Guest Post: You Know You're Not Living In A Free Country When...

Tyler Durden's picture

Via Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog,

You know you’re no longer living in a free country when the government tells you what you can and cannot put in your body. Or when an unelected board of bureaucrats and corporate insiders can confiscate the assets of hardworking small business owners.

Yet these have become par for the course in the Land of the Free.

The latest bout involves a family-owned raw milk operation in Missouri that was decimated last week by the heavy hand of government, courtesy of the State Milk Board.

Of course, this isn’t even an actual government agency, but rather one of more than 200 such committees in Missouri which wield tsarist authority over their domains.

State Milk Board members include both state bureaucrats and corporate leaders from the milk industry. How convenient that a few big producers are given unelected, absolute authority to torpedo a raw milk competitor...

And so, last Friday, farm inspectors arrived to confiscate 18 tons of cheese that Morningland Dairy had produced from raw milk. They were met by a small crowd which had gathered to show support for the family… and to denounce these agents of government for carrying out an immoral act on innocent people.

It was all captured on video, including the police response.

You have to respect what these people were doing. They stood to face their enemies and peacefully demonstrate against abuse of power. They even tried to convince government agents to stop participating in the wholesale destruction of liberty.

It’s a noble thing indeed. But the uncomfortable reality is that their efforts were wasted.

The police, the bureaucrats... they are not the enemy. They are merely pawns of an entire system gone critically bad. In truth, there is no actual enemy. The enemy is an idea - a faceless government that is not embodied in a single individual or group.

Trying to ‘fight’ this enemy, this idea, is as futile as a government ‘declaring war’ on drugs or poverty. These are not enemy combatants. They’re nouns. Concepts.

As such, trying to ‘take back’ the country is a noble yet unfortunately misguided expenditure of precious resources. One would be more successful trying to train a potted plant how to juggle rather than trying to change the system.

As humans we have natural instincts to defend ourselves. Rationally, though, the best move we have is to simply refuse to play the game. That means leaving.

Our most solemn obligations are to our families, ourselves, and our chosen loved ones. Not to a society that no longer shares our values. Not to a passport. Not to a politician. Not to a piece of dirt.

Just as our forefathers did, when the walls of the social contract start closing in, you go find a new piece of dirt. Or at least have a plan for it; the time to consider your escape options isn’t while you’re packing your bags.

Ecuador could be a possibility. It’s pleasant here. The economy is growing. It has plenty of modern conveniences. It’s easy to become a resident– in some cases you can even use the funds in your IRA to qualify.

Plus it’s cost-effective. You can still live reasonably well for under $1,000/month. And real estate can be extraordinarily cheap. I’ve just seen a spacious 2,000 square foot home on 10 acres for about $100,000 dollars; they’re effectively selling the home at construction cost and throwing in the land for free.

Now, I’m not trying to convince you to move to Ecuador. But rather point out that as the steady march into tyranny continues, the best solution may be to stop playing the game altogether. You won’t be worse off for at least reviewing your options and having a plan.

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davidsmith's picture

You know you're not living in a free country when you are invited to watch flannelmouths rant on ZH.

Deacon Frost's picture

Government indoctrinated troll alert

Say What Again's picture

I find it interesting that "milk" has come up a few times today.

Have you ever heard of "Deep Capture?"

I don't know if I buy into it all, but they bring up milk as one of the areas that "Deep Cature" takes place.


All Risk No Reward's picture

Another clown running interference for the money defining and creating class, heh?

Yes, there are people to blame - anyone that knows debt based money is a fraudulent, societal asset stripping machine and isn't telling everyone who will listen about it.

Debt Money Tyranny

BTW, a few days back this link had almost 1,000 downloads and it was followed up by 2 days of about 250 downloads on days I had not posted the link.

That is orders of magnintude higher than anything I had seen in the past. 

Interest in understanding the international banking cartel's foundational Trojan Horse upon with everything else is stacked is key.

This Black character will never tell the truth because it will be the end of whatever "establishment" swag he values more than Veritas that exposes the criminality behind a society being destroyed in slow motion.

Yes, there are people to blame.  But they will promote people who tell there is nobody to blame.

WarriorClass's picture

"The police, the bureaucrats... they are not the enemy. They are merely pawns of an entire system gone critically bad. In truth, there is no actual enemy. The enemy is an idea - a faceless government that is not embodied in a single individual or group."

If a thief comes to rob you, is he not the enemy?  The police, the bureaucrats, the enforcers, they ARE the enemy, albeit pawns, and need to be taken out, for while pawns, they are kings in their own little fiefdoms.  

Face the fact that there is a war on our freedom and that we must fight the enemy's soldiers.


Azannoth's picture

Seeing how those government thieves can simply walk right up to your home take/destroy whatever they want and leave unobstructed, where is your precious 2nd Amendment now?!?

You (Americans) have given up on ALL your "other" rights while you kept saying, " as long as we have a right to bare arms we're free" well this is reality in your face, you're not free and your guns are soon going away too.

I can imagine (a few decades ago) those government goons would have been met with armed resistance not only by the family of this farm but the whole local community, but now you just all roll over and cry on Youtube, pussies.

Ace Ventura's picture

Was gonna down-arrow you, but the sad thing is what you're saying is true. Our founding fathers would certainly recoil a what we've become. All hope is not lost yet....but it sure looks grim. We better find our internal liberty fire soon.

Al Gorerhythm's picture

Make sure you apply liberal amounts of sunscreen to those bare arms of yours.

Azannoth's picture

and you better try not to piss-off any of those armed bear(s) running around, or was it armoured bears? .. I confuse

aerojet's picture

We're being conquered one at a time--if dozens of neighbors had shown up with their guns, the feds would have well, fled.  But we're still in that akward stage where those not directly targeted think that their silence will save them.  But it won't.  We'll be taking sides soon enough, so piss off.

GMadScientist's picture

One should note that 'pawns' generally don't have powerful lobbies to negotiate their benefits and pensions after the war.


aerojet's picture

Once the first shot goes off, all that bullshit doesn't mean a damn thing.  The enforcers live by the sword and they will also die by it.

All Risk No Reward's picture

It is an information war for the hearts and minds of the people being enslaved.

Unfortunately, most people are too scared to even consider that reality, but that is changin daily as the pain of tyranny rattles ever deeper into the bones.

Self defense always applies, of course.

He who shoots first likely loses, which is why the gang banksters will like almost certainly go Operation Northwoods / Operation Gladio on people who still understand what the American Republic ought to be.

buckethead's picture

I can muster a junk for that fucktard first comment. 


Big Slick's picture


AgLand's picture

I farm in Uruguay. It's a damn fine place, but it ain't cheap to live there.

ArsoN's picture

Ecuador is quite close to a socialist dictatorship.  Lots of nationalizations and "people's revolution" type rethoric.    

lasvegaspersona's picture


not sure about Equador

Chile I think has more going for it.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

EVERY country has its problems as a place to go.  Anyone interested in exfiltrating the USA should spend an ABSOLUTE MINIMUM of eight weeks in your candidate country before moving there (and do your homework first).

And that eight weeks is WORK!  Talking to lawyers, learning the language and eating the food.   It's a big decision to leave, even if only "for a while".


I have heard good things about both Chile and (above) Uruguay.  But, we already have the infrastructure in PERU, so that's where we would go.

youngman's picture

I live in Colombia....check it out

Ace Ventura's picture

I grew up in Bogota in the 70s and early 80s. Even though I was 13 when I left, I will always remember the country. Beautiful place, and having visited the deep countryside on many occasions, I have seen TRUE poverty. I have one or two contacts still living there, but don't keep in touch as much as I'd like. Is the political situation there still difficult? Last I hear the FARC were not so much a problem anymore, but there was still plenty of FARC-like organizations running kidnapping and extortion/racketeering rings.


Big Slick's picture

Chile - best kept secret in the Western Hemisphere.  I go there on business a lot.  It's awesome.  People seriously considering bugging out of the US (I'm not) should do due diligence on Chile

Chaos_Theory's picture

No f-ing way...far too many beautiful senoritas in Columbia...I'd end up divorced and dead.

Al Gorerhythm's picture

I'm moving to Utopia. Heard the weather's great, fish always bite, the chicks are all sex mad, dad owns a pub, money for nothing and free shit everywhere. Endless supply of welfare for my 10 children I plan to spawn with those honey skinned wanton wenches. See you all in Shangri La. 

aerojet's picture

I don't think Ecuador has an illegal immigration problem.  Conversely, the US has many tens of thousands of former Ecuadoreans.

Henry Hub's picture


You're going to love the national dish - roast guinea pig - yum,yum! It's like eating a large rat.

nmewn's picture

You are not living in a free country when it FORCES you to buy health insurance from a private company or pay the GOVERNMENT a fine.

Bobbyrib's picture

At least there are no lobbyists in Obama's White House. /sarcasm.

CPL's picture

No more doctors either from what I'm reading.


This whole thing is going to go so horribly wrong.

john39's picture

yeah, but the radio and tv me tell me that the United States leads the world by example...   i guess they are not lying if they don't say what direction the U.S. leading the world....

mkhs's picture

I thought we were leading from behind.  When did it change?

Rick64's picture

Ya but you can have all the pink slime, ammonia washed burgers, coke, and all those other things that are good for you. And if by any chance you get sick from that healthy food then you will have insurance.

Dr. Engali's picture

These are the people looking out for our safety. I'm sure they will be human with the sheep if shit ever hits the fan. By the way thanks for the link today;That was a good read. I appreciate it.

fonzannoon's picture

no prob. i figure you and me (and the other 500k users on here) are the hard asset guys, kito is the cash guy. we needed a digital money guy. the turkey sandwich business won't know what hit it.

I saw some couple in Indiana is facing jailtime for nursing a fawn back to health. saw it in the NY daily news. No idea if that is anywhere near you. You see that anywhere? 

Dr. Engali's picture

Actually I'm very close to that area. I've been following the story, it's incredible how convoluted our legal system has become. No matter what we do we are eventually break a law of some sort, even when we are trying to do the right thing.

fonzannoon's picture

i see more and more of those stories. what interests me is the enforcement end of it. I'm hoping to read stories of the authorities refusing to enforce this bullshit. They are the trigger for TPTB. I'd love more than anything to see that trigger jam.

nmewn's picture

Here ya go fonz...this may be something that interests you in that regard...

"We are prepared to trade our lives in defense of the constitution of the United States," says Summit County Sheriff David Edmunds.

28 of Utah's 29 sheriffs signed off on the letter. Edmunds says it's meant as a preemptive strike in case the president enacts tougher gun laws like limiting assault rifles or restricting the amount of ammo in a gun clip.

"It's important in government that there's always push back," the sheriff says. "If there's something that may be unconstitutional that we raise a voice and say no we're not going to allow anyone's rights to be trampled."

Thats some pretty blunt, strong language, from law enforcers on that particular topic.

Its going to be quite interesting, if one day, the federalis swoop in and surround a house in order to enforce a federal search warrant on Granny and her AR15 and find themselves surrounded by local deputies and local militia.

What are they gonna in a fire mission on their own position? ;-)

aerojet's picture

Well, let me know when they're ready to go after the repeal of '86 FOPA, GCA '68, and NFA '34.  I'll convert and become a Mormon, bitchez!

sunnyside's picture

Selective enforcement is really scary to me and the reason why laws need to be removed if not enforced.  I don't want something hangng over my head on a political whim or grudge.


A Nanny Moose's picture



"The more laws, the less justice." - Marcus Tillius Cicero


"The more laws and order are made prominent,
The more thieves and robbers there will be." - Lao Tzu

NemoDeNovo's picture

We are ALWAYS just one Law away from Utopia!!!!


~ Nemo


Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

You hunt that area? I love that state.

Dr. Engali's picture

Yes I like to hunt. I'm strictly a bow hunter though. I'm not opposed to gun hunting I used to in the past.., its just not as satisfying as taking one with a bow.

GMadScientist's picture

Imagine how you'll feel when you do it with your bare hands and teeth!

Henry Hub's picture

The deer are so tame in my area that you can practically walk over and strangle them!