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How to Topple a Tyranny

The Mechanics of Monopoly


Man is a fallible beast, and the moral strength to resist the lure of power to
control others without reprisal is as rare as hens' teeth. The worst class of
offenders are drawn to the occupation of politics because, without the checks and
balances of market discipline that is dispensed in a competitive marketplace, one
is not held accountable for one's offenses. Only when he is granted immunity
from the natural corrective process can anyone hold a monopoly over a good or
service for any length of time, because his competitors will quickly seize the
opportunity to gain a share of the wealth.
Certain conditions are required, however, in order for a slithery serpent to evolve
into a soaring, fire-breathing dragon. A tyranny can only come to birth when a
subsidy of four key industries has been granted by his subjects or a third party;
defense, communication, finance and law. The tyrant has many tools at his
disposal to enslave both his subjects and his enemies, and thus grow his empire.
But none of them can be fully maintained without monopolization of these four
key industries. Denationalizing any of the four will significantly reduce his power
to manipulate others, but eliminating all four monopolies will render him fully
mortal once again.
The Pillar of Defense
The first of these, defense, has historically been provided through a centralized
military that could be used both defensively and offensively. Even the liberal US
Constitution provides for a centralized military that can be funded temporarily by
the States out of the general fund when the militias of individual States are
deemed unfit to supply their own protection. The State delegations held out on
ratification of the US Constitution until the primacy of the militia over the Army
was included. Centralization, however, enabled it to become thoroughly engulfed
by the federal military-industrial complex. It was not a difficult transition,
however, because politicians at both the federal and state levels shared control
over their management. Of course, centralized control over the military makes all
rights and freedoms irrelevant. Even the rights nominally guaranteed by a
Constitution are rendered void, because those with the power to enforce them
also have the power to violate them - which becomes increasingly attractive. The
power to subjugate an official foreign enemy is the power to subjugate a peaceful
citizenry. A tyrant makes no distinction.
A tyranny that is based on sheer military strength alone must be many times
more powerful than the combined power of the masses, because, since they have
not been convinced that it is worthy of their support, they will tend to resist it en
masse the moment it flexes its muscles. As demonstrated when the collectivist
Soviet Union, exposed, bankrupt, and a statutory laughingstock, had nothing left
but a vast, magnificent, military force, the final thread was snipped and it fell to
the earth with a great thunder. An offensive military is rendered obsolete where
money to purchase armaments cannot be generated from thin air, where
justification for military action requires reasoned thought, and where costs are
internalized.
Tomorrow's Defense

Today the rapidly growing private security and insurance industries are
demonstrating, at minimum, the tremendous inefficiency of tax-funded,
centralized provision. Those who fear replacing the war machine with such
civilized alternatives have been led to believe that they have enough in common
for such industries to have the ability to become tyrannical in a competitive
marketplace. A rudimentary understanding of the discipline of natural
competition to expose and expel even the least significant of offenders should
quickly dispel such misguided myths. In contrast to the state, private insurers
and defenders have a vested interest in actually protecting their clients - when
they are fighting among themselves for customers to grant them existence.
Failure to do so - and to do so efficiently - results in a loss of one's client base to
competitors, and a prompt business failure. Imagine what would happen if a
private company in plain view did not quickly reimburse those who suffer losses
and damages resulting from the scope of collateral damage for which the
secretive official military is notorious.
Reinsurers have access to an immense reservoir of capital and finance with which
to reimburse insurers for major catastrophes such as hurricanes, tornadoes,
earthquakes, floods, fires, and any act of god imaginable. How much less would
the malicious acts of man cost. Insurers adjust their rates by quantifying the risk
through professional mathematicians called actuaries. War generals, in contrast,
don't know from which end of a pen the ink flows. Politicians, while more skilled in
the brandishing of a writing instrument, fancy themselves capable of employing it
to rewrite the laws of nature. Moreover, professional insurers offer incentives for
their clients to minimize risks and thus minimize the probability for losses. They
have a vested interest in working closely with security companies to provide a
pure defense. Other than the nostalgia of tradition, what excuse is there for
warlords to continue claiming the exclusive right to provide defense? Their record
speaks volumes.
The Pillar of Communication
The second pillar, communication, allows tyrants to enslave the masses without
their even knowing it. In fact, if one's thoughts can be controlled efficiently, he
can be made happy to be a slave. Tyrants who control language can rewrite the
law of the land to their hearts' content by redefining terms used in the governing
Constitution. In the US, "welfare" has been redefined from "well-being" to a
system in which wealth is forcefully redistributed from a less politically connected
group A to group B - the political class. The "commerce" clause has been
interpreted by "experts" in league with their political cronies in a way that
supersedes powers specifically delegated to the federal government regarding
trade between the states (who, along with the sovereign individuals are
supposedly the Principals of the contract), and grants them the power to dictate
the types of light bulbs one can use, or the volume of water that passes through
one's toilet before it returns to the clouds and oceans. According to these
guardians of knowledge, unless we give them the power to control our lives,
water would disappear from the planet, turning it into a desolate rock. Trees
would be over-harvested, and become extinct. Of course, having control over our
minds, they are able to deprive us not only of the insight into the interactions
between the elements, but also of a basic knowledge of the simple supply/
demand/ price equation, making it seem that it is possible for demand to
"exceed" supply, and turning price itself into a political commodity.

Communication is customarily monopolized by tyrants via two bottlenecks;


education and information channels. In the hands of the tyrant, education
becomes the ideal tool in which to mold the minds of youth - who are at their
most vulnerable and gullible stage of intellectual development. After twelve ninemonth school years, a subject becomes so thoroughly indoctrinated that it would
take an act of god to wake him from his sound slumber. While the homeschooling
revolution has forced politicians to allow parents to educate their own children
(not a very revolutionary idea, really), it hasn't come close to breaking the
monopoly over the remaining children's minds. Public schools are subsidized
mostly by property taxes - which links education to the value of someone else's
real estate. How convenient for the anti-capitalistic left to get their propaganda
funding from property holders.
Breaking the Bottleneck
Before education was "free", it was affordable. Joseph Lancaster, who is not in the
official history books, of course, developed a system of education in which
advanced students taught subjects to those who hadn't yet mastered them - and
were rewarded for doing so. In this way, he was able to teach many students
efficiently. After he was put out of business by subsidized "public" schools, the
fate of quality, performance-based education was sealed. Under the current
system, the more funds that go into the education budget, the dumber the
students get. Now these institutions are in the same class as jails, and security is
so lax that unarmed students and faculty are sitting ducks and classrooms are
shooting galleries. Were education funded exclusively by those who have the
greatest interest in quality education - the students themselves, businesses that
employ them, and philanthropists - through scholarships, grants, loans, and
tuition, there would be a semblance of accountability.
Information channels are also a closely guarded possession of tyrants. The
Federal Communications Commission was created - unconstitutionally, of course to prevent the scarcity of airwaves that it in reality creates. The electromagnetic
frequency spectrum between audible sound and visible light is allotted in the
same way that the Politburo of the Soviet Union distributed property. As a result,
these bands are excessively wide, preventing them from being used efficiently by
those who develop communication technology in keeping with the state of the art
in scientific knowledge. The familiar "big three" TV networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS
tell us who is electable, what the "authorities" are doing to protect us from
ourselves, and who our enemies are. They place everyone into two opposing
political camps which assures that each side, incapable of understanding the
other, constantly battles to be the majority. The "left" conceptualizes reality in
terms of person, and has little understanding of the nature of capital, property,
and markets. The "right" conceptualizes life in terms of property, and has little
appreciation for humanity. The political left seeks to collectivize property. The
political right seeks to collectivize personality. There is no room for the sovereign
individual in the political netherworld.
Fortunately the internet is gradually breaking up the old guard media
establishment, but it's hard to quantify the extent to which they continue to
dictate the proper etiquette of political correctness through the sheer volume of
their greatly amplified voice. Further, the seemingly innocent concept of "net
neutrality" suffers the same defects as the FCC idea. It fails to understand the
chaos in which an unbiased internet has come to flourish and spontaneously
organize itself. Only through elimination of the FCC can a level playing field for

"news" develop in the airwaves. Broadcasters naturally seek the ability to


communicate clearly with their audience. The electromagnetic frequency
spectrum is a no less divisible form of property than land, and a no less
marketable commodity than capital.
The Pillar of Finance
The third pillar, finance, is monopolized by the tyrant in two ways; through
taxation and currency debasement. Any valuable service is automatically
rendered on a voluntary basis in a free market. If Caesar has to force his subjects
to pay for his services, then he has not earned the right to provide them. If he is
able to exact the fruits of their labor against their will, he is unlimited in his ability
to further enslave them. Involuntary taxation is theft, plain and simple, and would
be denounced immediately by moral leaders throughout the world - if they truly
subscribed to the golden rule.
In the past, tyrants clipped the edges off of gold and silver coins. Now they can
print paper money and put any value on it that they wish. During the Wiemar
Republic, this power - supplemented by the other three pillars of tyranny - was
taken to its logical conclusion: In this well-known chapter of history, a
wheelbarrow full of German Marks was needed to buy a loaf of bread. That
account ought to be kept in the first chapter of textbooks dealing with the
concept of money. A gold standard - which has not officially been amended out of
the US Constitution - does not allow the fraud of fiat paper money. The States are
still required - on paper - to exclusively use gold and silver coin as legal tender.
Although, in accord with its delegated powers, the federal government may coin
money, it is not granted the exclusive right to do so, nor to print "paper" money a devious invention.
Sound currency is generated when competition among private currency providers
is allowed, and monopolized currency is no longer subsidized. Even if the state is
merely forced to honor its commitment to sound money, currency holders will not
need to flee. But captivity to a de-basable single currency is no longer possible
where currency itself is de-monopolized.
The Pillar of Law
Law, the last and most important pillar of tyranny, is monopolized through
advancement of the ancient concept of "crime". In reality, in order for any offense
to occur, there must be a victim and an aggressor. Even a toddler can understand
this. When someone is wronged, the matter is incomplete until he is once again
made whole. Until a victim is compensated, the process of justice is not
complete. If the offender is not required to make amends, there is no disincentive
for his aggression. If a "crime" has no victim, that is, if no one has suffered losses
or damages, then it is a fiction, and merely propagates a state to punish those
who the state declares to be outlaws. For if justice entailed no settlement, than
only a state could provide it, but if aggression can be settled without a state, then
for what end is the state?
Contrary to what you have been taught to believe, there is a world of difference
between an offense and a crime. Theft, murder, and any other undertaking that
creates a victim at the hands of an aggressor is properly termed a tort - not a
crime. A tort has a clear victim or victims and aggressor or aggressors. A crime is
merely what a tyrant declares it to be. Nothing more, nothing less. Whether the

definition is made by a bureaucracy, a majoritarian democracy, or any other


brand of state, it can only at best approximate the natural process of justice. But
it cannot duplicate it. Human instinct produces the impulse for an average person
to go after a thief - perhaps even tackle him to the ground - even when the stolen
property is not one's own. This is an entirely natural reaction to dissonance that
only a corrupt justice system can hinder.
Private Justice
The private arbitration business has rendered thoroughly obsolete the concept of
crime and, by extension, the supposed necessity of a judicial system that is
dictated by a third party that claims to represent "the public". In reality, victims
are fully capable of selecting their own arbitrator. Contracts have detailed
arbitration clauses included. Customer-seeking arbitrators have an irresistible
incentive in a competitive marketplace for impartiality. Methods of selecting
arbitrators have been perfected into a fine art. Plaintiff and defendant can select
their own arbitrator, each of which select a third arbitrator. Plaintiff and
defendant can each offer a remedy which, in turn, is selected by an arbitrator.
Since the most acceptable remedy is the one that will tend to be chosen, each
party will have an incentive to provide a remedy that avoids extremes or "divides
the baby".
Subrogation naturally develops when a third party is transferred the right by a
victim to recoup losses and damages from the aggressor. Insurers who subrogate
claims can reduce rates that they charge policyholders, because they are
compensated by the aggressor for costs involved - thus reducing operating
expenses. Subrogators can directly pay uninsured victims, and can work in
concert with investigators, bonding agencies, job placement and training
agencies, to provide a big improvement over standard incarceration paid for by
innocent tax victims. It is not difficult to find much more palatable alternatives to
standard incarceration - which, with now-common prison violence, has morphed
into cruel and inhumane form of punishment. With full subrogation, the entire
process is self-funded - and quite civilized.
Law becomes a tool of justice when taken out of the hands of politicians, and
returned to victims and their chosen defenders and arbitrators. The axiom of
nonaggression is automatic in a free marketplace where victims can choose their
own securers, judges, and enforcers, and where property, association, and
freedom of contract are sacred.
Nails in the Coffin
Tyranny is an anomaly. The State is its cloak. It cannot exist without violation of
will. It cannot exist where it must pay for itself - with real money. It cannot exist
without deception. It cannot exist where it is held accountable. The State will
crumble of its own accord without any loss or damage to the innocent. Those who
live at the expense of others, however, will need to find productive employment
once it dissolves. It does not require a massive campaign to convince the
majority of the evils of politics, because this characteristic is well-known. The
motivation is already there. Once the masses realize that this monstrosity is a
wholly unnecessary evil, they will cease to feed the hand that bites.
While it certainly wouldn't hurt the cause of liberty for those of high moral
standing in churches and temples to officially herald taxation to be the evil that it

is, the fact that the costs of tyranny directly hurt the pocketbooks of honest
taxpayers will provide a more heartfelt motivation of its subjects. Quantifying the
extent to which tyranny turns the sovereign individual into an economic captive
drives the point home. Despite the unfounded fears of the state-generated
libertyphobes, man is fully capable of caring for himself, and the gentle
marketplace is the most just arena possible in which one could hope to abide. It
cannot be otherwise - even if it were desirable. For the natural laws of the
marketplace cannot be disobeyed without repercussions; monopoly, corruption,
and queues, when the infractions are misdemeanors, and wars, droughts, and
famines, when they are felonies.
To topple a tyranny, it is only necessary to expose it. Once the State is known for
the farce that it is, no one will have the will to sustain it and, by extension, the
tyranny that it sustains. It is just a matter of time until this parasitical foreign
beast is hung from its own Appian cross. Unplugging it will speed its demise.
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