Birthing the Better Land: A New Year’s Message from Kevin Annett and the Republic of Kanata January 3, 2021
Those who joined our ranks and ran away when the shooting began knew nothing of our long suffering and what our new Nation cost us in blood. But neither did they know the glory of our triumph nor earn a place in the life of our Republic. – Joseph Plumb Martin, veteran soldier of the revolutionary Continental Army, 1829
For those who journey in this way know themselves to be strangers and pilgrims on the earth, and they seek a better land they can call their own: a heavenly city prepared for them in which the justice of God is upheld. – Hebrews 11:13-16
We have it in our power to begin the world over again. – Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
What was a newborn one year ago has stood and walked among us during 2020: a sovereign Republic struggling to grow amidst a corrupt and dying regime called Canada. We have the COVID police state to thank for that, along with the willingness of some of us to move from talk to action. But our infant Republic of Kanata is at its most vulnerable right now, for the same reason that another child provoked the wrath of a King named Herod: because no tyrant can tolerate the unshackling of his slaves and will kill the infant Liberty in its cradle. Nevertheless, we have shaken the throne of the tyrant.
Last February our Republic was active in just 13 communities. Today that number is 109. Our message that we the people not only can but must govern ourselves and reclaim the nation has caught the imagination of droves of formerly complacent Canadians. This nearly ten-fold growth in the number of our local groups has been accompanied by a twenty-fold increase in the ranks of our sworn Republic citizens who have disavowed their allegiance to Canada and a fictitious monarch. Even government polls show that over 60% of Canadians want a sovereign nation that ends all ties with the criminally convicted Crown of England.
As John Adams observed in 1793, “The Revolution triumphed in the hearts and minds of the people long before the first shots were ever fired.” So too now in Kanata.
That’s the good news. The downside is that the impulse to liberty in people is constantly constrained by their fear and learned dependency. Even the most “awakened” citizens of our Republic tend to balk at passing and enforcing their own laws that abolish COVID measures, issue arrest warrants or reclaim tax money.
The idea of governing ourselves is fine in theory but frightening when practiced, for then we are directly challenging the Corporate State for power. “But who gives us the authority to do this?” askseven the most committed Republican. Our lifelong conditioning to defer to others and seek our own safety first is the biggest roadblock to the rise of our sovereign Republic, far more than any overt repression by our adversaries. Such caution denies us the chance to earn our freedom and be changed in the process of struggling to win it.
As Samuel Adams wrote,
“Our people won their final independence from the British Empire only when they clashed with it in arms. The peacetime patriot chooses the path of forbearance and least resistance, clasping to the chains forged around his thoughts until those chains are blasted away.”
I have witnessed this truth time and again over the past year in the two dozen or more Republic Assemblies that I have sparked and helped to organize across Kanata. Often people will pass their own by-laws and then refuse to enforce them. Rather than elect and train their own Sheriffs they will seek out allies among the police. This avoidance has weakened our resolve and our ranks, and aided the destruction of our local Assemblies by saboteurs.
But something deeper than fear is at work in this mental servitude: namely, a spiritual captivity to the status quo and its Group Mind that must be broken for our actions to catch up to our words.
It was no accident that during the 1740’s a grassroots spiritual revival movement known as the Great Awakening spread across eastern America and set the stage for the Revolution. Many American settlers expected Christ’s imminent return and sought to prepare themselves inwardly and outwardly for a new world. In doing so they learned to be spiritually sovereign and cut their dependence on the established churches and their Crown-ruled Bishops. When many “ordinary” people learned to seek the truth and their own salvation within and among themselves, the will to achieve political independence followed naturally.
By learning to govern their own minds and hearts through the inner freedom of such an Awakening, formerly “colonized” Americans made the revolution possible on the ground. In fact, many of the frontline soldiers in the Continental Army were citizen preachers in the Great Awakening’s free congregations run by and for the people.
It may be self-evident that we are badly in need of such a spiritual Awakening in Kanata. But such a fundamental change cannot be summoned on command – especially in a spiritual dead zone like our global corporate culture. It is undeniable that Canadians in particular seem incapable of imagining anything other than their servitude to a system that drips with the blood of the innocent.
I learned this personally and up close over many years after stumbling on the hard evidence of Canada’s mass murder of children in the Indian “residential schools”, and its continuing genocide. When I and a few others placed the truth of this slaughter before Christian Canada, it responded not only with a general yawn of indifference but an inhumanity that proved its guilt. For the same Church and State that tore children to pieces then absolved themselves of their crime without a trace of heart felt sorrow, reducing an unspeakable abomination to a stale issue of monetary compensation and “apology”. That is the way of the walking dead.
Having had my own life destroyed by the same ghoulish killers, my former allegiance to the corpse called Canada vaporized years ago. But many people with a foothold in the system reside in the gray zone between the old and the new, still bonded to the very thing they verbally oppose. That bond is so deep and habitual that they are normally blind to it, even as it attacks them and stops them from asserting their own freedom.
Our blindness to the horror that should repulse us comes from our own spiritual possession by it. We are raised in this permanent state of possession by an unseen Oversoul whose power over us cannot be destroyed simply by individual effort, but rather, by a new collective spirit. We imagine ourselves to be free enough to create that different presence on our own in the form of a sovereign Republic. But when we actually try to do so our possession will often restrain our minds and our actions.
Since March of 2020, eleven of our Assemblies have been deliberately destroyed from within by paid operatives employing standard divide and conquer methods. But none of their subversion could have worked unless people in these Assemblies were predisposed to fear, manipulation and lies.
Fortunately, from the ruins of these groups has emerged a remnant of citizens who have learned more of the thing they are fighting and are liberated from their possession by it from having engaged with it. From that experience they are carrying on as veteran leaders who are establishing local Republic cell groups less prone to infiltration, having learned a lesson. That hardened remnant is slowly growing across Kanata. What matters is that we learn from our every experience and persist with the vision and program of the Republic.
If our own Great Awakening will occur in Kanata, it will emerge from out of these hard lessons and our many battles to come. In the course of these tests, something will be sparked that none of can foresee prior to any battle: a power that General Sun Tzu identified when he wrote in The Art of War,
“Do not avoid hopeless situations. Place your troops where they cannot retreat but must fight to the death. In such an inescapable position they will discover a resolve and a courage they never knew they had, and which is more powerful than the sum of their parts. Necessity and conflict evoke such power; it cannot be planned or foreseen.”
Such unexpected power is in truth the doorway to the new society we envision, for it gives people the chance to see the force that can make the Republic a working possibility. If there is one general error our organizers and citizens continue to make it is to not trust the power of a hopeless situation and the capacity of people to change suddenly and unexpectedly. We must use every moment to not simply teach people about the Republic and train them in its creation, but to take advantage of those brief and passing opportunities to strike at our enemies when they are off balance. Many such moments appear and they must be grasped once we have the eyes and wisdom to recognize them. For as Napoleon advised,
“There is a key place and moment in every battle which, if not seized, will turn against you and cause your defeat”.
As 2021 dawns, our Republic is many scattered seeds that have rooted and are beginning to sprout. Only fear and caution is inhibiting their growth. Now is the time for us to be audacious and raise our flag and our nation for all to see, by constantly launching public actions that directly reclaim Kanata under our new jurisdiction. Our local Cells and Assemblies must unite into a national presence so that everyone can recognize the Republic as a working alternative to the criminal conspiracy called Canada. Towards that end, our upcoming Constitutional Convention will create the framework and institutions of our new nation, including a national Supreme Common Law Court and a Congress.
We have found from our experience and from history that the power of any system is in constant flux and can shift in a moment, and that if the revolutionary movement is seasoned and positioned properly to seize that moment, even the strongest tyranny can topple. But without an alternative power, people will neither aid that downfall nor build a new society. It is our job today to create that alternative known as the sovereign Republic of Kanata, knowing in our hearts that it is within our power to begin the world again.