Late in the evening on November 4, 1605, an English soldier named Guy Fawkes intended to blow up the building, taking King James and most Members of Parliament with it. Fawkes was discovered hours later, captured, interrogated, and tortured, ultimately revealing details of his co-conspirators in what became known as the Gunpowder Plot.
As you can imagine, the aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot was anything but comfortable in England. The country became an all-out police state. Arrests, interrogations, and inquisitions were all commonplace as the government attempted to smoke out its enemies. Four centuries later, not so much has changed.
A police state is the ultimate slippery slope. [And] only gets worse with time. Soon, any semblance of civil liberty has succumbed to Lingchi, the Chinese torture of ‘death by a thousand cuts’. It’s understandable that people are angry and demanding change. Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators thought they could change the system through violence. They were wrong. And even if violent revolution does create change, it usually works out poorly. Russia got Lenin and Stalin after their revolution, France got Robespierre’s Reign of Terror… followed by Napoleon’s military dictatorship.
Others are deluded into thinking they can change the system in the voting booth… and there are certainly a lot of people pinning their hopes on this idea. Most forget how surprised they are when, in election after election, their guy turns out to be just as bad as the old guy. George Carlin once said, “When I hear a person talking about political solutions, I know I am not listening to a serious person.” He was right. Politics creates problems, not solutions. Truthfully, elections are simply clever parlor tricks, designed to make people think they are in control. They’re not. The only thing we can actually control is what we do ourselves.
Governments are like primitive cannibals feasting on a great treasure trove of sheeple. You can’t force them out, and you can’t vote them out.
But you sure as hell can starve them out. When enough people pick up and leave, essentially voting with their feet, the system crashes.
This is the only way to truly change the system.
Don’t feed the Beast ~R