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The Metaphysics of the State: Why Biden’s Supreme Court pick, based primarily on race and sex, was completely rational

I have heard heard conservative and libertarian media pundits, academics, journalists, and intellectuals complain about Joe Biden’s recent U.S. Supreme Court pick of Ketanji Brown Jackson. Biden’s criteria was simple and straightforward—his nominee was to be, first and foremost, a black female. This was in keeping with his campaign promise to nominate a justice upon such criteria should he get the chance. He did, and here we are.

The problem, were are told, is that we should not be choosing those who shall serve on the highest legal court in the land, for life, according to immutable characteristics such as race and sex, but rather on “individual merit”.

I just have to laugh, here. I mean no disrespect, but seriously, the government wouldn’t exist if it acknowledged that individual merit was actually a thing. My goodness…I’m incredulous every time I think about just how unaware conservative and libertarian thinkers really are.

Anyway…

This assertion that Supreme Court nominees should be assessed on “individual merit” is of course rooted in what is ultimately a metaphysical premise regarding the nature of human beings. To declare that people must not be judged as members of a collective, exhibiting the proper, yet spurious, group-identity marker, or markers, such as race and sex, is to declare that what really makes a human being a human being is their individuality.

Well, what does that mean?

One’s singular, conscious frame of reference—that’s what it means to be an individual. What makes you uniquely YOU, is that you observe, interpret, and manifest your existence from a single existential frame of reference. This frame of reference is, functionally, the distinction between YOU and OTHER, where OTHER is other persons (other individuals), and the environment (the material context for the practical manifestation of Self-ness).

The distinction between Self and Other is the inexorable distinction between all human beings, and is why every one of us is morally equal to everyone else. No one person is any better than any other person, because “better” would mean possessing greater existential value. This of course is impossible since each individual is a function of an absolute and singular conscious frame of reference. In other words, each one of us is, at root, absolutely ourselves, and thus each one of us equally exists as Self. No one person has more or less existence than any other—to assert otherwise is obviously ludicrous. Thus, one cannot make an existential value distinction between individuals. Everyone, by dint existing as a singular Self, is morally equal. They have equal value and relevance to Reality,

The argument which naturally follows is this: Does this mean that the murderer and the thief, for example, are as “good” as anyone else? If all of us are morally equal at root because we all equally exist, what difference then does it make what a person does with his existence? How can we judge the murderer and the thief as evil if the plumb line for moral value is simply existing.

Here is the answer: The murderer and the thief have, by their choices and actions, utterly rejected themselves…that is, they have rejected their own existence as Self. In doing this, they no longer have meaning nor purpose, and thus can have no value.

Let me try to explain.

By violating the life and property of their fellow human beings they have forfeited all of their existential value by declaring, implicitly or explicitly, that such value is a lie. In other words, he who commits murder and theft rejects, first and foremost, their own individuality, and by this, their own fundamental worth. Having utterly devalued themselves, and so stripped themselves of any rational meaning and purpose to anyone or anything else, the criminal forces others to deal with him as a rank existential aberration—an object threat to individuality, not an expression of it. In other words, once the criminal rejects his own existence by engaging in theft or murder, he can be of no meaning, purpose, or value to others, and thus others have a moral right (and a moral obligation) to restrain him, and if needs must, eliminate him. To boil it down to a simplistic metaphor: If the glass refuses to hold water, then it has become nothing to me, an I shall throw it away.

There is much more to be said about this, but I will move on to the main point of this article.

The argument is that we should be selecting Supreme Court candidates based on their individual characteristics—how they think, how they interpret the law, their personal philosophies and morals, their individual experience in this or that school, this or that post, etcetera, etcetera—and not on collective, superficial, identity markers such as race and sex.

The problem, however, and one which our conservative and libertarian friends never seem to quite grasp for reasons that escape me, is that government is a collectivist institution, not an individualist one. In other words, the State simply cannot judge anyone according to their individual merit because the State does not and cannot recognize that individuality actually exists.

When I say that government is a collectivist institution, I mean that its very establishment is rooted in collectivist metaphysics, not individualist metaphysics, and these are mutually exclusive. The government exists to govern, and to govern means, fundamentally, to coerce behavior by violence and threats of violence. There is no such thing as government outside of this. None. There is no other real purpose for government besides coercing human behavior in order to serve the interest of a given Collective ideal.

In the case of the United States, the government claims in its founding documents to act on behalf of what it calls “The People”. However, one should not take this to mean “the persons”…even if the Founding Fathers intended it to mean this, because, given the nature of government, it can’t. No, no…these are completely different categories, rooted in completely different metaphysics. “Persons” are a group of individuals. “People” are a a sociopolitical entity to which individuals are inexorability fused. Put simply, the individual is a function of the People, not the other way around.

Government is Authority and Authority is Force. The government cannot consider one’s individual merit because as far as government is concerned, there is no such thing as the individual. It cannot consider one’s individual experience, because individual experience is by definition a function of one’s individual existence, which the collectivist metaphysics of government do not recognize.

Government does not and cannot and never will act in the interest of the individual, but only in the interest of the Collective Ideal it represents. This makes sense even on a the most rudimentary of logical basis. I mean, think about it. Think about the nature of your individual existence—what makes you YOU—and the complexity of it, and then see how stupid and ludicrous is the idea that somehow all which makes you individually you can be compelled/coerced by some third party Authority outside of you, which you most likely have never met and will never meet, and which knows nothing about you as a person. Think about the thousands of choices you make per day; your fleeting whims; your changing opinions; your capricious tastes; the fundamentally unpredictable nature of your environment from moment to moment; your fluid schedule, daily, weekly, monthly, or at the very least yearly. Even the most organized and regimented among us is faced with a thousand options per day and a mind that is constantly analyzing and assessing, evaluating and critiquing; and though it may seem like many of us simply operate on rote in some meta existential context, I can assure that this is not the case. Existence is contextualized to the individual…you observe and manifest your life from a singular conscious frame of reference. You are, at root, an “I”, not a “We”, and you know this in your heart. There can be no such thing as a fundamentally plural existential frame of reference. The relative relationship between environment and observer, which is a necessary prerequisite for Reality, Itself, can only work if the observer is singular. A “plurality of root observation”, or, simplified, a “plural observer”,” is a contradiction in terms. Sometimes you hear it called a “collective consciousness”. It’s complete nonsense.

For the government to presume that it can control the individual without denying individuality is a lie; and until we all understand this, government will continue to reduce humanity to corpses and chaos, just as it has always done and will always do, because that is all its nature can allow.

All this being said, it is a farce to think that the government can ever fundamentally judge a person based on their “individual merit”, as though the State is able to acknowledge that such a thing exists, let alone care about it. For the government to acknowledge individual merit—to acknowledge that the indiviudal is capable of any meaningful manifestation of his or her existence without the presumption and intrusion of the State—is for the government to deny its own legitimacy and thus its own existence.

The government will always and forever collectivize humanity…and, again, this is entirely unavoidable because it is a function of government’s nature at root. If the government is not collectivizing humanity, then it is not the government. The government will never consider one’s “individual merit”, for the simple reason that it doesn’t accept “the individual” as a legitimate existential concept. The government will judge, vet, review, examine, and consider every single of one us, be it a Supreme Court nominee or the guy selling oranges on the street near the quarry, only according to whatever Collective Ideal it decides it is manifesting and expressing at any given moment—in modern U.S. terms, Social Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The government will value each and every one of us based upon the degree to which we serve and affirm this Collective Ideal, and this means that it will not judge us according to the complexity of individual characteristics, but the superficiality of group identity—that is, whether we are black or not. and female or not, with respect to the case of Biden’s Supreme Court nomination.

The government will never consider a Supreme Court nominee, nor anyone else, for a position on the basis of “individual merit”, and it has never really done so. Just because the Collective Ideal which makes one valuable to the State happens to be more ham-fisted, less nuanced, today (i.e. skin color and genitalia) than perhaps in the past doesn’t mean that the government is any more tolerant of the individual.

Biden simply did what was, in fact, the most rational thing he could do in picking a Supreme Court nominee: Promote the interests of the State over those of human beings.

What else is new?

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Authoritarians are as Suicidal as They are Homicidal

The tyrants cannot win for the simple reason that the goal they set for themselves does not exist.

Imagine you are on a road to Reno, and you are well aware that it only goes to Reno, yet you simultaneously expect that it shall also take you to Las Vegas and not to Reno. When it doesn’t take you to Vegas, but to Reno, you check your map and see that, indeed, the road you are on only goes to Reno.

Well, obviously the map is lying, you decide. You insist that the map should somehow show that the road leads to Reno and also leads to Vegas, not Reno. So you throw it away and buy a new map. But that map also says that the road you are on only leads to Reno, so of course that map must be lying, too. In fact, all the maps must be lying, so you attempt draw your own map where the road both leads to Reno and not to Reno, but to Vegas. This proves impossible so you blame it on faulty pen and paper. You try different pen and different paper, but you still can’t manage to draw the map, so you decide that all pens and all paper are bad. You try again to go to Reno and not Reno at the same time, but fail. You think that maybe your car is the problem, so you sell it and get a new car. But that car also takes you only to Reno. You take a bus, but again you end up in Reno. You walk, but you end up in Reno. At this point your money runs out so you beg and then steal and yet nothing works. Over and over again you wind up in Reno. Finally, starving, exhausted, hopeless, penniless, and crippled, you are left with only one conclusion: Reality, itself, is the problem. Reality is a fraud. Only by finding a “new Reality”, a “true Reality”, will you find Las Vegas on the road which only takes you to Reno. The solution to your problem is thus what it always was: death. You must evacuate existence to find your way. You can’t find Vegas by way of the road you are on in this life, but perhaps you can in the next.

What do you think happens in the next life?

Nothing. That’s what. No satisfaction. Because in the next life Vegas still isn’t where it is supposed to be because the problem still hasn’t been addressed…and the problem is of course your assumption that a road which cannot take you to place where it does not go simultaneously can take you to a place where it does not go. The real problem is that you cannot functionally apply your contradiction to any reality, and have any reality actually affirm it by manifesting an actual thing. And in the process of attempting to tangibly create the square circle, so to speak, you destroy yourself. You trade the truth for a lie…a lie which makes your very conscious frame of reference impossible. It is the lie which says that what IS simultaneously IS NOT; that A is also NOT A; that the presence of A implies the absence of A. You will pursue this lie for all eternity, because that’s the only possible way to properly manifest your “existence”, you have decided. In other words, by your existence, you will relentlessly pursue the absence of your existence. What will follow is eternal death—a painful damnation where you pursue a goal for all eternity which does not exist. Endless misery without relief, because the relief that would have come is a function of a rational premise that you rejected long ago. This rational premise is thus: that what is true must be conceptually consistent; that A is not simultaneously NOT A; that the road which only leads to Reno cannot simultaneously lead to Vegas (or to NOT Reno).

You might be tempted to be unconcerned, or only mildly concerned, at this kind of damnation. For, after all, you say to yourself, you have free will, right? You have choice. At any moment you can simply decide that your premise is incorrect—that you can and likely will, eventually, wake up and realize that the way out of hell is to accept the simple truth that the road which only leads to Reno cannot also lead to Vegas.

But will you?

Of course you won’t. If you could, you would have done it already, If there was nothing in the first life which could change your mind, then there will be nothing in the second, or the third, or the fourth…and so on. You have sent yourself to hell, and it is you who will keep you there. You sent yourself to hell by murdering your own consciousness at the alter of Contradiction.

Don’t pretend that there is hope in hell. Hell, by its very nature, is hopelessness. You have chosen a “reality” where you clearly observe that the road you are on cannot take you to Vegas yet you insist that it also must take you to Vegas. You are willing to die (and thus kill) for the contradiction, and you do. In that “reality” what choice do you really have? In what sense are you not eternally trapped? Reason is dead to you and you are dead to it. You wanted an existence where contradiction is reality, and you got it.

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Authoritarians are collectivists; collectivists are ideologues; ideologues are merely peddlers of Contradiction-as-Truth. Authoritarians presume that they are the incarnation of a Divine, Determinist Force—that to which I refer as the Collective Ideal. As I have explained many times on this blog, the Ideal can be virtually anything—-the Workers, Diversity, Social Justice, Climate Justice, god or the gods, the Nation, the Church, the Tribe, the Race, We the People, the Culture, Evolution, Natural Law, Mathematical Processes, etcetera, etcetera. It can even simply be the Authoritarian, himself…any old widget can be the One from which springs All That Is.

The metaphysical crux of collectivism is the fundamental denial of the Individual. Consciousness of one’s Self is ultimately an illusion; Truth and Reality are fundamentally exclusive of individual consciousness. Truth and Reality are (somehow) dictated to the Individual from the “objective reality outside” himself. To assert that one’s own Self—one’s own conscious frame of reference—is actually that by which reality is given meaning and thus defined in the first place is considered merely an exercise in pure solipsism and moral relativism.

This is a lie for reasons which I will not go into here, but suffice to say, the rejection of individual consciousness is at the heart of all collectivist ideologies, and thus is at the heart of all governments, because government is utterly a product of collectivist metaphysics. Thus the rejection of individual consciousness is at the heart of all authoritarians; authoritarianism is the logical conclusion of government, period. There is no such thing as a tyrant who is not also an explicit or implicit expression of government.

The authoritarian contradiction then is the idea that man must be systematically forced, tyrannized, out of Himself, his absolute existential frame of reference, into truth and reality, because his consciousness—the very fact that he observes reality from a frame of reference of his own Self—is his Original Sin; it is the lie which is his root nature. Authoritarians then proceed to mold man’s “false” reality into the “truth” of the Collective Ideal. They force individuals into the Collective by violence, threats of violence, propaganda, and outright fraud, because this is the individual’s “proper place” so the ideology tells them.

Naturally this never works, because collectivist metaphysics are utterly contradictory, and so Authoritarians, never ones to forsake their stupidity and madness, merely dig deeper into the ideology and forge ahead, the bodies piling ever higher and higher until their own is eventually thrown upon the heap.

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At first it’s relatively easy. A convenient and perhaps even somewhat (ostensibly) plausible “other” is identified, targeted, scapegoated, exploited, rounded up and, at first, deported (if possible or plausible), then imprisoned, and eventually murdered, which was the plan all along. (This move is easier if the masses are intellectually somnolent and emotionally stunted, which, welcome to Anywhere, U.S.A., 2022.)

When this doesn’t “fix” things and usher in the Collectivist Utopia—which it can’t because there is no such thing, because it is rooted in a metaphysical contradiction, and one cannot actually build and apply a “square circle”, so to speak—then what happens? Do we think that the Authoritarians take a long look in the mirror, thoughtfully ponder the situation, and begin to reevaluate their ideas, daring to consider that the problem may actually lie with them?

Sorry. Didn’t mean to make you laugh. What can I say? I’m a funny guy.

No, of course they don’t do any of that…these people are political ideologues, and it is not in their interest or nature to presume anything other than that the Collective Ideal is perfect, and therefore they, being the practical incarnation of the Ideal on earth, are likewise perfect, and therefore the fault must necessarily be with someone else. Once the convenient “others” have been eliminated—the (ostensibly) obvious “outsiders”—then the Authoritarians turn their bloody gaze closer to home. There must be other others lurking around somewhere, most certainly within in their own ranks, they decide. Naturally they find these traitors, fill up the mass graves yet again, and sit back and wait for utopia to materialize.

This of course doesn’t happen, because again it can’t—the square is as far from also being a circle as it always was, so what happens?

You see where this is going.

The Authority simply cannibalizes itself. With each purge it finds itself as far away from Perfect Utopia as ever—utopia always just around the corner from the next genocide. More and more are purged, sacrificed for the great Ideal, but the reward never comes. There is always one more rebel or traitor to gas or shoot, one more expression of individualism to crush, one more industry to smash, one more war to wage, one more book to burn, one more government program to inflict, one more day to hope and change, until finally all that is left is for the Authoritarians to realize that, just like the one who cannot get to Las Vegas by the road which only leads to Reno, the problem must be Reality itself. If Reality is going to be this damn stubborn, then so be it. Reality must be a fraud. With nothing left to do, the Authoritarians “escape” to death, find themselves in hell, and live out their irreconcilable madness, and the consequent torment which it breeds, for all eternity.

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Questions Which Can Have No Answer…:Why benevolent government is impossible (part three)

Question two is thus:

How shall we rob them to protect their private property?

I know it’s a a bit cliche, but that doesn’t make it untrue:

Taxation is theft.

Most of us reject this assertion as merely the screed of crazy anarchists. It’s just them barking. Everyone knows that we must have taxes…even the most hardened libertarians, and certainly conservatives, have zero problem with taxation in principle. Heck, we are reminded that even Jesus didn’t outright condemn Caesar’s tax (however, he did not pay it out of his labor, but out of a fish…who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?). If God doesn’t have a problem with taxation, then surely it must be reasonable, and more than that, entirely moral.

Well, I’m not convinced that God ever actually affirms taxation anymore than he ever actually affirms slavery, or war, or a host of other various state institutions in the Old and/or New Testaments, but that’s a different discussion.

At any rate, here is why taxation is theft…and it is the thing which is most downplayed by defenders and apologists:

When it coms to paying your taxes, you have no choice.

This alone is proof of theft. If someone claims a right to your property whether you want to give it to them or not, then this person is a thief, period. Give it any euphemistic title you want; couch it within the auspices of as many grand and ancient institutions as you like; puff it up with non sequiturs like “representation” and “constitutional rights” and “free elections” until the cows come home, it doesn’t change the fact that taking your property regardless of your will is theft.

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Unfortunately, Volunteerism/Anarchism is simply a non-starter when it comes to the vast majority of political options. The fetishization of natural (metaphysical) human insufficiency has become, over millennia, a casual acceptance of some mystical yet axiomatic existential need of the masses to be enslaved and controlled by other, much smaller numbers of human beings. This means that government is axiomatic, even a-priori, to human existence; and this, of course, means taxation. In other words, the reason taxation is given a moral pass where other flavors of theft are not is because taxation is inexorably connected to the perceived basic existential need of man to be governed. That is, without the ruling class, humanity must necessarily go extinct, because the nature of man is such that he is fundamentally incapable of governing himself as an individual.

The very insufficient nature of man to execute and promote his own existence means that he must be governed—that is, coerced, fundamentally, by a governing Authority. How it is that man, being insufficient to his own existence, can decide which other existentially insufficient men shall rule over him…well, all such rulers are always in some sense “divinely” appointed, hence the completely mystical roots of all governments. At any rate, as far as the metaphysics go then, we must have some version of the State, and therefore we must have some version of taxation, because there must be some way for the state to acquire the funds with which to execute its duties, and therefore we are told that taxation simply cannot be theft because without the state to rule over men, men wouldn’t, or couldn’t, exist in the first place. However, the claim that the government is needed so that man can exist in the first place is really to claim the that the government must be man for man. Or rather more precisely put, the state doesn’t affirm man, it seeks to possess him and thus it nullifies him. Man must inevitably function as a direct and absolute extension of the state…and this ends up making the government-citizen relationship merely that of slave-master.

From these metaphysical roots of government we can see that though one may claim theft is immoral, the argument against this will take some form of: morality only exists in the first place because the government makes human life possible. The government cannot be acting against that which is, in short, a direct function of itself. In other words, your very life is a direct function of the state…without the state, you cannot exist. Ergo, the state is you, for you. Taxation cannot be theft because the state cannot steal from itself.

Sound crazy? It should, because it is…nevertheless these ideas are at the root of government, and therefore taxation. You are merely an extension of the state. The government utterly owns you, because your existence at root is in actuality its existence; and again, the government cannot steal from what it already owns. Alakazaam, poof! as my friend John Immel says, taxation is moral.

Now, you’d think that with all of the copious amounts of evidence of the object failure of governments—the wars, famines, exploitations, holocausts, slavery, mass murder, pervasive corruption—it would be a bit easier to convince people that this “logic” to which they have been subjected for thousands and thousands of years is a lie, but alas, it is near impossible. People are committed almost immovably to the idea that government is inexorability and inalienably tied to their own life in sum and substance. It is a hill they will die on…and millions, if not billions, have.

So, yes, because we simply must have the state, we must have taxation, so we believe.

Now, many times people are not without conceding to some extent that taxation is not particularly pleasant, nor convenient, and that taxes are too high and could and should be lower. They might even concede that the proclivity of taxation to rapidly become overbearing, inefficient, and outright wasteful might make it in some sense evil. However, they would prefer to call it a “necessary evil”.

Yeah, about that.

The difference,between too much tax and just the right about amount of tax…the difference between the morality of taxation and the immortality of taxation…the difference between the “necessary evil” of taxation and the actually evil evil of taxation is simply the irrational and meaningless question of “how much?” But this is not how morality works, of course. Morality is not a sliding scale. Something is either evil or it is not. Something is either up or down, left or right, this or that, yes or no…to make opposites a function of some sliding scale means that at the point along the continuum where they meet they become “both” and “neither”. In other words, where good and evil meet they contradict each other, which actually nullifies the entire scale. So, no, taxation, like anything else labeled as such, is not a “necessary evil”. It is either evil or it is good.

If it’s good, then so must any government commandeering of any or all your private property, because what you own, you own. You do not own some of your property and not own the rest of it…this is a contradiction. So if the state can claim a right to own any and all of what you earned, this of course means that there is no such thing as private property at all. The government owns everything, and thus the government owns you. If you do not own the product of your own labor then that which you use to do that labor, your body and your mind, is likewise by logical extension not your own. Again, the metaphysics of government mean that you don’t really exist. Which is why you have no property, not even yourself. The government owns everything; and it is thus the only thing that owns anything. Ironically this means that the government doesn’t actually tax anyone since there is no one else as far as it is concerned, and therefore there is no private property, but that’s by the by.

If taxation is evil then the state is not legitimate and thus, for all efficacious and practical purposes, it does not exist. The purpose of the state is to own everything and therefore to become everyone and everything. Which means that there can be no real distinction between that which the state is and that which it is not, in which case it cannot be defined, and therefore cannot be said to be anything at all.

Either way, taxation is an utterly irrational, impossible, futile ideal and institution. It can neither promote nor affirm the individual and can achieve no outcome except that of chaos and destruction. Taxation is a square circle…try as we might, no such thing can really be produced. The codification and institution of “legalized theft” is a meaningless endeavor which can never achieve anything except the obliteration of anyone or anything which attempts to implement it.

Taxation is a blank check the ruling class writes to itself. Taking a cursory look back at the history of mankind, does that seem like a recipe for success?

Still, there are many, many true believers out there, left, right, and center of the political continuum. Taxation can work, they insist,…we just need to find the right amount. If we can just answer the question of how much theft is “good” theft and how much is bad, then we could have an effective and moral tax system. How much theft is not really theft, and how much is actually theft…answering that is the key. The fact that such a stupid and illogical question can have no answer because it’s not a real question seems to be beside the pint.

Yes, this IS literally the question with which they wrestle, though they may not, or may not be able, to put it in so many words.

Let me ask: At what point do we decide that one owns his property but also does not own it?

This is a question that cannot be answered, because it is absurd. It is either your property or it is not, period. To put taxation on a sliding moral scale is nonsensical, because it is to claim that there is some point where your property can be considered also not your property., and thus subject to government commandeering, To put taxation in the category of “necessary evil”, is to claim that at some point taxation becomes theft where it wasn’t before. But how do you divide that baby, so to speak? At what point can your private property that you earned become to some degree or percentage that which you did not in fact earn…and further, who gets to decide?

You?

That’s funny, because if you could decide for yourself how much it should reasonably and morally cost for you to be controlled then you wouldn’t need to be controlled and thus there would be no need for government in the first place; and therefore you wouldn’t need taxing and thus the question is entirely moot.

Allow me to beat the dead horse of “necessary evil” a bit longer. As one who despises logical fallacy and therefore despises contradiction (I submit that all logical fallacies are simply contradictions at root) I feel I must exhaustively emphasize the logical failure of this aphorism.

I’ve heard, as I’m sure you have, “necessary evil” a million times to excuse all manner of moral atrocity, from war to taxation to public school, to government itself, and I am positively apoplectic at how such a nonsensical assertion passes for reason so often with so many people. It is an indication of how far humanity has lost itself to the lie that up can also be down, one can be zero, the square can be the circle.

Look, you simply cannot practically or meaningfully apply contradiction. That which is contradictory to reality is impossible. You cannot have a “necessary evil” because all this is is the assertion that what is evil is simultaneously what is good.

This is a lie. If it’s good, then by definition it’s not evil, and vice versa. If it’s necessary to a good end, then it is a good thing, not an evil thing. It cannot be both. Period. You cannot have a square circle, an up which is down, a black which is white, a yes which is no, a trinity which is a singularity (a three which is one)…and you cannot have a good which is evil…and do you know what else you cannot have? Cooperative theft, which is what we are claiming when we say that taxation is simply the necessary action of a benevolent state working for the good of the individual. Once the state decides that it has a right to your property, then it becomes a thief, period. If the government possesses the authority to take your property against your will, which is precisely what taxation is, then it is not a benevolent state simply cooperating with the people to achieve a free society, it is a rapacious ruling class expanding its own power and wealth at the expense of the masses.

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A contradiction is the fundamental assertion, in its most basic form, that what IS also and simultaneously IS NOT. Whenever I mention contradiction as something like saying that up cannot be down, or left cannot be right, I know that someone is thinking ‘left can be right or up can be down depending on the frame of reference, so, yes, in fact left can also be right and up can also be down. A left turn to me will look like a right turn for someone looking from the opposite frame of reference.’

This is not what I’m talking about; this is not contradiction. What a contradiction is is the assertion that something IS and also IS NOT simultaneously. That is, from all conceptual (abstract), and/or observational frames of reference, at all times. In other words, it is the idea that you can observe, from your singular conscious frame of reference, at all times, that X is also Y; A is also B. Of course, no such thing is possible…if I gave you a thousand years you could not possibly, in picture or word, imagine such a thing. It is utterly impossible for you to imagine that something both is and is not, simultaneously, from the singular frame of reference of your mind’s eye.

Do you know why this is…why no one, anywhere, of any intelligence, can do such a thing? It is because contradiction is the antithesis of consciousness. The ability to conceptualize, simultaneously, IS and IS NOT contradicts conceptualization…which is the root of consciousness. The ability to conceptualize perception into language demands that concepts are not mutually exclusive. Rather, conceptual consistency is that which must necessarily flow from conceptualization. Conceptual consistency is how ideas are formed and successfully communicated. Should concepts contradict, ideas are utterly impossible. Without conceptual consistency, there can be no ideas, and thus no meaning and thus no truth. Which makes consciousness—the being aware of you and that which is around you, and thus the distinction between what is you and what is your environment, and conceptually what is you and what is NOT you, and thus how to manifest yourself within that environment by naming and valuing You and NOT You, such as “you” as opposed to your “environment”—fundamentally irrelevant. If consciousness exists, and conceptualization is real, then contradiction must be purely ideological at best. It’s never a real thing, so to speak..

In short, if contradiction is real then your consciousness is nullified, in which case, you simply wouldn’t exist to notice that contradiction is real.

I know this is all quite long-winded, but it is important that we tease these things out so that we can understand why something like “necessary evil” is not merely a cute little saying but rather a philosophical rationale which leads to all kinds of moral and practical horrors like the ability of the state to take money from its citizens by what is, at root, fraud and violence, and to at least implicitly, but often explicitly, claim that it has some divine, transcendent authority to do so—and this is because the state is a contradiction, and only by appealing to the “divine” can the cognitive dissonance pass for “truth”, even if the divine Ideal is simply “the People”, or “We the people”.

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Taxation is the state taking your property from you without your consent. That’s what it is; and taking your property without your consent is theft.

“But, Argo”, you might protest. “I don’t mind the government taxing me. I am happy to do my part and pay my taxes…since I willingly pay, it cannot be theft, right?”

If you don’t mind, then you are right, it is not theft…but it’s also not taxation. It’s cooperation. Cooperation and government are by definition mutually exclusive. People who cooperate are not governed. Cooperation is exclusive of force, and therefore exclusive of authority, and therefore exclusive of government, and therefore exclusive of taxation. To attempt to square the circle by claiming that taxation is not theft because you don’t mind, or even enjoy, paying your taxes doesn’t really work. Because it’s not up to you anyway. That is, your statement that you don’t mind being taxed is a complete non-sequitur. The state doesn’t care whether you mind or not…that’s the point. Because to the state, what is the difference? Whether you care or not, what you want or not, what you think or don’t think about taxation is completely irrelevant. They are going to take your property. The thief doesn’t spend any amount of time giving a shit whether or not you care if they take your stuff, and neither, ultimately, does the state. The ruling class may sedate you with the bromide of “representative government’ or “free elections” or “constitutional rights”, but this isn’t because they care what you think, it’s all about making it easier for themselves. Sorry if that sounds so awfully cynical…it’s not actually cynicism, it’s realism. Because it doesn’t matter how kind or noble or altruistic or benevolent any given politician might be, the fundamental nature of the state is utterly antagonistic to individual life, liberty, and property. It is entirely metaphysical. No politician thus has any choice in the matter…that is, ultimately they shall treat you like a slave to be exploited…a means to their own end. The government can only, by its very root nature, work in service its own limitless self-expansion and insatiable appetite for power at the expense of everything and everyone else, period. No master, no matter how benevolent and kind, can truly cooperate with his slaves, because that is simply not the nature of the institution.

On that note, let’s talk about “free elections” for a moment, as often you will hear people say something like, “we can always change the system (including taxation) by voting for different people.”

To say that in a benevolent governmental system you “freely elect” the your leaders is, again, the smuggling of contradiction into the argument. You cannot freely elect one who is to be in authority over you, in the same way a slave cannot freely elect his master…and even if he could, he’d still be a slave. The idea that having a different master makes you less of a slave is laughably ridiculous.

This relates to taxation this way…that is, the minarchist argument is something like: if we only have to pay X amount of tax if we elect authority A, then taxation is fine. We will pay only a small amount, covering just the basic government functions.

LOL…as if you get to decide what your authority’s functions are. As if the slave dictates terms to his master. Moreover, this is like stating that if a thief only takes your lawn mower but not your car then he is not really a thief. I submit that the thief who realizes he can take your lawnmower without any repercussions will soon realize that he can also take your car…and where will you draw the line? By what logic? You own both of them, but to say that to take the lawn mower against your will is fine but not the car is is to split the idea of “ownership”. You own the car, but the lawnmower you only sort of own….you own it but you don’t. X is also Y. IS is also IS NOT. Nonsense.

The truth is that you either own both or you own neither. If the thief can take one by some “rationale” that he has concocted in his little criminal mind then he can also take the other, and he will.

If you say you don’t mind if the thief takes the lawn mower and/or the car, and you strike some kind of accord with him, well then, he’s not actually a thief. He’s not taking anything by force…you are volunteering to give it to him…you are cooperating. He is no longer presuming some ineffable, inexplicable, mystical, divine “right” to take your mower whether you like it or not. He doesn’t pretend to be in some kind ot authority . This is voluntary value exchange, not some kind of fantastical admixture of theft and cooperation.

We play these games with taxation. We say we don’t mind, but if we don’t mind then its not taxation. There need to be no tax laws. It’s just good old fashioned cooepration. The very fact that there are tax laws and that if you don’t pay your taxes you get punished should be all the evidence you need to see that there is nothing moral nor rational about taxation. It’s theft. Period. Full stop. Cliche or not.

The benevolent government steals from us in order to protect, promote, perpetuate, and preserve our right to private property.

How’s that been working out for us?

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Questions Which Can Have No Answer are Not Actually Questions: Why benevolent government is impossible (and the lie of “free democratic elections”, and touching upon Is-Ought), part 1

The ruling, or political class, in order to establish and preside over a benevolent State must answer some questions first. As you will readily deduce, these are questions for which answers are impossible, because the nature of the questions precludes them. Thus, they are not real questions. And yet, they must be answered in order for the government to be benevolent…hence the unsolvable problem, as it were.

Here we shall define “benevolent” as that which promotes, nurtures, and defends individual life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness, the codification of which can be most readily seen in the United States Bill of Rights, I submit. However, if you don’t accept this definition of “benevolent”, then I presume you have another frame of reference for moral value other than that of the individual. That would be a hard thing to justify as you’d necessarily be advocating for a collective moral frame of reference (i.e the Greater, or Common, Good), as opposed to an individual one, because if not an individual moral frame of reference then your only alternative is a collective one. Yet you’d necessarily be advocating this collective moral frame of reference from your individual existential frame of reference.

See the contradiction?

The problem is that you’d be splitting up knowledge and value into two completely different, and further, mutually exclusive, frames of reference. The individual has knowledge, as evidenced by the fact that you are, as an individual, making a truth claim (i.e. collective moral value), but only the collective is able to make value judgements.

Here is the error: Without value judgements, the individual cannot actually apply his knowledge…but un-applicable knowledge is not knowledge. For example, you cannot know that an apple is different from a rock unless you, as an individual, which is what you are, know what you shall (not can, nor must, nor may, nor should) do with them. To know that if you are hungry you shall eat the apple and not the rock is a value judgment. Meaning that if you only know the definition of “apple” and “rock” but have no purpose for apple and rock at any given moment as it applies to you (i.e. from your own individual existential frame of reference), then the definition becomes irrelevant. An irrelevant definition is a meaningless definition; a meaningless definition is a contradiction in terms. To say that you know something (e.g. that morality is collective, not individual) but not how to value it (e.g. that we shall thus organize a government which serves the Common Good) means that you cannot actually know it. To know something but not what to do with the knowledge means that you don’t actually know it. Knowledge without value is knowledge without purpose is knowledge without relevance is knowledge without meaning is meaningless knowledge…which is a contradiction in term.

Those of you familiar with the Is-Ought problem of morality, as expressed by David Hume, I think it was, will see how the inexorable relationship between knowledge and value makes this quite a problem for the Is-Ought problem. In other words, there is no real Is-Ought problem unless you presume that one can posses knowledge but not value…or, as it is often put, real knowledge is always objective but value is always subjective. This just a fancy way of saying that only knowledge actually exists. You know that the apple is an apple and a rock is a rock, but not how to apply that knowledge in a way that validates it as being actually knowledge (i.e. Truth). Or, in other words, in a way that validates that the knowledge is actually relevant, and thus meaningful, and thus actually knowledge, as “meaningless knowledge” is again a contradiction in terms. “Meaningless knowledge” is the same as “meaningless definitions”, and that? Doesn’t’ make sense. In other words, the Is-Ought problem isn’t a problem unless you A.) confuse “shall” with “should” or “ought”, and B.) erroneously presume that knowledge (or Truth) and value (or Ethic) are mutually exclusive. As they are not, but are in fact corollary, there is no problem.

The Is-Ought dilemma is just a proxy for the determinist assertion that consciousness doesn’t exist. That the willful application of truth is utterly subjective, because it’s rooted in value judgements—in “shoulds”, or “oughts”—which are mutually exclusive of objective Truth—the “is”…that, say, the rock is a rock—and therefore individual consciousness, which is the root of utterly subjective value judgements, is a lie. In other words, there is perception without real awareness…we are but biological computers mathematically programmed by evolution, natural law, etc. etc….but more on that peculiar brand of mysticism at a later date.

By the by, I plan on doing a post on dismantling the imaginary Is-Ought dilemma in an upcoming post…I did a few posts on the subject a while back, but they were clumsy and confusing, so I deleted them. I have since come up with what I think are much better arguments and much clearer ways of presenting those arguments.

At any rate, if. you define “benevolence” with respect to government as something other than that which promotes, nurtures, and protects the life, liberty, property, and happiness of the individual, you’re quite mistaken.

So here are the questions the ruling class, or would-be ruling class, must answer in order to to establish a benevolent State (NOTE: “Them” refers to the citizens.)

1. How shall we enslave them to set them free?

2. How shall we rob them to protect their private property?

3. How shall we torment them to comfort them?

4. How shall we make them sick in order to keep them well?

5. How shall we coerce them to cooperate with them?

6. How shall we hate them to love them?

7. How shall we deny them to affirm them?

8. How shall we murder them to save them?

These questions are the impossible burden of the “benevolent” State. As they cannot be answered, because they are meaningless due to their inherent contradiction, any attempt to implement such a State inevitably dissolves into rank tyranny, despite any benign intentions. We are of course, in the West, witnessing this in stark, shocking real time reality. The “freest” nation in history, the U.S., has dissolved into an object, mostly Huxlian, totalitarian financial/techno-oligarchy in less than two years. It has never been more clear nor obvious in any part of our history than now that our “leaders” are not in fact the organ grinders; and never before have so many of us had the truth of our enslavement projected into our faces with barely a cursory nod to propagandistic deception whilst so few of us seem to feel that we are either capable of doing or should do anything about it. However, I will not spend time on this point. This is a blog not so much about praxis, but theory. Until we can to some significant degree understand the nature and failures of our theological, philosophical, and political environments, our praxis is limited. And, somewhat ironically, given this point, I believe that we will come to realize that speaking, reasoning, preaching, conversing, and writing, is and has always been the best offense and defense with respect to tyranny. So, yes, maybe this blog is about praxis after all.

It’s Not About Obedience Alone, it’s About Discipleship: The ruling class demands body, mind, and soul

Recently a deranged totalitarian thug over in Australia, where they have been popping up like mushrooms lately, declared that you are an anti-vaxxer, and an enemy of public health, if you oppose the government’s injection mandate, even if you have yourself received an injection. Now, this is obvious doublespeak and completely insane by even the most rudimentary of rational standards, but nevertheless it can be explained by briefly examining the nature of the State as a function of the collectivist metaphysics upon which it is established.

Collectivist metaphysics makes it clear that the State owns you, yes, but it’s rather more profound and fundamental than that. The more precise way of putting it is that the State IS you, or that it SHALL BE you.

The State—the government; the ruling class—being the incarnation of the Collective Ideal is, again, a collective metaphysical premise. This means that “you as you”, as an individual, is a completely incongruous and invalid concept with respect to the nature of Reality. The State, on principle, rejects “you”, or “you-ness”, as a categorical lie. Thus, when it comes to what and who you are under the authority of the State, there should ideally be no distinction whatsoever. The State is you; you are the State. Your true sanctification is therefore the complete possession of you—all you have, do, think, and say—by the ruling class.

You see, your Original Sin is your innate sense of autonomous Self; your exercise of will in service to that Self is your damnable rebellion. Obedience then, by itself, is simply an act of your own will—obedience is often done merely out of self-interest, which makes it, again by itself, just another act of rebellion. To merely obey and get the injection is not real compliance. It’s not really any better than not getting the injection at all. You must agree with your heart and mind that the injection mandate is good. You must submit your will to your rulers. You must agree and promote. You must evangelize. You must take active steps to condemn, ridicule, incarcerate, and destroy those who oppose the will of the State. The State is you, and you are it.

Body, mind, and soul…anything less makes you a criminal.

Humanity’s Hierarchy, Essentially Unchanged From the Beginning to Now

Prophets:

Describe and dictate the Will and the Law (Dictated Truth; Dictated Ethic) of the Transcendent Collective Ideal—That from which all Men and Reality are directly sprung, and That to which all Men and Reality shall be subordinated and sacrificed. (E.g. The People, The Proletariat, the Church, the Tribe, The Race, The Nation, Diversity and Equity, Social Justice, The Environment, even “God” or The Gods, The Common Good.)

Priests:

Generally the ruling class; the Government; the State. Organizes (centralize, manage, regulate) society in accordance with the Dictated Truth and Ethic of the prophets. Becomes the Incarnation of the Transcendent Collective Ideal to humanity under its influence (which is ideally to be all of humanity).

Soldiers:

Military, police, paramilitary, mob, “deputized” criminal, imported foreign hoard, mercenary, etc. Enforce the Dictated Truth and Ethic laid down by the Prophets and organized by the Priests; use violence and threats of violence, which are legalized and legitimized by the Authority of the Prophets and Priests, to compel behavior in service to the Ideal.

Disciples:

The “law-abiding” citizen; the “accepted servant” of the Prophets and Priests; the Obedient Masses. These are perpetually and pervasively depraved, yet are given periodic conditional absolution through their performance of ritual and sacrifice, as well as regular expressions of servility and subservience.

Unwashed:

Those deemed by the Prophets and Priests as outside of salvation and as-of-yet eschewed by the Transcendent Collective Ideal. Treated as criminals and summarily punished and tortured if possible (if within the practical scope of the prophets and priests), either to be destroyed or eventually habilitated or rehabilitated into the disciple class. Law-breakers, critics, resistant ones, skeptics, or those simply outside of the practical authority of the prophets and priests. These are unredeemed, not necessarily irredeemable

Apostates:

The excommunicated. This group is usually comprised of those who were once respected members of the other classes (minus the unwashed) but for some reason have been declared irredeemable and forever condemned by the Transcendent Collective Ideal. The hopeless, the miserable, the hell-bound.

Your Place as a Disciple in the Universal Authority-Submission Cult, from Church to State, from Then to Now, and Everything in Between

1. Your nature:

You possess an endemic and immutable moral guilt. Your root sin is that you exist at all. Your Original Sin is that you were born. Whatever Universal Guilt is said to mar your soul and make you infinitely unacceptable to whatever is considered the Transcendent Divine/Most High is something which is at the irreducible root of your very metaphysical nature.

2. Your absolution and obligation:

You shall receive conditional forgiveness and salvation at random or regular intervals through the performance of routines and rituals, as well as your perpetual submission the Authority “called” to steward you, that is the Ruling Class, the Priests.

The Brutal Nature of Government

In order for government to truly act in the interests of the people, it must consider them as having equal or greater value. This means that the government either cooperates with or serves the people. But “serving” and “cooperating” are simply not the same thing as “governing”.

To conflate government with service and/or cooperation is dangerously naive. The relationship of subject to state is the relationship of prey to predator.

Government is the Dragon: Why government is fundamentally redundant

The State is an expression of Satan, and by this I mean that it is an institutionalized lie, a father of lies, and by “lie” I mean contradiction. I mean an idea which, if one attempts to apply it, leads only to chaos, misery, and the death of Self. The State is anti-life, anti-human, and even anti-itself. The State is a contradiction, and contradictions are nothing, and they produce nothing. They are holes in reality.

Government is an institution built upon the metaphysical lie that human existence can only be perpetuated by force—that is, by violence—violence against the very nature of man himself—the Consciousness, the Will, Awareness of One’s Self, Volitional Application of Knowledge, and knowledge rooted in reason, reason being the non-contradictory integration of concepts to organize realty into meaningful truths in order to promote both the existence of One’s Self and that of Others to whom and with whom truths are communicated and expressed. Without the Self and Other, communication is impossible, and thus language, and thus concepts, and thus consciousness, itself, is meaningless. And because government is built upon a metaphysical lie—that man’s nature is insufficient to his own existence, and therefore he must be controlled by an Authority outside of his own rational and moral natural faculties—it can produce only lies about those it governs. And this it does with great prodigiousness. However, Government’s greatest lie of all is the one it tells about itself, to itself: that it serves a purpose, and that it is not an abject redundancy.

Government is always built upon a Collective Ideal, and that Ideal is Absolute. It is the Nation, the Tribe, the Race, the People, the Church, the Kingdom, the Worker’s Utopia, Diversity, Equality, Tolerance, the Common Good, etc….and this Ideal, being wholly abstract, is limitless. It cannot be contained within reality, and yet it must rule over reality; it must subordinate reality to itself; it must make reality a direct function of its own infinite essence. Thus, when it makes a claim to its explicit right to rule over man, and by extension man’s environment, it is making the implicit claim that it shall rule the whole of reality, and in fact, the whole of Existence. But by “rule over” we do not mean merely control…it is something much deeper and more fundamental than that. We mean consumption. We mean that it shall consume Existence. It shall become Existence…there shall be no functional distinction between Existence and the Ideal. All is the Ideal.

Government consumes everything around it, based upon the assumption and assertion, both expressed implicitly and explicitly in various iterations, that it alone has a right to exist. All else, then, is to be made into Itself. And thus here we can see that even the very name “Government’ is a lie. It does not govern…for if everything is Itself, then what is there for it to govern? There is to be no distinction between man and State, nor Environment and State (for Government cannot truly govern unless it governs the places where man exists), nor Reality and State (Government cannot truly govern unless it governs the relationship between man and man’s environment), nor Existence and State (Government cannot truly govern unless it governs the nature of how and why all things ARE).

Government, by its very nature and very expressed purpose, obliterates all distinctions between Itself and all else. Government is the incarnation of the Absolute, Infinite, Collective Ideal, which can have no limit, no boundary…that is the nature of an abstract. Like color, or diversity, or altruism, or natural law…these things are conceptual tools that man uses to organize his environment…they are not themselves distinct aspects of that environment. Thus, taken as they are, in there own essence, they are infinite…without boundaries or corners or limits, in the unfettered spaces of the human consciousness. Once the relationship is reversed, we can know of the inevitable chaos and unavoidable annihilation which must follow. Once man becomes a tool of the abstract, instead of the other way around, death must inevitably follow. To make an Abstract the reality into which man and all else must fit is to destroy the distinction. All becomes Abstract, and thus, all becomes nothing. And this is precisely what Government is, and does. Government is the establishment of an Abstract (Race, Nation, Diversity, Equality, Common Good, etc.) as that to which all else must be subordinated. The Abstract RULES OVER…but the Abstract, being infinite, has no frame of reference for anything other than itself. So to RULE OVER is to obliterate the distinction between that which rules and that which is ruled over. From the very start then, Government is rationally defunct…pointless, redundant, meaningless, contradictory. The very idea of Government cannot be accommodated at root by reason, and thus it cannot comport with man and the environment over which it is to rule. Government is stillborn. DOA. it is an institutionalized non-sequitur.

Finally, because Government is all-consuming, Government must necessarily consume even itself. Once it has reached its unavoidable conclusion, which is the categorical control of everyone and everything (assuming it hasn’t collapsed before this…yet, it will collapse, of this you can be sure), Government has nothing left to govern. In other words, when all has been absorbed Into itself, and all has become an expression of itself, there is nothing over which to exercise its Authority except itself. It will then begin to swallow itself…feeding on its own body to sustain its own existence.

And so in this sense, we can see that the State is indeed the Dragon; it is Satan in institutionalized form. The father of lies, where the liar lies principally to himself, and murders himself by fundamentally rejecting the truth about his own infinite pointlessness. Government is the Dragon, and Its name is Ouroboros.

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Post Script—

To grant you freedom by placing you under Authority; to protect your life by refusing to allow you to live it; to provide for your existence by delegitimizing it; promoting peace amongst you while waging war against you…this is government; this is the State. As it is, was, and ever shall be. An institutionalized contradiction; a granting of all power to a bottomless pit, with no possible outcome except the pit, itself. It is nothing which intends to be everything.

The government cannot help you, and never could; the government hates you, and always did; the government fails, and always will; the government lies to you, because truth is not in its nature; the Government is a contradiction, and contradictions are holes in reality.