Guest Post: The Essential Rules Of Liberty

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Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market

The Essential Rules Of Liberty

There is nothing worse in this world than an
enslaved man who naively believes himself free, except, perhaps, trying
to explain to that same man his predicament. You can lay truth after truth before his feet. You can qualify your every position with cold hard irrefutable data. You
can plead and scream and raise veritable hell, but before he will ever
listen, he must first become aware of his own dire circumstances. As
long as he views himself as “safe and secure”, as long as he imagines
his chains to be wings, he will see no reason to question the validity
of the world around him, and he will certainly never invest himself into
changing his own deluded destiny.

Unfortunately, there are many such men crawling and
scraping about here in what was once a land graced with a self
sufficient and independently minded public majority. The
great lie that has been perpetuated in this country over the past
several decades is that we can defer our responsibilities of vigilance
and place our well being and our futures into the hands of others for
the sake of “collective efficiency”, or leisure. We have
been conditioned to live in a state of constant indifference, a society
which prizes compromise over principle and steadfast resolve. Those
who refuse to compromise that which is honorable for the sake of ease
and comfort are indicted as “extremist” or even criminal. The
idea of personal revolution is treated with discomfort, and all we
claim to stand for becomes muddled in a fog of inaction and cynicism. As Americans, we have forgotten what it means to earn and protect our own freedoms. We have forgotten that in liberty, there are standards that must be defended.

This, however, does not mean we cannot yet again remember ourselves. The desire for freedom is as inborn and natural as our own heartbeat, as our own breath. It is instinct. It cannot be erased from within, only oppressed from without. The tide has always been against tyranny, always, though we may find that hard to believe. If liberty was not ingrained into our very DNA, humanity would have succumbed to bondage and self destructed long ago. This is not the case. Stretching under the surface of our superficial force-fed mainstream culture are the roots of something real, and honest. Simmering beneath our so called “civilized” veneer, many Americans are finally rediscovering their wild and defiant origins. In the recent past we have been taught to feel ashamed of our rebelliousness. Now, we are learning to hold it quite dear.

For those of us who are awake, and for those who
are on the verge of understanding, certain rules come into play that
strengthen our stance and shield us from folly. Liberty is not a self perpetuating social condition. It requires guidelines, and effort, and sacrifice. Liberty will not survive without our willingness to maintain it. If you are not ready and willing to fight for your own independence, then you are not truly free.

Let’s examine some of the inherent laws and
guidelines of free will and free action that will allow us to not only
win back our self determination, but to keep it for generations to come. You want liberty? This is what it takes…

Rule #1: Never Take Anything For Granted

A lot of people today seem to have serious issues
with expectation and assumption; what we in the alternative media often
refer to as “normalcy bias”. We have grown used to the idea of abundance and relative safety. So much so, that we fail to notice when our abundance and safety begin to disappear. We assume that the condition of the world today will be the condition of the world tomorrow, and for all time. In
the U.S., we have even come to expect not only that our prosperity and
our freedom are inevitable, but that they will also increase
exponentially with each passing generation. This is a
relatively new and narrow cultural mindset likely caused by the
explosion in industrial growth after WWII which seemed to erase all
memory of the Great Depression in our society, leaving us with the
belief that surely, our circumstances would never become so desperate

Those who are truly independent realize that
nations, no matter how affluent, can self destruct at a moment’s notice,
especially when they fail to recognize their own weaknesses and
confront their own demons. Never suppose that that which is good and just will remain without your own initiative. Never wait for others to fix those problems which you could just as easily solve yourself. Never expect that freedoms won cannot also be easily lost. Always prepare for the worst outcome, and strive for the best outcome.

Rule #2: Educate Yourself

Never become a useful idiot, or a waste of oxygen. Being a part of the herd is nothing to be proud of. Strive for knowledge, and thirst for the truth every moment of every day. Many
of the things we deem “important” in modern society are in the grand
scheme hollow attempts to fill our lives with distraction, only wasting
time until we finally bite the dust filled with regret. Pretending to further the depth of one’s life is not the same as actually doing so. I
can’t think of anything more horrifying than becoming a man who rushes
around frantically every waking moment, but ultimately accomplishes

Do not assume that you already have a tangible grasp of the truth, especially if all your knowledge has been handed to you. Instead, research that knowledge for yourself. Put that which you have been taught to the test. Only in this way will you finally learn. Expand your horizons. Learn something useful. Remove
unnecessary distractions for at least part of your day and focus on
increasing your awareness of the environment you live in. There
are very few things in this world more important than this, and self
education should take precedence over everything else except your
family. “Lack of time” is no excuse for ignorance. Make time! The ignorant are led. The knowledgeable lead themselves.

Rule #3: Don’t Be A Pansy

Liberty is not for the faint of heart. Emotional courage is paramount to freedom, and it can be expressed to incredible effect by even the most unlikely heroes. I’ve seen children with more courage and tenacity than some full grown men.

If one recognizes the gravity of the situation we
face as a people, if one understands the considerable danger involved in
the fall of a Republic to the depths of fear and autocracy, but still
does nothing, that person has not only failed the world, he has also
failed himself. “Making waves”, or drawing the ire of “authority”, is the least of our worries. If
you have utilized an objective eye, and know you are right in your
position, then there is no reason to fear criticism from anyone.

Sociopolitical action, nonconformity,
noncompliance, and self defense, are unavoidable aspects of a society
that wishes to maintain its freedoms. There is no way around it. If you are not willing to stick your neck out and expose yourself to risk, you remove all chance of possible gain. If
you are a self proclaimed activist that refuses to sacrifice, that
refuses to struggle, then you have failed before you even began. Talk must lead to balanced action. Never thumb your nose at the devil without being ready to trade punches as well, or all is lost.

Rule #4: Stop Waiting For Others To Tell You What To Do

Independent people not only consider and implement the solutions of others, they also work on their own. Complaints abound lately in the Liberty Movement;

“When is someone going to do something!? What are YOU going to do about our predicament!?”

This is the question of a slave, not a free man. A free man asks, “What am I going to do about this predicament? What is MY solution to the problem?” Therein
is the key to liberty; decentralized leadership and movements based on
fluidity and spontaneity of action, instead of a great mass of people
standing around stiffly waiting for orders on high, or a self styled
messiah to engineer their world view. As soon as you place your very initiative under the control of others, you have lost the fight. Always
consider the solid strategies of intelligent people, and adopt them if
they are useful, but do not remain idle because you are too frightened
to exert the effort to solve problems bigger than yourself. Spectators only witness history, they do not make history.

Rule #5: Cast Off What Is Unnecessary, Keep What Is Effective

Yes, I stole this rule from Bruce Lee, but it is
just as applicable to social movements and economic stability as it is
to the martial arts. Invasive debt creation, for instance,
is a tool for subversion, and no people forced to bear the burden of
liabilities they can never repay is free. Therefore, exorbitant debt must be avoided, or cast off completely.

In our personal lives, how many useless goods do we
accumulate on a daily basis, instead of useful items that we may one
day desperately need? How much of our life is spent accumulating garbage in order to keep up with “socially acceptable” levels of consumer behavior? How many of us cling to careers we hate in order to service our needless consumption? The ability to prioritize must become a virtue once again, and, we all need to shut off the cable television…

This rule also applies to governments. If
a government no longer fulfills its sworn duties to the people, and no
longer serves the purposes to which it was originally intended, then it
too must be cast off and replaced with one that does serve the people,
or, it must be forced to return to its inherent foundations. Today,
this kind of talk is often referred to as “extremism”, or insurgency,
no matter how correct it might be, which brings us to our next rule…

Rule #6: Ignore Establishment Labels

Tactical name calling is only effective if we actually care what other people think of us. Labels
like “homegrown terrorist”, “extremist”, “doomer”, or “conspiracy
theorist”, are designed to shame people into self censorship. That
is to say, they pigeonhole movements and their participants into
categories of public shame, causing said movements to fear social
reprisal. They are also meant to forcefully assign
“outsider” or “fringe” status to particular political positions in order
to marginalize and weaken the resolve of those who hold them. Never mind that almost every powerful and honorable cultural movement in history once started out as “fringe”.

Early in our lives, we are taught that it is far
better to be accepted, and to avoid standing out, even at the expense of
our individualism. Unfortunately, many adults never
outgrow this childish belief, and thus become vulnerable to tactics as
absurd as simple ridicule. At bottom, being slandered by a
thieving bureaucracy infested with soulless parasites bent on
centralization at the expense of innocent human life is a bit laughable
(this goes for you too, SPLC). Globalists, along with their media cronies and their think-tank sock puppets, will say ANYTHING to get what they want. Empty words and false labels cannot stop the truth, or a movement driven by the truth.

Rule #7: Cynicism Is The Path To Defeat

It is good to be critical, but not to the point of nihilism. America’s
past is riddled with mistakes, bad judgments, horrible crimes, and
downright stupidity; that doesn’t mean that the principles on which this
country was founded are any less vital. We hear often from cynics that humanity has become too stupid and complacent to do what is right. However, stupidity and complacency are not inherent qualities. That’s an elitist fantasy with no basis in fact. Stupidity and complacency are learned behaviors, and they can be unlearned. What IS inherent is our ability to choose what path we will take. For adherents of liberty, we need only remind people that they have this choice. We
can whine and cry all day long about how nobody pays attention and how
there is no hope, or, we can exhaust all options before throwing in the
proverbial towel. We don’t need to “like” society the way
it is, but we do need to recognize the underlying potential of all
people to become something much more than what they currently are (I
can’t stand blind ignorance either, but I’m certainly not ready to
accept it as a fact of American life). Remember, no fight is over until it is over.

Rule #8: True Authority Is Derived From Respect That Is Earned, Not Bought, Or Taken

A corrupt politician is just a criminal conman in a nice suit. A law enforcement officer who refuses to follow Constitutional Law is just a petty little tyrant in a black uniform. An
economist who knowingly skews data to fit his own political bias or to
serve the political biases of men above him is just a liar or an inept
buffoon with an embossed piece of paper from an expensive university. A
lab scientist or doctor who flubs experimentation to support the
interests of the corporate world rather than the needs of the public is
just a quack in a white coat. All too often, though, we find ourselves taking these cretins seriously all because they talk the talk and wear the costume. They
are just people, and if they cannot do their jobs honestly, then they
are useless people, who deserve our disdain, not our respect. We should never allow such men to wield positions of authority over us.

Rule #9: Take It Personally

When someone tries to steal from you, hurt you, or
enslave you, unless you are some kind of nut, you take it pretty
personally, right? Why should it be any different when a government commits the same grievances? Americans
should be furious over the destruction of their economy, their
currency, their infrastructure, and their Constitutional freedoms! They should be enraged over the endless wars overseas that are bankrupting the nation. They should be bellowing to the rooftops over the cooption of their political system by a slimy brood of corporate bankers. Is this “extremist” behavior? Who cares!? If your anger is not visible then it is not worth a damn. Don’t just get active, get emotional! This is about your life, and the lives of those you love. That’s
not to say that we should take out our frustrations randomly and
haphazardly, but if we can’t at least make known our anger over the
misdeeds of government, then what the hell is the point of calling
ourselves free?

Rule #10: You Are The First And Last Line Of Defense

Like it our not, this is our job. We
have inherited a country on the verge of disaster, and we are tasked
with cleaning it up, otherwise, there will be little left to pass on. We do not get to bask in illusory prosperity for the rest of our days. We do not get to feed off the entitlement program trough until we are fat and contented. We are not going to retain our rights without blood, sweat, and tears. We will not be building magical floating cities in the clouds or skyscrapers on Mars. We will NOT be remembered fondly as members of some fantastical “golden era”.

We have been thrust into the muck and the mire. We are being molded as the lost children of an age better forgotten. We
have been slapped in the face with a dilemma so volatile and so
incredible it may one day be called the greatest crisis of all time. We have drawn the short straw.

This could be viewed as some terrible doom. It could be held as a star crossed act of ferocious fate. We could fall to our knees and lament with despair, overcome with woe at our unbearable lot. But, this would be in violation of rule #3, and nobody wants to be a sobbing pansy. On
the contrary, every “bad luck generation” is only so if they refuse to
see the great fortune at their fingertips; if they refuse to seize the
moment and conquer the giants of their day. The greater the hardship, the greater the enemy, the greater the heroes. We
are faced with possibly the most unrelenting antagonists and the most
treacherous obstacles in recent memory, or even distant memory. In
the same spark of confrontation, we are also presented with
unparalleled opportunity to change the course of the world forever. Whether or not we succeed, is entirely up to us.

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Little John's picture

  Well said sir.


Max Hunter's picture

Indeed.. Best piece on this particular subject i've read in a while.. It's going on my Facebook for all to ignore.. But if I post something about sports, i'll get many contributors..

Raynja's picture


on the FiB side of what you said no one ever comments, but when I see them in person alot of them admit to reading and pondering what exactly i was talking about.  I still hold out hope when the system cracks and people see not all is well that they will remember some of the posts like this.

CH1's picture

I still hold out hope when the system cracks and people see not all is well that they will remember some of the posts like this.

Yes, or ones like this:

rgbensonaz's picture

Excellent post, thank you for the link!

Michael's picture

The hope is there will be many people who remember how the American system is supposed to work, will be able to pick up the pieces, and restore the republic after the complete and total economic collapse happens.

Michael's picture

So far, we got Ron Paul the Congressman and his son Rand Paul the Senator in there for the next 5 1/2 years.

We're making progress.

Why doesn't Ron Paul campaign when he does interviews?

He should bring along visuals with him to take to the interviews.

He should show images of his 2008 campaign. Images of his Meetup Groups all over the planet.

What other candidate had that kind of support and still has, and more?

If only we had something we could use to put in check human nature?

All social engineering the whiz kids could come up with at Harvard and Yale to put in check human nature could not and never will overcome human nature.

It's human nature to be as free as reasonably possible with a government that guarantees at least the minimum amount of Liberty to them that they serve.

Max Hunter's picture

but when I see them in person alot of them admit to reading and pondering

Yeah.. same here..

TruthInSunshine's picture
YouTube - George Carlin ~ The American Dream

But there’s a reason. There’s a reason. There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education SUCKS, and it’s the same reason it will never, ever,  EVER be fixed.

It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it, be happy with what you’ve got.

Because the owners, the owners of this country don't want that. I'm talking about the real owners now, the BIG owners! The Wealthy… the REAL owners! The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions.

Forget the politicians. They are irrelevant. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice! You have OWNERS! They OWN YOU. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls.

They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying,  lobbying, to get what they want.  Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I'll tell you what they don’t want: 

They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. Thats against their interests.

Thats right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. They don’t want that!

You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shitty jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this fucking place! Its a big club, and you ain’t in it!  You, and I, are not in the big club.

By the way, its the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care! Good honest hard-working people; white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means, continue to elect these rich cock suckers who don’t give a fuck about you….they don’t give a fuck about you… they don’t give a FUCK about you.

They don’t care about you at all… at all… AT ALL.  And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Thats what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick thats being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth.

Its called the American Dream,because you have to be asleep to believe it.

Scisco's picture

Careful, what is put on Facebook cannot be effectively removed. If the Gov. becomes even more 1984, where do you think they will look for subversives.

KennyG09's picture

Let them come.

Edit: Sweet avatar by the way.


Scisco's picture

Why thank you. Yours is pretty smashing as well.

robobbob's picture

if that happens, do you really think that it will make any difference?

and by not participating, are you not contributing to its certainty?

Scisco's picture

Honestly I think it might. Posting anti mainstream ideas in places like facebook are likely to get you noticed and put under observation. As for not participating, you are incorrect sir (or possibly madam). I routinely participate in political discussions but I chose to do so in person. I find it far more effective. There are very few places on the nets that a serious conversation can be had and facebook is definitely not one of them.

KennyG09's picture

Hey! McDonalds $1 medium iced coffee is now $1.50! Maybe now it's time for revolution?

SMG's picture

Great article.  Thank You!

Rainman's picture

Rule # 11 : Everything created by humans is capable of becoming all fucked up for any reason or no reason at all.

mr. mirbach's picture

Rule # 12 : Thou shalt not get caught.

jm's picture

Rule #13 : Fight apathy... or not...

nmewn's picture

Rule #14: Trust your instincts.

Max Hunter's picture

Rule #15. Believe your lying eyes.  Observation is the only form of truth we have.

WaterWings's picture

Rule ZERO: I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way.

John Paul Jones


Keep your powder dry.

Wagner - Die Walküre

IAmNotMark's picture

Rule #3:  Beware of bathrooms.

Rusty Shorts's picture

Rule #Shit Happens: Shit Happens

Thomas's picture

Rule number 6.5: Worry about procrastination tomorrow.

masterinchancery's picture

Rule #1A--Governments exist to lie, and in the modern world they rarely tell the truth.

Rynak's picture

More specifically, concepts can never guarantee something, only encourage something - for the simple reason, that humans can change those concepts (sometimes to the point where only the word is original anymore).

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Rule 11a.

Anything made by man is, by definition, temporary. Even the Pyramids.

A Lunatic's picture

When freedom comes with a 'Made in China' tag I'll know it's for realz.

onthesquare's picture

Rule #1

you do not talk about fight club

The Alarmist's picture

Sorry, but the ship has already sailed ... ever wonder what a Roman of the first century BC thought as he watched the Republic slip into dictatorship and ultimately into empire?

The Alarmist's picture

Yeah, we should have known Al Quaeda was serious when they killed the Kennedys. Al Quaeda is everwhere!

illyia's picture

Ha! Good one!

Y'all remember "Debbie Downer" now don'tcha?

Shell Game's picture

Re-read #3 and #7, seriously.

As the descent of the empire accelerated I was as cynical as anyone here.  At some point - I think it was after much ammo, silver/gold and food was stored - I said fuck it and started believing it would be actually possible to reconstruct a Republic.  Of course, not after much pain.  But, WE the minority ARE the ship and by God I mean to help steer it to safer harbors of small government and honest money, or die trying.

The more apathy we spread with crap like, "We're all doomed and there's not a thing we can do about it", the more real that possibility will be.  It's too fucking easy to be a cynic and it's damn hard to be hopeful and constructive. But which has the chance at bearing fruit?  I'm going with the latter, Alarmist, damn the torpedoes...


mr. mirbach's picture

We need more (any) documentaries on all the puzzle pieces in play on the planet and who is responsible for all of the shennanigans and the consequences thereof if they are not put to stop ASAP. 


Maybe we need our own TV network where we can broadcast the truth interspersed with NASCAR, Star Trek and old chick flicks to get the message out for J6P and spouse.



cossack55's picture

They would just jump to Nancy Grace every time a truth segment appeared.

CH1's picture

Let's just seceed from McLogo World and do something better.

You see, we have this Internet thing that can make communication and commerce ___________.

Prometheus418's picture

This isn't bad.

Guy did a whole lot of work on it, to be sure.

illyia's picture

Thx. Will read through it.

Urban Redneck's picture

One Ministry of Truth's propaganda broadcasts are no more TRUTH than any other Ministry of Truth's propaganda broadcasts.

In any war or revolution- TRUTH through propaganda is exploited by BOTH sides.

War and revolution are dirty business.  The noblest of intentions are easily corrupted without a firm VALUES to guide and even limit the revolutionaries course.  

A Lunatic's picture

Remember the Alamo Bitchez!