by Hugh Akston *
(aka Hans Mentha)
Yesterday I had a lot of time to think. I stood for two hours on the street across from the NC Capital and watched the circus. This was not Barnum and Bailey. This was a street performance by SEIU, SEANC, Teamsters, etc. and their progressive, socialist and communist organizers.
Yes, there was a gathering on my side of the street also. The defining characteristic between the opposing crowds was clear. One side wants to achieve “economic and social justice” through redistribution of wealth and power. The other side wants to be left alone to live their lives and prosper in accordance with their industry and ability. It’s just that simple: force vs. self reliance.
Many smart conservatives with good intentions have worked hard to find ways to communicate with these Looters, the “useful idiots”, “tools” of the communists, who carry the socialist and progressive banners. Despite best efforts one can see little net effect on the dialog or events over the last two years. There is no common ground for compromise or negotiation with the naked evil that only covets what you have and believes it should become theirs.
So what did I think about as I gazed across the street into the faces? The faces filled with anger and hate, screaming about “workers rights”? First I thought about how to suppress my visions of their mouths salivating to consume the products of my mind and labor.
Then I thought about my Rights as a sovereign human. Rights understood by the men and
women who fought the War of Independence to live free from the tyranny of the British monarchy; Rights of man that exist prior to the establishment of any government.
After that, I reflected on the loss of Liberty endured to confront the lunacy across the street. To stand at this event today, I submitted to Statutes of NC and the Ordinances of Raleigh which stripped me of some of my Rights for the privilege of permitting me to exercise others. One should never have to surrender one Right to exercise another. It is unreasonable to relinquish my Right to defend my life where agitators cross into our crowd to provoke conflict.
Our State and City have passed laws that attempt to make our human rights mutually exclusive. If I want to peacefully assemble to picket I must not be armed. If I am armed, I must distance myself from locations where free speech is exercised. This is philosophically and morally wrong.
We have been conditioned to choose between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or mutually exclusive. Today I resolved this problem – I no longer find certain restrictions
acceptable. For each artificial constraint that is placed upon me, I will ask a simple question:
( What Would Free Men Do ? )
A free man would apply a test of ‘reasonability’ to the constraints forced upon his choices.
From today forward, I will examine my motives and actions to ensure they are in compliance with the underlying principles of civil behavior and common law.
IF I am satisfied that I do not intend to
- initiate force (breach the peace)
- injure another (physical, mental or economic damage)
- encroach (on persons or their property)
THEN I will
- proceed with my business
- conduct myself with dignity
- be swift to exercise retaliatory force
- be responsible for consequences of my actions,
Despite any restrictions or constraints that other men attempt to impose on me.
This is a new line in the sand, a statement to guide my peaceful actions. At the same time this is a warning to all who seek to violate my Rights. Repeat after me:
We, the intended victims of the collectivists, withdraw our sanction.
We will not be willing victims any longer
We will not submit to unreasonable constraints.
We will not disarm.
If you are one of the Looters, and you ask what this really means in practice, let me refer you to statements by others who have addressed this dilemma:
“All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war.”
“If you try to take our liberty, property, (…insert any unalienable right), we will kill you.”
You might find it is hard to get a clear answer to this question, as Free Men (and Women) have not walked on this soil for over 140 years.
You will have to answer this for yourself, as did I. Just apply the test of ‘reasonability’.
Starting today, we live once again in Liberty as Free Men.
We need no permission.
It’s just that simple.
* In Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged there is a character named Hugh Akston. Dr. Akston is a philosopher known as “the last of the advocates of reason” – although he refers to himself as “the first of their return”.