Sadly, to understand where our lives are headed in our tax surveillance states, you only need watch a movie called The Lives of Others, which follows the lives of East Berliners under total surveillance from the Stasi in the final years before the Wall came down. We exist not to pursue our individual happiness, but to be sacrificed to the lives of others, via the tax take and the cult of redistribution - and I use the word cult because it's based entirely on emotion, with no reasoned philosophising upon it regarding the nature of freedom, rights, or the travails of dependency created.
Read my Twitter timeline for any thirty minutes, and you’ll see what I mean. Look at this.
Voters should ask politicians offering up spending or tax cuts who will it effect. @bernardchickey http://t.co/8bFYUq3vDp
— Selwyn Pellett (@SelwynPellett) April 5, 2014
@SelwynPellett While ignoring those who are being plundered and having their rights to privacy and property destroyed? @bernardchickey
— Mark Hubbard (@MarkHubbard33) April 5, 2014
How cold and clinically the statists talk about owning you.
I’ve written before on how the Left – men such as Selwyn - believe freedom loving producers and wealth creators, taxpayers, don’t need to be treated as humans with their own goals and aspirations, toiling away with their minds, bodies and capital for their own betterment; they’re just the nameless who exist to fund the Left’s and Selwyn's egotistical idea of the fair society. I’ve also written on what a sham their fair society is, asking why I am forced to fund a society I have no agreement with.
No more than ten tweets after the above, Liberty Scott, reinforced the point:
Apparently action against poverty in Auckland has nothing to do with giving any of your own money to the poor http://t.co/RbFYHGd3is
— Libertyscott (@libertyscott) April 5, 2014
It is unsurprising to me my most read post, with 7,000 reads – 1984 Comes to 2012: Children Nowadays Were Horrible - and still the most actively read despite writing it in 2012, commented on just this confluence of historically and philosophically bankrupt ideas which are leading us into replicating the snitch societies of the Soviet Bloc, China and North Korea, et al, where if you dare be different, free in your mind and actions, you are to be reported and dealt to. I’ve even written a post on the nature of the snitch society in New Zealand as created by Inland Revenue Department compared with Hans Fallada’s novel of life in Nazi Germany. Another top ten read post on this blog.
Although at least IRD aren’t paying blood money, yet: as in so many fields nowadays, the US and IRS win the tyranny stakes:
The Internal Revenue Service paid out more than $53 million to whistle-blowers in 2013 who turned in friends, family and co-workers.
What an ugly world we’ve voted in.
I began that earlier post with a quotation from Orwell’s 1984:
"Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it… All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children."
Comparing this quotation with how British school children were being encouraged to dob in tax cheats in their neighbourhoods, I summed the truth as follows:
Look at the ‘good citizens’ these children are taught to be in our schools, with all these ‘obligations’ to each other. And so strong is the programming, that I am confident more than ninety percent of those reading this would feel, deep down, that they have to agree with the teachers’ ethic here, with what this tax course in the schools is founded on: that self-sacrifice for the common good, is a noble thing, and the needs of others are what social democracies must hold at their centre.
But it’s a magic trick, an illusion, that’s been done in our minds by Gramsci, a linguistic sleight of hand, all the more evil because it initially appeals to our 'better natures'. All we need do to understand it, see the reality of it, is change the focus, the narrative point of view, and see what it really says, which is that for you to live your life, it is acceptable that the lives of others, total strangers, be sacrificed to you, their pursuit of happiness destroyed for you, and that the state will initiate force to back you up in this, and mince up the livelihoods, and freedom, of those who will not bow down to you. And part of being a good citizen, now, is for you to dob these people in, so they can be dealt to.
This is the ethic of the societies our democracies have voted in on belief in the illusory free lunch. It’s barbaric, the hatred of life itself for:
Free men know that the civilised society is not based on such an extinguishment of life, but founded on a bed-rock of the non-initiation of force, particularly the state against the people, and on each individual being responsible for themselves, and self-reliant. That a civilised society works on the natural love and affection between families and loved ones, on compassion and charity freely given for strangers, and on voluntarism.
I read somewhere over the last week, probably a book site, that modern youth love dystopia fiction because they think they live in a dsytopia: I agree.
Is there hope? No.
The greatest philosopher in the twentieth century summed it up pretty well:
One cannot force men -- or nations -- to live as human beings if they prefer to be swine in a collectivist pig pen.
— Ayn Rand Bot (@AynRandBot) April 5, 2014
Welcome to the pig pen. Don’t panic, Selwyn is lobbying the government to supply you with swill, you won't need to do any work for it, or be self reliant to any extent at all.
Me? I married my best friend, and we try to stay as far away from the pig pen as possible, enjoying the scenery and a drink or three on the way to the new Gulags: