Life on the Road and the Free Enterprise System

11 Apr

hitchhikingIn 1971, a young 15 year old Thomas Mick made the fateful decision to run away from an abusive home life and strike out on his own. In order to avoid being caught and returned home I changed my name and through my numerous contacts with law enforcement changed my identity. Since I had never been fingerprinted under my real name nor had any official records in the system it wasn’t difficult. My name changed to an alias and my age was advanced 4 years in the record to 19.

It took some time to transition to a life on the road; from no visible means of support to a network of friends and contacts where I learned how to obtain the things I needed to survive. The first three months weren’t easy but I soon adapted to my circumstances and eventually learned to thrive. Material possessions weren’t nearly as important to me as friends… over the next two years I would establish contacts through most of the states and a tried and true pattern that resulted in providing all my essential needs for survival; food, clothing, shelter, and companionship.

In fact, my first business experiences were within the free enterprise system… not the capitalist system that everyone is in today. From necessity I learned the principles of supply and demand; by identifying things people wanted and providing those things at a competitive price I was able to provide myself with things I needed or desired. Because the commodity I traded was not legally sanctioned I neither could nor desired to report that income to government. Frankly, I didn’t even know the income tax existed during those years as a runaway; having never had a job in the system or ever working for an employer up to that time. Towards the end of my runaway years I was making as much as $600 per day, smoking Sobrani Black Russian cigarettes and having the time of my life with my friends and associates.

Upon returning to the “legitimate” system of economics I took my family’s advice and got a real job. The pay was dismal, just $1.85 per hour, and the work was hot, dirty, and miserable slinging hot tar on a roof in the Detroit area in 96° weather. When my first check arrived and I saw FICA had taken money out of the gross I approached my boss and asked him who the hell FICA was! I never have gotten over what I consider to be theft of my sweat and blood… That experience was just one of many that set me on the course I’m on today, working the only way I know how to restore liberty back to this republic and remove the corruption that is plundering our people and enslaving us for the benefit of a few globalist elite. For that brief period in my life I experienced true economic freedom, while the rest of America lived in an illusion of freedom as they were plundered by their government and the money masters who controlled it and them.

Like criminals who exercise their right to keep and bear arms despite government efforts to disarm them, I exercised my economic freedom in my efforts to survive on the road despite the rules government imposed; outside the normal system society had become accustomed to and the money powers controlled. Necessity taught me to recognize opportunity and my needs provided me with the incentive to seize on it and provide for myself those things I needed to survive.

As a result of that experience I have always had a unique perspective on the free enterprise system. Subsequent historical study and understanding of early American economics confirmed that what I did in the early 70’s was the norm in America before the War against State’s Rights. When a person contracted with another to exchange their labor for property, either in the form of barter or for a sum of money, the government was nowhere involved in the process or deserving of any of the proceeds. As long as the transaction was mutually agreeable and there was no fraud or misrepresentation between the parties it was a private affair. Taxes were collected for the legitimate purposes of government and were largely indirect, usually in the form of excise or consumption taxes that could be avoided if desired simply by not buying a product or service.

Think about what would happen to the American economy today if we went back to the honor system and away from government control of our daily lives…

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