Nathan remains on the sick list, unfortunately. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
I know I’m not doing a very good job posting new material, but I promise to do better.
Citizen… a word much used and abused. I suspect few people understand the classic meaning of the term. Far too many people who write about the current state of affairs in the world, even most of those who profess to want individual liberty, demonstrate poor understanding of it.
So, here it is:
1. a native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection (distinguished from alien ).
2. an inhabitant of a city or town, especially one entitled to its privileges or franchises. Continue reading
By Bradley Harrington
“But when the country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir.” – Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis No. 7,” 1778
Last week’s column (“Asset forfeiture just thuggery,” has flooded my inboxes with more responses than I have gotten to any article I’ve written.
Nearly everyone who contacted me had almost the same thing to say: They were glad that I “had the courage to stand up and speak up,” as one writer put it.
Sadly enough, the other common theme was: Nearly everyone admitted they would never do that themselves for fear of retaliation. Continue reading
What a great story! My father was born in 1886, worked on the family ranch in the Dakota Territory, then was a hunter bringing in game to feed the crews who built much of the railroad lines across northern America. He loved Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour, so I grew up reading “westerns.”
Summer of the Eagles is a tale set in the early days of Wyoming, about people who have honor and integrity amid strife and injustice, stitched together with friendship and love thought impossible. There are parts that had me shaking the pages shouting “NO,” and sections that brought me to tears of joy.
We read about bigotry and racism in our modern world, but I don’t think most people have much idea what it really means, or the incredible damage it can do to everyone involved. Probably no person alive in America today has ever experienced even a little of the prejudice and injustice suffered by the hero of this story – and so many others throughout history. It would be good to read this story if you took nothing more away from it than understanding your own good fortune, whatever your situation, and perhaps a clearer understanding of your own prejudices. Continue reading
Every choice and action has consequences. Utopia is not an option.
“It” finally happened. The value of the US dollar was at last recognized by the entire world as a negative number and much of the world economic structure that had depended on it collapsed in flames. The container ships stopped arriving and very real threats were made by creditor countries. Very few people could continue to produce much of anything with no cash and no credit possible, so tax revenues vanished. The government could no longer pretend to “borrow” and the printing presses fell silent. And when the checks stopped coming to the millions of welfare recipients, pensioners, government employees at every level…
The manure actually hit the oscillating wind machine and all hell broke loose. The cities burned and the violence of millions of desperate and angry people became the norm. Since most had never learned to restrain themselves, let alone prepare for hard times, soon there was none and chaos reigned. Continue reading
More and more I’m hearing less and less from people who used to be serious about freedom, especially freedom from the bogus “authority” of non-voluntary government. More and more of what I read in the forums and blogs tells me that these people are tired of the fight, burned out in their efforts to communicate. They either give up the fight or just go silent.
So many of the freedom oriented blogs I visit have become little more than a platform for complaints about government. Lots of outrage and condemnation, but little offering of any reasonable counter measures except “letters to congressmen,” lawsuits and the usual political activities we’ve been trying for so long – even when it is quite clear that they have little or no hope of any real change from such things. There are exceptions, but most of them still seem to cling to the “constitution” and the “bill of rights” as magic bullets that will set everything right if people would just accept those chains. And this, of course, means that they still believe that non-voluntary government, one way or another, has that authority. Continue reading
By Bradley Harrington
“Government! Three-fourths parasitic and the other fourth stupid fumbling.” – Robert Heinlein, “Stranger in a Strange Land,” 1961 -
For anyone who ever thought that City administration has even a remote clue about political economy – that is, the study of how people get the things they want and the proper social principles by which to organize such activities – those considerations should disappear into the nearest bit bucket after reading the following:
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $200,000 in grant funding to help the city in its ongoing effort to revitalize the West Edge neighborhood.” (“City gets EPA grant to clean West Edge,” WTE, Mar. 11.) Continue reading
By Bradley Harrington
“The founders of America warned us that we would lose more freedoms from gradual encroachments by those in authority than by sudden usurpations from any foreign enemy.” – Sheriff Richard Mack, “The County Sheriff: America’s Last Hope,” 2009 -
It’s bad enough we have dozens of state officials, such as Gov. Matt Mead and a host of legislators, all supporting Wyoming’s current “asset forfeiture” laws. Now, in a far worse move, Sheriff Danny Glick has added his voice to that mix as well:
“Laramie County Sheriff Danny Glick supports Governor Matt Mead’s decision to veto a legislative bill that would have tightened the requirements for the seizure of property under asset forfeiture laws.” (“Sheriff defends asset forfeiture law,” KGAB 650 AM website, www.kgab.com, Mar. 17.) Continue reading
By Nathan Barton
Good morning! While still fighting some lingering affects of illness (7 weeks!), and being able to work more, that is in turn sucking away time from commenting on the news, and frankly, often the news is a source of stress that I’ve needed to cut back on a bit. But here are some odd stories and some more lengthy comments on a few things!
The Fuehrer and minions mull forcing Americans to vote The Washington Times reports: “President Obama, whose party was trounced in last year’s midterm election due to poor turnout among Democrats, endorsed the idea of mandatory voting Wednesday. … Mr. Obama raised the subject during a discussion of curbing the influence of campaign donations in U.S. elections. The president said he had never discussed the idea publicly before, but said Australia and some other countries have compulsory voting. The president didn’t commit to pushing a mandatory voting initiative at the federal level but said, ‘that may end up being a better strategy in the short term’ than finding a solution to curbing campaign donations. Continue reading