Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Tyrant in You

The Tyrant in You

By Larken Rose

Someone told me about a recent Facebook poll, asking something like, "What would you do if you were President?" I find the question itself depressing, for several reasons.

First of all, that anyone would want to be President is depressing. To want to be President means you think that, if given the power to control 300,000,000 people, you could make their lives better than if you just left them alone. What a fine combination of arrogance and insanity.

Second, it's a safe bet that almost everyone who answers the question will feel noble and compassionate as they do so, describing all the ways in which they would use such power to help mankind. They don't understand that it is utterly impossible for "government" to help mankind, because all it ever does is initiate violence. You can't help mankind by adding more immoral violence into society.

Anyone who has read "The Iron Web" knows exactly how I would answer the Facebook question myself. But, as for all of you out there who aren't anarchists or voluntaryists, the correct answer to the question--notwithstanding any noble, charitable answers you might imagine--is this: if you were given such power, you would advocate mass extortion, robbing millions of what is rightfully theirs, and use intimidation, coercion, and terrorism to control innocent people. In short, you would become a tyrant.

The degree of your viciousness, and the amount of oppression you would heap on your unfortunate subjects might vary, but you would oppress them. And worst of all, you'd probably feel righteous about it as you did so. (Most tyrants do, you know.)

At talks I've given in the past, I did this as a mental exercise, asking people to imagine that there is a magic sea shell which, when you hold it, automatically makes whatever you do moral and righteous. I don't mean it changes your behavior; I mean it changes morality. If you chose to slug someone for no good reason, or take his stuff, or even kill him, such actions would magically become good if you were holding the magic shell, though they would obvious be bad if you weren't.

So what would you do with that shell? Just think of the good you could accomplish with such power! Here are a few examples:

If, without the shell, you stole something from one person to give it to another, the giving might be good, but the stealing would be bad. But if you had the magic shell, the stealing wouldn't be bad anymore! You could righteously take rich people's stuff, and give it to the needy!

Normally, you have no right to butt into people's lives and tell them what choices to make. But with the shell, you could use coercion to make them eat healthier, make them get more exercise (make them buy life insurance?), and it would be good. It would benefit their health, and what would usually be considered bullying and violence would become good, because of the magic shell.

Normally, how people spend their own money is up to them, but with the help of the magic shell, you could righteously force them to invest how they should, and buy the products they should, and spend the right amount and save the right amount, and so on.

Normally, people have the right to make their own decisions, even if those decisions are harmful to themselves, and you have no right to stop them. But with the shell, you can prohibit them from possessing things you think are dangerous (like guns), or doing things you think are dangerous, or consuming things you think aren't good for them--cheeseburgers, cocaine, beer, jelly beans, whatever.

And think of all the large-scale projects you could do, if you had the right to take money from those who earned it. You could make a defense system, a welfare system, an education system. You could make the people safer and healthier, with better transportation and communication systems. If you had the right to control everything, you could create a utopia!

Well, no. You couldn't. You would create injustice, oppression, poverty, extortion, violence, and murder. Because all such plans are implemented through the use of violence, and the threat of violence, against innocent people. And there is no magic shell, no "law," no constitution, no office, and no political ritual which can ever make that a good

If offered such a magic shell--or if offered the presidency--what you should do--but what almost no one could do--is immediately destroy the power. There is nothing you can do--nothing anyone can do--which can convert the initiation of violence into something that helps humanity. Your motives and virtues don't matter. Whatever your intentions, "authority" cannot be used for good.

Those of you who have read Lord of the Rings may be thinking of the "Ring of Power." If so, you get a gold star. In fact, I might as well end this article by quoting what Gandalf (the old, wise wizard in those books) said, when he was offered the Ring of Power. If only more people understood this about power:

"Don't tempt me, Frodo. I dare not take it, not even to keep it safe. Understand, Frodo, I would use this Ring from a desire to do good. But through me, it would wield a power too great and terrible to imagine."

So I guess that's Gandalf's answer to the Facebook question.

Well, there was one other thing. He didn't merely refuse to take the power for himself. He and his fellow conspirators did something far more radical and extreme.

Good for them.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hutaree Militia Raided!

I am really not qualified to access this issue other than from a theological view. So here it goes. Anyone who tries to use questionable "scriptures" as the premise to resort to violence in the way that they are accused of doing, is only asking for trouble from whatever evolved horse-gang is plundering their area. That said, Mike Vanderboegh of the Sipsey Street Irregulars has the knowledge and reasonableness to correctly access this situation.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Hooray for Obama's Commie-Care!

Hooray for Obama's Commie-Care!

By Larkin Rose

There have been lots and lots of message flying around in the "patriot movement," screaming bloody murder about Obama's Commie-Care plan. Call your congressman! Write a nasty letter! Stand around holding a sign! Wildly jump up and down! Pull your hair out! But between all the "political action" alerts out there, I did see a few examples of what is a far better idea: "Let the stupid thing pass, and then ignore it."

Personally, I'm thrilled that Obama's Commie-Care passed. Why? Because tyrants don't ever back off because you ask them to; they only back off when their victims resist. I don't mean with votes, or whiny letters, or insistent phone calls; I mean with disobedience. And nationalizing a huge chunk of the economy, basically socializing all health care, might just make a few more people consider such a thing.

A similar, but less significant, experiment will be the census. And I'm happy to see that even some well-known folk (like Judge Napolitano and Walter Williams) are openly advocating non-compliance. Sorry to those of you who are "politically active," but the only thing that actually slows down tyranny is when people are ANTI-politically active--when instead of asking for freedom, they exercise their freedom "illegally" (i.e., without the permission of the tyrants). And this census will be a good measure of whether the American people have started to re-grow a spine. Because the threatened penalty is relatively small (a fine, no prison time), and the government demands are so patently idiotic, intrusive, and pointless--not to mention unconstitutional--even "normal" people might be able to contemplate refusal to obey. When they open their mail, look at the form, and think, "Do they think I have nothing better to do than this?," we might actually see Americans acting like they believe in freedom, by flinging the stupid thing in the trash. (I already did, but not before ripping it up, just for the fun of it.)

The bigger test will be something more significant, like resisting Obama's Commie-Care. When things get really bad--and they will--and people's lives start depending upon it, when will people start to think that maybe they should just find a doctor who will "illegally" accept cash (or gold or silver) "under the table," in exchange for "illegally" providing health care? When will the people start to build an extensive black market in medicine? In other words, when will people start acting like they have an inalienable right to be free, instead of wasting their time asking the tyrants to "legalize" freedom (which has never happened in the history of the world, and never will)?

The biggest obstacle to this is not fear of punishment. Yes, the tyrants like to hurt people who disobey their stupid commands, but that is not the primary problem. After all, the victims of Obama's Commie-Care will out-number its administrators two-thousand-to-one. No, the biggest obstacle is the deeply ingrained lunacy that tells people that they have an obligation to obey whatever stupid commands the politicians "legislate." Due to their life-long indoctrination, by parents, schools, and "government," most people feel bad about disobeying a perceived "authority," even when the commands are idiotic, or downright evil. (The most important thing I've ever written--and probably ever will write--is about exactly that, and will be finished very soon.)

However, though there are still plenty of examples of unthinking, order-obeying, slavery-praising conformity among a lot of Americans, there have been signs in recent years that spell big trouble for the crooks in "government." And no, I don't mean people "demanding" that their masters "legalize" freedom--which never works, and is itself a sign of the slave mentality. I mean people realizing that they don't have any obligation to obey the god-complex megalomaniacs who wear the label "government," even when their stupid, unjustified commands are called "laws."

A couple years back, a national poll showed that a lot more people believed that it's not really bad to "cheat on your taxes," if you can get away with it. As an aside, the question itself had a heavy statist message. You can't "cheat" on "taxes" any more than you can "cheat" a car-jacker by driving away in your own car. "Taxes" are theft, and you can't "cheat" a thief by keeping what is yours. Nonetheless, when a majority of those asked thinks that disobeying the federal extortionists isn't actually immoral (though it may be dangerous), that spells big trouble for the tyrants.

I've been saying for years that politicians don't mind protests, movements, elections, petitions, demonstrations, or any other "political action," except when the legitimacy of their rule is questioned. In other words, as long as the "national discussion" consists of the masses asking their masters in "government" for freedom, the masters are in no trouble. When the masses stop asking, and start disobeying, that is when the politicians are doomed. And we are seeing more signs of that now. And as a result, the desperate American tyrants are trying to paint everyone who questions "government" as a terrorist--a tactic which is already back-firing.

There was recently an example of disobedience to "authority" that was about as dramatic as it gets, when Joseph Stack flew his plane into the IRS offices in Austin, Texas. But that same day, I heard about something else that spells even more trouble for politicians. A Rasmussen poll showed that only about one in five Americans think that Congress is doing what it does with "the consent of the governed." In other words, most people realize that the politicians do whatever they want, don't care what we think or what we want, and are serving their "special interest" buddies, not the public. This is important, because the myth of "government by consent" (on oxymoron if ever there was one) is crucial to the games played by the control freaks. If people stop falling for the propaganda about the crooks "representing" us, then the legitimacy of the system, in the eyes of its victims, collapses. And when that falls, the tyrants are finished.

It is utterly impossible to control, by brute force alone, 300,000,000 people (especially when a third of them are armed). Only by convincing the masses that they should be controlled, and that they have an obligation to obey "government," can tyrants succeed. As I've mentioned before, the thieves who work for the IRS are outnumbered a thousand to one by their victims. If most people didn't believe the bunk about how we have some duty to keep handing politicians as much money as they want (a.k.a. "paying our fair share"), the "tax" system would crumble overnight.

So don't be bummed out that Obama's Commie-Care is becoming a reality. It's a good thing, precisely because it's so bad. With any luck, the Washington crooks will try to nationalize all industry, swipe all property, and openly control everyone and everything. Because what matters is not how people vote, or how much they complain--what matters is whether they do as they're told, or whether they disobey those who pretend to have the right to rule us all. For all the talk about "land of the free," history shows that Americans will do as they're told unless and until things get really bad. So be thankful that the U.S. tyrants are getting impatient and desperate, and stampeding toward totalitarianism as fast as they can.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Crimes of Empire: Rogue Superpower & World Domination

An excellent review of a must read book! The original review was translated from German so you will notice spelling errors on the original web site. I have corrected them here and some of the punctuation that didn't translate well. The paperback version is due to be released April 10, 2010 and seems to be retitled The Crimes of Empire: The History and Politics of an Outlaw Nation which is certainly more apropos considering the content of this book. You can pre-order from Amazon HERE.

From MWC - Media with Conscience News

Pluto Press, London- New York 2010
By Ludwig Watzal

Ssuccessive governments of the United States of America like to designate other countries, whose leaders they do not like, "rogue states." Noam Chomsky showed in "Rogue States" that this designation does not apply to countries such as Iraq but to the United States itself. According to him, the American superpower fulfills all the characteristics of such an entity. The U. S. and its "junior partner," the United Kingdom, made Iraq a cartoon of an "outlaw nation" that threatens the entire world, and Saddam Hussein the reincarnation of Adolf Hitler.

If that would have been true, they should have turned to the U. N. Security Council. Instead they started an act of aggression against Iraq, thereby showing contempt for international law and the U. N. Charter, which would have provided a legal base to handle this crisis peacefully. Chomsky mentions that Libya, Cuba, and North Korea were also designated as "rogue states," and the "boy emperor from Crawford, Texas" named Iran, Iraq and North Korea the "axis of evil." U. S. President Ronald Reagan had already termed the Soviet Union an "evil empire." Having red Carl Boggs book, one can doubt whether the right countries were stigmatized "rogue states” because "The Crime of Empire" is the criminal history of U. S. behavior in international relations.

The central thesis of Carl Boggs`book may be summarized in the following statement: "The U. S. stands today as the most fearsome outlaw nation in the world, its leaders having contributed to a steady descent into global lawlessness." The author explores the rise of the U. S. from its foundation in 1776 as it rose against old European colonialism to the status of an empire, which dominates the world. Boggs follows an interesting approach. Over a period of more than 200 years the development of U. S. policy is described as a history of "military criminality and outlawry." Boggs links global and domestic (political, economic and cultural) elements of a power structure that is addicted to militarism and war. The present U. S. neo-colonialist policies of aggression cannot be understood apart from this historical legacy. According to the author, the legacy of U. S. outlawry has its origins in the earliest days of the Republic beginning with the extermination of the Native American.

This book is the third part of a trilogy on U. S. imperial power which started with "Imperial Delusions" in 2004 and was followed by "The Hollywood War Machine" in 2006, the last one written with Tom Pollard. Without the support of the film industry, the corporate media and the military-industrial complex the American public could not have been so easily manipulated into supporting the illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Carl Boggs teaches Social Science at the National University in Los Angeles. In 2007 he has received the Charles McCoy Career Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association. In seven chapters of his book, the author succeeds to convince readers about the criminal nature of the U.S. superpower.

The consequences of U. S. outlawry for the future of international relations are regarded by the author as "nightmarish”: in the wake of 9/11 the U. S. lost all legal restrains on its military conduct and stepped up its quest for world hegemony aggressively. The Bush administration demonstrated open contempt for international law, the United Nations, and the International Criminal Court (ICC). This contempt of the rule of law "is deeply rooted in U. S. practice and intellectual culture." If that would not have been enough, it even arrogated itself a "right” to attack any country it deems as a potential threat to U. S. domination.

Boggs points at a dichotomy in U. S. governments behavior. "No ruling elite proclaim the `rule of law' more loudly, and no society produces more lawyers, prosecutors, judges, legal theorists – and prisons,” than American society. But this goes no further than domestic society. At the international level, the U. S. "routinely favors power over legality, often dismissing legality as nuisance in the face of pressing global realities.” The U. S. power elites "believe” in "national exceptionalism”, they view the country as a "benevolent” or a "benign” hegemony working for "democracy, human rights, and peace.” The elite – politicians, media, academia, and think-tanks presents U. S. policy as "pragmatic”, non-ideological, furthering liberal democracy, freedom, equality, and citizen participation. Policies are driven by a consensus of economic and geopolitical desiderata that actually "revolves around a struggle for domination over the Middle East,” writes Boggs. According to the author, the unholy legacy started with the white European settlers.

They perceived their mission as :"God-given”, driven by enlightenment and social progress. This "white-man´s burden” was later called "Manifest Destiny.” A concept rooted in the religious zealotry of the Puritans. In the nineteenth century the U. S. carried out military interventions in several nations in Central America and the Caribbean. The author writes that in 1844, under the presidency of James K. Polk, the U. S. annexed, after a self-provoked war against Mexico, large parts of Texas, California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada which belonged to Mexico. Already at that time this "primitive war” was justified by national security arguments.

The Mexicans were slaughtered by the thousands as being "backward, ignorant, and undemocratic, hardly worthy proprietors of the land they had controlled.” neocons and the religious fundamentalist of today cartoon the Muslims in a similar fashion, in order to dehumanize them and make attacks against them appear more "rational?” With the massacre at Wounded Knee "a system firmly rooted in authoritarian controls and propelled by a mixture of colonialism, racism, capitalism, and militarism” was firmly established. "An ideology of ruthless expansion was incorporated into the political culture, shared especially by the upper circles of politicians, business elites, the military, and Christian institutions.” Boggs adds: "It is precisely the legacy of imperialism, warfare, and outlawry that was carried into, and helped shape, later U. S. behavior in such targeted areas as the Philippines, Central America, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East.”

In the chapter "Crimes against Peace”, "Warfare against Civilians”, "War Crimes by Proxy”, "Weapons of Mass Destruction”, "A Tale of Broken Treaties”, "War-Crimes Tribunals: Imperial Justice”, and "Torture and Other Atrocities” the author spreads out to readers a picture of this country, unknown to most of the world. To outsiders, the American political system presents a highly idealistic model that actually hides its hegemonic aims. This perception is widely shared around the world. In the chapter "Crimes against Peace.” Boggs shows how the U. S. violates not only the "Nuremberg principles” but also international law in general. He mentions that after World War II the Germans and Japanese were tried for "crimes against peace.” The Charter of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg"the U. S. has violated every one of the above principles, generally holding itself above the most hollowed norm of international law,” so (sic) Boggs. defined such crimes as "planning, preparation, initiation, or waging a war of aggression, or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements, or assurances, or participation in a common plan or conspiracy (for war).” At different periods in its history

The Nuremberg Charter had jurisdiction over four separate crimes: conspiracy to carry out aggressive war, the actual launching of aggression, killing, destroying, and plundering during a war not justified by military necessity, and crimes against humanity related to atrocities against civilians. The Nazis were convicted on all four counts. Did not the rulers of the United States commit all these crimes in the Korean and Vietnam War? Or in the more recent, and illegal, wars against Afghanistan and Iraq?

In "War Crimes by Proxy” the author writes: "The Israeli occupation of Palestine, with its continuous acts of military aggression and human rights abuses over several decades, is surely the most visible (and no doubt most egregious case of U. S. war crimes by proxy. The state of Israel has in many ways served as an American imperial outpost in the Middle East, subsidized by every conceivable form of economic, political, diplomatic, and military backing – a relationship that is, indeed, sui generis.” Boggs mentions persistent Israeli disregard for international law and human rights. "Beneath its celebrated `democracy,' the Israeli state was historically founded on brute force and terrorism leading to an occupation regime in clear violation of international legality. The territory expropriated by Israel is stolen land, justified by Zionist ideology with its phony biblical claims and sustained by a fanaticism that views the local population as subhuman primitives. (...) To legitimate such criminality, Israel lays claim to ethnic and religious supremacy rooted in Zionism, an ideology that glorifies colonial theft of land, appropriation of resources, and military occupation denying even the most basic rights of Palestinians.”

According to the author, the U. S.-Israel "client-state relationship is solidified and legitimated by the indefatigable and well-financed work of the Israel lobby.” In this respect, Boggs mentions AIPAC, JINSA, WINEP, ZOA, IPP which are blindly supported by the various Christian Zionist organizations, by think-tanks like AEI, PNAC and the Hudson Institute. Boggs quotes from the book "The Israel Lobby” by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt in which the authors wrote "if the United States were to choose sides on the basis of moral considerations alone, it would back the Palestinians not Israel.” The U. S. departure from moral principles started at the Lausannesidedness of U. S. Middle Eastern policy but also the caving in to permanent Israeli pressure. conference in 1949 and has continued ever since. The book "The Passionate Attachment” by George W. Ball and Douglas B. Ball shows not only the one-sidedness of U. S. Middle Eastern policy but also the caving in to permanent Israeli pressure.

As a postscript, the author describes "the routinizing of mass murder” referring to explanations from political psychology. For Boggs, the U. S. armed forces have occupied a special place when it comes to war crimes. Two of many reasons are noteworthy: the constant pressures to maintain imperial hegemony and a long history of evading legal accountability, writes Boggs. Winding up this extraordinary book, the author concludes: "A major problem with U. S. war crimes in general is that virtually everyone has managed to escape criminal liability, except in a few cases like My Lai and Abu Ghraib where lower personnel was tried, convicted, and generally given light sentences.” Last but not least, all the war crimes the U. S. has committed against other peoples were not planned and carried out by sadistic thugs or xenophobic right-wingers but by ordinary folks who come from solid family backgrounds, are well mannered, display elevated cultural taste, and may even be informed by good intentions, writes Boggs. And the planners of these horrendous crimes are mostly so-called whiz kids liberal, cultured, urbane, visionary government officials and many celebrated academics from the Ivy League Schools.

The following distinction could be important which Boggs did not contemplate on: The specific nature of U. S. "criminal conduct” is not so much the number of direct victims – which are much smaller than the victims of Hitler´s and Stalin´s brutal tyranny - but the fact that U. S. "criminal conduct” are being overly supported or at least tolerated by all governments which claim to represent democracy and human rights. Another specific feature of U. S. "criminal conduct” is that the U. S. crimes have been mostly been committed in broad daylight, whereas both the Nazi and Soviet regimes attempted to hide their crimes. The "crimes” by "democratic governments” require much greater reliance on the manipulative practice of mass media than were the crimes by the Nazi and Soviet regimes, because "crimes” by "democratic governments” must be legitimized by public acceptance.

Having read the book I was flabbergasted by the fact that the country in which I studied International relations has such a long history of war crimes. If "The Shining City upon a Hill” and "the light of the world” does not end its hegemonic policy and become primus inter pares in the international system, it will be doomed to the fate of the Roman Empire.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Towards A 21st Century Peasant Rising

I don't agree with his solution. However it is one way to deal with the FedFascists. I think that this method is for those who don't have a stomach for a fight, have the ability to flee, and probably haven't come to terms with who actually initiated the force that one is able to rightfully resist with equal or greater force. He also is fuzzy on the morality of voting. Saying that, he identifies the problems well and succinctly.

Towards A 21st Century Peasant Rising

Submitted by Jacob Dreizin

A French poet once wrote that the devil’s greatest trick was convincing the world he doesn’t exist. Funny that we can say the same thing about today’s American elite. Somehow, it is not polite, not PC to even acknowledge them as a class—much less to speak of them. We have a democracy, after all. We are all equal. Everyone has a vote. And if mere voting is not enough for you, you can shell out ten grand for a closed-door meeting with your fifteen-term career Congressman, like any other respectable person would do. Surely, there are no grounds for complaint.

Well, sorry but democracy means choice. In America, today, there is no real choice. The financial and corporate elites are funding both sides equally, and so they always come out ahead, no matter who is in charge. Otherwise, how is it that former Goldman Sachs Co-Chairman Robert Rubin was Clinton’s Treasury Secretary, and then former Goldman Sachs Chairman Henry Paulson was Bush’s Treasury Secretary? (And let’s not forget Goldman alumn Larry Gensler at Obama’s CFTC). Is this what you call a two party system?

This is the same Goldman Sachs that uses millions of clueless 401k contributors as liquidity props to support its machine trading programs that buy and sell the same stock hundreds of times per second. For you simple voters out there, this means that your mutual funds stagnate while Goldman rakes in tens of millions of your dollars each and every working hour—while generally ending each day with almost the same portfolio as it started with in the morning.

How’s that for an unfair advantage over the little guy? Where is the government in this outrage? But really, who cares about high-frequency trading when we mortals have more important things to worry about, like Guantanamo, same-sex marriage, abortion, misuse of the word “teabagging”, having a “conversation about race”, and posing as an intellectual by parroting the latest Tom Friedman or Paul Krugman column?

Something else to consider: How is it that we were force-fed a highly-unpopular health care “reform” package that aims to pull down costs without allowing for cheaper drug imports or malpractice payout limits—which, as every Canadian, European, and Japanese bureaucrat knows, are the only proven methods for holding down medical costs? Does the answer have something to do with both parties being in the pocket of the seven-figure ambulance chasers and the ten-figure drug, err, pharmaceutical kingpins?

But again, why sweat this stuff when it is more fun to argue about Obama’s missing birth certificate and the political implications of the Avatar movie?

How is it that we have a politico-economic system in which the government’s explicitly stated goal is to entice people to take out loans for houses and cars they don’t even need? 150 million cars on the road and we must keep buying new ones? Millions of vacant housing units and we need to build new ones? Homes so full of Chinese junk that half of it goes into off-site storage, and we need to shop more? For whose benefit?

Ever heard of debt-slavery? How about feudalism? In terms of social organization, we are regressing to the Middle Ages. But don’t worry—just as in feudal times, someone will come out ahead, even further than they are already. Of course, we cannot talk about who that someone is. That would be impolitic. We are all equal, right? Only kooks and conspiracy theorists complain about something called “the elite”, accusing this class of deliberately snatching an ever-larger share of the blanket and deliberately sticking it to everyone else in systematic, organized fashion via the political process—even as our elected officials throw us a few crumbs to secure the popular vote and keep the masses from depressing the bottom line via looting and rioting.

Now you see why I laugh when people ask who I voted for. Am I supposed to vote for the guy who remembers his lines better, or the one I’d rather share a beer with? How about a party that actually cares about what I care about?

A party that will coerce the banks to pay higher-than-laughable interest on our savings accounts, just like we have to pay interest on our loans?

A party that understands that pushing underwater homeowners to renegotiate payments on principal they cannot afford—and will never pay off—serves no one’s interest but the banks’?

A party that will discourage the Federal Reserve from blowing bubbles on the stock market, so young 401k contributors can get some real dividends on their future shareholdings?

A party that believes in sound money without any “inflation targets”?

A party that will renounce its claim on our income when we live abroad, instead of treating us like Dred Scott, slaves no matter where we are located?

When that party is constituted, I will vote for it. Until then, this serf has jumped the plantation and taken to the hills. No debt slavery for me. From now on, don’t expect me to “consume” anything I can’t eat or blow my nose with. No late fees or sales tax receipts from this corner. I am taking all legal means to starve the elite and the government that works for it.

You can join me, or you can continue to live as cattle, or chattel if you prefer. Your choice. See you around.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What Could A Terrorist Look Like?

Oh yea..health-care for all...whoopee....more big government...yawn...brought to you THIS TIME by the more "liberal" wing of the same party of autocratic authoritarian ponerologists!!!

Just too make sure that all you protesters are properly categorized while you continue to "exercise your rights" to protest and spending all your time, energy and money on the the distracting focus of the "Heath-care Take Over" while the REAL usurpation & infringement upon our rights occurred Two weeks ago when Senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman introduced a stunning piece of draconian diatribe euphemistically called the bipartisan Senate Bill 3081, or the
'Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010'. The bill is 'bipartisan' in the sense that it is the product of at least two different types of psychopathic personality disorder.

Constitutional expert, lawyer and author Glen Greenwald described the bill as: "probably the single most extremist, tyrannical and dangerous bill introduced in the Senate in the last several decades, far beyond the horrific, habeas-abolishing Military Commissions Act. It literally empowers the President to imprison anyone he wants in his sole discretion by simply decreeing them a Terrorist suspect - including American citizens arrested on U.S. soil. The bill requires that all such individuals be placed in military custody, and explicitly says that they 'may be detained without criminal charges and without trial for the duration of hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners,' which everyone expects to last decades, at least."

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

To all modern Sons of Liberty: THIS is your time. Break their windows. Break them NOW.

Hope all had a great St. Paddy's day! Took the week off but back ready to rumble. Mike Vanderboegh at The Sipsy Street Irregulars put this out Friday. I have often wondered why government is allowed to do all the bad stuff without consequences.
Often it is not just the politicians who usurp and infringe but the bureau-rats that do. Those entrenched unanswerable wretches who make the lives of millions miserable. Where do they do these jobs from? From gooberment buildings, offices, trucks, boats, planes, trains and automobiles!
Who owns those things? We the People.
We all have a part ownership in whatever the gooberment claims to own. Guess what all these things have in common? Yup, you got it, GLASS. Gooberment Glass.
So, what if besides the politicians' glass (which is technically private property) the people decided to take back the glass from these other pieces of public property? It might be their way of saying, "Not with my glass you don't usurp, infringe and impose!?" Why should gooberment officious OAFicials be allowed to work in comfort, away from the elements while the people who are coerced to pay for gooberment comfort do with less or without?
are now having a hard time making "ends meet." I just wonder what would happen if they started having to replace g
lass and how much it could impact the cost of local gooberment? Might they have to cut back? Maybe they will just board up the windows and the bureau-rats will have to work without natural light. How much does it cost to replace auto glass? Hmmmm.

To all modern Sons of Liberty: THIS is your time. Break their windows. Break them NOW.

Sons of Liberty burn and sack the house of the Massachusetts lieutenant governor, Thomas Hutchinson.

To all free Americans who still hold dear the Founders' vision of a constitutional Republic and who wish to remain free --

Nancy Pelosi's Intolerable Act is within days of passage by devious means so corrupt and twisted that even members of her own party recoil in disgust.

This act will order all of us to play or pay, and if we do not wish to, we will be fined.

If we refuse to pay the fine out of principle, we will be jailed.

If we resist arrest, we will be killed.

They will send the Internal Revenue Service and other federal police to do this in thousands of small Wacos, if that is what it takes to force us to submit.

This arrogant elite pretends that this oppression is for our own good, while everyone else understands that this is about their selfish, insatiable appetite for control over our liberty, our money, our property and our lives.

The majority of the people have made it plain that they do not want this tyrannical transfer of power wrapped in soft lies.

It does not matter.

Pelosi and her ilk apparently do not understand that this Intolerable Act has some folks so angry that they are ready to resist their slow-rolling revolution against the Founders' Republic by force of arms. Why should they? For in the past seventy-five years of being pushed back continually from the free exercise of our God-given rights to life, liberty and property, WE HAVE NEVER SHOVED BACK. Rather, it was we, the law-abiding, who backed up each time, grumbling.

These are collectivists. They do not hear you grumble. They do not, it is apparent after the past year of town halls and Tea Parties and nose-diving opinion polls, hear you SHOUT. They certainly do not hear the soft "snik-snik" of cleaning rods being used on millions of rifle barrels in this country by people who have decided that their backs are to the wall, politics and the courts no longer are sufficient to the task of defending their liberties, and they must make their own arrangements.

The Imperial Democrats do not care what you think. They will not hear you. They are every bit as arrogant and isolated as King George the Third was from the liberty-loving American colonists in 1775.

And yet, if we are to avoid civil war, we must get their attention BEFORE the IRS thug parties descend upon us each in turn -- when we will be forced into dozens of defensive slaughters and then, to end it, forced yet again to call Pelosi and the other architects of this war upon their own people to final account.

We are the law-abiding of this country, yes. We always have been. But when the "law" is distorted and twisted into an unconstitutional means of oppression, backed by the entire weight of the federal Leviathan, it is not "law" at all, but mere illegitimate force.

John Locke said it best:

"Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience."

When the law becomes a deadly tool of tyranny, it is no longer a good thing to be obedient and "law-abiding." It is, in fact, suicidal.

Yet, given the federal mandarins' willful ignorance of our very existence and conviction that we have no opinions that they are bound to respect, is there anything that can be done to prevent civil war?

Yes, there is.

We can emulate the Sons of Liberty of old.

We can break their windows.

These windows are not far away from where you are reading this right now. In virtually every city and county in this land, there is a local headquarters of Pelosi's party -- the Democrat party. These headquarters invariably have windows. When the Sons of Liberty wanted to express their opposition to the actions of the King's ministers, they would gather in front of the homes and offices of his tax-collectors and government officials in Boston or New York and break their windows. Glass was expensive. The King's minions were often the most well-to-do. The Sons of Liberty hit them in their pocketbooks.

Most importantly, however, was the message to the royal functionaries that there are personal consequences for oppressing your fellow citizens. The King is far away, and you are here, among us, the people.

This is the message that modern Sons of Liberty should get across to the Royalists of today. Now. Before we have to resort to rifles to resist their "well intentioned" tyranny.

This is not to say that the GOP (I refuse to call them "Republicans" for that is a misuse of the word) does not bear a large measure of responsibility for the situation we find ourselves in today. However, they have opposed this Intolerable Act. Yet, if we do a thorough job of breaking Democrat windows, I am sure that the GOP will profit from the example.

So, if you wish to send a message that Pelosi and her party cannot fail to hear, break their windows.

Break them NOW.

Break them and run to break again. Break them under cover of night. Break them in broad daylight. Break them and await arrest in willful, principled civil disobedience. Break them with rocks. Break them with slingshots. Break them with baseball bats.


The time has come to take your life, your liberty and that of your children and grandchildren into your own two hands and ACT.

It is, after all, more humane than shooting them in self defense.

And if we do a proper job, if we break the windows of hundreds, thousands, of Democrat party headquarters across this country, we might just wake up enough of them to make defending ourselves at the muzzle of a rifle unnecessary.

Sons of Liberty, this is your time.

Break their windows.

Break them NOW.

And Nancy, if this be sedition, if this be treason in your eyes, then make the most of it.

Mike Vanderboegh
PO Box 926
Pinson, AL 35126

If you agree with this message, spread it far and wide. The night is coming, and there are many windows to break. We'll need all the help we can muster.

LATER: There are those who feel that I have crossed a Rubicon here, and perhaps I have. I can only say that while wading the river, I met Nancy and her fellow jackasses coming the other way. I rather suspect they will make the opposite bank first. -- MBV

Monday, March 15, 2010

More Fascist Porcine Thuggery

By Steve Elliott in Growing, Medical, News
Monday, Mar. 15 2010 @ 11:31AM

A Washington medical marijuana patient has died after being attacked by robbers who were after his pot crop. When local police were called to the scene, rather than investigating the assault, they started questioning mortally injured Michael Shane Howard about how many plants he had.

The police told Howard, who had just been clubbed in the head with a crowbar, that the medics would "probably just put a big bandage in his forehead and leave him at the house."

Two days after the attack, as Howard lay dying, the

police called Howard's good friend and roommate, Renee, and asked when she was going to go visit him in the hospital.

Then while Renee visited Howard at the hospital, she got a call from a friend telling her officers from the Pierce County, Washington Sheriff's Department were raiding her home.

When Renee rushed home, she was handcuffed and put in the back of a police car for 2-1/2 hours; officers told her it was because she lived in the same residence as Howard, even though his grow operation was outside in a shed.

"They took all his plants and equipment," Renee said. "It's so sickening that they are more worried about his meds than finding out who attacked him. His skull was bashed by a crowbar; it seems like they are not even trying to find out who did it. It makes me sick to my stomach!"
​ The investigating officers didn't even take the murder weapon into evidence until the morning after the attack, when they finally realized Mike was likely not going to make it.

When Howard had been taken to the hospital, it was revealed that his skull was cracked and his brain was bleeding. He lay in a coma for two days before dying.

According to patient advocacy organization Cannabis Defense Coalition (CDC), Howard had been facing a constant and continued police harassment in the small town of Orting, Washington.

The local police, and Pierce County Sheriffs, would constantly pull Mike over because they knew him as the "medical marijuana activist" in town.

Ironically, local medical marijuana patient advocate Steve Sarich of CannaCare, who had spoken out forcefully in his attempt to get the word out about Howard's mistreatment at the hands of police, was himself shot in a home invasion and attempted medical marijuana robbery early Monday morning.

​"This has totally gotten out of hand," Sarich said three days before his own home was invaded. "Home invasions have been increasing and these crooks are getting more violent. I've had a home invasion and I can tell you that you won't sleep well after that."
"Pierce County law enforcement officers are out of control," Sarich said. "Apparently it's OK to try to kill someone in Pierce County -- as long as they're a medical marijuana patient."

"But then to raid Mike's garden while he's in the intensive care unit is just totally inexcusable," Sarich said.

Two or more would-be medical marijuana robbers broke into Sarich's Kirkland, Washington home and exchanged gunfire with Sarich. Sarich was injured but is expected to be fine; the home invader was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

King County sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart said medical marijuana was being grown in the house and was likely the motive for the robbery. "We are aware of the house," Urquhart said, reports Susan Gilmore of The Seattle Times.

The incident occurred just before 5 a.m. Monday, when Sarich, who was armed, confronted a robber, who was also armed. Both were shot.

A second suspect was found hitchhiking, said Urquhart, and was being questioned by authorities, while police were searching for two other supects.

"It seems that robbery has slowly replaced police raids as the number one patient fear in Washington State," said Ben Livingston, CDC spokesman.

"Violent thieves consider medical marijuana patients to be sitting targets, rarely able to readily defend themselves," Livingston said. "When patients do call police during or after a robbery, most often the police show up, take a report, and raid the patient."

"So, most medical marijuana patients have learned that calling the police for protection is a sure-fire way to have one's home raided," Livingston said. "What a fucked up Catch 22."

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Issues that Matter Most

These are still the central issues that matter most. This Mr. Rogers is a good neighbor.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Proof that 9/11 Truthers Are Dangerous

Thanks to Dr. Dan for the heads up on this!

Sunday, March 7, 2010
Washington's Blog

Proof that 9/11 Truthers Are Dangerous

Most Americans don't know what kind of people 9/11 truthers really are. So they can't figure out whether or not they are dangerous.

Below is a list of people who question what our Government has said about 9/11.

The list proves - once and for all - that people who question 9/11 are dangerous.

Email this list to everyone you know, to prove to them that 9/11 truthers are all dangerous nut cases.

Senior intelligence officers:
  • Former military analyst and famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg said that the case of a certain 9/11 whistleblower is "far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers". He also said that the government is ordering the media to cover up her allegations about 9/11. And he said that some of the claims concerning government involvement in 9/11 are credible, that "very serious questions have been raised about what they [U.S. government officials] knew beforehand and how much involvement there might have been", that engineering 9/11 would not be humanly or psychologically beyond the scope of the current administration, and that there's enough evidence to justify a new, "hard-hitting" investigation into 9/11 with subpoenas and testimony taken under oath (see this and this).
  • A 27-year CIA veteran, who chaired National Intelligence Estimates and personally delivered intelligence briefings to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, their Vice Presidents, Secretaries of State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other senior government officials (Raymond McGovern) said “I think at simplest terms, there’s a cover-up. The 9/11 Report is a joke”, and is open to the possibility that 9/11 was an inside job.
  • 20-year Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer, the second-ranking civilian in U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence, and former CIA clandestine services case officer (David Steele) stated that "9/11 was at a minimum allowed to happen as a pretext for war", and it was probably an inside job (scroll down to Customer Review dated October 7, 2006).
  • A decorated 20-year CIA veteran, who Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh called "perhaps the best on-the-ground field officer in the Middle East”, and whose astounding career formed the script for the Academy Award winning motion picture Syriana (Robert Baer) said that "the evidence points at" 9/11 having had aspects of being an inside job
  • Professor of History and International Relations, University of Maryland. Former Executive Assistant to the Director of the National Security Agency, former military attaché in China, with a 21-year career in U.S. Army Intelligence (Major John M. Newman, PhD, U.S. Army) questions the government's version of the events of 9/11.

  • Former U.S. Republican Congressman and senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, and who served six years as the Chairman of the Military Research and Development Subcommittee Curt Weldon has shown that the U.S. tracked hijackers before 9/11, is open to hearing information about explosives in the Twin Towers, and is open to the possibility that 9/11 was an inside job

9/11 Commissioners:

  • And the Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission (John Farmer) - who led the 9/11 staff's inquiry - recently said "At some level of the government, at some point in time...there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened". He also said "I was shocked at how different the truth was from the way it was described .... The tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public for two years.... This is not spin. This is not true."
Other government officials:
  • Former Deputy Secretary for Intelligence and Warning under Nixon, Ford, and Carter (Morton Goulder), former Deputy Director to the White House Task Force on Terrorism (Edward L. Peck), and former US Department of State Foreign Service Officer (J. Michael Springmann), as well as a who's who of liberals and independents) jointly call for a new investigation into 9/11
  • Former Federal Prosecutor, Office of Special Investigations, U.S. Department of Justice under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan; former U.S. Army Intelligence officer, and currently a widely-sought media commentator on terrorism and intelligence services (John Loftus) says "The information provided by European intelligence services prior to 9/11 was so extensive that it is no longer possible for either the CIA or FBI to assert a defense of incompetence."
  • President of the U.S. Air Force Accident Investigation Board, who also served as Pentagon Weapons Requirement Officer and as a member of the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review, and who was awarded Distinguished Flying Crosses for Heroism, four Air Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, and nine Aerial Achievement Medals (Lt. Col. Jeff Latas) is a member of a group which doubts the government's version of 9/11
  • Director of the U.S. "Star Wars" space defense program in both Republican and Democratic administrations, who was a senior air force colonel who flew 101 combat missions (Col. Robert Bowman) stated: "If our government had merely [done] nothing, and I say that as an old interceptor pilot—I know the drill, I know what it takes, I know how long it takes, I know what the procedures are, I know what they were, and I know what they’ve changed them to—if our government had merely done nothing, and allowed normal procedures to happen on that morning of 9/11, the Twin Towers would still be standing and thousands of dead Americans would still be alive. [T]hat is treason!"
Numerous other politicians, judges, legal scholars, and attorneys also question at least some aspects of the government's version of 9/11.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Freedom Shenanigan #44
Practice Agorism

Here is another piece of the resistance puzzle to play. Working "under-the-table" with others.
From George Donnelly's blog.

He's interested in voluntary alternatives to government, prosperity, mutual aid, firearms, self-sufficiency, direct action and resilient community. Check it out. So, what is "Agorism?"

Agorism is Just Trade Without Government

Agorism may sound complicated, but it’s just extra-governmental trade. Anyone can do it. In fact, you’re probably already doing some of it. Anyone can be successful at it. You can earn extra income, become self-employed and advance liberty all at the same time. What could be better? Get started today raising organic vegetables, baking pies, manufacturing solar panels, importing hemp and stevia or doing a million other productive things.

How to Start Doing Agorism

The million-dollar question – how do we start doing agorism? We’re convinced the right way out of this tyrannous morass is to starve the bastards out by trading outside of their purview. We’re giving up on voting in their sham elections. We’re tired of begging them for relief from their own tyranny. We’re locked out of their monopoly in-justice system. Now what? What is agorism and how do we get started doing it?

Create a Product

To approach the question as simply as possible, all you have to do is come up with a product – something people want, something you can produce better or cheaper than the state sector already does. Then sell it discreetly. The customer does not have to understand agorism; they don’t even have to be interested in liberty. Most importantly, you must not report the transaction to the state, you must not collect or pay taxes on it in any form and you must ignore state regulations if they interfere with the proper operation of your business. Absolutely do not even think about registering this effort with the state as some kind of corporation.

Not Strict Agorism

Now this isn’t really strict agorism. But it’s a good way to start thinking about it. It’s critical to start, even if your initial efforts are rough. As long as you initiate and sustain at some level your entrepreneurial ventures, they will bear fruit. And I’m not just talking about money. Your life will become more flexible. You’ll have more time for your friends, your family, your hobbies, your kids, you name it. You’ll stop worrying about paying your bills and have more time for yourself.

Don’t Have to Start a Business

If you’re not interested in starting your own business, you can still practice agorism! Just work for cash. Work under the table, don’t do any W-2 or 1099 jobs. The agorist entrepreneurs surely have many different kinds of jobs they need done. You can do them. Little commitment or risk but you still earn a tax-free wage.

Agorism Nationwide

There are agorists all over North America. Leverage that! Maybe you’ve got some great maple syrup. Trade that to folks in Georgia for some juicy organic peaches. You can make your own solar panels and hire agorists in other areas to market them for you. The possibilities are endless.

Disguise Yourself!

Worried about law enforcement interest? Disguise yourself! Create a barter network – there are tons of them so you’ll blend right in. Give it a vanilla name, nothing even remotely connected to liberty. Call it the Granite Barter Network. That doesn’t sound subversive at all!

Co-Opt the Statists

And that’s just how you want it because now that you’ve disguised agorism and created a paradigm anyone can plug into, you co-opt the minarchists and other statists into joining you. They spend so much time on counter-economics they forget all about voting and protesting. Since they’re spending more time with market anarchists, they radicalize. Soon it becomes easier to patronize the counter-economy than the official one. Certified agoristic products flood the shelves. Now we’re winning!

Also see 7 Ways to Keep Doing Agorism