Quote of the Week – A Quiet Revolution

“You have certain rights, period; and what the government does cannot change that. The government is a thug and a thief; be on your guard, watch it with caution, for it is powerful. But do not be awed by it. Do not grant it respect or moral sanction. Treat it as you would any villain…this, rather than political action, is the course I would recommend to libertarians. And the likelihood of its success is no less than the prospect of dismantling the government from within. Granted, it lacks the flashy trapping of political campaigns. There would be no campaigns and media hype. It would be a quiet revolution and one that is largely decentralized. It would entail dozens of different strategies. It would take a long time, and it wouldn’t be glamorous.”

– George Smith

Party Dialogue, from Neither Bullets Nor Ballots

No Union with Slaveholders: The Meeting at Framingham

Today’s document is taken from the Vol. 24 #27 issue of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison’s newspaper, The Liberator. The article describes how at the rally, Garrison burned several legal documents, including a copy of the United States Constitution, in protest of race slavery. This article has been transcribed for ease of reading, and any mistakes in transcription are solely that of this humble blogger.

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the liberator

 

BOSTON, JULY 6, 1854

On the Fourth of July, (Tuesday last,) was of almost unprecedented numbers and great unanimity and enthusiasm. The only drawback on the entire enjoyment of the day arose from the heat of the weather, which was extreme. Continue reading

Are Benjamin Tucker’s Four Monopolies Constitutional?

Given that I have already made the chief arguments on this question during the 1/25/16 special edition of Liberty Under Attack Radio, what I will be doing here is simply putting those same arguments in the form of an article, and extrapolating somewhat more so than I did on the broadcast. I am unaware of anyone else who has made these arguments before, so to my knowledge, I am the original author of them. It is my hope that I have borne my burden of proof, and in case I have not, I wish any and all critics to act in good faith when they are poking holes in the reasoning and evidence presented here.

 

Tucker & Constitution

 

Benjamin Tucker was an individualist anarchist and the editor of the periodical Liberty, which ran from 1881 – 1908. In 1888, he published State Socialism and Anarchism: How Far They Agree, and Wherein They Differ, where he first laid out his political theory of the Four Monopolies. Upon reviewing his theory, I realized that it could be argued that these Four Monopolies are constitutional, pursuant to the United States Constitution of 1787. Continue reading

Talent Releases for Inciteful Language? [VIDEO]

Ever since Pete Santilli got arrested, the only known YouTube live feed source from Oregon is a channel known as DefendYourBase, which gives the impression that they are streaming right from the wildlife refuge. Two of their videos give me cause for concern, unless it turns out to be something innocuous; also, I have included an unedited vlog by Montagraph in order to provide context. These videos are presented here in accordance with the Fair Use doctrine; cited sources are listed below the video compilation.

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The Essence of a Patriot [MIRROR]

Considering the events that occurred last night in Oregon, I figured I’d mirror this essay by Mike Freebyrd written over five years ago that was originally posted at PatriotResistance.com, which gives an insight into the mind of a constitutionalist American patriot. I think this essay ought to be henceforth dedicated to the memory of the late LaVoy Finicum, who is reported to have been murdered by the FBI.

 

 

There are many ways to define the word Patriot, or to describe what a patriot is.  However, few people truly understand what it means to grasp the essence of a patriot. A person can call themselves a patriot because they love their country or they defend what their country stands for. The reality of becoming a patriot involves much more than claiming the title, due to ones’ general beliefs and so called commitment to his country. Continue reading

Democracy in America?

“Democracy has nothing to do with freedom. Democracy is a soft variant of communism, and rarely in the history of ideas has it been taken for anything else.”

Hans-Herman Hoppe

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Democracy in America + Tocqueville

 

Many constitutionalist patriots believe that the United States of America is a republic, but not a democracy. Etymologically, “democracy” and “republic” are defined, respectively, as:

 

“1570s, from Middle French démocratie (14c.), from Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia ‘popular government,’ from demos ‘common people,’ originally ‘district’ (see demotic), + kratos ‘rule, strength’ (see cracy).”

“c. 1600, ‘state in which supreme power rests in the people via elected representatives,’ from Middle French république (15c.), from Latin respublica (ablative republica) ‘the common weal, a commonwealth, state, republic,’ literally res publica ‘public interest, the state,’ from res ‘affair, matter, thing’ + publica, fem. of publicus ‘public’ (see public (adj.)). Republic of letters attested from 1702.”

 

From what I can tell from these definitions, there appears to be only a difference of emphasis between what are otherwise similarities in kind. As has been mentioned before, an Archon in ancient Greece was a municipal official that could accurately be extrapolated to mean a ruler; therefore, “monarchy,” is one ruler, “oligarchy” is rule by the few, and “anarchy” is an absence of rulers. Democracy, interestingly enough, is rule by the many; to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson’s definition of a republic, each citizen’s voice is weighed the same in determining public policy. Continue reading

Dale Brown on Muslims in Michigan [TRANSCRIPT]

The following is a partial transcript from last night’s broadcast of Liberty Under Attack Radio, where as a guest co-host, I asked Commander Dale Brown of Threat Management Center about the Muslims in Michigan. The approximately four minute segment in question has been cut out and is available as a free downloadable MP3. Speech disfluency has been corrected for ease of reading; any mistakes in transcription are solely that of this humble blogger.

 

 

Shane Radliff: A couple of my co-hosts have questions for you, so Kyle, I’ll give you the floor here to ask Commander Brown a question.

Kyle Rearden: Commander, are you aware of any increase in violence by Muslims in Michigan, especially in the Dearborn area? Continue reading

The State is Not Great: How Government Poisons Everything

Today’s document is an essay by Jacob Spinney that gives a basic overview of voluntaryism, both as a libertarian philosophy and as a way for the free market to function better than it does now under statism. Feel free to download the MP3 audio version, or view the MP4 video version.

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Government is not reason, it is not eloquence – it is force. The thing that differentiates the government from any other group of people is that it is a territorial monopoly with a commonly believed right to engage in aggressive violence. It’s time we stop fooling ourselves into believing that the government is the entity which allows us to achieve collective goals and start recognizing it for what it really is, the entity that enables one group of people to violently aggress against another; that allows one individual to benefit at the expense of another. Taxation, that is to say coercively taking people’s property against their will, and regulation, that is to say coercively preventing or restricting individuals from engaging in voluntary activities, is enslavement by another name. But let’s ignore the ethics and just focus on the economics. Continue reading

Quote of the Week – We Have Rights, Ben…

“If I was an enemy spy looking to replace someone, I think I can come up with better choices than an old chef…you may want to test everyone, but that doesn’t mean we all have to cooperate. I didn’t take an oath to Starfleet, neither did Jake, or your sister, or anyone in your family. We have rights, Ben, including the right to be as stubborn or as thick-headed as we want…what you are asking me to do is wrong. You can’t go around making people prove they are who they say they are. That’s no way to live and I’m not going to go along with it. Now, if you want to make yourself useful, start some water boiling for the shrimp.”

Joseph Sisko

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (“Homefront“)