FIRST ARTICLE IN SERIES ABOUT OWNERSHIP
It was back in late 60s and early 70s, when I was on fire to rearrange my life to be self-sustaining and as free as possible, after a life of being married to a military pilot, and labeled a “military dependent.” A life where the military authorities (government) issued me orders specifying my role to support a military officer, without ever paying me a cent. The government included a small amount in his monthly paycheck for me as a “dependent” but I never received a dime from the government. I viewed this as “involuntary servitude,” when I received written orders telling me what I was supposed to do. The last one came from Aeronautical Systems Command in Dayton Ohio, which I still have.
Leaving that life, I moved to a small farm in northeast Georgia, near Atlanta, and began a life, attempting to be as free and self-sustaining as I could. I daresay a very challenging task, indeed. I lived in a rock house, with several barns surrounding, and an old country store building at the edge of the yard. We had two dogs, acquired some chickens, two pigs, and I planted a very large garden.
I decided I would start an antique business, using the old country store building. I started going to local auctions to buy, plus going around to local folks, buying stuff from them which they considered mostly junk. After acquiring an old empty house across the road and another old store building, in about six months had all three buildings stocked with antiques.
The area I lived in was a back-road from Atlanta to Lake Lanier. A time when many Atlantans were buying property on the lake for second homes, and furnishing them with items from a past era, therefore I started out doing quite well. I was amazed at the stuff customers would purchase.
I recall one man who had moved to the area from Mississippi, came by one day with a wagon load of old antique plows for sale. I bought the whole load, and to my amazement they sold right away. People used them to set their mail-boxes on in front of the cabins they purchased on the lake.
I loved my new venture, because I could be home with my children, while operating this little business for income.
Then one day two government agents appeared at my store and told me I had to start collecting sales tax. I balked and argued, and informed them, I did not choose to be a tax collector. I argued this was old used stuff, many items owners had discarded, laying around in old barns, and probably paid tax on when purchased. And simply did not think the merchandise qualified as taxable items. They were very nice but insistent and persistant. Explained to me they would show me how to fill out the sales tax form I was to use every month and send into the state the sales tax collected on everything I sold.
These two government agents politely handed me a copy of the law which explained the fines one would be subjected to by failure to comply. Thus I became an involuntary agent as a tax collector for the state political government.
Just one of the many lessons I learned in my pursuit of personal Freedom and my understanding of it. All the books I had read, plus the teachers I had crisscrossed the country seeking to teach me, about the Philosophy of Freedom, I was now experiencing first hand some of the obstacles one faces seeking personal Freedom.
A discovery of the areas in which one can exercise choice and those areas where one has only limited choices, to do or not to do. For example, I had a clear cut choice not to use the local government- owned and operated library, but no choice in using the government-owned and operated highways, because there were no private ones.
I learned how to grow food, and how to can, freeze and preserve it, cutting down on the amount I had to purchase at the local store and pay tax on.
For the following seven years, I experienced many things relative to trying to live a life as self-sustaining as possible. A challenging way of life, which presented many unexpected happenings, like an obstacle course, but a way of life which taught me many things about my attempts to pursue the the basic tenets of Freedom, that is self-responsibility and self-control.
We must own property to sustain life, and in essence we really do not own anything which we cannot destroy without permission from some governmental source. A seemingly over-simplification: A hamburger which we purchase with a tax, we destroy for sustenance to sustain life.
By our nature we must own things and destroy things. We take tens of thousands of things from nature and destroy them. We raise food and destroy it. We cut trees for housing, and make clay into bricks. Therefore the reason private ownership of property is so important, stems from the very nature of us as Homo Sapiens.
It becomes self-evident we have a Right to Life and in order to sustain it we must own property, control property, and when necessary destroy without permission from another.
The concept of moral destruction relates to ownership. If you think you own your house you bought and paid for, and decide to tear it down or add a deck or a room, and discover you must get permission from another or some agency of government, you do not in fact own it.
Examine the Great moral Guide of the Ten Commandments. Each in a sense, relates to property. Relative to the Property of others.and a guide as to that which we should not do.
We must learn and understand the moral concept of Private Ownership of Property, in order to understand the Meaning of Freedom. Plus specifically comprehending what the battle of ideas we are now facing, with the uprising of protest, relative to government control of Private property. We cannot protect what we have and regain that which we have lost, without a clear understanding of ownership of private property.
Without a clear understanding of this concept, we will continue flailing around, using energy over the effects and consequences of the loss of Property Rights. Dealing with effects and not the cause, will not solve the dilemma this country is currently in. Despite all the good intentions to the contrary.
We cannot vote ourselves out of the mess we voted ourselves into. The drive to elect a different set of law-makers this fall is not the answer to return this nation back to a life of respect for private property.
Again I quote Abraham Lincoln, who said in a speech in 1865: “The people are the rightful masters of both Congresses and Courts, not to over-throw the Constitution, but to over-throw the men who pervert the Constitution.”
Continued in my next article—–
Let Freedom Ring