I’m watching CSPAN and listening to Lauren French, a congressional reporter for Politico, talking about the fear that Americans are experiencing right now and how candidates like Donald Trump have been able to tap into this fear. This fear may be concern for being a victim of terrorist attacks or concern about how the economy is treating the average American.
I believe what’s driving this fear is the failure of Americans to rely on themselves versus placing their faith, trust, and belief in any and all institutions that need your fear in order to survive.
Government needs you to be fearful of an uncertain future. Your fear of a foreign power allows government to justify taxing you to finance an army. Your fear of a terrorist act authorizes government to suspend portions of your civil liberties. Your fear of not living a quality life during retirement authorizes government to raise taxes to fund social security and Medicare. Your fear that the economy will not provide you a job authorizes government to tax you and fund job training programs and universities.
The irony is that for all the fear and government regulations and taxation that fear creates, citizens experience the inefficiency, ineffectiveness, and downright failure of these initiatives and find their fears compounded, aggravated. Their institutions are not protecting them because these institutions never had their best interests in mind.
If institutions had your best interests in mind, they would emphasize how best to face your supposed fears on your own. While I’m angered at acts of terrorism, I don’t fear terrorists. Violent death comes from various sources and I’m more concerned about police offers carrying out violence against me than some nut job who believes that his religion gives him the right to convert me to his narrative via threat of violence.
Against either a terrorist, who represents someone who wants to take over the reins of the State,or the incumbents that occupy the seats of power in the State, my first and only valid line of defense is me. I feed and strengthen my body in preparation of attack. I arm myself. I fortify my property. I study how to produce my own energy and grow my own food so I can sustain myself. I use my knowledge of the law to halt the State’s encroachment on my right to sustain myself as I see fit. In these ways I eliminate my fears.
If you are fearful of something, you should be afraid of the faith, trust, and belief that you place in institutions that continuously fail you; fail you because your personal self-interest has never been their concern.