Blog: Russell Means – Freedom Fighter (19/9/21)
Russell Means (1939 – 2012) was an Oglala Sioux from South Dakota. He perished from Mother Earth on October 22, 2012.
He was a strong advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples in North and South America. He has also appeared in numerous Hollywood films and was active in the Libertarian Party as a candidate to represent the party as a presidential candidate in 1987, finishing second behind Congressman Ron Paul.
The following is an October 22, 2012 press release from his family:
Hello our loved ones. Our father and husband now walk among our ancestors. He began his journey to the spirit world at 4:44 a.m., with the Morning Star, at his home and ranch in Porcupine. There will be four opportunities for people to honor his life which will be announced at a later date. Thank you for your prayers and continued support. We love you. As our father and husband would always say, “May the Great Mystery continue to guide and protect your paths and those of your loved ones. “
Russell Means’ wife and children
444 mad horse ride
Pahin Sinte, Republic of Lakotah
Russell Means had a website at russellmeansfreedom.com – I wrote a few articles for this site, including the following article, which was published on the site in the summer of 2009.
A CYCLE OF AVOIDABILITY
Alexander Tyler, professor of Scottish history at the University of Edinburgh, wrote a treatise in 1787, titled THE CYCLE OF DEMOCRACY. He made the following observation:
?? A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until voters find out that they can vote money from the public treasury themselves. From this point on, the majority still votes for candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses on a lax fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship.
Tyler went on to point out that the average age of the world’s great civilizations was around 200 years old and they seemed to progress in the following sequence:
1) From slavery to spiritual faith
2) From spiritual faith to great courage
3) From courage to freedom
4) From freedom to abundance
5) From abundance to selfishness
6) From selfishness to complacency
7) From complacency to apathy
8) From apathy to addiction
9) From addiction to servitude
The United States of America was born in 1776 and quickly became one of the greatest countries in the history of civilization.
Today, more than 200 years later, the United States is sliding rapidly down the slippery slope of dependence. Government aids (financial bailouts, social assistance, social security, medicare, federal grants, pig projects, etc.) and global military force (world police) have made us increasingly dependent on the federal government, requiring an excessive amount of taxes to do so. .
While local governments are forced to stick to a fixed budget, the federal government continues to spend more money than it takes. The national debt in 2000 was $ 5,000 billion – in 2010 it was $ 13 trillion. Our current national debt in 2021 is over $ 27 trillion and is expected to get worse every year, with no end in sight. Year after year, the federal government continues to spend more money on the national financial mess we find ourselves in. This will require more borrowing for the future, which will increase the national debt that will be passed on to future generations.
Even more worrying, the increased involvement of the centralized federal government in our free market system ultimately means more government control over all aspects of our lives, which in turn means less individual freedom.
Professor Tyler was right – a democracy cannot be sustained because the voting public does not vote for the best interests of the country, they vote for the best interests of the individual. More for me, less for others.
Human nature includes greed. We have evolved into a consumer and credit society, buying things before we can afford to buy them, driven by a programmed thirst for endless growth rather than an ethic of common sense and living within our means.
Voters elect politicians who will bring the bacon home rather than adhere to sound fiscal policy. This inherent greed of the voters will eventually lead to the downfall of our democracy. Instead of using taxpayer money wisely to maintain infrastructure and protect our individual freedom, it is used to maintain dependence on the national government and protect the power of politicians.
Our dependence on a large central government will lead us back to bondage. Our only options will be to cut peak production and seek insane growth, and throw most of the rewards into the rat hole of a government whose solution to the problems is peak production and insane growth.
We will enslave ourselves by our own greed.
The downfall of our country is inevitable unless a massive number of people get wise and do something, for example insisting that our government stay on a reasonable budget and keep its interference to a minimum.
Unfortunately, finding the right balance is impossible when voters select candidates who promise to give them things while forfeiting someone else’s earnings. Serving oneself by collectively plundering others and financing our collective greed by borrowing against the incomes of future generations is morally wrong.
Dependence on government leads to government growth – which leads to government domination – which leads to bondage to government.
It’s a cycle of inevitability, unless collective wisdom overcomes collective greed – if our democracy crumbles, we have no one to blame, but ourselves collectively.
Quote of the day – “The only way to be free is to know that you are worth as a separate human being. Otherwise, you become what the colonizers designed, and that’s a lemming. Line up, hit the right keys, and die. ” Russell means
Bret Burquest is the author of 12 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Donner where freedom is never free.