The Calcification of Society and the need for Eternal Vigilance

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Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.


By: Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.

Fort Fairfield Journal, April 22, 2009

I continue to believe that the United States is the shining beacon that the rest of the world looks to, we are the one place where I believe that we still have a fighting chance to restore liberty in our nation. I believe if we do that and provide an example for other countries to follow, there is hope we can turn this whole thing around.

The way we got into the current economic, social and police state mess is there was a generation - Generation Y is what I think the sociologists and demographers refer to us as, (I am a member of Generation Y) - through the 80’s and 90’s who came of age in their teens and twenties who did not do anything to keep their government in check. Maybe there were a handful of people out there, but they were essentially spitting in the wind. Most of us collectively, those of us in our late 30s to late 40s, are just now waking up to the fact that you cannot sustain freedom, you cannot sustain a free country, a Democracy - or if you want to call it a Republic - where the people at the middle and the bottom, the larger portion of the pyramid, have control or even freedoms unless you fight.

Governments are sort of like coral. If you don’t understand that organism, it lives in the ocean and creates coral reefs. Coral is little soft fleshy things that create calcified shells around themselves and after that shell gets really hard and calcified, they sort of retreat into other places and create additional coral elsewhere.

In a way, that's sort of what government does to us. We're kind of like the fleshy, pink, living, vibrant organism, those of us like We the People, and then around us and over us throughout all of history there is created this sort of calcified mass that traps us and crushes us. It's a crispy shell that rises up around us and prevents us from moving freely.

When that happens, you've only got two choices; you can either get out, by picking up your little pink friends and escape and flee off to some other place and start over until the calcification process occurs around you again, or you can take a hammer and try to just smash the whole thing up and get freedom that way. Based upon my own research of history those are the only two ways that people are able to get out from under that calcification process.

What is that process? That process is the fact that in any society there are going to be people who desire to create bureaucracies, who really enjoy being the gatekeepers. There are people who really like that kind of structure and they position themselves to rise to the top of it. Whereas the rest of us, the sort of pink vibrant organism that is alive and flexible, loose and flowing, we don't want that so we avoid the kinds of places those people congregate. We avoid the town council meetings, we avoid the halls of the legislature, we avoid the PTA, we avoid all of these structures that create calcification.

Unfortunately, because we avoid them and sort of pretend like they don't exist, or go on living our own lives in oblivion, they meanwhile work away like busy worker bees creating these calcified structures in our society and one morning you wake up and you realize that their structure has so encroached beyond where they have started from that it's now beginning to encase your house, your car, and your kids. That's when you go “Holy Kazow, what am I going to do about this?” That's when you have the choice of flee or fight.

Historically, the only way that people have been able to prevent that process from getting out of control is by vigilantly trimming it back. Like tree saplings that will grow and grow in your lawn if you don't continually mow them down or pull them up by the roots, government calcification will continue to grow unless you diligently go out there and weed. That's really what this process is about.

The fact is that I and my generation were not politically involved, or politically aware. We were not out doing the pruning and the tending that we should have been doing through our teens and twenties. Twenty years went by through the eighties and the nineties and we did nothing and look at what we now have to show for it.

I believe that is the process and the only people who have managed to retain and maintain any semblance of liberty anywhere on the globe have done it by ceaseless, incessant, daily, continual vigilance by going out there and pruning and chipping away with a chisel and a hammer those efforts to calcify and create coral structures around their lives.





This editorial was transcribed and adapted for print from a recent Katherine Albrecht radio program, by David Deschesne, with her permission.  Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D. is a syndicated radio talk show host on the Genesis Communication Network. Listen to her program live daily, or download her podcast for listening at any time at Katherine’s website is: