Hannah Arendt, a political philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor, warns that what makes it possible for a totalitarian to rule is that people are not informed. And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please.
When Evil comes calling, we should not expect it to be stupid enough to advertise itself warns Lawrence Reed, president of Freedom for Economic Education. Evil just might cloak itself in grandiloquent platitudes like “equality,” “social justice,” and the “common good,” platitudes we see in our current government.
We currently have a government that cannot be trusted to do what is right or moral. It is not a government you should trust with your life, your loved ones, your livelihood or your freedoms. It has become the face of evil disguised as a democracy.
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon in his book, General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century, warned that in general, “To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, and commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED, he writes, is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.
Currently, the human species is going backward, and continues to deteriorate at an accelerating pace. It is not just government or rulers that have caused our slavery; it is all of us allowing it to happen. The government is made up of people, not gods. The only way that government can act as king is if we allow it and allowing a system where slavery exists is no different than being the slave master. Indifference is a human flaw, and the unbridled apathy that exists today is a direct assault on the soul of man.
Natural Law is based on right and wrong and the two can never overlap. One of the major problems we face as a people is that many believe that right and wrong are dependent on time and space, on circumstance, or are interchangeable due to human desires. And this thinking is the death knell of freedom. Without a collective acceptance of this truth, any society seeking freedom is doomed.
“Between the government which does evil and the people who accept it – there is a certain shameful solidarity.” Victor Hugo