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In Order to Form a More Panicked Union: Coronavirus, Government, and the “Freedom” to Fear (Part Five)

The State, the government, is a priest class acting technically and fundamentally, and no matter the documents (e.g. Constitution, Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence) and Ideals to which it appeals, upon what amounts to a divine, or mystical, mandate.  A “priest class” is much more accurate description than any pseudo-humble (e.g. public servant) or or formal (e.g public official) title. You see, since the State is comprised of members of the very same naturally defective and depraved human race over which it rules, the conundrum arises as to how to explain just how they have obtained a pass on their own existential insufficiency. Of course, collectivist metaphysics has no solution to this ostensible paradox (really, its a contradiction) except to appeal to mysticism and cosmic mystery. The priests of the State are able to rule simply because, well…just because. They have mystically and mysteriously obtained divine insight, enlightenment, and clairvoyance. Though we may pretend that they rule by popular mandate and by some objective validation of their character and actions, this is a defunct and irrational notion. For any people who can judge good character from bad, and thus are able to decide who will and who will not be given politcal rule over them, and will put their intellectual and moral erudition into practice by engaging in free and open elections in order that they may be duly and justly governed, do not need to be governed in the first place. Those who possess the innate, natural capacity to apprehend objective truth and morality and to exercise will and choice in service to those virtues have no need to be forced into “right thinking” and “right action” by the violent coercive force of centralized authoritative power which is formally established and institutionalized for the very purpose of compelling them into obedience. They are quite capable of dealing with immorality and crisis cooperatively, voluntary, for the benefit of their individual lives and prosperity, all by themselves. They have no need of the gun barrel which incessantly prods them to and fro.

But of course, the very reason we have a State in the first place is that this description of man is rejected…the masses are not capable of apprehending morality and truth and the exercise thereof. Man’s mind and nature via his will are naturally corrupt and useless; he is fit only for the work that comes from obedience, and he shall be repaid only in more work and more cost and then death. He can never be in a position to know just why it is that the Authority is entitled to rule over him. He simply accepts that it is and that it does.

It is vociferously argued by, well, pretty much everyone from my experience, that of course we need government, and even more so in times of crisis, like the current pandemic, because otherwise the immoral, the incompetent, the uncaring, and the irresponsible among us (which includes all of us at root, you understand) would take selfish advantage of the situation, consciously or subconsciously, and exaserbate the destruction and suffering. We simply cannot trust some people to do the right thing. So naturally we all must be forced to do the right thing. Of course, this leads to an interesting question, yet I will not pontificate on it here: Which comes first, the depraved man who will not do the right thing thus demanding that we all must be compelled because of him, or the State which generates legions of these depraved men by pedddling the philosophy of the natural depravity of man? In other words, these evil men who take advantage of crisis…these criminals of the race…are they merely a metaphysical self-fulfilling prophecy? Well…certainly. But that’s another article.

So based upon the metaphysical principles upon which the State is established we of course must have government dictate our behavior, especially in uncertain times. In times of crisis god forbid we we allow people willy nilly the freedom to make their own choices as to how they shall handle it, without the oversight of the State in Charge. They cannot be permitted to move about freely and operate their businesses as they see fit. It would be an ineluctable disaster. People are just too stupid, ignorant, lazy, and evil to navigate such times as these (or any time, really, for that matter) on their own. That government, being magically immune to the inadequacy and evil of te the rest of us, is eminently capable in such times is taken as given. And this is because…well, just because. It’s magic. Like I said. The State is a mystical entity…who knows from whence its power and privilege and wisdom come. We just know that there it is.

Authority must be in charge of this crisis and everything else, too. We are bound by the foundational metaphysics which dictate the terms of our reality to accept that the Authority may comprehensively destroy lives and civilization in order to save them. And have faith…trust those in charge. For if anyone can act with wisdom, reason, responsibility, contentiousness, discipline, and morality it is those who are in power precisely because the rest of humanity is entirely unworthy of these things, and possesses no actual ability to recognize them in the first place. What could go wrong?

And so here it is that we must realize then that absolutely none of these things—-wisdom, reason, responsibility, etc.—have anything to do with the government at all. The Authority-Submission relationship which exists between citizens and State renders all of them moot. The Authority which has the divine right to demand your obedience and to annihilate you for your failure to do so has no obligation to treat you with any of these virtues. The Authority commands and you comply. That’s it. That is the sum and substance of your relationship and usefulness to the ruling class. For you to believe that you are entitled to any consideration in the actions of your rulers is to be utterly ignorant of your position in the collectivist universe. That you may hold those who own you to any expectation or standard of behavior is the zenith of infantile ignorance.

The coronavirus, whether you live or die, will only ever do one thing…and it’s the same thing as every other context in which you find yourself when you are ruled: reveal you to be the impotent, natural failure that collectivist metaphysics says you are. Period. Full stop.

Your worried about the virus? Why? You’re dead already.

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In Order to Form a More Panicked Union: Coronavirus, Government, and the “Freedom” to Fear (Part Four)

As I have discussed several times in articles in the past, the metaphysical premise of government is that the individual does not possess any efficacy to his own existence. Left to themselves, individuals, and via them the entire human race, are doomed to extinction; their inherent lack of existential sufficiency (innate and natural inability to exist, which is of course a philosophical and biological contradiction in terms) demands an Authority tasked with dictating the behavior of the masses, along with their thoughts and emotions, either implicitly or explicitly depending on the form government. In other words, the individual must be collectivized, which means Idealized, into a single abstract sociopolitical unit. This abstract politcal unit is then ruled; the individual is thus excluded from the politcal equation by default…he is rendered moot and by this the human race is assured its continued existence. And if this all seems remarkably specious, that’s because it is. Which is why societies which are governed never get more free, only less so as time goes on. Freedom, you see, is outright anathema to government…your government’s laws are obeyed; choice is not required. This Authority/Submisstion dynamic is by definition mutually exclusive of freedom.

Individual, or Individualist metaphysics, despite the necessary and objective singularity of consciousness each human being possesses, are thought by those conceding either tacitly or overtly collectivist metaphysics to be totally erroneous. The individual must be forced upon pain of death or imprisonment (which is essentially the same thing from a rational philosophical perspective) to act and think this way and that because he lacks the natural capacity to understand and act upon what is proper and true on his own. The individual, as I said, is forced into an abstract cohesive sociopolitical unit (in the case of the United States, where I am, this unit is called, nebulously, “The People”), and he is forced by the means of Authority and Law; there is no cooperation either implied nor implemented except that which is purely for political show…there are superficial overtures to “representation” and “free elections”, but these have absolutely nothing to do with how the masses shall exist under the ruling classes in the long term, and in general principle—power teeter-totters back and forth between democrats and republicans but the inexorable slide towards totalitarianism continues unabated. Asking the people to vote for their political overlords is little more than asking them to put the yoke on their necks themselves so that their masters don’t need to risk a blister or a wrenched shoulder by doing it for them.

Under the awning of authority and legality, naturally cooperation and morality are nullified. Thus, the choice of the individual, his very will, is undermined with respect to his existence in the sociopolitical unit, and fundamentally nullified, and thus so is his very mind and his very Self. And this, we are told, is a necessity which exists in service to the propagation of the human species (meaning that choice, will, and Self is antithetical to the ongoing existence of the human race). The species, being a strictly biological and thus a deterministic phenomenon, and thus a scientific expression of collectivist metaphysics, further “proves” the purely “illusory” nature of the individual’s sense of a singular Self. At every turn the individual is denied his reality and his existence, and inevitably falls in line with the masses, marching along in unison, despite the undulations of superficial expressions of individuality, towards the charnel houses where they finally give up the last of their meat, mutton, leather, feather, and wool to the increasingly sharpened knives of the ruling classes (and these superficial expressions of inidividuality  become more and more superficial over time as people become less and less critical in their thinking, more and more illiterate—which negatively affects their ability to self-express and to rationally evaluate their environment, and self-worth becomes increasingly a matter of rank materialism).

What is both shocking and at the same time no so shocking is the pervasiveness of the notion that the individual is simply an illusion…a trifling hiccup in the otherwise perfect mathematical laws of physics, biology, and evolution. People accept the collectivist metaphysics of the determinist philosophy of the “hard sciences” and therefore never think to object to the collectivist metaphysics of the State. They accept the legitimacy and efficacy and necessity of government just as assuredly as they accept that the sun will set in the evening and rise in the morning. The insufficiency then of the individual at his very root and natural level to cope with all that his existence and his prosperity requires is seen as ipso facto in light of collectivism’s “hard, scientific, and empirical evidence”. This leads humanity in general to conclude, either consciously or subconsciously, that cooperation, value exchange, non-aggression, personal responsibility, moral will and moral choice are ultimately insufficient to manage…well, anything…and certainly not a crisis like , say, a pandemic.

In short, the collectivist metaphysics we accept demand that the masses ineluctably outsource their existence to a very small group of people who function in essence as priests, and who use what essentially amounts to Divine Authority to coerce the masses by threats and violence into “right” thinking and “right” behavior…all for the benefit of humanity, of course, even though “humanity” by the collectivist metaphysical definition simply cannot include the individual. And this means, inevitably, that the individual never really sees the benefit he is promised by his rulers. All relevant fortune and power wind up in the hands of the State (and we must include the “unelected” powers-that-be who fund the State or otherwise exercise irresistible influence, and use it to their own advantage…the State never includes only the out-and-out politician). Because the State, you see, is humanity; there is no real humanity outside of it. The government, in other words, is you for you. You, in other words, are really nothing at all. And so it is that following any crisis, be it actual or contrived, the government always ends up stronger and the masses always weaker, no matter what the outcome is in practicality.

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In Order to Form a More Panicked Union: Government, Coronavirus, and the “Freedom’ to Fear (Part Three)

We left off in the last article in this series with the following:

“So you survive this pandemic, as the vast, vast majority of us will, and you stay healthy. But so what? Who do you think “you” are, anyway?”

So let’s continue.

You don’t get to decide whether you keep your business open or not, or whether your employees continue to get paid or not, or whether to accept the risk or not, or whether your savings will fund your retirement or not. So how do you think that you get to decide how healthy you stay or not; or to what extent you survive or not? If you survive the pandemic but pay dearly for it through the incompetencies, overreaction, and propaganda of the State and their carnival barkers, the media, and the information garbage dumb of social media, which create disastrous and multigenerational consequences for the economy, the political substratum, and the the social dynamics of the nation, then how exactly is this “survival” except in the most technical and most pointless sense of the word? You survive at your expense, you see. Which is a contradiction in terms. You are not at root cooperating in handling the cirises; you are not engaging your reason, your logic, your critical thinking, and your context, and making the best choices for you and your family and your finances and your business and your neighbors. No. You are being pointed thither and hither by the muzzle of a gun, and doing this or that as you are directed by an Authority which possesses the legal right to decide what a crisis is or is not, what is “essentional” or not, who may work and who may not, what products may be sold and what may not, and thus what you may own and what you may not, and where you may go, and what you may do, etc.,etc..

And the “you” that the goverment is doing this “for” is not you at all. It is a collectivized ideal of you. A figment; an abstract; a gauzy concept. The State doesn’t know you, your family, your context, your needs beyond the stats and actuary tables of goverment agencies, lobbyists, bureaucrats, and “fact-finding” commissions, and that’s how it defines you, and always will. And the difference between handling a crisis yourself and/or of actually cooperating (entirely absent the threat of violence) with others in a crisis, and being told how you will handle it by a master is that in the former case your survival is an expression and a validation of you; in the latter, it is an exploitation of you; it is at your expense. It is not actually for you at all. In the first case your competence and worthiness and intelligence and reason is revealed, and magnified. In the second, the State is magnified. Under the auspicies of the Authority of the State you are nothing more than either an expression of State or a hinderance to it, in which case you are threatened, and if you do not comply , you are eliminated. Your actions are dictated in times of crisis, as in any other time, and thus your “survival” is but another rank expression of the State. Those who do not survive…well, perhaps the outcome would have been different in a truly free and voluntary social, political, and economic context…one of Freedom not slavery; but at any rate you’ll noticed that the dead do not ever represent the failure of the State (at best it might be said to be a failure of this or that politician/administration). The favorite target of the ire of those dismayed at the body count is not the State, itself, and the specious collectivist philosophical principles upon which it is established, but the “deniers” and “doubters” who are labeled selfish and blind for not immediately accepting the superficial and propagandistic narrative spun by government, media, and the social media slag heap. Yes, anyone who questions the official yarn, everyone who dares ask for more freedom in times of pandemic, not less; for less government control, not more, will be scapegoated as the cancer which metastasizes in the virus. The only criticism of the State will be rooted in the idea that it did not exercise more power, sooner. And thus more control in the future, not less, will be the demand. And thus even the “failure” of the State in time of crisis, such as it is, is really just an affirmation of its efficacy, righteousness, and necessity.

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In Order to Form a More Panicked Union: Coronavirus, Government, and the “Freedom” to Fear (Part One)

Consider this hypothetical scenario: A new pandemic is sweeping the globe. It rivals or exceeds the worst in human history. It looks to infect the vast majority of the population; it has a 60, 70, or 80% mortality rate. In response, governments have completely shut borders, instituted draconian measures to control businesses, the economy, the stock market. People are out of work indefinitely, savings and retirement funds are quickly disintegrating, large-scale government money printing and massive debt are being incurred by the State to stave off total economic collapse, politcal rallies are canceled, future free elections uncertain, government control of healthcare and the means of production are only inches away, stay-at-home-orders are issued making social gatherings outside the home illegal, and punishable by stiff fines or worse. Shelves at stores are emptying at rates that exceed demand; basic necessities like cold medicines, paper products, household cleanears, diapers, and hand-satntizers, are nowhere to be found. Everywhere is panic; conspiracy theories abound—it’s a bio-weapon, it’s Gods’ punishment for our sins, it’s the Chinese waging war against the West; the media in all forms carpet bombs the headlines with warnings of the end of humanity, possibly, and certainly life as we know it.

What is your reaction to this?

Your upset. Anxious. Uncertain. But you understand. It’s a dangerous pandemic, after all. Perhaps we are overreacting, but you can never be too careful. It’s a scary and dangerous time, and we need to hunker down and do our part to get through it as best we can.

Now, imagine this hypothetical scenario:

A new pandemic has made its way around the world. There are pockets where it is more prevalent, even to the point of an 8% mortality rate, but in most places the morality rate is about 4%, with a few hundred or a few thousand only being infected so far. In the epicenter country, the numbers have leveled out, new cases are falling. In approximately six months, in a world of 7.8 billion people, and at the time of this writing, approximately only 360 thousand have been infected, with about 15,550 deaths, and in many, many countries the numbers of infected are below even 50; the pandemic is affecting a fraction of the global population which is so small that it pales in comparison to deaths from even things as common as smoking, car accidents, diabetes, and heart disease. It’s so small, in fact, that it’s barely worth talking about. Certainly there is a danger that the virus responsible for the pandemic could mutate and become much more dangerous, but for now the the trends concerning mortality rates, severity of the disease, and new cases, remains consistent.

The word’s response to this pandemic, however, is exactly the same as the more profound one described above. Exactly the same.

What is your reaction?

I’m crazy, you’d say. That could never happen. What a silly hypothetical scenario. Responses to crises are proportionate. You don’t put out a match with a firehouse, after all. Everyone knows that.

And yet here we are. What I mean is that scenario number two isn’t actually hypothetical at all. It’s happening right outside your window. Right now. Out there.

The pandemic is called Covid-19, a novel strain of the common family of coronaviruses. The response is called “government and humanity no longer being worthy of faith”.

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