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For your own sake- just don’t

December 8, 2016

If you hate (or fear) someone so much that you feel the need to advocate government to deal with them, you may not be on the side of liberty.

I see some do this with “immigrants“, “drug” users or dealers, bigots, etc.

You probably ought to realize that the State is a bigger threat than anything you might want to use it against. It’s like aiming a shotgun at your own head because you want to kill the fly on the other side of you. Using the State may seem like the only way, but it is ultimately suicidal in every case. Just don’t.

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"Law people"

December 6, 2016

Don’t be “law people”. I’m not even talking about lawyers, cops, judges and such- I am talking about normal, every day people who really have nothing to do with “laws“, but who choose to worry about them anyway.

Those are the people who hate something and think it’s wrong because it’s illegal. The ones who oppose Cannabis but not aspirin, due to the different ways the “law” treats the substances.

“Law people” ask “Is that legal?” before doing something. Or, say “But that’s illegal!” when someone else starts to do something.

“Law people” disgust me.

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Dependence on state an addiction

December 4, 2016

(My Clovis News Journal column for November 2, 2016)

Don’t live a life of dependence (my chosen headline)

Sometimes it seems we live in a culture of dependency. Some people are dependent on drugs, while others are dependent on prohibition. Some people are dependent on other people; some are dependent on distractions– electronic or otherwise. And more and more people today are dependent on government.

Being dependent is the opposite of being mature; of being responsible for yourself and accountable for your behavior.

Dependence on government, or its laws, is very similar to drug addiction. The long-term solution is the same, as well. Even if drugs are all around you, the choice of whether to partake is yours. You must personally make the move to take the drugs or to use the state, regardless of what anyone else is doing. Don’t blame others’ bad choices for your own. Even if everyone around you is an addict, you won’t be unless you make the first move.

Don’t imagine this will make you immune to the mess surrounding you; you just won’t be making it worse. Being surrounded by government junkies will always be unpleasant.

Don’t confuse dependency with necessities. You naturally rely on oxygen, food, water, and shelter. You can’t live without those things; it’s not an addiction. I suspect this natural dependence gets used as justification for pretending people require other, less helpful things as well. Becoming dependent on something unnecessary or harmful is tragic. It diminishes your life in ways you won’t understand until you break the addiction. Don’t trust those who claim relying on government is anything other than an unhealthy dependency spawned by weakness– they are lying.

Once you realize you are dependent on something harmful, the smart move is to begin breaking the addiction. Start now. Ask for help if you need to. Don’t wait for a free society, where government has been abolished, to take responsibility for yourself and get sober. Let your new realization give you motivation to begin exercising self reliance. If you can’t go cold-turkey, begin weaning yourself.

Maybe you can even help others avoid the addiction, or get clean if it’s too late to avoid. To be of any help, you must take care to not let yourself fall into the same trap. How can you expect to help others if you can’t keep your own life in order?

Government is coercion, and is always inferior to voluntary action. Break free of any dependence on inferior ways of getting through life. You’re better than that!

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No reason to fear liberty

November 27, 2016

(My Clovis News Journal column for October 26, 2016)

 Don’t be scared of liberty (my chosen headline)

Real liberty can be scary. It feels safer to hand your responsibilities to someone else.

Don’t educate your children; hand them over to be schooled instead. Don’t protect yourself and your property; live as a distracted lamb and let the police protect you. Don’t watch yourself and your surroundings as you drive; depend on checkpoints, traffic signs, signals, and “laws” to catch all the dangerous people so you can drive around in a daze. Don’t think for yourself or observe the world and come to difficult conclusions; let the authorities tell you what they want you to know, and how you should feel about the information you are fed. Feel better yet?

Very few people realize this is how they are living. They believe anyone pointing this out is being outrageous or extreme.

But, you can do it! There’s no reason to be scared. You can live in liberty while respecting the liberty of those around you. All the supposed protections and services you believe you are getting by handing over your rights, property, and responsibilities are inferior to those you could provide for yourself. Often, the results are the opposite of what you are told you are getting for the tax money and compliance, anyway. You can do better, or find better providers, on your own.

Observe what goes on and draw your own conclusions. Humans have been doing so with varying degrees of success for a very long time. Be willing to let go of bad ideas and false beliefs– especially the ones with real-world bad consequences– and accept the truth even when it upsets you. You will be fine. At least as fine as you would have been if you continued on your previous path of dependency. There are never any guarantees, either way.

Even if you don’t want the responsibility for your own life, no one will force you to give up your comfort. They can’t force you to be free, nor can you continue to force them to be your slave. Live and let live, in mutual consent.

If you have trouble there are people who will lend a helping hand. Surround yourself with good people who understand liberty against that day. The aggressors and thieves support one another against the outside threat of liberty to their gangs’ activities; how much more helpful do you think those who actually support each other against the bad guys can afford to be?

Don’t be scared. Take the first step now.

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Being good is right, even if illegal

November 6, 2016

(My Clovis News Journal column for October 5, 2016 – from now until whenever, my CNJ columns will appear in the Wednesday paper.)

 Dare to be a good person (my chosen headline)

What is a good person, and why bother trying to be one? I define a good person as someone who doesn’t intentionally harm innocent people or their property, makes it right when they harm someone by accident, and who does their best, whenever possible, to help those who need it.

I can even be talked into scratching the part about helping others as long as no intentional harm is committed against the innocent. Mind your own business and don’t hurt anyone and you are most of the way there. I wish I could honestly say I always live up to my own standards.

Most people act fairly good the majority of the time. Why? Well, why do you, personally, act good? Do you behave yourself only because you are afraid you’ll be punished if you don’t? In that case, you aren’t good, but only pretending. Being good when you are afraid of consequences is empty. If a person refrains from attacking and stealing only because someone– whether human or supernatural– might punish them, they aren’t a good person.

But there is even more to it. Doing something just because the law says it’s OK, or even required, is not good. Obeying the law has nothing whatsoever to do with being a good person; often quite the opposite. Some of the best people are outlaws, and some of the worst are bad specifically due to their support for legislation which intentionally or incidentally harms the innocent. Such as ObamaCare, or the barbaric War on Politically Incorrect Drugs– the 21st Century version of Prohibition which they didn’t even bother to make quasi-lawful this time by amending the Constitution.

Allowing laws to stop you from doing the right thing is also not good.

How many people neglect to defend themselves or come to the aid of others because they are afraid of the legal trouble they could get in? How many fail to consistently carry the proper defensive tools just because government pretends to have the authority to regulate them?

How many people comply with legislation and taxes which destroy their ability to provide for themselves or help others financially? Opening a business is good; interfering with the free market is bad. Every business which never opens due to all the government fees, taxes, licenses, and red tape is a lost opportunity for good.

Why be good? Because it works, and is always the right thing to do, even when it’s illegal.

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The only thing you don’t have a right to do

November 6, 2016

The list of things you have a right to do is an infinite list.

You have an absolute human right to smoke pot, carry a gun, be fat, act silly, trade with others, be a racist, believe in a “flat Earth”, drive a car, say offensive things, have sexist thoughts, speak your mind, wear a hat, travel, learn, have mutually consensual sex, read, own and modify a home, pick your nose, or uncountable other acts.

Really there’s only one thing you don’t have a right to do: to archate.

As long as the thing listed above is done without archation, you have a right to do it.

Archation comes in many guises. The mugger and the IRS employee are archating. The cop and the little parasite “playing” the “knock out game” are archating. The burglar and the game warden are archating.

Archation is the opposite of anarchy. It is the use of the political means, rather than the economic means. While not limited to those calling themselves “government” it is behaving as a State acts; using aggression or violating private property. If you add archation to anything you otherwise have a right to do, you don’t have a right to do it. Not that way.

And, if you try to prevent people from doing anything they have a right to do, you have become the bad guy. It is no different to use a “law” than to use a gun- if you are archating, your method is irrelevant.

You have no right to govern other people. To attempt to do so is an act of archation. Your victim has the right to defend himself (and others) from you. If you don’t like that reality, stop being a thug.

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Not right, not wrong, just… is

October 27, 2016

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Those who "believe in obeying the law"

October 21, 2016

A while back the newspaper editor posted a link to the story about how more people were caged for “marijuana offenses” than for all violent crimes combined.

Of course, some copsuckers had to pipe up to tell us why we should just obey the opinions of evil people (“laws“).

It is a very good illustration of the sick mindset of statists. It’s actually an argument in favor of Anonymous’ “Kill ’em all” comments, even though I hate to admit it, and I won’t do that even if I could.

Anyway, here is a sampling of the comments from one of the law lovers regarding Cannabis prohibition:

“Last I knew it’s still against the law.”

Like running away from the slave plantation? If you let “law” dictate your ethics or morals, you have none.

“Not going to argue the point. You don’t drive down main st. At 90 mph or steal from Wal Mart. Legalization is only a few years away but they can’t wait. It’s just a misdemeanor and unless they’re carrying weight no jail time. I just believe in obeying the law.”

Driving down Main St. at 90 MPH might be wrong if there are other people present, and if you present a credible threat to them or their property. But there is nothing inherently wrong with it just because someone made up an arbitrary “speed limit”

Stealing from a store is a violation of property rights. That makes it wrong. It would still be wrong even if legislation said it was OK- as with “taxation”, for example.

So, you think slaves should just have waited until the “laws” were changed, and they were wrong when they tried to escape? If you believe in obeying the “law”, without qualification, you are a fool and a moral cripple. Good people can’t “just believe in obeying the law“, but delusional State worshipers can. And do.

“My point is we don’t get to chose which laws we will obey or disobey. I’m sure you didn’t negotiate with your kids or your parents on their rules.”

Actually, you do get to choose which “laws” to obey, just like the BadgeScum choose which “laws” to enforce against whom. If a “law” mandates you to do the wrong thing, or prohibits you doing the right thing, and you have ethics and principles, you will not obey that “law”- at least as long as you can break the “law” without being shot or kidnapped right now. I choose which “laws” to obey all the time.

And most people (well, smart people anyway) did negotiate with their parents regarding the rules. And they may even get some of the arbitrary or harmful rules eliminated through negotiation. I would rather my daughter be able to think for herself, and make a good argument against bad rules, than just be obedient. And I let her know that. Does it make parenting harder? Yep. Too bad for me- it will turn her into a much better person than demanding obedience ever could. Obedience is for slaves.

“It all has to do with sociopathic behavior. I don’t need to play by the rules so when I go downhill it’s somebody else fault. Play by society’s rules. If your tailight is out. Get it fixed!”

When the rules are harmful, only sociopaths enforce them, and only cowards willingly obey them. If you go downhill, either because you “broke the rules” or for any other reason, it’s your own fault. Ask for help, and if you haven’t been a jerk, help may be offered.

Society is NOT the same as government. Government’s rules are often very different from society’s rules. Society’s rules have evolved over time, government’s rules have been dreamed up by insane bullies and imposed by force. Often, government’s rules oppose society’s rules, to the detriment of society.

Yes, if your tail light is broken, get it fixed. You’ll probably be safer, and I would appreciate your courtesy. I’ll even let you know if I see it broken without using that as an excuse to steal from you, waylay you, or violate your privacy. Only a really nasty bully would see a broken tail light and use it as a pretext for those violations. And, yes, cops are just that sort of nasty bullies.

And there you have it. This is why “we can’t have nice things”. Because evil idiots like this guy believe they are the “voice of reason” when they advocate unreasonable things. When they excuse the inexcusable.

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Government is slavery

October 17, 2016

It was near the beginning of my online life that I realized I am an abolitionist. Slavery is the ultimate anti-liberty. While no person can actually own another, the pretense that they can has been the justification for all sorts of evil throughout human history.

Most people don’t seem to realize that slavery is still a big problem- and not just the kind that comes to mind when they think of the word “slavery”- but forms of slavery they they may not recognize and may even support.

Government- The State- is slavery in every sense of the word.

If you are forbidden to do what you have a right to do, you are being enslaved. If someone claims to have a right to tell you where you can live, what you are allowed to put into your bloodstream, how to use your property, can take your property from you against your will, and says they can forbid your right to own and to carry tools, they are trying to enslave you. If they kidnap and cage you for doing what you have a right to do, the slavery has gone from the abstract to the concrete.

How much you allow them to succeed is up to you.

In one sense, it is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.

On the other hand, you must pick your battles. You are no good to anyone if you are dead.

And I can’t make that choice for you. No one can. Because you are not a slave, no matter how many want to enslave you, as long as you take responsibility for your own choices.

As long as you do that, I am proud of you.

Be pro-liberty. Be an abolitionist. Be the anti-slave.

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Prohibition dangerous as addiction

October 11, 2016

(My Clovis News Journal column for September 9, 2016)

Prohibition is drug abuse‏ (my chosen headline- I didn’t even try to come up with something they’d use this week)

Drugs can make people crazy. For proof, just look what drugs have done to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

His craziness apparently doesn’t come from taking drugs, but from his murderous lust to prohibit them. Like so many prohibitionists in the US.

He’s a perfect role model for supporters of the stupid and evil War on Politically Incorrect Drugs. Particularly for those who have the political power to continue to impose prohibition on society.

People who support prohibition are some of the most dangerous drug abusers out there. They abuse the excuse that some people will use drugs, some of those who use drugs will abuse them, some of those who abuse them will become addicted, and some of those who become addicted will be harmed to find justification for harming everyone; drug abuser or not. In fact, the drug war has been used as a model for the equally perverted war against gun owners. This chain of linked excuses can be used to violate any liberty you have.

Drug abuse is dumb, but prohibition is evil. Prohibition never has the effect its pushers claim, but instead adds crime and corrupt law enforcement to the list of harm the drugs may do, without preventing the harm done by drugs.

Most of the harm claimed to result from drug abuse– legal trouble, loss of jobs and social standing–  can be traced more to the effects of prohibition than to the drugs themselves. And prohibitionists are OK with that– anything to punish drug users. To prohibitionists, it’s worth any collateral damage.

Those who advocate prohibition are effectively saying “Drugs are bad for you, and to prove it we will destroy your life, and maybe kill you, if we suspect you possess drugs”. It’s one of the craziest acts ever committed in the name of “for your own good”.

Prohibitionists are on the wrong side of morality, and on the losing side of history. One day their crusade will look as backward and evil as the acts of those who supported the runaway slave acts. On that day those who enforce prohibition will be seen in the same light as those who captured and returned– or killed– runaway slaves in the name of “enforcing the law”. In fact, growing numbers of us already see them this way.

Some of us also see them as absolutely crazy, like President Duterte, and hope they come to their senses before they do more damage.

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