When I can't even escape election insanity on some of my favorite gaming blogs, it presses about ten of my berserk buttons at once. I am sick, sick, sick up to my eyeballs of everyone going into multiple barking orgasms over This Glorious Day, when we choose our new Fearless Leader.
"Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses." -- H.L. MenckenI'm sick of all the idiotic blather about how one party or the other is Evil Incarnate, and the other is the Knight in Shining Armor come to rescue us from them and our own hopeless incompetence, and you're a fool or a monster if you don't believe so. Here's a little secret: Other than the rhetoric, there's precious little difference. The D's and the R's are both profoundly authoritarian, and both fundamentally fascist - not in the hysterical and indefinite pejorative sense that the word is most often used these days, but in the proper economic definition of the cartelization of nominally private industry under state control. Talk of "right" and "left" and the yawning chasm of difference between them is just so much hot air.
Don't you get it? Government is just a big con game. It's a coercive monopoly of violence, and its every act is predicated upon violence or the threat of violence. It owes its very existence to theft, extortion, and murder. It is not about peace, or order, or compassion, or any of the other nonsense you learned in your social studies classes. It's not about assuring and protecting liberty, nor can it even be successfully adapted for that purpose. Liberty and the state are polar opposites. No, it's all about who should be forced to do what for whom."When the government's boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence." -- Gary Lloyd
And this whole "democracy" scam, supposedly the best form of government? That's just a clever ploy to mollify the slaves by convincing them that they run the plantation. Voting is not a right of free people. It's a privilege granted to slaves."Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods." -- H.L. Mencken
Perhaps most of all, I'm sick of this asinine idea that we have some Moral Duty to cast our votes for a master, that we have no right to complain of our master's treatment if we do not vote, and working within this corrupt and immoral system is the Only True Way of effecting change."A man is none the less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years." -- Lysander Spooner
If we're ever to be free of our masters, it is not going to be through working with them, within the system. If, by some quirk of fate, the exercise of the franchise affords some entirely unintended opportunity to hold the wolf of the state at bay, there is no shame in using it so, but it should be done with the loathing and contempt with which a gladiator-slave might use the sword given him by Caesar to fend off the lion set upon him by Caesar, not with fawning gratitude and worship for Caesar's wisdom and benevolence in providing the sword.
If there is to be any significant progress in the direction of freedom, it must come not from working with the system, but from defying it whenever possible, openly or in secret, in large ways or small. It must come from withdrawing our blindly-given consent to its tyranny, even if only within our own hearts.
"Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces." -- Etienne de la Boetie
End transmission. We now return you to your regularly scheduled gaming content.