Saturday, March 28, 2009

the formless

a gangster of our own, gary galles.
This combination of fear and coercion has received little notice in the current media. However, it has been insightfully analyzed. In 1959, in The Nature of Man and His Government, Robert LeFevre saw this connection clearly. He saw how the desire to assuage their fears led people to grant power to a gangster of their own, in hope that the gangster would remain their servant, with its power exercised solely for their own good. Unfortunately, he showed that hope to be both logically and historically unsupported.

if it is the nature of the gangster to drum up fear of an "other," an opponent, the threat made is either true and legitimate, or otherwise.

if it is legitimate, then the other is a greater gangster to begin with, and the fear-driven will change alliances precisely for the same reasons they granted power to their gangster in the first place.

therefore, it is in the gangster's best interest to lie and to create a mountain out of a molehill.

to overcome this strategy, you do not mimick and become the enemy, the gangster, and threaten the people with a greater fear.

you become the mountain.

the great leader necessarily imagines a power he knows to be greater than him, that he "knows" will destroy him, that is borne of his own secret nightmares.

become the nightmare.

sun tzu:

[simulated] chaos is given birth from control; [the illusion of fear] is given birth from courage; [feigned] weakness is given birth from strength.
thus the pinnacle of military deployment approaches the formless. if it is formless, then even the deepest spy cannot discern it or the wise make plans against it.

Monday, March 2, 2009

the holy experiment

the origins of individualist anarchism in america, murray rothbard.
If John Blackwell had any idea that the Quakers were a meek people, he was in for a rude surprise. Blackwell was to find out quickly that a devotion to peace, liberty, and individualism in no sense implied an attitude of passive resignation to tyranny -- quite the contrary.

good read.

the whole concept of man engaging in a holy experiment is hilarious, and the phrase is a contradiction in terms. there's nothing holy about experimenting with others' lives and livelihoods. there's nothing experimental about holiness, which is the dedication to truth and love through which one can know one's lord, god.

a society ignores this at its peril.