"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it." -John Adams

Welcome to Patriot's Lament. We strive here to educate ourselves on Liberty. We will not worry ourselves so much with the daily antics of American politics, and drown ourselves in the murky waters of the political right or left.
Instead, we will look to the Intellectuals and Champions of Liberty, and draw on their wisdom of what it is to be a truly free people. We will learn from where our Providential Liberties are derived, and put the proper perspective of a Free Individual and the State.
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Patriot's Lament September 29, 2012: That Is Not Principle and Nobody Has The Right

In this episode we discuss freedom of conscience, and what is more of a duty, to vote for an election of a president, or the vote of a juror to nullify law? We talk about Patrick Henry and his "Liberty or Death" speech. We also defend Occupy Fairbanks' Right to Protest the government, and how Jefferson said he would rather see a little rebellion even when wrong than a complacent people.


  1. Don't think Aaron is right on debt money, if I understand his point (a big if). The debt money only increases D.C.'s debt at the point Congress borrows it. It can circulate indefinitely without further increasing D.C.'s debt. Also, the Fed returns all interest paid to it above and beyond its (relatively minor) operating expenses. There are no end of problems with fiat money, but I don't believe this is one.

    Jim in Kenai

  2. The problem of the roads is the same as the problem of the moose -- they're not owned by anyone with the ability to profit from their wise use so they suffer the tragedy of the commons. Licensure is the half-witted attempt to create the benefits of private ownership without private ownership.

    The "line in the sand" issue is hard. We're already acclimated to the violations that exist. We see that everyone around us is apparently okay with the violations which exist, maybe we were until recently out of apathy or ignorance. The tall nail gets the hammer. We hope that with the next violation the population will somehow notice that it is a violation, even though they've been okay with all of the violations up to this point. I learned this the hard way during Waco. "They're nuts who got what they deserved." Easier than admitting to what was going on, I guess. The continually moving line in the sand is the hope that the mass of people will eventually notice so you don't have to stand alone. Sorta like penguins standing on an ice flow pushing someone else towards the sea to see if the shark is in the water or not.

    Enjoying the show, about half way through.

    Jim in Kenai

  3. Eric Peters has been lighting my screen on fire. His prior article on "the Holocost Shuffle" was really good. Today he writes about the "clovers" and The Matrix (a movie I never really got into as special effect centered movies are tedious).


    First point:

    I have noticed two qualities that separate the people like us here from the Clovers out there: First, the habit of conceptual thought.

    Second point:

    Second, Clovers have an under-developed (or crippled) sense of empathy. Though superficially, they often posture as the caring benefactors of their fellow men, in truth they have more in common with sociopaths who, like them, view other people as cardboard cutouts to be manipulated and controlled. The proof that they do in fact think this way is revealed by the fact that they will not or cannot confront the violence that is always at the end of their professed benefactions.


    They are asleep – or evil. There is no middle ground.

    Worth reading the whole article.

    Jim in Kenai