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Moral Negligence

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  • Frog Farmer
    I ve been asked by a few others here what lists I get. Some people have said they wanted to get on some. This guy thinks a lot like I do, but we have our
    Message 1 of 1 , May 15, 2007
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      I've been asked by a few others here what lists I get. Some people have
      said they wanted to get on some. This guy thinks a lot like I do, but
      we have our little differences. No matter...ideas are ideas.

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      Subject: Moral Negligence

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      Dear Subscriber,

      "Good citizens" don't like to hear this, but its truth should be
      obvious: The biggest threat to humanity, to peace, and to justice
      is NOT personal malice. It is the belief in "authority." (Oddly,
      most people have the delusional belief that "authority" is what
      PROTECTS us from injustice and violence, when the exact opposite is
      true.)

      As one example, in this country about 400,000 people per year are
      robbed by "private" thieves, while well over 200 million are robbed
      by thieves acting on behalf of a supposed "authority." (The federal
      income tax alone hits over 100 million people, while sales taxes,
      property taxes, etc., hit just about everyone else as well.) In
      other words, "government" robs 500 times as many people a year as
      "private" crooks.

      The FBI crime reporting system defines "robbery" as "the taking or
      attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or
      control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or
      violence and/or by putting the victim in fear." Tell me that isn't
      a perfect description of what the IRS does every day. The fact that
      most people don't view authoritarian robbery as "theft" is a big
      reason WHY it happens so often. If some group of people is believed
      to have the moral RIGHT to forcibly take other people's stuff, of
      COURSE they will do it more often than regular people.
      The fact is, most EVIL is committed by basically GOOD people, for
      one reason and one reason only: because those people believe in
      "authority." It would be very convenient to imagine that the many
      thousands of individuals who carried out the mass exterminations
      under the regimes of Stalin, Mao, Hitler, and so on, were all
      fundamentally evil and malicious. The truth is, they were very much
      like most Americans are today: most of the time, they do as they
      are told. Their primary sin is believing in "authority."

      How many hundreds of thousands of pawns of a supposed "authority"
      do things every day that they would never do acting on their own?
      Why is it that someone who would never dream of personally
      demanding money from a neighbor under threat of force will do the
      exact same thing, day after day, for the IRS (or any other level of
      "tax" collection)? It's not from malice or personal evil (or they
      would do it on their own); it's all a result of "moral negligence."

      The difference between malice and negligence is clear. Generally
      speaking, it's really nasty to run someone over with a car on
      purpose. It's considered significantly less nasty--though equally
      destructive--to accidentally run someone over by not looking where
      you're going, or by driving while drunk. Of course, whether it's
      malice or negligence makes no difference to how squished the
      pedestrian is. And while negligence is seen as a lot less serious a
      "sin" than malice, it's still pretty dang bad (especially if it
      results in someone dying).

      Negligence can be summed up as "I wasn't TRYING to do harm; it just
      happened because I wasn't really paying attention." And that is a
      nice description of the harm inflicted by EVERYONE who works for
      the IRS, ATF, DEA, BOP, and just about every other bureaucracy and
      "law" enforcement department at every level of "government." They
      commit acts of evil, which do real damage to innocent people, but
      they completely deny individual responsibility for it. "I was just
      doing my job" or "I'm just enforcing the law" is the universal
      excuse. They completely dodge their personal responsibility. Just
      the way a drunk driver negligently fails to control what his
      vehicle is doing, the mind of the bureaucrat fails to control what
      his body is doing. He serves as an unthinking puppet, with his own
      moral judgment completely disabled by his belief in "authority."

      The are two reasons why such "moral negligence" is far more
      difficult to combat than outright malice and bad intent:

      1) When the VICTIMS of the harm do not see the harm as evil because
      of their own belief in "authority," they don't resist at all, and
      frown upon those who do. Most people have the utmost contempt for
      the mugger who swipes the old lady's purse containing $100, while
      accepting it as legitimate and good when an IRS "revenue officer"
      swipes $1,000 from that same old lady's bank account and calls it
      "tax collection." If the forcible confiscation of wealth is seen as
      LEGITIMATE, and resistance is seen as evil ("law-breaking"), of
      course the harm will continue.

      2) When the PERPETRATORS of the harm are just "doing what they are
      told," even the few people who don't accept the "authority" excuse
      hesitate to react violently against people whose main sin is being
      unthinking drones. Imagine that you are one of those unfortunate
      "undesirables" who were carted off to death camps. It is quite
      likely that EVERY ONE of the "law enforcers" you would see along
      the way--at your house, at the train station, even at the camps
      with the gas chambers--is merely acting on behalf of "authority"
      and not out of personal malice. Of course that won't make you any
      less dead at the end of the day, but WHICH of those well-meaning
      (but unthinking) pawns would you be willing to KILL in order to
      resist? Because your choice is to do that, or die.

      It's really convenient to have a bad guy to hate, and very
      uncomfortable when the guy you have to shoot is merely idiotic
      rather than truly evil. That is why there was such an uproar when
      Hannah Arendt (a Jew) wrote a book explaining that Adolf Eichmann,
      the famous facilitator of Nazi atrocities, was not acting out of
      personal malice or evil, or even anti-Semitism. He was merely the
      classic bureaucrat, an ordinary guy doing what he was told.

      Dr. Stanley Milgram, author of "Obedience to Authority," said that
      Arendt's assessment of the supposed arch villain "comes closer to
      the truth than one might dare imagine." As I've said before, if you
      haven't read Milgram's book documenting the results of his own
      studies of blind obedience to a perceived "authority," DO. If it
      doesn't scare the heck out of you, there's something wrong with
      you.

      Back to the point, good people don't like the idea of having to
      hurt (or kill) people who are merely negligent. If you have to blow
      someone's head off, you WANT it to be someone who epitomizes pure
      evil, not some stupid bureaucrat. That's why so many Hollywood
      movies spend so much time showing what a horrible guy the villain
      is: so you can feel comfortable when he meets his gruesome end.

      But reality isn't nearly so nice. In the real world, there are only
      two choices: 1) good people will use force against basically good
      people whose sin is to believe in (and obey) "authority," or 2)
      those basically good (but authoritarian) people will commit
      dramatic injustice due to their "moral negligence." Neither option
      is pleasant, which is why injustice and oppression so often win:
      because the GOOD victims of it hesitate to use violence against the
      merely idiotic, while the unthinking people who IMPLEMENT the
      injustice don't bat an eye before committing evil in the name of
      "authority."

      Time for the punch line which, if you're a "good citizen," you
      aren't going to like: If you want to foster violence, destruction,
      suffering, torture, murder, robbery, injustice and oppression,
      teach your children to respect "authority." If not, don't. (Teach
      them to respect individual rights instead.)

      Sincerely,



      Larken Rose
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