This article was contributed by the vigilant Brandon Smith at Alt-Market.com. Please check out his work there.
SHTF PLAN Editor’s Note: As author Brandon Smith notes, the worst forms of tyranny come through subtle, long term action. Our gradual acclimation to collectivism has made society derail, with economic opportunity cut off from the masses, families unraveled, children made men and the state stronger at every interval with its control over money, media, politics and more. The illusion of choice has pacified us, while freedom is dying… and ordered eradicated under, yes, a tyranny.
There is every reason to stand firmly for what is right, stop going along and get angry about the tyranny enveloping us all.
Tyranny: It Pisses Me Off
Tyranny is not a wholly definable condition. There are many forms of tyranny and many levels of control that exist in any one society at any given time. In fact, the most despicable forms of tyranny are often the most subtle; the kinds of tyranny in which the oppressed are deluded into thinking that because they have “choices”, that necessarily makes them “free”. Tyranny at its very core is not always the removal of choice, but the filtering of choice – the erasure of options leaving only choices most beneficial to the system and its controllers.
The choice may be between freedom and security, individual opinion and societal coherency, personal principle or collective indulgeance, catastrophic war or disaster multiplied by complacency, terrorism or surveillance, economic manipulation or financial Armageddon. We are presented with these so called choices everyday and they are about to become even more of a bane in our regular lives. But these are often engineered options that do not represent reality. We are led to believe that only one path or the other can be taken; that there is no honorable way, only the lesser of two evils. I am done with false choices and the lesser of two evils. I prefer to create my own options.
Beyond method lies motivation; and tyranny begins where the best of intentions end. Every despotic action by government and collectivists today, from the NDAA, to the John Warner Defense Authorization Act, to mass electronic surveillance, to drones in our skies, to political correctness and social justice warrior tirades; all are given rationalization through “noble intentions”. Most tyrants are not high level dictators, corrupt corporate CEOs, or politically obsessed wannabe-demigods with aspirations of empire. In fact, tyrants can be found all around you every day, in friends, family and millions of people you’ve never met or heard of in your life. While the elites at the top of the pyramid are the originators of most tyrannical shifts, it is the little minded mini-tyrants hovering around you like blood-gutted mosquitoes in the mall, at the bar, at home, and at the office that make the designs of statists a possible reality.
They do not always participate directly in the construction of the cage. They just have a habit of doing nothing while it is being built around us. Some of them love the cage, and see it as a kind of affirmation of their own twisted ideals.
Tyranny is for the most part the forced imposition of contrary principles into the sacred space of the individual. That is to say, people create tyranny when they enact or support the invasion of their beliefs and desires onto those who only wish to be left alone. Tyranny is only minimally about physical control and far more about psychological control. Physical threats are merely keys to the doorway of the mind. And within this resides the great trick. Too many of the ignorant believe that tyranny requires jackboots, armbands and concentration camps in order to be real. In fact, tyranny begins with a single voice self-silenced by fear of collective disapproval and/or social and legal retribution.
True tyranny is born in the putrid slithering hive of group-think, where the lazy and incompetent find refuge within the protective egg sack of intellectual idiocy. Statists use the lie of abstract majority and the force of government to intrude upon the private ideals of those with opposing views. In the end, it is not enough for them to extort your silence – eventually, they will demand your conversion to their faith, to their collective. Basically, your rights end where their feelings begin.
Your thoughts and ideas are subject to approval. They are not your own in a collectivist system. THIS is what real tyranny is.
Real slavery is not possible unless the slave is made to accept or even love his servitude. The conditions of structure and restriction and permission and “license” are often ingrained into the minds of participating serfs until they cannot comprehend the world without such arbitrary things. Acting outside the established box isn’t even considered. The rules are simply the rules, even though most people have forgotten why or how. The more gullible proponents of social cohesion sometimes claim that the dichotomy between the individual and the collective is “false”. This is utter nonsense. If a collective is not VOLUNTARY, then it is by its very nature counter to the health and rights of the individual, which is why I always try to make the distinction between community and collectivism. Collectivism is entirely destructive to the individual because collectivist systems cannot survive without removing individual thought and action. The modus operandi of a collective is to erase independence so that the hive can function. Anyone who states that individualism and collectivism are “complementary” is either a liar, or a simpleton of the highest degree.
Written by Brandon Smith, Alt-Market
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