Grim posts a multi-link brief essay which deals with "intermediary institutions" and their power. It should be noted that those institutions span a very wide timeline in Western history and are the real "civil societies."
There is also a very important distinction between "civil society" and "Government," It is so important that various Governments (e.g., that of Stalin and his successors & hangers-on in Eastern Europe) found out to their chagrin that the Intermediaries/Civil Societies prevailed--not "the Governments." That's why Stalin attempted to stifle them by any means necessary.
That's a warning to the Ruling Class, and they ought to heed that warning. We are currently troubled by the pestilence of Obamism and his desire to stifle the Catholic Church, which is merely the latest step in Government's slow march toward Totalitarianism. A more "benign" totalitarian move--yet to be fully implemented--is ObamaCare, which will demolish the intermediaries run by the Church(es) and private medical charities, not to mention the A.M.A. and its subsidiary organizations.
IRS is, of course, the tip of the spear. Not for nothing is it said that the power to tax is the power to destroy. But IRS, while the tip, is reinforced by other elements of the Hydra: EPA, HHS, EEOC, NSA, DofEnergy, DofEducation, and their pale imitators in State and municipal Governments, all of which are invariably supported by the shafts: Attorneys General, State revenooers, and the play-military LEO goons who are inexorably working towards an "us/them" of which "us" allies itself with Government and "them" is anyone who gets in the way. (Dogs are a convenient metaphor, by the way.)
There are exceptions, of course, at this time. Clarke of Milwaukee, along with a loose organization of other Sheriffs; the "Oath Keeper" group of current and ex-military officers, and the Church which, while embattled in its own homosexual-predator mess, has not given up on the First Amendment.
How many others are there? When will they declare that '...when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the
same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it
is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to
provide new Guards for their future security....'?
It will happen sooner than Government and its Ruling Class think. In Egypt, it took less than two years for Obama to lose his Islamist ally.
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