Rule by the Dead

The illustrious Thomas Jefferson once said about inheritance, “…the earth belongs in usufruct to the living … the dead have neither powers nor rights over it. The portion occupied by an individual ceases to be his when himself ceases to be, and reverts to the society. … This principle that the earth belongs to the living, and not to the dead, is of very extensive application and consequences … The dead should not rules the living.”


When I came across this quote in the recently published political text “Freedumb and Dumbocracy: Libertarians, Dogs, Goyim, the Internet, and Last Men” by Ranty McRanterson, I remembered a story I heard the other day while in class. We were discussing the passing of an inheritance from a mother to her two daughters. One of the daughters happened to be the wife of my professor. My professor related that before his wife’s mother died, both daughters had their eyes on a pair of rings that the mother had in her possession. One daughter wanted one ring, which I’ll call Ring A for clarity, and the other daughter wanted Ring B.

When the mother passed, she of course passed on the rings to her daughters. But there was a twist: my professor’s wife received Ring B when she coveted Ring A and her sister received Ring A instead of Ring B. To make matters worse, they couldn’t take it upon themselves to make a simple trade! They allowed their mother’s last will and testament to control them long after she had died, because “that’s what mother wanted.” This insanity is looked upon as “good” and “righteous” because these daughters would not go against their mother’s wishes.


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However, this shows the major problem with inheritance: the ones on the receiving end of an inheritance forever remain children without any means of controlling their own destiny. The inheritors allow the dead, their parents who have passed on, to remain their masters to the end of their days because the inheritors have received an unmerited favor that can never be paid back (because the giver of the favor is already dead). The only thing that an inheritor can do is to follow the wishes of their dead parents and pass on the ridiculous ritual to their own children, recreating a scenario of eternal infantilism. This inevitably leads to people disregarding reality because they are living a fantasy that their parents have established for them.

It is imperative that society grows up. The problems of the world can only be solved by rational adults who have an understanding that they are not the only ones that live on the planet and that the community must be taken care of just as much as the individual. This means they must stand up on their own two feet and not take any handouts. If they want something, they cannot depend on their parents to give that to them because there is always the possibility of them giving you Ring B when you wanted Ring A. The 100% Inheritance Tax will bring about the collective entrance of humanity into the Age of the Adult, the Age of Reason. This tax changes the entire game because we can no longer look to the past for handouts. We must look to ourselves to create our chosen futures by taking rational action in the present time.



Cole Krissel writing for the Apollo Institute of Reason AIR Review©

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