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November 18, 2009 – Comments (40) | RELATED TICKERS: AN , D , ISL

The Declaration of Freedom of the Individual
 
No past, present, or future document can grant rights to humanity, nor can any government or collective. The rights and freedoms of an individual person are a priori, have been, are, and will be so long as a single person draws breath. Whenever in the course of history a governing body infringes upon the rights, life and property of the individual, that individual may bring it upon himself/herself to rise up against his/her opressor in order to take back what was rightfully his/hers from the beginning of time. While in the past the will of the majority has served to oppress those in the minority, no greater example of this can be found than in the formation of nation-state governments. Government should have one purpose and one purpose only: to protect the people and their property from plunder. Instead, our government like so many that went before has passed laws allowing for legal plunder, and has systematically stolen our lives by taking the fruits of our labor, which no government can ever earn or deserve.

The crimes of our government are indeed to numerous to list them all, but some of the more egregious offenses include restriction of liberty through excessive taxation for the purpose of redistributing wealth, maintaining a monopolistic control over the means of money and credit, propagating inflation and the subsequent devaluation of the only legal tender allowed by law, subsidszation of the immoral behavior of banks and bankers, the jailing of criminals who have committed victimless crimes, the sending of our men and women to fight unnecessary wars as well as unlawfully occupying other countries for the benefit of those in power while simultaneously spying on its own citizens without first obtaining the proper warrants.

It is because of the above mentioned policies that if any man, woman, or child should choose to fight back peacefully either by not paying taxes or impeaching the whole of the government he/she would be entirely justified in their actions.

The Constitution of Freedom

An individual owns his/her life, labor, and the product of his/her labor. People are free and no government, law or collective action of any kind shall infringe upon their freedoms, namely those of life, choice, belief, action, and property. A person's freedom is infinite so long as it does not infringe upon the freedoms of another, cause bodily harm to another, or damage another's property.

No person can be the property of another person, government or collective.

No ruling body is necessary for a functioning society. No government can make law restricting rights or freedoms.

People have the right to individual defense of their own life, liberty, and property. No army is permitted during times of peace; this does not include security forces for the purposes of personal protection of life, liberty, and property. No military war shall be waged for the purpose of conquest. If an army is formed it shall be for defense only. No army nor the government or collective it represents has a right to the land or property of any other individual or collective.

The will of the people can never take precedent over the rights and freedoms of the individual.

Law is justice. A law shall be invalid if it stands in violation of the rights or freedoms of an individual except in cases of reparations for payment of damages to another person or their property. Any law that promotes injustice in any form is invalid. Any law which would plunder a person's life or property for the benefit of another person or group is invalid.

No tax shall be levied upon any individual or group of individuals. No tariffs shall be levied upon foreigners as this is a hidden tax upon the people. No inflation of any money supply is allowed without the consent of all the holders of that money.

No government can determine what is or is not money. No person must accept any form of payment that he/she determines to be unfit as proper payment for his/her goods or services.

Morality can not be imposed upon a person. No law shall be made in an attempt to impose morality on anyone. No crime can occur without a victim. If the rights or property of a person are infringed upon he/she make seek just compensation by bringing a complaint against the offender to be tried before a jury of peers presided over by an arbitror agreed upon by both parties.

The only public property is of that necessary to travel; this is to protect the freedom of movement. No one may prevent someone from traversing his/her land if their means are peaceful and undestructive; this does not apply to a person's or people's private residence, only to pathways essential to commerce. If destruction does occur from such travel, just compensation for damages may be sought.

No restrictions of any kind shall be placed upon what may be owned by an individual. No restrictions or regulations may be put upon any business as no person may be forced to purchase the goods or services of another against his/her will.

No person shall commit fraud or in any way decieve another person in a voluntary exchange of goods or services. All contracts whether verbal or written are binding. In cases of fraud a person may seek just compensation by bringing a complaint against the offender to be tried before a jury of peers presided over by an arbitror agreed upon by both parties.

The signer(s) of this document believe(s) that the government which governs least governs best, and that people should not be accountable to the government but the government accountable to the people. I ask nothing which I can not rightfully earn of my own accord, and demand only to be allowed to keep that which I earn. I ask no assistance from any government as anything the government has is not theirs to give. I hold all governments to the same standards expected of all people, namely not to plunder one person or group to profit another, to respect life, liberty, choice and property and deem any government which does not act in accordance with these laws as unlawful, injust, invalid, and an atrocity in the history free acting people.

Dare

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#1) On November 18, 2009 at 4:19 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

To those who stumble upon this with curiosity, it is my answer to the question I posed yesterday in this blog.

Standard Disclaimer: If you enjoyed this or found it enlightening or challenging in anyway please show your appreciation with a rec. It's as simple as pushing the little button up in the corner, which is little to ask considering the time it took me to write this. If you disagree with me feel free to write your argument in the comments section. If you have a rubuttle, again comments section. Or if you just want to try your hand at mocking me (comments section as well). Thanks everyone.

Dare

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#2) On November 18, 2009 at 4:43 PM, ChrisGraley (29.69) wrote:

I forgot it yesterday, but my island will also enslave the monkeys.

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#3) On November 18, 2009 at 6:00 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

ChrisGraley,

Beware of the Monkey Revolution!

Dare

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#4) On November 18, 2009 at 6:03 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

It would be interesting to try this on a small scale. The proposals I saw were for floating artificial islands out in international waters. You'd need to figure out industries that would work well in such an environment. We could then see if this society was properous and stable or whether it turned into warlordism.

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#5) On November 18, 2009 at 6:04 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

Not Yours To Give

An incredible read for anyone interested. It's a same that history has not remembered Horatio Bunce for the hero he apparently was.

Dare

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#6) On November 18, 2009 at 6:06 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

It's a same.....grrr....shame*

Dare

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#7) On November 18, 2009 at 6:17 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

chk999,

If the law of free people is followed there will be no "warlordism" as it is illegal to wage war for conquest. Besides war is expensive and never results in an economic "net gain" due to loss of life (labor) and property destruction.

Dare

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#8) On November 18, 2009 at 6:54 PM, Eudemonic (65.67) wrote:

What if someone waged war just because they got offended, not because they wanted to conquer? Would that be legal?

 

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#9) On November 18, 2009 at 7:18 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

+1 rec. The deserted island exercise reminded me of the multitude of communal experiments of days (long) past. The intricate nuances of human nature reveal themselves in often less than positive ways- like when a family member dies and it's sib on sib fighting over "things" with no holds barred. I 'm semi surprised that no one wanted to "conscript" a sub caste to do all the work, paid in IOUs in a worthless currency, and when they demanded payment, either destroy the currency or simply cleanse, rinse and repeat. Isn't that how empires are built?
 As for the bit on Bunce, that should br req'd reading for anyone in a public office.

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#10) On November 18, 2009 at 7:41 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

Eudemonic,

War is legal only in matters of defense and to protect one's property. Otherwise its a violation of the non-agression principle.

Dare

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#11) On November 18, 2009 at 9:08 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

Starfirenv,

I could not agree more about the bit on bunce. I stumbled upon that and it greatly raised the respect I already had for the representative from Tenn Davy Crockett!

Dare

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#12) On November 18, 2009 at 9:44 PM, ChrisGraley (29.69) wrote:

I 'm semi surprised that no one wanted to "conscript" a sub caste to do all the work, paid in IOUs in a worthless currency, and when they demanded payment, either destroy the currency or simply cleanse, rinse and repeat. Isn't that how empires are built?

That's why we are enslaving the monkeys!

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#13) On November 18, 2009 at 10:14 PM, ChrisGraley (29.69) wrote:

If you really want to set a country up to succeed, do the following...

Run your government as a corporation with all citizens being stockholders. Make the CEO the highest paid person in the country but set a law that he can only be paid a certain multiple of the lowest paid citizen's wage.  Every other job in the country pays a multiple in between those 2 points. Only tax consumption and exempt food, utilities, education and resonable housing from all taxes. Encourage both savings and investment. Encourage further education. Get rid of personal credit all together, but allow direct wage deductions for housing costs and large expenses, provided they have a decent deposit. Allow a government stipend to the lender if such a purchase gets paid in full. 

Make the government's priority to be to help the poorest citizen acheive. A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link. DO NOT GIVE OUT HAND-OUTS UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY! Then make sure the same emergency doesn't happen again if possible. On the other hand, do try to remove obstacles for your weaker citizens and give them the best chance you can to succeed.

Make certain to concentrate on developing our future by investing in our children and make sure to reward the acheivers from our past in our senior citizens. Retirees should be exempt from all taxes. 

I could write for days on end and still have ideas, but the biggest point is that a government needs to invest in it's citizenry. It will pay dividends! You can't ignore the weak and have a moral country, nor can you simply support the weak and have a successful one. If you can make the weak stronger though, everyone benefits.

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#14) On November 18, 2009 at 10:16 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

ChrisGraley,

Clearly you have never see this!

Dare

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#15) On November 18, 2009 at 10:16 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

#12- Monkeys can't cook- BUT they make good tacos. Ever been to Guatemala? BTW, how 'bout an update?

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#16) On November 18, 2009 at 10:19 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

ChrisGraley,

#14 is a response to #12....I had not seen #13 yet....

Dare

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#17) On November 18, 2009 at 10:58 PM, booyahh (< 20) wrote:

What if someone waged war just because they got offended, not because they wanted to conquer? Would that be legal?

I would say that's a right. Not legal, but still a right.

Also, everyone has the right to do and say whatever they want, but you also have the right to shoot them in the ass.

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#18) On November 18, 2009 at 11:19 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

lol booyahh!

Alright everyone, I'm off to bed....I feel like an old man but I guess 12 hour days will do that to anyone eventually.

Really looking forward to reading the comments section tomorrow!

Dare

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#19) On November 19, 2009 at 12:04 AM, ChrisGraley (29.69) wrote:

Damn Hairy Apes!

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#20) On November 19, 2009 at 7:09 AM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

ChrisGraley,

Now you begin to understand....(rubs hands together)...

Dare

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#21) On November 19, 2009 at 8:22 AM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

I had sort of hoped that some statist would chime in and tell me how great our government is, and how they keep us safe and protect us and how I should show more respect for all those people who died for my freedom!

Dare

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#22) On November 19, 2009 at 8:23 AM, ChrisGraley (29.69) wrote:

The man who wields power and misinterprets it is the more dangerous the more honest he is.'

This statement seems to apply more and more every day.

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#23) On November 19, 2009 at 8:54 AM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

This statement seems to apply more and more every day.

As does this statement:

The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history. -F. Hegel

Dare

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#24) On November 19, 2009 at 8:59 AM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

Dare, which group or civilization in history is the closest to how you think things should work?

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#25) On November 19, 2009 at 9:41 AM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

chk999,

I find this be a difficult question to answer because while the world of economics is no different today than at any point in history in terms of not being able to centrally plan an economy and nominal "growth" only comes from excess production and labor, I would say the "time" factor has changed.

The internet and modern communication allows for everything to happen more rapidly. "News travels fast." The old cliche means a great deal more today than ever.

The fact of the matter is that people (acting man, the free market) has/have always been able to figure things out as long as the rules of the game don't change.

So, I would say the closest "civilization" in history to how things should work has occured a few times throughout history but never consistently as the state always seeks to grow its power (it's the nature of the beast). Post Revolutionary America did fairly well....post Civil War US was a pretty good time for the north...but the south did not experience the same freedoms. Hong Kong was pretty good until China took over...the parts of Rome that were under "roman rule" but were actually left alone because of distance or whatever...truthfully any country or nation-state in history where the government(s) left the people alone for a long enough period of time....the problem becomes the removal of government usually causes a short term bust and people say "look how much better off we were with government assistance!" when in economics the main goal should be the long run effects of any policy.

Dare

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#26) On November 19, 2009 at 12:04 PM, nzsvz9 (< 20) wrote:

Dare,

I thnk our proposals align quite well. Don't you?

What of the problem of the corruption of some of the people? Among 100 persons there will be some who are anti-social, corrupt, evil, weird, demented, uncooperative, of the mob mentality, socialists, big-business subsidizing big-government republicans, communists - even a couple democrats. What are the good citizens of Dare(ing) to do with these persons?

If enough of the corrupt band together, as in a gang, a mob, crime syndicate, or even a political party (notice the parity among these entities) they could quite easily overrun the otherwise peacable citizens of the island. Quite often the industrious among us are not overly focused on the accumulation of power and control - by coup, fiat, force, or incrementalism. We should not underestimate the corruption that man can succumb to!

Not everyone is of the same capacity or ability - there are differences among all in these aspects of our selves. And history is full of dictators, barons, oligarchs, monarchs, emirs (sp?), princes, popes, sultans, supreme leaders, and such that the experiment would seem doomed to some form of dissolution to the more powerful. Even our own republican experiment is being perverted from within.

How can this be overcome? I would like to think that the laws in place and the structures you describe would be enough - but for all our efforts we have bullies in the playground, gangs in the cities, and criminals of all sorts in all places. Eternal vigilance does not seem to compensate for the corrupt, the evil, and the politician ... but again I repeat myself.

Known by my fellow islanders as freeman nzsvz9

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#27) On November 19, 2009 at 12:37 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

nzsvz9,

I did stipulate that I would take 100 people who would sign that contract written above, but you are correct that it is human nature to try and get the most for the least possible effort hence governments were formed to make stealing "legal" and easy for those in power.

My hope would be that these plunderers would eventually realize the long term benefits of this system and weigh them against the short term benefits of theirs...

Of course, nothing is guranteed that's why human action is always the X factor.

I would only say that it is my belief that enough "freedom fighters" in the truest sense would emerge to bring about a victory for all those who wish to remain free.

I am not against the cooperation of people or collectives as long as they don't seek to be oppressive.

Dare

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#28) On November 19, 2009 at 1:36 PM, nzsvz9 (< 20) wrote:

Dare,

Granted if we could pick and choose, and start off with like-minded persons, our island home would be a grand experiment - a sort of reverse Australia.

What about subsequent generations. Into every generation is born a Caesar, Napoleon, Mao, Chavez, and so on. One would hope that the supporters of freedom would educate their children in the same, and perhaps for some generations that may work. Yet the unpredictable results of the generations would lead to some dissolution despite the safeguards - it almost always has!

Would children born on the island be automatic signatories of the charter? Would they need to sign or be kicked off the island? What do we do with the dissidents?

Known by the dissidents as "linear thinker" nzsvz9

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#29) On November 19, 2009 at 2:16 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

What do we do with the dissidents?

A "dissident" to freedom sounds a bit like a paradox to me...obviously we would not be forcing anyone to stay...and it's no different than any other place you travel that you are required to abide by the law of the land. Just because our law is more progressive doesn't mean that we are going to allow people to harm others or their property and just sit back and do nothing about it.

Because these things have always happened does not mean that this system wouldn't be better, right? I mean you will always have those who try to lie, cheat, and steal and then courts will be created and punishment dealt out accordingly. It will happen much less though as there is less incentive to take that which you can more easily earn (on my island) in anywhere else in the world.

If granted such freedoms (and hopefully the understanding of freedom) would the majority ever rise up in order to give them away? Possibly, but it sounds like cutting off one's nose to spite one's face....

There is no opressor and no enemy to rally the people against. I suspect most people are content not to cause trouble unless they have a common enemy.

Dare

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#30) On November 19, 2009 at 2:31 PM, ricoy5 (25.63) wrote:

Just because our law is more progressive doesn't mean that we are going to allow people to harm others or their property and just sit back and do nothing about it.

So those that don't agree with "OUR" version of freedom, are not welcome?   Doesn't sound very free...

If granted such freedoms (and hopefully the understanding of freedom) would the majority ever rise up in order to give them away? Possibly, but it sounds like cutting off one's nose to spite one's face....

But that seems to be one of the few things Human Beings excell at... either letting a 'few bad apples' ruin a good thing, or conversely, slowly turning fascist to prevent that.

No?  In all, not a bad plan... but it strikes me as very similar to most libertarian ideas... seems to hinge an awful lot on Hope and Should be... and ignoring that people tend to do really bad things to eachother.

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#31) On November 19, 2009 at 3:50 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

ricoy5,

So those that don't agree with "OUR" version of freedom, are not welcome?   Doesn't sound very free...

Wow. Did you even flippin' read what I wrote above?

A person's freedom is infinite so long as it does not infringe upon the freedoms of another, cause bodily harm to another, or damage another's property.

This is not a "version" of freedom. This is freedom. The only law is that you can't infringe upon the rights and freedoms of others!

But your right. It's absolutely insane for me to propose such nonsense ideas as the right to life, liberty, and property....(hint: I'm the first).

seems to hinge an awful lot on Hope and Should be... and ignoring that people tend to do really bad things to eachother.

I'm not disputing that people do bad things to each other, but you are going to have to prove to me that under a system of opression people do "not as many" bad things to each other...

The problem is that you can't because you start with someone bad to begin with....a system of opression....

Thanks, but I'll keep my whacky libertarian ideals and continue to fight for individual freedom.

Dare

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#32) On November 19, 2009 at 3:52 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

ROFLMAO!

....(hint: I'm the first)....obviously should read (hint: I'm NOT the fist)....

Dare

 

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#33) On November 19, 2009 at 10:28 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

And you start with someone should read something...I should hirer an editor...

Dare

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#34) On November 20, 2009 at 12:07 PM, nzsvz9 (< 20) wrote:

Dare,

I'd apply for the job.

Known by my spell-chexcker and 9zvszn

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#35) On November 20, 2009 at 4:05 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

nzsvz9,

Thanks! I'm not sure if that was a compliment but I will take it that way. I am honored by anyone who takes the time to read or comment on my work even if they might disagree with me.

Dare

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#36) On November 22, 2009 at 12:09 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

Never underestimate the importance of a title!

I think this blog might have attracted more attention if I had simply called it:

The Declaration of Freedom of the Individual

or

The Constitution of Freedom

Oh well. Such is life.

Dare

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#37) On November 22, 2009 at 2:10 PM, HarryCarysGhost (99.70) wrote:

don't you realize how great our government is, and how they keep us safe and protect us and how you should show more respect for all those people who died for my freedom!

(see #21):)

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#38) On November 22, 2009 at 4:57 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

msftgev,

Lol. Thanks! I feel much better now.

Dare

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#39) On November 23, 2009 at 11:28 AM, nzsvz9 (< 20) wrote:

Compliment.

Known as job prospect nzsvz9

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#40) On March 28, 2013 at 9:50 PM, DaretothREdux (40.00) wrote:

Community. If you read this. And you might believe this or want to free this, then bump this. If someone does I will write a new blog about Bitcons. 

Dare

 

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