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[2006-12-24] “Superstate North America vs. Individual Sovereignty”  
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It is YOUR life to live. Free YOURSELF!
If you want to BE free, you must do things that MAKE you free.


[2006-12-24] “Superstate North America vs. Individual Sovereignty”
  • A discourse on the impending North American Union and how it relates to being a free individual
                                  It is YOUR life to live. Free YOURSELF!


Note: This article has been much enhanced since its original publication in TLE at:
http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2006/tle399-20061224-04.html

THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 399, December 24, 2006

 
Superstate North America vs. Individual Sovereignty

A discourse on the impending North American Union and how it relates to being a free individual


by Dennis Lee Wilson
DennisLeeWilson@Yahoo.com

Superstate North America

The Nationalists have been quite busy tossing red herrings to libertarians. To be accurate, it is actually Nationalists within the libertarian movement who are creating red herrings out of the numerous issues raised by Statists. 2006 was particularly active with three major herrings. Early this year (and still ongoing) it was the allegedly "illegal" immigrant threat to the National Welfare System [1] [2] and National Border "sovereignty", followed by a resurgence of the Great Islamic Terrorist Threat [3]. The latest red herring and great threat is Superstate North America aka the North American Union (NAU). All of these fake issues divert "libertarian" thought away from freedom issues and toward the "need" for a strong National (and Socialist or Fascist) State (in German, National Socialism abbreviates to NAZI) with more restrictions on an individual's freedom—for our own protection, of course—that will somehow "protect us" from immigrants, Islamic terrorists and from NAU, all issues which the State is suspiciously involved in creating.

It is an interesting coincidence that the heirs of Lincoln's victorious Union forces of the Northern states chose the name "North American Union" approximately a quarter century after L. Neil Smith named the same geographical territory the North American Confederacy. Has anyone else noticed that, except for being a movement promoted by Statists, this is close to the borderless concept of the North American Confederacy in The Probability Broach? And just like immigration, Libertarians-In-Name-Only (LINOs) see this as a problem rather than an opportunity. The truth is that in both instances, the Statists are shooting their own feet.

If you read my views on immigration it will be no surprise that I like the borderless aspect of NAU, but more importantly, I think it will be the Statists undoing. Let me elaborate.

Well meaning people say that we are being tricked into giving up our National sovereignty, to which I reply that I am a Sovereign Individual and care nothing for Nationalism in any form. Furthermore, Lincoln destroyed the USA as a legitimate, sovereign and legal "nation" by proving that the Constitution is null and void, that it CANNOT and DOES NOT limit government action, that it has NO enforcement powers against rogue bureaucrats because the bureaucrats themselves are the judges and enforcers, and that the "union" of sovereign states is NOT a voluntary union but rather one that can only be maintained by brutal military conquest.

Dissolving national borders in North America might just finally put an end to the fraudulent belief of "nationhood" that is prevalent amongst most North Americans—and even among the children of the failed Southern Secession effort. Ending that fraudulent belief of "nationhood" creates value, credibility and strength for the idea of creating independent, self-governed "Free States" and libertarian, Covenant of Unanimous Consent type communities of self-governing, sovereign individuals.

Even though the North American Union appears to give central government a bigger tax base, the reality is that the bigger the territory that statists attempt to govern, the harder it becomes to deliver on all the welfare promises, the more dissatisfied the governed slaves become, the more corruption grows among government jackboots, the harder it becomes to collect taxes and the easier it becomes for rebellion, dissolution, "Balkanization" and collapse into smaller sovereign states and smaller governments. Historical examples abound: the USSR, the Nazi Germanic empire, Imperial Japan, the British empire, Napoleonic Europe (that one shattered quickly!), and the ancient empires of the Ottomans, the Romans, and Alexander the Great.

The current tyranny in DC cannot control citizen behavior in the relatively small and primitive Middle East where 80+% of its military is actively committed, fully funded and "in control" by virtue of military conquest. Who can honestly believe that they can do any better in an area as large as the North American continent with its much larger population and a culture of freedom and independence—even if they DO actually manage to extract their military from Iraq? The tyrants in DC are counting on a compliant citizenry. The truth is that they do not have a compliant citizenry and their military cannot provide it. Expanding the borders will just compound their problems.

A star expands just before it goes nova and historically, so do governments—as in the examples above. The nova that is currently building will be of epic proportions!

Personally, I'll not lose a minute of sleep worrying about the fake issue of disappearing "national" borders.

As long as "libertarians" allow themselves to get sidetracked into false issues such as religion, abortion debates, marriage definitions, "illegal" immigrants, Islamic terrorist "threats" and now the North American "Union", they will be successfully diverted from the one, single political issue that has a ghost of a chance of making a difference, The Liberty Amendment [4], which seems to have stalled since 1999 after getting endorsed by 9 states in a 38 year period. Unfortunately it will literally take more than an act of Congress to get it passed. The intellectual and cultural paradigm shifts needed to pass it are enormous! Pardon my skepticism, but I was 21 when the first state (Wyoming) endorsed it in 1961 and I don't expect to live long enough to see it actually become law. Furthermore, that amendment is likely to be unenforceable and ignored, if not declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. As Lincoln has already proved, the Constitution is a dead document. Even if The Liberty Amendment actually passed and could be enforced, it would only be a reduction rather than an elimination of the powers of the police state that surrounds us.

Something better is still needed.

Individual Sovereignty

* * *
It is YOUR life to live. Free YOURSELF!
If you want to BE free, you must do things that MAKE you free.


Well, what can an individual person do? Terrorism and immigration and the N.A.U., etc, etc are "big problems". But big problems are also big opportunities. These big problems are a big opportunity for YOU to understand and to turn your back on the red herrings. They are issues raised by other people in order to so completely overwhelm you that in desperation you will support their desire for Nationalism and a nanny State. These problems are—because of their very nature—chosen because they are absolutely impossible for you to solve on a personal level. Furthermore, there are more public bureaucrats in the various levels of governments than members of any private freedom organization you might join. Those bureaucrats are funded by virtually unlimited tax revenues and a paper money printing press and they can and do create rules and regulations faster than any one person or group could possibly expect to challenge and repeal them. They expect you to abhor a lawless society so they dilute real laws against initiation of force with arbitrary rules and regulations that have nothing whatever to do with real law.

The "good news" is that they also create and issue them faster than they can enforce them—they are counting on YOU to obey them. That is why they call them "laws" instead of using proper military terms like "dictates", "commands", "edicts" or "orders". This is known as getting sanction from the victim. Without that sanction—YOUR sanction—the dictates are just so many meaningless words and their power is lost.

  • "If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual."
    —Frank Herbert, The Dosadi Experiment

So rather than becoming frustrated and overwhelmed by the futility of your efforts to "fix" all these problems—which you did NOT create, why not just ignore them and focus instead on something that you actually CAN do, which is FREEING YOURSELF!




There are many ways to increase your personal freedom, but the very first step is attitude. One must UNDO the attitude of servility that the culture of the USA has continually pounded into its children from birth over the last 100 years.

Excerpt from my article on Marriage at http://tinyurl.com/MarriageSlave


  • Consider: MOST people are born in a government regulated and subsidized hospital, delivered by a doctor and staff who are heavily regulated and often subsidized by various government agencies. Before leaving said hospital, the baby is “branded”, that is, issued a federal government SS number (soon to be implanted, of course).

    Upon leaving the hospital, MOST babies are transported in a government licensed and regulated (and now subsidized) vehicle upon a government subsidized road to a government financed house, where they are raised into school aged children on government regulated and subsidized food, sleep on government regulated and approved mattresses and pillows, wear government approved and labeled clothing and play with government approved toys.

    Eventually MOST children attend government schools where they are taught government approved material by government approved teachers. Following several years of government controlled “education”, most young adults find government regulated jobs, increasingly with the government itself, and—after government taxes are withheld by the government—deposit their government printed money into government controlled banks and pay for things with government approved and regulated credit/debit cards that are tracked and monitored by government agencies.

    By this time in their lives, many of them have obtained—in addition to the SS number which is required for most jobs—government issued licenses to do various professional and non-professional work, licenses for their cars and permits to drive them, permits for the dwellings they rent (paying endless property taxes hardly qualifies as ownership) and pay endless taxes on every item they buy and sell and the services they use and provide.

    Eventually MOST people apply to some government for permission to live together (marriage) and have children, which starts the cycle all over again.

    I submit that MOST people in the USA are government slaves from birth. MOST people.

    There are SOME who free themselves at some point in the cycle described above.

    To say that any single government rule, regulation, subsidy, permit, license or tax enslaves a person is to trivialize the situation and to be totally, completely, utterly blind to the extent of one’s enslavement.

    Furthermore, opposing or avoiding one of the myriad government rules, regulations, subsidies, permits, licenses and/or taxes does not/will not make one free. [But deliberately doing such can be extremely exhilarating--see next paragraph.  Smiley]

    There is an old saying that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. The VERY FIRST STEP on the road to freeing one’s self is ATTITUDE. If a person thinks like a slave, his own servitude is guaranteed. If a person thinks like a free man there are no guarantees, but the first requirement to being free has been accomplished. When a person realizes the condition of servitude into which most of us are born and unthinkingly live, when that person deliberately chooses to rid himself of his complacent servility and end the dependence and the slavery, that person has taken the first step.
    Without that attitude change, no journey on the road to freeing one’s self is possible, no individual freedom can ever be achieved.

    If you want to BE free, you must do things that MAKE you free.

Just Walk Away!

A good way to start this attitude change is by watching Aaron Russo's movie AMERICA: Freedom to Fascism and by questioning every transaction you have recorded thru a bank (credit & debit cards are bank instruments) and reducing those recorded and tracked transactions by using alternatives, such as cash. Convert "savings" accounts to gold and silver coins and learn ways to hide them. Keep nothing in a bank that you cannot afford to lose. Remember that a power failure (think Hurricane Katrina or FEMA controlled power companies), an IRS probe, martial law or even a "suspicious activity report" (SAR) such as paying off a loan or credit card balance can make all assets in a bank—including a "safe" deposit box—unavailable. Carry cash instead of credit/debit cards and check books, the feeling is exhilarating. Laugh out loud at people in grocery store lines who pay petty bills with credit/debit cards and checks. Show them your cash in hand and repeat this variation of the American Express motto: "CASH—Don't leave home without it!"  (Or buy a shirt that says it for you and wear it while shopping: http://www.cafepress.com/artemiszuna/1951961 ).

Then do the questioning process again, reduce the number of transactions even further. Investigate and set up an electronic gold currency account [or Bitcoins] and use it for currency amongst your friends, fellow freedom seekers and selected freedom supporting merchants. Again, even though it is outside the banking system, keep nothing in such an account that you cannot afford to lose. Caveat emptor! If your assets are in the hands of any third party, then they are not safe. The closer you get to zero bank transactions, the more free you will BE—and you will actually be able to FEEL the exhilaration of that freedom!

Extend the process by questioning and reducing the amount of contact you have with other government agencies, such as the Postal Service [7]-(I love #7, be sure to read the dialog), government licensed "public" utility monopolies (gas & electric power monopolies and most local water, sewer and garbage) and government controlled airports, trains, buses, schools & universities, convention centers and sports arenas. Most phone companies still using copper wire lines collect higher taxes from customers than do cell phone providers. Look at your phone bill. Consider getting more features, paying fewer taxes and moving into the 21st Century by cutting the wires. [Keep analyzing the new offerings!! A wireless phone with a "hotspot" might be cheaper than your current phone and home internet connection--or perhaps you can use WiFi hotspots and your computer or tablet and services like Skype instead of your phone!] Sure, cell phones can be tracked. Let them fill up their computers with meaningless and costly data. It is also possible to "eavesdrop" thru a cell phone even when it is turned "off". If you want a secure face-to-face conversation, you don't need to remove the battery (although that does work). Just put the phone into a foil lined potato chip bag and close it. The foil lining is an excellent Faraday cage. You can confirm that the cage works by having someone call the phone while it is caged. The bag folds up and is easy to carry in your pocket (after you eat or dump the chips and wipe out the inside). If the day comes when you don't want to be tracked any longer, leave it turned on and pitch it onto a long haul truck.

Investigate (i.e. play "what if" scenarios) what it would take for YOU to move to one of the ten states that do NOT have a personal income tax. One of the scenarios might be too good to ignore. Investigate how to shop in nearby states with no sales tax, or over the Internet and make out-of-state/interstate (no tax) purchases—preferably with electronic gold [or Bitcoins]. The Post Office and banks are not the only places that sell money orders—some private firms do NOT charge a fee! Shipping costs might be less than local taxes—and the funds go to a more deserving organization. Better to support businesses like United Parcel, that provide a real service for profit, than Federal, state, county and local governments that steal their funds and deliver grief—in the name of altruism, i.e. "public good".

Reduce your "taxable" income and pay less income tax. Then reduce it again! If you have the stomach to deal with idiots with guns, declare yourself an IRS, non-resident alien and stop withholding of wages. Better yet, become self-employed. Either way, starve the State while living well on a personal level. Living well is the best revenge against those who would steal your freedom.

Learn what it means to be Sovereign. Read or re-read Harry Browne's book, "How I Found Freedom in an UnFree World" and Jefferson Mack's Invisible Resistance to Tyranny: How to Lead a Secret Life of Insurgency in an Increasingly Unfree World (Paladin Press, 2002) and L. Neil Smith's Covenant of Unanimous Consent [6], The Probability Broach and The American Zone.

Consider becoming a "Perpetual Tourist", living in a mobile home or travel trailer or a yacht—read Freedom Road by Harold Hough from Loompanics Unlimited for ideas. [8]

  • "Most government laws and actions are based on the premise that all people live in fixed residences. Thinking this, they tax your real estate, fix its use through zoning, and control your behavior through silly laws. Without a fixed residence you can avoid most governments and many of their laws."
    —Chuck Munson [9]
    .

Prepare for such a nomadic life by switching from a desktop computer to a laptop or tablet with WiFi, using a cell phone instead of a land line, and reducing your collection of "stuff" such as to fit into a travel trailer. Fit the rest into a warehouse, mini-storage or a friend's barn or basement. Acquire campground catalogs and take trailer vacations to work out the details. If you need or want a postal box, get it while still at a "fixed" address. I've heard that some PO Box renters actually forget to inform the Post Office of a change of address while continuing to rent the box. Apparently that is against "THE LAW", so I would never advise doing such a thing. For that matter, nothing else I have written should be construed as advise to break "THE LAW" either. I think it is still "legal" to do everything I have said.

Free Yourself! Try it, you'll like it!


References

[1] [2006-05-14] My article "Ask the Right Question"
The Libertarian Enterprise Number 367, May 14, 2006,
http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2006/tle367-20060514-03.html
Enhanced version at
http://dennisleewilson.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=12.msg41#msg41

[2] [2006-09-10] My letter "More arguments for Open Borders—this time (unbeknownst to him) from the pen of Hans-Hermann Hoppe!"
The Libertarian Enterprise Number 384, September 10, 2006,
http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2006/tle384-20060910-01.html#letter7
http://dennisleewilson.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=16.msg58#msg58

[3] [2006-09-10] My article "Why I don't give a Shiite* about 'The Great Islamic Threat' debate"
The Libertarian Enterprise Number 384, September 10, 2006
http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2006/tle384-20060910-05.html
Enhanced version at
http://dennisleewilson.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=22.msg78#msg78

[4] The Liberty Amendment
http://www.libertyamendment.com/

[5] Tony Sampognaro  
http://dennisleewilson.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=20.msg75#msg75

[6] L. Neil Smith's Covenant of Unanimous Consent http://tinyurl.com/Covenant-and-Galts-Oath

[7] Reminds me of a 1997 episode of "Seinfeld," where Kramer gets fed up with the mail service and goes to the post office to cancel delivery permanently. See the dialog at http://dennisleewilson.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=21.msg77#msg77

[8] Freedom Road by Harold Hough, Loompanics Unlimited.

This Amazon site also contains other recommendations
http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Road-Harold-Hough/dp/096669323X

[9] Chuck Munson's interesting review of the Freedom Road book:
http://www.spunk.org/texts/reviews/sp001287.txt
I see that the http://www.spunk.org/texts/reviews/sp001287.txt link is no longer working, so I have reproduced the Chuck Munson review of Freedom Road here:  http://tinyurl.com/Hough-Freedom-Road  or
http://dennisleewilson.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=18.msg866#msg866

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« Reply #1 on: 2008-November-22 01:44:55 AM »

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This makes a nice supplement to the Individual Sovereignty part of my article. DLW
 
http://www.lewrockwell.com/tucker/tucker99.html
America's Underground
by Jeffrey A. Tucker

These were sharp businessmen, the four guys who pointed out that there were three dead trees in my backyard that needed to be cut down lest they attract horrible bugs that would infest my entire property. They would cut them down and remove them for $475.

In cash.

We dickered back and forth and finally settled on $350. In cash.

They attacked the trees like ants on ice cream. In 45 minutes, the trees were gone without a trace.

I paid them. In cash.

I didn't break any laws in paying them this way. They broke no laws in accepting cash only. The state is egregiously invasive in our financial affairs but it hasn't actually banned the use of cash.

So it was last weekend when I was traveling and needed some copies made from a Pakistani-owned copy shop in the Midwest. They would provide them on high quality, colored paper for 15 cents each, but only if I paid in cash. And so I did.

I asked for a receipt. Whoops, the printer on the receipt machine was acting up so she had to write a receipt by hand. It was indecipherable, but I took it anyway. Again, I wasn't breaking any laws in paying with cash and she wasn't either.

And yet we all intuit that there is some reason why cash payments are more valuable in the American service sector than checks or credit cards, nudge nudge, know what I mean? With cash, you enjoy the highest likelihood of staying out of harm's way. If you don't want to formalize your business model and get embroiled in the entire public-sector apparatus of withholding tax, social security, mandated health care, minimum wages, and the rest of the mind-boggling apparatus of central planning, doing a cash-only business is the wisest choice.

Now, this is interesting. The social apparatus of taxing and regulating is said to be good for us all. Without it, our sense of well being would plummet. We need worker protection and all the glorious services of the state. We need protection in old age, and protection from exploitative capitalists. We comply with the whole command-and-control burden because we are better off as a people than if we acted merely on our own.

So let's say that I apply this in the two cases mentioned above. I have a sneaking suspicion that my tree-cutting friends are cutting their tax burden as well, and I wonder about this Pakistani printer. Maybe they are not paying minimum wage to those employees nor taking out social security nor providing medical benefits. So, as a good citizen, I make an inquiry. I demand to see their immigration papers and tax records. I look them up in the official directory of obedient businesses, if such a thing exists.

I conclude that these are unseemly operators. It's true that I know I can get good service from them but I do not want to partake in a transaction that will hurt others in society. Regulations and taxes are good for everyone, and so I will have no part in this black-market activity. So I decline to hire these tree cutters. I decline to let this lady make copies for me. I wash my hands of the unsightly mess and move on.

What happens? Well, my dead trees still stand, and my copies are unmade. The suppliers are denied a chance to serve others and profit from it. A transaction that both sides desired does not take place. Under the theory that regulations and taxes are good for us, we should both feel better that we didn't exchange. Somehow we don't.

Or let's say that the suppliers of these services suddenly experience a conversion, and, newly enlightened as to their civic obligations, they decide to formalize their operations. But of course that means that the tree cutting service is now one third more expensive, and the copies cost that much more too. I decide that it's just not worth it, and the exchange doesn't happen. Again, we should feel better but somehow we do not.

The question I keep asking is: how is society actually better off? My copies are unmade, my trees are uncut, and these businesses lose profits, which means that they have less for providing for their children and for making a good life for themselves. This is especially tough in recessionary times when the prices of everything are rising and unemployment threatens all marginal workers. Try as I might, I just don't believe that anyone is really getting hurt in a cash exchange that enters into the grey area between the underground economy and the official economy.

In the developing world where government bureaucrats rule everything with outrageous arbitrariness, the sector of society that functions in this grey area is called the "informal sector." ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Informal_economy ) It is a burgeoning area of study for many academics on the right and the left and for different reasons. It is mostly populated by the poor and the poor have the largest stake in the outcome.

Hans Sennholz wrote an excellent little study on the topic ( http://mises.org/etexts/underground.pdf ) for the Mises Institute back in 1984. The upshot is that the larger and more intrusive the government, the more the informal sector flourishes. It is a safety valve of sorts, one that is ignored by GDP counters and nearly invisible to macroeconomic planners. One wonders just how large the US informal sector truly is. I'm not just talking about the drug trade or prostitution or off-the-books gambling. I'm referring to wholly legitimate and wholly legal trades of goods and services that take place outside the purview of the public sector.

I'm going to venture a guess that every single reader of this article is capable of telling stories similar to mine above. The cash-only economy is pervasive in the United States. How big, no one knows for sure, obviously. The lesson here represents a wholesale overturning of the official rationale for the interventionist state: that it is good for us. You can turn these informal scenarios around in your head again and again and still fail to see how we as a society are better off when mutually beneficial exchanges that would take place absent intervention fail to take place because of the intervention.

What's more, the existence of the informal sector provides a useful blueprint for reform. They can be completely abolished by lowering the costs associated with compliance. If the costs of compliance fall low enough, what is informal becomes formal and no one has any reason to continue to hide anything. The agenda for a free market might be summed up as nothing more than the complete legalization of the prevailing informal sector, which itself is created and sustained by a tax and regulatory burden that is too heavy to be sustained.

And yet the impetus for reform is precisely the opposite. The politicians believe that if they could stamp out the informal sector, crack down on cash-only business, shut down the fly-by-night tree cutters and photocopiers, we would all be better off. What will it take for the public sector to begin seeing the informal sector as a model to replicate rather than a symbol of anti-social economic activity? In a phrase, it will take an enlightened political class that is more interested in the well-being of society than the power and glory of the state.

July 2, 2008

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« Reply #2 on: 2009-June-04 11:08:31 AM »

http://tinyurl.com/Personal-Freedom
http://dennisleewilson.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=18.msg571#msg571

"Freedom comes from within."  What a powerful article!! I highly recommend it!
This powerful insight is applied to the tragic and increasing number of suicides among members of the military.

http://www.strike-the-root.com/91/merrick/merrick4.html

Let Us Awake Now

(EXCERPT)
...it is obvious, given the circumstances surrounding the suicides happening in the military, that these men who take their own lives are dying while still mired in oppression of mind and spirit.  They are crying out, “Let us sleep now.”  I can guarantee that not a single man who takes his own life in this manner ever knows what freedom really is, nor do any of them know how to be free.  

You cannot be free by obeying the rules.  You cannot be free by waiting for someone to rescue you.  You cannot be free simply by hoping for a brighter day tomorrow.  Freedom comes from within.


"Freedom comes from within.  It does not come from without.  

It does not come from a charismatic leader.  It does not come with a set of instructions....It does not come from being given your freedom only after you prove yourself to your parents, teachers, pastors, or other authority figures.  It does not come from any God who demands obedience before He promises blessings (or threatens curses).  It does not come from delineated rights.  It does not come from The Constitution.  

It is you from whom freedom springs.  It is you in whom freedom thrives.  No one gave it to you.  Like Dorothy and her ruby slippers, your way home was with you all the time."
 

You just didn't realize it.  Do you understand?  You are freedom.  Contrary to that tiresome cliché, freedom is free.  

You are free when you join the military.  You are free if and/or when you are drafted.  You are free when they put a gun in your hand and bark an order.  You are free to say, "No."  Even when you are certain that you aren't, you are free to deal with it internally any way that you wish.  If you are falsely imprisoned for rightfully resisting, you are still free.  As the example of Viktor Frankl shows us, freedom can exist even within a death camp.  [Note: Think a death camp is an extreme example? Contemplate the serenity of John Galt, even while he was being tortured by his oppressors. Ayn Rand understood this! ....Dennis]
...
You can find your own way to quietly, peacefully walk away from the table government has set.
...
An education in freedom will take time.  When I first started, I scoffed at some of the ideas with which I was confronted.  I eventually embraced them all. You will follow a logical path that will eventually lead you to the same open air I am now breathing.


Column by B.R. Merrick.


Click here to read the entire article...: http://www.strike-the-root.com/91/merrick/merrick4.html

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« Reply #3 on: 2009-June-18 11:27:00 AM »

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/027629.html

How Great To See a State Threatened
Posted by Lew Rockwell on June 17, 2009 08:29 AM |

The last US-installed regime in Iran, the Shah’s, crumbled when the Persian people withdrew their consent. It didn’t matter that he had US weaponry and a vast US-trained military and secret police. It all blew away like leaves in the wind, without violence, when the people stopped obeying him. Is this happening again in Iran? We can only hope, and that the result will be a less oppressive regime that is still independent, and not another province in the US empire, let alone part of its occupied territories.

And by the way, Americans could copy the Iranians. The gang of thieves called the US government exists only because we obey it and salaam it. It too can blow away like leaves in the wind, non-violently, if we withdraw our consent: read Rothbard.

The Rothbard article, which deals almost exclusively with Étienne de La Boétie and his notable The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude, written 1552–53, is so worthwhile that I have copied it HERE. If you take the time to start reading it, you may not be able to stop. I couldn't...DLW
 
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« Reply #4 on: 2009-August-09 01:37:17 PM »

In my lead article above I asserted:

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The current tyranny in DC cannot control citizen behavior in the relatively small and primitive Middle East where 80+% of its military is actively committed, fully funded and "in control" by virtue of military conquest. Who can honestly believe that they can do any better in an area as large as the North American continent with its much larger population and a culture of freedom and independence—even if they DO actually manage to extract their military from Iraq? The tyrants in DC are counting on a compliant citizenry. The truth is that they do not have a compliant citizenry and their military cannot provide it.

On Strike The Root, in The Ganglia of Four: Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Gates: How We Are Ruled, Fred Reed provided more detailed support for my view:

  • The US “coalition” has something like 150,000 troops in Iraq, equipped with artillery, tanks, fighter-bombers, armored personnel carriers, helicopters, gun ships to include AC-130s, night-vision gear, and excellent medical care. The Pentagon seems to know little of the insurgents, but I’ve seen guesses that they might number from 12,000 to 30,000. Outnumbered five to one, and having only rifles, RPGs, and explosives, the insurgents have so far fought the US to a standstill, and have good prospects of handing it a defeat. That’s contemptible?

  • Further, US losses have been light. The US military has claimed to be killing 3,000 insurgents a month (and lots of other numbers too). Do the arithmetic. Even allowing for lying, guessing, and honest ignorance, the insurgents, and their families, are taking heavy casualties. They haven’t quit. If the US had suffered proportionately—say a couple of hundred thousand dead—the war would have been over years ago.


More Fred Reed: 2013-08-20 on LewRockwell.com: Excerpts from Fred Reed's article Oh Help. Oh Help. Oh Help. Disordered Ramblings on Martial Prowess:

The world´s most magnificent budget got run out of Nam like a scalded dog, yelling that actually, really, I mean honest, we really really won, shriek.

Not so's you'd notice.

The same highly-trained martial codpiece got
    run out of Lebanon with 241 Marines dead,
    run out of Mogadishu by teenagers with armed pickup trucks,
    performed a comedy routine trying to rescue hostages in Tehran,
    lost in Iraq, and works diligently at losing in Afghanistan.

Not too much bang for the buck, I'd say, or for the doe either.

See, PJ, the American military is like a dentist trying to drill teeth with a petroleum platform. It's the wrong tool.  Multibillion dollar ratpacks of hugely expensive fighter planes are splendid fun, and say “Varoooooom!” Good stuff, that. They really are the best in the world, and nothing can stay in the sky with them.

Ah, but they are fighters with nothing to fight. The Pentagon’s problem is Ahmet the Wiley Wog who hides behind a rock with his RPG and keeps blowing up trucks full of GIs. Ahmet isn't too flashy. He doesn't have a conformal phased-array radar and isn't supersonic. But he has clanking brass balls and wads of determination. Oops.

And that's the story of our whole military shebang: gaudy but mostly irrelevant.

Current Pentagonal thinking, if that is quite the word I want, is to impose Full Speculum Dominance, I believe it's called, and control the world. A Full Speculum is full of very pricey fighters of little military use, marvelous warships of little military use, and glorious tanks of little military use. They chiefly serve to get us in trouble in places where we shouldn't be in the first place. (Pesky military historians note that World War Two ended 68 years ago, but apparently the Pentagon thinks it might come back. Perhaps it is in hiding somewhere.)
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« Reply #7 on: 2010-March-07 11:51:08 AM »

This article also relates to my original article (but then, I covered so much ground that almost anything relates to it...<grin>)   Dennis


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‘To the Size of States There Is a Limit’: Measurements for the Success of Secession
by Kirkpatrick Sale

Recently by Kirkpatrick Sale: Secession Is In the Air

Yes, Aristotle declared there to be a limit to the size of states: "a limit, as there is to other things, plants, animals, implements; for none of these retain their natural power when they are too large…, but they either wholly lose their nature, or are spoiled," so he said. But, really, what the hell did he know? He lived at a time when the entire population of the world was somewhere around 50 million people – about the size of England today – the population of the Greek-speaking city-states, which were not united in a nation, in all may have been 8 million, and Athens, where he lived, considered a large city, would have been under 100,000 people. Limits? He couldn’t even imagine a world (ours) of 6.8 billion, a nation (China) of 1.3 billion, or a city (Tokyo) of 36 million. How is he going to help us?

It is because, firstly, he did know that there are limits: "Experience shows that a very populous city can rarely, if ever, be well governed; since all cities which have a reputation for good government have a limit of population. We may argue on grounds of reason, and the same result will follow: for law is order, and good law is good order; but a very great multitude cannot be orderly." And it doesn’t matter if that city is 1 million or 36 million – political entities at such sizes could certainly not be democratic in any sense, could not possibly function with anything approaching efficiency, and could exist only with great inequities of wealth and material comfort.

And because, secondly, he did know that human beings are of a certain limited size of brain and comprehension, and that putting them in the aggregate does not make them any smarter – or as another philosopher, Lemuel Gulliver, once said, "Reason does not extend itself with the bulk of the body." There is a human scale to human politics, defined by human nature, that functions well only in such aggregations as do not overstress and overburden the… quite capable and ingenious but limited human brain and human capacity.

So political units, Aristotle said – he thought mostly in terms of cities, not knowing nations – but even if we may extend those units with the experience of 2000 more years to larger units such as nations, they have to be limited: limited by human nature and human experience. And it is with that maxim of Aristotle’s that we now may start contemplating what in today’s world would constitute the ideal, or let us say the optimum, size of a state, with these two overriding criteria: "sufficient," in Aristotle’s words, " for a good life in the political community" – that would be some form of democracy – and "the largest number which suffices for the purposes of a good life" – that would be efficiency. Democracy and efficiency.

And hark – this is not some sort of idle philosopher’s quest. It is, or could be, the foundation of a serious reordering of our political world, and a reordering such as the process of secession – indeed, only the process of secession, as I see it – could provide. We have abundant evidence that a state as large as 305 million people is ungovernable – some scholar said in the paper just this past Sunday that we are in the fourth decade of the inability of Congress to pass a single measure of social consequence. Bloated and corrupted beyond its ability to address, much less solve, any of the problems as an empire it has created, it is a blatant failure. So let us be bold to ask, what could replace it, and at what size? The answer, as will appear, is the independent states, that is to say nations, of America.

Let us start by looking first at real-world figures of modern-day nations to give us some clue as to population sizes that actually work.

Of all the world’s political entities – there are 223 of them, counting the smallest independent islands – 45 are below 250,000 people, 67 below 1 million, 108 below 5 million; in fact 50 per cent of nations are below 5.5 million, and a full 58 per cent are smaller than Switzerland’s population of 7.7 million (Wikipedia: World populations by rank). That says right there that it is obvious that most countries in the world function with quite relatively small populations. And looking at the nations that are recognized models of statecraft, there are eight of them even below 500,000 – Luxemburg, Malta, Iceland, Barbados, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, and San Marino – and the example of Iceland, with the world’s oldest parliament and an unquestioned beacon of democracy (troubles of its banking aside), suggests that 319,000 people is all you would need. Going up a bit in size, there are another nine models of good governance below 5 million, including Singapore, Norway, Costa Rico, Ireland, New Zealand, Estonia, Luxembourg, and Malta.

Next, let’s look at the size of the most prosperous nations ranked by per capita Gross Domestic Product (Wikipedia: List of countries by GDP, CIA Factbook). (Parenthetically let me say that I realize GDP is a crude and entirely uncritical measure of economic worth, and reflects all kinds of growth, much undesirable, but until we have nations devoted to steady-state economies instead this is the best way to gauge economic performance.) Eighteen of the top 20 by GDP rank (a total of 27 countries because of ties) are small, under 5 million, and all but one of the top ten are under 5 million (that’s the U.S., at ten, the others being Liechtenstein, Qatar, Luxembourg, Bermuda, Norway, Kuwait, Jersey, Singapore, and Brunei in order); the average size of those nine is 1.9 million. The average size of all 27 of the top economic nations, excluding the U.S., is 5.1 million.

You are beginning to get the picture.

Let’s take another measure – freedom, as reckoned by three different rating sites, Freedom House, the Wall Street Journal, and The Economist, using measures of civil liberties, open elections, free media, and the like. Of the 14 states reckoned freest in the world, nine of them (64 per cent) have populations below Switzerland at 7.7 million, 11 below Sweden at 9.3 million, and the only sizeable states are Canada, United Kingdom, and Germany, the largest, at 81 million.

There’s one other measure of freedom that is put out by Freedom House, ranking all the nations of the world according to political rights and civil liberties, and there are only 46 nations with perfect scores. Of those 46, the majority of them are under 5 million in population, and indeed 17 of them are even under l million. That’s rather astonishing in itself. And only 14 of the 46 free nations are over 7.5 million. Excluding the United States, whose reputation for freedom is fully belied by its incarceration of 2.3 million people, 25 per cent of the world’s prisoners, and excluding the United Kingdom, Spain, and Poland, the average population of the free states of the world is approximately 5 million.

Let me finally take several other national rankings. Literacy: of the 44 countries that claim a literacy rate of 99 or better (I say claim, since it is hard to verify), only 15 are large, 29 (66 per cent) of the 44 below 7.5 million. Health: measured by the World Health Organization, 12 of the top 20 are under 7 million, none over 65 million. In a ranking of happiness and standard of living last year by sociologist Steven Hales, the top nations are Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Netherlands, Australia, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, Austria, and Finland, all but Canada and Australia small. And a "sustainable society index" created by two scholars earlier last year, adding in environmental and ecological factors, ranks only smaller countries in the top 10 – in order, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Austria, Iceland, Vietnam, Georgia, New Zealand, and Latvia.

Enough of that – the point I trust is well and simply made. A nation can be not only viable and sustainable at quite small population sizes, a model of more-or-less democratic and efficient government, but in fact can provide all the necessary qualities for superior living. Indeed, the figures seem to suggest that, though it is certainly possible to thrive at sizes under a million people, there is a more-or-less optimum size for a successful state, somewhere in the range of 3 to 5 million people.

Next, let us take a quick look at geographic sizes of successful nations. A great many nations are surprisingly small – underlining the point, often missed by critics of secession, that a nation does not have to be self-sufficient to operate well in the modern world. In fact there are 85 political entities out of the 223 counted by the U.N. that are under 10,000 square miles – that is to say, the size of Vermont or smaller – and they include Israel, El Salvador, Bahamas, Qatar, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Singapore, and Andorra.

And if we go back to that measure of economic strength, the Gross Domestic Product per capita, small nations prove to be decidedly advantageous: of the top 20 ranked nations (27 in all including ties), all but eight are small in area, under 35,000 square miles, the global median (the size of South Carolina), and two of those eight include Norway and Sweden, technically large but excluding their empty northern areas effectively small; in other words 77 per cent of the prosperous nations are small. And most of them are quite small indeed, under 10,000 square miles (Liechtenstein, Qatar, Luxembourg, Bermuda, Kuwait, Jersey, Singapore, Brunei, Guernsey, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Andorra, San Marino, British Virgin Islands, and Gibraltar).

All this is proof positive that economically successful nations needn’t be large in geographic size, and to the contrary, this is the important point: it is strongly suggestive that large size may in fact be a hindrance. The reason for this is that administrative, distribution, transportation, and similar transaction costs obviously have to rise, perhaps exponentially, as geographic size increases. Control and communication also become more difficult to manage over long distances, often to the point where central authority and governance become nearly impossible, and as all the lines and signals become more complex the ability to manage efficiently is severely diminished.

Small, let’s face it, is not only beautiful but bountiful.

[Once that important idea is understood, a further logical argument can be derived from it: that in many cases a smallish nation might find it desirable to divide up even farther so as to take advantage of smaller areas for more efficient economic functions. This might be outright secession in some places, where it would simply be good economic sense – and more, places where it would make political and cultural good sense as well. But it might also take the form of economic and political devolution, giving smaller areas autonomy and power without outright secession, much as Switzerland is the model of.]

In fact, I wish to propose to you, out of these figures and even moreso out of the history of the world, that there is a Law of Government Size, and it goes like this: Economic and social misery increasers in direct proportion to the size and power of the central government of a nation.

In testing this law in history – Sale’s Law, as I like to think of it – let me begin with Arnold Toynbee’s great and justifiably classic study of human civilization, whose primary conclusion is that the next-to-last stage of any society, leading directly to its final stage of collapse, is "its forcible political unification in a centralized state," and he gives as evidence the Roman Empire, and the Ottoman, Benghal, and Mongol empires, and the Tokugawa Shogunate, and ultimately the Spanish, British, French, and Portuguese empires. The consolidation of nations into powerful empires leads not to shining periods of peace and prosperity and the advance of human betterment, but to increasing restriction, warfare, autocracy, crowding, immiseration, inequality, poverty, and starvation.

The reason for all this is not mysterious. As a government grows, it expands both its bureaucratic might over domestic affairs and its military might over external ones. Money must be found for this expansion, and it comes either from taxation, which leads to higher prices and ultimately inflation – result, as Mr. Micawber might say, social misery – or from printing new money, which also leads to higher prices and inflation – result, again, social misery. Wealth is also thought to come from conquest and colonization, enlarging spoils through warfare, but it comes at the price of imposing increased government control and military conscription at home ("War is the health of states," as Randolph Bourne put it) and increased violence, bloodshed, and misery for one’s own army and civilians and opposing forces abroad. Result, economic and social misery.

I have detailed much of this in my book Human Scale (available on request from New Catalyst Books), but let me just give a capsulated version here, concentrating on Europe. There have been four major periods of great state consolidation and enlargement in the last thousand years:

1.From 1150 to 1300 AD, with the establishment of royal dynasties replacing medieval baronies and city states in England, Aquitaine, Sicily, Aragon, and Castile, resulting in rampant inflation of nearly 400 percent and almost incessant wars, with increasing battle casualties from a few hundred to more than 1 million.
 
2. From 1525 to 1650, with the consolidation of national power through standing armies, royal taxation, central banks, civilian bureaucracies, and state religions, saw an inflation rate of more than 700 per cent in just 125 years and an unprecedented expansion of wars, a war intensity seven times greater than Europe had seen before, warfare casualties increasing to maybe 8 million, maybe 5 million in the Thirty Years War alone.
 
3. From 1775 to 1815, the period of modern state government over most of Europe, including national police forces, conscripted armies, centralized state power à la the Code Napoleon, there was an inflation rate of more than 250 per cent in just 40 years, in 1815 the highest at any time until 1920s, and war casualties up to 15 million (maybe 5 million in the Napoleonic Wars) in that short period.

Finally, in period 4, from 1910 to 1970, familiar to us, all European nations consolidated and expanded power, known in many places as totalitarianism (though known in the U.S., though we had all the components of totalitarianism – consolidated central power, national bank, income tax, national police, conscription, imperial presidency – known as freedom and democracy), resulting in the worst depression in history and inflation of 1400 per cent, and of course the two most ruinous wars in all human history contributing to casualties, mostly deaths, of 100 million or more.

Conclusion inevitable: the larger the state, the more economic disaster and military casualties. The Law of Government Size.

Now that we have established the virtue of smallness worldwide, let’s apply these figures to the United States and see what it tells us.

Of the 50 states, just over half (29) are below 5 million people. Half the population lives in 40 states that average out to 3.7 million people; the other half is in the 10 largest states. There are 10 states and one colony in the 3-to-5 million population class that I’m suggesting would be ideal secession candidates – Iowa, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, Colorado, and Mississippi – another 13 between 1 to 3 million – Montana, Rhode Island, Hawai’i, New Hampshire, Maine, Idaho, Nebraska, West Virginia, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Kansas, and Arkansas – and another eight below a million but larger than Iceland, and that includes beloved Vermont. In other words, 30 of the states (plus Puerto Rico) fall in a range where similar sizes in the rest of the world have produced successful independent nations. Those are the candidates for successful secession.

Add to that the lessons from geographic size. We’ve already seen that 84 political areas in the world are smaller than Vermont, the second smallest U.S. state. Now let’s see how the states measure up to the world figures. The median size of U.S. state area is roughly 58,000 square miles – 25 states are smaller than that, 25 bigger. If all of those under 58,000 were independent, they would match 79 other nations in the world, among them Greece, Nicaragua, Iceland, Hungary, Portugal, Austria, Czech Republic, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Taiwan. In other words, size is no hindrance whatsoever to successfully operating as a nation in the world – and, as I’ve suggested, small size seems indeed to be a virtue.

It needn’t be all about population or geographic sizes – one might factor in cultural cohesion, developed infrastructure, historical identity, and suchlike – but that certainly seems to me to be the sensible place to start when considering viable states. And since the experience of the world has shown – indeed, over and over again in the formation of nations since the 19th century – that entities in the 3 to 5 million range may be optimum for governance and efficiency, and some within a 1-to-7 million range, that is how to begin assessing bodies for their secessionist potential and their chances of national success.

I hope all this is Aristotelian examination is not regarded as a mere academic exercise, though a great deal of exercise, I assure you, has gone into it. I believe that it establishes something in the way of propellant impetus for Americans who understand that their national government (no oxymoron intended) is broke and can’t be fixed (there were 70 per cent of them in a national poll not long ago), and who realize that the only hope to re-energize American politics and recreate the vibrant collection of democracies that the founding generation of the 18th century envisioned, is to create truly sovereign states through peaceful, popular, powerful secession.

Let me underscore that conclusion: the only hope is secession.

February 16, 2010

Kirkpatrick Sale [send him mail], scholar and prolific writer, heads the Middlebury Institute.

Copyright © 2010 Middlebury Institute

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« Reply #8 on: 2010-March-18 10:24:08 AM »

I think this fits nicely with my original article...I have highlighted a few things and added some comments. dlw

http://www.lewrockwell.com/reed/reed175.html
The Last Hope

by Fred Reed
   

Washington is out of control. It does as it likes, without restraint. It spends American money and American lives to fight remote wars for which it cannot provide a plausible reason. It determines what our children will be taught, who we can hire and fire, to whom we can sell our houses, whether we can defend ourselves, even what names we can call each other. The feds read our email and track the web sites we visit, make us hop around barefoot in airports at the command of surly unaccountable rentacops. They search us at random in train stations without even a pretense of probable cause. We have no influence over them, no way of resisting.

Except, perhaps, to ignore them.

Washington has learned to insulate itself from interference by the population. Huge impenetrable bureaucracies beyond public control make regulations that amount to laws, spending God knows how much money to do God knows what for the benefit of the interest groups that run the government. These bureaucrats cannot be fired and usually cannot be named. Congress, like the bureaucracies, serves not the United States but the big lobbies. The looters of Wall Street wreck the lives of millions, and get millions in bonuses for doing it instead of the end of a rope.

Further, the federal government simply doesn’t work. It is clogged up, constipated, gridlocked, using antiquated technology to do badly things it ought to do and things it oughtn’t. In large part this is because federal hiring rests on the desires of racist and feminist lobbies instead of suitability for the work to be done. Whole departments – HUD, Education – do much harm and little good. IRS is ruthless, incompetent, and unaccountable, the tax laws burdensome and crafted for the benefit of special interests and of Washington. I can change my address with my bank online in five minutes and know that it has been done; IRS requires a paper form and six to eight weeks to effect the change, and you don’t know whether it has been done. The goons of TSA leer at our daughters with their porno-scanners. The VA can easily take six months to provide a veteran’s records, when it could be done online in five seconds. The Pentagon spends a trillion a year, precious little of which has anything to do with defending America, but can’t defeat a small group of badly outnumbered men armed with rifles and RPGs; the intelligence agencies were unable to warn them of the prospect.

The government doesn’t work. It is broken. [Actually, it is not broken, it is working just like every government has ever worked or ever will work...dlw] It can’t be fixed. It can’t be fixed because only those within it could, and their interest lies in not fixing it.

The only remedy short of armed rebellion is civil disobedience at the level of the states. Clear constitutional justification for refusal to obey Washington lies in the Tenth Amendment:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

A great many states now begin to do a great many things counter to Washington’s wishes. I think it wise to keep resistance within the framework of the Constitution, but the entire question comes down to a blunt truth: No law extends beyond the lawmaker’s power to enforce it. Congress can pass a law against gravitation, but can’t prevent things from falling when released from a height. The federal government made alcohol illegal but, in the face of massive public disregard, couldn’t make it stick.

What happens if, as may happen, California legalizes marijuana – not just for contrived medical purposes, but legalizes it, period? I search in vain for the Marijuana Clause in the Constitution. The feds do not have the manpower to enforce federal laws within California without the help of the police of California. What happens if a state passes a law saying that its citizens cannot be forced to buy health insurance? What can Washington do? It can persecute individuals, but a state, or thirty states, are another thing. The FBI can arrest any one person, but it cannot arrest Wyoming.

Much depends on how sick people really are of the ever-growing thicket of laws, regulation, imposed political correctness, surveillance, and having to live according to the dictates of remote elites with whom they have nothing in common.

At bottom, Washington’s power is economic. The feds rely for control on taxing money from the states and giving some of it back in exchange for obedience. They cannot arrest Wyoming, but they can deny it federal highway funds. This technique provides de facto control over everything from kindergarten to MIT.

Now, if Idaho passes a law (I’m making this up) saying that no restrictions on the ownership of guns will be enforced within the state, Washington might choose discretion over valor and ignore it. Legalizing marijuana, however, or refusing to accept compulsory medical care, would be a direct if not necessarily intentional challenge to the power of the central government. The feds could not afford to let either of these things slide. The danger of the precedent to the grip of the governing classes would be too great. A deadly serious confrontation would ensue.

What could, or would, the federal government do in response to defiance? Send the Marines to occupy Sacramento? Or the FBI to arrest Arnold and the legislature of California?

Or cut off California’s financial water? No bailout for the state’s tottering economy, no more fat subsidies to the universities, and so on?

The question is how ugly might things get. Washington may be able to make the states back down. It may not. The peril for the feds is that it might occur to the states that, while they get their money from Washington, Washington gets its money from the states. The central government depends absolutely on the states, whereas the states would get along swimmingly without the current central government.

How tired are Americans of a dysfunctional, oppressive Washington, unconcerned for its citizens, unaccountable and tending fast toward the totalitarian, that sprawls across the continent like an armed leech of malign intent? That is the question. The first time a populous states says “No,” if such a state ever does, we will get the answer. The United States has been free, prosperous, and reasonably well governed for a long time. It no longer is. Things go downward, within and without.

Nothing lasts, change comes, and things break. We shall see. Give it five years.

March 18, 2010

Fred Reed is author of Nekkid in Austin: Drop Your Inner Child Down a Well and A Brass Pole in Bangkok: A Thing I Aspire to Be. His latest book is Curmudgeing Through Paradise: Reports from a Fractal Dung Beetle. Visit his blog.

Copyright © 2010 Fred Reed

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« Reply #9 on: 2010-September-15 05:31:21 PM »

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THIS is a nice supplement to the second half of my original article...dlw

Emphasis added.

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2010/tle585-20100829-05.html
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
585, August 29, 2010

 
What is the state of things and where do we go from here?
by Edwin E. Smith
edsmith@freeholdconsulting.com
Attribute to The Libertarian Enterprise

Perhaps I should begin with "I" instead of "we" since I long ago discovered that I am only in control of myself and my body as everyone else is in control of their respective selves. I know this to be a fact and I've got the AA and CA chips to prove it. To paraphrase Robert A. Heinlein, "If you think you can control the actions of anyone else then you should try herding cats."

There lies the dilemma.

In Issue 584 I read L. Neil Smith's "The Plan", with great interest. As with most of L. Neil's stuff he's great about pointing out things and what ought to be done etc... etc... etc... HOWEVER, while the solution sounds so simple the reality is that it isn't simple at all. Before even one little thing that's wrong with this country can be changed the opinions and values of a huge number of people will have to be altered. Like herding cats doing that is no simple task. Even if I had the power of Hari Seldon it would, as in Isaac Asimov's Foundation, require thousands of years to accomplish. Had I the power to reach into the minds of a large group of people, the Democrats for example, and turn this knob to this setting and adjust this lever to such a position as I thought was right it would still do little good.

Alas, I have no such power and neither does anyone else. Nor should they.

Being an atheist myself I cannot look to God for help or answers. In all of my years of AA and CA 12 stepping the single most important thing I had to figure out is that contrary to the premises of the Big Book I could not ask God for help to take away my desire for drugs and alcohol. But that is in itself another story. So God isn't going to help us even if you do believe there is a God or Gods or whatever. Everything I've ever read asserts the postulate that God gave us free will. Philosophically he had to give us free will, otherwise there could not be any such thing as Sin. Humankind would be little more than organisms which sole purpose would be to reproduce.

So now that I've established the fact that an individual, which I am, can only control himself, which I do, and likewise does in fact bear the sole responsibility and consequences for whatever he does, and I do. There is no hope that God, any group, or anyone else but I can give me what I desire or make the world to be what it ought to be. To believe such is nonsense. Likewise for a Democrat to believe that O'Bama, Pelosi and Reid are going to deliver the utopia they promised is also sheer and utter nonsense. I'm 60 years old and in my 40 odd years of political activism I have never seen or heard of a politicians promises coming true in any way to be to the benefit of his constituents.

Achieving the Libertarian ideal is NOT going to happen through political means either. Not now. Not in 5 thousand years. Remember those cats.

Where we are, and what we have is a political system that rewards not the people but the politicians and the bureaucrats that support the system. From the lowliest janitor that sweeps the courtrooms where the political will is heartlessly meted out, to the president himself. They one and all exist at the expense of everyone else who works to create and produce the wealth and IS the economy. Asking a politician to fix the economic system which was broken by the previous 1000 political fixes just isn't going to work. The government has perfected the art of bribing the voters with their own money.

So how does an individual who can control only himself attain freedom for the rest of the world? The answer is he doesn't. Since I am in control of only myself I can only make myself as free of the machinations of the political and proletariat classes as I possibly can.

That is all that I CAN do.

I have spent the better part of the past 15 years doing whatever I could to become and remain free.

Today I am in a travel trailer in just about the midlist part of the continental U.S. as one could possibly get. Less than 200 miles away from the center, that is, which is still far enough to make me hard to find. Not that I'm worried about being found because in the larger scheme of things I'm just not worth it for anyone to find.

I didn't file any tax returns from 1986 to 2007. I filed 2007-2009 in 2010 because I wanted to clear up an ancient tax lien that had never really bothered me. And my accountant expensed my business to the point where I owed nothing in taxes. I didn't file for those years because I discovered that there's not a whole lot the IRS can do to a non-filer who doesn't own any real property. I believe it was H.D. Thoreau who said that we don't own property. Our property owns us. But this doesn't mean that anyone who wishes to follow in my footsteps needs to take a vow of poverty. I certainly didn't. There are many ways to control and use property that one doesn't own directly. Of course the IRS could find me and put me on trial for "Willful Failure to File a Tax Return. But they always go after the idiots who file so-called 5th amendment or protest returns first. They go after the loudmouthed zealots who somehow believe that the Tax Code doesn't apply to the average taxpayer because they don't live in the District of Columbia. BUY a CLUE! They make the rules and they enforce the rules. If they want to they can get a warrant and drag your silly ass off to the federal penitentiary where guess what, you don't have to file tax returns because you have no income!

But I figured the best way to not pay taxes was to drop under their radar. When I move, as I frequently do, I don't leave a forwarding address. DUH! Those who I want to know where I'm going I tell and nobody else. Being hard to find is the best way to get under the radar. I don't respond to any of the IRS letters which somehow find their way to me. I don't respond to the numerous demands for tax payments or lien's that have been filed against the wealth which I don't have, at least not that they know of and neither do you!!!

And guess what. The IRS persecution of me never went beyond a tax lien. No state ever filed a lien against me and after 10 years an IRS tax lien drops off and is released. At present I still have everything I started with and a little (lot) more. I've done little other than refuse to comply with the demands of the government.

Can you imagine what would happen if more people simply did what I have done? Namely refuse to comply. Even if the IRS or other government tax authority locked me up and as many others as they could they would soon run out of prison spaces and the resources to feed them. This is what amounts to civil disobedience.

Civil Disobedience... is the only group action that has ever in the history of mankind effected the greatest political change for the least amount of bloodshed. The best example I can think of is the British occupation of India. One simple individual by the name of Mahatma Gandhi never raised a hand against the British occupiers yet his simple refusal, along with millions of followers, to comply with the rules or pay the taxes placed upon them drove the British to eventually give up and go home.

And Civil Disobedience is what in the end will cause lasting political change in this country. Not God, Not the power of Hari Seldon, not turning knobs or moving levers in the minds of all of the proletariat. Only will a refusal to comply cause the government to sit up and take notice. Think about it. The usual way of voters is to pay their taxes go to work every workday obey all of the rules and regulations put upon them by the politicians and yes even to believe that it is all just because they went down to the polls last November and voted. It doesn't matter that their candidate lost. It doesn't matter that the law they voted against passed anyway. It doesn't matter that the 10 trillion dollar bond issue they so hoped wouldn't pass was nevertheless passed and levied and they now were paying for with higher sales taxes. It doesn't matter because no matter How they vote, they still obey the rules and they still pay the taxes. But what would happen if they stopped?

If one person stops, it's doubtful the leviathan would even notice. If 1000 people stopped they still wouldn't notice. If a million stopped they would notice but since there was no discernable head or organization to arrest the leviathan would be nearly powerless to do anything about it other than arrest and try the 1,000,000 refusers. A task that is huge in and of itself and guaranteed to be a net loss for the government for the only thing the government can do is house the refusers in prisons which are already overcrowded or even if the death penalty was decreed for refusers the government still loses because of the cost of the trial and the mandatory observance of the 'rules.' Because if they don't follow the rules then they lose all legitimate claim of being in power.

The last estimate which I heard about 15 years ago is that there exist 16 million non-filers. They file no tax returns even though the government say they must. Care to hazard a guess how many there are now. How many individuals simply stopped paying and stopped filing. 30 million? 100 million? Why do we not hear about them? Could it be that the IRS is deathly frightened of the fact that 16 million people who should file returns simply didn't? It wasn't common knowledge then and it certainly isn't being publicized now. Even the IRS itself states that the Tax System is based on voluntary compliance. I simply stopped volunteering!

Because once an individual refuses to comply he instantly becomes a free man. He is instantly in control of his own destiny. Others may control his body and physically restrain him but they can never tame a free individuals mind. Yes they can brainwash him and drive him insane [but] he is still a free spirit once he declares himself to be a free and sovereign individual and refuses to be ruled by others.

Back to the numbers, what if instead of a mere million, ten millions refuse to comply? 100 millions? A Billion? When the rest of the freedom loving people see that little can be done to punish the refusers. That those who refuse to pay and refuse to obey go virtually Scott free with nothing of the bad things happening which are supposed to happen to 'Tax cheats', 'criminals', 'civil disobeyers'. When the proletariat realizes that the actual criminals are the ones with the whips in their hands then the government will be for all intents and purposes dead.

For in actuality what power does anyone have over another that the other didn't voluntarily give up? The answer is...

NONE!!!

We live in a cage of our own construction and each of us has the key to the lock. We simply need to turn the key and the cage disappears completely. Once an individual steps over that imaginary line which separates the docile cattle from the free range animals on the plains of Africa he is free. All it takes is a step.

Just DO IT!!!

Just STOP!!! Stop complying with the wishes of those who would run your life and take the bread out of your children's mouths. Those who tell you just exactly what you can do and where you can go and who you can work for and every other life sucking rule and regulation which has reduced this once great country, filled with free individuals to a groveling mass of welfare and other government giveaway's that we truly believe we must have lest the hounds of Armageddon descend upon us. The way to be once again free is to pry your lips away from the tit of that great leviathan we call government. Don't like the Federal Reserve printing funny money? For heaven sakes stop using it for anything other than toilet paper. A fate all other fiat currencies shares and the dollar will also share. Hyperinflation is defined as the point at which the currency becomes more valuable as toilet paper that a store of wealth.

Don't like paying taxes? Then stop paying. Take all of those FRN's (Federal Reserve Notes) that you would have sent to leviathan and buy gold and silver coins instead, and HIDE them. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT keep them in a bank. I wouldn't even keep them in a storage vault no matter what assurances or the reputation of the proprietors proclaim. Dig a hole in a place you know will always be accessible and bury them.

Use your silver and gold among others, who like yourself refuse to comply with leviathan, to trade for food that you can't produce yourself. Don't worry about who will produce what you can't any more than they need to worry about obtaining the skills you possess. Economics is not something that one needs to learn in college. Economics arises spontaneously in every human group who has found that trading is much more easier than stealing. Stealing being the system we have now. AKA Kleptocracy.

Don't worry if it seems like you're the only individual who isn't paying. Rest assured there are tens and perhaps hundreds of millions who just like you have decided, to one extent or another, to refuse to go along with the Kleptocracy. There is no need to flaunt your newfound freedom. In fact I highly advise against it. Just Do it. Just drop off the leviathan's radar. Just Be Free. The others will little by little reveal themselves to you. You'll recognize a fellow freedom fighter when you meet him. He'll be the one who seems very happy and relaxed about the coming collapse and Armageddon. Which for the free and independent and self sufficient which the free cannot help but be self sufficient, won't be anywhere near as bad as the self anointed purveyors of official news piss and moan about on TV. Just like the Huge environmental impact of the Gulf oil spill they said would last for years, wasn't even a tenth as bad as they said it would be and in fact is largely back to normal as if it hadn't happened at all. Nature is like that. Life is tenacious. Even for humans. In fact humans have turned out to be some of the best survivors of all. We KILL cockroaches not the other way around.

Lead by example. Be free and happy and others will see and think how can I be like him? When they ask you how, just say, "To be free and happy one has to take a step and declare himself to be a free and sovereign individual." Don't worry if they don't believe you. Some people will never get it. They will not survive. Only the free and sovereign individual who has something others want or who can bake a loaf and skin a rabbit will survive. It doesn't require any revolution. All that is required is to stop feeding leviathan. Stop giving leviathan your money. Stop doing everything leviathan tells you to do unless you as an individual actually wish to do. Eventually leviathan will starve or at least will adapt and actually evolve into something acceptable to free sovereign individuals to trade with on a strict voluntary basis only.

The only thing that Michael Jackson said that I totally agree with is... "If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change."



*Freedom Road Rider refers to footnotes [8] and [9] of my original article.

[8] Freedom Road by Harold Hough, Loompanics Unlimited.

This Amazon site also contains other recommendations http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Road-Harold-Hough/dp/096669323X

[9] Chuck Munson's interesting review of the Freedom Road book:
http://www.spunk.org/texts/reviews/sp001287.txt
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« Reply #10 on: 2010-September-15 06:35:45 PM »

I see that the http://www.spunk.org/texts/reviews/sp001287.txt link is no longer working, so I have reproduced the
Chuck Munson review of Freedom Road here.  
http://tinyurl.com/Hough-Freedom-Road
http://dennisleewilson.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=18.msg866#msg866

Here is a brief book review of "Freedom Road" that I thought you might enjoy as an introduction to the book:



"Freedom Road" by Harold Hough
Loompanics Unlimited / PO Box 1197,
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Review by Chuck Munson

Ever had the urge to give up your settled lifestyle and hit the road, for good? Tired of rents, mortgages, home repair, noisy neighbors, landlords, and looking at the same view through the windows every day? Tired of the same old "secure" job? Feel the need to live a nomadic existence? If you're thinking about switching to living in an RV (recreational vehicle), than this book is for you.

Hough's book is filled with practical advice for a person or couple who live on the road. The book opens with an examination of the strengths of RV-living. Hough argues that RVs are the key to living a life that is more free of government interference, community standards, and financial worries. The rhetoric in this part of the book would sound familiar to many anarchists.

Living a life free of government interference is a concept that appeals to many. Hough's approach to this desire is to live life on the road.

Most of this book is filled with practical advice for the person who decides to take up residence on "Freedom Road." How does one choose the right RV? How does one earn money if one lives on the road? How do you choose your state of residence? Where should one get a drivers license? Where does one stay overnight? For several months? Hough answers these questions and provides many more practical tips for those living the RV lifestyle.

As a person with no intention of hitting the road, I nonetheless found this book to be very interesting. It makes one think about the things we take for granted when we put down roots. It also gives a glimpse of a lifestyle that few of us lead. Another fine practical book from Loompanics.

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Most government laws and actions are based on the premise that all people live in fixed residences. Thinking this, they tax your real estate, fix its use through zoning, and control your behavior through silly laws. Without a fixed residence you can avoid most governments and many of their laws.

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--Chuck Munson


This Amazon site also contains other recommendations
http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Road-Harold-Hough/dp/096669323X
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.         New Year, New Paradigm

So, the people are upset at what "government" is doing. The people
are outraged, fit to be tied. This time, "government" has gone too
far! This time it's serious! And the people are hopping mad!
They're not going to take it anymore! The people are demanding
change!

In other words, it's business as usual.

The level of oppression and the intensity of the discontent may
fluctuate, but it's always been there, for all of my life and all
of yours. "Government" has ALWAYS been acting against the will of
the people. Politicians have always been corrupt, and have always
been violating the rights of individuals. It was happening before
the ink was dry on the Constitution, it was happening for thousands
of years before that, and it continues to happen today. And it
keeps getting worse.

Whether it's war-mongering, socialist wealth redistribution, police
state fascism, or government take-overs of more and more aspects of
our lives, the story is always the same: "government" power
increases, liberty diminishes. Centuries of campaigning, voting,
lobbying and protesting have been utterly powerless to stop it.

And here comes the part most people don't want to hear. When I was
actively and zealously campaigning and doing the whole political
activism thing, this is the last thing I wanted to hear--but it's
exactly what I needed to hear:

For all the greed, nastiness and corruption of all of the political
crooks, "left" and "right," the primary problem does NOT reside in
Washington. The main problem exists between the ears of several
hundred million Americans, probably including you. Until what's in
YOUR HEAD changes, all of your determination, righteous indignation
and hard work will accomplish nothing. Actually, it will accomplish
LESS than nothing. Until your understanding changes, your efforts
to preserve liberty will actually result in LESS freedom and LESS
justice, for you and everyone else.

If, as I myself did years back, you've spent lots of time, effort
and money trying to petition the system for justice, and trying to
create a responsible, "lawful" and righteous "government," then
honestly ask yourself: what did you get for all of your noble
efforts? What do you have to show for it? Are you more free, or
less free, than when you started? We both know the answer to that.

(You might be tempted to claim that, if not for your efforts,
things would be even worse today. Even if that were true, all that
would mean is that you slightly slowed down the slide toward
totalitarianism, but did nothing to actually prevent it. At best,
you made it into a problem for our kids to deal with, after you and
I are gone. Is that good enough for you?)

Good intentions are good. But without understanding, they are
worthless. Like the brave soldier who eventually realizes that he
isn't actually fighting for freedom and justice, but is only acting
as a mercenary for crooked politicians, most freedom advocates need
to realize that their valiant efforts are NOT ACTUALLY HELPING. The
trouble is that, when people's motives are good, their intentions
honorable, and when they've been working hard for what they believe
in, for years if not decades, the last thing they want to hear is,
"What you're doing is utterly pointless."

But in most cases, it is.

The good news is that you DO have the power to change the world for
the better. Achieving liberty--yes, even in our lifetime--IS
possible. But as long as you focus only on the EXTERNAL
manifestations of tyranny, you will get nowhere. Whether you're
talking about a sick body or a sick society, treating SYMPTOMS
doesn't make a problem go away. And all the "government" power-
grabs, all the war-mongering, all the police state bunk, all the
Orwellian garbage going on--while those are all extremely serious,
they are mere SYMPTOMS of the underlying problem.

If you take a moment to step back from your righteous zeal, and
reassess the situation honestly, you will find that the underlying
problem, in the vast majority of cases, is to be found INSIDE YOUR
OWN HEAD. No matter how enthusiastically pro-freedom you consider
yourself, you are probably a "carrier" of the real problem, and
while you're "demanding" freedom, you are unwittingly feeding
oppression.

In the coming days and months, I'll be elaborating on exactly what
I mean by that. For now, I'm going to end this article like a cliff-
hanger. Today, I'll just end with the assertion that, with
extremely rare exceptions, the primary problem is NOT the
politicians or their jackbooted thugs; the problem is in your own
head. The good news is that you have the power to fix it, if you
really want to.

For the most complete and thorough explanation of the issue that I
can give, go get yourself a copy of a book which has been over
fifteen years in the making, and was just released two days ago:
"The Most Dangerous Superstition." It can be ordered here:

http://www.larkenrose.com/store.html

Otherwise, just keep watching your e-mail in box, and eventually
you'll get the whole explanation in bits and pieces.

Sincerely,



Larken Rose
http://www.larkenrose.com
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Freedom Has No "System"--Challenge the premise. THERE IS NO "WE"!
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Freedom Has No System by Chris Dates
posted by Bill | October 10th, 2011

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

Whenever speaking of free and voluntary societies I’m often asked, “What would we do about this”, or, “who would take care of that.”  I used to rattle off answers to these questions that were supplied by minds sharper than mine without even examining the questions. Then I realized I was focusing on the wrong part of the question. I was simply explaining how a different system would work, and hoping the ones asking the question would be won over with the clever and well thought out answers I had either memorized, or thought of myself. I have been trying to persuade people away from their system using the promise of a new and improved system. I realized I was no different than any other philosophical political peddler, and I would no longer tempt people with “our system.”

The truth is no one knows what “we” will do in a completely voluntary society, there is just no way of knowing. Any answer that is given to questions pertaining to the problems that individuals would face in such a society are purely speculation. I cannot tell you what we would do, I can only tell you what I would do. I would honor my contracts; I would defend myself; I would choose to help others in need; I would expect no one to support me; and I would plan accordingly. I want to be very clear here, I do not disagree with the theory that is being presented on how the logistics of society would be handled. There is no doubt that these organizations and such would arise and be needed in a voluntary society. I disagree with the fact that these theories are being pushed as answers before addressing the only real and true problem; collectivist thought. When those who are curious about voluntarism ask the “we” questions, the underlying collectivist philosophy is still there, and this is what needs to be addressed first before any practical questions can or should be answered. Otherwise, you are just trying to get them to abandon their system for your system.

I’ll admit that getting people to see the gun in the room is a very important and crucial step when trying to win them over, but that is not enough. In my experience, after I have been successful at pointing out the systematized coercion, and institutionalized violence in the current system, the conversation always turns to how we would deal with the practical issues. This is where I would start to explain how we would handle these things, but lately I have been pointing out the “we” in the room. In a revolution of the individual, “we” questions should not be answered. Put the ball back in their court. Ask them what they would do. When human interaction is purely voluntary, there can be no system.  It is important to let the ones asking the questions find their own solutions, or what they think might be solutions. I have at 32 years old, accepted that I am probably as free now as I will ever be. I know there is one crucial step that has to be taken before humans are physically free, and that step is to be mentally free. If it will be their decision in a voluntary society, it must be their decision now. I must say, watching my fellow humans squirm when asked to think like a free people is a little disheartening. There is a long road ahead, my only hope is that my children will  be the pioneers of this new society.

I have been able to uncover a couple of fears that hold the human mind back from being able to grasp and accept the idea of a free society. One big issue is justice. Again, it comes back to, “what will we do about the criminals?” This is where I say, “I don’t know.” I have my ideas, but they are mine. I don’t know what neighbors will do when an intruder breaks into their houses, I don’t know what the family will do to the rapist who is caught. I don’t know what will happen to the murderer. This is usually where I start to lose those who I have been able to entertain this far into the conversation, you know, the ones who have not walked off and called me insane yet. Humans will know when a crime has been committed regardless of what society they live in. The American Justice system has set objective standards such as; murder is wrong; rape is wrong; and theft is wrong. These standards were not set by the government, they were set by the human mind. We are able to recognize wrong doings; entering into a free society will not change this. Just as punishments are subjective now, they will also be subjective in a free society. The map does not match the territory, and that is fine. This is part of the human experience, and it’s the reason why we have judges and juries now.

The fear of criminals is still rooted in collectivist thought. The fear of the other guy, makes us turn to the other guy. How many criminals are really out there? I’d say about 1% of the human population are actually psychopaths, and capable of real horror. Does this mean we should create an incubator for more psychopaths known as the state? We make more criminals out of our fear of criminals. Fear makes humans do very unreasonable things like give psychopaths a place to be pardoned of all responsibility for their actions. The fact is, bad people will continue to do bad things regardless of the society we choose to live in. They will still have to be dealt with, and I have no doubt they will be. Good humans will not sit idly by and watch as crimes are committed against their neighbors. This will especially be true when there is no state agency claiming to protect us. We will have to take our safety a little more seriously, and personally. Of course that should be the focus now, but the state has either outlawed your personal protection, or removed it from your decision all together. Either way both are false. To my way of thinking, we pull some ticks off of this dog and keep hunting. We will deal with the blood suckers as they come, it’s really all we can do.

In closing, freedom has no system, and it never will. Billions of humans making trillions of decisions could never be harnessed or thoroughly theorized by even the most brilliant voluntaryist thinkers or free market economists. I try not to use the term, “free market system” anymore, because humans trading goods and services is not a system, it’s what humans do. I have abandoned the use of the word “system” completely. Of course, some of the more logical folks out there might say that having no system is a system. Well, for those of you who would say that and discard this whole essay, I would ask you this….

Is there a difference between those who seek to build a system, and those who only seek to build?

“Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.”~ Mikhail Bakunin

 
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A comment writer named Paul seems to have MISSED the CONTEXT of the statement “There is NO ‘we’.” when he insisted that “we” is too important to discard. Perhaps the CONTEXT should be made EXPLICIT.

To make the context EXPLICIT, the statement should have read: When it comes to FREEDOM, there is no "WE".

There really is only ONE person that you are capable of freeing and that is yourself. A person with the attitude of a slave cannot be free anywhere or at any time. Here is a link to a picture of such a person...: http://tinyurl.com/American-Sheep-pic

THE CONTEXT of the statement is that when it comes to solving problems without using the Collective, the Government, the State (the WE), a person must adopt the ATTITUDE of an individual instead of a collective, one must think for himself/herself. For an example of switching from "WE" to "I", Ayn Rand's book "Anthem" comes to mind. Another example that springs to my mind is when the Lone Ranger says to Tonto "We are surrounded by hostile Indians. We are in real trouble." and Tonto replies "What you mean 'WE', white man?"

To elaborate on that example: Someone says that the State solution to such and such problem isn't working, we are in real trouble, what are we going to do about it. The essay "Freedom Has No 'System" very nicely answers with the equivalent of "What do you mean 'WE', Statist?"

Such an approach puts the burden of freeing oneself onto the Statist. It UNDERSCORES the fact that the Statist has NOT bothered to think of solutions that do NOT involve enslaving other people. As pointed out in the article: "...[watch] my fellow humans squirm when asked to think like a free people...".

"The men who came west were individualists, accustomed to handling their own affairs and settling their own disputes, and they did not invite interference from the law." [i.e. from government...dlw]

--Louis L'Amour - First historical note in "Bowdrie"


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