by Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News:
“When you come to the subject of who should ‘fix things,’ the government or private individuals, you could throw up your hands and confess that neither choice works, in which case you’re left with a terminal disease, and a fine excuse for doing nothing; or you could refer back to the principles of the Republic, and understand why the Founders put chains on government, and you might a find a clue for navigating out of the maze.”(The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
This piece is for anyone who can understand it—but it’s also for THE ENTREPRENEUR, who in his soul wants to do something large and bright and radical and successful, to turn the tide of human affairs in an enormously good direction and, yes, still make a substantial profit.
And no, “the universe” doesn’t rule out those two motives existing side by side.
The United States was created as a Republic.
That meant severely limited central government.
Because the Founders knew the long experience of Europe: overarching tyrannies; bloated kings emboldened with the doctrine of divine right to rule; theocracies; gigantic theft of land; force, coercion; slavery.
The new 18th century American central government, through enumerated powers and checks and balances, had to be limited and even hamstrung.
On that basis, individual freedom would be maximized.
That was the whole point of a Republic.
The individual would be free to do whatever he wanted to, as long as he didn’t interfere with the life and liberty of others.
INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM—THE HALLMARK OF A REPUBLIC.
However, in order for a Republic to have a chance of success, the population would have to remain small. A Republic is not for an enormous population. The people are too remote from the federal center of power.
And there needed to be a population of moral people, who understood basic rights and wrongs, beyond legislation and law.
As the American population swelled, there should have been many Republics founded on this continent. Unfortunately, that never happened.
Instead, men in and around central government conspired to multiply their own power through a variety of means, thus creating monopolies of great strength, in government and business and money.
And gradually, these men and their descendants came to see they could foist a grand illusion on the people: they could promote the idea that “the people’s wishes were paramount” and should be served at all times.
Thus arrived Democracy.
Rule by “everyone.” Rule by “popular decision.” Rule by “meeting needs,” whatever they might be.
Meeting needs, of course, necessitated a more powerful and extensive government—shattering the severe limits originally imposed in the Constitution.
Marry these democratic elements to a decline in general morality—grab whatever you can at the expense of your neighbor—and the fate of the Republic was sealed.
The Republic was never perfect. Far from it. Perfection wasn’t its goal. But it was a noble effort, and the ideas on which it stood still survive.
Particularly, freedom of the individual.
That freedom is the launching pad for everything the individual can imagine and create, in order to build a greater future.
And the rule barring the individual from interfering with the life and liberty of others is still a basic principle.
Democracy cultivates mobs. It embodies the idea that any group which can gain attention must have its purported needs met.
Just one step to the left of that, we find the socialist/Communist maxim: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”
What able individuals produce will be taken from them and given to those of “lesser ability.”