Libertarian Musings on “The Starfish Story”

I was working at a school when I saw a small poster hung up by a teacher. The following are my thoughts after reading it, that I want to share with my fellow Americans.

By: Ryan Ramsey

The problems facing our nation and its people often seem so great that many are discouraged and pessimistic.

I am often asked, “where do you get the time to do so much”?

The answer is that I devote the hours so many spend in front of the orwellian screen or engrossed in modern bread and circuses, to organize, volunteer, and fight.

I fight for liberty, in order to create a better future for my children, the country I will pass down to them as an inheritance, and the American culture that enshrined the principles in the Bill of Rights at its very core.

I am a Libertarian. I seek not just to preserve, but to improve, to create, to grow, and to bring new solutions.

The best defense being a good offense, I operate in an offensive posture toward the ideologies, institutions, and cabals that seek to destroy the United States.

My life is devoted to struggle against the principalities and powers that assault our rich heritage and culture of individualism, as well as to a constant effort to continue building upon the reverence for freedom that made America great.

The Bill of Rights enumerates the inalienable natural rights of all people. It did not create these rights. The attempt of lawmakers and courts to undermine these rights can never negate them. They can only perish if we refuse to exercize them.

When a people reject their natural rights for the siren songs of safety and civility, they trade the fruit of liberty for the bitter pill of barbarism. The resulting tyranny begins a new cycle of history, and men of iron rise once again to free their land.

Freedom can never die, for it is a desire so strong that men have been willing to trade their lives for it since the dawn of time.

Libertarianism existed long before the term was coined. It is but natural law enshrined in politics. It lives in the DNA memory of all people worldwide, and continues to rise in the hearts of the free.

Among every nation and tribe today is a portion of people who can overcome the physical and emotional arrested development, resulting from the scourge of postmodernism and various forms of crass authoritarian collectivism.

They are the people who inspire us all with acts of defiance that assert the natural rights of all human beings. Under this principle each generation creates heroes.

This principle is in the hearts of the Cubans from the Mises Institute, who were sent to the gulag for the crime of opening the Benjamin Franklin Library in Havana. It is in the hearts of their defiant friends, who founded a Cuban Libertarian Party in response.

This principle was in the hearts of the “Cursed Soldiers” in Poland after WW-2, who continued a guerilla war against the Soviets that occupied their land throughout the 1950’s. It did not die when their leader, Józef Franczak, was ambushed and murdered in 1963. Their dream was finally realized, and Communism no longer rules Poland.

This principle lived in the heart of Geronimo when he fought the federal government over the abuse of his tribe.

This principle lived in the hearts of the Colonial Militia as they drove the Redcoats back across the sea during the Revolutionary War.

This principle was in the hearts of the Scottish, when they signed the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which directly influenced our own Declaration of Independence on 1776. By signing it, they signed their death warrant. At that moment their cause became “liberty or death”.

This principle was in the hearts of the Norseman as they raided the monastaries that sent tyrannical theocrats to forcibly convert their people to the Roman religion by the sword.

This principle was in the hearts of the “300” at Thermopylae when they placed themselves between the vast Persian hordes, who would not enslave their people, but over their dead bodies.

As the mists of time cloak the past before written history, we can know there are surely countless such heroes, with stories we will never know, that lived by these principles and embodied this spirit.

These unknown heroes and their spirit are still woven into our very genetic code.

Rosa Parks was not an elected official but her refusal to submit directly affected changes in the law.

We have to ask ourselves:

Do we want to be Rosa Parks or those who meekly shuffle to the back of the bus?

Do we want to be like U.S. Grant, who married into a slave owning family to enrich himself, and would not free his slaves until after the 13th Amendment became law? Should we emulate General Grant, who committed some of the worst war crimes in the 19th century, such as shelling civilians in Vicksburg, forcing them to live in caves?

Or do we want to be Robert E. Lee, who inherited slaves and freed them out of his sense of its immorality, before defending his land and the sacred right of secession from a lawless and murderous regime?

Do we want to be King Edward I? Or walk in the footsteps William Wallace and Alexander Ramsay?

Would you meekly climb into the boxcar for a ride to the gulag – or will you make a molotov cocktail for a Soviet tank?

The world counts as heroes those people who fought against overwhelming odds with little chance of winning. Some died before their cause saw victory. Some lost their struggle altogether.

Yet even in death or defeat, they inspired others to win. They gave strength from beyond the grave for the next generation to continue the fight for their ideals.

Even in the worst case of defeat, their honor and heroism stand through the centuries to indict their oppressor, and one day become the spark that ignites new brushfires of liberty.

I call on you to abandon your pessimism. When you stand for inalienable rights endowed upon us by our creator, no adversary is too big, no situation impossible. Resistance is a duty, a debt we owe to those who struggled before our time.

Each of our individual accomplishments combine to create the waves of change. Do not go into activism with the idea YOU must do it all. The correct mentality is to recognize that WE must ALL contribute, in our own sphere of interest and influence.

You can be the person who makes a difference in YOUR neighborhood or community, and that is as noble and worthy as changing the world, and in fact, IS changing the world. It is changing YOUR world and the world of those around you.

I will leave you with a final question which I hope you carefully consider.

Do want to be the naysayer – or the girl picking up the starfish?

  The Starfish Story

A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.

She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”

The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.

— Adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren C. Eiseley


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