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George Washington strongly warned us about allowing ourselves to become divided by classifications and political parties instead of just clinging to Personal Liberty.

James Madison in his letter-exchange with Thomas Jefferson decried "Democracy" as a Tyranny of the Majority. Here is a quote from Madison:

"Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments the real power lies in the majority of the Community, ..." (October 17th, 1788)

Voting is actually a tyranny on somebody, even if just a single person. What do we all want instead?

We want small external governance and large internal governance. Lysander Spooner referred to Personal Liberty as the Science of Justice--holding it so high as to claim that no government was necessary at all if every member of society held strong and fast to the Science of Justice.

The Science of Justice or Personal Liberty can be summed up in a single simple phrase:

"Live honestly, harm nobody, give to each his due!"

This little saying has been called the Core Maxim of Law (e.g. Natural Law). The longer version of this statement is also pretty simple to understand. Once you know it, love it, and live it as an internal government endowed within you by Nature and Nature's God, then external government matters hardly at all.

Here are the more detailed Principles of Personal Liberty:

- RIGHTS: You have the right to do as you see fit with your Person, Property, and Liberty (choices). No one else has the right to force you against your own will.
- RESTRICTIONS: You do NOT have any right to harm or threaten to harm the Person, Property, or Liberty (Choices) of another, except in the limited Defense of Liberty in yourself and others.
- OBLIGATIONS: We all are obligated and have a duty to help first, most, and most often in voluntary relationships with each other.
- EXPECTATIONS: If we violate our RESTRICTIONS (above), then we ought to have but three expectations: A) to be STOPPED, B) to be PUNISHED, and C) to REPAY or RESTORE if possible.
- VOLUNTARYISM: In all our saying and doing, we are obligated to interact with others on a non-coercive (no force) and voluntary basis in a WIN:WIN relationship with others.

If you follow the Principles above, then an external government is not necessary to you or for you. If your neighbors do likewise, then the same is true. You and your neighbors have everything you need to peacefully and voluntarily cooperate with each other in every aspect of life and living.

US Founders saw democracy as bad. They called it Tyranny of the Majority. James Madison decried it strongly in a series of letters between himself and Thomas Jefferson as they were debating what would become the Bill of Rights. Madison rightfully discerned the point of POWER in the government they had just formed"namely"We the People electing politicians to inflict tyranny through law out of fear instead of living out of Personal Liberty with their neighbors.

You can read about Personal Liberty as expounded by men like Richard Hooker, John Locke, and profoundly explained by Lysander Spooner in his essay called, The Science of Justice.

oll.libertyfund.org

You can read the Madison-Jefferson letter exchange here:

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> Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is cheifly to be apprehended, not from acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the constituents.

" James Madison, 17 October, 1788, writing to Thomas Jefferson, RE: Bill of Rights

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