How would you like to live under a dictatorship? Sounds awful! I hate the idea of being forced to conform to someone else's ill-conceived morals. Yuck.
Well, what if you got to be the dictator? You could run the whole society however you like! Then would you live in a dictatorship?
When I was a child, I'd have said yes. I thought humanity was spiraling out of control. I thought they needed my firm guidance. Now I say that's bullshit.
I would not rule those who do not agree to be ruled. That is not my right. Nor is it anyone else's.
an alternative to dictatorship
Let's make things more fair. Imagine we split the dictatorial power. We'll give equal power to every citizen over the age of eighteen. Unfortunately, it might be time-consuming for everyone to decide what everyone else in the nation can and cannot do. Can we streamline this system?
What if you could only wield the dictatorial power if you got a majority of the other citizens to bestow it on you? Hell, let's make it even more complicated. We'll elect lots of people and give them different slices of the dictator pie. We'll give one group the dictator's power to create laws. Another group will have the dictator's power to control the military and police force. And we'll give the dictator's power of interpreting laws to yet a third group.
Does any of this sound familiar?
What we've cobbled together is nothing more than a slow-acting, internally conflicted, irrational dictator. It doesn't matter how many people wield the power. Even if you give the general populace a tiny slice of power, a vote, they're still subjects. They're still forced to obey their addle-minded dictator.
Why do you keep doing this to yourself, America? The powers of the government are just a throwback to the age of monarchy. Everyone used to think you needed a king to run a society. Now we know better. But most people still think you need a government, a thousand-faced monarch, to run a society.
A government is just people. There's no service they can provide that can't instead be provided by people without dictatorial power.
You're just putting your freedom on the line for an outdated tradition. In the best case, democracy is dictatorship under the majority. In the real case, it's dictatorship under the dollar.
Stop playing Russian Roulette with your freedom. Voting only reinforces the false belief that we can control our destinies by putting them in the hands of politicians. If you want to control your destiny, don't just hand it over to someone else.
Here's something that won't surprise you: I never signed the Constitution. That is, I never agreed to it. I never handed over my human rights. Any action against me by the United States' government is a crime against human liberty. Whether it's taxation, imprisonment, or invasion of privacy, without my consent, it's criminal.
Stop being an inactivist! Stop voting and do something that matters with the other 1460 days every four years. Don't ask a politician to live your life for you!
November 2, 2010