Freeman DeFacto has revised Fighting for a Lost Clause: The Case for the Sovereign Individual first posted January 27 of this year. If you’ve read it, it is worth your time to read it again, not just because he’s made some significant changes but also because it is good food for thought.
If you are seeking to understand how the government of the United States, supposedly created to defend and preserve individual liberty and property, became so enormous, manipulative, oppressive, and wasteful, you will find his article exceptionally enlightening.
You will also deepen your understanding of how government is used by various “actors” to achieve personal and institutional goals at a great cost to the individuals subject to their will; you will see that the terms “Democrat” and “Republican” are used by politicians not to represent principles but to manipulate people.
Moreover, if you are struggling to determine the best way to live as the free individual you were meant to be, without being destroyed by a system designed to keep you enslaved, you will want to consider his advice for creating a freer world.
I know that Freeman will be eager to read any comments or criticism you wish to share. If you post to the comments section of this entry, I’ll be sure he gets a copy.
My introduction to the earlier version of his article is included below.
And here are two related articles I came across this morning that are good follow-up reading:
Happy Independence Day!
From January 27, 2013 . . .
Below you will find another guest-post from my friend Freeman DeFacto. I am so pleased he is allowing me to share his thinking and writing with you. He deserves a much wider audience than I have here at the moment.
Those not yet familiar with the actual history of the United States, as opposed to the propaganda so often taught in schools and purveyed by politicians and the media, may wish to read the next paragraph, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo, as a prologue to Freeman’s work. I believe it will contribute greatly to your understanding. The full article is at the link.
Jim Powell’s book, Greatest Emancipations: How the West Ended Slavery, provides chapter and verse of how real statesmen of the world, in sharp contrast to Lincoln, ended slavery without resorting to waging total war on their own citizens. Among the tactics employed by the British, French, Spanish, Dutch, Danes, and others were slave rebellions, abolitionist campaigns to gain public support for emancipation, election of anti-slavery politicians, encouragement and assistance of runaway slaves, raising private funds to purchase the freedom of slaves, and the use of tax dollars to buy the freedom of slaves. There were some incidents of violence, but nothing remotely approaching the violence of a war that ended up killing 800,000 Americans.
It is important to recognize that when individuals are truly free, they are free to pursue any goals of their choosing, regardless of whether others deem these worthy or appropriate, as long as they use voluntary, individual cooperation (as opposed to governmental or other coercion, fraud, or physical force) to achieve them; any harm done to others or to their property in the pursuit of goals will not easily be done without appropriate consequences.
Government routinely “legalizes” illegitimate force and separates actions from appropriate consequences.
It is ironic that most people view government as the great protector against injustices such as slavery, yet “legal” slavery and segregation could never have existed without the approval and support of an overly-powerful government.
One of the many beauties of Liberty is that it works to the benefit of everyone.
Here is Freeman DeFacto . . .
Fighting for a Lost Clause: The Case for the Sovereign Individual
“These are the times that try men’s souls.” ― Thomas Paine, opening line of
American Crisis I, 23 DEC 1776
INTRODUCTION ― The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence is the key that contains the framework for building the freest and greatest nation ever founded. It deserves to be read, thoroughly understood, and held sacred by advocates of individual freedom the world over. Here it is:
“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 [originally Property] ― 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 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. . .”
That clause, the Consent of the Governed, right in the middle of the paragraph, is crucial to the concept of individual liberty. We show below how it has been ignored, “lost,” over the years.
The remaining paragraphs in the Declaration go into great detail listing the innumerable, unreasonable oppressive measures that the British King and Parliament were trying to force upon the early American colonists.
HAMILTON’S CURSE ― Alexander Hamilton is usually viewed as a hero and one of America’s “Founding Fathers.” He was very close to George Washington during the Revolution, serving as the general’s aide de camp. Later, President George Washington appointed him to be the very first Secretary of the Treasury and as such he created the first Bank of the United States. It’s purpose was the same as that of the Federal Reserve System today.
Historian Thomas J. DiLorenzo has documented that Hamilton was a monarchist and mercantilist who advocated a collectivist government modeled after the British system that had just been defeated in the Revolution. He even vigorously lobbied for George Washington to be king instead of president. Luckily for us, Washington refused.
DiLorenzo spells out all the details in his seminal book Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Arch-Enemy Betrayed the Revolution ― And What it Means to Americans Today. Please be sure to read DiLorenzo’s very short summary at URL: http://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo136.html. Hamilton’s legacy is his establishment of the model for all the “Progressive” politicians who came along after him.
BIG CHANGE ― US Presidents from George Washington thru John Quincy Adams all adhered quite closely to the Constitution. However, the seventh, Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson (1829-1837) became the first to begin vigorously expanding his presidential powers.
Jackson “read law” and started as a country lawyer eking out a living with land-claim and assault-and-battery cases until he found his calling in politics. He then began to flourish; he attained an appointment as county prosecutor and rose quite quickly through the ranks from there.
When Tennessee became a state (1796) he was elected to Congress as a Representative and soon thereafter (1797) became US Senator. Shortly afterward (1798) he was appointed judge on the Tennessee Supreme Court and a colonel in the Tennessee militia. This lucrative employment allowed him to begin acquiring large acreages and as many as 150 slaves.
Jackson made his real mark on history as a soldier. He served in the American Revolution as a young courier. His rise to fame began in 1801 with his appointment as colonel and commander of the Tennessee militia. In 1802 he was elected major general.
During the War of 1812 he commanded the American forces that defeated the “Red Stick” Creek Indians in 1814. He became a national American hero on 8 January 1815 when, in the last major battle of the War of 1812, he defeated the British in their attempt to capture New Orleans and the Louisiana Purchase.
In 1828 Jackson won what has been called the “dirtiest presidential election in history.” His reign became a model for the “imperial presidency.” He dominated national politics in the 1820s and 30s as he became the “father of the modern Democrat Party.”
As president he vetoed charter-renewal for the Second Bank of the United States and introduced patronage (the “spoils system”) into the appointive political process.
He had a deep hatred of American Indians and accordingly reversed all previously-existing acculturation policies affecting the southeastern tribes (Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Muscogee, Seminole). Perhaps his most infamous act was the forcible resettlement of those tribes from their tribal lands in the southeastern states to Oklahoma―by way of the 1830 “Trail of Tears.
Jackson emphasized the powers of the central government by strongly opposing nullification and secession by states that were unhappy with federal legislation they deemed unconstitutional.
In contrast, however, those presidents between Jackson and Lincoln again adhered more closely to the Constitution.
ALTERING FEDERALISM ― From the very beginning of the union, the main theme of the prevailing Democrat-Republican Party led by the agrarian southern states was “free trade with no tariffs.” However, the northeastern manufacturing and financial interests (Hamilton-followers) along with the Whig and Free Soil Parties, opposed the Democrats. They greatly resented southern championing of free trade and waged a long fight for “protective tariffs against foreign competition.”
In 1854 anti-slavery activists initiated the formation of a new party, the Republicans (GOP). They were led by Hamiltonian northeastern “modernizers” who were joined by ex-Whigs and ex-Free Soilers. Their campaign slogan was: “Free labor, Free land, Free men.”
In the election of 1860 Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican Party president. Lincoln immediately began again vigorously expanding presidential functions. The American power elite, the ruling class, now led by the newly-formed GOP, began more assertively siphoning political power away from the no-longer-sovereign states.
Thus the center of national political power began shifting to Washington DC and the ever-growing central government. Lincoln’s defeat of the Confederate States of America enabled the GOP essentially to control the US political scene.
The GOP goal was to win control of a strong, centralized, national government so they could impose protective tariffs and thereby put the southern agrarians at an economic and political disadvantage. They aimed to diminish greatly the south’s economic and political power by destroying the system of slave labor on the plantations.
Lincoln’s War of Northern Aggression [sometimes erroneously called the American Civil War*] (1861-1865) delivered a crushing defeat to the Anti-Federalist Confederate States of America. As a result the statist-minded GOP dominated the national political scene from 1860 unto 1928.
[*A civil war is defined as a battle between two or more factions each seeking to take control of the same central government. The so-called American Civil War was no such thing. The southern states merely wished to “opt-out,” to secede peacefully from the federation and form their own separate government called the Confederate States of America.]
In 1900 William McKinley ran for president and the vivacious Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt ran for vice-president. Teddy’s energetic advocacy of a GOP platform of high tariffs, the gold standard, world-imperialism, strong central-government, prosperity at home, and victory abroad greatly helped William McKinley win the presidency.
Upon McKinley’s assassination in 1901, Roosevelt became the youngest person ever to ascend to the US presidency. He immediately began trying to expand the powers of the centralized national government by advocating “trust-busting” and Federal controls on all businesses. In 1903 he established two new Cabinet Departments: Commerce and Labor, both aimed to introduce federal controls into our everyday lives.
In 1904 TR won re-election in a landslide with the slogan: “Square Deal,” implying that the average citizen would get his “fair share” and that the rich “would get theirs.” In 1906 he pushed the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act through congress. He also championed Federal control and takeover of wilderness areas through Federally-controlled “conservationism” of 230 million acres. He created the US Forest Service, five National Parks, and 150 National Forests.
In addition, he coined the phrase: “Speak softly but carry a big stick” while he vastly increased the US Navy. He then “showed the flag” by sending “The Great White Fleet” on a world tour, dispatching several warships to intimidate the government of Columbia into allowing Panamanians to secede peacefully. The Panamanians formed a new nation and sold him the isthmus so he could complete the Panama Canal. To top it all off, he negotiated an end to the Russo-Japanese War (1904-5) and became the very first sitting US president to win the Nobel Peace Prize (1906).
THE TAKEOVER ― Around 1891 a young GOP congressman from Wisconsin, Robert M. LaFollette Sr, formed and led a group of Republican political activists calling themselves “Progressives” or “The Insurgent Faction.” Their goal was to reform the GOP and to make government even more centralized, efficient, caring, and democratic (“responsive to the people”).
Teddy Roosevelt was the first Progressive president (1901-1909.) And although only several presidents have actually called themselves Progressives [Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921), Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945), and Lyndon Baines Johnson (1963-1969)] almost every president since TR has embraced at least some portions of the Progressive agenda.
WHAT IS PROGRESSIVISM? ― Historian William Leuchtenburg summed up the Progressive agenda as follows:
“The Progressives believed in the Hamiltonian concept of positive government, of a national government directing the destinies of the nation at home and abroad. They had little but contempt for the strict construction of the Constitution by conservative judges, who would restrict the power of the national government to act against social evils and to extend the blessings of democracy to less favored lands. The real enemy was particularism, state rights, limited government.”
The following table of Progressive agenda-items includes a long list of social causes, programs, and slogans:
Efficiency in business and government
Feminism & Women’s suffrage
Second Bill of Rights
Direct primary elections
Direct election of senators (Amndmt XVII)
Commission form of local governments by expert Scientific Professionals
Government regulation of corporations
Government schools (John Dewey)
Trained professional social workers
Government regulation of monopolies
Collective bargaining and unions
Child labor laws
National parks and wildlife refuges
Prohibition of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco
Reclamation and inland waterways
Popular-vote election of president
Universal (single-payer) health care
Living wage & equal pay for women
Elimination of death penalty
Climate change/global warming
Immigration reform & amnesty
Smart growth (planning & zoning)
New World Order/Agenda 21
Initiative, Referendum, and Recall ― Can be useful against EXIC governments, Ha Ha
THE PROGRESSIVE RESULT ― The Progressives and their allies have been very successful in maintaining control of the powerful political offices of the strong central government by gradually blurring and obscuring the vision of the Founders.
They found stealthy ways to abandon the principles of the Declaration and “morph” our representative republic (the original federation of individual sovereign states) into a strong, centralized, national, so-called democracy with its tyranny of the majority.
[A simple majority (50 percent of the votes plus one more) always produces a tyranny of the majority because the 50+ percent who win will be happy, while the 50- percent who lose will be unhappy and forced to act against their will. To more nearly approach a consensus with overwhelming general agreement, all votes should require a super-majority; seven-eights (87.5%) would be a nice number to start with.]
THE MASTER STROKE ― Exactly one hundred years ago in 1913, the Progressive President Woodrow Wilson achieved a long-time major goal of the world-wide collectivist movement: passage of the Federal Reserve Act ― creating a new American central bank. This eventually eliminated every tie to gold, the only real-true money, as defined by the US Constitution.
Every advocate of individual freedom owes it to himself and his posterity to read and thoroughly understand the seminal book The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin. It shows how Hamilton-followers created a new central bank of the US (the Federal Reserve System ― “The FED” and the resulting tragic consequences that we experience today. Please obtain a copy; devour and digest it.
Another of the signal accomplishments of the Progressives was the ratification on April 8, 1913 of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. This amendment removed the last vestige of sovereignty that remained with the states. It changed the method of election for US Senators.
The Constitution originally specified that the legislature of each state shall choose its two senators. The XVIIth changed the procedure to the same method used to elect members of the House of Representatives: a simple majority of a popular vote of the people, a tyranny of the majority. This was the fatal step that turned electing Federal officials into a popularity contest. [Follow the money and to the winner goes the spoils.]
The ultimate result has been The Lost Clause.
THE LOST CLAUSE ― This clause, “The Consent of the Governed,” forms the very essence of individual liberty. Each person has the inherent, natural-born faculty of making his own choices, of choosing his own path in life. When someone (or some group) uses force or threat of force to deny him his choices, he loses part of his natural-born freedoms. He becomes partially-enslaved.
With each new statute or regulation, with each time government uses force to compel a person to act against his will, he loses another part of his individual freedom. In the Declaration, the Founders emphasized the importance of The Consent of the Governed in keeping and maintaining a free society. Each person has the fundamental, inherent, inalienable right to “opt-out,” to withdraw his consent at any time from being governed by force from others.
LEGITIMACY OF GOVERNMENT ― Government’s actions are either legitimate or illegitimate. In a truly-free society, legitimate actions are those that maintain the dignity, freedom, integrity, and individuality of every person by applying the universal natural laws of justice. [Justice concisely stated is: “to each, that which he deserves.”]
Illegitimate actions are those that violate the dignity, freedom, integrity, and individuality of people by enforcing arbitrary, usually whimsical “positive” [man-made] laws, administrative regulations, rules, mandates, orders, statutes, and constitutions that have absolutely no provisions for “opting-out.”
SOVEREIGNTY ― The person (or group) who makes the final decisions as the head of government is called the sovereign. There is no one of higher authority. The sovereign is boss, independent of all others; he is sovereign as defined in the following:
“sovereign (sov’rin, sov’ễr-in, suv’rin), adj. [ME. soveraine, sovereyn, ; OFr. soverain, souverain; LL. *superanus, < L. super, above, over.] 1. above or superior to all others, chief; greatest; supreme. 2. supreme in power, rank, or authority. 3. of or holding the position of a ruler; royal; reigning. 4. independent of all others, as a sovereign state. 5. excellent; very effectual, as a cure or remedy. n. 1. a person who possesses sovereign authority; monarch; ruler. 2. a group of persons or a state that possesses sovereign authority. 3. a British gold coin valued at 20 shillings or one pound sterling. Also sovran. Abbreviated sov.”
The sovereign stands highest in the community; above, supreme and separate from all others. He (or they) impose their powers from a position external to and apart from the governed populace; thus conventional government, as most people think of it, is an EXternally-Imposed, Coercive GOVernment [EXICGOV.]
[We shall show below that EXICGOV is not the only form of government available to mankind.]
The Declaration made it clear that the sole legitimate purpose for an EXICGOV is “. . to secure these Rights” [Life, Liberty, and Property]; that is, to keep the peace by thwarting crimes that individuals commit against each other.
[No individual can commit a “crime against society or humanity.” In actuality, there is no such thing. There are only crimes of one person (or group) against other individuals.]***
The Declaration further asserts “. . that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends [securing the Rights of Life, Liberty, and Property] it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government . .”
[This can properly be called “opting-out.”]
The Declaration enshrines individual liberty and private property; the Founders deemed them to be sacred. However, the Constitution is seriously flawed because it allows the ruling class, the power elite by simple-majority rule to ignore the requirement for The Consent of the Governed.
It is of over-riding importance to understand that individual liberty can exist only with The Consent of the Governed. EXICGOV without The Consent of the Governed is involuntary servitude.
[Ironically, Amendment XIII to the Constitution specifically prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude.]
John Adams brilliantly tied individual freedom to private property rights when he
“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If ‘Thou shalt not covet’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.”
–John Adams, A Defense of the American Constitution, 1787
But private property is not sacred when EXICGOV can use so-called “positive (man-made) law,” plain old every-day statutes, passed with a bare simple majority to “legally” steal it. EXICGOVs can take or tax anything they wish without The Consent of the Governed.
WHAT EXACTLY IS EXICGOV? ― The Founders envisioned the only legitimate function of their government to be: thwarting crimes perpetrated by individuals against each other. Otherwise every person would be free to conduct his life in the manner best suited to him.
However, the Old World ideas of strong centralized-governmental-control immediately and rapidly began to seep into the plans of those who had seized the reins of the new national government of the USA. [Give your thanks to Alexander Hamilton and his collectivist/monarchist ideas.]
They saw government as simply nothing more than highly-centralized control of human behavior. And they envisioned their job as supplying that control in a manner similar to that of Old-World Europeans, Africans, and Asians. Unfortunately, even today most people presently think of government as EXICGOV, which is best described as:
The legalized monopoly of a sovereign power to initiate violent physical coercive force or threat of force through so-called “positive (man-made) law” in order to bring about their specific desired behavior in the populace.
In other words: most people even now envision government. EXICGOV, as legally and rightfully using threats and actual force to bring about government-desired behavior in the populace. They understand the conventional rule to be: When government tells you to do something, you had better do it, OR ELSE ! NO OPTING-OUT!
Obey, or government will use the ultimate “persuasion”: a threat, or when necessary, the application of actual force. Coercion or force can take many different forms, such as: Asset-seizure, fines, hostage-holding, incarceration, intimidation, kidnapping, beatings, torture, maiming, and/or even death.
Recent examples of modern, technological “up-to-date” coercion have given us the “tazering” of feeble great-grandmothers and ten-year-old students with 50,000 volts of electrical energy in the hands of a trigger-happy psychopath. The present US Federal EXICGOV is seriously considering adding “drone-surveillance and -strikes” to
their arsenal of coercion.
EXICGOV VERSUS A TRULY-FREE SOCIETY ― The Founders took seriously the lost clause, The Consent of the Governed. They had enough of Parliament’s telling them what they could grow, manufacture, buy, sell, import, export and use their leisure time. They highly resented Parliament-imposed taxes and forced “quartering” of troops. They rebelled against orders to save the very best tall trees for the admiralty’s ships. In the wilderness, they exercised their natural rights to homestead as the “first possessor” of unclaimed lands.
In a truly-free society, EXICGOV has only one legitimate function or task: to keep the peace: thwarting crime of one individual (or group) against another individual (or group.)
[There actually is no such thing as “a crime against humanity or society.”]
The following list pretty much sums up the entire category of actual natural crimes: (1) fraud; (2) theft, (3) extortion; and (4) unprovoked, violent, physical aggression. As written into the ninth and tenth amendments to the US Constitution, EXICGOV ‘s role is severely-limited and specifically spelled out.
When an EXICGOV uses so-called “positive (man-made) law,” to collect taxes; establish schools; regulate individual behavior; establish businesses and services; regulate agriculture, commercial, and industrial activities; and create myriad governmental agencies, etc. it has violated it’s purpose.
All such functions other than “keeping the peace” belong to “the people,” the doers, the workers, the owners, the producers, the users, the consumers, etc. But it seems nowadays that no one in EXICGOV takes the lost clause seriously.
That’s why it has been lost. EXICGOV seems to inevitably fall into the Old World European, Asian, African mold: an all powerful sovereign with absolutely no restrictions and absolutely no provisions for “opting-out.”
THE LIBERTY ALTERNATIVE: SELF-GOVERNMENT ― By thinking “outside the box” of the conventional concept of EXICGOV we find that the process of governing also includes self-government: control of human behavior at the lowest possible level.
Libertarians and a few Republicans already advocate government at the lowest possible level. Of course, they usually have in mind an EXICGOV at state-, county-, municipal-, city-, town-, or district-level. They also glibly repeat the well-
known phrase: “That government is best that governs least.”
They usually have in mind neighborhood, town, municipality, or county EXICGOV using so-called “positive (man-made) law” and tyranny of the majority. Rarely, if ever, does the average person entertain the idea that the lowest possible level is that of the individual person.
WHO RIGHTFULLY CONTROLS INDIVIDUALS? ― Individuals always control their own behavior. It is an organic natural law of human behavior that humans take conscious actions solely to improve their present condition. Dr. Ludwig von Mises in his monumental work Human Action goes into infinite detail why this is always true. Each time a person does something, he does it because he perceives his action will improve his immediate condition.
Even prisoners under tyrannical conditions can co-operate or refuse to co-operate. If they think it will make things better, they co-operate. If they think it will make things worse, they refuse to co-operate. They control their own behavior and suffer the consequences.
The overwhelming majority of people in the world pursue their daily lives without a policeman, a slave-driver, or a Progressive “Big Brother” peering over their shoulders to make sure they are under control. Were all governmental controls suddenly removed, it might take a little time for some people to learn to run their own lives, But every “normal” adult has the full faculties and latent capabilities to be completely self-governing. Unfortunately, not all people want the responsibility of running their own lives. They prefer EXICGOV [and they vote for it!]
THE SOVEREIGN INDIVIDUAL ― The foundation key of individual liberty is self-ownership. In a truly-free society, individual property rights are sacred, inviolable by any individual and especially by any EXICGOV. Of course, the most important private property is each individual’s ownership of himself, body and soul. When an individual truly owns himself, he completely controls his own life.
Taken to its logical conclusion, a person who is totally responsible for all his own actions is a sovereign individual. There is no one of higher authority in his life. The questions of individual freedom ultimately come down to:
“Whose life is it anyhow?”
“Do I own my life, or not ?”
“Must I get permission from someone else before I can take an action?”
“Who, other than I, has total responsibility for all my actions?”
A TRULY-FREE SOCIETY ― A society can be truly-free, even if it has an EXICGOV, so long as it provides for individuals to “opt-out” without punishment or retribution of any kind. In a truly-free society, each (adult) person is a sovereign individual.
A sovereign individual has totally-free choice. He can “opt-in” (give his consent to be governed); OR, the truly-free individual can “opt-out” (withdraw his consent to be governed by an EXIC government without punishment or retribution.)
Only a truly-free person ALWAYS has the choice of peacefully “opting-out.” At the present time there may be only one known, truly-free, society on earth, the Kapauku Papuans of Papua New Guinea. They can opt-out without retribution.
In a truly-free society, the sovereign individual is completely free to exercise his own will, to do anything he pleases so long as he does not violate the property rights of another person by committing any of the following crimes: (1) fraud; (2) extortion; (3) theft; and (4) unprovoked, violent, physical aggression.
[When a person commits a crime against another, he should fully expect to receive the appropriate wrath and vengeance of the victim, his extended family, friends, and justice-minded strangers.]
When a person chooses to opt-out he immediately becomes totally responsible for every aspect of his own life. He owes neither allegiance nor submission to any other person or group of persons.
The sovereign individual has no claims against others, nor any obligations to others, except those willingly and mutually agreed upon by contract, verbal or written. However, the sovereign individual is totally responsible for tort damages caused to others by his own negligence.
A sovereign individual stands on the same grounds as a “mini-state” or “micro-country”:
He has a sovereign ruler: himself.
He has a deliberative legislature to formulate necessary rules: in his own mind.
He has a self-defense force: himself, friends, neighbors, and contractors.
He asserts his sovereignty: by refusing to be dominated by any others.
He conducts trade and foreign relations: with sovereign individuals and
He negotiates peaceful agreements: with sovereign individuals and
He settles disputes: by voluntary, contractual binding arbitration.
He forms alliances and confederations for co-operation, trade, and mutual
self-defense: with friendly sovereign individuals.
Freedom Strategy for Individuals Seeking Sovereignty
THE GOAL ― To establish a truly-free society in the shortest possible time. The ideal primary, overriding, ultimate goal is the establishment of the conditions of liberty for all who desire it.
OPT-OUT SOLUTION: RESISTANCE ― One good thing Alexander Hamilton did during the Revolution was to urge American colonists to: “Resist, resist, resist, until we hurl the demagogues and tyrants from their imaginary thrones.” This was part of his early advocacy for them to throw off the yoke of the British monarchy and parliament.
But just how should we resist? By “opting-out!”
“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” This famous exclamation from the movie Network sums up the attitude necessary to “opt-out.” We can disestablish EXICGOV piece-by-piece by exposing the errors, false assumptions, and injustices of present-day EXICGOV at every level.
STEP-BY-STEP TACTICS TO RE-ESTABLISH UNIVERSAL LIBERTY
A. Immerse yourself in the Philosophy of Liberty. Jonathan Gullible has a short video that very thoroughly shows the principles of individual freedom. The closer you live to these principles and apply them, the closer you will be to living a truly-free life. Stop and take nine minutes to watch it here:
B. Recognize that “political actions” are controlled coercion that is guided almost exclusively by the emotions of those involved. Logic really doesn’t count for much. Fervent supporters will usually say anything and everything no matter how foolish or illogical just to support a position that has been generated from deep-seated, “gut-felt, first-impression” emotions.[Democrats, Progressives, and other demagogues already know this fact and use it ― How many times have you heard new legislation justified by: “We have to do it for the kids!”] ― CAUTION: NEVER under any circumstances should you initiate unprovoked violent physical aggression. Violence should be used only in cases of bona fide self-defense.
C. Identify a widely-detested specific offending regulation, rule, or practice that denies or restricts individual liberty for no good reason. (Obamacare comes to mind.) Try to identify the emotional “triggers” that will generate people’ssense of unfairness and opposition to the offending regulation, rule, or practice. Strong emotions reinforced by good logic will generate support from the public. “Don’t sell only the steak (logic); sell also the sizzle (emotion).”
D. Start at the EXICGOV level at which you determine you can be most effective in bringing about change or repeal
1. Neighborhood, district, town, city, county, state
2. Federal (can’t be fought at local level)
E. Research the history of the offending rule and identify the alleged reasons for its existence
1. Explore the details of its creation, existence, and continuance
a. Authority to create (Question that authority)
b. Constitutionality (Research and debate)
c. Date drafted, date debated, and date enacted
d. Identify the Instigators, Champions, Constituency, &
e. Identify the Injured, Disadvantaged, Exploited, Plundered
a. Question necessity
b. Question effectiveness of achieving purpose
c. Suggest alternatives
a. Revenue Sources (Taxpayers, grants, etc.)
b. Expenditures (Vendors, bureaucratic staff, management,
c. Money Trail (Follow the Money — all of it)
i. Beneficiaries (Legal and illegal)
ii. Bribes, Payoffs, etc.
4. Administration and Application
a. Enforcement agency
b. Mechanism (fine, jail, torture, death. etc.)
5. Resulting Effect (how does it restrict liberty)
a. Opportunity costs
b. Benefited or Favored Parties
c. Damaged, Diminished, and Plundered Parties
6. Expected Results of repeal of offense to liberty
7. Restitution, Restoration, and Retribution
a. Can Injustices be corrected and compensated?
b. Did officials commit criminal acts?
c. Is punishment (retribution) justified?
F. Identify the focal point (target agency) in government at which to direct action
G. Carefully design and think-out at least one approach to solutions for
eliminating the offense to liberty.
1. Use your best logical, rational arguments and explanations to appeal to the “gut” emotions most likely to sway voters. Show how EXIC rules and regulations are grossly “unfair” and give the power elite, the ruling class unreasonable and unjust control over the lives of hardworking responsible citizens.
2. Review, refresh in your mind, and apply the Philosophy of Liberty ala Jonathan Gullible
3. The first thoughts for a solution to a problem should be: What could or should have been done to solve this in a peaceful, non-coercive manner without government help or interference? Was the offense necessary in the first place? Was the intended goal just, reasonable, logical, and fair?
4. The second thoughts for a solution to a problem should be: What can I (we) do to solve this in a peaceful, non-coercive manner without government help or interference and prevent a future re-occurrence? How can I appeal to the emotions stirred by the injustice of the offense?
H. Draft proposed plan and legislation (when necessary) to accomplish the change
I. Prepare and distribute press releases to support the effort
J. Personally (or your alternate) attend every meeting of the target agency
1. Obtain copy of meeting agenda ahead of time
2. Prepare incisive questions to ask agency members
3. Sign-up to speak and/or ask questions of the members
4. Make audio recording of proceedings
K. Plan and hold public meetings, seminars, and educational sessions to engender
1. Expand as fully as possible
L. Continue to repeat the above process-cycle until every offense to liberty has been repealed, withdrawn, or expunged.
Tu ne cede malis sed contra audientor ito.
“Do not give in to evil, but proceed evermore boldly against it.”
Virgil, The Aeneid, VI, 95 ― Motto of Ludwig von Mises
Freeman DeFacto is the nom de plume of David Michael Myers
***Note from LMN: This is why the concept of group-rights, e.g., for Children, Blacks, Hispanics, LGBTs, Men, Women, etc., leads to harming other individuals and to the diminution of liberty in general rather than toward a society that supports individuality and defends individual, natural rights for all.***
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