"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. Please join us!
The Ron Paul Insitute for Peace and Prosperity is having its first conference this September 10th.
If you are able to, you should go to this. More from Executive Director Daniel McAdams:
The elephant in the living room? Foreign policy. No one wants to really talk about it. Washington is hoping the rest of us won't blurt out that the emperor has no clothes, that US interventionism is making us poorer, less free, and less safe.
Even when candidates like Donald Trump talk about it, they don't talk about it. No nation-building, he said recently. But if we happen to see a country with some oil we should take it. "To the victor go the spoils!" is not a great slogan if you are running on the idea of restraint.
Hillary Clinton doesn't talk about it because her track record of hyper-interventionism speaks for itself. She thinks President Obama has been far too timid and reluctant to use military force overseas. He has not sufficiently weaponized the State Department. Read the rest here. See you in September!
This article was originally printed at the Ron Paul Institute website.
Interviewed Saturday on the Patriot’s Lament radio show on KFAR radio in Fairbanks, Alaska, Ron Paul Institute Senior Fellow Adam Dick zeroed in on the drug war as a major avenue for the expansion of government power at the expense of liberty. Yet, Dick also told hosts Joshua Bennett and Michael Anderson that the movement in recent decades of state and local governments to curtail the drug war shows a path to defeating the leviathan government that the drug war helped create. Read the rest here. Adam Dick on Patriots Lament
This article was originally published at the Ron Paul Institute website.
By Patriot's Lament contributor, Michael Anderson.
This week, a leak called “The Panama Papers” was released. It was leaked by someone inside a Panamanian company called Mossack Fonseca. It specialized in setting up shell companies for clients and would even provide shell corporate officers. The leak totaled over two terrabytes and the leak appears to be linked to US front groups, including Soros groups. The news stories focus on the secret financial transactions of business people and foreign heads of state.
Obama has now made “unscripted” comments regarding this and they are very predictable. He claims we need to have international laws to prevent “tax evasion”. As if keeping your own property is a bad thing. One must understand that States are established to grant monopoly control over parts of the market for itself. Even the establishment of the American government had nothing to do with securing freedom. The Anti-Federalists had already accomplished this. The establishment of the American government, like ALL others, was to grant monopoly control over certain market functions, such as the postal system, military and courts and to collect duties on imports. It's right there in the Constitution. The collection of taxes is NOT about funding necessary services. It is about funding the enforcement of monopoly control over what should be market activities; It is about providing inferior services, just good enough to keep people from violently revolting, at highly inflated prices so that that tax money can be handed out to themselves and their friends. It is about a few at the top obtaining much more money than would come from the free market, while providing what would be sub-par service in the free market. That is what taxation is about. The bottom line is that ALL products and services needed or desired, including policing, courts and defense, are provided far more efficiently and with far better quality by the free market, than can be provided by the state. Therefore the state serves no real purpose other than to enrich the morally corrupt, by theft.
Remember how upset the government was over the Snowden Leaks? Snowden is wanted by the US government for espionage. In fact Obama has prosecuted more people for espionage than any other US president, ever. Yet, he seems to welcome this leak and is using it as an excuse to make it even harder for people to keep their own money. This will be used to try and get the American dopes to support more financial tyranny. It will be used to make you poorer and the parasite richer. This is not a legitimate leak. It was set up to provide the excuse to expand FATCA. The government wants more and more, like any parasite, and it will do everything it can to fleece and rob every one of you of everything you have.
State slaves (tax payers) will, no doubt, respond “We need more laws to prevent tax evasion so those corrupt politicians can't get away with this”. Such a wish is ridiculous and nonsensical. No politician ever passes a tax unless he first figures out how to exempt himself or hide his money. A politician is corrupt, by definition, otherwise he would earn his money in the free market. But he instead decides to use the state's guns to collect taxes and launder his money through established shell companies, the largest of which, is the state, itself. New laws to prevent “tax evasion” are all about limiting YOUR options to: starve or stay alive just enough to enrich the state.
The proper response is for people to understand what the state is; to understand that it has no interest in your freedom; that it will ALWAYS have a way to exempt itself from the rules it imposes upon you (that's why it is the state). The proper response is to call for the abolition of taxes altogether. This is the ONLY way to put everyone on equal footing. Since taxation (the forceful and violent collection of resources) is the crux of the state, what we would have are free market options for all people, rather than a few having the benefit of living off stolen money that they collect for highly inflated inferior services.
please tune in tomorrow to Patriots Lament radio to hear special guest Daniel McAdams, Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, on 660 KFAR.
Daniel is always great, of course.
Don't forget to visit the Ron Paul Institute regularly, and of course, listen to the Ron Paul Liberty Report daily! You won't be sorry you did. I never miss an episode.
Also, please support the Ron Paul Institute in any way you can. ($$$) The Institute is on the cutting edge of fighting the pro-war state, and giving reasonable, logical arguments for the Pro-Liberty mindset. Ron Paul Institute Ron Paul Liberty Report
Tune in tomorrow morning to listen in. We will be talking about child abuse, child abduction, and child involuntary servitude (slavery) on the show. What are we talking about? The EVIL OCS. It's time they come to recognition with the People.
Our story today is about several terror arsonists who started a fire on federally owned land.
Although it is not certain whether the fire was created on purpose, it ultimately burned more than 85,000 acres. The fire spread quickly, causing many people to evacuate their homes, and the fire destroyed several cabins and outbuildings.
The cost of containing the fire has reached over $20 million. At the time of this publication, no one has been prosecuted for the destruction of the federal land, even though there are many suspects.
Right now there are no property damage estimates by the federal government, but many say it is in the millions, awaiting a federal investigation. The fire was started during a BLM-stated "high risk fire" day. Heavy dense smoke has filled the nearby valley, reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile. People at high risk with breathing disorders, the elderly, and children are recommended to stay inside their homes, and it is also recommended that one does not do any rigorous work in the outdoors. The local borough has also set up a safe house for people with respiratory conditions.
We will continue to follow this story and follow up with any updates on the potential prosecution of the individuals who caused the fire.
This is an actual story, that happened here in Fairbanks 2 years ago. There still has been no prosecution of anyone who started this fire.
Because it was started by the U.S. military during a training exercise, even though the BLM did not grant them a waiver for conducting the live fire exercise, and the Fire Chief on Ft. Wainwright recommended that they hold off on the exercise as well.
This fire caused serious damage to the people of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and breathing was extremely difficult for several weeks as a result of the fire.
But there were never any criminal prosecutions for the fire.
Contrast this to the Hammonds, two of whom, after being charged using an anti-terrorist law with minimum sentencing, are serving a 5-year prison sentence, and were also charged with a $400,000 fine. If this fine was not paid, the BLM could seize the ranch and sell it at auction, with the BLM having first right of refusal by the court if such a case happened.
Because the Hammonds started a back fire to protect their home from a lightning fire which, although it did stop the lightning fire from not only burning their home, but also stopped the fire from potentially burning thousands of acres of BLM "owned" land, undeliberately burned approximately one acre of BLM land.
Who, in America, are actually the domestic terrorists?