for Our Children, Circa 2012
by Karen Kwiatkowski: What
I Learned in My Political Campaign
is the natural orientation of mankind, then we can trust that our
children and grandchildren will turn to that light, seek the warmth
of freedom, and always resent their chains.
I hope our
children will innately remember liberty, and somehow understand
that it is indeed their birthright.
There are three
things we might be able to do now to help the upcoming generations.
The republic has already fallen, as thousands of pages of laws have
replaced fundamental rule of law, and every citizen today is no
more than a felon in waiting. A new American culture of dependency
on the state has replaced healthier cultures of personal independence
and market productivity.
The past eras,
when both rich and poor boldly rejected European and third world
statism and took a one-way trip to America, are long gone. They
will not return. Today, no more geographic new worlds exist for
those who value freedom more than security, or risk-taking and creativity
over fascistic centralized control. The task at hand is to recreate
republics outside of top-heavy militarized socialism, underneath
the ahistorical and moronic state media, and above state educational
We and our
children have one overarching mission today. We must ride out the
failure and ragged collapse of national and global socialism with
our lives and souls intact, and with the skills and vision to rebuild
a better system of trade and governance, one that is liberty-oriented,
decentralized, and inexpensive.
We have some
of the tools we need already – we are human and love freedom. In
some ways we are addicted to liberty – when we have a little, we
envision more, we accomplish and produce more, and we want more
freedom to do so. Freedom is dangerous to the state. With neither
force or fear, freedom motivates and rewards every human action
in a single moment. Freedom produces value, and it creates its own
First and foremost,
we ought to create in our children and grandchildren a taste for
For the past
thirty years, the emphasis in public schools and in society has
been to foster the development of "self-esteem" in young
people. This has been and continues to be done by avoiding hard
knocks and adventure, discouraging strongly held opinions, replacing
logical judgment with authoritarian mandates, and promoting groupthink.
The self-esteem movement is part and parcel of a broader strategy
of feminization in public education. Feminization of public schooling
de-emphasizes the role of individualism and liberty in creating
and fostering peaceful productive communities, while creating habitual
followers. This was not done by hiring women in the school system,
but rather by systemic and pharmaceutical promotion of "feminine"
qualities of submission, obedience, cooperation, compromise, and
avoidance of passion that are considered culturally acceptable feminine
qualities. Students (many of our own sons and grandsons, as well
as daughters and granddaughters) failing to sufficiently demonstrate
these qualities are punished, held back, medicated and even incarcerated.
of the public school and university system creates exactly what
the state needs – a marriage of a feminized population with the
masculine state. But thirty years of public school feminization
was predated by what the welfare and entitlement system has done
to American families. Senator Patrick Moynihan complained nearly
50 years ago, in 1965, that the welfare system was already having
the measureable effect of replaced human husbands with the husbandry
of the state. The state would be pronounced breadwinner, rulemaker,
and guarantor of safety and survival, till death.
To state as
"father" and state as "husband," add in state
as "mother." This has been subtly achieved through the
friendly and cooperative yoking of media and the state that began
before World War II. Americans today have consumed nearly 70 years
of streaming state propaganda that encourages us to believe and
accept that unrepublican and unconstitutional government in Washington,
D.C. is in fact both republican and constitutional. With rare exceptions,
we have been told that the warfare-welfare state is not an empire,
but instead a shining city on a hill that the rest of the world
envies and admires.
When I reflect
on what socialism in American has wrought – I worry less about the
next four years of Obama and more about the last 75 years of American
statism’s unarguable success in shaping the bulk of the population
into passive, weak, unimaginative slaves and serfs.
Yet – for this
unending diet of socialistic illusion a percentage of Americans
have remained awake, and many more are awakening today to the fundamental
realities that socialism isn’t free, and that our government lies,
cheats, and steals as a matter of policy.
and rapidly growing home school movement has been one response to
the counter-logical and anti-liberty message of the state to our
children. Today, over 5.5 million young people are in private schools,
and another 1.5 million are homeschooled. Beyond that is adult self-education
being pursued by tens of millions as a result of the Internet. Ironically,
this self education is aided by the state fostered underemployment
that has created a troika of frustration, curiosity, and time to
pursue interesting ideas from people all over the world and from
past generations. I would suggest that we have more Rothbardians
today than when the great man was alive, and we probably have more
Randians today than when Ayn held court. I wonder if we also don’t
have fewer true Marxists than when Marx and Lenin were alive
– because the Internet and modern events have put forth the failed
record of Marxism for all to see. Certainly, countries that suffered
lost decades and generations under Communism and subsequently transitioned
to something slightly more market based and libertarian are not
filled with Marxists any more, if they ever were.
This is cause
alone for hope – statist systems collapse but people don’t. Our
children – and ourselves – should aspire to be not just survivors
but rainmakers and change agents. This means we must, as soon as
practical, divorce the state as husband, reject the state as mother,
and abandon the state as father. We do all of this much as we would
divorce a real husband, reject a real mother, or abandon a real
father. Prepare, consider strengths and options, and then leave
the state family to go out into the world and test ourselves, produce
for ourselves, and take on for ourselves those wonderful
qualities of father, mother, and husband. This means we exercise
courage, work hard, learn rapidly, and become more alert and aware
of both past and present, and more willing to boldly look over the
horizon to an unpredictable future.
This is what
the state currently attempts to do for us. It is "courageous"
so we don’t have to be. It works, as Obama has said, and it builds
our businesses. It learns while dumbing us down, and it looks to
the future and plans our role in that future. Today, as the political
mouthpieces have been saying, the state is taking us over a cliff,
at full speed ahead.
We must give
ourselves and our children an awareness and understanding of real
freedom, and real independence. We must divorce the state, as individuals
and as extended families. To survive, we and our children must be
prepared to jump off the speeding train, leap out of the back seat
of that car being driven over the cliff by Red Thelma and Blue Louise.
a sense of freedom’s possibilities and demands, we must prepare
physically and economically for the collapse of the state-led family
– and that means, much as the collapse of any family, uncertainty,
doubt, economic hardship, new kinds of jobs and even relocating.
We would do well to revisit George
Carlin’s famous "stuff" skit. The stuff we have ought
to be useful for the next phase – meaning an era of independence,
creativity and survival, self-education, production and provision
of what we and others people need, and NOT what the state needs.
The state needs
your payroll income, it needs you driving to and from state-approved
activities, and it needs centralized control. Divorced from the
state, and post-state, we ought to examine what it is that people
and communities really need. I would submit that centralized control,
payroll income, and state approved activities are going to be low
on the list of what we will be needing – so think on these things
and start practicing now. Help our children differentiate between
community and market self-perpetuating order and the heavy-handed
controls of the state that poses as "order."
we help our children and those around us to understand freedom,
seek it, if we take steps to divorce the state’s many assumed roles
in our lives, and if we prepare physically and educationally for
living and producing above, below and beyond state awareness and
control, we have done much. Unplugging from the state can be done,
slowly and bit by bit, while we have the chance and the choice.
Unplugging may also give us more time to think, to learn, to study
to practice new skills and most importantly, to strengthen our relationships
with people. Our networks and extended families, and our like-minded
communities will be critical in surviving and thriving the metastasizing
cancer of present-day American fascism. They will be imperative
if we intend to thrive in the coming post-socialism era.
We crave and
need liberty, and liberty is our God-given birthright. We must divorce
the state, unplug from socialism, and prepare for the collapse that
always occurs when debt and poverty collapse a government semblance
of order. Humans are strongest and healthiest with a combination
of active intellectual growth and hard physical work. My advice
for my children is to embrace both with equal enthusiasm.
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columnist Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D. [send
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retired USAF lieutenant colonel, blogs occasionally at Liberty
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ran for Congress in Virginia's 6th district in 2012.
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