I’m making the case for doing away with government and replacing it with something better. For now we’re focusing on the case for doing away with it. The something better part will come later.
So far, we’ve established the following regarding government:
You’ve heard the saying: Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The problem with that statement is that any power tends to lead to the consolidation of more power and once that happens, it’s hard to let go of that shit. Seriously. That’s why we have term limits in the United States! The momentum behind authoritative leadership swells and distorts until it becomes and out of touch with the everyday needs of those that authority is supposed to serve. I describe it as momentum because “evil” is a concept I find unhelpful.
This momentum, gets bigger and bigger and more and more out of control. And this is why the idea of modernizing government, making it people friendly, making it more efficient or reforming it doesn’t work. The momentum of government’s preeminent authority becomes so great, turning that ship is impossible.
This is why courageous popular uprisings, such as those in Bolivia, the Middle East, the US, China, and recently Hong Kong, are echoes of a bygone era where such tactics worked. Today, these tactics are impotent against the momentum of sovereign authority government wields. In fact, I will go further and argue that such demonstrations actually strengthen that which the people demonstrate against!
Efforts to reform, modernize, or inject compassion into government have the same effect. They succeed just enough to placate the petitioners. Meanwhile, it’s business as usual.
So momentum is yet another reason why it’s necessary to eliminate government. It has so much momentum, any change it actually enacts will have little impact on government’s trajectory.
The case for eliminating government is almost complete. The final argument I think will surprise you.