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In his book, "The Bureau", William C. Sullivan quotes Charlie Winstead as saying, (P.27), "When I investigate a man and prove he's a criminal, if he doesn't already work for the government, they'll hire him. If he already has a government job, once they hear he's a crook they'll promote him. The criminals in Congress only feel comfortable with other criminals." A WRIT FOR MARTYRS by Eustace Mullins
[Nailed it] "The religion of 'authority' is based upon the illusion and Falsehood that some are Masters, who may set arbitrary dictates which ar not based in Morality and enforced by violence, while others are Slaves who have a 'moral obligation' to obey the arbitrary dictates set by the Masters. That is what the BELIEF in 'authority' IS. This is not my OPINION of what it is, THAT IS WHAT IT IS, and this is a Falsehood. It does not exists in Reality, it is an Illusion, it is a mental construct of an imbalanced Mind and an imbalanced Psyche. And the biggest Manifestation of this universal Religion called the BELIEF in 'authority' is Government." ~ Mark Passio
"They have bought every type of person including Ministers of health in some countries. There is a huge amount of corruption. In my country for example, Denmark, we are regarded as having very little corruption but yet we have thousands of doctors on industry payroll, although we are just 20,000 doctors, so this is effective kind of corruption. The drug industry buys the Professors first, then chiefs of departments, then chief physicians, and so on. They don't buy junior doctors, so when several thousand are on industry payroll, it's really really bad." [vid] Dr Peter G°tzsche exposes big pharma as organized crime [Gotzsche]
“The present system is one of conscious cruelty....It bears down on those least able to bear it. The bureaucratic inefficiency is vindictive and hunger is being used as a weapon. People are being forced to look for work that doesn’t exist.” ~ Ken Loach
Our pseudo-democratic governments are in reality fascist:
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism since it is the merger of state and corporate power."--Benito Mussolini
Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play. Goebbels
We're not a democracy. It's a terrible misunderstanding and a slander to the idea of democracy to call us that. In reality, we're a plutocracy: a government by the wealthy." -----Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
But that's the whole point of corporatism: to try and remove the public from making decisions over their own fate, to limit the public arena, to control opinion, to make sure that the fundamental decisions that determine how the world is going to be run —which include production, commerce, distribution, thought, social policy, foreign policy, everything—are not in the hands of the public, but rather in the hands of highly concentrated private power. In effect, tyranny unaccountable to the public.— Professor Noam Chomsky, interviewed in Corporate Watch
"As political theorist Michael Parenti points out, historians often overlook Fascism's economic agenda--the partnership between Big Capital and Big Government--in their analysis of its authoritarian social program. Indeed, according to Bertram Gross in his startlingly prescient Friendly Fascism (1980), it is possible to achieve fascist goals within an ostensibly democratic society."---Richard Heinberg http://www.nexusmagazine.com//corporations.html
"It is weakness rather than wickedness which renders men unfit to be trusted with unlimited power." -- John Adams, 1788
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be. "Thomas Jefferson
"There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as against despots. What is it? Distrust." -- Demosthenes: Philippic 2, sect. 24
"What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It's not good at much else." -- Tom Clancy on Kudlow and Cramer 9/2/03
"It's important to realize that whenever you give power to politicians or bureaucrats, it will be used for what they want, not for what you want."-- Harry Browne
"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you." -- Pericles, 430 B.C.
"Give government the weapons to fight your enemy and it will use them against you." -- Harry Browne
"Give a good man great powers and crooks grab his job." -- Rick Gaber
"Overload the police with victimless crimes and other minutiae and eventually only creeps and bullies remain cops." -- Rick Gaber
"Power draws the corrupted; absolute power would draw the absolutely corrupted." -- Colin Barth
"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." -- Tacitus, Roman senator and historian (A.D. c.56-c.115)"The more prohibitions there are, the poorer the people will be. The more laws are promulgated, the more thieves and bandits there will be." -- Lao-tzu, The Tao Te Ching (believed written in China, 6th century BC).
"An oppressive government is much worse than a man-eating tiger." -- Kong Fu-Dzuh ("Confucious")
"A moderate is either someone who has no moral code of his own, or if he does, then he's someone who doesn't have the guts to take sides between good and evil." -- Rick Gaber
"Intellect annuls Fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free....The revelation of Thought takes man out of servitude into freedom." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Fate"
"Democracy is defended in 3 stages. Ballot Box, Jury Box, Cartridge Box." -- Ambrose Bierce
"Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all." --Frederic Bastiat, ca. 1837
"The State is the coldest of all cold monsters, and coldly it tells lies, and this lie drones on from its mouth: 'I, the State, am the people'." -- Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus spoke Zarathustra, 1883"People constantly speak of 'the government' doing this or that, as they might speak of God doing it. But the government is really nothing but a group of men, and usually they are very inferior men." -- H.L. Mencken
"Government, when it is examined, turns out to be nothing more nor less than a group of fallible men with the political force to act as though they were infallible." -- Robert LeFevre, in his essay, Aggression is Wrong
"Crime does not pay … as well as politics. " --Alfred E. Newman
Democracy is when two wolves and a sheep vote on what they will have for lunch. http://www.wealth4freedom.com/truth/chapter1.htm
"Politics is a means of preventing people from taking part in what properly concerns them." Paul Valery (1871-1945)
"When we give government the power to make medical decisions for us, we, in essence, accept that the state owns our bodies." ~U.S. Representative Ron Paul
"...somebody has to take governments' place, and business seems to me to be a logical entity to do it." - David Rockefeller - Newsweek International, Feb 1 1999.
"Government is big business, with the face of democracy."--Jim West
"President George Bush held a Washinton dinner...for 2,000 of his closest friends...(it) was sponsored by the tobacco and oil industries. But the big bash was the one given by Vice President Dick Cheney....The guests were lobbyists for the nuclear power, natural gas and oil industries."--Toby Moore (Daily Express 24 May 2001)
Obvious in vaccine world:
Vaccine Conflict of Interest quotes
Just a few media stories:
Monsanto employees and government regulatory agencies employees are the same people
Bush Nominates Drug-Industry Insider To Head Office of Management and Budget
US drug companies help pay for Bush inauguration
Which is why people are cynical over
"Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping, and unintelligent. --H. L. Mencken
"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under." -H. L. Mencken
"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." --Thomas Sowell
"...the world is governed by very different personages to what is imagined by those who are not themselves behind the scenes." - Benjamin Disraeli (1801-1884) Prime Minister of Britain
"The Establishment decided Thatcher's ideas were safer with a strong Blair government than with a weak Major government. We are given all these personalities to choose between to disguise the fact that the policies are the same."--Tony Benn (Sunday Times Oct 6, 2002)
"The planet is being controlled, to an alarming extent, by elites, or, as I call them, cartels. There are many cartels, but 7 are the most powerful. They evolve, they learn from one another, they both compete and cooperate. Unfortunately, the trend is more towards cooperation. These 7 cartels represent the following areas: GOVERNMENT, MILITARY, INTELLIGENCE, ENERGY, MONEY, MEDIA, AND MEDICAL.....I came to this map of cartels through my own research on the medical monopoly. That's where it started, in 1986. .. Once you understand these cartel elites, you can begin to separate out information into loose layers of importance, as in, which layer of the control game are we talking about? Because it's all about layers. And at most layers, the players are forwarding agendas which they do not realize fit into higher and more destructive agendas."--Jon Rappoport
"The constitution has broken down. We have no enemies except the ones we select and direct towards the nearest nuclear bombs. They need an enemy to provoke, a diversion. This is the mentality of tenth-rate people who are in politics because corporate America likes them. They are malleable. They give them contracts to build missile shields that will never work. It's deeply corrupt."--Gore Vidal (Observer magazine 12 Aug 2001)
"The State is the coldest of all cold monsters." [Nietzche]
"Effectively they said we were either dotty or lying. For 13 years the authorities have said this whole thing is just in our minds."--Elizabeth Sigmund, Camelford resident
"Believe nothing until it has been officially denied."--Claud Cockburn
"The art of government is the organisation of idolatry."--George Bernard Shaw.
"Democracy allows mediocrity to rise to the top."
"He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career."--George Bernard Shaw.
"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. -- George Bernard Shaw (1944)
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."--HL Mencken.
"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell
"Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority."--TH Huxley.
"Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power."--George Bernard Shaw.
"The minority is sometimes right; the majority always wrong."----George Bernard Shaw.
“Government” is neither a scientific concept nor a rational sociological
construct; nor is it a logical, practical method of human organization and
cooperation. The belief in “government” is not based on reason; it is based on
faith. In truth, the belief in “government” is a religion, made up of a set of
dogmatic teachings, irrational doctrines which fly in the face of both evidence
and logic, and which are methodically memorized and repeated by the faithful.
Like other religions, the gospel of “government” describes a superhuman,
supernatural entity, above mere mortals, which issues commandments to the
peasantry, for whom unquestioning obedience is a moral imperative. Disobedience
to the commandments (“breaking the law”) is viewed as a sin, and the faithful
delight in the punishment of the infidels and sinners (“criminals”), while at
the same time taking great pride in their own loyalty and humble subservience to
their god (as “law-abiding taxpayers”) And while the mortals may humbly beg
their lord for favors, and for permission to do certain things, it is considered
blasphemous and outrageous for one of the lowly peasants to imagine himself to
be fit to decide which of the “government” god’s “laws” he should follow and
which it is okay for him to ignore. Their mantra is, “You can work to try to
change the law, but as long as it’s the law, we all have to follow it!”
The main factor distinguishing the belief in “government” from other religions today is that people actually believe in the god called “government.” The other gods people claim to believe in, and the churches they attend, are now, by comparison, little more than empty rituals and half-heartedly parroted superstitions. When it comes to their everyday lives, the god that people actually pray to, to save them from misfortune, to smite their enemies, and to shower them with blessings, is “government.” It is “government” whose commandments the people most often respect and obey. Whenever a conflict arises between “government” and the teachings of the lesser gods — such as “pay your fair share” (taxation) versus “Thou shalt not steal,” or “duty to country” (military service) versus “Thou shalt not murder” — the commands of “government supersede all the teachings of the other religions. Politicians, the high priests of the church of “government” — the mouthpieces and representatives of “government,” who deliver the sacred “law” from on high — even openly declare that it is permissible for the people to practice whatever religion they wish, as long as they do not run afoul of the supreme religion by disobeying “the law” — meaning the dictates of the god called “government.”
Perhaps most telling is that if you suggest to the average person that maybe
God does not exist, he will likely respond with less emotion and hostility than
if you bring up the idea of life without “government.” This indicates which
religion people are more deeply emotionally attached to, and which religion they
actually believe in more firmly. In fact, they believe so deeply in “government”
that they do not even recognize it as being a belief at all. The reason so many
people respond to the idea of a stateless society (“anarchy”) with insults,
apocalyptic predictions and emotional tantrums, rather than with calm reasoning,
is because their belief in “government” is not the result of careful, rational
consideration of evidence and logic. It is, in every way, a religious faith,
believed only because of prolonged indoctrination. And there is almost nothing
which state-worshipers find more existentially terrifying than contemplating the
possibility that “government” — their savior and protector, teacher and master —
does not actually exist, and never did.
It might be nice to have some morally superior, all-powerful deity to protect the innocent and to prevent injustice. And that is what statists hope “government” will be: a wise, unbiased, all-knowing and all-powerful “final decider” that will override and supersede the flawed, shortsighted and selfish whims of man, unerringly dispensing justice and fairness. However, there is no such thing, and can be no such thing, and there are many reasons why it is utterly foolish to look to “government” as the solution to human imperfection. For example, what almost every statist wants is for “government” to enforce objective rules of civilized behavior. More specifically, each individual wants his own perception of justice and morality to be enforced by “authority,” while failing to realize that the moment there is an “authority,” it is no longer up to that individual to decide what counts as moral or just — the “authority” will claim the right to do that for him. And so, over and over again, believers in “authority” have tried to create an all-powerful force for good by anointing some people as rulers, only to quickly learn that once the master is on the throne, he does not care what his slaves were hoping he would do with the power they gave him.
To expect otherwise, even without all of the historical examples, is absurd. To expect the master to serve the slave — to expect power to be used solely for the benefit of the one being controlled, not the one in control — is ridiculous. What makes it even more insane is that statists claim that appointing rulers is the only way to overcome the imperfections and untrustworthiness of man. Statists look out at a world full of strangers who have questionable motives and dubious morality, and they are afraid of what some of those people might do. That, in and of itself, is a perfectly reasonable concern. But then, as protection against what some of those people might do, the statists advocate giving some of those same people of questionable virtue a huge amount of power, and societal permission to rule over everyone else, in the vain hope that, by some miracle, those people will happen to decide to use their new-found power only for good. In other words, the statist looks at his fellow man and thinks, “I do not trust you to be my neighbor, but I do trust you to be my master.”
Bizarrely, almost every statist admits that politicians are more dishonest,
corrupt, conniving and selfish than most people, but still insists that
civilization can exist only if those particularly untrustworthy people are given
both the power and the right to forcibly control everyone else. Believers in
“government” truly believe that the only thing that can keep them safe from the
flaws of human nature is taking some of those flawed humans — some of the most
flawed, in fact — and appointing them as gods, with the right to dominate all of
mankind, in the absurd hope that, if given such tremendous power, such people
will use it only for good. And the fact that that has never happened in the
history of the world does not stop statists from insisting that it “needs” to
happen to ensure peaceful civilization.
The belief in “government” does not make everyone agree; it only creates an opportunity to drastically escalate personal disagreements into large-scale wars and mass oppression. Nor does having an “authority” settling a dispute do anything to guarantee that the “right” side wins. Yet statists talk as if “government” will be fair, reasonable, and rational in situations where individuals would not be. Again, this demonstrates that believers in “government” imagine “authority” to have super-human virtues that should be trusted above the virtues of mere mortals. History shows otherwise. A twisted sense of morality in one person, or a few, can result in the murder of one person, or even dozens, but that same twisted sense of morality in just a few people, when they get hold of the machine called “government,” can result in the murder of millions. The statist wants his idea of the “good rules” forced on everyone by a central “authority,” but has no way to make that happen and no reason to expect that it will happen. In their search for an all-powerful “good guy” to save the day, statists always end up creating all-powerful bad guys. Over and over again, they build giant, unstoppable “government” monsters in the hope that they will defend the innocent, only to find that the monsters become a far greater threat to the innocent than the threats they were created to protect against.
- The Religion of “Government” (from "The Most Dangerous Superstition" by Larken Rose pp. 28-32.)