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tyranny-freedom

Excellent summary of what is taking place in America and to some degree in all western “civilized” countries. Some high lights…

There is little difference between Democrat and Republican politicians. The two “opposing” parties might as well be renamed the Bloods and the Crips. They both stand for the same thing and that is bigger government and less freedom.

Both parties want the same thing and that same thing has to do with your wealth and freedom. Both will do whatever it takes to be in charge. The country does not matter. Only their position in the trough matters.

Government has had to re-define rights and behaviors (many of which are supposed to be constitutionally protected) as dangerous or illegal.  They have to do this to maintain control over their primary exploited resource, you.   To see a partial list of problem children can be seem HERE.

But now the Obama administration is removing all references to Islam from terror training materials, and instead the term “terrorist” is being applied to large groups of American citizens.

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And on and on it goes.  After all, you have no right to dissent unless you have a valid government issued licence for such dissent.

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In the days preceding and following the American revolution, men and women gave their lives for the idea of a nation based upon liberty and freedom, free from the arbitrary and fiat rule of tyrants and kings.  The severe constraints that our founding fathers placed upon the new government of the United States was meant to safeguard those freedoms.  The mechanism was the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Power was divided between three branches of government.  The individual States and their localities had the lions share of power and were meant to prevent the always possible usurpation of power by the federal government.  The laws was designed solely to prevent injustice such as the plunder of private property by governments at all levels.  This allowed individuals the freedom to navigate their own way, manage their property as they saw fit, and have the liberty to pursue purposes and dreams.

Law does not serve that purpose anymore.  Instead it attempts to insure equality of outcomes called by the Marxist term “social justice” rather that prevent injustice.  But this is an impossible task because one must rob, plunder or extort by force the resources of one group to re-allocate it to another.  This is how votes are always bought.  It is how sociopathic politicians stay in power.

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Instead of concern for injustice, the law is now used to manage and regulate the actions of people.  To do this, people must have their options (freedoms) limited and forced into compliance by fines, incarceration, and when necessary, violence upon person and property.  It takes a lot of resources to manage people but the government, having no resources of its own must of necessity turn to plunder.

I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”
Thomas Jefferson

With this change in the purpose of law and by slow and small steps, the law has been transformed into and instrument of plunder.  The chief user of this instrument is the federal government.  To be sure, the banks and the corporations are also behind this, but it is government that provides the muscle for this axis of evil.

So what is the myth?  It is simply the belief that those that work and sacrifice for the good of the government are doing so in the service of their country.  They believe that their labor and contributions are for the country their love.  It is not.  Their sacrifices are for the government, not the country, not the welfare of the citizen who is plundered every April 15th, who is regulated so that the cost of doing business is no longer profitable, who must play the debt game designed by bankers and enforced by these same bureaucrats to make certain the tyrannical empire of the petrodollar endures forever because their livelihood depends upon it.

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”  Patrick Henry

So ubiquitous has service to government been confused with service to country that to most they are one in the same.  They are not.  They are not even close.  The bureaucracies produce few goods that one can purchase and provide no service one wishes to pay for.  The use bureaucrats have is solely because our government have shackled the once free citizens with a collective compliance and debt slavery without which the bureaucrat and the agencies they work for would have little use.  Their need is artificial, required for the operation of the great machine of empire to plunder the people and intimidate the nations.

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The nation born of the idea of free men has transformed itself into the tyranny of Ancient Rome.  Breads and Circuses (welfare and entertainment), endless wars to preserve empire (National Security, “Gladio”), and currency debasement (Quantitative Easing, money printing).  The government’s bureaucratic armies run a propaganda machine (unemployment rate, inflation rate, economic recovery), control markets (DJIA, Gold and Silver, S&P), and have a spying apparatus (NSA, etc.) what would be the envy of any fascist government.  Instead of securing the blessings liberty they have their finger in every pie to manage every move and have laws on the books the citizen doesn’t even know about so they can be threatened or removed as needed.

Sadly, the average over-educated yet witless bureaucrat still believes service to his government is service to the country.  This is how we are destroying ourselves.

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InternetRegulation

“President Obama’s plan marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet. It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works,” he said. “The plan explicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes on broadband… These new taxes will mean higher prices for consumers and more hidden fees that they have to pay.”  FCC commissioner Ajit Pai

It is not a question.  The answer is obvious.  It is government.  It has always been government.  Not religion, not the plague.  By the numbers governments plunder vastly more, kill if you resist plunder in inconceivable amounts, and lie to justify and conceal their actions.  Just murder of its own citizens is over 100 million in the twentieth century alone.

Now take lying for example.  The purpose of their propaganda is to establish the moral high ground needed to rationalize their actions.  As a result they often pass laws to legalize such actions.  Hence Bastiat’s warning penned long ago…

It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.  Frédéric Bastiat – The LAW

In the USA, we don’t have a “ministry of propaganda” like they did in Nazi Germany.  You can’t call it that in today’s world.  It would offend the delicate sensibilities of the politically corrected and conditioned masses.   So instead we in the USA have government agencies like the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that serve the same purpose.  Agencies that have no constitutional right to exist at all, by the way.  But I digress.

Governments realize that in order for propaganda to work it must remove competing “voices”, thus is must control the flow of information lest it’s destructive evil inner workings be exposed.  The very young US government passed the “Alien and Sedition Acts” signed into law by John Adams (of all people) in 1798.  Regardless of its stated purpose (increasing national security), it was used to crush dissent.  It cost Adams re-election and all but one of these heinous acts expired during Jefferson’s term in office.  The remaining one was used to round up Japanese, Germany and Italian immigrants during WWII.

Since the Internet, all governments have seen an increase in moral and political opposition to their schemes.  This has lead to many unwanted disclosures like the CIA’s operation “Gladio”, the US and NATO behind the situation in the Ukraine (and blaming it on Russia), perpetual US wars to maintain the petrodollar and US hegemony.  All of which are mere tips of the iceberg.

People often think of propaganda as spewing lies to convince the populous of the righteousness of the government’s cause.  That is not as clearly understood it the crushing of dissent .  Here we conjure up images of Gestapo breaking down someones door and arresting the residents who then disappear or are found murdered like “Gray State” film maker David Crowley and family.  But these kind of things are only employed in the most extreme cases.

The State (government) would prefer to use the law to suppress dissent.  So the first amendment to the constitution has to be set aside and overcome.   Currently the media is controlled by 6 huge corporations (Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal).  So they are not a problem for the government.  However the internet is quite another thing.

The Internet is a real problem for government because more and more people are leaving the matrix and listening to alternative media.  Some of it good and some of it bad.  The internet is where you will find that people are free to express opinions and ask questions that are not given to them by FOX News or CNBC. You see, a good citizen, according to government, is one who is uninformed.  Good citizens are like cattle, never questioning White House talking points or BLS employment numbers or GDP numbers or the inflation rate.

Another small step towards tyranny

Another small step towards tyranny

So, enter the FEC and FCC.  The FEC will attack this issue via “to much money in politics”, “campaign finance regulations” and full disclosure as justification.  Now mind you the FEC is an unconstitutional (and therefore illegal) organization of unelected bureaucrats wishing to expand their control over the last bastion of free speech and decent in the once free west.

The FCC will play the Net Neutrality card again (this is the third try), the bastard child of FDR’s 1934 Communications act that gave rise to the “fairness doctrine”. It is spun as big corporations wanting to charge higher fees for deluxe services and I’m sure they would love to.  However, our bankrupt government, wants to, nay, needs to, stick its finger in the revenue pie.  It can smell the gravy.

Nothing good will come of it except to strengthen the power of the State, reduce IP Provider competition, raise costs (they have to pay all those regulators, lawyers and bureaucrats somehow) and silence descent.  After all, something has to be done about the Drudge Report, The Dollar Vigilante, Zero Hedge, the Economic Collapse Blog, Miles Franklin, Infowars.com, Financial Survival Network, Liberty Blitzkrieg, Of Two Minds, King World News, Paul Craig Roberts and David Stockman, etc, etc, etc.

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The conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder” dept. Bastiat

TSA to Arrest Anyone Charged with any Crime trying to Come or Leave – including taxes … The border is closing rapidly. First it was FATCA hunting Americans with any assets overseas whatsoever. Now just two days after taking charge of the committee chairing the House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing, U.S. Rep. John Katko introduced two bills. He is looking to effectively close the borders using terrorism as the excuse as always to hunt down Americans. Katko is a former federal prosecutor. So he knows precisely what he is doing writing a law that is so broad, that anyone suspected of a crime cannot leave the country. This is any crime. Keeping gold in a safe deposit box is money laundering carrying up to 25 years in prison. – Martin Armstrong

As the US government becomes more desperate to fund its vast welfare and military apparatus, the search for revenue is becoming ever more invasive. See the full article at The Daily Bell. Transforming the TSA from air safety to any suspected crime. I hope you don’t have gold in a safety deposit box. If you do, you must be laundering money. Your arrest may be eminent.

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The police, judges, and government in general are waging war against the public.  Unlike the cartoon above, you don’t have to be guilty of a crime.  Just the suspicion that your property was involved in a crime is enough for the police to seize your stuff.  This seizure of stuff has been escalating since at least 2002.  Even the Heritage Foundation, a very conservative think tank, is catching on.  Below is one chart from an excellent article about “asset forfeiture”.  I think is it called “equity sharing” when the Feds art involved.

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Click on image to read article – Civil Asset Forfeiture: 7 Things You Should Know

But wait!  It doesn’t stop there.  Cops, Judges, and “Civil” Servants need a lot of money for their salaries, huge pensions, and excellent benefits, so…

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In Australia cops sit camouflaged hiding in the wood-side to trap “speeders”.  In Switzerland, speed cameras go off at 2 mph over the seep limit.  Then the fine is calculated based upon how fast you were going and how much money you make.  Well, it is better then being shot dead for no reason like John Geer was.

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Bang bang, John’s dead

Finally, after 17 months while Fairfax County Police and Government sat on it hoping it would go away, a reasonable judge granted a court order to release the documents.  The Washington Post writes “Friday night, under a court order obtained by lawyers for the Geer family, Fairfax released more than 11,000 pages of documents that shed new light on the police shooting”.  Really, 11 thousand pages?  Excessive pages are used by bureaucrats to obfuscate issues, not to determine truth.  Never-the-less, in Fairfax county we too have sociopathic loose cannons running around with guns ready to murder someone at the slightest twitch.  And Fairfax has an ever growing bureaucracy ready to cover it up.  But hey, Fairfax is mostly democrats and RINOs that always vote to expand the state.  They commute into DC and suck off the federal tit to finance their lifestyles anyway.

What will it take to stop this theft (legal or not) and unnecessarily quick resort to violence and force by police?  It may be safer for the public to be armed and the police to be disarmed.  It is almost as if, in its stupidity, the government in its endless quest for revenue, is provoking the public into retaliation.  More likely they want more and more plunder, because governments (police, judges and bureaucrats) DO NOT PRODUCE a goods or services that can bring in revenue, so they utilize force to shakedown the citizen.  They are certainly not interested in justice.

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In his post HERE, Charles Hugh Smith points out very important points as to how banks loot a nation and impoverish a people.  Banks and lenders are assumed to be capitalistic.  But that is not reality.

In a free market where real capitalism is actually practiced, when lenders make bad loans, ignore risk, and ignore the credit worthiness of the borrower, the “lenders who ignored risk management; they get destroyed.”  This is supposed to be how it works, indeed, this is how it has worked in times past.  “As imprudently issued loans default, the losses pile up and the lender become insolvent. At that point, Capitalism kicks in and the management is fired, the stock goes to zero, the lender’s assets are auctioned off and the creditors are issued whatever remains after wages, taxes, accounts payable, etc. are paid.”  That’s it.  HE continues, There’s nothing complicated about it: Capitalism requires the discipline of losses being taken by those responsible, the firing of incompetents and the destruction of imprudent lenders.

In other worlds, bad loans eventually wipe out the lender, as they are suppose to.  Idiots who do not properly vet the borrower and analyze the risk get whacked.  But now, there is little need, because why? Because they have effectively done two things.

  • They have used their control of the media (propaganda) to sell the story that it is the borrowers fault.  Somehow the narrative is the lenders are blameless, the borrowers are at fault and should pay.”  

    While it is true no one should borrow money that they can’t pay back, the “primary fiduciary responsibility is on the lender to not offer loans to marginal borrowers and those at high risk of defaulting on their debts.”

    “Let’s set aside the propaganda for a moment and get real: anyone with the slightest knowledge of Greek finances and the power structure of the Greek economy/society knew it was insanely risky to loan Greece billions of euros. No one can deny this, yet somehow the lenders deserve to be paid for their avarice, stupidity, incompetence and total disregard for the standards of prudent lending? No, they deserve to be destroyed–closed down and their assets auctioned off.”

  • They have shifted the responsibility from themselves to the citizens of the sovereigns who borrow from them.  In other words, the tax base and resource pillaging will be used to payback bad loans.  The lender(s) are no longer on the hook for anything.  Risky loans are not longer a threat to their existence.  This is what happened with the IRS and the Federal Reserve member banks.  You taxes are collected to pay back the loans has taken out on “your behalf”, not for schools and roads.  Before the FED, there was no income tax.  It wasn’t necessary.  The purpose of the IRS is to backstop the FED.  Nothing more.
  • In the case of Greece, politicians put the people on the hook because they work for the elites that rule Greece.  These elites “have preserved their positions through control of the media (propaganda) and through old-fashioned favoritism, sharing the spoils of power with the country’s politicians. Greek legislators, in turn, have held on to power by rewarding a small number of professional associations and public-sector unions that support the status quo.” 

So the European Central Bank has the nation and its people on the hook.  What does that mean?  It means the time and labor of the people is owned by the banks.  It means that those Aegean Islands will be sold to the bank for “pennies on the dollar”, it means pensions have to be cut so less is paid into the system allowing the banks to take more.  It means their is a “Fire Sale” sign above the Acropolis.  The ECB has made many very stupid loans.  But in today’s world, stupidity is rewarded if you are a parasite and produce nothing of value except the invention of new and unique ways to plunder the productive.

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It will end when bankers swing from the lamp posts.  Tax collectors will pay for their duplicity.  Governments and banks are broke and desperate to perpetuate their existence and will attempt to plunder the world before they go down, citizens be damned.

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