Childhood Gift Giving and Property Rights

Hey guys,


I am quite proud to present to you a most beautiful 22-minute video by the brilliantly articulate Canadian Anarcho-Capitalist philosopher Stefan Molyneux. Here he discusses the enormous value in teaching kids, starting in childhood, about property rights and self-ownership. How can we fundamentally make the intellectual changes needed to bring about a society of peaceful and voluntary human beings when parents, as authority figures, constantly teach their children that their bodies are not their property, i.e. spanking, slapping, whipping etc, their freedom is not their property i.e. detention, time out, or grounding, and their possessions are not their property i.e. stealing or withholding them as a form of punishment?


Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.”

Leonardo Da Vinci


Children must understand the effect of their actions for themselves without parental coercion and punishment, which incidentally, sets the stage for a subservient and docile adult citizenry. Children are constantly reminded by their parents that their bodies and their possessions, although given as gifts, are not their own and that both can be readily taken away if they have done something to elicit anger or disapproval from their parents, the authority figures. When one unconditionally gives a gift to another person one does not expect anything in return, to do so would be more aptly described as a trade in which one person has defaulted on their contractual obligations. Unconditional gift giving implies the surrendering of all ties to that gift. This is true regardless if the gift is given to an adult or to a child. If the child wishes to destroy or vandalize their gift it is their property and they may do with it what they wish. Perhaps upon destroying the gift, it might not be replaced within a reasonable amount of time, but that is the consequence which the child must come to understand.


Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”

Frederick Douglas


This unilateral coercive conditioning directly translates to our public school, universities, and adulthood. In our public schools there is a daily violation of our children’s sovereign inalienable rights when they are forced to go to an institution against their will, memorize information against their will, and are thereafter punished for refusing to comply. In universities one may argue “Well that is voluntary, isn’t it? I chose to go to a college or university.” Upon closer inspection here as well young adults are indirectly “forced” to attend as result of the all encompassing State regulation of a multitude of professions through their oppressive permits, certificates, and licensure. In order to attend they must pay the outrageously arbitrary tuition fees that far surpass any other inflation price increases in the market, as is only natural when an institution is State subsudized. If they cannot afford it they must accept loans, most often federal, and thereafter be secured as economic debt slaves. They must obey their professors and learn what is deemed necessary for them to learn, disapproval of which would result in an inability to graduate and receive the piece of paper with fancy calligraphical writing that signifies the conclusion of one’s indoctrination in the chosen State approved profession.


By adulthood it is clearly ingrained on a profound level that we are all slaves to the State, which is our master. The State owns 100% of our wages, an arbitrary 1/3 of which goes directly to the coffers of the State and the rest is given back to us a gift so that we may live. The State owns our homes and we are all temporary renters. Even those who proudly claim “I own my home because I paid off my mortgage.” The translation of this would be “I own my home because I paid off the immoral pretend loan plus the unjust usury that my financial institution created for me on the spot when I signed the contract, of which the financial institution offered no risky collateral and I assumed all the risk.” Thus even after decades of working to pay off this pretend loan, we are slapped in the face when we discover that, through property taxes we are STILL renting our “fully paid” homes to the State. Should we default on our property taxes the State will open up a can of fascism on us by moving to place a lien on our home, evict us, and foreclose on our “fully paid” home. Therefore if we do anything to anger or arouse the disapproval of the State or its minion law enforcers, the Police, our “property” will be duly confiscated i.e. wages, real estate, cars etc or our false right to “self-ownership” will be violated i.e. thrown into a cage, tortured etc.


No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people.” President William Howard Taft


There are a dwindling few places on Earth where human beings are allowed to be truly free. We are not free human beings. We are free-range chattel, that within the confines of the State we are allowed to choose our profession through which to better serve and increase our productivity to the mighty State.


Anarchists are the real hard-nosed realists. People who have this fixation on some ideal government, which isn’t fundamentally just a criminal gang with flags, are the starry eyed dreamers without a firm grasp on reality.”

Brad Spangler


All this indoctrination and conditioning would prove to be most onerous were it not for its early adoption in the family structure through the establishment that “I am the parent. I am in charge. You must obey me or you will suffer dire punishment.”  Incidentally many parents have the approach “When you live under my roof you obey my rules. Once you leave you can do as you like.” This is not altogether accurate either. Whether it is in the violent parenting family structure, forcefully obedient university setting, or rigidly conforming State setting there is always an authority one is expected to cower in unrelenting prostration. The expectation of obedience does not end. The State fundamentally relies on the groundwork of obedience laid by the violent parenting structure.


We do not have rights; rather we have privileges and immunities as granted us through the benevolent 14th amendment.


All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States

14th Amendment of the US Constitution


Pay careful attention to the wording, “privileges or immunities”. These are not the same as “rights”, which are inalienable, intrinsic, and sovereign. We are all born with rights, which cannot be granted nor revoked by any government. Privileges are just that, privileges by a higher power. They can be altered or revoked at a whim by those in power for any reason. The notion that we are immune from State obligations, services or taxation duties is farcical indeed in this post 9/11 world of the Patriot Act, NDAA, surveillance state, perpetual warfare, and 923 Obama executive orders. Understand the nature of your enslavement. Assert the sovereign rights we all possess and cower to no one!


Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”



Therefore one of the best ways to create a society of well-informed people is by respecting the property rights and right to self-ownership of our children. When the young people grow up with a healthy sense of sovereignty and empowerment, they will accept the authority of no one who endeavors to trample and infringe upon those rights.




Wonderful! Check out this amazing 6 minute video on the contemptible religion we have all bought into known as Statism and how we can all be finally free of it. Just like any religion is fear and faith based. It requires our undisputable loyalty, without which it vanishes into the ether.


Whenever you find yourself in the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

Mark Twain



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About Danilo

A practitioner of Eastern Healing arts with degrees in Acupuncture and Chinese medicinal herbs, I have always questioned the status quo, a path which led me to peaceful anarchism. Through my journey, I have worn many hats, that of a classical pianist, avid chess player, philosopher, comedian, and now father of two little anarchists. My wife brands me as a Cultural Critic, but I am simply following my thirst for knowledge and passion for writing.

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