The one key device this system of government has to keep we the individuals from being truly free is “THE LAW.” If you buy into a manipulative cliche like, “Without law, there can be no freedom,” then you will never experience true individual freedom; you will simply remain an enslaved beast of burden grazing with the rest of the enslaved herd. The law DOES NOT protect our individual freedom, it preys on and restricts it!
The following article reveals how “the law of the land” exists, like the government, solely to serve the whims and desires of the corporate-ruling class:
Is it Really ILLEGAL to Think Outside the Box?
Submitted by Paul on Tue, 07/07/2015 – 22:54
Paul Cienfuegos’ July 7th, 2015 Commentary on KBOO Evening News
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“Is it Really Illegal to Think Outside the Box?” This is the provocative title of one of the chapters in a new Community Rights Organizing Primer published both in print and online by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, the primary organization in the US spearheading the Community Rights movement. Today, I’ll be sharing an excerpt from this chapter with you. Here it is…
What is it that keeps us from getting what we want in our communities? Why can’t we say, “No!” to harmful activities? The short answer is: The Law. A handful of legal doctrines make it illegal for communities to govern on important issues like fracking, factory farms, large-scale energy infrastructure projects and commercial water extraction. Many people work hard to create sustainable communities, but these legal doctrines keep us “boxed in” by a system of law that routinely restricts local law-making and tells us that “We’re beyond our authority,” or “It’s a state issue, not a local issue.”
We’ll use the issue of fracking (although you can insert almost any issue that your community is concerned about) to illustrate how these legal doctrines preempt our decision-making, legalize the harms that come from fracking, and protect the industry from citizen opposition. Looking at the diagram, you’ll notice the doctrines of “State Preemption” and “Dillon’s Rule.” Preemption means the state legislature enacts law that removes authority from the community to govern on a particular issue.
Dillon’s Rule compliments state preemption by defining the legal relationship between the state and the municipality as that of a parent to a child. In the case of fracking, the (abusive) parental state has slapped the municipal child’s hand and told them not to touch decisions about fracking. In doing this, the people living within the municipality are deprived of the right to protect their own rights.
Looking at the legal doctrine of “Nature as Property” on the right side of the diagram, we see that nature is considered property under the law. Anyone with a title to property has the legal right to destroy it. With a permit from the state, the harms to ecosystems and the community members who rely on those ecosystems are legalized. Nature and human beings who do not have a title to the land, or a financial interest in that land, lack legal standing to argue in court to protect the ecosystem. With fracking, title of ownership – or a lease with a drilling company – trumps the health, safety, and welfare of the community and the viability of the ecosystem. It’s the same for GMO’s, water mining, sludge dumping, etc.
At the bottom of the diagram is Corporate Privilege. Often referred to as corporate “rights,” or “personhood,” it means that corporations claim “rights” to protections of free speech (1st amendment/ money as speech), protections from search and seizure (4th amendment), due process and lost future profits (5th amendment Takings clause) and equal protection (14th amendment). Contracts clause protections, civil rights laws, and commerce laws, further amplify corporate power to override local decision-making.
The fourth legal doctrine on the left side of the diagram, entitled the “Regulatory Fallacy,” suggests there is a way out of the Box. The permitting process, and the regulations supposedly enforced by regulatory agencies, are intended to create a sense of protection and objective oversight. By working through regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and our state agencies, we’re told we can protect our community. We can challenge permit applications and demand regulations be enforced. Except, by their very definition, regulatory agencies regulate the amount of harm that takes place. When they issue permits, they give cover to the applicant against liability to the community for the legalized harm.
We’re encouraged to come to the hearing … if we’re opposed to fracking. No one bothers to tell us that no matter how harmful fracking is, municipalities cannot ban anything permitted by the state. We present our three-minute, impassioned oration about the risk to community health – but in the end, nothing we say must be taken into account by the agency in the decision to issue the permit. If the application is clerically in order and complete, the permit is given. The harms are legalized. The permitting agency is in business to facilitate the issuance of the permit, not to protect people or the ecosystem. The idea that regulations protect us is a fallacy; by their very definition, they permit harm and we’re taught that our best option is to regulate just how much of it we are required to accept. You might argue: But zoning let’s us stop harms, right? Well, not really. Zoning allows us, in most cases, to decide where industrial damage can occur. In other words, we get to choose which part of our community we want sacrificed to the harmful corporate activity.
While our legal system creates the illusion that we have a democracy, State Preemption and Dillon’s Rule, Nature as Property, Corporate “Rights,” and the Regulatory Fallacy all funnel us into a trap where we’re told, when it comes to actual governing and creating sustainable communities, “We’re beyond our authority.”
The final blockade to community self-government is the Black Hole of Doubt – that black spot in the middle of the diagram. We think we’re not smart enough, strong enough, or empowered enough – we literally do not believe we have the inalienable right to govern. Sally Kempton, author and feminist, says, “It’s hard to defeat an enemy who has outposts in your head.”
In a Democratic nation, self-government should not be a foreign idea.
I have been reading an excerpt from the new Community Rights Organizing Primer published both in print and online by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. Copies are available in Portland and online at 100fires.com.
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Please read the quote in this image (above) carefully. This is the reality that faces all of us, if we ever want to be truly free individuals. We will never be truly free by seeking our freedom from a system of government that was created, from its inception, to restrict, for the purpose of control, our individual freedom. If you want to be cared for, as if a helpless child, and thus willing to settle for easily manipulated and rescinded political ‘rights’, then a system of government like democracy is your only option. But for those of us who desire and seek real freedom, democracy, nor any other enormous and powerful system of government, will ever be satisfactory.
Needless to say, after reading this, we should all now be aware that we have no community rights, when it comes to defending ourselves against the corporate elite-criminals. This entire system of government/law is rigged completely in favor of the elite few, who own and operate it.
Here is the only quote from this article that troubles me:
“In a Democratic nation, self-government should not be a foreign idea.”
Why? How does a political ideology like democracy guarantee we the individuals the right to self-governance?
Democracy: a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
Where does this definition leave room for small communities of individuals to govern themselves? This definition speaks of the “whole population” or “eligible members of a state.” This definition is describing a political ideology that sets extreme limitations on the freedom of the individual, including the individual’s right to come together with others and live in a self-governing community.
Why the worship of this political term, democracy?
I believe I know why. Mericans have been indoctrinated/brainwashed with the manipulative narrative, from childhood, that democracy is the other savior of the world. And even after rejecting this system of government (this “representative democracy”), there are many who still cling to democracy as if it were god.
The fact is, enormous and powerful, world-manipulating political-ideologies, like democracy, are why we the individuals are stuck in this Merican nightmare to begin with. I don’t care if it is democracy, communism/socialism, a theocracy or monarchy, we need to get rid of these elite-created political monstrosities, and then move on towards a world where true freedom and life need no political term; a world made up of free individuals living in, and around, millions upon millions of self-governing/sustaining communities.