“Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime. Steal a fish from one guy and give it to another–and keep doing that on a daily basis–and you’ll make the first guy p*ssed off, but you’ll make the second guy lazy and dependent on you. Then you can tell the second guy that the first guy is greedy for wanting to keep the fish he caught. Then the second guy will cheer for you to steal more fish. Then you can prohibit anyone from fishing without getting permission from you. Then you can expand the racket, stealing fish from more people and buying the loyalty of others. Then you can get the recipients of the stolen fish to act as your hired thugs. Then you can … well, you know the rest.” – Larken Rose
(Hat tip: SurvivalBlog.com)
To my mind, it starts when there’s enough of the population so poor in spirit, that they are willing to accept stolen goods. The founding generation had very few, but the next had a few more, and so on, until there were enough to elect someone on his promise to rob their neighbors. At that point, like a coil of chain on a table, when enough links are allowed to hang over the edge, to overcome the friction and drag the next link, there’s no stopping it. It accelerates until it all lies on the floor, waiting until perhaps, another generation (population?) comes along to coil up the entire chain, and replace it once more on the table — though since they will be human beings, and still not angels, there will inevitably be a few links already dangling over the edge..
- This reply was modified 1 year ago by L Tecolote.