A Modest Proposal For Fixing Everything

Every parliament is eventually bribed.

Every government is eventually bought.

Every law is eventually ignored.

Every attempt to solve this mess contributes to the mess.

The way out is so simple and clear that it cannot be misinterpreted or screwed up:

  1. Dissolve the government.
  2. Dump laws.
  3. Keep the gathering of the elders to issue recommendations.

15 comments to A Modest Proposal For Fixing Everything

  • Correct. Get the “Fair Tax” established. No matter your income, decide on a number – say, 10%. That’s how much everyone pays. No matter what. Simple. Fair. Easy. Gets rid of the IRS and tons of paper work. No loop holes. 10%… you can calculate that in one second flat and send a check.

  • twisted titan

    I thought this was a throw back to jonathan swift a modest proposal.

    where it was decided we should eat the young

  • Aurochs

    Mustafa, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard all week. Disolve the government? Just what do you mean by that. That’s just a revolutionary anarchist catch phrase and is dangerous and stupid without telling us just what the heck you would have us replace it with. That’s just what Obama said, ‘change we can believe in’ but change into what? Be specifice and drop the mob mentality.
    Dump the laws? Which laws, the Constitution?? We need a return to the foundation of law in this country. The Constitution is the only safety or security we have. It’s what gives us a chance (slim) of winning in the end because we have the most brilliant system of law ever created on our side. Without that we are in anarchy and the eventual outcome will certainly be disasterous.
    Keep the gathering of the elders to issue recommendations? I don’t have a clue what that means. What ‘gathering of the elders?’ Where are we keeping them, in assisted care facilities? We have no such thing and never have. Nobody in this culture listens to their elders amd which elders would you listen to and who would decide? You’re back to an elite of deciders (government) again. How about if we listen to the elder founding fathers again?
    Mustafa, you sound like a community organizer with this cheap rabble rousing rhetoric.

  • Mustafa Cohen

    @Aurochs:

    dangerous and stupid without telling us just what the heck you would have us replace it with

    The less words, the clearer the message. But if you insist, I would like to see governments and laws replaced by their absence. Hope this helps.

    We need a return to the foundation of law in this country.

    Let me try again: TODAY’s legal situation is the foundation of law in this country. TODAY’s state of affairs is where any law and state eventually end up. It’s not that the laws are bad, it’s not that the President is bad – it’s the nature of the state to evolve into what we have today. EVERY law and state have been following this path throughout recorded history.

    Those who want to violate laws, do and have always been. Those who can get away with their violations, do and have always been. At the same time, innocent people are kept in jail and murdered, and have always been, no matter how brilliant the law.

    Are you keeping every broken pencil and plate and torn T-shirt, or are you throwing them away? The concept of law is defective – why not dump it? And it is the concept that is defective, not this or that particular law. It’s the system of selective oppression and money sharing that has nothing to do with claimed purpose.

    The only brilliant law is the one you make for yourself. Laws that you did not make are designed to control you.

    Law is slavery and collective punishment. Others’ inability to make sane judgments must not be my burden, but it is.

    The Constitution is the only safety or security we have.

    The Constitution is a handful of words written on paper. It’s spat on every day by every branch and level of authority. It’s dead. I am not sure why anyone would want to worship its corpse. Plus, again, it’s a law that none of us took part in designing, therefore, it’s against you and me.

    we have the most brilliant system of law ever created

    I tried to keep my post short and easy to understand. The part where it says “every law is eventually ignored” was pretty close to the beginning.

    What ‘gathering of the elders?’

    This is the original meaning of the word Senate. Ask old and (hopefully) wise people in your community for assistance when you’re in doubt. Listen to them, but don’t follow them blindly: that’s why I said “recommendations”, not “laws”.

    Mustafa, you sound like a community organizer with this cheap rabble rousing rhetoric.

    I don’t care who does what: just like I don’t want to be ordered around, so I don’t want to impose my opinion on anyone. Thus I cannot be a community organizer or even less a rabble rouser. I wrote this because I couldn’t believe, and still can’t, how painfully simple and obvious this solution is. Any alternative is a wet dream of a power-hungry collectivist pshychopath. Think for yourself.

  • Joe (Well-Armed Lamb)

    Mustafa sounds like myself, a “Voluntaryist”, a person who believes that ALL interactions between free people should be voluntary, and peaceful.

    You are a complete and total slave, absolutely owned by “the state”, Aurochs, if you believe that man NEEDS a “gang” to keep him out of trouble.

    I contend that a free and voluntary association of free and peaceful men can do quite nicely, thank you, without a “gang” telling them what they should and shouldn’t do, and extracting usury from them to boot!

    Sadly, some of us are awake, and some still very much asleep…sigh…

  • Mustafa Cohen

    @ Joe:

    I am very, very not sure about peaceful. While you seem to be a responsible person, there are a lot out there who need license rather than freedom. They will try to rob me, and I will not let them. “Peaceful” requires thinking at least one move ahead, and it’s not an easy task.

  • Joe (Well-Armed Lamb)

    @Mustafa, the world we are currently in is a FAR, FAR one away from the voluntaryist one I wish I lived in. So I am very well aware of how dangerous things are. I am a peaceful Voluntaryist, but I’m not naive, which is why I am well-armed 😉 (the great equalizer)

    Yes, always thinking moves ahead…I see the tentacles of the octopus already extending itself at the Occupy Wallstreet group.

  • Aurochs

    Mustafa, it seems we have a shared desire for individual liberty but what you are wishing for is anarchy, isn’t it? There is a need for some level of government among men. Do you not have some rules in your own household, do we not find manners necessary, at least? If all men were honest, kind and fair there would be no need of government but there are evil men amongst us and there always will be. Do you really wish to live in the wild west where it’s the survival of the strongest and most violent? Do you really think you could survive on your own in such a world? Our founding fathers created a system of mimimal government with a minimal number of laws which allows for an ongoing peaceful means of revolution i.e. change as needed by the consent of the governed without the need to kill each other. Clearly it was not perfect as it was quickly co-opted by the power hungry psychopaths but let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. I think we need to throw the bastards out and start over again with the Constitution. Mustafa, I hear your pain and I share your disgust with the situation we find ourselves in but I still have not heard what you would replace it with.

  • Ben

    Human nature is a bitch.

  • Mustafa Cohen

    @Aurochs:

    There is a need for some level of government among men.

    Says who?

    Do you not have some rules in your own household, do we not find manners necessary, at least?

    I do have rules: those I find reasonable, necessary and applicable to me, based on my experience and thinking. I will not even think of trying to expect anyone else to agree with me about my rules. Manners are OK too – if one’s experience, not government, tells her that this or that manner makes some kind of sense.

    Do you really wish to live in the wild west where it’s the survival of the strongest and most violent?

    I am living there right now, and so does anyone who lives in a country with a central bank. Every thought I have is illegal, or will be soon. Laws and governments are devices that modify majority’s chance of survival.

    Do you really think you could survive on your own in such a world?

    There’s only one way to find out. (Please note that I am not the type who demonstrates or begs for welfare when I have nothing to eat.)

    founding fathers created a system of mimimal government with a minimal number of laws

    How is this system working out for you today? When new founding fathers will create a new ideal system, how long before it looks like this again? Do we really need to keep stepping on the same moronic rake again, thousand upon thousand of years? Any attempt to fix the system is inevitably converted into more corruption – because the underlying idea of external authority is evil, corrupt, bad.

    I think we need to throw the bastards out and start over again with the Constitution.

    See above and further above. Here’s what I hear you say: “Stepping on the red rake hurts my forehead. We need to color it blue and keep stepping. The rake was blue originally, ergo blue rakes are good.”

    And about this founding fathers thing: 1. We live in a different reality. 2. Why strive for something that has already been tried and spectacularly failed? Why copy? Don’t you have a shred of respect for, and confidence in, your own imagination?

    I still have not heard what you would replace it with

    Thank you for forcing me to come up with new, creative ways of expressing the same idea. I want every individual to act as if they are accountable to nobody, and face the consequences of their actions with curiosity, courage and humility.

    You sound somewhat wary of the word “anarchy”, so here is a simple test: You wake up to a world where there is no government and no laws. Ignore the looting idiots who will inevitably provoke your unusual behavior – think about actions and decisions initiated by you. If your answer is “Neither the way I live nor my attitude to the world around will change” – congratulations, you are an anarchist. You don’t need anyone to tell you what to do. You are ready to be your own law and government.

  • Silver Shield

    I love this line of thinking.

  • Prudentis

    How childish.
    You should read “lord of the flies”

    1-2 people : anarchy works
    3+ : anarchy stops working and the strong start preying upon the weak or should I say, ones with higher aggression potentials on those with lower.

    Wherever people meet, there will be competition. Competition needs compromises. Compromises need refereeing
    For refereeing to be effective, you need enforcement.

    To just state, that getting rid of government and justice would actually be a step in the right direction is not just naive … sorry but it is simply ignorant of all history, human nature, bahaviorism, psychology … etc.

    Now how much government and justice system do we need?
    Exactly as much as to enable everyone to not be afraid of random assault on their freedoms from EITHER side

  • Mustafa Cohen

    @Prudentis:

    Thank you for the comment.

    I understand that anarchy cannot be achieved by a decree and no government will ever order itself out of existence. What I am saying is that the only 100% healthy and incorruptible social organization is flat, not multi-level.

    The only power that cannot be abused or concentrated is the power that isn’t there.

    Now how much government and justice system do we need?

    My problem is that this not up for discussion. Government and justice believe there should be enough of them for every human to drown in.

    Exactly as much as to enable everyone to not be afraid of random assault on their freedoms from EITHER side

    The only assault on my freedom that has been happening daily for as long as I am alive is from the State. Any other assault can be dealt with.

    Wherever people meet, there will be competition.

    Good. Peacocks and rams compete without courts – I bet we can manage, too. Plus, wherever people meet, there will be cooperation. People in every specific situation can decide for themselves. We are not babies, we are not mentally deficient, we are perfectly fit to live our own lives.

    Another attempt to crystallize the idea:

    In the Soviet Union 30 years ago, there were elections, where citizens would choose between one instance of 1 (one) candidate. In the West today, there are elections where people choose between multiple instances of 1 (one) candidate.

    I believe that the chips should fall where they may. The State operates on the assumption that every chip should be regulated. What’s worse, the State claims ownership of both camps and pretends that “yes, I want to live inside the State” is the only option. It is not true: there is an alternative.

    I want to be able to choose whether to live in a State or outside. Calling anything else “liberty” is dishonest.

  • BlindersOff

    I look at myself, my actions…they are less than I want to be. If I was allowed to pick one law, one guide, it would be the Bible and the sum of all It’s parts. I will not stand on a box and preach to you. I would fall through or be struck justly. Without parents I was raised by sin and the wind, and offer no good example, except the mercy that has been shown to me, and it is that mercy that changes the placement of my feet.
    This gov., this orgy of laws and controls welded in place? ….the Devil surely rules this roost. They say we have progress, we’re domesticated, we have entered the settlement. They birth lies with their words. The air is the sum of metals and spray, yet our children run and play as we smile on. The tides are laced with the dregs of hell, fluoride, and oil or its displacement wretch, but we make love there on the sand and talk of beauty. Our food is unfit as bedding for swine, or what was good is now put in a box, buttons are pushed until there is nothing left but sugar and fat…but it is hot now,and ready to eat, and yet we eat without the aide of an offering; a blessing more necessary than ever before?
    I have been to the cities where the suits puddle waiting to cross the streets, and the homeless watch their empty cups with tired hope. They no longer look for your eyes. They know they are invisible now. Laws in the city are in every breath; nobody breathes well. Even in the country there is this weight that defies gravity, lingering level with our faces. Yet, we breathe. The rivers cough up their dead fish. The sky releases its birds with ruptured hearts, but Dancing With The Stars will still be on at nine. When I walk outside I holding a hand over the top of my coffee as if it will protect, as if it matters. We are that way.
    Laws? The record is broken. The music is stopping. We hear it winding down; sound losing measure, and we hope softly that when it is finished there will be a chair for me when all the laws break.

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