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What is freedom?

Freedom is the ability to perform any action that does not infringe upon the liberty of another person coupled with the ability to say “I won’t!” – whereas tyranny is someone saying “You must!” at the point of a gun. Tyranny cannot exist without the concept of freedom. Absolute tyranny is akin to absolute zero on the scale of temperature. Cold is a lack of heat, and tyranny is a lack of freedom. How much tyranny exists in the United States today – to what degree is freedom lacking?

When the government wants to give part of your paycheck to people that you have never met – including wealthy bankers – can you say “I won’t!”?

When the government says that you must stop using particular substances that may bring harm to yourself, can you say “I won’t!”?

When the government wants you to pay a yearly rent on the property that you supposedly own, can you say “I won’t!”?

When agents of the government stop you at a roadblock and ask you to produce your papers, can you say “I won’t!”?


Please repeat after me: I won’t! I won’t! I won’t!


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Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.

Freedom's just another word for NOTHING

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose, and freedom ain't worth nothing honey, but it's free.....

This is getting a lot of attention at Lions of Liberty...

Thanks for those of you contributing!

How tyranny prevails.

"Tyranny only prevails if you submit to it and say “I will.”"

Uh, no. Tyranny also prevails if you say "I won't," and they shoot you dead, or lock you up in a cage.

Tyranny prevails as long as men regard the authority of "government" as legitimate, and think that being "a law-abiding taxpayer" is honorable, rather than shameful. Tyranny prevails as long as men believe they need a ruler to protect them from _______(fill in the blank with the bogeyman of your choice).

The first step in ending tyranny is not to refuse it (which will get you dead or jailed), but to delegitimize it in the minds of its victims.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

Recommended reading:

A short read that is also available in audio from Mises.org:

The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude

And they say "Anti-statists agree on everything!"

Seriously Booda, the fact is, while you may get shot or jailed if you refuse, enough people refusing, even to the extent of martyrdom, can be a tremendous inspiration to others and an extremely effective way of delegitimizing statist tyranny. It is also a fact that I do not have the stomach for refusing, but I respect those (such as Adam Kokesh) who do.

Personally, I think civil disobedience is the answer...

After all, violence doesn't necessarily change anything. Look at all the countries that have deposed dictators only to install another.

Revolutions are intellectual endeavors.

Wasn't calling for violence,

and, if he is telling the truth, neither was Adam K. He called for a peaceful march, bearing arms in violation of the statutory law. Is that not civil disobedience?

I am nearly a pacifist, and will probably never own a gun. I think self defense is warranted in certain situations, but should always be with self restraint in regard to the use of violence in mind.

Revolutions are intellectual endeavors


"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

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Wow, we must be on the same wave length today.

I just posted this on my facebook page:

"Are you FREE enough to do your own research and come to your own conclusions and even disagree with your peers? If you cannot say "NO" when the pressure is on to say "YES," what kind of example are you setting for those who come after you?"

And I am actually hoping the public school teachers in my area will notice it.

Very few people think for themselves...

Groupthink is a plague.

As long as most people

As long as most people believe that it is moral to have an authority imposing rules on them, and onto others, there can't be freedom.

Whenever you have rulers, there are no rules (Animal Farm).


For a great Freedom primer!

*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*

Thanks Marc