Do We Even Deserve Liberty?Submitted by Tman2000 on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 17:00
I was thinking about this.
Where do the rules by which we live come from?
From chemical corporations that have taken over farming? From cheating banks that have taken over investment and industry? From a cynical demagogue who thinks bankrupt entitlement programs are what we owe each other to live in a better world?
Or from those who start deadly 'police actions' the world over with terrible robotic killing machines? Perhaps those who employ torture and secret kidnappings and assassinations but say, 'trust us'? Or perhaps a media that lusts after mass murders for the sake of ratings, yet seems ready to go with a coordinated anti-gun campaign just in time for the next killing?
How about political campaigns of beloved public speakers that are nevertheless managed by neocon sabateurs? Or what about sons of beloved public speakers that are nothing more than tightrope walking sell-outs?
We can give a little money here, post a facebook message there, but at what point can we say we 'deserve liberty'.
Because if all our rules come from the top down, then in fact we are dependent on the top. We need the top and don't deserve to disobey the top.
If we are to be free, we need to govern ourselves, rule ourselves, and provide for ourselves by ourselves. I mean that in terms of us as individuals, but also as small communities, but also as large communities. Against the imperial state.
A few days ago I posted this: http://www.dailypaul.com/271276/finally-this-is-how-we-rewri...
I said, "hey guys, even if you don't click the links here, read the whole thing and post a comment so that other people have a chance to read it." Not one person left a single comment.
So, really, I don't think the people here at DP want to really have self-government. They, just like the neocons and progressives want to use the decisive and instantly gratifying power of government to get their way and seem content to sit and complain in the meantime.
That's not meant to be a petty accusation. It's more of a wake-up call.
None of us deserve liberty or self-government unless we actually build and maintain self-government ourselves.
If you don't know what I mean, or don't want to read much, well at least read this: http://columbiaparty.com/2013/01/20/handout-pamphlet-for-org...
So, you can't move mountains? Fine. How about taking five minutes to read that pamphlet? Or, at a minimum, leave a comment so that we can have a little discussion, and more people can be exposed to this idea. That's all.
We want to stop judges that take away people's kids, and prosecute police that step out of bounds, and hold the media accountable for lying, and let the government know that they plan to take away our freedoms in vain. But how?
We need to organize, all of us, anyone remotely like us, into a body independent of state.
We have to be able to generate a consensus from the bottom up: without splintering into bickering factions, without relying on top-down institutions.
If we can't do that, we really don't deserve liberty. Why would we, we can't even organize our opinion? How could we rule ourselves, or make economic decisions? Or responsibly choose what we do recreationally?