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Submitted by James E. Miller of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada

Nearing The End of Serfdom’s Road

In France, Minister for Energy and Environment Delphine Batho recently proposed a light curfew to pertain to “in and outside shops, offices, and public buildings” between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. beginning next July. Some merchants are up in arms as the rule adds to existing bans such as the forced closing of stores on Sunday and night shopping in general. If enacted, the illumination ban will quickly disperse Paris’s reputation as the “City of Light.”

France’s Commercial Council is criticizing the decision as being anti-business and economically damaging. However, the fact that these assumed defenders of free enterprise are surprised at such a proposal is the real puzzle. In a country run by a government that is happily bloodletting the productive capacity of the people through a hike on the income tax and a tax on financial transactions, this latest nanny-state resolve should be fully expected. It is not a power grab but a mere reassertion of the authority the central state has over the private affairs of society.

The “lights out” edict is just another piece of evidence of a disturbing truth: the road to serfdom is not ahead of the West; we have already reached its end.

Such a statement may be objected to as private property and a certain degree of freedom still exist in the West.  But this is these just a mirage. The property tax effectively nullifies the notion of private property. In many places, police brutes allow themselves into your home and on your land with little recourse possible. Billions of electronic correspondences are collected daily by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States. In 1961, the United Nations released the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs which has since served as a framework for drug prohibition in all major countries.

As William Grigg points out,

Drug prohibition is a subset of slavery – in both its philosophical premise (the denial of individual self-ownership) and its role in creating a huge and growing population of people in chains.

Ownership of one’s body and those resources to which it appropriates itself is no longer a respected law in Western society. Through years of indoctrination, it is accepted by the greater public that the individual is beholden to the state- not vice versa. Personal identity is now followed by a reference to the government. And blind patriotism is seen as a virtue instead of a demeaning attribute.

Radical individualism isn’t the only thing the nation-state has successfully crushed. The industries which have elevated man above subsistence living have all been co-opted the political machinery.

Today, there is no industry untouched by government. Each and every business must adhere to an innumerable list of erroneous, arbitrary, and contradicting regulations that makes it impossible to run in accordance with personal preference. At any given moment, entrepreneurs run the risk of being shut-down either through the breaking of a rule or at the behest of a politically-savvy competitor. The idea of “pursuing happiness” that was written so eloquently by Thomas Jefferson is no longer present in America or the West. Before happiness is pursued, the criminal class at each level of government must be paid off. If not, then a hefty fine or a jail sentence is applied. Because man’s only means of survival is production, the state holds hostage the very permission to engage. From a power-hungry perspective, the scheme is ingenious. From the perspective of natural law, the predation through which the political class coerces society is worthy of disgust and contempt.

As Albert Jay Nock so rightly put it,

In a spirit of sheer conscious fraud, the State will at any time offer its people “four freedoms,” or six, or any number; but it will never let them have economic freedom. If it did, it would be signing its own death-warrant…

It is now best to think of business as having the ever-present shadow of government lurking behind it. There isn’t a shred of legal free market capitalism to be had anywhere in the Western world. The only freedom that exists has been suppressed to the black market.  For every inspired mind that wishes to build an empire serving customers, there stands an equal number of burglars, thugs, and cheats ready to take from whatever success may be had. These practitioners of theft heartily announce their intentions as being “for fairness” when in reality they are serving their own interests.

When it comes to industries deemed valuable for the functions of a complex industrial economy, the state has all but nationalized them. Banking, health care, roads, bridges, and education are completely under government control; or in the very least, heavily regulated. The degree of competition in each of these fields is humorously low. The inevitable result has been a decrease in quality, the persistent heightening of price, and the creation of an elite class that lobbies for even greater protection.

This can be observed in the instance of radio waves. While media conglomerates broadcast over the medium, the medium itself is entirely state-owned. Austere standards must be adhered to less the privilege of broadcasting over the government-controlled medium be revoked. The so-called “private” radio broadcasting companies are, in actuality, leashed to the state and forced to do its bidding.

The news industry is more of the same. It is a sad but amusing truth that the press makes a mockery out of its own profession. To differentiate themselves from being mouthpieces for the state, it is understood that reporters and commentators should provide, not an unbiased view of government happenings, but a challenge to those in positions of power. Instead, most major news outlets are one within the ruling class and make no effort to hide it. Recently, MSNBC commentators Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnel, and Al Sharpton met with President Obama for what was deemed a “messaging session.” No one questions that the purpose of the meeting was to round up the attack dogs, pamper them accordingly and send them out to television cameras to feed the President’s nonsensical propaganda to the masses. Such a practice was once done in secret. Not anymore now that the press serves the central government instead of the people.

With law, the state has not only claimed absolute command over its authority but has also perverted its meaning to the point of being useless and hollow. Through the outlawing of non-crimes, the locking up of millions of individuals followed. Again, this was easily anticipated. Without a law based on the natural organization of mankind, society devolves into shambles. Today’s rule of law isn’t defined by reason but simply the whims of the political class. There is no longer a concrete method to determine if one of the hundreds of thousands of state-issued edicts becomes broken. This is especially so in America. As former National Security Agency employee William Binney describes it, most Americans,

…think they are not doing anything that’s wrong, they don’t get to define that. The central government does, the central government defines what is right and wrong and whether or not they target you. So, it’s not up to the individuals. Even if they think they aren’t doing something wrong, if their position on something is against what the administration has, then they could easily become a target.”

This is not the rule of law; it is the absence of law. When government reaches a point where it unilaterally decides what is legal and illegal outside the constraints of basic decency, there no longer exists a check on its propensity to expand. In other words, it is the final sign of supreme state rule and the unstoppable degeneration of civilization.

The West has reached the point of full state dominance. Whether this continues to be accepted or is blessedly defied remains to be seen. This writer finds little hope in the latter. Humanity appears to be adept at two things: protecting itself while simultaneously working toward its own demise. Its self-imposed destruction is almost fascinating to watch unfold. As the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius once observed, “in the ripe olives the very circumstances of their being near to rottenness adds a peculiar beauty to the fruit.”

Many people still believe they are free even though virtually every movement they make is affected in some fashion by the state. Sooner or later, it will be realized that in return for the feedings at the government trough, the West has thrown away what promise it had in constructing a free society. The freedom most think about in modern times is typically in reference to the right to voice an opinion or work for whomever they wish. This is false. Freedom today is represented only by the distance between skin and chain.

In the end, knowing full well the challenges which stand between man and liberty can be comforting. It means that the ills of society are easily diagnosed and it is accompanied by a feeling of predictability. The state will continue to swallow up large swaths of civilization until it can’t anymore. Then perhaps, God-willing, a free society will show its face.

The fact remains that liberty is far behind us. There is hardly a soul left on Earth that experienced life without the gargantuan state. The prospect of changing the impeding course is not impossible but increasingly slim. Fooling yourself into believing otherwise is an exercise in futility. A reminder of the central government’s endless reach will eventually cross your path.

As Garet Garrett wrote in his great polemic “The Revolution Was

There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of Depression, singing songs to freedom.

 


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Sun, 12/09/2012 - 22:47 | Link to Comment Alcoholic Nativ...
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Auesterity is needed.  Time to pay up.  The fiscal cliff is here.  Socialism has failed to pay the light bill.

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:10 | Link to Comment CH1
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Forget them and their "austerity" - ditch the game altogether.

Walk away from the slave system and start building something better.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:28 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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You are correct in what you say.

How many thousands of early settlements (top down hierarchies) were annihilated by marauding hunter-gatherer tribes before settlements became capable of defending themselves? Now, the hunter-gatherer culture is dying out.

How many times must a freedom culture perish at the hands of the settlement culture before it is strong enough to survive? America is likely the last because technology is compressing the time it takes for cultural change.

The settlement age displaced the hunter-gatherer age through technological advances, the freedom age will also end the settlement age through technology.

 

 

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 03:03 | Link to Comment Michaelwiseguy
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We should have Geo-Engineering/Chemtrail Gathering Day in community parks, announced at random on heavy spraying days. People in your community who know about the Geo-Engineering Chemtrail activities can be sent out a messages via Tweet or social networking sites, to gather on a random chosen day once a month. The people could video record the skies and talk about what is being done to them. The event days can start at Noon, and people could show up after work if they're not available to be there earlier.

 

This is what happens in America when you remove virtually all the factories from our country that make consumer products we could be working at, and since we have all this time on our hands now, we do things liket this;

Free Energy Demonstration - Delayed Lenz Effect

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_37043&src_vid=XHAg25Ndk_k&v=rs9k-iMjjsE

 

The Supreme Court Reently Ruled;

We The People Are Allowed to Record Police, Public Employees, anyone in any public space.

There is No Presumption of Privacey in any Public Space, as Previously Ruled. See Archives.

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:24 | Link to Comment DavosSherman
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You're a disgrace to alcoholics.

Auisterity?  Well past it.  Do the fucking math (while sober).  We take in 2.3 trillion, 2.03 goes out the door in mandatory spending, social welfare of every name.  .23 trillion goes out the door in interest on the debt.  The other 1.3 trillion goes to 3 wars and everything to run a government.

Austerity? What the fuck are you going to cut, grandma's Social Security?  Bring the military home and send unemployment from 22.8 percent to where?  Medicare so all the wannabee pretend rich folks have to stop eating out and move out of golf club lane.

Dude.  This thing is fucked.  It is re-value the "dawler" time, then austerity + manufacturing and living sustainably.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 06:17 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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nuke-you-ler first strike: devalue the dollar.

Or, better yet: "Our nation has suffered a financial crisis unlike anything in 2008. I have been forced to join Mexico, and Canada, to the US. You will exchange your moneies after the bank holliday for Obamos, our new dollar."

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 13:00 | Link to Comment viahj
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why would Canada and Mexico join the USA and be on the hook for a country who will deficit spend unlimitedly, no matter what fiat you bind all three to?  (see current Euro crisis)  if I was canada, I would sell oil and timber for gold and Mexico can sell oil and tequila for gold. 

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:01 | Link to Comment CPL
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Grandma's pension is in the unfunded liability category on the balance sheets of every country on the planet that has a social security system.

 

usdebtclock.org  bottom of the page. 

 

With SS, drug and medicare that's currently 122 Trillion probably today sometime.  The entire thing isn't capitalized or ready for 10000 people retiring a week in the US.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:25 | Link to Comment 1100-TACTICAL-12
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There is still a few trillion sittin around in 401's the fuckers have'nt stole yet..

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 13:05 | Link to Comment viahj
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not to discard this thesis, but how would they steal the 401(k)s without completely crashing the system?  forced liquidation of equity holdings would crash the markets and those companies, thus everything goes up in smoke and at that point who fucking cares if the FED is monetizing the debt...the government will simply work by decree and complete totality at that point.

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:44 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Dup. Double post.

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:44 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Austerity isn't going to solve a damn thing as we are past the point of no return. The debt levels have reach such a point where any stumble in growth blows the whole system up. They will continue to print and to spend for as long as the dollar lets them. They will buy themselves as much time as they can so they can continue the lock down on the police state to prepare for the inevitable demise of the dollar. We are fucked and unless there is some revolutionary discover where growth explodes there is no way out of this.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:18 | Link to Comment Walter_Sobchak
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less than two weeks...prepare to have your mind blown

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 01:06 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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I hope there is some sort of revolutionary discovery and I'm wrong about all my preconcieved thoughts, but somehow I don't think that's the case.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 05:33 | Link to Comment vato poco
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If you know something specific, Walt, kindly do tell. 'Cause while I do believe the shit WILL -> the fan, have been reading predictions of of "gonna happen any second now!" here since, oh, 2008. TPTB have already demonstrated an unparalled excellence at can kicking. What makes you think they're suddenly gonna lose that mojo??

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 09:59 | Link to Comment Vince Clortho
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"What makes you think they're suddenly gonna lose that mojo?"

They may have perfected kicking the can, and I agree they will continue to do so as long as they possibly can.  But the entire construct is extremely delicate at this point, and very vulnerable to any number of "outside events".  Any damage to the control construct has the potential to send shock waves that could raze the whole system. The analogy to the over-ripe fruit is appropriate. Disruptions to the energy supply, to the food production, to the transportation network, or rogue military incidents are just a few possibilities that could trigger the end of the current system.


Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:30 | Link to Comment 1100-TACTICAL-12
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Max Keiser says it all blows no later than April. Starting in Japan or the UK..FWIW

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 18:40 | Link to Comment GubbermintWorker
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I  hope you're not referring to that Mayan end of the world bull shit.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 18:39 | Link to Comment GubbermintWorker
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I  hope you're not referring to that Mayan end of the world bull shit.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 06:11 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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+1, Doc.

Austerity is the bankster paying you a second visit to see if there is anything left they forgot to rip off.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 09:18 | Link to Comment HoaX
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This is why I don´t see why a financial transaction tax is such a bad thing. Hurting productivity? Don´t let me laugh, their entire profession hurts productivity more than anything these days. LEt them at least pay something back to society. Right now they preach financial libertarianism (Greenspan was a nice example of this) but it is basically a welfare state for big corporations. Ayn Rand was a nice example of this hypocrisy, she ended her life on the dole. So much for principles when push comes to shove.

I also don´t understand why we need rules and regulations for the common plebs (rape/murder), but when it comes to corporations committing financial rape we have to go with a hands-off approach. Jail the fuckers.

Anarchy (that is basically what this article seems to be promoting) might sound nice on paper, and even work in a small enough community, we live in a globalized world though in which social control is virtually non-existent.

 

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 09:31 | Link to Comment Apocalicious
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A tax is fine, but who will pay it? Without removing the monopoly, you have not removed their pricing power. The tax gets passed on to retail mom and pop mutual funds, whose return goes down. Yes, some HFT traders who cannot extend the time of their systems go under. So what? The banks are untouched by it. BREAK UP THE BANKS.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 09:35 | Link to Comment HoaX
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I agree with you there (breaking the banks up). I also agree that a financial transaction tax would in most cases be transfered onto customers. When these customers are speculators though I could honestly not give a crap about that fact.

And as you say, it would be the perfect way to curb the sham that is HFT. Why impose a forced latency if you can just make them pay instead. It would make it utterly unprofitable to speculate on .001 cent price fluctuations.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 09:20 | Link to Comment new game
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you should understand we are at an important point in time.

the romans thought they were invincible at their peak...

the delta is about 6 billion eaters, simplifing the outcome...

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 08:08 | Link to Comment Dr. Sandi
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Seems to me that if all the lights are off downtown, it should be a lot easier to put 'illegal' drugs into your body without raising concerns from the constabulary. Therefore, this is a win for individual freedom over the socialized lighting cabal.

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 22:55 | Link to Comment nmewn
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Unintended consequences bitchez?

Up next, Paris on fire from a knocked over candle by some drunk stumbling around in the dark.

All hail Krugman and his thousand points of lights ;-)

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:33 | Link to Comment Poor Grogman
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Electricity use will soar because everyone will be charging "rechargeable lights" during peak electricity use period, so that they can avoid the ban at night.

Central planning 101

"if an idea seems stupid it should be Implemented in the capital city first, to see what happens".

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 07:35 | Link to Comment nmewn
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lol...great point.

Everywhere in the capitol except at "the palace" I would only add ;-)

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 22:57 | Link to Comment Barking Spaniel
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I ran the numbers. I don't think I can win.

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:03 | Link to Comment kliguy38
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I ran the numbers and you don't wanna win......better to lose now and just get it over with.......you won't like what's on the other side if you win.

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:00 | Link to Comment masaccio
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This post is poorly written and goofy long; just what you'd expect from the Austrian school of irrelevancy.

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:03 | Link to Comment CH1
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The post was excellent.

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:44 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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It was brilliant indeed. People can see these issues around the globe. The timing comes to each person through each one of the million points of stupidity of a central state. Once that absurdity crosses your own threshold, you do tend to withdrawal from their system in a systematic fashion.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 01:08 | Link to Comment Freddie
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The sheep who watch TV and Hollywood's crap keep these evil ***ers in power and The Matrix in control.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 07:35 | Link to Comment Tango in the Blight
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The Matrix is Hollywood's crap.

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:16 | Link to Comment sun tzu
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That's because you have the attention span of a fruitfly

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:27 | Link to Comment From Germany Wi...
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Nah, the post at some points seems to degrade to: 'Oh, noes! There r rulez!' Individual freedom is as untrustworthy and as exploitable as concentration of power in government. Let's face it: power tends to concentrate somewhere and wherever it does, youll find corruption - if not legal corruption, then moral corruption.

The best part of the article was the criticism of the MSM puppies. But it failed to point to the cause for their irresponsible behaviour: they work for big news corporations which form a de facto oligopoly that prevents competition. When was the last time a new big national US news organization has been formed? No competition = no fear of going bankrupt =  sloppy work

Market entrance barriers, market entrance barriers everywhere.

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:20 | Link to Comment nmewn
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Haaahvahd grad?

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:26 | Link to Comment DavosSherman
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Gimmie the first 100 people out of the NYC white pages as opposed to any fucking assclown from Haahvahd!

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:35 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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skulls and pussies Bitchez/ Or was that Yale? ;-)

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:29 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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This is a very well written and very true post. The sad truth is that people are giving up their freedoms willingly. The state is blatantly looting the system and the sheeple don't care as long as they get a little piece of the action. The elite get trillions and the sheep get just enough to buy a six pack to numb themselves while they gorge on shitty proccessed foods that are slowly draining the life out if their pathetic existence which consists of some lousy customer service ( a derivative of serf) job and cable TV.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:38 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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Psychopathy, like intelligence, is a bell curve distribution.

It is a spectrum disorder, and the few that escape it are autists.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 05:37 | Link to Comment StandardDeviant
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Quite right -- but -1 for the use of the idiotic, smug, holier-than-thou "sheeple".

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 08:05 | Link to Comment Dick Buttkiss
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You wouldn't know the Austrian School from the elementary school you obviously flunked out of.

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:07 | Link to Comment otto skorzeny
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I'm all for not allowing big guv BS but I have heard the argument that man gained a too-great sense of his self-importance in the universe when we put lights everywhere and were unable to gaze out at the stars in the night sky and realize how inconsequential man really is. also-all of my McMansion asshole neighbors' houses are lit up from the outside so that it resembles the Berlin Wall at the height of the Cold War

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:09 | Link to Comment CH1
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man gained a too-great sense of his self-importance...

The problem with man is not that he over-values himself, it's that he under-values himself... and sells himself out, either as a timid slave or as a whore to a slave system.

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:13 | Link to Comment otto skorzeny
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so you are saying that earth has the capacity to support the standard of living that assholes like us Americans enjoy for every person on the planet?

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:17 | Link to Comment DavidPierre
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Cities at Night


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=78BecvPoo3Q#!


An orbital tour around the world
Mon, 12/10/2012 - 09:15 | Link to Comment Sparkey
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It looks like Cancer to me! Wouldn't it have been interesting if we could have been able to document the growth of these organisms, say for the last five hundred years or so, and watched them metastasize, This looks very formidable to us, because in fact it is a symptom of our impending demise, but to Mother nature it isn't even a bad cold!

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:18 | Link to Comment sun tzu
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You mean an asshole like yourself who lives among mcmansions?

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:22 | Link to Comment otto skorzeny
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yes-I am. and if you don't think the majority of americans are assholes then you haven't stepped outside lately

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:50 | Link to Comment Body of Lies
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Assholiness is in the eye of the beholder

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:39 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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Is that the brown eye of the beholder?

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:18 | Link to Comment williambanzai7
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Orange street lamps are designed to mesmerize the masses...

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:18 | Link to Comment williambanzai7
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Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:33 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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Orange/Amber, is the girl that picks your pockets at intersections/

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:13 | Link to Comment magpie
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I always thought France had that free electricity

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 07:39 | Link to Comment beaglebog
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Good point, magpie.

 

They said to us, in the '50s, "Electricity too cheap to meter." ... as they were fleecing the taxpayers to build the first-generation nuclear stations.

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:12 | Link to Comment A Lunatic
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It seems that "awkward stage" may soon be coming to a close......

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:48 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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Awkward in the sense that government so clumsily hid the full out oppression about to come in our door or in a sense that the masses have put up with but will no longer?

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:00 | Link to Comment CH1
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That was a reference to a great old Clarie Wolfe quote.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claire_Wolf

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 04:54 | Link to Comment vato poco
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It's a damn shame ol' Claire has been drifting away from the net. She and the One True Sensei, KDT, taught me more in their blog posts than 18 years of Gummint Mind Control/"skuel" ever did. Well, ZH has taught me the *most*, actually, but still.

Sun, 12/09/2012 - 23:52 | Link to Comment booboo
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So the German bankers have to goose step in the dark, I think they are on to something. A darkened Maginot Line

 

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:05 | Link to Comment newengland
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Just a moment.

France doesn't represent Northern or Western values or any civilised values as it is understood.

Modern France is treacherous, subservient to anyone who would give it a sense of comfort, and to hell with liberte, egalite, fraternite.

The Vichy French collaborated with the Nazis. The socialist French collaborate with corporatists, state control,  new world order, Trilateral Commission, the EUSSR.

Modern France wanted that rutting bore Strauss Kahn IMF pig as its President  - before he was caught fckng a NYC maid from Africa, and now his lawyers are making a financial settlement with her and French police who found him pimping in France,  and his 'loyal' Lady Macbeth rich heiress wife from New York has left him...after much of her fortune was spent on wanting to make him a jewish leader in Europe, according to her words.

France: a whore.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:35 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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My Father in Law fought in the battle of the Bulge and I had the luxury of talking with him about the war at times. What is the difference between the political elite in power today and the political elite in 1930's France?

The French resistance had more balls in just one of their brave men then you will have 5 generations out.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 02:47 | Link to Comment newengland
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Eh?

My family past and present make and made the only true Republic, the USA. 

You should be grateful, not whining for the french fried.

The only French resistence was when they said to Nazis: give me a moment to pull down my pants.

De Gaulle fled to London, and was granted the lead of the march into liberated France, although he and his sort did nothing to deserve it, and the Allies were magnanimous.

French: traitors, always.

Special Forces respect the Germans more, for their love of homeland and valor.

French traders taught natives how to scalp Americans. French traders razed Maine farms to the ground long after 1776.

French politicians:  the enemy, now and then.

Although I do admire French art and fashion. Voltaire said: 'Kill the infamous thing.' He was referring to French politics.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 05:18 | Link to Comment vato poco
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Ahhh, oui, Les Francais. Trevanian's most epic character, Le Cagot, put it best, I think, way back in 1979.

On the Glorious French Resistance: "It is astonishing that the Germans managed to hold France with so few divisions, considering that everyone who wasn't draining German resources by the clever maneuver of surrendering en masse and making the Nazis feed them was vigorously and bravely engaged in the Resistance. Is there a village without its Place de la Resistance? But one has to be fair; one has to understand the Gallic notion of resistance. Any hotelier who overcharged a German was in the Resistance. Each whore who gave a German soldier the clap was a freedom fighter. All those who obeyed while viciously witholding their cheerful morning 'bonjours' were heroes of Liberty!" (...) [nowdays] "They see themselves as the feisty David against the grasping [American] Goliath. Sadly for their image abroad, the rest of the world views their actions as the ludicrous egotism of the amorous ant climbing a cow's leg and assuring her that he will be gentle."

Le Cagot looked down at the tabletop thoughtfully. "I cannot think of anything further to say about the French just now."

Et Voila. RIP Mr. Whitaker - greatest of them all.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 06:08 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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So, we need a bunch of hookers to infect the banksters.

Sounds like a plan.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 06:02 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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The old man was in the 7th Army, 44-45.

He said the Frenchies would grab guns and run a mile ahead of his platoon, thus cluing the Krauts in that we were there.

After the first shot he said they were a mile behind them.

However, he warned me they could also be cunning and sneaky.

WW2. You had the Allies. You also had France (?).

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:44 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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Ya, look at at the last two losers they elected: Sarkozy and Hollande.

They're almost as bad as Bush and Obama.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:21 | Link to Comment fattail
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Anything that hastens the demise of this corrupt political structure and rotten country is fine with me.  more debt, and more spending, to stretch the capacity of the Fed to finance the gov't.  more taxes to slow the economy and reduce tax collections even more.  fewer taxes , bigger deficits, more printing.

Don't waste your time trying to negotiate half measures to slow Obama down.  Fuckit man, full speed ahead.  Austerity is a policy for people who think this pos can be saved.

Burn this pos to the ground and start over.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:39 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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Brave words my friend. Then, soon, when austerity measures are implemented I hope I can count on you to watch my back. This is not a game anymore.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:45 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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It doesn't matter.

The economy is already walking towards the light.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 02:34 | Link to Comment newengland
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I am sorry for your troubles, friend. Up here, we look after each other. The French are like rattle snakes ... sleek, and silent until they strike dead anything to get their easy life.

Come to a small New England home...if you can bear the climate, and take time to know your neighbor. Bring money or a practical skill. Either will do.

Good luck.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 08:57 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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Troubles? Nothing more than anyon else these days, and alot less than some.

Thanks for your kind words..Yes, not much money but I do know how to swing a hammer once or twice. :)

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 01:22 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Agreed 100%. Spend as much as we can as quick as we can because its over and I'm tired of the slow motion train wreck. Throw some more fiat in the boiler and let's get this train rolling and see what this bitch can do!

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:40 | Link to Comment jplotinus
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Burning lights needlessly, to single out only the first mentioned regulation, makes sense on ecological and environmental bases. Liberty to destroy the commons is not a virtue.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 08:23 | Link to Comment css1971
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Liberty to destroy the commons is not a virtue.

Um. All liberty can destroy the commons. So you just said liberty is not a virtue.

You pay for light. As long as your lights don't bother other people nearby what is the problem? Two lights are not equal, burning a 100W inandescent lamp uses ten times as much energy as a 10W LED, but produces similar amounts of light. Pricing and consumer choice is already driving the adoption of LEDs.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:52 | Link to Comment toomanyfakecons...
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Bullshit... liberty is not far behind us. It's just been rolled in the dirt and stepped on a bit... nothing that a minority of highly motivated Americans can't fix with a little old fashioned American ingenuity. Seriously folks, the snake is eating it's tail and it's about to run out of snake. Debt slavery and business as usual is about to go the way of the dinosaur. Let's put the FEMA camps to good use... on "them".

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:57 | Link to Comment willwork4food
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Let's rock. When do we start?

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 00:59 | Link to Comment tony bonn
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hollande was a bildeberger selection whose role is to steal french wealth for the plutocrats...the french are going to soon pine for the corrupt and despicable bourbon dynasty....

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 03:10 | Link to Comment newengland
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Bilderberg  - the marketing arm of the Trilateral Commission - that vets all upcoming ambitious politicians, bureaucrats, and company CEOs. These people are going to turn on each other, like a viper's nest.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 01:53 | Link to Comment Setarcos
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OMG, the end of the world is nigh because lights aren't going to be on all night.

Shock and horror!! Must be the first time in history that our species had to cope with night-time and not be profligate with oil, coal, gas and nuclear to generate electricity for a hedonistic life-style.

It's a major attack on FREEDOM for the French government to deny citizens the RIGHT to virtual daylight 24/7, though said government and other NATO satraps of Washington get little criticism for destroying even basic electrical installations in countries they attack, e.g. Iraq, Libya and Syria. (Sarc off).

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 02:24 | Link to Comment Floodmaster
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France and most European countries have a GDP powered by Government spending, this "austerity" thing is a fucking joke.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 02:58 | Link to Comment JOYFUL
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Shock troops of Koch Bros. Libertarian Lobby continue to try and ringfence resistance to their cabbalist crusade to ruin the west, by diverting attention from the obvious perpetrators of BigBro\BigSis full spectrum fascism{hint-having two passports is a perk of membership in this cabal}to some fuzzy concept called 'the State'....

like "the State" is stealing liberties, the "State" is bankrupting the citizenry, the "state" is waging an aggressive total war upon the peoples of the west, like some kind of C21st Godzilla sprung forth from the demented mind of a Randian sci-fi writer; like the "State" crushed Makhnov and the successful peoples' resistance to the Red Army Terror, instead of the colluding forces of hebraic boshi  left and WallSt\City of London crypto-capitalist White Army right...right......

the state is a strawman held up by minions of the moneypower whose mission is to convince resistors that instead of focussing on the obvious truth - millenialist kooks tasked with defrauding you out of every liberty have used 'liberty' as a rhetorical tool to mask the deception - they should go after this powerless appendage of capitalist hegemony...a boxcutter-wielding, explosive undergarbed clay-footed Golem that only trundles forth to the remote command of dancing movers(n shakers), art students, and the 36 hidden tzaddikum\organ harvesters, who shake their heads in mirth at the gullible goys who buy this tripe for triple price.

"The State" and "capitalism" are fused at the hip...put down these tired fairytales in favor of the facts...frankist sabbateans have co-opted all sides of the debate, and their long-laid plans for your destruction can only be countered by calling them out on all their innumerable methods of distraction and deceit...which this piece is a great example of.

 

 

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 04:00 | Link to Comment newengland
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Ho hum. The freak Trilateral Commission will kill its political pets. Its EUSSR will die first as its slaves revolt.

The French want  Germany or Britain to pay for them, again.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 03:58 | Link to Comment newengland
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The Republic is fine. It lives in every small town in the USA. 

Democracy? That is the conceit and deceit of powerbrokers, and their fans. The French especially, as they try to get Germany to pay for their EUSSR.

This article from Canada? Perhaps Quebecois would be a more accurate description.

 

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 04:03 | Link to Comment beaglebog
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First-rate article, in my opinion.

 

It concisely illustrates the truth, that all crimes are "property crimes".

 

I shall be reading that again, in a few minutes.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 05:08 | Link to Comment luckylongshot
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As Chris Hedges says 'Austerity is code for a banking takeover'...even talking about as if it is a sensible option is absurd.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 05:15 | Link to Comment MiniCooper
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The UK Govt has today announced pilot programme to create a DNA database sequencing the entire genome of 100,000 citizen and that it may be extended to the entire population.

It is being proposed as a tool to fight cancer deaths - but the outcry from civil liberty groups that this is a step to tagging every single individual has been huge. The comments I am reading on blogs and news sites are hugely against it.

In the UK if you are arrested and even if proved entirely innocent, you ALREADY always have your DNA taken now as a matter of routine. You have no right to refuse and no right to have your DNA taken off the database. A very large proportion of teenagers are already on the database because police routinely arrest everyone who is a witness or even just in proximity to any kind of street disturbance. Teens and young adults coming out of bars, nightclubs in the evening are very likely to be in proximity to minor arguements, scuffles and drunkeness on the street and hence very likely to come into contact with police at some point.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 08:40 | Link to Comment Griphook
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Yeah, well, my father-in-law watches CNN and he says that houseing is making a comeback.  So we've got that going for us.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 09:42 | Link to Comment TradingTroll
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Lets see. Laws of supply and demand.

 

1.Less lights burning at night=

2.less revenue for utilities=

3.utilities must raise rates=

4.daytime customers pay more for electicity=

5.marginal daytime electricity users go bankrupt=go back to #2. and start again

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 09:50 | Link to Comment hedge your future
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Don't look forward to any revolution, social awareness, political change, because none of that will happen. If you think the crisis will bring a meltdown that will serve as a starting point for a new civilization, think again. The more people rely on the government the more powerful they allow it to be and a total collapse of the system will give it unlimited power and decision making capability. Humanity is slowly heading toward a 1984 reality. Not in 5 years, not in 10 years, maybe not even in our lifetime, but eventually it will. 

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:10 | Link to Comment oddjob
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The fiat apologist drivel is coming in waves now. Skilless word merchants like this fag embracing austerity without proper justice being served is offensive.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:19 | Link to Comment orangegeek
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France.  It's an endless stream of socialist stupidity pouring from that country and it's lemming citizens that vote for these morons.

 

The financial collapse flushing sound is getting louder and the fat lady is ready to go on stage.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:42 | Link to Comment falak pema
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right and wrong. Its the whole of first world that goes down toilet. Don't get choosy between social and private; cos private is what caused the disease. 

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:26 | Link to Comment Radical Marijuana
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Neofeudalism, with serfdom within that, are way too optimistic predictions of the future. Since technologies have become trillions of times more powerful, the break down of the rule of law will become madness amplified trillions of times.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:39 | Link to Comment falak pema
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what utter BS. France is going down with the rest on the road to serfdom due to private  OLIGARCHY mayhem; and all Von Mises finds as place to hang his hat is a measure to save electricity bills of municipalities, those very people who are hocked in debt here in Europe as in USA, where its pandemic.

And instead of saying government spending cuts are a good thing, in states up to their ears in debt, this article talks about central planned austerity.

The horse is out of the barn and its all private sector debt avalanche. So lets get things into perspective. It those private sector ass holes who have caused this mess; aka banks and their corporate clients.

You can't be for debt reduction in government sector and also be for non austerity; its just arithmetic.

The important thing is to cut where consumer consumption does not fall; and its not during the 1 am to 7am period. Municipalities are run by governments in France. Our taxes pay for over consumption of energy. 

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:13 | Link to Comment Fix It Again Timmy
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From the Coinage Act of 1792: NOTE the penalty - "shall suffer death"

Penalty on de- Section 19. And be it further enacted, That basing the coins. if any of the gold or silver coins which shall be struck or coined at the said mint shall be debased or made worse as to the proportion of the fine gold or fine silver therein contained, or shall be of less weight or value than the same out to be pursuant to the directions of this act, through the default or with the connivance of any of the officers or persons who shall be employed at the said mint, for the purpose of profit or gain, or otherwise with a fraudulent intent, and if any of the said officers or persons shall embezzle any of the metals which shall at any time be committed to their charge for the purpose of being coined, or any of the coins which shall be struck or coined at the said mint, every such officer or person who shall commit any or either of the said offenses, shall be deemed guilty of felony, and shall suffer death.
Mon, 12/10/2012 - 12:02 | Link to Comment Diogenes
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"Drug prohibition is a subset of slavery – in both its philosophical premise (the denial of individual self-ownership) and its role in creating a huge and growing population of people in chains."

There is an old principle of freedom, that children, those who are mentally incompetent by nature, disease or injury, and those under the influence of  alcohol or drugs are an exception to the rule of unlimited freedom and responsibility because they are not responsible for their actions.

So if drugs and alcohol affect a person't mental faculties (which is the pont of taking them, in many cases ) then it stands to reason that some regulation of drugs and alcohol are justified.

I think even the most hidebound and reactionary libertarian must agree, at least with the idea that children and the feeble minded are an exception to the rule of absolute freedom. Where you draw the line on drugs and alcohol is another matter, but drawing a line somewhere does not violate libertarian principles.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 13:50 | Link to Comment beaglebog
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Diogenes,

 

Unless the person commits a crime, there is no justification for action. 

 

Let's suppose that I take a drug which enhances my mental faculties ... would I be justified in drawing up a regulation which compels YOU to partake of that drug?  

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 18:02 | Link to Comment malek
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You don't understand.

The idea of competition is dangerous.
It might price you out of the market or make you completely obsolete and there would be nothing you can do about it!
Therefore for overall stability and the safety of your job we need limit competition to symbolic status only.

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