CHOOSE FREEDOM OR CAPITULATION: America’s Sovereignty Crisis

In The Boston Brahmin series, Professor Henry Sargent, Sarge, has become nationally recognized for his libertarian writings and especially his views on the sovereignty crisis our nation faces. As the series progresses, he has the opportunity to interact with some of the nation’s governors and warns them about the continued challenges their states face from an ever-expanding federal government.

In The Loyal Nine, Sarge released his new book entitled:


When I wrote this subplot into the series, I had no idea how popular this aspect of story would become. I’ve had numerous requests to write CHOOSE FREEDOM. This is a presidential election year, and typically national issues come to the forefront. One candidate started the discussion on a national level when he asked, “do we have a border or not; do we have a country or not?”

Please enjoy this excerpt from The Loyal Nine in which Sarge is being interviewed by a local Boston news station. As you read, ask yourself if this is a book that needs to be written. If so, let me know. I’ll get with Sarge and you never know ….

 Steven retrieved his precious coffee from Katie’s outstretched hand and turned up the volume. His brother’s smiling I-am-a-published-author face appeared on the screen, next to the cover and the title of his book.


The cover featured the American Flag split in half, with the stars and stripes on one side and the flag of the United Nations on the other half.

“Great cover,” said Katie. “Do the bosses know about this?”

Steven shrugged. All of them had free rein to pursue their careers, trusted to know when their career paths might conflict with other interests. Sarge had received a blessing of sorts.

“Today we are pleased to have Harvard Professor Henry Winthrop Sargent the fourth, with his new book Choose Freedom or Capitulation: America’s Sovereignty Crisis. Now, you have pleasantly admonished me to call you ‘Sarge,’ so I will. Good morning, Sarge, and thank you for joining us,” said Riemer.

Steven admired his brother and his accomplishments. Both of them wondered how much outside influence was exerted to help them advance their careers. They had spent many a night on the roof of 100 Beacon, in the hot tub, overlooking Stowers Avenue and the Charles River Esplanade. Fueled by Samuel Adams lagers, the two compared notes and wondered if their successes were earned or preordained. By the end of these conversations, the conclusion was always the same—who cares, it works for me.

“Thank you for having me on, Emily, and congratulations on the birth of your new baby,” said Sarge. Nice touch, bro. When in the den of the media lions, a little opposition research might give you just the advantage you need to survive.

“Why, thank you, Sarge. I’ve been blessed,” said Riemer. “Tell us a little about yourself. You are a native Bostonian, correct?”

Steven listened with disinterest as Sarge fielded his host’s introductory questions, waiting for the substance of the interview. That’s when things sometimes got interesting.

“What is the premise of Choose Freedom?” asked Riemer.

Steven couldn’t discern whether Riemer had a particular political leaning. Her questions were open-ended and fair, thus far. Sarge appeared to be in his element.

“Emily, our Founding Fathers gave us a highly decentralized, republic form of government. Their intentions were to vest the vast majority of the power in the states because state governments were closest to the people. Over time the federal government has shifted this ever so slowly to centralize power at the top. This power grab was anticipated by our Founding Fathers, so they wrote language into the Constitution to guard against this loss of sovereignty of the states,” said Sarge.

Finally in his element, Sarge relaxed in his chair and looked directly toward the camera.

“Over the last several decades, arguably against American public opinion, steps have been taken that have eroded our sovereignty globally. Globalization has become a political ideology as well as an economic fact. Technology, corporations and international organizations have become more involved in the level of interaction without historical precedent.

“With this increased interaction comes the desire to dissolve national boundaries, blend all cultures and merge all nations into one big socioeconomic system. Years ago, the discussion of a New World Order, a single totalitarian government, would bring cries of conspiracy theories. Today, the conspiracies of several decades ago are part of a barely concealed global governance agenda,” said Sarge.

“Hit ’em with it, Sarge. Tell them how the world is going to shit!” yelled Steven at the six televisions.

“My novel, Choose Freedom or Capitulation, is intended to make Americans think about the implications of global governance. Should America act as an independent, sovereign nation—participating in good faith as a citizen of the world? Or should America subjugate the Constitution and the freedoms it provides to the will of global rules and standards that might not necessarily comport with our own?”

Steven watched Sarge sit back in his chair. This was why Sarge was in charge. None of us, including Abbie, can spell it out quite like Sarge.

“Sarge, my producers tell me you have effectively blown up our Twitter account—@WCVB. We have nearly 130,000 followers and I think they all are weighing in on the subject matter of your book,” said Riemer. “Would you mind taking a couple of questions from Twitter?”

“Of course,” said Sarge.

“This first point comes from @JohnQPublica, who opines that America risks being labeled isolationist if it overreacts in its attempts to protect its sovereignty,” said Riemer. “Is protecting America’s sovereignty an isolationist policy?”

“The policy of the United States doesn’t have to be isolationist. Let me use an analogy,” began Sarge. “After 9/11, our country became hyperaware of the potential for terrorist acts on our soil. Women pushing baby strollers into Disney World were frisked and asked to empty their child’s diaper bag in the name of national security. And they liked it! In the name of safety and security, for a time, Americans were willing to succumb to an arguably excessive intrusion upon their right to privacy. After that period of time, there were no further terrorist acts on American soil, and the public began to decry the continued actions of the government, like excessive airport screenings by the TSA.

“My point is this. A balance must be struck between participating on the world stage in matters of security and economics with the intent of our Founding Fathers to protect America’s independence as a nation—its sovereignty,” said Sarge.

“How do ordinary citizens have a realistic effect on an issue as important as this?” asked Riemer.

“My first suggestion is for people to educate themselves on the topic,” said Sarge, holding up his book for the camera. “May I suggest my book as a start?”

“That’s my boy,” said Steven.

“Next, contact your elected officials and ask them where they stand on the issue,” added Sarge.

“Professor Sargent, Sarge, this has been very enlightening for me and provocative for our viewers,” said Riemer. “Please let everyone know where they can find your book, the name of your website and your social media accounts.”

“Thank you for having me on, Emily,” said Sarge. “You may purchase my book in eBook format on Amazon. It is also available in paperback via Amazon and on my website There you will find excerpts of the book, blog posts and links to my social media pages, including Twitter, which is @Choose__Freedom.”


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