THE PASSPORT FRAUD:
Nation States as Prison Camps
I imagine you take for granted that little book you are
required to carry with you when you travel. After all, you
NEED a passport for such purposes, don't you?
Well, it wasn't always so. In fact, the international
identity document we call a "passport" is a relatively new
invention, only brought into wide use after 1914.
As the name suggests - a passport is supposed to give you
the right to "pass" - to move, to travel from country to
country (from port to port).
In the 19th century, it was relatively easy to leave one
country and arrive in another - without the need for such
a document - but it appears that World War I put an end
And maybe it's not just a coincidence, for that war was
the beginning of the 20th century's clash of the "states".
And even more - the rise of previously unheard of
totalitarian state power.
The fundamental premise underlying the passport is the
idea of citizenship - the concept that you belong to a
particular nation state, in the same way you belong to a
particular family. Nice and cosy like.
You are born into a family - and you really have no
choice in the matter.
If you were born into a rich, happy family, offering the
opportunity to get a good education and a great start in
life - well, you are just plain lucky.
On the other hand, if you were born into a family of
drifters - living in the nearest rubbish dump - well tough!
Who said life was fair?
The idea of citizenship is similarly explained. You are
born into a particular country - and you become a "member".
End of story. In other words, your nation is your "extended"
family - like it or not.
Trouble is, in this world of vastly different types of
nation states, being born in the "wrong" country could
easily cost you your life - either in an agonisingly drawn
out process, or quite abruptly.
But is it a valid comparison - to say that you are born into
a country, in the same way you are born into a family?
No, it is not. There is a fundamental difference - which is
clearly illustrated by the idea of citizenship and the little
document which enforces it - the passport.
Sure, you can't choose the family you were born into, but
if that relationship is not to your liking - you can always
move away, or at least keep the family at arm's length. You
CAN leave a hostile, unloving, or even cruel family. You
have that choice - at least when you are old enough to make
such a choice.
Not so with your citizenship. Being born into a particular
nation state is a much more cloying relationship - which,
depending upon where you were born, may suit you fine - or
may cause you to want to leave.
Any "free" nation will let you leave of course. The trouble
starts with the fact that you have nowhere else to go! In
other words, any right to leave is useless for all practical
purposes - because no other nation state will make it easy
for you to "arrive" - short holidays not withstanding. Of
course, you could always live your life on a boat!
So, let's step back from the status quo, and ask the basic
question: "Why on earth should nations have the right to
restrict the movement of individuals?"
The only reason I can think of is because that's the way
it has been. That's what we're used to. And that's the way
your average nation state likes it.
The hard truth is that a passport is just a mechanism of
control. Like any identity document, it has its "stated"
intention, and its REAL intention.
Since the wide implementation of passports internationally,
after 1914, nation states have been on an ever accelerating
power binge - in an attempt to nail down their citizens and
to be able to know every little detail about them.
Yes, as it turns out, you ARE a number!
If you are not convinced of the difference between family
and nation - and your "ties" to each - then consider this:
How would you like a "family" passport - one which restricted
your movement between family homes? Ridiculous, you say.
Okay, what about a city passport - where you need permission
to move between cities in the same country?
Want to move from New York to Los Angeles? Or from Liverpool
to London? Sorry - you need documents. A short stay is fine
- but don't even think about moving permanently!
Or how about a state/region passport - one which restricts
your movement between states or regions within your own
How would you like to be prevented from moving from Colorado
to California (USA), or from New South Wales to Queensland
Such restrictions would be totally unacceptable to you -
I'm sure. But ask yourself - what is the difference, IN
PRINCIPLE, between such apparently absurd ideas as city or
state/region passports - when compared to passports for
The fact is, nation states are just arbitrary geographical
entities, which over time have established (or fought wars
over) borders, in order to separate people - for the purpose
of putting "dog tags" on everyone inside - and to exclude
These entities are reinforced by the ideology of nationalism
- which is inculcated from an early age - in the nations'
mind control centres (schools).
But there are signs the system is cracking. The world is
increasingly linked by more and more open communications
(the internet for example), more travel, and more
international trade. People are forming bonds OTHER than
those imposed by nationhood. And individuals in undesirable
nation states are starting to ask the question, "why am I
here?" and "how can I get out?"
Now, if you're some comfortable, well-paid, mollycoddled
citizen of a relatively free and rich country - such a line
of questioning has a distinctly unpleasant ring to it. Geez,
what do these people want after all?
People everywhere want what "people everywhere" have always
wanted - the freedom and opportunity to live a life of their
own choosing. And they are increasingly on the move in
search of it.
This is causing a predictable response in the mature welfare
states - where the locals grow up with an "entitlement"
mentality (the right to other people's money) - with more
and more draconian border protection and enforcement. After
all, who wants a boat load of freeloaders arriving on one's
doorstep - and signing up for the dole?
It's a huge problem. But when you dig deeper - and take a
closer look at what this really means, then it's clear that
the very concept of the nation state is under threat. And in
particular - the welfare state.
There is an inevitability in the concept of "open borders"
- when there is a move to more and more international trade,
and international co-operation. For if individual goods and
services can freely roam the globe - why not individual
Battle lines are drawing on this issue - and already one can
see the clear demarcation between opposing sides.
There are those who are wedded to the idea of the sovereign
nation state - who want strict border controls to keep other
people out - and strict protectionist trade policies to keep
other people's goods and services out. They want their taxes
to be used on their own kind - and not squandered on uninvited
guests. They want to shore up their welfare state and protect
their perceived "national" interests.
Then there are those who are more committed to the idea of
the sovereign INDIVIDUAL - who see nation states as artificial
barriers, separating people who are quite capable of managing
their own affairs and dealing with one and another in a truly
free market place. Such people want to see an end to the
welfare state - and its corrupting influence on the morals
and well-being of those who are subject to it.
The battle lines are hardening - and the rearguard action of
those hell-bent on stopping the demise of the nation state is
bound to get ugly. It already is.
However the forces of freedom are unleashed. People are no
longer prepared to accept the idea that if they were born
into a Gulag-style country, or economic cesspit - then they
must be compelled stay there.
This force of "people on the move" will become one of the
most pressing issues of our age. It will test the nation state
as never before - and it has the potential to undermine the
very thinking that supports it.
Whichever side of the fence you are on, regards this issue,
one thing is for certain - the situation is real, and it is
Next time you look at your passport - realise what it REALLY
is - a membership card to a "life" camp. Maybe yours is a
holiday camp, or a prison camp, or maybe just a boot camp.
But, whatever type of camp you belong to - your membership
card is hard to get rid of - and even harder to replace with
a more favourable one of your own choosing!
Yours in freedom
P.S. That's why having a second passport is such a good
idea. While we can't live without them, the rule is that
two passports are better than one - which at least gives you
more choice as to where you live. If this subject interests
you, then you should certainly be part of SovereignLife!
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