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Other Things That Are FAKE

March 10, 2011

Rights are FAKE
Laws are FAKE
Oaths? FAKE

Rules, scripts, principals…

A man’s word


Things like authority, law, the rules, agreements, contracts, oaths, and so on, don’t enthrall me. Every case is a rule unto itself. People ought to be free to adapt and react to their situation without feeling hindered by such fictions. At any time a person can change their mind, and there is power in doing so.

These are the little frameworks and structures we build around ourselves, and allow power seekers to cage us up in.

This has been an expansion of a comment left over at BDR’s place recently.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Jack Crow permalink
    March 10, 2011 11:09 PM

    Fake , or credible fictions?

    • March 11, 2011 6:57 AM

      the phrase that occurred to me last night after going to bed but before falling asleep, that i wished i had included in the post, was ‘powerful fictions.’ though “credible fictions” works just as well.

      by “fake” i mean that these are things that do not and cannot exist except in the context of human minds. they are only as real, only carry the amount of force,as we imagine them to. it’s all in our heads!

  2. drip permalink
    March 11, 2011 6:05 AM

    As the bumper sticker told me: “186k mph. It’s the Law.

    All of these things are fake in the sense that they are impermanent and non-comprehensive. Money is definitely fake. It is a construct, a symbol. Worse it is a fake symbol. It is real only as long as two or more people in a social relation agree on its symbolic meaning. Laws, covenants, codes, rules, and the like (constitutions, regulations, statutes, decrees, ordinances, charters and the rest) can be repealed, amended, interpreted, voided and worst of all, interpreted. That is why they are fake. But unlike money, only one side, the side with the power, can alter them. Contracts are a fake in a different way. They appear to be voluntary. In fact, they are only an agreement to be bound by law. Unfortunately, the answer to that question of what happens if one side doesn’t perform lies in law and its relatives, leaving the “volunteers” in the hands of power.

    But if you don’t grant the power, you keep the real.

    • March 11, 2011 7:12 AM

      if you don’t grant the power, you keep the real.

      right. my revolution is inside my mind. it starts with acknowledging the fictions, and owning the idea that i comply with the rules, not from a sense of obligation, good citizenship or honor, but as a matter of force, of power.

      i mean i could cut my mortgage payment in half, right? simple as changing the amount on my electronic banking payment thingy. simple. i don’t do this. but not because i feel honor bound to live up to the agreement, or because i gave the bank my word that i would pay them. i just know if i don’t, that 6 months or a year down the road a sheriff is going to come to the house with a gun and a taser hanging on his belt and compel me to get the fuck out. and there are way more cops, and people (friends and neighbors!) who believe wholeheartedly in the fiction of the cops’ authority, than there are of me.

      this revolution of the mind is tremendously alienating, but also freeing in a small way.

  3. BDR permalink
    March 11, 2011 7:23 AM

    Serendipitously, last night I overheard two econ profs and a finance prof talking about “fake” money. They know.


  4. drip permalink
    March 11, 2011 2:51 PM

    “fake” money. Only economists modify money with” fake.” Everyone else just deals.


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