MEMBER

Paul Bonneau's picture
Offline
Columnist
Joined: 2009-12-24
Columns on STR: 77

GENERAL INFORMATION

This member hasn't provided any details.

RECENT COMMENTS BY Paul Bonneau

Columns by Paul Bonneau

Tools for Tyrants: Hatred, AKA 'Divide and Conquer'
9.2
Paul Bonneau 2011-11-04 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR   The next tool we are going to examine is the tyrant’s use and encouragement of hatred among those he wishes to govern. This is a part of the “divide and conquer” or “divide and rule” strategy.   Of the elements mentioned in the Wikipedia article, the most important are 1) creating or encouraging divisions among...
Tools for Tyrants: Fear
10
Paul Bonneau 2011-10-25 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR  It occurred to me that it might be useful to dissect the tools that tyrants use to keep us under their thumbs. Knowing what they are and how they use them can help us defend against them. I don’t know if anyone has systematically gone over this before. If someone knows of such an effort, please comment below.   The first tool (ignoring...
How to Get a Job
9.5
Paul Bonneau 2011-09-12 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR  Most of us have grown up in an era of substantial job growth (funded largely by low interest rate-driven malinvestment, but no need go get into that now). Any fool could make a million. Well, the party is over, and mindsets that might have been workable then, have now become harmful to self-preservation. It’s time to examine this point.  ...
Not Enough Enemies? Let’s Create More!
9
Paul Bonneau 2011-09-08 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau Exclusive to STR  I was just reading how anarcho-syndicalists are so bad, that they are even worse than the state.   Wow, that is something else. We have no idea what things are going to come about at this end of empire, what our true enemies will be; but we are already searching for other dragons to slay. The more obscure, the better!   The article, by...
Homeschooling Is Easy!
9.5
Paul Bonneau 2011-09-07 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   I was reading Lawrence Ludlow’s excellent series on Voluntarist schooling when I came upon this statement: “For many busy parents, home-schooling is not an option – despite the extraordinary success of home-schooled children. Many parents do not have the time, skills, and resources needed by their children to flourish....
Where's My Contract?
9.85714
Paul Bonneau 2011-07-18 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR Dear Senator Enzi,   I was reading Robert Higgs' article Consent of the Governed? when I suddenly realized that I have misplaced my copy of my Social Contract. You know, the signed agreement between myself and the federal government, allowing the latter to rule me? I have looked everywhere and cannot find it.   Would you please make a copy of...
The Old Farm Shed
9.875
Paul Bonneau 2011-05-20 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   I once owned a small farm that had gone to the weeds. On this farm was a shed, the kind one sees on working farms with one side open and tractors parked inside, or hay bales stacked. For some reason I woke up this morning, thinking about that shed.   When friends came over, we’d be out walking around and they’d invariably say...
The Secret Ballot: A Tool For Tyrants
9
Paul Bonneau 2011-05-12 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR It’s funny how human beings can become so attached to a meme, that they can’t even imagine life without it. As the Wikipedia article on the secret ballot puts it, “Today the practice of casting secret ballots is so commonplace that most voters would not consider that any other method might be used.” It is somehow imagined to...
Don’t Leave Me Alone... Not!
9
Paul Bonneau 2011-05-02 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR   One of the Strike The Root guest editors linked to an article a few days back, Steve Horwitz’ "Don’t Leave Me Alone". This was an opportunity for a little personal edification. One question that arose was, “What is a libertarian?”   Apparently the answer is, “Who the Hell knows?” In other words, it...
America: What Good Is It?
9.5
Paul Bonneau 2011-04-21 03:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR I was lying in bed last night, thinking how frustrating it can be to live in America today. So much potential, yet squandered for the basest purposes! I started thinking of reasons America is both great and lousy at the same time. Here is a rough list I came up with:     America - THE GOOD   Freedom: It’s still very popular here, and...
Some Problems With the Farm Analogy
9
Paul Bonneau 2011-03-31 03:00
Column by Paul Bonneau Exclusive to STR  Recently, STR linked to a video of “The Story of Your Enslavement”. While I largely agree with his view on this, and while I think his exposition is effective in breaking through all the lies we have used to enslaved ourselves, still there are some points about it that bother me.   What Molyneux is using here, is analogy. Analogy is a...
A Response to 'More on Minarchism as Evil'
9
Paul Bonneau 2011-03-09 04:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.  Exclusive to STR  Responding to Per’s recent column, I will quote a couple of passages:   “...I have argued exclusively that a full-scale alliance (in the sense of an integrated, all-encompassing, and unified movement) is both counterproductive and impossible.”   I have to agree, as far as that goes. But there are a few problems with...
There’s No Such Thing as a Statist
7
Paul Bonneau 2011-02-21 04:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   Nor are there any minarchists or anarchists.   In this brouhaha stirred up by Per Bylund, some strange lines of argument have appeared. Here is an example:   ---------------- "There are a huge number who would reject abolishing the state while consenting to leave us alone." [quoted from previous comment] That is redundant...
Become Dangerous (Part 2)
10
Paul Bonneau 2011-02-14 04:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR I thought I’d update the previous article I wrote on this subject. This was prompted by, among other things, an article about “Shooting on a Shoestring" also posted at lewrockwell.com.   The author likes the SKS for a defense carbine. They certainly qualify for shooting on a shoestring, and there is an undeniable utility in a semi-...
The Republic Is a Fraud
8
Paul Bonneau 2011-02-01 04:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   Have you ever noticed how many people have bought into this notion that America is a republic? It’s amusing in a forum to use the word “democracy”; invariably, someone huffily states we have a Constitutional Republic, as if that statement closed the matter for good. How silly is that?   The Wikipedia article for the...
Why the Split Between Non-Violent and Violent Resistance?
5.5
Paul Bonneau 2011-01-31 04:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   Following a comment from the editor, it occurred to me to take a look at the split between those who advocate nonviolent resistance to tyranny, and those who would not thus limit themselves. Is it actually necessary for this split to exist?   I should first say, that anyone who has a favorite online source that addresses this issue,...
How Fortunate We Are
0
Paul Bonneau 2010-12-31 04:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   It’s easy to lose sight of the big picture sometimes, when reading depressing articles like this or like some I myself have written in the past. Listening to Alex Jones for any length of time can send one into despair (one of the reasons I don’t do that).   When I was running the Wyoming Liberty Index, I noticed that even in...
Political Prisoners in America
9
Paul Bonneau 2010-12-13 04:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR One bit of indoctrination I have found it difficult to shake, is the notion that only other countries have political prisoners. Perhaps you have the same mental knee-jerk reaction that I do, when I hear that phrase: people rotting in prisons in Cuba, or some other banana republic run by a military honcho, or Burma, or North Korea. But are such examples...
Hooray for the TSA! Recommended
10
Paul Bonneau 2010-11-18 04:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   It’s just funny what a complete cluster-f*ck government can make of something if you simply let them have their way. I suppose that is normal with all parasitic organisms; they could live just fine if they knew when to stop their depredations--but they never do. They literally cannot avoid the self-destructive course.   The latest...
Voting Is Even More Worthless Than You Think
6.25
Paul Bonneau 2010-11-01 03:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   I wonder how many of our readers ever participated in an election, in which their vote was the decisive one? The chances are pretty small, mathematically. But they are actually even smaller than the math predicts!   Let’s imagine a race between Statist Candidate A and Statist Candidate B, and in the vote count, they differ by only...
It's Better to Lose an Election, Than to Win
9
Paul Bonneau 2010-10-08 03:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   I've read lots of articles about the disutility of voting. It's not like there are a shortage of them! Here's my take on it, perhaps a bit different than most (my title refers to winning or losing from the voter's point of view, not the politician's).   At my age, 60, I've seen a lot of elections. Much of my life was spent in frantically...
A Momentous Anarchic Event: The 2008-2009 Great American Gun Buy
8.5
Paul Bonneau 2010-09-27 03:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   Anarchy is often all around us, yet we do not see it. Perhaps we have been conditioned by the state propaganda organs too well. One recent event, perhaps the most significant anarchic event ever, was the huge ramp-up in sales of military-pattern rifles starting on Obama's election in November 2008 and tapering back down to normal in the...
Become Dangerous
9
Paul Bonneau 2010-09-16 03:00
By Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   You know who you are. You're a "philosophical libertarian" or "philosophical anarchist." You might think of yourself as a bit bookish or intellectual. You tend to express yourself through words rather than action.   You have a philosophical agreement, perhaps including some discomfort, with the right to bear arms. You either...
Why People Believe Government Is Here to Help Us Recommended
10
Paul Bonneau 2010-08-27 03:00
By Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR     The tenacity of the meme, that government is here to help us and protect us, is hard to understand. All evidence throughout history points in the opposite direction--that government is here to prey on us, and that if there is anything we need protection from, it is our own governments. Why do people cling to this harmful meme?   A...
Life Without Rights
7.5
Paul Bonneau 2010-06-25 03:00
By Paul Bonneau   Exclusive to STR     What if you woke up one morning, no longer believing you had a "right to life" - whatever you mean by that? How would your life change?   Some have contended that one would immediately commit suicide! Or they somehow imagine that people would no longer defend their lives from killers, passively awaiting their fate. Of course...
The Compromise
9
Paul Bonneau 2014-05-21 08:12
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR Why is it that evil proliferates? What mechanism keeps it going? Who is to blame? Why are there so many wars and occupations? Why such huge amounts of theft (“taxes”, fines, fees and “civil forfeiture”)? Why are so many nonviolent people in jail? What keeps the “War on Some Drugs” going? Why does the police state expand...
The Advantage of Panarchy
9
Paul Bonneau 2014-07-14 06:32
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR The crucial advantage of Panarchy is that it converts aggressive violence into defense. Most people on the Internet tend to “stick with their own kind”; for example, liberals read only sites like Daily Kos. However, when they venture out and run into those of different persuasions, you always see a battle of competing arguments, and the...
Dehumanizing People is Fun
8.85714
Paul Bonneau 2012-03-13 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR It is clearly fun to make fun of people. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be such a popular pastime.   One can imagine why we are prone to this kind of behavior. For example, in the old days, if you wanted to slaughter another tribe and steal their women and take all their stuff, dehumanizing them first was eminently sensible. It erases all inhibitions...
How to Know When You Have Liberty
8.83333
Paul Bonneau 2011-12-12 01:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR There seems to be a lot of confusion on this point. Many people believe they are living in a state of liberty, while others don’t think so. How can you know for sure? I have devised a simple test that, I believe, can be used to determine when you have liberty.   I am here following the distinction that some use, between freedom and liberty:...
A Momentous Anarchic Event: The 2008-2009 Great American Gun Buy
8.5
Paul Bonneau 2010-09-27 03:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   Anarchy is often all around us, yet we do not see it. Perhaps we have been conditioned by the state propaganda organs too well. One recent event, perhaps the most significant anarchic event ever, was the huge ramp-up in sales of military-pattern rifles starting on Obama's election in November 2008 and tapering back down to normal in the...
Discrimination
8.5
Paul Bonneau 2012-04-24 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR  The sign in the window said, “No Firearms Allowed Inside”. First thing that came to my mind was, “Great, now what am I supposed to do? Leave my gun out here lying on the sidewalk?” My next thought was, “I am trying to do business with morons.”   I was in front of the local office of my ISP provider, a company...
Logical Fallacies?
8.5
Paul Bonneau 2014-06-30 08:23
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR I vaguely remember when I first discovered logical fallacies (hint: it was not in a government school); I recall being thrilled that there were some boundaries for argumentation that could be used to reject some poor arguments and help find the truth of things. I have long used Stephen Downes’ site as a particularly good exposition of them, since it...
CISPA: Should We Care?
8.33333
Paul Bonneau 2012-06-07 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   Yet again the puppet masters have gotten all the puppets jumping about in a frenzy. It makes me wonder whether there is actually reason to get exercised about this bill.   Certainly, the notion that the U.S. government will protect the Internet from attacks is absurd, given that the source of all the most serious attacks (of which CISPA...
Voting With Our Feet
8.2
Paul Bonneau 2013-04-29 07:31
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR I was listening to Stewart Rhodes' stirring speech in Connecticut and finding myself in (reluctant) disagreement. He was talking about all the sacrifices made by men in WWII and other wars, and yet how their efforts were betrayed by the destruction of liberty back home. Now setting aside for the moment the question of what those men were actually...
The Republic Is a Fraud
8
Paul Bonneau 2011-02-01 04:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   Have you ever noticed how many people have bought into this notion that America is a republic? It’s amusing in a forum to use the word “democracy”; invariably, someone huffily states we have a Constitutional Republic, as if that statement closed the matter for good. How silly is that?   The Wikipedia article for the...
Private Property vs. 'Your Stuff'
8
Paul Bonneau 2012-02-21 01:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR I don’t know what it is about the word “property.” Every time I think about it, the thought seems to include such state baggage as titles, and places to record those titles like county courthouses, and arguments in court over who owns it, and state regulations on transferring it, and even taxes! The latest big fuss over “...
Should Anarchists Be Tolerated?
8
Paul Bonneau 2012-02-10 01:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR  I had earlier addressed the question of tolerance of anarchists, in this article. At some point, it occurred to me to actually ask the question. After all, we have these wonderful forum tools that include polls!   I went to my favorite gun forum, one I recommend, by the way, Oleg Volk’s Gun Rights Media. On a sub-board called “Ethics...
Voting Is Not Irrational
8
Paul Bonneau 2012-10-22 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR I just got done reading another article whacking the practice of voting. This one declares that voting is a fool's game. One begins to wonder if this is a productive tack. How many voters are convinced by such arguments? Aren’t we just “preaching to the choir”? Are we hacking at the branches of evil, or striking the root? I have made...
What's So Special About Newtown?
7.6
Paul Bonneau 2012-12-24 08:46
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR By now it seems everything that could be said about Newtown, has already been said--multiple times in some cases. Here’s an attempt to bring something new to the discussion. Why are people horrified? When I sit back and think about this, a few things come to mind. First is the thing that virtually every parent must feel: the dread that they may...
Life Without Rights
7.5
Paul Bonneau 2010-06-25 03:00
By Paul Bonneau   Exclusive to STR     What if you woke up one morning, no longer believing you had a "right to life" - whatever you mean by that? How would your life change?   Some have contended that one would immediately commit suicide! Or they somehow imagine that people would no longer defend their lives from killers, passively awaiting their fate. Of course...
It's Not That Bad After All
7.33333
Paul Bonneau 2012-09-25 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR I was talking to a friend who was worried and depressed about NDAA and “rendition” and that sort of thing. She had been reading a lot on lewrockwell.com (or maybe even prisonplanet.com). It struck me that this normally-happy woman was actually worried, as if she feared imminent arrest.   Imagine you own the most reliable car in the world;...
There’s No Such Thing as a Statist
7
Paul Bonneau 2011-02-21 04:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   Nor are there any minarchists or anarchists.   In this brouhaha stirred up by Per Bylund, some strange lines of argument have appeared. Here is an example:   ---------------- "There are a huge number who would reject abolishing the state while consenting to leave us alone." [quoted from previous comment] That is redundant...
Voting Is Even More Worthless Than You Think
6.25
Paul Bonneau 2010-11-01 03:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   I wonder how many of our readers ever participated in an election, in which their vote was the decisive one? The chances are pretty small, mathematically. But they are actually even smaller than the math predicts!   Let’s imagine a race between Statist Candidate A and Statist Candidate B, and in the vote count, they differ by only...
Why the Split Between Non-Violent and Violent Resistance?
5.5
Paul Bonneau 2011-01-31 04:00
Column by Paul Bonneau.   Exclusive to STR   Following a comment from the editor, it occurred to me to take a look at the split between those who advocate nonviolent resistance to tyranny, and those who would not thus limit themselves. Is it actually necessary for this split to exist?   I should first say, that anyone who has a favorite online source that addresses this issue,...
Freedom is Not an Intellectual Pursuit
5
Paul Bonneau 2011-11-30 01:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR Every once in a while, I get tired of arguments around here, trying in some way or other to justify freedom and liberty. One can go overboard with this stuff.   After all, does one need a PhD in Philosophy to understand freedom? Of course not. Everybody already understands it. It’s just doing whatever the Hell you want to do. No justification is...