End of Evil
- the difference between law as such and decreed law, and
- the difference between culture as such and an insidious form of culture we refer to as authoritarian culture.
Sovereignty of the Individual
Individual autonomy is an idea that is generally understood to refer to the capacity to be one's own person, to live one's life according to reasons and motives that are taken as one's own and not the product of manipulative or distorting external forces. - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Moral autonomy is a combination of freedom and responsibility; it is a submission to laws which one has made for oneself: The autonomous man, insofar as he is autonomous, is not subject to the will of another. He may do what another tells him, but not because he has been told to do it. He is therefore, in the political sense of the word, free. - Robert Wolff, In Defense of Anarchism
Chapter 1 – Freedom
The definition of freedom is: the condition of complete moral autonomy for every individual.
The definition of evil is: that which causes the destruction of freedom.
Evil convinces people that they have limited autonomy.
I use autonomy to mean moral autonomy as defined above. Synonyms for autonomy are sovereignty of the individual and self-ownership.
It is the nature of evil to create artificially complex ideas. It does this to hide or obfuscate the freedom it destroys. If you remove the complexities and fears from your life you will find a plain and beautiful truth. This truth is the nature of your autonomy.
Autonomy of Man
To understand freedom is to understand the autonomy of a person. Everything that evil wants is to undermine and destroy your autonomy. All authority is created by evil men to subvert your autonomy. To understand your own autonomy is to understand the nature of liberty.
The crucial key for understanding our world is to understand the nature of evil. Evil challenges the autonomy of people by denying them the opportunity to make their own choices, and by denying them the chance to grow strong in learning and understanding.
While evil seeks to destroy or hide a person's autonomy, freedom shows humans their full potential and their full autonomy. With freedom, people have loved, cured diseases, removed hunger, eased labor, and lived in peace. With freedom, happiness is possible. Freedom is the exact opposite of evil.
Everything written on this web page is intended to destroy the ideas of authoritarian culture and decreed law. The lesson is simple: you should make your own choices.
Chapter 2 – The Cold Truth
Political authority, "the State," is a dark conspiracy which has clouded the minds of humanity throughout all ages. This conspiracy is evil incarnate, and controls vast mountains of human emotions, work, thought and speech. It has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds upon hundreds of millions and the slavery of nearly every being who has ever lived.
If you can accept a single principle — that you have complete autonomy — then this book will give you the vision necessary to see the world as it truly is. It is good to know that this dark conspiracy is not strong, but weak; that evil is not growing, but dying.
Principle vs. Contract vs. Decreed Law
To understand how evil controls people, it is necessary to understand the difference between principle, agreements or contracts, and decreed law.
A moral principle is a truth that fully respects moral autonomy. A contract is a voluntary agreement that restricts options, commits to an action, or surrenders something you own, in return for a good or service. A decreed law is a duty or theft imposed by some individual or group using force without one's consent. That amounts to slavery.
Principles describe reality. They are knowledge that help you to make use of your world. Because of your intelligence, you recognize principles in everything you do. Every true thing you learn is a principle. The movements of your hands, which foods taste good, mathematics and empathy for a friend are all based on principles.
Social norms and property rights, which allow us to produce and prosper rather then battle each other for resources, are examples of contractual arrangements, to the extent that we enjoy a free society.
Decreed laws are artificial constraints on human action created by evil men to restrict the thinking and understanding of people, to mold people into their useful objects, and to facilitate rulers' plunder of individuals and society. Decreed law masks itself in an aura or mystique of legitimacy, so that it can impersonate principle or contract. When people mistake decreed law for principle or contract, their freedom is restricted. When people mistake truth for the demands of authority, their abilities and their wisdom are diminished.
On the other hand, market-generated polycentric law, where each individual can shop for the best defense association or do it himself, allows a form of law which respects autonomy. If I can choose the legal system I prefer, then I am not subject to decree. I am not being ruled. Voluntary PDAs - private defense agencies - and arbitration firms would provide legal services in a free society.
The world is simpler than it pretends.
Complexities are found in every aspect of our cultures, politics and economies. Every day people are introduced to new ideas, new spin, new views or a new symptom of our world. Many of these ideas are perversions of principle designed to engineer specific reactions from people.
Evil societies invent ideas to destroy the free thinking of people. Some of history's names for these ideas have been socialism, fascism, racism, communism, democracy, class warfare, political correctness, propriety, decency, royalty and terrorism. All of these ideas are created for exactly the same purpose. They are all vehicles to confuse the minds of the victims of slavery. They are all evil.
You are capable of understanding everything in the world around you. Your intelligence is not limited. Distortions and complexities are introduced into your understanding so that evil men can control you. Evil wants you to believe that you are incapable of understanding your own world. When you understand the magnitude of your own autonomy, evil will fail.
There are two observations relevant to understanding intelligence. The first is simplicity.
The heuristic of simplicity:
Intelligence is usually capable of recognizing truth.
When any truth is presented in pure form, all people are capable of understanding it. There is no truth that you cannot learn. This is the principle of simplicity; that intelligence recognizes truth.
The principle of obfuscation:
Obfuscation is the distortion of principle. Obfuscation is the creation of false ideas in order to hide truth. Sometimes this is simply adding ideas on top of truth to disguise the nature of the original truth. Even ideas that seem entirely appropriate can be used to bury simple truths.
Obfuscation is used by evil to confuse the minds of people. Obfuscation distorts principles so that people will be unable to learn. Evil uses obfuscation so that you will be unable to gain wisdom. It does this to limit your freedom. The culture of statism knows that people will discover fewer truths if they are focused on artificial complexities.
As children grow, they learn that seemingly complex ideas are actually basic and simple principles. What may have seemed impossible to understand at one point becomes wonderful once understood. It is good to gain wisdom. With wisdom you can do anything.
Your search for knowledge will become easier for you as you shed any notion of your own inferiority. Evil uses obfuscation to make people feel inferior. You are not inferior to other people, and you are not inferior to ideas. You have complete autonomy.
There are people who would destroy your freedom. They want to control you so that you cannot become the person you want to be. In order to control you, they use force to take away the liberty that you were born with.
You must never underestimate the prowess or cruelty of evil people. Evil will confiscate money, destroy virtue and spill blood. Most people are not evil; most people try to create and not to destroy. However, evil people do exist and they are extremely dangerous.
There is no authority on earth that can rightfully govern your life.
Born to this world, you and you alone control your eyes, your ears, your tongue, your hands and your mind. All authority which claims to be able to dispose of you and your abilities is deceit.
You were born to this world so that you might have the free agency of life. Life is liberty. With liberty and understanding, you can learn and do anything. Anyone who tells you that you must yield your mind, your body, or your possessions to authority is evil.
Understand that choices made of your own free will are not evil in the sense of being anti-freedom.. There is nothing necessarily wrong with sacrifice, if it is made willingly. But sacrifice without choice is not sacrifice - it is slavery. Authority always places demands on people by force. Authority never asks permission.
The simplest authorities are common thieves. They use extortion or stealth to confiscate things that you value. They can steal money, virtue through rape, or life through murder. The tool of their authority is violence.
There are other, far more powerful authorities in your everyday life. They are dramatically more dangerous, more profitable and more subtle. They teach you through distorted ideas that you are not capable or worthy of living free. Authorities teach that other people can manage your life better than you can.
With a callous disregard for your autonomy, you are commanded to behave according to someone else's ideas. The height of the danger can be seen in the extent to which these commands are commonly accepted as good. We know them as authoritarian culture, and a slave mentality.
You will find such subterfuge everywhere you have value in your life. If something is valuable to you, you can be sure that someone, somewhere, is willing to take it from you. While they bear the same evil as the common thief, the methods of sophisticated authoritarian culture are normally much, much more powerful.
Evil is the destruction of freedom.
It cannot be stated more simply. Everywhere you look, you will find the obfuscation of evil. There are countless ideas which are taught about the nature of evil. Every false idea is created by evil to hide truth from you.
Evil is not darkness and it is not a frightening unknown. Evil is not some mystical psychology of man, nor is it inherent in our natures. It is not supernatural, and it most definitely exists.
As with all principles, the principle of evil is simple. Evil is the destruction of freedom. When free, you can build glory, peace, prosperity and joy into the world. Around you, you will find all these things. Men and women like you built these things.
Evil enslaves. Evil is found in words such as force, compulsion, tax, violence, theft, censure, and politics. Notice that in such things, there is no joy. None have any value to humanity.
Evil seeks to be a master over you. Evil wants you to be a slave.
What we consider as real “slavery” is indeed only one form of slavery. The African slaves in the United States were compelled to work and toil for other people's benefit. Their lives were mostly controlled for the benefit of the master, but they had some very limited freedoms. Some were able to create distinct traditions and maintain families. They did their best to build joy into their lives despite the tyranny wrought upon them.
Because they were in control of portions of their lives, were they free? How much freedom does a person deserve? How much freedom can be destroyed before we recognize that it is evil?
Slavery is not a concept of totality. Slavery exists wherever the freedom of man is destroyed. Theft and bullying are slavery. In history, African natives, Jews and many others have experienced lifelong slavery. The ultimate slavery is murder. Slavery stops people from being able to make choices for their own lives.
Everything that restricts your mind, your movements and your speech is evil. Slavery is found in both the partial and complete destruction of freedom.
Evil compels you to behave in manners that do not benefit you or those you love. Authoritarian culture and decreed law exercise overwhelming force in the name of propriety and public good. They destroy freedom, and put human lives under other people's control.
Chapter 3 – Authority
You were born to this world with sovereignty over your mind and over your life. Your abilities to think, to feel, to learn and to love are your liberty. In you, these capacities are infinite. You have unlimited autonomy.
Evil seeks to destroy your liberty. It seeks to be in authority over you. It does not want you to have liberty. Evil seeks to destroy you so that it can use you as a puppet.
The implementation of evil is called authority. Authorities are what evil implements as it exercises control over the lives of people. Authority limits your ability to learn, to think, to feel, to love and to grow. This is why authority is evil.
Authorities are not accidents. They are specifically created by intelligent people to control you. There are two tools that evil makes use of in order to accomplish this. Both tools destroy freedom. They are culture and violence.
Each of these tools of authority have weapons which are used to attack your liberty. The weapons of violence are theft, imprisonment, torture, rape and death. The weapons of authoritarian culture are decreed law and the control of speech.
Evil is implemented by force in the lives of people. Evil wants you to obey its authority. It uses the weapons of violence on everyone who will not obey. It uses the weapons of authoritarian culture to sustain whatever obedience it manages to achieve.
Your physical body allows you to exercise principles over every aspect of reality. With it, you have the tools necessary to interact with the physical world. Physicality greatly enables you; it is a gift of pure freedom.
People obey authority when they are subjected to violence. Violence threatens your physical body. It threatens your interaction with the physical world. People who are subjected to violence are compelled to obey because they want to protect the freedom that their bodies bring to them. Pain and mutilation limit your ability to interact with your world. Death destroys your freedom completely.
The lie of tyranny is that you will maintain the freedom of life by obeying authority. The choices it offers you are a lifetime of obedience or death. Evil is the master of deceit. The objective of evil is not violence, but obedience.
The purpose of violence is to compel obedience. Its design is the destruction of freedom. Whether submitting to authority and obeying, or allowing it to destroy you physically, you will have lost your freedom. The only way to maintain freedom is to fight tyranny at all times and at all costs.
The cultures of earth offer their people differing moralities. Perverted definitions of good and evil are found everywhere on the planet. In one culture, a thing might be deemed proper, but in another it is taboo. In one culture, a word is egregious, in another it is innocuous. Criminal acts are defined somewhat differently in different cultures.
When an authority is established amongst people, evil is either obvious to see, or nearly impossible to see, depending entirely upon whether or not one is a part of its culture. Few people are able to recognize the oppression found in their own cultures. For this reason, culture can be oppressive.
Most people question in horror how an average German soldier could himself participate in the murder of Jews. Most people question in horror how millions of average people under the umbrella of Communism could bring their brothers certain death at the hands of police. The examples in history are more than plentiful; they exist in every authoritarian culture ever designed.
Authoritarian culture maintains a death grip upon the nature of man. It is not true that history's villains misused authority. The truth is that they followed the object and design of authority perfectly. Tyranny is always disguised as culture and law.
The authority principle describes the behavior of people who live under the rule of decreed law.
The authority principle:
People tend to obey anyone that they believe is an authority.
This had been shown repeatedly by psychologists, notably by the famous Milgram experiments. Though the who, why, and what have changed in history, the behavior of people is the same; they (as a group, generally) obey.
When people are taught that obedience is a moral principle, they obey. When they are taught that the source of worth and knowledge is found in another person, rather than in themselves, they obey. This is the servile mindset, and it teaches people that their will is subjective to the will of law and those who control the law.
Examples of authorities are governments, bullies, mafias, thieves and kings. People obey authority in their lives either out of fear of violence, or because culture conditions them to accept obedience as proper and good. Authorities always use both tools. The most successful authorities do not have to use violence as often because of the strength of their cultures. Both authoritarian culture and violence enforce authority.
Under authority, people have obeyed decreed law to commit the atrocities of history. The murders, raping and looting under chieftains, kings, emperors, communism and Nazis were not perpetuated by small groups of men. They were performed by thousands and even millions of peoples. These people would not have committed such egregious evils on their own. If a random person had commanded them, they would have refused. So why, at the behest of a perceived authority, do they obey?
The brilliant essayist Etianne de la Boetie gave us the answer in The Politics of Obediance:
Why do people obey states?
Étienne de la Boétie answers...
- Custom - people become habituated to servitude
- Manufactured consent
- Bread - Return a portion of the spoils to the public.
- Circuses - Entertain the public with patriotic sports and diversions.
- Ideology - Convince the public that the rulers are wise, just, and benevolent; that the state promotes the common good; and is certainly inevitable, alternatives unthinkable.
- Retainers - Rulers develop hierarchies of subordinate rulers and hierarchies of privilege, both with strong incentive to keep the public servile.
Obedience to authority is the authority principle. Anytime you are compelled to act in obedience to authority, you are being influenced by this principle. Evil uses the authority principle to condition people to obey without questioning what, why or whom they are obeying. Destroying your identity to gain power over you is the modus operandi of evil.
Chapter 4 – Authoritarian Culture
Authoritarian cultures are created to protect power structures. Culture can be an effective enforcer of authority. Culture can distort principles in order to defend the authority of evil. Culture may convince you that it is not wrong when decreed law subjugates your autonomy and destroys your freedom. Culture convinces people of this by perverting the concept of morality.
The great lie of authoritarian culture is that authority is not bound by morality, and that authority can enforce its own prudence upon you. The great lie of authoritarian culture is that you are subject to decreed law. Authoritarian culture teaches that intentions of prudence can be enforced by law. In this fashion they invent an excuse to control the lives of others.
In order for people to learn, grow, and find happiness, people must be free to test their understanding of reality. With freedom, they can do this by a process of thought, trial, and error. In this fashion children grow from immaturity to maturity. In this fashion human beings gain wisdom.
Authoritarian cultures are agents of evil. The objective of evil is the damnation of your ability to grow strong in wisdom. The objective of evil is the destruction of your autonomy. In order to gain control over you, culture spreads the lie that authority is not bound by morality. It teaches that authority can destroy freedom at will, and claims prudence as the reason you should willingly submit. In the name of defending you, authoritarian culture claims that the destruction of freedom is morality. Authoritarian cultures pretend that evil is good and that good is evil.
Morality can be found all around you. Wherever you find it, you will find joy. Wherever you find immorality, you will find misery. Authoritarian culture enforces authority by destroying freedom using decreed law.
Chapter 7 – Economics
Economics is the study of the trade of work. The principles of money are scientific, and as with all truths, simple and easy to understand. Government institutions have created artificial ideas such as employee, corporation and dollar to enable them to control your labor. Their objective is to confuse you and make money complex so that they can more easily take it from you.
Everything you do to better your life requires work. It may be as simple as planting a seed and tending the soil so that it will grow to be your food. It may be washing the dishes so that you can eat from a clean plate. It may be climbing a hill so that you can slide down. You do everything that you do to benefit yourself and those you love.
You may not be good at building some of the things you want. You may not want to plant your own food. Trade allows you to do different kinds of work, but to give that work to others in exchange for work they provide you. If you cannot build an integrated circuit, but can operate on a tumor, then a trade can help two people, a doctor and an engineer. Trades can be between two, three or hundreds of people; but at the end of the day, it is as simple as trading your work for someone else's work. You get to do what you are best at, but get to receive what others are best at.
Savings and debt
Savings and debt allow people to perform trades without the restriction of time. When you work today and redeem the traded work later, it is called savings. When you redeem today, and perform the traded work later, it is called debt. Both principles enable you to control your labor without being subject to time.
Money is the record of all savings and debt transactions. All it does is record what you owe, or what is owed to you. It can be carried symbolically as paper or coin, or as a line item on accounting books. After you have performed some of your work in trade, you receive money to record the value of that work. Your trade of work can be between any number of people, and all redeemed at different times. The principle of money greatly enables people and frees them to work and receive the benefits on their own schedules.
There are people who wish to use your work for their own purposes without providing anything in return. The objective of economic control is to control as much of your labor as possible.
There is an extra party to most economic trades that take place on earth. They offer no benefit to either party, and they do not allow you to choose whether or not to include them in the trade. A tax is when someone takes money that does not belong to them. Taxes are decreed law and not principle, because they destroy freedom and must be enforced. Some of the people who tax are common thieves while others are powerful governments.
The corruption of economics is called extortion. When you labor, but someone else redeems your work without your permission it is tax. To tax someone is to steal from them a portion of their work, or all of it. Under taxation, you work but gain nothing in return. Even when the claim is made that the money will be spent for your benefit, you cannot choose what your work will buy. Under taxation, the extortionist is the master and you are the slave. What amount of time they steal from you is irrelevant, a slave for an hour or a slave for life is still a slave. Failure to pay is penalized by imprisonment or death.
Taxation comes in many forms. The simplest is to steal your money without you ever realizing it. We call this theft, and it is practiced by common criminals. The more popular (and vastly more profitable) form of taxation is to take a portion of your work when you produce it, when you trade it and when you save it. This is the form which is practiced by governments and mafias.
There is another form that is incredibly devious and difficult for people to see. The restriction of behaviors to compel you to do something that authority wants is taxation. Using this method, they never have to bother with money, they simply compel you to do their bidding directly. This form of taxation is called by many, many names. Some of them are price controls, regulation, bureaucracy, red tape, paper work, formalities, oversight, social security, public works and the public good.
Effective taxation is a function of time. A common thief will steal as much money from you today as possible. Tomorrow you will be destitute and have nothing left for him to take. Furthermore, you will run far away, or find a method of protecting yourself in the future. Governments are far more advanced. They allow you to keep a portion of your work for yourself, enough so that you will not run away or revolt, but instead continue working where they can take from you again tomorrow.
Taxation constantly fluctuates as governments test whether or not they can get more from their subjects. If people slow down, or quit working, then taxes are too high. Culture is manipulated to keep up with increasing taxes to teach people the nobility of government and slavery.
Because taxation is a function of time, they can pirate from you not just huge percentages of your money today, and not just for the rest of your life, but all possibility of interest on your labors. Government taxation is the single most effective extortion racket that has ever existed. The evil genius comes with the culture – most ‘citizens’ consider it honorable to pay their masters.
Chapter 8 – The Pattern of Liberty
The pattern of tyranny has repeated itself throughout history. It cycles in every instance of evil, large and small. The pattern of liberty, however, is a singular flow that has been progressing slowly since the beginning of time.
Evil has been on earth as long as man. The tactics of evil have changed infrequently, and only do so when forced by the progress of liberty. Every time liberty has progressed, one of the ideas or concepts of evil has died. When cultural control over people is broken, the pattern of liberty takes another step forward and culture has been forced to adapt to maintain control over people.
By using threats of death, torture, mutilation and imprisonment, every kingdom on earth has prospered. War created the empires of history, and culture preserved them. All who would not submit to the rule of decreed law were killed.
Such ignorance of the power of culture is a thing of the past. Modern technology, brought by increasing degrees of freedom, is allowing the people of the world to see culture for what it is.
The pattern of liberty shows how freedom has progressed through history. While cultures around the world teach that evil's control is strengthening, the pattern of liberty shows clearly that evil is weakening. The pattern of liberty predicts the ultimate failure of culture, and the ultimate end of evil.
Progress through History
The pattern of liberty tracks the destruction of ideas and empires through history. It also tracks the progress of principles and technology.
One of the defining technologies that dramatically altered the scope of culture was gunpowder. Prior to its availability, only those who could amass strong armies could effectively defend their land and families. This meant that people were heavily at the mercy of governments and kings. Once gunpowder became available, even small bands of families could challenge the mighty castles of empires. Gunpowder reshaped the kingdoms of earth by empowering people to challenge the violent control employed by the lords of war.
The printing press reshaped the nature of culture like nothing the world had ever seen. Before its invention, almost nobody knew how to read. It was simply too expensive to own a book. Once the cost of printing dropped, literacy skyrocketed. Information was standardized on a scale unknown in all of history. It became much more difficult for cultures to center their power on the ignorance of people.
Religion was dominated by those who could control the scriptures. With this power, they were able to influence the political freedoms and even the very lifestyles of people. The Bible was the first book printed, and soon spread far and wide. Though the Roman church had men killed for translating the Bible into native languages such as English, it eventually became available in every language on earth. Theocratic power in the Christian world fragmented and people chose to pursue divergent ideas.
The printing press was the foundation of all technology. Whereas mathematics and engineering have existed in strength in different areas in history, they never survived. War destroyed the
information learned. After the printing press, so many copies of books could be maintained that human knowledge persisted in writing, and spread as fast as the thirst for it demanded.
The Great American Experiment
The Great American Experiment was a proof for the world. It dared to call the bluff of culture and test what people would do with liberty. Whereas culture had long taught that people were not able or worthy of ruling their own lives, the American rebellion taught people that they were fully able to live life without a king. They taught by their actions and wittings that men were autonomous individuals rather than chattel of governments. This experiment in freedom lived past its first test, as they defeated the armies of King George. The shock that rang through the world was enough to shatter the bonds of the culture of royalty that had enslaved earth for thousands of years.
The Internet and modern computing power have destroyed cultural ignorance once and for all. Like the printing press before it, the Internet has made possible the widespread dissemination and near indestructibility of information.
The bonds of culture are founded in the control of speech and control of the mind. When people are free to speak what they think, people learn wisdom at an astonishing pace. For cultures to succeed, they require imposed ignorance and cultivation of planned thought. As soon as people question the rule of decreed law, authority is lost.
The cultural shift away from intellectual property is a telltale sign of the end of government rule. In the past, information was regarded as owed by the people who developed it. This meant that anyone who attempted to use that information could be punished by the violence of decreed law. The future holds a shift in thinking that few will be willing to accept until they see it happen.
Intellectual property is not a legitimate property. Since it must be enforced by restricting the liberties of people, it is an idea and a construct of decreed law - an artificial monopoly imposed by authority. Of course, the problem for authority is the impossibility of enforcement of IP, especially in the internet era.
Decreed law will struggle mightily in defense of authority and the ablility to plunder ("tax") society, but will ultimately lose. This is the power of global communication and information technology. Nearly every decreed law will become impossible to enforce. The principles of computing power give the freedom necessary for people to escape tyranny.
Violence replaces culture
When cultures break down and the authorities they protect are threatened, violence grows - unless there are adequate alternative institutions. That is where agorism and building parallel structures comes in. For as long as the tyranny of evil persists, violence will be a necessary component of its control. Violent enforcement is necessary to ward off sedition and secession. Violence changes the dynamics by making the cost of freedom to high for most individuals to bear - death.
Before the 20th century, virtually every time the pattern of liberty has progressed, violence has increased, at least temporarily. In recent times, peaceful non-cooperation and building voluntary alternatives has been more successful in creating liberty. As people learn about freedom and see what is possible in their own lives, evil will scurry away, being ultimately powerless. Authorities now find that the greater use of violence is likely to backfire, hastening and loosening their grip on power.
The death of a State is no longer civil war; it is mass secession.
As the pattern of liberty reaches its final step, the most underdeveloped cultures will lose adherents. Those cultures are most at risk from violent crackdowns. They will have a hard, tough transition to liberty. On the other hand, developed countries are likely to enjoy a relatively peaceful transition to liberty through recursive secession. They already will have most of the infrastructure of liberty, such as property norms and (at least a traditon of) decentalized courts and police. Such places will have a short, easy transition to a stateless or near-stateless society, that is, governance without political authority. Anarchy.
While technology can be used for evil purposes, it also endangers evil. Its use can directly oppose evil.
Technology is borne of freedom. Freedom brings wisdom to people who implement learned principles in practical solutions. This search for wisdom teaches people the value that they have within themselves. It teaches them to stretch the limits of their intelligence and imagination. This is more than concerning to the control of authority, it is the death of evil.
The use of technology enables the evasion of authority. One powerful example of this is the evasion of taxation through psuedonymous transactions, crypto-currency, and natural law corporations "domiciled in cyberspace." Governments are institutionalized extortion. When technology allows people to remove the control of money from government hands, taxation becomes impossible. Advanced encryption and anonymous peer-to-peer networking technology allow for exactly this. Economic exchanges are freed from the bounds of legal tender and regulation. The future of technology brings the impossibility of tracking money and enforcing taxation. This transition will be marked by violence as governments try to salvage their monstrous rates of extortion.
The comforts and prosperity of technology demonstrate to the world what the fruits of freedom are. It is entirely impossible to hide from culturally enslaved peoples the glory that is human life. Principles and products leak through every culture on earth. The kings of old have fallen. Communism is weakened. Theocracy is dying. Democracies are bankrupt. Violence will mark the transitions, but freedom will prevail.
Competition for freedom
As people are able to look beyond the tyranny of their own lives to divergent cultures on earth, they will see a competition for freedom. The lure of freedom will be evidenced by the technology, prosperity and peace of freer peoples. They will ask why it is noble for them to obey certain laws, but not the rest of the world. They will see that those things which are demanded of them are not natural, that they are tyranny.
The pattern of liberty progresses every time the lies of authoritarian culture are discovered and understood by a significant number of people in a society. Though authoritarian cultures are designed to maintain tight control of the minds of people, witnessing freedom can break the bonds almost instantly. When the authoritarianism of those dying cultures drys up and freedom peeks out of every dark place on earth, the people of the world will demand freedom technologies rather than control technologies.
When there is freedom to move and shop for jurisdictions, you will find that people move to freer societies, not stricter ones. Moreover, elements of evil will gravitate to more restricted societies because they are easier to exert control over. This is the final chapter for evil. Technology, communications and wisdom free people to evade authority, and they will do so with ever increasing effectiveness.
This is the completion of the pattern of liberty. This is where evil ends.
Chapter 9 – End of Evil
Voice is a principle of intelligence.
Voice is the highest form of communication between beings of the highest intelligence. The passion and feeling that people are able to put behind their words can change lives, and change worlds.
The few who achieve a glimpse of the power of voice bring either insane destruction or awesome freedom. Every great and terrible culture brought into the world was brought by the principle of voice. Every rebellion and revolution that destroyed cultures and empires was brought by the power of voice. Men who understood the principle of voice have irrevocably altered our world.
The principle of voice is found in every element of human communication. Writing and books are lesser forms of human voice. Every transfer of words contains the power to change lives. When accompanied by the passion of life, voice alone has the power to free worlds.
The principle of voice explains why freedom is a function of population. As population increases, it is more difficult for culture to maintain control over the speech of people. The more people communicate with one another, the quicker they learn their own value. Population increase brings increased freedom to the world because of the power of voice.
When people are unfettered by the chains of culture, and when they do not believe the lie that they are powerless, they can change everything. To change the world you must have confidence that you have such ability in yourself. You must open your mouth and speak.
The principle of voice is the passion to convince, the passion to teach, and the integrity to recognize the truth. It will strengthen you, and should you choose to use it, you will change lives.
The dreams that burn in the hearts of billions have been growing stronger through the millennia. Ages of destruction wrought by tyranny will not go unanswered. The children of this world are owed a liberty from slavery that can only be satisfied by the utter eradication of evil from the earth.
Every dream of feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and helping the poor is answered in this cause. Human beings are able to answer every need and desire of our world by using the principles we learn all around us. When the obstacles of evil are removed from the lives of people, technology and prosperity advance on an exponential scale.
With only limited degrees of freedom in a small percentage of the world, human beings have cured scores of disease and discovered methods of feeding billions. All the comforts of modern life were made possible by people with the self-esteem to succeed. Ask yourself what miracles may be accomplished when this small percentage becomes larger, and is achieved by every one of the billions of people on earth. This is the complete autonomy of human beings.
You are the key. The progress of liberty on our world is advanced by challenging culture and authority. Technology and the proof of the Great American Experiment are in our hands. To challenge evil, all that remains is to open your mouth and tell the people of the world that the dream of freedom is real.
It is you who will teach the people of earth their value. It is you who will bring to pass the greatest revolution in the history of mankind. To challenge the authority of evil, you need to dismantle its tools of violence and culture. Culture is dismantled as simply as disobedience to the control of speech. When you speak your mind and refuse to take offense when others do the same, cultures cannot survive. There is nothing to fear in freedom.
Violence is the tool of first and last resort for evil. Those few who will use it to enslave cannot be left alive.
A perfect revolution
The price of freedom is blood. This is an immutable truth. The reason is that evil does not care if you live or die. Evil will stop at nothing to achieve mastery over you.
A perfect revolution is a revolution where all of the blood paid for freedom is paid by tyrants; and where none is paid by the innocent.
There are only three types of action a person can take; that which exercises freedom, that which defends it and that which destroys it. Culture teaches the nobility of destroying freedom by concepts such as the rule of decreed law. At the same time, it teaches the immorality of defending freedom in concepts such as police authority. Culture cannot be allowed to continue. As long as men of violence walk the earth, they will devise ways to create cultures under threat of death. The defense of freedom is always righteous, and no tyrant can be spared.
There is no proper role for tyranny in the lives of people. As soon as you yield to the forces of compulsion in the name of life, you have lost your life, for it belongs to those who control you. Life is liberty. Without liberty, your life belongs to another. Liberty is to be defended at all costs and at all times.
Govern yourself, for this is the nature of an individual. You and you alone control your actions and your mind. This is right, proper and good. You have a responsibility to defend your liberty at all times. If you do not, it will be destroyed. To yield defense of your liberty to another is an absolute invitation to tyranny.
Personal sovereignty is the end of evil. When every person on earth will defend themselves and those they love. When evil cannot gain even a foothold because all people are watching for it, and recognize that it seeks to destroy their value. This is the exact opposite of perfect evil, in which every person is a slave and a master of slaves. Perfect liberty is life, and in it there are no slaves and no masters of slaves. Perfect liberty is life.
Autonomy and Reality
The cultures of earth teach you to accept, to yield and to obey. The end of evil is found in refusing this slavery of the mind.
For the end of evil to be achieved, all people must be taught that they owe obedience to no one. They must be taught that the desires and dreams of their hearts are proper and good. They must be taught that every ounce of joy they seek can be had for themselves and those they love. This is the anti-culture, to free the minds of people.
Cultures are established first by the control of speech. Condemnation of speech is rampant in the strongest cultures. The end of evil will bring the defense of speech in every home, and in every communication. Culture teaches that speech brings offense. Instead, you must see that speech brings a view into the mind of a human being. Ignore the interpretations of culture and see the intent and feeling of them who speak to you. And then speak back. The control of speech is crushed by the power of voice.
In the end of evil, people cannot tolerate compulsion and force. The mistakes of history are found where people have allowed the establishment of culture. In every case, it was known that this establishment would destroy liberty. In the end of evil, tyranny will not be tolerated.
You owe allegiance to no nation and to no decreed law. You are a being of unlimited autonomy, and fully capable of escaping the bondage of evil. When you feel compelled not to speak, speak. When you are oppressed by decreed law, circumvent it. When violence threatens you, crush it.
Remember the lessons of technology. Technology is the fruit of freedom. Technology enables humanity at the expense of authority. Just one example of this is the extraction of economics from the control of nations. Regulation chokes economic activity by making it prohibitively expensive, cumbersome and complex for newcomers to sell products and services. The answer is technology. Internet activities such as classified service listings will be merged with product auctions on an open and universal platform. We already understand how technology can bring the cost of selling down, and make selling easier for everyone to accomplish.
The lessons of evading extortion and control are, likewise, already learned. Global peer-to-peer networking ensures that no authority can switch off a server to dismantle economic activity. This dispersion of economic targets will make it impossible for governments to enforce taxation and control. Making peer-to- peer nodes anonymous using powerful encryption technology will make it extremely difficult for authority to bring excessive violence upon individuals to force examples of obedience. Steganography within established protocols such as HTTP will make disabling specific communications impossible without disabling all communication.
Merging public auctions and marketplaces with anonymous, steganographic peer-to-peer networking will forever remove the control of economics from the hands of extortionist authorities. With technologies such as these, people can buy and sell anything without the interference of governments and mafias. Furthermore, governments will not be able to enforce taxation record keeping, since instead of a smaller number of corporations preferred by government, every one of the billions of people on earth will engage their economics directly. Population and technology crush evil.
What other devices can be imagined to free people from the tyranny of communism, terrorism, socialism, democracy, violence and culture? With a human mind, there is no limit to imagination and invention. When technology and innovation beat down authoritative control, the liberty released will spawn astronomical advances. One ounce of freedom may bring one ounce of technology. Two ounces may bring ten. One free person may bring one idea of innovation; two free people may bring a hundred. Total freedom for all people brings nothing less than infinite opportunity.
The scale of the speed of human advancement can be seen in thousands of years of history with modest gains in freedom and modest gains in technology. In the most recent few hundred years, technology has exploded. With each degree of freedom achieved, human knowledge builds exponentially.
You have unlimited moral autonomy.
With freedom, all things are possible. Technology, health, wealth and knowledge are all facets of power. Each of these improve the lives of human beings. The fruits of liberty are everything good; and bring peace, prosperity and joy.
You live after the era of wars, and the only remaining step in the pattern of liberty is to answer the question held in the minds of people around the world. The lies of millennia have not stopped the unquenchable thirst for freedom that grows within the hearts of every person on earth. They are poised and ready to take the freedom that is rightfully theirs. They need only hear that freedom is possible, that freedom is real.
You are the key. To teach the people of earth the autonomy that they already have within their grasp, you need only say that each is the author of his own life. Liberty is real, and belongs to anyone who frees his mind. The war is already won. Evil has already been crippled. Every human being on earth is ready to rise and let the chains that held them crumble to dust. This world will be free. If you see your own moral autonomy, then stand tall. Ye are called unto liberty.
The above is a condensed and remixed rendering of the original book, with major revisions. Download the original complete book here: The End of All Evil by Jeremy Locke.