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

-Gerald Ford

There seems to be a growing number of individuals, and groups of individuals in this Country who think healthcare is a “human right”. Maybe I am a little perplexed on just what exactly a “human right” is, but I’m pretty sure it shouldn’t take two humans to produce one human’s “human right”. I am always left scratching my head as to how this “human right” would work without enslaving a human to produce this “human right” for another human. Hmmmm….

Maybe the humans that are demanding such a right be afforded to them are under the impression “their” healthcare is just “out there”. Maybe these humans just think when they come bursting through the hospital doors that whole teams of medical professionals are anxiously awaiting their arrival, free of charge, of course. Or, if not free of charge, it’ll be paid for somehow. How? Well, the Government will pay for me, damn it! It’s my human right! The medical professionals will get paid what the Government deems appropriate for services rendered, besides those rich doctors (who have spent most of their lives educating themselves) charge too much anyway. It’s time the Government stepped in and took charge of this situation; it’s gotten rather out of hand. Sadly, most of the inflated prices we see doctors charging are caused by the Government.

I want to make sure everyone understands what they are demanding when they demand such “human rights” as healthcare. Those who demand this be a right necessarily demands that another human is to be their slave. Sure, it might not be the kind of slavery we all learned about in school, chattel slavery, but it is slavery nonetheless. It is only different in degree. Those who advocate this human right believe the Government should have the power to say “you will treat this human, and this is what you will receive for compensation.” Of course, this program would be backed up by the gun, as all other Government programs are. Any doctors who are dissenters would quickly find themselves either fined, jailed or killed. All in the name of someone else’s healthcare. If this be the case, why wouldn’t the patient carry his own pistol into the doctor’s office and demand services at the barrel of his gun? Oh, that’s right, because THAT would be illegal, but there are ways to remedy this moral dilemma. Vote for it.

Advocates of the single-payer healthcare system always make me laugh. When individuals and politicians say, “I am a proponent of the single-payer healthcare system”, what they are really saying is this, “I think everyone needs to pay for what I think is a good idea”. I have challenged many advocates of this single-payer idea as to how it would be enforced.  This always seems to trouble them for some reason. I reckon they are under the impression it is just such a good idea that everyone would just ante up, and not think twice about it. This theory is all well and good, but the application could become a bit messy. Big Government folks have a hard time seeing the gun in the room, but it’s there. Even when it’s pointed out, most still won’t abandon the idea. Which then we would have to change the above quote to say, “I think everyone needs to pay for what I think is a good idea, and so does my buddy Big Government, he has big guns just in case you don’t agree with us.”

The American People are now on the edge of their seats anxiously awaiting the verdicts of nine lawyers with black dresses on whether this healthcare bill is Constitutional, whether the American People can be forced under the threat of law to purchase a product. Frankly, I don’t care what the Superior or the Inferior Courts have to say about it, because I don’t care about the Constitution. I see the Constitution as a blueprint for a perpetual slave machine, so it would only be fitting if the lawyers with moo-moos on figured out a way to place more shackles on us. We can expect no moral judgments to be handed down from these clowns, because they have sworn oaths to an immoral document. Any shred of reason and justice that makes its way out of the American Judicial System is purely accidental. Instead of questioning the Constitutionality of the healthcare bill, why don’t we question the morality of it? Can a man really be forced to buy something he does not want? I need food and water before I need healthcare, how long before Congress forces me to buy these things? And what shall be the punishment for not buying the things needed to support my own life? Death? In the end, if the healthcare bill is made law, and you do not comply, ultimately you will be killed. Sure, you will be fined, maybe thrown in a cage, but if resistance is continued your non-compliance will be met with lethal force. Murdered for not buying healthcare. Welcome to the world where up is down.

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”
-William Pitt the Younger

 


“More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars – yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Poor RedDR, he could not even follow his own advice.  Politics and politicians are awful.  It comes down to nothing more elegant than one group of humans having violent control of another.  They are nothing more than harvesters.  Contrary to the tens of thousands of tomes devoted to everything from statecraft to diplomacy to election theory to praise singing for the Constitution; when stripped of the patriotic gore and bunting, politics is the institution of threats of or actual violence to force people’s obedience.  It is nothing nobler than that.

Intellectuals often describe the taxonomy of these relationships as a Left to Right spectrum.  Like the word ‘unconstitutional,’ that spectrum has no descriptive quality whatsoever.  What is the difference between a neo-conservative and a National Socialist?  How is the “conservative” George W. Bush different from the “Marxoid” Obama? Some have characterized Obama’s performance in office as Bush’s third term!  They all have one goal in mind:  the consolidation of coercive power to compel people to obey or face fines, jail, maiming or killing.  There is nothing elegant or even civilized about government, it is quite simply an implementation of the idea that might makes right.

A far better descriptor of the competing world views is collectivist versus individualist and the prefix of non-interventionist and interventionist.  In this world, I would be a non-interventionist individualist.  The lion’s share of all political creeds tends to be interventionist collectivists from the traditional Left to Right.  Excepting the blink of Harding and Coolidge in the 20th century, the American Presidency has been the Western bully pulpit for steadily increasing collectivization of human life.

There are several defining characteristics of the interventionist collectivist creed that they share in common, be they Marxists, national socialists or neo-conservatives.  The locus of responsibility and accountability for the individual shifts from the person to the hive;  this is a complete surrender of self-ownership and autonomy, with an assumption that this surrender serves the common good.  Violence becomes not only acceptable but the single greatest force for civilizing the residents of the given tax jurisdiction more quaintly referred to as a nation-state.  Defensive violence is characterized as barbaric, and initiated aggression through force and fraud is championed by the government and its politicians and their collaborators.  Official fraud, you say?  If I have to explain that, you are too far gone:  move along, citizen, nothing to see here.  Additionally, we are always told that Maslow’s hierarchy must be served and those who cannot provide for themselves must be provisioned from the stolen assets of those who can.  No muss, no fuss.

The wretched David Horowitz started an interesting project in 1987 called the “Second Thoughts Conference” which turned out both articles and CSPAN broadcasts that were amazing testaments to folks who traveled from Communism to what is generally acknowledged as the Right. This was when some of the New Left had gotten older but when stalwarts of Communism could still support the Stalinistas in Nicaragua with a straight face.  What was fascinating to watch was that the fluid movement philosophically from Left to Right was rather easy with sober reflection, but a movement in the opposite direction was far more difficult, at least if one prized intellectual honesty and a clear historical eye to what Communism had wrought in the 20th century.

In order to embrace and advocate collectivism, you must:

  • Dispense with intellectual honesty because the historical record militates heavily against you otherwise,
  • Possess a blind moral compass to initiated aggression,
  • Dismiss individual accountability and responsibility for action,
  • Refuse to acknowledge self-ownership and surrender yours to others, and
  • Dismiss self-determination as an outrageous bourgeois pretension.

Politicians, with rare exceptions, are moral monsters.  The history of warfare is chockfull of the likes of Winston Churchill,who is held up as an icon of Western civilization despite the fact that he advocated and acted on the mass bombing of civilians, the ravaging of India during WWII, Operation Keelhaul and many other atrocities.  This worthy achieved all this in the space of five years and then proceeded to set the brick and mortar for British socialism after the war.  Yet he is regarded as a great man and a beacon of freedom.  A statesman is merely a politician who keeps his gun well hidden and does not discuss it in mixed company.

Even more revealing about the true nature of this great politician:

“It is impossible to continue to argue, for example, that Franklin Roosevelt was merely naïve about the true nature of Stalinism during the Yalta Conference of February 1945, whereas Churchill was much more nuanced and doubtful. In fact Burgis records Churchill telling the first War Cabinet after his return from the Crimea that, ‘Stalin I’m sure means well to the world and Poland. Stalin has offered the Polish people a free and more broadly based government to bring about an election; I cannot conceive any government has the right to be treated like that. Stalin about Poland said, ‘Russia has committed many sins about Poland – pacts and partitions – it is not the intention of the Soviet Government to do such things but to make amends.’ Stalin had a very good feeling with the two Western democracies and wants to work quite easily with us. My hopes lie in a single man, he will not embark on bad adventures. Re: Greece – Stalin was jocular.’ Words that would have embarrassed Churchill deeply by the time of the Berlin airlift three years later were to stay hidden for six decades.”

In the end, politics is about the savaging of human beings through violence, misdirection and the glorification of the physical boundaries of tax jurisdictions.  Nothing less and nothing more.  It is about the wholesale forced appropriation of wealth, time and resources from vast swaths of humanity through either chicanery or implied and explicit use of violence.  It is involuntary surrender to thuggery on a mass scale.

The reason the truly honest man cannot arrive at libertarianism and ultimately the vision of a stateless society and turn back is that he knows there is no path to virtue by reversing course and steaming toward collectivism.  The virtuous man would surely lose his way if he were to do so.

Resist.

“It is unfortunately none too well understood that, just as the State has no money of its own, so it has no power of its own.”
– Albert J. Nock

Copyright © 2011 by zerogov.com

 

 

 

 

 

Publisher’s Note:  I am a college graduate but I think the present course of higher education and the hundred years leading up to it has done nothing more than be a mass processing plant to produce specious justifications for government supremacism and churn out legions of shambling and unreflective automatons programmed for submission and obedience to government coercion.  Most folks in college today should not be there and only two colleges in America are not extensions of the Federal government:  Hillsdale (although the vicious brew of neoconservatism and military jingoism has blinded its adherents to freedom) and Grove City College.  Neither accepts any Federal aid.  All the rest are satellite campuses of Mordor on the Potomac.  The Ludwig von Mises Institute has been the closest thing to a liberty campus out there but no formal nor accredited curricula exists.  Now ISU is attempting to establish a virtual and real campus to plant the seedbed of liberty and build a sophisticated intellectual framework to ensure freedom is not extinguished in the 21st century despite the best efforts of the “best and the brightest”.  A difficult task indeed. -BB

Individual Sovereign University is not part of any one movement, or any one group of people. It is the ultimate open-source educational tool where you determine what you want to learn or teach and we will find you teachers, students, and as needed, sponsors. We see to pioneer networking being used not only as a social tool, an activist’s tool, but also as a way to connect learners with those that have knowledge they are seeking. Where appropriate, we also connect teachers and students with sources of funding, including businesses that want trained individuals for future jobs. We also engage our scholars in original research which we publish.

What are the goals of the Individual Sovereign University, and why is a “university” the correct structure for achieving them?

1. The primary goal is to show people how to teach and how to learn without intrusion from any organization, or group of people. All peoples from the youngest to the more aged adult learners and teachers can create the opportunity to use our de-centralized and global platform to share their knowledge. Through the great many mean that the technology available today allows.
2. A secondary goal is to provide authors with opportunities to give away their written works while continuing to be paid for, e.g., teaching classes. We know that the structure of the publishing industry is changing, and that the cost of reproduction has fallen to essentially zero. Authors are beginning to wonder if they can personally survive the transition from the old style of publishing to the new. By providing a publishing service, Individual Sovereign University expects to show new business models to authors, and thus to the industry.
3. For approximately the last 2,400 years, give or take a few hundred years (because we simply don’t know our ancient history that well), people have proposed to withdraw from the state. Laozi was among the very first to make this proposal. Étienne de La Boétie made this same proposal in 1563 when his discourses on voluntary servitude were published. Murray Rothbard, Samuel Edward Konkin III, and Lew Rockwell have made this proposal. One is left to wonder, what sort of structures exist that can last for thousands of years.
We find that corporations last decades, sometimes, before shifting to new ownership and totally new plans. We find that partnerships rarely survive the death of even one partner. We find that governments are even more fickle, changing within only a few years. Two human-founded structures last longer: universities and religions. The oldest surviving university on Earth is probably the University of Bologna, founded circa A.D. 980. The oldest surviving religion is probably Taoism. But none of us have the combination of arrogance and self-righteousness that seems appropriate to founding a religion.
Given the history that places of education have lasted even longer than corporations and the birth and death of states and governments, a virtual place of learning, that is open to all, seems to be the best route.
We encourage spontaneous organization, and order. If you have a need, speak up! We will find you a teacher. If you have knowledge that would benefit another, speak up! We will find you a student.

Business opportunity

There is an enormous business opportunity in providing educational services. However, this market is currently distorted by guaranteed student loans which, combined with extremely high cost and almost exclusively state-oriented universities, prevents the finding of market-clearing prices for particular types of training and education. Education is a key element in the growth and development of every individual, so making it available without tying the individual to debt peonage, would be an important accomplishment.
Peter Thiel has proposed that higher education is in a “bubble” because it is widely perceived to have very high value, it is extremely costly, and it is being financed by debt. Indeed, we see in Sallie Mae the same sort of bizarre national program, as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to organize these student loans. It would not surprise me to see collateralized debt obligations, with the student as human collateral (or chattel), and the bundling of student loans into slavery-backed securities. The derivative potentials are monstrous.
Unfortunately, as we have seen in articles written time and time again, a great majority of college graduates are in a career field that has NOTHING to do with their major. There is no reason in this age of technology that we currently live in, that many trades, IT, networking, and many other related types of courses could not be taught, virtually. Look at the virtual “degreed” programs offered by state-approved schools. It has been shown, that everything “they” do the private sector can do better. Let’s do better!
Decentralization can be tricky in that one often wants to find everything in one place. But we believe that is possible without creating a huge centralized bureaucracy with bureau-rats and bursars and registrars and other parasites latched onto the process. Ideally, as few people as possible other than the student and the teacher would be involved in purveying education. Where we have to create a third party involvement, we are failing in our goal of decentralized education.
And, remember, our very first goal, above, is: education beyond the state. Teaching without being state employees. Learning without being state conscripts.

Research Opportunity

We don’t know how to live free all over the world. We know it can be done, because we’ve been doing it in small groups. We know it ought to be possible to live in free countries, on free continents, on a free planet, in a free Solar system, and throughout a free galaxy. And we know that we don’t. So we see an enormous opportunity for the university not only to teach but also to conduct original research and publish the results. We want people to think more and more about how to live free, without coercion, beyond the state.

Industry analysis

The industry for education is highly fragmented. Although many elite institutions are ostensibly private, nearly all universities in the United States derive substantial benefit from government funding of research, government guarantees of student loans, and various types of government grants, scholarships, and other funding. These distortions of the market for education are compounded throughout the arts, letters, and sciences by other government intrusions. The generation of knowledge and the dissemination of knowledge have come to be dominated by government action.

Nor is the market at all remarkably free of government collusion and interference in any other country that we’ve found. It seems that wherever the groves of Academe are found, they are infested with parasitical government functionaries.

We are choosing not to go there. Not be attached to an approval process, but to allow our students, teachers, parents and their children to decide the market. What do you want to learn? How can we aid you in attaining that knowledge?

The old adage, “the squeaky wheel gets the oil” rings true here. All that need be done on your part is asking for what you want. We will find it.

Market analysis

The market for education is typically divided into three major categories. Those persons 18 and under are typically relegated to K-12 or “kindergarten through 12th grade.” A very few persons 18 and under sometimes are able to take accelerated course work in order to qualify for college-equivalent courses, or take actual college courses. The home schooling market typically focuses on educating children through high school equivalence.

A second major category covers students 18-26 who are typically engaged in undergraduate and graduate university studies. This age group also frequently looks to community colleges and vocational or technical schools for training. A four-year undergraduate program followed by a two-year master’s program followed by a four- to six-year doctorate is a typical course of study, with some students getting off the treadmill sooner, and others, notably medical doctors, studying longer.

A third major age category covers “continuing education” which is a term for professionals who are expected to keep up with current techniques and practices, such as in law, medicine, and engineering. It is a term that has been applied to all other adult education whether there is any continuity involved, or not.

Although the market for education is both highly fragmented, with a great many providers, and largely stratified by age, the Individual Sovereign University is not attempting to focus our course offerings on any of these major categories. Instead, we are focusing our efforts on offering any courses that teachers wish to teach. We are open to providing a forum for students to request classes that they wish to take. Our objective is to facilitate any sort of education, without regard to the age of the student.

We have opened our minds to the prospect of many multi-use real estate projects on every continent. These will be used not only for campuses but also travel and leisure of our clients and customers. Learning is not something that happens only in childhood, but all lifelong.

Part of the process in locating the areas that suit our needs best, will be in planning and executing exotic, culturally educational and respectful vacations for our clientele. These vacations will be planned, and networks expanded by our advisors within the university that hold many years of experience, in vacation planning. In planning these travel extravaganzas we will expand our reach through our new business contacts in all regions, and offer our clients the experience of a lifetime. Through cultural and exotic experiences, we seek to not only offer trips of a lifetime, but learning experiences that could be gained no other way. This does not exclude space travel.

The future of freedom:

The future of freedom rests in people making decisions for them. In learning just what you want to learn and not being forced into spending your time (which we each have a very limited amount of) on classes and subjects that do not relate to you and your goals. Taking the reins of each of our individual educations and acting on such, is empowering. It seems almost to be too much at times, as we are used to being handed a curriculum and being told “here, take these classes, spend this much time, this much money, and we give you a piece of magic paper”. Let the power structure go. Take control of your destiny and take choices for yourself.

In our online forum, letters of recommendation, certificates of achievement etc. will be available. It comes back around to, “Ask for what you need or want. Speak Up!”
The sky is truly not the limit. What do you want to learn? To teach? How do you learn best? From what kinds of people do you learn best? One on one? A group? How can you pay for your classes? Do you need a scholarship? Alternative forms of payment?
We seek to fulfill your answers to these questions as best as we can. We seek to not lay out a grid and tell you what to do, but to allow you to follow your own path in learning.
When we are learning what we want, it sticks. Let your learning stick, let it be of value to you. Determine what you need or want and Ask For it! Freedom in education is available. Spread the word!

Things you can do today to make a difference:

1. Visit IndSovU.com and register—for free. Look at the classes on offer. Check with one of our team about upgrading your account (for free) so you can blog—we had a problem with some spam blogging.
2. Consider taking a class or offering a class. Set your own prices. If you don’t see what you want, ask around in the forums. If you can’t afford what you see, ask one of our team members. We’re here to solve problems.
3. On the home page we have links for donating through PayPal, through credit cards using Google Checkout, and a text block that should let you donate to us using bitCoin. We also accept cheques, money orders, cash, gold and silver coins, DelValley silver, Shire silver, Pecunix, c-gold, Loom gold, gold Globals, and other alternatives. If you would like us to support some local or national currency, please let us know. We have a very widespread network.
4. We have books and merchandise for sale. We’d love to link to your site, your books, your good and services. We are working on an online library of learning and teaching resources, not only for adults, but also for people of all ages.

The future you create may be your own.

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Shaun Lee, poet, agorist, and entrepreneur has agreed to promote Individual Sovereign University in the freedom community through her extensive contacts. She is assisting in securing a positive image for the university, our faculty, and our products in the agorist, freedom-oriented, and anti-war communities, among many others. Shaun Lee brings a wealth of contacts and networking skills through her many years in organizing and leading different parts of the freedom community.

Jim Davidson is an author, entrepreneur, and anti-war activist. Contact him at indomitus.net or indsovu.com Come visit IndSovU teams at gatherings in June 2011 in New Hampshire, September 2011 in Montana, December 2011 in Florida, and March 2012 in Austin, Texas.

“It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.” ~ Frederic Bastiat

I had business to attend to all week in Richmond, VA. I live west of Fredericksburg, just past the Wilderness Battlefield. Ironically, I live off of the Constitution Highway. Those who read my work might find that a bit funny. I take mostly back roads that wind me through the Old Dominion, until I eventually get dumped out on to I95. Any Virginian knows in the morning, I95 is jammed packed from DC to Richmond, there is just no way around it.

While sitting in traffic just outside of the old Confederate Capitol I saw something very disturbing. A Virginia State trooper had backed his vehicle out of the way of an on-ramp where commuters were trying to merge onto the busy Interstate. The going was slow on the merge, and cars were at a complete stand still. There, this Trooper was standing at the end of the on-ramp checking license plate registration, Virginia State safety inspection, and personal property tax stickers. The congestion on I95 was quite heavy this particular morning so I had the opportunity to witness this fascist spectacle for probably five minutes.

Virginia State requires that the safety inspection sticker, and the county tax sticker be installed in the lower middle section of the windshield, and the vehicle registration stickers are attached to the license plates. As vehicles were trying to merge, this Trooper would inspect the license plate and then snap his head up to look at the windshield. The whole situation was surreal; he seemed to be more machine than man. His movements seemed robotic, the movement of his head seemed almost hydraulic; up, down, up, down; compliant, non-compliant. I think that is probably what he was “thinking”. The only thing missing here was robo-cop. His face was emotionless; when a vehicle approached that was not in compliance, he would snap his arm out to his side and point the vehicle over. His motions were crisp, almost like they were programmed into him.

There were a thousand thoughts going through my head at this point. The first, what an incredible racket! This law enforcement officer who collects his check from the State was forcefully extracting money for his employer all morning long. Faceless Bureaucrats scribble some kind of fund raising scheme down on paper, and *poof* it’s law. From here the armed minions of the State take over and hit the streets on a mission to find as many subjects “breaking the law” as they possibly can. Somehow these men think that when they put on their uniforms, and get behind their badges, they are relieved of their moral obligations to their fellow men. Those of us who actually exercise some kind of reasoned thought on a daily basis know better. For the brief time I was stuck there he had successfully gotten two subjects to pull over, perhaps interrupting otherwise productive people, who actually might be on the way to produce some good or service. My second thought; is this what this man dreamed his job would be when he was a little boy? Is it really the dream of those who wish to keep the peace to make sure their fellow men have the correct stickers on their cars!? Should we rename the innocent children’s game of cops and robbers to compliance officers and subjects? My third thought was, why in the hell do we have a human doing this? I mean, can we at least bring the tyranny into the 21st century? Couldn’t a robot, or some kind of scanning camera do this job? Lets make George Orwell proud, and just get on with it, at least this officer could join the ranks with the rest of the citizen subjects. These highway men know where their bread is buttered. Bring the spoils back to the King, and he’ll cut you out some, right peace officers? I wonder if this man ever sat down and thought critically about what he was actually doing. If he did, and he was a man of honor, he would not return to work the next day. Or at least refuse to be a thief and go investigate a crime with a real victim.

About two years ago I was on the way to work in the morning, and I got pulled over about a half mile from my shop. The officer stopped me for not having a valid county sticker on my vehicle. This means that I was late in paying the perpetual tax on my vehicle, so my tax sticker was not up to date. Needless to say, I was shocked when he told me why he pulled me over, I thought I had been speeding or in violation of some other arbitrary vehicle infraction. Nope, I got pulled over for not paying my property tax. I had to bite my tongue most of the time while I was on the side of the road, but I did ask him one question. I said, “so, you pulled me over for not paying my taxes?” He said, “No, I pulled you over for an invalid county sticker.” The only way to receive a valid county sticker is to pay the property tax on my vehicle. This man was either too stupid to put it together, or he was ashamed to admit it to himself, let alone say it aloud.

He then gave me a ticket and told me that the judge would dismiss it if I showed proof that I paid my property tax on the court date. This man was trying to charge me a fine on unpaid taxes. Are any of you still buying this land of the free crap? These situations make me wonder how these men live with themselves. I am an auto mechanic, as most of you know some folks think we are dishonest. When I catch a mechanic trying to sell work a customer does not need, they are gone. We will not have it where I work. It is up to the honest mechanics to try and salvage the profession, and police the ranks. To the law enforcement that read this; do any of you stop to think about what you are doing? Do any of you realize you are taking hard working peoples money at the barrel of a gun? AND, do you realize the other profession that does this? I don’t think I need to say it.

Law Enforcement, you are the tip of the spear. Your spear could go either way at this juncture in history. You could choose what other “law enforcement” have chosen to do throughout history, defy, and then defile your own people. Or you can turn that spear around and once again take up your moral obligations to your fellow men, and truly be the protectors of peace. The choice is yours and yours only. Not your superior officers, not your partners, not your buddies, yours. Whatever decision is made as we stand on the abyss of total moral, and societal collapse, you will own it. Whether you like the decision that was made or not, it will be yours. You cannot hide from your own conscious. If you find it necessary to think twice about whether something is right or wrong, it might be necessary to think twice about kicking that door in.

“When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.” ~ C.P. Snow 

“Fortunately,” he said, “that’s hardly a representative sample of American Law Enforcement, thank God.”

“How many bad apples does it take to spoil a bunch?” I asked.

From there, the conversation turned to the philosophical; absent our present justice and law enforcement system, how would we guarantee our safety from the evils of the world? This was as non-productive as may be imagined, and because my friend is a reasonable man, we agreed once again to disagree.

So I ask you, dear reader. How many bad apples does it take to spoil a bunch? How much infringement upon our rights, how much overstepping constitutional authority, how much outright brutality are we willing to tolerate from our designated protectors before it’s just not worth it any more?

In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, firearms were confiscated by the New Orleans Police Department. This was an isolated incident, and the New Orleans PD does not represent American Law Enforcement in general. Most city police are dedicated and noble and would fight to protect the rights and lives of citizens.

During the Virginia Tech massacre, the equipped and trained officers did not enter Norris Hall until Cho had killed himself, frustrated by a barricade that students erected to keep him at bay. Officer safety is paramount, and it would have been dangerous for any one officer to enter the building in the presence of an active shooter without backup.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, tasked with preventing federal offenses related to firearms, encouraged firearms to be illegally sold and distributed to known criminals, resulting in the death of at least one Border Patrol agent and countless other human beings. But the present ATF is not representative of federal Law Enforcement agencies in general, and these abuses will die with that bureau.

In 1993, the FBI and the BATFE laid siege to and massacred a group of Seventh-Day Adventist heretics, for the crime of legally purchasing a variety of scary firearms. That was a different era, and the siege was the fault of Janet Reno, who is no longer Attorney General.

On May 5, 2011, officers from at least four Pima County police agencies unceremoniously executed Marine Corps veteran Jose Guerena, who has been found guilty of no crime, and whose work hours must have been well known to the police after their extensive investigation. But most of the United States is protected by better men than Pima County, whose officers may have done the right thing anyway, depending on the outcome of ongoing investigations.

Every day, more stories like this play out, all across the country. Men and women sworn to serve and protect the citizens of this nation instead trample their inalienable rights and flaunt their authority at gunpoint, frequently protected by the Blue Code of Silence, the existence of which cannot be denied. Still, these are isolated incidents, and do not represent the bulk of police in this country. The cops I shoot with are good people and we have pleasant conversation, you understand. It is unfortunate that a few bad examples give the rest a bad name.

What I do not see is this: noble men, worthy of their charge, refusing to break the oaths they swore to defend those who can’t defend themselves. What I do not see is a single example of a police department defying any order on moral, constitutional or legal grounds. I do not see a single example of cops behaving in a fashion befitting the honor they claim, honor I wish they would earn. Perhaps I am wrong; perhaps someone can show me an overwhelming number of  counter-examples, and I will rejoice to see it. Until then I must view the police and all their activities with skepticism, and judge the merit of individual officers on a case-by-case basis.

Publisher’s Note: I want something a bit more definitive than independence.  I grew up associating the 4th of July with freedom and liberty and then I grew up.  Not only was this the day in 1863 when the Confederacy lost both Gettysburg and Vicksburg and therefore the war but it is now associated with the celebration more so of the wretched and liberty-wrecking Constitution than the brilliant Declaration of Independence.  The DI was drafted a full generation before the political coup known as the Constitution cemented and wedded all our fates to big government.  The Fourth is certainly a day to celebrate the DI but the flag waving and celebration of patriotic gore both here and abroad is, in truth, a macabre glorification and salute to the Gulag State.  America is no longer the land of the free and home of the brave, it is instead the land of the caged and home of the collaborator.  Most Americans not only are scared witless of liberty and freedom but endlessly cheer-lead the depredations of the state on their neighbors through taxation, regulation and the maintenance of a ferocious police state.

Michael Collins had it right: https://www.americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches/moviespeechmichaelcollins1.html

Truth be told, the Fourth of July has become the twisted celebration of the inmates lauding the accomplishments of their jailers.  Please enjoy the Declaration of Separation.

Please be sure to look at the great cornucopia of terrific 4th of July ramblings from my brothers at Western Rifle Shooters Association: https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/.

An excerpt:

On the Fourth, we celebrate open rebellion, high treason, and disobedience.We celebrate men who killed their countrymen for their principles.

Men who risked being demonized and executed by their government, for their principles.

Don’t you ever, ever forget that.

Ever.

It’s not about apple pie, baseball, fireworks, and the Declaration of Independence.

Expensive, horrible, priceless freedom.

Arctic Patriot

–BB

[Editor’s Note [The Voluntaryist]: The following anonymous piece was received via email on April 7, 2009. It was distributed to our voluntaryist email group, since I am in accord with its sentiments. Its opening claim of a “right to exist” ought more properly be framed as a statement: We exist; we exist at our own expense; and expect no one to support us; and we will defend our existence if it is coercively threatened. I would have liked to have seen it mention that 1) taxes are theft, and that taxes are collected under threat of force; and 2) that although certain goods and services are necessary for our survival, it is not necessary that they be provided by coercive, political governments. Please see that this Declaration gets as wide a distribution as possible.]

To The Governments & People of Earth:

We claim the right to exist, and we will defend it. We do not seek to overthrow anything. We do not seek to control anything. We merely wish to be left alone. All we ever wanted was to live in peace with our friends and neighbors. For a long, long time we bore insults to our liberty; we took blows, we did what we could to avoid injury and we worked through the system to get the offenses to stop. That has now changed. We no longer see any benefit in working through the world’s systems. At some point, working within a system becomes cowardly and immoral; for us, that point has arrived. Regardless of the parties in power, their governments have continued to restrict, restrain and punish us. We hereby reject them all. We hereby withdraw from them all. We hold the ruling states of this world and all that appertains to them to be self-serving and opposed to humanity. We now withdraw our obedience and reclaim the right to strike back when struck. We will not initiate force, but we do reserve the right to answer it. We did not choose this – it was forced upon us.

To The Governments of Earth:

You are building cages for all that is human. In the name of protection, you have intruded into all areas of human life, far exceeding the reach of any Caesar. You claim ultimate control of our property and our decisions, of our travels and even our identities. You claim ownership of humanity far beyond the dreams of any Emperor of any previous era. Understand clearly: We reject your authority and we reject your legitimacy. We do not believe that you have any right to do the things you do. You have massive power, but no right to impose it upon us and no legitimacy. We have forsaken you. We are no longer your citizens or your subjects. Your systems are inherently anti-human, even if all their operators are not. We are not merely angry young people. We are fathers and mothers; aunts, uncles and grandparents; we are business owners and trusted employees; we are mechanics and engineers and farmers. We are nurses and accountants and students and executives. We are on every continent. This is not a burst of outrage; this is a sober declaration that we no longer accept unearned suffering as our role in life. For long decades we sat quietly, hoping that things would turn around. We took no actions; we suffered along with everyone else. But after having our limits pushed back again and again, we have given up on your systems. If our fellow inhabitants of this planet wish to accept your rule, they are free to do so. We will not try to stop them. We, however, will no longer accept your constraints upon us. – From now on, when you hurt us, we will bite back. If you leave us alone we will leave you alone and you can continue to rule your subjects. We are happy to live quietly. But if you come after us, there will be consequences. You caused this because of your fetish for control and power. The chief men and women among you are pathologically driven to control everyone and everything that moves upon this planet. You have made yourselves the judge of every human activity. No god-king of the ancient world ever had the power that your systems do. You have created a world where only the neutered are safe and where only outlaws are free.

To The People of Earth:

We seek nothing from you. We do not want to rule you and we do not want to control you. All we wish is to live on earth in peace. As always, we will be helpful neighbors and generous acquaintances. We will remain honest business partners and trustworthy employees. We will continue to be loving parents and respectful children. We will not, however, be sacrificial animals. We reject the idea that others have a right to our lives and our property. We will not demand anything from you, and we will no longer acquiesce to any demands upon us. We have left that game. We reject all obligations to any person or organization beyond honesty, fair dealing and a respect for human life. We will shortly explain what we believe, but we are not demanding that you agree with us. All we ask is that you do not try to stop us. Continue to play the game if you wish; we will not try to disrupt it. We have merely walked away from it. We wish you peace.

To Those Who Will Condemn Us:

We will ignore you. We welcome and seek the verdict of a just God, before whom we are willing to expose our innermost thoughts. Are you similarly willing? We would stand openly before all mankind if it were not suicidal. Perhaps some day we will have to accept slaughter for our crime of independence, but not yet. Your criticism and your malice are much deeper than mere disagreements of strategy or philosophy. You do not oppose our philosophy, you oppose our existence. Our presence in the world means that your precious ideals are false. Some of you would rather kill us than face the loss of your ideologies, just as those like you have either hated or killed every sufficiently independent human. You present yourselves to the world as compassionate, tolerant and enlightened, but we know that your smooth words are costumes. Oh yes, we know you, servant of the state; don’t forget, we were raised with you. We played with you in the schoolyard, we sat next to you in the classroom. Some of us studied at the same elite universities. We watched as you had your first tastes of power. We were the boys and girls standing next to you. Some of us were your first victims. We are not fooled by your carefully crafted public image.

What We Believe

#1: Many humans resent the responsibilities that are implied by consciousness. We accept those responsibilities and we embrace consciousness. Rather than letting things happen to us (avoiding consciousness), we accept consciousness and choose to act in our own interest. We do not seek the refuge of blaming others, neither do we take refuge in crowds. We are willing to act on our personal judgment, and we are willing to accept the consequences thereof.

#2: We believe in negative rights for all: That all humans should be free to do whatever they wish, as long as they do not intrude upon others; that no man has a right to the life, liberty or property of another; that we oppose aggression, fraud and coercion.

#3: We do not believe that our way of life, or any other, will make life perfect or trouble-free. We expect crime and disagreements and ugliness, and we are prepared to deal with them. We do not seek a strongman to step in and solve problems for us. We agree to see to them ourselves.

#4: We believe in free and unhindered commerce. So long as exchanges are voluntary and honest, no other party has a right to intervene – before, during or after.

#5: We believe that all individuals should keep their agreements.

#6: We believe that honestly obtained property is fully legitimate and absolute.

#7: We believe that some humans are evil and that they must be faced and dealt with. We accept the fact that this is a difficult area of life.

#8: We believe that humans can self-organize effectively. We expect them to cooperate. We reject impositions of hierarchy and organization.

#9: We believe that all humans are to be held as equals in all matters regarding justice.

#10: We believe that the more a man or woman cares about right and wrong, the more of a threat he or she is perceived to be by governments.

#11: We believe that there are only two true classes of human beings: Those who wish to exercise power upon others – either directly or through intermediaries – and those who have no such desires.

#12: Large organizations and centralization are inherently anti-human. They must rely upon rules rather than principles, treating humans within the organization as obedient tools.

Our Plans:

We are building our own society. We will supplement traditional tools with networking, cryptography, sound money, digital currency and anonymous messaging. Our society will not be centrally controlled. It will rely solely on voluntary arrangements. We welcome others to join us. We are looking for people who are independent creators of value, people who act more than talk, and people who do the right thing because it is the right thing. We will develop our own methods of dealing with injustice, built on the principles of negative rights, restitution, integrity and equal justice. We do not forbid anyone from having one foot in each realm – ours and the old realm – although we demand that they do no damage to our realm. We are fully opposed to any use of our realm to facilitate crime in the old realm, such as the hiding of criminal proceeds. We expect to be loudly condemned, libeled and slandered by the authorities of the old regime. We expect them to defend their power and their image of legitimacy with all means available to them. We expect that many gullible and servile people will believe these lies, at least at first. We will consider traps laid for us to be criminal offenses. Any who wish to join us are encouraged to distribute this declaration, to act in furtherance of our new society, to voluntarily excel in virtues and to communicate and cooperate with other members of the new society.

Free, unashamed men cannot be ruled.

We are The Free and The Unashamed.

[I would like to thank Chris Dates for alerting me to the existence of this document and the Voluntaryist Society.]

Just one exercise in packing your suitcase when the water is up to your chest, but I’m certain our readers can come up with dozens more. There are two schools of thought I generally agree solves this dead argument. For the sake of this exercise I will label the first, the Minarchist approach to Zionism, and the second, the Anarchist approach to Zionism. Both will be attacked because they lack the neo-conservative philosophy of “might makes right”.  Ironically, neo-conservative ideals imitate National Socialism, despite their quoting of Genesis:12 at you when they hear you criticize Zionism.

I’ll address the Minarchist approach, which is purely libertarian in nature, first. The US foreign policy was intended by Jefferson to be “humble” and was one of non-interventionism but don’t confuse it with isolationism, most neo-conservatives make that false claim towards Ron Paul and they are often philosophically the most ignorant of Jefferson’s approach to foreign policy in the first place since they reside ideologically much closer to Alexander Hamilton (spit) and the Federalists.

A non-interventionist approach would dissolve the US of all foreign entanglements including Treaties, which would include the creation of Israel. If Jefferson were even capable of living in these days and spent a glistening day studying how we bastardized his experiment, he would take the US to task on this very issue. The fact is, the US foreign policy is an embarrassing mess by Anti-Federalist standards, but possibly on-par with a Federalist’s vision.

Following this Minarchist approach, the US would have to un-do the lingering mistakes throughout history and make apology where needed. When you realize you made a decision, whether it was based on bad information, you still make amends. This isn’t about appearing weak; as a man, you know that when you are wrong, you want to take responsibility for it. The argument posed that the US would somehow appear weak for assuming that responsibility is a unique Federalist slant, anyway. Our country is faced with a great many mistakes so that process would need to begin yesterday.

In the conclusion of the Minarchist/libertarian approach, the answer is to un-do anything that was a mistake including entangling alliances and a meddling foreign policy, chiefly, that is the entire Middle East, but certainly not limited to the it.

If this was the best that could happen, I would be pleased, but you know there is no way in hell neo-conservatives would allow the mere contemplation. Even the liberals famously imitating International Socialists would see their special interest clients breaking down their doors. This is what I will call this the moderate or middle of the road approach. It has a logical reason and is based on the principles of non-interventionism as defined by Jefferson himself. It would shrink government in very large proportions which is exactly why it will NEVER happen. the middle of the road approach… it has a logical reason and basis based on non-interventionism as defined by Jefferson himself, it would shrink government in very large proportions which is exactly why it will NE

Because the “middle of the road” Minarchist approach is impossible and unthinkable, I’m going to present to you what will inevitably happen anyway. A government collapse. The state is an organism that grows endlessly and devours until it has destroyed itself in the name of progress. We all can see that the path we are on is completely unsustainable. And so what is going to happen? Is it is going to fail? When people see that it is going to fail, the smart ones anticipate the failure. Before they can anticipate the failure, the state’s apparatuses stand in the way of any resource reutilization or economic realignment. We have been in this cycle for some time now. it just won’t come crashing down all at once, its crashing in a rhythmic birthing pain of something coming…. a crackup boom, chaos, anarchy, or as some of us would prefer, spontaneous order, but it is happening all the same on its own schedule, Mr. Bernanke.

People are seeing their way to the exits, physically and/or economically, despite the fact that the majority of Americans are distracted people, thinking all we need in the White House [Mordor on the Potomac] is THIS guy, or THAT guy. Have no fear, order is underway and the government and the Federal Reserve are doing everything they can to prevent it. Their controls are failing because some people know when danger is approaching. It reminds me of the story of the kid that reported the iceberg on the Titanic while the Captain turned a throttle the wrong way. Sometimes systems are too complicated to save. Unfortunately, Keynes isn’t here to see the failure of his economic model and despite our best efforts to point it out, most people aren’t seeing it either.

My anarchist solution is that humans never hand over the reins and whip to another state-form ever again. Frankly, we are exhausted. Many of us have nothing after a lifetime of work because of the state and its machinations of banking, Federal Reserve System, et al. When this fails, and it will fail, I hope that everyone has learned their lesson about asking someone to do something (good or bad) with their neighbors’ money and resources under the threat of violence. I hope it never happens again.

Everyone wanted too much and it broke. This is not too hard to understand. But we need to realize that we are slave to no one once it does break. If not, the name of our master will merely change and the reins and yoke will remain, perhaps even heavier and less mercilessly. Only a fool would want that, but people are scared of life without promises, even though inside they know the promises are paper-thin, they want them. They feel naked without them. The job of an anarchist is to convince people to stop asking for promises, drop their yoke, and begin life. It is insane to want liberty and be responsible for our own actions. It is crazy talk and it makes people uncomfortable to hear it. Just look around at my audience.

This is the red pill…

This is the real reason why the argumentation for Zionism is flawed…. it, like all state institutions, will fail. It is unsustainable to attack Palestinians at a rate that creates more terrorists and  just like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and everywhere else we put boots or missiles on the ground… it will fail. It is like the bailouts or quantitative easing. They are all flawed and will meet their own natural demise and in this case, proportionate to the number of flawed and failing solutions, so does the rate of the collapse also gain in speed. They are riding with a brick on the pedal, hysterically waving at every “No Exit” sign on a dead-end road. It is coming. It’s beautiful and painful, but it is truth. So prepare and plan. In your spare time encourage others to do so as well. Zionism and statism are small-minded and short-thought… they are crumbling and will fail. In my lifetime, the world will look different. Are we ready?

“I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That’s my dream; that’s my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor… and surviving.”

– Colonel Kurtz, Apocalypse Now (1979)

Chris was kind enough to answer some questions from the ZeroGov staff about himself, his books and his prognostications for the future.  Enjoy.  I highly recommend them.  If you wish to discuss this with Chris and others, start a new topic here: https://zerogov.com/forum/index.php?board=22.0Chris’ responses are in italics.

You can buy it here. Be sure to look for the second volume if you are interested. -BB

  • What motivated you to write Operation SERF?

I started writing the first book purely for fun during some of my limited free time on weekends one winter.  It was an exercise in creativity which was encouraged by author/blogger Charles Hugh Smith.  The entire book was originally posted as free weekly installments on his oftwominds.com website.  The idea grew larger than I had initially imagined and the web series became the first book of a trilogy.  My time spent boots on the ground in Iraq and my studies of the collapse of Yugoslavia gave me both the concrete hands-on experience and academic knowledge needed to breathe life into a fictional scenario.  But aside from the creativity associated from doing art for the sake of it, part of my motivation was to warn my fellow Americans about a devastating course should we chose such a path in the future.

  • How close are we to a collapse similar to the book’s portrayal of the slow and grinding fall into the abyss?

Right now we as a nation could go either way.  Keep in mind that I’m thinking about a time-line over the next 10 years.  I’m focused on economics today because that is the main crossroad we’re at in 2011.  The question we’re faced with now is can we create enough jobs for not only the adults who are currently out of work, but all the new graduates who will be seeking work each year from here on out.  The question tomorrow at the next critical junction will be do we have the natural resources and fuel supply to meet the demands of a growing population.  No matter how I project various scenarios out in my own mind, my intuition tells me we will be forced to change our way of life.  I’d like to think we’re capable of decentralizing governance and production to meet regional needs in a sustainable way, but I doubt the people currently in power are capable of relinquishing their grips on the reins.  I see no evidence yet that the flawed personalities of our so-called leaders who’ve brought us to the brink of collapse will be miraculously healed in time to avert a hard landing.  Therefore as it stands now, their proposed solutions will either still fail or only bring greater strife.

  • Since writing the book, have real time events around the globe caused you to think that it may happen just as you extrapolated?

The word “austerity” had not yet entered the common American vocabulary when I began writing the book in late 2008, but in 2011 we’re beginning to understand how it will affect local, state and federal budgets.  It will take a few more years before we see how this plays out on the street in concrete terms.  More people will become unemployed and even if they’re able to find work later, it won’t be for the same pay they had in the past.  Their standard of living will fall.  When there’s no money to fix the infrastructure and the concrete literally begins crumbling under our collective feet, only then will the people who’ve had continuous employment all along realize that our slow downhill trend had been afoot the entire time.

  • What is wrong with a splintered nation?  I would suggest that the US is not too big to fail and that its devolution rent by secession and separation may make it more vital economically.  There may even be pockets of freedom and liberty in certain states and confederations. Thoughts?

The consequences of devolution could include hyperinflation which would be economically harmful for many people.   Honest hard-working citizens who played by the rules in the old system would likely see a lifetime of wealth destroyed.  In many ways, this is another form of theft.  The splintering process itself could also be physically harmful.  I see the potential for actual armed battles like 1990s Yugoslavia or the Spanish Civil War rather than an indifferent separation like the Baltic nations and the old Soviet Union.  Up until the mid-20th Century, America had a long history which included episodes of violence, internal warfare and oppression.  Combine that with the personalities of the people in power and a lot of desperation in the cities and it’s a recipe for real blood in the streets.  There is plenty of room for directed manipulation of events.

The potential certainly exists for some states to be places of relative economic prosperity where people live within their means and respect each other.  However, the possibility also exists for fiefdoms of repression which hearkens back to the days behind the Iron Curtain and even outright corporate serfdom.  Either way, a splintered United States would leave former Americans more vulnerable to outside military threats from nations which have not splintered.  China and Russia immediately come to mind as forces to be reckoned with.  Despite some minor ruckus in some cities around Europe today, I also wouldn’t rule out the EU as a major force in the future.   We Americans should always remember that the original native inhabitants of North and South America were divided into separate tribes who were all conquered by relatively small expeditionary forces from foreign lands.

  • You and I have both served and fought in the Army.  From your experience, do you suppose there is going to be some surprise guerrilla talent emerging in post-Federal North America?  The Israeli Defense Forces were stopped cold and essentially defeated in their incursion into Lebanon in 2006 by what is arguably the best equipped, trained and resourced guerrilla force on Earth – Hezbollah [the Tamil LTTE used to have that distinction but have since been eclipsed].  Are there some interesting players on the horizon in America?

I anticipate a state governor (or a block of states) will assert authority in the future against federal and/or corporate encroachment.  However, this will require backing from big players within their respective states.  The old state government and local business apparatus would still form the backbone behind any military muscle which could move in the field against similar forces from other opposing elites.  The question then becomes who is the head of that body.  Such leaders might be in positions of power right now, but are playing their cards very cautiously.  This lends itself to my view of the factions who today normally work together in their mutual interest fleecing common Americans, but could turn on one another when the going gets tough in the future.  If those powerful players are physically threatened by their peers, things could get nasty in a hurry.  Those factions would have no shortage of both trained operators and cannon fodder to wage actual battles in the future.  To preempt such a situation, some states and the federal government will restrict the civilian possession of arms.  Private corporations could jump in on this by making it difficult to import and/or produce arms, ammunition, critical components, and raw materials in some states.  Without ammunition, modern weapons are useless.  Law enforcement agencies that run afoul of another quasi-governmental or corporate group’s desire to retain possession of control might find themselves restricted on paper as well.

On the flip-side, some states might encourage an increase in weapon possession, arms production, and even training of civilian volunteers.  This might not be with the intent of creating an army to oppose various factions or their neighboring states, but rather to protect their own state as a whole should the national or global situation devolve into one of uncertain chaos.

  • How would you suggest readers prepare for what is obviously an economic calamity ahead of us for America?

I will combine with the question below.

  • What critical survival skills will be important in the near future?

Maintaining good relationships with extended family and friends is of critical importance.  Pooling resources, skills, and money will be necessary to make it through the tough times ahead.  When it comes down to the necessities of food, clothing, and shelter, the majority of Americans need to relearn the skills of self-sufficiency which go beyond the grocery store or the community food pantry.  Most people can’t grow acres of grain in their backyards, but they can certainly plant a small garden and learn how to grind wheat to make their own bread.  Every suburban backyard deck should have planters full of vegetables.  Practicing the basic skill of growing your own food while times are still good puts you far ahead on the learning curve.  Trying to figure this out for the first time at the beginning of a long crisis is not only a day late and a dollar short, it may leave you without a loaf of bread and literally starving.

  • I get the feeling you are very cynical about political parties and solutions.  Where do we go from here?

The two-headed party and certain large corporations have completely failed the people of this country.  We’ve had so-called leaders who either had a complete lack of foresight and were easy dupes to be manipulated by powerful interests or those who were willingly bought off and chose to betray the American people for personal gain.  One group you can excuse to some extent due to their own ignorance, the other one needs criminal charges brought against them.

I would like to see a culture of responsibility instituted again in this country.  This needs to begin first with the leaders who would hold their peers accountable.  Only then could trust be re-established from top to bottom in a system which is supposed to operate under a rule of law.

  • The staff at ZeroGov is what one could classify as “gun enthusiasts” of the highest order.  Are you a practiced shooter?  Any preferences for rifle and pistol?

I practice frequently, moving forward while shooting up close on some days and precision shooting from a distance on others.  I’ve fired every type of firearm over the years, but I prefer semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines.  I like M4geries with Trijicons on top, but I spend a significant amount of time with AKs and iron sights, too.  I’ll break out a battle rifle in 7.62N from time to time, but the ammo has been prohibitively expensive over the last few years.

  • Operation SERF is a trilogy, when will the third book be published?

I’m aiming toward later this year before Christmas, but it might be spring of 2012.  My writing has slowed this past year due to focusing more time on my own family and other personal pursuits.  I think some of my earliest fans assumed the final book would be done by now because I published the first two books only a year apart.  I was very driven and mostly wanted to prove myself that novels could be created within a few months.  Writing is an easy thing for me, but finding the time to do everything I want to in this one short lifetime is not.  To make a long explanation short, I’m committed to finishing the trilogy and that goal will be accomplished.

Thanks.


“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
-Winston Churchill (
in a brief moment of intellectual sobriety)

I am just finishing Joshua Ramo’s book, The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It. A scintillating read but the treatment of the subject in Ramo’s book is superficial at best.  This is a reflection of his journalist pedigree and affiliation with Kissinger Associates.  Kissinger is by far one of the most exaggerated intellects to ghost foreign policy circles since it became its own area of academic inquiry in the twentieth century.  He is emblematic of the journalism profession today.  Ramo said the following in an interview:

“You espouse that average citizens should take control of their lives and live in a “revolutionary” manner. What do you mean? Can established governments and revolutionaries co-exist?”

“Sure they can. Google and the US government get along fine (more or less). What matters is that we all do three things: first we have to live lives that are very resilient, which means taking care of ourselves, our savings, our family and our education so we can adjust to a rapidly changing world. Second, we all have to participate in a caring economy, devoting some of our life to helping others instead of relying on the government to help others for us. And finally we have to be innovative in how we live and think. We have to try to think of new ways to make a difference in the world as individuals, to help prepare our children to manage and control their own lives instead of relying on big corporations or the government to do so.”

All of these ideas are excellent but this is the same author who rightfully condemns the blindness and stupidity of government behavior in everything from the fatal Israeli incursion into Lebanon in 2006 and the resulting mauling by Hezbollah to the sclerotic and ineffective regulation of complex financial markets; he then veers into a list of things the government can do right to include total government provision of healthcare.  What?!  Ramo, you miss your own message.

Government cannot provide resiliency in the sense you recommend except in the maintenance of its own power by either violently rending its neighbors or cannibalizing its constituent parts to keep it alive.  There is only one imperative ALL governments share and that is self-preservation and opportunistic expansion at every turn.  Ramo treats resiliency as a positive attribute at the individual level but misapprehends its application to gun-run organizations like the state where innovation and effectiveness are always subjugated to the aforementioned imperative.

Apparently, Ramo’s worldview paints everything he sees it as it does with all human cognition.  With rare exception, most of the journalists I have known are not only intellectually lazy but tend to have an almost doctrinaire government supremacism welded to their worldview.  For every Fred Reed, there are hundreds of Rachel Maddows.  I suspect it is one reason why the USSR did not necessarily have to actively recruit “useful idiots” but the very notion of communism or socialism found a natural resonance in the human parrots known as journalists.  Think about the moral high ground one could occupy by espousing such nonsense without thinking it through.  These journalists could literally swim through pools of blood shed by these governments and come out the other side heralding the intention of the murderers justifying the failed experiment this time but that socialism would work the next time.  I recall reading a reviewer for the French-edited Black Book of Communism forlornly condemning the publication for such a tome because at least the Communist killed and murdered for love unlike the National Socialists, their kissing cousins who ravaged out of hatred.

This is one reason I find it so difficult to read any news sources like Collectivist New Network or Faux News (we have not had broadcast television in the house for 15 years).  The sheer idolatry and obeisance to government behavior is obscene at best. From the acknowledged Left to Right (silly terms with no descriptive power), Maddow to Kristol, they all worship and possess a child-like reverence for the State.  The entire schema of the media worldview on television and most of the print media cannot see past the government shackles; for them, it does not and cannot exist.  They completely ignore and rationalize the stateless existence they practice at home and with family and friends.  These are the expositors and apologists for the gun-run world.  In the end, our rulers and politicians are nothing nobler than harvesters who farm and ranch human beings through the State.  The world is a zero-sum solution to these economic illiterates because for them the perfect world is modeled on the US penitentiary system:  freedom is parceled out through sheer obedience and nothing more elegant than that.  Freedom and liberty are not inalienable but granted through state institutions with the power to extinguish them at any time on state whim.

Until the individualists who seek to rid the world of the State can conquer this particular dark vision, humanity is doomed to war, penury and death for all eternity.

Journalists have strayed far from Walter Lippman’s observation:  “There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil – remain detached from the great”.

Ramo misses the bigger picture.  Government is the enemy of resiliency for its constituents and will always elevate the most despicable in human instincts and ennoble the worst greed of all:  the sociopathic need of all politicians and their sycophants to paint humanity into a corner and kill it after impoverishing their works, minds and souls.  Politicians are the core evil of a system which over time always ravages the productive and empowers the parasite and the looter to live at another’s expense.  This is the system that most modern journalists embrace and champion, whether they are aware of it or not.

History is nothing more than philosophy in action.

“A long life in journalism convinced me many presidents ago that there should be a large air space between a journalist and the head of a state.”

– Walter Lippman

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Publisher’s Note: Skip put together yet another outstanding tool review for the Village.  He is working on his comprehensive Amagi as we speak and we will publish that in the near term.  It is the one-stop shopping for delineating armaments packages for the Village faithful.  I do want to emphasize that it is one thing to have the kit but if you don’t train and prepare ahead of time, the most expensive and high-speed kit available will do you no good whatsoever.  A large part of good luck is meticulous and comprehensive planning and preparation (this applies to all aspects of life).  We have adopted the gas impingement versus gas piston systems for the family of AR platforms we have evolved to for reasons of costs and accuracy.  It has been a bit sad to evolve away from the FN FAL platform but technology marches on.  A preview of the M110A1 Carbine platform we are adopting can be seen in the review photos.   Therefore, this tool is critically important to keep everything in proper working order.

Comments and discussion on this review is here: https://zerogov.com/forum/index.php?topic=827.0 -BB

A truly functional tool is one that compliments your equipment and other tools in such a way that means less overall equipment while you are on the move. It is for this reason I have evaluated the Combat Application Tool Inc. in the .223 (CAT-M4) and .308 calibers (CAT-762), as well as the new Tactical Tolerance Talon chamber tool. The analysis of capability vs. load definitely favors the CAT M4 over any bolt carrier or bolt cleaning tool with its very capable task of not only cleaning the carbon build-up inside of the bolt carrier of the AR-platform, but the tail of the bolt itself. Many a bore brush has lost its life, unknowingly damaged bores, and ended up discarded prematurely by the misapplication of using a bore brush to remove carbon build up on the bolt and bolt carrier.


Any soldier knows that carbon build-up is very difficult to combat in the field, and this tool fits the bill wonderfully. The capability vs. load test method is, quite simply put, “Is the benefit worth the weight?” Look at the discarded gear for miles past any large trail-head and you will understand the essence of this method. I have compiled a few suggestions for Combat Application Tool Inc., and of course, the operator that will deploy in harm’s way with the never ending possibility of a malfunction attributed to weapon maintenance, ammunition quality, and/or operator error.


The purpose of the Talon is to clear the chamber lugs quickly. In the 10-step AR Check by Ned Christiansen, step number 5 states: “Remove bolt and check for presence and condition of gas rings and check barrel for obstructions.”

I can see running the Talon to verify the lugs are also clear of obstructions at this point. The Talon also has a cleaning rod attachment point to use the chamber brush as well, since the cleaning rod handles seem to disappear so often, this was a nice addition.


The first impression I had on the CAT tool was how functionally simple, light, and small it was, the second was why I hadn’t thought of building this tool first? Ironically, I bought my first CAT M4 in a small gun shop in Tombstone, Arizona, a uniquely American town made famous for its mining in the 19th Century and one single gunfight that lasted 30.1 seconds longer than any of its participants, dead or alive, expected. Since the first purchase, I have evaluated their new CAT-762 model on my newly built M110A1 Carbine that I designed to be a more portable and handy version of the Army’s M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS).


I have also included a thorough interoperability assessment of the CAT tool and the other cleaning systems I have chosen to integrate into my combat platforms. This includes the standard segmented USGI cleaning kit for 5.56 and 7.62, the Leatherman MUT (one each), the OTIS firearm cleaning system, as well as the Hoppe’s 9 BoreSnake.


Functionality of the CAT
The CAT in 5.56 and 7.62 were very effective at removing the carbon deposits from inside the bolt carrier and outside the bolt tail. I found that the 7.62 CAT didn’t cover the bolt tail of my DPMS LR-308 bolt 100% because tolerances from one AR .308 platform manufacturer to the next varies just as the standard .223 platforms vary. To finish off that last 2% of the bolt tail, I used the carbon scraper tool on my Leatherman MUT, no worries. As a testimony of the CAT’s effectiveness, the CAT scrapes carbon much faster than the M249-style carbon scraper on the MUT. I found that the 5.56 CAT fit nearly every .223 bolt tail I had in my inventory. Having spent accumulated hours of wasted time uselessly brushing at the carbon with a worn down bore brush, there is something very satisfying watching the carbon literally crumble away in a matter of seconds.


Cleaning the inside of the bolt carrier is accomplished by using a bore patch. Tri-fold the patch over the scraper, give it a few drops of CLP and you can eliminate most of the carbon build up in a matter of a few turns, especially in a chromed bolt carrier. I used a second one to verify it was clean, but when patches are running low, one pass can bring a dirty rifle back into battery very quickly.

Cleaning the firing pin using the “+”  cut-out did aid in removing some of the more stubborn carbon near the firing pin head. While this application wasn’t exactly flawless, it still was a nice capability included in the design.

Interoperability of the CAT
Let’s put the down and dirty truth about cleaning kits right up front: There is no single silver bullet cleaning kit. There are functions that are absolutely imperative performed well by a few, then there is an over-lap area, and then there are complimentary capabilities. The object of layering this review was to pull out those most important functions and package it with my choices of what I’ve found work well together without taking up vital space or weight in your kit.

I divided the weapons maintenance into two field categories, as the third category (depot maintenance) I’m not covering in this review. Category I is necessary functions that require the item on your person, such as the Leatherman MUT Bolt Override Tool to aid in immediate action, and Category II, is field maintenance and daily weapons cleaning, usually located on a rucksack or a three-day pack. I chose to place the Leatherman MUT on my person, in this case, a Tactical Tailor Modular Assault Vest (MAV), along with a Gall’s gunshot trauma kit and Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK). The front little pocket of the MUT case is a perfect place to stow the CAT tool. In my particular case, I will have one dedicated MAV for 5.56 and the other for 7.62, so each will require a Leatherman MUT, one for the 5.56 CAT, the other for the 7.62 CAT, because mission changes require it to be a pick-up and go solution in support of either weapons platform.

The Category II cleaning kit includes a USGI segmented cleaning kit in both 5.56 and 7.62, the OTIS Deluxe Law Enforcement cleaning system,  the 5.56 Talon, a Craftsman 6-in-1 flat ground screwdriver, Leatherman Bit Driver Extender and Bit Kit, a set of Black&Decker driver bits and a set of hex and torx bits. All of this stays in my rucksack or 3-day pack. I keep the Hoppe’s 9 BoreSnake in the MAGPUL UBR and ACR butt stocks as a backup bore cleaner.

The ¼” hex in the CAT works on the traditional bits as well as the Leatherman Bit Kit, which I found to be a good mark towards my cleaning kits being interoperable. It is a good idea to take notes on which size hex, torx, flat ground, or Phillips bits you will need for your kit. For instance, I need the T-10 for my JP hand guard, but if I wanted to replace any of the blades on my Leatherman MUT, I need a T-9. Likewise, my CRKT M21-04 requires a T-9 and T-6. Even the smallest detail can mean the difference of whether you have a functioning clip on your knife or not.

Recommendations
While I was looking for future applications for the CAT, I realized there are no scraping tools for the inside of the bolt tail or the inside of the gas key. I’m not sure if that is because it’s a bad idea, or that no one had planned that far, but since the two dimensions appear slightly different, a two-ended scraper with a ¼” hex in the middle would enhance the CAT tool even more. Of course, that is assuming scraping the carbon out of these areas is recommended by anything harder than a Q-tip, which probably depends on who you ask. I thought both the CAT and the Talon made excellent additions and enhanced my capability without increasing the load disproportionately.

To the operator, I recommend they pack the tools to maintain their kit… and these two items definitely fit the bill. The CAT fits very comfortably in the Leatherman MUT case, but could also easily reside in the OTIS. The Talon can stow in its own case or inside a USGI cleaning kit as well.

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