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A Guest Article by Nestorius: Oct 15, 2010

An article by Nestorius.

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These are the reasons why the system you are living in is based on illusions unrelated to the reality of human interaction. By system I refer to all systems based on the ideals of the French Revolution, and these systems include Western and non-Western democratic systems.

I will show why those systems cannot survive by demonstrating that the founding elements of those systems are delusions.

1) State:

This is how ‘state’ is defined by Merriam-Webster: “a : a politically organized body of people usually occupying a definite territory; especially : one that is sovereign b : the political organization of such a body of people c : a government or politically organized society having a particular character .” “First Known Use: 13th century.”

The definitions are clear in that they make no sense. How can this word be precise and refer to three thing at the same time: a) a people, b) the political system of this people and c) a government or a politically organized society whatever that means?

State comes from the Latin ‘status’ which means ‘status, situation’. It was used to refer to the fiefs of Europe since each fief was related to a status; a county was related to the status of a count, a kingdom to the status of a king. So ‘state’ meant ‘fief, country’. The United States are the United Countries; they were states without specified labels like kingdom or principality or county. How come then the word evolved to mean “a politically organized body of people”? How long can they keep changing the semantics? How long will you keep buying into these changes of meanings which the elites keep on producing and imposing on you?

2) Nation:

Nation means a defined people with a name. It does not mean ‘country’ or ‘state’. So how long will your elites keep confusing both? The elites uses this play on semantics because they want to fool you into thinking that you are ‘citizens’ of a ‘free democratic state/nation/country’ while in reality you are nothing but subjects to your governing elites. A free nation is free from foreigners and from its governing elites. A free country might be free from foreigners but not necessarily from the governing elites that govern this country.

3) Citizen:

That’s how it’s defined: “1: an inhabitant of a city or town; especially : one entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman. 2 a : a member of a state b : a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it. 3: a civilian as distinguished from a specialized servant of the state.” “First Known Use: 14th century.”

‘Citizen’ comes from the French ‘citadin’ which means an inhabitant of a city. Its equivalent is ‘bourgeois’. Westerners of the 14th century thought they could imitate the Greeks and Romans. But Westerners did not know the real situation in old times and they did not fully understand the exact meanings of all Greek and Latin words. So from what they wrongly understood they created their systems of political thought. But you cannot wrongly understand a text and apply it, it will fail. When ‘citadins’ or ‘bourgeois’ were used in France it referred to inhabitants of cities as opposed to ‘villans’, the inhabitants of villages whose condition was serfdom. Westerners used ‘citizen’ to translate the Latin ‘civis’ and the Greek ‘polites’. But ‘civis’ or ‘polites’ did not mean ‘an inhabitant of a city or town’ or ‘a member of a state’ or ‘a civilian as distinguished from a specialized servant of the state’. ‘civis’ or ‘polites’ referred to members of a nation assuming that this nation was one nation. What I mean by that is that an Athenian “citizen” was only Athenian and could not be both Boeotian and Athenian at the same time. But now, you can have a person who may be Canadian, French and Tunisian at the same time!

Citizens of our times are nothing but subjects of governments that govern specific countries. You think you are citizens of this or that country and that you govern yourselves by yourselves. Well, in reality you are nothing but subjects of the governments of those countries.

A ‘citizen of a state’ does not exist in reality. There is nothing wrong in being subjects of a certain government or ruler or king, but you should know at least what you are.

4) Patriotism:

Definition: “love for or devotion to one’s country”. The word patriotism did not exist among Greeks or Romans. It is a secular religion born in the 18th century. The god that it worships is the homeland. This religion, alongside nationalism, was preached by the bourgeoisie of these centuries in order to topple the old governments of Europe. It’s a dead religion these days.

5) Nationalism:

Nationalism is a secular religion, born in the 18th century. Its basic principle is that the nation is defined by language. Based on its principles all those who speak Esperanto are Esperantos and should united into one Esperanto state. Nationalism is not dead, it is the world first religion indeed. All the concepts that were exposed above are part of nationalism.

6) Democracy:

The rule of the people by the people for the people cannot be achieved except when you have a people not many peoples. French, Tunisians, Algerians, Moroccans and Jews cannot achieve democracy, nor can all the peoples of the world united in the United States. When Athenians and Romans had democracy there were just Athenians and Romans, you did not have Anglo-Saxon Athenians, Afro-Athenians, Jewish Athenians and Italian Athenians. So what do we have in the US and Europe? We have peoples ruled by the main people. We have subjects not citizens.

7) Separation of the three powers: legislative, executive, judicial.

This is the basic principle of the religion of legalism which was created by the first Americans who thought they were imitating the ancient Greeks and Romans. This religion has one effect: to create laws after laws after laws until all the subjects suffocate. This principle is a pretext to create law then to abolish them easily. Hence it doesn’t differ from a monarchy or a tyranny. So keep believing in the separation of powers while you are nothing but subjects.

You are not citizens, you are subjects. Know your reality, then either accept it or reject it. And stop being fooled by the manipulated concepts of those who govern you.

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Comments?

  1. Robin Winkel
    October 16, 2010 at 12:20 am

    I speak a little Esperanto.

    • Nestorius
      October 16, 2010 at 7:28 am

      Then, you should start calling for your “independence”!

  2. Wald
    October 16, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    And what can one do with this knowledge?

    • Nestorius
      October 16, 2010 at 11:53 pm

      Don’t live by lies.

  3. Adam
    October 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    This is kinda feeble, man. He’s just kinda wandering all over the place, making bizarre statements about Esperanto and the Greeks. It’s possible that, for example, the seperation of powers is nothing more than the foundation of a religion of legalism, but you can’t just say that and immediately move on; you need to explain what you mean and why it’s so.

    You should be more careful who you let guest post. I rarely agree with what you write, but I read you daily because your posts always force me to question the assumptions I make, and ask myself why it is that I believe what I believe. The only thing this essay made me question is whether the author is taking his medications or not.

    • Nestorius
      October 16, 2010 at 11:55 pm

      Try to apply what has been written to yourself.

  4. Rad
    October 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Adam I agree. This post was a waste of my time.

    • Nestorius
      October 18, 2010 at 1:23 am

      Read it again then ask yourself “Why should I keep buying into things like the state, the nation, the citizenship, the nationalism, the patriotism, the democracy and the separation of powers?”

  1. October 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm

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