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Number 688, September 16, 2012

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Whose Values?
by Jim Davidson

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Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise

"Today we bring home four Americans who gave their lives for our country and our values."
—Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, 14 September 2012

You can tell that they view it as an assassination when the president and the secretary of state greet the plane carrying the dead body back to the United States. Obviously, soldiers, sailors, and airmen who have died in combat operations around the world are of no consequence to these people, given that we don't find such important officials as the president greeting the dead bodies of ordinary military personnel. But the secretary of state and the president of the United States both showed up to watch four flag-draped coffins arrive from recent violence in Libya.

Judging by Clinton's words, they brought home four dead bodies of people who died for their country and their values. I gather from the circumstances that those values include overthrowing the regime in Libya, occupying foreign countries, and running a series of wars for as long as several decades in places like Korea, Cuba, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Yemen, Syria, Libya, and elsewhere to guarantee large profits for certain military industrial contractors and the banks which finance them. These values are evidently represented in the global war on individual liberty now being fought in the guise of a war on "terror," and the bloal war on individual liberty now being fought in the guise of a war on some drugs.

But whose values are these? Clinton would have you believe that she represents you in the office of secretary of state. However, I don't believe she does represent you, nor me, nor anyone you have ever met in person most likely. She represents the giant enormous banking cartels, the giant enormous defence contractor companies that donated to her 2008 campaign for president, and the prison industries corporations that benefit from incarcerating millions of Americans, mostly for non-violent acts that are entirely consensual, such as possessing a number of marijuana plants.

Whose values are these? Why, they are the values of those who value them as ideals, or as expedient policies. These values include civil asset forfeiture, a part of admiralty law now used to generate tens of billions of dollars in "judicial theft" or theft with impunity for law enforcement officials at county, state, and national levels. These values include profiting from the slaughter of civilians in countries all over the world. Are they your values?If you are a values voter, a conservative Republican, a fundamentalist Christian, perhaps they are your values. Perhaps you think that the century-long war on drugs is a good idea. Perhaps a good word for your values is: racist. Possibly you think putting your neighbours in cages is a good idea. I do not agree.

Perhaps you are a nationalist socialist or an ardent internationalist socialist. In other words, a fascist, a communist, a Nazi, a Stalinist, a Maoist, or someone following another doctrinaire political philosophy that demands obedience to a hierarchy, benefits for those in positions of power, and suffering for everyone else in the name of "solidarity" or "uniformity" or "order." But I am not a follower of such philosophies. I'm an anarchist.

The state is chaos, and is more chaotic when ubiquitous law enforcement imposes surplus order. There is no proper role of government. It is entirely improper.

Suppose you disagree with the secretary of state and her values? Suppose you join me in considering the government as entirely improper. You and I have the possibility before us of laying some cornerstones of that foundation, upon the very bedrock of principles such as the zero aggression principle, the principle of helping those who seek help, the principle of love one another. We can, I believe, lay such cornerstones, and build such a building, as has never been seen in this world, nor any other. We can build upon a solid rock, and build my staircase to the planets and stars.

For I am sovereign. I have assumed among the powers of the Earth the equal station to which the laws of nature, and of nature's God entitle me. You should, too.

Once you appreciate your own sovereignty, you don't need an externally imposed government based on coercion. You won't need to vote for new masters, either. You won't bother to alter, reform, nor abolish the existing system of pseudo-government. You'll simply abandon it.

The word you want is: bail. The system is full of fail, so bail. Get away from it. Learn to run your own life without permits, without permission. Get off the grid, decentralise, and find like-minded people to work with.

The counter-establishment economy has better values. Agorism awaits.

Free the slaves. Stop the wars. End the state.

Jim Davidson is an anti-war and pro-freedom activist. Recently, a 501c3 group with which he is affiliated was given a building in Kansas City. Jim continues to respond to requests for help with the Sovereign Mutual Aid Response Team, the university association of Individual Sovereign University. He can be contacted at and His books Being Sovereign (2009) and Being Libertarian (2011) are available from major book retailers.

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