Society vs. The Individual – Part I


Captain Capitalism lays it down.

Part II to follow.

Most of the people in your life have lied to you about important matters.

Get things straight, before the Continental Candid Exchange Of Views.


12 responses to “Society vs. The Individual – Part I

  1. This topic is posted at an interesting time for me.

    You know how, in your familial relationships, you tacitly agree to avoid talking about “sensitive” subjects, such as ethics? Well, I broke that rule, this weekend.

    I was talking with my brother-in-law, who is a producer at the BBC … and “wow” It turns out that everything I have read on the internet is true; the BBC is the State’s propaganda arm … and it is culturally Marxist; or Fascist; or something.

    I got candid admissions that, “society has the right to use violence to take whatever it wants from you” … that “there is no such thing as private property” … that “the law is not violence” (somehow! even when it’s violently taking your stuff) … “it’s for the common good”, and on and on.

    Worst of all, for me, the guy was defending the actions of the State during war. You may know that, during WW2, many Brits had their homes and land seized by the Govt. Land was taken for airfields and camps … or just because the owners were not farming it, or were farming it less efficiently than was deemed acceptable. Makes my blood boil, even now, because a similar land seizure happened within my own family. All of this was “good and necessary”. Apparently.

    So, I’ve come away from this get-together, armed with the knowledge that … in the right circumstances … this guy would happily see me killed for the “common good”. It’s actually made me feel sick.

    Then, to cap it all, he claimed that he is a “Libertarian”. I feel like I’m living in an asylum.

    • Might Makes Right and “you take the king’s shilling you do the king’s killing both come to mind.” Where’s a Cromwell when you need one?

      • Jimmy the Saint

        “Where’s a Cromwell when you need one?”

        If the Irish have any say in it, burning merrily in Hell as payback for that whole “to Hell or Connaught” thing.

  2. “But sadly, in the end, to be successful in Corporate America you need to lie, cheat, scam, manipulate, even threaten. You need to be borderline criminally aggressive, preferably a highly functional sociopath…that is of course assuming you’re not the boss’ son, or performing fellatio on him. Then you just be you.”

    I can attest to the truth in this statement. Just like everything else there are still some genuinely good people out there in corporate America but they, like the cops are far outnumbered by genuine psychopaths and sociopaths. I had the good fortune of working for one of them. He was God centered in his life and stood at his desk all day (he actually bought a standing desk and used it). He cared about his people and stood on principle, and we produced for our business unit because we felt like a team. We made a shit ton of money for that company by taking smart risks and working hard as hell. At the end of the day our Leviathan corp decided to ax the business unit as part of a larger deal. They led him out in hand cuff’s one day because he was attempting to secure a better deal for his people by buying the unit from within. In other words, he put his people first vs the corp. It cost him his job and part of his reputation. I took my severance deal and headed out on my own after that. What I found in the small business world was as bad or worse. What I have seen and see in the “political” world is far worse.

  3. What is sad is that people believe society and the government are the same thing. Thomas Paine on government vs. society
    The difference between society and government, in one paragraph:
    “Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.”

  4. Alfred E. Neuman

    Reblogged this on The Lynler Report.

  5. Well written and straight to the point. A rare article in a world filled with bullshit.

    As one who has been on the receiving end of the ‘brainwashing’ it leaves me still wondering how it went so wrong and just how to proceed from hereon.

    “If God gives you lemons…” err…find a different god? If so, which one?

    Guess the trick is not only dissuading others from the lies, but showing them that the damage can be undone.

    • God doesn’t give you lemons, Kurtz… people do.

      Find a different God?

      There is only One, and He does not lie.

      • Balancing faith with the grim reality of our situation has proven problematic for me, but it is what it is.

        But you are right on both accounts. I guess I just need to keep reminding myself that there’s something else beyond all this.

        Funny thing: the Trijicon scope I threw on a rifle today had REV21:23 inscribed on the bottom. I had heard of ACOGs with such inscriptions but didn’t realize the practice extended to other Trijicon scopes. Clever nonetheless.

  6. SemperFi, 0321

    I’ve said for years we live in a world of myths and lies.
    But now, tell me how you can have a decent conversation with anyone among the masses when their brain cannot think outside the realm of lies and false truths they hold so dear? I’ve lost many old friends who have called me a liar for calling them out on their own bullshit. They won’t believe the state lied to them.
    I don’t think it’s fixable, just like the oldest generation who still worships FDR. Even when presented with the truth, they deny any wrongdoing, because he’s an idol or god to them. We’re still in the same boat today. Basic human nature looks for a god figure to look up to, people do not want to make decisions for themselves, and so we have the media filling in today, why do you think Fox News does so well? Take that away, they’ll just look for another substitute, like the preacher next door. And it will always continue to bounce around like that.
    Mindless humans looking for easy answers from the wrong sources.

  7. Jim Klein

    “Mindless humans looking for easy answers…”

    I’ve concluded it’s worse than this. It’s not merely mindlessness; it’s affirmatively anti-mind. Mindlessness would be a big improvement.

    Still, it’s fixable. But first, peeps gotta want to fix things. THAT’S the problem with philosophical collectivism and altruism. They remove the motivation to fix the only thing a person really can.