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    AtlasAikido 4 years 35 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    'There was a time when those in positions of legal authority were literally regarded as beings of an inherently superior order, entitled to a special status exempt from ordinary moral rules. That doctrine was known as the divine right of kings. Nowadays we profess to have given up that doctrine; the Declaration of Independence boldly declares that “all men are created equal.” But *we* [too many] are still all too quick to treat the bearers of official power as a breed apart'. Excerpted from an article from Roderick Long in the search link above. The Milgram experiment IS being played by agents using mobile torturing devices (tasers) and exercising the divine right of kings. 'For those familiar with Stanley Milgram’s psychological experiments, which I often reference, you may recall that Dr. Milgram found that the one thing most likely to make someone refuse to obey a nasty command from a perceived “authority” is the person seeing someone ELSE refusing to obey. For whatever strange psychological reason, hardly anyone wants to be the FIRST to disobey “authority,” but many don’t mind being the SECOND to do so. (After that, lots of otherwise obedient people seem perfectly willing to rebel against a malevolent “authority.”) I think the reason is that there is huge mental inertia against even the POSSIBILITY of disobeying ever occurring to most people. But once that barrier is broken, by someone suggesting that disobedience could even be an option, suddenly a lot of people are able to at least consider it'. Excerpted from http://www.libertarian.to/NewsDta/templates/news1.php?art=art1839 The Evils of Collectivism (We-ism) The problem with misplaced power is not in the chain of command; it is in The Chain of Obedience. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NcLNoxiPBk Rand sets out to demonstrate through the novel’s action what happens when governments follow socialist ideas. She argues that when men are compelled, through collectivism’s forced moral code, to place the needs of their neighbors above their own rational self-interest, the result is chaos and evil. Incentive is destroyed, and corruption becomes inevitable. The story of the Twentieth Century Motor Company illustrates this brilliantly. After the plant adopted a method in which workers were paid according to perceived needs and ordered to work based on perceived ability, the workers became depraved and immoral, each seeking to show himself or herself as most needy and least skilled. The plant failed, and the community was destroyed by mistrust and greed. For Rand, any economic or political plan based on sacrifice of the individual for the group leads to chaos and destruction.
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    Samarami 4 years 35 weeks ago Page Glen Allport
    Good essay, Glen. I'm convinced it's the kind of thing many of us should be dwelling upon instead of the constant rehashing of how egregious "The-State" is. I've placed an order for a year's supply of curcumin and thank you for introducing it (guess I missed Serenity's article). I use quotes because "The-State" is reification -- it does not exist. Only predators and parasites claiming to represent "The State" exist. And if you're not yet convinced of the evil the entire concept of The State is, Albert Jay Nock made an excellent case almost 80 years ago. It seems that those hyenas called "state" feel duty-bound to create higher and higher hurdles to freedom while urging the shapeless masses to chant slogans to freedom. Then they proceed to engage in suicidal dockets that could get us and our progeny all killed if the spin-off from the likes of Ron Paul don't bring those fools claiming to be "state" down first. I never diss the Paulians, because I got here from being a Goldwaterite in 1964 -- the last time I registered with the white man and "voted". You can run, but you can't hide. I'm not sure (as you alluded) a major move to a different hemisphere is going to spare many. But the links you provided, as well as SHTF (don't have the link handy) and others are good starts. Meanwhile, be sovereign, stay free (quietly), live fast, love hard and die young might be a decent option. Sam
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    AtlasAikido 4 years 35 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    ...The heart of Castle Rock v. Gonzales is a police v. the people dispute. Do the police exist to protect you? --The clear answer is no. From the 1856 US Supreme Court ruling on South v. Maryland through to Castle Rock, the courts have ruled that "there is no Constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen" (Bowers v. DeVito, 1982). --At one time, a significant portion of what is now America was protected by private policemen who were paid by — and, so, responsible to — the community where they served. The Western sheriffs did protect people and property; they did rescue schoolmarms and punish cattle rustlers. Their mission was to keep the peace by preventing violence.--Modern policemen still bask in the glow of that legacy even as they betray it by taking state salaries and institutionalizing an indifference for the person and property of those they purport to serve. --The modern policeman is, in fact, the antithesis of Marshal Dillon and an expression of the stereotypical British sheriff — a civil servant responsible ONLY to government and governmental policy. ---There is an extreme disconnect between the public and the police when it comes to preventing violence. The public cries, "That's your job!" The police reply, "Tell it to the judge." *And American judges have consistently ruled that the police have no obligation to protect you*. ---I wonder where that disconnect could come from? (SARC-INT). And who would spread such self-serving frauds and cheats? I shrug dear reader. Perhaps in part those that repeat (spread) discredited memes under the tyranny of good intentions and feel good do-goodism in opposition to the facts. http://mises.org/daily/5651/To-Serve-and-Protect-the-State --"And, so, to the woman who says, "My husband [and or friend] is a good man!" and words to that effect I must reluctantly answer, *"It does not matter."* [emphasis added] ---It's Not Personal; It's Institutional---Mises Daily: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 by Wendy McElroy http://mises.org/daily/5439/Its-Not-Personal-Its-Institutional "Thoreau wrote, Now, what are they? Men at all? or small movable forts and magazines, at the service of some unscrupulous man in power?… The mass of men serve the State thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies.…In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the judgment or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men (sociopath behavior) can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well... --*Many consider service to "their country" to be an automatic virtue*, but it is a dehumanizing vice whenever it involves the abandonment of conscience. The military demands this abandonment. And few activities can be as dehumanizing as patrolling foreign streets in the role of an occupying force".... Grappling with the Banality of Evil Mises Daily: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 by Wendy McElroy http://mises.org/daily/5491/Grappling-with-the-Banality-of-Evil
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    sscharliem 4 years 35 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    I like to point out to people that the Constitution gives Congress the power of taxation - but it doesn't say how much. They can tax you all they want according to the Constitution. I let the limited Gov't types chew on that.
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    AtlasAikido 4 years 35 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    Excellent identification Persona non grata: Ultimately it is about seeing the unseen and making it seen. What is at the root of the issue? How is it possible that a mobile torture device called a Taser can be used to torture people in the open? Thanks to Stefan Molyneux for bringing up the idea that the so-called "Black Bloc" ARE Not what they pretend to be and the history of such state instigated provocatuers and how that plays into people believing the Big Lie that people NEED statism and pain compliance (torture) to avoid so called chaos... True News: The 'Violence' of the G20 Protests http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZJIzWbOzdw&feature=youtube_gdata References The State Will Always Self-Justify Posted by Darian Worden http://c4ss.org/content/3062 More here: http://c4ss.org/?s=taser The Comforting Lie http://www.strike-the-root.com/comforting-lie
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    Persona non grata 4 years 35 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    Pain compliance is torture.
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    Samarami 4 years 35 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    The new law would give sweeping powers to the State Department and Pentagon to push television, radio, newspaper, and social media onto the U.S. public. “It removes the protection for Americans,” says a Pentagon official who is concerned about the law. “It removes oversight from the people who want to put out this information. There are no checks and balances. No one knows if the information is accurate, partially accurate, or entirely false.” Horrors! Wouldn't want them "protections" from the media we've been giving 'em all these years removed, now would we -- checks and balances and all? (heh heh heh) Want 'em to keep believin' all that information is accurate. Yes sir ree, bob! Talk about a dominant social theme. Anybody wonder why I've not owned a television or allowed one in my house for over 35 years? Sam
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    Suverans2 4 years 35 weeks ago Web link Guest
    "Commenting about JPMorgan’s loss, President Obama stumbled onto the truth — but didn’t realize it — when he said that, since the taxpayers[1] could be on the hook for large bank mistakes, vigilant regulation is needed. But why are the taxpayers on the hook?" Because they are the ones who voluntarily[2], or ignorantly, remain the chattel[3] property [human resources] of the state. ______________________________________________________________ [1] Taxpayer. One who is subject to a tax on income, regardless of whether he or she pays the tax. I.R.C. § 7701(a)(14) ~ Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 1462 Natural persons[a] are subject to the law of nature, i.e. the natural laws of the human world, not the INTERNAL REVENUE CODE. [a] NATURAL PERSONS. Such as are formed by nature, as distinguished from artificial persons, or corporations, formed by human laws for purposes of society and government. Wharton. ~ A Dictionary of the Law (Black’s 1st c. 1891), pg. 802 [2] It is only involuntary when one is not aware that he, or she, can lawfully withdraw from membership in the herd. [3] chattel n. 1. Law An article of movable personal property. 2. A slave. ~ The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, copyright ©2000
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    Samarami 4 years 36 weeks ago Web link Emerson13
    Then along comes Ron Paul with a lament to "...return to sound money..." (in the hands of state predators, of course). At least Dr Paul prescribes "free market money" -- having no law banning each or any of us to print "money" as long as the free market will accept it. Fat chance of that getting through congressional type barriers to free marketing. Sam
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    Suverans2 4 years 36 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    Good word, Sam, reification (1846) "it is the error of treating as a concrete thing something which is not concrete, but merely an idea".
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    Samarami 4 years 36 weeks ago Web link Emerson13
    Nobody wants to blame predators of state or fiat "money". It's that evil free market that's to blame. Yes, sir ree bob! FBI to the rescue! Shades of wolves coming to rescue of sheep. And the people cheer! http://www.thedailybell.com/3894/Time-Magazine-Fed-is-Responsible-for-th... Sam
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    Samarami 4 years 36 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    As you may have suspected, Suverans2, I purposely paraphrased the late Harry Browne's quotation. Here's the reason: a year or so back I began to study into Delmar England's declaration that insanity IS the social norm. England is hard to read. He writes with a heavy, hard to comprehend hand; and I find myself having to go back and reread sentences and paragraphs and definitions. But after thinking through his themes I came to realize why many people -- even those espousing "libertarianism" -- can never completely cast off the chains of governmentalism. One of England's central themes has to do with reification. If folks can be encouraged to think of "the government" as a living, breathing entity it matters not if they whine and complain, "she" is still "our country" (and whatever "our" leaders say or do must inevitably be for our own good). I always try to avoid usages such as "..the state wants servile obedience..." Not. The state is individuals who do violence at the behest of the servile obedience of those who claim "citizenship" thereto. Sociopathic individuals claiming to represent "The State" want servile obedience. "The government" is good at nothing. Predators who claim "a-mandate-of-the-people" are good at doing harm to "their citizens". Freedom, I think, is in a large part getting my definitions straight so I can think free (or freely for the correctists). Sam
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    Samarami 4 years 36 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    Your assessment and the young lady's sign tell the whole story. Freedom's in your head. But don't take that too lightly: life's in your head. Physiologically you're made up of probably less than a couple dozen of the hundred and some odd elements that have been identified and cataloged; but your life is what you see, hear and feel. That's why I bristle when a "libertarian" sets out to diss the religious beliefs of somebody else. If you're free that means if you want to blow a reefer you'll blow a reefer. You'll understand and take certain precautions because there are parasitic and predator narcs lurking about to trip you up. You'll see those narcs as criminals. You'll intuitively perceive that they're worse than non-government criminals because they don't KNOW they're criminals. Not only that but neither do the unfree hordes who make up the better part of your neighbors and friends and family up and down the street. That makes narcs triply egregious. But a big part of freedom's challenge is solving the problem of side-stepping the most unstable of the gangsters -- those who wear the costumes of state and have badges and are armed and dangerous. And those who support them. That challenge is what made me a sovereign state. Sam
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    Suverans2 4 years 36 weeks ago
    David vs. Goliath
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    "What was going through the minds of these armed and ready riot police as this toddler stared them down?" Это одно должно быть достаточно легко убить ... если мы сохраним наш ум о нас. (Translate it here)
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    Suverans2 4 years 36 weeks ago Web link Serenity
    It looks like someone else agrees with that assessment. See here.
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    Suverans2 4 years 36 weeks ago
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    G'day Paul, You wrote, "...it seems we have an obligation at least to attempt to stop the killing with this small action [i.e. voting for Ron Paul]." [Emphasis and bracketed info added] Would it be fair to presume "we" refers to the voluntary members of the BODY POLITIC[1] generally referred to as "United States citizens", since those of us who choose not to be members of that CORPORATION cannot vote in presidential elections[2]? _________________________________________________________________________________________________ [1] Definition of BODY POLITIC 1: a group of persons politically organized under a single governmental authority 2 archaic : corporation 2 ~ Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, 11th Edition [2] Definition of CORPORATION ...2: a body formed and authorized by law to act as a single person although constituted by one or more persons and legally endowed with various rights and duties... (Ibid.) [Emphasis added]
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    Jim Davies 4 years 36 weeks ago
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    With you on this one, Paul. Ron has indeed done a bunch of good, despite the serious shortfalls in his platform. Today I read he has stopped campaigning, but has not endorsed Mitt. Good. Tampa may yet be interesting. I have been very impressed indeed at the enthusiasm of his supporters. In NH on the Primary's eve, I saw several very professional pro-Paul banners on the highway, yet not a single b-sticker, even, for anyone else. What matters is what that groundswell does next. Ron will not disappear, but he must retire eventually. Who will replace him? Rand? Hmmm.
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    Suverans2 4 years 36 weeks ago
    Revolt in Minnesota
    Web link Don Stacy
    "Gold has been replaced, at the dictate of the State, by fiat paper--by pieces of paper issued and imprinted by the government." "Imprinted by the government", you may rightly ask? The answer may surprise you. "These international bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests control the majority of the newspapers and magazines in this country. They use the columns of these papers to club into submission or drive out of office public officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government.... The warning of Theodore Roosevelt has much timeliness today, for the real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over City, State, and nation... It seizes in its long and powerful tentacles our executive officers, our legislative bodies, our schools, our courts, our newspapers, and every agency created for the public protection... To depart from mere generalisations, let me say that at the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller-Standard Oil interest and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as the international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties, write political platforms, make catspaws[1] of party leaders, use the leading men of private organisations, and resort to every device to place in nomination for high public office only such candidates as will be amenable to the dictates of corrupt big business... These international bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests control the majority of newspapers and magazines in this country." John Hylan, Mayor of New York 1927 (Former New York City Mayor John Haylan speaking in Chicago and quoted in the March 27, 1927, New York Times) [1] catspaw noun 1. a person used to serve the purposes of another; tool. And, with that we now know who actually "governs" the so-called United States of America. “He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation” ~ James Garfield, 20th President of the United States
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    AtlasAikido 4 years 36 weeks ago Page Leonidas
    The Market for Liberty | Introduction http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGKxp5nc1L8&feature=relmfu
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    AtlasAikido 4 years 36 weeks ago Page Leonidas
    But wait. Is he out? Nope! Some historical perspective for Ron Paul activists Posted by Ryan W. McMaken on May 15, 2012 12:47 AM http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/112112.html
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    AtlasAikido 4 years 36 weeks ago Page Leonidas
    RP Campaign Will No Longer Contest Primaries Headline on Drudge Posted on May 14, 2012 by Lew Rockwell PAUL OUT [Good for him] http://www.lewrockwell.com/politicaltheatre/2012/05/special-announcement... As in literature and economics, John Galt turned down the post of Economic Czar in Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" for all the right reasons and left. It is the proper solution...
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    Paul 4 years 36 weeks ago
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    I too have considered voting for Ron Paul. The point is whether voting matters some, or not at all. If there is even a little utility to voting (for us, not for the ruling class) it seems we have an obligation at least to attempt to stop the killing with this small action. "Voting changes nothing" is certainly true for the run-of-the-mill politician, but Ron Paul certainly is not one. I'm still on the fence on this one. I think though, that Ron Paul's attempt certainly has done a lot of good. Maybe it's done the best that reasonably could have been expected.
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    Paul 4 years 36 weeks ago Page Jim Davies
    "Those are pretty simple, right? But both are indispensable. Fail to do them, the race is forever condemned to suffer under government. Do them, and its slave-chains are broken. And both involve universal re-education; nothing else is needed." So Jim, what do you propose to do with the people who refuse to be re-educated, to use your self-righteous term? Put a bullet in their heads? Just a minor detail, I guess. Fortunately the job is a lot easier than the ridiculously impossible task you propose. Tolerance is all we need, not complete conversion of everyone into anarchists.
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    Samarami 4 years 36 weeks ago
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    You're absolutely correct on both counts, Suverans2. Why make three-way contracts with parasites? If you've having the "same-sex" for a number of years and want to spice it up, do what you know! Leave state agents out of the equation. (On the other hand, William, don't beat yourself up for having "voted" one way or the 'tuther. G-d'll forgive you for voting). Sam
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    Samarami 4 years 36 weeks ago
    The Jones Plantation
    Web link Serenity
    The lesson, as I see it: I can be free. Here. Today. I don't need my fellow slaves to become free for me to become free. As Jim Davies says, that would be a nice touch. But it may not be in the cards. Too much "security" in slavery for most folks to trust liberty -- even family members. Not that I can't put forth some effort to encourage others. But I have to keep in the forefront of my mind that I am not responsible for the results, only the encouragement. I don't need to move to New Hampshire or Costa Rica. Most of the folks there believe in human governments also -- except led by a Ron Paul or a Peter Schiff (I suppose they think it would have to be under a "monarchy" led by one or the other). Where human beings believe in "leaders", sociopaths will step forward to "lead". I'm not going to contribute to the overall liberty bank balance by whining and wringing my hands over sociopathic infringements on "...our-traditional-American-values..." I am a sovereign state. Therefore, it's up to me to administer My Country in a liberty-minded manner. It's up to nobody else. You guys and gals can provide encouragement. But you can't make me free. None of you. Sam
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    Suverans2 4 years 36 weeks ago
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    Besides, why all this fuss about same-sex marriage.
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    Glen Allport 4 years 36 weeks ago Page Glen Allport
    I agree with you Steve: It IS awfully pessimistic. But not because "the glass is always half empty" -- It's because things really are in such dire shape. Here's what Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer and former nuclear company executive, has to say about Fukushima in a radio interview with KGO Radio’s Pat Thurston April 15, 2012 -- "There’s more cesium in that [Unit 4] fuel pool than in all 800 nuclear bombs exploded above ground… "But of course it would happen all at once. "It would certainly destroy Japan as a functioning country… "Move south of the equator if that ever happened, I think that’s probably the lesson there." And again: that's just one of these poorly-designed monsters. (Actually, it's just one of the 7 or 8 fuel pools at that one site; the others are a big concern also, although they aren't currently listing as Unit 4's is). Spent fuel is being kept above-ground at hundreds of power plants and other places all over the world. When this gets taken care of, I'll stop being pessimistic about it, but for now, more of this stuff (including DU and many other radioactive materials) is being added to the environment every day from a thousand sources. That's the fact of the matter, whether we like it or not. I'm a fan of Ray Kurzweil; I've read "The Singularity is Near" and his other books. I understand his "law of accelerating returns" and the part of me that loved reading Popular Science as an eight-year-old is very optimistic about where we're headed. Yes, many things have gotten a LOT better over the past century or so, but still -- about 272 million people were murdered by (mostly their own) governments in the same period, per R. J. Rummel, and the global economic crash (which I predicted in another pessimistic column in 2007, "Destruction by Paradigm"), the growth of a stunning police state in the US after 9.11, and other realities indicate that we aren't necessarily on a one-way trip to nirvana. And we won't solve these problems unless we first accept them as real and see them clearly.
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    Steve 4 years 36 weeks ago Page Glen Allport
    That's awfully pessimistic. Is the glass really always half empty? With hindsight we can see that the US Constitution was flawed, but it still was a leap beyond anything of the time, and still beats most any other constitution today. Human knowledge is doubling ever more rapidly--are there no solutions on the horizon? You sound like a leftist--extrapolating current trends without accounting for feedback loops. As Steven Pinker recounts in his recent "The Better Angels of Our Nature", violence has declined nonstop over the past 10K years, right through to the present. There is great cause for optimism.
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    Suverans2 4 years 36 weeks ago
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    G'day William Hubbard, As Jim Davies correctly wrote in his recent STR article entitled What a Time to Be Alive!, "Government can manage without votes", so rest assured that, contrary to popular belief, your voting, or not voting, means almost nothing to those individuals running the STATE. Also, "the people in the once great state of North Carolina are NOT more concerned with whether or not two men may love each other enough to commit to a lifetime together"; their vote in this matter, whether they know it or not, was only concerned with whether or not their god, called STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA[1], will be the third party in these same-sex marriages, so that they may get the benefits and privileges 'He' bestows. _______________________________________________________________ [1] ″…in modern society, with its religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity, it would be much harder for any single group to demand allegiance — except for the state, which remains the one universally accepted god.″ ~ Roderick T. Long, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Well, almost "universally accepted". ;)
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    braindead0 4 years 36 weeks ago
    The Jones Plantation
    Web link Serenity
    Yet another clear..step by step analysis of the situation... that will be completely ignored by most people. Larken has a knack for explaining this, however most people (IMO) have a knack for ignoring logic.
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    Samarami 4 years 36 weeks ago Page Jim Davies
    "Not all such heroes of liberty have the theory straight. But it's on the shoulders of men of such raw practical courage that we now stand." Raw courage is accurate. I learned much from each -- inversely. Both were fraught early in the game with fatal fallacies: the idea that, if presented with reason and sound law, minions of state might respond with justice and fairness. Totally irrational when you consider what "The State" is. State is obfuscation. The higher the rank of state agent ("judge"), the greater the indwelling subterfuge. I never met Mr. Schiff in person, but spent many hours in conference with him at .65 - .95 per minute long distance, depending upon time of day. This was long before cell phones or "prepaid minutes" -- when a silver dollar was still a buck, and I had precious few -- poor as a church mouse and hounded by predators of state ("IRS" parasites). I met Mr. Hess several times in and before 1964 during the Goldwater campaign. He taught me (conversely) how to become a sovereign state: "Do what I say, not what I do. Quietly." Sam Sam
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    Suverans2 4 years 36 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    "...liberals portray themselves as 99 percenters when they are really 1 percenters. They’re simply running a deceitful rope-a-dope, aided by the mainstream media*, on the American people." Nothing new under the sun. This deception has been going on for decades. "Capitalists have been at the heart of liberal and Social Democratic coalitions. Liberalism, Social Democracy, is still capitalism." ~ Excerpted from today's article entitled Dump the Statist Monkey Off Your Back by Kevin Carson _____________________________________________________________________________________________ * "The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers*." ~ Thomas Jefferson * The "mainstream media" of Thomas Jefferson's day.
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    Bnewfield 4 years 36 weeks ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    It's no surprise that the government is getting used to the idea of seeing the military around large civilian population centers. Did you see that video of the troops doing "maneuvers" in a suburban Minnesota neighborhood? Did you know that the Israeli Mossad is training our small-town cops now? The Posse Comitatus act has prevented the military from being used as law enforcement, so they've found a clever way around it: make the police INTO the military! This is just one piece of the bigger picture showing that the US is headed for martial law... Check out http://www.martiallawusa.com. It explains it all pretty well.
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    Jim Davies 4 years 36 weeks ago Page Jim Davies
    Thanks Thunderbolt. Your short post sets a fine example by being packed full of good valuable info.
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    Thunderbolt 4 years 36 weeks ago Page Jim Davies
    I suspect, Jim, that Bitcoin will solve some of these problems. As the Gestapo has gained in strength, bitcoin has become more attractive to those with honest employment. The Gestapo does not recognize Bitcoin as being a currency. Bless them. One might simply insist on being paid for services via Bitcoin, the ultimate black hole of the universe. Mullvad provides a nice proxy server, and reputedly Cryptohippie is good. Exchange services have become available at Black Market Reloaded and Silk Road. One must avoid the dominant exchanger called Mt. Gox., which might seize your coins on a whim. As Frank Chodorov pointed out, the IRS is the root of all evil. Bastiat argued that the key to freedom lies in removing support for tyranny. May all the gods bless technology. And a special good word here for The Online Freedom Academy.
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    Suverans2 4 years 37 weeks ago
    Instead of Politics
    Web link Don Stacy
    "Do you ever get the feeling the government isn’t listening? If you’ve ever written your Member of Congress, you just might get the idea that while they’re 'keeping your views in mind,' they really don’t care what you think." ~ Excerpted from What does writing your Congressman accomplish?
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    Glock27 4 years 37 weeks ago
    Instead of Politics
    Web link Don Stacy
    I think we have reached the "event horizion". Once there it's all over. I believe desperately in a third party system; hopefullly , sooner than later, but to expect all of these ideological concepts to suddenly meld into a reality I do not believe will ever happen. We are not going to get rid of the state, nor the federal government. I believe the only hope we have is to unite forces to affect some minimal change. Since the Constitution and Bill of Rights have been violated right from Washingtons time up to Husain Obama's fantasy land. Don and too many members on this site I believe are asking for and expecting entirely to much to happen at one time. This is the "vibration" I garner. There seems to be no singular focus. Right now, being a Libertarian is ineffectual. It all sounds too much like a Men's Club where everyone sits around smoking their Cuban cigars, sips brandy and reads the Daily Wonka while warming their feet by the fire. While doing this the politics of the day continue to amass against the greater good of Liberty and Freedom. What do I have to offer? What am I doing? Well, first I am not a Libertarian, but a person who believes in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, a person who would dearly love to have my Liberty and freedom in its originally intended form, I am a person who wants the whole of government out of my life (but that will never happen simply because of the two parties in control will never permit it to be so). What I am doing though is hammering my legislators daily with letters, e-mails and phone calls. I share with others I know to try and network them into reaching more people to assault the legislators. I find it astonishiing that the politicians can not see what is happening. Many democratic seats have been lost. Americans are showing that they are not going to continue to tolerate the political idiocy thats occuring in our Nation. I notice on Don's site that he contributes heavily to any and all Libertarian causes--certainly his right to do so. Your money your right to do as you see fit, but I would suggest at least to support some other causes that are actually in on the ground work of trying to get a hold of our nation in an effort to save its "soul". It is not for me to suggest another cause to support, only support one that is actually doing something that relates to all Americans, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, non-political. Please note that this is not a criticism, but rather an observation. Right or wrong, this is what I see. I hope I am wrong here and that every participant of this site is actually out doing something the assist in recapturing our nation. Philosophies can come later for there is a far greater mission afloot here, and don't believe in the concept the non-voting is striking at the root. If you do you are delusional. As much as I hate it I vote for the least offensive candadate. It is my belief that voting is crucial and probably the main reason our nation is in the situation it is in. Even if you are a non-voter, at least go vote and write your own name in for the position. I've said too much already. Gotta go and write some legislators.
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    AtlasAikido 4 years 37 weeks ago Page Leonidas
    Sam, I especially enjoyed Phinn's comments (paraphrased below). "...[Ron Paul's]...relevance, effectiveness, and significance is based on the fact that he’s using the outward appearance of an electoral campaign to run a media operation — to promote Austrian economics, and mention the Constitution on air a few times. Media is powerful. Voting is not..." Excerpted from Walter Block vs. Wendy McElroy vs. Stefan Molyneux vs. Ron Paul http://blog.mises.org/18150/walter-block-vs-stefan-molyneux-vs-ron-paul/... And after reviewing ALL of Phinn's beautiful points I found this companion piece: The Irrelevance of the Impossibility of Anarcho-Libertarianism by Stephan Kinsella on August 20, 2009 Mises Blog Posts www.stephankinsella.com/2009/08/the-irrelevance-of-the-impossibility-of-...
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    Darkcrusade 4 years 37 weeks ago Page Jim Davies
    The Man and the Wood A Man came into a Wood one day with an axehead in his hand, and begged all the Trees to give him a small branch which he wanted for a particular purpose. The Trees were good-natured and gave him one of their branches. What did the Man do but fix it into the axe head, and soon set to work cutting down tree after tree. Then the Trees saw how foolish they had been in giving their enemy the means of destroying themselves. and> An Eagle was soaring through the air when suddenly it heard the whizz of an Arrow, and felt itself wounded to death. Slowly it fluttered down to the earth, with its life-blood pouring out of it. Looking down upon the Arrow with which it had been pierced, it found that the shaft of the Arrow had been feathered with one of its own plumes. "Alas!" it cried, as it died: Moral of Aesops Fable: We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.
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    Suverans2 4 years 37 weeks ago Page Jim Davies
    "Government is an organization that consists not only of those who are "given the mandate" to assume authority, but also of all the "citizens" who support the imaginary enterprise. The citizen is just as integral a part of the definition of government as is the King, President, Parliament, or whatever other fancy label some of the participating humans choose to affix to themselves. All governments must have citizens in order to exist." ~ A Theory of Natural Hierarchy and Government by tzo [Emphasis added] "Those who are 'given the mandate' to assume authority", can manage without votes* and (being armed with a printing press) taxes**, but they cannot manage without someone willing to be managed. * Thank you for that admission; it has been a long time coming. ** And, there goes the "tax evaders".
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    Jim Davies 4 years 37 weeks ago Page Jim Davies
    Thank you, Sam! Karl was remarkable, indeed; one of a kind. I met him at a small meeting in CT at which he spoke, dressed in a curious rust-colored cloak he had woven himself. Burdened with a 100% IRS levy on all he earned, he (a distinguished former newspaper editor and Presidential speech writer) lived in a dwelling carved from a hillside, vacated the money economy as far as he could, and earned a little cash by welding trailers and plows for his neighbors. I saw him last when he addressed a Libertarian Party meeting, in Chicago I think, wracked by pain and breathlessness from a failing heart. Can't recall what he said, but I do recall that the entire audience gave him a prolonged, standing ovation. Irwin persists in prison, now elderly and with impaired eyesight, which hinders his ability to write one magnificent legal brief after another, to show why the government should release him early. I fear it will not, in which case he will strive to keep living until 2016 and then emerge in triumph. Not all such heroes of liberty have the theory straight. But it's on the shoulders of men of such raw practical courage that we now stand.
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    Samarami 4 years 37 weeks ago Page Leonidas
    I liked Kevin's last fusillade: "...The system can’t work when too many people notice the man behind the curtain..." Sam
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    AtlasAikido 4 years 37 weeks ago Page Leonidas
    Sam, I understand and concur. Ron Paul, LewRockwell (Austrian Economists) and this site have been making it possible to see thru the political myths men have lived by since Neolithic times. Making it possible to understand that liberty is the mother of order not its daughter and that If revolution comes by violence and advance of light the struggle will have to be begun again. Paraphrased from Morris and Linda Tannehill's "The Market for Liberty" Book review--Freedom Naturally http://alpha.mises.org/daily/5305/Freedom-Naturally As in literature and economics Bankruptcy is the solution at this point. John Galt turned down the post of Economic Czar in Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" for all the right reasons and left--(a direct alternative as opposed to an indirect one as Harry Browne points out in "How I Found Freedom In An UNFree World". The beast is indeed out in the open and at the very same campus Ron Paul spoke at recently in a prior link... May 08, 2012 Nasty as They Want to Be The Crackdown on Occupy by KEVIN CARSON http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/05/08/the-crackdown-on-occupy/
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    Samarami 4 years 37 weeks ago Page Jim Davies
    Another hit for extra bases, Jim! This essay is definitely on target for me. I see the Ron Paul supporters and enthusiasts to be today where I was in 1964 (I and Karl Hess -- I see you linked to his "Death of Politics" http://mises.org/daily/3768. Karl was one of my favorite people, along with Irwin Schiff, all fellow "Illegal Tax Protesters"). None of us were born anarchists. It took what it took for us to see the root so we could strike it (or at it in my case :-[ ) Good work! Sam
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    Samarami 4 years 37 weeks ago Page Leonidas
    Atlas, please don't misinterpret my feelings on this Ron Paul phenomenon. Two of my sons and daughters-in-law and their families have worked their hearts out securing Iowa delegates to the Ron Paul entourage at the Repub convention. I love and support my family. I've met Dr and Mrs Paul and many of their children. They are genuine, delightful people. I would not hesitate to refer my girls and/or my "grandgirls" to his care as a GYN physician. I support and am greatly pleased at Dr Paul's dedication and that of his huge following to expose the fraud that all political action is. Dr. Paul is not a fraudster. I strongly doubt that he can be elected -- not that I'd want a dear old honest gent who is a few months older than I (and that's old, my friend, and tired!) to be thrust into being the top target of the evil that is labeled Government. Because target is all he would be if indeed elected. Even if "we" (US central government, that is -- which does not concern me except to whet my guerrilla survival skills) were to magically revert to a monarchy with Ron Paul at the helm I doubt that he could indeed convert a sow's ear into a silk purse. You and I, Atlas, are in tune on this. I'm indeed delighted to have been privileged to live in good mental and physical health long enough to see the beast that is political government exposed for the fraud that it is. I often wish Harry Browne could have lived to see this thing come into fruition. I'm glad Pamela Browne has. I am genuinely grateful to the Ron Paul's of the world and their supporters for sticking to their guns and seeing this thing through. I have a vested interest in seeing parasites and predators that make up what we know of as The-State "hoist on their own petards". Ron Paul activists believe there are rewards for mankind in political action, and that's what galvanizes their resolve. I do not. But I intend to show love and support to my family and all their friends who are working so arduously to make "Ron Paul Happen!". Sam
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    Jim Davies 4 years 37 weeks ago Page Leonidas
    Good job, Leonidas! Delightfully fresh approach. Clearly your piece had a major effect on the crisis fabricators. No sooner did it appear than the CIA foiled another bomb plot! See http://yonkerstribune.typepad.com/yonkers_tribune/2012/05/cia-foils-unde... They don't know yet where exactly the briefs were to be worn and exploded, nor where the wearers are, nor who sewed them together; but they sure didn't include any metal so even more rigorous airport screening will be needed in the future. But the story is not bad, given the short time you gave them to concoct it.
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    AtlasAikido 4 years 37 weeks ago Page Leonidas
    It is an educational struggle and this is why I think Lew Rockwell's point is well made: "Ron Paul [has] already won the election" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F35AVbsFRU&feature=related Speak up, speak often and don't worry about those that at this point can not understand as they can never *un-hear* what we tell them." ~ Ron Paul An idea whose time has come and what that means: Ron Paul - 5000+ Crowd - UC Davis CA. - 5/3/2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmKVKs-m7kI&feature=related A *Reality Check*: Bound Delegates May Not Be Bound After All http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6lUuHCb1oY&feature=related This IS wonderful as is Mary Willison a Ron Paul supporter: Ron Paul victories upsetting the Republican establishment? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=N9sQ3DQeVow AtlasAikido PS RNC Cheats Ron Paul and "The Unit Rule" UNBINDS ALL DELEGATES! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTlAusSVZiI&feature=related
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    Samarami 4 years 37 weeks ago Page Leonidas
    Exciting, ain't it? And tempting. Almost enough to make a feller wanta believe Walter Block when he sez all "true" libertarians should get on Dr. Paul's bandwagon. And I'm being sincere when I say I truly admire Ron Paul and all his supporters for bringing the lie that is political action out in the open. Tempts a man to want to run with the crowd -- the Ron Paul Crowd!!! Not. Abstain From Beans. Sam
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    Samarami 4 years 37 weeks ago Page Leonidas
    Glock27: "We have no Liberty nor do we have freedom..." Don't know who you mean to include in the "we", Glock. But I have liberty and I have freedom. Of course I am a sovereign state. When you're writing "...our political system..." I think you must be referring to YOUR political system, because I have no "political system". My President is in charge of the rotation of the earth on its axis. I suspect few on this site understand that. I could be wrong. There might be more than I think. Sam
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    Suverans2 4 years 37 weeks ago Page Leonidas
    Like this (2) "They possess the power because the majority of Americans are lazy, and get their political perspectives fed to them by the 'Tonight Show', 'SNL' and other comic programs that attempt to proport [sic] themselves as journalists in some delusional degree. They think they have the truth and we don't."