Some of the scenarios outlined below may be frightening, as they should be, because when it hits the fan millions of people will be thrown into desperation with no hope of a solution. Be Informed provides a variety of point-by-point details that may and hopefully will convince the non-prepared individual to at least insulate themselves with the basic necessities.
From the nature of things, every society must at all times possess within itself the sovereign powers of legislation.
The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. History has informed us that bodies of men, as well as individuals, are susceptible of the spirit of tyranny. There are extraordinary situations which require extraordinary interposition.
An exasperated people, who feel that they possess power, are not easily restrained within limits strictly regular. When the representative body have lost the confidence of their constituents, when they have notoriously made sale of their most valuable rights, when they have assumed to themselves powers which the people never put into their hands, then indeed their continuing in office becomes dangerous to the state, and calls for an exercise of the power of dissolution.
The feelings of human nature revolt against the supposition of a state so situated as that it may not in any emergency provide against dangers which perhaps threaten immediate ruin. While those bodies are in existence to whom the people have delegated the powers of legislation, they alone possess and may exercise those powers; but when they are dissolved by the lopping off one or more of their branches, the power reverts to the people, who may exercise it to unlimited extent, either assembling together in person, sending deputies, or in any other way they may think proper.
From the nature and purpose of civil institutions, all the lands within the limits which any particular society has circumscribed around itself are assumed by that society, and subject to their allotment only. This may be done by themselves, assembled collectively, or by their legislature, to whom they may have delegated sovereign authority; and if they are alloted in neither of these ways, each individual of the society may appropriate to himself such lands as he finds vacant, and occupancy will give him title.
A free people [claim] their rights, as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate. Let those flatter who fear; it is not an American art.
To give praise which is not due might be well from the venal, but would ill beseem those who are asserting the rights of human nature. They know, and will therefore say, that kings are the servants, not the proprietors of the people. The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.
For more quotes from and about this document, see United States Declaration of Independence For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Known as the "anti-slavery clause", this section drafted by Thomas Jefferson was removed from the Declaration at the behest of representatives of South Carolina.
Murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them, thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.
In every stage of these repressions, we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms, our repreated petitions have been answered only by repreated injury. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?
Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to factspardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. A little rebellionnow and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my booksmy family and a few old friendsdining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give. I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religionin philosophyin politicsor in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself.
Our liberty depends on the freedom of the pressand that cannot be limited without being lost. We took the liberty to make some enquiries concerning the ground of their pretentions to make war upon nations who had done them no injuryand observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the laws of their Prophet ; that it was written in their Koran ; that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners ; that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could.
Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.
As long therefore as they can find employment in this line, I would not convert them into mariners, artisans, or any thing else.
But our citizens will find employment in this line till their numbers, and of course their productions, become too great for the demand both internal and foreign. But the consequences of this enormous inequality producing so much misery to the bulk of mankind, legislators cannot invent too many devices for subdividing property.
Letter to James Madison 28 October Whenever there is in any country, uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right.As it developed on the colonial ground, the conquest of labour subordinated economic efficiency to the demands of building a self-sufficient proto-national Yishuv (Jewish community in Palestine) at the expense of the surrounding Arab population.
The question of genocide is never far from discussions of settler colonialism. Land is life—or, at least, land is necessary for life.
Thus contests for land can be—indeed, often are—contests for life. Jamaican political leader, who was a staunch proponent of the Black nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, founder the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), founder of the Black Star Line, which promoted the return of the African .
What actually constitutes slavery is a point of heated debate among historians, since even slaves had loosely defined ranks and varying degrees of privileges.
When perfect quiet is restored, I shall proceed. I cannot speak so long as there is any noise or confusion. I shall take my time I feel quite prepared to spend the night with you if necessary.
Abraham Lincoln and Slavery. Featured Book. Michael Burlingame, Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Johns Hopkins Press, ) The Morality and Legality of Slavery.
Opposing the Extension of Slavery.