By Russell D. Longcore
Labor in FRONA (The Free Republic Of North America) will be another area of human action that is revolutionized. At this point in America, there is no Free Market, only a distorted, repressed, Frankenstein’s monster known as Capitalism. FRONA will be a nation without Capitalism. If that sentence confuses or alarms you, read Revolution In FRONA first.
I contend that government creates most of the poverty in America though regulation and in conjunction with business. I also contend that government makes the problem worse by enacting more regulations and creating more government spending programs to “help” the underclasses, which is the government’s way of trying to fix a problem that it created in the first place. Government has created an open-air prison for the poor from which they might escape only with the greatest difficulty.
Let me give you a definition of Capitalism* and how I will be using it in this article.
“Capitalism:” An economic system that features a symbiotic relationship between big business and government, and rule of workplaces, the society and the state by capitalists (that is, a relatively small number of people who control investable wealth and the means of production.)
Let’s also lay a foundation upon which we can build understanding.
In The Free Republic Of North America, the Charter (its constitution) is a contract between the citizens. The citizens actually own shares in the Government. FRONA’s governance has been created to function like a corporation. You can read more about this by going into our Archive and clicking on the many articles with “FRONA” in the title.
The FRONA Charter has been written to empower the government to protect individual liberty and property rights The Unalienable Rights of Man are written into the Charter so that there is never any doubt about what rights are to be revered and protected by the FRONA government. And these rights go FAR beyond the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution.
Two of the Unalienable Rights that are protected in FRONA are:
1. The Right to Contract
2. The Right of Free Association
Before we expand upon these rights, let us look at the ways that Capitalism in America (and around the world) distorts and for some, destroys the ability to earn an income.
Capitalism (gov’t and business together) regulates:
• The age at which an individual can begin working as an employee
• The minimum wage that a person can earn
• The maximum number of hours an individual may work in a 7-day week
• Rules about hiring disabled persons
• Mandated Health Care resulting in layoffs and more part-time workers
• Equal Employment Opportunity regulations
• OSHA regs add untold cost to running a business
• Business licensing
• Zoning ordinances that restrict business operations to certain locations
• Building codes that restrict business usage
• Certain human activity has been made entirely illegal for trade
• And many, many other regulations too numerous to mention here.
So a child is prevented from earning an income, even if his family needs his earning ability. There are lots of tasks that a child can do proficiently that are economically not worth the minimum wage. So the business will not hire a competent, trainable child to perform menial tasks for pay. That restricts many poor people from earning income. Then, labor laws prevent some people from working as much as they wish to work. Employer and employee may not legally enter into an agreement in which they set the terms of employment. Regulations about hiring the disabled, and how a workplace must be built to accommodate the disabled, prevent many small businesses from hiring the disabled altogether. American business is presently in turmoil as business lays off millions of full-time personnel so they don’t have to provide them with government-mandated health care benefits. Federal EEOC statutes cause employers to NOT hire people, knowing how difficult the statutes make it to terminate employees. Business licensing in all its forms restricts entry into the free market for only those who have money to pay for the license and to comply with the regulations required to get the license. Zoning codes prevent certain businesses from being run from a person’s residence or other locations, as well as increasing the costs of construction for certain buildings in order that they comply with the ordinances. And in every instance in which Capitalism has deemed a human action-for-pay illegal…like prostitution, gambling and recreational drug sales…a thriving black market has been created.
And in nearly every issue listed above, Capitalism is forcing individuals and business to enter into transactions that the parties would not voluntarily choose.
How does this affect the poor? It keeps them poor by boxing them in with regulations. Why should a person be prevented from preparing food in his own kitchen that he sells to others, or taking in boarders? Why should a person be prevented from using his vehicle to transport people or cargo for money? Why should a person be prevented from taking money for providing sexual favors for another person? Why should a person be prohibited from styling hair in their homes? Why prohibit a person with a home near a sporting event from charging people to park their cars there? Why not have a poker game with open betting at your home? And why should it be illegal to sell a recreational pharmaceutical or herb, or to possess same?
People all over the USA are daily prevented and prohibited from using their creativity to invent flexible sources of income through which they could eek out a living. And, if their ideas were good enough, and they found enough of a market for their ideas, it could turn into a business that helps lift them out of poverty.
But that is not going to happen any more in America. The regulations and statutes are set in concrete. There will be no rolling back all of that negative law.
Have you ever heard an inner city person say, “The MAN is keeping me down?” He’s not kidding, and he is not wrong. The Capitalist system presently operating in America does indeed keep the poor at a functional disadvantage. There is no level playing field in the inner city or anywhere else you find the poor.
But in FRONA…
Remember Two of the Unalienable Rights that are protected in FRONA?
1. The Right to Contract
2. The Right of Free Association
Contracts are sacred in FRONA. A contract is an agreement entered into voluntarily by two or more parties. Volumes of books have been written about contracts, and we shall not go deeper into contract law today. Suffice it to say that FRONA will not have many restrictions on the contracts, oral or written, that people voluntarily enter into. FRONA law will respect contract law and protect the Unalienable Right of individuals to enter into contract.
That leads us to The Right Of Free Association. Individuals may gather together as they choose to express themselves, also known as the right of free assembly. But this Right also leads to the right of individuals to organize for the purposes of collective bargaining. FRONA will be a pure “right to work” nation. No one will be forced to join a union, nor will any employer be forced to enter into collective bargaining.
In The Free Republic Of North America, any individual will be FREE to engage in commerce with others so long as the economic transaction has no element of force or fraud. FRONA’s source of revenue is not dependent upon a vast array of taxes and fees. So FRONA doesn’t much care HOW an individual earns an income. The national sales tax of 10% is only incurred in certain commercial transactions. The INDIVIDUAL controls the amount of tax he pays. The government does not confiscate the taxes at the threat of death.
FRONA has no regulations about Child Labor other than the prohibition of force or fraud. FRONA has no laws prohibiting the use, possession or sale of any recreational drug or stimulant. FRONA has no business licenses, no EEOC regs, no zoning ordinances or building codes, no minimum wage laws, no mandated health care, no OSHA, no law preventing any person or persons from associating with one another. In FRONA, law enforcement is primarily dedicated to prosecuting force, fraud and violent crimes.
The Free Republic Of North America will be the free-est place on earth. Don’t YOU want to live there? Can you handle that much freedom?
Secession is the only solution for individual liberty and property rights on the North American continent.
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Copyright 2013 Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.
*”Advocates of Freed Markets Should Oppose Capitalism” pg. 108, Gary Chartier and Charles W. Johnson, Markets Not Capitalism, Minor Compositions Press.