I’m not ready to give up on Freedom, but let’s take a look at some hurdles we Classic Liberals (Classic Freemen) face. Independence is a lack of Dependence. A significant portion of the US Adult population is Dependent upon others. Life that is simply surviving does not put much thought into thriving.
I could go on for days about how Life is the opposite of Entropy and how different species go about defeating Entropy in various ways. So let’s cut to the chase. Human Beings require somewhere between 15 to 25 years to be educated enough to survive on their own. It is worth noting that species who rely on instinct rather than education have hundreds or even millions of more offspring since their infant mortality is so much higher. During a Human’s first 15-25 years we get varying degrees of Nature and Nurture that will result in varying degrees of Independence. That is really what Maturity or Adulthood is, it is a lack of being dependent upon others, especially one’s parents.
Independence takes work, intelligence, and planning. Nature naturally follows the path of least resistance so it is no wonder that it only takes a couple of generations of handouts to produce a society that is only capable of Dependency. The skills required to be Independent must be learned and exercised to be of any use. The easy way out Never leads to Independence.
The level of Adult Dependence in the US is staggering. Social Security (and Medicare) is in no way secure, it actually forces most US citizens over 65 to be Dependent upon Government for an Allowance and Medical Care. 16%, and growing, of Americans are Dependent upon Government for food via Food Stamps. Somewhere between 25 and 50% of US children get a ‘Free’ Lunch at School. I could go on and on, but you should get the picture, if an Adult cannot care for themselves or their own children, then they are in practice a Child. Dependency, whatever kind you can think of, is a form of bondage. It allows the Provider to coerce the behavior of the Dependent vie threat of withholding. The recent “You won’t get your SS Check if we don’t raise the Debt Ceiling (aka print/borrow more money)” is a good example.
Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that “that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” This is a property of Life itself. Life that fails at the touch of suffering would not last long and Humans are as tenacious as any life this planet has seen. We can, as a species, endure great hardship before society breaks down into chaos. This is what Jefferson was talking about. In a social setting, human behavior tends to endure rather than reject. There are a great many reasons and levels to this, but it is simply human nature. If Rulers can throw in a pinch of sugar on top of Dependence every so often, there is little motivation to stop enduring. Especially when the Dumb Masses have been conditioned to endure.
Not long ago I pondered whether this uphill battle for Liberty was worth the effort. The Two Party System will likely break the backs and banks of those who seek to end the Passive Tyranny. It rose to power through Theft, Deceit, and Murder and those who have inherited the Reigns are no less unscrupulous. Those that are/become scrupulous do not last long.
The Dumb Masses are just going to continue to Bend Over, or Lean Forward as MSNBC puts it, and take it like some battered spouse whose ‘self-esteem’ waxes and wanes with the sporadic abuse and affection of their abuser. It turns out ‘their’ esteem is not romthe self, it is their abusers to Centrally Plan. The abused will continue to make excuses as they try to ‘fix’ what is intended to be broken. They will whine and bitch but as long as their abuser lifts their spirits on occasion, they will endure in order to make their suffering worth it. This is not unlike the “If we don’t send more soldiers to die, then the ones we already sent have died in vain” argument.
Why fight for the abused and risk all when that fight will most likely result in my own continued endurance and suffering? Why don’t I simply join the Masters?
That is another topic in itself, but to give you a hint, it is because those who would keep Human Beings from being Independent are SCUM BAGS and I am an Independent Human Being.
It is time to Abolish Human Domestication.
Stand UP or Bend Over, because the End is Far!
Steve A Morris