Monthly Archives: March 2009

>"Without You, There Will Be No Free America"

>We told you about the Polish movie Katyn here, along with Anne Applebaum’s article about the Soviets’ massacre of free Poles in the early days of WW2:

The ruins of a Russian Orthodox monastery, 1939: paint peels from the walls, light filters in from the cracks in the ceiling, cigarette smoke whirls through the air. Primitive wooden camp beds are stacked up high, one on top of the other, for the monastery has been turned into a prison. The prisoners, soldiers in khaki-brown wool uniforms and black boots, are gathered in a large group. Craning their heads forward, they listen to their commanding officer make a speech.

Solemn and tired, he does not ask them to fight. He asks them to survive.

“Gentlemen,” says the general, “you must endure. Without you, there will be no free Poland.”

The scene ends. The audience—at least the audience in the Warsaw theater where I watched the film—sighs, rustles, collectively draws its breath. Those watching know, as they were meant to know, that the soldiers, the flower of Poland’s pre-war officer corps, did not survive.

And without them, there was indeed no free Poland…

Read the whole article, then watch the movie, courtesy of YouTube.

Even if you cannot access the movie, remember always its lesson:

Collectivists must always slaughter their enemies — both actual and potential — before those free men and women can rise and tell the world of the horrors that inevitably happen beyond closed borders.

Dear readers — without you, there will be no free America.

Stay alive.

Quote of the Month

“Do you think the country will stand for it?” yelled Taggart.

“Stop kidding yourself,” said Kinnan. “The country? If there aren’t any principles anymore — and I guess the doc is right, because there sure aren’t — if there aren’t any rules to this game and it’s only a question of who robs whom — then I’ve got more votes than the bunch of you, there are more workers than employers, and don’t you forget it, boys!”

– Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, part II, Chapter V, p. 541 (Plume edition)

>Repost: 20 Questions

>If your spouse ran into the room and said her brother – a state trooper – just called to warn that raids under the new Federal assault weapons/domestic terrorism laws were beginning tonight:

1) Would you flee, assuming that you believed yourself to be “a person of interest”?

2) Whether your decision was to flee or to stand, what would your spouse and children do?

3) What would you and your family use as money and travel documents?

4) Would you have an adequate bag or two suitably packed and ready to go for each “fugitive”?

5) Would you have all medical necessities addressed for you and your family (e.g., teeth, immunizations, mitigation of any preexisting conditions, adequate supplies of maintenance drugs, etc.)?

6) What about three-season (fall/winter/spring) clothing for you and each family member?

7) What would you use for transportation?

8) What would you use to refuel your transportation?

9) Where would you go?

10) By what route(s)?

11) Upon arrival, where would you stay and for how long?

12) What would you use for communications (both receive and transmit)?

13) What would you tell your employer?

14) What would you tell your neighbors?

15) What would you tell your friends and family?

16) What would you use to buy what you need while in flight (fuel, food, transport, bribes, etc.)?

17) How would you alter your and your family’s physical appearances while in flight?

18) Who would be your allies trustworthy enough to guard your life and the lives of your family?

19) How would you contact your allies?

20) What are your three alternate plans for each of the preceding questions?

Tempus fugit.

>III Patch Update

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>A Republic, If You Can Regain It

>Watch this video.

Pass it to others.

Don’t tolerate the claim that this country was intended to be a democracy.

And consider how, if ever, can delegated authority be controlled.

>More Action Items for John Q. Public

>From The Burning Platform:

***
…It is now time for all Americans to force fiscal sanity upon our government through the use of civil disobedience. Our current fiscal path is unsustainable. The government’s solutions will extend the pain for decades in the best case or result in an abrupt collapse in the worst case. If Americans force a fiscal restructuring upon the world it will be extremely painful, but would result in a more balanced sustainable society going forward. In both cases, Americans will need to accept a reduction in their standard of living. This is the price that must be paid for thirty years of living above our means. Some passive resistance ideas regarding the fiscal sanity movement could be:

* Imagine that Americans refused to spend any money on discretionary items like electronic gadgets, furniture, and jewelry. With 70% of GDP dependent on consumer spending, this would result in the closing of thousands of unnecessary retail stores. We know that a sustainable level of spending is 62% of GDP, so let’s get there in two years rather than dragging it out over a decade.

* Imagine that Americans decided to withdraw every dime of their money from all the banks that have accepted TARP funds. There are 8,500 banks in the United States. Seventy banks have accepted TARP funds. Pull your money out of these banks and put it in your local banks or credit unions that didn’t bring down the financial system. This would ruin the Treasury’s latest $1 trillion scheme of hiding toxic assets.

* Imagine that Americans stopped using credit cards. The major purveyors of credit cards, Bank of America, Citicorp, American Express and Capital One would collapse under the weight of bad debt. Credit cards are a ponzi scheme dependent upon new credit issuance. Without charging 21% interest and collecting $25 late fees for being one day late, their businesses will implode.

* Imagine that every working American walked into work tomorrow and changed their W-4 to 20 exemptions. This would immediately remove $1.2 trillion of taxes from the grasp of politicians in Washington. You could bet that would get the attention of the political hacks in Washington…
***

Go and read the rest.

Then act.

Audentes fortunat iuvat.

>Let’s Win

>Last July, I responded to a question from Kevin Baker of The Smallest Minority as follows:

And the alternative [to voting] is…

what, exactly?

Be specific. And detailed.

Because I really want to hear it.

My reply:

Kevin:

The people in this country who truly cherish freedom in all of its manifestations (thought, guns, speech, religion, association, private property, etc.) had better darned skippy get used to the idea that we are a cursed minority and will be for the foreseeable future.

The simple formula is this:

- We’re screwed

- There’s gonna be a fight

- Let’s win

Your posts on the courts and freedom issues in general mean that I don’t have to make the case for “we’re screwed” with you.

BTW, thanks for all that you have taught me through your writing.

So we move to “there’s gonna be a fight”.

Why?

Ain’t no way that the transnational socialists can leave an armed, educated, defiant remnant intact to cut and slash at their Utopian schemes at every opportunity. The tranzis have to do everything in their power to disarm (literally, perhaps, but certainly educationally and psychologically; see generally Snyder, Walter Mitty’s Second Amendment) everyone they can.

The reality is that the fight has been on for some sixty (or more) years.

You know that, per your writings.

So on to the fun part – “let’s win”.

Step one in “let’s win” is to refuse any further collaboration in our demise. That’s Billy Beck’s point – delude yourself all you want with your participatory democracy fantasies, but leave me the hell out of it.

Withholding collaboration takes many forms, however. It involves getting physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared for the really hard stuff. Specific steps include the following:

Physical:

1) Fix teeth
2) Lose weight
3) Start walking at a fast pace regularly (1 mile 4x weekly)
4) Start working 25 yard jogs into your walks
5) Eat less and eat better
6) Get a complete physical
7) Stockpile any needed maintenance drugs
8) Start weightlifting by doing rifle dry-fire snaps (start with rifle at low ready, bringing up and dropping hammer just as sights align on light switch) 25 reps for strong side and weak side 3X/weekly
9) Integrate a light (20 lb.) pack into your walk/jogs
10) Bring one’s spouse along as much and as quickly as possible.

Mental:

- read and assimilate the resistance canon (Heinlein, Ross, Vanderboegh, Bracken, Suarez, Royce, von Dach Bern, etc.)

- read and assimilate the economic canon (Hayek, von Mises, etc.)

- read and assimilate the political canon (DoI, USC, BoR, Spooner, DiLorenzo, Bovard, etc.)

Emotional:

- Get square with God as you understand Him. Even if atheist or agnostic, one needs a Larger Context in which to place the upcoming suffering and struggle.

- Sort the sheep from the goats in one’s immediate circle. In some cases, that may mean divorce/separation, estrangement from children, parents, or other relatives, and the loss of friends. Better now than when the excitement has begun.

- For those remaining, get them up to speed on all fronts as much and as quickly as they can handle. Your associates’ ability to digest all of the bitter medicine that they must swallow will no doubt be a source of frustration. Keep trying.

- Understand, at a profound level, how our lives as mortal creatures are both fleeting and as meaningful or as meaningless as we make them. Commit to yourself and to your ideals that you will spend the remaining days of your life wisely and in furtherance of those eternal truths.

Now, compared to that list, do you really think it matters whether one votes for McCain, Obama, Barr, or the write-in candidate of one’s choice?

I respectfully submit that it matters not one whit.

Declare yourself into freedom, just as the Founders did 232 years ago.

Then do everything you can to defend that freedom, even unto death.

And I mean everything.

Remember too the cannibal’s paradox – that the time spent in overcoming a taboo can so debilitate the prospective actor that the action taken fails for being too late.

Keep bashing on, amigo.

Yesterday, a commenter on this post asked:

OK, but what is the average John Q Public to do?

The list above is a pretty good start, and I would add the following elements upon further consideration:

Mental:

Psychological Toughening/Stress Inoculation: Start to wrap your brain around the fact that you will likely be committing multiple felonies, misdemeanors, and regulatory violations as part of your personal path to victory. Those folks who plan to survive in the new reality but currently pride themselves on being good, law-abiding citizens had best get over that silliness forthwith. After all, as Ayn Rand pointed out more than fifty years ago in Atlas Shrugged:

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

Look around and tell me that we have not crossed that legal Rubicon.

Given the current situation, ’tis best to get on with your new life as a criminal. As a warm-up exercise, I’d suggest violation of at least one malum prohibitum law per day — be it speeding, tax avoidance, unauthorized concealed carry of a deadly weapon, removing the flow restrictions on showerheads and faucets, tossing a rock through an appropriate statist window, or any other of an almost-infinite number of other meaningless rules.

Embrace the life of a malum prohibitum criminal every day, and insist that others in your tribe do the same.

Logistics:

I am not going down the list path in this post, other than to remind you that you’d best be getting your “Six Bs” finalized before the the current “rip-your-face-off” suckers’ rally ends in the financial markets.

What are the Six Bs?

Beans: Food for a minimum of one year for each member of your tribe.

Bullets: A bare minimum of a long arm capable of killing a man at 100 yards for every tribe member over the age of 10, along with a bare minimum of 1000 rounds of ammunition for each long arm. Every adult (16 and above) should also have a centerfire pistol and no less than 500 rounds of ammunition for the sidearm. Holsters, slings, and webgear will be essential as well.

Bandaids: Medical supplies to allow your tribe to survive disease and/or injury without reference to existing medical systems.

Brains: Training and reference works to operate and sustain all of the bean/bullets/bandaids elements above.

Balls: Courage and sheer willpower will be dispositive. Strengthen yours and that of each tribe member.

Buddies: You will need a minimum of 14 like-minded people to stand even a basic lookout watch on a 7/24/365 basis. Got real friends? You’re gonna need ‘em.

Location:

The bug-out/bug-in debate is handled ad nauseum elsewhere. My point here is that wherever you are, you’d best have a detailed plan (along with several back-up plans) for how you and your tribe are going to defend your space. Remember, too, that defending space (i.e., fixed positions) is how hajii has been dying in droves in Iraq and Afghanistan; many of the people coming to hurt you will have had experience in the “fix ‘em and then kill ‘em” tactics used by the .mil in those struggles. Ergo, best to have a “going mobile” component to your plan — or, as a wise man once told me, “Don’t plan on being where they know you live if you want to keep living.”

When John Q Public is squared away on those items, I’ll bet this blog’s smart readership will have other “to-do” lists to keep the Public tribe moving towards victory.

And defining “victory”?

Easy.

1) Survive the first die-off.

2) Keep your kids alive.

3) Kill the enemy.

4) Keep fighting.

5) Stay alive.

Any questions?

Audentes fortunat iuvat.

>Spartacus: More Financial Tremors

>From Spartacus comes these links:

Denninger: The End Game Approaches

Coming soon to a Treasury near you: UK bonds fail to find buyers

Rig for storm, folks.

Alea iacta est.

>Beck: Aghast

>“My own point of view is that last week’s Fed buy-up of Treasury notes represents the fateful step into the fiscal/monetary abyss of Weimar America.”

Glenn Reynolds linked The Other McCain, yesterday. I note it here for the economic distinction that he draws, which is apart from the cultural and ethical abyss of Weimar America, which is a necessary predicate for the economic disaster. I emphasize ethics with the fact that Americans simply do not value freedom. They haven’t for a long, long time. I think it’s to the point now that very many if not most of them have no serious idea what concept is denoted by the word.

At The Liberty Papers, Stephen Gordon linked-up a comprehensive round of blogtakes on the “John Galt” impulse sweeping through the wreckage lately.

The discussion is wide-ranging and fast-moving: the norm for innertubes operations. Certainly, it must be a lot bigger than is evident in Gordon’s linkfest, and I don’t know how anyone could keep up with all of it. In nothing that I have seen so far, however, is there even an outline of moral principles necessary to explicating the case against the Amsoc now so manifestly on the march in this country. Nor do I see serious consideration of what must be done, and why.

“The most subversive political implication of ‘Atlas Shrugged’, is that individual freedom is possible only to those who are strong enough, psychologically and morally, to withdraw their sanction from any system that coercively thrives off their productive energies. In the novel, Rand examined the process by which creators tacitly collaborate in their own enslavement by granting moral legitimacy to their exploiters.”

(Chris Matthew Sciabarra, 1995, “Ayn Rand — The Russian Radical”, p. 302)

It’s curious to me that something of a line has been scratched across the ethical/political landscape at about a dollar less than two hundred fifty thousand. It’s more complicated, of course, in that we’re only talking about an increase in the rate of tax at levels above that. It’s the percentage — the angle of the chisel — that’s got some people now talking about trying to avoid it.

This is a very different thing from identifying and refuting the premises of the thing itself. It is to come to terms with with the presence of government that has brought us to the straits that we live with now. Even before the socialist push of the past couple of months, political conditions in this country were — to cop a phrase — “unsustainable”. However, one implication of the hue & cry over the proposed tax rate increase must be a question whether people talking about “going Galt” would be content to live with the slow-rolling destruction of everything government, funded up to the historical moment.

Would they have been happy enough to live with it before this?

If not, then it would appear to be time to wake up to the political potential of Sciabarra’s observation.

If so, then I would only point out that complacence did nothing to keep this thing from running off the rails so badly as it has.

Martin McPhillips grapples with shapes of coming things:

“And that’s what this merger of the movement socialist and his movement socialism with the unprecedented power of the federal bureaucracies will bring.

This industrial crusher-harvester-paver is not about protecting prosperity or ‘providing opportunity,’ and certainly has nothing to do with freedom. This thing is about itself, about establishing itself, about feeding itself, and above all about protecting itself.

It will no longer simply be government in business for itself, but rather utopian movement socialism in business for itself, and its business will be power.

It is going to be very American, and it’s going to work like the very worst of the public schools, with all the panache of the postal service, amidst the strident idioms of a child welfare bureaucracy, because childhood will need to become even more of a permanent condition.”

I’ve been trying hard to see this, but I see nothing in history availing real insight. That’s because nothing like the individualist idea in practical politics has ever been overthrown before. It has only been a brief flourish in world history, and has been under concerted attack almost since the beginning, but it really did exist here once and it brought to the human annals everything great about America: everything for which it will never be forgotten, everything that everyone will always want and will often strive in vain to recapture because they don’t understand. It was freedom.

Going the ways it’s going now, in the place where it was first put to practice in all of time, it’s very hard to see what it will really be like. It’s going to have to be a weird cross between the pervasive grays natural to every bureaucratic blanket and the kindergarten propaganda colors praying everyone to be happy, which means: politely submissive.

There’s no telling how it will play once the everyday money right in peoples’ pockets starts going to sand in real time. It’s going to be really hard to keep people smiling politely through something like that.

It’s just amazing; how fast things are going now.

>Eidelbus: Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You

>From Perry Eidelbus:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Nationalizing the banking industry: don’t say I didn’t warn you

Americans are more likely to listen to the likes of George Stephanopoulos analyzing Obama’s style and glossing over the typical lack of substance, ignorant of what Obama and Geithner are actually proposing.

The bottom line: the Treasury wants the power to take over any non-bank “financial institution” that it says is in need of saving. With this power, it can renegotiate and even nullify contracts (not just with employees, but business partners, so who will want to enter into contracts anymore?). The feds can also seize any and all assets to sell to competitors. Think of how dangerous this tyranny is. Remember how Chuck Schumer caused a bank run on IndyMac with comments he sent out one Friday afternoon? That will pale in comparison to what will be possible. Nothing will stand in the way of a federal bureaucrat at the Treasury who has a beef with a financial institution, or who wants to punish a single shareholder. Nothing will stand in the way of the feds keeping “we the people” in line.

I wrote on February 19th, talking about those liars Greenspan and Bernanke: “Mark my words here: as bad as it is now, we haven’t yet seen how finance will become politicians’ ultimate weapon to stifle dissent and ensure obedience. Under such a system, much like in African dictatorships, any suspicion that you’re not loyal, have mocked or derided a politician, etc., means blacklisting. Financial blacklisting. That means an inability to deposit savings, get a loan, or transmit money electronically. It’s not impossible to live that way, but most people don’t have the stomach and would rather lick the hands that feed them. Be watchful, for I believe in the coming years we’ll see (and most won’t realize until too late) what “the mark of the beast” is. Without control of the financial infrastructure, how else could the tyranny of the last days prevent (most) people from engaging in commerce sans the mark?”

I started warning shortly after AIG was taken over by the feds that this was a prelude to nationalization. I also explained how a country can be taken over, quietly and from the inside, as the feds are doing now.

I’ve warned about Tim Geithner from the beginning.

I warned that, after Hank Paulson said the Treasury was dropping plans to buy “toxic assets” in favor of “injecting capital” into banks in exchange for direct equity stakes, the feds’ goal all along was nationalization.

I’ve exposed the feds’ lies and hypocrisy in using certain accounting trickery, which in the private sector would be fraud.


I’ve warned about scare tactics to make Americans think government intervention is necessary, like
“$550 billion was pulled out money markets in just a few hours on September 18th!!!” (Paul Kanjorski, quoted in the second article I linked to, has been spreading this myth, as has conservative shill Diana West.)


Stay strong and vigilant. It’s coming.


When the feds came to nationalize AIG, I was silent because they weren’t my insurer.

When the feds came to nationalize the top banks, I was silent because I didn’t care about Wall Street.

When the feds came to nationalize American automakers, I was silent because I drove a Japanese car.

When the feds came to drive health insurers out of business with a government-run plan, I was silent because I paid out of pocket anyway.

Now they’ve nationalized everything, doling out only what they say we need, and I am just a worker ant for the state whose job is to stay silent.

>China Calls For New Global Reserve Currency

>From FT, via Spartacus:

China calls for new reserve currency

By Jamil Anderlini in Beijing

Published: March 23 2009 12:16
Last updated: March 24 2009 00:06

China’s central bank on Monday proposed replacing the US dollar as the international reserve currency with a new global system controlled by the International Monetary Fund.

In an essay posted on the People’s Bank of China’s website, Zhou Xiaochuan, the central bank’s governor, said the goal would be to create a reserve currency “that is disconnected from individual nations and is able to remain stable in the long run, thus removing the inherent deficiencies caused by using credit-based national currencies”.

Analysts said the proposal was an indication of Beijing’s fears that actions being taken to save the domestic US economy would have a negative impact on China.

“This is a clear sign that China, as the largest holder of US dollar financial assets, is concerned about the potential inflationary risk of the US Federal Reserve printing money,” said Qu Hongbin, chief China economist for HSBC.

Although Mr Zhou did not mention the US dollar, the essay gave a pointed critique of the current dollar-dominated monetary system.

“The outbreak of the [current] crisis and its spillover to the entire world reflected the inherent vulnerabilities and systemic risks in the existing international monetary system,” Mr Zhou wrote.

China has little choice but to hold the bulk of its $2,000bn of foreign exchange reserves in US dollars, and this is unlikely to change in the near future.

To replace the current system, Mr Zhou suggested expanding the role of special drawing rights, which were introduced by the IMF in 1969 to support the Bretton Woods fixed exchange rate regime but became less relevant once that collapsed in the 1970s.

Today, the value of SDRs is based on a basket of four currencies – the US dollar, yen, euro and sterling – and they are used largely as a unit of account by the IMF and some other international organisations.

China’s proposal would expand the basket of currencies forming the basis of SDR valuation to all major economies and set up a settlement system between SDRs and other currencies so they could be used in international trade and financial transactions.

Countries would entrust a portion of their SDR reserves to the IMF to manage collectively on their behalf and SDRs would gradually replace existing reserve currencies.

Mr Zhou said the proposal would require “extraordinary political vision and courage” and acknowledged a debt to John Maynard Keynes, who made a similar suggestion in the 1940s.

>Non-Options

> A Canadian’s perspective from a few years further down the road to serfdom:

Non-options

One of the key functions of modern government is to reduce, by law, the options people have, especially when they are facing challenges to survival.

A classic example of this is socialized medicine. Like all socialist systems, government health care creates big shortages and surpluses, beyond the reach of market correction: in this case, serious shortages of doctors, nurses and essential equipment, balanced by huge surpluses of administration and unspecialized support staff.

By contrast, one need never go far to find a dentist or a veterinarian in Canada, because these fields have not been fully “socialized.”

So if you have a toothache, or your cat is ill, you know where to go. If the case is serious, you hardly need an appointment. It will cost you or your insurer money, of course, but within reason, and there will be no waiting lists, or all-night encampments in a crowded lounge outside the emergency ward, among the moaning and wheezing. (Then later, the waiting room inside.)

If you need serious tests, because you are stressed-out by medical symptoms, you may wait for a very long time. If you have money, and are still mobile (unlike so many of our old and ill), you may consider crossing the border. But in principle, in Canada, you wait your turn — and if symptoms get worse you can try emergency. You might be extremely willing to pay for the tests, but the government won’t let you. You could, in more than theory, die, because the government has restricted your options.

Guns are another good example. There are places on the surface of this earth — and some of them are in our cities — where life is fairly dangerous. Things may happen that have happened to others, and the police cannot be everywhere at once. The wisdom of our ancestors, not only Stateside but here, was to allow the honest citizen to carry. Gun accidents happen, as car accidents happen, but the citizen was granted a powerful “option” against assault, mugging, robbery and worse. This in turn reduced the options of potential assailants, muggers, robbers, etc.

The right to life, which necessarily includes the right to defend your life when it is threatened, underpins both freedom and order. The ham fist of government chips away at both, when it employs the implements of social engineering.

But survival does not come down only to select, momentary, life-threatening situations. The whole Nanny State was, after all, erected on the premise that someone must take care of the poor and helpless — or more precisely, that this immortal task should be taken away from religious and other “faith-based” institutions. The vagaries of private donation — in goods, services, time, money and devoted love — were replaced by bureaucratic appropriation through taxes, and the love that comes from bureaucratic decree. From there, the state spread into taking over everything.

My third example of the withdrawn “option” is something that will be coming more clearly into view as our economy absorbs the shocks administered by the international financial crisis, and foolish profligate government responses (“bailouts” and “stimulus packages” on an unprecedented scale). Whole nation states may become effectively bankrupt, and thus unable to pay out welfare and other customary benefits without triggering hyperinflation by simply printing money. (We’ve been here before; we learned nothing.)

Labour law sets “minimum wages,” which hardly make a difference in good times, but must be very constraining in bad.

Beyond such obvious legislation, the Nanny State has created an incredibly cumbersome apparatus to regulate the labour market.

The tax system burdens employers with huge costs — both direct in cash and indirect through the cost of administrative compliance — that are invisible to most employees. Each sees his salary, and the deductions taken from it directly; he does not begin to see the other costs associated with employing him, unless he is of an unusually curious, imaginative and generous disposition.

Compounding this, feminist developments in family law, over the last generation, have added a new layer of garnishes that trump labour law — together with the bureaucracies to impose them — as the social costs from the destruction of the family are monetized and arbitrarily reassigned. Males, the traditional bread-winners, especially in hard times, are often bankrupted by spousal and child support payments set at whimsical levels by ideologized family courts. This prevents them from, for example, supporting aging parents and the new families they have formed.

My question for today is, what will the citizen do when he has lost his job, can no longer depend on the “social safety net,” and needs to earn money any way he can? Forget the minimum wage — just money for immediate food and shelter.

We are presented, it seems to me, with two terrible “options.” The first is, that honest citizen methodically continues to obey all laws, and he and his immediate dependents quietly starve. And the second is, the entire economy is metamorphosed into a black market, carrying society into real lawlessness, as the Nanny State crumbles under its own weight.

Perhaps my prognosis is too dire.

Discuss.

David Warren

My two cents?

Bring it on.

“Worse is better”, to use a quote attributed to Lenin.

What folks forget when they use the perjorative term “black market” is that for all of their potential risks (caveat emptor, anyone?), black markets are in fact free markets, where buyer and seller voluntarily meet and exchange value.

I’ll take my chances with my fellow citizens, rather than the multiple hordes of rogues, charlatans, and incompetents currently employed by my extracted-by-force taxes who claim to be “looking out for my interests.”

A virulent pox on all of them.

>234 Years Ago Today

>Patrick Henry delivered this speech at St. John’s Church in Richmond, VA:

No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The questing before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free– if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending–if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained–we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?

What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have?

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?

Forbid it, Almighty God!

I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

>JPFO: Is There Still Time?

>From JPFO:

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Is There Still Time?
By Kirby Ferris

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. © JPFO 2009

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
– Sir Winston Churchill

Like most of you, I must confess I never thought that what is happening today, in our nation at this very moment, would occur in my lifetime.

Many of us have nursed a foreboding that it would be the task of the next generation to deal with what we face now. We feared that a love of freedom and independence was being bred out of the minds of our youth. Therefore, because they would be so woefully unprepared (and, very likely, disarmed), they would meekly slip on their shackles.

And the great American experiment would be over.

In our minds, we simply did not believe that all the things that were necessary to wake up the “Sleeping America” would arrive in our laps within these last few tumultuous months.

But they have.

Not a single one of us can deny the raw villainy and theft that has beset us like a Biblical hoard of locusts. We have been duped beyond our wildest imaginings. Our elected officials (with only a smattering of truly noble exceptions, like a certain Congressman from Texas) have betrayed our trust like never before in the history of our country.

These duplicitous men and women, acting in our names, have built a poisonous house of cards, an invitation to turmoil and chaos. And with this comes an invitation to authoritarian evil which is no longer disguisable.

No one with an ounce of common sense can deny that, at the very least, these whores and pimps must now be handed their pink slips, and shown the door.

The time for “reasoning”, the time for “conflict resolution”, the time for “compromise” and “tolerance” has now passed. Their Marxist Dialectic buzzwords have been unmasked.

It is time for each of us to look in the mirror and ask ourselves if we are going to finally do something about these crimes and these plundering criminals.

Are you ready to end this insanity?

Are you ready to bring back a true “Bill of Rights” culture to our nation?

We’ve complained enough. Now what do we DO?

There are two basic things that WILL happen in America. The only question is when … and if they will occur soon enough to bring change for the better. I don’t have to advocate anything. I GUARANTEE you they will happen. It’s just a matter of when.

These coming events only mirror and echo the irrefutable causes and effects of recent and ancient pasts.

BASIC EVENT #1:

Americans, en masse, will refuse to give these thieving vermin any more of their hard earned money. Look what they do with it! You vote for the Republican thief … or you vote for the Democrat thief … and the result is always, ALWAYS the same!

Might the populace somehow soon realize that it is a rigged game?

Well, here’s what you can do right now:

There is a film that is feared by the government, because it unveils what has been kept hidden from the American people. Do you really understand what has happened to you, to your life’s sweat? To your life savings and the inheritance you hoped for your children?

Watch – “Take Your Money Back”. This download is free.

You can educate yourself, and then educate others. Again, it is free. You can pass it along to friends and family with the click of your computer mouse.

This film shows how Americans have been cheated by having their money confiscated out of every pay check, and then, on top of that, “double dipped” by immense layers of hidden taxation.

It is an eye opener. We must begin a “seed planting process”. Knowledge is power. Absorb this clear and understandable presentation and then immediately email it to five or more friends. This exposé can become a crucial geometric progression in the days ahead.

After viewing this film, you will ask yourself: Do those thieves in D.C. and in our State Capitols, those liars, those duplicitous and vile traitors to our Constitution, deserve one more dime of my money?

If you say yes, you’d better watch the movie again.

BASIC EVENT #2:

The American citizenry, having been prodded to desperation, will soon, and en masse, physically threaten these political charlatans and their corporate puppet masters. There’s muttering on the street. And it’s getting meaner by the hour. Mainstream media commentators are talking about a coming civil war and violent social upheaval. Such speculation, in the mainstream media, would have been absolutely unthinkable a year ago.

Please understand this pragmatic fact of life: Power only understands power.

Americans can still brandish their power, thanks to the Second Amendment – see “2A Today for The USA”.

As tyranny and authoritarian dictatorship falls across the rest of the world, only we Americans have the personal power (more than SIXTY FIVE MILLION of us own firearms) to resist and prevail. This is amazing. It is almost miraculous. This blessing is only because of the Second Amendment, and the foresight of those who more than two hundred years ago installed it in our way of life.

Tens of millions of Americans will, at some point, finally say to the political vermin who beset us: “This far, and no farther. And when you’ve stopped here, you may begin a massive retreat. And that, Sirs and Madams, is not a request. It is a command.”

Yes, friend — take a look in the mirror.

The time has come to “fish or cut bait”.

I wonder how many of us will go “fishing”.

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ADDITIONALLY: We at JPFO urge you to read this fine essay by Jeff Matschke: “A POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE”. It is a bit lengthy, but crucial understanding and reasoning must precede action if our actions are to be morally justifiable.

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Audentes fortunat iuvat.

>Economic Perspectives

>Rolling Stone: The Big Takeover

Denninger: Geithner — Banking Stooge

Denninger: Open Letter to the FDIC Ombudsman

NY Federal Reserve Bank: Dynamic Maps of Bank Card and Mortgage Delinquencies in the United States

Kunstler: Full Commanding Denial

The Geithner Disaster

Does Washington Even Want Recovery?

Thanks to the readers who sent the links. Read ‘em all and pass ‘em.

These shenanigans are not going to end well.