"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!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fool's Gold at Olympics

Writes Butler Shaffer at the LRC Blog:

A news story informs us that a "gold" medal at the Olympics contains 1.34% gold. It wasn't always this way. In 1912, the gold medal contained 100% gold. In 1913 the Federal Reserve Act was enacted, and while there is no apparent causal connection between this legislation and the content of medals, it is interesting to see a parallel development. A gold medal that has steadily gone from 100% gold to 1.34%, finds a similar path in the decline of the value of the dollar: a 1913 dollar is, today, worth about 5 cents. The size of the gold medal has greatly increased — quantity as a substitute for quality — leaving us to ponder whether, with a continuing rise in its price, gold will soon be eliminated completely from this enlarged medal. In a world in which political systems are able to bamboozle Boobus with the empty appearance of things, the Olympics may find it useful to craft this medal entirely from iron pyrite, a bright, yellowish mineral.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Romney Declares Jerusalem to Be Israel's Capital

Yea and Amen, let it be so.
 This is a headline on Neo-newsmax.  Who the heck is Romney? Or who do they think he is? These are the same guys who were making fun of the left for acting like Obomber was the messiah.
These are the same guys who screamed like little girls when Obomber bowed to the Saudi King.
What the heck do they think Romney is doing in Israel?
All this time I thought Romney was a Mormon. Now I find out he is a Jew?  The guy is selling his soul, if he has one to sell, to be president.
""The U.S. presidential hopeful said in a speech in Jerusalem that America must stand with Israel. The Republican says both countries believe in democracy, the rule of law and opposition to Iran becoming a nuclear power."
They left out the part about murdering brown people. Both countries believe in that too.
"Romney says the United States must be "unapologetic ambassadors" to push to advance the values that the United States and Israel share. Romney says the United States will always stand with Israel, including its insistence that Jerusalem be the cornerstone of Israel."
Unapologetic Ambassadors to push to advance our values? What the heck does that mean? Push your values? Oh I remember, push your values means to get your war machine and KILL as many people as you can and tell the world you are advancing freedom and democracy! And don't apologize to the mothers of the little kids you killed. Er, freed. I am killing you to make you free. 
This guy makes me puke. Seriously. And everyone supporting him makes me puke. He is promising more wars!! He is promising to another country to always back whatever decision It makes. Sorry boys, but the Founding Fathers of this silly country would call that TREASON!
Oh, well, sorry to waste your time on a waste of time. I just find it amusing, and sick at the same time.

The state claims domain over rain water

But that doesn't surprise us does it?
Really? The state is god!!!! Bow, subject.
Either that or get off your knees and reject the state.
The state owns the rain? What next? The sun? Wind? Air?
Whatever you concede, that's what the state owns.
I think little old Fairbanks just doesn't get what is going on in the lower 48.
Oh wait, but we let our borough tell us how we will heat our homes....

god/state owns the rain 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Lacy Parrish R.I.P

Our good friend and fellow employee of Bighorn Enterprises, Lacy Parrish, passed away last night from a stroke after a surgery he had for a tumor on his lung.
Lacy never worked for me, he worked with me. Lacy has been with us for over 5 years.
He was a fun guy who literally had a laugh for every circumstance.
Lacy was always willing to help, always. He was just a flat out good-natured guy, who everyone loved.
He had a trucking accident 3 weeks ago, and right now, I am glad for it, as I got to spend several days with him at the wreck site and going over the incident, and actually just talking to him for hours about "stuff."
Go rest High on that Mountain, Lacy. Your work on earth is done.
We are all going to miss you. Terribly.
I already do.
Joshua Bennett

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Protect your rights by voting?

The people who live in the Fairbanks North Star Borough are facing another round of draconian "laws" by its Borough Assembly, namely to "ban" certain heating devices, such as certain wood stoves and hydronic heaters. Well of course, the movement is out to vote on a proposition that would prevent the Assembly from doing such things to us.
Every 2 years now, we are told we need to vote on a citizen's initiative to "prevent" the Assembly from taking our right to heat our homes in the way we see fit.
"Protect your rights!! Vote for your freedom"!!
The usual well-meaning folks are out in mass to get out the vote to secure our freedom.
But I will not give my consent.
By voting for this initiative, I am giving legitimacy to the Assembly, saying that unless I vote against them, they have the right to take away my Liberty, against my own property.
I am not a serf.
If I vote for this initiative, I am relenting to give them moral ownership of my property. I am gambling in this way, if my side wins, you can't do what you want. If your side wins, then I must give consent to you to restrict my freedom. I legitimize your claim.
I refuse.
The majority collective has no right to tell me what I may or may not do with my property, and I will not consent to let them.
I will stay at home, or perhaps I will bid on a contract, or maybe I will take my family fishing. But I will not bend my knee, to acknowledge to a few scum that they have the right to compel me, unless I persuade more people to compel them.
Let these 9 scum pass whatever law they want against my property. Do they have legitimate claim to it?
Absolutely not.
How much greater would it be, if the 55% or so folks who will go out and vote against the Assembly, would get off their knees, have some decent self respect, and stay home that day?
And when the Assembly's ordinance comes into effect, these same people refuse to consent to their tyranny?
They heat their home the way they feel they themselves need to, the most cost effective way they can?
Wouldn't they then be actually free, instead of having a 2 year waiver?
What would the Borough do? They have no police powers. Fine 50,000 people, who would then fight the fines in court, virtually bankrupting the Borough coffers?

If you feel you must consent to the authority of 9 people who have 2 arms, 2 legs, 2 eyes, and are perfectly no different than you, go ahead and vote.
If you want to be a free man, if you want to be one who desires Liberty over servitude, a Revolutionary in the lines of your Forefathers that you claim to honor so much, stay home, and tell the Borough, whatever you may say, I refuse to consent to your whims.
The only way to be free is to live as free men. Refuse consent, and they instantly lose legitimacy. Without your consent, they cease to exist.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

For Aaron, the accessory King

This post is for Aaron and his store, Far North Tactical, who has every accessory you need, even for this guy.
Thanks to Arctic Patriot.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Anarchast Ep. 33 with Seth King

In this episode Jeff Berwick talk with Seth King at the 2012 PorcFest.

Topics Discussed

- PorcFest 2012
- Bitcoin
- The Bitcoin Stock Exchange
- Agorism
- The future for a stateless society
- The Daily Anarchist
- Silk Road

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The end of Politics of obedience

I wanted to post this at the end of the last post, but decided to make it its own.

Let us therefore learn while there is yet time, let us learn
to do good. Let us raise our eyes to Heaven for the sake of
our honor, for the very love of virtue, or, to speak wisely, for
the love and praise of God Almighty, who is the infallible witness
of our deeds and the just judge of our faults. As for me,
I truly believe I am right, since there is nothing so contrary to
a generous and loving God as tyranny—I believe He has
reserved, in a separate spot in Hell, some very special punishment
for tyrants and their accomplices.

"Politics of Obedience"

The Politics of Obedience

A very powerful read. A must. Written by Etienne De Le Boetie, in 1552

A small excerpt:
 I do not know how it happens that nature fails to place within the hearts of men a burning desire for liberty, a blessing so great and so desirable that when it is lost all evils follow thereafter, and even the blessings that remain lose taste and savor because of their corruption by servitude. Liberty is the only joy upon which men do not seem to insist; for surely if they really wanted it they would receive it. Apparently they refuse this wonderful privilege because it is so easily acquired. Poor, wretched, and stupid peoples, nations determined on your own misfortune and blind to your own good! You let yourselves be deprived before your own eyes of the best part of your revenues; your fields are plundered, your homes robbed, your family heirlooms taken away. You live in such a way that you cannot claim a single thing as your own; and it would seem that you consider yourselves lucky to be loaned your property, your families, and your very lives. All this havoc, this misfortune, this ruin, descends upon you not from alien foes, but from the one enemy whom you yourselves render as powerful as he is, for whom you go bravely to war, for whose greatness you do not refuse to offer your own bodies unto death. He who thus domineers over you has only two eyes, only two hands, only one body, no more than is possessed by the least man among the infinite numbers dwelling in your cities; he has indeed nothing more than the power that you confer upon him to destroy you. Where has he acquired enough eyes to spy upon you, if you do not provide them yourselves? How can he have so many arms to beat you with, if he does not borrow them from you? The feet that trample down your cities, where does he get them if they are not your own? How does he have any power over you except through you? How would he dare assail you if he had no cooperation from you? What could he do to you if you yourselves did not connive with the thief who plunders you, if you were not accomplices of the murderer who kills you, if you were not traitors to yourselves? You sow your crops in order that he may ravage them, you install and furnish your homes to give him goods to pillage; you rear your daughters that he may gratify his lust; you bring up your children in order that he may confer upon them the greatest privilege he knows—to be led into his battles, to be delivered to butchery, to be made the servants of his greed and the instruments of his vengeance; you yield your bodies unto hard labor in order that he may indulge in his delights and wallow in his filthy pleasures; you weaken yourselves in order to make him the stronger and the mightier to hold you in check. From all these indignities, such as the very beasts of the field would not endure, you can deliver yourselves if you try, not by taking action, but merely by willing to be free. Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces?

Download the full writing here, The discourse of voluntary servitude.

Monday, July 16, 2012

A personal solution

"The man who knows what freedom means will find a way to be free."
 -F.A. Harper

"Leonard Read, was of the view that the most successful way to promote the cause of liberty was to be – in your behavior – the kind of person that your philosophy espoused."
-Butler Shaffer

Where Do We Go From Here?

Food for thought

Been pretty quiet on the blog. Here's some food for thought from the philosopher-cartoonist over at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Thanks Josh L. for sending me these.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Government is morally wrong

Another excellent interview with Lew Rockwell. For you Christians, I especially want you to think about the point he makes with Satan and the Temptation of Christ. The Devil takes Christ to the top of a mountain and says, "all these kingdoms I will give you if you will bow to me". So, were they his to give? He obviously thought so. And nothing is said otherwise. So can we assume by this that the kingdoms of earth, the governments of earth, are the devils? Then why oh why do we put so much energy in trying to make them ours? Do as Christ did, reject the offer of kingdoms. Reject the State.
The state is nothing more than the enemy of the people. It always has been. It cannot be anything else.
We tried to emphasize this on our radio program a couple of weeks back. How can you, if you say you are moral, vote for evil, no matter how small it is, knowing in your heart that it is evil?
This takes no courage or moral fortitude. It is admitting defeat, it is moral slavery. It is nothing more than compromising with evil.
Take a stand, let the chips fall where they may, at least you can go to bed at night in peace. You can tell your posterity that you rejected evil, and no matter what the cost, you rejected it, you would not consent.
This takes much more inner fortitude than following the masses and being a state-owned serf. This requires one to be moral, to be strong, to be one who stands for that which is Right no matter what the consequences are.
Think I am being melodramatic? Try telling your friends you refuse to participate in this evil. They will mock you and hate you for it. Why? They have no moral fortitude themselves.
No matter what the cost, do Right. Do good. Fight for good, reject evil. Don't get caught up in the futile attempts to control the state. Reject it.
Refuse consent.
Then, you will see change. At least in your life. And you can look in the mirror, and know you did more than 10 million voters. You said NO!
The power is in consent.
Take it back.
Lew Rockwell, "The government is morally wrong."

Monday, July 9, 2012

Patriot's Lament July 7, 2012: Special Guest Richard Maybury (AKA Uncle Eric)

This week we have Richard Maybury from the Early Warning Report and author of the "Uncle Eric" books including "Whatever Happened to Justice" and "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy." We talk with him about all sorts of issues ranging from the global economic outlook to questions regarding participation in the political system. We also take lots of great calls from all over the country. Thank you Richard!

Patriot's Lament June 30, 2012: Say No and Refuse to Give Consent...DON'T VOTE!!!

In this show we talk about both saying no and withdrawing consent. If you can't say no you are a slave! We also systematically dismantle the idea of voting from a logical, ethical, and moral standpoint. Voting not only makes no sense, but it can also be argued that in all but the most exceptional circumstances it is unethical and inconsistent with even the most simplistic moral framework.

Stop groveling at the feet of your slave masters. Stop getting on your knees and voting for your own enslavement. It's pathetic and disgusting. Have some self respect for once! DON'T VOTE!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

god demands child sacrifice

And that god, who's holy name is STATE, who claims to be the great WE ARE, at the behest of Its high priests, are now demanding, if you do not give your child in sacrifice to State, you must give other offerings, to show State your worship, and bless it for all that it gives you, everything you have, every liberty you know, including life itself.
This story, which I first read on Lew Rockwell, made me sick. But when I heard it on the radio on the top of the hour Fox news, it scared me, and what better day than the 4th of July?
 Richard Maybury nailed it when he said we are no different than ancient Rome, we worship death, we worship power, we worship war, to the point of child sacrifice.
This is nothing more than complete obedience and fealty to the state. The state is these people's god.
You, serf, should feel remorse for having children that have not been sacrificed to State. You should feel guilty that none of your children are maimed for life, or dead, because that sacrifice would be to State, and there is no greater sacrifice than to State.
You better wake up. This will soon be a law no doubt. State has no fill of blood. State lusts after, and requires, blood.
Folks, we aren't talking about Revolutionaries fighting the king for Liberty, or fighting for your freedom.

We are talking about the endless war of Empire god/state.

My God, by comparison, said,  Love those who persecute you, and bless those that hate you.
Love your neighbor as yourself? Obviously, those brown people "over there" aren't our neighbors.
I wonder what color the good Samaritan was?

Sorry State, I do not worship you, I will not sacrifice to you. You cannot have my children.  

I reject you, I despise you.


Sick psychopaths saddened their children live.

Why don't these people just kill their children, and call it the ultimate sacrifice to State? I bet they would not be charged with any crime....

Monday, July 2, 2012

What can we do?

Re-posted from the LRC blog. There's a lot to this. Read it. Think about it.

at their best, there is gentleness in Humanity.
some understanding and, at times, acts of courage.
but all in all it is a mass, a glob that doesn’t have too much.
it is like a large animal deep in sleep and almost nothing can awaken it.
when activated it’s best at brutality, selfishness, unjust judgments, murder.
what can we do with it, this Humanity?
avoid the thing as much as possible.
treat it as you would anything poisonous, vicious, and mindless.
but be careful. it has enacted law to protect itself from you.
it can kill you without cause.
and to escape it you must be subtle.
few escape.
it’s up to you to figure a plan.
I have met nobody who has escaped.
I have met some of the great and famous but they have not escaped
for they are only great and famous within Humanity.
I have not escaped
but I have not failed in trying again and again.
before my death I hope to obtain my life.
— Charles Bukowski