“TSA – Closing the barn door since 2001”

I propose that we institute a Dildos for Dummies program.  Sort of like Toys for Tots but this one specifically targets all the “grown-ups” and their professional cadre at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  Hundreds, if not thousands, of Americans can take a part of whatever is left over after paying taxes and purchase these items and send them as gifts to the address below accompanied by a nice little card wishing them well and hoping that these training aids will enable them to service Americans more effectively at the thousands of TSA outposts that blight the American landscape at every airport.

John Pistole, known in some circles as Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistoles, is the current leader of the vaunted TSA.  Be sure to make the mailing address below both eh return and mailing address.  Here is his mailing address:

Transportation Security Administration
601 South 12th Street
Arlington, VA 20598

Here are some office symbols to put under John’s name when you send it out.

TSA Routing Symbols
TSA-1 Administrator
TSA-1 Business Transformation & Culture
TSA-1 OSC – Executive Secretariat
TSA-2 Chief Counsel
TSA-4 Strategic Communications and Public Affairs
TSA-5 Legislative Affairs
TSA-6 OSC Civil Rights and Liberties (OCRL)
TSA-9 CFO – Claims Processing
TSA-10 Intelligence & Analysis
TSA-11 OPT Information Technology/CIO
TSA-12 OPT – Operational and Technical Training
TSA-13 Inspection
TSA-14 CFO Finance
TSA-15 Model Workplace
TSA-16 OPT Security Technology
TSA-17 Administration (CAO)
TSA-18 Law Enforcement/FAMS
TSA-19 Transportation Threat Assessment & Credentialing
TSA-20 OSC Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
TSA-21 Human Capital
TSA-22 OSC Ombudsman
TSA-24 Risk Management – Annapolis Junction
TSA-25 Acquisition
TSA-28 Transportation Sector Network Management
TSA-29 Security Operations
TSA-30 OHC – Administrative Appeals and Review
TSA-31 OSC – Sensitive Security Information (SSI)
TSA-32 Operational Process and Technology
TSA-33 Special Counselor (OSC)
TSA-34 OPT – Risk Management and Strategic Planning
TSA-35 OPT – Operational and Performance Metrics
TSA-36 OSC Privacy
TSA-37 OSC Audit Liaison
TSA-901 OSC – Transportation Security Redress (OTSR)

Don’t bother sending anything to TSA 6, 20 or 36 because they haven’t hired anyone to work those functions yet.

The sex toys come in a variety of sizes and the bigger the better.  If enough large ones are received, the TSA can use them as office chairs to save money.

An alternate delivery option would be to bring them to the airport with you a la Robert Plant and offer them as a gift during the aggressive pat-down for those who wish to opt out of the Porno Scanner.  A sheepish and woeful “how did that get there” could always belay an uncomfortable situation.

As a result of the overwhelming popularity of the new invasive body search campaign by the TSA on traveling Americans, a variety of new programs are on the horizon to include:

  • VOYEURS (Virtual Orientation for Youth and Elderly Rectal Search)
  • NAMBLA Training (North American Man Boy Love Association)
  • Future Sex Offenders of America, sort of like 4H but different
  • The first government entity to establish a direct relationship with the National Association for the Advancement of Science & Art in Sexuality (NAASAS) which is the adult trade organization which provides professional and educational resources to unify and positively impact adult businesses.

Besides the global beacon to all pedophiles and pederasts the TSA has issued worldwide for their ultimate employment opportunity, the TSA may very well have stumbled onto a way to pay their own freight as a government agency by leasing or selling the rights to the archived material they collect with the imaging devices (they say they won’t [wink, wink]) or video footage of the more controversial episodes where the Americans subjected to the aggressive sexual pat-downs put up a ruckus.

So please, my fellow Americans, dig deep and often and send the gift that keeps on giving.   I just sent mine today.  Demonstrate to the TSA exactly how you feel about the invasive body search that degrades not only Americans but steals our very humanity from us.  If you travel, your wives and children no longer belong to themselves; they are now government property to sexually exploit as they wish.  This child molestation however you paint the pig.  TSA won’t be happy until you fly naked and in chains.

Copyright © 2010 by hezekiahwyman.com

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

It really is ingenious.  The TSA is being used as the forefront of conditioning for the wet dream of American governance in the future.  What is that future?  To reduce all American cattle to the conditions that exist when we are all trapped in the airline fuselage at 35000 feet; the condition of unquestioning obedience to all commands issued by the government proxies disguised as flight attendants and airline pilots (more so the former than the latter).  You cannot do anything that is not government approved otherwise you may be fined, jailed or shot down on the tarmac.  In defense of the pilots, they are starting to get pretty uppity at their incompetent masters in the TSA and FAA.

Flight attendants, not so much; these rude, ill-trained waitresses in the sky whose primary job appears to be making the flight as uncomfortable as possible and ensuring that total compliance to ludicrous and silly government diktats are met to the letter.  When Stalin was staffing his secret police, he overlooked a goldmine of potential candidates here.  But then again, back in the day, the flight attendants were selected for their exquisite manners and good looks unlike today’s legion of overweight (ah, India!) and lumpy harridans whose only mission in life seems to be to skulk about the cabin with the customer service motif that informs the behavior of the apparatchiks behind the counter at the US Post Office and any local Motor Vehicles Revenue depot.

The entire air transport industry has become a virtually nationalized industry in a truly economically fascist sense in which ANY business transaction from ticketing to baggage to flight rules are the government’s whim.  n Now we have the TSA (Thugs Standing Around) adding to the long list of failures and theater that has been their raison d’être joining the lucrative porn industry even though like all government operations they will LOSE money.  The latest disgraceful endeavor by one the country’s least loved government agencies will be the legalization for the “only ones” to traffic in both naked pictures pilfered from Americans trying to board planes and the forced groping and molestation of passengers of all ages and both sexes who opt out of the imaging.  I have always had a suspicion that one of the sub rosa agendas of the TSA was to be the instrument to instill obedience and conditioning across a wide swath of subjects to make the once and future surveillance state more effective.  A means to soften and incrementally improve instant compliance to nameless armed and unarmed government lackeys in bad costumes.  How precious, by the way, that the TSA changed their uniform colors from white to blue in order to give the optical illusion of slimming the Macy’s Day Parade floats posing as TSA “officers”.

Most of these highly paid morons would fail to pass muster at a fast food franchise but here they are given the “color of law” and the authority to abuse and bully hundreds of fellow subjects and be paid to do so with minimal training and worse supervision.  Not only has the TSA been absolutely ineffective but it is probably one of the most useful employment schemes cooked up by the Federal government to take care of a non-problem since the heyday of RedDR’s bold socialist programs in the 1930s.

Ironically, the TSA has just hung the world’s largest Help Wanted sign out for the world’s sexual predators who can now have a comfortable job, nice pension and Federally granted immunity to view and potentially traffic in voyeuristic porn of every stripe.  As a bonus, they simply have to don a costume and they can lay hands on all the women and children they desire in a most ungentlemanly fashion.  A recipe for disaster but that is, after all, what government does.

Unlike a stop by our local constabulary on their never-ending pursuit of revenue for their masters, Americans have an opportunity here to see that this particular sex slave operation is completely optional.

Don’t fly.

Do you really believe the Feds when they say they will not store any images?  Do you really believe that the TSA employees will not conduct their own “profiling” to do what every teenage boy has desired for eons..and be paid to do so?  What the TSA is allowing and urging their employees to do is nothing short of sexual assault and child molestation.  The appearance of the pictures of young children they will have on their computer consoles is a punishable offense in every state that will land you on the Sex Offender list for the rest of your life whether you deserve it or not.  The Federal government is quite literally proclaiming that they are above the law and will ensure that the employees of the TSA will have the full protection of the law.  It would be interesting to see how many sex offenders are currently employed by the TSA.

It is sickening and disgusting.

This is not security; this is nothing more than further proof that the government is barking mad.  This is yet another instance of the rulers rationalizing evil for their own nefarious ends.  I would personally rather deal with the astronomically improbable instance of a terrorist taking over an aircraft than seeing my wife and children ogled or FFU (Federally Felt Up).

I have ruminated before how the men related to the  mothers, daughters and wives who have been brutalized by the armed and unarmed uniformed tax-eaters can get away with that kind of behavior with no fear for their lives every day after they have committed these acts against these women.  This is the same unspeakable thing.  Now another brick in the wall to prove that while there may be males in America, there are not many men.

Three huzzahs for the pilot Mike Roberts for putting his fortune and honor on the line and refusing to subject himself to this humiliation even though it may cost him his job as a pilot.

There have been a host of commentators more able than myself covering the other dimensions of this Federal Porn Initiative to include former Fatherland Security Czar Chertoff’s (he bears a striking and creepy resemblance to V.I. Lenin) enrichment in pimping the porn viewer technology, the airlines advantage in stifling the ticketing options through government restriction and the veritable hijacking of the private airline industry by the Federal government.   Most airports in America are owned by state and local governments with over-weaning interference from the Federal government.

The bottom line is this is yet another pristine example of why the TSA is a clown posse and why they are a natural adjunct, if not poster child, for the American Federal government.

Move along, citizen, nothing to see here…unless, of course, you are a TSA employee.

“If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of Almighty God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.”

– Samuel Adams

Copyright © 2010 by hezekiahwyman.com

Kaiser Leib is an emerging light in libertarian commentary and recently penned this cogent and thoughtful rumination on restitution and vengeance.  I have long thought that the concept of criminal punishment through incarceration and fines was an odd way to remedy wrongs against persons.  I also believe that the monopoly on the administration of” justice” by the state will always lead to widespread corruption and abuse whether through prosecutorial over-reach, institutionalized rape or a host of other maladies that emerge when the state has the primary function.

This, of course, does not even touch on the horrendous notion of the state being able to murder citizens even if innocent through the death penalty.

There is even the notion of remanding the perpetrator to the tender (or not so tender) mercies of the aggrieved family in a privatized criminal justice system.

David Friedman and Stefan Molyneux have done journeyman’s work in building a foundation for the privatization of justice.   From the institution of police to the incarceration system to the War on Altering Your Consciousness; all have worked to warp the very fabric of the civilizational construct of the US into a hybrid Police-Prison state.  We are all just moments away from utter ruin by being escorted into the maws of the government justice system in the US.

A complete top-down appraisal of the entire approach to justice in  America is in order as soon as possible. –BB

On the 3rd of July, 2010, a driver in Colorado probably ran over a cyclist and proceeded to drive away. Lacking clarity of thought (as indicated by his aforementioned actions) he drove to a Pizza Hut, parked, and called Mercedes’ roadside assistance program to report the damage to his vehicle and guarantee it could be repaired.

This is an open-and-shut hit-and-run case, it would seem. Hit-and-run qualifies as a felony. But the man above is Martin Erzinger, and his employer is Morgan Stanley. He is a well-to-do man, a man of importance for whom a felony would be very damaging. By association, a felony charge would damage Morgan Stanley. Thus, the Daily Mail reports, Martin Erzinger is going to live the rest of his life without a felony record.

Internet message boards, and much of the online news media, are in an uproar over this chain of events. The Daily Mail’s article on the hit-and-run spawned a blog post by Reuters’ Felix Salmon, which inspired the sages at the Huffington Post to opine on the matter. Boingboing weighed in, spawning a Reddit comment thread to join one already posted in the politics section. These outlets cry out as one, against what appears to be a terrible miscarriage of justice.

Upon closer examination, though, I see no miscarriage of justice. Erzinger should pay, yes, and handsomely. His victim, a surgeon by the name of Steven Milo, has lived. Erzinger can, should and will pay for the entirety of Milo’s treatment, to say nothing of a princely sum for his pain and suffering, along with a recurring payment to replace any wages Milo may lose if he is unable to do his job. To remove more utility than that from Erzinger’s holdings – especially to fund government operations – would be ultimately counterproductive as it would reduce his ability to repay his victim.

Read the rest here:  https://kaiserleib.com/blog/?p=169

Notes in the Margin:  Thomas DiLorenzo penned another brilliant essay about a new book out on Jefferson that returns TJ back to his libertarian roots where he belongs.

There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.
– Alexis de Tocqueville

I have several predictions for the new Congress just elected in November 2010:

1.   The deficit and debt will continue to skyrocket.
2.  The US will continue to make war on the world.
3.  No government department will be destroyed , dismantled or suffer budget cuts.
4.  The Treasury Department and the Fed will continue their collusion to drive the value of the fiat dollar to zero.
5.  Liberties and freedoms will continue to diminish.

Republicans will continue an historic trend of big budgets and bigger spending.  The Tea Party will quite likely be a tempest in a…teapot and then the GOP will get back to business as usual.  And yes, the Tea Party has been co-opted by the GOP and not vice versa,  Despite the propaganda to the contrary, the Grand Old Politburo has tended to be just as spendthrift as their Democrat doppelgangers.  They are not a party of thrift and frugality but a political faction just as wedded to centralized control and spending with the added benefit of being easily seduced by the Democrat siren song for war that they sang during the first 68 years of the twentieth century.  The advocacy of war abroad always brings the more unpleasant aspects of exported violence home.  Witness the self-immolation of ALL aspects of liberty in the United Kingdom.

The two parties are simply the two left-wings on the statist bird of prey that happens to be the Federal government.  Slavers of a more sophisticated variety but slaveholders nonetheless.

R.W. Bradford, the late and great editor of Liberty magazine, avers:

But much more importantly, the correlations between spending and political parties changed radically. Prior to fiscal year 1970, there were very strong correlations between fiscal restraint and Republican control of the White House and Congress, and between spending increases and Democratic control of those institutions. Since then, there has been hardly any correlation, despite the fact that Republican candidates for office generally claim to favor fiscal restraint and Democratic candidates for office generally claim to favor the expansion of government.

The Bush II years provide ample evidence that Republican thrift is a myth and the Democrats have followed suit under Obama.

By comparison, please note that Democratic President Bill Clinton increased the National Debt by less than $18 Billion in his ENTIRE LAST YEAR in office! A far cry from what Bush and the Republicans gave us.

Bill Clinton steadily reduced the debt increase while he was in office, thanks largely to the 1993 Debt Reduction Act* that was OPPOSED BY EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN IN CONGRESS, led by Newt Gingrich! The Republicans claimed that the Debt Reduction Act would result in HIGHER deficits and also result in an economic recession during President Clinton’s term. Obviously, with hindsight they were completely wrong. This is not to say that Clinton was a great President, we have not had one of those since Grover Cleveland (and there are only a handful) but the behavior of the President in fiscal matters was better than what his successors would do.

This is not to diminish Obama’s fiscal illiteracy as he has done in nearly two years in office what it took almost 200 years to tally before the end of the 1980s.  The total acknowledged debt [ed:  I say acknowledged because I do not trust the government to keep honest books] now is 13.6 trillion, up from 10.6 trillion in the month Obama took his wrecking oath in Mordor; he did this in an astonishing 20 months time.

The system WILL collapse because it is historically unprecedented and economically illiterate to think otherwise.  The problem is revenue and spending.  The conventional answers are backwards, you do not raise taxes to meet present spending.  You determine what level of spending is legitimate and cut everything else.  IN a perfect world, the Federal government would not even exist and all the respective states would peacefully leave the Union and form voluntary confederation arrangements in their respective regions. Taxes will go up and production will go down.  A sure recipe to speed along the inevitable collapse.

Here is an example of how the present spending trends look:

Do you notice a peculiar trend for the Socialist Security spending?  Every two years, it is increasing by roughly fifteen percent which means that in twelve years it doubles.  It continues and ironically will not be stopped until it collapses.

Some conventional wisdom recommends cutting our defense by 50% and I would suggest we could cut it by 80% or more and still be safe.  The military-industrial complex is not necessarily an efficient conduit of job creation for dollars spent:

… defense spending creates 8,555 total jobs with $1 billion in spending. This is the fewest number of jobs of any of the alternative uses that we present.

Mind you, the authors were your typical collectivists whose only economic universe is comprised of the sheared and the shearers so their prognostications did not include the benefits of the sheared retaining more of their income to freely and creatively make job opportunities happen.

You will not see the Department of Defense cut nor our war on the world cease under Republican stewardship of the purse-strings in Congress.

And no, the record level of Federal employees (2.15 million) will not be cut…even by one.  And, incidentally, this does not include the figures for contracted employees of the Federal government

From 1981 through 2008, the civilian work force remained at about 1.1 million to 1.2 million, with a low of 1.07 million in 1986 and a high of more than 1.2 million in 1993 and in 2008. In 2009, the number jumped to 1.28 million.

Including both the civilian and defense sectors, the federal government will employ 2.15 million people in 2010 and 2.11 million in 2011, excluding Postal Service workers.

The administration says 79 percent of the increases in recent years are from departments related to the war on terrorism: Justice, Defense, Homeland Security, State and Veterans Affairs.

After years of decline at the end of the Cold War, the Defense Department is restaffing. Mr. Obama estimated that the Pentagon will have 720,000 employees this year and 757,000 employees next year – up from a low of 649,000 in 2003.

The Republicans will continue the statist quo.  They may have control of the house but they will not control themselves.

The impending doom continues…

“The concentrating [of] these [legislative, executive, and judicial powers of government] in the same hands is precisely the definition of despotic government.”

-Thomas Jefferson

Copyright © 2010 by hezekiahwyman.com

The American Voter

The most powerful weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.

– Steven Biko

Voting is a scam.  Voting is the means for tyrants to get a rubber stamp from their subject populations to continue control of wealth production, freedom of movement and aspirations of freedom and liberty.  It falls into the same mythos as the tired axiom that we make war on the world to keep us free at home.  As if the presence of troops abroad magically steals any notions of world travel from would-be villains confining them to the environs of conflict we create in our neo-imperialist pockets around the Earth.

Every few years, the bread and circuses of the sacred franchise begins anew and we are harried by politician and patriot alike to embrace our sacred duty and cast our vote at the designated political “vote counting” depot.  One used to use quaint paper products but now electronic balloting is all the rage and the machines are coming under increasing scrutiny as the possibilities of corruption become inevitable…and easier.  I remember hearing that if voting could change the system it would be illegal (Mencken).  Voting is best exemplified by the notion of having a talent contest for serial killers in whom your choice is to vote or abstain.  By voting you have registered a preference for evil, by abstaining you have committed to a moral stance of refusing to acknowledge the choice.  You have established that evil deserves neither acknowledgment nor approval, it deserves only eradication.

George Carlin described it in his own inimitable fashion:

“I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don’t vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain,’ but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote — who did not even leave the house on Election Day — am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created.”

Democracy has proven to be mob rule dressed up in majoritarian tyranny to serve special interests whose lobbying functions for parasitic looter classes will always have a superior means of coupling expected outcomes with focused agitation for passage.  Even when the occasional popular referendum does pass the muster of voters, the robed government employees are standing by to ensure that the long march of government into every facet of our lives is unimpeded.

Once the habit of robbing your neighbor at gunpoint with voter-endorsed tax increases becomes a popular notion, the state can’t help but be happy with the outcomes.  Year after year, decade after decade, the vote literally rocks the voter into a somnambulant slumber of assuming they control their destiny.  Yet the vote is a false choice until two things happen:

1.        A bullet-proof and reproducible voting record using paper ballots is in force for all election activity.  There is a reason why France and Denmark voted NO to endorse the EU Constitution.  Electronic balloting would have returned a YES vote because that is what the uber-statists desired in Europe.  The balloting for the remainder of the EU quickly converted to electronic balloting with the concomitant YES for the EU Constitution.

2.      The provision of a None of the Above (NOTA) ballot box on all candidates and referenda and the resulting vacancy in the office if NOTA gets the majority of votes.  Imagine political offices across the nation or globe remaining vacant and humans being forced to think for themselves and cooperate with neighbors in a community to use voluntarism and persuasion to advance their notions instead of the convenient government cudgel of violence and mayhem.  Until this becomes a reality, there are no real choices.

If you must...

Even then, I would not consider it a moral enterprise to use a majority to push other Americans into different sections of the feedlot.  The noticeable absence of either of the two aforementioned measures is proof enough that the system is designed to endorse the expansion of state power in favor of the collective over the individual.

The only difference between the two major parties is the spelling.  They are both government supremacist factions dedicated to the single purpose of expanding state power and reducing individual liberty and freedom.  Period.  From the local to the national level, the parties are forever cooking up new explanations for further increasing the amount of money they steal from the population or imposing new controls on behavior and ownership of wealth.

The Tea Party is no different; a far cry from the original intent of the savage civil disobedience of its inspiration.  I remember vividly the modest news story about the Tea Party organizers agonizing over the permit process to dump tea bags in the Mirror Pool at Mordor on the Potomac.  Such nice young men…

The vote simply gives the cattle in the feedlot the illusion they are masters of their fates but they will almost always end up in the killing chutes or pushing their neighbors into it…gleefully.  That is the destiny of all democracies:  the systematic denial of freedom and liberty in the name of security and the ever expanding customer base for a class of looters and parasites whose natural home is the State where the ruling class takes from everybody to give to the connected.

Some quotes from my favorite curmudgeon, H.L. Mencken:

“There’s really no point to voting.  If it made any difference, it would probably be illegal.”

“Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.”

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.”

“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule — and both commonly succeed, and are right.”

Democracy has an “ineradicable tendency to abandon its whole philosophy at the first sign of strain. . .When the national safety is menace. . .all the great tribunes of democracy. . .convert themselves, by a process as simple as taking a deep breath, into despots of an almost fabulous ferocity.”

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace in a continual state of alarm (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing them with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. . . On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

Enough said.

Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.

-Ambrose Bierce

Notes in the Margin: A terrific compendium of reasons NOT to vote can be found here:


The video and audio to my debate with Dr. Howe at Freedom Fest 2010 have finally been loaded in the Media and Interviews Tab on the front page.

Copyright © 2010 by hezekiahwyman.com

“Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.”

-Edward Abbey

I am opposed to the government death penalty; I am also pro-life which makes me blessedly consistent.  I don’t trust the government to be able to have the responsibility to mete out the severest penalty and to do it either professionally or with no ill intent.  In the smaller sense, the evidence is massive of the queue of innocents who have been shot, hanged and poisoned for crimes they did not commit.  In the larger sense, government puts us all on death row and it is just a matter of time before the cops kill you in your home or vehicle or we suffer a massive die-off in America from an EMP burst that takes us from zero to 1850 in one second.

I use this preamble to frame my severe skepticism of the state doing the right thing…ever.

I am not opposed to the death penalty in my house if an intruder comes in to do harm to me or mine.  I am a Flinter in temperament and predisposition.  Most of the laws on the books are noxious, useless and liberty-draining in their essence.  Malum prohibitum is the state saying don’t do that because I told you not to.  A monstrous fallacy whose logic only serves to reduce subject populations to assessed rentals on their freedom that can be wrested away at the drop of the constabulary’s hat.  I daresay that one could throw every statute book into the bonfires across the nation when Americans finally wake up and throw off their shackles of serfdom from the local to the national level and folks would not find themselves in danger but would stumble into prosperity.

Will commerce and everyday living really come to a screeching halt because the cops don’t show up to work or the sloth-like city landscaping crews refuse to shamble from their abodes to dawdle at make-work throughout the burgs of America?  All of a sudden, the economic illiterates peopling the municipalities across the nation go on strike for higher wages and more vacation time for weeks, nay months; will the country stagnate and fold onto itself?

Things would be difficult for about 24 hours and then voluntarism, persuasion and cooperation would emerge as the factors that make life worth living.  No utopia this and there would be scores settled and inevitable failures but only the individuals would be responsible and not the nameless strangers who lord over every facet of our lives like pawns on a macabre chess board.  The heavy hand of the state and its shambling yoke-tenders would be out of work and the country would revitalize itself.  Tens of thousands of Americans would wake up the next morning and look to the east and exclaim:  “You can go away now; we have awakened from our prison slumber.” Ed Abbey made me say this.

I found Edward Abbey’s 1959 thesis on “ANARCHISM AND THE MORALITY OF VIOLENCE” over the weekend while reading a small tome entitled “Epitaph for a Desert Anarchist” by James Bishop, Jr.  I have been an Abbey reader most of my adult life and found his books amusing and penetrating.  He held a lifelong distrust of all authority, especially the state and the thesis provides an insight into the flame that burned in him at a rather tender age.

What one learns about personal political evolution is that a road traveled to the right is far more traveled than the opposite direction.  It is rare indeed for folks to age and yearn for more government instead of less.  I am a skeptic of the Left-Right paradigm but use it to simply illustrate the purpose.  It is far more descriptive to chart one’s philosophical predisposition on a quadrant chart at whose corners are interventionist, collectivist, non-interventionist and individualist on whose map I am located within the nexus of the last two.  Abbey was a strange brew at times but consistency escapes most of us for everything we believe.

He was a desert dweller who found the vast emptiness, solitude and sheer ferocity of nature to be a welcome refrain from dealing with the hubbub of civilization and the attendant disease of intrusive government.  His books are lyrical, intense and peppered with brilliance.  Kirk Douglas starred in a screen treatment of Abbey’s novel, “The Brave Cowboy” in the early 1960s called “Lonely Are the Brave”.  It is a powerful and stark film treatment of a  cowboy (the unacknowledged unconscious anarchist in American history)  marooned in a 20th century which continues to ”fence me in”.  Douglas looked at it as one of his favorite roles in his film career.

Abbey was fond of saying that “sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul”.  He discovered anarchism at a tender age and sought to find the evolutionary blueprint for it in the earlier writings of Greek philosophers and everyone in between which his thesis is peopled with and he asks a central question:  will violence lead the people from their subject braces and chains into freedom?  He thought the answer was no but he was no pacifist, he was a staunch supporter of gun rights and considered himself something of the cactus in which one could only get injured if you screwed with something or somebody.  If you read “The Monkey Wrench Gang” and later “Hayduke Lives”, his growing frustration got the best of him as some of his characters started to break the First Rule in the Code:  Harm No One.

He captured the paradox that causes ethical anarchists the world over no end of consternation.  If one wishes to build a society based on cooperation and non-violence, how do you get there when the obstacles are erected by the most violent and sociopathic structures that man has created – government?  Thoreau and Gandhi broke the code but one certainly can’t patent the methodology nor hail its success everywhere.

A slight departure:  Please don’t mistake this sentiment to be in concert with the hippy-drippy allegedly antiwar Left of fable and fairy tale.  They are the creatures who authored the political and philosophical underpinnings of ALL the great abattoirs of history:  their sick and sweaty fever-dream of ultimate domination to create their beloved Homo Sovieticus.  Is it not interesting that the antiwar movement of late has all but dried up with the installation of Obama’s Marxoid-inspired kakistocracy and yet the war on the world continues apace?  The trail of tears and path of destruction has a sorrowful record burned into the annals of Western and Eastern recorded history.  Written in blood and stacked on hundreds of millions of corpses, the state is the Goliath that straddles across the corpus of man.  Abbey saw this.

Abbey also realized that the pacifist is road-kill.  He realized that the porcupine is the premier fauna of liberty.

So what do we do?  Gold, guns and groceries because that is a storm on the horizon;  everything you know and hold dear will be wrested from you in the next few years and it is up to you to decide what you want to replace it with.  More of the same or a brave new individual world?  You can easily loose your fetters and simply hand them to your children, or better yet, teach them how to wear them with resignation and helplessness.  Or better yet, you can fight and teach them to fight for self-ownership, autonomy and a well-oiled set of rules that seek to harm no one but bring hell on Earth to those who seek to enslave you…again.

“Grown men do not need leaders.” – Edward Abbey

A little over two years ago, I inaugurated the first of several conversations about secession on Lew Rockwell’s site.  The first essay is published below and the accompanying essays are linked below that.  Mordor on the Potomac can NEVER be reformed.  You can send good people but they will be sucked into a system of corruption and servitude that is unrivaled in the last thousand years in the magnitude of treasure and blood expended outside of large conflicts.  Buppert’s Corollary to Acton’s Axiom is that “Power attracts the corruptible and absolute power…”.   Rare is the ruler in any annal of history whose psyche is not possessed of a severe psychopathy or sociopathy;  they rule and seek to do so because they wish to control others ultimately through any means necessary.  Five millennia of chronicled history is unimpeachable – government, whether secular or religious, is the source of ALL slavery and the fount of most violence leading to the abattoirs like Nazi Germany or the USSR.  We are on the road ourselves.

The wars we now engage in AfPak, Yemen and Iraq are simply more expenditures of blood and treasure on top of the War on Drugs, Poverty, etc.  The Soviet Union was quite vicious but at least they were honest about their form of government.  We are bombarded by the government/media complex on the freedoms and liberties we enjoy.  What?  The attack on 9/11 and our war on Islam is not a response to their antipathy toward the aforementioned freedoms and liberties.  They have simply reacted to decades of war on the Middle East.  We were told they hate us for our freedoms but that charge is more fairly leveled at our own government.

Tom Wood’s advocacy of  nullification is all well and good but the final deSovietization of these united States will only occur when the American fractures, dissolves, devolves and calves off into the inevitable regional enclaves which have been created already through spontaneous order.  Remember that all the analysts were caught flat-footed when the USSR collapsed in 1989.  It can happen here so you had better prepare for the worst because it is coming.  That is not one Black Swan approaching, it is a flock.

The America in the Inland West is significantly different in culture and temperament from the Soviet-lite states of the Northeast.  This country was born in a divorce from the United Kingdom and a secondary revolution in 1860-65 to right fissures that had long been festering and it is time for the country to file for divorce again – from Washington.

I will be speaking on this very topic at the Freedom Summit in Phoenix, AZ on 4-5 DEC 2010.  I would love to see you there.   -BB

“Good Morning, Governor, how might we…”

“Mr. President, I realize you are a busy man so let’s get down to brass tacks…we are calling the ball and withdrawing our support of your Administration and the Federal government in DC. Effective immediately, we have coordinated to place all outgoing receipts to the IRS in a caged account here in Boise…”

“Governor, you can’t do that…”

“Please don’t interrupt while I am speaking as we are from this point onward peers in the family of nations. I hope you have reviewed the diplomatic instruments we sent by courier last night to Department of State which delineates the terms of our divorce.”

“I did receive those and you have no earthly idea the can of whoop-…”

“Please, sir, maintain the decorum of these proceedings so we can move forward to an amicable separation. I give you my personal assurance on the safety and well-being of all Federal personnel we have detained for immediate repatriation to the remainder of these United States. Any non-law enforcement Federal personnel who wish to remain behind will be permitted to do so.”

“I hope you have thought through the consequences of what you are embarking on.”

“Mr. President, we have had over two hundred years to give the rulers on the Potomac a chance but that time has expired. Effective immediately, all so-called Federal lands now belong to the nation of Idaho and we will dispose of these lands at our leisure. In the interest of burying the hatchet, we will not seek compensation for the seizure, abuse and tenure of Federal practices on the aforementioned land and call the balance even.”

“Those are my lands, Governor…”

“In actuality, they belong to neither of us, sir. On to other business, I have alerted my National Guard forces to establish checkpoints at all the main arterials in and out of Idaho. All National Guard forces deployed overseas will return home in the next 48 hours. I would also caution you on the use of military force to convince Idaho and its citizens to forcibly return to the yoke of the Union. Idaho has a well-deserved reputation as a rather well-equipped state in firearms possession and use. As Yamamoto said, you may find a rifle behind every blade of grass.”

“Are you threatening the president of the United States?”

“No, sir, I am simply making an observation about the hazards of one country invading another.”

“You are land-locked, Governor and wholly dependent on federal subsidy for a great deal of employment and infrastructure in Idaho.”

“No longer, the tremendous tax burden across the spectrum formally imposed in our nation as a subject State in your country is now effectively terminated and we are going to unleash the free market to address all of our former shortcomings as a result of the overarching government supremacism practiced here before. In telephone conversations with my neighboring governors, we are on the verge of Confederation negotiations that will pave the way for Idaho embassies in British Columbia, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. We do intend on opening a consular office in DC as soon as we can ensure the diplomatic baggage containing sufficient weapons assures our safety in the greater DC metropolitan area for our diplomatic personnel.”

“Governor, what Constitutional right do you have to secede from the US?”

“Mr. President, the behavior you have exhibited toward the Constitution has been at best characterized by active neglect and abhorrence for the restraint on governance in the Bill of Rights. I am rather surprised you would resort to assuming the document in any way has weight in Washington, DC. I would suggest my rights extend as far as our ability to throw off what has become a government of occupation instead of cooperation. We resign, sir and wish to go in peace.”

“I will use every measure in my arsenal to force you back into the fold.”

“Mr. President, thank you for the heads-up but we have taken certain precautions to ensure that any rash measures on your part have a disproportionate impact in the DC/Virginia corridor. Please don’t press us on the issue. I would like to offer one more rather moderate important proposal to our future business. These United States as administered by DC are now essentially bankrupt. War on the world, out of control spending and borrowing, debt and deficit, non-funded future liabilities in the tens of trillions and a banking infrastructure rotten at every level has pushed the US to an economic abyss from which it cannot shrink. We will provide you a demonstration project of tiny government, free banking and a formerly enslaved citizenry unleashed to realize their potential with no government interference. We simply wish to go our own way untethered from the Remora Nation DC came to symbolize.”

“Governor, this conversation is over.”

“Good day, Mr. President.”

August 9, 2008

Copyright © 2008 LewRockwell.com

More companion essays followed:

Part II:   https://www.lewrockwell.com/buppert/buppert12.html

Secession Discussion:   https://www.lewrockwell.com/buppert/buppert13.html

Secession in ID, One Year Later:   https://www.lewrockwell.com/buppert/buppert20.html

Secession in ID, Five Years Later:   https://www.lewrockwell.com/buppert/buppert28.1.html

Secessionist Bookshelf:   https://www.lewrockwell.com/buppert/buppert21.html

Suggestions on How We Get There:  https://lewrockwell.com/buppert/buppert23.html

Secession Podcast With Lew Rockwell and Myself:   https://www.lewrockwell.com/lewrockwell-show/2009/05/12/122-bill-buppert-secession/

My archives contain a variety of treatments on secession in addition to those mentioned above.  Enjoy.

aboslavery“We must ask, not whether an anarcho-capitalist society would be safe from a power grab by the men with the guns (safety is not an available option), but whether it would be safer than our society is from a comparable seizure of power by the men with the guns. I think the answer is yes. In our society, the men who must engineer such a coup are politicians, military officers, and policemen, men selected precisely for the characteristic of desiring power and being good at using it. They are men who already believe that they have a right to push other men around – that is their job. They are particularly well qualified for the job of seizing power. Under anarcho-capitalism the men in control of protection agencies are selected for their ability to run an efficient business and please their customers. It is always possible that some will turn out to be secret power freaks as well, but it is surely less likely than under our system where the corresponding jobs are labeled ‘non-power freaks need not apply’.”

– Friedman, David. “The Machinery of Freedom Guide to a Radical Capitalism” 2nd Edition, Chapter: “The Stability Problem” p. 123-124



1.  a state of society without government or law.

2.  political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control: The death of the king was followed by a year of anarchy.

3.  a theory that regards the absence of all direct or coercive government as a political ideal and that proposes the cooperative and voluntary association of individuals and groups as the principal mode of organized society.

4.  confusion; chaos; disorder: Intellectual and moral anarchy followed his loss of faith.

Again and again, people are shocked by even the hint of the elimination of large swaths, wholesale portions and the complete abolition of government at every level.  I do not advocate for reduction or cost effectiveness, I advocate for the complete withdrawal of government and its attendant violence out of lives.  I have mentioned before that there is no such thing as limited government; that is simply the hothouse for the future prosperity of the expansion of government.

I do advocate self-government but that is the only self-limiting government in human affairs. Mind you, this is a dystopian vision in which the individuals, businesses and entities will fail and even perish but is nothing compared to the bureaucratized slaughter that has been the story of man for time immemorial under the illusion that GOVERNMENT COERCION AND VIOLENCE IS THE SOLE ORGANIZING PRINCIPLE OF HUMANITY.

I want to take the time today to illustrate why anarchy is no stranger in human affairs and is, in fact, the ordinary everyday principle by which most of us conduct our business.

John wakes up in the morning and prepares to go to work in the house he purchased for an extraordinarily inflated price due to the fiat currency, building regulations and property taxes forcibly extracted from him to turn the community’s children into shambling illiterate and innumerate morons who will respond obediently to the beat of the government society they are yoked to.

In spite of this, John elects to pursue a career to bring the forty percent of his total earned income home and do the right thing with it.  He is a middle class American struggling to make ends meet.  John is proud to be a producer and resents mightily the high taxation and regulatory tangle that has become life in America.

He goes on to eat his healthful breakfast which is the direct opposite of the Food and Drug Administration’s soothing recommendations to ensure he does not truncate the end of his life.  After breakfast, he takes the prescription drug illegally stored in an unmarked container on his way out the door.  The children are home-schooled so there is no necessity to wake them up from their slumber.  He is eager to ensure the government does not get their claws into his children to turn them into to the aforementioned urchins of the state.

He grabs his briefcase and pack and heads out to his truck.  Under Arizona law, he is practically unrestricted in his travel with a weapon and ensures that the Glock stored in the truck is fully operable and ready for social work knowing that the cops are far more interested in ticketing drivers than catching genuine criminals.  By their nature and incentives, the police cannot protect him in 99% of circumstances and he is on his own.  He dials the cell-phone and sets up his meetings for the day and ensures his lunch appointment is still on.  He pulls the truck onto the unimproved road and drives to the highway to head for work.  He drives as he wishes on his private road but knows that once he has hit the pavement on the government built road he will be in constant danger of being stopped by the armed tax-eaters for violations as minor as having a license plate light out to provide the impetus for a fishing expedition by the constabulary to exact new monies or escort him into the prison system.

When he gets to the intersection, the entire signal system is inoperable due to a power outage but he simply waits his turn and eventually motors onto the interstate.  He is a polite driver not because of the law but because he realizes that cautious and defensive driving is in his own self-interest.  A woman on the side of the road is having to change a tire so he stops to render assistance.

Once he arrives at the office, he strolls in and views with amazement the huge wall-space dedicated to the mandated posting of all manner of government foolishness concerning minimum wage (none at his office make anything approaching that even the interns), harassment and all kinds of silly mandates which do their best to retard progress and blunt effectiveness.  He shakes his head at the sheer waste and furrows an angry brow when he thinks that almost sixty cents of every dollar his company takes in goes to one government entity or another and he is not even paid or reimbursed for the collection service he is obligated to perform under penalty of fines or jail or worse.

After corporate income taxes and the strangling regulatory burden, one third or more of his employees are directly paid to deal with tax accountancy and regulatory compliance.  He is consistently amazed at the sheer anti-business attitude of all levels of government from local to federal.  They seem to attract not only the kind of folks who never met a payroll but people for him business is a dirty four letter word.  Ironically, their very plush lifestyles are underwritten in part by the tremendous tax receipts robbed from productive enterprises everyday.  He remembers reading “I, Pencil” and briefly being amazed at the depth and magnitude of the spontaneous order needed to produce such a simple consumable – all with no coercion or violence whatsoever.

He goes onto lunch later on and orders a burger “under the table” which is not cooked to the shoe-leather standards of the idiotic Health Department regulations.  In conversation with his usual lunch crew, they engage in friendly rhetorical contests about the latest political chicanery and the looming election that will change – nothing.

After lunch, he heads back to work to spend the afternoon not pursuing profit but to deal with the latest ingenious move by the local government to exact more monies from his company’s wallet.  They are pursuing the age-old nostrum of all politicians – to extract wealth from the producers to provide for their various captured parasite groups they have assembled who are their most loyal constituency.

John later calls it a day and heads home through the traffic snarl called public roads.  He is contemplating whether the new 8.2 mile private toll road is worth the monthly expense and decides to give it a try.  He was told by a contractor friend that private roads in new developments take an extraordinarily shorter amount of time to finish and do it under budget every time.  Of course, the local government has been more aggressive in annexing (a nice word for seizure) these roads shortly after construction which then leads to cops prowling for revenue enhancement.  One study reported that most signs removed improved driving instead of making it unsafe;  in America, it is a simply a pretense to end-run civil liberties for ticketing although no one has yet caught a cop on or off duty coming to a full stop at a stop sign.

John miraculously makes it home without being pulled over and wearily walks into his house to greet his wife and family.  She is a bit frazzled having spent the day home-schooling but glad to see the hunter return.  After a healthy dinner which again violates every nostrum of the vaunted FDA, he asks after his sons and daughter and the wife relates the verities of the day.  After a brief conversation, John proceeds to go to his shop to work on his gunsmithing hobby with his lads for the evening and then hit the rack in preparation for another day.

John and Jane Q. Public do not consciously realize it but they are practicing anarchists every day.  Despite the shaping of their minds by twelve plus years of government education and the nearly constant barrage of government supremacism in the media, even the most hardened collectivists tend to realize that their personal behavior is largely driven not by fear of punishment for doing the wrong thing but the moral compass which starts to crystallize at an early age for taking the hard right over the easy wrong.  This is not to say that fear, the sine qua non, of all government is not ever-present.  It has continued to warp and fracture individuals every day in their pursuit of productivity and happiness.

No one welcomes the flashing red lights in their mirror in which they think the worst case could be their death in spite of the fact that they are decent and rule-following folk.  They have read the stories and know that ALL cops are concerned about today primarily is obedience and not criminality.  If you doubt this, drive on and disregard the flashing lights.

We all rue the day (or months) spent laboring over the income tax compliance madness that is unclear at best and saps our energies even further.

If you think you are free, go fly on an American airline…or stop paying the HOA dues to the petty collectivist tyrants that are on your local board…or stop paying any of the thousand cuts known as taxes everywhere…or refuse to submit to the wanton and often vicious behavior of regulatory agencies if you are ensnared in their traps as a small businessman…

Government is not the glue that holds society together.  It is the savage adhesive that bonds subject populations to their rulers through the use of violence and the threat of violence to milk every possible liter of unearned succor to support the imperious warfare/welfare state that is so commonplace today.  The genius of the mechanism is the endless parade of useful idiots and willing slaves, especially in all facets of the media, who sing endless serenades to their keepers and controllers.  A somewhat Hobbesian version the Stockholm syndrome et large.

While I subscribe to the first and third definitions mentioned above, I do quibble with absence of law asserted in the first variation.  Laws aren’t necessarily codified only by government.  Countless large and small variations on the laws originated in spontaneous order occur every day.  The small business owner knows that cutting corners may afford short-term gains but will lead to long-term losses.  The family man knows that the care he affords his children is also a long term investment.

Honor is a gift a man gives to himself.

You participate in anarchy every day, simply expand the practice and prove to friends and family that a life lived without a yoke is a better life worth living.

Notes in the Margin: I have employed the word anarchist in this essay and avoided the term abolitionist which I had discussed in a previous essay.  The reason for the semantic employment is that I consider the use of the term anarchist in this essay to be descriptive of a state of mind both conscious and unconscious.  I think most humans have a natural tendency to resist being told what to do UNTIL the fear, deliberately and by chance, is wielded by external agencies.  The abolitionist recognizes their servitude and chooses to do something about it.

The Road to Serfdom

I have been incredibly busy with life, work and distractions that have kept me from posting on the blog on a regular basis and that will stop.  More ramblings are forthcoming.  The blog acts as a catharsis for the frustration I feel as the world tumbles toward a figurative sun on a bloody and futile path brought to you by the mean ambition of politicians and the warped societies these creatures nurture.

We live in a statist nightmare which feeds upon itself with the cannibalistic fervor of self destruction so common to their kind.

I was once a collectivist but saw that the reduction of human beings to cattle in a feedlot to serve the needs of the rulers to whom the populations have surrendered is a twisted and psychopathic fever dream.

I was once a Constitutionalist who joined the tired chorus of parchment worshipers who would mewl and wax nostalgic of old days they had no concept of.  I read the Constitution, I steeped myself in the arcana of the Founding Era, and I read the Federalist Papers and then took the antivenin of the Anti-Federalist papers.  I then went back and read the “failed” Articles of Confederation.  I studied further and discovered that the Constitution was a political coup designed to make all the states mere political subsidiaries of the central government…and to put THE gun in the hands of the national state…and to claim the same taxing authority of unlimited means and aggrandizement that the usual suspects both Left and Right sputter on about today.  We have been subjected to a heady and sophisticated propaganda effort from the ratification in 1791 to today to believe we are free in our homes, wealth and property yet a cursory glance at our history will reveal a sordid and grisly story of convincing a captive population that their financial exsanguinations and obedience to the state in all its guises will result in a heaven on earth.

A thought experiment:  What would America look like if two classes of tax eaters did not exist – tax collectors and law enforcement?  How could the state become the Constitutional leviathan it is today if not for these two institutions?  While the former is hidden from view through clever media manipulation, the latter is lionized, idolized and canonized.  Yet a review of the available data and the horrific video footage of police brutality show a coast to coast total disregard for the basest civil liberties and a teflon coating on the guilty armed tax eaters who act as concierges into the American penal system.

I then became a minarchist believing in smaller government.  I believed that a custodial government or a caretaker apparatus which would only build our roads and provide for courts and law enforcement would be necessary.  How bloody naive.  But guess what – no such creature has ever existed in the whole of human history.  EVERY smaller government grows larger and more oppressive over time.  The great westward migration in the nineteenth century in America wasn’t a frontier expansion; it was a massive exodus to escape the grasping and bloodied tentacles of government and the Constitution that had created the monster on the Potomac.  People wanted to be left alone, to no longer submit to the seductive vampiric embrace of the State with its empty promises and inevitable track record of failure, incompetence and bloodshed.  The State cannot exist without encouraging and enhancing its own ability to maim and kill its cattle whether domestically or in ill-destined adventures overseas.

There is no such thing as limited government.

I then became an anarchist believing that the world would be better off embracing voluntarism, cooperation, free markets and persuasion in EVERY enterprise of human behavior.  To take the position not of a pacifist which always works in favor of government but the steely-eyed and well-equipped warrior whose watch word is the total adherence to the philosophy of initiated non-aggression but a hellish response to being screwed with.

Never initiate force against another. That should be the underlying principle of your life. But should someone do violence to you, retaliate without hesitation, without reservation, without quarter, until you are sure that he will never wish to harm – or never be capable of harming – you or yours again.

– from THE SECOND BOOK OF KYFHO  (Revised Eastern Sect Edition)

Anarchist is a word whose misfortune is in its widespread misinterpretation and conflation with “bomb throwers” and violence by the self described anarchists since the 1990s who have robbed the word of all meaning;  twisting it to have the same descriptive value as unconstitutional, in other words, none.

I then became and remain an abolitionist.  Whether the glorious inspiration of Wilberforce or the forceful declarations of the brilliant individualist anarchist, Lysander Spooner, I am opposed to ALL slavery.  The conscription for war, the chattel slavery of human bondage, and the tax slavery we labor under today or the worst slavery of all – the savage misperception that servitude is freedom and that we are our brother’s keeper but only under the lash.

From communism to national socialism to neo-conservatism and every other bloody shirt waved by the starry-eyed collectivists the vision remains the same – one nation under the yoke of absolute power and the vast planetary feedlot known as mankind.

Fear is not only the mind killer; it is the key to your own serfdom.  Liberate your mind from the notion that it is right or virtuous to enslave your fellow man and the road to redemption begins.  As long as the State maintains the capacity to fine, detain, jail, maim and kill you, you have ZERO self-ownership.  And if you don’t own yourself, somebody else has the title.

What will you do with that freedom?

Notes in the Margin: I would like to thank my friend, Kaiser, for revising and improving the look of the blog.  More updates to come and all barbs and arrows are welcome.

Copyright © 2010 by hezekiahwyman.com

Never initiate force against another. That should be the underlying principle of your life. But should someone do violence to you, retaliate without hesitation, without reservation, without quarter, until you are sure that he will never wish to harm – or never be capable of harming – you or yours again.

– from THE SECOND BOOK OF KYFHO  (Revised Eastern Sect Edition)

It is official;  the local village is moving to the AR series for both carbine and battle rifle calibers.  We have been a FAL family for the longest time but as technology and evolving family needs change over time, we discover different requirements.  Two of my children and my wife will NEVER field a .308 rifle; therefore, a change in armory composition is in order.

An aside: I have a philosophy of single gun usage for various purposes, we are Glock-only for all the family and the village does the same.  As we all know, in the event of unpleasant circumstances or the need to conduct social work, one will never be able to think through a fight.  One relies on battle drills and muscle memory.  You will never exceed your highest level of training.  The adoption of a single standard sidearm speaks to this need.  In other words, one will not hesitate to draw and think:  what are you wearing today.  With four mods (plug, stainless steel guide rod, tritium sights and extended slide release), every pistol in the house is identically kitted and housed in the same kind of holster.

The AR will serve the same need.  There will be both .308 and .223 ARs but they will be slung the same and modded the same.  The internals and controls are very similar on both platforms.

The village armorer, Skip L,  offers the following advice:

Ten Second Rigs: https://www.tacticaltailor.com/minimav.aspx

I can load up 5.56, 7.62, and .40 S&W, depending on the mission… my standard is not to travel beyond 30 minutes from my MBR without a 30 second rig for whatever gun I am carrying so that I can fight my way back to my rifle (thank you, Jeff Cooper). The 10 second rig suits this purpose like a weekend camping trip and one sits next to my bed-stand with three spare .40 magazines and an extra Sure Fire.

I can wear two Mini-Mavs bandoleer-style for minimal low-profile CCW operations (I have worn it loaded with empty magazines at work to test this), or I can throw on the minimav directly over the MAV, increasing my normal ammunition load without having to adjust my kit, whatsoever.

Combat Rigs: https://www.tacticaltailor.com/mavvestbody2piece.aspx and https://www.tacticaltailor.com/xharness.aspx

I can adjust the MAV forward for chest carry (urban ops); underneath the arms for heavy full-combat loads, or for low profile extended CCW operations as well.

7.62 Versus 5.56 Carrying Protocols:

Also, while reviewing various potentials for family kit, the age-old 5.56 vs. 7.62 magazine pouches kept rearing its ugly head.

I want kit that is simple and readily adjustable… when I began exploring magazine pouches, I fell into two basic approaches:

1. Standard 5.56 shingles (single mag pouch) for everyone, including me, and a separate 7.62 shingle setup for what I am calling my SPR, or “one gun”.

2. Multi-caliber shingles called the “taco” by HSGI: https://www.hsgi.us/proddetail.asp?prod=HSG%2DTACO&cat=16

There are a few things I do not like about bungee-cord retaining configurations… Hot dry climates do not like them… But I did find the technique intriguing.

[BB adds:  We are also building what we call “Michael Collins Rigs” for wear under street clothing for both rifle and pistol.  If you look at the conflicts during the Easter Rebellion in Ireland in 1916 and the guerrilla activities in occupied Europe during the War to Save Josef Stalin, certain operations will demand the use of  civilian clothes instead of mall ninja accouterments.}

See the following build templates for an AR transition:

Family Kit

The Essential AR-Platform Cleaning Kit