OK, so I'm being a bit alarmist. It's really a sensational headline meant to draw attention...
But seriously folks: Is big govt necessary? Should government be responsible for the people's welfare? Do we really need them to take care of us? Is having a government which provides some great services and safety nets, such as universal health care, really worth it when we know that the majority of what they take from us in taxes is either being wasted or used to fund things that we don't agree with and/or which do nothing to help the average citizen? (Ex: bank bailouts, unjust wars, private chauffeurs, corporate tax breaks, etc...)
I realise the irony of me asking such questions, given my love of universal healthcare: I've participated in several discussions on-line, particularly during the US healthcare debate, where I championed Canada's healthcare system. And when the issue of "taxpayers money" is brought up I have stated on more than one occasion that I'd be willing to pay 50% income tax, if those taxes went to the right things, such as free post-secondary education, or the type of dual-parternal leave offered in such countries as Sweden and Norway.
But even though I like having governmental safety nets like unquestioning health care coverage, I'm beginning to question putting one's own welfare into the hands of the government, especially since government is so deeply intertwined with private/corporate interests and rarely puts the welfare of its people before said interests.
During a New Year's visit to my parents' place, I was discussing with my family about what is known as the Freeman/Natural Person/Sovereign movements and how some people have chosen not to contract with the government and in doing so have relinquished their Social Insurance Number (SIN), have stopped contributing the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) etc... She then asked what the majority of the Canadians would do without the financial assistance of CPP in their later years. And this is a good question. I responded with the idea that the elderly should not have to look to the state for care, and that we should live in communities which take-in and provide assistance and support to their elderly in their latter stages of life. And people should be able to decide for themselves what they want to do with their life's savings and not be forced to give a certain percentage to the government to save for them the way that the government sees fit. Not to mention the fact that, with the way the economy is going, I don't think my hard-earned CPP will even exist when I get to retirement age...but more on that later.) The thing is, I also realise that we in the Western World are becoming less and less likely to take care of our aging parents directly. We've started to convince ourselves that having to interrupt our own lives to take care of our parents is a burden. Even our aging parents themselves speak of not wanting to be a burden; that somehow they have failed as parents if their children are forced to take care of them.
As for the likelihood that I or most of those reading this post will ever see our CPP: With the fiat money and fractional banking system being used around the world, it will be impossible for us to ever pay off the national debt. Impossible. Like, mathematically impossible. If you would like to learn how that could possibly be true, you should really watch a relatively short film called Money as Debt. You'll find a full version on Google Video or you can check out my You Tube channel where I have a playlist including Money as Debt and its sequel, Money as Debt II. Believe me, usually I see or hear anything related to finances (or anything to do with numbers really), my brain starts to shut down. It's like my brain has hands which it's placing over its ears while it shouts "La-la-la! I'm not listening! La-la-la..." However, you should also believe me when I say that Money as Debt is a fascinating and eye-opening look at our money system, what it is based on and how we got into this mess. It explains it all in very simple terms -- kinda like fractional banking for dummies. I'm also starting to understand why my brain reacts to this seemingly imaginary, arbitrary, convoluted world we call investment banking and finances. Because it is just that; Imaginary, arbitrary and convoluted! We've become a slave to a system that only has power over us because we believe that it does. It's bloody nuts!
Then there is the whole concept that the government works for us, not the other way around, and that income taxes are unlawful, and that truly human beings are not subject to statute laws -- they are only being applied to us to generate revenue. (I'll get into more of this stuff later as well.)
So have I got any magnificent ideas for a better system? Of course not, but I am looking into what others are proposing. I think a good start would be to rely more on small community systems of governance, as well as barter and trade systems that don't rely on a fiat currency. We need to go back to a time when one helped -- hell, when one even knew -- their neighbours. A community which helps those in need within their community, because in doing so one improves the state of their community.
Unfortunately I'm no Poli-Sci or Economics major (remember what I said about my aversion to all things financial?), but I think taking the attitude of "well, that's the reality and life sucks; just accept that we are just forced to use this inefficient system" is not only lazy, but silly. WE have created this system of governance -- all of us -- whether we run the system, work for the system, or profit from it in any way. And if the majority decided tomorrow that they didn't want that system, it would simply cease to be. The same goes for our monetary system. It's all a construct. This isn't ideology, it's the truth.
So I've tried my best to write a coherent post here. I did tend to go off on tangents and I'm not sure that I got to the point, but I'd be interested if anyone out there in the interweb has any thoughts on these matters.
Oh, and by the way, I don't believe in voting anymore. Some of you may gasp at that thought, especially since I was known to espouse the old saying "if you don't vote, you have no right to complain." I realise know I was just being a Repeater. But I'll save my ramblings about voting and democracy for another post.
...And of course just as I was formulating this post, I came across this very apt 8 minute video about the concept of liberty. I'm beginning to appreciate these little "coincidences" or bursts of insight that the universe seems to be throwing at me these days...