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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petolo's picture

I am one of those nefarious farmerst hat sold raw milk. I had more customers than milk. Fortunately, i instinctively lknew that stealth was more prudent than reason when dealing with the bureaucrats. I believe it was Diderot who said: "a bureaucracy is a giant run by pygmies ". My apologies to the Pygmies.

pods's picture

Maybe the farmers should have used the ARs that they were pointing at customers to defend their property?

Wait, they didn't FORCE anyone to buy their product?


Overfed's picture

Their lobby just doesn't have the clout.

metastar's picture

As far as I know, the gun laws in Ecuador are even worse than my tyrannical home state of NY. Texas is probably the best escape at present.

knowless's picture

didn't read dont care.


get the fuck off me.

unrulian's picture

Knowless what's your first name...... couldn't?

knowless's picture

that's the joke.


(and honesty, i don't even remember posting that)

everyone in my house is broke, so i end up having to do alot of running around trying to figure out whose gonna be late on rent, if i'm gonna have to cover for someone, wtf exactly everyones short term plans are.. the place is run down as fuck, but livable(by my standards) but finding people who are down with the situation is extremely difficult, i had to show nearly thirty people the place last month just to find 3 people who would even express cursory interest in the room opening up. this is not my responsibility in any way, but no one else is doing it, and i need a place to live.

so yeah, i end up drinking alot sometimes.. it's pretty bleak. i do love the suggestions of moving abroad, as if that's even attainable for many people.

hawk nation's picture

When will we be starting the american versionof the neurenberg trials for all the government workers that we just following orders

Its tough to follow the right path when you loose your moral compass

Hannibal's picture

Messge from the Ministry of Truth:

Everything your hear and read from the msm is 100% true. Everything is OK! Go shopping, do not waste your time reading or thinking. Please continue your shopping and go back to your jobs, if you do not have a job you are a worthless human being, you're not divine beings, what you are is consumers.

Consume, consume and consume until we have no planet left. Do not smile or be happy, be scared, be miserable and continue to buy stuff you don't need to support the economy. We need more Govt control in our lives, telling us what to do and what to thnk. You were born to shop and you will die to shop. Please remain as miserable as you can.

Everything is OK!



steve from virginia's picture



Enough with Simon Blank or whatever his name is ... bring back Robotrader.

francis_sawyer's picture

BUY LuluLemon!!!


There... are you satiated?

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

YES! And MBD, who has been sucking lately. He's getting more up votes than down, and it's breaking my heart!

Gold Dog's picture

Who cut the cheese?


rsnoble's picture

So how do you all like the new street corner radiation machines in NYC that shoot rays at everyone walking by looking for guns?

So let's see..........they are pulling it off in one of the worlds largest cities and somehow your little hodunk redneck town with 500 people can't be put under control?

We're fucked.

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

No one cares about my town......

Gold Dog's picture


Sorry for the down...fat finger.

EDIT- You can change your vote!

espirit's picture

I hear the milk in Ecuador isn't pasturized either.

TrustWho's picture

As a boy, we sold raw milk, cream and butter until late 60's when USDA passed regulation to protect the ignorant masses. America was about competition and free choice. Raw milk products contain a natural environment that must be handled correctly. In the 60's, this was not a problem until the State decided the citizens were too stupid.


What is really interesting, science has an hypothesis that the protective Moms have created such a steril environment, the human auto-immune system has such little stimulation that this sytem starts attacking itself; thus asthma, lupus and other autoimmune diseases are rising. Life is funny.

Northern Lights's picture

YES, I agree whole heartedly.

Back when I was in grade school, 60% of my classmates brought to school a peanut-butter sandwich in some form or another.

If you were to tell me then that peanut butter would be banned in schools today, or those who eat it would be "segregated" from the rest, I'd have said you were nuts!!!!

Bagbalm's picture

The cops are the governments fingers. Cut them off and it can do nothing.


Ranger4564's picture

Sorry, they are the enemy as soon as they choose to support / enforce policies.

HoaX's picture

Pantera: Vulgar Display of Power

Listen to this and grow some fuckin balls.

Dr. Engali's picture

Run away? That's your solution Simon ? Our founding fathers didn't run away... They grabbed ther 1776 personal defense weapons and kicked the fuckers out!

Shell Game's picture

+1  Our muskets look a bit different but the end result, though long in coming, will be the same.


Ense et aratro!


mr. mirbach's picture

Good Idea Simon - Let's all go invade some sparsely inhabited chunck of the planet where we could stake out land for free, not pay any taxes, fuck up the environment with heavy industry and instantly have a currency accepted by the global banking cartel. Sounds smart to me.


With around 100 million US civilian men (just men, not men and women) compared to maybe 3 million military, para-military and LEO's in America, it could be speculated that the civilians could easily fix the growing tyranny. 


"It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end" Leonardo Da Vinci.



donethat's picture

What about lead paint? Years ago, it was banned because 'kids' were eating it. Forget their parents weren't keeping an eye on them.


Now that everyone is one foodstamps, think they will lift the ban?


Meanwhile, I have to repaint the trim on my home every few years as a result.


I could go on and on.



NuckingFuts's picture

as a fellow resident of the shoe me state.  (a transplant from more reasonable cliimes)  I must say you are correct.

Notarocketscientist's picture

Quit your belly aching - if you are pissed off then do something about it - typing onto ZH ain't gonna change fuck all

JohnGaltsChild's picture

Seems from the posts that there are still enough of us bitter clingers around to make a difference without jumping ship.

Cult_of_Reason's picture

Dude, move to another state, twenty-eight U.S. states do not prohibit sales of raw milk.



Jugdish's picture

Ya Farmer move to another state, there are 28 other states. Take your farm and move it to the other 28 states. Shut the hell up you stupid whiny liberal. You are telling this man to take his whole livelihood and move it cause there are 28 other states? You are a fucking idiot. It's his home. cult of idiot

Jugdish's picture

And another thing to the three cold pieces of shit that up voted you, to be clear, when the brown shirts come onto property that's been in your family for decades or more, shuts dow your means for survival and sustenance, and confiscates your merchandise - just pack your shit and move to another state guys. Just pack it up, all of it and move to the other 28 states. Come on guys just move. Pack your stuff in a suitcase and move. The other states are waiting.

moondog's picture

This farm is in Missouri where that map states that farm sales are legal.

TSA gropee's picture

I think you missed the point. Just a guess...

Unstable Condition's picture

Over my dead fucking body. Sorry, running away is not in my blood, I will go down fighting.

Rusty Shorts's picture

... so, how many thousands of years have we been making Cheese? jeeesshhh

DaveA's picture

Fact is, people are racist, and economic collapse doesn't make them any less racist, quite the opposite. So if you don't look and talk like your neighbors, it's time to move.

"Oh, but everyone in Ecuador is so nice to me!!" (a) they want to sell you something, (b) you don't hear what they say behind your back, and (c) you won't notice the ones who really hate gringos because they never talk to you.

These third-world countries seem very libertarian if you only go there to play on the beach, smoke pot, and enjoy your 12-year-old concubine. But if you try to get a business going, every government parasite will demand a piece of it.

MrPalladium's picture

You are right. The Equadorans will tolerate a few rich whites as curiousities. But more than a million in that land and the group confict dynamic will take hold big time. The Equadorans will not want strange looking people with strange accents changing their culture. Begin agitating for representation and political power and there will be hell to pay fast. And when the elite collapses the economy the starving hordes will take their revenge for the injustice of irrident Gringos have so much and living in such comfort.

Black's advice only makes sense if you have the resources to continue running at the first hint of trouble.

Not exactly the kind of macho life style the chicks will admire.

Totentänzerlied's picture

"But if you try to get a business going, every government parasite will demand a piece of it."

Just how is that any different from anywhere else? They call it "bribes", we call it "taxes", "fees", and "charges".

"So if you don't look and talk like your neighbors, it's time to move"

History doesn't work that way.

sansnobel's picture

The fact that they will not answer the question about disarming the citizens shows that they are a bunch of fucking government stooges.  They deserve a shotgun blast to the face if they ever try.......

Totentänzerlied's picture

"The police, the bureaucrats... they are not the enemy. They are merely pawns"

Wrong. Every mentally competent adult is responsible for his/her behavior. The Nuremberg Defense doesn't fly here.

Manipuflation's picture

Simon always makes it sound so easy.  I guess this is as good a thread to finish the narrative I started earlier in January about establishing duel citizenship for my children.  Nothing is as easy as Simon makes this seem.  Brief refresh:  I am a US citizen married to a Russian National with our two children born in the US.  By Russian law, those children born to Russian nationals can obtain double citizenship with the proper paperwork et al.

On Jan 18, the Russian Consulate came to Minneapolis traveling out of Seattle.  The Russian Consulate rarely does this and only gives two weeks notice of doing so.  I had to be there to sign whatever documents.  This event occurred at a US Bank near Ridgedale Mall in Minnetonka.  An odd place for the Russian Consulate to appear do you not think?  US Bank?  Why there?

We arrived at the US Bank early in the morning only to find hundreds of Russian nationals well ahead of us.  Some Russians had camped out over night to get the best place in line.  It was like a black friday event at a Wal-mart.  The manager of the US Bank was not happy as US Bank corporate must have forgetten to inform the manager of what exactly was going on.  The American US Bank manager immediately tried to engage the loitering Russians with "Get the hell out of my parking lot!".  Not exactly a wise tactic with hundreds of Russians vs a bank manager, a loan officer and few young tellers.  What an idiot.  I backed away.

Meanwhile, my wife had registered with the .RU number 205 on the handwritten list that they were creating.  Not a computer in sight, not that this matters.  Just odd.  I quickly determined that I was the only American there save for my children.(there were few children there)  It was so packed with adult Russians that I felt like I was on a St. Petersburg metro line again.  I started taking pictures of the whole scene with my smarter than I am phone.  .RU did not much care for the fact that I was documenting what I saw.  Most statists do not like such documentation.

After a few hours, we were able to extrapolate the time between interviews.  Approximately 6 per hour.  So I offered to Mrs. M to go have lunch and then we would come back.  After lunch, I decided to take my wife to a Russian/Ukrainain to brighten her spirits a little but I didn't tell her where I was going.  I had hatched a fight club worthy plan in my head by that time.  Out of nowhere, my wife asked to be taken to the store I was already taking her to and then announced that she would attempt to bribe the .RU consulate.  In Russia, cash bribes are how you get "business" done, much the same as here in the US in Washington DC.  My wife and I each made our separate purchases.

As we returned that afternoon, we saw an even larger amount of Russians in the parking lots and the boulevard and again the bank manager was chasing the Russians.  Not being much impressed by her observations, my eight year old daughter was hanging pretty close to Dad.  As anyone could imagine, this was a volatile situation.  My wife went inside to check the status of progress and to make the bribe attempt.  Rus-on-Rus.  Cigarette smokers almost always have a different perspective simply because they are always outside. 
So what was my plan in case the cash bribe didn't work?  I had purchased six liters of Russian Standard vodka.  A full unopened case of Russian go-juice.  

I called my brother to explain my plan but he advised against it.  As I was talking to my bro, I saw a little old Russian woman come out of US Bank crying.  I had to let him go and investigate the situation.  I found my wife and she said that there was no hope of cash bribe and that we should just go home because they had only made it to number 45 on the list.  I offered to upstage the Russian Consulate and offer the vodka to the Russian males there in order to get a fight going.  Let them all have a drink and have a say.  I was told to stand down by the Mr.s M. 

Loosely translated, the attempt by my wife, who is a cool customer, to bribe the .RU consular officials was this:  "We have more money than we know what to do with and we do not need yours."

I really didn't need to end up on the 10 o'clock news so I backed off.  I really wanted at them but I realized that it would not likely help matters much.  Russia is not my country and where the Russian Consulate goes is effectively Russia.  They are untouchable save by their own.

As for the crying little old lady, it turns out that many 1990's Russian expats brought their parents here after some time.  The soviet way provided for a pension for these Russian elderly, even in America, as these eldsters are not eligible for our insolvent Social Security.  Not anymore.  The Russian State(ists) changed the law for Russian expats and they are being denied their pensions because they left the motherland.

I for one, wish that Simon Black would include some of these types of events in his assertions.  I was never planning on leaving the US but Simon Black leaves out a hell of a lot of details about the countries he suggests we should all move to.

I am staying here.  Always was.    

samsara's picture

Forget what the F simon suggestions were, 

That's NOT the point of the article.

The Point is  Food Sovereignty

Manipuflation's picture

I agree with you both T and S.  It really invokes some really deep feelings in people though...this dealing with, and believing in, the state and that your children are involved...  I say to the world's states, all of them uni-punctually, please fast forward to fuck off status with me.  The preponderance of central banks notwithstanding.