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(R)evolution through Non-Compliance

Januar 25, 2012

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.

(Wenn Unrecht zu Recht wird, wird Widerstand zur Pflicht.)

Although attributed to Bertolt Brecht (without proof of the source), this train of thought in it’s content and meaning seems to me to express an intuitive feeling or conviction of people in general, giving it, in my opinion, all the more profundity and relevance.

I guess, instead of intuition, one could also call it moral or ethical conviction or simply conscience. In his Civil Disobedience (CD), Thoreau time and again refers to what I have tried to describe:

Can there not be a government in which majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience? … Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? … I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume, is to do at any time what I think right.

A social contract is (or should be) based on people’s and each individual’s moral principles and their conceptions of natural law in the first place. Therefore our foremost duty is to uphold these and not to hold on to a contract that has become corrupted and so come to be in contradiction to them and/or turned out not to represent them after all.

All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to and to resist the government, when its tyranny or its inefficieny are great and unendurable. … government … must have the sanction and the consent of the governed. It can have no pure right over my person and property but what I concede to it. … There will never be a really free and enlightened State, until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. (CD)

I believe, a lot of fear has been instilled into people ever since by the ones seemingly in power, simply for the purpose of remaining thus; the existential fear of losing the foundation of the life one is used to. What is lied about here is that the foundation is not the positive (man-made) law, but natural law. And it is not to be feared to change the system but can only improve living conditions by once again trying to approximate them to man’s natural condition, to his intuitive feeling of justice and to his conscience. Upholding the status quo serves only the power elite, which is why they have to be very much doubted in their propagation of opinion and „facts.“

… the freest of my neighbors … say … that they cannot spare the protection of the existing government, and they dread the consequences of disobedience to it to their property and families. For my own part, I should not like to think that I ever rely on the protection of the State. (CD)

Thoreau’s major motivations for his essay were slavery and the Mexican war, but his words seem to be even more appicable today, as so many wars have been and are waged in the name of democracy and freedom whereas their insidious hidden agendas consist of, aim at and lead to the very opposite. What’s more, today virtually everyone is a (eg. wage and debt) slave of the control matrix and their ignorance thereof makes it even more efficient as well as revolting to realize.

In other words, when a sixth of the population of a nation which has undertaken to be the refuge of liberty are slaves, and a whole country is unjustly overrun and conquered by a foreign army, and subjected to military law, I think that it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize. (CD)

(I hope, having come to this point of the argument, the reader bears with me and approves of my using and quoting rather extensively from Thoreau to cover some basics and details of the philosophy of law (according to my personal leanings and what I deem most pratically relevant) and apply it to our current situation today.)

In order to come to the actual point and major topic of this article, after having covered a more or less conventional approach (ie. resistance) to an unsatisfatory state of affairs in term of life in general and governments/social contracts in specific, I would like to try something which I think is very often a good idea to do: take the (conventional) options prestented and realize their system-immanent nature and step out of this system in the real world of actual free choice to decide for oneself according to one’s true self.

Applying this to our topic of (the right of) revolution, what seems to me to be most often put forward as valid options by people within the system or by itself are either various forms of protest like demonstrations (again with their own set of rules) or change from within the state apparatus. And there is also illegal resistance like different kinds of eg. civil disobedience, which is of course rejected from a legal status.

As to demonstrations or petitions, it seems mostly people are to conditioned to care, there is manipulation and fraud and the dependence on media coverage to reach most of the population, media which again is itself in the hands of the controllers (whatever illusions people like to live in and whatever is hypocritically declared by people in power from politics, business or finance who are solely motivated by personal gain).

This somehow also covers the dream-like idea of effecting meaningful and positive change for the public (compared to simply being another little wheel in the machine) through a political career. In a system dominated by greed and lies enacted through an elite clique, if one even gets the chance to enter the inner circles, which is highly unlikely for the mass, one either adapts to these rules of egocentric mania (such character traits seeming to be one prerequisite in the first place, besides eg. connections/blood) or gets no chance at all. So much for the American dream analogy of false promises (to be seen also in all the casting shows, for instance). In the end, this trick not only serves the elite to stay in power and among themselves but also helps this via entertaining and suppressing the masses – everything is just a show, from obvious (government and private) entertainment to politics, and everything is about money. So follow this prime motivation to get to the truth of it all is what I’m trying to do (although of course, the higher one looks up the less it is about money than about power, especially concerning the few individuals controlling the creation of money).

What is understandably not told to the masses is the simple lever of non-compliance, of withdrawing one’s support for systems small to all-encompassing. From the in my opinion excellent Episode 202 of the Corbett Report How to Overthrow a Dictator I followed the link to Tony Cartalucci’s article The Founding Fathers Didn’t Drink British Tea: The Lost Key to Real Revolution and it immediately rang true and just felt right to me.

It’s essence, if I got it right, is that the American independence was not gained or achieved through the war but through building a new system of their own, apart from the British, in terms of government, monetary system and military and with the boycott of British goods whereby support from the old one was withdrawn. After this, independence was only protected via the means of self-defense, ie. in this case fighting on the battlefield.

With respect to our current situation, Tony Cartalucci puts it succinctly:

This truly measurable independence turned out to be the key to their success, for independence is freedom, and freedom from tyranny is victory. … It is up to us, each and every day starting today, to decide how and where we spend our money, what we do with our free time, to whom we pay our attention to and who we choose to follow. … What can we do? This is what we can do, and we can do it starting now. Boycott the globalists.

Also I would like to add the famous quote by Richard Buckminster Fuller:

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

I fully agree, after having contemplated and attempted for long various ways of influencing society for the better, with insufficient success at least to my knowledge and liking.

Also, nowadays even peaceful demonstrations seem to give the establishment cause to crack down on protesters and react violently. Apart from the fact that „cause“ has gone from violence to even mild dissent (not to forget, in a purported democracy), resistance is exactly what an aspired to and mostly achieved police state (if „only“ in form, not name) wants. It’s a matter of both as a principle not playing by their rules, no, not even playing their game, and to actually end the tyranny and let the control matrix dissolve, as no more energy is poured into it.

The final article I would like to quote from here and ask people to read themselves (as it is so important for us all to understand how to break free from our shackles, seen and unseen) is by Maria Lourdes from the lupo cattivo blog. She is much more eloquent and farsighted than me but it is written in German, so I will try to add from her article to what has already been said here.

To recap a little, we are faced with the reality of a physical and non-physical control matrix operated by an elite trying to finally enslave humanity (and dispose of remaining dissidents), so the question arises what to do? As violence only breeds more violence and plays in the hands of the controllers, and as life in the system as it is only makes us unhappy and is inherently unsustainable, the unsatisfactory options of revolution and adaptation leave only non-compliance.

The easiest, first and foremost thing to do is to withdraw support from the system one rejects. Even if one is contemplating to actively oppose it, this makes only sense and can only be successful if one doesn’t fundamentally support it by everyday actions. However it is not necessary to fight against something, but even counterproductive, as stated above. Without an energy input, every system is bound to shut off by itself anyway, and peacefully at that, as it gets no more energy to lash out at its once supporters anymore. Realistically seen, this probably won’t happen immediately and in a completely orchestrated way. So in the end we may find ourselves in a similar situation like America having to defend its freedom and independence. But the more we withdraw our support and organize ourselves, the stronger we are, the weaker the old paradigm becomes and therefore the more prepared and ready we are for the possible necessity to defend ourselves and what we will have created anew eventually, against the aggressor, in the form of the old system.

Withdraw your allegiance in every thinkable way, small to big. Pay cash, stop consuming industrial goods and shop locally and organically as much as possible, close your bank accounts, change to alternative modes of transportation and energy in general, quit your job or at least work as little as possible and very importantly withdraw your allegiance from politics and a government acting against your conviction and conscience. Enjoy your spare time and the gain in quality of life due to the transition from an unpausing, neverending consumer and wage and debt slave to a souvereign individual. Use newfound freedoms and possibilities to think for yourself, become more critical and re-energize by doing what you like best, without the need for manipulative entertainment, goods and useless possessions fraught with poisons and planned obsolescence, which are only a burden on your soul and body. Give yourself what you really need and what has always been denied us by the established society and rules: a natural, healthy, sustainable and fulfilling life. Whatever this may look like for you, gift yourself with the freedom, time and opportunity to decide that for yourself and without as much manipulation as possible, by advertisements and media trying to tell you what to think, desire and buy and by the conditioning branded on you by a lifetime of state education and propaganda.

This is not to say that I am against demonstrations or that they are unnecessary, but protests are useless as long as one still fundamentally supports what is being protested against. We need to organize and show our common intention and cohesion, in protests but even more importantly so in refusing our support for and allegiance to the current system and in creating a new one together.

With respect to eg. the most recent developments I have discussed on this blog (to name only a few), like SOPA, ACTA, laws prohibiting the use of natural substances even though they are reported to cure cancer and much more, or a government, our supposed representatives, participating in trying to provoke another country into war, this is what I propose and see as the only way for meaningful change: let your voices be heard, get together, all that and more, but do it on the basis of withdrawing as much support in as many ways as possible, to oust the established powers and regain our freedom and independence.

I guess this is all I have to say on this topic for now. Thank you to whoever has read this far. If you’re still and further interested in Thoreaus thought, and I can’t stress the importance of his words enough, then I would strongly advise you, and everyone else at that, to read for yourself his essay Civil Disobedience.

To end this article, I will quote from this very work yet again:

When the subject has refused allegiance, and the officer has resigned his office, then the revolution is accomplished.

Matthias

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