A personal message from Jim Babka and Perry Willis, Co-Founders of Downsize DC and Co-Creators of the Zero Aggression Project
In the previous installment of our story-in-reverse we gave you a tour of a Zero Aggression society. Today…
You’ll move backward in time to see how you ended up in that world.
The change came in three phases…
- You saw the final steps happen in Congress
- You experienced the intermediate steps in your local community
- The first steps began with your own actions
Beginning at the end…
You knew the revolution to create a Zero Aggression society was fully victorious on the day two Constitutional amendments were ratified…
- The Zero Aggression Amendment: No institution of government may initiate force against anyone for any purpose.
- The Voluntary Funding Amendment: All institutions of government must be funded by voluntary donations or payments. Taxation is prohibited.
The passage of these amendments was not a surprise to you. You had seen it coming for a long time. Congress had been passing bills pointing in that direction for several years. Some of those bills repealed things like…
- Victimless crime laws
- Immigration laws (while retaining naturalization requirements)
- The legal tender law (thereby ending the Federal Reserve monopoly in favor of competing currencies)
You also watched with excitement as Congress passed numerous opt-out bills. These bills allowed you, and everyone else, to opt-out of things like…
- Social Security
- The FDA
You were especially thrilled on the day Congress passed a law allowing you to deny funding for any government program! This was the legislative prelude to the Voluntary Funding Amendment. As a result…
- Monopoly government was gone
- Consumer controlled governance now reigned (this concept was described more fully in our previous message).
But how did all this come about? What made Congress do it?
You think back to the two trends that preceded these legislative changes…
- More and more libertarians were elected to Congress, from ALL parties
- Once elected those candidates faced overwhelming pressure from constituents to reform government in the direction of the Zero Aggression Principle
But you know that those changes had been foreshadowed by changes at a lower level. You remember when citizens in towns across the country passed initiatives that…
- Prohibited local police from enforcing any state and federal laws that initiated force against individual conscience
- Removed tax funding from the police, forcing them to fund their work through voluntary subscriptions (as described in our previous message)
You know that those changes were the real beginnings of consumer controlled governance. Even before that…
Jury nullification took hold!
Juries stopped convicting based on any statute that initiated force!
This made it obvious to politicians everywhere that it was now pointless to pass any bill that attempted to control peaceful behavior.
But what made juries and local voters take those actions? Here was the key turning point…
The day arrived when Zero Aggression ideas were seen and heard by everyone, everywhere, every day. Arguments in favor of Zero Aggression saturated…
- Bumper stickers
- The internet
This universal visibility was what sparked…
- The revolt by juries
- The changes in local governance
- The increased votes for libertarian candidates
- The intense pressure that forced Congress to pass Zero Aggression bills and amendments
But how was this universal visibility achieved, and why was it so important?
It had a lot to do with small actions taken by YOU on a regular basis. This will be the subject of the next installment of our story in reverse. In the meantime…
If you’re not already a member of the ZAP Founders Committee please consider joining before it closes on April 30th.
Founders will be listed on the ZAP website forever.
- Become a Founder by donating here. Or…
- If you’re already a member, raise your current listing on the roster by donating more (the names are ranked by size, cumulative)
You can take a quick tour of the new ZAP site when you visit the contribution form. Some sections are already open, and some are behind a curtain, to be unveiled after we finish our story-in-reverse.
Please stay tuned for the next installment of that story. And…
If you have libertarian friends who might be interested in ZAP, please forward this to them.
With high hopes for the future,
Jim Babka & Perry Willis
Co-creators, the Zero Aggression Project