Involuntary Servitude

During the Libertarian Presidential debate in May of 2004, Aaron Russo, Gary Nolan and I agreed that we would rotate the sequence so that each of us would be required to answer first one third of the time. One of the issues I was required to address was about the military draft. The moment I heard the topic I knew what my answer was, however the moderator felt compelled to elaborate for several minutes before I had an opportunity to respond. The audience didn't know it, however I was growing more impatient - and sarcastic - the longer I waited for my turn to speak. When the moderator finally came to a question mark, I faced the audience and said, "Imagine that. Young people aren't signing up to die in foreign countries the way they used to." I had to wait quite awhile for the applause to subside before I could continue my answer. Since then, several people have told me this was the answer that tipped the balance of the debate in my favor.

What kind of an Alice in Wonderland world must you live in where you can be forced to join the military, and still believe that you live in a free country? I went to the Post office last week and spotted a stack of selective service forms urging men to "do the right thing". A notation at the bottom of the front cover insists "It's the law", but a more important question would be - is that law constitutional?

Let's begin at the philosophical beginning by asking who owns your body. The only legitimate answer is that each man, woman, and child owns his or her own body, as well as the fruits of their labor. The most embarrassing aspect of American history is that we had the idealism to write "all men are created equal", but we failed - initially - to eliminate slavery in this country. In order to guarantee support from all the southern states, the Constitution (Article 1, Section 9, clause 1) explicitly states that slavery "...shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight..." This was because it was generally agreed that although slavery was immoral, the southern states demanded twenty years to gradually eliminate the practice. "Sorry, Amos. You'll have to wear those chains for another twenty years so my financial stability isn't inconvenienced too severely."

So when did Congress take action to end slavery in the land of the free? Was it 1809? 1810? Fuhgeddaboudit! It wasn't until 1865 that the Thirteenth Amendment was proposed and ratified. This amendment explicity says that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude... shall exist within the United States..." Slavery is simple. It means that instead of owning your own body, someone else is claiming you and your productive output as their property. But what is involuntary servitude?

involuntary (adjective)
not voluntary; independent of one's will; not by one's own choice

servitude (noun)
1: slavery or bondage of any kind: political or intellectual servitude.
2: compulsory service or labor as a punishment for criminals:

Is it really necessary for me to point out that if I don't want to go, and yet I am forced into bondage wearing camoflage or olive drab, that this is just a different flavor of slavery? So how does the United States government justify conscripting the youngest and healthiest members of our society into a dangerous profession not of their own choosing? That answer can be found in the Military Selective Service Act.

The Congress further declares that in a free society the obligations and privileges of serving in the armed forces and the reserve components thereof should be shared generally, in accordance with a system of selection which is fair and just, and which is consistent with the maintenance of an effective national economy.

I have several objections to this congressional declaration.
1) Just because Congress says it, doesn't make it so.
2) Military obligations can be shared generally as soon as economic wealth is shared generally.
3) A system which forces you to do anything cannot possibly be considered fair and just.
4) Given the current "debate" on raising the debt ceiling, Congress isn't capable of maintaining an effective national ecomomy.

Please do not reprimand me for not supporting our troops. I have a long standing reputation for being willing to fight for a legitimate cause, and many of my best friends are or were in the military. I know that most of our soldiers are solemn and sincere when they take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. I am prepared to defend the Alamo again tomorrow, if necessary. however I will always be in staunch opposition to slavery wherever I find it. Conscription is the strategy used by kings in a feudal system. A voluntary defense force - especially the civilian militia - is the only legitimate strategy in a Constitutional republic inhabited by a truly free people. That is not the law, apparently - but it should be.

Involuntary servitude

Nice article, Michael.Other servitude that may be considered "involuntary" would be federal income tax, property tax, Social Security (or FICA) tax, traffic fines, oh, this list can go on and on.But the point I wish to make;As Harry Reid once claimed: "our system of government is a voluntary tax system".What I think he was referring to, (through double speak), while in an interview about whether or not income tax was voluntary, was federal citizenship. citizenship, or "citizen of the United States" federal government, is voluntary. All so-called 'involuntary servitude' associated with being a federal citizen, is then mandatory.Were the people of the (original) constitutional republic citizens of the federal government? Of course, they were not.So you see, as I see it, "involuntary servitude" is unlawful, as stated in the 13th Amendment. This would imply that "voluntary servitude" is then a possibility. Aren't free men free to place themselves into servitude?Once free men have done just that. They have "voluntarily" remained federal citizens after the 14th Amendment declared them to be federal citizens, thus "voluntarily" putting themselves into servitude. "Voluntary Servitude."The solution then becomes elementary, the federal citizen must remove himself from federal citizenship if he wishes to remove himself from "voluntary servitude".www.pacinlaw.orgMike FrickYorkville, Illinois

Involuntary Servitude


Greetings.  This topic on servitude begs consideration to Voluntary Servitude, which is the apparent domain of the next, or 14th Amendment, whereof "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

Here, in Florida, when one registers to vote, s/he avers that s/he is "at least 18 years of age" and is "a citizen of the United States."  As you know, Article 1, Sections 2 and 3, refer among the qualifications for U.S. Representatives and Senators as being "Citizen of the United States."  If credence is given to 'citizen' being a different person than 'Citizen', then this is a new status of citizenship, one that suffers under the lesser civil rights of being 'subject to' the jurisdiction of the United States, which has devolved into that of Roman civil law operating under Admiralty, and not Maritime Law, due to the United States being under perpetual martial rule, which had been declared when?  1861?

If the above is correct, then certainly we the registered voters are without the benefit of our unalienable, Creator endowed rights being secured by government, and in fact, are not even recognized in the martial law courts of the United States government, except as agents of our fictional selves.  Furthermore, as I have heard, the District of Columbia, wherein the 1871 UNITED STATES is seated, therefore is also the State (place of the UNITED STATES) wherein United States citizens reside, those citizens necessarily being our fictional persons in Voluntary Servitude.  We as living, bleeding people seem to be without government.

From your considerable recognition of the Law in these United States, I would appreciate learning if this argument has merit; and if so then what bearing it might have on those troops, and others of us who are not registered to vote?  Does our cestui que trust, issued as our certificate of live birth, none-the-less bind each of us to 14th Amendment citizenship at birth and thereby place us in limbo as homeless Citizens of the 1789 United States of America?

Thank you for your thoughts on this aspect of U.S. servitude.


"All men are created equal."
Americans were free men. And free men are free to place themselves into 'voluntary servitude'. "Involuntary servitude" is unlawful in America.
"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, ... shall exist within the United States."
---13th Amendment---
Can any man subject to compelled and coerced taxation honestly be considered free?
Of course not. The question then is, is that servitude voluntary, or involuntary?
This is the nature of federal citizenship under the Fourteenth Amendment as stated by the Supreme Court of the United States: 'It is the natural consequence of a citizenship [92 U.S. 542, 551] which owes allegiance to two sovereignties, and claims protection from both. The citizen cannot complain, because he has voluntarily submitted himself to such a form of government. He owes allegiance to the two departments, so to speak, and within their respective spheres must pay the penalties which each exacts for disobedience to its laws.' U.S. v. Cruikshank, 92 U.S. 542 (1875)
Obviously it is presumed to be voluntary servitude.
Did you not sign a SS-5 form, placing yourself into the federal Social Security system?Did you sign your child's Birth Certificate?Did you claim under penalty of perjury to be a "citizen of the US" (federal government)? Check your voter registration, or your bank account agreements.There are many other voluntary agreements as well.One can claim constitutional protected unalienable Rights till the cows come home.But voluntary contracts supersede the Constitution.
This is the unseen cage in which Americans find themselves.The solution then is elementary. However, actually releasing oneself from his self inflicted obligations is quite another matter entirely.“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethewww.notmygovernment.usMike

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 In 1971, I dodged the draft - by enlisting in the US Army.  I was essentially a hawk (at least I thought I was) and basically supported the Vietnam War.  I volunteered for a tour - you know:  kill a commie for mommie - but only made it as far as Oakland.

I was pretty naive when I was 18 but I did know one thing for sure.  The draft was just flat wrong.  I also agreed with the draft dodgers, something I think  was a rare dichotomy of thought at the time.  I could see both sides of the argument.  While I was eager to serve, I didn't believe anyone should be forced to do so.


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I have been reading your newsletters for quite some time and I must say I enjoy them.  Honestly, I do not claim to be excessively well-versed in politics, but your ideas, Michael enlighten me. I think so many people are exasperated and so damn tired of the way this country is being run into the round that they just become numb and indifferent.

I cannot lie; I feel quite the same way a lot of the time.  I'm 47, have two small children still at home, am unemployed, having an extremely difficult time trying to find suitable employment and struggling like so many others are. 

All that aside, I do have a son who is in the Marines.  He voluntarily joined, key word voluntarily.  I was proud of his decision when he made it and obviously supported him, however had there been a mandated draft, whereupon he would have been forced to serve I don't think he would have been so zealous about serving our country. 

No one wants to be told what to do; forced, if you will.  Our country was founded by people who formed militias because they wanted to; believed in something. They weren't forced to do something, they did because they had true zest and a desire for freedom and liberty.

Maybe a lot of us have become indifferent, tired....tired of being bullied , yes bullied by a government who seems to forget the little people.  I don't know how to fix it; I am no genius or a saavy politician.  I do however know that, this country was formed by real men who believed in equality and freedom.  What has happened to us as a nation?  Where is the "all men are created equal?" Just look at the taxations placed on the middle class as opposed to the wealthy elite and explain the equality to me. Seems to me it 's a matter of convenience and word play.

In closing, I would just like to say, "thank you" to you Michael for all your spirit and drive.  You give inspiration and hope and have made me really think about things differently.

S. Landin

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