Belief in Authority

The Third Reich was made possible by millions of German “taxpayers” who felt an obligation to pay up. The Soviet empire was made possible by millions of people who felt an obligation to give to the state whatever it demanded. Every invading army, every conquering empire, has been constructed out of wealth that was taken from productive people. The destroyers have always been funded by the creators; the thieves have always been funded by the producers; through the belief in “authority,” the agendas of the evil have always been funded by the efforts of the good.

Laren Rose


Yep. What to do? Even though more people than ever are feeling the chafe of chains, most people are still unwilling to let go their belief in government. “Limited” government, constrained by the Constitution, that’s the ticket. Nobody seems to notice that it didn’t work the first time. Lysander Spooner wasted his ink.

We should all question our beliefs, especially our most closely-held beliefs. I know how hard that can be. I struggle with it myself. Only recently I reluctantly let go of my strongest belief; that given a clear choice, all people preferred freedom over slavery.

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5 Comments on “Belief in Authority”

  1. Art says:

    None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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    • Underground Carpenter says:

      Hi Art,

      A good one! Key word being “Believe.”

      I believe that all beliefs are bad. But then, that’s also a belief which requires examination.


  2. Craig Cavanaugh says:

    Fear drives people to voluntary slavery, and the controlling class capitalizes on that fact. Only rational thought can overcome fear, and rational thought requires an education that promotes it. Something that doesn’t exist in the public “education” system, nor in our institutions of “higher learning” today. “They” have cultivated a society that acts purely on emotion, because emotion is easily harnessed and diverted as the need be. Rational thinkers are not easily swayed, which is dangerous to the ruling class…

    • Underground Carpenter says:

      Hi Mayberry,

      The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

      H. L. Mencken

      Since you and I both went to government indoctrination camps, some part of us was immune to the brainwashing. All we need now is to discover an antidote that can be sprinkled over the population at large.

      “Rational thinkers are not easily swayed.”

      Thanks for that. Now I can tell Mrs. UC that I am merely a rational thinker, not pig-headed and stubborn. :-)



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