by Cathy L.Z. Smith
Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise
Internal control should reasonably presume that the inhabitants of a polity are in agreement with, or at a minimum have an understanding of, the cultural parameters and imperatives* that exist within that defined space coupled with an understanding of the penalties for transgression against those parameters and imperatives, and that those penalties should be applied without prejudice or favor.
External control should reasonably assume that those who wish to join said polity either a) understand, appreciate, and accept the cultural parameters and imperatives that exist, or b) immigrate with a willingness to understand, appreciate, accept, and adopt those cultural parameters and imperatives. In other words, they immigrate with a willingness and conviction to assimilate to the polity they seek to enter.
We currently find ourselves in a very dangerous and disconcerting time and space where neither of those controls finds support at the levels which we have heretofore relied on for their reinforcement and maintenance. (Our mistake, and one we must not make a second time.)
We exist in a rigorously-defined polity (suffering from failure to effectively respond to internal rot), in which those who have—through stupidity, avarice, or wickedness – paid lip service to those values throughout their rise to the level of “leadership” (well beyond the defined bounds of “representation”) while in practice disdaining and denigrating those parameters and imperatives.
We tolerate a world where corruption is an acceptable condition of leadership.
We exist in a world where equality of opportunity has been replaced with equity of outcome, a world that declares (in all seriousness) that discrimination is the antidote to anti-discrimination, in a world where people born and raised in the wealthiest economy in the world are not just encouraged, but conditioned, to believe that they are among the most deprived people on planet Earth.
We tolerate a world where self-pity is an acceptable substitute for self-worth.
We exist in a world where transgressions against random strangers is not only tolerated but encouraged through prosecutorial and judicial malfeasance and nonfeasance.
We tolerate a world where self-declared victimhood is a Golden Ticket to eternal innocence.
We exist in a world where the outrageous insistence of tiny but noisy minorities commands us to pretend that the self-evidently false is true.
We tolerate a world where the demand to accept and forcibly defend the demonstrably false has become synonymous with enlightenment.
We exist in a world where burning cities, wanton destruction, and murder are defined as peaceful protest while the peaceful assembly of people airing grievances over the violation of their inherent and natural right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is defined as insurrection.
We tolerate a world that celebrates perversion of language and logic.
We exist in a world where rulers thinly disguised as representatives have bullied us into acceptance of “the state of exception”.
We tolerate a world where the rule of law no longer functions.
We exist in a world controlled by Liz Cheney, Adam Kitzinger, Adam Schiff, Lindsay Graham, Mitch McConnel, Charles Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and countless unelected others whose “superiority” over our lives should be challenged by our courage and our willingness to stand up for ourselves.
We tolerate a world where the most vile opportunists are “rulers” and productive individuals are chattel.
We exist in a world where those who keep industry producing, where those who keep civilization civilized, where those who keep the machinery and understanding of freedom alive and functioning are denounced as “domestic terrorists”, as “pigs”, and as “traitors”.
We tolerate a world where the most wicked among us dare define the rest of us as evil.
Over the last century we have permitted horrendous transgressions against ourselves and the foundations of our country, from the willful misinterpretation of the meaning of The Bill of Rights, to the establishment of the falsely named Federal Reserve, to the redefinition of the language of freedom by Franklin D. Roosevelt, to our meddling in the affairs of other nations, to accepting the assertions of the “intelligence community” (a group of people paid to lie for a living), to the willingness to accept the interpretation of events around us put forward by the mightiest league of propagandists ever to exist on the earth, to continuing to leave our children captives of a system dedicated at its root not to educating them, but to turning them into good, obedient citizens.
The last two years have shown us what lies in store if we don’t succeed at extricating ourselves, our children, and our culture from the rapacious scoundrels, looters, and murderers who have assumed control. Endless and increasingly severe restrictions on our ability to work, to travel, to speak, to think, to act will be handed down anytime the ruling class feels threatened by its slaves.
We have kept the machinery of civilization vibrant and alive, but we keep falling for the same old scam, cycle after cycle, year after year, decade after decade, century after century. How do you structure a culture that does not succumb to power for its own sake?
Our tolerance of these behaviors is the problem. We are the problem.
We are not only the problem, we are the only solution.
What shall we do?
* I’m speaking here of the foundational vision of this country, and not the increasingly absurd piles upon piles of nonsensical laws and regulations that are the consequence of allowing government “service” to become a self-perpetuating career.
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