I believe we are heading into a technological age in which what we know as government will become obsolete. Even now, what we think of as great leaps forward by our government is simply the product of the minds of free market leaders. For example, when Americans decided to go to the moon, NASA was established. However, the people who actually made this happen were the best and the brightest of the private sector at that time. It was these people who, in just a little over 10 years, were able to put a man on the moon, and not the people in government. That generation of innovators and entrepreneurs has come and gone, and we are now left with a new generation of scientists who go straight from school to life-long government-funded jobs. With no real world experience or competitive drive, NASA engineers have left us with a space program flying the same basic space shuttle design for over 30 years. The space shuttle was retired in 2011, and we have yet to replace it, leaving America reliant on counties such as Russia to transport our astronauts and supplies to the International Space Station. I support the exploration of space, and I hope to see our species spread across the stars, but leaving those feats in the hands of government agencies will see us earth bound for at least a few hundred more years. We are now in the DMV space race line. NASA, along with DARPA (the research and development arm of the Pentagon), now more than ever relies on the advancements of the private sector to make any progress, simply using government funds to hire private sector companies to build the next generation of tech for government to exploit.
If we were truly a country run by the people for the people we would only be funding projects the people want. Furthermore, we would be questioning why government-run establishments such as NASA are doing nothing more than passing along money that was coerced from us. Since we are in an era where a good portion of the new products, software and technological advancements are crowd funded on sites like KickStarter.com, we should be questioning why we need a middleman at all.
I am going to highlight some of the technology on our horizon that will help lift the burden of the state off our backs, but we must first understand why the state is no longer needed. The richest, most powerful people of the world gate their communities and hire private security firms to protect them. They then turn around and tell us that only public workers can keep us safe, and that we must have public sector employees “watch” over us. Once again the state is nothing more than a middle man making payments. However, a city could instead simply take the money that is stolen from citizens and, instead of funding a public police force, fund a private security firm. If that firm does not uphold the standards of the community, citizens could simply stop paying them and hire another firm with a better track record. Any community that decides it would like safer streets at night could donate to the security fund. I would spend $40 to help crowdfund a game that I wanted to see created; I would also donate money to a security fund of responsible, respectful security officers to know that my daughter is safe when she walks down the road. There are countless examples of how communities and cities can manage efficiently by directly funding private sector replacements of the “necessary” tasks our government performs. As nice as it is to visualize how a civilized society will function after we move past the lead weight of a centralized Government, at some point we will realize that needing our future planed out before eliminating our masters is not actually necessary. It was not necessary to waste time informing the plantation owners how the cotton would be picked after the slaves were free; the only thing that mattered was that it was immoral. Slave owners would have loved to know how tech would fill the void and that giant harvesting tractors would soon be invented that would do the work of hundreds of slaves, yet in actuality it was only the absence of free labor that spurred these rapid leaps forward in agriculture. We can all agree that taking 100 percent of a man’s labor is slavery, and that it is wrong, but at what percentage is it no longer considered slavery? Is only taking 99 percent of a man’s labor no longer slavery, or what number would you accept? At the average tax rate, many Americas work 3 to 5 months a year to be able to pay their taxes. Therefore, it seems that humans will accept being a slave almost 50 percent of the year as long as the illusion of freedom exists.
Now let us look at the existing and soon-to-be technology that will free us from our overlords.
PeaceKeeper – One of the greatest fears that statists have is the absence of a police force and lack of general protection of the system. We have already covered how private security firms could fill this void; another solution is being provided by a recently released smartphone app. You already rely on the technology of your phone — without it you would be unable to call the cops. The PeaceKeeper app connects you directly to neighbors and family members in case of an emergency. At the touch of a button, you can report emergencies (fire, medical emergency or home invasion). Everyone in your network will be instantly alerted to the situation and can respond. Would you break into a home if you knew at the push of a button all the neighbors and nearby family members of the person’s home you are planning to invade could have you surrounded in a moment of seconds versus the response time of the police? Along with a rapid response time, this type of tech restores a sense of community and pride in one’s neighborhood, thereby giving citizens all the more reason to want to protect it. This, combined with the removal of our often unjust court system, provides a much better system of protection, and citizens would have even more motivation to stand up for their fellow man.
3-D Printers – The advancements in 3-D printing open up an entire world of possibility. First and foremost, as the printers become more user-friendly, their part in helping to provide economic freedom and helping to reduce poverty could be astounding. We are now required to slave away a majority of our week because of the price of homes, cars and consumer goods that we wish to have. Starting on a small-scale, think of this scenario: Instead of spending $50 on an Otter Box phone case, you could choose to download a similar design for free or for a fraction of the cost online and then print the case in your living room. You will have saved 50 bucks that you can now use towards groceries, deposit in your savings account or use to buy real currency such as gold. The pessimist will say this will cause lower wages and a loss of jobs, but this would actually balance out as everyone across the board would have lower costs for daily expenses. Also, we have to keep in mind that we have already eliminated entire sectors without catastrophic consequences. All the men that cleaned horse manure from the streets and tended to the stables of horses did not die once cars were invented. These types of shifts in society happen slowly enough that there is time for adaptation. Household dishes, instruments and firearms are only the beginning of possibilities for 3-D printing. It could soon be a possibility that instead of dropping $200 thousand on a home, an equal-sized house may cost a fraction of that amount to build. Inventors have taken the same software used to 3-D print on your desk and have applied this technology to hardware. Instead of printing with plastic, they print with materials, i.e. concrete, thereby printing buildings and homes. It is true that a home builder may only make a quarter of the price building you a home, but who cares when he can simply go home and print a mansion?
Bitcoin – What currency we would use after government is a thing of the past is not as important as what currency can protect our assets during times of turbulence. As sound as the US dollar might have been at one time, as our debt continues to grow to an unreasonable level, the value of our currency will fall. Bitcoin is one of many crypto-currencies in existence with a built-in self-limiter. In other words, only so many bitcoins will ever exist. Once that point is reached, they can then only be traded among companies and citizens. At that point, there would not be a Federal Reserve that allows banks and Wall Street to run wild with imaginary money, only to create more fictitious debt billed to Americas in the form of a bail-out. The Federal Government all too often uses the power of the purse to control the population. If they did not control the flow of money and could not place future generations in debt, the power to fund wars, the police state and other over-reaching regulation would not exist. Bitcoin also takes the capability of forced taxation away from the State. In an age where everyone shops, pays bills and banks online, it has become increasingly more difficult to keep your cash off the grid. Stacking cash under a mattress or hiding gold in your home is one way to protect your assets; however, it is very inconvenient, and your money could easily be lost to theft. Crypto-currencies allow you access to online payments while still allowing your money to remain offline on your hard drive, USB drive or even printed on a piece of paper. If properly stored and encrypted, you currency is 100% protected even if someone stole your computer because without your encrypted passphrase, they have no ability to spend it. All that is required is backing up your Bitcoin wallet to a protected area and only keeping the pass-phrase in your mind as the ultimate bank vault. Even if the IRS tried to confiscate your Bitcoin, it would be useless to them unless they tortured you to acquire the information (not to say that they are above doing this).
This is a small sample of the technology that is currently in use, as well as what is in our future. Every day mankind is one step closer to being its own rulers. Just as cavemen adapted their lives to stone tools and fire, we must also embrace the advancements available to us. Humans have spent generations under the rule of psychotic Kings that force common men to fight and die for insane notions of empire. We have seen countless generations of slaves, abused and worked to death. Just as we have identified those evils and strive to move past them, so must we recognize the evil we live with now and leave it behind in the pages of history.
By Phoenix Horton – DontComply.com
Phoenix is the Co-Founder of DontComply.com, ComeAndTakeItAmerica.com, and host of the Don't Comply Radio Show.
Very good article. Insightful and Thoughtful. This topic has not been covered very widely…..I hope to see more people thinking and writing about it. Thanks.
I always find it so entertaining when foolhardy, shallow “libertarians” suggest that “private enterprise” can do anything and everything better than government.
That foolish assertion has been proven wrong so many, many, many times over – government programs created the Internet, satellite communications, and cell phones. If we are ever able to do anything about global warming it will be through government – because “private enterprise” definitely isn’t doing anything about it – rather, it’s just making the problem worse, and fighting any suggestions about what we should do to rein the problem in. Government-administered healthcare is consistently far, far, far better than any of the privately-administered programs out there – France, Taiwan, and Canada consistently top the list of the best healthcare systems in the world (all government run). The privatization of education is crashing and burning around us, in a splendid display of abject failure. “Private contractors” in the military are called “mercenaries”, and we have an ample 2000+ year history of how reliable they are (read up on the Mamluks some time, if you’re wondering).
>>>However, the people who actually made [going to the moon] happen were the best and the brightest of the private sector at that time.
Uhhh…. no. They were working through and for NASA – not in their capacities as “private sector” people.
Good lord, this entire screed is a load of shallow, self-indulgent white-boy ideological tripe.
The ‘we don’t need taxes we can have voluntary contributions’ idea is kind of absurd simply because the contributions end up becoming essential after a time and therefore not ‘volunteering’ to pay them will ruin your life.
Okay, ignore for the moment that many private security firms are run by gangsters & that as mentioned by another commenter, once they get a contract they’ll make sure competitors are pushed out of the way.
Right, so what happens in this scenario to the people who ‘volunteer’ not to pay the security fees? Perhaps they’ve become unemployed, or they don’t trust the gangsters or they simply don’t want to spend the cash?
Well either the companies cover them for free (not going to happen) or the companies provide no service. The criminals then find out who isn’t paying and go and do horrible things to them. There’s no police force to help & the smartphone app described isn’t going to work (would your neighbour really take a bullet for you because you haven’t paid a bill?)
Hence you either pay the ‘voluntary’ fee – or get mugged, burgled, raped or murdered. Wow, its become just like a tax, except its going to private sector gangsters!
The same scenario happens with pretty much every essential service that would be run in the manner suggested.
Volunteer not to pay the fire fees? Tough shit when your house is burnt down.
Volunteer not to pay the road fees? Good, walk 35 miles to work.
Volunteer not to pay private sewage charges? Good luck with that Typhoid.
So once the ‘voluntary’ fee isn’t the good old free market will kick in with price gouging & monopolies and before you know it you’re paying even more money that you did via tax for a worse service.
We’ve seen it all over the world where government services have been sold off – an initial ‘competitive market’ and then after a few years one or two giant supercorps (Cerco, Accenture, G4S) take everything over & service goes to hell. As bad as my local government is I know who runs it, I can vote against them and I’m free to protest until they change their ways. Pretty sure my ability to do that to Lockheed or Wackenhut is zero.
Bitcoin, a system of electronic currency created by… er, we don’t know for sure.
Bitcoin, a democratic currency where… those with the most computing power gain access to the most currency & it is impossible to use said currency without access to a networked computer (so how do you buy food when the network is down?).
Bitcoin – probably brought to you by the NSA as a way of creating a globalised dark currency for the black economy that can be remotely monitored 24/7. It was always a bit tricky shifting all that bent money around to fund illicit military operations. But with bitcoin things become much easier.
Thanks for trusting us nerds,
The National Security State
Going to the moon was a publicly financed and accomplished effort. It was not, as you assert, an example of private enterprise and capitalism. Your statement is blatantly fraudulent.
Additionally we purchased the entire Nazi rocket program through Project PAPERCLIP. (Old thread I know, but relevant).
There is strong evidence that we are living at a time when hidden / suppressed / usurped/ back engineered technologies have been developed and are in use by a “Break Away Civilization”. (BAC). With technologies light years beyond those “shared” with humanity, the BAC is essentially THE secret shadow government, the “uber government “. So essentially the government we think represents us is basically a front.
I could write a book about this but if one researches this topic, what you’ll find will amaze you.
FOR INSTANCE: When I go to an airshow and see the “state of the art” propulsion technologies, (basically a sophisticated version of the jet engine from WWII), it always makes me laugh. Really? this is the best our bazillion dollar defense (offense?) industries have been able to come up with in the last 75 years ?
And what about the Air Force’s objective of “owning the weather” by 2025 ? When are they going to start THAT project – oh yeah – they started that about 50 years ago but haven’t been in a “sharing” mood- hmm could this have anything to do with heating the ionosphere?
Bottom line: Those (humans?) who control these advanced technologies control governments and aren’t going away anytime soon.
Pretty much spot on.
Such a bunch of nonsense, sorry.
Private security firms would become the new dictators which you could never just “switch” if they don’t want to move. Simple reality, that’s wild west thinking and not much more.
3D-Printers are fine, but you need raw materials for them, they need servicing etc. – not really simple to handle.
As for Bitcoin, besides it being a simple scam, it’s utterly useless. First you have to dl that huge database (requires enough HD space, bandwidth etc.), you have to be online for any serious use, the tools are still crap and the whole system is an open book for any government. Maybe it is a good idea as such, but very poorly implemented.
As always in any crisis, cash is king. Cash as in paper money, not gold or other such useless gems.
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