THE TYRANNICAL NATURE OF GOVERNMENT

THE TYRANNICAL NATURE OF GOVERNMENT

Most of us are “educated” to believe that government is either a good institution or, at worst, a necessary evil. We believe that without a government, the world would be overrun by chaos and lawlessness. That “democracy” is the best form of a Government and the United States of America is the “idol” of the same. A closer look to the fresh catastrophes all over the world regarding the enigmatic surveillance programs being carried out by the “democratic” countries puts up a question mark to the entire arrangement. The National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance obtained access to the central servers of major U.S. Internet companies as part of a secret program that involves the monitoring of emails, file transfers, photos, videos, chats, and even live surveillance of search terms. According to the Washington Post disclosed, it had obtained classified PowerPoint slides detailing the program, code-named PRISM, from a career intelligence officer who felt “horror” over its privacy-invading capabilities. “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” the source told the newspaper. Participating in the PRISM program, according to a selection of the leaked slides, are Internet titans including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple. It was established in 2007 and is used by NSA analysts to spy on Internet communications as part of the agency’s foreign intelligence-gathering work. India has acted differently. It is going a step ahead with a ruthless program that will let it monitor any one of its 900 million telecom subscribers and 120 million internet users. The Centralised Monitoring System (CMS), has planned to give 9 Indian government agencies—including the tax department—the power to access, in real-time, phone conversations, video conferences, text messages, emails, and even internet search data and social media activity, and will work without any independent oversight, Reuters reports; the agencies have a green signal to begin observing targets without the authorization of the courts or the parliament. According to the Hindu newspaper, the system will have dedicated servers and extensive data-mining capabilities that can be used for surveillance.

The fates of Edward Snowden(whistleblower of the PRISM slide leaks of NSA), Julian Assange(editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks) and not to forget the arrest of the Gurgaon techie for making “derogatory” comments against Mrs. Gandhi are no different from the Nazi accomplishments and propaganda back in the 1930s. The Reichstag fire decree and enabling act where the decree was used as the legal basis of imprisonment of anyone considered to be opponents of the Nazis, and to suppress publications not considered “friendly” to the Nazi cause. If the Nazi propaganda seemed to be “Notorious” and “Totalitarian”, we are in no better state.

If freedom is negotiated or compromised under any circumstances, the system of a “democratic country” is dubious.

It seems to be far healthier without a government to edict. In the entire history of rulers, termed as anarchy, Monarchy or Democracy, there has not been a very successful era of justice. The reason is simple: Any form of “regulated” or “manipulated” economy cannot serve the interests of many but only a few. The solution is not in having an Aam Aadmi Party who is supposed to serve in everybody’s concern which again is not logical with the access to avenues of earning easy money. The solution is to not have any ruling body but to have a Free Market Economy suggested in Laissez Faire Capitalism. Laissez-faire is an economic environment in which transactions between private parties are free from government restrictions, tariffs, and subsidies, with only enough regulations to protect property rights. The phrase laissez-faire is French and literally means “let [them] do”, but it broadly implies “let it be,” “let them do as they will,” or “leave it alone”. Only after the 18thbusiness cycle of Austrian Economic theory has put light into this system, where the Market (comprising of all people) will automatically adjust the demand and supply and the world will be a much better and peaceful place to live in. Just as an example, consider the value of the British pound with its classical definition and the international market value of the same today. The reason for the drop in value is simply the “manipulations” of different rates of the banks disturbing the market. The infuriated Anonymous group (on the youtube) on ill measures by the government, seems to be absolutely justified.

I end this article with a lot of thoughts to ponder and a beautiful quote by Auberon Herbert:

“How, then, can the rights of three men exceed the rights of two men? In what possible way can the rights of three men absorb the rights of two men, and make them as if they had never existed. Both propositions are absurd from a reasonable point of view. If being a slave and owning a slave are both wrong relations, then what difference does it make whether there is one slave and a million slave owners or one slave owner and a million slaves? Do robbery and murder cease to be what they are if they are followed by 99% of the population?”

Sankalp Banerjee

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