|The Contract You Can't Refuse (?)
by Don Cormier
The recent earthquake in Kobe brought home to many residents of California exactly how vulnerable we are to similar disasters. It's not just that a serious earthquake could destroy our lives, our health, and our material possessions. The problem is that if we survive, we could become even more dependant on government assistance than we already are. A permanently disabling injury could put any one of us on welfare. Destruction of our homes or businesses could induce us to accept government subsidies for rebuilding.
In fact, most residents of California are not in a situation where they can reasonably refuse the "social contract" offered by government. They need to pay taxes because they need the services government provides to maintain an average degree of comfort and security.
Let's look at some of the basics:
Physical Security It's quite true that governments can endanger the physical security of people they dislike. However, it cannot be denied that governments also provide a degree of protection for persons and property. In California, many residents are physically unable to protect themselves or their property unable to fend off muggers and rapists, much less S.W.A.T. teams or invading armies. That this situation has largely been created by the government, and that there are ways to remedy it, is not relevant to my point.
Water Few residents of California depend on streams, private wells, collected rainwater, or private distilling systems for their water. The majority get their water through government licensed and subsidized utility companies. Once again, this situation has largely been caused by the government, and it could be remedied. However, at the present time, the majority of California's residents would become very thirsty indeed if the government's water system failed to function.
Food Few residents of California grow their own food. Most get it through markets, which are almost always government licensed and regulated businesses. The markets get the food by way of a regulated and tax subsidized system of transportation. The growers of the food are regulated and subsidized. It would be possible to move away from this system if people on a mass scale would begin to boycott it. However, my point is that, AT THE MOMENT, most Californians are dependent on the smooth functioning of the food delivery system, and therefore, need the government.
I think I've said enough to indicate that the majority of California's residents depend heavily on the helping hand of "Big Brother" government. The question is: How, practically speaking, can this "social contract" be rejected? (By the way, I put "social contract" in quotes because a unilaterally imposed contract is not a valid contract.)
Obviously, almost no one living in urban California can completely escape the influence of this contract's provisions. People living in rural areas may have more room to maneuver. However, there is one group of California residents who escape from some of the governments dictates, whether they live in urban or rural areas undocumented immigrants.
The undocumented immigrants depend somewhat on the government-maintained infrastructure. However, by being invisible to the government, they avoid having to obey certain laws, and they become dependent on themselves or their close allies for protection and justice. Perhaps one important aspect of the undocumented person's situation is that there is no voluntary or semi-voluntary acceptance of the government's contract. Their moral situation is perhaps purer than that of the average citizen, who has acquiesced to the contract by registering to vote, or by getting a driver's licence, or by taking a job which requires participation in the Social Security system.
If the ideal of living in freedom means that one can reasonably defend one's person and property oneself, and can obtain food, water, and other necessities without recourse to government systems, then the first step in rejecting the "contract" is to work on developing these skills.
Short of being crushed by a collapsing building, the ideally free individual would be better able to recover from an earthquake, because such an individual would rely on an infrastructure that was much more under his own control. Admittedly, such independence would be difficult to achieve, but it might well be worth the effort.
What About America?
by Shirley R. Lewis
America is still living in a pretend world. Our currency has no value, our country has no money it spends much more than it takes in. I suspect in the end everything will be confiscated to try to cover it. That will be the excuse anyway. And how did we get in this boat? By people expecting they were "entitled" to all kinds of handouts. Something for nothing.
Some day other countries, other banks are going to refuse to accept our currency, our bonds, etc. at face value or at any value. When that comes first prices will rise dramatically then business will come to a halt. Maybe swapping will work but not very well. EVERYONE will be in the same boat. Banks will fail no use saving for the future. It will be a world of slaves. Remember the story of Joseph in Egypt? In the good years the Egyptians were taxed of their surplus, and in the bad years Pharaoh sold it back to them until they couldn't pay any more. Then they accepted slavery. The interesting part not told in the Bible Pharaoh didn't get any richer. True, he had total CONTROL or did he? His dynasty did not last.
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Part 3: Finis Empery
by Sam Aurelius Milam III
If the proper boundaries of constitutional government are not geographical, but contractual, then certain consequences must follow. One of these is already obvious. A government can have lawful authority only over individuals who are parties to the contract. This consequence requires a change in our understanding of participation in government. This participation must be understood in terms of the laws of contracts.
This means that no group of men, however large, can rightfully compel another group of men, however small, into a contract. Similarly, no group of men, however large, can rightfully compel another group of men, however small, into a government. When this is done, those compelled are not citizens. They are slaves.
There are very few ways in which an individual can become a party to a contract of government, and thereby come voluntarily under the lawful jurisdiction of such a government. He can voluntarily become a voter. He can voluntarily run for office and be elected. He can voluntarily be hired into the service of the government. He might also, for some reason or other, execute some other contract with the government which might include in its provisions an obligation to some jurisdiction of the government. Marriage licenses, driver's licenses, and business licenses are present examples of such contracts. An individual can volunteer into the jurisdiction of the United States of America1 by declaring himself to be a citizen. Any such voluntary actions make an individual a party to a contract and allow legitimate obligations to accrue.
Conversely, if an individual isn't a party to a contract, then the government has no jurisdiction over him. Any enforcement of the authority of a government on any such individual is an act of aggression by that government. The instant that such aggression occurs, the government departs from the Doctrine of Social Contract, and becomes a despotism.
Since the legitimate boundaries of lawful government under the Doctrine of Social Contract are not geographical, but contractual, any such government may extend anywhere in the world where there is an individual under its jurisdiction or where it owns property. However, that government exists there only with regard to that individual or to that property. Many such governments might exist within the same geographical region, enjoying many possible kinds of coexistence.
The practical consequences of this view of government are many. Any number of people greater than one might form such a government simply by asserting their sovereignty. National boundaries as they are presently understood are not supported by the Doctrine of Social Contract. Commonly accepted laws with regard to franchises, smuggling, and naturalization are incompatible with the Doctrine of Social Contract. If governments really operated according to the Doctrine of Social Contract, wars would be very difficult to administer, and weapons of mass destruction would make even less sense than they do now, if such a thing is possible. Each particular government would be useful, or it would cease to exist.
Next Month: Imagine
by Sam Aurelius Milam III
Today there are at least 700 women's advocacy groups making hay from allegations of violence against women. Many of them claim that as many as 4,000,000 women per year are "battered" by their husbands or boyfriends.2 However, the definition of such battering often includes minor things like "a push or a shove", greatly inflating the statistics.3 Some advocates even go so far as to include "emotional or psychological battering" in their data.4
Feminists continue to advocate sexual equality. If that's what they really want, then they must behave according to the same criteria that they force upon men. In that case, the same fantastic understanding of battering that is being used by women's advocacy groups can be used by men as well. Men can then point to the bitching, nagging, whining, and complaining to which they are customarily subjected by their female companions and claim, as credibly as do the women, to be the victims of "emotional or psychological battering". The alternative, of course, is that different rules apply to women who therefore aren't equal to men.
In fact, sexual equality is a stupid idea. Men and women aren't equal. Requiring by law that they are makes exactly as much sense as requiring by law that= 3.00.
Who knows? Maybe feminists believe that, too.
by Sam Aurelius Milam III
As I watched the response to the bombing in Oklahoma City, I was appalled by its contrast with the mellow disregard for the atrocities at Waco and Ruby Ridge. People who twiddled while the U.S. government murdered women and children in Texas and Idaho recoiled in horror when women and children were killed in a federal office building in Oklahoma. Apparently people think that women and children in federal buildings are more precious than those in religious compounds or mountain cabins. It's difficult to judge whether this attitude is mere brainwashing or actual stupidity.
In fact, this atrocity was unusual mostly because it wasn't committed by the U.S. government. In Panama, for example, the U.S. government killed hundreds of women and children during its violent pursuit of Noriega. Around the world, the U.S. government has murdered women and children who happened to be in its way. When officials call the Oklahoma City bombing an act of terrorism, the definition of terrorism being used is clear: terrorism is any atrocity committed by some group or person other than the United States government.
Everybody was hurt by this bombing, with one exception: the U.S. government will benefit from it. Before the dust had even settled, people were obediently bleating for stronger preventive measures. The main result will be a vast increase in the power of the U.S. government. Officials will now be able to justify more intrusive systems of surveillance and control than anybody ever expected.
Today, the U.S. government enslaves the people it was intended to protect. It murders those who refuse to submit. The consequences of its escalating terrorist behavior can no longer be avoided. One of these consequences is that events like Waco and Ruby Ridge call for a response in kind. People are learning to resist and, increasingly, that response will be forthcoming. The likely course of events is obvious. Clearly, women and children should avoid the vicinity of federal buildings in the future.
The terror in America has only just begun.
Just thought I'd write and tell you that I enjoy Frontiersman. You are willing to take on a lot of issues and be provocative, something which is sadly lacking in the mainstream media. I find it a very good sign that people like you are willing to stand up and be counted.
Where are we today? Somewhere along the line the US government has stepped over a line. With its assorted assaults on the people's liberties and rights, the US government has abdicated its legitimacy. John Lock says, "Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away, and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience ..."
One thing you might want to look at is situations where people have toppled the modern state monolith. The Somali resistance to the United Nations, the Colombian resistance to the US war on drugs, the fall of the Berlin Wall, all these show the power of popular resistance, combined with ideas about liberty, can overcome any modern state machine.
I have enclosed a copy of California Liberty. This is a statewide newspaper published by the California Libertarian Party. It is sold in news racks and bookstores across the state.
Joseph Miranda, Managing Editor
My dad, [name withheld for privacy] showed me your March issue of Frontiersman. I was impressed at your bold approach to enlightening your readers to some important realities that most are either ignorant of or naive to. I hope you will get a lot of support in accomplishing your goal.
Please send me future issues.
Monica; Union City, California
"... the hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core."
from On Revolution , chapter 2, by Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)