Taking a Hard Stand: The Unauthorized Biography of LaVoy Finicum

By Kyle Rearden

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“The informed resister in crisis situations is not surprised by the occurrence of brutalities against the nonviolent group. In reaction, either to halt the defiance or to resort to violence would have serious negative consequences. To be effective, the resisters must persist through the brutalities and suffering and maintain their fearlessness, nonviolent discipline, and firmness. Some time and considerable suffering may be required to demonstrate to the opponents that brutalities will not crush the movement.”

Gene Sharp

From 2014 – 2016, the late LaVoy Finicum made his foray into the alternative media as a vlogger. During this period within 2015, he also managed to get his novel published as a way to finance his mounting legal costs that were incurred thanks to the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Although most people remember Finicum as that member of Citizens for Constitutional Freedom (C4CF) known as the #TarpMan, who really was LaVoy Finicum and what did he actually believe in?

Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was born on January 27th of 1961 in Kanab, Utah. He worked on a drilling rig in his early twenties, and later in a sawmill within the town of Fredonia, Arizona. Finicum was a teetotalerprepper” as well as a Mormon.

Aside from these manual labor jobs and being a one-time novelist, Finicum was also a professional foster parent and hobby rancher. Finicum himself told Oregon Public Broadcasting in January of 2016 that:

“My ranch has been a great tool for these boys. It has done a lot of good…[w]e are very successful (foster parents). Our track records are good, it’s been a good relationship…[t]hat was my main source of income. My ranch, well, the cows just cover the costs of the ranch. If this means rice and beans for the next few years, so be it. We’re going to stay the course.” [emphasis added]

When you combine this admission with Finicum’s eyewitness statements regarding the 2014 Bundy Affair, a new shade of meaning begins to emerge. In Finicum’s very first vlog on April 26th of 2014 (a mere two weeks after the Cattle Unrustling), he began by saying:

“Hello, everyone. My name is LaVoy Finicum. I’m a neighboring rancher to Cliven Bundy on the Arizona side of the border. I rode with his boys on April 12th when we went to go get his cows…”

This is quite revealing, for it means that Finicum didn’t just spring out of nowhere as part of C4CF, but had actually been known by at least some individuals within the patriot movement, if only as a relatively minor figure. On August 14th of 2015, Finicum said that:

“We have been here prior to the BLM being formed; these grazing rights were established, and I’ll explain it to you. This particular grazing right, right here, that we’re sitting on – all this green grass, all this acreage here. I bought this here grazing right from the ranching family by the name of Ballards – Ballards bought it from the ranching family called the Heatons; the Heatons were some of the first settlers in this country here…[i]t’s not theirs! I didn’t buy it from them! I bought it from the Ballards, Ballards from the Heatons, Heatons established it; it’s not theirs, it never was theirs and they’re forbidden from having it!”

Grazing rights are, in truth, a consequence stemming from the tragedy of the commons that is known as “public” lands. What Finicum has done here is engage in “befuddlement” by confusing grazing on “public” fields as if it were an action that is justified by the homestead principle. This is nothing more than an obfuscation of the private property ethic, for the Heatons never “established” any “rights” by simply having their cattle graze on non-privately owned lands. In this same vlog, Finicum admits that:

“Now, how will I graze off all this grass that is mine, that I pay for, that I fight every year to make my mortgage payment on? Everything I have is tied up into this – my home, my life; I’ve spent my lifetime trying to obtain a ranch, to live like…I loved as a young boy riding with my dad chasing some cows on the weekend. I always wanted to raise my family out here, and raise them like this, so I am putting everything on the line, my home, my dreams, my ranch.”

Yeah, that’s right – Finicum’s hobby ranch that he “bought” was, in fact, mortgaged. This is further elaborated on September 7th of 2015, when he said:

“I have mortgages on my house here, got a mortgage on my ranch, there’s my trucks out there, got payments on my trucks I gotta make; just like most Americans, workin’ hard, trying to make payments, trying to afford my family, put food on the table.”

In other words, Finicum was a debtor to lenders for (at least) his trucks and his ranch. Thus, in order to pay all these debts, he eventually became a foster parent, which required him to be licensed and regulated by the Arizona government. To further complicate matters, Finicum also claimed:

“I’ve acknowledged Mohave County and the state of Arizona as the rightful owners of this land…I’m acknowledging Kingman, our county seat in Mohave County, as the closest government to We the People. I am going to pay a production tax off my cattle to Mohave County. I will no longer pay my mandatory grazing fees to the BLM.”

Wait a damn minute! Didn’t Finicum just say the previous month that the Heatons “established” his grazing “rights”? How in the hell does that jive with the Arizona government being the “rightful owners of this land”? Is there some difference between who owns the land versus who has the “right” to graze on it, regardless of ownership?

Let’s recap the story so far, shall we? LaVoy Finicum is a neighboring rancher to the Bundys, but since his mortgaged ranch is only profitable enough to pay for its own operating costs, his livelihood is made by providing foster care. Based solely off of his own statements, the incentive that Finicum would have to promote grazing “rights” in order to lower his own operating costs so that he may finally pay off his debts and eventually become a truly independent rancher should be obvious to everyone by now (and what the production tax on his cattle Finicum said he was paying to Mohave County has to do with any of this is, quite frankly, beyond me).

The BLM decided to penalize Finicum to the tune of about $1,400 for “trespass cattle,” which by November 13th of 2015, had increased by another $5,000. Meanwhile, Finicum accused the BLM of stealing his water, and then depriving him of his half interest in Coyote Springs, which he claimed is in the deed to his ranch. Obviously, “trespass cattle” is a victimless crime and thus is a use of lawfare, and yet, am I also to assume that Finicum’s alleged grazing “rights” are in the deed to his mortgaged ranch, too?

In response to this paper chase, Finicum attended several meetings, the first of which was with Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe on September 23rd of 2015. A few days later, Finicum met with both county bureaucrats and state representatives, including county supervisor Gary Watson, head of the grazing board Merlin Esplin, head of Fish & Game Luke Thompson, cattle brand inspector Raymond Christenson, chief deputy treasurer Bill Barker, and legislators Regina Cobb and Margaret Nyberg. Later in November, Finicum met with a bunch of ranchers in his native south central Utah.

Although he outright denied it to MSNBC correspondent Tony Dokoupil, I happen to think Finicum really did have a death wish, because as early as May 31st of 2014, he declared:

“At some point, you have to say that my freedom is worth more than my life…I’m glad that they’re people who are starting to draw a hard line. They are beginning to value their freedom more than their life…I just want to say that I think it’s time that those who love freedom begin to draw a hard line, that they begin to love freedom even more than they love their life. Those who gave us this freedom, loved it more than they loved their life.”

Honestly, how is this anything fundamentally different from the myth of the line in the sand? I’m a Texan, so believe me when I say that such imagery is quite overwrought of dying for this, and dying for that; just, dying, dying, dying constantly (whatever happened to living freedom?). Finicum also thought that the prosecution of the ATV protest riders in Recapture Canyon was retaliatory for the Cattle Unrustling, but I can’t help thinking whether the county commissioner Phil Lyman’s conviction is sufficient evidence to Finicum that Lyman loves freedom more than his own life?

The lead-up to C4CF’s sit-in at the wildlife refuge is significant too, for it shows that perhaps Finicum was a true believer rather than a “conspirator” in much of anything. Finicum mentioned the Hammonds for the first time publicly in October of 2015, saying:

“…I’ve been following what’s been happening over in Bend [Burns], Oregon with that ranching family over there – the Hammond family. I’m pretty upset with what the BLM has done to them. Actually, I’m really angry…they threw’em in jail, they fined’em tremendous amount of fines, and now it looks like they’re facin’ five more years in prison. These are real lives, these are real people, and by dang, I’m angry about it. America, how long are we gonna put up with this type of stuff? It’s time to stop.”

About two weeks into the sit-in, Finicum admitted that the Hammonds being sent back to prison was the flashpoint for C4CF:

“It’s the right of the individual we’re lookin’ at, not the right of the collective. You know, if there’s just one rancher sayin’, ‘Please help me! Please don’t go!,’ what about him? What about the Hammonds? What about that family that is in prison? What about the one? We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that one family. All of these abuses that have been building for a long time, but it was that one family that is what now, 11 days in prison? Unjustly so? Let them be released!”

Finicum also admitted that same day that Ammon Bundy explained about an hour before the “Operation Hammond Freedom” protest march commenced on January 2nd how C4CF was going to go about conducting the sit-in at the refuge:

“Maybe I can just go back and explain how the day it was that we got here and how it happened, because I was one of the first ones to pull in here. We came up here on that day to do a peaceful support march for the Hammond family before they were thrown in prison; not once, but for a second time (for the same charges), and the hour before the rally, Ammon Bundy pulled us aside with a group of residents, a group of people that came up to support, and he took the time to go through the litany of all the things he did to get redress for the Hammonds. It was extensive, and over a considerable period of time, and he was completely ignored…but he laid out the plan, hour before the march to say that we need to come here and occupy this resource center, this wildlife refuge that the federal government has placed here…Ammon did the march with Ryan Bundy and a handful of others, and we drove out there.”

Ah, Ammon, he’s no end of surprises – this was the same guy who led the earlier town hall meeting in Burns on December 15th of 2015 that directly led to the formation of the Harney County Committee of Safety, the very same Committee of Safety who on January 8th of 2016 had their own meeting, which ended up in a deadlock regarding whether to order C4CF to immediately depart the wildlife refuge.

It’s now a matter of history what preceded Finicum’s death. Any negotiations between the FBI and C4CF to reach a compromise was debunked. C4CF’s discovery of Paiute artifacts carelessly stored in the basement of the refuge was quite alarming, yet the Paiutes specifically told C4CF that they did not want any open dialogue regarding the discovered artifacts whatsoever. According to Jeanette Finicum (LaVoy’s widow), her husband felt as if he was back serving his Mormon mission on the Dakota reservations.

Ultimately, LaVoy Finicum was killed by the Bluecoats on January 26th of 2016. According to Jeanette, Sheriff Jim McCabe (the exact same one LaVoy met in person just a few months earlier) told her four days after LaVoy died that she better not emulate her husband’s shenanigans because after spending two weeks in D.C., McCabe knows that the BLM will not put up with what she has planned. Thankfully, not only did Jeanette pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, but she also said the following on March 8th of 2016:

“The American people are outraged at this inhumanity, this brutality, this barbarism by the courts and law enforcement. It has created a new American awakening from both the Left and the Right. It shocks our conscience and that is why around 1,000 rallies spontaneously organized in support of my husband’s assassination and these patriots who are being held as political prisoners.”

I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but I already prefer Jeanette to LaVoy as a political dissident, because at least her grievances are easily provable and quite serious. Unfortunately, it’s currently unclear as to whether the BLM decided to up the ante by trying to collect on those fines they levied against LaVoy before he joined up with C4CF.

Speaking of political rhetoric, what exactly did LaVoy Finicum believe to be true, precisely? What I can tell you for certain is, is that Finicum specifically repudiated anarchism, and he did so multiple times. On September 21st of 2015, Finicum said:

“People might think that I am ‘anti-government,’ or an anarchist, and I’m certainly not. I believe in government, I believe in the federal government; we need the federal government – how else are we going to protect our country, and protect our borders? Keep commerce regular amongst the states – that’s what the federal government is for; unfortunately, they seem to be doing a poor job about our country and our borders, but I do believe in government, and I do believe in the proper relationship between the states and the federal government and the counties.”

Believe me, I really wish he were, but alas, that statement of fealty comes straight from the horse’s mouth. Just to reiterate the point, Finicum said on November 13th of 2015 that:

“We’re not just a bunch of wannabe anarchists and sayin’ we don’t believe in government (want to take down government). Contrary, I believe in government, I believe in the federal government, we need the federal government, but in their proper place. They need to be controlled by the confines of the law. Right now they are the anarchists, running beyond all their banks, but we need them; we need them to protect our border, to keep commerce regular, and to keep our country safe. Just a few other things, very identified in the Constitution, but they have usurped power and authority everywhere.”

Yet again, this was partially echoed during the press conference in mid-January:

“Federal government, go home! Take care of federal things! Secure our borders, protect our nation, keep commerce regular, and just a couple of other things – get the heck outta Dodge and leave the rest for the state and the counties to take care of. Let the people be free! It’s high time, dangnabit! Get outta town!”

Plainly, it can be observed that Finicum is a constitutionalist, especially if you consider what he said on September 18th of 2014:

“[I]t’s easy to see that our government has eviscerated the Constitution. They are a lawless government unwilling to be being governed by the supreme law of the land by the laws that We the People placed upon them…[t]he judiciary is, in large measure, corrupt too, insofar as they are unwilling to adjudicate on the simple Constitution…I invite you too, to stand up, and defend the Constitution; the rights that are guarded by this document. Stand, stand for freedom, stand for the Constitution.”

Putting aside for a moment the historical fact that the Anti-Federalists and some of the Founding Fathers like Patrick Henry thought the Constitution empowered the central government way the hell too much, Finicum’s misunderstanding of anarchy makes sense when you consider he did the same thing in his novel; truth is, the etymology of the word, “anarchy,” means without rulers, so if the republican form of this hypothetically limited government is all about empowering rulers, then limited government is a cruel joke, for all it does at that point is replace the divine right of kings with social contract theory, which the latter might as well be more accurately called the divine right of politicians.

Would it be accurate to describe Finicum as a socialist, given his preference for “public” lands over that of the private property ethic? Historically, constitutionalists have always supported the individual right to travel, yet they abhor road privatization because they don’t reject the very notion of “public” roads themselves, in principle. Remember, the “public” goods argument is already dialogically estopped, so spending time proving that any of these American governments are despotic trustees of the “public” goods (whether lands, roads, or “education”) is an incurred opportunity cost, quite frankly.

Once you understand that the spontaneous order of the market is superior to the central planning by bureaucracies simply because the only answer to the economic calculation problem is prices, then you can appreciate just how silly it was for C4CF to demand that the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge be transferred from the federal government to the Oregonian government, instead of just privatizing the refuge by homesteading it permanently. Root-striking can be rather quite painful at times, for it shows just how ignorant, incompetent, or even disingenuous activists can be at times. Economic illiteracy can be cured, but a lust for power seldom can be.

What can be learned, if anything, from LaVoy Finicum’s actions? I think it’s more than fair to say that Finicum was a satyagrahan, in that he conducted his nonviolent struggle to the bitter end, for he never actually shot or otherwise harmed anyone else, now did he? Yet, he and the other C4CF members (including the Final Four) have been regularly demonized as “armed protestors,” despite the fact that all of the killing and violence was done by the police extortionists.

Another takeaway here are the dangers of collective-movementism tunneling one’s vision down certain avenues away from genuine private property rights issues (like the nuisance abatement in Costilla County during September & October of 2015) towards grandstanding reenactments of the Sagebrush Rebellion. If you think that’s unfair of me to say, then how do you explain the fate of C4CF? They garnered world-wide attention, yet they failed to accomplish their stated goals, and although a few of them were able to beat the rap, most of them plead guilty before trial, or were otherwise convicted on “lesser” charges, but still largely becoming felons in the process.

Last time I checked, the Hammonds are still incarcerated, and the Malheur refuge is still under the control of the federal government, despite C4CF’s efforts. Function determines form, means determine ends; how you go about doing something is just as important as (if not more so than) what said ends actually are. Today, there are more American political prisoners than there were before, so this is by no means like the strategic victory won at Bundy Ranch with a net gain, but rather, it is, at best, a Pyrrhic victory given that the lawfare and democide conducted by government was wonderfully exposed for the tyranny that it is, yet I have to ask, at what cost?

Some questions that I am unable to answer might be better taken up by those interested in doing their own follow-up. For instance:

  • What is the current status of the wrongful death lawsuit that Jeanette was pursuing? Is it still being litigated? If not, what was the result?
  • Where is the Finicum family living? What is the current status of their ranch? Did they have to pay the BLM thousands of dollars in fines? Remember, according to LaVoy, he owed them in excess of $6,400 for “trespass cattle.”
  • Was LaVoy’s Bible ever returned to Jeanette?

These and perhaps other questions may never be answered, but I figured it doesn’t hurt to list some of them here for ease of reference. Too many people conveniently forget about those who have fallen because the fallout takes time and meanwhile the news cycle marches on, doesn’t it? Much like American political prisoner Robert Beecher‘s own recent death earlier this month, most consumers of “news” frankly don’t give a crap unless content producers make it an issue through posting items on their RSS feeds.

Many folks within the patriot community originally received the impression that Finicum was some independent rancher this whole time, and now that has been brought into question. I recommend that people stop mythologizing publicly recognizable figures as if they were some Great Man archetype, by reminding themselves that instead of putting these individuals up as symbols, they instead ought to familiarize with them as men. If Ron Paul had his faults and foibles, then why should anyone else be held up to an impossible standard as if they were Olympian gods?


Postscript: Be sure to check out The Transcript Bibliography of LaVoy Finicum for all the 20+ speeches that LaVoy made publicly, as well as all the hyperlinks I added to those transcripts in order to provide better context.

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The Land (1999)

By Kyle Rearden

Today’s article is a chapter within Brian Kelling’s 1999, Travel-Trailer Homesteading Under $5,000.” I figured that as part of an eventual article I’d like to write about strategic relocation, this background material would be useful from a historical perspective, if for no other practical reason. This republication of Kelling’s chapter is hereby done under the intention of Fair Use; no copyright infringement intended.

Choosing your land is probably your most important consideration, and there are many things to take into account.

For starters, where would you like to live? To me, this is the most important question.

Then, where can you afford to live? Where can you find a piece of suitable land for $2,500? You’ll need to be realistic about this.

Is the county unzoned? I highly recommend a county with no zoning, because then you can pretty much do what you want, and erect what you want. Taxes are usually cheaper, and there’s generally no one to enforce county regulations. So while you’re at it, check into whether or not there are any county regulations that would affect you (such as having a well or cistern, and a septic system in before you could occupy the land).

If the county is zone, how strict are they? Do they have a building inspector? Are mobile homes allowed?

How much are the taxes?

Are there any covenants on the property? Covenants to me are completely undesirable, although it is possible to live with some if they’re not too restrictive.

How far is it to town? With today’s gasoline prices, this can be a real factor in the total equation. However, part of that depends on how often you’ll be going to town.

Does the county maintain the road? (Assuming there is a road, that is.)

Can you get into that property in the winter? Do you have a four-wheel-drive? (And this is strongly recommended.)

What’s the climate like? Is there a lot of sun?

How far is it to water? How far to firewood?

Is the ground suitable for a septic system?

And here’s a big one: what will you do to support yourself after the homestead is in? Will you work? If so, where? Is the reception any good for cell phones? (If you’re planning on having a phone, that is).

Myself, I would start with the question of where you want to live. I’m talking about what region you’d like to live in. Say, the West, or the South, for instance. From there, narrow it down to a particular state. Then check around in the different areas of that state.

In my case, I knew exactly where I wanted to live. It was in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. I had already purchased a 5-acre tract in Alamosa County a few years back for a total of $2195. I paid $295 down and made monthly payments of $50 until it was paid off. I preferred to have the land – and everything else, for that matter – paid for, but you can sure make payments if you want to. It would substantially drop the initial amount you would need to get started from the $5,000 we are talking about in this book. But you have to be able to make the payments, and money is hard to make in small towns.

My taxes are $52 a year, and there is a building inspector to deal with, but I found him most reasonable.

For instance, mobile homes are allowed in Alamosa County, but travel trailers are not. However, my trailer is one of many. There are even a few buses. One guy I know built his entire house – complete with artesian well – without getting a single official permit. There’s even a straw bale house down the road a few miles.

Remember that building inspectors are powerful people in big cities, but that’s not usually the case in small towns (there are exceptions, however). I did eventually buy a building permit, to build a rock house, and this got him off my back. Also, by that time, I had my septic system installed, and that pacified him further.

Anyhow, I love the West, and particularly this part of Colorado. It’s sunny almost every day, the views are fantastic, the people are friendly, and land is pretty darned cheap.

Here’s a little bit about the place:

They say the San Luis Valley is the largest mountain valley in the whole world, roughly the size of Massachusetts. The Rocky Mountains run all the way around this valley, and the elevation here at the floor is quite high, 7,550′.

There are still some places available for $2,500, especially in Costilla County, where land is cheaper. It’s a favorite for homesteading, as are most of the farther-out places. Several years ago, I bought a 5 acre lot in Costilla County for $1,200, then turned around and sold it for $1,500. Recently, a realtor I met in town sold a 5 acre lot in Alamosa County for $500, and it’s in the artesian zone. Some area realtors, like at Fort Garland, for instance, deal in property that has piñon trees on it for somewhere around $35 down and $35 a month, but it’s real tough getting to it in the winter on rocky roads.

Kenneth Casey (he’s listed in the Albuquerque phone book) deals in Costilla County land. He sells it for $45 down and $45 a month. My brother bought one of his lots, and set up an $800 mobile home on it.

But wherever you but, check with the county it’s located in to make sure the land taxes are paid. Don’t take it for granted that the last owner paid them. It is possible for people to obtain land for back taxes, and you could be out of your money and a place to live (See section on tax lien properties later in this chapter.)

Naturally, with growth and the passage of time, some things have changed in the San Luis Valley. Costilla County – take note – is now recently zoned, as are most of the surrounding counties. Costilla County is in the process of trying to hire an enforcement officer – for at least permits, anyhow – but will never be able to enforce it everywhere. There are way too many homesteaders over there, in too large an area, for enforcement to be one hundred percent effective. Mainly, it depends on how visible your place is. But existing places were grandfathered in, anyhow.

Taxes in Costilla County are around $30 a year on a 5 acre tracts. Many people live in trailers, shacks, or buses, and even have outhouses (why, I can’t understand, when for the same cost of materials you can have a fully functional septic system – covered later in this book.)

There are several artesian wells in this area that are accessible to the public. One is on Highway 160, halfway to Alamosa, and other in Blanca, in Costilla County (it used to be the town well.) In addition, there are various others scattered here and there throughout the valley. These flow year-round, with good clean water, due to the large aquifer under a layer of clay beneath the valley floor. Actually, there are two aquifers – one under the clay, and one overtop of it. And the clay can be shallow or deep, from 10 feet to over 400 feet deep, depending on the location.

Under the pressure from water flowing underground from the mountains, a puncture of the clay (by a well) relieves pressure and yields a constant flow of water to the surface. It’s sort of like pricking a giant water balloon with a pin, only the stuff doesn’t squirt out.

But remember that you can’t get artesian water everywhere in the valley. For instance, at my place I can’t because the clay later is absent this close to the mountains, but I simply wanted to explain how the water flows constantly.

And you need a constant availability of water. The San Luis Valley only gets just over 7” of precipitation a year, so water collection is not really feasible as a main supply. Trying to drain a roof or other area for an exclusive water supply might be fine in places that get a lot of rain, but where, that would bring thirst in a hurry. If you employ gutters for water collection in a place like this, it will only be an augmentation at best – and with few exceptions, not much of an augmentation at that.

As far as heating, it is quite cold here in the winter, so everybody heats with wood. Me? I just stoke the wood stove and forget the temperature outside.

Her is the climatic data, courtesy of the National Weather Service:

The San Luis Valley is called the Land of Cool Sunshine, with the sun shining on average for over 320 days a year. So besides being excellent for solar power, I love it for the fact that to me sunshine contributes to a spirit of optimism.

The temperature rarely gets into the 90s, with 96 being the highest temperature ever recorded in the valley. If it gets to 90, you should hear the people complain. (I have fun telling them they don’t know what hot really is.)

We average 50 nights a year where the temperature gets below zero. Minus 10 is nothing. In the last four winters, I have seen it get to -30, once. The coldest temperature ever recorded was an even -50, but that in the 1940s. However, don’t let the cold scare you. When the sun comes up in the morning, it quickly warms things. That doesn’t necessarily mean it will be 60 outside, but it warms up and is quite tolerable.

With the dry climate we have here – and the abundant sunshine – it also seems to be substantially warmer than it is. There’s none of that mushy wet cold like they have in Buffalo, N.Y.

Now remember, there are always two prices for land out West, and in many other areas, too. One is the tourist price, which is high. The other is the local price, which is lower, and the one you want.

There is also a similar situation with realtors. Most of them sell the high-dollar stuff, and won’t even mess with lower priced properties. But in nearly every area, there is always one realtor who more or less specializes in cheaper land, or at least sells it, and that’s the person you want to talk to.

In all land dealings, remember that money talks. I mean cash money. Many times, you can get land substantially cheaper if you’ve got cash to put on the barrelhead. I once bought a 5 acre piece in Costilla County for $1,200 cash, which at that time was about half of the going rate.

At any rate, no matter where you locate, choose your land with care. You’ll spend half your money on this purchase, and it can affect your happiness and economic situation for the future. Don’t rush into anything, because there really is plenty of land out there to choose from. Take your time. Look around. On the other hand, don’t pass up a perfect deal, either. Trust yourself; you’ll know it when you see it.

Notes on tax lien properties

Before you get excited about trying to get tax lien properties dirt cheap – and for the most part, they are – keep in mind that you usually don’t get the property. In most cases, the people eventually pay up, so usually all you get is your money back with interest.

Notice that I said “usually” in both of those sentences. There are some instances where you might actually get the property, and indeed, I myself have obtained a few lots this way. One of those lots adjoined my land and expanded my contiguous holdings by one-third, which was really nice. But getting that particular piece was really just a stroke of luck, and in my experience such things are the exception, not the rule.

In my view, a tax lien property is generally not desirable for homesteading. There are too many variables, and too many chances for it not to work out. It also takes too long to actually get title to the land. However, a tax lien property could be an alternative if you know that you won’t be homesteading for several years yet, and have the time to wait until you actually own it.

Each state has its own rules or laws about tax lien properties, and if you’re determine to pick up a piece of land this way, you’ll have to investigate them. It’s pretty easy to do this. If you have access to the Internet, look it up. Search under “tax liens, _____ county, _____ (state)”. Then, call the county clerk or county treasurer to confirm that the information you have is correct. If you can visit them in person, even better. This follow-up contact is important, because rules and laws do change. New Mexico, for instance, changed the way they conduct tax sales, and you’ll find both versions on the Internet. One way to correct and current; the other is outdated. What’s the difference? A couple of years on getting title (it’s actually much quicker now). So call them.

Note that some of your Internet search results will be non-government sites where, for a fee, they can “show you how” or “provide current tax lien listings.” Ignore these. They’re just trying to make money from something you can do yourself with a little investment of time.

Incidentally, I wouldn’t bother with an initial written inquiry about tax liens, because like everyone else these days, those county people are busy and may not get around to writing back. (I say this from personal experience.) It’s also possible that they know or are related to some of those people whose land is up for liens, and might not be overly happy about helping them to lose it.

Here’s how the tax lien process works in Colorado: At a set time of year, counties annual publish a lit of properties in the local newspaper that back-taxes are owed on. The size of the parcel, location, owner’s name and address, and amount owed are all shown. Notice is given that if the taxes aren’t paid by a certain date, the county will hold a tax lien sale.

At that sale, people show up to “buy” tax liens. Basically, if you purchase a lien, and then pay the next two or three years of back taxes as they come due (there’s a mysterious way they come up with that figure, too), you can then apply for title to the property. Then, you pay some more, wait some more, and eventually, there’s a small chance that you just might get lucky.

But normally, you don’t get lucky. Most people redeem their property by paying the taxes plus certain fees. When that happens, the county sends you written notification canceling your lien, and also your money back, with interest. (The interest, by the way, is pretty decent. It’s something like 9 percent above the prime rate, or thereabouts.)

If you do get lucky, here’s how it goes. It takes at least three years of paying the back taxes before you can apply for title. At that time, you have to cough up an additional $400 to $800 or more to get the process moving (this is for the county’s attempts at owner notification, advertising in the paper, etc.). During this time, the person can redeem at any opportunity, right up until the very day before the county issues you a deed.

If you get the land, the deed the county issues will be a Treasurer’s Deed, not the more common Warranty Deed. This means, of course, that the county will not warrant the property to be free of all liens or “encumbrances.” No realtor would buy the land from you, if you ever wanted to sell (except maybe for pennies on the dollar), unless you had first done a Quiet Title Action in court. Cost: $2,000 or more.

Even if you are successful, you still won’t have completely clear title for 9 years, because of the antiquated Sailors and Miners Act. The reasoning goes that a person might have been away at sea or working in the mines for a number of years – they picked the number 9, for some reason – and not been notified that they were losing their property. This Act outdated, of course – just like the open range law in Colorado where you have to fence your property if you want to keep somebody else’s cows out – but that’s the way it is.

Assuming that you get title but don’t do a Quiet Title Action, know that at any time during the 9 year period, the person the land was taken from could come back to you and take you to court if they have some kind of valid claim. They probably won’t, but they could. Likely, this would depend on having a substantial claim, and also how much the land is worth. Once in court, the burden is on you to prove that the county did everything right, legally, in taking away that person’s property (let’s hope that they did.)

Should you get a parcel this way, and you sell it to somebody before 9 years has passed, and if the original owner comes back on you with a legitimate claim, you can then expect to be sued by the person you sold it to.

Some fun, huh? I recommend staying away from tax lien properties as a place to live. I think it’s actually easier to buy land the regular way. Then it’s yours, free and clear, with no worries.

Now, back to those tax lien sales. If you do go to a tax lien sale, there will be several kinds of people there. Some will be just like you, others are doing it on a lark, and then there will be those who fancy themselves as investors.

The investor types typically choose city properties with houses, because they know that sooner or later, somebody is going to pay those taxes rather than lose their home. Investor types figure that’s where the money is, so that’s what they buy. It’s sort of funny to watch these people, because they actually bid against each other for those particular liens. And any bid above the amount of taxes due is money that does not come back to you if the owner redeems. It’s simply gone.

Don’t bid, because bidding, at least in Colorado, is not necessary at all. Neither is waiting for a tax sale. In casual conversation with the county treasurer one day, I found out that you don’t have to wait for the tax lien sale to purchase a lien on any outstanding tax-due property. She said that all I had to do was come down during any normal working hours and go through the book of tax-due properties, pick one or more that I liked, and pay the money. So from then on, that’s exactly what I did, and never attended any more sales.

My aim was not to invest, anyway. It was to pick the outlying pieces, and cheap ones at that, that I was most likely to get because it wasn’t worth much to begin with and the owner lived out of state. I really believe it increased my chances.

Now, having tried to discourage you from getting a tax lien property, I would say that there may be instances where you could use a piece for homesteading that you obtained this way. Note that simply holding a tax lien does not mean it’s your property. Nor dies it give you any property rights whatsoever. Until you have a Treasurer’s Deed in hand, all you have is a lien, and that property still belongs to someone else. If you set foot onto it, you’re actually trespassing.

As for me, there is only one instance in which I would ever live on a tax lien property. That would be if I had a Treasurer’s Deed in hand and nowhere else to go. In other words, if I had title, and had to live on it. But that’s something you would have to decide for yourself.

Another note: By now, you have all seen some supposedly rich person on a television infomercial explaining how you, too, can become rich by buying tax lien properties and reselling them. This process is portrayed as being quick and easy – almost nothing to it, or so it would seem – and very little money is needed to get started. So if you’ll just send them $250 or so, they’ll be happy to let you in on the Big Secret and mail you the coveted information that can transform your life.

Now I’m not saying it can’t be done. But ask yourself why a millionaire would need $250 from you. Then ask yourself why a millionaire would want to let in on his secret to wealth. However, having said that, I think it might be possible to supplement your income by investing in tax lien certificates. Of course, this is assuming you have some extra money you can part with, which most homesteaders don’t. But I did it myself for a few years, and it brought in a few bucks here and there. Surprisingly, I actually ended up with some of the property. But it almost broke me, because I didn’t expect to get the property – only my money back with interest. When the people didn’t pay up to redeem it, I was stuck with having to pay for title to those pieces. I got it done, but it was sure hard on my budget at that time.

Remember, there is no guarantee when you’ll get your money back from tax liens. It could come at any time, from a matter of two weeks to three years or more. I say more because you might end up getting the property, in which case your money will come back to you years later when you sell it.

So here again, I would urge you to buy a piece of property the regular way. That way it’s yours, and no worries.

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How Nonviolent Struggle Works?

By Kyle Rearden

“People who have held public positions during peace time should not be recruited for the [civilian] resistance movement. It is likely that these individuals will be arrested and subjected to brain washing. They should have no knowledge of the resistance movement, so your organization will not be compromised, nor lose members. Make sure this ‘basic rule of recruitment’ is well known, even to the enemy. Thus you can protect these valuable and courageous people to some degree since the enemy is aware of this policy, his interest in them will diminish. Examples of members unsuitable for the resistance movement are: prominent politicians both active or retired; leading economists, editors, professors, important administration officials. All these persons are too well known to participate in the ‘underground movement.’ They certainly will be shadowed, will be arrested sooner or later, or even executed. For them it is best to join guerrilla units.”

Major H. von Dach Bern

Satyagraha, simply defined, is using the force of truth alone in convincing opponents the righteousness of one’s cause. Often, suffering is inflicted upon practitioners of satyagraha by their enemies, yet their modus operandi is to stand firm until a mutually agreeable solution is negotiated. There is an assumption at work here that by reaching the conscience of one’s oppressors, satyagrahans are able to persuade them to remedy their grievances because there is, presumably, a limit to how many times, and how severely, each individual has within himself to hurt another man, face-to-face (of course, satyagraha assumes that oppressors have consciences worth appealing to in the first place).

A political scientist known as Gene Sharp has studied so-called “nonviolent struggle” in the attempt to not only comprehend it, but also to gauge its efficacy. Unfortunately, I’m left with the impression that satyagraha has a mean time to harassment (MTH) of exactly zero, because the whole idea of nonviolent struggle is to confront the State directly, as if nonviolent struggle were nothing more than a suicide pact. It’s almost as if satyagrahans throw themselves upon the gears of the State just to end up as nothing more than a pasty mush.

Sharp’s entire book appears to be collective-movementism on steroids, frankly. Considering the very existentiality of disingenuous activists and their fake grievances, it is merited to ask the quite uncomfortable question of, is there more to politics that pure spectacle? Generally speaking, I don’t mindlessly trust so-called “activists” farther than I can throw them, yet much like the politicians they appear to emulate, activists themselves are reminiscent of broken clocks, which by nature are correct twice a day.

Right from the get go, Sharp has an odd conception of force versus consent. He wrote:

“In summary, the power of rulers is dependent upon the availability of its several sources. This availability is determined by the degree of obedience and cooperation given by the subjects. Despite inducements, pressures, and even sanctions, such obedience and cooperation are, however, not inevitable. Obedience remains essentially voluntary. Therefore, all government is based upon consent.”

Although I will concede to Sharp that the decision to engage in civil disobedience versus carefully calculated submission is self-evident of free will, I fear he has committed a non sequitur here by implying that said obedience to the State legitimizes it, and that therefore institutionalized coercion is somehow voluntary. Imagine, if you will, had Sharp used this same line of fallacious reasoning to explain why a raped woman eventually “consented” to a rapist because she figured that if she didn’t struggle against him while he held a knife to her throat, then maybe he’d choose to let her live once he finished raping her; such a crime as rape is not legitimized as being consensual or voluntary simply because the victim “chose” to take the path of least resistance currently available, particularly given that her survivability was in doubt. He also wrote:

“This does not mean that the subjects of all rulers prefer the established order. They may consent because they positively approve of it. But they may also consent because they are unwilling to pay the price for the refusal of consent. Refusal requires self-confidence, motivation to resist, and may involve considerable inconvenience and suffering. The degree of liberty or tyranny in any government is, to a large degree, a reflection of the relative determination of the subjects to be free and their willingness and ability to resist efforts to enslave them.”

Again, I will partially agree with Sharp that refusing consent ought to be a matter of course for dissidents, yet what constitutes the consent of the governed? Am I still expected by the State to obey the laws and pay the taxes despite the fact that I have canceled my voter registration back in 2013? Truth be told, the State, as an oxymoronic expropriating property protector, is already dialogically estopped (as the rapist is), so Sharp’s misconstruing of obedience is highly problematic.

So, what is all this talk of so-called “nonviolence” all about, anyway? Sharp explains that:

“Nonviolent action is a generic term covering dozens of specific methods of protest, noncooperation, and intervention, in all of which the resisters conduct the conflict by doing – or refusing to do – certain things without using physical violence. As a technique, therefore, nonviolent action is not passive. It is not inaction. It is action that is nonviolent.”

Ah, crap – there’s protesting, yet again; also, wouldn’t “noncooperation” be what’s encouraged when folks role-play police interrogations as part of good security culture? Anyway, Sharp continues:

“Extensive use of nonviolent action has occurred despite the absence of attention to the development of the technique itself…[i]t has usually been practiced under highly unfavorable conditions and with a lack of experienced participants or even experienced leaders…[t]he people using it have usually had little real understanding of the nature of the technique which they sought to wield and were largely ignorant of history…[u]nder such conditions it is not surprising that there have often been defeats or only partial victories, or that violence has sometimes erupted…[w]ith such handicaps, it is amazing that the practice of the technique has been as widespread, successful, and orderly as it has.”

This is rather quite revealing, for Sharp admits here that the satyagrahans are, for the most part, largely incompetent. Combined with the lack of genuine empathy by their opponents (for having a conscience would presumably require a capacity for even a tiny bit of empathy), doesn’t this all kind of suggest that satyagraha is great if you already have a serious death wish and you’d like to go out in a blaze of martyrdom? All sarcasm aside, I’m actually quite petrified that most “activists” I’ve noticed take nonviolent struggle seriously at all, because it seems to be a recipe for failure. Sharp describes that:

“In general, quality is more important that quantity. Lowered standards to obtain large numbers can be counterproductive, and lead to a weaker and smaller movement. High standards of nonviolent behavior are very important to produce a strong movement in both quality and quantity.”

Wait a damn minute – if quantity is less important that quality, then you don’t have much of a cultural bowel movement, do you? Isn’t the whole idea to garner numbers (that is, critical mass) so that you can inexplicably remedy your grievances someday, somewhere, somehow? My God, it’s almost as if nonviolent struggle was weaved out of whole cloth by an idiot, much like the idea of government itself.

Are there any redeeming or even insightful qualities of nonviolent struggle? Sharp details that:

“Strategy is at least as important as nonviolent action as it is in military action. It is important to choose the course of action and carry it out carefully and intelligently. It is quite inadequate simply to say that one will be moral and do what is right. There may be several courses of action which are all morally ‘right.’ What is ‘right’ may involve maintaining or creating maximum opposition to ‘evil.’ If so, the problem is how to do this in order to meet one’s moral responsibility and maximize the effects of one’s actions. Those actions must be carefully chosen and carried out at the right time.”

Couldn’t Sharp just apply praxeology to satyagraha in order to gauge whether it’s worth anything? Oh, wait, that’s right – had he done that, then there’d no point in examining case study after case study at the Albert Einstein Institute, wouldn’t there? Besides mentioning and quoting B.H. Liddell Hart occasionally, I don’t think Sharp’s advocacy for democracy is strategic at all, for he also wrote:

“The effect of surprise in war is the incapability of the opponents to react effectively. In nonviolent struggle this incapability is produced not by secrecy but instead by the nonviolent resisters’ reliance on nonviolent means. At times, surprise in nonviolent action may weaken its effectiveness. Open announcement of the intention to use nonviolent methods may reduce nervousness among troops, make more severe repression less probable, and increase the chances of inducing disaffection.”

If I earned a silver coin for every time I’ve heard “activists” brag about how they were gonna go do something “nonviolently” and then watch the footage as the police mercilessly beat them into submission, I’d have enough capital in sound money to 100% back my own private currency in paper cash. This is ridiculous on its face, never mind how untrue it is against the light of experience, for all you have to do is look at the Bush, Jr. era anti-war marches, the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests, or even the 2016 Citizens for Constitutional Freedom (C4CF) sit-in at the Malheur Refuge – absolutely none of them were able to accomplish their stated goals, not dissimilar from your average government programs! For a more disturbing explanation of nonviolent struggle, consider the following:

“The informed resister in crisis situations is not surprised by the occurrence of brutalities against the nonviolent group. In reaction, either to halt the defiance or to resort to violence would have serious negative consequences. To be effective, the resisters must persist through the brutalities and suffering and maintain their fearlessness, nonviolent discipline, and firmness. Some time and considerable suffering may be required to demonstrate to the opponents that brutalities will not crush the movement.”

Now, it’s makes more sense – satyagrahans are little more than punching bags for the State! Well, at that point, wouldn’t the American political prisoners be the ideal practitioners of satyagraha? Continuing on:

“Nonviolent resisters who know what they are doing will not be surprised at the repression inflicted by the opponents. Freedom is not free. There is a price to be paid…[b]rutalities may be also reduced when it is clear that repression is rebounding against the opponents’ position by alienating their supporters and provoking increased resistance. When this occurs, the opponents may realize that their repression and brutalities are counterproductive and need to be restricted. It is possible that the worst repression may come shortly before capitulation by the opponents….[t]here is suggestive evidence that the maintenance of nonviolent discipline in face of repression tends significantly to restrict the repression and to cause especially difficult problems for the opponents.” [emphasis added]

This isn’t even true, for increased brutalities without consequences, if anything, emboldens the oppressors to be even more cruel than they were before, simply because they can get away with it due to the fact that the pacifists won’t a lift a finger to protect their own people. Such defenselessness being somehow persuasive is just not that convincing, unless the real goal is to serve up grist for the mill; in other words, provide disposable fodder for the news cycle. I truly wonder how many “activists” are also shareholders (or otherwise directly work for such shareholders) in mainstream media corporations whose stock increases in value every time there’s a sensationalistic “news” story that’s covered that they themselves instigated? Controlled opposition, much?

Don’t worry, for there’s even more facepalm worthy moments in Sharp’s book worth pointing out and commenting on! He explains that:

“The participants in the struggle need to feel constantly that they are part of a much larger movement which gives them, personally, support and strength to carry on. They need to feel that others are in continuing solidarity with them. To these ends, regular contacts and demonstrations of ‘togetherness’ can be important. These may include mass meetings, marches, songs, parades, and wearing of symbols of unity. It may help if they share a common philosophy and if they keep the lines of communication open among activists, leaders, and support groups.”

Collective-movementism, much? Trudging onward:

“The opponents may even try to provoke violence and break down the resisters nonviolent discipline. Resistance violence is seen to ‘legitimize’ violent repression. The opponents may provoke violence by very severe repression, or they may employ spies and agents provocateurs. If it is publicly revealed that the opponents have acted in these ways, the news could disastrously undermine some of their usual support and power position.”

I wish Sharp went into more detail on this, because arguably the number one issue in preventing constructive “change” in the world today are the secret police. Honestly, I think Vortex: The Threat That Keeps Us Apart deals better with this problem by advocating ostracism, which may or may not involve public exposure, given that such public exposure of informants (for example) really only matters if the public gives a damn about living in a police state in the first place, for if they truly don’t, then such open-source intelligence is largely an exercise in screaming bloody murder at a deaf wall. Sharp continues:

“The introduction of violence into a nonviolent struggle movement may weaken nonviolent discipline, contribute to a shift to violence, and even lead to the collapse of the movement. The use of violence by the grievance group tends to unleash disproportionately severe repression by the opponents and to reverse any sympathy for the resisters which may be developing inside the opponent group.”

Really, Mr. Sharp? If anything, “movements” collapsing were largely due to satyagraha itself failing to persuade opponents to much of anything, since there was no sense of empathy worth appealing to in the first place, largely because they’re just too far gone towards being inhuman; it’s like trying to rationalize ethics to a robot – it’s already a failure before you even begin talking.

More importantly, Sharp is consistently dodging the issue how one is supposed to get funding for such nonviolent struggles. If it is true that revolutions are incredibly expensive, then why would nonviolent struggles be any cheaper? In other words, whose bankrolling this stuff?

Further distinctions are made by Sharp as to what is nonviolent struggle as well as what it is not. He wrote:

“Sabotage – defined for this discussion as ‘acts of demolition and destruction of property’ – is not compatible with nonviolent struggle…[o]ne additional way of slipping into violence occurs when resisters prepare to use violence in some possible future situation. Such preparations constitute a great temptation actually to use violence, especially at a crisis point when limited violence has already occurred.”

Well, no shit, Sherlock…it’s obvious that monkey-wrenching is a use of force, and therefore not pacifistic like satyagraha. Revealingly, Sharp explains that:

“Political jiu-jitsu operates basically by the opponents’ violent repression against nonviolent resisters alienating support from the opponents. This can result in the growth of internal opposition among the opponents’ usual supporters, an increase in power of the resistance movement, and the turning of the third parties against the opponents…[n]onviolent discipline combined with persistence against violent repression causes the adversaries’ repression to be exposed in the worst possible light. This, in turn, may lead to shifts in opinion and then to shifts in power relationships favorable to the nonviolent group. These shifts occur as support for the opponents is withdrawn while support for the nonviolent group is strengthened. The resisters’ nonviolence helps the opponents’ repression to throw them off balance politically.”

This claim is blatantly untrue, simply because that mere exposure of oppressor’s violent repression seldom turns public opinion against them. When was the last time statists flipped sides during a protest and sided with the protesters once the riot cops started kettling and/or baton charges? It doesn’t happen, at least not here in America; culturally, Americans are a historically stubborn people, whether for good or for ill. This doesn’t deter Sharp at all, for he also said:

“Repression against nonviolent resisters may attract wide attention to the struggle and strong sympathy for the suffering nonviolent group. It obliges the opponents to condescend to explain, to justify themselves. Thereby the claims of the physically weak resisters are now heard in the court of public opinion, perhaps world opinion.”

If true, then how do you explain C4CF? They garnered world-wide attention, yet they failed to accomplish their goals, and although a few of them were able to beat the rap, most of them plead guilty before trial, or were otherwise convicted on “lesser” charges, but still largely becoming felons in the process. Just repeating the same talking points, Mr. Sharp, doesn’t make it empirically true (unless you believe Joseph Goebbels). The truth of the matter is that the American people (collectively speaking) by and large do not support “activism” unless it’s political crusading, period. Additionally, Sharp writes that:

“Experience in using nonviolent action tends to increase the degree of fearlessness among the resisters…[b]y learning that they can remain firm in face of repression, they can gain a sense of being liberated from fear. Suffering is seen as serving the cause. The loss of fear of the opponents’ sanctions makes one of the opponents’ major sources of power ineffective. This will not only weaken that system but enhance the ability of those people to remain free of oppression.” [emphasis added]

Ah, so the price of freedom (“freedom isn’t free – there is a price to be paid”) is suffering, then? And so, satyagraha facilitates said suffering in the vain hope that freedom can be won without a shot being fired, even if you happen to incur the legal handicap of becoming a felon, which can never be erased? Isn’t this just a recipe for disaster? Let’s continue on:

“The effectiveness of nonviolent action is increased when the resisters and the general grievance group possess a high degree of internal unity. Violence usually excludes some people because of age, gender, physical condition, beliefs, or distaste. However, nonviolent action seems to contribute to internal unity better than violence, and attracts participation of wider and more heterogeneous groups than does violence.”

Yet again, notice the collective-movementism (yawn-fest special). At most, this might be true if you believe that most individuals are pacifists. Finally, there is:

“Nonviolent action, in contrast, appears to have different long-term effects on the distribution of power within the society. It does not have the centralizing effects of violence. It increases the potential for greater popular control. Therefore, people are likely to enjoy greater freedom and, consequently, less dictatorship and greater democracy.”

What’s his evidence for this claim? This seems to be an unsupported assertion, which appears to me to be more akin to the wistful musings of someone who has no appreciation for the private property ethic (hence, democracy).

Gene Sharp’s How Nonviolent Struggle Works is a literary work that serves as one big attempt at an unconvincing justification for protesting, plain and simple. The book ends by saying that:

“The future uses and effectiveness of nonviolent struggle depend upon our gaining increased knowledge of its nature. We also need to deepen our skills in applying this technique to meet major social and political needs. Increased understanding of this option needs to be spread throughout the society. Additionally, greater strategic acumen and capacities in using nonviolent action in actual conflicts are required.”

Yeah, that’s actually quite an understatement, given the glaring incompetency of “activists” themselves. Frankly, I think Sharp ought to watch protest footage, like the recent antifa “activists” blocking traffic in and around the Portland, Oregon metro area, which infringes on an individual’s right to travel. Personally, I think an alleged dichotomy between satyagraha and revolution is a false one, for a more accurate market selection of libertarian resistance to statism would range from agorism to vigilantism, quite frankly.

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Privacy From the Tax Man (1997)

By Kyle Rearden

Today’s article is a chapter within Bill Kaysing’s 1997, Privacy: How to Get It, How to Enjoy It.” As part of an upcoming article about the notorious federal income tax, I figured some background material would be useful, at the very least, from a historical perspective, if nothing else. This republication of Kaysing’s chapter is hereby done under the intention of Fair Use; no copyright infringement intended.

Image from Bill Kaysing’s privacy book is hereby used under the intention of Fair Use; no copyright infringement intended.

There is one difference between a tax collector and a taxidermist: a taxidermist leaves the hide.


Property Taxes

To put it simply, do now own anything which warrants taxes. If you have a house you do not want to give up, then stop paying taxes on it. You will have five years to redeem the property. In that length of time, the house will probably appreciate enough to pay off the taxes when sold. In the meantime, there are no tax worries. You can invest your money in raw land, plant trees and other forms of vegetation, and come out way ahead by promoting the appreciation of farm land. Don’t forget: It is not necessary to pay taxes on that land, either!

Sales Tax

Buy at flea markets, from private parties or by mail order from another state. It is wise not to buy anything new anyway; news items always cost more and usually have “bugs” in them. Let someone else get the bugs out before you take over ownership.

Social Security Tax

Work for yourself and simply ignore this type of tax. The author has worked “independently” for 14 years and never received one piece of correspondence regarding this tax. An individual can always deduct himself from Social Security by pleading religious reasons (like the Amish and other sects do). Just write to the Social Security office in Baltimore; ask for a form which allows exemption from taxes for religious reasons. If the office does not reply, simply do not pay…it is that easy. If the office does send a form, fill it out; return it; and you are free!

Unemployment Tax

This is another classic “shuck.” Again, work for yourself and will not have to pay. Alternatively, do what some seasonal workers do for a lifestyle: Just work enough quarters to draw the maximum benefits and then take time off. These people call it “rocking chair money.” It is easy to do if you are fruit picker, cannery worker, or other seasonal employee who can be laid off regularly.

Inheritance Tax

There is a good book on this subject: HOW TO AVOID PROBATE. Get it and see for yourself. Alternatively, if you feel the wings of the angel of death beating against your frail body, transfer everything you own to the people you would like to have it after you depart. Also, joint ownership takes care of this problem.

Telephone Tax

An individual can deduct this tax from his bill. The company will seldom give you any static. After all, company employees are just the unpaid collectors of the tax.

Gasoline Tax

The purchase of a diesel car – powered by fuel bought from a farmer or a boat operator (who buys it without that road tax attached) – is a good idea. Buying a bicycle is an even better idea, though.

Excise Tax

This is the tax in fur and other items some simple souls say are “unnecessary.” This choice is purely personal.

Inventory Tax

If the state in which you reside has such a tax, just move to a state that does not promote this nuisance. Otherwise, it is possible to hide an inventory where it cannot be assessed.

Miscellaneous Taxes

There are hundreds of other taxes – ranging from county, school and bonding taxes to cigarette, booze and business license taxes. To avoid this “tax trap,” an individual must structure his lifestyle to circumvent these aforementioned commitments. For example, when a person quits smoking, he is finished paying taxes on tobacco. The same goes for liquor.

Many people pay practically no taxes at all. It can be done…and when an individual accomplishes this objective, he has the added satisfaction of knowing he has outsmarted the rotten tax collectors. This is not the philosophy of a lonely group of disgruntled rebels. It’s the current trend…

Trend Toward Tax Avoidance

The Internal Revenue Service is working hard to dig up more information on the “underground economy.” This new trend is non-criminal, off-the-record businesses provides untaxed income totaling more than $100 billion annually, according to IRS estimates.

The newly-recognized underground economy has been in existence for generations. It’s really quite commonplace, based on work paid for mostly in cash and not reported to the government. This “irregular economy” usually provides labor or a service at a cheaper rate than “regular” business sources. Often, the workers are employed by friends, relatives or neighbors.

The noncriminal underground economy provides an enormous variety of jobs, service and cottage industries. Some of the basic categories include: babysitting, lawn care, house painting, carpentry, roofing, electrical repair, plumbing, auto repair, construction, catering, photography, artwork and part-time bookkeeping and secretarial work.

The government has developed a sudden, keen interest in this segment of the economy because it realizes that the bureaucracy is missing out on billions of tax dollars. However, IRS estimates of the underground economy’s earning capabilities are quite modest when compared to others.

For example, Peter Gutmann, chairman of the department of economics at Baruch College of the City University of New York, reports that statistics on currency circulation show an annual, “off-the-books” economy of $200 billion. That’s 10 percent of the legal gross national product! Gutmann believes that this money is not reported because of “public contempt for the tax system and government regulations.”

Many people believe there is nothing illegal about participating in this so-called underground economy. It’s a form of self-defense and self-preservation in “a very taxing time.” As good ol’ Calvin Coolidge once said, “Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.”

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Rest Easy, Robert Beecher: 1954 – 2017

By Kyle Rearden

“Are you willing to make the sacrifices necessary to assure our freedoms? Would you stand next to a fellow American to assure his freedom and rights? Would you come to the defense of a man and his family under attack by unjust laws and actions of this government out of control and save their lives? Will you support your brethren and yourself in preparing for this final assault? Can you put all that you have at stake for something you truly believe in? Can you tell yourself that you have finally had enough of this shit and that you are ready to do something about it?”

– Mike Freebyrd, from The Essence of a Patriot

The late Robert Beecher.

Remember Robert Beecher? He was an American patriot who was charged by the federal government for allegedly violating 18 USC § 922(g) for the victimless crime of “felon in possession of firearm,” which was originally intended to target only mobsters during alcohol Prohibition. Beecher eventually took a plea agreement in order to spare his daughter, Jessica Beecher, from prosecution herself; his 10-year sentence began in 2015, and so he was expected to be released sometime in 2025.

As a 60-year-old political prisoner, Robert Beecher was a grandfather who was not exactly in the best of health. In fact, Jessica wrote the following for the activist legal defense fund that was created on May 23rd of 2014:

“He sits in Bulloch County Jail, being denied medical care, and waiting for his day in court…[w]e really believe that he is being singled out for his vocal political beliefs, and worry that if he does not secure a solid legal defense, that he will die in prison.” [emphasis added]

Furthermore, the March 12th, 2015 judgment in a criminal case said, in part:

“That the defendant be designated to a Bureau of Prisons facility in Jesup, Georgia; subject to capacity or any regulation which would affect such a designation. It is recommended that the defendant be evaluated by Bureau of Prisons officials to establish his participation in an appropriate program of substance abuse treatment and counseling during his term of incarceration.” [emphasis added]

Obviously, there was already concern about the prison bureaucrats doping Beecher up so he couldn’t tell the other inmates why he was a political prisoner, as if he were a Russian dissident shoved into a psikhushka (Soviet mental hospital). Due to the lack of transparency (despite enough of his court documents getting released, thankfully), there is no way to know for certain whether such “treatment” would’ve been potentially in violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments.

Jessica Beecher has controlled her father’s Facebook account at least since sentencing, if not earlier. On March 11th of 2017, Jessica wrote the following update [screenshots follow blockquotes]:

“Hey everyone. Figured I’d post a quick update on Dad for those of you who are wanting to know how he’s doing. Mom, Jeannie, and I were allowed to visit him at a hospital in South Carolina last Monday for a 2-hour visit. He was pretty heavily medicated, which made him sleepy and confused, but was still capable of making jokes and we saw glimpses of the Robert Beecher we all know.

“The next day or Wednesday he was transferred to FMC Butner in North Carolina, which is a medical facility about 6 ½ hours from us. Though he is further away, we will soon be able to have normal weekend visits with him which we weren’t able to do with him at the hospital. The kids will also be able to visit, which is the biggest benefit. Most of you know what his grandbabies mean to him, and I have no doubt he’d rather see them than nearly anyone else.

“We will be speaking to his old unit manager Monday to find out where in the process the Compassionate Release is, how far it is has made it. It is all done electronically by uploading his file into a system for approval and has been flagged as expedited so we are hopeful it will move quickly.

“The year we were originally told at diagnosis is an optimistic, best case scenario. I’ve never been one for optimism.

“I know several of you have plans for gatherings and visits and parties when he is released, but that’s probably not going to happen. His condition just isn’t up to that at this point. Visitors will be fine, but probably in small doses and only with my mom’s approval. We aren’t trying to be greedy, but we know our time with him is limited, and we don’t want him or her being overwhelmed.

“If you would like to send cards to him, please do. Long letters aren’t the best idea as with the pain medication he isn’t up to reading them. I know he loves getting mail, though, even if he isn’t capable of responding. Cards and photos will definitely be welcomed, and appreciated.

“His new address is: Robert Beecher, 18920-21; FMC Butner; Federal Medical Center; PO Box 1600; Butner, NC 27509.”

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Unfortunately, that address is no longer relevant, for it has come to my attention that as of March 12th, Robert Beecher has died:

“I am very sorry to have to say that as of 1 pm this afternoon, my Daddy is no longer with us. He lived a hard life, fought many battles, and I hope he finally has the peace that many of his years lacked. He did not want a service of any sort but we will eventually have a party to celebrate the time we had with him. Please keep him in your thoughts.”

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So ends Robert Beecher’s struggle with the federal government. Gary Hunt, who originally covered Beecher’s persecution, wrote a brief eulogy on March 13th, saying:

“Robert Beecher provided a written statement to me, shortly after his arrest. He concluded that statement with: ‘I have sworn my oath and I will uphold it to the end. No bended knee for me.’ He has held to that commitment, through his ordeal with the government’s efforts to suppress a voice for God, Constitution, and Family. He never did bend his knee to the government. He always bent his knee to his God and his Family.

“Rest in Peace, Robert M. Beecher; February 5th, 1954 – March 12th, 2017; Age: 63 years, 1 month, 7 days. His name will, forever, be on the list of true American patriots.”

Just like that, Beecher is no longer among the land of the living. He has crossed over, and I sincerely hope that he’s better off now than where he’s been these past few years.

For whatever it’s worth, the federal government robbed him of his precious time with his family. Jessica’s children will never get that time back with their late grandfather, and Jessica herself will never trust fedgov after the sheer hell they put her family through, as I’ve documented before in detail. This is the reality of living through early 21st century Amerika – if you support the manner in which the Beechers were treated (blackmail, extortion, etc.), then by all means, write off this political prisoner case study as just one more grist for the mill, but if you don’t happen to support fedgov, then you might want to consider actually doing something about the tyrannical practice of lawfare.

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A Rebuttal to Troy Southgate’s Response to Shane Radliff’s Critique of the National-Anarchist Manifesto

By Kyle Rearden

“The foundation of this country, then, rests upon an understanding that the purpose of the Constitution, and the country, is to provide a home for those of the class, ‘We the People.’ That others who choose to assimilate into the American Culture do so with that understanding, and the understanding that they are the beneficiaries of all privileges and immunities, though only those rights specifically granted. It can also be concluded that any who have designs contrary to the support and continuation of the United States, as intended by the Framers, and described herein, are inconsistent with the purpose of the country, and, as such, are against the Constitution and should be deemed unacceptable and unwanted visitors.”

– Gary Hunt, from “We the People,” But, Who Are We?

Troy Southgate began a relatively newer anarchic school of thought, dubbed “National-Anarchism,” with the publication of the National-Anarchist Manifesto (N-AM). Always interested in what other kinds of anarchists believe, Shane Radliff decided to do a two part Liberty Under Attack (LUA) broadcast covering the highlights of the N-AM with his co-host, Jason Paradise, and I must say, having listened to both of them, I thought Shane and Jason did a superb job giving him a fair shake. That being said, their critique of Southgate’s manifesto garnered a response from the man himself, so in the interest of jumping into the fray late in the game, I’d like to rebut Southgate’s response to the LUA critique of the N-AM.

First off, Southgate never defined capitalism in the manifesto, and now he’s retroactively saying that his implied use of the term was based upon the “commonly accepted definition of the term,” despite the fact that there are multiple said definitions, many of which conflict with each other – in essence, the word, “capitalism,” itself has been verbicided, hence why I think “propertarian” (defined as an advocate for, or practitioner of, the private property ethic) is more accurate. Shane really was correct in saying that National-Anarchists (N-As) are really just mutualists, because that would explain a lot; hence the slogan/book title, “Markets, Not Capitalism.”

Next, I found it wonderfully amusing how Southgate described Shane and Jason as being “very naïve and revisionist” about the Industrial Revolution only due to the fact that they claimed that factory workers during that time period were not coerced into working their jobs (given that they worked their jobs voluntarily), as a rebuttal to Southgate’s original assertion that capitalism is a form of “mass enslavement.” Southgate’s response to this is that these factory workers were coerced because they had no real choice because the only viable alternative to working for the “capitalist machine” was to “die of starvation.” Here, Southgate sounds an awful lot like a syndicalist on this one, but you must remember that mutualism is a compromise position between the ancoms and the ancaps.

Again, how can Southgate claim that “capitalism” creates “wealth through genocidal means” if he doesn’t define his terms so that the rest of the class knows what the hell he is even referring to, because he might be referring to corporatism (fascism), but then again, he might be referring to the private property ethic; I just don’t know given that his alleged clarification of his response to Shane and Jason didn’t clarify anything! It’s almost as if he confusing “capitalism” with statism so as to make N-AM a more appealing marketing gimmick to the consumerist drones he might be trying to recruit.

Southgate’s description of his “village-council” sounds more akin to the syndicalist notion of “workers’ self-managementvis-à-vis workers’ councils.” If accurate, then notice yet again that this would be the syndicalist portion of mutualism. On a more uncomfortable note, I must admit that I’m having a hard time seeing much of difference between these organizational models and the minarchist (constitutionalist American patriot) idea of local Committees of Safety.

Another revealing point was how Southgate described the N-AM as “a kind of rehabilitation programme for sincere ex-leftists and recovering fascists.” Hence, mutualism is a tool for promoting the moderation/middle-ground fallacy.

It would also seem to be the case that Southgate is a believer in the “white genocide” myth, given that he actually denied that the use of the “racial suicide” term is itself not an over-reaction, which I think is mighty impressive. I say that because then Southgate goes on to make a federal case out of how alleged racial suicide is a real phenomena (hence, the existence of mestizos, mulattos, Creoles, and other racially/ethnically-mixed combinations of humans who may very well uniquely enjoy hybrid vigor), but then says that N-As don’t have a problem with miscegenation; however, if true, then why bother mentioning it in the first place? Is Southgate implying that the very existentiality of tejanos (collectively), or even individuals like Alex Ansary, leads to “irreversible biological changes” that may or may not lead to “enrichment” or the “loss of diversity” itself? Again, why bother mentioning it at all if “racial suicide/white genocide” is just as important or politically relevant as fantasy football?

Over and over again, Southgate’s prolific use of plural pronouns like “we,” “us,” and “our” were so irritating that I had a hard time distinguishing whether he was an anarchist or a lamestream media presstitude. At least he tried to define in his response that his use of plural pronouns referred only to those “who support our values and principles,” but again, whose “our” here? Thankfully, he didn’t really talk about “society” too much…or did he?

Regarding the New World Order (NWO), Southgate is probably attempting to market N-AM to conspiracists (“Truthers”), so I would just write this off as yet another marketing ploy like the one I’ve already mentioned. I also have no idea whether the “internationalists” are the same as the globalists, and even if so, then what about the statists who are nationalistic (think “alt-right”)?

Most importantly, I think, was Southgate’s outright denial of the N-AM as a form of collective-movementism. Just because a cultural bowel movement will never achieve critical mass does not therefore mean it’s not engaging in the practice of collective-movementism anyway; just look at the constitutionalist American patriots (aka, the patriot movement)! Obviously, Southgate has no clue what Rayo meant by that term, despite the fact that collective-movementism is now defined as:

“An aggregate set of behaviors and actions that are aimed towards large-scale socio-political change in the furtherance of specific goals. Examples include the environmentalist movement, the alt-right, the labor movement, the libertarian movement, the public lands movement, the anti-war movement, the gay rights movement, the womens’ rights movement, and the civil rights movement.”

When you further consider that N-As are known collectively as the National-Anarchist Movement, it’s impossible for Southgate to weasel out of his performative contradiction.

For potential followup, there may very be a common denominator between the syndicalists, the N-As, and even the constitutionalists; I suspect that denominator to be mutualism. Of course, Kal Molinet was unable to get any definition of “capitalism” from mutualist Dylan Delikta, so this is gonna be an uphill struggle, but what is new?

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Only by Blood and Suffering?

By Kyle Rearden

“What will happen when the Big Machine is missing pieces? Orders won’t get processed at the Walmart distribution center. The 18-wheelers won’t make deliveries to [grocery] stores. Gas stations will run out of fuel. Some policemen and firemen won’t show up for work, having decided that protecting their own families is their top priority. Power lines will get knocked down in windstorms, and there will be nobody to repair them. Crops will rot in the fields and orchards because there will be nobody to pick them, or transport them, or magically bake them into Pop-Tarts, or stock them on your supermarket shelf. The Big Machine will be broken. Does this sound scary? Sure it does, and it should. The implications are huge.”

James Rawles

Remember LaVoy Finicum? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t, most people have forgotten about him by now given that it’s been over a year since he died, so it’s an understatement to say that he’s been absent from the news cycle, despite his historic role during the Statist Turf War of 2016 as a member of Citizens for Constitutional Freedom (C4CF), perhaps most infamously as the #TarpMan. Apparently, Finicum wrote a novel so he could earn passive income in order to finance his legal contentions with the Bureau of Land Management, who had already fined him $1,458 before eventually tacking on an additional $5,000.

In many ways, Finicum’s fiction reminds me of James Rawles’ Patriots novel, in that both of them dealt with TEOTWAWKI doom porn scenarios. Unfortunately, it’s almost as if Finicum wrote two different novellas and then squished them together in order to have a single novel; the first half focused on the Bonham siblings (Cat, Dan, HayLee-H, and KayLee-K) bugging out from the cities and getting to the retreat stronghold of their family ranch, whereas the second half was all about how their father, Jake, virtually defeated single-handedly the swarms of government forces during the Long Valley War. By the time Jake is laying waste to public servants attempting to overrun his ranch, the character development invested in the four siblings appears to have been, well, forgotten.

That being said, I did like how in the first half, Finicum spoke in the first person for Cat and Dan, but then shifted to third person for the twins HayLee and KayLee; by the time Jake becomes the main focus, Finicum’s narrative voice goes back to first person. Shifting the perspective between the family members was awfully cool, and it gave the novel a feeling as if the Bonhams were an ensemble cast like the Brothers & Sisters television series, yet that was completely lost by the time Jake became a cowboy Rambo. I hoped during the first half that Finicum’s novel would surpass Rawles’ Patriots (because I had grown really tired of the third-person narrative), but in the end, Rawles’ story actually bothered with describing day-to-day life at the Northwest Militia’s refuge, which was completely missing at the Bonham’s ranch.

Right from the beginning, there are some presumptions being made that I’d like to question. Cat said:

“The psychological barrier of law and order had completely evaporated in south Albuquerque. The gangs that were already strong in the city had free rein, while many of the youth bands preyed upon the weak and defenseless. The adrenalin of anarchy rose up in them. The appetite of animal instinct was whetted to an insatiable level and all those who fell into their hands suffered horribly.” [emphasis added]

Last time I checked, the etymology of “anarchy” means without rulers; not exactly a stellar way to kick off a SHTF survival story in terms of accuracy. Cat remarks later that:

“One of the few things that the federal government had the right and responsibility to do was to protect this land. Democrats and Republicans both had their share of treasonous representatives. As a whole, the Republican party continue to alienate their conservative base. Freedom loving people put their trust in them because the leadership sounded good when they spoke, making promises and pledges, pledges of loyalty to the ideas of a responsible and limited government. They were hollow pledges and gave only token lip service to the Constitution. Almost no politician considered the Constitution to be the supreme law of the land anymore. They each placed their hand on the Bible and swore an oath to protect and defend it. Once in office they would promptly dishonor that oath. Moreover, the size and scope of the government continued to increase, abetted by their lack of integrity to the promises.”

Wouldn’t this be an indictment against political crusading? If so, then why does the patriot movement continue to support the Donald who just last month signed a bill into law that allocated subsides to both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the token attempt to “encourage” women to take up engineering “careers”? Are such allocations by Congress, such as these subsidies, truly constitutional? I mention this because throughout Finicum’s novel, the Bonhams absolutely detest welfare bums and consumerist drones alike because both of them are irresponsible spendthrifts. Cat also says:

“On a high ridge there was some tall, thick brush which I worked myself into. It had a good view of the land around me while concealing me from others. Not undressing or building a fire, I wrapped myself in a bedroll and sat down. Looking through the tangled brush, I could see the freeway in the distance below me. No cars were running and there were strings of people walking; walking west away from Albuquerque. Bringing my rifle to my shoulder I looked at them through the scope. I could make out men, women and children. All walking, some carrying bundles, others carrying babes. How would they make it? Where would they go? Who could help? It would not be FEMA, or Homeland Security, it would not be any government agency. They had long promised that if everyone did their fair share that all would have security, all would have a home, all would have a job, and all would have health care. Liars. All of them.”

Agreed, but then if true, what’s with the constitutionalists humping the Trump? Bad enough some of them have already denied the property rights of flag burners by way of physical violence while also violating Title 4 flag code, but now they’re spitting on Finicum’s grave as they wipe their asses with pocket Constitutions. You see, this is what happens when one betrays their own principles by bending with the winds of political expediency; they became controlled schizophrenics.

My favorite Bonham sibling was Dan, because despite Cat going through a noticeably harder bug out (initially alone), I thought Dan’s bug out with his family was much more realistic and less reliant upon coincidence, as Cat’s was. While en route to the ranch, Dan recalled that:

“A phone call from Dad was no small thing because he had no phone – no cordless phone, no cell phone, no smart phone, tablet or any electronics period. How could anyone live in today’s world without electronics? Not only did Dad live without electronics, he lived without electricity. He had made the calls from an archaic payphone in front of the small motel in the little town of Orderville, Utah. He would make the call on his weekly trips into town from the ranch when he would pickup groceries and his mail.” [emphasis added]

Doesn’t this sound like import-export with the servile society to you all? I’d also say that Jake was very wise in choosing to abstain from using cellular telephony given its vulnerabilities, yet not everybody is in a position to do that consistently (I guess off-grid homesteading does have its advantages). Dan remembers that:

“One of Dad’s contentions had been that, as bad as radical Islam and the caliphate were, they were not the major external threat to our country. They were useful puppets of Russia and China, but the caliphate did not have the nuclear arsenal and war machine of the super powers. ‘Communism, fascism, socialism and radical Islam cannot peacefully co-exist with freedom,’ he would say. ‘The economic principles of communism, fascism and socialism are false and cannot sustain themselves. The state run capitalism of Russia and China is nothing more than a reshuffling of the old communist leaders who traded military uniforms for business suits.’ ”

At the risk of sounding “meta,” I’m gonna take a leap here and guess that Finicum disagreed with fellow C4CF member Jon Ritzheimer as to the notorious hoax known as the Global War on Terror in being used as a thinly veiled excuse to tyrannize Americans, whether Muslim or otherwise. If anything, Finicum’s Jake character sounds closer to Alex Ansary than to Ritzheimer’s frothing tirades demonizing “radical” Islamists. Dan also points out that:

“As a Boy Scout, I had hiked from rim to rim, crossing the river at Phantom Ranch. Boy Scout. I laughed in disgust. I used to take pride in the Eagle Badge I had earned. Now I wouldn’t want anyone to know that I had been a Scout. The Boy Scout organization had violated their own Scout oath; their oath to be morally straight. Where in our Nation’s landscape could one find a people, a group, or an organization that stood by unchanging principles? If half of the troubles that Dad said were coming to this land actually came, only those who had unshakable principles would be left standing in the end.” [emphasis added]

Although this topic would easily be an article in and of itself, I’ll just say here in transitory passing that much like the fictional Dan, I myself try not to mention my own background with the BSA for arguably similar reasons whenever I can avoid it, unless it’s relevant to a subject (like “oath-keeping”) and there’s no other way to get around it. Personally, I think the BSA bureaucrats have systematically violated the Scout Oath by refusing to be mentally awake, because they promote unquestioning obedience to the federal government while hypocritically asserting that the height of patriotism is constitutionalism.

Jake’s statements and thoughts were so filled with nostalgia it was suffocating, but it did paint an exquisite mise-en-scéne of a rural desert landscape. At one point, Jake muses:

“Sitting our horses atop the rim with the morning sun in our faces, I looked over my little valley. I was bound to this place. It was my heritage, it was the land of my forefathers, it was my home. Without the right and control of property there was no freedom. Here I would live free or die. I would not be the first in my family to die in a last stand for freedom. I thought of the Bonhams who had fought for the liberation of Texas and the one who had died at the Alamo. This was our Alamo; this was our ‘line in the sand.’ We would soon be surrounded by those who hated us with no backdoor for our escape. My prayer was that our success would be better than the Alamo’s. At four-to-one, our odds were better than what they had, so I had hope.” [emphasis added]

So, here again is the rhetoric of dying for this, and dying for that; just, dying, dying, dying constantly (whatever happened to living freedom?). Despite his outright denial to MSNBC correspondent Tony Dokoupil, I sincerely think that Finicum had a death wish, and this can be testified by his own statements regarding “draw[ing] a hard line” back in May of 2014, which were made less than two months after the Cattle Unrustling during the Bundy Affair (that being said, I appreciate the mention of the 1835 Texas Revolution, who like the American revolutionaries, also had their own Committees of Safety, such as the one in Mina, which is now modern-day Bastrop). According to Jake:

“This once was the land of the free. A man used to be sovereign in his own home and his property was his own. Just because the majority of you here need food, it gives you no right to take my cows, Bill’s farm, or Jack’s orchard. I do not care what the federal statute says or what your town council resolutions are, my cows are my cows. It is not right that a man should steal from another, nor is it right for a group of men to vote for a government agency to do their stealing for them. If a man needs help he can ask for help. And when we freely help each other we become good neighbors. Once you take a man’s choice from him, you take his freedom and our freedom is more precious than our lives.”

Naturally, Jake says this during his grandiose upstaging of the local government tyrants, both of whom he bumps off later; of course, Finicum himself said something arguably similar five months before he died (as side note, this scene that kicks off the second half of the novel eerily mimics the scene from Rawles’ Patriots where Todd Gray squares off against the heartless bureaucrat Mr. Clarke who literally tries to impose “law and order” by way of a mandatory National ID card and gun confiscation). Elsewhere, Jake states:

“If a man cannot own and control his property, he does not have freedom. Just because you need it, you have no right to take it, even if a majority agrees with you. Generations ago people in this country took care of one another without the government in the middle. When the big flood came through here in my grandfather’s day, when homes and crops were wiped out, they all pulled together. They did it willingly and freely. They were not forced or threatened by a government. It drew us together as friends and neighbors.”

It’s a recurrent theme throughout the novel that Jake despises welfare statism, but of course, there’s virtually no criticism of the warfare state, aside from finger-pointing the head DHS agent as a tool of the Fabian Society as if he were the devil incarnate (what else can I say? – conspiricism is most appropriate for fiction). Without revealing too much about the ending or any other spoilers, I’ll just say that I thought Finicum ended the novel way too abruptly, and I felt that the ultimate fate of the Bonham siblings were left hanging in the balance, almost as if he just got tired of writing the damn thing and he simply wanted to be done with it.

LaVoy Finicum’s Only By Blood and Suffering: Regaining Lost Freedom is a less than stellar mishmash of survival manual, nostalgic reminiscing, and warrior fantasy. As Finicum himself said about the novel four months before he died:

“I’ve written what I believe what we’re going to be facing as a nation, and as individuals. It highlights the natural rights of man versus the collective; it is a great book to teach these principles at an emotional level (at the family level). I believe that it is a great tool to help teach your family; it pulls at the heartstrings. It’s difficult to read in that it emotionally gets to ya, at least it does to me; I’ve reread it a couple of times, and it still gets to me even though I wrote the book.”

Sounds an awful lot like he had read We the Living, huh? To be fair, though, I thought that other literary reviews of Finicum’s novel didn’t even try to give him the benefit of the doubt, or bother mentioning the good aspects of his creative work. All in all, I much prefer Bill Neville from Net Assets and Nat Lyons from Hardyville over Jake Bonham in terms of a “libertarian patriarch,” for lack of a better phrase.

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Solar Cycles & Earth’s Weakening Magnetic Field (2009)

By Kyle Rearden

Today’s article by Alex Ansary was published in Nexus Magazine’s April-May 2009 issue. It’s been postulated by various individuals over the years that solar cycles influence human behavior, and if accurate, the implications for strategic maneuvers becomes quite profound, especially in terms of timing. This republication, and concomitant spoken discourse narrated by yours truly, is done with the permission of the original author.

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If you were thinking that the only things we have to be concerned about include wars, famines and economic crashes, think again. Recent scientific discoveries are indicating that this next solar flare cycle could be powerful enough to disrupt our planet’s entire electric grid. In this report I document a number of changes taking place with the Earth’s magnetic field, the Sun and our solar system while explaining some of the concerns that today’s leading scientists have voiced. I also examine how humankind may be affected energetically.

Our Planet’s Magnetic Field

The magnetosphere is a bubble of magnetism that surrounds the Earth and protects us from solar wind. Fortunately, our planet’s magnetic field diverts most particles into a circular path around the Earth. Like weather patterns found on Earth, solar wind patterns can change rapidly.

Luckily, our planet’s magnetosphere quickly responds to the threat and absorbs the impact, wiggling and jiggling in the process. Geophysicists call this reaction a geomagnetic storm, but because of how it disrupts the Earth’s magnetic field it could also be called electromagnetic pollution. This is when we see the Aurora Borealis in our night skies.

But strange things are happening in both outer and inner space. The Earth’s magnetic field has been weakening. This decrease actually began 2,000 years ago, but the rate of decrease suddenly became much more rapid 500 years ago. However, in the last 20 years or so, the magnetic field has become erratic.

Aeronautical maps of the world, which are used to allow aeroplanes to land using automatic pilot systems, have had to be revised globally in order for the autopilot systems to work.

Now, NASA’s five THEMIS spacecraft have discovered a breach in the Earth’s magnetic field that is 10 times larger than anything previously thought to exist. When this happens, solar wind can flow in through the opening to “load up” the magnetosphere for powerful geomagnetic storms. Exploring the mystery is a key goal of the THEMIS mission, launched in February 2007.

The big discovery came on 3 June 2007, when the five probes serendipitously flew through the breach just as it was opening. Onboard sensors recorded the torrent of solar wind particles streaming into the magnetosphere, signaling an event of unexpected size and importance.

But the breach itself is not a biggest surprise. Researchers are even more amazed and baffled at the unexpected way it forms, overturning long-held ideas of space physics.

“At first I didn’t believe it,” said THEMIS project scientist David Sibeck of the Goddard Space Flight Center. “This finding fundamentally alters our understanding of the solar wind-magnetosphere interaction.”

“The opening was huge – four times wider than Earth itself,” said Wenhui Li, a space physicist at the University of New Hampshire, who has been analyzing the data. Li’s colleague Jimmy Raeder, also of the University of New Hampshire, said: “127 particles per second were flowing into the magnetosphere – that’s a 1 followed by 27 zeros. This kind of influx is an order of magnitude greater than what we thought was possible.”

Space physicists have long believed that holes in the Earth’s magnetosphere open only in response to solar magnetic field that point south. The great breach of June 2007, however, opened in response to a solar magnetic field that pointed north. To the layperson this may sound like a quibble, but to a space physicist it is almost seismic.

Unexpected Shield Drop

Regarding how our magnetic field is changing, what is understood today in the scientific community is that solar wind presses against the Earth’s magnetosphere almost directly above the equator, where our planet’s magnetic field points north. Scientists previously believed that if a bundle of solar magnetism came along and pointed north, too, the two fields should reinforce one another, strengthening the Earth’s magnetic defences and slamming the door shut on the solar wind.

In the language of space physics, a north-pointing solar magnetic field is called a “northern IMF” (interplanetary magnetic field) and it is synonymous with “shields up.”

The big surprise is that when a northern IMF came along, the shields went down. This has completely overturned many scientists’ understanding of things. As researchers investigated the tear in the magnetic field, they discovered that 20 times more solar wind passed into the Earth’s protective shield when the magnetic fields were aligned.

Northern IMF events don’t actually trigger geomagnetic storms, Raeder noted, but they do set the stage for storms by loading the magnetosphere with plasma. A loaded magnetosphere is primed for auroras, power outages and other disturbances that can result when a CME (coronal mass ejection) hits. This means that the impact of solar flares is 20 times as strong when the magnetic fields are aligned.

The Earth’s and the Sun’s magnetic fields will be in sync at the peak of Solar Cycle 24, expected in 2012. This will cause an influx of solar particles. What the scientists didn’t discuss is the impact on the human bioelectrical system.

Earth’s Magnetic Field Changes Climate

The Earth’s climate has been significantly affected by the planet’s magnetic field, according to a Danish study published in January 2009 which could challenge the notion that human emissions are responsible for global warming.

“Our results show a strong correlation between the strength of the Earth’s magnetic field and the amount of precipitation in the tropics,” one of the two Danish geophysicists behind the study, Mads Faurschou Knudsen of the geology department at Aarhus University in Denmark, told Videnskab journal.

The results of the study (also published in the US scientific journal Geology) lend support to a controversial theory published a decade ago by Danish astrophysicist Henrik Svensmark, who claimed that the climate is highly influenced by galactic cosmic ray (GCR) particles penetrating the Earth’s atmosphere.

Geomagnetic Field Reversal

Another recent study suggests that rapid changes in the churning movement of the Earth’s liquid outer core are weakening the magnetic field in some regions of the planet’s surface.

“What is so surprising is that rapid, almost sudden, changes takes place in the Earth’s magnetic field,” said study co-author Niles Olsen, a geophysicist at the Danish National Space Center in Copenhagen.

The findings suggest similarly quick changes are simultaneously occurring in the liquid metal. 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) below the surface, Olsen said.

Fluctuations in the magnetic field have occurred in several far-flung regions of the Earth.

The changes “may suggest the possibility of an upcoming reversal of the geomagnetic field” said study co-author Mioara Mandea, a scientist at the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam.

Earth’s magnetic field has reversed hundreds of times over the past billion years, and the process could take thousands of years to complete.

The decline in the magnetic field is also opening the Earth’s upper atmosphere to intense charged-particle radiation, according to scientists.

Cosmic Rays Slam the Earth

An international team of researchers has discovered a puzzling surplus of high-energy electrons bombarding Earth from space. The source of these cosmic rays is unknown, but it must be close to the solar system and could be made of dark matter. The results were reported in the 20 November 2008 issue of the journal Nature.

“This is a big discovery,” said co-author John Wefel of Louisiana State University. “It’s the first time we’ve seen a discrete source of accelerated cosmic rays standing out from the general galactic background.”

To study the most powerful and interesting cosmic rays, Wefel and colleagues spent the last eight years flying a series of balloons through the stratosphere over Antarctica. Their NASA-funded cosmic ray detector found a significant surplus of high-energy electrons.

“The source of these exotic electrons must be relatively close to the solar system – no more than a kiloparsec away,” said co-author Jim Adams of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

Galactic cosmic rays are subatomic particles accelerated to almost light-speed by distant supernovae explosions and other violent events. They swarm through the Milky Way, forming a haze of high-energy particles that enter the solar system from all directions.

Cosmic rays consist mostly of protons and heavier atomic nuclei with a dash of electrons and photons spicing the mix. Why must the source be nearby? According to Adams: “High-energy electrons lose energy rapidly as they fly through the galaxy. They give up energy in two main ways: (1) when they collide with lower-energy photons, a process called inverse Compton scattering; and (2) when they radiate away some of their energy by spiraling through the galaxy’s magnetic field.”

High-energy electrons are therefore local, but the researchers cannot pinpoint the source in the sky.

The Sun’s Magnetic Field

The Sun is a massive electromagnetic broadcaster which floods the planets of the solar system with heat, light, UV radiation and electrically charged particles. The Sun itself has a magnetic field, and that magnetic field creates an “egg” around the solar system that is known as the heliosphere. The heliosphere is shaped like a teardrop, with the long, thin end of the drop pointing away from the direction in which we’re travelling.

Any changes that occur in or on the Sun will eventually affect every person alive. The solar activity during this last sunspot cycle was greater than anything every seen before.

One study, authored by Dr. Mike Lockwood and colleagues from Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Chilton, UK, in 1999, investigated the Sun’s activity over the previous 100 years. They reported that since 1901 the overall magnetic field of the Sun has become stronger by 230 per cent. Scientists do not understand what that means for us.

Some of the sunspot activity in this last cycle was greater than anything ever recorded before. But scientists claim that they don’t understand what that means, either.

“Obviously, the Sun is Earth’s lifeblood,” said Richard Fisher, Director of the Heliophysics Division at NASA. “To mitigate possible public safety issues, it is vital that we better understand extreme space weather events caused by the Sun’s activity.”

Solar Cycle 24

According to NASA, the Sun is beginning another 11-year cycle of activity.

The sun flips its magnetic poles every 11 years. Considering that the Sun is to blame for some unfavourable climate changes on the Earth, the coming decade could spell more trouble for our planet. The years ahead could be intense.

Jimmy Raeder explained: “We’re entering Solar Cycle 24. For reasons not fully understood, CMEs are even-numbered solar cycles (like 24) tend to hit Earth with a leading edge that is magnetized north. Such a CME should open a breach and load the magnetosphere with plasma just before the storm gets underway. It’s the perfect sequence for a really big event.”

Every 10 – 11 years, the number of sunspots found on our closest star rises from zero (as it was in 2008) to a high of over four hundred. While the sunspots themselves don’t affect Earth, the solar flares and other disturbances emanating from our Sun during increased sunspot activity result in an increased number of particles (electrons and protons) and harmful light radiation (ultraviolet rays and X-rays), known as solar wind. If it weren’t for the Earth’s protective magnetic field and atmosphere, this bombardment of particles would burn us to a crisp.

Sunspot Cycle 24, expected to peak around 2012, could be one of the strongest in centuries. It will be 30 – 50 per cent stronger than the last one and begin as much as a year late, according to a breakthrough forecast using a computer model of solar dynamics developed by scientists at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Predicting the Sun’s cycles accurately, years in advance, will help societies plan for active bouts of solar storms, which can slow satellite orbits, disrupt communications and bring down power systems.

The scientists have confidence in the forecast because, in a series of test runs, the newly developed model simulated the strength of the past eight solar cycles with more than 98 per cent accuracy. The forecasts are generated in part by tracking the subsurface movements of the sunspot remnants of the previous two solar cycles.

Solar Cycle 25

The Great Conveyor Belt is a massive circulating current of fire (hot plasma) within the Sun. It has two branches, north and south, each taking about 40 years to perform one complete circuit. Researchers believe the turning of the belt controls the sunspot cycle, and that’s why the slowdown is important.

“Normally, the conveyor belt moves about one metre per second – walking pace, said NASA solar physicist David Hathaway. “That’s how it has been since the late 19th century.”

In recent years, however, the belt has decelerated to 0.75 m/s in the north and 0.35 m/s in the south.

“We never seen speeds to low,” Hathaway added.

According to theory and observation, the speed of the belt foretells the intensity of sunspot activity approximately 20 years into the future. A slow belt means lower solar activity; a fast belt means stronger activity.

“The slowdown we see now means that Solar Cycle 25, peaking around the year 2022, could be one of the weakest in centuries,” said Hathaway.

Solar Activity’s Impact on Earth

The first instruments to measure solar flare activity made their appearance 440 years ago. They showed that our nearest star treats the Earth to more than just solar eclipses. Sunspots, solar flares, faculae and other phenomena affect everything on the Earth from atmospheric events to human behaviour. These phenomena are known collectively as solar activity. This activity, expressing itself through bursts of solar radiation, magnetic storms or fiery flares, can vary in intensity from very low to very strong. It is the storms that pose the greatest danger to civilization.

On 28 August 1859, polar lights glowed and shimmered all over the American continent as darkness fell. Many people thought their city was aflame. The instruments used to record this magnetic fluctuation across the world went off their scales. Telegraph systems malfunctioned, hit by a massive surge in voltage. It was perhaps the worst solar storm in the past 200 years. Its results for humankind were small because civilization had not yet entered a high-tech phase of development. But with the advent of modern power grids and satellites, much more is at risk. Had something similar happened in our nuclear space age, destruction would have been catastrophic.

According to scientific data, storms of such size occur about once in five centuries. But events with half the intensity happen every 50 years. The last one took place on 13 November 1960 and disturbed the Earth’s geomagnetic fields, upsetting the operation of radio stations.

Now, our dependence on radio-electronic devices is so immense that increased solar activity could disable life-support systems from all over the world, and not only on the surface. Poor space weather makes all orbital systems malfunction. A heavy solar storm can cause disruption to space-base navigation systems.

NASA is now sounding an alarm because the North American continent is so close to the north magnetic pole and is the most vulnerable to solar activity. A study by the Metatech Corporation revealed than an impact similar to that of 1859 would incapacitate the entire electricity grid in North America. Even the relatively weak magnetic storm of 1989, provoked by solar activity, caused an accident at a Canadian hydroelectric power plant that left six million people in the United States and Canada without electric power for nine hours.

A study by the US National Academy of Sciences also outlines grim possibilities on Earth for a worst-case-scenario solar storm. Modern power grids are so interconnected that a big space storm – the type expected to occur about once a century – could cause a cascade of failures that would sweep across the United States, cutting power to 130 million people or more in this country alone, the new report concludes. Such widespread power outage, though expected to be a rare possibility, would affect other vital systems.

“Impacts would be felt on interdependent infrastructures with, for example, potable water distribution affected within several hours; perishable foods and medications in about 12 – 24 hours; and immediate or eventual loss of heating/air conditioning, sewage disposal, phone service, transportation, fuel resupply and so on,” the report states.

Outages could take months to fix, banks might close, and trade with other countries might halt.

“Emergency services would be strained, and command and control might be lost,” according to the researchers, led by Daniel Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Solar Cycles and Human Behaviour

Could cycles of war and peace be tied to cycles of the Sun? Some researchers claim that geomagnetic storms affect brain waves and hormone levels, causing a number of different reactions, predominately in males. While a few women may also experience changes during these storms, they generally seem less affected by the Sun’s behaviour. Reacting to changing hormone levels, some men may become increasingly irritable and aggressive, while others may instead become more creative.

An increase in solar activity is found to increase psychotic episodes in individuals who already suffer from unstable psychological states. While we might relate such behaviour to a full moon, in 1963 Dr. Robert Becker and his colleague, Dr. Howard Friedman, demonstrated that solar changes also lead to a noticeable increase in psychotic activity. Yet these reactions are not simply isolated to a few particularly sensitive or unlucky individuals.

Evidence indicates that wars and international conflicts most often break out when sunspots are rapidly forming or rapidly decaying, as these are times when there are more intense geomagnetic storms. In addition, this increase in solar activity correlates to periods of more accidents and illness as well as increase in crimes and murders. The entire biosphere is affected by this electromagnetic pollution, and human behaviour seems to react accordingly.

Not all geomagnetic storms are disruptive. But over time, these extremes in solar activity may also affect periods of Earthly conflict. The data on cycles of war and peace extend back at least 2,500 years.

As early as 1915, some scientists were beginning to recognize connections between solar activity and human behaviour. This work began with Russian scientist Alexander Chizhevsky, who observed a correlation between mass changes in human behaviour and sunspot cycles.

In the 1930s, Professor Raymond Wheeler, an historian at the University of Kansas, took this observation one step further. His research afforded numerical rankings to the severity of individual battles correlating to solar cycles. His data was statistically analysed by Edward Dewey, who validated the existence of these war cycles. Yet he was unable to make a definite connection with sunspot cycles because the data at that time was insufficient. In the 1980s, with a more detailed analysis of Wheeler’s data, the connection became clear.

Upon close examination of the data, it appears that we are beginning to discover a pattern emerging where wars are most likely to start at key points of the sunspot cycle. These are when geomagnetic activity is changing most rapidly on the upsurge of solar activity or on the downward part of the cycle when sunspots are rapidly diminishing. In addition, we can see how this adversely affects physiological mechanisms such as brain rhythms and hormonal levels.

In other words, wars could be a kind of mass psychosis. When we see the connection to physical mechanisms (such as electromagnetic pollution), this gives us some predicative insight into when increased aggressions are likely to start. Calculations indicate that we’re due to see another rise in intense solar activity in less than two years’ time, around 22 September 2010. NASA predicts that this activity will peak in 2012.

Solar System Changes

The atmospheres of five of the planets and the Earth’s moon are changing. The Earth’s atmosphere in the upper levels is forming HO gas that didn’t exist in the quantity that it does now. Scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences say it’s not related to global warming, CFCs or fluorocarbon emissions. They claim that the atmospheres of Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune are also are changing.

The Martian atmosphere is getting sizeably thicker. In 1997, the Mars Observer probe lost one of its mirrors, causing it to crash. This happened because the atmosphere was about twice as dense as NASA had calculated.

The brightness and magnetic fields of the planets are also changing. Venus is showing marked increases in its overall brightness. Jupiter’s energetic charges has risen so high that there is actually a visible tube of ionizing radiation that’s formed between the surface of Jupiter and its moon Io. You can see the luminous energy tube in photographs that have been taken recently. Uranus and Neptune also are becoming brighter.

The magnetic fields of Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune are changing. Jupiter’s magnetic field has more than doubled and Neptune’s magnetic field is increasing. The Russians say that all three of these planets are becoming brighter and their atmospheric qualities are changing, but they do not explain what this means.

The Russians also report that Uranus and Neptune appear to have had recent pole shifts. When the Voyager II space probe flew past Uranus and Neptune, the apparent north and south magnetic poles were sizeably offset from where the rotational pole was in earlier recordings. In one case it was 50 degrees off, and in the other case the difference was around 40 degrees.

This new information about the changes in our solar system comes at an interesting time for our planet. It’s possible that, for some time, celestial events have been playing their part in shaping our way of life on the planet, and that these changes awe are now seeing with our Sun, the solar system and the Earth’s magnetic field may be the very things that transform our world as we know it into something new.

Only time will tell, but it appears that the future may already be here…

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Privacy Afloat (1997)

By Kyle Rearden

Today’s article is a chapter within Bill Kaysing’s 1997, Privacy: How to Get It, How to Enjoy It.” Given that there is a chapter in Section II of Rayo’s Vonu: The Search for Personal Freedom,” about living full time in a boat, I’d figure that Kaysing’s experience and observations would be valuable to those pursuing vonuence. This republication of Kaysing’s chapter is hereby done under the intention of Fair Use; no copyright infringement intended.

Image from Bill Kaysing’s privacy book is hereby used under the intention of Fair Use – no copyright infringement intended.

Prolog

There is a saying that there are only two happy days in a boat owner’s life: the day he buys it and the day he sells it. While there is some validity to the aphorism, it’s not entirely true. Otherwise, what would account for the fact that millions of people throughout the world prefer to live on water rather than land? The author is one of those millions; and he is happy to tell you his reasons.

The author says the sensation of slipping between the clean sheets of the full-size double bunk in the aft cabin of his boat cannot be obtained on land. Why? Because as soon as he settles down, he can hear the small waves slapping against the hull; and he can watch the water lights, reflections of light from the waves playing on the overhead beams, and smell the fresh air pouring in through the hatch that opens up to the stars up above. Now, that’s a trip in every sense of the word!

There is much more to it than that; but this particular delight is high on the author’s list of floating favorites. He could easily write a book about the fun he has had in the last five years with the venerable Flying Goose, a 52-year-old Coast Guard cutter now converted to a houseboat. He finds a simple beauty in just being aboard that “good-vibes” old vessel. However, the major focus of his enthusiasm is the quality and amount of privacy available in living afloat.

Ten Reasons for Living Afloat

  1. It’s great fun nearly all of the time.
  2. It allows for an instant change of scene; you just start the motor or raise the sail.
  3. Along with mobility, boat owners have the option to change neighbors – or have none at all.
  4. The beauty of water is ever-changing, with no two days alike.
  5. Costs are much lower than when living on land.
  6. You can trade up or down; boats are not hard to buy or sell.
  7. Your children will love life on the water. There is always something to do.
  8. You can catch dinner from your “backyard” and live off the land nearby.
  9. A rowboat – instead of a gas-guzzling car – can be used for doing the marketing and other errands.
  10. Living afloat promotes freedom from high taxes, bureaucratic hassles and noisy cities.

In short, it’s a rich life that almost anyone can have for the taking. A boat suitable for a couple or a small family can often be purchased for less than the price of a house. (You might want to check into the information provided by the publication – Boats and Harbors, Crossville, TN 38555. Write for a sample copy).

Captain Private’s Pointers on Living the Free-Floating Life

  1. You don’t really need a boat per se; you can build a floating platform from salvaged timbers and sealed 50-gallon drums. Drive or lower an old trailer on top and you have instant housing with a 360-degree water view.
  2. Many river islands are not anyone’s property; this is because their shorelines change periodically due to flooding and erosion. Many people live on these islands without paying any rent or taxes – and without any hassles with the pervasive bureaucracy.
  3. If you poke around back bays and isolated river channels, you can often find old hulls that you can restore yourself, using only your own labor. Many folks have done thus and ended up with very livable homes.
  4. There are far fewer cops and other unpleasant minions of the corporate state prowling the waterways of the world. The author has gone for years without having “uninvited guests” board his boat. Just play it cool; stay out of sight most of the time; and it is likely that no one will even pay attention to you and your floating home.
  • If you do get boarded, just relax and tell your “guests” that you will do anything they want. When they leave, simply move your boat to some other anchorage and repaint or rebuild the superstructure (so it does not look like the same boat). Interchange the numbers on the hull; tell nosy folks that that’s the way it was when you bought it.
  1. There are lots of ways to earn a living when you’re waterborne. You can fish, dig clams or engage in salvage work. Many waterways are close to farming regions; and, according to old English common law, you can help yourself to the outer three rows.
  2. If you get the “lonelies,” join up with some other far-out floaters and create a floating village in some well-hidden, willow-festooned bay or inlet. There are lots of these along the coastline of British Columbia, the East Coast’s inland waterways, the bayous of the Mississippi and the delta of California.
  3. Because most boats are self-contained and you can obtain firewood, water and the other basic necessities from your immediate surroundings, very little money is needed to really enjoy the good life.
  4. Finally, living on the water is, for many people, pure fun. Once you try it, the author is confident that you will love it.
  • (NOTE: Canada is providing excellent opportunities for careful boat buyers to acquire good boats at reasonable prices. The Canadian government is trying to cut down on the number of fishermen plying offshore waters. Thus, it is buying boats and licenses and reselling the boats in auctions – only. The only restriction is that the boat cannot be used for commercial fishing in Canadian waters.)

In conclusion, the world is three-quarters water, with millions of square miles of oceans, seas, bays, rivers and canals. It’s impossible for those who want to control others to be everywhere in the vast watery domain. Just think of the great Pacific Ocean and its myriad islands, the 3,000-mile island waterway along the East Coast, the changing boundaries along the East Coast, the changing boundaries of Old Man River – the famous Mississippi, the blue waters of huge lakes in Canada, as well as our own Great Lakes…all of these, plus thousands of miles of quiet waterways worldwide, beckon to anyone who seeks the free life.

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Mass Mind Control Through Network Television: Are Your Thoughts Your Own? (2005)

By Kyle Rearden

Today’s article by Alex Ansary was originally published at Outside the Box in December of 2005. Given the recent fad by the constitutionalist patriot movement of “humping the Trump,” I figured it would be good to remind them all what an actual citizen-journalist wrote back when George W. Bush was in the White House. This republication, and concomitant spoken discourse narrated by yours truly, is done with the permission of the original author.

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Why do countless American people go along with the War on Iraq? Why do so many people call for a police state control grid? A major component to a full understanding of why this kind of governmental and corporate corruption is to discover the modern science of mind control and social engineering. It’s baffling to merely glance at the stacks of documentation that this world government isn’t being constructed for the greater good of humanity. Although there are a growing number of people waking up the reality of our growing transparent soft cage, there seems to be just enough citizens who are choosing to remain asleep. Worse yet, there are even those who were at least partially awake at one time but found it necessary to return to the slumber of dreamland.

This is no accident; this is a carefully crafted design. The drive to dumb down the populations of planet earth is a classic art that existed before the United States did. One component to understanding and deciphering the systems of control is to become a student of the magicians of influence and propaganda. In order to defeat our enemies (or dictators), its imperative that we understand how they think and what they believe in.

When people think about mind control, they usually think in terms of the classic “conspiracy theory” that refers to Project MkUltra. This program is a proven example of ‘overt mind control.’ The project had grown out of an earlier secret program, known as Bluebird that was officially formed to counter Soviet advances in brainwashing. In reality the CIA had other objectives. An earlier aim was to study methods ‘through which control of an individual may be attained’. The emphasis of experimentation was ‘narco-hypnosis’, the blending of mind altering drugs with carefully hypnotic programming.

A crack CIA team was formed that could travel, at a moments notice, to anywhere in the world. Their task was to test the new interrogation techniques, and ensure that victims would not remember being interrogated and programmed. All manner of narcotics, from marijuana to LSD, heroin and sodium pentathol (the so called ‘truth drug’) were regularly used.

Despite poor initial results, CIA-sponsored mind control program flourished. On 13 April 1953, the super-secret project MK-ULTRA was born. Its scope was broader than ever before, and only those in the top echelon of the CIA were privy to it. Official CIA documents describe MK-ULTRA as an ‘umbrella project’ with 149 ‘sub-projects’. Many of these sub-projects dealt with testing illegal drugs for potential field use. Others dealt with electronics. One explored the possibility of activating ‘the human organism by remote control’. Throughout, it remained a major goal to brainwash individuals to become couriers and spies without their knowledge.

When it was formed in 1947, the CIA was forbidden to have any domestic police or internal security powers. In short, it was authorized only to operate ‘overseas’. From the very start MK-ULTRA staff broke this Congressional stipulation and began testing on unwitting American citizens.

Precisely how extensive illegal testing became will never be known. Richard Helms, CIA Director and chief architect of the program, ordered the destruction of all MK-ULTRA records shortly before leaving office in 1973. Despite these precautions some documents were misfiled and came to light in the late 1970’s. They laid bare the spy agency’s cynicism. Despite the widespread knowledge of MK Ultra and the civil lawsuits that followed, this form of behavior modification is not the most expansive. The real dangers are the types of thought control that are ‘covert’ and not the subject of several dozen Hollywood movies like “Clockwork Orange” and Mel Gibson’s “Conspiracy Theory.”

Our founding fathers faced enormous challenges in the formation of this country and its bill of rights. One challenge was laying down the groundwork or a free society without knowing what kind of technological advances would be made. Who would have guessed in those times that we needed an article in the bill of rights that specifically prohibits the government and it’s associates from engaged in mind control or thought control. The closest item that promises our protection from the government is the 4th Article in The Bill of Rights which states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Like many are now beginning to note, the US Constitution and its Bill of Rights are merely given lip service by our supposedly elected officials.

One of the most common examples of mind control in our so-called free and civilized society is the advent and usage of the television set. This isn’t to say that all things on TV are geared towards brainwashing you. They’re not. But most of the programming on television today is run and programming by the largest media corporations that have interests in defense contracts, such as Westinghouse (CBS), and General Electric (NBC). This makes perfect sense when you see how slanted and warped the news is today. Examining the conflicts of interest is merely glancing at the issue, although to understand the multiple ways that lies become truth, we need to examine the techniques of brain washing that the networks are employing.

Radio isn’t any different in its ability to brainwash a population into submission. Sixty-seven years ago, six million Americans became unwitting subjects in an experiment in psychological warfare. It was the night before Halloween, 1938. At 8 p.m. CST, the Mercury Radio on the Air began broadcasting Orson Welles’ radio adaptation of H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. As is now well known, the story was presented as if it were breaking news, with bulletins so realistic that an estimated one million people believed the world was actually under attack by Martians. Of that number, thousands succumbed to outright panic, not waiting to hear Welles’ explanation at the end of the program that it had all been a Halloween prank, but fleeing into the night to escape the alien invaders.

According to researcher Mack White (http://www.mackwhite.com/), “Psychologist Hadley Cantril conducted a study of the effects of the broadcast and published his findings in a book, The Invasion from Mars: A Study in the Psychology of Panic. This study explored the power of broadcast media, particularly as it relates to the suggestibility of human beings under the influence of fear. Cantril was affiliated with Princeton University’s Radio Research Project, which was funded in 1937 by the Rockefeller Foundation. Also affiliated with the Project was Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member and Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) executive Frank Stanton, whose network had broadcast the program. Stanton would later go on to head the news division of CBS, and in time would become president of the network, as well as chairman of the board of the RAND Corporation, the influential think tank which has done groundbreaking research on, among other things, mass brainwashing. Two years later, with Rockefeller Foundation money, Cantril established the Office of Public Opinion Research (OPOR), also at Princeton. Among the studies conducted by the OPOR was an analysis of the effectiveness of “psycho-political operations” (propaganda, in plain English) of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Then, during World War II, Cantril and Rockefeller money assisted CFR member and CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow in setting up the Princeton Listening Center, the purpose of which was to study Nazi radio propaganda with the object of applying Nazi techniques to OSS propaganda. Out of this project came a new government agency, the Foreign Broadcast Intelligence Service (FBIS). The FBIS eventually became the United States Information Agency (USIA), which is the propaganda arm of the National Security Council. Thus, by the end of the 1940s, the basic research had been done and the propaganda apparatus of the national security state had been set up–just in time for the Dawn of Television.”

Experiments conducted by researcher Herbert Krugman reveal that when a person watches television, brain activity switches from the left to the right hemisphere. The left hemisphere is the seat of logical thought. Here, information is broken down into its component parts and critically analyzed. The right brain, however, treats incoming data uncritically, processing information in wholes, leading to emotional, rather than logical responses. The shift from left to right brain activity also causes the release of endorphins, the body’s own natural opiates–thus, it is possible to become physically addicted to watching television, a hypothesis borne out by numerous studies which have shown that very few people are able to kick the television habit. It’s no longer an overstatement to note that the youth today that are raised and taught through network television are intellectually dead by their early teens.

The dumbing down of humanity is represented by another shift which occurs in the brain when we watch television. Activity in the higher brain regions (such as the neo-cortex) is diminished, while activity in the lower brain regions (such as the limbic system) increases. The latter, commonly referred to as the reptile brain, is associated with more primitive mental functions, such as the “fight or flight” response. The reptile brain is unable to distinguish between reality and the simulated reality of television. To the reptile brain, if it looks real, it is real. Thus, though we know on a conscious level it is “only a film,” on a conscious level we do not–the heart beats faster, for instance, while we watch a suspenseful scene. Similarly, we know the commercial is trying to manipulate us, but on an unconscious level the commercial nonetheless succeeds in, say, making us feel inadequate until we buy whatever thing is being advertised–and the effect is all the more powerful because it is unconscious, operating on the deepest level of human response. The reptile brain makes it possible for us to survive as biological beings, but it also leaves us vulnerable to the manipulations of television programmers. This is where the manipulators use our own emotions as strings to control us. The distortions and directions we are being moved to are taking place in the subconscious, often undetected.

Propaganda techniques were first codified and applied in a scientific manner by journalist Walter Lippman and psychologist Edward Bernays (nephew of Sigmund Freud) early in the 20th century. During World War I, Lippman and Bernays were hired by then United States President, Woodrow Wilson, to participate in the Creel Commission, the mission of which was to sway popular opinion in favor of entering the war, on the side of Britain. Edward Bernays said in his 1928 book Propaganda that, “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”

The Creel Commission provided themes for speeches by “four-minute men” at public functions, and also encouraged censorship of the American press. The Commission was so unpopular that after the war, Congress closed it down without providing funding to organize and archive its papers. The war propaganda campaign of Lippman and Bernays produced within six months such an intense anti-German hysteria as to permanently impress American business (and Adolf Hitler, among others) with the potential of large-scale propaganda to control public opinion. Bernays coined the terms “group mind” and “engineering consent”, important concepts in practical propaganda work. The current public relations industry is a direct outgrowth of Lippman’s and Bernays’ work and is still used extensively by the United States government. For the first half of the 20th century Betrays and Lip man ran a very successful public relations firm. World War II saw continued use of propaganda as a weapon of war, both by Hitler’s propagandist Joseph Gobbles and the British Political Warfare Executive, as well as the United States Office of War Information.

Turn on your local newscast. You have a few minutes of blue-collar crime, hardly any white collar crime, a few minutes of sports, misc. chit chat, random political jibber-jabber, and a look at the weather that no ones forecasting correctly. Is that what happened in your town? And we’re supposed to own the airwaves! The mainstream media openly supports the interests of the prison industrial complex. The stories focus on minority criminal groups, and exploit the real threat to appear much more dangerous than they are. Think about the growing per capita number of prisoners in the country. Then remember that this is happening at the same time that our prison boom began. The police on our streets have created criminals. The focus is to keep us in a state of fear, that way the elitists can attack any group they want to without fear of consequence. This is why the media is continuing to craft the timeless art of dehumanization.

The techniques are increasing in their sophistication over time as the mind scientists that serve the empire continue to discover scientific breakthroughs as to how the human brain functions, learns, retains information, and behaves. The most effective brainwashing techniques are used on the most successful propaganda networks. Examine the music bed that lies low during the fright night scope of the second. It’s spooky. I wonder if we are supposed to be thinking with our minds or getting ready for stunt. Observe the graphics with the music. They’re glitzy and flashing. Like the monkey that is attracted to shiny objects, it’s our monkey hand that controls to remote often stops the search for entertainment when the proper amount of glamour catches their attention. Most importantly, notice the repetition behind the lies that the politicians and their corporate media groupies tell us. You see, the unimaginable fallacies are created as ‘truth’ not because it’s logical or provable, but because of the broken record technique. No matter how ridiculous the lie, it’s repeated often enough that the brain doesn’t know the difference between reality and nursery rhymes. This technique is under estimated in its ability to allow the puppeteers to hypnotize millions of people. Instead of “Fair and balanced” it’s “We say it enough times, and you believe it.”

It’s a tragic day when the state can monopolize on the enslaving and imprisonment of a population. Hollywood will continue to frighten us with films on the mafia, gangsters, and the corrupt blue collar criminal whose stupidity and greed get them caught. In the end, our minds are already pre conditioned to accept living in a police state economy and society because we read it in the paper, saw it praised on the news and talk shows, or saw it in a movie. There are several movies planned right now that support the official story of 911 and a few movies that glamorize the War on IRAQ. According to David L Robb, Author of Operation Hollywood, “Hollywood and the Pentagon have a long history of making movies together. It’s a tradition that stretches back to the early days of silent films, and extends right up until the present day. It’s been a collaboration that works well for both sides. Hollywood producers get what they want – access to billions of dollars worth of military hardware and equipment – tanks, jet fighters, nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers – and the military gets what it wants – films that portray the military in a positive light; films that help the services in their recruiting efforts. The Pentagon is not merely a passive supporter of films, however. If the Pentagon doesn’t like a script, it will usually suggest script changes that will allow the film to receive the military’s support and approval. Sometimes these proposed changes are minor. But sometimes the changes are dramatic. Sometimes they change dialogue. Sometimes they change characters. Sometimes they even change history.” They create something coined ‘disinfotainment’. They mix disinformation with entertainment and call it disinfotainment.

Unadulterated Violence is now accepted on regular TV. Killing in the name of the mother government is praised, that is unless the violence is committed in self defense to protect someone from the system. Sharp shooters, bombers, and assassin are worshipped if they are fighting for the system, are in the military, or are associated with groups that control the masses locally, such as the local police department. I don’t condone violence, however it’s hypocritical to support one form of homicide when it favors the elite, and condemn another when it’s done to protect your land, freedom, or loved ones. This odd reality transfers itself into the shady world of video games that are stepped in plots and tasks to kill as much as the player can. The players are getting younger and younger with 7 out of 10 children playing games with a ‘Mature’ rating. Recently I was browsing the PC video game selection at a very large electronics store. I was appalled to see nearly 50 different games in which the setting of the game is IRAQ and the goal is to kill as many insurgents as possible and fulfill the mission. Children today are being indoctrinated through their favorite games and law enforcement programs to be the button pushes of the weapons of mass destruction for tomorrow’s world.

Is it any wonder why there are two house bills and a senate bill (with more on the way), which are giant steps in dismantling free speech of the general public. These bills together would kill (PEG) cable access centers where the public still owns the airwaves. It’s the programming created locally, without censorship or commercial gain. Their income is derived from franchises within the local cities and a small percentage cable subscriber frees. This is a corporate takeover because this is centralizing communication by removing the locally based programming and moving the audience to the more official, nationalistic, and sensational programs that promotes violence, uniformity, and slavery over peach, diversity and freedom. Cable access features free speech and information with perspectives neglected by mainstream television. It also features a free flow programming system with fresh programs being aired by new producers on a rotating basis. This keeps the content and information creative and locally based while network TV is rigid with regular time slots and repetitive programming.

The blocks of programming that are universally accepted parallel the shift to craft our entire lives towards the factory’s bell and the illusion of time. This is the creation of the hive mind. The hive mind is result of massive brainwashing to the general public. Everyone shares the same thoughts, goals, knowledge and understanding. A hive mind society gears itself towards conformity and ignores diversity while masqueraded as the road to utopia in mainstream television. Network programming, weather it’s the news or drama, is geared towards artificially creating your world and reality. With the proper amount of entertainment and sensationalism, we may even be living our lives through the television set. Many anchors and actors are beautiful and research shows that attractive people are usually perceived as trust worthy. While the real news rolls quickly by on the bottom of your screen, the anchor is selling you on the idea of having your very own police state hell hole right here in your local jurisdiction, or how 2 sports opposing teams chased around on a court for 2 hours in attempt to score points means something to you. No education, no information, SPIN. Today the media represents a tool of brainwashing and indoctrination that is utilized on behalf of the owners interests.

Since the 1996 Telco act, television and radio stations all across the nation were bought out by major international media outlets. Clear Channel and Infinity are the two largest corporations in radio today. This has centralized the distribution of information and has threatened our free society ever since. The media drums to the heartbeat of its owners, whose interests are not of the general public. Instead they are interested in their other financial endeavors like defense contracting, oil business, political parties, prison industry. The conflicts of interest are monumental with the deregulation of the corporations. The lines are now blurred between one network’s coverage of the war and the other.

Once we come to the conclusion that the media is intentionally deceiving us, we can apply the principles of problem-reaction-solution. This formula takes a problem by either creating it or allowing it to happen and presenting that to the population. It could be terrorism, molestation, extra terrestrials. These topics create fear and no one in their right mind would support terrorism or crime. It’s therefore OK to blast the television, the papers, and radio with ‘the problem.’ The natural reaction from the people is a request for more control to ensure more safety. Most let their fear and emotional side control their decisions and usually translated into something like, “The government needs more power over our lives to make us safer and freer from tyranny. I believe what the media tells me so I will support whatever decisions they make.” Today’s mainstream corporate news program discourages dissent of the war and paints activists with a negative brush that hints of treason. At the same time, the so-called journalists are cogs in a much larger machine who know that if they report a story that paints the government in a dark light, is likely to remain on ‘the wire’ and off the front page.

The most disturbing thing about spending a single hour examining network cable news and modern Hollywood films are the reoccurring themes in the backdrop. The central ideas of countless “investigative reports” or “Friday night special” features are about a threat of some type over the horizon. The end of the world as we know it is being sold. If the news isn’t feeding it to you, then the History Channel or Discover Channel are either talking about the crusades, asteroids, UFOs, earthquakes, terrorism, or exposes about serial killers. They are crafted a message that our world is unstable, and the threat is always an invisible and dangerous one that only our military can fix. When you record and log all the messages, you end up with a script, a screen write produced through the movie studios of Hollywood hell.

I am not alone in noting this observation. Local and network news are designing their editorials about despair and fear because the owners, producers, and editors now understand that fear sells. The end result are the desired ratings, delivered like expected. The masters of modern spin understand that we like to be terrified. Just look at the success in the action/suspense/terror genres that have plopped onto the conveyor belt and packaged for our glee consumption. When the editors in charge found out that simply plastering a terror alert chart didn’t scare the people the same way it used to, they began to kick up the campaign of terror a few notches with new and creative ways to sell the police state.

When you get to the other side of the terror alerts of all shapes and sizes, you find another nightmare masquerading as the savior. The ‘Ministry of Truth’ will protect you. The mother government is here to rescue you and squash this brown terrorist bug, this gray alien, this avian bird flu, and every other nightmare that the nightly news brought you. The finest public relations specialists take the science of worshipping our kings down to a frame by frame level. George W. Bush is pictured in numerous poises with a hallo around his head. In other pictures, he stands tall with dozens of American flags blowing in the wind behind him. A more blasphemous display features him speaking in front of the cross of Jesus Christ. The message send couldn’t be more clearly presented. Our current leaders are of the messiah status and only through them, will we reach the gates of safety. The lie that has been accepted by so many as truth is that this is a religious war. Numerous prime time programs are telling the story of the crusades (without the horrors) to synch our vibrations up to something out of the 13th Century, instead of the 21st Century. If the America people accept the fact that the crusades are here, that George Bush reports directly to god, and that revelations are here, then they have won the war for our minds.

The loudspeaker whispers, “All our problems are by accident, never design.” Across the room the system’s minion snorts, “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” It’s that plot that says Middle Eastern terrorists from an Afghan cave are the reason beyond our little, “War on terror.” Related messages in the script demonize young minority males and suggest harsh punishments for crimes they commit. They don’t come out overtly and state their racist agenda. They come at you from the side by airing the same crime news repetitively, usually when it’s committed by the minority group. The networks love the fact that the TV sets the norms in society and today, and hence politically opinion. Who would imagine that in the United States of America, both candidates of both parties in the 2004 election would be members of the Skull and Bones society at Yale University? Out of 290 million Americans, this is the best we could come up with?

It is the decision of the owners to influence producers, editors, and others involved to paint to brush to fit the objective, which is the bottom line. If Sports is what the people want, then they get it, usually in large doses. Multi-media sports (or spectator sports) is just an escape from our own existence. It’s like gambling, or drug addiction. It provides that buffer zone of rooting for something with other people that we’ve been told is good. People’s fantasies also lead them to fixating on sports. Its simulated masculinity, in an age where there’s a push to change us from men to robots. It’s human nature to resist and fight that which is suppressing us. The sociologists and psychologists in areas of influence know this. Spectator sports prove the outlet internationally for what has been stripped away from us. We’ve lost the right to rebel and change our government through warfare if necessary. Today the bulk of our nation’s population today doesn’t know what’s really going on with the fall of the American dollar and the plans for the transfer of American wealth to other countries. However, most can tell you who the top basketball or football players are. A lot of fans wish they were the stars, out there on the stage, the court, and the drag strip. Either you’re “numero uno” in center stage or you’re nothing. End of story.

What I never understood when I was in high school was why my peers and friends would act naïve or ignorant in a “Wayne’s World” or “Beavis and Butthead” kind of way. What I’ve learned since then is that the numerous programs that are pimping themselves of as ‘entertainment’ are actually demo graphed to the lowest common denominator. This is especially true with disc jockeys in Radio today. The reason our airwaves are saturated with jokes and content centered on fart jokes, private parts, borderline racism, and general trash talk is because it is selling. In the meantime, large numbers of our children, young adults, and older audiences are mimicking what they see and hear because the current ‘norm’ is selling this behavior as cool or ‘chic.’ When the conditioned is so intense that these forms of content are considered the norm, anything else seems either bizarre or uninteresting to the average American’s attention span that is decreasing by the day. Hypothetically, if a producer on a network did get away from a feature story exposing government corruption at the highest levels, chances are the large impact necessary wouldn’t be realized because the average viewer’s brain has already been conditioned to seek out certain types of disinfotainment.

The media has created the picture perfect society that could exist if we only did things their way, (their interests/government interest). It tells us what happiness is and what it is not and same for love, hate or anything else they can implant into our sub consciousness. We can become the perfect slave to the system through indoctrination given through network TV. Over time the messages are becoming increasingly racist, violent, and dishonest. But the programming began decades ago and few have the eyes to see it for what it has become. We live in a world where the populations give their minds away to the official version of the event, where utopia is right around the corner when big brother is riding shotgun. It’s a world where Hollywood can make you believe anything, even that you are free. It’s a world in which the prosecutor and the judge sit on the same side of the bench. The most obvious reason that our minds are being controlled on a massive scale psychologically, is become our culture has been conditioned incriminatingly to a TV, a radio, or a paper. We are given the world reality through a screen, some ink, or radio waves. The truth is hiding in plain site. The indoctrination through these mediums warns us that views other than those presented by them are unimportant and too be condemned. This Administration and media monopoly has a carefully crafted dehumanization program to anyone that dissents the official version of events.

Some people are wrong about 5% of the time. Some are wrong most of the time. I wish I was wrong all the time. A lot of people deal with these intense realities, by asking me rhetorically, “What is the solution, smart guy?” Remember, it’s the viewers, the consumers and all the other little votes called dollars that helped this oligarchy system lay its concrete foundation in our backyards. We must recognize the truth about why the system is flawed and enslaving us if we wish to beat it. The most important solution to fighting this type of brainwashing and mind control is to start with ourselves and our own awakening in the smaller things. In this case, it’s brainwashing but after awhile we break Outside the Box and begin venturing outside the system and into unknown terrain. Fighting with people and forcing them to understand ‘our truth’ is not a solution. If our collective free will created this nightmare, than only our collective free will change it. The battle begins in the heart and mind of the beholder, and then extends outward from there, only to those open to the information.

If you choose to travel the road to the truth, then you must be prepared for the obstacles that await you. You may be condemned or criticized by your family, your friends, your lovers, or your co-workers. This is their programming that began at birth that is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do. You’re going to have to be stronger than that. You must realize that there is a reality that exists outside of this controlled artificial system. Like Indiana Jones in the Last Crusade, he took that ‘leap of faith’ over the bridgeless canyon in an attempt to get to the other side. Like Neo in the Matrix, he took the red pill from Morpheus in his attempt to cross over to his real self. Once you wake up, it’s as if a hypnotist came along and snapped his fingers. You wake up and say to yourself, “Oh my god. I can see it now. Why did it take me so long to wake up?!” For some of you it can be a major shock. Like anything else, take this information and knowledge in stages. If it took a lifetime for them to mold your reality for you, then you know that it may take longer than a day to fully awaken. Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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