Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class-whether that class be hereditary royalty or entrenched bureaucracy.

A large populace held in check by a small but powerful force is quite a common situation. And we know the major conditions wherein this large populace may turn upon its keepers.

One: When they find a leader. This is the most volatile threat to the powerful; they must retain control of leaders.

Two: When the populace recognizes its chains. Keep the populace blind and unquestioning.

Three: When the populace perceives a hope of escape from bondage. They must never even believe that escape is possible!

Liberal bigots are the ones who trouble me most. I distrust the extremes. Scratch a conservative and you find someone who prefers the past over any future. Scratch a liberal and find a closet aristocrat. It's true! Liberal governments always develop into aristocracies. The bureaucracies betray the true intent of people who form such governments. Right from the first, the little people who formed the governments which promised to equalize the social burdens found themselves suddenly in the hands of bureaucratic aristocracies. Of course, all bureaucracies follow this pattern, but what a hypocrisy to find this even under a communized banner. Ahhh, well, if patterns teach me anything it's that patterns are repeated.

You know, police always observe that criminals prosper. It takes a pretty dull policeman to miss the fact that the position of authority is the most prosperous criminal position available. Prisons and police and legalities, the perfect illusion behind which a prosperous power structure can operate while observing, quite accurately, that it is above it's own laws.

So what is a good type of government? I really don't know. All I know is that nothing tried so far seems to truly work in the long run, and that history repeats itself entirely too often, because no one wants to learn from past mistakes.


  1. and history repeats itself, because a great deal of what passes as history is not factual, but fictional.

  2. This is where I lean incredibly right in spite of my liberal tendencies. We need small local communities... with small local leadership that rules WITH... not over of the people... tribes if you will. They've talked about doing this in NYC... although never seriously. Having a Brooklyn Mayor, a Bronx Mayor etc...

    Small tight knit groups self govern. They need few laws because everyone operates as ONE and depends on each other. It is self serving to follow "the rules" in communities like this although there are very few "rules" to begin with. In the end, people will only do "right all the time" when it serves them all of them time. I don't think we need governments as much as a new way of structuring our cities and neighborhoods.

    This is just my brazen and humble opinion. Indeed, an Art Teacher knows very little dimensions of government.

    Liked this post. It re-framed the topic for me in a way that I hadn't thought of before.

  3. Imagine a government, or a society, or any group at all that operated under nothing more than an embrace of selflessness. The heroes of this society would be those who did the most for the most. The leaders would be under scrutiny to ensure that they possessed neither more nor less than anyone else.

    Don't dismiss this as communism. Communism was no such thing. Whatever resemblence it had to selflessness was merely a cynical joke. It was a triumph of lies over reality. And what else would you expect from Jewish people? It's all they got.

    Funnily enough, I'm in the middle of a thing sort of like this. I've ground to a halt but see if I can't finish it. Ciao matey.

  4. Amen to that Penny! History is always written by the victor's of that era, and god forbid any negative get's written about them! Ergo, nothing but lies with a hint of truth to it is written and therefore taught.

    Brazen, I truly like that idea, get rid of the government and have every community govern itself. If only :) I'm glad this post helped you look at the whole thing differently, sometimes that's all a person needs in order to be able to put things into perspective!

    Wow Nobody, a government that is truly selfless would be a site to see. Mix that with Brazen's comment about self governed communities and we would have Eutopia!

  5. Brazen, I wouldn't say that is necessary a right ideology.

    I agree small communities are a better way, more accountability is possible.

    Why I don't think that is a right ideology is ... that is merely an older way of doing things.

    I think the idea to conglomerate everything comes from the 'powers that be' if I may, and it is a control mechanism.

    If everyone is thrown into one city, one can be kept track of better.

    However if there are a group of smaller villages and villagers, it is more difficult to control and track what goes on between them.

  6. thanks skye.

    I just despise the right vs left ideology.

    no one is all left or all right and I don't think it is beneficial to us to use these labels.

    on ourselves or others.

    I am hoping brazen doesn't get offended with that comment.
    but I think we are better served by avoiding labels of any sort.

    as soon as we label, we have created an us vs them ideology.

  7. I wouldn't worry too much about upsetting anyone Penny. Everyone has an opinion, and everyone is entitled to express theirs. Now, should your opinion differ too greatly from mine here in my blog, that would be a different story...lol jk. I value all opinions, to be honest, different views from the way I see things, helps me see things differently, thereby clarifying different issues. (Does any of what I just said make any sense?)

  8. Hi skye:
    sorry for my tardy reply , yes that makes sense!

    hope all is well btw?
    how do you put up with silv?
    a saint you are, I am calling you saint skye from here on in
    saint skye!


  9. No worries Penny, I haven't been around much, been working too much and too tired to get on line most days after work.

    As for putting up with Silv, well Girl, that's easy, I enjoy dancing with the devil in the pale moon light!

  10. Yeah an Yuh forgot to mention that I have a Big yuuh know Heart.

  11. Yeah Silv, you must have a big heart, after all, you can put up with Saint Skye ;)

  12. frank herbert...


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