Is government legitimate?
The most recent results of an annual Rasmussen poll indicate that only 21% of Americans believe that their government has the consent of the governed. That result, with whatever weight it carries, suggests that a whopping 79% are not even positive that this government is legitimate.
This shouldn’t come to much surprise considering the state’s inflating track record of abuse and brutality. Take, for example, how it has sought to force millions of us, at the threat of escalated theft and violence, to purchase the health care plans of the equally-corrupt corporations that use government privilege to pillage and destroy the free market. Take the enormity of the so-called justice system which serves no purpose other than to wage war both against competing criminal firms and against completely innocent people whom they kidnap and hold for ransom. Take the notion that the state now spies on every single electronic communication of everyone in the world at every second of the day. Take the nightmarish reality that we’ve handed the power to eradicate the entire planet in an instant to complete psychopaths. We are witnessing police state, security state, welfare and warfare state fully unveil itself as a monstrous beast from hell.
There can be no consent where it can’t be withdrawn. The government in America, along with every other government in the history of the world, derive their authority from the barrel of a gun. They neither stand nor have they ever stood for justice or liberty or equality or any other naively-accepted falsehood virtue that a state often purports to uphold. Yet they have grown so powerful and greedy and thirsty for blood.
And still people are rising up and emancipating themselves from mental slavery. Just as the days of chattel slavery have all but seen their end, so shall the days of statism. All it will take is the individual integrity to remove violent, coercive, or aggressive behavior from our personal lives, to refuse to condone it or remain complicit in it any further.
The people are waking up to the illegitimacy of the state. Stay vigilant and hold out hope, friends. These are trying times, but peace is just beyond the horizon.
Miguel Duque, a contributor to The Desert Lynx, is a former political junkie and professional activist.