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Background Research on Unnecessity of Government - Chapters
1. Government is unnecessary 7. The government actually transfers your resources to the rich
2. A leader is unnecessary 8. The government actually creates wars to maintain its power
3. Ideology is a fraud 9. The government actually aids acts of terror to maintain its power
4. Crime protection is a fraud 10. Other fraudulent government "benefits"
5. Military protection is a fraud 11. What does all this government fraud cost us?
6. Government can't make you prosperous 12. The Solution
7.) The government actually transfers your resources to its cronies - Quotes with sources

A few years ago, Money magazine estimated that each household pays nearly $1,600 per year for legislation benefiting corporations and the wealthy - purchased by our system of privately financed campaigns. (Micah L. Sifry - Is That a Politician in Your Pocket?, pg 19)

Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street and for Wall Street (Mary Ellen Lease) (Jim Hightower - There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos, pg 37)

The money lenders stand ready at all times to lend money in unlimited amounts to those robbers and murderers who call themselves governments, to be expended in shooting down those who do not submit quietly to being robbed and enslaved. (Lysander Spooner - No Treason, Chp 18)

1929 Wall Street interests send Hitler $10,000,000.
1931 Wall Street sends Hiltler another $15,000,000.
1933 Wall Street Sends Hitler a final $7,000,000. (total $32,000,000.)
1933 Wall Street puts up initial $3,000,000, backed by another reserve $15,000,000, for the Plot to Seize the White House. Up to $300,000,000 backing is promised.
JP Morgan was Mussolini's banker for over $500,000,000 and heavily invested in fascist Japan by 1931. JP Morgan has over $3,000,000,000 invested in Germany by 1931. (Lion Kuntz)

These so-called presidents, senators, and representatives, these pretended agents of all "the people of the United States," the moment their exactions meet with any formidable resistance from any portion of "the people" themselves, are obliged, like their co-robbers and murderers in Europe, to fly at once to the lenders of blood money, for the means to sustain their power. And they borrow their money on the same principle, and for the same purpose, to be expended in shooting down all those "people of the United States" --- their own constituents and principals, as they profess to call them --- who resist the robberies and enslavements. Perhaps the facts were never made more evident that these soulless blood-money loan-mongers are the real rulers; that they rule from the most sordid and mercenary motives; that the ostensible government, the presidents, senators, and representatives, so called, are merely their tools. (Lysander Spooner – No Treason, Chp 19)

The European Union's executive branch is composed entirely of unelected bankers. Political policies are made there and then handed down to the politicians for implementation. Europe represents the future of government - a government of the bankers, by the bankers and for the bankers. (Cliff Ford - Blood, Money, & Greed, pg 126)

"Fascism", Mussolini said, "should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power." (Steve Brouwer - Robbing Us Blind, pg 160)

Major corporations such as General Motors, IBM, Standard Oil and ITT kept doing business with the Nazis throughout WW2 through their foreign subsidaries. (Steve Brouwer - Robbing Us Blind, pg 154)

Monetary policy is - aside from war - the primary tool of state aggrandizement. It ensures the growth of government, finances deficits, rewards special interests, and fixes elections. Without it, the federal leviathan would collapse. (Lew Rockwell - What Has Government Done To Our Money?)

To read more about the criminal nature of our fiat money system, visit this chapter.

Governments serve only their own interests and those of an American corporate oligarchy, similar to that which ruled Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany and still rules certain Central and South American countries or China; they represent illegitimate, usurped authority of a corporate-fascist state. (William R. Lyne - Pentagon Aliens, pgs 224-225)

The so-called communist states are in reality corporate states. In Societ Russia the corporations were composed only of the members of the Communist Party. In America, the party is replaced by "public corporations". The US government's real bosses are not "the people" any more than those of the Soviet bureaucracy. (William R. Lyne - Pentagon Aliens, pg 225)

The greatest threat to the central banks and their underlings - which control basic mineral resources, refineries, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and public utilities and other public cartels fueled by these - is the development of autonomous home-generated power systems. The courts insure the cartels against such threats. Corporate-state power rests on control of primary resources, insured by judicial suppression of threatening technology, thus artificially maintaining our dependency. (William R. Lyne - Pentagon Aliens, pg 226)

8.) The government actually creates wars to maintain its power - Quotes with sources

Without war, no government has ever been able to obtain acquiescence in its "legitimacy" or right to rule its society. The possibility of war provides the sense of external necessity without which no government can long remain in power. This historical record reveals one instance after another where the failure of a regime to maintain the credibility of a war threat led to its dissolution, by the forces of private interest, of reactions to social injustice, or of other disintegrative elements. The organization of society for the possibility of war is its principal political stabilizer... It has enabled societies to maintain necessary class distinctions, and it has insured the subordination of citizens to the state... War is now a purely internal affair... waged by each ruling group against its own subjects. The object of war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact. (Edward Griffin - The Creature from Jekyll Island, pg 517-518, 558)

Every government explains its existence and justifies all its violence on the ground that if it were not there things would be worse. Having convinced the people that they are in danger, the governments dominate them. And when the peoples are dominated by governments, the latter compel them to attach each other. And in this way a belief in the governments’ assurance of the danger of attacks by other nations is confirmed among the peoples. (Leo Tolstoy - Christianity and Patriotism)

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. And in order that they may become poor by having to pay taxes and stick to their daily round and be less likely to plot against him. (Plato, 347 BC) in (Great Dialogues of Plato, pg 366)

Every time the US has gone to war, pretext incidents have been used. Upon later examination, the conventional perception of these events is always challenged and eventually exposed as untrue. (Richard Sanders - How To Start A War)

John Quigley, an authority on international law, examines around thirty cases, beginning with the Korean War and ending with Iraq, where the United States has used force. In each instance, he shows, the administration's account has been blatantly false. (John Quigley - The Ruses for War)

I could only sit in startled silence as Cordell Hull told me Japan was going to attack Pearl Harbor within a few days, and pulled from his inside coat pocket a transcript of Japanese radio intercepts detailing the plan. Recovering from my shock, I began to question him. "Does the President know the Japs are going to attack Pearl Harbor?" "Of course he does. He's fully aware of the plans. So is Hoover at the FBI. Roosevelt and I got into a terrible arrgument, but he refuses to do anything about it. He wants us in this war, and an attack in Hawaii will give him just the opportunity." (Joseph Leib - Explosive Truth About Pearl Harbor)

Shortly before the (Pearl Harbor) attack in 1941, President Roosevelt advised my father of a pending attack on Pearl Harbor, by the Japanese. FDR anticipated many casualties and much loss; he instructed my father to send workers and supplies to a holding area. When my father protested to the president, President Roosevelt told him that the American people would never agree to enter the war in Europe unless they were attack[ed] within their own borders. (Helen E. Hamman)

Frank Knox, the secretary of the Navy, Admiral Harold R. Stark, and General George C. Marshall spent most of that night in the White House with Roosevelt awaiting the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the chance for America to join World War II. (Richardson, Fisher - The Bombing of Pearl Harbor)

Daryl S. Borgquist, a Justice Department official in Washington says the first draft of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech was drafted on Saturday night, Dec. 6, 1941. The (Pearl Harbor) attack came on Dec. 7. (John McCaslin - FDR's 'Infamy Speech' Was Written Before Pearl Harbor Attack)

" I could give you the names of 25 people (all of whom are at this moment within a five-block radius of this office) who, if you had exiled them to a desert island a year and a half ago, the Iraq war would not have happened." (Thomas Friedman) in (Ari Shavit - White Man's Burden)

It is high time that we tried our own war criminals or history will rightly and justly condemn us to permanent hatred and contempt. War will liberate nobody from anything. If we cooperate with it in any shape or form, we'll place ourselves in the hands of men as devoted to the commission of unlimited and purposeless crime as were the Nazis. (Alex Comfort - Writings Against Power and Death, pgs 49, 137-138)

Wars are essentially conducted by governments against their own people – with "others" being held up as fear-objects around which to enlist the obedience and submission of their own citizenry. (Butler Shaffer - Your Papers, Please)

In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful. (Leo Tolstoy - Spiritual Writings, pg 190)

In a late 1984 meeting, Oliver North gave an extensive speech about the Orpheus Operation, and how monies were being diverted from narcotics operations to rebuild various Civilian Inmate Labor Facilities. North, Casey, Zumwalt and others felt if Iran-Contra fell apart early and everything spilled out publicly, it would have been necessary to insitute a silent coup against the Government of the United States. Orpheus went to the point, where if liability could not be controlled, it would be necessary for Casey, North and George Bush to potentially launch an outright coup d'etat against the government of the United States. It was envisioned that George Bush would become acting President of the new Provisional Military Government of the United States. The pretext was going to be a limited nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union, in cooperation with certain hardline elements within the Soviet military. North said it would comprise 50 to 70 million American casualties. It was a very extensive briefing in detail, how these operations would have proceeded in every phase; Gorbachev would have been overthrown. The hardliners would have come in. The Soviets would have suffered just as many casualties. This was not simply the United States and the Soviet Union. Some of our allies, as North had mentioned, had also been consulted about this. The Thatcher government and the Kohl government were also going to become a part of this, because they had exactly the same concerns. This involved the long-term post-war cooperation between deep right-wing elements within our allied governments. (Al Martin - The Conspirators, pg 337-341)

Since governments themselves commonly simulate, stimulate or even fabricate threats of external war and since the repressive and extractive activities of governments often constitute the largest current threats to the livelihoods of their own citizens, many governments operate in essentially the same way as racketeers... In our own time, the analogy between war making and state making on the one hand and organized crime on the other is becoming tragically apt. (Charles Tilly - War Making and State Making as Organized Crime)

The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on. (Joseph Heller) in (Howard Zinn - People's History of the United States, pg 625)

9.) The government actually manufactures acts of terror to legitimize its power - Quotes with sources

Attorney Stanley Hilton has sued President George W Bush for involvement in the terrors attacks on 11 September 2001. He represents hundreds of the families of the victims of 9/11. On 10 September 2004 Stanley Hilton told the following on radio: "Bush personally signed the order. He is guilty of treason and mass murder. Bush and Rice and Cheney and Mueller and Rumsfeld and Tenet were all involved. We have some very incriminating documents as well as eye-witnesses, that Bush personally ordrered this event to happen in order to gain political advantage" (Juri Lina - Architects of Deception, pg. 548)

The British government has been caught in multiple examples of carrying out bombings in London which were then blamed on the IRA. They even had one of their own MI5 agents wihin the Omagh bomb squad. Click here for an archive of this evidence. (Alex Jones - London Underground Bombing...)

The bombing in Bolognia was part of a CIA operation code named Gladio, where the US government would pay right-wing terrorists to carry out bombings to be blamed on leftists in Europe. All of this was blown wide open when two of the Bolognia bombers were convited in an Italian court, forcing them to spill their guts admitting that they were neo-fascists contracted by the CIA. (Alex Jones - London Underground Bombing...)

It was discovered in 1990 that Italy had an underground organization called Gladio, organized by NATO and controlled and financed by the CIA, which was linked to acts of terrorism within the country. Large-scale right-wing terror started in 1969 when in Milan the “Piazza Fontana massacre” killed 16 and maimed and wounded 80. The terror was wrongly blamed on the Communists and the extreme left, traces were covered up and arrests followed immediately. In 1974 another bomb exploded in Brescia in the midst of an anti-fascist demonstration, killing eight and injuring and maiming 102, followed by a terror attack in the same year on the Rome to Munich train “Italicus Express”, killing 12 and injuring and maiming 48. On 2 August 1980 a massive explosion ripped through the waiting room of the second class at the Bologna railway station, killing 85 people in the blast and seriously injuring and maiming a further 200. "You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game” right-wing terrorist Vincenzo Vinciguerra later explained. “The reason was quite simple. They were supposed to force these people, the Italian public, to turn to the State to ask for greater security. This is the political logic that lies behind all the massacres and the bombings which remain unpunished, because the State cannot convict itself or declare itself responsible for what happened.” (Daniele Ganser - Parallel History Project on NATO and the Warsaw Pact)

The Madrid train bombers were found to be police informants with close links to the Spanish security services. They had access to the most secure areas of the Madrid train system. The Spanish government initially tried to blaim the Basque group ETA for the blast in the hope that the people would rally behind the government and get them re-elected. After ETA denied involvement and the people started saying the government was involved, the Spanish government had to blame Al-Qaeda and kill some patsies by claiming they blew themselves up during a raid. (Alex Jones - London Underground Bombing...)

I asked Upper Lieutenant Alexi Galkin if he had proof that the FSB (Russian intelligence service) planted the bombs and killed their own citizens in Moscow. Alexi wanted me to know that he was with the men who carried out the bombings, but he had nothing to do with planting the bombs. Both were members of the GRU / FSB. He was sent to Chechnya to continue the same kind of sabotage that would be blamed on the Chechens. (Robert Young Pelton - Three Worlds Gone Mad, pg 188)

Mossad agents were arrested by the Palestinian Authority for attempting to set up a phony 'al Qaeda' terror cell in the Gaza Strip. Yasser Arafat said that Israel had set up the mock cell in order to justify military attacks on Palestinian areas. (Michael Rivero - Fake Al Qaeda)

Agents of an Israeli "terrorist" cell operating in Egypt planted bombs in several buildings, including U.S. diplomatic facilities, then left behind "evidence" implicating the Arabs as the culprits (one of the bombs detonated prematurely, allowing the Egyptians to identify the bombers). Israel's Defense Minister was brought down by the scandal, along with the entire Israeli government. (George Washington - An Introduction to False Flag Terror)

The plan Operation Northwoods which had the written approval of the Chairman and every member of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for a wave of violent terrorism to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami and elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did not commit; planes would be hijacked. Using phony evidence, all of it would be blamed on Castro, this giving General Lemnitzer and his cabal the excuse to launch their war. The plan may actually have originated with President Eisenhower. It called for a war in which many patriotic Americans and innocent Cubans would die senseless deaths. Even senior Pentagon official Paul Nitze argued in favor of provoking a phony war with Cuba. (James Bamford - Body of Secrets, pgs 82-83, 90)

Francis A. Boyle, an international law expert who worked under the first Bush Administration as a bioweapons advisor in the 1980s, has said that he is convinced the October 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people were perpetrated and covered up by the U.S. government. The motive: to foment a police state by killing off and intimidating opposition to post-9/11 legislation such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the later Military Commissions Act. "The anthrax used was a trillion spores per gram, refined with special electro-static treatment. This is superweapons-grade anthrax that even the United States government, in its openly proclaimed programs, had never developed before. So it was obvious to me that this was from a U.S. government lab. There is nowhere else you could have gotten that." (David Swanson - Anthrax Coverup: A Government Insider Speaks Out)

On closer examination, "domestic terrorist" events do not appear to be what they are made out to be. The FBI had an informant inside the World Trade Tower bombers, Emad Salam, who offered to sabotage the bomb. The FBI told him "no". The so-called "hotbed" of white separatism at Elohim City, occasional home to Tim McVeigh in the weeks prior to the Oklahoma City bombing, was founded and is being run by an FBI informant! Is terrorism inside the United States really from outside, or is it a stage managed production, designed to cause Americans to believe they have no choice but to surrender the Republic and accept the totalitarian rule of a new emperor, or a new Fuhrer? (Michael Rivero - Fake Terror, The Road To Dictatorship)

One of the most controversial and least discussed aspects of Western society is the notion that Western governments would be able to, let alone actually, kill their own civilians.The sad truth is that since World War II many Western nations have seen a long series of state-sponsored terrorism-directed against its own citizens. (Philip Coppens - State-Sponsored Terror in the Western World)

The CIA has helped to kill at least six million people since it was founded in 1947. They are people without ICBMs or armies or navies, incapable of doing physical damage to the US. A majority are rag-poor peasants, including large numbers of women and children. Communists? Hardly. Enemies of the United States? That description doesn't fit either, because the thousands of witnesses who have lives in Nicaraguan villages with the people since 1979 testify that the Nicaraguans love people from the United States and they simply cannot understand why our leaders would want to spend $1 billion on a contra force designed to murder people, terrorize and wreck the country. (John Stockwell - The Praetorian Guard, pgs 82-83)

Terrorism is authority attempting to teach people that freedom is anarchy, that freedom is to be feared. Terrorism has been used throughout history to coerce populations to yied their authority and governance to those hungry for power and lacking of conscience. Terrorism is proof of the pattern of liberty. It is precisely because tyrannical governments are afraid of losing the grip they have had over their peoples for so long that terrorism is a rising factor in the world. Evil is afraid. (Jeremy Locke - The End of All Evil, pg 54)

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. (Marie Curie)

10.) Other fraudulent government "benefits" - Quotes with sources

Governments have long ago elaborated methods of supporting education, which not only fail to prevent ignorance, but even increase it; methods of aiming at freedom and constitutionalism, which are no hindrance to despotism; methods of protecting the working classes, which will not free them from slavery; and a Christianity, too, they have elaborated, which does not destroy, but supports governments. (Tolstoy – The Kingdom of God is Within You, Chp 6)

It doesn't take much cynicism, in fact, to see that the bureaucrats have a vested interest in not having problems solved. If the problems did not exist (or had been invented), there would be no reason for the bureaucrat to have a job. (William Simon, former U.S Treasury Secretary)

Government power has an unbroken record of inability to do anything efficiently, economically or honestly; yet when the slightest dissatisfaction arises over the work of the private sector, the aid of the agent least qualified to give aid, the government is immediately called for. When a bank runs into trouble - let the government, which has never shown itself able to keep its own finances from sinking promptly into the slough of abuse, waste and corruption, intervene to "supervise" or "regulate" the whole banking industry, or even take it over entirely. If a railway bungles some operation, let the government, which has bungled every business it has ever undertaken, intervene, and put its hand to the business of "regulating" railway operation. (Albert Jay Nock - Our Enemy, the State, pgs 83-84)

It has been estimated that out of every five people, three of them must work extra to support the remaining two who are useless government employees or dependents. (William R. Lyne - Pentagon Aliens, pg 228)

Only stupid or gullible citizens believe that bureaucrats act in their best interest. Why would bureaucrats, genotypes apparently incapable of independent, creative or productive work, ever want a free market system in which their only remaining means of survival would be as uncreative and incompetent - although more honest - thieves? (William R. Lyne - Pentagon Aliens, pgs 230, 228)

From age five, most children are exposed to a politician-controlled government school system that continues for 13 years. The child's brain is a captive of mankind's worst enemy on earth. Governments have destroyed more property, confiscated more wealth, and ordered the murder of more men women and children than any enemy. Government cannot be trusted with the minds of our children. (Common Sense II, pg 21)

In government schools, the students' development is arrested, their minds are set to respond to slogans as animals respond to a trainer's whistle... They would obey anyone, they need a master, they need to be told what to do. They are ready now to be used as cannon fodder - to attack, to bomb, to burn to murder. (Ayn Rand - The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution)

The public school system? Usually a twelve year sentence of mind control. Crushing creativity, smashing individualism, encouraging collectivism and compromise, destroying the exercise of intellectual inquiry, twisting it instead into meek subservience to authority. (Walter Karp, Editor Harper's Magazine)

A lot of the educational system is designed for obedience and passivity. From childhood, a lot of it is designed to prevent people from being independent and creative. If you're independent-minded in school, you're probably going to get in trouble very early on. That's not the trait that's being preferred or cultivated. There are huge efforts that do go into making people, to borrow Adam Smith's phrase, "as stupid and ignorant as it's possible for a human being to be." (Noam Chomsky - Class Warfare, pgs 27, 30)

Public schools are institutions of coercion. Students are coerced to attend them. Parents are coerced to pay for them. (Gary Reed - The Pledge of a Grievance)

(Health care) - At the present time, more than 24000 pharmaceutical products are available on the market, 98% of which have no proven therapeutic effect. Physicians today realize that after five and half years of training, they have not learnt a single method of restoring health. Side effects of medicines are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States - 140,000 deaths each year. (Jiri Lina - Architects of Deception, pg. 533-534)

According to carefully researched statistics, cancer patients who did not receive surgery, chemotherapy or radiation have a greater life expectancy than the ones who receive treatment by about four times. (Dr. Harlan Jones - A Report on Cancer)

During a 29-day physicians' strike in Israel in 1973, the national death rate dropped by nearly 50 percent. (Hans Ruesch - Naked Empress, pg 13)

Medical deaths per year: 12,000 from unnecessary surgery, 7,000 from medication errors in hospitals, 20,000 from other errors in hospitals, 80,000 from infections in hospitals, and 106,000 from negative effects of drugs. These total to 250,000 deaths per year (Dr. Barbara Starfield - Doctors Are The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US)

11.) What does all this government fraud cost us? - Quotes with sources

In his or her lifetime the average American works 24,000 hours earning the money to pay taxes (Leland H. Gregory - Great Government Goofs, pg 239)

Adjusting for inflation, in the 81 years between the enactment of the income tax in 1913 to 1994, government spending increased 13,592 percent! (135 times) (Adam Young - The Origin of the Income Tax)

The federal government of US takes away between a fifth and a quarter of all our money every year. This is eight times the Islamic zakat, the almsgiving required of believers by the Koran; it is double the tithe of the medieval church and twice the royal tribute that the prophet Samuel warned the Israelites against, if they are to elect a king. (P. J. O'Rourke - Parliament of Whores, pg 3)

The average family now pays 35.4 percent of its income to government. Medieval serfs, by contrast only had to turn over one third of their income to the lord of the manor. And they were considered slaves. (Daniel J. Mitchell)

The cost of government employees is astronomical. Each federal civilian employee costs us $80,000 in cash for salary, benefits and pension, plus a collective half-trillion dollars in unfunded pensions. When you add the government overhead of $115,000 per federal employee, each employee costs the taxpayers $200,000 - between two and three times the cost in private industry. (Martin L. Gross - Tax Racket, pgs 16, 294)

Twenty years ago, 70 cents of every dollar of federal spending went into the pocket of someone in the neighborhood it was targeted at. Today that number is less than 30 cents. (Catherine Austin Fitts - The Myth of the Rule Of Law, pg 15)

In 1971 Nelson Rockefeller noted that New Yorkers got only 14 cents returned from their federal tax dollar in services. (Collier, Horowitz - The Rockefellers, pg 477)

During the late 1980s the EPA was spending over seven dollars on overhead for each dollar spent on Superfund cleanups. (Leland H. Gregory - Great Government Goofs, pg 254)

Since 1995, Americans killed by terrorist attacks: 3147. Americans killed by law enforcement: 3949. (Ryan Singel - One Million Ways To Die)

The yearly cost of street crime: $18 billion. The yearly cost of corporate crime: $338 billion. The yearly cost of state crime (tax extortion): $2500 billion. (Source for statistic 1 & 2) (Source for statistic 3)

12.) The Solution - Quotes with sources

In evolutionary perspective, the crisis we confront today is inextricably the crises of the state as a predatory form of political organization, born, nurtured and spread by the sword. It seems highly likely that our kind will not survive the next century or even half-century unless we transcend the state's insatiable demands for sovereignty and hegemony. And the only way to do this may be very well be to transcend the state itself. (Marvin Harris - Our Kind, pg 500)

Kossuth and the 1848 Hungarian uprising proved that if a self-conscious society takes the money power in its own hand, it can launch a blossoming economy without precious metal backing or high-interest loans from any foreign power. His revolution was crushed by military might only; its suppressor, General Haynau was related to the Rothschild family. (John Drabik - Usury Civilization II - pg. 301)

When the criminal state can no longer bring terror and constraint upon its subjects, it will cease to exist, for the state’s existence hinges on mere smoke and mirrors. The state has no concrete existence or form, but is in reality only a consolidation of men who claim ultimate authority. (Jesse Ogden - The Case Against The Criminal State)

Man's true liberation, individual and collective, lies in his emancipation from authority and from the belief in it. True civilization is to be measured by the the extent to which the individual is free to grow and expand unhindered by coercive authority. (Emma Goldman – The Place of the Individual in Society)

In seeing the state as a permanent fixture, Americans have become almost as myopic as the Soviets were in that regard. Some believe if the government didn’t build the roads, we would still have no infrastructure. Similarly, some Soviets had a hard time figuring out who would build cars, if not their government. Any government activity that needs to be done can and would be done more efficiently by entrepreneurs – at a profit. Actually, the inability to understand how the world would work without government shows an inability to understand how it works right now. What holds society together isn’t the coercive power of the state. It’s peer pressure and self interest. Few people would argue that the reason diners do not stand on table tops, disrobe and create a scene is because of some ordinance prohibiting it. The coercive power of the state has almost no part in forming the glue holding society together. (Doug Casey – Imagine A World Without Government)

If we wish to put an end to the systematic exploitation and enslavement of people, we must confront the underlying premise upon which all of this is grounded: that our lives belong to the state, to be consumed in whatever manner and for whatever purpose state officials choose. We must confront and move beyond the delusional thinking that a responsible and meaningful life is to be found in participating in coercive governmental undertakings. (Butler Shaffer - The Slave Mentality)

The age for the veneration of governments is more and more passing away. And it is time for people to understand that governments not only are not necessary, but are harmful and most highly immoral institutions, in which a self-respecting, honest man cannot and must not take part, and the advantages of which he cannot and should not enjoy. And as soon as people clearly understand this, they will cease to give the government soldiers and money. And as soon as a majority of people ceases to do this the fraud which enslaves people will be abolished. (Leo Tolstoy - How Can Governments Be Abolished?)

If Jefferson was right that government is best which governs least, it would follow that the perfect government is that which does not govern at all. (But Seriously: Steve Allen Speakes His Mind, pg 23)

The Russian elections had at least one feature sadly lacking in the U.S. - the option of voting for "none of the above" by crossing out the names of unacceptable candidates. (Martin A. Lee, Norman Solomon - Unreliable Sources, pg 266)

Wisdom is a property of groups. In most instances, groups are collectively smarter than their individual members and often make more sensible decisions. The fact that typcally the only group in a corporation [or government] that decides on the biggest issues is a handful of leaders is not an accident. Decision making is usually more an exercise of power than an act of wisdom. (Rick Levine - The Cluetrain Manifesto, pg 142)

Most people have stopped listening for answers from above - from Big Government, Big Business, Big Education, Big Media, Big Religion, With few exceptions, the interlocking agendas of these monolithic powers are utterly divorced from the constituencies, their interests as remote from our daily lives as the court of King George was to American colonies in 1776. And you know what happened then. Just because you're not seeing a revolution - or what Hollywood has told you a revolution ought to look like - doesn't mean there isn't one going down. (Rick Levine - The Cluetrain Manifesto, pgs 173, 177)

To know and not to act is not to know - Chinese wisdom (Don DeLillo - Cosmopolis, pg 85)

There was a period, about 900 AD, when there was no empre, no state, and no public authority in the West. The state disappeared yet society continued. So also, religious and economic life continued. This clearly showed that the state and society are not the same thing; the society is the basic entity, and the state is a crowning, but not essential cap to the social structure. This experience had revolutionary effects. It was discovered that man can live without a state; that economic life, religious life, law and private property can all exist and function effectively without a state. (Carroll Quigley - Tragedy & Hope, Unabridged Edition, pg 83)

Everything which government can usefully add to that has been performed by the common consent of society, without of government. For more than two years since the beginning of the American war, and to a longer period in several of the US states, there were no established forms of government. The country was too occupied in defense to establish new governments; yet during this interval, order and harmony were preserved as inviolate as in any country in Europe. There is a natural aptness in man, and more so in society, because it embraces a greater variety of abilities and resources, to accomodate itself to whatever situation it is in. The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association is taking place, and common interest produces common security. So far it is from being true, as had been pretended, that the abolition of any formal government is the dissolution of society, that it acts by a contrary impulse, and brings the latter the closer together. (The Thomas Paine Reader, pg 267)

It cannot be proved, as the champions of the state maintain, that the destruction of government involves a social chaos, mutual spoliation and murder, the destruction of all social institutions, and the return of mankind to barbarism. (Tolstoy – The Kingdom of God is Within You, Chp 10)

Do humans have an unquenchable thrist for power that, in the absence of a strong ruler, inevitably leads to a war of all against all? To judge from surviving examples of bands and villages, for the greater part of prehistory, our kind got along quite well without so much as a paramount chief, let alone the all-powerful English King whom Thomas Hobbes believed was needed for maintaining law and order among his countrymen. (Marvin Harris - Our Kind, pg 344)

Only mutual aid and voluntary co-operation - not the omnipotent, all-devastating State - can create the basis for a free individual and associational life. (Peter Kropotkin - Mutual Aid)

I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom. (Noam Chomsky, interview)

A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him (Ezra Pound)

Men, who, for reasons of their own choose to exercise their natural right of dissolving their connection with the governments under which they have lived no more commit the crime of treason than a man commits treason when he chooses to leave a church, or any other voluntary association, with which he has been connected. (Lysander Spooner – No Treason, Chp. IV)

An understanding of the concept (of anarchism) can be derived from the Greek origins of the word (anarkhos) which meant 'without a ruler.' It is this definition of the word that members of the political power structure (i.e., your 'rulers') do not want you to consider. (Butler Shaffer - What Is Anarchy?)

Most people when referring to anarchy or anarchists probably associate that with revolution, violence, bombing, destruction, chaos, or general disorder. The irony of that characterization is that it more closely resembles the actions of “government” than anything else. Anarchy, which in fact exists, is rather orderly. Most of us lead routine, uneventful, civil lives. Man, contrary to the popular belief, has introduced the concepts of civility, tolerance and understanding, among others. “Government” had nothing to do with that. If anything, the belief in “government” has hindered widespread acceptance of reason and sound judgment. So you wind up with the institutionalizing of extortion in order to prevent the occasional theft, sending your children overseas to shoot strangers in order to prevent war, and writing laws to preclude you having to develop sound judgment. How could anarchy be any worse than what people call “government” today? . (Jackney Sneeb - There's No Government Like NO Government, pg 185)

The leviathan state, that monster devouring civilization in this century, is in the throes of death. This is not a wish or a prediction, but a conclusion drawn from a broad look at the trends of the last decade and a half, which, if we take the right steps, can continue on into the next century. What has happened around the world – nations states collapsing, markets outwitting planners, citizens rising up against government masters – can and is happening here at home. (Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., speech)

There is a battle shaping up in the world – a battle between the forces of archy – of statism, of political rule and authority – and its only alternative – anarchy, the absence of political rule. This battle is the necessary and logical consequence of the battle between individualism and collectivism, between liberty and the state, between freedom and slavery. We shall replace the state with the free market, and men shall for the fist time in their history be able to walk and live without fear of destruction being unleashed upon them at any moment – especially the obscenity of such destruction being unleashed by a looter armed with nuclear weapons and nerve gases. We shall replace statism with voluntarism: a society wherein all man's relationships with others are voluntary and uncoerced. Where men are free to act according to their rational self-interest, even if it means the establishment of competing agencies of defense. (Roy A. Childs, Jr. - An Open Letter To Ayn Rand)

And now that the legislators and do gooders have futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems. And try liberty … (Frederic Bastiat - The Law, pgs 71-72)

Obviously, governments should be abolished. No human institution has been so pernicious, so harmful, so successful at producing misery, poverty, and fear. Would that bring us heaven on earth? Of course not. We would still have ambitious men, willing to succeed at our expense; but they would no longer be able to hide behind the façade of government, which legitimizes the use of force. Absent that justification, they would be revealed for what they really are: brigands, thieves, and con men. Their futures would include, not handsome retirement benefits and honors, but tar and feathers, jail, and even shotguns. (Paul Hein - Original Sin)

What would happen if we suddenly dismantled all forms of government and law? If we abolished all threats and commands of politicians, there would necessarily be a lot less extortion, racketeering, and killing going on in the name of “democracy” and other religious cults. (Jackney Sneeb - There's No Government Like NO Government, pg 20)

All the evils the "authorities" imply you would face without their existence tomorrow - poverty, crime, wars, terror - are fake. The "authorities" create and sustain these, using our money. (Example? Our taxes now fund the Fed’s drug trafficking, which fuels 75% of all robberies, burglaries, etc… our tax dollars at work, literally growing crime). Okay, but how about all their good deeds, those welfare, retirement checks and subsidies paid to millions? - one might ask. The recipients are not paid by the government but by the productive economy whose two thirds of the contributions the government diverted to itself for the last 30 years. Yes, in plain English it stole most of the poor people’s money, not helped them. If there wasn’t a government to plunder them tomorrow, both the recipients could get more money and the economy would have to contribute less. (George Cordell - The Words That Make You Free)

I personally call the type of government which can be removed without violence "democracy," and the other, "tyranny." (Karl Popper - Conjectures and Refutations, pg 464)

If Canada and the United States can be separate nations without being denounced as being in a state of impermissible 'anarchy,' why may not the South secede from the United States? New York State from the Union? New York City from the state? Why may not Manhattan secede? Each neighborhood? Each block? Each house? Each person? But, of course, if each person may secede from government, we have virtually arrived at the purely free society, where defense is supplied along with all other services by the free market and where the invasive State has ceased to exist. (Murray Rothbard - Defense Services on the Free Market)

Saying “if you oppose government, you have an obligation to offer something to replace it” assumes that “government” is a net good thing to have. The belief results in a gang of lawyers, thugs and con artists operating a protection racket that depends of mass extortion. That’s not my idea of something good. It would be as if I proposed to abolish rape and the authoritarians demanded to know what I would replace it with. (Jackney Sneeb - There's No Government Like NO Government, pg 122)

No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: "But what would you replace it with?" When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with? (Thomas Sowell)

In a stateless society there would be no regular, legalized channel for crime and aggression, no government apparatus the control of which provides a secure monopoly for invasion of person and property. When a state exists, there does exist such a built-in channel, namely, the coercive taxation power, and the compulsory monopoly of forcible protection. (Murray N. Rothbard - Defense Services on the Free Market)

Nothing else in the world...not all the so powerful as an idea whose time has come. (Victor Hugo)

All great truths begin as blasphemies. (George Bernard Shaw - Annajanska)

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