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Ask every human you see, "Do You Own Yourself ?'

For the past three years, no matter who I am talking to, I ask the same question. Do You Own Yourself ?

I ask this of every human I meet; mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, preachers, priests, cops, military and the list goes on.

It is always a surprise to see their reaction. Most are a little shocked, because they have never contemplated this before.

After they agree that "yes" is the only answer, I explain that they not only own themselves but they own 100% of what they earn, own or inherit.

No other human is entitled to anything of yours unless you volunteer it. Then I explain that any taxation is "force" and is not voluntary.

Their eyes open wide, as I explain, any human that uses force on them or disagrees that they own themselves view them as slaves.

If we so choose, we can live in a voluntary society. "Anything" that is truly needed will be funded voluntarily.

So please, ask the question of everyone. Do You Own Yourself ?

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We are all 100%

native to our birthplace. We all have acestors who wronged others and who were wronged. You are no more or less the product of genocide than anyone else. What matters is what we do in the world we find on our arrival. None of us can change the past. Move forward.

And that's a native take.

You are correct.

Hau Oyasin. Pilamaye yelo. I would add one thing: people are becoming aware of how love flows forwards in time.

It also flows backwards.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

Ownership of land

The people who took the native Americans' land, and then claimed ownership, are not the owners.

The federal government is not the owner. They just claim ownership and control over this land, and they back it up with guns.

To determine ownership, you apply the homesteading principle.

Additionally, the natives did not own all of the land, now known as the U.S. They only owned the portions which they homesteaded.

Awesome but a little balance...

the whole aspect of beign hurt that we got conquested by Europeans, well, a lot of the time we were busy conquesting each other. Was there evil in native america? Might certainly depend on your cultural viewpoint but that's what made us so conquestable: the whole concept of being a "native american" is totally new. For all of pre-recorded history, if I'm from one tribe as far as I'm concerned we are human beings and you aren't. There wasn't in some cases any recognition that we were the same genus or species or class of being. And you probably have no self-awareness of being an INDIVIDUAL. You are an expression of the tribe. And death has a totally different significance, you aren't worried about it because YOU CAN'T DIE. The tribe that gave you life lives. And we cross over and become reunited with our ancestors and MAINTAIN THE TRIBE.

Traditinoally we're not even supposed to say that word but rather make the cut-off sign but these are new times.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

Best Post

That was the best reply on this site.

If I own my self...

Am I enslaving the cells that make up my body? Do cells have rights? What if they revolted?


Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~Thomas Paine

i have been asking that too

it is the most effective question in liberty.

I use Blue Wave, but don't expect one of THEIR silly taglines.

"No, my wife does..."

"No, my wife does..."

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

Beat me to it. Well played

Beat me to it. Well played sir, well played

You realize,

You have given this power to your wives because you do not know how to protect it and are only beginning to understand how important it is to you in the first place. But by all means don't let me dissuade you from your cultural right to pity party. When will Americans realize how much of their minds are being wasted on blame and shame? Both are remedial crutches for the unenlightened, unaware. I'm not talking about standing up to her in a stereotypical sense, but it might feel like that when you start representing your spiritual existence with love, conviction, vulnerability, kindness, and compassion. Change yourself first if you dare to say you own yourself...start acting like it.

Thx that was a great speech

but I'm not married


too funny

I ask what does freedom mean to you?

Do you feel free when you drive down the road, where armed thugs are hiding and waiting to take your money or worse? or when you get your paycheck? or decide to grow a garden in the bad yard? or start a business?

"I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted" - Frederick Douglass.

"A vote for the lesser of two evils is a vote to keep things the same", Buckminster Fuller..
A choice for liberty is always a choice for liberty.

But many people today want

not the self ownership but love and recognition of being worthy for what they already are. For example, many long for being accepted as normal for eating sh{i}t in gay bathhouses or accepted as worthy for society for idle paper shuffling at NASA.

Another question to ask is,

Another question to ask is, When you say you are free, what are you free from?

free from..

Free from aggression and theft, or to put it another way, free from trespass in body or property.

How about, free from people

How about, free from people trying to force their idea of the good on you?

But how do they force their

But how do they force their ideas onto you? Do your neighbors force you to help the poor? Do they regulate you? No. The people who actually do this -- the people who actually use violence and threaten you with violence -- is the government.

The question to ask is -- who is violating the non-aggression principle (law enforcement). And who is aiding and abetting them (i.e. legislators, courts).

The govt has no power without

The govt has no power without the support of the citizens who vote to use it's force against you.


If a criminal gang is attacking you and your neighbors standby and watch without getting involved. Who is at fault?

It's the aggressor that is wrong, not the people who pull a lever.

Now if enough people vote for limited government, it is possible to have a change, but what if the government is tyrannical and doesn't do "democracy"?

A private criminal gang does

A private criminal gang does not get it's power from the average citizen, the govt's criminal gang does.
Too many people are living off the money stolen from the productive by the govt to expect a majority vote for a limited govt.
Are you saying that when you vote you are not responsible for what this person does? Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil and this should be the voters responsibility.

Government deriving its power

from the consent of the governed is part of the American myth. Maybe, it was true once. Why go out to vote when it is safer to take your opium in the comfort of your own home?

Modern government has a great deal of power whether or not anyone votes at all. "If Congress won't act, I will!"

I agree that the parasite

I agree that the parasite class will make it impossible for enough people to vote for limited government.

But I don't think that voting constitutes aggression or that voting is considered aiding and abetting the criminality of government.

I also agree that what these voters believe in, and how they vote, is important, but they can justify their voting by claiming that they were voting in self defense.

For example, the people who voted for Obama can say they wanted to defend against the Republicans' attack on freedom of choice with regard to abortions.

And the people who voted for Romney can say that they wanted to defend against the Democrats' attack on freedom of choice of healthcare.

There is at least one other

that claims to own you. See Psalm 24:1 and 1 Cor 10:26.

Also keep in mind that a free individual must have the right to give up his rights by contract. Otherwise he is not free, is he?


Hear, O Israel: YHUH our God YHUH one. And thou shalt love YHUH thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Giving up Rights by Contract

Inalienable rights may be contracted out. Unalienable rights cannot.

Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

In most societies today everybody has a bit of a claim on everybody else. I call myself libertarian, but the holiness of "property" is one of the game rules I would rather see people here relativate a bit.

The first rule/right/law is the right of the strongest. That's just like gravity, it always applies. The strongest may mean best armed, or most numerous as well. "The mob rules" is the most true part of a certain song.

Next, groups of people (usually millions together) may find it nice to claim a peace of land, call it a country and agree on some rule set to prosper.

Libertarism is just one of the rule sets available. It comes with some advantages. It's a pretty good one. But if the majority (or a better armed minority) rejects them, it remains just that - a rule set.

Michael Badnarik had a nice explanation of the US constitution. In one of his examples, he talks about an (isolated) village where water is found at someones land. "That belongs to him!", he claims. Sure, but he better pleases his neighbors or else they may void the current rule set and take the well by force.

Thank you

I have been struggling to express a very similar train of thought but had not yet managed to put it into words. Well said.

πολλα γαρ πταιομεν απαντες ει τις εν λογω ου πταιει ουτος τελειος ανηρ δυνατος χαλιναγωγησαι και ολον το σωμα

I rent me

Actually, a lifetime lease, no option to buy.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

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Ha ha! A much better answer fishy!

Don't forget the revocation clause that can be called at any time without cause or notice.

He's the man.

Yeah, I could not even get a parts warranty.

I should have read the fine print...

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.