|Tibor, thank you for a very sensible and informative article. I'm glad that some people still continue to look to the stars of freedom, rather than the mud of comprimise. Contrary to what Mr. Kilbourne says, he and the other's that voted for these candidates are the cynical ones. I believe if we can't honestly look at the growth of 20th century American government for what it is, we are in a lot of trouble.|
What makes one a slave? Do we think we are free? Let me tell you what I would do if I was in government and wanted to rule. The best way to rule is not just with an iron fist, but with an iron fist in a velvet glove. Ones rule can only be upheld by the mob.
I would let the people have their hedonistic pleasures, their "said" freedom of speech. After all, it is when things are bearable that man is less likely to do anything. Freedom of speech is only a virtue if one knows what one is speaking about, and one is in a culture that can understand meaning and truth.
I would fill their heads full of bullshit and call it education so they wouldn't be able to know the difference, this keeps them on a tight leash.... because they enslave themselves. You see... better than ignorance is when people actually are taught to believe that they are "educated", when in actuality they are pawns. I would stand before them like a roman emperor championing things like"freedom", even though I would be stealing it from them in a thousand ways. I would find worthy enemies and "rally" the country up in nationalist heat. Knowing that religion appeals to some I would use that, knowing patriotism and nationalist "pride" appeals to others I would combine that too. I would also "slam" those that question me, as unpatriotic, "voting" against our values.
I would use vague language, I would frequently use WE, I would appeal to emotions, to AMERICA
Now, the point of this is not to say this is their intentions, the point of it is to ask...does it matter? Do intentions good or bad matter in foreign policy, and the reality is they don't, all are against freedom. If we look at history folks, we are just a chunk, and this has gone on for many years. The good intentions of the USA is destroying the country. It's only intention should be here, and for almost the last 100 years it hasn't been. The thing is, if our own founding fathers were against this, why aren't freedom fighters? Would today's founding fathers be branded "Saddamites?" It was the U.S that gave WMD to Saddam, it was the U.S that overthrew democratically elected Iran. I thought the U..S were for Democracy? As if democracy is a virtue anyway.
Maybe we just don't want freedom, if people who say they want it continue to vote themselves into slavery. Maybe people like to talk about it, they are "passionate" about freedom, it gives them something to do. But, ultimately if they had it they would have nothing to fight for no more,, maybe nothing to live for either.
The destruction of the U.S dollar, also leads to the falling apart of the family. Prices rise, we get taxed more, both parents work harder for less... no one is home for the kids... virtues are squandered. Than to top it off, the kids go to schools that teach them nothing. This should not be a country that both parents should have to work...from the years 1800 to 1900 prices basically fell continuously, now what? Government is the problem of more things than I can even begin to say here.
>>>>Tibor, your article particularly resonated with me, as I too, decided to abstain from voting
Good work Jennifer, this is a vote. It's the vote and state of mind that you refused to comprimise your freedom and your integrity, and that you refused to continue to support a system that is spearheading you into slavery and is full of corruption.
If we continue to vote like this we will not all be Objectivists or Libertarians, I think we'll all be neo-conservatives, I think the old lefist lib may be done for. The new neo-con is the demopublican....the joining of them both.
If people here are going to call people who oppose the war "saddamites" than why shouldn't we call those who support it "hawks"? I don't like saying that, but as they say...the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Welcome to 1984. We are living and breathing in the theraputic, compassionate state. We no longer know what words mean, we no longer know what education means, and we no longer know what freedom means.
I think everyone here should read Eric Hoffer's True Believer( many people just look at this book as an effective psychological critique of religion, marxism and communism , but it applies just as well to patriotism, nationalism and Objectivism,) , also Orwell's 1984 and This Perfect Day by Ira Levin.