Who is Marc MkKoyBy Mark McCoy
My name is Mark McCoy. I am no one special; I am just a man. I published this site for me and me alone. I do not know you. There was a time when I did not know myself. I have taken steps to remedy that deficiency. If you should find anything of value in my writings, then you are welcome to it. As I said, this site is for me. It is a catharsis. With these words I chronicle the healing and growing process which hopefully leads me to a place of peace and comfort before I leave this world. I am thankful for having time to begin this journey, or even to realize I must embark upon it. It is sad to think that some lives are spent with their minds bound in conforming to the will of others.
I took some time for a self-assessment; looking at the things I professed or accepted as knowledge. I examined the corresponding actions and who then benefited from my actions. The frightening, and likewise enlightening, result of that assessment evinced a Mark McCoy in possession of a mind polluted with contrivances, platitudes, rhetoric, conformity, and fear. Little of what I actually contributed to having experienced the world was present and drawn upon in making decisions about myself. As an exercise, I began to refute and deny these presumptions, beginning with insignificant ones and applying this methodology to greater ones, even to the point of denying myself and God, or my Creator. When all was said and done, I was left surrounded with the rubble of prior beliefs at my feet. I could feel the assault on my senses from the outside world as I took what was formerly familiar experiences and information, and examined them down to the corpuscular or quantum level. What, exactly, am I doing here? I did not cease to exist or fall ill. My heart still beat and my lungs filled with air. Joy and sorrow manifested in physical responses which could be invoked with mere thought. I persist in spite of all which demanded my obedience to persist. What liberation!
My goal in life is to come to know the truth. Some may argue the truth is subjective. It is the conclusion we reach after having experienced something through our senses and examined through our reason and experience. Our experiences are unique and relevant to our individual understanding. Two people experiencing the same thing may later recite a meaning of truth gleaned from that experience. That does not make one or the other wrong, because to claim such would be to invalidate an individual’s authority to reason for themselves. We are presented with what some claim to be the truth, and we are free to either accept it or examine it further for our own purposes. Nothing compels an individual to believe what they are told. I have come to realize that what was previously called truth, as promoted by those benefiting from those allegations, is not a truth as I have come to know. Where the truth of an individual conflicts with an alleged truth promulgated by a presumed authority, I believe the truth of the individual must prevail. It is by that truth that they act and are therefore accountable for. To live by the truth of others does not absolve us of the consequences of our actions, even if the truth is in-fact a lie, but that we have surrendered our will to live, suffer, and die by our own dictates and instead opt to do so at the direction of others. I choose to benefit or suffer by my own dictates, for whatever ensues, belongs exclusively to me. There is nothing worse than living under the commands of others.
I have spent the majority of my adult life between Illinois and Missouri, notwithstanding a few extended sojourns within the respective borders of this country’s other former republics, now federal municipalities. I have traveled and met many people from many lands. There are truly some wonderful souls around us. Americans are not superior. No nation is superior. I find that Americans are greatly loathed abroad. They are distrusted and suspect. A great deal of injustice and atrocities are assigned to Americans by those outside of America. After sharing some time and philosophy with people from other lands, I received the greatest of compliments, I cannot believe you are from the United States. I believe that, in many ways, people in other countries, especially under developed ones, have a better grasp on how the world and life work. Having been fortunate enough to share a moment with children in one of the poorest places with no creature comforts, I met with innocence and love. It was a poignant experience to look into the eyes of those children and see how they perceive people, without agendas or motives. Likewise, it saddened me to think that their way of life was threatened by the powers of the world, primarily the United States, because such a lifestyle afforded little opportunity for exploitation and profit. One day, they will be courted by capitalists bearing gifts of progress and convenience in exchange for their abdication of nature, thereby putting more water on the smoldering ember that once sustained the fire of autonomous and sovereign people. I wanted to tell them of the impending assault and plead with them not to be seduced. They would not understand and if they did, why deny them what little time of innocent pleasure they still enjoy?
I’ve held many jobs. I never stopped educating myself and picking the mind of every brilliant person whose path I crossed. Of all the jobs I’ve had, I can honestly say that entrepreneurship was the most satisfying, although not the most profitable. I love law, philosophy, reading, and working to understand the human condition. I presently work in information technology (networking, web hosting, consulting¦), legal research and private assistance of counsel (research legal matters, write briefs, brief cases, appear in court as legal counsel but not representative), as well as education and general study. I am certified in hypnotherapy. The mind is a marvelous thing. I prefer to think of myself as a personal trainer or collaborator for those who want to tap the resources of their subconscious. I don’t use persuasion, or even suggestion as most consider hypnosis to be, but rather a facilitator who takes the wishes of the client and frames self-talk in a way that cuts through the disinformation, confusion, fear, and conflicts we absorb in a myriad of ways, and presents then a clear and honest message back to the self.
My outside interests at this time include serving as the Illinois State Contact for the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA.org), legal researcher (many caffeine-laden hours at St. Louis University Law Library), public speaking, private assistance of counsel, IT professional, not to mention consummate seditionist and bombastic iconoclast. I have assisted people with their appearances in court when facing mainly misdemeanor/traffic issues. I have had judges attempt to engage me when I was not a party to the case at bar, but personally and privately assisting the individual who requested my assistance in presenting themselves in court and preparing pleadings and motions. I„ve been threatened with contempt of court and jail for standing beside the individual requesting my assistance. I have never been fined, jailed, or suffered any other penalty as a result. The judges have backed down every time. All they have on their side is intimidation, deceit, threats, and unjust force. When challenged, they are left with either showing their tyranny for all to see, or retreating back to a position of hostile acquiescence.
If I am to assign a label to myself; one that is identifiable by the masses, albeit not understood, it would be that I am an Anarchist; where some would say I am also an Agorist or Voluntaryist. No, I do not promote destruction of property, capricious acts which result in harm to others. I am busy defining my own Anarchistic philosophy. The basic tenets of my philosophy are that there is no external authority superior to the individual. Each individual is in full control of doing what they please, even if such actions result in harm to themselves. There can be no external restraint or compulsion which acts in a way contrary to the conscience of the individual upon which it is exercised. For this condition to exist, several preconditions must be met. As with the absence of external authority, the Anarchist cannot advocate or exercise such force. The state of Anarchy must exist in an equitable state where being subject to no external authority also binds them to not exercise authority over others. Every individual is presumed to be in full possession of their natural rights by virtue of their Creator. Whether they aver to such a Creator is inconsequential, for the presumption acts only upon the penumbra of a higher authority which cannot be breached by the Anarchist. The beliefs of the Anarchist preclude him from acting contrarily against other individuals.
I have learned many things, through self-directed inquiry, that contradict much of what I was taught in compulsory public institutions of indoctrination. There seemed to be an underlying, pervasive theme that spoke to the People, the supposed supreme authority of power in governing themselves being somehow subjected to a proliferation of more and more rules, regulations, laws, inconvenience, authority¦. and less and less freedom, rights, safety, security, and responsibility. I aim to remedy this juxtaposition of power and open the gates of information, knowledge, and accountability of government.
Personally, I hate politics. I abhor games, roles, personas. I have limited and valuable gray matter for devoting to issues more worthy of my faculties, rather than compartmentalizing any number of identities to accommodate others who prefer pomp over substance. I am not given to pretensions or facades. My beginnings are of that from a blue-collar, working-class, suburban, parochial/public school environment. I have always challenged, questioned, scrutinized and disobeyed.
I love my family. They are gifts from above, and I would lay my life down for any of them. My childhood was great. I know what it is like to play outside when the temperature is breaching 100 degrees without a “warning to sequester indoors for fear of secreting perspiration. I mowed grass for my own money, played sports, had a dog that lived outside in a dog house, disobeyed my parents, spent a lot of time grounded in my room, and finished everything on my plate. I committed so many violations of law that if I were apprehended today I would spend the rest of my life in jail. What were the offenses, you ask? I rode most of my life without a seat-belt, rode in the back of a pickup truck, did not pay taxes on my snow shoveling or grass cutting money, rode my bike without a helmet, built tree houses in violation of zoning and building codes, took a sip of beer or wine when I had the chance, rode my dirt bike on the street with no license or plates…I was a precocious scofflaw from the beginning. Thank goodness government has gotten wiser than years of living and now can dictate how to live.
In many respects, I didn’t grow up until later in life. I had no reason to. My whole life was laid down before me. The paths to success and security were well trodden by the millions of other suburban, middle-class, blue-collar kids before me. I knew what I was taught, and learned what I was told. It was all second-hand conventional wisdom and hearsay. Looking upon that path I saw dust, ruts, litter and graffiti etched into trees lining the way. I saw myself with the limited knowledge I had acquired from other generations who had long forgotten how to venture out in exploration of new paths. I yearned to be one of the daring who trod headlong into the briary thicket. The path was too obvious, convenient, and purposeful. I began to question, wonder and search.
I have always treated others with respect, unless circumstances demanded otherwise. Don’t act surprised. Once the security and dissemblance of childhood gives way to the pursuit of pecuniary acquisition we are as one with our material trappings. Such is the way of the world, I guess. It happened to me.
The point is, who makes the rules for all of this? Who is in control? From childhood, it is obvious that we are not. Our parents, teachers, and milk money seeking thugs in the lunch line are. We acquiesce to the presumption of authority. We are conditioned to accept the issuance of commands upon our actions. If one questions authority or refutes the presumption of external control then what happens when we act autonomously? Try it today and find out.
People are rebellious by nature. Likewise, they are equally compliant. Yet, rebellion and compliance are in relation to something, either an antagonist, or a provider. We, as a People, are compliant. What has not yet been provided for us by government is on the drawing boards of politicians today. Freedom is still around us. It oozes from select individuals, most often at times inconvenient for those in power. It is often vilified, processed through a controlled media, and snuffed out. There are many problems facing us today. Government is not the answer to them. People are the answer. People can work together without a government spontaneously generating around them, usurping all of their power and then taxing, regulating and incarcerating them into submission.
My biggest pet peeve is ignorance. I believe people are thirsty. Knowledge is the intoxicating nectar of awareness and power that calms the anxious, soothes the skeptic, and comforts the inquisitive. Instead, today, we are provided with bootleg, rot-gut, fermenting in government stills that numbs our wits and befuddles the senses. A friend of mine once cited a quote, I don’t know if it was his, but he disagreed that knowledge is power. He instead clarified that applied knowledge is power. Knowledge not put to use is as pointless as a library encased in concrete. I hope to share what I’ve learned. I hope others will question the status quo. I hope we get tired of the same old problems and work towards solutions, together, without government.
I work to educate people about the TRUE nature of our system of governance in that we are NOT free, we are NOT the “We the People” mentioned in the Constitution, most people do NOT want freedom, most people are afraid and ignorant. I put my ideals and knowledge into real-life application and do not consent, submit, nor obey. Many people watch with vicarious titillation, waiting for the system to assail me like they fear it may assail them if they dare exert a modicum of self-determination.
I receive emails from people seeking to reclaim their “sovereignty”. They ask about my Declaration and then want to compare it to the Redemption Process, Strawman, UCC, Sovereign Citizen…etc. I personally find the redemption process to be misguided and ineffective. There is no “process” to do what I believe many want to achieve, which is liberation from the so-called system of government we presently experience. The only process required is one of thinking.
I have no doubt that people who use this process are well-meaning and moral people. I also know that it is largely a response to the myriad of things that assault us in the name of government. I believe the redemption process attempts to remedy all of these ills by invoking an arsenal of different methods and philosophies that have no relation to, or are inapplicable to the objective.
What I recommend you first ask yourself is what kind of individual are you? I would expect a response to be along the lines that you are a natural, free-born, and autonomous being. That is our natural state. Whether or not I was misled or deceived by people throughout my life, which may have forced or caused me to enter into agreements or obligations, is of no consequence to the type of man I am. Fraud voids all obligations ab initio. I say that most of our lives are a fraud. We are presented with information or beliefs and we then adopt them as our own. Very seldom do we withdraw from the world and look inside ourselves. When I do that, I do not find a strawman or creditor… or any other fiction or contrivance. I find a man. Of what use to a man is a strawman? Why would I want to reclaim it when it is not of my doing? I have no use for such things.
Those in the outside world may look at me and claim I am something I am not because I have presented myself in some fashion at some time, but that was done through ignorance. Once I realize the error of my ways my only obligation is to myself, to stop acting in a way contrary to my nature. Anything entered into out of ignorance is null and void. I do not need to ask for permission to act as I know I should and there is no process to justify it. I merely must become it.
My Declaration was not a process to reclaim my sovereignty. I always have been sovereign, or shall we say the independent authority over my life. I wrote that document for two reasons. One was because people expected me to act in a certain way; one consistent with my being a citizen or subject. I felt it would be responsible to inform them that I had erred in the past so they do not presume me to be the man they had come to know. Second, I was tossing down the gauntlet. When I came to realize the fraud which had been perpetrated upon me I was indignant. My Declaration affirms the sovereignty of the individual, which is the basis for many of the founding documents of this country. If all power comes from the people then it must originally reside with the individual, since it is they who gather together to form governments for their purposes. If individuals are powerless then how can they be powerful when gathered in union as a State? At what number does an powerless individual become a powerful People? Is it 2, 3, 50, 100…? All power rests with the individual.
The only thing my Declaration did was start the argument over who is the authority over me. It is a paper retort to paper tyranny. I had to commit myself to living by my principles and beliefs and disavow the authority of the State. That is the true test of claiming your sovereignty. We never lose it, we simply fail to acknowledge it; and no process can remedy that deficiency. It is how we think and live that determines how free we are. The tyrants are not deterred by paper proclamations or declarations. They merely want our allegiance and wealth, and that is accomplished through fear. Once you lose the fear and begin to live as you are determined then the process is complete.
Does this mean they may not assail you? Of course not. This is the most difficult part. They may try to compel allegiance through intimidation. Despite what they do, adhering to your principles is the test of just how resolute you are. In the real world there are men who attempt to control other men. No paper, process, or words can change that. It is accepting that fact and not letting it define you. Live as you know you should live, damn the consequences.
Of course, there are other realities as well, such as family and jobs. We are not slaves to them, but we do bind ourselves through moral obligations. No one should be expected to cast their chains off overnight. We were slowly indoctrinated into this system and we must use prudence and caution extracting ourselves from it. Some of us may never experience total freedom, but we can experience the realization that we are free. Just because there are restrictions or prohibitions on the actions of my flesh, sovereignty resides within. It is not how they cause us to act, it is how they cause us to think. It is through our beliefs and thoughts that they control us. People are free to act as they wish, but they choose not to because they believe they are not permitted. That, is the root of servitude.
It is easier to be a fattened subject than it is to be a hungry freeman. I’d rather embrace the pangs of a hollow belly in exchange for the ability to feast on the air of freedom which I draw into my lungs with every breath that is an inalienable gift from my Creator than being a fattened, satiated conscript who’s swollen gut lulls him to sleep under the oppressive and stifling bedsheets of bureaucracy, tyranny, and servitude.
Some say I expend more time and energy “fighting” the system than enjoying life. I say that I have taken the time to investigate life and systems of control and the time I have “expended” has been towards an education of self and the world wherein I choose my own way and prepare for those who take exception to my audacity. I say, people expend more energy and time COMPLYING with arbitrary power than they do understanding the nature of things and asserting their talents and abilities in making their lives happy and prosperous in their own way.
It has been said, that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I agree. Let’s stop the insanity. We still have freedom. We are just accustomed to trading it for the scraps off the government’s table. We must exercise our control over our own lives and stop regulating others. Be free to choose the briary thicket. Venture off the beaten path. Be free to find your own way, a better way. Get government off of your back so you are again morally mobile, unencumbered, and sovereign.
I owe nothing to anyone. I owe no allegiance or duty to anything. I deny all which is not of my doing, or that which I do not voluntarily submit myself to be bound. My first allegiance is to myself. I am the most selfish person you could hope to meet. I am number one; and why not? Should we all not be number one? If you are not in this life for yourself, who then are you in if for? There is no shame in being you. Even when I am charitable or sacrificing I do it for me. Sure, other people benefit from my actions, but the impetus begins with me. If I lay down my life for another I do it because of me. I choose how to spend the capital of my existence, even if in the service of others, but it is a lie and disingenuous to think that I get nothing from that deed. There is no such thing as a selfless act. The point is, it is I who will choose to benefit from my efforts. My duty is not to obey the will of men sitting in a fantastical delusion of a legislature. The State is a phantom. I owe it nothing. These are fantasies created by men, imposed upon the unthinking or unknowing, and their machinations therewith used to exact obedience and wealth for their own purposes; many of which are wielded at home and abroad resulting in pain, suffering, and death. To hell with that system! I say NO to its demands. I care not about whatever argument is cast in retort about the benefits found amongst the ashes of violent deeds. The beneficial claim does not offset the chaos.
I feel that I have a purpose and a gift; everyone does. Knowing something, yet acting contrarily to that knowledge, to the detriment of others who are subjected to the perils of not having access to such knowledge, is a crime against humanity. I have made a solemn pledge to a much higher authority. I owe my awakening, as well as the impetus and ability to use it for good, to a higher authority. I am duty bound to help others. With what time may be available on this earth and with such facilities at-hand, I have chosen this venue with which to make my contribution. I will do my absolute best to treat everyone with fairness and honesty. I will respect the liberty and rights of others regardless how out of favor they may be with my particular sensibilities, morals, or ideals. I will be tolerant. I will honor my Creator, be bound by my word, be accountable for my actions, be compassionate, honest and respectful. I have set high standards for myself. I know I will fall short at times. I will never cease trying to be better than I am.