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Number 594, November 7, 2010

"And you expect things to be different this time?"

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Understanding the Pattern
by Jim Davidson

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Special to The Libertarian Enterprise

When you look at the system which oppresses you, you may have some difficulty understanding it. For example, why all the attacks on peaceful people buying and selling recreational drugs? Does this make sense? It might not, at first. But you should look at the history of the drug war.

It traces back to the 1920s when treaties were ratified about trafficking in narcotics. This was a terribly racist period in American history. So part of the objective of making opium illegal was to directly attack Chinese immigrants who were hated for the reasons that bigots hate everyone—industry, thriftiness, ability in business, speaking their own language, etc.

Part of the objective in making marijuana illegal was similarly to attack Mexican immigrants. Yes, because the racists in the government hated Mexicans for their hard working industriousness, their thriftiness, their preference to speak Nahuatl or Spanish or some other Mexican language. Part of the objective in making cocaine and marijuana illegal was to attack South American immigrants, and blacks. Yes, for the same reasons. Racists don't hate people for being inferior, they hate people for being better than them.

Remember that in the 1920s there was this new nationalist socialist police force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Remember that there was still an "alien enemies" act from 1917. A new income tax. Alcohol prohibition to attack ethnic minorities such as the Irish and the Scots, as well as to more thoroughly control the working classes.

Keep in mind that income tax, the Federal Reserve, and alcohol prohibition were horribly unpopular. They were pushed through using clever tactics like the senate rule that makes a quorum whoever shows up, and having the vote on Christmas eve in 1913 for the Federal Reserve act, for example.

So, yes, what I am saying is that Eric Holder enforces the drug laws, although Obama made a campaign promise not to raid medical marijuana clinics, because Holder is a racist. Because the system is racist, and oppressive. The system won't stop the drug war, even if Proposition 19 is passed in California, because the system isn't interested in your consent. The system is interested in power, and in making you into an "untermenschen." A what?

A sub-human. An unperson. A second class "citizen." By convicting you of felonies for possessing some herb bearing seeds you are made into a person who has to report to a parole officer so they know where you are, has to have a job or they put you back in a cage, has to pay taxes, has to obey their rules, maybe has to piss in a cup for them, and you may also be denied the "opportunity" to vote, to own guns, etc. Not because the state needs the money, or has anything imaginative or useful to do with your time, but because those in power wish to stay in power.

And if that means destroying your life, the lives of your friends, the lives of your family, if it means actually slaughtering tens of thousands of children in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, or even right here at home, the people in power, and their sycophants in the licensed lamestream media, are happy to destroy those things and bathe in the blood of those children.

Who benefits? The prison industrial complex builds more prisons, so the concrete makers benefit. And you know they get a lot of benefit from big government. They get to pour concrete for roads and bridges and space launching pads and big government buildings. The people who make concrete in your community are probably the most vicious assholes you'll ever meet. They love the government and do everything they can to make it bigger.

Who benefits? The bankers. They lend the money to the people who control the government and then expect you to pay it back through taxes. Bankers are some of the most deliberately hateful and evil people on Earth. As Josiah Stamp once wrote, "Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take away from them the power to create money and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But, if you wish to remain the slaves of bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create money."

Who benefits? The military contractor companies. Boeing, Lockheed, General Electric, Westinghouse. These scum make the machines to slaughter the children and profiteer on every war. They constantly rally for more wars because they hate humanity and want to see everyone else suffer.

Who benefits? The military, the spy agencies, the domestic security apparatus, the kommissar and his finks and bully squad. The fuckers who beat you up when you get out of line. The pigs, especially your local police force, who are all rapists, murderers, thieves, liars, perjurers, and whores.

Who benefits? Your neighbours. They get exactly what they want: law and order. Judging by the shows on television, all they want is reality shows about selfish shitheads in New Jersey and pig shows about brutalising other people. Your neighbours vote, and they vote for evil men and women who vote for war. Your neighbours vote because they want more from government. They want what you produce without bothering to pay you for it.

One of the things beginning to emerge in this pattern of racism and militarism and establishment madness is a return to the age-old religious wars of the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries. You see, the military-industrial-financial-espionage complex requires enemies. And people are really pretty much all alike, in general terms.

Everyone on Earth loves children, opportunity, wealth, tools, ideas, and has dreams of prosperity. People are not so different. As Sting once sang, the Russians love their children, too. The Afghans love their children, too.

So religious schism has to be deliberately fomented. Which is why you find a Saudi royal prince as a major shareholder of Fox News directing the vitriol on that network, at the same time that he's funding Wahhabi fundamentalist madrassas all over the Dar al Islam (the House of Peace). Why would he do that?

Well, gosh, let's see. The Saudi royal family benefits from this war in at least three ways that can be seen prima facie (at first glance). The current war has helped them investigate, frame, and brutally murder dissidents in their country and dissidents in nearby countries who want to overthrow their military dictatorship and brutal tyranny. The current war has dramatically raised fuel prices, so that oil which was selling for $20 a barrel (remember when gasoline was $1 a gallon, about eleven years ago?) is now selling for $80 a barrel, or so. And has been much, much higher.

Also, the Saudi royal family is a major participant in war industries in the USA such as the Carlyle Group. Carlyle owns, for example, DHS systems, a military contractor. So as they foment the wars and conflicts and generate wider and more bizarre religious schisms, the military-industrial-financial-espionage complex can be assured of wars. More wars, more death, more dismemberment, more mangled bodies, more profit for them.

Now, of course, I pick on the Saudi royal family because they are exceptionally religious fanatics, exceptionally brutal dictators, especially violent, and especially evil. But this has nothing to do with their particular religion. There are exceptionally religious fanatics, brutal dictators, violent, and evil Catholics, Protestants, Jews, atheists, Marxists, and many other religious groups running various countries. Just look around.

Communism, you see, was a disappointment to the establishment. It was part of a project, I think, by bankers like Friedrich Engels, to get the working classes much more thoroughly deceived about their own path to success. And, of course, there was some amusement from working both sides of the street during the Cold War, I suspect, for scum like Armand Hammer. But in the end, it fell apart because it was unworkable. It turns out people are all pretty much alike in their ability to find a market clearing price in a free market, and entirely incompetent at doing so in a command economy.

Which is all to say that if you think you are going to engage the system and reform it, you are insane. Shouldn't you have seen some signs of progress in the last 100 years if there were going to be any? What might account for this utter lack of progress? Isn't it obvious that the people who make trillions of dollars by being parasites on your wealth and your productivity are resisting your changes? Don't you see how "campaign finance reform" is simply "incumbent protection"?

Of course the system is broken from your point of view. All you have to do is look at the mangled bodies. But the people in power ignore those dead and mangled people, because they do not care about them, at all, not even a bit, not even to pretend to send flowers or something. They only care about the profits for them, and those profits are huge. They enjoy fucking you out of your home, your pay, your wealth, your knowledge, your ideas. They enjoy patenting and copyrighting the things you create so they can have exclusive privileges. They enjoy hurting you. And there aren't all that many of them in the establishment, so the really tricky part is to get you to convince yourself that someone else outside the establishment is the "real enemy." The "yellow peril" or the "red menace" or the "islamofascists" or some other group. That's why racism is such a deeply ingrained tendency in the system.

If you think you are going to work within the system to make it work "properly" and do what it "is supposed to do" or remain "within the limits of the constitution" you are insane. You are trying again and again to do something that has never worked, yet. And you expect things to be different this time?

When you wake up from these dreams of horror, come check out We aren't asking the government for anything. But we are teaching people how to take control of their own destinies. Which, after all, is your only real responsibility.

Jim Davidson is an author, entrepreneur, and anti-war activist. His 1990 venture to offer a sweepstakes trip into space was destroyed by government action as was his free port and prospective space port in Somalia in 2001. His 2002-2007 venture in free market money and private stock exchange was destroyed by government action in 2007. He's going to Mars if he has to walk. His second book, Being Sovereign is now availble from Lulu and Amazon. His third book Sovereign Self-Defense will be released for Kindle soon. His fourth book Being Libertarian will be available for free download as a .pdf, being a compilation of all his essays and letters in "The Libertarian Enterprise" since 1995. Contact him at or He and his associates at Individual Sovereign University are planning a series of concerts and celebrations of freedom around the world. One of these events is 4-6 March 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.


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