Down With Power Audiobook!

L. Neil Smith's

Number 854, January 10, 2016

Why are you outraged? Didn't our short-sighted
ancestors set us up for this kind of thing two
and a half centuries ago when they got rid of
a monarch without getting rid of monarchical practices?.

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Wayne LaPierre is a Hypocrite

• : a person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs

The position of Mr. LaPierre is that the Terrorists hate our freedoms. Nothing could be further from the truth. Terrorists are fighting back in the only way they can against the oppression and occupation of their sovereign lands by the U.S. and other governments. Mr. LaPierre wants the government to enforce the 20,000 or so gunlaws and to prevent the mentally ill from obtaining weapons. Under such reasoning anyone who opposes government policies is mentally ill according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Fifth Edition (DSM-5) with "oppositional defiant disorder". I would submit that those 20,000 gun laws which Mr LaPierre wants the government to enforce are all unconstitutional. Mr. LaPierre, what part of "shall not be infringed" don't you understand?

This is why I am NOT the NRA.

Edwin E. Smith

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There are 10 kinds of people in the world.
Those who understand binary and those who don't.

"The truth, indeed, is something that mankind, for some mysterious reason, instinctively dislikes. Every man who tries to tell it is unpopular, and even when, by the sheer strength of his case, he prevails, he is put down as a scoundrel."—H. L. Mencken

"There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit (debt) expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit (debt) expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved."—Ludwig von Mises

"I heartily accept the motto,—"That government is best which governs least;" and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which I also believe,—"That government is best which governs not at all;" and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient."—Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

The function of government is to provide you with service; the function of the media is to supply the Vaseline.—L. Neil Smith

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RE: "Jerry Brown Behind Bars", by L. Neil Smith

I've repeatedly expressed my opinion re: abortion. Basically, I think it's wrong but it's none of my business if a woman gets an abortion. On the other hand I don't want my tax dollars to pay for that abortion.

I also think everyone should own a Glock 18 (the full auto version) and a full auto M4 with an M203 launcher attached plus an adequate supply of ammunition, spare parts, and other accessories. I'm pretty sure it would be wrong for me to expect antigunners, or even progunners, to subsidize my acquisition of these items.

And no I won't trade you picking my pocket for an abortion for me picking yours for weapons. what if we keep out of each other's pockets instead.

Well have you taught me, Oh Master Yoda.

A.X. Perez

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Dear Editor,

I always, always, always enjoy reading the things that El Neil writes, and today's essay on reforming the Libertarian Party was no exception.

There's no part of me that thinks the LP is going to be reformed, nor any part of me that thinks that any of the nationalist, socialist, federal-ish government is going to be reformed, either. Dead weight accumulates, and eventually the centre is eroded by corruption until the system dies. But I do dearly love a lost cause, and there is none more spirited than a political reform project focused on alleviating tyranny and injustice.

The only part of the essay which I found difficult was the proposal to locate LP party national headquarters in Omaha. I lived in Omaha for several months in 1991, through no fault of my own. If a worse punishment for national activists is to be designed, I'm not sure how to design it. In addition, I suspect that the central location is more of an inconvenience to all major urban population centres than it is a blessing. Mind you, a location being inconvenient to everyone should deter a certain amount of frivolous participation.

For ten years now, I've been living in Northeastern Kansas. I actually like the fact that the vast majority of Americans don't have any interest in being anywhere near here. Their absence is part of what makes the place enjoyable. Indeed, it was precisely the lowest population that made Wyoming an attractive prospect near the start of this millennium.

As many of your readers know, I'm an anarchist. I come to my anarchist views from the traditions of the libertarian left, the pro- peace crowd that finds racism disgusting. I'm against government in all its shapes and sizes, and I don't think putting more energy into politics is any way to resolve the problems that arise from the excesses of politics. But I'm also well aware that the people who come to share my views very frequently have, like me, spent time in the Libertarian Party, including in various state party groups.

So I'm completely in favour of all the changes and recommendations Neil makes for making the LP a better place from which to recruit anarchists. And, like the man condemned to death who agreed to a one year stay of sentence if he would spend that year teaching the king's favourite horse to sing, I'm reminded that a year is a long time. The king might die. The horse might die. I might die. And, who knows, the horse might learn to sing.

Imagining the American political system returning to the limited scope of government envisioned by the original founders in 1775, or even imagining that a provisional government founded with the power to print money that proved very quickly to be "not worth a Continental" was actually limited at all, is, to me, much like imagining that a horse would learn to sing. But the multi-verse is very large and possibilities abound.



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Regarding the blatant efforts by the BLM to force the Hammonds off their land see; this article.

The Feds have been stealing land from ranchers for generations now, the recent row in Oregon is just another replay of a tired song.

Regarding the seizure of Federal Facilities by the Bundy led protesters I wish to point out the seizure of a courthouse by Reies Tijerina over problems created by violation of Spanish Land Grant Rights, the seizure of Alcatraz by United Indians of All Tribes to protest efforts by the BIA to force Indians off Reservations to grab their land (Note BIA and BLM are both part of the Department of the Interior), and the seizure of Wounded Knee in 1973 in part to protest violation of treaty rights to land.

The US Government has a long and proud (sarcasm) history of stealing land in the West. Every time people push back it's a good thing.

In the Words of Russell Means, "Welcome to the Reservation."

A.X. Perez

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