In ‘THE MOST DANGEROUS SUPERSTITION’, Larken Rose explains how, the belief in “authority,” which includes all belief in “government,” is irrational and self-contradictory. How it is contrary to civilization and morality, and constitutes the most dangerous, destructive superstition that has ever existed. “Rather than being a force for order and justice”, the author says, “the belief in “authority” is the arch-enemy of humanity.”
The book begins with distilling down ‘authority’ to its most basic essence, and examining objectively. Part II of this book shows that the concept itself is fatally ﬂawed, that the underlying premise of any form of government is utterly incompatible with logic and morality. In fact, it shows the “government” as a purely religious belief – a faith-based acceptance of a superhuman, mythological entity that has never existed and will never exist.
Part III of this book deals with the ‘belief’ in authority, including all belief in “government,” and shows how it is horrendously dangerous and destructive. Speciﬁcally, it will be shown how the belief in “authority” dramatically impacts both the perceptions and the actions of various categories of people, leading literally billions of otherwise good, peaceful people to condone or commit acts of violent, immoral aggression. In fact, everyone who believes in “government” does this, though the vast majority does not realize it, and would vehemently deny it.
In the last part, Part IV, the reader is given a glimpse into what life without the belief in “authority” could look like. Contrary to the usual assumption that an absence of “government” would mean chaos and destruction, when the myth of “authority” is abandoned, not much is seen to have changed. Unlike the popular idea that the belief in “government” is necessary for a peaceful society, as nearly all of us has been taught, the belief is shown as the biggest obstacle to mutually beneﬁcial organization, cooperation, and peaceful coexistence.
The book makes this clear: Contrary to what nearly everyone has been taught to believe, “government” is not necessary for civilization. It is not conducive to civilization. It is, in fact, the antithesis of civilization. It is not cooperation, or working together, or voluntary interaction. It is not peaceful coexistence. It is coercion; it is force; it is violence. It is animalistic aggression, cloaked by pseudo-religious, cult-like rituals which are designed P make it appear legitimate and righteous. It is brute thuggery, disguised as consent and organization. It is the enslavement of mankind, the subjugation of free will, and the destruction of morality, masquerading as “civilization” and “society.” The problem is not just that “authority” can be used for evil; the problem is that, at its most basic essence, it is evil. In everything it does, it defeats the free will of human being controlling them through coercion and fear. It supersedes and destroys moral consciences, replacing them with unthinking blind obedience. It cannot be used for good, any more than a bomb can be used to heal a body. It is always aggression, always the enemy of peace, always the enemy of justice. The moment it ceases to be an attacker, it ceases to ﬁt the deﬁnition of “government.” It is, by its very nature, a murderer and a thief, the enemy of mankind, a poison to humanity. As dominator and controller, ruler and oppressor, it can be nothing else.
Though the book presents a strong case for anarchy, the suggestions are more pedantic than pragmatic. We are, I think, quite at home in utilizing the avenues available with the present system of governance for our convenience. How actually we can do the same, and what new avenues shall be there for us to take, when we have a society where governance takes place without government, should have been dealt with in greater detail.
In fact, this is the reason we have happily agreed to live with ‘government’. All things sundry, which affects our daily existence, shall remain well defined and without doubt.
That is also the reason, we have not adopted anarchy in our life. Though all things abstract, which incidentally does not touch our daily life, are placed very high.