiety.

    Best to you in LA as well.

  • TonyD95B

    RE: FreedomFox at August 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm:

    FF astutely observes, “While its analysis of soft tyranny is useful and acute, it gets considerably overzealous and quickly dives into the realm of anarchist BS.”

    Yep, that about sums it up.

  • http://solanobilitasvirtus.blogspot.com/ Kevin Johnston

    …And meanwhile mainstream conservatives like yourself cheer for the state to take more money from us and spend it on bombs, bullets, and tanks, while doing nothing to protect freedom or justice. I read your site lots, and many of the things you say are useful for a libertarian like myself. But when you post things like this while previously cheering for the expensive illusion they call the War on Terror, I find the cognitive dissonance resounding. Most conservatives today are Keynesians, anyway. Distinguishing yourself will require that you think more like this video, not like what Republicanism is slowly becoming…

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