Saturday, February 7, 2009

A thousand motives will excite them thereto


I cannot stress strongly enough the need for folks to think about the shape of the government that will rise to take the place of the current government.  Whether the change be in six months or sixty years, the need to think about the nature and goals of that unborn government is imperative to the survival of the future generations that will judge us in their history books.

In a sense, this may very well be the best survival tool that you will ever own.  It will cost some money and time as books and thought are neither free nor fast.  But by being able to assist in the creation of a new government you will allow you and yours the breathing room necessary to live and move into the future.

His writing are dated, but they are clear and concise.  Tom Paine is a good starting point.  For the sake of starting a discussion, the following is offered (with profound thanks to Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce) as a starting point into the writings of this firebrand.

Some convenient tree will afford them a State House, under the branches of which the whole Colony may assemble to deliberate on public matters. It is more than probable that their first laws will have the title only of Regulations and be enforced by no other penalty than public disesteem. In this first parliament every man by natural right will have a seat.


Here then is the origin and rise of government; namely, a mode rendered necessary by the inability of moral virtue to govern the world; here too is the design and end of government, viz. Freedom and security. And however our eyes may be dazzled with show, or our ears deceived by sound; however prejudice may warp our wills, or interest darken our understanding, the simple voice of nature and reason will say, 'tis right.

and one more

Government by kings was first introduced into the world by the Heathens, from whom the children of Israel copied the custom. It was the most prosperous invention the Devil ever set on foot for the promotion of idolatry. The Heathens paid divine honours to their deceased kings, and the Christian World hath improved on the plan by doing the same to their living ones. How impious is the title of sacred Majesty applied to a worm, who in the midst of his splendor is crumbling into dust!

Needless to say, I recommend buying a physical book.  If that isn’t possible try this

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