Feedback on "20 More Questions": Accomplices and Collaborators
Got a call from a friend who was offended by question #21 in our recent "20 More Questions" piece:
21) Do you understand that, with the millions upon millions of vulnerable, unarmed, government-paid collaborators and Quislings at the local, state, and Federal levels, let alone all of the government-owned property in every jurisdiction of this huge country just aching for traditional American political action, one of your biggest problems (after the initial decision and commitment, of course) will be in focusing your efforts so as to achieve maximum effect with minimal exposure to you?
At issue was the implication that every single employee -- armed and unarmed - of the combined local/state/Federal Leviathan was a legitimate recipient of political action, however each individual American defines that activity.
Here's the thing -- every last one of those government employees is subordinate to you, the individual American citizen -- at least according to one of our system's central articles of faith.
In cold reality, compared to private-sector workers and business owners (who, not coincidentally, pay the taxes that feed and house each government parasite's family), they are your betters -- more pay, better benefits, greater job security, shorter hours, more vacation, and much better retirement plans.
In short, all government workers know that you, the American taxpayer, are subordinate to each and every one of them -- from the newest-hired Motor Vehicles drone to the tenured government schoolteacher to the uniformed police officer who just pulled you over for a local revenue opportunity....uh, I guess they still call them "speeding tickets".
And before any readers get their knickers in a twist -- yes, there are dedicated government workers who go above and beyond the call of duty...
And still enjoy better benefits and better retirement perquisites, along with more vacation, than their private-sector peers in equivalent positions.
But that's not the real reason why all government employees should face the wrath of free Americans.
The real reason is much more simple: each civil servant is a cog in Leviathan's machine.
As Vanderboegh pointed out the other day, if you want to break a windmill -- simply throw a wooden shoe into its mechanism.
Ergo, if you want to hobble Leviathan, simply provide creative incentives for the cogs to absent themselves.
If a cog doesn't report to its proper place, the tyrant's infernal machine will grind on, but nearby cogs will notice the absence.
If several cogs no longer are in their assigned positions within the mechanism, the machinery will start creak and shudder.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
And make no mistake: each and every one of those cogs in every government agency chooses every single work day to climb into his or her cubicle and serve the omnivorous beast Government, because doing so is in each cog's best interests.
Engaging Government successfully therefore simply requires a new calculus of self-interest to be created and effectively disseminated to the governing hordes. As Solzhenitsyn said in the The Gulag Archipelago:
And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say goodbye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand. The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst; the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!
So don't fret about Leviathan's civil service whores. They've already made their choices, and each has elected to make a career from leeching off the productivity of their former fellow citizens.
So be it.
It's now time for all freedom-lovers to make their choices.
Submission -- or action.
Audentes fortuna iuvat.