Libertopia is just around the corner and this distills one of the pillars of attaining and maintaining freedom. -BB
“Laws are rules, made by people who govern by means of organized violence, for non-compliance with which the non-complier is subjected to blows, to loss of liberty, or even to being murdered.”
– Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy
There is the only one true sign of freedom once all is said and done. You can live in a geographical location or tax jurisdiction (fondly called countries) and you are subject to no law except what you agree to so long as you may opt-out as you wish; that simple, your compliance is not mandatory except where your behavior is initiated aggression through force or fraud.
So where exactly is this country? It does not exist outside the kingdom of conscience.
Strip away all the notions of Constitutional protection, action in the courts to beat back bad laws and all the rest of the distractions and misdirection the government places in your cognitive path and you are left with one stark reality: your refusal.
Want to solve the Socialist Security benefit disaster looming on the horizon as a demographic non-funded tidal wave of fiscal despair? The accompanying Medicare/Obamacare fiscal mayhem? The insufficient funding at all levels to meet government employee retirement benefits in the coming years? Recognize the basic human imperative to refuse to comply.
I would gladly stop paying Socialist Security and forever opt out. I would be happy to stop paying property taxes in exchange for zero government services I would use. I don’t want to pay for government education camps and government libraries. I don’t want fire services, I would gladly pay for a private subscription service for fire protection much as I pay for car and home insurance (although both would be much more affordable absent government mandates and meddling).
This isn’t simply about money; it is about the freedom to choose. This goes far beyond the book by Milton Friedman; he limited his choices within a government framework. This extends to every aspect of our lives whether it is consumption of raw milk, undercooked hamburgers or the ingestion of non-government approved home-grown meat and vegetables. Everything I have just mentioned comes with a penalty, ultimately, of death for the non-compliant in American society. When the SWAT thugs raid the raw milkwarehouse, your refusal to bow and scrape before the “thin black and blue line” may lead to your demise. Ironically, their desire to get off the government teat, as it were, when it came to dairy consumption crossed the line when the regulatory functions were given the middle finger. I won’t belabor the point that cops are the number one danger to human freedom around the globe and I have covered that in detail before. I use that to illustrate the point that American freedom is illusory and non-existent. It is only tolerated as long as the cattle pay the rulers, comply with the Praetorians and don’t stray off the regulatory reservation…ever.
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