A Summary of the Problem

Let me be clear here. While the actions against our liberties and wealth are immoral, as long as the federal government is feeding the poor it will have the actual authority to continue these activities unabated. The political authority goes to whoever takes on the dependency of the poor.

I think I've about brought this full circle at least with regards to the situation we find ourselves in today.

I hope I have at least partially illuminated a few facts:

  • That political power comes as a result of feeding the poor, and that whoever can take credit for meeting the needs of the poor will also receive the transfer of their self-determination as a result of the dependency.
  • When combined with the violent aspect of state power, by feeding the poor a government can establish a very extensive system of control over a population. That power can be flexed by the careful application of violence and the manipulation of the resources provided to the dependent class.
  • That the church and the state must be separate, not to protect the population from hearing bad theology, but to prevent the state from garnering the political authority that comes as a result of the authority granted through the dependency of the poor upon the Church’s mandate to care for them.
  • That the Church’s political power can be usurped to serve tyrannical ends.
  • That institutions of principle are always at risk to the fraud and ineptitude of human administrators.

The problem is clear but what is the solution? To just state that we must feed the poor is too vague a statement to make direct any kind of action. I often hear people say things like “if only we’d stop watching television, only buy organic food, ignore immoral law, demand sound money, oust dishonest politcians, etc, etc” as the solution to our problems. And while these ideas would solve many of our problems, they are all predicated on this idea of a mass movement of individual action. In order for a mass of people to be motivated to change a clear vision has to be set before them that appeals to their already existing sense of morality, fear, or benefit. Real solutions have to come in the form of ideas and projects that people can actually identify and participate in. Ideas for projects like these also abound but too often they aim at accomplishing ends that will not solve the root issue.

For instance, a violent revolution against the state only serves to perpetuate the violent systems that are already in place. Not to mention that any rebellion against authority at the outset forfeits the premise that the authority is illegitimate. If you have to rebel against it you are admitting your position of weakness up front. The premise that political power can be acquired through violence should at this point be seen as a clever illusion used to distract us from the actual source of political authority. If we are to come up against the power of an illegitimate government, it must be done from a moral high ground, and a position of strength.

Working within the current system to bring about reform may have some merit, however the system has evolved and has been corrupted to ensure that dissonant opinions are marginalized or silenced all together. Recent examples include the rumors and evidence of massive vote fraud in our elections, congress passing bills before they are even read, our President acting with impunity outside of any kind of legal mandate, even to the extent of waging undeclared wars and assassinating citizens without charge or due process.

Even the corruption of the political party process to ensure that candidates who are running on a platform of actual reform are silenced has become almost expected by the public at large. Some reformers have been tempted to resort to the same fraudulent tactics being used to silence them, but once again, even if they are successful in these tactics, they have only established their position upon the same premise of fraud that they are seeking to destroy, and they've not even addressed the issue of the actual authority (vs the positional authority provided within the established system). It won’t work.

Even if elections are rightfully won, and men and women of integrity are placed into positions of power, we are still forced to trust that the integrity of these individuals will remain intact amongst the constant barrage of temptations to power and wealth. Ultimately, because our government has usurped the dependency of the poor, it holds a power with which no person or group of people can be trusted. Because of the stranglehold the federal government has on the dependent class, the actual authority of the state, even when exercised unreasonably and immorally, seems to have no effective resistance. Obviously the target must be the dependency of the poor upon the state in order to undermine its actual authority.

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