--Leo Tolstoy, 1893
Governments Need Armies To Protect Them Against Their Enslaved And Oppressed Subjects
... so long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so...
--Mark Twain, U.S. Author (1835-1910)
Noise proves nothing--often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an
The War Inevitable A speech by Patrick Henry, March 1775
wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery! Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
They tell us, Sir, that we are weak ---unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of People, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Beside, Sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of Nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone. It is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, Sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable. and let it come! I repeat, Sir, let it come! It is in vain, Sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace! ---but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the North will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that Gentlemen
--Dante, The Inferno
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a time of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
--John F. Kennedy
If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable.
I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
I would remind you that extremism in defense of liberty is no vice; and, I would remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
--Virginia's U.S. Constitution ratification convention, 1788
ask, who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.
--George Mason, of Virginia
[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was Governor of Pennsylvania,to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually.
Tax his chew, Tax his smoke, Teach him taxes are no joke, Tax his tractor, tax his mule, Teach him taxes are a rule, Tax his oil, Tax his gas, Tax his notes, Tax his cash, Tax him GOOD and let him know, After taxes he has no dough! If he hollers tax him more, Tax him till he's good and sore, Tax his coffin, Tax his grave,Tax the sod in which he lays, And after he's gone he can't relax, They'll still be after him for the inheritance tax!
Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat, Tax his crops, Tax his work, Tax his tie, Tax his shirt.
If words are to enter men's minds and bear fruit, they must be the right words shaped cunningly to pass men's defenses and explode silently and effectually within their minds.
In any nation in which people's rights have been subordinated to the rights of the few, in any totalitarian nation, the first institution to be dismantled is the jury. I was, I am, afraid.
--Mordechai Anielewicz, Warsaw, 1943
The most difficult struggle of all is the one within ourselves. Let us not get accustomed and adjusted to these conditions. The one who adjusts ceases to discriminate between good and evil. He becomes a slave in body and soul. Whatever may happen to you, remember always: Don't adjust! Revolt against the reality!
--John Hay, 1872
The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.
--Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.
--Sir Alexander Tyler, 1776
from dependency back again into bondage.
from apathy to dependence;
from selfishness to apathy;
from abundance to selfishness;
from liberty to abundance;
from courage to liberty;
from spiritual faith to great courage;
From bondage to spiritual faith;
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations progressed through this sequence:
policy, always followed by a dictatorship.
from the public treasure, with a result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal
moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits
voters discover they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. From that
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the
in Blackstone's 1768 Commentaries on the Laws of England.
--Henry St. George Tucker,
The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.
--Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) [Sand and Foam]
Those who give you a serpent when you ask for a fish, may have nothing but serpents to give. It is then generosity on their part.
--Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.
--Thomas Huxley (1825-1895)
Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
--Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Formerly we suffered from crimes; now we suffer from laws.
--Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains.
--Amos Bronson Alcott
The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence.
I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to
"Act of choosing."
"The universal fallacy is that a non-proprietary administration of property is more efficient, more just, and, in general, is better for the individual people in the world than a proprietary administration of property."
"Truth is that which is observationally known to be corroborable and is common to all observers."
"I would define the only possible revolution in volition as the one that turns man's social structure around so that Freedom is a reality; wherein everyone is one hundred percent in control over his own property. That is the revolution. Not a revolution; that is the' revolution!"
"In the domain of volitional experience, the only true revolution is Capitalism the Liberal Revolution."
"True Democracy is the free, unhampered market economy."
"Treason is a violation of your principles, whatever they may be. If you believe one thing and then act contrary to them, that is both hypocrisy and treason. It is hypocrisy from the philosophical standpoint and treason from the operational standpoint."
"A traffic jam is a collision between free enterprise and socialism. Free enterprise produces automobiles faster than socialism can build roads and road capacity."
"A corroborated hypothesis."
"A State is any person or organization that claims to protect property by coercing the owner of the property to use and pay for its Services,' claiming legality' as its justification."
"The Scientific Method is the full, total substitute and alternative for coercion and, when properly understood and applied, will make it completely unnecessary to have violent and destructive and socially harmful practices."
"The major utility and beauty of the Scientific Method is that it makes an infallible system apply to fallible men. And every time fallible men make mistakes through the application of the Scientific Method, they learn what the mistakes are and learn how to correct them."
"The Scientific Method is the only known reliable path to new knowledge."
Plus Occam's Razor
4. Observation (for corroboration)
2. Hypothesis formulation
1. Observation (for gathering data)
"A search for absolutes in a world of relative observation."
"Rational and moral." Or "True, valid and moral."
Right (in volition)
"True and valid."
Right (in physics)
"True and valid."
Rational (in volition)
"Property' is the supreme subject of volition, just as energy' is the supreme subject of physics."
"Property is individual man's life and all non-procreative derivatives of his life."
"A change which increases a man's over-all happiness and betters his over-all condition as an individual."
"Profit is any increase in happiness acquired by moral means."
"Control over action."
"All concepts of happiness pursued through moral action are equally valid."
Postulate of Volitional Science, Second
Second Corollary: " All volitional beings live to acquire property."
First Corollary: "Morally acting volitional beings seek to profit; immorally acting volitional beings to seek plunder."
"All volitional beings live to pursue happiness."
Postulate of Volitional Science, First
"To be a successful postulate, one must have not only a true proposition, but also one with universal application."
"A postulate is a proposition with a truth content which you did not derive from any earlier set of propositions by logical reasoning, but whose validity you accept as an input into the subject that you are developing."
[Note: This is not a definition. It is, however, a very important distinction.]
"Politics and ideology are two entirely different things; one involves coercion and the other involves ideas."
"Any increase in happiness acquired by immoral means, that is, by the employment of coercion."
Note: Ownership of Primary Property can not be transferred from its creator.
"The total, permanent and moral control of property until voluntarily transferred by the owner, where possible."
"Translated into modern terminology and applied it to physical science, it means: if you have two or more hypotheses which are competing with one another, choose the one with fewer unproven assertions."
Named for William of Occam (1285-1349) "Essentials must not be multiplied beyond necessity."
"Observation is the ability to get inputs through our five senses."
"The Natural Republic is the maintenance mechanism for the product called Freedom."
"A Natural Republic is one where coercion is inapplicable, and the whole social structure is open to the general use of all on a proprietary, contractual basis."
"A contractual society."
"Absence of coercion."
"Ownership of your actions."
"True liberalism is Capitalism."
"Pertaining to Freedom."
"More recent experiences will weigh disproportionately on your mind."
Law of Logarithmic Stimulation
"The interaction between the observer and the observed"
"Restitution of property is the mechanism of justice."
"Justice, in a positive sense, is simply the natural, rational and moral not artificial or coercive consequence of any act."
[Therefor] Justice is the elimination of crimes to which there is no recourse. (See: Injustice)
"Justice is the elimination of injustice."
"A person who arrives at conclusions completely by the use of the Scientific Method."
"Injustice is a crime to which no recourse [restitution] exists."
"That which would violate a law of nature."
"The measure of the total amount of property affected."
"A hypothesis is not necessarily a correct explanation; it's just an attempt at an explanation."
"An organized connection of various facts which are derived from observation and which provide an attempt at an explanation."
"There are those who create and those who destroy, and all of history is simply interplay between these two opposite directions with respect to property. One direction adds to property, and the other direction subtracts from property; one is positive, the other is negative."
"The concept of happiness is completely subjective and has no maximum. This is very important because if it were not for the fact that it has no maximum, then human motivation would have an end."
"Happiness can be pursued successfully only by free men that is, those who control, in full, their own property."
(* See: Law of Logarithmic Stimulation)
"Happiness is the totality of all the goods' and bads' (or goods and ungoods) that an individual has experienced from his birth to the moment of evaluation, suitably weighted for remoteness.*"
"Any agency, person, corporation that sells products or services to protect property to which the owner of the property may voluntarily subscribe."
"A subjective good to at least one person which is not imposed on any other volitional being. The absoluteness is in the fact that, independently of who defines the good, coercion is absent on a universal basis."
"The subjective evaluation of a preferred action, or a preferred transition from one state to another."
"Freedom is the societal condition that exists when every individual has full (i.e. 100%) control over his own property."
"An assigned meaning that is attributed to a word or a phrase or a concept, from which you never deviate."
"Crime is an act of successful coercion."
"The ability to make volitional decisions concerning the disposition of property."
"A voluntary agreement between two or more people who have property which they are desirous of exchanging the use and control thereof."
"Conservatives run all countries; they're conserving the state."
"The tendency to preserve what is established."
"Coercion is an attempted, intentional interference with property."
"Capitalism is that societal structure whose mechanism is capable of protecting all forms of property completely."
"Production of property in excess of consumption requirements and also used for further production."
"Any legal organization that controls the property of individuals without their consent."
"Only positive action can produce something useful."
"Volitional behavior that is initiating the generation of new property."
"Volitional behavior that is patterned upon opposition to someone else's products or behavior.
"Independent of arbitrary standards of determination."