"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!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Truth About Voting

For today's callers... Incidentally, this is the first Stefan Molyneaux video I ever watched. Thanks to Sam for sending it to me a couple years ago.

The Dollar Vigilante: Jeff Berwick on the Patriot's Lament show

Topics covered:

- Guns
- The Ex-patriot Act
- Withdrawing consent for real change


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Friday, June 29, 2012

Patriot's Lament June 23, 2012: Term Limits Encourage Destruction and Forgotten Founding Fathers

In this episode we discuss term limits and how they encourage theft at a more rapid pace and about forgotten Revolutionaries. We also discuss the 241 trial, and talk about the duty of the juror.

Patriot's Lament June 16, 2012: Love It Or Leave It and What Shall We Do?

In the first hour we talk about expatriation and the ultimate way of removing consent. We also talk about the attack on raw milk and using that issue as a litmus test for your friends and associates.


I have been working insane hours lately so I haven't had much energy to post. I want to comment on the Cox trial, and we will post our show from last week soon if you want to hear what we think about it, but I want to make a quick comment on the supreme court decision today.
All the republicans are saying, "This is why we need to vote in a president and congress that will repeal Obomacare!"
What a freaking joke. Your candidate laid the blueprint for Obamacare. Hahaha.
I want to come back to this after some needed rest, but please, people, are you really all that amazed that the court  upheld it? You think these "justices" got their job because a president was out walking the streets and said, "Hey, are you a competent constitutionalist?" No, these judges are bought and paid for, and serve at the whim of their masters.
Can you finally say that the constitution has no power to keep the state from doing whatever they want? Like 1760's parliament, we have the right to pass whatever law we wish against you?
Keep on voting, maybe that will work. HAHAHA!!!

Withdraw consent, people. Show your power!
Refuse to be a part of their system.
"Come out of her"!
I am looking forward to statists trying to justify this one.

Look up Marbury vs. Madison.

It's been over for 200 years. I happen to think it was over with the 11th amendment but what do I know? (Chisholm vs. Georgia was truth and definitive, an absolutely awesome finding of what the Revolution was all about, the true nature of the Sovereign Individual).
Actually it was over when the Constitution was "unanimously" (insert laughter) voted for.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

June 9 and June 2 Patriot's Lament episodes

Patriot's Lament June 9, 2012: Withdraw Your Consent and What Is Freedom?

In the first hour we discuss the power of withdrawing consent. Non-participation with the correct philosophical basis may be the most powerful way to render coercive power irrelevant.

In the second hour we explore the question of what freedom means. It can mean many different things to many different people, but some decisions seem to expand the horizon of our possible choices while others limit this horizon. If we look at freedom this way we arrive at some rather different conclusions than some who claim to be pursuing freedom. David also dispels the myth that a One World Government can be sustained for any meaningful period of time.

Patriot's Lament June 2, 2012: Stefan Molyneaux and Education vs. Schooling

Stefan Molyneaux joins us in the first hour to talk about the non-aggression principle, the "against me" argument, and the slow but steady march towards liberty throughout history.

In the second hour we discuss the difference between education and schooling. Could you become educated without any school? Could you not get any education with lots of school? We take a look at both of these questions.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Legal Plunder

This video reminded me of a caller we had a couple of weeks ago. Just how much theft is ok?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Rome Will Burn

Ron Paul is out. We can already hear the cry, "What will we do now?!" Leonard Read's "How to Advance Liberty" provides some insight. In my opinion, Rothbard had a massive non-sequitur which was advocating the use of politics to end the state. I am unaware of any state that has ended this way (my little resort to a historicism fallacy). Logically in terms of means and ends, it is impossible for political means to result in non-political ends. Historically, states end themselves. All political action then is the velvet glove over iron fist. For example, no state income tax (velvet glove), state spending out of control squeezing the main industry out (iron fist). What good is no income tax if your job is eliminated? Conversely what good is a job if the state is legally entitled to take as much as they wish? The catch-22 of statism. Obviously the practical answer is that not ALL jobs are eliminated and/or that not ALL income is taxed. Politics is then the practical question of degrees of violence. One who believes in non-violence must then walk away to the maximum extent possible, being mindful to go about this in a peaceful way so as to avoid creating a ratchet effect where the state then escalates its violence.

Political thinking and political action necessarily accepts the premise of the state, so of course it is divisive. It is by nature "us" against "them." Voluntary action benefits both parties. State action benefits one at the expense of the other. Always. The division and futility of libertarian activity in Alaska is a fascinating story and history with a lot of useful takeaways, but for me the most fascinating part is that the ideologically pure ones who went directly after the state as Mike notes accomplished nothing for themselves or others. See also Schaeffer's thing. Same result. The de La Boetie essay suggests something different. Walk away. There are oh-so-many ways of doing this without stepping in the beehive of the state (which it considers to be violence against it). You won't find tax protestors at the Mises institute. Attacking the state is an exercise in futility. Selling ideas to those who are "shopping" is the only method consistent with the desired ends of a voluntary society. This obviously excludes "successful" politicking. To use Ron Paul as an example, he has never claimed that he can make a difference or that him being elected would make a difference. His reply is always, "When the people decide to change the nature of government, that's when things will change." Since he's the only one presenting an alternative for people to consider, how would they ever learn of another way if he weren't out there being unelectable (and not caring about being unelectable)?

You'll note how much time I spent advocating state action vs. individual action when I went on Duke's show (none). I don't care about the borough or the state or the feds except to the extent which I must adjust my action based on their decisions. I can far more effectively free myself from the state by spending my time doing other stuff. Anything done in a political sphere is a compromise. It is those who don't understand this who find politics frustrating. Again, it comes down to means and ends. Political means will never lead to voluntary or non-political ends. Ever. Most people accept this, so they accepts political action as useful (believing that voluntary ends are a largely unattainable goal). This is consistent with their premises. In that context it makes sense.

I don't really have any use for the velvet glove or the iron fist. I don't have to stay anywhere. I don't care about "my" country or state or any of that stuff (probably because they're not "mine" in any logical sense). Furthermore, I can be the most useful to society not through political action but through market action and education. No one is better off because I convinced them to vote for Ron Paul in 2008. Some people are better off because they learned about the risk of holding dollars in 2008 (and since). Steve Jobs has created more prosperity for mankind than Ronald Reagan. Bill Gates than Bill Clinton. Etc.

My initial idea for the Austrian Economics book club was to read about econ and investing so that people wouldn't get wiped out. No one can or will save us but ourselves. This has always been true. No one is really interested in that tho. The "liberty movement" in America is wrapped up in the myth of collective salvation. Tragic yet funny. I can safely say that there are only a couple of us with significant positions that will weather the coming storm very very well. Everyone else, two years later, has been completely wrapped up in politics even tho they now KNOW what is coming economically. What do they have to show for it? They are frustrated, tired, and poorer than they were two years ago. The state wins. All the money and effort spent on Joe Miller, for example. There was a lot of money to be made (or at least preserved) in that time. This would facilitate a lot of families being able to pull their kids out of public school. This would reduce a lot of people's dependence on their state job, or the PFD, etc. What is there to show instead? Nothing. What would there be to show had Joe won? Nothing. A shame and a waste. And for what?

Probably my favorite "place" to hang out is the Daily Anarchist site/forums, because no one there advocates anything political. It is calm, the discussions are civil yet deep, and no one is getting tweaked about political trivialities. There is a Ron Paul thread, but no one cares if any of the others participate or do not participate in the election. The overwhelming recognition is that for questions of "what do we do" the answer will be unique for each and every one of us (indeed this is the basis of voluntaryism). Therefore we can share ideas and personal courses of action without crossing so-called Ego Boundaries. This is simply not possible in a political context because people who think politically are 1) collectivist to some extent and 2) authoritarians to some extent. Since I do not like being pushed around, to be consistent I have to refrain from pushing others around. So very few get that. I never expect it to be more than a very few. But a whole lot are indifferent (terrific!). I try to minimize exposure to those who my buddy Jake and I call the "True Believers." Those who believe that shoving people in the right direction somehow makes things better. If the cause of liberty is futile, then sanctioning authoritarianism is certainly more futile. States forever and always eventually revert back to the only way feasible in the long term: they cease to exist. Sort of a liquidation of counterproductive action.

The Caesars have already de-based the money and sent the young men to go die for the empire. All that remains is for Nero to burn Rome. All those dependent on Rome will be in trouble when this happens. This includes the Borough itself. It does not include me. It no longer includes my family. It no longer includes some of my friends. It no longer includes at least one guy I work with. While we wait, we can go about our lives without fear. That is a success. Let Rome Burn. It's going to anyway.

The Patriot's Lament boys

From left to right:
Joshua Bennett, Aaron Bennett, David Giessel, and our good friend (and soon to be regular on the program) Michael Anderson.
Our own little "Circle Bastiat".
 David is moving on, taking his own advice to leave the country while you can.  He will still be checking in from time to time from places unknown.
Take care, brother. It has been a lot of fun this past year, you have been a huge asset to the program and this blog and in the lives of your friends.
Looking forward to when the Circle meets again, this winter. Well, it will be winter here in Fairbanks...

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Arachno-Capitalism on ice! Patriot's Lament interviews Stefan Molyneux

Stefan Molyneux, host of Freedomain Radio, is interviewed on Alaskan Radio Patriot's Lament about liberty, voting, financial regulation, philosophy, integrity, virtue, peace, South Park, and the hope for true human freedom in the future. Freedomain Radio is the largest and most popular philosophy show on the web - http://www.freedomainradio.com

Thanks Stefan!

American Detention Has Nothing to do with the War on Terror

So, for those of us who have the eyes to see and the ears to hear, what is our obligation? Something David, Aaron and I have talked about numerous times. And does this obligation ever end? I guess each one has to decide for himself. Stefan has a good argument of what he thinks our obligations are.

And just as Madison said, if we lose our Liberty, it will be under the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.


We had a good conversation about education and homeschooling today on the radio program, and a caller brought this article up. This excerpt nails it. Get your kids out of public school, while they can still think. I believe state public education is on purpose, and has a purpose, far from "education."
It is called Indoctrination.

Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them. They school them to confuse process and substance. Once these become blurred, a new logic is assumed: the more treatment there is, the better are the results; or, escalation leads to success. The pupil is thereby "schooled" to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new. His imagination is "schooled" to accept service in place of value. Medical treatment is mistaken for health care, social work for the improvement of community life, police protection for safety, military poise for national security, the rat race for productive work. Health, learning, dignity, independence, and creative endeavour are defined as little more than the performance of the institutions which claim to serve these ends, and their improvement is made to depend on allocating more resources to the management of hospitals, schools, and other agencies in question. Ivan Illich, Deschooling Society (1973: 9)

Read more of the article here.