Very few people – even lawyers and law enforcement officers – really get how the law works.
But the law is very simple. And once you understand the law, you don’t have to worry about following the ones that don’t apply to you. Which is most of them.
The Only Law There Is
Every law that you have to follow is a variation of:
“Do not cause harm.”
That’s all you have to worry about.
Who’s Your Boss?
“Law” is a body of rules, prescribed by a controlling authority, which the members of a community must follow. If you are a member of that community, you must follow those rules. Because if you don’t, you’re receiving the benefits of being in the community while not respecting the needs of the community. You’re causing harm.
However, if you aren’t a member of that community, you don’t have to follow its rules. For example, you are not a feline member of a cat society, you do not have to obey any of the laws made by that cat community.
Knowing this, it’s pretty simple to figure out which laws you have to follow and which ones are irrelevant. If a law is a made-up one written on paper by some dude who’s having a party at his place, you only have to follow it while you’re at his party.
There are some parties you can’t help but be at. These are the parties being held by the communities called “Humanity,” “Life,” and “The Universe.” If you’re at one of God’s parties, you have to follow God’s rules. Because God’s rules are natural laws. The rules that make crops grow, make you fall in love, and make you worry about whether you’re a good enough person – those rules are natural laws. The only way out of them is to not exist at all.
These laws are written into the stuff of which you are made.
The natural laws of the community called “Humanity” are social rules, and are referred to as “the common law,” meaning the cultural rules that have evolved along with the people. The natural laws of humanity – the common law – must be obeyed if you want to get along with other human beings.
The entire living community from blue-green algae to hip-hop artists must obey biological laws such as the law that says all living creatures must have some kind of food source. Other examples of biological law are the Five Natural Laws of Healing which govern how illness begins and heals in your body. If you don’t follow these laws, you will be sickly and your life will be short and uninteresting.
There are also natural physical laws such as “gravity” or “mathematics.”As a member of the community of energy patterns in this party called “The Universe,” if you disobey these, you’ll die immediately.
Natural laws also include mental laws which govern how our thoughts form, interact, and complete themselves. And there are natural spiritual laws which govern how that which comes around ultimately goes around.
All natural laws have the same prohibition: do not cause harm. Because if you do, you will suffer a consequence that you do not like.
Equality Before the Law
So the laws written in the stuff of the Universe apply equally to everyone. In fact, equality before the law is paramount to the functioning of the Universe, by definition. If any one particle (or person) was more equal or less equal, then it would set up an instant duality and, by definition, it would no longer be a Universe. None of the natural laws would work.
Equality before the law means that no amount of begging, praying, and submission to the creator of gravity, mathematics, or the human mind will allow you to break a natural law without a consequence. You might not like it, but even your negative emotions about the cruelty of nature are just another manifestation of natural law.
Remember this when you keep getting into the same problems over and over again, when you manifest a better job but just end up broke at a higher income level, when you find a new relationship and find yourself in the same old arguments, or when you manifest an illness that you don’t think you deserve. Everything that happens in your life – whether you judge it to be good or bad – is a natural consequence of law.
But also remember that equality before the law at those moments when someone approaches you and claims to be an authority over you just because they have a piece of paper or a uniform or a logical fallacy that says they are. Nobody is the boss of you under any circumstances.
Except if you agree to pretend that they are.
The Law of the Land and the Law of the Sea
We call natural law the “Law of the Land,” because it is the law that exists as we come into the world, as we are born into it or immigrate to the land base that sustains our bodies and our lives. The Law of the Land is the set of rules you’ve got to follow in order to survive, prosper, and be happy.
But within the Law of the Land, we can make special arrangements with select other people – as long as they agree. We can, for example, agree that a specific piece of property belongs to you, but that I can use the property in certain ways as though it belongs to me, in exchange for me giving you certain benefits (such as money). This is an example of a rental contract, and it is a written agreement, representing the rules of the “party” at this particular piece of land.
These rules – this party – are made up. They aren’t real. They’re like a theatrical production that we are playing out. We are pretending. Contract law is not the Law of the Land. It is the made-up law that applies in limbo-land, in imaginary land …or when we are on the high seas carrying our cargo from the far corners of the world.
These made-up rules for the sake of pretending that one person is the authority over another are the Law of the Sea.
A Practical Comparison
Let’s say that Susan and Joel are having a disagreement about who “owns” a certain garden plot (or about who bewitched who). The two of them can work out their disagreement under the Law of the Land by just punching each other out. The winner owns the garden plot (until someone with bigger muscles comes along).
But let’s say that, other than this one disagreement, Susan and Joel really get along and help each other in a lot of ways. Susan helps Joel grow his favourite sweet potatoes, and Joel does amazing things with Susan’s hair. They would both like to keep those and other wonderful aspects of their relationship, but they would lose that peace and sharing if one of them clubbed the other to death.
Susan and Joel have another option, within the limits of the common law/Law of the Land, which is to form a special agreement in regards to this one particular issue. They could agree to share the garden (and to channel all bewitchment into the bedroom). They could go to their friend Louise who they both trust and follow whatever solution Louise comes up with for them. They could agree that Susan gets the garden plot but Joel gets all the sweet potatoes from it, while Susan will stop bewitching Joel and will not punch Joel for bewitching her as long as Joel keeps giving her the awesome hairstyles.
Whatever they come up with, the special agreement that allows them to deal with their property (and bewitching) disagreement without resorting to fisticuffs is called a contract. Its enforcement, through their chosen society with Louise and each other, is laid out at the time of making the contract.
Government Legislation is Maritime Law
The Law of the Sea (maritime law) is any contract law – the rules made up within groups of people called “societies” who are agreeing to a shared pretence of a drama on a stage. Almost all of us will agree to our pretend roles in the pretend drama on the pretend stage (or ship) called a “courtroom” …and, as part of this big agreement, we pretend that we’re not equal, that one person is the boss over the next person, who in turn is the boss over the other one.
We agree to this pretence in order to get access to locked-up resources. Even though, according to the Law of the Land, we are all equal and all have equal rights to nourish, clothe, house, and heal our bodies from the land base where we live and to enter into relationships with other people and live together with them.
The Law of the Sea started 10,000 years ago at the dawn of civilization, when agricultural production led to food surpluses which led to a population explosion …which led to agricultural production, food surpluses, and more population explosion. In this completely unprecedented period of the most recent 0.2% of human existence on Earth, there have simply too many people and too many resources to be managed without lots of fighting. So the food got locked up and “societies” have been doling it out in very controlled ways ever since, carefully maintaining the illusion that some people deserve a really, really huge proportion of the resources – far more than they can possibly even use …while the vast majority of the people sometimes barely get enough.
Maritime Law is the basis of formation of all democratic governments and constitutional law. Essentially, a nation’s constitution is a contract document which forms a legal society for the purpose of delivering a service to the human beings who choose to do business with that legal society. The lawful intention of constitutional documents is to form a public service so that the needs of many people can be met by pooling a little from everyone to produce large projects that can be enjoyed by all. Corporations are supposed to come together to do big projects like the Panama Canal or a cross-country railway system …and when their purpose is served, they’re supposed to dissolve. The contract will clearly state the limitations of the power of that legal society.
What’s important to recognize is the fact that such societies are fictitious. They are not natural laws onto themselves. So, just as you do not have to obey a contract made between your neighbour and his employer, you also do not have to obey a contract made between, say, the Queen of England and the Queen of the Netherlands. Or an agreement between the Upper Canada Law Society and the Ontario Provincial Police. Or an agreement between your child’s school board and GMP Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Company.
These contracts that other “societies” have made – called “legislation” – are maritime law developed to distribute resources within very specific legal structures. You do not have to obey these rules unless you make a personal contract with these societies.
What your lawyer never told you is that, unfortunately, you did make a personal contract with these societies. You did this by applying for a benefit, such as a birth certificate, social insurance number, or a license.
Where Anarchists Come From
Government power is very limited indeed. The government agencies which have set up offices near where you live are not your authorities. They are simply groups of people who have entered into a contract to provide a public service using natural resources which belong equally to all the human beings who live in a given geographical area. In exchange, these public servants are sworn to protect your natural rights and to always put the Law of the Land ahead of maritime law. If they do anything else, they are causing harm and they are breaking the Law of the Land and there will be a natural consequence.
Such as fisheries collapse, climate instability, and a massive global economic recession that is going to end only when everything changes completely. Unfortunately, when it comes to resource conservation, The Law of the Sea doesn’t work worth a shit. Because, even though government power is actually very limited …most people believe that “government” is synonymous with “authority.”
And so, 10,000 years of maritime law have resulted in virtually all natural resources being hoarded and kept away from not only many species (which went extinct as a result) …but also from the great majority of human beings, too. Strict, government-controlled doling-out of resources led to extreme division of labour, extreme social imbalances, extreme specialization, and extreme trade that ships your dinner 5000km to get to your plate, while your backyard grows grass because municipal bylaws (maritime law) says that vegetables and backyard chickens are not allowed.
This is why we are living in a time when more and more human beings feel called to resist government control and overthrow these systems which are ruining the land base upon which we all depend.
And it’s not just projection: as a consequence of a few thousand years of civilized “progress,” the once-fertile area of the Garden of Eden has become a deforested, overgrazed, and topsoil-depleted desert.
You Can Make Your Own Law
You’re not obligated to follow any piece of legislation unless you agree, explicitly, to be a member of that society, enter into that contract, and receive that benefit. And you have to know exactly what you’re doing when you make the agreement.
The four components of a binding contract are,
1. It must obey natural (common) law. You and I, cannot enter into a binding contract to, say, help ourselves to all the Cheez Doodles at the local No Frills.
2. Proof of mutual agreement between two (or more) human beings. If you can’t show that I agreed to rent my house to you, for example, then you don’t really have a right to kick me out and move in. Nor can I expect to collect rent money from you.
3. Proof of consideration. If there is no benefit given, there is no contract. So if you agree to give me $100 for no reason whatsoever, you’re not actually obliged to give me that $100. There must be a trade of value.
4. Proof of full disclosure. If I tell you to jot your name down for me so that I can understand how to pronounce it, and then I fill in the rest of the paper with the words “You hereby agree to give me your house and everything in it, in exchange for one dollar,” you’re not actually obligated to give me your house. Because you had no idea that you were agreeing to such a thing.
If you and a group of other people can meet those four requirements, you can form your own societies and your own laws. You can make your own public service and your own government. And it will have all the rights and privileges of any other society.
You just have to make sure that you do not cause harm.
What it Feels Like to Be Free On the Land
You cannot make a contract to agree to give up your rights if you don’t understand that you have those rights in the first place. Being on the land means recognizing your rights and your personal authority over your own jurisdiction, which is your own supreme authority over your body, mind, feelings, choices, and actions.
“A legislature must not obstruct our obedience to Him from whose punishments they cannot protect us.” ~jurist, Robin v. Hardaway, 1 Jefferson 109; 1 Am Jur 2d 14
The law of the land means surrendering to whatever decisions the Creator of the Universe makes. Surrender to the metaphysical laws of joy, love, abundance and well-being.
The Book of Genesis in the Old Testament Bible (and the Torah), and many Eastern scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita describe the Law of the Land as rules of conduct for staying alive and being healthy. These ancient writings refer to the elegant design that structures the entire biosphere as a connected set of ecological niches and interrelations between living things of different kinds, as well as natural laws for treating each other properly. Humanity is described as having the ecological role of the gardeners of the landscape on the grandest scale, leaving smaller niches such as river systems, rivers, or single rocks to other species (such as salmon, beavers, or lichen).
No matter how much you revere the royals and think they’re better than you, they’re not allowed to prevent you from obeying, say, the law of gravity. Or from defending your personal rights.
Under the Law of the Land, we must never attempt to harm another. This means we must keep the peace, never start a conflict with someone else.
But, if someone else starts a conflict, we have to assert our rights with whatever level of force is necessary. If someone tries to kill you, you must defend yourself even if it requires you killing the other. If someone steals what belongs to you, you must take it back or put a bigger lock on your door, or you must turn the theft into a gift by consciously forgiving them. If someone tries to defraud you in a contract, you must immediately end the contract. That’s the Law of the Land.
So, what it feels like to live on the land is this: it feels like total surrender to natural law. It feels like dismissing what other people think and say if it involves causing harm to others or to yourself. It means finding out the truth, rather than making judgments.
Choose Your Status: Freeman, Bondsman, or Slave
So now you know that the basis of “following the law” is to understand that you’re either in a contract or you’re not. And if you are in a contract, you’re either in it willingly or – as is the case for almost every person on the planet – by ignorance. This results in three possible statuses, legally speaking.
- A bondsman is someone who willingly signs a contract to give up his rights in some clearly-defined way in order to get a clearly-defined payment. Once the contract’s clearly-defined terms are met, the contract is over and done with and there is no more obligation.
- The slave is the one who is permanently bound and kept inferior to another human, essentially having no rights because he is unable to assert those rights. He’s got kids to feed, few resources or skills, and someone’s got a boot on his neck, saying “You can have our hors-d’oevres …or you can eat this bullet.”
- A freeman is someone who chooses not to enter into contracts and instead asserts all of her rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. The freeman operates only in common law, bound only to keep the peace and to never harm another or allow another to be harmed if she can reasonably prevent it.
We’ve come to understand slavery as the threat of brute force: do as I say or I will hurt you. And in so many relationships, bullying certainly is a factor. But nowadays, slavery far more often exists because of the ignorance of the victim, the one who stays in unfair relationships because she does not realize that she has rights.
If you don’t assert your rights because you have no idea that you have those rights, then you’re a slave just as much as the man who has a chain around his ankle and a gun to his head. The saddest part about this is that most of the chains that bind us are the chains of our own self-judgment, and most of the guns to our heads are merely our own worries and phobias. Implanted by years of childhood miseducation followed by decades of nonsensical public media, perhaps, but imaginary nonetheless.
But now you’re not ignorant. Now you know that you have rights and you alone are responsible for asserting them. You can choose to pay to a bank an amount of money (“mortgage”) that you yourself created out of thin air by your signature, but you can’t say that you have no other legal choice. You can choose to sign a petition begging for your natural rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but you can no longer pretend that you only have these rights if government says you do. You can choose to let a civil servant be the boss of you, but you can’t whine later about how they treat you because you now know that governance is by consent only.
You don’t have to get a driver’s license. You just have to travel in such a way as to not harm anyone. You don’t have to get a fishing license. You just have to make sure you don’t damage the fishery. You don’t have to pay income taxes. You just have to make sure you don’t commit fraud. You don’t have to get a building permit to put a house on your land. But you have got to make sure that you aren’t in a contract with a government agency which specifies that the government agency can take your land away if you don’t follow the rules of the contract.
You don’t have to enter into any contract that you don’t want to enter into. If you are willing to forgo benefits, you don’t have to consent to any form of the Law of the Sea. Each of us – if we are not ignorant – has recourse in the common law, the Law of the Land.
But you must understand and assert your rights, which all boil down to one: to not be harmed.
If nobody paid taxes or followed the rules, society would fall apart …Right?
If, by “society,” you mean the law society and the super-elite class that owns it …probably. If, by “society,” you mean the social structures that keep us all from harming each other …well, I would argue that, by following the Law of the Land instead of the Law of the Sea, we would bring peace to our communities overnight.
Yes, the law societies and the elites that own them would fall apart. Their power would topple almost immediately if they stopped receiving the fruits of your labour.
No, the people would not all start pillaging and looting, we would not starve, and everyone wouldn’t die of cancer. Only those who refuse to follow the law of the land (that is, only those who live by harming others) would be in trouble without the protection of maritime law.
Under the Law of the Sea, over 97% of human beings struggle throughout their entire lives to “earn” the “benefit” of being “allowed” to have a roof over our heads, put food in our mouths, travel, and get medical attention if we need it.
But Nature – the Law of the Land – is lavishly abundant. Without locking all this abundance up there would be more leisure time, abundance, and opportunity for everyone.