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Why I think the Covenant is more important than the Constitution
A call for articles from other Signatories
by Dennis Lee Wilson

Special to The Libertarian Enterprise

The excerpt from "Question Authority" (attached below) summarizes why I think it important to explore the virtues and possible applications of the Covenant of Unanimous Consent and why I no longer spend creative energy dreaming up ways to improve or enforce the unenforceable and defunct U.S. Constitution.

As I have written before about other issues, the problems with the Constitution "are—because of their very nature—... absolutely impossible for you to solve on a personal level. Furthermore, there are more public bureaucrats in the various levels of governments than members of any private freedom organization you might join. Those bureaucrats are funded by virtually unlimited tax revenues and they can and do create rules and regulations faster than any one person or group could possibly expect to challenge and repeal them."[1]

After spending three intense years creating and working the Judge Narragansett's New Constitution Project, I concluded[2] that, without nullification by secession, the Constitution is unenforceable and that the best way to remove the contradictions in the Constitution is to abandon it, restart with the Declaration of Independence and fulfill the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness found therein[3] by understanding and adopting—on a personal level —L. Neil Smith's very best work of non-fiction: the Covenant of Unanimous Consent.

If you read my articles[1][2][3] and reflect on the nature of Ayn Rand's Galt's Gulch, you may also come to the same conclusion.

The article excerpted below was obviously NOT written with the Covenant in mind—BUT IT AND MANY MORE LIKE IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN!

The U.S. Constitution, and the government it was intended to control, are both dead issues. The USA is bankrupt and the FED has sped up the creation of money (paper & electronic) in a futile attempt to delay Judgement Day. In My Not-So-Humble Opinion, the inevitable collapse should—at this time and certainly since October 2008—be extremely obvious to all thinking people. The Federal government currently exists on a day to day basis, waiting for the final fatal event. Exactly like the day before the Berlin wall came down, the collapse of the USA Federal Government is currently looming over our daily lives.

The future begins the day after. An important part of that future SHOULD BE the emergence of some communities, somewhere, based on the Covenant.

Could these Covenant communities ALREADY exist in a cluster of houses in a small neighborhood? An exclusive apartment building or complex? A gated community? A cluster of motor homes, houseboats or sea going yachts? A village, a town, a small county? Where and how they could be formed, who could populate them and how they might expect to interact with the surrounding culture(s) and what an individual Signatory could do to free him/her self from our bankrupt culture are only some of the many questions that I think should be addressed NOW rather than after the collapse described in the excerpt below. My web forum containing copies of my articles is open and available as well as the pages of TLE.

I close my comments by paraphrasing Patrick Henry:

"They tell us, Sir, that we are weak, unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be next week? Will it be next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed and a guard stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction?

Sir, we are not weak if we make proper use of those means which L. Neil Smith has placed in our power."

Dennis Lee Wilson
Signatory: Covenant of Unanimous Consent


[1] See the second part of my TLE article "Superstate North America vs. Individual Sovereignty" and the lengthy discussion thread following it on the forum at

[2] See the second part of my TLE article "A personal journey from Objectivist morality to political "anarchy""

[3] See my TLE article " Institute new Government, laying its foundation..."

Note: This is an EXCERPT from the original. Bold has been added for emphasis. Click on link for the entire article, including links that are present in the original but not in this excerpt.

Question Authority: Always and Forever Hereafter
by William Buppert

Human progress is furthered, not by conformity, but by aberration.
—H.L. Mencken


The state is a violent actor by necessity to preserve its power and expand it, so inevitably the promises dissolve into a nightmarish brew of incompetence, lethality and baleful societal consequences and we are stuck with the myriad Frankenstein monsters shambling about with the vague promises of eternal goodness and heaven on earth.

One may say that the horse is out of the barn and we are truly stuck with the state of affairs and no amount of reform will fix DC and its loyal minions at this stage of their maturation and dominance and you would be correct. The rub is this: the FEDGOD will fall and it will be in the next 12-24 months and much like the USSR, it will perish of its own internal Marxoid contradictions. Foreign wars, self-induced economic calamity and sheer naked arrogance will force it to fold and dissolve as a ruling elite.

This is a window that rarely opens and the opportunities will be tremendous—for both sides. The furloughed politicos will spread their contagion when they flee the ruins of the DC power structure and seek to encourage the usual suspects among government workers and gullible subjects to help resurrect this monstrosity that has been astride our necks like a decomposing albatross. Truth serum will be necessary and that all starts with the kind of skepticism and incredulity that seems to characterize most everything we do except our attitude toward our rulers. Cross-examination is the engine of truth. Question every bit of alleged government authority which emerges from the ashes. This is one reason Thomas Jefferson was agitating for constant revolt for the tree of liberty. Government is a fungal growth that cannot be checked without constantly striking the root and taking whatever measures are necessary to curb its growth.

You won't find this kind of critical thinking taught in the universities or any facet of the school systems because skepticism and clear thinking will be the end of them and the whole rotting mold growth choking American civilization called government. When was the last time you saw a government sponsored university study which called for the reduction and/or elimination of a statist rule or department? You don't have to be a philosophy major or graduate to realize that Socratic drilling works. This is simply the process where you repeatedly ask why to a set of explanations until either you are satisfied the meritorious answer has been given or the shoddy intellectual construction is bared for all to see. It bears repeating: the entire artifice of the state is based on the threat or employment of violence to meet its ends, so it is morally illegitimate and reprehensible from the starting blocks. You have the moral high ground because all government for the most part is an elaborate shell game to develop proxy relationships with servant classes who obey at the urging of a lash or worse for the material and power benefit of the ruling class. Wake up, helots!

This is the chance we have. A dozen, fifty or hundreds of resistance and secessionist entities are going to move into the vacuum left by the great sucking abyss of the FEDGOD collapse. Hundreds of laboratories will emerge to test every variant of political collective and ordered enterprise imaginable. I have little hope for the subjects and somnambulant mental zombies that stumble around the cities of the Left Coast and the Northeast (Vermont and New Hampshire excepted) will do anymore other than instantly resurrect facsimiles of DC patterns of rule and other processes of national socialism but between the Marxist coastlines; the life and times of ordinary Americans will take extraordinary turns to develop from scratch freedom-oriented communities and spasms of spontaneous order. People may finally awaken and look at their neighbors and try to do the right thing. They may seek a system that asks, persuades and cooperates instead of bullies, collectivizes and forces through violent means the shape and texture of human relationships. They will be the vanguard of the men and women who finally awaken from the five millennia fever-dream of enabling various strangers the power of life and death over thousands and millions simply because they have surrendered the most basic right of all; leave us the hell alone.

Turn off the television, grab a book(s) and have conversations with family and like-minded friends. Go out and do things. Start a garden, fix your fencing, move to the country and reach out to the community you live in. Open your mind to the possibilities before us. Most of all, question every aspect of your relationship with authority. Does it derive from fear or respect? Does it emanate from first-hand experience or second-hand knowledge? How many times have you truly asked why a certain bureaucratic edict must be followed? More importantly, what is your line in the sand where your servitude stops and your resistance begins? Just say no to big government. Once a man establishes his limitations for tolerance of interference in his life and adopts a resolute stand against the forces buffeting him against his will, the world will change.

If you are still reading this, you are the Resistance.

June 23, 2009

William Buppert and his homeschooled family live in the high desert in the American Southwest.

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