Archive for April, 2009

“Right-Wing Extremist” instruction kit

April 15, 2009

Hi kids!  By now, most of you have already heard about the Department of Homeland Security’s recent memo regarding right-wing extremists and the danger they pose to our society.  You’ve probably heard that these individuals may in fact support such radical and dangerous concepts as:

 

          limiting the power of the federal government to confiscate your earnings

          private ownership of firearms

          the Constitution of the United States

 

Now I know you’re probably wondering, “Gee! How can I become an extremist?”

 

Well, extremists and their sympathizers may include such dangerous groups as white males, war veterans and Ron Paul supporters.  So what’s a youngster to do in order to fit in?

 

Look no further, lads!  Barbedwiresmile is here to help with the new and improved “Right-Wing Extremist” Kit.  The following pictures have been sanctioned by the Department of Homeland Security (and the Missouri State Police) as “Right-Wing Extremist” paraphernalia!  Haven’t you always wanted to own actual “paraphernalia”?  Well here’s your chance.  Feel free to download the following pictures and share them with your friends!  Do so quickly, though.  This site could be shut down at any time as advocating “Right-Wing Extremism” which we all know leads to Domestic Terrorism.  So don’t miss out! 

 

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Barbedwiresmile and the gang would like to thank Janet Napolitano for helping to make this possible.

 

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[Note: Barbedwiresmile would like to remind our friends in the Department of Homeland Security that this is just a joke.  Barbedwiresmile in no way endorses right-wing extremism, domestic terrorism, Congressman Ron Paul, the Bill of Rights or the Constitution of the United States of America.  I’m hoping our friends in the Department of Homeland Security will take this all in good humor and in no way think I am criticizing their fine department.  The Missouri State Police I am less worried about.  Unless I am in the State of Missouri.  In which case I would like to ensure the State Police that I in no way support the Constitution of the United States and should not be treated as a radical extremist.]

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A warning from the past

April 3, 2009

 

In his farewell address, Andrew Jackson gave a warning to the American people regarding central banking and fiat currency. 

 

You may note that the dangers of central banking are nothing new, nothing ‘modern’.  Despite those who wish to describe the Constitution as a ‘living document’, our Founding Fathers knew exactly what they were talking about.  And the issues they dealt with were the same we deal with today.  The Constitution means exactly what it says, as did our Founding Fathers when they discussed issues of government and economics.  For relevant quotes from our Founding Fathers, and others, click here

 

An exceprt from President Jackson’s address (emphasis mine):

 
…..we find nothing that has produced such deep seated evil as the course of legislation in relation to the currency. The Constitution of the United States unquestionably intended to secure to the people a circulating medium of gold and silver. But the establishment of a national bank by Congress… drove from general circulation the constitutional currency, and substituted one of paper in its place.  
 

The paper system
being founded on public confidence, and having of itself no intrinsic value, it is liable to great and sudden fluctuation: thereby rendering property insecure, and the wages of labor unsteady and uncertain. The corporations which create the paper money cannot be relied upon to keep the circulating medium uniform in amount. In times of prosperity, when confidence is high, they are tempted, by the prospect of gain, or by the influence of those who hope to profit by it, to extend their issues of paper beyond the bounds of discretion and the reasonable demands of business. And when these issues have been pushed on, from day to day, until public confidence is at length shaken, then a reaction takes place, and they immediately withdraw the credits they have given; suddenly curtail their issues; and produce an unexpected and ruinous contraction of the circulating medium, which is felt by the whole community. The banks, by this means, save themselves, and the mischievious
[sic] consequences of their imprudence or cupidity are visited upon the public.  

 

….if your currency continues as exclusively paper as it now is, it will foster this eager desire to amass wealth without labor; it will multiply the number of dependents on bank accommodations and bank favors; the temptation to obtain money at any sacrifice will become stronger and stronger, and inevitably lead to corruption, which will find its way into your public councils, and destroy at no distant day, the purity of your government. Some of the evils which arise from this system of paper, press with peculiar hardship upon the class of society least able to bear it. A portion of this currency frequently becomes depreciated or worthless… and the losses occasioned by them are commonly thrown upon the laboring classes of society, whose situation and pursuits put it out of their power to guard themselves from these impositions, and whose daily wages are necessary for their subsistence.  
 
But when the charter for the Bank of the United States was obtained from Congress, it perfected the schemes of the paper system…The immense capital, and peculiar privileges bestowed upon it, enable it to exercise despotic sway over the other banks in every part of the country.— From its superior strength, it could seriously injure, if not destroy, the business of any of them which might incur its resentment; and it openly claimed for itself the power of regulating the currency throughout the United States.

 

….If such was its power in a time of peace, what would it not have been in a season of war, with an enemy at your doors? No nation but the freemen of the United States could have come out victorious from such a contest; yet, if you had not conquered, the government would have passed from the hands of the many to the hands of the few; and this organized money power, from its secret conclave, would have dictated the choice of your highest officers, and compelled you to make peace or war, as best suited their own wishes. The forms of your government might, for a time, have remained; but its living spirit would have departed from it.  
 
….you must remember, my fellow citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty; and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States, as well as in the Federal Government. The power which the moneyed interest can exercise when concentrated under a single head, and with our present system of currency, was sufficiently demonstrated in the struggle made by the Bank of the United States.  
 
…men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws, and who, moreover, hold the great mass of our national wealth, although it is distributed in moderate amounts among the millions of freemen who possess it. But, with overwhelming numbers and wealth on their side, they are in constant danger of losing their fair influence in the government, and with difficulty maintain their just rights against the incessant efforts daily made to encroach upon them. The mischief springs from the power which the moneyed interest derives from a paper currency, which they are able to control; from the multitude of corporations, with exclusive privileges…. and which are employed altogether for their benefit; and unless you become more watchful in your states and check this spirit of monopoly and thirst for exclusive privileges, you will in the end, find that the most important powers of government have been given or bartered away, and the control over your dearest interests has passed into the hands of these corporations.

 

In praise of the G-20 protestors

April 2, 2009

 

We should all say thank you to the G-20 protestors: the oxymoronically self-labeled ‘left anarchists’, the greens, the anti-‘capitalists’ (actually anti-corporatists – they fail to understand true capitalism, having never experienced it) and associated other demonstrators.  As banksters, having committed the greatest financial fraud in modern history (perhaps in all of human history) walk away with millions; as government conspires with the titans of corporatism to bilk taxpayers out of billions; and as central banks proceed with the printing of trillions, thereby damning future generations to further debasement of the currency and its resulting inflation and confiscatory taxation, only these brave souls risk their freedom to challenge the state.

 

In the west, we have been taught that it is soldiers fighting foreign wars that protect our freedoms.  God bless these soldiers – they do not have the luxury of choosing their battles.  While they may protect American lives, they do not protect American freedoms in service to our modern state.  It is not Islamic terrorists that directly threaten your freedoms, it is the state.  A radical proposition?  Hardly.

 

Ask yourself this:

 

Who is a more direct threat to your 2nd amendment rights, the Taliban or the United States Congress?

 

Who is more likely to increase your taxes, your statehouse or Osama bin Laden?

 

Who is more of a threat to your 4th amendment rights, Al Queda or the DEA?

 

Like you, I oppose collectivist groups of any kind – be they Islamcists, communists or fascists – who would deny our rights and attack our way of life.  These threats must be addressed and forcibly opposed relative to the danger they present.  But, when it comes to rights, I am more concerned about the immediate threats right here at home than those abroad. 

 

While I and others like me have consistently been accused of being ‘right wing anarchists’, those who follow this site and others like it know that I am a minarchist, and understand the fundamental nuances involved.  Like Jefferson, I believe there must be some form of state.  To the extent that we live in a world full of states, some of these other states will be hostile – and there is nothing more horrific than the full power of a modern state.  In addition to defense, the state exists to protect contract rights and intervene when necessary through a judiciary, an arbitrator of contract disputes.  (Ironically, I am criticized by true anarchists for this position and labeled a statist or an Objectivist.  It is ironic first because I am labeled an anarchist by the statists.  It is ironic second because minarchists and anarchists have far more in common than either do with the true statists.)

 

But like Jefferson I am deeply suspicious of the state.  I distrust the state because of its nature – a nature that was understood by our Founding Fathers – and because I have seen first hand the mass horrors that only the modern state is capable of carrying out.  Therefore must the state be kept in perpetual check by a free and independent people.

 

In Jefferson’s time, the policeman and tax collector feared the free man.  Today, the free man fears the policeman and the tax collector.

 

And this is why we should admire the G-20 protestors.  While we may not agree with their political philosophies, we must respect their defiance of the state and their courage to resist.  Let us hope that events do not deteriorate to where we must all demonstrate such courage rather than comply with the demands of the state – American riot police and SWAT teams are unlikely to show the restraint of their British cousins in uniform.

 

American Protest Movements

 

Largely, American protest movements have been ineffective.  For all the hot air coming from the Lou Dobbs and Glenn Becks of the world, where is the action?  Where is the tax protest?  If your average anonymous citizen ceases to comply with the confiscatory tax regime set forth by the state, his assets are confiscated, his wages garnished and, ultimately, he is imprisoned.  If a major public figure takes such action and provokes the wrath of the state, everyone takes notice.  Others may join in.  A movement may be started.  Where are our elites today, other than blowing hot air on the nightly news?  I will take such men seriously when they put their own money –and their own freedom- where their mouth is.

 

What made our revolution singularly unique is that it was not the result of a riot of the masses, nor was it the well-planned and carefully managed act of some behind-the-scenes vanguard.  Our Founding Fathers were the elites of their time – educated, land-owning, productive – and they had everything to lose.  The Crown (behind which stood the Bank of England) would have gladly bought their silence and their compliance, and indeed did purchase such compliance from many others.  Yet our Founding Fathers pledged their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor” to a cause that was bigger than themselves and set forth a unique free state where men could govern themselves and own their destiny, where sacred rights were recognized rather than ‘granted’ by the state and where the state was forcibly limited in size and scope by an active, proud, free and well-armed populace.

 

Today we lack such leaders and, sadly, we lack such a populace.

 

Instead we have elites fearful of what they may lose and hanging on to what they have.  We have a populace that embraces the state rather than fearing it, a populace unable to live independently of the state and its apparatus and a populace unwilling to take the responsibility of true self-government where the individual human being is raised back to his rightful place above and beyond the reach of the state.  And finally we have a police that is highly militarized and grows further and further detached from the citizens they police.  We have a police force that is a Law Enforcement Agency first and a protector of the people second.  We have a police culture that fosters and insular, ‘us vs. them’ attitude and one that is trained to carry out orders as dictated by the state – not to question such orders and the effect they may have on the life, liberty or happiness of a free people.

 

And so I salute the protestors, though I may not agree with their political philosophy.  They are the true heroes in the slowly unfolding battle between state and man.  I can only hope the citizenry utilizes what little leverage it has left over the state to halt the morphing of our free society into a corporatist police state while those levers still exist.  As for our ‘elites’, well, I fear we are on our own this time.