Private Property Rights

The truth is that private ownership of property is the greatest instrument of freedom ever designed and it is sheer folly to speak of granting a man freedom while withholding that instrument from him. Bertel M. Sparks

What Sparks says above, PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS is in my humble opinion the single most important aspect of a civil society.  Protecting them is however perhaps one of the single hardest aspects of a civil society.

How well your society does this, is the difference between life and death for some, poverty and prosperity for others and incarceration and almost unlimited powers and prestige for others.

The universal soldier from a poor family is often asked to risk and thus give up his life for the greater good. He, mostly men, can be from France or Germany, Canada or Venezuela, The Congo or Vietnam and with little wage or other monetary benefits, many become soldiers because they see little opportunity elsewhere to achieve the proverbial life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness every human being aspires to.

If we protected their private property rights, most of the deaths from warfare, both civilian and military combatants would not occur. This is true because if we protected their private property rights, it would also protect our private property rights.

One of the most important property rights is the right to keep the fruits of our labor. Where does government get the money to wage wars? From the taxes on labor and a host of other activities. This right is actually protected by the IV Amendment, the IX Amendment, and the XIII Amendment.  However, if you were to read all the tax and case laws on this single highly important issue, you will find two dominant things. 1. There are a lot of them, both enacted legislation and court cases in the mix and 2. the arguments and judicial decisions have historically become more and more convoluted and unlawfully abrogated, to a point where the government, run by a relatively small ruling oligarchy, just about does anything they think they can get away with, without being lynched. The Federal government today shells out $4 trillion annually from our tax dollars and borrowing and then we wonder why so many are broke and in debt up to their eyeballs.

If the last 235 years has taught us one thing, the government will not be the entity that protects our private property rights. I thus call for the adoption of the Supreme Court Review Board, a voluntary association of Citizens to challenge when necessary, the various usurpations and unlawful abrogation that have occurred to out rule of law.

 

 

The Final Arbiter and Creating Change in a Cesspool

As I write this, a large group, headed by researcher and lifelong activist Bob Schulz, the We The People Foundation are once again attempting to improve, in my opinion, the most important problem facing America. However, I am not necessarily promoting We The People even though they, under his command have probably done more to attempt to correct the system that any other individual and group, that I’m aware of, over the last twenty something years. We The People have been legally attacking, from strong Constitutional positions, the various actions of government, many of which are blatantly unconstitutional. Interestingly, it is the Judiciary, including the Supreme Court that has denied, with no additional recourse, relief to their (We The People’s requests for various Redress of Grievances. He and this organization have proven in the lawsuit that certain individuals within the U.S. Government, including the Judiciary are not adhering and obeying, as their Oaths require, the Constitution of the United States of America. (see website below).  It is my opinion that unless the Judiciary is corrected/improved, no matter what we do, they will negate or usurp any improvements or proposals.

Another group, combining the Foundation for a Free Society and the Tenth Amendment Center, has begun a Citizens outreach program called Nullify now; trying to nullify bad laws through various political methods. They are just repackaging political activism, that has, except for a few instances, totally failed historically, under a new banner, of “Nullify Now”.  The Tea Party movement is surely making a push politically along with libertarians and some Republicans, but there appears to be some operatives attempting to fragment this movement with diversion away from the important issues. Usually the political system is reactive to the damage done by the oligarchy and therefore, as is the case now, to late in implementing the necessary changes. Throw in the fragmenting of the movement and not much is ever accomplished as the system declines both economically and ethically.  We should actually now be planning on how to pick up the pieces, as stagflation is already here and it is only a matter of time until our country goes into the real chaotic phase of the Bell Curve.

The Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA in America) and The Democracy Defined Campaign (Europe) are both organizations that utilize Jury Nullification, teaching and using our “Jurors Rights” to usurp unjust prosecution of bad laws during trials. They save a few individuals, but the political and judicial machine is still coming after good Citizens at an unrelenting pace. The Salem Witch Hunts and the Fugitive Slave laws were nullified by this method, but few other tyrannical activities have been stopped by Jury nullifications. However, saving an acquaintance, friend or family member from unjust prosecution is surely a good thing, it’s one that actually works and therefore should be an activism that everyone is involved in.  Apathy is also an enemy.

There are a number of very good groups out there that are doing various things like news, education and activism but until we actually get together in unity and come up with a viable plan to fix our broken justice system, we are going to be continuing to tread water in a whirlpool or I should say cesspool, as that better describes our political and judicial system today.  I believe it is the Justice System (The Final Arbiter) that has slowing usurped the individual rights from the Citizens of our once great Nation, allowing those in positions of political and economic power with the tools necessary to enrich the ruling oligarchs of our society and leaving a large majority uninformed, impoverished and entering a 3rd world status. Without drastically improving the Judicial system, real change will never be accomplished.

Our organization “Repairing the Scales of Justice” (RSJ) https://rsjexperiment.wordpress.com and The We The People Foundation are at least attempting to get to the heart of the problem as are perhaps others out there. We believe that the U.S. Constitution is actually a pretty good document, although not perfect, that should have prevented the massive misallocation of resources that central planning promotes and that it was the Judiciary that was the ultimate arbiter that allowed and continues to allow so many of the bad laws and policy that has put us into our current state of the Union. At the We The People site http://www.givemeliberty.org/ you can read up on his proposal, the historic Redress of Grievance suit and I surely encourage getting involved. We need to come together with a workable plan to make the necessary changes to rectify this all important problem.

The We The People Foundation are attempting to implement a Constitutional Lobby. I feel, from what I have read so far, it will not advance the necessary long term policies that are required to usurp and obtain remedy from the existing controls of our very powerful and centralized judiciary and government. I believe differently than most, in that the people should control government rather than the other way around and that government cannot be the final arbiter as those in government are always operating under a conflict of interest, when giving power/privilege to themselves or usurping the power of the Citizens for benefit or to avoid remedy or recourse. History has surely noted this collusion. The notion that government must be the final arbiter has not worked very well over the millenniums. It is the Citizens that must be the final arbiters and until such time, history will surely repeat itself. Google “privatized justice system” and you will get a host of papers and websites on this issue.

I do not want to get into the discourse between who is the better arbiter, a government controlled entity or that of a laissez-faire, the Austrian model but one can say for sure that the government controlled system has always favored the oligarchs to the detriment of the majority. We, RSJ, are proposing such a system that will allow many more participants to be directly involved in the judicial process. First, in a sort of direct democracy approach, as the Swiss have utilized for decades in a sort of quasi competition, with no real force and effect, but really to gain public support for the process. How it all works out in the long run, is going to be interesting, and will be as much of the process as the system itself.

The only thing that I can guaranty is that this, something very close to my proposed process or perhaps We The People’s proposal has to be done, or we are just pissing in the wind. I can’t think of a more appropriate cliché, so sue me.