• Michael Craig

Leviathan: The True Progressive Agenda

by Michael Craig, Contributor

What image reflects in the depths of the mind when trying to describe a Leviathan? Is it something that emotes terror due to its size and destructive power? Maybe it is just the feeling of overwhelming dread and complete emptiness. Regardless, the Leviathan's powerful presence invokes feelings of helplessness and inability to escape the wrath and destruction of the creature. Fortunately, Leviathans are mythical creatures that are in the form of sea serpents described in Hebrew folklore and embodied in movies such as Clash of the Titans, often referred to as The Kraken.

Nonetheless, they are creatures that represent overwhelming power, famous for luring sailors to what looked like safe islands for respite, only to find out that they would become an unfortunate feast perched upon the creature's back. Upon their capture, the Leviathan would then dive into the depths of the sea, taking the weary sailors down and killing them all. This dismal and terrifying tale was shared and told to many sailors and their families and children for various reasons. There seem to be significant similarities and lessons that parallel the unfortunate plight of unsuspecting sailors on long, arduous journeys in tumultuous seas to that of today's current state of governance in the United States.

Modern Day Sailors & Leviathan

Providing clarity on the statement, "today's current state of governance," I define "current state" from the early 20th century to what we know as our present-day chaos. The implications of law and precedence by lawmakers from then and subsequent decades have had far-reaching ramifications. What is being witnessed today is really nothing more than part of a predictable path and its resulting natural consequences. This does not mean that all is lost, however, it is imperative to accept the fact that there has been an obsession with increasing the power of the central government---it now resembles a terrifying Leviathan.

Tired and worn sailors are played by the American people, and we are the unfortunate participants in the drama unfolding by increasing restrictions, control, and manipulation. What makes the 'American Leviathan' different is that it has been birthed and grown organically by the laws passed, enforced, and accepted by the people over the last century and a half. Through our complacence and fear, we have allowed the increasing power of the Government to take hold, but it is not too late. We can get back onto our ships before it is too late and continue on our journey. However, it is clear that those who have become so drunk by the power of respite and veiled ease of life cannot see the danger that has been lurking and what is to come. Those are the Leviathans' converts that will do what is needed to retain their control and grow the Leviathan with a more powerful and restrictive government.

Before we can get back onto the ships and devise an overall strategy to leave the danger of this ever-growing Leviathan, some historical context has to be understood. Understanding the history and philosophy will only help in the counterargument and solidify the conviction needed to save as many sailors before a disastrous conclusion occurs.

The Birth of the Leviathan

When Theodore Roosevelt was elected President, the progressive movement's goal of an activist government began. Prior to this point, America was known to be in the Gilded Age, where America began its rise as an economic powerhouse, and so-called captains of industry like Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan were household names. The invention of the light bulb and electricity was becoming the norm, as well as other inventions that allowed American industry to grow exponentially. Despite his political party affiliation, Roosevelt, a Republican, was a leader in the progressive movement. While being the Vice President, he was thrust into the presidency after the successful assassination of President William McKinley. This was when progressive agendas were being legislated and endorsed by the executive branch.

One of the largest pieces of legislation that he endorsed, The Square Deal, was the beginning of establishing the precedent for increased government regulation and control in business, which increased the size of government. Woodrow Wilson continued this sentiment with more antitrust laws, again increasing the size, power, and control of government interference. One such example that exists to this day is the Federal Reserve, the central bank; it alone regulates interest rates and other financial actions for the economy and the banking system. The underlying problem that stems from these actions is the increasing concentration of political power of the federal government, with an intense concentration within the executive branch.

In Federalist No. 48, James Madison stated, "…the executive department is very justly regarded as the source of danger and watched with all the jealousy which a zeal for liberty ought to inspire." An increase in power to an executive means that freedom would be suppressed. Knowing the potential pushback for the increase in power at the executive level, the need to manipulate language was needed in order to further the agenda. The progressive movement recognized this and set forth to redefine the word freedom. Wilson stated that freedom:

"is something more than being let alone. The program of a government of freedom must in these days be positive, not negative merely."

In short, freedom is really the government taking an activist step, or "positive" action with an interest in helping the people. This is really attacking the individual as a free-thinking creature. Wilson's comment implies that it is the government's job to do that for the individual and also to actively take care of the individual just as a parent would do. Therefore, if the government sees its citizens like children and them as the parent, then there should not be any disparity within the family collective unit, i.e., equity and equality. This idea was codified in Herbert Croly's 1909 book, The Promise of American Life, where he attacked the individual and exalted collectivism, spinning it as being morally right.

Wealth redistribution to eliminate inequality across the board was a key factor and idea. However, this is not a new idea as it originates from Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels's Communist Manifesto written in 1848, where it blatantly states that:

"…capital (wealth) is converted into common property, into the property of all members of society (the collective)."

Due to the rampant inequality between the banks and the American 'collective,' something had to be done. The Federal Reserve was happy to step in and regulate interest rates for the common man. The establishment of the Federal Reserve wasn't enough though.

The 16th Amendment was passed, giving Congress authorization to levy and collect income taxes with total disregard for the original constitutional apportionment and enumeration requirements. This opened the door to finance the bigger government and allowed chronic deficit spending and income taxation in perpetuity. The corrupt giant that it had become, the Leviathan government stays hungry and must be fed constantly. With this insatiable need for hunger and power displayed by government leaders and officials, encroachment upon civil liberties was inevitable. The result was President Wilson sponsoring the Espionage and Sedition Acts, which essentially outlawed criticism of the government, the armed forces, and the war effort for WWI.

Those who dared violate this legislation were arrested; records show up to 1500 were arrested, and during this time, the United States Post Office was empowered to censor mail. It should be known that the Espionage Act was superseded by a lessor act of the same name after WWII, but the remnants of this act still remain to this day. Moreover, Franklin D. Roosevelt certainly injected growth steroids into the Leviathan with all the expansive government programs starting during the Great Depression and continuing through WWII; these institutions were proudly upheld by President Harry Truman. Through this rapidly expanding control and censorship, there were small blips of hope of those that warned us of the ever-expansive government.

Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Regan are some of those bright lights that served to open the collective consciousness and spread awareness of a frightening agenda that was happening before our very eyes. Despite their best efforts---and those of other pioneers--- to warn us and take measures to slow down the Leviathan and its converts, this movement has grown in size and scope that is beyond what many in the early progressive movement could not have imagined.

The Modern Leviathan

Civics and political science classes today discuss the history as described above, but it is glossed over and not given the attention and critical thought it needs. This is a shame, but also it is by design and outlined in the Communist Manifesto:

"…seek to alter the character of that intervention (of education), and to rescue education from the influence of the ruling class."

Remember, we 'sailors' need to be ignorant of the real danger of the islands.' To ensure that this happens, it is imperative to not focus on reality but redefine it and history. This effort has been somewhat successful and is reflected in many of the late-night talk shows where they go out asking basic civics or American history questions. We the people, fail to understand and know the simplest facts about our history, our legacy, and our country. An intentional consequence is the last 30 years of governance remaining relatively the same; meanwhile, the Leviathan government continues to grow, getting ready to dive, then devour the very people that it claims to serve and protect. A specific example is a focus on the ridiculous conflict between Republicans and Democrats, as well as the two varying agendas of each party platform.

Generally speaking, the Republicans desire less government interference and allow more free-market solutions, whereas the Democrats desire more government intervention in order to help the "working man"-the -a pervasive theme is that the government has the moral responsibility to do so. To some extent that is true, however over the last 20 years, it has become apparent that the general differences between the two-party platforms are more of a façade for votes. President George W. Bush demonstrated the fact that the differences now are not really different by running on the philosophy of Compassionate Conservatism.

Compassionate Conservatism

"I call my philosophy and approach compassionate conservatism. It is compassionate to actively help our fellow citizens in need. It is conservative to insist on responsibility and results. And with this hopeful approach, we will make a real difference in people's lives."
-President George W. Bush

His philosophy certainly seems to resemble what John Locke, who influenced the Founding Fathers the most, impassioned in his work the Two-Treatises-of Government stating:

"Political power is that power, which every man having in the state of nature, has given up into the hands of the society, and therein to the governors, whom the society hath set over itself, with this express or tacit trust, that it shall be employed for their good, and the preservation of their property…"

Simply put, the job of those with political power (governors) is to ensure that their citizens have the ability to prosper within their society by establishing laws allowing the individual to succeed without governmental interference. Unfortunately, despite some of the Bush administration's best efforts, compassionate conservatism was nothing even close to what Locke presented, nor was it in alignment with the Founders of this great country. Moreover, what is learned from history is that policies that he sponsored and insisted upon were more progressive than what the progressives in the progressive movement could dream of passing. The Patriot Act, as an example, is one policy that has many civil liberty issues and concerns that resemble in many ways the 1917 Espionage Act. It allowed the extreme intervention of the government into the lives of the citizens, suspending basic civil liberties protected within the Constitution and the natural law of man.

Barack Obama was not as coy with his philosophy and how he governed. His views were certainly rooted in a Herbert Croly mindset, and his policies greatly reflected this fact. One only needs to look at the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare" to demonstrate this line of thinking. Understanding his philosophy is warranted because it demonstrates how the progressive agenda outlined by Croly uses words that are framed and redefined to inspire the masses to give up their individual choices and freedoms, thus continuing to feed the Leviathan. Obama's views and proclamations were that the government was not separate from 'us' the citizenry. Rather, the government is 'us' and not a separate agent from the governed as the creators of the Constitution and the authors of the Federalist Papers described. A deeper look of his view is one that cherry-picks from Rousseau's concept of the collective will while combining Immanuel Kant and Hegel, all famous political philosophers that inspired the Founding Fathers in many ways, along with John Locke and Thomas Hobbes.

Nonetheless, this point of view is in direct opposition to how the government has been defined and understood since the inception of organized government in all its forms. In fact, Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan describes a commonwealth otherwise known as the government in this way:

“A Common-wealth is said to be Instituted, when a Multitude of men do Agree, and Covenant, Every One With Every One, that to whatsoever Man, or Assembly Of Men, shall be given by the major part, the Right to Present the Person of them all, (that is to say, to be their Representative;) every one, as well he that Voted For It, as he that Voted Against It, shall Authorise all the Actions and Judgements, of that Man, or Assembly of men, in the same manner, as if they were his own, to the end, to live peaceably amongst themselves, and be protected against other men.”

Hobbes is stating that the government is an agent that we as the citizen's institute and 'hire' representatives for. By asserting that the government and the governed are one organism, then a tyrannical government can never happen because it is, 'we the people', who are the tyrants against ourselves. In many ways, Obama's redefinition of government is genius because if harm happens then the reality is that 'we' are harming ourselves.

The Latin phrase, volentie non fit injuria (to the willing, no injustice is done) is appropriate. Willing participants cannot have injustices happen to them because they are guilting injustices against themselves. Alas, it is a facade and smokescreen to distract the real danger lurking and ever-present. It is meant to keep the sailors---us-- complacent and unaware of the impending danger of the Leviathan.

Drunk with Ignorance

Over the decades, complacency and successful campaigns of intervention within the educational system and social influencers have led the sailors to be drunk with ignorance. Remember what Marx stated about intervening and infiltrating the education system? This is intentional in order to get complacent citizens hooked on the Leviathan's façade of safety. Rykov, Vladimir Lenin's successor stated:

"It is our duty to inculcate in the minds of nations…"

He was referring to pacifying other nations on a military front, and it points to the tactic of getting the opposition to become complacent and drunk with ignorance, so there is visual and cognitive impairment. Nikita Khrushchev blatantly stated:

"We cannot expect Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find out they have Communism."

Assisting elected leaders is the key to that phrase. Karl Marx and communism desire government control from birth to death, which is what is needed to properly feed the Leviathan. Khrushchev is correct in saying that America and Americans as a whole won't fully go from one to the other. Rather, smaller steps have to happen and at levels where ideas and philosophy are firmly ingrained in the minds of all citizens from the very beginning. Norman Thomas, a Socialist Party leader, and six-time presidential candidate echoed Khrushchev's sentiment in a February 26, 1967 article about Socialism, the direct pathway to feeding the Leviathan, and how to inculcate it into American society. He stated:

“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism' they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

The assistance that Khrushchev spoke of was taken up by the Socialist Party in the 1930s, and it was successful because many of its ideas were incorporated into Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. Many of those policies still exist to this day, the most recognizable being our Social Security system. However, this program was only possible because of the 16th Amendment that was passed while Woodrow Wilson was president. Thomas's statement above is worth noting because it demonstrates how redefining words that have been understood throughout the ages is an effective tool to keep drunken ignorance at the forefront of American consciousness. \

Thomas, like Obama and Woodrow Wilson, are taking words and symbolic language that have a specific meaning and redefining them to fit the desired end. This is central to understand because in doing so, it causes significant societal changes. To show how this works is very simple. Taking the word liberal from Thomas, "liberalism' is a great example. To be liberal is to be tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others. The message to us is that liberalism means to be broadminded. In fact, Merriam-Webster states that liberalism shares its roots with liberty. Thomas Hobbes, one of the influential philosophers of the Founders, describes liberty as "…the absence of Opposition…". So, if liberty is the absence of opposition (large activist government), then using the term liberal or liberalism is in stark contrast to how Thomas is defining it. That little change has worked incredibly well, and today when the term liberal is used, the current common understanding is connected to those that desire more government intervention.

Redefining words and then inserting language and cultural norms within the educational system and social influencers is how cognitive impairment (drunken ignorance) of the citizenry occurs. This is what the Leviathan desires--for its converts work in a hive mentality focused on a singular goal to keep the sailors drunk with ignorance and working toward socialist norms and expectations for all.

The Leviathan Stirs

Although the Leviathan has grown to envious proportions that the progressive movement and socialists desired, there have been glimmers of hope. As stated before, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Regan, and, more recently, Donald Trump, have come to the forefront and not only shouted the warnings of the looming and massive creature but attempted to push us, the sailors, back towards our ships for real safety. The gentle push was done by cutting taxes and removing governmental regulations, robbing the Leviathan of some of its power. These actions have served to be a gentle wake-up call to the American sleepers who, till now, have been serving the enormous beast.

Awareness and knowledge are the natural enemies of the Leviathan, so the converts construct avenues to ensure that the 'blips' are just that; small insignificant blips in history that can easily be glossed over and forgotten. However, a large awakening in recent years by the citizens has occurred, and the cognitive impairment is beginning to wear off on millions of people, with more following suit.

The last four years have exposed the reality of the Leviathan in a manner that was not normal but quite necessary. The bell had been rung, the curtain pulled back, and there was no taking back what had been exposed. The Leviathan stirs because its true nature is exposed, and so its converts are feverishly trying to either deny it by ignoring facts or flat-out lying in hopes that we won't know any better. As a result, an aggressive, malicious attempt to force us back into cognitive impairment is occurring right now, so when the time comes for the Leviathan to dive, it does so with the glorious approval of all those on the 'island.' Thomas Hobbes described what has been exposed as "Irregular Systems" or more specifically, "Secret Cabals:"

“…a number of men, part of the Assembly, without authority, consult a part, to contrive the guidance of the rest; This is a Faction, or Conspiracy unlawful, as being a fraudulent seducing of the Assembly for their particular interest.”

The converts are the secret cabal of the Leviathan and have, without authority, plotted (contrived) to commit fraudulent seduction of others for their own interest. The reality of just how deep Leviathan's cabal reaches is evident when we look at what is being reported or purported as objective journalism. The most recent and precise example of what Hobbes spoke about was publicly endorsed and written in the explosive Time Magazine article by Molly Ball titled "The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election" She blatantly states:

“…participants want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream–a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information.”

Again, this is exactly what Hobbes meant with his statement above. "A well-funded cabal of powerful people." They willfully and with malicious purpose, use their influence to sway and seduce the will of others for their own gain. The gain was to not have Donald Trump reelected because he was a threat to the Leviathan and its converts, and needed to merely be a historical blip. They used the systems within the Leviathan to change laws, and in some cases, this was done in contrast to the very laws and proper process set forth. Hobbes actually addressed this issue too:

When an unusual number of men assemble against a man whom they accuse; the Assembly is an unlawful tumult; because they may deliver their accusation to the Magistrate by a few, or by one man.”

Donald Trump was that one man, but we, the sailors, are the "few" that Hobbes describes as whom they assembled against and accused. It is important to note that pointing this out is not making President Trump a martyr in the sense of a sacrificial lamb, but rather to point to the fact that, in the spirit of Hobbes, was an unusual number of men that assembled against that he began to remove the cognitive impairment that the Leviathan had been able to keep secret from the majority of sailors for decades. This, again, is intentional, systemic, and started by the progressive movement in the early 20th century, although some will debate that the obsession of the Leviathan began earlier.

However, by the actions witnessed by the Leviathan's converts, such as shutting down opposition to free speech in various public square forums, rushing through and justifying dictatorial behavior by the executive, and what Frederic Bastiat described in his famous work, The Law; The Classic Blueprint for a Free Society, as misuse of legislative functions through the passing of laws that violate the real position of the legislator and law which is to only guarantee our safety. Specifically, Bastiat states:

It is not true that the function of law is to regulate our consciences, our ideas, our wills, our education, our opinions, our work, our trade, our talents, or our pleasures. The function of law is to protect the free exercise of these rights.”

Yet, the Leviathan stirs because it knows that it is only a matter of time before its unwitting participants will escape.

The Sounding of Reveille

The "Secret Cabal" uses the mighty power of the government in order to enforce their interests and desires because they themselves are drunk with power from the Leviathan. John Locke calls this behavior of such men tyranny. He describes the tyranny of the secret cabals in this manner:

“…if the law be transgressed to another's harm; and whosoever in authority exceeds the power given him by the law, and makes use of the force he has under his command, to compass that upon the subject, which the law allows not, ceases in that to be a magistrate; and, acting without authority, may be opposed as any other man, who by force invades the right of another.”

Invading the right of another is stripping away the ability to make full use of the individual's abilities to simply live or even the freedom of thought. James Madison addresses the government invading the right of another, or the citizen, to Locke's point about tyranny in Federalist Paper 45:

It is too early for politicians to presume on our forgetting that the public good, the real welfare of the great body of the people, is the supreme object to be pursued; and that no form of government whatever has any other value than as it may be fitted for the attainment of this object. Were the plan of the convention adverse to the public happiness, my voice would be, Reject the plan.”

The politicians must always remember that their obligation and responsibility to the "great body of the people'' is to ensure that we have welfare. Explicitly, the welfare that is being taken by the Leviathan and its converts is our true liberty and freedom. Over time, it has been slowly stripped away, and due to the marathon race toward totalitarian control, their obsession is neither stopping nor slowing. In fact, it is speeding up at a rate that has not been seen in American history since the progressive movement under Franklin Roosevelt. Moreover, the barrage is not covert, as described by Croly or Khrushchev. To the point, there is a case that will be heard by the Supreme Court regarding the 4th Amendment of the Constitution. This amendment was and still is groundbreaking concerning the rights of the individual to be safe and secured in one's own domicile and/or property from illegal searches and seizures.

There have been some exceptions made, such as if a police officer is witnessing a potential murder/ attack through a window or someone in need of medical attention, or exigent circumstances and emergency aid exceptions, may enter to render aid. However, this current case is different because it challenges the "community caretaking" exception. The crux of the decision will have vast consequences for either continued degradation of our inalienable right to privacy of our person and property, or the opposite, and our "welfare," as Madison described, will win the day. Bastiat eloquently describes the dangers of law becoming perverse, failing to serve its proper function.

And when it has exceeded its proper functions, it has not done so merely in some inconsequential and debatable matters. The law has gone further than this; it has acted in direct opposition to its own purpose. The law has been used to destroy its own objective: it has been applied to annihilating the justice that it was supposed to maintain; to limiting and destroying rights which its real purpose was to respect.”

The real purpose of the law, according to Bastiat and echoed by Madison in the Federalist Papers, is to protect the life, liberty, and property of the individual, not convert plunder into a right of the collective, and then convert lawful defense into a crime. Moreover, simple and stupid greed and false philanthropy are the engines that power the Leviathan's converts to keep the sailors in cognitive impairment. Regardless, the time for the trumpet to sound the reveille is past due. It is time for the sailors to awaken en masse to the danger of the Leviathan's dark agenda and run back to their ships for real safety.

The Path to Safety

Knowing that pushback will happen, the approach that must be taken is one of absolute resolve and blunt honesty. Federalist 57 strikes home on the path to safety:

“The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.”

The most important aspect of those wise words is "wisdom to discern." We must now discern what will be the best path to safety, away from the Leviathan and its converts. It is clear that those desiring to expand and grow the Leviathan personify dictatorial arrogance and pure evil in all aspects of their lives. This behavior is on full display in Virginia Heffernan's February 5 article in the LA Times. This Leviathan convert struggles to understand basic charity for charity's sake. She compares her neighbors that willingly shoveled snow to Nazis, Islamic Terrorists, and Vichy French. Heffernan certainly is placing herself well above the rest of mankind with her ignorant, vicious attitude. This is yet another warning sign, rather blatantly demonstrating that she and the rest of the Leviathan's converts desire to use terror to extinguish selflessness, honor, customs, manners, fashion, vanity, love of money, good companionship, intrigue, wit, sensuousness, and poverty.

In short, remove what is the norm of the American Constitutional culture and replace it with a revolutionary government outlined by Karl Marx and championed by the acolytes for several generations now. The tactics have been subtle and coy, describing themselves to be reformers with philanthropic desires and actions. Do not be fooled, they are despots that have been changing the law, culture, and language to keep cognitive impairment growing within the vast expanse of the Leviathan.

The vicious circle that has been created is passive citizenry, allowing the law to be used by these fornicators of liberty to propel themselves and grow the Leviathan. Liberty is the true power of safety. The retorts they will cry far and wide is that liberty will create monopolies and massive inequalities. Furthermore, they will decry and distort true freedom with the fairness of status and state the moral obligation to lift up those that cannot do it for themselves. While this is a noble notion, it is not the people's responsibility to be forced into charity. The laws and systems of freedom are contracts that are agreed upon.

If there is a free-willed agreement within a society that all will make a charitable contribution by way of one's wage to the government, then that has been done through proper republican democratic principles as established by the constitutions of federal, state, and local institutions. However, it must be understood that competition breeds true liberty because it inspires the business of constant improvement. Failure to improve constitutes no profit and systemic failure. Moreover, the Leviathan despises the liberty of association and stands in opposition to it. This is socialist doctrine, plain and simple. Bastiat states:

But, according to a socialist doctrine, true liberty and voluntary association are the contradiction to each other, and the purpose of the socialists is to suppress liberty of association precisely in order to force people to associate together in true liberty. Clearly then, the conscience of the social democrats cannot permit persons to have any liberty because they believe the nature of mankind tends always toward every kind of degradation and disaster.”

Essentially, mankind does not know any better and will always default to being monsters; we really are children incapable of governing ourselves. As stated before, Obama's philosophy of the government and the people are one and the same. It's nothing more than a modern-day spin on socialist doctrines pointed out by Bastiat in 1850. This is the Leviathan; this is what needs to be grown in perpetuity in order to maintain despotic control over the "masses." Taking bold action to the path of safety is clear because any other path will lead to drowning and being devoured by the Leviathan.

The first action is to wake many more up, to help sound the trumpet's reveille. The Leviathan needs passive people that are cognitively impaired, and they achieve this through fear and constant pseudo-intellectualism via media forums and education. There is no amount of academic pedigree that can refute a factual and solidly formed truthful argument. Moreover, the insertion of feelings and emotions is a mainstay in order to create internal chaos. Understand that this is nothing more than a tactic and that you should seek to see the bigger picture being painted for you. Name-calling, threats, and even public shaming can and will be used. However, the truth is the truth and despite the best efforts, what the cabal will attempt to do is empty.

The next action that must be done is to support those that are sounding the trumpet. Invest your time, money, platform, or charity to help prop up the fellow like-minded. Establish long-term relationships that are beneficial for all parties, not just those advantageous for a business. Moreover, innovate other avenues to counter Leviathan's avenues and forums.

The Novelist Ayn Rand wrote Atlas Shrugged, and throughout the beginning, the question of "Who is John Gault?" was ever-present. I will leave you the work of reading the book to find out who he is. However, we need to all be John Gault and innovate and take control at the local levels because that is what will impact and affect people the most. Specifically, this means that YOU become active in your own communities. No longer are the days that not knowing really who is running for school board or even county dog catcher acceptable.

It all matters, but change will not happen unless dedication to the truth is a root in all action that happens. In all matters of the system and law that was birthed, the remaining objective is a central tenet. Be reasonable through reason, as it's really the only means to knowledge and successful action. It is not reasonable to act as if the people and the government are not separate, as Obama proclaims. The state, the sailors' ships, exist to promote the public interest and protect individual rights. The Leviathan and its converts desire to control ideas and production; don't believe the foolishness of such childish thought.

Violent uprising is never a first step nor answer. Third-world despotic nations utilize such tactics. Despite the eye-opening and shock of finally seeing the Leviathan for what it really is, the benefit is that there are still measures that can rectify our system and get 'we the people' back on our ships. Finally, not everyone will be saved from the final death toll of the Leviathan. When that day happens, we cannot become despots ourselves and deny the basic liberties of others. Forcing those that sought ill-will to accept responsibility for their actions and behavior will be required, but it must be done in the right forum and manner.

“Law is justice. And it is under the law of justice-under the reign of right; under the influence of liberty, safety, stability, and responsibility-that every person will attain his real worth and the true dignity of his being.”
-Fredrich Bastiat

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