First Principles And Politics

by Karl Denninger

(Editor’s note: Karl is not a secessionist…that I know of. But this short article is where a secessionist must begin in the alteration of a world view. This is where YOU begin to crystallize your understanding of personal liberty and property rights. To wit: whose property are you?)

Let’s have a simple conversation folks.

It’s going to be focused on just one thing: First Principles.

Just one of them, in fact. It’s this: Who owns your physical person as a legal adult of 18 or more years age?

No weasel words, no ifs, ands, buts or maybes.

There are two broad possibilities, one of which is an absolute and the second leaves us to have a different discussion. They are:

* You, personally.

* Someone else.

If your position is the second, then please so admit and we’ll discuss that in the comment section. Be prepared to explain how this is not tantamount to slavery (for openers.)

If your position is the first then I challenge you to examine whatever grant of authority over your personal sovereignty you claim the government has a right to assert.

We can go into any level of detail you wish on this, but my posting of this Ticker isn’t intended to focus in any one particular area. Rather, it is to challenge you to examine your first principles and then place against them the policies you support as pertain to the political party and government actors who you support and are willing to submit to in whole or part, and the conditions under which you are willing to do so.

If you can’t square your position on First Principles with your political affiliations, I would argue that it is time for you to re-think those affiliations, and that it is impossible to take the first position as a matter of First Principle and still call yourself either Republican or Democrat.

Copyright 1993-2011 Karl Denninger. All Rights Reserved.


One Response to First Principles And Politics

  1. Richard says:

    From the choir loft:

    “Most men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1796

    I was trapped in an elevator last week. Alone and quiet in my tiny room, my first thought was not the loss of my liberty. I was glad I had used the toilet before entering the elevator.

    Our American situation is like that. Like hopping into an elevator we’re used to giving up our freedom for the easy ride rather than using the stairs and working off those donuts we had for breakfast. We don’t work for it. We’ve given it to political managers who’ve betrayed our trust. Now we’re trapped and don’t know how to get out. Where’s a good Houdini when you need one?

    I have discovered that when I talk to people about our problem I find they’d rather stay in the elevator, cry about the situation and pee their pants. The terrible fear that is dawning upon me is that most Americans really don’t want liberty. They’d just rather whine and argue about it, maybe get drunk and soil themselves when they can’t make it to the potty.

    “Most men do not desire liberty; most only wish for a just master.”
    – Sallust (86-34BC)

    A lot of good Christian folk have spent decades praying for wisdom for our leaders, who’ve used that ability to their own personal advantage. Maybe we should be praying for wisdom for ourselves instead.

    But that’s just me hollering from the choir loft.

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