Zero Government Blog http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/ Rational Refreshing Reflections on What's Happening Now en-en Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:42:21 +0000 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/recent.gif http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/ http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/ http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/index.html http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/index.html 17A044.htm   17A044 The Empire's Rise and Fall by Jim Davies, 12/12/2017       Government is always evil, because everything it does violates the absolute right of everyone in its domain to rule him- or herself. But some are more evil than others, and at first, right after 1776, the American ones were better than most. Their aim was to get residents out from under the thumb of a government then far more oppressive: that of the British Empire. A couple of centuries later it had evolved to run an empire of its own, and today that empire is far more powerful than the British one ever was, indeed than any other in history. That was, like Rome, not built in a day; it's worth a look at the highlights of how it happened. I don't allege that the founders planned it all this way. That would be foolish; they would be predicting how their great great grandchildren would behave, and that's real tricky. But they were all lawyers and/or politicians, so they knew about getting, holding and conveying power, and they did have a wish that their new nation, the United States, should prosper politically in the world - both during their own time and afterwards. That's what founders do. So they set up the structure, not knowing how or when the empire would develop, but making sure that it could. First, they had to lock in their hold on central power, so as not to be subject to the whims and fancies of the voters or even of the State governments. This they did by leaving blank Article 3, so that whenever push should come to shove, the Supreme Court could rule the way the inner core of government desired. Since the "judicial power" was neither described nor limited, it had a blank check; and that check was cashed by the ingenious trick of Marbury v Madison. Then later, their successors had to deal with the fractious South, which was antsy that the majority Northerners were bleeding it to death with import taxes. They cleverly did so while vastly expanding their powers in relation to business; railroad companies and others were badgering the central government to finance so-called "improvements" with taxpayer money, always easier to get by confiscation than are freely chosen investments in shares, and Lincoln with the newly-formed Republican Party gladly obliged. So by 1865 the central, FedGov was well installed and financed and feared. The original formula under which the States had established it and could call it to account any time they wished, remained on paper but only on paper. From then on, real power resided in D.C. Fortunately the doctrine of laissez faire was still being partly honored, so the Industrial Revolution took place throughout the 19th Century in America as in Britain and elsewhere; wealth enjoyed a massive multiplication and was spread nicely throughout a very rapidly growing population. All that government had to do was to confiscate some of the wealth that the people had so obligingly created. By 1900, a centralized America was therefore an economic as well as a political powerhouse. The FedGov was ready to throw some weight around overseas. There had already been some exercise of military might in 1846 when large swaths of land were added at the expense of Mexico, in a very one-sided fight; and in suppression of native Americans, which was far more one-sided yet Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:42:21 +0000 12A011: What's To Be Done?, 2/29/2012 Vital question. Here's the answer. http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/12A012.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/12A012.htm Read more about '12A011: What's To Be Done?, 2/29/2012 Vital question. Here's the answer. ' on the Zero Government blog... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:42:21 +0000 http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/17A0443.htm http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/17A0443.htm Read more about ' ' on the Zero Government blog... 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