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    Paul 3 years 30 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Excellent article, except perhaps for the suggestion near the end, that government debt might ever be "necessary'. Government itself is not necessary. But yeah, the protests should be in front of the central banks.
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    Michael Kleen 3 years 30 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    That's a good question. The article I posted is dated the 25th - the 10th Amendment Center article was dated the 24th. I haven't heard any details since then.
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    rita 3 years 30 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't yesterday's article from the Tenth Amendment Center say that Texas lawmakers had backed down? Cheer or boo? I need to know.
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    Dispute Resolution... The fact that people still cling to the belief that the State is required to resolve disputes is amazing, since modern courts are out of the reach of all but the most wealthy and patient, and are primarily used to shield the powerful from competition or criticism. And what of armed disputes and collective services? The Stateless Society An Examination of Alternatives by Stefan Molyneux http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/molyneux1.html This is one alternative outside the box of statism. One does not need to wait for this alternative to take hold although it already has to some extent as more and more understand what is going on. At a personal level it is about avoiding trouble. Taking precautions. Surrounding oneself with compatible friends. Reducing vulnerabilities. And this can be as explicit as having a personal covenant of unanimous consent. And there are arbitration services that one can use that actually solve the problems. Not to mention that a prudent businessman pays attention to the certainty trap and makes provision for the risk of set backs and liabilities.... I might also add that if the US can slide into being a third world banana republic, could it rise to another model? Freedom vs Force Why The Failing US and EU Should Follow the Swiss Government Model! http://www.lewrockwell.com/holland/holland14.1.html But then they did not have Hamilton nor Lincoln to contend with nor their whig Mercantlist warfare-welfare-you will be assimilated agenda. But they the Swiss do have a 4% referendum that allows them to rescind laws on the spot--a way to easily undo the works of politicians . States (cantons that actually compete) and competitive interest in trade and good will....There is more of course including multiple currencies...Oh how refreshing.... So why is Switzerland different? Here are some highlight of why the Swiss government model works and the European Union and American Union have failed to deliver on their big-government utopian promises. National Expansion By Voluntary Association vs Force — The term "Willensnation" is a Swiss concept of national growth and expansion by attraction through the voluntary association of neighboring principalities, cities, and individuals. This makes Switzerland a nation created by acts of free will rather than force. Growth by attraction of those willing to be part of the Helvetian Confederation rather than war and invasion have served the Swiss well over the last few hundred years of peace and prosperity. How totally different from the American model of "manifest destiny" and military aggression which is how most of the national expansion of the United States took place. The growth of the Union was followed again by force with the outright invasion of the Southern states that decided to leave by Lincoln's armies during the War Between the States. The article also specifically addresses and fleshes out : Tax Competition vs Forced Tax Harmonization — .... Competing Currencies vs Currency Monopoly — ..... Ultimate Citizen Control vs Political Establishment —.... This is something to look at. But it is govt and you know what that means. There are alternatives to waiting for others and that was touched on at the beginning of this post and in other threads. Such as Was Ayn Rand A Proto-Fascist? (No she was not, Abe Lincoln was, but she did leave some answers) http://www.strike-the-root.com/was-ayn-rand-proto-fascist And alternatives were provided here on the link below too--no it is not to reform the police. They are beyond reform. Parenting does not require policing. Nor does living one's life. http://www.strike-the-root.com/police-reform
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    These following two links relate to this issue of the forethought and need to walk, crawl and retreat--or have a back door--hopefully before coming under fire and move outside the grappling hooks of an oncoming onslaught (power arc). We now have this kind of stuff going on--calling individuals and groups cowards for repositioning into the eye of a storm--most especially regarding the French in WWII i.e. supposedly for not fighting and retreating. But it is proper to get away when facing superior technology. In fact the British expedition fleed back across the channel during the lightening like communications and coordination of the till then UNheard of and UNexperienced Blitzereig onslaught, yet no one calls them out on that. Hell, the French high command did not even have a phone in their command post. Then of course the Brits said the same thing about the early proto-Americans who turned and RAN into the forest to lean on trees for hmm agh support... The following explores this and other apparently unknown issues...including how an American fortress in Manila was taken out from behind and how a British fort in Singapore similarly as it relates to French fortifications... Let’s Bury These Phony Myths About World War II by Eric Margolis http://lewrockwell.com/margolis/margolis243.htm Unfortunately what was visited on the South and Ghandi and the rest of the world is also very much here on these shores and heaped upon those who are minding their own business and defending their own. War is being made on civilians--we are all slaves now--as we speak. Death Squad Damage Control in Tucson by William Norman Grigg http://lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w214.html
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    And that's not even the half of it. A Prison State, If Not a Police State by Paul Craig Roberts One out of every 142 Americans is in prison — and this does not include military prisons or INS jails... The US has a unique distinction: It is the world's greatest prison state. The US, "the land of the free," has the biggest prison population in the world and the highest rate of prisoners per capita of all countries — including countries that President Bush believes need liberating by US armed forces. Even China, with one party rule and a population that is 4.5 times larger than the US population, has 30% fewer total prisoners than the US. China's per capita rate is a small fraction of the US rate. The US prison population per capita is three times higher than "axis of evil" country Iran, five times higher than Tanzania, and seven times higher than a civilized European country like Germany. http://www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts43.html Paul Craig Roberts gets into the gestapo like CPS but what of BM facilities? And just as we're told that practically any development justifies "expanded vigilance" against terrorism, just about any adolescent problem or behavior can be depicted as an indication that the youngster is "at risk," and thus needs to be confined in a BM facility to get "straightened out" through means that include unambiguous torture. The Authentic Cruelty of a Synthetic Man by William Norman Grigg http://lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w213.html There is no way to avert the train wreck now. The plus-51% of the population on the dole alone guarantees it – that’s the point of no return. Not to mention the abject failure of the government education system, and many other factors we’ve discussed before. http://lewrockwell.com/casey/casey84.1.html And as you are biting down on that banana or....and chasing it down with Coca Cola made with corn syrup (to make up for the 1/3 price you're not paying because Cubans and their natural cane sugar needs to be embargoed for the US populace's own good. Got food? Here, have some metabolic syndrome--diet coke--and some frog's brain DNA imprinted food--genetically modified for your good? Oh yum... http://blog.friendseat.com/how-to-id-genetically-modified-food-at-the-su... http://blog.friendseat.com/over-80-percent-of-all-food-is-genetically-mo...
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    On May 13, 1985, in the twilight of the Cold War, residents of Philadelphia were ruthlessly bombed from the sky... The perpetrator was not the Soviet Union, or else the attack might have escalated into international conflict. It certainly would have made it into textbook timelines and become part of the nation’s consciousness. No, those responsible for this atrocity were members of the Philadelphia police department. The local cops sought to finish off their political enemies after years of animosity and tension. The proximate legal excuse for bombing their own city? The cops had gotten complaints about noise and the stench of compost. Twenty-six years have passed since the bombing of the MOVE house and if there was any doubt before, it is now beyond question that the local police have become the occupying troops that Malcolm X described. They are the standing army the Founding Fathers warned against. In the United States, they are the most dangerous gang operating and they do so under the color of law..... The chaotic violence of the modern police state is ubiquitous. Every day there are 100 SWAT raids in America. Remember in the old days when SWAT raids were reserved for stopping some terrorist intent on destroying half the city? Maybe that was just in the movies. There were 3,000 SWAT raids in 1981, the year the author was born, which was bad enough. There will be 40,000 this year. Surely, the people who are killed by the cops had it coming. Well, consider how many are killed when the police presumably do not intend to kill at all and so reach for their taser... Although there was plenty to object to in colonial law and law in the early republic 1776, police as we now know them didn’t exist back then. (Actually the so called Law and Order Red Coats were the thin red line cops back in the time as were the blue line of Lincoln's troops (see above posts regarding their law and order usurpations on civilians). But don’t police put their lives on the line for us? Only 117 police were killed in the line of duty in 2009, which might seem like a lot, but being a police officer is not even one of the top ten dangerous jobs in America. Policeman is 12th and fireman 13th. http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/86367.html Regarding statistics of life forms being shot by police in their war against everybody: The TV news frets about al-Qaeda, but rarely exposes the threat of the thin blue line. About as many Americans have been killed by police since 9/11/01 as died on that day. Between 1980 and 2005, police killed 9,500 people in the U.S., approximately one per day and almost three-fourths as many people as have been sentenced and executed in the United States since colonial times. A study in Harris County, Texas, found that between 1999 and mid 2005, officers in the county shot 65 unarmed people, killing 17. They tended early on to focus their brutality against the other – immigrants, gangsters, ethnic minorities, transients and the counterculture. Today they still bias their violence against the fringes of society, the young and the powerless, but they are now so vast a presence that no one is safe, no matter how respectable, no matter his demographic. Some will object that that author is cherry picking. So let us limit ourselves to just the last couple months to illustrate the depth of the problem....continued in link below Abolish the Police by Anthony Gregory http://lewrockwell.com/gregory/gregory213.html PS If you distrust socialism, you should distrust law-enforcement socialism as much as anything, for this is the original sin that allows all other state depredations to follow. I think another blogger Rita had mentioned the need for statistics for police shootings on another thread. And they are in this link.
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 30 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Regarding statistics of life forms being shot by police in their war against everybody: The TV news frets about al-Qaeda, but rarely exposes the threat of the thin blue line. About as many Americans have been killed by police since 9/11/01 as died on that day. Between 1980 and 2005, police killed 9,500 people in the U.S., approximately one per day and almost three-fourths as many people as have been sentenced and executed in the United States since colonial times. A study in Harris County, Texas, found that between 1999 and mid 2005, officers in the county shot 65 unarmed people, killing 17. Surely, the people who are killed by the cops had it coming. Well, consider how many are killed when the police presumably do not intend to kill at all and so reach for their taser... Although there was plenty to object to in colonial law and law in the early republic 1776, police as we now know them didn’t exist back then. (Actually the English Red coats were cops if you think about it) But don’t police put their lives on the line for us? Only 117 police were killed in the line of duty in 2009, which might seem like a lot, but being a police officer is not even one of the top ten dangerous jobs in America. Policeman is 12th and fireman 13th. http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/86367.html On May 13, 1985, in the twilight of the Cold War, residents of Philadelphia were ruthlessly bombed from the sky... The perpetrator was not the Soviet Union, or else the attack might have escalated into international conflict. It certainly would have made it into textbook timelines and become part of the nation’s consciousness. No, those responsible for this atrocity were members of the Philadelphia police department. The local cops sought to finish off their political enemies after years of animosity and tension. The proximate legal excuse for bombing their own city? The cops had gotten complaints about noise and the stench of compost. Twenty-six years have passed since the bombing of the MOVE house and if there was any doubt before, it is now beyond question that the local police have become the occupying troops that Malcolm X described. They are the standing army the Founding Fathers warned against. In the United States, they are the most dangerous gang operating and they do so under the color of law..... The chaotic violence of the modern police state is ubiquitous. Every day there are 100 SWAT raids in America. Remember in the old days when SWAT raids were reserved for stopping some terrorist intent on destroying half the city? Maybe that was just in the movies. There were 3,000 SWAT raids in 1981, the year the author was born, which was bad enough. There will be 40,000 this year. Some will object that that author is cherry picking. So let us limit ourselves to just the last couple months to illustrate the depth of the problem The police tended early on to focus their brutality against the other – immigrants, gangsters, ethnic minorities, transients and the counterculture. Today they still bias their violence against the fringes of society, the young and the powerless, but they are now so vast a presence that no one is safe, no matter how respectable, no matter his demographic. Abolish the Police by Anthony Gregory http://lewrockwell.com/gregory/gregory213.html PS If you distrust socialism, you should distrust law-enforcement socialism as much as anything, for this is the original sin that allows all other state depredations to follow.
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 30 weeks ago
    Police Reform
    Web link Michael Dunn
    Correction Repost. To bypass the spam filter. The above should read: What might parenting look like using property rights and freedom from initiation of force (Trading and Personal Relationships) AS OPPOSED to policing others. But what if one needs to get out of waiting or convincing others to change their ways INCLUDING authoritarians? If you are a young person OR a person with feet or a wheel chair or crutches and need to get away, I introduce the above because they start one thinking out-side the box and they are models that can be frame worked and lived without parents AND the nanny spanking state. One is an adult that moment one can support oneself and leave home!! And it does not have to be that hard. And it does not matter if one thinks oneself too old...
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    Hi, Suverans2. Thank you. I enjoyed the saying of it too. Thanks go to Thomas DiLorenzo for doing the heavy lifting and his and my teachers (Rand and Mises). When someone understands what one is saying and appreciates it--because they have gotten there too--it is a truly and indeed wonderful. Thumbs up to you, Suverans2. PS I started turning down my belts in Aikido for the last ten years but I will accept your kind support and this ten for the post.
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    rita 3 years 30 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Gee, for one shining moment, it looked like a politician might actually stand up. It looked like, for one moment, that somewhere in America, some people might actually put liberty and justice and individual freedom before personal convenience. Ah, well . . . If Americans had any backbone, they'd stop flying. The airlines would either get rid of the professional perverts or face bankruptcy.
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    Possum Living 3 years 30 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    I have a couple of comments about this. First, since Philly (but not the rest of PA) requires a license for open carry, the city denies the right to carry and replaces it with a paid-for privilege. That's the first problem, and is bad enough as it is. But to make matters even worse, Fiorino was actually abiding by Philly's unconstitutional law when the official thug approached him from behind and pointed a loaded gun at him. That is not OK. Nobody seems to be talking about that, but the cardinal rule of gun safety states that you NEVER point a gun at anything or person you are not ready and willing to kill. The chance of doing so accidentally is just too great. That is why it is a FELONY to point a gun at anyone who is not threatening your life, or that of an innocent person. This cop should go to prison. He threatened the life of a law-abiding citizen who was not only exercising a Constitutionally-protected right, but who had paid an illegally-required fee to do so. But instead, the DA is attempting to convict the citizen of a felony, where none exists. I have a few friends from the Philly area, and a few more who still live there. I had considered visiting the city. I have changed my mind. I have marked Philadelphia off my list of places to visit.
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    Suverans2 3 years 30 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Perhaps these "TENTH Amendment Center" folks should read the "supremacy clause", Article VI.2, of their "organic" U.S. Constitution, paying particular attention to the part that says, "...any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary NOTWITHSTANDING." [Emphasis added]
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    Suverans2 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Scarmig
    Correction, in order bypass spam filter. And, according to Diane Terry, the director of the fraud victims assistance department at TransUnion, one of the three major credit bureaus, "A merchant can pull your credit report with just your name and address, she said. To insure they pull up the right report, give your full name with middle initial, your current address as well as any other addresses you may have had in the past five years."
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    Suverans2 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Scarmig
    G'day LibertySoldier, Credit reports can be run without a SS# (your driver's license gives someone ALL the information they need). ~ LivertySoldier According to Consumer Reports: "The credit report access keys on the license are your name, address, and date of birth..." And, according to Jeanne Sahadi, CNN/Money Staff Writer, "A merchant can pull your credit report with just your name and address, she said. To insure they pull up the right report, give your full name with middle initial, your current address as well as any other addresses you may have had in the past five years."
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 30 weeks ago
    Police Reform
    Web link Michael Dunn
    What might parenting look like with respect to property rights, freedom from initiation of force.... Parenting using property rights and freedom from initiation of force (Trading and Personal Relationships) The Jeff Tucker Interview Part 2 - From Freedomain Radio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k6O1ZI_ztU&feature=channel_video_title But what if one needs to get out of waiting or convincing others to change their ways? If you are a young person and need to get away, I introduce the following because they start one thinking out-side the box and they are models that can be frame worked and lived without parents. One is an adult that moment one can support oneself and leave home!! 1. Think of all those young individuals in England, US, around the world who with this one counter intuitive idea could stop banging their heads against a wall. Of course they are being set up by those who feed off one's ignorance... http://www.sovereignman.com/expat/young-people-get-ready-to-grab-your-an... 2. And or get a bus (they are dirt cheap), cut ALL the chords (Direct Actions)-- sever the mundane with its propaganda and its self ratcheting hopelessness and "Get A Life"--As In One's Own--(Direct Results) without the utopia, rights and treadmill and permission conflict traps.... http://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Road-Harold-Hough/dp/1559500670/ref=cm_cr_... 3. Watch Steve Wynn's set-up, set-design and physical-framework (hotel/club) move to Macau (Direct Actions). Moving innovatively, spiritually and physically to spaces of freedom in an unfree world AND make innovation actually possible--(Direct Results). And that translates to waitresses making north of $100K in Macau working with Steve. http://www.lewrockwell.com/holland/holland19.1.html References: Book Review: How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World http://www.buildfreedom.com/bookrev.htm MIT is offering its course free online... http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm Mises.org offers it's works online free.... http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/daily-bell-interview141.html http://academy.mises.org/ http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north928.html
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    LibertySoldier 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Scarmig
    The doctors don't need your SS# to report your bills to the bureaus. They don't even need it to run your credit. Credit reports can be run without a SS# (your driver's license gives someone ALL the information they need). And the bureaus routinely sell your information to thousands of marketers, and a "soft pull" can be made on your bureau without you ever knowing about it! Your driver's license is probably more valuable to keep secret than your credit card! Very interesting article and comments, we are about to have our second child and I'm thinking of doing the same thing.
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    Tony Pivetta 3 years 30 weeks ago Page George F. Smith
    This is an excellent thumbnail history of the Federal Reserve System racket. Thanks.
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    rita 3 years 30 weeks ago
    Police Reform
    Web link Michael Dunn
    Abusive parents. And like all abusers, when caught, their first line of defense is to blame the victims.
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    Suverans2 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    G'day AtlasAikido, Well said!! Ten Star Award [indicated by a "thumb up"]!
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    Suverans2 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Michael Kleen
    Furthermore, you may be confusing "ideological thinking" with principles, Michael Kleen. principle 1. a rule of conduct, esp. of right conduct 2. such rules collectively 3. adherence to them; integrity; uprightness: a man of principle ~ Webster's 2010 New World College Dictionary
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    Suverans2 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Michael Kleen
    "...in the majority of men, there is such a love of tried arrangements, and so great a dread of experiments, that they will probably not act upon this right [to ignore the state] until long after it is safe to do so." ~ Herbert Spencer
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    Suverans2 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Michael Kleen
    Why do you resort to insults, Michael Kleen, do you really think they make your arguments stronger? But that aside, you seem to be confusing 'secession' with 'expatriation', as nearly everyone else does. One does not have to "move" anywhere when one secedes, i.e. withdraws from membership in the political corporation. And, "...you apparently missed these three questions, (the previous two times I posted them), since you failed to answer...", so I will try once more. (1) What is it you are looking for, the "magic bullet", the perfectly painless way to withdraw from membership in the STATE? [Edited for accuracy] (2) What is your strategy, change enough people's minds with your rhetoric, and "alternative news", that they will "alter or...abolish" the STATE for you? (3) Do you even know me, Michael Kleen? [This last one I have now asked four times!] Thank you, in advance, for your time and attention.
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    Re: The Revolutionary War (which created America) and the Civil War (which saved America) were close to being somewhat “justified.” The so -called Civil war--the South was not trying to invade the North. It was not a civil war. It hardly saved America. We are all slaves now. Abraham Lincoln destroyed the Philosophical Union and imposed a Physical Union--Force over Reason--using bayonets and a train of usurpations worse than England's George III--the reason for seceding from England in the first place--and Lincoln UNDID Jefferson's works and thereby added teeth (an understatement) to Hamilton's Proto-Fascist national banking super state agenda. They were both Revolutionary Wars. Re: the first War: The British are coming! Re: The second War: the British and their ways are already here with their Mercantilist agendas enforced by Abraham Lincoln's War of Northern Aggression. Lincoln's 'Second American Revolution' by Thomas J. DiLorenzo http://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo32.html Re: The [first] Revolutionary War as the "creator of America". Freedom--from tyranny and its train of usurpations--is necessary and essential but not sufficient. See Thomas DiLorenzo's "How Capitalism Saved America" (now remnant thanks to the planks of Abraham Lincoln's Unnecessary War. It was also the bloodiest war in American History and waged on civilians and later on the Indians). http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance90.html Other entries: http://www.google.com/custom?sa=Search&cof=LW%3A500%3BL%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fw... Re: The Southern cause was "close to being somewhat justified." The Southern cause was "NOT [just] close to being somewhat justified." It was right and completely justified. Lincoln's stated purpose in the war was to destroy the principle of the Declaration of Independence that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. Southerners no longer consented to being governed by Washington, DC, so Lincoln waged total war against them for four long years. Of course, he didn't put it this way but instead sugarcoated his objective with language about "saving the Union." At the time many Americans — including dozens of Northern newspaper editors — considered the act of compelling a state to remain in the Union at gunpoint to be destructive of the voluntary union of the states. And they were right. The Unknown Lincoln by Thomas J. DiLorenzo http://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo26.html Understanding the large body of knowledge that intellectuals Ayn Rand and Ludwig Von Mises and their students-- including the ground breaking work of Thomas Dilorenzo's, "The Real Lincoln", and Stephan Kinsella's illuminating work on CopyRight copywrongs and its co-destruction of a Division of Labor society--are essential to UN-Blinding what IS UnSeen and impossible to glean by just reading what one's masters write, teach and spread around. Lysander Spooner, the author of the 1845 book, The Unconstitutionality of Slavery and a celebrated abolitionist, wrote in his 1870 essay, "No Treason," that "all these cries of having ‘abolished slavery,' of having ‘preserved the union,' of establishing a ‘government by consent,' and of ‘maintaining the national honor' are all gross, shameless, transparent cheats — so transparent that they ought to deceive no one." Thanks to 140 years of propaganda in the government schools, these "cheats" now appear to deceive nearly everyone. Notes: Lysander Spooner who authored The Unconstitutionality of Slavery in 1845, ... http://www.google.com/custom?hl=en&cof=L:http://www.lewrockwell.com/lewr... Re: "During these days we feel in our gut that when General Sherman said, “War is hell” he was only half right. Yes, War is hell for those who wish to secede from exploitative empires. As soon as Gandhi began influencing millions of Indians, he and some 60,000 of his followers were imprisoned in 1930. This led Winston Churchill to declare that "Gandhi-ism and all it stands for [peaceful resistance to tyranny] will, sooner or later, have to be . . . crushed." "Gandhi had replaced Lenin as Churchill's arch nemesis," writes Baker. A New Look at How Wold War II Happened by Thomas J. DiLorenzo http://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo142.html Sherman was every bit as much a racist and white supremacist as Lincoln. He was also an anti-Semite, and of course hated red-skinned people almost as much as he hated South Carolinians — and would later kill them in even greater numbers. Slaves were raped, pillaged, and murdered indiscriminately along with the white population of the South, and Sherman did nothing to stop it. *This is documented*. It has been claimed in print that Sherman was some kind of egalitarian who was motivated by indignation over the degree of racial inequality in the South. (Cisco proves what delusional liars such Lincoln (and Sherman) cultists as Victor Davis Hanson are in "Abuse of African-Americans" by Sherman's army in Cisco's final, stomach-turning chapter. ...The union of the founders was destroyed in 1865. War Crimes Against Southern Civilians explains in great detail how, in addition to killing some 300,000 dissenters to rule by Washington, D.C. on the battlefield, the U.S. Army, under the micromanagement of Abe Lincoln, also murdered tens of thousands of Southern civilians, including thousands of slaves and free blacks, while stealing tens of millions of dollars of their private possessions as well. None of it was necessary, of course, for the purpose of ending slavery; all other countries on earth ended slavery peacefully during the nineteenth century. This included the British, Spanish, French, Dutch, and Danish colonies, where 96 percent of all the slaves in the Western Hemisphere once existed. The purpose of the war was to finally realize the Hamiltonian dream of a consolidated, monopolistic government that would pursue what Hamilton himself called "national greatness" and "imperial glory." The purpose of the war, in other words, was a New Birth of Empire, one that would hopefully rival the Europeans in the exploitation of their own citizens in the name of the glory of the state. Malice Toward All, Charity Toward None: The Foundations of the American State by Thomas J. DiLorenzo http://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo123.html
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    Re: ElasahBazlith, posted on May 18, 2011 "On sufferance? In 1848 the most commonly heard phrase was -"Free soil, free speech ,free labor, and free men." The good old days when men were men who had a cause. 'Tis taiseh to think one's penny silver of today? What happened to produce the timid men of today? Was it Ayn Rand? 'Tis funny to think these time bettering days. Why the clerisy of Ayn Rand?" But what of Ms ElasahBazlith's "clerisy" cause and obtuse jargon and conflations? And her response: "ElasahBazlith, posted on May 22, 2011 Look around these times that are self evident. Must be the text blindness and the isogloss. One should just re-read". Re: "Look around these times... It is necessary but certainly NOT sufficient AND Re: Look[ing] around these times [AND from the times of 1848 and on per ElasahBazlith's prior post] as so-called "self evident". I can almost see the pre-fox news-caster telling us in script or press or street mongering "in 1848 the most commonly heard phrase was -"Free soil, free speech ,free labor, and free men." But wait, Abraham Lincoln supported the 1848 amendment to the Illinois constitution that prohibited the immigration of blacks into the state. He supported a law that "kept pure from contamination" the electoral franchise by prohibiting "the admission of colored votes." He supported the notorious Illinois Black Codes that made it all but impossible for free blacks to earn a living; and he was a "manager" of the Illinois Colonization Society that sought to use state tax revenues to deport blacks out of the state. As president, he vigorously supported the Fugitive Slave Act that forced Northerners to hunt down runaway slaves and return them to slavery for a bounty and was about to break the back of the press/media and put the editors in jail and decimate the writ of habeas corpus and more.... See notes added to the end of this post. The Unknown Lincoln by Thomas J. DiLorenzo http://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo26.html EB posits that her conflation of the times of the legislator and tyrant Lincoln 1848 with free soil, labor, speech, and men should be "re-read and "must be text blindness and isogloss". And buttresses her conflation with "The good old days when men were men--such as Lincoln--who had an [UN-Just] cause and war". And then proceeds with "What happened to produce the timid men of today? Was it Ayn Rand?" Apparently these times and the times of 1848 are NOT "self-evident" to EB as her post conflates the UNFREEDOM works of Lincoln's times--1848--with freedom*; and then with the freedom works of Ayn Rand and Ludwig Von Mises and posits that Rand's and Mises students, "of today", Ron Paul, Dilorenzo and Kinsella etc as "timid"--and without "causes" let alone just. Lincoln destroyed the Philosophical Union and imposed a Physical Union--Force over Reason--using bayonets and a train of usurpations worse than England's George III--the reason for seceding in the first place--and UNDID Jefferson's works and thereby added teeth (an understatement) to Hamilton's Proto-Fascist national banking super state agenda. Lincoln's 'Second American Revolution' by Thomas J. DiLorenzo http://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo32.html Understanding the large body of knowledge that intellectuals ("clerisy") Ayn Rand and Ludwig Von Mises and their students-- including the ground breaking work of Thomas Dilorenzo's, "The Real Lincoln", and Stephan Kinsella's illuminating work on Copywrongs and its destruction of a Division of Labor society--are essential to UN-Blinding what IS UnSeen and impossible to glean as "self-evident" by "just" looking around and "re-reading" text. *Notes Regarding Abraham Lincoln specifically in 1848 (and from there on). http://www.google.com/custom?sa=Search&cof=LW%3A500%3BL%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fw... And regarding one of those entries: An African-American Icon Speaks Truth to the Lincoln Cult http://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo139.html Lincoln not only talked like a white supremacist; as a state legislator he supported myriad laws and regulations in Illinois that deprived the small number of free blacks in the state of any semblance of citizenship. Bennett gives us chapter and verse of how he supported a law that "kept pure from contamination" the electoral franchise by prohibiting "the admission of colored votes." He supported the notorious Illinois Black Codes that made it all but impossible for free blacks to earn a living; and he was a "manager" of the Illinois Colonization Society that sought to use state tax revenues to deport blacks out of the state. He also supported the 1848 amendment to the Illinois constitution that prohibited the immigration of blacks into the state. As president, he vigorously supported the Fugitive Slave Act that forced Northerners to hunt down runaway slaves and return them to slavery for a bounty. Lincoln knew that this law had led to the kidnapping of an untold number of free blacks who were thrown into slavery..... Notes: Regarding Lysander Spooner who authored The Unconstitutionality of Slavery in 1845, ... http://www.google.com/custom?hl=en&cof=L:http://www.lewrockwell.com/lewr... Spooner, the author of the 1845 book, The Unconstitutionality of Slavery and a celebrated abolitionist, wrote in his 1870 essay, "No Treason," that "all these cries of having ‘abolished slavery,' of having ‘preserved the union,' of establishing a ‘government by consent,' and of ‘maintaining the national honor' are all gross, shameless, transparent cheats — so transparent that they ought to deceive no one." Thanks to 140 years of propaganda in the government schools, these "cheats" now appear to deceive nearly everyone. PS If there is a Proto Fascist "The Real Lincoln" would make more sense. http://www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo44.html I do not see Libertarians speaking of Abraham Lincoln the Great Centralizer as the route to their Libertarianism but of Ayn Rand and Ludwid Von Mises
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    Tony Pivetta 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    Far from "saving America," the War of Northern Aggression utterly destroyed whatever vague semblance of a voluntary association then existed among the States. The Southern cause was "close to being somewhat justified."
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    Evan 3 years 30 weeks ago Page Jim Moore
    The Civil War "saving America" and "close to being somewhat justified," really? Other than that, nice column.
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    Michael Kleen 3 years 31 weeks ago Page Michael Kleen
    I see where you're trying to go with this analogy but it doesn't really work for several reasons. If the The Natural Rights Protection Agency was a private organization, I'm assuming there would be other, similar groups and I could just leave or join another group (or I could work to jettison the people responsible for moving the group in this new direction). However, your analogy for the State doesn't work because you can't leave "the State," you can move to other States - but then you would be stuck with the same problem. You could only move to States that were more free than the others, or to Antarctica, the ocean, or out in the wilderness somewhere where you can pretend the State doesn't exist. You could work to abolish that State, but you would need the cooperation of most, if not everyone, who depends on that State. The relationship between society and the State is far more complex than your analogy would assume, but as always, the dualistic mindset (it's either this or that) is one of the failings of ideological thinking.
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    Suverans2 3 years 31 weeks ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    "We Have Nothing to Fear but Government Itself" "Government" is a bogeyman, it is an artificial entity. "... in fact government...affords the individual no choice but to comply or be harmed." Sheesh, Alex R. Knight III, that statement, only perpetuates the fear! Folks, there's nothing you can do "but...comply or be harmed". “If you think you're too small to make a difference, spend the night with a mosquito" ~ Dalai Lama
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    Suverans2 3 years 31 weeks ago Page Michael Kleen
    "For many years, appeals to the U.S. Constitution have been used to fight the growing encroachment of government on our natural rights." Question, what would you do if you became a member of The Natural Rights Protection Agency and that protection agency began 'encroaching' on the very rights they were supposed to protect?
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    John deLaubenfels 3 years 31 weeks ago Web link Jad Davis
    I've watched Kevin Carson get more and more outlandish in his condemnations of IP, but this has GOT to take the cake. I guess, according to Carson and his wild-eyed friends, I'M a murderer, because I support copyright. What incredible nonsense!
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 31 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    The response to AtlasAikido's post was posted further down the thread, so his response was moved there.
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    Darkcrusade 3 years 31 weeks ago
    Why Slutwalk?
    Web link Jad Davis
    What clothes does a grandma or geriatric wear to intice the rape? What does an infant or a child wear to intice the rape?
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    tzo 3 years 31 weeks ago Page Michael Kleen
    I think this article is an excellent example of why Constitutional government will always degrade into tyranny. The fellas who make the laws get to interpret the "restraining" piece of paper to their advantage. Within a system in which brute force compels obedience to law, only brute force (revolution) can "reform" it. But if that same reformed system (Constitutional government) stays in place, then you're just running another lap. This article can perhaps help people see the futility of using the system to change the system and just maybe get them to consider other options—like abandoning it—when they hear them. Eventually, when things get stupid enough, it won't sound so crazy.
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    Lawrence M. Ludlow 3 years 31 weeks ago Page Lawrence M. Ludlow
    Hi, Glen, my experience with Richard Rider has left me with many reservations about him.
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    Suverans2 3 years 31 weeks ago
    Natural Law
    Web link Don Stacy
    Artificial. As opposed to "natural", means created or produced by man. California Casualty Indemnity Exchange v. Industrial Accident Commission of California, 13 Cal.2d 529, 90 P.2d 289 Created by art, or by law; existing only by force of...[human] law. Humanly contrived. ~ Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition (c.1991), page 113 [Emphasis and bracketed information added] "A mature adult is supposed to know the difference between the real world and the games people play, between the natural and the artificial. He or she is supposed to be able to keep such things in perspective." ~ Frank van Dun, Ph.D., Dr.Jur. - Senior lecturer Philosophy of Law.
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    Suverans2 3 years 31 weeks ago
    Natural Law
    Web link Don Stacy
    Just curious, if any of you "sovereign men and women" read Frank's short treatise on Natural Law, and, if so, what is your feedback on it? Natural law, natural rights, natural liberty, et cetera, are only relevant[1] to free men and women, that is to say men and women who have not voluntarily "subjected themselves to the dominion of a [man-made] government", or those who have withdrawn from membership in all man-made "political" groups. "That the majority shall prevail is a rule posterior to [coming after] the formation of government, and results from it. It is not a rule binding upon mankind in their natural state. There, [in the natural state] every man is independent of all laws, except those prescribed by nature. He is not bound by any institutions formed by his fellowmen without his consent." ~ CRUDEN v. NEALE, 2 N.C. 338 (1796) 2 S.E. 70. [Bracketed information added] ___________________________________________________________________________________________ [1] relevant adjective ▸ directly connected with and important to what is being discussed or considered ~ Macmillan Dictionary
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    ElasahBazlith 3 years 31 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    Look around these times that are self evident. Must be the text blindness and the isogloss. One should just re-read.
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 31 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    Re: ElasahBazlith's "Tis funny"? Posted on May 18, 2011 And Re: "On sufferance? In 1848 the most commonly heard phrase was -"Free soil, free speech ,free labor, and free men." The good old days when men were men who had a cause. 'Tis taiseh to think one's penny silver of today? What happened to produce the timid men of today? Was it Ayn Rand? 'Tis funny to think these time bettering days. Why the clerisy of Ayn Rand?" Funny (Pronunciation: (fun'ē), —adj., -ni•er, -ni•est,—n., pl. -nies.3. warranting suspicion; deceitful; underhanded 5. strange; peculiar; odd. How funny is taking the Proto-Fascist UNFreedom "good old days" works of "The Real Lincoln" [the UN"timid" Tyrant of 1848]--and his Politics in the Realm of Scum--AND conflating it with Ayn Rand? "The Real Lincoln" by Thomas Dilorenzo http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig2/w-williams1.html So does Ayn Rand belong in it (The "Politics of the Realm of Scum")? I say No. See posts on this thread. And what of Ron Paul? () Article by Doug Casey. There is no way to avert the train wreck now (as presciently depicted in Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"). The plus-51% of the population on the dole alone guarantees it – that’s the point of no return. Not to mention the abject failure of the government education system, and many other factors discussed above and in the article "Politics of the Realm of Scum" Does Ron Paul belong in it too? http://lewrockwell.com/casey/casey84.1.html "Hate-Group Racketeering" On adding a person's name to the neo-hate proto-group-trap du jour Posted by Thomas DiLorenzo on May 21, 2011 10:56 AM http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/88498.html I would hardly call DiLorenzo nor Casey nor Ron Paul timid nor anti-freedom (and certainly not Ayn Rand nor Ludwig Von Mises whose shoulders they are standing on in their own right). But what of Ms ElasahBazlith's "clerisy" cause and obtuse jargon? Perhaps Hamilton, Clay and Lincoln and their evidenced Proto-Mercantalist/Fascist agendas?
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 31 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Re: A New York county is launching a registry for animal abusers which could also help to identify potential violence against women and children. [And] I concur with Rita, the ominous article--Pet Abuse Registry May Also Protect Children--badly needs to be linked with: Just as we're told that practically any development justifies "expanded vigilance" against terrorism, just about any adolescent problem or behavior can be depicted as an indication that the youngster is "at risk," and thus needs to be confined in a BM facility to get "straightened out" through means that include unambiguous torture. The Authentic Cruelty of a Synthetic Man by William Norman Grigg http://lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w213.html But then Politics Is the Realm of Scum So does Ron Paul belong in it? Article by Doug Casey. There is no way to avert the train wreck now. The plus-51% of the population on the dole alone guarantees it – that’s the point of no return. Not to mention the abject failure of the government education system, and many other factors we’ve discussed before. http://lewrockwell.com/casey/casey84.1.html
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    rita 3 years 31 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    This article badly needs to be linked with some stats on the growing number of family pets being shot by police in their increasingly violent war against everybody.
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    Suverans2 3 years 31 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    G'day Michael Kleen, Good to see someone concerned about "Frankenfood", but be aware that this only pertains to "fruits and vegetables", and that, currently, "More than 60 percent of the food products on grocery shelves contain genetically engineered ingredients". "If you want to avoid GMO's — genetically modified organisms — you're out of luck. They're not listed. You could, until now, simply buy organic foods, which by law can't contain more than 5 percent GMO's. Now, however, even that may not work. It's unlikely that these [Frankenfood] products' potential benefits could possibly outweigh their potential for harm. But even more unbelievable is that the FDA and the USDA will not require any of these products, or foods containing them, to be labeled as genetically engineered, because they don't want to "suggest or imply" that these foods are "different." (Labels with half-truths about health benefits appear to be OK, but that's another story.)"
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    Suverans2 3 years 31 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    G'day Sharon Secor, This won't be well received, but "common law[1]" marriages between citizens are also open to STATE intervention. "Earle Lilly, a noted divorce lawyer from Houston, ...represented a woman who claimed Dave Winfield as her common-law husband and won a $1.6 million judgment." "Citizenship", alone, "invites exactly this sort of intervention", since, like cattle (chattel), we become the "movable property" of the government, when we "submit [ourselves (individually)] to the dominion of [the] government", or when we don't (individually) rebut the presumption that we have submitted ourselves to the dominion of the government. The "rancher" gets to decide what his "cattle" can, or cannot, do. The only way out of this is to "withdraw from membership in the [herd]". ______________________________________________________________________________________ [1] If the two of you are not "citizens" of a government, your marriage will be called a "natural law marriage", because you will be of the natural state, or state of nature. Conjunctio mariti et faeminae est de jure naturae. The union of a man and a woman [as opposed to "persons" or "citizens"] is of the law of nature. ~ Bouvier's 1856 Law Dictionary, Maxim of Law
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    Suverans2 3 years 31 weeks ago Web link Sharon Secor
    Common Law Marriage Fact Sheet IF YOU LIVE IN A STATE THAT DOES RECOGNIZE COMMON LAW MARRIAGE: If you live in one of the above states and you "hold yourself out to be married" (by telling the community you are married, calling each other husband and wife, using the same last name, filing joint income tax returns, etc.), you can have a common law marriage (for more information on the specific requirements of each state, see next page). Common law marriage makes you a legally married couple in every way, even though you never obtained a marriage license. IF YOU LIVE IN A STATE THAT DOES NOT RECOGNIZE COMMON LAW MARRIAGE, there is no way to form a common law marriage, no matter how long you live with your partner. There is one catch: if you spend time in a state that does recognize common law marriage, "hold yourself out as married," and then return or move to a state that doesn't recognize it, you are still married (since states all recognize marriages that occurred in other states). However, this is murky legal territory and we don't recommend experimenting with it! ___________________________________________________________________________________ Earle Lilly, a noted divorce lawyer from Houston, represented a woman who claimed Dave Winfield as her common-law husband and won a $1.6 million judgment.
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    AtlasAikido 3 years 31 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    ....I would add that whilst Ayn Rand was moving the world fulcrum flow forward inch at a time and appearing "rigid" and "wooden" to some....I would submit she was self inoculating herself too. But without the timing and division of labor pressures of technology or the internet to press the "big" problem of intellectual property issue home she tripped over it. But she started to front-load her book sales (the reality thingy was pressing home). I will put up a link to that when I find it. Here is the link: If You Believe in IP, How Do You Teach Others? Mises Daily: Monday, November 16, 2009 by Jeffrey A. Tucker http://mises.org/daily/3864 Ayn Rand's royalties from her work Night of January 16th gave her the first taste of financial independence, and how she later came to believe that she had not received enough. With each successive negotiation for book royalties and film rights, her terms became ever higher and ever more strict. ...Now, in a free market, there is nothing wrong with an upfront payment for first-run rights to a book or movie. It is by being first past the post that profits are made. Rand had perfectly sound instincts (a person should charge as much as he or she can for first run) but Rand's rationale was rooted in a modern notion of intellectual property... It goes on to show that not until N. Branden stopped intervening in word usage of Objectivism did it the philosophy flourish and change the western world and influence the Libertarians. And clearly this IP issue tied up her movie release and production. But we now know--not everyone, but it is out there now--that Intellectual Property (patents ad copyright) is a monopoly mine field that held back the division of labor society. And this ground breaking knowledge is thanks to some of her and Ludwig Von Mises innovative thinking students: Stephan Kinsella and Jeffrey Tucker. But I love this music: Atlas Shrugged Movie Music: The John Galt Them http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV2mULGktiw&feature=related "How a world without copyright would exist”? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL2FOrx41N0 From http://blog.mises.org/13327/l-neith-smith-on-ip/#comment-703028 By Curt Howland
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    Glen Allport 3 years 31 weeks ago Page George F. Smith
    Just excellent, and an incredibly important topic. War after war, including the war on drugs, the war on supplements, the war on free speech, the war on unpasteurized milk, and a thousand other coercive and violent assaults on people are funded by and ultimately only POSSIBLE (certainly at such levels) because of central banking and fiat currency. Wars and other systematic assaults on people cost money, and even an onerous tax system can only squeeze so much from the citizens. Fiat money does the rest.
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    Paul 3 years 31 weeks ago Web link Michael Kleen
    Actually, a "double-tap" is two quick shots to the same place. For example, the "Mozambique drill" is a double-tap to the chest, followed by a shot to the head. If Burrows is going to write about jargon, he ought to get the jargon right.
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    KenK 3 years 31 weeks ago
    The Old Farm Shed
    Page Paul Bonneau
    @ Pivetta That's just sentimentality. Bonneau's right. Looks cool, but not worth damn. Forget about it and move on.
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    MarylineM (not verified) 3 years 31 weeks ago
    Life Sentence for Weed
    Web link Michael Dunn
    This is completely ridiculous. Maryline
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    Tony Pivetta 3 years 31 weeks ago
    The Old Farm Shed
    Page Paul Bonneau
    Even as a natural-order anarchist, part of me still wants to believe the Constitution advances libertarian ideals. Politicians swear to uphold it. Doesn't it count for something when we show how they're violating it at every turn? Then again, libertarians have been doing that since the dawn of the Republic, and Thomas Jefferson's "natural order of things" still holds: "Liberty yields and government gains grounds." Time to catch the clue bus, I suppose. Hats off to you, Mr. Bonneau! Your analogy is all the more devastating and beautful for its simplicity.