March 30, 2015

Freedom Outlaws Handbook 18-21


Unless someone is holding a gun to your head, your life and your decisions belong to you.  Take responsibility.  Hell, even if you're held at gun point you still have the option of saying "Screw you!" and taking the consequences.

But lets say your ex-girlfriend did jerk you around, or your parents didn't love you, or your boss won't give you a break-- so what?  Do you prefer to sit around and whine about it or are you going to get on with things-- and live?

The victim mentality has become endemic to our culture.  Understandable.  Being a certified politically proven victim gives you more political clout than almost anything else.  The whole idea of "entitlements" was built around the idea that victimhood and helplessness give me a moral and monetary claim on thee.  And on a personal level, it's always easier and a lot more pleasurably self-indulgent to whine than to fix things.

If that's what you want, then why are you reading a book about getting free?  Freedom's not your thing.

"But look," said Ponder, "The graveyards are full of people who rushed in bravely but unwisely."
"Ook." [said the orangutan]
"What did he say?" said the Bursar...
"I think he said, 'Sooner or later the graveyards are full of everybody,'" said Ponder.
"Oh blast. Come on." -- Terry Prachet, Lords & Ladies


If you drink to excess, if your little boy can't sit still at school, if you lie or chase women, if your teenaged daughter gets sassy, if you feel blue sometimes, if you have a bad temper, if you're anxious about the state of the world... don't worry!  It's not your responsibility.

It's not because you choose bad habits, or because school's a bore, or because you have no morals, or because you and your daughter have a conflict of interests, or because the world is a crazy place or your dog just died and of course you're upset about it. It's a disease.  Or at the very least, a personality disorder.

Just take a pill!  Try Therapy.  Have a dose of electroshock or the latest psychosurgery.  Above all... never, ever consider that maybe any or all such troubles are 1) the human mind's way of telling us we need to change our lives, or 2) some of the perfectly normal experiences of being alive.

By categorizing every problematic behavior or feeling as a "brain disease," we forgo responsibility and --worse-- we accept dependency on a growing public-sector and private sector "mental health" industry instead of facing the idea that we may need to be the architects of our own lives.

This is not at all intended to make light of the very real pain we all suffer.  Nor is it to deny the existence of genuine mental illness.  It's just to say that because some unhappy, troubling, troublesome things are signs of mental illness does no make all unhappy, troubling, troublesome things signs of illness.

That which does not kill me makes me stronger.-- Friedrich Nietzsche


Here's a painless little way you can stand up for your own rights in defiance of the law.  And maybe meet your neighbors at the same time.

The Constitution allows the federal government to take a census every 10 years.  The census has one lawful purpose, and one only-- to determine how many people live in a given area so congressional districts can be divided up relatively equally.

So when that census form arrives in your mail, give the feds precisely the information they are legally entitled to: one, two, three, four or whatever number of people live in your house.

Don't tell them your marital status, your race, the ages of your family member, the number of telephones or TV sets or commodes you have in your house-- or anything else.  It isn't their business, and they are exceeding their legal authority in asking.

Theoretically, there are penalties for refusing.  Have you ever heard of anyone being prosecuted or fined for telling a census taker, to go to hell?

Twice, the Census Bureau sent a man to my door to request the remaining information.  I told him no and told him why.  the first time, the only consequence I experienced was that he thanked me for refusing him more politely than all the other refusers, then went away.  Census takers were instructed to get sneekier in later censuses.  In 2000, when I wouldn't tell him anything, the hired snoop went to the neighbors to grill them for information about me-- and tried to grill me for information about the neighbors.

Until that day, my neighbors and I had only casually met each other.  Soon after Little Brother census taker wandered off down the street, the neighbors and I cam crashing together, mutually cursing about the sleazy attempt at turning us into informers, and mutually discovering we were at least a little "anti-government."

Recently, the federal government has been supplementing (and may eventually replace) the census with the awesomely invasive American Community Survey.  the threatened penalties are bigger, and the government may even send someone to your door to enter your info directly into a laptop computer.  To make that prospect even ickier, the Census Bureau has recently admitted to losing 600 of those laptops.

But remember:  no one has yet had to pay those threatened fines.  And the government has NO lawful authority to demand such information of you.

If we can ever make red tape nutritional, we can feed the world.--  Robert Schaeberle


Except for one lonely congressman from Texas, nobody in the federal government cares about the Bill of Rights anymore.  But We the People should take care not to forget it.

Even if it is, by default, no longer the law of the land in the U.S., the Bill of Rights states a set of principles that could put any country, any culture, anywhere on a solid foundation of individual liberty.

You can carry it around in your pocket in the form of a little booklet called the Citizens Rulebook (which also contains the Constitution and some jury-rights information).  That booklet is available from

Whitten Printers
1001 S. 5th Street
Poneix, AZ 85004
Voice:  (602) 258-6406

There are a number of websites containing the book, as well.  A good one is at  But any search engine will quickly find others.

If you are interested in the history of liberty or in constitution issues including Supreme Court judements, organizations, and publications, check our the Constitution Society's outstanding website at  In addition to historical documents the Constitution Society's site also contains leads to government sources, publishers, freedom oriented publications and a wealth of other useful organizations and information.

(See the Agitation Chapter for something even more cool:  The Bill of Rights Security Edition.)

"I Have no defense."
"Do you--" the judge stumbled...
"Do you throw yourself upon the mercy of this court?"
"I do not recognize this court's right to try me."
"But Mr. Rearden, this is the legally appointed court to try this particular category of crime."
"I do not recognize my action as a crime."
"But you have admitted you have broken our regulations concerning the sale of your Metal."
"I do not recognize your right to control the sale of my Metal."
"Is it necessary for me to point out that your recognition was not required?"
"No.  I am fully aware of it and I am acting accordingly."
"Do you mean that you are refusing to abey the law?" asked the judge.
"No.  I am complying with the law-- to the letter.  Your law holds that my life, my work and my property may be disposed of without my consent.  Very well, you may now dispose of me without my participation in the matter.  I will no play the part of defending myself where no defense is possible, and I will not simulate the illusion of dealing with a tribunal of justice."-- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged


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