From The precise moment you knew the lizard people were lying to you
by Tom Woods
I’ll bet a lot of people reading this had a libertarian aha moment.
For instance, I know a guy who worked at a record store (remember those?) who used to feel oddly guilty about his job, because he couldn’t shake the idea that the store was somehow taking advantage of consumers.
Then he read Murray Rothbard’s discussion of “demonstrated preference” — which means that both parties to a voluntary transaction are made better off, or the transaction would not have occurred.
He no longer felt morally conflicted, and indeed now felt quite content, about his work.
That one little “aha” changed his whole outlook.
For you, maybe it didn’t happen until the COVID craziness.
Or maybe it was the Lincoln story. One day you discovered you’d learned a cartoon version of Lincoln in school. Not the man who favored an amendment to the Constitution forever preventing the federal government from abolishing slavery, or searched until well into the war for an acceptable place to colonize the soon-to-be-freed slaves.
A discovery like that is disorienting. Because your next thought is: what other thing I thought I knew, and which was taught to me by everyone, is also a b.s. story?
My own start came during my freshman year of college, when a fellow student told me to read Modern Times by Paul Johnson.
There, he said, I would learn that the supposedly great presidents were terrible, and the supposedly terrible ones were sometimes halfway decent.
It’s simultaneously disconcerting and exhilarating.
And of course, you want others to know what you know. Especially loved ones, and above all, your kids.
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Bash the Establishment with a baseball bat:
Lizard People, Oppression, and War
The exact moment when I knew that Our Betters were non-stop lying?
Way back, after 1991 and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Two thoughts struck me:
“We just defeated the most murderous threat to liberty and live since the fall of the Nazis. Where is the celebration? Where are the parades? Why are there still hundreds of American bases around the world?
And — especially — why hasn’t NATO been disbanded? There is no Warsaw Pact, and I’d like the soldiers & sailors freed to work in the real economy. And a big old axe to the Pentagon budget, with a big fat tax cut to every American!“1
This never happened. There was never a declaration of victory, there was never a celebration to the end of nuclear armageddon, the military budget was hardly touched, the empire of bases remained as it is, and NATO was never disbanded.
Instead, it was expanded.
And the both conservatives and progressives were happy to ram thru the Patriot Act…
(eliminating a whole slot of privacy and liberty and due process and even the basic protection of a court trial before execution!)
..and kick the war machine off as soon as 9/11 struck.
(And the FAA regulations on black boxes were dispensed with. And the evidence eliminated as fast as possible.)
That’s about nine years of peace, wasted and blown off and flittered away, as Our Betters waited and delayed and hemmed and hawed until some new
engineered boogyman made his splash.
And as soon as he did, the US military struck at… Saddam Hussein.
Who wasn’t even a threat to Israel, and no threat at all against the US, and had no time for the jihadis.
(Colin Powell definitely compromised himself, going along with what he must have known was a pack of poorly-propped up CIA lies.)
But the problem is, Our Betters are not some alien that popped up from nowhere.
We Chose These Lizard Leaders
Evil leaders, arising from an evil people.
And obviously so, from the welfare-warfare state to abortion to perversion to racism. Even the casual destruction of martial vows, without recompense.
Not peace. Not justice. Not liberty. Not compassion.
Certainly not holiness or righteousness.
Just war and empire and control and fear and power.
And a raging lust, coupled with a loathing of children and responsibility and restraint.
It was Adam who chose to be the first Lizardman, the first Snakehead.
We must follow the Lamb, not the Snake.
And our repentance can’t be merely spiritual. It must be physical. It must be demonstrated in time and in space.
We must let the empire fall, the fear of man fall, the lust for power over others fall.
Our faith, trust, hope, work in God… in Christ, the Second Adam… that is the way to life.
And liberty. And even prosperity.
Fruitfulness and meaning and victory too.
Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
I Corinthians 15:45-50, English Standard Version
Lizard People, Oppression, and Disease
It’s easier to identify when I knew I was being lied to, when it comes to COVID-19.
It was when the media stopped talking about deaths, and started talking about cases.
COVID-19 is a form of flu. Flus spread. That is life.
The actual, lethal danger from the disease is who it kills: older people, and some obese people as well.
But I can tell you this: worldwide, for the poor and the working class, more people have died from the after-effects of the lockdowns and restrictions and the oppression than from the disease.
But Our Betters don’t care about the costs the Inferiors must bear.
“Just keep the mania, and the power, and the money, and the career opportunities flowing.
From the Wrong Sort of People, to the Right Sort of People.”
I am confident that the Lizard People will pay for their evil.
But, it’s important that we repent of our own serpentine, poisonous ways.
They rule because we let them rule.
Their power, authority, and legitimacy is drawn directly from our own sinful, fearful, and faithless nature.
When we decide that we have had enough of these ignorant, destructive, and uncaring government “public health professionals”, then they — and their cages, and their poisons, and their restrictions, and their muzzles — are gone.
But not before.
1Today (AD 2021) I’d also want the following:
“While we’re at it, let’s dig up every ’emergency’ Cold War law, restriction, and executive order. Let’s get all these chains revoked, and deleted, and burnt in the fire.
And let’s disband the CIA and NSA as well: there is simply no need for these Above-the-Law agencies anymore.”
Obviously, this isn’t going to happen until after the government is properly busted, Great Default style.
We must grow, and learn, and earn our stripes now, so we can lead when the inevitable happens.