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Anarchy already works

December 11, 2016

Do you only refrain from attacking people and stealing their stuff as long as someone is pointing a gun at you to stop you?

No?

Then anarchy already works.

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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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Government feeds on your fears

November 13, 2016

(My Clovis News Journal column for October 12, 2016)

Liberty is more powerful than fear (my chosen headline)

Government needs you to be afraid.

They depend on your fear of crime, including terrorism (and, apparently clowns) to make you believe you need them. This fear causes you to give away your liberty and dignity for the illusion of security they promise. The solutions they offer are designed to feed your fears by making you focus on nearly-nonexistent threats.

Above all this they want you to fear them and their abilities. If they can also make you feel guilty, even better.

They let it slip that they are reading your emails, texts, social media posts, and listening to your phone calls, because they want fear to cause you to censor yourself. If you censor your words, your thoughts may soon follow suit.

They want you to fear what will happen if you don’t ask permission for one of the thousands of activities they pretend to have authority to license. Once they stop issuing the licenses, you’ll forget your ability remains.

They make examples of some people they catch to demonstrate the cost of disobeying their directives, because they want you to fear arrest. This way you won’t try to do any of the perfectly ethical things they prohibit.

It’s quite a scam they’ve got running, yet the moment you stop being afraid, they lose their power over you. And that terrifies them.

They fear you and me more than we fear them. Consider all the ways government shows it’s afraid.

Notice how many government buildings now hide behind concrete barriers and “controlled access” entrances. Look at the road closures around government facilities.

Hear what a cop actually means when he insists on disarming you “for both our safety”. Here’s a hint: it’s never about your safety when an armed antagonist disarms you.

Stop for a moment and reflect on the level of cowardice behind “no guns” signs, metal detectors, and pat downs. They are terrified of their bosses– you and me– being armed, even though they have armed minions among them whom they exempt from the rules they impose on you.

They also fear you knowing what they are hiding from you, to the point they ponder killing, with drones, your champions who expose them. This isn’t the way it was meant to be.

You deserve greater liberty. Stop letting anyone convince you to be afraid. Be responsible for yourself and help others who can’t help themselves. Your life will improve noticeably once you’ve discarded the fear.


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Appreciating small "favors"

November 13, 2016

I don’t v*te, so I obviously don’t v*te for “the lesser of two (or more) evils”.

That doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate when one of the lesser evils gets imposed on me instead of the greatest evil.

And, make no mistake, I am firmly convinced, due to decades of experience, that Hillary Clinton was that greatest of evils.

Just because I’m relieved the blizzard hit my house instead of the tornado doesn’t mean I wanted the blizzard. (OK, bad example- I generally love blizzards. But you know what I mean.) I also don’t believe it would make any difference if I petitioned the weather and requested the blizzard over the tornado. I’m better off preparing for both rather than begging the atmosphere to respect my wishes.

I’m slightly relieved when the one I believe (and it is ONLY a belief) I’m better equipped to survive strikes. I won’t choose a lesser evil, but I’m glad to avoid the greatest evil.

Yes, Trump has many insane ideas which would be disastrous for liberty- “stop and frisk”, a border wall and mass deportation, and “protectionism” of various sorts. However, I expect him to break those promises- as all presidents do- if he doesn’t get assassinated by the Hillarites first. That’s why even his scary promises don’t worry me too much. I will still oppose “laws” which violate anyone’s Rightful Liberty, no matter the justifications, no matter who they come from.

Whatever happens, I will continue to behave as I always do; hoping for the best while preparing for the worst.

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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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Always move toward liberty

October 28, 2016

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You can debate whether someone’s chosen path toward liberty is smart or effective, but as long as the path they follow is truly toward more liberty, I’m in support of them. And it doesn’t depend on the reaction of anti-liberty bigots- you can’t live your life for them.

I would say, that as far as any particular method goes, I’m an agnostic. Even if I am unconvinced, let me see it actually work, and I’ll get on board (or at least keep my doubts to myself). Until then I’ll try to not be too critical, but I may be very skeptical. Being skeptical isn’t the same as being negative. Or, if I realize a path I formerly supported leads the wrong direction, away from liberty and toward more theft and aggression, I may try to point that out, but I can’t force anyone to change course.

I saw this happen with Bitcoin. I really didn’t understand the hostility some people had against it. Sure, it might not work, but it sure looked like an attempt to go in the right direction. Let the experiment run and produce some data before flinging mud at it.

Wikileaks, too. I never see it as moving in the wrong direction to expose information the anti-liberty bigots don’t want known. That it endangers some of their employees just raises the cost of being a tool of the State- and that’s a good thing.

Maybe the same is true of v*ting. I doubt it, based on hundreds of years of pretty clear evidence, but some people keep trying to make it work. I am skeptical it ever can, and have laid out my reasons I won’t be participating, but I’d be happy to be proved wrong. Just show me instead of calling me names. Convince this agnostic.

Keeping and bearing arms is the same. I am completely in favor of open carry. I have done it a lot- but not here. The bullies here are of the opinion that they can make up rules forbidding it, and they are happy to murder those who ignore any of their rules. And I don’t have enough who would defy along with me. I would be the nail sticking up- even more than I already am. I cheer for open carry activists. Yes, it may scare some cowardly statists to see a gun. It may “drive people to the other side”. But cowardly statists aren’t going to be on the side of liberty anyway- if you coddle them it just makes them feel their opinions are as valid as anyone else’s… and they aren’t. Open carry is a move in the direction of more liberty- even if the cowards want to push back. Maybe in the long run it won’t work, but no one can know that for sure. And open carrying is part of liberty. Pretending that someone shouldn’t exercise their liberty because it will offend anti-liberty bigots isn’t moving toward liberty.

The same could be said of my blog. It may not “work” and bring about more liberty to anyone, but at least I don’t think anyone could seriously suggest it is moving in the wrong direction- away from Rightful Liberty.

Lead, follow, or get out of the way. But, make sure you are always going in the right direction- it’s the only thing that really matters.

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It’s your right, but is it a good idea?

October 22, 2016

Just because it isn’t a good idea to exercise a right, does that mean you don’t have the right to do it? No.

This usually comes up with regards to “bearing arms“. You have the right to carry a full-auto AK-47 openly down the streets of NYC, and into a courthouse. And you would be murdered by government employees for doing so. I would argue this makes it not a good idea. But it is still within your rights.

This follows along with the right to commit suicide. Usually, I think suicide is not a good idea. But you have that right and no one can take it from you. And, I am sure other examples could be found everywhere, if one looked.

It’s not always smart to do everything you have an absolute human right to do. Not in every situation.

Why do people get confused over this?

Know what you have a right to do.
Stay within those rights.
Weigh the costs.
Be aware of circumstances.
Be smart.
Accept responsibility for your actions.

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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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