"THEY CAN TAKE WHO HAVE THE POWER! THEY MAY KEEP WHO CAN." —Ragnar Redbeard.
"The INNER workings of government are UNKNOWN TO THE OUTER WORLD. Every ministerial cabinet is oath-bound, and all the higher officials are pledged and obliged under a death penalty, to the most strict secrecy. Indeed, under the cover of popular government, THE FINANCIAL EMPIRE OF THE WORLD IS AN ESTABLISHED FACT.
"No man has (or ever had) any INHERENT right to the use of the earth; or to personal independence; or to freedom of thought; or to anything, except he can (by himself or in conjunction with his allies) assert his "rights!" by power [assert, maintain, and defend such rights against violent aggressions from others]. What are (in legalistic parlance) called rights, are really spoil [legalized robbery] —the prerogatives of previously exerted might; but a right lapses immediately, when those who are enjoying it become incapable of further maintaining it. Consequently, all rights are as transient as morning rainbows, international treaties, or clauses in a temporary armistice. They may be abrogated at any moment, by one of the contracting parties, holding the necessary power [in a position to do violence to the others and able to make it stick].
"Broadly speaking, therefore, might [brute violence] is incarnated right and rights are metamorphosed mights. Power and justice are synonyms; for might is mighty and does prevail. They who possess the undisputable might (be they one, ten, or ten million) may and do proclaim the right [to plunder and terrorize their victims]. Government is founded on property [legalized robbery], property is founded on conquest [brute violence], and conquest is founded on power [brute violence] —and power is founded on brain and brawn—an organic animality. Just as parents dictate rights to their children, so masterful animals dictate right [impose their will and greed upon] to millions and millions of sodden-livered, baby-minded men. Monarchic rulers are the gaudy jumping-jacks, and representative institutions the tax-gathering mechanism of the Mighty-Ones [the unscrupulous plotting scoundrels]. Banks and safe-deposits are their treasure stores, and armies and navies their sentinels, executioners, and watchmen.
The Llano colonist, July 01, 1922