None Are So Enslaved as Those Who Falsely Believe They Are Free

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 05 Apr 2009 11:14:19 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Arto Bendiken - a good screed on the putrescent corpse of individual liberty. We are all slaves of the state today. And it's likely to get a lot worse before liberty returns, if ever.

The reality is that human freedom peaked in the West at the end of the 19th century and has been in decline ever since. You are now living through the penultimate stage of that decline, yet you still cling to the notion that you are free. Pray tell, do you even know the meaning of liberty?

When the checks and balances finally failed altogether, when individual rights went out of fashion and were replaced by arbitrary privileges, did you even blink? Privileges your government graciously grants you, it can also take away at a whim - and so it inevitably does, one at a time, when it serves the interests of those who wield power over you.

You continue taking for granted something that no longer exists in anything but name only. It has not substantially existed for several generations; yet you still buy into the lip service given it.

If you truly believe you are still free, you are either ignorant of what freedom is, or living in denial. The poorest, most wretched farmer at the onset of the Dark Ages was freer than you are. Indeed, his descendant the medieval serf, two dozen generations later, was still freer than you are. Needless to say, the subjects of the Thirteen Colonies were freer than you are, both prior to and after their historic revolution.

Government today expropriates half the product of your labor, meaning you don't work on your own behalf for, typically, five or six months every year, and you have the nerve to tell me you are free?

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