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Making people mad

July 25, 2017

People are tired of me harping on cops. I know it. They’ve told me so. It makes them mad. It hurts their feelings. It makes them… uncomfortable. They don’t want to hear it.

I understand why. But I’m not sure I want to stop. It’s just too important for liberty to make sure to drive the point home, and to never let up. To never give an inch.

Cops are where the boot heel of tyranny meets the human face. Without their active aggression, there would be no such thing as political power. The opinions of the bullies of the State would be nothing but a bit of hot air, quickly lost to the gentlest breeze.

Next to cops, presidents are nothing. “Laws” are nothing. Corrupt prosecutors (but I repeat myself) are nothing. Power-crazed judges are nothing. Bureaucrats are nothing. The State is nothing. Cops are the one thing that makes government a problem for Rightful Liberty and those who exercise it. Nothing else even comes close– no matter how evil and reprehensible other things may be.

Yes, I understand it is tiresome to hear “Cops are scum” and “Cops are losers” again and again. But it is more important than anything else you can hear, with regards to liberty. It is absolutely crucial to understand why you can’t support cops without polluting yourself; without being a part of the problem. It’s just the way it is, and telling it the way it is makes people mad. And, yet I keep on.

I try to be nice about it. I try to not get profane and angry like so many others I see. Quite honestly, I am not angry; I am persistent in speaking this irritating truth. Truth is mistaken for anger when that truth is painful.

In my day-to-day life I don’t worry about cops a tenth as much as some of the people I know who don’t have a principled stance against policing– simply because they fear being the target of police attention. Or because they worry that a cop will see them doing something “illegal” while driving. That’s something I really don’t worry about. It is what it is, and I’m not going to live my life worrying about those parasites.

As with any gang, I avoid contact as much as possible. I recognize what they are, and I don’t sugar-coat it. And I go on with my life, knowing they are utterly irrelevant and worthless in the grand scheme of things.

But, I know it is something the population needs to keep being reminded of, because the cult is so ubiquitous and so generally popular. And because it is important.


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Snoops

July 9, 2017

Snoopy, privacy-invading technology has the potential to be annoying, but is only dangerous because you– or someone— allows aggressive, thieving gangs to use the collected data to molest and control you.

Apart from the superstitious belief in government, snoopy technology wouldn’t really be an issue.

You could shoot trespassing drones out of the sky.
You could refuse to incriminate yourself for the convenience of bureaucrats.
You could exercise your right of association and refuse to do business with companies who snoop and only patronize those who protect your data, and there would be no gang to extort them to either spy on you (or let the gang create “backdoors” in the company’s private property where they can enter to snoop on you) or lose their “license” to conduct business.
You could do all sorts of “illegal” things to protect your privacy and get restitution when snoops violate you.
And no data unethically collected could ever be used to govern you, anyway, because the governing gang wouldn’t be there to use the information against you.

Again, the root problem is archation; the bothersome trouble most people outside our liberty family will notice from snoops is just what naturally results from snooping in the presence of government.


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Your ridiculous nosy neighbor

February 14, 2017

The USA is a GladysKravitzOcracy. It’s ridiculous and pathetic. Yet, it can still cause problems for you and me when the nosiness gets into our private lives.

Innocent actions will be interpreted to be scandalous. And, even actions which are not completely innocent are still NOT the nosy neighbor’s business in most cases.

I am thankful to people like Edward Snowden- including those like him who haven’t yet been discovered- for exposing the rude and dangerous nosiness of the bad neighbor.

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Led by their nose; excited by cruelty

February 7, 2017

Humans have this tendency to want to stick their nose where it doesn’t belong. And, then when their nose discovers something, as it always will, they want to meddle.

That’s what spawns government, but it’s not the worst of it.

Humans are also capable of thinking up all sorts of creative cruelties and evil. One defining characteristic of the State is that those cruel and evil practices are almost always incorporated into it. This is how they choose to meddle, if they can get away with it.

Of course, then, as long as those things are done by people acting on behalf of the State, the cruel and evil nature of the acts are ignored. The pretense can be that those things– in that context– are righteous.

They aren’t.

And it doesn’t matter if it is something that was done hundreds of years ago, but which is no longer accepted, or something the evil bullies at the Pentagon thought up last year. Evil is evil, torture is torture. It can’t be sanctified even if it “works”. It turn you into a bad guy, even if your victim is also a bad guy. I want bad guys to always lose.

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Not quite "quiet as a mouse"

January 26, 2017

If government– the State– could stay unnoticed, it might survive longer. But by becoming intrusive and meddlesome, it has sealed its fate. Sooner than otherwise would have been the case.

If you have some guy living secretly in your attic, but he can go unnoticed, you won’t kick him out. Sure, you’d rather he not be there, but if you never notice him how will you know he’s there? You won’t think about searching for him to throw him out (or shoot him).

But as soon as he starts stealing enough food that you notice, or as soon as he leaves footprints on your clean kitchen floor, you’ll be aware he is there, somewhere, and you’ll start trying to get rid of him.

Government was once much less intrusive than it is now. Most people could live their entire lives without being molested by a government employee. Sure, they knew it was out there somewhere, but it just wasn’t something that affected their daily lives.

That hasn’t been true in a long time.

So, while hardly anyone long ago ever considered kicking the unobtrusive thieves out, it is a sentiment that is growing stronger, in more people, with every passing “law”. I know I’ve been at the “toss the invader out or shoot him” phase for a long time now. And it’s only going to get worse.

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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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Don’t help cops violate others

September 21, 2016

As I was driving down the road one recent day, I saw a truck which the local road pirates had stopped. I don’t know why, or anything about the situation, but I noticed a tow truck moving into position to hook up and take the other truck away.

My suspicion is that it wasn’t due to mechanical trouble- usually I see the trucks being worked on by a mechanic in that case. I suspect that for one reason or another, the cops were taking possession of the vehicle due to some “law” being broken.

Maybe that wasn’t the case this time- but it often is.

If I were a tow truck driver, I wouldn’t help cops.

Sure, if a cop called for me to come tow away a car after an accident or a breakdown, or an abandoned car, I would do that- in an attempt to protect the private property of an individual. I wouldn’t tow it to the cops’ “impound lot” though.

And if a cop called me to come tow a car that the cops were stealing, just no.

If a driver was discovered to not have a “license”, and the cops wouldn’t allow them back behind the wheel, I wouldn’t help the cops steal the car.

Or, if the driver hailed from a different tax farm, and didn’t have his mandatory government permission slips to be in this particular tax farm.

Or, if the cops found drugs or other types of contraband in the car, same thing. I would not help the road pirates steal.

My mission would be to help people and protect property, not to help cops victimize people.

I realize cops would quickly stop calling me for anything, and I could live with that. Nothing good can come from associating with the police.

And, even though I am not a tow truck operator, I can still choose to never help cops violate anyone. It is part of my pledge to my community.

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Liberty Lines- Sept. 8, 2016

September 8, 2016

(Published in the Farwell, TX/Texico, NM State Line Tribune)

Drug abuse is dumb. I understand why people want programs and strategies they believe would lower the risk of someone abusing drugs. However, very often the things they grasp at are counterproductive and actually increase the risk. They are feel-good, knee-jerk reactions based on ideology, not grounded in reality.

Study after study indicates that one of the biggest risk factors involved in drug abuse and addiction is a lack of quality social connections.

One of the primary justifications for the athletic programs in government schools is that it creates camaraderie between the kids; the very type of social connection which would decrease the likelihood of drug abuse becoming a problem. If this is the case, shouldn’t you be encouraging at-risk kids to get involved, rather than erecting barriers which will scare them away before they even give it a try? Programs which will end up causing greater isolation?

I understand when people pursue a chosen path in order to stay true to their ideology, but when that ideology is standing firm against science, reason, ethics, and morality they should reconsider their stance.

When a mistake has been made, publicly, it takes a big person to admit it and change course, rather than batten down the hatches and proceed onto the reef as stubborn people generally do. Correcting a mistake is the right thing to do. It takes bravery. It may cause embarrassment. But it needs to be done. Now.

The Farwell Independent Schools’ “random drug testing program” is just such a mistake, and needs to be abandoned before it creates more of what the school administration and community say they want to prevent. If the school goes through with it anyway, you will then know where they stand, and why.

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Prohibition is drug abuse

August 30, 2016

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Lying to Government

August 25, 2016

I was raised to always tell the truth, although I have often fallen short of that goal. I don’t even like lying to save someone’s feelings from being hurt. My second wife used to ridicule me for not lying “enough”.

So this may seem uncharacteristic.

I think it is often more moral and ethical to lie to government agents and bureaucrats than it is to be truthful with them. It may be dangerous to do the right thing, though.
If you had lived in Nazi Germany, would you have lied to protect hidden Jews? It was illegal and dangerous to do so. But it was the right thing to do.
Would you feel guilty if you got mugged and hid the fact that you have $20 in your shoe? Are you obligated to reveal it to the mugger so he can take it? Only a fool would say “yes”. 
In a consensual relationship, I can see the point of being totally open with the other party (although even that may not be best, and may damage any relationship).

No one is obligated to be truthful in a coercive “relationship” such as between you and The State or a freelance mugger. 

It’s a small matter of degree between protecting innocent people from freelance bullies, and lying to an IRS agent about your neighbor’s off-the-books home business. It may well be a matter of survival to your neighbor.

One of the most important times to lie to government is when you have a chance to be selected for a jury. This is one of your few opportunities to save someone from government in a concrete way.

Tyranny fighter Julian Heicklen reminds us:

Judge will tell jurors they must uphold the law as he gives it.
If you are a dishonorable person, you will agree.
If you are an honest person you will decline and be removed as a juror.
If you are an honorable person, you will agree and then ignore the oath.

It can not be wrong to lie to keep someone from being violated by someone else. Not ever.

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