MONOPOLY OF VIOLENCE
Every time you hit a pothole in the road, every time you see a policeman writing someone a ticket on a road with potholes, ask yourself, "Why is no one writing tickets for unsafe potholes?"The simple answer to the pothole question is:
We create governments to monopolize violence to coerce compliance with laws, to mitigate the Law of Nature. Men seeking to control the power of government, seek power to apply violence to other men, exempt themselves from violence with sovereign immunity.
Questions for the citizen are: Why, how much, and what type of violence do we want to grant these men to apply to us? What should we do when men applying violence beyond the sovereignty granted?
Start with Why
Federalist #51 (Madison): "If men were angels, no government would be necessary."
Natural Law is simple. Life has a natural right to live, to apply what ever violence is necessary for that life to harvest the energy to live. Who eats lunch and who is lunch underscores the violent nature of life.
Men are part of nature. We create governments to confiscate wages to monopolize violence, to reduce our exposure to the law of nature by coercing compliance with laws within our community, and by waging war on foreign communities:
Definition of the State: “A monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory.” - Max Weber
Common Sense by Thomas Paine:
“Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher...”
“...Society, in every state, is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one: for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him, out of two evils to choose the least. Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others.”
Because we humans are a slow and weak species, we organize to form community focused on collaboration and government focused on coercion:
- Communities to divide labor and exchange value to produce energy that is beyond the capacity of each individual.
- Governments which are designed to mitigate the limitless violence of Natural Law by creating a Monopoly of Violence within our communities and against foreign communities. We want only the government to confiscate our wages and property. We want only the government to wage war. We want only the government to kill us, imprison us, and punish us for crimes. And, we need these applications of violence subordinated to the Rule of Law.
Government is the Monopoly of Violence controlled by men. When those men violate the consent of the governed, it is the duty and right of the governed to correct the defect:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
In America, in 2016, we face Civilization Killers caused by men controlling the Federal government violated the Divided Sovereignty of the Constitution. They used the Federal Monopoly of Violence (power to wage war) to confiscate wages to build commercial infrastructure monopolies that bind the survival of American to a 48% addition to foreign oil.
Pollution from burning oil/coal is tilting the balance of nature into Climate Change. They borrowed $60,779 against the future labor of every child (without consent) to fund their infrastructure monopolies. We failed to enforce the restrictions of the Constitution that forbid such Federal “internal improvement”. We create a Tyranny of the Majority that sacrifices our children for cheaper gas prices today.
The two known paths to war of Americans against Americans have been recreated. Without decisive action to correct the defects, it seems likely this war will occur by 2019 in the form of Oil Famine. We have week, not months, to exercise the self-discipline to become energy self-reliant.
Why the Constitution Replaced the Articles of Confederation
The Articles of Confederation failed to suppress to Law of Nature. They proved incompetent at:
- Waging war during the Revolution.
- Avoiding the path to war with conflicts commercial and border disputes between states.
- Suppressing insurrection in Shay’s Rebellion.
The Citizen is Sovereign
We the People, ratified the Constitution to replace the Articles of Confederation so the Federal government could directly confiscate our property to have the energy to wage war effectively. To limit war, We the People limited the Federal government to enumerated powers in the written Constitution, as amended by Article 5.
Men are not angels. To mitigate the Law of Nature, we create governments to coerce our compliance with laws; we create Constitutions to coerce the men governing to be subordinate to the written limits to the sovereignty state as the Consent of the Governed.
Federalist #15 (Hamilton): “Government implies the power of making laws. It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience. If there be no penalty annexed to disobedience, the resolutions or commands which pretend to be laws will, in fact, amount to nothing more than advice or recommendation. This penalty, whatever it may be, can only be inflicted in two ways: by the agency of the courts and ministers of justice, or by military force; by the coercion of the magistracy, or by the coercion of arms. The first kind can evidently apply only to men; the last kind must of necessity, be employed against bodies politic, or communities, or States. It is evident that there is no process of a court by which the observance of the laws can, in the last resort, be enforced. Sentences may be denounced against them for violations of their duty; but these sentences can only be carried into execution by the sword. In an association where the general authority is confined to the collective bodies of the communities, that compose it, every breach of the laws must involve a state of war; and military execution must become the only instrument of civil obedience. Such a state of things can certainly not deserve the name of government, nor would any prudent man choose to commit his happiness to it.”
The need to coerce the individual citizen instead of wage war on component republics. As with breaking of secession and Jim Crow laws, there were still times Federal troops and war were required:
Federalist #20 (Hamilton and Madison): “The important truth, which it unequivocally pronounces in the present case, is that a sovereignty over sovereigns, a government over governments, a legislation for communities, as contradistinguished from individuals, as it is a solecism in theory, so in practice it is subversive of the order and ends of civil polity, by substituting violence in place of law, or the destructive coercion of the sword in place of the mild and salutary coercion of the magistracy.”
Simplified: we want government to coerce us so they have the resources to apply the violence needed to protect our community from Natural Law. We must limit the violence the men who control these governments can apply by enforcing the written Constitution.
Federalist #51 (Madison): "Ambition must be made to counteract ambition."
Federalist #51 (Madison): “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
With the except for juries, all government institutions are soulless, without a soul, incapable of sensing “good” or “evil.” Governments seek to monopolize violence, not goodness. Men seeking to control the power of government seek the ability to apply the violence over which that government was granted sovereign.
Governments are necessary. “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” Trusting the goodness of the Governing to restrain their lust for power exhibits a failure to respect the nature of those who seek power - i.e., the parable of the Frog and the Scorpion:
A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?" The scorpion says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”
The frog is satisfied, and they set out. But while in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog anyway. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown. With just enough time to take one last breath he asks, "Why?"
Replies the scorpion, "Its my nature."
It is the nature of government to monopolize violence. It is the nature of men seeking to control the power of government to seek power. Politicians, governments, nor scorpions can change their nature.
Government is Essential and Violent
West Point was established at America’s founding to produce leaders who are skilled in waging war. I am a product of the Federal government’s need for people who are skilled in the ethical use of violence subordinated to the written Constitution.
In 1998, it was this West Point education on the nature war and the path to war that caused me to realize that oil-wars since 1991 would continue as long as America’s oil addiction was funding our enemies with oil-dollars. It was also this West Point education that led me toward a deep study into how we can change the lifeblood of America from oil to ingenuity by building solar-powered mobility networks.
This education mandated a comprehensive study into the following:
- The Constitution’s mandate to defend liberty as the source of the “general welfare.”
- How the Citizen is Sovereign.
- Why We the People Divided Sovereignty so that the Federal government would defend the Constitution against war, and the State governments would defend the Constitution against crimes.
- How men criminally usurp power to create Federal commercial monopolies in energy and transportation infrastructure, a.k.a. “internal improvements.” These monopolies violate the enumerated nature of the Constitution, the “post roads” restriction, the “harbors” restriction, as well as Amendments 9 and 10 of the Bill of Rights.
- How men seeking power declare their right to expand said powers by interpreting a “living Constitution” without an Article 5 Amendment approved by the consent of the governed.
- How these men seeking power created Civilization Killers of resource depletion, oil-addiction, oil-wars since 1991, oil-dollar funded terrorism, Climate Change, $20 trillion in debt, and so on.
- How we Americans created a Tyranny of the Majority, sacrificing our children for cheaper gasoline prices today.
We goofed and did not intend such harm, but we forgot that governments are the soulless Monopolies of Violence.
Federalist #63: "So there are particular moments in public affairs when the people, stimulated by some irregular passion, or some illicit advantage, or misled by the artful misrepresentations of interested men, may call for measures which they themselves will afterwards be the most ready to lament and condemn."
Time to correct our mistake by normal means ran out with US Peak Oil in 1970. It typically requires 40 to 200 years to retool a major infrastructure. It is now October of 2016, and by 2019 America will be experiencing Oil Famine.
As of June 2015, US oil production began depleting at 11% per year. We have less than 3 years to exercise the self-discipline it takes to become energy self-reliant, or we watch our children suffer through the Oil Famine. Syria is an example of what an Oil Famine looks like.
This is not a forecast. It is a report on the mass and momentum of oil field capital and geology.Illicit Energy is the dependence on energy outside self-reliance. Federal support for Illicit Energy from foreign oil repeats the path to war of Federal support for slavery. Ending Federal support for war required a war. We have one of two choices:
- End Federal by exercising the self-discipline to be energy self-reliant by 2019.
- Wait until debt and logistics collapse, repeating 2008 with Oil Famine by about 2019.
The Citizen is Sovereign. As Sovereigns, to mitigate the Law of Nature, we Divided Sovereignty:
- We created the Federal government to mitigate and wage war and civil disputes.
- We created the State government to mitigate and punish crimes.
- We defined the Law of the Land - the Consent of the Governed - in the written Constitution.
- We assigned the duty to our different agents to use their Monopoly of Violence to defend our liberty against all violations, including violations of the Constitution by the men controlling these different Monopolies of Violence.
We used the State governments as agents in displacing the King, the Articles, and Federal support for slavery. We used the Federal government to displace Jim Crow Laws. Currently we are facing Civilization Killers that were created by the men controlling the Federal government, consolidating powers not granted.
If the Federal government refuses to end their unconstitutional power over the transportation monopolies that subordinate the survival of Americans to their foreign oil addiction, We the People - as Sovereigns - must use our State government agents to criminalize the actions of those men who are controlling the Federal government to nullify the Federal “internal improvements.”
Treason is a crime - one that can be lawfully punished by State governments. While there have been five Presidential Vetoes of “internal improvements” and eight presidents who have identified foreign oil as an enemy, Federal officials violated the Constitution to confiscate wages Americans to built their commercial monopolies in power and transportation:
- Taxed for sovereignty not granted to expand foreign oil consumption from a 20% to 48% need.
- Mandated oil-dollars flow to fund terrorism.
- Violated civil liberties with surveillance to counter oil-dollar funded terrorism.
- Polluted the planet, tilting the balance of nature into Climate Change.
- Taxed the future labor of our children, $60,779 each (Taxation without Representation).
- Engaged in perpetual, undeclared wars to protect foreign oil power.
The Constitution, Article 3, Section 3, defines treason including, “in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” Federal officials increasing the dependence on foreign oil from 20% to 48%, while that enemy is funding wars and terror attacks, meets the definition of treason. We the People granted State governments the Monopoly of Violence to enforce criminal laws against men who use Federal violence to coercion beyond the limits of the sovereignty ratified by the written Constitution. The State governing have a duty to defend their citizens and the Constitution by criminally prosecuting men in the Federal government who commit treason.
We the People granted different sovereignties, different Monopolies of Violence, to the Federal and State government. "Ambition must be made to counteract ambition" in the defense of liberty.
“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”. Our consent in forming Monopoly of Violence in the Federal government is the written Constitution as Amended by Article 5. All coercion applied by men beyond those enumerated in writing are criminal acts of violence.
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