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Thomas Jefferson wrote that "...liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."


Prepping For Political Risk

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Prepping For Political RiskI’ve said often enough that my close friends are starting to quote me that ‘I refuse to be a refugee.’  That’s easy for me to say as I live far from hurricane and wildfire country, nowhere near a nuclear plant and in a part of the country with a relatively low population density (by coastal standards) but as I read James Wesley Rawles‘ book, The Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse a few months ago I began thinking again about prepping for political risk. In the novel, the fifth book in Rawles’ post-crunch, ‘Patriots‘ world the characters find themselves living in territory that was both formerly part of both the U.S. and Canada but the respective national governments have since fallen.  Each character must make their own decision about how to react to the advance of foreign armies and the creation of a new nation…one with radically different values than many of the residents hold. While I refuse to be a refugee during tough times, an economic downturn or following a natural disaster…what about political change?  If I find myself living in a secessionist State promoting morally repugnant policies do I flee to parts unknown?  This is the very situation a number of our ancestors found themselves in a century and a half ago as the secessionist movement tore our country apart.  What if the policies and values of the good old U.S.A. become unrecognizable and morally repugnant to you…how does one prepare for that? I have friends that think our nation is on the road to ruin and have become expatriates and if recent polls are to be believed the majority of our country agrees that we’re on the wrong track so prepping for political risk isn’t just a good idea it’s potentially a matter of life and death?...

Kangaroo Courts on Campus – Today’s Quote

There seem to be a dangerously large number of people who think that the law exists to give them whatever they want — even when that means denying other people the same rights that they claim for themselves. Dr. Thomas Sowellvia Kangaroo Courts on Campus? FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Free Speech Zone – Today’s Quote

…some colleges have established what they call “free speech zones” — as if they are granting a special favor by not imposing their vague and arbitrary “speech codes” everywhere on campus. The irony in this is that the Constitution already established a free speech zone. It covers the entire United States. Dr. Thomas Sowell via Kangaroo Courts on Campus? FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Tolerance Check, The Website

I came across a new website this week that’s been released in Beta Test mode.  It’s called Tolerance Check.  Tolerance Check allows you to create ‘memes’ about sensitive subjects and download or post them online to social media.  You can also see memes posted by other people and vote on whether you find the notion offensive or not. In addition to being good, politically incorrect fun, Tolerance Check serves two very useful purposes. You can easily check your libertarian (little ‘l,’ not big ‘L’ because we don’t want to waste any votes) credentials by seeing just how far you are willing to ‘live and let live’ those folks that you disagree with…or verify your ‘social conservatism’ (the act of requiring others to act in accordance with your moral convictions) or ‘social liberalism’ (the act of prohibiting people from acting on their own moral convictions). You can also trick others into actually thinking through their views if you cleverly juxtapose opposing arguments and maybe, just maybe derail some of growing intolerance we seem to have in today’s society. Check out Tolerance Check and see what you think…here’s one of my favorite memes that’s been created so far…and not just because it has an obscure Twilight Zone reference. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Democracy and the Constitution – Today’s Quote

In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty. The fundamental division in U.S. politics is between those who take their bearings from the individual’s right to a capacious, indeed indefinite, realm of freedom, and those whose fundamental value is the right of the majority to have its way in making rules about which specified liberties shall be respected. Dr. George Will via George Will: Progressives don’t grasp the Constitution FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Victim To The Welfare Mentality – Today’s Quote

I am angry about the mammoth, out-of-control social welfare entitlement programs from Washington, DC, that were supposed to solve our problems. The obvious truth is these impractical, politically motivated programs have irreparably damaged the fabric of our black society and community. The irony is, we were told these policies would help us most of all, and yet our community has ended up being the most grievously harmed. To those who fell victim to the welfare mentality, I am sorry to say, you were sold a horrific lie. You are shackled to the twenty-first-century economic plantation. We want nothing more than for you to be liberated as well, because you cannot continue to live in bondage. The Republican Party was established for one reason: the abolition of slavery through passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Against the Democratic Party, the Republicans engaged in a fundamental philosophical fight for individual freedom from physical bondage. Today the fight for freedom continues with the same protagonists and antagonists, except now it is economic rather than physical bondage that must be defeated.” Former U.S. Representative and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Allen West from his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Know Your Rights – Infographic

The VAST majority of law enforcement officers are Sheepdogs who dedicate their life to protecting the Sheep from the Wolves in our society.  However, there are the occasional Wolves in Sheepdog’s clothing, so in addition to keeping your actions legal, make sure to know your rights.  Today’s infographic is a good reminder and will help you know your rights. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

A Freedom Destroying Cocktail – Today’s Quote

…a freedom-destroying cocktail. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia discussing anonymous tips being upheld as justification for probable cause FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Debt is Servitude – Today’s Quote

I place [the] economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared…we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between economy and liberty…or profusion and servitude. Revolutionary & President Thomas Jefferson FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Government Creating Black Markets

The only markets government can create are Black markets and artificial markets auctioning off things that no one really ‘owns’ like the electromagnetic spectrum.  Why does government insist on creating black markets? Black markets emerge when demand exceeds supply for highly regulated or forbidden commodities or when excessive taxation drives buyers and sellers to enter into illicit transactions.  Essentially, government creates black markets through laws, excessive regulation, taxation or a combination of the three.  Many of these activities arise out of the political elite’s ‘need’ to be perceived as doing something when the population is upset with a circumstance or tragedy.  Many of these laws are designed to do nothing more than to ‘protect’ people from themselves or their own poor decisions.  Other laws are designed to limit people’s choices to those sanctioned by the political elite or their influence block. For example:  The temperance movement of the last century led to the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning the sale of alcohol.  This law didn’t stop drinking but it did outlaw the enormous, taxpaying, domestic alcohol industry and create a black market so lucrative that criminal gangs were willing to go to ‘war’ over distribution territories.  When the 18th Amendment was repealed by the 21st Amendment this alcohol driven gangland violence ceased.  Incidentally, prohibition didn’t just make millionaires out of the likes of Al Capone, it also catapulted the Kennedy family to financial prominence. Some additional Examples of Black Markets: Currency Exchanges:  I was traveling in East Germany…back when there was such a place and was approached by a black market currency exchanger…complete with black leather trench coat and a handful of cash.  He was offering an exchange rate about ten times the official exchange rate (I was required to change a certain amount of dollars to East German Marks when we crossed into the ‘Socialist paradise’). Cigarettes: ...

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