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The Slow Learners
by Jim Davidson

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Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

Let's go over the facts, again, for the slow learners. The government does not pretend to represent anyone except possibly that portion of 86.8 million Americans who voted in November 2010.

It most certainly makes no pretence to represent the 75 million Americans not qualified to vote due to age discrimination. Nor does it represent the 2 million Americans not qualified to vote because of current incarceration for a felony.

Nor does it represent the 145 million Americans too disgusted with the system to bother to vote. And it seems entirely clear that it does not represent any of the 3 million persons who voted for Libertarian party, independent, or other political party candidates (about a million voted Libertarian, by the way).

So the system of government pretends to represent about 83.8 million Americans. But, obviously, that pretence of representing even those 27% who voted for a mainstream candidate (GOP or DNC) is nonsense, since half the candidates lost (except where no opposition was mounted). So, even there, only about 14% (a bit more than half, let's say) are actually represented in Congress. And most of them don't have the money to compete with the few giant corporations that fuck you every day.

What the government of the United States really represents is a tiny number of self-important arrogant fucks who want to continue to profit from wars, from putting you and your neighbours in cages, from civil asset forfeiture, and from other obvious theft, murder, rape, and pillage. The wonder of it to me is that these men and women live in wood houses in the communities where other Americans live. And you sit there imagining that reform is going to make a system that was designed to enslave you into something that serves you.

If you continue to participate in the system, continue to petition for redress of your grievances, continue to vote, pay taxes, have a regular job, have your pay packet ransacked before you get it, and believe that everything is going to be okay, you're a fool. And I'm not talking to fools tonight.

If you get that there is no way to reform this system into a reasonably free society, then you want to know what else there is to do. And the answer is very simple: withdraw from their system, build new ones of your own. Build free societies in the shell of the old, decaying society. Pull your wealth and income out of the bad system and put it to work for you in the new systems.

Don't imagine that one system is going to do for everyone. It won't. And don't imagine that I'm going to be there when we have a free society. I'm not. You can all go to hell, I'm going to Mars.

Jim Davidson is an author, entrepreneur, and anti-war activist. His 1990 venture to offer a sweepstakes trip into space was destroyed by government action as was his free port and prospective space port in Somalia in 2001. His 2002-2007 venture in free market money and private stock exchange was destroyed by government action in 2007. He's going to Mars if he has to walk. His second book, Being Sovereign is now availble from Lulu and Amazon. His book, Being Sovereign, was just released as an ePub from
His business plan for Individual Sovereign University, with co-authors Shaun Lee and Harry Felker, is available here.
Contact him at or Come visit IndSovU teams at gatherings in December 2011 in Florida, and March 2012 in Austin, Texas. Or join State Busters.

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