Preface: You can have a master degree in Political Science, and fail to attain Liberty. Illusions blind us, truth alludes us, and slavery of the spirit wraps us in a burlap bag, tied with a metaphorical cord called voluntary servitude. Unless you contemplate what I have written here, there is no way you will ever be able to organize to any form of cohesion… to win it back… without the letting of blood and treasure.
KEN’S CORNER: Liberty, Anarchy, Statism & Totalitarianism in the Liberty Movement
By TLB Contributing Writer: Ken LaRive
I have a bumper sticker that reads “Ron Paul is still RIGHT,” right next to my Vietnam colors. I have the flag of Gideon flying in my courtyard, and a small American flag on my mail box. And yet, men like me are being called a potential terrorist. A traitorous faction inside of my government are betraying my constitution, eroding what is left of my Bill of Rights, and spending our future into slaver’s debt, and in the process we try to keep calm, slaving on. Deep inside, however, I have a fire of resentment growing, and I am not alone. I am one of many Oathkeepers who swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies both domestic and foreign. Yes, I would die for that.
“Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.” -Edward Everett
Never have I ever advocated physical violence. Never. And yet I want my Constitution back. I want my civil liberties reinstalled, and I do not need Big Brother to take care of me, to cuddle me, milk me, or to steer me like a beast of burden. I don’t need, nor do I want a yoke on my back…
Taken from my 1998 diary. I was 49. :
“Liberty… To me, is something to die for… because Without it, nothing in my life has meaning, nor does my future belong to me. Truth, love, honor and justice have no place in a life of voluntary servitude. A slave does what they are told, because their very existence depends on compliance. Liberty from tyranny has always been the ultimate goal of men, but what they got in nearly every case was displacing one master for another. Adherence to our Constitution is the only way to regain our Liberty, our civil liberty, and once taken, our masters are very reluctant to relinquish that power and control. If we do not unite, we will never have the power to push back.”
In the process of study, and in my life, I have tried to define just what we need to take this country back without violence, and my conclusion was a potent one, education. But I am finding out, however, just how difficult a task it is for some folks to take the time for it, as even the most fundamental element of education alludes them, truth. Here on Face Book, even among so called Patriots, attention spans are so diminished that most all glimmers of knowledge come in a one-liner box, posted with a picture… Most publishers want me me to stick to three concise paragraphs, as they know that the science of Mass Communications are coupled with modern sensitivities, and a higher return. Fortunately, I write for the love of country, truth, and profit is no concern.
A standard, a crest, a court of arms, an oath, a rite of passage, all comes from developing truth and knowledge, and without that we are indeed dead in the water. Without defining who we are as individuals, we can never work together for a common cause as a nation.
What the RNC did to Ron Paul was reprehensible, and in essence was a declaration of war. It challenged us as never before, and we lost to a fixed game. It is a game of power and control, and it had absolutely nothing to do with salvaging our civil liberties, or anything for the good of America. And here we sit fragmented, threatened with hollow point bullets, FEMA camps, and a power elite who can print money out of thin air… to crush anyone and anything that threatens it. Yes, I am fearful, and not just for my own skin, but for all of us. And fear is the most dangerous of all motivations.
The following is both complicated and incomplete. It is a template only, a framework if you will, and food for thought. All of this, and much more, was thoroughly known, debated and discussed by our founding fathers, but these concepts have not been taught in our Government-run educational systems for some fifty years. Some of this debate once ended in duels, gun play and fist fights in the halls of congress, and so important are these definitions that some were even hung for treason.
Without the following understanding , thoroughly, we will never hold the key to our own destiny, as an individual, or as a nation. In early America it was learned from father to son, concepts that held their attention into the night by the light of a wax candle. The following is a treatise on four primary elements of the Liberty Movement: Liberty-Anarchy and Statism-Totalitarianism. Challenge these concepts if need be…. That is what free will is all about, on the road to Liberty.
Freedom is the implication that a person is both tolerant and unfettered to pursue life without boundaries that will limit or inhibit action. Is pure freedom possible? Does freedom imply anything goes, or is society, by its very nature, restrictive? So what is it that limits freedom, and is that a worthy or realistic goal?
Seems that freedom is restrained or curbed by two primary concepts, both developed for social order, boundary and obligation. Those two concepts come to a person from the outside in, but there is another that is far more powerful that comes from the inside out, and that is the term, responsibility. From that concept, other concepts seem to be born, like love, duty, accountability, honor, liability, and also, unfortunately, blame, intolerance, guilt, bigotry, racism, and discrimination. There is also another powerful concept that stems from the concept of freedom, and that is called Liberty.
A man who has chosen to live alone in an isolated forest might seem to be more free that one who would live in the inner city of a large cosmopolitan metropolis. Still, even in isolation, he has some form of boundaries, and obligations too, hopefully reasonably imposed, like not setting fire to the forest, polluting a stream, or even hunting endangered species. Even if he owns his land outright, he is still obligated by the laws of men, and if he so chooses to ignore them, like game laws or violence against another, if caught he will pay a penalty by due process. Like it or not, he is beholding to the rules of men, men and their society.
We live in a world of rules, regulations, policies, and social conventions… and true freedom, that is, to do exactly as one wants without regard to the autonomy of another is virtually impossible, and prisons are full of people who tried. As freedom ignores the concept of obligation, and the responsibility that stems from that, its description, right or wrong, is used aggressively in the so called “liberty” movement. Freedom from tyranny, for instance, is a popular topic today as we see government growing and independence shrinking, but a study of its definition brings into play two other more complicated concepts to consider, voluntary servitude, and liberty, and with it a semblance of its true nature can be understood.
In previous discussions I have heard it said that freedom ignores social interactions, where the concept of liberty does not, and the notion of boundaries can only be understood when the concept of voluntary servitude is also considered. It also suggests that freedom virtually ignores the concept of obligations, whereas the concept of Liberty acknowledges, and even implies future and potential obligation. Freedom necessitates nonrestrictive action, where Liberty restricts actions because of the boundaries set by societies, by rule of law.
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. -Barry Goldwater
In the attempt to understand what Liberty is, another word seems most important, Anarchy. It is a word carelessly used, and not readily understood, and yet it is so very important. The word conjures up ideas of chaos, social disorder, and unlimited boundaries without convention. The primary definition of anarchy means “without rulers,” and there are many variants that stem from the suffix “archy.” Monarchy, for instance, means ruler of one, oligarchy is rule of a few, and hierarchy is a form of layered rule, and so anarchy means rule of none, or lack of government.
To understand this, one has to understand what the word “government” means. If the concept means some form of centralized government, i.e., of the people, or a nation-state, or some form of dictatorial regulation, the definition might be considered simple. But when one refers to government as a natural and normal outgrowth of people forming groups and societies of like mind, it gets a bit more complicated, like indicating that liberty is God Given. Liberty minded, the power of government comes from the bottom up, in tyranny, the top down.
One such complexity occurs constantly in the Liberty movement, as the US is sometimes referred to as a democracy. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are not a democracy, our founders were emphatically against that form of government, and they gave us a constitutional form of Republic.
By no means does the word Anarchy denote, without rules. It is a philosophy describing a social system without rulers. Surely, with no rules or boundaries our world would be chaotic, and perplexing, but to understand this particular concept one has to study the distinction between a set of rules and a set of rulers. Also, anarchy does not mean a social system without leaders. Surely, from within a social system certain individuals will demonstrate the ability to lead, to coordinate individual actions, and so this brings up two other concepts, the principle of self and the legal term trespass.
Anarchy, as a social system, presumes self government, and this depends on several other concepts, like reciprocity, mutual benefit, free association, and voluntary exchange. The philosophy of Anarchy is not opposed to law and order, but to the rule of the privileged or self-appointed fiat legislation that coerce, by dictatorial law and contrived social systems, that stymie liberty. As there are no rulers, but law, contracts and local law based of social customs are at times in direct contradiction to English Common Law (judge-made or judge-found laws) as it is sometimes influenced by dictatorial law. A case in point would be where English common law judges were appointed, and actually employed by the King. Ignoring a Constitution is another influence of dictatorial law, as a judge might try to instill law from the bench, ignoring the Constitution, and that is in direct opposition with a Constitutional Republic.
Statism is the ideology of top-down centralized rule, instigated and projected by the use of force and or coercion. Propaganda is a foremost tool, where truth is manipulated for an agenda, and underlining violence or the threat of violence is implied to curb dissension. Anarchy’s voluntary exchange, as was written by Franz Oppenheimer, satisfies both need and want, where statism implies force and coercion, moral power in opposition to political power.
Mr. Franklin knew exceedingly well the threat we would face in a Constitutional Republic, as they had faced the same oppression head on.
As they watched French Liberals grapple with the concepts of voluntary and involuntary exchange, and its varying degrees of servitude, they marked in their writing the distinctions between socialism’s governmental dictates, and the oppositions they grappled to understand such as power vs. liberty, force and coercion vs. persuasion and cooperation, predators vs. creators, status vs. contract, idlers vs. producers, gave them an educated perspective… and as they considered rulers vs. the ruled, they saw that motivation, energy, and Liberty is stifled by the promise of big government to be all things to all people, and in the process hold them all by the throat.
Statism is created artificially, by force and coercion, a privileged social system, capturing the labor and creation of people to stay in power. By the creation of classes in a social system, inferior and superior social groups are welded and manipulated by the elitists. No property titles are created through processes of political privilege or color of law. Color of law: acting under the pretense that a statute or custom, whether or not necessary, provides justification to bypass, evade, or be ignored. When our known or accepted boundaries are breached, like the shredding our Constitution and Bill of Rights, it is considered sedition in our form of government.
In anarchy all legitimate property rights are honored, beginning with the primary property right of the body. With true free association all people are free to contract and all conscionable contracts are upheld. Any contract that initiates trespass against another individual is unconscionable, even if promoted under the color of law.
Anarchy and statism are incompatible, which explains why statists must mislead people by defining anarchy as chaos and disorder. Somebody once declared that the only two political theories that are completely consistent are anarchy and totalitarianism. Anarchy fully embraces the concept of self, totalitarianism fully rejects that concept. Statism always degenerates into totalitarianism.
- Anarchy means self-government.
- Anarchy means self-responsibility.
- Anarchy does not mean no rules, only no rulers.
- Anarchy is not confusion.
- Anarchy does not mean chaos, disorder, and bomb throwing.
- Anarchy does not mean no law or order, but ordered liberty.
- Anarchy means do not trespass.
- Anarchy does not mean resistance but ignoring.
- Anarchy means respect for legitimate property rights.
- Anarchy means freedom to associate.
- Anarchy means voluntary association.
- Anarchy means being free to pursue your own happiness.
- Anarchy means no individual is superior to another.
- Anarchy is not force and coercion, but cooperation.
- Anarchy is not political power, but persuasion.
- Anarchy rejects political privilege.
Does anarchy create liberty, or does liberty create anarchy?
Anarchy is not a political system. Anarchy is apolitical. Anarchism is a philosophy — a social system. Anarchism is a conscientious decision to honor the freedom to choose without fear of trespass.
Anarchists do not pretend to know how humans will or should form their social structures and communities. Anarchists believe that such choices must belong strictly to each group of people, but also believe that all such choices must be based upon free association and voluntary exchange. With thousands of existing different worldviews, anarchists accept and embrace that many different communities would exist in anarchy.
An anarchist is an individual who is at peace with neighbors and chooses not to use force and coercion to satisfy needs and wants; even the force and coercion used under the illusion of the color of law. An anarchist rejects the idea that various beliefs or worldviews can be forced upon other people, or that various non-trespassing human actions such as “vices” can be stopped or controlled.
Anarchy is a logical conclusion to the concept of self.
Is Liberty anarchy? According to some definitions, no, to the above definition, yes. Anarchy promotes Liberty. Here is a modern definition of Anarchy:
1. Absence of government; the state of society where there is no law or supreme power; a state of lawlessness; political confusion.
2. Hence, confusion or disorder, in general.
3. A utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government.
Food for thought…
Where there is authority, there is no freedom. – Peter Kropotkin
Still, instead of trusting what their own minds tell them, men have as a rule a weakness for trusting others who pretend to supernatural sources of knowledge. – Arthur Schopenhauer
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. – Friedrich Nietzsche
We can do anything we like as long as it is UNIMPORTANT. – Theodore Kaczynski
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. – Anatole France
Beware of the fish people, they are the true enemy. – Frank Zappa
The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them. – Karl Marx
The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people. – Noam Chomsky
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. – Seneca the Younger
The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is apt to spread discontent among those who are. – H.L. Mencken
To the sober person adventurous conduct often seems insanity. – Aristotle
You don’t have a peaceful revolution. You don’t have a turn-the-other-cheek revolution. There’s no such thing as a nonviolent revolution. Revolution is bloody. Revolution is hostile. Revolution knows no compromise. Revolution overturns and destroys everything that gets in its way. – Malcolm X
When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross. – Sinclair Lewis (1935)
Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of the government. – Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought. – Graham Greene
The essence of Christianity is told to us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the Tree of Knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn’t asked any questions. – Frank Zappa
The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other – instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals. – Edward Abbey
A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years. – Lysander Spooner
And when they have emptied and swept clean the soul of him who is now in their power and who is being initiated by them in great mysteries, the next thing is to bring back to their house insolence and anarchy and waste and impudence in bright array having garlands on their heads, and a great company with them, hymning their praises and calling them by sweet names; insolence they term breeding, and anarchy liberty, and waste magnificence, and impudence courage. – The Republic by Plato
Author’s note: connecting the dots… NAZIsm was created to fight ANTIFA. Antifa was created in Italy by Marxist Zionist Communists. Antifa became just like the Progressives here on the left, and Neocons on the right. Two wings on the same bird. Antifa was a paramilitary arm of the German Government and Hitler was elected with 98 percent of the vote to fight them. They lost. We partnered with communists, the USSR, to fight Germany, and then allowed them to have the bomb. It is in the study of this tangled web where the truth of our problems today lie… you see, those who killed Kennedy, the false flag of Tonkin, the true perpetrators of 9/11 are still alive and well. Investigation into these matters is always a dead end, unresolved, stymied by one small sentence: This is classified for national security.
From the Author, Ken La Rive – We in the Liberty movement have been fighting to take back this country for less than a decade, peacefully and with the love of God and country in our hearts. Our banner has been trampled on and displaced by a multitude of distractions, further eroding our nation and the cause for Liberty. And so, as we are pulled by forces we cannot fathom, powerful entities with unlimited resources stolen from our future, unaccountable trillions printed out of thin air and put on our backs as debt, we must formulate the most pitiful of all questions any patriot might ask in the final hour: Are we going to fight for our master’s tyranny, or are we going to demand the return of our civil liberties and Constitution? Are we going to choose The Banner of Liberty, or the shackles of voluntary servitude? Will it be a war for corporate profit, or a war to regain our ability to self govern, as the blood and toil of our forefathers presented to us, their children, as a gift? I fear that decision is emanate. I fear that any decision will be a hard one, but my greatest fear of all is that the decision has already been made for us.
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