No matter who you are, there are two things that begin happening the day you are born. The first is that you begin the process of dying. Once you take your first breath you begin the inevitable journey that leads towards your eventual death; there’s no avoiding it. For some the process can take nearly 100 years, and for some it’s much quicker – but we all die eventually. The second thing that begins happening is we begin the process of learning things; and it is upon this subject that I would like to devote my thoughts to today.
Our ability to think, to reason, is what separates us from the beasts of the fields; and yet I sometimes wonder if the beasts aren’t smarter than a vast portion of society. We human beings are capable of amazing feats; we have invented machines that take us from one place to another in comfort and style; we have invented devices that allow us to communicate instantly with people on the other side of the planet; and we have produced musical and artistic masterpieces that take the breath away. Yet regardless of all we have accomplished as a species, we still commit acts of great evil against one another.
As I said though, from the moment we leave the womb we begin the process of learning things. At first they are merely the recording of sensations; sound, colors, hunger, comfort, and sometimes pain. Eventually we move on to higher functions, such as learning to stand, and then, to walk. We also learn how to speak by listening to the words spoken to us by our parents and assigning those words to objects; such as mommy, daddy, cat, food. However, unless our parents teach us the alphabet prior to our entering school, our communication is limited to vocal interaction; it takes someone to teach us how to read and write.
Almost everything we have learned in our lives began with the simplest of things. I mean, c’mon, you wouldn’t plunk War and Peace, or The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire in front of a kindergartener and expect them to read it; let alone make sense of it, would you? Of course not, you would start at the beginning by teaching them the alphabet. After they had learned their A, B, C’s you’d move on to forming words, then sentences, then paragraphs; and only then would you hope that they’d be ready to tackle a full length book.
It’s the same with math; you wouldn’t try teaching a kindergartener calculus would you? No, you start with numbers, then simple addition and subtraction, then you’d move on to multiplication and division; fractions, and then possibly algebra and geometry or calculus.
The thing about it is though, is that each skill we learn has to have a solid foundation upon which to build upon. You couldn’t expect someone to do well in a Creative Writing class if they had been taught to spell cat RFX, would you? You wouldn’t expect someone to become a math major in college if they had been taught that 2 + 2 = 19, would you? So the process of learning is a process that consists of learning the basics, then building upon them with further knowledge; but it all depends upon the basics being accurate and truthful.
There’s something else about learning that many fail to realize; it never stops until we take our last breath. You may stop attending school, but you never stop learning new things. After you graduate you may take a job where you are taught new skills. Isn’t that learning? You also might travel to another State, or country, and learn something new about the people living there; isn’t that expanding your knowledge as well? So to think that the process of learning ends when you get your high school, or college diploma shows me how little you’ve actually learned about life; and sorry for the pun.
So far I’ve discussed the process of learning as it applies to math and reading and writing, but there is one other area, two actually, that I’d like to spend the remainder of my time discussing; history and civics. The ability to read and write, and perform simple day to day math calculations are essential for us in our lives; the study of history and civics aren’t. Yet they are of immense importance for they form the basis of our understanding of the country, and world, we live in, and our systems of government. So, as with math and English, if the foundation is not truthful, or accurate, then the opinions we form on those subjects will be faulty as well.
We trust the school system, our educators, to teach our children the truth; yet how can we know if they are doing a good job of it if we ourselves are ignorant of the truth? I, just like most others, am a product of the public school system; meaning I was taught the same curriculum as millions of others were during the time I made my way through the school system; ending when I got my high school diploma.
Although history and civics were at the very bottom of the list of things I felt was of any importance to me, I still felt I’d been taught all there was to know about them; at least enough to make me capable of holding a half-assed intelligent conversation on the subjects.
Boy, how wrong I was!!!
About the only thing the public school system got right was that certain events happened; either a constitution was written, or a civil war happened. However, they failed to teach my why these events happened, what happened when those events took place, and the consequences of those events happening. I have learned, over the course of the last 20 some odd years, that it isn’t that the events happened that is of importance, it is why those events happened, and the consequences of those events happening that is of much greater importance.
Sure, you may know that the Civil War took place, but do you know why it happened and how it fundamentally and irrevocably altered the relationship between the States and the federal government? You may know that a Constitution was written, but did you learn the motives of the men behind it, and how it put us on a course towards an arbitrary and despotic government? Where you taught anything at all about what your rights are, and where they come from?
No, you were probably taught that this is how things are, and that this is how you must act if you are to fit into society; be a good, law-abiding, productive member of society. In short, you were probably taught to obey the rules, follow orders, and to not rock the boat. If you ask me, that sounds like the indoctrination a slave would undergo, not the training of a mind to resist authority that poses a threat to their rights and liberty.
Just look at society today if you don’t believe me. We have people across the country that say they disagree with what our government does; the laws it passes and the taxes it imposes upon them. Yet do they resist the authority of those who enforce those laws upon them or do they drive around with stickers on their cars saying “Support Law Enforcement”? Do they refuse to file a 1040 every year, or do they meekly submit to having upwards of 40% of their income stolen from them by their government because they are afraid they might get audited or have their assets seized by agents of the IRS?
Yet year after year people go to the polls and cast their votes for candidates, thinking that their voice matters. If you ask me, voting is the most futile thing a free people can do when, regardless of who they vote for, government continues to deny their unalienable rights and confiscate their wealth to spend upon things government has no authority to do.
You see, it’s all part of the education, or indoctrination we have undergone at the hands of a system, (from the schools to the media) that teaches us we have to work within the system; that system being voting for people in a two party system. You know what I think about voting? I think voting is like me coming up to someone and saying, “Since you’re right handed I’m gonna let you punch me in the face with your left hand, because it isn’t going to hurt as much.” It doesn’t matter that I’m still getting punched in the face, I’m saying that I’ll stand there and take it because I got to make the choice between the lesser of two evils.
That’s what I think voting is like; your casting your vote for someone to place them into a system in which the damage they inflict upon your liberty, or your income, will be less severe than the guy from the other party. Pardon the language, but it’s fucking ridiculous thinking your vote matters!
Think about this people, if government truly did what it was supposed to do; which is very little actually, while at the same time leaving us free to live our lives as we choose, there would be no need for political parties. Why would you need a political party to tell you, “Hey buddy, I’m not gonna help you out in life, you’re free to make your own choices and deal with the consequences of those choices on your own.” Why would you need a Republican or a Democrat to tell you that?
The two party system exists because there are two differing ideologies as to how government can use the coercive power of lawmaking and law enforcing to tyrannize and oppress the people. Regardless of which party gains control of the machine, the machine still tyrannizes and oppresses you. Can’t you see that?
I did not learn this in school, I learned it because I chose to study history and civics. I chose to study the document that established our system of government. That was the foundation upon which I then built upon. I then studied what people thought about that document; The Federalist Papers and Joseph Story’s Commentaries on the Constitution. Those taught me what the supporters of the Constitution thought, but it was only half the story. I then began to study the writings of those who opposed the Constitution; and I began to see that many of the things they feared would happen have happened.
I began to question my faith and allegiance to a document that was so fatally flawed; one which produced a system of government that provided its creators no real means of fighting back against it when it exercised powers it wasn’t supposed to, and began infringing upon my rights and liberty.
Then, with a great deal of help and guidance from my friend Mike Gaddy, I began learning about who the men behind the Constitution were; what their goals were; the character and integrity of those we call the framers of the Constitution. This is an ongoing process, as I learn more almost daily about the men behind the curtain; those who put us on the pathway to where we are today.
But you see, none of this would have happened if I had remained content with what I’d been taught in school; I had to expand my knowledge beyond the bullshit the school system shoved down my throat; passing it off as an education, to get to where I am today. In short, I’ve progressed, evolved in my thinking – while the vast majority of the people I meet have remained stagnant; either not advancing in their knowledge, or worse, not caring.
For many years of my life I was as apathetic as are the people who care more about football and Reality TV than they do about politics. Then I grew and began to believe in the Republican Party; how only it could fix all the problems this country faced. Then I grew some more, and became more libertarian in my thinking; believing that the Libertarian Party was what was needed to make America great again.
But I didn’t stop there; now I’m a full-fledged anarchist; believing that the only solution is to kill the beast that is behind all our problems – government. I truly believe that the moment you mention anarchy people get into their minds scenes from movies like The Purge; where chaos and violence runs unchecked. That isn’t anarchy; that is chaos. Anarchy is defined as: absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual as a political ideal.
Simply stated anarchy is the perfect state of liberty where each individual is free to live their life without others telling them what to do. Yet liberty is not a state in which a person can infringe upon the rights of others. Thomas Jefferson described rightful liberty as, “… unobstructed action according to our will, within the limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.”
Then Jefferson adds, “I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’; because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.” And what is it that government does if it is not enact laws the deprive us of our liberty? So to me the answer is simple, to regain our liberty we must get rid of the system that seeks to deprive us of it – government.
However, for anarchy to succeed the people must be moral and virtuous; they must accept complete responsibility for their own lives, their own needs, and their own safety and security; and they must not be envious of others and seek to plunder their wealth.
Anarchy could succeed if people would just adhere to the Ten Commandments; thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal; thou shalt not covet. If we would just obey those anarchy could work. Anarchy does not mean that we should not help our neighbors, our friends and even complete strangers; it means we should be free to choose to do so, not mandated by law through confiscatory taxation.
Thomas Paine was right, society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; and in its worst state an intolerable one. I am at the point where government has become intolerable, and the only solution is to get rid of it. Voting won’t work, as the machine keeps chugging along no matter who gets elected. Our petitions to those we elect fall upon deaf ears, while our rights keep diminishing at an alarming rate.
The only answer is to rise up and tell them that they are not our master, they have no power other than that which we consent to; and by their past record, they have forfeited their right to act on our behalf and we have chosen to return to our natural state of being freemen.
It’s what the founders did in 1776…until James Madison and his cronies in Philadelphia came along and fucked everything up by writing that damned Constitution. That’s where it all began to go wrong, and it is only by undoing the damage done back then that we can have any hope of regaining our liberty.
Does that sound drastic, does it sound rash? Well, Patrick Henry once said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” But then again, when Henry saw the proposed Constitution, and the threat it posed for liberty, he said, “I am fearful I have lived long enough to become an fellow: Perhaps an invincible attachment to the dearest rights of man, may, in these refined, enlightened days, be deemed old fashioned: If so, I am contented to be so: I say, the time has been when every pore of my heart beat for American liberty, and which, I believe, had a counterpart in the breast of every true American.”
So you’ve got a choice America, remain in bondage to a system that cares nothing about your rights and your liberty, or rise up and throw off the chains that bind you.
If the words I have just spoken cause you discomfort, or frighten you, then I don’t know what to say other than you’re beyond hope; you’re too comfortable in your servitude for the truth to change your mind. But if what I’ve said causes you to pause and say, “Neal might be on to something here” than maybe liberty still has a chance. I suppose it all will boil down to the numbers; how many people fall on either side of the fence; willing slaves or freemen.
But I know that if men like Patrick Henry were alive today, they’d be asking: