People today are too willing to give up their property rights…

“The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.” Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto

It’s alarming to know how many people are willing to give up their property rights. Those who know me or who have followed my posts, know that I am no friend of HOA, subdivisions, and zoning laws. It’s depressing to know many Americans willingly sign away their rights in order to live in a community. The worst offenders are the ones who do this willingly when they join a HOA and/or limited-deed subdivision for whatever perk they deem worthy just to transfer their property rights over to an agency and/or developer. These people compromise for a little convenience and safety while they refine what ownership actually means. Those who are subjected to zoning laws passed by city/county governments are in a different category than those I previously mentioned. The people who are forced into giving up their property rights are victims.

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Let me ask those of you who have signed away your private property rights to a HOA/subdivision the following questions:

What feature or benefit was worth giving up the right to do with your land and home as you see fit?

What convenience was offered to convince you to give your HOA/subdivision the right to mandate what you do on the property that you own?

How does it feel to ask permission from your HOA when you want to upgrade or change the appearence of your house and/or yard?

How do you teach your children the definition of ownership when you say that you own your home, but they see you asking your HOA permission to decorate your yard or change the color of your house, etc? Is the definition of ownership truly what you are teaching your children, or are you teaching them that the collective actually owns the land?

How many of you would buy a car with the following restrictions:

  • You cannot drive it over 300 miles per month in order to preserve the resale value of the car.
  • All services and maintenace must be performed by approved Auto Owners Association (AOA) outlets. If you fail to keep your vehicle serviced, your AOA reserves the right to pick up your vehicle and service it for you. If this occurs, you will receive the bill, a fine, and a warning from your AOA. Failure to comply could result in civil action and/or repossession of your vehicle.
  • You cannot change the interior or exterior of the car without getting permission from the Auto Owners Assocaition within your community.This includes stickers and other cosmetic items which might not set well with your community’s appearance. This is put in place to make sure your car’s property value will not decrease due to irresponsible neighbors giving your car a bad name.
  • You must pay a due every year in order to drive your car.
  • If you do not keep your car clean, you will be required to pay a fine after the first warning. Your AOA reserves the right to clean your car for you if you fail to comply. If this occurs, you will receive a bill, a fine, and written warning from the AOA.  Failure to comply could result in civil action and/or repossession of your vehicle.
  • In order to purchase this vehicle, the buyer agrees to all the terms above for as long as this vehicle is in their possession. The AOA reserves the right to audit your vehicle for compliance to this policy.

I’m sure that most of you would not touch this car with a ten-foot pole. So why would you commit to buy a home with restrictions very similar to the car? I’m sure someone will say, “But a home costs more and consist of more variables. A home is considered a big purchase whereas a car is not. A home is supposed to increase in value whereas a car is not… etc...” These people always have a “but…but…but” answer in order to defend their poor decision to give up their rights.

People who willingly give up their property rights are far worse than those who are forced into giving up their rights. One is a traitor to liberty, and the other a victim of tyranny. When a HOA comes down on someone who willingly signed their rights away, I have no pity for them because they are getting what they deserve.

By the way, if you support a HOA then you will never actually own your home. No matter how it’s spun, the fact is the HOA controls you and your land. You are a servant to the HOA’s commands and fees (taxes)! I believe they should change the name from Homeowner Association to Homeowners in Name Only or HINO.

Just as man can’t exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one’s rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property.  ~Ayn Rand

*Images were copied from Homeowner Association Rant.

How is Marxism different than Objectivism?

How is Marxism different than Objectivism?

By William R Thomas

Q: How is Marxisim different thanObjectivism?

A: Marxism and Objectivism are similar in very few respects:

—They are systems of thought. But Marxism is primarily a political and economic outlook. Objectivism is broader.
—They are both atheistic.
—They see human happiness as a good thing (though what they think happiness consists in is quite different).
—They were founded by secular intellectuals of Jewish extraction.
Otherwise, they differ on most points. Here are just a few:
Objectivism is for property rights. Marxism is against them.
—Marxism is egalitarian. Objectivism is not.
Objectivism regards each human as an individual. Marxism defines each by his group, especially his economic class background.
Objectivism is pro-capitalism, Marxism is obviously not.
—Marxism holds that profit is evil. Objectivism holds that profit is usually highly honorable.
—Marxism is indifferent or even opposed to restricting the powers of government. It provided the basis for totalitarianism in many countries. Objectivism holds that government must be strictly limited, and that everyone should be free to enjoy liberty.
And so on.

William R Thomas has written on topics in politics, ethics, and epistemology, and has spoken internationally on the theory of individual rights and Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. His works include Radical for Capitalism, and, as editor, The Literary Art of Ayn Rand. He is the director of programs for The Atlas Society.(source:http://www.atlassociety.org/objectivism_marxism)

Thomas Jefferson said,”banking institutions are more dangerous than standing armies”

“The system of banking [is] a blot left in all our Constitutions,
which, if not covered, will end in their destruction…
I sincerely believe that banking institutions are more dangerous
than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to
be paid by posterity… is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” Thomas Jefferson

We must win our city and county elections in order to restore liberty and freedom

One major political battle often overlooked is the battle for our local governments. City and county governments can be as oppressive and progressive as the federal government. I would encourage each of you to form activist groups and brainstorm ways to win your city and county council seats. In order to win these elections, it will require a lot of hard work and door-to-door visitations. We must come up with a way to explain our views and what we want to accomplish in a way that is easy to understand.

By taking over the city and county, we can eliminate zoning laws and work to restore property rights to the people who own the land. We can work to eliminate unneccessary programs on the city and county levels. We can reduce the tax burden and work to eliminate city and county property taxes. There is a lot we can do on these local levels which can make a big difference in how our local governments govern the people. Many services done by the city and county could be run better by the private sector, paid for by the individual using those services instead of everyone being taxed to pay for a service whether they use it or not.

In my opinion, this is one of the most important battle grounds and is being overlooked. I believe we are too focused on DC, causing us to have many local elections with only one name on the ballot. Just imagine what liberty-loving capitalists could do if we took control of our local governments and then moved on to the state level.

The Libertarian Party is very helpful in helping people get started in local elections (click here). If the Libertarian Party is not for you, then run under whatever party name you feel is close to your beliefs. Just do something!

The main thing is we need to stop trusting the status quo and start thinking for ourselves. We should look into the laws which have been passed on our city and county levels. If the people elected are the ones pushing higher taxes, wasteful spending, and zoning regulation, we should be working to remove them from office because they are taxing us to death and taking our freedoms away in the name of the collective good.

“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories.” Thomas Jefferson