This document was most recently revised on Saturday,
June 27, 2020.
Nation in Distress
legitimate boundaries of lawful government are not geographical.
They are contractual. Whenever any government declares geographical
boundaries and forcibly controls the people within those boundaries, then
that government has violated the doctrine of social contract, the principles
of liberty, the rules that govern proper contractual relationships, and
the inherent corporate nature of constitutional government. It has
destroyed its legitimacy. It has become a despotism. It should
— Sam Aurelius Milam III
The Final Frontier
years ago, I began my job of trying to establish liberty on this continent.
By the middle of the 1980s, about 10 years before I began the Frontiersman,
I'd been studying the deteriorating situation in America for long enough
that I'd begun to realize what I faced. One indication of my
trepidation was Dominoes.
Sam Aurelius Milam III
Monday, December 2, 1985
The dominoes are in a row.
They are falling.
I can only watch.
What I have started, I cannot stop.
(Or will not.)
I want to hear good music,
And eat good food,
and love good women,
And read, and ride, and see,
Before the last one falls.
But the dominoes must fall,
Or none of the rest matters.
while I was beginning the Frontiersman, I wrote the original version
A Frontiersman on the Final Frontier. I wrote it to explain
the name, Frontiersman. The final frontier is fear.
the poem as I eventually finished it, and a couple of other little items
about fear that I encountered somewhere along the way.
|A Frontiersman on the Final Frontier|
Sam Aurelius Milam III
The path to freedom isn't smooth or straight.
It's lined with lures, and traps, and tempting bait.
To follow it can be a rugged fate,
But that's the way that leads to freedom's gate.
I contemplate the freedom that I lack.
I count the risk, and chills run down my back.
Pursuit of freedom risks a fierce attack.
In fear, I wonder if I should turn back.
But freedom lies across the last frontier,
Where danger lurks, and hazards linger near.
Security's a stranger there, that's clear,
But freedom's there, across the fear frontier.
|The Only Darkness|
Student Caine: You cannot see.
Master Po: You think I cannot see.
Student Caine: Of all things, to live in darkness
must be the worst.
Master Po: Fear is the only darkness....
— from the movie Kung Fu
A Good Companion
Fear is a good companion, warning you of danger, keeping
you from stupidity, but he is a poor master. Keep him with you, but
—from Wartide, by John Barnes
I became a frontiersman on the fear frontier.
The Upside Down Flag
I continued to study, I learned that a nation and a government are
not the same thing. Most commonly, a nation is a group of people
who share, and who are at least to some extent united by, some common identity,
customs, heritage, and language. Usually, they occupy a geographically
contiguous region. A government is a political institution that has,
or that claims to have, political authority within or over a nation.
The two usually have the same boundaries.
is the name of a place, the continents in the Western Hemisphere.
It's also the name of the nation that's located south of Canada and north
of Mexico. It isn't the name of the government that claims
jurisdiction over that nation. The name of that government is the United
States of America.
I even began writing this newsletter, I was affixing U.S. flag stamps to
my mail upside down, with the notation "Nation in Distress". In the
maritime tradition, flying a ship's flag upside down is recognized as indicating
that the ship is in distress. Thus, to display the U.S. flag upside
is also an indication of distress. I've usually tried to be careful
that my intentions are clear. I intend to indicate that it's the
nation, not the government, that's in distress. The nation's distress
is being caused by the government.
United States of America, the government, is the most powerful, the most
arrogant, and the most brutal terrorist organization on Earth. It
has preempted America, enslaved Americans, and obstructed the fundamental
principles of liberty for which America should have been a haven.
It's a tool of aggression for a gang of nazi-like thugs and cutthroats
who are intent upon spreading their vile domination to all of the peoples
of the Earth. It's the enemy of anybody, anywhere who seeks liberty.
It's my enemy. Among my various goals are the termination of the
U.S. government and the establishment of liberty on this continent.
only legitimate form of revolution is personal sovereignty.
cannot buy the Revolution. You cannot make the Revolution.
You can only be the Revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere....|
are not subjects of a State founded upon law, but members of a society
founded upon revolution. Revolution is our obligation: our
hope of evolution. "The revolution is in the individual spirit, or
it is nowhere. It is for all, or it is nothing. If it is seen
as having any end, it will never truly begin." We can't stop here.
We must go on. We must take the risks.
—from The Dispossessed, by Ursula
the widespread recognition and acceptance of personal sovereignty, the
nation will remain in distress.
— Sam Aurelius Milam III