from The Covenanters
Five centuries ago on October 31, Martin Luther launched the Protestant Revolution against Roman tyranny: a revolt that led to the establishment of Freedom of Conscience and political and spiritual liberty across the world. When ordered to renounce his views, Luther hurled back at his papal enemies, “Here I stand: I can do no other”.
Today, as people everywhere battle against a global corporate tyranny spawned from the same Roman institution, free men and women are launching their own revolt with the same defiant spirit of Here We Stand. We the People we can do nothing other than reclaim our minds, our lives and our world as sovereign communities under the universal Common Law.
A new movement known as the Covenanters has emerged today in five countries that embodies this reclamation: a political and spiritual campaign to undo corporate tyranny and the genocidal institutions that are enslaving humanity and destroying our world. On October 1, the Covenanters will inaugurate their new blog talk radio program called Here We Stand: a platform to unite, inspire and mobilize the sacred remnant that will lead our people out of their chains into a new society standing under God’s Law.
Commencing October 1, 2017, Here We Stand will broadcast every Sunday at 3 pm pacific, 6 pm eastern at www.bbsradio.com/herewestan
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Issued by the Covenanters
22 September, 2017
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Issued on the eve of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation’s birth, Here We Stand is the founding declaration of The Covenanters, a radical separatist movement committed to “reclaiming Christ’s remnant from the long night of papal and corporatist tyranny.” It is a stirring restatement of the founding spirit of evangelical Protestantism and of the social and political radicalism of early Christianity.
The Covenanters have established sovereign communities of resistance under Common Law in Canada, America, Ireland, Scotland and England. They are in the forefront of the movement to displace and replace the violent global corporatocracy with the law of God.
For more information and to be part of this movement, contact: email@example.com
Copies of Here We Stand may be ordered through the same email address or online at https://www.createspace.com/7431755
Follow the ongoing work and witness of The Covenanters every Sunday at 6 pm eastern time on Radio Free Kanata, atwww.bbsradio.com/radiofreekanata .
Under Natural and Customary Law, all authority arises from the inborn and unalienable liberty and sovereignty of the people, who are the source of all law and government. Under this maxim, all legitimate government owes its existence to the people whom those governments serve, and governments exist to secure and protect the rights of the people and their communities. Any system of government that becomes destructive of those ends is not legitimate, lawful, operative or constitutional, and is in fact no government at all.
The people of the territories known as “Canada” possess both the collective and individual right of self-governance to ensure their well being, peace and liberty as freeborn men and women. That right precedes and predates all of the laws, statutes and acts of the government of Canada, its Parliament and the Crown of England, and cannot be usurped, superseded, nullified or in any way altered or diminished by those external powers.
Under this same right, the people of the territories known as “Canada” are not obligated to owe allegiance to Canada, its Parliament or the Crown of England or their laws when these powers violate, diminish or threaten either the liberties and rights of the people, the sanctity and health of the land itself or higher moral and international law. Under such conditions, the people are required to actively dissociate themselves and secede from those tyrannical powers, and through their own self-governing assemblies establish a new and just system of government and law to maintain the civil peace.
THEREFORE LET IT BE KNOWN:
That We the People on the land known as “Canada” proclaim and establish our unalienable liberty to create and charter self governing, home rule Peoples Assemblies with the power and the lawful, jurisdictional and legislative authority to enact the following laws and binding measures:
- The abolition of Crown jurisdiction and authority, its courts and its statutes
- The canceling of all federal and provincial taxes and payments
- The issuing of a Republican Constitution and Charter of Liberties (* see Charter below)
- The establishing of sovereign common law courts of record as the sole de jure legal system
- The establishing of trained citizen militias to replace and absorb the standing army and police
- The expropriation of all banks, surplus wealth and land and their equal redistribution to all of the people in the form of a guaranteed annual income
- The expropriation of all medical services, transportation and surplus housing and their operation on a free or subsidized basis for all the people
- The abolition of all income taxes, rents and mortgages and an imposition of a progressive tax on all inherited, corporate, foreign and excess wealth, and on all foreign corporations and churches
- The abolition of all foreign ownership of the land and the economy
- The establishing of agricultural reserves and cooperative land trusts, and the subsidizing and protection of family farms and the lands and waters as a whole
- The recognition of the sovereignty and independence of all self-governing indigenous nations, including their right to succession within a framework of equal and lawful partnership with the non-aboriginal peoples through their Republican constitutional governments
- The establishing of local neighborhood and workplace Assemblies to facilitate direct grassroots democracy by all the people
- Charter of Liberties
All citizens are born and endowed with inherent, unalienable liberties under Natural Law which cannot be restricted, abrogated, denied or abolished by any authority, statute or power. These liberties are not limited by the act of defining them, and include but are not restricted to the following:
Freedom of thought, speech and expression
- Freedom of conscience and religion, and freedom from religion
Freedom of the press and publication
Freedom of cultural expression and autonomy
Freedom to organize politically and to form political parties and movements
Freedom of dissent, civil disobedience and non-cooperation with the law and government according to one’s conscience and the provisions of the Common Law
Freedom to revolt and to supplant and replace any tyrannical government or power
The right to fair, equal, speedy and responsive treatment before the law
The constitutional and unalienable right to a trial by a jury of one’s peers under the common law
The right to bear arms and defend oneself and one’s family against arbitrary, cruel or unjust treatment, including from agents of the government
The right to be free from fear, harassment, discrimination and exploitation
The right to parent and raise one’s own children with love and respect free of any threat, intervention or assault by any agency or power
The right to free and unrestricted movement
The right to life itself, through the free and unrestricted access to all of life’s essentials, including healthy food and water, quality medical care, education at every level, public transportation, decent housing and fair, sustaining and meaningful employment
From the International Tribunal of Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS)
and its affiliated Common Law Courts
You are part of a growing movement of people who have awakened to the war being waged against We the People by a global corporate tyranny. You have volunteered to work with us to stop the crimes of the powerful from being directed against our sacred liberties, our children, and our planet.
In June of 2010 fifty men and women from six countries formed the International Tribunal of Crimes of Church and State, the ITCCS. Our aim from the beginning was to expose and confront churches and governments for their crimes, particularly against children, and to prosecute these institutions and halt their reign of terror.
In the course of our work we have successfully convicted and brought down Popes and Prime Ministers and saved the lives of dozens of innocent children. We have exposed and broken up Satanic cults that torture and kill the innocent. And we have begun to return power into the hands of the people by reclaiming our natural liberty through common law courts of justice.
Our movement is global, operating in nine nations. But our strength lies in small groups of dedicated men and women like you, who are taking action in their own communities to protect their families and neighbourhoods from brutal tyranny and predators.
Your job as an ITCCS volunteer is threefold: to educate, to take action, and to mobilize your communities in defense of themselves and their children.
“What gives you the right to do what you’re doing?”. You’ll likely have this question put to you at some point.
Our answer is simple: our authority arises from our unalienable liberty and conscience as free men and women under the Natural or Common Law. We the people are the original and final source of sovereignty, authority and the law. When governments and laws threaten our lives and liberties, we have the right to covenant together to protect ourselves and form new governments and our own local courts of justice.
Or, in the words of the United States Supreme Court,
“Every man is independent of all laws, except those prescribed by nature. He is not bound by any institutions formed without his consent or that threaten his wellbeing. No-one is compelled to obey an unjust law and no court is obliged to enforce such a law … An unjust or unconstitutional law is in reality no law, but is void and inoperable” (Cruden v. Neale, 1896)
“The people are supreme, not the state. The state cannot diminish the rights of the people, since at the inception of our Republic sovereignty devolved on the people and they are truly the sovereigns of the country. But they are sovereigns without subjects, with none to govern but themselves.” (Chisholm v. Georgia, 1922)
Even outside the United States, these same legal principles are enshrined in the English common law tradition and are inherent in all freeborn men and women, regardless of the laws and statutes of their government or country.
Please consult our Common Law Training Manual ( https://www.createspace.com/6988697 ) and our Whistle Blowers’ Manual (https://www.createspace.com/6534773)
The children of your community are under attack, as is your air, your water and your right to speak and live freely without fear. What is to be done?
First, identify the problem and document it with hard evidence. Find out who is harming the children, polluting your local community or assaulting your freedoms. Evil always has a face and an address: find out both and name them, loudly and clearly.
Second, tell your community about these threats and gather people together to talk it over. This is best done by convening a regular weekly community gathering called a Peoples Assembly, where issues can be debated and people can learn to act together and govern themselves. But do more than talk: launch a public information campaign around whatever injustice or crime you are confronting.
Third, structure yourselves into a permanent group with a Convener and a Secretary. You are the local leadership; don’t be afraid to take the lead. Identify others who share your committment and organize them into your group. The aim of any such group is to spark awareness and action among the people at large: to make the people restless for justice and change.
Those are the preliminary steps. Then the fun begins.
Your adversary seems to have a lot of power and influence. They will use that to try to intimidate and stop you. But their very size can be used against them, if they are provoked properly and if you don’t give up.
Your biggest weapon is the truth you hold and the fact that your enemy is guilty and they know it. That makes them easy to provoke and expose, and gives you a moral high ground that you must never surrender. Once you take public action, if you keep shoving that truth in your opponent’s face you will keep them on the defensive and gain time and credibility for your movement, regardless of its size.
At the same time, you must be totally realistic about what you face and the ruthlessness of your adversary. Keep a low public profile until you have the numbers and position to take them on openly.
But remember: even one individual can often embarrass big corporations and governments into revealing their crimes and compromising themselves. But that individual has to be brave, persistent and committed to the struggle for the long term.
Some Do’s and Dont’s
DO be self-reliant at all times. You are your own experts, your own leaders, and your own media. It’s a law of nature that every part of the whole contains the full power of the whole. Great power is unleashed in us and among us when we step forward to act for justice. And so rely on your inborn knowledge and street smarts. Document and record everything that you do.
DO NOT look to others to do your work for you. Especially DO NOT expect compassion, fairness or morality from the forces you are confronting. They are motivated by two things: self-preservation and money. Those are their weak points that you must continually target.
DO keep a constantly high public profile once you are prepared to take action. Your job is to awaken and mobilize people, but they need to know who you are and what the aims of your movement are. Also, ALWAYS define the issues at stake and keep hold of the “narrative”, or your opponent will.
DO NOT let the enemy guide your actions. To defeat you they will use the “Three D’s” against you: Denial, Distraction and Discrediting. Ignore their lies and smears about you; DO NOT respond to their petty insults or become angry and defensive. That’s what they want, to throw you off your purpose. STAY ON THE ISSUE and avoid personality and ego battles.
DO have a source of income and a system of safe houses for your group. You need a material base to support your movement. So put out a call for community funding from the people you are trying to reach, but not in the abstract. Tell them what needs to be paid for and give them a personal stake in the battle. “Help us monitor and stop child predators: Donate to the Child Defense Group”, for example, might be one appeal.
DO NOT work at first with people you don’t know: consolidate a core group of reliable people who are trustworthy before recruiting others.
DO, wherever possible, go outside the experience of your opponent. Avoid doing what they expect and strike where they don’t expect you to. Keep your public action plans secret and use deception and unforeseen maneuvers to confuse your enemy.
DO NOT let momentary setbacks demoralize you. Defeats are inevitable: they are your best teachers. Keep learning and applying the lessons you learn and as a veteran you will soon become experienced and effective.
Convening Peoples’ Assemblies and Common Law Courts
Our aim is ultimately not to merely protest and educate but to establish self-governance and freedom in our own communities. We can only stop institutionalized crime by disestablishing the guilty bodies and taking back power for ourselves, and that means political, economic and legal power.
History shows us that every successful grassroots revolution built its own political assemblies and courts of law alongside the status quo, not after but during the struggle. Anyone who sets out to change the status quo needs to show people that first of all they can be defended. And that’s the purpose of our own local Assemblies and Courts: to first protect the people and then create the basis for something different.
Doing so is actually easier than it may seem. We start by calling a weekly public Assembly to air grievances and debate what laws and changes we want in our community. No matter how small its beginnings, this Assembly is the pole of attraction by which we build a movement and reclaim our society from the bottom up.
Under common law, such an Assembly has the power to give itself a Self-Governance Charter and establish a Court of Record to try cases and bring in lawful verdicts. And to protect this court and enforce its warrants and decisions, a common law Peace Officer or Sheriff must be appointed who has the power to raise and train local citizens in a militia to protect the community.
By these steps we are showing the people and our opponents that we mean business, and even though small, we are setting the conditions of battle. Doing so forces even the biggest enemy to respond on our terms and gains us great power in any conflict.
Remember: establishing these new bodies is nothing less than direct democracy in action, and must always be presented as such to the world. Approach your local police and Sheriffs and involve them in our Courts by deputizing them as common law peace officers. (See the Documents in our Common Law Training Manual, above) Win over agents of the status quo, don’t fight them.
Taking the First Step
The Peoples Assemblies and Courts may seem like far-off goals to you right now. Regardless, they will grow up naturally if we begin with the right vision and are constant in our committment and actions.
For now, what you can achieve are the three initial steps we’ve described: Define and document the issue you will campaign on, educate the public about it and your movement, and organize yourselves into a permanent local group.
Once you have formed such a group, keep it small and action oriented. If you have too many people you are an easier target for infiltration and disruption. Launch direct action groups of three to five people that can leaflet, protest and educate, and thereby build your movement. Be audacious and courageous.
The ITCCS has three General Field Secretaries who work on the ground to help build and sustain such common law action groups. Call on the Field Secretaries for help. They can provide training workshops, resources and experience, but ultimately the leadership rests in your hands.
If there is only one of you in your community who wants to take action along these lines, do not get disheartened. You are the seed from which much will grow. Your first job is to find two or three other people who will read this Bulletin and our other resources and join up with you. Even if you can’t and you remain physically on your own, you can be connected to the nearest Common Law Action Group.
Also remember that the ITCCS operates a weekly blog radio program, Radio Free Kanata, every Sunday at 3 pm pacific time at www.bbsradio.com/radiofreekanata . Its shows include reports from activists on the ground and workshops to train and educate organizers like you. Use this program as an organizing tool by having people gather to listen to it every week and springboard from it to taking local actions. And also volunteer to do a program yourself on local issues. (Write to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to get involved) .
Finally, take to heart the words of the American patriot Samuel Adams, who helped defeat the world’s biggest Empire. In 1774 when the Revolution looked improbable, Adams said,
“It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of the people.”
It’s now up to each one of us to do so.
The ITCCS General Field Secretaries – one for North America, Europe and Australia respectively – can be reached at the ITCCS email.
Kevin Annett was re-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015. Messages for him can be left at 386-323-5774 (USA).
Kevin’s five latest books – “Unrelenting: Between Sodom and Zion”, “Murder by Decree: The Crime of Genocide in Canada”, “Truth Tellers’ Shield: A Manual for Whistle Blowers”, “1497 and so on: A History of White People in Canada” and “Establishing the Reign of Natural Liberty: A Common Law Training Manual” - can be accessed and ordered at these sites:
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by Kevin D. Annett
The worst thing to come out of all this is that Bernie Saunders threw away the best chance in the last century to launch a progressive third party in America. We still need to do that, with or without him. -Saunders delegate to the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016
I do not want you to follow me or anyone else; if you are looking for a Moses to lead you out of this capitalist wilderness, you will stay right where you are. I would not lead you into the promised land if I could, because if I led you in, some one else would lead you out. You must use your heads as well as your hands, and get yourself out of your present condition. - Eugene Debs, Socialist Party of America Presidential Candidate, 1908
Pundits high and low have already whipped out their political scalpels to dissect the perhaps not unexpected collapse of Senator Bernie Saunders and his more naïve followers into the entrails of the Democratic Party. Such an operation is not only premature but misdiagnosed, for it dwells on a figurehead and not a phenomena.
Forget about Bernie Saunders. What compelled him to betray the hopes of thirteen million progressive Americans is anybody’s guess, and no doubt will be critiqued to death for years by internet commentators who would rather talk than act. What matters to us is what those thirteen million men and women represent, and the future they may embody.
Nothing like those millions has emerged in America since the Populist movement of the early 20th century, when farmers and laborers directly challenged the two big money parties and the financial oligarchs that run them. One of the peoples’ champions of that time, a railway worker from Indiana named Eugene Debs, declared that their movement embodied a fight for the very soul of America. Today’s progressive movement is of the same revolutionary promise because of its potential to unite all marginalized Americans in a massive cross-party force to wrest the nation back from a war-making corporate elite, and to redefine America in the process.
Understand that we are not talking about a new electoral machine but a revolutionary movement to not only reclaim America but transform its very spirit and substance into the free egalitarian society envisioned by the Founders. And like all true revolutions, this one has already been born first in the hearts and minds of the people, to paraphrase John Adams. It has arisen from out of the depths of a great misery and discontent that is sweeping the nation.
The corporate oligarchy’s two political arms – the Democratic and Republican parties – are doing their best to capture that discontent and define it in terms that will serve the Corporatocracy that has replaced the American Republic. It can be argued that Bernie Saunders performed precisely such a service by capturing and channeling some of that popular outrage back into the Democrats.
Regardless, no amount of back room political intrigue can derail a discontent so huge, provided that it finds its own mind, voice and leadership. And therein lies the challenge.
As that keen observer of Americans, Alexis de Tocqueville, observed in his work Democracy in America,
“Americans are constantly excited by two conflicting passions; they want to be led, and they wish to remain free: they strive to satisfy them both at once. They devise a sole, tutelary, and all-powerful form of government, but elected by the people. They combine the principle of centralization and that of popular sovereignty, and console themselves for being in bondage by the reflection that they have chosen their own guardians. By this system the American people shake off their state of dependence just long enough to select their master, and then relapse into it again. Yet he who consents to obey others, who submits his will, and even his thoughts, to their control, how can he pretend that he wishes to be free?”
A people reared to look to authority figures, to live and think vicariously through political “leaders” who are controlled invisibly and beyond their reach, are functional slaves. Regardless of the militancy of their words or program, they are unable to acquire their own outlook and power short of a profound shock that snaps their umbilical chord to the system. Bernie Saunders’ abject surrender to the Democratic Establishment provided such a shock to at least some of his followers, who are searching now for a third party alternative. And yet most of the millions who looked to Saunders to usher in a new America still seem like a gaggle of confused and directionless chickens, if their public remarks mean anything.
Growing up is never an easy thing to do, especially in a culture like ours that instills fear and infantile dependency into all of us from day one. And yet the unquenchable discontent of many Americans remains, and yearns to find its own mature power and expression not defined by the nation’s stale unipolar politics. To do so, their new American revolution must seek out and drink from the source of its vitality: that heart which Alexis de Tocqueville described in 1832:
“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”
Rarely is personal and civic virtue a topic in mainstream political discourse, nor is it seen as a necessary preliminary to liberty, as John Adams and other Founders continually stressed. But the truth is that without a moral awakening and the recovery of goodness within and among us, broader social change, let alone revolution, is unimaginable. It was such a revival known as the evangelical Great Awakening of the 1740′s and ’50′s that formed the hearts of the people who made the American Revolution. Then or now, against the brutality of a system gone mad with greed and violence, the sons and daughters of liberty are armed first and foremost by their capacity for goodness: for compassion, a love of what is true, and a refusal to dwell alongside evil and allow oppression and wrong to strike at any one of us.
These virtues form the basis of the program of our new American Revolution, which is rooted in the Natural Law and its three great maxims: No-one is subject to another, no-one has any right to more than another, and none shall do harm to another. When translated politically, these maxims give rise to three corresponding aims of Liberty, Equality and Peace.
By Liberty, we mean nothing less than the restoration of the constitutional Republic of the United States of America and the common law upon which it rests: a Republic in which every man and woman is sovereign and subject to nothing but the common law. To reclaim the Republic, we must disestablish the rule-by-fiat corporate tyranny that runs the government and the courts behind the mask of an American flag.
By Equality, we mean the de-corporatizing of America and an end to the rule of the “one percent”. The financial oligarchy who rule the nation must be as thoroughly dethroned as was King George III, and the wealth of the nation returned to all the people.
And by Peace, we mean the de-militarizing of America and the returning of power to the people through their own citizen militias and courts. An end, in short, to the military-industrial complex and its distortion of America into a permanent war economy and society.
A movement that pursues these goals to the end will win the allegiance of that great unspoken mass of discontented and sidelined Americans, and wrench a broad swath of poor and working people away from the clutches of Republicans and Democrats alike. Such a new alignment around a truly revolutionary third party in America will begin to break the corporate stranglehold and ignite the same flame that defeated the biggest Empire in the world in 1783.
For those who doubt this dream and call it an unwinnable battle, I draw their memories back to 1776 and a remnant few hundred patriot soldiers at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, caught in a winter as deep as our own. Amidst their own defeatism and despair, a poor immigrant named Thomas Paine proclaimed to them these words that carried forward their spirits and the American revolution to final victory:
“Where others see now only risk, I see opportunity. But those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the labor of supporting it. I love the man that can smile in trouble, gather strength from distress, and grow brave from endurance. ‘Tis the business of small minds to shrink from conflict, but he whose heart is firm, whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”
Let us search for America in the virtue that rests in the hearts of its people, and the liberty that reaches out from there to claim back the nation that was stolen. Let us begin.
Whoever grasps and holds onto the essential energy (shih) of a situation will control the outcome of any battle and the fate of any opponent, no matter how powerful they are. – Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Men always begin revolutions with their eyes fixed on the past. – Frederich Engels
What is nothing has been chosen to bring to nothing all the things that are. – 1 Corinthians 1:28
Imagine for a moment the present global tyranny not simply as a visible system of corporatism, violence and corruption, but as a vast energy transfer, sucking the wealth, vitality and life from billions of people and the biosphere itself into one massive machine. Call that machine whatever you like; its nature and behavior is geared towards a single purpose, and that is the absorption of life into itself. It is one enormous feeder, and we are its morsels.
To first understand this simple truth equips us inwardly to stop this insatiable complex and our participation in it, far better than can mere political analysis. But understanding alone does not free us to act.
All interactions in our universe involve an essential energy that guides the movement of every particle, and determines every outcome. Sun Tzu called this energy “shih”; Plato saw it as a pre-existing essence behind the mask of appearances. Some like to call it God. Regardless of its nomenclature, this Source that binds our reality is like a mighty river that can either sweep us along helplessly, or be utilized by us to alter reality. Every ruler understands this simple fact, even while the rest of us have been trained not to grasp it, and thereby are kept eyeless in a harness held by a few.
Those who understand and utilize this “shih” are able to control the thoughts and actions of the multitudes of humanity only as long as the latter are devoid of their own access to shih. The primary means of stripping humanity of attaining its normally inherent shih power is by using fear and trauma based conditioning at a very young age to cause people to habitually surrender and defer at every level to some “higher” external power, and thereby transfer their own particle of shih to that power.
Such an unending energy transfer from the many to the few is the basis of all elite rule in our world. And yet such a system is inherently unstable, since following Natural Law, the nature of shih as with any energy system is to disseminate equally and be held in common, and not privately: a fact that invalidates as contrary to the natural order all individual rule, whether by kings, presidents, popes or corporate oligarchies.
We know from our own experience that the loss of shih from the many to the few is not simply unnatural and disharmonious; it is so constant and systemic that it cannot be resisted by individual effort alone, since our individuality has been conditioned to operate habitually rather than consciously. We think like we eat – automatically – and therefore without shih. For instance, when faced with political repression by the government, our first reflex is to surrender our shih once again to them by “pressuring” them to give us justice through ritualized protest and petitioning, relying on their courts and government.
We do not seem capable of shifting our attention away from the existing “authorities” simply because we have no working experience of self-government: of what our own shih actually is. And thus like any lost child, we cannot try to change our world without continually deferring to the “powers that be”, whether that be a sympathetic judge, or a “progressive” politician, or even a spiritual adviser. Our imprinted slavery makes it impossible for us to collectively reclaim ourselves, and our world.
Erasing a conditioned imprint may begin within the individual, but it is not manifested individualistically; for collectivity is the nature of universal shih, which binds all phenomena in a “mutual garment of destiny and interconnectedness”.
In any successful revolution, the personal awakening of individuals inexorably causes a collective ripple effect in many other hearts and minds that generates a new kind of “group shih”: one that is unalterably opposed to the shih of the rulers. This new energy system is a living and working counter-culture that draws energy and power away from the rulers and their system, and returns it to the multitude of people, provided the latter can hold onto it as a group by retaining their own new and separate identity.
The very nature and purpose of our struggle today is to achieve precisely such a new energy transfer, and allow all of humanity to reclaim their natural shih and the collective liberty that it bestows. This purpose must continually guide our thoughts, words and deeds.
Applying Shih Knowledge to our Present Situation
The Chinese general Sun Tzu, writing thousands of years ago, had the best practical understanding of how such an awareness of the essential energy behind reality can and must be used in concrete struggles, especially in war and politics. “Nothing is permanent in life except conflict and change” he wrote in his Art of War. “One either masters the shih of one’s opponent or is mastered by it.”
If we set aside our western philosophical bias that dualistically separates matter from spirit, we recognize that Sun Tzu is accurately describing the dance that occurs in any conflict with an adversary. As he writes,
“Enemies, like all opposites, are mutually dependent on one another, being part of a greater unity and purpose. Thus, enemies are defeated not by their destruction but by their absorption into that greater whole.”
In short, we can win any engagement not by outnumbering or crushing an opponent, but by re-directing his own essential energy into the outcome we desire. This fact is of obvious relevance to us, since as a small movement we face what appears to be overwhelming odds.
A classic example of how a small force can triumph over a huge adversary is found from our own campaign in Canada to indict church and state for Genocide. That campaign, consisting of a few dozen of us in three cities, successfully forced Canada and its churches to respond on our terms by admitting their crime and helping to commence their own dissolution. For by acceding to the new reality we had presented, the old matrix called “Christian Canada” surrendered to us its shih by responding on our terms. This surrender helped to energize our agenda of disestablishing Crown and Church: a process that is continuing now to unfold. This new power alignment is crumbling Canada and laying the basis for a new shih arrangement that we call the Republic of Kanata.
What achieved this victory were not our numbers but our strategic position, our visible persistence, and our ability to out maneuver and re-direct the shih of the system, armed as we were with an undeniable truth and evidence that kept both church and state constantly fearful and on the defensive.
Similarly but even more stunning is the other, greater victory that flowed from this first one: namely, the blow against the Vatican in Rome, and our historic deposing of Pope Benedict in February 2013 by our public conviction of him and other top catholic officials for the same genocide.
This successful mastering by us of a hugely more powerful opponent’s shih happened because our small movement deliberately used a strategy of guerrilla warfare, which is summed up by Sun Tzu thus:
First, when I am few and my enemy is many, I can use the few to strike the many because those whom I battle are restricted, being larger and more unwieldy. Their strength thereby becomes their weakness.
Second, do not respond to the ground your enemy has prepared for you, but instead, shape their ground. Then they have no alternative but to be led by you, as if it was their own idea.
Third, hide the time of battle from an enemy, and make what he loves and defends your first objective. By aiming at and seizing what the enemy holds dear, their greater strength and plans are rendered useless, and they must stop and respond on your terms, no matter how small are your forces.
Thus, on March 17, 2008 during Palm Sunday services, two of our action groups occupied without warning the largest catholic cathedrals in Vancouver and Toronto, making headlines across Canada with our demand that the genocidal churches be prosecuted and forced to return the remains of the Indian children they killed. We also announced that we were commencing an international court action to charge Canada with genocide.
Less than a month later, the government announced for the first time an “inquiry” into the missing residential school children. This led directly to the official Parliamentary “apology” just three months later, in July 2008, and the subsequent official admission by Ottawa that genocide did indeed occur in Canada at the cost of thousands of dead children.
By striking unexpectedly at the Achilles’ heel of the main instigator of genocide – behind its own lines, amidst its most “sacred” ritual – we not only shocked and frightened the enemy but created the field of battle and forced our opponent in its fear to respond on our terms. Since then, no-one in Canada has dared anymore to deny that children were killed in the residential schools, and that it was indeed genocide. In this way, just a few of us reshaped the national narrative; or, in Sun Tzu’s words, we mastered the shih of an enormous adversary and re-directed it on our terms.
Similarly, the shock wave that deposed Pope Benedict has continued to spread, forcing four other resignations by top Vatican officers named in our common law court indictments, and compelling an enormous and desperate public relations effort by the present “pope” to shore up Rome’s collapsing credibility. What is this but living proof of the ability of a small force to absorb the shih of the biggest and oldest enemy imaginable: the Vatican Incorporated?
Compare these stunning victories by a handful of people with the negligible results of many thousands of protestors standing outside government buildings and waving placards, and thereby surrendering their collective shih to their adversary. For the unstated message of any group of protestors to some external power is clearly this: “We acknowledge your authority; you have the power, not us. All we ask is that you change things for us.” This is not change on the terms of the people, but accommodation to elite rule, regardless of the outcome.
Such impotence called protest, like voting or “going through the courts”, is in truth the clearest example of the energy-sucking nature of the machine that relies on such controlled “opposition” to feed its own shih.
In reality, no such diminishing of peoples’ own shih is ever required for change to occur. For the ability for any sized group to capture the shih of the government and any corporate regime has been proven in practice. In energetic terms, this constitutes a reclaiming of power in order to re-balance shih, whose nature is to disseminate and be shared equally. This approach is the only sure means of changing the nature of power, and thereby bringing down tyranny. And yet as we noted, understanding this truth does not automatically make it happen, for the simple fact that we are all a part of what it is we oppose.
The Symbiotic Nature of Shih
It is often remarked – usually as a justification for not getting involved in a radical movement – that “All revolutions just end up replacing one tyrant with another”. From a distance, history seems to bear this out.
The moments where masses of people shake off their chains and govern themselves directly and consciously seem to be episodic and brief; most of the time, the “masses” appear to be like a passive herd led around by some elite or another. But this appearance is in fact illusory; people’s acquiescence to a regime is not the same thing as them actively supporting it. People will act to change things only when they can see and feel that there exists a working alternative to the status quo: that is, only when they are able to recognize and establish a new collective shih. But why does this not seem to happen very often? What is the bulwark that holds people back?
These questions can only be answered in practice by knowing first the symbiotic and interdependent nature of all power and its shih.
Just as darkness and light depend on one another and are aspects of the same phenomenon, so too are opponents in any war or political change. Even the Biblical “war in heaven” was fought between two types of angels, Lucifer in fact meaning a “being of light”. Any struggle is ultimately a dance between the same entity wearing different masks. Just as shih, like water, always seeks the lowest and most common ground, so does any conflict: conscious or not, both sides search for a new symbiosis by which both can survive and prosper.
For this reason, it is impossible for any group of citizens to establish a new society within the framework and institutions of the old regime, since all of their thoughts and hopes are conditioned by it. As Frederich Engels observed so accurately following the aborted European insurrections of 1848, “Men always begin revolutions with their eyes fixed on the past.” And the Italian rebel Giuseppe Garibaldi, who briefly overturned the papacy in 1870, wrote, “One cannot secure the support of the people by calling for an overthrow of society, but instead by assuring them that their security will be preserved by the changes we envision.”
Not surprisingly, such “pragmatic”, backward-looking approaches of power-seeking rebels created no new society, and in fact ended up duplicating the regimes they fought. Nineteenth century European radicals had not read Sun Tzu; nor, for that matter, have most of today’s erstwhile rebels.
To establish a new collective shih, we must not resist or combat the old regime but absorb its own shih, as we did with Canada and the Vatican. And yet in practice, old habits of thought and deference prevent even the best of us from doing so consistently on our own.
I continually experience this within all of the groups I work with. While holding to the vision of a new independent Republic based on common law, our best people will still insist on going into the lawless “crown” or de facto courts to remedy the latest injustice done against them. They cannot simply turn away from the old regime. Their psychological and energetic dependence on what is familiar runs far deeper within them than they understand, because one’s position within the collective symbiosis is largely invisible to the untrained mind. In short, we are all part of a bigger and hidden “group mind” – the Bible calls it our Angel – that can only be nullified by another collective.
What this means in practice is that, regardless of anyone’s degree of personal “awareness”, everyone seems to be waiting in trepidation for something or someone else to make the final break and bring in a new regime. Until then, people tend to accommodate, and worry about how to “protect” themselves and others within the present system. It is therefore hardly surprising that our membership within the Republic and common law movement has remained largely a passive one, with their eyes and feet mired in the past, waiting for someone else’s leadership.
The only remedy for this immobility is provided collectively through the creation of another group identity and system into which we can draw people out of the status quo; and, by that moment when a critical mass is reached and not only consciousness but the capacity to act differently emerges among many people. This emergence is always unpredictable, but when it occurs, a huge shift across society happens almost overnight, as history amply demonstrates. And then the new shih alignment can become an actuality.
In many ways, all that we do today is a preparation for the opportunities created by the moment in time, that upcoming window of action, when a new and free society can come into being from the ground up. To quote Sun Tzu again,
Operations must always be geared to the rapid seizure and exploitation of the key moment of opportunity created in battle, which can never be predicted. The prime purpose of operational commanders is to recognize and act decisively upon such fleeting moments.
The operational commanders, in our case, are the on-the-ground local organizers whose job it is to build the movement in their communities by empowering wider numbers with the idea and reality that they can govern themselves according to a new and higher law, completely separate from the existing institutions. To use an example from American history, local militia across New England were closing down crown courts, burning mortgage deeds and defending the people and their land against British troops, long before the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord. And only such an already conscious and active populace could have made the Revolution.
In that regard, our convening of the Peoples’ Assemblies is an expression of this long struggle to establish a new collective shih, because it puts flesh on the idea that fundamental change lies only in our own hands.
The Peoples’ Assemblies
The Revolution may have been affected first in the hearts and minds of the People, but it took shape in our Constitutional Conventions, where the People learned how to hold and wield power for themselves. – John Adams, 1791
The Commons of England assembled in Parliament declare that the people under God are the origin of all just power, and have the supreme authority of the nation. Whatsoever is enacted and declared law by the Commons alone has the force of law, and all the people are included thereby, with or without the consent of the king. – An Act to Establish the High Court of Justice, House of Commons, London, January 4, 1649
Under this Proclamation, all lawful authority now resides in the People gathered in an elected Congress and other governmental bodies established by the People under Common Law. – A Public Proclamation abolishing Crown Authority in Canada, January 15, 2015
Our course of action is clear if the words above become part of our very thought and fiber, and gather those of us so united by this vision into permanent legislative Assemblies where we covenant to establish a new form of law and government. Such an action, replicated in many communities across Kanata and the world, will constitute the real emergence of our Republic as it sets down its roots among the people. And then the real battle will begin.
Let us be very clear that by creating such a new authority alongside the old one – by drawing the shih of the old regime into our own sphere – we are entering into a state of civil war, both politically and spiritually. We are drawing a line and separating ourselves unalterably from the past by actively disestablishing the thing called Canada and crown law. The firmer our resolve and the more people we draw into our new Republic, the more peaceful will be this transition.
We can only undertake this monumental step collectively, through a new legal and political framework embodied in the Peoples’ Assemblies; for as legislative bodies, it is the Assemblies that can lawfully establish the Republican common law courts and create the laws that are the skeleton of our new society.
The People are the source of all law, government and sovereign authority. This foundational Republican principle means that any group of people who covenant together under an Oath can formulate, debate and pass laws which are binding on themselves and are enforceable, and subject to no other authority except that to which they agree. The Peoples’ Assemblies, once lawfully convened, are therefore wholly legitimate legislatures that are part of a new Republic. And one of the essential tasks of the Assemblies is to not only establish such a new local jurisdiction and shih, but to elect delegates to a national Congress of the Republic.
People, especially Canadians, have to relearn freedom by beginning to actually practice it, and reclaiming their own shih autonomy. The Assemblies provide a sure way for them to do so, as matters of community concern are discussed and resolved directly by the People in what are practical schools in self-government. When people feel the power of taking all matters into their own hands, and passing and enforcing laws in their own name, the Republic will become real as the old regime crumbles.
We began by observing how the present global tyranny is an energy sucking parasite whose ultimate consequence will be the eradication of life as we know it on mother earth. Our purpose, of shattering that entity and restoring natural law and life to our world, cannot be achieved without recognizing and winning back the essential energy that is drained from us through our participation in this global machinery of death. Our every thought and action must therefore be geared towards regaining this shih energy by establishing new courts, assemblies and communities utterly separate from the old institutions, to allow people to leave them once and for all.
Those of you readers who will be “more than hearers of the word, but doers as well”, are like a sharp point of a spear constantly poised for battle. You will create the first wedge through which many others will follow, provided that you remain sharp, clear and consistent. Because you will form the blueprint of a new society, what you do today and tomorrow is of sacred importance for the future of our people. If you waver or backslide, there will be no such future.
“For you have been set apart to bind the kings of the earth, and bring to judgement the nobles, and to bring to nothing their pride and power. This is the task given to the righteous remnant, so that all may know the truth and stand within the justice of God” – Psalm 149, and cited at the trial of King Charles by the High Court of Justice of the People in Parliament, January 1649
August 15, 2015
A public television network in the western United States has begun to regularly broadcast to several million viewers the video material of the common law – Republica of Kanata movement.
Here is the latest posting, now on youtube:
“We are elated over this” commented Colin Sullivan, the secretary of the Provisional Council for the Republic.
“We urge people everywhere to pressure their local public television networks to re-broadcast this material along with the work of the ITCCS and our common law affiliates.”
For more information, tune in to Radio Free Kanata every Sunday at 6 pm eastern at www.bbsradio.com/radiofreekanata
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Première Convention Constitutionnelle de la République du Kanata convoquée à Toronto
du 30 octobre au 1er novembre 2015
Selon un système de délégation libre accordant le droit de parole et de vote à tout citoyen assermenté
Émis par le Conseil provisoire de la République
Winnipeg, le 13 juin 2015 (Service de presse de la République)
La première Convention Constitutionnelle de la République du Kanata est convoquée à Toronto le vendredi 30 octobre 2015.
Cette rencontre de trois jours verra l’adoption officielle d’une Constitution pour la République et l’élection d’un Congrès agissant à titre de gouvernement provisoire légitime. Tout citoyen assermenté de la République peut s’inscrire en tant que délégué à la Convention et jouir d’un plein droit de parole et de vote durant toutes les délibérations.
« Le 15 janvier 2015, nous avons proclamé la République et sa common law (droit commun/coutumier) en tant qu’entité légitime. À l’issue de la Convention, nous posséderons un cadre constitutionnel pour notre nation, et un nouveau gouvernement pour faire du Kanata et de sa vision une réalité », a affirmé Colin Sullivan, Secrétaire du Conseil provisoire à Winnipeg.
Le Comité organisateur de la Convention (COC) est chargé de l’administration de l’événement et élabore actuellement des documents de politique générale pour débat et adoption dans six grands secteurs :
2. La Loi
3. Affaires civiles et internes
4. États-nations à l’intérieur de la République fédérée (Nations autochtones, Anglia et Québec)
5. L’économie et l’environnement, et
6. Affaires internationales et étrangères
Tous les citoyens et convocateurs républicains locaux recevront copie des déclarations de principe, de même que les documents d’inscription avant la Convention. Ces documents seront affichés sous une section spéciale à l’adresse www.kanatarepublic.ca
La Convention, ainsi que tout le matériel et la correspondance s’y rapportant, seront produits dans les deux langues usuelles, soit l’anglais et le français. Des observateurs américains et européens seront présents.
Pour plus de renseignements, et pour vous inscrire comme délégué à la Convention ou comme simple observateur, contactez le COC à firstname.lastname@example.org (à l’attention de Carl Redvers)
Émis par le Conseil provisoire de la République
Le 13 juin 2015
In the first of a series of exclusive interviews, Canadian prisoner of conscience Dean Clifford describes his fight to be free and bring common law knowledge to the people of Kanata. A follow up interview with Dean and Theresa Harrison of the Republic will take place this Sunday, March 29 at 6 pm eastern time at www.bbsradio.com/radiofreekanata .