YOU MUST KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO BE FREE
Posted by changeurmind on June 6, 2009
You have the right to life, liberty, and the fruits of your labor. It is crucial to know this because rights mean nothing if you don’t know about them. The difference between legal rights and inalienable rights is this: Legal rights are the limitations that a government has set on itself; inalienable rights are the rights that you have no matter where you are. They are universal, no matter what your nationality, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, etc. No matter who you are, you have them. The problem is that our rights are being violated all the time. The Non-aggression Principle is used to determine if you, someone else, or a group of people are violating the rights of others. The principle states:
“You are free to do anything you want, provided only that you not initiate, or threaten to initiate, violence against another person or legitimately owned property of another.”
If someone violates this principle, then their actions are non-consensually taking control over someone’s life, liberty, or the fruits of their labor. When no one is violating the Non-aggression Principle then there is freedom because you are free when you have complete control over your life, liberty, and the fruits of your labor.
This video explains your inalienable rights.
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.” -Frank Zappa
You may be asking, “So, who is keeping us from being free? Who is violating our rights?”
The answer to this depends on where you live. It could be an organized gang, an independent thug, a violent corporation, etc. I’m sure we can agree that these are all things we should oppose; but, the problem is that there is a much larger institution which the public does not unanimously oppose; one that violates the inalienable rights of innocent people every day; a form of organized aggression known as government.
“Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.” -Leo Tolstoy
“‘All government in essence,’ says Emerson, ‘is tyranny.’ It matters not whether it is government by divine right or majority rule. In every instance its aim is the absolute subordination of the individual.” -Emma Goldman
Now you ask, “But do all governments violate our inalienable rights?”
Yes, absolutely. Even in the least oppressive nations on Earth, where the draft and mass incarcerations are rare, it is still their official policy to violate your inalienable rights. “And how’s that?” you ask. Through theft, or as it’s more commonly known, taxation. Taxation is coercive, so all forms of government are coercive because none would exist without taxation. “How is it coercive?” You are not given a choice whether or not to pay taxes, if you do not pay your taxes, you are kidnapped at gunpoint and thrown in jail, where if you try to escape, you are shot. If you aren’t yet convinced that taxation is theft, then please read this short article before continuing.
“When you advocate any government action, you must first believe that violence is the best answer to the question at hand.” -Allen Thornton, Laws of the Jungle
“A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.”
“No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” -Mark Twain
YOU MUST NOT FEAR FREEDOM.
At this point, some of you may be asking, “Ahhh! Are you an anarchist!?”
Yes, I am, but please do not confuse anarchism with chaos. It is not a movement to destroy organization; it is a movement to create a genuinely free, cooperative society. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics defines anarchism as “the view that society can and should be organized without a coercive state.”
In step one we explained that you are not free unless your inalienable rights are not being violated, so any institution is illegitimate if it violates your inalienable rights; and, in step two we explained how all forms of government violate those rights; therefore, anarchism is the only political philosophy that is opposed to all institutions keeping you from being free. For more on this philosophy, let’s see what anarchists themselves have to say about it:
“Anarchism is simply the revolutionary idea that no-one is more qualified to run your life than you are. To be an anarchist only means that you believe that aggression is not justified, and that states necessarily employ aggression. And, therefore, that states, and the aggression they necessarily employ, are unjustified. It’s quite simple, really.” -N. Stephan Kinsella
“Show me the government that does not infringe upon anyone’s rights, and I will no longer call myself an anarchist.” -Jacob Halbrooks
“I am an Anarchist! Wherefore I will not rule, and also ruled I will not be!” -John Henry Mackay
“The Anarchists are simply unterrified Jeffersonian Democrats. They believe that ‘the best government is that which governs least,’ and that which governs least is no government at all.” -Benjamin Tucker
“Will you and your government teach eagles to fly and tigers to hunt? Of course not. No one is so arrogant with nature. But you and your government want to tell me what to buy and how to live, and I am more complex than any eagle or tiger. Give me only the same respect you pay the badger and the blue jay, and leave me alone. After all, anarchy means nothing more than human ecology.” -Allen Thornton, Laws of the Jungle