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:

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:

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.


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

Expensive, horrible, priceless freedom.

Arctic Patriot


[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:’ 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 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.


“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: -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.

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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Tom Ball died on 16 June 2011 by his own hand in front of a courthouse in New Hampshire.  Like the gentleman who crashed a plane into an IRS building last year, his self-immolation was a message to America.  When you take everything from a man, he may become the most dangerous man around because he has nothing to lose.  His travails in the Federal and State child-legal-industrial complex is emblematic of the callous and imperious disregard for liberty exhibited by every agency in existence.  The IRS and Mr. Ball’s particular target of ire are merely examples of a runaway system that treats people like cattle and grinds them into a somnambulant zombie population that shambles to work and surrenders nearly 60% of the proceeds to one government entity or another along with compliance to a mountain of regulations impossible to comprehend.  This is a harbinger of things to come.They have yet to release the video footage of his demise. Tom Ball left the following testimonial after his unseemly death.

Notes in the Margin: Posting has been somewhat marginal lately because most of the writers and staff of Zero Gov have been contending with the massive Monument Fire in southern AZ.  None of us have lost homes but we did get the opportunity to practice what we preach and host evacuees in our homes and horses in our paddocks as guests of the spontaneous order of helping neighbors and friends without resorting to violence. That fire appears to be near containment now and we will get back to work.

I will be on Adam Versus the Man tonight (1900 EST 6/23/2011) with Adam Kokesh: -BB

A man walks up to the main door of the Keene N.H. County Courthouse, douses himself with gasoline and lights a match. And everyone wants to know why.

Apparently the old general was right. Death is not the worst of evil.

I am due in court the end of the month. The ex-wife lawyer wants me jailed for back child support. The amount ranges from $2,200. to $3,000. depending on who you ask. Not big money after being separated over ten years and unemployed for the last two. But I do owe it. If I show up for court without the money and the lawyer say jail, then the judge will have the bailiff take me into custody. There really are no surprises on how the system works once you know how it actually works. And it does not work anything like they taught you in high school history or civics class.

I could have made a phone call or two and borrowed the money. But I am done being bullied for being a man. I cannot believe these people in Washington are so stupid to think they can govern Americans with an iron fist. Twenty-five years ago, the federal government declared war on men. It is time now to see how committed they are to their cause. It is time, boys, to give them a taste of war.

There are two kinds of bureaucrats you need to know; the ones that say and the ones that do. The bridge between them is something I call The Second Set of Books. I have some figures of the success of their labors. You and I are in these numbers, as well as our spouses and children. But first let me tell you how I ended up in this rabbit hole.

My story starts with the infamous slapping incident of April 2001. While putting my four year old daughter to bed, she began licking my hand. After giving her three verbal warnings I slapped her. She got a cut lip. My wife asked me to leave to calm things down.

When I returned hours later, my wife said the police were by and said I could not stay there that night. The next day the police came by my work and arrested me, booked me, and then returned me to work. Later on Peter, the parts manager, asked me if I and the old lady would be able to work this out. I told him no. I could not figure out why she had called the police. And bail condition prevented me from asking her. So I no longer trusted her judgment.

After six months of me not lifting a finger to save this marriage, she filed for divorce. Almost two years after the incident, I was talking with her on the phone. She told me that night she had called a mental health provider we had for one of the kids. Wendy, the counselor told my then wife that if she did not call the police on me, then she too would be arrested.

Suddenly, everything made sense. She is the type that believes that people in authority actually know what they are talking about. If both she and I were arrested, what would happen to our three children, ages 7,4 and 1? They would end up in State custody. So my wife called the police on her husband to protect the children. And who was she protecting the kids from? Not her husband, the father of these children. She was protecting them from the State of New Hampshire.

This country is run by idiots.

The police sergeant Freyer screwed this up from the get go. When I got the Court Complaint from the box was checked that said Domestic Violence Related. I could not believe that slapping your child was domestic violence. So I looked up the law. Minor custodial children are exempted. Apparently, 93% of American parents still spank, slap or pinch their children. To this day I still wonder if Freyer would have made this arrest if it had been the mother that had slapped the child.

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“Instead of a bumbling and inefficient tool of society, the radical [libertarian] sees the State itself, in its very nature, as coercive, exploitative, parasitic, and hence profoundly antisocial. The State is, and always has been, the great single enemy of the human race, its liberty, happiness, and progress.”

— Murray N. Rothbard, Reason [March 1974]

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“My subject, then, fellow citizens, is American slavery. I shall see this day and its popular characteristics from the slave’s point of view. Standing there identified with the American bondman, making his wrongs mine. I do not hesitate to declare with all my soul that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this Fourth of July!”

-Frederick Douglass

I always hear folks saying, “if we could only get back to the Constitution”. Well, in the spirit of the 4th of July coming up in a couple of weeks, I would like to examine the founding documents of this country with the hopes of pinpointing just where we went off track. Did we actually get away from the Constitution?

I would like to start with the Declaration of Independence. In my opinion, the Declaration is pure American poetry, and the first couple of paragraphs are beautiful. It’s enough to make you proud to be an American again. Here we go-

The Declaration of Independence

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

I would like to examine this sentence very closely-

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their JUST powers from the consent of the governed.

Do you see that word–Just–in there? I would like to define that word, as it was put there for a reason. It does not say “deriving their powers from the consent of the governed”.

Just – Honorable and fair in one’s dealings and actions: consistent with what is morally right; righteous: a just cause.

Armed with the logic of the Declaration, let’s dive into the Constitution, and see if we really got away from this sacred piece of parchment. The Constitution claims The Congress has many powers, but the Constitution never really claims where The Congress got them from in the first place. Remember, the Declaration only claimed that Governments derive their “just” powers from the consent of the governed. I would like to dissect the Constitution here and see how just these powers the Constitution claims “The Congress” retains really are.

Article 1 Section 8

8.1 The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

Is the power to tax a just power? I honestly do not believe it is. I think it is completely immoral, and I don’t believe any mere mortal has possession of the power to tax.  Well, they might believe they have that power, but if any individual tried to exercise that power, it might get them severely hurt, or killed. What I mean by that is if you claim you have the power to tax, you also claim you have the power to steal. Simply changing the name of the action does not relieve a person of the morality of it. If murder is called by a different name, is it still wrong?  You do not possess the “power” to go over to your neighbor’s house to lay and collect taxes on him; therefore you CANNOT give that power away. So, where does The Congress derive this power from? It’s is not from the people, it is impossible. I would really like to focus on the morality issue here for just a second. Without The Congress claiming this power, none, and I mean none of this tyranny we have now would be possible. I’m sure some of you might think it would be worse without this power to steal; it might be (gasp) Anarchy! Although that is a lovely conversation, I do not want to get into that in this essay. Besides, my colleagues here at have done a very good job slaying that dragon.

The Constitution specifically says The Congress has the power to lay and collect taxes, but it never says what the limit on this taxation is. I think I know the reason that no limit was put on taxation. It is impossible to put a limit on theft. Theft is either wrong, or it’s not. It’s an either/or proposition. Please, don’t think I’m pulling and intellectual slight-of-hand here, taxation is theft. Beneath all of the bureaucracy, tax bills, and paperwork, lies is a gun. I have had many conversations with people who say “it won’t come to violence if you just pay”, this is where I ask them to give me their wallet. Of course, it doesn’t have to come to violence if they just give it to me, they usually get the point, although I’m sure they got the point already, the red pill is a tough one to choke down. OK, back to taxation. How much would you, the “citizen”, or “the tax payer”, prefer is stolen from yourself? How much would you prefer is stolen from me? You see, if you do not stand on the principle that theft is morally wrong, then you have no principle to point to when the Government takes it all. You have nothing to point to in order to justify your outrage. Are you good with 10% theft? 20% theft? 50% theft!? If the issue of taxation always rests on a preference, it will ALWAYS differ between people. You either stand on principle, or you agree with theft. Period. People say, “But you are being provided a service!” I am an auto mechanic. I do not provide my services at the business end of my pistol, although it would be so much easier, but that is immoral, that is wrong. Wouldn’t it be wrong of me to come to your house, repair your car, and then stick you up to pay for it? Of course that would be wrong. The Government is no different than me, if it’s wrong for me, it’s wrong for them.

The problem here is when you consent to theft; you turn your neighbor into a slave. If you consent to governmental theft, you also consent to governmental slavery. I feel no moral obligation to pay taxes; I pay them so men with guns don’t come to my house. I pay them strictly out of self- preservation. Much the same way slaves kept working in order to avoid death. Since I have to pay taxes, I have to work longer to pay for the things that I need for my own life. This is slavery, and it is wrong on so many levels. Slaves work all day for someone else, only to have a couple of hours left in the day to try and take care of themselves and their families. Slave masters have always understood that you cannot work the slave and take it all, which would kill him. The only difference now, instead of having one slave master, we now have millions of slave masters, who, with a vote, can take more and more from us, making us work longer, and harder for our own needs. Theft and slavery are morally wrong, it does not matter if the money is being stolen to provide for the common defense, or the general welfare, or to feed starving puppies, it is still wrong. We are all on the plantation, and Democracy is the slave master. Of course, the intellectual elites of this world are all laughing at us, because we have bought into this huge scam hook, line, and sinker. It gives the quote, “the greatest trick the devil ever pulled, was convincing the world he didn’t exist”, a whole new ring doesn’t it? It takes a special kind of evil to make a man act immoral when he normally wouldn’t.

8.2 To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

What does this even mean? To borrow money on the credit of the “United States”. I’m not the “United States”; you’re not the “United States”, so just who is borrowing this money? Why is the “United States” borrowing money? And the more important question, who is liable to pay it back? If the scumbags on Capitol Hill can borrow money on the credit of the United States, and pawn the debt off on me, I should be able to do it to them. I reckon it would go something like this, “I Chris Dates hereby borrow money on the credit on The Congress”. This should relieve me of all responsibility of having to repay money that was borrowed. Of course, I have now just made all of the members of The Congress my slaves. Borrowing money in someone else’s name and charging them to pay it back is so immoral it’s sick, but hey, it’s right there in this sacred document we love so much. We need to understand the severity of this line in the Constitution. This, in essence, is the power to not only enslave me, buy every generation of my family to come. There was no stipulation of when this money had to be paid back. There was no generational clause in there; it was left very bland for a purpose. This one line, along with the power to lay and collect taxes, gives The Congress the power to enslave every generation of Americans, perpetually. The Constitution is the blueprint for a perpetual slave machine. Sorry to put it so bluntly, but it’s the truth. I do not possess the power to borrow money on the credit of my neighbor, so I could not possibly give this power to some entity calling itself “The Congress”. Do you have the power to enslave your neighbor? No? Then how in the hell did “The Congress” get that power?

I could go on and on here, but I think I have laid out a pretty good case.  The Constitution is an immoral document, and, to paraphrase Lysander Spooner, it is unfit to exist. If it is to exist, a Government should never be based on it. It is a maker of tyrants, and a maker of slaves. If it is to exist, it should be held up for all generations to come as what not to do when deciding on government. It should be left in its pretty guarded glass case only as a reminder that it is wrong to enslave our neighbors, even if we use nice phrases and words like We the People, liberty, and security. The Constitution cannot change what is right and wrong. There is no getting back to the Constitution, we are here folks, and this is it. Nothing right could ever come from a wrong. Immorality only begets more immorality. The reason the government is wrong now, is because it was wrong at its inception. If men of virtue are only allowed to play by immoral rules, it is irrational to expect moral results. Which begs the question as to why men of virtue would play such a game? They wouldn’t.

Happy 4th of July, slaves.

“No principle, that is possible to be named, can be more self-evidently false than this; or more self-evidently fatal to all political freedom. Yet it triumphed in the field, and is now assumed to be established. If it really be established, the number of slaves, instead of having been diminished by the war, has been greatly increased; for a man, thus subjected to a government that he does not want, is a slave. And there is no difference, in principle — but only in degree — between political and chattel slavery. The former, no less than the latter, denies a man’s ownership of himself and the products of his labor; and [*iv] asserts that other men may own him, and dispose of him and his property, for their uses, and at their pleasure.”

-Lysander Spooner


Publisher’s Note: Sometimes someone comes along who simply explains a complex phenomenon in such clear and unguarded terms that you stand up and take notice.  I find Marxism to be a vapid and ultimately, infantile, view of the world that has one sole interest – to invest a self-selected nomeklatura with the means to ideologically and morally justify the creation of a prison state.  To stamp out  individual volition and embrace the culture of the ant and the bee.  To ensure that harmony is struck no matter what the human cost.  Absent violence and mass privation, Marxism in the world of humanity simply does not ring true to both its ambitions and the fruit of its practice.  Marxism is, at bottom, a death cult. -BB

“He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.

– George Orwell, 1984


There is a three stage answer to that. My interpretation of Obama, which I believe is correct beyond a reasonable doubt, is based in what Stanely Kurtz uncovered about him (augmented by some other background on him) while researching Radical-in-Chief. That said, my conclusions begin where Kurtz stops. I don’t think that he would necessarily disagree with me, but to say what I do about this would mark him as a “right-wing extremist.” There are certain places one must not go.

First, there’s no question that Obama is, as you say, a “political animal,” but that’s a secondary characteristic. He is not simply another Bill Clinton. Far from it. He does not exist just to get elected. He expects to get elected. And he expects to be elected to fulfill a purpose, not simply to be re-elected.

Second, as Kurtz demonstrates beyond any doubt, Obama is a born and bred to be radical socialist. Only a few times does Kurtz let slip the ‘M’ word, but I have no doubt, none whatsoever, that not only is Obama a studied Marxist, but that he is in almost every respect an orthodox Marxist. This might confuse some because he took on the “community organizer” guise at an early age, but the theory behind that modality, as Kurtz shows, is to move Marxist concepts stealthily through grassroots organizing which eschews the use of Marxist language and to create a broad-based revolution from below, rather than from the top down. But of course that phase is ipso facto over with when Obama becomes president. It’s no more bottom up; he is at the top. But, as to community organizing, he still does that, but he’s doing it from the top (that’s another discussion, how he does that).

The Marxist-socialist theory behind community organizing is to break the system by overloading it (exactly as happened in the housing crisis) and use that crisis as an opportunity to build more socialist infrastructure. So, people who understand ObamaCare know that it is just a first step on the path to a single-payer fully nationalized health care system. Unless it’s repealed, and perhaps even if it is repealed at this point, that is its inexorable goal. Break down the existing medical industry infrastructure, half-done already, and revolutionize it with a state-run single payer system.

Read the rest here:

Read his book – Corpse in Armor:

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery”

-Thomas Jefferson

A majority of people seem to believe I must have had a “conversion experience”, a traumatic encounter with some agent of The State, such as an arrest for violating some governmental rule, to have become as skeptical and outright opposed as I am of the legitimacy of all forms of The State.

This belief seems strange to me.  Must you see your best friend murdered before you hate murder?  How hard must you contemplate rape before realizing it is wrong?

Probably some people came to libertarianism in its most radical form because of an event of this nature.  More people undoubtedly will in the future, while some will always feel they deserve anything done to them by The State and will never lose their patriotic [sic] fervor no matter how much it harms them and their loved ones.

In my case, however, there was no horrible event to make me dislike the externally-imposed form of coercion commonly known as “government”. It was simply a lifetime of observation and an inner need for peeling away the inconsistencies I discover. The more I saw and the more I learned the less I bought into the lie that government was “necessary” or “good”.

I began to see that every excuse for having “government” was based upon a trained helplessness, and every justification for The State necessarily ignored both solutions that were known and within reach, and the demonstrable harm that comes from relying upon coercion to get your way, rather than working toward unanimous consent.  I also saw the damage done to individuals on the basis of a majority vote, or society’s wishes.

Yes, there were influential people who taught me to think for myself, and one of them was probably, secretly, similar in his outlook to my current view.  For example, he once mentioned, in passing, that no one should ever accept a plea bargain (which are not Constitutional to begin with- for those concerned over such trivialities) since this would bring the courts to a stand-still and encourage The State to stop enforcing laws against things that are not government’s business in the first place, those “mala prohibitum” acts, and focus on the real “mala in se” crimes.  You know- the real laws which are based upon the recognition that it is wrong to initiate force, to damage other people’s property, or to steal.

My anarchist outlook was a slow and steady progression from being a child who knew wrong when he saw it, to being an adult who recognizes that there can be no double standards where behavior is concerned.  That isn’t to say that a future traumatic encounter couldn’t make me feel my convictions in a deeper and even more personal way.  Let’s hope to never find out.

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Publisher’s Note: All of you are aware I think voting is nonsensical and does nothing more than lend legitimacy to the statist quo.  Nonetheless, Jim March has produced an expose that I think is instructive to bolster my case.  Voter and voting fraud is epidemic in America and the world.  Yet, the state cannot even keep its grubby paws off THAT system without trying to game the power brokers and give advantage to the rulers every time.  If voting could change the system in a significant way, it would be illegal.

For a witty compendium on why non-voting is the only virtuous course of action: -BB


OK.  This is a weird situation.  I’m going to make some extraordinary claims here, and by law I’m unable to prove them.  That alone should tell you something has gone funky here.

In short, when I finally had a chance to compare a county’s list of registered voters (Apache County) against the Arizona Secretary of State’s database of who’s registered, I found no matches at all in the year of initial voter registration that we would expect the most support for: 2009.

In other words, the county thinks these people are registered, the state doesn’t.  Which should be impossible – because due to recent federal laws and statewide procedures changes, they claim to be operating out of the same database.

What’s going on here?  I have no idea.  But I can tell you this – it ain’t working the way they say it’s supposed to work.  It can’t be.  Something is broken or operating in full-on retard mode, or worse there’s fraud afoot.  I dunno, but I do know this needs looking into.

Welcome to the sausage factory.  Grab some nose plugs or a barf bag and do try and keep up.

The Process They Claim Is Going On

In most counties (Pima notably excepted), when you register to vote you fill out a paper form which gets it’s contents typed into a computer database.  That database doesn’t reside in your county (again: Pima excepted).  Instead, the election clerk in, say, Apache County uses a terminal application on a PC that talks to a database in Phoenix, at the AZ SecState’s office.  The application is provided by ES&S (Election Systems and Services), one of the major vendors of electronic voting systems – but unlike electronic voting machines, no outside auditing of the statewide voter registration database is mandated.

It damned well should be!

Once your voter reg data goes to the AZ SecState, they run it past motor vehicles and other vital records.  If you’ve moved from elsewhere, they check and make sure you were deleted as a voter wherever you came from – in-state or across states.  See, these centralized voter reg databases were mandated by a 2002 federal law, the Help America Vote Act that also pushed electronic voting.

OK.  So once the AZ SecState’s computers are convinced you are for real, they pass that back to Apache County or wherever, and you end up on their voter reg rolls.

If you fail to vote too often, you get “purged” – which is why, every election, the records of who voted (not what you voted for thank the deity of your choice) gets passed back to the SecState.

But the key thing is, the “master record” is in Phoenix, at the SecState (or maybe whoever they’re buying major web service space from…Amazon or who knows?).  The record in Apache County is a copy.  Remember that.

Other than tracking the election process, the voter reg databases are provided by the counties to political parties for two purposes:

1) Figure out who to target for campaign mailings.

2) Research the election process itself – because by AZ law the parties have certain oversight rights on election reliability issues.

On that second basis, I obtained copies of various county registration databases from the Libertarian Party’s state chair, attorney Michael Kielsky – who made me sign a gnarly non-disclosure on this stuff, because it would be his butt on the line if I let spammers get ahold of this stuff.  (He keeps the CDs in a fairly hefty safe…I keep the electronic copies I made on a couple of hard disks protected with whole-disk-encryption with nasty long passwords under the Linux DM-Crypt utility.  And if somebody thinks they want to try rubber-hose decryption, they’ll be met with Mr. Ruger 357 <grin>.  Welcome to Arizona, even the geeks are heavily armed…)

OK.  So I have these voter reg databases from various counties.  Problem: most of them don’t include the voter’s date of birth.  There’s an obscure state law I won’t go into that may give them cover on that, I dunno.

But of the ones I scored, Apache had full details including DOB.

I imported the data into a spreadsheet and sorted them by date of registration.  I focused on registrations that happened in 2009, because they’re established enough that their paperwork should have stabilized, but they can’t have fallen out yet due to non-voting.  I compared them to the official “check your voter reg status!” page at: – run by the AZ SecState of course.

And what do I get?  Zero matches.  Wait, what?  Seriously.  None.

OK…that ain’t supposed to be possible.  There’s a single master copy everybody is supposed to be working off of.

Now, I’m registered in Pima County.  I’m in there, no problem.  Note that I have to have all that info, not just parts – you can’t do a “query for near-miss matches” or anything.  I had a friend check his status, and he came up empty – which was impossible considering he was running for office at the time and had been scoped out six ways from Sunday.

Folks, even if this is accidental, it could lead to trouble if it’s messed up in some areas as opposed to others.  If it’s not accidental and there’s a built-in false reporting bias on the lines of geography, racial demographics or party affiliation, just telling voters (falsely) that they’re not registered a few days before the election could be enough to swing close races – esp. if the bias is across the state in a partisan fashion.

I’m not saying it is.  I am saying we damn well better find out!

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP: open your wallet, find your voter registration card or driver’s license, go to the “check your status” page and look yourself up:

Report back in the comments here, all of the following: your county, whether or not your info is accurate or not (please, report either way!), your political party and the date of the last election you voted in.  Use a fake name if you want…that’s not important right now.  We need to get a handle on how widespread the problem is, and whether or not it’s happening along a “fault line” of any sort.

I’ll do a follow-up article summarizing the results and what they might mean.

Next step, once we have a bit more statistical data, is to file suit on behalf of the Libertarian Party and whichever others want to join in, to force an outside audit of the whole process – which has never been done before.  See, that’s the other nightmare: when this was de-centralized at each county, the county parties could keep a reasonable level of tracking on the voter reg process.  Now that it’s all moved to the SecState’s office, that tracking has been lost – since at least 2004 or 2005, when they set up the statewide database. Oops.

Errors could be introduced from several possible points of attack: the database vendor could be monkeying with it, the SecState’s staff could, or for that matter the vital records at motor vehicles and the like that the SecState’s database talk to could be rigged to allow fraudulent paper applications.  Or just the web-reporting system is rigged or in error.  Or there could be multiple attacks going on.  Who knows.  What we know now is that something is wrong.  We need to scope out the extent in rough terms, scrape together some cash, figure this bad boy out.  Telling people they can’t vote when they can…um…yeah, that’s actually a classic problem, isn’t it?  This may be just a high-tech version of an old-school scam.

That old Ben Franklin gent was right: we have a Republic, if we can keep it.  Sigh.  Grab your voter reg cards, dig in, because this is (in part) what “keeping it” looks like.


Jim March is a member of the Board of Directors at and is nationally known in election reform issues.  He is also the 2nd Vice Chair at the Pima County Libertarian Party, and sits on the Pima County Election Integrity Commission as the LP’s representative as they advise the Pima County Board of Supervisors…and per that commission’s draft bylaws, he’s NOT speaking on behalf of the commission here.  He was also the tech support behind the Pima Democratic Party’s lawsuit over election public records, from 2006 to…gawd, parts of it are still going on.  If you can stand almost two hours of tragicomic documentary video on that mess, see also: and scroll to “Free showing of revised cut”.  If you see a big guy in Tucson or nearby rockin’ a single action wheelgun in a custom leather holster with a yin-yang symbol on it so he doesn’t get mixed up with the common AZ “heavily armed Christian Conservative” meme, you probably found him…