The first mistaken thought among people living under any form of government is to assume that there should be a government. Why should there be a government? Is there an intelligent reason to have a government? Can the benefits which one associates with government be achieved through any other means which are more conducive and of less hindrance to a free society?
Morals obtained through absorption from one’s culture, rather than through reason, are not actually morals but dogma, and are as hollow and meaningless as mindless obedience any other dogma. And like any other mindlessly followed dogma, such beliefs are quite possibly entirely wrong.
About the only thing you can accept as true regarding the mainstream news companies is that if they say anything which encourages war, it’s a lie.
Isms and Ists are not naturally occurring. Nobody wakes up and says “I think I’ll be some sort of ist today”. Rather, people find their individual beliefs tend to match those ism or ist categories determined by others. On its own, an ism is nothing but a label used to marginalise and persecute anyone other who isn’t using the label.
The belief that the government is necessary and beneficent simply by virtue of being the government is a perfect example of a completely irrational belief.
Legislation (noun): A piece of paper which governments produce stating “It’s a crime when anyone else does it, but it’s legal when we do it.”
How to not cause a revolt:
- Institutionalise extortion (take money under threat of negative consequences, eg. prison), and call it something other than extortion, eg. taxation.
- Keep increasing the amount of taxation, eg. 1% per year.
- Give the people a 0.1% tax “relief” every now and then, and slap some warm and fuzzy name on it, like family tax benefit.
- People only remember that 0.1%.
All matter and energy is recyclable. Given sufficient time, everything except time is recyclable.
Politics and paperwork is all polishing brass on the Titanic. Only boots on the ground (via conflict or demographic shift) actually results in significant change.
All news is fake. It is a manufactured product intended to provide a frame around advertising, and convince people to believe whatever the owner of the news business wants them to believe. Every word, tone of voice, facial expression, and theme is a product aimed at taking your money and convincing you to support stupid ideas.