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How We Lost our Liberty: What we Gave Up. What we Gave Away.

The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions…
Locke, John. The Second Treatise of Civil Government. 1690.

When, as a nation, we began to frown upon reason, so too did we abandon the principles of equality and independence; and in doing so, sacrificed the very foundations of liberty. In its’ place we have built temples to democracy and to all its’ inequality, inequity, and its’ culture of dependency and moral interventionism. In place of reason, we instead respond to guilt, fear, envy, anger, greed, and group-think, quickly trying to form groups to protect us from the arbitrary rule of law we created.

LockeThe moment we sacrificed our sovereignty as individuals (our independence) and accepted arbitrary laws from our governments (our equality), our liberty was gone. We are free to do just about anything, so long as we stay within the artificial boundaries established by our governments, and so long as our free will does not interfere with the will of The State, and so long as our individual actions stir up no mobs or special interests against us. This is what we have done, many years ago. It takes a very long time for an entire citizenry to lose their self-reliance, their pride and sovereignty, and their virulent passion for individual rights.

Compromise after compromise, for an assortment of disconnected and irrational reasons, we have allowed more and more power to be centralized by The State. We have accepted, as natural, that a government should be able to regulate everything under the sun, for the common good. Are you not surprised, however, how often the “common good” benefits only this group or that, this corporation or that, this public official or that? Are you not stunned by the sheer number of rules and laws imposed upon this supposedly free people? Or have you accepted quite the opposite premise of John Locke? Have you accepted that the state of nature has no law to govern it, and that only the power of the few or the will of the many suffice to manufacture “rights”? That we are all our brothers’ keepers and that the life of one man, insofar as it might effect the lives of others, must be regulated for the good of all?

Have you not been curious who decides what “the good of all” actually is?

Through reason man discovered the laws of identity, cause and effect, non-contradiction, and a myriad of sciences. Today, the vast majority of people in the world, including our scientists, have abandoned science. A scientific conclusion deemed not in the public good is, today, a false conclusion. Science is again, as it was under the religious rule of dark ages past, subject to The State. Watch your televisions and try to find anyone accurately applying reason to any issue raised. Our government, so committed to its own ideology, will not even identify what our enemy is. There is no discussion of cause and effect. Contradiction spills out from the mouths of journalists and politicians and community leaders like so many raindrops from the heavens, that the average man simply abandons any hope of knowing what is true and what is false! And, finally, we have the science of the coming Ice Age, Global Warming, Climate Change, Climate Disruption, which has produced scandal after scandal. That this fraud has not been met with laughter and anger from the American People and all the people’s of the world is an obvious demonstration of how far gone we are, intellectually, today.

You are not free.

You are not equal.

You do not influence your government.

If your children are free, then send them outside the capital building to sell lemonade without a license. If you are all truly equal, tell me why the wealthiest corporations can afford to operate in environments that no start up could afford, or why divorce law favors women, or why drug laws favor whites, or why Martha Stewart spent months of a prison sentence for owning/taking only a tiny percentage of what the Reverend Al Sharpton owes. The only equality we American’s share is that many of us are equally unable to affect change and to influence our representatives.

I beg you to consider the words of John Locke. I beg your to consider what equality and independence really means and to try to imagine how you could have any real freedom at all without them. I beg you to understand that without self-reliance and self-governance, without individual sovereignty, how could you ever be free? We have become a nation of people who cannot take care of themselves and so out of fear turn to governments to care for us. However, there is nothing to fear, even now! Do you know what a free economy really is? It’s what happens when one man realizes that he knows how to fish, but doesn’t know how to build a house, and so he fishes and fishes and fishes, until he can afford to pay a man who knows how to build a house to build a house. It’s a man who knows how to build a house, but doesn’t know how to heal his broken hand, taking the wealth earned from building houses and paying a doctor to heal him. It’s a doctor who is, daily, the difference between life and death, but doesn’t know how to change the oil in his BMW, driving to a station and paying a man who doesn’t know the name of a single one of his bones, to change his oil and his oil filter. It’s the man who changes oil all day, but wants to buy something nice for his wife, going to a florist, and paying them money that he has earned to purchase flowers, to take to his wife, to say I love you.

That’s how freedom works. Not like this. Not like what we see out there today. Florists, Doctors, Mechanics, Builders, and Fishermen all regulated to the point where their business, their trade, is almost too damn expensive for them to continue on – and instead of all the money flowing freely, it falls into the pockets of bureaucrats and politicians and special interests – it falls into the pockets of the people with pull. That’s not freedom. That’s corruption. That’s what we have now. I beg you to change this country, because it will require every last one of us, to apply our reason, to retake our liberty from The State which has usurped it.


About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

2 Responses to “How We Lost our Liberty: What we Gave Up. What we Gave Away.”

  1. Robert Shannon


    Best writing you have ever done was done here in this piece. I pray every person who visits this site encourage as many as they can to visit and read what you have penned here so eloquently, but equally important, so truthfully.

    May I have your permission to reprint this and use as a handout ?

    Bob Shannon


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