The unhappiness in our society is surely showing in many forms, from Occupy Wall Street protests to protests at the World Trade Organization meetings around the world. People are protesting at the Bilderberg meetings and even at the NATO and other organizational meeting of Governments such as the G-12 conferences. The Arab Spring protests, as they are called, are occurring in Egypt, Syria and a number of other countries around the world; socially protesting against the existing government leadership. Hundreds if not thousands of websites appear to be protesting everything from what some believe to be the New World Order globalization plans to immigration policy and others like Wikileaks and the alternative media outlets are exposing some of the corruption in these organizations.
So what are we fighting for or more appropriately against? I look at all the school and other mass shootings and wonder are these people really just unhappy with our society or are they just flat out bonkers because they most often kill themselves at the end of the event. I look at the increase crime rates especially since the 2008 economic downturn and see economic desperation as a potential root of especially the increased theft. One must believe that the fighting over the drug territories by drug gangs and the cartels that supply them is probably the results of poor social policy and current economic problems.
When a guy goes postal and kills his employer and specific co-workers, perhaps we should be looking more closely at this as a sign of unhappiness within our society rather than just another person wigging out; what is causing all this insanity and violence, rather than just thinking another crazy just came out of the wood work. Some act like if we can just institute socialized medicine, create regulatory reforms, institute gun control, raise minimum wage, protect our boarders and get God back into the Schools, these will cure all our woes. I think that we should look a bit deeper into the hearts and souls, our institutions, nations and world.
Violence is showing its ugly head in mass, not just in America but around the world. My favorite quote is from Gandhi. “The State is a soulless machine. It can never be weaned from the violence to which it owes its existence.” Does violence beget violence? Is the insititution of government itself much of the cause of violence in our world? Is the “Force of Arms” (FOA), which government requires to maintains it’s monetary foundation, the root cause of much of the violence in our world both historically and today? Everything government(s) do, require FOA. If you don’t pay your property taxes, the government uses FOA to take your property. If you do not pay your income taxes, the govenrment uses FOA to collect them. It may be a garishment of your bank account, your wages or just taking your home and of course the cops will be wielding guns when they show up at your door step. Good luck in getting your money back from a garnishment because they only possible way of getting your money back is if you would go postal and then they’re going to kill you. If you want to build a home or building, you better pay the government some money for permits because, if you don’t, they will use FOA against you and stop you dead in your tracks, if necessary. Everything that government does requires money, and those in government get they money by FOA, or aleast the threat of FOA, to get people to give it up without protest; which is really a form of coersion.
This, FOA in reality is how our world is operating. Everything we do on a daily basis requires you to pay government through FOA; from gasoline for your car to fishing licenses. So why are people so unhappy with this? Because government is taking as much as 55% of peoples incomes in many instances and many people cannot obvious live on that rate of overall taxation and regulation. Bankrupcies; both personal and business, 41,000 factory closures in the last 10 years, 47.7 million people currently on food stamps, high foreclosure rates, high crime rates and obviously a great deal of unhappiness should give us some evidence that perhaps we are suffering from "to much" FOA.
Do we really need socialized medicine or do we need lower health care costs so people can afford it? Do we really need more regulatory reform or do we have to much already that isn’t working and therefore we must initiate “more” FOA, to get more money to pay for more regulatory reforms? It appears to me we need less FOA rather than more as more regulatory reforms requires more FOA to pay for it. Last but not least, do we really want gun control? How are we to fight back against excessive FOA; ask them “Pretty Please”? If you’ve been paying attention, you already know, that ain’t working.
After close to 100 years of the heavy interventions of government in the private sector through central planning, this “Private/Public relationship has yet to solve the many problems and more importanly, the Citizens have been unable to to curtail the excessive FOA over that period. The results, being that government has continuiously grown durning this entire period to a point where, if you delete the GDP of the military industrial complex, which is really an expense to our Society, this country or more specifically the U.S. Government is now theoreticaly bankrupt and we have entered the 2nd Great Depression.
How to change it? As Gandhi stated and should now be somewhat apparent to you, I reiterate “The State is a soulless machine. It can never be weaned from the violence to which it owes it’s existence.” Should we just grin and bare it or is there an actually remedy to this madness and violence. I personally only have one idea and I give that little hope of success. “It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the laws in their favour; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had the actual experience of it.'' - Niccolò Machiavelli