What I See Coming and WhyWritten by Ernest Hancock Subject: Philosophy: Libertarianism
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My situation was unique in the fact that after the first 13 weeks on the air the rest was totally unexpected (over 350 shows archived) and I did my best to see where the line was everyday while still being relevant and not rude or unnecessarily offensive. Being an industry player on mic was not top of mind with me. But Charles has been doing radio since he was a teenager. Armed Forces Radio in the Army during the Viet Nam “War” from Panama, owned a station in Flagstaff and a headliner for many years. He is very on the edge (and getting fired for not crossing that ethical line he set for himself – knowing what was coming helped too) for a man in his profession at this level of the game.
I share these same thoughts with him often, but I understand the role he plays and we can agree that he does it very well I’m sure. I am very happy to help. But I am also in agreement that there is a void to be filled. I took up a good portion of it for a time and helped widen the envelope a bit for others. For that I am very happy. I have no doubt that at some time there will be another to take my place or I may even be given another opportunity to call this whole mess what it really is, “The Biggest Bank Robbery of All Time” and explain why every day while we all learn something new and useful together every day as well.
I’m not worried,… the Free-Market will provide
Charles’ show is very important to have around and it should be supported as well with as much enthusiasm as you might support another style and focus,… it’s just as much a part of what must be done in the fight for freedom.
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OK, but when you say "in the end freedom always wins" that might take 500 or 1,000 years or more. If what the UN (Banksters) say is true, "an industrial world can only support 500 million people", that means me, you, our children, grandchildren, etc. will be genocided. Only some slaves (sheep) will be around until the robots are perfected. Jefferson was right, this should have been straightened out every 20 years and at those times the unConstitutional acts could have been attended to and the culprits dealt with severely. However, it was neglected when it was easy to do. Now, the otherwise unemployed atomic scientists are knocking out the so called "non-lethal" weapons to spy and destroy us.
SOMETHING NEEDS DOING NOW before the there are no more NOWS remaining. The majority will never know what is happening other than physically something will be different. Good thing the founding fathers didn't wait for the majority. We'd still be waiting. I believe that Neo Con radio stations that we have now will never never never stop what they are doing (read the plan book). They are part of the lying govt. Any new station will be gobbled up to be shut-up. In this day and age, with the Psycopathic elected AND UNELECTED "servants" IN CHARGE OF US its the same as being RULED BY THE MAFIA WITH, like you say" a badge, a gun and a notebook", and also an Army, a lot of foreign armies, an air force, marines, special forces, black ops, the CIA, Homeland Gestapo and every other armed group of thugs, and your neighbor being 100% misinformed and surveiling you as well. Remember, the unpatriot act spells it all out and the courts are now setting the precidents(as if they need them).
So, who with the ability is going to step up to the plate? Everyone around us will be plainclothes Psychopaths. Is that a life?? There better be another dimension and a way to it discovered-SOON!
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Gee, I wonder if I’ve had this exact conversation before ?
OK, I’ll play.
Exactly what would you have done, by whom, when, to whom, with what, for how long, to accomplish what. Oh, and when would you consider the job done?
I act alone,… and sometimes people go with me. But should I plan on action that would put me, my family and friends at risk I would never tell a soul. If you are not willing to act alone and be one of the thousand cuts of death then why would anyone risk being associated with you? And if you are of that mettle then why do you need approval or absolution from anyone. I can be very effective at getting things done all by myself without the risk of getting others involved should I truly believe the time has come.
There are those willing to strap on the “Vest of Paradise” and those willing to tell others to ‘strap on’. I have no intention of telling others what level of risk and/or sacrifice they must take. That would make me as bad as what I’m in opposition to. But I am willing to state clearly what is happening, who is doing it, why and what effect other’s actions have had on their efforts.
But with even a little thought, it is pretty clear that acts of violence have played right into their plans. In fact I am of the opinion that the bad guys need the violence to continue and escalate so badly that they are responsible for at least a part (if not most) of it.
My first priority is to focus on myself and then those closest to me. The Gandi philosophy is very effective in earning the freedom you wish.
If I were to be found having a deadly illness, what would I do with the time I had left? In my younger days (like right after reading “Unintended Consequences”) I might advocate,… something. With more experience I can see that most people are far more just than they are given credit and only need be told the truth to make just decisions. I’m doing the best I can now and feel pretty good about the future.
But I guess you feel differently than I. I’m already free.
I was explaining to one of my teenagers just a day or two ago while teaching them to drive,… “you always have to watch out for the unexpected. Is that pedestrian going to step off the sidewalk, will a child follow a ball coming into the road, what about road construction and potholes and debris etc etc etc. BTW, life is just like this, pick a path that is safest to where you want to go so you make sure you get there. If your goal is to just take a drive then take a nice drive, if your goal is to get to a location, then get to that location without getting hurt, damaging your car and your life." While I am willing to take a daily risk to get to where I’m going for the day, I am not willing to guarantee that I won’t be able to take just as important a trip the following day or week or year. I see government as a hazard in the same way I see a 4x4 in the middle of the road. While I might be able to make use of some of the 4x4’s I come across, I’d rather just have them out of my way and buy 4x4’s from the yellow pages or the Internet when I need them. My best efforts are directed at helping people understand that the first thing that they should be doing is stop begging the government to throw more 4x4’s onto the road ('but look at how many 4x4’s they can make that we don’t have to pay for' ????). Once enough people are educated about the problem then the free-market just takes over and the problem solves itself. This is why the government needs control of the school system so that they got enough people begging for lumber. The bad guy’s time is coming. But they will not give up without a fight (like what is going on now – that many of us predicted with scary accuracy several years ago – in fact it is scary how accurate we were) One well known libertarian activist spoke at an AZLP convention in the mid 90's warning that “The State” was a dying Dinosaur that should just be avoided so that the tail doesn’t kill ‘ya while it’s coughing up blood.
All of my activism has been well thought out so that I know what the risks are and they are ones that I am willing to live with. But I also prepare with things like being very secret to the point I say NOTHING to ANYONE, to making sure the planet knows exactly what I am doing and why and that they are welcome, and encouraged, to come watch.
I have been arrested at least 4 times that I remember and never even charged, I have been in over a dozen lawsuits that I have filed against the government and argued before the Az Supreme Court, Az Court of Appeals, Justice Court, Superior Court and even before the 9th Circuit in San Francisco by myself,… for me! I have run for office in every election since 1990 but for 2002 (took a break and helped others a bit). I have run for national Chair of the Libertarians just to make a speech, been a party officer, talk show host, talk show producer, focused activist and all ‘round pain in the ass of the collectivists that think they are entitled to what is not theirs. I _know_ that my methods are very painful to them, while many on my side are often embarrassed (short term at least). But should I make the bad guys the “victim” I would be helping them and I choose not to do that.
I’ve checked off enough boxes to know that working within the system is a mistake and a waste of time (most do not know this). But the speed at which the population of the entire world is coming aware of what is really happening is amazing. In 1994 many of my very trusted friends and I came to the simultaneous conclusion that the bad guys were their own worst enemy and that we could enjoy ourselves making fun of their troubles. A great deal of their downfall is due to humor (Jon Stewart is a perfect example).
Oh Oh Oh, I just remembered,… here’s an article I wrote in 1994. I was having a very similar conversation with another very dedicated individual to freedom. This post was picked up by others and widely distributed (thankfully they corrected grammar and spelling :) 12 years ago I knew what to do. Enjoy.
Practical Freedom - The Legitimacy of Government - written in 1994
The Legitimacy of Government
by Ernest Hancock
Frederick Mann writes: A discussion rages on at high speed with great passion here in Arizona regarding the "social contract" we're all supposed to be forced into. While the discussion continues, I was compelled to share this article with you all due to the impact it had on my ability to understand the issue and how I might share it with others.
Mark F. Writes
What are you proposing? Anarchy? Government has a legitimate role of protecting your life, rights and property. Its existence may cost money. Whether it is a direct or apportioned tax to cover that existence is another argument, but even if government were doing all it should do - you still have jurisdiction issues which may not be consensual.
The only option which would be available in that case would be sudden war by the government against you due to your unwillingness to clear up a minor problem. It could only be war because we're not under the jurisdiction of the government's legitimate role of clearing up such issues in the name of protecting life, rights and property.
I'm really not familar with any time in our history that things worked like this, and I always conclude that Anarchist Libertarians wish to go beyond our origins to something else. Maybe I misunderstand.
Speaking for me, you're correct. I wish to go beyond your origins to something else. Colonial-era slogans aside, let's see what those political origins actually are. You're recommending that people not abandon the instutition called government, on the grounds that this might entail confusion over jurisdiction, and possibly even violence - a small but "sudden war by the government against" me in the event that I couldn't get along with my neighbors.
But when referring to even the recent past, we find that government is by far history's greatest peril.
Confusion over jurisdiction: Find me a year that goes by without men being sent to die in a border dispute. Know anybody who went to Grenada? Know anybody who went to the Gulf? Know anybody who's going to go to Bosnia? Know anybody who went to the European Theater?
I can point to a hundred and fifty million political dead this century alone. You can point to a hypothesis about confusion over jurisdiction in the case of a burglary.
A time in history that things worked like this? Guilty. There's conjecture about ancient Iceland and more conjecture about the American West, but nothing all that convincing, even to me. I'm not convinced there'll be a 300 Mhz desktop computer, either; I'll believe it when I see it. (This didn't take too long)
Here's what we do know, though: All States nova. All tribes disperse. There is no historical precedent for a permanent State, or a stable one. Of the extant States today, the exceedingly young USA may be the oldest, which says nothing good about the advance of the science of statism.
When States nova, which they invariably do, they usually do a very bloody job of it. I've never seen a war. I've never seen a mass grave. I've never seen corpses accumulating in piles. I hope I never do. Above all, I see no reason to manufacture rationalizations for the institution that never fails to accompany wholesale slaughter. Without a government, Mark, the worst you can do is a riot.
Government has a legitimate role of protecting your life, rights and property.
Hence, the elaborate theories about something called a "social contract." The difference between a contract and a social contract, of course, is that the former is consented to by both parties while the latter is imagined by one but binding upon another.
(Ain't it strange how we've learned to look for hokum wherever a derivative of The S Word comes up? Social Democrat. Social Justice. Social Contract. National Socialist Party. The world is filled with strange coincidences.)
If government is legitimate, merely tell me whence it derives its legitimacy.
Social contract is currently fashionable, in the ebb and flow of on-line political debate. This is a contract I never signed, that I've never seen, that has no terms, that is binding upon me but not upon the other party, that can be dispensed with at will by the government but must submitted to by me upon pain of incarceration, whose terms may change on-the-fly or even retroactively, from which there is no escape clause, which is binding in perpetuity, which binds my ancestors and descendants, which requires fealty but guarantees no consideration.
And it's bullshit on its face. But that's not the interesting thing. There are a thousand intricate dodges designed to cover the ass of statism, and refuting one of the lot isn't that fun or that illuminating, at least if you've been working these boards for a while. There will always be another transparent cloak for the Emperor to wear.
What's interesting is that there are a thousand cloaks, but there aren't a thousand-and-one. Here's the thousand-and-first, and you'll never hear it from a statist:
Because they have guns and if you don't obey, they'll shoot you. [emphasis added]
I'll come clean. I'm not writing to Mark F.. I have no hope of showing him anything, because I think he's determined not to be shown. But for those who aren't solely concerned with building dungeons out of cards, this is useful.
Statism can't be justified. I can give you a list of minds bigger than mine who wanted it so badly they were willing to torque their own brains, and a longer list of folks who didn't know any better. Mark's own Locke, and Rousseau. And Blackstone. They had a common ancestor, Hugo de Groot. Back to Aristotle and all the way to Thales, forward to Rand, and even to Nozick, Jefferson, Madison, Marx, Mill. All of you have read some, and some of you have undoubtedly read more than I.
None of them said it, because all of them are beehive-busy trying to find another reason for this: "If you don't obey, we'll shoot you." That's not legitimacy, so they had to find another way. Social contract. Consent of the governed (probably the most opaque self-contradiction of the millenium). Will of the majority. Threat of descendence into chaos. Greatest good for the greatest number. Progress. Good of the Motherland. Throwing off dominion of the ZOG. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
If government is legitimate, merely tell me whence it derives its legitimacy. Why does it need so many different justifications?
If government is legitimate, why does it need guns?
Mathematicians don't need guns. We think they're legitimate. Physicists don't need guns. Biologists don't need guns. Musicians don't need guns. Tool and die makers don't need guns. Copy editors don't need guns.
Government needs guns because it isn't legitimate. It cannot persuade you, and it cannot base its appeals in reason, because there cannot be a basis in reason for an appeal to dumb savagery.
I don't care whether it claims to be instituted by my consent, or for the sake of my welfare, or as the product of some non-evident contract, or in response to the prospect of mass starvation, or for the protection of life and liberty and property. None of that matters. It cannot be justified in reason. It has not been justified in reason in four thousand years, despite all the effort of all the courts of all the despots of all the centuries. And the hand-waving of your next encounter with yet another electronic acolyte in the cult of the State will prove this yet again:
Government is not legitimate. You can tell by the effort people must go to to make up rationalizations for it.
Now, here's the dirty little secret. I said, all their rationalizations are a veneer, all their happy-babble is cover for what's really going on: "If you don't submit, we'll shoot you." [emphasis added] That's true, but to any proposition there is a converse.
The converse to the proposition in question is this: If they could compel you, they'd have no need to convince you. [emphasis added]
[Frederick Mann added this comment on his web page where one of the copies of this exchange was posted: This is one of the central aspects of discovering that you are inherently free, free by nature. Through your ability to make decisions, you control the energy that animates your mind and body. The terrocrats (terrorist bureaucrats) really cannot control or compel anyone. So they have to brainwash people, program them like robots, to believe and obey. Above all, they must brainwash their victims into believing in the "legitimacy" of the terrocrat system.]
If dumb savagery were all it took, statists would have it made. They could simply announce, "do it our way or we'll smoke you. We have an army." And that would be that. We'd be wandering around in loincloths carrying digging sticks.
But they don't say that. Governments throughout human history have employed a procession of yes-men long enough to circle the moon. A plethora of Prime Ministers, a rick of Rasputins, a cord of courtesans. Why bother with all that, when all it takes is weaponry? If militaries were enough, we've have had no emperors and no Presidents - and if simple brutality were enough, we'd have no militaries. Write this in your notebooks:
They do not seek dominion.
They seek legitimacy.
[Frederick Mann: In my opinion, they seek both dominion and legitimacy. But their dominion is largely based on perceived legitimacy. Undermining their legitimacy is one of the most powerful strategies for removing their dominion.]
Why does the Ayatollah seek to have Salman Rushdie murdered? Not to keep his subjects from the prose - he could ban the book easily enough. It is because Rushdie threatens the Ayatollah's legitimacy, even in the eyes of people the Ayatollah has never met and never will.
Why does Bill Clinton seek to stifle dissent by branding it right-wing hate-speech? Not because he fears overthrow, or even being denied a second term. In the unlikely event he has a second term, we all know he'll be even more likely to repress contrarian speech, not less. This is because he seeks legitimacy, seeks it above all things.
Mark F. constructs his tortured case for social contract for a reason, and that reason is not ignoble. He wants to be right. He wants to persuade you. The Ayatollah and Bill Clinton want to persuade you. They wish to find a basis in reason because, above all things, they want to be right.
This is what spin control is about: Pretending to be right. This is what posturing is about. If force of arms were adequate, there'd be no need to waste time on spin-control, but think about it: the world's most repressive regimes were those with the most insistent "education" programs. Witness the Soviets, witness China, witness Cambodia, witness medieval Spain.
They want legitimacy, crave it desperately. So do you. So do I.
And we all seek legitimacy in the common ground that is reason. If we seek this, we cannot start with a justification or a conclusion to which the argument must be torqued to match.
If there is not a supreme law to protect the life, rights and property of individuals (through delegated powers) then you have individuals doing what they please with impunity, as in a state of nature.
There's only one state of nature, the only one that ever was. And in this state, people can go wandering around doing whatever they want. With impunity! This is the nature of the human organism: we are each exclusively self-controlled. [emphasis added]
[Frederick Mann: Again, this is the essence of discovering that you are free. You exclusively control yourself - whether you realize it or not. Nobody else can control you. However, if you're like most people, you've been brainwashed to believe that the "government system" controls you and the only way to escape this "control" is to change or remove the "system."]
Mark regards this with such revulsion that he considers the mere prospect of it to be a horror, and it certainly will wreck the web of the spider spinning social contracts. In the face of a fact obvious to any observer - that each of us is intrinsically free to do as he wills - he prefers to wax about a contract that each of us knows damn good and well doesn't exist and never did. That which is obvious and evident and verifiable is to be ignored, dismissed as nonsense. That which is ludicrous is to be cultivated as "supreme law."
[Frederick Mann: In my experience, it's obvious to fewer than one in a thousand individuals that they are intrinsically free to do as they will.]
But freedom is unavoidable. Discretion is the nature of organisms; we are individuals by the very way we are made. We are exclusively self-motivated; we have no other way of operating. We can be coerced, but we cannot be enslaved. This is evident, and it is irrefutable. And this is the basis for a rational conversation about human affairs.
[Frederick Mann: Humans allow themselves to become enslaved by buying into irrational statist ideas, superstitions, lies, concepts, terms (words), definitions, and arguments.]
This is the observation that is the basis for a legitimate argument about legitimacy. When people persist in basing arguments for a "civilized" state in the imaginary, while they persist in gaping at reality itself as too monstrous to be contemplated - is it any wonder that the streets of "civilizations" never fail to run red with blood?
Frederick Mann's Comments
In a fund-raising letter to their members, the National Rifle Association (NRA) used the term "jackbooted thugs." George Bush resigned his NRA membership. Bill Clinton repeatedly denounced the NRA for using this term. Why? What do these terrocrats fear most?
Answer: The loss of their legitimacy. Terms like "jackbooted thug" destroy their legitimacy. This is the major reason why we use terms like "terrocrat." (Interestingly, The Arizona Republic used the terms "law-abusement officer" and "law-abusement agent" in an editorial on September 18, 1995!)
Using such terms and persuading others to use them is phenomenally powerful because it destroys legitimacy.
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