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Law for whom?

Authoritarianism is on the rise with more and more draconian legislation to increase intrusion into our lives and curb dissent.

Ruling Britannia: The Evidence that Britain is Legislating its Way to Authoritarianism by Graham Vanbergen
During the short course of the 21st century Britain’s ruling class has pushed its democracy in a direction where the expansion of state powers is undeniably leading the country towards authoritarianism.
 “It’s sad that the Snowden revelations backfired so spectacularly in Britain. Rather than rolling back powers, they’ve been used to legitimise these practices.” - Harvit Kambo, a director at Privacy International

But while our freedoms are curtailed, the kakistocracy (rule by the worst) continues and, as dissent is quashed, acts with growing impunity.

It's about time we realise that those in positions of "authority" or celebrity are just the hired help to shepherd the rest of humanity - blackmail and depravity are the darker accompaniment to bribery and rewards for services rendered.

The "great and the good" are neither great nor good - they are order followers.

Conscious resistance

This is worthwhile listening.

It's important to remember that although we can disengage from the system, the system continues to deny us our birthright - the means to life. Consequently, non-hierarchical, self-organisation must incorporate the three fundamental principles for political economy.

  • No ruler, ie. no institutionalised hierarchy
  • Sharing the value of the commons
  • Prohibition of usury (interest on money)

We can continue to play the ideological game of electing "leaders" but they will never create the conditions for a free and fair society - only we can do that.

Risk perspectives

Predictions of doom for the planet and the human race play on our fears. Some predictions may have some basis in fact but the hubristic nature of the claims made undermines their credibility. One needs to separate fact from fiction and treat all such claims with caution. Claims relating to climate and global temperatures have been particularly problematic.

Here’s How Wrong Past Environmental Predictions Have Been by Walter E. Williams
Let’s take a look at past predictions to determine just how much confidence we can have in today’s environmentalists’ predictions.
In 1970, when Earth Day was conceived, the late George Wald, a Nobel laureate biology professor at Harvard University, predicted, “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

We need to evaluate relative risk and certainty. Changing the political economy will address many environmental problems and alleviate industrial pressure on nature but making policy on the basis of unsubstantiated assertions is often more harmful than the supposed threat predicted - (un)intended consequences. We must also ask cui bono (for whose benefit?) - the climate agenda serves a sinister purpose expressed in 1992 at the UNCED conference.

A different world

Many, or even most, who work in finance will never be invited to an orgy or into the circle of power that runs the world. Those who are, will never talk about their experiences for fear of retribution. This video interview rings true in the context of Critical Thinking's analysis of where power lies. We talk about kakistocracy - rule by the worst; this is the reality but most people find it hard to believe or accept.

Whether we like it or not, this is the world we inhabit and the system that we support with our compliance and participation. The only way it will stop is when we refuse to participate - withdraw consent.