LEAPING OUTSIDE BUREAUCRATS

Monthly Column by Jim Robertson, October 1994

Leaping outside the little domains ("worlds") of different bureaucrats is both possible and challenging. Most of us who are freedom-oriented can even derive a bit of pleasure from beating them at their own game. We don't want to devote too much of our lives to doing so, but when necessary we get a certain satisfaction from successfully doing so. We also learn a lot for future applications of Freedom Technology in our personal and professional lives. We might also call this approach "diversifying your domains." Why does it work?

The reason that "leaping" or "diversifying" domains works, arises from the way bureaucrats think about THEIR world. In their world-view, their authority (and they will act only on such external authority) emanates only from the orders of higher-ranked bureaucrats. Furthermore, they must (in their minds) obey the rules of this way of looking at things.

Such orders from higher-ranked bureaucrats usually cover limited geographic domains and limited subject-matter domains. So you, as a practitioner of Freedom Technology, can leapfrog or diversify your activities across the boundaries of many different bureaucrats. The beauty of this paradigm is that even if a bureaucrat would be unhappy and try to impede you if your thought or activity were to occur within his/her little domain, by his/her own standards the bureaucrat DOESN'T CARE much (or at all) about similar thoughts and activities in other domains. Therefore, the bureaucrat leaves you alone to practice your personal freedom!

What are some examples of leaping or diversifying? Someone we know of not too long ago was attempting to register a motor vehicle in mostly conventional fashion. (More aggressive Sovereign approaches for dealing with this issue are available, but this person wanted a less time-consuming, lower-profile answer to this area of his life at that time.) The car was an older car, with some problems developing in the exhaust control system. In prior years the car had passed the vehicle emission (smog) test with flying colors but now was over the bureaucratic limit upon testing. About 20 hours and $300 in expenses went into trying to get the car registered by conventional ("obey all the orders") methods. A total of about 5 or 6 trips to various inspection and exemption stations staffed by bureaucrats produced ineffective results. At the exemption station the bureaucrats were adamant about making more and more repairs even though the money spent at that point was over their bureaucratic limit (rule) for such spending requirement. They refused to grant the exemption required by their own rules!

The practical solution? Leapfrog! He simply used an address in a rural county in the same state where there exists no emissions test for registering cars. It worked perfectly. He reached his goal of getting the car registered.

Why did this work? The bureaucrats in the rural county did not care about the bureaucratic test requirement that fellow nearby urban bureaucrats were so adamant about. This pointedly illustrates that bureaucrats think differently about the very same activity, if it is outside their self-perceived jurisdiction or domain.

(A more radical, but still low-profile, approach to this problem he might have used would have been to have registered the vehicle out-of-state in a state with no emission (smog) tests. Several such states and rural areas exist, some even without mandatory auto insurance. In some counties a car can be registered on this basis by phone and mail. If this option is utilized, the car should be owned by an entity with a name like "Acme Leasing" - according to bureaucrat systems it's "perfectly legal" for a leased car to be registered in one state and used by someone living in another state.)

Another principle at work here is that when working inside the "conventional" procedure proves ineffective, too time-consuming, or too risky/dangerous, you should be willing to step outside the system to produce effective results.

Another example: I once had to complete certain core course requirements in a university academic program. Some of the basic course material I had already done in prior years. I did not want to waste my time and effort repeating prior coursework, however, I would have had a difficult time proving the prior completion to some university bureaucrat because I didn't have textbooks and detailed course descriptions from prior years. What did I do?

I simply registered for, and completed with a good grade, the next course in that course sequence. I did not ask permission to do that (likely it would have been denied); I simply tried registering for the more advanced course and the university's computer system accepted it! Then, about a semester after completing the more advanced course (with the good grade), I simply applied for exemption from the basic course. Of course, my strongest evidence was successful completion of the advanced course. The university bureaucrat whose signature I needed did a double-take, saying "I remember you!" (I had him as a professor in a different class at a different time.) "We're trying to set up our system to stop people like you." But he still signed my exemption form, because how at that point could he insist I still take the basic course since I had already successfully completed the advanced course?

What happened here? I did not ask permission to do what I did; I recognized my own personal power. I leapfrogged outside of the normal system and interacted with the system in the way I chose. It worked! I saved a whole bunch of time. The bureaucrat was dismayed that this would work. I'm sure that in his mind this was someone "not obeying the rules" who should have been forced to take the extra course because "that's what the rules say." His comment also reflects the bureaucratic mentality: "Set up bureaucratic systems; if they prove too easy to defeat, make them harder to defeat, since we must maintain at almost any cost the following of all of the rules by everyone we believe is subject to our jurisdiction."

What about examples of more serious matters? One way to not run afoul of bureaucrats on more serious matters than vehicle registrations and university coursework is physical separation from their self-perceived area of jurisdiction (rule-applicability). That is, "physical leapfrogging/diversification."

For example, if you want to drive without being hassled by bureaucrats about some speed limit, physically go to Germany and drive on the Autobahn where there is no speed limit. If you want to smoke marijuana without being hassled by bureaucrats, go to Amsterdam where that is tolerated. If you want to have unmarried consensual sex with someone between the ages of 16 and 18, go to Canada where no bureaucrat will hassle you so long as it was consensual. If you want to sell investments that you openly declare are "securities" and not be hassled by bureaucrats, pick one of several countries other than the USA.

More practical means can be used to diversify across bureaucrats' domains than physical leaping. There are times and occasions for long-distance physical movements, but usually they're not necessary. Consider an important area such as your money: you can probably diversify across the domains of many bureaucrats with very little physical travel. You can use institutions (from a distance!) that any bureaucrats concerned about you will not know about (and/or won't care much about if they discover your arrangements). You can also use Trusts and offshore banks which are "foreign entities" not subject to certain statutory rules and reporting requirements in certain domains.