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Freedom In Your Lifetime

November 3, 2012 - 12:01pm
Nick Coons by Nick Coons


Obtaining freedom has nothing to do with politics. Freedom, most fundamentally, is freedom from illusion. And the idea that we can vote ourselves free or change things "from the inside" is simply another illusion that will keep us in tyranny.

In another article, I wrote about the idea of a free market in the family, and this article will continue that line of thinking.

If you already recognize that government by its necessity is evil (the initiation of force is evil, government cannot exist without initiating force, ergo), then you're on the right track. But the government is an effect, so attacking the idea of the state won't do much of anything. The state is not the cause, politicians simply cash in on the cause. The real cause is emotionally unprocessed experiences, usually from when we were children.

Focusing on political action is a distraction. It allows us to think that we're doing something while simultaneously avoiding doing what needs to be done to become free. If you want to become free in your lifetime, here are the steps:

Get Rid of Bad People in Your Life

If you have unfulfilling relationships, you can attempt to repair them, or you can get rid of them. If they are relationships that you value, then by all means do what you can to make them the best most fulfilling relationships possible. But if that can't happen, if the people you have relationships are poisonous, then you can't keep them as part of your life. Not only do they prevent good people from coming into your life, but they make you miserable. This, unlike the state, is something you have control over, and will actually improve the quality of your life. I would much rather be married to my wonderful wife and be taxed at 50% than be married to someone awful and have no taxes. Who I am married to is something I have much control over. The amount of taxes I pay is something I have virtually no control over. Focusing on my taxes (or what the state does in general) instead of focusing on my personal life does nothing to further my freedom or happiness.

Be Honest

Honesty is the first virtue. This doesn't mean that everyone deserves honesty (if someone breaks into your house and demands to know the whereabouts of your wife so they can kill her, you do not owe the criminal honesty), but a just person will give honesty to people that deserve it. If you consider yourself virtuous, then you first and foremost owe honesty to yourself. If your emotional response to a situation doesn't seem to fit that situation, be honest about that. "Some random stranger on the internet just told me that public education is good, and that made me angry. I wonder why that is..." Emotions are a built-in and involuntary response to learning information. They are always right, but not necessarily about the situation at hand. If someone pulls a knife on me, I'll experience fear. If close a big deal with a client, I'll experience joy. These make sense. But if some stranger makes a political statement and that makes you angry, first it's important to be honest and determine if the anger is a logical response to the statement. Probably not, afterall, what does this random stranger's opinion matter to you? So something else is causing the anger, this situation is just triggering it.

At an early age, when we're in non-ideal environments, we develop psychological blocks as a means of survival. Because most of us still carry these blocks into adulthood, it can be extremely challenging to recognize them. As psychological historian Lloyd deMause puts it, "The history of childhood is a nightmare from which we have only recently begun to awaken. The further back in history one goes, the lower the level of child care, and the more likely children are to be killed, abandoned, beaten, terrorized, and sexually abused." Looking back into the 19th century, the brutalities of child-rearing are obvious. But looking at our own histories is not as easy (ever wonder why it's so easy to recognize dysfunction in other people's families but not so much in your own?). When we have an emotional response that doesn't fit the situation, first and foremost we need to be honest about it and begin to question why this might be the case. As we get more attuned to that practice, we can begin trusting our emotional responses to help guide us in decision-making.


Once we've gotten the poison out of our lives, and we're honest about the nature of our relationships and our experiences, we're on our way. It's the fact that we tolerate poisonous relationships, and that others around us do as well, that we continue to have a state.

Governments have fallen before, often violently, and they're replaced with other governments. When rational statelessness occurs, it will happen as follows. As more and more people begin to resolve their interpersonal issues and not be tolerant of unethical actions in their personal lives, those relationships will improve, and the principles in those relationships will spread. Because the state is propped up by tolerance of these actions, lacking tolerance, the state will silently begin to fade away. A generation or two will pass, and we'll be telling our grandchildren about this organization that used to exist that would steal our money under the guise of helping the poor or protecting us from evil-doers.

Every drop of poison that we put into our stomachs is a drop of food that we can't consume. Every part of our lives that we spend involved in political action, whether it be voting or supporting a candidate, is a part of our lives that we can't spend actually doing what needs to be done to be free.

Related Content:

Free Market in Family - Nick Coons
Tariffs and Economic Favoritism - Austin Raynor
We Need More Regulation - Nick Coons

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