“I pledge allegiance to the flag of __________ ”
As per previous years, we ponder this Independence Day in the USA the true meaning of what this holiday should represent. While many citizens feel they live in the freest, democratic country in the world…we are finding this increasingly not to be the case.
The most major but hidden conflict in our world today is individual sovereignty versus state sovereignty. Freedom is not “free”…meaning we have to earn our independence by being self-sustaining and personally responsible for our own wellbeing. Those who depend on government programs for sustenance are all eventually disappointed to see how “public funds” generated from taxpayers so quickly disappear from their original intent or account. The demands on welfare increase while the number of workers/taxpayers are reducing. Any elementary school student can figure out the negative math consequences that have to be faced.
Most all institutions work AGAINST the sovereignty of the individual. From land rights to unions to freedom of movement or control of one’s money and properties…this is a race between the power mongers within today’s institutions and those individuals who believe in the “power of one” to sustain and change their own lives.
Most people easily give up individual sovereignty in order to “get along” with their peers and family in society. We see this from childhood onward where the norm is to bow to peer pressure and align ourselves with flag and armaments in order to “defend our freedoms”. Yet, in reality, you are only as free as your money and passport (owned by the state) will allow you to be. Freedom is not there equally for all. It is a class and “educational” issue in much of the world for whether you get to travel or live internationally or not.
Technology is now being used in this battle by both sides of the equation. Governments use technology to spy on and control their citizens and to enforce laws, borders, and taxes their citizens never agreed to. Individuals use technology to privatize their communications and share information in freeing themselves from the invisible prisons of modern nationalism they find themselves trapped in.
The biggest battle now brewing between national and individual sovereignty interests is the control of money and its movement globally. Most western governments, including the USA, have totally driven their countries to huge levels of debt with no end in sight. Governments with central banks and fiat currencies daily manipulate their interest rates and money supplies in order to temporarily fill the gap of their growing national debts. Paper and fiat currency has no real significance outside of global acceptance of such as a means of exchange in value. Apart from historic gold or silver standards, all currency is based on the “good faith and credit” of that particular country. If you look at the US dollar as the de facto currency of the world, you should be laughing (or crying) at the sad reality of how our money system has been destroyed by so many governance issues. Many people are waking up to the questions of how to save or move their cash positions from one place to another. Nowadays you need a bank’s permission to withdraw or move your own money above a certain amount. Is it any wonder we are so quickly moving towards digital and cryptocurrencies as a true market approach to evaluating financial exchange and protecting the value of our assets?
Paper and fiat currency has no real meaning or significance outside of global acceptance of such as a means of exchange or value. Apart from historic gold or silver standards, all currency today is based on the “good faith and credit” of that particular country. If you look at the US dollar as the de facto currency of the world, you should be laughing (or crying) at the sad reality of how our money system has been destroyed by so many governance issues and inflationary actions. Many people are waking up to the challenge of how to save or move their assets from one place to another. Nowadays you need a bank’s permission to withdraw or move your own money above a certain amount. Is it any wonder we are so quickly moving towards digital and cryptocurrencies as a true market approach to evaluating financial exchanges and protecting the privacy and value of our assets?
To measure the extent to which you are a sovereign individual, we recommend you measure the following issues when it comes to independence…
- Are you living off welfare, unemployment, or other government programs? You are not free or independent…
- Do you spend more than you make in income…which keeps you in debt to the bank(s) or the government? You are not free or independent…
- Do you believe a good citizen ALWAYS obeys the laws of their land even when those laws curtail your constitutional rights of privacy, free movement, or free speech? You are not free or independent…
- Are you willing to sacrifice freedom for “safety”? You deserve neither.
While the USA was founded on principles of individual sovereignty guaranteed by the constitution of a democratic republic…many individuals in America today have been raised to sacrifice their individual sovereignty in order to fit in with their homeland. From birth, we are programmed by institutions surrounding us (church, schools, family, etc) to sacrifice individuality for the “common good”. To question or rebel is “uncomfortable” for most people to contemplate.
History has shown us that the “power of one” is always more effective at making history than being a “team player” in society. It is OK to learn the behavioral rules and use them to our individual benefit…but we suspect that inside many members of society are a desire to excel and be “different”. Only a few of us succeed at truly being change agents.
Finally, individual sovereignty has its costs and rewards…though not always. To maintain personal sovereignty, one has to become what Abraham Maslov called “self-actualized”. Maslov noted that ” the basic needs of humans must be met (e.g. food, shelter, warmth, security, sense of belonging) before a person can achieve self-actualization – the need to be good, to be fully alive and to find meaning in life. Yet, Maslow argued that reaching a state of true self-actualization in everyday society was fairly rare.”
We think the downfall of this pursuit is usually caused by our dependency on others to provide for us. If we cannot provide for ourselves at some point, we will never be truly sovereign or “self-actualized”.
Now more than ever, it is important for educated individuals to realize the challenge and benefits of personal sovereignty. There is nothing in nature that demands our subservience to family or society beyond a certain age or point of instruction. Most of our limitations or lack of discipline in reaching our potential are caused by our adherence to “laws and orders” determined by a few elite people at the top of the food chain. This is the evolutionary reality of “survival of the fittest”. To believe and reach our full potential as humans, we must value our personal sovereignty. No one else will “hand it to you”. You must learn or decide to embrace and demand sovereignty in every facet of your personal life. Sometimes it demands that we leave instead of “cleave” to the roots of our upbringing…because one will not flourish individually if surrounded by negative nay-sayers that we listen to and are affected by. This sometimes means leaving your family or country in order to reach your full survival potential. It is your own choice and fault if you do not change or move away from people or countries that stifle your sovereignty and freedom. There is a time to stand up and fight for your country and your rights…but if a majority of your family and countrymen do not believe or live as you choose, it is imperative to look for better places and people in your immediate circle.
We think altruistic values of “self-sacrifice” for the sake of the “majority” is highly overrated in building a productive, sovereign society. These are institutional, statist theories or beliefs that simply allow a few to control the majority. This is not freedom. This is not sovereignty. We must choose every minute of every day who and what we will believe in and act upon it if we are to be truly free. Any society or country that does not allow you to do that does not deserve your loyalty or your participation.