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Leaving the Leviathan

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Leaving the Leviathan



Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces.


The above words were written nearly 500 years ago by Étienne de La Boétie in The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude.


Sadly, every person is held captive by some form of government that covers the earth like a skin disease. But states are more vulnerable than we imagine and can collapse when consent is withdrawn. The key is to deny the leviathan what it craves most of all besides taxes – obedience.


In the Star Trek episode The Day of the Dove, an alien entity invades the Enterprise and begins to thrive and gain energy on the conflict and hate it stokes between the Klingons and the crew of the Enterprise. But it soon withers and flees as the two enemies catch on to its evil plans and they put away their hatred, which the entity needs to live.


The key then is to deny the state blind obedience and its power over us will fade.


Unfortunately, a large majority of people follows politics like so many sports teams, spending time and resources to support their favorite candidate or party, cheering them on during elections and defending them once in power. This brings vitality to the leviathan, which grows bloated off the energy of the living.


So step one to starving the leviathan is to stop voting.


Here are Doug Casey’s top five reason’s not to vote:


  1. Voting is an unethical act because the state is pure, institutionalized coercion. By voting you are giving your sanction to the state. If you believe that coercion is an improper way for people to relate to one another, then you shouldn’t engage in a process that formalizes and guarantees the use of coercion.


  1. Voting compromises your privacy. It gets your name added to a list that government busybodies can make use of, like court clerks putting together lists of conscripts for jury duty. The less any government knows about you, the better off you are.


  1. Voting is degrading. Registering to vote and voting involves taking productive time out of your day to go stand in lines in government offices.


  1. Voting just encourages them. Most people don’t vote for candidates they believe in, but against candidates they fear. But that’s not how the guy who wins sees it; the more votes he gets, the more he thinks he’s got a mandate to rule – even if all his votes are really just votes against his opponent.


  1. Your vote doesn’t count. People like to believe that their vote counts. Politicians like to say that every vote counts, because it gets everyone into busybody mode, makes voters complicit in their crimes. But statistically, any person’s vote makes no more difference than a single grain of sand on a beach. Thinking their vote counts seems to give people who need it an inflated sense of self-worth.


There are many other actions we can do to deny support to the state so that it will fall of its own weight and break in pieces.


Here are practical tips from This Bread is Mine by Robert Le Fevre.


The dedicated individualist will be one who will turn away from government at every opportunity.


He will not participate in political action.


He will not attend mass meetings in an effort to elect some candidate.


He will not write letters to his congressman.


He will not beseech the government, wither for aid or for an end to aid. Each time he turns to government, even for a conservative desire, the government grows larger under the pleasure of his attention.


The individualist will not listen to government officials speaking on radio, on TV, nor read about these speeches in newspapers.


He will busy himself with enterprise and concentrate upon his own business, profession, vocation and avocation.


The rest is up to you.


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