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"If the aftermath of 9/11 is the best of our country, the war in Iraq is our dark side. The news says a lot of people support the war. The permanent, floating 'War Against Whatever It Is, This Week.' Some people 'Support Our Troops', which I take to mean like rooting for the home team in the big game."
"I am choosing this venue to announce that I am breaking ranks with many of my friends and am calling for regime change in the country about which I am writing. I have been observing the behavior of the sometimes-maniacal political leaders of this nation and have concluded that not only the rogue at the top, but many others who are part of this particular government also need to go."
"No one in modern times has done more than Attorney General John Ashcroft — though unintentionally — to inspire Americans to preserve and protect not only the First Amendment, but also the parts of the Bill of Rights that are interconnected with it. "
"Rest easily with me, my fellow countrymen, the Feds have made this a safer country. Consider the recent nationwide crackdown on… bongs. " Or more recently SCOTUS's decision on medical cannabis. Don't you feel safer?
"As in Nazi Germany and Stalin's U.S.S.R., the government depended upon 'vigilant' citizens to spy on others. While it may be necessary at times for someone to report real incidents of child abuse or neglect, what is currently going on in this country goes way beyond the bounds of necessity. The purpose of creating 'spy nation' is not to protect children, but to make sure that everyone is properly intimidated by government authorities."
"When you protest, when you stand up like a MAN (or a WOMAN) and protest, the Department of Homeland Security may open up the metaphorical firehose on you, drowning you in survelliance, suspician, possibly arrest. Does that remind you of Birmingham, Nigger? Does the firehose of The Man scare you? It should."
"Complaining about the State certainly has its place. We must continue to point out its lies, its hypocrisy, its iniquity. But that isn't enough; it can't be. We also have to do something about it. ... To reduce the State's hunger for Power, each of us must reduce our own."
"The state exists because rulers want to redistribute in their own favor, i.e., to steal. In order to remain in power, the rulers also have to redistribute to their supporting clienteles. This redistribution requires large increases in state power, which in turn requires more redistribution. Redistribution and state power feed on each other. The state will thus aim at increasing its power to keep its subjects quiet, and to increase its general capacity to intervene in their affairs."
"People who live with reality every day don't really understand the state, which lives in a world of its own creation, a fantasy world funded by our tax dollars. Public school survivors or not, I do believe there are a lot of folks who can see the Emperor's naked backside, find it remarkably unattractive and insulting, and aren't afraid to say so."
"Rudolph represents the inherent weakness of the police state, namely that it is a paper tiger. While it is true that the Federal Government can and will ruthlessly destroy anyone who dares defy it, Rudolph proves the fact that the Feds are not as powerful as they would like to be."
"Imagine the constant and ever growing terror of the building inspector, the social worker, the game warden, the police officer or any other petty tyrant, who upon seeing the freedom minded sites on the internet, discover that the people being forced at gunpoint to support them are angry, and that those that speak of this anger actually have something significant -- and more importantly -- factual to say."
"My solar electric system keeps on working, regardless of the Grid. I didn't want to waste electrical power, so my office and computer are permanently connected directly to the solar electric system. It has supplied electricity to that portion of my house continuously since then. I still have power during blackouts because of a storm or some other failure of the Grid. Each day the batteries are recharged and I have power to work at night, which is when I work as a self-published writer."
"Since Rumsfeld, Bush and Blair are so adamant about the Geneva Convention not being violated by the Iraqis, they had better hope that they are not held to the same standard. Those that sent President Slobodan Milosevic to the World Court for war crimes could soon find themselves there as defendants." Hmmm, is this guy with Amnesty International? (That's a joke.)
"Propaganda and false patriotism are key coup ingredients. Luttwak says a coup's 'information campaign' must 'reassure the general public by dispelling fears that the coup is inspired by extremist elements, and to persuade particular groups that the coup is not a threat to them. The first aim will be achieved by manipulating national symbols and by asserting our belief in the prevailing pieties.' United we stand!"
"Above all, fascists everywhere enshrined the role of the state as the focus of national life and the source of meaning and value. This separates fascism from other movements of political violence and racial caste conflict (like the Klan, for example) and unites it with the superficially liberal but state-exhalting European nationalist movements of the 19th century of which fascist movements are ultimately mutated descendents." Fascism isn't European only, though this writer focuses there.
"Because of President Bush's policies, we are entangled in two guerrilla wars that show no signs of slackening; our trade deficits have reached such alarming highs that foreign-capital investment has been drastically reduced, and the dollar seems headed for a financial meltdown."
"Mr. Bush should recognize ... that, not unlike other dogmatic ideologues in history, the neo-conservative intellectuals who argue that Iraq could be turned into a shining model of democracy for the Middle East are advancing their own wishful thinking and political agendas. They are not advancing the interests of the rest of America."
"The neo-cons will cause a long period of chaos in the Arab and Muslim world. The Iraqi war has already shown that their understanding of Arab realities is shaky. Their political assumptions did not stand the test, only brute force saved their undertaking."
"Once we realize that economics deals with human meaning and not the physical characteristics of economic goods, the futility of searching for eternal, quantitative economic laws should be clear. No one would consider measuring what 'war' or 'liberty' means to people. Meaning is not available for measurement, and, in any case, meanings are in continual flux."
"Marijuana, pornography and illegal labour have created a hidden market in the United States which now accounts for as much as 10% of the American economy, according to a study. As a cash crop, marijuana is believed to have outstripped maize, and hardcore porn revenue is equal to Hollywood's domestic box office takings."
"This essay is a good introduction to the government's war on gold. It summarizes the basic issue: the comparative liberty that a government-guaranteed gold coin standard offers to a society. A gold coin standard places a restraint on the government's ability to defraud the public through monetary inflation."
"The smaller the business, the more ADA hurts. That's partly why big business supported it. How nice to have the government clobber your up-and-coming competition. How could this nutty and dangerous legislation have passed? In Washington, D.C., economics has always taken a backseat to special interest lobbying."
"Today's White House proposes and Congress taxes and spends for anything they can muster a majority vote on. My investigative query is: Were the Founders and previous congressmen and presidents, who could not find constitutional authority for today's bread and circuses, just plain stupid and ignorant?"
"[I]t is my contention that a detailed analysis of the Founding documents is needed to discover what among their many words and phrases allowed the beginning cracks in a system that was better than any in recorded times for affording the residents a homeland where their lives and liberty were recognized and they could pursue happiness."
"Perhaps many Americans cling to favorable attitudes toward past wars because they fear the weighty implications of facing the truth. The rich history of lies and deceptions orchestrated by the U.S. government during its wars is frightening. "
"I'd also like to point out that the true heroes are not the young men who died pitiful deaths for the cause of increasing American hegemony, but those who dodged the draft in the first place. I don't care what their reasons are, but the act of evading the State's tyrannical hand is always an admirable one, and they rank in my book right up there with tax-dodgers."
"As with the Matrix of the movies, the first step toward destroying this American Matrix will be for the people to get a fuller understanding of the truth, even if that truth is difficult and unpleasant. Why that first step has been so difficult, however, is that there exist too few U.S. news outlets that will challenge the powers-that-be."
"There are three main reasons why discussions of the actual issues surrounding Long’s political career have been effectively suppressed: the first is that his tactics were no different to those used by many 'successful' politicians who enlarge the power and scope of government. ... The second reason is that by attributing only base motives to the man it is possible to discredit the substance of those points on which he might actually be right.... Thirdly, ... he had actually delivered on many of the promises he made to the people...."
"On the one hand, they believed in fractional-reserve banking, generally following Adam Smith's currency and banking theories. On the other hand, they were resolutely opposed to government-issued paper money, fiat money, legal tender laws, inconvertible paper currency, and land banks."
"The most important economic rationale for mercantilism in the sixteenth century was the consolidation of the regional power centers of the feudal era by large competitive nation-states."
"When a war is prosecuted in your backyard, you avoid it like the plague. Perhaps this is why Americans go to war so casually -- they do it on someone else's turf."
"Strong, moral men recognize when they've made a mistake (signing an immoral contract), and take their lumps. The smarter ones would simply have looked at the recent history of the US military and refused to even consider participating -- no signing involved. Having failed there, are people really asserting that it's physically impossible for soldiers to refuse to participate once they have gun in hand?"
"Pity the poor soldier, he needs your support. Killing and maiming are difficult sport. It is not enough that you tithe to his creed. It is not enough that your labor provides for his every need. Throw him a parade! "
"He was an American nationalist, who embraced America's synthesis of classical liberalism and republicanism. As the New Deal administration of Franklin Roosevelt seemed more and more to threaten those values fundamentally, Garrett became an important spokesman of the emerging Old Right opposition movement."
"His argument that institutions and technologies eventually consume their own purposes was highly influential on movements from homeschooling to church reform, small-scale technology, and medical self-care, but his analyses were always more radical."
"[A]ll conclusions carry a corresponding uncertainty no matter who holds them; he knows that while he cannot avoid acting on the basis of some belief, these beliefs must ever be held subject to change as further evidence or new reasoning becomes available; but always he is obligated, by honesty, to believe and act in accordance with truth as he then sees it...."
"The freedom movement seems to spawn individuals of talk and analysis rather than action. But there comes a time when talking, philosophizing, and analyzing are for naught; there comes a time when the only thing that will make a difference is taking up one's chosen weapon, and making the best stand one can in defense of one's principles. Many seem to pine for a John Galt to appear among us -- but there are, and never will be, no such individuals. We are human, with frailties, flaws, foibles, and fears. That isn't to be denied, nor to become an excuse or a copout. We can choose a nobler course." From late in 2002, since Ender's Review started in 2003, it's in this special issue.
"The primary clash is between individualism and collectivism, the notion that each person is an end in him or herself and appropriately pursues his or her own happiness, and the theory that the individual exists only to further the interests of the state. In Equilibrium, the side of 'feelings' -- the side that promotes painting, music, and literature -- is the side of the sovereign individual." Wally Conger has written several excellent reviews of Equilibrium and I wrote one too. However, this review [from 2002] was what prompted me to suggest a "double date" for dinner and this movie with some friends. I was not disappointed.
This is a classic antiwar poem. Choosing an excerpt is not something I will attempt.
May we Suggest -- EVERYBODY FOR PRESIDENT!
This elaborate flash multi-media composition is not really funny at all, but still entertaining and informative..
"[W]henever we indulge in such reading or viewing, we're exposing ourselves to this indoctrination. We allow them to tell us what's important, what's worth discussing and what's not. We take what they have to say as our starting point, allowing them to set the agenda and define the terms of argument. But so much of it is exactly what Mick Jagger (of all people!) called it almost 40 years ago: 'useless information supposed to fire my imagination'."
"If I am right in saying that Americans have long labored under a set of mistaken ideas, it is important to see what I have not said. I have not claimed, for example, that Americans have had a flawed but coherent outlook. It was not all that coherent. Americans never bridged the blatant inner contradictions of their worldview; instead, they insisted that, somehow, all the parts were equally true."
"The importance of the Austrian school of economics is nowhere better demonstrated than in the area of monetary theory. It is in this realm that the simplifying assumptions of mainstream economic theory wreak the most havoc. In contrast, the commonsensical, 'verbal logic' of the Austrians is entirely adequate to understand the nature of money and its valuation by human actors."
"All, I think, are born complete people, secure within themselves in their minds, heedless of anything but the physical care they require. Upon being thrust into the whirlwind of social interaction, this self-security begins being whittled away, and the heads of the young are filled with the propaganda of society. 'No man is an island,' the essential nub of this campaign to excise individualistic thinking, is accepted as a truism, yet is on the face of it false."
"As always, life and art imitate each other, and fiction and fact have merged. Celebrities now tell their life stories with special emphasis on how cruel their parents were. Miseries that used to be hidden in shame are now featured with perverse pride; skeletons in the family closet have become precious heirlooms."
"We can either search for the truth, or take the easy way out and believe in lies and superstition. The problem is discerning which is which. I don't think it's that hard. The Earth and what inhabits it are not to be worshipped. That prohibition is up at the top of the Ten Commandments."
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