The State in the Mind

6 February 2009 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in mind control, philosophy | 4 Comments »

The State has guns and men to use them. […][H]owever, it not only can fail to coerce a rebellious majority, it cannot even stop an enterprising minority of black marketeers and other Counter-Economists. The State must be defeated in each person’s mind. Once you personally reject its hold over you, you are as free as your intelligence, your will to take risks, and the aid of your allies can keep you. New converts to Christianity describe a similar process, which they call being “born again”.

— Samuel Edward Konkin III in An Agorist Primer, ch. 8, p. 101

  1. 4 Responses to “The State in the Mind”

  2. By Sunni on 6 February 2009

    Excellent reminder—thanks very much, Mike. I think I need to move this book higher on my “must buy” list.

  3. By brmerrick on 7 February 2009

    This is exactly how I think of it. Being a post-Christian, I can tell you that it definitely feels like a conversion. The final push on the “Wall of Oppression” happened just this last summer. Since its fall, my outlook on life is totally different. It is exactly like the Christian moment of conversion.

    I, too, definitely need to get this book. The next American Revolution most assuredly needs to be nonviolent and individually experienced. Freedom is in your heart, not on a piece of paper, and not something an elected, “representative” government provides.

  4. By EthanLeeVita on 8 February 2009

    Speaking of the American Revolution, I believe it was John Adams who said something about the American Revolution being completed in the hearts and minds of the populace before any fighting was done.

  5. By Mike Gogulski on 8 February 2009

    Indeed, Ethan.

    The thought just occurred to me: Revolutionaries are always criminals… until they win.

    Cheers, Sunni 🙂

    brmerrick: Quite interesting. I have had some experiences of the type, though my road to anarchism wasn’t one of them. But then, perhaps, I haven’t fully torn down that wall you mention yet. We shall see!

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