Tyranny can only happen when the people of that government do nothing to oppose said tyranny, and by lack of conscience, enable it; in other words, by lack of conscientious resistance.
The question then becomes, individual and states’ rights vs. secession from the Union, civil war, or use of force by federal troops upon sovereign peoples in response to this tyranny. Are these the only choices when injustice is thrust upon the people?
How can Americans stay committed to the Union – to the Spirit of America – to that which is good, and true, but oppose tyranny without being seditious, treasonous, or insight violence upon their fellow brothers?
Yes, by civil disobedience – through passive resistance, as a matter of conscience – by following right, and just actions, and by holding virtue precious.
“It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right [that which is virtuous]. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.… Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it [laws], even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice.” – Henry David Thoreau
Thus today, we find ourselves as American sovereigns with the dilemma of the“corrupt career politician” and the global elitist. Good people; politicians, finding themselves in a position where temptations overwhelm, and justice, rule of law, virtue imbued as ethics and morality, are lost to them.
Imagine the amount of money being “thrown their way,” many career politicians become consumed, self-serving, and beholden to the “fear of greed” whereby,“even the well-disposed are daily made agents of injustice.”
Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) (shown above) was an American author, poet, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading Transcendentalist (which is a belief that the ideal spiritual state transcends the physical experience; that Reality “transcends” the empirical). He was also a renowned abolitionist; actively resisting Civil War era physical slavery.
He asserted that because governments are typically more harmful than helpful, they therefore cannot be justified, stating:
“Democracy is no cure for this, as majorities simply by virtue of being majorities do not also gain the virtues of wisdom and justice. The judgment of an individual’s conscience is not necessarily or even likely inferior to the decisions of a political body or majority.”
Unfortunately the “majority” of Americans today, are not represented by their elected officials, and therefore the “wisdom of the majority” is not fully expressed, or is it?
- The fact is, “elected officials” are voted into office by a “majority.”
- Unless votes are manipulated through corruption (manipulation which we may possibly never know, one way, or the other).
- If politicians are inept, then the majority are idiots (as stated by Voltaire), for voting ineptitude and corruption into office.
- It would be logical then to assume that if ineptitude is voted into office, those who voted “are idiots,” since ineptitude (or, malice and greed), is so prevalent today, in, and throughout state and federal government.
- Why? Because Americans lack “wisdom.”
- Idiocy or ignorance? It would be idiocy if humanity continues to remain ignorant.
- Wisdom; pragmatic experience gained by the masses – by active civic participation. Practical civic experience by everyone; “the ethos of democracy,” is then the cure to political corruption or, if not embraced, maintains idiocy.
Thoreau points out:
“you serve your country poorly if you do so by suppressing your conscience in favor of the law [or elected officials] because your country needs consciences more than it needs [a majority of] conscienceless robots.”
“In matters of conscience, the ‘Law of Majority’ has no place.” – Gandhi
During the abolitionist fight against slavery in the mid 1800s, Thoreau stated that it is disgraceful to be associated with the United States government in particular, he said:
“I cannot for an instant recognize as my government that which is the slave’s government also.”
Today, would not Thoreau also stand against “entitlement slavery,” as well as flawed social theory or capitalist manipulation, with the same irreverence, and resistance?
The government, according to Thoreau, is not just a little corrupt, or unjust in the course of doing its otherwise-important work, but in fact the government is primarily an agent of corruption and injustice.
From this Thoreau said, “it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize.”
“Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.” – Aristotle
Thus we see that anyone of good conscience who would “do no harm,” are more likely not to start a violent revolution, holding virtue their ally, unlike those whom advocate violence to further their own ego agenda, which has nothing to do with the well being of humanity… Again, history proves this! (When will humanity learn from history?)
Political philosophers though, have advised caution concerning revolution because of the upheaval of revolution, causing loss of life, suffering, and great expense.
From their point view of violent revolution, they are correct, but…
As previously stated, nonviolent passive resistance is superior in overcoming insanity, because logically, and thus mathematically, only positive energy (being additive), can overcome negative energy (which is divisive, or subtractive).
Violence begets violence, and insanity breeds insanity. As such, negativity does not produce a positive outcome.
Therefore violence is not the answer, nor the way to overcome tyranny.
However, Thoreau stated that:
“…such a cost/benefit analysis is not [even] appropriate when the government is actively facilitating an injustice [in any form] like slavery.”
Although, if a cost/benefit analysis was actually evaluated on Civil War era slavery, comparing improved production output by well paid labor vs. slave labor, the calculated cost savings would naturally favor abolishment of such ineffective “slave” labor production methods, e.g., why would a slave “work hard,” thus in effect decreasing production? Where, a well paid laborer “working hard,” with incentives, would work faster, increasing production, thus producing cost savings and increased profits.
The same is proved out when evaluating the cost of “entitlements,” as well as the ineffective models of communism and socialism.
The “cost” of the slavery of “entitlements,” the domination, and murder of communism, and the flawed egalitarian beliefs of socialism all, which are social injustices’ of such magnitude, that only the insane would actually “believe” that they hold any “value or benefit.” (Oh wait, “mass murder” has value according to the “great philosopher” Mao Zedong…)
The actual point Thoreau is making is not about monetary value, but about the true “value” of morality. In other words, the natural “by product” of Higher Esoteric Ideals, is an overall exaltation across all aspects of Life; positive edification improves all areas of human experience.
Logically then, the inverse is equally true.
The lack of “exaltation” would naturally diminish all aspects of human experience; such as the devalued human experience imposed by socialist’s beliefs; entitlements foster lack.
Though, if science would actually measure the cost analysis to society of the value of virtue, what would that benefit be? Let us take a moment to examine:
The root meaning of virtue is “righteousness, an effective force” and must logically be considered an “energy of positive action,” as its meanings imply.
Positive energy “in action” is cumulative. When more and more positive energy or action is applied to a situation, logically the effect of the “additive positive action” (or virtue) moves from additive, to the multitudinous (a vast positive number), because it multiplies the added positive action upon itself.
In other words, when True Virtue is added to any situation the positive reaction moves towards the exponential; or the Infinite.
Because all “Life is mathematically precise and logical,” the true value of virtue (where morality, and ethics stem), if fully nurtured, would provide mankind with anAbundance so vast, its value is literally incalculable.
Inversely, the cost of flawed egalitarian beliefs, being “negative or divisive;” dividing or subtracting from itself, i.e., “stealing from one,” to “give” to another, leads to the negative downward spiral of self-destruction.
Is it just, or unjust, to hold part of humanity to “entitlements?” A slavery in which the “entitled” are not even aware that they are slaves, nor the “toll,” and “wage,” stolen from those who earn for themselves, but forced to “pay” for the “entitled.” All the while society through lack of conscience, or active resistance – are actually unconsciously colluding with this injustice – by not resisting the immorality of enslavement and theft.
Is this not insanity?
Is it not insane, let alone arrogant for some to believe that stealing from one, to give to another, is just? That theft, is morally acceptable? The ego then twists morality to its’ own ends. Is this not obviously flawed logic, in fact, completely illogical?
Yet again, another flawed example of the illogic of social egalitarian beliefs, justifying immorality; theft from those who earn for themselves, binding both those who are stolen from, to those who are taught that they are “entitled” to that which is stolen. All the while elitists hope that neither will become aware of the slavery; the insanity, the injustice in which both are bound. (To the ego, “the ends justify the means”!)