o. I will be true to the highest and best within me, committing no act of theft, dishonesty, or violence against
any other human whatsoever.
The foregoing are the rules. How many will follow them? Predictably, very few. That is why human society is in such
upheaval. What I have set forth isn't popular.
But it is factual and in harmony with the reality of man.
The fact that I do not participate in government at any level and in any way does not cause the government to
cease to exist. Should you reason your way through the human morass and decide to emulate the non-participation
procedure, government will surely continue.
That, in itself, should cause rejoicing. The recommendations I have set forth provide a method that will be as
gradual as the dawn of intellectual integrity. That is as it should be. Any other procedure will contain a reaction,
a backlash that can destroy any temporary gains.
By employing the method of logic and learning, no one is coerced into accepting an unwelcome or misunderstood
objective. He advances toward freedom and a free society in exactly the speed and to the degree that he is prepared
for it. That is the only way it can be done. It will not be popular because we have been nurtured on the hopes of
panaceas and quick political solutions. But it is the only way that will never have to be repeated.
Today the world is sick with the greatest social disease of all. It isn't herpes or syphilis. It is, in fact, a
pagan faith in the State. Around the world, terrorists are operating under the noses of various governments, often
aided and abetted by those same governments.
We will move toward a free society, one by one. We will never achieve a free society in the sense that we can
finalize the process. The price of freedom is eternal effort aimed at achieving self-control and self-mastery. We
do not achieve this by controlling others. We move toward achievement when we learn to control and govern ourselves.
Freedom is self-control, not license to impose on others.
It has taken me a lifetime to learn this. I am grateful that I have lived. I am even grateful that I have made
mistakes, yet continued to live so that I could learn more. Man learns by trial and error. Few of us learn much of
anything by success.
I am also grateful that some across this great country of America agree with at least some of my conclusions.
They are out there now, quietly minding their own business, improving their own performance, raising their own
standards, and willfully imposing on none.
- A WAY TO BE FREE: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ROBERT LEFEVRE, Culver City: Pulpless.com, Inc.,
1999, Vol. II, pp. 496-498. Reprinted by permission of Tom LeFevre, email dated Feb. 1, 2011.