United States of America...
with a free hand, but give only your own."
Tolkien The Children of
(Why things go wrong and how to make them right.)
nothing to sell you but hope, and that I give you for free.
Why the mess:
All of the world's man-made problems stem from one great
evil: Theft. What do I mean by "theft"? Theft
is stealing, that is, taking the property of another person by
force, stealth, or deceit. There are a great many people
who have no problem with stealing from others. Many of
them have wiggled their way into governments and have found ways
to institutionalize theft. But it is still wrong, even if
it is legal, and it is what is destroying Western civilization,
and it is what keeps many peoples and cultures impoverished in
the rest of the world. Whenever you take something that
belongs to someone else without their consent, that is theft.
Theft enhances the life of the thief to some degree, but
diminishes everyone else, especially the victim. Goods,
services-- labor-- is consumed without any production to
contribute back to the economy.
Honest trade is NOT theft. Fulfilling contracts made
between mentally sound people where there is full disclosure is
not theft. Taking advantage of someone's ignorance, a
child, the mentally handicapped, an old person with dementia, or
a deseprate person; that is theft.
Examine any man-made problem, and ultimately it will distill
down to someone stealing something from someone else.
Interestingly, you find that the common characteristic of all
Liberal, Progressive, or Socialist ideas is that something
belonging to one person or group of people will be taken by
stealth, deceit, or force, and given to another person or
group. Since theft is the root of all evil, such ideas
will inevitably lead to suffering, death and disaster.
Many of the banking practices common today are institutionalized
theft. Banks can create money by making an entry in a
leger book, loan it out, and demand payment-- all without
performing any productive, contributing labor. Sweet deal,
eh? Governments can print more money, inject it into the
economy to pay for government largess without performing any
productive, contributing labor whatsoever. It is a
sophisticated confidence job, a deception designed to syphon the
fruits of your labor from you without your consent, nor even
your knowlege, if they can get away with it.
If governments could produce goods and services, there would
never be any need for taxation. Throughout history, all
that would be necessary to pay for the operation of government
would be to produce those goods and perform those services and
sell them to the farmers, blacksmiths, factory workers,
fishermen, loggers, carpenters, chemists, truckdrivers, retail
clerks, janitors, cooks, and all the other people who do
productive things. But governments can't. They must
take the labor from the productive class, the "makers", and give
it to the people who do work for the government.
Government is necessary to protect the country, and keep the
peace between the people. It is NOT the government's job
to do the work of charities.
What belongs to you?
You exist for your own sake. You do not exist for
society, the government, the state, the king, your next door
neighbor-- no one. You have the right to choose your
responsibilities. Anything forced on you is a form of
You will often hear people disparage the actions of another by
saying, "that's irresponsible!" To say that first
assumes that there is some sort of standard of responsibility
that the offender is not living up to. It also subtly
implies that all men are responsible for all other men, and
therefore, all men exist for the sake of other men.
You are not responsible for anyone else. You do not
exist for the sake of any other person. You exist for
your own sake. You are responsible only for yourself,
and those other people you choose
to take on the responsibility for. It is often in your best
interest to take action to ensure the health and safety of
others, but only if this is done of your own free will without
Do not conflate (confuse) respecting the rights of other
people with being "responsible".
Your labor comes from your body: from your muscle
and brain. You own your body and all that procedes out
of it. It is unequivocally a violation of the laws of
God, man and nature that any man should be forced to labor for
another. That is slavery and ultimately, God will punish
those who exploit their fellow man because you are stealing
No one has the right to the labor of another, nor the things
produced by it.
Your pursuit of prosperity
Your thoughts and ideas
... until you express them. Then they enter the
public domain, and anyone can copy them since copying your
thoughts and ideas does not deprive you of them. This is
not to say that we cannot make laws to encourage inventors and
creative people by granting temporary, time-limitted
monopolies so that people can benefit from their creativeness
Can one decline to enter society? Is that a choice we
have? If we can not go to some place to be outside of
society, then does society owe us something?
Progressives, Liberals, socialists, communists, get around the
guilt of stealing by rationalizing that everything belongs to
the king, society, government, etc., or that some crime was
committed and therefore some portion of the things that belong
to you are forfeit. In fact, they say that people exist
for the the sake of society. People belong to society, so
just like a slave, everything they own, everything they do, the
blood, sweat, muscle and tears of man belong to society, so the
government can take what it wants and do with it whatever it
Punishment for committing a crime can involve forfeiting some or
all of your belongings, freedoms, or even your life; but laws
should never be established or selectively enforced for the sole
purpose of taking things from others. This is the very
heart of "institutionalized theft".
Your rights, your
While it is true you have the right to your life, liberty,
property, chance to prosper, freedom, thoughts; while no one has
the right to place obligations on you without your consent,
there are things you must choose
to do because they are in your own best interest. You must
be charitable. You must help your fellow man with wisdom
and discernment so that your generosity becomes a blessing, not
enablement] of a destructive lifestyle. You must restrict your
actions to preserve the rights and wellbeing of others.
But the difference here is that these things are all done by
your own choice, never being forced upon you by another
man. Your responsibilities and obligations to your fellow
man are your choice as a free human being, not as a slave,
chattle, the property of someone else.
The dilemma of abandoned
(adverse possession of land?)
Constructivism Page II
Main Page PC
Brain Failure Notes References pg. 1 References pg. 2
You shall not take that which
belongs to another.
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