It’s been another one of those long days where it’s 3:40am and my brain is still too active for me to go to sleep. And then I see a George Carlin quote: “….They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking….”
The quote’s a very long one about how governments don’t want educated, smart people who think for themselves because that would make it harder for the government to steal from everyone. And Carlin basically says that the government keeps education at a low level as a means of achieving national stupidity. Now, I’m not sure if he was serious about the last part, but I know he’s serious about the rest.
And it sucks, because I love George Carlin, but this anti-government crap is all so idiotic. And I’m not saying that against anarchists or people who simply do not believe in the establishment known as government as they see it as an inefficient means of maintaining freedom. I’m talking about the Big Brother idjits. Yeah, some of that crap is legitimate. I’m not naive; I expect that the government watches us and probably violates our freedoms in several ways, whether or not any laws are actually broken (I’m sure some are some of the time). Some laws are passed that expressly violate our freedom, like the NDAA. And there are some conspiracy theories floating around that have validity.
But the concept of mistrusting government to the point of fabricating scenarios in which governments benefit from keeping their people ignorant is lunacy. The “government” isn’t out to get us. Why? Because “government” isn’t a thing, like a cat or a table (I’m really good at examples). “Government” is a title created for PEOPLE. It’s not its own entity, it’s not a machine like that weird computer in that Shia LeBouf movie that was exactly as terrible as everyone expected it would be. Government is PEOPLE. And while I would be (one of the) last people to claim that people don’t have selfish and anti-social agendas, it’s pretty idiotic to assume that the people in government are worse than normal people.
See, the government is an institution created for the maximization of liberty. You can argue that it was created to control people, but I don’t really care, and it’s not a point worth arguing. The point, however, is that as long as government is ruled by people, the government will reflect the people who control it. There have certainly been cruel tyrants who seized power to improve their lives, to the detriment of others. But it’s the constriction of government in civilized, peaceful society that prevents tyrants from rising (obviously coups are another matter entirely). And as the government reflects the people who control it, and as the people who control it are selected by (admittedly) a bunch on uninformed idiots, then the people who control the government are people from the nation, chosen by the nation. What that means is that rulership, in the democratic world, passes on from person to person, meaning that the “agenda of governments” (to keep people down) is non-continuous. After all, it’s rather difficult to logically claim that each and every governments under each and every ruler has used government for evil. And if it’s non-continuous, then the “agenda of governments” (AoG) cannot exist. If said AoG is disrupted any time a ruler is kind and beneficent, any time a ruler does not use the throne for evil, then this AoG cannot be a agenda of GOVERNMENTS and must therefore be relegated to an agenda of man. It’s not GUNS who kill people, it’s people who kill people. It’s not GOVERNMENT that makes the world an awful place, it’s the rotten apples that infect the bumper harvest.
So stop with your inane anti-government crap. Don’t focus on government as an evil entity looking to rob you of the contents of your child’s piggy bank, because that perspective is both not productive and not accurate. Focus on PEOPLE who ruin things for others. If the government is enacting something you think to be ridiculous, find out who’s responsible and do what you can to ensure that someone who is right for that position gets the job. What right do you have to complain about the state of the world when you picked the leaders without informing yourself?
And by the way, don’t mistake idiocy and incompetence for negative intentions. I highly doubt Santorum, Bachman, and all the other social conservatives sit up at night and plot how to make the world worse for gays. I DON’T doubt that they’re ignorant enough to think that their policies are what’s best for the world.
To wrap this all up, why do people seem to like attributing evil qualities to the “government” as the source of the world’s problems? Well, saying it’s “government” keep the enemy as a shadowy and unknown figure. Uncertainty and anonymity are quite intimidating, and that helps attract people to the cause. Also, insisting that there is an AoG that keeps the people down is a cry of futility. It’s an excuse for inertia, a rationalization for inaction; past, present, and future. The funny thing I can’t stop thinking about is that if there really was an AoG, and the government wanted to keep us stupid and immobile, one of the more effective ways would be to spread word of the AoG, precisely BECAUSE it’s an excuse for inertia. How picture perfect is it that these tinfoil hat wearing sheep, watching Alex Jones videos and leaving angry youtube comments on every video pertaining to freedom and government, would actually be propagating the effect of the AoG if it existed?