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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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No one has right to violate others

July 26, 2016

(My Clovis News Journal column for June 24, 2016)

In the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre, popular opinion seemed to blame either guns or the murderer’s religion. It’s good neither is subject to popular opinion, because opinion is fickle.

You have a right to choose and exercise your own religion, and you have a right to own and to carry any weapon you see fit, whether the majority agrees or not.

In fact, you have a natural human right to not be prevented from doing whatever you want as long as you aren’t violating any other person’s equal and identical rights while doing so. This is an infinite number of rights; more than could possibly be listed in one lifetime.

Your rights aren’t dependent upon being written down on parchment. They exist even if government declares they don’t. They exist even if cops arrest you and have you thrown in a prison cell for the rest of your life for exercising them. You aren’t wrong for exercising your rights; government employees are wrong for violating them.

This is the nature of rights. They are not privileges. They are not subject to opinions or laws. They can’t be limited, licensed, rationed, or eliminated for “the common good”. They can only be respected or violated. The Bill of Rights, particularly the Ninth Amendment, was a failed attempt to put all your rights off-limits to government by making it a crime to violate them.

Government is the natural enemy of human rights; a predator, never a protector.

Use your freedom of religion as you wish, short of forcing others to live by your religion, through laws or threats. Laws based upon your religious ideals, which violate some other person’s right to choose their own religion and not be subject to the edicts of yours, are wrong. It doesn’t matter whether you use Christianity or Islam or Pastafarianism as the basis, if you impose your religion on others by law, you have become the bully.

Own and carry a gun of whatever type you choose, everywhere you go, openly or concealed, without asking government for permission, as is your natural right. Don’t shoot at people who aren’t harming or threatening anyone else, including those doing things your religion says are wrong.

No matter your excuse, you have no right to violate others, and anyone you violate has a right to defend themselves however they see fit. It’s called liberty. It works, and is the mature way to live, but it isn’t for cowards.

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Free market helps economy grow

July 22, 2016

(My Clovis News Journal column for July 22, 2016)

Liberty gives prosperity a chance (my choice for the headline)

How’s the economy treating you?

Unless you have a job where people are forced to pay for your services whether they want them or not, things could probably be better.

You may have many ideas that could bring in money by offering products and services to people. You just need the chance…read the rest

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Awaiting Bernie’s plan to help poor

July 5, 2016

(My Clovis News Journal column for June 3, 2016)

It’s a rare thing for me to agree with a presidential candidate– and rarer still for me to agree with an avowed socialist.

Bernie Sanders recently said it is “unacceptable” that nearly 47 million Americans live in poverty. Assuming his numbers are right– not that it matters even if he’s off by an order of magnitude or two– that’s too many. I agree with him. It is completely unacceptable.

So, does Bernie have an actual plan to fix it, or does he believe he can magically lift the poor by bringing down everyone else with taxes and regulations?

If one is honest about finding poverty unacceptable, one will support the steps required to solve it.

So, is Sanders ready to end taxation? To allow everyone, rich and poor, to keep all their money? To end all business taxes? Every corporate tax ends up being paid by the customer, because that’s the economic reality of taxing businesses. Any business which doesn’t figure every expense, including all taxes and government fees, into the final price the customer pays, will go out of business. No more jobs; no more of the benefits the business brings to society, including to you and the poor. Taxation is not the price we pay for a civilized society; civilized society is what we sometimes manage in spite of taxation. The poor can’t afford taxation, and neither can you.

It’s a necessary first step, but there are more.

The best way to lift someone out of poverty is to stop preventing them from earning money. Is Mr. Sanders willing to advocate for ending licensing requirements and business permits? Wealthy people can afford to pay those ridiculous fees, but a poor person wanting to start her own business probably can’t. If they dare to do business anyway, their business will be stolen from them by government employees “just doing my job”, and they will be fined or jailed. All under the claim of “protecting society”. Is he willing to end the criminalization of acts of free enterprise between consenting parties?

The poor are being “protected” into poverty, and kept there by red tape, regulations, and laws.

Widespread poverty should be a solved problem.

Or does Bernie plan to keep doing more of the same to trap those who are already impoverished in their current circumstances and make others join them; preventing both from helping themselves? Because that’s been the standard government tactic for a century or so, and it isn’t helping anyone but politicians.

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My recent criminal adventure

June 26, 2016

“Laws” cause even me to alter my behavior. Sometimes.

I recently raised a couple of orphaned raccoons. Their mother was hit by a car, and they crawled out of the nest days later, desperately searching for food. The landowner- a relative of mine- found them and brought them to me.

Scared, weak, and starving

And, I kept it fairly quiet.

According to some people, it is “illegal” to rescue raccoons around here, and- so I gather- particularly in town. Not that I actually checked into it, because I have a serious lack of concern about legality, but they were probably right.

I used to do animal rescues all the time- often having multiple wild orphans or injured adults simultaneously. I even had government-employed “state wildlife biologists” bring me animals without demanding to see a license or anything. I’ve had hawks, a vulture, a skunk, raccoons, a heron, rabbits, squirrels, blue jays, and many others pass through my house and survive. In fact, I had one squirrel and one raccoon who kept coming for visits for a long time- both had been single orphans, which got a little more attached than usual. I never even thought about “laws” during that time.

But, apparently, the “law” just gets more and more dangerous to regular people every year.

So, out of respect to others, I just kept my mouth shut. Some others didn’t, and word spread through some loose lips, but I escaped getting caught committing my heinous crime.

They grew, got stronger, cost me money I didn’t have to spare, and eventually began to revert to the wild after they were weaned. Just as they needed to.

Mmmm! “Milk”

This is what happens when you poop on each other

Drying after the bath

Exploring the porch…

…and the woodpile

“Quit shoving!”

Getting big

Water playtime

And now the raccoons have been put into the wild, where I hope they can survive. At least they have a better chance than they did before they came to me. And I can finally talk about it freely.

New home

Just imagine a free society, where you don’t have to break “laws” to do the right thing. Where people don’t have to worry about getting you in trouble by saying something to the wrong person.

Ah, the adventures of living in a police state while still managing to do what you should.

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It’s that time again

June 18, 2016

It’s “Random Acts of Anarchy Day“.

Go do something nice or helpful or useful, without getting a permit or license.

Have fun!

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Government is always at war with Liberty

May 14, 2016

Government is a perpetual War on Rightful Liberty. That’s its entire justification and purpose.

Oh sure, its supporters lie and say its there to “protect your rights”, or to be the final arbiter in disputes, but those are provably false.

In fact, when government is claimed to “protect your rights”, what happens to those rights? If they aren’t completely violated and made “crimes”, they are at least made subject to permission and license… which in reality is still just violating them.

And what good is a final arbiter when he is one of the parties in the dispute? Less than no good at all, is what. If you have a problem with me stealing from you or molesting your daughter, do you really want the final say on the matter to be mine? Then why allow government to have the final say in matters of “taxation” or “weapons violations” or anything else that wouldn’t even be an issue except for counterfeit government rules?

In all cases government is only there to violate your rights and to fight its war on your Rightful Liberty. You don’t need that kind of abuse- there are enough freelance bad guys out there to deal with, and having to expend energy on keeping yourself safe from the “help” does nothing but empower all the bad guys.

The thing is, the bad guys of The State vastly outnumber the freelance bad guys they claim to be protecting you from- probably at least hundreds to one.

I have been violated by freelance bad guys so few times in my life I could probably count the times on my fingers.

But every single day I am violated multiple times by employees of The State. Whether it is every time I am forced to pay a “tax”, or every time I am not allowed to use my property as I wish, or every time I am prohibited from carrying a gun where and how I want, or when I am forced to pay attention to my speed rather than paying attention to traffic and road conditions, or whatever. Sure, you might say most of those are minor- and they are- but they are still violations of rightful liberty. And one violation is too many.

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"Not to worry. I have a permit."

April 30, 2016

Ever find yourself in a situation where some bully is demanding to see a “permit” because you are doing something you have a right to do, but which some “authority” has decided to control?

Well, worry no more. You now have a permit:

Print them out and distribute them to all your friends and family
PDF here (Thanks to the Granarchist!)

Yes, Ron Swanson’s permit is simpler, but as you know, some people want to do things they have no right to do. This avoids that issue.

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Cowardly, criminal, post offices

January 5, 2016

The local post office is going full potato.

They’ve always had that ubiquitous “no guns in the post office” sign on the bulletin board inside, but now have posted another one beside the entrance.

I guess they are scared of that tiny loosening of the draconian anti-gun “laws” in Texas, where those who beg and pay government for a permit to exercise an inalienable right to own and to carry, everywhere they go, in any manner they see fit, any type of weapon they choose, without ever asking permission of anyone, can maybe begin to openly carry a gun (depending on the whims of local badge bullies who might just murder you anyway and say “oops”) in ways very slightly less infringed upon.

Hate to tell you, post office, but as a government facility it is a serious crime for you to pretend to have the “authority” to ban guns on your premises. That’s what the Second Amendment says and what it means, and since government employees are the only ones the Bill of Rights applies to- by forbidding certain things you might want to do to the individual rights of people- you are a criminal by doing this anyway. Of course, you won’t care because you’ll continue to get away with it.

Until the day you don’t.

And it won’t be at my hands, so don’t misconstrue this as a threat. But, it is history: those who rely of the protection of government always have a nasty surprise coming when the winds change. And you, as an anti-liberty bigot, are on the wrong side- the losing side- of history.

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Don’t be backward

December 28, 2015

“Cultural elites”, like politicians and celebrities, have interesting ideas of what makes someone “backward”. If you value property rights, self defense, and other things vital for survival, they will look down on you and think of you as backward. They will call you names.

The “loyal opposition” to those “cultural elites” also always find things to fault about those who don’t want their “help”. Self ownership, thinking for yourself (thinking at all, probably)- and again- actual property rights, and self defense apart from their beloved “law” imposition goons are frowned upon.

But, to me, there is a clear backwardness to the brutal anti-survival, anti-civilized agenda of both sides*.

The things that are truly backward are things like prohibition, anti-gun/anti-self defense “laws”, “taxes”, property codes/zoning, anti-sex “laws”, and permits. These hearken back to the old superstitious belief in “authority”. Antiquated throwbacks which have no place in any decent civilization.

If a person wants to progress, to not be a Neanderthal (although this is probably insulting to the memory of Neanderthals) there is one path: Embrace and advocate Rightful Liberty. That’s it. Anything less is obsolete.

*This is misleading, because they are not different “sides”, but one and the same: the anti-liberty bigot statists.

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