(and infamous) moments in the history of the North American continent in
regards to the freedom enjoyed by individuals. Any corrections, additions,
etc., are highly welcomed and encouraged.]
Descent Into Hell, or,
Moments in American History: Statism v. Freedom
[Note: I note violations of rights in that the action violated rights, or
that it violated certain sections of the Constitution. Note that I do not
endorse the Constitution, and view it as a collectivist usurpation over all
individuals. Just so you know. :)]
[pre-1400's; Indian "legislation" and justice system -- need more on this!]
[1492-1776; colonial -- need more here too!]
1676 - Bacon's Rebellion [here too!] [okay, the detail starts now, honest...]
1775 - Beginning of War for Independence. Congress begins issuing
fiat paper and claiming it to be lawful money.
1776 - Declaration of Independence.
1779 - Congress passes the $200,000,000 mark in amount of paper "money"
printed since 1775.
1781 - Articles of Confederation adopted.
- Alexander Hamilton: "A national debt, if it is not excessive, will
be to us a national blessing. It will be a powerful cement of our
union." Spoken like a true Federalist (i.e., closet collectivist).
- Congress asks for permission to levy a duty of 5% on all imported
goods (to pay off the principal and interest of war debts); the
amount asked for is limited, but the grant is to be of indefinite
duration. Rhode Island refuses ratification.
1787 - Constitution usurps Articles of Confederation as government edict,
showing the tendency of Constitional Conventions to exceed their
original mandate. The statists (Federalists) score quite a coup
here; the Constitution creates a government much larger and more
powerful than before, and with powers of taxation far beyond the
original pitiful claims of the British Crown.
1791 - United States Bank formed, with a 20-year charter. Thomas Jefferson
writes "Against the Constitutionality of a National Bank".
1794 - Whiskey Rebellion. Protest by farmers over corn liquor tax suppressed
by overwhelming force under the command of Dictator George Washington.
All but two farmers are acquitted by juries, and George "graciously"
1798 - Alien and Sedition Acts; violate 1st Amendment; establishes 1st half
of 4th plank of Communist Manifesto ("Confiscation of the property
of all emigrants and rebels").
1801 - On Thomas Jefferson's recommendation, the federal duty on liquor
1811 - Charter of United States Bank expires.
1816 - Second United States Bank established, again with a 20-year charter.
1825 - The Thomas Jefferson, 10 Wheat. 428. The Supreme Court states that the
federal admiralty jurisdiction is subject to the same restrictions as
under English law, that is, to the high seas and rivers only as far as
the ebb and flow of the tide extend. 27 years later, they will reverse
this, opening the door to a tidal wave of statist incursion...
1832 - Worcester v. Georgia (6 Pet. 515). The State of Georgia violates
federal treaties to exercise unlawful jurisdiction over the Cherokees,
and instead of stepping in, President Jackson compels the "voluntary"
removal of Indians (the infamous "Trail of Tears"). When the Cherokees
file suit in order to obtain a judicial remedy, the Supreme Court
holds that the Constitution bars Georgia from extending its laws over
Indian lands, and rules invalid the arrest and imprisonment by the
state of two missionaries working with the Cherokees. Georgia defies
the Court and refuses to release the imprisoned missionaries. Jackson
is reported to have said that John Marshall had made his decision, now
let him enforce it, but this may be only apocryphal. Even so, it
accurately describes Jackson's apathy, further confirmed by his
statement that "The decision of the supreme court has fell still born,
and they find that it cannot coerce Georgia to yield to its mandate."
1835 - During these two years, the national debt is a mere $38,000, down
1836 - from over 91 million in 1820. Interest: ZERO.
1836 - Establishment of the Independence of Texas
1837 - Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge (11 Pet. 420) is decided. In it,
the Taney Court states that where the rights of private property
"conflict with those of the community", the latter must be paramount.
1841 - "Dorr Rebellion"; royal governor declares martial law, calls out the
militia to suppress lawful Republican elections and goes running to
the Federal government for promises of military backing. President
Tyler, expressly recognizing the charter government as the rightful
government of the state, confirms that he will use armed force if
provoked, causing the "rebellion" to die out. A few years later, in
Luther v. Borden, the Supreme Court says whether the government is
Republican in nature or not is a "political question" (sound
familiar?), that the guarantee in the Constitution of "a Republican
form of government" is to be provided by Congress. Another case of
charging the fox to watch the henhouse...
1845 - Annexation of Texas (oh well, it was fun while it lasted, huh?)
1845 - New York State prohibits the public sale of liquor.
1847 - New York State repeals the prohibition on public sale of liquor.
1848 - Child Labor Act says children may only work with State approval
1852 - The Genessee Chief v. Fitzhugh [12 How. 443]. A damage suit is brought
in federal court under an 1845 statute which extends federal admiralty
jurisdiction to the Great Lakes and connecting navigable waters. This
reverses the 1825 "The Thomas Jefferson" case.
1857 - Dred Scott decision says "niggers ain't got no rights". This
decision can be generally explained as overwhelming fear on the
part of most of the idiots in the country that if blacks have
rights, that includes the right to keep and bear arms. Guns in
the hands of the darkies, oh gosh, we can't have that! (Of course,
there are plenty of other factors at work here; for example, many
of those early gun-control [people-control] laws only outlawed
CHEAP guns... i.e., ones that the Joe Sixpacks, the poor folks of
that time, could afford...to the effect that only rich people could
afford to own firearms when those laws were enforced.)
1868 - 14th Amendment; removal of allodial land titles, allowing only
"equitable interests" in land and property; creation of new class
of "citizens" without rights, only privileges; establishes 1st plank
of Communist Manifesto (Abolition of property [rights] in land)
1870 - Hepburn v. Griswold [8 Wall. 603]. A bare majority declares the Legal
Tender Acts unconstitutional...a grace period all too brief. On the
very day the decision is announced, President Grant appoints two new
Justices [Strong and Bradley] who are known to support the Acts. After
they take their seats, the Court again permits argument on their
validity, in the Legal Tender Cases [12 Wall. 457 (1871)]...and of
course, Justices Strong and Bradley, plus the Hepburn dissenters, make
up a new majority.
1887 - Interstate Commerce Commision Act; establishes 1st half of 6th
plank of Communist Manifesto (Centralization of the means of
communication and transport in the hands of the state)
1890 - Sherman Anti-Trust Act makes it illegal to go into business. (No
matter what sort of person you really are, as far as any *real*
people are concerned, the more money you make, the more of a
bastard you are... crude populism at best, liberal guilt for the
majority of boomer-age folks, and easily manipulated rhetoric
practically pre-made by politicians as justification for ANY sort
of horrid law, as long as they can convince the sheeple that only
"the bad guys" (i.e., rich people) will get screwed. And of course,
in the long run, *everyone* gets screwed. And pretty royally,
1894 - Democratic-Populist Congress passes a law taxing income, but
exempting incomes of less than $4,000; it is widely attacked as a
deterrent to thrift and ownership of property.
1903 - Coca-Cola switches from cocaine to caffeine
1906 - Food and Drugs Act
1908 - Aldrich-Vreeland Bill "authorizes" Secretary of Treasury to issue
$500 million of federal notes to banks free of charge, as well as
paying them interest on the securities upon which the circulation
of notes is based. Debate on the Bill is limited to three hours,
and members are permitted to see it only if they agree in advance
to support it.
1909 - Prohibition of importation of opium.
1913 - Federal Reserve System (theft through control of 'money' supply),
together with the "16th Amendment" (direct income theft); establishes
2nd plank of Communist Manifesto (A heavy progressive or graduated
income tax) and 5th plank (Centralization of credit in the hands of
the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and exclusive
- 17th Amendment; violates Article 4, Section 4 of Constitution which
guarantees "A Republican form of Government"
1914 - Harrison Narcotic Act; controls sale of opium and its derivatives
1916 - Estate tax; establishes 3rd plank of Communist Manifesto (Abolition
of all right of inheritance)
1917 - War controls, tax increases
1919 - 18th Amendment (Volstead Act; alcohol prohibition)
1924 - Heroin manufacture prohibited
1930 - Federal Bureau of Narcotics established
- FDR elected; promises to reduce to taxes by 25%; ends up raising
taxes by 3,000%. One of his first acts is the Gold Reserve Act,
giving him the "authority" to devalue the dollar, impound all gold,
turn it over to the Federal Reserve, and prohibit citizens from
owning it. In effect, the bill transfers title to the gold to the
Fed, and makes the U.S. Treasury the gold's actual physical
1933 - Prohibition repealed (yeah, big deal... we just stole all your money,
now we need you to all get really, really drunk and not notice...)
- House Joint Resolution 133 (goodbye gold standard! hello, alcohol!
hardly miss the gold yet? you'll forget about it soon, anyway...)
1934 - The Communications Act; establishes Federal Communications
Commission; establishes 2nd half of 6th plank (Centralization of the
means of communication and transport in the hands of the state)
1935 - Socialist Insecurity Act (more income theft)
1937 - Marijuana Tax Act
1942 - WW2 controls & taxes [more detail!]
1949- A few years after victory in World War II, the Department of Defense was created. America never again won a major conflict. Instead it fought three wars - Korea, Vietnam and Gulf - to a stalemate and was reduced to bombing and invading tertiary countries such as Granada, Panama and Afghanistan.
1964 - "Johnson slugs"
1965 - LBJ created the Department of Housing and Urban Development. A few years later America's cities were ravished by riots and went into a long decline. No new major housing programs on the scale, say, of the VA or FHA programs were ever created again. Further, HUD became a center of fiscal corruption second only to the Department of Defense.
1968 - Public Law 90-269 (goodbye silver!)
1970 - Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) enables
seizure of property without due process; with Sedition Act,
establishes 4th plank of Communist Manifesto (Confiscation of
the property of all emigrants and rebels)
1972 - Complete split of FRN's from gold by Richard Nixon
1979 - the Department of Education was created, following which the quality of American public education has continued to decline to the point that it is now relies on George W. Bush for ideas.
The new Department of Homeland Security undoubtedly follow in this pattern
[1972-present: need more!]
Still need to add:
- [ Hoover's New Deal & Smoot-Hawley tariffs? ]
- [ FDR's taxes & 2nd amendment infringement & prohibition phase 2? ]
- [ Title 17 Health and Safety Code -- zoning/public school taxes?
This is other half of 1st Plank, along with 14th Amendment ]
- [ Post-1972 developments in the "War on (Some) Drugs" ]
Planks of Communist Manifesto not yet added to above:
7) Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by
the state; the bringing into cultivation of wastelands, and the
improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
90's version: Anti-Trust Acts; Dept. of Commerce & Labor; Dept. of
Agriculture; Dept. of Interior (Bureau of Land Management, Forest
Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Mines, National Park
Service, Fish & Wildlife Service)
Accomplished: est. 1902; 1903; 1862; 1849.
8) Equal liability of all to labor for the national debt;
establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
90's version: "Two income families" (inflation, nat'l debt);
Women's Suffrage; Affirmative Action; Socialist Unions; Int'l
Workers of the World
Accomplished: Women in workforce since 1920's (19th Amendment);
Civil Rights Act of 1964; est. 1869; est. 1905.
9) Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries;
gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by
a "more equitable distributiuon" of the population over the country.
90's version: National Farmers Alliance and Industrial Union
Accomplished: 1870-1900's (Title 17 "zoning")
10) Free education for all children in public schools, abolition of
children's factory labor, combination of education with industry.
90's version: State run, tax financed schools; socialized
"progressive" education; Child Labor Act (children only work with
state approval); abolition of private education.
Accomplished: Horace Mann (1837-1848); John Dewey (1870-1910);
(Props to Mr. Beck for his additions)