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    02-09-2018, 08:17 PM
    I try to avoid double posting, but I never got around to linking this yesterday. Mark Passio is great. "Who is more culpable : the order-giver, or the order-follower?"
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    02-08-2018, 02:38 PM
    Listening to this right now. (I was looking for a quote about worldviews that lies somewhere in there, supposedly.) I had been writing this, but wasn't quite finished, and couldn't determine where/how/if to release it: Can governments exist in anarchy? At first glance, this question seems rhetorical and rather insignificant. Semantically, of course not! "Anarchy" by definition is the absence of government, after all. However, people are free to associate with whom they like; groups form; and some of these collectives may eventually resemble or morph into governments. Does this inevitable emergence then mean that anarchy simply cannot exist? Not necessarily. What makes a government, anyway? Generally, governments consist of laws enforced by invidividuals; but without coercion, any decreed legislation is for naught. People or businesses who particpate in sanctions -– or other types of financial manipulation or control -– are just one of the many layers of coercion; but, would they still participate, if they themselves weren’t under duress? Viewing government through this lens helps to clarify the original inquiry, how governments can -- and do -- exist within anarchy. The reach of governments is only as far as the proximity of their enforcers; thus, "Theye" -- osan! -- rule proximally not regionally. I say all of that to say this: Words have meaning, but concepts are more important. Peaceful, civil disobedience in the present should be associated with anarchy, not a chaotic dystopia run by monopolies in the future. ;tldr Consent separates communes from governments. Taxation is theft.
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    02-08-2018, 12:31 PM
    Back then, slaves -- people -- were treated as property. Even to this day, really, they still are. Contrary to popular belief, the 13th amendment never abolished slavery; it merely changed the criteria for enslavement. The enigmatic "State" purports to be your owner; or more accurately, "its" enforcers do on "its" behalf. At what point can those incarcerated invoke their 8th amendment rights against cruel and unusual punishment? Isn't any punishment for a "victimless crime" -- an oxymoron -- cruel, if not unusual? The arm of the Leviathan only extends as far as the conscience of its enforcers. Most of the people who perpetuate this broken system actually, honestly, believe they are helping. They think they are the "good" guys.
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    02-08-2018, 12:04 PM
    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/09/william-norman-grigg/call-the-anti-police/
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