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Longevity and Liberty

In Liberty, True nature of the State on March 19, 2017 at 3:41 pm

Longevity and Liberty

What if all that we are doing to advance the cause of freedom is a waste of time? What if its an impossibility to live in an atmosphere of increased human liberty because the fear of death and the lack of experiencing enough time on Earth prevents individuals from seeing through the lies of those who champion collectivism over individualism? The current human life span of less than 80 years may not be sufficient for the majority of individuals to live long enough to see the benefits or the advantages of being more free and the dangers and futility of giving up liberty for security.

Robert Heinlein was a liberty minded master author of science fiction who explored the ideas of Liberty throughout his career. My favorite character he ever created was a very long lived man named Lazarus Long. He was born to parents who were part of a longevity project that encouraged long lived people to mate. He’s later on able to outlive his genetic gifts of his parents and make it past 2000 years old due to advanced medical treatments called “rejuvenation”. This character loved freedom and distrusted authority. He would leave a planet as soon as the population reached a sufficient number to require identification cards.

Without the fear of natural death there is a new perspective gained by humans. Lazarus when he learned that he wasn’t going to die of natural causes began making more long term plans. How many of our decisions are based on our fear of death? And how much of the ideas of collectivism exist because of this fear of death? If humans began living 200 years or 2000 years would the freedom philosophy be embraced by most humans?

I don’t know but I think that what is holding back the freedom movement may not be a “selling job” or a “numbers problem”. What if it is simply a lack of lifespan for the majority of humans to find out that death is not the worst thing that can happen to a person? And that being dependent of the whims of the collective is not only dangerous but also degrading. Lazarus Long despised living on a planet where everything was given to him and wanted to leave another planet when he found out him and his follow space travelers were seen as domesticated animals by a super advanced race. Collectivist Politicians and others who worship power view the masses as domesticated animals and they promise to give us everything if we only submit to their brilliant schemes. Lazarus would rather risk death by returning to an Earth that was potentially dangerous to him and his own kind then become a pet or have everything handed to him. When people no longer have a fear of death these currently invisible chains of collectivism will begin to weight heavy on them. Lazarus understood this and that is why he always chose liberty over security because giving up liberty meant submitting and giving up his inherent rights.

Another benefit of an extended or even infinite physical human lifespan besides eliminating the fear of death will be the increased ability of humans to see patterns of history over extended time frames. Right now most humans don’t read or even care about history. They are unaware of the hundreds of millions of people murdered by collectivist nation states in the last hundred years. They are unaware of the small pockets of history in which humans had more freedom and why these epochs created the amazing level of civilization we all take for granted today. Currently those who worship the state and suckle at its teat are able to ignore or twist history to their benefit and cloak the current patterns of deceit, theft and murder that their unholy god is unleashing on humankind from the masses because people haven’t lived long enough to recognize what always happens when collectivism is chosen over individualism.

There are many factors that go into a person’s decision in choosing to believe in collectivism or to embrace individualism. I do believe that the fear of death and the inability to see long term historical patterns are two key reasons most people prefer the paternal state gaining more and more power while they accept their individual freedoms to diminish. I believe most who fall into the ranks of the collectivists are blinded by their own fear of death and their ignorance of history so they can’t see the pile of bodies and the lost potential of billions of humans because of the actions of the all powerful state throughout the history of humankind. One day physical death will be a thing of the past for humans. When that happens a majority of humans will live long enough to spot long term historical patterns with their our own eyes and see the lies that the priests of politics are peddling and totally eliminate all support for the all powerful paternal state.

Brad Miller