From Bondage To Liberty
•Constitution for a Fifth Grader•
What are You?
You are thinking to yourself that such a question is an easy answer. Some of you might answer that you are a Human Being, some of you might answer that you are an American, others a man, others will say black. All of those are just adjectives, describing something else. What is the core of you? What is the axiomatic value of you? All boiled down, without any descriptors: what are You? If you can find a word or concept that fits that bill, then what about the constructed universe herself or more problematic: your consciousness.
These questions need some kind of answer before one can even begin to understand politics. Because we need to know where we are in the universe, what we think of the universe and how to live in the universe before we can start to ask how to deal with other people. Unfortunately, we are not taught to think like this, instead we build our view of reality outside of actual, physical reality. We supplant it. We diminish it. We outright dismiss it when it scares us or suits our underlying needs.
The United States of America's founders at the very least attempted to discuss these questions. Some of them had read Hobbes, Locke, Descartes, Plato, and Aristotle. Some of them, when forming the union had to face the distinction of so many different points of view and thus, set natural limits on themselves. Some just wanted to be left alone to make the decision of reality for themselves. Of course, those same founders took to dismantling Liberty within weeks of ratifying the Constitution and we have been living in the shadow of that destruction ever since.
Why a book for Fifth Graders?
Give me Liberty or give me Education
I remember Fifth Grade, possibly the most of all my school years. Not because it was the best year nor was it the year that scholastically I excelled. I remember it best, simply because I remember it...best. That is to say, it was the first year of my life that I have actual concrete processed thoughts about the whole nature of what school was, why I was there, what it served, where it would get you, what purpose it had. I obviously lacked the articulated language that came later. I was obviously absent the wisdom and learning one does much, much later in life on their own, I might add. But I was aware of all of these questions, with fledgling answers. What gives me the hindsight of memory here is that no-one, not a single person I talked with from that point on seemed to even understand my questions. Now that I'm older I understand that it wasn't necessarily them, being that I needed more knowledge myself, but the clarity of "Why do I have to go to school?" being a question for me about the necessity of thought, on self ownership and purpose of existence was always met with answers like, "because you have too." I was not able to express then why I couldn't understand their answer, but now I realize that it was because they didn't know how to understand the question.
For me this meant Fifth Grade was a singular point in the development of a person that shouldn't go to waste being crushed by bad logic and immoral thoughts.
The President chooses Education over Liberty
Then in April of 2015, President of the United State Obama sent out this email. In this email, the President explains pretty much the opposite of my experience. He goes on to actually credit his teachers for their superior thought and good teaching. While I found it all to be meaningless indoctrination, he found it be life changing and enlightening. At that point, the name was settled. The President wanted to point out that he was influenced as a young man, well sir, I want to ensure that such influence of the young is about Liberty and Logic, based on a metaphysics of reality. You don't own the young: they own themselves.
The third and most important reason, is to oppose the President's idea of what an education should be. To say to those who would believe that an education is necessary, that it is all that is necessary for logical, intelligent pursuits, they are incorrect. To say no to those types. To point out that the underlying philosophy of existence (what is reality?) should be one of the first real questions we are told to ponder and to reflect on, and reflect on it often. To constantly, forever, put the thumbscrews to anyone that demand us to accept "because you have too," as an actual answer. It is not an answer. President Obama is wrong and so are any of those that define reality for others.
Why should I buy this book?
I would say don't buy it. The book is rebellion. It is outright open revolt. It opposes just about every aspect of thought you have been raised to believe. If you are able to get through it you will either agree with me and thus not be able to live another day in singular blissful ignorance or you will reject my opinion and will have wasted your time reading. Either outcome only ends in despair. But on the off chance you feel that something is not right about the current path of individual Liberty, if you're tired of watching natural Rights erode by immoral governments and cowards, if you want to begin your quest toward other thinking, then, this little work might be a good starting point.
What's in this book?
If you read the above paragraph and are still curious, then read on.
It is a book on metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and politics; all revolving around a central theme: individualism. Because individualism, and philosophy in general, are so difficult to understand, it uses the Constitution of the United States as a baseline measurement for arriving at individual identities. It tries to break down what a Constitution is, what it is designed to do and how the US Constitution was originally designed to function. It then talks specifically to individualism, first by using the Bill of Rights and then just be direct Objective reality. It has two axioms that underlying the whole work: 1. Freedom is Free. 2. Man self determines. Thus, man makes his own freedom by determining the value of his labor and direction of his life's energy. Any other action, by outside sources, he has the moral and ethical right to resist and conquer (e.g. taxation is theft).
Things that should be on your list to read:
The Federalist Papers
THE ANTI-FEDERALIST PAPERS
The Dim Hypothesis - Piekoff
Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy - Watkins
NO TREASON: THE CONSTITUTION OF NO AUTHORITY - SPOONER
In Defense of Selfishness: Why The Code of Self-Sacrifice is Unjust and Destructive - Schwartz
Common Sense - Paine
Plato - for context of his dual world reality
Aristotle - for context of his singular world reality and the subsequent notion of Empty mind (tabula rasa John Locke)
Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis - Von Mises
The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of EGOISM - Rand
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal - Rand
For the New Intellectual - Rand
Critique of Judgment - Kant
Critique of Reason - Kant
On Liberty - Mill
For A New liberty - murray rothbard
THE US CONSTITUTION - A READER - HILLSDALE COLLEGE
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE - JEFFERSON
By the people - CHARLES MURRAY