Heroes and individuals: understanding the benefits of being your own person

It is no secret among those who know me best that my love of government (City-States) begins and ends with a simple word…tyrannical. In the history of government there has been none that have shown me that the current approach, that of the city-state is in any way truly beneficial except to those in control of it.

City-state’s thrive on the idea of the hero. In Greece, Egypt and Rome it was the individual mythical half god half man heroes who reigned supreme. Many of these myths have the benefit of being somewhat based in reality. However, in most cases they were stories that over time were utilized to show the ultimate benefit of the state in its overall necessity in the minds of the people. The serfs, peons, middle and lower class regardless where or what type of government you serve.

It is the tribal approach to government that I embrace as an individual. In the history of the tribal approach to government there is a king or tribal chieftain or mother or father who is the ultimate voice in most issues. However, the real benefit of the tribe is that it is almost always voluntary in nature. You see every member of the tribe has the ability to agree too and follow the tribal dictates, when they reach the age of adulthood which varies per tribe they are almost always given tests to pass and the ability to refuse and leave the tribe. Unlike the city-state approach to government where no one is ever given a choice with regards to what the city-state they belong too believes, the tribe allows each individual to remain their own person.

Sure, there are tribes that this is not the case in, however, MOST if not the majority of tribal governments are very much voluntaristic in nature. Do they have their verbal and or written histories with their version of heroes, however, in almost all cases what is really celebrated is the coming of age of each individual regardless sex or color. Unlike city-states where the coming of age is celebrated as a way to now do things without having to worry about new laws or old ones, the tribe utilizes a simple approach. Those who contribute as they can benefit as they will, in the city-state those who contribute benefit those who do not and those who do not contribute are promoted as an example of how the state can further benefit the people. The reality is simple, very simple.

Personal responsibility. Tribal government embraces and promotes personal responsibility and as youth the responsibility of the parents in raising their children, or in the case of some tribes the responsibility of ALL members to ensure each child has the same overall benefits of the tribe. The city-state promotes the idea that the parents should relinquish the training of their children to state run schools and institutions. The city-state promotes social responsibility and rejects the idea of personal responsibility.

So I ask you, which do you prefer, the hero or the individual? Do you prefer social responsibility which results in greater risk of death, crime and overall detriment to human progress or do you prefer INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY, which promotes low crime, and the idea that human progress is to be embraced and in fact promoted that our children should ALWAYS be better then we their adult makers.

Your choice, your question.

Free the mind and the body will follow…

Lastly, I support the Bundy’s, I support the sagebrush rebellion and I support those who would fight to rid us as individuals of the state as an overreaching, breathless bloated husk of democidal bureaucratic nightmare.


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About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, jessetalksback.com and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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