Evidence of of Tyranny

Have you seen Britain? You know, the United Kingdom? Gone. Overrun. Gave up their rights. No weapons for law abiding citizens. It’s a surveillance state. Freedom was supposed to be here, in this shining city on the hill. Not fucking likely…Why?..Because fuck you, that’s why!

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  Old Max is not an Anarcho-capitalist but he’s getting there. We are working on him. All that remains is to get him over his “…support (for) fair taxation for limited government” indoctrination. 

The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2)But he is certainly spot on with this post. I can’t count the number of long hours I have sat around a campfire and guzzled copious amounts of cold beer with the “cold dead fingers” crowd. And I have yet to have any one of them tell me when will (exactly what will it take) enough be enough? The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)

Some incidents recently that show tyranny unclothed: Several weeks ago, before I went to Texas, coincidentally while the debate onConstitutionalism vs. Anarchy was ongoing on this blog, I received a letter via certified mail. We had moved house, the mail had been redirected, held by third world level postal services, and then we had a notice that we had to go pick it up at the local post office.  So the upshot was that we picked it up several weeks late.The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits

It was a notice from the IRS. It was a demand for an insurmountable amount of money in Taxes. Within the letter were the following lines:

“Notice of Intent to Seize (“levy”) your State Tax Refund  or Other Property.”

Combat Shooter's Handbook“If you don’t call us immediately, or pay the (insurmountable) amount due, we may Seize (“levy”) your State Tax Refund  or Other Property and apply it to the (insurmountable) amount due.”

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewWell, we already paid our taxes, so WTF? We had not received previous letters, and this was well overdue. In the letter was a clear threat of violence. What to do, expecting enforcement action to appear in the driveway at any moment?

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Well, I cast a look around my house and property and ***** ***** ***** **** **** **** **** tyranny.

Given the track record of the IRS, was this the partially-expected attack on MVT as part of the anti-gun progressive political agenda?

While I was thinking about how to defend my family, I called my CPA. He’s a good guy, an Alumni. After some investigation, while I made sure ***** ***** ***** *****, it turned out that the amount was our due taxes (already paid) plus massive late fees. Incompetent fucks.

Emergency over. Nothing illustrates the naked threat of violence behind excessive redistributive taxation than that sort of personal experience. It says it right there in the letter. Staring tyranny right in the face, feeling its hot carrion breath.

But :“Everybody gotta die (resist tyranny) sometime, Red.” But that day wasn’t my day to die

I will tell you that I support fair taxation for limited government. I don’t support punitive taxation by a politically motivated IRS with the intent of redistributing wealth (ha!) from those that work to those that don’t.

I’ll tell you what though, I’m just a naturalized citizen, a British-American guy. One guy, who trains people in what I know. So fuck you for letting America disappear into a socialist hellhole.  Yes, YOU.

Muppets.

_________

More recently, I had an incident with a dog that involved me having to go to the emergency department to get my hand stitched up and get some antibiotics. Remind me to get to know someone local who can do all that for me without it going on the grid. I’m not going to talk about the incident or the why/what, that is partly the point. Suffice to say that we are grown ups, responsible citizens, and we have everything taken care of. We don’t need help, or someone to keep us safe, and if we did we would ask.

Tell that to Culpeper County Animal Control. The next day I had a woman in my driveway. The hospital had reported the incident to her. So much for patient confidentiality. I was worried about her safety for driving up my partially snowed-in icy driveway in her car. If she had veered off the culvert, who would have been responsible then? I told her it was none of her business.

I just got a phone call from health and safety or whatever they are. Some woman who insisted that I don’t understand and that she is responsible for my safety. I told her she is not responsible for my safety, and that I am , and that we are fine, and I do not want her involved with my private life. She wouldn’t take no for an answer. Collective mindset, I put the phone down. (BTW: I know the dog and it has had all its shots).

What next? SWAT team? To keep us safe? And my dogs, I presume?

___________

There was something else, but for the life of me I can’t recall it as I write this post.

But while I’m at it, let’s talk M855 green tip. Frankly, whether or not M855 is a great rifle round or not, and can be replaced by other purchases, is not the point.

What the fuck happened to “shall not be infringed.”?

YOU. Yes YOU!

Because what, the round might go through cop soft body armor? All fucking rifle rounds go through soft body armor! So let’s get rid of all rifle ammunition, so that we can be tyrannized more effectively.

It’s for officer safety, right! It’s for your safety, right! Safe officers make safe citizens. There you go, there’s a progressive slogan for you right there.

SAFE OFFICERS MAKE SAFE CITIZENS.

AN UNSAFE CITIZEN IS A DEAD CITIZEN.

COMPLY OR DIE.

When is this shit gonna stop?

Let’s just sit there while they ban green tip. Then the next thing. Oh, but we can still buy this, and this….oh, they just banned that now….OK, maybe we can freeze paintballs, or sharpen BB pellets, and defend our homes with those? Or throw rocks?

I’m just a naturalized British-American guy. I’m telling you I signed up for the Constitutional Republic that all the propaganda talked about. I’m telling you it isn’t there anymore.

Have you seen Britain? You know, the United Kingdom? Gone. Overrun. Gave up their rights. No weapons for law abiding citizens. It’s a surveillance state. Freedom was supposed to be here, in this shining city on the hill. Not fucking likely.

Why?

Because fuck you, that’s why!

Max

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The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)The Essence of Liberty Volume I: Liberty and History chronicles the rise and fall of the noble experiment with constitutionally limited government. It features the ideas and opinions of some of the world’s foremost contemporary constitutional scholars. This is history that you were not taught at the mandatory government propaganda camps otherwise known as “public schools.” You will gain a clear understanding of how America’s decline and decay is really nothing new and how it began almost immediately with the constitution. Available in both paperback and Kindle versions.

You might be interested in the other two volumes from the three volume set: The Essence of Liberty Volume II: The Economics of Liberty and The Essence of Liberty Volume III: Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic.

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It’s time to consider privatized policing

The idea of privatizing policing is catching on. As of this writing, over 70 communities in Harris County and most of the major management districts have contracted with SEAL. They’re less expensive, better at crime prevention, they do not target citizens for revenue, and, best of all, each officer is personally accountable for his or her actions. The rest of the country would do well to closely examine the success of Sharpstown’s implementation of private security.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsMy only question/reservation is how free market (i.e. completive) is (was) their contracting process? With that said…

Let’s expand this idea to see how it might apply to the “justice” system as a whole. 

Combat Shooter's HandbookFirst, the incentive for crime prevention is not there. The old government check (stolen money) is going to arrive whether or not crime is prevented. In fact, the incentive is likely in reverse–the more crime the more funding (stolen money) we will be able to capture. Maybe the FedGov will give us an up-armored Hum Vee or two to play with and look cool while cruising around. 

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewSo, assume somebody breaks into your house and steals you stuff. What are the chances that you will ever get any of your stuff back? Slim and none. Once again, the old government check will arrive whether or not the perp is ever captured. .

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)   Let’s assume that they do get lucky and happen to catch the guy. What happens then? The guy will go into “the system” where he lounge around for years at the expense of the hapless taxpayer before ever being tried. Meantime, some government persecutor’s (err prosecutor) office will piss off another ton of taxpayer money (on behalf of the crimes he has committed against “the state” — no mention even being made of you). And he may or may not be convicted. Either way, you still won’t get your shit back.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2)And who will they send the bill for all this self-flagellation? Yep, you and me. Fire them all.–jtl, 419

The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)Since Sharpstown, Texas switched their contract from a constable to the security firm SEAL security last year, they’ve experienced a 61 percent drop in crime. (photo: SEAL security)

seal-solutions-bodyThe problem

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Questions of police accountability and efficacy have been prominent topics in the news of late.  On a disturbingly regular basis, we hear and read stories of heavy-handed responses by officers, who, instead of de-escalating confrontations as a domestic police force ought, seem to prefer committing violence on the citizenry they’re ostensibly charged to protect.

What’s more, pursuant to supreme and federal court cases such as Castle Rock v. Gonzales andWarren v. District of Columbia, it is established precedent that police have no legal obligation to “protect and serve” the population. Law enforcement officers can and have, quite literally, stood by and watched while victims were brutally assaulted, done nothing, and because of their special legal status, could not be held liable afterwards.

So where does that leave the citizenry who pays both the fiscal and physical price for maintaining a police force of increasingly questionable legitimacy? In short, we have an overly aggressive, militarized law enforcement community that embraces an “us vs. them” mentality, who has no real obligation to protect or serve, and because of legal precedent cannot be held accountable when they overstep their authority. Maybe it’s time to reexamine the entire paradigm of modern, government sanctioned policing.

A potential solution: the private sector

In 2012, Sharpstown, a community just southwest of Houston, Texas, declined to renew its contract with the constable’s office, and hired S.E.A.L. Security Solutions, a private firm, to patrol their streets. Although calls to the Sharpstown Civic Association were not returned, it’s easy to deduce why they embraced the idea of a privatized security solution.

“Since we’ve been in there, an independent crime study that they’ve had done [indicates] we’ve reduced the crime by 61%” in just 20 months, says James Alexander, Director of Operations for SEAL. You read that right: Crime dropped 61% in Sharpstown in just over a year and a half.

The reason for their striking success is two-fold, Alexander states. He cites the continuous patrol of SEAL’s officers in their assigned neighborhoods as opposed to the strategy of intermittent presence that the constable embraced. “On a constable patrol contract, it’s either a 70/30 or an 80/20. Meaning they say they patrol your community 70 percent of the time, [while] 30 percent of the time they use for running calls out of your area or writing reports.”

He continues, “The second thing that drastically reduces the crime is that we do directed patrols, meaning we don’t just put an officer out there and say  ‘here, go patrol.’ We look at recent crime stats, and we work off of those crime stats. So if we have hotspots in those areas say for that month, we focus and concentrate our efforts around those hotspots.”

Personal accountability

When asked to compare traditional law enforcement to the SEAL model, Alexander explains, “Law enforcement officers are trained to be reactive. They’re out there to run calls, they’re running one call to another, so they’re reacting to something that’s already happened. Private security, the way that we train our guys, is more proactive, meaning that we’re in the community proactively patrolling to prevent those crimes.”

Not only is SEAL more successful at crime prevention than traditional law enforcement, they’re cheaper.  Sharpstown is saving $200,000 per year over their previous contract with the constable, and they get more patrol officers for less money.

Civil libertarians will appreciate the accountability of SEAL’s officers; they cannot hide behind qualified immunity and police unions. “We do not receive the same protection, as we are in the private sector,” Alexander states, “However we are not bound by the same restraints either, like violating civil rights.” While his second statement may be a little troubling, it should be noted that because of their private sector status, any SEAL officer who crosses the line can be held personally liable, both criminally and financially, unlike government agents.

The idea of privatizing policing is catching on. As of this writing, over 70 communities in Harris County and most of the major management districts have contracted with SEAL. They’re less expensive, better at crime prevention, they do not target citizens for revenue, and, best of all, each officer is personally accountable for his or her actions. The rest of the country would do well to closely examine the success of Sharpstown’s implementation of private security.

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The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsThe Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits. Although woven around the experiences and adventures of one man, this is also the story of the people who lived during the period of time in American history that an entire generation was betrayed It is the story of the dramatically changing times in which this personal odyssey took place. It is the story of the betrayal of an entire generation of Americans and particularly the 40% (of the military aged males) of that generation that fought the Vietnam war.

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Surveillance Is For Perverts – Stop PRISM Surveillance

Using these basic tools for communication, for a little time and effort you can stop the NSA perverts from spying on everything you do.  You won’t protect everything, but you can protect a lot.  You will greatly reduce the scope of surveillance of your personal life and hopefully help you get rid of that icky feeling of being watched by perverts. You must take control of your privacy if you hope to retain any.

Combat Shooter's HandbookThink back just a very few years. We would have laughed at the suggestion that the government could ever “control” the internet and related technologies. I even had techies tell me that it is too “world wide” and decentralized.

It is mind boggling and makes one wonder about what lies in store. — jtl, 419

prism perverts

by BILL ROUNDS ESQ. via How to Vanish

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsIt is hard to argue that the American surveillance state is much different from the surveillance state of communist East Germany, the Soviet Union, or any other dictatorship. East Germans, Soviet Russians, and others living under a dictator’s boot largely accepted such perverted surveillance as inevitable and unavoidable. Many Americans will do the same, not even trying to stop PRISM surveillance.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewHuman beings have a right not to be under surveillance by the same people who can charge them with a crime, confiscate all their property, put them in jail, or drone them to death, unless there is a compelling reason to do so, on an individual case by case basis, approved by a neutral third party.  Anything else is a perversion of the fundamental rights of humans.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)   The perverse invasion of our fundamental human right to be free from ubiquitous surveillance can be avoided. Stop PRISM surveillance with a few simple tools and techniques. Whether you are George McFly, doing some “bird watching” or you are surreptitiously video recording a sports reporter in her hotel room, surveillance of this kind is for perverts.

Extent of PRISM Surveillance

The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2)To stop PRISM surveillance, you need to understand exactly what information the US government has been collecting about you. If you haven’t taken specific steps to protect your privacy, the government has collected:The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)

All of the phone numbers you dial,

Every phone number who dials you,

The owner of each of those phone numbers,

The length of each call,

The location of both phones involved in the call,

The time of the call

The content of what was said, if desired,

Every website you have visited,

Every term you have typed into a search engine,

The content of every email you have sent,

All activity on Facebook,

All activity on Skype,

All of your Instant Messages,

Where you were whenever you did any of these things,

Who was close to you,

Your bank information,

Your credit card information.

And much, much more.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Conversations with your lawyer or spouse are not exempt. In a digital society, a collection of these records on any individual represents a very complete picture of the innermost thoughts and desires, as well as almost all of the daily actions, whether you are technologically savvy or not. Although this surveillance currently affects hundreds of millions of Americans, there are specific steps that can be taken to stop PRISM surveillance of much of this information.

Strategies to Stop PRISM Surveillance

Government reform will no doubt be the focus of many to stop perverted PRISM surveillance. Government reform can be effective if it reduces the power of the government to be a peeping Tom on law abiding people, and it is clearly necessary. It is, after all, the government that is acting the perv.  Creating another government body to oversee the current surveillance apparatus, on the other hand, will be like putting a second fox in charge of overseeing the fox that is guarding the hen house. Thesecret FISA court is one such fox that failed to prevent unconscionable abuses of Americans.

Legislative Effort to Stop PRISM Surveillance

Legislators write the statutes that innocent people rely on to protect themselves from unwarranted government intrusion. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution is one such statute which was drafted, in part, in reaction to writs of assistance, general authorization granted to British soldiers to search any house for contraband, without any suspicion of a crime being committed. It has been held by the courts that “the principal object of the Fourth Amendment is the protection of privacy.”

Arguably, the Fourth Amendment should already apply to the perverted surveillance of the PRISM program. If the Fourth Amendment, as officially interpreted and applied, does not cover the records gathered by the PRISM program, every effort to extend statutory protection to those records should be made.

Passing new laws, or repealing old ones, may or may not achieve widespread success. The legislative abortions of the PATRIOT Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, FISA, and numerous other actions by Congress and other legislative bodies have done far more to violate the fundamental right of privacy of Americans over the past several years than to protect our rights. Plus, there are plenty of perverts currently in Congress defending the digital raping of Americans.

Judicial Reform to Stop PRISM Surveillance

The court system is another tool to effect change to protect the human freedom for law abiding people to privately communicate. Whether through lawsuits in civil court, or appeals of criminal court rulings, real change can and has occurred through the judicial branch.

This option is less attractive than effecting change through the legislature. Although there are many strong judicial advocates for privacy, like Alex Kozinski in the Ninth Circuit, himself a survivor of a Romanian dictatorship, the judicial branch has had mixed success at protecting privacy in recent years.  Courts also have significant hurdles to overcome to apply the principal of protecting the fundamental right of privacy in all of the records collected in the PRISM program.

The ability of the government to collect certain records of phone calls iswell engrained in American jurisprudence, as well as the inability to protect some of the most private records that you share with others. The judicial branch was also tapped to protect the rights of Americans in secret FISA courts, but we see where that check and balance has gotten us.

Executive Reform to Stop PRISM Surveillance

The executive branch could issue an order, draft a policy memo, or take some other step to limit its collection of private information of Americans. This does not prevent the next perverted president from issuing his own secret orders to start the PRISM program again. Plus, it is the executive branch that has been abusing the law secretly in the first place.

Executive officials have repeatedly lied to Congress and the American people over this, and other actions.  Nixon, W., Obama, it does not matter the political party, all have abused the rights of Americans through surreptitious and illegal surveillance. What makes us think the next president will be any different?

Corporate Protection to Stop PRISM Surveillance

Many of the service providers whose customer information was siphoned off by PRISM have fallen all over themselves to prove to the public that they have not revealed private customer information.  Private information in the hands of your service providers is not as bad as being in the hands of the drone masters, because you can choose not to use their services.  The bigger problem is that your service providers are compelled to fork over your data. Their efforts to pacify their customers may be motivated more by the enormous profits they make when you provide them with data than with their protection of your fundamental rights. Verizon, Facebook, Yahoo, Skype and the dozens of other companies whose data is now in the hands of the Feds cannot protect your privacy, especially if they have any business in the U.S.

Not only are these companies prohibited by law from telling you if they have gotten any secret orders to provide customer data, the Fourth Amendment is least likely to protect the data you give up to companies. They can be easily compelled to be a witness against you.

How To Stop PRISM Surveillance

The most effective way to stop PRISM surveillance of as much information as possible, is for each individual to protect their own privacy. There are numerous tools and techniques, most of which we have already discussed on HowToVanish.com, to protect your fundamental right to be unbothered by perverts. All of the tools and techniques follow two important principles.

Open Source Software to Stop PRISM Surveillance

First, wherever possible use open source software to communicate. Open source software is free and available to anyone. The code is publicly reviewable so any weaknesses and backdoors can be found and revealed. If software code isn’t open source, it can’t be reviewed and may contain code which allow perverts in the company, or in the NSA, to watch you. Open source software usually has no central organization to coerce into spying on you.

Use Resources in Foreign Countries to Stop PRISM Surveillance

The second best option is to use service providers in other countries, or who are partly in other countries. Although foreign service providers are subject to coercion  just like US companies, it is at least better than having all of your data in one jurisdiction.

Protect Your Email

Use Thunderbird with the Enigmail plugin to get free email encryption.See the specific steps in a previous How To Vanish article on how to set up free email encryption.

Hushmail is a good second option for encrypted email based outside of a US jurisdiction with some free options and some paid options.

Silent Circle is another good encrypted email solution.

Unless you are using some very sophisticated techniques, you won’t be able to protect the meta data of your email, like the email address of the sender and recipient, etc.

Protect Phone Conversations

Redphone from Whispersystems is a good open source option for Android phones to encrypt the content of your phone calls.

Silent Circle also has encrypted phone and video conferencing services.

Again, the call logs of numbers dialed, time, etc. will likely be available, but not the content.

Protect Instant Messages

Pidgin is a free app that lets you to encrypt instant messages when used with the OTR (“off the record”) plugin.

Although I wouldn’t rely on incompetence of the surveillance apparatus as a strategy, even the encryption of text messages offered by Apple created some problems for the federales in Washington who were trying to surveil to no avail.

Protect Web Surfing

Tor is  free open source software that lets you keep your internet activity private.

Cryptohippie is a paid service that is very robust and does a good job at protecting internet privacy.

Identity Cloaker is another paid service based outside the US.

Stop PRISM Surveillance

Using these basic tools for communication, for a little time and effort you can stop the NSA perverts from spying on everything you do.  You won’t protect everything, but you can protect a lot.  You will greatly reduce the scope of surveillance of your personal life and hopefully help you get rid of that icky feeling of being watched by perverts. You must take control of your privacy if you hope to retain any.

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The 145 Solution: Sapience, not Sentience

No one so blankly ignorant, so mentally without furniture, so muddle-headed, limited, and barren, should be allowed within hailing range of a voting booth.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewI have to ask Fred, why don’t we just abolish the voting booth, period? After all, “democracy” is, indeed, “the god that failed.” It works only long enough for the proletariat to realize that it can vote itself a pay check and goes by several names–two coyotes and a chicken discussing what is to be for breakfast, an advanced auction of the stolen merchandise, etc. — jtl, 419

by Fred Reed via Fred on Everything

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3) In the modest and unassuming manner natural to this column, I advance a small proposal for the emendation of such tatters of the Constitution as can be found: For voting in federal elections, we should employ a literacy test to disenfranchise the majority of the population, to the infinite betterment of the country. This wise move should be accompanied by an increase in the voting age to twenty-five.

The necessity cannot be denied. Consider the following:

Forty-three percent of Americans think Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 9/11.

Sixty-four percent cannot name the three branches of the federal government.

Fourteen percent are illiterate.

Twenty-six percent think the sun goes around the earth.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits    Combat Shooter's HandbookThese numbers may be understood in various ways. To a curmudgeon, who obtains a sour satisfaction from the endless repetition of human folly, they provide the satisfactions of confirmation.  We all enjoy being right. In practical terms, they mean that democracy, or our mild approximation thereto, is a sham, a fraud, an impossibility, and a bad idea. No one so blankly ignorant, so mentally without furniture, so muddle-headed, limited, and barren, should be allowed within hailing range of a voting booth.

A Handbook for Ranch ManagersPlanned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualSuch people cannot possibly know anything of national questions. Those who live in a featureless tundra of the mind usually do so from stupidity. It is unreasonable to blame them for a genetic condition over which they have no control, but it is equally unreasonable to allow them to vote. As for the fairly intelligent who through intellectual shiftlessness learn nothing, I have no patience with them. What possible cause is there for thinking the willfully dull, the deliberately ignorant, or the dull and ignorant, are ompetent to influence policy on matters that they cannot spell? Given that everyone today has access to virtually every book ever written and to the internet, there is little excuse for living in Oprah fog and Eminem darkness.

If fourteen percent are illiterate, a larger number must be nearly so. People who can barely read don´t. People so little engaged as to think Iraq attacked New York –forty-six percent!—vote almost at random, or in the direction in which they are shooed by cunning electoral mechanics and fixers.

The educated and thoughtful may have no idea of the night in which the rest live. We tend to associate with people like ourselves. Consequently if you know where Iran is, you probably don’t know anyone who doesn’t. But—a pre-Copernican quarter of the population believes that the sun moves around the earth? As we said in the Sixties, that’s a whole nuther head-space.

Thus a test of literacy, or more correctly of competence to vote. It might involve reading a paragraph of prose at the level of college, or of what used to be the level of college, and answering questions about it. There might be questions such as how many Congressmen are there, name a country bordering of Iraq, list three rights guaranteed (ha!) by the First Amendment, and when did World War Two take place.

This laudable proposal would transform politics. The basalt principle of current American governance is that you can fool enough of the people enough of the time. The smart can safely be ignored. People with capacious and well-stocked mental larders are statistically insignificant. Thus candidates campaign by grinning and smirking, hiding whatever intelligence they may have, and professing sympathy for orphans and the downtrodden. In France, a candidate with the mind of a lawn chair would be held in contempt, but in America he is thought to be of the people, and authentic. Unfortunately, he is.

The current fourth-grade posturing of politicians would last microseconds with an electorate well on the right side of the bell curve. We would have far fewer dolts and poltroons. I’m sure you can think of several of these.

I suspect people would be surprised to learn how little the members of the House of Representatives know. A Congressman of my acquaintance told me of going with a colleague on a junket to Thailand. His fellow legislator repeatedly referred to the country as “Taiwan.” Thus are we ruled. Allowing the foolish to vote makes likely the election of the equally fatuous, or of a wily confidence man.

Objectors to my splendid idea will assert that a government and electorate of the highly intelligent will exploit the rest. The franchise is said to protect the majority from the unscrupulous. But it does not.  IQs on Wall Street are said to begin at 145. Has the franchise protected anyone from them? Allowing the dim and untutored to vote simply provides the bright and unscrupulous with gullible vote-fodder. It does not prevent but makes possible the exploitation.

A voting age of twenty-five would ensure some degree of maturity, or might, even in an age of mall rats. It is ludicrous to think that teenagers can vote sensibly. They haven’t lived long enough. Like so much of American life, the adolescent vote sprang from the unrealistic idea that we are all equal in everything. Girls can be SEALs, everyone should go to college, that sort of thing. During Vietnam, the argument was that if the young were old enough to die in Asia, they were old enough to vote. And if six-year-olds are old enough to die in car accidents, they are old enough to drive.

While we are at it, we might as a minimum require candidates for federal office to have scored in the ninetieth percentile on the GREs. Again, It is curious that while in France intelligence and cultivation are regarded as good things, in America the use of words of more than one syllable is regarded as evidence of elitism, both being mortal sins. The only offense worse than being superior is knowing that you are.

But why not do yet better? If I may soar even higher into wild and uncontrolled supposition, suppose that candidates for high national office–Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Presidency–were required to have an IQ of 145 or better. This is the beginning of real intelligence, perhaps aproaching the entry level for Silicon Valley (though intelligence at the level of a valley may not be the image I am looking for). Such men—at this level, almost all are—can keep in mind the various pipelines proposed for Caspian hydrocarbons, the effects of shifting exchange rates, and so on. They are precious hard to con. When they travel, they usually know where they are.Intelligent government: What a concept.

So much for ineffable wisdom and preternatural insight. The implementation of my splendid system is left to the student as an exercise.

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View

edited by

Dr Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume

Is now available in both PAPERBACK and Kindle

BookCoverImageMurray N. Rothbard was the father of what some call Radical Libertarianism or Anarcho-Capitalism which Hans-Hermann Hoppe described as “Rothbard’s unique contribution to the rediscovery of property and property rights as the common foundation of both economics and political philosophy, and the systematic reconstruction and conceptual integration of modern, marginalist economics and natural-law political philosophy into a unified moral science: libertarianism.”

This book applies the principles of this “unified moral science” to environmental and natural resource management issues.

The book started out life as an assigned reading list for a university level course entitled Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View.

As I began to prepare to teach the course, I quickly saw that there was a plethora of textbooks suitable for universal level courses dealing with environmental and natural resource economics. The only problem was that they were all based in mainstream neo-classical (or Keynesian) theory. I could find no single collection of material comprising a comprehensive treatment of environmental and natural resource economics based on Austrian Economic Theory.

However, I was able to find a large number of essays, monographs, papers delivered at professional meetings and published from a multitude of sources. This book is the result. It is composed of a collection of research reports and essays by reputable scientists, economists, and legal experts as well as private property and free market activists.

The book is organized into seven parts: I. Environmentalism: The New State Religion; II. The New State Religion Debunked; III. Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; IV. Interventionism: Law and Regulation; V. Pollution and Recycling; VI. Property Rights: Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain; and VII. Free Market Conservation. It also includes an elaborate Bibliography, References and Recommended Reading section including an extensive Annotated Bibliography of related and works on the subject.

The intellectual level of the individual works ranges from quite scholarly to informed editorial opinion.

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The Absurdity of “Reform” in DC

The “evidence based” reform campaign presumes that politics is essentially a noble business in which public servants love nothing more than serving the public. But for politicians, programs are fiefdoms. How many kings have abdicated their thrones after becoming convinced that monarchy did not truly serve the downtrodden masses? Will politicians cede power after social scientists document how their favorite programs do more harm than good?

The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)Although I tend to come down on the “conservative” side of most (certainly not all) issues, the most frequently heard absurdity comes from the neo-cons–everything will be fine once we get rid of the third world, African despot dictator. My ass. — jtl, 419

by James Bovard via the Mises Daily

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)[Excerpted from the inaugural issue of The Austrian.]

In the 1930s, peasants who were starving because of the Soviet regime’s brutal farm collectivization policy lamented, “If only Stalin knew!” Nowadays, American social scientists look at floundering federal programs and lament: “If only Congress knew!” And the solution is the “evidence-based” reform movement which will magically beget a new era of good governance.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2)Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy is the title of a new book written by Ron Haskins, a former congressional staffer who was also briefly a White House aide under George W. Bush. The book’s publisher, the Brookings Institute, is renown as one of Washington’s most prominent defenders of Big Government. In a New York Times op-ed spinoff, Haskins proclaimed that “since its earliest days the Obama administration has been pursuing the most important initiative in the history of federal attempts to use evidence to improve social programs.”

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewHaskins’s book is building on a Hosanna moment for Washington policy wonks. On May 18, 2012, the Office of Management and Budget issued a memo notifying federal agencies that “programs that can prove their effectiveness with data will be more likely to get the funds they seek.” ANew York Times headline whooped up that memo: “The Dawn of the Evidence- Based Budget.” The Times noted: “When we consider the vast sums that governments spend, it seems crazy that policy makers don’t routinely make good use of evidence.” “Seems crazy” is an accurate description of policymaking but expectations for an outbreak of sanity are premature.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits Combat Shooter's HandbookHaskins and organizations such as the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy encourage Americans to believe that, because a few federal programs are spending pocket change for solid program evaluations, the government as a whole could soon be far more competent. But history shows that mere evidence rarely deters politicians from seizing power over vast swaths of American life.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual For instance, the folly of farm subsidies has been obvious for more than eighty years. In 1930, The New York Times, surveying the wreckage of agricultural markets after the federal government tried to drive up wheat prices, concluded, “It is perhaps fortunate for the country that its fingers were so badly burned at the very first trial of the scheme.” But that did not deter President Franklin Roosevelt and Congress from making the Secretary of Agriculture a farm dictator.

Despite an unbroken string of failures, the federal government has continued disrupting agriculture ever since. Politicians create convoluted programs that pay farmers more than their crops are worth, and then launch new interventions spurred by the disruptions caused by suppressing price signals. Most of the ag policy mistakes of the past are still being repeated: only the names of the secretaries of agriculture and of the farm-state congressmen have changed.

Foreign aid is the largest laboratory for Obama’s evidence-based reforms. Obama promised in a 2010 United Nations speech to “change the way we do business” with foreign aid, pledging to judge aid programs and budgets “based not on dollars spent, but on outcomes achieved.” The following year, the Agency for International Development ballyhooed a new evaluation policy for a “transformation based on absolute demand for results.”

But that “absolute demand” could not compete with the pressure generated by Obama’s 2008 campaign pledge to double foreign aid. His administration has been far more concerned with boosting spending and covering up boondoggles. The Washington Post nailed AID last year for massively suppressing audit reports revealing waste, fraud and abuse. More than 400 negative findings were deleted from a sample of twelve Inspector General draft audit reports. In one case, more than 90 percent of the negative findings were expunged before the report was publicly released. Acting Inspector General Michael Carroll buried the embarrassing audit findings because he “did not want to create controversy as he awaited Senate confirmation to become the permanent inspector general,” according to some AID auditors.

Obama’s rhetoric bounced off AID’s bureaucratic Teflon. A 2013 Congressional Research Service report quoted one AID bureaucrat: “If you don’t ask [about results], you don’t fail, and your budget isn’t cut.” More than thirty years ago, GAO captured AID’s intransigence in perhaps its most sardonic report title ever: “Experience — A Potential Tool for Improving U.S. Assistance Abroad.” At least AID’s “fail-and-repeat” tactic provides bureaucratic job security.

“Evidence-based” evaluations have probably been applied to less than two percent of federal programs. This is akin to Obama preening that he will do an honest, balanced analysis on whether the US should intervene in the tiny African nation of Lesotho — at the same time he ramps up his war efforts in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and continues covertly warring in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. And Obama has simply ignored evidence that did not suit his ambitions. When he began pushing his Affordable Care Act through Congress in 2009, there was already a proven history of federal intervention inflating medical costs and disrupting health care. But the president was far more concerned with creating a legacy than with learning from Medicare and Medicaid fiascos.

The “evidence based” reform campaign presumes that politics is essentially a noble business in which public servants love nothing more than serving the public. But for politicians, programs are fiefdoms. How many kings have abdicated their thrones after becoming convinced that monarchy did not truly serve the downtrodden masses? Will politicians cede power after social scientists document how their favorite programs do more harm than good?

H.L. Mencken noted that the main concern of elected politicians’ souls “is to keep a place at the public trough.” Politicians will always be far more interested in verdicts from the voting booth than from the American Journal of Sociology. There is no reason to expect that fighting waste, fraud, and abuse will suddenly become more popular on Capitol Hill than reelection.

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The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)The Essence of Liberty Volume III: Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic. This is the volume that pulls it all together. With reference to Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s description of Murray Rothbard’s work, it is a “unique contribution to the rediscovery of property and property rights as the common foundation of both economics and political philosophy, and the systematic reconstruction and conceptual integration of modern, marginalist economics and natural-law political philosophy into a unified moral science: libertarianism.” Available in both paperback and Kindle versions.

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Department of Homeland Security: What is it Good For?

Ironically, the best case for shutting down this department is its most well-known component — the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)…The TSA… is very effective at harassing innocent Americans like Lucy Forck. Three-year-old Lucy, who uses a wheelchair, not only had to endure an intrusive screening from TSA agents, but the agents also took away her beloved stuffed animal… If Congress really wanted to enhance our security and our liberty it would shut down this unnecessary, unconstitutional department.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2)Dr Paul always quits one step from the final and best solution–shut down the entire uSSA FedGov (the greatest enemy of life liberty and property known to man) would enhance the security of the entire world. — jtl, 419


By Ron Paul via The Daily Bell

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)Late Friday night, Congress passed legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security for one week. This vote followed weeks of debate over efforts to attach a prohibition on funding President Obama’s executive order granting amnesty to certain illegal immigrants to the Homeland Security funding bill.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)Despite the heated rhetoric from both sides, no one seriously believes that Congress will allow Homeland Security funding to lapse. Most in Congress believe that, without the Department of Homeland Security, Americans would be left unprotected from terrorists and natural disasters. As with most areas of bipartisan agreement, the truth is the exact opposite of the DC consensus. The American people would be much better off if Congress transferred the few constitutional functions performed by Homeland Security to other parts of the government and then shut down the rest of the department.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewMany Americans associate Homeland Security with the color-coded terrorist warning system and the “if you see something, say something” public relations campaign. These programs were designed to inspire public confidence in the department, but instead they inspired public ridicule.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsCombat Shooter's HandbookIronically, the best case for shutting down this department is its most well-known component — the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). More terrorist attacks have been thwarted by airline passengers than by the TSA! The TSA may be ineffective at stopping terrorists, but it is very effective at harassing innocent Americans like Lucy Forck. Three-year-old Lucy, who uses a wheelchair, not only had to endure an intrusive screening from TSA agents, but the agents also took away her beloved stuffed animal.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual When not abusing children who use wheelchairs, TSA subjects airline passengers to rules that seem designed to make air travel as unpleasant as possible. For example, TSA recently forced a Campaign for Liberty staffer to throw away a jar of Nutella she had in her carry-on luggage. I am sure all airline passengers feel safe knowing that TSA is protecting them from sandwich spreads.

Ending the TSA would return responsibility for airline security to airports and airlines. Private businesses have a greater incentive than a government bureaucracy to ensure their customers’ safety. Those conservatives who think this is a radical idea should try to think of one area where they trust government bureaucrats to do a better job than private business owners.

Another agency within Homeland Security that the American people could do without is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Having spent fifteen years in Congress representing a coastal area subject to hurricanes and floods, I have seen first-hand how FEMA places adherence to bureaucratic rules ahead of aiding victims of a natural disaster. As a result, it is not uncommon for disaster victims to wait months or even years for assistance.

FEMA not only fails to provide effective relief to disaster victims, it also impedes private disaster relief efforts. FEMA even hinders disaster victims’ efforts to help themselves. While in Congress, I heard stories of individuals being threatened with fines or even jail time if they returned to their property without FEMA’s permission. One individual in my district was threatened with arrest if he removed a tarp that FEMA put on his house — even though FEMA was supposed to have put it on his neighbor’s house!

Ten years after the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, it is clear that this department has failed to protect our security, but has infringed on liberty. If Congress really wanted to enhance our security and our liberty it would shut down this unnecessary, unconstitutional department.

This article contributed courtesy of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

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Sharing freedom means sharing your joy

Adam was invited to speak at Orange County Liberty on the Rocks and shared his thoughts about activism, the love-olution, doing time, and getting past the negativity in activism.

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The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3) Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View

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The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)The Essence of Liberty Volume I: Liberty and History chronicles the rise and fall of the noble experiment with constitutionally limited government. It features the ideas and opinions of some of the world’s foremost contemporary constitutional scholars. This is history that you were not taught at the mandatory government propaganda camps otherwise known as “public schools.” You will gain a clear understanding of how America’s decline and decay is really nothing new and how it began almost immediately with the constitution. Available in both paperback and Kindle versions.

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Leaving the Global Grid And Being Arrested For It

The fear that a growing part of the world is being taken off the grid gives guys like Larry nightmares…I don’t think he is alone.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsI don’t either.

Old John has Murray Rothbard’s technique down to a science—find the money and follow it. – jtl, 419

by John Robb via Global Guerrillas

Combat Shooter's HandbookLarry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, controls about $4.3 trillion in assets (and has influence on how $10 trillion more is allocated).  As a point of reference, that is about the size of the entire US economy.

Larry sees the world as a tightly interconnected “financial grid.” Larry believes that a big part of his job is to know which parts of this global grid represent opportunities and which parts are dangerous.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThat makes sense. Asset allocation accounts for about ~80% of any big financial fund’s performance and BlackRock’s extraordinary success implies that Larry has been getting it right for decades.

What’s interesting to me is the mindset.  For example:  Larry dismisses the threats posed by Russia adventures in the Ukraine.  Why?

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3) He understands that all of the people involved in this conflicts are part of his financial grid.  He also knows that everyone is utterly dependent on the financial flows coursing through it.  They couldn’t get through the day at work and at home without it.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual So, to him, this dependence means that Russia isn’t an actual threat, but merely a problem to be dealt with.

In contrast, Larry does see one threat as real and tangible: ISIS.  Why?

ISIS isn’t connected or dependent on the “grid.” Worse, it’s growing like a geographical cancer that can severely damage the grid.

This idea.  The fear that a growing part of the world is being taken off the grid gives guys like Larry nightmares.

I don’t think he is alone.  It apparently gives more people than just Larry nightmares.

For example.  Three men were arrested in New York this week, and will likely serve long prison sentences.

They weren’t arrested because they were plotting an attack on the US or any other site in any meaningful way.

Instead, they were arrested because they planned to leave the US.   They tried to drop off the grid by emigrating to ISIS and the government put them in jail for trying it.

It’s an interesting twist.

PS: Thanks so much for all of the great thinking on drone warfare and protest. Working through the responses right now.

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Feds Attempt to Derail Liberty Movement in WA State, Interrogate Liberty Activist

What the federal agencies need to understand is one very simple thing: We are not terrorists.  We are non-violent, and we are peaceful.  We want nothing more than to be left alone to live our lives in freedom.  We have families and we have homes.  We want no fight; not today, not tomorrow…But we will not be enslaved…  If you come for us, we will stand unmoving.  If you shoot at us, we will shoot back. We are willing to give anything for liberty, including our own lives.

Combat Shooter's HandbookPretty bold words. But it is high time somebody stood up to the bastards. — jtl, 419

by Kit Lange via the Patrick Henry Society

Yesterday we reported on the arrest (and later release) of liberty activist Anthony Bosworth, an Iraq War vet and one of the co-leaders of Liberty For All.  You may have seen the InfoWars story on his questioning by the FBI.  What you don’t know is that it was far worse than even they reported.The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits

If you have already seen the video, then you already know that he was not read his Miranda rights during his arrest.  He also wasn’t given his Miranda rights at any time during the three hours of interrogation by various federal agencies.  Not only did he confirm with them that he was, in fact, in custody and being interrogated (the two flags that must be present for a Miranda warning), but he specifically and repeatedly requested to speak with an attorney.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewRather than read him his rights and allow him access to an attorney, they told him that he would not be speaking to a lawyer of any kind, let alone one of his choosing.  The idea of access to legal counsel as secured by the Constitution, he was told, was “Hollywood stuff.”  In other words, we do not care what the Constitution says; we will do to you whatever we want.  Under the current “terrorism” laws, they can.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3) During his five hours of detention, the agents spent three of those hours interrogating him about everything from Liberty for All to how many firearms he owned to how “hostile” patriots were in Washington State.  They alternated between threatening him with federal jail time, and offering him everything they could think of in an effort to get him to talk about his associates, his activities, and his beliefs.  Some of the information they told him they were already aware of came from people within the movement, at least one of whom had voluntarily met with the FBI in an effort to ‘open dialogue’ a few days ago.  It was obvious with other pieces of information that they were simply fishing.  A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual

“It was pretty obvious that they desperately want a mole,” Bosworth said.  It should also be pointed out that several people were open carrying in that location at that time.  No one was even approached except him.  No one was arrested.  No one was cited.  No one was even talked to.  He was singled out.

In 2010, the FBI announced its intention to stop paying attention to such piddly things as Constitutional rights, outlining their new guidelines for when they would ignore requests for an attorney and not offer Miranda warnings.

“Depending on the facts, such interrogation might include, for example, questions about possible impending or coordinated terrorist attacks; the location, nature and threat posed by weapons that might post an imminent danger to the public; and the identities, locations, and activities or intentions of accomplices who may be plotting additional imminent attacks,” the memo said.

Naturally, they toss this under the heading of “public safety.”  Some of the things they asked Bosworth included variations on that exact list, phrased in such a way to appear as though they were supportive but concerned.  Their invocation of the “public safety” guidelines as used for “impending terror attack” can only mean one thing:

To those federal agents, Anthony Bosworth is a domestic terrorist, and by extension, those of us who associate with him and stand with him are as well.

As Infowars also reported, the US Marshal who arrested him told him later that it would be a good idea for him to “disappear for a while,” and just “let things go” for about a year, and if he shut up, got out of the activism business, and stopped all this liberty nonsense, perhaps he could avoid federal charges and jail time.  Just some “friendly advice,” you know, from your “friendly” federal agent.

It’s been reported that the Spokane County Sheriff was called and Bosworth was released on the basis of the sheriff’s intervention.  What you may not know is that the sheriff was told by certain parties, in no uncertain terms, that if he did not go to the federal building and get Bosworth released, that a large number of armed patriots were available to do it for him.  The sheriff dutifully marched into the building and did his job, and Bosworth did end up being released—although he’s still waiting for his firearms to be returned.

The feds took one last run at Bosworth before he left.  An agent, using a different name than previously given, asked for future private meetings with him, so Bosworth could explain the Second Amendment to him.  The agent claimed he didn’t know much about it, and while he “really supported” what Anthony stood for, he just didn’t know enough and would really like to have some future meetings with Bosworth.  Apparently that tactic has already worked at least once.  It didn’t this time.

Anthony Bosworth was given a citation for “failure to comply”; with what, exactly, is unknown.  It was determined that he was not actually breaking the law by standing in the courtyard outside.  He will fight the citation.

The rest of us here in Washington State will continue to stand.  We understand the risks, we understand that the federal government sees us as a threat.  We are a threat to their control, to their agenda, to their theft of our liberties.  But, as our dear friend and fellow patriot Mike Vanderboegh points out: if they don’t start nuthin’, won’t be nuthin’.

If they do decide they want to start something, there’s always the 100 Heads Life and Casualty Company.

What the federal agencies need to understand is one very simple thing: We are not terrorists.  We are non-violent, and we are peaceful.  We want nothing more than to be left alone to live our lives in freedom.  We have families and we have homes.  We want no fight; not today, not tomorrow.  No Fort Sumters.  No Oklahoma City bombings.  No innocents.  No offensive violence.  That is our creed and we will live by it.

But we will not be enslaved.  We will not be controlled.  We will not be compliant with an agenda that takes from free men and subjugates them into mindless drones for a tyrannical government.  We were born free, and we will remain so, until the last breath of air, the last drop of blood.  If you come for us, we will stand unmoving.  If you shoot at us, we will shoot back. We are willing to give anything for liberty, including our own lives.

Are you willing to give yours to try and take it?

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The FCC Is Toothless and Feckless

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The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)The Essence of Liberty Volume I: Liberty and History chronicles the rise and fall of the noble experiment with constitutionally limited government. It features the ideas and opinions of some of the world’s foremost contemporary constitutional scholars. This is history that you were not taught at the mandatory government propaganda camps otherwise known as “public schools.” You will gain a clear understanding of how America’s decline and decay is really nothing new and how it began almost immediately with the constitution. Available in both paperback and Kindle versions.

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