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A Declaration of Separation

• anarplex
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==== To The Governments & People of Earth: ====
We claim the right to exist, and we will defend it.
We do not seek to overthrow anything. We do not seek to control anything. We
merely wish to be left alone.
All we ever wanted was to live in peace with our friends and neighbors. For a
long, long time we bore insults to our liberty; we took blows, we did what we
could to avoid injury and we worked through the system to get the offenses to
stop. That has now changed.
We no longer see any benefit in working through the world?s systems. At some
point, working within a system becomes cowardly and immoral; for us, that
point has arrived.
Regardless of the parties in power, their governments have continued to
restrict, restrain and punish us. We hereby reject them all. We hereby
withdraw from them all. We hold the ruling states of this world and all that
appertains to them to be self-serving and opposed to humanity.
We now withdraw our obedience and reclaim the right to strike back when
struck. We will not initiate force, but we do reserve the right to answer it.
We did not choose this ? it was forced upon us.

==== To The Governments of Earth: ====
You are building cages for all that is human. In the name of protection, you
have intruded into all areas of human life, far exceeding the reach of any
Caesar. You claim ultimate control of our property and our decisions, of our
travels and even our identities. You claim ownership of humanity far beyond
the dreams of any Emperor of any previous era.
Understand clearly: We reject your authority and we reject your legitimacy. We
do not believe that you have any right to do the things you do. You have
massive power, but no right to impose it upon us and no legitimacy. We have
forsaken you. We are no longer your citizens or your subjects.
Your systems are inherently anti-human, even if all their operators are not.
We are not merely angry young people. We are fathers and mothers; aunts,
uncles and grandparents; we are business owners and trusted employees; we are
mechanics and engineers and farmers. We are nurses and accountants and
students and executives.
We are on every continent.
This is not a burst of outrage; this is a sober declaration that we no longer
accept unearned suffering as our role in life.
For long decades we sat quietly, hoping that things would turn around. We took
no actions; we suffered along with everyone else. But after having our limits
pushed back again and again, we have given up on your systems.
If our fellow inhabitants of this planet wish to accept your rule, they are
free to do so.
We will not try to stop them. We, however, will no longer accept your
constraints upon us.
- - From now on, when you hurt us, we will bite back. If you leave us alone we
will leave you alone and you can continue to rule your subjects. We are happy
to live quietly. But if you come after us, there will be consequences.
You caused this because of your fetish for control and power. The chief men
and women among you are pathologically driven to control everyone and
everything that moves upon this planet. You have made yourselves the judge of
every human activity. No god-king of the ancient world ever had the power that
your systems do.
You have created a world where only the neutered are safe and where only
outlaws are free.

==== To The People of Earth: ====
We seek nothing from you. We do not want to rule you and we do not want to
control you.
All we wish is to live on earth in peace. As always, we will be helpful
neighbors and generous acquaintances. We will remain honest business partners
and trustworthy employees. We will continue to be loving parents and
respectful children.
We will not, however, be sacrificial animals. We reject the idea that others
have a right to our lives and our property. We will not demand anything from
you, and we will no longer acquiesce to any demands upon us. We have left that
game. We reject all obligations to any person or organization beyond honesty,
fair dealing and a respect for human life.
We will shortly explain what we believe, but we are not demanding that you
agree with us. All we ask is that you do not try to stop us. Continue to play
the game if you wish; we will not try to disrupt it. We have merely walked
away from it.
We wish you peace.

==== To Those Who Will Condemn Us: ====
We will ignore you.
We welcome and seek the verdict of a just God, before whom we are willing to
expose our innermost thoughts. Are you similarly willing?
We would stand openly before all mankind if it were not suicidal. Perhaps some
day we will have to accept slaughter for our crime of independence, but not
Your criticism and your malice are much deeper than mere disagreements of
strategy or philosophy. You do not oppose our philosophy, you oppose our
existence. Our presence in the world means that your precious ideals are
false. Some of you would rather kill us than face the loss of your ideologies,
just as those like you have either hated or killed every sufficiently
independent human.
You present yourselves to the world as compassionate, tolerant and
enlightened, but we know that your smooth words are costumes. Oh yes, we know
you, servant of the state; don?t forget, we were raised with you. We played
with you in the schoolyard, we sat next to you in the classroom. Some of us
studied at the same elite universities. We watched as you had your first
tastes of power. We were the boys and girls standing next to you.
Some of us were your first victims. We are not fooled by your carefully
crafted public image.

==== What We Believe ====
#1: Many humans resent the responsibilities that are implied by consciousness.
We accept those responsibilities and we embrace consciousness. Rather than
letting things happen to us (avoiding consciousness), we accept
consciousness and choose to act in our own interest.
We do not seek the refuge of blaming others, neither do we take refuge in
crowds. We are willing to act on our personal judgment, and we are willing
to accept the consequences thereof.

#2: We believe in negative rights for all: That all humans should be free to
do whatever they wish, as long as they do not intrude upon others; that no
man has a right to the life, liberty or property of another; that we oppose
aggression, fraud and coercion.

#3: We do not believe that our way of life, or any other, will make life
perfect or trouble-free. We expect crime and disagreements and ugliness, and
we are prepared to deal with them. We do not seek a strongman to step in and
solve problems for us.
We agree to see to them ourselves.

#4: We believe in free and unhindered commerce. So long as exchanges are
voluntary and honest, no other party has a right to intervene ? before,
during or after.

#5: We believe that all individuals should keep their agreements.

#6: We believe that honestly obtained property is fully legitimate and

#7: We believe that some humans are evil and that they must be faced and dealt
with. We accept the fact that this is a difficult area of life.

#8: We believe that humans can self-organize effectively. We expect them to
cooperate. We reject impositions of hierarchy and organization.

#9: We believe that all humans are to be held as equals in all matters
regarding justice.

#10: We believe that the more a man or woman cares about right and wrong, the
more of a threat he or she is perceived to be by governments.

#11: We believe that there are only two true classes of human beings: Those
who wish to exercise power upon others ? either directly or through
intermediaries ? and those who have no such desires.

#12: Large organizations and centralization are inherently anti-human. They
must rely upon rules rather than principles, treating humans within the
organization as obedient tools.

==== Our Plans: ====
We are building our own society. We will supplement traditional tools with
networking, cryptography, sound money, digital currency and anonymous
messaging. Our society will not be centrally controlled. It will rely solely
on voluntary arrangements.
We welcome others to join us. We are looking for people who are independent
creators of value, people who act more than talk, and people who do the right
thing because it is the right thing.
We will develop our own methods of dealing with injustice, built on the
principles of negative rights, restitution, integrity and equal justice.
We do not forbid anyone from having one foot in each realm ? ours and the old
realm - although we demand that they do no damage to our realm. We are fully
opposed to any use of our realm to facilitate crime in the old realm, such as
the hiding of criminal proceeds.
We expect to be loudly condemned, libeled and slandered by the authorities of
the old regime. We expect them to defend their power and their image of
legitimacy with all means available to them. We expect that many gullible and
servile people will believe these lies, at least at first.
We will consider traps laid for us to be criminal offenses.
Any who wish to join us are encouraged to distribute this declaration, to act
in furtherance of our new society, to voluntarily excel in virtues and to
communicate and cooperate with other members of the new society.

Free, unashamed men cannot be ruled.

We are The Free and The Unashamed.