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A war of all against all - no thank you!

In what would become his most well-known book, Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes argued that without a governing power, the world would be a grim place indeed. People would fight against one another, it would be a war of all against all, and for many, life would be nasty, brutish and short.

We see now that our governments are deliberately creating social conditions where people will fight against one another, where it could all too easily become a war of all against all, and for many people, life will be nasty, brutish and short.

The new world order can then arise and say here we are to save the day. The ultimate all-powerful and all-knowing force that will save the poor uneduated masses from themselves. Without us, the earth will descend into chaos! We (so the NWO and its lackeys will claim) are the true saviours of humanity!

There are some serious problems here. First, we can see in the world today how the political elite are not interested in keeping the peace, or enforcing the rule of law equally and fairly, thereby creating a safe environment in which human beings can live their own lives according to their own lights. Instead, we can all see the political elite creating the very conditions they claim to be there to prevent! So the claim that the political elite are the solution to the problem of social disharmony is false - as we can all see perfectly well, the political elite are causing the problems in the first place.

Secondly, it is simply not true to say that people cannot co-operate and live in a safe and prosperous environment without an all-powerful government. Examples abound throughout history of peoples who have done precisely that. Many of us know of examples through personal experience. So the claim that people need government for that reason, because the alternative is an Hobbesian world, where life is nasty, brutish and short, is clearly false.

So the question must be asked: What exactly do we need a state for? The political elite are hell-bent on creating an Hobbesian world, so they can arise from the ashes of destruction, much as the Nazis did in post-WW1 Germany, in a truly all-powerful and all-knowing form, and claim to be entirely necessary. We need to be aware that an all-powerful state is not necessary, and what's more, we need to start putting that knowledge into action, by going back to our cultural roots and helping one another out, supporting one another through hard times (there are plenty of those ahead) and not only believing but actively demonstrating through our daily conduct that what philosphers call 'the state of nature' can be a peaceful, co-operative environment, and that there is simply no need for any agents of the 'state' to interfere in our lives.

With every day that passes, the political forces that have arisen on this earth lose more of their legitimacy, and with it, their power over us. They want to destroy our cultures and our countries, our morals and our shared social backgrounds, so that everyone ends up fighting with one another. The political elite as we know them (and that is bad enough) can then evolve into a new, all-improved, unstoppable form of government. We need to see this effort for what it is. And we all need to remember that we don't need a new world order to be established on this earth in order to live happy and productive lives. We're all quite capable of doing that - by ourselves!



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