There are so, so many good complaints about the power-addicted Ruling Class. This sometimes makes prioritization the greatest difficulty in fighting them. In his comment here Jay reminds us,
…the Obama admin told us that all the bailouts, jobs programs, toxic asset buyouts, and auto company takeovers were emergency one time expenses. They told us we have to spend a ton of money in 2009 and 2010 in order to save the economy. Then they told us it was the summer of recovery in 2010 and they had fixed the problem.
But the 2011 budget is 16% BIGGER than the 2010.
Welcome to the permanent emergency?
Holy crap, Jay is spot-on! Why aren’t the “Tea Party” Republicans absolutely hammering the Senate and Administration over this? Why aren’t we? I COMMAND ALL WORMITES! SPREAD “THE WORD OF JAY” THROUGHOUT THE LAND!
This is tremendously embarrassing. I’ve let you down. Thank you, Jay, for getting my head back in the game. How how how did I let the word “Stimulus” just glide by? They’ve been Stimulating our brains out for so long and so hard…we quit noticing! Say, you know another term that works for “ubiquitous stimulation”?
Shaking to pieces.
Power addicts will say or do anything to gain control of others. And like all addicts they constantly need more. They will say or do whatever it takes to get more and bigger fixes. Remember:
Never let a crisis go to waste.
That’s an unguarded thought from a power-addict. He schemes night and day to bring you under his control. He dreams of being your lord and master. And when he and his fellows succeed? When they’re the American Politburo to your little Ivan? They’re addicts, remember. They still get jaded on the “same ol’ same ol'”.
And that’s when they start getting creative.
So what’s with the opening book cover? Vernor Vinge’s “A Deepness in the Sky” is a great, great, great, great novel. It is Olympian; there’s a handful of peers but no superiors. If you can’t stand speculative fiction you won’t like it. Otherwise, it will blow your mind.
(VERY MINOR SPOILER ALERT)
The villain is the utterly wicked “Emergent” government. It’s what you get when human beings are permitted absolute power over others, for the sake of an Emergency. Those rulers made sure not to let their crisis “go to waste”.
Am I accusing our Ruling Class of physical and mental rape and torture of helpless human possessions for a scrap of fleeting pleasure? Of course not.
Not yet. But will they go there after getting totally bored with just owning you? They or their descendents, yes.
A lot of addicts can be destroyed by their Nemesis without harming others. Power addicts are not that type. They cannot, by definition, mind their own business. Nor can they even be honest to themselves. The rare ones who can are essentially monsters.
Power addicts are why government is a necessary evil. Because they turn it to evil. They grind you down with it, turn you into chattel with it. And all while demanding that you call it good.
They lie. Government is never good. It cannot be good. But of course power addicts must claim that. Most of them must even believe it. It’s how they justify their lust for dominion. All things must bow to their will because it is self-evidently right and good.
Except…government is not good. It is never good. Would-be tyrants react to this like knees tapped by rubber hammers. “Anti-government terrorist! UniBomber! McVeigh!”
Ridiculous. I’m not anti-government. I just see it for exactly what it is: a necessary evil. We should try spreading that meme.
At its best, government is a necessary evil.
Can I illustrate that point? Of course. Surgery. Life-saving surgery is a necessary evil. Cutting human flesh, sawing human bone? Never good.
Care to argue otherwise? Go on record as pro-“destruction of human tissue”? Surgery is either a necessary evil or an evil. Those are the choices, folks.
Government is exactly the same.
It is a necessary evil, or it is evil. It does to human liberty what a scapel does to human flesh. You should react to “government is good” the way you would “cutting flesh is good”. At its very “best” government is an incovenience to good citizens.
At its worst? Read A Deepness in the Sky.
Like most writers, I occasionally dabble in “Laws”. For example, the Law of Fractal Debate:
There are two sides to every side.
And here’s a serious one. Wormme’s Law:
Anyone not constantly and consciously fighting for freedom is losing it.
There is one exception that proves the rule. When someone else is doing your fighting for you. Leave it to the Founding Fathers? Not me. And I hope and pray, not you.
Let this idea be your Stimulus: everything government is and does is either a necessary evil…or it is evil.