• 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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