Friday, August 2, 2013

How Not To Support Liberty

Supporting, and fighting, for liberty is a very easy concept. All one needs to do is understand that basic fundamental points that true liberty provides for, and speak out in favor of them. These fundamentals have been stated and discussed by thousands of individuals throughout the lifespan of this nation, and within many before it. These fundamentals include the right to life, freedom, and property, but also respect for the individual. One cannot say they truly believe in liberty if they refuse to look at each individual person as an individual, and not based solely on their race, religion, or appearance.

Life, freedom, and property are the extreme basics that everyone strives for. Everyone wants to be free. Few people ever want to be the slaves owned by another person. Everyone wants their right to live their lives to the fullest, and never be stopped doing what they feel is their right. Property is the basic right of ownership. A person has a right to own the fruits of their labor, and what they purchased with the earnings from their labors. No one has a right to take them away.

The one thing many people overlook in supporting liberty is the individual. Even if you personally do not like those of certain races, or religions, you have no right to try to eliminate the rights of the individual people within those races and religions. You have the right to speak out against them, but advocating a collectivist block of rights for individuals based on your beliefs is wrong. If you are a true advocate of liberty, you need to be able to bite the bullet, and fight for the rights of everyone. If you do not, or are unwilling to fight for the individual rights and liberties of everyone, you are not truly fighting for liberty, you are advocating you should be the ruling class and anyone you disagree with should be placed below you within society.

It does not matter if a person is white, black, purple, or green. It does not matter if the person is an atheist like myself. It does not matter if the person is Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, or Christian. When we advocate liberty, we expand liberty to everyone, every individual.

By Matthew Schnackenberg


Note by the writer: As chair of the Libertarian Party of Hernando County, if a Muslim, Hindu, whatever came to me sharing the ideals of liberty with the intention of wanting to run for office, I would support him. I would help his campaign, and I would expect everyone else who supports liberty to do the same. If not, you do not truly support liberty, and the Libertarian Party of Hernando, as well as myself, do not want anything to do with you.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Cycle of Government

The Cycle of Government
By Matt Schnackenberg

The cycle of government has been studied and philosophized by many ancient philosophers. Also called “Kyklos” in Plato’s Republic, he believes there are four states within the cycle. Starting with Timocracy, ruled by the honorable or honored hierarchy, it evolves into an oligarchy as people push for more freedoms followed by democracy, then it regresses back to Timocracy through the Tyranny stage of the cycle.

Plato’s student Aristotle expanded on this idea and simplified the cycle to a process that is easier to see throughout the world, which states the rise of liberty begins through the evolution from a monarchy to a republic ending in a state of anarchy. Aristotle viewed constitutional republics the most virtuous due to the freedoms individuals enjoy.

As most of you readers know, the United States of America is a constitutional republic. We started as a part of the British monarchy and fought for our freedom and for a form of democracy. Yes, a republic is a form of democracy. The difference being we elect representatives and majority should not have a strong control of the government. There are also rights that should not be infringed by the government protected by the constitution.

“The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public
welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.”

Charles de Montesquieu

Lately, it seems the this young country has started its trend towards tyranny, and could very well collapse into anarchy restarted the cycle back to Plato’s Timocracy, a Monarchy, or Totalitarian Dictatorship of some form.

Most of the problem is that the United States has fallen to become just another empire state in history. How can I say that? Simple, here is a short breakdown of what an empire does.
Control various other nations through means of fiscal or political “assistance.”
Gain control of other nations political systems and use those nations as puppets to benefit the mainland in some way. (Note: This has failed with US puppet nations like Japan and South Korea as they have been fiscal strains on our economy.)
War with other nations to protect “our resources.” Or “national security” as pundits and politicians say.

Where did this quest from empire start though? To quote Thomas Jefferson, our founding foreign policy is “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” So we have pretty much fallen completely away from our founder’s ideals in terms of no alliances, but that is far from the problem.

“Our 'neoconservatives' are neither new nor conservative,
but old as Babylon and evil as Hell.”

Edward Abbey

Within the last 100 years there has been a driving force within our legislative halls. That force is called Neo-Conservatism. While generally we consider various republicans to be neoconservatives, but frankly, it is obvious we have neoconservatives on “both sides of the aisle.” Bringing together the two parties into an oligarchy.

Neo-conservatism’s roots comes from a man named Niccolò Machiavelli. Machiavelli was a very interesting man for the 15th century. He specialized in military theory and politics. His overall belief was that government should is morally responsible to inspire people. The way to inspire was of course through military force for “the benefit” of the country attacked. In order to move public support all efforts are taken under the guise of religious, humanitarian intent, false flag attacks, or using events such as 9/11.

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land,
it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."

James Madison

Fast forward to the 20th century, author Michael Ledeen who can be considered one of the strongest supporters of the neoconservative movement. Ledeen worked as a consultant for the State Department, Dept of Defense, and National Security Council. During which he has personally handed out his book, Machiavelli on Modern Leadership, to members of both legislative houses.

In 2002, He has also spoke out staunchly in support for a massive war in the middle east and criticized National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft stating:

“He fears that if we attack Iraq "I think we could have an explosion in the Middle East. It could turn the whole region into a cauldron and destroy the War on Terror." One can only hope that we turn the region into a cauldron, and faster, please. If ever there were a region that richly deserved being cauldronized, it is the Middle East today. If we wage the war effectively, we will bring down the terror regimes in Iraq, Iran, and Syria, and either bring down the Saudi monarchy or force it to abandon its global assembly line to indoctrinate young terrorists. That's our mission in the war against terror.”

Ledeen during his political career he successfully assisted in spreading and defining the modernized variation on of his hero Niccolò Machiavelli’s beliefs.

“Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security”
Benjamin Franklin

Of course, throughout USA history there were those of similar logic and understanding as neocons today. Those individuals include Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. These national leaders believed in centralized government power, weak state power, and most importantly increased power of the executive branch. They attempted, and some succeeded, in removing checks and balances that stood in their way.

Outside influences do have interesting effects on government cycles as well. Outside influences like foreign aid can slow down the collapse of a tyrannical regime.

One thing that shocks people is that fact that foreign aid is a form of economic warfare. Reason being, the country that starts receiving out funds start making them dependent on our aid money, and less on their own currency or financial system, to finance large projects or their military. The reason most tyrannical regimes that receive our money stay in post longer than they should is because they use the funds received to buy more arms and finance employment more soldiers.

The tyranny in this country has been slow growing, but starting to show its ugly head. Insane debt, tax-based slavery through the 17th amendment, imperialism abroad, and rights encroaching executives orders and legislation at home is there any surprised?

“He who controls the present, controls the past.”
George Orwell

Is it really that shocking? Back in 1980, CIA Director nominee John Brennan stated with his graduate thesis from UT Austin that “Since the press can play such an influential role in determining the perceptions of the masses, I am in favor of some degree of government censorship.” Meaning that the government has full knowledge that control of the media is key to control the populace that things are going smoothly. That government is good, and will not censor or remove fundamental rights. Just like in Roman, it will also use sports to pull the attention away from what is really happening in the world, dumbing down the masses through useless government education systems, and in some cases use drugs to reduce overall IQ.

"... we are frequently criticized both on economic policy and
foreign policy and we're going back to the old days of isolationism
and the old days of the gold standard. But let me tell you,
big government is very very old, and big government and inflation
and destruction of currency - that is ancient
and based on ideas that are wrong. Those who criticize us
who want a lot less government - they are the past, and
we are the future!"

Ron Paul

History repeats itself because human nature allows it. This is why the cycle has been allowed to continue unimpeded since humanity was first able to collectively think as a community and an individual. It should absolutely be possible to change the course of human events, reverse the cycle to liberty, and freeze the motor of the world at that point. Return this country to a Jeffersonian, now Libertarian, philosophy of limited government and leave it there. We would benefit from it economically and internationally.

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