Freedom is the ability to perform any action that does not infringe upon the liberty of another person coupled with the ability to say “I won’t!” – whereas tyranny is someone saying “You must!” at the point of a gun. Tyranny cannot exist without the concept of freedom. Absolute tyranny is akin to absolute zero on the scale of temperature. Cold is a lack of heat, and tyranny is a lack of freedom. How much tyranny exists in the United States today – to what degree is freedom lacking?
When the government wants to give part of your paycheck to people that you have never met – including wealthy bankers – can you say “I won’t!”?
When the government says that you must stop using particular substances that may bring harm to yourself, can you say “I won’t!”?
When the government wants you to pay a yearly rent on the property that you supposedly own, can you say “I won’t!”?
When agents of the government stop you at a roadblock and ask you to produce your papers, can you say “I won’t!”?
When the government wants you to pay for a gargantuan spying apparatus that is pointed at you, can you say “I won’t!”?
When the government wants you to fund extravagant vacations for its officials, can you say “I won’t!”?
When the government wants you to pay for wars that you disagree with, can you say “I won’t!”?
Can you say “I won’t!”?
Please repeat after me: I won’t! I won’t! I won’t!
See you can say, “I won’t!” The real question is will you say “I won’t!”? Such is known as Civil Disobedience.
All of the above actions will be met with attempts at tyranny – attempts to say “You must!” at the point of a gun. Tyranny only prevails if you submit to it and say “I will.”
Freedom can only prevail if enough people say “I won’t!” People enslave themselves by their willingness to obey tyrants.
Are you willing to say “I won’t!”? A free person would be.
Related reading and media:
Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude by Etienne de la Boetie
And Then There Were None by Eric Frank Russell
The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine and Your Freedom lectures by Andrew J. Galambos
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