To Harass Our People

“I don’t think there is any question there would be a national revolt against current federal taxes if the public paid them all on April 15. Withholding provides the key illusion which allows our tax system to function. That’s okay by me because I happen to support most of the federal spending programs.”

Andrew Levine (former IRS lawyer)

 

 

Congressman George Hansen is a rather fascinating legislator. He was a negotiator during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis and he paved the way for the 1978 Marshall v. Barlow’s U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that OSHA cannot warrantless search businesses. Much like his fellow congresscritter Ron Paul, Hansen believed in a hypothetically “limited” government.

Ironically, Hansen is a documented political prisoner. For being convicted of having made false statements (18 USC § 1001), which is a victimless crime, Hansen was subjected to diesel therapy. As a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, diesel therapy is institutionalized torture whereby jailers deny inmates access to a toilet, food, water, and even physical movement by having them tightly shackled and transported fruitlessly for hours or days on end; although Hansen was arguably acquitted due to the 1995 Hubbard v. U.S. case, he is unique for being known as the only congresscritter who was tortured for being politically outspoken. Continue reading

How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It

I am a survivalist, and by nature a survivalist is an optimist…[i]t is difficult to find any well-recommended historian, economist, political scientist, sociologist, or military strategist that will predict that disasters are not inevitable, yet we survivalists dare to be optimistic about the future. We survivalists do not need to predict the probability of disaster any more than we need to predict the sun setting…[t]he survivalist can not lose because his survival preparations will be of value regardless of what the future has in store[t]oday’s survivalist is an asset to his community and to the world and should be proud to say, ‘I am a survivalist.’

James Jones

 

 

Not entirely unlike Objectivism, I’ve had my own experiences with survivalism. Although I never self-identified as an Objectivist, I have described myself as a survivalist in the past, which I wouldn’t say anymore to be true. That being said, I am familiar with the subject matter of emergency prep, given my previous experience as a Boy Scout.

During my survivalist days, I started out as a “Rawlesian” because I honestly thought there were no other options, until I ran across Jack Spirko’s “modern survival” school of thought, which suited me a lot better; for example, I disagreed that “charity is a moral imperative,” yet I agreed that taxation is theft. While things like “civilization is a thin veneer” and “exploit force multipliers” are precepts I think are validly true, following Rawlesianism consistently to the letter is a bit comical to me, to be honest. Given that I’m now pursuing vonuence, let’s just say worrying about doom porn is one thing I don’t do anymore like I used to back in the day. Continue reading

The Prince and the Pauper

“One could even say that there is a fascination with the royals among Americans. The popular British press has claimed that a substantial majority of the crowd in front of the Buckingham Palace on any given in London is American. The popular American press doted on Princess Diana and went into a frenzy when she died. Not a month goes by but that there is an article or television program devoted to the institution of the monarchy, Queen Elizabeth II, her children, or grandchildren. Some British friends have commented that Americans sometimes seem more attached to the monarchy than the average Briton.”

William Moody

 

 

Superficiality is an indispensable feature of the servile society. Whether it be political crusading or the promulgation of the “white genocide” myth, unfairly pigeonholing individuals based solely on their physical appearance is truly evocative of judging a book by its cover. What many would consider to be a classic tale of historical fiction, serves as a critique of what is in reality an unjust class system, which is largely based on aesthetics. Continue reading

The Elite Forces Handbook of Unarmed Combat

“Tactics lies in and fills the province of fighting…[w]hile fighting is a physical act, its direction is a mental process…[f]orce is a vicious cycle – or rather, a spiral – unless its application is controlled by the most carefully reasoned calculation.”

B. H. Liddell Hart

 

 

A broad history of hand-to-hand combat throughout the world showcasing the variety of martial arts traditions is valuable for understanding military combatives. Photos of soldiers training are accompanied by illustrations demonstrating particular methods of defeating enemies. At approximately 180 pages, this book is small enough that you could bring it with you to your next sparring session and use it as a reference manual. Continue reading

Living the Outlaw Life

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“When the phone, fax, pager, or one or both of the two radios on my belt weren’t going off – and if no one came by for answers – I’d just sit there and stare at a particular photograph I had hanging on my wall. Indeed, I could have looked at that picture for hours: wishing, hoping, and dreaming for a way of life I wanted, but did not have…[t]he scene was literally a thousand miles away, yet it was always with me, occupying a special place in my free moments of thinking…[b]ut when I did have time to think, I’d dream about that place in the picture…it was just a picture. A picture of horses grazing on open country…[f]our basic colors made up that picture. In the foreground, the brown of the mid-winter valley floor, dotted with horses. Beyond that, where the land goes up, the thick green of probably a million tall trees. Above timberline, the pure white of deep, cold snow. The bluest of big Western skies capped off the whole thing. To me, it was a picture of incredible grandeur. And right there, where those horses grazed, that was my property, although I never got to think about it much.”

Brian Kelling

 

 

Obviously, this article’s picture isn’t the exact one described by the referenced quote, but that is beside the point. A sense of nature, peace, and freedom is conveyed through both, for each illustrates what many Americans have been missing in their own lives; namely, a sense of belonging and home. The pace of Western civilization has accelerated so much that growing segments of mankind are unable to keep up, thereby necessitating a reevaluation of the inescapable feeling of being trapped within one’s own lifestyle. Continue reading

The Income Tax: Root of All Evil

“Taxation is in every government a very delicate and difficult subject. Hence it has been the policy of all wise statesmen, as far as circumstances permitted, to lead the people by small beginnings and almost imperceptible degrees into the habits of taxation. Where the contrary conduct has been pursued, it has ever failed of full success, not infrequently proving the ruin of the projectors.”

– Samuel Bryan (Centinel), Anti-Federalist Paper #21

 

 

A few years ago, I wrote two book reports about the federal income tax and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – David Burnham’s exposé on IRS abuses, and Ed Hedemann’s examination of tax resistance methods. What I didn’t really understand back then were the ethical and historical justifications for the federal income tax itself. Who better than the well-renowned Frank Chodorov to explain why and how the federal income tax came to be? Continue reading

Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion

“If you want in on the Discordian Society, then declare yourself what you wish. Do what you like and tell us about it, or if you prefer, don’t. There are no rules anywhere. The Goddess Prevails.”

Malaclypse the Younger & Lord Revenhurst

 

 

Part I: My Retort To Broze’s Response

After I wrote my book report on Derrick Broze and John Vibes’ The Conscience Resistance: Reflections in Anarchy & Spirituality, Broze was kind and fair enough to publish a rebuttal of sorts in response. Given that I was largely focused on getting my second book, Just Below the Surface: A Guide to Security Culture, written and published at the time, as well as developing the premise for my upcoming third book, tentatively entitled, The King Can Do No Wrong: Why & How Rulers Wage Lawfare Against the Citizenry (which has now been half written), I have delayed a year to this month in retorting to Broze’s response. I had originally meant to write a book report on Broze’s second book with Vibes much earlier, but before I do so, I’d like to address his response before getting to the anticipated sequel itself. Continue reading

Black Box Voting?

“When we use proprietary software, we depend on specific companies. We, furthermore, give up control: when we use proprietary software, we can still smash our computer but we cannot know what it is doing while it is still running. There is nothing but a promise that it is behaving as it is supposed to, without any means of verification, and the considerable possibility of a conflict of interest. This is like trusting a politician. Whereas with free software, even without being able to read computer code, someone can give you an informed opinion about it. Everything has independent verification.”

Daniel Krawisz

 

 

Black box voting, simply defined, are voting machines that do not provide tangible (paper) records of individual votes cast because they operate using closed-source/proprietary software. Corporate vendors insist on protecting their copyrighted “intellectual property” of the source code, which renders independent auditing of its operations illegal. Blind faith in their coding is expected, but their customers are not the citizenry themselves, but rather, governments! Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to U.S. Army Combat Skills, Tactics, & Techniques

“Place on one side fifty thousand armed men, and on the other the same number; let them join in battle, one side fighting to retain its liberty, the other to take it away; to which would you, at a guess, promise victory? Which men do you think would march more gallantly to combat – those who anticipate as a reward for their suffering the maintenance of their freedom, or those who cannot expect any other prize for the blows exchanged than the enslavement of others?”

Étienne de La Boétie

 

 

Much like it’s predecessor, McCullough’s 950+ page tome of compiled U.S. Army Field Manuals (FMs) is full of military knowledge. Revised and updated over the years, each relevant FM has been incorporated so as to give an impression of what the Armed Forces have to do in order to be effective on the battlefield. Whether it be hand-to-hand combat, weaponry, or region-specific considerations, this anthology of FMs will give you both an overview and some depth regarding Army protocols. Continue reading

Patriot Battles?

“For strategy is concerned not merely with the movement of forces – as its role is often defined – but with the effect. When the application of the military instrument merges into actual fighting, the dispositions for and control of such direct action are termed ‘tactics’… [s]trategy depends for success, first and most, on the sound calculation and co-ordination of the end and the means…[s]trategy has not to overcome resistance, except from nature. Its purpose is to diminish the possibility of resistance…[t]he perfection of strategy would be, therefore, to produce a decision without any serious fighting.”

B.H. Liddell Hart

 

 

History books covering the American Revolutionary War for Independence usually focus on the political grievances of the colonials, but not nearly as much as you’d think on the “nuts ‘n bolts” of actually conducting the war effort. What I found particularly refreshing here is a book that laid out the Philadelphia and Saratoga campaigns, as well as the battles of Bunker Hill and Guilford Courthouse, in a manner that’s quite instructive, perhaps able to being put into future use. Obviously, any realistic attempts to adapt winnable stratagems from any of these violent engagements would have to account for the changes in both technological innovation and military tactics. Continue reading