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    Today, 10:33 AM
    Government usually represents unilateral violence, but not when there are multiple. The point I'm trying to get across is that these factions are splintered down to the very individual. Pompeo deciding not to do anything about Iran seizing a British oil tanker prompted this post. An Iranian oil tanker was seized on July 4th, presumably over sanctions. A day after, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander said they would seize a British oil tanker if the UK refused to return theirs. (They followed through, apparently.) I was wondering how Pompeo could make the statement that US sanctions were not to blame: When Iran obviously did this in retaliation: But then it occurred to me that Pompeo is a politician, speaking half-truths. The two little letters that let him get away with the aforementioned statement are "US" instead of "EU". All sanctions are awful and unnecessarily escalate conflict. It's not every day you see a warmonger shy away from an opportunity to go to war, though! Hopefully the trend will continue and lives will continue to be spared, on all sides. (Long enough for everyone to figure out what on Earth is happening.)
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    07-18-2019, 09:00 AM
    You sidetracked me with that "civil war" guff before. All of those "phases" you supplied in the first quoted response are happening around us now, already, depending on where you look. War usually isn't in anyone's best interests, and technology -- like the internet -- provides avenues to counter propaganda which were unavailable in the past. (Granted, these often are also dissemination points of propaganda itself -- everything is a double-edged sword -- in the battle of ideas, the libertarian philosophy will undoubtedly win.) Power never wrests with the individual, even when they are alone? (Though, "No man is an island...")
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    07-12-2019, 05:09 PM
    And why not as I described?
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    07-09-2019, 10:46 PM
    I think most of us can agree -- to some degree, at least -- that the law has been converted into plunder. "When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor." Social media can be an effective tool, and there are plenty of other ways to dissuade someone from persisting with this occupation than resorting to violence. Pragmatically, everyone should occupy as much of an enforcer's time as possible during each interaction, limiting their number of victims every shift in the process. (This takes more courage than most people possess, though.)
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    07-01-2019, 02:11 PM
    Where is this civil war nonsense coming from? Advances in technology allow us other, peaceful avenues of resistance. (Video, nearly instant communication, cryptocurrencies...) There are a plethora of ways to segregate individuals via classifications -- cops and mundanes; Democrats and Republicans; liberals vs conservatives; statists vs anarchists; bureaucrats and voters and illegals and government and... the list goes on! -- which often are used to demonize said groups. (The narrative of which the Media controls. But, oops! There's that lumping of individuals again! Individuals whom often label themselves, but, crap, that lumping!) Demonization -- seeing other human beings as demons essentially, deserving of punishment; not just lesser beings that happen to be a nuisance -- generally allows us to permit certain abuses that we otherwise wouldn't. We're living in anarchy -- per the original post -- now. (Phase 4.)
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    06-23-2019, 02:56 PM
    The main point I guess I want to get across is: We're at so-called "Phase 4" already! (And, this "territory" only extends to the amount of control over a peoples. Imagine how different things would be without the 3rd amendment being taken for granted...) I wanted to link something about the Nightwatchman State earlier, but never got around to it.
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    06-23-2019, 01:56 PM
    Most people can agree that aggression is "bad." They just disagree on who the aggressor is, sometimes.
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    06-23-2019, 09:13 AM
    Rather than getting hung up on definitions -- which are incredibly important -- concepts can be discussed instead. The term "anarchy" generally has negative connotations associated with it, undeservedly so. Once proponents of the State understand that the enforcers of their ideologies are the very "warlords" they were taught to fear, perhaps their opinions on governments -- monopolies on violence, separated via jurisdiction, which often cooperate unless they are warring -- and ensuing conflicts will change. My intent was not redefinition, but reconciliation. Regardless of the words, definitions, concepts, ideas -- whatever you want to call it -- reality still exists, relatively unperturbed. (All we can do is attempt to describe it.)
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