Less Government. More Freedom.

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Authored by Michael Snyder via The End of The American Dream blog,

What would America look like today if the dream of our Founding Fathers of a limited central government had actually been realized? We have become so accustomed to big government that many of us simply assume that this is the only way that things can be done. But the truth is that things don’t have to be this way. We can have the kind of very limited federal government that our forefathers originally intended, but it is going to take a great deal of education and an enormous amount of political engagement in order to get there. On this Memorial Day, we will remember those that have died for our country, but let it also be a call to action. In every generation, Americans have had to stand up to defend the cause of liberty and freedom, and it will be no different in our generation. Just like during the Revolutionary War, there is no guarantee that we will be able to save America from the forces that are trying to destroy it, but if we sit back and do nothing they will win by default.

Just because there is no war to fight does not mean that the threat that we are facing is any less serious than what other generations of Americans have had to face. Over the last several decades, the U.S. Constitution has essentially been shredded, and at this point our republic is basically hanging by a thread. If we surrender to the left in this generation, the country that our forefathers envisioned may be gone for good.

Today I would like to share with you an excerpt from my upcoming book. It will be released about halfway through 2017, and when it is out you will be able to find it on my author page. As you will see, limited government is something that I am quite passionate about…

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“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” (George Washington)

Big government tends to suck the life out of everything. If you doubt this, just look around the globe. In nations where a central government dominates every aspect of society, the people seem quite lifeless. Of course an extreme example of this is North Korea. Their entire culture is centered around a philosophy known as “Juche”, and in this philosophy the “leader” essentially becomes an object of worship. Literally everything in North Korea revolves around the state and the “leader”, and as a result most of the population resembles a horde of mindless zombies.

On the other hand, the most dynamic societies throughout human history have always been the ones where people have had a tremendous amount of freedom to express their passions and creativity. There is a reason why we saw an unprecedented explosion of remarkable inventions in early America, and there is a reason why so many millions of immigrants have risked their lives to get here. Liberty has always been such a rare commodity in our world, and almost all governments eventually become tyrannical. That is why it is so imperative that we defend the liberty that we still have in this nation.

Our Founding Fathers envisioned a country where freedom and liberty would be maximized. Of course there always must be some sort of government, because otherwise you would have total anarchy. We want potential thieves and murderers to be frightened of the power of the law, and we are thankful for those that protect us from them. But way too often it is government that becomes the greatest threat to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and that is the sort of tyranny that we desperately wish to avoid.

Today, there are literally hundreds of thousands of statutes, rules and regulations on the federal level, and when you throw in the state and local levels you get a total that is in the millions. Virtually every aspect of our lives is very tightly regulated and controlled these days, and this has been going on for so long that most people have begun to accept it as normal.

But the way our society works today is definitely not “normal”. Let me share with you an example from the state of California that makes my blood boil. If you can believe it, government officials actually fined one farmer 2.8 million dollars for plowing his own field

The California farmer who became the poster child for EPA reform under President Donald Trump is being fined $2.8 million by state and federal regulators for plowing his own field in Tehama County.

 

According to a story in the Redding Record Searchlight:

 

“The case is the first time that we’re aware of that says you need to get a (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) permit to plow to grow crops,” said Anthony Francois, an attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation.

 

“We’re not going to produce much food under those kinds of regulations,” he said.

 

However, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller agreed with the Army Corps in a judgment issued in June 2016. A penalty trial, in which the U.S. Attorney’s Office asks for $2.8 million in civil penalties, is set for August.

In early America, they would have howled with laughter if someone would have suggested that farmers should be required to get permission from the government in order to plow a field and grow food.

This is just one example that shows why I am proposing that the Environmental Protection Agency should be completely shut down. I am very much in favor of protecting the environment, but I believe that the citizens of each state should decide how their own natural resources are managed.

And at this point it has become exceedingly clear that the EPA is wildly out of control. Prior to the Trump administration, the EPA had been operating under Bill Clinton or Barack Obama for 16 of the previous 24 years, and it is absolutely packed with radical leftists that are obsessed with promoting their own political agendas. Instead of trying to fire everyone, the easiest thing would be to just end the agency and start completely over.

If you are not with me yet, perhaps another outrageous example will persuade you. The following comes from Fox News

A Wyoming man threatened with $16 million in fines over the building of a stock pond reached a settlement with the Environment Protection Agency, allowing him to keep the pond without a federal permit or hefty fine.

 

Andy Johnson, of Fort Bridger, Wyoming obtained a state permit before building the stock pond in 2012 on his sprawling nine-acre farm for a small herd of livestock.

 

Not long after contruction, the EPA threatened Johnson with civil and criminal penalties – including the threat of a $37,500-a-day fine — claiming he needed the agency’s permission before building the 40-by-300 foot pond, which is filled by a natural stream.

(http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/10/wyoming-welder-facing-16m-in-fines-beats-epa-in-battle-over-stock-pond.html)

Could you imagine being threatened with 16 million dollars in fines for constructing a pond on your own property?

This isn’t how America is supposed to operate.

I really don’t understand how we can still claim to be “the land of the free” when we allow leftist control freaks to dominate our lives down to the minutest detail.

The left always wants government to become bigger and bigger and to get more and more control. They want a government that is going to guide them safely through life and that will give them everything that they need. But every time government grows, liberty and freedom are diminished.

Yes, liberty and freedom can be dangerous and messy sometimes. But living free sure beats being told what to do every single moment of every single day.

One of the things that greatly troubles me is that progressives almost completely dominate our system of public education. Our public schools have now become liberal indoctrination centers, and survey after survey has shown that each successive generation has moved to the left compared to the preceding generation.

That is why it is so imperative that we end federal interference in education and return control of our schools back to the local level. I would shut down the Department of Education and I would cut off every penny of funding for Common Core.

Even though we spend far more on education than anyone else in the world, we are producing absolutely disastrous results. The following comes from a CBS News report

Half of American Millennials score below the minimum standard of literacy proficiency.

 

Only two countries scored worse by that measure: Italy (60 percent) and Spain (59 percent). The results were even worse for numeracy, with almost two-thirds of American Millennials failing to meet the minimum standard for understanding and working with numbers.

 

That placed U.S. Millennials dead last for numeracy among the study’s 22 developed countries.

(http://www.cbsnews.com/news/americas-millennials-well-educated-but-unskilled/)

Our public schools are failing badly, and we need to get them fixed. But we also need to greatly support parents that are pursuing other educational avenues such as homeschooling and private schools. At this point I completely understand why any parent would want to keep their kids out of our horrific public schools, and ultimately our entire system of education needs to be completely rebuilt from the ground up.

Big government sucks the life out of the economy as well. Over the past ten years, the U.S. economy has grown at an average yearly rate of just 1.33 percent, and the only other era in U.S. history when economic growth was so bad was during the 1930s.

The business community is being absolutely strangled by rules, regulations, red tape and excessive taxes, but the Democrats always want to pile on more. Big corporations can hire lots of people to comply with all of the demands that government places on them, but small businesses and entrepreneurs are rapidly becoming an endangered species.

Today, there are less Americans that are self-employed than there were 27 years ago. In April 1990, 8.7 million Americans worked for themselves, but in April 2017 only 8.4 million Americans were working for themselves.

That may not sound that bad until you realize how much our population grew over that time frame. In 1990, the population of the United States was 249 million, but today the population is 321 million.

So the percentage of Americans that are working for themselves has gone way, way down.

The solution is to get the government off of our backs. The greatest period of economic growth in U.S. history was between the Civil War and 1913. During this era there was no income tax, no IRS and no Federal Reserve. Many on the left would consider that to be a recipe for disaster, but instead there was an explosion of innovation and industry that was absolutely unprecedented. The following is how Wikipedia describes the economic conditions during this period of time…

In the last third of the 19th century the United States entered a phase of rapid economic growth which doubled per capita income over the period. By 1895, the USA leaped ahead of Britain for first place in manufacturing output.[175] For the first time, exports of machinery and consumer goods became important. For example, Standard Oil led the way in exporting kerosene; Russia was its main rival in international trade.[176] Singer Corporation led the way in developing a global marketing strategy for its sewing machines.[177]

 

The greatly expanded railroad network, using inexpensive steel rails produced by new steel making processes, dramatically lowered transportation cost to areas without access to navigable waterways. Low freight rates allowed large manufacturing facilities with great economies of scale. Machinery became a large industry and many types of machines were developed. Businesses were able to operate over wide areas and chain stores arose. Mail order companies started operating.[119] Rural Free Delivery began being implemented in the early 1890s, but it was not widely implemented for a decade.[178]

 

Companies created a new management systems to carry out their operations on a large scale. Companies integrated processes to eliminate unnecessary steps and to eliminate middlemen.[119]

 

An explosion of new discoveries and inventions took place, a process called the Second Industrial Revolution. The electric light, telephone, steam turbine, internal combustion engine, automobile, phonograph, typewriter and tabulating machine were some of the many inventions of the period. New processes for making steel and chemicals such as dyes and explosives were invented. The pneumatic tire, improved ball bearings, machine tools and newly developed metal stamping techniques enabled the large scale production of bicycles in the 1890s. Another significant development was the widespread introduction of electric street railways (trams, trolleys or streetcars) in the 1890s.

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_history_of_the_United_States#Late_19th_century)

But the progressives couldn’t leave a good thing alone, and in 1913 the Federal Reserve was established and a federal income tax was instituted.

Since that time there have been 18 distinct recessions or depressions, and now we are entering another one.

We are always asking our politicians to “fix the economy”, but the truth is that the best thing that they can do is to get out of the way.

If you take the shackles off, free enterprise works exceptionally well.

Those that follow my work on a regular basis already know that I believe that the Federal Reserve should be shut down, that the IRS should be phased out, and that the federal income tax should be reduced as much as possible with the eventual goal of eliminating it completely.

It has been said that nothing is inevitable except for death and taxes, but there is nothing that says that we must have an income tax.

We have had an income tax for so long that most people could not imagine life without one. But the United States absolutely thrived without one during the decades prior to 1913, and today states such as Texas and Florida are doing quite nicely without a state income tax.

There are lots of other ways to fund the government that do not involve an income tax. And actually only 46.2 percent of all federal revenue is brought in through taxing individual incomes. If we cut the size of government in half, we might even have some money to spare.

Of course considering the fact that we are 20 trillion dollars in debt, the truth is that we don’t have a single penny to spare, but I think that you get my point.

I just hope that you are able to see that life is generally better when government is reduced to the proper size and scope.

We should be able to say what we want to say without fear of retribution.

We should be able to live out our convictions and worship as we please.

We should be able to protect our own homes and do what we want with our own property.

We should be able to raise our own children and make our own health decisions.

We should be able to be free from the fear that the government is watching, tracking and monitoring all of our electronic communications.

In every human heart there is a hunger to live free, and big government is the enemy of freedom.

The dreams that our forefathers once had for this nation may have faded, but they aren’t dead just yet.

A new generation of patriots is rising, and we are determined to take our country back.

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Bigly's picture

The weak would have died out as survival of the fittest might still be in play.

Common sense would rule at the minimum...

These traitors would have been hung already 

38BWD22's picture

 

 

H/T to Snyder for an excellent piece on Memorial Day.

MAGA by cutting the size of government.  Eliminating the IRS and returning to our original routes of minding our own business and letting LIBERTY reign would help a lot.  A LOT.


Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

"The left always wants government to become bigger and bigger and to get more and more control"

There are those on the "right" that believe in bigger and bigger government and more control as well.  Just a different kind of big government, thats just as bad.

rmopf2010's picture

Sorry Guys too much too late, comunism v2.0 spread on all western countries.

Big government jobs and welfare state gave the votes that led to our current situation.

Socialism will always in they outnumber private workers, i.e.

If your wife has a public job you will vote socialism, better have a job at home "protected by law" than two jobs dependent on market conditions

Only another Moses can free us (private workers) from the slavery

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

In early America, they would have howled with laughter if someone would have suggested that farmers should be required to get permission from the government in order to plow a field and grow food.

Yep. 

Big corporate food and ag interests have made it a crime for Americans to freely sell our raw milk, yogurt, and cheese to our friends and neighbors.  Their products must have a long shelf life, and so they simply cannot compete with fresh.  Therefore these big businesses pay our "elected representatives" to pass state and federal regulations, for your protection, but really to protect their corporate donors' businesses. 

 

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-04/its-crime-americans-freely-sell...

NAV's picture

And yet the City of Los Angeles – California’s Third World City -- looks the other way when Mexicans and Central American vendors roam downtown with their push carts selling churros, ice slurpees, pineapples and even phony Gucci knock offs in East LA, parts of the San Fernando Valley and even on the Westside. Some of the carts even smell. So much for food safety and health department inspections.

And, oh, yes, you can pick up a "Rolex" for $5.

http://www.capoliticalreview.com/capoliticalnewsandviews

It's a matter of special privilege, don't ya' know?

NotApplicable's picture

WTF is a "sprawling nine-acre farm?"

Sledge750's picture

It's like a 900 acre farm, but smaller :)

 

People who use such words might be "worldly", but have no experience in the real world.

 

 

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Is like sprawling 90m square apartment share by extended family with fat lazy nephew stuck to couch, but much much is bigger!

Common_Law's picture

I say eliminate the IRS on an individual basis. And not through expatriation. There's a reason income taxes weren't widespread after 1913. They needed FDR's legal tricks (like social security and eliminating federal common law) to put everyone under federal jusistiction and federal citizenship. And with the "patriotism" after WW2 everyone trusted the gov enough to believe everything they said.

http://sedm.org/Search/SubjectIndex.htm

(Pdf) http://sedm.org/Forms/10-Emancipation/CitizenshipDiagrams.pdf

VoteSmarts's picture

Is easy to agree with such not-so-common sense; ty for the .pdf link, as am sending it around to those with receptive minds unfortunately loaded with way too much stuff n nonsense PC BS, yet are quite aware somethings are awry and discordant in our corner of the Western world(view).

Dave Whiteman's picture

The (((IRS))) is not part of the govern-ment.  It is a collection agency for (((THEM)))- a Puerto Rican Corporation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiQkAynPWhk

Tiwin's picture

The republicans worship the police and the military.

They worship the militarization of the domestic police.

they do not care one fucking bit that American police have killed , without benefit of trial,FOUR HUNDRED AND NINETY ONE Americans so far this year.

Republicans have given us these wonderful FedGov agencies

IRS FBI EPA OSHA DHS TSA....it goes on.

Smaller , limited government my ass.

In summary , Republicans suck the same infected Israeli DICK as the democrats do.

Republicans are NOT Americans-they are political Partisans-Republicans.

Democrats are NOT Americans-they are political Partisans-Democrats.

This Memorial day , rejoice in saying Fuck the Troops and  Fuck the police. They are who we will be fighting soon.

And remember , every time a cop or military fucker gets offed , an angel gets her wings.

Wanna be sad and grieve over a loss whilst waving your flag? How about our Bill of Rights?Theres something to have a memorial service for.

Croesus's picture

Big government sucks the BLOOD out of society, because it's parasitic by nature, just like the banks are.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Yes, the banks get a 2-3% skim on all credit card transactions, for doing abosolutely nothing.  Government skims the next 50-70% in taxes.  Hard to make a living on whats left over.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Government + Bank = pair of bullock

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"minding our own business "

would save us over 500B per year.

Anteater's picture

Trump already MAGA'd in 25,000 more permanent Federales as part of his New FAG Defense growth initiative, by killing health and human services, and looting SS and MC.

After all, he's still running an annuallized -$2.6 TRILLION budget deficit, and all he's managed to claw back with New FAG is $30B, lol. The wheels done already come off.

Our State has outlawed electronics in the car. You can no longer use your cell phone or listen to map directions, unless you obscure the windshield with a bluetooth device.

However, eating and drinking in your car, or doing your hair and makeup while you drive is considered only a 'secondary offense', haa,ha,ha. I'm long on Tao Tronics.

VoteSmarts's picture

You may want to consider *gracing us with a reason to read your version, fyi; otherwise, looks like clickbait.

In contradistinction then, I offer this link> http://www.americassurvivalguide.com/americas-first-principles.php

Tiwin's picture

Expulsion of the Jews would help a lot more.

HRClinton's picture

Limited government is not possible when peaceful secession by a free people is not allowed by the federal government and it central planners.

Compare and contrast the US pre Civil War and Czechoslovakia. 

Why is the balkanization and breakup of other countries quite permissible and even desirable, but not in the case of the US or the EU.

Could it be because the power and ambitions of certain Central Bankers and their owners would end, if the US or the EU were allowed to break up into more efficient nation-states?

Vic Odd's picture

govern=control, ment=mind

Government is an attempt at mind control.

That's why Patrick Henry was an anti-federalist

silvercity's picture

In the modern world it is the Federalist who support States rights and the Bill of Rights, or so they say. All of the founding fathers agreed on most everything, don't you know. The Washington quote was spoken by George in Western Pennsylvania where he went to water the tree of liberty with the blood of whiskey makers. 

Justin Case's picture

A snippet of an article from the web.

For more than nine months, Spain has existed without a traditional national government. In the face of this lack of central authority and planning, Spaniards have done the impossible: they have survived without a government.

The New York Times recently reported on this phenomenon:

“After two grueling national elections in six months, and with a third vote possible in December, no party has won enough seats or forged the coalition needed to form a government. For the first time in Spain’s four decades as a modern democracy, this country of 47 million people has a caretaker government.”

Spanish politicians warned the people that allowing the national government to fade away could have disastrous effects. However, as the New York Times notes, “the crisis seems to have offered a glimpse of life if politicians simply stepped out of the way. For many here, it has not been all that bad.”

“No government, no thieves,” Félix Pastor, a language teacher, told the Times. Pastor said the people of Spain were better without a government because the politicians were unable to cause any more harm. Rafael Navarro, a 71-year old pharmacy owner in Madrid, told the Times that “Spain would be just fine if we got rid of most of the politicians and three-fourths of government employees.”

Despite the lack of government at the moment, life goes on without interruption. Welfare recipients in Spain are still receiving their benefits, and basic government employees are still paid. The streets are not littered with trash, and public trains and buses continue to operate.

However, there are some major differences from life with a national government. Spain has been unable to pass national legislation, handle foreign affairs, or fund new government projects. This means no new invasive, authoritarian laws can be passed by corrupt government officials.

Of course, local governments are still capable of creating projects that will benefit their local communities. Santiago Lago Peñas, an economics professor in the Galicia region of northwest Spain, told the Times that “[f]or a Spanish citizen, the most relevant government is the regional one.” While it is always possible for corruption to exist, even within a local “government” or council, communities are more able to combat dangerous behavior from smaller, local institutions.

The beauty of the situation in Spain is that most of the public seems perfectly content to continue on without a national government. “Only 2.3 percent of respondents in a July poll by Spain’s Center for Sociological Investigations considered the lack of government the country’s major problem,”

mike_king's picture

Democrats are traitors to their nation. White Democrats are traitors to their nation and race. Black and Mexican Democrats just hate white people and want to take their money.

Erek's picture

"That placed U.S. Millennials dead last for numeracy among the study’s 22 developed countries."

One of the results of being totally "Freedumbed".

Anteater's picture

It will  not take long for the rest of the world to descend to our own level, they just need more cell phones.

As long as you can say, 'Siri, I wanna cheese pizza at Dominoes', that's all you need to know about  your

'numeracy', other than, 'What do you mean, my EBT card is empty?!'  Don't even try to blame it on CCSS!

Blame it on Angry Birds. Or blame is on BubbleCloud. Blame it on Halo, or GTA or Avabel. It's not CCSS!!

Soul Glow's picture

Jim Rickards had a good article on gold this weekend where he discussed it takes gold to sit at the table in the big boys club.  Wat he never answered was why.  The why is in fact that all Nation-States in the big boys club because they use the gold to manipulate the price.  You have to have gold to sell it.  So that's why.

Croesus's picture

@ Soul Glow:

I read it more as "the price is being kept down, so that China can acquire the percentage of gold holdings it needs, in order to maintain its seat at the big boys' table", which points to the whole 'gold-backed SDR' thing.

A global reset is coming, meaning that 'the books will be rebalanced', according to real-world valuations of everything. It will be the only way to straighten things out.

Soul Glow's picture

You read it correctly.  But what he missed was why in order to sit at the table a country must own gold.  Think about it this way - the US et al don't say, "Hey CHina get gold and come sit at our table!"  It isn't that simple.  They say, "Get gold so that when we need to sell some to a bank to keep the price down you can sell a piece of the pie."

Now look, China is getting a lot of it by digging it out of the ground.  They are the world's largest miner now.  And low rates help with this, as their is debt to fuel company expenses for the mining.  So of course the round table is ok with getting China on board, as they are getting new gold out of the crust.  Then once they have a fair share, they can loan/lease it out to keep the ponzi going.

Then yes, after China joins the group - with the amount Rickards pointed out they need per GDP/capita - then asset prices can find a new value.  But in the meantime it is more of the same - the group will loan/lease gold to keep the price down until the final plan s put in place.

Justin Case's picture

Here's the link to that article for those that may want to read it:

https://dailyreckoning.com/u-s-helping-china-accumulate-gold/

Anteater's picture

Rickards and Retard both start with an 'R'. 'Gold' (sic) has been the single worst investment since the bubble popped in 2012.

Instead of losing -33% and another -35% on the buy:sell spread cashout, you could have tripled you money on an index fund.

No nation on earth allows gold as legal tender. You can only cash it at a pawn broker, a jewry store or a midnight alley meetup.

They'll give you -$200 off what you paid for it, and take it or leave it, there's a line around the block of desparate goldbuggers.

Moe Howard's picture

I want a FedGov so small I can barely see it.

general ambivalent's picture

I was shooting heroin and reading “The Fountainhead” in the front seat of my privately owned police cruiser when a call came in. I put a quarter in the radio to activate it. It was the chief.

“Bad news, detective. We got a situation.”

“What? Is the mayor trying to ban trans fats again?”

 

“Worse. Somebody just stole four hundred and forty-seven million dollars’ worth of bitcoins.”

The heroin needle practically fell out of my arm. “What kind of monster would do something like that? Bitcoins are the ultimate currency: virtual, anonymous, stateless. They represent true economic freedom, not subject to arbitrary manipulation by any government. Do we have any leads?”

“Not yet. But mark my words: we’re going to figure out who did this and we’re going to take them down … provided someone pays us a fair market rate to do so.”

“Easy, chief,” I said. “Any rate the market offers is, by definition, fair.”

He laughed. “That’s why you’re the best I got, Lisowski. Now you get out there and find those bitcoins.”

“Don’t worry,” I said. “I’m on it.”

I put a quarter in the siren. Ten minutes later, I was on the scene. It was a normal office building, strangled on all sides by public sidewalks. I hopped over them and went inside.

“Home Depot™ Presents the Police!®” I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. “Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t.

“Now, which one of you punks is going to pay me to investigate this crime?” No one spoke up.

“Come on,” I said. “Don’t you all understand that the protection of private property is the foundation of all personal liberty?”

It didn’t seem like they did.

“Seriously, guys. Without a strong economic motivator, I’m just going to stand here and not solve this case. Cash is fine, but I prefer being paid in gold bullion or autographed Penn Jillette posters.”

Nothing. These people were stonewalling me. It almost seemed like they didn’t care that a fortune in computer money invented to buy drugs was missing.

I figured I could wait them out. I lit several cigarettes indoors. A pregnant lady coughed, and I told her that secondhand smoke is a myth. Just then, a man in glasses made a break for it.

“Subway™ Eat Fresh and Freeze, Scumbag!®” I yelled.

Too late. He was already out the front door. I went after him.

“Stop right there!” I yelled as I ran. He was faster than me because I always try to avoid stepping on public sidewalks. Our country needs a private-sidewalk voucher system, but, thanks to the incestuous interplay between our corrupt federal government and the public-sidewalk lobby, it will never happen.

I was losing him. “Listen, I’ll pay you to stop!” I yelled. “What would you consider an appropriate price point for stopping? I’ll offer you a thirteenth of an ounce of gold and a gently worn ‘Bob Barr ‘08’ extra-large long-sleeved men’s T-shirt!”

He turned. In his hand was a revolver that the Constitution said he had every right to own. He fired at me and missed. I pulled my own gun, put a quarter in it, and fired back. The bullet lodged in a U.S.P.S. mailbox less than a foot from his head. I shot the mailbox again, on purpose.

“All right, all right!” the man yelled, throwing down his weapon. “I give up, cop! I confess: I took the bitcoins.”

“Why’d you do it?” I asked, as I slapped a pair of Oikos™ Greek Yogurt Presents Handcuffs® on the guy.

“Because I was afraid.”

“Afraid?”

“Afraid of an economic future free from the pernicious meddling of central bankers,” he said. “I’m a central banker.”

I wanted to coldcock the guy. Years ago, a central banker killed my partner. Instead, I shook my head.

“Let this be a message to all your central-banker friends out on the street,” I said. “No matter how many bitcoins you steal, you’ll never take away the dream of an open society based on the principles of personal and economic freedom.”

He nodded, because he knew I was right. Then he swiped his credit card to pay me for arresting him.

veeger's picture

when the people learn that they can vote themselves unearned benifits , the country begins to die......this death being brought about by immoral , treasonous , scum politicians , who use loop-holes to pay people to vote for them.........

Justin Case's picture

Collectivism will always eventually destroy the economy of any nation, no matter how great it may be.

Current example - Venezuela

Whenever the standard of living for the majority of citizens drops significantly in a jurisdiction, the voters will be ripe for empty promises. In every such case, collectivism will appear to be the best solution.

Collectivism is by its very nature is a parasitical system that creates nothing. It therefore will always eventually destroy the economy of any nation where it is implemented, no matter how great that nation may be. The only uncertainty is the number of years required for destruction.

Today, we’re witnessing the collapse of the primary jurisdictions of the former “free” world. They’re operating on a quasi-capitalist system that has been eroded by repeated injections of collectivism (primarily socialism and fascism). Increasingly, voters in each of these jurisdictions are becoming convinced that the promises made by collectivist candidates “just make sense.” As the system continues to spiral downward, as it inevitably will, the scales are likely to tip, not in the direction of a return to the free market, but in the direction of full-on collectivism.

VoteSmarts's picture

*Collectivism is based in fear, commingling with loss of sense of self, of personal identity; is a means to follow in resignation or led by subjugation. Either way, it is an assault on human spirit.

Justin Case's picture

If only the collectivists were able to remain focused on problem-solving, they wouldn't infringe on the rights of those who don't want to participate in their nail-biting. But they can't. In fact, they get so worked up into a frenzy that their explanations become no more than accusations against whoever does not believe their hysteria. How many times have the collectivists forecast the end of humanity due to climactic chaos? And when it doesn't occur, do the collectivists admit their mistake and calm down? No. They change the story to suit their fears. Again, this wouldn't matter so much if the rest of us weren't dragged along in an unending struggle for liberty.

Reaper's picture

To govern is to control. The great human error is that any king can be trusted. Cincinnatus was a rare phenomenon. Leaders, judges, popes etc. must be controlled by limited time in power. Let them fear their corruption may be punished by their successors. Slavery is non-ending control by others.

Dave Whiteman's picture

from SHTF

venues for Republicans, things have now taken a drastic turn.

 

Hours ago, as supporters of illegal immigration massed to protest the policies being put into place by the new White House administration and the Texas State government, two Texas legislators nearly came to blows in the Capital.

 

According to Republican legislative representative Matt Rinaldi, he was accosted by Democrat Poncho Nevarez.

 

The argument stemmed from the fact that scores of protesters were waving signs in Austin, TX, with many identifying themselves as illegal immigrants. Rinaldi reportedly had enough of the disturbance and contacted ICE agents. When Rinaldi advised the House Floor that the agents had been contacted, Nevarez apparently lost total control of his faculties and began assaulting him, to the point that other legislators had to step in to break up the fight.

 

Nevarez then directly threatened violence against Rinaldi because of his call to ICE. Reports claim that not only did Nevarez threaten Rinaldi’s life but indicated that he would wait for Rinaldi to leave the legislature and would get him on the way to his car.

 

Rinaldi, who is a concealed handgun licensee, responded by saying that he would shoot in self defense if forced to and reportedly said that he would put a bullet in the head of Nevarez if confronted.

 

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/shock-texas-democratic-rep-threate...

Fantasy Free Economics's picture

This article makes the univesal misundersdnigng that renders this kind reasoning useless.

Mankind is not a freedom seeking animal. Humans are no more likely to seek freedom than are dogs with kind masters.

From birth forward humans bargin away freedom for comfort.

http://quillian.net/blog/the-bubble-in-stupidity/

Once comfort is achieved and survival is likely, offers of freedom are treated as threats to the currentt level of comfirt.

It is not that folks are irrational. They do what is rational for herd animals because that is what they are.

James Quillian

Fantasy Free Economics

conraddobler's picture

Liberty is a better word than freedom.

There is no such thing as freedom as you aren't free to do whatever you want without consequences.  Liberty is the ability to chose your own path within a defined set of morality.

The problem isn't that we lack freedom we really do and we don't, the problem is that we have largely gotten very lax and lazy in terms of what Liberty looks like.

Real liberty means chosing to work hard to achieve your goals and being able to as long as you walk your own path without trodding unduly on others.  

That essentially does NOT EXIST in our modern form economics as it's all a tilted game that forces us into mortal combat with others.

Anteater's picture

Just make sure to pick up your dog poop!~