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How do you twist,

How do you shift

From the pure to the profane

From the meaningful to the mundane?

How do you turn it all inside out,

Corrupt the pristine sound of silence

Into an angry shout?

How do you let go of the real

And pray with religious zeal

To the gods of greed and lust,

Preaching and teaching fear

From birth ’til dust?

How do you explain it away?

How do you make it ok

To rape unto death

The beauty that gives us breath?

How do you maintain the energy it takes

To break instead of create,

To steal instead of heal?

How do you learn to be happy

In that arctic zone

Where the status quo freezes you to the bone,

Where peace and love are a waste of time

And freedom is a crime?

How do you learn to live In a state of war

Panting and chanting

“More, more, more!”

Never giving,

Never really living,

Staring Divinity in the face

But standing just outside of grace,

Just to the left of hope,

Choosing to be enslaved and separate,

Refusing to believe in anything

except the god of the machine.

It’s a fatal illusion,

A killing joke,

Conceived to leave you

Blind, desperate and broke.


The State is an Autoimmune Disease…by Thomas L. Knapp

“Autoimmune diseases,” per the Wikipedia article on same, “arise from an inappropriate immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. In other words, the immune system mistakes some part of the body as a pathogen and attacks its own cells.”

Analogizing from autoimmune disease to political government has its dangers — foremost among them the fact that any such analogy requires us to think of society as a sort of super-organism with its own interests separate from and superseding those of its constituent parts, people — but I don’t think the analogy is a poor one. If there really is such a thing as “the body politic,” the nation-state is to that body as lupus or multiple sclerosis is to an individual human body.

The most advanced stages of the disease are easily identifiable: Mussolini’s “everything in the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state” sums them up rather neatly.

But as with any disease, the final stages are actually the least interesting; the body is withered, doped up on painkillers, attempting to pass as gently as possible into that good night. The real action is in the painful intermediate stages of the disease — after it’s become too advanced not to notice, but while the patient might still be expected to struggle against its progression. It is at this point that we can see the true evil of the disease itself.

Which brings me to the case of freedom activist Adam Mueller, aka Ademo Freemanconvicted in New Hampshire earlier this week on “wiretapping” charges for having taped “public officials” in the conduct of their “public duties.”

While the details of Ademo’s case are certainly interesting — they highlight the increasing arrogance of state functionaries in their demands for “privacy” from scrutiny by those whom they allegedly serve — I don’t find them nearly as interesting as the fact of the verdict and what it says about the American progression of the autoimmune disease.

One bulwark of liberty versus the depredations of the state has, for several centuries now, been “jury nullification” — the inviolate power of citizen juries to acquit defendants who have clearly done no wrong, even if the letter of the state’s law demands otherwise.

In Ademo’s case, observers had good cause to believe that even if the state of New Hampshire’s technically weak case held together through trial, no panel of 12 reasonable people could plausibly vote unanimously to convict. Ademo was too clearly in the right, the state too clearly in the wrong, for conviction to happen. A hung jury was the worst-case scenario, outright acquittal a strong possibility.

And yet the jury returned a conviction, after less than an hour of deliberation.

While it’s fortunate that Ademo has been sentenced to “only” three months (of a possible 21 years) in a cage for attempting to hold “public officials” accountable, any confinement at all is still a major crime against humanity, morality and rule of law.

And that crime was committed not only by the permanent, cancerous infrastructure of the state itself, but by semi-randomly selected cells of the “body politic” — citizen jurors. This, it seems to me, is evidence that the disease has metastasized and that we are indeed approaching its final stages. Jury nullification is, in this analogy, the body politic’s lungs and their ability to take independent breath.

Or, to switch analogies to the biblical, take God’s response to Abraham’s inquiries vis a vis Sodom and Gommorah: Abraham: “Peradventure ten [righteous people] shall be found there. God: “I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.”

In Manchester on Monday, not even one righteous juror was to be found. 12 of 12 were shown to have been so corrupted by the disease of statism that they would vote to send an innocent, even heroic, individual to prison for the “crime” of exposing the disease in the body politic. And so we must consider that body politic doomed and beyond redemption.

It’s depressing. The only up side is that when the body politic dies, the state will die with it — and that the body might be able to resurrect itself minus the disease. But that doesn’t make these terminal times any easier, on Ademo or on us.
Thomas L. Knapp is Senior News Analyst and Media Coordinator at the Center for a Stateless Society ( 


The only possible revolution is inside us

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The only way to change the world is to change yourself. Revolution is not an external thing, it’s personal. You can’t change someone else’s mind or control their actions. You can only make yourself a better person. Imagine this: if everyone became the absolute best individual that they could be, what kind of world would that create? If words like love, respect, honesty, caring, and empathy were not merely words but actions as unconscious as breathing? What heights we could reach! What fantastical things we could accomplish! Human society working together for the common good, for the benefit of all life. It is possible. The revolution is this: the conscious evolution of our fundamental way of thinking. Change your mind, change the world!


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The noose continues to tighten but no government lasts forever.

By Carl Watner

Voluntaryists have a unique outlook on government. They view the State as an invasive institution. It imposes a coercive monopoly over defense services and collects its revenues via compulsory taxation. Theodore Lowi, a professor of political science at Cornell University in the early 1980s, authored a book, INCOMPLETE CONQUEST (1981), in which he observed:

Every action and every agency of contemporary government must contribute to the fulfillment of its fundamental purpose, which is to maintain conquest. Conquest manifests itself in various forms of control, but in all those forms it is the common factor tying together in one system the behavior of courts and cops, sanitation workers and senators, bureaucrats and technocrats, generals and attorney generals, pressure groups and presidents. [p. 13]
Two of the most basic “forms of control” exercised by any government are that of demanding enrollment in its armed forces, and in collecting taxes based on one’s income and/or accumulated wealth. Perhaps conscription is the State’s most direct control over your life, but its ability to tax ultimately destroys the principle of private ownership. Everything you think you “own” is really held subject to its pleasure. It is as though you are a slave and your master allows you to retain certain perks.

In my article, “The Chickens Come Home to Roost – The Master Plan for ‘Tightening the Noose'” (Issue 48, February 1991), I referred to the late Fred Rowe, who wrote an article for his House of Onyx publication entitled “The IRS Electronic Monster.” Rowe set forth his predictions about the future state of economic freedoms in these United States. He described what he called an IRS “master plan” under which the United States government would push toward the creation of a cashless society. Electronic money would take the place of banknotes, and all financial transactions would be recorded via computers, which in turn would be connected to those of the IRS. The tax bureaucracy would then take this information and render every citizen and resident of the United States a tax return. Withholding on all income from your labor, and on all major financial transactions, such as the sale of real estate and investments, would enable the government to collect taxes on a mostly “pay-as-you-go” basis. Such computer transparency would also make it very difficult for tax resisters to escape the government’s clutching hand.

Whether or not such a conspiratorial master plan was ever hatched by government bureaucrats, the unceasing efforts of government to take control of its citizens’ property have continued unabated. Some of the steps in this never-ending battle for conquest and control have been:

…requirements that most people born in the United States have government-issued birth certificates;
…passage of the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution authorizing Congress to tax income;
…requirements that a government social security number be used in conjunction with all large financial transactions and in filing tax returns;
…reporting all domestic cash transactions of $ 3,000 or more to the U.S. Treasury
…attempting to require that payments to individuals of $ 600 or more be reported via 1099 Forms to the Internal Revenue Service;
…requirements to report to the U.S. Treasury and/or U.S. Customs movements of more than $ 10,000 cash and certain other negotiable instruments to and from the U.S.
…requirement that applicants provide a social security number on passport applications, and upon refusal being fined $ 500 by the Internal Revenue Service;
…requirements to report the existence of foreign-held bank accounts and foreign-held assets;
…requirement that anyone renouncing their U.S. citizenship for reasons of avoiding U.S. taxes be liable for U.S. taxes for the 10 years following their renunciation;
…requirement that all employers within the United States verify the eligibility of prospective hires, who, of course, must have a government social security number; [see “Countdown to Extinction,” THE VOLUNTARYIST No. 68, June 1994, page 3 for further information]
Now the government is working out some new regulations that affect both our property and our bodies. The Obama care health care legislation mandates that most people in the United States purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. Its constitutionality has been argued before the Supreme Court. Increasingly, doctors are no longer able to abide by the Hippocratic Oath because third-party payers (mostly the government through Medicare and Medicaid, but also insurance companies) make health decisions for their patients. It is no longer between the doctor and patient to determine what is the best treatment. The decision is up to the party paying for that treatment. Furthermore, physicians have been ordered “to adopt electronic health records or face economic sanctions from Medicare.” The Federal Commission for the Coordination of Comparative Effectiveness Research will determine the “most-cost effective way of allocating a fixed amount of resources among” the U.S. population. [See “Notable & Quotable,” THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, March 17-18, 2012, p. A13]

The government is also tightening the regulations surrounding the ownership of foreign bank accounts and the reporting of assets held abroad. For all practical purposes there has never been any financial or banking privacy in the United States. Currently the governments of the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom have joined together in cooperation to intensify their efforts to combat international tax evasion. On March 10, 2010, the United States enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). This legislation introduced reporting requirements for foreign financial institutions (FFIs). Many banks headquartered abroad are required to identify U.S. account holders, report certain information to the IRS about their accounts, and assess a 30% withholding tax on certain payments of U.S. source income to recalcitrant account holders or non-participating FFIs that are unwilling to provide the necessary information. In short, great pressure is being brought to bear on banks that are not subject to U.S. jurisdiction to subjugate them to IRS regulations. Some foreign banks, particularly those in Switzerland, have decided to terminate their account relationships with U.S. citizens so as to avoid these entanglements with U.S. law.

All this is reminiscent of what Nazi Germany did to its citizens in the years before World War II. Consider these National Socialist laws:

The decisive sign that the Nazis had turned their sights on the assets of Germans abroad was the law against economic sabotage enacted in December 1936. In part this was aimed at enticing Germans to repatriate their foreign nest-eggs: those prepared to admit they had assets abroad could keep a third of them after they handed over the remaining two-thirds to the Reichsbank, … ‘Any German national who knowingly and having as a motive acts against the law in transferring assets abroad or keeps them abroad and thereby damages the German economy is punished with death’.”[Nicholas Faith, SAFETY IN NUMBERS: THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF SWISS BANKING, New York: The Viking Press, 1982, pp. 83-84]

[P]ursuant to the Decree on the Registration of the Property of the Jews of April 26, 1938, all Jews were required to value all their assets (foreign and domestic) and register them if their value was in excess of RM 5,000. [“Expropriation (Aryanization) of Jewish Property,” General, Holocaust/expropriation]
As reported in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL on April 6, 2012 [p. A9], “hiding money in [tax] havens isn’t as easy as it used to be.” The U.S. Congress has “passed laws imposing draconian penalties on people hiding foreign financial assets.” How do the following U.S. government regulations compare to those of Nazi Germany?

A person who holds a foreign financial account may have a reporting obligation even though the account produces no taxable income. … The FBAR (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts) is not filed with the filer’s federal income tax return. [From Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) page on the internet]

The principal purpose for collecting the information [required by Department of the Treasury Form TD F 90-22.1 – “Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts”] is to assure maintenance of reports where such reports or records have a high degree of usefulness in criminal, tax, or regulatory investigations or proceedings. … Disclosure of this information is mandatory. Civil and criminal penalties, including in certain circumstances a fine of not more than $ 500,000 and imprisonment of not more than five years, are provided for failure to file a report, supply information, and for filing a false or fraudulent report. Disclosure of the Social Security number is mandatory. [From TD F 90-22.1, 2nd paragraph of the “Privacy Act and Paperwork Reduction Act Note.”]
The Internal Revenue Service also has other reporting requirements to be found in Part III (Foreign Accounts and Trusts) of Schedule B, Form 1040, as well as on Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets. A news report of August 3, 2011 demonstrates that the IRS means business. Robert E. Greely, who “pleaded guilty to filing a false U.S. tax return that concealed more than $ 13 million in two Swiss” bank accounts, “agreed to pay a civil penalty of $ 6.8 million for failing to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Account form.” [“Former UBS Client Greely Admits to Hiding More than $ 13 Million From IRS by David Voreacos; citing U.S. v. Greely, 11-cr-374, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco)]

Why exactly are such assets of concern to the federal government, and why is the “failure to report” foreign assets a crime if it is not illegal to own them? The answer is to be found in the invasive nature of government. Governments demand obedience to their rules and regulations, whatever they may be. Governments also have an insatiable appetite for tax revenues. And furthermore, many governments have a record of confiscating the known assets of their citizens. Although the United States government has never required surrender of assets held abroad, it did confiscate all gold coins and gold bullion in 1933, and outlawed the ownership of gold by American citizens regardless of where it was located. But why would a citizen break the laws of the United States? An American might have several reasons. A person might be a conscientious objector against taxation. A citizen might think that foreign assets would be safe from seizure by the American government because they are outside its domestic jurisdiction. The citizen might also think that having assets abroad would provide a nest egg in case of the need to live abroad. Having foreign assets might provide a means to escape from government agents. During the Nazi era, how many German dissidents or German Jews would have been grateful to have had money outside of Germany, and how much easier would it have then been to leave Germany and escape the Gestapo?

There have been numerous books and articles comparing Nazi Germany and the United States of America. Leonard Peikoff”s 1982 book, THE OMINOUS PARALLELS, was subtitled “the end of freedom in America.” Naomi Wolf’s more recent publication, THE END OF AMERICA (2007) highlighted “the ten key steps that would-be despots take” when they assume control of a country. These include many that have already occurred in the Untied States:

…invoking the threat of internal and/or external dangers;
…establishing secret prisons where torture takes place;
…building paramilitary forces;
…creating a surveillance apparatus aimed at ordinary citizens;
…infiltrating citizen groups and organizations in an effort to disrupt their activities;
…arbitrarily arresting and detaining citizens and aliens;
…targeting key individuals who criticize the government and destroying their reputations;
…censoring and restricting the press;
…disparaging criticism of the government as “espionage” and dissent as “treason;”
…subverting the rule of law by ignoring constitutional provisions and due process.
No one can foretell how far these trends will affect the future, but they seem to reflect Carroll Quigley’s 1966 prediction: Man’s “freedom and choice will be controlled within very narrow alternatives by the fact that he will be numbered from birth and followed, as a number, through his educational training, his required military or other public service, his tax contributions, his health and medical requirements, and his final retirement and death benefits.” [p. 866] That is the tragic part of the prediction in his book’s title, TRAGEDY AND HOPE.

The hopeful part is reflected in what we can observe from history. No government lasts forever. The Nazi 1000 Year Reich was gone in less than two decades. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics lasted less than 100 years. In western Europe, after the Roman empire disappeared, Quigley observes that by 900 A.D. there was clearly a period “when there was no empire, no state, and no public authority … . The state disappeared, yet society continued. … It was discovered that man can live without a state; … . It was discovered that economic life, religious life, law, and private property can all exist and function effectively without a state.” [p. 83] Every generation faces natural and political challenges. Despite the tightening of the political noose, our own times are not unique. Some problems are more daunting than others, but life goes on. As Robert LeFevre used to say, the free man will find a way to be free.
Carl Watner is an American author and historian of libertarian studies, and a voluntaryist. He has written articles for Reason magazine, The Libertarian Forum, and The Journal of Libertarian Studies. Visit his website,


Know your enemy





the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce,especially for political purposes.


the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization


a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

This pretty much resembles the way the good ole’ U.S. of A. conducts business both at home and abroad. From the time of its inception to the present day America has been, and continues to be, one of the biggest terrorist states on earth. Money, power, self-righteousness and greed are key factors in allowing the government to get away with all the bullshit that it does. If you can’t brainwash the masses into believing that you are a savior then bulldoze over them and call them terrorists and enemies of the state; invade a country or two under the guise fighting the “war on terror” (shh…don’t mention the fact that they have resources we’re desperate to get our hands on). Fear and paranoia are being sold wholesale to the public so that we willingly give up our rights to the government so it can “protect” us from the very threats that it created. We are being lied to. We are being played by a corporatocracy that sees us as mere generators of tax revenue (oh, and bullet fodder). So, open your eyes and watch your ass because “keep your enemies close, but keep your friends closer” has never been more relevant.


We are the power

Change doesn’t come by voting for some closed minded politician and giving them the power to make decisions for a population that they are so obviously out of touch with and don’t care about. Outside of the fact that we are seen as cattle, pawns in their game of world domination and contributors to their retirement funds, the people are of no value or interest to the establishment. The system is broken and no amount of  “reform” will fix it. The government is a “for profit” organization that trades on the lives of its shareholders–the American people, the working class that actually provides the money and manpower to make this country the reckless, imperialistic bully that it is. This corporation needs to be dismantled, dismembered, burned to ashes, and buried in multiple graves. Maybe then we’ll possibly have a chance for redemption.The world is in a sad state. We have given our power away to entities who abuse us and lie to us  and tell us that they have our best interests at heart. It’s time to wake up and smell the bullshit. It’s time for the cattle to stampede, for the slaves to break their shackles. We are our own future. The time is now, the revolution is here! We are the power!


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