Elements of a new Declaration of Independence
by Brian Wright
In my first Panarchy column, thanks to my discovery of the panarchy concept—i.e., freedom of choice of governments—I feel I finally assembled all the pieces to solve the Big Universal Problem (BUP). The BUP is essentially “tyranny”—the political domination of one group of men over another to the point of enslavement and destruction. My solution has a universal component applying to all humankind and a specific component re: my particular relationship to the American state… which is probably quite a common relationship.
I am struck by the parallel to the specific processes of our country’s founding: 1) starting with a tradition of self-government, 2) rise of the central-corporate [monarchy in those days, oligarchy in ours] money power over the people, 3) evidence of intent of this power to reduce the people to slaves, 4) conceptual statement that we the people are “mad as hell and not going to take it anymore,” followed by 5) action via revolution or restoration, and 6) laying the foundations of a free society. The seventh step actually infuses all of them: the spiritual consciousness of freedom. John Adams puts Step 7 best:
The Revolution was effected before the war commenced.
The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people: a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations… This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.
Exactly. Thus, our new declaration of independence must embrace what Jefferson surely was aware of in his time: the growing consciousness of peace and liberty, and determination of the people to throw tyranny on the scrap heap of history. Our document needs to embrace:
- Foundation—In Jefferson’s day, freedom leaders based their arguments on the “the Rights of Man.” Nothing’s changed, though we may wish to modify the terminology. Fundamentally, persons exist in a natural condition of freedom, that no popular majority or political statute may properly abridge or deny.
- Recognition—Acceptance of the reality of The Men of the Power Sickness (MOPS), that they cooperate secretly and have amassed great wealth and political power, that they are sociopaths and unnatural to human society, and only succeed by manipulating weak, uncritical minds into acceptance of an orthodoxy of nation-statism.
- Urgency—The MOPS are like The Terminator: they relentlessly seek to destroy natural humanity (despite their own destruction). In our time, the central government descends into absurdity after absurdity of unauthorized police-state excess, manifesting an imminent prospect of absolute despotism.
- Declaration—The document envisioned: a formal assertion of our foundational liberties, mainly to show a “decent respect for the opinions of mankind” and to clarify what we mean by these liberties. Further, a declaration is a statement of intended action… we shall throw off the Aggressor by force of arms, if necessary.
- Action—Some anticipation of grand strategy for defeating the Aggressor, using the various tools at the disposal of free men. The resistance should be appropriate to the circumstance, and needs to cultivate, like the nonviolent energies of Gandhi, “the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people.”
- Refoundation—What can we do this time that we failed to do the first time? Is Lysander Spooner correct in asserting that “that the Constitution either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.”? Is panarchy (constructive anarchy) our future?
So, yes, yours truly is going to give this “new declaration” a go, I expect, in next week’s column… public domain. The following are some thoughts I want to get across in the document, according to the seven steps.
Foundation—”Me Tarzan, You Jane”
The idea of panarchy is hugely liberating for me, and I feel needs to be included in the ultimate statement, along with the concept of individual sovereignty. In all our conflicts with the MOPS and the political institutions of ours that they have corrupted, we must emphasize who’s in charge. With the USG and subs we’re modifying/severing our contract, and handing them their walking papers. Never forget that “we the people” rule, we are in charge; they are servants to be dismissed “at will.”
Recognition—”He who has the gold makes the rules.”
The MOPS is as I have described in my Sacred Nonaggression Principle: The Barrier Cloud. Far too many libertarians hold the Randian or classical liberal view that lack of general knowledge is what drives our plunge into tyranny. They believe cooperative antihuman intention of a powerful cabal of pathocrats has little to do with tyranny. I, too, used to hold that view. Let me advocate one book to correct this error: Griffin’s The Creature from Jekyll Island (origins of the Federal Reserve). A successful revolution requires knowing who are the little bastards hiding behind the curtains…..
Urgency—”The barbarians are at the gate.”
The bill of particulars vs. the MOPS includes systematic and massive slaughter and torture of civilians by American military and security forces. Every day we fail to prosecute these criminals makes spells rapid death of our society. There are so many crimes; this ONE is all we need to act NOW.
Declaration—”One man with courage makes a majority.”
Different times and circumstances from the colonials. They were breaking away as one country from another. We, as planetary residents, are stuck with a menagerie of coercive states, one of which claims to own you, as an individual. Our statement must be individual, in the nature of ending a contract. For Americans, with a perfectly serviceable Constitution, provisional acceptance of a noncorrupted USG may be tactically prudent.
Notable ideas: creation of a “million Gandhis” as a powerful antidote to government via “hordes-of-thugs.” The SNaP plays a strong role in moving to the New Paradigm free society, as does general raising of human consciousness. The kind of system(s) on our doorstep: decentralized with the common thread of the nonaggression principle and death to all political-economic privilege. Back to Jefferson:
…whenever a government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, laying laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
So it shall be.
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