The Enlightenment of Dead, White Guys

Until relatively recently, I never really got into the fetishism of dead, white guys (AKA our Founding Fathers and the Constitution). I also discredited Thomas Jefferson (for which is alleged he had children with a slave). As I’ve come to understand the battle between State vs. Federal Enumerated Powers, I’ve come to a better understanding that Alexander Hamilton’s legacy for Authoritarianism echoes into today’s politics.

There exists a seemingly eternal struggle between individual liberty and Statist tyranny.

Amendment IX: Samuel Adams, The Rights of the Colonists

In short it is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one or any number of men at the entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights when the great end of civil government from the very nature of its institution is for the support, protection and defence of those very rights: the principal of which as is before observed, are life liberty and property. If men through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce and give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave–

The Death of Reason: Why People Don’t Listen to Reason and Evidence

Interesting physical, psychological, and even genetic discussion on why people don’t listen to reason and evidence.

It seems to be the case that if someone already has an inability or unwillingness to practice Reason, there is no hope for them. To even attempt to show the individual that they are unreasoned would require reasoned means (by which it has already been determined they’re incapable of). Essentially an impossible situation.

Don’t Glorify Government Violence

A causal link between State violence and mass shootings? I’m skeptical how strong of a link. Might as well say Global Warming is the cause of Terrorism. Interesting perspective nonetheless.

It is interesting to observe the blindness by which people defend the morality of State violence not on Principled grounds but on Pragmatic grounds. For them, the ends justify the means. To me, they’re just thugs, or intellectually lazy (intentional?).

There’s also psychological barriers to remaining blind to Statists’ own immorality, for which I’m still reflecting on. How does one use rational means to break down another’s self-imposed delusion due to cognitive dissonance? I’m coming to the realization that you don’t waste your time.

I’m the delusional one to expect people to act and believe rationally (or at least honestly). Why do I get frustrated when people act irrationally? Why do I continue and believe it’s worth the effort to engage? Perhaps it’s because the alternative of sitting and doing nothing as the Statists run rampant and commit immoral acts is intolerable.

What is it inside of me that sees injustice and is compelled to act, to never surrender?

Is the cause of Liberty and Freedom something I’m willing to go all the way and die for?

From a purely material point of view, I’m having a net loss. Despite this, I’m still compelled to speak for the moral imperative. This is a similar conviction I had in college as a Christian that some would say is the conviction of the Holy Spirit, but I did a lot of dumb ass things that I regret.

In this case, my reasoning and emotional conviction are in line. I’m not sure how much in line they were for me in college. Will I later look with regret at my current zealousness with Individualism, liberty, and personal property the same way I look back with regret at my time in college?