On Getting Rid of the Dane


Many centuries ago, when my British ancestors were facing regular and bloody incursions by Vikings looking for bloody fun, non-consentual sex and profit (sometimes expressed as rape and pillage), some Vikings offered to leave particular villages or areas alone for that particular raiding season – for a price. This price came to be known as Dane-geld, or I suppose it could be expressed alternatively as pillage without the rape.

There is a problem with Dane-geld, however, and it was beautifully expressed by Rudyard Kipling centuries later, when he pointed out in verse that once you pay Dane-geld, you never get rid of the Dane.

In modern usage, Dane-geld has come to mean any form of blackmail from kidnap and ransom to terrorist threats, and Kipling is most often correct. When you pay blackmail money, the blackmailer just asks for more.

The United States has suffered a coup, every bit as real as a third world coup accomplished at the point of a gun. To be entirely honest, we cannot even be absolutely certain that guns were not involved. One of the necessary prerequisites for a successful coup is the control of information, which means that you and I are unlikely to be in possession of the whole story. I am not saying this was a violent coup – I am inclined to believe that it was not – but there is no way for me, or any other average citizen, to be certain.

Things have just gotten exponentially worse. We have just paid Dane-geld, and that means we are going to have an incredibly difficult time getting rid of the Dane. Most of our Congress-critters, and even our two major presidential candidates, are owned by their corporate masters – corporate masters who trade on Wall Street. That is why they have betrayed us. Now that they have managed to loot almost a trillion dollars from the U.S. Treasury – meaning from your kids and grandkids – you can be dead certain they are going to ask for more. And more.

We must find a way to get rid of the Dane!

I am often asked why I am opposed to NAFTA and FTAA, when I am a libertarian free market capitalist. I am opposed to them because they have nothing whatsoever to do with free markets. So where did we go wrong?

Let’s get back to the roots of objectivism. The roots of objectivism say that all group rights are individual rights. Groups of people, and even governments, do not have more rights than individuals. If you follow this idea to its logical conclusion, it also means that corporations are not people, and should not have the rights of individuals, let alone the right to pillage without consequence.

Theft is a crime, whether it is committed by an individual, a corporation, or a government. See? Dead simple and dead easy to understand.

In the last few decades, we have allowed corporations to amass enough power that they are now running our government. They are free to pillage our treasury – and our individual futures – absolutely without consequence. There is a word for this sort of corporatism. It is called fascism, and it is not a pretty way to live.

We must change this! We do not have a choice. Believe me, the last thing in the world I want to see is civil strife in my country, but peacefully or not, we must change what has happened to us. Corporations must return to what they were always meant to be – a group of individual business partners. We must restore the checks and balances – and the civil liberties – embodied in our Constitution. We must restore the accountability in government.

We do not have a lot of time to do this. We are up against perhaps 5,000 folks with trillions of dollars they can spend to stop us. Our one advantage is that there are 280 million of us, and we are becoming annoyed. That is a juggernaut I hope they cannot stop, but only time will tell.

We became complacent. We assumed that freedom and stability were ours by right. Now we must pay the price for that stupidity.

Are you ready to stand up and be counted?