By Russell D. Longcore
I’ve just begun reading “The Power of Myth,” by Joseph Campbell. In chapter one he says:
“Man should not be in service of society. Society should be in the service of man. When man is in the service of society, you have a monster state, and that’s what is threatening the world at this minute.”
Campbell was an astute observer.
When society serves human beings, there is liberty.
When human beings serve society, there is tyranny.
The Founders of the thirteen new nations of North America in 1776 understood this concept. The Declaration of Independence clearly spells out all the ways that the human beings of the English colonies in America were forced to serve the King. They wanted to be free of the tyranny of the King. That doesn’t mean that they had worked out the details of governance for the individual colony/nations at that point. But they had certainly envisioned a system of governance in which the society they built would serve human beings. It was the Republic form of governance, from the Latin res publica. It was NOT democracy.
Most of the people of the USA of 2011 want socialism. For now, it feels good to them. As the Roman historian Sallust said, “Most men do not desire liberty; most only wish for a just master.” And as the movie character Morpheus says in The Matrix, “You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged (from the system). And many of them are so inured…so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.”
Inured is a great word, meaning “To habituate to something undesirable, especially by prolonged subjection” (the Free Dictionary). Washington has worn us down over time, heaping on debt and taxes and regulation by the spoonful until we groan under the burden. But like a man who is 150 pounds overweight, we still get up and move around, do our jobs and live our lives. It’s painful, but not painful enough to diet.
America’s fight to protect the American brand of socialism can be seen in the elections that occur every two years…or four…or six. Americans do not see their government as one that needs to be thrown off. Americans keep going to the polls and electing the same kinds of sociopaths who keep enslaving them further.
But socialism is human beings serving society. Tragically, the masses serve willingly. 40% of the American population is on food stamps. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and various other government subsidies have tens of millions more on the dole. And those not yet on the government dole look forward to their Social Security and Medicare benefits when they retire. Further, they will be pissed if they don’t get those benefits.
Not so long ago, Americans expected real estate to always appreciate in value, jobs to be plentiful, and that each generation would hand down to its progeny a better place than it started with. None of that is true today. Yet curiously, there is no hue and cry for the breaking of DC’s chains. Why? Because none of us have ever lived in a nation that’s truly free. None of us have had to accept the responsibility of a life lived without tyranny. Those of us who beat the drum for liberty and secession can only speak and write of liberty’s potential. But we haven’t lived in that reality yet…no one on earth presently alive has lived that way.
There is a faithful remnant that wants liberty. And when it is finally exists in North American once again, the remnant will relocate to that new location en masse. The first state to secede will be the Galt’s Gulch of Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged.” A population shift of tectonic proportion will occur, as entrepreneurs, innovators and liberty lovers stream into the new nation, while those who still want socialism will run for the border.
As more states secede, and more new nations emerge, the free market of ideas will offer many choices for liberty lovers. These new nations will find themselves competing with each other to achieve the systems of governance that best serves human beings. And there will also likely be seceding states that simply become little Washingtons, replicating the failed American system in a smaller locale. And while we will pity the people in those states, we also recognize that they will vote with their feet.
Secession is the Hope For Mankind. Who will be first?
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