From “The Politics of Obedience” by Etienne de la Boetie:
“[…] All this havoc, this misfortune, this ruin, descends upon you not from alien foes, but from the one enemy whom you yourselves render as powerful as he is, for whom you go bravely to war, for whose greatness you do not refuse to offer your own bodies unto death. He who thus domineers over you has only two eyes, only two hands, only one body, no more than is possessed by the least man among the infinite numbers dwelling in your cities; he has indeed nothing more than the power that you confer upon him to destroy you. “Where has he acquired enough eyes to spy upon you, if you do not provide them yourselves? How can he have so many arms to beat you with, if he does not borrow them from you? The feet that trample down your cities, where does he get them if they are not your own? How does he have any power over you except through you? How would he dare assail you if he had no cooperation from you? What could he do to you if you yourselves did not connive with the thief who plunders you, if you were not accomplices of the murderer who kills you, if you were not traitors to yourselves? You sow your crops in order that he may ravage them, you install and furnish your homes to give him goods to pillage; you rear your daughters that he may gratify his lust; you bring up your children in order that he may confer upon them the greatest privilege he knows – to be led into his battles, to be delivered to butchery, to be made the servants of his greed and the instruments of his vengeance; you yield your bodies unto hard labor in order that he may indulge in his delights and wallow in his filthy pleasures; you weaken yourselves in order to make him the stronger and the mightier to hold you in check. From all these indignities, such as the very beasts of the field would not endure, you can deliver yourselves if you try, not by taking action, but merely by willing to be free. “Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces.
From the New York Times
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention. ”
And, of course from one Pastor Martin Niemoller:
First they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
As you can plainly see, there is nothing new to what is happening today. History does repeat. We’ve seen this movie and we know how it ends… unless… unless we the people collectively awaken to the reality of what is happening. Unless we the people make a collective effort to understand what is truly important and what is truly valuable in our lives.
Historically, great upheaval has always followed periods of great excesses characterized by complacency, hedonism, selfishness, obsession with celebrity (notoriety?), heightened consumerism, instant gratification, morbid fascination with other people’s lives particularly when these people are on a quest for celebrity thus fostering a sense of righteous entitlement in youth to “get rich or die trying”.
Government as an entity is devoted to its own perpetuation and expansion perpetrated on the back of the people under the guise of social advancements. Things like Social Security, protection of certain classes or industries, subsidies or, indeed, supranational entities like the IMF, the UN or the World Bank are all subterfuges aimed at making the individual dependent on the state to the point of enslavement. All along, the gradual descent to enslavement is coated in a pleasurable but temporary narcotic mix of apparent wealth and morbid entertainment all made possible by the use of a dishonest monetary system that is rigged and skewed to benefit the monetary authority and a restricted band of politicians.
As the arithmetical limit of the monetary system is reached, great social dislocation is guaranteed necessitating grave machinations on the part of government in order to keep the masses subdued and in a permanent stupor.
Time is running out. We can still reclaim our lives. Granted, the solution does require short term sacrifice but the sacrifice required to regain our lives is purely material. All we need to do is agree to a lower standard of living today. The alternative is to let things develop to see where the chips may fall in the hope we may retain our current life style. But, look around you. See where we have been in the past ten years and observe the quickening pace of the various crisis that are afflicting us.
Time is running out. The logical outcome of the path we are on is a global conflict where you will be the soldier sent forth to fight to “preserve our way of life”.
Material sacrifice today vs sacrificing your life and the life of the children of parents in far away lands tomorrow.