Tuesday, August 08, 2006

It's been much too long since I've posted anything on this site. Since then, we've seen a lot of change, including war in Israel and an increase in the power of the US Federal Government (and an increase in its debt, as well).

I wanted to take some time to write some of my recent thoughts, about communism and socialism. Socialism is based on the idea that we are all together, regular people, who should help each other rather than participate in a dog-eat-dog society. We will all be social equals, the common man, no elite and no one living in poverty. Gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling, doesn't it?

But about that equality... The United States was founded on a different concept. Europe had recently emerged from feudalism, but was still steeped in a two-tiered system: Royalty, and serfs. Serfs were the commoners, the regular people. The dream of the people in the colonies was NOT to be regular people; instead, we would ALL be royalty. When George Washington disclaimed the role of king, he stated that America didn't need kings; what he didn't state was that we were EACH a king.

Think about that. Each of us a king, our homes our castles. Proud people, willing to bear our burdens but also willing to help our neighbors. Inviolate in our rule over ourselves and our property.

So what do we have now, now that we are all common men? Yes, our home is our castle - so long as we are willing to pay taxes on our property, and so long as the government hasn't been bribed by a corporation or a developer to forcibly take and resell it. Our behavior is strictly governed, our ability to defend ourselves has been weakened or stripped entirely away. We are common men, laborers, with an elected government as our lords instead of a hereditary system; is it really that different? We are still slaves.

I for one would prefer to be a king.

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