Happiness Is No Government or Leaders?

By: Tom Chatham

The arguments I have heard for this are numerous. I don’t need anyone telling me what to do. We can all come together and make a decision when necessary. No government means no problems. I can take care of myself, I don’t need them.

It is naive to think that there are no leaders in life and should not be. Even in a single family household, there is a head of the household that makes final decisions for the benefit of the whole house. This person can be male or female but their leadership in the home is unquestioned.

Even if a community is free of organized leaders what happens when they come under assault from natural disasters or hostile persons. And yes, believe it or not there will always be hostile people in the world who want to take what you have and Mother Nature has no schedules to keep and all of eternity to operate. How do you defend against these threats? The logical conclusion is to form a civil defense group or militia of the community. But in the event of hostile action is this militia leaderless? Do all of the members act individually to fight the threat? Do 100 militia members go off in 100 different directions to fight the enemy as they see fit because they each rule over themselves?

In life natural leaders will arise that people will follow. It is inevitable. These leaders may be evil in their intent or they may be honest but they are followed because they exude knowledge or a take charge attitude that others lack. Leadership can be good or bad depending on the person and direction they are leading people.

You don’t need someone telling you what crops to plant this year or how to raise your children. Leadership of large groups is not necessary on a daily basis at an individual level but more important when there are situations that affect the whole group.

Leaders help direct the larger group to work together to overcome situations that the individual cannot handle alone and be successful. It may be defense of the community from hostile persons, a natural disaster that they must prepare for or the building of infrastructure for the community that everyone wants and what about the rule of law? Who decides what is legal and illegal? Who enforces the laws that the community imposes on itself? Someone must be in charge of judicial process in the event of disputes.

There are those that see a new revolution in America as a way to eliminate all central power and insure individual freedom. Central power does not have to exist to the exclusion of individual liberty. The rule of law is the key to maintaining the shackles on central power but when the rule of law is usurped and the people do nothing to stop it individual freedom suffers. A Republic is based on rule of law but a Democracy is based on mob rule and that is where we have gone wrong. We are a Republic not a Democracy.

The constitution did not fail us but rather the usurpers that were elected as leaders. The leaders we now have did not arise because of leadership traits but due to the purchase of their office by the sale of votes from a willing electorate. Our current corrupt leaders are a direct reflection of the people who put them in office. It is impossible to replace the bums because the co-opted voters will just replace them with more bums. So what do we do? How do we remove the corrupt leaders without installing more corrupt leaders? It is inevitable that should we devolve into individual communities with no central leadership the co-opted masses will unite and eventually seek to control the free individual communities by force. The American Civil War is proof of that. The co-opted masses are the problem in this country and there is no clear way to deal with them. Until we figure this out the path ahead is murky at best.

The American Indians had a good life and much individual freedom but when confronted with an organized army they were wiped out. If the many Indian tribes had come together sooner to fight this threat there may have been a different outcome. The fact that individual tribes acted individually insured their demise. This is the lesson of decentralized communities acting alone with no central leadership.

There are those that would say we could just appoint a leader when the need arises but the preparedness of men either individually or as a collective force requires constant training to be effective and that takes time you will not have when suddenly confronted with a threat. That is why the second amendment alludes to a well regulated militia. When a crisis unfolds the minimum amount of forces should be used but at times it may require multiple communities at the state or national level. When this happens there is no time to argue over who is in charge. There must already exist a chain of command to fill this leadership role.

The elimination of a centralized government and a constitution would reduce our nation to many individual tribes to be conquered just like the Indians. As long as there are those in the world that seek complete control there will always be a need for some degree of centralized power to protect individual rights. The questions remain, how do we rid ourselves of the current government oppression and what do we replace it with? Once you eliminate the current structure what do you do about the co-opted electorate that will seek to replace it with the same thing? People speak of civil wars and revolutions but then what is the plan for afterwards? We dare not destroy what we have until we know what will follow it. Unfortunately many people have not thought that far ahead.

Old Cherokee Indian philosophy-

When the white man discovered this country Indians were running it, no taxes or debt, women did all the work. White man thought he could improve on a system like that.


Posted on June 7, 2013, in Commentary and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Happiness Is No Government or Leaders?.

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