And, above all, why should I contribute, whether in person or by paying for military service, to the enslavement and destruction of my brothers and parents? Why should I scourge myself? All this is of no use to me; on the contrary, it does me harm. It is altogether degrading, immoral, mean, and contemptible. Why, then, should I do all this? If I am told that I shall be made to suffer in any event, I reply that in the first place, there can be no possible suffering greater than that which would befall me were I to execute your commands. And in the second place, it is perfectly evident to me that if we refuse to scourge ourselves, no one else will do it for us. Governments are but sovereigns, statesmen, officials, who can no more force me against my will, than the stanovoy could force the peasants; I should be brought before the court, or thrown into prison, or executed, not by the sovereign, or the high officials, but by men in the same position as myself; and as it would be equally injurious and disagreeable for them to be scourged as for me, I should probably open their eyes, and they would not only refrain from injuring me, but would doubtless follow my example. And in the third place, though I were made to suffer for this, it would still be better for me to be exiled or imprisoned, doing battle in the cause of common sense and truth, which must eventually triumph, if not to-day, then to-morrow, or before many days, than to suffer in the cause of folly and evil. It would rather be to my advantage to risk being exiled, imprisoned, or even executed, than remain, through my own fault, a life-long slave of evil men, to be ruined by an invading enemy, or mutilated like an idiot, or killed while defending a cannon, a useless territory, or a senseless piece of cloth called a flag. I have no inclination to scourge myself, it would be of no use. You may do it yourselves if you choose—I refuse
and is there a chance that it is possible?
There are a few oil rich countries where the citizens don’t pay tax. In some places, the tax is as low as 5% and the sky isn’t falling over.
But to most of us, we pay so much in form of taxes
1. To keep lazy ass MPigs in office
2. To support a police force that mainly serves the interests of the political class.
Would it not be doing ourselves a great service if we revolted against this form of tyranny.
I see politicians to be no different from pastors; each of them earning money off the sweat of others. Maybe if we did away with such institutions, everyone would contribute to nation building.
Call me a dreamer, an anarchist or whatever you will, but I think in the end you will agree we have encouraged tyranny it now looks like things can’t be done differently.
Today I will tell you random stories since Friday evening when I was out with fellow godless for a few bottles of beer, the attendance wasn’t so good but we did have such a good time. There was talk about the report by some scientist on GMOs causing cancer or something of that kind; there was also talk on why are educated people apathetic to politics especially in this part of the globe; the [lack of] intelligence of the American population; issues of abortion; how do we contribute in reducing indoctrination of our young and to be competitive in the global village which we are all part of. I will invite you to the next meeting, just hold your horses.
I wanted to tell you about my weekend. On Saturday I was to travel home and I missed my bus so had to wait for 2 hours for the next
Small scale traders demo
bus. So while waiting, there was a peaceful demonstration [because police were not involved or else it would be chaotic] by small-scale traders from the Gikomba open air market complaining of harassment by City Council askaris. This is a problem that we need to find a lasting solution to. Every so often property worth tens of thousands of shillings are destroyed by over zealous askaris following an order of a nondescript bureaucrat resulting in loss of livelihoods and pushing poverty levels higher by the day.
Once home, I went to the local hospital that is in the same complex with the church. The hospital is in the process of expanding but have no land [the original planners did not allow for expansion] but the church has land close to the hospital which it is not using and am told the locals and the church administrators have refused to give it to the hospital. Now this is crazy, the people who benefit from the services offered by the hospital are in the group who have failed to give the church land. I have said before we need more hospitals than churches and I plan to do just that when am home next.
On other news, while other Kenyans are busy working their asses hard to pay taxes, our stupid members of parliament have awarded themselves a send off package running to billions of shillings. This would have made sense if there was money, but the same stupid MPs failed to address doctors, lecturers and teachers strikes that almost paralyzed several sectors of the economy. It is time all civil servants went on a nationwide go slow so that among others, the size of the executive is reduced to manageable levels, salaries and allowances for MPs be subjected to tax and reduced to reflect the state of our economy, permanent secretaries and other government officials whose salaries are obscene are rationalized.
We are approaching general elections billed as the largest in Africa given the number of idiots to be elected on the one day of voting and the country seems to be on a path to self destruct with politicians appealing to their tribes and spreading hate [one has a court case another was forgiven by the High Court after proffering an apology setting a bad precedent for the rest of them stupid legislators who never seem to be able to control what comes out of their blowholes] instead of presenting a national agenda aimed at addressing rising insecurity, rising unemployment among the educated youth, deteriorating health standards, the perilous food situation and the delicate land issues that has over time set communities against communities resulting in death of hundreds and displacement of thousands since we attained self governance 4 decades ago,among other important national agenda.
On still other issues, I like this tree.