Thursday, July 2, 2009
Fw: You're Not the Boss of Me!
June 30, 2009 10:59 pm (PDT)
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As you probably are aware, this Saturday is July 4th, Independence
Day. As you may also know, on the afternoon of this July 4th, I'll
be one of four speakers at Independence Mall, in downtown
Philadelphia, at the "Tea Party" event there. My topic will be
"You're Not the Boss of Me!" and this article is a sort of
introduction to that rant.
The Declaration of Independence basically amounted to a bunch of
guys telling their king, "You're not the boss of us anymore." The
Declaration was an act of treason, written by a bunch of tax cheats
and lawbreakers. It wasn't merely some people whining or
petitioning the government to do something different. In fact, the
Declaration describes how they had already tried that, and it
hadn't worked. So they resorted to open disobedience. And it wasn't
just one protest or demonstration, to make a point or try to
convince their masters to change; it was a declaration that they
were completely and permanently denying the right of the standing
regime to rule them at all, ever again. And that's a pretty darn
radical thing to do.
For all the parades, fireworks, picnics, and other events which
will happen on July 4th to celebrate "Independence Day," how many
Americans today do you think are capable of even contemplating the
possibility of engaging in "illegal" resistance against
"authority"? Not many.
What would the equivalent of the Declaration of Independence look
like today? Well, we would have a lot MORE to complain about than
the colonists did, with far higher taxes, far more intrusive
regulation, and a much higher level of oppression all around. But
what would the conclusion be? It wouldn't be, "So you better change
those laws!" It would be more like this:
"Dear Federal Government, you're fired! We're not paying your taxes
anymore, not obeying your laws ever again, and from now on we will
resist your thugs when you try to enforce your will on us."
How many Americans would dare to even THINK such a thing, much less
say it out loud, or write it down and send it to the feds? Very
few, indeed. The truth is, the spirit of resistance is all but dead
in this country. Even among those in the pro-freedom movement, the
vast majority of efforts revolve around begging the masters to be
nice, petitioning for or against this or that legislation, arguing
over WHICH politician should run our lives and take our money.
"Write your congressman and tell him to oppose ... "
"Promise to vote against any candidate who doesn't support ... "
"Sign this petition, to push legislation which will ... "
I have a better idea. How about if a few million of us send one
message--and only one message--to those pretending to be our
"representatives," those who claim to have the right to rule us.
That message should be this: "Legislate whatever you want; I will
not obey. And when you send your thugs to punish me, I will
resist." THAT is the message of the Declaration of Independence.
But on this July 4th, how many Americans do you think would even
dare to THINK such a thing--even quietly and to themselves?
What this country needs is not a change in legislation, or a change
of parties or candidates. It doesn't need another election, or
another protest or demonstration, or another group lobbying the
government for this or that. What it needs is a people with a
fundamentally different mindset. What it needs is a population
capable of saying, "You're not the boss of us!" But NOTHING the
people ever hear from the mainstream media, or from those in
government, or from the talking heads and political pundits, will
ever endorse such an attitude. On the contrary, the only message
you'll ever hear in the papers, on the radio or on the TV, from
academia or from the government, will boil down to this: "You can
whine and complain about what the government is doing to you, and
you can beg your masters to change, but you must never disobey!"
As long as obedience to authority is taught as the highest
principle--and it absolutely is almost everywhere in the country--
this will be a nation of pathetic slaves perpetually yet
fruitlessly whining at their sadistic, power-happy masters. Maybe
this country should be something better than that.
If you're one of the few who would like to hear a drastically
different message--one that is NOT premised on the assumption that
we all have an obligation to bow to those who claim to be our
masters--then be at Fifth and Market in downtown Philadelphia on
the afternoon of July 4th. (The talks start at 3:00, and my rant
might be first, so make sure you're there before that.) And while
you're at it, bring along some obedient, unthinking flag-wavers, to
see if they can handle some REAL advocacy of freedom. Let's see how
they respond when their indoctrination as obedient subjects
collides with the concept of true liberty.
Or, if you can't make it to Philly on the Fourth (or even if you
can), order a few copies of "The Iron Web," and start "corrupting"
the people you know by exposing them to the radical idea that they
own themselves, and that they don't NEED the permission of tyrants
in order to be free. Yes, understanding freedom requires a dramatic
shift in mindset from the statist conformism that now plagues this
country. On the other hand, it's getting downright embarrassing
watching all the robbed, regulated and restricted American slaves
wildly cheering about how free they are.>
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(P.S. The event in Philly will be videotaped, and I'm sure it will
be posted online fairly quickly. I'll at least be posting my rant
on my YouTube channel very soon after.)