Break the Cult That is Government, Be Free by Lee


“Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. ”Patriotism” is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by ”patriotism” I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one’s own nation, which is the concern with the nation’s spiritual as much as with its material welfare /never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one’s country which is not part of one’s love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.”

- Erich Fromm

There is no religion, mantra, life choice, sexual orientation, food, race, martial art, philosophy, tradition or other that can rightly claim supremacy without becoming a cult meme, a cult by definition is a negative thing. Devotion without compromise while admirable for the cultist is in the end something that will restrict knowledge, trample others, and cause pain and great suffering. The idea embodied within the desire for government is that each person is subject to what the others around them desire, either through regulation, restriction or coercion running the gamut from fining to death.

Self-rule (freedom) calls for respect for all other opinions and beliefs as long as those of others do not cause them to threaten or cause harm to others, in that they are restricted by virtue of the need for self-preservation. Self-rule allows others to practice what they will without restriction or the desire to “regulate” said actions. Self-rule is perfectly embodied in society, which calls for peaceful cohabitation without restriction.

For every approach there are hundreds of alternative views, and they are limited only by natural law which follows the simple maxim of “do no harm,” those who truly desire freedom will not deign to cause others harm or restrict their actions. In a truly free society, everyone is allowed to be who they are, and must learn to live with others and their differences. Freedom requires nothing but allows everything as long as those actions taken do no harm to another.

In a truly free society, there is no reason for war, prisons or the initiation of force and violence.

In a truly free society, peace is taken for granted because there is no greater meme to follow, or promote.

Within a free society each can choose what they will and sit down for coffee with anyone they wish to.

In a legislated or a “gun-run” society, be it democracy, socialism, communism, fascism, theocracy or monarchy, there is only the greater meme, there is no real thought for the individual because the individual is a threat to the safety and goals of the legislated society. This is government, and this is why government cannot in any way ever be good. Government is incapable of righting wrongs because the wrongs committed are exclusively the province of the government. Outside of the natural law, or the simply followed “do no harm” there is no law that is just. Government divides, society rebuilds, government restricts, society advances, government kills, society births new life.

Many will argue that without government we would have nothing, however, I argue that historically it has been free society and not government that has given us advancement. There is no advancement that was not first initiated by the single thoughtful man, government historically has not created or advanced anything without harnessing through force the labor and intellectual wealth of individuals.

It was not government that discovered washing would keep one from becoming ill regularly; in fact, government at the direction of religion (another form of government) burned those who would advance medicinal practices for “witchcraft.” It was not government that discovered nuclear power, originally meant for peaceful clean energy solutions it was government that caused it to be vilified and treated as evil through its military uses. It was not government that created gunpowder, originally used to mine in China, it was government that later discovered that it made a better weapon to murder millions. It was not government that dreamed of flight, rockets, and submarines. It was government that made those platforms of war and through their use in military applications reduces the potential for true space travel. It was not government that initiated any positive thing, it was government that has stolen, coerced and “required” all to further its goals.

Government is treated as a supreme being by some, venerated by many and reviled by few. In the end, government is simply an entity, one that can easily be discarded and need not exist. Government exists solely as a result of the support given it by the adherents of the cult that is it. Be free, and withdraw support. There is no real need for government, everything that is supposedly accomplished by government can and is accomplished better by each of us. Break the cult meme hold government has on you, and remember we are all humans, only under government are we divided by anything.

“It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.”

- Robert A. Heinlein

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Limited Government, Unicorns and the Will to Kill by Bill Buppert


“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”

- William Boetcker

“Indeed, in a free government almost all other rights would become worthless if the government possessed power over the private fortune of every citizen.”

-John Marshall


I issue a standard challenge to everyone within earshot:  show me one government or nation state which became smaller and smaller over time and increasingly less injurious to the freedom and liberty of individuals.  Again, I hear the bleating of the usual suspects on the alleged Right who claim that new-found respect for the Constitution will set everything right and we will all skip down the yellow brick road of the small government paradise known as America.  I will not belabor the details here for I have covered the Constitution abundantly in both essays and speaking engagements to show it for what it is:  a doomsday machine designed to bring maximum government to bear against a helpless citizenry reduced to bondage to the same document.  It is the great centralizer and grants unlimited power of taxation to the overlords in DC at Mordor on the Potomac.  I have championed the Articles of Confederation in the past but even those documents were flawed but certainly gave smaller government a chance.  In the end, limited government and small government never exist for long before metastasizing into enormous machines built for one purpose:  to extract unlimited obedience on pain of caging, maiming and/or death of all persons living within the acknowledged confines of the taxing jurisdiction known as nation-states.  Nothing less, nothing more.  Politicians are neither statesman nor public persons of noble intent; they are simply a self-selected class of psycho/sociopaths whose only agenda is the monopoly of the power to enforce what I just described.  Despite all the court historians and contemporary mouthpieces who sing paeans to government and the denizens who run it, the agenda remains the same: the destruction of individual direction and volition and the harnessing of the captured citizenry to the whims and will of the rulers.  You have been lied to and civics class in the government education system then and now has been a descriptive mechanism to rationalize yoking individuals into the collective hive of the state.

You cannot have a government without willing or unwilling submission of the subjects to the will of the rulers.  There is no historical antecedent or precedent for a government ever staying within the confines of its originating power.  None.  This speaks to my interpretation of the Western exodus in America in the 18th and 19th century.  The court historians talk about the wide open spaces and the frontier mentality.  This was  certainly a component but the main reason was a desire on the part of those sickened by the liberty-crushing Atlantic Constitutionalists to flee from that document and its strangulation of their freedom bit by bit. I can just imagine the two Celt brothers coming to a screaming halt at the  beaches of California, looking over their shoulders and shouting: “Swim! The Constitution is right behind us!”.  Limited government is a legal fiction, a chimera and a cruel and tempting illusion.  It is the same as a belief in unicorns.  Unless I fasten a narwhal tusk to a most displeased horse’s forehead, they have never existed nor ever will (barring genetic engineering advances).  Judging from the behavior of the elected Tea Baggers in the unholy corridors of power of DC, they should ditch the Gadsden and hoist a unicorn bedecked flag. Political action will never reduce the size of government.  The incentives are so perverse to do otherwise that Buchanan’s Public Choice theories come to the fore with a vengeance.  Buppert’s Corollary to Acton’s Axiom is that power attracts the corruptible and absolute power attracts even worse.

Let’s conduct a quick thought experiment:  Washington said that “[g]overnment is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”  Absent the ability to cajole, fine, cage, maim and/or kill, how can government get the voluntary obedience of its citizens?  Would everyone pay the various levels of extortionate taxes imposed voluntarily?  Would they stop for those flashing lights for a speeding violation if compliance were not mandatory?  For without tax agents and police powers, no government would be capable of exacting obedience from the residents of their taxing jurisdictions.  Without regulatory or tax slavery, a government could not function…at all.  They are based on the threat or actual use of violence against EVERYONE.  Because if one, just one individual, (outside of the DC nomenklatura)  got away with not paying taxes or obeying even the most banal of the tens of thousands of laws imposed year after year by the wise men appointed and elected above us, the system would collapse in weeks or months.

Terrorism is defined by Caleb Carr as politically motivated violence against non-combatants and it just so happens that definition is coincident with government behavior at its root and as observed every day.  The dozens of agencies that have a charters or sub-charters to deal with formal terrorism cannot even agree on what that definition is. The War on Terror is a nonsensical enterprise on so many levels but you would think a sober government analyst would realize an honest government would pursue this to self-eradication.  We all know, of course, that an honest government is an impossibility.

If the sheeple got even a glimpse of the reality that is the mechanism that enslaves them, they may be rather upset that they no control over their own own destinies.

The powers that be are fond of pointing to the worst government abuse historically on Earth and making claims of moral superiority, but in the end, while the Communist and National Socialist governments in the twentieth century may have harmed their respective populations and those they subdued through war, at least, we have the moral high ground.   Of course, this is much like a getting an Underachiever Award at a serial killer convention.  The entire system of governance is based on violence and nothing else no matter how noble it is portrayed or how many rose petals litter the dais of the King.

Government is de facto and de jure a violation of the non-aggression principle.  It is based on initiated aggression and a hopeful monopoly (on its part) on the use of force.  Witness the literal license to kill granted to cops across the fruited plain who rarely are prosecuted for murder where the apparent evidence is overwhelming.  They must be protected because they are the Praetorian Guard that protects the privileges of the rulers to impose their will upon a humbled and frightened population whose right to self-defense against the armed tax-eaters is non-existent.  Government, by its very nature, violates the most primal and almost instinctive edict of human behavior as codified in all the major religions and secular positivist philosophies:  thou shall not murder.  And as Georg Buchan so ably and succinctly pointed out: “[m]urder begins where self-defense ends”.  In essence, government makes war on its inhabitants on pain of death, ultimately, for non-compliance.  No matter how one views it, it is a violation of everything man should hold decent and valued in a civilized society.  Far from “civilizing” peoples, government is a barbarian meme that seeks to establish that Might is Right and any disobedience will be dealt with violently.  Look at the present troubles in the Middle East and see the obedient government-media complex in America cheer-leading the use of force against protesters to restore order.  Think of it.  In Egypt, they receive the second highest foreign aid amount to include armaments next to Israel:  tanks, aircraft, weapons, artillery, you name it.  Why does Egypt have such value and what are they defending against?  They have tanks for the same reason other Third World nations have tanks:  to grind the disobedient into dust when the people rise up against the privations and abuses visited upon them by their governments.

I am often asked what would happen if government disappeared.  Would we not all be in mortal peril?  I am reminded of reading the Wilberforce antislavery debates in the English Parliament in the 18th and 19th century and the absolute terror in those august Parliamentarians of what would happen when slaves were no longer available to provide certain goods and services.  Eventually, chattel slavery did disappear outside of Africa and parts of the Middle East (it remains there to this day) to be replaced by what some may view as a more refined notion of slavery through taxation and regulation.  In the end, slavery and government are wedded as mutually beneficial devices to ensure each others survival.

Americans live in anarchy everyday and should embrace their inner voluntaryist.  If you are a government supremacist, you are neither an abolitionist nor anti-slavery.  The choice is yours and the belief in limited government is no more viable than believing in ghosts or the Loch Ness monster.  Unicorns are a fiction and government thinks and knows that freedom is a fiction.  Speak truth to tyranny and let government know that you know better and that the emperor has no clothes.

Choose. Choose for yourself.

“There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.”

Robert Heinlein

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The Business of Murder and Legal Slavery in these united States by Lee

Publisher’s Note: Here is Part II of Lee’s indictment of the “criminal justice system” in America.  The media complex and the police are very fond of contending that the criminal justice system coddles accused criminal defendants.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The entire system is weighed heavily toward prosecutorial advantage and excepting the defense attorney and staff in a courtroom, everyone there except the jury works for the state.  Even the jury is hamstrung due to the warping of the judge’s instructions and the evidentiary process.  The robed government employee known as a judge will rarely rule in a way injurious to state interests.  How could they?  They are paid by the very system they are allegedly honest brokers for.  The system is broken by every metric observed and encourages the most barbarous behavior by any measure against the civilized standards men should live by.  From the institutionalized prison rape in the system to outrageous police brutality at every level to innocents on death row, the system is rotten and corrupt to the core.  Couple all of this with the tremendous barrage of police hero worship drilled into America’s subjects from birth to death and there is no wonder the entire apparatus is thriving and prospering while it steamrolls and destroys millions of families every year. What is the ultimate answer?  Get the government out of the police and justice business altogether… everything.  See David Friedman’s brilliant video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXWFWIM8OCI and here  http://www.vimeo.com/19531077. He demonstrates in no uncertain terms that it is impossible for any government to administer a justice system and deliver… justice.  -BB

Movements come and movements go-leaders speak, movements cease-when their heads are flown-cause all these punks got bullets in their heads-departments of police (what) the judges (what) the feds (the feds)”

-Rage Against the Machine, Wake Up 1992

These lyrics discuss racism within the American government and the counter-intelligence programs of the FBI; a spoken portion of the song is taken from an actual FBI memo in which its director J. Edgar Hoover suggests targets for the suppression of the Black Nationalist movement. Today we have a different form of racism and slavery; today we have the system of “criminal justice”.


On December 31, 2009, state and federal correctional authorities had jurisdiction over 1,613,740 prisoners; an increase of 3,981 prisoners from year end 2008.¹ Many experts are ecstatic regarding the apparent “slowing” occurring and yet the total per capita of incarcerated persons in the United States is still increased over 500% since 1970. This figure does not include the additional probation, paroled and otherwise “legally” entangled individuals who also continue to be embroiled the system. Correctional authorities supervised 7,225,800 offenders at year end 2009. Correctional supervision includes adults supervised in the community on probation or parole and those incarcerated in state or federal prisons and local jails.²

406 persons were killed by police in 2009, 318 with handguns, 29 with rifles, 6 with shotguns, 50 with firearms not stated, 3 with other dangerous weapons (generally assumed to be batons etc.)³ In 2009, an additional 261 individuals were killed as a result of justifiable homicide by armed citizens, and of those, 215 were killed with firearms.³ Also in 2009 there were 48 police state employees killed “in the line of duty.”⁴ The facts can be used in many ways, by some the facts may be used to remove all legal gun ownership, and by others it is used to show that officers are doing their jobs, arresting and incarcerating and killing those they cannot.

One of the problems with this whole sordid business is that the largest percentage of the population of incarcerated, probation or paroled individuals are made up of non-violent drug-related offenses. This percentage is equal to between 48- 51% alone. The state spends money acquired by the threat of force from you the taxed and uses it to house millions of individuals at an average annual cost ranging from $25,000 to 50,000 annually depending on location, offense, and type of facility used to house the individuals. However, this is not the worse part of the system as it stands.

In 2009, 92.9% of all incarcerated felons were male. Blacks accounted for 38.2%, and Hispanics accounted for 20.7% of the incarcerated population. The modern “justice system” represents modern slavery in the United States; however, instead of forcing the inmates to “pay their way” those who have had the fortune not to have  been arrested yet are being coerced, forced, or threatened by force with providing the monetary means to support this system. Taxation is the modern slavery, statists would have you believe that without taxation everything collapses, the reverse is more true than not. Without taxation and the overseer that is our “government”, men are forced to work together or die. Contrary to popular belief, people tend to work well together when they are not forced or coerced into thinking or behaving in ways that are not in opposition to their personal beliefs. The impact on our society of the incalculable damage done to individuals and families will never be known nor can we extrapolate what the losses in production have been since even those who eventually escape from the system are legally handicapped in earning power be the universal permanent tattoo of the convicted felon.

Justice on the Move

The current “justice system” in the United States by default encourages police brutality through stiff legislation enforced by these jackbooted thugs specifically tailored to protect police officers from accusations of wrong doing. Among the laws available for the protection of the police state employees (known here as law enforcement officials) are H.R. 2194: Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005 which in summary says, “Amends the federal criminal code to provide additional penalties for assaulting or killing (or attempting or conspiring to kill) a federal law enforcement officer or a federally funded state or local law enforcement officer. Modifies provisions regarding influencing, impeding, or retaliating against a federal official by threatening or injuring a family member to provide additional penalties where the victim of the offense is an immediate family member of a federal law enforcement officer or federally funded law enforcement officer.”

Along with other state and federal legislation, the law enforcement officer in effect is protected from action by someone defending themselves. Sadly, what legislation like this does is allows police officers to beat old women, taser 14 year old girls, beat subdued suspects, shoot handcuffed suspects, murder innocent homeowners, attack “the wrong people” and best of all get away with it. Obviously, the government cannot sustain itself by treating everyone as equals and actually applying the law fairly and with a just approach. So to ensure the loyalty of the “law enforcement”, the government ensures that these individuals are able to do what they wish as long as they call it “law enforcement.”  Quite literally, they are granted a license to kill with relative impunity.  This a global phenomenon not confined to US police forces.

You must protect yourself.  With an average response time of around 13 minutes nationwide, it would be beneficial to the truly free individual to both understand what approach the local police will use when responding to an event and to also understand what you should do to ensure you are not simply made another victim. In the future, always call a dedicated individual who knows what to do if you are arrested, call them pending ANY possibility of state paid enforcement interaction, and leave your phone on so they hear everything. In MOST cases, DO NOT talk to the police.

If you are involved in a self-defense incident, the following should be said to ensure you are NOT arrested or treated as a criminal (which will make it that much more difficult to defend).  Say the following exactly as it is written in the event you are involved in a self-defense shooting or incident involving the potential loss of life and self-defense. I would suggest you carry a card with this very language on it in your wallet or on your person.

1.      This (person) attacked me (or my child, wife etc.) – establish yourself as the VICTIM

2.      I WILL sign the complaint- Always say this, refusing ANY acknowledgment shows guilt and places you in the offender status

3.      Point out the evidence- shell casings, broken windows, weapons etc. (evidence can save you make sure you point it out)

4.      Point out the witness’s you saw- Again this can save you…

5.      LASTLY, say this- Officer you have my full cooperation, AFTER I speak with my legal counsel

There are very educated individuals who will disagree with this approach, however, these individuals while educated and having a very good theoretical knowledge have not defended the “absolutely no speak” defense much as it does not tend to work well. There are three persons in Arizona over the last seven years who will gladly affirm this. One is in prison for the rest of his life unless he gets paroled; the other spent over 13 months in the system and lost his house and more; and the other is still unsure as to the outcome. Since these gentlemen refused to speak and did not establish victimhood AND then request counsel they were immediately arrested as criminals, and treated as hostile for the entire process.

The best way to avoid issues is to avoid trouble; however, this is not always possible and because we live in the society with the government that we do it is necessary at times to ensure ours and our family’s safety by NOT simply shutting down and allowing the state to take from you.

If you know how they will attack and what they will do to you, then you can defend against it!

In the end, the result is the same; millions incarcerated for essentially altering their consciousness though drugs which are not state sanctioned and approaches what becomes in effect the legislation of a person’s moral choices. Morality should not be legislated (Editor:  a minor quibble:  all laws are based a moral choices whether right or wrong) and yet it is daily, for as with any “democracy” the law is a result of whichever majority has won the day at the moment! Since the system is specifically designed to incarcerate you and not to ascertain your guilt or innocence; and since it is flawed, failed and morally incapable of promoting fair and equitable treatment, beware.  Until it is no longer “the system”, it is important that you learn to live in it, or at the very least, avoid it.

The law should be equal for all, whether it rewards or punishes, whether it protects or restrains.” – Thomas Paine – Plan of Deceleration of Rights, 1792

¹West PhD, Sabol PhD, Greenman, H, W, S. “Prisoners in 2009.” Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin NCJ 231675, no. (2010): 1.

²Glaze, L. “Correctional populations in the United States 2009.” Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin NCJ 231681, no. (2010): 1

³UCR FBI, “Expanded Homicide Data Table 14.” Crime in the United States (2010): 1.

⁴UCR FBI, “Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed Table 1.” Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (2010): 1.

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How to Murder Someone and Get Away With It by Lee

Publisher’s Note: This is Part I of a series on government-sponsored violence against the American population and unfortunates abroad.  It will bring into clear focus that history’s greatest killing machines are always governments and that no matter how we frame the behavior of the state, it will always be murderous and empower the worst of people to do their worst to other people. -BB

“We killed a lot of innocent civilians-To us every civilian in Baghdad was a terrorist-these fedayeen are now in civilian clothes’ – that makes everybody free game-But if they came within our perimeter, we lit ‘em up-And when we would pull the body out, and when we would search the car, we would find nothing-This took place time and time again-No harm, no foul, that’s OK, don’t worry about it-Because this is a new TYPE of war, this is an eradication…”

- Lamb of God, Ashes of the Wake – 2004


For over 200 years murder has been sanctioned and legal in the United States. With over 300 “sanctioned uses of force” since 1798, the United States government has enforced its will around the globe. Additionally, there has been hundreds more “off the books” uses of force authorized by presidential or congressional “findings,” these have not made the list but have occurred on a much larger scale since the advent of the threats of prohibition, terrorism and religious “cults.” A few of those instances are related in the following paragraphs.

In 1806 Captain Z.M. Pike invaded Mexico but was taken captive, he crossed the Rio Grande with a platoon on orders from General James Wilkinson. In 1824 Commodore David Porter attacked a town in Puerto Rico, the intent was to force an apology for insults suffered by a jailed American naval officer, and he was later court-martialed for exceeding his authority. In 1836, General Gaines invaded Mexico during the Texan war for independence, he was ordered to cross “imaginary” border lines if the indigenous population “rose up.” In 1840, naval forces landed in the Fiji Islands with orders to “punish” the indigenous for getting upset at the “explorers [and] surveyors” who had previously invaded their land. In 1842, Commodore T.A.C. Jones invaded Mexico yet again under a mistaken belief that “war” had broken out; he held Monterey, California and after discovering “peace” he withdrew, the next week another similar incident occurred in San Diego. In 1844 President Tyler, deployed U.S. forces to “protect” Texas against Mexico; this additional invasion of Mexico was later submitted to a Senate board of inquiry. Amazingly, the Republic of Mexico finally got upset for the incursions suffered at the whim of an upstart nation and war broke out on May 13, 1846, the cause of which President Polk decided that only his wishes and those of our nations were sufficient in settling a border dispute directly following the annexation of Texas into the United States.

From 1853-54 Commodore Perry invaded Japan several times; this was due to the “need” to open this nation to American business interests. In 1854 American naval forces bombarded and burned the town of San Juan del Norte, all because the American foreign minister was insulted. In 1855 an American naval force landed and forced reparations from the indigenous residents of Fiji, because the Americans that had forced their way into this island nation earlier were being pressured by indigenous population. In 1858, a marine expedition “chastised” natives of Fiji for the murder of two American citizens, no mention is made of guilt or trial and murder resulted. In 1864, the American naval forces had a token presence in concert with European allies again invaded Japan; the reason was twofold: first, to impress the natives with the “power” we hold and second, was to ensure foreign rights of trade that had been secured through invasion earlier by Commodore Perry.

From the late 1800’s through the early part of the 1900’s the United States invaded several South American nations to protect business interests, and then began turning their sights on the Middle East. With incidents in Morocco, Syria, Turkey and China we did our best to ensure American businessmen had the full protection of the United States military. USMC General Smedley Butler wrote of this in “War is a Racket”. He said: “War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.”


Fast forward through the two “World Wars” the Korean War, the Vietnam War and our modern conflicts for oil and drugs in the Middle East and we see similar patterns occurring yet again. The one difference this time is instead of using American military forces in Mexico we are paying corrupt Mexican officials to do our bidding and murder innocents for us. The national media shows only the “horrors” of the attacks made by drug cartels, and it fails to show the thousands of murdered individuals “suspected” of illegal activity according to United States law. The national media also fails to hold the American government to account for inciting local rebellions in numerous South and Central American nations, only reporting the evils that those bad drugs are causing.

The moral of this story is: Murder is legal if you’re the U.S. Government.

“Murder begins where self-defense ends.”
-Georg Buchner

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In Defense of Scoundrels by Kaiser Leib

Update: A much more credible looking Anonymous press release indicates that this was most likely bait for a honeypot set by the WBC. I am pleased by this development -KL

“The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.”

-H. L. Mencken

The pastors and parishioners of Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) are not doing God’s work in the world. Were we a society given to dueling, Fred Phelps would find himself quickly outmatched, and the amount of honor in the world would be increased. The WBC consists entirely of the deluded, the greedy, and the evil. Were the men of that congregation to live to search for one another with Geiger counters, I should not be displeased.

money-grubbing Westboro "protestors"

Apparently, God's feelings have changed since I went to Sunday School

The somewhat-organized internet group Anonymous (or, more accurately, a portion of that group) has declared war on the WBC. Were this another group – perhaps, say, one formed specifically to combat the WBC’s actions – that declaration might be laudable. However, in that very same press release, the author refers to Anonymous as the “Voice of Free Speech” –  which would seem to be in contravention to the notion of limiting the activities of these bigots.

The Mencken quote at the top of this post is completely true. Infringement upon the right to speak freely must necessarily begin with restrictions upon speech which is deemed dangerous, subversive, or harmful. Indeed, government restriction of speech would necessarily end there: the definitions of subversive and dangerous would simply have to be expanded. The problem is that once we’ve decided that our rights may be disregarded, it becomes very difficult indeed to regain them. For my part, I do not believe that God hates anyone – even sodomites, warmongers, or people who talk at the theater.

Furthermore, there has already been a rousing, appropriate, admirable and decentralized response to the WBC’s activities. The Patriot Guard Riders, for example, perform a wonderful, non-violent and completely voluntary service in defense of the hearts and minds of the WBC’s targets at funerals. Hemant Mehta over at friendlyatheist.com points to another excellent method for countering the WBC’s protests elsewhere:

This is a picture of gay men kissing

This is a picture of gay men kissing. If ever there was a time and place for PDA, this is it.

As private individuals, the Anonymous members (“Anons”) have the right to do as they please, so long as they do no active violence against the WBC, its property or its members. For my part, I would prefer to see a different tactic undertaken, that which a great many people have chosen on their own, without IT security skills, national organization, or malice: to stand up for what is right, and exercise their own rights to free speech.

The pen is mightier than the sword, and the tongue is sharper. The best way to defeat either is with your own.

Burn, Baby, Burn: Government Workers and Self-Immolation by Bill Buppert

“Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”

-Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)


So it begins.  The government parasite classes subservient to the political looters in Madison, WI are up in arms because the governor is threatening to make them actually pay for their pensions and benefits.  What has the government workers in lather?  He is trying to take away their socialist collective bargaining rights and wait for it…asking them to pay for part of their pensions and 12.6% of their health care costs.  Egads, a stake in their benefits?  What the unions really need is a stake in their black heart so they can stop exsanguinating their families, friends and neighbors.

Secretary of Education from Idiocracy

California is already providing a warning to others but the economic illiterates that make up the hordes of cast members from the epic film Idiocracy known as government school teachers won’t pay attention.  They are much too busy working very few hours for too much money nine months a year turning the nation’s children into subservient nincompoops incapable of thinking or fending for themselves.

Wisconsin is the canary in the coal mine because this is simply another crack in the edifice.  The wall is going to come tumbling down and tens of thousands of government “workers” are going to get crushed by job loss and worse.

Let’s get this straight, Walker is not firing all of them, which he should do; after all, what better way to take care of budget issues than cashiering the whole lot of government school, police and fire dregs?  Then he could reduce the entire budget appropriately to zero and be done with it.  He can turn out the lights on the state criminal conspiracy called government and illuminate a shining example for the rest of the captive nations laboring under the rotting hand of the central government in DC.

So the wholesale elimination of government schooling will lead to tens of thousands of uneducated youngsters?  What do we have now under the government education system?  A nation of budding inventors and entrepreneurs?  No, these aspirations are universally condemned in government schools.  What you have are shambling mall lampreys tied umbilically to their various electronic devices all of their waking hours having the quality of life only the dead would envy.  The mind laundries the teachers victimize their caged youth in are rather elaborate Marxoid reeducation camps teaching the young acolytes to worship government supremacism, narc on their colleagues and parents and respond instantly and obediently to the droning bells that punctuate their vapid walks through the hallways to the next politically correct dullard whose claim to fame is a teaching degree which has the same utility as a getting a certification in paranormal studies or other such anti-intellectual witchcraft.  Teachers are just as culpable in creating the horrific system of killing self-learning at every turn and making critical thought a crime.  Yes, there is plenty of administrative bloat as evidenced by every function and level of government but the teachers are not innocent victims and cogs in a vicious machine; they are active agents who seek not to educate but to do what they are told in the least time possible.  Whether it is the constant and incessant bleating worship of government in history, the craven idolatry of political correctness or the mass drugging of boys institutionally in the system, teacher are the concentration camp guards and workers who move the system in the evil direction it has taken for over a hundred years.

Want to solve the problem?  Get the government out of education at ALL levels.  Scorched earth and no government teacher left with a government salary – anywhere.

After school, they will then hook up to some electronic drug in their conveyance to the next stop on their journey against reflection and contemplation.  If they are unlucky, the costumed thugs employed by the government may stop them for speeding or for driving while a skin color they should not be.  This could lead to fining, jailing, maiming or killing depending on the mood of the armed tax parasite.  A grief will reverberate throughout the entire family of the [most likely wrongly] accused as the captured subject is dragged through the horrors of a criminal injustice system whose sole function is to determine who gets added to the five million Americans in jail, on parole or on probation in the land of the free.

Just remember that in the fantastical system of government, taxes, debt and borrowing that the entire apparatus is built on one very simple principle:  armed robbery.  Now the government frowns on the privatization of such behavior but the entire rotten and ineffective edifice of the state is quite simply a “gun-run” culture.  Establish a monopoly of violence and maim or kill anyone who refuses to comply with the law of the land imposed by rulers whose psychopathy is unmatched even among the most barbarous serial killers.

So, in essence, unlike the protesters rocking the Arab world right now, all those protesters in the streets of Madison are no different than the ossified elderly Russians miffed at freedom and getting nostalgic for the “good old days” under Stalin and the Soviet Union.  The USSR was a failed but premiere example of a gun-run state but it ran aground on the shoals of its own epic monumental economic stupidity:  government knows best and the individual could not manage their own life…ever.  This is the twisted Marxian vision unacknowledged among the teachers protesting in Madison.   But then again, most teachers are so intellectually vapid and fettered to every political correctness in vogue that they think global warming is real and money comes from trees.

Ah, The Pubic School System...

I hope the teachers get their way and continue their free ride because it will eliminate their jobs that much quicker and possibly usher in a whole new era where being a  government school teacher is not a badge of honor but a mark of shame.  Fire them all…

“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.”

-Gerald Ford

Copyright © 2011 by zerogov.com

Village Praxis Series: Leatherman MUT Tool T&E

I am a self-confessed geardo, so when we got a chance to lay hands on the new (for us) Military Utility Tool (MUT) from Leatherman, we went to work.  Our Village Armorer penned an excellent review after conducting his evaluation.  We are always looking for tools that simply make life better whether for now or in preparation for the massive calamities that the state and government inevitably visit on their inhabitants.

We recently started transitioning from FAL main battle rifle (MBR) platforms to AR platforms in .223 and .308 for a variety of reasons discussed in an earlier Praxis or two.  The MUT was purpose built to serve the AR series of rifles, to include servicing Glocks, our Village standard for sidearms.  It also fits a number of other tasks one would expect from a multi-tool

Skip has done a wonderful appraisal of the tool:

I found the materials used to be above par in comparison to ordinary tools such as wrenches, pliers, and knives, indicating Leatherman researched their materials and even raised their standard as far as the MUT is concerned. The fact that certain parts are user-replaceable demonstrates it is a long-term tool with a lifetime of usage in mind. One of the areas I would suggest to Leatherman is that, like the available bit kit that comes complete with 20 separate bits has a plastic holder, the accessory replacement kit should come in a similar deployable package to make spare stowage simpler for the tactical operator.

He goes on:

Evaluation of the MOLLE sheath is an integral part of the tool for obvious retention and deployment reasons, so I have the most suggestions for both Leatherman and the tactical user in this area. If you added every available option to the Leatherman MUT, even excluding the replacement kit, you will not fit it all in the MOLLE pouch. It would be a waste for the pouch to be expanded to accommodate the options not needed when the immediate action required is the bolt over-ride tool function of the MUT itself. My suggestion is to Leatherman is to encase the replacement kit onto a similar board as the two-part bit kit and making an additional MOLLE pouch available for the three boards for the operator to stow on their three-day pack since these items are normally not needed in an immediate-action bolt over-ride drill. Another option is a tri-wrap pouch that flops down when unlimbered during daily maintenance and cleaning, but is otherwise secured as a support pouch on the three-day pack, similar to some blow-out kits being manufactured today. If Leatherman were really bold, they would get a consensus on the most common cleaning kit carried and incorporate that into their design. My cleaning kits are specific to each gun, so the one in my Bug Out Bag (BOB) has items needed to maintain and clean both my carbine and sidearm. I plan on using a lanyard to secure a spare front sight tool in the small front pouch at some point.

Here is the entire T&E by Skip complete with pretty pictures.

Is it the perfect deployment tool?  No, it certainly has its flaws but the combination of rugged construction, thoughtful design and tactical elegance puts it head and shoulders above what little competition there is for the tool in the marketplace.  I always have a severe problem with the use of Velcro as a fastening device on any tactical gear and this is no exception.

The EOD device option simply allows one to crimp det cord.

It is a bit spendy but you know what they say:  if you have a ten dollar head, you buy a ten dollar helmet. -BB

Notes in the Margin: Every now and again, I run across a blogger who nails it in summing up the absolute peril we are in and on top of that, writes with such flair and mastery of the language that I step back and stare in awe and adulation. Giordano Bruno does just that. –BB

To wit:

This may be a highly distasteful proposition, but just for a moment, I want you to sit back, and imagine that you are a member of the corporate banking elite. You are a walking talking disease ridden power mad pustule who naively believes himself intellectually superior to the vast majority of humanity and above the inherent laws of conscience, honor, and general good taste. You are a villain in the purest sense, in that you not only do great harm to the world, you actually SEEK to do great harm to the world, if only to benefit yourself and your exclusive circle of “friends”; a clan of degenerate blood thirsty sociopaths with delusions of omnipotence that stalk the night like Armani wearing Chupacabra exsanguinating the joy from poor unsuspecting cultures. You are capable of anything, and sadly, you take “pride” in this fact…

You aren’t “rich” in the traditional sense. You aren’t a “Bill Gates” or a “Donald Trump” (I’m beginning to wonder if Donald Trump is even solvent, or if his entire fortune is a special-effect courtesy of NBC). No, you don’t “make” money, you MAKE the money. You are a global financier. You are a central banker. You create the fiat that the rest of the country uses to sustain its fantasy economy. You dominate trade through monopoly and corporate fraud. You control the flow of currency through an economic system using fractional reserve banking, artificially pegged interest rates, and your ever trusty printing press. You put your substantial monetary clout behind BOTH major political parties, and groom presidential candidates to your globalist standards. Any politician who desires to climb the ladder of power turns to you for assistance, not the voting public. You have a tremendous financial stake in every corporate news provider in the country, if not own them outright. You invite their top reporters to posh banquets, give them unlimited access to prominent social figures and high rollers, and fly them to private alcohol addled orgies in the middle of the California Redwoods (I wish this was all made up). Forget responsible journalism, they love hanging out with you, and would probably write whatever you tell them to.

Read the rest: http://neithercorp.us/npress/2011/02/how-to-fake-an-economic-recovery/

Bill Buppert is confirmed for speaking at Libertopia in San Diego, Kalifornia OCT 21-23, 2011.  I would love to meet some of my readers there.  See:  http://www.libertopia.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=6&Itemid=54

Government employee dies at desk and is not discovered until a day later.  A tragedy rather illustrative of the efficacy of the state in accomplishing anything:  http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-dead-at-desk,0,1383236.story

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Tunisia, Egypt, the Internet, and the Atlantic Revolutions by Kaiser Leib

FURTHER UPDATE: Now Bahrain is experiencing a similar uprising. The same article states that Jordanian herders are blocking government roads, and that Saudi activists are seeking political recourse against the monarchy.

UPDATE: Iranian protesters, allegedly inspired by Egypt, have taken to the streets. When I wrote this article yesterday, I had no idea just how quickly the revolutionary fever was spreading. -KL

Revolution has come to North Africa. It’s been nearly bloodless, so far, and it seems to be spreading. Revolutionary thinking has taken root and spread like wildfire at least once in the past, and it’s not impossible to think it might do so in the future.

Egyptian Protestors

During the late 18th century, a dangerous new sort of thinking appeared, associated with the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. Simply put, this thinking was grounded in the idea that a nation’s people ought to be sovereign, that kings and emperors should no longer decide unilaterally what was best for the citizenry. The spread of this new philosophy resulted in what are termed the Atlantic Revolutions, a series of loosely-connected revolutions which took place on continents bordering the Atlantic ocean: that is, Europe and the Americas.

The most successful of these revolutions were the American Revolution and the French Revolution. Due in part to a geographical separation of the American colonists from their British government, the American revolution left the monarchy intact. Despite years of hard fighting, in absolute terms, the American Revolution was relatively bloodless: most of the men who went to fight returned home, and atrocities were rare. In France, the aristocracy and the people were not so fortunate: the Jacobins imposed a purge known as the Reign of Terror,  the best-known symbol of which is the Guillotine. Revolutionary victories were also won in Haiti, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Greece and Belgium.

A map of the locations of the Atlantic Revolutions

A map showing countries which won their independence in the Atlantic Revolutions. Click the image for a larger version.

These revolutions were not merely knockoffs or copycats of the earlier successful revolutions: they were the result of the desire that the people of these nations had to be free of rule by hereditary monarchs. They were the culmination of a long incubation of the desire of the people of those nations to determine for themselves what was right, to have their voices heard as it respected their destinies. They were also caused by overreaching empires imposing similar hardships on their subjects, which made self-determination and reduced tax burdens much more attractive to the revolutionaries. Seeing the success of other nearby revolutions no doubt emboldened these new patriotic republicans, who frequently took inspiration from the victories their like-minded neighbors had won.

A lack of universal success did not derail this pandemic of popular governance, however. In Ireland and the Netherlands, the revolutionaries were not successful. And Tadeusz Kosciuszko, who was a hero in the American revolution and an honorary ‘Citizen’ of the new French republic, failed repeatedly in his efforts for Polish independence: first in defense of a newly-formed constitutional monarchy against foreign powers, then in an uprising against the Russian and Prussian empires,  and finally in an effort to convince Napoleon to bring his Polish Legions to restore their fatherland. Still, the revolutions continued.

We are amid another shift in our intellectual paradigm, one whose magnitude exceeds that of the Enlightenment. The Information Revolution that has accompanied the internet allows for the rapid dissemination of ideas and effective argumentation. Our keyboards are faster than the pens of old, and our electronic transmission of the words that we right far outstrips that which was possible when those words were tied to physical media. We are able to think, learn, and teach as often and as quickly as we wish. Correspondence which once took weeks or months can be accomplished in moments.

Our material wealth, too, has grown much faster than during the industrial revolution. Every one of us has access to an array of powerful vehicles which allow us to traverse the American continent in a matter of hours, with no more exhaustion than our great-grandparents would have felt after a journey of a hundred miles. We spend a tenth of our funds on food, where the generation following the Industrial Revolution spent a third of theirs. We are sheltered in luxury which the kings of yore would deem decadent, and even the poorest of us may be entertained by a magical box full of moving pictures at a moment’s whim.

The Jetsons

All that's missing is the flying cars!

And just as in the late 18th century, the imperial superpowers are buckling under their own weight. The Soviets fell, leaving Russia a pale shadow of the bogeyman who used to scare American children. The European Union is awash in unevenly-distributed debt, and its future as a single organization is uncertain. The US government’s wars bankrupt it abroad, while the several States bankrupt themselves through entitlements and pension payments at home.

We’re free to exchange information, much more than the scholars and intellectuals of the Enlightenment. We’re wealthier and more productive than any human population in ages past. Our governments are overextended and underfunded.

History does not repeat itself, but it is said to rhyme, and we are set to compose another stanza of the poem started over two hundred years ago. One might only hope that these revolutions bear more resemblance to the relatively benign American Revolution than the vengeful French Revolution or the tragedy in Poland. Based on recent events in South Sudan, Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen, optimism would seem to be warranted.

The Blood of Patriots and Tyrants by Kaiser Leib

UPDATE: Mubarak has stepped down.

Bill wrote a previous piece on Egypt’s present condition, and what it might indicate for our future on the American continent

Mubarak, announcing his refusal to step down

Earlier today the US-supported Egyptian head of state, President Hosni Mubarak, announced his refusal to resign from that office. His refusal came as a surprise to many, given the overwhelming domestic opposition to his rule. The riots in Egypt continue, and the Egyptian military seems loath to quell the insurrection.

Mubarak’s fortune is secure; he could abdicate to Tel Aviv, leave the rule of the country to another puppet leader, and live the rest of his life in luxury. Instead he insists that he will continue to hold his post until Egypt’s September elections. He won the 2005 election with 88 percent of the vote. Perhaps popular opinion has swung against him during his term, or perhaps these elections do not represent the will of the people. In any case, Mubarak does not presently hold the people’s favor.

Governments cannot govern without the consent of the populace. A government without mandate is a misnamed occupying force, forever at war with the citizens it ostensibly serves. What could Mubarak’s goals for remaining in power possibly be? Why has the US government continued to support his rule for so long?

Mubarak must and will be deposed by his own people. If he abdicates peacefully, more of those people will live. Does he care? What are the differences between Mubarak’s government and ours?

And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

-Thomas Jefferson

Village Praxis Series: In Defense of Self by Lee

“Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward. Whoever cannot take care of himself without that law is both.”

-Lamb of God, Omerta

There are thousands of “self-defense” books, schools, and “experts” flooding the market and the internet.  In many cities, martial arts studios are as numerous as gas stations; interestingly, they tend to be similar to gas stations in that they sell the same basic product as the next studio with minor variations.

For some it is the “super-secret, powerful and dangerous” tricks taught by an ex-SEAL-Spetsnaz-Israeli Commando-Delta Force-SAS-French Foreign Legionnaire. They promise women the ability to snap the necks of the 350 pound linebackers that threaten to attack them. And they promise men the added “inches” necessary to prove to their women that they are “real men!”

Sadly, and without fail, these super-secret tricks which can be purchased online or from the local Dojo of Doom tends to inflate the ego but achieve little else. As a practitioner of Muay Thai, Jujutsu, Eskrima and avid shootist with a penchant for calloused knuckles, elbows, shins and tiny holes in paper, the one thing I can promise is that regardless of your perceived ability there is always someone better, and there will always be something that keeps you from evolving into a lethal hybrid of Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali.

For me, it was serious spinal injuries that forced me to forfeit the dreams of God-like invincibility and face reality.

There are legitimate self-defense institutes and trainers; it is my goal to help you understand what sorts out the legitimate teacher from the huckster frauds. In five easy steps that can be applied to empty hand or weapons-based defense, I will attempt to show you how to keep from being fleeced and left worse off than when you started in many cases.

Unlike many who have written similar essays, I am not paid by anyone to give recommendations, I am not going to recommend one style over another as I believe everyone should be absolutely comfortable with what they do, and I am not going to recommend a type or size of firearm and associated ammunition. My goal is to simply show you how, why and where to look for the system or trainer that will work for you.

1.       Any instructor that does not first explain* how your training can either hurt or help you legally, AND support it appropriately with verifiable* information is not worth spending money with.  [Publisher’s Note:  If you are involved in an act of self defense whether with or without a weapon, prepare to spend a minimum of ten thousand dollars defending yourself in the “justice” system.  The very act of fending for yourself cast a mote in the eye of the government when you take justice into your own hands.]

2.       Any “system” that claims ultimate superiority and absolute effectiveness is almost always inversely proportional in its effectiveness.  There is never a one size fits all solution set to any potential unarmed or armed confrontation.

3.       There is no perfect gun or ammunition. Contrary to what your father, uncle, best friend, or that amazing former Special Forces guy who constantly tells you every single riveting detail of his “time in the sticks”, perfection does not exist – ever. Statistically, people die from steak knives just as easily as a .50 caliber Desert Eagle although most likely not as quickly.

4.       There is no perfect stance or hold in both hand to hand fighting and pistol (or rifle) craft. There are some holds and stances that have been tested and come out ahead of others, however, since every human is different in any one of a hundred ways what works exquisitely for one may not for another.  As I have had to do, adapt your training to your situation.

5.       Lastly and most importantly, if your instructor in hand to hand fighting constantly stops you and says: “wait, that’s not how you attack me”; laugh at them and leave quickly.  Remember that muscle memory and repetition is absolutely important in any martial art.  It takes several thousand repetitions of a given move to make it muscle memory appropriate to a battle drill.  It takes ten thousand repetitions to undo a bad or ineffective muscle memory.

I have only one last suggestion for you: remember that regardless of abilities if you are not at least 95% aware of your surroundings and able to evaluate your immediate location based on its ability to provide cover, fast escape options, and potential threats then nothing you do or say or train in will help you in the end. It is what the Japanese samurai referred to as zanshin.  I would suggest one thing to the novice person who wishes to become equipped in a martial art or several: visit your local jail or medium security prison. Find out if you can speak with a murderer, rapist or some other form of violent felon. Ask them one question, how did you choose your victims?

[Publisher’s Note:We may not support or like the “law of the land” but it exists and its purpose is quite simply to incarcerate as many humans as possible versus actually giving the innocent a chance, knowing what to say after a justifiable self-defense situation can mean the difference between life in prison and life with your family. In all situations, DON’T talk to the police and buy this book soonest:  AFTER YOU SHOOT: Your gun's hot. The perp's not. Now what? By Alan Korwin. The book is appropriate for ANY self-defense situation with empty hand or weapons.]

*Verifiable is easy: can you prove that their approach is valid in court, how many times has your instructor been in court, and are they willing to support you in court should something occur?

“Murder begins where self-defense ends.”

-Georg Buchner

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A Reader Responds: Evil Is As Evil Does

“The principle that the majority have a right to rule the minority, practically resolves all government into a mere contest between two bodies of men, as to which of them shall be masters, and which of them slaves; a contest, that — however bloody — can, in the nature of things, never be finally closed, so long as man refuses to be a slave.”

-Lysander Spooner


Publisher’s Note: I have some very bright readers and some of the responses I get are incisive and pack a powerful intellectual punch.  I had the pleasure of meeting Roy at the Freedom Summit in Arizona in December 2010.  We have since corresponded and found a mutual interest in privatizing the planet.  One of my friends penned a recent essay on the Constitution that drew ire from the usual suspects but also the reflection by Roy.

The Constitution is Evil Incarnate But What Can We Do? by Lee

It is instructive to see that we are pressing the edge of the envelope in acceptable speech on governance and, most important, starting to see the cracks appear in the once almost impenetrable facade of Constitution worship that has permeated the dialog Left to Right in these united States.

These are paradigm shifts and you, dear reader, are at the cutting edge of the greatest revolution in human affairs…ever.  The complete rejection of the state and all of its authority;  not in the fantastical fashion of Marxian historical illiteracy or the libertarian pipe-dream of limited government but the wholesale rejection of the very idea that your life can be ultimately taken or forfeit for failure to obey watchers who are caging and restricting you for your own good.  Freedom has consequences and the state despises ALL of them.

Roy Fox continues:

I find it somewhat humorous and ironic to find comment[ators] on a website entitled Zero Gov defending the concept of government at all, even the false advertised version embodied in the US Constitution. But it’s good to hear those comments, because the last thing voluntaryists should be doing is wasting their time preaching to the choir. Besides, just about every one of us zero gov “extremists” have been there at one point in our lives. But we hope that everyone who believes in libertarian principles will continue to follow them to their natural conclusion, which is anarchy. What it all boils down to is–are your principles strongly enough grounded to allow you to take a leap of faith in your fellow humans? After all, for you to enjoy freedom, you must allow everyone else to enjoy freedom.

With all due respect to the defenders of that “sacred writ”, George Bush was correct when he (allegedly) said that it was nothing more than a G-D piece of paper. There is no such thing as “We the People”. That is a fiction, a mental construct. There are only individuals. There is no “social contract”, since legal contracts are mutually agreed to between two or more people, with due consideration and a full and complete understanding of what goods or services are being exchanged. One cannot bind others to a contract without their consent. And one cannot bind future generations to a contract without their consent. The idea of “collectively” spending money and leaving a debt burden on children and future unborn generations is one of the most immoral concepts ever conceived by the human mind.

Really, there is no “government”, that is only a fiction as well. There are only individual people who make decisions or take actions based on false beliefs that a piece of paper:

  • gives them authority to initiate the use force on their fellow human beings and call it “law enforcement” instead of assault
  • allows them to take the property of others and call it “taxation” instead of robbery.
  • allows them to kill people in faraway lands and call it “war” or “police action” instead of murder
  • empowers them to put people in cages for violating arbitrary rules with no identifiable victim and call it “justice” instead of kidnapping and slavery
  • authorizes them to interfere with free and peaceful trade between individuals and call it regulations”, “treaties”, “legal tender laws” or a hundred other euphemisms
  • grants them the moral authority to teach these lies and other falsehoods to your children and call it “education”

Since each of us has grown up in a world where “government” is assumed to be a universal truth, it is difficult for us to see what life would be like in its absence. Now if one researches, there are many brilliant authors and lecturers who have proposed free market solutions to roads, education, charity, justice, environmental protection and even military defense. But how things would sort out in a world without belief in government is irrelevant. Those of us who believe that civilized life can exist on a voluntary basis are under no obligation to prove how society will operate in an environment of complete liberty. It’s not even possible. Only a truly free market can determine that, and we have never experienced a truly free market in our lifetime. If enough people come to understand the most basic principle that the initiation of force against their fellow human beings is always morally wrong, then we’ll evolve into a healthy civilization grounded on true freedom. If we continue down the path of accepting that “government” is a “necessary evil”, then we will continue down the de-evolutionary path toward a totalitarian police state that we are currently on. When one begins to see the horrific consequences of this false belief in the Constitution, is it really hyperbole to call it “evil incarnate”?

Be prepared, abolition will never get you invited to the most popular parties…

“No attempt or pretence [sic], that was ever carried into practical operation amongst civilized men — unless possibly the pretence of a “Divine Right,” on the part of some, to govern and enslave others — embodied so much of shameless absurdity, falsehood, impudence, robbery, usurpation, tyranny, and villainy of every kind, as the attempt or pretence of establishing a government by consent, and getting the actual consent of only so many as may be necessary to keep the rest in subjection by force. Such a government is a mere conspiracy of the strong against the weak. It no more rests on consent than does the worst government on earth.”

-Lysander Spooner

Copyright © 2011 by zerogov.com

Police State 101: What Not To Do in these united States by Lee

Publisher’s Note: This is NOT a free country despite the propaganda to the contrary.  There are so many rules and regulations, especially levied against non-violent and consensual offenses, that the likelihood of you or your family being ensnared in the “criminal justice” system is virtually inevitable.  having been involved in said system recently with my family, the entire system is rigged against the defendant with prosecutorial discretion bordering on professional negligence and a wholesale elimination of due process.  I would suggest that the next time your or one of your friends or family are victims of the system, go visit the proceedings and watch how a judge conducts themselves.  Soviet show trials indeed.  If you happen to have offended a government agency, then the robed government employees will precisely what will benefit the system and not the defendant.  Lee is quite expert in the American criminal justice system and the unseen second and third order effects of this wretched system is the untold damage and anguish visited upon the family and relations of the non-violent offenders caged in the system,  The untold millions of lost productive man-years when the mark of the penal system condemns most released inmates to a life of middling wages and suspicion at every turn since the apparatus so thoroughly discredits the men and women it has condemned to the gulags.

Be sure to read my treatment of this topic in December 2010: http://zerogov.com/?p=1392

Like the government school system, the American criminal justice system is a massive fraud built on one single brick in the wall:  obedience to the State or else. -BB

“On average, drug prisoners spend more time in federal prison than rapists, who often get out on early release because of the overcrowding in prison caused by the drug war.” –Michael Badnarik

In 1970 United States prisons held one person for every 600 free individuals in this nation. With a prison population of under 400,000 total the United States was also experiencing a relatively low rate of crime overall in comparison to other nations with similar legal systems. This changed over the next 30 years and now in the United States there resides close to one in 100 persons in prison. The United States also suffers from an increased rate of violent crimes, murders and other mala in se crimes.

As many educated individuals have noted close to one quarter of all currently incarcerated individuals are there as a result of nonviolent drug related crimes, and of the remaining a large percentage of those incarcerated, in process to be incarcerated, or on probation are there simply because they committed what is known as a mala prohibitum crime, in other words the overwhelming numbers of persons currently held in any one of thousands of United States gulags are there because the “majority” decided that they would enforce their morals on the minority.

In a police state like this, there are rules one should follow and approaches that should be taken, these valid questions can be answered with three simple steps:

  • Do no harm to another person or their property
  • Do not speak to the police except in as much as it is necessary to ensure you are not seen as the perpetrator
  • Never donate to nor support the police state and do not feed the “hero” worship mentality that exists

It is my opinion having been well educated in the law, with experience in and around and with numerous law enforcement agencies that these three rules can prevent harm from coming to you and your family within reason.

However, this does not necessarily mean that one is going to be exempt from all interaction with said government agents. If one lives on or near the United States/Mexico border, you can be expected to be stopped and searched at will by local police and various federal agents. In the event that this occurs, be prepared; have a small digital recorder and your cell phone ready and working. If you are stopped (even in other locations for any reason) ensure the recorder is in a secure location and on, and call your attorney (his number should be in your speed dial), or a close friend who can verify and or ensure you are not maltreated by them.

Contrary to popular belief, law enforcement agents are not meant to protect you and statistically cannot do so, they are rather the agents of the government when and serving that master (warrantless searches and no knock approaches) and they are at best overpaid, undertrained and relatively unintelligent on a whole, state-guided janitors. Unfortunately, these particular janitors are given firearms, and a very broad ability to “enforce the law”.

So in the interest of remaining prepared, never trust the law enforcement community, and learn your “rights” as they were. Above all, remember that even law enforcement is not above being “defended” against, protect yourself by understanding that you can.

“I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”


- Robert A. Heinlein

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The Enthusiastic Warbride by Bill Buppert (Post #200!)

Publisher’s Note: I started this blog under another name, Hezekiah Wyman, almost eighteen months ago on 2 July 2009 two days before the 147th anniversary of the dual Confederate defeat at Gettysburg and Vicksburg in 1863 which doomed the Confederacy and smothered the Second American Revolution in its cradle ushering in the horrific Lincolnian era that sealed the fate of any freedom and liberty in America forever.  The first post was my former (and next to last) LewRockwell essay –“The Enthusiastic Warbride” – which I am posting again today to commemorate the birth of this journal of screeds and jeremiads.

Why would a libertarian write about war?  In 2003, I predicted the inevitable civil war and strife resulting from our destruction in Iraq and Afghanistan and am sad to say I was prescient.  I can write on war as a retired soldier with the perspective of someone who has seen the death and destruction of combat up close and personal.  It haunts you and never leaves you.  It marks you for life.

This is Post Number 200 and I wanted to offer a heart-felt thanks to all my supporters and detractors.  The latter simply stiffen my spine while the former make my heart sing.

I wanted to thank all the close friends and associates who have made this blog better over time, more thoughtful and always encouraged me to write even when I found it difficult to do so.  In the end, a blog can be a vanity project and nothing more.  I am seeking to make this better and more insightful than that.  I want to encourage dissent and even disagreement with me because cross-examination is the engine of truth.

My position on the Constitution, for instance, has found me written out of some “respectable libertarian circles” but I remain steadfast in my belief that the Constitution is not the answer and only a big part of the problem.

2011 is going to see a number of changes and improvements to include a producer who will be helping me make a fortnightly podcast that will be posted to the site.  I am seeking out new writers whose philosophy of ultimate freedom matches mine but providing their own unique perspectives.  I don’t want this to be an echo chamber but make no mistake; ours is the mission to abolish ALL slavery to include tax and regulatory and ultimately, to open people’s eyes to the monstrous fraud that is government.  I want to see Americans rise from the ashes of the inevitable government collapse looming on the horizon taking an oath to NEVER allow it to happen again on their watch.

How can anyone look into their child’s eyes and not make that oath?  You owe them that much. -BB


“War is the health of the State. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the Government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense. The machinery of government sets and enforces the drastic penalties; the minorities are either intimidated into silence, or brought slowly around by a subtle process of persuasion which may seem to them really to be converting them.”

-Randolph Bourne

War is the health of the state.  Randolph Bourne arrived at this conclusion near the beginning of the 20th century.  Smedley Butler later wrote in War is a Racket about the baleful special interest vectors that drive us to war.  We hear again and again that we owe our freedoms to the conduct of overseas adventures in other countries whether the wresting of Spanish colonies into our possession or the invasion of Europe during the War to Save Joseph Stalin (1939-45) to the modern era of American armed dominion over the planet.  I would suggest these are poor assumptions.  The next time someone makes one of these specious claims, simply ask them how the defeat of one totalitarian regime while aiding and abetting another noxious regime made America free?  Is the Cold War representative of the halcyon days of American individualism?

Most libertarians agree that the American government is colossal, oppressive and a slayer of freedom and liberty.  There are certainly domestic influences and causes for the enormous growth in the statist tilt of American governance and concentration of power.  The metamorphosis of an agrarian republic birthed in the violent dismissal of British rule to the Sovietized monstrosity we labor under today is the result of both domestic dynamics and the creation of the national security/garrison state to project power and influence overseas.  I would submit that war is the unacknowledged silent partner of the leviathan state.

How does a militarized foreign policy create a less free nation at home?  Let’s begin with a conflict most Americans can name but few can even place a date to:  World War One.  I would recommend Niall Ferguson’s book Pity of War as a signal starting point to rip asunder the veil of historical illiteracy and propaganda that has surrounded that sordid conflict.  Woodrow Wilson, one of the worst and most evil Presidents to grace that august den of thieves in the White House, promised in 1916 to never enter the European conflict and promptly started the machinations to steer us into the conflagration and militarize American society.  The more you learn about Wilson, the more you see he is the point of origin for so much of our national grief.  I have previously mentioned the American Protective League and its un-American activities in stifling, fining and jailing dissidents against Wilson’s war. Wilson also inaugurated the Committee on Public Information which even gave instructions for cartoonists and signed into law the Espionage and Sedition Acts.

Among the many notorious achievements Wilson managed was the Americanization of a fairly decentralized and devolved society.  This was the perennial missing link in formalizing the ultimate project of the Hamiltonian ambition:  the establishment of a permanent central government for whom the individual states were mere agents and bureaucratic subsidiaries.

State and regional pride in the absence of a national highway system and a fairly localized culture dominated the discourse of the then loosely knit united States.  It still took nearly a week or more to travel from coast to coast.  The government in DC did not have the consensus or the reach to influence the minor and major muscle movements that each state and its subset elements exercised and therefore the flavors and nuances of the regions retained localized habits and customs.  WWI ended that with the unifying message of an America in peril from the German threat to European stability and the need to make the world more like America.  In the process, these united States made the same critical error the Confederacy made in the War of Northern Aggression; by centralizing the war effort, any state sovereignty soon was lost to the overweening tendency to dictate top-down command economy nostrums and the resulting loss of subsidiary integrity at the lower echelonments.  For the first time in American history, state-originated troops deployed overseas en masse as American-flagged forces in a unified organization representing the “forces of democracy”.

A victory unprecedented for the statists who now had not only the domestic Progressive bandwagon (thanks in no small part to conservative folk-hero, Teddy Roosevelt) to provide the impetus to expand the role of central government in these united States but the creation of an external threat to forever change the face of the political calculus in the country.  The bond to the individual states had finally been effectively broken and suborned to a national identity established to homogenize and formalize the loyalties of the citizens to their political betters in DC.  1917 marked the birth of the national security/garrison state and the inauguration of the two-pronged domestic and foreign policy nexus to expand the size and reach of central government.

In addition, the central state also managed to soften the other primary target of their will to power:  the family.  Statists have worried through the ages that the bastion of the family was a fortress they could not breech.  Once the state could find a way to penetrate the family unit and influence the outcomes of behavior at an earlier age and replace the parents with the state, ultimate power would be fulfilled.  With tens of thousands of husbands and fathers deployed overseas, unprecedented numbers of women entered the workplace and the state’s tax base found another form of revenue. To wit:

The entry of the United States into World War I greatly increased the need for revenue and Congress responded by passing the 1916 Revenue Act. The 1916 Act raised the lowest tax rate from 1 percent to 2 percent and raised the top rate to 15 percent on taxpayers with incomes in excess of $1.5 million. The 1916 Act also imposed taxes on estates and excess business profits.

Driven by the war and largely funded by the new income tax, by 1917 the Federal budget was almost equal to the total budget for all the years between 1791 and 1916. Needing still more tax revenue, the War Revenue Act of 1917 lowered exemptions and greatly increased tax rates. In 1916, a taxpayer needed $1.5 million in taxable income to face a 15 percent rate. By 1917 a taxpayer with only $40,000 faced a 16 percent rate and the individual with $1.5 million faced a tax rate of 67 percent.

Another revenue act was passed in 1918, which hiked tax rates once again, this time raising the bottom rate to 6 percent and the top rate to 77 percent. These changes increased revenue from $761 million in 1916 to $3.6 billion in 1918, which represented about 25 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Even in 1918, however, only 5 percent of the population paid income taxes and yet the income tax funded one-third of the cost of the war.

The income tax funded part of the conflict despite its relative infancy.  Note the velocity of tax increases in a short span of time and the end of the conflict did not lower the marginal rates significantly.  The fetters to government interference in all aspects of American life were now released and the unlimited state began.  On that day in 1917 when America entered the global conflict, Alexander Hamilton wryly smiled from his august office space in Hell, his dream at last consummated.

The Constitution had culminated in the logical extension of its organizing principle as an enabling mechanism for central government supremacy.  The Constitution is a brilliant document for liberty but the Federalists ensured that a doomsday mechanism was built into the document by empowering the government through an alleged impartial judiciary to have a self-selected stamp of approval on the march for bigger government.  Keep in mind that the Bill of Rights was a reluctant addition to the original Constitution at the urging and agitation of the Anti-Federalists and has acted as a minor roadblock to statist ambition, at best. The American Imperial Age had just slipped into high gear.

The United Kingdom in the 20th century is an historical demonstration project that whatever empire practices abroad, it all comes home to roost and individual liberties are extinguished to satisfy the collective needs of the state.  The lethal cocktail of Fabian socialism and imperial military foreign policy culminated in what is now the late and great corpse of England, both the birthplace and gravesite of the modern Western notion of individual liberty.  Ironically, America up until 1939, retained War Plan Red against the United Kingdom as an active strategic initiative against our alleged ally.

Despite the apparent historic isolationism of the American government during what is referred to as the Interwar Years (1919-1941), the American armed forces were rather busy implementing the weaponized portion of foreign policy especially in the Latin American realm.  This was, of course, prior to the formalization of clandestine regime change in the CIA and its offshoots.  On the eve of WWII, the US Army was numerically ranked well below the world nations in manpower.  RedDR was mostly likely rubbing his hands in glee at the prospect of taking over and controlling what was left of economy at the time after the disastrous attempts at socialism that had ensued and crippled the country in the 1930s.

War abroad has always been the last refuge of the state when all other options have met with failure when seeking to consolidate domestic power. America discovered that the surest path to increased monopoly on power is perpetual war.  Witness the motifs in the War on Drugs, Poverty and Terror and the concomitant expenditure of untold hundreds of billions resulting in the eradication of none of the former but a tremendous increase in government power over citizens.

Whatever you learned in the government schools and university, on the History Channel and the ninety plus years of Hollywood celebrations of American war on the world…you have been lied to.  War is the health and the wealth of the state.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?

- Mahatma Gandhi

Notes in the Margin: Fred Reed is one of the best writers and observers on the political scene…ever.  He has the wit and verve of Mencken & Twain and the knowledge to deeply bolster what are in the end cogent but, in this mortal coil, exotic conclusions like the controversial notion that war is bad and cops aren’t much better.

He just published this gem and here is an excerpt:

“And of course we are herd animals with a formidable tendency to attach ourselves to groups—it doesn’t much matter what groups—and fight other groups. Thus football teams, bowling clubs, political parties, and wars. Patriotism is exactly the instinct that makes people cheer frantically for the Steelers against the Packers, and armies are just Crips and Bloods with more elaborate switch-blades.

All of this I suppose explains why so many are either flatly uninterested in the war or, a la Fox, very interested but without knowing anything about it—where it is, who is fighting whom and why, how the place got that way. Emotionally it is the Bulls vs. the Lakers. Intellectually it is an empty jar.

And yet it remains, or seems to remain, that the public, almost all of it, has not the slightest grasp of the war—and, by easy extension, of anything else outside the borders. When I listen to Bill O’Reilly, I want to hold up a placard behind him, asking his audience: Where is Yemen? What is the capital? Have you read a single book on Afghanistan? Read any book on anything? Heard of Eric Margolis? Can you distinguish Sunnis from Albigensians?

This of course is why the US is not a democracy: a country whose population consists chiefly of baffled gerbils cannot be a democracy in more than form. Instead we have the televangelists of ersatz patriotism shilling for policies of benefit to remote lobbies, while a catastrophically ignorant public shrieks approval. Gorgeous babes on Fox counsel war. The audience roars. Ricky, Ricky, he’s out man, if he can’t do it nobody can. Show your support for Central High. God almighty.”

Read the rest:  http://www.fredoneverything.net/FOXghanistan2.shtml

The following is a comment responding to an earlier guest essay on the Constitution, it is so good I wanted to ensure it gets some attention today in case anyone missed it.  I met Roy Fox at the Freedom Summit in December 2010 and he is truly a man who thinks on his feet and has deeply examined why his philosophy looks like it does.  Please read and enjoy. -BB

I find it somewhat humorous and ironic to find commenters on a website entitled “Zerogov” defending the concept of government at all, even the false advertised version embodied in the US Constitution. But it’s good to hear those comments, because the last thing voluntaryists should be doing is wasting their time preaching to the choir. Besides, just about every one of us zero gov “extremists” have been there at one point in our lives. But we hope that everyone who believes in libertarian principles will continue to follow them to their natural conclusion, which is anarchy. What it all boils down to is–are your principles strongly enough grounded to allow you to take a leap of faith in your fellow humans? After all, for you to enjoy freedom, you must allow everyone else to enjoy freedom.

With all due respect to the defenders of that “sacred writ”, George Bush was correct when he (allegedly) said that it was nothing more than a G-D piece of paper. There is no such thing as “We the People”. That is a fiction, a mental construct. There are only individuals. There is no “social contract”, since legal contracts are mutually agreed to between two or more people, with due consideration and a full and complete understanding of what goods or services are being exchanged. One cannot bind others to a contract without their consent. And one cannot bind future generations to a contract without their consent. The idea of “collectively” spending money and leaving a debt burden on children and future unborn generations is one of the most immoral concepts ever conceived by the human mind.

Really, there is no “government”, that is only a fiction as well. There are only individual people who make decisions or take actions based on false beliefs that a piece of paper:
* gives them authority to initiate the use force on their fellow human beings and call it “law enforcement” instead of assault
* allows them to take the property of others and call it “taxation” instead of robbery.
* allows them to kill people in faraway lands and call it “war” or “police action” instead of murder
* empowers them to put people in cages for violating arbitrary rules with no identifiable victim and call it “justice” instead of kidnapping and slavery
* authorizes them to interfere with free and peaceful trade between individuals and call it “regulations”, “treaties”, “legal tender laws” or a hundred other euphemisms
* grants them the moral authority to teach these lies and other falsehoods to your children and call it “education”

Since each of us has grown up in a world where “government” is assumed to be a universal truth, it is difficult for us to see what life would be like in its absence. Now if one researches, there are many brilliant authors and lecturers who have proposed free market solutions to roads, education, charity, justice, environmental protection and even military defense. But how things would sort out in a world without belief in government is irrelevant. Those of us who believe that civilized life can exist on a voluntary basis are under no obligation to prove how society will operate in an environment of complete liberty. It’s not even possible. Only a truly free market can determine that, and we have never experienced a truly free market in our lifetime. If enough people come to understand the most basic principle that the initiation of force against their fellow human beings is always morally wrong, then we’ll evolve into a healthy civilization grounded on true freedom. If we continue down the path of accepting that “government” is a “necessary evil”, then we will continue down the de-evolutionary path toward a totalitarian police state that we are currently on. When one begins to see the horrific consequences of this false belief in the Constitution, is it really hyperbole to call it “evil incarnate”?


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