An article in today’s LewRockwell.com by Mark Crovelli speaks of why the Egyptian revolt failed. This line summarizes the reason.
It is not enough to demand elections, and it is not enough to demand freedom. Instead, what is ultimately needed is to cut off the beast’s funding and starve it to death. No dictatorship, junta or even republic in the world can survive if it cannot finance itself.
When a government can take your taxes from you even before it is in your pocket or checking account (tax withholding), it does not need to ask how you think the money should be spent. Don’t want the bailout of the big banks? Don’t want trillions spent on futile wars (“Terrorism”, “Drugs”)? Don’t want enormous bureaucracies (healthcare) where equally enormous fraud and waste is guaranteed? In a blink the money is spent and gone! It doesn’t matter what you want.
The only way to end tyranny like this is to take control of taxes, and that is exactly what cantons are designed to do. Freedom comes when you are able to choose what joint efforts at every territorial level are things you need and desire enough to pay for willingly. Everything else is slavery.
The recent events in Egypt that concluded with the toppling of Hosni Mubarak, provided a surprising lesson for me. The lesson began when I watched a video of a young Egyptian woman, Asmaa Mahfouz, pleading for people to join her in a protest on January 25th. She was repeating, in so many words, a line that was often used by various candidates during the 2010 congressional elections here in the US: man up. Put another way, she encouraged her fellow victims of Mubarak to come to the square and protest the injustice of life under endless martial law, as was the case for his entire 30 year reign.
Many days after watching this video, the real import began to hit me. It is futile to appeal to government for justice, especially a redress of injustices caused by government. The appeal must be addressed, if one is to have any hope for redress, to all one’s fellow victims of injustice. Or, to put it in ways more consistent with other things I have said here, the appeal for justice must be made to, and in the final analysis can only come from, our fellow serfs. The serfs, my fellow serfs, are the only ones who can free me from my slavery to the governments at various levels. It is their collusion and submission to government that perpetuates my slavery, as well as their own. It is their standing up together with me that will eventually end slavery for all of us.
Thomas Woods’ latest book, “Rollback“, is one book I will be buying (this evening) as a real book, and not a Kindle download, because I want to be able to pass it on to others to read. His writing is always excellent, his ideas spot on, his research impeccable. In all his previous writings he has pointed out the master / slave relationship that exists universally between the individual human being and every form of government-as-we-know-it. I don’t think we can ultimately change that relationship until we have voluntary organizations like cantons everywhere, but I am all for chipping away at the leviathan whenever and however possible, and by all accounts that is what this book is about.
Back in February 2006 I attended a talk he gave in Deptford, NJ, near my home, and cajoled him into a photo with me.