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... is scheduled as the guest speaker for the 192nd meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene on June 21, 2010.


     William Otey on "Secession or Succession?"

William Otey says: "Throughout the course of human history there have come about certain times when the connection between citizens and government has reached a breaking point; when the bonds that have sustained and held that relationship together have become so tainted by betrayal, so debased by force and coercion, so corrupted by acts of brazen dishonesty and malfeasance that the bonds of that relationship have become (for all intents and purposes) like shackles."

What is the solution for the individual acting in his own behalf, and in concert with like-minded fellows?  Should we stay or should we go?

Otey suggests that secession -- seperating from an existing jurisdiction and installing a new political regime -- is one answer.  An alternative is founding a new country -- finding land area available to which to move and installing a new political regime -- a succession

Otey continues: "We've started an organization that has as its guiding principal the intention to build a new and free Nation.  At its core it is a very simple idea.  What we propose is that there are literally millions of people around the world who wish to be free and that if just a fraction of those people pool their talents and resources land could be purchased from an existing country and a completely new Nation could be built based on the understanding that human beings have an absolute Right to live free and completely unfettered by any person or any government and that these Rights are natural and unalienable. 

"Those of us who started this organization have come to the sad conclusion that there is no county now on earth that any longer truly upholds this ethos and protect their citizens from the controlling and often corrupt and tyrannical actions of political leaders. 

"Those of us who live in the United States have also come to the painful conclusion that our Country can no longer be fixed.  This is not an easy thing for most of us to face and recognize.  We will go into this understanding in greater detail at the beginning of part two of this series. We believe that as long as a person is not out to harm another person, that the government should have absolutely no right of control, coercion or force whatsoever over anyone."

Otey will also discuss some ideas for the political disposition of a new libertarian country.  

     About the Speaker:

William Otey owns and operates a small business in southern California.  He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico.  "I risked my life on fishing boats in Alaska for that degree so I might as well state it as part of my background."

Otey became a Libertarian in 1993. He believes that the only way to insure individual freedom and liberty is for people to create a new country.  He is one of the founding members of the Free New Nation organization.  For details see: LibertyNation.org.