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Analysis posted Feb 01 2011, 9:48 AM Category: Commentary Source: Kevin Carson Print

Government Isn't You — It's a Witch

by Kevin Carson

“Government is just all of us working together.” “We are the government.” I frequently read such statements by liberals who react with alarm to the very notion that someone might fear the government.

If we are the government, we certainly do a lot of stuff to ourselves that isn’t very nice. Here, in no particular order, are some examples from the past week or two:

Under U.S. law, it’s a crime to provide “material support” to any group designated as a “foreign terrorist organization” by the U.S. government. And the Justice Department has interpreted such support to include speaking engagements that are coordinated with the terrorist organization and serve to benefit it. Even filing an amicus brief on behalf of the organization or publicly challenging its “terrorist” designation can itself be construed as “material support.”

Funny — telling me what I can and can’t say in public isn’t behavior I normally attribute to people who are working for me. And I’m not in the habit of “working together” with other people to formulate policies about what I’m allowed to say. Telling me what I’m allowed to say is behavior I normally associate with people who think they’re my bosses.

In yet another SWAT drug raid on the wrong house, as reported by Radley Balko (“Another Isolated Incident,” Reason, Jan. 13),  the uniformed thugs pulled the father (David McKay) outside in his underwear, pointed a gun at the 13-year-old daughter and — standard operating procedure for cops in such raids — threatened to shoot the family poodle.  When it became apparent the armed invaders had kicked in the wrong door and they moved on to their intended target, the McKays asked them what was happening and why they were there. “They wouldn’t say,” he recalled. “All they would say was ‘You’ll read about it in the paper tomorrow.’”

Um, yeah — that’s just the kind of thing I’d expect “us” to do to “ourselves.”

Oh — it’s also a prospective 15-year sentence for recording cops on the job in Illinois. Because there’s nothing “we” hate like having “us” record “ourselves” doing our job.

And we’ve done all sorts of other unkind things to “ourselves,” like throwing ourselves in prison for publicly opposing WWI and detaining ourselves without charge for being of Japanese descent during WWII.

Jeez, talk about being our own worst enemies!

If the government is really just me, I need to stop being so rough on myself. It reminds me of that old Tom Cheney cartoon in the National Lampoon, where police take a report from a disheveled man standing in a ransacked apartment: “I burst through the door. I didn’t really get a good look at myself. There was a brief struggle …”

Seriously, the government is not “us.” Brutalizing people and barking orders at them like they’re dirt, telling them what they’re allowed to talk about, who they’re allowed to express sympathy for, and forbidding them to expose your actions to public scrutiny are not the actions of someone who’s serving others. They’re the actions of a master, the actions of an owner.

Government functionaries may call themselves “public servants,” but actions speak louder than words.
C4SS Research Associate Kevin Carson is a contemporary mutualist author and individualist anarchist whose written work includes Studies in Mutualist Political Economy, Organization Theory: An Individualist Anarchist Perspective, and The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto, all of which are freely available online. Carson has also written for such print publications as The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty and a variety of internet-based journals and blogs, including Just Things, The Art of the Possible, the P2P Foundation and his own Mutualist Blog.

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Posted: Feb 01 2011, 10:02 AM

<In yet another SWAT drug raid on the wrong house, as reported by Radley Balko (“Another Isolated Incident,” Reason, Jan. 13), the uniformed thugs pulled the father (David McKay) outside in his underwear, pointed a gun at the 13-year-old daughter and — standard operating procedure for cops in such raids — threatened to shoot the family poodle.>

when i was still a kid at school there was a british construct in league with the irish mafia known as the IRA, labelled as terrorists. (near the time of it ending there were suddenly a proliferation of constructs then nothing). one of the people that joined this enterprise which i was told comprised all the black operation units britain could muster appeared on television after the 'war'. assuming for the purposes of discussion what was presented was true, he gave his reason for joining as one day sitting in his home with the family when the british army came through the front door and hit him with a rifle butt in the face knocking out his teeth. i interpret that as a construct, a means to creating a war. i was conscious at the time things were very wrong about this, people were being taken to british courts with bruised faces. beating people up at random until there is a war then beating people up until they confess is a con the empire is built on. ultimately all prisons are political prisoners.

in the context of the article there is perhaps an attempt to create a war in order to keep the military construct on which power is built, maintained and at times destroyed. best to nip this nonsense in the bud. if you are of free mind and not under the authority of faceless wonders that stab people in the back through the agency of other people and their division, here on planet earth you outrank them all.

Posted: Feb 01 2011, 12:55 PM

216228 "My kingdom is not of this world." John 8:36 (So I must "outrank them all"!)

Posted: Feb 01 2011, 4:29 PM

67159 Government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" has never existed.

Posted: Feb 02 2011, 5:30 AM

<Government Isn't You — It's a Witch>
i actually find that has quite some accuracy to it, there are many witches in government. scientific research on mind control has led to specially bred and programmed people from crown to public. i see it as a real pandemic.

not there - tavistocked

<Well let me tell you 'bout the way she looked
The way she'd act and the colour of her hair
Her voice was soft and cool
Her eyes were clear and bright
But she's not there

on zombie heaven by zombie - the one's that are 'not there' are here in exeter.>

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