Independence to one degree or another, could be labeled as anarchy, even by those that have no idea if either is a good or bad idea.
Personal freedom is not what causes trouble. What causes trouble is when any one person starts trying to say another person (or people's) rights are WRONG. in other words, gossip.
Independence day . . .
Submitted to Anne Landers anonymously many moons ago, was a poem that went something like this:
My name is Gossip.
I have no respect for peace.
I maim without killing.
I break hearts and ruin lives.
I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age.
The more I am quoted the more I am believed.
My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name, and no face.
To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become.
I am nobody’s friend.
Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same again.
I topple governments and wreck marriages.
I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartaches and indigestion.
I make innocent people cry into their pillows.
Even my name hissssssses. I am called Gossip.
I make headlines and headaches.
Before you repeat a story, or tell a piece of someone else's experience, ask yourself:
Is it true?
Is it fair?
Is it necessary?
Is it mine to tell?
The poem was first submitted to Ann Landers anonymously, and has been re-printed millions of times in trade journals, (like the Wall St. Journal) Self Improvement magazines and and journals, in community service publications and countless other types of publications.
One group of people taking the rights and eventually the lives of another group of people ALWAYS requires gossip about things that are not true to dehumanize others, then strip them of their voice.
Groups and governments use it in the art of war quite successfully, too. That's called, "War Propaganda," and it is never based in real facts. It is designed to make adults think their children should be trained to murder on both sides of a battle field, and it is always a fight for the rich to get richer, fought by the poorest of the poor.
So, which war was it in the last 500 years that, "Saved good citizens from evil?"
To take another group of people's personal freedoms away, getting them to turn on one another with gossip and smear campaigns is another effective tool that manipulators use to everyone's peril. Divide and conquer, right?
Smear campaigns are started at coffee tables, kitchen tables, bars, hair salons and barber shops. They have no organized structure, are secretive, and in most cases they just "happen" in a few moments, and then disappear.
That type of destructive gossip ensures ALL of a certain group of people not be heard by anyone that even BEGINS to agree with things they have not actually researched for themselves, "because someone they respect and admire told them it is so."
That is how "social think" allows large numbers of people to belabor the sins of a few to damn the rest to the same hateful judgements.
As soon as the freedoms of the poor and middle classes are gone, so is "Of the people, by the people, and for the people."
These are the types of problems all people face:
The sky rains down mercury from above all over the planet equally, and all over the planet the PERCENTAGES of people being born with birth defects is rising at a rate that matches most of the rest of the places on the globe. (Aside from those living in close proximity to areas where industrial chemical spills are rife, where in these pockets birth defects are a major human disaster. India has a very disproportionate number of areas where the land and water are HIGHLY toxic to ALL life forms, not just human life.
If we don't talk about these things and stop hiding and ignoring the truth about the problem, we will just keep getting the same results. Global disaster. Don't we have enough global disasters to resolve already? Let's stop making more of them by our own actions, ok? Please?