Though I ridicule, lambast, mock, and rail against government at all levels, when it comes to casting blame for the irreversible mess this nation is now in, I place that squarely at the feet of the people, with the understanding that, as I often state: Any government is merely a reflection of the governed. 

And the venerable Walter E. Williams, in his recent article, We’re All To Blame, agrees. A few quotes from his article:

“The largest threat to our prosperity is government spending that far exceeds the authority enumerated in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.”

“Congress forcibly uses one American to serve the purposes of another American. We might ask ourselves: What standard of morality justifies the forcible use of one American to serve the purposes of another American? By the way, the forcible use of one person to serve the purposes of another is a fairly good working definition of slavery.”

“We cannot blame politicians for the spending that places our nation in peril. Politicians are doing precisely what the American people elect them to office to do—namely, use the power of their office to take the rightful property of other Americans and deliver it to them. It would be political suicide for a president or a congressman to argue as Madison did that Congress has no right to expend “on objects of benevolence” the money of its constituents and that “charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” It’s unreasonable of us to expect any politician to sabotage his career by living up to his oath of office to uphold and defend our Constitution. That means that if we are to save our nation from the economic and social chaos that awaits us, we the people must have a moral reawakening and eschew what is no less than legalized theft, the taking from one American for the benefit of another.”

(Read the full article here: We’re All To Blame)

So yes, the people are to blame—as well as, of course the flawed ideology. We’ve simply arrived at the inevitable disastrous end of another failed experiment in statism, as has been aptly demonstrated throughout all of societal history.

And personally, I believe that it’s too late to reverse this particular train wreck. It’s over; my only question being whether the coming collapse/revolution (after all, we ARE in the midst of a Fourth Turning) will be a bloody one, or a technological one. Obviously, I hope for the latter.

But a shift in the collective consciousness, as Williams posits in his article? A “reawakening,” as he calls it…? I find the manifestation of that pie-in-the-sky proposition highly doubtful, and—as evidenced by the new lows being achieved seemingly daily in our society & culture today, with economic, philosophical, intellectual, moral, and spiritual bankruptcy at hand—perhaps even laughable.

(Current events in Texas and Florida notwithstanding; it’s just a shame that it takes disaster on such grand scale to resurrect people’s basic respect and concern for others and their property and wellbeing).

No, the best hope, I believe, lies with technology—to provide individuals a failsafe means of securing and protecting their lives, property, and wealth from aggression and theft by the masses and the criminal element, including government. In that noble pursuit, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology come to mind.

But time is short.