>>>> "Way too radical" wtf does that even mean? Sounds like one of those mean-nothings that you tell yourself to avoid having to admit responsibility >>>>
You better come down off your high horse before you fall.
Are you an Oath Keeper? Aren't they a private group at the Mexican border?
Re #189 "Amazing homemade gasifier" YouTube (corporation) video:
"I ordered another rheostat from Amazon (corporation)."
Amazon guy is the richest person in the world.
If you buy a small part through Amazon, that helps you become free of dependence upon corporate energy, that is a worthwhile trade off. Yes, we should boycott every corporation in principle, but as I mentioned earlier, it's virtually impossible to get there cold turkey, it must be done in stages. What's far more important is that we end dependence for our life upon the corporate products, jobs, and especially energy. Practically moving our lives in the direction of less support to governments and corporations involves this kind of trade off thinking, and moving step by step.
You may focus on the hypocrisy thing if you are desperate for a way to try to discredit what I am saying, but it is not an argument against anything I have said. Just because I don't advocate nor practice walking off naked into the woods with only a knife I chipped out of stone, doesn't invalidate my position. Being in such a minority in the world unfortunately means there are compromises we need to make, but we can at least acknowledge that this is the case and strive to move our lives in the right direction.
The point is to think that way instead of justifying or glorifying the state and the corporations. Ultimately we need to reclaim even manufacturing into the counter-economy sector. As more people move in the anti-state, anti-corporate direction, into the counter-economy, more products will become available, as well as the technology to produce many things oneself, such as 3D printing. For now we have to do what we have to do.
Buying this part from Amazon is providing a great service, so, even though unfortunate that it must be bought through Amazon, is still worth it, but we should still avoid purchasing anything that is unneeded from corporate sources that we can procure in another way, and often finding other ways is not something that can be done overnight.
Minarchy, 'scaling back', and change through participation are the false solutions being used to neutralize libertarians, to keep them from coming to the proper conclusion: the state must end, and it only can through non-participation and open defiance.
By Raeford Davis, "Former Cop Turned Freedom Advocate. "
Does the concept of institutions dedicated to mass social control using government funding, education system, psychological tactics to further ulterior malevolent agendas seem far fetched? Here's Bertrand Russell advocating for exactly this: Impact of Science on Society (1952):
I think the subject which will be of most importance polit-
ically is mass psychology. Mass psychology is, scientifically
speaking, not a very advanced study, and so far its professors
have not been in universities: they have been advertisers,
politicians, and, above all, dictators. This study is immensely
useful to practical men, whether they wish to become rich
or to acquire the government. It is, of course, as a science,
founded upon individual psychology, but hitherto it has
employed rule-of-thumb methods which were based upon a
kind of intuitive common sense. Its importance has been
enormously increased by the growth of modern methods of
propaganda. Of these the most influential is what is called
"education." Religion plays a part, though a diminishing one;
the press, the cinema, and the radio play an increasing part.
What is essential in mass psychology is the art of per-
suasion. If you compare a speech of Hitler's with a speech of
(say) Edmund Burke, you will see what strides have been
made in the art since the eighteenth century. What went
wrong formerly was that people had read in books that man
is a rational animal, and framed their arguments on this
hypothesis. We now know that limelight and a brass band
do more to persuade than can be done by the most elegant
train of syllogisms. It may be hoped that in time anybody
will be able to persuade anybody of anything if he can catch
the patient young and is provided by the State with money
This subject will make great strides when it is taken up
by scientists under a scientific dictatorship. Anaxagoras
maintained that snow is black, but no one believed him.
The social psychologists of the future will have a number of
classes of school children on whom they will try different
methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is
black. Various results will soon be arrived at. First, that the
influence of home is obstructive. Second, that not much can
be done unless indoctrination begins before the age of ten.
Third, that verses set to music and repeatedly intoned are
very effective. Fourth, that the opinion that snow is white
must be held to show a morbid taste for eccentricity. But I
anticipate. It is for future scientists to make these maxims
precise and discover exactly how much it costs per head to
make children believe that snow is black, and how much less
it would cost to make them believe it is dark gray.
Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be
rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will
not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated.
When the technique has been perfected, every government
that has been in charge of education for a generation will be
able to control its subjects securely without the need of
armies or policemen.
What It Means to Be a Libertarian Anarchist:
The Truth About Voting
>You better come down off your high horse before you fall.
This thread is about what I have to say, not me and my alleged horse. Maybe I seem very arrogant to you, maybe I am. I see no reason to deny this or argue against it. It has nothing to do with the accuracy and truth of my statements.
From my perspective, I'm merely standing on my own two feet, on level ground, where it is most people who have fallen into a rut of ignorance and group-think where they are wallowing in their own denial of responsibility... fantasizing of a 'legitimate authority' to which they can abdicate it, and which may perform endless violence as long as it pretends to "provide" and "protect".
Then I'm on a high horse for calling it a disgrace. Fine.
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