So, the people are upset at what "government" is doing. The people
are outraged, fit to be tied. This time, "government" has gone too
far! This time it's serious! And the people are hopping mad!
They're not going to take it anymore! The people are demanding
In other words, it's business as usual.
The level of oppression and the intensity of the discontent may
fluctuate, but it's always been there, for all of my life and all
of yours. "Government" has ALWAYS been acting against the will of
the people. Politicians have always been corrupt, and have always
been violating the rights of individuals. It was happening before
the ink was dry on the Constitution, it was happening for thousands
of years before that, and it continues to happen today. And it
keeps getting worse.
Whether it's war-mongering, socialist wealth redistribution, police
state fascism, or government take-overs of more and more aspects of
our lives, the story is always the same: "government" power
increases, liberty diminishes. Centuries of campaigning, voting,
lobbying and protesting have been utterly powerless to stop it.
And here comes the part most people don't want to hear. When I was
actively and zealously campaigning and doing the whole political
activism thing, this is the last thing I wanted to hear--but it's
exactly what I needed to hear:
For all the greed, nastiness and corruption of all of the political
crooks, "left" and "right," the primary problem does NOT reside in
Washington. The main problem exists between the ears of several
hundred million Americans, probably including you. Until what's in
YOUR HEAD changes, all of your determination, righteous indignation
and hard work will accomplish nothing. Actually, it will accomplish
LESS than nothing. Until your understanding changes, your efforts
to preserve liberty will actually result in LESS freedom and LESS
justice, for you and everyone else.
If, as I myself did years back, you've spent lots of time, effort
and money trying to petition the system for justice, and trying to
create a responsible, "lawful" and righteous "government," then
honestly ask yourself: what did you get for all of your noble
efforts? What do you have to show for it? Are you more free, or
less free, than when you started? We both know the answer to that.
(You might be tempted to claim that, if not for your efforts,
things would be even worse today. Even if that were true, all that
would mean is that you slightly slowed down the slide toward
totalitarianism, but did nothing to actually prevent it. At best,
you made it into a problem for our kids to deal with, after you and
I are gone. Is that good enough for you?)
Good intentions are good. But without understanding, they are
worthless. Like the brave soldier who eventually realizes that he
isn't actually fighting for freedom and justice, but is only acting
as a mercenary for crooked politicians, most freedom advocates need
to realize that their valiant efforts are NOT ACTUALLY HELPING. The
trouble is that, when people's motives are good, their intentions
honorable, and when they've been working hard for what they believe
in, for years if not decades, the last thing they want to hear is,
"What you're doing is utterly pointless."
But in most cases, it is.
The good news is that you DO have the power to change the world for
the better. Achieving liberty--yes, even in our lifetime--IS
possible. But as long as you focus only on the EXTERNAL
manifestations of tyranny, you will get nowhere. Whether you're
talking about a sick body or a sick society, treating SYMPTOMS
doesn't make a problem go away. And all the "government" power-
grabs, all the war-mongering, all the police state bunk, all the
Orwellian garbage going on--while those are all extremely serious,
they are mere SYMPTOMS of the underlying problem.
If you take a moment to step back from your righteous zeal, and
reassess the situation honestly, you will find that the underlying
problem, in the vast majority of cases, is to be found INSIDE YOUR
OWN HEAD. No matter how enthusiastically pro-freedom you consider
yourself, you are probably a "carrier" of the real problem, and
while you're "demanding" freedom, you are unwittingly feeding
In the coming days and months, I'll be elaborating on exactly what
I mean by that. For now, I'm going to end this article like a cliff-
hanger. Today, I'll just end with the assertion that, with
extremely rare exceptions, the primary problem is NOT the
politicians or their jackbooted thugs; the problem is in your own
head. The good news is that you have the power to fix it, if you
really want to.
For the most complete and thorough explanation of the issue that I
can give, go get yourself a copy of a book which has been over
fifteen years in the making, and was just released two days ago:
"The Most Dangerous Superstition." It can be ordered here:
Otherwise, just keep watching your e-mail in box, and eventually
you'll get the whole explanation in bits and pieces.