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When 'Anti-Government' Violence Erupts, Who Is Really At Fault?

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Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market blog,

This past week, I have been examining a recently leaked document from the Department Of Homeland Security entitled “Domestic Violent Extremists Pose A Threat To Government Officials And Law Enforcement.” (Yes; the title leaves nothing to the imagination.)

Generally, such documents are not classified. But it is internally accepted within establishment agencies that they should not be shared with the public. Similar documents like the Missouri Information Analysis Center report titled “The Modern Militia Movement” and the Virginia Fusion Center’s Terrorism Threat Assessment are not designed to import in-depth knowledge to law enforcement. In fact, if you actually investigate these white papers thoroughly, you will find they read like a mentally challenged middle-school student’s last-minute book report on liberty groups in America.

Rather than convey the complexity of the conflict between federal bureaucracy and constitutionalists, the papers linked above are meant to indoctrinate law enforcement officials against even considering what we have to say or why we take the actions we take.

Often, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a shameless propaganda outlet known for its Saul Alinsky tactics, is tapped as the primary source of “data” for these reports. At no time have I ever seen a government report on “domestic extremism” accusing liberty activists that actually allows a subset of the liberty movement to personally describe our position.

Often, the DHS will claim to LEOs that there is a “disparity in our beliefs that makes us unpredictable” or that they do not have a full understanding of our motivations during a particular event. The confrontation at Cliven Bundy’s ranch was the latest shock, after which federal officials acted as though the standoff attitude of armed liberty activists was incomprehensible.

The reality is that establishment cronies know all too well why Americans are angered to the point of taking up arms.

In any piece of propaganda, including the leaked DHS report, the goal is to paint opposition to state power in the darkest manner possible, so that the useful idiots (oath breaking LEOs and federal agents) can maintain the false sense that they hold the moral high ground. It is the information that such propaganda fails to mention that holds the key to unraveling the government position. For instance, the paper overtly mentions armed patriots at Bundy ranch as a brand of escalation, but does not mention the heavily armed Bureau of Land Management agents and contracted snipers that came first, seeking to terrify the Bundy family into compliance.

Nor does the paper mention the trampling of protester 1st amendment rights with the BLM’s absurdly inadequate, fenced-off “First Amendment Area.” In light of this, I ask: Who triggered the confrontation at Bundy ranch?

Is the federal government really all that surprised that liberty activists from all across the country came armed and ready to fight or even die? Some people believe the establishment is so ignorant or blinded by hubris that they can’t see the typhoon at their door, but I don’t think they are as dumb as they pretend.

Tragedies like Waco and Ruby Ridge do not have a shelf life. They accumulate in the minds of the people over time, and generations can pass without the rage ever fading. At Bundy ranch, the liberty movement resolved that we would not allow another such event to occur again without direct consequences – meaning nonsensical false-flag terrorism like the Oklahoma City bombing will never be our method, though the Feds would like you to assume as much. No, our method is to stand in between the aggressors, whoever they may be, and the victims, whoever they may be, and stop the tragedy before it happens.

At Bundy ranch, the BLM and its military contractors ran away, returning Bundy property as they went. Thus, the liberty movement removed the immediate threat and prevented another possible Waco. This is called “escalation of violent extremism" by the establishment. I call it de-escalation of violent government abuse by liberty activists.

The federal government would have you believe that the rise of “militias” and violent opposition is somehow taking place in a vacuum; that government officials can’t understand why such escalation is occurring now; that it must be a product of “racism” due to a black president; and that it’s all a chaotic, self-mutating mess of extremist insanity. This is ridiculous.

Why are people gearing up for revolution? I’ll break it down simply:

If you try to take our freedom, our chance at prosperity or our lives, we are going to fight you until one side or both sides dies. Period.

I’m not sure how this could be difficult to comprehend, and I do not think the feds haven’t grasped it. I think if they are surprised at all, it is because they have been steamrolling over Americans for so long that they are not used to the idea of regular people stopping them cold. Powder kegs are revealing themselves all across the U.S., from Bundy ranch to Ferguson, Missouri, and all caused by authoritarian overreach by federal and state officials.

In Ferguson, anger over perceived as well as legitimate state abuse has developed into street activism, but also random looting. Michael Brown himself is not necessarily an endearing character, but that is not a rationalization for the outright execution of suspects by the police, which has taken place with increasing frequency across the country in recent years.  The strange behavior of Ferguson officials at the onset of the shooting combined with a lack of immediate transparency leads some to believe a cover-up is in progress, while others in government seek to exploit the event to ignite race divisions.

Whether or not Michael Brown actually "charged" at Officer Darren Wilson is not yet confirmed.  However, we do know that regardless, Brown was unarmed, and that the officer in question had less-lethal-means at his disposal, including a taser and pepper spray.  Whatever new facts come to light, it was still the choice of Darren Wilson to fire his handgun six times into Brown's head and arm, instead of using other available methods.  Darren Wilson's refusal to make an official statement at the beginning of the event allows him to shift his story according the evidence that becomes available to the public.  The entire situation and handling by Ferguson police only feeds already existing distrust of LEOs, who, with their federal funding and supplied military hardware, have become the front line mascots of government abuse.

The Ferguson shooting itself almost becomes irrelevant in comparison to the government response to public protest.  State officials cite the explosion of looting and violence as a reason for the insertion of heavily armed and armored SWAT units, as well as the National Guard.  However, riot police and militarized units IGNORED looters and rioters, and instead aimed the brunt of their attacks at peaceful protesters.  This reveals a government disdain for 1st Amendment activities that goes far beyond the controversy of Michael Brown or even the inevitable "race-war" propaganda.

What is the solution? To stop the rise of anti-government violence, we must remove government intrusion into people’s lives, and the public must take community security into its own hands.  Why did police use riot control measures against peaceful protesters in Ferguson, while such tactics were abandoned during the Bundy Ranch incident?  Why does Eric Holder express "alarm" over the use of the National Guard in Ferguson, yet, he and the White House discussed plans for military intervention at Bundy Ranch?  Why have leftists expressed shock over militarized police in Ferguson, when many of them were calling for drone strikes and blood in Bunkerville?  Why have some "conservatives" set aside their 1st Amendment concerns when it comes to Ferguson when they were livid over the initial 1st Amendment trampling of Bundy Ranch?

The bottom line is this - outsiders will always have their opinions, and in most cases their opinions don't count for much, but that does not stop people from trying to force their ignorant views upon you.  Whatever the community and whatever the circumstances, the only way to solve the problem of the state & statists vs. the people is for the people to take responsibility for their own surroundings.

If the citizens of Ferguson (and the rest of America) really want to erase this conundrum from their lives permanently, they are going to have to establish neighborhood watches and even community “militias” (there’s the dreaded “M” word again) to bring peace to their town.

By refusing to take responsibility for their own security, Ferguson residents have invited city and state LEOs to do the job for them, and this has resulted in the possibility of unwarranted death-by-cop. Ferguson residents can and should remove LEO presence by establishing their own security. But this means they would have to stop the looting by petty thugs using protests as cover, and it also means they would have to prevent or intervene in criminal activities of less honorable residents.

The Founding Fathers answered the question of “who watches the watchmen” by creating a system by which the people ARE the watchmen. This was the militia system, a system that the federal government now labels “domestic extremism” and violent escalation.

I have been saying it for years, and I’ll keep saying right up until the shooting starts: Americans must take responsibility for their own futures and their own defense. Whether or not the people of Ferguson accept this, I have no idea, but the crisis will never stop until they do. And this problem applies to all other communities across the nation as well.  Corruption of a community and the application of tyranny is rather difficult when every able bodied person within that community has the ability to defend themselves.  Therefore, it remains up to each individual, and each sovereign neighborhood, town, county, and state, to man-up and become combat capable so that less honest institutions do not fill the void.

Dupes and statists will argue that the only way to change the system is to play by the rules, build a majority, elect the politicians you want and fight unconstitutional laws in the courts. But what should the people do when our political structure is rigged by special interests representing only a handful of elites? What should the people do when independent parties are muscled out of the mainstream and the leaders of the major parties sabotage any internal movements to change the status quo? What do the people do when their protests and redress of grievances are bashed by the media, violently attacked by the authorities or outright denied by government-enforced curfew? What do the people do when the courts stall justice and drown dissent with legal red tape? What do people do when playing by the rules only makes the situation worse for us all?

Americans must realize an important fact: There is no power over us but that which we give away.

The original intent of our republic is that the people ARE the government — not a select few elitists handpicked by corporate bankers. Politicians are supposed to be our employees, not a ruling class that sits above the populace. The current growing conflict between the citizenry and the government is igniting exactly because our government does not represent the common man anymore. The government is not “by the people, for the people.” It is a separate entity, representing corrupt and hostile parties. It cannot be changed from within. The federal government is now foreign to us, a guarded enemy with malicious motives.

Americans can take back the power they have neglected by taking responsibility for themselves and their communities. The government can only do two things in reaction: accept that we are in charge of our own lives and walk away, or try to stop us with force and assert its dominance. If it chooses the latter, then all violence that follows after will be on its hands, not ours. Anti-government activities arise only because of destructive government attitudes. If the establishment really fears a wave of violence against it, then it should do exactly as it did in Bunkerville, Nevada — walk away and leave people in peace.


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Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:55 | 5132872 kchrisc
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Something beautiful and fateful to ponder:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.


An American, not US subject.



Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:14 | 5132946 sixsigma cygnus...
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The esteemed gentlemen who wrote those words were considered traitors and terrorists of their day, by the government of their day.  The more it changes, the more it stays the same.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:30 | 5133177 Harbanger
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Here's the difference.  They were of the enlightenment Age.  Men who followed Reason, Individualism and Tradition.  Capitalists in every sense of the word.  Today we're in the Clueless age.  Metrosexuals who believe in Entitlement, Fairness and Unicorns.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:32 | 5133193 Harbanger
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That's right, eat it up bitchez.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:22 | 5133980 Pool Shark
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That's why the founders didn't form a 'democracy.' Democracy only works for an enlightened people.

Otherwise democracy simply becomes 3 wolves and 2 sheep voting on what's for dinner.

Don't blame the government for becoming repressive; that's what governments do.

Instead, blame the people (sheep?) for yielding their freedoms to the repressive government in exchange for temporary 'personal peace and affluence.'

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:21 | 5132949 ZerOhead
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"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people (that's us) to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another (that's TPTB )  ,..."

They are not going to let you go easily or peacefully. The system has to be fixed from the inside.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:27 | 5133182 kchrisc
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"The system has to be fixed from the inside."

Unfortunately, Ruby Ridge, Waco, Bundy Ranch, Sandy Hoax, prove you wrong.

I personally hope that my arsenal slowly becomes a collection and my children can inherit them from me. But, history, and DHS, says that that is not going to happen.

See you on the battlefield, as I'm not going "camping."

An American, not US subject.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:48 | 5133219 Harbanger
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The battlefield is in the hearts and souls of men.  They knew this, the hell we know about it.


Go camping and enjoy your holiday, when men go camping it's because they're on a mission.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:50 | 5133226 ZerOhead
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It has to be fixed from the inside because when the economic collapse occurs and their control over power is threatened they will inevitably seek to maintain order at all costs.

Either they succeed or millions of psychopaths smelling blood at a  pull back will suddenly go apeshit on everyone else in a new dog eat dog world of survival.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:04 | 5133261 Harbanger
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Since we're talking about Great Men of the past.  Here's a little tidbit which I'm certain the Founders knew.

-they would not accept my counsel, they rejected all my reproof.  So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.  For the waywardness of the naive shall kill them and the complacency of the fools shall destroy them.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:51 | 5133337 ZerOhead
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God's not going to help us... he's on the outside...

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 01:23 | 5133385 Harbanger
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Of course God is not there to help you, he want's you to come to him, not the other way around.  If you need help, then you should Dial 911.  If you don't have deep faith (the power to manifest your wishes) then you're at the mercy of the world.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:48 | 5133717 negative rates
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I think they want you to remove that crick in your neck, come on, you can do it.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:00 | 5134080 TheMeatTrapper
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@Harbanger @kchrisc - Good to see there are still some right thinking American men out there. 


Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:02 | 5133443 ImGumbydmmt
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Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves.

Winston Churchill

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:30 | 5133184 Burticus
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Secession is the only political solution remaining, same as in 1776.

Leave the elephant/jackass sock puppets in the District of Corruption with only their debt, angry creditors and worthless paper to pay their storm troopers.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:50 | 5134055 rubiconsolutions
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@kchrisc - Here's the problem with the declaration of independence: there is no practical way to withdraw your consent. With all its rhetorical flourishes, those that wrote the words failed to give us an out. They provided no method of withdrawing consent. It would be nice if someone could give me a concrete way of withdrawing my consent because in 30 years nobody has been able to tell me how. And I don't mean that straw man put forth by some folks - "Hey, if you don't love it, leave it." or "You vote so you consent."Well, no, I haven't voted since 1992 because I saw that as one way of consenting to a government that I didn't agree with. So, I'll ask does one withdraw their consent?  

An unwilling American subject.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:11 | 5134108 TheMeatTrapper
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Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:02 | 5132888 hedgeless_horseman
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The government doesn't understand how people can be so angry when interest rates are so low. Why can't we just be happy debt slaves?

Lending with interest has been a sin and a capital offense in times past. Now, it is our nation's central principal.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:07 | 5132928 The Gooch
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Our "nation" no longer has ANY (central) principal.

Just a central bank and a shit-ton of dependent .gov drones.

And us.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 01:01 | 5133352 Harbanger
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Us who? I think you meant principles.  We already have too many principals, especially the central kind.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:08 | 5133446 joego1
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I'll be happy when I get my 0% at the discount window.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:04 | 5134093 TheMeatTrapper
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I'm on the Board of Directors of my HOA. Our insurance premium went up - again. I called the agent and asked why. He point blank told me that the income they derived off of investing premiums in "safe assets" was down because of low interest rates, so they had no choice but to raise premiums. 

I sent a letter to every home owner in the association explaining that their dues were increasing and explained that it was because the current administration and their artificially low interest rate policy.

We have 28 homes in our association. Three are black families. Looks like they got what they begged for.


Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:59 | 5132891 kchrisc
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"Tragedies like Waco and Ruby Ridge do not have a shelf life."

My children are nearly experts on the treason that transpired at Ruby Ridge and Waco. They don't yet really understand why it is important, but one day, whether I'm around or not, they will.

An American, not US subject.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:18 | 5133975 Urban Redneck
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The shelf life certainly exceeds 150 years.

The civilian population in the mortheast and mid-Atlantic probably doesn't grasp the possible ramifications of that if mere fighting words escalate beyond that.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:16 | 5132895 deeply indebted
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Speaking of...

NEW footage of St Louis shooting:

The video does not match the official story...


Newsweek reports on the video:

CNN reports on the video:

ABC reports on the video:

Huffington Post reports on the video:

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:13 | 5133143 The Gooch
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This will be the straw.

Holy shit.

Or not.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 01:12 | 5133372 El Vaquero
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Not that you could see it in the video, but he supposedly had a knife. 

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:51 | 5133981 Urban Redneck
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That story is so "NEW" that it is now on PAGE 7 of ZH, or as the rest of us call it - old news...

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:01 | 5132903 Cangaroo.TNT
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Rebels are not born; they are made.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:05 | 5132914 Number 156
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I remember some politician back in 2007 making the comment that there would be "tanks in the street" if they didn't bail out the markets.

I always wish I could've asked that guy:
" Who's interests are you protecting by using military force?"

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:05 | 5132915 The Gooch
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"Tragedies like Waco and Ruby Ridge do not have a shelf life"

Damn straight, they don't.

-"Mother is the word for God in the hearts and minds of children".

Remember those people too.


Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:08 | 5133130 FeralSerf
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Nor Oklahoma City and 9/11 when the Empire struck back.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:30 | 5133586 umdesch4
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I always remember that quote from the Crow, and have often wondered where it originated. Now we have the internet! William Makepeace Thackeray. Thanks for reminding me to finally look that up.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:08 | 5132931 Fidel Castrol
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the man with the dreads and the cabela cap IS the tank man for america's tiananmen moment.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:19 | 5132959 sysin3
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While I might agree with some of the ideas of the author, any resemblance between the article and (logical thought or English) is purely coincidental.

Really ?? Y'all gonna have to write a whole lot better than that, unless you only want to attract Bubbas to your cause. Bubbas are sho 'nuf useful .. they got them deer rifles. They can pick off a carpetbagger at 300 yards.

But they ain't really the sharpest tools in the shed.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:26 | 5133688 mvsjcl
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This coming from a paradigm of communication.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:19 | 5132965 SgtShaftoe
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That was one of the most concise, well-thought articles all week about the madness going on.  Well done. 

The only area that I'm concerned about is the defensibility of urban locales.  It's very difficult.  Suburbs are even harder.  People who are contemplating civil defense should consider whether their neighborhood can be effectively defended.  If not, move while you can! 

From a defensive standpoint, rural rough terrain is best, followed by densely urban.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:35 | 5133019 Cangaroo.TNT
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Regardless of the environment (urban, suburban, rural, remote), the most important aspect of an effective defensive (or offensive) action is to KNOW your environment.


PS And be properly geared/outfitted for said environment.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:37 | 5133029 SgtShaftoe
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Exactly!  Walk it at night, walk it in the day. 

Physical Terrain: Find every nook and cranny, rat line, and any other sneaky-pete avenues that could be useful to you and yours. 

Social terrain: Know your damn neighbors.  You don't have to be bestys, but create a community. 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:18 | 5133155 The Gooch
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And a perimeter.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 01:21 | 5133382 El Vaquero
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Then look up the Vietnamese manual on resisting invaders.  It caused the Mongols problems.  The US too. 


There are some woods behind my house.  They're kind of creepy at night if you're alone.  It's funny though, if I am walking through them, I'm more alert, but that's about it.  If I start jogging or running, all of a sudden, it's like I'm running from something.  I'm guessing it's something primordial; something from when we were cavemen.  Back in the day, if you were running through the woods at night, it probably meant that you were chasing something, or being chased by something, most likely the latter.  I can slow back down to a walk, and the feeling goes away, then kick it back up to a run, and the feeling comes back.  It is easy to get jumpy.


I should probably do it more often so that I'm used to the feeling.  I do run armed, for anybody who might want to play a prank;)

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:43 | 5134039 Urban Redneck
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So funny I had to share... (but I wouldn't bother unless it was more than just humorous)

Insurgency, Swiss Made
Can Switzerland be broken up?

As Libya’s Gaddafi is getting ready to speak before the UN General Assembly, we thought it is time to consider that question more seriously. His foreign minister, after all, will preside the body for the next year. And Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, probably fed-up with all the diplomatic tact and boring dark suits, proposed to break up Switzerland, in case you missed it. The place is “a world mafia, not a state,” he said. A couple of months ago the German finance minister, Peer Steinbrück, had already proposed to send the cavalry to do away with the money-launderers in the Alps.

We Europeans, you will understand, take all things UN very seriously. Sure, Switzerland entered the UN in 2002. But that bunch of cantons never applied for EU membership. As a result it looks like a bird dropping on Europe’s neat map. Now Gaddafi proposed to “wipe it off.” Right. To break it up and give the French part to the French, the German part to the Germans, and that one Italian canton to the Italians. Sounds good, you might think (if you’re not Swiss or Italian).

So, can it be done? Our analysis: forget it.

The drag starts with the casus belli already. You need a reason for going to war, or at least it helps. At first glance, the “safe haven” trick might work: the Swiss live on inaccessible, landlocked mountains; many have long bushy beards; they hate foreigners; they don’t let their womenfolk vote (at least not until recently); every other village seems to have its own funny language; they quarrel amongst each other; everybody has a gun at home; and there’s a big supply of religious nuts. Problem is, there’re no terrorists.

OK, you could say they are a financial safe haven. After all they bunker loads of secret money. Germany tried to go down that road and had Switzerland put on an OECD black list for rogue states. Problem is, that won’t get you Article 5 and NATO support. So no invasion there.

Well, you’ll think, screw terrorism and NATO and do the WMD thing. Bern, Baghdad? Clearly they are messing with nuclear power plants. They have dodgy high-tech factories all over the place, surely some of them mobile. It should be easy to find tons of aluminum tubes. And they can ship all sorts of things to London in 45 minutes. Problem is — World War I, World War II — they never attacked anybody.

Good. So ignore the casus belli. Who needs that anyway? Think operational. But here the real headache only begins. You think insurgency is new? Recent field manuals? Swiss Wanderhackbauern harassed European powers well before Americans could start their own insurgency against the British. Back then. Erasmus of Rotterdam already called them “butchers” in the early 1500s (veluti carnifex quispiam ad lanienam precio emptus). Swiss officers have been publishing insurgency manuals since the 1950s. With a 450-years delay, you might think. Well, they might be slow, but they mean business (Der totale Widerstand).

Yeah, doctrine, you’ll say, history, pah — what counts is action. But here it gets even worse. Ever heard of the Réduit? Switzerland is probably the only country that has a national security strategy of insurgency. In the case of war, ruthless mountain warriors would harass the enemy in what they call Middle Earth, probably a deterrent hint to Mordor, and maintain their sovereignty in the Zentralraum, as the generals called it in 1940. The Swiss have the means to resist, such as fighter jets hidden in steep mountains walls, ready to swoop out, and they have the will to resist — after all tiny Switzerland deterred the Wehrmacht. Korengal will be a cakewalk against Appenzell.

So go ahead, Gaddafi, send Hannibal to the Alps. We’ll sit and watch the fun.

And a copy of Dach's Der totale Widerstand (in English)

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:17 | 5133156 Stormtrooper
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Our group trains for the rural, rough environment but I focus more on long range sniper training.  It will be guerilla warfare by the dedicated 3 percent who make the difference.  Hit and run, do as much damage in each engagement and preserve manpower for the future. That 3 percent kicked the ass of hundreds of thousands of well equipped American forces in Vietnam, Irag and Afghanistan.  If it comes to it, this time will not be different.

With that said, I have turned toward Article V Convention of States as the only viable political method to change Washington from the outside (kicking and screaming and maybe trying martial law to preserve their hold on power).  If that doesn't work, it will be time to fall back on doing it the hard way.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 01:53 | 5133428 PacOps
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Machines don't fight wars. People do, and they use their minds.
— Col John R. Boyd, USAF
People, ideas, and hardware -- In that order!
- Col John R. Boyd, USAF
Complexity (technical, organizational, operational, etc.) causes commanders and subordinates alike to be captured by their own internal dynamics or interaction – hence they cannot adapt to rapidly changing external (or even internal) circumstances.
- Col John R. Boyd, USAF
Harmony in operations is created by the bonds of implicit communications and trust that evolve as a consequence of the similar mental images or impressions each individual creates and commits to memory by repeatedly sharing the same variety of experience in the same ways.
- Col John R. Boyd, USAF
Leadership is the art of inspiring people to enthusiastically take action toward the achievement of uncommon goals.
- Col John R. Boyd, USAF
Understand what an OODA loop is and then get inside of your adversaries OODA Loop. - Game over! 
Maneuver warfare and the Marines[edit]

In January 1980 Boyd gave his briefing Patterns of Conflict at the U.S. Marines AWS (Amphibious Warfare School). This led to the instructor at the time, Michael Wyly, and Boyd changing the curriculum, with the blessing of General Trainor. Trainor later asked Wyly to write a new tactics manual for the Marines.[17] John Schmitt, guided by General Alfred M. Gray, Jr. wrote Warfighting, during the writing, he collaborated with John Boyd. Wyly, Lind, and a few other junior officers are credited with developing concepts for what would become the Marine model of maneuver warfare.
Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:21 | 5132970 Seasmoke
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No shit, Schumer. 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:21 | 5132972 holdbuysell
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Indeed. Accountability and Responsibility are anachronisms as far the US sheople are concerned.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:21 | 5132973 Reaper
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The courts, police and DA's do not serve the people, they serve themselves. The police/prosecutor/court system fills its own trough. DA's have 98% conviction rates, because the police testi-lie and the judges assist. The media refuses to report most all court/police/judge corruption and the system covers itself. What's failed is the media in reporting the corruption. The founding fathers believed that a free and diverse press would act as a fourth control on government. They were mistaken. Power corrupts them all.

The fault lies with the police/prosecutor/judge/media/government industrial complex. The parasites will never stop till they destroy the host or the host destroys them.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 01:32 | 5133401 El Vaquero
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That depends on your district.  Here, if the cops and the DA don't have enough evidence to convict you of a misdemeanor, yet you've been arrested, the DA will often throw several felonies at you and try to get you to plea.  Then they'll be unholy cocksuckers about the whole thing.  Most people will likely plea when faced with 30 years vs 3 months for pleaing to a misdemeanor.  I'm betting that your conviction rate counts people who plead out, which is going to be a lot of the cases.  It would be interesting to see the rate at which they win at trial.  They'll fold when facing the few who won't crumple, though they'll often wait until the day of trial.  A lot of this shit never comes before the judges, who are actually fairly decent here when it comes to ensuring a fair trial. 

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:11 | 5133451 PacOps
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And then, with their stellar record, they run for re-election or higher office and are successful most of the time.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 08:02 | 5133739 22winmag
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I've been saying it for years... the proseccutors office is where most future politicans get their experience in lying and legal coverups.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 08:08 | 5133751 22winmag
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So true.


Between the plea bargain racket, "deferred prosecution", and the money pump that the legal system has become, it's no wonder why there is hardly any room left for actual trials. Judges are usually far less fucked up than the prosecutors, parasites and law enforcement that bloats the system.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 08:43 | 5133809 Reaper
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EV. The judges have their own venality. Complaints against judges are resolved outside of public scrutiny by commissions, which secretly hear and resolve complaints. In the federal second circuit, not one honest judge is known. Like the police cover their own, judges protect judges. The way to win your case is to hire the lawyer well connected to the judge.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:22 | 5132978 booboo
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“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:30 | 5133009 The Gooch
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There will be no "revolution".

Get over it. Too many factions. 

This will be total war. Period.

The provocateurs have no idea what they are in for.



Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:43 | 5133053 luckystars
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They want civil war, because they want most of us dead.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:16 | 5133149 The Gooch
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And they think they and theirs are immune.

It's an inherent and fatal trait of sociopaths.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 01:34 | 5133403 El Vaquero
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They have to eat, breath and shit.  They need water, take leaks and bleed when cut.  And if it bleeds, we can kill it.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:28 | 5132998 darteaus
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Swisher Sweets - for making such tasty blunt wrap.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:40 | 5133043 SgtShaftoe
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That's legal in WA, and CO.  Plenty have been murdered over possession of a plant. 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:41 | 5133045 Statetheist
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I'll ask it another way:


"When the slaves revolt, who is really at fault?"

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:42 | 5133048 luckystars
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I recall them saying they were removing the local police, then removed state police.

they never removed anyone, they kept adding cops.

So you have local, other city police, state police, Highway Patrol, and National Guard.

they lie

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:11 | 5133138 Jstanley011
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The goober-nor got embarrassed about his paramilitaries' pics in the press, and thought to stand them down. Then he got taken to the woodshed and shown which way the up arrow points. By somebody...

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:22 | 5133120 Son of Captain Nemo
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I always know when ZH posts Brandon Smith's reads that force Americans to look in the mirror and thoughtfully reflect on what self-indulgent cowards we all are that blame everything on the government officials we ourselves put in office but won't remove when they repeatedly commit treason that a sea of "down arrows" and less than 50 comments within the first hour getting posted is proof that he's done a good job at hitting the right "nerve"!

What does John Milton say in Devil's Advocate at the end of the movie?  Vanity my favorite sin!

Well done Brandon

And as a parting shot this is a worthwhile 7 minute watch on a guy with probably a 60 IQ that makes a handsome living at performing a repetitive"Hegelian"script much like our Senators, Congressmen and President that know what they are being told to do is unethical, unlawful and dangerous but have chosen to do it countless times anyway because they worship the rewards they are given for their obedience more than they cherish the freedoms in the laws they took an oath to protect and defend which are priceless!

If the "Oath Keepers" don't go after this guy and those like him they are probably in on it as well.  Sorry Stewart.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:40 | 5133703 mvsjcl
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Interesting. Thanks.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:18 | 5133153 Crawdaddy
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The power structure is populated by our next door neighbors, chances are they don't know it.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 23:23 | 5133160 q99x2
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What is the solution? To stop the rise of anti-government violence, we must remove government intrusion into people’s lives, and the public must take community security into its own hands.

Great article. I'd go further and convert the government into open source software based on the constitution. It is possible now to remove humans from government and still have the government represent the citizens of the nation--in accordance with the constitution. Of course you need a nation and not a nation-state to do that.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:28 | 5133297 reader2010
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No shit. Get used to it because it's gonna get worse.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:48 | 5133334 robnume
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"Ferguson." Coming soon to a town near you.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:00 | 5133342 luckystars
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this is a very intelligent and sophisticated enemy we are dealing with.

It started with playing the race card against the Clinton's, by Obama surrogates.

Rev. Wright

Father Flaherty

The police acted stupidly


Racist Tea Party which Breitbart proved didn't exist

They created racists where there were none, just like in Iraq they created terrorists where there were none.

New Black Panthers

Media attack of "White Guys"

Wide open Borders

Eric Holder/Michelle Obama/Van Jones/Valerie Jarrett.

So whites are pushed into a corner to make sure they NEVER align with people of color.

All the while pushing through the most draconian legislation Bush/Cheney never could have.

"He is a Muslim" the right Christian Satanist Zionist claim

"He is an atheist " the Satanist God denying left claim.

No, he is a Satanist as they all are who are in power.


The goal of Satan is to enslave the world, and they are so close

American culture is jewified, satanic, wars, hate, decay, crimes against humanity and nature.

But it is an un-winable war

God wins

Jesus "enter the narrow gate, which few can pass through"

its all about salvation from a fallen world.

its a love story...


Sat, 08/23/2014 - 01:11 | 5133368 New American Re...
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With due respect to Brandon Smith who I think is a very able writer, the people move to revolution (and that is what he is talking about here), because the government is bankrupt and threatens to take the people with it.   Yes, Smith dances around it, but that's only because he doesn't really understand the dynamic and hasn't had the opportunity to run out the equation.  He's right, America is neither by the people nor for the people,... but then he leaves the reader stranded.  What is the key?  How do we turn it?  What do we do?  I'll tell you.  We take back Congress and take all its powers back from the Imperial Presidency that there transfer has created.  Read how and why at  Cheeres Mon!


Sat, 08/23/2014 - 01:42 | 5133418 luckystars
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none of your links work

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:12 | 5133625 runningman18
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Smith mentions in the article that trying to change the system from within is a waste of time, and he's right.  It's a rigged game, and youve bought into it by thinking you can win playing by their rules.  We've tried all of that, with no success.  Maybe it's time to change strategies like the author mentions and change things from the ground up instead of banging our heads against the capstone of the pyramid...

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:10 | 5133966 WTFx10
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"youve bought into it by thinking you can win playing by their rules"

As soon as u start playing by their rules they change them. 

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:06 | 5133953 Comte d'herblay
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Was gonna Upthumb you till I got to the part about, 'taking back CONgress'.  

Theoretically you're right but practically this can't be done because:   T I F   The incumbent factor.

If I can't get my good friend, main amigo, and righteous democratic lifetime voter, the inimitable Budgie Twitters,  to vote out his incumbent while I vote out mine, then CONgress can't be 'taken back'.

Until the majority of voters in an Electoral Vote country decide to walk into the next election's booths and blindly vote for anyone but an incumbent, all is lost.

To not recognize this absolute truth is anathema to changing anything substantive, all changed then will remain at the margins, on shit.  Like telling us that it's ok for bumfuckers to get married. Or It's o.k. to kill your 26 week old chilren because you couldn't make up your mind in time b 4 the first heartbeats. Or insure a due process system governs even the self-confessed serial killer 110% guilty instead of taking her out back to the woodshed and perform some seriouly fatal whoop ass on her. 



Sat, 08/23/2014 - 01:12 | 5133373 Alternative
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Enough chest banging. Football season is starting. There is a piss that you call beer for everybody. Now STFU.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 01:23 | 5133386 intric8
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Dont be so naive ZH. That pic above is a propaganda photo op. Who knows how that chick/dude was behaving before those boys converged. Maybe he/she was acting intentionally suspicious with the cameraman waiting to capitalize on the moment. This is all just bullshit already, dont these fucking hoodlums have jobs and family? Get their asses home!

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:18 | 5133631 runningman18
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You don't even know that it's a dude and you're making the assumption that he's up to no good?  How do you know he wasn't on his way to his job, jackass?  And even if he was up to no good, does it really take a team of heavily armed wannabe tacti-cool douchebag cops to subdue him?    

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 09:44 | 5133899 intric8
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Your assumption is that this dude is on his way to work, and without any provocation they go swat on his ass.

I'm presenting the possibility that this photo op was set up, either that or the cameraman new they would go after the dude for some reason that none of us are aware. Maybe he was behaving in a manner that warranted the response. Whatever the case may be, the guy who took the picture was incredibly johnny on the spot. No? Does my conjecture and unwillingness to hop on this bandwagon of mayhem over that scumbag Mike Brown, who this is all about, make me a jackass? 

I am as opposed to a police state as any zhedger, but this ferguson shit has gotten way out of control over the stupidest pretext and lowlife of a person in Brown. They could have picketed the precinct day and night. Instead, innocent business owners and bystanders pay the price from a bunch of thugs hitting the street who are just looking for a reason to rob, victimize and stir shit up. If you cant handle a contrarian opinion around here, kindly fuck off


Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:01 | 5133442 beaglebog
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It is a logical impossibility to be both the "Governed" and the "master of the government".


If you will have a State, of any size,  then you must resign yourself to subservience.


Our political systems cannot bear the mildest of scrutiny, without being revealed as criminal ... predicated upon violence and (self)deception.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 03:33 | 5133516 Edelweiss
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  I understand the points that the author is trying to make, but let's play devil's advocate for a moment. 

  If and when the U.S. experienced widespread armed conflict, the results would be hellish, and the outcomes anything but predictable.  A recent historical example includes Syria.  That conflict is three years running, with approximately 200,000 dead in a nation of only 18 million.  It began as a pro democracy movement, and has morphed into a free for all with multiple factions fighting each other, as well as Assad's regime. 

  It's human nature to project images of what you believe the future holds, but the potential for unintended consequences is staggering. 

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:40 | 5133594 daemon
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"   The Founding Fathers answered the question of “who watches the watchmen” by creating a system by which the people ARE the watchmen.  "

The government is not “by the people, for the people.” It is a separate entity, representing corrupt and hostile parties."

Yes, but you forget that, even if corporations were not considered "persons", and even if there were no bankers, the very fact that you elect representatives automatically imply that no government will be "by all the people for all the people" (unless everyone chooses the same guy(s)). The process of election implies that people will vote for their own interest before everything else ..... interest that will probably goes against other people's interest, more often than not .

In the end, who will watch those who watch the watchmen ?

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 09:53 | 5133630 Comte d'herblay
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Which point neatly explains why  they are invulnerable.  Add to that the Incumbency vote, and you have pretty much answered the seeming conundrum of why the human beans give CONgress an abysmal 17% favorable rating, yet re-elect their own same crooks over and over again. 

Change from within is impossible and change from without, (without resorting to vigilantes possessing some serious idealism, a whole buncha military or guerrilla military maneuvers, and whole lotta sniper rifles, SAMs, and other righteous paraphernalia to strike enough fear into the remaining ruling elite that they could be next) about as probable as Katie Upton sitting on my face. 

The only remaining strategy is to leave.  Find another country or part of this one, that has the least Government interference.  Then you have Africa. A continent beseiged by war lords of one faction or another, or so far incurable diseases, and large spiders, snakes, and other creatures awaiting a meal.

It is then no wonder that the people most of them turn to the AA mantra, the Serenity Prayer"

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can, 

And the wisdom to know the difference".  (niebuhr)

Best to engage in personal revolution where you can, legal or illegal (without getting caught).  

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:57 | 5133729 ejmoosa
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Individual Responsibility and accountability is the solution.  Freedom starts with taking responsibility for yourself.  Not waiting for someone to give or grant you something.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 08:09 | 5133750 anonymike
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Brandon hit the nail on the head with this one. Just one small, but very important, suggestion. After mentioning the state as part of the problem about a half dozen times, the article then states:

"Therefore, it remains up to each individual, and each sovereign neighborhood, town, county, and state, to man-up and become combat capable so that less honest institutions do not fill the void."

Thomas Jefferson wrote that the most local government was all that's necessary to secure the rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. This is the only kind of government that is able to remain “by the people, for the people” over the long term. Each should have its own militia, with relationships with other militias, but no common leaders to become the next tyrant. The tyrants that naturally arise from the attraction to power over large numbers can be avoided by eliminating all power by any group or individual over numbers larger than a very local community.

So, the article would be absolutely perfect with that one sentence changed to:

"Therefore, it remains up to each individual, and each sovereign local community to man-up, become combat capable and join in league with other like minded sovereign communities, so that less honest centralized institutions do not fill the void."

This would still be 100% consistent with the rest of this article, and all but a very small, and shrinking, portion of Brandon's other excellent articles.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 09:39 | 5133862 daemon
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Thomas Jefferson wrote that the most local government was all that's necessary to secure the rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. This is the only kind of government that is able to remain “by the people, for the people” over the long term.  "

Yes, it does not matter that we have been living in large societies for thousands of years. Physiologically/psychologically we are still hunter gatherers only able to feel we belong to some limited group, in which everyone is pushing in the same direction, for a common interest.

Ultimately, even evolved, "artificial", abstractions like nations or religions fail to provide that comfortable feeling of belonging to one cohesive group.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 09:18 | 5133805 daemon
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Sat, 08/23/2014 - 08:47 | 5133816 Psquared
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These are two separate issues. Extremist violence threatens us all when they burn stores, schools, cars and homes. But there is a problem in the US because power and wealth is in too few hands. It's just not a new problem. The riots in Ferguson are not a rebellion any more than the 1992 riots in L.A. were a rebellion.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 08:54 | 5133827 BeetleBailey
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Well written Brandon...and stated. Bravo.

The government I know NOW, is a shell of it's former self.

I do not trust it. I do not trust - or believe - the vast majority of what comes out of it. I never HAVE seen big government "work" well, on time, on budget.

Ever. This dis-arms and puts some people I encounter in real life, on the back foot; the Fuckbamaviks, government wonks, the gullible white shamers, and one issue pointy heads, when they espouse how "great/needed/income dependent" the U.S. government is.

Part of my solution to this dilemma I've already qwerty'd in this forum, but I will repeat some here.

1. ABANDON the Too Big To Fail Banks - EN MASS.

2. Shop local - NOT big box/chain store/elitist swine "sponsored".



5. ABANDON THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA. ALLLLLLLLLLLLL OF THEM. Do your OWN research, thinking and close ranks by also ABANDONING people that are too STUPID to see what has been....going on....little by frogs in a pot on the stove.....

6. AVOID paying taxes as much as possible. Not evade - AVOID. It IS, after all, voluntary. Big government pricks and shills will say the opposite - FUCK THEM.

just SOME.....of my own mantras....

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 09:01 | 5133838 falak pema
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we all know who is at fault ; its all about Eve. She bit the apple! 

But, what we don't know is who shit the apple seeds like flying bullets !

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 09:06 | 5133842 northerngirl
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There seem to be a disconnect between what American's say they want, and their actions.  Look at the Primaries over the past few months, how many incumbents won their party primaries?  How is anything going to change?  Now Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are back in the news?  What is the definition of insanity?

If actions speak louder than words all we have are frustrated American's that sit around and do nothing.  We get the government we deserve.


Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:58 | 5134224 p00k1e
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I notice the same thing. 

Here in the Detroit MSA everyone complains about property taxes and bus millages, yet, every election the millage increases all pass.  

How can we be sure the voting machines are tampered with?   We can’t, it’s illegal for us to ask. 

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 15:03 | 5134704 mastersnark
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Implying elections aren't rigged.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 09:11 | 5133852 NoWayJose
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I agree that the system cannot change from within. We will never have a majority of Congress supporting such a change. You see that clearly with the economic collapse of 2008/2009. Did the banks who caused it get punished or did they become even more powerful?

The government may have been subject to a rebellion in the past, but just look at all the laws and executive orders that currently are removing our rights. Either by collecting meta data or by NSA spying there are few secrets. The government is also arming itself and militarizing its police force. It is eliminating any chance of an organized rebellion.

Equally bad is that there is no dictator that can be toppled in order to change things. The whole system is 'in charge' and is hidden behind the illusion of democracy. There is only one way it will end - and that way is that it will spend itself to death such that it can no longer support all of its controls and its enforcers. And when that time comes it Weill not be pretty or glorious or organized.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 09:21 | 5133870 disabledvet
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Hitler had a few run ins with the law...look how far he went.  Goes to show you "as long as your a good writer there's always hope."

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 21:52 | 5135778 Ginsengbull
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Hitler didn't write Mein Kampf, that was written by Rudolph Hess.


Hitler was just the dictate-er.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 09:43 | 5133913 Haloween1
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You won't have any credibility until you start showing up at the Furgesons like you did for Clive Bundy. 

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:13 | 5134119 mastersnark
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Yes, because resisting a Swisher Sweet robbery investigation is exactly the same as resisting violent federal land barons.


Sat, 08/23/2014 - 09:57 | 5133940 SMC
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The law of the jungle applies to nations as well as men.

Whichever group has the "bigger stick" decides what rights if any, any particular individual or group will have.

Right now the group with the "bigger stick" is un-affectionally known as "just us" or the "oligarchy controlling the US Government" or the "crony-capitalists and their political minions".

Through their control we endure:

1. Asset forfeiture based on mere suspicion - used to supplement budgets at every level of government.

2. Continuous debasement of the currency our wages are paid in and that we must pay taxes in.

3. Out of control government spending for "just us" and grants to their foreign friends, a trickle for domestic projects that are not some frankenstien-crony-capitalist mess like Obummercare, etc...

4. Socialized losses and risk for "just us", such as government bailouts, crony-grants w/kickbacks, no-bid contracts with profit guarantees, etc....

5. Significant differences in campaign promises leading to very little difference in governance between the two major parties.

6. "Legalized" domestic propaganda. Once respected news organizations are reduced to propaganda and gossip outlets.

7. "Legalized" assassinations of US citizens on mere suspicion.

8. Unbounded, organizationally facilitated and approved police thuggery and murder.

9. Secret laws, secret courts, indefinite detention.

10. Overreaching, always on "fishing net", domestic electronic surveillance, analysis, interdiction and retention by government agencies and corporate contractors. Information which may be misused to influence supreme court decisions, discredit senior military officers, direct congressional votes, destroy governorships, provide business intelligence, competitor plans, etc...

Well, at least today you (provided you are not indefinitely detained or doing years of prison labor) still have the right to decide what time you are going to wake up and what time you are going to go to sleep, no one pushes the voting buttons for you (of course, it is who or what counts the votes that matter), and you do get to choose what to buy to eat or drink as long as it is the FDA approved... ROFL.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:12 | 5133967 sheikurbootie
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It's pretty fucking simple.  If you're marching down the avenue with me and you break formation to steal/loot, then you're no longer a protester.  You're a fucking thief. 

There's a big difference in opposition to foul government rule and looting.  Looting is stealing.  It's also wrong to destroy  private property (stores, cars), breaking windows, throwing trash, throwing bottles of urine etc. that's NOT protesting- it's a crime every time. 

If you gather up a gaggle of armed protesters to march on Ferguson City Hall, Jefferson City Hall or even DC and burn it to the ground and kill everyone inside, then to me you were expressing your legal rights under the constitution.  If I personally disagree I'll watch it at home on my plasma.  If I'm outraged in support of your grievance, I'll join the fight. 

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:23 | 5133982 q99x2
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Get rid of all lawyers for a while and bankers forever. You need not militaries but lawyers and bankers to destroy a nation

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 21:50 | 5135769 Ginsengbull
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Everybody hates lawyers...


Until they need one.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:28 | 5133993 insanelysane
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A government of the people, by the people, and for the people requires:

1.  People that can take care of themselves.

2.  People that can take care of the government.


Unfortunately our current government and it's people are taught to rely on the government.  They can't take care of themselves so how can a government of people that can't take care of themselves, take care of anyone else?

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:52 | 5134061 robochess
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I know you wanted to know: Mr. Hussein Obama shot an 89 today all on the back nine.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 13:19 | 5134426 Emergency Ward
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...and he did not repair his own divots.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:58 | 5134078 e_goldstein
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When 'anti-government' violence erupts, who is really at fault?

The federal reserve system and the banks; I thought OWS proved that years ago.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:12 | 5134116 geekz_rule
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as has been expressed, it should be very clear.. all governments evolve to mercenary status for the priveledged class. thats all of history. 

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:15 | 5134124 mastersnark
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got rifles?

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:50 | 5134207 p00k1e
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'hand-to-mouth existence'

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 12:45 | 5134344 p00k1e
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He's Zimmer-White but still,


White Oklahoma cop accused of repeated sexual assaults on black women


The officer stopped the women at traffic lights and as they walked through neighborhoods and threatened them with arrest.

Oklahoma police officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, was accused of sexually assaulting at least seven women – not inmates, but rather women he stopped as they were walking. All the women he sexually assaulted were black.


Sat, 08/23/2014 - 13:07 | 5134400 subscriptionblocker
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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 14:32 | 5134618 Winston Smith 2009
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Video segment, both funny and sad:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization (HBO)

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 14:55 | 5134670 madmax1965
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Government of the USSA is a Government by the banks for the banks and that is the bottom line! BOHICA BITCHEZ!

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 15:48 | 5134869 Bumbu Sauce
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Evidence has been uncovered showing Eric Holder contributed funds to Ferguson’s gang population as incentive to loot and spread civil unrest in the area. These angry, government-sponsored terrorists have systematically infiltrated peaceful protests with the intention of escalating the situation and inciting riots.

A local gang leader came forward last week after being arrested during a night of mass looting. The unnamed criminal is barganing for a reduced sentence with information that could ruin Holder, and possibly even Obama’s political aspirations once and for all.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 17:40 | 5135173 Roanman
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Judge Rineheart? 

Is he a close talker?

When you bite Bumboo, you bite hard.

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