Liberty - is the ability of individuals to have control over their own actions. But, when I get into my car, my liberty is controlled by insurance companies...I HAVE to purchase their product to drive my car. I HAVE to wear a safety belt. I HAVE to stop at a stop sign, even though it's 3am and not a car in sight. When I buy a car, I HAVE to give money to my state. When I sell my car, I HAVE to give money to my state. Why does the state, insurance companies, or anyone else have to have any say in what I buy or whether I don a seat belt or not? (A special note: I have always worn my seat belt - I feel they work and save lives. BUT, I don't need a law to protect me from me.)
I ask people this all the time (I also ask 'what is the greatest rock band ever) and the answers I get back absolutely baffle me:
Freedom is being able to say whatever you want
It's being able to travel freely
Being free is a privilege (A PRIVILEGE???)
Freedom is the American way: it's our lifestyle
I have many more of these comments and I find myself baffled by them.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
As I see it, my unalienable rights include: Life. Liberty. Pursuit of Happiness.
Life - To be born and live. This is what it is about. It isn't about my obligation to a group of men and women in power telling me what I have to do to live on this earth. I was given life by GOD, Yahweh, and He is my only law. He says to love one another. He says to not kill, not lie, honor our parents, and help one another. I don't see anything in there about the millions of laws our elected officials come up with. If we follow just the simple rule of "LOVE" all other laws are obsolete.
Pursuit of Happiness - I want to be happy...don't you? What makes you happy? Skiing? Racing? Gardening? These are not complicated ideals. I love to beach hunt, garden, raise chickens and visit my family. I love to read and write. I love to think and debate. If being happy is dependent on another's opinion of my joys - then who are they? I want to build a shed in my back yard; yet the state powers-that-be dictate that I get approval and pay THEM money to build it. Why? So I meet 'their' code. What code? It's a shed!
When I open up a discussion of absolute freedom - almost every single person balks! "You can't be free! It's not fair to others!"
If we removed every single law across the board, we would be free. Now, put one law into practice: LOVE. If what you are doing isn't with love, then you are breaking the law. Love covers all evils...
1 Corinthians 13:
4 Love is long-suffering and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, does not get puffed up, 5 does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. 6 It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails.
Love never fails. All killing, jealousy, envy, hatred, power...indeed, every law should surround itself in this one simple law. How about "One Nation Under God." Let Him rule us. Lose the liars, thieves, criminals and tax-collectors and live under God's law.
I suppose that would be too altruistic. It wouldn't work. We can't all just love each other, each others property, each others independence, each others right to self...we need to be ruled by other men who have no interest in our wants or needs...just their own. This makes MUCH more sense.
I am a believer in Free-Market Anarchy and believer in Mutualism (economic theory)In today's wicked, corporate-owned government, the word anarchist is used to reflect evil, destructive behavior. Why? Because those in power want our silly, sheep-like citizens to not think that the word actually means,
"...political philosophy which holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, or alternatively as opposing authority or hierarchical organization in the conduct of human relations. Proponents of anarchism, known as "anarchists", advocate stateless societies based on non-hierarchical voluntary associations."
I listened to the news a few months ago where horrible unruly anarchists were vandalising a building during a protest. What? Anarchists don't vandalize! They have nothing to do with destruction of property! So, basically, what the news anchor is saying is "These people are committing an act of violence against someone's property (aka punks) and we're going to call them 'people who don't believe the government should control your life. (aka anarchists)." This just doesn't add up. According to Wikipedia, the only country that calls punks and hoodlums "anarchists" is America:
Since the 1890s from France, the term "libertarianism" has often been used as a synonym for anarchism and was used almost exclusively in this sense until the 1950s in the United States; its use as a synonym is still common outside the United States.
Anarchists may be motivated by humanism, divine authority, enlightened self-interest, veganism or any number of alternative ethical doctrines.
Mutualism - What a great concept! Could we, as a community, a country, embrace such freedom? Maybe.
Mutualism is an economic theory and anarchist school of thought that advocates a society where each person might possess a means of production, either individually or collectively, with trade representing equivalent amounts of labor in the free market. Integral to the scheme was the establishment of a mutual-credit bank that would lend to producers at a minimal interest rate, just high enough to cover administration. Mutualism is based on a labor theory of value that holds that when labor or its product is sold, in exchange, it ought to receive goods or services embodying "the amount of labor necessary to produce an article of exactly similar and equal utility".
So my question again is, "Why do we, human beings born on the earth, by Yahweh, allow other men and women to tell us what we can and cannot do? As long as we hurt no one, what is the point of all this insanity?
I have been studying the ideas of Murray Rothbard. He was an American economist, historian, and political theorist. Rothbard advocated abolition of coercive government control of society and the economy. He considered the monopoly force of government the greatest danger to liberty and the long-term well-being of the populace, labeling the state as "the organization of robbery systematized and writ large" and the locus of the most immoral, grasping and unscrupulous individuals in any society.
I think that sums it up, "organized system of robbery."
Rothbard concluded that all services provided by monopoly governments could be provided more efficiently by the private sector. He viewed many regulations and laws ostensibly promulgated for the "public interest" as self-interested power grabs by scheming government bureaucrats engaging in dangerously unfettered self-aggrandizement, as they were not subject to market disciplines. Rothbard held that there were inefficiencies involved with government services and asserted that market disciplines would eliminate them, if the services could be provided by competition in the private sector.
We, as a country, just can NOT fathom not being dictated to. When I approach the idea of NO government (at least, no federal government), people just flip out! They must be governed!
So, I ask again, "WHY?" Why do we need to be governed? I, for one, do not need anyone telling me what I can or can't do; how to do it; when to do it; and how much I have to pay THEM to do it. Freedom. Period.
Am I free? No, not at all. I am not free to go out right now and buy land freely. I must buy it and pay the state an annual fee to live on my land. If I refuse to pay my annual federal and/or state taxes, my land then becomes their land. I no longer have my land. Is this freedom? The pursuit of happyness? If I refuse to give to the state (be it federal or local), then I am a 'law-breaker' and more than likely, after losing my land, I will be imprisoned. Locked up. No freedom there.
How did we get in this situation? How did we become so stupid and gullable? How come the majority of citizens continue to believe in the system that basically enslaves them and will fight to be enslaved? How is it this is all possible?
I end by saying that we, all of us, need to stop listening to the state-owned media - television. It is no longer an impartial tool used to provide unbiased, truthful knowledge against those who would control us. It is owned and operated by the rich...the rich that pop in and out of our government when they want. Our communities are spoon-fed propaganda and we open our mouths WIDE in order to take it all in.
Freedom. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. It's not just a silly idea, I think.