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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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    06-16-2019, 06:54 PM
    "We" had better figure that out before "we" go toppling tyrannic regimes, then. (Communicate to educate. Such cannot be managed.)
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    06-16-2019, 06:47 PM
    A nonviolent, non-collectivist message.
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    06-16-2019, 09:19 AM
    Self-defense is the only justified use of violence. (I feel obliged to say this, because you have repeatedly tried to paint me as a pacifist.) The threat of governmental intrusion is always there. Does this mean everyone should send their cars into the homes of the nearest government employee? (Of course not!) Ultimately, each person is responsible for how he or she handles tyranny and tyrants -- agents of the State, or not -- if/when those interactions occur. You've never heard of bubbling?
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    06-16-2019, 08:26 AM
    "The Meaner's" ignorance will eventually catch up with them. (I used to think that your "Themme" and "Theye" approach was useful, even revolutionary, but thinking like this for too long encourages collectivist tendencies.) Translated: "Violence will solve the problem!" What happens when Theye think the same thing about you? Your implicit calls to action violate natural law as much as any tyrant's, and could easily be interpreted as a threat. Thumping your chest only exacerbates the situation. (You sound like Bolton, Pompeo, and company attempting regime change: "It'll be quick, a matter of days or weeks at most!" We all know that plans never go so smoothly, and you ought to by now, too.)
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    06-12-2019, 07:07 AM
    Governments will always exist in some form or another. Most of these "moral degenerates" do not recognize their actions -- participating in politics; asking others to steal on their behalf -- as harmful. They can't avoid the implications of their philosophy as easily when they experience it firsthand, though. I doubt that many of them would have the mettle to persist in these abuses, especially when they can no longer put on a costume that magically makes them safe; or, wear the veil that hides the consequences of their decisions. (Plus, you can defend yourself from an individual or smaller group more successfully than against a Leviathan!) Once enough people travel through the penal system -- which is inevitable when everyone inadvertently commits 3 felonies a day, supposedly -- you'll get the "warrior culture" you desire. Education and exposure of the selective nature of this enforcement are far more beneficial than Middle-Eastern-like preemptive strikes on those who might attack you. (The State -- this vague term includes not just governments, but other associates like the media as well -- will use any violence leveraged against its operatives as an excuse to become even more violent. Properly exercised self defense -- instead of bastardized interpretations like you might hear from "antifa" -- is much harder to spin.) I believe this "critical mass" is closer than you think, but its nature is entirely different than what you predict.
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    06-11-2019, 07:46 AM
    The veil of ignorance becomes lifted -- and the benevolent facade shattered -- once the pretense of justice is abandoned completely. Only after enough people are abused will "critical mass" be achieved. (But without understanding the philosophy of liberty, we could potentially become a nation of Winstons perpetually living in 1984.) Maybe we just view the intent differently. You seem to believe that most who work for government are out to get you, while I think we're witnessing the unintended consequences of well-meaning busy-bodies. (Busy-bodies who often suffer no repercussions themselves for overstepping boundaries.) I might address some of the other points in your post later. (It seems like you haven't read much of what I've written.)
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    06-10-2019, 08:59 PM
    You can't talk about freedom or liberty without discussing rights, and a reasonably objective definition was included in the other thread: Lefties might finally see the light if they had to commit the extortion themselves, rather than relying on the facade of voting and politics. (I'm tempted to quote Spooner's piece on highway robbery.) Violence begets violence. True, lasting change will occur via civil disobedience. What each person does when confronted by tyrants -- agents of the State, or not -- is ultimately up to him or her. Besides declaring defeat and encouraging others to join your pity party, what is your personal plan? (Or, is that it?)
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    06-10-2019, 02:25 PM
    Clicky clicky the linky linky for the nitty gritty. Individuals working towards their own, personal ideas for freedom -- approaching the problem of statism from multiple angles -- will be more successful than any centralized, so-called "operation." (Your way seems to be motivation via pessimism, but depressed people generally aren't active!) Politicians, police, and those that serve the State will never be held accountable for their wrongdoing, and attempting such via violence will only hurt more innocents. Most of these people probably believe in what they do. This belief absolves their conscience just long enough until they eventually become numbed cogs who accept that routine trespasses are necessary in order to serve their function. (Education will be more beneficial than roving, vigilante, kangaroo courts; but that rarely happens without communication, and people won't listen unless they respect you to some degree.) I see the State eventually fading into obscurity via mockery and derision -- and memes! (There are so many "laws" on the books now, that one can't help but be civilly disobedient.)
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    06-09-2019, 02:23 PM
    How defeatist! ("We" have been watching too much propaganda!) All you ever really have is here and now.
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