“Death solves all problems – no man, no problem.”
– Joseph Stalin
Government is a death cult. It is the most profound mechanism outside of planetary extinction events to rid the globe of human beings. There have certainly been disease vectors like the plague in medieval times that wiped out significant parts of Europe but even that can be attributed to human volition to a certain extent.
The state is an exterminationist by trade, ask the aboriginal Americans.
Since the first agricultural communities attracted the government predator’s eye thousands of years ago and led to the tax accountancy records Charles Adams first pointed out to us. Hunter gatherer communities were quite a bit more difficult to pin down and cage within the confines of a tax jurisdiction. Tax jurisdictions are the center of gravity for governments to germinate and expand their nefarious enterprises.
Whether the murderous paroxysms of violence in the endless wars created by tax jurisdictions dressed in fancy bunting and flags in ancient times or today have more advanced killing machines, the mission is the same. Government will ultimately kill you for non-compliance of a seat-belt violation if your lack of obedience and insistence on resistance continues and escalates.
The more extreme examples of bureaucratized slaughter and mayhem visited on populations by governments are illustrative of the potential of every government to do the same. That is the genius of government, not only to elevate the absolute worst psychopaths to positions of power because they seek to rule others by default but it industrializes murder machines. How else can one explain the killing fields in Kampuchea, the bone yards in the former USSR and the mass starvation campaigns either inadvertently or intentionally launched against subject populations? From Rwanda to Armenia under the Turks to the North American aboriginal destruction in 18th and 19th century America, governments kill.
That is their ultimate fail-safe mechanism. If their power is threatened in any fashion, the cage and the sword and the grave are essential tools of governance.
In the end, ALL governments seek to maim and kill the non-compliant because obedience is the signal contribution of ANY citizen in a tax jurisdiction yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Keep in mind that the lion’s share of all wars in human history are armed disputes between tax plantation owners.
Your collaboration with a system that practices such barbaric behavior on a mass and industrial basis is the key to government’s legitimacy and its very ability to have fractional elements of tens of thousands of “law enforcers” cow millions of shambling sheep to be disposed of as the government wishes; especially the recalcitrant and rebellious black sheep who no longer desire the fetters and are increasingly losing their fear of the noose.
As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said: “Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.”
Initiated violence is the government’s bread and butter and any active defense against its depredations is always received by the rulers rather dimly.
The only reason you are not yet dead is because the government has not found a sufficient reason or lacks the wherewithal to kill you. Yet.