Publius: Libertas Aut Mors can be a hard title for some to figure out. Some people might think—mistakenly—that it is a book in Latin. Others may wrongly think that it is a historical manuscript about an ancient place, or event.
Although they would be wrong—I wrote the book in English and the setting and plot is in our modern times—it does call back to ancient times for its inspiration and message.
Publius, as I mentioned in Part 1, references The Federalist, the 87 articles and essays that set forth argument and position in favor of ratifying the US Constitution in the late nineteenth century. Libertas Aut Mors translates to “Liberty or Death” a reference to the forceful maxims that were prominent before, during, and after the Colonial period that directly influenced and gave birth to the United States of America, as well as the cloak and dagger organizations and events that were forming and taking place.
In Publius: Libertas Aut Mors there is a declarative message that pervades the characters and storyline. The message is one of ideological origin, drawing contrast between the beliefs, hopes, and dreams of the newly born US Citizens of 1776 and the beliefs, hopes, and dreams of the modern US Citizens of today.
It is the ideological war that takes place—in literal form, from start to finish—that brings excitement and energy to the action, and makes Publius: Libertas Aut Mors an unforgettable read and a book hard to put down. Interestingly, the war that’s fought in the book is critical to the storyline because it purposely illustrates the stark distinction between the newly born US Citizens of 1776 and the many modern US Citizens today.
This contrast elevates the story from just a great read to a book that makes us question our beliefs about our Liberty today. In the desperation of an impending revolution, the newly born US Citizens were absent of self-hate. However, the modern United States today is a country confused about the worthiness of its position on the world stage, with many US Citizens saturated with self-loathing, feeling compelled to apologize for our country’s history.
Why this self-hate is prevalent in our modern US society is not a mystery. It is a byproduct of Liberty.
One of the dangerous consequences of liberty is it allows free citizens the luxury to reflect on their country’s past accomplishments and, with impunity, determine how they see things. In their deliberation, there is the possibility that a free people may feel guilt at how their ancestors acquired the liberty that they possess.
Liberty can provoke such confliction.
This confliction explodes off the pages of Publius: Libertas Aut Mors with such force that it immediately thrusts the reader into a powerful story, abundant with memorable characters pitted against each other in a heroic war of titanic struggle.
In 1776, the newly born US Citizens were extreme about the possession and defense of their Liberty. In contrast, many US Citizens today are untroubled about the defense of their liberty, and even more ignorant about its fragility. It is as if they feel that liberty will be theirs regardless of political events or their actions.
They are wrong.
Thomas Jefferson’s quote “Every generation needs a revolution” is the lifeblood of Publius: Libertas Aut Mors, and the impetus of its torrid pace and action.
In essence, Jefferson was revealing the course of Liberty.
The acquisition of Liberty is contentious. Moreover, its concept flies in the face of human behavior, in that when a person is in a position of governmental power, it is not natural for them to bend themselves to the needs and desires of the people.
For this reason, in The Federalist #51, Publius (President Madison) wrote: If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
Somehow, this is lost in the cognizance of some modern US Citizens.
It is as if idea that they must fight for their Liberty repulses some citizens. They give the appearance that it is beneath their dignity to be compelled to fight for what they believe is their birthright. It is a dangerous state of mind and one that is not conducive to the warmth and light of Liberty.
The reality is that citizens must pursue after and fight for Liberty continually.
The conclusive warning of Publius: Libertas Aut Mors is that Liberty is fragile and without a Citizen’s jealous defense and, if necessary, blood, it can and will be lost.