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posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 12:46 AM

Originally posted by hawkiye
NO INCOME TAX DOES NOT PAY FOR ANY OF THAT!!! Income tax pays the interest on the debt period it does not pay for a single good or service. It all goes to bankers who are stealing our wealth. Please educate yourself and look up the "Grace Commission Report". and stop repeating this lie!

I think you are the one repeating a lie... or you don't understand what you are saying...

Yes, income tax does pay the interest and debt, but where do you think that debt and interest comes from? That debt and interest comes from paying for services like police, fire, roads, military, etc..

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 12:46 AM
reply to post by TheBandit795

Freedom is a state of mind

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 12:51 AM
reply to post by TheBandit795

Freedom does not mean doing whatever you want without consequences. I'm not free to go to work and say whatever I want without risk of getting fired. So what is the difference between walking the grocery store and talking bad about Obama, then getting arrested, and going to work and talking bad about Obama then getting fired. Your boss has been *helping you* by giving a job. Therefore the consequence is to no longer be helped. In the case of the police officer arresting someone you have a situation where the police officer is *hurting* someone for not saying something they didn't want to hear.

Freedom, in the political sense, is doing what you wish without consequence, so long as you are not doing something harmful to another person. Freedom is doing anything except for hurting people.
edit on 20-1-2011 by civilchallenger because: brevity

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 12:59 AM
reply to post by TheBandit795

To me freedom is simple

I am free if i can do whatever i like as long as i don't hurt anyone.

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 01:05 AM
Excellent thread.

Freedom is not an absolute. Freedom is relative.

The important thing when discussing or trying to understand such things, is having common parameters. Freedom inherit to being a human. Freedom relative to the relationship between a government and its citizens. Freedom between inherit roles: parent-child, employer-employee.

In the US, the Constitution sets some of these parameters. The problems come about when we begin to blur the lines and make the parameters all-inclusive. The government should not be playing the role of parent to a child when dealing with its citizens, and nor should an employer dehumanize its employees.

Whether I am being a a pessimist or a realist, I don't see us getting any free-er, no matter what angle you approach it from.

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 01:11 AM
Just go down the local mall and walk through it naked you'll soon find out how 'free' you are as you get tasered.The only real freedom is internal the right to choose,research and formulate opinions on what we do or do not believe.

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 01:50 AM

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posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 02:05 AM
You have the freedom to think

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 02:34 AM
The one freedom we do seem to have is the freedom to choose how we shall serve the Brotherhood.

Originally posted by FlyersFan
If you wish to have the perks of a society (food, medicine, clothing, ambulance, fire trucks, roads) then you have to pay for them.

I agree with your view about the "perks", but I do not consider food, water, clothing or shelter to be a "perk". I consider it a human right. If you want to live in a luxurious home and eat lobster for tea, sure, you should serve for these luxuries. But these days if you decide that you want to live without electricity, your children will be used against you for not supporting the power corporations. Same goes for the medical industry.

As far as loans are concerned, I consider it an agreement between myself and another entity. And for that reason, I have paid my loans off. And now I choose never to be in debt again.

I've also chosen never to own a "home", as it is basically an agreement where I agree to work for a specified number of years, and I don't want to do that. I don't want the time consuming lifestyle that I see people with mortgages have. I am the proud owner of a swag, and that's all that I need as far as shelter is concerned. My rented house is worth having at the moment, since my brother owns it and the rent is cheap. If I have to pay too much for a house, well, that will have to be eliminated from my life.

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 03:11 AM
freedom. such a simple word, yet no other word in our english language has had an impact on us as a people or the world in general. people have lived and died seeking it with every fiber of thier being. from the ring of the sword, to the deep resounding boom of a cannon and the sharp crack of a rifle, the earth and atmosphere its self has been rent by the power of the sun through nuclear weapons over this one word and its meaning.

freedom is a personal word, one that means something different to each of us. ask a preacher what freedom means to him and he might say the ability to express his religion without censorship. one such preacher from alabama shook the world with a simple dream of freedom and equality for all.

we all can only experiance freedom from the context in which we live. if you happen to live in a more civilized part of the world freedom may mean you have the right to choose a representative from your area to vote for and express the general views of the majority around you. it may mean your arguing over the right to bare arms or even the right of peaceful assembly when your concerns go unheard. but its not the only way we all see freedom.

from north korea to the mideast to deep within africa and inda freedom may mean the right to live. to not have your children yanked out of your arms and pressed into military service. it may mean the right to eat without someone with a gun coming to take humanitarian supplies away from you. or it may mean the choice do keep my kids here to help with the crops so we dont starve or do i send my children to school to learn so that thier lives may be better.

we can set here and talk about senerios all day from the dark to the bright from historical to the theoretical in the end. freedom is about choices. its about the choices we make every day. even the most oppressed people in the world can be free by simply standing up and saying enough im not going to allow you to make decisions for me anymore. they may die for it and terrible and aweful things done by those who seek to dominate them will seek to use them as an example so as to keep the rest of the populance under control.

to some its a simple word bandied about by politicians on tv in order to get the most reaction out of thier base. to others its the stuff of life and dreams. to those of us born under the banner of freedom we have a tendecy to forget what it was like before that freedom exsisted, we forgot the blood and lives that were paid so that we can have what freedoms we do. its easy to forget when there are no armies marching through your town or soldiers ransacking your house looking for valuables simply because they can. can we truely know what freedom is for those of us born under its light.. until we loose it?

freedom doesnt free us from responsibility to ourselfs and our communities around us. freedom isnt having a "food processor and a house to live in" a homeless person living on the streets in america is just as free as the richest among us. his decisions were different but no less his own. even now homeless he has a choice and can rise once more and maybe join the ranks of the riches by simply applying himself and dedicating his actions to improving his situation.. it may not happen instantly but it can and will happen if he wants it enough.

freedom isnt the release of constraints by society. we have laws and rules for a reason. mostly to protect you or the rights of others so that you may seek your personal goals without infringment or supression by those around you unduely. without laws and rules we have chaos and anarchy. these laws exsist so that someone bigger and meaner than you cant walk into your house and say.. nice place .. i think ill take it now get out..laws and rules exsist to protect you and the bank should you decide, hell i just dont wanna pay this bill anymore. again.. your choices dont pay. loose your house. it was your choices that put you in that situation.

so what is freedom... freedom is the ability to choose, to make decisions for yourself and not have them made for you.

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 03:51 AM
reply to post by FlyersFan

If you wish to have the perks of a society (food, medicine, clothing, ambulance, fire trucks, roads) then you have to pay for them. Income tax does that. If you don't want these perks then go off the grid and live off the land in the outback of Australia or Alaska or something.

income tax is used for the national debt i'm pretty sure

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 04:27 AM
I think freedom is a dangerous word. it has been used to justify so much evil. i mean think about many iraqi people have died in the name of "freedom"?. how many people in afghanistan are dying while we are bestowing "freedom" upon them? and alot of dictators have been elected spouting their particular versions of "freedom" and lets not forget todays "terrorists" are yesterdays "freedom" fighters.

Don't get me wrong freedom is a wonderful thing.but i dont think it can be enforced.

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 04:31 AM
reply to post by toddy3174

Income tax is not even a legal tax here in America. Yet we all must pay it to the corrupt banks or be forced to go to jail. Freedom is a very real thing here in America. If you are filthy rich and have billions of dollars to lobby the Senate and the House with, the sky is the limit and you can most certainly do as you please to anyone or anything that you want. Here in America money=freedom and thats a fact.

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 04:44 AM
This has been around for awhile, but bears repeating for this thread.

Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal
JOEL SALATIN / Acres v.33, n.9, Sept 2003 1sep03

Everything I want to do is illegal. As if a highly bureaucratic regulatory system was not already in place, 9/11 fueled renewed acceleration to eliminate freedom from the countryside. Every time a letter arrives in the mail from a federal or state agriculture department my heart jumps like I just got sent to the principal’s office.

And it doesn’t stop with agriculture bureaucrats. It includes all sorts of government agencies, from zoning, to taxing, to food inspectors. These agencies are the ultimate extension of a disconnected, Greco-Roman, Western, egocentric, compartmentalized, reductionist, fragmented, linear thought process.


I want to dress my beef and pork on the farm where I’ve coddled and raised it. But zoning laws prohibit slaughterhouses on agricultural land. For crying out loud, what makes more holistic sense than to put abattoirs where the animals are? But no, in the wisdom of Western disconnected thinking, abattoirs are massive centralized facilities visited daily by a steady stream of tractor trailers and illegal alien workers.

But what about dressing a couple of animals a year in the backyard? How can that be compared to a ConAgra or Tyson facility? In the eyes of the government, the two are one and the same. Every T-bone steak has to be wrapped in a half-million dollar facility so that it can be sold to your neighbor. The fact that I can do it on my own farm more cleanly, more responsibly, more humanely, more efficiently, and in a more environmentally friendly manner doesn’t matter to the government agents who walk around with big badges on their jackets and wheelbarrow-sized regulations tucked under their arms.

OK, so I take my animals and load them onto a trailer for the first time in their life to send them up the already clogged interstate to the abattoir to await their appointed hour with a shed full of animals of dubious extraction. They are dressed by people wearing long coats with deep pockets with whom I cannot even communicate. The carcasses hang in a cooler alongside others that were not similarly cared for in life. After the animals are processed, I return to the facility hoping to retrieve my meat.

When I return home to sell these delectable packages, the county zoning ordinance says that this is a manufactured product because it exited the farm and was reimported as a value-added product, thereby throwing our farm into the Wal-Mart category, another prohibition in agricultural areas. Just so you understand this, remember that an on-farm abattoir was illegal, so I took the animals to a legal abattoir, but now the selling of said products in an on-farm store is illegal.

Our whole culture suffers from an industrial food system that has made every part disconnected from the rest. Smelly and dirty farms are supposed to be in one place, away from people, who snuggle smugly in their cul-de-sacs and have not a clue about the out-of-sight-out-of-mind atrocities being committed to their dinner before it arrives in microwaveable, four-color-labeled, plastic packaging. Industrial abattoirs need to be located in a not-in-my-backyard place to sequester noxious odors and sights. Finally, the retail store must be located in a commercial district surrounded by lots of pavement, handicapped access, public toilets and whatever else must be required to get food to people.

The notion that animals can be raised, processed, packaged, and sold in a model that offends neither our eyes nor noses cannot even register on the average bureaucrat’s radar screen — or, more importantly, on the radar of the average consumer advocacy organization. Besides, all these single-use megalithic structures are good for the gross domestic product. Anything else is illegal.


In the disconnected mind of modem America, a farm is a production unit for commodities — nothing more and nothing less. Because our land is zoned as agricultural, we cannot charge school kids for a tour of the farm because that puts us in the category of "Theme Park." Anyone paying for infotainment creates "Farmadisney," a strict no-no in agricultural zones.

Farms are not supposed to be places of enjoyment or learning. They are commodity production units dotting the landscape, just as factories are manufacturing units and office complexes are service units. In the government’s mind, integrating farm production with recreation and meaningful education creates a warped sense of agriculture.

The very notion of encouraging people to visit farms is blasphemous to an official credo that views even sparrows, starlings and flies as disease threats to immunocompromised plants and animals. Visitors entering USDA-blessed production unit farms must run through a gauntlet of toxic sanitation dips and don moonsuits in order to keep their germs to themselves. Indeed, people are viewed as hazardous foreign bodies at Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).

Farmers who actually encourage folks to come to their farms threaten the health and welfare of their fecal concentration camp production unit neighbors, and therefore must be prohibited from bringing these invasive germ-dispensing humans onto their landscape. In the industrial agribusiness paradigm, farms must be protected from people, not to mention free-range poultry.

The notion that animals and plants can be raised in such a way that their enhanced immune system protects them from kindergarteners’ germs, and that the animals actually thrive when marinated in human attention, never enters the minds of government officials dedicated to protecting precarious production units.


I have several neighbors who produce high-quality food or crafts that complement our own meat and poultry. Dried flower arrangements from one artisan, pickles from another, wine from another, and first-class vegetables from another. These are just for starters.

Our community is blessed with all sorts of creative artisans who offer products that we would love to stock in our on-farm retail venue. Doesn’t it make sense to encourage these customers driving out from the city to be able to go to one farm to do their rural browsing/ purchasing rather than drive all over the countryside? Furthermore, many of these artisans have neither the desire nor time to deal with patrons one-on-one. A collaborative venue is the most win-win, reasonable idea imaginable — except to government agents.

As soon as our farm offers a single item — just one — that is not produced here, we have become a Wal-Mart. Period. That means a business license, which isbasically another layer of taxes on our gross sales. The business license requires a commercial entrance, which on our country road is almost impossible to acquire due to sight-distance requirements and width regulations. Of course, zoning prohibits businesses in our agricultural zones. Remember, people are supposed to be kept away from agricultural areas — people bring diseases.

Even if we could comply with all of the above requirements, a retail outlet carries with it a host of additional regulations. We must provide designated handicapped parking, government-approved toilet facilities (our four household bathrooms in the two homes located 50 feet away from the retail building do not count) — and it can’t be a composting toilet. We must offer x-number of parking spaces. Folks, it just goes on and on, ad nauseum, and all for simply trying to help a neighbor sell her potatoes or extra pumpkins at Thanksgiving. I thought this was the home of the free. In most countries of the world, anyone can sell any of this stuff anywhere, and the hungering hordes are glad to get it, but in the great U.S. of A we’re too sophisticated to allow such bioregional commerce.


Any power tool — including a cordless screwdriver — cannot be operated by people under the age of 18. We have lots of requests from folks wanting to come as interns, but what do we call them? The government has no category for interns or neighbor young people who just want to learn and help out.

We’d love to employ all the neighboring young people. To our child-awning and worshiping culture, the only appropriate child activity is recreation, sitting in a desk, or watching TV. That’s it. That’s the extent of what children are good for. Anything else is abusive and risky.

Then we wonder why these kids grow up unmotivated and bored with life. Our local newspaper is full of articles and letters to the editor lamenting the lack of things for young people to do. Let me suggest a few things: digging postholes and building a fence, weeding the garden, planting some tomatoes, splitting some wood, feeding the chickens, washing eggs, pruning grapevines, milking the cow, building a compost pile, growing some earthworms.

These are all things that would be wonderfully meaningful work experience for the youth of our community, but you can’t simply employ people anymore. A host of government regulatory paperwork surrounds every "could you come over and help us . . . ?" By the time an employer complies with every Occupational Safety & Health Administration requirement, posts every government bulletin requirement, with-holds taxes, and shoulders Unemployment Compensation burdens and medical and child safety regulations — he or she can’t hire anybody legally or profitably.

The government has no pigeonhole for this: "I’m a 17-year-old home-schooler, and I want to learn how to farm. Could I come and have you mentor me for a year?"

What is this relationship? A student? An employee? If I pay a stipend, the government says he’s an employee. If I don’t pay, the Fair Labor Standards board says it’s slavery, which is illegal. Doesn’t matter that the young person is here of his own volition and is happy to live in a tee-pee. Housing must be permitted and up to code. Enough already. What happened to the home of the free?


You would think that if I cut the trees, mill the logs into lumber, and build the house on my own farm, I could make it however I wanted to. Think again. It’s illegal to build a house less than 900 square feet. Period. Doesn’t matter if I’m a hermit or the father of 20. The government agents have decreed, in their egocentric wisdom, that no human can live in anything less than 900 square feet.

Our son got married last year and wanted to build a small cottage on the farm, which he now oversees for the most part. Our new saying is, "He runs the farm, and I just run around." The plan was to do what Mom and Dad did for Teresa and I — trade houses when children come. That way our empty nest downsizes, and the young people can upsize in the main family farmhouse. Sounds reasonable and environmentally sensitive to me. But no, his little honeymoon cottage — or our retirement shack — had to be a 900-square-foot Taj Mahal. A state-of-the-art accredited composting toilet to avoid the need for a septic system and sewer leach field was denied.

When the hillside leach field would not meet agronomic standards and we had to install it in the floodplain, I asked the health department bureaucrat why. He said that essentially the only approvable leach fields now are alongside creeks and streams, because they are the only sites that offer dark-enough colored soils. Sounds like real environmental steward-ship, doesn’t it?

Look, if I want to build a yurt of rabbit skins and go to the bathroom in a compost pile, why is it any of the government’s business? Bureaucrats bend over back-wards to accredit, tax credit, and offer money to people wanting to build pig city-factories or bigger airports. But let a guy go to his woods, cut down some trees, and build himself a home, and a plethora of regulatory tyrants descend on the project to complicate, obfuscate, irritate, frustrate, and virtually terminate. I think it’s time to eradicate some of these laws and the piranhas who administer them.


I don’t ask for a dime of government money. I don’t ask for government accreditation. I don’t want to register my animals with a global positioning tattoo. I don’t want to tell officials the names of my constituents. And I sure as the dickens don’t intend to hand over my firearms. I can’t even use the "U" word.

On every side, our paternalistic culture is tightening the noose around those of us who just want to opt out of the system — and it is the freedom to opt out that differentiates tyrannical and free societies.

How a culture deals with its misfits reveals its strength. The stronger a culture, the less it fears the radical fringe. The more paranoid and precarious a culture, the less tolerance it offers.

When faith in our freedom gives way to fear of our freedom, then silencing the minority view becomes the operative protocol. The Native Americans silenced after Little Big Horn simply wanted to

worship in their beloved Black Hills, use traditional medicinal herbs to cure diseases, educate their children in the ways of their ancestors, and live in portable homes rather than log cabins. By that time these people represented absolutely no threat to the continued Westernization and domination of the North American continent by people who educated, vocated, medicated, worshiped, and habitated differently.

But coexistence was out of the question. Just like the forces that succeeded in making it illegal for me to use the "O" word, the Western success at Wounded Knee quashed the little guy. What does the Organic Trade Association have to fear from me using the "O" word? If society really wants government certification, my little market share will continue to deteriorate into oblivion. If, however, the certification effort represents a same-old, same-old power grab by the elitists to exterminate the fringe play-ers, it is merely another example of fear replacing faith.

Faith in what? Faith in diversity. Faith in each other. Faith in people’s ability to self-educate, thereby making informed decisions. Faith in seekers to find answers. Faith in marketplace dynamics to reward integrity and not cheating. Faith in Creation to heal. Faith in healthy plants and animals to withstand epizootics. Faith in earthworms to increase fertility. Faith in communities to function efficiently and honorably without centralized beltway interference. Faith in Acres U.S.A. to arrive every month with a cornucopia of insight and information.

Our culture’s current fear of bioterrorism shows the glaring weakness of a centralized, immunodeficient food system. This weakness leads to fear. Demanding from on high that we irradiate all food, register every cow with government agencies, and hire more inspectors does not show strength. It shows fear.

Indeed, official policy views all these minority production and marketing systems that have been shown faithful over the centuries to be instead things that threaten everyone and everything. As a teepee dwelling, herb healing, home educating, people loving, compost building retail farmer, I represent the real answers, but real answers must be eradicated by those who seek to build their power and fortunes on a lie — the lie being that genetic integrity can be maintained when corporate scientists begin splicing DNA. The lie that, as Charles Walters says, toxic rescue chemistry is better than a balanced biological bath. The lie that farms are disease-prone, unfriendly, inhumane places and should be zoned away from people.

Those of us who would aspire to opt out — both consumers and producers — must pray for enough cleverness to circumvent the system until the system cannot sustain itself. Cycles happen. Because things are this way today does not mean they will be this way next year. Hurrah for that.

Often, the greatest escapes occur at the moment the noose becomes tightest. I’m feeling the rope, and it’s not very loose. Society seems bound and determined to hang me for everything I want to do. But there’s power in truth. And for sure, surprises are in store that may make

society shake its collective head and begin to question some seemingly unalterable doctrines. Doctrines like the righteousness of the bureaucrat. The sanctity of government research. The protection of the Food Safety and Inspection Service. The helpfulness of the USDA.

When that day comes, you and I can graciously offer our society honest food, honest ecology, honest stewardship. May the day come quickly.


posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 05:05 AM
Answer: The absence of a monetary system.

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 05:16 AM
No we are not free. We are slaves to the system. We are slaves to the Matrix. Goldman Sacks owns and runs the U.S. Government. A Coup was successfully, methodically and exquisitely pulled off during T.A.R.P. (See "Capitalism, a love story" by Michael Moore).During the movie, Moore ask's Rep. Nancy Kaptur (Ohio), "Was a financial coup pulled off, by Goldman Sachs" (during TARP)? Kaptur eventually replies, "I can agree with that". Whatever you think of Michael Moore, WATCH THE MOVIE! Freedom? We must divorce ourselves from this evil,corrupt system. We the people, must end this. We must adopt a new,peaceful, and totally equitable paradigm.

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 05:17 AM
this reminds me of a song from Ice T (PLEASE DON'T CLICK THIS LINK - EXPLICIT LYRICS!)........Don't click it if curse words offend you. DO NOT PRESS THIS BUTTON!

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 05:24 AM

Originally posted by gift0fpr0phecy

Originally posted by hawkiye
NO INCOME TAX DOES NOT PAY FOR ANY OF THAT!!! Income tax pays the interest on the debt period it does not pay for a single good or service. It all goes to bankers who are stealing our wealth. Please educate yourself and look up the "Grace Commission Report". and stop repeating this lie!

I think you are the one repeating a lie... or you don't understand what you are saying...

Yes, income tax does pay the interest and debt, but where do you think that debt and interest comes from? That debt and interest comes from paying for services like police, fire, roads, military, etc..

Than what I am paying State Taxes for? The Federal Government does not fix the roads, does not provide for the Fire Department or Local Police. That is paid for by your State Taxes. Not your Federal taxes. Also many Americans pay an "income tax" at the State AND Federal levels

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 05:24 AM

When I saw this vid awhile ago, I felt Carlin hit it dead on about freedoms and rights. It starts around 4:30 in this video, and basically he states all the rights we have are nothing more then privileges given to us by those in control. And if anyone thinks they really have rights, a good example of that being untrue was the detainment of hundreds of thousands of Americans of Japanese decent when all of a sudden, the only rights they had as Carlin put it was "Right This Way" to the internment camps.
edit on 20-1-2011 by Jason Paul because: mistyped count from "millions" to "hundreds of thousands"

posted on Jan, 20 2011 @ 06:01 AM
Apparently no one would know freedom even if they were to possess it.

You know who is free? Nietzsche's superman, an enlightened Zen Buddhist, and the man that is freed from bondage in Plato's cave.

Freedom is lack of attachment or of mind forged manacles. Everything is as it is, but once concrete ideas are formed and things desired, ones' essence is pulled away from its free center, and becomes entangled in a shadowy darkness. It takes a realization to understand this.

BTW, to all those who speak of jobs and what-not as slavery/or whatever: I must drink water to live, doing so, am I still free?

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