"The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau. What an alluring utopia! What a noble cause to fight!" ~ Ludwig von Mises
Why I Did Not Create a Vermont Secession Request
Column by Alex R. Knight III.
Exclusive to STR
At the time of this writing, people from 48 of the 50 tax farms comprising the “United States of America” have created “We the People” web-based petition pages to the White House in Washington, District of Criminals, requesting Obama to peacefully allow their tax farm of residence to have a government entirely independent of the federal one. Only Maine and Vermont remain absent from this list.
I find this to be a little odd: After all, where are the Second Vermont Republic folks at a time like this? Well, never to be daunted, I generally heed the observation of the late, great Russell Means who once stated, “There are a lot of people waiting around for someone else to do what they think they themselves should be doing.” Fair enough.
But my hand was stayed, and has remained so. By whom or what? My own conscience. Not that I give a monkey’s ass for Obama, or the federal government, or the alleged “Union,” or any of that pathetic bombast. It’s because of entirely different and far more rational reasons.
Should I beg Obama for permission to secede, hoping that he won’t order armed goons to violently force me back into obeying federal “laws” and paying federal taxes? Is that a worthwhile, or even practically realistic course of action? Even were such a pathetically symbolic gesture on my part to be successful through some Powerball-winning fluke, should I believe that a smaller “state” government, freed from all connections with the much larger federal one, will be any picnic – or even if so, will remain one for very long? And do I really want to be in legion with those throngs of petition signers who, while not representative of the whole by any means, have only signed since the fraudulent puppet-show known as the 2012 American elections didn’t turn out their way, and never ended up landing their darling fascist Romney in the Oval Office, instead of the Marxist Obama?
I even thought of modifying the language of the petition for Vermont to something like: “To Peacefully Recognize the Individual Sovereignty of All Residents of Vermont.” But that’s contradictory too: Other than, again, asking permission from someone to whom no permission of any kind is legitimately owed, can I or any other signer legitimately speak for every human being living in Vermont? And if I modify such a petition to include only myself, again, why should I have to ask permission – even if the net result were that Obama would agree to not authorize the use of violent force against my peaceful personal secession?
By the time this is published, and you in turn will have had time to read it, someone or other may have created a Vermont secession petition to the White House. But it won’t have been me – although I full well had the opportunity to be the first to do so. And I won’t sign any such petition, no matter how it is worded – even though I would concur with its basic spirit.
We must learn that we are all individuals, and that any collective is merely the product of verbal semantics. It doesn’t exist as an entity by itself. Governments are the same. Groups of men and women call themselves governments and impose their will and “services” and the financing of such on populations at gunpoint – rather than offer protection and services to willing customers on a peaceful, voluntary basis. Therein lies the difference, and therein also lies the basis of my rejection of the idea called “government.”