(diy-av.net) We are self-aware beings and most of us would never be able to explain exactly what self-awareness really is. We face the same problem when trying to understand just what the government is. All of us have spent our entire lives living under governments. And the education we received has entirely come from people (parents and teachers) who have also spent their entire lives living under governments. We can’t step outside the government to see it – we accept it as we accept ourselves – without questioning.
Objectively you are a domesticated animal. You have certain features that dogs for example do not – such as ability to browse the internet for, but fundamentally you are an animal. You are self-aware in the same exact way as a dog is self-aware, and you don’t have a soul any more than does a rat or a cockroach. That’s probably not how you have thought of yourself? Your government is not what you think of it either.
While a human is an evolved animal, the government is an evolved MAFIA. And while with animals the evolution tends towards greater intelligence with mafia it is towards greater tyranny. The mafia to the government is what a mild benign growth is to a stage 4 cancer. The government is a SUPER-MAFIA. Modern governments are actually WORSE than the governments of the past. Modern governments are “advanced” in the same way as a cancer can be “advanced” in other words – that is NOT a good thing. Modern governments consume as much as HALF of ALL resources of the host on which they parasite – this is far beyond what any mafia or cancer could dream about.
We believe that the government “loves us” in the same way as a wife believes that her abusive husband BEATS HER because he loves her. We believe that our government is “good” in the same way as hostages believe the terrorists who have kidnapped them are “good” ( this is known as Stockholm Syndrome ). I could explain in detail exactly how the government accomplishes these feats of mind control but that is beyond the scope of this article. In this article I am simply going to assume that you are currently at a point where you see the government as a “necessary evil”. And the point of this article will be to show you that it is not necessary at all.
For more insight about the nature of government:
If you are not into metaphors a succinct way to define the government is an entity exercising A MONOPOLY OF VIOLENCE over a given territory. The governments were responsible for ~ 200 million deaths in the 20th century alone, and that number does NOT even include wars – just the people directly murdered by their own governments. Needless to say the governments are absolute CHAMPIONS when it comes to murdering people, making even the Church look like an amateur by comparison.
The question we ultimately want to answer is – is a monopoly of violence the only thing that can save us from each other? Let’s start by asking a simpler question – is violence the only effective means of control? The answer is no. The real means of control is FEAR. Violence is only a means to achieve fear, and whether it is the most effective means is open to debate.
Fear is entirely in the domain of the mind, while violence is entirely in the domain of the body. Wouldn’t it be more efficient to induce fear by acting directly on the mind? It would. And that’s precisely the direction in which governments, as they are getting smarter, have steadily been moving through the course of history. As Noam Chomsky has said “propaganda to a democracy is what violence is to a dictatorship”.
Humans are herd animals. Humans will do just about anything simply to “fit in”. Would you rather be tossed in prison or left all alone deserted on an island? Most people would choose prison! Being ostracized ( depending on how this ostracism was implemented ) could be very bit as devastating as being physically left deserted on an uninhabited island. A physical prison with bars, or an island without a boat can be effectively replaced by … a microchip.
An implantable microchip (or an equivalent information technology, such as iris scan etc) could ( and probably will ) realize the most extreme form of tyranny known to man. No prisons, no cops, no guns – just sheer fucking terror that doesn’t let you sleep at night. That’s the direction our government is going in. While undoubtedly extremely dangerous in the hands of the government, these powerful technologies could be a blessing in disguise when you consider how they can be used not to strengthen, but to REPLACE the government. It is about time we put governments where they belong – in the graveyard of history.
Suppose that there is a database storing ALL information about your life – every single thing you have ever done. Suppose this database is public and linked to your implantable RFID chip. Suppose also that this information can be instantly accessed from any iPhone – or for that matter that people have sunglasses with a built in heads up display and earphone that automatically gives them a readout summary for anybody who comes in their field of vision.
Now suppose that you are going on a date and your date gets a readout on her sunglasses that you murdered your first wife with an axe – do you think your date will go well? Suppose you are applying for a job and your interviewer gets a readout that you robbed your previous boss blind – do you think your interview will go well? Now suppose you are trying to rent an apartment and your landlord gets a reading that you have been evicted from your previous apartment because you never paid your rent – do you think you will be able to move in?
You see there is no need for prisons, cops or punishment of any kind in order to encourage people to behave in a manner that is best for everybody – all that is needed is access to information. In other words KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.
A government ( or Church for that matter ) is an institution which primarily manages information ( disinformation to be more precise ) and force is only employed when information management fails.
In the old days there was scarcely a way to manage information at all – so violence had to be used virtually 100% of the time. Then came the printing press, then public schools, then television – these increased the powers of the government to manage what people think to such an extent for the most part it was possible to replace violence – and only use it when people fail to watch TV for 5 hours a day or fail to attend public school for 12 years or other such delinquents. This is the paradigm in which we are now, and it has been the paradigm for the last ~50 years or so, and yet in the last 20-30 years there has been an EXPLOSION in information technology ( first internet, and then mobile internet ).
Every time the information technology advanced in the past society had to eventually restructure itself to cope with that shock. Of course the powers that be tried to stifle new technology by burning books etc ( today by opposing net neutrality ) because they realized that new technology made old social order ( and therefore THEM ) obsolete. But technology cannot be stopped – it always prevailed in the end – but not after some struggle. The power does not willingly relinquish control – it fights to the death.
We are now in such a period where our current social order is light years behind our current technology because technology has in the past 20 years been evolving much faster than any society could. WikiLeaks is just one example of the current social order colliding with the reality that it is already obsolete. The reality is that a monopoly of force is no longer needed. What we need is open, decentralized, peer-to-peer information sharing.
For example every individual could have a Wikipedia-style encyclopedia written about him and shared via a bittorrent-style technology. His entry of course would be updtatable in real time. Everything you have ever done would be in your record. If you started getting in the red because of all the negative shit you have done and people started to increasingly avoid you – you would be more or less forced to make up for your tainted reputation by doing volunteer work, donating to charity ( such as education for kids, or health care for elderly ) or otherwise redeeming yourself somehow.
Technology could thus do away with not only government, but also with the church as well – because there would no longer be a need to fear the punishment in the form of prison OR in the form of hell. Instead you would quickly develop a very genuine sense of morality and guilt, which you would share in common with your peers.
There would be no need for any laws as well, not even a constitution, or for that matter any enforceable rules – because there wouldn’t be any official body tasked with enforcing anything! Instead the people would themselves enforce their own vision of morality on each other MOSTLY THROUGH BOYCOTTS and other forms of denial of service, although they would certainly be free to use lethal force if they felt their action was justified and wouldn’t reflect too badly on their wiki.
For example if somebody broke into your house you would simply shoot the fucker in the face. Your wiki then would say that you shot in the face the fucker who broke into your house – that’s it! It would be up to the people who do business with you then to decide whether they feel it was morally reprehensible on your part or not, or whether they want to do business with you or not.
What there would be is a document listing a set of theorems or axioms or priorities that every member of society is encouraged to understand. It would state what is and isn’t desirable. For example it would state that violence is “not desirable” however openness of information takes precedence so the use of force to enable the making of vital information public if necessary is justified. These would not be rules or laws but merely suggestions designed to help people make up their own minds more rationally. This document would then in a sense be like the bible.
Companies would be treated exactly the same way as humans – no more limited responsibility shit for corporations. If a certain company for example dumps toxic waste in a drinking water supply – not only will that information be made available, but also if you choose to do business with this company it will also reflect on YOUR personal wiki that you have been doing business with polluters. And it goes without saying that the CEO who made that decision wouldn’t live very long because anybody who whacked him would get a big credit on his wiki for being a vigilante.
Projects such as wikipedia have proven that a system can be highly organized and at the same time completely decentralized. The power to make decisions as well as the power to use force can finally be given to its rightful owners – we the people – without descending into chaos. These powers MUST be taken away from the most tyrannical institutions known to man – governments. Don’t expect politicians to EVER admit that we don’t need them – use your head – it’s a choice you have to make for yourself. We don’t need the government to spend our money for us and tell us how we should live and die – we can figure that shit out on our own.