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Monday, October 4, 2010

Spartacus: The Productive Class Goes to War, or “Atlas Shot Back”

Spartacus, author of this prescient piece from 2008, sends this sitrep:

Politically, America is going through incredible turmoil. The Democrats, holding the Congress and Presidency, and thinking they had a complete mandate to do anything they wanted because “we won,” stand in disbelief as Americans shout in rage against the healthcare bill and stimulus bill and other big government spending projects. The Republicans, not quite sure what to do with the Tea Parties, are caught in an internal civil war between the limited-government wing and the wing that says “moving to the Left has helped the Democrats; it’s a winning strategy, so let’s try it too!”

The interesting thing about this turmoil is that nobody outside the Tea Party movement quite knows who they are or what they want. Of course, persons who are comfortably ignorant of the facts apply their own opinions that the Tea Party movement is villainous because they defy the state, seditious because they exercise their right to free speech, and racist because the President is black (If you cannot follow the logic on that last bit, well, neither can I). Well, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, no matter how ill-informed. But one is not entitled to facts that do not exist.

I have spoken before local Tea Parties several times, so I have a little more information than most. What is the Tea Party movement? It is the members of the productive class shedding the guilt over their success imposed on them by the looter and parasite classes, and realizing they can no longer responsibly outsource their civic duties. For years, the vast majority of the productive class has been comfortable protecting Constitutional rights by sending a yearly check to the advocacy groups of its choice. For example, many in the firearms rights movement, when asked whether they support the right to keep and bear arms, say “of course I do! I’m an NRA member!” But when you politely aske “OK, but what do YOU actually do to protect that right?”, the answer is generally “I send my check in each year!”

The problem with that outsourcing phenomenon is when advocacy groups become so comfortable with their close relationship with government that they forget who they serve. The advocacy groups’ occupational hazard is to identify their interests with government instead of their members. And only an active membership that holds the advocacy group constantly accountable can do that – which rarely happens.

So now, the productive class realizes they are lied to and used by the media, they are lied and used by politicians/looters of both parties, they are lied to and used by the parasites who live off the productive classes’ earnings, and they must bypass the advocacy groups and protest directly. This is the great awakening of the productive class that we are seeing happen before our very eyes, their realization that they should not be held guilty for being successful and productive when others are not.

This was the basic premise of Atlas Shrugged (spoiler alert for those who have not read it: It is most certainly not about trains): The productive class sheds its guilt imposed by the weak, poor, lazy, etc., and go into hiding, basically removing their productive efforts from society so society can crash and burn and destroy the philosophy that man may live at his fellow man’s expense.

Some analogize the events in Atlas Shrugged to the events happening today. However, there is a fundamental difference. Our country was founded in resistance to tyranny; it is part of our Constitutional DNA. Americans are far more likely to fight back than become passive-aggressive. We are far more likely to struggle to find solutions than to watch the walls come tumbling down. Or at least warn the looters that, like tigers, we have claws we can unsheathe; hence the rapid growth of the open-firearm-carry movement, particularly those with rifles.

There are those who suggest the productive class should “go Galt” and withdraw their productive talents from society. That works at the macro-level, if a Henry Ford were willing to completely shut down his company, but good luck getting shareholders to approve such an action. At the micro-level, at the individual level, I suggest that “shrugging” is what has gotten us into the current mess at the Federal level. The productive class has shrugged off their civic duties for too long, and now they are taking the burden back on.

We don’t know how current events will currently play out. A sweeping Republican victory in the upcoming election is still not necessarily victory for the productive class; it just means the Congress might be willing to oppose the President on more big government programs (notice the use of the word “might” instead of “shall”). It just means one more set of politicians to keep an eye on. Therefore, it means the productive class must remain vigilant. This means remaining connected with fellow members of your tribe, continuing to network with like-minded folks, and keeping the heat on the government.

Shrugging off our civic vigilance is, after all, what has gotten us here.


Anonymous T.L. Davis said...

As another who speaks periodically at Tea Party events, I can confirm your assessment, but I also caution all of them to make plans to visit their newly elected members at least once in their first term to remind them who got them there. Now, not all will and not all can, but if enough show up in the halls of Congress, it will have an impact. It can cause them to convulse if they feel they might get the same treatment as that which empowered them a few years ago.

October 4, 2010 at 5:14 AM  
Blogger Dennis308 said...

This is an excerpt from something I wrote over at
1-4 Liberty in fact it was the first piece I wrote it was originally a comment I made over at SSI and DD used it in one of his Postings so I thought that if it was that close to being spot on I would start my own Blog Spot.So here goes.

¨And now the "PRODUCERS" have been overburdened with the NEED and WANT¨S of those that don't want the responsibility of taking care of themselves of making their own decisions. I, and many like me have grown tired and we feel cheated and that our lives or the Self-Control of our Own Lives is being TAKEN AWAY from us because it IS.And now that we have grown tired of the burden of maintaining those that want to be maintained. And now that we want to throw off the load of those that are not our responsibility we are ridiculed and called Uncaring or Racist or Radical or any other name that is considered to be "POLITICALLY INCORRECT" what ever the hell that is. And this only serves to make us more angry,And more determined to be rid of responsibilities that are not of OUR own making.¨

Still this don´t answer the Question of what will have to be done to Restore a Constitutional form of Government.

Please don´t say that the Constitution has Failed us in our pursuit of Liberty be cause it has been Us and our Fathers for more than a Few Generations that has Failed to Protect the Constitution and in doing so have failed to protect the Liberty that is ours if we are willing to do that which is necessary to keep it.

Just the other day I was talking to someone I know that is as Patriotic as most people could be(a decorated VET). But this person could not take the time to attend one Restore the Constitution Rally down here in Brownsville because one his children had a football game out of town on that day. To say I was disappointed is a understatement.

If we as Citizens will not take the time to stand while the cost is not to great now how many will stand when the cost is submit or risk our very live and the lives of our families. This makes me wonder if their will be Enough of these same people that have gone to these protests and demonstrations to call for a return the the America of our Forefathers. Just how many will be willing to risk it for all or nothing.


October 4, 2010 at 5:18 AM  
Anonymous Defender said...

The people at the media giant I used to work for have yet to speak up about the denial of benefits to laid-off coworkers, and reductions in those of new hires. It WOULD endanger their jobs.
They don't see the Juggernaut rolling toward them, only the microcosm in their own newsroom vs. the executive suite. They have no alternatives, if they want to stay in their extinction-bound profession for a few more years.
They OUGHT to be surrounding their sociopathic corporate masters in their offices or the elevator and giving them a good hard stare, if not dragging them across their desks. They won't even have a one-day sick-out.
My mother told me many times "People treat you how you let them."
Corporations and governments are made up of people.
The Showtime series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" is brutal in its portrayal of what it was like to be a slave in Rome. Don't make eye contact or speak without permission. Address your betters as "dominus," master. Bear any indignity to avoid sadistic retribution for daring to think of yourself as a human being.
But hey, they got fed, sort of, and had a dry place to sleep.
Well, a sick slave was no good to anyone, remember.

October 4, 2010 at 7:10 AM  
Anonymous GardenSERF said...

One of the main problems in American politics which I'll quote here from: http://www.oftwominds.com/journal08/sullins9c-08.html

"[Americans] have gone from being called citizens to consumers. A citizen is a very human word which denotes awareness, involvement, and participation. It’s a word that sounds active and conscious in its very nature. A consumer by contrast sounds far more passive. A lot of other animals and even inanimate processes consume things. A consumer sounds like sheep grazing."

At this point, I seen no indication that Americans are changing back yet. It will take some long hard times to do this.

October 4, 2010 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger The_Chef said...

He fails to note that many of the Tea-Party types are nothing but radical zealously bigoted republicans who want to "Close the border" "go to war with Iran" "Protect Israel" and know nothing about the economic state of this country.

Many of these people will rage day and night about how Obama is a socialist but they'll be damned if they give up their social security of medicare.

If they want to even be partly relevant, they'd better shut up about gay marriage amendments and start talking about economic policy.

October 4, 2010 at 1:01 PM  
Anonymous T.A.M.N. said...

"Shrugging off our civic vigilance is, after all, what has gotten us here." In a nutshell.

We can never rest apparently. I hope that those whose eyes are now fully opened will be ever vigilant in their civic vigilance. A good start is to form your Committees of Safety. New Jersey and Texas already have. Many others are following suit. Pennsylvania has a write-in candidate for governor running on a CoS platform. It is smart. It is Constitutional and it is still the Law.

Any chance WRS or Beck can do a piece on Committees of Safety? Education on this subject is one of the tasks of Constitutional militias and we would welcome the help. We'd be happy to supply you with links and outlines. Just ask. tamn@theamericanmilitianetwork.com

Vigilance starts with education.

October 4, 2010 at 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Billy Beck said...

A reading: "The most subversive political implication of 'Atlas Shrugged', is that individual freedom is possible only to those who are strong enough, psychologically and morally, to withdraw their sanction from any system that coercively thrives off their productive energies."

(Chris Matthew Sciabarra -- "Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical", pp. 301-302)


From the post: "Shrugging off our civic vigilance is, after all, what has gotten us here."

I don't know what the author is calling "our civic vigilance", but I think I'm about to sharply disagree with some premises in all this.

October 4, 2010 at 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Witchwood said...

...and racist because the President is black

The Tea Party is called racist simply because it happens to be an overwhelmingly Caucasian movement. The Tea Partiers, to their shame, then trot out the handful of black members and say "See?? We're not racist!! Please believe us!" They accept the left's terms of engagement.

What they should be saying is that the Tea Party is open to all, that the vast majority of those who respond to the Party's message happen to be Caucasian, and there isn't a thing wrong with that. They should then ask the left why it is acceptable for non-whites to embrace nakedly racial organizations, such as La Raza and the NAACP, but whites are expected to artificially infuse non-whites into every organization they have lest they be branded racist. Until they do this, they are facing a philosophical dilemma for which they have no articulate answer.

October 5, 2010 at 1:41 AM  

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