The Five Boxes

The old saying goes “there are four boxes protecting our liberty.” Most people have heard this and even believe in it.

The first box, the Soap Box (meaning to verbally stand up for your point of view and try to convince others of your point’s validity), is used all the time, quite well by some. It could be writing Letters to the Editor, talking with friends and acquaintances over coffee or beer, or adding to the wealth of information on the wonder of the internet. It’s great to bring more people “into the fold” but there comes a time when anyone who is serious about staying free needs to do something more.

The second box is the Ballot Box. I and many of my friends gave up on this one a long time ago. To vote is to give validity to a flawed system. Yes, flawed. Democracy, which incidentally this country was never meant to be, is nothing but organized mob-rule.

Here is an example. Mr. Jones down the street wins the lottery, but is a chintzy miser and the other 11 people on the block hate him for it. So they decide to use democracy to settle the issue. They will be fair and even let Mr. Jones vote on what they have in mind. The first issue they have is that Mr. Jones won’t share his private water park with them. Well they all vote, and lo and behold it’s 11 for and 1 against publicizing. The second issue is that he has all this money, but even on that block some families are having problems paying the rent. A vote is put forth and once again it’s 11 for and 1 against levying a twenty percent tax on Mr. Jones.

This, you say, is ridiculous. We have property rights. This country was founded on the principle that people could be secure in their possessions. Socialism has always failed because if people can’t keep what they produce they stop producing. Changing the numbers doesn’t change the facts, it could be the twelve people who live on that block or the 900 who live in your town, or the 1,000,000 who live in your state, but it’s still theft. Democracy is actually counterproductive to freedom.

The third box is the Jury Box. When this country was founded, the people who decided the fate of a person on trial judged not only the facts of the case but also the validity of the law. The Jury still has this right, but the judges won’t allow them to be told this in court. Many times in the history of this country the people have wielded this power effectively against the government. Jurors stopped the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and freed tax protesters during the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. Juries refused to convict under the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850 and during Prohibition (1920-30). Vietnam objectors (1960-1970), tax protesters, and medical marijuana users are just a few more examples. Even though the defendants in these cases were clearly guilty of breaking the law, the jurors felt the law itself was wrong and refused to return a guilty verdict.

This is a powerful tool to fight injustice and tyranny in this country, and as such, the government has already taken steps to neutralize it. Not only have they forbidden parties to tell this to jurors in the court room, they have set up “special” courts for types cases they know the people would be sympathetic to. Tax court and military tribunals are two examples. I fully expect to see a Fish and Game Court within the next 10 years also. This box is so important (even with the shackles it’s been set with), and the bulk of information is so vast I can’t do it justice here. I highly recommend anyone reading this to check out the Fully Informed Jury Association.

The fourth box, generally thought to be the last box, is the Cartridge Box. Yup, bullets. The Second Amendment isn’t about hunting or shooting sporting clays. It’s the guarantee that if the government violates all our other rights we have a chance to get them respected again.

As I type this, there is a bill sitting in the House of Representatives that will renew the 1993 Assault Weapons Ban. They have made some changes, too. Unlike the last time where only manufacture was banned, they have added transfer and possession. Let me make this clear. If they pass this the government will try to take our guns, and with them, our last check and balance to fight for our rights, freedom and liberty. When this country was living under the tyranny of King George we pleaded to have our problems heard and fixed by the British Government. But like all governments as long as we kept paying our taxes they didn’t care.

I hope it never comes to armed resistance and what would most definitely lead to another civil war. That’s why I have added a fifth box to the classic four. The Strong Box. This government lives- no, thrives- on taxes. Some estimates of our total tax burden is near 90% when including hidden taxes (hunting licenses), compounding taxes (taxes producers have to incorporate into the cost of their products which are then taxed again, and again down the supply chain), and regulatory costs(placating the EPA,FDA,ATF…). If we cut off the funding of the government it will eventually have to shrink to a manageable size.

There are two ways to “starve the beast” the first is most commonly called shrugging. The term shrugging is from Ayn Rand’s masterpiece Atlas Shrugged. In that book the businessmen and women just quit. Like the mythological Atlas who had to carry the world, they saw themselves as the bearers of the economy which fed a government that was evil and decided they had had enough and shrugged. I have done this. Several of my friends have done this. I’ve seen more people in the last year shrug than in all of the last five combined.

The other tactic is what I call draining. Draining is basically making it so it’s not cost effective for the government to enforce the plethora of petty laws. This has two distinct advantages; it forces the government to either lose money, lose their petty laws, or both. I just spent 3 years doing this locally. The law is still on the books but it cost the local government between $800 and $2000 to keep it there and only cost me a total of $100. If only 10% of the population did this the system would come crashing down in less than a month. If you have found yourself agreeing with any of this allow me to play Tyler Durdin. Your homework assignment is to go out and break a petty law. Nothing but a stupid victimless crime. Something like, driving up next to a parked cop, opening your car door and screaming “hey I ain’t wearing a seatbelt, what are you going to do about it?” I’ll leave it at your discretion whether or not to throw a “pig” or two in there. Then go to court, demand a jury trial, if you qualify demand a “free” lawyer, if it’s not dismissed, appeal, appeal, appeal. Make it so the government can’t afford to harass us.

It’s obvious that the government is trying to neutralize the first four boxes of our protection. They have been waging a war against our freedom. It’s time for people to realize this, and make an attempt to salvage what we can.

Published in: on November 21, 2008 at 8:17 pm  Comments (1)  
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  1. I want you to hit me as hard as you can.

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