The Push-Pull Seduction of the State and Other Gods

Mimetic theory suggests that humans are magnetically attracted to model-obstacles. We want to imitate being which appears scarce in its attainability. We fashion gods in the image of the kind of power we admire and covet: capricious, “hard to get” lovers who can also turn to disinterest or condemnation on a dime.

Likewise, it is why so many are positively fascinated by government. Whether it’s the common embrace of the state and its monopoly of sacred violence, of doing things against nonviolent persons we ourselves know is evil to do as individuals, or its mirror impulse of sovereign individualism which perpetually resents the state’s power of coercion in a way that makes such exertions of power a kind of ruling force, a demonic idol that preoccupies their minds in an ironic way that exacerbates its power.

The push-pull power games of public government is made manifest in its message to humans: “You own us. But don’t you dare expect us to be merciful If we send our agents to discipline you. You are our masters, but resist our majesty at your own peril. You get to hire and fire us, but don’t you dare take that too seriously. Obey and submit to our laws, but don’t expect us to subjugate our leaders to the same laws. Alter or abolish us if we become injurious to the means of liberty…if you dare. As Ric Flair says, ‘To be the man, you gotta beat the man.'”

The irony of it all is that “The Man” is just us. People. Crowds of human persons that consent and tolerate the way things are. And the state and its actors know that so they seduce us with this push-pull game of desire and repulsion that fascinates every quiet little would-be king and queen. That’s how scapegoat-king-political avatars prevent the crowd from turning on them.

Meanwhile, God died for us. Unconditionally loves us. His love is the absence of scarcity. And so we couldn’t care less. So we fashion mental models about him to worship (imitate) instead that look awfully like our old capricious “hard to get” or “hard to keep up with” gods of our ancestors. And we put our faith in the state. But I repeat myself.

ANC Ep. 8: David Gornoski Interviews Robert Murphy

How do we win liberty for the future? Where does the liberty movement go in these rapidly changing times?

A Neighbor’s Choice founder and syndicated writer David Gornoski speaks with Austrian economist Dr. Robert Murphy. You won’t want to miss this discussion as winning strategies for communicating liberty are discussed as well as a timely look at the sexual assault-based power of the state’s victimless crime laws that place nonviolent persons in cages where rampant.

In this episode you will also learn how Jesus is the founder of the liberty movement, how the state sacrifices scapegoats to gain power, and how to build bridges with people new to voluntarism and nonviolence.

Robert P. Murphy is a Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. He is the author of many books including Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action (Independent Institute, 2015) which is a modern distillation of the essentials of Mises’s thought for the layperson. Murphy is co-host, with Tom Woods, of the popular podcast Contra Krugman, which is a weekly refutation of Paul Krugman’s New York Times column. https://consultingbyrpm.com/

David Gornoski’s writing regularly appears at FEE.org, The American Conservative, Lewrockwell.com, TheMission.co, WND.com, AffluentInvestor.com and several other publications. A Neighbor’s Choice is a mission-based educational platform creating a coalition of writers, artists, churches, pastors, victims, intellectuals, public leaders, and community groups committed to real justice: teaching society to reject the violence of victimless crime laws. www.aneighborschoice.com

To Be Free

It’s such a privilege to be alive. To be free from pain and social isolation. Why would anyone want to put another nonviolent person in an assault cage to deprive them of these things in the precious few years each of us have on this Earth?

What is Leftism?

The definition of a leftist is one who uses the rhetoric of Marxist victimism to market plain old state-corporatism, aka fascism, to the masses.

Leftist Justice vs Christian Justice

The Leftist view of justice is to complain about white people having dreadlocks, Abuser-run Hollywood Oscar nomination quotas for blacks, and racist conspiracies against “Russians.”

The Christ imitator’s view of justice means freeing millions of black persons, and all other persons, from violent prisons for all victimless crimes and regulations, uniting sons and daughters with parents, and empowering human dignity free from the warfare/welfare state.

Which justice do you want?

The Cross vs Pagan Sacrifice

“In olden times, people used to look for scapegoats in those who were different in appearance and behavior. Then the crucifixion happened and, finally, we started making progress and tried hard to move away from the child sacrifice and witch hunting. We identified, with the compassion of Christ, that these people needed special care so that they would be able to blend into society. But today we are seeing a reversal of revelation with a subtle but obvious return to pagan sacrifice, and the so-called secularists are at a loss, as they should be.” – Surit Dasgupta

A Neighbor’s Choice Ep. 6: Michael Gibson Interview

Episode 6 introduces us to Michael Gibson, General Partner of 1517 Fund, the university-defying capital fund aimed at empowering young entrepreneurs to make the world better through science and innovation. Named after the date of Martin Luther’s 95 theses, 1517 Fund is hosting a General Assembly on October 31, 2017. Learn more here: https://medium.com/the-mission/announ…

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David Gornoski’s essays are featured at publications such as The American Conservative, FEE.org, Lewrockwell.com, WND.com, and AffluentInvestor.com.

How Juries Function as a Scapegoat Mechanism

My recent essay‘s size constraints didn’t permit me to elaborate on this but I do have a nuanced view of the jury system theory. I see it as a Christian revelation-influenced move away from private vendetta parties and mob violence. I recognize the English law system’s principles of habeas corpus, presumption of innocence, etc as Christian revelation-influenced protections of the individual person against the collective that are very good.

However, in practice, the jury system still functions within a kind of already, not yet space. Already leavened by Christian personhood-affirming structures of law but not yet completely shed of its sacrificial origins in archaic religion. Nonviolent persons I define as people charged with crimes without victims, meaning when the police wrote the report they put the “People of the State of ___” because there really is no injured party to redress grievances. I argue that for a community to send deadly agents to enforce a victimless crime law, no matter what it is, is an act of scapegoating. I believe the scapegoat mechanism is continued in the act of putting said person in a cage with actual violent persons in which assault is commonplace and escape is impossible. The scapegoat mechanism begins with the performative lie of the collective’s agents being sent with the option of deadly force to confront something that no sane person would have moral right to use deadly force as an individual: broken tail lights, late child support payments, drug possession, consensual adult prostitution, unlicensed hair salon, etc, etc. The lie is performed by the community by their treatment of the person as if they are violent when in fact they are not. The idea of placing someone in a cage is a performative lie (embodied communication and false witness through collective action). The person is cast outside the camp, other-ized, counted among the violent and dangerous, and dehumanized. – David Gornoski

Trump: The Scapegoat Supreme

Because he refuses to hide the knife of the state, Trump is a heretic invader in the Holy of holies of our state religion. That also makes him the scapegoat supreme of our reigning religion of state power which feigns decorum and transcendence to mask the vulgarity and power lust inherent in every state action.

In this regard, Trump is an absolute godsend.