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Updated -- 1 October 2004

"It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong." -- Voltaire

The subject of Liberty is fundamental to Justice, Order, and Law.  It is the fundamental reason for the Declaration of Independence (as well as the Original Declaration of Independence), the subject of Sovereignty and Corporate Rule, and has spawned everything from The Wizard of Oz to systems of Restorative Justice, and to our current State of the Union.

Our present sense of liberty comes in large part from Thomas Jefferson, who had had instilled in him the "deep conviction of the fundamental importance of the principle that the will of the majority ought to be submitted to the minority." [1] In other words, liberty was and is a foundation where everyone has a presumption of liberty, even when they are in the minority -- even the miniscule minority (and despite any ill-named "moral majority").

James Madison agreed in the sense that tyranny is often equated with majority rule. "What is the worse result of politics? Tyranny. to what form of tyranny is democracy prey? Tyranny of the majority. How can that be avoided? By preventing the existence of majorities that are homogenous, and therefore stable, durable and potentially tyrannical. How can that be prevented? By cultivating factions, so that majorities will be unstable and short-lived coalitions of minorities. Cultivation of factions is a function of an 'extensive' republic." [2]

Benjamin Franklin noted in 1759 that, "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch [-- an illusion to just one of the many Perils of Democracy]. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the issue."

“When in the course of human events”, when the demands of Liberty inevitably challenge any government bent on reducing freedom and liberty, then one has to entertain the notion that said government is in the throes of a Revolution -- even when there have been no shots fired (and in fact, may never be fired).  It may very well that the time of reckoning is fast approaching when the authority of government will be challenged en masse.  

Ultimately, liberty is about self-empowerment.  In the final analysis, no one can give anyone liberty.  Liberty is something that is assumed by the individual and thereafter confirmed by the manner in which they live.  This is not just a matter of avoiding the Infernal Revenue Service, the rules that unnecessarily restrict our day-to-day activities, or even the International Banksters that abscond with their ever increasing percentage of what an individual produces and accomplishes.  This is a matter of reclaiming Sovereignty, self-responsibility, and independence as human beings.

In this regard, it is essential that one understand the nature of the arch-enemy of liberty: fascism -- government by the elite (also known as the Aristocracy, Bush and Kerry... well essentially, reality as we currently know it). And excellent piece on the nature of fascism has been provided by Rense.com. It's extraordinary and worthwhile reading.


Another article on this subject is by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.  Mr. Rockwell’s article is sufficiently important and well written, it is worth including here in its entirety.  (The alternative is to follow the path of Hey, Hey, We’re the Monkeys!)  



by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.,  

Looking back at the history of political philosophy, only a few geniuses have bothered to think and write about the dynamics of state collapse.  

Preeminently, in the 1550s, Etienne de la Boetie wrote Discourse on Voluntary Servitude, a tract emphasizing: “in order to have liberty nothing more is needed than to long for it.”  

This is because tyrants are “automatically defeated if the country refuses consent to its own enslavement: it is not necessary to deprive him of anything, but simply to give him nothing; there is no need that the country make an effort to do anything for itself provided it does nothing against itself.  It is therefore the inhabitants themselves who permit, or, rather, bring about, their own subjection, since by ceasing to submit they would put an end to their servitude.”  

What did Boetie suggest that a subjugated people do? “I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces.” [emphasis added]  

Behind Boetie’s thinking was the assumption, later spelled out in great detail by David Hume, that states cannot rule by force alone.  This is because the agents of government power are always outnumbered by those they rule. To insure compliance with their dictates, it is essential to convince the people that their servitude is somehow in their own interest. They do this by manufacturing ideological systems that seem to justify despotism, such as socialism (among a thousand other excuses).  If a population comes to believe in one or another form of statism, their compliance with despotically coercive schemes is assured.  

If, however, resistance develops and spreads among the subjugated people, the state must relent or step up its use of coercion and make examples out of the non-compliant. The risk of escalation is two fold: the forces of despotism may make martyrs of those singled out for malign treatment, and this can demoralize those within their own ranks who are squeamish about violating essential human rights.  Once this dynamic of state collapse begins, it can be difficult to reverse, since further coercion only entrenches internal and external opposition.  

What about our own country?  How secure is the imperial rule of Washington, DC?  The ideology that supports big government has been undermined at the intellectual level and it is increasingly rejected at the public level. What the commentators decry as public indifference to public affairs is actually a reflection of widespread revulsion at the character and actions of the political class.  

Lacking a coherent ideological structure for their rule most of the available ones are leftovers from the New Deal/Cold War period of American history the political class flounders around demonizing civilian sectors that dare to resist its rule (e.g. Microsoft).  

Polls consistently reveal that about one third of the American people fundamentally object to the political system as it currently exists and instead seek radical change. Even government officials themselves sense the deep lack of public support for their activities. They believe a fundamental disconnect separates them from the public.  Washington, DC, has become an armed camp, not to protect itself against foreign attack, but to guard against citizen reprisal. The young and talented no longer aspire to political office or public service. Voters no longer have faith in the integrity of the system.  

Most important for gauging our present historical moment, discontent is spreading within the rank-and-file of the nation’s military. They are outraged at the politicization of promotions, disgusted by the wild-goose chases and murderous expeditions that the commander-in-chief has foisted on them, and no longer believe the patriotic clichés that once put a moral gloss on imperial globe-trotting.  

Those who can flee for civilian sectors do so, while potential recruits are loathe to sign their lives away to people they no longer trust.  Indeed, the dynamic of state collapse is already set in motion right here in the US.  There's no point in making predictions about precisely when and how the process will end.  All we know, based on every other occupying power in human history, is that the means and the shape of the restoration of liberty will surprise us all. At some point, the people will tell Caesar precisely what he is entitled to and claim the rest for themselves, while those in captivity will ask in bemusement: “What has happened?  Where are the guards?”  


For further information, contact: J.A.I.L. (Judicial Accountability Initiative Law).  Use header to subscribe/remove: jail4judges@mindspring.com.  Visit JAIL’s informative websites, www.jail4judges.org (& .net)




[1] Gordon S. Wood, "Where are the Jeffersons of Today?" Time Magazine, July 5, 2004.

[2] George F. Will, "James Madison Remembered," Newsweek, March 19, 2001.

Justice         Justice, Order, and Law

Forward to:

Conservative Politics and/or State of the Union

Declaration of Independence         Constitution of the United States of America


The Milgram Effect

Freedom of Religion        Holy War        The Rules of Holy War

Racism and Culturalism         Multiculturalism         Perils of Immigration

Free Speech         The (9) Supremes         The Halls of SCOTUS

An American Third Party         A Third Party That Knows How to Party




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