By living in the US, I’m told that I’m implicitly agreeing to the laws of the land.  When I object I’m told there is evidently a social contract that I’ve agreed to by being here. Maybe this is like ordering a coffee in a cafe. I can’t expect to get the coffee for free. There’s a menu with the price! I should have to pay, and by coming into the cafe, asking for the coffee and drinking it, I’m agreeing to the menu right?

Waiter says, “I know you didn’t choose to come in today, you just appeared here when you were born, but welcome to our cafe today!”

Me: “Thanks. This is the greatest cafe on earth your TV commercial said. What’s the price of coffee here? Some people told me the price is pretty high.”

Waiter: “Good question. Here’s the menu with prices. It’s 2,450,300 pages. Sift through it and you’ll find the price. And by the way, we may still change the price at any moment if enough people at other tables to ask us to.  And some prices may conflict if you’re talking about our franchise or the parent organization. If they conflict, you can pay someone $500/hr to help you argue your case with the manager and you may get a refund for part of your coffee.”

Me: “Um, well I guess I’ll just have to order a coffee and hope it doesn’t cost too much. I’m pretty thirsty. I think I’ll die unless I rest here for a bit and get something to drink.”

Waiter: “Sure. I’m a public servant, serving you! I’ll get that coffee right away. There is one additional charge I should tell you about. Since you’re in our coffee shop (property taxes), it will cost you to sit here.

Me: “Dude, I cleaned up trash for you for the last two weeks to buy this little spot in the restaurant and you’re saying I have to pay to sit here?”

Waiter: “Yes, you have to pay. You see the menu? That says somewhere you agreed to any services we want to give you and then we charge you for the services any prices we, or the other majority of patrons want to charge.”

Me: “I’m leaving this place.”

Waiter: “Sure! No problem sir. If you leave, just ask us to unlock the doors and it will be no problem.You can go to another shop for if the other owner allows you to (he has big menus too!) but just so you know, you’ll still have to pay us for a portion of what you drink at that other coffee shop unless you renounce your membership to our cafe (that you agreed to since you knew there was a menu) at the current cost is $2,350. ……….Black coffee or black coffee today sir?”

 

-We were never given the choice to live here. We were born here. We never signed anything. In contract law, the contract must have clear terms. If I would have asked the waiter how much the coffee was and they say, $2.50 right now but it might be $30 by the time you pay we would think that is preposterous! Where are the terms of this contract? The IRS code is more than 7,500 pages alone. Did you read that and sign it? Evidently there are about 20,000 pages of laws regulating the sale, use and manufacture of guns alone. We literally can’t count the pages of this social contract “we signed”

-How do we “not sign” or “renounce” the contract? What kind of contract is this totally binding, ever changing, unknowable contract? In contract law, the parties must be cognitively aware of what they’re signing. Where did you or I sign this contract? I’m vocally NOT signing this contract so how is this mystical contract superseding my words?

-So some majority of the population or some dictator evidently has the power to tell you what you can eat, what you can wear, how much money you can make, what medical services you must pay for, what you may smoke, how fast you may travel, what kind of building standards you must abide by to build you home, what people should be bombed with my money….. and millions of more laws?

The social contract is a myth.

See the great abolitionist, Lysander Spooner’s book, The Constitution of no Authority