Bread and Circuses

Bread and circuses became the method that the ruling class of ancient Rome used to maintain their power and control of the people. This method kept their sheep fat and happy, even as they fleeced them and sent them off to plunder the free world.

The circuses have changed from the gladiator contests live in the coliseum, to the good vs. evil games on our modern televisions. No longer do we need to leave our homes to watch the games in person, as they are delivered to our homes in full Technicolor.

Every four years the power brokers put on an audience interactive game, where (in theory) the sheep have a chance to direct the path of government and decide who will be their master for the next four years. This guise is referred to as a Democratic Election, when in truth it is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

It is all a big chess game, and the moves are carefully planned. As with the Romans, the sheep have become more interested in the game itself than their own freedom. In these modern times, a football or basketball game draws more attention than a protest against an illegal war, where our children are being slaughtered.

Ancient Rome has fallen and been replaced by the power elite in Washington , but the game is the same: keep the sheep fat, happy, and stupid as you send them off to die for the enrichment of the State. There seems to be no greater honor than sacrifice for the State, as long as it is someone else's son or daughter.

Nothing has changed in 2,000 years, and nothing will change in the future. The sheep are stupid and will never see the boot on their face, as they are too busy watching the games. As long as the State never attempts to take away their football or beer, the mind-fucked sheep will continue to be content.

It is time for those who can see and feel the boot to choose a path that will end their slavery. It is time to leave. Although we will undoubtedly be labeled traitors and un-American for leaving the 'protection' of the police state, it is the only possible option. The system cannot be fixed, it must be destroyed, and since it is obvious that the sheep are content, that will never happen.

Space may be the final frontier, but the ocean is the frontier that can actually be populated now, and for less money. Living in international waters has a few distinct libertarian advantages: no government, taxes, or stupid laws. This would help to assure that the really nasty people (government, police, prosecutors, clergy, and god) would not want to join us, as they would not have the thieving, oppressive police state to help them with their plunder.

Of course, I am aware that once the governments of the world realized that there was a place where people could go to escape the tyrannical grasp of the State, that our haven would soon be a target for them. They could never risk others discovering our utopia, and would quickly label our haven a terrorist hideout, and we would be assimilated or destroyed.

As sad as it may sound, we may never discover freedom in our lifetime. We may have to wait until the final frontier of space to escape the evil empire. Even then, I am not sure we will ever escape the leviathan known as government. I fear that we will always be chasing the dream known as freedom, but I will continue to chase it for as long as I live.

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Mike Wasdin's picture
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Mike Wasdin is an Anarcho-Capitalist from Phoenix, Arizona. He also moderates an anti-government website on Yahoo.


Samarami's picture

An excellent synopsis in just a few words describing "My Country" (government) and "elections" (the game as it is). Good work.

However, your last paragraph, Mike, falls short. Let's see if I can explain:

I am a sovereign state. Last time I voted in a U.S. Election was for Barry Goldwater in 1964 (I'm 73). Some time thereafter I seceded from the union.
I was not required to move to New Hampshire (or is it Vermont?). I did not need to contemplate floating on a gigantic raft on the ocean. I stayed in Texas -- but I was no longer a Texan or an American.

I vote. My President is responsible for the rotation of the earth on its axis. I support The Incumbent. The Laws that govern me can be inscribed upon two tablets of stone. Don't get me wrong -- I fall down in obedience miserably much of the time, but that doesn't change The Statutes or exempt me from The Law.

By now you're thinking, "This guy's one of them Eee-Van-Gelical's -- a Borned-Again Chr-stian!!!" (Probably a Huck-Abee fan!).

Not. I couldn't proselytize anybody into anything. Well, I had to quit drinking in the process of secession; so I could help you find a group of men and women who will lead you out of that tyranny if it turns out your problem is anything like mine. But no religion and no politics.

You can be free.

Yes, you can.


Suverans2's picture

"The right of self-government rests on the right to withdraw consent [secede] from an oppressive government. That is the only really effective restriction on power, in the last analysis." – Clyde Wilson, Secession: The Last, Best Bulwark of Our Liberties

Steve's picture

>I was not required to move to New Hampshire (or is it Vermont?)

The Free State Project moves people to New Hampshire. Maybe you weren't required to move there, but if you had, you'd be surrounded by a lot more like-minded people!