"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!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

To the people of Kosovo...

While it’s none of my business whether the people of Kosovo set up their own national army,
if the purpose of this army is to be used for foreign interventions, as the Prime Minister of Kosovo has said, I would advise that you raise your voice and say NO to a national army. The last thing you want is for your so called leaders to send your sons to die in stupid, pointless military adventures for NATO and the U.S. government. And from an American, believe me, the U.S. government never met a military intervention it didn’t like. So again, while it’s none of my business, you would be a lot better off focusing on ways the free market can enrich your people, living in peace with your neighbors in trade and good will. Don’t fall for the trap Americans have found themselves caught in.

Kosovo Army?

Saturday, December 22, 2018

BREAKING: French protests getting more violent

Things are getting pretty serious in France. It will be interesting to see when/if the government decides it has had enough and cracks down.
These French may wish they weren’t so progressive and actually had guns...

Aggressive Riots in Paris

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Christmas Truce of 1914

This short clip shows the meaning of “Peace, Goodwill towards Men”. Despite what the warmonger masters wanted, these men knew, if only for a short time, that they didn’t want to kill each other.

Monday, December 10, 2018

French protests a Libertarian Revolution?

Here's Lenin:

This struggle must be organised, according to “all the rules of the art”, by people who are professionally engaged in revolutionary activity. The fact that the masses are spontaneously being drawn into the movement does not make the organisation of this struggle less necessary. On the contrary, it makes it more necessary.

Read the rest here: French yellow vest protest.

Saturday, December 8, 2018


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Monday, December 3, 2018

New Wolf DeVoon book.

The great fighter of freedom’s ideals has written me and sent along a link to a new book of his.
I encourage every to read it, and pass it along to others, as it is a free book!

Read on for Liberty!


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Target Liberty: US to Withdraw From Nuclear Treaty With Russia


It is more and more clear to me that there are several powerful figures in the US government that seriously want a full scale war with Russia.
There is no buffer to the insanity in Washington.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

EconomicPolicyJournal.com: You Can Blame Trump and the Republicans For It


The only thing conservative that the so called conservatives in Congress care about is preserving their tenure in power.

Christian leader urges viewers to ‘cool down’ anti-Saudi rhetoric, and protect vital arms deals

Christian leader urges viewers to 'cool down' anti-Saudi rhetoric, and protect vital arms deals

I like what some of the tweets say in this article.
Robertson is a sellout, standing for the kingdom of man, certainly not for the kingdom of Christ.
You can’t serve 2 masters, Robertson has chose his.
Pretty disgusting really.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The ideal government

If I must have a government.

The government I want:

The government I got:

The one I could accept:
 The one forced on me:

What I would be willing to let them have:
What they have stolen from me:

The average American lives here:

Their servant quarters are here:

Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Painting of Peace

Thanks to Randy who mentioned this on the show today

In the medieval times there was a king that wanted a painting in his room portrait representation of peace. He wanted to glance at it in bad times to become peacefully inside his soul so he declared a contest by decree to all paint artists in his kingdom to make a painting that resembled peace and the winner would have a good reward. All artists turned their work for the king to examine. The king saw a painting of a lake and children calmly wetting their feet in the lake. The next was that of a sea with no waves and a fisherman calmly sleeping in his boat. The next painting enraged the king. It was that of a storm. The king had thought someone was making fun at his authority and he was made to be brought forward before the king. It was an old man and the king asked him if he was making fun of him. He wanted paintings of peace and you bring a painting of a storm. The old man looked at the king in the eye and told him to look carefully in the painting. The king did so and he understood for there was a nest in the rocks of a cliff where the storm was passing through with a bird hugging the newly born. Indeed that was peace and the king declared this painting the winner by decree.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Smoked Moose Perfection

If you don't know it, I live in Alaska. And we Bennett's live for the month of September.
 Moose season.
Moose has little to no fat, so some people don't like it, as it can be a challenge to cook and come out with a good meal.
My family doesn't have this problem. A long cook in the crock pot, and moose is amazing. My wife's moose pepper steak is out of this world, and, chicken fried moose steaks are dangerously good, don't get any of that on your forehead, you will knock yourself out with your tongue trying to lick it off.

But what about bbq or smoking moose?

I love smoking meat, smoked salmon is a king's delicacy. But moose is a little more difficult because it will dry out pretty easily.
But, we here at Patriot's Lament are here to help. Knowledge is power, and the knowledge of how to smoke moose meat, is the only kind of power you should strive to want.

I have a traditional smoker, where you have to build a fire, and I also have a huge smoker that uses propane for the heat that my sons bought me for christmas a couple of years back.

So, through trial and error, I feel I have pretty much perfected smoking a large (or small) hunk of moose meat.

And now I will share it with you.

First, take a large (or small) chunk of moose meat, like a roast, and brine that baby. Moose is tough, so you want to chill it out a little with a brine. This is a brine that has turned out good for me.

Before you decide this isn't worth it, I have had over 150 people try this after I made it, and it was a 100% smash hit.

Put your chunk of moose in a large pot, and cover it with a salt water brine. I used 1 cup of salt for every quart of water I needed to cover the meat. Add a couple cups of sugar too if you want, and add Worcestershire sauce. Don't know how much to recommend, cause I have never measured, just brown the water should work.
Cover the pot and put in a cool spot or in the fridge. Brine for at least 12-18 hours, more if you want. This is going to loosen the meat up to take the smoke that's coming.

When you are ready, take the meat out of the water and rinse it off good. Pat it dry too. Now, cover it with your favorite dry rub, if you want. I make my own, but I am not sharing that info!

Fire your smoker up to 250-275 degrees and set your meat in there. Use whatever kind of wood you like for smoke, and for fun, soak the wood in a mixture of water, beer, and apple cider vinegar. It really does do wonders.
I like a smokey flavor to my meat, so I keep the wood chunks on the whole time it takes to cook, which is about 5 hours or so. Every hour or so, get a spray bottle and spray the meat with either apple juice or cider, or apple cider vinegar mixed with water and sugar.  Get your meat up to at least around 170 degrees on the inside (use a food thermometer) and pull that baby out, cover it, and let it rest for at least 15 minutes, but I usually let it sit for an hour. Cut it open and prepare your mind to be blown away.
Everyone is different, but I do think you will love it.

As lovers of Liberty, we should be able to offer the world something better than what it knows. A good smoked meat maybe the difference to converting a Statist into a full blown Anarchist.

And there is nothing wrong with that.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Patriot's Lament Podcast # 002 What would Murray Rothbard do?

In our second podcast, we discuss the question, "What would Murray Rothbard do?" and explore whether or not this question is valid when evaluating "libertarian" ethics and morals.

In the same line of thinking, we ask why self-directed personal change isn't "enough" for some libertarians, even when they claim to be about radical individualism. What more would they seek to do? Act politically? Even when the political means are involuntary?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The State will gladly protect you from Freedom of Conscience.

For hundreds of years, western cultures have been refining what is known as Freedom of Conscience.
One of the outcomes of this refinement is Freedom of Speech, a Liberty that is relatively new to the human political experience.
Not long ago, being critical of a government, for instance, could get you killed by that government. Merely speaking out of turn or having critical thought towards the State religion meant torture or death.
But, we have advanced through time to understand that free thought and critical speech is something that a free people must protect and encourage. Thomas Jefferson went as far as to say that repressing Freedom of Conscience was a “Sin against God”.

Suppressing Freedom of Conscience though, was and is seen by the State as self preservation.

Today, we have access to information that only 20 years ago was other-worldly. Anyone with a cell phone can post a rant or share information to literally the whole world. Because of this information access, people take the information they get from the State influenced main stream media with a grain of salt, or immediately disbelieve it, and usually, rightfully so.
This is dangerous for the State’s propaganda machine, but the State realizes what is even more dangerous to it, would be for the State to appear to suppress it. Whether on the Left or the Right of the political spectrum, people tend to cherish what we now call, “Free Speech”, and rightfully so.

So what is the State to do? What States always do. Make the people fear their Liberty more than Itself.

Instead of immediately passing laws suppressing and/or silencing free speech, the State is manipulating the political fears people have to make them feel threatened by what they may think is opposing speech to their beliefs. And the fear the State has spread between opposing political speech has resulted in what not long ago would have been mocked as fairy tale superstition.

"Words can hurt you. People who disagree with you want to hurt you. You need your feelings protected against all invasion. Dissenting speech or thought is violence towards you.”

Instead of using dissenting views from our own to refine our beliefs and convictions, and to encourage discussion for the betterment of overall society, we are not only growing to fear Opposition of Thought, we want to be protected from it.

Enter the State.

From legislating pronouns, to aggressive threats of imprisonment for incorrect thinking, the State has moved in against Freedom of Conscience to suppress nonconformist. And some cheer this behavior by the State, seen to protect them from all harm. Others see it as a shield to advance their own political agenda opposition free.
 But, as Bastiat explained, while all wish to live at the expense of the State, the State lives at the expense of all.
No one's political or personal thoughts or actions, are safe from this aggression by the State. While the State will pick winners and losers in the short run, it’s only a matter of time before the State silences everyone.

Before you cheer the State for destroying your opposition’s Freedom of Conscience, remember when your opposition is gone, you will be alone, and no one will be there when the State marches you into the rail car that you have built.

Patriot's Lament Podcast #001 Cultural Marxism, Tom Woods, and Jordan Peterson

In our debut podcast, we discuss Tom Woods Podcast Episode 1164 featuring Paul Gottffried. Their topic was Cultural Marxism, is it real, and what does it mean?

We address this by asking, how would we best interact with so-called Cultural Marxists?

We then discuss the possible outcomes of treating these people with mercy and kindness instead of adversarial tension.

Finally, we discuss the story of Job and how his struggle is similar to the disillusionment the younger generation of today has with the world.

Richard Maybury joins us to talk about school shootings

I forgot to mention, Richard joined us on our 7th year anniversary  of doing the radio show. Thanks for all the great years of calling in and the great conversation we have had.

Friday, May 18, 2018

A Message to Libertarians - Past and Present

Part 1 – Let Go

I recently saw Jordan Peterson speak in Detroit. His talk was on Rule 6 - Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world. This talk was an extended version of his YouTube video message to school shooters, past and present:

In his Detroit talk, he emphasized the choice of looking inward to save the world instead of looking outward. As he expanded on this idea, I began to realize that if you look outward, you also place blame outward. You begin to ascribe all the ills of the world to "others". But if you look inward will find that there is endless improvement to be made in your own life. You begin to realize that the problems of the world are all within your own soul, and that you have real work to do.

These realizations reflect my own journey through libertarianism and anarchism. The first thing that appealed to me about libertarianism was its stance against war. Then its stance against aggression (NAP). I waved signs. I "participated". I burned out. I became bitter. I became resentful. Nothing changed. I gave up. I spent years there, at the bottom.

I also ran from myself and my fears during this time. I became a "move into the woods" libertarian. The line of thought being, "I am good. The world is bad. I will remove myself from it and wait for it to fix itself. I will (not so) secretly hope for it to burn and will throw rocks whenever possible."

Peterson talks about "falling in love with your own ideas". His message applies to libertarians when he says the following:

If the world you are seeing is not the world you want, it's time to examine your values. It's time to rid yourself of your current presuppositions. It's time to let go.
Let go. Let go of being right while your life falls apart. Stand in front of the mirror and ask yourself if you are all you can be. If the answer is no, then you have work to do. And it's not the work of blaming the world for being imperfect.

The value structure that you inhabit determines what you perceive. It doesn't just determine what you expect or want. It bloody well determines what you SEE.
Do libertarians see a beautiful world of possibilities for the peace and prosperity they claim to seek? I rarely see it in their writings. I rarely hear it in their talks. I usually hear bitterness and hopelessness. Maybe their value structure need examining?

Being wrong gives you control to make things better. If you are right there is no way to make things better.
Humility is freedom. The freedom to grow. The freedom to improve. Libertarians too often seem to believe they know how society should be structured, and yet their own lives are a mess. Mine certainly was. And it still is. But I have begun the journey of making it better. And that journey has no end. I am now free to learn and to grow, without bounds. I do not know how the world should be structured, but I have begun to work on how my own life is structured. And that's a bigger undertaking than any political cause.

It's time to sacrifice who you are for who you could become.
Sacrifice is the precondition for transformation. Transformation of yourself. Transformation of your relationships. Transformation of the world around you. Instead of pontificating, consider what you need to give up. It starts with you. And it ends with you too. Stop pointing fingers.

The gateway to wisdom and the development of personality is directly through the portal that you do not want to go through.
Consider this when preparing to use the "against me" argument to alienate your next group of "worthless statists". What other behavior are you using to avoid understanding those you disagree with? To listening to them with honesty and sincerity? You'll find meaning and purpose in whatever you are running from. You just have to be strong enough to face it, instead of always trying to smother it or run from it.

It's by virtue of necessity that what you need is where you don't want to look, because that's where you've kept it.
What if there is truth in the existing structure of society? What if better understanding this structure is the path to improving it? What if ignoring the reality of how people around us interact has caused us to become so alienated that we can no longer function within the time and place that we occupy (HERE and NOW)? Would we be better off without our heads in the clouds?

Ask yourself, "What sacrifices do I have to make to make things better?"
Could refraining from NAP rants and deciding instead to listen strengthen your friendships? Could it result in becoming a person that your community respects, instead of avoids?

You have to sacrifice that which is most valuable to you currently which is stopping you. And God only knows what that is. It's certainly the worst of you. And God only knows to what degree you're in love with the worst of you.
Do you value your ideology so much, that you've stopped working, stopped living? Are you in love with your own ideas? I know I was. And the downward spiral from that way of thinking is nearly terminal.

If you're not moving forward in your life, there's a high probability that you have some idea or mode of action or habit that you're so in love with that you won't let go of it. Sometimes it's even something you love now.
Let go of building the perfect society. Begin building the perfect self. Begin building a somewhat passable self first. It's a lot harder than pontificating about the ideal geopolitical structure of the world. It's also a lot more rewarding. Your friends, family, and community need you and need your ideas. But they need you to be a high functioning member of society who is an exemplar of excellence first. They will gravitate to you and ask for your advice as you become an excellent human. No pontification needed.

Let go.
The world needs you to be your best self.
Self-improvement is the only path to peace.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Jordan Peterson, Hans Hoppe, Sacrifice, and Time Preference

Last Saturday we discussed the overlap between the archetypal significance of the Cain and Abel story (expanded on by Jordan Peterson) and the economic significance of Time Preference (from Hans Hoppe). It was fun to use these two different perspectives to create a "3-dimensional" view of society and civilization.

Libertarians often create 2-dimensional (flat) caricatures of society, then get lost in their own logic (they fall in love with their own ideas). These caricatures so removed from actual experience that they discredit the idea of  liberty. Hybridizing rationality with the rich meaning that Peterson is re-introducing to western thought makes for a stronger footing - one that works in practice (it can be lived) and in theory (it makes sense).

For more reading, check out our 3 part blog series on the same topic:
Part 1 - That which you value most
Part 2 - A bargain with the future
Part 3 - God's blessing

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Can I live it? Part 1 “Angry Joe”

One thing people tend to do, and I often do the same, is think of the world in the ought to be, and we imagine how things should be or could be, or just how we want it to be. When we talk through these things, whether it's economics, private property societies, (or voluntaryist society), we often project what we see as the perfect, without asking if we could live such a thing. I have read many writings on economics where after reading I think to myself, "well, this person has never actually ran a business", or, "this person has never actually had to deal with employees".

Some thing may sound great, but if it's not livable in your everyday life, then it's crap, worthless.

One of these things is something I have come across on Target Liberty, a site I read daily. I like the format and the author is someone I respect whose ideas make me think.

Except for one thing.

In his explanation of a Private Property Society, he says that in a true society such as this, that for there to be true justice, then everyone makes his own rules for his property. Of this I agree. If I invite someone over to my home, I may tell them, there is no smoking in my house, or stay out of my fridge unless you ask, or even something arbitrary, such as, if you come into this house, you have to stand on your head the whole time you are here, and if you don't, I will punch you in the face. While the last example is stupid, it's still livable if I instruct my guests to the rules before hand. I may never get any guests, but that doesn't matter.

The Target Liberty's author says that in his view, a property owner's rule over his property go beyond this. The following is an example that he uses, although I don't think he calls the subject, "Angry Joe".

Angry Joe has signs up all around his property: if you trespass, you will be shot. No excuses. He goes on to say that, even if a 5 year old boy wonders onto his property in some misadventure, Angry Joe can certainly kill the boy and is justified in doing so.

One of the justifications for this, is that even in the world we live in today, we stay away from the "bad" sections in town, and we don't let our children go to those places either. That's true, and it sounds great.

A real Private Property Society. Every man is king and tyrant of his own domain.

But can you live it?

Exactly how long will Angry Joe live, after he has shot the first born son of a young father who's whole life revolves around this boy? The father, in what I think would be righteous wrath, would destroy Angry Joe and everything he owns. Angry Joe would cease to exist. The Private Property Society would break down as sure as it was created, because humans cannot live this way.
If some things are always right, then some things are always wrong.

A lot of intellectuals can blather away on the perfect society and tell of the harshest of terms for that society, until they look into the eyes of their own child. They could not live it.

When you hear someone tell you that everything is relative, and nothing is absolute, then ask what's to keep you from taking a gun and blowing their head off?

No human with his head on even partly straight, can live this. And a community, or society, is itself just individual actors. If the single actor cannot live it, then the society most certainly cannot either.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Jordan Peterson's Biblical Sacrifice and Hans Hoppe's Time Preference: Part 3 - God's Blessing

A big part of the Cain and Abel story is God's blessing on Abel's sacrifice ... and God's lack of blessing on Cain's sacrifice. In the story, God tells Cain that:

"For whether you offer well, or whether you do not, at the tent flap sin crouches and for you is its longing, but you will rule over it."

Peterson takes this to mean that Cain's heart is not in his sacrifice. He is sacrificing for gain only. He is sacrificing with sin in his heart (ill intent, not good intent). He is trying to buy into the next ponzi scheme and be in early enough to win, and he's pissed that his brother who is doing the hard work is being rewarded.

God's blessing is only granted when the heart is in the right place. Intent matters. It matters more than material actions themselves. The world is made of meaning, not of stuff. This is Peterson's main takeaway from this part of the story.

Hoppe also highlights this truth, but in his own value-free way. He notes that societies that are free of oppressive state oversight will have a healthy culture of saving, capital accumulation, and overall honesty in trade. However, if the society is one of parasitism and authoritarianism (profit through exploitation and deception), time preference becomes very high and civilization begins to crumble. The sacrifice isn't from a pure heart and it will not receive God's blessing.

Again, it's the intent that determines the structure of the society. It's not the amount of accumulated wealth, it's the way in which people interact with each other. Is it through good will, or through deception? The world is made of meaning.

The value-free axioms of classical economics and the meaning rich landscape of the Biblical stories reflect each other. Or, perhaps more accurately, we could say that our observations of economic behavior reflect the deeper realities of humanity as found archetypical Biblical stories.

Remembering that economic activity is an outgrowth of human nature, and not the other way around, keeps our thinking grounded and provides humility. It keeps the rational thinker from saying how things "should" be. It reminds us that for society to be better in the future, for it to be lower time preference, we must in our lives as individuals:

- Act with good intention (God's blessing is only for the pure in heart)
- Make honest bargains with our future selves (Make an honest bargain with the future)
- Sacrifice our immediate desires in each moment (That which you value most)

When we each live our lives in this way, the society improves as a natural consequence of our actions. No political action is necessary. All that's required to build a low time preference society that becomes ever more peaceful and prosperous is to clean up our rooms, a little bit more, every day.

-David Giessel

Jordan Peterson's 12 rules referred to in David's post

  1. Stand up straight with your shoulders back
  2. Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping
  3. Make friends with people who want the best for you
  4. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today
  5. Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them
  6. Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world
  7. Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)
  8. Tell the truth – or, at least, don't lie
  9. Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don't
  10. Be precise in your speech
  11. Do not bother children when they are skateboarding
  12. Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street