The Matrix is one of the greatest metaphors
ever. Machines invented to make human life easier end up enslaving humanity -
this is the most common theme in dystopian science fiction.
Why is this fear so universal - so compelling?
Is it because we really believe that our toaster and our notebook will end up as
our mechanical overlords?
Of course not.
This is not a future that we fear, but a
past that we are already living.
Supposedly, governments were invented to
make human life easier and safer, but governments always end up enslaving
That which we create to "serve" us ends up
The US government "by and for the people"
now imprisons millions, takes half the national income by force,
over-regulates, punishes, tortures, slaughters foreigners, invades countries,
overthrows governments, imposes 700 imperialistic bases overseas, inflates the
currency, and crushes future generations with massive debts.
That which we create to "serve" us ends up
The problem with the "state as servant"
thesis is that it is historically completely false, both empirically and
The idea that states were voluntarily invented
by citizens to enhance their own security is utterly untrue.
Before governments, in tribal times, human
beings could only produce what they consumed -- there was no excess production
of food or other resources. Thus, there was no point owning slaves, because the
slave could not produce any excess that could be stolen by the master.
If a horse pulling a plow can only produce
enough additional food to feed the horse, there is no point hunting, capturing
and breaking in a horse.
However, when agricultural improvements
allowed for the creation of excess crops, suddenly it became highly
advantageous to own human beings.
When cows began to provide excess milk and
meat, owning cows became worthwhile.
The earliest governments and empires were
in fact a ruling class of slave hunters, who understood that because human
beings could produce more than they consumed, they were worth hunting, capturing,
breaking in - and owning.
The earliest Egyptian and Chinese empires
were in reality human farms, where people were hunted, captured, domesticated and
owned like any other form of livestock. Due to technological and methodological
improvements, the slaves produced enough excess that the labor involved in
capturing and keeping them represented only a small subset of their total
productivity. The ruling class - the farmers
- kept a large portion of that excess, while handing out gifts and payments to
the brutalizing class - the police, slave hunters, and general sadists - and
the propagandizing class - the priests, intellectuals, and artists.
This situation continued for thousands of
years, until the 16-17th centuries, when again massive improvements in
agricultural organization and technology created the second wave of excess
productivity. The enclosure movement re-organized and consolidated farmland,
resulting in 5-10 times more crops, creating a new class of industrial workers,
displaced from the country and huddling in the new cities.
This enormous agricultural excess was the
basis of the capital that drove the industrial revolution.
The Industrial Revolution did not arise
because the ruling class wanted to free their serfs, but rather because they
realized how additional "liberties" could make their livestock astoundingly more
When cows are placed in very confining
stalls, they beat their heads against the walls, resulting in injuries and
infections. Thus farmers now give them more room -- not because they want to
set their cows free, but rather because they want greater productivity and
The next stop after "free range" is not
The rise of state capitalism in the 19th
century was actually the rise of "free range serfdom."
Additional liberties were granted to the
human livestock not with the goal of setting them free, but rather with the
goal of increasing their productivity.
Of course, intellectuals, artists and
priests were - and are - well paid to conceal this reality.
The great problem of modern human livestock
ownership is the challenge of "enthusiasm."
State capitalism only works when the
entrepreneurial spirit drives creativity and productivity in the economy.
However, excess productivity always creates
a larger state, and swells the ruling classes and their dependents, which eats
into the motivation for additional productivity. Taxes and regulations rise,
state debt (future farming) increases, and living standards slow and decay.
Depression and despair began to spread, as
the reality of being owned sets in for the general population.
The solution to this is additional
propaganda, antidepressant medications, superstition, wars, moral campaigns of
every kind, the creation of "enemies," the inculcation of patriotism,
collective fears, paranoia about "outsiders" and "immigrants," and so on.
It is essential to understand the reality
of the world.
When you look at a map of the world, you
are not looking at countries, but farms.
You are allowed certain liberties - limited
property ownership, movement rights, freedom of association and occupation -
not because your government approves of these rights in principle - since it
constantly violates them - but rather because "free range livestock" is so much
cheaper to own and so more productive.
It is important to understand the reality
State capitalism, socialism, communism,
fascism, democracy - these are all livestock management approaches.
Some work well for long periods - state capitalism
- and some work very badly - communism.
They all fail eventually, because it is immoral
and irrational to treat human beings as livestock.
The recent growth of "freedom" in China,
India and Asia is occurring because the local state farmers have upgraded their
livestock management practices. They have recognized that putting the cows in a
larger stall provides the rulers more milk and meat.
Rulers have also recognized that if they
prevent you from fleeing the farm, you will become depressed, inert and
unproductive. A serf is the most productive when he imagines he is free. Thus
your rulers must provide you the illusion of freedom in order to harvest you
Thus you are "allowed" to leave - but never
to real freedom, only to another farm, because the whole world is a farm. They
will prevent you from taking a lot of money, they will bury you in endless
paperwork, they will restrict your right to work -- but you are "free" to
leave. Due to these difficulties, very few people do leave, but the illusion of
mobility is maintained. If only 1 out of 1,000 cows escapes, but the illusion
of escaping significantly raises the productivity of the remaining 999, it remains
a net gain for the farmer.
You are also kept on the farm through
licensing. The most productive livestock are the professionals, so the rulers
fit them with an electronic dog collar called a "license," which only allows
them to practice their trade on their own farm.
To further create the illusion of freedom,
in certain farms, the livestock are allowed to choose between a few farmers
that the investors present. At best, they are given minor choices in how they
are managed. They are never given the choice to shut down the farm, and be truly
Government schools are indoctrination pens
for livestock. They train children to "love" the farm, and to fear true freedom
and independence, and to attack anyone who questions the brutal reality of human
ownership. Furthermore, they create jobs for the intellectuals that state
propaganda so relies on.
The ridiculous contradictions of statism --
like religion -- can only be sustained through endless propaganda inflicted
upon helpless children.
The idea that democracy and some sort of
"social contract" justifies the brutal exercise of violent power over billions
is patently ridiculous.
If you say to a slave that his ancestors
"chose" slavery, and therefore he is bound by their decisions, he will simply
"If slavery is a choice, then I choose not
to be a slave."
This is the most frightening statement for
the ruling classes, which is why they train their slaves to attack anyone who dares
Statism is not a philosophy.
Statism does not originate from historical evidence
or rational principles.
Statism is an ex post facto justification for human ownership.
Statism is an excuse for violence.
Statism is an ideology, and all ideologies
are variations on human livestock management practices.
Religion is pimped-out superstition,
designed to drug children with fears that they will endlessly pay to have "alleviated."
Nationalism is pimped-out bigotry, designed
to provoke a Stockholm Syndrome in the livestock.
The opposite of superstition is not another
superstition, but the truth.
The opposite of ideology is not a different
ideology, but clear evidence and rational principles.
The opposite of superstition and ideology -
of statism - is philosophy.
Reason and courage will set us free.
You do not have to be livestock.
Take the red pill.