Stop doing for others what they could and should do for themselves!

hedgeless_horseman's picture

“Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” 

-Frédéric Bastiat


ZeroHedge readers may recall that Louisiana rapper, Maine Muzik, shown above with the cash, said during a YouTube video recording that he would kill Donald Trump if his, "Mamma's food stamps are taken away."

Donald Trump trying to take food stamps from my mamma and that’s all the fuck she’s got. As long as the motherfucking government let us keep food stamps… we gonna be good, but the first time this nigga pass a law talking about he taking Louisiana purchase, shit going to get ugly.  I swear to god on every motherfucking chain I got, bitchez gonna go down.


You gotta understand them (inaudible) love Fruit Loops. They love that shit so if you take that shit nigga it’s coming with the madness and a nigga ain’t gonna play about that.  Y'all take Donald Trump and let him know it's up over here. We gonna declare war.

Many Americans, like Mr. Muzik, clearly believe they and their Mamma are entitled to free food, housing, public utilities, transportation, healthcare, education, and, "that shit."  For a black twenty-something like Mr. Muzik, I imagine that much of his life has actually been that way.  The thought simply may not occur to him that either he, or his mother, should work at a job to provide things like food for the family, rather than rely on others to provide for them, as my livestock rely on me for food, shelter, veterinary care, etc.  As someone that has worked non-government jobs since before I was 14, and been forced by threat of imprisonment to give more than 20% of my earnings to pay for Mother Muzik's Fruit Loops, I am tempted to harbor deep resentments against blacks. These resentments might be manifested in "micro-aggressions" such as a mere look on my face of utter contempt for the many 300+ pound, black, professional voters on government disability due solely to obesity, yet still employable in a variety of jobs, which I encounter almost every day here in Texas driving a "free" electric scooterchair, often times snacking on "free" junk food purchased with a SNAP card, or travelling from a "free" doctor's visit to get a prescription for "free" medicines to "treat" illnesses like depression, high blood pressure, and low energy.  I think that readers could easily imagine how it is very easy for me to resent such behaviors.

However, if my head is clear, I will sometimes hear the voice of Murry Rothbard.   He reminds me that by doing for these people what they could and should be doing for themselves, our government is intentionally preventing these, "descendants of slaves," from ever being truly free.  As Lyndon Johnson supposedly said, "I'll have those niggers voting Democratic for 200 years."

Fortunately, with the help of Rothbard's teachings, any resentments I might hold against my neighbor can be transformed into disdain for The State, and, if I am thinking right, this allows me to instead love my neighbor, which is a much healthier choice for me, and for my soul.  After all, Jesus never commanded us to love thy government.  Said another way, in a slightly more modern translation, "Don't hate da playa, hate da game."

More close to home, my mother was visiting us and noticed that one of her grandchildren was doing his own laundry.  She reminded me that:

"Your father never once washed his own clothes.  His mother did his laundry until he got married and moved in with me, then I did his laundry for more than 50 years, while I also worked a full-time job until I was 70 years old, always earning more money than your father, and I raised you three children, and cooked dinner every night for you, while your father sat on the couch, drank booze, and watched television."    

Of course, my father felt entitled to have someone do his laundry and make him dinner.  It had always been that way for him.  Being a raging co-dependent, my mother certainly felt like she was the victim in the relationship, yet she chose to act this way for more than 50 years.  Dad has been dead for a while, now, but Mom still, quite obviously, carries her resentments with her.  They weigh heavy on her happiness, still, and are hard to give up.     

I took the chance to tell my mother that I have learned something valuable.  That by doing for my father what he could and should have done for himself, she was stealing from him the opportunity to develop his self esteem. Although she may have thought she was helping him, she was actually hurting him.  This is why her grandsons and I do our own laundry and take turns with mrs_horseman in the kitchen, despite the way she raised me.    

Just recently I met another working mother in a small group of people that was discussing personal finance.  This woman is in debt, and so she mentioned to us that she and her husband are awfully tired of paying their two daughters' smart phone bills, which were costing them several hundred dollars each month.  The other parents all nodded in sympathy...except for me.  

I asked her, "How old are your daughters?"  She seemed a bit embarrassed by my question, then answered that they were in their 30s, both married, and both working professionals with advanced degrees.   I explained that by doing for her children what they could and should do for themselves, she was stealing from her daughters, and sons-in-law, this opportunity to develop their self esteem. Although she wanted to help them, she was actually hurting them. 

When I spoke with her several days later, she was very happy to tell me that she had stopped paying for her daughters' smartphones.  She said one daughter told her it was, "the meanest thing you have ever done to me," but the other daughter actually thanked her, and admitted that it had really been bothering her and her husband, but they didn't want to say anything.  

I notice this type of behavior all of the time.  One entity doing for another what it could and should do for itself, prevents the creation of self-esteem (self worth) and causes massive entitlement and resentment in the process.  

  • Parents do their child's homework, and believe that they are helping them learn.  The child believes they are entitled to have someone do their work for them and to receive good grades, and the parents become resentful when the child fails out of college.

I hope that readers will add more instances of this human behavior in the comments section, below.  I have been thinking about this topic for quite a long time, and this article was difficult for me to write.  Race, family, education, freedom, and money are not easy things to think about, especially in a vacuum.  If you are interested in doing more for yourself, and talking about these issues with others, then please consider attending the First ZeroHedge Symposium and Live Fight Club in Marfa, Texas, June 16-18.  We have a fantastic group of speakers talking about a wide variety of topics, all with the theme of disintermediation.

Life, liberty, property, and peace!


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Truthseeker20's picture

Thanks to the federal reserve. It is a prive corp.

Liberty2012's picture

"any resentments I might hold against my neighbor can be transformed into disdain for The State"

A nice solution until you realize it's the players that create the game.

There's no getting around free will: individual responsibility and choice.

Thugs choose to be thugs.

Donald Trump's picture
Donald Trump (not verified) Liberty2012 Apr 21, 2017 4:19 PM

Best article so far hedgy. 


Upland27's picture

Always insightful Mr. Horseman. Thank you for your posts.

Directdem's picture

It would be perfectly legitimate to feel a passing resentment for those who've imposed themselves upon others without regard for the well being of the persons imposed upon. Furthermore, it's a bit too "millennial" to run from this "shocking" lack of political correctness into a concern for the "self-esteem" of the very persons imposing themselves. It isn't their lack of self worth that makes them feel entitled but their lack of personal integrity.

Quite often it is this question of personal integrity that distinguishes men from women -- and equally men raised with fathers from those raised by women. It should come as no surprise, then, that those cultures predominately matriarchal in structure (white culture is now trending heavily this way) beget a more entitled, materialistic, anti-reality mindset, i.e. individuals lacking the requisite humility to be respectful of others' sacrifices.

Ultimately, therefore, one must accept a natural resentment toward the entitled, including their unwieldy and irrational self esteem -- then let it go. Reopen oneself not only to all those who are not like them, whether of their same race, gender or religion, but reopen oneself even to the very snowflakes themselves, who may yet prove to be of good or improving character in other lesser but still legitimate ways. Move on and get on with life.

It ought to go without saying, though, that our laws, and yes, even our "perfect" Constitution, should have been written with a clearer emphasis upon the distinction between personal impositions of need and legal impositions of right.   

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Many Black communities were ruined with welfare, and cigar-chomping yarmulke-wearing music producers who turned hip-hop from positive to negative. 

Giving a man a fish and withholding that knowledge of how to fish is pure evil.  You are better off giving him nothing.  This is all very planned though, to keep blacks as a democrat big gov statist voter block. 

buzzsaw99's picture

what is that, a couple grand? lulz.


blanketof ash's picture

Rapper tough love. Let your own mother starve.

SMC's picture

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Once you get there, the only choices are slavery or revolution. The productive class in the USA will not be slaves to parasites much longer.

Be ready, Civil War 2.0 may go hot any day now.

truthalwayswinsout's picture

Uppity. Remove the immigrants, take it all away and there will be plenty of jobs for everyone. if anyone wants to riot, just kill them.

DuneCreature's picture

Just don't fuck with the gays!

They are on the warpath already and need their own bathroom facilities. .... Trust me, just listen to the first five minutes of this:

The whole planet is being neutered, prayed upon and lobotomized. .... Damn few people can even see it but me and my pony.

Live Hard, I Prey To The CIA To Give Me The Strength To Carry On, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

Lost in translation's picture

ROCKIN' good essay, HH.

Dougs Decks's picture

Mr. HH,,, Uhmmm, I was wondering If you might be able to zip out to NY tomorrow and help me finish my drive,,, There's only about 35 or so cubic yards of snow to move yet,,, It's a light snow,,, You see, I have to get it done to take Mrs. DD into work tomorrow night, and I really, really don't need my self pride or confidence boosted that much at all,,, Mrs DD will provide us with all the tasty hot chocolate or coffee that we would like,,, At this rate I will never make it to Fight Club Live, Shit let alone get out of my driveway,,,


                     Thank You, Your Friend, DD


                            PS,,,,, Very good write as always,,,,


And the fsa marches on. This will end like every other socialist debacle in history.

Peterman333's picture

In their 30's and mama paying their smart phone bills which were in the hundreds? WTF? Those two daughters need a kick in the ass and the mother needs a kick in the ass for doing this. Then the two husbands of the daughters need a kick in the ass for letting their mother in law pay for their handheld pornsurf device, then they collectiely need a kick in the ass because you can get family plans for $100 for unlimited with 5 phones.

truthseeker47's picture

This is an unusual article, Hedgeless. You seem to be suggesting people should adapt personal responsibility.  What a revolutionary concept!

hendrik1730's picture

Yes, ... where would it all end. Just imagine, being responsible for one owns behaviour. Revolutionary, indeed.

SubjectivObject's picture

One thing I've had ocassion to tell people, because I seem unhelpful at times, is; I don't protect people from their learning experiences.

I have been there for people when it really counts though, and there's only so much of that one can shoulder.

Manipuflation's picture

Silver is a buy right now.  Not my first day.  Don't run out and spend it all at once.  If you look through my post history you won't see me cheerleading silver.  I am in four times so far in 2017.  Pure phsyical.  No leverage and no electronic digits.

You can't tell me that DOW 21K is sane if silver is sub 20.  No way.  I don't sell very often either.  I might never sell again. 

VWAndy's picture

 I wonder what kind of plan this hoodrat is going to come up with? Letme guess, burn down the hood. Throw some rocks?

VWAndy's picture

 You know how much fun it would be watching all the snowflakes busting out real sweat to make a living.

TheEndIsNear's picture

Try picking cotton for 32 cents a pound (one pound of cotton is a LOT of cotton) or chopping cotton in searing 115 F heat for one dollar per hour. That was my youth.

stormsailor's picture

or bush axing in south carolina in the summer. 10 dollars all day from 8 till about 7. free water out of the well

LyLo's picture

Kentucky used to have tobacco farms, and those farms used to hire the occasional white kid.  Usually a relative or friend, but still it did happen.  Invariably we were actually paid less than the Mexicans, but we were also 12 and not nearly as productive.

Staking tobacco sucks.  I didn't have a lot of sympathy for the whole "jobs Americans won't do" argument after that.  (Oh look: there's a whole bunch of Americans... doing those jobs.  Fucking crazy.)  I've got an N64 to this day that proves the fallacy of that argument.

Almost like it has more to do with the inevitable taxes reducing the pay to nothing for citizens, the refusal of the employers to pay into legally mandated worker programs so wanting to hide employees, or adverts for the job being specifically in Spanish and passed around that community exclusively...

Lordflin's picture

I had a different philosophy when it came to doing homework... if my girls had irked me I would refuse to let them do their homework. If they really irritated me I might keep them home from school for a day. Now one starts medical school in August while the other is in route to earn her PhD in biology. They get to do all the homework they want to and there is not a damn thing I can do about it.

NoPension's picture

I REFUSED to help my son with his homework. We paid hard earned money to send him to a local private school, to keep him out of the the drug and progressive addled local high school.
I would tell him....either figure it out...or go to your teacher for help. That's what I'm paying for. I told the teachers the same thing at conferences.
It's his work. If he can't do it...he can't do it. Fail. He learned.

Funny thing...he learned how to get on with minimum effort. He went to an "invitation only " business school at college. Took him six years, because of a vacation in the desert. Thanks for paying, Uncle Sam.

He's 31 and doing swell.

338's picture

As always, spot on H_H.


Rothbard had this spotted years ago.


But I took a 20 step course that makes it easy to see.   


I encourage my friends and all who want to open their minds.


Take it.  And soon.



VWAndy's picture

 The joy of watching others do for themselves. Its a great thing to see kids that I trained up building their own cool shit.


 One of my kids did this. 22psi at idle. Its bypassing at all

Manipuflation's picture

Like checking their oil after the engine has seized?  Akmed from Northeast Africa had his 2006 Chevy Impala with a 3.5 LZ4 engine towed in to the shop.  I noticed that there was a new oil pressure sending unit in the console...unused.  Removed the spark plugs, starter and and belt and tried to turn the engine by hand.  Seized.  I guess finally adding oil after the fact didn't solve after the problem. /full sarc.

"No, YOU fix $500." he barely coherently stated.  I don't think so.  Then argue.  To the junkyard that one goes because if I could have found any way to make money on that I would have bought it.  I spent hours looking for ways because Impalas sell well and the 3.5 GM is not known for major issues... if you check the oil once in a while much less have it changed.  It is junk because the body has been banged up too much. 

I like those Impalas because those are solid cars.  I wanted to rescue it but I can't.  Sad.  It is not a camel OK?  It is not an Oxen.  How you seize a 2006 GM K code 3.5 liter engine is beyond me save for ignorance and stupidity.  

$2500 just to take a chance on a junkyard motor with over 100 K.          

Itsarap's picture

Love your writings HH!!!Welcome to the Matrix!

jmack's picture

The minimum wage is a prime example.


  Supposedly, it was to protect people from being underpaid, or to establish some floor in pay.  But for the unskilled it has become too high a pay level for their value to an employer, and for people that have gotten a minimum level of skills and work history, it creates an excuse to underpay them, instead of people being paid based on productivity metrics, or their actual value to the employer, the employer hires x number of minimum wage workers, then lets the better ones make up for what he is overpaying the lesser ones.

PT's picture

You make it too easy for them.

Anarchyteez's picture

Message received MIC/BIC/IC.

Dildocks's picture

More fun quotes from The Big Prophetic Book of Dead White Guys:

"A democracy can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury" --Alexis de Tocqueville (attribution disputed)

"When people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic" --Benjamin Franklin

"We'll have the N-words voting for us for 200 years." --LBJ

logicalman's picture

One rule....

Treat others as you would have them treat you.


Erek's picture

Addendum to your "One Rule": Be ready to kick ass if/when the need arises.

American Gorbachev's picture

damn good writing HH

clear, concise, and still comprehensive


TheEndIsNear's picture

Somewhat off topic, but for anyone not familiar with this speech by Davy Crockett, you should be:

Anarchyteez's picture

Throughout history government has been the nemesis of mankind.

Liberals and conservatives wake the fuck up!

Common_Law's picture

The 14th amendment that gave the blacks citizenship is actually? the root of the federal entitlement system.

 ll persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

This clearly established Federal citizenship  aside from state citizenship. And federal  citizenship eventually became the only citizenship that mattered.

"There is a distinction between citizenship of the United States and citizenship of a particular state, and a person may be the former without being the latter. [Alla v. Kornfeld, 84 F.Supp. 823] [(1949)]

Tons more info here:


Déjà view's picture

Nothing will change...Medicaid Mamacita, kids et al keep doctors/clinics happy e.g. running nose visits...

Tejas...enjoy those $50-$70m H.S. football stadiums...cerveza fills cabeza... 

Press UNO for Español...DOS for english...

Si Señor...

Prisoners_dilemna's picture

Common Law, You may be interested in the following two essays.

There is a Law


Bob's Bicycles


The difference between famguardian and losthorizons is that losthorizons has a list of successful results like this;


Losthorizons also has case studies from actual Americans where the IRS threw everything they had at the American, then capitulated and went looking for an easier target, once they realized they were dealing with a CTC educated American;


"We must reject... ...the broad contention submitted in behalf of the government that all receipts—everything that comes in—are

income..." Southern Pacific v. Lowe 247 U.S. 330 (1918)


"The terms "excise tax" and "privilege tax" are synonymous. The two are often used interchangably" American Airways v. Wallace 57 F.2d 877, 880 Dist. Ct. M.D. Tenn. (1937)


"Included in the right of personal liberty and the right of private property - partaking of the nature of each - is the right to make contracts for the acquisition of property. Chief among such contracts is that of personal employment, by which labor and other services are exchanged for money or other forms of property" Coppage v. Kansas, 236 U.S. 1 (1915)


"An income tax is neither a property tax nor a tax on occupations of common right, but is an excise tax... The legislature may declare as 'privileged' and tax as such for state revenue, those pursuits not matters of common right, but it has no power to declare as a 'privilege' and tax for revenue purposes, occupations that are of common right" Simms v. Ahrens, 271 SW 720 (1925)


"we are of the opinion, however, that the confusion is not inherent, but rather arises from the conclusion that the 16th amendment provides for a hitherto unknown power of taxation; that is, a power to levy an income tax which, although direct, should not be subject to the regulation of apportionment applicable to all other direct taxes. And the far-reaching effect of this erroneous assumption will be made clear by generalizing the many contentions advanced in argument to support it.. ...But it clearly results that the proposition and the contentions under it, if acceded to, would cause one provision of the Constitution to destroy another; that is they would result in bringing the provisions of the amendment exempting a direct tax from apportionment into irreconcilable conflict with the general requirement that all direct taxes be apportioned." Brushaber v. Union Pacific R. Co.,240 U.S. 1 (1916)


"Constitutionally the only thing that can be taxed by congress is "income". And the tax actually imposed by Congress has been on net income as distinct from gross income. The tax is not, never has been, and could not constitutionally be upon "gross receipts". Anderson Oldsmobile Inc v. Hofferbert, 102 F Supp 902 (1952)


"We must reject in this case... the broad contention submitted in behalf of the government that all receipts- everything that comes in- are income within the proper definition of the term ‘gross income’

" becomes essential to distinguish between what is, and what is not 'income'...Congress may not by any definition it may adopt, conclude the matter since itcannot by legislation alter the Constitution, from which alone it derived its powers to legislate, and within whose limitations alone, that power can be lawfully exercised."



Do you know why the 16th amendment was passed?

If you are like me, you were taught the myth that the prosperous American people went full retard and decided to allow fed-guv to reach into the pockets of every dick, hairy, and jane. Wanna learn what the 16th was really about?? Bitchez


PS. I suggest you stay far away from famguardian. I know its talk a nice game, and it speaks loudly to Christians...

But there is nothing useful or actionable at famguardian. You won't find there a list thousands of names long with full tax returns and refund checks being shared. Just poorly research quotes and half baked misunderstandings.

PPS. As always, excellent writing by HH.


jimbos world's picture

I ordered this book in 2004 or 2005.  

I know someone personally that used the information in it to avoid over 300K in capital gains tax on the sale of a home in the Keys.  His correspondence with the IRS is or was published on the site.  He didn't get a refund check because he never paid the tax.  ~ 2 years, if I remeber correctly, of back and forth and threating letters but in the end the IRS closed his case with no balance owed.

It is an amazing scam to say the least.  


Anarchyteez's picture

No! It tried to give US citizens the rights of "natural born citizens" (to confuse). Please see your pocket constitution.

There is a massive difference between the two. As in eligibility of POTUS.

"And federal citizenship eventually became the only citizenship that mattered." You are absolutely correct!

The (un)Federal Reserve is perfectly constitutional for US (federal) citizens for example.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) Anarchyteez Mar 14, 2017 11:34 PM


It is mind blowing how many people fail to comprehend the simple language of the 14th. Maybe break out your pocket dictionary along with your pocket constitution, because most people are not applying the correct definition to jurisdiction(it is a word that depends on context).

All it did was naturalize American slaves who were alive at the time.

HopefulCynical's picture

Keep in mind, lawyers are trained to twist words into pretzel knots for their own objectives. So while you are correct about the apparent meaning, 14A has been used to do a lot of nefarious shit - like anchor babies.