Growing up in the great U. S. of A, I was told many tall tales about how America is the land of the free and the home of the brave: a nation born out of a radical spirit for freedom from the coercion of a despotic power; a country full of industrious men and women who love business, trade, and private property.

Like all good tall tales, there are grains of truth in these American myths, but I must say when I watch the people of this country’s current era and when I look back at many preceding eras, I do not see a people who are freedom-loving and full of independence.

Unfortunately, I see a nation of co-dependent power addicts whose drug of choice is license granted by coercive power and monopoly privilege.

In other words, most Americans are monopolists, have been for some time, and love “their” power.

And they also love their institutional corporate monopoly: the United States federal government and its many wards.

Contrary to many claims, we do not have a “social contract” based upon individual consent. We do not have a voluntary society.

Rather, we have a hegemonic “people’s monopoly”: a social contract built upon the domineering idea of “popular sovereignty” where majority opinion is used as a manipulative rubber stamp for government power and monopoly privilege.

Thus, “we” have put “ourselves” into bondage so that “we” may enjoy in these monopoly privileges, i.e. the arbitrary licenses granted by “our” general, coercive authority, which in reality requires “us” to exploit “our” fellow human beings.

Luckily, it seems many Americans are waking up to the obscene hypocrisy of this nation: a nation supposedly born to defend equality under the law and the inviolability of the individual rights of each person.

We need to let freedom ring in this land of monopoly and live up to this nation’s libertarian founding.