The Way of Politicians

Evil bastards who understand psychology are particularly dangerous, because there are so many ways to bypass people’s ability to reason, by manipulating and playing off of their feelings, emotions, and just psychological habits. One fine example can be seen when narcissistic control freaks throw out “noise”–often completely irrelevant noise–just to “muddy the waters” enough on some issue that the average spectator will get confused and frustrated, and then just give up and stop paying attention.

When politicians get caught doing something slimy, for example, in a way that is provable and fairly simple, they will run down a list of methods used to confuse anyone paying attention, even if they have no substantive defense or rebuttal to the accusations. These might include:

1) Bicker over random little details that aren’t really relevant to the accusations.

2) Personally attack the character of whoever made the allegations, or whoever reported them. (e.g., “Consider the source; isn’t this the same guy who…”)

3) Challenge the (supposed) motivation behind the accusation–again, shifting the focus to the accuser. (e.g., “He just brought this up because he has a personal vendetta against me.”)

4) Assert that there is no evidence, or that it’s not “convincing evidence,” regardless of what the evidence actually shows. This is a means of psychologically bullying the weak-minded into just believing that maybe they shouldn’t be convinced.

5) Assert that the accusation has “already been refuted,” or the allegations have already been addressed and answered. Simply asserting this, even if it is patently untrue, will make a number of people at least think it might be true.

6) Go into subtle “virtue signaling” mode, where the accused, instead of saying anything about the actual allegations, focuses on whatever good things he has (supposedly) done, the people who support him and like him, etc. In other words, he tries to make it into a “popularity contest” instead of a review of the evidence of wrongdoing.

7) Throw out a laundry list of tiny, tangential complaints about every detail of the accusation, to put the accuser “on trial,” so he tries to defend against an endless barrage of assertions, however baseless they may be. If the accused can try to poke holes in the accusation, even if all of those “holes” are easy to refute, the issue can quickly cause doubt and confusion in the mind of the average spectator, to the point he stops trying to understand.

And if all else fails…

8) Babble on and on with gibberish, literally–long-winded tangents and distractions designed to make the listener confused about what the whole thing is even about.

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When Anarchists Get Scared

I’ve lost count of how many people I’ve seen arguing that ideally, we would have a voluntaryist, stateless society, and ideally they would advocate non-aggression, but that things are so scary right now, that they just have to try to empower some authoritarian collectivist, to keep some other authoritarian collectivist out of power.

Imagine how happy the control freaks have to be when they see that: people who know that statism is evil, being scared into enabling and legitimizing it anyway. All the puppet-masters have to do is keep giving the rabble two megalomaniacs to choose from, and even a bunch of people who know better will end up supporting one of them.

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They Are The Enemy

Can’t we all just get along?

If you advocate the initiation of violence against innocents, then no, we can’t. And you are why we can’t, because you are the one condoning aggression.

Some people say things like, “We need unity, and to work together, we can’t let the powers that be divide us!” … but they’re talking about having “unity” with authoritarian statists. Um, no. If my goal is ending statism (and it is), why the hell would I want statists on my “team”?

When it comes to people who advocate the subjugation of mankind, I don’t have a common cause with them, and we don’t have a common enemy. They are the enemy.

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No Reverence and No Honor

Well over two hundred years ago, a few people scribbled some ink on some parchment, and pretended that that gave some people the moral right to demand money, under threat of force, from lots of other people (U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 1).

Today, a completely different set of thieves continually rob a completely different set of victims–several hundred million of them, in fact. And ALL of the supposed justification for that extortion still comes from that little bit of ink scrawled on that stupid piece of parchment. Even though none of the people alive today had anything to do with that, or had any choice in the matter. No one today signed it, or consented to any of it.

And today we’re supposed to revere and honor that piece of parchment.

Um, no. Stupid cult beliefs and rituals which pretend to bestow the right to rule upon mere mortals deserve no reverence and no honor. Ever.

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“The Constitution Protects Our Rights!”

Well, no. It doesn’t. In fact, it fails to protect our rights from the authoritarian monstrosity that it created.

Yes, all of the extortion, harassment, terrorism, assault, murder and war-mongering done by the U.S. empire is carried out in the name of the “authority” that the Constitution supposedly granted to the federal “government.”

Therefore, the Constitution is the primary cause of ongoing and abundant violations of the individual rights of people living here now, not to mention the people who have been victimized and oppressed here over the last two centuries.

To revere the Constitution as “pro-freedom” and “pro-individual-rights,” when it created the thing that violates those rights, makes about as much sense as revering cancer for protecting the health of the people.

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For Me, For Thee

If you try to arrange things such that the political parasites can’t stick their noses into your business, they call it “money laundering.” Even if you’re not doing anything immoral or illegal, they will still demand the ability to track and snoop on whatever you do, while saying it’s to fight “money laundering” and terrorism.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon “lost” trillions of dollars. Your dollars. They stole it from you, then made it disappear, and say they “lost” it. You don’t ever get to know where it went. But I’m sure the CIA and other warmonger agencies would never do anything nasty or criminal with it, right?

Just one more reason why anyone who calls this a “free country” is an idiot.

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