01 August 2009

The loudest shouts of freedom come from the drovers of slaves

Don’t forget the great irony that a country settled by puritans who were not allowed to cruelly enforce their code on their country men, and by criminals who could not abide the rule of law, came across the sea to live in a land where they rose up to be slaveowners who yearned to be free (of the British). There were a few great spokesmen and thinkers to be sure, and some of their deeds were heroic, but if we are to judge them by the company they keep and their actions alone, from a truly outside perspective, it is difficult to find much that is admirable about the founding fathers.

When Did the Trouble Start?

What about the Declaration itself? How libertarian is it? Well, let's just take a few choice parts:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,

--Well, yes, except for Africans and women, and young men who don't want to be drafted or executed for desertion, and probably atheists and witches.

that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness -- that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men,

This is not the reason governments form--to secure our rights. This is just a sales job for the criminal state.

deriving their just powers

This falsely implies the state can have just powers. It cannot.

from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends,

This implies government does not necessarily become destructive--that good goverment is possible. It's not.

it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government,

But not to have no government, right? Why does it deny us the right to get rid of the state altogether?

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.

In other words, they should be free to try one utopian experiment after another.

Mather Byles said it all in 1770: Which is better—to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away, or by three thousand tyrants not a mile away?

We have met the enemy, and he is us.