The System, The Matrix, The Establishment – whatever name you call it by – seems to keep perpetuating itself no matter what. Puppet politicians come and go, but the System they serve remains fully in place, long after many of these misleaders and control freaks have used up their 5 minutes of fame by bossing people around. In many cases, the politicians forward another aspect of the Agenda (i.e. Agenda 21, Agenda 2030, the New World Order agenda) only to disappear into obscurity, leaving us with yet more laws, rules and regulations to strangle our freedom. Have you ever wondered why nothing ever really changes, despite the fact that so many people spend massive amounts of energy cheering for either a left or right jackboot to come down upon their throat during election circus time? The truth is that the Government always gets in, no matter who you vote for. It is becoming broadly known that the System is run by the unelected Deep State, Parallel Government or Shadow Government (think about all the COG [Continuity of Government] plans on the books). Elections count for very little in terms of overall freedom.
Yes, the System appears to continue no matter what. Why? The reasons are to be found embedded in our psychology. Our unconscious mental attitudes and beliefs shape the world. To dethrone the tyrant from the outside world, you must must remove him from your mind. This is where we need to start if we truly wish to transition from a society based on monopolistic governmental force to one based on voluntary exchange and association. Below are the top 3 reasons why the System perpetuates itself.
1. Participate in and Enforce the System – Because One Day You’ll Be at the Top
Exploitative or criminal systems, including financial Ponzi schemes like the entire fiat currency system, have a tendency to cunningly protect themselves by offering to “buy in” people who question them. For example, people in rigid hierarchical systems (like the military) are encouraged to accept hardships when they enter, because soon, they’ll be advancing up the ranks and will then enjoy the benefits of the System. Have cramped quarters now but later get your own private room. Get poor pay now but later get a big fat salary. In some cases, this rationale is offered to justify brutality, e.g. if you take beatings and whippings now, later on you’ll get to dish them out. Fun, huh? For a less violent example, some rich private schools have a system of “prefects” where selected students are given more privileges and power than others, and the system is kept in place because most people are fooled into secretly hoping that they will be the ones to get selected, so they vote to uphold it rather than remove it.
Put more simply, a system is set up whereby some people get to have more power over other people – then that system is justified by dangling the carrot in front of all people and telling them that if they are strong, smart, beautiful or lucky enough, they will be the chosen ones that get to ascend to the position which affords them power over others. Meanwhile, those running the system know that it’s a mathematical impossibility for everyone to be at the top. It’s like the line about how Americans are not divided into rich and poor – they are divided into rich and “those about to be rich”. People are goaded along into accepting an unjust system just because they think that, one day, they will ascend to the top of it.
Besides, even if everyone did get a chance to “be at the top”, what about the ethics of it? Is okay to suffer exploitation because one day you’ll be the exploiter rather than the exploited? This is the classic perpetrator-victim cycle where yesterday’s victim becomes today’s perpetrator (see Israel). Albert Einstein, a Jew himself, recognized this concept when he wrote the following about the impending visit of Menachim Begin (former Israeli Prime Minister, warmonger and founder of the Likud Party which rules Israel today) to the USA in 1948:
“Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the “Freedom Party” (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.” – Albert Einstein, Dec. 4th, 1948
I am reminded of a quote attributed to the Rothschilds which perfectly sums up how they sought to perpetuate their fraudulent money system (fractional reserve banking) and thus became the richest family in the world:
“The few who understand the system, will either be so interested from its profits or so dependent on its favors, that there will be no opposition from that class.”
So, in other words, if everyone understands the nature of an evil system, it fails; if only a relatively small amount understand the nature of an evil system, the susceptible ones can be bought off (bribed or blackmailed) to dilute the resistance to it.
2. The Belief in Authority (The Ring of Power)
Following on from the first point above, the System can only perpetuate itself if people agree to its sales pitch. The System says: “Keep upholding me, and suffer at the bottom for a short time, then soon you’ll get to be one of the powerful ones at the top”. People only agree to this if they already hold, deep within their psyche, the idea that someone or something outside of themselves has the right to rule. In other words, they harbor a deep-seated belief in authority. They believe that it’s necessary to have a ruling class, and almost always, that this ruling class is allowed to have extra privileges, rights and powers (including exemption from normal moral laws) that ordinary mortal people are not allowed to have.
Well known anarchist or voluntaryist Larken Rose explains this point beautifully in a speech entitled “So Small a Thing”, where he draws an analogy between the blind belief in authority and the Ring of Power in the fictional series Lord of the Rings. He highlights how the entire power of the System – with all its guns, laws and surveillance data – hinges on the widespread belief of its subjects that the government has the right to rule them. Without that belief, the government would collapse, because no one would execute, enforce or obey its decrees. What seems so powerful is actually dependent on a (tiny) belief – so small a thing – a belief which is a lie, since in the ultimate reality, no one has authority to rule you just as you have no authority to rule anyone else.
Larken talks about how the Ring of Power always corrupted whoever touched it. This is a brilliant analogy – evidently the author Tolkien understood that the entire concept of the Ring of Power (the right to rule) is fatally flawed. No matter how well intentioned someone was, no matter how much they thought they would use the Ring for good, once they touched it, they became evil. The Ring has only one master. The good wizard Gandalf was wise enough to recognize this, and even refused to take the ring, for he knew that it would corrupt him. Therefore, the humble hobbits (who had no ambition to rule anyone) were the ones who had to take it. Another striking aspect of this analogy was that the Ring could only be destroyed by being taken back to its place of origin and “unmade”. Perhaps this is a indication that we must dig deep within to “unmake” our false assumptions and distorted perceptions about authority, reality and the world? Larken says:
“It’s so tempting to look at Washington and say ‘there’s the problem’, look at all those evil people … you don’t have to do anything to Washington DC … what you have to do is take that so small a thing out of the minds of the livestock, so they stop imagining that these rulers have any legitimacy.”
3. Cognitive Dissonance
It is a common moral principle that 2 wrongs don’t make a right, or to put it another way, that the end doesn’t justify the means. Many people say they believe in this principle, yet also claim to believe in statism (i.e. in authority, in a ruling class and in the legitimacy of government). There is an inherent contradiction here, because government operates by force and claims the moral right to do what ordinary people cannot morally do. Government routinely operates by forcing people to do things (i.e. pay tax), which is form of theft (the first wrong), to provide services and benefits to others. Does theft justify generosity? Can the end justify the means?
This is an example of cognitive dissonance, where people hold 2 opposing views simultaneously that contradict each other. The earliest Western philosopher Socrates was famous for his ability to elicit peoples’ opposing views out into the open during discussions, where they could be exposed (and hopefully resolved). Some people didn’t take too kindly to being schooled and embarrassed via the Socratic method, and the great thinker was eventually poisoned.
The truth is that, when you look closely, the so-called political authority of government does not bear well under careful sructiny. As I explained in the article Getting the Idea of Government & Political Authority Out of Your Mind, there’s really no way to justify the legitimacy of government, regardless of whether you try the arguments of social contract, implicit consent, consent of the majority or consequentialism. None of them hold up. We are left with the uncomfortable truth that we were born into a System where the ruling class is simply the strongest or slickest gang that holds the monopoly on the initiation of violence in a given geographical area.
Conclusion: Do You Really Want to Play a Part in Perpetuating the System?
The belief in authority is the fulcrum upon which government rests. Remove that, and you remove the government’s last attempt at claiming rightful power. We already know that it is morally, rationally and logically impossible to prove the legitimacy of government. Yet, without a thorough examination one’s beliefs, it is all too easy to move through life with cognitive dissonance and with unresolved contradictions floating around in your head. Most people do not only accept the government’s specious claim to rule them; they act as cheerleaders for this tyranny out of some kind of societal Stockholm Syndrome! They believe in the Ring of Power because they think it can be used for good, or they think their guy or their tribe can get in power and change the world in the way they want to see it changed – even though this necessarily means handing over godlike powers to politicians.
The point is that a coercive ruler-slave relationship is dysfunctional and co-dependent. You can’t have one without the other. It’s an energetic polarity. Change one pole and you transform (and eliminate) the entire relationship.
Hopefully, this article and many others like it will play a small role in jolting people out of their slumber to realize the futility of upholding the System – in their minds. Dethrone the inner tyrant before you dethrone the outer tyrant. Realize that anarchy doesn’t have to mean chaos. Anarchy means organization and cooperation without coercion, trusting that the voluntary impulses of humanity will lead us to trade and associate in a harmonious way.
To let go of the indoctrination that we have to have rulers is to step into a world without rulers and slaves, where everyone is equal to everyone else, and where everyone is required to act responsibly so as to reduce and eliminate the need for a parasitic ruling class.