Conceiving of Freedom

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"…the
powerful influence of custom is in no respect more compelling
than in this, namely, habituation to subjection."

~
Etienne de la Botie

That which
occupies the minds of the majority of men manifests itself in their
rule. Thus, when we, as consumers and subjects, embrace the machinations
of the state as they are endorsed by the media and entertainment
industry, we perpetuate our subjugation happily and ignorantly.
When we cannot imagine a solution that is not stamped with the royal
seal, we cannot imagine liberty.

Herein lies
the greatest deterrent to the reclamation of our physical liberty.
That which we cannot imagine, we cannot achieve. In other words,
physical liberty, the right of man to do as he pleases short of
aggression against his fellows and absent violence or threat from
any authority, depends entirely upon his ability to conceive of
it.

We have come
quite a distance from the ideals that inspired the secession of
the various colonies from the British crown, and that distance has
all been in the wrong direction. No sooner had freedom been won
before Washington ordered a band of government thugs to ride to
Pennsylvania to put down the tax protest later dubbed the Whiskey
Rebellion. This occurrence exemplifies the fact that government
cannot, will not and has no capacity or incentive to protect the
lives, liberties or properties of its subjects. Government always
begets more government. It is the task of all men to jealously protect
their own property against the predations of the State.

Property begins
with our minds and bodies. Simply stated, we each own ourselves.
By putting our minds and/or bodies to the task of labor, we create
something uniquely our own: our property. The drafters of the US
Constitution did not create the right to be secure in that property.
They only encoded it in language. That primary right is God-given
and cannot, as a result, be transferred to another. To protect our
physical property, we must first understand that it belongs to us
and why. Once we understand this, we must conclude that no man or
collection of men may forcibly, or otherwise, take away our right
to own it.

This brings
us to the role of government. Government enjoys, as Murray Rothbard
pointed out, a monopoly on violence. Stripped bare, government's
role is to transfer, at the point of a gun, the property of one
individual to another. That this runs counter to everything that
we know of property precludes government's legitimacy in any form.

We, as individuals,
must each come to this conclusion and hold it foremost in our minds
before we may live free of the clutching and grasping of the State.
Freedom in mind begets freedom in action. We each have a responsibility
to ourselves and to God to maintain that freedom. It begins with
a thought.

April
19, 2007

Matthew
Hart [send him mail] is a musician,
songwriter and photographer who writes, for the time being, from
his home state of Oklahoma.

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