As an activist who has attempted to indict two presidents, who has fought the courts for my right to travel, who was successful in getting a corrupt county clerk fired (John Arriola), who has resisted the IRS, and was even labeled as a “domestic terrorist” by the TSA, (until I sued them in court and was eventually removed from the list as a settlement offer) , It is safe to say that I have certainly paid my dues as a freedom fighter and human rights advocate. My journey has caused me and my family untold amounts of stress and physical/financial hardship.
Due to increased family responsibilities, I have decided to join the ranks of the legal profession and become “certified” as a legal assistant. As an assistant, I would not be required to take an oath, I would be able to earn money for my family, and would have a chance to learn the inner workings of the legal system, in which such information could be relayed back to my readers! To me, it is a win-win! I have decided to learn the “inside game”, for the benefit of my readers, my financial livelehood, and for my family.
Unfortunately, many of my fans do not see it this way.
Lately, I have gotten a surge of e-mails from fans calling me every name in the book such as “traitor”, “insider”, “double-agent”, ect….
However, I would like to address these sentiments. Especially since most of these people have probably never put themselves at risk or have even been in a court room themselves. It is easy to criticize, yet difficult to take action yourself.
Most libertarians come from two schools of thought.
1. Work outside of the the system, refusing to participate in it a least as possible, while seeking alternatives in order to create state obsoletion.
2. Work inside of the current paradigm by infiltrating the system while trying to curb it’s destructive nature.
The first category will often criticize the second and says,
” You cannot expect to infiltrate the mafia and convince them to stop terrorizing neighborhoods.”
While the second category will often criticize the first and says,
” You have to be practical. We can’t just have a utopia overnight. We have to work with the parameters that are available to us today!”
What if I were to tell you that both groups were right! The first group makes a good point. We cannot seek a cure from the same system that gave us the disease! However, the second group also makes a good point. We cannot hope to conquer a disease without first exposing ourselves to the disease itself through direct contact and participation with it. And when this disease has been present for a long time, the body (society), make undergo shock and panic if it is abruptly removed.
Many anarchists/anarcho-capitalists point to the words and actions of famous Indian activist Mohandas Ghandi. Ghandi was a lawyer during the British occupation of India. For years, Ghandi worked tirelessly as a lawyer to argue and fight the unjust laws that the British had forced upon his people. Ghandi came to know the system that enslaved him very well.
Eventually, Ghandi made the choice to quit his job, leave behind his prestige, and became a Hindu monk/priest. He came to the conclusion that he could better combat the system through the outside, whereas he would no longer be bound to the rules of his oath to which he had taken as a lawyer. You see, when you are licensed by any government agency, you are intentionally (or perhaps unintentionally) swearing allegiance to said government. Thus, you are bound by it’s rules, codes, statutes, ect…
This is not to say that if you were to get rid of all of your licenses that the legal system would leave you alone, however, it would make your argument and demeanor more consistent and easier to be invoked, as there would be no evidence of consent.
But, do we truly consent? And did Ghandi’s time as a lawyer make him a better or worse activist in the long run? I would say that most of us carry some type of government license………whether it be a gun permit, drivers permit, fishing license, ect… And most of us pay some form of tax. Some of us proudly pay such things, others pay it under duress, (meaning to not do so would cause them to be jailed, so they comply under threat), ….and some…….a small few……are brave enough to completely refuse such controls, and are willing to face whatever consequences that may come their way.
Eventually, Ghandi was able to reach this level of bravery and fought the system on his own terms. But how so? Let us look deeply into histories bravest resistors.
Ghandi. Malcom X. Martin Luther King Jr. JFK. Ron Paul. Lysander Spooner., Edward Snowden, Mulan of China…
All of these men and women have two things in common. They all openly resisted the system, and they all worked for the system at one point or another.
“Know thy enemy. Know thyself.”
This is a common strategy that is uttered throughout battlefields across the globe. It is difficult to fight an enemy, especially one who has public support (whether it be through voluntarily or involuntary compliance.)
Think of this from the opposite perspective. During the Occupy Wallstreet protests, many undercover police officers were commanded to join the protesters. To protest side by side with them. To act as one of them. Soon, these officers acted as spies, agent provocateurs, and saboteurs.
The enemy (The state) , has used the same tactics as the heroes listed above.
Some will say,
“Power corrupts. You cannot infiltrate the system without being corrupted yourself.”
This is an obvious concern, and has happened. If you look into the lives of Martin Luther King Jr, Ron Paul, and Malcom X, you will find some disturbing things in their bid for power. But, as in all things, we must see the greater good in their sacrifice and realize their shortcoming as human beings.
This article is not meant to encourage any type of tactic or behavior. I am not telling my readers to “run for office and infiltrate the system.” Personally, I think the best way to defeat the system is to make it irrelevant. Stop voting, stop using their currencies, start building alternatives to their monopolized services, and just stop talking about them period.
Alas, the only way to achieve that by itself would be if we were able to convince 50% of the population to take action and put themselves in harms way.
But, the sad reality is that most of us have children, responsibilities, or other people who rely on us which make it very detrimental to our survival and to the survival of our family to openly resist the system. For those who are brave enough and have the ability/resources/lack of family commitments to openly resist the system, …….then we should give these people our utmost support in any way we can. We should not be envious of them, nor should they scold those who choose to comply. Since not to comply would mean certain death for many of us and our children (if you are a parent.)
If you are not in a position to openly resist, and cannot see yourself being put in a position to be able to, then that’s where infiltration and passive resistance becomes an option.
Was it a good or bad thing that a congressman such as Ron Paul vehemently argued for libertarian principles? Was it a good or bad thing that as an anarchist and as a Lawyer, Lysander Spooner helped draft dodgers to resist by representing them in court, stating that “treason was not possible since none of us signed the constitution.” Was it a good or a bad thing that Mulan joined the Chinese army disguised as a male? While she did participate in another meaningless war, she also inspired women across the globe to empower their bodies and minds.
I say that in order for Voluntaryism to succeed, we need three groups of people to fight against a common enemy. That enemy being those that firmly believe that statism is “good” or “moral”.
1. Those who actively resist the system, regardless of consequence. Hardcore rebels. Tax resistors. Draft Dodgers. Those who travel without a licensure, those who challenge the BAR assocation in the middle of court proceedings, and other acts of civil disobedience.
2. Passive resistors. Those who fight traffic tickets. Protest. Government employees who become whistleblowers. Politicians, such as Ron Paul who openly call for the abolition of the CIA, those who speak out and seek to politely educate others.
Regardless of your approach, whether it be one or the other, or a combination of both…………..simply getting a statist tp understand and admit that “statism is not consistent”, is a HUGE victory.
We must remember the words of Malcom X.
“Be patient with others. For there was a time when you did not know what you know today.”
Do not be “preachy”. Do not be obsessed with the negative and the “gloom and doom”. We must show our detractors that there is a more peaceful and inviting alternative to the monopolized systems that we have in place today. Once we can educate others on how to empower themselves and take control of the world around them, suddenly they become more receptive.
Sharing articles of Iraqi Children with their heads blown off, is not the best way to convince someone to be anti-war. Nor is saying, “Taxation is theft”, the best way to convince someone to become an anarcho-capitalist. Showing statistics, facts,and positive alternatives, (such as bit-coin, private defense agencies, local currencies, and new technologies) is a far more adult and less confrontational way to talk to a statist.
Some say that I am advocating a “cult-like agenda”. No no no! I do not advocate that you go door-to-door like some jehovas witness. Nor am I advocating for a revolution or a destruction of the state.
All I ask is that state give us the option to “opt-out” and create our own alternative means. We want choice! And we want it now! No more state sanctioned power grids. No more monopolized currencies or monopolized highways. No more unaccountable monopolized policing forces. We want across the board privatization.
Now , does privatization have its issues and concerns? Of course. But, atleast we have choices on whether or not we want to support and fund private companies. Public services do not give us such a choice, thus, they have no accountability. No competitors= No worries for them.
So in conclusion,
No matter which avenue you take to defend or expand liberty. Just be sure that you have a well thought out plan that will fulfill your personal goals and priorities. And do not be so quick to shame the “infiltrator”, and the infiltrators should not be so quick to say that those who fight outside the system are being “unrealistic” or “utopian.”
Remember, it is the inventors who will give us alternatives to government control, not the politicians.
However, those who infiltrate the system and do their best to curb government control will give the inventor more comfort and space in order to make the obsoletion of government more possible and on a much faster timeline.
Unless we can convince 3 billion people overnight that statism is morally inconsistent, and we can come up with the technology that will allow us to thrive as a civilized species without government control……………then we must realize that “Rome was not built in a day”
So stop the in-fighting, stop the shaming, and start working together!
Just “knowing” and openly “admitting” that the state in inherently a monopolized and morally inconsistent entity is a huge personal victory. And in my opinion, that is the first step in defeating statism.
If people cannot understand why statism is bad, then why would they be interested in resisting it? And furthermore, convincing people that statism is bad is not enough, we must also have alternatives in place. Without viable alternatives then we will be forever labeled as “utopian dreamers”.
Many Voluntaryists spend so much time “hating the state”, and read so many book on why the state is evil, they forget that researching methods on how to make the state obsolete is just as or even more so important.
Knowing why Cancer is evil and destructive is important for any medical researcher. Yet, it is the cure that is more sought after. If you are always searching for reasons why something is bad, you will forever be tangled in it.
This is the essence of politics and medicine. Doctors and politicians are paid to “treat the symptom”,…….because if they found a cure, then they’d be out of a job. Most doctors, lawyers, and politicians are evil parasitic scum who know this. But a few of them, are working on the inside for us freedom fighters on the outside! A few brave insiders are acting as whistleblowers and are acting to push-back destructive laws in order to give the inventors/rebels enough time to muster up the resources needed to bring in obsoseletion of Big government, Big Pharma, and other forms of sanctioned criminal organizations.
Not all insiders are parasitic. And not all outsiders are 40 year olds living in their basements posting, “F*** the police” on their facebook all day.
Some insiders are acting as whistleblowers. Some outsiders are inventing new technologies that can put government and big corporations out of business and give control back to the individual.
In either case, we must organize for peace as well as those who organize for war.
P.S.- And if you are going to criticize me for working inside the system, then you could at least be consistent, as I hope you are practicing what you preach and resisting yourself! Don’t criticize my efforts when many of you have not even done anything to fight for freedom besides complaining on facebook. And to everyone else……….Thank you for the continued support! I look forward to consulting and helping thousands of others in 2015!
Arminius “Ulric” Roukan