If I Were King….

If it is true that I am the sovereign of the Nation of Me, I think a thought experiment on what I would do if I were my own monarch is in order (it’s also partially in reference to last night’s podcast on monarchism).

 

 

 

If I were King, I hereby declare that:

–       I own myself to the exclusion of any other claims.

–       I don’t recognize the legitimacy of any authorities that levy a higher claim on my life than I do.

–       I live in accordance with the Non-Aggression Principle the best way I know how.

–       I own what property I either created or voluntarily traded for.

–       I own neither slaves nor serfs.

–       I physically defend myself from aggression and the initiation of violence by others.

–       I work solely for my own benefit.

–       I live in accordance with the Homesteading Principle the best way I know how.

–       I voluntarily associate with those whom I prefer to be with, and I recognize that others retain the same ability as well, especially in regards to me.

–       I adhere to what mysticism I want to believe, or even the choice of not believing any at all.

–       I seek to maintain diplomatic relations with other sovereigns, and entangling alliances with none.

–       I give sovereigns and other types of human beings the proper respect and dignity that they deserve.

–       I contract voluntarily with others, and I recognize that others retain the same ability as well, especially in regards to me

–       I tolerate the choices of other sovereigns and individuals, provided that their choices do not infringe upon my life, liberty, or property.

–       Any shape or form of the State will never guarantee me anything or successfully protect my private property from aggression.

–       I live in accordance with the Way of the Gun the best way I know how, in the interest of both defeating and preventing tyrannical behavior.

–       I never will settle for anything less than genuine Liberty.

 

The Last Bastille Podcast #51 – Monarchism

This week’s episode will be about monarchism. The live stream will begin on Saturday, April 28th @ 10pm EST (9pm CST). If you prefer to listen to it after the live broadcast, YHTOM will render it into a free downloadable podcast.

For more information on John Alan Martinson, Jr., feel free to watch his documentary film “Missing Links” and read the Martinson Edition of Vicomte Leon de Poncins’ “Freemasonry & Judaism: The Secret Powers Behind Revolution.”

 

Wilderness Survival

The following are the Boy Scouts of America‘s Wilderness Survival merit badge requirements.

 

  1. Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses that could occur in backcountry settings, including hypothermia, heat reactions, frostbite, dehydration, blisters, insect stings, tick bites, and snakebites.
  2. From memory, list the seven priorities for survival in a backcountry or wilderness location. Explain the importance of each one with your counselor.
  3. Discuss ways to avoid panic and maintain a high level of morale when lost, and explain why this is important.
  4. Describe the steps you would take to survive in the following conditions:
    – Cold and snowy
    – Wet (forest)
    – Hot and dry (desert)
    – Windy (mountains or plains)
    – Water (ocean, lake, or river)
  5. Put together a personal survival kit and explain how each item in it could be useful.
  6. Using three different methods (other than matches), build and light three fires.
  7. Do the following:
    – Show five different ways to attract attention when lost.
    – Demonstrate how to use a signal mirror.
    – Describe from memory five ground-to-air signals and tell what they mean.
  8. Improvise a natural shelter. For the purpose of this demonstration, use techniques that have little negative impact on the environment. Spend a night in your shelter.
  9. Explain how to protect yourself from insects, reptiles, and bears.
  10. Demonstrate three ways to treat water found in the outdoors to prepare it for drinking.
  11. Show that you know the proper clothing to wear in your area on an overnight in extremely hot weather and in extremely cold weather.
  12. Explain why it usually is not wise to eat edible wild plants or wildlife in a wilderness survival situation.

The Last Bastille Podcast #50 – Firearms

This week’s episode will be about firearms. The live stream will begin on Saturday, April 23rd @ 9pm EST (8pm CST). You are all welcome to call-in either via Skype  (make a request in the chat room first, please) or (615) 713-1098. If you prefer to listen to it after the live broadcast, YHTOM will render it into a free downloadable podcast.

 

 

Episode Description

People have used tools since the beginning of time.  Without them, humans would have been greatly limited in what they were able to do. Guns have granted humanity the capacity to better protect life, liberty, and property from the initiation of violence. With gunpowder came the ability to reach out and touch targets from distances previously impossible. The invention of the firearm serves to both guard and expand upon the capabilities of the free market.

Our guest tonight is Fox. He is a podcaster, vlogger, and gunsmith. Tonight, we’re going to discuss the significance of the firearm and how it works.

Audio clips courtesy of AshleyAlyse’s “A Puzzling Predicament,” and Bosa′s “King’s Quest;” both of them available pursuant to CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 Unported.

The Real Benjamin Franklin

 

Many misconceptions exist about the American Founding Fathers. Some want to place them upon an altar of worship; others prefer to demonize them wholesale. Both are ignorant of the fact that the Founders were just people, and as such their foibles tell us as much about their character as their achievements do. By examining the life of Benjamin Franklin, I discovered that the truth is anything but simple when it comes to the American colonial period.

Ben Franklin had little “formal” schooling, but remained a voracious reader all throughout his life (ironically, he was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 1759; thereafter, he became known as Doctor Franklin). He became a printer’s apprentice when he was only 12 years old. After running away from home, he eventually became a prolific publisher before he was 30. It was only through the apprenticeship system and his entrepreneurial efforts that he was as financially successful as he was.

As he advanced through the years, he engaged in several philanthropic and civic ventures of many kinds. His scientific endeavors further endeared him in the public eye. With the reputation that he garnered, it is not that much of a surprise when he began his more serious diplomatic assignments during his later life. The famous “Examination of Doctor Franklin” by the British Parliament in 1766 further esteemed him in the eyes of his fellow colonists, for being the hero who so eloquently stood against the Stamp Act.

What I found most intriguing were Franklin’s connections to the militia. After the introduction and passage of a militia bill in 1755, he was appointed chairman of a committee that would oversee the defense fund appropriations provided by the Pennsylvania Assembly. Dr. Franklin was affectionately referred to as “General Franklin,” when he rode out into the field to supervise the stockade construction that was to serve as the defense line against the French. This was not his only military endeavor, for in July of 1775, he was serving as the chairman of the Pennsylvania Committee of Safety. Some of his activities in this role were to organize militia units and supply them with firearms, munitions, and other assorted equipment, besides laying out strategic plans of defense.

Benjamin Franklin’s life is nothing short of inspirational. A true Renaissance man, he implemented those Enlightenment ideals into practice by demonstrating that anyone with the right character, fortitude, and skill set can accomplish anything, even the freeing of a nation.

The Anti-Government Movement Guidebook

 

“There is a movement afoot in this country today that is made up of disaffected and often dispossessed Americans who are seeking a better way through a wholesale return to their view of the past. This movement has been called many things: the anti-government movement, the sovereignty movement, and the common law courts movement. Regardless of the name attached to the beliefs and the people who follow them, one common denominator exists: a feeling of despair, rooted in personal and pecuniary loss, and manifested in a new, defiant mistrust and spite for the ways of the current government. This guide focuses on the ways in which followers of these movements impact the operation of our state court systems.”

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