Individual Rights Come From?

Where Do Individual Rights Come From???

You were born with Freedom of Choice.  Like your ability to walk, speak or think, it took a while to develop.  But, you have individual rights and the ability to make choices and learn from your mistakes.  Personal responsibility is only possible with individual freedom.  No freedom… No moral development.

You received guidance and sometimes physical restraint; but, under every condition you still retained some ability to choose… if only a thought.

There is another level of Freedom.  Some call it Political Freedom or a broader category is Freedom from Coercion, Force and Intimidation.

It’s the Freedom to create your own life… And at the end of your life, do you want to have lived according to some arrogant aristocrat or, for good or bad, do you want to have followed your own dreams?

Everyone’s Individual Rights & Individual Freedoms come from you and have no other possible source… We’ll explain why this is so after we question other accepted sources.

Some people believe rights to be Free from Coercion, Force and Intimidation come from:

  • God
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The Magna Carta
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Common Law
  • Natural Law
  • Through Birth
  • Through Violent Overthrow of Tyrants
  • From Gun Barrels

There’s some truth in all of these.

Now, why might you think: “None of the above make any difference!”?

For this segment we are going to talk about peaceful assertion of rights; because, if this is done right we don’t have to resort to violence to get them back.

A bit of history:  The Trial of John Peter Zenger

The trial of John Peter Zenger provided the basis for Freedom of Press before the United States became a country.

November 17, 1734, Zenger was arrested for “Seditious Libel,” a crime of which he was guilty… If you believe that crimes are created out of thin air to be whatever the state says is so; because, the state proclaims something like: “growing flowers is a crime” or “No one may criticize politicians or make fun of them.”

Zenger criticized the appointed royal governor of New York.  His criticisms were even worse since they were based on truthful recitations of the Governor’s Abuse of Power.

It was against the law to criticize the government.  There is no question; Zenger broke the law.

After 8 months in prison, Zenger was brought to trial.

Now for our purposes, look at the list again and see which source would actually protect him from the Abuse of Power by the State.

  • God
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The Magna Carta
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Common Law
  • Natural Law
  • Through Birth
  • Violent Overthrow of Tyrants
  • Gun Barrels

None of them!  

Yes, there is some argument to be made for gun barrels. Historically violent overthrow just changes the tyrants in power.

So, we are limiting this choices to peaceful means of protecting and asserting individual rights.  Plus the state always had more guns thanJohn Peter Zenger, his family and friends.

Now, imagine you are on his Jury.

The Judge instructs you and your fellow Jurors, that the judge has decided on the law and you must simply decide whether or not Zenger did as accused.

And he tells you if Zenger did as accused you must find him guilty so that he can be punished.

Would you be the source of his rights?… Or one of his oppressors?

Each of us is the source of our neighbor’s Freedom.

You.  Just You.  Not the guy standing beside You.  You.  Just You.  

You have the power to tell the court and the government to bugger off.

Tell the tyrants; “This man or woman is not a slave.  You don’t own them and I will protect them.  The crown doesn’t own them.  The mob doesn’t own them… And I am their source of Individual Freedom and Protection.”

This is 1 law I have discovered and it is a Natural Law summarized as the phrase “Live and Let Live!”:

 

“The only way to protect our Rights and Freedoms is to protect the Individual Rights and Freedoms of those we neither like nor approve of… Then we depend on others to follow our example… I am pretty certain there is no other way.

“We are the only source of Freedom. When we accept the obligation to protect the Individual Rights and Freedoms of others, no matter what… Freedom for All Thrives!”

 

Doesn’t it make you feel kind of good knowing that you are the source of all Individual Rights and Freedoms?

The jury stood up for the rights of the Individual in the face of the judge and the so-called law.  They found Zenger not guilty; despite the fact that he broke the law and the judge instructed the jury they should find Zenger guilty.

This right was later included in the Bill of Rights and, sometimes, that helped.

 

It didn’t take long for this kind of judicial arrogance to return to the courts and for judges to attempt to control the outcome of trials.

Generations have been taught by the state that we must live under laws that are too numerous to read, too confusing to understand, too contradictory to be usable, and that mean only what the state says they mean even if the state contradicts itself daily.

As a juror today, the judge will tell you s/he determines the law and you may only judge the facts of the case.  The first fact is the judge has just demonstrated that the judge is an arrogant and unapologetic liar.

The only person who can defend the rights of an accused is you.  The power freaks are not likely to defend anyone from their abuse.  The abusers may occasionally take a break or throw you a bone.  That is not the same as protecting your rights.

Rights can only be defended by you, especially as a member of the jury.

If you are someone who would refuse to punish John Peter Zenger for the crime of telling the truth, you have established yourself as a source of Individual Rights and Individual Freedom.

If you are NOT someone who would refuse to punish John Peter Zenger for the crime of telling the truth, you have established yourself as one of the main sources of Injustice, Tyranny and all of the Darkness they create.  Why?  Because you are one of those who just follow orders.

 

Are there guides in Natural Law to help guide you?

Yes.  They are 2 and one of the best explanations comes from Lysander Spooner from his essay on Natural Law in 1882.

“The science of mine and thine — the science of justice — is the science of all human rights; of all a man’s rights of person and property; of all his rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…

It is the science which alone can tell any man what he can, and cannot, do; what he can, and cannot, have; what he can, and cannot, say, without infringing the rights of any other person.

It is the science of peace; and the only science of peace; since it is the science which alone can tell us on what conditions mankind can live in peace, or ought to live in peace, with each other.

These conditions are simply these: viz., first, that each man shall do, towards every other, all that justice requires him to do; as, for example, that he shall pay his debts, that he shall return borrowed or stolen property to its owner, and that he shall make reparation for any injury he may have done to the person or property of another.

The second condition is, that each man shall abstain from doing to another, anything which justice forbids him to do; as, [*6] for example, that he shall abstain from committing theft, robbery, arson, murder, or any other crime against the person or property of another.

So long as these conditions are fulfilled, men are at peace, and ought to remain at peace, with each other.”
— Lysander Spooner, Natural Law, 1882

 

 

Richard Maybury in his book; “Whatever Happened to Justice?” summed these 2 laws up even more succinctly.

1.  Do everything you agree to do.

2. Do not encroach on the person or property of others.

He likes the use of the word encroach because of how well it illustrates how the state uses power:

Black’s Law Dictionary – “To enter by gradual steps or stealth into the possessions or rights of another; to trespass or intrude.  To gain or intrude unlawfully upon the lands, property, or authority of another.”

 

This quote by Doug Casey is a stand alone universal law for Individual Freedom, Personal Responsibility and Free Markets: “Do whatever you want in this world, as long as you are willing to accept the consequences.”

 

This third contribution is my own observation which expands the well known promise of Individual Freedom in the phrase, “Live & Let Live!”

“The only way to protect our Rights and Freedoms is to protect the Individual Rights and Freedoms of those we neither like nor approve of… Then we depend on others to follow our example… I am pretty certain there is no other way.

“We are the only source of Freedom. When we accept the obligation to protect the Individual Rights and Freedoms of others, no matter what… Freedom for All Thrives!”

This is true in direct defiance of the instructions of the state and all of the politicians, lapdog media, so called educators, attorneys, and judges residing in or waiting to arrive in Hell.”

— Yours Truly, Don Winfield  for The Liberty Gang

 

 

 

 

 

 

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