From the Ministry of Propaganda

July 8, 2018

 

It’s no wonder people are confused about guns.

I was sent this in an email “news” alert. Here’s an easy exercise… Spot the propaganda:

“Frustrated by state and federal lawmakers’ reluctance to address gun violence, local officials are starting a movement to control firearms within their borders. It’s an uphill task given that all but seven states have laws prohibiting them from doing so, but their work is slowly catching on.

In recent months, local governments have limited certain kinds of semi-automatic rifles, created “gun-free zones” and adopted zoning laws to keep out gun stores. “The failure of the Congress to pass policies that keep our communities and children safe means towns feel compelled to act,” Stephen Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, said

“Frustrated”? “lawmakers”? “reluctance”? “address”? “gun violence”? “officials”? “starting a movement”? “uphill task”? “their work”? “catching on”? “limited”? “created”, “adopted”? “keep out”? “failure”? “policies that keep our communities and children safe”? “feel compelled”?

That’s a lot of propaganda in only two paragraphs. I probably even missed some.

Why the dishonest phrasing? Is it because of the anti-liberty bias of the “news” organization? Yes. Yes, it is.

No matter your excuse, if you propose, pass, or enforce anti-gun “laws”, YOU are a BAD GUY. YOU are as bad as the evil losers who shoot up crowds of (“legally”) disarmed victims. You can try to veil your evil acts in all the glowing lies you want. It’s still nothing but lies.

And when your lies warp people’s opinions about something as critical as natural human rights you may actually be worse than the evil losers who shoot up crowds. Yes, “mainstream media”, including the fly-by-night outfit which crafted this propaganda piece, I am looking at you and judging you. You don’t measure up.

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Statists: Blissfully unaware

July 7, 2018

How many statists– even the flaming statists– realize they are statists?

A friend’s comment made me stop to consider the question. Her observation– that the ones she knows are completely unaware of their statism– is right on the mark.

They are like fish, unaware of the water they are immersed in. They can’t feel it, taste it, see it or otherwise experience its existence. It simply “is”. It is their “normal”. They expect (if they are aware enough to expect anything) their experience to be universal.

I, however, can feel statism choking the life out of me sometimes. I’m drowning in the statism the statists can’t notice.

Forget draining “the swamp”; their beloved cesspool of lumpy statism needs to be drained and dried and sterilized.

My life has been a case of learning to swim so that their filthy statism doesn’t snuff out my life. It hasn’t been easy. I think I’m getting better at it. And, I do what little I can to drain their treasured cesspool.

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Taking statists seriously

July 5, 2018

I know I shouldn’t be mean to statists. I shouldn’t ridicule them or point out that they are no better than molesters. Even though it’s true.

That’s not how you get people to listen and (possibly) change. This knowledge requires a change in me. And that change is hard and unpleasant and unnatural.

Statism– the belief that governing others is a legitimate human endeavor– is ripe for ridicule. This notion that people can’t be trusted to run their own lives, so we need to have some (who can magically be trusted; going against the original assumption) with power to run the lives of others is a demonstrable mess. It makes no sense. It is internally inconsistent. It doesn’t work in the real world, with real people in real situations.

It’s hard to not be mean to people who advocate something so stupid. It’s hard to not point out how they promote evil acts. It’s hard to not compare them to others who believed similar things with similar results.

I know I shouldn’t, but it’s not likely I’ll stop. Too many people treat them with unearned respect and act as though they are actually contributing something to the human conversation. There needs to be another side to it. Someone needs to be pointing and laughing at their nonsense.

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Follow your arrow

July 5, 2018

I don’t know best how to run my own life most of the time; I certainly don’t know best how to run yours.

I’m suspicious of anyone who claims to know how to run the lives of others; anyone who says they know what’s best for you or me.

All I know is you and I have no right to archate. That leaves a lot of room for experimentation.

The path of archation isn’t a good one, as it interferes with how others are choosing to live. Beyond that, you try your way and I’ll try mine. If yours looks good, maybe I’ll try to adopt some of it into my life.

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Not worshiping the State hard enough

July 4, 2018

I posted this to FB:

Hey…”great” job, Idiots. Declare independence from a state then turn right around and set up a new state which turns out to be far worse than the relatively weak state you rejected.

When you finally get rid of a tapeworm you don’t rush out to swallow another one. Well, not unless you’re an utter moron.

I reject your “4th of July” and embrace independence from all your states and other control freaks.

And was immediately graced with this comment:

You are totally lost!…I pray God for your salvation!.

And then she “unfriended” me. (I have no clue who she is, so I’ll get over it.)

I find it interesting how some people tend to conflate their gods; confused over which one I’m not properly worshiping this time.

Related: Put independence back in the day

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Put independence back in the day

July 4, 2018

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for July 4, 2018)

What does Independence Day mean to you? To me, Independence Day has morphed into the most tragic of holidays. Its original meaning has been completely lost; turned on its head. The way it is most commonly celebrated now is like celebrating Christmas with hatred and theft. It has become a shadow of what it should be. Of what it may have been once upon a time.

Instead of being a celebration of American independence, it has been turned into a worship service for the U.S. government– a government orders of magnitude more thieving and tyrannical than the government which was sent packing after the signing of the Declaration of Independence…read the rest

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Archators– we are watching you

July 3, 2018

Sometimes I get the feeling that my readers and I are a quiet, secret little conspiracy for liberty. Quietly undermining the status quo– at least the rotten parts of it– below the radar.

It’s probably just a symptom of an inflated sense of self-importance. But it’s kind of a pleasant one.

Hey, archators. We are here; watching, working, and undermining you and your gangs. Laughing at your claims to “authority” and legitimacy. You can kill us, but you can’t stop the signal. And, if we feel cornered, you might die in the attempt.

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“Reparations”– You can’t owe imaginary debts

July 2, 2018

The odds are almost certain that some of my ancestors were enslaved by the ancestors of someone else sometime in the past. When do I get my “reparations” for this slavery?

Of course, the odds are just as good that some of my ancestors also enslaved the ancestors of someone else sometime in the past. I guess any “reparations” cancel out.

And I’m OK with that because I have never personally been enslaved nor have I ever personally enslaved anyone. I’m against enslaving anyone for any reason… and always have been. Even the kinds of slavery the “majority” approves of.

Abolitionists like me carry no guilt over slavery which was committed in the past– long before we were born– and can’t owe anyone for krimes (which were then legal and “moral“, but never ethical) of the past which I didn’t commit and don’t support. It’s ridiculous that anyone could believe otherwise.

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Misplaced trust

July 1, 2018

If someone hated you and wanted you to die, would you follow their health advice? Would you let them talk you into behaviors you knew were risky? Would you listen to them at all?

Yet, people let government employees tell them what rights they have.

I see this all the time in responses from people when I say something about the right to own and carry weapons. Particularly on Quora, and especially among those who are saddled with a government which doesn’t want them to have guns. (Even more than the U.S. government’s aversion to an armed population, I mean,)

They constantly tell me what that specific gang of bullies says their rights are (and are not). They act as though I’m a barbarian for recognizing natural human rights.

If I pointed this out to them they might object that “their” government doesn’t hate them nor want them to die; that it is only looking out for their best interests. Judging by the actions and the results of those actions, they sure could have fooled me. If they want the best for their subjects, that is.

It’s a sad thing to see. I don’t want to see people enslaved, especially when they do it to themselves. I don’t want them trusting a gang of thugs to tell them what their rights are, or fooling them into believing rights are only privileges, and that only Neanderthals like me would expect anyone to respect rights.

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Someone is confused

June 30, 2018

 

Terribly confused. (And I don’t believe it’s me.) He even stated it for the record, too!

How can he be a lover of Big Government, while being a hater of government? He can’t.

On the “Hates government” side he has:

  • Taxation is theft. (Yes it is. Even if you like what it pays for)
  • “government hating” (which seems a dubious claim, considering)

On the “Loves government” side he has:

  • “military and law enforcement supporting” (HUGE welfare programs, and what other molesters does he support?)
  • “illegal immigrant hating” (it takes a government to declare something “illegal” and to decide something is “immigration“)
  • “border security” (HUGE welfare program, and why does he hate property rights?)

On the “irrelevant to the topic” or “insufficient information” side, he has:

  • “Gun waving” (Cops wave guns. Troops, too. Government extremists love guns– as long as they control them. Guns are just tools and it depends on who you are pointing them at)
  • Free speech (speech can be pro-liberty or against… but where is he throwing it?)
  • anti-abortion (I know people who are pro-liberty, and reasonable, on both sides of the issue)
  • school choice (is this school I’m allowed to choose regulated and funded by government? Does my choice include not funding schools at all?)
  • anti-handout (except when he’s handing other people’s money to military, law enforcement, ICE employees, etc. apparently)

So, yes, this guy (who I probably should have redacted, but I’m not going to) is mighty confused. That’s why he’s a “conservative”.

No, “liberals”/”progressives” (who are neither) are not more consistent. I laugh at their confusion and hypocrisy just as much. And when I find a comparable hilarious example, I may share it as well.

Statists– they don’t get that way by being smart or consistent.

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