We will all be like the Amish
Krogoth wrote "
The only way the government will leave us alone is if we join together and fight this corruption."
You know, I’m not sure that’s correct. Every revolution in history has involved a joined-together fight of some kind, usually very bloody, and I can’t think of any that really improved the lot of mankind, can you? Even the American one; compare today’s USA with today’s Canada, which did not rebel against King George. Each country has relative advantages, but might you not agree that the differences are quantitative, not qualitative? Migrants tend to move North in flight from the frequent US Draft for its military adventures, or from racial enslavement in earlier times, and South in search of timely medical treatment – but I’m not sure there’s a heavy net migration either way. Anybody know?
Further: surely it’s not the "corruption" of government that needs extracting, but government itself. Granted, some governments are more meddlesome than others, comparing different countries and eras – but every last one of them in its very nature is in the business of interfering with the decisions that otherwise free people would make. That’s what "govern" means. Its decisions, those over-rules, are usually terrible in effect, as this Course has shown – but even if a few cases brought net benefit, even those destroyed freedom. So I can’t agree that "government will leave us alone" – the whole essential business of government is always not to leave people alone. To interfere is what it’s for.
Lastly I can’t agree that the "only" way for it to disappear or even to drastically improve (ie, shrink) is to "fight" it. Why not just withdraw support from it; wasn’t that the counsel of de la Boëtie, a very long time ago? His advice is still good, and still waiting for someone to use it. All government relies 100% on the support of its victims; when that’s taken away, it will implode. No violence needed. Take another look at http://www.tolfa.us – that’s the strategy proposed there.
There is one more thing you can think about before you refuse to give OPEC any more cash. Your country created that cash from thin air. After some hyper inflation it will be next to usless. You can just imagen what how mush they lost in the currant stock market drop.
This might be what the USA is trying to do. Purchase all the oil they can then when they are sucked dry let the system crach. Reboot the system and what do you have? Everyone owns what they are holding. Nothing more nothing less.