Are you a slave? Of course not! You can speed if you want, do drugs if you want, hire someone for less than minimum wage if you want, buy something without paying sales tax if you want, not file your federal income tax return if you want, and walk into Mexico without any ID if you want, right? Of course not! This is because all of these victimless crimes are against man-made arbitrary mandates known as “laws”. If you do any of these harmless actions you will be slapped with an arbitrary fine. If you refuse to pay that fine, people in costumes will show up at your door and arrest you. If you resist arrest, these people in costumes they may harm you or kill you. Does this sound like the life of a slave or a free person?
I will ask you again. Are you a slave? Now I can concede that perhaps there may be many layers to that answer. One may argue that since the life of a black man in the early 1800s is very different from that of a black man today, that must constitute the genuine improvement in the freedoms of the average black American. However one may also argue that the life of a white non-slave owner in the early 1800s is very different from that of a white man today and that must constitute the genuine deterioration in the freedoms of the average white American. Putting aside these confusing historical comparisons there are certain objective conclusions we can draw from this.
The larger the “government”, the more oppressed the individual. The more man-made “laws” are created, the less individual freedom is respected. The larger the collective, the more likely insanity will be engendered. Lynch mobs are not exactly, reasonable or compassionate entities. There is no such thing as public opinion, the collective, or the group. Only the individual thinks! Only the individual reasons! Only the individual loves! Recognize no authority over your life but your own!
Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.
I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
Robert A. Heinlein
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