The Essence of Liberty Volume I. Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government.

A Condensed Version of: Properties of Empire by Garet Garrett.

Compiled and Edited by Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume

Part III. 1952.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)The second mark identifying Empire is: “Domestic policy becomes subordinate to foreign policy.”

That is what happened to Rome and to every Empire including the British and now us.

As we convert into a garrison state and build a terrible war machine, every domestic policy will be conditioned by foreign policy.

Government tells us that our survival as a free nation is at risk. That makes it simple because, if that is the case, then there is no domestic policy that may not be sacrificed—even freedom. We no longer have a choice between war and peace. We are committed to perpetual war. If it is a question of survival, domestic policies are unimportant. If necessary, all private property may be confiscated and all labor conscripted.

The American mind is conditioned to accept this. For proof, consider the blind resignation with which the lead editorial of the October 31, 1951 edition of The New York Times was received by the people: “…the Korean war has brought a great…change in our…way of life…forcing us to adopt measures which are changing the whole American scene and our relations with the rest of the world……which will affect the lives of a whole generation. The productive effort and the tax burden resulting from these measures are changing the economic pattern of the land…What is not so clearly understood…is that these are no temporary measures…but rather the beginning of a wholly new military status for the United States, which seems certain to be with us for a long time to come.”

The people have felt helpless about it as if it were not the harvest of our foreign policy but Jehovah acting through the Russians to afflict us.

(Editor’s Note: And now, 55 years later, “a long time to come” has arrived. The same can be said about our most recent adventures known as “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”)

To be continued

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The Essence of Liberty Volume I: Liberty and History chronicles the rise and fall of the noble experiment with constitutionally limited government. It features the ideas and opinions of some of the world’s foremost contemporary constitutional scholars. This is history that you were not taught at the mandatory government propaganda camps otherwise known as “public schools.” You will gain a clear understanding of how America’s decline and decay is really nothing new and how it began almost immediately with the constitution. Available in both paperback and Kindle versions.

You might be interested in the other two volumes of this three volume set: The Essence of Liberty Volume II: The Economics of Liberty and The Essence of Liberty Volume III: Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic. 

 

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How We Might Respond to a Pandemic Were Society Not So Dominated by the State

Indeed The State is the gravest enemy of the people. So, think secession…all the way down to the level of the individual household.

Every form of government known to man has been tried and they have all failed. It is high time we gave liberty a chance. — jtl, 419

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New diseases will undoubtedly continue to trouble humanity, and as the carnage of the state’s attempt to deal with this outbreak makes clear, the cost of leaving such power in its hands is astronomically high. The classical liberal tradition is not blinded by the power of the state and is therefore uniquely capable of envisioning alternative social arrangements that could avert the recurrence of such a large-scale catastrophe the next time a new pathogen arrives. It is imperative for it to do so.

Indeed The State is the gravest enemy of the people. So, think secession…all the way down to the level of the individual household.

Every form of government known to man has been tried and they have all failed. It is high time we gave liberty a chance. — jtl, 419

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Song for Today: Patty Loveless and Dwight Yoakam – Message to my Heart (live)

It don’t get much better than these two together. – jtl, 419

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It don’t get much better than these two together. – jtl, 419

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“Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.” – Jeff Cooper

Call for a pizza, a cop, and an ambulance and see which one arrives first.

In Warren v. District of Columbia the court ruled, and the Supreme Court upheld, that “(T)he desire for condemnation cannot satisfy the need for a special relationship out of which a duty to specify persons arises.” Because the complaint did not allege a relationship “beyond that found in general police responses to crimes,” the court affirmed the dismissal of the complaint for failure to state a claim.

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The Essence of Liberty Volume I. Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government.

A Condensed Version of: Properties of Empire by Garet Garrett.

Compiled and Edited by Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume

Part II. 1952

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)The first characteristic of an Empire is the dominance of the executive branch of government.

Nowadays “ executive” means a great deal more than was intended by the Constitution, which created a government with three coequal powers. These three powers could annul each other’s work and none of the three was the sovereign or in any way could have the final word. Instead, the founders put sovereignty safely beyond seizure—in the hands of the people. If the people really wanted a law that the Supreme Court declared to be unconstitutional, they could change the Constitution through the peaceful procedure set forth in the document itself.

This works well for a Republic but an Empire needs an executive that can act immediately.

The Federal income-tax law of 1914 gave the government unlimited access to wealth and power that could be used for social purposes. Then World War I followed. These two events marked a large increase in the power of the executive. Then the Great Depression, the revolutionary Roosevelt regime, and World War II all happened in rapid succession causing Executive Government to explode. In the time before these events, executive power was only the power to execute and administer the laws. After these events, it meant the power to govern.

Only a few years earlier Congress spoke for the people. Now the President does. The President, the embodiment of the executive principle, stands between Congress and the people and assumes the right to express their will.

He plays on the emotions and passions of the people in order to influence their thinking. He controls the largest and most powerful propaganda machine on earth. The government’s ideas are broadcast by the administration from Washington. Furthermore, the government has printing and duplicating plants of its own (the Government Printing Office) through which it applies the subtle propaganda technique of briefing editors, writers, educators and selected social groups on the government’s point of view. In addition, every government agency has a public relations staff. Since Congress has no such propaganda machine, it is constantly under pressure from the people who have been influenced by the President’s.

Congressman Harnes summarized it this way: “…individual liberty and free institutions cannot long survive when the vast powers of government may be marshaled against the people to perpetuate a given policy or a particular group of office holders. Nor can freedom survive if all government policies and programs are sustained by overwhelming government propaganda.”

Then, as now, the Federal bureaucracy fought every attempt by Congress to stop its expansion. The tax-supported propaganda machine used distortion, misrepresentation and out right chicanery to muster overwhelming pressure for continued growth in Federal Government. Senator Douglas said that there was no pressure group “more persistent and skilled in the technique of getting what it wants” than the bureaus of Executive Government.

In time Executive Government became a “fourth entity” that acts “in a dimension of its own with a force, a freedom and a momentum beyond any control of the law-making power.” This entity is so vast, has so many parts and is so shapeless that no mind can comprehend it.

Eventually Congress asked former President Hoover to organize a commission to study it and attempt to make it intelligible. The full report of this commission was never published because of its great length. A bare bones summary was more than 250 pages long. But, essentially, the Commission said: “The executive branch is a chaos of bureaus and subdivisions” and that “Thousands of Federal programs cannot be directed personally by the President.” As a result, government is administered by bureaucrats who are not elected by the people.

The Hoover Commission had no mandate to criticize or suggest that any activities be discontinued. Its assignment was to say how the bureaucracy might be organized for greater efficiency. An efficient bureaucracy may cost less but it is much more dangerous to liberty than a bungling one. (Editor’s Note: Do we really want an “efficient” secret police or administrator of gas chambers?)

It was just such a bureaucracy that strangled Rome. Bureaucratic growth is both a symptom and a cause of the increasing power of the executive principle. There are several ways in which the executive principle is aggrandized:

(1) By delegation— Congress delegates its Constitutional powers to the President.

(2) By reinterpretation of the Constitution by the Supreme Court.

(3) By innovation – the President does things not specifically forbidden by the Constitution because the founders never thought of them.

(4) By the appearance of administrative agencies with power to issue rules and regulations that have the force of law.

(5) By usurpation – when the President confronts Congress with something he has already done which Congress cannot repudiate without exposing the government to ridicule. Examples include: By-passing the Senate by signing an executive agreement in place of a treaty (which requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate); going to war by agreement with the United Nations and without the consent of Congress; or sending troops to join an international army by agreement with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

(6)Finally: the powers of Executive Government increase as the country becomes more and more involved in foreign affairs— because, by tradition and the terms of the Constitution, foreign affairs is the realm of the President. Only the President can receive foreign ambassadors and negotiate treaties, with two limitations. First, any treaty must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Senate. (As pointed out above, this may be avoided by signing “executive agreements” with foreign countries instead of treaties.) Second, ambassadors appointed by the President must be approved by the Senate. (Again, the President sometimes avoids this by sending personal representatives on foreign errands.) And finally, in both peace and war, the President is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the point of which was to make civil authority supreme over the military power.

Today executive power is no longer coequal. It is the dominant power as Empire requires.

To be continued

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Notice to the Government Functionary 

I have a copy of this in the console of every one of my vehicles. When the purveyor of State sanctioned violence approaches my vehicle, I hand him the copy and shut my mouth. You are welcome to make copies for yourself. — jtl, 419

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I have a copy of this in the console of every one of my vehicles. When the purveyor of State sanctioned violence approaches my vehicle, I hand him the copy and shut my mouth. You are welcome to make copies for yourself. — jtl, 419

Notice to the Government Functionary 

I hereby invoke and refuse to waive all of the following rights and privileges afforded to me by the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Texas.

I invoke and refuse to waive my Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.  Do not ask me any questions.

I invoke and refuse to waive my Sixth Amendment right to an attorney of my choice. Do not ask me any questions without my attorney present.

I invoke and refuse to waive all privileges and rights pursuant to the case, Miranda v. Arizona.  Do not ask me any questions or make any…

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The Folly of “Ask What You Can Do for Your Country”

Indeed it is a waste of time. — jtl, 419

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You can see the reason by noting that “Ask not” is completely consistent with what a tyrannical government—the kind that has beset people throughout most of recorded history—expects of its relationship with citizens. Governors did not exist for the good of the governed; those governed existed for the good of their governors. So citizens shouldn’t waste their time asking what the government will do for them.
Indeed it is a waste of time. — jtl, 419
By Gary Galles via the Mises Wire

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsRecently, I was reminded of John F. Kennedy’s most famous line, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,” when I heard it among several famous sound bites leading into a radio show segment. It also reminded me that we will hear it more soon, as we are approaching JFK’s May 29 birthday. However, it is worth reconsidering…

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Song for Today: QUEENS OF COUNTRY

How bout them cowgirls? Boys ain’t they something? — jtl, 419

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How bout them cowgirls? Boys ain’t they something? — jtl, 419

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Ranching – The Endangered West

The Cowboy half of the Confederate-Cowboy Alliance.

I am eternally grateful to have grown up and spent most of my life around characters much like these. On the other hand, it breaks my heart to see their way of life being destroyed by Government Bureaucrats and Radical Environmentalists.

When reconstruction swept the South after the War of Yankee Aggression, many of these folk’s ancestors fled to the West. Little did they know that 5 or 6 generations later their progeny would suffer their own reconstruction–which is currently well under way.

This is a great documentary of their way of life and its struggles, trials and tribulations. I hope you will watch the video all the way through. — jtl, 419

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The Cowboy half of the Confederate-Cowboy Alliance.
I am eternally grateful to have grown up and spent most of my life around characters much like these. On the other hand, it breaks my heart to see their way of life being destroyed by Government Bureaucrats and Radical Environmentalists.

When reconstruction swept the South after the War of Yankee Aggression, many of these folk’s ancestors fled to the West. Little did they know that 5 or 6 generations later their progeny would suffer their own reconstruction–which is currently well under way.

This is a great documentary of their way of life and its struggles, trials and tribulations. I hope you will watch the video all the way through. — jtl, 419  

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The Essence of Liberty Volume I. Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government.

A Condensed Version of: Properties of Empire by Garet Garrett.

Compiled and Edited by Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume

Properties of Empire. Part I. 1952

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)What are the true marks of an Empire? War and conquest are not among them because republics may pursue conquest. For example, conquest of the continent did not give the United States the character of Empire. Ideas of Empire are ideas for external conquest.

So then do colonies characterize empire? Not necessarily. For example, the possession of colonies did not make Greece an Empire. The Greek colonists were emigrants and the colonies were sovereign states and, as such, were not politically bound to the mother-state.

War, conquest, colonization and expansion have all occurred in the history of all kinds of states—tyrannies, oligarchies, republics, democracies and others. But the characteristics that are unique only to empire are:

  1. The executive power of government is dominant.
  2. Domestic policy is subordinate to foreign policy
  3. The military mind has ascended to a level that the civilian mind is intimidated
  4. A system of satellite nations
  5. An emotional complex of vaunting and fear

The next five parts of this chapter deal with the nature and development of these characteristics within the united States government.

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You might be interested in the other two volumes of this three volume set: The Essence of Liberty Volume II: The Economics of Liberty and The Essence of Liberty Volume III: Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic. 

 

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10 Best Quotes from “Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau

The problem with that nowadays is that they will kill you (4 cops killed a black guy yesterday). You escalate-they escalate-you escalate- they escalate, etc, etc, etc until you either submit or die. The State doesn’t like to be bested. They tend to loose power and they sure don’t want that.

If you don’t believe me, Google “Police State” or “Police Brutality.” You will instantly be in information overload. — jtl, 419

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Henry David Thoreau believed that it was not only proper but necessary to disobey bad laws.
The problem with that nowadays is that they will kill you (4 cops killed a black guy yesterday). You escalate-they escalate-you escalate- they escalate, etc, etc, etc until you either submit or die. The State doesn’t like to be bested. They tend to loose power and they sure don’t want that.

If you don’t believe me, Google “Police State” or “Police Brutality.” You will instantly be in information overload. — jtl, 419

Although the essay was written 168 years ago, the subject of Civil Disobedience is more relevant than ever.

As people debate the scope of government power in regards to Covid-19 lockdowns, some are openly defying the law.

Henry David Thoreau believed that it was not only proper but necessary to disobey bad laws.

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