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The Greatest Weapon Against The Tyranny Of "Very Serious People" - Laughter

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From the last edition of Bill Buckler's "The Privateer"

On A More Personal Note

So, here we are on the last page of the last issue of The Privateer. My wife Cathy and I have had mixed feelings about getting to this point. On the one hand, it couldn’t come fast enough. On the other, there were times when we didn’t want it to come at all. But there are many ways to skin a cat and the particular one we have chosen over the last three decades has outlived its usefulness. It was and is time for a change.

It is easy to get downhearted about the bullheaded stupidity of those who rule our world. It is just as easy to get morose when confronted with the fact that most of those around us seem to have bought the line that any genuine change for the better is politically (or financially, take your pick) impossible. Our particular antidote has always been laughter - which really is the best medicine. We have had countless “rolling on the floor” exercises over the years when contemplating the sheer idiocy of it all. No matter what the state of the world may be, each of us gets to pick those aspects of it which we deem genuinely IMPORTANT. The rest are not worthy of our serious consideration - but they ARE worthy of our derision.

Never forget, the “achilles heel” of anyone who’s driving aim in life is to CONTROL the lives of other people is his or her aching need to be taken “seriously”. No tyrant on any level can handle derision, it deflates them utterly by reducing their stature to its proper level in a way which they cannot escape. Imagine if they held an election and everybody laughed - and then went on about their IMPORTANT business.

In essence, the people who matter in the world are fully confident that they have earned the status of adult human beings and get exasperated with those who insist on treating them as children. There are times when this tiresome tendency can grate very sharply. But most of the time, it really is screamingly funny and really should be treated as such. As Soviet dissenter Vladimir Bukovsky pointed out in his wonderful autobiography - To Build A Castle - one of the most potent weapons wielded by all those who stood up against the tyranny which surrounded them was the political joke. It won a great victory in the end.


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Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:14 | 3508431 A Lunatic
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But not maniacal laughter combined with shifty eyes and lots of fidgeting. Nobody likes that............

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:16 | 3508438 Jam Akin
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Ridicule is also a key tactic out of Rules for Radicals.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:27 | 3508455 mikla
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True, because "ridicule" can be effective when you don't have logic nor a substantive response.  (Ridicule in that case allows you to be lazy, and convince witnesses that the topic should not be considered with logic.)

However, the Author suggests that what's going on *itself* is so ridiculous as to not be worthy of attention.  No substantive response is needed, nor possible, because the topic itself makes no sense.

The assertion is that you cannot respond with logic to something that is itself illogical; you cannot take seriously, nor grant merit, to a topic that is ridiculous.

IMHO, that succinctly describes today's political and financial world (ridiculous, with no possible logical response).

In short:  We are in the blow-out phase of a Ponzi, and the people in charge are morons and sociopaths.  They are ridiculous, and any suggestion they have is insane.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:32 | 3508473 Ignatius
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Something like, "They hate us for our freedom"?

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:42 | 3508500 OutLookingIn
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"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."

- P.J. O'Rourke  

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:46 | 3508514 Ralph Spoilsport
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P. J. O'Rourke was writing for National Lampoon in the 70's when I was at college. It was the best satire you could find at the time IMO.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:09 | 3508551 kaiserhoff
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Exit 190 on Interstate 95 in South Carolina has been designated:

    The Ben Bernanke Interchange.

    So if you are ever passing through and need to take a leak...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:12 | 3508558 Ralph Spoilsport
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May it suffer the same fate as the Howard Stern rest stop on New Jersey's Route 295.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:23 | 3508581 flacon
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Ben Bernanke walks into a pizza shop and orders one large pizza. The waiter asks him if he would like it sliced into six or eight slices. Bernanke replies: "Eight please, I'm very hungry today!"

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:39 | 3508603 jbvtme
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can't wait to try out my new  smirk on the roided up psycho cop with his hand on his tazer...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:01 | 3508806 Fish Gone Bad
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This might seem pretty obvious to some, but let me explain it to those others.

If you stand up for your fourth amendment rights, you might be killed anyway.  "I know my rights!!!!"  Zzzzzzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzzzz Zzzzzzzzz goes the tazer.  A few days later the headlines describe the police finding some psych patient who "self inflicted" various bruises and contusions until he was in both a coma and found hung by the neck in his jail cell.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:27 | 3508843 espirit
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The Greatest Weapon Against The Tyranny Of "Very Serious People" - Laughter. ...and guns, lots of guns. 
Mon, 04/29/2013 - 04:50 | 3509246 Abitdodgie
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Yes but people have to be perpared to use them like all thoses folk did in Boston against the illegeal house serches ... ho never mind. 

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 05:42 | 3509278 Long_Xau
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Looks like by the time Ben's term expires they're gonna have to start offering pulverized pizza.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:56 | 3508787 Arrowflinger
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Bernanke was a "Pedro" at South of the Border on I-95 when he was a lad.

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 06:34 | 3509309 francis_sawyer
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So that's where he must have learned how to apply 'The Pedro Principle' to his own life...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:11 | 3508552 TwoShortPlanks
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HA-HA....I'll give ya HA-HA

PS. Not my video and don't harm the messenger

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:48 | 3508774 MilleniumJane
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I'm going to remember that one!!!

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 05:13 | 3509258 Long_Xau
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"First they claim they've won, then we fight them, then we laugh at them and then we ignore them."

- NOT Mahatma Gandhi

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:03 | 3508544 MonsterBox
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They hate us for our avaitars...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:09 | 3508550 DanDaley
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Ridicule only works against people who won't immediately kill you, such as the British in India...Stalin, not so much.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:14 | 3508715 Imminent Crucible
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The Samizdat was on anonymous operation. Like those documents, the jokes were passed along between trusted friends.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:25 | 3508738 FreedomGuy
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Exactly! People with a bad sense of humor, inflated ego and access to guns and death camps such as the chubby N. Korean dictator do not take well to ridicule, sarcasm or anything short of reverence.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:06 | 3508818 willwork4food
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Most of the dicks in DC don't have a sense of humor. That is why they are surrounded by security...and THAT is their achilles heel.


Mon, 04/29/2013 - 08:07 | 3509420 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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Have you ever met a bureaucrat anywhere that had a sense of humor?

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 01:30 | 3509150 RafterManFMJ
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There's Uncle Joe, he's movin' kinda slow... *POW POW POW*

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:25 | 3508571 The Second Rule
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It's relatively easy to elicit a guffaw by poking fun at at a person or organization that takes itself seriously, like TSA, but it takes real comic genius to spoof something as incredibly idiotic as say NASCAR or Honey Boo Boo. It can't be done by mere mortals. South Park has done all three, managing to dispatch TSA, NASCAR and Boo Boo with devastating accuracy. In less competent hands such spoofs would have appeared as simply puerile. Successfully ridiculing something as apocalyptically stupid as say Jersey Shore requires Godlike powers.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:59 | 3508802 williambanzai7
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Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:37 | 3508855 Jam Akin
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As in the film Malice:  When WB7 operates, He IS God!


How about Chris Christy as The Situation (Room)?

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:32 | 3508856 Ralph Spoilsport
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Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:43 | 3508875 The Second Rule
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Chuckle. I neglected to mention ZH's professor emeritus of satire, Dr. Bonzai.

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 07:02 | 3509330 Lumberjack
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And on the 8th day, God said "let there be Banzai".

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 06:39 | 3509313 HeavyShadow
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a perfect set of words there.

and the most humourous part is, is that in the economic realm the longer the neo-classical hardcore keep employing 'effortless superiority' when any form of rational debate approaches, the heavier they will be shut out of any discussion of a future when the reset button is hit...

and good, lol, fuck them

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 08:01 | 3509396 Anonymous peon
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The ubiquitous political stupidity would be hillarious if not for the fact that I can see what the consequences will be.

It would be funny if it weren't so sad.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:23 | 3508459 knukles
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And out of Bernays, as well as employed as a foil in the Hegelain Dailectic... as in Divert and Discredit

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:26 | 3508465 Scritchy
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They only ridicule people who are unarmed.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:29 | 3508470 Benjamin Glutton
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I've noticed over the last 39 years MSM is all to willing to repeatedly call politicians conservatives who are obviously radicals....Ask Ron Paul.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:44 | 3508504 OutLookingIn
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"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."

- Aesop

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 06:39 | 3509312 Long_Xau
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DON'T STEAL! The government doesn't like competition.

DON'T PONZI SCHEME! The central bank doesn't like competition.

DON'T LIE! The mainstream media already broke that news.

DON'T CORZINE! The justice system needs to feel important.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:37 | 3508482 fonzannoon
Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:39 | 3508499 palmereldritch
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Hey! There's no comment section on that blog

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:39 | 3508752 Rusty Shorts
Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:22 | 3508450 Nobody
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No actually I like a good hearty laugh accompanied with some guffaws at the end

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:34 | 3508489 nmewn
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The packing tape pulling his nose up was a nice

Leave Barack alone!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:48 | 3508510 GetZeeGold
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You know......maybe we should lay off a tad.


You know how sensitive the marxists can be.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:13 | 3508555 nmewn
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"I'm not the strapping young socialist muslim I used to be!"

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:13 | 3508709 New_Meat
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"don't call my bluff"

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:27 | 3508735 nmewn
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"Eat your peas!"

"I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money."...sometime before a million dollar golf vacation with Tiger Woods outside Jax.

I got a million of em...I wonder how much it'll cost us for him to improve his sorry ass basketball game with lessons from LeBron ;-)

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:53 | 3508525 gratefultraveller
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surströmming = fermented herring eaten in parts of Sweden and Finland...

watch out - you might not want to be eating when watching this! :)

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:14 | 3508564 Ralph Spoilsport
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You'll still gag, even on an empty stomach. Funny as hell.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:32 | 3508746 mofreedom
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smells like a muslim diaper.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:21 | 3508453 freewolf7
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/sarc works!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:27 | 3508734 Aeternus
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Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:17 | 3508435 Supernova Born
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Most of the major late night "comics" work for Comcast/NBC/CNBS.

Their "comedy" is about as insightful and incisive as their economic "reporting".

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:19 | 3508447 Tulpa
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You have to admit that Cramer is funnier than Colbert at this point.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:33 | 3508475 Supernova Born
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Comedy Central's John Stewart does hit pieces on gold? The reach of the banksters is amazing.

The comedians are not funny sycophants of corporate/state run media.

Cramer is laughable, but not humorous.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:36 | 3508487 OutLookingIn
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"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of government. But then I repeat myself."

-Mark Twain

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:27 | 3508844 willwork4food
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Suppose you were a terrorist. And suppose you were a member of government. But then..

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:48 | 3508513 Lednbrass
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Considering that the propagandist d/b/a "John Stewart" has a brother who runs the casino known as the New York Stock Exchange it isn't a very long reach at all.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:30 | 3508557 Supernova Born
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That would make an amazing related thread. The hit piece and Jon's bankster connection.


Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:15 | 3508750 mofreedom
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The same liebawitz, right, who roomed with the ballerina from Chicago while in college, right?

edit...sorry, not the creepy ballerina, but the guy with the weiner pi tures, that's the one, i member...they all look alike those red jews...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:58 | 3508540 you enjoy myself
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comedians are not funny sycophants of corporate/state run media

that depends on which party is in power.  comedians STILL refuse to make fun of obama, and we're in year 5 now.  the only one who occasionally ruffles his feathers is Leno.  i'll never forget the contortions john stewart went through after 2008 - he was forced to reach for punchlines about mitch mcconnell and peter king, people who have about 5% and 1% name recognition, because he simply couldn't find anything funny about our megalomaniac mom-jeans-wearing dear leader nor anyone in the dem controlled senate and house.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:35 | 3508857 ISEEIT
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Not with his brother being a CFR bitch.

And not keeping his bitch paycheck.

Fucking creep.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:47 | 3508669 seek
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You need to be more specific.

John Stewart did his\ hit piece on gold on the last performance before OpEx.

My reaction was "you gotta be fucking kidding me." The timing stunk to high heaven.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:17 | 3508436 OutLookingIn
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"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame; two is a law firm and three or more is a government."

- John Adams

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:19 | 3508448 negative rates
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Interpretation of useless is boundless.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:46 | 3508773 Rusty Shorts
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“Write drunk; edit sober".


- Ernest Hemingway

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:29 | 3508851 willwork4food
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absofucinglutely..i mean this shit ther doin to us is not fukin far buy a longsot

wait...did you say to edit?...shit.

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 06:12 | 3509293 GetZeeGold
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It will come to you in the morning...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:17 | 3508440 Tulpa
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I'm gonna have to disagree. Tyrants excel at getting the last laugh.  "Not so funny now, is it, funny man?"

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:40 | 3508498 W74
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Kim Jong Un likes to win at Basketball.  If not, his wittle ego gets hurt.  The Obamas and Bloombergs and Krugmans and Rahm Emmanuels of this world are the same way.

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 06:06 | 3509291 Tango in the Blight
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Similar to this clip from the German movie The Lives of the Others (original title: Das Leben der Anderen), which is situated in a Stasi office in East German during the '80s:

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:20 | 3508443 negative rates
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If those same people are not in a car, and they don't get their way. They cover their ears and start banging their head against the wall until you stop bad mouthing them. I love it when the hyposrisy makes their blood boil too.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:19 | 3508446 gimli
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I have a problem laughing out loud when those damned drones are listening.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:22 | 3508449 Oligarch
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Serious people with serious problems. 

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:34 | 3508488 negative rates
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Who now after 30 years have more important things to say.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:22 | 3508451 IridiumRebel
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Always have a sense if humor. It keeps me sane in this panoply of liberty theft by the POS that Be.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:25 | 3508457 A Lunatic
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Gotta admit, there's nothing funnier than losing Liberties.............

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:22 | 3508456 Cognitive Dissonance
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First you notice them, then you try to ignore them, then you are angry with them, then you deride them, then you laugh at them, then there is no more need to "win" against "them".

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:11 | 3508554 MonsterBox
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Are you reading this PUD, MDB and other trolls?

"We wave our gentals in your general direction."


and fuck you, Ben.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:24 | 3508464 Ralph Spoilsport
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I think our own WB7 has been "poking the ninnies with a stick" for a while now and doing it better than anyone.

Visual Combat FTW!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:31 | 3508480 Dagny Taggart
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As Banzai reminds us: Destroy the image and you will break the enemy.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:33 | 3508633 Dyhana
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+1000 beat me to it. Long live Banzai !


Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:26 | 3508466 Tulpa
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I mean seriously, is the author claiming that internal political jokes defeated Communism? How ridiculous.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:39 | 3508494 W74
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The man who taught me Russian many years ago was a Political Officer assigned to monitor the "political activities" of a company.  Right up until the collapse people went to party meetings and drank, laughed and smoked.  There was nothing anyone could do about it, the ordinary citizen lost faith in the system, and rightly so.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:04 | 3508810 jonjon831983
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But now after all that has happened with rise of oligarchs, there are those who wish for simpler time... and those youths who grew up part of their lives in the motherland up until the collapse and then immigrated abroad to the US, still pine for the old days.  So I've anecdotally heard.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:20 | 3508720 New_Meat
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"... is the author claiming that internal political jokes defeated Communism?"

Nyet, Tovarich, but it did help. Viz.: "2 + 2 = 4"

and many laser printers, since mimeograph machines were verboten.  Aided and abetted by Ronnie, Maggie, and THE Pope.

- Ned

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:25 | 3508467 Saint Pitbull
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Laughter is nothing until you have some people with the balls to actually do it - loud and in the open and in the presence of those who need ridiculed.

We are lacking those people.  Is there not one person with the inside scoop on so many of the biting lies being perpetuated with the balls to say so, knowing full well that yes, they may very well lose their job - and quite possibly their freedom - for a while, but who say "enough is enough, let's get the truth out there".  Citizenship, Benghazi, Fast & Furious, Large scale voter fraud.  They are out there.  They are silent.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:50 | 3508517 A Lunatic
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This might be part of the problem??


nothing to laugh about

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:06 | 3508700 klockwerks
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Saint, same question I have asked myself many times over. Is there not one real man among them that puts country and charcter above all else. I fear not one

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:20 | 3508725 New_Meat
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"Laughter is nothing until you have some people with the balls to actually do it..."

No, there is an underground time before that.  Such as: "they pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work."

- Ned

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:23 | 3508840 mofreedom
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yoy be stopped by the authorities, just expouse that you, yourself, would not be being treated this way if you were a muslim with moldy diaper on his head...they can get away with practically anythin

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:42 | 3508873 ISEEIT
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Being handled. NOT me.

Being handled. Enough know.

It has been identified.

It has bee n targeted.

It will expire.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:29 | 3508478 OutLookingIn
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"The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a healthy appetite at one end and no control at the other end."

-Ronald Reagan

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:41 | 3508495 LetThemEatRand
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In keeping with this author's sentiments, it is also very important not to confuse the message with the act.  Ronnie grew government, but people who wish to shrink it still think he's a hero because of what he said.  Rachel Maddow is still defending Obama because of his words, and ignoring his actions.  Ad infinitum.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:07 | 3508546 nmewn
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"President Ronald Reagan tried to get rid of it. So did President Bill Clinton. This October, their wish is finally set to come true.

The Federal Helium Programleft over from the age of zeppelins and an infamous symbol of Washington’s inability to cut what it no longer needs — will be terminated.

Unless it isn’t.

On Friday, in fact, the House voted 394 to 1 to keep it alive.

“Many people don’t believe that the federal government should be in the helium business. And I would agree,” Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) said on the House floor Thursday.

But at that very moment, Hastings was urging his colleagues to keep the government in the helium business a little while longer. “We must recognize the realities of our current situation,” he said."

An impassioned floor speech on helium from our old friend Rep. Hank "Guam is Going to Tip Over" Johnson...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:28 | 3508736 New_Meat
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It would be embarrasing to have all of the fools in Congress coming from my Commonwealth.  But it is sad that Hank and Sheila are in strong competition.

Blimps are green things, are they not?  When they burn, they don't create the number-one green house gas the way that the Hindenberg did.  Can you put a FLIR onto a blimp?  YES YOU CAN.  And they don't make the annoying whop-whop-whop sounds like a Blackhawk! does.  Just an annoying drone.

Blimz b good. He b green!

- Ned

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:53 | 3508782 nmewn
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"And they don't make the annoying whop-whop-whop sounds like a Blackhawk!"

lol...yes, "sound pollution".

Noticed the DoD is doing another one of its "urban combat" exercises, up in Chicago this time. Any idea what the hell they're up to, outside of asserting some sort of federal "urban authority"? They got places away from population centers they can do this crap at and not upset the sheeple so much.

"A Department of Defense training exercise that included explosions heard miles away scared some southwest suburban residents late Tuesday and early this morning.

Residents said they heard “bomb” noises from about 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tinley Park police received about 25 calls from residents who were either fearful or angry, especially in the wake of the bombings in Boston last week.

The urban warfare training at the former Tinley Park Mental Health Center was expected to use small explosives to blow doors off hinges, local authorities said. A second training exercise at the former mental health center is planned for tonight, this time with helicopters, police said.",0,4056874.story

They did this down here around Miami & Ocala-Gainesville, sup? Any idea or just big brass/pol stupidity?

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:45 | 3508880 ISEEIT
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'Rachel' is a whore.

I adore Women.

Rachel is not one.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:33 | 3508483 ThisIsBob
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If you laugh at them, they won't let you on the plane.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:48 | 3508678 oddjob
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who will subsidize chemtrail ops without gratuitous air travel?

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:15 | 3508824 nmewn
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Why do they only spray on cold days? Never notice them in summer ;-)

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 23:06 | 3508919 oddjob
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whats summer like at 37000 feet? ;-)

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 23:41 | 3509018 nmewn
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lol...good point!

Just don't notice them "as much" in the summertime, they disperse pretty rapidly, implyig "anomaly", not a nefarious conspiracy is all.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:38 | 3508491 Downtoolong
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When they act like clowns, make sure everyone knows it. It’s a good tactic to be sure. It can even lead to a lucrative career. As others have noted, just ask John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Lorne Michaels, etc.

But, all tactics have limits and there is one slight problem with the approach. Most of the kingpins in the financial industry really don’t give a shit what other people think of them.  Theyre not immoral. They're amoral. They even know what morality is.


Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:43 | 3508502 muleskinner
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Vlad the Impaler would laugh right back at you and then nail your head to the floor.  Derisive laughter won't do you any good.

In France ca 1792, the maniacal hysterical laughter would increase in decibels when the rolling heads increased in numbers. Uproarious cheers after each head would roll.  Laughter had to be the best medicine during the French Revolution.


"When the mob went to the prison de la Force, where the Royal attendants were chiefly confined, the Princess DE LAMBALLE went down on her knees to implore a suspension of her fate for 24 hours. This was at first granted, until a second mob more ferocious than the first, forced her apartments, and decapitated her. The circumstances which attended her death were such as makes humanity shudder, and which decency forbids us to repeat:—Previous to her death, the mob offered her every insult. Her thighs were cut across, and her bowels and heart torn from her, and for two days her mangled body was dragged through the streets."

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:44 | 3508667 Vuke
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Jeez, an historical horror story, quite possible to see repeated.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:45 | 3508889 ISEEIT
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Just waht humanity needs...

A good dose of reality.

Bring the shit on.


Lets do this?

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:45 | 3508503 LetThemEatRand
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I often disagree with this author, but he spent a great deal of energy trying to make a difference so in that he's to be congratulated.   And I don't blame him for throwing in the proverbial towel.  At this point after watching the events of the last 40+ years unfold and in response seeing a population that by and large has no fucking idea that there is a systemic problem including the rise of police state that governs the country that is supposedly the beacon of liberty in the world, it seems pretty clear that nothing will change until the "system" collapses under its own enormous weight.  Unfortunately, I expect that when the dust settles it is going to worse long before it gets better.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:01 | 3508695 YHC-FTSE
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I'd give my left nut to have Bill Hicks alive today. There isn't a single satirist these days who comes remotely close to making people think about the daily turds of absurdities that we're force fed by the politico-media machine. Nobody who is angry, nobody who can whither a msm shill with a retort, nobody passionate about punishing murdering bastards and saving innocent lives around the world. Nobody who can see past the left/right, race/religion paradigm.  Fucking nobody good left. 

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:03 | 3508809 Rusty Shorts
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I propose a toast to Bill Hicks, anybody...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:28 | 3508741 New_Meat
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"... but he spent a great deal of energy trying to make a difference..."

Stalin made a difference.

- Ned

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 01:37 | 3509155 RebelDevil
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The Milgram Experiment. Nothing more needs to be said about the sheeple.

The only way things will get better is through a french-style revolution, which requires men of dominance to control the masses for a greater good, instead of greed.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:47 | 3508506 Monedas
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The Socialists hate us when we prosper in the economy .... they'll hate us when we live better in the hard times .... I drive them crazy .... as an elegant, beach bum .... with no visible means of support .... you can't win with those jerks .... you have to defeat them .... or kill them .... that works, too !

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:53 | 3508520 Ralph Spoilsport
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+1 Margherita.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:52 | 3508781 DoChenRollingBearing
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@ Monedas


Hear ya bud!  Being semi-retired and ONLY working with our Peruvian bearings business lets me laugh at them too.  And when I do not feel funny, well, I buy gold and ammo!

Molon Labe!  LOL, bloodsucking socialists!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:37 | 3508866 mofreedom
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you need to get to work, muslim jihadists in this coutry are counting on give them welfare, duh.  love ya always monedas, like a brother, AMEN!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:46 | 3508507 Antifederalist
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Bill Buckler, your commentary will be missed by intelligent humans.

Thank you for your contributions to my awareness.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:50 | 3508516 upWising
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"Things are going to get worse, until they get worse."  –Lily Tomlin

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:52 | 3508519 Wakanda
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Attitude is an awesome weapon, perhaps the most powerful.

Great article Bill and Cathy - much thanks for "The Privateer"!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:52 | 3508523 upWising
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"Instead of working for the survival of the fittest, we should be working for the survival of the wittiest - then we can all die laughing."   –Lily Tomlin


Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:51 | 3508526 upWising
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"No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up."  –Lily Tomlin

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:56 | 3508536 NoTTD
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To see the flip side, that is, what can happen to someone telling the wrong joke in a totalitarian system, read Milan Kundera's "The Joke".

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:10 | 3508549 Jam Akin
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Also see fighting totalitarianism with The Killing Joke:



Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:49 | 3508676 NoTTD
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"In 1945 peace suddenly broke out in Europe."

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:48 | 3508777 Jam Akin
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Classic. "Over 60000 times as powerful as Britain's great prewar joke."

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:13 | 3508553 Fuku Ben
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Of course laughing pisses them off. There are no positive emotions or feelings associated with power hungry thugs using threats, terror, death and destruction to bend humanity to their will.

It's a horrendous crime against humanity every time any of the 99% are sacrificed for their treasonous power games and our freedoms are stripped away.

I laugh every time they roll out the human centipede for interviews after their most recent false flag. They lick each others ass about what a great job they did working together. The fedstatelocal law enforcement human centipede is the official mascot of the pyramid's all seeing eye. Sounds like a good t-shirt.

We need a group of "press" at all future false flag press conferences to taunt them by laughing every time they brag about what a great job they did. They would go ballistic. Now that would be funny as hell.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:23 | 3508726 22winmag
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You've got my +1

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:13 | 3508556 Boondocker
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I have several people who wont talk to me because of laughter at things like "Nobel prize" "gun control" and "sure the dollar will always be the dominant currency"....good riddance!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:20 | 3508577 LaoTzu60606
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Now that is trivializing...



Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:20 | 3508578 Seasmoke
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That's why I call them all clowns.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:29 | 3508602 Youri Carma
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Yeah, I agree so my few cents in here:

‘Printing Banknotes’ – Draghi Says Officials Agree on ECB Unlimited Bond-Buying & Gold

GOLD: The Newest, Pinkest Panther Of All!

GOLD: Bernankesans Triple Whammy!!!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:30 | 3508610 Tinky
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On a more serious note, Buckler's publication will be missed by many, including me. He was, in my view, one of the best at distilling the complexities of today's economies into sharp, accurate and digestible monthly overviews.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:34 | 3508621 noless
Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:31 | 3508624 MFLTucson
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Couldn’t disagree more! Laughter allows them to keep going.  The best weapon is to ban together and remove them!  Impeachment is the method to get rid of this tyrant, where the hell is the Republican Congress, these people all took an oath to obey the constitution and there is no mention of tyranny in the constitution.  

 Holder has made a mockery of our laws as has Obama and we are laughing about it?  No, this is my country, NOT GEORGE SOROS; we have rules and when they don’t live by them, get them out! 

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:37 | 3508645 Ralph Spoilsport
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Impeach Obama in this political climate? What's the weather like on your planet?

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 22:58 | 3508906 TheFourthStooge-ing
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these people all took an oath to obey the constitution


Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:34 | 3508636 shutupnsing
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Jon Stewart, Tyranny's Greatest Shill...also the "greatest weapon" against them???? Hey, maybe he's a double agent!

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:41 | 3508655 Bastiat
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Humor's good but poking true believers in the cog dis is good too--though they pretend not to, they hear. 

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:44 | 3508656 Seize Mars
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I think the article is genuine, in that laughter at the fools who wish to dominate is indeed the correct approach. But the time for laughter is still in front of us. There are some very, very difficult times ahead.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:45 | 3508664 Kreditanstalt
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Central planners of the world are being laughed at all the way to insolvency...

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 20:49 | 3508673 Everybodys All ...
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Come to think of it Obama is one dumb but funny tyrant.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:14 | 3508684 Cabreado
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Buckler's getting a couple things slightly mixed up.

Exposure and humiliation is the preferred approach to dealing with those-who-Control.
That is a far cry from finding humor...

"But most of the time, it really is screamingly funny and really should be treated as such."

From that, Buckler exposes himself as missing important pieces of the puzzle.
What a shame.

Most of the time, it really is not screamingly funny, and treating it as such is an ignorant, self-protecting, dangerous plan.

(And what Mr. Banzai is doing and what Buckler is suggesting are not the same thing.  Not even close.)


Mon, 04/29/2013 - 00:26 | 3509085 Anusocracy
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To name, shame, and blame works with those who have a conscience.

Laughter works with those who have an ego.

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:07 | 3508701 q99x2
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Hanging, beheading, tar and feathering, exhiling, imprisonment, burning and crucifiction seem to also work. Laughing at someone like Dick Cheney would not work because he does not have a heart. He would find laughter reinforcement for his terrorist plans.

Making fun of BitCoin has also been very unsucceful especially against people that bought in at under $12 per bitcoin.

Belittling Gold investors as Gold Bugs and saying."I think gold is a great thing to sow in to your garments if you're a Jewish family in Vienna in 1939 but I think civilized people don't buy gold." has also been very ineffective.

Although some will cross their eyes and roll them up my quote about the Federal Reserve seems to work among people I respect: "Barak Hussein Obama appointed Ben Shalom Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board on January 28, 2010.

Even though that is not humor, not racism nor is it satire but rather simply a startling fact that seems to bring to a point, just what has been going on in this country, in such a succinct way, that it wakes people up and they smile if not laugh. F'kn country's been hijacked and it is obvious. That is what it implies. Not because of anything to do with race but because of the psychological manipulation that must have prevailed over human nature to allow two such corrupt incompetent people the reign over the people of the United States of America.

It has given the globalist bankster NWO crowd the hubris they need to physically begin attacking the people of this once great country.

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 00:31 | 3509093 worbsid
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Diane Feinstein to an AR15: "I hate you"

AR15, "It's because I'm black, isn't it?"

Sun, 04/28/2013 - 21:17 | 3508716 unwanted flatulence
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I advise you all to read Bukovsky's book. The most important comment on page 33:

We had grasped the great truth that is was not rifles, not tanks... That created power...
Power depended upon public obedience, upon a willingness to submit. Therefore each individual who refused to submit to force reduced that force by one 250 millionth (pop of Russia) of its sum.

... We knew of the impacable force of one man's refusal to submit. The authorities knew it too.

Will you refuse to submit to today's tyranny in the USA?

Mon, 04/29/2013 - 02:18 | 3509183 RebelDevil
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Awesome comment Bukovsky had.
We can take this further, so it can be applied.

Who is awake and brave enough to not work jobs we hate to buy we shit don't need as well shit we do need, and in essence, not be slaves to money? Who has enough balls to not just say, but live the "I don't give a fuck about what I'm supposed to do!" mentality? That mentality makes you starving and homeless, but at least you'll die as a person who had the balls to rebel and deal with suffering untill the next reincarnation if you did die.

("Free-Market") Crony Capitalism is the tryanny of modern times. Military power and Religion are runner-ups in comparison to its effectiveness.

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