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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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Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:31 | 3197242 nmewn
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Unreal ain't it pods...where do these fucking idiots come from?

An egg is for reproduction, so I guess I'm a murderer...lol.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:51 | 3197310 Dr. Engali
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The world is full of them nmewn, unfortunately they seem to be in the majority.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 07:52 | 3198129 nmewn
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Seems so.

Looks like TW (below) nailed it...lol.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 02:32 | 3197948 TWSceptic
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Milk is for mammals, are you a reptile?

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 20:51 | 3197084 tickhound
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Equador??? Wtf izzat? I heard free fries right here, bitchez.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:33 | 3197245 Joe moneybags
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That's just what the people of Equador need: to be overrun with ex-pats, who will eventually bring in the the fast food, the strip malls, big box stores, gated communities, and all of the comforts, and problems, of the culture that they just left. I calculate that we have about 15 years more to enjoy Thailand, Costa Rica, and Panama as they are today.  After that, these lovely places with fine people will just be another get-away suburb of the entire western world

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 22:28 | 3197442 tickhound
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ECuador... Ecuador is overrun, not Equador.  I was only kEEEding.  What's your excuse?

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 23:59 | 3197704 billsykes
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Which was why cuba was nice. No chain stucco sprayed store strip malls with lots of parken'.  

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 12:29 | 3199104 aerojet
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Oh come on.  Cuba fucking BLOWS! 

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 01:40 | 3197892 JOYFUL
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Now you're on to something....

and this is the reason I think Simon sticks in most people's craw, even though his chosen subject is of compelling interest - the flight of the White out of sionist-occupied Euromerkica is like spreading Staphylococcus aureus - you run amok through the world as a one man disease vector, looking for a cure to an external problem only treatable by going deep inside and facing up to your sorry status as a conditioned cog in a cabbalistically created consumerist paradise. A talmudic materialist world berift of spirit, solidarity, or any lingering sense of the sacred to life.

Get that shit out of your mind\body first...or at least get started on that path...

then go - anywhere, it doesn't really matter, cause it's the baggage you take with you that will determine the degree of success you will find in your chosen refuge. Seek to understand your new neighbourhood, and neighbors, through the fresh eyes of one who realizes that their own birthright has been stolen, and that we[the West]are all 'refugees' now -

or stay - if you feel strong enough to take on the Golem mano a mano, every doggone day in n out, realizing that the odds of gettting outta Femaville alive n well are shrinking every day just like the available living space in a room the walls of which are moving inwards inch by inch.

Whichever way you choose amigo, just do it like a man...afore they breed that capacity out of folks too!


Ursula Rucker ft. Younglao - Rant (Hot In Here)
Tue, 01/29/2013 - 20:52 | 3197088 JustPrintMoreDuh
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You didn't make that cheese ... 

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 20:54 | 3197094 Bobbyrib
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Damn NY bankers /sarcasm.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 20:57 | 3197095 francis_sawyer
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You KNOW you're not living in a REALITY WORLD when your watch is water resistant to '3 atmospheres' & can simultaneosly give you the time in Monte Carlo, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Rome, & Gstaad...

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 20:57 | 3197112 Big Slick
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In Philadelphia, it's worth fifty bucks

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 20:59 | 3197119 francis_sawyer
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BIG SLICK!... My Man!



How much for the gun???

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:11 | 3197164 Big Slick
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I picture Bernanke, someday trying to unload US Treasuries

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:15 | 3197187 francis_sawyer
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In Philadelphia, they're worth fifty bucks...

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:22 | 3197212 Big Slick
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How much for the gun??

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 20:56 | 3197108 docmac324
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The country has gotten what wants and deserves.  When 300 million read ZH maybe things will change.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 01:15 | 3197856 Tijuana Donkey Show
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You imply that 300 million can read. If ZH was all videos, maybe. If we pipe the articles and comments to xtranormal.com bears, we might have a chance. 

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 07:39 | 3198116 Dapper Dan
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There is a reason why, at fast food “restaurants” you order from a picture menu, and the sale is rung up on a picture register.


If you are dependent on people who do not know you, who control the value of your necessities, you are not free, and you are not safe!


Wendell Berry, 

The art of the commonplace



Tue, 01/29/2013 - 20:58 | 3197115 Vidar
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Sorry, but the police and bureaucrats ARE the enemy. The state would have no power if it were not for those individuals who are morally corrupt enough to serve it. Anyone who uses force against his fellow man in order to enforce the will of the state is EVIL and needs to be pointed out as such. These individuals make tyranny possible. They are the problem just as much as the politicians who give them their orders.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:02 | 3197131 The Shootist
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Agreed, choose yor path wisely and take resposibility for your actions.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:18 | 3197191 XitSam
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And Simon's answer is just run away. I'm not going to run. It would dishonor my ancestors.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:34 | 3197253 disabledvet
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From "shoot first ask questions later" to "shoot back and call 'em trespassers." of course "why say anything at all when they had it coming." God I love this country. It really does pick up my spirits when I see that flag flying.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 00:00 | 3197708 billsykes
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Beat the odds- the south didn't win. Better to be dual, and take a boat when your primary country goes to shit.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 22:02 | 3197304 Renfield
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I was gonna say the same thing you did; now I'm just voting you up and saying Amen.

"No Enemy" my ass.

Execute a few banksters and criminal politicians, and we'll soon see how fast this "concept war" is over.

Or, conversely, try sneaking a little TRUTH into the media propaganda airwaves and see how many of those "pawns" don't suddenly & efficiently identify who their "enemy" is. With or without "legal" authorisation.

This ain't a "war on poverty", "war on drugs", "war on terror" or any other fuckwitted PR slogan. This is real and the longer it continues the more it threatens the livelihoods and the lives of you and yours. There are people with NAMES behind it, and people with names carrying it out. Nuremberg defence does not work here any better than it did the last time we had a REAL war, this big.

(I do agree with his idea that the best way to win is not to play, so I gave the article a 3 and a "You Tried" star.)

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 22:28 | 3197447 Darth Stacker
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I think we need to stop paying these guys so fricken much money that they will do ANYTHING to keep their jobs. I mean all of them ATF, DEA, cops, TSA. I never thought America could have brown shirts because of our Christian character. I assumed that the military would never ever be brown shirts because of it's culture (still do) but these over paid A-holes in the government will flip the switch on the gas chamber just becasue they have a G-D fricken piece of paper to protect their cushy job and sweet beni's. I am not just venting this crap is becoming more common and it scares the crap out me

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 04:08 | 3198017 NidStyles
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Germany was deeply rooted in Christianity before the NSDAP came along and changed that. In fact the first recorded Communists in the world were German Christians.

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 00:29 | 3197771 Overfed
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"I am the tyranny of evil men...."

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 20:59 | 3197120 Seasmoke
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Must be doing something wrong, if so worried about an incident happening

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:01 | 3197125 john39
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I beg to differ... there most certainly is an enemy.   well hidden for sure, but there none the less.   They/it must be rooted out, and exposed in the daylight.  there is no peaceful coexistence with them.  they will enslave the majority if given the chance.  the stuff of tin foil hat conspiracy is now reality... 

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:46 | 3197289 Being Free
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there most certainly is an enemy   ...   indeed, pardon me for this re-post but ...

Statist Thugs And The Rocks They Crawl Out From Under

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 11/21/2012 13:18 -0500

Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market blog,

A mass exodus from ignorance and organized opposition to tyranny is the dream of every freedom loving person within the Liberty Movement today. We would like nothing better than to put an end to the expanding establishment police state in the most peaceful manner possible. We dream of a day when a transition back to the Constitutional values that once made America brilliantly unique in the world is possible, and can be accomplished without incredible pain or terrible bloodshed. We long for that once-in-a-century uprising, that great march, that spontaneous eruption of the citizenry demanding a more truthful government. At the same time, though, we realize that such events are rare, and few if any great changes in the history of man are made without sacrifice, and without direct confrontation.

The reason why peaceful and popular activism almost never occurs successfully, the reason why good people are made to stand and suffer, falls not only to the establishment elites who seek out and abuse power; there are others who share in the blame. Regardless of the age, the culture, or the social conditions, there is ALWAYS a percentage of the general populace that embraces the totalitarian dynamic. There is always someone in our neighborhood, in our workplace, and within our family that finds vindication or advantage in supporting the state, even if the state has turned viciously criminal. They are not only useful idiots; they are conscious participants in the process of pacification and enslavement of their own society. They understand their role perfectly, and they enjoy what they do.

The psychologist Carl Jung in his examination of the rise of violent fascism in Germany as well as the collectivist surveillance state in communist Russia theorized that there is in fact a certain percentage of people in any given epoch that carry within them a latent ability to abandon conscience. That is to say, there is always hidden within a portion of the multitude an inborn potential for sociopathic and psychopathic tendencies. These tendencies remain dormant for many under most circumstances, but every once in a while a society falters to the point where such diseases of the soul are encouraged, and the monsters in millions are allowed to come out and play.

Is it possible that some men are more apt towards truth and freedom while others take more naturally to dominance and deceit? Perhaps. I find that under certain circumstances even the best human beings can make catastrophic errors in judgment. However, there is a difference between those who misstep in life, and those who savor destruction. For these people I reserve the label of the “statist thug”; a ghoul in common man’s drag just waiting for the opportunity to scrape out a spoonful of petty authority and assert his will over others. These folks are the day’s damned. And what’s worse; though they may have been born with a predisposition towards despotism, they still had a choice, and they chose villainy. They deserve no special treatment and no quarter from us.

As America faces down wave after wave of fiscal difficulties, a government gone rogue with false left/right politics, and policies that disregard civil liberties for the sake of centralized authority, I believe the statist thugs of our time will soon flow out of the dark recesses and rotten sputtering gutters of our society like a river of septic putrescence. We all know them when we see them, but do we really understand what makes them tick? Here are some common psychological attributes of the overzealous statist; the failings and inadequacies that make him what he is…


Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:01 | 3197127 krispkritter
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A 'Milk Board' at the local level?...never before has there been more of a need to thin the 'herd' of useless Public employee pension parasites...

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 22:15 | 3197394 WillyGroper
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Perhaps the newest enhanced interrogation might be called for to deal with such jack boots. Milk Boarding. 

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 22:41 | 3197486 MrPalladium
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Amen, brother!!

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:02 | 3197129 jeff314
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You Know You're Not Living In A Free Country When... jews run your banks...

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:07 | 3197152 pods
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I will take it one step futher.

When your government forces you to pay your taxes in private banker money.


Wed, 01/30/2013 - 09:31 | 3198255 akarc
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You know your not living in a free country when a persons character is judged by their ethnicity. 

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:03 | 3197135 Cdad
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Kick ass post!  We need more of this out there for folks to see.  Soft despotism...that's what it is now.  And it will become something much worse in the years ahead if we let happen quietly.

Might be too late already...but there is honor in the fight against it all.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:11 | 3197173 john39
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bolsheviks loved committees.....

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:05 | 3197143 IridiumRebel
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.....funny you say that.....

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:06 | 3197150 chubbyjjfong
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Folks.. we just have to accept, that if one wishes to fit into todays society, one really has to be "as mad as a clowns cock" 

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:08 | 3197151 Stuck on Zero
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Don't believe for one second that "pasteurized milk" is disease free.  Hundreds of scientific studies have shown that the flash pasteurization does not kill Listeria or any of a dozen other diseases include MAP (Mycobacterioum tuberculosum) that is implicated in Crohn's disease. The dairy industry buys "legality" for a really foul product.



Wed, 01/30/2013 - 01:20 | 3197869 Tijuana Donkey Show
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And cruel. Dairy cows are often mistreated and abused. If you ever taste raw milk, you'll understand that "milk" in the store is nothing but fat and water. 

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:09 | 3197153 ebworthen
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I'm taking expatriation more and more seriously.

I worked for a State Department of Agriculture.

They came up with laws to "protect" fruit growers, but also to continue the existence of the bureaucracy.

I had to go out and confiscate Rosaceous plants (Rose family) that had a virus; on the theory that it "could" spread to fruit crops.

Completely screwed over the small businesses selling the plants I confiscated.  They eventually got reimbursed but not in time to make payroll or other sales lost because they didn't have the plants at planting time.

I felt awful about it, apologized, but had a Wife and baby to feed.  Left the job after a while and moved on.

The bureaucracy was un-fightable; reams of legislation piled up over 50 years, lawyers, courts, regulations, paperwork, forms - a mountain of bullshit - and people trying to make a living to survive forced to enforce the bullshit.

Better off leaving it all behind.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:28 | 3197235 TooBearish
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Shame Shame on u for what u did - you stole the ability for another family to feed itself so that you survive and "go along to get along" A pox on you I say - you could have taken one or 2 plants and called it a day and left those people alone - you fuking nazi!

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:52 | 3197315 ebworthen
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Well, that is why I left the job.

I'm certain someone came behind me to do it.

The problem wasn't the cogs, springs, and levers in the machine, but the machine itself and the builders of the machine.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 21:59 | 3197337 Dr. Engali
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We all make our mistakes in life. I know I've certainly made my share if them. It sucks , but hopefully we learn from them.

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 23:15 | 3197597 A Nanny Moose
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We are all, to some extent, merely responding to the placement of cheese within the maze.

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