The slave test

published Feb 13, 2009, last modified Jun 26, 2013

Are you free? This short test will tell you.


Bearing that in mind, the slave test is incredibly simple. Just act like a free person. Go about your own business doing as you please violating no one, and politely decline to obey any orders. For instance, if someone claims you must produce for them on a regular basis, decline their demands. If you get a regular bill in the mail for anything you didn’t explicitly request, send it back with a polite statement that you choose not to pay. If, while driving safely without causing any accidents or harm, you get a blue light signal requesting that you pull over, give a polite wave and continue about your business. If after not paying one of those regular bills, you receive a printed order to show up at a certain location at a certain time, politely decline. If a man orders you to get in the back of his locked car, assert your freedom and politely decline. If you are able to peacefully go about your personal activities and politely decline to obey all orders, and if you are not subjected to violence for disobeying, then you have passed the slave test! Congratulations! You’re a free person.

And the answer is: you're not.:

Free people can refuse demands for their lives,
their time, their assets and their children.
Slaves cannot. You can be forced to do something
or to surrender something that you don’t wish to.
You are a slave.

You are forced to surrender half your life’s work
to the government in taxes, fees and seizures.
You are a slave.

You are watched, spied on, limited, silenced, and
taxed. The governors can do what they want, take
what they want, and you cannot refuse.
Government’s thugs can search through your
records without warrant, and break into your home
at will. Are you able to refuse them?
No? - You are a slave.

You live under a government that takes your
wealth and your children. It lies to you to keep
you docile and scares you to keep you obedient.
You have little power over your life.
Congratulations - You are a slave.

Free people can say “no”.

“Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you.
May your chains set lightly upon you; and may
posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
Samuel Adams