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Wish I were here

I just wanted to drop a quick note to those of my friends who will be attending Libertopia this year, that regrettably I will not be joining you this year.

The reason is that my wife came down with a bad case of lung cancer this past spring. By the time we figured out what was wrong with her it was fairly extensive, and she spent four weeks in the hospital. She’s at home now, slowly getting better, and going through repeated grueling rounds of chemotherapy treatments (she also had radiation treatments but those are done for now).

A side effect (a “paraneoplastic syndrome” as the doctors call it) of this cancer was that antibodies attacked the neural interface to her long muscles, particularly in her legs, effectively crippling her. By the time she checked into the hospital she could barely traverse 10 feet using a walker. She also lost 40 pounds in in the last 6 weeks before she was hospitalized, and she was not particularly heavy to start with.

Since then the treatments seem to be working, she is gaining her strength and her healthy weight back, but at this point I simply cannot take a 6-day trip (by car as I refuse to fly the friendly TSA skies) away from her. So, I’m sitting this festival out, but with any luck I’ll return next year. And maybe I’ll persuade her to come with me.

My best regards to all of you.

 

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Getting Involved – Doing Something to Bring About a Voluntary Society

This week a friend went to court and had a bracelet attached to monitor his movements.  Why?  Because twelve people were too afraid to stand up to a couple of lawyers.  Lawyers who clearly had no facts to prove jurisdiction and their constitution and code were applicable to Mike.  As covered on my show and articles, Lori Hendrickson, working together with Edward Lodge, brought out no less then twenty-eight witnesses and didn’t even attempt to prove their code was applicable and that Mike believed he was obligated to pay taxes and file returns.  So, while the twelve were hung on the more serious tax evasion charges, they convicted him of willful failure to file.

Not one witnesses was permitted to testify the code was applicable and that Mike believed he was required to pay and file returns; those are two elements of the alleged statutory violations.  In my opinion, if these twelve people had any guts and common decency, they would not have permitted these lawyers to proceed with witnesses who had no relevant testimony to offer.

And that prosecution is a microcosm of why governments are still farming us today.  It all comes down to fear; fear of Read the rest of this page »

Overwhelm the System

I’ve been discussing this idea on my radio show, the No State Project, for the last few weeks.  We spoke about it in depth on the last show and the podcast will be posted soon.

I’ve said it before and I’ll keep repeating it: real change will not come without non-violent, non-cooperation with the tax system.  Liberty is not a spectator sport and it seems even those who profess to be libertarians are still paralyzed with fear and unable or unwilling to start living more consistent with their principals.

If those who have long supported Dr. Ron Paul truly want to see the end of Read the rest of this page »

Revolutionary Road

There’s a popular way of drawing the distinction between electoral politics and revolutionary politics that I think gets things almost precisely backward.

According to this way of thinking, electoral politics represents a peaceful, conversational way of settling disputes, whereas revolution represents an abandonment of persuasion in favour of violence.

The Athenian Assembly

According to the Greek orator Lysias, for example, singing the praises of Athenian democracy, it was “the way of wild beasts to be forcibly subjected to one another, but the way of human beings to define justice by law and to persuade by reasoned discourse” – where by “reasoned discourse” he meant the debates in the assembly that culminated in laws, decrees, and declarations of war.

Now certainly states that feature parliamentary debate are generally preferable to states where, say, a single dictator has sole decision-making power. All the same, a conversation that is going to culminate in a vote, where the result of that vote will be imposed by force of law on the dissenters (as well as on others who, whether by choice or by necessity, have not even participated in the vote), can hardly be a Read the rest of this page »

Fail – The War on Drugs

Courtesy of the bright folks at:  http://onlinecriminaljusticedegree.com/

The Last Failed State by Justin O’Connell

A terrific rhetorical salvo on my friend and colleague Jeff Berwick’s blog authored by Justin O’Connell.  Jeff will be there in the flesh at Libertopia. -BB

There is not a state on the planet today that is worth salvage; nope, not a single government that deserves our sympathy, empathy, concern, or hope. They deserve only our disdain and disbelief. They are all failed states, and the sustainability of humankind depends on a clean break with the old paradigm of states assuming a natural right to power over individuals.

The concept of a failed state was inspired by Ronald Reagan’s so-called “terrorist state”. That’s where the War on Terror began, as the Reagan administration hoodwinked the people by insisting “the new plague of the modern age is terrorism, a return to barbarism, and we must defend ourselves” or some other similar sort of transparent rhetoric. In 1994, Clinton called the concept of a state-sanctioned collective boogieman a “rogue state”, and the people were made to be afraid.

And then there was the “failed state”, and it was maintained that such states, impoverished and menial as they are, threaten our national security. Places like Iraq, the greater Middle East and even poor, little Haiti, according to the doctrine, would require direct intervention in order to save them from themselves. In the process, they would be certainly doomed to devastation.

Ironically, even during the Clinton administration, scholars in major journals such as Foreign Affairs noted that in much of the world, the US is considered the leading failed state and the greatest terrorist threat to man. But the US citizenry would never believe this, considering the Fourth Branch of the Government – the media – does not report on international opinion in its entertainment news.

Read the rest:  http://www.dollarvigilante.com/blog/2012/9/18/the-last-failed-state.html

Free To Choose: Refusal is the Ultimate Liberty by Bill Buppert

Libertopia is just around the corner and this distills one of the pillars of attaining and maintaining freedom. -BB

“Laws are rules, made by people who govern by means of organized violence, for non-compliance with which the non-complier is subjected to blows, to loss of liberty, or even to being murdered.”

– Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy

There is the only one true sign of freedom once all is said and done.  You can live in a geographical location or tax jurisdiction (fondly called countries) and you are subject to no law except what you agree to so long as you may opt-out as you wish; that simple, your compliance is not mandatory except where your behavior is initiated aggression through force or fraud.

So where exactly is this country?  It does not exist outside the kingdom of conscience.

Strip away all the notions of Constitutional protection, action in the courts to beat back bad laws and all the rest of the distractions and misdirection the government places in your cognitive path and you are left with one stark reality:  your refusal.

Want to solve the Socialist Security benefit disaster looming on the horizon as a demographic non-funded tidal wave of fiscal despair?  The accompanying Medicare/Obamacare fiscal mayhem?  The insufficient funding at all levels to meet government employee retirement benefits in the coming years?  Recognize the basic human imperative to refuse to comply.

I would gladly stop paying Socialist Security and forever opt out.  I would be happy to stop paying property taxes in exchange for zero government services I would use.  I don’t want to pay for government education camps and government libraries.  I don’t want fire services, I would gladly pay for a private subscription service for fire protection much as I pay for car and home insurance (although both would be much more affordable absent government mandates and meddling).

This isn’t simply about money; it is about the freedom to choose.  This goes far beyond the book by Milton Friedman; he limited his choices within a government framework.  This extends to every aspect of our lives whether it is consumption of raw milk, undercooked hamburgers or the ingestion of non-government approved home-grown meat and vegetables.  Everything I have just mentioned comes with a penalty, ultimately, of death for the non-compliant in American society.  When the SWAT thugs raid the raw milkwarehouse, your refusal to bow and scrape before the “thin black and blue line” may lead to your demise.  Ironically, their desire to get off the government teat, as it were, when it came to dairy consumption crossed the line when the regulatory functions were given the middle finger. I won’t belabor the point that cops are the number one danger to human freedom around the globe and I have covered that in detail before.  I use that to illustrate the point that American freedom is illusory and non-existent.  It is only tolerated as long as the cattle pay the rulers, comply with the Praetorians and don’t stray off the regulatory reservation…ever.

Read the rest:  http://zerogov.com/?p=2655

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