Futile Democracy is a very talented fellow in the UK – an artist by passion which manifests in photography.
He is also quite a brain in history.
Thus, he is a very articulate and interesting fellow.
Politically, he and I sit on the same side of the river but separated by an ideological mountain range.
In response to one of his posts, boiled up out of me came another way to understand the theory of government and its control, so I repost it here:
Government – as a tool – is legitimized violence.
With it, you can beat your neighbors, your enemies, your friends and your family legally. If they resist, they are wrong no matter the reason you’ve decided to beat them.
Inside such a system, men quickly understand that controlling the “beating stick” will prevent the “beating stick” being used on them. The added bonus, they get to use the “beating stick”!
So it is a dual motivation – preventing yourself from being beaten and allowing you to beat others.
With no surprise, there is a massive competition to seize the stick.
Unlike competitions of physical prowess or mental brilliance – the competition for the “beating stick” favors those naturally disposed to evil and immoral behavior.
That is, it favors men who believe they have a right to beat other people.
Moral men do not believe violence is a good answer to problems.
Moral men use reason and persuasion.
Moral men invoke CIVILIZED behavior in the interaction with their fellow men. Civilized behavior abhors violence.
Immoral men have no such constraints.
They will lie, cheat, steal, and kill to achieve their aims. They do not need reason. They simply exist in the mind of “because I say so, so it shall be, so help me God”.
To them, innocent people are easy targets. They invoke BARBARIANISM. “Might is Right, and second place is a dead body”.
Thus, in the struggle to use violence legally, evil men will use any and all means – from barbarianism to reason – to seize the “beating stick”.
Moral men will not dive into such a cesspool of a fight.
Moral men do not need the beating stick because they have no desire to beat other people. Moral men are missing 1/2 of the motive – and thus, have 1/2 the will to control it.
With no surprise, the “beating stick” becomes controlled by immoral men.
Men with money, whether moral or immoral, see the beating stick as the primary tool against them to seize their wealth. For the survival of their wealth, they need to fight for the “beating stick” – they have the most to lose if they do not control it.
With little surprise, many find that the “beating stick” can be used to steal wealth from their enemies! It is a “beating stick” AND an “enriching stick” (by theft).
Thus, it is no surprise to see the“beating stick” fall into hands of the violent, immoral, evil and mony’ed men.
As long as the “beating stick” exists, this is the only outcome – no matter what system is applied in achieving the “beating stick”.
Thus, the only solution is:
Break the “beating stick”.