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Number 837, September 6, 2015

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Divided and Conquered
by J. Neil Schulman
jneil@jesulu.com

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Are you "Black Lives Matter" or "All Lives Matter"?

Black Lives Matter protest

Do you think a Christian baker should be fined if he doesn't provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple—or that a county clerk's job descrption requires providing a marriage license to a same-sex couple despite her own religious beliefs?

Kim Davis

Do you think the "right to work" applies only to persons with permission from the United States government or is the right to make an honest living a universal human right that applies both to the person who offers paid work and the person who accepts it?

Border Warning

All of these are current controversies that exist only because government creates them.

"Black Lives Matter" is juxtaposed with "All Lives Matter" on the proposition that blacks are targeted by police powers more than other ethnicities, especially those perceived as "white."

Obviously a Venn Diagram based on universal human rights would include "black lives." Whether that happens in everyday life is a matter not of acknowledging abstract rights but of political reality. But there would be no division if there was not first a division between "law enforcement officers" and "civilians." Just watch an episode of the CBS network series Blue Bloods in which the TV script writers reflect the premise that the killing of a cop is worse than the murder of us lowly "civilians," the protection of whom is in theory the raison d'être for police departments in the first place.

The Declaration of Independence states "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The word" men" in that statement means human, not anatomically endowed with a penis. It's a declaration of universal human rights.

It took a bit more than a half dozen decades before legal reality caught up with this universal intent to include blacks, and more decades before it included female humans. Today it's moving in the direction of including LGBT individuals, but still legally excludes persons not deemed by a bureaucratic class to be "citizens" or government-approved "legal residents."

Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis sits in jail for violating a federal judge's order to issue marriage licenses inclusive of same-sex couples. This is a legal controversy only because marriage is licensed in the first place by government bureaucrats. I posted on a website frequented by Christians who side with Kim Davis for standing up for their commonly held belief that marriage requires one-each penis and vagina. My suggestion that marriage arrangements be entirely separated from government was ignored. The website posters were too invested in taking sides in a current political controversy that exists only because it is subject to public policy and not left a matter for people to decide entirely in the private sphere.

Colorado baker Jack Phillips faces massive fines because he's not allowed to choose his customers according to the principle of both free association and free disassociation. The private sphere of commerce has been invaded by bureaucrats. It was tyrannical when legislators first forced lunch counters not to serve black customers then later made it mandatory. It's tyrannical now when legislators make it mandatory to violate one's own beliefs and be a slave required to work for anyone who demands service. The LGBT who were first discriminated against, when they gain political favor, replace victimization with victimizing. They betray the principles of free association and free disassociation. They make themselves just one more class of thugs, dividing us.

The ancient Romans faced off Christians with lions.

Current day Americans face off Christians with lesbians.

Government exists by sucking up all human decision-making into the public arena—our economic and social life—then making us all gladiators fighting for our share of the loot stolen from us.

Government makes us war against each other to the benefit only of those who use government to rob and rule us.

You want to get out from under this mega-scam, stop playing a game rigged against you. Don't acknowledge their right over your life or property. Refuse to play. Opt out. Don't demand political privileges granted by force that deprives other human beings of their natural rights. Enact only your right established in the first legally binding document—the Declaration of Independence—to run your own life without the permission from a despot or tyrant.

That belief in universal human rights is the meaning of American Exceptionalism—not as Fox News pundits would have you believe that "exceptionalism" means being the Imperial Power who bullies the rest of the world into compliance.

And if you're looking for a handle on this, we who stand up for those indivisible principles call ourselves libertarians, voluntaryists, and Agorists.

reprinted from http://jneilschulman.agorist.com/2015/09/divided-and-conquered/


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