We are the 99 Percent


  • You’re part of the ninety-nine percent, you say.

    What of that?

    Your status isn’t fixed, and you are not stuck there.

    You’re free to work your way along the spectrum — as, indeed, most people do. You’re free to run clear up to the top percent — as, indeed, many people do. Your motivation and your desire and your persistence primarily determine this. The spectrum is fluid, and you are mobile along the spectrum. For the first time in human history, the formal recognition and the advance of freedom made such mobility possible and also legally permissible. Under feudalism or any other statist regime, no such mobility exists at all. Under such regimes, your status and your class are fixed. In this way, America expunged the entire idea of class.

    Please consider also that under a system of laissez faire, you are completely free to practice any form of government you want: buy your land and build your commune and set up your rules and live that way.

    The opposite, however, is not true: virtually any other form of government strictly prohibits — under threat of fines, imprisonment, gulags, concentration camps, and death — its citizens from practicing true laissez faire, which is the full and inalienable right of action, use, and disposal.

    That, in many ways, is all anyone ever need know.



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    May 2nd, 2018 | journalpulp | 2 Comments | Tags: , ,

About The Author

I was born and raised in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. I've worked as a short-order cook, construction laborer, crab fisherman, janitor, bartender, pedi-cab driver, copyeditor, and more. I've written and ghostwritten several published books and articles, but no matter where I've gone or what I've done to earn my living, there's always been literature and learning as the constant in my life.

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  • Elvin Holderfield 05.02.2018

    I love this! I have so many friends that need to read this. There’s something odd with my millennial generation where so many are so willing to embrace socialism, while also having this self-loathing and guilt for being born into such opulence and freedom, which manifests as a constant hatred and resentment for the very country and systems that created the well-being they enjoy. A contradiction that I was a part of a handful of years ago, I’m sad to say lol. Talk about biting the hand that feeds :/

    Also, I really enjoyed “Don’t Quit Your Daydream” and am starting “Reservation Trash” right now! Seems I purchased it right before the cover art change 🙂

  • Thank you, Elvin! Thank you for reading, and thank you for your sage remarks.

    I’m excited for you to read Reservation Trash.

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