You Are Not An American

Sometimes I wonder how many times a string of words or strings of words that are similar in content needs to be said. I’m aware of how powerful cognitive dissonance is. After all, who wants to redefine what we already know? Or what we think we know? What we think we understand? For some reason, the vast majority of people are afraid of change. On one level, I guess I can understand this. Humans are animals that look for patterns, for recognition purposes. When something new enters, the patterns we think we know are disrupted. We don’t really know how to handle it. However, humans are also very adaptable to change. When the new thing enters the pattern we used to know, we are able to adapt, and sometimes relatively quickly. Another way to put this is, humans are resilient.

Knowing that humans are able to adapt to changes in patterns, that we are resilient, it makes me wonder why people are so resistant to the ideas of liberty. I know that I cannot force these thoughts, and that I can give all the information I can, and yet, the words that I say go over heads. Or they are met with the fiercest resistance I have ever seen. I don’t know why this is. I can’t grasp why people are so in love with the idea of the state. I have never believed in the idea of the state, really. Even throughout the indoctrination of school, I was doubtful. I knew politicians were liars. I knew none of them could be trusted with anything. Even so, I had never heard the ideas of liberty until about a year and a half ago. Everything immediately clicked in my head. Things made perfect sense to me. The thoughts I had had in the back of my mind were given names and definitions and people said things in ways I never knew how to.

Since I fell so easily into these ideas of freedom, I have a hard time understanding any other perspective. When I bring up certain thoughts and ideas, and truths that have evidence, people still deny. Deny deny deny. If people refuse to see truth and reason, what am I supposed to do with that? I grow frustrated and angry. Angry that maybe I am not saying things properly. Frustrated that people hold firm to their blind reverence to a destructive system.

Is indoctrination really so thorough? Why didn’t it work on me? If it means that I am broken for this, I am glad to be broken. I am ready to learn new ideas, to have conversations with people that understand the same concepts that I do. Talking with people who refuse to concede a point even with evidence staring them in the face is a waste of time. I suppose, maybe, it sharpens my debating skills, even if I’m never going to convince people that the idea of the state is the worst concept to ever be. My heart is heavy for how bad things have to get before people let themselves start to see. Aren’t things bad enough already?

Why do people believe that you just need to vote the right person in? Is that going to change anything? Where’s the hearts of the revolutionaries that dumped tea into the harbor? Of those that fought for what they believed in? No, I do not advocate for actual fighting to change things. There are peaceful ways. Civil disobedience. Peaceful non compliance. I mean, that’s what schools train you for, right? To be obedient? Never question authority? Did you know that the new DSM considers that a disorder in children? As an aside, the psychology field is now nothing more than an entity to do as the government bids, and exists for the drug companies. I’m glad to be rid of it in my life.

Americans today are not Americans. They wave their little flags and chant USA without really knowing what it is they’re advocating for. It’s okay for drones to kill children somewhere else in the world as long as we have “freedom,” right? All in the name of the flag. For your country. For you to sit on the couch and get fat. That’s freedom, right? The activists that dumped tea in the harbor actually knew why it was they were doing what they were doing.

You know, I don’t even care for the term “American.” The concept of borders is an evil one. There’s nothing good about it. But if you’re going to call yourself an American, and be proud of it, you damn well better know everything that it stands for. Everything your beloved government does in your name. Everything they do to you, everything they take from you, everything they do to people all across the world. You better recognize the truths of what they do, and not gloss over them. Anything less, and you are NOT an American. You call yourself a patriot? I guess you want tyranny, because you allowed this to happen. If you deny the truth, you cannot call yourself an American. It’s a lie.

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Logic?

It’s important to use logic and rational thought in discussions. Thus, it’s important to check your premise. It’s my premise that it is morally wrong to take something, be it the fruits of your labor or the private property bought with those fruits, if it doesn’t belong to you. No one else has the right to take that which you own. Can we agree on that premise?

A robber comes into your home and steals everything of value: your gold and diamonds, your TV and computer, your iPod, iPhone, and iPad. That’s wrong, is it not? If anyone came home to find your home ransacked, you would feel outraged, vulnerable, angry, sad, depressed, and other negative emotions. The same if a pick pocket stole the wallet from your purse or back pocket. That’s a horrifying experience!

And yet. People argue with me when I say that taxation is theft. How is it not? You went to your job, you worked those hours. What moral right does the government have to take your money? And it’s no small amount!

Taxation is also slavery. If freedom is where the slave master takes 0% of the fruits of your labor, and slavery is where the slave master takes 100% of the fruits of your labor, at what point does it become slavery? Would it not stand to reason that the moment someone claims the “right” to take what is yours through your labor, it’s slavery? Does it matter the percentage?

With the premise that it is wrong for anyone to take what’s yours, it’s easy to see how taxation is both slavery and theft. But is it so easy to see? The level of cognitive dissonance regarding this matter is astounding to me.

Why is this? Well, the thing that gets brought up the most is what tax dollars go towards. Everyone brings up the roads, schools, police (or security), helping the poor, etc. Name whatever you wish that tax dollars go towards that you agree with. Because that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? So long as you agree with it, it’s okay. What about the other things that your tax dollars go towards? Funding the CIA so they can have agents go in to other countries and meddle, and then when the people that live in that country and get angry, they attack the US, and then that attack is the so-called “justification” for war or furthering the police state USA. Do you agree with the tax dollars that go towards that? Because that’s where most of it goes. And the tax dollars from your children. And your children’s children. Or how about the tax dollars that go towards droning US “citizens”? The tax dollars that fund Guantanamo Bay and all the people that have never been tried and consequently convicted of a crime because there’s no evidence?

How about the tax dollars that go towards this?:

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Well. It’s okay. Because your roads, schools, police, and helping the poor (supposedly) are taken care of too. The young son of a human being being torn apart is of no consequence.

What people fail to realize is that there are alternatives to these same services that the government provides that cost less (In which a government road costs 20X less than privately fixed). What people also fail to realize is that things like security and schooling are more expensive in the private sector because the government has a monopoly on these things, and subsidizing actually makes things more expensive (due to a high lack of efficiency among other problems). You’re paying various levels of government bureaucrats to see and oversee and oversee the overseers and regulate and enforce, and while all of this overseeing is going on, things somehow fall through the cracks.

It’s no secret that the school system in America is failing miserably, what with 90% of New York kids not ready for college. A one-size-fits-all education system clearly does not work. But that’s what the government public schools are, right? Not everyone learns in the same way, but that’s what’s expected from a student.

In Detroit, the police stopped responding to 911 calls. However, a private security firm stepped up to the plate. Can we stop looking towards the government for solutions yet? Can we unwrap our heads from the box that’s there, and look outside the box? In a world where no one takes what you earn to pay for what you may or may not agree is a good idea, can’t we pay for the services we find worthwhile? The government makes it hard for you to do that at the moment, because in most places it’s illegal or very expensive to feed the homeless.

But, according to people with cognitive dissonance, none of this matters. Taxes go to pay for the things they agree with, while willfully ignoring what they don’t agree with, including enforcing laws that put people behind bars for trying to do the right thing, such as feed the homeless. It doesn’t matter what the taxes go towards, because it’s still morally wrong in the first place.

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