Our Individual Independence

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Independence Day is not far away and so perhaps it is a fortuitous time to consider declaring ours.

As individuals. 

The event originally celebrated being the political independence of the United States – plural, as it was in those much-forgotten days – from Great Britain. But we now live in the United States – singular – in which a consolidated federal authority has, over time, all-but-eliminated the former independence of those states, who were united, once upon a time, in the rhetorical rather than political sense. As in, united to gain their individual independence from Great Britain.

They were not – in those days – a united political entity, except loosely.

Jefferson and Adams, for example, routinely referred conversationally to their respective countries – i.e., to the states in which they lived. They would not have comprehended a consolidated United States, singular.

That took another four score and seven years to “correct”  . . . by force of arms.

People will debate the inevitability of the foregoing; the flaws – perhaps traps, deliberately set – within the Constitution that replaced the Articles of Confederation, the latter clearly referencing something other than a consolidated singularity. That is for historians to weigh and consider. Perhaps the whole object of the struggle for independence was not for independence – of the individual, from government – but rather just another political tussle between factions for control of the government.  

The facts certainly support this bleak analysis.

For the average American, after the war for independence from Great Britain, government did not become less oppressive. There was merely a changing of the guard – so to speak – of the oppressors. Standout examples include the sending of a federal army to force into submission rural farmers in Pennsylvania and Kentucky – many of whom had fought in the war for independence from the government of Great Britain – ostensibly over “taxation without representation” – for objecting to being told they “owed” hard currency “taxes” to the newly created federal government, which obviously didn’t “represent” them.

Interestingly – tellingly – the rural farmer’s objections were styled an insurrection by the federal authorities, headed by the hagiographically presented George Washington.

The “insurrection” was of course quelled – and the fact thereby established that individual Americans were not independent. This fact made crystal clear four score and seven years later, when the pretense of the states being countries with any meaningful degree of independence from federal authority was vitiated, utterly – along with the lives of roughly half-a-million individual Americans.

We are now several times four score and seven years later. Perhaps the time has come for us to reclaim our independence – rather than pledge allegiance to the government that stands for anything but.

It is the principle of independence Americans celebrate every Fourth of July. That principle and government – whether by the authority of Great Britain or Washington – are irreconcilable. One cannot be governed and independent. The farmers of Pennsylvania and Kentucky who fought for theirs – or thought that was what they were bleeding and dying for – understood this fact, after the fact.

Imposed upon them by force of arms.

All these many scores and years later, the time has come for us to understand it. To come to term with the fact that the independence of every one of us is anathema to this thing styled “government,” which has mind-fucked all-too-many of us into venerating the very thing that has systematically undermined and nearly destroyed our independence – while insisting we pay it grateful homage for doing just that every Fourth of July.

Is it possible to conceive of anything more delusionally servile?

Jefferson wrote, poetically, about the truths he declared to be self-evident. That all men were created equal – by which he meant that all men have the same equal right to independence. To be let alone, in other words. Neither owned nor beholden. Free – to pursue happiness, as each individual saw it. How can such happiness be pursued when one is not independent from this thing styled “government”?

When one cannot even celebrate independence from the government of Great Britain by lighting off fireworks that fly or explode in most of the rump states of these United States, singular?

When one must present a government ID – an internal passport – to travel within these United States, by air?

When the government presumes the authority to dictate – without even the pretense of any American being “represented” – that every American will roll up their sleeves and submit to being experimented upon as the price of the “freedom” to be allowed to work?

Americans aren’t even independent in their homes, which are liened in perpetuity to the government, no matter how long ago they became independent of their mortgages.  The government having asserted its ownership of what they deludedly permit themselves to imagine, almost as children, to be “their” property.

Americans aren’t even free to decide for themselves whether to wear a seatbelt. Their children have become veal calves owned by the government, which “schools” (and “masks” and injects) them according to its preferences. Parents in America having been reduced to little more than breeding stock.

This will only abate when American decide in favor of independence. Their own independence, psychologically first. Fiercely asserted in their minds, first. And – if need be – defended even more fiercely. But the first step toward independence is recognition of the fact that it cannot exist alongside subordination to the government that is its mortal enemy.

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  1. Using fake climate change to take away your rights…..

    Scrapping ice vehicles for EV’s to save the planet….haha

    Climate Scientist Says Humans Cause Less Than 0.05°C of Global Warming and Warns of “Anarchy” From “Delusional” Net Zero Policies

    The truth of the matter is that, warts and all, our civilisation was doing quite well and heading in the right direction on may fronts DEPSITE concerted efforts to subvert and derail that progress.

    We have, by increments, been heading for quite some time towards a Golden Age of peace and prosperity in the teeth of outright sabotage from globalist vested interests determined to keep us locked in their Dark Age of war, poverty and strife.

    The effort to keep man cowed, dismayed, low in self esteem and afraid continues with increasing desperation.

    We’ve seen this effort manifested in the latest Germ Phobia, the deadly asian bat germ, whereby millions were conned or browbeaten into submitting to booby-trapped injections, the current drive to engineer economic distress, the effort to undermine human rights and so on.

    And of course there is the ongoing Climate Terror, an effort to subdue Man through the devices of false reports about the climate and Man’s alleged effect on it.

    In short, we are lied to again and again and again with malice aforethought through the channels of corporate media, bought or blackmailed politicians and a corrupt inquisitorial scientific orthodoxy.

    modern climate science has developed more as an ideology (religion) and world view, rather than a serious science. “horror scenarios” are not based on a secure physical foundation, he says, “but rather represent computer games that reflect what was fed in”. (fake science)

    Scientists who question or point to serious inconsistencies about human-caused or anthropogenic global warming, are “publicly discredited” and excluded from research funds. In addition, research contributions in journals are supressed, and in a reference to the recent Professor Peter Ridd case in Australia, placed on leave or dismissed from their university.


  2. BJ
    I got the idea long, long ago, from an anthology of novellas and short stories called “Alternatives”, compiled by SF writer Robert Adams in 1989. One of the stories began with the exact thing I describe. Which could have been part of L. Neil Smith’s work. Its well worth the read, as all the stories are based on “what if”.

  3. Indeed we are not free, merely traded one tyrant 3000 miles away for 3000 tyrants 1 mile away.

    The biggest con ever pulled on a people is that the USA is the land of the free.
    It is, so long as you don’t read or think.

    Through the magic of schools & Hollywood, we have learned to pledge our allegiance and stand for the song, like good little Reichsvolk

    • It is, but only if you ignore all of the bullshit and are prepared to go to jail over stupid stuff on a regular basis.

      • It’s like a girl I went to college with, who would tell it like this: she would tell the college where she wanted to park, and the college would say “okay, ten bucks.” (Parking tickets were a lot cheaper back then).

      • I suspect that they did appreciate it, they just didn’t like it (adapting Jo Grimond’s remark about his parliamentary colleagues, to the effect that they didn’t appreciate his position on a certain matter, and that even if they were to appreciate it they still wouldn’t like it).

    • Hi Dan

      Nothing really changed…lol

      at the top the controllers the elite nobility in the background, always hiding, nobody talks about them, the control group.

      2nd level the banksters provide financing for the elite nobility
      3rd level more banksters

      4th level down the administrators, gates, schwab, etc..

      5th level the political prostitutes in the foreground, corrupt , bribed, owned by the elite
      the politicians just follow orders from their bosses the elite.

      Dr. Marc Faber says these governments steal between 5% (honest governments) and 100% (crooked governments) of the money collected, borrowed.

      6th level down the enforcers

      at the very bottom the little people, the common people, paying for everything, used and abused.

      one elite example……..Prince Phillip, late husband of Queen Elizabeth II said ….“In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.” he also said the world’s population should be reduced from 7 billion to one billion, his son charles thinks the same

      Elite nobility families at the top:

      • House of Bernadotte, Sweden

      • House of Bourbon, France

      • House of Braganza, Portugal

      • House of Grimaldi, Monaco

      • House of Guelph, Britain (the most important one)

      • House of Habsburg, Austria

      • House of Hanover, Germany (the second most important one)

      • House of Hohenzollern, Germany

      • House of Karadjordjevic, Yugoslavia (former)

      • House of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein

      • House of Nassau, Luxembourg

      • House of Oldenburg, Denmark

      • House of Orange, Netherlands

      • House of Savoy, Italy

      • House of Wettin, Belgium

      • House of Wittelsbach, Germany

      • House of Württemberg, Germany

      • House of Zogu, Albania

      • all the families you will find on the Windsor family tree

      The elite

  4. I’m old enough to remember fourth of July in the valley of the sun. Many people firing their guns in the air. Imagine how that would play today with the helicopter parent crowd.

    • Pfff, still happens, Norman! More at New Years. They dented the tail of my S10 last time.

      Last 4th, speaking of helicopters, they sent ONE, once to admonish some people setting off (professional) fireworks. But they quickly flew the fuck back to base so they wouldn’t be shot out of the sky.

      • Cool, were you down in the valley or in the hinter boonies yet? I know its been a long time since back in the 70s when it sounded like a wedding on the Gaza Strip.

  5. The obvious difference between the Articles and the Constitution is the fact that no army was sent during the Articles 1781 – 1789 to collect taxes. Under the new Constitution President Washington himself commanded the 13,000 man militia to enforce a tax disguised to pay off the war debt. The men he was going to kill learned rapidly that they never fought for freedom. The third President (Jefferson) cancelled the tax,,, apparently thinking it not as important as Mr Washington thought.
    The Articles had to be ratified by ALL the states. The Constitution only by nine.

    The big driver of the coup was George Washington because of the following:

    ” Just a few years after the Revolutionary War, however, James Madison and George Washington were among those who feared their young country was on the brink of collapse. With the states retaining considerable power, the central government had insufficient power to regulate commerce. It could not tax and was generally impotent in setting commercial policy. Nor could it effectively support a war effort. Congress was attempting to function with a depleted treasury; and paper money was flooding the country, creating extraordinary inflation.”

    Today wars and inflation are SOP….

  6. I believe I understand well my great, great, great, great, great grandfather, who, at the turn of the 19th Century, had moved to rural Kentucky, at the edge of the frontier.

    Little is known about the man, but he set up a water-powered grist-mill, the purpose of which you can probably guess.

    Yes, my great ancestor did what I would have done: Gone way out to the middle of nowhere to escape the tentacles of government and began brewing whiskey, which would well blunt any blow that frontier life could manage.

    Government, unfortunately, had a way of spreading more quickly than any metastasizing cancer.

    In a little over a century, there would be the birth of the Fed, Prohibition, and then the New Deal.

    Prohibition was repealed, but not really. (Look at how many substances and other inanimate objects are prohibited, sans Constitutional amendment) One of its bastard children, the ATF, still remains to haunt us. Our so-called representatives only argue on how far its background-checks should go, and squabble over what an 80% gun is, or other minutia, instead of abolishing it, and dozens of other alphabetical horrors.

    This 4th, I’ll be raising a glass to my rebellious ancestors, and plotting my own “whiskey rebellion”. For everything we do to increase our independence and self-sufficiency IS rebellion.

  7. The incentive is to fail.

    The bigger the failure, the more generous the bailout.

    Success, meanwhile, is punished.

    Then we look around, and wonder why everything seems to be failing.

    Someone is succeeding wildly. Not you, though, and not me either.

  8. An effective way to take away your rights was the relabeled mild flu to a deadly bat germ hoax, the new and improved version is the monkey germ hoax….it isn’t working because people made fun of it and called it moneypox, so now they are renaming it…lol

    germ phobia:

    a huge bat germ demon will jump out of the dark and get you…total insanity…

    germ phobia (that would get you put in a nut house in the recent past), was pushed 24/7 for two straight years, the relabeled mild flu to a deadly bat germ, fear mongering never stopped,

    (to sell it they always associate it with exotic animals, first asian bats…… now the new and improved version is monkeys….lol), (they said…haha….we have to lock down the whole planet, huge bat germ demons are running around killing people), the real reason wasn’t to destroy the outsider’s small businesses or for more control and depopulation….lol

    we are all going to die was pounded into people’s heads, people freaked out, got multiple deadly bioweapon shots and now wear a mask 24 hours a day. (masks keep deadly bat germ demons out)….lol…..

    a bioweapon injected, dying, spike protein filled, super spreader is healthy,

    a healthy pure blood is a walking biosecurity terrorist full of bat germ demons……lol

    the double-speak involved is intensely characteristic of the reversal of reality practiced by satanists…..black is white….. bad is good….healthy is sick….deadly injections make you healthier….lol

    Demons invert/reverse all that they touch. The psychopath uses the same trick.

  9. Catherine Austin Fitts interview:

    First the control group voted for the reset, then they injected $5 trillion into the economy that went to the insiders

    Then they used cv19 to shut down the economy run by the outsiders, the small businesses, now the outsiders want cheap capital to get their businesses running again, so the control group raise rates to squeeze out the outsiders.

    The insiders now have $5 trillion to buy up more assets, this is part of the centralization of everything for control.

    This isn’t a turndown it is war.

    They are bringing out a bunch of new mrna injections to fix the side effects/injuries from the cv19 mrna injections…lol

    Did you come here to live or to be afraid? Fear being a transhuman slave.


  10. Learning of the Whiskey Rebellion was the final nail in the coffin of the fantasy which had been the notion that America was about personal liberty, and that the founders were actually concerned with such and that their illustrious words might actually mean what they would appear to when taken at face-value. The fact that they owned other human beings who had been kidnapped from their own lands didn’t help either……

    I despise the 4th Of July (even more than MLK Day….that communist adulterer prick!), as it demonstrates just how oblivious the better part of our population is -that they are celebrating something which they not only do not possess, but which is the very opposite of what they claim to be celebrating; but as long as they can make a lot of noise and have a BBQ…. They are getting the government they deserve- but unfortunately we are also getting the government they deserve.

  11. I served for 20 years as an Air Force Reserve C-130 pilot. I was once patriotic and believed in the system. I was a reliable Republican voter. Then I realized that the “conservative” movement conserved NOTHING.

    I realized the spending was out of control and nothing of substance (never mind the Kabuki theater government “shutdowns” or sequestration) was done by either party to put the brakes on the debt tsunami.

    I realized that our biggest problem was that we would invade the world and invite the world (See Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.) The unopposed invasion of this country by Third Worlders and our inability to stop warmongering to enrich our parasitic political class and their oligarch masters is why we’re in the sorry state we’re in right now.

    I don’t feel very independent. I can’t buy the car I want, because of government interference in the marketplace, be it for “safety” or precious, fragile Gaia, which will surely melt from too much carbon dioxide from our tail pipes. I will never own my land because if I don’t pay property taxes to support the local government, the agents of the state can seize my property and sell it at auction. Our monetary policy has made everything from food to gasoline to diesel 20 times more expensive and they continue to craft narratives about how it’s all Putin’s fault.

    So don’t get mad if I don’t wave the flag or take my family to an “Independence Day” fireworks show. I just don’t feel very independent on this Fourth of July, which is all it is to me. Just a nice day off work. Nothing more. It’s a reminder that the country I once loved is dead and is never coming back. It’s a skinsuit that’s been gutted by the diabolical SOBs who crave power over the masses. I don’t even like standing for the national anthem.

  12. Eric:

    I agree with the general sentiment of your article, but at the same time I think there are some very good things about THESE United States.

    1. You’re right that the struggle for independence was likely more about the local elites wanting to take power from the distant British elites.

    2. With that said (and I agree the Articles of Confederation would be preferable), there was a very positive outcome which is the Bill of Rights. While not perfect and often tortured by courts, its importance becomes immediately obvious in comparison to say Canada or Australia, which did not succeed. It’s undeniable that most aspects life in these United States are significantly free-er than in those two countries.

    3. Recent trends appear to have shifted more toward federalism. Examples of this are the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the vast differences between the states regarding the Covid hoax. There’s a huge difference between California and Florida in this regard.

    4. Finally, individual nullification solves a great many of the problems you mention. I never wore a mask nor got injected. I also haven’t worn a seatbelt in about a decade.

    I intend to celebrate July 4th like I do everyday, by reaffirming my individual independence. On that day I usually take the opportunity to break out the Declaration of Independence and read the following paraphrase to the sheep that surround me:

    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. . .[W]henever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it. . .[and] when a long train of abuses and usurpations. . .evinces a design [of] absolute Despotism, . . .IT IS [THE PEOPLE’S] DUTY, to throw off such Government. . .

  13. Good pic there of the Alien and Sedition Act summary. The fedgov had barely started and already was violating one of the basic principles- free speech- which doesn’t apply if you use it to criticize your overlords. The despicable Espionage Act is still here, blatantly anti-freedom and used to persecute whistleblowers who point out the PTB’s crimes. If all that isn’t enough the figurehead in chief can just declare an “emergency” and rule by mandate. So much for freedom, July 4th should be a national day of mourning for what we’ve lost/never had anyway.

  14. I am a member of both the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. To be a member, one has to have documented ancestral ties to soldiers/sailors to each respective war.

    Would I have the balls to pledge my life, fortune, and sacred honor as did my ancestors? Honestly, I don’t know. I do know that I want what they wanted: to be left alone.

  15. Here’s another example of, “rural farmer’s objections” styled as an insurrection by the federal authorities:

    ‘John Hancock’s Big Toe, Shays’ Rebellion, and the Constitutional Convention’

    “This is the story of Shays’ Rebellion, which I contend is the most important falsified event in American history. […]

    Shays’ Rebellion was an armed resistance movement of about 4,000 men in western Massachusetts. Contrary to reports from the anti-Shays faction in 1787, and contrary to historians’ accounts ever since, it was not a revolt of impoverished, indebted rural radicals. It included men of all economic classes. […]

    For over two centuries, Americans did not know the truth.” …


    And, today, there’s this:

    ‘Newspeak In The 21st Century: How To Become A Model Citizen In The New Era Of Domestic Warfare’

    “As Glenn Greenwald wrote in his formidable paper The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming, “what needs to be criminalized that is not already a crime?”, […]

    Well, the answer is apparently simple and as always for our own good. We have come to a point in time where the enemy is not some radicalized ideology, it is not some foreign despot, it is not even the threat of war (whether it be economic, cyber or nuclear), but rather it is ourselves. We, the people, are the new enemies of the State.” …


    • Hi helot,

      Indeed. There are so many examples I only chose a few to make the point. Which I think is all-too-obvious to anyone willing to give it an honest look.

      • A Red Pill reference point for, as you wrote, anyone willing to give it an honest look:

        “There was a conspiracy in Philadelphia in 1787. It was successful. I have written a book on this: Conspiracy in Philadelphia. You can download it for free here. […]

        There should come a time when the victims of a myth should figure out that they are the victims of a rich and powerful ruling class, which hires the teachers and screens the textbooks to keep the voters docile. But this dawning of enlightenment has yet to come.

        When Washington’s checks finally bounce, the day of enlightenment will come of necessity, not principle. Then we will have a shot at abandoning the myth of the Constitution as a restraint on Washington’s power.” …


        Bouncing checks. …Hmm.

  16. ‘[Independence] cannot exist alongside subordination to the government that is its mortal enemy.’ — eric

    A self-styled Jan 6th committee, selected only by Democrats, seems to be leaning toward charging Trump admin officials and hangers-on. This comes on top of arresting and holding without bond, in brutal conditions, dozens of protesters whose essential offense was trespassing.

    Every possible provocation is being mounted, in other words, to provoke a real insurrection.

    Meanwhile, figurehead puppet “Joe Biden” is steering the nation into another overseas permawar, while inflation (war is always inflationary) ravages Americans’ living standards.

    What does it take to goad a populace into open revolt? The current leadership of wreckers and nihilists seems hell-bent on finding out.

    Lots of red-white-‘n-blue flags will appear next week. Mais pas chez moi.

    I don’t grovel to leftist tyrants with guns, looking for trouble.

  17. The only thing I have ever celebrated on the fourth of July is readily available fireworks, weather warm enough to party outdoors after dark, and a day or two off work. I suspect that’s true of most people who don’t fly a US battle flag on the day.
    Government is the assumption of authority to kill you if you disobey. Sane people do not seek such authority over their neighbors. Socio/psychopaths do. The FedGov sending the army, led by George Washiington, to collect taxes from farmers in Pennsylvania is a perfect example. “Pay up or die”.
    What would our world be like if the Pennsylvania militia, and the FedGov soldiers, had taken George Washington in custody, transported him back to DC, taken Alexander Hamilton in custody as well, and put both of them up against a wall, for treason.

      • BJ
        I got the idea long, long ago, from an anthology of novellas and short stories called “Alternatives”, compiled by SF writer Robert Adams in 1989. One of the stories began with the exact thing I describe. Which could have been part of L. Neil Smith’s work. Its well worth the read, as all the stories are based on “what if”.


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