Civil Disobedience – Questioning the Laws We Take for Granted

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by Gary ‘Z’ McGee

“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” ~Voltaire

There are many different types of addiction, but perhaps the worst type is an addiction to unquestioned laws passed down from our forefathers and blindly followed. This type of addiction is detrimental, as it affects the world negatively in so many ways. When laws go unquestioned, there is a tendency for the power behind the laws to become entrenched. There is the tendency for people to become ignorant, complacent and even apathetic to the ways in which power corrupts. When laws go unquestioned, those with the power to write laws can use the monopoly on power to force the majority into believing in laws that would, under scrutiny, be viewed as invalid, unhealthy, unsustainable and even immoral.

So what is a proactive citizen to do? First things first: we should question all laws, even the ones that we take for granted. We must ask ourselves, is this law valid? Does this man-made law agree with cosmic law and the natural order of things? Is this law healthy, especially in regard to progressive human evolution? Is this law just, especially in regard to the balance of power? Is this law sustainable, especially in regard to environmental health? Above all, we must ask ourselves if we have the courage it takes to become an outlaw when such laws aim to outlaw freedom.

Man-Made Laws

“All things are subject to interpretation; whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” ~Fredrick Nietzsche

Power is a tricky concept. The human brain has the tendency to confuse power and truth, or at least, to confuse the dictates of power as being the truth even when they are not. Man-made laws, especially those laws grown uncouth through the passage of time, tend to be followed out of fear from the dictates of power rather than from the dictates of truth.

Man-made law, like mankind itself, is inherently fallible. The problem is the law-addicted brain tends to treat such laws as infallible, which has grave consequences in the real world. This is due, in no small part, to cultural conditioning and the civic brainwashing of the state. The state wants to maintain its power, even at the expense of truth. The misery of it all is that it has the power to create the illusion of truth, despite the actual truth, resulting in rampant corruption. As George Orwell said, “When a public is stressed and confused, a big lie told repeatedly and unchallenged can become accepted truth.”

Here’s the thing: if man-made laws are based upon truth, that is, based upon an interdependent reality governed by natural laws, then they will tend to be valid and just. If however, man-made laws are merely based upon the dictates of power, they will tend to be invalid and unjust, since power, especially a centralized power like the state, seeks only to maintain its own power, despite the interdependent cosmic truth of reality. Civic “truth” must always give way to cosmic truth lest we have corruption both civilly and cosmically. Man-made laws must remain the cart guided by the horse of cosmic law. The problem is, within our state-dependent culture, the cart is very much in front of the horse, and we are all paying the price for it.

Cosmic Laws

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” -Unknown

It is the responsibility of us all to hold man-made law accountable to cosmic law. Each and every one of us must have the courage to at least attempt to put the horse of cosmic law back in front of the cart of man-made laws, especially regarding outdated laws. The very survival of the human race depends upon it.

Adherence to cosmic law is the foundation of a healthy human being as well as a healthy society. A society that bases its laws on the dictates of power is unlikely to become a healthy society; whereas a society that basis its laws on cosmic law is more likely to become a healthy society. Cosmic law is simply the way the universe actually works as opposed to the way we assume it works. Understanding it takes deep circumspection and the willingness to be skeptical in the face of blind certainty, especially when such fundamental laws as the non-aggression principle and the golden rule are being threatened by concentrated power.

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If, as Joe Dispenza said, “where we put our awareness, and for how long, maps our destiny,” then our destiny as a species lives or dies on our ability to reason through the smoke and mirrors of man-made laws and hold them accountable to cosmic law. We must become aware of the ways in which laws are being used to control and oppress people. We must oppose such control and oppression by questioning man-made laws, especially outdated laws and especially-especially laws designed to extort money from the masses. As it stands, there are far too many money rackets set up in the so-called “justice system” that are siphoning money from the poor and fattening the pockets of the plutocrats at the top of an unsustainable chain of obedience.

As Robert B. Reich said, “the purpose of the economy is to provide everyone with opportunities to live full, happy and productive lives. Yet when most people come to view the economic game as rigged, this most basic purpose cannot be achieved. It becomes impossible to live happily in a society that seems fundamentally unfair, or to live well in a nation rife with anger and cynicism.” And when the justice system uses its laws to bolster the “rigged game” of the economy, it becomes a one-two punch to the belly of freedom, justice, truth, and to healthy, reasonable people everywhere.

At the end of the day, we have nobody to blame but ourselves for the fundamentally unhealthy, unsustainable, unjust and unfair system currently in place. We begin correcting it by realizing how often we take laws for granted, and how little we are willing to question man-made laws. Then we must have the courage to disobey, whether through civil disobedience or through non-violent revolution in solidarity for the common cause of leaving a healthier world for our children.

Something has got to give, and it begins with reconditioning the cultural conditioning and civic brainwashing that has led to our addiction to man-made laws. It’s as easy as admitting that man is fallible and therefore, so too are man-made laws.

Gary ‘Z’ McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.

This article (Civil Disobedience – Questioning the Laws We Take for Granted) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is printed here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Gary ‘Z’ McGee and It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this statement of copyright.

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  • Lewie Paine

    If a man-made law is in harmony with Natural Law, it’s redundant and unnecessary.

    If it’s not in harmony, then it’s immoral and illegitimate.

    • It is pretty difficult to cite a natural law.

      • Lewie Paine

        Natural Rights is a political theory that maintains that an Individual enters into Society with certain basic rights and that no government can deny these rights, as they are intrinsic and unalienable.

        The idea of natural rights grew out of the ancient and medieval doctrines of natural law, i.e., the belief that people, as creatures of nature, should live their lives and organize their society on the basis of rules and precepts laid down by nature and that these laws are basic and fundamental to human nature and are discoverable by human reason.

        Natural law is the basis of ethics and morality. A ‘right’ is a moral principle defining and sanctioning a man’s freedom of action in a social context. There is only one fundamental right (all the others are its consequences or corollaries): a man’s right to his own life.
        That is, the concept of a ‘right’ pertains only to action—specifically, to freedom of action. It means freedom from physical compulsion, coercion or interference by other men.

        Thus, for every individual, a right is the moral sanction of a positive—of his freedom to act on his own judgment, for his own goals, by his own voluntary, uncoerced choice. As to his neighbors, his rights impose no obligations on them except of a negative kind: to abstain from violating his rights.

        • In order to do the necessary analysis to determine whether a natural law is in harmony with a legislative one, it would be be necessary to cite the former, and I have never, in 35 years, found a citable natural law in any law book.
          Have you ever Shepardized a natural law?

          • Lewie Paine

            Natural law is negative law. It tells us what we may not do. (violate the rights of others, NAP)

            Positive law (man-made legislation) tells us what we must do. Under negative law, society penalizes someone for doing something that he isn’t supposed to do. Under positive law, government penalizes someone for not doing something he is supposed to do. The distinction is profound and crucial.

            “Here I encounter the most popular fallacy of our times. It is not considered sufficient that the law should be just; it must be philanthropic. Nor is it sufficient that the law should guarantee to every citizen the free and inoffensive use of his faculties for physical, intellectual, and moral self-improvement. Instead, it is demanded that the law should directly extend welfare, education, and morality throughout the nation. This is the seductive lure of socialism…These two uses of the law are in direct contradiction to each other. We must choose between them. A citizen cannot at the same time be free and not free.”
            ~ Frederic Bastiat

          • How would you introduce natural law into evidence in a court case?

          • Lewie Paine

            It would center around whether there had been a violation of the non-aggression principle.

            Whether or not the human association was voluntary or coerced.

            Whether the criminal offense is categorized as malum in se or malum prohibitum.

            The concept of ‘victimless crime’ would be no more.

          • Lewie Paine

            If you’re part of the choir, welcome. I preach to anyone that listens. The progressive left and the progressive right consider me their enemy simply because I advocate for Individualism and against collectivism.

          • I spent two separate periods, in the late 80’s and late 90’s, working as a pretty much full time volunteer in the Colorado Libertarian Party office in Denver. I was elected to the Communications Chair by acclamation at the convention in 1987, but never got anything done because I was also recruited to circulate petitions to get Dr. Ron Paul on the ballot in 4 states. I quit working for the LP after it was co-opted by republicans escaping from their party after it was co-opted by the neo-cons. I was never a paid member. Their by-laws made anyone who was registered to vote as a libertarian a de facto member. I removed my name from the voter rolls because I didn’t want them to put out a warrant for me, should they decide to tap me for jury duty and I not respond to the summons. I got more out of socializing with Neil Smith at the conventions than I did from attending them.

          • The NAP is about as admissible in American courts as Sharia.

          • Lewie Paine

            No doubt. American ‘law’ is simply a means of social control.

            “The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime.”
            – Max Stirner

          • If social control is the goal, L. Neil Smith’s covenant of mutual consent would be more applicable among those familiar with the NAP.

          • Lewie Paine


          • ZAP?

          • Lewie Paine

            Zero Aggression Principle (“ZAP”)

          • landy fincannon

            I was wondering , when you were going mention the “malums” I did notice that you’ve left out Admirlty Law/color of law. Our greatest threat to liberty

          • Lewie Paine

            The law of the sea. Yes. There are some good videos on youtube if anyone is interested.

          • cmb

            thanks so much for an interesting discussion!

          • cmb

            thanks so much for an interesting discussion!.

      • patriot156

        Right to self defense is a natural law. One place to look would be the scriptures. Although one would not find those actual words that man has the inalienable right to self defense, but one gets that notion while reading.

        • Which scriptures is the question? All religions claim complete veracity, but that can’t be the case if they all contradict each other. There are 22 reasons why a sinner is to be killed in the Bible, but no recent Christian has killed anyone for any of them. Yet, Christians get up in arms, literally, when a Muslim follows the same instruction in the Quran, accusing them of atrocities. Voltaire was spot on with “(t)hose who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

          • patriot156

            The holy bible of course. I take it you don’t know prophecy of the Bible or you probably wouldn’t have said that. OR your an atheist which again explains.
            But yes they have In my name isn’t because they believe in God which is a false teaching but in my name means they will be thinking they are doing gods will. so yes modern Christians/False Prophets have killed. Again I don’t look to you to understand that answer.
            As for what you said about the Quran etc… For your secular answer that’s pretty much a correct statement and I for one don’t approve.
            Pretty much I don’t follow what most teach because I believe they’re the whore of Babylon teaching crap. Maybe that will answer you better than anything else or just turn you off and have you make a snarky remark on how crazy I am.
            At any rate I’m a creationist but not one that you will hear from the most part, because I believe were older than 6k years, but not 4 billion years.

          • g.johnon

            so, all it takes to be an atheist these days is to not believe in religion?

          • patriot156

            In god but isn’t the the definition of an Atheist?
            sorry just being funny but yes that’s the very definition of what atheism is isn’t it? Not to believe in God or any kind of Deist or creator?

          • g.johnon

            atheism is non belief in god. however, one may believe in god and not religion. and such an anti-religionist is not an atheist.
            liked the cartoon. being funny is an ok thing.

          • Atheism is not believing in a deity. God is a deity, but there are many others. I’m a Christian atheist, as were most of the apostles, who just saw Jesus as a meal ticket.

          • g.johnon


          • Did you mean deity when you typed Deist?

          • g.johnon

            he most likely did, and damn him to hell for messing up like that!

          • But since hell doesn’t exist any more than God does…

          • g.johnon

            hell has always existed in sarcasm, so sorry you didn’t catch onto that (as usual).

          • Sounds like you read Dante’s Inferno thinking you were reading the bible.

          • g.johnon

            to be honest, a human with a modicum of intelligence would not think it sounded like that at all.

          • Fortunately I have far more than a modicum.

          • g.johnon

            isn’t self assessment a wonderful thing? 😉

          • I wouldn’t know because my relationships with the very few friends that I have are based on high levels of morality and respect for each other. They respect my intelligence and I theirs, so there is never a need to assess my own, it being mirrored in theirs. You’ll have to self assess yourself if you know no one who can understand you well enough to share your values and intellect.

          • patriot156

            oh yea I guess sorry meant Deity .

            but here’s the actual definition.



            a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings.
            and I guess it could be correct not to believe in religions according to that definition, but religion and beliefs in God/s are intertwined.

          • g.johnon

            only those sorely lacking in imagination intertwined the two.
            one can be perfectly ok with a higher power without man made rules to go by.

          • Just like all it takes to be a republican or a democrat is to not believe in the Constitution.

          • g.johnon

            another epically inaccurate discusism. a constitutional republic does believe in the constitution (of course) but, most likely, does not believe in the republican party.

          • Which is a pretty ignorant observation, considering the absence of any mention of political parties in the Constitution, since one of the many prohibitions that the loyal colonists lost to the british loyalists in the convention was that of political parties, which most of them abhorred as much as they did democracy.

          • g.johnon

            ok, I can’t see how this will have any bearing on anything, but I did change a small typo that I made in the previous post. even as it stood before, it gave you no justification for yet another of your patented non sequiturs.
            so if, after reading my previous post again. or perhaps you just misread the sentiment (again) and your mind slipped away from you (yet again) for a fleeting moment leading you to post your last drivel.
            so, you may have this one do over. not holding my breath for it to come to anything positive.

          • Language can’t be patented, only copywritten, and only you could justify copywriting a non sequitur.

          • g.johnon

            yep I was pretty sure that one was gonna sail right over your head.

          • It obviously hadn’t had a chance to get back to level ground after clearing yours.

      • g.johnon

        that’s because even “natural” laws are subject to nietzche’s rule of interpretation. as for cosmic laws. humans aint even ready for that.

        • I imagine that nietzche (sic) would take that as an insult.

          • g.johnon

            are you his lawyer?

          • Since when does a dead man need one?

          • g.johnon

            since about the time dead men became capable of being insulted, i would imagine.

          • How many wars have been started by people insulting dead people?

  • landy fincannon

    Common law, requires there to be an injured party.

    Equity law , deals with contracts. Where both parties have equal standing , through full disclosure

    Then there’s the mother f–cker of all laws ,ADMIRLTY. With its forced compliance through adhesion contracts. Like most of our traffic and drug laws

    • Common law was eliminated from most courts by statute in the 70s.
      Equity is about all we have left. Adhesion contracts can’t be enforced against those who will not enter into them. The best known of these is the marriage license.

      • landy fincannon

        For the most part , I don’t see how we can avoid entering into these invisible contracts.

        They’re so numerous, our currency is considered a “benefit” in the twisted legal minds of those who make them.

        Driving is another ” privilege” they’ve given us. Disregarding our inalienably right to travel.

        Zip codes have been created as an overlay of Federal territory/ see the Buck Act.

        However, if youve learned or know of a way way to recapture our all caps name , on all public side/ debt side. Please , by all means share

        • If they are true contracts, the only way you can enter them is by signing them, in front of witnesses. An invisible contract is null and void unless it has been lawfully entered by all of the parties.
          Currency is whatever the traders will both accept in transaction.
          Currency is not money. Only gold and silver are money.
          You retain your rights until you relinquish them for privileges.
          The only way to negate the all caps name is to eliminate the corporate authority that uses it. If you don’t ever use all caps to identify yourself, you’ll never have the problems. Most of us, failing to understand the law, accept all caps in ignorant innocence, and become trapped as a result. The only way to avoid debt is to avoid debt. I have never had a regular (non-store) credit card, and my credit report is blank. Not having a credit rating can be a pain when trying to buy things or get a job, but if I have to subject myself to debt to own something, I’d rather go without having it. When the banks go down, any plastic they have issued will stop working. Since they will simultaneously close, if your money is in them, you shouldn’t expect to see it again. The Dodd-Frank Act says that we are unsecured creditors to our banks. That means that anything that we put in a bank belongs to the bank and can be used by them to pay their debts without any recourse for their creditors. If you have anything in a bank account or safety deposit box, I’d get it out and keep it out.

          • Mysterious Man

            Great advice. What do you recommend for a 17-year-old who is about to start working and attending vocational school? Do you recommend credit unions as a temporary place to store our money?

          • The NCUA plays the same devious games as the FDIC and FSLIC. I started buying gold and silver when I became aware of the scams, and I still have most of them. Well hidden PMs are safer than anything you can put into paper or any financial institution, IMO.

          • PM’s? Could you enlighten me as to what scams the NCUA plays, and why PMs are inherently better?

        • cmb

          thanks so much for an interesting discussion!..

          • landy fincannon

            Your welcome. Thank you, for the reply

  • PuttingIsLikeWisdom

    Ohh..shut up!

  • patriot156

    Just in Sessions met with the Russians before the election. Possible way to dethrone this asshole.

  • patriot156

    I disagree with the notion of Human Evolution though but a decent article all the same.

    • I attended a seminar on audio and acoustics during the summer break between my junior and senior years in high school. One of the many things I learned was that the cartilage in the ears of human beings who live in urban areas has been evolving into muscle, probably to allow the ear to protect itself from continuous cacophony. If it weren’t for that particular human evolution, many of us would go deaf.

      • patriot156

        No! false science.

  • nunya

    Well, you know what’s wrong with the world today
    People done gone and put their Bible’s away
    They’re living by the law of the jungle not the law of the land
    The good book says it so I know it’s the truth
    An eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth
    You better watch where you go and remember where you been
    That’s the way I see it I’m a Simple Man.

    • Which Bible? There are many versions in English, and English didn’t exist during the time that Jesus walked the earth.

    • patriot156

      no the tooth for tooth eye for eye was put away with the New testament.’
      and the Two Great commandments. Love god with all your heart, and love one another as you love yourself.

      What your talking about is more Beast Govt and Idolatry.

  • Chancho_Bandito

    Monopoly of Violence.

    • g.johnon

      so far.

  • patriot156