Are we really free?


I honestly don’t believe that we have any freedom left, all is left is a semblance of freedom so that politicians can blame everything wrong on whatever little freedom we think that we have left. Look at how they operate, they regulate something, it fails to solve the problem and we are told that the problem is that all we need is more regulations, repeat. We had a century of increased regulations and we are getting worse off every year it goes by, meanwhile, we are regulated into oblivion.

I have previously mentioned that we don’t really own our house, and I mean what I said, do I own it if I have to pay rent to the state in the form of council taxes and failing to pay could lead to it’s repossession? Do I own it if the state can impose what I can and can’t do with it? Do I own it if it can be expropriated through compulsory purchase?

In the same way, we have suffered a hit on our rights and freedoms through the years, we all believe that we have some beautifully detailed Human Rights, enshrined in the Human Rights Act of 1998, incorporated from the European Convention on Human Rights.

I give you article 4, the parts in italic are copied verbatim, where it says that no one shall be held in slavery or servitude and no one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour, except any service exacted in case of an emergency or calamity threatening the life or well-being of the community. This means that you can’t be forced to perform compulsory labour, unless the state declares an emergency, in which case they can force you to work, for the greater good.

Article 5, everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be deprived of his liberty save in the following cases and in accordance with a procedure prescribed by law: (e)the lawful detention of persons for the prevention of the spreading of infectious diseases, of persons of unsound mind, alcoholics or drug addicts or vagrants. So, everyone is free, unless there is a very dangerous cough, in which case you can be imprisoned against your will for the greater good.

Article 8, everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. So, you have the right to privacy, but you don’t, because is so vague that anything can be used to violate it.

Notice how they say the economic well-being of the country or for the protection of health or morals, those terms are so vague that they could mean anything, would you trust any party to get into powers and use their morals to decide that they can invade your privacy? Who would you trust? Would you trust the Labour? Tories? Boris Johnson? Rishi Sunak? Keir Starmer? Wait, who was in power in 1998 when the act was passed? Ah! The right honourable Sir Tony Blair. I don’t know about you, but I feel that trusting them with my privacy would be akin to trusting Saville with baby sitting my kids.

I won’t delve more into it, other articles suffer from the same problem and they would be a pointless exercise in repetition, they are all phrased in the same way, you have a right until they decide that we don’t have it any more, and all the terms are so vague that they can be easily manipulated. Feel free to verify yourself.

The same problem applies with any type of licencing, should you really need to ask for permission from the State in order to work? What all of this accreditation work has nothing to do with protecting us but is simply an exercise of power. Because in the end this is what we are talking about here, stop listening to the words and look at the results, nothing ever improves, if anything we know that every time the State does anything the list of unintended consequences is endless, there is an hilarious YouTube channel on the topic that I highly recommend.

Anyway, they regulate, with that regulation they have taken that decisional power over us, we are no longer free and need to ask permission, for our own good. Think about this power structure for a moment, who is considered unable to make decisions and requires to ask permission? Children.

In a way it is our own fault that we are in this situation, we have allowed them to take away all of our decisional power, because having responsibilities is hard, much easier if we let them decide for us, but then, would you want to live a life in which you are told how to live? Without a choice?

This is why I became a Libertarian, enough of this, if we want to make real change we need a shift in the opposite direction, we need to take back control over our lives, we need to end the regulations, reduce taxation so that WE can decide how to spend our hard earned money and live a life free of their intrusion, in which we take responsibility for our lives and help each other in love, not because we are forced by the state, but because we want to.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
Galatians 5:1

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