number of years back some very interesting information became available
to me through a small book called Letters
To Jessica written by a man who resided in Idaho, named
Robert Bissett. After reading the book (which was written to a young
niece of his), I decided since it wasn’t in print anymore at the
time to post it on the Internet. This book has got to be one of
the most influential books in my life that I have ever read. And
imagine, it was written to an elementary school student in 1987!
I would highly recommend that every home-schooled boy or girl read
this book, for that matter I would highly recommend that EVERYONE
read this book.
reading the book, I found out that there were other times in history
where western man lived in harmony with one another without man’s
government. And anyone who is familiar with the Holy Bible can recall
that at one time the nation of Israel lived together in relative
harmony without man’s government too.
are some points of interest from the book “Letters to Jessica”…
folks believe that total chaos (which is what most think is the
common definition of anarchy) would reign if there were no man-made
governments. Is it true? Here is what was said in A Proclamation
of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, January 23rd, 1776, after the
Colonist found out it was just fine not to have other men ruling
resistance to the system of tyranny prepared for us could be made
without either instant recourse to arms, or a temporary suspension
of the ordinary powers of government, and tribunals of justice:
To the last of which evils, in hopes of a speedy reconciliation
with Great-Britain, upon equitable terms, the Congress advised
us to submit: And mankind has seen a phenomenon, without example
in the political world, a large and populous colony, subsisting
in great decency and order, for more than a year, under such suspension
Paine, one of the intellectuals behind the American Revolution had
this to say in his booklet The
Rights Of Man:
of that order which reigns among mankind is not the effect of
government. It had its origin in the principles of society and
the natural constitution of man. It existed prior to government,
and would exist if the formality of government was abolished.
The mutual dependence and reciprocal interest which man has upon
man, and all parts of civilized community upon each other, create
the great chain of connection which holds it together. The landholder,
the farmer, the manufacturer, the merchant, the tradesman, and
every occupation, prospers by the aid which each receives from
the other, and from the whole. Common interest regulates their
concerns, and forms their laws; and the laws which common usage
ordains, have a greater influence than the laws of government.
In fine, society performs for itself almost everything which is
ascribed to government.
“If we examine,
with attention, into the composition and constitution of man,
the diversity of his wants, and the diversity of talents in different
men for reciprocally accommodating the wants of each other, his
propensity to society, and consequently to preserve the advantages
resulting from it, we shall easily discover that a great part
of what is called government is mere imposition.
is no farther necessary than to supply the few cases to which
society and civilization are not conveniently competent; and instances
are not wanting to show, that everything which government can
usefully add thereto, has been performed by the common consent
of society, without government.
of two years from the commencement of the American War, and to
a longer period in several of the America states, there were no
established forms of government. The old governments had been
abolished, and the country was too much occupied in defense, to
employ its attention in establishing new governments; yet during
this interval, order and harmony were preserved as inviolate as
in any country in Europe.
a natural aptness in man, and more so in society, because it embraces
a greater variety of abilities and resources, to accommodate itself
to whatever situation it is in. The instant formal government
is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes
place, and common interest produces common security.
“So far is
it from being true, as has been pretended, that the abolition
of any formal government is the dissolution of society, that it
acts by an contrary impulse, and brings the latter the closer
together. All that part of its organization which it had committed
to its government, devolves again upon itself, and acts through
as well from natural instinct, as from reciprocal benefits, have
habituated themselves to social and civilized life, there is always
enough of its principles in practice to carry them through any
changes they may find necessary or convenient to make in their
government. In short, man is so naturally a creature of society,
that it is almost impossible to put him out of it.
makes but a small part of civilized life; and when even the best
that human wisdom can devise is established, it is a thing more
in name and idea, than in fact. It is to the great and fundamental
principles of society and civilization – to the common usage
universally consented to, and mutually and reciprocally maintained
– to the unceasing circulation of interest, which, passing
through its million channels, invigorates the whole mass of civilized
man – it is to these things, infinitely more than to anything
which even the best instituted government can perform, that the
safety and prosperity of the individual and the whole depends.
so far from being always the cause or means of order, are often
the destruction of it.”
there was David Ramsey who wrote in Prelude to the American Revolution,
1765–1775, the section titled Massachusetts Provincial Congress:
this whole season, civil government, legislation, judicial proceedings,
and commercial regulations were in Massachusetts, to all appearances,
annihilated. The provincial congress exercised all the semblance
of government which existed. From their coincidence, with the
prevailing disposition of the people, their resolutions had the
weight and efficacy of laws. Under the simple style of recommendations,
they organized the militia, and made ordinances respecting public
monies, and such further regulation as were necessary for preserving
order, and for defending themselves against the British troops.”
crisis, it seemed to be the sense of the inhabitants of Massachusetts
to wait events. They dreaded every evil, that could flow from
resistance, less than the operation of the late acts of parliament;
but, at the same time, were averse to be the aggressors, in bringing
on a civil war. They chose to submit to a suspension of regular
government, in preference to permitting the streams of justice
to flow in a channel, prescribed by the late acts of parliament,
or to conducting them forcibly in the old one, sanctioned by their
charter. From the extinction of the old, and the rejection of
the new constitution, all regular government was, for several
months abolished. Some hundred thousands of people were in a state
of nature, without legislation, magistrates or executive officers.
There was, nevertheless, a surprising degree of order. Men of
the purest morals were among the most active opposers of Great
Britain. While municipal laws ceased to operate, the laws of reason,
morality, and religion, bound the people to each other as a social
band, and preserved as great a degree of decorum, as had at any
if your government school history teacher even KNOWS about this
time of history!
goes on to state this:
of reason is the same as the law of nature. The laws of morality
and religion mean the same as the revealed law found in the Bible.
God is the source of both the natural and the revealed law. When
men are living under God’s law they are living in God’s Kingdom.
This is the meaning of the law of nature and of nature’s God that
we see in the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson.
God’s law is the basis for the American idea of government and
the legal justification for American independence from Britain.
See if you can find this period of American history, when all
human government was abolished on the scale of government.”
Rule = (Natural and Revealed Law) or Man’s rule = (Man’s Law)
is why I am completely convinced that we can do away with man-made
government and let the freedom that ensues for us to pursue our
capabilities to their fullest extent take us to the stars. As long
as we allow men to stifle our abilities and productiveness, we will
have bondage and slavery. If we can shake this yoke from our necks
and keep it that way, the free market will dictate all of the current
“services” that those that are working for the state currently “try”
Reynolds [send him mail]
is a web site developer residing with his wife and four boys in
the place most folks call Arkansas.