does it better. No group of people on the face of the Earth
is better at finding ways to label themselves “victim” than
the citizens that occupy the United States of America. No
matter what type of hardship befalls them, Americans can
find a way to blame someone, or something, which allows
them to feel victimized by elements beyond their control.
Americans have found a way to relieve themselves of all
responsibility in matters that concern their own lives.
It’s easy. They join a movement that is sweeping the globe
when they succumb to the myth of victimization.
is superseded; responsibility is relinquished; and, all
is made right in our own private world when we surrender
to the idea that every bad thing that happens to us is someone
else’s fault. We transform ourselves into pitiful victims
in need of relief, restoration and restitution. Citizens
convince themselves that they are deserving of compensation
because “society” has failed them in some way. And, if a
private individual or corporation cannot be found as the
source of some evil manifestation, the government can easily
be blamed due to improper regulation or some other such
nonsense. When people put their minds to it, it becomes
all too easy to classify themselves as victims.
moral to the myth of victimization is that the concept,
when embraced totally, really does render actually victims.
By blaming other individuals or groups for all the ills
that life inflicts upon us, we create a victim class of
blameless souls. Everyone within a given society must pay
a bounty for every transgression deemed to be the result
of a flaw in cultures or customs. If some blubber-butt successfully
sues the fast-food industry for causing his/her obesity,
all the sane people will pay the price of astronomical judgments
when they occasionally decide to have a quick, convenient
snack. Tobacco growers and users have already been victimized
by the sanction of stupidity. Society must cash the checks
written by crafty attorneys on behalf of the simply absurd.
victimized by the very system intended to benefit the victims
of society. I have worked with local grassroots organizations
all my life. I have attended numerous Neighborhood Watch
meetings; and, countless city council, school board, and
county commissioners meetings only to see individuals counseled
to become victims. I have listened to law enforcement officials
of every rank tell citizens the same thing over and over
again when they are asked, “What is the best course of action
when faced with an armed assailant?” They all advise that
you “give the attacker what he/she wants and call the police
at the next opportunity.” That’s right, if a man with a
gun wants your car, give him your car. If a man with a knife
wants your wallet, give it to him and call 911 as quick
as you can. Innocent people are enslaved by society’s solutions
designed to address the effects of victimization.
of telling people to fight back, the State cautions us to
just surrender and join the ever-growing throng of victims.
Instead of instructing people to arm themselves by mastering
the use of a weapon, they are taught to cow down to the
weapon when it is held upon them. Instead of urging individuals
to be responsible for themselves, they are programmed to
be dependent on a justice system that everyone admits cannot
protect them. The State creates a victim class from its
own citizenry by teaching them it is better to be a slave
to an armed intruder than to be free individuals with the
capability of defending themselves. We become victims of
the State in an effort to avoid being victimized by the
smallest proportion of society that chooses to live outside
become victims of victimization when we are convinced that
we share a responsibility as a group for all the problems
that plague mankind. No one is personally responsible when
the group takes on the impossible task of righting all of
society’s wrongs. The birth of tyranny is witnessed when
any group declares that some of its members can do better
that which all of them combined cannot accomplish. Somewhere
within this group-think mentality people forget that victims
are individuals and that individual problems are best tackled
by individuals. When society as a whole decides it will
rid itself of victims, the whole of society becomes victimized
as all are held accountable for the foibles of the few.
welfare case addressed by some social service there are
taxpayers slaving in the quarries of the beast Bureaucracy.
For every social injustice that becomes a cause for an army
of attorneys, lobbyists and politicians, there are taxpayers
paying the bill for a band most of them never get to hear.
For every social remedy concocted by mortal man there is
a large portion of society that must suffer the burden of
relief. For every problem that faces mankind there is a
tyrant waiting to be born.
Lee Wrights is a writer and political activist
living in North Carolina. He is co-founder and editor-in-chief
of the free speech online magazineLiberty
all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims
may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under
robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The
robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity
may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us
for our own good will torment us without end, for they do
so with the approval of their own conscience.” - C.S.
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