Declaration of Individual Independence (Draft)
When in the course of his life any individual achieves a clear understanding that the promotion of his happiness and the realization of his human potential is being severely restricted by the enforcement of the regulations of those governing his life, and at the same time he appreciates that the achievement of that potential and the attainment of that happiness is solely his own responsibility, then it becomes necessary for him to declare his refusal to sanction the validity of such regulations over him, to unilaterally dissolve those political bands which have connected him to his governors, and to assume his place among other beings with the independence of thought and sovereignty of action which his and their nature entitles and requires of them.
Since a reasonable person will both respect the opinions of other thoughtful individuals, and also realize that his optimal existence requires their individual cooperation in specialization and division of labor and in mutual exchange to the best interests of all, such a Declaration should thoroughly explain and justify the reasons that have caused the Declarer to take this action to no longer bind himself with them in obedience to the state. Finally, in order to make it abundantly clear that his Declaration of independence is not merely a license to do as he pleases according to his whims, the Declarer's respect for and need of the cooperation of other adults necessitates that he also state his personal responsibilities to them in a contract form to which he unilaterally agrees, at the same time imploring each of them to make the same Declaration and to reciprocally contract with him.
I, the Declarer, hold these truths to be self-evident:
I. that as a human, I am an individual, essentially separate from every other with a uniquely different mind, and a uniquely different set of physical and mental abilities.
II. that as a human, I have the potential for self-awareness, introspection, abstraction, rational thought and volitional action directed toward my own survival and happiness.
III. that although my evolutionary purpose, as an animal, is merely the survival of my genome, now that I have matured to adulthood, as a human adult, this evolutionary purpose has been superceded by the maximizing of my total lifetime happiness in accord with my individual abilities and the valuations directed by my rational thought.
IV. that one consequence of my human separateness is that the semantic contents of my brain cannot be determined with any significant degree of completeness or accuracy by any other adult without my cooperation. In particular, my individual purposes are both uniquely different from, and cannot be significantly determined ahead of my actions by any other adult.
V. that another consequence of my human separateness is that all of my mental and physical abilities for thought, evaluation, choice and action are not to any significant degree under the control of anyone but myself - that I am master of myself.
VI. that even though all human adults have separate and uniquely different individual purposes, there exists a set of social needs, responsibilities and entitlements which, each of us agreeing to, mutually, consistently and concurrently (ie. compossibly from "com" - together and "possible") optimizes the potential of each of us to achieve his individual purposes; and that to enable that optimization of potential, this compossible set needs to be recorded as a manifest mutual understanding, a kind of "social contract", specifying the relationships between self-sovereign individuals, and executed by each adult.
VII. that such a "social contract" requires, at the least, that each executor:
a) accepts the entitlement of each adult to be sovereign over himself;
b) declares his desire that the person or property of no adult should be harmed, and his intent not to be the effective cause of any such harm, with the harm being judged by the harmed adult; and
c) will hold himself fully responsible for restoration of the lifetime integrated happiness of each adult for whom he is the effective cause of harm, to the best of his ability and with such restitution being determined by the harmed adult.
VIII. that whenever any person or group of persons, whether calling themselves a government or not, becomes destructive of my self-sovereignty, as an adult my individual purposes allow, nay even require me to resist and to terminate this destruction by whatever means I decide, and, together with other adults of like mind, to mutually bind ourselves to a contractual relationship which shall seem to each of us most likely to effect our individual safety and our individual potential for happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that social forms and arrangements long established should not be abolished for light and transient causes; and accordingly many people may consider it better to suffer an abusive government while reduction of their ability to achieve their individual purposes is sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing a government to which they are accustomed and potentially also terminating the social order concurrent with that government, however imperfect and incomplete that social order may be. But when a long train of laws, regulations and abuses pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce me under absolute State control, my individual purposes make it my responsibility and my duty to myself to refuse to obey such laws and regulations as are not in accord with any of my individual purposes, and to contract with others of like mind for our joint security and interaction. Having suffered (often impatiently) such government abuses of my self-sovereignty all my life, I now realize that the fullest enhancement of my life necessitates that I must reject all government rule to the best of my ability.
The history of all governments and their agencies is a history of repeated legislation and actions against adults which violate their self-sovereignty, in particular which violate their life, liberty and property, and even their voluntary interrelationships by replacing them with other, far less optimal arrangements. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
1. Government actions prevent or restrict each adult from making use of whatever lifeforms, substances, natural or manufactured objects that he determines it is in his best interest to acquire and to use and which do not by themselves harm any other person. Governments do this not only by forbidding or highly regulating the importation, production, sale, distribution, possession and use of such items, but also by their monopoly granting of patents, forbidding certain kinds of non-violational research and obstructing the free flow of information.
2. With respect to various services, government actions prevent or restrict each adult from providing or using whichever of these he determines are in his best interest and which do not by themselves harm any other person such as:
sale of human organs, and
any services which require certification and licensing.
3. With respect to property, government agencies either confiscate, or strongly control its usage by each adult by means of all forms of:
import and export controls and duties,
impounding of property both at the border and when under suspicion,
control of the money supply,
regulation of interest rates, and
lack of full restitution of all lost value resulting from unproven charges both criminal and civil.
4. With respect to liberty, government laws restrict the non-aggressive actions of adults by such laws as:
compulsory jury duty,
contempt of court penalties,
detention or arrest without charge or trial, and without full restitution to the detainee upon release without charge or trial, or after a verdict of innocence,
denying people the right of self-defense of person and property,
denying victims full restitution by the violator for their losses of time, liberty and property caused by his violation,
heavily restricting the immigration or visits of persons living outside its jurisdiction,
impeding the movement of all people across its borders,
forbidding many interpersonal voluntary activities,
prohibition of many solitary, non-aggressive actions in public, and
allowing criminals to escape prosecution through:
denying the validity of evidence "wrongfully" obtained,
violation of their "rights" during the investigation, arrest or trial, and
plea bargaining (including the reduction/dismissal of charges against those who provide information leading to the conviction of other criminals).
5. With respect to the availability of choices, government created monopolies so distort the free market that the creation of new choices of uniquely different goods and services, each competing for the purchaser's money according to his individual purposes, is effectively prevented. Examples of this are:
enforcement agencies of all kinds,
civil and criminal courts,
the promulgation of law,
coast guard, army, navy and air forces,
the creation of money,
the granting of charters,
mandated standards of weights and measures,
public health care,
public roads and other transportation systems,
the allocation and use of the electromagnetic spectrum,
exploration and development of space,
patent granting, and
copyright and trademark granting.
6. Government wastage of scarce resources by maintaining many people in tasks which produce nothing which an adult would voluntarily purchase prevents the application of those man hours and monetary resources to create and produce new products and services which people want. Such distortion of scientific, technological and industrial growth by governments has been growing exponentially in recent years as per capita productivity and income increases enable it to do so.
7. Government actions outside of its territory have not only wasted the resources of its citizens but have caused its citizens to be the targets of aggressive retaliation by those who have been harmed by these external actions. Thus, rather than enhancing the security of its citizens, government has through its actions directly decreased this security and the freedom of its citizens to travel outside the country without being violated.
8. Governments have made a mockery of the principle that all adults are "equal" under the law by granting to many of its agents and employees privileges (in effect, additional rights), including immunity from prosecution or required restitution to their victims. A blatant example of this is allowing police agents to break the law during "sting operations" and to not be prosecuted for precisely the same actions for which other citizens are being prosecuted.
9. Governments have forbidden or heavily restricted travel, trade and information flow with certain areas of the world.
In every stage of these oppressions many people have petitioned for redress in the most sincere and honest manner, but their repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injuries of worsening nature. A Government, whose only reasonable purpose should be as a mutual benefit organization, the character of which is thus marked instead by every act which may define a tyranny, is unfit to be voluntarily supported by adults.
I, therefore, an adult human with nothing but the best of intentions toward all those who refrain from initiating or threatening violence against or defrauding me, my property and my loved ones, do, by my life and reality and my love of both, solemnly publish and declare:
A. that my essential human characteristics make me a self-sovereign individual with the use and control of my own body and mind and the need to use and control the product of my body and mind according to my individual purposes;
B. that as a self-sovereign individual, I no longer sanction, nor have any duty to obey the laws, regulations or agents of any governments, and that all authority of government agencies over me, is and ought to be totally dissolved;
C. that in order to promote my happiness, it is my desire, my intention and my responsibility to not violate the person or property of any human, to defend my life and my property, to contract with other self-sovereign individuals for services and for trade according to mutually agreed terms, to be fully responsible to restitute any other human for any actual harm done to them by my physical actions, and to do all other acts which I alone decide are in my long-range best interest according to the laws of reality; and
D. that in order to promote the conditions under which my actions and the actions of others will optimally contribute to the lifetime happiness of each of us, I acknowledge the self-ownership of every other human and his entitlement to act in the same manner as I stipulate that I will do within this document;
E. that in order to implement these Declarations as a clear consistent mutual manifest understanding of the compossible set of responsibilities and entitlements which optimize the potential of each self-sovereign individual to achieve his individual purposes, I have executed and published a social contract.
F. that in order to make my declared self-sovereign status evident to other humans and to promote the ideas within this Declaration and my Social Contract, I will henceforth place the word "Freeman" after my name, unless I clearly determine that doing so might be significantly detrimental to my lifetime happiness.
And for the support of this Declaration, I beseech others of like mind to sign this Declaration, to also execute a social contract, and with me, as self-sovereign individuals, together to this joint cause, pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
Declared on this ____ day of _________ (month) in the year ____ AD,
by ____________________________ (print name),
a self-sovereign individual accessible via email address:__________________
I, ____________________________ (print name),
a self-sovereign individual accessible via email address:__________________,
have seen a picture identification (ID) of the Declarer and I attest to the best of my ability that he/she and his/her signature above match that ID.
Published on the Internet on: ___________ (date)
Note: This is the version of this document for execution (signing). An annotated version which explains its content is also available. In addition, there is a dialogue of discussion of the Self-Sovereign Individual Project with George H. Smith in which the part related to an earlier version of this document begins at Section 3 of George H. Smith Dialogue.
All questions, comments and/or criticisms should be made to the annotated version, not to this document! Furthermore, since there is additional amplification in the Annotated Natural Social Contract of many of the ideas expressed in this document and its annotated version, that document should also be read before questions, comments and/or criticisms are made to any of the documents.
Annotated version here:
10 Apr 2006 @ 22:52 by : Studying
the link right now/ : )
OK! Thanks, A-d. As this is a basic draft your input would also be very much appreciated at this time. Let me know what your thought is in this regard.
13 Apr 2006 @ 18:52 by : Lot of Stuff
to read, and internalize.
Appreciate the input.
4 Sep 2006 @ 19:45 by drkprncofisrl @188.8.131.52 : lawful
A very important subject for people to consider in this day and age...Many tend to forget the roots of this great Nation......We are the vine...they (?)are the branches. They abide NOT in the Vine...they shall fall and be broken into shivers and wither away like the chaff.
Not before eating a lot of souls in the process. Thanks dr...
National security expert John Prados says, "The pattern of manipulation and misuse of intelligence that served the Bush administration in the drive to start a war with Iraq is being repeated today for its neighbor Iran."
It is now established beyond a reasonable doubt that the neocons intentionally cooked up false intelligence in order to justify the invasion of Iraq, an invasion that has resulted in tens of thousands of Iraqi and American casualties, both dead and maimed.
Aggressive wars are themselves war crimes. To intentionally create a false basis for an aggressive war is an act of high treason.
Alarmed by the neoconservative drive to start a war with Iran before the US can extricate itself from the Iraq catastrophe, the CIA firmly declared that any Iranian nuclear weapon is a decade away. This undermines the neoconservatives’ urgency to attack Iran now.
Neoconservative fanatics tried to discredit the CIA with a recent report by the House Intelligence Committee Republican staff written by neoconservative Frederick Fleitz, a protégé of neocon heavyweight John Bolton, a person active in concocting the false case for war against Iraq. Fleitz alleges that the CIA is a know-nothing agency that lacks the ability to assess Iran’s ability to make nuclear weapons.
Neocons also dismiss the findings of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which issued a report on August 31 reaffirming that there is no tangible proof that Iran’s nuclear energy program has a military aspect.
The neoconservatives plan to plunge America into war with Iran before they can be held accountable for the lost war in Iraq.
This neoconservative conspiracy against the United States and Iran must be stopped. Neocons must be removed from the government that they have betrayed and held accountable for their crimes.
Before America can preach democracy to the world, we must first rescue American democracy from the Bush regime and re-establish government accountability to the people.
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